Today we're talking to my friend Missie Branch about what to do when you feel like a failure in the work the Lord has set before you, and what true success actually looks like. Heads up, it might not look how you expected! If you don't know her, Missie serves as vice president of community engagement for Life Collective, Inc. She is a graduate of Southeastern Seminary with a master's in ethics, theology, and culture. Missie is married to Duce and together they have four children. Missie is the cohost of the Women & Work Podcast and serves as a trustee for Charleston Southern University and the chairman of the board of trustees at Lifeway Christian Resources. Missie and I are going to be talking about how we define “success” in our work or our ministry, and it might not look how you expected! We hope you enjoy this conversation! FULL SHOW NOTES DISCUSSION QUESTIONS How do you define success in ministry? What helps you find rest when you're feeling weary in the work the Lord has set before you? Where in Scripture do you see mention of “success” in work or in contribution to the kingdom of God? How would you encourage others to evaluate their ministry successes and failures? How might you lean on the discipline of prayer as you seek to reorient your understanding of success and rest in God's work through you? What might you do or implement based on what you learned in today's episode? FOR MORE Subscribe: iTunes | Android Follow Us: Instagram | Facebook Support the podcast by writing a review Interviews do not imply Journeywomen's endorsement of all writings and positions of the interviewee or any other resources mentioned. Affiliate links used are used where appropriate. Thank you for supporting the products that support Journeywomen!
Hi, I'm John Sorensen, President of Evangelism Explosion International, and you're listening to Share Life Today. Just like adults, children need the hope of the Gospel. When they come to faith in Jesus, it changes everything for them. Jesus told His disciples in Luke 18, "Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, many churches attended a training to learn how to disciple the children of their churches with the Gospel. As practice for the training, they went house to house sharing the Gospel. Children all along the way decided to follow them up to the church where the workshop was being held. In two afternoons, they shared the Gospel to 418 children and adults; and among them, 355 made professions of Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Many of the parents of the children asked the Sunday school teachers to come back and share with the families as well! To learn how to share your faith, visit www.sharelife.today.
Phil is raring to go as he jumps right out of the gate with some Scripture concerning how people should treat one another. Jase has never heard of the '90s alternative band Counting Crows, but he HAS had a mic drop moment during a political argument recently. The guys discuss the misconceptions surrounding the kingdom of God and when and where it will be. They explore how to be good stewards of our time on earth while waiting for heaven. In this episode: Luke 12, verses 49–59; Luke 9, verses 23–27; Galatians 6; Matthew 6, verse 33 https://samaritanministries.org/unashamed — Get a Biblical & affordable approach to health care https://getliverhelp.com/unashamed — Get a FREE bottle of Blood Sugar Formula to reduce sugar cravings when you try Liver Health Formula https://expressvpn.com/unashamed — Get three extra months FREE with our exclusive link https://apple.co/theblind — "The Blind Movie Podcast: The Robertson Family Story" is here! For the first time, Phil, Kay, Si, Al, Lisa, Jase, Missy, Willie, Korie, Jep, Jessica, Phyllis, Zach, Jill, and Sadie come together on one podcast to tell stories you won't hear anywhere else. https://philmerch.com — Get your “Unashamed” mugs, shirts, hats & hoodies! "The Blind" hits theaters Sept. 28. Get your tickets TODAY before theaters start to sell out! https://www.fathomevents.com/theblind — Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gary Thomas, author of A Lifelong Love, discusses how to worship God to bring you into unity as a couple, how to allow God to rub away your own selfishness and how couples can intentionally pursue oneness in marriage. He explores how to reduce expectations for your spouse, how to find your confidence in God, and how to seek first the Kingdom of God as a couple. (Part 2 of 2) Receive A Lifelong Love and an audio download of "Drawing Closer to God and Each Other" for your donation of any amount! Plus, receive member-exclusive benefits when you make a recurring gift today. Your monthly support helps families thrive. Get More Episode Resources We'd love to hear from you! Visit our Homepage to leave us a voicemail. If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Psalms and Wisdom: Psalm 51 Psalm 51 (Listen) Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. 51 Have mercy on me,1 O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right2 spirit within me.11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem;19 then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar. Footnotes  51:1 Or Be gracious to me  51:10 Or steadfast (ESV) Pentateuch and History: 2 Samuel 11 2 Samuel 11 (Listen) David and Bathsheba 11 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. 2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king's house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. 3 And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. 5 And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.” 6 So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7 When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab was doing and how the people were doing and how the war was going. 8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” And Uriah went out of the king's house, and there followed him a present from the king. 9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. 10 When they told David, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?” 11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in booths, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.” 12 Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13 And David invited him, and he ate in his presence and drank, so that he made him drunk. And in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house. 14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die.” 16 And as Joab was besieging the city, he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew there were valiant men. 17 And the men of the city came out and fought with Joab, and some of the servants of David among the people fell. Uriah the Hittite also died. 18 Then Joab sent and told David all the news about the fighting. 19 And he instructed the messenger, “When you have finished telling all the news about the fighting to the king, 20 then, if the king's anger rises, and if he says to you, ‘Why did you go so near the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall? 21 Who killed Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman cast an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?' then you shall say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.'” 22 So the messenger went and came and told David all that Joab had sent him to tell. 23 The messenger said to David, “The men gained an advantage over us and came out against us in the field, but we drove them back to the entrance of the gate. 24 Then the archers shot at your servants from the wall. Some of the king's servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.” 25 David said to the messenger, “Thus shall you say to Joab, ‘Do not let this matter displease you, for the sword devours now one and now another. Strengthen your attack against the city and overthrow it.' And encourage him.” 26 When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she lamented over her husband. 27 And when the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD. (ESV) Chronicles and Prophets: Ezekiel 11:14–25 Ezekiel 11:14–25 (Listen) Israel's New Heart and Spirit 14 And the word of the LORD came to me: 15 “Son of man, your brothers, even your brothers, your kinsmen,1 the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those of whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Go far from the LORD; to us this land is given for a possession.' 16 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while2 in the countries where they have gone.' 17 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.' 18 And when they come there, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations. 19 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those whose heart goes after their detestable things and their abominations, I will3 bring their deeds upon their own heads, declares the Lord GOD.” 22 Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was over them. 23 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain that is on the east side of the city. 24 And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me in the vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to the exiles. Then the vision that I had seen went up from me. 25 And I told the exiles all the things that the LORD had shown me. Footnotes  11:15 Hebrew the men of your redemption  11:16 Or in small measure  11:21 Hebrew To the heart of their detestable things and their abominations their heart goes; I will (ESV) Gospels and Epistles: Luke 14 Luke 14 (Listen) Healing of a Man on the Sabbath 14 One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. 