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The Shepherd's Church
John 13:1-5 (What Jesus' Love Does For Us)

The Shepherd's Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2023 52:26


When Christ pours out His love on us, He does so until the bitter end. He loved us all the way to the cross, He loves us in our trials and tribulations, and He loves us until we meet Him face to face in heaven. Join us today as we explore four vital things that the love of Christ does for us!

City on a Hill
Citizenship and Identity

City on a Hill

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 29:28


NOTES: We highlighted three key Bible passages today. Hebrews 11:10 -- For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. Hebrews 12: 28-29 -- Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Colossians 3:1-4 -- If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. RECAP & TAKEAWAYS: If your identity is in a kingdom of this world that can be shaken, you will ultimately end up insecure. We tell ourselves stories to understand who we are. GET IN TOUCH: We'd love to hear from you. Please send us an email or question at comment@cithonahillpodcast.com. MUSIC: Little Lily Swing, Tri-Tachyon, Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International, https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tri-Tachyon/the-kleptotonic-ep/little-lily-swing Sorry, Comfort Fit, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Germany (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 DE),

Kerusso Daily Devotional

Are you the kind of person everyone looks at and assumes you are strong and together?   You too, huh? Many of us look fine on the outside, but the human condition is often much different on the inside.   Proverbs 31:25 says this of a godly woman: “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”   But the thing is, God did not make us to have a spirit of fear. He never planned for us to suffer from depression or anxiety.   Look, life happens. Sometimes we just are rocked by circumstances. But God's Word says that we don't stay there. We keep our eyes on Him and He is our strength. It's not even our job to find the strength to breathe and go about our day!   The person who endures a cancer diagnosis isn't doing it on her own. When Christ dwells in you, He takes the burdens and promises that in the end, we will be healed.   If you look like a confident statue on the outside, but you're about to lose it on the inside, take time to tell that to Jesus. Give Him your fears and doubts.   Let's pray.   Lord, we are not in this alone. Your grace is sufficient for all our needs, every day. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Christ Church (Moscow, ID)
Two Great Interests in Christ

Christ Church (Moscow, ID)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 2:38


When Christ is made manifest to the world, He is either worshiped and adored, or hated and reviled. To some He is the aroma of life leading to life, and to others He is the aroma of death leading to death (2 Cor. 2:16).

The Mount MKE - sermons
A Day in the Life #1 - Called

The Mount MKE - sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 23:05


Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” This is the life to which Jesus called the crowds and then his disciples when he began his ministry. First, he called them to faith. Then, he called them to vocation. Both calls require cross-bearing. Both calls require dying to self and rising in Christ to live. God help us drop our nets to follow him this year. (Mark 1:14-20)

TROMS GO
Something New Part 1

TROMS GO

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 23:13


“Since, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." Colossians 3:1-4 STAY CONNECTED: The Rock of My Salvation Subscribe to our YouTube Channel YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/tromsmedia Find us on Social Media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tromsmedia/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/tromsmedia Website: http://therockofmysalvation.org/

ESV: Daily Light on the Daily Path
January 11: Psalm 50:23; Psalm 65:1; John 5:23; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Hebrews 13:15; Revelation 7:9–10; Revelation 7:12; Psalm 103:4; Jeremiah 50:34; Hosea 13:14; John 3:36; Colossians 3:3–4; 2 Thessalonians 1:10; Hebrews 2:14–15

ESV: Daily Light on the Daily Path

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 2:51


Morning: Psalm 50:23; Psalm 65:1; John 5:23; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Hebrews 13:15; Revelation 7:9–10; Revelation 7:12 Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion. Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.—“That all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.”—Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.—The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God! After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!… Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” Psalm 50:23 (Listen) 23   The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;    to one who orders his way rightly    I will show the salvation of God!” (ESV) Psalm 65:1 (Listen) O God of Our Salvation To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song. 65   Praise is due to you,1 O God, in Zion,    and to you shall vows be performed. Footnotes [1] 65:1 Or Praise waits for you in silence (ESV) John 5:23 (Listen) 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. (ESV) 1 Corinthians 8:6 (Listen) 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. (ESV) Hebrews 13:15 (Listen) 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. (ESV) Revelation 7:9–10 (Listen) A Great Multitude from Every Nation 9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (ESV) Revelation 7:12 (Listen) 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” (ESV) Evening: Psalm 103:4; Jeremiah 50:34; Hosea 13:14; John 3:36; Colossians 3:3–4; 2 Thessalonians 1:10; Hebrews 2:14–15 Who redeems your life from the pit. “Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is his name.”—Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from Death? O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes. Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.—When he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed. Psalm 103:4 (Listen) 4   who redeems your life from the pit,    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, (ESV) Jeremiah 50:34 (Listen) 34 Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name. He will surely plead their cause, that he may give rest to the earth, but unrest to the inhabitants of Babylon. (ESV) Hosea 13:14 (Listen) 14   I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol;    I shall redeem them from Death.1  O Death, where are your plagues?    O Sheol, where is your sting?    Compassion is hidden from my eyes. Footnotes [1] 13:14 Or Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from Death? (ESV) John 3:36 (Listen) 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. (ESV) Colossians 3:3–4 (Listen) 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your1 life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Footnotes [1] 3:4 Some manuscripts our (ESV) 2 Thessalonians 1:10 (Listen) 10 when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. (ESV) Hebrews 2:14–15 (Listen) 14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. (ESV)

Training4Manhood
Gaining a Proper Perspective for Life

Training4Manhood

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 35:13


Guest: Blair Robinson   Note - I didn't “know Blair in high school” - just to clarify, Blair was in high school, I was already married and working - he's much younger than I am!   Blair Robinson is the Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church of Irving beginning in May of 2022. Raised in the Dallas area, Blair is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University (B.S. in 2004; and M.Ed. in 2008) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.A. in 2012; and D. Min. in 2019). Blair has previously served as the Discipleship Pastor of First Irving, and most recently as the Associate Pastor of Christ Covenant Church in Raleigh, N.C. His passion in ministry is to see the church consistently grow in grace as they delight in God. Blair and his wife Lauren have three children (Abel, Titus, and Abi Ruth). Blair enjoys time with his family and the members of First Irving, camping, hiking trails, reading helpful books, discipleship, sharing the faith, and the pastoral ministry.   Blair - a man must start with knowing that he is not God, he is a broken and wounded being IN NEED of God   The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes - you deserve death, anything less than that is the grace of God…I can't believe that I get Christ AND water! Do you have this perspective…or do you see yourself as “worthy”?   Where should you start to gain a proper “life perspective” - by reading the Word of God!   To the man who believes that he has “it all” - Ecclesiastes tells you a different story - there is nothing “new under the sun” - it's not about you, it's about something GREATER than you that puts all of life into perspective!   For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18   “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship   Best advice for 2023 - sit and soak in the Word of God this year.   Blair - you have to start with the flaw of the “first” Adam, our physical father, before you can understand the importance of the “second” Adam, Jesus Christ, our Redeemer who connects us by his sacrifice to our Heavenly Father!   Blair's book recommendation: The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs   T4M guys - just a reminder that Training4Manhood is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) ministry and you can make donations either via Zelle (info@training4manhood.com) or by visiting the Training4Manhood website. Huge thank you to Jared Wood for allowing T4M to use his music in our intro and outro selections.

Look at the Book
The Revelation of Jesus from Heaven: 2 Thessalonians 1:5–8, Part 4

Look at the Book

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2023


When Christ returns with his mighty angels, he will exercise full justice, repaying the afflicters with affliction and the afflicted with relief.

Saint of the Day
The Holy Theophany of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ

Saint of the Day

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 2:51


'About the beginning of our Lord's thirtieth year, John the Forerunner, who was some six months older than our Saviour according to the flesh, and had lived in the wilderness since his childhood, received a command from God and came into the parts of the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance unto the remission of sins. Then our Saviour also came from Galilee to the Jordan, and sought and received baptism though He was the Master and John was but a servant. Whereupon, there came to pass those marvellous deeds, great and beyond nature: the Heavens were opened, the Spirit descended in the form of a dove upon Him that was being baptized, and the voice was heard from the Heavens bearing witness that this was the beloved Son of God, now baptized as a man (Matt. 3:13 17; Mark 1:9 11; Luke 3:1 22). From these events the Divinity of the Lord Jesus Chist and the great mystery of the Trinity were demonstrated. It is also from this that the present feast is called "Theophany," that is, the divine manifestation, God's appearance among men. On this venerable day the sacred mystery of Christian baptism was inaugurated; henceforth also began the saving preaching of the Kingdom of Heaven.' (Great Horologion)   When Thou was baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of the word. O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and hast enlightened the world, glory be to Thee. — Troparion of Theophany   'But Christ's descent into the river has also a further significance. When Christ went down into the waters, not only did he carry us down with Him and make us clean, but He also made clean the nature of the waters themselves... The feast of Theophany has thus a cosmic aspect. The fall of the angelic orders, and after it the fall of man, involved the whole universe. All God's creation was thereby warped and disfigured: to use the symbolism of the liturgical texts, the waters were made a "lair of dragons". Christ came on earth to redeem not only man but through man the entire material creation. When He entered the water, besides effecting by anticipation our rebirth in the font, he likewise effected the cleansing of the waters, their transfiguration into an organ of healing and grace.' Bishop Kallistos, "Background and meaning of the Feasts" in the Festal Menaion.   The western feast of Epiphany, also on this day, commemorates not Christ's baptism but the adoration of the Magi.

Mary Lindow ~ The Messenger Podcast
”The Timing of God and His Impeccable Attention To Details”

Mary Lindow ~ The Messenger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2022 17:56


