You are making a way where there was no way. I Am (is) giving you a glimpse. I Am (is) multiplying you. Keep going, in My Stillness, in My rhythym, at My pace, not yours. "He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers." - Deuteronomy 7:13 I Love You I Am You nik p.s. The movie I mention - 40: The Temptation of Christ To claim your free gift, leave a review on Apple Podcasts, screenshot it and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Join us on Patreon to support the show, and tune into and participate in live video Q&As with me! Support the show राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम "So many people struggle with trying to know the difference between a voice that is coming from the ego or from the Soul. A voice that's coming from the ego is trying to feel safe and know that it's loved. A voice that is coming from the Soul already feels safe and already knows that it's Love(d)." - Cory Muscara “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 May the morning bring me word of your unfailing Love. For I have put my trust in you. Show me the way thay I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Teach me to do you will for you are my God. May your good spirit lead me on level ground." -Psalm 143:8 "Remember not the former things Nor consider the things of old Behold I am doing a new thing And now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness And rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:18-19
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Janet shares a word of encouragement! There is a HOPE for your future! GOD has GOOD things He wants to give you! He has an inheritance for you. The best is yet to come. I want to share with you scripture that has been on my heart and a word I feel like God put in my spirit. I don't know, but I feel maybe someone needs to hear God speak over your life. I want to read in Amos 9:11-15 and pay close attention to these words: RESTORE, RAISE-UP, REPAIR, REBUILD Amos 9:11-15 Living Bible 11 “Then, at that time I will rebuild the City of David, which is now lying in ruins, and return it to its former glory, 14 I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they will rebuild their ruined cities and live in them again; they will plant vineyards and gardens; they will eat their crops and drink their wine. 15 I will firmly plant them there upon the land that I have given them; they shall not be pulled up again,” says the Lord your God You've got to hear all the Lord has put in my heart for you! Somebody needs to hear this: Don't let the season of pain and loss determine WHERE God is taking you and WHAT He is doing IN YOU! Listen, Jesus will take every ounce of your pain…….. He will plant it……and it will reproduce JOY. There is a harvest of joy coming your way!” The Lord is your Helper! The Word says in Psalm 121 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not let your feet go out from under you. He Who watches over you will not sleep. Listen, He Who watches over Israel will not close his eyes or sleep. The Lord watches over you. The Lord is your safe cover at your right hand. The sun will not hurt you during the day and the moon will not hurt you during the night. The Lord will keep you from all that is sinful. He will watch over your soul. The Lord will watch over your coming and going, now and forever. Some of you are wondering why certain doors have shut in your life. It's because, the Lord is watching over you. You are asking God why certain things have happened or why certain things have not happened. Now, I'm not gonna lie….I've been there…..recently….asking God, “what is going on”. It seems like when it rains….well…..it pours!!! But you know what? The Word says that God is watching over every detail of our lives. We need to trust HIM. And….take advantage of the HELP he's giving us. Remember! You are the apple of His eye. You are precious to the Lord! His eyes have been on you and He has seen Your pain. There is a time coming and it is now that, and I am restoring and I will RESTORE all the devil has stolen. I have raised up people in the past and I am raising you up now…. I will RAISE YOU UP to bless you and you will be a blessing! I have repaired in the past, I am repairing now……I will REPAIR all that has been damaged! I have rebuilt in the past, I am rebuilding you now……and I will REBUILD all that has been devastated! Why? Because I love you! Now is the time to RISE UP to BE A BLESSING to everyone you meet! You will plant seeds of HOPE and while you are “being a blessing” to someone, I am preparing a “blessing” for you!
“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering...” (Hebrews 13:1-6) Part 3 of 3 Welcome to Walk in Truth! These are the Bible teachings of Pastor Michael Lantz. Equipping you to reach out with God's truth to all people. And how to apply that truth to today's issues, trends, and culture. Leave your question or comment email@example.com Donate: www.walkintruth.com Produced by Newton Productions
Do we remember often enough that the power of God lives is us as believers by the power of the Holy Spirit? Morris Gurr encouraged us that this is a huge weight off our shoulders, knowing that we don't have to go through this life in our own strength! God gave us the Holy Spirit as a freely flowing Helper in the ups and downs, and a reminder that we have specific gifts given by God for good purpose.
Rosa Hunt looks at the ethical and religious implications of AI's growing involvement in our lives. The first of two programmes looks at our relationship with AI in our daily lives. Artificial Intelligence might be our helper - can it ever be our friend? Rosa talks to: Zoe Kleinman, BBC News' technology correspondent; Hannah Rowlatt, RNIB Technology for Life coordinator for Wales; Myra Wilson, head of the intelligent robotics group at Aberystwyth University; and John Lennox, Oxford mathmetician and Christian apologist who writes about the interface of science, philosophy and religion.
