In an age of information overload, people can struggle with their beliefs and actions. Still, the faithful believer must be sure of theirs because God's Word will often contradict conventional wisdom. Join co hosts Andrea Schwartz and Dr Roberts as they bring the Wisdom of God's Law Word to bear on the wisdom of the age. Used with permission from the Chalcedon Foundation.
Then comes the evening service - which again I want to earnestly ask you to attend, if at all possible. We are going to begin a short series Sunday night on a spiritual discipline that is very unusual to most of us. God calls us to this spiritual discipline at least 20 times in the Bible (likely many more than that), but it is probably very foreign to many of us. What I'm talking about is Scriptural mediation. We will begin at Psalm 1.1-3 this Sunday night to have Scriptural meditation introduced to us, and then have two or three more sermons in this series. I hope I ask kindly enough - would you please make every effort to be in church Sunday night? I am convinced that Scriptural meditation is a missing discipline which, when put into practice, will help us tremendously in growing in godliness. Responsive Reading of Psalm 77
Scripture Reading: Psalm 1
Text: Psalm 1:1-3
Sermon: "Scriptural Meditation, #1"
Theme: By given grace we meditate on God's Word and do grow
The godly person turns away from the world's wickedness
Rather, we spend our time in Scriptural meditation
By Scriptural meditation we drink in pure water
By Scriptural meditation we "prosper"
During this year's Christmas season we are going to look at the four different accounts of Christ's birth. Each has something to add to our understanding. Some by what they say, sometimes by what they don't say. Join us today as we look at John's gospel and the coming of the Word.
Since we are now moving into the Christmas season I wanted to preach to you today about the essential glory of our Savior in relation to His Incarnation. In reading to you these first five verses, John would have us to know that our Lord Jesus Christ was, and He is, infinitely glorious in His Being as the 2nd Person of the Divine Trinity. I would like us to dwell at this time on the meaning and the implications of the 3 descriptive titles which are given to us here. 1st of all – That Christ is the Eternal Word of God. 2nd – That Christ is the Creator of all things. And 3rd – That Christ is the Light of this fallen World. How blessed a thing it is for any of us, when we can by faith behold the glory of our Pre-Incarnate Savior and Lord, and also our now Incarnate Savior and Lord.
In the morning we will look ahead to the incarnation and virgin birth of our Savior by seeing some of the results of His arrival as promised in Isaiah 40.1, 2. This is one place GF Handel drew from for part of The Messiah, but it is also foundational for one of the hymns in our Blue Psalter. This text should make for a very helpful start to our Advent focus this year.Scripture Reading: Isaiah 39.1 – 40.2
Text: Isaiah 40.1, 2
Message: "The Comfort of His Arrival"
Theme: The Lord commands His prophets to tell of perfect Comfort to come
This Word is clearly from the covenant God
This Word will come tenderly from Him through His prophets
This Word will tell the people that the war is over
This Word will extol the full salvation in the arrival of the Messiah
2 Peter 1:16-21
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Covering chapter 4, we continue with Moses restating certain commandments including the prohibition against adding to or taking away from God's words complete with warnings and reminders of past failures.
Pastor discusses the next three pieces of the armor of God; the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit.
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Weapons that Win Battles 1 Timothy 6:12 There's a battle to balance your life and keep it healthy to keep the stress down and the serenity up.In the Bible there's a lot to say about personal battles you go through. In fact the second most used analogy in Scripture for the Christian life is that of a soldier. We're fighting against spiritual forces… and the powers of darkness in the unseen spiritual world." He's saying there's a world that we don't see in the universe. And there are powers there. They are fighting against us. And if we're not fighting back we're just giving in. Did you know that the conflict you have in your family, with your spouse, with your kids, with your friends, with people at work, did you know that that conflict starts not with them? It starts with you choosing the right weapons to fight against yourself and the enemies that Satan , the world and the flesh use against you. Because if you had a humble spirit inside of you even their peculiarity even their poor decisions, even their sins, even their mistakes wouldn't bother you so much if you were humbler. When I focus on me it causes conflict. But when I'm humble then I'm focusing on other people. Timothy began as an apprentice to the Apostle Paul. Paul led him to faith in Christ, afterward Timothy worked with Paul, traveled with him, and learned from him. Timothy began as an trainee and ended his life as a great leader in the kingdom of God.You can take the same journey. That means living a life of love and mercy and transformation. It means wanting for others for what God wants for them. It means dedicating yourself to becoming a person of character and training yourself to be Godly.