By Mary Lindow Today's podcast is one that I am going to share with you about “another wonderful story” of how the Holy Spirit can prompt us to do things for others at the most uncanny times, and as if they were perfectly orchestrated years and years beforehand. And, of course, the Lord knows the heart desire of every one of his children, but he often uses his own children to help bring about the heart's desire for many other people by being obedient and acting when the Holy Spirit in first Corinthians says, “Don't you know that your body is a temple that belongs to the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit, whom you received from God, lives in you. You don't belong to yourselves.” 1 Corinthians 6:19   IT WAS NEAR CHRISTMAS TIME, and a local Women's Aglow group, which happened to be a good sized chapter, was having a Christmas ladies luncheon and asked if I would come in and be their keynote speaker. The room was decorated beautifully and of course the tables were festive for the holiday! As I was sitting at the table next to the team members and the president of the group, there was a conversation about the beautiful table settings. I was just listening and enjoying hearing them talk about how they went about getting everything ready, and why they wanted to make it so nice for so many other women that were coming, because many of them worked full-time jobs and didn't get a chance to come and partake of beautiful things during the holidays because they were also busy mothers.   ONE OF THE LADIES BY THE NAME OF BILLY WAS SHARING WITH EVERYONE THAT SHE HAD JUST GONE SHOPPING WITH HER DAUGHTER A FEW WEEKS AGO, and they had picked out Wedding China for her daughter and her husband, because her daughter was going to be married in the spring. She went on to say that she never did get to have Wedding China as a young bride and wanted her daughter to have a beautiful experience and opportunity to have a beautiful table.   I THOUGHT, "WHAT A WONDERFUL THING THIS WAS THAT THIS WOMAN WAS GETTING CHINA FOR HER DAUGHTER, AND THAT SHE HAD NEVER HAD WEDDING CHINA HERSELF." She went on to mention that she had picked out a special pattern herself as a young bride, but that it was just not possible for her family and friends to give wedding china at that point, because it was a very frugal wedding, and other wedding gifts were more important. I sat there and wondered about how wonderful it was for her as a mother, to be so concerned that her daughter would have a beautiful table to set with beautiful things, when she herself had never had any. Now, it was time for me to get up and share my Christmas message so I did, and afterwards told her how beautiful her story was to me about her daughter, and proceeded to go home for the day. On my way home, I began to remember that I have been given an entire set a Fine China from a dear friend, whom I had come to know while I was in Bible College.   NOW, THIS IS WHERE IT GETS INTERESTING! This dear, godly, lovely man would take on students to help with jobs or different kinds of projects in his home or, other derelict properties that he would buy, and train them and also pay them so they could pay for their Bible college fees. He had been in the military with a high clearance type of job, and although he had wanted to marry, he knew that he would never be able to be home enough to justify caring for a bride. At 63 he began to take students into his home for meals and storytelling, and developing them for skill sets. He had been a trainer for all kinds of business components of the military. WHEN I MET HIM WHEN IMMEDIATELY HAD A BOND because he was also a gifted musician, and had a love for Fine art and Fine China. He would go to the thrift stores or take me along and different places where very wealthy Texans would drop off Crystal and China and dishes and silver that they were no longer using. So he was forever scouting out Havilland china pieces or different kinds of China to add to his collection. I went on to meet my husband and marry him later and we moved to Illinois. (That's where my husbands from.) THIS LOVELY MAN BY THE NAME OF ALAN would occasionally sent boxes of pieces of things that he would find to add to a side of China for me, and I did have wedding China of my own. At one time we had three full sets of Fine China and I wasn't sure what to do with all of it! Then came two boxes that he had found of a 1950s china pattern that he thought was exquisite! I had opened the boxes and noticed there were eight place settings, eight cups and saucers, eight salad plates, eight serving plates, and also a creamer and sugar set as well as a large serving bowl.   SOMEHOW, I NEVER FELT LIKE THESE WERE TO BELONG TO ME, and I really didn't have storage for them. So, I put them away in a cupboard thinking that someday if we moved and I had a China hutch for them, I would use them as spring dishes. They had a platinum rim, they were white and off to the right side there was a spray of flowers that had a lot of teal and a little bit of touch of pink and a hint of orange, and of course soft green.   STEVE AND I WERE THEN CALLED TO GO HELP PIONEER A CHURCH IN MISSOURI, so we packed everything up and moved those dishes and everything else to Missouri. And understand these dishes have been shipped from Dallas Texas to Illinois. Now they were taking a trip to Missouri!   ABOUT TWO YEARS LATER STEVE AND I DECIDED THAT WE WERE GOING TO MOVE BACK TO DENVER, COLORADO BECAUSE THE LORD HAD PROMPTED US TO DO SO. So once again, we packed everything up and moved to Denver. There I was in Denver speaking at a Women's Aglow Christmas banquet luncheon and I hear this woman-discussing find China for her daughter.   NOW! BACK TO ME ON MY WAY HOME.  The thought came to me, (prompted by the Holy Spirit) “Why don't you give that set of China to Billy? What a wonderful Christmas gift it would be to gift to her, and she would have a lovely set of China for her own home.” I was absolutely thrilled to think that this would belong to someone else, and that the Lord would want me to give it to them. But I wasn't sure if it was a pattern she would want or not.   BUT THE PERSISTENT NUDGING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT… … WOULD NOT GO AWAY!   I went into our basement storage area and found the two boxes and everything was still pristine and in great condition. I wrote a quick card, and told her that I felt like the Lord wanted me to give these to her after listening to her conversation about buying China for her daughter and then that I just wanted to bless her with it so she would have a beautiful table at Christmas time. I did get a hold of her telephone number and called and told her that I was having my husband and two little boys run some boxes by, just a little something for her. Would she be home? She said of course she would and she said she was “quite intrigued”. I BUNDLED UP THE BOXES AND HELPED MY HUSBAND GET THE TWO LITTLE BOYS INTO THE CAR AND OFF THEY WENT TO DO THE DELIVERY. I was downstairs folding laundry, and just thinking about how much I hoped it blessed her, and that she would be tickled that the lord thought of her.    NOW COMES THE MOST EXCITING PART! The phone starts ringing and I went upstairs and I missed it. (This is back when Cell Phones were way too expensive for everyone and we still had a landline with a long cord!) Then the phone started ringing again, so I quickly answered the phone, and on the other end, there was the sound of someone gasping and crying! Now Being a pastor's wife, we often received calls from people who were in distress or who were needing prayer, so, I began to saying, “Hello? Who's there? Can I help you?” Finally, the person on the end of the line was able to clear their throat and gather their emotions, and it was Billy the lady who Steve had dropped the China off to.   SHE BEGAN SAYING, “OH MARY! YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU HAVE DONE!” And of course I didn't, and I wasn't sure if it was a good thing or a bad thing, but I could tell that she was overcome! She then began to tell me that when the boxes arrived, she was tickled to think that someone thought of her, and my husband said my wife wanted to give these to you and wish you a Merry Christmas. But, when she closed the door and went to open the packages, she reached in and pulled out one of the dinner plates that was in a slotted cardboard area. The China pattern was the EXACT China pattern that she had wanted as a young bride, but never had. It had the platinum rim that she had desired to have on her pattern! And there were eight place settings, just enough for her Christmas table and her family that was coming to feast. Also, she was able to set a beautiful place setting and table, for the Mother of the Groom, who was going to come and visit.   THIS WOMAN WAS WEEPING AND LAUGHING, AND COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT THE LORD WOULD HAVE HELD ONTO THIS CHINA FOR HER ALL THESE YEARS. I told her that they have been given to me and shipped from Dallas to Illinois to Missouri to Denver. Imagine! The Lord had shipped those dishes, and had me move them “strategically”, until they got into the hands of the woman that he had planned to bless them with!   MY FRIENDS, GOD KNOWS THE DESIRES OF OUR HEARTS even down to the simple things like Fine China, and he knows that soft and beautiful things, in specific times of our life are so necessary, to show us how lavish and beautiful his care and love for us is.   THE STORY GOES ON BECAUSE MANY OF HER FRIENDS THEN BEGAN TO HEAR THE STORY ABOUT “THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE CHINA”, and they began to give her serving pieces that matched, or Silver pieces or Crystal, and one friend even gave her a set of family silverware to accompany her beautiful table. Everyone wanted to get in on the beautiful moment!   WHEN STEVE CAME HOME, WE JUST PUT OUR ARMS AROUND EACH OTHER AND LAUGHED AND CRIED at the joy of knowing the Lord had those dishes, literally moved and sent on his behalf, to this darling woman.   I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO NEVER, EVER, MINIMIZE THE FACT, THE HOLY SPIRIT ASKS YOU TO DO SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE ELSE. It could be something as simple as giving them a beautiful scarf that you are no longer wearing, or perhaps you have tools in your garage that you're not using. IT'S IN THE ACT OF GIVING THAT THE PRESENCE OF GOD COMES DOWN AND TRANSFORMS WHAT WE ARE GIVING, INTO HOPE.     GIVING IS NOT THE NATURE OF THE DARK WORLD! Taking and grasping and hoarding is from the dark part of the world. But we as believers are to give freely because we have freely received everything we could ever need to save us from the doom and darkness of this world. When Christ himself came and gave his life as a lamb, as a child, he gave his life to us in the form of an infant so that when his day to die up on the cross came; he could truly say that he experienced life like we have, from cradle to grave.   AS WE ALL BEGIN TO DE-CLUTTER AND PUT AWAY CHRISTMAS ITEMS, I would encourage you to look at through the lens of what you have, and ask the Lord, “Is this something that I need to be sharing with someone else?” Is there another set of silverware in your house that you are not using that another family might need? Do you have several pairs of sports tennis shoes that you purchased and realized you don't like them and they're practically brand new?   FIND A FAMILY, FIND SOMEONE WHO NEEDS THEM. And yes, you have to look for them sometimes, but the Lord will direct your path because you are led by the Holy Spirit and you belong to Him, and the Holy Spirit wastes NOTHING!   WE ARE LIVING IN A TIME WHERE THE BODY OF CHRIST IS BEING CHAMPIONED AND CHALLENGED TO LEARN HOW TO CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER AND MEET ONE ANOTHER'S NEEDS SO THAT NONE ARE LACKING. There's no place in the Bible that talks about hoarding or keeping everything to us. None whatsoever. But it does talk about sharing and at times, “sacrificial giving to others” so that they may know the love of Christ. I encourage you to go through your canned goods to look at your bedding, sheets, extra coats, and by all means that dozens of Bibles that we all have sitting on our shelves in abundance! There are those who would give anything to have a new Bible or perhaps a warmer winter coat.   WE CANNOT LOOK DOWN ON THOSE WHO ARE SLIGHTLY IMPOVERISHED OR IMPOVERISHED, BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING "MORE GODLY" ABOUT BEING WEALTHY, THAN THERE IS ABOUT BEING POOR.   GOD JUDGES THE INTENTION OF OUR HEARTS, NOT THE ABUNDANCE OF OUR WALLETS.   THERE ARE THINGS AROUND YOU THAT THE LORD HAS PLACED WITHIN YOUR REACH and maybe even you have moved from state to state or move from one house to another that you could easily ask him about and ask him to prompt you to show you who is this to go to. You may be sitting in a restaurant and hear someone talking about something they need and you may be prompted by the Holy Spirit that you are the one that has it. It takes simple listening. It just takes simple listening! It doesn't take a Herculean effort. But love acts!   ONCE WE SECOND-GUESS OURSELVES and never stop and buy that cup of coffee for the person in front of us that seems downtrodden. Or, we wonder if that $20 towards someone's grocery bill in front of us makes any difference, then we miss out on the blessing. But you see it's not for us to question the amount or the moment! It's for us to act in loving grace and humility and kindness, and in that moment change the world!   HEAVEN COMES DOWN AND MEETS THE NEED AND KISSES SOMEONE'S HEART WITH HOPE, AND HE USES US TO DO IT.   I wish you all a beautiful week as you prepare  for this up-and-coming year. My message after the first of the year is going to talk about “Peace in the midst of chaos” because the world is becoming more chaotic, and unfortunately the world is covered with a gross darkness right now. Believers need to be strengthened encouraged not to quit, not to hide, and certainly not to hoard! I BLESS YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS AND I PRAY NOW THAT HE WILL TOUCH YOU AND GUIDE YOU AND SHOW YOU WHAT TO DO WITH THE THINGS THAT YOU DO HAVE, THAT YOU CAN GIVE FREELY. And, perhaps there are things that you are feeling a tug at your heart that you need to give but they're going to cause a little pain to give away. That's OK! The Lord does love, sacrificial, giving, and above all, he loves a joyful giver!   THERE IS NOTHING MORE JOYFUL THAN TO SEE THE ABSOLUTE SURPRISE AND DELIGHT ON THE FACE OF SOMEONE THAT YOU HAVE BLESSED IN KINDNESS, AND WITHOUT FANFARE.   Have a beautiful and Happy New Year, but above all, pray that the Lord would show you what he has to say to you in 2023 specifically for your life  and what kind of assignments he has for you.   THE CHURCH IS BEING CALLED UP TO BE THE FULL ARMORED BODY OF CHRIST, AND MY FRIENDS THAT MEANS YOU AND I. Goodbye for now please go to my website at www.marylindow.com where you can listen to this podcast directly there or you can read and listen to other things that I have posted there and a few videos. I say thank you to all of you who have been so gracious to send beautiful Christmas cards and little notes in the mail and also emails with encouraging words, sharing what these podcasts and stories I've been doing mean to you. And I thank those of you who have been prompted by the Lord to support this next year of ministry. Your response has been a bit overwhelming and I thank you for your help, and also I think you more than anything for your prayers for I truly do feel them. God bless all of you.   Duplication and sharing of this message is welcomed provided that complete article, podcast and website information for Mary Lindow is included. Thank You! Copyright © 2022 " THE MESSENGER " ~ Mary Lindow   www.marylindow.com www.marylindow.podbean.com   If you would be so kind and assist Mary, helping her to meet other administrative needs such as website and podcast costs, or desire to bless her  ministry service with Spirit-led love gifts or regular support: Please JOYFULLY send your gift in the form of:  ► Personal Checks ► Business Checks ► Money Orders ► Cashiers Checks To:  His Beloved Ministries Inc.  PO Box 1253 Denver, Colorado 80614 USA  Or feel free to use or send a tax-deductible gift with Pay Pal   paypal.me/mlindow  Under the name of - His Beloved Ministries Inc.    ALL gifts are tax-deductible under His Beloved Ministries  501(3)c non-profit status. We are financially accountable and have been in full compliance since 1985 with Clergy Financial Advantage. THANK YOU!  

Catholic Answers Live
#10955 Dropped Calls - Karlo Broussard

Catholic Answers Live

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022


Questions Covered: 08:24 – How do we know when the pope is speaking infallibly? 21:42 – Why as Catholics do we have images? When did this start? 31:44 – I'm not Catholic but my husband is. Why do I have to become Catholic if we are all children of God? When Christ returns, will there still be a need for Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopalian churches? 36:58 – What happened to St. Peter's wife? Was she crucified with Peter? The Bible mentions Peter's mother-in-law. Was he married, and if he did, did he leave his family? 45:51 – What does Jesus mean when he says there will be no marriage, nor will they marry in Heaven? Why would He say this if we have bodies on the final day, won't my husband still be my husband? …

ESV: Daily Light on the Daily Path
December 24: Isaiah 26:4; Isaiah 27:5; Isaiah 48:22; Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 3:24–26; Ephesians 2:13–14; Colossians 1:19–20; 1 John 1:9; John 5:21; John 5:26; John 10:11; John 10:17–18; John 11:25–26; John 14:6; Colossians 3:3–4; 1 John 5:11–

ESV: Daily Light on the Daily Path

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2022 3:01


Morning: Isaiah 26:4; Isaiah 27:5; Isaiah 48:22; Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 3:24–26; Ephesians 2:13–14; Colossians 1:19–20; 1 John 1:9 “Or let them lay hold of my protection, let them make peace with me.” “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil.”—“There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.” But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.—Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins… so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.—If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:4 (Listen) 4   Trust in the LORD forever,    for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. (ESV) Isaiah 27:5 (Listen) 5   Or let them lay hold of my protection,    let them make peace with me,    let them make peace with me.” (ESV) Isaiah 48:22 (Listen) 22   “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.” (ESV) Jeremiah 29:11 (Listen) 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare1 and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Footnotes [1] 29:11 Or peace (ESV) Romans 3:24–26 (Listen) 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (ESV) Ephesians 2:13–14 (Listen) 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility (ESV) Colossians 1:19–20 (Listen) 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (ESV) 1 John 1:9 (Listen) 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (ESV) Evening: John 5:21; John 5:26; John 10:11; John 10:17–18; John 11:25–26; John 14:6; Colossians 3:3–4; 1 John 5:11–12 God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. “For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself…. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.” “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”—“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep…. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”—“No one comes to the Father except through me.”—Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.—For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. John 5:21 (Listen) 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. (ESV) John 5:26 (Listen) 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. (ESV) John 10:11 (Listen) 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (ESV) John 10:17–18 (Listen) 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” (ESV) John 11:25–26 (Listen) 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.1 Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Footnotes [1] 11:25 Some manuscripts omit and the life (ESV) John 14:6 (Listen) 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (ESV) Colossians 3:3–4 (Listen) 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your1 life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Footnotes [1] 3:4 Some manuscripts our (ESV) 1 John 5:11–12 (Listen) 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (ESV)

Eden Revisited
#081: An Easy Essay by Peter Maurin

Eden Revisited

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 35:38


Peter Maurin was the peasant-philosopher who inspired Dorothy Day and co-founded the Catholic Worker Movement. He distilled his vision for a Christian social order into a series of short writings known as Easy Essays. On today's podcast, the boys digest an Easy Essay titled "When Christ is King." Maurin helps us cut through the noise just in time for Christmas so we can say with confidence, hope, and joy, "¡Viva, Cristo Rey!" From all of us at Eden Revisited, Merry Christmas!SHOW HIGHLIGHTSWho was Peter Maurin?Whose voice holds sway in our culture today?What is the history of the Solemnity of Christ the King?How does Plato's Republic compare to the Christian social order?Are Yale graduates equipped to serve the world?What is the role of truth, goodness, and beauty in education?And how to be a peasant-philosophers and servant-king!LINKSWhen Christ is King – Easy EssaysEp. 057 - Who was Peter Maurin?Leave us a Review!Take a few seconds and write a positive review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. This helps us move up in the rankings and reach more people!Connect with the PodcastHave a question, topic idea, gardening tip, anything? Email us at edenrevisitedpodcast@gmail.com. We'd love to give you a sprout out.

