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Faith Bible Chapel
Descriptions of a Healthy Church // Jason King

Faith Bible Chapel

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2022 57:14


Descriptions of a Healthy Church Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)“go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”Matthew 18:20 (NIV)“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”Acts 2:38-41 (NIV)“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”Descriptions of a healthy church1.      Devotion to the preaching and teaching of the Word of God.Acts 2:14 (ESV)“Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them”Acts 2:42 (ESV)“They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching”2.      Devotion to one another.Romans 12:10 (ESV)“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”Galatians 5:13 (NIV)"serve one another humbly in love.”James 4:11 (NIV)“do not slander one another.”1 Peter 5:5 (NIV)“clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.'”3.      Devotion to God's flow of leadership. 1 Peter 5:2-4 (NIV)“Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”

Kingsway Christian Church Sermons - Audio

Sermon Notes Luke 1:26-28 NIV "In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, 'Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.'" John 1:46 NIV "'Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?' Nathanael asked." Righteousness & Purity Luke 1: 30-33 NIV "But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.'" The power in his words gives hope. 2 Samuel 7:16 NIV "Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever." Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace, there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever." For Mary, it wasn't doubt; it was questioning. Are you tuned into the Spirit's work around you & in your life? God often reveals himself to ordinary people in extraordinary ways. Mary's task was not simple, but her response was. Luke 1:38 NIV "'I am the Lord's servant,' Mary answered. 'May your word to me be fulfilled.' Then the angel left her." With God, there is always Hope. Mary had no idea what was coming. She said yes to the journey. God is not some cosmic janitor that we hope comes by and cleans up all the little messes we make.

Bikers Church Cape Town
The Believers Authority

Bikers Church Cape Town

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2022


The Believer's Authority – by Ian September “Authority exercised with humility and obedience accepted with delight, are the very lines along which our spirits live.” – C.S. Lewis Good evening church in the North. I have it on high authority that what you will hear and apply will change your life forever, guaranteed! Because it is (Not only information or revelation but in the application). How do I apply this knowledge in my life? I would like to make a statement by saying that our only hope to reach the lost and change this world one heart at a time, is when we as Christians understand, claim and exercise our authority in Christ. Please note church, that one of the many reasons why people do not grow and mature; overcome and conquer and live victorious lives, can be found in our ignorance to this topic! Did you know that exercising your authority in Christ is faith in action? God's word is clear that, faith without action is dead and without faith it's impossible to please God. (Do you see this chain-reaction?) Heb. 11:6 Listen to: Colossians 1:13 (NIV) – For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. The Word of God says that we have been delivered from the power (authority, control and dominion) of darkness and are placed into God's kingdom. So please realize today that Satan has no power over you as a child of God; the only power that the enemy has over you, is what you allow him to have. Take note church that the day that you gave your life to Christ, the day you accepted Him, you were given a new life but also authority and faith, to believe that you're a child of the Most High! John 1:12 (NIV) – Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (Believe this Church!) Aan almal ….. Luke 10:19 (NIV) – I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. The Word of God says that you're not only called to be a child of God, but also to reign and rule in this life; for you are more than an overcomer, because you have the power, might and ability to do so. Amen! You are armed and dangerous! You see, when we fully understand this principle we will be able to proclaim boldly: Philippians 4:13 (NIV) – I can do everything through him who gives me strength. I have His ability, strength and authority to do all things! King David understood this so well, when he said: “For by my God, I can run through a troop and by my God I can jump over a wall.” Psalms 18:29 (NIV) – With your help I can advance against a troop with my God I can scale a wall. Matthew 28:18-19 (NIV) – 18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.   (Therefore because of verse 18 that all power and authority belongs to Jesus). Understand that a transferal of authority took place. The authority that was given to Christ was transferred to us as believers! Amen?! Mark 16:17 (NIV) – And these signs will accompany those who believe in my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues. Also re-emphasizes the fact that His authority was given to all believers. (Power & authority) Because of His authority in us we can command (just as He did) for authority doesn't beg or ask, it commands (Imagine a cop begging you to pull over!) We can therefore safely say that authority is exercised through the spoken Word! Proverbs 18:21a (Well known) “Life and death is in the power of the tongue.” We will find many examples where Jesus cast out demons using His authority and speaking life over people, healing the sick and even raising the dead! Luke 7:14b – “I say to you, arise!” - Command John 5:8 – “Pick up your mat and walk!” – Command Mark 1:25 – Jesus commanded the evil spirit to leave; this same authoritative power (authority) was given to us as well. Luke 9:1 (NIV) – When Jesus had called the twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases. It is also important to know church that we can only act under His authority before we can utilize (exercise) our authority. The Roman centurion in Luke 7:2-9 (NIV) – 2There a centurion's servant whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word and my servant will be healed. 8For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me, I tell this one, ‘Go' and he goes; and that one, ‘Come' and he comes, I say to my servant, ‘Do this,' and he does it.” 9When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Verse 8 he said: I recognize and understand authority, I submit to it and I exercise it... you don't have to come to my house, Lord, but just say the Word! He understood authority and so should we! This evening I would like to share with you just 5 pointers or reasons why we as believers do not walk in our God-given authority. Sin: The primary reason for many not to reign and rule in this life! When we habitually sin, we give Satan legal right over us until we confess our sins to God and repent! Take note church that wilful, habitual sin will prevent you from claiming and exercising your authority in Christ! Jy moet dit glo … Ignorance: Hosea 4:6 – “My people are destroyed by a lack of knowledge.” Many of us are ignorant to our authority (Ek het nie geweet nie!) Unbelief: Hebrews 3:12 says that to have unbelief is to sin! (We do not really believe that we have the power!) Fear: Luke 12:48 (well known) with authority comes responsibility! Many people do not want to embrace authority because of the responsibility attached to it. Prayerlessness: Ephesians 6:18 encourages us to pray at all times on every occasion, for when I'm prayerful I am sinless! But when I'm prayerless, I'm sinful! When we spend time before God in prayer you will come to the clear understanding of who you are in Christ, and the authoritive power you have in Him. Amen? I would like to conclude this evening by saying: “It is not what you say you believe, but what you do with what you say, you believe!” May God through His Holy Spirit challenge our hearts and make us realize who exactly we are in Christ and the authority vested in us by Christ Himself, so that we can rule and reign in this life. 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) – But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.

Lifehouse Tokyo  ライフハウス 東京
How Does God Reveal Himself?

Lifehouse Tokyo ライフハウス 東京

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2022 32:18


(English) In this message Ps Monty talks about how God reveals Himself in these 3 points:(Acts 10:34-36 NLT) Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. (35) In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. (36) This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.(Acts 10:44-48 NLT) Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message. (45) The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles, too. (46) For they heard them speaking in other tongues and praising God. Then Peter asked, (47) “Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?” (48) So he gave orders for them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterward Cornelius asked him to stay with them for several days.(Acts 2:17 NLT) In the last days, God says, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.1.Supernaturally(Jeremiah 1:4-10 NLT) The Lord gave me this message: (5) “I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” (6) “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can't speak for you! I'm too young!” (7) The Lord replied, “Don't say, ‘I'm too young,' for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. (8) And don't be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” (9) Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said, “Look, I have put my words in your mouth! (10) Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. Some you must uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow. Others you must build up and plant.”2.Naturally(Romans 1:20 NLT) For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.3.Through His Love(John 3:16-17 NIV) For this is how God loved the world: He gave] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (17) God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

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神様はどのように姿を現すのか? - How Does God Reveal Himself?

Lifehouse Tokyo ライフハウス 東京

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2022 32:23


(Bilingual) このメッセージではモンティー牧師が神様がどのように姿を現すのかについて以下の3つのポイントから話します。In this message Ps Monty talks about how God reveals Himself in these 3 points:(Acts 10:34-36 NLT) Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. (35) In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. (36) This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.(使徒 10:34-36 JCB)ペテロは話し始めました。「神様はただユダヤ人だけを愛しておられるのではないことが、はっきりわかりました。(35)神を礼拝し、また良い行いをして神に喜ばれる人は、どこの国にもいるのです。(36)イスラエル人に伝えられた神のみことばについては、すでにお聞きでしょう。全人類の主である救い主イエスによって、私たちが神と和解できるということです。(Acts 10:44-48 NLT) Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message. (45) The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles, too. (46) For they heard them speaking in other tongues and praising God. Then Peter asked, (47) “Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?” (48) So he gave orders for them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterward Cornelius asked him to stay with them for several days.(使徒 10:44-48 JCB)ペテロがまだ話しているうちに、聖霊が一人一人に下りました。(45)ペテロに同行して来たユダヤ人のクリスチャンたちは、外国人にも聖霊の賜物が与えられたので驚きました。(46-47)しかし、これは疑う余地のない事実でした。人々は自由にそれぞれ異なった国のことばで話し、神を賛美していたからです。「私たちと同じように聖霊を受けたのですから、この人たちにバプテスマ(洗礼)を授けることに、だれも反対できません。」こうきっぱり言いきると、(48)ペテロは、キリスト・イエスの名によって、バプテスマを授けました。コルネリオはペテロに、数日間、泊まってほしいと頼みました。(Acts 2:17 NLT) In the last days, God says, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.(使徒 2:17 JCB)神は言われる。終わりの日に、わたしはすべての人にわたしの霊を注ぐ。その時、あなたがたの息子、娘は預言し、青年は幻を見、老人は夢を見る。1.Supernaturally 超自然的に(Jeremiah 1:4-10 NLT) The Lord gave me this message: (5) “I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” (6) “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can't speak for you! I'm too young!” (7) The Lord replied, “Don't say, ‘I'm too young,' for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. (8) And don't be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” (9) Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said, “Look, I have put my words in your mouth! (10) Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. Some you must uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow. Others you must build up and plant.”(エレミヤ 1:4-10 JCB)主は私に、こう語りました。(5)「わたしは、母の胎内に宿る前からおまえを知っていた。生まれる前から、わたしの聖なる者として取っておき、国々にわたしのことばを伝える者に任命していた。」(6)「神よ、とんでもないことです。私にできるはずがありません。若すぎて、何を語ればよいのかわかりません。(7)「そんなことを言ってはならない。わたしが送り出す所どこへでも行き、命じることはすべて語るのだ。(8)人を恐れてはいけない。主であるわたしがついていて、どんな時にも助けるのだから。」(9)こう言ってから、神は私の口に触れました。「わたしのことばをおまえの口に授けた。(10)今日から、世界の国々に警告する仕事が始まる。おまえの口から語られるわたしのことばどおりに、ある国を引き倒し、滅ぼし、ある国は起こし、育て、大国にする。」2.Naturally 自然に(Romans 1:20 NLT) For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.(ローマ 1:20 JCB)世界が創造されてからこのかた、人々は、天地や、神がお造りになったすべてのものを見て、神の存在とその偉大な永遠の力をはっきり知っていました。ですから、彼らには弁解の余地がありません。3.Through His Love 神様の愛を通して(John 3:16-17 NIV) For this is how God loved the world: He gave] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (17) God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.(ヨハネ 3:16-17 JCB)実に神は、ひとり子をさえ惜しまず与えるほどに、この世界を愛してくださいました。それは、神の御子を信じる者が、だれ一人滅びず、永遠のいのちを得るためです。(17)神がご自分の御子を世にお遣わしになったのは、世をさばくためではなく、世を救うためです。

