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The Bear Mills Podcast
Mark 8 and 9

The Bear Mills Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 47:04


In Mark 1, Jesus gave an invitation, "Follow Me." But what does that entail? Today's study answers that question. 

Fallacious Trump
False Consensus - FT#100

Fallacious Trump

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 98:46


ICYMI: There is also a video version of this special 100th episode which you can watch at https://fallacioustrump.com/ft100. Please enjoy either version! Or both, I'm not the boss of you.In the one hundredth (yay!) episode we explore the False Consensus Fallacy, starting with a special guest, and then we hear Trump claiming nobody knew that lots of people die from the flu, insisting everyone feels like he does about protesters, and tweeting about how everyone in politics colludes with foreign agents.In Mark's British Politics Corner (after another special guest) we look at Michael Gove insisting there's a consensus that taxing energy companies on their huge profits would be really bad, and Lee Anderson MP assuming that poor people are as bad at budgeting as he and his rich friends are.In the Fallacy in the Wild section, we hear from one final super special guest, and then check out examples from Friends, Footloose, and Beverly Hills 90210.Jim and Mark go head to head in a special 100th Fake News, in which Mark has to guess which thing Trump thinks go 'bing', and we hear from some of our previous guest presenters.Then we talk about Madison Cawthorn and the campaign against him within his own party (we recorded this before his humiliating defeat on Tuesday).And finally, we round up some of the other crazy Trump stories from the past week before playing a compilation of 100 things that Trump claims nobody knows.The video and full show notes for this episode can be found at https://fallacioustrump.com/ft100 You can contact the guys at pod@fallacioustrump.com, on Twitter @FallaciousTrump, or facebook at facebook.com/groups/fallacioustrumpSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/fallacious-trump/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Follower of One : Missions For The Rest Of Us
671 Called to Serve - Ephesians 4:12

Follower of One : Missions For The Rest Of Us

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 4:56


How would you feel if I told you that the job of every Christian is to serve other people? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me today on the Follower of One podcast. I was surprised when I realized that I hadn't spoken about this passage before on the podcast. Ephesians 4:11-12 "and he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry for building up the body of Christ." That's Ephesians 4:11-12 from the English Standard Version. I actually memorized that passage in the 1995 version of the New American Standard, which uses a slightly different word there. Often this passage is. , interpreted in the times that I've heard it talked about or in the commentaries that I've read, I see people and I hear people talking about how this passage is about the structure of the church. The apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds, and the teachers are the leaders in the church. Those are the people whose job it is to equip the saints, that's the rest of us, us chosen ones, us, people who are called to follow Jesus. Those people equip the saints for the work of ministry for building up the body of Christ. In my years, as a Christ follower, I've heard this passage explained a variety of different ways. So the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds, and the teachers being the staff of the church are equipping the rest of us for the work of ministry. And I've heard people talk about that as being I'm supposed to serve in the church in the 1995 New American Standard, It even says the work of service it's equipping us for the work of service. And so I've had people tell me that I need to serve in the church. I need to serve on Sundays or work in the nursery or teach a Sunday school class or do something associated with my church organization, with my local church. And that's been what I was told to do because I'm building up the body of Christ. I'm building up the whole local church. I'm not sure that's exactly what this passage means. In fact, the local church was a kind of a different organization back when Paul wrote this letter. It was a community of believers in the same general vicinity. So it was a local church, but I think it was a little less of an organization that we make it to be. I wonder if we don't take this a little too simply and keep it in the context of church when we ought to apply it to where we are and what we do every day, or you would think that I would come up with that kind of a conclusion just based on what you might know about Follower of One. Our job, I believe is to help other people move one notch closer to Jesus. And I believe the way God created us to do that is to serve others. I think that's his strategy. In Mark 10:45 Jesus says "even the son of man didn't come to be served, but to serve and to give his life, a ransom for many." And the word translated ministry in verse 12 is actually the same Greek word that is often translated service. You see our job isn't ministry, our job is service. That's the work we're supposed to be doing. The job a pastor or an apostle or a prophet does is they equip the saints. The job that the saints do is serve other people. We serve them and when we serve them well, and when we serve them, because we follow Jesus. Then they're prompted to ask, Hey, why are you doing this? Why would you do something like that? And then we get to tell them about our faith in Jesus and when they become Christ followers, when they become disciples that builds up the body of Christ. I wonder if it's not that simple, I've gone a little long today. Thank you for considering this idea. Let's talk a little bit more about the ministry of saints on tomorrow's episode is. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. If you want to be part of a community committed to growing as servers of people so that Jesus might become visible, then check us out at https://followerofone.org. Thanks very much.  

The Not Your Grandmother's Book Club Podcast
NYGBC: American Marxism Chapter 4 Part 1

The Not Your Grandmother's Book Club Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 88:25


This Week! We break down the first half of chapter 4 of Mark Levin's book American Marxism, titled “Racism, Genderism, and Marxism. In this chapter, other than continuing his trend of block quoting people more intelligent and well thought than him and following it by screaming “communism” into the void. In this chapter he attempts, ad fails, to lead the reader through Critical Theory, a philosophical mode of thought developed by thinkers in the “Frankfurt School” or “Franklin School” if you're Levin, to Critical Race Theory, which does not stem directly from Critical Theory as he suggests, and of course, to every other remotely left wing area of discourse that doesn't slobber at the thought of America's greatness. This week Mark finally gets to talking about that evil communist menace, “CRT” otherwise known as everything, everywhere all at once. In Mark, and the rest of the right's conception, CRT is both everything and nothing, present in all schools, colleges, government agencies and antifa super-soldier training camps. Levin also, of course falsely claims that Critical race theory seeks a violent Marxist revolution, fails to address any of the points made by CRT scholars, and resorts to petty name-calling. In other words, he's at the top of his game. If you want more of us you can find us and this episode at our website NYGBCpod.com You can also find all of the episodes at nygbc.podbean.com If you want bonus episodes, early releases and more, consider becoming a patron for as little as $1 an episode at patreon.com/nygbc You can listen to every chapter of this review starting with episode 1 of this series. You can also listen to our introduction to Mark Levin, the man, the myth, the shouty little ball of anger. Thanks as always for listening and enjoy the show. Show Notes: “Repressive Tolerance” by Herbert Marcuse PDF Op-Ed by Steve Klinsky and Wyatt Tee Walker in Real Clear Politics Critical Race Theory is White History – The Nation by Kali Holloway NAACP Legal Defense Fund FAQ on Critical Race Theory

Voice of Breakthrough with Cyndi Foster
Episode 210: Evil Thoughts ( Mark 7:20-22)

Voice of Breakthrough with Cyndi Foster

Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 48:27


In Mark chapter 7, Jesus talks about the things that defile a person. One of those is evil thoughts. This teaching will help you see where you may have evil thoughts and includes prayer to renounce them and be free from them!

Sermons by Archbishop Foley Beach
Marriage – A Current Assessment (Christ the King Anglican Church; Birmingham, AL)

Sermons by Archbishop Foley Beach

Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 24:57


Marriage – A Current Assessment (Christ the King Anglican Church; Birmingham, AL) MESSAGE SUMMARY: Marriage and the family, in current decades, have been under attack to the degree that marriage is now losing its value in our culture. In Mark 10:6-9, Jesus speaks to God's plan for marriage: “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.' ‘Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.'” In our culture's attacks on marriage and the family, we see ten ways in which marriage and the family have been and are being perverted: 1) US Supreme Court's decision on same sex marriage – as followers of Jesus, we don't believe the courts have the right to define/redefine marriage as established by God; 2) sex before marriage is becoming the norm; 3) sex outside of marriage has become acceptable; 4) the prevalence of divorce; 5) acceptance of cohabitation; 6) birth of children out of wedlock; 7) multi-spouse marriage; 8) escalation and the acceptance of pornography; 9) the acceptance and practice of abortion on demand; and 10) the acceptable “choosing” one's own gender by some people. These perversions of marriage and the family are chiping away at the value and importance of marriage and the family in the US – even among Christians. Too many of our Christian young people don't know why they should get married -- this diminution of marriage's value is a failure, mostly, of the Christian Church. Many Christians, today, are being deceived and led away from God's Word by the Evil One (e.g., John 10:10). Therefore, we need to read and understand God's Word, especially as it relates to His plan for marriage that Jesus posits in His quote from Genesis in Mark 10:6. Throughout history humans have corrupted God's beautiful plan for His Creation. In Mark 10:7, we see God's pattern for marriage. In Mark 10:8, we are provided with God's purpose for marriage; and the product of this “one flesh” is children. By becoming “one flesh” in marriage, the man and women become a “new trinity” – husband, wife, and the Lord. In this “marriage trinitarian relationship”, each child is brought into this family relationship in the same way that we, as followers of Jesus, are brought into our personal relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit through the Gospel. In Mark 10:9 we see God's expressed permeance of marriage. God's design and plan for marriage, as presented by Jesus in Mark 10, is ideal for us as humans, our nation and our culture; but His plan is being increasingly perverted. Therefore, what should we do, as followers of Jesus, about these “attacks on marriage”? We can: 1) stand up, speak up and speak God's truth – Christians need to stop be trampled upon by this divergent culture; 2) model good and Godly marriage and family life to the culture; 3) you teach your children, you not the church/school/government, about God and His plan for marriage and the family; and 4) pray and ask God to intervene in these attacks and to support our seeking to achieve His plan for our own marriage and the family – prayer does change things, and it brings the power of God. We are blessed to live in an incredible time in history, but the plan and fabric that God designed to keep us together and thriving – marriage and the family – is being perverted. However, we, as followers of Jesus, hold the key to stopping this perversion though getting our own family and marriage in line with God's plan and then witnessing and voting to stop this perversion – the time is now.   TODAY'S PRAYER: Keeping the Sabbath, Lord, will require a lot of changes in the way I am living life. Teach me, Lord, how to take the next step with this in a way that fits my unique personality and situation. Help me to trust you with all that will remain unfinished and to enjoy my humble place in your very large world. In Jesus' name, amen.   Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 129). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM A CHILD OF GOD. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God-- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. John 1:12f SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Mark 10:6-9; John 10:10; Genesis 2:21-25. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH'S DAILY DEVOTIONAL – “Jesus Followers Are Given the Incredible Gift of the Holy Spirit - “your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way”: https://awordfromthelord.org/devotional/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

Video Sermons by Archbishop Foley Beach
Marriage – A Current Assessment (Christ the King Anglican Church; Birmingham, AL)

