When it comes to God's will for your life, He decides it and you discover it. It's not something you can change, a topic for debate, or a plan you get to have a say in. The truth is, you can miss God's will and be miserable, or do things His way and experience ‘glorious, inexpressible joy' (1 Peter 1:8 NLT). The choice is yours. Maybe you don't know what God's will for your life is yet. If that's the case, then pray this prayer: ‘Father, I'm tired of going through life with no real purpose because it brings no glory to You. You created every living thing, including me, so that they could bring You pleasure (see Revelation 4:11). I know that You have a specific job for me to do. Your Word says that before I was born, You formed me to be Your servant (see Isaiah 49:5). I'm getting lots of input from other people, but I need to know the path You have chosen for me. Help me to stop ignoring and minimising the gifts and talents You've invested in me; acting like they're of no significance. I know we're all called to serve, and I need Your help to discern who, where, when, and how I should serve. I want to do what You have destined me to do and not be side-tracked by wrong priorities, unnecessary work, or other people's desires and demands. At the end of my life, I want to be able to look back and say like Jesus, “I brought glory to You here on earth by doing everything You told me to” (see John 17:4). In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.'
Did you know that Jesus talked about money more than almost any other topic in the New Testament? Despite the anxiety that it gives most of us, we have to be open to talking about the subject, because, the reality is, where our money goes often points to where our heart is at. In Luke 16:13-14 (NLT), Jesus says "No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other". If money is our only concern, and we don't trust God with our money, then where is our heart truly at? Are you contributing to the growth of God's kingdom, or are you just benefitting from it? Consider this as you check out Pastor Matt's message.Like, subscribe, and leave us a comment.Support what Sandals Church is doing at http://donate.sc or use the Sandals Church App https://sandalschurch.com/app/Do you have questions, need prayer or want to get connected? Reach out to our team: https://sandalschurch.com/connectSubscribe to our Sandals Church YouTube channels!Sandals Church: https://www.youtube.com/sandalschurchThe Debrief with Matt Brown: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheDebriefShowSandalschurch.tv: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0BBn1VFrdLWtB-TpEM1jjw
He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life” (Titus 3:4–7, NLT; see […]
☀️ In today's episode, Cassidy joins us as we ready through the Christmas story. In addition to reading, we also discuss some questions that were brought up and share a bit more insight. Below are the scriptures that we read through in case you'd like to follow along. The Christmas Story: Matthew 1:18-25 NLT - https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.1.18-25.NLT Luke 2 NLT - https://bible.com/bible/116/luk.2.1-7.NLT The prayer of Jonah: Jonah 1:17 - 2:1-10 NLT - https://bible.com/bible/116/jon.1.17.NLT Please take a moment to leave us a comment or question. Thank you for listening to the Safe People Podcast and showing your support!
The Messianic expectation in the Bible refers to the anticipation and hope for the arrival of a Messiah, a savior figure who is prophesied to bring redemption, salvation, and restoration to God's people. In the Old Testament, various prophecies and promises point to a future anointed one, a descendant of David, who will establish God's kingdom, rule with justice, and bring about a time of hope. In the New Testament the Messiah is revealed: Jesus Christ. Today we talk about three key Messianic prophecies of hope in the Old Testament.--The PursueGOD Truth podcast is the “easy button” for making disciples – whether you're looking for resources to lead a family devotional, a small group at church, or a one-on-one mentoring relationship. Join us for new episodes every Tuesday and Friday. Find resources to talk about these episodes at pursueGOD.org.Help others go "full circle" as a follower of Jesus through our 12-week Pursuit series.Click here to learn more about how to use these resources at home, with a small group, or in a one-on-one discipleship relationship.Got questions or want to leave a note? Email us at podcast@pursueGOD.org.Donate Now --Genesis 3 Genesis 3:15 (NLT) And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”This is called the “protoevangelium”, the first mention of the gospel in ScriptureHostility: There will be a conflict between the descendants of the woman and the serpent.Spiritual warfareSinful nature. Battling flesh vs spiritOffspring: A specific descendant of the woman will be instrumental in this conflict.Gen 12 starts to answer who this might beGenesis 12:3 (NLT) I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”Gen 49 gives more clues (Jacob's blessings on his sons)Genesis 49:10 (NLT) The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from his descendants, until the coming of the one to whom it belongs, the one whom all nations will honor.Rest of the Bible reveals his identity: JesusYou will strike his heel: crossHe will strike your head: resurrection (Expositor's Bible Commentary: Abridged Edition (2 Volumes)) The point is that for the rest of his life, when the snake crawls on his belly, he will "eat dust," an expression of "total defeat" (cf. Isa 65:25; Mic 7:17).Isaiah 65:25 (NLT) The wolf and the lamb will feed together. The lion will eat hay like a cow. But the snakes will eat dust….Micah 7:17 (NLT) Like snakes crawling from their holes, they will come out to meet the LORD our God. They will fear him greatly, trembling in terror at his presence.The imagery is carried into the NTRomans 16:20 (NLT) The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.Revelation 12:7-9 (NLT) Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven. This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.Isaiah 7 Isaiah 7:14 (NLT) All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel
To study what God has to say about happiness, go to the book of Philippians in the Bible. It's the most positive, happy book in God's Word. In this message series, Pastor Rick looks to the life of Paul to discover how to be happy, even during dark days. Happy people are more likely to look at every situation in life from God's viewpoint. They look past the pain and pressure; they see the bigger picture. Listen to Pastor Rick to learn that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:28 NLT). To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1103/29
“And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” - Romans 5:5 NLT
Happy people are more likely to look at every situation in life from God's viewpoint. They look past the pain and pressure; they see the bigger picture. Listen to Pastor Rick to learn that God “causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God” (Romans 8:28 NLT).