“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering...” (Hebrews 13:1-6) Part 2 of 3 Welcome to Walk in Truth! These are the Bible teachings of Pastor Michael Lantz. Equipping you to reach out with God's truth to all people. And how to apply that truth to today's issues, trends, and culture. Leave your question or comment firstname.lastname@example.org Donate: www.walkintruth.com Produced by Newton Productions
Morning: Genesis 50:20; Psalm 76:10; Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 3:21–23; 2 Corinthians 4:15–17; James 1:2–4 We know that for those who love God all things work together for good. Surely the wrath of man shall praise you; the remnant of wrath you will put on like a belt.—“You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” All things are yours, whether… the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.—It is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Genesis 50:20 (Listen) 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people1 should be kept alive, as they are today. Footnotes  50:20 Or a numerous people (ESV) Psalm 76:10 (Listen) 10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you; the remnant1 of wrath you will put on like a belt. Footnotes  76:10 Or extremity (ESV) Romans 8:28 (Listen) 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,1 for those who are called according to his purpose. Footnotes  8:28 Some manuscripts God works all things together for good, or God works in all things for the good (ESV) 1 Corinthians 3:21–23 (Listen) 21 So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's. (ESV) 2 Corinthians 4:15–17 (Listen) 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self1 is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, Footnotes  4:16 Greek man (ESV) James 1:2–4 (Listen) Testing of Your Faith 2 Count it all joy, my brothers,1 when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Footnotes  1:2 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 16, 19 (ESV) Evening: John 14:16–17; John 16:13–14; Romans 5:5; Romans 8:26; 1 Corinthians 6:17; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:30 The fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”—“He will not speak on his own authority…. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. He who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.—The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. John 14:16–17 (Listen) 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,1 to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be2 in you. Footnotes  14:16 Or Advocate, or Counselor; also 14:26; 15:26; 16:7  14:17 Some manuscripts and is (ESV) John 16:13–14 (Listen) 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (ESV) Romans 5:5 (Listen) 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (ESV) Romans 8:26 (Listen) 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (ESV) 1 Corinthians 6:17 (Listen) 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. (ESV) 1 Corinthians 6:19 (Listen) 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, (ESV) 2 Corinthians 13:14 (Listen) 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (ESV) Ephesians 4:30 (Listen) 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (ESV)
“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering...” (Hebrews 13:1-6) Part 1 of 3 Welcome to Walk in Truth! These are the Bible teachings of Pastor Michael Lantz. Equipping you to reach out with God's truth to all people. And how to apply that truth to today's issues, trends, and culture. Leave your question or comment email@example.com Donate: www.walkintruth.com Produced by Newton Productions
Today I'm joined by someone I met at TCS over the summer in Costa Rica. I got the opportunity to listen to her speak, and I'm really excited to have her on the podcast today.She's an expert in a variety of topics that we haven't discussed much on previous, marriage. Today's guest is Kimberly Holmes. She is the CEO at Marriage. Helper. Kimberly Beam Holmes is the CEO of Marriage Helper International which has a 70% success rate in saving marriages. She also co-hosts the Relationship Radio podcast, hosts the It Starts With Attraction podcast, and is currently completing her Ph.D. in psychology. Kimberly lives in Tennessee with her husband of 11 years and her two children adopted from India.Connect with Kimberly:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimberlybeamholmes Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimberlybeamholmes/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/marriagehelper Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/it-starts-with-attraction/id1510016468 Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/relationship-radio-marriage-sex-limerence-avoiding/id978519992 Website: https://marriagehelper.com/
Old Testament: Proverbs 27–28 Proverbs 27–28 (Listen) 27 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.3 A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool's provocation is heavier than both.4 Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.7 One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.8 Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home.9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.110 Do not forsake your friend and your father's friend, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.12 The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.13 Take a man's garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.214 Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing.15 A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike;16 to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp3 oil in one's right hand.17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.418 Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored.19 As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man.21 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and a man is tested by his praise.22 Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him. 23 Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,24 for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?25 When the grass is gone and the new growth appears and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,26 the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field.27 There will be enough goats' milk for your food, for the food of your household and maintenance for your girls.28 The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.3 A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food.4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them.5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.6 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.8 Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit5 gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.10 Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.11 A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.14 Blessed is the one who fears the LORD6 always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people.16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor, but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.17 If one is burdened with the blood of another, he will be a fugitive until death;7 let no one help him.18 Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.19 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.20 A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.21 To show partiality is not good, but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.22 A stingy man8 hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.23 Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue.24 Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, “That is no transgression,” is a companion to a man who destroys.25 A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the LORD will be enriched.26 Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.27 Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.28 When the wicked rise, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase. Footnotes  27:9 Or and so does the sweetness of a friend that comes from his earnest counsel  27:13 Hebrew a foreign woman; a slight emendation yields (compare Vulgate; see also 20:16) foreigners  27:16 Hebrew to meet with  27:17 Hebrew sharpens the face of another  28:8 That is, profit that comes from charging interest to the poor  28:14 Hebrew lacks the Lord  28:17 Hebrew until the pit  28:22 Hebrew A man whose eye is evil (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 74 Psalm 74 (Listen) Arise, O God, Defend Your Cause A Maskil1 of Asaph. 