The illness and death of Lazarus happened “that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (John 11:4). Jesus' miracle of raising Lazarus prompted His arrest and crucifixion, whereby He would die “for the nation” and gather “into one the children of God who are scattered abroad” (John 11:51–52). As He called Lazarus from the tomb and commanded others to “unbind him, and let him go” (John 11:44), Jesus also calls us and releases us from the bondage of sin and death. We would not “submit to God's law,” nor could we “please God” (Rom. 8:7–8), but “he condemned sin” in His own flesh so “that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us” (Rom. 8:3–4). Now through the Gospel, “the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells” in us (Rom. 8:11). His Word breathes His Spirit into our mortal flesh, animating us with His own life. As His ministers preach according to His divine command, the Lord Jesus calls us from the grave into the good land that He gives us (Ezek. 37:12, 14). ----- Trinity Lutheran Church, School and Child Care have been "Making Known the Love of Christ" in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and throughout the world since 1853 as a congregation gathering around God's Word and Sacraments to receive forgiveness and life everlasting. Trinity is located in downtown Sheboygan, only one block from the Mead Public Library and the Weill Center for the Performing Arts. We invite you to visit us in person! Trinity Lutheran Sheboygan is a proud member of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Visit their website: https://www.lcms.org/ Music for this production was obtained through a licensing agreement with One License, LLC. The copyright permission to reprint, podcast, and record hymns and songs is acquired through ID Number: 730195-A #LCMS #Lutheran #DivineService
Our Daily Bread Podcast | Our Daily Bread
Chinese medicine has practiced pearl powder exfoliation for thousands of years, using ground pearls to scrub away dead cells resting at the top of the skin. In Romania, rejuvenating therapeutic mud has become a widely sought-after exfoliant that’s purported to make skin youthful and glowing. All over the world, people use body care practices they believe will renew even the dullest of skin. The tools we’ve developed to maintain our physical bodies, however, can only bring us temporary satisfaction. What matters more is that we remain spiritually healthy and strong. As believers in Jesus, we’re given the gift of spiritual renewal through Him. The apostle Paul wrote, “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). The challenges we face daily can weigh us down when we hold on to things like fear, hurt, and anxiety. Spiritual renewal comes when we “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen” (v. 18). We do this by turning our daily worries over to God and praying for the fruit of the Holy Spirit—including love, joy, and peace—to emerge anew in our lives (Galatians 5:22). When we release our troubles to God and allow His Spirit to radiate through us each day, He restores our souls.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones Sermon Podcast
Ephesians 6:10-13 — How are Christians related to the power of God? In this sermon on Ephesians 6:10–13 titled “God's Battle, not Ours,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that Christians must remember that Jesus Christ is the captain of their salvation. Salvation is God's work. Christians are individual soldiers in a great army fighting a great campaign. The ultimate perspective is not the individual's fight, but God's. The battle is the Lord's. God is “leading many sons to glory” according to His scheme. The appointed leader of this plan is Jesus and as the Christian fights, they must remember that God is involved in it all with them. Therefore, they must realize this: this fight cannot fail because God's honor is in it. This means their salvation is secure. Christians cannot “fall from grace,” because to do so means the power of God fails and the devil wins. That does not happen. Therefore those who are in Christ are secure and kept by the power of God at work in them. The devil can shout, rail, and threaten, but he cannot touch those in the kingdom of Christ. All believers are members of the body of Christ, empowered by His Spirit, and therefore kept from the devil triumphing over them in the end.
Cottonwood Church: Weekly Audio
With Jesus as our Good Shepherd, we are not faceless in a sea of people or a number on an endless list. He knows us by name and everything about us. In this message, Pastor Bayless Conley gives us seven aspects of the Good Shepherd. He shares who He is, what He does, and how He loves us. We also learn to hear His voice through His Word, by our integrity, and by the guidance of His Spirit. The enemy may come to steal, kill and destroy our lives, but we are provided with protection and personal care from the Good Shepherd.
Episode 32 of Season 2 is a meditation on Proverbs 1:1-9 and 20-23 where Solomon his son and all people to heed the instruction that comes from God - indeed that the fear of the Lord is the very beginning of knowledge, and that God will pour His Spirit out on those who respond to Wisdom's call. Connect with me at Mick@MickRMurray.com // feel free to share, subscribe, rate, and/or comment Background tracks (licensed via Musicbed): - Ariana by Tony Anderson - Aurora by Svvn
In this episode, Tyler Medina talks about the privilege of hosting the presence of God and getting to partner with His Spirit through intercession and travail to see the heart and plans of the Lord made manifest in the earth.
Unlocked: Daily Devotions for Teens
Crawling into bed, I snuggled under the blankets as clouds filled my mind. "Another day I've messed up," I thought, tears filling my eyes. "When will I ever get it right?" Despair filled my mind, making sleep impossible. I wanted to pray, but I was too scared to do it. Why would God want to listen to me after I had failed Him for the umpteenth time? I could just picture Him shaking His head with a groan as I stumbled forward to ask for forgiveness... again..I pulled my knees into my chest, and pulled the covers around tighter. Then, a voice spoke right to my heart... “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” It was a ray of sunshine from heaven. I had heard the verse (Romans 8:1) before, but never needed to hear those words as much as I did then..God doesn't expect perfection from His children—and He does not condemn us. He knows that all humans sin, failing to love Him and one another (Matthew 22:37-40; Romans 3:23-24). Our sin grieves Him because He loves us and sin hurts us, but He also understands the struggle we go through. More than that, He gives us victory in our struggle—because His own Son, Jesus, lived through the same struggles we now experience, and He defeated every temptation. Once we've put our trust in Jesus, we have His Spirit in us, giving us that same power to resist sin..And even when we fail, not only does God understand, but He has already forgiven us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. “Therefore, there is now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1, emphasis added). As we come to Him, repenting from our sins and seeking His help, He gladly gives it to us out of love. We don't have to be afraid of punishment because Jesus took our punishment upon Himself when He went to the cross... and nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). So, through each struggle, temptation, sin, and failure, He is still there, ready to help you through and ready to give you victory. • Lily Walsh.• Do you ever feel like you've failed too many times to receive God's grace? How does today's Bible passage speak into this? .• How can knowing that God gives us victory through Christ give us hope, especially when we fail? (If you want to dig deeper, read John 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:14-16; and 1 John 4:18.) .Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 (NIV)
How can you find rest for "weary & heavy" soul? Jesus shows us how in these chapters of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Rest will look and feel differently for each of us and at different times of our lives. In this episode, Dr. Christina Hibbert offers strategies to build your "rest" toolbox, including how to "take His yoke upon you," "learn of Him," and let Him "give you rest."Highlights include:00:00-05:50“QOTW: How can I find rest? For my body, mind, heart, relationships, soul?05:51-12:53“Overwhelm & exhaustion, sleep debt, & how to change unhealthy thoughts”12:54-19:36“Exercise: ‘Rest Self-Inventory'”19:37-30:22“‘Come unto Him,' ‘Take His yoke upon you,' ‘Learn of Him'”30:23-43:48“‘He will give you rest'--ask, seek His Spirit, love & serve”43:49-49:28“Use the Sabbath, consider your heart, evaluate your ‘fruits,' use scriptures”49:29-END“Be united–with God, in your house, relationships, and self"Get my FREE Self-Esteem vs Self-Worth mini course: http://www.drchristinahibbert.comJoin my FREE 8-Day REPLENISH Self-Care Challenge: https://drchristi.mykajabi.com/8day-replenish-challengeor http://www.drchristinahibbert.com (find the "REPLENISH Challenge" post)Find Study Guides, episodes, & SUBSCRIBE to our email list at : http://www.likeawateredgarden.comAbout this podcast:Welcome to Like a Watered Garden, a Come Follow Me-inspired mental health & personal growth podcast that shows you how to personalize the holy scriptures to help you “overcome, become, and flourish” in physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health & wellness, so you may feel, as Isaiah writes, “...like a watered garden and a spring whose waters fail not.”I'm your host, Dr. Christina Hibbert, clinical psychologist, author, speaker, wife & mom, & member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.For our second season, we'll be following the Come Follow Me manual and learning in The New Testament, our goal being to draw closer to Christ as we study His life, ministry, death & resurrection.To learn more about Dr. Christina Hibbert, please visit http://www.drchristinahibbert.com or http://www.instagram.com/drchristinahibbert or http://www.facebook.com/DrCHibbertTo learn more about this podcast, find bonus materials, handouts, and videos, visit http://www.likeawateredgarden.com and/or Instagram, http://www.instagram.com/likeawatered.gardenJoin our "Like a Watered Garden Podcast FB Discussion Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/likeawateredgardenOriginal music written & performed by Braxton Hibbert.Please rate/review this podcast! Let's connect: http://www.likeawateredgarden.com http://www.instagram.com/likeawatered.garden http://www.instagram.com/drchristinahibbert http://www.facebook.com/groups/likeawateredgarden
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Wednesday morning, it is the 15th of March, 2023 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“I believed, therefore I spoke,…”Psalm 116:10“I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,…”2 Corinthians 4:13"But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”Romans 8:11Oh my dear friend, do you have a testimony this morning? Can you tell people that you believe, because you know, because He lives inside you? Jesus Christ is so much alive today. He is soon coming back. He is going to take you and me to Heaven with Him and we are going to live there in peace and harmony with our Heavenly Father and with the Holy Spirit. People will only believe you, when you tell them about the Lord, if you yourself believe it. There are some people, the way they preach, it looks to me like they don't even believe what they are preaching. You see, you have to live the life. There needs to be such a change in your spirit-man, in your life, your character, people will say, “What has happened to you? You are not the same person we knew yesterday.”You know, when Jill and I gave our lives to the Lord, we were invited by the minister to come to his house and have a mid-week Bible study. After about three or four weeks, I was so hungry for the Lord, I had a complete transformation in my life. I had joy and peace and purpose, but the minister was always rather abrupt, and he was actually a bit ugly to me, to be honest with you. After about four weeks, being a man who wears my heart on my sleeve, I said, “Can I speak to you for a minute?” He said, “Yes.” I said, “Why are you so harsh on me? Why are you so short with me? What have I done wrong?” Then he looked at me and I think there were a few tears in his eyes. He said, “Angus, I must confess when I saw you come into my Bible study, I wasn't too sure if you were the real deal because I know your track record. I know where you came from, I know how you used to be and I wasn't sure if it was just a facade, but I know now that Jesus Christ lives in your heart." That is the testimony that you and I need. There must be a change and when you preach you tell them, “I believe because I know my Redeemer lives.”Have a wonderful day,Jesus bless you and goodbye.