Video Sermons by Archbishop Foley Beach

Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 24:57


Marriage – A Current Assessment (Christ the King Anglican Church; Birmingham, AL) MESSAGE SUMMARY: Marriage and the family, in current decades, have been under attack to the degree that marriage is now losing its value in our culture. In Mark 10:6-9, Jesus speaks to God's plan for marriage: “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.' ‘Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.'” In our culture's attacks on marriage and the family, we see ten ways in which marriage and the family have been and are being perverted: 1) US Supreme Court's decision on same sex marriage – as followers of Jesus, we don't believe the courts have the right to define/redefine marriage as established by God; 2) sex before marriage is becoming the norm; 3) sex outside of marriage has become acceptable; 4) the prevalence of divorce; 5) acceptance of cohabitation; 6) birth of children out of wedlock; 7) multi-spouse marriage; 8) escalation and the acceptance of pornography; 9) the acceptance and practice of abortion on demand; and 10) the acceptable “choosing” one's own gender by some people. These perversions of marriage and the family are chiping away at the value and importance of marriage and the family in the US – even among Christians. Too many of our Christian young people don't know why they should get married -- this diminution of marriage's value is a failure, mostly, of the Christian Church. Many Christians, today, are being deceived and led away from God's Word by the Evil One (e.g., John 10:10). Therefore, we need to read and understand God's Word, especially as it relates to His plan for marriage that Jesus posits in His quote from Genesis in Mark 10:6. Throughout history humans have corrupted God's beautiful plan for His Creation. In Mark 10:7, we see God's pattern for marriage. In Mark 10:8, we are provided with God's purpose for marriage; and the product of this “one flesh” is children. By becoming “one flesh” in marriage, the man and women become a “new trinity” – husband, wife, and the Lord. In this “marriage trinitarian relationship”, each child is brought into this family relationship in the same way that we, as followers of Jesus, are brought into our personal relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit through the Gospel. In Mark 10:9 we see God's expressed permeance of marriage. God's design and plan for marriage, as presented by Jesus in Mark 10, is ideal for us as humans, our nation and our culture; but His plan is being increasingly perverted. Therefore, what should we do, as followers of Jesus, about these “attacks on marriage”? We can: 1) stand up, speak up and speak God's truth – Christians need to stop be trampled upon by this divergent culture; 2) model good and Godly marriage and family life to the culture; 3) you teach your children, you not the church/school/government, about God and His plan for marriage and the family; and 4) pray and ask God to intervene in these attacks and to support our seeking to achieve His plan for our own marriage and the family – prayer does change things, and it brings the power of God. We are blessed to live in an incredible time in history, but the plan and fabric that God designed to keep us together and thriving – marriage and the family – is being perverted. However, we, as followers of Jesus, hold the key to stopping this perversion though getting our own family and marriage in line with God's plan and then witnessing and voting to stop this perversion – the time is now.   TODAY'S PRAYER: Keeping the Sabbath, Lord, will require a lot of changes in the way I am living life. Teach me, Lord, how to take the next step with this in a way that fits my unique personality and situation. Help me to trust you with all that will remain unfinished and to enjoy my humble place in your very large world. In Jesus' name, amen.   Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 129). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM A CHILD OF GOD. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God-- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. John 1:12f SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Mark 10:6-9; John 10:10; Genesis 2:21-25. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH'S DAILY DEVOTIONAL – “Jesus Followers Are Given the Incredible Gift of the Holy Spirit - “your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way”: https://awordfromthelord.org/devotional/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

Follower of One : Missions For The Rest Of Us
666 Life Worthy of the Gospel Part 3 - Philippians 1:27

Follower of One : Missions For The Rest Of Us

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 4:50


Hey, it's Mike Henry with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast. Today, we're continuing our study of Philippians 1 27 and 28. And I want to read that today from the English Standard Version. "Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation and that from God." Again, that's Philippians 1 27 and 28 from the English Standard Version. We've been talking about a life worthy of the gospel. And we've talked about that in the previous two episodes. Today, we're talking about the second characteristic of a life worthy of the gospel that we are with one mind striving side by side, for the faith of the gospel. It's translated slightly differently in the other translations that I've used; the Christian Standard two days ago and the New American Standard yesterday. Striving side-by-side for the faith of the gospel, I think is part of this example that Paul's making. When we live worthy of the gospel of Christ, we are locked in on the Holy Spirit. We do what God tells us to do. We're listening to him and obeying what we know and doing the things that he's called us to do. And with one mind striving side by side, for the faith of the gospel, we live that way together. One of the challenges that I see in the world today, especially and our new kind of social media world is that it's easy for us to criticize other people. And many of us criticize other Christians. People may be critical of my own teaching about the scripture here. I don't consider myself a teacher. I'm a challenger. I want to challenge us to live our faith. I want to challenge you to ask the Holy Spirit what he would have you do. "One mind striving side-by-side for the faith of the gospel," doesn't necessarily mean that we all do the same things or that we all have the same beliefs. We don't all vote for the same candidates. We don't all show up on the same side of every single issue. I don't believe it's that way at all. "One mind striving side-by-side for the faith of the gospel," means that I give grace to the people around me. Jesus called me to be a server of other people. That's what ministry is. I need to be a servant. When I see another believer and they do things slightly differently than me, I need to give them grace. I need to serve them and help them and assist them. I want to lay down my life for one another, for other people, I need to figure out ways to follow the holy spirit and be a blessing to the people around me. Whether I necessarily agree with them or not. We're called to serve other people, whether they follow Jesus or they don't. And so "With one mind striving side-by-side for the faith of the gospel," to me means that I'm taking my orders from the Holy Spirit and I'm doing my best to serve everyone that I know. In Mark 10:45, Jesus said, "the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve." That's part of that verse, but I believe that's the universal part of it. Jesus came to serve. Our job is to serve. Today, if you're doing that, I'm grateful for you. I'm thankful that God has called you to follow him and to serve other people. Daily activity number four is that we would serve others. Today. I want to challenge you ask the Holy Spirit where he would have you serve others, and I believe that will make you be part of this answer, "striving side by side, for the faith of the gospel." We give away our faith, by the way we live. Thank you for being a follower of Jesus. Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for asking God, how he would have you make a difference in the world today because you follow him. Thanks very much.  

Fallacious Trump
Need for First Hand Accounts - FT#99

Fallacious Trump

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 97:13


In the ninety-ninth episode we explore the Need for First Hand Accounts, starting with Trump claiming historians can't know whether a Civil War battle took place because they weren't there, and that Maggie Haberman has no way of knowing whether Trump clogged White House toilets with documents .In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Sir Robert Goodwill MP's claim that the fact he hasn't personally been made aware of a specific person who died because Boris had parties during the lockdown, it's all fine. We also hear Rachel Johnson's views on lazy work-from-homers and Femi Oluwole pointing out that Boris doesn't have the expertise to dismiss the Government's economists. In the Fallacy in the Wild section, we check out examples from Ken Ham, This is Spinal Tap, Dana White and Frederick Forsyth.Jim and Mark go head to head in Fake News, the game in which Mark has to guess which one of three Trump quotes Jim made upThen we talk about Tucker Carlson's meltdown over the Biden Administration's plan to crack down on misinformation.And finally, we round up some of the other crazy Trump stories from the past week.The full show notes for this episode can be found at https://fallacioustrump.com/ft99 You can contact the guys at pod@fallacioustrump.com, on Twitter @FallaciousTrump, or facebook at facebook.com/groups/fallacioustrumpSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/fallacious-trump/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Eternity Church PodCast
Episode 95: May 1, 2022 - Baptisms

Eternity Church PodCast

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 27:42


A Sunday morning of baptisms by Pastor David Singh.This Sunday is unique in our life together. We have two children who are being dedicated, one infant being baptized, and a young boy who has confessed Christ being baptized by immersion. Eternity Church is unique in that we are not one denomination but one catholic [universal] church. We come from a variety of historic traditions and denominations and have chosen to be deliberately multi-denominational. We are not independent because we depend on the historic traditions. We are not non-denominational because we cherish the strengths that different denominations bring. Does this mean that we are not clear in our theology of Baptism? Quite the contrary; we are more robust in our understanding of the sacrament of Baptism. On what basis, you may ask. We follow the biblical record and pattern set by Jesus' family as well his own example in choosing to be baptized. In addition to biblical authority, we are also guided by the church through the ages and around the world. Baptism is a sacrament ordered by the Lord Jesus. We baptize in obedience and inherit by faith. In Mark 10:13-16 Jesus received and blessed children at different levels of faith. The blessing of baptism is a visible demonstration that we are all called to receive the kingdom of God like a little child.

Bible Bedtime
Mk 02: Jesus Hangs out with Sinners

Bible Bedtime

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 20:03


Welcome to Bible Bedtime. In Mark 2, Jesus eats a meal with tax collectors and sinners. He tells the Pharisees that he has not come to call the righteous, but sinners. How marvelous that Jesus loves even a sinner like me!Sleep in heavenly peace. Get bonus content on PatreonSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/biblebedtime. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

New Life Church - Fort Smith
The Withered Hand | Ps. Marcus Brown

New Life Church - Fort Smith

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 35:05


During Jesus' ministry on earth, He healed people with the touch of His hands. He could have always healed with a spoken word, or just a breath or thought, and yet He often chose to use His hands, a symbol of the importance and power of touch. In Mark 3:1-6, we read of a man with a withered hand who wanted to be healed. It was the Sabbath, but that didn't stop Jesus from healing him! Jesus asked the man with the withered hand to stand up in front of everyone and stretch out his hand. In order to be healed, he had to acknowledge his weakness/illness and stretch forth the very hand that he likely was embarrassed about. He had the faith he needed to do something uncomfortable, and he was healed immediately.

A Fistfull
21 Days of just "YOU" (THE BOOK) Day 14

A Fistfull

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 13:51


We need Healing! Day 14: Healing... Today is short and encouraged! What healing request do you have right now? What kind of healing is it? Whether it'd be for spiritual, emotional, physical, financial, health, lifestyle healing, or mind body and soul? In Mark 9:23 (ICB) Jesus said to the father, “You said, ‘If you can!' All things are possible for him who believes.” Do you believe your healing is possible? To join FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/558233241224049/ To tune in to the podcast for seasons 1-7: https://www.afistfull.net To purchase your copy of my books or download your free copy: Amazon.com: CHRISSIE ANDERSON: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/afistfullpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/afistfullpodcast/support

LWCC
Why some people just don't get it - Mark 4:1-20

LWCC

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 38:48


In Mark 4:1-20 Jesus introduces a series of parables by telling the "parable of parables" so those who are eager to learn more will understand why he teaches that way. This parable also helps us understand why some people "just don't get it." This message was preached by Pastor Clark Cothern at Living Water Community Church, Ypsilanti, MI, on Sunday, April 24th, 2022. www.lw-cc.org

College Wesleyan Church Podcast
An Unfinished Easter

College Wesleyan Church Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2022 38:39


Steve DeNeff - Mark 16:1-8; 2 Corinthians 4:7-16. In Mark's gospel, Easter is unfinished. Jesus is risen in the negative space. Power is subtle, hope is deferred, certainty is mixed with confusion, and joy is mixed with fear.  Easter is a treasure, but we carry it in jars of clay. Mark's account of Easter is for the weary, the skeptical, the frustrated and the faint of heart.

Heritage Baptist Church, Johannesburg
Hope in the Healing of the Leper

Heritage Baptist Church, Johannesburg

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2022


In Mark 1 we meet a leper in need of cleansing. He comes to the Lord, and in this interaction we see hope for all who are in need God's liberation.