74 O God, why do you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?2 Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old, which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage! Remember Mount Zion, where you have dwelt.3 Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins; the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary! 4 Your foes have roared in the midst of your meeting place; they set up their own signs for signs.5 They were like those who swing axes in a forest of trees.26 And all its carved wood they broke down with hatchets and hammers.7 They set your sanctuary on fire; they profaned the dwelling place of your name, bringing it down to the ground.8 They said to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”; they burned all the meeting places of God in the land. 9 We do not see our signs; there is no longer any prophet, and there is none among us who knows how long.10 How long, O God, is the foe to scoff? Is the enemy to revile your name forever?11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the fold of your garment3 and destroy them! 12 Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.13 You divided the sea by your might; you broke the heads of the sea monsters4 on the waters.14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan; you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.15 You split open springs and brooks; you dried up ever-flowing streams.16 Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.17 You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter. 18 Remember this, O LORD, how the enemy scoffs, and a foolish people reviles your name.19 Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild beasts; do not forget the life of your poor forever. 20 Have regard for the covenant, for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.21 Let not the downtrodden turn back in shame; let the poor and needy praise your name. 22 Arise, O God, defend your cause; remember how the foolish scoff at you all the day!23 Do not forget the clamor of your foes, the uproar of those who rise against you, which goes up continually! Footnotes  74:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term  74:5 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain  74:11 Hebrew from your bosom  74:13 Or the great sea creatures (ESV) New Testament: John 16 John 16 (Listen) 16 “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3 And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you. The Work of the Holy Spirit “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?' 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy 16 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me'; and, ‘because I am going to the Father'?” 18 So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while'? We do not know what he is talking about.” 19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me'? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. I Have Overcome the World 25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.1 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” 29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Footnotes  16:27 Some manuscripts from the Father (ESV)
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Old Testament: Proverbs 25–26 Proverbs 25–26 (Listen) More Proverbs of Solomon 25 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied. 2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.4 Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel;5 take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.6 Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great,7 for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of a noble. What your eyes have seen8 do not hastily bring into court,1 for2 what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame?9 Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another's secret,10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end. 11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.14 Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give. 15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.20 Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,22 for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.23 The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.24 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.27 It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory.328 A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.26 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.2 Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight.3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.6 Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.7 Like a lame man's legs, which hang useless, is a proverb in the mouth of fools.8 Like one who binds the stone in the sling is one who gives honor to a fool.9 Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools.10 Like an archer who wounds everyone is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.411 Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.12 Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!”14 As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.17 Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death19 is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!”20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.21 As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.23 Like the glaze5 covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart.24 Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart;25 when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart;26 though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.28 A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin. Footnotes  25:8 Or presence of a noble, as your eyes have seen. 8Do not go hastily out to court  25:8 Hebrew or else  25:27 The meaning of the Hebrew line is uncertain  26:10 Or hires a fool or passersby  26:23 By revocalization; Hebrew silver of dross (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 73 Psalm 73 (Listen) Book Three God Is My Strength and Portion Forever A Psalm of Asaph. 73 Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.3 For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek.5 They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.6 Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.7 Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies.8 They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression.9 They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth.10 Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them.111 And they say, “How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?”12 Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches.13 All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.14 For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning.15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children. 