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traditions, reverse engineering of history, or just plain fabrications is the fact that professional researchers of historical documents, regardless of their bias, will all concur that the prophetic books of Hosea and Isaiah were written and compiled long before the time of Jesus.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.
Said by a child in a stroller while being pushed through a mall and passing a Victoria Secret. It starts early doesn't it. The pull from every direction that the world offers. Faithfulness is central to our very survival.
Or tape over your mouth, whichever works best. Jesus did state that it's not the food you eat that defiles you but the words that come out of your mouth. They not only reflect what's in your heart, but once spoken, often initiate after-effects that you may not like. He also talked about the ears and eyes being the windows to your soul. Let's be careful to guard our heart.
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