2 And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. 3 And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” 4 But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. 5 And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son1 or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 6 And they could not reply to these things. The Parable of the Wedding Feast 7 Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, 9 and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,' and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” The Parable of the Great Banquet 12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers2 or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” 15 When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. 17 And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant3 to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.' 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.' 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.' 20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' 21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.' 22 And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.' 23 And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you,4 none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'” The Cost of Discipleship 25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.' 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. Salt Without Taste Is Worthless 34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Footnotes  14:5 Some manuscripts a donkey  14:12 Or your brothers and sisters  14:17 Or bondservant; also verses 21 (twice), 22, 23  14:24 The Greek word for you here is plural (ESV)
Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities… Luke 8:1–2Our Lord was on a mission. He traveled on foot from one town to another, “preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.” His message truly was “good news.” He healed the sick, cast out demons and, most importantly, He forgave sins. As a result, many began to follow Him. Not only did His followers consist of the Twelve whom Jesus personally called and who He would eventually send forth as His Apostles, but others followed Him also. Today's Gospel also mentions three women by name: Mary of Magdala, Joanna and Susanna. These are but a few of the people who were deeply touched by our Lord, who in turn left all to follow Him.The choice of these first followers to abandon all and follow Jesus invites us to examine the extent to which we have committed our lives to following Him also. Among the many people who heard Jesus preach, there were undoubtedly various responses. Some rejected Him, others were intrigued by Him, others believed in Him but were not willing to become His disciple, and some did commit themselves wholeheartedly to Jesus and His mission of proclaiming good news. For the latter, the good news they heard changed their lives.What is your response to our Lord? One good way to properly answer this question is to examine the amount of time and energy you have committed to our Lord and His message of good news. How much time have you spent reading His holy Word, praying to Him, speaking about Him and learning the faith that He has taught? How much does His message affect the decisions you make in life? Being a Christian is not something we can compartmentalize. We cannot have our “faith time” a few moments of each week and then spend the rest of our time on other activities. True, our days will be filled with many activities that are simply normal parts of our lives. We all have duties and responsibilities that occupy much of our days. But being “all in,” so to speak, means that Jesus and His message permeates everything we do. Even our ordinary daily activities such as work, chores, and the like must be done for God's glory and in accord with His divine will. For Jesus' first followers, though they traveled with Him from town to town and radically changed the course of their daily lives, they still would have engaged in many ordinary activities. But those ordinary activities were ultimately done so as to help them and others fulfill their ultimate mission of listening to and responding to the Word of God.Reflect, today, upon the extent that you have consecrated every part of your life to our Lord and His mission. Doing so does not necessarily require that you become a public evangelist, spend all day at Church or the like. It simply means that Jesus and His mission are invited into everything you do every day all day. We can never serve our Lord fully enough. As you examine your daily activity, look for ways to bring our Lord into everything you do. Doing so will truly make you one of His faithful disciples who are all in with your life.My divine Lord, You are on a mission to save souls and to build up Your glorious Kingdom. I thank You for inviting me to not only become transformed by Your holy Word but to help spread that Word to others. My life is Yours, dear Lord. Please enter into every part of my daily life and use me for Your glory. Jesus, I trust in You. Source of content: catholic-daily-reflections.comCopyright © 2023 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission via RSS feed.
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Have we robbed men of the desire to be great? There's an absence of men in the church today, and I believe God is calling them back to greatness. In this message with Jentezen Franklin, learn how to be a mighty man, a conqueror for the kingdom of God—and your family! He's set you apart as rulers to stand firm and be watchful in this hour. Discover more at https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/?cid=JFPC Watch and subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/jentezenfranklinmedia Find Pastor Jentezen on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jentezen/ Find Pastor Jentezen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JentezenFranklin Find Pastor Jentezen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jentezen Giving: https://jentezenfranklin.org/donate/?cid=JFPC Find Free Chapel on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freechapel Find Free Chapel on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freechapel Download the Free Chapel App: https://www.freechapel.org/app
Gary Thomas, author of A Lifelong Love, discusses how to worship God to bring you into unity as a couple, how to allow God to rub away your own selfishness and how couples can intentionally pursue oneness in marriage. He explores how to reduce expectations for your spouse, how to find your confidence in God, and how to seek first the Kingdom of God as a couple. (Part 1 of 2) Receive A Lifelong Love and an audio download of "Drawing Closer to God and Each Other" for your donation of any amount! Plus, receive member-exclusive benefits when you make a recurring gift today. Your monthly support helps families thrive. Get More Episode Resources We'd love to hear from you! Visit our Homepage to leave us a voicemail. If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Creationtide III - Trees 1st Lesson: A Reading from the Book of Genesis (Gen. 2:4b-22) In the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no vegetation of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground, but a stream would rise from the earth and water the whole face of the ground— then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold, and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria And the fourth river is the Euphrates. The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So out of the ground the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle and to the birds of the air and to every animal of the field, but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 2nd Lesson: A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 17:22-28 ) Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely spiritual you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all peoples to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps fumble about for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we, too, are his offspring.' The Gospel Reading: John 3:1-16 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with that person.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.' The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen, yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
John McKee discusses how many people in today's Messianic movement, believe that they should have some kind of insider information or perspective—precisely because of their involvement with Israel, Jewish salvation, and the return of the Messiah. If indeed so, how can this be done in a responsible manner, facilitating Kingdom of God purposes?