Core Christianity
Can the Bible Be Used to Cure Anxiety and Depression?

Core Christianity

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 25:01


Episode 947 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. In Mark 13:32-37, it says to stay awake because no one knows the day or the hour. Is the direction here a metaphor or a literal command? 2. Did Jesus ever go to hell after the resurrection, did he descend to the dead? 3. I know the Bible includes verses on how to deal with anxiety. But why is it so hard to cast our burdens to him? When I do that I still have a fear that overpowers me. I really don't like medicine, it doesn't make me feel safe. I am trying to give my life to God but I fall short. I just want to overcome my anxiety. Is there any solution? 4. I suspect my pastor of immoral behavior, what do I do? Today's Offer 7 Things You Need to Know About Heaven 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 Guide – 9 Things Everyone Should Know About Depression

Fallacious Trump
Silent Majority Fallacy - FT#98

Fallacious Trump

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2022 98:10


In the ninety-eighth episode we explore the Silent Majority Fallacy, starting with Trump implying people who don't protest are on his side and that people with ten flags on their boats are part of the silent majority.In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at David Cameron's invocation of the silent majority in the run up to a vote on Scottish independence, and Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross claiming the SNP's huge actual majority will be beaten by all the people who can't be bothered to vote.In the Fallacy in the Wild section, we check out examples from Nixon (the film), Nixon (the person) and The Gilmore Girls.Jim and Mark go head to head in Fake News, the game in which Mark has to guess which one of three Trump quotes Jim made upThen we talk about the right wing's claim that the Washington Post have finally admitted that Hunter Biden's laptop is real.And finally, we round up some of the other crazy Trump stories from the past week.The full show notes for this episode can be found at https://fallacioustrump.com/ft98 You can contact the guys at pod@fallacioustrump.com, on Twitter @FallaciousTrump, or facebook at facebook.com/groups/fallacioustrumpSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/fallacious-trump/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Broadcasts – Christian Working Woman
The Women at the Cross

Broadcasts – Christian Working Woman

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2022 14:28


Having been to Israel many times, leading tours, I have a much clearer vision of what a crucifixion was really like, and how horrendous it must have been to have watched anyone dying on a cross. We have tended to romanticize the cross a bit, with our jewelry and pictures of a cross on a hill far away, but actually the place of crucifixion was the most horrible place in Jerusalem. It would have been by a busy roadway so everyone could see and mock and be terrified by a crucifixion. It was meant to be a deterrent to crime and rebellion, to cause anyone who thought they might challenge the rule of Rome to think twice, because they would have to endure this horrible death. Knowing how awful a crucifixion was, it is amazing to read in Matthew 27:55-56 that “Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Moses, and the mother of Zebedee's sons.”  In Mark 15:40-41 we read: “Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.” Luke tells us that “A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him” (Luke 23:27). And John tells us “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene” (John 19:25). By my count, there are seven women who are identified in the four gospels, but we know there were many others as well. It's interesting to me that the women are named, and yet there are no named men at the cross. Certainly, there were men there, but how many were the friends and disciples of Jesus Christ?  We only know for sure that John was there, because Jesus refers to him in John 19, as he instructs him to care for his mother. Where were the other disciples? And why were all these women there at this ugly scene? It was not a place for a woman; if it was your close relative, you might have been there, but typically women did not go to such a horrible place. Yet there were all these women at the cross of Jesus. These women had gathered there to mourn and to wail the crucifixion of their Savior, Jesus Christ. They were there because they loved Jesus. They had been delivered from their sins and their pasts by Jesus, and they were determined to stay with him until the end, as ugly as it was. Can you even imagine what it meant for these women to stay there throughout the whole crucifixion? Mary Magdalene was there. We know that Jesus had delivered her from seven demons. There have been some scurrilous writings and suggestions that Jesus had a romantic relationship with Mary Magdalene. That is a lie and totally unsubstantiated by Scripture or history. But for sure, this woman had deep feelings for Jesus because he had delivered her from her past. And it was an awful past. Can you even imagine being possessed by seven demons? What could be worse than to be indwelled by seven demons from hell? No doubt she had been abused and suffered great harm from these demons for many years. No doubt she was full of guilt and gloom and despair, fearing she would live all her days possessed by these demons. And then she met Jesus. In Mark 16 we read that Jesus had driven out those demons. However he did that, it had to be dramatic, perhaps painful, but no doubt the best day of her life. She was set free from her past, her guilt, her shame. And because Jesus is risen from the dead, he is able to do the same for you today. It may not be demons you are dealing with, but whatever it is in your past that haunts you, Jesus is a qualified Savior because he is risen from the dead, and he can deliver you, too. We are told that Mary, his mother, was at the cross. No doubt as she stood there,

Unbinding the Bible
139 - Pick Your Parade*

Unbinding the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 32:30


This episode is a sermon I preached Palm Sunday 2021. In Mark 11, Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey while receiving acclamations of "Save us!" from the crowds. His way of salvation, though, is not what many people were expecting. When given the choice between Jesus and Barabbas (an insurrectionist), the people choose Barabbas as the one who more fully represents their ideals. And the challenge the church continually faces is deciding whether to follow the peaceful kingship of Jesus (displayed with palm branches) or the militant kingship of Caesar (displayed with swords through Pontius Pilate and embodied in Barabbas).  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unbinding-the-bible/support

Walking Worthy
Our Savior

Walking Worthy

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 6:28


The initial chapters of the New Testament remind us that God's incarnate Son is a Savior. In Mark 15:33–41, the apex of Jesus' work as our Savior is on horrific, glorious display. Horrific because of the immense suffering, shame, and mocking our Lord endured, yet glorious because it's at this place of suffering that sinners are rescued. Listen to more episodes of Walking Worthy by subscribing and visiting: walkingworthypodcast.com

Awakened To Grace with Chad Roberts
Mark 14: Jesus Betrayed | WALKING WITH JESUS

Awakened To Grace with Chad Roberts

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 46:50


In Mark 14 we see Jesus Adored, Betrayed, Arrested and Denied. As we continue to walk with Jesus through the book of Mark we will go with him through The Last Supper, To The Garden of Gethsemane and to his Mock Trial.

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
This Is the Time, in Our Fear-Evoking Events, that Jesus Followers, Like Jesus and King Hezekiah, Need to Get Alone with God and Pray

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 1:00


This Is the Time, in Our Fear-Evoking Events, that Jesus Followers, Like Jesus and King Hezekiah, Need to Get Alone with God and Pray MESSAGE SUMMARY: Immediately, Jesus made His Disciples get in a boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side while Jesus dismissed the crowd. After Jesus dismissed the crowd, He went up on a mountainside, by Himself, to pray. He was alone with His Father. In Mark 1:35, Jesus' prayer life is presented: “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place, and there He prayed.”. If there is one Christian discipline that is neglected by Christians of today, it is the practice of getting alone with God and having a quiet time to pray -- not you and your computer; not you and a friend; but only you and God alone in your prayer. We can learn a great deal from King Hezekiah, in Isaiah 37:15-17a about his personal relationship with God, through personal prayer, as he is faced with a powerful invasion of Israel: “And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: ‘O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. Incline your ear, O LORD, and hear.'”.   TODAY'S PRAYER: Lord, in order to be with you, I need you to show me how to “create a desert” in the midst of my full, active life. Cleanse me from the pressures, illusions, and pretenses that confront me today so that my life may serve as a gift to those around me. Amen.    Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 26). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Today, because of I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I will not be controlled by my Despair. Rather, I will walk in the Spirit's fruit of Joy. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22f). SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV):  John 17:1-5; Matthew 26:36-40; Isaiah 37:14-17; Psalms 100:1-5. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. THIS SUNDAY'S AUDIO SERMON: You can listen to Archbishop Beach's Current Sunday Sermon: “Contemplating the Mighty Acts – Palm Sunday and Holy Week”, at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

The Bible Geek Show
The Bible Geek Podcast 22-005

The Bible Geek Show

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022


James D.G. Dunn (Unity and Diversity in the New Testament) says that the Ebionite gospel omitted Matthew's Nativity story because they were adoptionists, implying that their Christology was secondary, not the original. But couldn't Matthew have added it? Is there any truth to current claims that loads of Muslims are converting to Christianity after experiencing visions of Jesus? How would you critique the liberal church today? Was Philip the disciple an accountant or a math wizard? In John 6:5-7 he makes a lightning-fast calculation of the cost of enough food to feed the huge crowd. And how dare he contradict the Son of God by saying there wasn't enough food to feed the multitude? How can the word ἔλεγεν be variously translated as: “said,” “had said,” “was saying,” “had been saying,” “had already been saying,” etc? Why didn't God kill Job's wife? Was it so that Job's wife could advise him to die? In Mark 10:29,30, Jesus promises 100 mothers in this world to the one who gives up their mother to follow him. Why would someone want 100 mothers? In verse 29 Jesus mentions giving up one's father, but verse 30 omits fathers from the compensation promised in this world. Why? Mark's Jesus doesn't mention giving up one's spouses to follow him, and accordingly doesn't promise a 100-fold return in spouses. Jesus lists parents, siblings and offspring, and a couple of forms of property. This seems to parallel Job. What's the significance of omitting this class of property/family? Are we to believe that the Philistines had the architectural know-how to build a temple that would support 3,000 people on the roof (Judges 16:27)? What are some of the earliest Christian sects who disagreed with the doctrine of the trinity? What arguments did they give?

The Bible Church of Cabot
The King's Less-than-Triumphal Entry

The Bible Church of Cabot

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 49:00


In Mark 11-1-11, we are shown 4 facets of Jesus' entry into-Jerusalem.-Jesus' entry into Jerusalem was--I. Preceded by preparation -vs. 1-6-.-II. Predicted by prophecy -vs. 7-8-.-III. Accompanied by announcements -vs. 9-10-.-IV. Terminated at the temple -v. 11-.

