The word of God encourages us to have faith, and it is of a kind which will help us to be bold, zealous and have a sense of urgency about our work for God. After all, we do not know how long the Lord will give each of us.
Regrets are a part of life. We all have them, but if we live foolishly we will have so many regrets that life will be a prison for us. If we will be wise and not allow those things that are certain to bring regrets we can make our old age much more of a blessing. Among the things that we will surely regret are time wasted, our own stubbornness, words spoken in anger, things we neglected to do, acting on false information, and not walking closer to God.
Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,  among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;
 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Beloved, the gospel message to sinners is an urgent message…
We must tell them NOW that the way to Christ is STILL OPEN!
Just like the ark, the door is still open for any sinner who
will come! You can still get to and through the strait gate
that leads to eternal life! But it is imperative to flee to
For the lost, don't let it be said of you, for so long, YOU
COULD HAVE COME, NOW YOU CANNOT COME!
"They which would pass from hence to you cannot;
neither can they pass to us, that would come from
1 Samuel 20:3: "Truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy
soul liveth, there is but a step between me and
Don't take that final step into eternity without Christ!
Working on Making wise Steps Proverbs 14:23;6:6-11; 24:30-34;
Since this is Labor Day, this is the perfect time to examine what Proverbs mentions about work. Some people work, and some only talk about working. Still others talk when they should be working. The clear-cut contrasts in this proverb are…labor versus talk .profit versus poverty. This is a simple proverb contrasting productive performance with mere talk. People who work hard are rewarded with profit, but those who do not work lack life's necessities. Laziness is a problem within society, no matter where it is uncovered. Lazy people are inefficient, less productive, more likely to have accidents, and fail to contribute all they can to society. Lazy workers produce less; lazy students learn less; and lazy property owners have unkempt, unattractive, and deteriorating properties. These proverbs should speak to the heart of the lazy. A tekton was 'someone who could work with wood, metal, or stone. He could be a builder, a mason, or a carpenter. In Jesus' Palestinian context, it probably denoted a woodworking handyman.'' Jesus knew what it was like to do difficult work. The creator of the universe (John 1:3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2) was a laborer.
On the night of his arrest, Jesus prayed to the Father, ''I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do'' (John 17:4). In all of his work-whether it was his work as a carpenter, his work as a teacher, or his work as a Savior dying for the sins of the world-Jesus glorified the Father.
We are warned to not be ignorant about the fact that God is not like us. Most people seem to have a concept of God that is no more than a super hero of some kind. They perceive him to be a super human of some sort, but not Almighty God who created all things. The heavens declare his righteousness and the heavens declare his glory, and we stand here with our feet on the ground looking up and make God much smaller and weaker than He really is.
We get an update on our pastor's medical condition. He's hanging in there.
Our pastor is gathering more information and so he reviews where we are. The hedge and the kiss of Satan are connected, but that means Judas is involved, therefore the sop and the cup are involved. And we get a scripture equation leading to Job 1:6 and Psalms 10:1. It's the question of evil. Why does God stand back and allow all this evil. Why is He hiding in times of trouble? If predestination is real then why would He remain hidden? Why would He hide from His initiative? God is not hiding from Satan. Christ is not hiding from Satan. God hides for a reason... and it's not predestination. Satan accuses God of predestination by claiming God put a hedge around job. But there is no predestination because we are not machines.
Gary asks a good question that should interest us. And we're back to "Whenever there's time and motion there is free will." The first Adam renames the animals and the Last Adam will give all of us a white stone and new names... to Those who Overcome. What have we learned here? What did they Overcome? How do people Overcome if they were predestined. What are we to Overcome? The lies of Satan... and the lies these churches today have chosen to believe. And they hold on to predestination... and they do so willingly, lol.
Jeremiah 19:4-5 tells us that we are not predestined. Because if we are predestined this passage cannot be true. He did not predestine this evil, so how much evil do you have to remove from your doctrine if you believe God causes evil? And you have to deal with 1 John 1:3-5.
The sermon's almost done but there's a lot more to discuss. Thanks for listening.
Time is a precious commodity. It is a gift from God. But there is a finite amount of it. We have no idea how much time we have left in our lives. This we do know -- life is short, then comes death and then comes Judgment. We will give an account for how we spent our time. We are masters at wasting time, and we do it in a plethora of ways. May God help us to redeem the time (recover it from loss) and see each moment as belonging to God, not to us. God help us to walk in wisdom, not as fools, who live as though there was no God and no Judgment Day coming.
We continue our deep dive into Paul's introductory greeting to Titus once more this week. Today our focus turns to the third verse encountered in Titus 1:1-4. As we continue to take a closer look at the purpose of Paul's calling in this week's message, we will behold the glorious reality of God's sovereignty. From the changing seasons to Christ's appearing and the forthcoming culmination of all things, God is bringing to light in His own time and by His own means the hope of eternal life that His elect people have. We will also search the scriptures to find out if God's timing is indeed perfect or if He is ever late? Please join us for this week's sermon titled "A Glorious Greeting (Part IV)," as we seek to bring honor and glory to our Saving God!
Visit Salem Reformed Baptist on the web at:
on Facebook at:
on YouTube at:
on SermonAudio at:
Our sermons can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify, Pandora, and others.
This sermon was delivered on August 27th, 2023, by Pastor Gustavo "Guga" Barros at Salem Reformed Baptist in Salem, Oregon.