Psalms and Wisdom: Psalm 50 Psalm 50 (Listen) God Himself Is Judge A Psalm of Asaph. 50 The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. 3 Our God comes; he does not keep silence;1 before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest.4 He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people:5 “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”6 The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah 7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God.8 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually before me.9 I will not accept a bull from your house or goats from your folds.10 For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.11 I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. 12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine.13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,2 and perform your vows to the Most High,15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” 16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips?17 For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you.18 If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers. 19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit.20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother's son.21 These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I3 was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you. 22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” Footnotes  50:3 Or May our God come, and not keep silence  50:14 Or Make thanksgiving your sacrifice to God  50:21 Or that the I am (ESV) Pentateuch and History: 2 Samuel 10 2 Samuel 10 (Listen) David Defeats Ammon and Syria 10 After this the king of the Ammonites died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place. 2 And David said, “I will deal loyally1 with Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father dealt loyally with me.” So David sent by his servants to console him concerning his father. And David's servants came into the land of the Ammonites. 3 But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think, because David has sent comforters to you, that he is honoring your father? Has not David sent his servants to you to search the city and to spy it out and to overthrow it?” 4 So Hanun took David's servants and shaved off half the beard of each and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away. 5 When it was told David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown and then return.” 6 When the Ammonites saw that they had become a stench to David, the Ammonites sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zobah, 20,000 foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with 1,000 men, and the men of Tob, 12,000 men. 7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the host of the mighty men. 8 And the Ammonites came out and drew up in battle array at the entrance of the gate, and the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the open country. 9 When Joab saw that the battle was set against him both in front and in the rear, he chose some of the best men of Israel and arrayed them against the Syrians. 10 The rest of his men he put in the charge of Abishai his brother, and he arrayed them against the Ammonites. 11 And he said, “If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. 12 Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the LORD do what seems good to him.” 13 So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to battle against the Syrians, and they fled before him. 14 And when the Ammonites saw that the Syrians fled, they likewise fled before Abishai and entered the city. Then Joab returned from fighting against the Ammonites and came to Jerusalem. 15 But when the Syrians saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they gathered themselves together. 16 And Hadadezer sent and brought out the Syrians who were beyond the Euphrates.2 They came to Helam, with Shobach the commander of the army of Hadadezer at their head. 17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together and crossed the Jordan and came to Helam. The Syrians arrayed themselves against David and fought with him. 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel, and David killed of the Syrians the men of 700 chariots, and 40,000 horsemen, and wounded Shobach the commander of their army, so that he died there. 19 And when all the kings who were servants of Hadadezer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with Israel and became subject to them. So the Syrians were afraid to save the Ammonites anymore. Footnotes  10:2 Or kindly; twice in this verse  10:16 Hebrew the River (ESV) Chronicles and Prophets: Ezekiel 10–11:13 Ezekiel 10–11:13 (Listen) The Glory of the Lord Leaves the Temple 10 Then I looked, and behold, on the expanse that was over the heads of the cherubim there appeared above them something like a sapphire,1 in appearance like a throne. 2 And he said to the man clothed in linen, “Go in among the whirling wheels underneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with burning coals from between the cherubim, and scatter them over the city.” And he went in before my eyes. 3 Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the house, when the man went in, and a cloud filled the inner court. 4 And the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub to the threshold of the house, and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was filled with the brightness of the glory of the LORD. 5 And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when he speaks. 6 And when he commanded the man clothed in linen, “Take fire from between the whirling wheels, from between the cherubim,” he went in and stood beside a wheel. 7 And a cherub stretched out his hand from between the cherubim to the fire that was between the cherubim, and took some of it and put it into the hands of the man clothed in linen, who took it and went out. 8 The cherubim appeared to have the form of a human hand under their wings. 9 And I looked, and behold, there were four wheels beside the cherubim, one beside each cherub, and the appearance of the wheels was like sparkling beryl. 10 And as for their appearance, the four had the same likeness, as if a wheel were within a wheel. 11 When they went, they went in any of their four directions2 without turning as they went, but in whatever direction the front wheel3 faced, the others followed without turning as they went. 12 And their whole body, their rims, and their spokes, their wings,4 and the wheels were full of eyes all around—the wheels that the four of them had. 13 As for the wheels, they were called in my hearing “the whirling wheels.” 14 And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of the cherub, and the second face was a human face, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. 15 And the cherubim mounted up. These were the living creatures that I saw by the Chebar canal. 16 And when the cherubim went, the wheels went beside them. And when the cherubim lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the wheels did not turn from beside them. 17 When they stood still, these stood still, and when they mounted up, these mounted up with them, for the spirit of the living creatures5 was in them. 18 Then the glory of the LORD went out from the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubim. 19 And the cherubim lifted up their wings and mounted up from the earth before my eyes as they went out, with the wheels beside them. And they stood at the entrance of the east gate of the house of the LORD, and the glory of the God of Israel was over them. 20 These were the living creatures that I saw underneath the God of Israel by the Chebar canal; and I knew that they were cherubim. 21 Each had four faces, and each four wings, and underneath their wings the likeness of human hands. 22 And as for the likeness of their faces, they were the same faces whose appearance I had seen by the Chebar canal. Each one of them went straight forward. Judgment on Wicked Counselors 11 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the house of the LORD, which faces east. And behold, at the entrance of the gateway there were twenty-five men. And I saw among them Jaazaniah the son of Azzur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people. 2 And he said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and who give wicked counsel in this city; 3 who say, ‘The time is not near6 to build houses. This city is the cauldron, and we are the meat.' 4 Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, O son of man.” 5 And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and he said to me, “Say, Thus says the LORD: So you think, O house of Israel. For I know the things that come into your mind. 6 You have multiplied your slain in this city and have filled its streets with the slain. 