16 But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task,17 until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end. 18 Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin.19 How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors!20 Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.21 When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart,22 I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you. 23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength2 of my heart and my portion forever. 27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.28 But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. Footnotes  73:10 Probable reading; Hebrew the waters of a full cup are drained by them  73:26 Hebrew rock (ESV) New Testament: John 15 John 15 (Listen) I Am the True Vine 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants,1 for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another. The Hatred of the World 18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin,2 but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.' 26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning. Footnotes  15:15 Or bondservants, or slaves (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface); likewise for servant later in this verse and in verse 20  15:22 Greek they would not have sin; also verse 24 (ESV)
Old Testament: Proverbs 23–24 Proverbs 23–24 (Listen) 23 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, observe carefully what1 is before you,2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite.3 Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.4 Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.5 When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.6 Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy;2 do not desire his delicacies,7 for he is like one who is inwardly calculating.3 “Eat and drink!” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.8 You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten, and waste your pleasant words.9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.10 Do not move an ancient landmark or enter the fields of the fatherless,11 for their Redeemer is strong; he will plead their cause against you.12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.14 If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.15 My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.16 My inmost being4 will exult when your lips speak what is right.17 Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.18 Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. 19 Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.20 Be not among drunkards5 or among gluttonous eaters of meat,21 for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. 22 Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.23 Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.25 Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice. 26 My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe6 my ways.27 For a prostitute is a deep pit; an adulteress7 is a narrow well.28 She lies in wait like a robber and increases the traitors among mankind. 29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?30 Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine.31 Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly.32 In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder.33 Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things.34 You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast.835 “They struck me,” you will say,9 “but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I must have another drink.”24 Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them,2 for their hearts devise violence, and their lips talk of trouble. 3 By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;4 by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.5 A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might,6 for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.7 Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth. 8 Whoever plans to do evil will be called a schemer.9 The devising10 of folly is sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind. 10 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work? 13 My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off. 15 Lie not in wait as a wicked man against the dwelling of the righteous; do no violence to his home;16 for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity. 17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,18 lest the LORD see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him. 19 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, and be not envious of the wicked,20 for the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out. 21 My son, fear the LORD and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise,22 for disaster will arise suddenly from them, and who knows the ruin that will come from them both? More Sayings of the Wise 23 These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good.24 Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,” will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,25 but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.26 Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips. 27 Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house. 28 Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.29 Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.” 30 I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,31 and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.32 Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction.33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,34 and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. Footnotes  23:1 Or who  23:6 Hebrew whose eye is evil  23:7 Or for as he calculates in his soul, so is he  23:16 Hebrew My kidneys  23:20 Hebrew those who drink too much wine  23:26 Or delight in  23:27 Hebrew a foreign woman  23:34 Or of the rigging  23:35 Hebrew lacks you will say  24:9 Or scheming (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 72 Psalm 72 (Listen) Give the King Your Justice Of Solomon. 72 Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son!2 May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice!3 Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness!4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor! 5 May they fear you1 while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth!7 In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more! 8 May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River2 to the ends of the earth!9 May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust!10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts!11 May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him! 12 For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper.13 He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight. 15 Long may he live; may gold of Sheba be given to him! May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all the day!16 May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field!17 May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed! 18 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.19 Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen! 20 The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended. Footnotes  72:5 Septuagint He shall endure  72:8 That is, the Euphrates (ESV) New Testament: John 14 John 14 (Listen) I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life 14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;1 believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?2 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”3 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.4 From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father'? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. 12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me5 anything in my name, I will do it. Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,6 to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be7 in you. 18