Day 241 Today's Reading: Revelation 3 Some time ago, Cindy and I were doing marital counseling for a couple who were struggling in their marriage. I asked a question I always ask in those types of counseling appointments. It is one of reality and judgment, so I can see how clear they are in their thinking. I asked the wife first, “Is there anything you can do to help the marriage? What do you need to stop doing and what do you need to get better in?” “I can't think of anything,” she said. She was basically saying, It's him, not me. She misjudged herself really badly. Today's chapter looks at a church that was in the same boat as this deceived wife. The church of Laodicea was miles apart between their opinion of themselves and the reality of their situation. This is what Jesus tells them: “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,' and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.” (Revelation 3:14-17) Paul gave the church at Rome a warning in Romans 12:3. Listen to these words because Laodicea didn't: “Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don't think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us” (Romans 12:3, NLT). The Message says, “Don't misinterpret yourselves.” Now here is the Laodicean church who proudly said, We are rich, wealthy, and need nothing. That's their judgment of themselves. But the only opinion that counts is how God sees us. And in verse 17, we have both reality and opinion. Listen to Jesus' reality: “You do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.” Wow, can that be any different? Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard couldn't have said it more clearly: “It is so much easier to become a Christian when you aren't one than to become one when you assume you already are.” Nothing is more dangerous than a deceived Christian, especially when the Spirit of truth resides in us. How does my opinion of me match what Jesus assesses me to be? Am I Laodicea far off? Do I believe I'm rich when Jesus says I'm poor? Do I believe I don't need anything when Jesus says I am blind and naked? Here is a great prayer for us to pray every day from David in Psalm 139:23 (MSG): Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I'm about; See for yourself whether I've done anything wrong— then guide me on the road to eternal life. I have learned that a number of factors can put me in the Laodicea category of misjudging myself: When I am not reading the Bible. James 1:23 says the Bible is a mirror. When I read it, I can see the stuff out of place.When I am not praying. Prayer is where God talks and the Spirit convicts.When I am attending church but not being pastored. I have no one speaking to the areas that need to be tweaked and examined. I have surrounded myself with cheerleaders but no truth-tellers. The last thing God says to this church is profound. And I have read it wrong for years. Listen to Jesus: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). For decades I used to preach on the streets of the inner cities of America, telling people that Jesus stands at the door of our hearts and is knocking today. We just need to let Him in. And I used to use Revelation 3:20 for the sinners. But Revelation 3:20 is not for the sinners. It's for the Christians who have really poor judgment. Jesus is knocking on the door of His own church. But what is Jesus doing on the other side of the door? And how was Laodicea having church without Jesus in the building? That is sobering to consider. And it tells me that it still can happen and is happening. When Jesus is not on the inside, then I become the judge of me. And that is not good. If you hear Jesus knocking, drop everything and answer the door, please.
God has acted to redeem fallen humanity. He sent his Son to make the ultimate sacrifice on the cross to give his life to pay the price for sins and to reconcile sinners to a holy God. But for whom did Jesus actually die? Did he die on the cross for every human being (universal atonement), or only for those who are specifically chosen to believe (limited atonement)?--The PursueGOD Truth podcast is the “easy button” for making disciples – whether you're looking for resources to lead a family devotional, a small group at church, or a one-on-one mentoring relationship. Join us for new episodes every Tuesday and Friday. Find resources to talk about these episodes at pursueGOD.org.Help others go "full circle" as a follower of Jesus through our 12-week Pursuit series.Click here to learn more about how to use these resources at home, with a small group, or in a one-on-one discipleship relationship.Got questions or want to leave a note? Email us at podcast@pursueGOD.org.Donate Now --NotesWhat Is the Atonement?The Bible's central message is atonement. From the first stories in Genesis to the last visions of Revelation it is everywhere apparent that God seeks to reconcile his people to himself and that he has provided a way to do so.God's act of atonement is necessary because all people are sinners. We are universally alienated from and hostile to God. We are dead in our sins. We are subject to God's hostility toward evil, and to his righteous judgment.The New Testament presents the person and work of Christ as God's ultimate provision for atonement. The atonement of Christ is the sacrificial work of Jesus for sinners. In his death on the cross, Christ atoned for the sins of humanity such that God is satisfied and reconciliation is accomplished for all who will be redeemed. The obedience and death of Christ on behalf of sinners is the ground of redemption.The death of God's Son is the only perfect sacrifice and satisfaction for sins. It is of infinite value, more than enough to cover the sins of the whole world. This death is of such great worth because the person who submitted to it is not only a true and perfectly holy man, but also the only-begotten Son of God. He is of the same eternal and infinite essence with the Father and the Holy Spirit. These qualifications were necessary for him to be our Savior. The atonement is described in many ways in the New Testament. Here are a few aspects of Christ's atonement:2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (NLT) All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them.1 John 4:10 (NLT) This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Matthew 20:28 (NLT) “...just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Matthew 26:28 (NLT) “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”With this in mind, the question remains: for whom did Jesus die on the cross to accomplish this atonement?Universal AtonementArminians believe that when Christ died he took upon himself every sin for every human being throughout time. Since God's predestined purpose is to save believers in Christ, he sent Christ to die for all, so that whoever believes in him might be saved. The work of Christ is not limited to some particular or...
Some have cited 1 John 5:7 (“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one") as evidence that the Scriptures teach a plurality of persons in the Godhead. To make matters more confusing, many modern translations include the reference to “three witnesses” (NLT) or “three that testify” (NIV), but leave out any reference to the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit.Dr. David K. Bernard discusses the history of this verse and how it fits Oneness Pentecostal theology. His answer will enlighten anyone who wants to understand this frequently-debated passage.For further study, see Dr. Bernard's books The Oneness of God and God's Infallible Word. Both titles are available at PentecostalPublishing.com.If you enjoy this podcast, leave a five-star rating and a review on iTunes or your preferred podcast platform. We also appreciate it when you share Apostolic Life in the 21st Century with family and friends.
Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.” But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?” For there were about 5,000 men there. Luke 9:12-14 NLT About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children! Matthew 14:21 NLT Jesus replied, “Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.” So the people all sat down. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers! Luke 9:14-17 When the day began to wear away. Luke 9:12 NKJV But Jesus said, “You feed them.” Luke 9:13 NLT Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces. Luke 9:16 NLT he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. Luke 9:16 NLT 1. IT HAS TO BE BLESSED BEFORE IT CAN MULTIPLY Now the law of Moses required that the priests, who are descendants of Levi, must collect a tithe from the rest of the people of Israel, who are also descendants of Abraham. But Melchizedek, who was not a descendant of Levi, collected a tenth from Abraham. And Melchizedek placed a blessing upon Abraham, the one who had already received the promises of God. And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed. Hebrews 7:5-7 NLT 2. IT HAS TO BE GIVEN AWAY TO MULTIPLY Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right. Psalms 106:3 NIV I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you… Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 NLT
"I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don't tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars.'' (Revelation 2:2 NLT)
I'm glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess, happy that you're again showing such strong concern for me. Not that you ever quit praying and thinking about me. You just had no chance to show it. Actually, I don't have a sense of needing anything personally. I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. Philippians 4:10-13 MSGGratitude is a choice that improves your perspective in seasons of prosperity or problem. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJVDo everything without complaining and arguing. Philippians 2:14 NLT X + (-Y) = Z or 10 + (-10) = 0 X - (-Y) = Z or 10 - (-10) = 20A complaining life is a discontented life!Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:1 ESVOr do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? Romans 2:4 ESVIt happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Luke 17:11-13 MSGHe looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. Luke 17:14 NLTOne of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus' feet, so grateful. He couldn't thank him enough, and he was a Samaritan. Luke 17:15-16 MSGJesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.” Luke 17:17-19 MSGBlessed people are not always grateful, but grateful people are always blessed. The power of gratitude is found in it's ability to connect the graced with both the gift, and the giver.Complacency, comparison and complaining, will all cause you to miss deep connection with Jesus.Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28 ESV Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them. John 6:11 ESVAnd Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. John 11:41 ESVAnd he took a cup, and when he had given thanks… Luke 22:17 ESV
Welcome! Church Online is a community of people all over the experiencing God and connecting with one another like never before in history. Introduce yourself in the chat and let us know where you're from! Get Connected Check us out on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram Find a Small Group www.southpoint4u.com/groups Learn more about SouthPoint at Growth Track www.southpoint4u.com/growthtrack Find out more at www.southpoint4u.com Notes Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: “Praise the Lord! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself.” - Revelation 19:6-7 (NLT) When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.” - Luke 14:7-11 “But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” - Luke 14:7-11 (NLT) Then he (Jesus) turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don't invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.” - Luke 14:12-14 (NLT) “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!” - Luke 14:15 (NLT) Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.' - Luke 14:16-17 (NLT) But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.' Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.' Another said, ‘I just got married, so I can't come.' - Luke 14:18-20 ”An excuse is the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie.” - Billy Sunday “The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.' After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.'” - Luke 14:21-22 (NLT) “So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.'” - Luke 14:23-24 (NLT) Jesus is So Exclusive! - Christianity - Islam - Hinduism - Buddhism - Taoism - Shinto - Judaism - Sikhism Jesus is So Exclusive! There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. - Acts 4:12 Whoever Believes - John 3:16 Everyone Repent - 2 Peter 3:9 All Who Call - Romans 10:13 The gospel says you are simultaneously more sinful and flawed than you ever dared believe, yet more loved and accepted than you ever dared hope. - Tim Keller “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways…” - Deuteronomy 30:15-20 “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life…You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.” - Deuteronomy 30:15-20 “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Your will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Your will be done." All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened.” - CS Lewis For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people. - Titus 4: 11-14
Message for 11/26/23 "Revelation Primer & Purpose" by Justin McTeer. *All verses are NLT unless otherwise noted* Apocalypse Revelation 1:1-2 - This is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the events that must soon take place. He sent an angel to present this revelation to his servant John, 2 who faithfully reported everything he saw. This is his report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Apocalyptic Literature Godzilla Prophetic Revelation 1:3 - God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near. Future-Focused Symbolic And he said, “Look at the levels which are under the expanse on which you are brought and see that on no single level is there any other but the one whom you have searched for or who has loved you.” And while he was still speaking, and behold, the levels opened, and there are the heavens under me. And I saw on the seventh firmament upon which I stood a fire spread out and light, and dew, and a multitude of angels, and a power of the invisible glory from the Living Creatures which I had seen above. But I saw no one else there. Revelation 13:1-2 - Then I saw a beast rising up out of the sea. It had seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns. And written on each head were names that blasphemed God. 2 This beast looked like a leopard, but it had the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion! And the dragon gave the beast his own power and throne and great authority. 1. Tribulation/Judgements (side third all at once) 2. Satan Bound/1000 Year-Reign 3. Satan Unbound/Second-Coming 4. Eternal Kingdom Pre-Millennial Revelation 9:7-9 - The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. They had what looked like gold crowns on their heads, and their faces looked like human faces.8 They had hair like women's hair and teeth like the teeth of a lion. 9 They wore armor made of iron, and their wings roared like an army of chariots rushing into battle. Revelation 16:12 - Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great Euphrates River, and it dried up so that the kings from the east could march their armies toward the west without hindrance. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 - Now concerning how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters, we don't really need to write you. 2 For you know quite well that the day of the Lord's return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.3 When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman's labor pains begin. And there will be no escape. Revelation 8:12 - Then the fourth angel blew his trumpet, and one-third of the sun was struck, and one-third of the moon, and one-third of the stars, and they became dark. And one-third of the day was dark, and also one-third of the night. Post-Millennial Besides these, a few days after that feast, on the one and twentieth day of the month Artemisius, [Jyar,] a certain prodigious and incredible phenomenon appeared: I suppose the account of it would seem to be a fable, were it not related by those that saw it, and were not the events that followed it of so considerable a nature as to deserve such signals; for, before sun-setting, chariots and troops of soldiers in their armor were seen running about among the clouds, and surrounding of cities. - Josephus Already/Not-Yet Revelation 1:19 - “Write down what you have seen—both the things that are now happening and the things that will happen. Purpose Revelation 21:3-4 - I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God's home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation 13:10b - This means that God's holy people must endure persecution patiently and remain faithful Who? Where? Why?
