This morning Ken chose the shortest passage in the entire bible, Psalm 117, but its focus is to the broadest audience of the entire bible. Us, the gentile nations, and God's love toward us. Listen up to get the connection.
Sometimes even the leadership of a church finds itself in difficult circumstances. In this case it's cancer, and also in this case, it's Nancy. I must say, I was in shock, really not knowing how to react; rather numb. But we are adjusting, and I know it sounds trite that our comfort is in running as fast as we can to the Lord, but it's true. That's not some self imposed salve. It's real. He's real. We thank Jesus, Yeshua, the Lord of the universe, that He has control. And also that His history has been written and preserved for us to glean and find both comfort and direction in these times of stress. Let's listen.
We've been on the subject of the walls of Jericho, entitled "Tearing Down The Walls". When the last item of Solomon's Temple was complete, the glory of God filled the temple. That is what is happening and is going to happen to us. Once we, as the people of God, are finally complete, we will be fully occupied by God Himself, being filled completely with His glory. Amazing. But there's a but. Before that occurs, the last brick of our old self must be torn down. Today we discuss the last brick, hostility toward any of our brothers or sisters in Jesus, or anyone else for that matter.
Over the past few weeks we've been talking about the walls in life we build around ourselves. We just had Easter, the very event which broke down the final wall between us and our God. That's the biggest deal of all; not having any fear of death, as it has absolutely no control over us who entrust our lives to and in our Living Lord. Emphasis on Living.
Death, not so much! One of the things that irritates me about common criticisms or notions that scripture is just a compilation of oral traditions, reverse engineering of history, or just plain fabrications is the fact that professional researchers of historical documents, regardless of their bias, will all concur that the prophetic books of Hosea and Isaiah were written and compiled long before the time of Jesus. And yet both predicted something that not even the best of scholars of their day could anticipate: The permanent removal of death.
Well, maybe not so much a stampede as it was a steady victory march. This Palm Sunday's message is a short one but contains a bit of info we'll bet you never knew. It's a good one.
Although none of us ever want to be in that place in life, some of us have sometimes been there. Never give in. Never give up. The blind man that called out to Jesus as He passed by, pressed by the crowd; that's who we want to be when in those difficult times.
All of us have a tendency to protect ourselves from being too self-disclosing. We build artificial walls and those walls are oftentimes the very thing that keep us from building healthy, strong relationships. Today we'll take a closer look.
The new fad; going on separate trips after the wedding. You go take the trip you'd like and I'll go on mine and we'll catch up with each other when we get back home. See you later. God is about relationships. Today we're looking at sex, marriage, and relationships.
Our salvation began in faith, but be careful in complacency. Growing in our faith takes work.
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