Hello, welcome to the Will Preach for Food podcast. I'm Doug, a pastor here at Faith Lutheran Church, based out of Shelton, Washington, a congregation of the ELCA. I took the summer off from recording this podcast, but it feels good to be back. Thank you so much for tuning in. You can learn more about Faith at our website, www.faithshelton.org. I am recording this for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, September 17, 2023.Today we're going to talk about marriage and divorce, reading from the gospel of Matthew, chapter 19, beginning with the first verse. Here Jesus tells us a little bit about how to relate well as humans, but also points us to the love of God who created us just as we are. God who is both Husband and Helper, Lover and Beloved. Let's get started by reading Matthew 19:1-12. After a few notes about what the text is saying, we will dig into the Living Word, and what it means for us today. And I'll leave you with a few takeaways for the week ahead. Ready? Let's listen.Matthew 19:1-12When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”4 “Haven't you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,' 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”Support the show
Various names given to the Holy Spirit indicate our inheritance as “partakers of the Holy Spirit” (Heb. 6:4). For example, He is called “the Helper” so we can expect Him to help us in time of need. He is the “Spirit of wisdom” so we can expect to receive God's wise counsel when we face confusing circumstances. He is the “Spirit of truth” who leads us into all truth, so we can expect to overcome the deception of this world. Learn His names! Learn your inheritance! Ministry website: www.shreveministries.org Comparative religion website: www.thetruelight.net Video channel: www.YouTube.com/mikeshreveministries All audio-podcasts are shared in a video format on our YouTube channel. Get Mike Shreve's book revealing the spiritual identity of the sons and daughters of God: WHO AM I? Dynamic Declarations of Who You Are in Christ Mike Shreve's other podcast Revealing the True Light—a study on comparative religion subjects, as well as mysterious or controversial biblical subjects: https://www.charismapodcastnetwork.com/show/revealingthetruelight Mail: P.O. Box 4260, Cleveland, TN 37320 / Phone: 423-478-2843
Morning: Psalm 86:15; Psalm 103:13–14; Isaiah 51:12; Isaiah 66:13; John 14:16–17; Romans 8:26; 2 Corinthians 1:3–4; 1 Peter 5:7; Revelation 21:4 “I, I am he who comforts you.” Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.—As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.—“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.”—Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.—“Another Helper,… even the Spirit of truth.”—The Spirit helps us in our weakness. “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.” Psalm 86:15 (Listen) 15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. (ESV) Psalm 103:13–14 (Listen) 13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.14 For he knows our frame;1 he remembers that we are dust. Footnotes  103:14 Or knows how we are formed (ESV) Isaiah 51:12 (Listen) 12 “I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass, (ESV) Isaiah 66:13 (Listen) 13 As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. (ESV) John 14:16–17 (Listen) 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,1 to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be2 in you. Footnotes  14:16 Or Advocate, or Counselor; also 14:26; 15:26; 16:7  14:17 Some manuscripts and is (ESV) Romans 8:26 (Listen) 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (ESV) 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 (Listen) God of All Comfort 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (ESV) 1 Peter 5:7 (Listen) 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (ESV) Revelation 21:4 (Listen) 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.” (ESV) Evening: Matthew 5:16; John 17:13; Romans 8:17; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 1:5; Ephesians 5:1; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 12:2; 2 Peter 1:17; 1 John 3:1 You were called into the fellowship of his Son. He received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”—See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.—If children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.—“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame.—“These things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.”—As we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. Matthew 5:16 (Listen) 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that1 they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Footnotes  5:16 Or house. 16Let your light so shine before others that (ESV) John 17:13 (Listen) 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. (ESV) Romans 8:17 (Listen) 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (ESV) 1 Corinthians 1:9 (Listen) 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (ESV) 2 Corinthians 1:5 (Listen) 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.1 Footnotes  1:5 Or For as the sufferings of Christ abound for us, so also our comfort abounds through Christ (ESV) Ephesians 5:1 (Listen) Walk in Love 5 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (ESV) Hebrews 1:3 (Listen) 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (ESV) Hebrews 12:2 (Listen) 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (ESV) 2 Peter 1:17 (Listen) 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son,1 with whom I am well pleased,” Footnotes  1:17 Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved (ESV) 1 John 3:1 (Listen) 3 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (ESV)
The Names of GodJehovah Ezri - The Lord My HelperA good father helps his children whenever it is needed. How much more will our heavenly Father help us with situations both big and small?Behold, God is my helper;The Lord is the sustainer of my soul. - Psalm 54:4 NASB 1995Yahweh is my strength and my wraparound shield. When I fully trust in you, help is on the way. I jump for joy and burst forth with ecstatic, passionate praise! I will sing songs of what you mean to me! - Psalms 28:7-9 TPT“I will never leave you; I will always be by your side.” Because of this promise, we may boldly say,The Lord is my help— I won't be afraid of anything.How can anyone harm me? - Hebrews 13:5-6 VOICEWhere has God been your helper in the past? Can you remember your history where God has been there for you?Blessing your heart to trust in God today, for yourself and those around you.Become a PatronCultivate Connection has reached listeners in 157 countries, averaging 1,100 downloads a week. Help us reach even more by sharing Cultivate Connection with others.If you are one of the many who have been blessed by Cultivate Connection, become a monthly patron. As a patron, your generosity helps us create, host, and promote experiences that help others grow their relationship with God. Learn more on our website at CultivateConnection.com