(Bilingual) このメッセージでは朱馬牧師が「イエスは何を探している？ イエスの救いのミッションに参加する」について以下の３つのポイントから話します。ディスカッション用の質問はノートの最後に確認できます。In this message Ps Shiva talks about ”What is Jesus Looking For? Joining Jesus' Rescue Mission” in these 3 points:Check the questions for discussion at the end of the note.Luke 15:1-7, 24 NLT |ルカ 15:1-2-24 JCBRomans 5:8 NLT | ローマ 5:8 JCB Luke 19:10 NLT | ルカ 口語訳 19:10 JCBJohn 20:21-23 TPT | ヨハネ 20:21-23 JCB The story of the lost sheep, lost coin and lost son: (Luke 15)1. すごく大切なものが失われてしまったSomething of great value was lost 2. 見つけ出すためには探すことが必要 A great search is required 3. 大きなお祝いがある！ There is a great celebration QUESTIONS(質問) : - In the story of the Lost Sheep, who does the lost sheep represent?- What can we see about the Father's heart in these parables?- We are called to continue the mission that Jesus started, how can we do this practically?- How did you come to know Jesus? Can you share your story in 1 minute?- Are there any people you are trusting to be saved? Take time to pray for them and for opportunities.- 迷える羊のストーリーの中の「迷える羊」は誰を表していますか？- これらの例え話から、神様の心について何が分かりますか？- 私たちは、イエスから始まったミッション（使命）を続けるように呼ばれていますが、どのように実践することが出来ますか？- あなたはどのようにしてイエスを知りましたか？あなたのストーリーを1分で話せますか？- あなたが救いを信じている人はいますか？彼らのために、また伝道の機会のために祈る時間を取りましょう。Connect with us:Web: mylifehouse.comInstagram: instagram.com/lifehouseglobal/Facebook: facebook.com/lifehouseglobalVideo Messages: ビデオメッセージ: youtube.com/LifehouseTokyoOther Podcasts:Want to listen to our messages in other languages?Lifehouse Messages (English): https://lifehousemessages.captivate.fm/listenLifehouse Hong Kong (Cantonese & English): https://lifehousehongkong.captivate.fm/listen
Welcome to Day 2246 of Wisdom-Trek, and thank you for joining me. This is Guthrie Chamberlain, Your Guide to Wisdom Hebrews-9 God's Son – The Peril of Failing to Thrive – Daily Wisdom Putnam Church Message – 06/11/2023 “The Peril of Failing to Thrive” Hebrews 5:11-6:8 Last week, we continued our extended series through the book of Hebrews in the New Testament. We learned how God's Son is also our Great High Priest, and cross-referenced verse 5 For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus, I Timothy 2:5. In our message today, we will see that God encourages us, no expects us, to thrive as believers, not just barely getting by. Instead, he warns us of The Peril Of Failing to Thrive. Parents and doctors begin monitoring our physical, mental, and emotional growth from birth. Our advancement is measured and compared to others, and people get worried if we lag in any area. But how do we measure our spiritual growth? And what happens when we lag in spiritual progress? Who's there to size us up spiritually and tell us to grow up when we need to hear it? The Bible says much about spiritual growth (1 Cor. 14:20; Eph. 4:14–15; 1 Pet. 2:2). We come into God's spiritual family through spiritual birth (John 3:1–8). From there, we grow spiritually through being nourished by God's Word—from simple doctrines and practices of the faith to more advanced knowledge and skill in spiritual things (see 1 Cor. 9:24–27). As we continue to grow, exercising our spiritual gifts and being strengthened by the community of the Spirit, we advance toward spiritual maturity (Eph. 4:11–16). But just like natural growth, spiritual growth can be stunted. We may partake of the wrong spiritual food or neglect our spiritual sustenance altogether. We may stumble backward into childish attitudes and actions, undoing the maturity we once achieved. Or we may wallow in spiritual infancy because we have nobody around us to set examples of spiritual maturity. All these things result in our failure to thrive, and it's this problem that the author of Hebrews addresses in 5:11–6:8. 5:11–14 The tone of Hebrews 5:11–14 is one of disappointment. Let me first read this passage on page 1867 of your Pew Bible. 11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. The author says he has much to explain concerning Jesus, who was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. (5:10) Still, his readers “No longer try to understand,” or the NLT says, “you are spiritually dull” (5:11). Think of a bored, unambitious adolescent who has to be told several times to get off the couch and do their chores. It's a trait of immaturity and...
Ezekiel 44 NLT read aloud by Simon MacFarlane. 1 Then the man brought me back to the east gateway in the outer wall of the Temple area, but it was closed. 2 And the Lord said to me, “This gate must remain closed; it will never again be opened. No one will ever open it and pass through, for the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered here. Therefore, it must always remain shut. 3 Only the prince himself may sit inside this gateway to feast in the Lord's presence. But he may come and go only through the entry room of the gateway.” 4 Then the man brought me through the north gateway to the front of the Temple. I looked and saw that the glory of the Lord filled the Temple of the Lord, and I fell face down on the ground. 5 And the Lord said to me, “Son of man, take careful notice. Use your eyes and ears, and listen to everything I tell you about the regulations concerning the Lord's Temple. Take careful note of the procedures for using the Temple's entrances and exits. 6 And give these rebels, the people of Israel, this message from the Sovereign Lord: O people of Israel, enough of your detestable sins! 7 You have brought uncircumcised foreigners into my sanctuary—people who have no heart for God. In this way, you defiled my Temple even as you offered me my food, the fat and blood of sacrifices. In addition to all your other detestable sins, you have broken my covenant. 8 Instead of safeguarding my sacred rituals, you have hired foreigners to take charge of my sanctuary. 9 “So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: No foreigners, including those who live among the people of Israel, will enter my sanctuary if they have not been circumcised and have not surrendered themselves to the Lord. 10 And the men of the tribe of Levi who abandoned me when Israel strayed away from me to worship idols must bear the consequences of their unfaithfulness. 11 They may still be Temple guards and gatekeepers, and they may slaughter the animals brought for burnt offerings and be present to help the people. 12 But they encouraged my people to worship idols, causing Israel to fall into deep sin. So I have taken a solemn oath that they must bear the consequences for their sins, says the Sovereign Lord. 13 They may not approach me to minister as priests. They may not touch any of my holy things or the holy offerings, for they must bear the shame of all the detestable sins they have committed. 14 They are to serve as the Temple caretakers, taking charge of the maintenance work and performing general duties. 15 “However, the Levitical priests of the family of Zadok continued to minister faithfully in the Temple when Israel abandoned me for idols. These men will serve as my ministers. They will stand in my presence and offer the fat and blood of the sacrifices, says the Sovereign Lord. 16 They alone will enter my sanctuary and approach my table to serve me. They will fulfill all my requirements. 17 “When they enter the gateway to the inner courtyard, they must wear only linen clothing. They must wear no wool while on duty in the inner courtyard or in the Temple itself. 18 They must wear linen turbans and linen undergarments. They must not wear anything that would cause them to perspire. 19 When they return to the outer courtyard where the people are, they must take off the clothes they wear while ministering to me. They must leave them in the sacred rooms and put on other clothes so they do not endanger anyone by transmitting holiness to them through this clothing. 20 “They must neither shave their heads nor let their hair grow too long. Instead, they must trim it regularly. 21 The priests must not drink wine before entering the inner courtyard. 22 They may choose their wives only from among the virgins of Israel or the widows of the priests. They may not marry other widows or divorced women. 23 They will teach my people the difference between what is holy and what is common, what is ceremonially clean and unclean. 24 “They will serve as judges to resolve [...]
