The Sons of Sceva: A Lesson in Spiritual Authority Wesbite: www.ToddCoconato.com or www.PastorTodd.org To give or support: www.ToddCoconato.com/give New book: www.PastorToddBook.com Church website: www.RRCNashville.org Today, we delve into the Book of Acts, chapter 19, verses 13-17. This passage tells the story of the sons of Sceva, Jewish exorcists who tried to cast out evil spirits using the name of Jesus, whom Paul preached about. They failed miserably and were overpowered by the evil spirit, who declared, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?" The story of the sons of Sceva serves as a potent reminder of the importance of genuine faith and spiritual authority. These men attempted to wield the name of Jesus as if it were a magical incantation, separate from a life committed to Christ. They lacked the true spiritual authority that comes from a deep, abiding relationship with the Lord. Thus, they were exposed as frauds, unable to command even the lesser beings in the spiritual realm. This story teaches us that it is not enough to merely utter the name of Jesus; one must have faith in Him and a relationship with Him. Spiritual authority doesn't come from the words we speak, but from the life we live in Christ. It warns us against using God's name in a way that is disingenuous or manipulative. Spiritual power is not a shortcut or a technique but a byproduct of our relationship with Christ. Moreover, this story serves as a cautionary tale for anyone who may seek to appropriate elements of Christianity for personal gain or without genuine belief. The name of Jesus is not a talisman to be used lightly; it represents the divine power that defeated sin and death, power that is available only through a living relationship with Christ. So, let us not be like the sons of Sceva, who thought that they could use the name of Jesus without knowing Him. Let us strive to deepen our relationship with the Lord so that we can wield true spiritual authority that comes from being in Christ. According to the Christian Bible, establishing and maintaining a true relationship with Jesus Christ involves several important steps and ongoing practices: 1. *Faith and Belief*: The foundational step is to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of the world (John 3:16). 2. *Repentance*: Acknowledging and turning away from sin is another crucial aspect. Repentance is a change of heart and direction (Acts 2:38). 3. *Baptism*: In some Christian traditions, baptism is seen as a public declaration of faith and a symbol of the new life in Christ (Matthew 28:19). 4. *Prayer*: A relationship with Jesus involves ongoing communication through prayer (Philippians 4:6). 5. *Reading the Bible*: To understand Jesus and His teachings, it's important to regularly read and study the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17). 6. *Worship and Fellowship*: Gathering with other believers in worship and fellowship helps to build and sustain a relationship with Jesus (Hebrews 10:25). 7. *Obedience*: A true relationship with Jesus means obeying His teachings and commands (John 14:15). 8. *Love and Compassion*: Jesus taught the importance of loving God and loving others (Matthew 22:37-39). 9. *Sharing the Gospel*: Part of having a relationship with Jesus is sharing the Good News with others (Matthew 28:18-20). 10. *Holiness and Sanctification*: As believers grow in their relationship with Jesus, they should aim to live a life that is set apart for God's purposes (1 Peter 1:16). 11. *Service*: Serving others in love is a sign of a genuine relationship with Jesus (Matthew 25:35-40). 12. *Endurance and Perseverance*: The Christian walk requires perseverance, especially during trials and temptations (James 1:12). These are not a checklist to earn salvation, but rather are aspects of a growing and vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ, according to biblical teachings. Different Christian traditions might emphasize some aspects more than others, but these principles are broadly shared.
Message by Daniel Broyles. BIG TRUTH: JESUS IS OUR ACCESS We have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19). Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:2). BIG IDEAS: Jesus Followers Have Confidence To Enter God's Presence (Hebrews 10:19-20) Jesus Followers Have A Great High Priest (Hebrews 10:21) Jesus Followers Draw Near To Jesus with Faith (Hebrews 10:22) Jesus Followers Hold Fast To God's Word (Hebrews 10:23) Jesus Followers Observe To Disciple (Hebrews 10:24-25) Hebrews 10:19–25  Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,  by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,  and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,  not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
August 27, 2023 - Sunday PM Sermon If You Ever Think About Quitting… - Hebrews 10:35-39 You're in Good Company (Hebrews 12:1) Remember to Ask yourself why (Galatians 3:1) Consider the Consequences (2 Timothy 4:10) Tay'lor Smith Look to your church family (Eph. 2:19; 1 Tim. 3:15) Remember the crown (James 1:12) Do not discourage others (Psalms 73:15) Fix Your Eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2) Duration 36:13
How do you respond to pain?It is important to note and ultimately fix our response to hardship. How to respond to pain:Master the vocabulary of hope and refuse despair.Control our perspective; discern what to diminish and what to magnify.Demonstrate complete trust in God; sleep in the storm! Two practical ways to handle crisis:- Assess the worst-case scenario and come to the conclusion that you are victorious (Romans 8:37; Is. 43:18)- Set joy before you (Psalm 34:1) Despise the shame and look to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)
Join Pastor Chad as he explains each important phrase of these scriptures such as "Share in a heavenly calling" "Christ as our apostle and high priest" and "Holding fast to our confession". You will learn what it means to Consider Jesus in all things!