Community Hemet
In God We Trust | Week 3 | Where Trust Thrives

Community Hemet

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 44:24


Text: Various Theme: When you learn the power of generosity, you learn the power of God working through you like only God can. If we will truly trust God, we can obey Him in this area of our lives and watch Him go to work. Key Verse: Matthew 6:21 (NIV) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Message Notes: https://my.bible.com/en-GB/events/48986079

Lifehouse Tokyo  ライフハウス 東京
クリスチャンって守らなきゃいけないルールがいっぱいあるの?- Is being a Christian all about Rules?

Lifehouse Tokyo ライフハウス 東京

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2022 34:55


(Bilingual) このメッセージでは朱馬牧師がクリスチャンとルールの関係について以下の3つのポイントから話します。In this message Ps Shiva talks about Christianity and rules in these 3 points:キリスト教ってルールが全てなの?Is Christianity all about rules? (使徒10:9−16 JCB) 翌日、三人がヨッパの町に近づいたころ、ペテロは祈るために屋上に上っていました。正午ごろのことで、お腹がすき、食事をしたくなりました。ところが、昼食の用意がなされている間に、とろとろと夢ごこちになったのです。ふと見ると、天が開け、四すみをつった大きな布のようなものが降りて来ます。(12) 中には、ユダヤ人には食べることが禁じられていた爬虫類や鳥など、あらゆる種類の動物が入っていました。 (13) そして、「さあ、どれでも好きなものを料理して食べなさい」という声が聞こえました。(14)「主よ、それはできません。生まれてこのかた、口にしたことがないものです。ユダヤのおきてで禁じられているのですから。」 (15)「ペテロよ、神に反対するのか。神がきよいと言うものはきよいのだ。」 (16) 同じことが三度あってから、布はすうっと天に引き上げられました。(Acts 10:9-16 NIV) About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. (10) He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. (11) He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. (12) It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” (14) “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” (15) The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” (16) This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.(使徒10:44-46a JCB) ペテロがまだ話しているうちに、聖霊が一人一人に下りました。(45)ペテロに同行して来たユダヤ人のクリスチャンたちは、外国人にも聖霊の賜物が与えられたので驚きました。(46a)しかし、これは疑う余地のない事実でした。人々は自由にそれぞれ異なった国のことばで話し、神を賛美していたからです。「私たちと同じように聖霊を受けたのですから、この人たちにバプテスマ(洗礼)を授けることに、だれも反対できません。」(Acts 10:44-46 NIV) While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. (45) The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. (46) For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.(ローマ8:1-4 JCB) こういうわけで、今は、キリスト・イエスに属する人が罪の宣告を受けることはありません。(2) なぜなら、いのちを与える御霊の力が、罪と死の悪循環から解放してくれたからです。(3) 律法を知っているだけでは、罪の支配からは救い出されません。私たちはそれを守ることもできないし、実際守ってもいないからです。ところが、神は私たちを救うために、別の計画を実行に移されました。すなわち、神のひとり子を、私たちと同じ体を持つ者として〔ただ、私たちのような罪の性質を持たない点では異なりますが〕世にお遣わしになったのです。そして彼を、私たちの罪のためのいけにえとして、私たちをがんじがらめにする罪の支配を打ち破られたのです。(4) ですから今、私たちは聖霊に従って歩むなら、律法に従うことができるのです。そしてもはや、古い罪の性質の言いなりになることはありません。(Romans 8:1-4 NLT) So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. (2) And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. (3) The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. (4) He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.”1. 聖霊は自由をもたらすThe Holy Spirit Brings Freedom2. 聖霊は私たちの人生の中で働いてくれるThe Holy Spirit is at Work in Our Lives 3. 聖霊は喜びをもたらすThe Holy Spirit Brings Joy(ローマ 14:17 JCB) 私たちクリスチャンにとって大切なのは、何を食べるか、何を飲むかではなく、義と平安と聖霊から来る喜びとに満ちあふれているかどうかだからです。(Romans 14:17 NIV) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

Lifehouse Tokyo  ライフハウス 東京
Is being a Christian all about Rules?

Lifehouse Tokyo ライフハウス 東京

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2022 29:34


(English) In this message Ps Catherine talks about Christianity and rules in these 3 points:Is Christianity all about rules? (Acts 10:9-16 NIV) About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. (10) He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. (11) He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. (12) It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” (14) “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” (15) The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” (16) This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.(Acts 10:44-46 NIV) While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. (45) The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. (46) For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.(Romans 8:1-4 NLT) 1So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One. 2For the “law” of the Spirit of life flowing through the anointing of Jesus has liberated us from the “law” of sin and death. 3 For God achieved what the law was unable to accomplish, because the law was limited by the weakness of human nature.Yet God sent us his Son in human form to identify with human weakness. Clothed with humanity, God's Son gave his body to be the sin-offering so that God could once and for all condemn the guilt and power of sin. 4 So now every righteous requirement of the law can be fulfilled through the Anointed One living his life in us. And we are free to live, not according to our flesh, but by the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit! “Living by the Dynamic Power of the Holy SpiritThe Holy Spirit Brings Freedom(2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NIV) But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. (17) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (18) And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.The Holy Spirit is at Work in Our Lives (Galatians 3:1-5 NLT) Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ's death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross. (2) Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. (3) How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? (4) Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it? (5) I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ. The Holy Spirit Brings Joy(Romans 14:17 NIV) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast
188 How To Have a Simple Christmas and Reconnect with the Real Reason We Celebrate

Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 28:10


Episode Summary:  Christmas time can be so stressful. Would you like to experience calm in the midst of the holiday chaos? What if I told you that you could enjoy a more simple Christmas and, in doing so, reconnect with the real reason we celebrate the holiday? Join me with Tama Fortner as we talk about how to have a Simple Christmas. Quotables from the episode: “Simple Christmas” is the book I wish someone had written for me when my children were little, before I had all these life experiences under my belt. So many things about “how Christmas is supposed to be” just didn't work for my family. I want to give moms permission to chart their own course, while also providing some thoughts to draw them closer to God and His Son.  It's important to learn to be more thoughtful and intentional about what we allow into our life and our family time, especially at the holidays. Just because we've always done this or everybody does that, doesn't mean it's right for us this year. As you launch into this holiday season and start filling up calendars and to-do lists, ask yourself three questions: Does it make me smile? Does it make my loved ones smile? (Because aren't those the things that makes us mamas smile?) And, most importantly, does it make God smile? When you filter everything through these three questions, the things that really matter quickly rise to the top.  If a holiday tradition is no longer working for your family, kick it to the curb! The need to keep up with what everyone else is doing is overwhelming. Give yourself permission to simplify, to let some things go to savor the most important things this holiday. Recognize that as a child or daughter of God, you are loved regardless of what you do, how perfectly wrapped the gifts are, or how beautiful the holiday table is. When you reach yours or others' expectations for yourself, the bar moves, the level increases, and you're under more stress to continually be doing even more. Always start with reading the Bible! That is where God talks to us, where His will, His way, and His peace are found. Quiet time can be hard to carve out for moms, so I suggest that quiet time doesn't have to look “perfect”—with a cozy chair, coffee, Bible, and an hour of uninterrupted silence. Sometimes quiet time is a state of mind that we carry with us into the chaos. And sometimes it has to be snatched up in a moment here and there. So keep a Bible with you always. I love an actual paper Bible, but apps on the phone are so convenient to soak up a verse waiting in carpool or whenever you have a moment.  When we start our day off in the word, and allow Him to set our intentions, we will get done what HE deems important for the day, and we will feel more at peace. Jesus's ministry was centered around interruptions. When we allow ourself to be interrupted and look for the possibility in those interruptions, we will find the people in need and what they need, so that we're accomplishing God's to-do list for the day. Let other moms be good at what they are good at without the need to compare yourself to them. You'll shine in the areas that you are good at. Consider what it is that you want at the end of the holiday season, and then your to-do list will begin to reflect what you ultimately desire. Scripture References: Luke 2:19 (NIV) — Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV) — You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Luke 1:47–48 (NIV) — My spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. Acts 17:28 (NIV) -- For in him we live and move and have our being. Recommended Resources:  Simply Christmas: A Busy Mom's Guide to Reclaiming the Peace of the Holidays: A Devotional by Tama Fortner Christmas is Coming by Tama Fortner Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young, adapted by Tama Fortner 100 Things God Loves About You: Simple Reminders for When You Need Them Most by Tama Fortner Trusting God Through Cancer 1 Trusting God Through Cancer 2 Revive & Thrive Women's Conference Subdue Stress and Anxiety: Fifteen Experts Offer Comprehensive Tools in Ten Minutes a Day. Use my link plus discount code BENG99 to save $90 on course (course will be $99.) Free Download: How To Fight Fearful/Anxious Thoughts and Win Breaking Anxiety's Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengtson Breaking Anxiety's Grip Free Study Guide  Free 7-Day YouVersion Bible Reading Plan for Breaking Anxiety's Grip Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor's Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader's Choice Award Hope Prevails Bible Study by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader's Choice Award Social Media Links for Host and Guest: Connect with Tama Fortner: Website / Instagram / Facebook / Twitter For more hope, stay connected with Dr. Bengtson at: Order Book Breaking Anxiety's Grip / Order Book Hope Prevails  /  Website  /  Blog  /  Facebook / Twitter (@DrMBengtson)  /  LinkedIn  /  Instagram / Pinterest / YouTube Guest: Tama is an ECPA award-winning author with more than forty titles to her credit. She is the writer behind the bestselling Indescribable for Kids series with Louie Giglio, as well as a number of books in the Jesus Calling children's line, including the wildly successful Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, which has sold more than 1,000,000 copies to date. Tama has collaborated with such well-known authors as Max Lucado, Rebekah Lyons, and Emily Ley to create inspirational books for all ages.  Tama has been working as a freelance writer, ghostwriter, and editor for more than twenty-five years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of the Cumberlands and a master's degree from Appalachian State University. Tama and her husband have two children who are growing up much too fast for their mama's liking. They live on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee, where they enjoy sampling new restaurants, watching old movies, and eating lots of popcorn with far too much butter and salt. Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson    