Ezekiel 43 NLT read aloud by Simon MacFarlane. 1 After this, the man brought me back around to the east gateway. 2 Suddenly, the glory of the God of Israel appeared from the east. The sound of his coming was like the roar of rushing waters, and the whole landscape shone with his glory. 3 This vision was just like the others I had seen, first by the Kebar River and then when he came to destroy Jerusalem. I fell face down on the ground. 4 And the glory of the Lord came into the Temple through the east gateway. 5 Then the Spirit took me up and brought me into the inner courtyard, and the glory of the Lord filled the Temple. 6 And I heard someone speaking to me from within the Temple, while the man who had been measuring stood beside me. 7 The Lord said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place where I will rest my feet. I will live here forever among the people of Israel. They and their kings will not defile my holy name any longer by their adulterous worship of other gods or by honoring the relics of their kings who have died. 8 They put their idol altars right next to mine with only a wall between them and me. They defiled my holy name by such detestable sin, so I consumed them in my anger. 9 Now let them stop worshiping other gods and honoring the relics of their kings, and I will live among them forever. 10 “Son of man, describe to the people of Israel the Temple I have shown you, so they will be ashamed of all their sins. Let them study its plan, 11 and they will be ashamed of what they have done. Describe to them all the specifications of the Temple—including its entrances and exits—and everything else about it. Tell them about its decrees and laws. Write down all these specifications and decrees as they watch so they will be sure to remember and follow them. 12 And this is the basic law of the Temple: absolute holiness! The entire top of the mountain where the Temple is built is holy. Yes, this is the basic law of the Temple. 13 “These are the measurements of the altar: There is a gutter all around the altar 21 inches deep and 21 inches wide, with a curb 9 inches wide around its edge. And this is the height of the altar: 14 From the gutter the altar rises 3 1⁄2 feet to a lower ledge that surrounds the altar and is 21 inches wide. From the lower ledge the altar rises 7 feet to the upper ledge that is also 21 inches wide. 15 The top of the altar, the hearth, rises another 7 feet higher, with a horn rising up from each of the four corners. 16 The top of the altar is square, measuring 21 feet by 21 feet. 17 The upper ledge also forms a square, measuring 24 1⁄2 feet by 24 1⁄2 feet, with a 21-inch gutter and a 10 1⁄2-inch curb all around the edge. There are steps going up the east side of the altar.” 18 Then he said to me, “Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: These will be the regulations for the burning of offerings and the sprinkling of blood when the altar is built. 19 At that time, the Levitical priests of the family of Zadok, who minister before me, are to be given a young bull for a sin offering, says the Sovereign Lord. 20 You will take some of its blood and smear it on the four horns of the altar, the four corners of the upper ledge, and the curb that runs around that ledge. This will cleanse and make atonement for the altar. 21 Then take the young bull for the sin offering and burn it at the appointed place outside the Temple area. 22 “On the second day, sacrifice as a sin offering a young male goat that has no physical defects. Then cleanse and make atonement for the altar again, just as you did with the young bull. 23 When you have finished the cleansing ceremony, offer another young bull that has no defects and a perfect ram from the flock. 24 You are to present them to the Lord, and the priests are to sprinkle salt on them and offer them as a burnt offering to the Lord. 25 “Every day for seven days a male goat, a young bull, and a ram from the flock will be sacrificed [...]
We're diving deep into practical faith. So, here's the big question to keep in mind throughout: How can we integrate our faith into every aspect of our lives? From understanding the significance of attending church to making God a part of our daily routines and discovering what we can offer to God, we're exploring the nitty-gritty of practical Christianity. So, grab your boots, let's hit the trail, and find the answers together!
Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. John 12:1-6 NKJV 1. THE ENEMY OF GENEROSITY This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. John 12:6 NKJV Then Jesus said, “I chose the twelve of you, but one is a devil.” He was speaking of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, one of the Twelve, who would later betray him. John 6:70-71 SUCCESS IS CONFRONTING OUR WEAKNESSES AND OVERCOMING THEM! Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 2. THE EXTRAVAGANCE OF GENEROSITY And now, because of my devotion to the Temple of my God, I am giving all of my own private treasures of gold and silver to help in the construction 1 Chronicles 29:3 NLT Solomon loved the Lord and followed all the decrees of his father, David, so the king went there and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings. 1 Kings 3:3-4 NLT While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins. “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.” Luke 21:1-4 NLT EXTRAVAGANCE IS NOT THE AMOUNT, BUT THE ATTITUDE BEHIND IT! She has done what she could and has anointed my body for burial ahead of time. Mark 14:8 NLT they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord 2 Corinthians 8:5 NIV THE MOST EXTRAVAGANT YOU CAN GIVE GOD IS YOUR HEART 3. THE REWARD OF GENEROSITY I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman's deed will be remembered and discussed. Mark 14:9 NLT When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”; “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man's sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.” Jesus responded, “Didn't I tell you that you would see God's glory if you believe?”; Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!” John 11:32;39-40;43-44 NLT GENEROSITY IS A REFLECTION OF GRATITUDE But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-6 NLT Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NLT You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 NLT I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. Genesis 12:2 NIV The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. Genesis 12:7 NLT 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. John 3:16 NLT
Ezekiel 42 NLT read aloud by Simon MacFarlane. 1 Then the man led me out of the Temple courtyard by way of the north gateway. We entered the outer courtyard and came to a group of rooms against the north wall of the inner courtyard. 2 This structure, whose entrance opened toward the north, was 175 feet long and 87 1⁄2 feet wide. 3 One block of rooms overlooked the 35-foot width of the inner courtyard. Another block of rooms looked out onto the pavement of the outer courtyard. The two blocks were built three levels high and stood across from each other. 4 Between the two blocks of rooms ran a walkway 17 1⁄2 feet wide. It extended the entire 175 feet of the complex, and all the doors faced north. 5 Each of the two upper levels of rooms was narrower than the one beneath it because the upper levels had to allow space for walkways in front of them. 6 Since there were three levels and they did not have supporting columns as in the courtyards, each of the upper levels was set back from the level beneath it. 7 There was an outer wall that separated the rooms from the outer courtyard; it was 87 1⁄2 feet long. 8 This wall added length to the outer block of rooms, which extended for only 87 1⁄2 feet, while the inner block—the rooms toward the Temple—extended for 175 feet. 9 There was an eastern entrance from the outer courtyard to these rooms. 10 On the south side of the Temple there were two blocks of rooms just south of the inner courtyard between the Temple and the outer courtyard. These rooms were arranged just like the rooms on the north. 11 There was a walkway between the two blocks of rooms just like the complex on the north side of the Temple. This complex of rooms was the same length and width as the other one, and it had the same entrances and doors. The dimensions of each were identical. 12 So there was an entrance in the wall facing the doors of the inner block of rooms, and another on the east at the end of the interior walkway. 13 Then the man told me, “These rooms that overlook the Temple from the north and south are holy. Here the priests who offer sacrifices to the Lord will eat the most holy offerings. And because these rooms are holy, they will be used to store the sacred offerings—the grain offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings. 14 When the priests leave the sanctuary, they must not go directly to the outer courtyard. They must first take off the clothes they wore while ministering, because these clothes are holy. They must put on other clothes before entering the parts of the building complex open to the public.” 15 When the man had finished measuring the inside of the Temple area, he led me out through the east gateway to measure the entire perimeter. 16 He measured the east side with his measuring rod, and it was 875 feet long. 17 Then he measured the north side, and it was also 875 feet. 18 The south side was also 875 feet, 19 and the west side was also 875 feet. 20 So the area was 875 feet on each side with a wall all around it to separate what was holy from what was common.
1. The principle of the heart 2 Corinthians 8:1–3 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, (NIV) Luke 12:15–21 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” “20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ ”21 This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (NIV) 2. The principle of eternity Philippians 3:18–19 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. (NIV) Mark 10:21–22 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. (NIV) Luke 12:33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. (NLT) 3. The principle of life change Matthew 6:19–20 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. (NLT) Edmond testimony video: 4. The principle of tithe and offering Malachi 3:8–10 8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. 9You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. (NIV) 5. The principle of the seed 1. You reap what you sow 2. You reap after you sow 3. You reap more than you sow 4. You reap in proportion to what you sow 2 Corinthians 9:6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (NIV) 2 Corinthians 9:7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (NIV) 2 Corinthians 9:10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. (NIV) 2 Corinthians 9:11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (NIV)
This episode of the National Link Trust Podcast features a recording from the 2023 Symposium on Municipal Golf. Garrett Morrison of Fried Egg Golf is joined by Jay Blasi (Chambers Bay), Mike Young (Warmouth Sands), and Troy Miller (Charleston Municipal Golf Course). All three of these architects have vast experience in the architecture business, but their experience in municipal and public golf make them particularly well-fit for this conversation. To support National Links Trust, join our Capital Club program or grab some NLT gear at ShopNLT.com.
This episode of the National Link Trust Podcast features a recording from the 2023 Symposium on Municipal Golf. Rachel Carter, Senior Membership Director at the National Golf Course Owners Association, moderates a discussion on Municipal Golf Governance and Management. She is joined by Steve Leary, former mayor of Winter Park, FL who was instrumental in the renovation of Winter Park 9, Michael Raby, Director of Golf for the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge, and Daryl Crawford, General Manager of Papago Golf Course. The group discusses a number of issues related to navigating stakeholder relationships within municipal golf management structures, best practices in management and governance, and more. To support National Links Trust, join our Capital Club program or grab some NLT gear at ShopNLT.com.
This episode of the National Link Trust Podcast features a recording from the 2023 Symposium on Municipal Golf. Bill Potter, Vice President of Communications and Engagement at First Tee - Greater Richmond, moderates a discussion on Fundraising and Marketing. Joining Bill are Marty Elgison, Co-founder and President of the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation (GA), Tim Andersen, Founder of Barrier Free Golf, and David Wagner, Board Member of the Highland Park Golf Foundation (OH). These panelists have relevant experience in planning and executing municipal golf renovation projects across the country, making for an interesting and valuable discussion. To support National Links Trust, join our Capital Club program or grab some NLT gear at ShopNLT.com.
This episode of the National Link Trust Podcast features a recording from the 2023 Symposium on Municipal Golf. Michael Stachowicz of the National Park Service moderates a discussion on Agronomy and Course Maintenance with a panel of golf course superintendents. These superintendents are Rich Shilling from Jeffersonville Golf Club (PA), Len Curtin from George Wright Golf Course (MA), and Clay Payne from Buffalo Dunes Golf Course (KS). All three of these properties have undergone renovation projects overseen by their respective superintendents and are now amongst the most noteworthy municipal courses in the country. To support National Links Trust, join our Capital Club program or grab some NLT gear at ShopNLT.com.