I watched as a droplet of shimmery liquid slipped to the floor. Regrettably, I realized too late that I shouldn't have painted my nails while sitting on the carpet. What would my landlord say about this mistake? The carpet had looked new when I moved into the apartment. Would he charge me extra for marring the property?.I tried to blot the nail polish with a tissue but then made a happy discovery. The pattern of grays, tans, and browns in the carpet seemed to welcome the cinnamon-brown polish. That one little drop fit right in, and, once it dried, it was impossible to notice the stain—for anybody except me, of course. The carpet had hidden my blunder..It's natural to want to hide the evidence of our failings, especially if we fear punishment. But if we've trusted in Jesus Christ, He doesn't just cover our sin... He completely removes the punishment of our sin and its power over us (Psalm 103:12). So now, we can live differently. We don't have to be afraid of God's punishment, so we don't have to hide our failings. Once we put our faith in Jesus, who died to pay the penalty for our sins, we begin a relationship with God. So, how should we interact with our loving Father when we do wrong in His eyes?.God calls us to admit our sins to Him, to acknowledge them and not conceal them. While we might be able to hide our failures from other people, at least for a while, it's impossible to hide things from God. He does know everything, after all. When we approach God honestly, we can experience freedom: the freedom of knowing how loved and accepted we are in Jesus (Hebrews 4:14-16). Our secure identity as God's children means we can be real with Him about our faults and flaws, and we never need to hide. • Allison Wilson Lee.• Because of Jesus, we don't have to hide any of our failures, whether they be mistakes (like spilling nail polish on carpet) or sins (anything we do, think, or say that goes against God's good ways, see Matthew 22:36-40). Are there any sins you feel tempted to cover up? Consider taking a moment now to confess these sins to God, thanking Him for His forgiveness through Jesus. .People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy. Proverbs 28:13 (NLT)
3 Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house. 3 For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. 4 (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) 5 Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, 6 but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Heb 3:1–6.
Jesus and His Final Words: Lived Out - The Way Home (Luke 23:44-46 & John 12:23-33) Here we hear Jesus, the Son speaking to the Father. It is a word of serene surrender and total trust. I put myself in your hands. The truth is, throughout the gospels, if you were listening - you could hear the words the Father spoke to the Son. Matthew 3:17/ Mark 1:11/ Luke 3:22 - at this baptism, the Father splits the skies to announce His love. At the Mount of Transfiguration, (Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-13; Luke 9:28-36) God again calls Him dearly loved - and implores the disciples to listen - give Him your full attention. (Peter recalls the sacred moment: 2 Peter 1:18). Another interesting moment in that encounter is after the disciples heard the voice of the Father - when they looked, they only saw Jesus. Of course, we can only see the Father by looking to Jesus (Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:15). At the beginning of this final work on the cross, John's gospel sets it up by sharing Jesus' announcement, John 12:23-33: "Now the time has come..." Confidently, Jesus declares that the Father will glorify the Son as the Son does the work of the Father. He will not shrink from that work. And in that moment, the Father speaks yet again (and it is heard by others) - but they think they are hearing thunder. That word is a clear reference back to the moment of Sinai - when God shows up and the mountain is covered by thunder (Exodus 19:16-20, 20:18-21). God, the Father thunders His love for His Son. Here on the cross, the Son declares His love for the Father. Both Father and Son speak with one voice of love. And Jesus shows us the way home - entrust your life to the Father.