7 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Your slain whom you have laid in the midst of it, they are the meat, and this city is the cauldron, but you shall be brought out of the midst of it. 8 You have feared the sword, and I will bring the sword upon you, declares the Lord GOD. 9 And I will bring you out of the midst of it, and give you into the hands of foreigners, and execute judgments upon you. 10 You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at the border of Israel, and you shall know that I am the LORD. 11 This city shall not be your cauldron, nor shall you be the meat in the midst of it. I will judge you at the border of Israel, 12 and you shall know that I am the LORD. For you have not walked in my statutes, nor obeyed my rules, but have acted according to the rules of the nations that are around you.” 13 And it came to pass, while I was prophesying, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then I fell down on my face and cried out with a loud voice and said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Will you make a full end of the remnant of Israel?” Footnotes  10:1 Or lapis lazuli  10:11 Hebrew to their four sides  10:11 Hebrew the head  10:12 Or their whole body, their backs, their hands, and their wings  10:17 Or spirit of life  11:3 Or Is not the time near . . . ? (ESV) Gospels and Epistles: Luke 13:10–35 Luke 13:10–35 (Listen) A Woman with a Disabling Spirit 10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” 13 And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” 17 As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him. The Mustard Seed and the Leaven 18 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” 20 And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.” The Narrow Door 22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,' then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.' 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.' 27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!' 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. 29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” Lament over Jerusalem 31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. 33 Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.' 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35 Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'” (ESV)
The Church: Nature, Mark, and Purposehttp://www.battle4freedom.com/avdio/?id=1606Website: http://www.battle4freedom.comNetwork: https://www.mojo50.comStreaming: https://www.rumble.com/Battle4FreedomIn the infancy of my faith, I heard the call to preach, and teach. My first attempt was in my own strength. On many occasions, in the past, I wanted to start a church. But the Lord was not allowing that to happen at my pace, nor time. One of the biggest challenges of leading a church is making certain that the attention is on God and not the leader(s). Let's look at the church from a biblical worldview perspective in Chapter 44 of Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine.Matthew 5:13-16 (ESV) : 13 "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. 14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Reference.Nature of the ChurchDefinition: The church is the community of all true believers for all times.The Church is Invisible, Yet Visible.The Church is Local and Universal.Metaphors of the Church.The Church and Israel.The Church and the Kingdom of God.The "Marks" of the Church (Distinguishing CharacteristicsThere are True Churches and False ChurchesTrue and False Churches TodayThe Purposes of the ChurchMinistry to God: WorshipMinistry to Believers: NurtureMinistry to the World: Evangelism and Mercy
In this episode, I give you the recording of a sermon I preached at my church on July 9, 2023. This sermon was a part of a series on the disciples of Jesus. I choose to focus on Simon the Zealot, a disciple for which there is a small amount of historical material in the New Testament but whose title ‘zealot' reveals several significant insights into the ministry of Jesus, the Kingdom of God, and the mission of the church. While this episode is, of course, not explicitly political, listeners of this show should find a lot of important parallels between the content of my sermon and the subjects I discuss on this show. I hope you enjoy it!The Protestant Libertarian Podcast is a project of the Libertarian Christian Institute and a part of the Christians For Liberty Network. The Libertarian Christian Institute can be found at www.libertarianchristians.com. Questions, comments, suggestions? Please reach out to me at email@example.com. You can also follow the podcast on Twitter: @prolibertypod. For more about the show, you can go to theprotestantlibertarianpodcast.com. If you like the show and want to support it, you can! Check out the Protestant Libertarian Podcast page at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/theplpodcast. Also, please consider giving me a star rating and leaving me a review, it really helps expand the shows profile! Thanks!
KIB 410 – Contend, Retrieve, and Establish Kingdom Intelligence Briefing We are in a prophetic season of asking Heaven to contend with the kingdom of darkness. We must engage in a spiritual process: Contend, retrieve, and establish. It is time to move forward into our destiny in Christ. It is time to move into our promised land and to drive out the “ites.” Heaven is waiting to hear our cry. Dr. Michael K. Lake is the Chancellor and Founder of Biblical Life College and Seminary. He is the scholar-in-residence for the Strategic Remnant Learning Center – Biblical Life Assembly. Dr. Lake is the author of the best-selling books, The Shinar Directive: Preparing the Way for the Son of Perdition, The Sheeriyth Imperative: Empowering the Remnant to Overcome the Gates of Hell, and The Kingdom Priesthood: Preparing and Equipping the Remnant Priesthood for the Last Days. He is a popular speaker at national Christian conferences and is a frequent guest on many Christian TV and radio/podcast programs in North America. Mary Lou Lake has worked side-by-side with her husband in ministry for over 35 years and is the author of the book What Witches Don't Want Christians to Know – Expanded Edition.
How are you serving in life? Is it with a willing heart or a obligated heart? Service to others is a HUGE key in the Kingdom of God. How we serve others reveals our heart toward God, ourselves, and others. Listen in to discover the key principles to ensure that your service in the Kingdom is rewarded by God! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and reveiw this channel and follow us on social to stay up to date what is happening here at Harvest! IG:www.instagram.com/hi_church FB:www.facebook.com/hichurch YT: https://www.youtube.com/c/HarvestInternationalChurchBreaCA Site: www.harvestinternational.church Join us on Sunday at 1030am in person or online!
Welcome to the Created To Thrive Podcast, the podcast designed to help you deepen your relationship with God, cultivate healthy mindsets and emotions, and step into your God-given potential. **FREE Training: How To Experience God's Best For You + More Free Resources: https://loriksnyder.com/resources/ Welcome to the Created To Thrive Podcast, the podcast designed to help you deepen your relationship with God, cultivate healthy mindsets and emotions, and unlock your God-given potential. In today's episode 104, “Unlocking the Power of the Kingdom of God in Your Life”, we will be discussing the Kingdom of God, and how you can practically experience God's will for you right now. I have found that the kingdom of God is a topic most people haven't been taught on and so don't understand very well. We want to empower you with understanding some basics today. Out of all the things the Apostle Paul could have used to characterize the kingdom of God, he chose righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Many people would most like have put faith, authority, power, miracles, being holy, and other things in that list. But Paul boiled it down to having a right standing with God that produces peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The kingdom of God isn't about keeping rules and regulations; it's about relationship with God the Father and Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. Discovering the transformative power of the Kingdom of God can bring profound changes to your life. It's not just a spiritual concept, but a tangible reality that can unlock a multitude of blessings and opportunities. The Kingdom of God is not just a distant concept or an abstract idea; it is a reality that can be unlocked and experienced in your everyday life. It is a realm where God's reign and rule bring forth abundant blessings, peace, joy, and purpose. Join Chris Cree of New CREEations Ministries and I as we discuss the role of the Holy Spirit in our faith journey, and how partnering with Him can transform our minds, renew our soul, and guide us in every aspect of life. My life was dramatically transformed when I started learning the truths about how God's kingdom operates and how its God's will for me to experience it here on the earth. I had to learn how to rest in God's love for me as His Daughter. Kingdom Mindsets. Learn more about & support New CREEations Ministries: https://newcreeations.org Connect with Lori K. Snyder: https://loriksnyder.com/ or on Facebook or Instagram @LoriKaySnyder Today's Topic: Understanding the Kingdom of God - Emphasis on the transformative power of understanding the Kingdom of God - Encouragement to explore and embrace God's love, righteousness, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in daily life. - Importance of intimate relationship with God as intended in Genesis - Releasing God's kingdom through a renewed mind - Reference to Romans 12:2 on transforming the mind to know God's will Topic: The Holy Spirit and God's Kingdom - Importance of understanding the different aspects of the godhead - Quoting Hosea 4:6: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" - Comparison of the godhead to the three parts of a human being: spirit, soul, body - Importance of understanding God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit - Holy Spirit living within individuals - Abiding in union with God and waiting for His kingdom to come - Releasing love and prayers in everyday life, becoming carriers of God's presence - Cooperating and partnering with the Holy Spirit - Role of the Holy Spirit as the spirit of truth, comforter, helper, teacher, and advocate - Sharing personal experiences of relying on the Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom - Acknowledging the Holy Spirit's presence and its impact on faith and communication Topic: Transformative Encounter with God - Previous distorted view of God as a police officer waiting to punish - Marriage in a state of dysfunction and contemplating divorce - Seeking a deep connection with God and significance in life - Rediscovery of God's unconditional love and the sacrifice of Jesus - Developing a relationship with the Holy Spirit and experiencing faith renewal - Healing of body and soul, saving of the marriage #CreatedToThrivePodcast #KingdomOfGod #BiblicalTruths #Righteousness #GodsLove #HolySpirit *Learn more about Chris & support New CREEations Ministries: https://newcreeations.org Watch more of his Kingdom Mindset videos: https://www.youtube.com/@KingdomMindsets where he has a live teaching every Tuesday at 12:00PM EST. Connect with Lori: Website: https://loriksnyder.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lori.snyder.1610 Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lorikaysnyder/ **Other episodes to listen to with Chris or Lisa Cree: Ep. 98 The Power of Hope to Overcome Disappointment and Discouragement with Chris Cree Ep. 90 | Experiencing the Unconditional Love of Our Heavenly Father with Lisa Cree Ep. 64 “How To Receive The Desires of Your Heart with Chris Cree”