Kingsway Christian Church Sermons - Audio
Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement

Kingsway Christian Church Sermons - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2022


Sermon Notes Is there a way to get justice without getting revenge? Genesis‬ ‭42‬:‭6‬-‭7‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬ "Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph's brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. 'Where do you come from?' he asked. 'From the land of Canaan,' they replied, 'to buy food.'" Genesis‬ ‭42‬:‭8‬-‭9‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬ "Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. Then he remembered his dreams about them and said to them, 'You are spies! You have come to see where our land is unprotected.'" This is a test moment, and Joseph has the choice to exact revenge or show mercy. Genesis‬ ‭42‬:‭21‬-‭22‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬ "They said to one another, 'Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that's why this distress has come on us.' Reuben replied, 'Didn't I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn't listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood.'" Does this confession equal repentance? 2 Corinthians‬ ‭7‬:‭10‬ ‭NIV "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death."‬‬‬‬‬ "The idea that sin is grievous to God also has profound practical implications for people who want to change their lives and habits. If you say, "I must stop doing this thing because it will get me into trouble," then you are not really sorry for the sin itself but for the consequences or results of the sin. You are not sorry primarily because it grieved God but because it grieved you or others. This means that as soon as your sinful habit stops causing trouble for you, you will stop causing trouble to it. But if you recognize and feel poignantly what your sin is doing to God, you will have a deeper and more permanent motivation to turn away from the sin itself." - Timothy Keller, Forgive: Why Should I and How Can I? Can I show mercy, even if I'm not sure if it's Godly sorrow or worldly sorrow? Genesis‬ ‭42‬:‭24‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬ "He turned away from them and began to weep but then came back and spoke to them again. He had Simeon taken from them and bound before their eyes." ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭43‬:‭30‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ "Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there." Genesis‬ ‭45‬:‭1‬-‭2‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬ "Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, 'Have everyone leave my presence!' So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh's household heard about it." Joseph reveals God's heart for complete forgiveness. Luke‬ ‭23‬:‭32‬-‭34‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬ "Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.' And they divided up his clothes by casting lots." Matthew 18:21-22 NIV "Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'" Genesis‬ ‭45‬:‭3‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬ "Joseph said to his brothers, 'I am Joseph! Is my father still living?' But his brothers were not able to answer him because they were terrified at his presence." Genesis‬ ‭45‬:‭4‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬ "Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come close to me." When they had done so, he said, "I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!" Genesis‬ ‭45‬:‭5‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬ "And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you." Genesis‬ ‭45‬:‭6‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬ "For two years now, there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years, there will be no plowing and reaping." Genesis‬ ‭45‬:‭7‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬ "But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance." Genesis‬ ‭45‬:‭8‬, 11‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬ "So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, Lord of his entire household, and ruler of all Egypt. I will provide for you there because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise, you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute." Genesis‬ ‭45‬:‭14‬-‭15‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬ "Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward, his brothers talked with him." Genesis‬ ‭45‬:‭18‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬ "and bring your father and your families back to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you can enjoy the fat of the land." "The Hebrew word used is nasah, one with the sense of sending sin away so that the forgiver no longer counts it against the perpetrator. While Joseph does not say, literally, "I forgive you," he nevertheless responds by rejecting vengeance, and pledges love to them—a crucial element in forgiveness." - Timothy Keller, Forgive: Why Should I and How Can I? True forgiveness comes as a "pay-it-forward" experience. Matthew‬ ‭18‬:‭32‬-‭35‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬ "Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' In anger, his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured until he should pay back all he owed. 'This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.'" "Forgiveness gets down to the bottom of things—to the alienation we feel from God and from ourselves because of our wrongdoing. Jesus was saying: 'I want to show you that the deepest need of your nature is for me. Only I can bestow perfect love, new identity, endless comfort, hope, and glory. And the doorway into all of that is to know forgiveness. It's time to open that door and walk through it.'" - Timothy Keller, Forgive: Why Should I and How Can I?

Bikers Church Cape Town
The Holy Spirit #3

Bikers Church Cape Town

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2022 57:25


The Holy Spirit #3 - By Pastor George Lehman Destitute of the fire of the Holy Spirit of God – nothing else counts. Possessing the fire of the Holy Spirit, nothing else matters. Trying to do the Lord's work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work, but when you are filled with the Holy Spirit then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.   -Corrie Ten Boom This is a clear sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit in a person's life. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (Amp) – And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane* things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah). *profane = worldly, things that disrespect God The human personality:  Spirit, Soul, and Body. I'm sure we would all agree that spirit, soul, and body make up the complete human personality. Genesis 1:26 (Amp) – God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth. Notice:  In IMAGE and after LIKENESS. Image refers to outward appearance thus something in man's outward appearance mirrors the outward appearance of God. After Likeness refers to the internal structure of the Godhead -   Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Man's spirit, soul and body correspond to the three components of the Trinity. The internal structure of the human personality is traceable to God's creation of man. The human spirit proceeds from God's breath. Genesis 2:7 (Amp) – Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being. Hebrew & Greek word for Spirit & breath are the same. The body was clay infused with divine life to become Adam. Fully Spirit, Soul and Body The soul is perhaps the most difficult component to understand. The part in us that determines… “I will” or “I won't” The soul comprises of Will, Emotions and Intellect and produces 3 corresponding types “I want”  “I feel”  “I think”   These statements rule the life of the natural, sinful man.  It's all about Me, Myself and I. Surrendering to these demands of the soul instead of being guided by God's Spirit – you separate yourself from God. Sin brings death to Adam – not physical but spiritual death. When we repent, God forgives our sins and renews our spirits. The Spirit takes up residence in us! Ephesians 2:1-3 (Amp) – And you [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins in which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God].  Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God's] wrath and heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind. From rebellion to salvation Ephesians 2:4-6 (Amp) – But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us,  Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation).  And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Salvation won't preserve our physical bodies – but it does make them temples for the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 4:16(NIV) – Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. How we treat our bodies then, is very important, it has an important function. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (Amp) – Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body. When we receive salvation, our spirits are made alive, our souls are reconciled to God and our bodies are made temples for the Holy Spirit. Functions of Spirit, Soul and Body. Spirit: Our spirit is capable of communicating directly with God and worshipping Him, as confirmed in… 1 Corinthians 6:17 (Amp) – But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him. 2 Timothy 1:7(NKJV) - For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  Neither soul nor body can unite with God.  The spirit alone is capable of uniting with God. John 4:23-24 (Amp) – A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers.  God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality). Soul: The soul's function is to make decisions and, regeneration[vernuwing] enables the soul to make right decisions. Psalm 103:1 (NIV) – Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. David's spirit is telling his soul what to do. His spirit senses the need to ‘bless the Lord' but it requires activation by his soul to execute this need. Eg. Like a gear lever on a car.  Turn the key, start the engine, but to make it move you must shift it into drive. It's often difficult to distinguish soul from spirit. The ONLY effective and sharp tool is - THE WORD. Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) – For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. The difference between mature and immature Christians… Hebrews 5:11-14 (Msg) –  I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you've picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one-—baby's milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God's ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.   Body There's a marked difference between “Spiritual” and “Soulish” in relation to the body as described in the New Testament. Paul says… 1 Corinthians 15:44-50a (NIV) –  44It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.  If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.  45So, it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.  46The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.   47The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven.  48As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven.  49And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.  50I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, What does it mean to be an “earthly soulish man”? From a Christian's standpoint, earthly individuals focus on our earthly life and nothing more, nothing beyond. Soulish people are egocentric, concerned exclusively with themselves; it's about my comforts, my likes my dislikes, my feelings my convenience.  “I do it my way.” It's about what God can do for me and not what I can do for God. 1 Corinthians 2:14-15 (NIV) –  The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, Spirit-filled believers produce fruit. Luke 3:8a (Amp) – Bear fruits that are deserving and consistent with [your] repentance [that is, conduct worthy of a heart changed, a heart abhorring sin]. They ask, “How can I glorify God?  How can I best serve God?”  Pleasing God is their 1st priority.  They have a confidence and a boldness that they are children of God. Romans 8:14-16 (Amp) – For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!  The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God. We can have absolute assurance in this scripture. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (NIV) – May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. Being ready when Jesus comes in Spirit Soul and Body one day is not optional *****

