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Suffering for the Church’s Sake (Col 1:24-29)

Colossians 1:24-29 (ESV)

24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

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Telling the Coming Generation (Psalm 78)

Psalm 78

Tell the Coming Generation

Psalm 78:1-8

78 A Maskil of Asaph.

              Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth!

              I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old,

              things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.

              We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

              He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children,

              that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children,

so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;

              and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.

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Legitimate Children (Hebrews 12:1-13)

Let us run with endurance.

Do not grow fainthearted.

You need to struggle against sin.

Pain is good for you.

Strengthen your knees and walk in a straight line.

Discipline is good for you.

Do not be sexually immoral.

Be holy.

What are your thoughts so far?

Does it sound like a list of “To do’s”?

Does it sound like the Christian life that you’re accustomed to?

Does the idea of effort and discipline seem like something that belongs to Law and not to grace?

Does your Christianity have room for the idea that you’re going to suffer?

Does your Christianity have room for the idea that effort and suffering is good for you?…

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Standing on the Promises (Joshua 8:30-35)

Joshua 8:30-35 (ESV

At that time Joshua built an altar to the LORD, the God of Israel, on Mount Ebal, just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded the people of Israel, as it is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, “an altar of uncut stones, upon which no man has wielded an iron tool.” And they offered on it burnt offerings to the LORD and sacrificed peace offerings. And there, in the presence of the people of Israel, he wrote on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written. And all Israel, sojourner as well as native born, with their elders and officers and their judges, stood on opposite sides of the ark before the Levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, half of them in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded at the first, to bless the people of Israel.…

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Celebrating Sanctification

Psalm 95 (ESV)

Let Us Sing Songs of Praise

95 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

     Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

     For the Lord is a great God,

and a great King above all gods.

     In his hand are the depths of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are his also.

     The sea is his, for he made it,

and his hands formed the dry land.

     Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!…

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Celebrating Revival and Propitiation (Psalm 85)

Psalm 85

TO THE CHOIRMASTER. A PSALM OF THE SONS OF KORAH.

    LORD, you were favorable to your land;

you restored the fortunes of Jacob.

    You forgave the iniquity of your people;

you covered all their sin. Selah

    You withdrew all your wrath;

you turned from your hot anger.

    Restore us again, O God of our salvation,

and put away your indignation toward us!

    Will you be angry with us forever?

Will you prolong your anger to all generations?

    Will you not revive us again,

that your people may rejoice in you?

    Show us your steadfast love, O LORD,

and grant us your salvation.

    Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,

for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;

but let them not turn back to folly.…

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Luke 23:6-25

Luke 23:6-25 (ESV)

Jesus Before Herod

When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11 And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him.…

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Luke 22:24-38

24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25 And He said to them,  “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
28 “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials.…
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On the Gospel, the Image of God, and my Mormon Neighbor

I was speaking to a woman today who was increasingly running into Christians who see no real differences between the decent Mormon neighbors around them and their own Christian confession.  Sadly, this is an increasing trend as Churches fail to instill a number of important truths into the lives of their people, paramount among them being the nature of the Gospel.  What is also lacking, however, is a clear understanding of the image of God that remains in man (though corrupted by the Fall).

As the Gospel has been increasingly displaced in many Churches, what has replaced it is no Gospel at all where many are looking to their inner experience and the morality of their lives as the yardstick for truth.  …

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By Whose Authority? (Luke 20:1-8)

20 One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” He answered them, “I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From man,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” So they answered that they did not know where it came from.…

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