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The first thing the first speaker said was that there’s not a single functional family in the entire Bible, not one. Every home we encounter in the Bible is dysfunctional. Sin has laid waste to every human family and all of us come from broken homes, some more than others, but all broken. And that definitely includes the one I came from and the one I created and have. Nothing like traveling 2300 miles with a couple of sons to remind a dad of his sins and the sins he has passed down from one generation to another. Without a doubt the most painful experiences of my life are seeing my sins in the mirror of my sons. What I want to do this morning is say some things I wish I had heard 30 years ago and not just heard but taken to heart and put into practice. If we want to know what fatherhood looks like and sounds like and smells like and tastes like, we should turn to the original designer, the first architect, the best example and model and look in the book He wrote. I’m serious about this. The older I get and the more I read and study the Bible the more amazed I am at how it really does have the answer to all of life’s questions and issues. It’s the most supremely practical book. It contains God’s wisdom for doing life. If there is a question we need to know the answer to, that answer will be found in Scripture. Scripture teaches us everything we need to know about fathering and mothering. When you boil it down to the basics, fathering and mothering is love and correction, tender and tough, grace and guidance, delight and discipline. That’s what I want to focus on this morning and the next time I preach, delight and discipline, or pleasure and pain. From Scripture I want to show every father here these two aspects of godly, Biblical, masculine fatherhood. By the way, this has broader application beyond sons and daughters, to grandsons and granddaughters, nieces and nephews, and to all the children we relate to in this covenant community. This morning we will stop with the first half of what I am calling the pleasure and pain of fatherhood, or the delight and discipline of being a dad.
In this sermon we look at God's discipline and instruction in our lives and the result in parenting.
God disciplines those He loves. In the life of a disciple of Jesus, divine discipline is sometimes necessary to keep us pure and holy before Him and headed in the right direction.
Listen as Pastor Tal continues the "Nehemiah" series, this week talking about Nehemiah's prayer and what it can teach us if we want to change the world.
Living for Jesus is a lot like running a race. The starting line is the new birth, the rules are God's New Testament commandments, and the finish line is going to heaven.
The unveiling of a hidden story within the story of Joseph in Genesis - the story of God's work in Judah's life.
We are all going to experience storms in this life. There are several questions we ask: Why didn't God create a world without pain and suffering and why does God allow pain and suffering to continue? He uses our pain to draw people to God, to develop our character, and to lovingly discipline us. In light of those questions we often have, we need to keep an eternal focus, recognize that the pain and suffering will end, and turn to God.
On the Sunday of a baby dedication we also talked about how God disciplines us to train us, because he loves us.
GOD'S GLORY AND DISCIPLINE: amidst the Consequences of Self-Centered Living (Message #1/3 * Haggai 1:1-15) 03-11-2012
Exhortation: Rebuild the Temple (August 29th, 520 B.C.) 1. The Prophetic Word Revealed (vs1-11) ● Darius the King ● the word of the LORD and Haggai the Prophet ● Leadership (Zerubbabel and Joshua) ● the LORD of Hosts ● these people ● the House of the LORD (Temple) 2. The Prophetic Word Embraced (vs12-15) ● the Remnant of the people ● they Feared and Obeyed the LORD ● The LORD’s message: “I am with You” ● The LORD stirred up their spirit Embrace the Prophetic Word (March 11th, 2012 A.D.) 1. God Reveals Himself and His Word: ● Fear the Lord and Obey His voice 2. God Reigns and He Disciplines those He Loves: ● Repent of self-centered living and View our circumstances through His sovereign purposes 3. Jesus Christ is With Us and the Holy Spirit is Working within Us: ● Seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness as a faithful remnant dependent on the Spirit 4. God is Pleased to Glorify Himself: ● Glorify God and Enjoy Him forever