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
Your Focus on Yourself and not on God or Others Will Lead to a Miserable Spiritual Condition – To serve is Christ

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 1:02


Your Focus on Yourself and not on God or Others Will Lead to a Miserable Spiritual Condition – To serve is Christ MESSAGE SUMMARY: When we show up at our church on Sunday, what is our purpose – is it to serve or to be served? Too many of us go to church seeking what the church can do for us. Our church should provide us a place to worship Jesus in Spirit and in the truth of His Word. Also, our church should provide a chance to serve others -- To serve is Christ. We will never be more like Jesus than when we are serving others. We are all serving someone, but who are we serving; are we serving ourselves or others? In Mark 10:43b-45, Jesus explains that His followers must have mind focused on service and being a servant to others: “But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”. The longer that we stay focused on ourselves and not God or others, the longer we will remain stuck in a miserable spiritual condition. To serve is Christ.   TODAY'S PRAYER Lord, I praise you because your love seeks my good in any and every situation. Forgive me for the seeds that I have squandered. Soften my heart to surrender to your will in and through me. In Jesus' name, amen.    Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 120). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Today, Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Fear. Rather, I will abide in the Lord's Faithfulness. “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): Matthew 20:1-16; Philippians 2:21-30; Matthew 25:34-46; Psalms 99:1-9. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. THIS SUNDAY'S AUDIO SERMON: You can listen to Archbishop Beach's Current Sunday Sermon: “Contemplating the Mighty Acts – Palm Sunday and Holy Week”, at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

BVBC Sermon Podcast
The Real Jesus: Unexpected King - Mark: The Real Jesus

BVBC Sermon Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2022 25:44


In Mark 11:1-11, Jesus is fulfilling Messianic prophecy as the coronated king, but first he must become the suffering servant. Pastor Matthew McNutt shares "Unexpected King." Please sign our digital Connection Card. Click to sign the Connection Card. Downloaded the Children's Bulletin. License: CSPL066641 Size D #church #Mark #TheRealJesus #king #unexpected

Walking Worthy
Our All-Compassionate Healer

Walking Worthy

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 5:58


There's more taking place in the miracles of Christ than just feeding multitudes, changing water into wine, and healing disease. In Mark 7, Jesus' compassion is lavished on a man unable to hear or speak. Jesus enters a man's world demonstrating his compassion for all who come to him.Listen to more episodes: walkingworthypodcast.com

First Baptist Church, Keller, TX
Demands Of Discipleship 04 - 03 - 22

First Baptist Church, Keller, TX

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 37:03


In Mark 8:27-38, Jesus gathers his inner circle of followers and clearly explains to them that he will soon suffer and die and be raised from the dead. Further, he calls them to deny themselves and follow after him for the rest of their lives.

Awakened To Grace with Chad Roberts
Mark 12: You Are Not Far From The Kingdom | WALKING WITH JESUS

Awakened To Grace with Chad Roberts

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 41:56


What is the difference between sincere and insincere questions about faith? In Mark 12 when the enemies of Jesus came with insincere questions he embarrassed and insulted them, however, when a scribe came with sincere questions Jesus dealt graciously with him. In this chapter we learn Jesus is not afraid of our questions. The question is....are we sincere?

Fallacious Trump
Argument by Vehemence - FT#97

Fallacious Trump

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 85:53


In the ninety-seventh episode we explore the Argument by Vehemence, starting with Trump yelling at Peter Alexander and shouting over Joe Biden during their first debate.In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Boris Johnson shouting and pointing at Kier Starmer during Prime Ministers Questions.In the Fallacy in the Wild section, we check out examples from Matilda, The West Wing, and Citizen Kane.Jim and Mark go head to head in Fake News, the game in which Mark has to guess which one of three Trump quotes Jim made upThen we talk about the Republicans' clownish behavior at Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearing.And finally, we round up some of the other crazy Trump stories from the past week.The full show notes for this episode can be found at https://fallacioustrump.com/ft97 You can contact the guys at pod@fallacioustrump.com, on Twitter @FallaciousTrump, or facebook at facebook.com/groups/fallacioustrumpSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/fallacious-trump/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

New Song Church OKC
Dying Words - I Thirst

New Song Church OKC

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 34:46


JACK HAYFORD“He is bringing His final sermon - a message of all time, to be proclaimed from the elevated pulpit of His cross…” JOHN 19:28-3028 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.MARK 15:21-2321 And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. 22 And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). 23 And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. F.F. BRUCE“The wine would be the sour wine or posca (water, wine, and vinegar) used by Roman soldiers. In Mark, Jesus declines the drink, apparently without tasting, desiring to suffer with a clear mind.”DIVINE PROVIDENCEProvidence: foresight or making provision beforehandJOHN 19:2828 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. PSALM 69:20-2120 Reproaches have broken my heart, so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none. 21 They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.The time of His birth (Daniel 8 & 9).He would be born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2)He would be born of a virgin. (Isaiah 7:14)He would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. (Zechariah 11:12) He would be mocked. (Psalm 22:7,8)He would be crucified. (John 3:14) (pointing back to Moses lifting up the serpent for healing in Exodus) He would be pierced. (Psalms 22:16)He would die with the wicked, but He would be buried with the rich. (Isaiah 53:9)JOHN 19:2829 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. PSALM 51:7“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”DIVINE HUMILITYJACK HAYFORD“… the one reason Jesus asked for something to drink had to do with what He was about to say. The biblical setting made that unmistakably clear. As the Word incarnate was about to bring his final sermon - a message for all time, to first be proclaimed from the elevated pulpit of His cross - He needed to clear His voice. The announcement to follow was not to be muttered or choked but trumpeted so that all mankind throughout all history would be able to hear it. But to prepare for that moment, He needed help.” JAMES 5:13-1613 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. DIVINE THIRSTMATTHEW 20:20-2220 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21 And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 22 Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?”MATTHEW 26:39And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”MARK 10:38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”JOHN 18:11So Jesus said to Peter, “Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?”JESUS' THIRST WAS TO DO THE WILL OF GODST. AUGUSTINE“The Samaritan women at the well found the Lord thirsting, and by him thirsting, she was filled. She first found him thirsting in order that he might drink from her faith. And when he was on the cross, he said, ‘I thirst,' although they did not give him that for which he was thirsting. For he was thirsting for them.”OUR GREATEST THIRST IS KNOW GOD AND TO DO THE WILL OF GOD.JOHN 4:13-1413 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[b] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Antioch Baton Rouge
Mark 14 | Jadon Reynolds

Antioch Baton Rouge

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 41:02


In Mark 14 we find a Jesus betrayed, bound, and abandoned by his closest friends and followers; lamenting and persevering - proving to be the faithful one. The Good news is not about our faithlessness, it's much better, as Jadon Reynolds shows us, it's about his faithfulness.

BVBC Sermon Podcast
The Real Jesus: A Model for Mission - Mark: The Real Jesus

BVBC Sermon Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 28:28


Jesus intends our Christian lives to move out of the classroom and into the community. In Mark 6:7-13 we learn how Jesus did this with his disciples. Pastor Nate Keeler shares "A Model for Mission." Please sign our digital Connection Card. Click to sign the Connection Card. Downloaded the Children's Bulletin. License: CSPL066641 Size D #church #Mark #TheRealJesus #mission

People's Church Podcast
Episode 48: How Do You Like Them Apples? Three Types of Fruit Jesus is Looking For in Our Lives

People's Church Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 71:40


In Mark 11:12-26 we read that Jesus was hungry and he came up to a fig tree to get something to eat. When he discovered the fig tree had no fruit, Jesus cursed it and immediately the fruitless fig tree withered at the roots! One key takeaway from this passage of Scripture is this: when Jesus returns, and we stand before him on Judgment Day, we don't want to be fruitless. In this message we examine three types of fruit Jesus is looking for in our lives: 1.) The Fruit of Repentance (Matthew 3:7-10), 2.) The Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26), and 3.) The Fruit of Faith (Luke 18:1-8). As Leonard Ravenhill says, "This life is a dressing room for eternity - that's all it is!" May we abide in Jesus and allow his Word to abide in us, so that we - his disciples - may bear much, lasting fruit and thereby glorify our Father in heaven (John 15:1-8)! "Oh Lord, teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12), and invest our lives in bearing lasting fruit for Christ! (Originally uploaded on November 1, 2021)

The Remnant Radio's Podcast
The Gospel of Mark Chapter 8: With Dr. Craig Keener

The Remnant Radio's Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 28:54


The Gospel of Mark Chapter 8: With Dr. Craig KeenerThere Is this famous passage In Mark 8 where a man receives some of his sights through the prayer of Jesus. However, he remained "mostly blind" then Jesus prays again, and the man's sight Is fully restored. I was under the impression that Mark only records one man in Mark 8 who was "mostly blind". But In this episode of the Gospel of Mark, Dr. Craig Keener makes the case that there are multiple people in Mark 8 who are "mostly blind". Should be a good episode!Donate (Paypal)https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GC2Z86XHHG4X6___________________________________________________________________________________Exclusive Content (Patreon)https://www.patreon.com/TheRemnantRadio__________________________________________________________________________________We're social! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRemnantRadioInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theremnantradio/___________________________________________________________________________________Our Favorite Bookshttps://www.amazon.com/shop/theremnantradio___________________________________________________________________________________Michael Rowntree's Church Wellspringhttps://wellspringdfw.org/___________________________________________________________________________________Michael Miller's Church Reclamation Churchhttps://reclamationdenver.com/___________________________________________________________________________________Kairos Classroom: Use Promo Code Remnant for 10% offhttps://kairosclassroom.com/classes__________________________________________________________________________________The Gospel Of Mark Group Packets https://the-remnant-radio.creator-spring.com/listing/the-gospel-of-mark-workbooks

GCCWS
Are You Faking Faith? - Mark 11:12-25

GCCWS

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2022 43:23


In Mark 11:12-25, Jesus curses a Fig tree, upsets tables, bars people from making sacrifices, and casts out the buyers and sellers at the Temple marketplace. Then says something so outrageous I'm surprised it found its way into the Gospel of Mark, “if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” Really? This weekend we continue our series, Unfiltered Jesus, by looking at two simultaneous events that occurred a week before Jesus hung on the cross. In Mark 11:12-25, we will see Jesus' admonishment upon the Fig tree and Temple wasn't accidental – it was intentional. He treats the Temple like a “sacred cow” that needs to be disrupted and eventually destroyed so people can trust God. People were clinging to the Temple system for safety and security like an immovable mountain. They don't realize that this sacred cow, this immovable mountain, isn't so sacred or safe – they are coming down! What we need is faith in God. Like, comment, & subscribe to stay updated with the latest content! CONNECT WITH US: ► Instagram https://www.instagram.com/gccws_gram ► Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gccws ► Website: http://www.gccws.net OUR RESOURCES: ►Recharge Devotional: http://www.gccws.net/recharge ►Online Church: http://live.gccws.net ►Online Bulletin: http://www.gccws.net/bulletin ►Discipleship Classes: http://www.gccws.net/adults ►Events Coming Up: http://www.gccws.net/events

Redemption Church - Sermons
The moment Jesus gave himself up

Redemption Church - Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2022 50:42


# Big Ideas- Grace is free, and entirely from God's initiative- Jesus is bold in front of his accusers. He is forcing their hand. - Jesus is giving himself up- This phrase in Greek is “paradidomi”- This word occurs 7 times in Chapter 14, translated there as “betrayed”- Same word for what the priests and Pilate do. Handed over. - In Mark, Jesus was “handed over”- God hands Jesus over- Jesus hands himself over. He is active in this process, not passive.- THIS IS WHO GOD IS- God is the one who hands himself over. - He is the self-giving God.- He's not all powerful because of strength and violence, but because of self-giving love. - The second coming will not be different from this one, it won't be Jesus coming back with violence to conquer death. - God has always, and will always, conquer by being conquered, defeat death with love.- Redemptive violence does not exist. # Questions- How does all of this strike you? - In your mind, is the cross a “different” event than the way God will finally conquer sin and death? - What do you think about this emphasis on “giving over,” on “paradidomi”?- How does it change your view of God if he is consistently, always, the God who gives himself over? - Can you conquer by being conquered? - How would you change yourself if you really bought into this being true?