Chosen Vessel
Operation Rule & Grow Noon Prayer

Chosen Vessel

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 14:46


Intercession 2: Father, thank you for making provision in Christ for us to be blessed financially. 2 Corinthians 8:9, NIV For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mama-kosso/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mama-kosso/support

His Hands Church
The Biblical Sexual Ethic Part 2

His Hands Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 79:11


Message for 10/23/2022 "The Biblical Sexual Ethic Part 2" by Fred Goodwin. *All verses are NLT unless otherwise noted.* 2 Samuel 14:14 - All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him. Leviticus 18:6-30 - “You must never have sexual relations with a close relative, for I am the Lord. 7 “Do not violate your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; you must not have sexual relations with her. 8 “Do not have sexual relations with any of your father's wives, for this would violate your father. 9 “Do not have sexual relations with your sister or half sister, whether she is your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether she was born into your household or someone else's. 10 “Do not have sexual relations with your granddaughter, whether she is your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter, for this would violate yourself. 11 “Do not have sexual relations with your stepsister, the daughter of any of your father's wives, for she is your sister. 12 “Do not have sexual relations with your father's sister, for she is your father's close relative. 13 “Do not have sexual relations with your mother's sister, for she is your mother's close relative. 14 “Do not violate your uncle, your father's brother, by having sexual relations with his wife, for she is your aunt. 15 “Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law; she is your son's wife, so you must not have sexual relations with her. 16 “Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife, for this would violate your brother. 17 “Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. And do not take her granddaughter, whether her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter, and have sexual relations with her. They are close relatives, and this would be a wicked act. 18 “While your wife is living, do not marry her sister and have sexual relations with her, for they would be rivals. 19 “Do not have sexual relations with a woman during her period of menstrual impurity. 20 “Do not defile yourself by having sexual intercourse with your neighbor's wife. 21 “Do not permit any of your children to be offered as a sacrifice to Molech, for you must not bring shame on the name of your God. I am the Lord. 22 “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin. 23 “A man must not defile himself by having sex with an animal. And a woman must not offer herself to a male animal to have intercourse with it. This is a perverse act. 24 “Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, for the people I am driving out before you have defiled themselves in all these ways. 25 Because the entire land has become defiled, I am punishing the people who live there. I will cause the land to vomit them out. 26 You must obey all my decrees and regulations. You must not commit any of these detestable sins. This applies both to native-born Israelites and to the foreigners living among you. 27 “All these detestable activities are practiced by the people of the land where I am taking you, and this is how the land has become defiled. 28 So do not defile the land and give it a reason to vomit you out, as it will vomit out the people who live there now. 29 Whoever commits any of these detestable sins will be cut off from the community of Israel. 30 So obey my instructions, and do not defile yourselves by committing any of these detestable practices that were committed by the people who lived in the land before you. I am the Lord your God.” Romans 1:21-27 - Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. What if I'm a Christian and I also identify as being bisexual, gay or non-heterosexual? Can you be a gay Christian? 1 Corinthians 2:14 NASB - But a natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. Galatians 5:17a NIV - For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. John 3:3 - Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 - This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! John 3:6 - Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. Matthew 4:19 - Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 20 And they left their nets at once and followed him. Resources For Those Who Struggle with Same Sex Attraction: Uprooted Heart Our mission is to support those seeking help with unwanted same sex attraction and lead them to a life of transformation in relationship with Jesus. Uprooted Heart Inc. also helps those who have transitioned to maintain a accountable walk by bridging them to ministries who offer mentorship, counseling, and accountability. We partner with the Freedom March.  www.UprootedHeart.com Fearless Identity Fearless Identity brings hope and understanding to the LGBTQ community and the church through education. biblical clarity, and support in a judgement free environment for those seeking the option to change . We bridge the gap between that marginalized and misunderstood, wounded, and survivors to bring those individuals to wholeness in Jesus Christ. https://fearlessidentity.co/ Overcome Ministries A ministry set to be an outlet of love and hope for adults with same-sex attraction. A place to find community in your journey and struggles. www.OvercomeMin.com Freedom March Freedom March is a diverse group of Jesus followers who have been delivered from LGBTQ identities. Our mission is to share, gather, and activate. We accomplish this mission by sharing testimonies of freedom, as we gather together in local cities, calling the body of Christ to activation in loving their LGBTQ neighbor with the truth of transformation. www.FreedomtoMarch.com Changed Movement CHANGED is possible! We are a community of friends who once identified as LGBTQ+. Today we celebrate the love of Jesus and His freedom in our lives. https://changedmovement.com/ Support Outlets (For Parents and those with SSA): Faith Hope Love Support Group An online Parent / Family Support Ministry for those whose loved ones identify as LGBTQ https://www.restoredhopenetwork.org/ministry-finder/church/21/faith-hope-love faith.hope.love.foster.city@gmail.com Restored Hope Network Restored Hope is a membership governed, inter-denominational network dedicated to restoring hope to those broken by sexual and relational sin, especially those impacted by homosexuality. www.RestoredHopeNetwork.org His Wonderful Works (Local to Ga) Our mission is to bring hope, healing and freedom in Christ to individuals, churches and ministries inr the areas of family, relationships, and sexuality. www.HisWonderfulWorks.com https://open.spotify.com/episode/4YNKUrH3vbf5zG91XHdPBc?si=mNwZzg8HSzOcQOhuCNZOAA

Faith Bible Chapel
Salvation Is Here // Jason King

Faith Bible Chapel

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 60:27


Salvation Is Here Matthew 1:1-17 Verse 1“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah” Jesus is… 1.      The one sent to save us from our sins. Matthew 1:20-21 (NLT)“Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 2.      The one who came for the morally outcast.  John 3:16”God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 3.        The one who came to bless the world.  Verse 1"This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham” Genesis 12:2b-3b (NIV)“I will make your name great and you will be a blessing… and all the peoples on the earth will be blessed through you” Galatians 3:16 (NIV)“The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ.” Colossians 1:16 (NIV)“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 

Radio La Grace Pour Tous
Sunday School Conference 2022 Final Night

Radio La Grace Pour Tous

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 140:23


A Place for You and Your Family. #HOFGCN (House Of Grace Church of the Nazarene) #ErnstSimeus *LIVE SUNDAY SERVICE: 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM 1. PRAYER REQUEST: https://www.rejoiceingrace.org/request-prayer 2. DONATE ONLINE: https://www.rejoiceingrace.org/give ZELLE: (561) 532-9160 3. CONTACT US: https://www.rejoiceingrace.org/contact-us 128 North C Street Lake Worth, Florida 33460 Email: media.ministry@rejoiceingrace.org 4. ABOUT US: We are a vibrant congregation dedicated to serving the spiritual and cultural needs of the surrounding Lake Worth community. Our Church is deeply rooted in the belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and by his death, burial, and resurrection our sins are forgiven. Our doors are always open to anyone who is looking for a place to worship and for those in need of God's Love and Grace. Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. --- Éphésiens 2:8 (LSG) Car c'est par la grâce que vous êtes sauvés, par le moyen de la foi. Et cela ne vient pas de vous, c'est le don de Dieu. Listen to us on the Radio: https://zeno.fm/radio-la-grace-pour-tous/ Thank You and may God Bless You!

Radio La Grace Pour Tous
Sunday School Morning Service

Radio La Grace Pour Tous

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2022 120:45


A Place for You and Your Family. #HOFGCN (House Of Grace Church of the Nazarene) #ErnstSimeus *LIVE SUNDAY SERVICE: 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM 1. PRAYER REQUEST: https://www.rejoiceingrace.org/request-prayer 2. DONATE ONLINE: https://www.rejoiceingrace.org/give ZELLE: (561) 532-9160 3. CONTACT US: https://www.rejoiceingrace.org/contact-us 128 North C Street Lake Worth, Florida 33460 Email: media.ministry@rejoiceingrace.org 4. ABOUT US: We are a vibrant congregation dedicated to serving the spiritual and cultural needs of the surrounding Lake Worth community. Our Church is deeply rooted in the belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and by his death, burial, and resurrection our sins are forgiven. Our doors are always open to anyone who is looking for a place to worship and for those in need of God's Love and Grace. Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. --- Éphésiens 2:8 (LSG) Car c'est par la grâce que vous êtes sauvés, par le moyen de la foi. Et cela ne vient pas de vous, c'est le don de Dieu. Listen to us on the Radio: https://zeno.fm/radio-la-grace-pour-tous/ Thank You and may God Bless You!

Radio La Grace Pour Tous
Sunday School Conference 2022 Night 6

Radio La Grace Pour Tous

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2022 192:35


A Place for You and Your Family. #HOFGCN (House Of Grace Church of the Nazarene) #ErnstSimeus *LIVE SUNDAY SERVICE: 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM 1. PRAYER REQUEST: https://www.rejoiceingrace.org/request-prayer 2. DONATE ONLINE: https://www.rejoiceingrace.org/give ZELLE: (561) 532-9160 3. CONTACT US: https://www.rejoiceingrace.org/contact-us 128 North C Street Lake Worth, Florida 33460 Email: media.ministry@rejoiceingrace.org 4. ABOUT US: We are a vibrant congregation dedicated to serving the spiritual and cultural needs of the surrounding Lake Worth community. Our Church is deeply rooted in the belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and by his death, burial, and resurrection our sins are forgiven. Our doors are always open to anyone who is looking for a place to worship and for those in need of God's Love and Grace. Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. --- Éphésiens 2:8 (LSG) Car c'est par la grâce que vous êtes sauvés, par le moyen de la foi. Et cela ne vient pas de vous, c'est le don de Dieu. Listen to us on the Radio: https://zeno.fm/radio-la-grace-pour-tous/ Thank You and may God Bless You!