As believers, it is important for us to know what the Word of God says. And in addition to our knowledge, we must be very sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit inside of our hearts and lives. When we do this, we will know how to respond to Him when He speaks. As a believer, if you are just living your Christian life based on what you know, that's a good place to start, but it is not a good place to stop! God wants you to be in the flow of His Spirit. God wants to speak to you. In this message, we are going to look at several different Scripture verses that will give you a good handle on sensing the Holy Spirit. You will realize that the words speak of Him as a person. He is not an “it!” He is not a “thing!” He is the third person of the Trinity!
We are a people marked by God's righteousness as His Spirit transforms our hearts and our lives. Having now officially passed the half-way mark of the "Beatitudes", Jesus begins to reveal what God's righteousness will look like as we follow Him as our King.
Are there areas in your soul in desperate need of God's grace in relation to trauma? Learn, with Robin Kirby-Gatto, how Jesus Christ came to heal us in the fractured places of the soul. *** Welcome to Celebrating God's Grace, A Women World Leader's Podcast, I'm your host Robin Kirby-Gatto. Thank you for joining us today as we celebrate God's grace, in our lives, in our ministry, and around the world. Today's Title is: “God can heal the trauma that fractures your soul.” 17 “This was in fulfillment of what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, 18 Behold, My Servant Whom I have chosen, My Beloved in and with Whom My soul is well pleased and has found its delight. I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall proclaim and show forth justice to the nations. 19 He will not strive or wrangle or cry out loudly; nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets; 20 A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering (dimly burning) wick He will not quench, till He brings justice and a just cause to victory.” (Matthew 12:17-20 AMPC) Jesus Christ, the Son of God, gives us Eternal Life, delivering us from sin. Not only does He deliver us from sin, He heals us of the trauma that is the result of sin. This prophecy from Isaiah 42:1-3, is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. God has literal meaning of His word, as well as revelation richly applicable to our individual lives, of which this passage is one. I get into detail greatly on the issue of trauma in my upcoming book “The Forbidden Fruit, The Spiritual Disease,” where God reveals that the effects of sin are the impression of trauma. The acronym God gave me for “traumas” is Terror, Rejection, Abandonment, and Unloved Massively Announcing Shame. As a former psychotherapist, I saw the symptoms of trauma overabundantly in outpatient psychiatry. Presently, in my ministry work of health and wellness coaching, this is the most prevalent issue, in which I navigate my clients. We don't realize that even in the smallest way, we have an undercurrent of emotion, generally in those four areas, of terror, rejection, abandonment, and unloved, speaking within our body, causing us to react to things we've misinterpreted in life. Two symptoms of trauma I want to address are hypervigilance and being paranoid. Hypervigilance means that your super aware of things in your environment and you're getting ready to fend off a perceived violation that might come through a circumstance or through another person verbally, passive aggressively or physically. No one is immune from trauma in this fallen world. Adam and Eve were the first ones to experience this, as they were banished from the Garden of Eden as a result of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, bringing about spiritual death, where sin entered mankind. (See Genesis 3:1-24) Sin separated mankind from God. From this act, sprang emotions unfelt before, reeling through Adam and Eve's bodies, of terror, rejection, abandonment and unloved cloaking them in shame. They tried desperately to cover themselves in fig leaves, hyper aware that something had changed. God hadn't changed, He still loved them. What changed was that sin separated mankind from God, where Adam and Eve now felt terror, rejection, abandonment and being unloved. Because of Christ Jesus and the power of Grace, we are freed from the impression of trauma. This is what the prophecy from Isaiah, recorded in the Gospel of Matthew is about. “20 A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering (dimly burning) wick He will not quench, till He brings justice and a just cause to victory.” (Matthew 12:20 AMPC) The bruised reed and smoldering wick, represents the soul that's experienced trauma. God provides a backdrop in which we can view the bruised reed and smoldering wick and its meaning, through the Hebrew words, which compose it. Bruised comes from the Hebrew word râtsats pronounced raw-tsats' meaning, “TO CRACK IN PIECES, break, bruise, crush, discourage, and oppress.” [i] Thus, the bruised reed represents the person whose life seems to be falling apart or is at the point of a nervous breakdown. I don't know about you, but I've had many opportunities in life, where I've felt like this. You must realize when this comes upon your person, it is only the “cracked” or fragmented parts of your soul, speaking and bleeding over into your entire body, overtaking you for the moment. You must stop and breathe, acknowledging GRACE! To provide an analogy I want to use the spelling of the Hebrew word for bruised, which is r.a.t.s.a.t.s. Let me say it one more time, R.A.T.S.A.T.S. Now I'm not a wordsmith by any means, but I cannot help but to see things in the Hebrew words, which my husband, Rich, calls “Robinisms.” I couldn't help but see RAT-SATS. This might not mean anything now but just wait. We live in an old apartment, which we love, built in the early 1900s in downtown Birmingham, Alabama in the historic garden district. We have three parks in the area, where many more old buildings stand, occupied by tenants who can appreciate the character of the old architecture. I feel like I'm living the HGTV House Hunters International life, except nationally. We've lived here for six years, and it wasn't until just a month ago, that we experienced a mouse issue in the place. Thank goodness it was a mouse and not a rat. Well, that mouse had a friend later, so it became mice. Although they were cute, they were unnerving as from time to time, they would come out and run across the kitchen floor, and eventually one was in our bedroom. Me being the wife that I am and knowing my husband, I tried to keep it on the down low as much as possible. Because of my work, I couldn't help but hear the mice in the apartment. I am a proficient writer, having written 70 plus workbooks, and now 14 books. My father jokingly says, years from now that he'll ask me what I'm doing and I'll respond, “I'm writing a new book.” Along with being a writer, I minister and do health and wellness coaching, all from our apartment. While writing, I could hear something moving in the kitchen for a few days and would get up and down over and over to see if I could find what it might be. Eventually, I discovered a mouse, and contacted the property management to deal with the issue. One was caught, and I let out a sigh of relief, only to find out two days later there was another one. The second one I saw scurrying across our bedroom floor, which was caught later. I cleaned our kitchen as though we were moving out, dismantling little boroughs of collected paper bags which might seem inviting for a critter. As well as getting into the nook and crannies, where I moved all the items in the kitchen, and then swept and mopped the floor. I'm grateful it was mice and not rats. Rats are bigger and very aggressive, compared to mice. I've heard stories of people that had to deal with rat infested homes, and it's not good. So, imagine if you had a rat sitting in your house and refusing to leave. No matter what, you couldn't get it out. That's what the effects of sin do, by leaving the impression of trauma. You might not have committed an act, but someone else committed an act against you. Regardless of who committed the act of sin, for which you've forgiven, you still have its impression in the form of trauma, which has made you hypervigilant on a matter or even paranoid. God's grace delivers us from this issue. He brings the power of His Word of Truth, where His Spirit of Truth, reveals His love, driving out the fear that was brought on by it. We see this in 1 John 4:18. 18 “There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and EXPELS EVERY TRACE OF TERROR! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love's complete perfection].” (1 John 4:18 AMPC) The bruise of the enemy, inflicted by sin, is trauma, the rat in our soul, gnawing at places in which we feel we'll never be healed. God's love makes us whole driving all terror out! The Greek word for fear is phóbos pronounced fob'-os meaning, “to be put in fear, alarm or fright, be afraid, and terror.” [ii] This is also where the word phobia comes from. Thus, God deals with the bruises on our soul, where we've acquired phobias. The dim wick represents a little flicker of a flame on a candle, barely burning. The Hebrew primary root word for dim is kâhâh pronounced kaw-haw' meaning, “to be weak, to despond, to grow dull, darken, be dim, fail, and faint.” [iii] This gives the picture of someone barely hanging onto life, who's hopeless. Jesus brings hope to the hopeless through His love, which is grace, lifting the weary traveler up onto the Highway of Holiness in Isaiah 35:8, where no unclean thing or beast can walk. No terror can tread on Love's path. The saint is bathed in the pure love of the Cross of Christ Jesus and what He has done, to know the power of His resurrection. That power is our inheritance. (See Ephesians 1:17-20) There is a process in working out our salvation as in Philippians 2:12, in fear and in trembling. That process is to know the grace of God that has come through Christ Jesus, so that although we've asked for forgiveness and have forgiven others, we must address our issue in getting past some things. The effects of sin have traumatized us in some fashion, which has left us feeling stuck, and possibly hopeless. The first step in addressing the area of trauma, is recognizing that you're feeling it in some form, whether it be terror, rejection, abandonment or unloved. This is prominent at times, where you might be triggered by what some says or does. You feel like a little girl lifting her hands, who longs to be picked up by her daddy and kept in his long embrace. This fractured part of the soul is where trauma dwells and needs to be healed by grace. One of my favorite stories, which I've taught in my books, is about the ruby. I teach God's scriptures with all the sciences, unfolding understanding of truth. When I taught on precious stones, in the series of God's Fire Wall Healing of the Soul, I taught on Job 28 and on the precious stone, the ruby. In Job 28, the prophet is grappling with his own trauma, which he's felt during his trial, where he's crying out for wisdom in the dark (dim) place, inside of a mountain. Sitting in darkness, Job's led to pull back a piece of the mountain, allowing the light to shine in, and he discovers himself sitting amid sapphires and other precious stones. How beautiful is that? We don't realize the precious blessings of God's truth that's made known to us in the darkest trials in our lives. When I studied and taught on rubies during the gemology and archeology I employed with scripture, it blew my mind. Did you know that a perfect ruby is rare. That's right. Isn't that surprising? Most rubies have what gemologist call “fractures.” Little fractures make their paths through the stone, which might cause a regular person to discard it. Fortunately, there's a process to make the imperfect fractured ruby, perfect. Oil is poured into the fractured parts of the ruby, that's then put into an oven heated at 500 degrees. Once done, the ruby is brought out, where the oil has baked into the fractures, and it is then made perfect. This process is called “healing,” where the fractured places in the ruby have now been healed. 500 represents grace for us, and is such a testament to the trials, which expose the areas of trauma in which we need healing. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, doesn't discard us or break us, He sweeps us up in the Love of God, bringing the display of the Father's love for us. Where is it you need healing from past trauma? Let the Lord's love pour into your heart, overflowing within your mind, as you know the power of healing, grace. [i] Strong J. (1890) Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Abingdon Press. Strong's Concordance Hebrew word # 7533 “bruised” [ii] Strong J. (1890) Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Abingdon Press. Strong's Concordance Greek word # 5401 “terror” [iii] Strong J. (1890) Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Abingdon Press. Strong's Concordance Hebrew word # 3544 “dim”
High Tower Ministries Podcast with Bill & Cara Nordeen
Allow your spirit to be watered with this refreshing message that will stir your spirit and cause you to press into the Lord for the water of His Spirit to come upon the parched places in your life. Get ready to be encouraged in the Lord as Apostles Bill and Cara share how to receive "The Dew from Heaven" as the Lord's Glory comes in today! Share this broadcast with your friends and get ready to experience the unlimited power of God! Get connected with us and watch “Greater Glory” on the High Tower Ministries, Int. Facebook Page! Sundays at 9 AM & 7 PM and Wednesdays at 7 PM for inspiring messages that will raise your faith and grow you in the Word! Don't miss a message, Follow Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HighTowerMinistry.org Bookings/ Churches / Conferences: Bookings@HighTowerMinistry.org Individual Prayer Requests: PrayerRequests@HighTowerMinistry.org Subscribe to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_s14njTA8GQ5oBFb4Zs_uA/featured High Tower Ministries Podcasts: High Tower Ministries Podcast with Bill & Cara Nordeen on Apple Podcasts Get Connected Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HighTowerMinistry.org Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hightowerministries_usa/ FREE DOWNLOAD / Website: www.HighTowerMinistry.org Unlocking Glory and the Unlocking Glory Study Guide are available on our website (signed copy with free shipping within the US). Also available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles.
Friday, 10 March 2023 “and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Acts 15:9 Peter had just noted that God acknowledged the Gentiles who believed by giving them the Holy Spirit, having read their hearts. This was just the same as the Jews who believed, apart from any law observance. With that, he now says, “and made no distinction.” The thought here is that of some sort of class. The Greek word is diakrinó. It signifies to thoroughly judge a matter and thus to completely separate. God makes no distinction in types or categories of men when He reads their hearts. Skin color, marital status, age, societal status, wealth, etc., are all irrelevant to Him. One human heart is just like any other. The sentiment is reflected in Acts 10, just prior to Peter beginning his speech to the Gentiles – “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. 35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.'” Acts 10:34, 35 In this case, Peter continues his words, saying, “between us and them.” The distinction being made, then, is between a Jew under the law and a Gentile not under the law. There is absolutely no distinction in God's eyes between the two when the gospel is considered. Despite this, there is a difference. A Jew under the law was obligated to the law. A Gentile not under the law was not. Paul addresses these things in Romans. This is why Peter will say what he says in the next verse. For now, however, the matter is one not of difference, but of distinction. The gospel is presented, the offer is thus made, and God will evaluate people based on that alone. In believing, He is then “purifying their hearts.” The tense is wrong. The verb is an aorist participle, “having purified.” These Gentiles had their hearts searched, they had believed, and their hearts were purified. The idea is expressed well by Jeremiah – “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? 10 I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9, 10 The wicked heart of the unregenerate that is willing to call out for cleansing through the hearing of the gospel is purified. The word used to describe this purifying, katharizó, is the same word spoken to Peter in his vision – “But Peter said, ‘Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.' 15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, ‘What God has cleansed [katharizó] you must not call common.' 16 This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.” The “unclean” Gentiles had been purified just like the supposedly “clean” Jews, thus signifying that the Jews were actually unclean. The law never purified them in the manner that is needed before God. And this purification was, as Peter says, “by faith.” It was an internal act for the Jews who believed. It was an internal act for the Samaritans who believed, and it was an internal act for the Gentiles who believed. God, without making any distinction, saw that they believed and He gave His Spirit. No works of the law were associated with what occurred. The words of Peter now are exactingly mirrored by Paul in Romans 3 – “Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.” Romans 3:29, 30 It is also the very thought that Paul had to correct Peter on when he made an error in his ways while in Antioch – “We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.” Galatians 2:15, 16 Life application: When reading the Bible, we may come to a thought similar to what is presented in this verse and make an erroneous conclusion if we don't stop and think through what is being conveyed. A good example of this comes from Galatians – “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29 Because of these words, it has been inferred that everyone in the church has the same rights as anyone else. For example, this verse is used to justify the ordination of women because “there is neither male nor female” in Christ. This is a failure to understand the difference between the words “distinction” and “difference.” God has made no distinction between any of these (or other) categories, as was noted earlier. However, God still recognizes the differences. First, Paul could not have written these words if there are no longer any differences. The fact that he says there is neither Jew nor Greek means that the categories still exist. Paul explicitly addresses Jews and Gentiles in separate thoughts in Romans and elsewhere. Likewise, Paul specifically addresses slaves and their responsibilities to their masters several times. He specifically addresses the responsibilities of men and of women elsewhere as well. He is addressing different categories of people in whom God has found no distinction for salvation. When the differences, which are still recognized by God, are ignored, only chaos will result. It is our responsibility to always recognize what God recognizes, such as our responsibilities as males or females, and to not recognize what God has not found distinct. Thus, we are to be willing to present the gospel to all without recognizing any differences that would bias us against doing so. Heavenly Father, may we be willing to think through what is presented in Your word and responsibly handle the duties that have been set before us. May we not allow what You have forbidden, and may we not overlook anyone because of our own biases. You have made no distinction, nor should we. Help us in this, O God. Amen.