#093 Welcome to Episode #093 of Way of the Bible podcast. This is our fifth of eight episodes in our twelfth mini-series entitled, Shepherding the Sheep | 1 Timothy to Hebrews. On this episode, Majesty of Jesus, we're going to overview chapters 4 to 10 of the book of Hebrews.In our introduction to Hebrews on our last episode I noted how Hebrews was written for those Jewish believers in the church who were feeling somewhat unsettled given increased persecutions of Christians. Elders were having to guard the sound doctrine of the apostles' teachings against false teachers trying to lead the sheep away. It was likely enticing for some to consider simply returning to a synagogue and reengaging in familiar temple worship with former friends and relatives so as to escape persecution and avoid the doctrinal conflicts going on with the church.Hebrews was likely written 30 or more years after the birth of the church on the day of Pentecost. The church in the early years grew and spread rapidly throughout the world by the apostles, prophets, and disciples preaching the gospel and making disciples through power of the Holy Spirit. These early years were all spent without the New Testament writings seen in today's Christian canon. These books were being written shortly before, contemporaneously, and/or just after the book of Hebrews. The scriptures they did have for reference were the Old Testament scriptures available in the synagogues and possessed by Rabbi's and Scribes. The first five books of the Old Testament (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy) were written by Moses in the wilderness wandering. These books reveal the character of God, the condition of mankind, and the way to God through works of the Law. All this was presented in a historic narrative. Beginning with creation these books describe the fall of man, the wickedness of mankind and a global flood, the rebellion of mankind against God at the tower of Babel, God choosing to covenant with Abraham through whom a seed would come and bless all nations, the Patriarchs of Israel – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the birth of a nation Israel with their exodus from Egypt, God covenanting with Israel and the giving of the Law through Moses, and Israel's rebellion against God in the wilderness refusing to enter the land. The Old Covenant was the ten commandments along with many statutes. The remainder of the Old Testament concerns Israel's entrance into the promised land and their continual rebellion against God and his covenant. God is constantly raising up prophets and judges in their midst to get them back on the right track. All the while God has prophets recording historical narratives, poetry, prophetic texts, and wisdom literature all of which point to the seed of Abraham that is coming into the world.The book of Hebrews is tied directly to the Old Testament scriptures and is filled with illustrations from and prophetic fulfillment of these same texts in Jesus. It is for this reason, the best overview of Hebrews is to read the full text and not miss the cross referencing to Old Testament scriptures. These are the sacred scriptures of Judaism. Jesus is the king of the Jews. Yet, Jesus initiated a New Covenant by his death and this New Covenant instituted significant changes that were new not just to the Jews but the Gentiles as well.With that little bit of background, let's get into today's episode where we left off after overviewing Chapters 1 to 3.
#092 Welcome to Episode #092 of Way of the Bible podcast. This is our fourth of eight episodes in our twelfth mini-series entitled, Shepherding the Sheep | 1 Timothy to Hebrews. On this episode, Supremacy of Jesus, we're going to overview the first three chapters of the book of Hebrews.The author of Hebrews and the date of its writing are both unknown. However, it is conjectured based upon one of the earliest church fathers, Clement of Alexandria, and other clues within the text itself that Paul was the author. But this is up for much debate among scholars.As to it's date of writing, based upon it references to sacrifices at the temple in Jerusalem, and Timothy being released from prison it is believed to have been written before 70 AD when the temple was destroyed by the Romans. Many scholars suggest a date of writing between 64 and 66 AD.While it is a New Testament book helpful to both Jews and Gentiles in the church, it is especially directed at believing Jews in the church. Many of whom because of intense persecution and isolation from their former communities of faith and family were considering turning away from salvation by grace through faith and returning to a works of the law faith and temple worship.Paul's epistles majored on the particulars of the mystery of Christ and sound doctrine as given by divine revelation. He would include Old Testament proof texts to confirm his teachings. The writer of Hebrews, who I consider to be Paul, majored in using Septuagint translations of Old Testament texts to demonstrate the supremacy of Christ the God/man, the majesty of Christ and his works, and the excellence of the Christians walk of faith. Just as the book of Romans was a treatise of the Christian faith for Gentiles. Hebrews is likewise a treatise of the Christian faith to the Jews. We see in Hebrews a reflection of Jewish religious and cultural practices seen in the sound doctrine and discipline of Christianity. Jesus the God/man is presented as Prophet, Priest, and King. Both his deity and his humanity are equally and forcefully asserted. There are over twenty titles in the text used to describe his attributes and accomplishments including “heir of all things;” “Apostle and High Priest;” “Mediator;” and “Founder and Perfector of our faith.” Hebrews unapologetically tells us that Jesus offers a better revelation, position, priesthood, covenant, sacrifice, and power than found in the Levitical Sacrificial system of Judaism. The sound doctrine of Hebrews is presented in chapters 1 to 10. The supremacy of Christ the God/man is found in chapters 1 to 3 by showing Jesus was above all the prophets who came before him, over the angels of heaven, and even over Moses. The majesty of Christ and his works are illustrated in chapters 4 to 10 showing Jesus having a better priesthood, bringing a better covenant, and offering a better sanctuary and sacrifice. The discipline/walk of the faith is described in Hebrews chapters 10 to 13 and includes the assurance of faith, the endurance of faith, and the call to love. With all that as a brief introduction to the book of Hebrews, let's get started and overview chapters 1-3.
