Hosea declares the Judgment that is coming on his nation and he covers some of the reasons for it. As he describes the things they are accountable for it seems he is not describing ancient Israel but America as it looks today. We should head the warning and discern the pattern of judgment because it seems our nation is ripe for it.
After the Israelites cross the Red Sea, what do they do? Worship. That may seem like a very odd response after such a stressful experience, so is that actually the appropriate action? Of course! So why is it that we don't typically have this reaction to God's work in our lives? Today we look at half of what is referred to as "The Song of Moses," as Moses and the Israelites looks at God's past actions and what that tells of his character.
The centerpiece of our worship is when we listen to God in His Word.
What is the gain for us in having God's Word?
Why should we sing and celebrate? Exodus 15:20, Deut. 6:4
If people do not listen, what is next? Acts 7:42. Rom. 1:24,26,28.
So, what is your heart to do, while you sing? Eph. 5:19-20
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.
The death Rattle of the Church. Revelation 3:1-6Like a dead man, the church at Sardis was "destitute of force or power. They were ineffective and inoperative." They were dead! There was activity, but it was not spiritual in nature. There was busyness, but they were bringing nothing eternal to pass. They were preaching, but lives were not being changed and sinners were not being saved. They were busy, but they were operating in the energy of the flesh and not the energy of the Spirit of God. Everyone looked at them and spoke of their life. Jesus, the One Who knew them better than anyone, looked at them and pronounced them dead!Many churches are in that same shape today. They have all the appearance of life, but the Great Physician, Who has His finger on their pulse, knows they are dead.All living things are characterized by growth. When a physical body develops problems, it is because there is disharmony in the body. When a physical body dies, one of the clearest indications is the total lack of emotion. One sure sign of death is the absence of motion. Do we exhibit the signs of life, or the signs of death?As bad as things were in Sardis, there were some there who were saved and seeking to serve the Lord. They are given the Lord's promise that they will walk with the Lord in white. Jesus tells the rest that if they will repent, and turn to Him, they will receive some precious promises.
Verse by verse exposition of the book of 2 Kings. PM sermons are preceded by a Confessional, Catechism, or Historic Creed lesson. (Usually 5 minutes or so) Heidelberg Catechism: Q 123 What does the second petition mean? A. "Your kingdom come" means: Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way that more and more we submit to you. Preserve your church and make it grow. Destroy the devil's work; destroy every force which revolts against you and every conspiracy against your holy Word. Do this until your kingdom fully comes, when you will be all in all. WSC: Q102 What do we pray for in the second petition? A. In the second petition, which is, Thy kingdom come, we pray, that Satan's kingdom may be destroyed; and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced, ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it; and that the kingdom of glory may be hastened
Luke 13: There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And he answered them, Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way?  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." (ESV)
Ephesians 4:32 -- Learning to forgive
if you're a Christian, seeking and granting forgiveness are not optional.
So what does it mean to forgive one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you?
You CANNOT Fix It...
You Can't Cover It...
Neither you nor I can sufficiently solve or satisfy...
God has only one answer and solution for sin, this life, and everything that is yet to come.
When we cover up sin, we can rest assured, that God will uncover it publicly... if we uncover it, and give it to Him, most often, He will show mercy and cover it up publicly. (2 Samuel 11/12)
"He who covers his sins will not be successful at it, but he who confesses and forsakes his sin will have mercy" (Proverbs 28:13).
God has ONLY one answer for sin... and no one can adequately or successfully do what ONLY the blood of Jesus can do for sin. And when one turns to the Lord, in faith, as they turn away from that which snared them, acknowledging the sin, as sin, seeing it the way God sees it, by faith, God covers the missed mark with His mercy and satisfies His own justice through the blood of Jesus.
Summary bullet points from the transcription of the message.
• Repentance and forgiveness in the context of David's sins. 0:01
◦ David's history of repentance and restoration despite his great sin is highlighted.
• Psalm 51 and David's repentance. 2:41
◦ David asked God to restore the joy of salvation in his life and to free him from blood guiltiness.
◦ David was forgiven, but God warned him that one of the consequences of his sin would be conflict among his children.
• The consequences of sin and forgiveness.
◦ David, despite being forgiven, still struggles with the guilt of his past actions.
• David's repentance and mistakes in the Bible.
◦ Pastor Nick emphasizes the importance of repentance in David's life despite his mistakes.
• David's guilt and forgiveness in the Bibl