ExchangeCC Podcast

“When Christ was born, so was our Hope” -Max Lucado DID YOU INVITE JESUS INTO YOUR HEART? Have you made a decision to follow Jesus? We are so excited for you!! You may be wondering what's next. We want to help! We want to walk with you in your relationship with Christ. Reach out to us via our contact form. https://www.exchangecc.com/contact ABOUT EXCHANGE COMMUNITY CHURCH Exchange Community Church wants to help you find your next step. Our prayer is you encounter the love that God has for you and grow in your relationship with Him. If you want to learn more about joining us at Exchange Community Church or globally online visit https://exchangecc.com or reach out to us personally by emailing us: hello@exchangecc.com With a dream in their heart and passion for the Bay Area, Mark and Ellie Cotter moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and planted, Exchange Community Church, Walnut Creek in the summer of 2016. Exchange is about, authentic biblical preaching, Holy Spirit inspired worship, and the Love of God revealed through His son Jesus. It is a place to belong and a place you can call home. Find more information at https://exchangecc.com or fill in the contact form via https://www.exchangecc.com/contact FIND US ON SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/exchangecc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/exchangecc/

Sermons from Seven Mile Waltham
04 Joy To The World

Sermons from Seven Mile Waltham

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2022 47:45


In this sermon, Pastor Clint looks at Revelation 21-22. In this passage, the Apostle John looks down the halls of human history to see that Christians have a super bright future because of Jesus. Traditionally, Advent has been a season to look at both the first and second comings of Christ. When Christ comes again, he will make his blessings flow far as the curse is found. Listen and be encouraged to know that despite the brokenness around us -- there is coming a day when every hint of the curse will come untrue.

Grace Bible Church of Bend
Behold, the King of Peace

Grace Bible Church of Bend

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2022 42:01


When Christ returns, perfect peace on earth will finally come, but how do we find peace now? In this Advent sermon, Pastor Phil helps us to answer this question by looking at the only source of true peace, Jesus Christ the Lord. Unlike the world's peace, the peace of Christ is not dependent upon circumstances, but in knowing that he has saved us, he is sovereign over us, and that he loves us. From our Sunday service at Grace Bible Church of Bend.

ESV: Chronological
December 17: Colossians 1–4

ESV: Chronological

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2022 12:02


Colossians 1–4 Colossians 1–4 (Listen) Greeting 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brothers1 in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. Thanksgiving and Prayer 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant.2 He is a faithful minister of Christ on your3 behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit. 9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks4 to the Father, who has qualified you5 to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. The Preeminence of Christ 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by6 him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation7 under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. Paul's Ministry to the Church 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. 2 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. 5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. Alive in Christ 6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits8 of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities9 and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.10 Let No One Disqualify You 16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions,11 puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God. 20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations—21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. Put On the New Self 3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your12 life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:13 sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.14 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self15 with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,16 free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Rules for Christian Households 18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters,17 not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. 4 Masters, treat your bondservants18 justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. Further Instructions 2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Final Greetings 7 Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant19 in the Lord. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, 9 and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here. 10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him), 11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. 14 Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers20 at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16 And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea. 17 And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.” 18 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Footnotes [1] 1:2 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters [2] 1:7 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word sundoulos, see Preface [3] 1:7 Some manuscripts our [4] 1:12 Or patience, with joy giving thanks [5] 1:12 Some manuscripts us [6] 1:16 That is, by means of; or in [7] 1:23 Or to every creature [8] 2:8 Or elementary principles; also verse 20 [9] 2:15 Probably demonic rulers and authorities [10] 2:15 Or in it (that is, the cross) [11] 2:18 Or about the things he has seen [12] 3:4 Some manuscripts our [13] 3:5 Greek therefore your members that are on the earth [14] 3:6 Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience [15] 3:9 Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10 [16] 3:11 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for Bondservants in verse 22 [17] 3:22 Or your masters according to the flesh [18] 4:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for servant in verse 12 [19] 4:7 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word sundoulos, see Preface [20] 4:15 Or brothers and sisters (ESV)

The David Alliance
Take a Hard Right

The David Alliance

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 6:29


Wake the Faith up Slayer… This is Garth Heckman with the David Alliance and you can reach me at TDAgiantslayer@gmail.com    !Garth5150!     Brought to you by wellbuiltbody.com Gym Apparel for men and women that rocks and shocks and ain't for everybody - but just might be for you. wellbuiltbody.com   There are quite a few boys in the gym and by boys I mean ages 17-25 who come up to me and ask me for advice on lifting. One young man in particular is trying hard to stand out, find his place… he suffers tragically with self esteem and awkwardness, but doesn't see it. When he does come to the gym, he kind of works out, he brings a young girl with even less self esteem as him along. He points out how to lift, when to lift, why he isn't so strong that day… etc.. But he will forever come up to me and ask me questions about lifting… he will share with me what new routine he is doing… always from some person on instagram. He will ask me why his deadlift isn't going up, or how to help his lock out on bench. And I will graciously tell him what to do… But I know he won't do it. So I finally  got to a place where I said “look skippy, you don't do what I tell you to do, so just keep lifting and you will figure it out, but Im out of advice”. He just passed it off and said yea ok cool.  Don't you hate when people ask you advice and they don't do it?  You know we often ask God for advice… but here is the problem - he doesn't give advice. He gives truth… pure solid, unapologetic truth. We don't get to choose wether it its the truth or not, wether it is good advice or not… we only get to choose if we will do it or not. If we don't do it, we have simply chosen to live a lie.  he is not a counselor  a consultant An advice column writer He is not a hunch or a magic spell book looking for the verse that best fits our problem and our answer… HE IS GOD.  Lets state the not so obvious… you don't need faith to obey God. WHAT? Oh we need faith o please God, we need faith in his word and faith in who he says he is, and we need faith to move mountains… but to simply obey him???? no faith required. WE see the ten commandments needed no faith to obey, When Christ gave the 2 commandments… love the Lord your god with all your mind body strength, soul spirit… and love your neighbor as yourself… Don't need faith to understand them or obey them. We just need to do them.  I think sometimes I must be that 17 year old kid that walks up to God in the gym and says “hey I uh don't seem to have as much intimacy as i want… whadddya think I should do?” And he rolls his eyes and says “have you thought about rather than listening to music all day long you listen to the bible, and spend a little more time listening to my still small voice. And maybe try to serve your wife more and not complain so much… And I say… oh yea, well right now I am trying harder and just hoping my wife gets a better attitude… blah blah blah… And god just shakes his head and says… whatever… I come up to him again and try to ask him some more advice and he says “look you don't need another faith routine, you don't need another book or seminar routine, you don't need another spiritual revelation, illumination or rationalization… you just need obedience. oh… yea, but that's not fun and its all on me… Yep, its all on you. Read pray and obey, every day… do that and you won't need much advice from God, you will be to busy obeying him. 

Living God's Way
What Happens to Unbelievers When They Die? (Luke 16:24-29)

Living God's Way

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 50:40


The account of the rich man and Lazarus shows us what happens to unbelievers when they die. There are 13 verses in the account and most of them focus on the rich man. Aside from being told Lazarus was in comfort at Abraham's side, or bosom, there's nothing else said about him. Instead, almost all the attention is on the rich man and his experience as an unbeliever. Table of ContentsFamily Worship GuideSermon NotesLesson One: When unbelievers die (Part One) they are in torment.Lesson One: When unbelievers die (Part Two) they receive no second chances.Lesson One: When unbelievers die (Part Three) they remember their earthly lives.Lesson Two: The living shouldn't communicate with the dead. https://youtu.be/vQyOkFVOtOs The account of the rich man and Lazarus shows us what happens to unbelievers when they die. The focus is on the rich man and his experience. Family Worship Guide Directions: Read the following verses and then answer the questions: Day 1: Luke 16:23, 24-25, 28, Daniel 12:2, Revelation 14:10-11, Matthew 5:29, 7:13, Mark 9:44-48: what are some of the unbiblical beliefs about the afterlife held by false religions? How are those beliefs shown to be untrue by this account? What are some other verses in Scripture that tell us unbelievers experience eternal torment when they die? Day 2: Luke 16:26, Hebrews 9:27, Luke 16:25, 27-28 cf. 1 Corinthians 13:9-12: why do you think unbelievers don't receive second chances when they die? How can we tell from the account that the rich man remembered his earthly life? What are some things from his earthly life that he remembered? Day 3: Luke 16:29, 1 Chronicles 10:13-14, Leviticus 19:31, 20:6, Deuteronomy 18:10-12, Isaiah 8:19: why do you think God doesn't want the living attempting to communicate with the dead? Can you find other verses in Scripture that condemn mediums, Ouija boards, or séances? Can you think of individuals in Scripture, besides Saul, who consulted mediums? Sermon Notes The title of this morning's sermon is, “What Happens to Unbelievers When They Die?” On Sunday mornings we're working our way through Luke's gospel verse by verse, and we find ourselves at Luke 16:24. We are in the account of the rich man and Lazarus. As you know, religions have different beliefs about what happens when you die. I looked up the beliefs of the top five religions… Sikhism is fifth. Sikhs do not believe in an afterlife, such as heaven or hell. They believe in reincarnation and the way you live in this life determines your form in the next life. Buddhism is fourth. Buddhists also believe in reincarnation, and they believe people who attain a state of enlightenment can enter Nirvana, the highest state of perfect peace and happiness where suffering and desires do not exist. Hinduism is third. Hindus also believe in reincarnation. People are reincarnated based on their karma, or how they lived their previous life. Islam is second. Muslims believe everyone will be resurrected into either paradise or hell based on their obedience to the Five Pillars. Christianity is first, largely because it includes all religions that call themselves Christian, including those we consider to be cults. Among the cults there are different beliefs about the afterlife. For example… Mormons believe there are different levels or kingdoms: the celestial kingdom, the terrestrial kingdom, the telestial kingdom, and outer darkness.4 People go to different kingdoms depending on what they believed and how they lived this life.5 Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe our souls are immortal: they believe our souls cease functioning just like our physical bodies. When people die, they experience soul sleep. Unrighteous people remain dead for eternity, or are annihilated, but the righteous are resurrected. Seventh-day Adventists also believe in soul sleep and annihilation. When Christ returns, He will awaken believers to go to heaven with Him while unbelievers cease e...

ESV: Straight through the Bible
December 12: Colossians 1–4

ESV: Straight through the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 12:02


Colossians 1–4 Colossians 1–4 (Listen) Greeting 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brothers1 in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. Thanksgiving and Prayer 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant.2 He is a faithful minister of Christ on your3 behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit. 9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks4 to the Father, who has qualified you5 to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. The Preeminence of Christ 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by6 him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation7 under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. Paul's Ministry to the Church 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. 2 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. 5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. Alive in Christ 6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits8 of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities9 and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.10 Let No One Disqualify You 16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions,11 puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God. 20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations—21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. Put On the New Self 3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your12 life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:13 sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.14 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self15 with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,16 free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Rules for Christian Households 18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters,17 not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. 4 Masters, treat your bondservants18 justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. Further Instructions 2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Final Greetings 7 Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant19 in the Lord. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, 9 and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here. 10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him), 11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. 14 Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers20 at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16 And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea. 17 And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.” 18 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Footnotes [1] 1:2 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters [2] 1:7 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word sundoulos, see Preface [3] 1:7 Some manuscripts our [4] 1:12 Or patience, with joy giving thanks [5] 1:12 Some manuscripts us [6] 1:16 That is, by means of; or in [7] 1:23 Or to every creature [8] 2:8 Or elementary principles; also verse 20 [9] 2:15 Probably demonic rulers and authorities [10] 2:15 Or in it (that is, the cross) [11] 2:18 Or about the things he has seen [12] 3:4 Some manuscripts our [13] 3:5 Greek therefore your members that are on the earth [14] 3:6 Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience [15] 3:9 Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10 [16] 3:11 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for Bondservants in verse 22 [17] 3:22 Or your masters according to the flesh [18] 4:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for servant in verse 12 [19] 4:7 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word sundoulos, see Preface [20] 4:15 Or brothers and sisters (ESV)

First Baptist Owasso

Chris Wall • Hebrews 9:11-15 ESV As the Priest, Jesus offered Himself as the only unblemished sacrifice worthy to pay the price for ALL sin. From the beginning time, priests stood as mediators between Holy God and sinful people. On the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:34), the High Priest would enter into the Holy Place offering right sacrifices to atone for the sins of the people. The blood of the sacrifice would be sprinkled on the mercy seat. Divine Holiness exposes all uncleanness and every transgression. When Christ entered the world, lived a sinless life, then died on the cross as our Mediator and High Priest, once and for all the wrath of God was satisfied and sinful people were forgiven. Jesus remains the only worthy sacrifice for sin and death. The high priest of the Old Testament would enter the temple and offer the sacrifice. Jesus entered the world and offered Himself as the sacrifice. Once and for all, His blood brought us mercy and hope in both this life, and the life to come.

