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Believe & Speak
Episode 153

Believe & Speak

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 7:38


With Thanksgiving behind us, we've officially entered into the Christmas season. As I prepared to write this episode, I focused my attention on the miraculous birth of Jesus and the reason He came to earth. Christmas is when grace and truth entered into the world. The Bible says the law was given through Moses, and that grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Jesus made the Father known. He spoke God's words and revealed God's glory. In John 14, one of the disciples asks Jesus to show them the Father. Jesus answers by saying, “Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” (John 14:9-10 NIV) If you need to hear from God, open up your Bible. While I do believe God whispers directly into our spirits with His still, small voice, He will never speak in contraction to His revealed Word. The better we get to know God through His revealed Word—the Bible and a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus—the more we will recognize God's whisper when we need to hear directly from Him. I can't tell you how many times God has responded to my cries by dropping a Bible verse into my head. Ask God to draw you ever closer to the light of grace and truth this Christmas. I believe the Spirit of Christmas is a manifestation of the presence of God. As you focus on getting to know Jesus better by reading the Bible, you will sense His presence long after the Christmas decorations are put away. I hope you'll subscribe to my newsletter while you're on my home page at shawnamariebryant.com. Please make sure it doesn't end up in your junk folder by adding info@shawnamarie.com to your contacts. This week's scripture: John 1:9-14

Pastor Mike Impact Ministries
Psalm 22:6-11 - The Shepherd of our Souls

Pastor Mike Impact Ministries

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 4:44


Yesterday, I failed to mention the inscription that goes with this Psalm. The title is: “To the Chief Musician. Set to the ‘Deer of the Dawn.' A Psalm of David.” We are not sure when or what conditions David was under when he wrote this Psalm. It appears that David meant for this Psalm to be given to the “Master Musician” who led a special choir of Israel and sung to a popular tune of his day called the ‘Deer of the Dawn'. Today we are going to see how Psalms 22, 23, and 24 form a trilogy on Christ the Shepherd. Just like Psalms 20 and 21 go together as prayer and praise Psalms, these three Psalms give us a clear picture of how the Lord Jesus Christ is the Shepherd of our Souls. In Psalm 22, we see how Jesus is the Good Shepherd Who suffers and dies for the sheep He loves. The companion New Testament passage is John 10:1-18. In John 10:11-15 Jesus is speaking and He says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” Throughout the Old Testament the sheep had to be sacrificed for the sinful shepherds but now, Jesus, the Good Shepherd voluntarily lays down His life and dies for the sheep! Psalm 22 shares with us the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual suffering of Jesus on the Cross. In Psalm 23, we see how the Great Shepherd lives for the sheep and cares for them. The companion New Testament passage is found in Hebrews 13:20-21. “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Our “Great Shepherd”, Jesus Christ is able to meet every need we have every day in our Christian walk! You can always trust that He will lead you, feed you, comfort you, and will never leave or forsake you! In Psalm 24, the Chief Shepherd returns in glory to reward His sheep for their service. The companion New Testament passage is found in 1 Peter 5:1-4. Peter reminded the elders that he had “witnessed the suffering of Christ” and was instructing them to “shepherd the flock of God” as good examples. Because one day, “When the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away” (v. 4). My friend, the Lord Jesus Christ is our Good Shepherd Who died for us. He is our Great Shepherd Who lives for us and one day He will come back for us as the Chief Shepherd. Read these last verses of Psalm 24 and rejoice! “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah (Ps. 24:7-10) God bless!

Redemption Church Fort Wayne
Blessed by Jesus: It's Time to Walk

Redemption Church Fort Wayne

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 40:58


During Jesus's ministry we witness some profound and unique interactions he had with people from all walks of life. In John 5 we meet a man who has embraced his unfortunate situation, but we see Jesus has other plans in store for him. Support the show

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
Jesus Gave His Followers the Holy Spirit to Walk with Them in Their Personal Relationship with God

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 1:00


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 Hatred. Rather, I will abide in the Lord's Love. “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: “From the Gospel of Matthew (24:1-51): “Jesus is Coming”  ”, at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

Sermons by the Monte Vista church of Christ

In John 4:35, Jesus urged His apostles to open their eyes and notice the harvest of lost souls. He told them to recognize the urgency of evangelism and start attempting to rescue the lost while they had an opportunity. This same commandment is given to disciples today (Matthew 28:19). As we transition to the final […]

St Helen's Sunday talks podcast
Truth to walk in

St Helen's Sunday talks podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2022 41:17


William Taylor - The training method of ‘explain, demonstrate, practice and critique' is recognised the world over. In John's third, intensely personal letter, we see a perfect example of this. Gaius exemplifies how the truth works out in true love. Diotrephes is the antithesis. John wants us to imitate Gaius, and not Diotrephes. This brief letter provides a beautiful insight into the way the early church grew and some of the problems it faced.

Anchor Podcast
The Source Of Our Joy | Brent Blake | ANCHOR

Anchor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2022 37:45


In John 10:10 Jesus says "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." When Jesus came to this Earth he was on a collision course with humanity and that mission had one purpose for us to find true life though HIM. Join us for this pre-Christmas series where we talk about what it means to be fully ALIVE in Christ.

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
Jesus Followers Know the Cornerstone of Christianity Is: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2022 1:00


Jesus Followers Know the Cornerstone of Christianity Is: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” MESSAGE SUMMARY: Jesus is The Door and The Gate by which you must enter the Kingdom of God. In John 14:6-7, Jesus answers a question by the Apostle Thomas with the fundamental tenant of Christianity when He tells us all: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.'". Also, in John 10:9-10, Jesus tells us: “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief {Satan} comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." Also, Jesus said, in Matthew 7:13-14, that He was "the Narrow Gate", and whomever enters the Kingdom through Him will be saved and have Eternal Life: {You} “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.". Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection are the events, of about two thousand years ago, that provided us all, by God's Grace, with access to The Narrow Gate, which is Jesus. Through Jesus' death on the cross for your sins and His Resurrection, He has given you eternal life, if you choose to enter The Narrow Gate. You may ask: “How do I enter this ‘Narrow Gate' of Jesus?”. By God's Grace you can enter Eternal Life, through Jesus, by your true belief and faith in Jesus as God along with your prayerful confession of your sins to God. With your belief, faith, and confession, you have entered through the narrow and only door to your Salvation. However and after your entry through the door, you must continue, in your faith and obedience, to follow Jesus – this is the only, and it is The Way provided by God's Grace through Jesus.   TODAY'S PRAYER: Lord, help me to grab hold of you today. I need you. Set me free to begin reorienting my life around you, and you alone. Help me to pay attention to and honor how you have uniquely made me. Thank you for the gift of rest. In Jesus' name, amen.       Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 122). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that, because I am in Jesus Christ, I will entrust to Him my future. I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.  From 2 Timothy 1:12 SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 7:13-14; John 14:5-7; Psalms150:1-6; John 10:9-10. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. THIS SUNDAY'S AUDIO SERMON: You can listen to Archbishop Beach's Current Sunday Sermon: “Turkeys and Eagles, Part 5: Following Jesus Changes Everything in Our Families”, at our Website: https://awordfromthelord.org/listen/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

Crosswalk.com Devotional
Jesus' Approach to Sin

Crosswalk.com Devotional

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 5:38


In John 8, we see the Pharisees (the religious rulers) once again trying to test Jesus. They always seemed to be after Him to stump Him and make Him look bad. Literally, He was the Christ, the One they and their people were waiting on, but His words and His answers were not what they imagined. - Emma DanzeySUBSCRIBE to our sister podcasts:Your Daily Prayer: https://www.lifeaudio.com/your-daily-prayer/Your Daily Bible Verse: https://www.lifeaudio.com/your-daily-bible-verse/

Pastor Mike Impact Ministries
Psalm 100 - A Psalm of Thanksgiving

Pastor Mike Impact Ministries

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 5:11


Today, on Thanksgiving Day, we are going to jump ahead to Psalm 100. It is interesting to note that this is the only Psalm that has the title “A Psalm of Thanksgiving”. It is thought that David is the writer of this Psalm even though we don't have his name in the title. Some believe that Psalm 100 is the doxology to the previous Psalms of 93 to 99 that prophetically proclaim that Jehovah is King. If you take the time to read all of these Psalms together, you will see a wonderful picture of the Lord coming to judge the earth and setting up His kingdom. Psalm 98:1-3 summarizes this beautifully: “Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. The LORD has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.” Then in verses 8-9, it concludes with: “Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the LORD, For He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, And the peoples with equity.” In the Old Testament the common Hebrew could never go into the Holy of Holies, where the Presence of Jehovah dwelt on the Mercy Seat over the Ark of the Covenant. The Gentile was not even allowed to go into the courtyard of the Tabernacle or Temple. But Calvary has changed all that for the person, and any and everyone who will accept the perfect sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. “All the earth”, that is everyone can join together to make a “joyful noise or shout” to the Lord! Because of our grateful hearts knowing our sins are forgiven we can “serve the Lord with gladness”. We serve and surrender our all to Him not because we are forced to do so, but because we want to! We are so happy serving Him wherever He sends us that we can't help but sing! Happy and fulfilled people are a singing people! Our music is a reflection and response to the true condition of our hearts and lives! We can't help but sing when we sense His presence in our midst! The only way to “know that the LORD, He is God”, is to have relationship with His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus prayed this in John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” In John 10, Jesus proclaims that He is the Great and Good Shepherd Who laid down His life for the sheep. He is the gate, the only door, through which we can enter to find “green pasture” and enjoy “abundant life” forever! (John 10:9-11). “We are His people and the sheep of His pasture”! What else can we do but be thankful and praise Him with our worship in adoration and song. We bless Him because He has blessed us! No matter what happens good or bad in our lives, He is always good, and His mercy is everlasting! Sounds like the last verse in Psalm 23, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever”! You will never have to worry about anything changing concerning God's love, His mercy, His faithfulness, His goodness, and His grace, because “His truth endures to all generations”. God doesn't love anyone else more than He loves and cares for you today! So today, take time to worship and thank Him! God Bless!

