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    NOT MEDDLING JUST MOTHERING- parenting adult children

    Not only does Proverbs talk about the advice we give our adult children but this chapter reminds us of the advice we got from our parents! Verse 18 has an amazing promise that “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day”! What a great contrast to those who don't seek wisdom and a life focused on what God gives. Listen as we discuss how to guard our hearts as parents and how to encourage our children to guard theirs. --- 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/notmeddlingjustmothering/message

    Leben mit Gott
    Das Anrecht ein Kind Gottes zu sein

    Leben mit Gott

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 12:39


    Bibelbetrachtung zum Johannesevangelium Kapitel 1 die Verse 1 bis 14 Vorgelesen aus der Übersetzung Schlachter 2000 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/lebenmitgott/message

    Black and White: Radical Grace, Raw Truth and Real Hope in a Gray World
    Day 179: Finding an Escape (Bible Tribe Psalms 71-73)

    Black and White: Radical Grace, Raw Truth and Real Hope in a Gray World

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 3:23


    Deliverance is not just escaping our troubles. It is finding victory right in the midst of them. Bible Reading: Psalms 71-73 Verse of the day: Psalm 71:2, "Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; Incline Your ear to me, and save me." Word of the day: Escape. It is the Hebrew word:  פָּלַט (paw-lat').

    Truly Devoted Podcast
    Audio and Print - Verse of the Day - 2022-06-27 Isaiah 58:1

    Truly Devoted Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 8:42


    This is True Devotion Ministries, Inc. Daily Devotion for 2022-06-27 Isaiah 58:1

    Sermons from Grace/Bethel
    Romans 8:18-39 We Are More Than Conquerors

    Sermons from Grace/Bethel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 20:04


    Victory! It's something that we all want – whether it's in sports or in life. And yet, in this sin-cursed world, we often face just the opposite (the struggles of the mother in the Old Testament lesson is an example). But listen to Jesus' message in the Gospel! This gives Paul confidence in the Verse of the Day and the sermon text. We are more than conquerors through Jesus!

    The Perceptive Photographer
    Comfort food verse new food as an approach to your photography

    The Perceptive Photographer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 10:50


    In this week's podcast, I talk about how always ordering your comfort food when taking a picture can result in you taking uninspired and boring images over and over again. The post Comfort food verse new food as an approach to your photography appeared first on Daniel j Gregory Photography.

    Daily Christian Meditation
    Worshipping Together

    Daily Christian Meditation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 16:10


    The practice of Christian Meditation helps us live with the peace of Christ. Relax to the sounds of meditation music. How does worshipping God with other believers bring him glory? Meditate on Psalm 95:6. Find peace and rest during this guided meditation for mind and body with deep breathing, prayer, and scripture. Use these meditations as a bible study in the morning to center yourself on the truth in God's word. For more Bible meditations, download the Abide app: https://abide.co/awesome

    Leben mit Gott
    Früchte, die der Buße würdig sind

    Leben mit Gott

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 6:45


    Bibelbetrachtung zum Matthäus Evangelium Kapitel 3 die Verse 8 bis 12 Vorgelesen aus der Übersetzung Schlachter 2000 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/lebenmitgott/message

    Black and White: Radical Grace, Raw Truth and Real Hope in a Gray World
    Day 178: The Purpose of Vengeance (Bible Tribe Ezekiel 25-30)

    Black and White: Radical Grace, Raw Truth and Real Hope in a Gray World

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 4:18


    The vengeance of God reminds us that we are accountable to a Holy God. But the purpose of vengeance is ultimately God's restoration and redemption of His people. Bible Reading: Ezekiel 25-30 Verse of the day: Ezekiel 25:17, "I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I take vengeance on them.'" Word of the day: Vengeance. It is the Hebrew word:  נְקָמָה (nek-aw-maw').

    Women World Leaders' Podcast
    295. Empowering Lives with Purpose, Interview with Amanda Jackman