Welcome to Grace Community Church on demand, the weekly podcast from the Sunday services at Grace Community Church in Rupert, Idaho. At Grace we believe in building the Kingdom of God one person at a time. We are passionate about loving God, loving people, and following Jesus. Visit www.graceid.org to get involved. Join us on Facebook live Sundays @ 845am MST and 1045am MST and Wednesdays @ 630pm MST at www.facebook.com/gracechurchidaho
Welcome to Westside Church Online!We're so glad you're joining us online today! If you live in the Spokane area, we'd love for you to join us in person at 9:00 am or 10:45 am.Are you new to Westside and want more information, or have you made a decision today to follow Jesus? Fill out a connect card so our team can help resource you in your walk with God.wcspokane.com/connectDo you have a prayer request? We'd love to stand in faith with you: wcspokane.com/prayerDo you want to financially partner with us in growing the Kingdom of God in Spokane? You can give online easily and securely at: wcspokane.com/give Support the show
We Have Redemption and Forgiveness of Sins!Colossians 1:13-14 “ He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”Original sin came about when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. This means sin entered into our hearts. The power of darkness had more of a hold on us, and our hearts were more attuned to sin. However, when Jesus came and died for us, He rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of God. Jesus redeemed us. He died for our sins, even when we didn't deserve it. That is the part that gets me. It is not as if we deserved that mercy. It is not as if we were all loving God and treating Him the way He deserves to be treated. God loved us even after all the years of rebellion. If you look back at the Old Testament, you will see the people of God turning away from Him time and time again. Yet, He still went through with His plan to save them.The people of the Old Testament did not have a Baptism of repentance. They had the Lord looking out for them. However, they didn't have the Holy Spirit living inside of them, and they didn't have Jesus yet. Jesus hadn't yet died on the cross, so they weren't saved from the original sin. Sin had more influence over them because they didn't have the Spirit of God living inside of them, helping them make the right choice. They didn't have the power and authority that we have from Jesus. This is not to excuse their behavior, but it does explain it a bit. It does help us to have a bit of empathy for them. Look how much we mess up even with the Spirit of the Lord living inside of us. Now, imagine we didn't have it. Imagine what life would be like if we couldn't go to confession when we mess up. Imagine we didn't have the gift and grace of forgiveness of sins. Imagine if every time we did something wrong, we needed to bring an animal to the temple and sacrifice it. When we look back at the Old Testament, we, or at least I, struggle to understand how and why God's people were always turning away. It seems like if I saw a miracle, like the parting of the Red Sea, I would never want to turn away from the Lord. I would know without a doubt He was the one true God and would want to do whatever I could to please Him. I wouldn't complain about what I was eating because what I was eating was a miracle from God each and every day. I love to think I would do things differently if I lived back in the Old Testament times.However, would I really? I have seen God do extraordinary miracles right here in my lifetime, and yet I don't always put Him first. I can eat whatever I want to eat, and yet sometimes I still complain. I have the Holy Spirit, the one who raised Jesus from the dead, living inside of me, and yet I still sin, I still doubt at times, I still complain. Why is that? Why is it that I know how amazing our God is? I have the power of the Spirit living inside of me, and yet I still mess up? Imagine if we didn't? Imagine if we didn't have the opportunity to go to mass daily. Imagine if we didn't have the Eucharist to be providing us strength and fortitude each day or each week. We are very lucky that Jesus came and died for us. We are lucky we receive His Spirit when we are Baptized and again when we make our Confirmation.The verse above says, “ He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” There is a caveat to this redemption and forgiveness. The caveat is that we accept it. It says in the Bible that Jesus gave His apostles the power and authority to forgive sins in His name. It says in John 20:23, “ If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Your sins can be forgiven, but you have to accept that forgiveness, and this is hard for many of us. We believe that this can happen to other people, but somehow we believe that our sins are too big. God couldn't possibly forgive me. If He knew what I did, he would hate me forever. These are the types of thoughts that go through our minds. We think forgiveness is for others.This is not the case. Forgiveness is for every single person on the planet who will accept it and is ready to repent for what they have done. It says in the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1864, “There are no limits to the mercy of God, but anyone who deliberately refuses to accept his mercy by repenting, rejects the forgiveness of his sins and the salvation offered by the Holy Spirit. Such hardness of the heart can lead to final impenitence and eternal loss.” Jesus died for our sins. Why is that so hard for us to accept? This verse from the CCC says that if we don't accept this forgiveness, it can lead to final impenitence and eternal loss. I don't know about you, but that is not anything that I want. I just looked up the definition for final impenitence. I had a pretty good idea of what it meant, but I wanted to make sure of the exact definition. Here is what I found: Final penitence means dying unreconciled with God, whether through loss of faith, or through despair, or a blasphemous rejection of God's love.I am 100% sure I do not want that for myself or anyone else. Dying unreconciled with God would be awful. If I want to make sure this does not happen, the answer is found in the definition. I need to make sure I do not lose my faith. I need to make sure I do not fall into despair and that I always remember there is always hope in our Lord and Savior. I also need to make sure I do not reject God's love and forgiveness. I need to accept it with open arms. The stakes are pretty high. If you struggle to accept God's forgiveness, I urge you to try and work on that. God has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He did all the hard work. Now all we have to do is accept this forgiveness and love. I know it is not easy to accept it at times, and yet the alternative is hard as well. We must find a way to accept his forgiveness so we don't end up separated from God for eternity.Dear Heavenly Father, I ask you to bless all those listening to this episode today. Lord, you are amazing, and we love you so much. We are so grateful you sent your one and only son to rescue us from the power of darkness and to transfer us into Jesus' kingdom. You are the best! You are always looking out for us. We are so grateful. We are sorry when we struggle to accept your forgiveness or your love. We live in a broken world, and sometimes it is hard to believe someone could love us as the enemy tells us constantly that we are unloveable. It can be hard to believe we are forgiven when the enemy tells us no one would ever forgive us. Forgive us, Lord, for believing the enemy over you. Give us the strength to believe you above all else. We love you, Lord, and we ask all of this in accordance with your will and in Jesus' holy name, Amen!Thank you so much for joining me on this journey to walk boldly with Jesus. Thank you to those who have signed up for the retreat and those who couldn't attend but wanted to donate money so someone else could attend. I really appreciate all of you! Registration for the retreat closes soon, so make sure to get registered if you want to attend. CLICK HERE for retreat info. I look forward to meeting you here tomorrow with another witness. Remember, Jesus loves you, and so do I! Have a blessed day!
