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Adversity and the Word of God

Scripture reading for June 16th:  Proverbs 24-25, Psalm 41, 1st Thessalonians 2

Key Scriptures:   1st Thessalonians 2:13-16  “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the Word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the Word of God, which is at work in you believers.  For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea.  For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved–so as always to fill up the measure of their sins.  But wrath has come upon them at last!”

Paul commended the Thessalonian believers for receiving the Word of God for what it really was.  God’s Word is alive and powerful, able to transform the soul from death to life eternal.  It changes attitudes and rebellious behaviors and enables perseverance during suffering.  In fact, suffering in believers lives comes from the unsaved world and sometimes our own relatives.  They are under God’s wrath and oppose the Word of God.  Jesus was betrayed by one of His own disciples and was crucified by His own people.

Psalm 41:9  “Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for the Word of God.  I receive it and desire its work in me for transformation and salvation.  Anoint me to preach the Word of God in the face of adversity!

Proverbs 24:10  “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.”

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Resting in Jesus for Holiness!

Scripture reading for February 20th:  Leviticus 8-11, Psalm 110, Hebrews 4

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 4:11-13  “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.  For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

Nothing is hidden from our Lord, visible or invisible.  There is no place where we can hide or nothing that will cover up any sin or disobedience to God’s eternal Word.  The Word of God is alive and active.  It is able to search out the hidden places of our hearts and inner man.  Our only hope of holiness is to confess sin and repent, resting our hope on the Word of God that speaks mercy through Jesus and His shed blood.

Faith Confession and prayer:  I rest in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and God’s Word promising forgiveness and cleansing to all who come to Jesus.  Lord, help me to preach the whole Word of God to each person and congregation that they might rest in Jesus.

Leviticus 11:44  “For I am the Lord your God.  Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy.”  

Psalm 110:3  “Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of Your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of Your youth will be Yours.”  

 

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The truthful witness saves lives!

Scripture reading for May 29th:  Acts 18, Psalm 107, Proverbs 14

Key Scriptures: Acts 18:5-8  “When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the Word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus.  And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads!  I am innocent.  From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”  And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of god.  His house was next door to the synagogue.  Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household.”  

The disciples of Jesus were not always well-received.  They were often opposed and reviled and even beaten and imprisoned for sharing the Gospel.  Here, Paul shared the Word of God concerning Jesus with the Jews, his brothers.  They rejected it and Paul made a faith declaration:  “Your blood be on your own heads.”  Choices have consequences but rejecting Jesus has eternal loss and punishment as a result.

Faith Confession:  My calling as a disciple of Jesus is to declare God’s Word concerning Jesus as the Christ.  If I faithfully declare, I am not responsible for the people’s choice to believe or reject.

Proverbs 14:25, 27 “A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.” . . . “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”  

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Spreading the Word!

Scripture reading for May 22nd:  Acts 13, Psalm 102, Proverbs 9

Key Scriptures:  Acts 13:48-52 “And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the Word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.  And the Word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region.  But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district.  But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium.  And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”  

Paul and Barnabas had been sent off by the church on a missionary journey to preach to the Gentiles.  As they preached the Word of God, many Gentiles believed.  This caused the Jews to incite persecution.  Paul and Barnabas simply shook the dust off their feet as Jesus had instructed them and went on their way.  Those who believed were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit!  Unbelievers were filled with wrath!

Faith Confession:  The Word of God brings salvation to the humble and causes persecution from the religious.  Help me to respond appropriately to persecution and use me to spread Your Word throughout the place You put me.  Thank You for filling me with joy and the Holy Spirit!

Psalm 102:12  “But You, O Lord, are enthroned forever; You are remembered throughout all generations.”  

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The Word of God Works!

Scripture reading for September 13th:  Proverbs 22-25, 1st Thessalonians 2

Key Scriptures: 1st Thessalonians 2:13-14 “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the Word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the Word of God, which is at work in you believers.  For you became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea.”

Paul commended the Thessalonians for their faith in receiving the Gospel he preached as God’s Word.  The Word of God was working inside these believers and producing the fruit of changed lives.  We should thank God for faithful pastors and disciples of Jesus who proclaim God’s Truth to His people.

Proverbs 22:17-18 “Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to My knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all them are ready on your lips.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for sending me those who wisely preached the Word of God.  Help me daily to hear Your Word and keep it in my heart, sharing it with others.  Amen.

 

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King of Kings Comes!

Scripture reading for December 26th:  Revelation 19

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Revelation 19:11-14, 16 “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice He judges and makes war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns.  He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself.  He is dressed in a rob e dipped in blood, and His Name is the Word of God.  The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.”  . . .”On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written:  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”  

Observations for over-comers:  Christians are the only ones on earth who know for sure who will come to judge the earth and redeem the faithful!  We do not know when, but Jesus’ coming is sure!  “Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel!  Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem!  The Lord has taken away your punishment, He has turned back your enemy.  The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.”  (Zephaniah 3:14-15)

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Holiness is not optional!

Scripture reading for November 8th:  1st Peter 1

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Peter 1:13-16  “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be give you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Peter was writing to Jewish believers that had been scattered throughout the Roman empire because of persecution.  According to Peter, they had been scattered like seed by God in order to produce a crop of Christ-followers as others observed their lives of obedient devotion, grace, and peace.  This truth was to result in action and clear thinking about their mission and Christ’s possible soon return.  Peter called them to holiness and righteous living.  This was not optional but commanded by the unchanging Word of God.

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers are prepared for Christ’s coming again because of purposeful holiness and obedience to God’s word.   “The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them; ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.”  (Leviticus 19:2)

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Sunday rest and reflection!

Sunday October 26th, 2014

Dear Friends,

I am so thankful to be able to meet with others of Christ’s family!  It is an honor to gather to worship Jesus Christ and hear His Word!  We must live by faith in the times that try our souls and faith comes by hearing God’s Word!  Let’s honor our Lord by gathering today!  A Sabbath rest in Christ is a mark of God’s people.  We rest one day and worship with His people!  See you in church!

In His Love, Pastor John and Mary

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Standing firm in the faith!

Scripture reading for October 10th: 1st Thessalonians 2:9-3:13

” We also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” God’s word has power to work inside of those who will receive it.  The Thessalonians had chosen to believe the word of God and embrace it as coming from God, not just men.

This is an argument in our culture today:  “How can I know for sure that the Bible is God’s word, and not just men’s.”  Jesus taught us that God’s word is Spirit and life.  It is like seed or sperm, having the power to produce God’s life within us.  (John 6:63)  (1st Peter 1:23)  All Scripture is inspired by God and the writers of Scripture were moved on by God and given what to write.  (2nd Peter 1:20-21)

The Thessalonians had suffered persecution from their own countrymen for turning away from the idols of that culture.  Paul suffered too, as he preached the Gospel in that region.  Paul taught the Thessalonians that Satan was behind this.  God’s wrath had already fallen on some who were hindering them.  (1st Thessalonians 1:14-18)

Paul sent Timothy to the church to encourage and strengthen them in their faith.  He was concerned that the trials might shake the church and cause them to fall away.  He knew the ways of the tempter and carried this church on his heart.  Timothy brought back a good report of their faith and love.  “Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution, we were encouraged about you because of your faith.  For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.  How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?

What a joy it was for Paul to know that his congregation was strong!  He erupted in prayer again:  “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.  May He strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all His holy ones.” (1st Thessalonians 3:12-13)

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