Unlocked: Daily Devotions for Teens
Saying goodbye is my least favorite thing. And my honorary “niece” agrees with me..Last year, my husband and I bought a house with our dear friends from college—the parents of our aforementioned niece. We wanted to live in community and save money, and it has been such a joy for our two families to live together..While we were in the process of buying the house, we were still living in separate apartments, and I was babysitting my niece while her mom worked. On one particular day, when it was time to go home my niece burst into more tears than usual. We had been having so much fun together, and she didn't want it to end..She was too little to understand, but I was desperate to find a way to comfort her. “Little one, I have good news for you!” I said. “Pretty soon, we'll be living in the same house.”.It really reminded me of Jesus's promises to us. As Christians, we rest in two great promises: (1) that Jesus Christ is always with us, constantly present in our lives, and (2) that He will return someday to make all things new. Jesus is present with us even on the worst of days through His Spirit, His Word, and His people. And when Jesus returns bodily to restore the world, we will dwell forever with Him and our siblings in Christ on the new heavens and new earth. Then, we will be free from the sadness and brokenness sin introduced into our world. Free from the heartbreak of goodbyes..In Christ, no matter what we face, we can trust that our future is secure. Even death can't separate us from God's love because our Savior beat sin and death when He died on the cross and rose from the grave. Now that's good news! • Kandi Zeller.• What kinds of changes or disappointments have you experienced lately? How can the promises from today's reading give you hope for both the future and the present? (If you want to dig deeper, read John 14:16-23 and Romans 8:38-39.).• If you want to learn more about what it means to know Jesus, check out our "Know Jesus" page..I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God's home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.” Revelation 21:3 (NLT)
We're in a holy moment
Welcome to our Sunday Evening Service podcast! This week we encountered the Presence of God in a powerful way and didn't feel we should rush in any direction other than wait on the Lord as He was moving in our midst. We could sense His Spirit rolling off the things that needed to go! Enjoy! Receive and rest in His Presence as you listen!
Declaring His Glory Among the Nations
Dear brother or sister in Christ, you have been rescued and now belong to a new kingdom. Satan no longer has dominion over you. Do not let sin rule over you! You have the power in Christ, by His Spirit, to overcome temptation and to live victoriously even amid the darkness all around (Heb. 2:14–15). Praise be to God!Thank you for listening to this episode of Declaring His Glory Among the Nations: Daily Scripture Meditations from Pastors Around the World.This show is from The Master's Academy International.If you like this podcast, please subscribe, and leave a review on your favorite podcast app. The Master's Academy International is committed to fulfilling the Great Commission by training indigenous church leaders worldwide.For more information and to learn how to get involved, visit www.tmai.org.► CONNECT WITH US: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/tmai.orgInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/tmai_orgTwitter - https://twitter.com/tmai_org► SEE OUR RESOURCES: Field Reports - https://www.tmai.org/updateMinistry Updates - https://www.tmai.org/subscribeOnline Giving - https://www.tmai.org/donateDevotional Book - https://www.tmai.org/devotionalFree Book - https://www.tmai.org/freebook► CONTACT US: Address - 13248 Roscoe Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352Phone - (818) 909-5570Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Unlocked: Daily Devotions for Teens
It can be hard to sit back and be still. Some people will call us lazy if we do this. Some will say we need to get going and take action. There are times when we need to be still, though. There are times when we need to wait for God's leading and direction. There are times when we need to hold back while God takes care of our battles for us..In this broken world, we are pushed to rush through life. Many of us feel like there is always something we need to be doing, and like we have to stay busy. But we can miss out on hearing God's voice when we don't slow down and take time to be still. God wants to communicate with us, and it's easiest for us to listen to Him when we are quiet and still..Even though we might have a lot going on in our lives, it's important that we take some time to slow down, no matter what's happening. Jesus invites us to come to Him, to rest in His love and be refreshed in His presence (Psalm 23:1-3; Matthew 11:28-30). Even though we want to make sure we're doing what we're expected to do, and we don't want to become irresponsible or lazy, it could be that the things we think we need to do aren't actually God's priorities for us. Remember that Jesus came so we could have relationship with God. We need to take some time to just breathe, and listen for God to speak. He communicates with us through His Spirit (who lives inside Christians), His Word (the Bible), and His people (the church), allowing us to hear the wonderful true story of Jesus's rescue of humanity through His death and resurrection. • Emily Acker.• When do you feel rushed? God has compassion on you, and He is never in a hurry. There's enough time to take a deep breath, and rest in His love. What are some practical ways you could take time to be still with God, especially when life feels busy? (Luke 5:15-16) .• God invites us to interact with Him through His Spirit, His Word (the Bible), and His people. While spending time with other Christians is important, why is it also important for us to spend time with God individually?.• Read Luke 10:38-42. What was Mary doing? What might it look like for us to follow her example? .Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7 (NIV)
Our God is a good gut, a God that loves his people, and blesses us in a variety of manners. One way is through the giving of His Spirit. When we become a believer, that is through redemption, we are brought into a relationship with God, and that relationship will lead us to worship God. To donate please visit us at: https://loveisrael.org/donate/ Checks may be sent to: LoveIsrael.org 6355 N Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, FL 32953 Feel free to download our MyBibleStudy App on telephone https://get.theapp.co/yjjq we don't know how long we can post the teachings on YT https://www.instagram.com/mybiblestudyofficial/ To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1256/29
Oxford Bible Church - Living in the Last Days
Living by faith starts by (1) submitting our heart to Christ as our Lord and trusting in Him as our Source, and then (2) building our lives upon Him as our Foundation by HEARING and DOING His WORDS (1Cor 3:11, Matt 7:24-25, Col 2:6-7). There are 3 Dimensions to the problem of SIN: *(1) IMPUTED SIN. Through our union to Adam, we were in a legal state of guilt in Adam. *(2) IMPARTED SIN – we inherited a SIN-NATURE in our flesh from Adam through physical birth. When Adam sinned his spirit died (cut off from God's life) and a sin-nature came into his flesh (bringing his body under the power of death), and he became a slave of the sin-nature (SIN). SIN acts on man's soul to cause him to live independently from God (the independent soul-life). SIN was transmitted by physical birth from Adam to every human being through their father, with the exception of Jesus, who had no sin-nature (2Cor 5:21). So, we all have SIN in our flesh (1John 1:8). The inherited sin-nature made us all sinners by nature. We were all conceived in sin (Ps 51:5), born slaves of sin (John 8:34), under the power of sin (Rom 3:9). commit SINS. *(3) Our PERSONAL SINS, which we commit when we yield to SIN. (1) On the Cross, Jesus has set us free from the PENALTY of sin. (2) Now by His Spirit within us He is setting us free from the POWER of sin. (3) At the future Resurrection, He will set us free from even the PRESENCE of sin. (1) Christ dealt with our state of sin (our imputed sin from Adam) by becoming the 2nd Adam, offering Himself as our Representative Head, instead of the first Adam. He lived a perfectly righteous life, and on the Cross He accomplished a Great Exchange, by offering up His perfect righteousness to God on our behalf, and taking all our sin. So when we receive Christ as our Lord, we are taken out of Adam and put (baptised) into Christ. Then this exchange is immediately accomplished in us, so all our sin is remitted, and we are given His perfect righteousness (imputed to us as a free-gift), putting us in right relationship with God. As IN ADAM we were all in a state of sin, before we committed any sin, even so IN CHRIST we were put into a state of perfect righteousness before God, even before we committed any righteous act. On this basis, we are declared righteous (justified) and fully accepted by God in Christ. On this legal basis, we can now receive life from God through faith (Romans 5:1,2,17-19). Now we are under grace (Romans 6:14,15), and qualify to receive God's abundant grace. (2) However, believers still have a sin-nature in their flesh, as the new birth only changed our spirit; so as long as we live in our flesh, we still have SIN to deal with (1John 1:8). But Jesus came to set us free from SIN (John 8:34-36). He did 2 things to make it possible for us to live in victory over sin: *(1) He provided a NEW BIRTH for our SPIRIT, and put His Holy Spirit within our spirit. Our spirit was made alive with Christ, and raised with Christ far above all sin and evil powers (Ephesians 2:5-6). Our spirit consists of His resurrection life, which has already overcome sin and is perfect in Christ. Also, the Holy Spirit indwells our spirit, so He has set our spirit, the core of our being, completely free from sin (2Cor 3:17). God has restored our spirit as His base of operation in us, and as we live by His grace thru faith and walk in the Spirit we will not sin, for the power of the Spirit is greater than the power of sin in the flesh (Gal 5:16). Thus, He gave us His imparted righteousness in our spirit, by which we can live in victory over the imparted sin in our flesh, by the power of His Spirit. The more we let the Spirit fill our soul, the more our soul is freed from the power of sin-nature, by His Presence within us (2Cor 3:17). Romans 8 describes how to walk in victory over SIN in the flesh. It starts by establishing that through His imputed righteousness, we are in a legal state of righteousness before God, and so have full access to His Spirit of grace to walk in victory over sin. This is the foundational truth for victory (v1,2). *(2) The 2nd thing Christ did for us is that on the Cross, is He JUDGED SIN in the flesh, so that it no longer has any right to rule over you, so now you can choose to submit to Christ and His righteousness and grace flowing from the Spirit, rather than to your old slave-master of SIN in your flesh (v3-4).
