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Jason McGuire with NY'ers for Constitutional Freedoms and Michael Geer with the PA Family Institute discuss a hodge-podge of issues impacting Albany and Harrisburg, beginning with a new power sharing agreement in the NYS Senate
Luke shows us that Jesus has power and authority over the natural and supernatural forces in existence. His disciples react in amazement, the demons cower in fear, and Jairus falls to his knees at Jesus' feet. If we, like Jairus, are falling to our knees in worship, then we should be moved to proclaim Christ's name to our friends, family, and the world!
The story of Christmas is a story about faith. A question Christians' often ask is, "How can I grow in faith?" In this message, we discover three truths about God that led Mary to have great faith in God: 1)The Favor of God, 2)The Son of God, and 3) The Power of God.
Philippians is a book of joy. The key verse of the book is Philippians 4:4. In addition, throughout the book, joy is the theme. The Greek word for joy is used 9 times and various related words (with prefixes, etc.) are used approximately another 7 times. So our question is “why joy?” “How joy?” Considering his circumstances, Paul has a remarkable outlook on life. He is under house arrest as he writes this letter. This book helps us to develop some conclusions about joy. Joy is not dependent on our circumstances. Joy is a choice—a choice to receive a gift. It is appropriate that we think about thanksgiving today as we receive the Lord’s Supper. There is always reason to give thanks.
Last week we read about how the Church in Samaria was experiencing great success. People were getting saved, great joy was sweeping Samaria, people were getting healed, and the apostles sent Peter and John from Jerusalem to witness what was going on. They prayed and laid their hands on the Samaritan believers and they received the Holy Spirit as evidence that salvation had truly come to the Samaritans. Even one of Samaria’s most prominent citizens had “been saved”…or had he? Today we will see the truth of whether he had been saved or not, and what became of Simon the magician. We saw last week that from the beginning he appeared to lack the humility necessary to be saved. He also seemed to view salvation as an additional component that he could add to his life, not as something that completely transforms a life. I. Simon’s reaction to seeing people receive the Holy Spirit A. He was wowed (Acts 8:18) B. He wanted the power to give out the Holy Spirit too (Acts 8:18, 19) 1. He offered them money to buy the power 2. I want anyone I lay my hands on to receive the Holy Spirit C. He had a wrong view of the Holy Spirit 1. He thought of Holy Spirit as a commodity 2. He saw religion as holding power over people 3. He wanted to hold the right to controlling God II. Peter boldly corrects his false notions A. You cannot buy off God with money – God wants to give this away (Acts 8:20, 21) 1. Your silver will perish 2. May you perish with it B. You cannot obtain the GIFT of God with money 1. You have neither part nor portion in this 2. Your heart is not right with God C. Peter offers an invitation 1. Repent of this wickedness (Acts 8:22) a. Pray to the Lord b. The intent of your heart needs to be forgiven 2. You have a real problem (Acts 8:23) a. You are in the gall of bitterness b. You are in the bonds of iniquity III. Simon’s response to the invitation was not the necessary response A. Pray for me to the Lord (Acts 8:24) B. I don’t want anything bad to happen to me 1. Losing his silver 2. Losing his life Although Simon made a profession of faith and was baptized he was never truly saved. He never humbled himself and saw himself as an unworthy sinner. He saw salvation as something he could just add on to life as he was already living it. He saw the Holy Spirit as something he could buy and control. He had remorse, but not repentance (II Cor. 7:9, 10). When offered the chance to correct these things he refused.
My introduction to the Lord’s prayer was, perhaps like most of you, as a child. We memorized it and got a pencil or something for our memory work. In our Baptist tradition, we have not recited this prayer as often as other Christian traditions. My next phase of interaction with this prayer was as an athlete. Unfortunately, as a team, we said this prayer more as a cheer, I’m afraid, then as a prayer. Only in more recent years has this prayer had for me the kind of impact that Jesus intended. I went through it slowly a few years ago, studying the prayer phrase by phrase. I shared some of that during Wednesday evening prayer time and Bible Study.
The victory is ours! All Christians, including those living when Christ returns, will live together with Him forever! Death is powerless over those living in Christ! Let nothing move you and give yourself fully to God’s work.