The Gathering
Thomas Was With Them

The Gathering

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022


Every great story has an unexpected twist, a surprise no one saw coming. In John's story of the life of Jesus, this comes in chapters 19 and 20.In this episode Mike Gathright will consider how chapter 20 may not only be the most important part of his story but the most important part of ours.Mike Koch and the band performed songs by Adele, Miley Cyrus, Foy Vance, and Plains. We hope to see you Sunday mornings at 10:30 at St. Joe High School's auditorium!

The Gospel on the Radio Broadcast with Pastor Jack King of Tallahassee, Florida - Daily Devotional In Depth Bible Study

In John 10, Jesus teaches about the devil, the "thief," saying that he comes "to steal, to kill and to destroy." ******* By the way, if you haven't bought a copy of my new book yet, check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Visions-Stories-Faith-Pastor/dp/161493536X

My Steps to Sobriety
313 John Davis: Combating Veteran Suicide - Your new Mission after the Military

My Steps to Sobriety

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 59:23


John is the most tattooed person with a Harvard degree and has taught everything from incarcerated teenagers in New York to English in Asia to American Youth Ninja Warrior. He's spoken to congress regarding veteran issues and is the author of Combat To College. John enjoys traveling, nature, and volunteer work. John currently resides in the Dominican Republic and works as an ambassador for the Foundation for a healthier Senegal.       In John's words: My journey of self-discovery after the military was a roller coaster. There were meltdowns battling PTSD, I got married and divorced, saw the bottom of a lot of Jack Daniels bottles, visited brothels in Bangkok, spent a night or two in jail, married and divorced again (facepalm), joined a motorcycle club, got addicted to pills, and spent hundreds of hours in tattoo parlors.   After being consumed by my military identity for so long, I didn't know who I was without it. It was a journey to get back to myself and I found myself through helping others. 3 top tips for my audience:       1. Traditional therapy isn't as helpful as we want it to be        2.  Veterans should focus on our strengths instead of our weaknesses       3.  You need a mentor, and you also need to be a mentor  Social media and contact info.  www.johnhdaviswriter.com https://www.instagram.com/john.h.davis.writer/ #combattocollege #wearesva #GIbill #AUSA #UNG_Press

Gateway Christian Fellowship Weekly Podcast

In John 4, Jesus was On A Mission to change the life of a Samaritan woman. Today, the mission field is all around us. We need to be On A Mission to tell everyone what Jesus has done for us, especially those in our own back yard.

Anchor Podcast
The Source of Our Peace | Zak Keeler | ANCHOR

Anchor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2022 26:27


In John 10:10 Jesus says "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." When Jesus came to this Earth he was on a collision course with humanity and that mission had one purpose for us to find true life though HIM. Join us for this pre-Christmas series where we talk about what it means to be fully ALIVE in Christ.

Genesis Church - Carmel
Too Far Gone?

Genesis Church - Carmel

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2022 33:13


What happens when you feel like you've messed up so bad that you are too far gone? Our failures have the potential to define how we see ourselves, and if we are not careful they can reshape the direction of our entire lives! Thankfully, Jesus knows this is a struggle for all of us. In John 21 we find him confronting Peter's greatest failure in order to help him see that the answer isn't to try harder or to be a better version of himself. The answer is learning to rest in his deep love for us.

Dr. David Levy - God's Wisdom Freshly Revealed
Are You OK with Correction?

Dr. David Levy - God's Wisdom Freshly Revealed

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 19:04


In John 10 we read Jesus was in danger of being killed and he left Jerusalem and went away. In John 11, this is where he is when the messenger finds him, a 2 days journey from Lazarus. Strangely we read, "He loved Lazarus...so he waited two more days," then starts the long uphill journey from Jericho to Jerusalem.  Doesn't preventing a death take priority?  If you could heal, wouldn't you have gone back with the messenger? Jesus' disciples are free to speak their mind. They are free to correct Jesus and suggest what they think should be done. John 11. What Jesus said and what the sisters heard were two different things. Jesus thinks differently about death. He doesn't see it as significant as we see it. He sees it as one fluid transition. Photo by pexels-antoni-shkraba-7163361  

Douglas Jacoby Podcast
A Tour Through John, Lesson 50

Douglas Jacoby Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 17:08


For additional notes and resources check out Douglas' website.If you prefer not to listen to the audio, but prefer only to read the questions below, that is fine -- but the answers are in the podcast file.Click on the arrow to play the podcast (16 minutes), or right click here, in order to save the audio file and listen later.How many confessions of faith do we find in John's gospel?In John 14:6, Jesus claims to be "the way, the ___, and the ___."Whom did Jesus see under the fig tree?How many chapters of the NT come from John, in Christian tradition?Who proclaimed, "My Lord and my God!"?Whoever denies that Jesus came in the flesh is the antichrist. This definition appears in which two letters?In Revelation there is a dramatic contrast between two cities. Name them.Who helped Joseph of Arimathea to reclaim the body of Jesus after his crucifixion?Diotrephes and Demetrius: Which was the good guy?Three keys for understanding Revelation are reasonable level of familiarity with apocalyptic, some knowledge of history, and a solid grounding in _____.Which is the first of the seven "I am" sayings?Walking in the light (1 John 1:7) is equivalent to walking as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6): True or False?Who asked "What is truth?"?The elder preferred pen and ink over face-to-face interactions: True or False?What is the name NT scholars have given to the chapters from John 2 to John 11?The first miracle Jesus ever performed was turning water to wine: True or False?What is the literal meaning of apocalypse?  a. mystery  b. symbol  c. unveiling  d. revelationAccording to John, all Christians have received an anointing, and do not need special (elite) instruction: True or False?Jesus' crucifixion takes place in Matt 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, and John ___.To whom is 3 John addressed?  a. Publius  b. Philip  c. an angel  d. GaiusIn John 21, what animal does the number 153 pertain to?To which island was the apostle John exiled?Which action of Jesus reminded his disciples of Psalm 69 ("Zeal for your house will consume me")?A simple "discipleship study," including three passages in which Jesus explicitly uses the word "disciple," can be constructed from which three chapters of John?Who wrote, "Do not love the world or the things of the world..."? Grading scale23-25 -- Excellent20-22 -- Great17-19 -- Good14-16 -- Fair< 14 -- PoorIf you found the test to be too easy, there is a more challenging (though shorter) test. Click here.

Lisa Harper's Back Porch Theology
Cup Your Ears and You'll Hear The Cheers

Lisa Harper's Back Porch Theology

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 48:17


During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology we're going to get real and raw about those seasons in life when we seriously consider throwing in the towel. Or at least whacking an adversary with a wet one! In John 10:10 our Redeemer, King Jesus, promises us abundant life – but He never promised that it would be easy. As a matter of fact, in John 16 Jesus confided that in this life, we'll actually have some trouble. So how do we keep running the race so as to win the prize as Paul admonishes? How do we keep on keeping on when life knocks the wind out of both our sails and our lungs? Well, there's a couple of divine diamonds at the tail end of Hebrews we're going to excavate today that we believe will help those of us who feel like we're running on fumes to get refueled in every sense of the term, so please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible – unless you're driving or knitting Christmas prayer shawls, of course – and come hang out on the porch with Alli, Dr. Howard and me. Back Porch Theology is sponsored in part by Operation Christmas Child. Pack a shoebox! Learn more by clicking here.

Today Daily Devotional

Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” — John 6:35 God had rescued his people from slavery in Egypt, and they soon found themselves in a barren desert without food. But God knew what his people needed before they asked him, and God told Moses that “bread from heaven” would rain down for them (Exodus 16:4). Bread from heaven? Really? Psalm 78 is even more descriptive: “[God] opened the doors of the heavens; he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven. Human beings ate the bread of angels. . . .” (vv. 24-25). In John 6, Jesus compares himself to this heavenly bread. Jesus too came from heaven to earth. He too came to give life to humanity. He even says, “Everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life.” Our receiving of Christ into our lives is reflected in our reception of the heavenly food he gives us in the Lord's Supper. Though we are not “saved” by eating and drinking the Lord's Supper, eating and drinking the Lord's Supper helps us grow ever deeper into the abundant Christ-life that God gives us. Lord Jesus, each day, and especially when you give us your heavenly food, may we receive you and all your good gifts, that we may have full life forever with you. Amen.

Genesis Church - Carmel
Believing Without Seeing

Genesis Church - Carmel

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2022 32:33


We've all heard the phrase, “seeing is believing,” and we know from experience that being able to see evidence for ourselves is helpful in determining whether or not something is true or real. But what do we do when we don't have the luxury of seeing evidence for ourselves? In John 20 we find a man named Thomas that was faced with this question, and Jesus' response to him might surprise you.