This episode of the National Link Trust Podcast features a recording from the 2023 Symposium on Municipal Golf. Azucena Maldonado, Founder of the Latina Golfers Association, moderates a discussion on Partnerships and Community Engagement. National Links Trust's Andrew Szunyog, who oversees our volunteer and sustainability programs, is one of the panelists, and is joined by Dave Andrews, Director of The Path at The Park West Palm (FL) and Maria Stroup, Senior Vice President of Education, Social Responsibility and Community Engagement at the Cobbs Creek Foundation (PA). This group uses their diverse experiences in golf, non-profits, and education to have an insightful discussion on how municipal golf facilities can better serve and engagement with their local communities. To support National Links Trust, join our Capital Club program or grab some NLT gear at ShopNLT.com.
Paradise, Heaven, Resurrection, & Rapture Heaven will not be a boring place, off in distant space, where we play harps, sit on clouds, and sing the same stanza of the same song forever. Heaven is God's space, filled with peace, justice, and beauty. Heaven and earth are overlapping realities, and the resurrection of Jesus has connected these two spheres more closely than we know. If we pay close attention, we will see that heaven and earth are overlapping today. One of the ways God brings his kingdom, “on earth as it is in heaven,” is through his people. Mark 1:15 (NLT) - ""The time promised by God has come at last!" he announced. "The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!"" Ethos is a life-giving community committed to keeping Jesus at its Center. We are on a mission to love all people in Jesus' name so that we may all Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, & Make a Difference. EthosOH.com Small Groups: EthosOH.com/Community ServeColumbus.org
We're all on a search for God. During this series, we're going to look at some of the things we often find ourselves searching for when it comes to our relationship with the Lord What does God think about you?1. God loves you, and He likes you, even though He knows you.Ephesians 1:5 NLT "God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure."Your redemption is God's dream come true. 2. God is not mad at you.Colossians 1:19-20 NLT "For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross."Feeling that God is mad at you is not logical in light of the cross. If you feel God is still angry at you because of your sin, you are believing a lie. Why don't we feel God's approval sometimes?1. Our conscience is condemned.Hebrews 10:22 NLT "Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ's blood to make us clean..."The Bible talks about having 1. Clean/clear/good conscience—when you're at peace with your behavior, 2. Guilty/condemned/defiled conscience—when you feel conviction over your behavior, 3. Seared/branded/burned conscience—when you don't feel bad about your bad behavior.Holy Christians are happy Christians. Pure Christians are at peace 2. We're looking at circumstances.Romans 8:35 "Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?What's happening around you is not an accurate reflection of how God feels about you. 3. We're focused on feelings.How you feel about God isn't an accurate reflection of how God feels about you.Ephesians 4:26 NLT: "don't sin by letting anger control you."Emotions must be monitored, because they're not always accurate.Don't mistake God's silence for God's absence. 4. We haven't dealt with our past.The value of a $100 bill doesn't change based on how it was previously used.God has not only forgiven but forgotten our sin.Isaiah 43:25 NLT "I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again."How often do you think about a bill you've already paid? You don't. That's how often God thinks about your forgiven sin: He doesn't.***Are you searching for God's approval?
Message for 11/19/2023 "Mapping Out The Mess" by Justin McTeer. *All verses are NLT unless otherwise noted.* Romans 7:15-23a - I don't really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can't. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don't. I don't want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don't want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God's law with all my heart.23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. BIRTH NATURE 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. James 1:14 - Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. Galatians 5:19-21 - When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Romans 6:17-21 - Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. 18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. 19 Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. 21 And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. FLESH DEATH Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:6a - So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. BIRTH John 3:1-8 - There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. 2 After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.” 3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” 4 “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother's womb and be born again?” 5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. 7 So don't be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.' 8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can't tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can't explain how people are born of the Spirit.” NATURE 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! SPIRIT Romans 8:1-4 - 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. Galatians 5:22-26 - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit's leading in every part of our lives.26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. LIFE John 3:6 - Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. Romans 8:11-14 - The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. 12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. Galatians 5:17 - The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. Romans 7:14-25 - So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 15 I don't really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can't. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don't. I don't want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don't want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God's law with all my heart.23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. Romans 7:25 NASB - Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. Romans 7:24-25a - Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ezekiel 47:1-12 NIVThe 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. 7 When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river.8 He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. 9 Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. 10 Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea. 11 But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. 12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” John 7:37-39 NIVOn the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. 1 Corinthians 6:19 NLTDon't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 1 Corinthians 3:16 NLTDon't you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?