Radio La Grace Pour Tous
Sunday School Conference 2022 Night 5

Radio La Grace Pour Tous

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 93:25


A Place for You and Your Family. #HOFGCN (House Of Grace Church of the Nazarene) #ErnstSimeus *LIVE SUNDAY SERVICE: 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM 1. PRAYER REQUEST: https://www.rejoiceingrace.org/request-prayer 2. DONATE ONLINE: https://www.rejoiceingrace.org/give ZELLE: (561) 532-9160 3. CONTACT US: https://www.rejoiceingrace.org/contact-us 128 North C Street Lake Worth, Florida 33460 Email: media.ministry@rejoiceingrace.org 4. ABOUT US: We are a vibrant congregation dedicated to serving the spiritual and cultural needs of the surrounding Lake Worth community. Our Church is deeply rooted in the belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and by his death, burial, and resurrection our sins are forgiven. Our doors are always open to anyone who is looking for a place to worship and for those in need of God's Love and Grace. Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. --- Éphésiens 2:8 (LSG) Car c'est par la grâce que vous êtes sauvés, par le moyen de la foi. Et cela ne vient pas de vous, c'est le don de Dieu. Listen to us on the Radio: https://zeno.fm/radio-la-grace-pour-tous/ Thank You and may God Bless You!

Radio La Grace Pour Tous
Sunday School Conference 2022 Night 4

Radio La Grace Pour Tous

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 124:54


A Place for You and Your Family. #HOFGCN (House Of Grace Church of the Nazarene) #ErnstSimeus *LIVE SUNDAY SERVICE: 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM 1. PRAYER REQUEST: https://www.rejoiceingrace.org/request-prayer 2. DONATE ONLINE: https://www.rejoiceingrace.org/give ZELLE: (561) 532-9160 3. CONTACT US: https://www.rejoiceingrace.org/contact-us 128 North C Street Lake Worth, Florida 33460 Email: media.ministry@rejoiceingrace.org 4. ABOUT US: We are a vibrant congregation dedicated to serving the spiritual and cultural needs of the surrounding Lake Worth community. Our Church is deeply rooted in the belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and by his death, burial, and resurrection our sins are forgiven. Our doors are always open to anyone who is looking for a place to worship and for those in need of God's Love and Grace. Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. --- Éphésiens 2:8 (LSG) Car c'est par la grâce que vous êtes sauvés, par le moyen de la foi. Et cela ne vient pas de vous, c'est le don de Dieu. Listen to us on the Radio: https://zeno.fm/radio-la-grace-pour-tous/ Thank You and may God Bless You!

Lifehouse Tokyo  ライフハウス 東京
Can everyone experience God? - 誰でも神様を体験できるの?

Lifehouse Tokyo ライフハウス 東京

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 24:51


(Bilingual) このメッセージではロド牧師が私たちがどのように神様を体験できるかについて以下の3つのポイントから話します。 In this message Ps Rod talks about how we can all experience God in these 3 points: 1.The Promise of the Father = The Holy Spirit within Us お父さんの約束 = 私たちの内側に聖霊が住むこと (Luke 24:49 NIV)  I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. (ルカ 24:49 JCB)わたしは、父が約束してくださった聖霊をあなたがたに送ります。しかし、聖霊が来て、天からの力で満たしてくださるまでは、都にとどまっていなさい。 (Acts 1:4-8 NIV)  On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. (5) For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (6) Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (7) He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. (8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (使徒 1:4-8 JCB)そんなある時のことです。イエスは使徒たちに、こうお命じになりました。「エルサレムから離れてはいけません。前にも言ったように、父が約束を果たしてくださるまで、待っていなさい。(5)バプテスマのヨハネは水でバプテスマ(洗礼)を授けましたが、もうすぐ、あなたがたは聖霊によるバプテスマを受けるからです。」(6)そこで、またイエスが姿を現された時、使徒たちは心躍らせながら、「主よ。今こそイスラエルを解放し、独立国として再興なさるのですか」と尋ねました。(7)「それがいつかは、父がお決めになります。あなたがたが、あれこれ言うことはできません。(8)しかし、聖霊があなたがたに下る時、あなたがたは大きな力を受け、エルサレムからユダヤ全土、そしてサマリヤから地の果てまで、わたしの死と復活を伝える証人となります。」 (Ezekiel 36:26-27 NIB)  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (27)  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. (エゼキエル 36:26-27 JCB)わたしはあなたがたに新しい心を与える。それで、あなたがたは正しい願いを抱くようになる。また、あなたがたに新しい霊を授ける。それで、石のように堅い罪の心が取り除かれて、愛に満ちた新しい心が生じる。(27)わたしの御霊を授けるので、あなたがたはわたしのおきてを守り、わたしの命令に何でも従うようになる。 2. Personally Receiving the Holy Spirit 個人的に聖霊を受け取る (John 20:21-22 NIV) Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (22) And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. (ヨハネ 20:21-22 JCB)イエスはもう一度言われました。「平安があるように。父がわたしをお遣わしになったように、わたしもあなたがたを遣わします。」(22)そして一同に息を吹きかけ、また言われました。「聖霊を受けなさい。 (Romans 8:9 NIV) You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. (ローマ 8:9 JCB)しかし、あなたがたはそうではありません。もし神の御霊があなたがたのうちに住んでおられるなら、新しい性質に支配されているのです。もしその人のうちにキリストの御霊が住んでおられないなら、その人はクリスチャンではありません。 3. Living in the “Dunamis” power of the Holy Spirit 聖霊の力(ドゥナミス)の中で生きる • We belong to him 私たちは神様のもの (Romans 8:14-16 NIV) For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. (15)The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (16) The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. (ローマ 8:14-16 JCB)神の御霊によって導かれる者はだれでも、神の子どもだからです。(15)ですから私たちは、奴隷のようにいつもびくびくする必要はありません。神の家族の中に子どもとしてあたたかく迎え入れられたのですから、実の子どもらしくふるまい、神を「お父さん」と呼べるのです。(16)というのは、御霊が私たちに、あなたがたはほんとうに神の子どもであると語ってくださるからです。 • We are never alone 私たちは一人じゃない (John 14:26 NIV) But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (ヨハネ 14:26 JCB)しかし、父がわたしの代わりに助け手(聖霊)を送ってくださる時には、その方があなたがたにすべてのことを教え、わたしが話しておいたことを、みな思い出させてくださるのです。 • We are Empowered to Love and Bless Others 他の人を愛し、祝福するために力づけられている (Acts 1:8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (使徒 1:8...

Lifehouse Tokyo  ライフハウス 東京
Can everyone experience God?

Lifehouse Tokyo ライフハウス 東京

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 26:32


(English) In this message Ps Rod talks about how we can all experience God in these 3 points: 1.The Promise of the Father = The Holy Spirit within Us (Luke 24:49 NIV)  I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. (Acts 1:4-8 NIV)  On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. (5) For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (6) Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (7) He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. (8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27 NIB)  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (27)  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 2. Personally Receiving the Holy Spirit (John 20:21-22 NIV) Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (22) And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. (Romans 8:9 NIV) You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 3. Living in the “Dunamis” power of the Holy Spirit • We belong to him (Romans 8:14-16 NIV) For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. (15)The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (16) The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. • We are never alone (John 14:26 NIV) But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. • We are Empowered to Love and Bless Others (Acts 1:8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Freedom Church
Get Rid of Stinkin' Thinkin'

Freedom Church

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 30:50


Sometimes we allow the wrong ways of thinking to get into our minds. Understand that the way you think will determine the course of your life. It will determine whether you're going to succeed to fail. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV) – “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” But how do we make our thoughts obedient to Christ? How can we win the battle in the mind and get rid of this stinkin' thinkin'? Well, Pastor Kendall Bridges has given an excellent message to combat our negativity, and here's how to do it…

Fusion Church
PART 1

Fusion Church

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 30:30


HELP, I NEED MY LIFE BACK PART 1 L: LIVING I: INTENTIONALLY F: FOR E: ETERNITY L: LIVING Matthew 6:34 ESV “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. Jeremiah 29:11 ​​For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. GOD HAS A PLAN FOR LIFE Jeremiah 29:12-13 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. (13) You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I: INTENTIONALLY Jeremiah 29:12-13 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. (13) You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. THEN YOU WILL CALL (big and bold on the screen for all of these) COME PRAY TO ME YOU WILL SEEK ME FIND ME SEEK ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART F: FOR WHAT ARE YOU FOR? Matthew 6:21 (NIV): For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:33 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. E: ETERNITY John 3:15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent KNOW γινώσκω ginōskō know; understand / be familiar with / one with God 2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal CLOSING CHALLENGE: YOU CAN GET YOUR LIFE BACK WHAT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT SAYING TO YOU?