    Women World Leaders' Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 33:42


    "Even when I walk through the darkest valley,  I will not be afraid." (Psalm 23:4 NLT) Today's guest, Amanda Jackman, walked through one of the darkest valleys of a lifetime that anyone can face.    God's presence as she walked in the moments of death, fear, and fighting for life is why Amanda is now able to testify of victory in such a way that encourages others.   *******   Kimberly Hobbs   Welcome to empowering lives with purpose. And I'm your host, Kimberly Hobbs. I'm the founder of Women world leaders. Ladies, we are happy that you have joined with us today. And I would love to welcome our guests who is also joined with us. Amanda Jackman, from Michigan. Welcome, Amanda. Amanda Jackman   Hello, ladies. And Kimberly, thank you so much for having me. Kimberly Hobbs   I'm so happy that you decided to join with us today. And we're just excited with the content of today's podcast is going to be intense. But we pray that you feel God's presence in this podcast because that was one of the words that we prayed over today was presence, not not the presence that you're getting as a gift at Christmas, but the presence of our Lord. And Amanda's story is quite remarkable. And she has so willingly come on to share this miraculous story with you in hopes that it's going to help encourage you to add the words as they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb. And by the word of their testimony. That's revelation 1211. And home My goodness, by sharing the story in what God has done in Amanda's life through her story is a powerful God has worked exceedingly abundantly beyond I think what she has even ever imagined. So we are excited to share that with you ladies. And our hope and purpose is that through sharing these stories, that it helps you to overcome the enemy when you know other people are going through similar situations, trials, tragedies, that they need to overcome that you can relate that to your own life. And just understand that God never leaves us or forsakes us and He gives us each other so that we can encourage each other and empower each other to run after him during some of these times in our life that we just shouldn't be going through alone. So before I start into interviewing Amanda, I just want to tell you a little bit about this precious woman of God. She is a lifetime resident of a small town in MLA City, Michigan. Her and her husband have four children. And she is a proud mom of these four children. She is a paralegal and enjoys reading and writing. And today we're going to talk about God's presence, God's presence that he gave to Amanda at a time when she needed him the most. One of Amanda's favorite scriptures is Psalm 23. And that is even though it's Psalm 23, four, even though I walk through the darkest valleys, I will not be afraid of evil. You are always with me, your rod and staff, they comfort me. The scriptures means so much to you, Amanda and it is a reminder of God's presence when you needed him most. So today, I'm just going to ask if you can begin by sharing the tragedy that came upon you, yourself and the darkest valley of your life. Amanda Jackman   Well, thank you again, so much for allowing me to share. It was Labor Day weekend, this past Labor Day. So September 5 2021. We were at a family get together at my father in law's there were 10 children, including my four. And there were 11 adults. So there was a ton of people there. We had people inside the house outside the house. We had gone swimming, and then we stopped swimming. We ate dinner and had dessert together. And it was a really special day with our family. And I was inside with my my youngest, my baby and I was talking with my two sister in laws. And God told me to find Walter, my son. He said, Where's Walter? And I stood up mid conversation. And I walked outside and I looked at my husband I said babe, where's Walter? He's like, he's not in there with you. And I said, No, where is he? My my My Sorry, there was a scream. And everybody knew what that scream meant. My father in law's house has a pool. And so my son was at the bottom of the pool. My husband immediately dove in, pulled him out. And he, he was not there, and I will spare details. But he wasn't, he was no longer living at that point. Um, so my husband passed him off to Cindy. And she played them on the deck, and my brother and sister in law started CPR. And I'm CPR certified. But that was my baby. And I just stood there screaming, my husband said, You need to leave, walk away, please, please walk away. Don't, don't watch, just go. So I went to the end of the driveway, and I cried out and I prayed, I said, God, you can't do this. That's my baby like you, you don't get to take him from me. And I pray to the boldest prayer that I've ever prayed. And I said, Lord, You are bringing him back to me, you are restoring him fully, he will have no brain damage. And you're going to perform this miracle for us. And I'm going to tell the world about it, I'm going to get people to pray for him that have never prayed in their life, I'm going to get people to pray for him down on their knees, who haven't prayed in months or years. And I'm going to do that because you're bringing him back. And so it was it was totally unlike anything. I'm, I've been a Christian for many years. But this was very outside of the box, and very bold. And so the officer arrived, the paramedics arrived, and we loaded them up. My brother and sister in law had him breathing before the ambulance arrived, which was huge in his recovery. But then we were in the ambulance. And the paramedic, I asked him if there was anything I could do. And he said, No, Your presence is enough for your son. And I told them, I need to petition prayer, I need to call upon the people in my life who are going to pray fervently for my baby. And so that's that's what I did. I took a moment and I started texting people. And I said, I need you. This is what happened. And I I let go of the shame of the accident. And I just begged for prayer from people I knew were incredible Christ followers. Kimberly Hobbs   AMEN At that moment, and you said that you'd let go of the shame at that moment, which I think if you can just share with the listeners right away, because, again, you think about it, think about it. She's the mom, of course. So people are going to be like, Why weren't you watching your chick, your child? Why weren't you this way? You know, and there is shame involved. People might say What do you mean shame? Why did you have to let go of shame start telling people but can you describe that a little bit? Amanda Jackman   Yeah, absolutely. The the enemy likes to work against you. And I think he works the hardest with shame and guilt. And in the moment, he could tell me that I was a bad mom. And he could tell me Oh, my husband or Oh my family. And the reality of the situation is it was a tragic accident. There were a ton of people there. And when everybody's watching the pool, nobody's watching the pool. And it was just it was a lot of commotion. My son is a curious was a curious two year old and he he snuck over that side, he snuck over the side into the pool. I mean, it was not like the gate was open, it was very end even if it were it was an accident, there was no intention and and everybody experiences different trials and struggles and that was that was hard to to be the parent of a tragic accident like this that you feel like could have been prevented. And we you know, we it's not like we were negligent in the situation. We were all there and we were all very present but we all have lapses where we can't fully commit 100% of our time. We all have lapses and some kids right on the wall and and mine snuck into the pool. Kimberly Hobbs   Right? And that battle started right away with you Amanda because the enemy is telling you bad mom bad mom and you're hearing that but you're like, I need help. I need prayer I need people to and so you pushed through those voices in your head when you just described that shame and guilt and praise God you did because there's power in prayer there is power when people come in numbers and pray together. So remember that do not isolate the enemy wants to keep us isolated and alone when tragedy hits. And so he can poison our minds with lies in their lives from the pit of hell. So all my good so you push through and that ambulance and thank God you did Amanda and also some other things happened in that ambulance and on the way to the hospital and things that started showing you that God was there. His presence was with you. And I know you shared with me that the paramedic you know, you had gone to school with her. And she was comforting to you. She was putting her arms around you at a time when there was nobody else there to comfort you. God was showing you comfort in that moment. And ladies listening, when things are happening around us, we have to look for God in every situation. So Amanda has comfort she had comfort in the ER when she got to the hospital and I know the first hospital you went to, they intubated Walter there. And then they couldn't help him any further and they had to move him to another hospital or another transport. And more people were showing up that God put in your path that knew you that were substantial people in your life that all of a sudden they're they're helping you. And when your husband was Iraq and he was falling apart, you had some confidence because God wish had shown up there. So let's talk about right now, how you had that confidence. But then all of a sudden, something switched. You told me about that. Can you talk about those two weeks in the hospital? Amanda Jackman   Yes. So when we when we arrived to the hospital, actually, it was COVID. So you're only allowed mom and dad. And they actually made an exception and allowed our children's pastor who met us at the hospital because of praying and seeking out that. And he was able to lay his hands on Walter and he was able to pray for him when he was first intubated there, which was huge and so special. And it was a struggle at first the first 24 hours and they husband, he was a mess until they did an EEG I want to say is an EEG, and they determined he did not have any rain damage. And so my husband, okay, and because he felt he felt this huge burden of guilt because he was the one outside with Walter. And that released the guilt from him. And, and so we, we knew we were going to be there for a little while that he was going to be intubated. So he's sedated, fully sedated, there was nurse 24 hours in the room with him. So if we left it was okay. So I actually stopped home, to grab some fresh clothes, because we knew it was going to be a while and to say hi to my other children to let them know things were okay. And I just grabbed my mail, and I grabbed clothes, and I stopped up at the hospital. And we already had blessings pouring on us like gift cards for food, all of that just so I just brought everything with me to the hospital. And I sat down in the room, and I had my voice of Truth magazine. And my dear friend Jessica, she writes a column. She's actually the reason why I have the magazine. And so every day, I honor her every time I get the magazine, I honor her by opening up, and I look in the table of contents. And I find where she's at. And I read her first, because she's the reason that I have this magazine. So I honor her in that way. Kimberly Hobbs   And her her column is titled A Beautiful Mess in Voice of Truth in case anybody is wondering. Yeah, go ahead. Amanda Jackman   So Jessica's columns, she was her article, she was on the right side of the page. And when you look, we've trained our brains to read left to right. So I looked over to the left page, and there was this incredible drawing of a mama bear with her two cubs on her back. And it was titled carried. And underneath there was the verse that I had been leaning into for four days at that point, Isaiah 43 Two, when you pass through the waters, I will be with you. And when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. And that's not your everyday Bible verse. It's a very specific verse. And I had been praying that when I was in the end of the driveway, I knew it and my heart was praying it like God, you are with him. He wasn't alone in the water. You were with him. And you're gonna be with us now you're going to be with us through this trial. And there was this picture it right there on the other side of justice column and it was like, Okay, God, I see you. I see you, I feel you're here. You're here with us. And it was cached. It was just such a special moment. And one other really, really powerful moment that we had we had gone outside for the first time. And it was beautiful. It was September it was beautiful day we stand on a picnic table. and all of our pastors were on a retreat together. And they all took turns praying over our son and an over us. And my dear friend, Pastor Steve, he is very into looking up the meaning of words. And Walter means commander of the army. And so he said, we're going to wave this as a banner over Walters life. And I believe that in that moment, I was so full of hope, and understanding that my little two year old boy, he was going to come in armies for Jesus through this. And that if if a baby can flood the gates of heaven, what a remarkable way to use this tragedy. And any dead we had people telling us that they hadn't prayed in months, they showed up and said, we've been on our knees praying and, and, and how special that this little boy in this tragic story could could touch somebody in that way. Kimberly Hobbs   Wow, that's so beautiful. That's so beautiful. And the beauty too, is the confirmations that God was giving you in that hospital stay through different ways. And he again was showing his presence, Amanda to you. And, again, ladies, as you listen to what Amanda was just sharing in your may be going through