Rev. Michael Holmen's Sermons
221207 Advent 2 Midweek Sermon on Peace, December 7, 2022

Rev. Michael Holmen's Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2022


 Audio recordingSermon manuscript:Today we are taking up the topic of peace. It is kind of hard to grasp perfectly the meaning of this word. The dictionary says that peace is the absence of disturbance. So a synonym would be “tranquility.” Another meaning that the dictionary gives is that peace is the opposite of war or conflict. I don't have a problem with these definitions—they are getting at the meaning, but I think they are missing quite a lot. We have drugs, for example, that are called tranquilizers. They make people calm. The make people sleepy. They take away anxiety. But those who have been tranquilized aren't living life to the full. The fullness of life is, in fact, too much for them, so life has purposely been turned down. If tranquilizers were peace, all that we would need to achieve peace would be pills and injections. The absence of war, also, isn't a good enough definition. Our country has engaged in many wars for the last 75 years, followed by so-called peace, but that has not brought about too much goodness either here at home or those lands that we have invaded and bombed. I doubt that any dictionary definition of peace is going to be good enough, because peace is a very broad thing, touching on the stuff of life itself. Therefore it is a very religious thing. Peace is only going to come together with God, and without God no peace is ever going to be truly complete. This is not to say that we haven't tried that very thing—to achieve peace without God. Think about where people's minds have been for at least the length of my lifetime, probably longer. We've heard, have we not, that “it's the economy, stupid.” Politicians are to blame for the economy not working right. If we elect somebody else the economy's going to change. Then we'll all be at peace. Or maybe it's not the economy. Maybe it's fixing people's backwards morals, or, on the other hand, fixing people's progressive morals. Think of how many billions of dollars get spent every election cycle—ostensibly for peace, but really for people to scream at each other. And then, when everything is said and done, the same kinds of people to get elected over and over again regardless of party. Lately I think a lot of people have started to think that this hasn't been working. Yes, it hasn't been working. It can't work. Peace cannot be had without God. Every attempt to manufacture peace without him is doomed to fail. The Bible bears this out with countless examples of failing to achieve peace: The fig leaves didn't take away the shame. The bushes didn't keep you hidden from God. The wandering murderer, Cain, and his descendants built their cities and discovered their inventions. That didn't give them peace.  That's not to say it didn't given them anything. These things and all our other endeavors give us something of a high. Tax rebates and stimulus checks give us something. Political victories give us something. But not peace. This is even true of that which can bring us the closest to peace, but cannot quite get there. This is even true of the endeavor to keep God's Laws and regulations. God's laws and regulations are good ideas—really good! I can guarantee anyone and everyone who would keep God's Ten Commandments that they will always, without fail, be better blessed by keeping them. They will always, without fail, be worse off by breaking them. This is always true 100% of the time. There should be no doubt about that whatsoever. In fact, before I tell you how this cannot bring peace, let me just mention that God's commands are 100% despised by the worldly wise. Everybody complains about our problems, everybody offers his or her solutions to the problems—which usually involve somebody else having to change or suffer, and never one's self. And yet nobody believes that our misery is because we break God's commandments. Nobody believes that we are suffering so intensely because we are not honoring our fathers and our mothers and other authorities. Nobody believes that we should love our enemy or that we should not love money. Nobody believes that we need to be faithful to the one man or one woman that God has given. And we could go on with the Ten Commandments. Neither Democrats nor Republicans nor anybody else in the upper echelons of power talk about these things because they would be laughed at as being beyond foolish, beyond impractical. But even if we dared to strive to keep God's Ten Commandments despite all the warnings about how outdated and impractical they are, we still couldn't arrive at peace thereby. We know this from history too. Occasionally, very occasionally, God blessed his Israelites so that they kept his Laws and Commandments pretty well. Even then, however, that was not yet peace. So what is peace? If none of these efforts bring peace, if God's own commandments can't bring peace, then where is peace to be found? The answer is a pretty profound statement in our second reading tonight that is easy to pass over. Paul says, “Jesus himself is our peace.” There you have the true answer. All efforts towards peace apart from God are always fake and always leave us craving the next high. Even keeping the Law and the Ten Commandments can't do it. Jesus, though, is different. Jesus himself is our peace. How is Jesus our peace? Paul makes it clear that this was through Jesus's death. He says: “The Law of commandments and regulations were abolished in his flesh.” We are reconciled to God and to one another through the cross. Hostility was put to death on the cross. You know how we are reconciled to God through the cross. I often speak to you about that. Tonight I'd like to highlight something that doesn't get talked about as much: Jesus's cross is also the way that we as people may have peace with one another. Jesus's cross makes peace with God; Jesus cross also makes peace with one another. The rationale for how that happens goes like this: When Christ died, all died. Since all died, all were guilty. Since all were guilty, we are all in the same boat. In our reading it is clear that what Paul has in mind is the Jews and Gentiles. It is highly offensive for Jews to be tossed into the same bucket as Gentiles. Jews, at least somewhat, knew God. Jews, at least somewhat, kept the Law. They tried, at least, not to do the obviously horrible, blatant sins of the Gentiles. They were different, you see, so they wanted to build a wall between themselves and those who were not like them. Walling themselves off gave them some peace. They got something of a high when they thought about how they were better. Against this we must say, however, that “Jesus himself is our peace.” History shows that every walled off compound deceives itself with hypocrisy and imaginary superiority. No organization, no matter how high they build the walls, can truly attain peace. Not even the God-given laws and regulations of the Old Testament could give peace. There's only one option for peace: Jesus himself is our peace. We are all tossed into the same bucket by Jesus's death. Jesus died for all, therefore all have sinned. Jesus rose from the dead, therefore we all have the same standing, the same justification before God, which is Jesus's righteousness. So it is quite silly for us to make distinctions between one another. We've all been tossed into the same bucket. We are all dead and lost in our trespasses and sins—that's the bucket we're in. But we have been made alive together in Christ. All people are brought together in perfect unity both by the death as well as the resurrection of Christ. We are all brought together in who we are. Jesus's death shows that we are all sinners. Jesus's resurrection shows us that we are all forgiven sinners. Our condemnation is all the same, carried out on the cross. Our hope is all the same—that hope being: because Jesus lives, we will live also. It is so common for people to believe that they are superior to others. They have the right job, the right food, the right skin color, the right education program, the right politics, what have you. But then there are others who also believe that they have the right this, the right that, and the right everything. So, then, what do you have to do? You have to fight to see who's right. Maybe you even need to do a little ethnic cleansing or some cancel culture to make sure that your team stays on top. What you don't often find is people racing for the bottom. You don't find people arguing for why they should be seen as worse than others. Even among us Christians who should know better it is almost as though Christ didn't need to die for everything about us. It's as though there are some good parts of us that didn't need Jesus's blood, that didn't need the cross. However, in fact, thoughts and feelings like that are worse sins than murder or adultery. They are sins against grace. They are sins against the Holy Spirit, the preacher of grace. If you don't want to take your place together with the other sinners in that one and common bucket of sinners, then you don't want to have anything to do with Jesus. Jesus, then, is not your peace. Your own way of life evidently is your peace. You'll do it your way. Time will tell, of course, whether such a hypocritical, selective, and shoddy peace will manage to hold up. As for you, if you will be sensible, “Jesus himself is your peace.” Jesus came to preach peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. Through Jesus we all have the same access to the same Father by the same Holy Spirit. Your peace is with God. He has made peace. And so you may be at peace with others, because we are made of the same stuff. We are all alike, and we are all redeemed the same way in our Lord Jesus Christ.  

Jarvis Kingston
Episode 463 - Jarvis Kingston : Glorification | Best of 2022', '2022 Round-Up', or 'Best Bits'

Jarvis Kingston

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 15:02


Peace Community Church
The Plan for Peace (Advent: PEACE)

Peace Community Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 31:37


When Christ was born, a group of angels appeared to lowly shepherds to pronounce the joy of the messiah's birth, Jesus Christ. This child would be known as “The Prince of Peace.” So often it is difficult to experience peace–especially if we are going through troubling times. Jesus is meant to offer us peace no matter the circumstances. Find out how to daily receive his peace.

Mint Arrow Messages
The Gift of Forgiveness

Mint Arrow Messages

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 61:34


This episode is one we've talked about literally for years, but it hasn't felt right until now. Over the past nearly 4 years, Neil has walked a difficult path through grief and trauma of losing his only full-living-brother to a homicide in January of 2019. The past couple of years have been especially difficult as he's tried to work through and cope with the anger part of grief, but has recently really found more closure and truly readiness to forgive. So that's what we're talking about today, the journey of finding and offering forgiveness to those who have wronged us, and how Neil was able to get there. We're also talking about how this can apply to anyone's life circumstances, even if there's not a situation in your life that demands the same level of forgiveness, and how offering forgiveness is ultimately a gift to yourself.   This week's episode is brought to you by Troomi Wireless, the safe phone that grows with your kids. Use code MINTARROW for $50 off the purchase of any Troomi device! Visit shop.troomi.com to order your phone.   This week's episode is also brought to you by Abide. The #1 Christian Meditation App that's proven to reduce stress, improve sleep, and deepen your experience with the peace of God! Text promo code MINTARROW to 22433 to get 25% off your first year when you sign up for a premium Abide subscription.   Time Stamps: [01:00] - “Finding healing and forgiveness.” [2:55] - Neil mentions the delayed reaction of grief. [04:31] - It can feel frustrating to not understand why traumatic experiences happened. Is there any peace to be found? [07:07] - What happens when sadness is followed by anger?  [09:51] - There's usually a deeper emotion beneath anger. [12:50] - Corrine commends the internal work Neil did over the years with his grief. [15:17] - Forgiveness is a gift to those around you, and most importantly, to yourself. [17:02] - Sometimes forgiveness is not instant despite knowing and believing in the power of forgiveness. [19:13] - Keep your heart open to the idea of forgiveness. [21:27] - “It's time to forgive and move past it.” [23:50] -  If you had to present forgiveness years after a traumatic event, could you do it? PART 1 [26:09] - If you had to present forgiveness years after a traumatic event, could you do it? PART 2 [28:41] - How did Neil start to work on his grief? [31:24] - Seeing others in the way that God sees them can open a path of compassion. [34:11] - “I forgive you.”  [36:52] - Neil reflects on the difference between the start of his grief and the closure of this point in his journey. [38:21] - The same forgiveness that was extended to you should be extended to others. [41:01] - We all experience moments that test our forgiveness. [43:52] - Corrine discusses the realistic inner work around letting go of the need to judge or keep score of wrongdoings. [46:43] - “Let the atonement of Jesus Christ take over.“ [49:03] - Neil talks about entering new levels of forgiveness throughout his journey.  [50:56] - There's no set formula or timeframe that tells you how to forgive. Everyone's progression is different. [53:17] - The story of “Forgiveness Flour” for your bread. [55:28] - When Christ is the negotiator and mediator, it's all perfect. [57:37] - Why is it so important for us to embrace forgiveness? [59:24] - You come out better on the other side. You become free.   Supporting Resources: “On Measuring Flour and Forgiveness” Talk by Madison U. Sowell “The Power of Spiritual Momentum” Talk by Russell M. Nelson

Faith & Family Fellowship Podcast
Putting On A New Self

Faith & Family Fellowship Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 10:11


Putting On A New SelfIn this Faith and Family Fellowship episode, Dallas discusses Colossians 3, about putting on a new self.Colossians 3 - Putting On A New Self1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.Thank you for listening and supporting the 'Faith and Family Fellowship PODCAST SHOW'. We are excited to connect with each of our listeners on our various platforms. Below are just some of the ways you can not only connect with us but also support our various Christian Ministry projects around the world.Support the show (https://cash.app/$laymedownministry)Connect with the show on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/faith.family.fellowship.podcast)Connect with Pastor Chris Buscher (https://www.facebook.com/cmbuscher87)Connect with Dallas O. Monticue (https://www.facebook.com/dmonticue)Connect with Lay Me Down Ministries (https://www.facebook.com/LayMeDownMinistries)For Marketing and Publishing needs, Buscher's Social Media Marketing LLC (https://www.facebook.com/buscherssmm)