Redeemer Weekend Sermons
The Necessity of New Birth | A Firm Foundation Week 3

Redeemer Weekend Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 25:51


The Necessity of New BirthA Firm Foundation • September 18, 2022Teacher: Dave Brown--John 3:1-9 NIVNow there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother's womb to be born!”Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.John 13:16-17 NIVFor God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.1. Experience God's Love2. Love God Back3. Love Your NeighborGenesis 1:26 NIVThen God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”Ezekiel 34:11-12; 15-16 NIV“‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness…I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak.”When we focus on fixing our actions instead of on falling in love, it's as if we are trying to put our a fire by getting rid of the smoke.Rodney Whitacre“Even though one may be virtuous and have the Scriptures of God it is still possible to be alienated from God and closed to him…No matter how good their deeds appeared to be, these deeds separated them from God, and therefore the deeds were evil.  This evil…is the pride and satisfaction of religious people. Who think they know God and yet are far from him.”Psalm 51:10-12, 17 NIVCreate in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me… My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

Lifehouse Tokyo  ライフハウス 東京
Lifehouse 20th Anniversary The Birth of the Vision and Renewal of the Vision

Lifehouse Tokyo ライフハウス 東京

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2022 22:41


(English) In this message Ps Rod talks about the renewal of vision in the following points: 1. The Birth of Lifehouse - Vision of the Wave (John 7:38 NIV) Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John 10:10 NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. A Vision  of: - A joyful community - Salvations - Baptisms - Healings - Growth in all areas of life 2. Refreshing of Lifehouse - The Vision of the River of God Four levels of The River of God (ankles, knees, waist, over our heads) (Ezekiel 47:1-6 NIV) The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. (2) He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side. (3) As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. (4) He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. (5) He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross. (6) He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. ‭‭ Today: Level One - The Ankles -Paddling in the River of God -OT Greek: “The waters of release”  (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV) For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (15) But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Colossians 3:12-13 NIV) Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (13) Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. ‭‭ Cleansed and forgiven in the River of God (John 13:3-7 NIV) Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; (4) so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. (5) After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. (6) He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” (7) Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “Do you see this?” (Ezekiel 47:6 NIV) He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?”Then he led me back to the bank of the river. “Do you perceive this?”  (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV) “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. (19) See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Lifehouse Tokyo  ライフハウス 東京
Lifehouse 20th Anniversary The Birth of the Vision and Renewal of the Vision - ライフハウス 20周年 ビジョンの誕生と新たにされるビジョン

Lifehouse Tokyo ライフハウス 東京

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2022 24:47


(Bilingual) このメッセージではロド牧師が新たにされるライフハウスのビジョンについて以下のポイントから話します。 In this message Ps Rod talks about the renewal of vision in the following points: 1. The Birth of Lifehouse - Vision of the Wave ライフハウスの始まり - 波のビジョン (John 7:38 NIV) Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (ヨハネ 7:38 JCB)「わたしを信じれば、心の奥底からいのちの水の川が流れ出ると、聖書に語られているとおりです。」 (John 10:10 NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (ヨハネ10:10 JCB)強盗は、盗んだり、殺したり、滅ぼしたりするために来ます。しかしわたしが来たのは、いのちをあふれるほど豊かに与えるためです。 A Vision  of: こういうビジョン - A joyful community 喜びに溢れたコミュニティー - Salvations 救い - Baptisms 洗礼 - Healings 癒し - Growth in all areas of life 人生のすべての分野で成長がある 2. Refreshing of Lifehouse - The Vision of the River of God リフレッシュされるライフハウス - 神様の川のビジョン Four levels of The River of God (ankles, knees, waist, over our heads) 神様の川での4つのレベル(くるぶし、ひざ、腰、頭の上) (Ezekiel 47:1-6 NIV) The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. (2) He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side. (3) As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. (4) He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. (5) He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross. (6) He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. (エゼキエル47:1-6 JCB)「それから、その人は私を神殿の入口に連れ戻しました。見ると、神殿の下から東に向かって、水が流れ出ているのです。水は祭壇の右側、すなわち南側を通って流れていました。(2)私は北の門を通って塀の外へ連れて行かれ、東の門へと回らされました。見ると、水は東の門の南端を流れていました。(3)その人は流れに沿って測りながら東に進み、一千キュビト行ったとき、その流れを渡るように私に命じました。水はくるぶしまでありました。(4)さらに一千キュビト行くと、また、渡るように命じられました。今度は、水はひざまでありました。(5)それから一千キュビト行くと、水の深さは腰までになりました。さらに一千キュビト先へ行くと、もう泳がなければ渡れないほどの川となっていました。深くて、とても歩いて渡ることはできなかったのです。(6)その人は、今見たことをよく脳裏に刻み込んでおくようにと言って、私をその川の岸に沿って連れ帰りました。」 ‭‭ Today: Level One - The Ankles 今日: レベル1 - くるぶし -Paddling in the River of God 神様の川の浅瀬で跳ね回る -OT Greek: “The waters of release”  (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV) For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (15) But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (マタイ6:14-15 JCB)「もしあなたがたが、自分に対して罪を犯した人を赦すなら、天の父も、あなたがたを赦してくださいます。 (15)しかし、あなたがたが赦さないなら、天の父も、あなたがたを赦してくださいません。」 (Colossians 3:12-13 NIV) Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (13) Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (コロサイ3:12-13 JCB)「神に選ばれて愛され、聖なる新しいいのちを与えられたあなたがたは、他の人々に対して情け深く、やさしく親切でなければなりません。謙遜で、どんな時にも、おだやかに忍耐強く行動してほしいものです。(13)互いに耐え、赦し合いなさい。主があなたがたを赦してくださったのですから、あなたがたも、人を赦すべきではありませんか。」 ‭‭ Cleansed and forgiven in the River of God 神様の川の中できよめられ、赦される (John 13:3-7 NIV) Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; (4) so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. (5) After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. (6) He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” (7) Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” (ヨハネ 13:3-7...

gospelchurchco
"we might as well go together"

gospelchurchco

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 45:04


Lets share Good News together. To partner with us financially visit www.gospelchurch.co/give or text the word "FRESH" to 94000. Message Notes: 1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore. – Psalm 133v1-3 (ESV) Why We're Not Unified We pick sides without seeing people (when you pick a side, you divide) We label entire groups without seeing people (political enmeshment) We think that acceptance means approval… We think our mission to prove people wrong, not love people well By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another – John 13v35 (ESV) Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet? – Amos 3v3 (ESV) A few things about unity UNITY IS COSTLY BUT WORTH IT Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! – Psalm 133v1 (ESV) Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. – Psalm 34v19 (ESV) 1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. – Ephesians 4v1-3 (ESV) UNITY IS BIGGER THAN ME It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! – Psalm 133v2 (ESV) Ingredients in the oil: Liquid myrrh Sweet-smelling cinnamon Aromatic cane A hin (4 quarts) of olive oil 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” – Matthew 18v19-20 (ESV) UNITY IS REFRESHING IN A DIVIDED WORLD It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore. – Psalm 133v3 (ESV) Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. – Proverbs 15v24 (NIV) For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility – Ephesians 2v14 (ESV) Where do we start? We have to believe it can happen (Heb. 11v6) We have to speak like it can happen (2 Cor. 4v13) We have to continue after it happens (John 13v35)

Kingsway Christian Church Sermons - Audio

Sermon Notes Hebrews 11:7 NIV "By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith." Why did the flood come? Genesis 6:1-2 NIV "When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose." Genesis 6:5-6 NIV "The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled." Genesis 6:4 NIV "The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown." "'Noah is the least biblical, biblical film ever made,' Aronofsky is quoted as saying, as well as what the director describes as 'a huge [environmental] statement in the film … about the coming flood from global warming.'" - Ben Child, The Guardian (5/11/14) Jude 1:3-4 NIV "Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord." Jude 1:6 NIV "… And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day." What changed as a result of sin and the flood? Genesis 9:2-3 NIV "The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything." Romans 8:19-21 NIV "For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God." The impact of death became greater. Genesis 6:3 NIV "Then the Lord said, 'My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal (corrupt); their days will be a hundred and twenty years.'" How do I make sense of God in moments like this? Genesis 6:7-8 NIV "So the Lord said, 'I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.' But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord." Genesis 6:11-12 NIV "Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways." What does all of this mean for me? 1 Peter 3:18-22 NIV "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him."

His Hands Church
When I Feel Stuck Part 2

His Hands Church

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 38:13


Message for 08/28/2022 "When I Feel Stuck Part 2" by Justin McTeer. *All verses are NLT unless otherwise noted* Genesis 4:7b - “…watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” 2 Peter 1:3a - By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. Psalm 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. Prepare, Patience, Plow PREPARE Ephesians 2:10 NIV - For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Luke 2:52 - Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people. Luke 19:30-35 - 30 “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?' just say, ‘The Lord needs it.'” 32 So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. 33 And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” 34 And the disciples simply replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on. John 14:1-3 - “Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” PATIENCE Romans 8:25 - But if we look forward to something we don't yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently. Proverbs 20:21 - An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end. 1 Kings 17:2-9 - Then the Lord said to Elijah, 3 “Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan River. 4 Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.” 5 So Elijah did as the Lord told him and camped beside Kerith Brook, east of the Jordan. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook. 7 But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land. 8 Then the Lord said to Elijah, 9 “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.” PLOW 1 Kings 19:19-20 - So Elijah went and found Elisha son of Shaphat plowing a field. There were twelve teams of oxen in the field, and Elisha was plowing with the twelfth team. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak across his shoulders and then walked away. 20 Elisha left the oxen standing there, ran after Elijah, and said to him, “First let me go and kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you!” Elijah replied, “Go on back, but think about what I have done to you.”

McDonough Christian Church
Should Christians Meditate?