something, it's again, look for God's presence and how he's showing up in your trial and tragedy. And he's always going to let you know in little whispers that he's the hair. And this gave, like Amanda said, the confidence to her heart, she knew there was no coincidence that that scripture and voice of truth was firmly planted there by the Lord Himself. For that moment that Amanda was going to pick it up from the mail, gather her mail, go to the hospital and sit down and read it. He already knew that he already had it planned. And he already has something planned for you, ladies, whatever you're going through that is going to be significant enough to get your attention and let you know that he is there, he will always let us know because he never leaves us or forsakes. Us. So Amanda, we know, you know that God works miracles, Walter is going to Command armies God has told you that he has shown you that. And he has a quip us to know the ways that he moves. And you as a mom are going to be watching this. I know for sure and encouraging him in that way. God works miracles, and we read about so many miracles throughout his word. But do you ladies do you really believe that God wants to work a miracle for you? I know, the Bible tells us God is the same yesterday, today and forever. And Amanda, God started showing you that He is God, and He is important in your life. So please take this time and just pour into how the different ways that he showed the importance of himself his presence in your life? Amanda Jackman   Yeah, I think that one of the most important things is that we restore our minds daily. Even if you don't memorize scripture, if you don't sit down and you go word by word, you still have it in your heart. And sitting in a hospital with my husband. And my two year old boy, I knew enough scripture in my heart to combat anything that the enemy came against me with. You know, that verse in Isaiah that I shared with you. The enemy tried to tell me that, that nobody was there with my son in the water, that he was all alone and that he was waiting for me and that is a lie. Because in Isaiah 43 To the Lord says, When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. So my son had had Jesus's arms wrapped around him, and what better place for him to be? What better place for him to be right. And the Lord, he shows us in so many different scriptures, his presence, you know, Isaiah 53, by his stripes we are healed. That was one that I leaned into also that that the Lord has the capacity to heal us of anything that we just have to have the power to believe that he can you know cast your worries onto him first Peter five seven, Joshua one nine The Lord is with you wherever you go in that I think the first part of that versus the be strong courageous that everybody talks about. But the second part, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. If you're in the waters if you're in The valley if you're in the hospital, God didn't leave you. He's right there. The Lord is near to those who call on him Psalm 145 18, Psalm 3480, and the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me, Psalm 23:4 Kimberly Hobbs   Amen. Keep going, girl, this is beautiful! All this scripture. Amanda Jackman   It's all throughout Scripture, I don't know if there's a book you could open in the Bible that doesn't have God is with you. And his presence, he is for you. He, he will use anything that you go through for good, what the enemy meant for evil, he'll use it for good. And, and I just am blown away with his presence through every area of, of the tragedy that we had occur. And even afterwards, the the remarkable things that he's done in our son's lives and in our lives. Gosh, he still answers prayer, we just have to be bold enough to ask him, we just have to be bold enough to petition the throne, and just say, God, this is, this is your will. And I'm going to believe that it's your will. And even if it's not, you're still good. You know, I I remember sitting in the hospital saying, Lord, even if he doesn't come back, you're still good. Lord, even if he comes back and he has brain damage, you are still good, because he'd still be here. Who cares, you know? And then even if he restored and fully, he's still great. It didn't matter, the way that he worked in the situation for us, because we knew ultimately that he would it would be used for good. Kimberly Hobbs   Amen. Yeah. Beautiful. Oh, my gosh. And I just have to ask you, Amanda, you probably weren't knowing I was gonna say this. But just this morning, Amanda was texting back and forth with me and we were praying for each other and it was just so exciting what God was just filling with her but she had a huge prayer, prayer, praise report to share with me that blew me out of the water and brought me to tears. And I sat there reading it like God, you are so good. Even now even as we're preparing this podcast, you are showing your presence there with Amanda and as she steps out and obedience God you did this Amanda shear please with the ladies what he did just today. Amanda Jackman   So Walter, my son has been speech delayed for probably eight months prior to the accident was when we first started getting him help. COVID everybody wearing masks, it was hard for him to read lips. It was just a lot. He really struggled with developing speech. And so we've been trying, I've been trying, I should say, I've been trying to get him to say I love you. And I have been trying for a year and a half, maybe a year and three quarters of a year. Pretty much since we started giving him help. I've been going I love you every day, trying to get him to say it and he will not say it and he'll say sing Baa Baa Black Sheep, but he won't say I love you. And then this morning, I got out of the shower. And he looked at me and he said I love you. I love you. And I just stared at him. Like, did you just say that? Oh, yeah. It was amazing. Kimberly Hobbs   When you cried happy tears that you had said, you know, you said, God, if he ever tells me I love you, it will be the happiest day of my life. And so ladies, we get to share in this with Amanda today because God again. She kept saying God, I'm gonna serve you God, I'm gonna trust you, God, I'm gonna push through. And sometimes we know ladies, it's hard to serve the Lord. And they're, you know, it takes time to and then Amanda when I asked her would you be willing to do a podcast interview because she right away? She said she would write and voice of truth and share her testimony. That was like, right away. Yes. But so how would you feel about sharing a podcast about this? And she said, Yes, right away. And so again, an act of obedience. Until there's no coincidence today is Amanda stepped out in faith to share on this podcast with you today. She's never done a podcast before and it's like wow, you know, like she said, Yes, God, I'll do whatever you call me to do. And I just think that God is showing he's working. Look at the power of God at work. How long have you waited for your child to say I love you those three words that would be so easy to me. Buddy else right? But God waited for just the right time. Just the right time. That's so beautiful. Are you okay, Hon? Amanda Jackman   Yeah, I didn't I didn't prepare for you to say. So you're right. Kimberly Hobbs   Oh no, I know. And then when we rejoice with you, we So rejoice with you and how precious is that. And again, ladies, God knows what you're going through, look to Him in every situation, he's going to walk you through it, he's going to be right there with you. And he's giving you blessings along the way, as you honor him, and you are obedient to Him through life's challenges, because they're not easy. They're not easy. So in close, Amanda, you shared with me, a favorite scripture that God gave you, which is James 112, that says, Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him. And wow, you persevered, honey, even when people were saying you were doing this wrong, or doing that wrong through walking through it, you persevered, and you looked to God for your guidance in what he told you to do. And so now God is using you, Amanda, to speak life and love into others. His presence is ever encompassing us constantly surrounding us, he surrounded you and your family. So please, right now, there's the woman listening, that is struggling, oh, my goodness. And she is going through trial and tragedy right now. And it may be somebody listening to this podcast knows of somebody struggling and in need to just know God's presence is with them. And we pray that you'll share these podcasts ladies, Amanda, can you speak a word of hope to that person? Amanda Jackman   I, I fully felt even on my heart this morning, that God allows suffering, to radically change our lives for him. That to realize that the comfortable Christianity, that we can't do it without him, we get comfortable, and we, you know, we make moves for our lives, but we really can't do it without him. I think we get comfortable and complacent in that. And, and wow, the valley is the place for you to reach up. And to allow for the most intimate moments for you to petition our Lord, for blessing for requests. In these moments, where you're in the valley, the world slows. And sometimes it stops for us. We were in a hospital for two weeks away from our other three wild children. And it stopped for us so we could just be in prayer with the Lord and petition him and feel the closeness in the presence of him. And I just hope to encourage you that if you just pause in the valley, and in your struggle to just reach up and to just pray and to just pray, the Lord's will be done in your life and and the valley is there for a reason. Even though we don't see it. We know he's working. Even though sometimes we don't feel it. We know that he's working and he's working on things for His glory and for His goodness. Kimberly Hobbs   Oh, that is such a good word, sweetheart, such a good word. And I have another scripture and I I just love sharing Scripture. God says ladies call on me when you are in trouble and I will rescue you. And you will give me glory. Psalm 50 Verse five, and wow, Amanda, God rescued you when you were in trouble. And he let you know his presence was ever surrounding you. And you are now giving him glory. And Walter's giving him glory, through his life through how you're raising your children, you and your husband. There's been so much learning through this time. And ladies, our prayers that you will just turn to God's word. It's filled filled with promises for you. There's over 3000 promises in His Word, His Word is truth and you can count on His Word and if he led you to a scripture in His Word, you better be sure that his promises are true. And that you can hold on to that. Okay, so we just encourage you go back to his word and we are just so grateful that you tuned in today and Amanda, I just want to thank you for sharing and encouraging Seeing the listener and thank you for just again, the story that you have been so willing to process and put together. And now I know that God is putting other things on your heart to do, such as writing, and, oh, we're just gonna keep praying that through that God continues to use your life, your testimony of him in your life, to help pour into others. And ladies, we pray that for you to God is working in you, giving you the desire. Do you understand that? That's a scripture verse, ladies, he's working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. That's Philippians 213. So ladies, that's exactly what we do here. We want to encourage you, that we will come alongside of you, to help you to help you help others in the name of Jesus. And that's what we are called to do. All right, we need to show love, we need to show encouragement to one another. We need to come together as women running after Jesus's heart. So if you feel glad we asked you and invite you into women or leaders into this ministry, to be a deeper part of it, and use your gifting where God has placed you. God's using Amanda right where she is in Michigan. He is using other of our leaders in different parts of the world in different countries. But we're all coming together in the name of Jesus in a ministry that we're able to help others. So ladies, one of the ways we do that, and as Amanda and this is how I met her was because she opened the page as a voice of truth. And there is a beautiful, beautiful amount of encouragement for you in this magazine that contains scriptures that contains so much in the way that you can get this you can read it if you're outside of the United States, you can read it digitally for free. And you can go to www dot women world leaders.com. And if you are inside the United States, you can get the beautiful printed version for free mailed to your home to sign up on our website for that. And ladies, we also have other tools of writing. We have books available. And one of the books I thought that might be helpful to you would that women are sharing their stories this one is courageous steps of faith with God, all things are possible. Ladies, take that step of faith read some of these other stories of women that stepped out of their uncomfortable zone. And they stepped into being bold and faithful. Just like Amanda's spoke and prayed those bold prayers. Ladies, we encourage you to do so too. And here's a tool, courageous steps of faith. It's available on Amazon but we would prefer you get it through our women world leaders website as well. So many tools available for you here. So in close again, thank you Amanda for being our guest today. Thank you ladies for joining us. You're welcome on and we hope you come back again. So remember to register Lord ladies up on women moral leaders for our events. So check our website out for daily devotions. And all content today is copyrighted and cannot be used without express written consent. So we say goodbye to each of you. God bless you and have a wonderful week. Bye everybody.    

