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After the August meeting of the Atheist Christian Book Club I interviewed our co-founder, Bill Kluck, about what we have been able to accomplish over our first five months and what we can expect to learn from from the book we will discuss on September 1, 2017, Nailed.The post Atheist Christian Book Club Interview with Bill Kluck appeared first on Watchman Fellowship.
We have dates set for our 2017 Utah Mission Trip. Would you like to come with us as a summer missionary or help send someone else? Learn more by watching my 3-minute video report highlighting some of the last year’s trip: www.watchman.org/UtahRept.htm. Our 2017 Utah Mission Trip will be June 11-18. There are three ways […]The post Utah Mission Trip: Share Jesus with Mormons – Help send us or come with us? appeared first on Watchman Fellowship.
You will love this free book! As a former Mormon myself, I rarely discover a book that more clearly lays out the differences between Mormonism and biblical faith. At the same time, here is a book that goes beyond the facts to tell a story of personal transformation. As I read it, I was vividly […]The post Get a Free Book for Supporting Our 2017 Mission Trip appeared first on Watchman Fellowship.
Great news! We have received the remaining support needed to fund our 2017 Mission to Utah. Thank you for your prayers and donations that made this possible. Watchman staff Renae Storms and Brady Blevins are already in Utah right now leading our Week #1 team. We have already seen God move! Just watch this 74-second […]The post Utah Mission Report – Great News! appeared first on Watchman Fellowship.
On April 23, 2018, students across America and in other countries will participate in the Sex Ed Sit Out. Here are some resources from FRC that illustrate the reality of what is being taught regarding sexuality in schools and what parents and students can do to combat the extreme and perverted sexual ideology that is being pushed on children in the classroom.Interview: “Activist Mommy” Elizabeth Johnston on “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins”Who's in for the Sex Ed Sit out? by Tony PerkinsDespite Leftist Outcry, Americans Don’t Want Federally Funded Pornographic Sex Ed by Kelly MarcumPlanned Parenthood Sex Ed? Only in La. Law Land by Tony PerkinsPublic School Assembly Tells Kids That Sex Changes Are Perfectly Normal by Cathy RuseSexual Risk-Avoidance Education by Arina Grossu and Peter SpriggVideo: Collateral Damage in the ‘War on Women’ Debate: Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Caught in the CrosshairsThe 2017 Coalition Letter to President Trump Advocating for Sexual Risk-Avoidance EducationVideo: Transgender Ideology in Public Schools: Parents Fight BackA Parent's Guide to the Transgender Movement in Education by Peter SpriggTrump Returns Authority Over School Transgender Policies to States and Localities by Peter Sprigg
Some of the largest cities in America are beginning a potentially fatal attraction to supervised injection sites for drug addicts. These facilities allow addicts to consume heroin and other drugs—legally, without the inconvenience of federal, state, or municipal laws to hamper their habit. Proponents argue that the sterile environment and presence of medical professionals offers a relatively safe drug-taking experience.San Francisco became the first city in America to announce plans to open an injection site later this year, with Philadelphia promising to be the second and Seattle not far behind. New York City has been deliberating over the possibility for almost a year but a decision in favor is highly anticipated, perhaps before the long Easter weekend.Supervised injection sites are wrong on both moral and practical grounds. These sites may be supervised, but they are certainly not “safe,” as they are described by many social justice advocates, health care professionals, and drug addicts. They do represent a tragically bizarre way of thinking that passes itself off as harm reduction—currently in style with some liberals who believe it is somehow cruel to insist addicts seek treatment or that there is really