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NEVERTHELESS Surrender My Shame 3.19.23 Genesis 3:1-13 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'” 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” 11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Our enemy uses shame to move us into isolation and hiding. Guilt: a result of something I have done that negatively affects someone else (I have done something bad) Shame: a feeling that is deeply associated with a person's sense of self (I am bad) Shame seeks to rupture our relational connection with God and others. All sin, idolatry, and coping strategies in which I indulge are ways for me to satisfy my hunger for relationships. If we are to live in freedom from the power of shame: We must believe the right story about God, ourselves, and others We must courageously move into honest vulnerability with others Shame positions itself in such a way so as to keep borders tightly closed and vulnerability at a minimum. It teaches us not to reveal weakness, fearing that to do so will lead to our being shamed – the very antithesis of what we need for human flourishing. We have in Jesus one who was willing to put his naked vulnerability on full display, opening himself to all that evil's employ could throw at him. – Curt Thompson We must release the hold of shame on our lives through the cross and the work of Jesus Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Tuesday, 14 February 2023 Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in front of their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, intending to sacrifice with the multitudes. Acts 14:13 In the previous verse, those at Iconium had proclaimed that Barnabas was Zeus and Paul was Hermes. Having been designated gods by the masses, it now says, “Then the priest of Zeus.” In other words, this is the man who was designated to mediate between the people and their god. He would consult the supposed deity, offer sacrifices to him, lead the form of worship necessary to supposedly appease him, and so on. For those who worshipped Zeus, this would be the most important person in their Zeus-directed spiritual lives. Of him, it next says, “whose temple was in front of their city.” This is more of an explanation of the Greek than a translation. Also, the tense of the verb is incorrect. Rather, it simply says, “that, being before their city.” Taken together, the two clauses would then read, “Then the priest of Zeus, that, being before the city.” It surely means that the temple itself, or an idol in the image of Zeus, was there before the city and it is where he ministered to Zeus. It is probably a temple though based on the next words, saying that he “brought oxen and garlands to the gates.” Rather, the verb is an aorist participle, “having brought oxen and garlands to the gate.” He had arrived with his objects of ceremonial worship and sacrifice and was ready to use them in honor of these supposed “gods” who had come among them. As can be seen, if the priest had oxen and garlands, it is likely he had charge of an entire complex dedicated to Zeus, including the necessary altars, lavers, a spot for keeping the instruments of worship, animals, and so forth. Now, believing that his god had come down among them, he is bringing garlands to adorn them and oxen to butcher to them. That is seen in the words that he was “intending to sacrifice with the multitudes.” The order of the words by the NKJV gives the sense that he intended to sacrifice and was bringing the multitudes along for the ride. Rather, the Greek more closely reads, “with the crowds was desiring to sacrifice.” In other words, it wasn't just the priest who wanted to sacrifice while the crowds watched. It is the crowds who proclaimed Paul and Barnabas gods. It is they who obviously ran to the priest outside the city to tell him the news. It is they who now, along with the priest, were in a frenzy to sacrifice to these men. The same crowd who had heard the gospel had forgotten that good news and conjured up another idea in their minds about what had taken place. Life application: What has occurred at Iconium is not that unusual. People can easily get crossed thoughts in their heads about the message of Jesus. This can happen directly as it did with Paul and Barnabas where a person starts attending a church because a preacher's message convicted them. In their minds, they then substitute the message about Jesus with the one who gave the message. The preacher becomes the object of their worship in some fashion. This can also happen when someone knows that the Bible can change lives, having seen it in others. They then substitute what the Bible says with the King James Bible itself. The book becomes the object of their idolatry. This may sound laughable, but there is an entire cult built around the King James Version of the Bible. The same is true with the Greek Septuagint, the Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Scriptures, and so on. To them, the writings as a text, not what the writings say, take the preeminent spot in the lives of the people. This is true with denominations, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Roman Catholic Church, the Mormons, and so forth. There is an idolatrous fixation on the communicating body rather than on the One who is supposed to be proclaimed out of the sacred