Morning Worship - June 29, 2014
After appealing to Christians to live peaceful and holy lives, the author of Hebrews uses the life of Esau as an example of unholy living. Esau lived a godless life. Most people have the idea that a "godless" person is a wicked, vile, wild living heathen, but a "godless" person is simply someone who is living their life without God. They may be basically good, moral, likeable, law abiding people. They just have no room for God in their lives as they choose to live their lives apart from Him. Their lifestyle is not the result of ignorance about God, but the choice to live their life without God. They see no need of any recognition of God, or any relationship with Him, or any responsibility toward Him. They simply have no room for God because self is occupying every area of their life. They live for the moment with little regard for the future or eternity. They indulge in physical pleasures without any thought of the long term consequences. They are only conscious of the moment. Beware of the consequences of living an impulsive, godless life. We will be examining the Scriptures during the Message Time this Lord's Day for examples of short-sighted living.
Morning Worship - June 1, 2014
Satan is God's rival, but that does not make him God's equal. As we learned last week, Satan can only do what God allows him to do. The apostle Peter describes the sufferings of Christians caused by Satan in these words, Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. I Peter 5:8-9. The sufferings we experience from Satan are like the jaws of a lion trying to consume and destroy our faith, but do we suffer in Satan's jaws apart from the sovereign will of God? Satan does have power to kill people, including God's people, because Satan is a murderer. Many have died as martyrs in the hands of Satan. Foxe's Book of Martyrs records the accounts of many of those deaths. God may allow Satan to take the lives of His children, but no one dies apart from God's sovereign will and purpose. We will be examining this dilemma during the Message Time this Lord's Day.
Morning Worship - May 25, 2014
How can we as Christians answer the question of suffering and evil in our world? If God is loving and good, why does He allow tragedies? How do we answer these questions in our own mind? How do answer such questions from others? Our understanding of God in relation to evil and suffering is important to our witness for Him. Biblical statements regarding the sovereignty of God help us deal with this serious topic. God reigns over the heavens and the earth as the psalmist writes - "The LORD does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths." Psalm 135:6. Almighty God reigns over all the earth as the sovereign King of Kings. Since God is sovereign, whatever happens in this world is either planned or permitted by God. When the Bible teaches that God is sovereign, it is not merely that God has the power and right to govern all things, but that He does govern all things for His own holy and just purposes. Are you trusting in God's sovereignty? That is the question we will be examining during the Message Time in Worship this Lord's Day.
Morning Worship - March 2, 2014
The Sermon on the Mount is the most famous, yet most misunderstood message that Jesus ever preached. Some teach that living by the Sermon on the Mount is the way of salvation. They will say, "Living by the Sermon on the Mount will make you a good person and God will then accept you into heaven". This implies that salvation is a balance scale of good outweighing the bad. Of course, we do not save ourselves by living a good life, yet that is one of Satan's most successful lies. Many people in our world today believe they will go to heaven if they are a good person. But if we can save ourselves, why did Jesus need to die on the cross? Apart from the new birth in Christ, no one can live out the truths of the Sermon on the Mount. Its standards are much too righteous and holy to be met by human will-power. Only those who receive the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus can live according to the truths of the Sermon on the Mount. We will be considering the intent of Jesus' words during the Message Time this Lord's Day.
Morning Worship - February 23, 2014
From the time of Satan's temptation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, temptation has been a constant part of mankind's existence. People have tried to avoid temptation by a variety of means, but it cannot be done. No one has ever found a place that is void of temptation. As long as we reside in this fallen world, temptation will be a part of our existence. But to be tempted is not the same as sinning. Temptation is not sin. It is giving into temptation that is sinful, but don't foolishly put yourself in temptation's path. By learning from Jesus' example, we too can experience victory over temptation in our life. Jesus was able to resist temptation not only because He knew Scripture, but because He obeyed it. The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit by which we can resist Satan's temptations. The Scriptures tell us to put on the full armor of God so that we might withstand the schemes of Satan? Have you? We will be examining Jesus' victories over temptation during the Message Time this Lord's Day.
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