some way to make the ingestion of a potentially lethal substance like heroin safer.Just as drugs like heroin and its many opioid derivatives are epidemic in America, supervised injection sites are becoming an epidemic in Canada, where the first such facility opened in Vancouver in 2005. Since then, two more have opened in the city, while Toronto and Montreal have also opened such facilities. The result, as to be expected, has not been a reduction in drug use or a decrease in heroin overdoses but quite the reverse. In 2017, a record 335 people died of opioid-related overdoses in Vancouver, a 43 percent increase from the year before. That all-time high was matched by a provincial level that soared to 1,420 drug deaths in 2017.Are these figures and is this striking failure prompting the liberal leadership in Canada to question their drug strategy? Yes, but not as you might think. Vancouver is now contemplating decriminalizing all illegal drugs because, inexplicably, this will somehow engender a “safer” drug climate. As evidence and common sense indicate, however, making illegal drugs easier to access and use will most likely lead to a proliferation of drug use and drug deaths. That is precisely what has happened, but liberal health care professionals still don’t get it.Just as we ask why high schools have become shooting galleries in 2018 when the same Second Amendment rights existed in 1958 without similar tragic results, we have to wonder what moral rot has promulgated a drug-addicted America and Canada. As Christians, it is clear to see that the virtual eradication of God from public life and the exile of the Bible from public institutions has created a spiritual emptiness in our society that many people choose to fill with drugs. We recently saw the passing of Billy Graham—perhaps the greatest voice of Christianity of the last century. Having grown up watching Graham preach the simple message of the Bible in so many crusades around the world, I have been listening to a personal retrospective of his messages over the years that is available on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website. It is both intriguing and just a little bit frightening to listen to Graham confront the moral lapses in America in the 1950s and 1960s—the problems we faced then seem quaint in comparison to now.What Graham always offered—no matter the decade in which he spoke and the America that he experienced—was God’s love. And that’s what Christians need to continue to provide to a drug-ravaged America and Canada. But love should never be confused with enabling an alcoholic to drink or a drug addict to use—at public expense. Safe injection sites are sham operations that perpetuate drug habits, exacerbate the drug epidemic, and contribute to the moral collapse of society. Addicts need treatment, not “safe” places to use. They need Christ, not easier access to the poison that is killing them. The hard truth that liberal leaders of license must face is that supervised injection sites are killing centers and, after all is said and done, ineffective in curbing drug use or rebuilding lives.David Krayden (@DavidKrayden) is the Ottawa Bureau Chief for The Daily Caller. He is a former Air Force public affairs officer and communications specialist for the Canadian Parliament.
Dear Friends,A man who lives alone and completely off the grid in the British Columbian woods is the subject of a short documentary I happened upon recently. Dag Aabye is 76 years old and spends his days clearing and building trails to run on so that he can train for 80-mile ultramarathon races. “I’m perfectly imperfect,” he says. “If you’re perfectly imperfect, you always have to work on yourself … tomorrow, I want to be a better person than today.” These are sage words for us all. But then Aabye says something interesting: “And if you work on yourself, you don’t have time to talk about other people or worry about other people … I don’t try to understand people. They do their thing, and I leave them alone. The only person you want to understand, really, is yourself.”In our modern lives that seem built around being “plugged in” —to the internet, our