Sermons – St John United Methodist Church, Prospect, KY

Pastor Tom Grieb continues our Lenten/Easter series with a message entitled "Lay Down Your Life." In Mark 8:34 , Christ says “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” In reflecting on that passage, we'll be talking about what it means to lay down our lives for the sake of Christ and the gospel. We'll talk about what it means to make ourselves available to Christ, leaving ourselves at his disposal, and, above all else, following him.

The Daily Gardener
March 24, 2022 Mark Catesby, Joseph Priestley, William Morris, Reflections of Paradise by Gordon Taylor, and Kreider Nurseries World's Fair Garden

The Daily Gardener

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 15:03


Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Stitcher | iHeart   Support The Daily Gardener Buy Me A Coffee    Connect for FREE! The Friday Newsletter |  Daily Gardener Community   Historical Events 1682 Baptism of Mark Catesby, English naturalist, adventurer, explorer, and artist. Mark made two trips to the new world when America was still a British colony. On his second trip, he explored the lower southeastern corner of the United States. After returning to England, he published his masterpiece, the very first account of flora and fauna of North America, in two large folios called The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands. Mark provided the text and the outstanding illustrations. He also offered an overview of the climate, soil, water, and any crops that were grown. Mark was a superb nature artist. He depicted birds and plants together, something only a handful of artists did at the time. Maria Sybilla Merian did that, and like Maria, once you've seen Mark's work, you never forget it. Mark also painted living subjects, which made his depictions more lifelike. Mark's botanical illustrations showed both the fruit and the flower of a plant in a single image. And when you consider the fact that Mark paired his art with the text in two languages - English and French - to market this content to his audience, Mark Catesby's genius and dedication really become apparent. In Mark's book, the first plant he dedicated an entire page to was the Magnolia, and he also included a full page of text. Magnolias are one of the planet's earliest flowering plants, and as such, they existed before bees. Now for gardeners, this is an important clue about how Magnolias reproduce, which explains why magnolias rely on beetle pollination. Magnolia blossoms do not produce nectar. Instead, they produce pollen, and that pollen is food for the beetles. In terms of uses, in Chinese medicine, the bark of the Magnolia has been used to treat respiratory illness and anxiety.   1733 Birth of Joseph Priestley FRS, English chemist, polymath, author, and minister. Joseph conducted many experiments while he tutored the sons of American sympathizer William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, at Bowood House in Wiltshire, England. In one of his experiments, he put a mouse and a mint plant in a bell jar. Without the mint, the mouse died, but the mouse survived with a plant inside the jar. This laid the foundation for the study of ecosystems. Joseph also wrote the first comprehensive study of the history of electricity, invented carbonated water, created the first timeline, and discovered laughing gas. He also revealed a practical use for vegetable gum: it could remove pencil marks from paper, becoming known as the eraser.   1834 Birth of William Morris, British textile designer, poet, writer, and socialist activist.  Born in 1834 to a wealthy family, William was the leading figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement. As a designer, William Morris remains widespread, and his designs are based on nature. Trees and plants figure prominently in his designs and patterns. Many of his designs feature the flowers that bloomed in his own garden, and among his favorites were honeysuckle, rose, acanthus, tulips, and chrysanthemums. Although he was not a fan of geraniums and once wrote, Red geraniums were invented to show that even a flower could be hideous. The first Morris wallpaper was 'Trellis' (1862) and was based on a rose trellis in his garden in Kent. William found inspiration in England's gardens and countryside. His most iconic designs include Larkspur (1872), Jasmine (1872), Willow (1874), Marigold (1875), Wreath (1876), and Chrysanthemum (1887). And William's poems are clever and offer a glimpse of his personality. In 1888, William created his design for 'Autumn Leaves' 1888 and a seasonal poem 'Autumn': 'Laden Autumn here I stand Worn of heart, and weak of hand: Nought but rest seems good to me, Speak the word that sets me free'   In 1890, William designed his first tapestry, which depicts four medical women holding a banner with the words of an original poem by morris. The poem celebrates the orchard in every season, from the bounty of the harvest to the promise of spring. Midst bitten mead and acre shorn, The world without is waste and worn, But here within our orchard-close, The guerdon of its labour shows. O valiant Earth, O happy year That mocks the threat of winter near, And hangs aloft from tree to tree The banners of the Spring to be.   Grow That Garden Library™ Book Recommendation Reflections of Paradise by Gordon Taylor This book came out in 2020, and the subtitle is The Gardens of Fernando Caruncho. Every time I think about this particular book, I regret the fact that it was released during the pandemic, as I believe it would've gotten so much more attention had it been released just a year earlier, in September of 2019. But that said, people, are still discovering the magnificent gardens created by Fernando Caruncho. Fernando is a Spanish landscape designer, and he has been designing gardens for over four decades. His gardens are all over the world, and they include elements from zen gardens, Islamic gardens, and classical European gardens. Fernando is very sensitive to scale in gardens, the amount of light in a garden, and how light can impact garden design. He's also a massive fan of using local materials- not shipping in a bunch of different stone and elements from far-flung places around the globe. Fernando is all about looking to the region, to the location to determine what beautiful elements should be incorporated into his garden. In this book, Reflections of Paradise, Gordon Taylor is profiling 26 Fernando Caruncho projects, and these gardens run the gamut from largest states to private little spaces. You will see an incredible vineyard in Italy. You'll see a private garden in France. There's a magnificent estate in New Jersey. That's how it is with Fernando Caruncho because once you know about him and once you've seen some of his gardens, he is just going to pop up everywhere in your life. In any case, this book features unique environments that are landscape-focused that are designed to perfection, and that are unmistakably Fernando Caruncho's creations. This bookcase is 304 pages of 26 Incredible gardens designed by Fernando Caruncho. (And the cover is extraordinary too, I might add.) You can get a copy of Reflections of Paradise by Gordon Taylor and support the show using the Amazon link in today's show notes for around $29.   Botanic Spark 1993 On this day, 2.4 acres of the Krider Display garden were donated to the town of Middlebury, Indiana. The garden was formally dedicated two years later and is formally known as Krider Nurseries World's Fair Garden, a garden park. Kreider Nurseries' origins date back to 1896, when Vernon Krider supplemented his teaching income by planting berries on thirty acres of land. A decade later, he quit his teaching job to start his nursery. The nursery had grown to over 500 acres when the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago looked for a nursery to set up display gardens. Vernon signed onto the project but had no way of knowing how the World's Fair would change his business. Kreider gardens set up many different display gardens at the fair in the horticulture building. The gardens represented gardens worldwide; there was a Japanese garden, a Dutch garden with a windmill, etc. The gardens got a lot of attention, and visitors happily shared their contact information to receive the Kreider nursery catalog. Vernon had over 370,000 names and addresses for his catalog by the end of the expo.  The old saying "the money is in the list" proved true for Krider Nurseries, and they became the largest mail-order nursery business in the U.S almost overnight. Soon, there were many mail-order requests that the Middlebury post office had to be redesigned to handle the volume. At one point, Kreider Nurseries was the largest employer in Middlebury. In 1946, in an attempt to keep growing, Kreider Nurseries spent $11,000 on a patent for a thornless rose dubbed "Festival." It was the most amount of money ever paid by a single nursery for a patent - and they had to learn to cultivate it all on their own. Another Kreider claim to fame was that the nursery provided all the roses for Tricia Nixon's wedding. Despite their successes, Kreider's business declined in the 1980s. By 1990, Kreider Nursery closed for good - almost 100 years after Vernon's humble start. Today the Kreider Nursery legacy is the Kreider Garden - lovingly restored and maintained by the Middlebury community since 1995. The garden pays homage to the display that Krider Nurseries created for the Chicago World's Fair - complete with the original Dutch windmill and the giant toadstool sculptures that were a hit with the crowds back in 1933-1934, as well as new elements like the ever-changing Quilt Garden, is one of several Quilt Gardens in Northern Indiana Amish Country.    Thanks for listening to The Daily Gardener And remember: For a happy, healthy life, garden every day.

Fallacious Trump
Toupée Fallacy - FT#96

Fallacious Trump

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 79:58


In the ninety-sixth episode we explore the Toupée Fallacy, starting with Trump claiming he can always tell if an entrepreneur has read his books, and then claiming to be able to spot a contractor.In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Priti Patel's claims about what the British people are tired of hearing about, and then what the British people actually think.In the Fallacy in the Wild section, we check out examples from Wellington Paranormal, When Harry Met Sally and Shockproof.Jim and Mark go head to head in Fake News, the game in which Mark has to guess which one of three Trump quotes Jim made up.Then we talk about an elementary school teacher who was fired for reading a kids book to some kids.And finally, we round up some of the other crazy Trump stories from the past week.The full show notes for this episode can be found at https://fallacioustrump.com/ft96 You can contact the guys at pod@fallacioustrump.com, on Twitter @FallaciousTrump, or facebook at facebook.com/groups/fallacioustrumpSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/fallacious-trump/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

LWCC
Jesus Calls Ordinary People - Mark 3:13-19

LWCC

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2022 39:10


In Mark 3:13-19 we'll see how Jesus called twelve ordinary men to become his disciples and later how they became apostles. Jesus didn't stop calling people to join him in his redemptive work, though. We'll see how we can hear God's voice as he calls us to participate in his redemption mission on earth. Preached March 20, 2022, by Pastor Clark Cothern at Living Water Community Church, Ypsilanti, MI.

BVBC Sermon Podcast
The Real Jesus: Hi, My Name is Legion - Mark: The Real Jesus

BVBC Sermon Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2022 27:04


In Mark 5:1-20, Jesus reveals his power over the demonic world to teach us we can trust Him to transform even the darkest corners of our hearts. Pastor Nate Keeler will share "Hi, My Name is Legion." Please sign our digital Connection Card. Click to sign the Connection Card. Downloaded the Children's Bulletin. License: CSPL066641 Size D #church #Mark #TheRealJesus #Legion #demon

NLCC Chantilly Campus
How To Leave a Lasting Legacy - Audio

NLCC Chantilly Campus

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 7:50


Have you ever thought about your legacy? In Mark 10:45 we catch a glimpse of the legacy that we have come to know about Jesus. He came to serve, and to give His life for many. What people will remember about you? Share your stories, prayer requests, or your response to this devotional in the comments below. If you would like to know more about who we are, what we believe, or when we meet, visit http://newlife.church. Or you can fill out a digital connection card at http://newlife.church/connect - we would love to get to know you better!

Antioch Baton Rouge
Mark 7:24-30 | Jadon Reynolds

Antioch Baton Rouge

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 41:52


In Mark 7:24-30 we find a pivotal story that serves to pave the way for the extension of God's kingdom and mission to the Gentiles. Along the way, youth pastor Jadon Reynolds, reveals to us another question in Mark's good news story, are you hungry, and are you humble?