    Loving the Word
    June 27

    Loving the Word

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 1:27


    Verse of the day: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬

    Ohrenweide
    Das letzte Gedicht - von Franz Freiherr von Gaudy

    Ohrenweide

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 3:28


    Das letzte Gedicht - von Franz Freiherr von Gaudy

    Calgary Free Presbyterian Church
    Why We Study Every Verse

    Calgary Free Presbyterian Church

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 65:00


    There is great profit in preaching verse by verse through the Scriptures, without avoiding difficult and dark texts. This profit comes from the truth that EVERY word has a Divine origin, and has a supernatural effect upon those that read it, believe it, and live it--1- The Scriptures Are Pneumatic-2- The Scriptures Are Profitable-3- The Scriptures Work Perfection

    All Peoples Church
    The Road to Emmaus

    All Peoples Church

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 46:00


    The Road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-35 Main Point of the Sermon: The Holy Spirit is the solution to our inability to see and trust the Jesus of the Bible. We've come to the final chapter in Luke's Gospel and nearly to the end of our two year journey as a church through this book. And while these final pages are certainly a testimony of the finished work of Jesus on the cross and the truth of his resurrection, Luke's major emphasis is on something else: Scripture. This book. He starts his Gospel by telling his readers why he writes, so that “you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught” (1:4). And here, at the end of his writing, he grounds that certainty on the totality of this book. In other words, it's not just the Gospels that confirm that Jesus is the Savior of the world, but the entire Bible. And I know it can be hard to understand how a book like Leviticus or the Song of Songs could do that, but it does. This is why we need God to teach us today like he does in this story. This is why we start out every sermon with prayer, asking the Spirit of God to shine on our dull hearts and open our eyes. Last week we saw that Jesus was crucified and buried, to the shock of his disciples and all of Jerusalem. But three days later, some of the women disciples of Jesus found the tomb empty and angels there saying, “He is not here, but has risen,” like he said (24:6). Our story ended with the women racing back to tell the rest of the disciples, who did not believe their story, and with Peter seeing the empty tomb and marveling at what had happened. Here's where we pick up. 13 That very day [it was still Sunday] two of them [that is, some of the other disciples of Jesus besides the eleven (24:9)] were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, If you've ever been overseas, you'll understand this scene well. Cities like Jerusalem were the center of commerce and worship, but most of the people traveled from smaller villages where they lived. These two men who had become disciples of Jesus at some point and had likely been in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Now, they were traveling home after all that they had just seen and heard. Life went on. Verse 14 says that “they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened [as they walked]. You can imagine the scene. This wasn't a boring conversation, like they were discussing an uneventful day at work or the weather. No, they were probably animated, filling in each other's sentences, like you do when you've just experienced something spectacular with another person. “The temple curtain tore in two!” “Yeah, from top to bottom!” “And the darkness, what do you think that was about?” Right? It was midday!” “I just want to know where he is…” Then, while they were discussing these things, verse 15, 15 “…Jesus himself drew near and went with them.” 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. This is the first encounter with the risen Christ that Luke records. He was indeed risen as the angels had said, and he showed up to two relatively unknown disciples from a little town outside of Bethlehem. Isn't this just like our Lord? He goes to the least, the unexpected. But they didn't know that it was him. Why? Verse 16 says that “their eyes were kept from recognizing him.” That's strange. He was there with them bodily, but they didn't recognize him. This is actually the same experience recorded in multiple other encounters with the risen Christ, like Mary, who thought that she ran into the gardener outside of his tomb (John 20:14-15; c.f. 21:4). Did he just look like a completely different person? No, clearly something else was going on here, and it's actually key to our text today. Their eyes were kept from recognizing Jesus. Who kept them from seeing? This is something we find in Scripture called a divine passive, where the text implies an actor, but doesn't say who. Context shows that God is clearly at work behind the scenes. But why would God keep them from seeing? He had something important to teach these men and something to teach us as well. Let's keep going to see. Then Jesus, who knew these men well, asked them a leading question, Verse 17: “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. The men stopped, shocked and obviously sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” This is probably not overstated. Most everyone in Jerusalem would know about these events – the temple curtain was torn and darkness was over Jerusalem for three about three hours midday. Verse 19: [Jesus said], “What things?” This is comical to me. He almost seems to be playing with them. He knows exactly what they are talking about, even as God knew when he asked Adam and Eve where they were when they hid from him in the garden. He asks because he wants a relationship. He wants to know us. He wants to know how we think and how we feel. He wanted to know what these men were thinking about the whole situation. I imagine a long pause before these words came spilling out: Act this out “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” What do we learn from this summary of events. 1) Cleopas, who probably is a good representation of what the other disciples were thinking at that time, understood rightly that Jesus was a prophet accepted by God and the people. He had likely experienced many of his mighty deeds and heard much of his powerful teaching. 2) But verse 21 also shows that he didn't rightly understand what Jesus had come to do. He said to Jesus, “we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.” They still were under the impression that their greatest need was to be saved from Rome instead of being saved from their sin. They did not understand that Jesus had provided rescue from sin and the opening of the kingdom of God through his death! They didn't believe that Jesus had risen. It doesn't seem that they were even looking for a resurrection. They thought it was all over, which is solid proof that it actually happened and wasn't made up. Now, listen to Jesus's response. Verse 25: 25 “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Wow. There's so much here to unpack here. I will touch on three things: 1) Human unbelief 2) The Bible's main character 3) Scripture's sufficiency 1) Human unbelief. Jesus rebukes these disciples for being so slow to believe what the prophets had spoken. Verse 26 assumes the clarity of the prophetic word about the suffering and future glory of the Messiah. The prophets have shown that “It was necessary” that he suffer before he enter his glory. He's saying to them, “You know the Scriptures. You've studied since your youth, and if you believed what the prophets said, you would not be sad or confused right now, but would understand what I have just accomplished. In addition, Jesus had told them plainly before heading to Jerusalem in Luke 18:31: “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished (Lk 18:31). It's noteworthy that Jesus doesn't mention specific prophets or places that spoke of these things. We would expect him to go to Isaiah 53 or perhaps Psalm 22, but for Jesus and the Gospel writers, it's not just one or two prophets, but “all” the prophets “everywhere” spoke of Jesus and these events.[2] It's all there, but Jesus says that they don't see it because they are dull and unbelieving. Is your heart slow to believe too? Friends, Jesus's rebuke is just as relevant for us today. How slow are we to believe what God has made plain to us. How many times has God spoken to us in his Word that trials are sure to come and yet we are surprised and have faith crisis' when they do. What's the problem then? Is it God? Has he not spoken clearly? No, it's us. Humans are slow of heart to believe God's Word. We, like these disciples, have been given everything we need to live righteous lives before God, but because of our hardness of heart we often misunderstand or disbelieve the Scriptures and demand that God give us something more, perhaps something we can see. This should be a correction to each and every one of us. When God seems distant, when his promises seem irrelevant or untrue, it is not because he has been silent or instructed us insufficiently. Rather, it is that we are slow to believe all that he has said. We have dull sight and hard hearts. So, what's the answer to this problem? Well, we need God's help. The Good News is that he readily gives it. Look at verse 27: 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Though we are slow to believe, our Lord is ready and willing to keep teaching us, keep showing us, keep massaging truth into our hearts until we believe. What a gracious and merciful God we serve. Maybe you feel today like your doubts are too much for God. No, like a Father with his child, he will always keep stooping down and with patience, saying, “here, let me show you again.” Jesus slowly begins to unpack the Scriptures with these two men, explaining “in all the Scriptures,” the things concerning himself. 2) The Bible's Main Character Friends, you need to understand the massive point this is making. This book is all about Jesus. We so often think that the God of the Old Testament is different than the God of the new, like he was just angry and erratic and needed Jesus to convince him to love humanity! No, Jesus is showing us that it's the same God throughout this book. It's the same loving Father. The same God who provided a substitutionary lamb for his people, sent his Son to us out of love for us. The Old Testament, made up of Moses' Law, the Torah, the Prophets, and Psalms (that is, the wisdom writings) is preparation for Jesus. It shows us God's holiness, our sinfulness, and the way to atone for sin. The New Testament, then, answers questions like: “how is Jesus the fulfillment of the OT” and “Why is Jesus's death and resurrection how God redeems mankind?” This book is all about Jesus! For seven miles, Jesus taught them the Bible and showed them how his life, death, and resurrection fulfilled all that God had promised. He showed them how his death and resurrection give proper meaning to the Scriptures.[3] Man, I wish I could have been there! Don't you? Well, I have good news for you, we have something better than seven miles with Jesus. We have the written Scriptures in our language and the Holy Spirit to walk with us through all of life, teaching and instructing us like Jesus did these men. We have the present church and the church through history, which has worked together by the Holy Spirit to unpack the depths of Scripture. Taking our cues from Jesus and his apostles: we are taught to see Christ: …in every genre of the Bible. We find that even long genealogies in the Old Testament anticipate Christ as he is the second Adam, the son of Abraham, the son of David. As we study, we find Christ in every theme of the Old Testament, that he is the king, the inauguration of the new Covenant with God; he's the temple of God; he is our rest; he is our justice, our righteousness, the clothing for our nakedness. We find that every major figure in the Bible points to Jesus, in both their strengths and their flaws. Jesus is the true and better Adam, who passed the test in the garden; Jesus is the true and better Moses, who mediates for us a better covenant than the first; he is the true and better David, who's victory became the people's victory. We find Jesus in every major image or symbol in the Bible such as: the bronze serpent, the water of life in the wilderness, the temple, the bread, the lamb, the tree of life, etc. We find Jesus bringing meaning and fulfillment to every deliverance narrative. In the pages of this book, you will find Jesus everywhere. And I'm not talking about unfaithful eisegesis, where you just paste him into any story you choose without intellectual integrity. I'm talking about careful and thoughtful reading by the Holy Spirit in the company of the church, that tracks themes and connects stories to Christ as God always intended. We try to model this for you each week we preach, but if you want more training or resources on how to do this, come talk to me. 3) Scripture's Sufficiency Multiple times in this chapter, Jesus helps his disciples stand on the solid rock of his Word. In fact, he starts there! He doesn't start with these men by showing off his resurrected body, but instead shields them from seeing who he is. Why? So that he can first explain to them the validity and sufficiency of the Scriptures. That they are enough. He wants you to know that if you believe this book, you will be safe. Your hope is sure. You don't need a miracle. You don't need to see Jesus in person. You just need to believe what God has spoken. The Apostle Peter makes this same point in 2 Peter 1, when he explains that they were eyewitnesses of these things, even hearing God's voice and seeing Jesus in his glory on the mount of transfiguration. But then he says this: And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place… He goes on in verse 21 explaining that “no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” Our Lord Jesus and his Apostle Peter want you to know that you stand on solid ground when you believe the Words of Scripture. Do we really believe that? That this book is as sure as seeing the risen Christ? Many of us would say “amen” to this, but does your life prove that you hang on the promises of this book? Does what you do with this book, the time you spend studying and how you obey these words show that this book is your guide, your lifeline, your rock? Let's continue in the narrative. Verse 28: 28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. How beautiful is this. It's getting dark now. Jesus's first day in his resurrected body is spent largely with two nobody's, walking with them and teaching them the Bible in an intimate setting. But he's going to show them even more. Verse 30 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. So much here. Jesus taught his disciples over meals many times. He often used simple things in life, like bread, to explain profound truths about himself. Like when he told the crowd of 5000 after he miraculously fed them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger… (Jn 6:35). Or when he broke bread with his disciples and instituted the Lord's Supper, saying, “this is my body, given for you.” What we see in this mysterious moment is an example of how God shows up to commune with us and give us faith when we open his Word, when we remember him around this table, when we speak about him to one another. It's not just the disciples of the first century that Jesus wants fellowship with. Even though we don't now see him, he is present with us. When we open the Bible and break bread together, do you know that God comes near to fellowship with you and teach you. This all seems very natural doesn't it. Eating bread and reading a book together seems very natural. But there's so much more going on here! Jesus, who is the Word made flesh, comes near to us by his Spirit and feeds us a meal that satisfies us more than anything else in this world when we do these things. That's why the church read the Word and broken bread together for millennia and it's why we keep doing it! God's Book is true food and it is all about Jesus. When we come to this book, we are fellowshipping with Jesus, who alone satisfies. But we need God to open our eyes and our open our minds to understand like he did for these men. “And their eyes were opened.” Who opened their eyes?! God! Just as he kept their eyes from seeing, now he opens their eyes to see. God is able to keep eyes from seeing and he is able to open eyes to see. This is actually very good news for us, because when we are left to ourselves, none of us would ever come to Jesus, or ever see because of our sin. This verse is strikingly similar to verse 45, when Jesus was with the eleven, 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures…,” and I believe it is tied also to verse 32. 32 They said to each other [after Jesus miraculously vanished], “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” Their hearts burned within because God was near. In the same way, when we open up God's Word and when we fellowship together, something supernatural is happening. When we come to God with hungry hearts, wanting to know him, God comes near by his Spirit, even as Jesus came near to these men, to teach and to shine light on your hearts – so that what seems foolish to men – burns in our hearts, confirming to us that this story is truth and light, that it is everything we need. This alone is proof that Jesus is risen from the dead! He is alive and actively working in people so that people all over the world even to this day are turning to Jesus and confessing him as Lord. This is exactly what Jesus told to disciples before this, that he would send the Holy Spirit to them after he ascends. He says in John 14: 25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (Jn 14). 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, (Jn 16). We don't see Jesus right now, but I can tell you this, he is alive and he is speaking right now to hearts in this room and around the world and fellowshipping with his people. 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. Seven miles at night time would have been dangerous, but when God's light shines on our hearts and the Holy Spirit awakens our souls to believe, no danger or distance or circumstance can keep us from telling others of the Good News! And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. When the two disciples got to Jerusalem, they found the eleven Apostles and those with them already celebrating that Jesus had risen from the dead and that he had even appeared to Simon. They also told everyone about what had happened to them on the road and around the table. Proofs that Jesus was alive were stacking up! I want to end with a note about Luke's use of Simon instead of Peter here. Jesus called Peter “Simon” when he spoke of his betrayal (Luke 22:32). So, I believe Luke is highlighting the fact that Jesus had come to Peter despite his betrayal. Why does this little detail matter for us today? It matters because we too are slow to believe like these men on the road and quick to fall away like Peter. Yet, graciously, our God keeps seeking us out like he did Peter and these men. Our sin blinds us from seeing God, ourselves, and the world rightly, leading us to rebel against God and choose our own way. And though God could leave us in our foolishness and rebellion, he came to us in human form so that he could show us again who he is and how he is our rescue. And instead of punishing us for our unbelief and rebellion, he willingly took our punishment on the cross so that we would not have to die in our sin, but could rise to newness of life in him and live eternally. This Good News is for you today. If you believe it, hold fast to it. Come daily to this book and discover Jesus in it, asking and expecting his Spirit to open our eyes and enliven our hearts when we do. Or perhaps you don't believe, but your heart is burning within you today confirming this all to be true and the way of salvation. He is ready and willing to receive you and teach you in an intimate relationship if you will come to him. Come to Jesus. Eat and drink freely. He alone can satisfy your soul's longings. Come today, turn from your sin, confess Jesus is Lord, and be baptized. Now Church, because he has risen and is present with us, let's worship him like it's true. [1] Stein, R. H. (1992). Luke (Vol. 24, p. 612). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers. [2] Ibid. [3] Pao, D. W., & Schnabel, E. J. (2007). Luke. In Commentary on the New Testament use of the Old Testament (p. 401). Grand Rapids, MI; Nottingham, UK: Baker Academic; Apollos.

    Calvary South Austin Godcast
    End Time Indicators – Luke 21:20-28

    Calvary South Austin Godcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022


    What are the signs of the end times? In this study from Luke 21, Pastor Bunjee Garrett examines the end time indicators that Jesus left us. The post End Time Indicators – Luke 21:20-28 appeared first on Calvary South Austin.

    Burnt Hickory | Sermons
    Joyful Exiles | Living with the End in Sight

    Burnt Hickory | Sermons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 44:14


    As we continue to explore 1 Peter, we learn how to live with the end in sight. We see in scripture that the end of all things is near, and because of that, we need to be alert and sober minded. God's desires need to be placed before ours and we need to love each other deeply while practicing caring hospitality. The real question is, if you knew Jesus was returning today, what would you change about how you are serving him right now? In light of the end being near, we don't need to get mired down in depression, but strive even more to point all glory to God and serve him faithfully. John Piper says – “If you are most satisfied in family or job or fame or success or money or food or music or health or staying alive — if you are more satisfied in any of those than you are in God — then you diminish the glory of God, and you magnify the glory of what you're most satisfied by. The Bible makes clear that we should live in order to display the supreme worth and beauty and glory of God. That's our primary reason for existence.” Based on this, how is your love for others? What things do you need to change? Are you satisfied in God? As always, if you've got questions, you can reach out anytime – burnthickory.com/next. We'd love to connect with you, answer any questions and take time to pray with you.