phones, TV, etc. —it can sometimes be tempting to make a radical break from “the rat race” and “break free” so that we can live a life like Aabye’s, one of complete separation from worldly concerns so that we can constantly search for ultimate meaning in which we only have ourselves to worry about. There are indeed important lessons to be learned from a life like Aabye’s—instead of gossiping about others, improve yourself; instead of wasting time surfing Facebook or cable TV, live with purpose and creativity to accomplish meaningful goals.But underneath the surface of words like “I don’t try to understand people” and “They do their thing, and I leave them alone” is a sense of loss. In a way, it’s an admission of defeat, of not attempting the difficult task of empathy and sacrifice for our fellow man. Ultimately, it’s an indirect dismissal of the greatest act of love we can ever perform in life: to lay down our lives for another (John 15:13). As tempting as it is to think of a life like Dag Aabye’s as one of ultimate “freedom,” Christ showed us that true freedom lies in self-sacrifice for the other. As Nathanael Blake has written recently, even something as seemingly ordinary as a man and a woman staying true to their marriage vows “is an act of defiance against all of the difficulties of life, from the catastrophic to the mundane. In marriage, men and women promise themselves to one another, and tell fate to go to hell. The traditional promises that solemnize a marriage are some of the greatest assertions of human agency, and therefore of human dignity, possible. Our freedom is not realized in the possibility that we might do anything, but in doing what we have said we will do.”Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC ArticlesWhat an Idaho Federal Judge Should Have Said About Transgender Birth Certificates – Peter SpriggSixth Circuit Shows Why SOGIs Are a Threat to Religious Freedom – Travis WeberWomen Speak: A Panel Discussion on Real Issues that Women Face TodayShe Persisted: Star Parker’s Mission to End AbortionGentle Strength: Why I’m Not a Feminist – Cassidy RichRemarks by Tony Perkins at the 2018 NRB Convention Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareChristian Bakers Appeal Fine for Refusing to Make Cake for Same-Sex Wedding – Anugrah Kumar, The Christian PostFourth Circuit Denies En Banc Rehearing in Bladensburg Veterans Memorial Case – First LibertyReport: Southern Poverty Law Center ignores anti-Semitic hate crimes on campus – Caleb Parke, Fox NewsCondo Bans Senior Citizen’s Bible Study, Christian Music – ToddStarnes.comChristian group sues Michigan university after it is kicked off campus – Caleb Parke, Fox NewsSchool District Bans Baptist Chaplain From Praying with Football Team – ToddStarnes.comCollege student kicked out of class for telling professor there are only two genders – Rick Lessard, Fox6161% of College Students Says Campus Climate Deters Conservative Speech – Tom Ciccotta, BreitbartPa. County Continues Fight Against Atheists' Lawsuit Demanding Cross Be Removed From Seal – Michael Gryboski, The Christian PostInternational Religious FreedomMike Pompeo's Nomination is 'Very Positive for the Cause of International Religious Freedom' – George Thomas, CBN NewsRemains of 40 Iraqi Christians With Their Crosses Found in Mass Grave – Anugrah Kumar, The Christian PostChristian Parents Praying for Son on Death Row in Pakistan for 'Blasphemy' – Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian PostMilitary Religious FreedomShould a 'secular humanist' serve as Navy chaplain? Absolutely not – Sen. Roger Wicker, Fox News LifeAbortionDiscriminating against people like my son, with Down syndrome, must end – Cassy Fiano, Live ActionAbortion Clinics Have Lost 3 Million Customers to This Pro-Life Helpline – Jay Hobbs, LifeNewsTo Call Abortion ‘Health Care’ Defies Logic – Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, National Catholic RegisterA Miracle Story: Baby Saved After Mother Had Already Started Abortion – Hank Berrien, The Daily WireAbortion worker pressured by other workers to abort her wanted baby – Sarah Terzo, Live ActionMichigan pro-lifers now saving