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Why did Jesus come into the world? That is the question for Sunday. There are lots of answers that are quite frankly, wrong.
Miscommunication can be dangerous. The Apostle Paul seeks to clear up any confusion in the area of spiritual gifts, especially pertaining to two of these gifts, one of which he seems to elevate above the other.
Apologies for the audio quality here. The preacher's microphone was not switched on and so this was recorded remotely. Dave here gives an excellent overview of the Prophetic writings of the Bible, and highlights a number of significant images of the then anticipated arrival of the Messiah, Jesus.
We are in the middle of the series “EPIC: Live a Better Story." For most of us, though, life feels like something much less than epic. But that was never the intention… and our spirit knows it. We were designed to play a larger role in a greater story than the one we often end up living. G.K Chesterton said, “I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller.” There is an EPIC story being told... and you have an important role to play. Fortunately, you’re in the right place to find true answers. Don’t give up, though! Your journey is just beginning…
Prophets, priests, and kings have been replaced by the person of Jesus Christ. Our relationship remains complete in God through Christ.
The scriptures often have deeper truths behind its plain words. And while the scriptures still clearly mean what is plainly written, we also find there are supporting truths behind it. That is the case in this message. In James 5:7-12, James primarily talks about being patient amidst suffering, even reminding us of the prophets who have gone before us, and in reminding us of job who suffered much but was patient as well. Behind patience though is trust. When times are tough (or even when they are easy), do we tend to trust ourselves, someone or something else, or do we trust God. The prophets were people who were given a view of what could be if we trusted God with our present and our future. They speak an alternative, better future into our eyes and hearts and we have to answer, "Who will we trust for it?"
On the last Sunday of February we embarked on a study of the Minor Prophets, meaning the last twelve short books of the OT. They are minor in length not in importance or inspiration. They are God’s Word spoken by men carried along by the Holy Spirit. Tonight I would like to wrap up our study of the Minor Prophets with a summary of what we should take away from our time studying the Major Points from the Minor Prophets.
Some wise wag once remarked, “There are three kinds of people in the world, those who are good at math and those who aren’t.” Or there are two kinds of people in the world, those who always divide people into two groups and those who don’t. Then there is the obvious one, there are two kinds of people in the world, male and female. Our text this evening describes two kinds of people and speaks to two kinds of people.
"See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant." Jeremiah 1:10 KJV
Malachi 3:6, I the Lord do not change. In our world people like to say death and taxes are unchangeable and inevitable. If something is changeable, it’s changeable in only two ways. Either it can get better or it can get worse. Normally we like to change things for the better. This is why we can say that God is unchangeable. He can’t get better because He’s already perfect. And He can’t get worse because then He would no longer be perfect. God is and must always remain perfect so He is therefore unchangeable. The fancy theological word for this is immutable. Theologians like to talk about the immutability of God. It just means God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Even death and taxes will one day change and go away, but God will remain the same forever. The Israelites and we owe our very existence and survival to the unchangeable faithfulness of God. Remember last week we read that they were accusing God of being unjust and of winking at evil and calling evil good. They were accusing God of changing, but God doesn’t change