A Redemption Story
Trusting God and leaning on Him for strength.
◦ Pastor Nick Holden reflects on God's guidance and trust in His leading, rather than relying on own strength.
◦ Society today is similar to ancient times, where people are disregarding lives and allowing injustices to occur.
• Biblical history and personal experiences.
◦ Pastor Nick expresses gratitude for law enforcement while acknowledging the potential for harm to officers during a trail ride.
◦ Brother Holden mentions a connection between a famine and people leaving their homes, with adding that they went to Moab, a forbidden place.
◦ Pastor Nick highlights the losses that occurred when they left, including the loss of fellowship, intimacy, and focus on magnifying God, as well as financial and emotional struggles.
• Biblical character Boaz and his actions towards a young woman in need.
◦ Boaz blesses the young woman Ruth, symbolizing Jesus' rescue and covering over of believers.
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The Veil and Darkness Still Remains
The Veil and Darkness Still Remains upon the hearts and minds of Israel and everyone who is perishing without Jesus and His message of redeeming grace.
Very similar to when the Egyptians pleaded with Israel to leave Egypt — those around the world may be on the verge of demanding the same thing in our day. There is a growing animosity and anxiety over the nation and her people. May the Lord may Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62 ; Zechariah 12 ; Ezekiel 36-39).
Good day, friends... I shared a message a couple of days ago about how a transformed life speaks.
Today I'd like to take it just a step further. As brother Paul pointed out, Moses' glory continued to fade, but those of us who are the letters of His grace, with unveiled faces, are constantly being transformed from glory to glory...to look more and more like Jesus, from day to day.
So, why does a transformed life speak? Because
All four of these distinct works of God move and motivate every believer to love and live out loud. They, like a candle, were made to shine and illuminate in the darkness.
"For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again..."
(2 Corinthians 5:14-21)
A transformed life is a letter of grace, a personal message of Christ, written not with ink, but a message imprinted by the Spirit of the living God, upon the hearts of every workmanship of His redeeming grace.
I just love His grace... it doesn't need my work, it
Last week we looked at how sin came to be in this world. Satan came to Eve in the guise of a serpent and questioned God's Word. He further questioned God's character and then told Eve that the fruit would benefit her. She ate. They went from naked and unashamed to shamed. Join us as we continue looking at how sin changed Adam and Eve.
All the animal sacrifices under the old covenant were repetitive, temporary, and did not remit sins. When Jesus came and sacrifice Himself on the cross, His sacrifice was once, permanent, and efficacious in all sins from the elect.
From the admonition to continue in prayer
as found in Colossians 4:2-4 and expounded
upon in the morning Mission Fest service,
this afternoon sermon turns to verses 5 and 6
of the same chapter.
Dave Irwin, pastor of Salem Reformed Church
in Ashley, ND asks, "What is Wisdom?"
"Where do we get it?"
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
as found in Proverbs and it's pursuit is further
encouraged in James and other scriptures,
both by teaching and earlier saints' example.
The major sermon points:
Walk in Wisdom
Redeem the Time - for the days are evil
Season Our Speech
Look to God's Word which can change your life.
Be mindful of the brevity of life, the judgement
of God and the grace we have in Christ.
Noah's sin is recorded, not only to show us the weakness of our flesh and need for salvation by the grace of God. It is recorded to show us the two religions in the world. The religion of the flesh, revealed in Ham. And the religion of faith, revealed in Shem and Japheth. The curse is upon all whose way of righteousness is of the flesh. The blessing of Christ is upon all whose way of righteousness is through the grace of God in Christ. That is what the Spirit is declaring to us in this passage.
In the morning we will take up Ruth 3 and see the beginning of redemption. This redemption for Ruth and Naomi previews a more lasting and perfect redemption. Come and be richly encouraged at what God has done. Scripture Reading: Ruth 3
Text: Ruth 3
Message: "Covenant Covering Previewed"
Theme: A covenant mother guides her daughter to the covering of God
Naomi guides Ruth toward showing to Boaz her interest
Ruth enacts the plan for the covering of covenant
Boaz is blessed and blesses Ruth and Naomi in the covenant
Naomi receives the good news and rejoices with quiet confidence