Matthew 6:33 — In this age of anxiety, does the Christian gospel offer a distinct message? Is the Christian life a different way of looking at the world? In this sermon on Matthew 6:33 titled “Right Priorities,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues that humanity's trouble in life is due to a false view of the world. In this way, the Lord Jesus Christ offers Christians an entirely different way of understanding the world around them. The Christian does not think like the Gentiles do. Instead, they have different priorities. The Lord teaches that while food, drink, and clothing are essential to being human, these things are not the priority in the Christian life. Rather than having fear, worry, and anxiety about such things, the Christian life is marked by their relationship to God and His kingdom. The Christian seeks after the kingdom of God and His righteousness rather than material goods. But how does one obtain the righteousness of God? How do they become heirs of God's kingdom? Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones lifts the mind to consider the right priorities in life and how sinners can actually obtain such eternal joy.
Series: The Parables of JesusPart 4: The Mustard SeedSermon by: Rev. Paul LawlerScripture: Mark 4:30-32 (Also found in Matthew 13:31, 32 )In the fourth installment of our "Parables of Jesus" series, Pastor Paul Lawler focuses on The Parable of the Mustard Seed. The seed symbolizes God's Word, and the condition of one's heart determines their spiritual fruitfulness. The seed of God's Word holds the transformative power to impact lives, communities, and nations.The Mustard Seed parable highlights the idea that something seemingly insignificant can carry immense significance. Although not the smallest seed known, the mustard seed's humble beginnings lead to remarkable growth, illustrating the theme that many great things start small.The sermon stresses that the Kingdom of God isn't about earthly power, and the mustard seed symbolizes the principle that the Kingdom's strength often appears weak to the world. Listeners are encouraged to embrace small beginnings and not underestimate their potential impact.The parable reminds listeners that God often chooses the seemingly weak and insignificant to bring about significant change. It draws parallels with biblical narratives, like the birth of Jesus in a manger, the selection of uneducated disciples, and Jesus's crucifixion, all of which defied worldly expectations.
Pastor Ian Graham looks at Mark 1v15: "repent and believe the good news for the kingdom of God has come near..." examining it in light of the story that precedes it, the promise that the kingdom makes for our future, and what it means for the kingdom to be near right now.Support the show
4 Keys to Understanding Your New Covenant Identity in Christ: You are Pardoned by God, Adopted by God, made a Citizen of the Kingdom of God, and given a new Title: Saint. In this episode, we unpack what it means to be pardoned by God.
We are happy that you have chosen to listen to the Authentic Church Podcast! Be sure to subscribe so that you never miss a message! If you feel lead to give to this ministry, you can securely give online here: https://bit.ly/AuthenticChurchGiving There are a number of ways you can connect with us: Attend in person with us: 2416 N Center St Hickory, NC 28601 Sundays at 9:00 & 11:00am Watch live and any time online at: https://www.youtube.com/authenticchurch Check out our website for more information: https://wwwauthenticchurch.com. STAY CONNECTED TikTok: http://www.tiktok.com/@iambobbychandler Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authenticchurch Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/authenticonlinetv Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authenticchurch NEXT STEPS Have you made a decision to follow Jesus? Want to learn more about Authentic Church? Interested in serving? You may be wondering what's next on your journey. We want to help! Let us guide you to your next steps in your walk with Christ. Use the Next Steps Launcher on our website so that we may assist you! https://www.authenticcchurch.com. ABOUT AUTHENTIC CHURCH Authentic Church exists so that people will have an authentic encounter with God, be set free, and grow in Christ. Our mission is to help each person at Authentic believe in Jesus, belong to family, inspire true worship, walk in God's Spirit, and build the kingdom of God. Learn more about us at https://www.authenticchurch.com
Lionshare's Dave Buehring helps us consider what season of life we're in, and how to live well now in light of the coming kingdom of God. Political scientist Adam Carrington looks at how Western Europe and the U.S. have in ways "re-paganized," and how that has impacted our culture. He further considers how we as Christians can keep tilling our cultural soil to fight back against the wild forest of paganism. Faith Radio podcasts are made possible by your support. Give now: Click here
Creativity has a place in the Kingdom of God and in today's episode we interview Life Church's Creative Director and Harriet's daughter, Bailey Holmes, on her role as a church creative and views on creativity as a whole!