McDonough Christian Church

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022


Hurry is not of the Devil, it is the Devil. Ephesians 3:14-19 NIV For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so […]

Steady On
Bible Talk on Mark 10:45

Steady On

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 21:42


Bible Talk on Mark 10:45 (NIV)For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.https://livesteadyon.com/Email Angie at: steadyonpodcast@gmail.comFacebook: @livesteadyonInstagram: @angiebaughman421Stay connected with Steady On with the links found here: https://linktr.ee/livesteadyonInterested in the Step By Step Bible study method? Download the FREE Masterclass here: https://linktr.ee/livesteadyon https://susiecrosby.com/Facebook: @susiecrosbyauthorInstagram: @susiecrosbySusie's devotional, “Just One Word: 90 Devotions to Invite Jesus In” is available wherever Christian books are sold.Angie mentionedComparison Girl by Shannon PopkinAngie's episode with JC on Bite Size Seminaryhttps://www.bitesizeseminary.com/episodes/20-identity-shame-and-healing-with-angie-baughmanTheme music:Heartwarming by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3864-heartwarmingLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Christian Meditation for A Bigger Life with Pastor Dave Cover
Experiencing the Peace of God in Your Body

Christian Meditation for A Bigger Life with Pastor Dave Cover

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 27:33


Christian Meditation is a quiet time for you to re-integrate and re-calibrate your mind with your body. And re-integrate and re-calibrate your mind and body with God‘s presence with you and in you. Remember the quote from the apostle Paul in Acts 17:28 – In him you live and move and have your being. If your podcast app is set to skip the silent sections, disable that in your podcast app for this podcast. All your life you've been wiring your brain. Unfortunately a lot of that wiring is dysfunctional because it is merely horizontal. A lot of times our narrative of reality is based upon our very limited finite perception of our circumstances, and it's missing the biggest reality in reality — God. The source of all reality. The source of all that exists. In him all things hold together the Bible says in Colossians 1.  Colossians 1:16-17 (NIV) For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. So much of our life has been spent wiring our brain to see reality in an unreal way. A lot of it is based on the pseudo narratives of entertainment we watch. So the Scriptures say in Romans 12:2 not to be conformed any longer to the patterns of this world (just culture) but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Rewiring of your brain.)  Biblical Meditation and praying through Scripture is teaching/wiring our brain to see reality vertically. Not just horizontally.  Philippians 4:5-8 (NIV) The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. …Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. In other words replace the low ceiling and small room of your own understanding of reality with the awe and the wonder and the transcendence of the reality of who God is and his nearness to you and his presence with you and his Lordship overall circumstances in the entire universe and in every detail of your life. You are finite but God is infinite. So let's take some time to replace all the reasons your mind imagines why you should be anxious —  replace that imagination with the better image of God‘s nearness and presence.  As you're lying or sitting there, imagine presenting your body — your whole self — and everything in your life that is causing you to be anxious or stressed or angry —  imagine submitting that now before God. His presence. God is present. He is in this with me. And I can trust him. Who can you share this podcast with? If you found this episode helpful, consider sharing it on social media or texting it to a friend you think might benefit from it. Follow Dave Cover on Twitter @davecover Follow A Bigger Life on Twitter @ABiggerLifePod Our audio engineer is Diego Huaman. This podcast is a ministry of The Crossing, a church in Columbia, Missouri, a college town where the flagship campus of the University of Missouri is located.

Perris Valley Podcast
Text Messages: Revelation • 8.14.22

Perris Valley Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 41:55


Sermon Notes: Ephesians 1:15-23 Series: Text Messages Title: Revelation Date: 8.14.22 Location: Perris Valley Church 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, Ephesians 1:15-16 (NLT) Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God's people everywhere, 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, Romans 1:8 (NLT) Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world. Point number 1 in your notes: When a church is dedicated to Jesus, other people know about it.   Ephesians 1:17 (NLT) asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.   Ephesians 1:17 (NIV) I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.   Colossians 1:9 (NASB) For this reason we also, since the day we heard about it, have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, Point number 2 in your notes: Revelation is the activity of God, not the ability of man.   1 Corinthians 14:6 (NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, if I should come to you speaking in an unknown language, how would that help you? But if I bring you a revelation or some special knowledge or prophecy or teaching, that will be helpful.   Revelation 1:1 (NASB) The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John,   Galatians 1:12 (NASB) For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.   Ephesians 1:18 (NIV) I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,   Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT) “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Point number 3 in your notes: Something that has been enlightened, was formally darker than it is now.   Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.   Romans 8:24-25 (NIV) For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.   1 John 3:2 (NASB) Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.   Ephesians 1:19-22 (NLT) I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. Ephesians 1:23 (NLT) And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.   Point number 4 in your notes: It is the parts of the body that are to complete the desires of the head.     2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV) For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

A Bigger Life Prayer and Bible Devotionals with Pastor Dave Cover
Experiencing the Peace of God in Your Body

A Bigger Life Prayer and Bible Devotionals with Pastor Dave Cover

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 27:34


Christian Meditation is a quiet time for you to re-integrate and re-calibrate your mind with your body. And re-integrate and re-calibrate your mind and body with God‘s presence with you and in you. Remember the quote from the apostle Paul in Acts 17:28 – In him you live and move and have your being.If your podcast app is set to skip the silent sections, disable that in your podcast app for this podcast.All your life you've been wiring your brain. Unfortunately a lot of that wiring is dysfunctional because it is merely horizontal. A lot of times our narrative of reality is based upon our very limited finite perception of our circumstances, and it's missing the biggest reality in reality — God. The source of all reality. The source of all that exists. In him all things hold together the Bible says in Colossians 1. Colossians 1:16-17 (NIV)For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.So much of our life has been spent wiring our brain to see reality in an unreal way. A lot of it is based on the pseudo narratives of entertainment we watch.So the Scriptures say in Romans 12:2 not to be conformed any longer to the patterns of this world (just culture) but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Rewiring of your brain.) Biblical Meditation and praying through Scripture is teaching/wiring our brain to see reality vertically. Not just horizontally. Philippians 4:5-8 (NIV)The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. …Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.In other words replace the low ceiling and small room of your own understanding of reality with the awe and the wonder and the transcendence of the reality of who God is and his nearness to you and his presence with you and his Lordship overall circumstances in the entire universe and in every detail of your life. You are finite but God is infinite.So let's take some time to replace all the reasons your mind imagines why you should be anxious — replace that imagination with the better image of God‘s nearness and presence. As you're lying or sitting there, imagine presenting your body — your whole self — and everything in your life that is causing you to be anxious or stressed or angry — imagine submitting that now before God. His presence.God is present. He is in this with me. And I can trust him.Who can you share this podcast with? If you found this episode helpful, consider sharing it on social media or texting it to a friend you think might benefit from it.Follow Dave Cover on Twitter @davecoverFollow A Bigger Life on Twitter @ABiggerLifePodOur audio engineer is Diego Huaman.This podcast is a ministry of The Crossing, a church in Columbia, Missouri, a college town where the flagship campus of the University of Missouri is located.

Central Christian Podcast
Acts - Week 47

Central Christian Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 47:13


Galatians 5:6 NIV For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Acts 15:36-41 ESV 36 And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn (deserted) from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.   2 Timothy 4:11 NIV 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. Proverbs 27:17 NIV As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Romans 8:28 NIV 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.   Acts 16:1-5 ESV Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium.3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.  

The Todd Herman Show
When someone shows you who they are, believe them! Episode 225 - Hour 2 When Someone Shows You Who They Are Believe Them

The Todd Herman Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 61:49


THE THESIS: The Party has shown us what they are. Unless we believe them, we can't began to properly fight against them.  THE SCRIPTURE & SCRIPTURAL RESOURCES:  Ephesians 6:12 (in the NIV) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NLT For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. THE NEWS & COMMENT: The Party hates our personal mobility and they intend to steal it.  World Economic Forum Calls to End ‘Wasteful' Private Car Ownership; The globalist elites say too many people own private vehicles for the planet's good.  . . . they do not feel the same way about private planes, yachts or islands, of course.  The Party is installing global fascism: a private group of immeasurable wealth is partnering with a global governance body to install policies  . . .  [AUDIO] - United Nations announces Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum and UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres have signed an agreement to ‘accelerate' Agenda 2030 ESG will be used against us in countless ways. While Blackrock has temporarily backed-off of EGS (at least publicly), their entire purpose is to change humanity with their power to coerce:  [AUDIO] - In discussing ESG investing, @BlackRock CEO Larry Fink admits that the goal is to take the ESG agenda global: CNN has shown us what they are, they are Party members using fear to create the demand for ESG and to prep the environment where people will cheer as their cars are made too expensive to use. They did the same for the medically useless, deadly, politically targeted lockdowns and The Party's war against early treatment. [AUDIO] - Caught Red Handed! CNN tech director speaks about instilling the next fear (Climate change) as COVID is no longer a fear factor in controlling Americans. Of course, The Party that sponsors riots, open borders, mass use of drugs (both legal and illegal) and starts coups in places like Ukraine, wants us to believe they are concerned about instability  [AUDIO] -  John Kirby: "Climate change creates instability, which creates insecurity in some places...The fighting in Syria really started as a result of a drought...It can actually drive military missions and force [them] to become involved in places and at times where they wouldn't" Instability, you say? How insatiable has Sri Lanka become and where did the new President of that fallen Country get his hunger for QR codes?  Sri Lanka's new President, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is enforcing a QR code digital ID program to access gas, is a devoted Member and Agenda Contributor of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Because of course he is. No QR Code for illegal immigrants getting on airplanes in America. The Party lets them use arrest warrants [AUDIO] - Today the head of the TSA admitted that the Biden Administration has let nearly 1000 illegal aliens use arrest warrants as ID to get on planes this year. The Party has a fascination with a number--500,000,000--that is the number of people they have decided should live at any one moment,  The text of the Georgia guidestones [AUDIO] - Jane Goodall in Davos: "All these [environmental] things we talk about wouldn't be a problem if there was the size of population that there was 500 years ago.”The world population 500 years ago is estimated between 420 and 540 million —  6.7 billion fewer people than today. When The Party shows us what they are, we need to believe them.  [AUDIO] - Pete Buttigieg: “The more pain we are all experiencing from the high price of gas, the more benefit there is for those who can access electric vehicles” See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Kingsway Christian Church Sermons - Audio

Sermon Notes Psalms 1:1 NIV "Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers," Psalms 1:2 NIV "but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night." Psalms 1:3 NIV "That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers." Psalms 1:4 NIV "Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away." Psalms 1:5 NIV "Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous." Psalms 1:6 NIV "For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction." Colossians 2:6-7 NIV "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." "ROOTED provides the opportunity to connect with God, the church community, and your purpose in unexpected life-changing ways... Whether you have been following Jesus for years, or you are new to the faith, this is the perfect place to jump in!" ROOTED is an 11-week group that begins Wednesday, August 17, from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Mark 4:30-32 NIV "Again, he said, 'What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.'" "Father in Heaven, thank you that you always hear my prayers. I want to be blessed by you, Father. I long to be prosperous and to flourish… not for my name’s sake but for yours. I also know that you bless the righteous and condemn evil, so help me to be honest in my evaluations of myself and those around me. Lord, grant me the courage to remove myself from relationships that are destructive to my walk with you and surround me with godly influences who will grow my knowledge and understanding of your ways, that I might produce the fruit you created me to produce. In Jesus’ name, Amen."