Karen and I are excited to welcome Rev. Trina Hankins, co-founder of Mark Hankins Ministries to the show! In today's episode, Trina speaks about her miraculous healing from an inoperable brain tumor and how God's Word brings healing to all who believe. Tune in to find out: How to take and exercise authority for our healing. Why planting the Word of God in our hearts heals our life. What we need to do while we wait for the storm to pass. "But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." (Romans 8:11 NKJV) Learn more about Rev. Trina Hankins at www.markhankins.org Click here to watch on YouTube
Have you ever felt defeated? Discouraged? Overwhelmed?If so, be encouraged! You are not alone!The Bible says in Psalm 23 Jesus walks with us through the valleys!That is awesome news! As born-again believers, we are never alone, We are never without hope!It may feel at times, like we are alone, that God doesn't see, that God doesn't know, but He does!The Bible says He knows the very number of hairs on our headsPsalm 139 says, if we were to try and count the thoughts He has toward us it would be like trying to count the sand by the sea, utterly futile!He so loves us!Be encouraged today!It may look and feel like you are surrounded, but you are surrounded by Him!Like the prophet of old, I pray your eyes to be opened today, to see clearly that He is for you, not against you!He has placed His angels about you and His favor surrounds you like a shield!He has given you His Spirit, His might, His grace, His mind, His wisdom, His power, His peace, and Himself!He is for you! You matter!You matter so much in fact that He shed His precious blood for you!It's easy to say something is valuable, but the true value comes as a result of being willing to pay the price tag - the price tag for us was immense,It was such a steep price in the fact that no one could pay it, except He alone!That is just what He did!He so loves us!Still, feeling defeated? Discouraged? Or overwhelmed? Be encouraged, God is for you!You got this, 'cause God's got this!You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!You may be down, but you are not out!You may not like the chapter you are on, but the book isn't over!You may feel like you are sinking but the Bible promises that God will never leave you, nor forsake you and those waves won't overtake you!You will walk through the fire and not be burnt, through the waters, and not drown!There is another in the fire and His name is Jesus!Be encouraged today!No matter what you are facing, praise Him anyway!No matter how you feel, worship Him anyway!No matter the news report, thank Him anyway!Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world!I want to leave you today with a short poem about a frog named Timmy.He was having a bummer kind of day, but rather than allow it to overwhelm and overtake him, he got back up!You too can do just that! And if you are already up, then perhaps you can encourage someone else today! Remember: what you make happen for others, God will make happen for you!
Karen and I are excited to welcome Rev. Trina Hankins, co-founder of Mark Hankins Ministries to the show! In today's episode, Trina speaks about her miraculous healing from an inoperable brain tumor and how God's Word brings healing to all who believe. Tune in to find out: How to take and exercise authority for our healing. Why planting the Word of God in our hearts heals our life. What we need to do while we wait for the storm to pass. "But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." (Romans 8:11 NKJV) Click here to learn more about Rev. Hankins and the Mark Hankin's Ministry. Click here to watch on YouTube.
Oxford Bible Church - Living in the Last Days
The Foundation for our being, character and life is the PERSON of CHRIST Himself (1Cor 3:11, Isa 28:16, Col 2:6-7). Christ is not just the Foundation for our eternal salvation, but for our very being and everyday living (Ro 1:16-17). "The RIGHTEOUSNESS of God is revealed from (saving) FAITH to (living) FAITH; as it is written: “(1) The JUST (by FAITH) shall (2) LIVE by FAITH” (v17). (1) First we are JUSTIFIED (made righteous) by FAITH. When we trust in Christ, His perfect RIGHTEOUSNESS is IMPUTED to us (put to our account) - a legal transaction based on the Great Exchange accomplished on the Cross. We stand before God on the basis of His perfect righteousness, so God accepts us, just as He accepts Jesus. Christ and His imputed righteousness is our forever, firm foundation for our eternal salvation, and our life today, and it ensures our eternal life. On this legal basis God instantly gave us the New Birth. The imparted righteousness of Christ was applied to our spirit. Now we are justified by faith, we are now to LIVE by FAITH in Christ, our living Foundation, looking to Him and leaning on Him as our Source of life, rather than trusting in our own soul. As we trust in His Life in us, He sanctifies us by His Spirit, and we receive His imparted righteousness (grace) into our souls, inspiring and empowering us to do His will (Phil 2:13). The more we submit to Him and trust in Him as our Foundation, the more He fills us with His love and empowers us with His grace. Thus He is our Foundation for our everyday life. Living by faith starts by submitting to the Lordship of Christ and opening our hearts to receive His love-gift of His Spirit and His Word to us. Then by depending on the Spirit of grace, we must put His Word into practice (Matthew 7:24-25). The first 2 Foundational Doctrines of Christ are (1) REPENTANCE from dead works and (2) FAITH toward God (Heb 6:1-2). They describe the necessary attitude of our hearts, to live our lives on Christ, living from the supply of His grace, trusting in Him as our base of operation. We must REPENT from the old way of operating from our independent soul-life, trusting in self, which only produces dead works, and instead embrace the new way of trusting in Christ as our life, which produces the fruit of the Spirit (Matt 10:39, Rom 7:6, John 6:63). The new way is living under grace, by faith in the life of Christ within us. He is the only One who can save us from the penalty, power and presence of sin. In the old way of living under law, we make laws and principles our basis for living, and try to live them out from our own soul. Sin is the opposite of holiness and righteousness. Living under righteousness brings life, but living under sin brings death. God designed us to be holy to God, filled with His Spirit of righteousness, empowering us to live a life of righteousness by trusting Him as our Source, and thereby producing good works. The essence of sin is rejecting this way of depending on God, and instead going our own way, living out from self as the centre. Our own soul-life, rather than God's life, becomes our base of operation (Isaiah 53:6). The problem of sin is on 3 dimensions. *Level 1 of SIN is the STATE of SIN (imputed sin), which is due to Adam's original sin, the representative head of the human race. When he sinned, we all sinned in Adam. This is IMPUTED SIN (Adam's sin was put to our account). All mankind are born legally in a State of Sin, simply because of being in Adam. As a result spiritual and physical death came on all men (Romans 5:12-21). *Level 2 of SIN is the SIN-NATURE or IMPARTED SIN. When Adam sinned (1) his spirit died (disconnected from God's life), (2) he received a sin-nature in his flesh (imparted sin), replacing his spirit as the controlling power over his soul, causing his soul to operate in pride, independently from God (the independent soul-life). The sin-nature is called sin (1Jn 1:8, Ro 6:6,7,11,12,14), sin in the flesh (Ro 8:3), the body of sin (Ro 6:6). We inherited a sin-nature in our flesh from Adam through physical birth (John 3:6).We were born slaves to sin (the sin-nature), and cannot set ourselves free. *Level 3 of SIN is PERSONAL SINS. We commit sins when we yield to the sin-nature in our flesh (John 8:34). Through the Cross, Christ provided the answer for all 3 dimensions of SIN. Daniel 9:24 predicts Christ will: "(1) finish the TRANSGRESSION (Adam's original sin), (2) make an end of SINS (forgiveness for personal sins), (3) make atonement for INIQUITY (our sin-nature).” (1) Jesus dealt with our STATE of SIN in Adam, by coming as the righteous 2nd Adam, offering Himself to us as our new Head. When we receive Him as our Lord, God takes us out of Adam and puts us into Christ, and His perfect righteousness is imputed to us as a free-gift. Instead of the imputed sin of Adam, we now have the imputed righteousness of Christ, and on that basis God declares us forgiven and righteous (justified by faith).