Are you a Christian parent with a teenager who is rebelling? Are you worried about your teen or child wanting to find out what is outside of Christianity? Listen to Terry Minor Junior's powerful testimony of being raised in the church then struggling with suicidal thinking, pornography and fornication. He shares how his parents stood firm on God's word and God's love. He was taught by the Holy Spirit how to love God for himself. He eventually obeyed his call to ministry and now preaches, creates music and raps! Terry grew up as a PK (preacher's kid) in Knoxville, TN in church. He experienced FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) from all the others kids and the world when he was a teen. Later he realized that the enemy was using FOMO and he was not missing out. He is so thankful for the parents he had raising up correctly to get back to faith. Even in the midst of being in a Christian home, kids can still allow outside influence in. The enemy can entice kids to “taste and see” what's out there and they learn the hard way. The biggest truth that he learned was that he needed to know Jesus for himself. Jesus knows exactly how we feel and can relate to everything we have been tempted by because he was a man as well as spirit. God's love NEVER changed no matter what choices he made outside of the church. He parents never wavered on the Word of God and their faith for their son Terry. Hear this rich interview with much wisdom, laughs and encouragement for your family to stand firm on the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” ~John 14:26 “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you will have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world, [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] ~John 16:33 AMPC Terry's website: https://www.terryminorjr.com/ Heidi's website: https://heidimortensonlmft.com/ If you are in crisis, help is available by call or text 1-800-273-8255 24/7. You can also visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org. You are loved!
When you were born, you couldn’t walk or talk. You couldn’t read or write. You couldn’t even control your own bowel movements. You LEARNED all those things from another human being. You were made for people. And here in America, we're now five years into a downward trend in life-expectancy that's being fueled by "deaths of despair" (suicide, drug overdose, and alcoholism). Why? Because Americans are LONELY. As it turns out, YOU WERE MADE FOR PEOPLE.
There are 2 Stages of receiving the Holy Spirit: (1) When we receive Christ, we are baptised into Him, born again, and receive the Spirit of God WITHIN, for our own personal blessing, holiness and life with God. (2) There is a subsequent experience of the Spirit after salvation, called the Baptism in the Spirit, when we receive the Spirit UPON, for the purpose of empowering us to witness to Christ and for ministry. The PROMISE of the SPIRIT is also called the BLESSING of ABRAHAM (Galatians 3:14), which is a 2-fold BLESSING (Genesis 12:2). Jesus is the prime example of this 2-stage Blessing of the Spirit: (1) He had the Spirit WITHIN from birth, and by the indwelling Spirit, He lived a perfect holy life to God as a man, but (2) He was not empowered for supernatural ministry until He received the Spirit UPON, at His Baptism. The BAPTISM in the SPIRIT is when we are clothed with POWER, by receiving the SPIRIT UPON, enabling us to witness and fulfil our ministry. Jesus' Baptism in the Spirit is the BLUEPRINT for ours (John 1:33). He already had the Spirit WITHIN from birth, but still needed to receive the Spirit UPON, to clothe Him with power for ministry. Likewise, we have the Spirit WITHIN, from our New Birth, but still need to receive the Spirit UPON, to clothe and anoint us with power to fulfil the Great Commission. He confirmed when God's SPIRIT came UPON Him, He was ANOINTED with God's POWER to minister (Luke 4:17-21). He described His Baptism in the Spirit as the Spirit coming UPON and ANOINTING Him to preach, heal and set the captives free. He also said that once the Spirit came upon Him, He rested and remained on Him, and so God's power was present on Him to heal them. Isaiah prophesied about the Messiah (Anointed One) in 11:1-3, 42:1, 61:1-3. In the Old Testament, nobody was BORN AGAIN or had the SPIRIT WITHIN, as this was only made available in the New Covenant. Although certain prophets, priests and kings were anointed with the SPIRIT UPON, this was not necessarily permanent, nor for all believers. But in the New Covenant, the SPIRIT UPON is available to all believers (John 7:38-39, Acts 2:16-18), and is permanent. Jesus described these 2 ministries of the Spirit WITHIN and UPON in His TEACHING. (1) He described the SPIRIT WITHIN us, as an everlasting FOUNTAIN of living water (John 4:10-14). (2) Later in John 7:37-39, He described the SPIRIT flowing out of us as RIVERS of living water, making us channels of blessing to others (v38). In Luke 11:9-13, He taught God will give His born again children more of the Holy Spirit if they ask Him (it's not automatic). In the Gospels, He primarily prepared His disciples to receive the New Birth and the Spirit WITHIN. He taught about the New Birth of our spirit by the Spirit in John 3:3-9,16. Then in John 14:16-17, He introduced the Spirit as another Helper like Himself. This means He is like Jesus, (1) a PERSON, not a force, and (2) GOD. He is a Divine Person, given to us. He also said in the New Birth the Spirit will INDWELL us forever: “He will be WITHIN YOU.” So He taught in the New Covenant the Spirit will indwell all believers forever. He explained the connection between the NEW BIRTH and the SPIRIT WITHIN in Mark 2:22. First, God must make our wineskin (spirit) new, and then He can put the NEW WINE of His SPIRIT WITHIN us. Old wineskins were renewed by rubbing them with oil. Likewise in the New Birth, our old spirits were made new and holy by the application of the OIL of the SPIRIT, making them able to receive the NEW WINE of the SPIRIT WITHIN. Then after they received His Spirit within on the day of His resurrection, during the 40 days He prepared them to receive the SPIRIT UPON, which they did at Pentecost (Acts 2). On the morning Jesus rose from the dead, He ascended to Heaven, before returning to earth and appearing to His disciples for the next 40 days, before His final Ascension (John 20:16-17). The 4 Purposes for His first Ascension: (1) To fulfil the Feast of First Fruits on the day of His resurrection (1Corinthians 15:20-23). The First Fruits of the harvest must be offered up and waved before God, to be accepted by God on behalf of the whole harvest (Leviticus 23:10-11). Therefore, He had to ascend to Heaven and appear before God to offer Himself as the First Fruits, to be accepted on our behalf. (2) To present His Blood in Heaven (Hebrews 9:12). Thus, it was not appropriate for Mary to touch Him before He made these holy offerings to God. But after He came back from Heaven, He allowed other women and His disciples to touch Him (Matthew 28:9, Luke 24:39, John 20:27). (3) To receive all authority in Heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18, Philippians 2:9-11, Daniel 7:13-14). (4) To receive the Holy Spirit on our behalf, in order to pour Him out (Acts 2:33). He must have received the Spirit from the Father on the resurrection morning, as already that evening, He imparted the Spirit to His disciples (John 20:22).