    Sermons – Calvary Community Church
    Contending for the Faith: Instruction in Godly Wisdom for Discerning Christians (Part 5)

    Sermons – Calvary Community Church

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022


    The post Contending for the Faith: Instruction in Godly Wisdom for Discerning Christians (Part 5) appeared first on Calvary Community Church.

    Mosaic Boston
    Set Free in Christ Jesus

    Mosaic Boston

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 44:27


    Audio Transcript: This media has been made available by Mosaic Boston Church. If you'd like to check out more resources, learn about Mosaic Boston and our neighborhood churches, or donate to this ministry, please visit mosaicboston.com. God, first of all, we just thank you for the kids of Mosaic, and just what a tremendous blessing that they are. God, we pray for them, we pray for their families. We pray that You would bless the kids' summer nights this year and everybody that's working so hard to put that together. Lord, we thank You for all the brothers and sisters in Christ that are not only working on that, but are down in Mini Mosaic every week just being a blessing and service to our children. God, we thank You for these kids, but we thank You also that You have made us Your kids, that You have made us Your heavenly father through Your son, Jesus Christ. You have adopted us into Your family. God, I just pray that You would help us to grasp what good news that truly is for us, that our salvation is not contingent upon anything that we have done or need to do, but fully upon what You have done for us in Christ. And that Lord, just as we did nothing to contribute to our conception or physical birth, we can do nothing to save ourselves, but it is Your spirit alone who regenerates hearts and causes us to be born again. We enter Your household by sheer grace through faith in Your son Jesus Christ and we thank You for this amazing grace. We pray also Lord, that Your grace taught us would not be in vain, that You have done a great work for us and we pray now that You do a great work in us, so that by the power of your Holy Spirit, You could do a great work through us for the sake of Your mission, Your kingdom, and Your glory. Lord, we thank You for this time. We pray that You just speak to us today through this amazing passage of scripture that we have. We pray all this in Jesus Christ's name. Amen. All right. Well, today is an exciting day. I think first of all summer is officially here and so you might see me breaking a sweat up here today, but that's not really why I'm excited. I'm excited because we finally have made our way to Romans Chapter Eight. If you were here at the beginning of the series of Romans, we talked about how the Bible, holy scripture, is without comparison, the most important, the most influential book in human history. Nothing else even comes close. You cannot begin to understand the world as it is today if you have not read the Bible. But within the Bible, we talked about how the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans, is arguably most influential letter within the most influential book. Today, as we come to Romans Chapter Eight, if you are familiar with the Book of Romans, you know that within the Book of Romans, this is a halfway point, it's the summit, it's the peak, it is the crowning jewel of Paul's letter. It is arguably the most influential chapter, within the most influential letter, within the most influential book, that has ever been written. This chapter has been called the inner sanctuary within the cathedral of the Christian faith. Have you ever had a really exciting story to tell, and you just can't wait to get to the point of it, but you know that you can't do that because if you just jumped straight to the point that the people that you're telling this to, they're not going to grasp the full weightiness of just how great of a point that you're trying to make? A few weeks ago, my son Owen is 10 years old, he just finished up the baseball season this past week. And a few weeks ago during baseball, Owen got a base hit. That's the point of the story. But if that's all I tell you, you haven't even begun to grasp the point. And so let me set this up. A few weeks ago, Owen's team began the playoffs. It's a double elimination tournament and they lost their first game. What that meant is they went into the loser's bracket and if they lost one more time, their season would be over. And so in the second game of the playoffs, they're losing the entire game. It's the bottom of the last inning, there are two outs, but there are runners on second and third. The team had been down the whole game. They made a little bit of a comeback in the last inning, but victory was just within grasp, but not quite there, and Owen is up to bat and he has three balls and two strikes, full count. This next pitch is going to determine everything. If he strikes out, the inning is over, the game is over, the season is over, they finish last place and he becomes that poor kid that struck out in the last inning and blew the game for everyone. The pressure was insane. Now, within that context, you understand the weightiness, the gravity of my words, when I say Owen got a base hit and he hit in, drove in the winning runs to win that game. Actually his team, after that, they came back and they made their way all the way up to the championship game and they beat the defending team in the first game 26 to seven, and then they lost the second game, which ruins the story. But you get the point. You can't just jump straight to the point, sometimes you need some context. And what Paul has been doing in his letter to the Romans is you can sense his excitement as he gets to Romans Chapter Eight, as he gets to the big idea, to the big point, but he's taken his time for the last seven chapters setting up the context so that we can really feel how great, how good, this good news really is. In the first couple of chapters, he presents, he lays out the human problem that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and that the wages of sin is death. He builds this argument, this case that proves that we all actually know that. Deep down in our hearts and our souls we know that we are not as we ought to be, and that we are deserving of judgment. Then for a couple chapters, he presents the divine solution, that even though we have all sinned and that the wages of sin is death, that we can be justified freely by grace through Jesus Christ, because Christ has made propitiation for our sins on the cross. But then right as he gets there, he takes this unexpected detour, and for a couple of chapters Paul begins to answer the objections that he is anticipating from his critics. He does this in order to show definitively how bad our problem really is. That it's not just that we're sinful, it's that we are sinful beyond all measure, and that even something as good and perfect and holy as the law of God, this is Romans Chapter Seven, even the law is powerless to save us. The law cannot make us good. It can show us what is good, but all it can really do for us is show us how far from good we really are. Paul brings us back down deep into the pit, right up to the brink of utter hopelessness and despair. At the end of Romans Chapter Seven, he just says, "Wretched man that I am. Who can deliver me from this body of death?" What hope could we possibly have to overcome the presence and the power and the penalty of our sin, of our depravity, that we are all guilty, we are all without excuse, we have no defense, we are not worthy of anything but judgment, and judgment is coming and deep down we all know it. Then all of a sudden in Romans Chapter Seven, Verse 25, Paul makes this sudden shift, and it's like in a symphony, he begins this crescendo in verse 25 and he says, "But thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord," and then he launches into Chapter Eight of our text today with this triumphant proclamation that, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." How can he say that? That's what we're going to be looking at in our text today. If you would please look at Romans Chapter Eight, we're going to be looking at verses one through four together this morning. This is Romans Eight and beginning in Verse One. The apostle Paul says this, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, for the law of the spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done, with the law, weakened by the flesh could not do, by sending His own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin He condemned sin in the flesh in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the spirit." This is the reading of God's holy word for us today. As we look at this text, I have three questions that I want you to ask yourself this morning. First of all, what has God done for you? Do you know what God has done for you? Second, what is God doing in you? And then thirdly, what could God do through you? The first question that we need to ask, it's not what must we do for God in order to justify ourselves or be saved? It's what has God done for us? We all know this, but this is what sets Christianity apart from every other worldview, every other philosophy, every other religion, is this idea of grace. Going back to the beginning of Romans, Paul begins Romans Chapter One, and he tells us that, "The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth." This is good news, in a strange way. It's bad news for us. It's good news because what this means is that God is good and because God is good, God is just, and in order for God to be just, then He must condemn sin. But now that's bad news for us because we are sinners. Why is Paul so excited in Romans Chapter Eight? Well, we get a clue to that a little bit later on when he gets to Romans Chapter Three. He says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood to be received by faith." And why did He do that? He says, "This was to show God's righteousness," because in His divine forbearance, He had passed over former sins. It was to show His righteousness at the present time so that He might be just, and the justifier of those, of the one who has faith in Jesus. This is the miracle of the gospel, that through Christ God is both just and justifier, that God upholds His justice by properly condemning sin on the cross, proving Himself to be just, but He also in upholding His justice is upholding His mercy as well, by taking that condemnation upon Himself, proving to also be the justifier of those who have faith in Christ. And this is what God has done for us. And the question is why would God do that? Why would He sacrifice so much to justify us who are so unworthy? 1 John Four, the Apostle John in Verse Nine, says, "In this, the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His own Son into the world so that we might live through Him. And this is love, not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." What is it that makes you a Christian? Are you a Christian because you love God? If you think that loving God is what makes you a Christian, scripture says you might not be a Christian. That God doesn't love you because you're loving. He doesn't love you because you're lovely. Your love for God, yeah, that may show that you are a Christian, but you are not a Christian because you love God. The only reason you are a Christian is because God has loved you. That God first loved you. He chose you. He adopted you as His own. And so does that mean that God's love, sometimes we hear this phrase God's unconditional love, is God's love unconditional? No, not exactly. God's love is not universal. It's not unconditional. It is actually completely conditional, but the good news is that it's not conditional upon us. It's conditional upon the character of God the Father. It's conditional upon the sacrifice of God the Son, that God is love. We do not define the love. Love is defined by the character of God. And He has manifest His love by sending His Son to come, to seek, and to save us who were lost. And so back to our passage, Paul says at the very beginning, he just kind of bursts into this excitement of, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." In Greek, what he actually says, "Is no therefore now condemnation," which doesn't make a whole lot of sense in English. But if you understand the way that Greek sentences are structured, the point is he is trying to powerfully emphasize the no, the noneness of our condemnation, which stands in total contrast to the fullness of the condemnation that we actually deserve. We talked about this earlier, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." That's Romans 3:23. That the wages of that sin is death. That's Romans 6:23. And so how can Paul say now that there's no condemnation? Well, he goes on in Verse Three and he tells us, "For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do, by sending His own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the spirit." That where there was no hope, where there was no way, God made a way. He made a way to justly condemn sin in Christ on the cross, while at