In this lesson, we connect the dots in the gospel of John to discern the prophetic emphasis of the gift of God, the Living Water, the promise of the Father, the Holy Spirit given to those that believe in Him. Jesus confronts and deals with our sin first, so repentance is required from us. We also discuss the spiritual meaning and significance of eating His flesh and drinking His blood in order to prepare hearts to receive His Spirit. When we do receive His Spirit, we will begin to learn what to say and what to do in this life as we yield to His Spirit, living life just as Jesus did in the days of His flesh.Support the showWebsite: ourfathersheart.orgPodcast: https://www.ourfathersheart.org/podcast or https://ourfathersheart.buzzsprout.com/shareYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_4PEL5CenmViSz2zjH3M6wRumble Channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-877845
Welcome Back! RATE! REVIEW! SUBSCRIBE! Show Notes: ○ James 4:1-10 ○ James 4:1-6 § Read James 4:1-6 again in the CJB version § You desire so you kill, you covet so you quarrel and fight □ James could be talking about literal murder, or he could be talking about heart posture behind it, the hate or anger we harbor against people ® Read Matthew 5: 21-22 § You do not have because you do not pray and ask God □ James is telling saying that some of you don't have what you want because you don't even think to pray and ask God for it ® Read Matthew 7:7-8 □ The next sentence, however, is very telling…when you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives- you want only what will give you pleasure ® Read: ◊ Proverbs 16:2 ◊ Jeremiah 17:9-10 § Don't you know that friendship with the world means that you are an enemy of God? His Spirit that dwells inside of us longs jealously □ 1st, James calls the readers "adulterous people", which for the Jewish reader, would have been familiar, considering that God used various prophets to call out the children of Israel and Judah for their unfaithfulness to Him □ Remember the 1st and greatest commandment: "And you must love the LORD your god with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength" (Deut. 6:5) ® Read Romans 8:5-8 § And what does "friendship with the world" look like? □ It looks like what we just read, fighting, quarreling, and it looks like what we talked have talked about for the past 6 weeks as we've gone through James □ So what is the solution? ○ James 4:7-10 § Submit yourselves to God § Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (think Jesus when he was tempted in the wilderness in Matthew 4) § Come near to God, and He will come near to you § Wash your hands and purify your hearts § Grieve for what you have done □ Read 2 Corinthians 7:10-11 § Humble yourself before the Lord, and He will lift you up □ Read 1 Peter 5:6 Listen and enjoy! Let me know what you think! Subscribe to my YouTube Channel- Can I Be Real? Podcast Follow me on Instagram- @raee.michele Join the South of Gaza Community Facebook Group to receive daily Bible scriptures and encouragement on your Facebook timeline! RATE, REVIEW, & SUBSCRIBE! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/rachel398/message
In this episode, Jori discusses with her listeners Joel's prophecy concerning God pouring out His Spirit on all flesh. NEW!!! Sermon Notes, Reflections and Applications Journal/Notebooks by Dr. Jori. Click the links below to be directed to amazon.com for purchase. Or search “Dr. Jori Shaffer” on Amazon to bring these up. https://a.co/d/9B5krQlhttps://a.co/d/iycFlnNHere is a brief YouTube video that tells about the Journal/Notebooks as well:https://youtu.be/aXpQNYUEzds Scripture translation used is the English Standard Version.Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.Scripture References:Hebrews 4:12Psalm 119:160John 17:17Matthew 4:4Joel 2:282 Timothy 3:16-17Joel 1:1Acts 2:16-21Deuteronomy 28-30Joel 1-2Ephesians 1:13-14Hebrews 12:6Email: email@example.comPodcast website: https://awordforthisday.buzzsprout.comSupport the show
It has always been God's desire to dwell with us. This is fulfilled through our faith in Jesus as our Savior. He has bridged the distance between heaven and earth, by giving us His Holy Spirit for guidance and correction. We trust Him and what He said, as recording in the Scriptures as well as what He says to us every day through His Spirit in us. He is with us and we are with Him, even though we don't always see it fully – it is still true – because God cannot lie. Because God wants us to be with Him. Because He loves us so very much. Daylight Meditations is a daily podcast from CFO North America. Please visit CFONorthAmerica.org to learn more about our retreats, and online courses. If you are encouraged by this podcast, please consider supporting us. Contributors: Michelle DeChant, Nancy Holland, Joy Peyton and Adam Maddock
Our God is a good gut, a God that loves his people, and blesses us in a variety of manners. One way is through the giving of His Spirit. When we become a believer, that is through redemption, we are brought into a relationship with God, and that relationship will lead us to worship God. To donate please visit us at: https://loveisrael.org/donate/ Checks may be sent to: LoveIsrael.org 6355 N Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, FL 32953 Feel free to download our MyBibleStudy App on telephone https://get.theapp.co/yjjq we don't know how long we can post the teachings on YT https://www.instagram.com/mybiblestudyofficial/
Our God is a good gut, a God that loves his people, and blesses us in a variety of manners. One way is through the giving of His Spirit. When we become a believer, that is through redemption, we are brought into a relationship with God, and that relationship will lead us to worship God. To donate please visit us at: https://loveisrael.org/donate/ Checks may be sent to: LoveIsrael.org 6355 N Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, FL 32953 Feel free to download our MyBibleStudy App on telephone https://get.theapp.co/yjjq we don't know how long we can post the teachings on YT https://www.instagram.com/mybiblestudyofficial/
The One Minute Apologist Podcast
At the 2023 Grammys, artist, Sam Smith gave a nod to Satan in his performance, and it seems God is responding with an outpouring of His Spirit at Asbury University. With recent headlines drawing attention to Asbury University there has been lots of discussion regarding revival. Lord knows we can need it. But the rumor mill is never quiet, especially on social media. How are we to understand revival? What does it mean? What revival is not? What are the marks of genuine revival? Does the Asbury Revival appear to be authentic? These questions and more on today's CSMS.
When we accept Christ, we are freely given The Holy Spirit who dwells in us. Once we allow Him in, we can freely walk in His Spirit, directing our lives.
Redemption Church Sermons - WV
Determining God's will can be difficult. God reveals Himself through His word, His Spirit, and His people. However, through discernment, humility, and patience we can confidently commit our ways to the Lord and trust Him to work all things together for His glory and our good.