Kenneth Copeland Ministries 2022 Events
2022 Washington, D.C. Victory Campaign: Listen and Obey, Offering Message (7:00 p.m. ET)

Kenneth Copeland Ministries 2022 Events

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2022 156:43


At the 2022 Washington D.C. Victory Campaign, Kenneth Copeland teaches how important it is to listen and obey the Lord's instructions. In John 6, the disciples were more focused on the crowd size and lack of food than the Lord's ability to provide. Learn to hear God's directions for any situation in life.

Antioch Bible Church Podcast
God is My Strength & Shield

Antioch Bible Church Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2022 38:03


Recording Outline: I. Introduction | StartII. Scripture Reading | 2:22III. Message | 3:50Sermon Outline:I. Prayer (v. 1-2)II. Protection (v. 3-5)III. Praise (v. 6-8)IV. Petition (v. 9)Life Group Questions:1. Why do we too often assume when God does not immediately answer our prayers that He has not heard our prayers? Can His silence be an answer?2. In John 15:18 and 1 John 3:13, Jesus clearly taught that this world hates Him and we ought not be surprised that it hates us too. Is it possible to please a corrupt world at war with God and a holy God at the same time?3. Psalm 28:8-9 ends with the reminder that God is our saving defense (fortress) and a caring shepherd who carries His sheep forever. Why do you think He ended this lament Psalm this way?

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
God Became Human to Enable Jesus Followers to Have a Personal Relationship with Him through His Grace and Gift of the Holy Spirit

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2022 1:00


God Became Human to Enable Jesus Followers to Have a Personal Relationship with Him through His Grace and Gift of the Holy Spirit MESSAGE SUMMARY: As Jesus tells us in John 15:12-14, that you, as His follower, are His “friend: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends.". God became flesh, and He dwelt among us. God became human to draw you into a personal relationship with Him. In John 1:14, the Apostle John identifies Jesus as the “Son of the Father”: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.". God alone can satisfy the meaning and purpose of your life. God alone can satisfy your hunger to know your life's meaning. Most importantly, God alone can give you forgiveness of your sins as Paul tells us in Colossians 2:13-14: “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.". Jesus' life, miracles, death, and His resurrection are invitations to a life-long personal relationship with God, the Creator of the Universe. Our personal relationship with God is through His gift, to followers of Jesus, of the Holy Spirit.   TODAY'S PRAYER: Surely it is God who saves me. I will trust in Him and not be afraid. For the Lord is my stronghold and my defense, and He is my savior. Therefore, you shall draw water with rejoicing from the springs of salvation. And on that day, you shall say, “Give thanks to the Lord and call upon His Name; make His deeds known among the peoples; see that they remember that His Name is exalted.”. Amen. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that because I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be ashamed of the Gospel. I will not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (including me). From Romans 1:16 SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 1:10-13; Colossians 2:10-15; Psalms137:1-9. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. THIS SUNDAY'S AUDIO SERMON: You can listen to Archbishop Beach's Current Sunday Sermon: “Turkeys and Eagles, Part 2: Created to Be Like God”, at our Website: https://awordfromthelord.org/listen/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

Loving the Christ-life!
Out of Law into Grace, Part 5

Loving the Christ-life!

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2022 27:49


Christ's Death Ushers In GraceBy Tammy Lacock“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” (John 12:24 KJV)In this week's podcast, Warren Litzman discerns what it means to step into the fullness of God's grace. In John 12:24, Jesus is telling us here that death is a prerequisite for bearing fruit. If He doesn't die, then God's work isn't finished, and there will be no fruit. He must give up His earthly ministry, His preaching of God's law, and His old self to step into the fullness of God's grace. That is God's ultimate plan for Him. God's grace is the fruit Jesus talks about here. Christ steps into this fullness when He proclaims in His last breath on the cross “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. It is finished.” The same is true for us as believers. Our old selves, our old belief systems of who we think we are and what we must do to be saved, must die with Christ (Galatians 2:20) if we are ever to bear His fruit and step into the fullness of God's grace. That is His ultimate plan for us.Just as Jesus abolished the law at the cross, we too must die to any and every law that keeps us from fully living our new life in Christ, our new life in grace. This is the only way we can truly live in the fullness of God's grace. This is the only way we can truly live who God created us to be. Only then will we bear fruit, Christ's fruit. God no longer looks at our works, as He did by the law in the Old Testament. He NOW sees Christ as our new life in us. This is grace, ushered in by Christ's death on the cross. His death brings forth much fruit, that is, His resurrected life NOW in each and and every one of us who believes. We have eternal life in us NOW. The Apostle Paul, the Apostle of Grace, is the only one in the Bible raised up by Christ Himself to reveal to us that God's grace is NOW. He tells us how to live now that we are living in grace. He tells us that the law has been stripped of its power by Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. Moses ushered in God's law, and Christ ushered in God's grace, dissolving the law. His death opened the door for God to be a Father to each and every one of us. As believers, we are NOW His bona fide children, one body in Christ. Paul says taking our first step into grace means death to our old lives and, more specifically, our old minds if we are ever to bear fruit and live in the fullness of God's grace. He says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5 KJV). May we, once and for all, give our minds over to Christ now and step fully into God's grace!“For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17 KJV)

Issues, Etc.
3144. Fourth Century Soldier & Bishop Martin of Tours- Dr. Bill Weinrich, 11/10/22

Issues, Etc.

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 33:00


Dr. Bill Weinrich of Concordia Theological Seminary-Ft. Wayne, IN John 1:1-7:1 – Concordia Commentary

Locked On Baylor - Daily Podcast On Baylor Bears Football & Basketball
So is Baylor Really Good at Football Again?

Locked On Baylor - Daily Podcast On Baylor Bears Football & Basketball

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 31:30


Baylor football hosts Kansas State for a large, large matchup on Saturday. It will be a blackout, and all fans are encouraged to wear black. If you did not know, the fate of Baylor in the Big 12 title hunt hinges on this game. The crowd can make a huge impact, but it takes everyone showing up for a Bears team that is... good again? John Garcia Jr. of Sports Illustrated joins the show to confirm it: Dave Aranda has flipped a switch for this team. In John's breakdown of Saturday's Baylor game, he is confident that Aranda and company can scheme expertly to stop Kansas State. The Wildcats don't have too much unique to throw at Baylor. You get what you get with this Kansas State team, and that's not all so different from Baylor. This is going to be another dog fight. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! LinkedIn LinkedIn jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Post your job for free at Linkedin.com/lockedoncollege Terms and conditions apply. Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Underdog Fantasy Sign up on underdogfantasy.com with the promo code LOCKED ON and get your first deposit doubled up to $100! SimpliSafe With Fast Protect™️ Technology, exclusively from SimpliSafe, 24/7 monitoring agents capture evidence to accurately verify a threat for faster police response. There's No Safe Like SimpliSafe. Visit SimpliSafe.com/LockedOnCollege to learn more. Upside Download the FREE Upside App at https://upside.app.link/locked to get $5 or more cash back on your first purchase of $10 or more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
God Speaks to Jesus Followers Through the Holy Spirit's Inward Voice, and with the Spirit, He Gave His Personal Relationship

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 1:00


God Speaks to Jesus Followers Through the Holy Spirit's Inward Voice, and with the Spirit, He Gave His Personal Relationship MESSAGE SUMMARY: Isaiah tells us 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 word 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 {the Comforter} unto you.". For Jesus Followers, God speaks through the inward voice of the Holy Spirit who He gave to us along with a personal relationship with Him.   TODAY'S PRAYER: Lord, you know how difficult it is for me to be in silence before you. At times it feels almost impossible, given the demands, distractions, and noise all around me. I invite you to lead me to a quiet, silent place before you — to a place where I can hear you as Elijah did. In Jesus' name, amen.     Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 123). 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: “Turkeys and Eagles, Part 2: Created to Be Like God”, at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

Elevate City Church
DECONSTRUCTION & DOUBT - Joe Baker - What Everyone's Talking About

Elevate City Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 52:53


In this series, we wanted to dive into and talk about the things that our world is talking about. We asked our church to give us topics and ideas to speak and point to what Jesus says about these things and answering the question of what does the Bible say about the hot topics of our day. No opinions. Just truth. Not sugar coated. We pray this series brings you closer to the heart of God for his people, for our nation, for our cities. In this message, Pastor Joe Baker brings down the idea of Deconstructing and what is the healthy way to ask questions. Ephesians 4:11-15 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ... So what is deconstruction? Roughly speaking, deconstruction is the dismantling of anything that's been constructed. ...”Did God actually say?” - Genesis 3:1 Theological deconstruction: is the process of dismantling one's accepted beliefs. Matthew 28:16-20: 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” In John 14:15 Jesus says: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Hebrews 13::17 “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account...” We'd love for you to subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications to get updates on our latest content and resources that will help more people know Jesus and people know Jesus more. GIVE : We believe that generosity is golden. Freely we have received and so freely we give back to God. If you would like to give to support the work Jesus is doing here please visit: https://www.elevatecc.church/give. Elevate City Church is a Jesus Over Everything Church that launched in the Atlanta Perimeter area on October 4th, 2020. Jesus Over Everything. Give us a follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elevatecity.church/ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elevatecc.church Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3H8BBrEFWxGKsTF8wPSvrn?si=epcQMMrmQIiTpeXEnyxMOQ Podcast on itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevate-city-church/id1536637567 Visit our website for more information about who we are as a church and how you can get involved. https://www.elevatecc.church/home