babies from within a former Planned Parenthood – Katie Franklin, LifeSiteNewsKentucky House OKs bill to ban abortion procedure after 11 weeks – Bruce Schreiner, Associated PressHuman Rights Groups Thank U.S. for Rolling Back Abortion in Impending Report – Austin Ruse, C-FamWhy Is the Abortion Industry Run by Women? – Rebekah Merkle, Desiring GodAdoptionVideo: Family Adopts an Abandoned Newborn Baby – Sarah Zagorski, LifeNewsA 'perfect' ending for four Kansas siblings seeking adoption brings judge to tears – Rick Montgomery, Chicago TribuneBioethicsThe real Down syndrome problem: Accepting genocide – George F. Will, The Washington PostEuthanasia is Now Being Performed ... on Prisoners – Michael Cook, Intellectual TakeoutAppeals court: Hospital can yank baby Alfie Evans’ life support against parents’ wishes – Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNewsVSED: A New Form of Assisted Suicide – Richard Becker, CrisisNetherlands Euthanized 252 Mentally Ill People in 2017 – Alex Schadenberg, LifeNewsBasic Bioethics: What Christians should know about abortifacients – Joe Carter, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission FamilyEconomics/EducationTax Cuts Already Have America’s Small Businesses Moving Again – Chris Stansbury, The Daily SignalSaving men in the heartland: The case for place-based employment policies – The Brookings InstitutionMarriageThe Romance of Ordinary Marriage – Nathanael Blake, Public DiscourseDon’t Miss the Joy of Family Life – Justin Coulson, Family Studies7 Questions Every Husband Should Be Asking Himself – Christopher Greco, RelevantGod, Why Won’t You Fulfill Our Desire for Children? – Michael McAfee, The Gospel CoalitionHow to Increase Participation in Marriage and Relationship Education – Stephen F. Duncan, Family StudiesFaith/Character/Culture3 Things A Father Must Teach His Son So That His Son Doesn't End Up Dead Or In Prison – Matt Walsh, The Daily WireYou Must Fight Hard for Peace – Jon Bloom, Desiring GodWhat Your Kids Need from You – J. D. Greear, The Gospel CoalitionWhat Jordan Peterson Has to Say About Motherhood Might Surprise You – Ashley McGuire, Family Studies9 ways to establish sexual norms for your children before the world does – J.D. Thorne, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionThe Lost Art of Intentionality – Tod Worner, Word On FireThe Christian’s Hammer – Rob Schwarzwalder, The StreamHuman SexualityGuttmacher Report Misleads on Abstinence-Only Education – Michael J. New, National ReviewSex Change: Physically Impossible, Psychosocially Unhelpful, and Philosophically Misguided – Ryan T. Anderson, Public DiscourseBisexual Confessions, Ex-Gay Testimonies Receive Scorn – Dan Delzell, The Christian PostWhy He Doesn’t Call Himself Gay – Rachel Gilson, The Gospel CoalitionHistoric Stand? Kansas GOP Affirms 'God's Design for Gender' – Heather Sells, CBN NewsNew Resource Lovingly Presents the Truth About Homosexuality – Kathy Schiffer, National Catholic RegisterHuman TraffickingSurvivors of Human Trafficking, in Their Own Words – Rebecca J. Rosen, The AtlanticThe House acts to fight against sex trafficking – Josh Wester, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionDoes #MeToo Have the Power to Bring Down Corporatized Sex Trafficking? – Lisa L. Thompson, National Center On Sexual ExploitationPornographyWhat to do when you can’t “unsee” pornography – Kathleen N. Hattrup, AleteiaRestricting Online Porn Is Focus of Rhode Island Bill – National Catholic Register10 Things To Avoid Saying To Someone Struggling To Give Up Porn – Fight the New Drug