the same time mercifully justifying sinners. And this is the gospel. He says that God the Father sent God the Son in the likeness of sinful flesh. And notice that word likeness there. Jesus did not come in sinful flesh. Jesus never sinned. Jesus was fully God, and yet he was fully man. He took on flesh. He was incarnate. But like Adam before the fall, Jesus did not have a sin nature. And so what that means is that Jesus faced all the limitations of a human body. He faced all the temptations that we experienced in a fallen world, but by the power of the Holy Spirit, He lived every moment of His life from the cradle to the grave without sin. He loved the Lord His God with all of His heart, soul, mind, and strength continually and loved His neighbor as Himself perfectly. And so being fully man, Jesus had to be fully man, because what this meant was that He could stand as a worthy substitute in humanity's place. He was one of us. He could represent us. But being fully divine, He could also stand as a worthy sacrifice, capable of actually paying that debt and in doing so, He actually defeats Satan, sin, and death itself. So Verse Four says that by sending Jesus in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, that this is the reason that God sent Christ, this is the reason He came, was to deal with our sin. God condemned sin in the flesh of Jesus in order that the righteous requirement of the law may actually be fulfilled in us, that Jesus took our condemnation and exchanged it for His justification, that God the Father declares Jesus guilty so that we could be declared perfectly righteous. That all the penalty that our sin deserved was placed on Christ. It was imputed to Him at the cross and there, and all of His righteousness is imputed to us, all the glory that His righteousness deserved is given to us by grace, through faith. That the curse of our lawbreaking fell on Him so that the blessing of His law keeping could be given to us. And so before we begin to consider what God wants to do in us or through us we need to just sit in this and be immersed, be overwhelmed, by what God has done for us. That God has done what even the law weakened by our flesh could not do. He's saved us from the penalty of our sin. And He has now hidden our lives in Christ. That's the language that Paul uses in Ephesian, that your life in Christ, you are hidden in Christ. And so think of it like this. We're going to talk a bit about sanctification. Sanctification is the power of Christ's life in you. Justification is the position of your life hidden in Christ. That if you are in Christ, that right now, when God the Father looks at you, He sees Christ's perfection, that all of your sins past, present, future, they were nailed to the cross. It's done. It's finished. They're forgiven, forgotten, cast to the bottom of the sea. Scripture says removed as far as the east is from the west. That all of our debt was transferred to Christ on the cross and He paid it in full with His blood. And now by grace God credits Jesus righteousness to us and it is sitting on our ledger, that you are in Christ and Christ is in you. And so now do you begin to understand why the Apostle Paul is so excited? Do you remember who this guy was like? This is Paul, the persecutor of Jesus Christ, the persecutor of the church, the murderer of Christians, the blasphemer, that this man, now in Christ, has been given the full assurance of the Father's eternal unfailing love. The full assurance that God the Father is never going to rub his sin in his face again. And it's not just that Paul got a second chance. We're not talking about a blank slate where you can go and try to do better next time. What we're talking about is actually Paul's given Jesus' slate. It's like imagine Jesus is the big brother. Paul's the little brother. Paul's the class clown. He's failing out of every subject in school. Jesus is the is the valedictorian and on the way home to Dad, to show their report cards, Jesus takes them, He swaps the names. Paul gets to go home and show this perfect record to the Father and experience the perfect pleasure of the Father. Not because of what he's done, but because of what His brother Christ has done for him. And you begin to get, get a sense of what has Paul so excited in this chapter. Psalm 103, 11 and 12 says that, "As high as the heavens are above the earth so great as His steadfast love to those who fear Him. As far as the East is from the West, so far does He remove our transgressions from us." This is why we sometimes sing Amazing Grace or we sing the song Scandalous Grace, that this is amazing, this is scandalous. It seems almost too good to be true. And really the reason that Paul had taken that detour around Chapter Six and Seven is to answer the objections of those who were claiming that, "Yeah, this actually is too good to be true, that you can't preach this, that you can't go around telling people this message of grace, this message of complete forgiveness, that there's no condemnation. Because if you go around talking about this amazing grace, well then aren't you just taking away people's motivation to not sin? Aren't you just going to encourage them to sin more?" And Paul says, "No. If that's what you think, then you've still yet to understand grace." And that brings us to the second question today, that God's grace doesn't set us free in order to sin or for sin. God's grace sets us free from sin. And so Paul goes on and he says, Romans back to Romans 8:1, "There's therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, for the law of the spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death." That grace, it takes us out of this impersonal realm of religion and law and it brings us into the personal realm of relationship and love. And this is pretty easy for us to understand if we think about it in human terms. Like if I sin against my wife and I go and I beg her for forgiveness and she forgives me, I don't think, "That was so easy. I'm going to go do that again because now I know she's just going to forgive me. And so I can just keep doing." No. I think, "Wow, I didn't deserve that forgiveness and I never want to hurt her like that again. I never want to do that again." That forgiveness and that grace actually motivate me to not sin again. Why? Because we're in a relationship, because we love one another, and this is what the gospel does. It brings us into this relationship with God the Father. I said this earlier, but justification is the position of your life in Christ and sanctification is the power of Christ's life in you, that the reason there is no condemnation for us is because our lives are hidden in Christ. But now the reason that we can fight the good fight of faith and put our sin to death is because we have the power of Christ living in us. And so if you remember last week we were in Chapter Seven and Chapter Seven is, it's kind of a lot to wrap your mind around, but we talked about how the big idea that Paul is getting here is he's trying to illustrate that as good and as holy as the law was, the chapter is really showing us that it was weak and it was incapable of saving us from our sin. And if Chapter Seven, Paul wrote that to show us the weakness of the law, then Chapter Eight, he wrote us to show us the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian. And so in Chapter Seven, you see law, law, law, over and over and over, and here in Chapter Eight, you see he's just talking about the spirit, the spirit, the spirit. And the first thing that we need to understand here, Paul talks about the law of the spirit of life compared to the law of sin and death. In the Book of Romans, Paul uses the word law in two different ways. And so sometimes when he uses the word law, he's referring to God's law, the Mosaic law, the 10 Commandments. Other times he's using the word law in a more general sense. It's like a governing principle. It's like a power. Like we would think of the law of gravity. And so that is the way that he's actually using it in these verses, that the law of the spirit of life, the law of the sin and death, in the flesh, the law of sin and death, this was the governing power, principle, in our life. That before Christ, sin had this, it was like the gravitational pull of the sun and our lives revolved around sin and we were slaves to that orbit. There's nothing that we could do to escape the power of sin's gravity on our lives. And so when I picture what Paul is describing here, it's as if Christ has come and He has just ripped us out of that orbit around sin. He's broken the power of sin's gravity on our lives and He's now placed us in a new orbit, that we have this new governing principle, this power that he calls the law or the power of the spirit of life. That we were once under the power of sin that led to death, but now in Christ, our lives revolve around the spirit who gives abundant and eternal life. Now here's the tension that we live in as Christians. We've been ripped out of one orbit, we've been placed into this other orbit. Now does that mean that after you come to Christ that you're never going to feel the pull of temptation again? Does that mean that after you come to Christ that you're never going to sin again? No, of course we know that. But so then just as your life will no longer revolve around sin, it doesn't mean that you're never going to experience sin again. 1 John 1:8 says, "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He's faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous." We talked about this a little bit last week, that we are never going to be perfect and without sin on this side of eternity. That until Jesus comes back and gives us our resurrected, glorified bodies, that sin is going to continue to be this constant threat and presence in our lives, that none of us are ever going to in this life, none of us are ever going to come close to fulfilling the greatest commandment, which is the love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, and mind and all of your strength. I can't even imagine doing that perfectly for a few seconds, let alone a lifetime. And the second commandment, which is to perfectly love your neighbor as yourself. We're never going to be sinless, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't try. That's the big idea. Pastor Jan said this last week that you will never be sinless, but as a Christian, you should be sinning less, that there is a real change, a real difference, a real distinction, between your life and the flesh before Christ and your life in the spirit in Christ. And that difference is you now for the first time have the power to say no to sin, to fight back against your sin, and to put the flesh to death. That before, you were powerless, that sin was your master. You were its slave. Your mind was set on it, your life revolved around it. But when Christ became your master, He set you free. And in setting you free, He deals a death blow to sin. And so on the one hand, sin is not dead, but it is dying and it's power over you should be growing less and less as you progress in your sanctification. And so sin is no longer your master, but it is still very much your adversary. This is why we still need to be on constant alert. Peter tells us that our enemy is He's roaming around like a roaring line seeking someone to devour. God told Cain in Genesis 4:7, He said, "Cain, sin is crouching at your door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it" And that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we have to rule over our sin. We're told that if we resist the devil, he will flee from us. If we draw near to God, God will draw near to us. So in Romans 7:4, Paul asked the question, "Wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death?" And then in Romans Eight, he tells us. Who will do this? God sent Christ to deliver us from the penalty of our sin, but also that Christ sent the Holy Spirit to deliver us from the power of sin in our lives and we need to fight in that power to rule over sin. And so the practical question right now for all of us is what is your life revolving around? What is your mind set on? We're going to talk about, Tyler is going to talk a little bit more about this next week when we get to the next passage, but in Romans 8, five and six, Paul says that those who live according to the flesh, set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit set their minds on the things of the spirit for to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the spirit is life and peace. What is your mindset? What is your mind set on? And the question is what are the practical rhythms that you are placing in your life right now in order to set and to reset your mind over and over on the things of the spirit? Now you're here right now. That's a pretty good start, right? Gathering for worship with the church, with the communion of the saints. This should be a habit. This should be a rhythm of our lives. And not only that, we show up here on once a week and worship together. But when you do, do you have your mind set on it? Are you thinking about it? Are you looking forward to worship all week? Are