writings. Remember the simple words of Scripture and keep them in your mind always, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2). He is to be the Source of our lives, worship, prayer, attention, and hopes. In all things and at all times let us honor God through the honoring of Jesus Christ our Lord. To the glory of God above all else, let us do this. Heavenly Father, forgive us for diverting our eyes from Jesus. We look to the left and to the right in an innumerable number of ways, missing the target when we do. Instead, help us always to fix our eyes on Him. May our hearts be directed toward Him, and may our souls be filled with You because of what You have done through Him. Thank You, O God, for Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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"If the princes of this world had known the mystery they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (1 Corinthians 2:8). So, the mystery therefore must be that the devil defeated himself when he killed Jesus (Hebrews 2:14). This was not known from the foundation of the world. If it had been made known the devil would not have fallen into his own pit of destruction (Psalms 7:15-16; 9:15-16). Satan was God's best unwitting agent in the taking down of the old fallen creation and the rise of the new where the law of sin and death is overcome." HOMEPAGE: https://safeguardyoursoul.comSUPPORT: https://safeguardyoursoul.com/donate/STORE: https://store.safeguardyoursoul.com/ABOUT: https://safeguardyoursoul.com/about/email Todd: email@example.comBackground Music by: Thad Fiscella https://www.thadfiscella.com/
Reading Hebrews 10:19-39 and summarizing the argument made about the New Covenant the assurance of the faith that we have in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. Visit wwutt.com for all our videos!
One of the main reasons listeners give for not reading the Bible for themselves is distraction. I'm right there with you. I can't tell you the number of times I pick up my phone to do something, and my notifications send me off on the trail of distraction that leads to forgetting what I wanted to do on my phone in the first place. Sean Curran's song "All Praise" reminds us to fix our eyes on God. This is to turn our attention to Him and His ways. Let's explore three Scripture areas that tell us what to fix our eyes on. In this episode, I discuss the following: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Make a list Meditate on Scripture Passion Conferences and the longevity of them - Isaiah 26:8 A response to the public recitation of God's Word A previous episode on fixing our eyes - Episode 331 Fixing our eyes on Jesus - Hebrews 12:2 Noting the amount of unseen and unknown things people of faith persisted in - Hebrews 11 Seeing with Spiritual eyes - Hebrews 11:3 Making a list of things to do - Hebrews 12 The results of Jesus as our example Fixing our eyes on the commandments of God - Psalm 119:6-7 Making a list of reactions to God's Word - Psalm 119:1-8 The results of walking in, keeping, and seeking God's Word in your life Fixing our eyes on eternal, unseen things - 2 Corinthians 4:18 The veil of the Old Testament - Exodus 34 The veil of the New Testament - 2 Corinthians 3 The light of Christ causing us to see - 2 Corinthians 4:6 Jesus' teaching on how we gain sight - John 3 Your marching orders are to fix your eyes on the example of Christ, fix your eyes on the life giving Word of God, and don't get distracted by the things we can see, but rather fix our eyes on the unseen. More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - PassionMusic.com "All Praise" by Sean Curran chords and lyrics - WorshipTogether.com My new favorite Bible Study Software - Logos Bible Software Affiliate Link This Week's Challenge Read Hebrews 12, Psalm 119, and 2 Corinthians 4 in context. Keep in mind what you can learn about where to fix your eyes. Identify and note the results of your undivided attention in these three areas. Use this week's song as a reminder of what you're learning as you read in context, make
An excerpt from my daily devotional reading recently talked about the “Key to Life” “Madonna said, ‘When I was growing up... Jesus Christ was like a movie star, my favourite idol of all.' Napoleon Bonaparte said, ‘I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man.' Novelist H.G. Wells said, ‘I am an historian, I am not a believer. But this *penniless preacher* from Galilee is irresistibly the centre of history.'” As the Founder of ALPHA Nicky Gumbel wrote “Even people who would not describe themselves as followers of the ‘penniless preacher' recognise that there is something extraordinary about Jesus. No one, not even angels, can compare to Jesus (Hebrews 1:1–14). If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus. He said, ‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father' (John 14:9). Everything you read and understand about God through the Bible needs to be read through the lens of Jesus. He is the ultimate revelation of God. Your key to getting your life sorted out is Jesus. Your key to understanding the Bible is Jesus. Your key to understanding God's character is Jesus. Your key to life is Jesus”. (Excerpt taken from Bible in One Year 2022 with Nicky Gumbel on the Bible App) I couldn't help but be encouraged and moved to tears by this notion. EVERYTHING we