Dear Friends,FRC recently published a pivotal brochure, “How to Respond to the LGBT Movement” by Peter Sprigg. In this timely publication, Peter lays out the empirical evidence that refutes seven common claims made by homosexual activists and eight common claims made by transgender activists. As he notes, the claims that LGBT activists make have become a paradigm of assumptions that declare “that for someone to believe that heterosexuality is preferable to homosexuality is equivalent to believing that one race is superior to another, and therefore represents a form of bigotry and even ‘hate’ toward individuals who identify as homosexual.”The problem with making this claim is that it is based on the assumption that sexual orientation is in fact “inborn.” As this brochure makes clear, this assumption is empirically false based on observable human behavior and scientific evidence. Therefore, it is fundamentally dishonest and counterproductive to label social conservatives as “bigots” based on this assumption because social conservatives do not accept the faulty premises of this argument.Perhaps the most important idea that this publication conveys is this: in the cultural battles that continue to be fought around LGBT issues, social conservatives “ha[ve] consistently said that they love their neighbor; and ha[ve] consistently pursued policies which they sincerely believe will preserve the life and health and improve the well-being of those involved.”The brochure concludes with this stirring thought: “If anything should be clear from the information shared here, it is that there are legitimate grounds for debate on the origin, nature, and consequences of both homosexuality and gender dysphoria. Let all people of goodwill—regardless of their politics, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity—agree that the debate should continue, with a respect for honest research and for the freedom of thought, speech, and religion.”Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC ArticlesBilly Graham — faithful to the end and still leading us behind him – Tony PerkinsBilly Graham’s Legacy — Faith Looming Large in Public Life – Travis WeberDespite Leftist Outcry, Americans Don’t Want Federally Funded Pornographic Sex Ed – Kelly MarcumDemocrats have moved far to the nation's left on abortion – Ken BlackwellReceiving the Love That We Need: How to Find Healing from Past WoundsAndrew Sullivan on Opioids: Pointing Us Toward God – Travis WeberThank you, Billy Graham – Patrina MosleyBilly Graham’s Stand on Religious Liberty, Life, and Marriage and FamilyHow Billy Graham’s Invitation Forever Changed My Life – Peter Sprigg#MeToo Ignores an Obvious Source of Sexual Aggression: Porn – David Krayden Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareNew HHS office that enforces health workers' religious rights received 300 complaints in a month – Jessie Hellmann, The HillParents Battle Court to Stop Transgender Teen’s Hormone Treatment – Grace Carr, The Daily SignalForced To Resign For Her Faith, This Magistrate Sued The State And Won – Bre Payton, The FederalistIllinois nurse fights firing over pro-life views – Bonnie Pritchett, WORLDYouTube Secretly Using SPLC To Police Videos – Peter Hasson, The Daily CallerWheaton’s Win Over The Contraceptive Mandate Is A Huge Step Forward For Religious Freedom – Nicole Fisher, The FederalistUniversity Re-Invites Christian Speaker Who Triggered LGBT Students – ToddStarnes.comWhen a University Group Rescinds Freedom of Speech – Ken Ham, The Christian PostFlorida House bill requires schools to display 'In God We Trust' – Kevin Tampone, Syracuse.comReligious Liberty Is a Powerful Anti-Gang Weapon – Noel Sterett, Alliance Defending FreedomInternational Religious FreedomA suspicious and sudden death in China – Mindy Belz, WORLDWhy Don’t We Care About the Slaughter of Nigerian Christians? – Michael Brown, The StreamAbandoned by the U.S., Syrian Christians and Kurds Seek Help from Pro-Iran Militias – John Zmirak, The StreamERLC religious freedom advocacy encouraged by major court decision in Malaysia – Palmer Williams, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionAttacks Against India’s Christians Doubled in 2017 – National Catholic RegisterPraying for the persecuted church: Jordan – Chase Stevens, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission LifeAbortionGood luck explaining your abortion vote high-fives to your constituents, senators – Ashley McGuire, USA TodayIncredible Surgery in the Womb Corrects Baby’s Spina Bifida After Her Parents Reject Abortion – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNewsWhy an unwanted pregnancy is about the baby and the father, too – Garrett Kell, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionDishonoring the Dead: Moral and Constitutional Considerations on Fetal Disposition – Deirdre Cooper and Kody W. Cooper, Public DiscourseThe Ostrich Defense of Abortion – Christopher Kaczor, Public DiscourseCalifornia Students Are Fighting to Keep Abortion Pills Off Their Campus – Grace Carr, The Daily SignalVice President Mike Pence: ‘Abortion Will End in Our Time’ – Amy Furr, TownhallAdoptionBipartisan effort to fix Kentucky's troubled adoption and foster care system moves forward – Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier JournalBioethicsPro-lifers dismayed over Oregon starvation bill’s return – Samantha Gobba, WORLDHow would you counsel someone interested in assisted suicide? – Matthew Arbo, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionScientists Make Human-Animal Hybrids That are Part Animal and Part Human Being – Wesley Smith, LifeNewsBritish Judge Allows Toddler’s Life Support Switched Off, Despite Parents’ Wishes – National Catholic Register FamilyEconomics/EducationDoes God Care Where You Go to College? – D. Michael Lindsay, The Gospel CoalitionResearch Keeps Showing This Kind Of Teaching Is Very Effective. So Why Won’t Schools Use It? – Joy Pullmann, The FederalistHow to Raise Devoted Catholic Kids When They Attend Public School – Sabrina Arena Ferrisi, National Catholic RegisterMarriageBilly Graham’s Incredible Ministry … and His Incredible Marriage – Dave Boehi, Family LifeA Man’s Place Is in the Home – Trevin Wax, The Gospel CoalitionBuild Your Marriage on the Beatitudes – Austin Bonds, RelevantA Photographer Asked 20 Couples For The Secret To A Long Marriage – Brittany Wong, HuffPostCDC: U.S. Fertility Rate Below Replacement for 9th Straight Year – Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS NewsFaith/Character/CultureHow Do I Know If I Really Love Jesus? – Jon Bloom, Desiring GodThe desperate cry of America's boys – Suzanne Venker, Fox NewsThe Death of an Evangelical Titan – Bishop Robert Barron, Word On FireA Better Mom Is a Broken Mom – Kristen Wetherell, Desiring GodThe Joy of an Unaccomplished Life – Chad Bird, The Gospel Coalition'It takes a village': 3 P.E.I. grandmothers help exhausted mom care for triplets – Pat Martel, CBC NewsVillains and Heroes Among So Much Tragedy – Jared Zimmerer, Word On FireThe Hard Truth About Mr. Right – Joy Beth Smith, Christianity TodayLonging for likes: How to capture the hearts of Gen Z with a greater love – Jared Kennedy, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionHuman SexualityWhy Transgenderism Threatens Parental Rights – Joe Carter, The Gospel CoalitionToo Much Netflix, Not Enough Chill: Why Young Americans Are Having Less Sex – W. Bradford Wilcox and Samuel Sturgeon, PoliticoSexual Exploitation in the Sports Industry: An Abuse of Power – Mary Urie, National Center on Sexual ExploitationPressing Pause on the "Transgender Moment": Ryan T. Anderson's When Harry Became Sally – Matthew J. Franck, Public DiscourseTransgender Activists Conduct ‘Giant Experiment’ on Children, Author Says – Kyle Perisic, The Daily SignalHuman TraffickingHouse passes anti-sex trafficking bill in defeat for tech industry – Steven Overly and Ashley Gold, PoliticoThe Combined Crisis of Online Sex Trafficking and Pornography – Patrick A. Trueman, National Center on Sexual ExploitationShining A Light On Slavery: Who Are Sex Traffickers, And Why Do They Exploit Other Humans? – Fight the New DrugPornographyPornography Addicts Might Be Avoiding True Intimacy – Michelle Habel, Focus on the FamilyIn the massive global scourge that is pornography, men are not the only addicts – Jamie Dean, WORLDFlorida declares pornography a ‘public health risk’ – Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNewsIs Reading Erotica As Harmful As Watching Porn? – Fight the New DrugPorn’s “Butterfly Effect”: A New Podcast Exposes Porn’s Unexpected Consequences – Mary Rose Somarriba, Family Studies
Since it opened to the public on July 7, 2016, guests continued to travel from all over the world to visit the Ark Encounter in 2017, including some names and faces you might recognize! Check out which well-known people visited the Ark Encounter in 2017!
