How does the Lord show mercy to those who prefer human wisdom to God's authoritative Word? Isaiah 30 prepares us for the first serial reading in public worship on the Lord's Day. In these thirty-three verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that if men prefer their own wisdom to God's Word, it is a mercy when God visits their plans with devastating failure.
In Chapter 2 of the Godly Woman series you will learn about God's provision for you. God sees what happens in your life, the good and bad. He is close to the broken hearted and wants you to call out to Him.
Psalm 73:1-3 (KJV) A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. 2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. 3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Psalm 73:16-17 (KJV) When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
What are the people of God to do when few in number vs. the sceptical masses? Malachi records such a time. Those who feared the Lord, spoke together often and thought upon His name. These are God's people, He hears, remembers and spares them.
Colossians chapter 1 will be our entire attention this Lord's day. In the morning we will begin with 1.1-8 and in the evening we will continue at 1.9-14. In both texts thanksgiving looms large. In the morning the amazing grace of Jesus Christ in saving us is front and center as our reason for thanksgivingScripture Reading: Colossians 1.1-14
Text: Colossians 1.1-8
Message: "Thanksgiving 3: Gospel Hope"
Theme: Believers give thanks for all in whom the fruits of eternal hope burst forth
Believers are called "holy" and "faithful": Why?
We are thankful for fruit as proof
We are thankful for hope, the source of these fruits
Believers rejoice to see this fruit of hope world-wide: How?
We live in a world where many people are anxious, stressed, exhausted, and hopeless. And it's easy to see why, given the amount of conflict and brokenness we experience in everyday life. But the Advent season reminds us that hope is a person – a Savior who came and will one day come again.
Happy Thanksgiving! Welcome to our daily devotional for November 23, 2023. Today we spend our time in Psalm 107 pondering the Lord's faithful love and goodness. Take the time to consider God's faithfulness to you, and say so to others! Thanks for joining us.
The prophet Isaiah was a faithful prophet of God. Listen to this message to find out what Isaiah did to be considered faithful and to find out what you must do to be faithful to the Lord.
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God has given each of us something to use for His glory and His Kingdom. We all have this tendency to want to imitate others when they shine exercising their God-given gifts. We are all not given the same talents, gifts, or means. But we are all given SOMETHING. Some are given five talents, some two, and some one. All seed is not the same – some produce a hundred fold, some sixty, and others twenty. God only requires of you according to what you are given. We should search our hearts and lives and recognize what God has given us and give it back to Him.
If I had no other reason to be thankful to God, I still have the responsibility to obey His decree to give thanks. But why do we as believers so often fail in this regard? It is bitterness that keeps us from thankfulness, and if not dealt with will lead to a life of brutishness.
Join us for "Watch Out! Part 3" where we explore 2 John 9-11, focusing on guarding against deception and risky connections. Learn how to discern and support trustworthy teachers, and steer clear of involvement in wickedness.
The Gospel of the Kingdom - Message 111 - The Coming of the Son of Man - Matthew 24:36-51. Jesus begins now to answer the second question the disciples had asked in verse 3, "what will be the sign of Your coming (parousia)?" His answer leaves us with no signs or notice about His coming, but with encouragement to stay awake, be ready, and remain faithful.
One of the big dangers that the Church faces today is bad pastors and selfish leaders. We must beware of those who want respect because of the clothes they wear, or who makes long prayers for pretense. A pastor is nothing more than another redeemed rebel whom God has given the gift of teaching. Those pastors who are intent on their own aggrandizement and fleecing widows are not God's shepherds. The Jewish scribes only saw what everyone was able to give, but Jesus wants only a faithful heart – as was demonstrated by the poor widow who gave all she had to the Lord. Jesus does not act like these scribes. He – the King of kings – humbled Himself and came to serve others and die for sinners. That's who we need to follow and worship – the One Who is our Good Shepherd.
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 and
peace (vs. 12–13).
Faithfulness Unto All Generations: God looked for a man to stand in the hedge and found none. All he wanted was a common man, not even a mighty man. Today, He looks for a common man with certain traits to stand in the gap and make up the hedge.
Faithfulness Unto All Generations: Faithfulness is doing what you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it, where you are supposed to do it. God, in his faithfulness has made a way for us to have fellowship with Him. That way, the only way, is through Jesus Christ.
Faithful Unto All Generations: The servants of David were embarrassed by the Ammonites. The king sent them to Jericho to heal but left then with the prerequisite to return. They had to get back into their duty for the king. For the believer, he may be embarrassed, but he can find healing with God. But he must also return to the post God has given him to hold.
Faithful Unto All Generations: In Haggai, God does not only confront Israel with their failures, He confronts them with His faithfulness. It is His faithfulness that stirs and strengthened the people to work. In the end, it is HIs faithfulness that causes us to be faithful to Him.