His Performance, Your Acceptance Today, Pastor Michael is talking about how “acceptance must be earned,” an idea that we pick up at a young age, teaching us that we must perform at a certain level. Living in a world where our acceptance is based on our performance, most folks believe God must love us similarly: that we must meet the standards and the requirements. God's acceptance of us cannot be based on our performance! The core of the message today is that acceptance rests on His performance, not yours. Michael dives into the book of Mark, where parents brought their children for a blessing from Jesus, and the disciples stopped them. Jesus was indignant and told the disciples to let the children come to Him and told the disciples that whoever didn't receive the kingdom of God like a little child would never enter it. (CSB Notes) 10:15 Jesus's second saying relates to how a person welcomes and enters the kingdom of God. A little child accepts what is given as a gift without asserting his rights or claims (cp. Mt 18:3). To enter God's kingdom, a person must accept it as a gracious gift. Verses can be found in Mark 10: 13-16. Scripture quotations marked CSB have been taken from the Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.
What if the vision for your life was to be a person of prayer? Before God does a great work, He always sets His people praying. And in this great work that we believe God has called us to, we have to become a people of prayer. The power and longevity of our movement will be determined by the intensity and frequency of our prayers. Luke 10:1-9 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!' 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.' We'd love for you to subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications to get updates on our latest content and resources that will help more people know Jesus and people know Jesus more. GIVE : We believe that generosity is golden. Freely we have received and so freely we give back to God. If you would like to give to support the work Jesus is doing here please visit: https://www.elevatecc.church/give. Elevate City Church is a Jesus Over Everything Church that launched in the Atlanta Perimeter area on October 4th, 2020. Jesus Over Everything. Give us a follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elevatecity... Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elevatecc.ch... Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3H8BBrE... Podcast on itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Visit our website for more information about who we are as a church and how you can get involved. https://www.elevatecc.church/home
When you become a believer, God adopts you into His family. Part of being in God's family is being committed to and rooted in a local church. In this message, you'll hear the heart behind adoption in a church family and in the Kingdom of God. Subscribe to the latest sermons: http://bit.ly/TBCsermons To learn more about The Block Church: http://theblockchurch.org/ Stay Connected Facebook: http://bit.ly/2vOiaLa Instagram: http://bit.ly/2nzZNWB Twitter: http://bit.ly/2KEScPL #theblockchurch #ChurchOnline #Onlinechurch
We're not just a church. We're a Family. Our Vision is clear, simple, and unique. Our vision is Jesus in you. Our vision is for the people of God to have a faith that holds them. The kind of faith that vanquishes doubt, verifies identity, and voraciously contends for inner peace. A faith that removes the past, clarifies the present, and breathes life into the future. Our vision is the Kingdom of God built within the people of this obscure, yet mighty generation. A kingdom so great that its purpose destroys the common lack of self worth. A kingdom that sharpens the eyes, tenses the muscles, and readies itself for the battle against darkness. A Kingdom that brings purpose and healing to those who have failed more than succeeded, who are sinners more than saints, and who have known more pain than pleasure. Our vision is to challenge the weak and unproductive church of our day. To step beyond those who are religiously immature and search out those who for their love for Christ cannot be offended. Our hope is to raise warriors instead of those who think God only exists to keep bad things from happening. To raise those who know that following Christ means suffering loss yet gaining all things. Our vision is clear, simple, and unique…. It is Christ in you, the hope of glory. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/erik-yarbrough/message
About This SeriesThroughout his letter to the Galatian church, Paul emphasizes thetruth that anyone who places their faith in Jesus as their Savior is not bound to live by the law, but is free to live by grace. The response should be radical love for all people, because we understand that Jesus showed us love. In this short series, we'll shine a spotlight on three key ideas from the last chapter of Galatians and explore what it means to love people like Jesus.This Week's EpisodeOne of the greatest promises in all of Scripture is that if we persevere through discouragement, hardship, and frustration, keeping our eyes on Jesus, we will see a victory. So with that in mind, we must stay committed to building the Kingdom of God by doing good to all people.Speaker: Jimmy McLoudText: Galatians 6:9-10Wondering what to do with what you've heard?Your Next Step is waiting for you at hub.firstchristian.com!Learn MoreYou can follow along with this series by joining in this Sunday's services on-campus or streaming online at 9 and 11am this weekend.Follow @fcccanton on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay connected!Support the show
Ladies, here is a sneak preview into UncommonTEEN Live!I am super excited about our speaker line up this year! Every one of these ladies has been a guest on the UncommonTEEN Podcast and have such powerful messages to share with you all this year!We have Katie Smith. Oh my goodness, Katie's heart is a heart of gold! When Katie was on the UncommonTEEN Podast, she talked all about Prayer Journaling and how it helped her even through some of her most challenging years and how it can help you as well! Check out her episode here: https://www.uncommonteen.com/podcast/episode/7b7ba88f/55-transform-your-prayers-by-prayer-journaling-with-katie-smithOur next speaker is Grace McCready! Grace shared her personal testimony of how she overcame anorexia and how we, too, can be free from anything that we are walking through! Check out her episode here: https://www.uncommonteen.com/podcast/episode/7c646604/20-real-recovery-what-eating-disorder-recovery-actually-looks-like-with-grace-mccready And we also have Tessa Emily Hall! If you listened to last week's episode, you got to hear Tessa's heart for teen girls as she shares with you how to become an influencer for the Kingdom of God! Check out her episode here: https://www.uncommonteen.com/podcast/episode/7c468ab7/86-guest-tessa-emily-hall-influencer-updated-version-without-the-background-noiseOur theme for this year's conference is Dare to Be, so over the course of the next couple weeks, we're going to dig into what that really means. This week, we're going to talk about why it's a dare to be beautiful. That word dare, if we look it up in the dictionary means:Courage that is required to do something big.A challenge to someone to do something that requires boldness.To confront something boldly. So, knowing those definitions, why does it take boldness and courage to be truly beautiful? Check out this week's episode to learn more!UncommonTEEN Live is less than 3 weeks away and we would love to have you there! Grab your tickets today by going to UncommonTEENlive.com!Connect with Us!Website: UncommonTEEN.comInstagram: @uncommon.teenUncommonTEEN Live: UncommonTEENlive.com
Matthew 6:33 — Jesus' words in Matthew 6:33 seem simple: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reveals in his sermon on Matthew 6:33 “Seek Ye First,” they are in fact a profound statement on the priorities of the Christian life. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains the impact “seek ye first” can have on a Christian's life and how seeking God and his righteousness can change perspectives for the better.
