Israel had grown into a very fruitful vine, but she turned away from God, and began to wither. In fury God plucked her up, and cast her to the ground, and the east wind blew and dried up her fruit, and she was consumed in the fire of God's wrath.
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.
Those who continue in rebellious unbelief against Christ and His Kingdom will be punished in hell forever and receive it directly from God Himself. God Himself is Present in Hell Punishing Unbelievers.
Why does God still find fault? Romans 9:19–24 prepares us for the sermon in the midweek prayer meeting. In these six verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the real question is not why God finds fault, but why hasn't He yet destroyed those who are at fault?
Verse by verse exposition through the book of 2 Thessalonians. (Sermon also includes the reading and exhortation from the Lord's Table liturgy) 2 Thes 1:6 And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. 8 For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. 9 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
Thanksgiving 2023 - We Will Give Thanks to You Forever - Psalm 79. A Psalm of Asaph lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 586 BC by the Babylonians concludes with a declaration that even in calamity and judgment, the people will give thanks to God forever!
Would it be okay for evil in this world to never go unpunished? Would God actually be good if he allowed them to go unpunished? If God didn't punish these acts, could we actually trust him? By looking at the past and recounting God's actions, we can praise him for his faithfulness. What we find is that as we praise him for the past, our trust in him grows for his future faithfulness.
On this Last Sunday of the Church Year, the focus in on the return of Jesus Christ on the Last Day. Jesus speaks of the final judgment and the dividing of the sheep and the goats. But is there an elephant in the room? At first reading this text can be seen as advocating good works (to the "least of these") being part of how we are righteous or wicked. Of course, the Bible teaches justification by grace through faith. The sermon explains the meaning of this teaching from Jesus.
Seal Judgments: The Scripture speaks of the tribulation that the Lord would bring on those that trouble His people. These first four seal judgments will commence in the first half of the Tribulational period.
The final message from Emmanuel Reformed Church in our sermon series through the Book of Zephaniah "Day of Wrath, Day of Rejoicing." This morning, Pastor Carl looks at Zephaniah 3:9-20 in a message titled "Salvation for God's People."
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Webster defines 'fear' as the 'distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, or pain.' Who or what we fear control what we do in life. As believers in Jesus Christ we are to 'conduct ourselves in fear.' Fear of who or what? Many today live in the fear of man. What others think or do controls them. But the fear of man is a trap for it does not produce the intended results. As believers we are to live in the fear of the Lord. Theologians define it as 'reverential trust or awe.' But is the fear of the Lord more than that? Have we taken the fear out of the fear of the Lord? Peter says we shouuld be a little bit of afraid of God for two reasons. First,, as our heavenly Father who loves us He will also discipline us. He does so that we might partake in His holiness. And secondly, as an impartial judge, God will hold us accountable for our words and actions. One day we will give an account to the Lord for the things we've said and done. That in an d of itself should make us a little fearful. Not afraid of losing our salvation, but rather afraid of losing our rewards should move us to live in the fear of the Lord!
Theme: The Promise of the LORD, Fulfilled in Delivering Jericho into the Hands of His People.
I. God Promises to Overthrow Jericho in a Very Unconventional Manner – vv. 1-19
A. God Gives Joshua His Plan for the Destruction of Jericho – vv. 1-5
B. Israel Walks Around Jericho – vv. 6-14
C. God Tells Israel How to Treat Jericho after Destruction – vv. 17-19
II. Jericho Falls by the Power of God – vv. 20-27
A. At the Blast of the Trumpet, Jericho is Destroyed – vv. 20-21, 24
B. Israel Protects Rahab and Her Relations – vv. 22-23, 25
C. Joshua Pronounces God's Curse on the One who Rebuilds Jericho – vv. 26-27