Have you ever thought of writing a letter to your younger self? What would you say if you did? Would you keep things lighthearted or somber? Would you share something with yourself you wish you had heard when you were younger? What would it be?
It this section, we can imagine the Teacher writing a letter to his younger self (Spoiler: he's not actually doing this, but the approach fits the tone). We'll walk with him as he leads us through what it means to walk with God in a fallen world.
I Corinthians 11:23-32
Belgic Confession of Faith Article 35
Theme: Through the sacrament of the Lord's Supper God sustains our spiritual life by feeding us all the benefits of Christ according to true faith in Him.
Two Kinds of Life
Real and Mysterious Spiritual Nourishment
Properly Receiving the Gift of Christ
The connection this passage has with the preceding
The historical event
Slaughter of the Innocent
Fulfillment of Jer. 31:15
Loss and sorrow connected to Ramah (Gen. 35:16-18; Jer. 31:15)
The apostolic point
It points to the coming of Christ, by God working through way of patterns
Psalm 77, in your grief, recall the mighty deeds of God
Psalm 30, there is mourning and dancing in the Christian life
Have you ever been in a position where knowledge afforded you the luxury of having peace of mind? Maybe you're rewatching a scary movie with a friend who's watching it for the first time. Since you know how the story ends, it gives you peace of mind through the often nail-biting scenes!
As Christians, God gives us a similar picture of our lives: we know how they'll end. That realty begs the question, "How come we so often lack this peace? How do we learn to rest in our Father's hands?" Let's journey together into Ecclesiastes 9 to learn three principles to help us rest in our Father's hands.
Scripture: Luke 19:41–44
Sermon: "Jesus Christ, The Weeping Prophet"
Speaker: Pastor Sam Lee
Date: November 19, 2023
Maranatha Bible Church (San Ramon, CA)
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While crosswalking with Kathleen at the corner of Pine and 46th, Vonita stopped for a Bible. Suffering severe pain from a recent surgery, Vonita was despondent.
Vonita said she was trusting Jesus, but, in reality, she was trusting the things she did for Jesus. She also didn't believe a person could know how God determines who are the sheep and who are the goats.
We've lived in comfort for so long in the Lord's Church here in the United States, one has to wonder what we should do if (when!) persecution and opposition comes to the Church here in this country. The temptation would be great to quit when meeting any opposition. We are encouraged by the example of Paul and Barnabas and the early church not to quit, but to continue the work of ministry in reliance upon the Lord. He is faithful brothers, stay the course!
God is the great Creator and sustainer, whose providence over all of life is absolute. Both physically and spiritually we are entirely dependent upon his grace. Because Yahweh is the Lord of life, we must worship him. We were made to worship, and only in Christ are we enabled to worship rightly.
Many of the circumstances in our lives involve either joy or sorrow. Sometimes those circumstances can be excessively joyful or excessively sorrowful. On some occasions, the joy and sorrow occur simultaneously within a situation.
How we react, for example, to ill treatment, says as much about us as it does about the person who has mistreated us. That is certainly not a popular message in our culture at present, where scorched-earth policy is the favored approach for even the tiniest slight.
The book of Genesis continues to describe life, even modern experiences, incredibly accurately. In this passage today, we see a few situations of joy and sorrow, some of them simultaneous, and we see the lasting impacts of when responses to grievous sins were not handled well.
James pleads with all who have been proud to humbly submit themselves to the Lord. God is willing to draw near to us if we draw near to Him. God's promises will encourage us to a sincere repentance of sins.