Pastor Bryan teaches from Romans 7:1-6 sharing what it means to no longer be bound by the Law but now through Christ, to walk in the new way of the Spirit. Believers are free from condemnation and have the safety and freedom to approach God's throne of grace in time of our need knowing God provides the solution for dealing with all of our sin and all of our 'junk' by the power of His Spirit that lives inside of us.
What is God calling you to lay on the altar? It may be an attitude, unforgiveness, or sin. Our responsibility is to build the altar to lay down our lives for God to come invade our space! Pastor Nathan teaches out of 2 Chronicles 5 when the ark was brought to the temple, God's glory filled the temple. As Christians, we can experience the same glory, anywhere because His Spirit is now inside of us! Pastor Nathan challenges us to cry out to God today and say "Search me, O God". We must let God work in us before He can work through us!
Mark 8:34-38Matthew 11:28–30Big Idea: As we give God an undivided heart, He infuses our life with His Spirit as we learn to walk in step with Him.1. We balance ON the rock–Jesus–our foundationMatthew 7:24-25 “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” ― Deitrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship2. We balance WITH the Spirit–with all of our lives intertwined with the Spiritual (capital S), yoked in sync with Jesus"I think if you had asked Jesus about His spiritual life, He would have looked at you very confused. My guess is He would have asked, “What do you mean by my spiritual life? All of my life is spiritual.” –Garden City, John Mark Comer3. We balance AMIDST the mysteries of God–where faith lives in tension.“Other paradoxes in the Benedictine spiritual way of life include the creative tensions between community and solitude, words and silence, human labor and divine grace, dying to live, and becoming poor to find true riches. Part of the genius of….spirituality is learning to live a balanced life of faith within such creative tensions.” –Ancient Paths, David RobinsonResponse:• Decide: make Jesus the foundation of your life—decide to go all in.• Act: walk in step with Jesus. Everything you do is spiritual.• Wrestle: learn to live with the tensions. Book Recommendations:• The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction, by Justin Whitmel Earley• The Deeply Formed Life, by Rich VillodasDISCOVERY BIBLE STUDY► This week's Passage: Psalm 37:7-8, 39-40► Connection questions:1. What are you thankful for?2. What is a challenge you are facing?3. How did you do with last week's “I will” statement?► Have at least one member of the group restate the passage in their own words► Individual answers to five questions:1. What stands out to you?2. What does this passage tell us about people?3. What does this passage tell us about God?4. Based on the passage, what is one thing I could do differently starting now and what would happen if I did? (each person commits to their action for one week using an “I will…” statement)5. Who are you going to tell about what you discovered? (each person commits to having that conversation before the next meeting)
God may be wanting to move in your life in more powerful ways than you realize.In this message, Pastor Andy Williamson takes us to Mark 6 and the encounter Jesus had with the crowds in His hometown. Scripture tells us that because of their unbelief, Jesus was unable to perform great miracles in Nazareth, except to lay hands on a few sick people and heal them. This begs the question: what miracles are we missing out on because we aren't postured to receive them?The work of God and the pouring out of His Spirit require complete surrender from us! We will always receive our miracles in part, so long as we cling tighter to our own agendas than to His leading. To see God move in greater ways than we can imagine…we must be willing to fully surrender!
What does clinging to God's testimonies look like? When I think or picture clinging to something? It's having a death grip on something. I will not let go. I must not let go. It's very different than drifting away. When I drift away. It's because I'm not anchored. In truth, and I'm not clinging to God's word. Spurgeon says this. If we are not true to our profession, we may be left to reap the fruit of our folly, which will be a bitter thing called shame. A believer should never be ashamed but act the part of a brave person who has done nothing to be ashamed of in believing his God. If I am diligent in clinging to God, he will ensure that my grip does not fail, then I will have nothing to feel shame about. My shame is heightened when I am not safe and secure in God's estimate of me of my sonship of my standing with him. But when I am safe, secure and without shame, I see things as they are in light of eternity. Lord, keep me by Your grace as I use my grip to cling to you. When I am without shame and feel the Lord holding me close to him and willing obedience, then I feel free and full of life and my desire to run on his highway is strong. I'm carried in speed by His Spirit, hungry for greater holiness and obedience than I now have. Shame is a burden and keeps us from running our race. Isn't that what Satan desires? Burdened and shame-filled Christians? The Man With nothing to hide is the most powerful and joyful man in the room.
Text: Various Theme: As Ezekiel experiences an incredible miracle, we're all taught something very important about what God is able to do in our lives through His Spirit. Key Verse: Ezekiel 37:3 (NIV) “He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?' I said, ‘Sovereign Lord, you alone know.'” Message Notes: https://my.bible.com/en-GB/events/49036893
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As humans, we all experience different types of limitations. How can we glorify God in living with limits? Tune in to this episode as Brian Delamont returns to the podcast for a monthly episode on spiritual development. “Sin causes us to push against God's wise and loving boundaries. Sin causes us to deny our susceptibilities and to assign more power to ourselves than we have. Sin tempts us to think that we know better and that we do not need what God knew we would need.” - Paul David Tripp “Our limitations aren't just temporal but emotional, social, economic, and more. What if these limitations aren't something to fight but to gratefully accept as a signpost to God's call on our souls?” - John Mark Comer “Part of what's happened is we've started to imagine that our limits are the result of sin and the fall. The surprise is God actually made us good, and part of the good is limits.” - Kelly Kapic Genesis 1:4 “We weren't ever meant to have unending days of work with no rest, neither were we meant to sleep all the time.” Genesis 1:7 Genesis 3:16-17 “In God's perfect sinless, pre-fall creation, he placed limits on everything for its own good. God gave us freedom in the garden, but there was a good and godly boundary put in place so that we wouldn't destroy it all.” “We have a distorted view of dependency or limits because they restrict our sense of independence.” Job 38:4-11 1 Corinthians 12:4, 12-13, 17 “We need to work together, which means that there are limitations, differences in ability and capability, which, by God's design, make our limitations work together under his divine direction.” “The incarnation is God choosing to live within the limits of his own creation: the Word became flesh.” “As Jesus models for us what being fully human is really meant to be, do we see Him railing and struggling and fighting against these limitations? No, He accepts them from His Father as part of God's perfect plan to be with us.” Hebrews 4:15 “Our limits and weaknesses are not in the way of what God can do through us, but our denial of limits and our delusions of independent strength are.” - Paul David Tripp Matthew 26:38-39 “[God], by His Spirit, wants us to become all that He intends. He knows what you and I are capable of, and He empowers that. Yet, living within our limits is our acknowledgement of God's design, authority, wisdom, and goodness.” “Sabbath is a pattern breaker [...] When we lay aside control and striving and trust God to be our Caregiver, trust God to be our Provider, and direct our hearts to worship Him, which is core to Sabbath practice, it does reframe our whole lives.” February Reflection: Which limit is bothering you the most right now? What does this tell you about God and about yourself? Would God have the same conversation with you today that He had with Job? What's changing our lives: Keane: Parents visiting Heather: Asbury University revival Brian: Playing on a worship team again Weekly Spotlight: GDQ International Christian School We'd love to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org Podcast Website: https://teachbeyond.org/podcast Learn about TeachBeyond: https://teachbeyond.org/
In this episode we will look at God's perfect church. It all starts with His Perfect Word. It isn't the partial truth that is able to do a perfect work inside of someone, but it must be the Perfect Truth or Word of God that is being proclaimed and believed upon. God's Perfect work in a person allows addition to Body of Christ. This happens when we receive the Holy Spirit and it changes our heart freeing us from the sinful practices and thoughts we formerly walked in. God then gives His Perfect Gifts to each member of the body as He so chooses to perform His work of service. Specifically what we will look at is the result and how God leads the Church by His Spirit. It is as Jesus said, you don't know where the wind comes from or where it is going; so is everyone who is led by the Spirit of God. In this episode we discuss our experiences of how we used to experience and function as a church vs how we function now that the Spirit of God is alive and living in us. Passages covered: John 3:8; 1 Corinthians ch12, 13:1-3
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Pastor Zack Curry discusses the elements of revival and how surrender plays a crucial role. A move of God cannot be forced, but we can position ourselves for it. As God pours out His Spirit, we must set ourselves apart.