UBM Unleavened Bread Ministries
UBBS 11.27.2022

UBM Unleavened Bread Ministries

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2022 119:16


Overcoming to be in the Bride (2) (Audio) David Eells - 11/27/22 God Is Not in a House of Unforgiveness  Winnie Osegueda - 9/27/22 (David's notes in red) Before I fell asleep I asked the Lord for a dream to help the body. In this dream I was in a hallway area beside the UBM ministry and on a table there were the basic components and plans for a building structure such as: a foundation, floors, walls, beams, columns, roof, stairs, etc, and you could take these components outside and build a house. (This represents building your own house apart of "David's house”.) I picked one that people call a "tiny house" and it was made out of unfinished wood and was not painted. In my mind, I was going to use this house to spend some personal time with the Lord and seek Him in prayer. (I believe the Lord was correcting me for missing fellowship  because of some trials I was having.) (We can't use times of trial as an excuse to skip fellowshipping with the body of Christ. Heb. 10:24-25  let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works; 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another ; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh. 26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more a sacrifice for sins) This small house had large cracks and even a gaping triangular shaped hole in the wall. (Cracks and holes represent openings that allow the enemy to come in.) There was also a very tiny key to use to enter the door, however, the keyhole was in the wrong spot, well below where the keyhole was supposed to be. So this was a terrible job done on a house with a bad foundation. (The tiny key represents an inferior version of the key of David. The inferior version will not allow us to bind and loose the enemy, as we will see. Rev. 3:7 And to The Messenger of the assembly in Philadelphia write: 'Thus says The Holy One, The True One, he who has the key of David, The One who opens and there is none who shuts, and he shuts and there is none who opens.'   If the foundation is faulty then the whole rest of the house will not be right. We must build our house on the foundation of Christ and obedience to the truth of His Word. 1Co. 3:11 ...For  other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.) I took these building materials and went outside. It was a very dreary day and cloudy with no sun. (Apart from the sun/Son we can do nothing. John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing.) I built this tiny house very quickly and I went in. (Representing being hasty. Pro. 21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; But every one that is hasty hasteth only to want.) When I opened the front door of this tiny house, there was a wooden staircase leading downstairs to a basement. (A basement is underground and represents descending to the earthly flesh nature.) I went downstairs to pray, but then I heard someone trying to come in and I was immediately startled. (Our prayers are ineffective if we are in some form of disobedience or separated from the Body in some way and the enemy gains easy access to our spiritual house.) I looked up the stairs and saw that two men had opened the door to the tiny house to enter; one black man and the other Hispanic looking. (This represents the enemy who is submitted  to darkness. Rom. 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye present yourselves as servants unto obedience, his servants ye are whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?)   I knew they were trouble and were there to harm me, and so I distracted them by running up the stairs yelling, "Daddy! Daddy!" as I ran outside and to the right. (Gal. 4:6 And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father.) I did this so that they would think twice before they attempted to attack me because I had someone around to protect me. (When we repent and get back on the “right" and call out to God, we will have His protection once more. Psa. 34:6  This poor man cried, and Jehovah heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.) As I yelled out “Daddy", in the dream, I thought about my husband Chuc. (Although he is my husband, I believe yelling out Daddy represented me crying out to the Lord who is our heavenly Husband. This was showing that the Lord was not in this tiny house, but outside of it. Any other house with any other foundation not rooted in the Word of God is a house where the enemy is able to break into.) End of dream. When I woke up I asked the Lord what was this about and was there a disconnect in my spiritual walk that I was not understanding or was not aware of and asked him for a verse by faith at random and received: Eph. 4:31  (In context 31-32)  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and railing, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you I believe the Lord was warning me and reminding me not to entertain any thoughts of offense towards anyone. (This will result in faction which separates us from Christ and His Body.) During the last meeting we had, I was being attacked pretty heavily. It was fiery dart after fiery dart, and so I just praised the Lord through it and was fighting and casting it down. It did not feel like my own thoughts, but an attack. I asked the Lord for chapter by faith at random and landed on Colossians 3, which also speaks of forgiving one another: Colossians 3:1-25  If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. 3 For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall be manifested, then shall ye also with him be manifested in glory. 5 Put to death therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry; 6 for which things' sake cometh the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience: 7 wherein ye also once walked, when ye lived in these things; 8 but now do ye also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, railing, shameful speaking out of your mouth: 9 lie not one to another; seeing that ye have put off the old man with his doings, 10 and have put on the new man, that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as God's elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; 13 forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye: 14 and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God. 17 And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 18 Wives, be in subjection to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing in the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children, that they be not discouraged. 22 Servants, obey in all things them that are your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord: 23 whatsoever ye do, work heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men; 24 knowing that from the Lord ye shall receive the recompense of the inheritance: ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 For he that doeth wrong shall receive again for the wrong that he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. And the last verse I received by faith at random was: Deu 8:6 And thou shalt keep the commandments of Jehovah thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.   Playing the "Game" in a Dump and Smashing the Competition Claire Pienaar - 6/27/22 (David's notes in red) (In this dream, Claire represents the Bride because her name means “brilliant” and the Bride's garments are bright and pure as is spoken of in Rev. 19:8 And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen, bright and pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.) I dreamed that my family was on our way to a tennis match. (A Tennis match represents spiritual warfare and the ability to effectively return the fiery darts of the enemy in competition for our eternal salvation. ) We parked our car, and we were called up to go play on top of a rubbish dump. (As we will see, the Apostate Churches' foundation is built upon a big pile of garbage.) It was rather sad. (Riaan: I think this dream is about a type of “face-off” or “battle” between the true church that has been practicing doing spiritual warfare for a long time and is very prepared versus the apostate churches who built their “church” on the rubbish of the world.)   We were clean and properly clothed for the occasion and we had practiced. (Heb. 12:11 All chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit unto them that have been exercised thereby, even the fruit of righteousness.) It seemed our whole family was playing, so we had strength in numbers. I don't know what “group tennis” would look like in the natural, but in the dream my family was divvied up to play doubles and triples, so that we beat more opponents more quickly. (Eph. 4:15-16 ...but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ; 16 from whom all the body fitly framed and knit together through that which every joint supplieth, according to the working in due measure of each several part, maketh the increase of the body unto the building up of itself in love.) It was easy because the other families were fragmented.  (Luk. 11:17 ...Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.) There were many “weekend dads” who did not understand their daughters' non-verbal or body language clues of unhappiness, embarrassment, or frustration. (These “weekend dads” represent the the false shepherds who “climb up another way.” Joh. 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.) There were many moms who were very judgmental about the surroundings. (Representing Jezebel the mother of the apostates.) One family lived right next to this rubbish dump. ... They deceived many into thinking their home was worth so much more than it was. (The apostate churches deceive many into thinking their religion is valuable with their fancy buildings, but they are founded on the rubbish of false religious doctrines and their “stinking' thinkin'.) Everyone had to walk through their home to get to the rubbish dump to play tennis. (Many have passed through the garbage house of apostate Christianity on their way out to maturity in Christ.) I remember looking at the house as I walked through and I was thinking, “It's like a giant sinkhole. It'll collapse any minute”. (Religion is a “sinkhole” that keep people buried in their earthly or fleshly natures. Many never escape dead religion.) It was perfectly decorated inside but it was hollow, and the foundation had crumbled away due to neglect. (Heb. 2:3 ...how shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation?) … (Riaan: The apostates are not prepared, they don't see what is coming. They are not looking after their fruit, and have no idea how to have faith.) We finished the games, and I think our family wiped out all the opponents. I walked back to the car, so excited for us to move on. The coach gave us a plastic, laminated piece of paper that detailed all the next tournament's events. (The laminated paper represents being saved and protected from the waters of judgement meant for the apostates and the world) I was holding onto it. (These are the promises. We must hold onto them by faith). Everyone else from my family was at the van waiting for me. ... I passed a man who had his daughter for the day and when he saw me, he yelled to another single dad, “I am so glad you don't make any effort mate. I hate these types with their laminated sheets and water bottles. They're so prepared for everything”. (Many who are critical in their minds, throw their words around and vail their hatred in sarcasm. (Pro. 26:18-19 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows and death, 19 So is the man who deceives his neighbor, And says, “Was I not joking?”) … These men were dressed completely in black, and their daughters were dirty and unkept. (The factious apostate Church leadership has “dirty children and their churches are the “dirty daughters of the Harlot.) …One started mouthing off about how pathetic people like me are. (Riaan: They walk in darkness and are coming against the Bride with witchcraft and slandering.) He finished by saying, “Our kids don't need structure or care; they just need to get out there and get dirty”. (Eze. 34:2-5 Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Woe unto the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the sheep? 3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill the fatlings; but ye feed not the sheep. 4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought back that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with rigor have ye ruled over them. 5 And they were scattered, because there was no shepherd;  and they became food to all the beasts of the field, and were scattered.)   I walked back to the van, saddened that these people thought I was “too prepared”. I asked Riaan about it, and he said, “We're the ones getting out of the dump. They're stuck here. Now let's go”. Then I woke up. (Riaan: The Bride and her fruit easily overcome these spirits.) I asked the Lord for a verse by faith at random, and my finger landed on Est. 8:2 And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman. Cleaning up the Garbage Leads to the Anointing Claire Pienaar - 11/17/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed I was watching David teach in a little white home. ... (Representing the house of David who are the pure and righteous first fruits which is made up of a small group of people.) I was sitting on a white bench with Riaan and another person. David was doing a “live” talk. (Representing speaking the "rivers of Living Water.” That give life to the hearers.) Riaan and I then started cleaning and sorting out everything in this little house. Then we went outside and I saw David's son (Representing those who are born of the David Man-child reformers.) He drove a white garbage truck and he was picking up everyone's refuse in the area. He pulled his truck into David's yard and stopped. … (The Man-child David reformers will first clean up the house of David and then the 'sons' of that house will clean everyone else up in the Body of Christ. Jesus sent out His spiritual seed to do this.) Many people then left this residential area and there was so much to clean. (As Jesus' spiritual sons were sent out to clean up the Body of Christ, so it will be that the Man-child reformers and their disciples will work to clean up the Body of Christ. Part of this cleaning process is not only sanctifying the people but also separating the tares from the wheat.) David's son left then, and we had to use the truck. We were also given David's son's home, which was right next to David's house. (Because they, too, were sons of David.) Riaan was given the truck by David and I sat in the passenger seat. I then saw a golden oil over Riaan, David and I. David said, “Because you have cleaned, you are anointed. Because you have served, you are anointed”. (The anointing comes when the garbage is purged from the house of David.) Then the dream ended.   I received by faith at random: Mark 10:19, (in context 17-23)  And as he was going forth into the way, there ran one to him, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good save one, even God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor thy father and mother. 20 And he said unto him, Teacher, all these things have I observed from my youth. 21 And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 22 But his countenance fell at the saying, and he went away sorrowful: for he was one that had great possessions. 23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! (We have no time left to indulge in the world or its pleasures. We only have time to bring in the harvest and go home.)   Escaping Apostasy to be Chosen for the Bride Samuel Fire - 11/17/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed that Tiannah and I were separated in our own rooms far apart from each other. (Representing the factious, apostate church system that we start out in which keeps believers separated through denominational divisions.) We were in a very strict and oppressive place; like a prison. (Apostate religion is a prison with many rules and regulations that prevent people from being free to be led by the Spirit.) It had a factory in the center. (Factories churn out many “cookie cutter” items. They all look alike.) The water was so polluted and green and very poisonous and hazardous. It was channeled by a man-made canal. (The polluted water represents perversions of the Word in man-made apostate religion. Eze. 32:18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have fed upon the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture? and to have drunk of the clear waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?) Everywhere had concrete flooring and metal walls and roofs; no plants or animals. (Everything in the apostate church systems is man-made, dead and has no life in it.) The only people around were workers and there was no supervisor or higher-ups. (This represents justification by works with no supervision from the Holy Spirit.) No-one was happy. (The apostates have no joy of the Lord because they are in bondage to self-works.) The sky was overcast and the sun/Son could not shine through. (2Co. 4:3-4  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: 4 in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them.) Everything was automated where possible. (Representing the mindlessness of rote religion, which is a mechanical or habitual repetition of something to be learned.) Security was with drones and check-points with very high walls with barbed wire and metal doors which only opened at certain times with a unique code. (This place represents the spiritual prison of apostate religion.) (They do everything to make you believe that they have the truth and that you really can't go anywhere else.) This place was so horrible and we wore hazmat suits ... with a helmet ... gloves and boots all the time unless we were in our rooms. (Yes. Religion provides a toxic environment that causes spiritual death.) The rooms had a code lock and the doors were like a submarine and the size of the room was so tiny it could barely fit a bed, shower, and toilet with a locker for the hazmat suits. Nothing else would fit in the room. There were no comforts and no windows just an artificial ceiling light. (There is no comforter there. The Holy Spirit is not allowed. They do not believe in the good news of the Gospel which comforts us. Their light of the Word is artificial because it is not the real thing.) The sleeping areas were divided into sections and there was a center area for work. ...The entire facility felt like a prison with a work factory in the center. (They don't understand the “continual Sabbath rest” and they are divided up into sects and are separated from Christ. Justification by works is the central theme of apostate religion. Gal. 5:4 Ye are severed from Christ, ye who would be justified by the law; ye are fallen away from grace.) We had to leave our rooms for the assigned job at an exact time or miss out on any chance for food or water and even risk being forced onto the streets. (Many apostate churches and their leadership are so rigid in their belief systems that, if you start asking questions about what the Bible says, refuting their doctrines, they will kick you out of their churches.) I was assigned to work as a pump operator for the water and liquid waste. (They want everyone to propagate their toxic waters and pump it out to others to try and ensnare more people into their religious system.) I pressed switches and pulled levers and checked gauges with cameras and a computer giving out data. (They manipulate people, especially with the tithe.) I had no breaks and had to stand in a tiny area where I could barely move or stretch. (The Nicolaitan preachers don't want people to grow up into maturity in Christ because they will lose their control over them.) When my time was completed for the job, I had to race to the open, concrete courtyard to an automated chute where the daily rations were distributed and then the door quickly shut. The first ones there got fed but many more people would miss out. (Representing that they swallow the Word like a pig without ruminating on it and don't really take the time to meditate on it so they miss out on what God is trying to show them.) The food and water were so basic; completely flavorless and odorless and looked grayish. (This represents lifeless food and not living water.) There were break-outs of many people being infected with something and acting mindless, like zombies (Most of these people have no faith in God to preserve them or heal them and as such they have taken the vaccines which ultimately brings one to this exact description of mindless zombies.)  They would be in very large groups swarming different areas and breaking things and over running buildings into the dangerous and polluted water. These infected people were once workers who were exposed to something that kept spreading. (A little leaven leavens the whole lump.) So many times, the infected would cause forced lockdowns and everyone who could, would run for safety to the next section in the facility. (Many who recognize that something is off in today's churches flee to other churches or fellowships trying to escape the “infection”, only to find more of the same. 2Ti. 3:5-7 holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof. From these also turn away. 6 For of these are they that creep into houses, and take captive silly women laden with sins, led away by divers lusts, 7 ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.) There would then be a type of clean-up which was some sort of automated system that basically destroyed all with a giant fire.(If anyone attempts to bring in truth, they stamp it out and change the subject. Nothing to see here! Like the Pharisees.) Whenever I could, I would meet up with Tiannah and we would discuss and pray on any way possible out of this place or for a better type of living arrangement. I heard there was an opportunity to work in a better position and have my room in the same building as Tiannah, so I applied and was accepted. (If you petition the Father and seek after the Truth you will find it. But many times this happens in stages and not all at once. Religion is like the playpen of Christianity; once you begin to mature and recognize the spiritual dangers of apostate religion you can be promoted to better “living conditions”. Mat. 7:7-8  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.) I was then working in my own office and had more room. I could sit down and do much more computer work and could see more details of the facility. (When we understand the good news of the Gospel, it sets us free and we have more room to grow in Christ and we have more discernment to see all the flaws of man-made religion.) After what seemed to be over a year of this, I met with Tiannah and we heard of a secret meeting; where people would be in a type of clan where new members would be selected to their group and given a much better living environment. (The hidden or secret clan represents the family of the Bride of Christ who dwells in heavenly places and not on the earth. This is the much better living environment.) The offer was good and we had to find this secret meeting room. (In the Bible Esther was a type of the Bride and her name means "hidden".) (Representing Mount Zion or secret Place of The Most High.) (Rev. 21:2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.). It was a very big challenge. (We enter the Kingdom through much tribulation.) Tiannah and I snuck out, climbed over various walls and over barbed wire areas with automated sensors. (The demonic enemies puts up many spiritual road blocks and snares to prevent us from coming into the Bride Body.) We crawled through ventilation shafts. (The word for spirit is “breath” and Jesus compared the Spirit of God to wind. Going through ventilation shafts represents being filled with the Holy Spirit and led into closer relationship with God.) We had to shimmy through pipes over the green lethal water and into the other sections of the facility. (This represents overcoming the false doctrines and beliefs that we learned in the apostate religious system.) We did this for days with no sleep and no food or water besides that which we had brought with us. (This represents intercessory prayer with fasting and death to self. All this is necessary to reach the Bride. Heb. 12:14  Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord:) We managed to locate the secret meeting room and had to get on top of the building's roof and swing into a specific window to get in. Once inside, there were about 50 people crowded together and there were 4 lines of people. (As we will see, these 4 lines of people represent the 4 types of ground that the Sower's seed fell upon.)   