As we gather on the Lord's day in the morning we will return to our study of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ as recorded by Mark. We are at Mark 12.1-12, which is a very important parable of the Lord. We will consider the teaching of the parable with several applications, and then ask the question whether we have heard. There is help for us in this text. Scripture Reading: Mark 12:1-12
Text: Mark 12.1-12
Message: "God's Passion; Man's Poison"
Theme: Jesus' parable shows the reality of His own arrival for a sinful people
God planted a vineyard, expecting growth
God shows His patient love for His vineyard
God reveals His holy judgment against those who reject His love
The hearers of parables must ask if they have heard
Pastor walks his children through Westminster Shorter Catechism question 105—especially explaining how grace forgives us, makes us into forgivers, and makes us desire and delight in forgiveness.
Q105. What do we pray for in the fifth petition? In the fifth petition, which is, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, we pray that God, for Christ's sake, would freely pardon all our sins; which we are the rather encouraged to ask, because by His grace we are enabled from the heart to forgive others.
Numbers 31 continues to describe the last days of Moses as the Lord commands that he destroy the Midianites. As will become typical, Israel does NOT follow orders until they are rebuked. We also deal with the accusation that God is "mean" and bad for killing off all but the innocent children and women.
Also Reference: Isaiah 55:6, Titus 2:11, John 12:32
Pastor walks his children through Westminster Shorter Catechism question 104—especially explaining how we are to live and pray as those who depend entirely upon God's free gift to provide for us according to His perfect love, wisdom, and power.
Q104. What do we pray for in the fourth petition? In the fourth petition, which is, Give us this day our daily bread, we pray that of God's free gift we may receive a competent portion of the good things of this life, and enjoy His blessing with them.
Which is the first commandment? What is forbidden in the first commandment?
The first commandment is, Thou shalt have no other gods before me. The first commandment forbiddeth the denying,1 or not worshipping and glorifying the true God,2 as God and our God,3 and the giving of that worship and glory to any other, which is due unto him alone.
Paul's Distraction's in Lystra! Series: The Life of the Apostle Paul Acts 14:8-20 The God's that Distract Us[The Things We let Distract Us from Jesus] LYSTRA-L – Lost in Thought-Y – Yourself-S – Sports-T – Television & Internet-R – Radio & music-A – Alcohol & Drugs.Who here can get distracted? Certainly, we all get distracted Christians need to do all they can to maintain their focus. Our focus according to Hebrews 12 is Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. It may surprise you what things can distract. The controls for the car are more a distraction than cell phones. Isn't that interesting.Paul and Barnabas were preaching on the city streets of Lystra. They ended up Healing a crippled man that had never heard the gospel message of salvation. All such a stir among the crowds on the streets and got such attention from the miracle healing that it was misconstrued as gods of a distraction, and they ended up being called Mercury and Jupiter and were thought to be gods at first. But opposition to their ministry eventually became so great that it resulted in Paul being stoned and dragged out of the city as dead.Distractions keep us from hearing God's Word.I believe if we are honest and look deep into our heart and soul, we will find some spiritual distractions that may well surprise us.We get distracted by the choir and we get caught up. In our own imagination, we get to paying attention to all the things except listening to God communicate to us through the gospel message of the minister behind the pulpit.We Refuse to be Spirit:Spirit – Fed Spirit – Led Overlooking the Creed – Message.They preached the Word – the Gospel.
New Heart, New Spirit_31Ezekiel 35:1-15 Dangers Mt. Seir (Edom) Can't Dodge!sometimes we find ourselves and our family in dangerous situations.A natural catastrophe, accident, disease, assault, or even a misjudgment can put our lives in peril. However, there are some dangers in life that we can avoid. If we do not, we have no one to blame but ourselves when we find ourselves in serious trouble.Using Edom as an example, Ezekiel describes six dangers we must avoid if we wish to escape God's judgment. 14. Because of their deep-seated hatred for the Jews, the Edomites were the worst offenders. Edom represents all the nations that have occupied Israel.Through His prophet, the Lord told the exiles that a day was coming when He would execute judgment upon all the wicked nations who had rejected Him and His eternal plan for the world. In that day, God would remove them from the land so the Jews could return and rebuild their nation. Edom's fate warns us of the danger of greed and covetousness. Lusting after more and more of anything can consume the human spirit.Our body and mind can be given over to thinking about and grasping for the things of this world. Just thinking about getting a larger home and more furnishings consumes the time and energy of many people.Anything—person, place, or possession—can become the consuming desire that dominates our lives.God would reveal Himself to Israel and to a watching world through His judgments upon Edom.
Nine plagues have passed. But unlike the rest of the narrative, Exodus 11 doesn't move right into the tenth plague. Instead, it threatens the final plague and foretells the results. If God is so angry with Egypt, why would he bother give them any warning? Maybe more importantly - does God give warning to us today and, if he does, why does he do it? Perhaps God is warning you about something right now and you're currently facing the same choice as Pharaoh. What will you do? Will you desperately hold on to your sin and face the results? Or will you repent and throw yourself into the arms of a loving God who wants to offer you mercy and grace?
At this hour, I want to open up for you, the truth that every true believer in Christ is sealed with the Holy Spirit. What does this mean? Well, very simply, it means that when you believe in the Lord Jesus, you are once and for all given the Holy Spirit to be with you forever. But there are some particulars of this sealing that I want to set forth to you so that you will understand this better. 1st of all – You must hear and believe the word of truth before you can be sealed with the Holy Spirit. 2nd – You will have a certain assurance of salvation which will be brought to you by God's sealing you with the Holy Spirit. And 3rd – This sealing with the Spirit is the real guarantee of your inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession takes place in your life. Let us pray that as we enter into this subject that the Lord will broaden and deepen our understanding of this great salvation which has been given to us by our Triune God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
This message shows how John 10:33-36 is twisted by Jehovah's Witnesses to support their false doctrine that Jesus is just "a god" and not God the Son.
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Pastor walks his children through Westminster Shorter Catechism question 103—especially explaining how we should be praying for grace to overcome both our weakness and our wickedness that we might know and do God's will.
Q103. What do we pray for in the third petition? In the third petition, which is, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven, we pray that God, by His grace, would make us able and willing to know, obey and submit to His will in all things, as the angels do in heaven.