His Hands Church
The Necessity of Awareness

His Hands Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2022 43:41


Message for 07/24/2022 "The Necessity of Awareness" by Justin McTeer. *All verses are NLT unless otherwise noted* You only change what you understand. What you do not understand and are not aware of, you repress. You don't change. But when you understand it, it changes. - Anthony de Mello 2 Corinthians 13:5a - Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Proverbs 27:6 - Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. Psalm 139:13 NIV - For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. Ephesians 6:11-12 - Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 1 Samuel 17:28 NASB - Now Eliab his oldest brother heard him when he spoke to the men; and Eliab's anger burned against David and he said, “Why is it that you have come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I myself know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart… 2 Kings 6:15-17 - When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. 16 “Don't be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” 17 Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man's eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. Psalm 139:1-8 - O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. 2 You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I'm far away. 3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. 4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. 5 You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! 7 I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there. If I go down to the grave, you are there.

A Bigger Life Prayer and Bible Devotionals with Pastor Dave Cover
Imagining God Intentionally Creating Your Body for an Amazing Eternal Plan

A Bigger Life Prayer and Bible Devotionals with Pastor Dave Cover

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 34:34


Christian Meditation is a quiet time for you to re-integrate and re-calibrate your mind with your body. And re-integrate and re-calibrate your mind and body with God‘s presence with you and in you. Remember the quote from the apostle Paul in Acts 17:28 – In him you live and move and have your being.If your podcast app is set to skip the silent sections, disable that in your podcast app for this podcast.The goal of this podcast — Christian meditation for a bigger life — is to help people living in our distracted digital age to connect with God with your whole being, and sense your embodied connection and togetherness with God in each present moment throughout your day. Christians face different struggles today than even just 20 years ago. A kind of “new normal” that's not really something normal at all.John Mark Comer (the ruthless elimination of hurry)…This new normal of hurried digital distraction is robbing us of the ability to be present. Present to God. Present to other people. Present to all that is good, beautiful, and true in our world. Even present to our own souls.It's the first and the last of those that we address in this podcast. Reintegrating our presence with our own souls, including our bodies. And recalibrating our sense and awareness of our embodied presence with God.The Bible teaches that your connection with God is always in the present moment. He's the I AM. Always in the present tense.Too often we adopt a very unbiblical and unchristian view of our body somehow being separate from, or at least unrelated to, our soul and our eternal connection with God. But the Bible teaches that your body is actually a vital part of your eternal soul. Psalms 139:13-14 (NIV)“For you created my inmost being;you knit me together in my mother's womb.I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”God loves your body because he loves you, and you are your body. You are more than your body but you are not less than your body. God intentionally and carefully created your body as a wonderful work. God created your inmost being. God carefully knit you together in your mother's womb. Your body is fearfully and wonderfully made by God.God created your body when he created you, and your body is a key part of your eternal relationship with God. But right now we live in a Genesis 3 world — and your body experiences hardship and degeneration and eventually death. But God became a human body in the person of Jesus in order to destroy death in your body forever. Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV)“…The Lord Jesus Christ, …by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”When Jesus returns he will transform your body into a resurrected, glorified body like his resurrected, glorified body. Your body will have a resurrection and will be transformed. It will not be a new body. It will be the body God created when he knit you together in your mother's womb, but transformed into glory and beauty and righteousness and immortality. That's what the New Testament says in Romans 8:23 that “…the redemption of our bodies” is the “hope [for which] we were saved.” This is what the miracles of Jesus signified.1 Corinthians 15:42-44 (NIV)“So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”So even now your body is part of the eternal you. Your eternal salvation is not your soul being freed from your body but rather your body being freed from sin's degeneration and death.Romans 8:11 (NIV)“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”So imagine this – in this very moment his Holy Spirit dwells in your body as his holy temple (1 Cor 6:19). 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? …(20) So glorify God in your body.”So Christians of all people should embrace their body right now as an eternally important part of who they are.So one of the things you want to do in this kind of Christian meditation is re-integrate your body with your mind and soul. Sensing your God-created body as an important part of who you are. And recalibrate your body with the reality of God‘s presence in you and around you in every moment. Feeling into your body an awareness of God‘s infinite and intimate and eternal love for you and presence IN you and eternal plan for your body.And you can do that through envisioning and feeling these truths into your body by using your biblically guided imagination. And the more you use your biblically guided imagination to imagine/envision/feel God‘s Spirit and God‘s love in your body — the more you will mentally integrate/connect your body with God's transcendent spiritual reality in every moment. Because the present moment is always the moment when we connect with God. He's the I AM. He is always in the present tense in the present moment. And the present moment is always where we connect with him. And understanding and experiencing that will change your life!Who can you share this podcast with? If you found this episode helpful, consider sharing it on social media or texting it to a friend you think might benefit from it.Follow Dave Cover on Twitter @davecoverFollow A Bigger Life on Twitter @ABiggerLifePodOur audio engineer is Diego Huaman.This podcast is a ministry of The Crossing, a church in Columbia, Missouri, a college town where the flagship campus of the University of Missouri is located.

Kingsway Christian Church Sermons - Audio

Sermon Notes Even if the worst happens, can you trust God? Psalms 22:1-2 NIV "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest." Mark 15:34 NIV "And at three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?' (which means 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?')." Psalms 22:6-8 NIV "But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. 'He trusts in the Lord,' they say, 'let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.'" Matthew 27:39-44 NIV "Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, 'You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!' In the same way, the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders mocked him. 'He saved others,' they said, 'but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.' In the same way, the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him." Psalms 22:15 NIV "My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death." John 19:28-30 NIV "Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I am thirsty.' A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit." Psalms 22:16 NIV "Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet." Psalms 22:17-18 NIV "All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment." Matthew 27:35 NIV "When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots." Psalms 22:19-21 NIV "But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen." It’s OK to be hurt, feel afraid, or even be mad at God – as long as you still cry out to Him. Psalms 22:11 NIV "Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help." Keep reminding yourself of the truth when you are tempted to believe the lies! Psalms 22:24 NIV "For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help." Psalms 22:26-28 NIV "The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations." Psalms 22:29 NIV "All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive." Psalms 22:30-31 NIV "[Descendants] will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!" "Heavenly Father, hear my cry. My heart is heavy because of [pray specifically for yourself or another in need]. God, I know you are aware of this pain, but it feels like you are so far away. Sometimes this feels really lonely, God, and I am tempted to wonder if you care. Yet, I know that no matter what life feels like - you are near. You have always been near. From the first moment of my life until now you have seen everything. So, strengthen [me or the name of the person you are praying for] now and open [my/their] eyes to see where you are working that I might trust in you now more than ever. In Jesus’ name, Amen."

Koinonia Church
Working on Answers | A Dangerous Book: The Holy Bible Week 3 | Pastor Candace Cortez and Chad Fagundes

Koinonia Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022


Hebrews 4:12 NIV: For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.   For Sermon Notes Visit: https://sermons.church/archived?church=kchanford&sermonid=31188   ANNOUNCEMENT LINKS:   Download The Church Center App: https://www.kchanford.com/koinonia-app/   First […] The post Working on Answers | A Dangerous Book: The Holy Bible Week 3 | Pastor Candace Cortez and Chad Fagundes appeared first on Koinonia Church.

Koinonia Church
Working on Answers | A Dangerous Book: The Holy Bible Week 3 | Pastor Candace Cortez and Chad Fagundes

Koinonia Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022


Hebrews 4:12 NIV: For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.   For Sermon Notes Visit: https://sermons.church/archived?church=kchanford&sermonid=31188   ANNOUNCEMENT LINKS:   Download The Church Center App: https://www.kchanford.com/koinonia-app/   First […] The post Working on Answers | A Dangerous Book: The Holy Bible Week 3 | Pastor Candace Cortez and Chad Fagundes appeared first on Koinonia Church.

Kingsway Christian Church Sermons - Audio

Sermon Notes Even if the worst happens, can you trust God? Psalms 22:1-2 NIV "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest." Mark 15:34 NIV "And at three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?' (which means 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?')." Psalms 22:6-8 NIV "But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. 'He trusts in the Lord,' they say, 'let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.'" Matthew 27:39-44 NIV "Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, 'You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!' In the same way, the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders mocked him. 'He saved others,' they said, 'but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.' In the same way, the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him." Psalms 22:15 NIV "My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death." John 19:28-30 NIV "Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I am thirsty.' A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit." Psalms 22:16 NIV "Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet." Psalms 22:17-18 NIV "All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment." Matthew 27:35 NIV "When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots." Psalms 22:19-21 NIV "But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen." It’s OK to be hurt, feel afraid, or even be mad at God – as long as you still cry out to Him. Psalms 22:11 NIV "Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help." Keep reminding yourself of the truth when you are tempted to believe the lies! Psalms 22:24 NIV "For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help." Psalms 22:26-28 NIV "The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations." Psalms 22:29 NIV "All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive." Psalms 22:30-31 NIV "[Descendants] will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!" "Heavenly Father, hear my cry. My heart is heavy because of [pray specifically for yourself or another in need]. God, I know you are aware of this pain, but it feels like you are so far away. Sometimes this feels really lonely, God, and I am tempted to wonder if you care. Yet, I know that no matter what life feels like - you are near. You have always been near. From the first moment of my life until now you have seen everything. So, strengthen [me or the name of the person you are praying for] now and open [my/their] eyes to see where you are working that I might trust in you now more than ever. In Jesus’ name, Amen."