Mercury is microblading but we're back with a brand new episode. Join DeeAsia and SoSo as they discuss their latest shenanigans, review their latest finds with Sip or Spit, break down hangover cures from across the country, and answer the Wine Trivia question of the week.
We read the third and fourth “lamp-light” Psalms (Psalm 129LXX/130 MT and 116/117), considering their profound truths in the light of Deuteronomy 30:11-14, Romans 10:6-8, Luke 23:34-46, Mark 14:37, and Mark 15:34. Crying out and waiting patiently are shown to be the most perfect human responses to the LORD, who alone is our Helper and the One who loves mankind.
Opening prayer (from the Prayer before the Gospel during the Diving Liturgy) Make the pure light of Thy divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of our minds that we may understand the message of Thy Gospel. Instill also in us reverence for Thy blessed commandments, so that overcoming all worldly desires, we may pursue a spiritual life, both thinking and doing all things pleasing to Thee. For Thee, Christ our God, are the Light of our souls and bodies, and to Thee we give the glory, together with Thy Father, without beginning, and Thine All Holy, Good, and Life- Creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen. (2 Corinthians 6:6; Ephesians 1:18; 2 Peter 2:11) An Important Prologue (from Fr. Stephen's The Whole Counsel) · Inspiration. 2 Peter 1:19-21. And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, than no prophecy of Scripture is of any private origin, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men, being carried by the Holy Spirit, spoke from God (OSB & FSDY). Note that these “men” did this at different times, using different styles, and the writing was not done all at once. For example, the Torah is of Mosaic origin, but its language and style are from later times (and I don't have in mind E, Y, D, P). Inspiration includes speaking, writing, editing, copying, translating, and compiling scripture. · Inerrancy. A bit on the term. 18th century gave rise to a “scientific” way of looking at scripture. This doesn't just mean taking out the supernatural elements, but breaking texts apart and said to be of different and conflicting sources. Conservative American Protestants reacted by publishing “The Fundamentals.” They argued that the Scriptures were inerrant (without error). The Liberal Protestants were opposed to this view, saying that they were affected by the limitations of the people and cultures of the times in which they were written. This difference about inerrancy could have been bridged through nuance, but then they moved further apart, with the “fundamentalists” equating literal/materialist with inerrant and the liberal side becoming more interested in a reconstructed social gospel. Orthodoxy teaches that the Scriptures do not contain errors, but it has a strong tolerance for ambiguities. “In large part, this is because the Church has never approached the world on the basis of the Scriptures; rather the Scriptures function internally, with the Church and her worship.” Orthodoxy is not concerned with identifying and reconciling “errors” in scripture, but in what it (with all its richness) calls us to be. · Sola Scriptura. The Reformation put Scripture as the key to evaluating tradition and the teaching authority of the Church; the Roman Catholics make the teaching authority of the Church key (magisterium). Orthodoxy sidesteps this approach because it recognizes that Christ Himself is the Truth. We are not turning to scripture, tradition, and the Church to learn about Christ; we are coming to know God experientially, being united with and in Christ Himself. John 15:26-27 (following the logic of 2 Peter above), has the Holy Spirit (continuously revealing “Tradition”) and the witness of those who saw/knew God (ie Scriptures); “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.” We do not recognize competing sources of authority (Church, Tradition, Scripture), but see it all as the way we come to know Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit The Source(s) of the Bible Following Christ, the Apostles, and the Early Church, the Orthodox Church primarily uses the Septuagint. The Torah section was an official translation completed well before the Incarnation of Christ. This makes it more “objective” than the post-Incarnational Jewish Masoretic Text and Canon (most Roman Catholic and Protestant Bibles rely primarily on the Masoretic text). The Masoretic text was prepared after the loss of the Temple and the rise of Christianity (with the addition of vowels etc.). The Septuagint differs little from the Masoretic Text; both are supported by the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea Scrolls help demonstrate that there was textual diversity before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. There is NO SINGLE CANON OF ORTHODOX SCRIPTURE. We have the books we use liturgically and the books we read. All of them are useful. How the Bible is OrganizedNew Testament (we'll cover it later) and Old Testament. Old Testament Organization (Septuagint organization) The Torah. According to tradition, it was revealed to Moses on Mt. Sinai (most connect it with Moses (e.g. Exodus 33:11 & Galatians 3:19), but admit to it being touched by many hands). The five books of the Torah are also called the Five Books of the Law, the Pentateuch and the Books of Moses. Genesis (beginning). God's creation of the world, the fall of mankind, and the three patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) Exodus (departure). The early life of Moses, the Israelite escape from Egypt, and revelations at Mount Sinai. Leviticus (of the Levites). Historically, takes place at the foot of Sinai and continues to describe how God is to be honored and how Israelites are to live. Numbers (you'll see!). Describes the Israelites' time in the desert up to their arrival at the banks of the Jordan. Deuteronomy (second law). Moses' last words to the Israelites. His death. The Books of History. The history of Israel from their arrival at the promised land to just before the Incarnation. They are thought to have been written well after the events they describe. The Books of History are Joshua (the conquering of the promised land), Judges (The Israelites struggle with righteousness and idolatry), Ruth, I Kingdoms (aka I Samuel), II Kingdoms (II Samuel), III Kingdoms (I Kings), IV Kingdoms (II Kings), I Paraleipomenon (I Chronicles), II Paraleipomenon (II Chronicles), Nehemiah, I Esdras, II Esdras (Ezra), Tobit, Judith, Esther, I Maccabees, II Maccabees, III Maccabees. Books of Wisdom. Psalms, Prayer of Manasseh, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon (aka Song of Songs or Canticle of Canticles), Wisdom of Solomon, Wisdom of Sirach (aka Wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sirach; aka Ecclesiasticus) The Prophets. Minor prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zecharia, Malachi Major prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah (includes Baruch and the Epistle of Jeremiah), Ezekiel, Daniel (includes the Song of the Three Children). Why did some early Christians want to ban the Old Testament from the Biblical Canon? Why do we care about the Old Testament? It is “The Scriptures” referred to in the New Testament. It is about God, Christ, and God's plan for the world.
The words we use can easily build others up or tear them down. Learning to speak truth and love is a fine line. God gives us a Helper in this daunting task! Listen in to learn practical ways to praise your kids and build their identity.
