I think most of us, when we hear the word meekness we think of weakness. Aside from rhyming, we tend to misapply that word in general conversation. We are still working through the Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5, the lead in to the sermon on the mount. Today Nancy unpacks the actual meaning of meek, revealing the nature of a wild horse tamed.
We've all experienced sorrow in our life. There's certainly enough tragedy in life to go around for everyone. But what are we sad about? Today's lesson is not about how to get saved and what you have to do to get there. It's a matter of, if you're saved, where's your heart in relation to sin. Specifically, your sin.
Every tree needs a good tap root. We're in a series on the Beatitudes in chapter 5 of Matthew, the Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes are the foundation of all the principles that Jesus taught that day. And the first three of the Beatitudes are the very source from which the rest are dependent. Today we begin with the Poor in Spirit.
There's an old saying:
"We imbibe the opinions,
we copy the habits,
we imitate the manors,
we follow the customs,
of those with whom we have daily conversation.
Our guest speaker Ken Muck hits the heart of the matter, examining who we really are.
Pastor Ken explores, during this Christmas time, the characteristics of the names given to Jesus in Isaiah. The amazement is that these are not just labels, tags that identify the nature and characteristics of Jesus. They are descriptives of the power behind the names; the power to change our lives and our behavior.
We usually think of worship as being what we do on Sundays. Not so. Today Ken continues in Romans chapter 12 and looks at what real worship is and what it looks like.
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.
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