Family Talk on Oneplace.com
It's OK to Love Jesus and Your Country

Family Talk on Oneplace.com

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 25:55


For Christians in America, there has sadly been a dramatic shift in biblical values and principles. And not for the better. On today's edition of Family Talk, Michele Bachmann states that the secular culture demeans believers who affirm natural marriage, the sanctity of human life, and have respect for their country. She encourages listeners to hold fast to their faith and convictions in the midst of the changing tide. In John 16:33, Jesus says, In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart! I have overcome the world. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/707/29

Family Talk on Oneplace.com
It's OK to Love Jesus and Your Country

Family Talk on Oneplace.com

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 25:55


For Christians in America, there has sadly been a dramatic shift in biblical values and principles. And not for the better. On today's edition of Family Talk, Michele Bachmann states that the secular culture demeans believers who affirm natural marriage, the sanctity of human life, and have respect for their country. She encourages listeners to hold fast to their faith and convictions in the midst of the changing tide. In John 16:33, Jesus says, In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart! I have overcome the world. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/707/29

Two Journeys Sermons
Exposing Vain Worship, Espousing Heart Worship (Mark Sermon 30) (Audio)

Two Journeys Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2022


Pastor Andy Davis preached on Mark 7:1-13 exploring the genuine purpose of worship and its three enemies: legalism, traditionalism, and hypocrisy. - SERMON TRANSCRIPT - Turn in your Bibles this morning as we continue our study in the gospel of Mark. We're in chapter 7 now looking at verses 1-13, exposing vain worship and espousing heart worship. One of the greatest issues of the human soul stands in front of us this morning in this text, and that is of genuine worship. Worship from a pure heart, worship that engulfs your soul, worship that is a fragrant offering to your Creator, your God, the lover of your soul—true heartfelt worship. That's what's in front of us here. It's not difficult to make the case that establishing that worship in human hearts is the entire purpose of scripture, of the gospel, of the work of God, and in the original creation and the work of Christ in redemption, the work of the Holy Spirit and regeneration that we human beings created in the image of God, would genuinely worship God from our hearts for all eternity. That's it. And against this precious thing, are three of its greatest enemies, legalism, traditionalism and hypocrisy. Legalism, the belief that God accepts our worship based on how well we keep a set of rules and regulations. In that case, our focus is on ourself and our own performance. Traditionalism, the belief that true worship of God consists in manmade patterns, crafted by human beings generations ago and handed down unchanged from generation to generation. Keeping that tradition, that's the essence of worship. Then there's hypocrisy, putting on a show, a show for God and others when our hearts are actually far from God. The whole thing is false. It's a lie. Hypocrisy. These are the issues in front of us in Mark 7:1-13. "It's not difficult to make the case that establishing that worship in human hearts is the entire purpose of scripture, of the gospel, of the work of God, … And against this precious thing, are three of its greatest enemies, legalism, traditionalism and hypocrisy." Now the setting in Mark's gospel - Jesus has just fed the 5,000 plus women in children. He's walked on water, and then we get a quick summary at the end of chapter 6 of a healing ministry that's comprehensive and mind boggling. But it's just a summary of perhaps as many as thousands of miracles that were done. Miracles mostly of healings, even of people that just touched the hem of his garment who were instantly healed by his power. Jesus, at this moment, it could be argued is at the pinnacle of his temporary popularity. The crowds are swelling with anticipation. In John 6, after the feeding of the 5,000 some of them want to take Him by force and make Him king. They don't really understand who He is or what His kingdom is, but they want to do that. Jesus is a threat to the religious establishment, and a delegation of religious police is sent. Self-appointed investigators, scribes and Pharisees come to observe Jesus and not friendly at all, but to try to find fault with him and shut him down if they can. We see right away in this outline, the legalist charge against Jesus, ceremonial defilement. Look at verses 1-5. The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were unclean, that is "unwashed!" Mark gives his Gentile audience, probably Romans who didn't understand these things, this explanation. The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash and they observe many other traditions such as the washing of "cups, pitchers, kettles”. So the Pharisees and Scribes ask Jesus, "Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with unclean hands"? They're making a charge against Jesus by means of his disciples breaking tradition through this ceremonial defilement. Who are these Scribes and Pharisees? These were professional legalists. This is a great escalation of conflict with the Jewish authorities. As I said, a delegation is sent from Jerusalem to check Jesus's rising influence and find fault with him if they can to try and find a way to put a stop to Jesus. The Pharisees were a religious party, a group of religious leaders, who had maneuvered their way in Jewish society to the top pinnacle of esteem in terms of their spirituality in their religion. They made the meticulous study of the Law of Moses their top priority and then dispensing rulings and judgements based on that. The Scribes were priests from the temple area whose day-to-day work was that of copying the Law of Moses letter by letter. There weren't printing presses back then, it was all done by hand, and these Scribes were entrusted with the task. But beyond that, they were teachers of the laws that they read and they taught their interpretation of scripture to the people. So Scribes and Pharisees are the religious leaders of the Jewish nation. Both of them are legalists who think that their right standing with God is based on how well they keep the laws of God. They generally thought they kept them just fine. “All these commands I have kept from my youth.” They would say something like that. Furthermore, they accepted the trappings of honor in Jewish society, whether at banquets or in the marketplace or other places. They love that kind of thing. They love to be honored and to have the most important seats of the banquets. That's who they were. What is the origin of their religious legalism? Where did all that come from? We could start with the exile to Babylon. In the exile, the remnant that was exiled was made aware, very plainly, by the ministry of Ezekiel and Jeremiah that it is because they have violated the laws of God for generations that this exile has come. They have broken God's laws and have gone over into idolatry and wickedness. And for this reason, most of them were killed by sword, famine, and plague. A small remnant was exiled to Babylon. Daniel, a godly man, is very aware of this and prays in Daniel 9:11, this prayer, "All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away refusing to obey you. Therefore, the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you". Well, they got it. They got the message. At least Daniel did. And godly exiled Jews like him, understood. When in the course of time under the rule of Cyrus the Great of Persia, a small remnant, 42,000 was allowed to come back and repopulate the Promised Land, Jerusalem. They were committed to the law of God. Even if within a short amount of time there were some of them that intermarried. Ezra and Nehemiah pulled out their hair and were zealous that they would not fall into the same patterns of wickedness that their ancestors had fallen into. Ezra 7:10, it says, "Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord and to teaching its decrees in laws in Israel". That all sounds good, right? Ezra was a godly man studying God's Word. But in the course of time, patterns of legalism and traditionalism emerged that were very corrupt based on this initial zeal. Schools of religious lawyers developed who spent their full time debating this or that law, trying to nail down exactly what they're supposed to do in every case in life. Scribes and Pharisees were in that heritage. They arose and studied the law more carefully than anyone else and appointed themselves ethical police over to the daily life actions of others. That's a simple answer to the origin of their legalism. Let's go broader and deeper. There's a deeper answer to the origin of legalism. It's just in the wicked, sinful heart of man. We, sinners, want to fix our problems ourselves. We want to save ourselves. Most of us aren't denying there's a problem. Vertically with God, horizontally with others, but we want to solve it. We want to make up our own religion that'll solve it. We want to follow our own rules. We want to be the master of our own fate and the captain of our own souls. Spiritually, we want to save ourselves, and this is true all over the world. Every religion except Christianity is codified self -salvation. Self -salvation, that's what we want to do. Look at Mark 7:7, "They worship me in vain. Their teachings are but rules taught by men". It's a manmade religion. That's the origin of legalism. That's where it's coming from. For Scribes and Pharisees, their highest value is conformity to legal tradition. By the time of Jesus there are well developed schools of rabbis who spent their full time discussing and teaching minutia of the law. A key issue here is that the law of God itself was deemed too complicated for average ordinary people to understand. There's clear evidence of this that these elitists considered the common group of people to be an untrained rebel who could not just read and hear God's law, and get it right. So they needed the Scribes and Pharisees to interpret it. They began to give additional insights, rules and regulations that were beyond the scripture. And so it went, rabbi so and so commenting on rabbi such and such who made observations saying this and that and therefore the other. And it was all written down, this heritage of rabbi this and rabbi that and all this kind of thing. These verbal traditions were erected like a safety fence around the law of God, keeping a safe zone around God's law with the idea being if you keep the tradition of the elders, you're certain to be acceptable to God because we're going beyond what God requires and therefore He must accept you if you just follow our traditions. In the second century AD, the second century after Christ, a Rabbi Yehuda organized the rabbinic teachings that have been passed on into a book called the Mishnah. In time there arose more and more traditions and disputations and statements based on the Mishnah itself, course. Those additional disputations and wranglings over the Mishnah were organized into another book called the Gemara. The Mishnah plus the Gemara together is called the Talmud. Twelve centuries of Jewish rabbis