Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

He Did What Was Right – Things That We Keep Inside

June 22nd, 2018 Viewed 27 times, 14 so far today

Some kings left idols

What do we leave in our lives?

As you think over these words, is there something in your life that you know shouldn’t be there? Is there something you should get right with a brother? What are you waiting for?

It was easier to leave them there than it was to clean them out. We believe it to be easier to let a sin stay there, and it may be now, but… compared to the effect it will have on our life, is it worth it?

Some kings did right only when right influence was present.

What are you like when you are not at church? What are you like when that godly person isn’t around?

Even David, the standard didn’t do everything right! He had not kept the feast of tabernacles– Nehemiah 8:13-18. They observed it, but did not go out in booths.

If the Bible was still being written, what would God’s comments be about your life? I pray that you’d be mentioned as one that loved the Lord– if you need to have a personal relationship with Him, please see me or a deacon here today. After that, would He say that you did which was right, but…? What would that list look like? Or would He say that you follow Him perfectly?

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He Did What Was Right – Even the Good Kings Failed

June 21st, 2018 Viewed 28 times, 15 so far today

Some did evil and were punished

When looking back over the kings, even the Good Kings failed. Two were punished with leprosy. David lost control of his kingdom while feeling Absolom. Hezekiah was told that because he showed all of the palace and temple riches to the Babylonians that they would all be gone.

Did you notice?

Some did right, but…

They did like their fathers– they got rid of different levels of sin, but God’s standard was perfection, and they fell short. Many did not remove the the high places. Some were confronted about different things– of which the good ones made it right.

When you think about your life, how do you think you are doing? We have a tendency to compare our lives to those that are doing more open sins, but what is our thought life like? Galatians 6:3 states that a man who thinks that he is something when he is nothing fools himself. It goes on and instructs us to examine our works. We should evaluate how we are doing with God’s Word– His standard, nothing else.

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Human Rights Council Sham

June 20th, 2018 Viewed 44 times, 1 so far today

Much has been made about the U.S. leaving the Human Right’s Council. Last week, when President Trump met with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, many were upset that by him being present he normalized this radical leader. They said that he shouldn’t have met with him because of his terrible record with his people. These same people are now decrying leaving a group which has known human rights violators on the council and see no disconnect:

We have no doubt that there was once a noble vision for this council. But today, we need to be honest – the Human Rights Council is a poor defender of human rights.

Worse than that, the Human Rights Council has become an exercise in shameless hypocrisy – with many of the world’s worst human rights abuses going ignored, and some of the world’s most serious offenders sitting on the council itself.

The only thing worse than a council that does almost nothing to protect human rights is a council that covers for human rights abuses and is therefore an obstacle to progress and an impediment to change. The Human Rights Council enables abuses by absolving wrongdoers through silence and falsely condemning those who have committed no offense. A mere look around the world today demonstrates that the council has failed in its stated objectives.

Its membership includes authoritarian governments with unambiguous and abhorrent human rights records, such as China, Cuba, and Venezuela.

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Is Trump Using the Media Again?

June 19th, 2018 Viewed 45 times, 1 so far today

Color me skeptical, but I highly doubt that no one in the Administration thought about the optics of the child deportation and decided to stand against this onslaught without considering how bad it would play on the media. It’s obvious that the message the Administration is sending is “Don’t think you’ll be able to get into the U.S. by bringing your children with you.” The media are playing their part by amplifying the message– all day coverage of “how could Trump do this?” only serves to get the message across– and when the Administration says “it’s the law, we can’t do anything about it” you know that they are telegraphing “No, we’re not going to change our policy.”

We’ve rarely, if ever, see the Trump Administration change course based on what the Main Stream Media has called forth, so it’s doubtful that this will work either, especially since the administration is reacting to being called out by the Bushes and Obamas, so my guess is that they are probably trying to pressure both the illegal immigrants (don’t come here, you’ll lose your kids) and Congress (Democrats say they want to do something, but they don’t) to take action.

Only time will tell if this will work.

The Divine Order On Display – 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 – An outward display of authority

June 18th, 2018 Viewed 33 times, 9 so far today

Where Does Paul Derive His Instruction about the topic of head coverings?

First, Adam and Eve. Paul states that woman was created for the man, and not man for the woman. Second, he references that the angels are witnesses. Third, natural order. Lastly, that all the churches of the time had wives that covered their heads and the husbands that did not. There is also a reference in here to Deut 21:13 talking about how a woman is dishonored if her head is shaven. Proverbs 12:4 talks about how the woman is the crowning glory of her husband.