you preparing yourself to come and to be present and to be focused and to be attentive, to actually sing God's praise and to apply your mind to His word during worship. We need to do that. Daily, just reading God's word, abiding in God's word, being constant in prayer. It's another habit we need to have to set our mind on the spirit. Serving the body of Christ. Having fellowship with the believers. Are you committed to a community group? Are you dedicated and are you consistent in your participation with other believers and their lives? These are all very practical things, but they're practical things we need to do because the Holy Spirit uses these practical things in very profound ways to sanctify us in our fight against sin. Now, I want to take a moment to just talk about something else that is going on in Romans Chapter Eight. As we think about these things, most of us at one time or another have probably had a concern, a question, come and linger in our mind. And that is if all these things are true, if we are saved, if we are in Christ, if we are filled with the Holy Spirit and we are adopted into the family of God the Father, if we have truly been set free from the law of sin and death, then why do we still experience sin and death? As a Christian, do you still face temptation? Yeah. As a Christian, do you still sometimes sin? Yeah. As Christians, we still suffer. As Christians, we still die. And I believe that these concerns, these questions, are actually the reason that Paul is writing this chapter. He's anticipating these thoughts because if all of this is true, then we're going to ask then why is the Christian life so hard? And Paul is writing to a people who have suffered and they know how hard it is. Paul himself is a man who knows how hard. He had suffered so much as a Christian for his faith. But if you look at Romans Chapter Eight and you just sit down and just read the entire thing and just kind of zoom out on it, you see Paul begins the chapter with this promise, that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. And then he ends the chapter with another promise that there's also no separation for those who are in Christ Jesus, that nothing in heaven on earth can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. That Romans Eight, what he's doing is he's giving hope, he's giving comfort, he's giving assurance to Christians and to us that the trials and the temptations that we face in this life, these are not a sign that we're still condemned. They're not a sign that we're not saved. They're not a sign that God has forsaken us or left us. And they are not a sign that God is not in control. That this pain that we experience as Christians in this life, these are not the pangs of death that we're experiencing. These are the pings of birth. And that's what he says towards the middle of Chapter Eight, that this pain is real, but we need to understand that there is a purpose in this pain that is bringing about something so good that the pain is soon going to be totally forgotten. That's the hope that Paul wants to give us and he wants us to hold onto as we read Romans Chapter Eight, because, yeah, we are saints, but we're also sinners. We have eternal life, and yet we see Christians still die. We are more than conquerors, and yet we still face suffering and persecution. And if God has not chosen to just kind of teleport us off this earth and give us our glorified bodies as soon as we get saved, then it's because He has work for us to do here until Christ returns, that His good purposes for us in this world are not yet complete. And so that brings us to the last question we need to ask ourselves today. If that is true and if God has you here for a purpose, for a reason, then what will God do through you? What does God desire to do through you? Have you stopped to just imagine what God could do in your life? One of the things that I didn't mention earlier when I told the story about Owen's baseball team is that one of the reasons that moment was so tense, and one of the reasons that the outcome was such a big deal, is that for the first half of the season he had not gotten a single hit, I don't think. He was really struggling to hit the ball this year. This was the first year that he was doing kid pitch instead of coaches pitch, so the kids are pitching the whole time. And what that means is all the batters, they need to develop a new skill. And that skill is how do you bat against a pitcher who's not just, he's not just going to throw consistent strikes over the plate, some of these pitches are going to be all over the place. Actually, there were a few games where I think the pitchers were hitting the batters more than the batters were hitting the ball. And so, it's a new skill you got to develop, is how do you choose your pitches and how do you know when to swing, when not to, but he was struggling with this. And what it meant was he was striking out most of his times at bat. About halfway through the season, though, something changed. There was a turning point. Owen's coach rented some batting cages and for just several hours, there was just intense, focused, practice over and over and over with hitting the ball. And when he came out of that practice and went back out into the field, he started hitting the ball really consistently for the rest of the year. And practice is important. Practice makes perfect. There is a work that needs to be done in us, but what good would all of that have practice have been for him if he had never gone back out and applied those new skills on the field in a real game? And one of the temptations that we face as Christians is that a lot of times we'd rather practice than play the game. That when the coach calls us in, we would rather sit the bench, and it's a lot more comfortable to study the Bible theoretically in a simulated environment than it is to live it out in real life with real people and real problems. And this is one of the reasons that we intentionally want to try to keep things simple here at Mosaic. We talk about love Jesus simple, that really at Mosaic, we just focus on really three main things and we make them a priority. We worship together. That is a priority. We need to make it a priority. Every week we gather for worship together. We serve together. It's another important priority, that Jesus Christ did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. That He was a servant and we need to be servants. And then thirdly, we gather in homes and have community groups together. That is another priority. But beyond that, we really don't want to pack people's schedule full with a whole bunch of like churchy stuff. Like one hand, we know how busy people's lives are in the city already, but we don't want to just cram and just have people where all they're ever doing is going from seminar to class to study to one thing after another, because all those can be very good things, and necessary things at times, but you can't win championships if you never leave the batting cage. That's the point that I'm trying to make, that we all need enough margin in our lives to actually go out and do something on the field. And this city is a field. This is our mission field. If you remember, earlier in Romans, really the big idea of Romans is this idea that justification comes by grace through faith. And Paul, the way that he proves this case is by pointing all the way back to the example of Abraham, that this is how God had always intended it to be, that we are justified not by our works, but by grace through faith. But do you remember what God said to Abraham the very first time He speaks to him, when He calls him? This is Genesis Chapter 12, One through Three. It says, "Now the Lord said to Abraham, 'Go from your country and from your kindred in your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make you a great nation and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and him who dishonors you I will curse. And in you, all the families on earth shall be blessed.'" Romans Chapter Eight can really be read as a list of the blessings that we have in Christ. That in Christ we have the blessing of justification. In Christ, we have the blessing of adoption into the family of God. In Christ we have the blessing of sanctification and the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. That in Christ we have the blessed hope of glorification that Christ is going to return and make all things new. But God's grace toward us, God's blessings toward us, and God has been incredibly gracious toward us, but his blessings toward us should not be in vain. That like Abraham, there is a greater purpose in all of these blessings than just the way that they bless us individually. That God has blessed us in Christ in order to make us a blessing to all the nations, as he said to Abraham. And the nations are in this room. The nations are right outside our door. And so what that means is on the one hand we cannot give up this inner battle of the work that Christ is doing in us. We need to fight against sin. We need to grow in sanctification. But we also cannot forget we have an outward mission to the world, to share the gospel of what Christ has done for us, to testify to the reality of what Christ is doing in us and to allow Christ to work through us by making disciples of all the nations. We say this in our membership class a lot, but if you haven't taken the class for a while, if you've been a member for a while, just a reminder, if you are a Christian living in Boston, Massachusetts, then the chances are when you go to school, when you go to work, when you see your neighbors, chances are that you are the only Christian that they personally know living in this city. You may be the only person they know who has the answers to the meaning of life. Who are we? Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? How should we live? You may be the only person they know who is filled with the Holy Spirit of God, that you have been set free by the law of the spirit of life from the law of sin and death. You can show them what that looks like. To live a life in the power of the Holy Spirit, without guilt, without shame, with no condemnation, to the love sacrificially, to forgive people quickly from the heart, and to extend people grace in a graceless world, to tell them why you have hope, why you have peace, why you have joy, and why you are different. You may be the only person who can be the hands and the feet and the words of Christ to them that can come and say, "Come and see what God has done for you. Come and see what God wants to do in you and come and imagine what God could do through you." Later on in Romans Chapter 10, the Apostle Paul tells us that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Then he asks some questions. How will they call on him, in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching, and how are they to preach unless they are sent. As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news. As a Christian you need to know that you have been saved in order to be sent, in order to be that blessing. And so, as we close today, just a couple of things, as you prepare to go out and live your lives this week, first of all, I just want you to remember that it is by grace alone, through faith alone, that you are in Christ. That you are loved, you are chosen. There is no condemnation for you. There is no accusation that the enemy can bring against you. That there is nothing in heaven or on earth that can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord. That you are in Christ. And approach this week with that mindset, that you are in Christ. But also approach this with your mind set on the spirit, with the mindset that as much as you are in Christ, that Christ is in you. And if Christ is in you, then what might He desire to do through you in this coming week, in this coming season, in this life? And then, finally, if you're here today and you are not a Christian, and you want to experience what this means, that there can be no condemnation for you? And the way you do that, you just simply repent, turn and put your faith in Jesus Christ, call on the name of the Lord, as the Apostle Paul said, and you will be saved. You can do that today, as we close in prayer. So let's pray and we'll continue and worship. God, we thank you for this good news. We thank You for saving us. We thank You for sanctifying us, for adopting us into Your family, for giving us a future and a hope and an eternal inheritance through Christ Jesus. God, we pray that the good work that You began in us, both individually and as a church, that You would carry on to completion until the day that Christ returns. And Lord, I pray that if there is anyone here today that has not been justified by Your grace, that You would save them, that You would give them faith and that they would put their faith in Christ and what He's done for them, that Your spirit would fill them and begin a good work in them, that their lives would become a testimony to Your grace, and Your power would work mightily through them. For the sake of Your name and glory, we pray all this in Christ's name. Amen.

