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Sunday’s Sermon

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The pastor preached on Luke 12:1-12. He had the following six points:

  1. Because we know God’s truth we fear no false teacher. See verse 1.
  2. Because we walk in God’s truth we fear no exposure (i.e., exposure of what we’ve done).  See verses 2 and 3.
  3. Because we are free in Christ we fear no judgment. See verses 4 and 5.
  4. Because we are valued by God, we seek comfort in no other place (than in God, that is… It’s somewhat awkward phrasing). See verses 6 and 7.
  5. Because we have experienced God’s redemption we speak openly about Him. See verses 8 to 10.
  6. Because we trust God we have confidence He will provide in time of need. See verses 11 and 12.
 
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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in Todays Sermon

 

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Perfect in Christ

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This is what God gave me today in His word:

Of David. Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. (Psalms 26:1-3)

One of the many gifts Christ gives us, is to be able to look at a passage such as this, and know that everything can apply to us. David wasn’t perfect, nor are we. Yet, we both can say that we have walked in integrity, have trusted in God without wavering, and that we walk in faithfulness. We can say this, because even when we know we can’t possibly do those things in our own power, God will work in us, “to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” [Philippians 2:13]

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Delivered Through Love

 

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A Christian’s Prayer, Pt. 2

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This is what God gave me today in His word:

Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD! (Psalms 25:6-7)

God has a perfect memory. He can remember before He even made time, and can remember when He made the first human. A perfect God, with a perfect memory, therefore, should have no problem remembering the myriad of sins every human has committed in his or her lifetime. However, rather than remember our wrongdoings any longer, He sent His son to take on the punishment and guilt of our sin. So now, when God looks at us, He sees perfection.

This was not so in David’s time, as Jesus had not yet come. However, David could still look forward to the prophesied Messiah. And, while we know we are forgiven before we even open our mouths, we still need to ask God for forgiveness when we sin against Him. So many people ask the person whom they have sinned against for forgiveness, and yet neglect (in spite of the fact that any sin against another human is equally hurtful to God) to ask God’s forgiveness.

It’s also important that we pray for forgiveness for our own sake. Any normal Christian feels guilt after sinning, and to a certain extent we should feel guilty; any lapse into sin is a direct insult to the work Jesus has done for us in dying and rising again. However, by praying for forgiveness, our conscience is appeased.

 
 

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A Christian’s Prayer, Pt. 1

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This is what God gave me today in His Word:

Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. (Psalms 25:4-5)

It seems as though this ought to be the prayer of most believers; that God would make known to us the ways in which He wants us to live our life, and that He would lead us in truth and teach us. The reason I say this, is because God’s plan for our life simply isn’t always all too clear. At times it may seem He’s leading us one way, at times it may seem as though He’s leading us in the opposite direction. At times, it may even seem as though God has outright abandoned us. (Of course, we know God never abandons us, but it can certainly be hard to recognize His presence in certain situations.) Which is why it’s also important that we ask God to, “make us know His ways.” – So that we can know, even when it seems we’re all alone, that God’s ways are above our ways. Thus, no matter what, it will all work out for our good and God’s glory in the end, one way or another.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Prayer

 

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Clean Hands and A Pure Heart

(Ignore this if you haven’t read many, or any, of my earlier posts). In a previous post, I mention that I believe, “the hill of the Lord,” to be Calvary. However, the context of the phrase in this situation (Coming to the cross-i.e., Calvary hardly requires you have clean hands and a pure heart; anyone can come to the cross and be saved) leads me to believe that this time the phrase refers to Heaven. I say this to avoid confusion later in the post.

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. (Psalms 24:3-5)

There has only ever been one person who (of His own volition) deserves to come before God, and be declared fit for Heaven, and He was God incarnate. None of us can ever hope to be righteous in all that we do (i.e. have “clean” hands), or pure in heart. Particularly given that all we can do of our own volition is sin, sin, and sin again. Even if we try to get free from sin by will power and determination, there is no hope for us because our very heart is filthy and set determinedly towards sin. The blunt reality is, none of us deserve to receive any kind of blessing from the Lord, much less eternal salvation… And yet, that is exactly what He gives us in Jesus.

Because Christ came down from Heaven, and on the cross lay down His very life for us, God now declares us to have clean hands and a pure  heart. Because Jesus took our sin nature on to Himself, and became our sin  (as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:21), we no longer are trapped by any temptation or any sin. We can now rest in the assurance that no matter what happens, God will always provide us with what we need in the moment.

 
 

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Today’s Sermon

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Today the pastor preached on Luke 11:33-36, and had the following four points:

  1. God’s light shines everywhere.
  2. Unbelief is the problem for not seeing the light.
  3. Believing you see when actually you do not.
  4. The blessing of really seeing.

In the first point, the pastor talked on how Jesus is, “God’s light,” by taking us to John 1:1-5. In the second point, he talked on how unbelief is the cause for an unbeliever to not be able to see Christ. He used the Pharisees as an example of this, by referring to how they (in the previous passage in Luke (Luke 11:29-32)) asked Jesus for sign to prove that He was the Messiah. Of course, He had already done many miracles that proved Him to be the Messiah, and so it was their unbelief that blinded them.

Unfortunately the memory of the other two points has somewhat faded from me, but overall it really was an enjoyable sermon, which was centered upon Jesus.

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2013 in Todays Sermon

 

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Trusting In God

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This is what God gave me today in His word:

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalms 23:1-6)

This particular psalm is one that most Christians find comfort in. However,if we actually examine our lives, how many of us would really say that, because God is our shepherd, we want nothing? How many of us would truly, “fear no evil,” in times of hardship, or life-threatening situations?

The reality is, not all that many Christians, if they were to really look at their lives, agree with every part of this psalm. After all, sure the Lord is my shepherd, but I still want the newest and the best of this or that! Sure, I’ll fear no evil… Unless of course something horrendous happens that calls for fear, such as the weather not being a perfect 72 degrees and sunny. It’s an exaggeration, true, but the point is none-the-less true.

I believe the problem most Christians have, including myself at times, is that we simply lack trust in God. We don’t believe that He is able to carry us through, “the valley of the shadow of death,” and so we fear times like that. We don’t trust God to give us what we need (or, at least the means by which to get it) when we need it, and thus, in our minds, our cup does not run over. In fact, we tend to want so much that our cup tends to appear half empty most of the time.

In conclusion, then; It’s trusting in God that makes all the difference in our life. God has shown us already that He is a more than capable provider by giving us His very son. We have no reason to believe that He won’t provide a way out of every temptation, and that He won’t always provide for us. Thus, it makes no sense to do anything but simply rely upon Him in every situation, to either give us the strength to overcome, or else to eventually end the temptation or trial we are undergoing.

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2013 in Delivered Through Love

 

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