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What is God doing when he brings us into a time of affliction? Is it possible that he is actually seeking to accomplish something of great value in our lives? The apostle Paul told the Corinthians that it was for the purpose of getting him to trust God more and trust himself less. Affliction would appear to be both inevitable and indispensable for the child of God who wants to grow deeper in his faith and in his prayers.
This Psalm begins with a foundational premise that all believers need to keep in mind - Be grateful to God all the time and in all things. Why? Because God is good and God is merciful. Our faith in the goodness and the lovingkindness of God will give us hope in the most desperate situations of life. The Psalmist tells us about the homeless wanderer, the rebel in bondage, the afflicted fool and the storm tossed traveler. Each in dire straits, each in need of deliverance that only God could provide. And when they cried out to the Lord, He delivered them out of their distresses in a most wonderful way. But the last verse of the Psalm is very instructive as well - not only for those in distress, but also for those observing those who are in distress. Every one of us can benefit from the wisdom of this Psalm.
Who you are is shown by your heart. Jesus did not come to condemn anybody. Jesus came to change us. Why does somebody call Jesus "Lord", and does not change his ways. This person is changed on the outside for appearance but his heart is still sinful.
Becoming a Christian will make you enemies: Jesus was hated and rejected, and Christians will be, too. Our enemies are 3-fold: those who keep us from speaking the gospel, the devil, and our own desires which lead us away from Jesus. But Christians know we are destined for this. Standing fast is a matter of faith - and that faith allows us to continue to love those who hate or disagree with us, fend off the attacks of Satan, and overcome temptation.
Jesus tells his closest followers that he would be leaving them. He knew they would be scared and feel alone, but that he would return to them as well. in this message we will discuss the difference between happiness and joy. Joy will be an attribute of God that we will acquire if we follow him, but it won't come easy, and it won't come fast.
Churches are not just brick and mortar and God is the head of the church. God's word is never old or stale. It is fresh bread for a brand new day.
Our identity is what we show what we are toward the world. Our identity is being "Christ Followers". How are we distinguished as this? By the two ordinances Jesus Christ gave us. Baptism and the Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper, administered according to the Gospel, transforms lives.
Hell is a location; Hell is a condition; Watch how you handle your crumbs. Watch how you handle the poor and Watch out how you handle the man of GOD.
Paul completes his 3rd missionary journey with a gift in his hand and chains in his future. Prepared by the Holy Spirit, Paul finishes the journey to Jerusalem.