wrangling over originally the Word of God, but mostly over their own traditions. That's the Talmud and it's the authority for most Jews in the world that are religious. They are Talmudic scholars. Now, do you not see behind all of this an astonishingly disparaging attitude toward the Word of God? I. Legalists’ Charge Against Jesus: Ceremonial Defilement What we see in Mark 7 in Jesus' accusation against them came true concerning the Talmud. The Talmud came to be put above the Word of God, far above it. The traditions of men totally supplanted the laws of God. Listen to these statements from the Talmud itself. "The sacred scriptures is like water. The Mishnah is like wine, but the Gemara is aromatic wine". That's a clear hierarchy. The lowest level is the Word of God. What you want to get up is to that beautiful level of the Gemara, or again, "My son give heed to the words of the Scribes rather than to the words of the law". And again, this one, "He who transgresses the words of the Scribes sins more gravely than the transgressors of the words of the law". That's from the Talmud. It's astonishing that the opinions of human beings can take the place of the perfect Word of God. The accusation by the Pharisees and Scribes of Christ is ceremonial defilement. They stood around Jesus and watched him and his disciples eating their meal and they accused him. That’s creepy. They're just standing watching them eat. Verse 5, "Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with unclean hands"? Mark, as we said, gives us this detailed backstory about these comprehensive traditions. Let's read again, verse 3-4, “The Pharisees and all the Jews. . .”, see that? Everybody's doing this stuff. The Pharisees have won the day. Everybody's following this. The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash, and they observe many other traditions such as the wash and cups, pitchers, kettles, et cetera. This is an elaborate, carefully developed system of ritual washings that covered almost every area of life mandated by the elders in their traditions. Notice clearly their accusation is not that Jesus and his disciples are violating the law of God. They're not even thinking about that because it's not stated anywhere in the Law of Moses. You're not going to find it. There are not these washings laid out in the Law of Moses. This is all human tradition. Now don't misunderstand. This has nothing to do with germs. It's not like if only they had that hand cleanser stuff that kills 99.99% of all the germs. If they had that, we wouldn't have this problem. It has nothing to do with germ theory, which didn't come until Louis Pasteur and all that. That's not what we're dealing with here. Not at all. This is about religion. If you don't wash like this, you're not acceptable vertically to God. That's their charge. II. Jesus’ Charge Against Legalists: Arrogance over God’s Word What's Jesus' charge against the legalists? Now it goes back. Arrogance over God's Word. Let's reverse the order that Jesus takes. Let's not walk through it in the order in the text. Let's go later and then work back. Let's address their arrogance over God's Word and then get to the deeper issue of worship. First, their arrogance concerning God's Word. Verse 7, "Their teachings are but rules taught by men, manmade rules concocted from the imaginations and morals and thoughts of men without the Holy Spirit”. Verse 9, "And he said to them, you have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions". In other words, you make a regular habit of doing this. You are continually doing this. You're setting aside God's Word to observe your own manmade traditions. This is a habit you have. I believe Jesus is being sarcastic here. The Greek word kalos is, "Well, you're really good at this. You're fine at this. You have developed this skill to a high level. There's a level of sarcasm here you're really good at. You do this well. You're experts at this evil thing of setting aside God's Word to favor your traditions.” Then Jesus gives a case study, a clear example. Look at verses 10-13, "For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother and anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death’. But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is corban,’ that is a gift devoted to God, then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother. Thus, you nullify the Word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.” Then He expands it in verse 13, the very end of the phrase of today's reading, "And you do many things like that". In other words, this is just one case. You do this all the time. This is a serious attack on the Word of God. Notice how Jesus clearly contrasts tradition with God's Word. Matthew's account makes it even sharper. Matthew 15:5, "For God said, honor your father and mother and anyone who curses his father and mother must be put to death". But you say . . ..” I mean, that's about as clear as it gets, “ for God said, but you say.”That's the whole system that we're dealing with here. The whole system of legalism and traditionalism was a serious attack in the Word of God. Legalism is fundamentally adding to and subtracting from the Word of God because you think there's something wrong with it. They added requirements that God did not give and thereby they overturned the requirements that God did give. What is this case study about the practice of corban? It has to do with the habit or the practice of corban, a gift devoted to God. Sometime before Jesus, generation before, the rabbis decided that if any Jewish man, let's say had a sum of money or a possession or even all of his money or all of his possessions, and he put somewhat of a fence around it and called it corban, he still owns it, it’s still his, but he designates it a gift devoted to God. Then it's off limits for anything else, including using it to help aging parents in their old age, caring for them financially. This concept became a nasty loophole through which people drove huge ox carts.It is nowhere found in scripture, but just something they made up. The fundamental issue here when it comes to the Word of God is the sufficiency and the clarity of scripture. The legalist is adding new laws because he feels God's laws are insufficient to get the job done for a good life on earth. “We need some additional help here. God missed some things and furthermore , it’s not clear. So you need us, the expert teachers, to explain stuff to you. You'll never get it because you're an unwashed rebel. You need us.” It's impugning the clarity of God's Word. Either way, do you not see the breathtaking arrogance towards scripture, toward the Word of God? This is exactly why God condemned this very practice before it ever came. Many times in Deuteronomy 4:2, "Do not add to what I command to you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God, that I give you". That couldn't be clearer. Don't do this thing. Don't add to, don't subtract from. By the way, what does that imply God saying about his Word? It's perfect. You can't make it better by adding or subtracting. Again, Proverbs 35 and 36, it says, "Every word of God is flawless. Do not add to his words or he will rebuke you as a liar". That couldn't be clearer. The whole Bible ends with a warning to not add to or take away from anything in the Book of Revelation, and by extension the whole 66 books of the Bible. Don't add to it. Don't take away from it. Christ in this case study perfectly upholds the law of God as it is written. The example Christ cites is the fifth command of the 10 commandments. 10 commandments came down from on high, came down from the mouth of God, written by the finger of God when God descended in fire on Mount Sinai, and he gave the 10 commandments to the Jewish nation. They come in two tables, a vertical table, the first four commandments, love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength sums it up vertically. Then you got horizontally. Love your neighbors as yourself. The first of the horizontal table, other people, is honor your father and mother. The concept here is a child born into a family must learn to submit gladly to parental authority. Honoring is something you do in your heart. And out of that heart flow is a pattern of obedience, a pattern of delighted obedience from child to parent that is foundational to all the other horizontal relationships they'll live in the rest of their lives. They've got to learn this from the start. The two commandments specifically to children are honor and obey. Honor your father and mother, treat them with respect in your heart, and then obey [Ephesian 6:4]. That's it. Now honoring, it goes far beyond lip service and all that. It's just a state of heart. It's giving esteem a high place in your mind and heart to your parents. Christ upholds the authority of parents over their children, and He even goes so far as to cite the death penalty concerning parents. He said, "Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death”[ Exodus 21:17]. When new parents bring home a little child, an infant from the hospital, being instruments of God that they will at the right time, understand this commandment and live it out, that's central to parenting. It's not because you're so great, I'm a parent, you're not so great. But it's because they need to understand God is behind this and saying it to them and they must. There's so much disrespect from child to parent and God doesn't coddle it at all. Jesus says it's worthy of death. Thanks be to God that Jesus died on the cross to take away the death penalty for us sinners.This is a serious matter. So Christ is extremely distressed with the Scribes and Pharisees, their arrogant handling of the perfect Word of God. III. Jesus’ Deeper Charge: Hypocrisy in Worship But let's get to the deeper charge. The deeper charge is hypocrisy in worship. You have to go back in the text for that. Look at verse 6-7, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites, as it is written, these people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain. Their teachings are but rules taught by men” [ Isaiah 29:13]. These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Isaiah in his day, exposed a problem among his own countrymen that's still with us today, hypocrisy in worship. Seven centuries before Jesus was born, Isaiah begins his prophecy with an expose on the Jewish hypocrisy and formalism in their religious machinery. It was running like a machine, talking about the animal sacrificial system and the temple and the cycle of three festivals and daily animal sacrifice. It was a big machine going on in Isaiah's day and in Isaiah 1:11-14, this is what God says about it, "The multitude of your sacrifices, what are they me, says the Lord. I have more than enough of burn offerings of rams and of the fat of fated animals. I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. When you come to appear before me who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts. Stop bringing meaningless offerings. Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations, I cannot bear your evil assemblies. Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feast my soul hates. They become a burden to me. I'm weary of bearing them”. And yet they're all commanded in the Law of Moses to be done. What's the problem? Hypocrisy. They don't feel it in their hearts. It's just a machine that's running week after week, year after year, as in Isaiah's day, so in Christ's day with the Scribes and Pharisees and may I say, as in Christ's day, so in our day. We're a very religious country. We drive by so many churches to get to this church. Many of them are filled with people, very religious. But here's the question, is it possible that the scathing critique Jesus gave, "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain" is true of us today. So what is this issue of hypocrisy? What is hypocrisy? A hypocrite is a person who acts righteous when they're not, let's say, or a person who says one thing and does another. They don't practice what they preach. Claiming to have moral standards to which they don't actually conform. The word “hypocrite” is literally a Greek word brought straight over pretty much letter for letter into the English. It means “an actor”. The Greek word meant an actor. You remember the symbol of dramatic arts? You have the two masks, the smiley mask and the sad mask. That symbol, those masks were things that those Greek actors would hold in front of their faces, happy or sad, that kind of thing. They're actors in a drama. They play this role, but they don't feel any of it. It's just a show which they do for the audience. Now in our culture, we give a very high place to actors and actresses. We ask their opinions on the economy. It's incredible, these people, we can well applaud their talents and skills at acting. It's really quite remarkable. You can watch the same individual in multiple movies and the same person is playing a, I don't know, a homeless street person in one movie and a Nobel Prize winning physicist in another and a president in another, and then a captain of a sailing vessel in another. You may say,”Wow, how do they do it"? Their range as actors is incredible. I've often wondered what it would be like to be married to a really skillful actor. I mean, in real life. You see all their movies and all the same faces that they're giving you when they're expressing love or whatever they've given to other people in a movie. Would you ever be secure in that relationship? I mean, do you really love me or is this just like that scene in that movie back then? I don't know what you're doing. Maybe that's why so many of those marriages don't last very long. Is any of it real? The Scribes and Pharisees played at being righteous. They played at it, but their hearts were far from God. God was never their audience. Jesus said it plainly. Matthew 23, "Everything they do is done for others to see". He said in Matthew 23, "You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but inside they're full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous, but inside you're full of hypocrisy and wickedness”. What is hypocrisy in worship? It's acting reverent when you're not. So what is it? What is true worship? What are we talking about? Is it not a heart aflame with the glory of God? A mind captivated by God's nature, captivated by God's great actions and history? God's nature, his power, his compassion, his tenderness, his mercies, his holiness, his righteousness? And all of his great achievements in creation and in the Exodus and the history of Israel and then especially in Jesus, his life, his death, his resurrection? Is this not true worship? But a hypocrite doesn't feel any of this. It's not genuine. None of that moves the needle really. "What is true worship? … Is it not a heart aflame with the glory of God? A mind captivated by God's nature, captivated by God's great actions and history?" Now along with this issue of hypocrisy comes the problem of traditionalism. Look at verse 3, "The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands the ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders". Again, verse 5, "The Pharisees and teachers of the law ask Jesus, ‘Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with unclean hands?’” And then again, verse 7, "They worship me in vain, their teaching are but rules taught by men". Three different times it's tradition, tradition, tradition. Traditionalism. What is traditionalism? How is it different than traditions? Are they related? Traditionalism I believe, is elevating a past pattern to a level of religious permanence equal to or even superior to the Word of God. That's traditionalism. It's belief in the traditions, and that they can never be changed. I think somewhat, it's like trying to recapture a beautiful spiritual moment for all time by the outward trappings that were around it at the time, like some things happened and that was awesome. And from then on, we'll do those some things like it's a scientific experiment and then you'll get the spiritual moment that way. I remember hearing a story of a one local church that decades and decades ago had an amazing Sunday. The word of God was preached powerfully.The spirit of God is poured out in power and a revival broke out in that church. Many people were weeping, falling down, crying out and genuine work happened in their lives. The closing hymn that day was “Spirit of God Descend upon my Heart.” It’s a great hymn. So for the next 50 years, they played that song at the end of every worship service in that church. One day a courageous worship leader changed it and played a different song. It took incredible courage. That's traditionalism. It's like there's this beautiful butterfly and then you capture it in acrylic like a paperweight and just put it down there heavily and it's not going to move. It's not alive. That's traditionalism, imposing that moment as a rule for future generations to follow. Now, there is an essential place for tradition. Tradition means just that which is handed on. We need a respect for church history. We need a respect for the past. We need to know we are not the first generation of Christians. Lots of stuff was worked out before us and has been passed on and we're not reinventing the wheel every time. We Americans, we love what's hot and cutting edge and trending and all that sort of stuff. Often that's poured over into our worship over the last 25 years. What's hot and trendy is what we’re looking for, and there isn't a respect for a tradition. IV. True Worship versus Traditionalism But there's a difference between tradition and traditionalism. Doctrines have been handed down to us from the apostolic era. Paul says very plainly in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, "What I received, I passed onto you as a first importance that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day, according to the scriptures". The word “I passed on” in the Latin is “traditio”. That's where we get the English for “tradition.” It's handed down. There’s nothing wrong with that. There's nothing wrong with a lot of things being handed down, but there are manmade rituals and patterns that get encrusted and then are given equal if not greater authority to the Word of God. Now that's traditionalism and that's what's going on here. What then is true worship? Three key observations. Number one, it's not manmade, but it's initiated by God. It's revelation and response. God reveals, we respond. Remember Peter's confession of Jesus. "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God". And Jesus said, "Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my father in heaven". Do you hear that? Revealed by God, Peter responds. That's all. Worship is that way. It starts with God, He reveals and then we respond. Secondly, it's not based on human rules and regulations, but based on the Word of God. Where is the record of God's revelation? Only one place, here in the Bible. Our job is to study the scriptures and then worship flows from our understanding of God is revealed in the scripture. That's where it comes from. So it's based on the Word of God. Thirdly, it's not hypocritical, but it's a reflection of a heart that's truly drawn after God. Drawn close to God. Verse 6, "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me". True worship is a heart drawn close to God based on the Word of God, and it involves awe, reverence, fear, wonder, amazement, tears, shouts of joy, exaltation, surprise, astonishment. It's a rich array of feelings. But before any of them is truth. Truth first, then the feelings and then the outward actions. That's what true worship is. That's not hypocrisy. IV. Application Now, as we close today, I want to just focus on this one statement, this one key issue. Look at verse 6, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me". I want to ask you, is that true of you today or not? "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me". Let me turn it around and let's say I hope for a large percentage of you it's not true today. If it’s not true as you sat here, as you stood here for worship, then you ought to thank God for your salvation. You ought to thank God for the work done in you by the Holy Spirit of God. He worked in you to take out your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh that is sensitive and responsive to God. No, not perfectly, but you do love him and you do yearn to please him. You can't wait to go to heaven and you're hungry to know more about him. That's who you are. If that's all true of you, praise God. God has saved you through the work of Christ and the cross and by the Holy Spirit. But let's turn it back. What if it is true? What if it's true that you're honoring God with your lips, with your outward behavior, but your heart is actually far from God? One of two things is true. One is that you may not be a Christian, you’re not born again. Could be that you could say to me, "I'm actually not claiming to be a Christian. I came here today because a friend invited me". The point is your heart, is far from God. That's why Jesus came. He came to seek and to save lost people like you and like I was. He came to go get us and bring us to God. To bring us to God. He came to shed his blood on the cross for all of the many transgressions you've committed while your heart was far from God, to pay for it all in his own blood. And God raised him from the dead to show that that payment was accepted. I'm just crying out to you, and I'm saying don't let it be the case even later today or next week, that your heart is far from God. Suppose that this is a true statement of you, but you actually are a Christian. It happens to all of us. What's gone on is you become distracted by earthly circumstances. Could be physical pain on your part or a loved one. It could be a financial difficulty. It could be that the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things is alluring and distracting you and your heart are from God, and maybe even you've been in a habit of playing at your Christianity. The text is standing over you today to plead with you to repent, to acknowledge that you're not loving Jesus with the same love you used to have, that your heart's been drifting from him, and the Lord is standing in front of you now, pleading with you to repent and to come back to God and to live openly and honestly and passionately for him. Close with me in prayer. Father, we thank you for the time we've had to listen to these words. Thank you for Jesus courage and boldness in telling the truth. Lord, as the psalmist said very plainly in Psalm 1:39, "Search me oh God, and know my heart. Try me and show me if there's any offensive way in me, show it to me and lead me in the way of everlasting". God, we don't want to be hypocrites. We want to be genuine followers of Christ. So please work in us by your redeeming grace. We love you. We praise you. We thank you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

