From Herman Hanko's book, The Mysteries of The Kingdom
and the scripture upon which it is based, we hear of:
The Kingdom's "Insignificant" Beginning
The Kingdom's Invisible Growth
The Kingdom's Marvelous End
All this comes from the parable of the mustard seed
and the parable of the leaven as found in Matthew 13.
Today we began the Sermon on the Plain a message Jesus gave with a lo of similarities to the Sermon on the Mount recorded for us in Matthew 5-7. Today we look at the blessed(s) or beatitudes and their contrary woes.
God writes the script of human history. And he is in back of every event - even when people don't realize it, or recognize Him. You' learn in this message how Queen Vashti's saying "No!" to King Abasuerus starts a chain reaction without which we would have no hope in the world. Learn how counterfeit sovereigns cannot do what only the true Sovereign King Jesus can do.
Luke has showed us that Jesus was the perfect man in how He resisted and defeated satan. He is also the Son of God, with authority to cleanse and forgive. He was God as well, able to forgive sins, command obedience from sinners, and came as the bridegroom of Israel. He was perfect in all ways and ruled over everything, even the Sabbath. Now he has chosen 12 ordinary men from all walks of life and He is ready to teach them. Join us as Luke shows us one of the first themes of teaching that Christ gave to us.
Paul Scharf, church ministries representative for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, continues a new four-part series for Advent in this special holiday edition of his column.
We trust that it will add meaning to your own celebration of Christmas this year.
Please feel free to share this column and let others know about this weekly resource.
SharperIron version: https://sharperiron.org/article/some-little-known-prophecies-of-christmas-part-3-genesis-1719
Rapture Ready version: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/12/24/little-known-prophecies-of-christmas-pt-3-genesis-1719-by-paul-j-scharf/
Although life has it's disappointments and there is a time to mourn and sorrow, that is not to be the constant in our lives. Our constant should be hearts of gratitude, thanksgiving and joy in the Lord. And it IS a matter of choices.
"And so it is written, the first man, what was his name, Adam, became a living being, the last, Adam, who is He, Jesus, became a life-giving spirit…" (1 Corinthians 15:45-47 ; Romans 5)
Now, who's the last Adam, or we can say, the second Adam, the lastAdam, that is saying that we have two figureheads in our lives, we were all born under one, the first Adam, and you have to be born again to come under the second, or the last Adam, that is Jesus. And there is no righteousness for any man apart from being under the second or the last Adam. Does that make sense to you? Do you see what I'm referring to? There are two Adam's, the last and the first, the first and the second, the first, death came through. Offenses came through, disobedience came through, that's all a man can produce before God, because of the first Adam. But when you're severed from the first Adam, and translated into, being born again and brought into the second Adam, now you have His righteousness. Now you have His life-giving spirit. Now you have everything you need to walk with God, and then anticipate living with and for Him forever. That's the only way it can happen. That's why the Bible teaches us that God has a standard that He's going to judge the world by, and a standard by which man should live. And that standard is the same. It's the Lord Jesus Christ. His life-giving spirit must be in us. As we live in this world, His righteousness must be in us, granted to us, accounted to us, or we'll never stand before God, as righteous and holy, when He judges us, according to that same standard in Jesus. That's why an individual has to give their life to Jesus. They must be ripped away from the fi
The Cultural Clash
"An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked." Proverbs 29:27
The just and unjust will always clash and be at odds with one another.
Animosity and enmity are inevitable… between the righteous and unrighteous.
It is and will be an unavoidable conflict…
"If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest/peace."
The wise man and fool are simply incompatible...
Tough walls... require tougher tools and tenacity to bring them down.
Unlimited freedom is not freedom – but anarchy – that takes away the beauty and blessings of those who have given there lives to sustain a principle way of living that provides a way of peacefully and practically living among others that recognize our liberties have there limits.
Doing what is right is a liberty... but doing what is right [in our own eyes, only] is not liberty... but a self-proclaimed "right" to trample the LIMITED liberties of others. The heart that God sets free is not free to do as it pleases. The heart that He sets free — is free — but its freedom is fully embraced and experienced when they follow Him, wherever He may lead. God's freedom always has boundaries and limits, and they are designed for our good and His glory.
Thank You Lord for grace! May I never forget that it was Your redeeming grace that HUMBLED and KNOCKED down the wall of my prideful heart, TRANSFORMED my understanding of You and myself and put me in POSITION to welcome MORE and MORE of Your matchless and marvelous grace in my life. Thank You!
And as brother James reminds us:
"But He gives MORE grace. [This is] why He
The world views God's law and boundaries as oppressive and enslaving. One of the main reasons for rebellion is that people believe they have to cast off God's rules in order to achieve their own freedom and autonomy. But it's a fool's errand.
God laughs at, and is angry at, those who plot this way. He installs his Son as King over them by raising him from the very tomb they put him in. But why the warning? Why the threats of destruction? Because it's actually a merciful call to repent and to reorder our lives under his care. It's an invitation to come and find refuge in the God who wants to make us truly free.
It Ain't Funny — When God Laughs
It Ain't Funny
It Ain't Funny, So There's No Need to Laugh with Him…
(Various Proverbs, Amos and Hosea)
You're welcome to join us anytime.
We're asking the Lord to lead us as we explore His insights and wisdom on how He perceives patterns, principles, problems and the price of His wisdom — and the folly of man.
We'll spend the entire month of May in the unparalleled wisdom of Proverbs. It's one RICH RICH book... it's a powerhouse tool, a treasure chest, loaded with heavenly insights and power. It's filled with practical principles. They are to guide us — so we can see His "rule of thumb" on life, and recognize and understand the wise and their sayings. They can help us examine and govern our own steps so we can continually set ourselves up to appreciate and affirm God's wisdom.
Join us as we ask Him to help us connect the relational value of every nugget He brings to life in our journey.
And prayerfully, we'll soak up a deep and rich well of goodness to love and share found in its thirty one chapters.
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