By the Power of the Holy Spirit “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name”John 14:26 (ESV) John 15:26 (ESV)“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth”John 16:7 (ESV)“...it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you.”Acts 1:4-5 (NIV)“...Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”Acts 2:19 (ESV)“I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath”1 Cor 2:4-5 (NIV)“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God's power.”Isaiah 32:14-18 (ESV)“For the palace is forsaken,the populous city deserted...until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,and righteousness abide in the fruitful field. And the effect of righteousness will be peace,and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”September 3, 2023 // Pastor Jason KingIsaiah 44:3 (ESV)“For I will pour water on the thirsty land,and streams on the dry ground;I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring,and my blessing on your descendants.”John 6:63 (NKJV)“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing”Isaiah 63:10 (ESV)“They rebelledand grieved his Holy Spirit;therefore he turned to be their enemy, and himself fought against them.”1 Cor. 6:19 (NIV)“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?”Zechariah 4:6 (ESV)“...Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”
Jesus Gave His Followers the Holy Spirit to Walk with Them in Their Personal Relationship with God MESSAGE SUMMARY: Isaiah tells us about Jesus Followers' communications with the Holy Spirit in Isaiah 30:21: "And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,' when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.". We know, from the New Testament, that Jesus Followers are given the Holy Spirit to walk with them -- "a voice behind you". Since the Holy Spirit takes up residence in you, the way the Lord speaks to you is through the inward witness of the Holy Spirit -- the Spirit will speak, and you will know that it is the Lord. In John 14:26, Jesus reminds us about His promise, to His followers, of the “Helper” (Holy Spirit): “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”. Additionally, in John 16-7, Jesus tells us that not only will the Holy Spirit be your “Helper”, the Holy Spirit will be your “Comforter”: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.". TODAY'S PRAYER: Lord, I now take a deep breath and stop. So often I miss your hand and gifts in my life because I am preoccupied and anxious. Grant me the power to pause each day and each week to simply rest in your arms of love. In Jesus' name, amen. Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 132). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Today, Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Anger. Rather, I will abide in the Lord's Forgiveness. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5). SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Ezekiel 22:30-31; Isaiah 30:21; John 14:23-27; John 16:7-13; Psalms 134:1-3. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. THIS SUNDAY'S AUDIO SERMON: You can listen to Archbishop Beach's Current Sunday Sermon: “Jesus Is the Only Door to Your Eternal Life, But Jesus Has Given You the Key – His Gospel”, at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB
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Welcome! Church Online is a community of people all over the experiencing God and connecting with one another like never before in history. Introduce yourself in the chat and let us know where you're from! Get Connected Check us out on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram Find a Small Group www.southpoint4u.com/groups Learn more about SouthPoint at Growth Track www.southpoint4u.com/growthtrack Find out more at www.southpoint4u.com Notes Sometimes we follow a sabotaging voice because it's disguised as a friendly voice. A feel-good voice isn't the same as a good-friend voice. How do we see through the disguised voices that can mislead us? The noise around us is so loud and constant it drowns out the One voice we need to hear. ● We can't see all ● We don't know all ● We all trick ourselves We need a voice that knows and sees better than we do! How do we see through the disguised voices that can mislead us? History proves humanity has an enemy! The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. - John 10:10 Those who hear the message about the Kingdom but do not understand it are like the seeds that fell along the path. The Evil One comes and snatches away what was sown in them. - Luke 8:12 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. - John 14:16 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. - John 14:26 Three disguises: Distrust Deserve Desire He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. - Revelation 21:4 Three disguises: Distrust Deserve Desire …but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. - Matthew 6:33 Three disguises: Distrust Deserve Desire ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.' And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' - Matthew 22:37 & 39 The Holy Spirit provides the power to see through the disguised voice of our enemy.
This week at Community Church our Journey Through John brings us to the second half of John chapter 14. Jesus explains to his disciples that the Holy Spirit is going to come and what his role will be! Our Senior High Youth Pastor, Joseph McCartney, brings us this message.
Yes! You are in! Another mic drop for you, this one coming from North Phoenix, this is some advanced lifting so the deeper should dig it...here you go...Wow! Thank you Dr. Noe Garcia, North Phoenix, you are a gift for this season. I know you have some great speakers in the area. Noe is an excellent teacher. He makes the play of the day again. If you dig, you can hear more of that message at North Phoenix Baptist Church, that message is entitled "I Will" and it was published on the 20th of August 2023.If you are a newer believer or an old one, this is a key learning point for some of you. There's your answer to Why. Jesus got brutally nailed to a cross for you, why do you think life should be easy. This broken planet is brutal. Knowing that, who or what are you clinging to? Confession, I've clinged to the wrong things and people at times. It's easy to do. The wise cling to God, their saviour Jesus Christ and their Helper the Holy Spirit. There's no bettter place to go in tough times. And bonus points for you that cling to God during great and indifferent times too. Bonus story! I love Miracle Stories. Who doesn't? Once upon a time, FriDude Casey told his Windshield Cash story that totally blew my mind. You'll have to dig back for that one in the podcast. Yet today, I have a new one for you. 23 year old Diggin Dirt Deep Matt, a current contributor to ThursDudesPM, was in Walmart in the state of Wyoming. n the Wow Factor, this praise report ranks up there with the Casey Windshield miracle story. Diggin Dirt Deep Matt (23) currently with ThursDudesPM was at Walmart this week. He had a young woman struggling with payment in front of him. She was trying three different cards. On top of that embarrassment someone else in line was giving her a hard time. Matt steps up and pays for her...around $250! That alone is a cool story for grace. There's more. Matt just got a new job with the railroad. Getting transferred to Wyoming. Moving his young wife and child from El Paso. So he's off to meet his new landlord for the place he's going to rent. Upon arrival, he sees that same young woman. Befuddled, he walks up to learn that young woman is the grand daughter of the landlord. She was recently laid off and living with him. The landlord was so moved to hear the story of the Young Buck's Christian heart that he waived first month's rent and the security deposit. Wow! Father God, you never cease to amaze me!Now go, cling to the Heavenly Father God in tought times in good times, love Him with all your heart soul and mind, then love others just like Matt in that Walmart line or wherever God tees you up. Everything else you are trying to do correctly on this earth, hangs on those two, love God, love others, check Matt 22: 26-40. I love you, yes even you that i really don't know. This is why I do what I do.