WOKE OR AWAKE? : ME-OLOGY November 19, 2023 . WOKE DEFINITION It's an authoritarian worldview that seeks to deconstruct the foundations of our Christian faith by overwhelming, overpowering, and overthrowing those who do not adhere to its ideology. Theology is He-ology - The Study of God…who He is, His greatness, His Holiness. Woke-ology is Me-ology - The Study of Me Focus on Me. Me-ologians…My success…Joy… Vindication is the priority of Jesus because He loves me. Things said by Me-ology “Christians:” “God is getting ready to disappoint everybody who expected you to fail.” “If you're weak, you don't say you're weak. Say, ‘I'm strong.'” “The more God-like you become, the more like God you can get things done.” “The process is painful, but the promotion is awesome.” “When you call your Heavenly Father, the answer is always YES.” Me-ology is Inconsistent and Disappointing! Still not…Vindicated…Hurting…Breakthrough…Healed…New Platform…Rich. What about Christians in the world who are suffering…Iran…China?? He-ology…Jesus is the Story…He came to rescue me from sin. His priority isn't my happiness…Holiness! Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. He-ology is consistent and compelling… Jesus Is The Point and I'm A Piece! John 3:28-30 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, 'I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent before Him. 29He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. 30He must increase, but I must decrease. My life is about His name being greater not mine… not about me winning….He's the winner. Jesus Is The Owner and I'm The Operator! John 3:34-35 (NLT) 34 “For he is sent by God. He speaks God's words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands.” He is the owner of it all and I get to manage some of it. Jesus Is Worthy and I'm Willing! Matthew 11:4-6 (NLT) 4 “Jesus told them, Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen— 5 the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.' 6 And He added, ‘God blesses those who do not fall away because of Me.'” He's good in the good times and in the bad! Faith is Always Tested in Trouble He-ologians find Peace and Joy and Strength Regardless of the circumstances….see His goodness! +++++++ You can find our service times on our website: https://allnationstallahassee.com/ You can find sermon highlights on Twitter here: https://mobile.twitter.com/allnationstally
2 Corinthians 4:11-15 (NLT) 11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. 12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you. 13 But we continue to preach because we have the same kind […]
(Bilingual) このメッセージでは太助牧師が「人々を導くことで、神様を敬う」について以下の３つのポイントから話します。ディスカッション用の質問はノートの最後に確認できます。In this message Ps Tasuke talks about ”Honour God by Leading People” in these 3 points:Check the questions for discussion at the end of the note.マタイ 22:37-39 JCB | Matthew 22:37-39 NLTマタイ 20:25-28 JCB | Matthew 20:25-28 NLTマタイ 5:13-16 JCB | Matthew 5:13-16 NLTマタイ 20:26-27 JCB | Matthew 20:26-27 NLT1ペテロ 5:5-6 JCB | 1 Peter 5:5-6 NLTピリピ 2:5-9 JCB | Philippians 2:5-9 NLT 1. 神様を敬う人はリーダーになっていく People who honour God become leaders2. 神様を敬う人は人々に仕える People who honour God serve people3. 神様を敬う人は謙遜さを持つ People who honour God have Humility QUESTIONS(質問) : - How is the world's view of leadership different from Jesus' example?- Is it a good thing to desire leadership? Can we all be leaders?- Have you seen some good or bad examples of leadership? What can you learn or imitate from these examples?- In what area do you feel God speaking to you about growing in a leadership role and what do you think is your next step?- 世の中で言われているリーダーシップと、イエスの示した模範とではどう違うのか？- リーダーシップを望むことは良いことですか？私たちは皆、リーダーになれるでしょうか？- リーダーシップの良い例、悪い例を見たことがありますか？これらの例から、あなたは何を学び、何を真似ることができますか？- あなたは、どのような領域で、リーダーシップの役割における成長について、神様から語られていますか？ 次のステップは何だと思いますか？Connect with us:Web: mylifehouse.comInstagram: instagram.com/lifehouseglobal/Facebook: facebook.com/lifehouseglobalVideo Messages: ビデオメッセージ: youtube.com/LifehouseTokyoOther Podcasts:Want to listen to our messages in other languages?Lifehouse Messages (English): https://lifehousemessages.captivate.fm/listenLifehouse Hong Kong (Cantonese & English): https://lifehousehongkong.captivate.fm/listen
Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:1-2, 6-9The long procession of cars moved slowly from the school auditorium to the little country cemetery. When they arrived there, Evelyn stood between her parents, holding a damp, wadded tissue. She struggled to keep her tears from overflowing again as some final words were spoken."Today we mourn the loss of Allison, our beloved daughter, sister, and friend," said Pastor Drew. Allison's parents and brother huddled closer together beside her grave, and several other people in the group dabbed their eyes. "But in our grief and sadness, we can take comfort knowing that she is in the presence of Jesus," Pastor Drew continued. "Just think of how wonderful it is for her now. The illness that caused her so much suffering is no longer hindering her--her pain and sorrow are gone." For as long as Evelyn could remember, she and Allison had gone to school and church together. They learned about Jesus when they were little and both trusted Him as their Savior. But now Allison was gone, and Evelyn's heart was sad and lonely. The morning sun shone in a clear blue sky, and a breeze scented with pine trees brushed the upturned faces of Allison's mourning classmates. Each carried a brightly colored bottle of bubbles.The minister's quiet words broke into Evelyn's thoughts. "These bubbles are a picture of the freedom Allison's spirit has today. The Bible tells us that the body is laid to rest in the earth, but the spirit of the person who trusts in Jesus goes to be with Him. Allison's spirit is already at home with Jesus. And like all those who belong to Jesus, she is looking forward to the day of resurrection and the new, eternal body she will receive that will be free from sin, sickness, and death. Because of that promise, we have hope knowing we will see her again."The pastor lifted a bubble wand loaded with suds and held it for a moment. "Let's release our bubbles together in celebration of Allison's life and the joy she now has in the presence of Jesus." A moment later, all eyes were raised skyward as a clear, sparkling cloud danced in the autumn breeze."Goodbye, Allison," Evelyn whispered. She smiled through her tears. "I'll see you again someday."-Phyllis I. KlomparensHow About You?Have you known someone your own age who has died? Perhaps you wonder what it would be like to die. It's natural to be afraid of the unknown, but Jesus promises that Christians will never be separated from Him--not even in death. If you trust in Jesus, you don't need to be afraid of dying. When your body dies, you will go to be with Him, and one day He will resurrect all Christians and we will live with Him forever.Today's Key Verse:We are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. (NLT) (2 Corinthians 5:8)Today's Key Thought:Christians live forever with Jesus
Nothing you do is private. You have an audience in heaven! That should encourage you, because it means you have a cheering section that doesn't want you to give up. Pastor Rick explains in this message how that “crowd of witnesses” helps us “run with endurance the race God has set before us” (Hebrews 12:1 NLT).
A couple of weeks ago, Garrett spoke with architect Gil Hanse in front of an audience at the Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, D.C. Their conversation was part of the National Links Trust Symposium on Municipal Golf, so they focused on Gil's résumé of municipal designs, from Rustic Canyon and Soule Park in the early 2000s, to the recently opened Park in West Palm Beach, to his ongoing projects at Maggie Hathaway in Los Angeles and Rock Creek Park in D.C. Garrett and Gil touch on a variety of larger topics, such as the importance of architectural minimalism to affordable golf course development and the recent changes in both the golf architecture industry and Gil's own workload. Many thanks to the National Links Trust for asking Garrett to be involved in this year's symposium, and for letting us share this conversation with our listeners. Find out more about the NLT's work HERE.
At the time Jeremiah wrote Lamentations, he was emotionally exhausted and for an entire book of the Bible released his frustrations to God. He wrote, “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this” (Lamentations 3:21 NLT). Pastor Rick explains in this message what gave Jeremiah hope during this difficult time that can also help you in your setback.