Audio Recording Sermon OutlineSpeaker: Rev. Scott StrickmanSermon Series: The 4 RelationshipsMatthew 6:19-34 (ESV)19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[c] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?' or ‘What shall we drink?' or ‘What shall we wear?' 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.Sermon OutlineWhen God is your Father your “self” is restored and renewed.1. Where is your heart?v21 “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” v24 “No one can serve two masters… he will hate the one and love the other...” vv25-34 (v28 “Why are you anxious…?”)v33 “But seek first…”2. How are your eyes?v22 “The eye is the lamp of the body… if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light…”3. Who provides for you?v25 “is not life more than…?”v32 “Your heavenly Father knows...”Prayer of ConfessionOur Father, you are generous, patient and faithful. Forgive us and help us. We admit we have not sought you first. We have not loved you as we ought. With terrible judgment, we have over-valued the things you have made. With confusion, we acted as if our desires could be satisfied by what the world treasures. With regret, the things we have devoted ourselves to have burned us out. We admit the darkness within us. We ask for forgiveness. We look to you, our Father in heaven, because life is found in you. Amen.Questions for ReflectionWhere is your heart? What have you set your heart on? What is your hope, your source of meaning, identity, etc.?What does it meant to store up treasure in heaven? How do you do it?How are your eyes? What are some of the main things you see? What words describe how you typically experience the world?What kinds of difficulties within you are affecting your relationships and experiences? What are you trying to suppress that inevitably comes out?What about God as our “father” is hard for you to grasp? What is the most helpful title or concept of God for you?Why does Jesus urge his followers to understand God as a father? How does this change things?Why can you trust God with the details of your life? What does the Bible teach, or what do you know is true of God that should provide assurance that you can trust God consistently?
Bob Schwahn | Lead Pastor Romans 1:18-20The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Moralistic Therapeutic Deism1. A God exists who created and orders the world and watches over human life on earth.2. God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.3. God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.4. The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.5. Good people go to heaven when they die. Smith, Christian - Soul Searching (pp. 162-163). Oxford University Press. John 5:37-40And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. How PERSONAL is your personal relationship with Jesus? John 10:4-6When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. Mark 1:14-15After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" Galatians 5:25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:15-17Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Reflection Questions:1. What was one thing from the sermon that caught your attention or stood out to you?2. READ: John 5:37-40 What is the difference between knowing/following the person of Jesus and following Biblical principles? How can they be the same?3. How would you define Deism? How can it lead to us looking for Biblical principles over looking to know and follow Jesus?4. How “personal” is your personal relationship with Jesus? How would describe your experience of him in a personal way?5. How do you recognize the voice of Jesus in your life? Share some recent examples of your experiences. What are some different ways that Jesus speaks to us? Explain.6. What is a “Kairos” moment? How can we learn to recognize Kairos moments in our life? What has been helpful to you? What have your learned? Which aspect is the easiest for you?7. READ Mark 1:14-15Repent -- Align your thinking to God’s thinking…God, what are you saying to me?Believe -- Take a step of obedience(faith)God, what do you want me to do? How can these questions help us follow the voice of Jesus and lead to life transformation? 8). Apply these two questions now …What is your NEXT STEP? Next Steps: Complete the Connect Card to receive more information, have us pray for you, or to ask us any question: http://journeybozeman.com/connectcardW
This week we share a "Space for God: BIBLE" reflection from Steve Park (Founder and Executive Director of Little Lights DC). Steve guides us through the arc of scripture related to God's coming Kingdom of Justice and mutual flourishing. He offers us a rousing invitation to join God's special work of caring for the oppressed and marginalized.View Our Complete Archive of “Space for God” Prayer Practicesinthecoracle.org | @inthecoracleSupport the show
Speaker: Andy MetzgerText: Luke 9:20-27Summary: Today Jesus gives us the clearest description of what it feels like to be one of His followers — and how “Life” follows “Death” in the Kingdom of God.Support the show
The kingdom of God is advancing every day, whether or not we decide to be a part of it. But God invites us to partner with him as he builds his church. In this message, Ps Jon Laurenzo walks through Joshua 3 and gives us 4 things for us to do as we are taking ground in this new season.
In John 3: 1-6, Nicodemus, a Pharisee and ruler of the Jews, comes to Jesus seeking knowledge. Jesus tells him that one must be "born again" through the Spirit to enter the Kingdom of God, emphasizing the unique nature of Christian faith compared to other religions. The passage highlights the concept that all humans are born into sin due to the fall of Adam and Eve, necessitating salvation through Jesus. It emphasizes the need to surrender one's life to Jesus as Lord, accepting His sacrifice, and experiencing a transformation that makes believers new creations, desiring what God desires, and producing the fruit of the Spirit.
In Matthew 18, Peter asks Jesus a critically important question: how many time should we forgive someone who has wronged us? When we are wronged, however significant or slight the wrong may be, we are often overcome by the desire for revenge. In our worst moments, we are tempted to even project the approval of God on our vengeful desire. But Jesus confronts this idea by telling a story. And in that story, we learn that our desires for vengeance, though understandable, are destructive and have no place in the Kingdom of God, that forgiveness is necessary for not only our good, but the good of those who wronged us, and that God is more interested in forgiving and changing humans than destroying them for their mistakes and sins - which is very good news for everyone, especially you and I. SPEAKERS: Jay Kim (Saratoga), David Tieche (South Hills) Bible Passages): Matthew 18 SPEAKERS: Jay Kim (Saratoga), Steve Clifford (South Hills) Bible Passages): Matthew 18 SPEAKERS: Jay Kim (Saratoga), Corinna Girard (South Hills) Bible Passages): Matthew 17
Matthew 4:23 — What is the gospel is? A great tragedy today (even among professing Christians) is not knowing what the gospel of Jesus Christ is. In this Christmas sermon on Matthew 4:23 titled “The Gospel of the Kingdom,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the message that frames the beginning and end of the Lord Jesus's ministry. By looking at both Matthew 4:23 and 24:14, he explores the message of the gospel from the perspective of the kingdom of God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds that the greatness of the gospel is the good news of God's kingdom (or His rule and reign). People are often guilty of reducing the gospel to subjective terms such as personal happiness or peace. They often start with themselves and end with themselves. But as Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches, the gospel of the kingdom reminds that the whole world is involved in God's redemption. The good news of the kingdom reminds that the Son of God came to this earth not to simply make people respectable, but to make them obedient to God. This obedience to the King brings Him glory. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones answers the most important question of all: why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to come into the world?