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In this letter of corrections, the Apostle Paul raises the caution flag in this chapter and draws our attention to another struggle the church may and will experience.
The passage is marked by three references to someone seeing something—the LORD seeing that Leah was hated, Rachel seeing that she bore no children, and Leah seeing that she had ceased bearing children. There is a clear contrast between what God sees and how God acts in relation to what He sees with what we see and how we act in response to it. God responds to what he sees by acting on behalf of the weak and oppressed. When we fail to pattern ourselves after God we only see what is to our disadvantage and act out of selfish wants. Such an attitude and the actions that follow it are a part of all human conflicts. Sadly, this marks God’s people as well, because they too are sinful. Still, God actually uses it all to produce his people. This does not mean conflicts and strife due to sinful selfishness are okay. Instead, it highlights all the more God’s mercy and grace in not treating us as our sins deserve and instead showering us with blessing. In light of our having been treated in this way, how ought we to treat others?
The Mess in Relationships is Part 2 of the Building Relationships series, preached by Pastor Rudy Bropleh. Using Galatians 2:1-14 as a reference for this sermon we learn that whenever we are building anything, we have to be willing and skilled to make adjustments ---thus in our relationships with each other and with God. However, we allow obstacles --which create a mess in our lives--to get in the way. There are 3 things (obstacles): 1) Misinformation - not having the right information. We really DO have the right info --in the Gospel of Christ --so we need to be more informed and get the right information. 2) Misunderstanding - we have the right information; wrong interpretation. We want to be free to interpret the Word of Christ to suit our own situation, but it doesn't work like that. We have to respect God's word --the Cornerstone of building anything --particularly relationships. 3) Ego - we let our ego get in tthe way of building relationships. We need to humble ourselves and be willing to SERVE with spritual qualifications. 4) Hipocrasy - one of the greatest killers of relationships. We need to be our "real" selves ---all the time; be authentic.
There are probably more opinions in the church about spiritual gifts than any other area of practical theology.
In his second assault on Jesus, Satan attempts to get Jesus to prove himself as the Son of God by throwing himself off the pinnacle of the Temple. He does this by quoting Scripture to Jesus, but leaving out a portion of the text that he quotes. It reveals that living in faithful obedience to God requires the right interpretation and use of God's word that revolves around understanding God as the supreme authority, who is never to be challenged to prove himself.
The most controversial of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit would be the gift of tongues and the interpretation of tongues. Why is it controversial? Is there an important distinction we should understand? Is this gift valid for today and is it for everyone? This message attempts to answer these questions.
The way of salvation is clarified for us in Genesis 15. At the very beginning of the chapter, God's word comes to Abram, and tells Abram not to fear, because God is Abram's shield and very great reward. It is God's word that removes Abram's fear and ours, and it does this through God's sovereign mercy, through victory over sin, through correcting our interpretation of our circumstances, and through confirmation to our senses. Through it all we see the supremacy of God's word for our salvation.
Listen as Pastor Tal continues the Holy Spirit series, this week talking about the gifts that the Holy Spirit brings to the church to build His body