need to understand about life and God is in Jesus. But how do we get there if we don't know Jesus or the life he lived? Perhaps it starts with picking up one of the gospels to read about the life and character to understand how good he really is. Perhaps its a surrendered heart to say “Even when I don't get it, I will trust you”. Or perhaps its hanging up the questions and apathy towards what's not happening in life, our disappointments, our questions, our what ifs and heartbreaks to let Jesus have full access as we invite him in to do what only he can do. And now going a step further. . . if you've looked to Jesus to understand God and even have been on this faith journey a number of years but still wrestle with doubts and understanding what and how God is moving in your life, I'd like to encourage you that it's possible to choose faith and trust even amidst the hardest of places. I wanted to share another devo from a 25day devotional on staying in your story. It poses a good question or two to consider, but I also believe through the process of worship and a surrendered heart we all can come to a place of being fully resolved to Trust God with writing our story, even more so than ourselves. . . Because he is ONLY Good, Im convinced whatever we go through will ultimately be worked out for our benefit and our good IF we allow it to. Takeaways:: Take some time this week to reflect on those questions. Go sit with them. Talk to God. Ask him what he has for you. Open your heart to him and see where he wants to take you. . . I'll be praying with you, that it's somewhere incredible as you dive in to time with him. Thanks for joining me this week on the Places Between. Hope you have a great week. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplacesbetween/support
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Ready for Bible trivia? What is the longest chapter in the Bible? The answer: Psalm 119, with a whopping 176 verses! Though it's long, this psalm is all about the importance of God's Word and how much the psalmist loves God's law that He gave to the Israelites.A song about laws seems strange at first. We sometimes think of rules as annoying restrictions that keep us from doing whatever we want to do. But imagine a stop sign or a traffic light. Those things might seem frustrating at times, and we might think that they are getting in the way of our freedom. But without them, travel would be chaotic and dangerous. Stop signs and traffic lights point us to a better and safer way of sharing the road.God's law is like that. It holds us back from certain things to protect us from the danger and damage of sin. It points us to the new way of life God desires for us: to love Him and our neighbor (Matthew 22:35-40). Therefore, the psalmist loves the law because it's good for God's people.It's not surprising that the psalmist closes with a prayer, asking for God's presence and help in following the law (Psalm 119:174-176). As humans, we constantly sin against, or reject God's plan, and His laws make us realize how sinful we really are.But that's why Jesus came. He followed God's plan perfectly—not to get rid of the law, but to complete the law so that through Him, we can be made right with God (Matthew 5:17-20; Galatians 3:10-22). Jesus's fulfilled law is not based on rules, but on relationship: following Him out of love and trust. When we become Christians,the Holy Spirit changes our lives and transforms us to be more like Jesus (Hebrews 10:15-24). That's good news worth singing about! • Abby Ciona• Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. When we read Old Testament laws, we can know they were fulfilled in Jesus's life, death, and resurrection. How can laws that don't apply to us anymore (like animal sacrifices) still teach us about following God and living a life centered around Him in all we do?• Read Hebrews 4:12. God's Word is powerful. How can it transform our thoughts, attitudes, and actions?Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119:18 (NIV)
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It's probably one of the most famous offices in the world - the Oval Office of the President of the United States. Every four years, two people fight it out with the voters to be the one who gets to occupy that room from which a lot of world-changing decisions are made. And with the President comes a supporting cast, of course. There's the Chief of Staff, a Political Director, a National Security Advisor, and so many more. You know. The greatest perk at the White House has little to do with how nice an office you have or even how much money you make. It's all about your proximity to the President's office and, more importantly, what kind of access you have to him there. Some of the President's staff see him barely at all; others see him occasionally. But there are trusted few who are in and out of the Oval Office several times a day. Given the weight of what goes on in that room, those are some of the most privileged and powerful people in this land. I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Prayer - Access to The Decider." Power has to do with who has regular access to the place where things are decided; to the person who makes the decision. If you belong to Jesus Christ, my friend, you have that access, you have that power to enter at any time of the day or night the