The WorldView in 5 Minutes
NPR plays audio of an abortion on air, Ohio voter stumps Democrat Senator Tim Ryan, Nigerian Muslims kidnap 40 kids and demand $70,000 ransom

The WorldView in 5 Minutes

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 6:48


It's Friday, November 4th, A.D. 2022. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I'm Adam McManus. By Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com) Nigerian Muslims kidnap 40 kids and demand $70,000 ransom On November 3rd, unidentified Muslim militants in Northern Nigeria abducted 40 children in an attack on a farm in Katsina state, reports International Christian Concern. The Premium Times, a Nigerian newspaper, reported that the kidnappers have demanded the payment of $70,000 as ransom.  The militants have contacted the parents of the children asking for the money. Join me in prayer. Dear Jesus, Please intervene and orchestrate the situation so that these abducted Nigerian children will be safely and quickly returned to their families. Amen. In John 14:14, Jesus said, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” How an Ohio voter stumped Democrat Senator Tim Ryan According to RealClearPolitics.com, the U.S. Senate continues to be a toss-up between the Democrats and Republicans as Election Day on Tuesday, November 8th rapidly approaches. Right now, there are 45 seats that are likely to be retained by the Democrats and 48 seats likely to be retained by the Republicans.  Plus, there are 7 seats that are toss-up. One seat that leans Republican is in Ohio between the Democrat, Tim Ryan, and the Republican, J.D. Vance. Right now, Vance is only leading by 3% which is within the margin of error. In a recent debate, a woman in the audience asked Ryan this pointed question. VOTER: "Can you look me in the face and tell me that government expenditures on green energy subsidies through the 'Inflation Reduction Act' that increase our national debt are in any way lessening my burden at the gas station and the grocery store?" RYAN: "I, I could not say that, right now, in the present moment." As you vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th, make sure to go to www.iVoterGuide.com, type in your address and get access to a robust examination of the candidates on your ballot from a Biblical perspective. NPR plays audio of an abortion on air And finally, before you hear the next story, I'd like to issue a parental advisory. If you have children with you, and you're listening by radio, you might want to turn the volume off for about two minutes.  If you're listening to the podcast, you might want to listen to it at a later time when your kids are not with you. So, here's the story. Brace yourself. Yesterday morning, National Public Radio did something quite unique. They aired the audio of an actual abortion in Detroit, Michigan, reports LifeSiteNews.com. The woman had given her consent to have the murder of her baby captured by the radio affiliate. Narrated by reporter Kate Wells on Michigan's “Morning Edition,” they featured the story of a mother who aborted her 11-week-old baby at Northland Family Planning in metro Detroit. Here is the critical excerpt from her NPR story. It starts with an abortion assistant, named Brandi, directing the mother right before the abortion. BRANDI: “So, I am just going to get you set up on the table and we're going to do (inaudible) medicine. I'm gonna pull this out under your legs.” WELLS:  “Most patients are partially awake during the procedures. They get IV medication for pain and anxiety. The lights are dimmed, there's soothing music. It actually feels a lot like a childbirth. The medical gown, your bare legs in stirrups, and a person next to you saying, ‘You can do this.'” BRANDI: “Just keep breathing. Just keep breathing.” WELLS: “That's Brandi. She's one of the staffers. Her job is to monitor vital signs. But it is also to hold the patient's hand and talk her through this. Whether it's a birth or an abortion, it is often women guiding other women.” BRANDI: “You're going to hear this machine turn on now. Okay?  It makes a loud noise.” MOTHER: “Okay.” (The abortionist turns on the suction machine) After dilation of the cervix, a suction curette, a tube with a serrated tip, is inserted into the uterus. The strong suction, which is 29 times more powerful than your household vacuum cleaner, tears the baby's body apart and sucks it through the hose into a container. This is the most common method of surgical abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. BRANDI: “Blow it out. Blow it out. Breathe deep. Breathe deep.  Blow it out. Listen to me. Blow it out. If you hold it wherever you make it harder for you. Keep breathing. Keep breathing.” WELLS: “'Just keep breathing,' Brandy tells her over and over. ‘I can't!' the patient says at one point when the cramps get painful. ‘Yes, you can,' Brandy tells her. ‘You're doing it.' And then within just a couple of minutes, it's over.” MOTHER: (Moaning) BRANDI: “Take some deep breaths for me." MOTHER: (Moaning) BRANDI: “Catch your breath.” MOTHER: (breathing deeply) BRANDI: “You did it!” MOTHER: “Thank you guys so much!” BRANDI: “You are welcome.” Greg Price, a pro-lifer, tweeted, “This clip puts on full display what an abortion actually is: violence and full on dehumanization of the unborn. That's why it's important to share. To show reality.” Price also said, “So, listen to that audio. It's incredibly tough, but it's important. Listen to it and then think to yourself about how the only pitch the Democrat Party is making to the voters in the midterm election is more of that.” Plus, the pro-life group Live Action tweeted, “A recording of a murder.  Outlaw abortion now.” Note the cruel irony of how the NPR reporter oddly compared the brutal murder of the mother's baby to the joy of child birth. While NPR should be applauded for airing the audio, notice how they lowered the volume at the most difficult part to hear and the reporter complimented the abortion assistant for aiding in the murder. This much is clear. Proverbs 6 says God hates seven things including “the hands that shed innocent blood.” Close And that's The Worldview on this Friday, November 4th, in the year of our Lord 2022. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I'm Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.

Good Call with Andrew Farley
Gods Prediction About You

Good Call with Andrew Farley

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 5:37


In John 14:15, Jesus says, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” Some take this as a threat to get busy doing what God commands or that maybe He doubts your love for Him. Check out this short episodes and discover He's actually stating a fact – and making a bold prediction about your future obedience!Connect with Andrew here:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrAndrewFarleyInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/drandrewfar...Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrAndrewFarleyWebsite: https://www.andrewfarley.org/

Bridge Bible Talk
Bridge Bible Talk 11 - 3 - 22

Bridge Bible Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 56:57


Question Timestamps: Reginald, email (2:38) - How can prayers to God be hindered by sin or demons if God is omniscient and omnipresent? Ms. Espinosa, AL (6:07) - Where in the Bible does it say why some people don't get healed? My friend says that it is not God's will for people to be sick. If that's the case, why doesn't he heal everyone? Kim, NY (11:36) - My son has expressed suicidal thoughts, what guidance can you give me for this situation? Mabel, NJ (16:50) - Where in the Bible does it say the Earth stood still? Angelo, email (21:18) - Can you break down predestination and what it means? Teresa, VA (26:47) - Some of my kids are saved and some aren't, is this because of predestination and election? Rolando, NY (33:54) - Can Satan and his demons take the form of a man or just possess them? Debbie, NY (37:28) - Can we pray for our school system and the kids being brought up in it? Tina, MA (41:37) - What kind of judgment did people in the Old Testament receive? Dominick, (44:39) - Is there unrecorded history between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2? KC, GA (51:50) - In John 3:5, what is meant by the phrase “being born of water?”   Questions? 888-712-7434 Questions@bbtlive.org

Today in the Word Devotional

Have you ever been the recipient of an act of love that moved your heart deeply? Imagine how the disciples felt when Jesus washed their feet and then spoke these three words to them: “Love one another” (v. 17). They had just completed their Passover meal when Jesus urged them to be bonded together by love. What was the significance of this command? The Moody Bible Institute Commentary provides this answer: “The command to love requires a supernatural component to fulfill, requires faith, and is more a choice than an emotion.” In this month’s study, we will take a deep dive into this and other “one another” passages to better understand Jesus’ desire for us to live in Christian community. In John 15, Jesus said that when we remain in His love and have love for one another, our joy will be complete (vv. 10–11). In other words, true joy can only be experienced when it comes from an outpouring of sacrificial and selfless love. You know this to be true if you have ever celebrated the success of a child, grandchild, or  friend. We take joy not in ourselves, but in someone else. Next, Jesus shared that the greatest type of love is sacrificial (v. 13). Here He was foreshadowing His death on the cross. Jesus longed for His followers to become closer to one another. Notice that He used the word “friends” in verses 14–15. In today’s context, this means that as Christ followers we are no longer just associates, but family, chosen for the purpose of bearing fruit (v. 16). If you are a follower of Jesus, you have become a part of His family, and are commanded to “love one another” (v. 17). >> Consider the closest people in your life. What makes your relationship with them so special? This may be the perfect month to invite those people to join you in a Bible study, learning how you can grow together in Christ.

Core Christianity
Is It Biblical to Pray for Loved Ones Who Have Died?

Core Christianity

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 25:01


Episode 1088 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode   1. Why is baptism referred to as a sign of judgment in the Bible? 2. In John 4, does Jesus teach that we should only worship the Father and not him? 3. Is it biblical to pray for family members who have died? 4. How can I meditate on God's Word without practicing Eastern or transcendental meditation? 5. What is the difference between infant baptism or baby dedications? Today's Offer Can the Devil Read My Mind? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life?

Providence Road Church – Sermons
Jesus Teaches Us About the Holy Spirit

Providence Road Church – Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022


In John 16, Jesus gives us the most comprehensive teaching in all of the gospels. What we believe about the Spirit and our awareness of the Spirit have massive implications for our everyday lives. In this sermon, we will look at how the Holy Spirit empowers believers, convicts the world, and operates in unity alongside God the Father and God the Son. Bible Text: John 16:4b-15 | Preacher: Jeremy Hager

Wake Up The Sun
John Snellman - Walking away from Comfort & Starting over

Wake Up The Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 41:14


I connected with John Jr through multiple friends and family after he moved down here. We played some golf, attended some events and when he started his business I was able to work with him and support his local business. One thing I love is getting to know the why behind someones story. In Johns story, he left a multigenerational family business to begin something new down in South Florida. He moved down prior to the pandemic and took a look at several service based businesses before selecting landscaping. From there it took off and what started as one truck turned into multiple trucks and teams of people, starting a pest control business and then bringing the true passion of Home building back to the forefront. John wanted to prove to himself he could start something from scratch and with the love, support and sweat equity from his family and brother Mark they have been building and working on the dream. In John's words "he burned the boats" and never looked back. From early morning beginnings, long marathon days and finding time to spend with his closest friends and family, John answers the tough questions, takes "extreme ownership" and keeps it moving. You can reach out to him for any of his service based businesses at www.snellmanconst.com or www.eastcoastsprayers.com. You can also find him on instagram @snellmanconstruction and @eastcoastsprayers. Enjoy the show!

Spark Cast
John | What Is Truth? [Kevin Neuner]

Spark Cast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2022 42:18


In John 18, the trials and interrogations of Jesus intensify, and they culminate in a dialogue with Pontius Pilate, the governor of the Roman Province of Judea. But this trial, as it is told, is not simply about Jesus' violations against the Roman Empire. This is much more about a clash of kingdoms, of authorities, and of worldviews. At its most profound, this is an epistemological inquisition. In other words, this is a question of "truth." GROUP QUESTIONS: 1. What do the words "emet" and "aleithia" mean to you, in your own words? 2. Share some other examples of how one was emphasized over the other, and what it would look like to ensure both are equally expressed and valued. 3. Do you have a tendency to emphasize one over the other? (Perhaps in one area of your life you emphasize "emet" over aleithia," and in another area of your life it's the opposite?) 4. How can Jesus followers advanced this understanding of "truth" more into the world?