    Black and White: Radical Grace, Raw Truth and Real Hope in a Gray World
    Day 177: When You've Had Enough (Bible Tribe 1 Kings 16-22)

    Black and White: Radical Grace, Raw Truth and Real Hope in a Gray World

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 3:32


    Enough already! Ever feel like that? Life can keep throwing us challenges and sometimes we just don't feel like we can take any more. What then? When we feel we have had enough in this life, God is our portion. Bible Reading: 1 Kings 16-22 Verse of the day: 1 Kings 19:4, "Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”" Word of the day: Enough. It is the Hebrew word:  רַב (rab).

    Loving the Word
    June 26

    Loving the Word

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 1:32


    Verse of the day: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬

    United Church of God Sermons
    The Bible's Own Favorite Verse

    United Church of God Sermons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 14:49


    By Clint Porter in Cincinnati East, OH - June 25, 2022 - Near the beginning of the Bible, God provides a short description of Himself. That statement goes on to become a lynchpin in how God reveals His character to humanity over the 1,500 years of Biblical narrative that follow.

    In the 'Verse, Firefly Song Crafting
    Dragon's Graveyard | Dungeons & Dragons

    In the 'Verse, Firefly Song Crafting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 54:06


    Bobby the Barbarian wants revenge after Venger injures Uni the Unicorn. The kids seek Tiamat's help in the Dragon's Graveyard. Only there can they defeat Venger once and for all. But what is the price of “defeating him”? Will they go through with it? Find out on this week's In the 'Verse podcast. FireflyDrinkingSongs.com. SHOW TIMES - Upcoming Shows, Marc and Mikey News - 5-Minute Plot Synopsis / Show Discussion - This Week's Songs SHOW NOTES MARC: Welcome to In The Verse, the podcast that makes music inspired by popular media.  I am Marc Gunn, the creator of the Firefly Drinking Songs show and host of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. MIKEY: And I'm Mikey Mason, creator of the Beer Powered Time Machine Podcast and currently the MIKEYtalks podcast. MARC: This is episode FOUR of our new 10 episode season of the In The Verse Podcast. Mikey: Since we ran out of episodes of Firefly to discuss and write about, we'll be finding inspiration in episodes of other media; TV shows, Comic Books, Cartoons, but probably not video games. MARC: As always, you can support us in this and other creative endeavors by supporting Mikey athttp://patreon.com/mikeymason/ MIKEY: And by supporting Marc at http://patreon.com/celtfather UPCOMING SHOWS & NEWS MARC GUNN MAY 20: Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @  7:00 – 10:00 PM. MAY 28: The Lost Druid, Avondale Estates, GA @ 6:00 – 9:00 PM JUN 4-11: Celtic Invasion of Loch Lomond, Scotland JUN 24-25: Magic City Con, Birmingham, AL JUL 1-4: InConjunction, Indianapolis, IN AUG 4-7: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN. Get tickets now! EVERY WEDS, Coffee with The Celtfather @ 11 AM ET. Returns in August. MIKEY MASON Monthly online shows. May's monthly online show is set for Friday, May 20th at 8pm EST at Twitch dot tv slash comedyrockgeek. June 3-5 ConCarolinas, Charlotte, NC June 10-11 - Origins Game Fair, Columbus, OH June 16-20 - Fear the Con 2022, St. Louis, MO June 24-26 - Anime Festival Wichita, Wichita, KS July 1 - The Fickle Peach, Muncie, IN July 15-17 - PhoenixCon, Appleton, WI July 29 - The Fickle Peach, Muncie, IN AUG 4-7: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN. Get tickets now! BAND NEWS Marc: New Star Wars video. New singles, incl. Favor of a Dance coming in June. Pub Songs & Stories is changing to a monthly show with new MP3s from episodes released, plus one private show. Added song lyrics to Spotify. New Album Pins. Working on two albums for this year and a Kickstarter. Mikey: My Patreon patrons are still getting a new song EVERY Monday - that's 52 songs a year for as little as $1/month (though you're perfectly welcome to pledge more, if you can afford it and want to!) & MIKEYtalks podcast. PLOT SYNOPSIS & DISCUSSION MIKEY - Hank, Bobby, Eric, Presto, Diana, Sheila, and Uni. Dungeons & Dragons is an American animated television series based on TSR's Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. A co-production of Marvel Productions and TSR, the show originally ran from 1983 through 1985 for three seasons on CBS for a total of twenty-seven episodes. The Japanese company Toei Animation did the animation for the series. The show focused on a group of six friends who are transported into the titular realm and followed their adventures as they tried to find a way home with the help of their guide the Dungeon Master. A final unproduced episode would have served as both a conclusion to the story as well as a re-imagining of the show had the series been picked up for a fourth season; however, the show was canceled before the episode was made. The script has since been published online and was performed as an audio drama as a special feature for the BCI Eclipse DVD edition of the series. Watch “The Dragon's Graveyard” on YouTube. Watch “Requiem”, the final unreleased episode. THIS WEEK'S SONGS "Dragon's Graveyard (Sister, Sister)" by Marc Gun "Birthright" by Mikey Mason THANK YOU PATRONS Mikey: Marc and I make our living as full-time musicians. We love creating this podcast and sharing our music for you. But it would be near impossible to release as much great music and podcasts if it wasn't for the generosity of people just like you. Marc: So if you enjoyed this show, please support what you love. Your generosity pays for the production and promotion of our music and this podcast. Mikey: Thank you so so much to the amazing Patreon patrons who help keep the music being made, especially Ora M., Rev Chris Adotta Smith, Drk Unicorn, Amy Stuart, Michael Khandelwal, Josh Logan, Ame Morris, Les Howard, Brian Jackey, Jon Haight, John R Woollard. Scot Mealy, Scott & Melanie Wienhusen, Jeremy D Jackson and Jennifer Lewis Marc: I am extremely grateful to everyone who supports my Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. You are all so generous with your support. Thanks to my newest Patron: Ivan MacKillop, Don Rice, Antonya Pickard I also want to thank each of these top-tiered incredible patrons: Not Higgins, C.J. Taylor, Sarah Crockett, Bill Mandeville, William McKissack, Brian Morin, Carol Baril, Kurt Goodyear, Miranda Nelson, Jan Czenkusch, Luke Miller, Josh Brown, James ODell, Eric Ray, Les Howard, Scott & Melanie Wienhusen,  Tim M. O'Brien WHAT'S NEXT? The Shepherd's Tale CLOSING NOTES Marc: Thanks so much for listening. You can download many of our songs when you sign up on our Patreon pages. Find out more about Marc Gunn and Mikey Mason and how to support our music on Patreon. Mikey: We would love your comments, suggestions, songs and lyrics or links to videos to share in the next show. Use the hashtag #InTheVerse. You can post them on the Blue Sun Tour Facebook page or email mikey@mikeymason.com Marc: In the ‘Verse was produced by Marc Gunn and Mikey Mason. Sign up on our website and find out more about us and the show at http://fireflydrinkingsongs.com  

    Black and White: Radical Grace, Raw Truth and Real Hope in a Gray World

    Whenever my kids wanted to help someone do what was right when they were little, they would demonstrate authority and say, “my momma said so”. It worked for a little while until the other person did not consider me an authority. But we who are in Christ are to live holy lives because of the authority of our good and great God. Bible Reading: Lev. 9-12 Verse of the day: Leviticus 11:45, "I am the LORD, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy." Word of the day: Holy. It is the Hebrew word:  קָדוֹשׁ (kaw-doshe').

    Tao of Our understanding Alcohol Recovery Podcast
    Wen-Tzu – Verse 2 – Unlearning

    Tao of Our understanding Alcohol Recovery Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 43:49


    Today we discussed the second verse of the Wen-Tzu, which compliments several verses of the Tao Te Ching. We discussed verses 48, 81, and several more. A good discussion today! The Sage's work is to "lay to rest their learned opinions."  Don't forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/recovery-resources/ 30 Tools to Stay Sober Before, During, and After the Holidays; https://buddyc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/30-Tools-to-Stay-Sober120921.pdf Info on the new book, Powerless But Not Helpless, the free daily Tao Recovery Email, Sensei Elliston's new book, and much more; www.BuddyC.org Zen Home Meditation Training https://www.aszc.org/sitting-with-sensei Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! Here is the link; https://www.facebook.com/groups/TaoPodcast/ or search Tao of Our understanding Podcast. 9 pm EDT Nightly 7 Days a Week - Direct Link; www.ZoomAAMeetings.com (You must log in to a free zoom.us account for authentication to attend this meeting) Would you like to receive a free daily topic email with the most popular AA resources, accompanied by a secret Facebook group for discussion? Go to www.DailyAAEmails.com for more information! www.DailyAAEmails.com also includes a list of recovery podcasts and recovery resources! Thought for the Day; https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=M203cHZkbXQ0ZjRzOHRmNnI4ZjJpdmt2YmdAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ ACIM; https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=aTZuc2x0cnV2Z2I1YzhrOXJ0aG80MXUwYmtAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ&authuser=0

    As For Me And My House
    Preparing For A Baby

    As For Me And My House

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 60:23


    Hey fam! Thank you for joining us on today's episode. We hope we can encourage you in your journey to being a parent or adding another baby to the mix. Being that we are expecting our 3rd baby any day now, we want to share some of what's worked (and what hasn't) thus far in our baby preparation journey. So glad you're here!A big thank you to today's sponsors!Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/myhouseGet 50% off your first month plus free shipping on any crate line with code “asforme” at kiwico.comProtect your family with term life insurance now, in just 10 minutes. Apply today at meetfabric.com/myhouseFor a limited time, take advantage of Outer's best offer anywhere! Get $300 off plus free shipping at liveouter.com/myhouse Verse of the Day:“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” - Proverbs 127:3

    Black and White: Radical Grace, Raw Truth and Real Hope in a Gray World
    Day 175: The Walk of Life (Bible Tribe Eph. 4-6)

    Black and White: Radical Grace, Raw Truth and Real Hope in a Gray World

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 4:49


    Walking out our faith requires applying God's word daily to our lives. How we walk our faith out ultimately demonstrates what we say we believe. Bible Reading: Eph. 4-6 Verse of the day: Ephesians 4:17, "Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds." Word of the day: Walk. It is the Greek word:  περιπατέω (per-ee-pat-eh'-o).

    The 10 Week Bible Study Podcast
    The Coming Holocaust | Esther 3:12-15 | Week 3 Day 5 Study of Esther

    The 10 Week Bible Study Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 11:29


    Haman had just a little less than a year before his plan would come to fruition, so he quickly got to work. He paid to have his decreed holocaust printed, translated, shipped and delivered to every corner of the vast Persian Empire. When he had finished what was probably a week or two of picking out fonts, graphics and colors, he took a well-deserved break to sit down and have a drink. As the messages started to quickly be distributed around the capitol Susa, people were troubled. Verse fifteen tells us that Haman took a break and was quite proud of himself, but everyone else in the kingdom with any sense read this for what it was: the complete annihilation of an entire people group for no reason at all. And not just any people group, but the one that had been told by their own prophets to settle down, build houses, make money and be productive in Babylon and Persia. The people group who had already had four great leaders, and some of the only leaders known to span the rulership of two great kingdoms; Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego. There were probably lots of people who had questions about this, but it obviously became known that Haman now carried the signet ring of the king and that the king had checked out from ruling, as we will see in the next chapter. Everyone had questions, but no one wanted to ask for fear that their people might be the next one with a decree about them.If you had been in Susa, how would you have responded to such a decree?____________Esther is simultaneously a victory and a tragedy. In some ways, If you look at it through a modern lens, it should be called the Victory of Mordecai and the Tragedy of Esther. Esther loses her parents and then is taken into the harem of a despotic king to be used as he wishes. Mordecai ends up, like Daniel, a very high official and ruler in his expatriated land. This will be a great study of Esther as we look at the emotions, the world and the meanings of one of the most cherished, and often misunderstood books of the Bible.-----------LINKS----------Support 10WB on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/10weekbibleThe 10 Week Bible - http://www.10WeekBible.comTwitter: @DarrenHibbs - https://twitter.com/DarrenHibbsSign up for my newsletter - http://www.darrenhibbs.comGet a copy of the 10 Week Bible Study today - https://www.amazon.com/Darren-Hibbs/e/B00B4I47CE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl2&tag=darrenhcom0a-20&linkId=401f3d79974c70929517936977e32df9My other YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChUU0XHSHuhSyN8qk-7efYgTake the Podcast Survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W666XWWSupport the show

    Loving the Word
    June 24

    Loving the Word

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 1:41


    Verse of the day: “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:8‬

    Quran Garden - The Holy Quran Explained in Clear English (English Tafsir)
    Surah Al Imran: Family of Imran - Verse 106 - Black & White Skin

    Quran Garden - The Holy Quran Explained in Clear English (English Tafsir)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 7:15


    What does the color of your skin mean? Does Allah dislike black people? Are white and tall people better? Watch today's video and learn the answers in the Tafsir of Aya 106 of Surah Al Imran

    Calvary Chapel of the Cumberland Valley Podcast

    Verse-by-verse through the Book of Isaiah with Pastor Randy Mosher, Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel of the Cumberland Valley.

    The Christian Car Guy Radio Show
    Song of Solomon 2:9 - My Favorite Verse In The Bible

    The Christian Car Guy Radio Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 9:45


    Song of Song 2: 9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice. To me this verse hit me like a ton of bricks years ago and I explain why in this episode.

    Ridge Raised Outdoors
    #19: Summer Scrapes/Scouting with Ryan Glitsky and Josh Profitt

    Ridge Raised Outdoors

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 69:56


    I record an awesome episode with Ryan Glitsky and Josh Profitt, who some very knowledgeable whitetail hunters. We talk about hunting scrapes, running trail cams in the summer and some bowhunting tactics. Verse used: Matthew 12:30 "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

    Chapter and Verse Radio Podcast
    The Bread From Heaven (Part 1/2)

    Chapter and Verse Radio Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 26:00