Tiannah spoke to me and felt a certain one to choose. I agreed and we lined up behind 3 others. Those 3 were denied and not allowed into the clan and it was now our turn. (Many are called but few chosen).   A muscular and tall man tested both of us with pats across the shoulders and back and all over; squinting at us. Then suddenly, a lady (a representative of the corporate Bride Body) behind him told him to stop. She motioned to both of us to come over to her.   She said, "I feel you both are good and you are to come with us. Something in my spirit tells me to.” (The Bride has good discernment which helps her to recognize true “Bride material.”) I replied, "Oh really? You know about the spiritual?” (The Bride is very acquainted with the Spirit of God because she only receives the seed of her husband, Jesus.) Then Tiannah and I went with them to their building.   It was a communal living environment. (Representing everything in common like the first century Book of Acts Church and being One in Christ's Spirit.) They had tables and chairs and a fridge and much better comforts than what we had before. We both were so thankful to God and knew from then on everything was going to be way better. (2Co. 13:11 Finally, brethren, ... Be perfected; be comforted; be of the same mind; live in peace: and the God of love and peace shall be with you.) I then woke up.   Be of Good Cheer; I Have Overcome the World Vanessa Weeks - 2/19/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed that my husband, Barry, and I, were asleep in bed at night. (Representing being at rest in trials and tribulations).  I was awakened in the dream by the loud sound of a white supersonic jet flying above our area. (An example of overcoming the world.) I thought it was very unusual for this kind of jet to fly ... this late at night. (Overcoming seems unusual and feels difficult in the dark trials of our lives.) I knew in the dream that it was a fighter jet and going to help others who were already fighting. I prayed, "Lord, be with them to bring about what is best for your people.” (The overcomers are fighters who overcome in their personal trials so that they can help others overcome in theirs.) Then I thought Barry was awake also because of the noise, and he got up but as he was leaving the room, I realized it was not him but Lakeisha. (Barry represents our heavenly husband, Jesus, who dwells in His Bride and helps her to overcome joyfully.) (Lakeisha means happy or joyful. John 16:33 These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye may have peace. In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Also, Keisha is most likely a variant of Keziah. (Keziah originates in Hebrew language and means "cassia tree". Cassia is an evergreen tree. Representing eternal life.) Keziah was one of Job's daughters that the Lord gave him after his tribulation. Job 42:13-15  He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14  And he called the name of the first, Jemimah: and the name of the second, Keziah; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch. 15  And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.) Father, help us to be of good cheer in our tribulation because you have overcome the world! Thank you, in Jesus name, Amen.   Abraham's Example to the Bride   Claire Pienaar - 10/26/22 (David's notes in red) I had a vision that I was in a large undercover training pool. (We are under the covering of Jesus' blood [being washed in the water of the Word.]) Father Abraham was in the lane next to me. (Gal. 3:26-29 For ye are all sons of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ. 28 There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither bond nor free, there can be no male and female; for ye all are one man in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye are Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, heirs according to promise.) I was in the pool, swimming laps in a weightless, white garment. (1Jn 1:7 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin. My garment is weightless because it says in Mat 11:28-30  Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.) My hair was turning grey, but my face still looked young. (The Bride is growing in wisdom [represented by the grey hair] but still retaining her beauty.) Abraham was encouraging me to continue. I was sweating and breathing hard, even though my body seemed to do the swimming strokes with ease and proficiency. (Christ's nature becomes our “second nature”, familiar and easy. Like Php. 3:12-14  Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before,14 I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.) (The Bible points us to father Abraham as an example of great faith in the promises of God. Gal. 3:6-9  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness. 7 Know therefore that they that are of faith, the same are sons of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all the nations be blessed. 9 So then they that are of faith are blessed with the faithful Abraham.) I said, “This is so hard!” because I was out of breath and tiring (We need refilling of the Holy Spirit; the enemy will wear us down by getting us into self works). (True. We must not focus on our own ability to please God and live righteously or we will fall into self-works and self-justification and we will fail.) Abraham replied, “Yes, but keep going. Just keep swimming. Your reward will be made full!” (Gal. 6:9 And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.) He got out of the pool then, and he was wearing the same light pink tunic and sandals he wore when he visited me in a vision in 2018. (Light pink represents the love of Christ). I knew then that it was Abraham for sure. He said, “Don't get out until you're done”. I said, “Why are you getting out?” And he replied, “My faith is complete, and my race is finished”. (Heb 6:13-15  For when God made promise to Abraham, since he could swear by none greater, he sware by himself, 14 saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 15 And thus, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise.) (Riaan: We must each run our own race and endure unto the end). I asked the Lord for a word by faith at random for this dream, and received Mat. 13:32, (in context 31-32)  Another parable set he before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32 which indeed is less than all seeds; but when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the heaven come and lodge in the branches thereof. (Even though we feel our faith is small or ineffective, according to what we see, if we endure to the end, we will produce much fruit for the Kingdom of God.)   Praying in Tongues Re-writes Our Spiritual Code Samuel and Tiannah Fire - 10/28/22 (David's notes in red) This is a vision I got while driving with Tianna and little David and we were praying in Holy Spirit tongues. He showed me how, not many understand [how tongues work in the spirit realm.] It is like how I can [alter things] through computer coding. I saw us re-coding the imperfections and corruption [in us and our situations] as we drove [along] and spoke in tongues. (The gift of tongues is powerful to effect postive change in our lives and situations. Not only is it our “spoken word” but it's a heavenly language that prays the perfect will of God into existence.)   We were updating and patching all the areas [of our lives] with what we speak; clearing out the corrupted and vulnerable [codes] and the abuse from all witchcraft [and curses sent against us] and replacing them with His ultimate security; reclaiming it back for His Kingdom. (In this way we overcome the darkness with the light.) I saw how everywhere we went on the drive, the whole time speaking [in tongues], wrote a blessing and returned it upon the enemy; blocking and destroying the witchcraft. When we speak His Holy language, His power goes out and is eternal, unstoppable, infinite, and perfect. This encouraged us to do this not only to get in His presence and praise Him, but also to restore and be His conduit for power; for Him and His glory.   We have an Open Heaven Vanessa Weeks -10/19/22 (David's notes in red) In a dream, I was standing on our deck outside our apartment. (This deck, in other dreams, is where I've prayed.) It was much bigger than in real life. (Whether we realize it or not, our prayers, when mixed with the faith of God, are much bigger and more powerful than we understand.) The deck  was made all of wood, like it is, but went out much farther, and there was a semicircle shaped extension to the deck, on the right. It had different colors of wood in it and was very attractive looking. I walked over to it and stood there looking out. It was like an observation point. (Representing discerning what we see in the world and then we are able to pray about those things as we enter into heavenly places.) Then I saw there were wooden stairs in the middle of the deck. These were going up, and I saw Michael on the stairs so I followed him up. (Michael's name means, “who is like God” and he represents those who have the nature of Jesus and who have an open heaven to their prayers.) There were flights of stairs and at the end of each set, there was the semicircle balcony landing on the right, for observation. As I climbed higher, I was shown a bird's eye view of the whole scene. The flights of stairs went way up into the sky, and Michael remained ahead of me. (This represents that as we draw closer to God in faith and prayer, the more discernment and maturity we have to see the “bigger picture” of His plan.) I asked the Lord what He wanted to say about this dream and received by faith at random Mat. 7:7-8 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (As we see a bigger view of the need, we should always pray.) As I thought on this scripture, I remembered Michael always saying, "We have an open heaven." I believe the Lord was showing me that as we ask in faith, we are climbing into the open heaven and when we persevere, we receive. As I was listening to David's audio, Advance or Lose Ground, at the 17:34 mark, David speaks of Mat. 7:7, and then I remembered this dream above. Below is a portion of the transcript of,  Advance or Lose Ground: At the 14:35 mark, David said, "A life time of prayer mounts up. People who pray, get a lot of answers. People who don't pray, do without. It says, You have not because you ask not. (James 4:2) Think about that, ... The Lord says for this reason, 'Pray without ceasing.' Some people's idea of prayer is wrong. (i.e. they have a wrong idea about what prayer looks like.) But prayer can be anywhere from in your thoughts; continually praying about the things you see around you, the things that come to your mind, the people that come to your mind, etc. Why would God tell us to pray without ceasing if He was not going to answer the prayers? And why, if we believed that He would answer prayer, would we not pray without ceasing? He said, "You have not because you ask not."(James 4:2) Meaning, just ask! Jesus told His disciples to ask so that their joy would be made full. (Joh 15:11) Eph 6:18  with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the Spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. That's a pretty broad statement, that He wants us to pray always for all the saints. And persevere, meaning, pray, believe you have received, pray for other things, believe you have received and persevere in prayer. Don't take no for an answer. Php 4:6 says, In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Thanksgiving is important because thanksgiving is believing you have received. The Greek word "deesis" is translated supplication and means to seek, ask, entreat. It's not just a prayer, it's an effectually fervent prayer, right? Seek, ask, entreat, which reminds us of the promise of Jesus in Mat. 7:7 He says,  Ask, and it shall be given you; Wow! think about that. Does that not give you faith? Faith comes of hearing and hearing by the word (Rom. 10:17) That's right out of the mouth of our Lord Jesus Christ! Seek and you shall find! The reason people don't pray is that they don't believe this. Believers have special privileges with God for themselves and for others and one of these privilege is that they can come boldly before the throne and ask for help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16)  And the reason they do that is because they're believers. Non- believers can play the religion game, but they wouldn't pray. Because they don't believe what Jesus said here Seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you."   Overcomers Put on Bridal Garments Anonymous - 5/11/12 (David's notes in red) A little while back, David taught on what was beautiful to the Lord. It brought to my remembrance a dream I had back in 2010, where the Lord was giving me understanding about what is pleasing and beautiful to Him. (This is criteria for the choosing of the Bride.) I dreamed that an angel of the Lord took me to Heaven. We were going down a long hallway and at the end of the hallway I could see a door. I could barely see that something was written on the door, but I was still too far away to make it out. As we got closer, I could see that it had my name in big, bold letters on the door. The angel said, “This is your room. Go ahead and open the door". I stood there for a few seconds while it registered in my brain that the angel said this was MY room. "WOW! I have a room!" I said. The angel said again, "Go ahead. Open the door and go in". So I opened the door and took a few steps inside the room. Directly in front of me I saw a row of drawers with handles. It reminded me of a post office where they have all the little cubbyholes for the mail, except these cubbies were drawers that had handles. I stood there looking at these drawers for a few minutes, as I wasn't sure what to do next. The angel of the Lord said, "Go ahead and open the drawers; they are your drawers to open". So I opened the first drawer and reached inside and pulled out a piece of paper that was rolled up. I unrolled the paper and up at the top of the paper it read, "Certificate of Completion". So I read down a little further and it read, “You have successfully overcome anger." and there was a stamp that read COMPLETED across the certificate, making it a formal document; it reminded me of a high school diploma. I thought to myself, WOW! I've overcome anger! How cool is that?! I was so excited by this that I turned around and showed it to the angel. He just laughed, since he was happy that I was so excited. He said to me, “There are more drawers. Go ahead and open them all; they belong to you". So I proceeded to open the drawers and when I opened the last drawer and pulled out the rolled certificate, it read, "Incomplete. Needs more work". I very slowly read the certificate to see what it contained. It read, "Self Condemnation - incomplete, needs a little more work". I knew this was true. Even as a child, I had a way of punishing myself more than anyone; I took so much to heart and had so much guilt and suffered from lack of love and self-worth. The angel cheered me up; He said, "Look, it says you need “a LITTLE more work". He was so nice to me and instantly I felt better. I said, "Oh, thank you, Lord, for showing me what I have overcome and what I still need to work on". After I finished opening all the drawers, I looked around the room and saw a treasure chest. It was beautiful and had all kinds of different jewels on the outside. I got down on my knees and ran my hands across the treasure chest; I just wanted to touch those beautiful jewels. The angel had been standing behind me and I turned around to look up at him and he was smiling down at me. He said, “That is YOUR treasure chest. Go ahead an open it". I was so overwhelmed. I just wrapped my arms around the chest for a few minutes. The angel seemed to understand and just stood patiently waiting. Finally, I carefully opened the lid and looked into the chest; it was full of beautiful garments. (Which represent righteous hearts and works of purity.) I reached in and pulled out the first garment; it read, "Anger has been overcome". I held it up to my body and as soon as I did, it conformed itself to my body and fit like a glove. The angel told me that I looked so beautiful in that garment. He said to me, "Go ahead and try on the next one". So I did. As I tried on each of the garments, they all fit because they were made JUST FOR ME! How humbling this is! We really do have treasure in Heaven. (Notice that our treasure is for those who dwell in heavenly places in Christ and put on the life of Christ.) The Lord loves us so much! God will dress in beautiful garments those who overcome sin by His grace. Isaiah 52:1 Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city (The Bride - Revelation 21:9,10): for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. No one unclean or uncircumcised or sowing flesh will be in the Bride. Jude 1:23 and some save, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. The righteous hate to be displeasing to the Father. Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh shall thus be arrayed in white garments; and I will in no wise blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Overcoming is represented by white garments and eternal life. 3:4 But thou hast a few names in Sardis that did not defile their garments: and they shall walk with me in white; for they are worthy. Those whose works are pure and undefiled walk in white. 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walked naked, and they see his shame. Like being in the wedding feast and not having a wedding garment on. 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold refined by fire, that thou mayest become rich; and white garments, that thou mayest clothe thyself, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness be not made manifest; and eyesalve to anoint thine eyes, that thou mayest see. Nakedness represents sin, as does dark spots on a white garment. We must give our old life to receive our new life. Zechariah 3:3 Now Joshua (representing the body of Jesus) was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the angel. 4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take the filthy garments from off him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with rich apparel. God has accomplished our perfection through Christ and now we must take advantage of this by faith and repentance. Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in Jehovah, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with a garland, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. The white garment is the garment of manifested salvation. 59:6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. The wicked "Christians'" works of righteousness are not enough to cover their nakedness. Ecc.9:8 Let thy garments be always white; and let not thy head lack oil. Psalms 45:8 All thy garments [smell of] myrrh, and aloes, [and] cassia Exodus 29:29 And the holy garments of Aaron [Representing our High Priest, Jesus] shall be for his sons after him, to be anointed in them, and to be consecrated in them. 19:10 And Jehovah said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to-day and to-morrow, and let them wash their garments. In the text, this was so they could meet the Lord on the third day. Genesis 49:11 Binding his foal unto the vine, And his ass's colt unto the choice vine; He hath washed his garments in wine, And his vesture in the blood of grapes. Meaning, wash your garments in the blood of Jesus, signified by wine. 27:15 And Rebekah took the goodly garments of Esau her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son. Jacob was given the anointing and double portion of Esau. 35:2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the foreign gods that are among you, and purify yourselves, and change your garments. Turn from idols of religion and change your garments. Deuteronomy 22:5 A woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment; for whosoever doeth these things is an abomination unto Jehovah thy God. Beware of putting on the nature and acts of the opposite sex. God describes this as an abomination. Psalms 73:6 Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck; Violence covereth them as a garment. Pride, judging, criticism, railing, are spiritual violence against others: it is a polluted garment. 109:18 He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment, And it came into his inward parts like water, And like oil into his bones. They reap what they sow. Isaiah 50:9 Behold, the Lord Jehovah will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? behold, all they shall wax old as a garment, the moth shall eat them up. Persecutors' garments will be destroyed by the curse. 59:17 And he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a mantle. Before God we wear what we do. 61:3 to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah, that he may be glorified. 64:6 For we are all become as one that is unclean, and all our righteousnesses are as a polluted garment: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. The unclean and polluted in actions are taken away by winds of doctrines and tribulations. We can wear the nature of evil spirits. Micah 2:8 But of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye strip the robe from off the garment from them that pass by securely [as men] averse from war. The wicked among God's people pervert souls and destroy garments of righteousness. Malachi 2:16 For I hate putting away, saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, and him that covereth his garment with violence, saith Jehovah of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. Many divorce without the scriptural reason of fornication or the unbeliever departing. They are spotting their garment.. Matthew 22:11 But when the king came in to behold the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment: 12 and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding-garment? And he was speechless. 27:35 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments among them, casting lots. The wicked criticize and despise the actions of the righteous. Mark 2:21 No man seweth a piece of undressed cloth on an old garment: else that which should fill it up taketh from it, the new from the old, and a worse rent is made. Righteous acts on a sinner's garment are useless and cannot cover them. 10:50 And he, casting away his garment, sprang up, and came to Jesus. We must cast away our old life and come to Jesus. Jude 1:23 and some save, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. We must hate the garment spotted by fleshly works and repent. Revelation 16:15 (Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walked naked, and they see his shame.) Get your garment ready; Jesus is coming soon!   Prayer for Enemies Thwarted Debbie Fenske - 9/30/22 (David's notes in red) Thank you Lord that you are accomplishing your purposes in ... your elect, and in their troubles and persecutions you will cause many to turn to you, to seek you and acknowledge you. We know that our enemies are your enemies, and as they work to cut us off, to keep us from manifesting your glory, you Lord, will scatter and consume them and silence them, no matter how many are set against us. Thank you that you've shown us that we have a part in using our authority to cast down every enemy that rises up against us. And we thank you that many of the people who come against us ... will turn to you, and seek your name. Thank you for the victory we have over our spiritual enemies that we face each day. 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South Run Baptist Church - Sermons