What are the commands in this passage?

  • The Divine Order of Christ, Husband, Wife.
  • Every man that prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head.
  • Every woman that prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head.

What is Being Illustrated Through Whether or Not Something Is On The Head?

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He Did What Was Right – A Standard to Live By

June 15th, 2018 Viewed 23 times, 14 so far today

The law

While Moses was given the law, we need to remember that few could read it. Scribes were needed to write, copy, and read, but most professions in ancient Israel didn’t have a need to read. Not only that, but the copies were not as prevalent without movable type.

What we find through reading the Old Testament was that at many times it was discovered:

  1. II Kings 22:8, 13 – A copy was discovered in Josiah’s day
  2. In Ezra’s day, Nehemiah commanded the book to be brought out and read (Nehemiah 8:1)

When they did get it out and actually read it, the people were stunned. You see, it was hidden or safeguarded during evil king’s reigns. If it was hidden, it was not passed down.

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He Did What Was Right – A Clear Command

June 14th, 2018 Viewed 21 times, 9 so far today

Israel’s Rich Foundation

Unlike any other country, tribe or people on Earth, God singled out a specific people to invest into, and from that people would one day come the Savoir of the world! From the very beginning of His relationship with them, God showed Himself to them and expressed to them how they could best serve Him.

To Moses, He gave the Ten Commandments. He told them that He would be their provider, and gave explicit instructions on how they were to worship Him. These instructions included how to build a tabernacle to Him– what to make it out of, how long it should be, who could come in and how to transport it. He told them how they could worship Him correctly. This included what sacrifices to bring, what made an acceptable sacrifice, and what did not. He even told them how to arrange themselves around the Tabernacle, and who was to depart first. He directed them by a pillar of cloud and pillar of fire to show them where to go.

God promised to be with them while they were with Him.

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He Did What Was Right

June 13th, 2018 Viewed 23 times, 11 so far today

When a person tries to justify his wrong behavior by pointing to the conduct of others, he isn’t aiming high enough. This is also true if he patterns himself after someone who gives the Lord only partial obedience. A college student learned this lesson when he was reprimanded by the school president for misbehavior. The young fellow offered this lame excuse for his questionable conduct: “But, Sir, you’d find it difficult to locate 10 men in this school who wouldn’t have done as I did if they had been in my circumstances.” The president replied, “Has it ever occurred to you that you could have been one of those 10?”

Our Daily Bread, H.V.L., Friday, July 17

Every Member a Missionary

June 12th, 2018 Viewed 26 times, 8 so far today

Discipleship is a direction, not a destination. What I mean by that is that if we are not moving closer to the Lord, then we are moving further from Him. There is no point where we can declare that we are mature or “mature enough.” There’s no concept of retirement in the Bible. Indeed, many of the Bible figures were working in the ministry well past the ages of our members, and Titus 2 specifically speaks to what older men and women should be doing.

To this end, being a disciple of Christ means that we must continue on our journey making other disciples. The mindset we must therefore foster is that it is everyone’s job to minister, everyone’s job to be a missionary, and everyone’s job to grow.

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Divorce and the Believer – I Corithians 7:10-17, 39-40: Separation, Divorce, and Can the Believer Remarry?

June 11th, 2018 Viewed 20 times

Where Does Paul Derive His Instruction on Divorce and Remarriage?

First, from the law—Paul infers that the husband is more able/likely to divorce the wife than vice versa, choosing to use the term separate more than divorce in this passage (1 usage of wife divorcing). Second from Jesus in the Gospels—Jesus was clear in the Gospels that marriage was for life, and though He may/may not have allowed an exception for pornea, the position still was very clear.

There is some clarification to the book of Ezra in the sense that Paul tells the believers to stay married to unbelievers.

What are the commands in this passage?

  • A wife should not separate from her husband—if she does, she is to remain single or be reconciled and a husband should not divorce his wife.
  • If an unbelieving spouse is willing to remain married, they should stay married.
  • If an unbelieving spouse chooses to separate from the believing spouse, the remaining spouse is not enslaved.
  • A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives, she may remarry after he dies, but should marry a believer, though Paul believes she would be happier single.

Does the Passage Leave Any Room for Christians to Get Divorced?

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