Real Peace. Real People.
"And THE Truth Will Set You Free"

Real Peace. Real People.

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2022


“And THE Truth Will Set You Free”A SERMON BASED ON JOHN 8:31-36When we live away from the truth, there are consequences: we see God differently and we see our relationship with him through a warped lens. In John, Jesus reminds his people that holding close to his teachings, trusting in his Word above all other words spoken here on earth, cause us to live according to THE truth. And that truth, the truth that God speaks upon you, gives us freedom from guilt and sin in this life.

McGough's Ministry
Flashlight Tag

McGough's Ministry

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2022 14:14


In John 3:14-21 we hear the very familiar text of John 3:16, but surrounding this text, we hear a call to walk and live in the light. To allow the light of Christ to shine on, in and through us  

The Best of the Bible Answer Man Broadcast
Q&A: International House of Prayer, Sinless Perfection, and Taking the Title of Apostle

The Best of the Bible Answer Man Broadcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 28:01


On today's Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/26/22), Hank answers the following questions:What is your opinion of Mike Bickle and his International House of Prayer?In John 7:37-38, which Old Testament passage is Jesus referring to, and who would have the rivers of living water?Can you address the idea of sinless perfection and how to respond to those who teach it?There is a gay and lesbian club being organized at the high school my kids attend; should I be sad about this?Is it right for a Christian to take on the title of apostle?

When You Love a Prodigal
I Ams (1): Bread, episode 83

When You Love a Prodigal

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 13:32


In many parts of the world, bread is a staple. Even if you have little else, you have to have bread. In John 6 we read the story of Jesus multiplying five loaves of bread and two fish into an abundance that fed some 5,000 men and also the women and children who were with them. With 12 baskets of leftovers. The next day the people thronged to him. He said to them, “…you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” (John 6:26-27) Then He added: “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry….” (John 6:35) Resources: Read I Am the Bread of Life: https://bit.ly/3Dfxu7s Listen to “I Am the Bread of Life” by Steve Angrisano and Tom Booth: https://bit.ly/3VLE7Wm Join the Prayer for Prodigals community here: https://bit.ly/3uyhSWQ Sign up for Judy's monthly newsletter here: https://bit.ly/39TBlYt Purchase a copy of the When You Love a Prodigal book for you or a loved one here: https://amzn.to/3RuiUx9   Stay connected: Website: com/podcast Facebook: com/JudyDouglass417 Instagram: com/judydouglass417 Twitter: com/judydouglass417 Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judy-douglass-815aa358/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/judyddouglass/ YouTube: https://bit.ly/3qzjAqY

C3 NYC
Into the World

C3 NYC

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 36:24


After Jesus washed the disciples' feet in John 13, he continues to prepare them for what is to come. In John 17, Jesus passes the baton to the disciples, instilling in them confidence and courage to carry out the responsibilities given to them. In this Sunday's message, guest speaker, Pastor Kevin Loo, brings a word reminding us to remain faithful in the world while not being of the world.

Church for Entrepreneurs
7 Rules to always making the best godly business Decision

Church for Entrepreneurs

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 13:37


As you follow God's plan for your business, there is a multitude of decisions to make along the way. We encounter both minor and major decisions in our course. However, if you follow these seven (7) simple rules, you will always make the best decision possible. Rule 1: Never Make a Decision Based on Money If you make a decision based on money, you will be wrong 95% of the time. Only make a decision based on direction from God. You'll be right 100% of the time. In John 5:30, Jesus said I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. Jesus did not make decisions without first checking in with God. In fact, this scripture demonstrates that any decision that needed to be made came directly from God. Similarly, we need to have a close walk with God, to ensure our spiritual intuitiveness is sound to guide us in our decision-making process. If we are seeking His will, we'll make less and less bad decisions as time goes on. Rule 2: Don't Hesitate after Receiving Direction Only wait on God for direction when He has not given you specific instructions. If God has given you direction, go forward down that path. For example, in Exodus 14:14-16, Pharaoh's army had chased the children of Israel to the sea, and there was no apparent way of escape. So Moses prayed to God for direction, and God responded Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward God was telling Moses that He had already given him the instruction to go forward, and within that instruction was the power to do so. Likewise, when God gives you direction, go forward. Rule 3: Don't Follow Every Good Idea Stay on your course and don't follow every good idea you have. All ideas are not for you to do. Some ideas are for anther time or person. Pray for discernment to recognize the difference. In Acts 16:6-10, Paul had to make a decision on where he should preach next. There were a lot of places that needed the gospel preached, but there was only one place at that time God desired for Paul to go to. Like Paul, we should only execute the idea God has called us to do. Our anointing for success lives in what God has called us to do, not something else. Rule 4: Don't Wait for Perfect Conditions He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap – Ecclesiastes 11:4 There is never a perfect time to make a decision, so do not wait for perfect conditions. If you are observing your circumstances and waiting for the right time, you will never make a decision. Rule 5: Don't Let Fear Stop You You will make mistakes along the way; however, do not allow that to prevent you from making a decision. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand … For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again. – Psalm 37:24, Proverbs 24:16 The Bible is clear that even a just man will make some mistakes in his lifetime, so with that being the case, we cannot be troubled about making a mistake. Just know that you will make mistakes at some point in time, but when you do, God has your back. Therefore, do not let the fear of making a mistake stop you from making a decision. Rule 6: Gather as Much Information as Possible When in the decision-making process, gather all the information you can relative to the subject. As a result, you will be able to make a more informed decision based on a multitude of facts. Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established – Proverbs 15:22 A multitude of counselors can come from people or authoritative sources of information. For example, if you are striving to develop a real estate business, you should utilize the library for books related to real estate or seek the counsel of those in the real estate business. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. – 1 John 2:20 Upon gathering the required information listen to the Holy Spirit on what to do with that information. Rule 7: Make a Better One Next Time Finally, if the decision you make does not produce fruit, then make a better one next time. Deuteronomy 18:21-22, states that any word that comes from God will produce fruit. If the decision you made does not produce fruit after a reasonable amount of time has passed, then you have made a mistake. Remember rule number five, even a just man makes mistakes from time to time. The key is not to lay down in your mistakes, just say, “Praise God I was wrong”; and move on. Links — CFE Atlanta, CFE Community, Partnership  

Messages
The Advantage You Didn't Know You Had

Messages

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022


In John 16, Jesus says it's to our advantage that He goes away, and the Holy Spirit comes to us. What advantage is Jesus talking about? As we wrap up It's Worth It 2.0, we take a look at what the Bible tells us about the Holy Spirit and how He empowers us to live out all of the core values that we've been talking about through this series.Pastor Jeff LittleSeries: It's Worth It 2.0Interactive message notes for this message: https://notes.subsplash.com/fill-in/view?page=XANbr6u3ucKReaching People. Building Lives. Milestone Church is located in Keller, TX, with multiple locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, as well as streaming live online each weekend.We invite you to join us live each weekend at live.milestonechurch.com.——Stay Connected with Milestone ChurchWebsite: https://milestonechurch.com
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Milestone Church Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milestonechurchPastor Jeff Little Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pastorjefflittlePastor Jeff Little Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jefflittle
Resources that will help you grow: https://resources.milestonechurch.com

Spark Cast
John | Judge, Lest Ye Not Be Judged [Mark Arevalo]

Spark Cast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 44:26


In John 17, Jesus prays that his followers will be united, but it doesn't take much to recognize that the Church is very much divided along social, political, and theological lines. Why are we divided, and how can Jesus's teachings on the Kingdom of God provide insights into how we might find common ground once again?

Glorious in the Mundane Podcast with Christy Nockels
Come Magnify Mini Series // Home

Glorious in the Mundane Podcast with Christy Nockels

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 44:15


NEW PODCAST TODAY!! Today I'm going to introduce a NEW SONG that is hands-down my favorite song that God has stirred in me yet. It's that precious to me! Even days after writing it, I was sharing it but that's mostly because of the encounter that I had with God on my front porch one evening. The song stands as a vivid reminder of not only that moment but of what I truly believe God desires for His people in this hour: That we would come HOME to His heart. Fully and completely. In John 14, Jesus was asked, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” In verse 23 Jesus answered saying, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” Not only do I believe it's possible for God to be our truest home this side of heaven, I believe it's his plan for us. This is the brightest hope of our Gospel story…that we are reconciled to the Father's arms in the here and now, because of Jesus! I'm tagging those of you who heard me squawk out (through tears) this story and the very beginnings of this song, even when I was still just reading the lyrics from my journal. And thanks to those of you who said, “You have to keep the ‘screen door' line in the bridge!” As I remember those moments I can't help but think…how beautiful is the Body of Christ!? That we have each other and we're all a part of this Home together. May you find yourself further up and farther in, finding your truest home in His heart again today. I'll talk to you soon!-ChristySupport the show

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The Commentary Magazine Podcast: Breaking the Doom Loop

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022


In John's absence today, New York Sun columnist and host of “The Reeducation” podcast, Eli Lake, joins the show to talk about how nuclear deterrence works and why. Also, an update on the Durham probe, the state of play ahead of the midterm elections, and a nascent revolution in the streets of Iran.