Broadcasts – Christian Working Woman
Faith: What Is It and How Do I Get It? – 3

Broadcasts – Christian Working Woman

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 3:00


I find that frequently my faith is like a roller-coaster: up and down. Some things are easier to believe than others. Some days are easier than others. Can you relate to that? Well, interestingly there are many people in the Bible who struggled with the same thing. Abraham had faith to believe that God could give him a son in his old age and lead him to a promised land he had never seen. But he didn't have faith to believe God could deliver him from his enemies, so he lied about Sarah. Abraham had great faith in one area, and little or no faith in another. I think of Peter who had enormous faith to step out of a boat and walk on the water to Jesus. But then that faith weakened as he looked at the waves beneath him, and he started to sink. Peter had great faith one moment and none the next. When you read the Psalms, you realize that King David certainly had his share of the ups and downs of faith. He's full of praise and joy over a victory one day, and the next day he wonders if God has forgotten him and he's going to be killed. These examples tell me that it's possible to have some faith and some unbelief at the same time. In Mark 9 we read about the man who brought his son to Jesus for healing and said, "...if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” "If you can?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes.” Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9: 22b-24). And in spite of the fact that the father's faith was tentative, Jesus healed his son. Jesus didn't tell this man, "Well, when your faith is perfect, come back and I'll heal your son.” No, Jesus heard his confession of unbelief and his cry for help and healed his son. Doesn't that encourage you? We don't have to have perfect faith in order to come to Jesus with our needs and requests. You can bring the little bit of faith you have and ask him to help you overcome the huge area where your faith is weak. So, wherever your faith is weak today, confess it to the Lord and then ask him to help you there in that unbelief area. He will, and he'll honor the faith you exercise.

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
Jesus Followers Practice a Weekly Time of Worship and Rest through Their Sabbath and a Daily Time Alone with God in Prayer

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 1:02


Jesus Followers Practice a Weekly Time of Worship and Rest through Their Sabbath and a Daily Time Alone with God in Prayer MESSAGE SUMMARY: Jesus said, in Mark 2:27-28, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”. Therefore, we are to practice a weekly Sabbath – worship and rest. Also, we are to build into our lives a time alone with God each day. In Mark 1:35, Mark tells us about Jesus: “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place, and there He prayed.". If Jesus needed to spend time in prayer, doesn't it make sense that we need to spend time in daily prayer as well?   TODAY'S PRAYER: Keeping the Sabbath, Lord, will require a lot of changes in the way I am living life. Teach me, Lord, how to take the next step with this in a way that fits my unique personality and situation. Help me to trust you with all that will remain unfinished and to enjoy my humble place in your very large world. In Jesus' name, amen.     Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 129). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Today, Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Fear. Rather, I will abide in the Lord's Faithfulness. “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): Mark 2:27-28; Mark 1:35; John 16:33; John 10:10. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. THIS SUNDAY'S AUDIO SERMON: You can listen to Archbishop Beach's Current Sunday Sermon: “How God Says He Loves Us: Part 1 -- The Covenant with Noah”, at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

Fallacious Trump
Appeal to Loyalty - FT#95

Fallacious Trump

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 95:45


In the ninety-fifth episode we explore the Appeal to Loyalty, starting with Trump accusing the press of hating America and the GOP accusing Cheney and Kinzinger of disloyalty for investigation Jan 6.In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Debbie from the Midlands calling into talk radio to accuse anyone questioning Dominic Cummings' ridiculous Barnard Castle story of disloyalty. He then described MP Stuart Anderson's attack tweet to a journalist for telling the truth about Boris Johnson.In the Fallacy in the Wild section, we check out examples from The Simpsons, M*A*S*H, and 12 Angry MenJim and Mark go head to head in Fake News, the game in which Mark has to guess which one of three Trump quotes Jim made up.Then we talk about the right wing's bizarre loyalty to Putin following his invasion of Ukraine.And finally, we round up some of the other crazy Trump stories from the past week.The full show notes for this episode can be found at https://fallacioustrump.com/ft95 You can contact the guys at pod@fallacioustrump.com, on Twitter @FallaciousTrump, or facebook at facebook.com/groups/fallacioustrumpSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/fallacious-trump/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Heights Baptist Church Alvin Podcast
Servant King: A Glimpse of His Glory (03/06/2022)

Heights Baptist Church Alvin Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2022 31:32


In Mark 9:1-13 you will learn 3 ways in which you can learn to love Jesus in your life. This passage reminds us that what you behold you become. Welcome to Heights Baptist Church! Our mission is to love and to lead all people to a new life with Christ! Digital Connect Card: https://www.heightschurch.org/connect To watch services online: https://www.heightschurch.org/media To give online: https://www.heightschurch.org/give