place where everything on earth is decided - the Throne Room of Almighty God. In fact, Scripture invites us to "approach the throne of grace with confidence" (Hebrews 4:16). It tells us "we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus" (Hebrews 10:19). At any given moment in your life, I know you're facing some things that are beyond your ability to figure out, or to fix, or to change. It can be something medical, or financial, or emotional, or marital; a situation or a person you can't change; maybe it's a mountain you can't move, a challenge you can't meet. Where will the outcome be decided? Who will decide it? Will that medical condition decide it, or your boss, or your company, the economy, the people who are against you, some human authority or some human factor? No! For you as a child of God, it will be decided in the Throne Room of the One who rules billions of galaxies and who is your Father! Which means your primary method of getting anything done must be big-time praying! The Bible is filled with examples of the decisive difference that desperate and dependent prayer makes. In our word for today from the Word of God in Isaiah 37, King Hezekiah is facing an ultimatum from the Assyrian army. That army has rolled like a juggernaut across the Middle East, crushing every king and kingdom in its path. Their leader demands Hezekiah's surrender with a message like this: "Has the god of any nation ever delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?" (Isaiah 36:18). The answer was "no." According to Isaiah 37:14, here's what King Hezekiah did with that surrender demand. "He went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: 'O Lord Almighty�enthroned between the cherubim, You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.'" And he went on to plead with God for deliverance. And the angel of the Lord came and slew 185,000 Assyrians that night. That divine throne room where the outcome of Hezekiah's battle was decided? It's the same place your battle will be decided. The powerless P's won't get it done: pushing, persuading, personalities, planning, promoting. Life's battles are won by prayer, not on the battlefield itself, but in the Throne Room of the God who governs the galaxies - who is, because of what Jesus did, your spiritual Daddy! And you have access, day or night, to the place where it's all decided and to the person who decides it. Go there often, go there in awe, go there clean, and go there expecting something so big, only God could do it!
Want to listen without the ads? Become a BibleStudyTools.com PLUS Member today: https://www.biblestudytools.com/subscribe/Meet Our Hosts:JENNIFER SLATTERY is a writer and speaker who hosts the Faith Over Fear podcast. She's addressed women's groups, Bible studies, and writers across the nation. She's the author of Building a Family and numerous other titles and maintains a devotional blog at https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.comFollow Jennifer:https://www.lifeaudio.com/faith-over-fear/https://www.facebook.com/JenSlattehttps://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/GRACE FOX has published hundreds of articles and authored 10 books including the award-winning devotional, Finding Hope in Crisis: Devotions for Calm in Chaos. She's a member of the “First 5” writing team for Proverbs 31 Ministries and a regular contributor to Guideposts' Mornings with Jesus. Grace lives aboard a sailboat in Vancouver, British Columbia. Married in 1982, she and her husband celebrate three grown kids and eleven grandchildren.Check out Grace's newest book, Keeping Hope Alive: https://www.tyndale.com/p/keeping-hope-alive/9781649380517Subscribe to her weekly devotional blog and monthly update on her website: www.gracefox.comFollow Grace:Facebook: www.fb.com/gracefox.authorInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/graceloewenfox/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/gracefoxauthorQUINNISE PETTWAY is a writer, facilitator, Licensed Professional Counselor, wife, and mother whose mission is to help Christians encounter and embrace God as Father and walk boldly as His beloved children. She's the author of A Glimpse of Our Father: Lessons Parenthood Reveals for All of God's Children and hosts a weekly small group called “Gathering For A Glimpse” where she journeys with participants through the book to dive deeper into the heart of our heavenly Father.Follow Quinnise:Website- https://aglimpseofourfather.com/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/aglimpseofourfatherInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/quinnisepettway/Check out her YouVersion Bible App Devotional Plan (Inspired by full book) A Glimpse of Our Father: A 5-Day Devotional Plan for All of God's Children: http://bible.us/r/82JJOSHUA LILLIE is a passionate follower of Jesus, spreadsheet enthusiast, and lover of all kinds of art and music. Joshua has almost a decade of experience in music ministry, and has served both in house church and megachurch environments in pastoral and administrative roles, eager to see every man, woman, and child increasingly surrender their lives to King Jesus.He currently serves on staff with Christ Community Church in Omaha, NE, and as an ordained minister with the Christian & Missionary Alliance, a global denomination of Jesus-followers making Him known among the nations.