This title is easy to remember. The lesson should be easy to grasp also. But, Alas, how many are more or less repeating Pharaoh's hardening of heart, and consequently forfieting peace and being swamped with bearing "needless pain". I explain in the sermon how God gave me special help in preparing it. It seems very incredible but as sure as the sun is hot I know what happened in preparation for this somewhat unusual message.
Professional sports, mushrooming greatly in this generation, has ushered into society and Christendom, a new form of idolatry, that is far more sinful to God, than any of the idolatry of the OT heathens. Thou shalt not have any other gods before ME; is openly, willfully, violated each day.
Several worldviews are competing with Christmas for the affection of our hearts and minds. This message explores consumerism and materialism. Our salvation and true satisfaction is found in Christ, our Savoir. Even God uses material things to encourage, guide, and protect us, but we worship the God who gives us things. We do not worship the things.
Israel has proven to be exactly what God says about them. They are stiff necked and stiff hearted. They are slow to respond to God's chastening. One day this will end. They have suffered much due to their rebellion.
Greetings and welcome! This is our daily devotional for November 16, 2023. Today we continue our study in the Book of Acts in chapter 17 with Paul addressing the Areopagus. In addition, we also will spend a little time in Romans 1 to see what in the world is going on. Thanks for joining us!
The Jews had fallen so far that they had forgotten God as their help. They turned to wood and sticks for counsel and never even thought to seek God. They had run from God and sadly, He let them go. Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.
EEveryone, in one way or another, struggles with comparing themselves to others. This is a significant issue that we, as Christians, must address personally.
Comparison comes in varying degrees and levels depending on the season of life an individual currently finds themselves in. The comparison issue is nothing new and is seen throughout Scripture; however, in our culture with social media, it is more prevalent, demanding, and condemning in a more significant way than ever before.
Comparing your house.
Your family, your spouse, your job, your income, your location, your ability to homeschool your kids, or not homeschooling your kids.
Pastors are not immune to comparison as attendance, baptism numbers, the size of your church, and staff are items many feel they are failures at because of comparison.
An essential item must be understood regarding comparison. Comparison is at the root of a form of idolatry.
Idolatry is the worship of an image or item other than the Creator God. Idolatry in an individual's life points the individual to self-worship or worship of something different than Yahweh.
The Bible connects comparison with idolatry in passages such as Gal.5:19-20, James 3:16, and Col. 3:5. The modern form of idolatry and image worship begins through the means of comparison, which has brainwashed us into thinking success is the number one goal in life, and if I do not have the item or measure of success like that of someone else we strive after that individual which takes our focus off of Christians primary purpose of living a life glorifying our Creator.
Join Dr. Jago as he unpacks this section in Acts 19 as idolatry is confronted in Ephesus.
Isaiah points the people of his day to the coming day of the Lord, and warns them of what lies ahead. He speaks of gold and silver, the idols of man's making upon which they now rely. He speaks of moles and bats, the dark places into which they will cast their idols in the day in which they are exposed. He speaks of rocks and crags, and the worthless refuges to which desperate sinners will look in the day when their defences fail. He speaks of terror and glory at the coming of the Lord, and the horror of falling as a guilty sinner into the hands of the Holy God who is a consuming fire.
If we do not abandon our idols now, we will then, and be found utterly exposed. We need the refuge that only Christ provides that we might stand in the day when the Lord arises to judgment.