Mosaic Boston
Given Up by God

Mosaic Boston

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2022 49:11


Audio Transcript: This media has been made available by Mosaic Boston Church. If you'd like to check out more resources, learn about Mosaic Boston and our neighborhood churches, or donate to this ministry, please visit mosaicboston.com. At this time, I want to pray for the sermon. I'm also going to pray for the situation and we do ask that you continue to pray. Would you please pray with me. Heavenly father, we thank you that you, the great God of the universe, a holy God, a righteous God, that when we rebelled against you, you did not leave us in a hopeless situation. We know that the wages of sin is death. We deserve eternal damnation. We deserve your wrath. And even in life, when we reject you, you give us what we want and this judicial abandonment. You give us up to our sins. And even so Lord, you gave your son Jesus Christ. Jesus, you gave your life for rebels, for people that pursued sin instead of God, who worshiped and served creature, not creator. And we thank you, Jesus that on the cross, you bore the wrath of God in order to extend to us the gift of your righteousness, that when we repent of sin and turn to you, your righteousness is imputed to us. We thank you for that. We pray that you bless our time, the holy scriptures, by the power of the holy spirit. And Lord, we, right now as a church, pray for the situation in Ukraine. We pray that you'll be near and close to those who are suffering, those who have lost. I pray comfort them. I pray do send a revival of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ there, and in Russia, and here, and all around the world. I pray that people realize just how dark of a situation this is. We pray for the churches on the ground and those who are ministering. I pray that you give them an extra dose of the holy spirit, power, energy. And I pray that you do send resources and we pray for peace. We pray against all the perpetrators of this war and we pray for your wrath to be poured out upon them or for them to be brought to repentance and seek peace. And continue to use us, Lord. And we thank you for this connection, this missionary family, and I pray that you bless them and bless their efforts as well. And we do pray for everyone in the church who has family in Ukraine. I pray that you be extra near to them. Bless our time. The holy word. We pray this in Christ's holy name. Amen. We're continuing our sermon series through the Book of Romans. The title of sermon today is Given Up By God. And I'm going to start with the C.S, Lewis quote. CS Lewis in The Great Divorce, he writes this. "There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says in the end, 'Thy will be done.' All that are in hell, choose it. Without that self-choice, there could be no hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened." He gets to this idea of judicial abandonment that God gives people what they want. If people want sin more than God, God gives them up to that sin. And the penalty for that sin is more sin. Psalm 81:11-12, "But my people did not listen to my voice. Israel would not submit to me, so I gave them over to their stubborn and hearts to follow their own counsels." So these two categories of people, Lewis says, the first category is the people that say to God, "Thy will be done." This is how Jesus taught us to pray. Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be they name, may your name be holy. Thy will be done. Thy will be done. That I will be done. And then the other group of people is the ones to whom God will say. "Thy I will be done." Question, which category of people are you in right now? Right now? Do you say to God, "God, thy will be done in my life. Lord, I want to fulfill your will, whatever it is, whatever the cost, whatever the sacrifice, whatever the pain. Jesus, I will follow you wherever you lead me. Jesus. I believe in you, not just with my mind or my heart or my lips, I believe in you with my whole life." Or do you care more about your will than God's? Can God tell you no? Can God tell you no? And if God cannot tell you no, then you're in the second category of people. And if you're not sure, if you're like, "I don't know which category I'm in," well, do I have a text for you today that will help you discern which category you are in. And that's really the heart of this text. Do you worship creature or do you worship creator? Romans 1:24 through 32, would you please look at the text with me? "Therefore God gave them up in the lust of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the creator who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions, for their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature. And the men, likewise, gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done." "They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them, but give approval to those who practice them." This is the reading of God's holy, inherent, infallible, authoritative word. May he write these eternal truths upon our hearts. To get the flow of the argument, I'm going to start with verse 16 and read through verse 23 so that you see what Saint Paul is doing. Saint Paul, in verse 16, he says, "Our only hope is the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ." That's verse 16. "For I'm not ashamed of the gospel, the tremendous news of God's grace. For it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes to the Jew first and also to the Greek." Now I want you to notice the parallelism here. "For in the gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed from faith, for faith. As it is written, the righteous shall live by faith." The righteousness here is the righteousness of God. It's the righteousness of Jesus Christ. It's imputed to us the very moment that we repent of our sins and turn to Christ. He says, there's righteousness available because we need it to protect us from what? And that's the next verse. "For the wrath of God is revealed." See the parallelism, the same verb. "The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness, unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them because God has shown it to them, for his invisible attributes, namely his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived ever since the creation of the world and the things that have been made. So they are without excuse, for although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give to thanks to him. But they became futile in their thinking and their foolish hearts were dark in claiming to be wise. They became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things." He says the wrath of God is revealed in that. And he appeals to two things. First, he says by looking at creation, we know that God exists. You can suppress it as much as you want, but there's no explanation better than the one in holy scripture for all of creation. And then on top of that, he appeals to the heart. And Paul is a master communicator of the gospel. And he knows not to just to communicate to the mind. He knows how to communicate to the heart and to the soul. And what he's getting at is, "Hey, human beings, us, each one of us, if you're honest with yourself, honest, if you're honest with yourself, your soul testified to the fact that God is. And his law is written upon your heart." Each one of us, we have a conscience. We know there's a difference between good and evil. Who gets to decide what the difference is between good and evil? It's the creator, God who created us, to whom we owe everything. We're not our own, so we're to give him thanks and honor him and worship him. So that is the framework. He said, "Look, the good news of Jesus Christ, this is the power of God unto salvation." But to really understand how good the good news is, you got to understand how dire, how dark, how wicked our situation is. And verse 24, he begins, "Therefore." Like, "Based on everything I just said about the wrath of God, therefore God gave them up." And he gives us three God gave them ups. "Therefore, God gave them up in the lust of their hearts to impurity." Verse 26, "For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions." Then verse 28, "And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done." The question to really understand this text, the question that you have to ask here in the very beginning is who's the they? Who's he talking about? Because you can easily misunderstand this text and say, "Oh, he's talking about those wicked people out there. And this has nothing to do with us." No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. By they, he's talking about every single human being who chooses to worship and serve creation instead of creator, the triune God. Anyone who has chosen their own will over God's, that's every single one of us, everyone who rejects the gospel, grace, forgiveness, submission, and obedience. Three points to frame up our time. First, God gives people up in a lust of their hearts. Second, God gives people up to dishonorable passions. And third, God gives people up to a debased mind. First, God gives people up in lust of their hearts. Verse 24, "Therefore God gave them up in the lust of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves." And the word gave up here means to surrender someone to an authority. And there's a power that he's talking about in particular. He's talking about the power of sin or lust in our hearts. If given up to that power that's within, it leads to all kinds of corruption. And it's the same word that Paul uses when he talks about church discipline, that churches are to practice giving people up who are unrepentant in their sin. They confess faith in Jesus Christ, but their life doesn't match it, and they live in unrepentant sin. Paul talks about this First Corinthians 5:5. "You are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord." First Timothy 1:20, "Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme." I don't know if you've noticed this. I notice everything that happens during the service, like the security guard going over there. Because for the sermon that I'm about to preach, like people get shot for this. Just FYI. There's all kinds of demonic. People hate this truth that's about to be proclaimed. The word for lust here is ἐπιθυμία. It's an inordinate, self-indulgent craving that displaces proper affection for God. The word by itself is just neutral. It's just desire. You can have desire for good things and bad things. But the word here, in context, he's talking about lusts of the heart that are contrary to God's will. And it's in the heart. Before he gets to any actions, a lot of people think the sin is just committing actions against God, breaking commandments, et cetera. But it all begins with the heart. It's when we break commandments in the heart, when we break the commandments in the heart because we desire something more than God. Jeremiah 17:9, "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick who can understand it." The heart, he gets with the heart, the lusts that are out of control, and they then lead to impurity. That's the word he uses. And this has to do with the context of sexual sins. Roman 6:19 uses the word like that. "I'm speaking human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification." So he starts with this deep desire on the inside. This is what Augusten said. Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you. Our hearts have ... There's a vacuum inside, an insatiable appetite of the soul. And the world has created this narrative that you will find the good life, happiness, joy, pleasure, satisfaction in a life apart from God. And that never happens. So this lust just continues to grow. And I'll show you that in the text. And then he says dishonoring of the body. This means to become characterized by shame. And there is a physical consequence. It starts with the heart and then leads to dishonoring their bodies, which has real physical consequences. The battlefield for every single person's soul is in the heart. And this is where Paul starts. This is what Jesus preached. He's like, "The Pharisees, you honor me with your lips, but your hearts are far from me." And Jeremiah talks about the fact that in the new covenant, God is going to take our hearts of stone toward God. Our hearts naturally are cold toward God. They're hardened toward God. And then when the holy spirit takes over, regenerates us, the heart of stone is taken out and it's replaced with the heart of flesh that beats tenderly toward God. But the battlefield is there. It's in the heart. It's in desires. What do I want? The decision for or against God occurs in the heart. Stubbornness toward God is shown in the heart. Jesus was asked on multiple occasions, "Hey, Jesus, what's the greatest commandment?" I know why people ask that because they're like, "That's a big book. Can you just distill it for me? Like, what's the point of the whole thing?" And Jesus didn't shy away from the question. And he's like, "Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind." And the second one is love your neighbor as yourself. But every time and the great commandment is given in the holy scripture, the word heart always comes first. The battlefield for the soul is a battle for desires. And so we talk about obedience of faith. That faith is actually an act of the will, where the will it's like what do I want? Well, the will often is controlled by desires. The opposite of Christianity, as Peter Kreeft said, a philosopher at Boston College. He said the opposite of Christianity isn't atheism. The opposite of Christianity is idolatry because you can't not worship. God has designed us to worship. And by worship, I mean you give all of yourself to whatever you love most. We can't not worship. Worshiping, loving anyone or anything more than God is idolatry. And it always leads to personal degradation, societal degradation. When we sin against God, we sin against ourselves, we sin against others. And God's full wrath is going to be a revealed on judgment day. But his partial wrath is already revealed in that he gives people up to their sin. And a lot of theologians, they use this bifurcation between the active wrath of God and then the passive wrath of God. So active wrath of God, Jesus is going to come back in the second coming. He's going to judge us, flaming sword coming out of his mouth. He's going to judge all of his enemies. And a lot of people think active wrath of God is like Sodom and Gomorrah, where it's like something super, like something from nature comes, a hurricane or a tsunami that's an act. He's not saying there's passive and active wrath of God. He's saying there's complete wrath of God and partial wrath of God. And God is active in the partial wrath in that he does give people up to the sin. Revelation 22:11, "Let the evil doers still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy." Why does God give people up or in to the lust of their hearts? Verse 25, "Because, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the creator who is blessed forever more. Amen." Here, Paul gets to the essence of idolatry. It's worshiping and serving creature, so either yourself or another human being, creature. It could mean the world, the planet, the things of the world. So this is the essence. "And since we give up on the self-denying truth," and that's what the truth of God's word. It does call us to deny ourselves. "And we pursue self-gratifying lies, God gives us up to the consequences of those lies." And part of that is the sin just grows. The appetite for sin just grow. The destruction just grows. The word for exchanged here means to put in place of another. And it's seemingly equivalent. People are like, "What's the big deal, God or creation? It's not that big of a deal, right?" It is. I don't know why more people aren't worried about this issue. They're like, "Does God exist? And where do I stand in relation to him?" I was talking to a friend who has a friend working for the Department of Defense. And he told me if there's nuclear war, on the list is Cambridge, Massachusetts. He didn't tell me why. I'm like I live pretty close to Cambridge, Massachusetts, but I also might get shot for preaching this text. So the point is you just got to be ready. Every single one of us is going. I went to a prayer meeting last week in Rhode Island. And I prayed with a gentleman. I've known this gentleman for years. I knew grew up with his kids, prayed with him. We prayed for the situation in Ukraine. And then I found out this week he just died. Just died. This is the most pressing question for every single human being. Does God exist and where do I stand before him? If I die, and I stand before God, what happens? And the truth of holy scripture says God's going to ask you one question. What did you do with my son, Jesus Christ? Did you repent and believe or did you reject him? Yeah, it matters whom we worship, worship and serve creature rather than creator. That's the heart of this issue. This is where he starts. Second Thessalonians 2:9 through 12. "The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing because they refuse to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore, God sends them a strong delusion so that they may believe what is false in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." The combination of the words lust and purity, dishonoring of their bodies makes it clear that Paul here is talking about sexual morality. So to understand sexual morality, you got to understand what God's will is for sexuality. God's will is the only sexual activity that God blesses is between a man and a woman who have made a marriage covenant with each other until death do us part. And before God, with God, anything outside of this is a sin against God and another. Even the thought, that's why he starts with the heart. That's why he's talking about lust. This is exactly what Jesus Christ did in the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 5:27 through 30, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart." He's talking to everybody, not just to men. He's talking to all of us. And when you look at another person with lustful intent, you've already committed the adultery. So the adultery happens in the heart and leads to an action of the eye. And then Jesus says the following. "If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away for it's better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away for it's better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go to hell." That came out of nowhere. Why are we talking about hell? You're talking about cutting off your arm, plucking out your eye. Well, that's how serious this issue is because the hell fire starts within and it just grows. And it's insatiable. And when you keep sinning, it's like throwing gasoline, and it just grows and grows and grows. Is Jesus here literal? No, he's being hyperbolic obviously. But it shows that this is how serious Jesus took this issue. Yeah. So don't cut off your arm and pluck up your eye because it doesn't help. This guy in church history named Origin, castrated himself. He read this and he is like, "I'm having a problem with lust." And it didn't help. That's the point because it's a heart issue. It's a heart issue. There's kids here, so I want to ... Sometimes I just want to say it. If you really want to know what I think, just talk to me after the service. And I just want to say that there's a connection here. I don't want to connect the dots for you, but like Jesus, like lust, eye, hand, lust, eye, hand. There's a connection here. It's when lust is in the heart and then the eyes and hand you act. One of my favorite songs growing up was If I Ruled The World by Nas and Lauryn Hill. And I was listening to it last night. And man, if I ruled the world, what would I do? You know what? The first thing I would do, the absolute first thing I would do, I would ban all porn everywhere. All of it, just all of it. There's no justification whatsoever. There's no net positive for anybody in humanity. Just ban the whole thing. That's number one. And as soon as it happens, I guarantee you're going to see so many more weddings. Just everyone's going to get married because you're like, "What else do I do with this drive that God has given me?" You're going to get a job, and an apartment, and a shirt with buttons, and some cologne, and a haircut. And you're going to pursue a woman, a real woman. And she talks back. So you've got to figure out what to do with that. To spark a global reformation, I want to spark it from here. You know how I talk like this all the time. Imagine if people really lived like this, where they understood the power of sexuality. It makes human beings. 