The season of advent is upon us! Today is the first of four weeks preparing ourselves for the coming of Jesus. That's what advent means: “coming” or “arrival". We prepare in retrospect, for the king who we know was born in a manger in a few short weeks. This is an act of remembrance, not all that different from eating the bread and drinking the cup at communion. We remember the birth of the savior, and we prepare our hearts for his advent into the world. But there is a second advent or second “coming” that we await too. The return of the king. When all things shall be put right in their finality. When all hearts shall be judged. When Christ will open the gates to the city of the New Jerusalem and people of all tongues and tribes in every nation shall enter in.

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
November 26: Ezekiel 21–22; Psalm 119:145–152; Colossians 3–4

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2022 16:20


Old Testament: Ezekiel 21–22 Ezekiel 21–22 (Listen) The Lord Has Drawn His Sword 21 1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem and preach against the sanctuaries.2 Prophesy against the land of Israel 3 and say to the land of Israel, Thus says the LORD: Behold, I am against you and will draw my sword from its sheath and will cut off from you both righteous and wicked. 4 Because I will cut off from you both righteous and wicked, therefore my sword shall be drawn from its sheath against all flesh from south to north. 5 And all flesh shall know that I am the LORD. I have drawn my sword from its sheath; it shall not be sheathed again. 6 “As for you, son of man, groan; with breaking heart and bitter grief, groan before their eyes. 7 And when they say to you, ‘Why do you groan?' you shall say, ‘Because of the news that it is coming. Every heart will melt, and all hands will be feeble; every spirit will faint, and all knees will be weak as water. Behold, it is coming, and it will be fulfilled,'” declares the Lord GOD. 8 And the word of the LORD came to me: 9 “Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus says the Lord, say:   “A sword, a sword is sharpened    and also polished,10   sharpened for slaughter,    polished to flash like lightning! (Or shall we rejoice? You have despised the rod, my son, with everything of wood.)3 11 So the sword is given to be polished, that it may be grasped in the hand. It is sharpened and polished to be given into the hand of the slayer. 12 Cry out and wail, son of man, for it is against my people. It is against all the princes of Israel. They are delivered over to the sword with my people. Strike therefore upon your thigh. 13 For it will not be a testing—what could it do if you despise the rod?”4 declares the Lord GOD. 14 “As for you, son of man, prophesy. Clap your hands and let the sword come down twice, yes, three times,5 the sword for those to be slain. It is the sword for the great slaughter, which surrounds them, 15 that their hearts may melt, and many stumble.6 At all their gates I have given the glittering sword. Ah, it is made like lightning; it is taken up7 for slaughter. 16 Cut sharply to the right; set yourself to the left, wherever your face is directed. 17 I also will clap my hands, and I will satisfy my fury; I the LORD have spoken.” 18 The word of the LORD came to me again: 19 “As for you, son of man, mark two ways for the sword of the king of Babylon to come. Both of them shall come from the same land. And make a signpost; make it at the head of the way to a city. 20 Mark a way for the sword to come to Rabbah of the Ammonites and to Judah, into Jerusalem the fortified. 21 For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination. He shakes the arrows; he consults the teraphim;8 he looks at the liver. 22 Into his right hand comes the divination for Jerusalem, to set battering rams, to open the mouth with murder, to lift up the voice with shouting, to set battering rams against the gates, to cast up mounds, to build siege towers. 23 But to them it will seem like a false divination. They have sworn solemn oaths, but he brings their guilt to remembrance, that they may be taken. 24 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you have made your guilt to be remembered, in that your transgressions are uncovered, so that in all your deeds your sins appear—because you have come to remembrance, you shall be taken in hand. 25 And you, O profane9 wicked one, prince of Israel, whose day has come, the time of your final punishment, 26 thus says the Lord GOD: Remove the turban and take off the crown. Things shall not remain as they are. Exalt that which is low, and bring low that which is exalted. 27 A ruin, ruin, ruin I will make it. This also shall not be, until he comes, the one to whom judgment belongs, and I will give it to him. 28 “And you, son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD concerning the Ammonites and concerning their reproach; say, A sword, a sword is drawn for the slaughter. It is polished to consume and to flash like lightning—29 while they see for you false visions, while they divine lies for you—to place you on the necks of the profane wicked, whose day has come, the time of their final punishment. 30 Return it to its sheath. In the place where you were created, in the land of your origin, I will judge you. 31 And I will pour out my indignation upon you; I will blow upon you with the fire of my wrath, and I will deliver you into the hands of brutish men, skillful to destroy. 32 You shall be fuel for the fire. Your blood shall be in the midst of the land. You shall be no more remembered, for I the LORD have spoken.” Israel's Shedding of Blood 22 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “And you, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Then declare to her all her abominations. 3 You shall say, Thus says the Lord GOD: A city that sheds blood in her midst, so that her time may come, and that makes idols to defile herself! 4 You have become guilty by the blood that you have shed, and defiled by the idols that you have made, and you have brought your days near, the appointed time of10 your years has come. Therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all the countries. 5 Those who are near and those who are far from you will mock you; your name is defiled; you are full of tumult. 6 “Behold, the princes of Israel in you, every one according to his power, have been bent on shedding blood. 7 Father and mother are treated with contempt in you; the sojourner suffers extortion in your midst; the fatherless and the widow are wronged in you. 8 You have despised my holy things and profaned my Sabbaths. 9 There are men in you who slander to shed blood, and people in you who eat on the mountains; they commit lewdness in your midst. 10 In you men uncover their fathers' nakedness; in you they violate women who are unclean in their menstrual impurity. 11 One commits abomination with his neighbor's wife; another lewdly defiles his daughter-in-law; another in you violates his sister, his father's daughter. 12 In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take interest and profit11 and make gain of your neighbors by extortion; but me you have forgotten, declares the Lord GOD. 13 “Behold, I strike my hand at the dishonest gain that you have made, and at the blood that has been in your midst. 14 Can your courage endure, or can your hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with you? I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it. 15 I will scatter you among the nations and disperse you through the countries, and I will consume your uncleanness out of you. 16 And you shall be profaned by your own doing in the sight of the nations, and you shall know that I am the LORD.” 17 And the word of the LORD came to me: 18 “Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to me; all of them are bronze and tin and iron and lead in the furnace; they are dross of silver. 19 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you have all become dross, therefore, behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. 20 As one gathers silver and bronze and iron and lead and tin into a furnace, to blow the fire on it in order to melt it, so I will gather you in my anger and in my wrath, and I will put you in and melt you. 21 I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of my wrath, and you shall be melted in the midst of it. 22 As silver is melted in a furnace, so you shall be melted in the midst of it, and you shall know that I am the LORD; I have poured out my wrath upon you.” 23 And the word of the LORD came to me: 24 “Son of man, say to her, You are a land that is not cleansed or rained upon in the day of indignation. 25 The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured human lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst. 26 Her priests have done violence to my law and have profaned my holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and the common, neither have they taught the difference between the unclean and the clean, and they have disregarded my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. 27 Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, shedding blood, destroying lives to get dishonest gain. 28 And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,' when the LORD has not spoken. 29 The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice. 30 And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. 31 Therefore I have poured out my indignation upon them. I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. I have returned their way upon their heads, declares the Lord GOD.” Footnotes [1] 21:1 Ch 21:6 in Hebrew [2] 21:2 Some Hebrew manuscripts, compare Septuagint, Syriac against their sanctuary [3] 21:10 Probable reading; Hebrew The rod of my son despises everything of wood [4] 21:13 Or For it is a testing; and what if even the rod despises? It shall not be! [5] 21:14 Hebrew its third [6] 21:15 Hebrew many stumbling blocks [7] 21:15 The meaning of the Hebrew word rendered taken up is uncertain [8] 21:21 Or household idols [9] 21:25 Or slain; also verse 29 [10] 22:4 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate, Targum; most Hebrew manuscripts until [11] 22:12 That is, profit that comes from charging interest to the poor (compare Leviticus 25:36) (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 119:145–152 Psalm 119:145–152 (Listen) Qoph 145   With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD!    I will keep your statutes.146   I call to you; save me,    that I may observe your testimonies.147   I rise before dawn and cry for help;    I hope in your words.148   My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,    that I may meditate on your promise.149   Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;    O LORD, according to your justice give me life.150   They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;    they are far from your law.151   But you are near, O LORD,    and all your commandments are true.152   Long have I known from your testimonies    that you have founded them forever. (ESV) New Testament: Colossians 3–4 Colossians 3–4 (Listen) Put On the New Self 3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your1 life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:2 sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.3 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self4 with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,5 free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Rules for Christian Households 18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters,6 not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. 4 Masters, treat your bondservants7 justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. Further Instructions 2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Final Greetings 7 Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant8 in the Lord. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, 9 and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here. 10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him), 11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. 14 Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers9 at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16 And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea. 17 And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.” 18 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Footnotes [1] 3:4 Some manuscripts our [2] 3:5 Greek therefore your members that are on the earth [3] 3:6 Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience [4] 3:9 Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10 [5] 3:11 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for Bondservants in verse 22 [6] 3:22 Or your masters according to the flesh [7] 4:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for servant in verse 12 [8] 4:7 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word sundoulos, see Preface [9] 4:15 Or brothers and sisters (ESV)