The Word Café Podcast with Amax
The quest to succeed and succeed can sometimes be overwhelming, and we somewhat lose sight of the true and accurate steps to take, leaning on what God has provided us through His Spirit in our spirit. As a person of faith, the Christian faith, I have come to appreciate and embrace the teachings from the Bible and build my life around it.One such teaching is the fruit of the human spirit from Galatians 5:22, and they are listed as follows; love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I have come to view them as elements that we have been imbued with, and as a matter of living, we are expected to lean in towards them and draw from them on our journey here on this side of eternity. Out of the nine, one that resonates with me is Patience. Our lives here on earth very much is established in time and space. One can safely assert that it follows a pattern contingent on the laws of time and its sequence, and time is a value that a patient mind can understand.The etymology of the word Patience gives some details that cannot but be recognized;c. 1200, pacience, "quality of being willing to bear adversities, calm endurance of misfortune, suffering, etc.," from Old French pacience, "patience; sufferance, permission" (12c.) and directly from Latin patientia "the quality of suffering or enduring; submission," also "indulgence, leniency; humility; submissiveness; submission to lust;" literally "quality of suffering." It is an abstract noun formed from the adjective patientem (nominative patiens) "bearing, supporting; suffering, enduring, permitting; tolerant," but also "firm, unyielding, hard," used of persons as well as of navigable rivers, present participle of pati "to endure, undergo, experience," which is of uncertain origin.https://www.etymonline.com/word/patienceFrom the description above, without Patience, it will be impossible to achieve much in life, given that in this dimension in that we exist and live, things happen in time, and being timely depends on one's patience threshold.In this episode of the Word Café, I will be talking about Patience from my experience. Through Patience, so much can be achieved.Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;https://www.buzzsprout.com/1718587/supporters/new
We had a powerful time with the Lord this Sunday as Robin revisited joy as one of aspect of God and a fruit of His Spirit.
God is moving in a fresh way all over our country and world. As a church, we are seeing God pour out His Spirit in a fresh way and today we gather with an urgency for God to do even more in our hearts, homes, church, and region. Join your heart as we unite in prayer for a fresh outpouring in Jesus' mighty name! Speaker: Pastor Ben Dixon Scripture: Luke 3, Acts 2, Acts 4:23-37, Acts 11:19-30 Series: Going Deeper For more information go to www.bendixon.org
"Life is a gift and life is beautiful, but sometimes life is plain hard. When life becomes a runaway train throttling out of control toward a cliff, what are you to do? There's no shame in a knee-jerk response born out of our humanity and emotions. I'm ever-thankful to God that through the power, strength, and leading of His Spirit, our very human first response to heartache seldom remains our final response. Seeking and being surrendered to God changes us and how we respond to our circumstances."Leave a comment for Robin: https://incourage.me/?p=230001--We all want and need wisdom, but how do we get it? Join our winter online Bible study as we explore what the Bible has to say about wisdom. Over six weeks, author Grace P. Cho will lead us through Create in Me a Heart of Wisdom. Sign up today at incourage.me/podcast!The (in)courage podcast is brought to you by DaySpring, makers of your favorite cards, books, and gifts. Visit them today at DaySpring.com.Connect with (in)courage: Facebook & Instagram for daily empowerment Website for the (in) library, meet contributors, article archive Email us at email@example.com Leave a podcast review on Apple!
Bible Reading: John 15:10-14Jillian knew she needed to hurry--her grandmother would be waiting. Nana picked her up after school, and Jillian spent the afternoons at Nana's house, reading and playing with Nana's cat. After work, Jillian's mother came to take her home.Today Jillian worried about making Nana wait but decided it was worth it. Nana deserves a Valentine's Day gift, Jillian thought. That's why she had removed coins from her piggy bank earlier in the week--to order an elegant red rose for Nana. The student council at Jillian's school organized the rose sale, and Jillian couldn't wait to pick it up on Valentine's Day and give it to her grandmother. Now, on her way to Nana's car with the rose in her hand, Jillian walked slowly and carefully to protect the flower. Thinking of Nana waiting for her in the car, Jillian walked faster, skipping a few steps. Nana's going to be so surprised! But then she stumbled and fell to the floor, dropping the rose. She struggled to her feet, rubbed her aching knee, and gasped. The delicate bloom had been crushed in Jillian's fall. Jillian retrieved the flower and trudged gloomily to the car."Happy Valentine's Day, sweetie!" Nana sang out."Not so happy." Jillian held out the ruined rose. "I bought this because I wanted to give it to you as a Valentine's Day gift, Nana, but I tripped and fell on it.""It's lovely!" Nana answered, taking the flower gently into her hands."What? It's terrible!" Jillian exclaimed."It's a gift of love," Nana replied. "You gave something up in order to give it to me. That reminds me of the greatest gift of love I know about.""What do you mean, Nana?""Jesus showed us what love is all about when He gave His life for us. And when we trust in Him for the forgiveness of our sins, He pours His Spirit of love into our hearts.""That's a lot better than a rose," Jillian mused."Jesus's death for us declares, 'I love you.' And you gave me the rose to say, 'I love you.' When we know Jesus as our Savior, we can share His love with others." Nana smiled. "Just as you did for me today." -Allison Wilson LeeHow About You?Do you ever wonder if you're able to show God's amazing love? When we begin a relationship with God by putting our faith in Jesus, His Spirit comes to live in our hearts. In His strength, we can share His love with others. Our love is imperfect, but God's love never fails. Even our messy efforts to show love can point others to the love of Jesus!Today's Key Verse:This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. (NIV) (1 John 3:16)Today's Key Thought:We can share God's love
Today's Topics: 1) Gospel - Mk 8:11-13 - The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus, seeking from Him a sign from heaven to test Him. He sighed from the depth of His Spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” Then He left them, got into the boat again, and went off to the other shore. Bishop Sheen quote of the day 2, 3, 4) Dr. Kevin Vost's new book, Aquinas's Lenten Meditations (Sophia Institute Press) - drvost.com
Bible Reading: Philippians 1:21-26A hard rain shower passed, and sunshine glistened on the grass and trees. Then brilliant colors arched the sky. It was still raining lightly as Mabel gazed out the window. "Dad, come see the beautiful rainbow!"Dad joined her at the window. "Wow, look at that!""How does God make rainbows?" asked Mabel."Well, when the sun is behind us and the rain is in front of us, the rays of sun pass through the raindrops," said Dad. "The water acts like a prism.""What's a prism?" asked Mabel."I'll show you. Come with me." Dad led the way to his odds-and-ends drawer. "Would you like a rainbow to keep in your room?" he asked. "Sure, but how?" asked Mabel. Dad smiled as he picked out a ball of string, scissors, and a small, triangular-shaped piece of glass with a small hook on one end. "What's that?" Mabel asked.Dad held it up. "This is a prism." He tied one end of the string to the hook in the glass and held it out toward Mabel. "Cut here." She took the scissors and cut the string. "Okay," said Dad, "let's take this to your room."Mabel was puzzled. "What are you going to do with it?"Dad smiled and tied the triangular piece of glass to a curtain rod in Mabel's room. A moment later, a little rainbow danced on her desk and spilled onto the floor. "I love it!" Mabel exclaimed. "Just wait till I tell my friends I have my very own tiny rainbow!""You'll have it only when the sun is shining," Dad said. "The sun shining through the prism is what makes the rainbow." He turned and looked at her. "Did you know that you can be a prism too?" Mabel laughed. "Sorry, Dad, but the sun shining on me just makes shadows.""I'm not thinking about the sun in the sky," Dad said. "I'm thinking about the Son of God--Jesus. Because you trust in Him, He's put His Spirit in your heart, and His love shining through you will produce something even more beautiful than a rainbow. Through your actions and attitude, people around you will see God's love, joy, and peace." -Tanya FerdinanduszHow About You?What can you do to make rainbows in your world today? Could you encourage a friend who's feeling down? Or do chores around the house to help your parents? Or sit with someone who's lonely? God can use you to bring a rainbow of His love to others' lives. Trust Him to help you reflect His light so others can see how much He loves them.Today's Key Verse:Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (NIV) (Matthew 5:16)Today's Key Thought:Be a prism for God