63 million abortions since Roe verse Wade. We're murdering babies, human beings. We're doing this worldwide. And that's Satan's plan. I don't know if you noticed. What did God say in the very beginning in the garden of Eden? Like, "You're naked and unashamed. You're married. All right. Be fruitful and multiply." Then Bill Gates comes around. He's telling us he wants to depopulate the planet. And even Elon Musk knows this. He knows this is one of the biggest challenges before humanity now is the fertility rate. So that's part of my plan to take over the world. I just want everyone to get married and have a lot of babies. And you're like, where did that come? It's God's will. Come on. Do you have a verse? Yes. I got a verse. Malachi 2:15, "And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring." And you know what? I've done my part. I got four. I've done my part. I told Tanya when we got married, I was like, "We got to have at least 10. You got to have 10." And then we moved to Boston and that's expensive. So the point is, if you are struggling with sexual sin in your life, the power of God unto salvation is the gospel, the gospel of Jesus Christ. You look to the cross of Jesus Christ and you see what it cost God to forgive us our sins. It's the execution, the crucifixion of his son. You look to the cross, you see Christ bloodied up for our sin. You repent of that sin and go to war against your sin. Submit to Christ. Obey him. And if you're like, "What else can I do?" Honestly, I'll tell you. This is so easy. In Mark 9, it says, "Some demons need to be cast out with prayer and fasting, prayer and fasting." I don't know why more Christians aren't talking about this. If you cannot eat for three days, for some reason, three is the magical number. If your self discipline goes through the roof and then you can say no to other things that pull you away from the Lord. The question is, will you worship and serve God? And Saint Paul here talks about sexual license and idolatry because that always goes together. In ancient times, they had pagan temples where you would go give sacrifices with meat or whatever, and you would commit sexual sin. That happened then as a worship act. It happens now. This is why people get so emotionally charged about this topic. "Wow. I can't believe you just said that out loud." Because you are tipping their holy cow. That's what's going on. It's a worship issue. Saint Paul here says that when people partake in sexual sin, it is a worship act. He continues in point two, "God gives people up to dishonorable passions." Verse 26, "For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions for their women exchange natural relations for those that are contrary to nature, the passions of strong feeling or emotions, lustful desire." And the natural here is very important, the word natural, because what's it talking about? It's talking about the created order. God created, designed the world in a certain way in accordance with the attributes and purposes, which are in proper view of one's origin. And the relations here is the state of intimate involvement. So Paul explains that the dishonorable passions are same gender sexual activity. And such behavior he says that is contrary to nature, means that it's contrary to the order that is manifest and created. You look at creation, you just see how things are designed. Specifically, in this case, the order is clear in the function of sexual organs, designed by God for an expression of love between a man and a woman who are married for the procreation of children. When we sin against God, we sin against our nature, against our bodies, against God's intention for us. And here, Paul, he's not just talking about this as just a sin. He's not talking about this as a serious sin. He's talking about this as the clearest depiction of the depths of our depravity. That's what he's doing. He wants to show us just how dark humanity is. And we live in an age today where evil is called good and good is called evil. He continues verse 27. "And men likewise give up natural relations with women who were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error." So now you see the progression. Start with the lust in the heart and dishonoring the body. And here, he says consumed, uses the word consumed, to be or become inflamed. It's something that's growing, consumed with passion. The shameless act here is an indecent and improper act, especially something that does bring disgrace. And he says by doing so, they receive in themselves the due penalty for the sin. The way Paul understands God's justice is that God does give people what they deserve. That's what giving up to sins means. When people transgress God's law and law of nature, God gives them their due. And we pursue sin, particularly sexual sin, we become consumed with passion, and being consumed with passion is the due penalty, the error. We devolve into living for our basest desires. Multiple conversations this week I've had with people who said, "I am so surprised that there's war in 2022. I thought we progressed past this." No, we haven't. Human nature does not progress apart from God. By the way, Paul got beheaded in Rome by the Roman machine, by the tyranny of the Roman empire. And one of the reasons why was because to preach the good news of Jesus Christ, he preached the bad news of just how sinful we are. And when you do that, and you name things that people celebrate, when you call that sin, and you say that God's wrath is coming on that sin, on any other sin, in particular here in Rome, it was glorified. It wasn't just honored. It was glorified. And this was just part of the culture where grown men would have sexual relations with boys. That's part and parcel. They were groomed from a young age for this. Well, as you study the Roman empire, and you begin to look at the United States in 2022, where I have a fifth grader in public school, and she's given a reading list of books to read. And whoever reads the most books wins a competition. And half the books have to do with LGBTQ issues. With a fifth grader, what are we doing? This is grooming. We're priming, little by little. That's what happened in the Roman empire. And that's why Paul got behead. God always took this sin particularly seriously. Leviticus, this was a capital offense. Leviticus 18:22. "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination." Leviticus 20, verse 13. "If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed abomination. They will surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them." That's from the Hebrew scriptures. So for millennia, Jewish people have believed that this is God's will. Sex is only between a man and a woman in marriage. Muslims have believed this for millennia. But it's the Christians that get attacked for it. Clear as day. Point three, God gives people up to a debased mind. So the lust leads to the dishonoring of the body, which leads to a consumption of the sin, which leads to something happening with the mind where you cannot think clearly. This is Romans 1:28. "And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done." They didn't see fit. They didn't thought it was even worth seeking God or acknowledging him, finding what God wants. And debased here means worthless, despicable, morally reprehensible. And Saint Paul comes to the mind, and by the mind, he wants us to know that it starts with the heart. This is what I want. And then the mind begins to strategize how to get it. And then your mind is just overwhelmed. Your mind is occupied with this. And if your mind is even open to God's word, that's a sign that the holy spirit is already working miraculously in you. Verse 29, "They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They're full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips." And then he just here continues this list, painting this picture of just how depraved humanity apart from God is. I don't know where the narrative that people are basically good, I don't know where that came from. I have theories. I think it's PBS. I think PBS just gets this into kids. We're not good people. You guys are pretty good because of your Sunday best. We're not good people if we're really honest. We're not good people, humanity. We're not basically good. World history, we're not basically good. And this is what Paul is doing. Paul is painting this picture. Just darkest. "Look how we're filled," he says. The word fulfilling, it's the same word that's used when the disciples go fishing and the net was filled. It's the same concept that in the Old Testament, God says, "All right, now it's time, Israel, for you to bring God justice down on this people because the cup of my wrath is full." It's the same idea that if you pursue sin, God gives you up. He gives you up. He gives you up. He gives you up, and then you're living a miserable, unsatisfied, joyless life. Unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, murder, strife, it's everything that Satan wants to do. Jesus said, "I've come that you may have life and have it to the full," whereas Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. That's what he wants to do. God wants Shalom. He wants universal flourishing. Satan wants to destroy everything. Verse 30, "Slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless." Slanderer here is here is one who attacks the reputation of another. Haters of God characterized by intense antipathy toward God. So they don't believe in God, but they hate God. I've never met an atheist who's neutral toward God. Just like I've never met a communist who's generous. I want everyone else to be generous. Let's start with you. "Haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, faithless, heartless ruthless." Verse 32, "Though they knew God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them, but give approval to those who practice them." Not only when people have chosen sin, they're not just content with enjoying the sin. They also want to prove of it, celebrate it. And they want prove of other people sinning as well. Since each and every one of our sins is a personal transgression against God, his law, his character, the penalty for sin is death. And instead of immediately repenting when we sin, knowing that God's wrath is coming for the sin, we want to justify it. And we want approval of it. Depressing text, isn't it? So depressing. This is my second time preaching. I am just bummed out right now. But this is where you got to start. You got to start with the bad news of just this is reality. And this is what Paul ... I remember in camp. I remember we had this one speaker one time. As he would preach, he would like paint paintings. And this is what Paul is doing. It's like if he got up here and he's painting a painting, he would take a canvas, and he would just like every shade of dark, black, just blah, just to then paint a beautiful cross in the middle. That's what he's saying. He's saying apart from God, we are hopeless. On the cross, both the righteousness of God is revealed and his wrath is revealed. If you really want to understand God's wrath, to see what our sin deserves, look to the cross. That's God's wrath being poured out on his own son. So God gives us up to our sin, but he doesn't give up on us. He gives his son, Jesus. For God so loved the world that he what? Gave. He gave his one. He gave his son for people who chose sin over God. Yeah. "That whosoever should believe in him, should not perish." That's God's wrath, "But have eternal life." So God's wrath is poured out on Jesus Christ on the cross. And Jesus is offering us his imputed righteousness. So when we repent and believe, our sins are forgiven. "He who knew no sin became sin that we might become the righteousness of God." So what do we do with that? What do we do with the cross? What do we do with that? Well, if you're asking, has God given me up to my sins? If that's even a question, well, that's a great sign. That's a great sign that God is already stirring in your heart. If you're asking is God abandoning me to my sin? Now you understand why God judges the way he does, why he punishes us here on earth to heal us, to awaken us to just how grave his wrath is. Run to God. Run to the God who gave his son to die for your sins. Galatians 2:20. "I've been crucified with Christ. No longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And I now live in the flesh. I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself up for me." Who wrote the Book of Romans? Paul. Paul did. Paul's name before he was Paul was Saul. Saul Wanted nothing to do with Jesus Christ. Saul hated Christ. He hated Christians. He wanted nothing to do with it. And what's fascinating is in this list, where he says this is wrath of God is coming down on all these people. And he uses the word insolent in verse 30. And insolent is a person who's characterized by their offensive, disrespectful acts, and is violent. Well Saint Paul uses that same exact word to describe himself. In First Timothy 1:13, he says, "Though formally I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent, but I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief." Paul puts himself into that list. And then he continues the concept give approval in verse 32, like to approve of sin. Saint Paul was at the site where Stephen, the first martyr, was executed. Paul was there. And it says in Acts 8:1 Saul approved of his execution. And when he shares his testimony acts 22:20, "When the blood of Stephen, your witness, was being shed, I myself was standing by and approving and watching over the garments of those who killed him." He paints this whole picture and he paints himself in it. And he says, I am a sinner. Every single one of us, we are sinners deserving the wrath of God. But God who merciful sends his son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, on the cross, as he's bearing the wrath of God for us, cries out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Jesus received that judicial abandonment that we deserve. That's what hell is, being abandoned by God, forsaken by God. Jesus drank the whole cup of God's wrath down to the last drop. And Jesus was forsaken so that you wouldn't have to be, so that I wouldn't have to be. And this is the beautiful gospel of Jesus Christ, tremendous gospel of Jesus Christ. Repent of your sin and believe in Jesus Christ. Submit your life to him. All of your sins are forgiven. The righteousness of God is imputed to you. And now take up your cross and follow Jesus Christ. In the Garden of Gethsemane, did Jesus want to go to the cross? No. Garden of Gethsemane, capillaries are bursting in his face and he's sweating blood. Tyler gave us the technical term for that last week. He Mo something, that one. He didn't want to do it. He says, "If there's any other way, father, if there's any other way, please." Then what does he say? "But not my will." Yours be done." That's repentance. That's repentance. God, thy will. Thy will. I know it's hard. I know it's a ... Thy will be done. Jesus fulfilled the will of the father, even though he knew what it would take to forgive us who didn't want to fulfill the will of God. And if you do repent and believe in Jesus Christ, now what we do, we devote our lives to fulfilling the will of God. This time, we're going to transition to celebrate holy communion while I explain what it is, and then pray. First let me explain. For whom is holy communion? Holy communion is for Christians who are in fellowship with Christ, who are in fellowship with God. First of all, it's for Christians. Meaning if you're not a Christian, please do not partake in this part of the service. This is only for Christians, unless you become a Christian today by repenting of your sin and trusting in Jesus Christ. And then you welcome partake. And it's for Christians in fellowship with God. By fellowship I mean there is no known sin in your life that you have not repented of. So this is an opportunity before we partake in holy communion to meditate, to repent, to humble ourselves before God, and then partake. As I read First Corinthians 11:23 through 32, if you haven't received a cup of the bread, please raise your hand. The ushers will give you one. First Corinthians 11:23 through 32. "For I received from the Lord what I also deliver to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.'" "In the same way also, he took a cup after supper saying, 'This cup is in the new covenant in my blood. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. Whoever therefore eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and the blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself then. And so eat of the bread and drink of the cup, for anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill. Some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged, but when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.'" If this is your first time with us, you take the top plastic Lid off, you take the bread, and then you take the silver piece off. I'm going to pray over holy communion. Oh, holy God. We thank you that you provide a way for us to be reconciled with you by sending your son, Jesus Christ. Jesus, we thank you that you fulfilled the mission. Jesus, we thank you that you, for the joy that was set before you, you endured the cross. And that joy was to have us in relationship with you, reconciled with you. We repent of our sins, of our pride, of our selfishness, of pursuing our will over yours, of worshiping creature rather than the creator. We repent. And we trust in you, Jesus Christ, as our only savior. Jesus, we remember today your suffering on our behalf. If there's anyone here who's not yet a believer, I pray save them miraculously and draw them to repentance. And bless our time in holy communion. We praise in Jesus; name. Amen. On the night that Jesus Christ was betrayed. He took the bread and after breaking it, he said, "This is my body, broke for you. Take, eat, and do this in remembrance of me." He then took the cup, and after he said, "This is the cup of the new covenant of my blood, which is poured out for the sins of many. Take, drink, and do this in remembrance of me." Jesus, as we've received your grace and forgiveness of sins, I pray that you fill us by the power of the holy spirit to live in a manner worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ, to take up our cross daily, and pursue holiness, mortify sin, and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to all who have ears to hear. Particularly in time like this, I pray, Lord, draw many to yourself, hundreds of thousands, millions of people to yourself. Send a global revival and use us in the process. We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.