WISDOM FOR YOUR WALK
Which Hat Will You Put On Today?

WISDOM FOR YOUR WALK

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 10:06


Colossians 3:1-5, 8-10, 12-13, 15-171 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Solid Joys Daily Devotional
Hold Fast to Your Hope

Solid Joys Daily Devotional

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 3:03


When Christ died for us, he did not buy the freedom from having to hold fast, but the enabling power to hold fast.

RiverSide Church
Colossians 3

RiverSide Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 46:03


If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life then you also will appear with him in glory. If you are raised is the question! Then the things that are dead are still in the grave, now you live and move through Jesus! Grab your bible and lets study together!

BLC Chapel Services
Chapel - November 22, 2022

BLC Chapel Services

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 21:19


Order of Service: - Prelude - Hymn 69 - The God of Abr'Am Praise: vv. 1-4 - Colossians 3: 1-4: If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. - Devotion - Prayer - Hymn 542 - in Heav'n Above, in Heav'n Above: vv. 1 & 4 - Blessing - Postlude Service Participants: Rev. Shawn Stafford (Preacher), Jake Marzinske (Organist)

BLC Chapel Sermons
Sermon from BLC Chapel - November 22, 2022

BLC Chapel Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 11:16


Rev. Shawn Stafford was preacher for this service. Colossians 3: 1-4: If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

More Than a Song - Discovering the Truth of Scripture Hidden in Today's Popular Christian Music

Have you ever experienced deep darkness? I'm talking about the kind of darkness that envelops you so tightly it affects your breathing. That only begins to scratch the surface of the depth of darkness we are in without the light of Christ. In their song "Then Christ Came," MercyMe sings of that light and how He took our sins away. I took on the first letter of John this week to see exactly how Christ's coming should (and should not) be reflected in our lives. In this week's episode, I discuss the following: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Repetition Consult an overview Compare and contrast When Christ came, He changed everything - 1 John 3:5 A plan for reading 1 John several times over several days as a foundation for future study Two words that jumped out at me -- "abide" and "sinning" Marking up my favorite Scripture journal with my favorite Bible highlighters - ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal Amazon Paid Link - Daily Grace Co Bible Highlighters The struggle against jumping to study notes or a commentary too soon in the Bible interaction process The focus area of study - 1 John 2:28-3:10 Comparing and contrasting the 3 "abide"s and the 7 "sinning"s found in our focus section Bible Sense Lexicon discussion on the word "confidence" found in 1 John 2:28 - Logos Bible Software Example When Christ came, He came to "take away" sin, not re-categorize it - 1 John 3:5 Don't sin, but if you do... - 1 John 2:1 If you live a life excusing a pattern of practicing sin, you aren't a child a God (I didn't say it...God did) - 1 John 3:6, Matthew 7:21-23   There are deceivers out there trying to water down your faith-walk. Be on guard and let the truth of Scripture guard you and guide you.   More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com The story behind the song "Then Christ Came" by MercyMe - FreeCCM.org article with video links Overview of 1-3 John - Bible Project My new favorite Bible Study Software - Logos Bible Software Affiliate Link 1-3 John Illuminated Scripture Journal - Amazon Paid Link Bible Highlighters - Daily Grace Co Link Weekly Challenge Read 1 John in its entirety several times over several days. Then focus your study efforts on 1 John 2:28-3:10. I focused on the contrast of abiding versus sinning, but there are many contrasts to explore further. As you discover more, I'd love to hear about it. Really. I read every

Traditional Latin Mass Gospel Readings
Nov 18, 2022. Gospel Luke 19:1-10. Dedication of the Basilicas of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.

Traditional Latin Mass Gospel Readings

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 2:07


[1]And entering in, he walked through Jericho. Et ingressus perambulabat Jericho. [2] And behold, there was a man named Zacheus, who was the chief of the publicans, and he was rich. Et ecce vir nomine Zachaeus : et hic princeps erat publicanorum, et ipse dives : [3] And he sought to see Jesus who he was, and he could not for the crowd, because he was low of stature. et quaerebat videre Jesum, quis esset : et non poterat prae turba, quia statura pusillus erat. [4] And running before, he climbed up into a sycamore tree, that he might see him; for he was to pass that way. Et praecurrens ascendit in arborem sycomorum ut videret eum : quia inde erat transiturus. [5] And when Jesus was come to the place, looking up, he saw him, and said to him: Zacheus, make haste and come down; for this day I must abide in thy house. Et cum venisset ad locum, suspiciens Jesus vidit illum, et dixit ad eum : Zachaee, festinans descende : quia hodie in domo tua oportet me manere. [6] And he made haste and came down; and received him with joy. Et festinans descendit, et excepit illum gaudens. [7] And when all saw it, they murmured, saying, that he was gone to be a guest with a man that was a sinner. Et cum viderent omnes, murmurabant, dicentes quod ad hominem peccatorem divertisset. [8] But Zacheus standing, said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wronged any man of any thing, I restore him fourfold. Stans autem Zachaeus, dixit ad Dominum : Ecce dimidium bonorum meorum, Domine, do pauperibus : et si quid aliquem defraudavi, reddo quadruplum. [9] Jesus said to him: This day is salvation come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham. Ait Jesus ad eum : Quia hodie salus domui huic facta est : eo quod et ipse filius sit Abrahae. [10] For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Venit enim Filius hominis quaerere, et salvum facere quod perierat. Hymn (Third tone) Tristes errant Aposoli De Christi... When Christ, by His own servants slain, Had died upon the bitter Cross, Th' apostles , of their joy bereft, Were weeping their dear Saviour's loss.

Equipped to Stand with Sheri Yates
19. | God of this City | Part 1

Equipped to Stand with Sheri Yates

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 8:00


You are equipped. You lack nothing. You are the only one in your way.   God Of This City By Bluetree   You're the God of this city, You're the King of these people You're the Lord of this nation, You are You're the light in this darkness, You're the hope to the hopeless You're the peace to the restless, You are For there is no one like our God There is no one like You God Greater things have yet to come And greater things are still to be done in this city Greater things have yet to come And greater things are still to be done here You're the Lord of creation, the creator of all things You're the King above all kings, You are You're the strength in the weakness, You are love to the broken You're the joy in the sadness, You are For there is no one like our God There is no one like You God Greater things have yet to come And greater things are still to be done in this city Where glory shines from hearts alive With praise for You and love for You in this city Greater things have yet to come And greater things are still to be done in this city Greater things have yet to come And greater things are still to be done here There is no one like our God There is no one like our God Yes, there is no one like You God There is no one like You God Greater things have yet to come And greater things are still to be done in this city Where glory shines from hearts alive With praise for You and love for You in this city Greater things have yet to come And greater things are still to be done in this city Greater things have yet to come And greater things are still to be done here Still to be done here, still to be done here Still to be done here   Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20   And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will be made well.” Mark16:15-18   And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. Hebrews 10:38-39   Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12:25-26   The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9   He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2   The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1   His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 PETER 1:3   Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Col 3:1-4   Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental s

Way of the Bible
Difficulties in the Church | 1 Corinthians 7-16

Way of the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 42:40


#076 This is our fourth of eight episodes in our mini-series entitled, Paul's Treatises | Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians. On this episode we're going to overview the last ten chapters of the book of 1 Corinthians in which Paul answers questions of the Corinthians regarding difficulties they were having in their gatherings as a body.We need to remember this was all new stuff for believers gathering to worship the Lord. The church included Jews and Gentiles both coming from backgrounds ranging from temple to idol worship to agnosticism and atheism. Corinth was a cosmopolitan trade city filled with luxury and a culture seeped in the worldly trappings of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. To “Live as a Corinthian” meant to live in gross immorality reinforced and encouraged by prostitution practiced at pagan temples. Of course this was no different than cultures throughout the history of mankind where every man was allowed to do whatever was right in his own eyes.What Paul had been teaching in Corinth while he was with them and founding the church, and now reinforcing in this letter was counter cultural then and has remained so to this day. As we covered in our last episode on the opening six chapters, Paul was teaching believers how to live as people not of the world but in the world; surrounded by people living in a culture who were in the world and of the world. When Christ set us free from sin and condemnation, from the penalty of the law and death, and from Satan and his dominion what did he set us free to do? This is what Paul is addressing in this letter. Conflict in this freedom arises from two extreme sides. From the Gentile/pagan side comes the thought that given God's grace is unlimited we can now do what you want to satisfy the desires of our flesh without consequences from God as the grace of Jesus covers everything we do. Maybe not all-in to immersion, but at least up to our knees and waist in the squaller of pleasures. This thought has remained in the church to this day.From the Jewish side comes the thought of legalism and adherence to the law. When we were held in bondage to sin we were not capable of keeping the law. But now set free from sin we are obligated and capable of adherence to the law which will be the measure and standard for behavior within the church. This thought has also remained in the church to this day.Paul was letting the Corinthians know, and is letting us know today, that nothing has changed since the beginning. God who is holy, chose and redeemed us in Christ who were dead in our trespasses and sin, to be his sons and daughters and co-heirs with Christ in a coming kingdom. God is going to dwell with us into eternity on earth in a kingdom of God that will have no end. God through Jesus by the Holy Spirit has given us everything we need in this life to live a godly life. Yet when we first become believers, while we know something has happened and we've been changed, have lived no other life other than our formal life of sin and corruption. Paul is instructing the Corinthians and us today how to live our new life in Christ that is wholly antithetical to our former life when we were in and of the world.Even in 2022 we buck against Paul and God arguing we know a better way. Who was Paul anyway, telling the Corinthians and us what to do and how to live. Ancient culture and modern times are judex opposed. We've evolved morally and culturally to accept sex, drugs, and rock and roll and rebellion against the order God established for creation. We have the big bang theory, evolution, and humanism all of which the science and psychology academies accept and endorse. So we'll believe in Jesus, receive his grace, and do what we want no matter what Paul and God say.With all that as an introduction, let's get started.