Not long ago I spoke with an old high school friend who was dying of cancer. I hadn't seen him in many years, and we were catching up. He told me, "I worked this job for a while, then I did this, then I did this job" and he added, "That was a wasted decade."
I don't know if you have a full decade in your life that you feel like you squandered. Some people feel like they've wasted their who life. How can you make sure, when you get to your death bed and someone asks you about your life, you'll be able to say, "Well, I certainly didn't waste it"?
Scripture: Proverbs 16:1-5; I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Belgic Confession, article 13
Sermon Title: Providence
Sermon Theme: REJOICE, FOR GOD CONTROLS ALL THINGS
I. God's Great Control
II. Man's Necessary Contentment
III. Our Joyful Consolation
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Introduction: God meant it for good in Joseph's case.
1/ God meant it for good - The crucifixion of our Lord .
2/ God meant it for good - In the lives of his people in scripture .
3/ How we can be encouraged by God who can make even evil work for good .
Sunday Morning Service – November 26, 2023 – Pastor Rhon Roberts Preaching
Choir Special: "Make a Joyful Noise" Lyrics from Psalm 100; Music by David R. Ledgerwood; Copyright 1994 by SoundForth
Offertory: "Face to Face" Lyrics by Carrie E. Breck; Music by Grant Colfax Tullar; Arranged by David Warren; Copyright 1995 by Jantz Music Publications
Special Music: "Ship Ahoy!" Lyrics by M. J. Cartwright and Music by D. B. Towner
Sermon: Keeping the Victories of Yesterday for Today
Scripture: II Chronicles 14-15
Hymns used from the following:
Great Hymns of the Faith Brentwood Benson Publishing - CCLI License for live streaming
Soul Stirring Songs and Hymns - Sword of the Lord Publishers - used by permission from publisher
From the Media Ministry of
Mukwonago Baptist Church
1610 Honeywell Road
Mukwonago, WI 53149
Almost everything about Jesus' birth, life, death, and resurrection was unexpected. For most, there is an apathy regarding all the amazing components and purposes of why Christ came to earth. This message provides biblical reasoning and practical helps in an effort to assist believers in the practice of redeeming the routine of Christmas.
In Isaiah 55:1-13, we are introduced to Yahweh's love for
the nations through a 3-fold description of the way to
I. The one desiring eternal life must come to partake
of the free gift of the Servant's work (v. 1).
II. The one desiring eternal life must listen and learn
about entering the covenant made with the King
and his Kingdom (vs. 2–5).
III. The one desiring eternal life must receive
Yahweh's gifts of compassion and pardon:
A. By seeking and calling on Yahweh (v. 6).
B. By repenting:
forsaking his own way and wisdom
(v. 7a, b).
turning to Yahweh (v. 7c, d).
C. By understanding the character and
promises of Yahweh.
His way and wisdom are greater than
ours (vs. 8–9).
His word will accomplish his
purposes (vs. 10–11).
His work will bring eternal joy
Nobody likes delays, we simply do not have time for them. However, as we see here in John 11, the Lord will cause a "divine delay" to be brought into our lives. Thankfully, they are accidental, but appointed for a wonderful purpose. What are you going to do with you "divine delays"?
In chapter 10, we are bombarded with a series of seemingly disjointed wisdom sayings that leave us saying amen while simultaneously scratching our heads wondering, "Okay... but why?" By heeding the Teacher's admonitions, the wise student will learn the meaning behind this both simple and abstract chapter.
If you and I are not resolved and determined to follow Christ
each day, you won't. If you and I would be DEVOUT CHRISTIANS,
we must follow Christ with "purpose of heart"! Acts 11:19-23,
Every one of us, children of God, should enter each
day that God gives us holy intentions and purpose of
heart to follow Christ!
These were David's RESOLUTIONS as he took the throne of
Israel…they should be our resolutions as children of our
Reigning Lord and King.
In this passage, the Lord God of heaven condescend not only to offer the sweetest of mercies with freeness of his grace, but pleads those who hear to take his offer seriously. As part of his mighty reasoning, he moves from a natural likeness to a supernatural process. He speaks of the gift from heaven of rain and snow that do not return but water the ground, bringing both seed and bread, and likens it to the word which proceeds from his mouth to men's hearts, accomplishing his saving purposes. This is, to us, a word of affirmation, a ground of conviction, a point of instruction, a spur to supplication, a note of consolation, and a prompt to expectation.
Every follower/apprentice of Jesus is called to continue his mission. We are disciple-making disciples. The one thing we're sent into the world to do is to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed so that others follow Jesus with us. Whatever else we do must serve this end.
Clearly, this is a Messianic chapter. Christ is "a light to the Gentiles" (V6). Christ is "a covenant of the people" (V8). Christ is your "Savior and thy Redeemer" (V26). This message centers upon three immutable truths: God's love, God's purpose and God's salvation. "Immutable" is an old English adjective meaning unchanging over time and unable to change. God and HIs attributes cannot mutate. Being immutable, He cannot fail. Trust Him!
Since the very beginning of mankind, our relationship with God has been a dance of distance. How close to I have to get? How far away can I orbit and still have the hope of heaven? This essential attitude is because of the barrier our sin created, which the Law of God defined… But the hope of the gospel is that the barrier to God's presence has been removed by Grace in the blood of the Lamb. Through HIS working, we have access even unto the very throne of God. This access is not a result of our work, it is nothing we have or could ever have earned. It is, rather, a grant woven into the very fabric of God's work through all of human history… it is the finished work of Christ on the Cross. It grants us boldness in our dealings with God, but boldness birthed in humility; having received all by the working of another.
In our study, we turn our attention from Saul back to Peter who travels from Jerusalem to Lydda to heal Aeneas and then to Joppa in order to heal and raise Tabitha from the dead, all for the purpose of confirming the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and transitioning Jews from Mosaic Law to the Gospel of the grace of God.
Also Reference: 1 Chronicles 8:12, Romans 7:4-6
Scripture makes reference to an "innermost being" from which there are deep longings for relationship that only God can fulfill, and also for meaning for life. The strong desire that your life has a purpose beyond the temporal existence of this present life.
Exodus 2 gives insight into the early life of Moses and gives us a glimpse of his character. He obviously had a passion for justice, a sense of purpose and compassion for the weak. God is going to refine these qualities and use them to do His will.
What determines who gets saved? Romans 9:10–13 prepares us for the sermon in the midweek prayer meeting. In these four verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that God's loving choice is what determines who gets saved.