Al mirar en retrospección al año 2017 solo podemos pensar en una palabra que resume perfectamente el año pasado: bendecido.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-31-2017Exodus 12:1-2Introduction:A. Whew, glad that one is behind me! 1. In so many ways, this past year has been a wonderful one and it was also a trying one. It started our rough but has ended up great. 2. From the diagnosis of cancer to surgery to 6 weeks of that wonderful draining tube to 4 more weeks of drainage without the tube to 30 weeks of radiation to working on the Mission house days seemingly without end to rebuilding my deck to cutting and splitting a mountain of firewood. 3. As the year progressed, things got progressively better and I thank God for being cancer free and feeling good again.B. Tomorrow will be the “beginning of months … the first month of the year.” 1. As I thought about the New Year, I though of Israel. Israel's first month is Abib, or our month of April. God declared the beginning of a new era in Israel's history.2. 430 years have now passed since Israel went down to Egypt to live. No one ever expected to remain that long. They went down in days of famine and fully expected to return to Canaan when it was over. 3. In that period of 430 years, Israel went from freedom and fulness to poverty and slavery. God heard their cry and brought about delivery through Moses.Exodus 3:7-8 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; (8) And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.C. Tomorrow, as we begin 2018, 2017 will be history and what we have written, we have written. 1. We have had successes and we have hopefully learned from our mistakes. 2. For dinner tomorrow, there will be cornbread, ham, black eyed peas, collards, mashed potatoes, and pie. 3. In 8 days, Barbara and I will head to Pigeon Forge for a few days of R&R. Not that we need to get away from our church but just need a little Rest & Relaxation. Pray that it snows. When we get back, we will be “into this new year.”D. 2017 is gone and there is nothing that we can do about it. 2018 is ahead and it is limitless in its possibilities. What we do this next year if the Lord has not come is entirely up to us. The world makes New Years Resolutions that do not last because they are made one day a year. With any New Year, there needs to be a Reflection on the last year and resolve the New Year.1. Reflection. A great way to measure the greatness of last year:a. Is God pleased with my life? God's children should have a daily determination to do those things that are right and to abstain from those things that are wrong. b. Am I saved and serving or saved and slack? It is so easy to get comfortable sitting and let everyone else do the work. We are neither to rust out or to burn out as we are out either way but to have a balanced life. Time for the Lord's work, time for family, and time for self.c. Am I trusting and hopeful or doubtful and fearful? Each of us knows that God holds our lives in His hand. That does not mean that all will go well in life, but that God will guide us and take care of us.d. Am I obedient and peaceful or disobedient and distressed? God wants our lives to be both happy and productive this New Year.2. Resolve. A great way to plan for a better New Year:a. Learn from both the successes and failures of the last year and resolve to make this year more productive.b. Make every day the “first day of the rest of your life.” Barbara's mom sent me this and I have reflected upon it over the years gone bye.EVERY MORNING YOU ARE HANDED TWENTY-FOUR GOLDEN HOURSTHEY ARE ONE OF THE FEW THINGS IN THIS WORLD THAT YOU GET FREE OF CHARGEIF YOU HAD ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD YOU COULD NOT BUY AN EXTRA HOURWHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THIS PRICELESS TREASURE ?REMEMBER; YOU MUST USE IT, AS IT IS GIVEN ONLY ONCEONCE WASTED YOU CANNOT GET IT BACKc. Resolving, despite your circumstances this year, to finish it with victory and joy. You cannot always change your circumstances, but you can keep your circumstances from changing you!d. Face the unknown of the new year with faith that God will be with you and for you. Resolving to be found in Him without spot of blemish.1) Correct the things that you can.2) Forget the things that you cannot.3) Rest in the Lord!
Temple Baptist Church - 12-24-2017Genesis 3:15; Matthew 1:18-25Introduction: A. It is the Christmas season, in which we normally deal with the incarnation of the Son of God. 1. One of the most precious of all doctrines is that of the Virgin Birth of Christ. How important it is to the salvation of the child of God! The Virgin Birth of Christ is often referred to as “The Doctrine of Holy Ground!” 2. The wording in Matthew 1:18 differentiate the birth of Christ from the series of “begats” found in the preceding verses. “Espoused wife” and “before they came together” declares a birth like none other that preceded it. 3. No man since Adam and Eve, except for Jesus Christ, came into the world through a virgin birth or without the seed of man involved. As God created the world to bring forth after its own kind, so man brings forth after his own kind. Adam and Eve had no predecessors and the Father of Jesus Christ was God.B. The world celebrates Christmas without God and while others make Christmas about Mary as much as about the birth of Christ.C. Christmas is not Christmas without Christ and Christmas is not about Mary! IT IS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST, ISRAEL'S MESSIAH, OUR SAVIOUR. There are many heresies being taught concerning Mary. I do not want to preach on that subject this morning but will give a few quick references on the subject for your own personal study. D. The key to who Mary was and what happened at the conception of Christ is found in Genesis 3:15, the first Messianic Promise. When referencing the method of the birth of Christ, the Bible speaks of the seed of a “woman.” “Woman” always means woman, a female human being. Mary was no exception as Christ referred to her as so. Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (The spiritual emphasis is upon the “seed” of the woman, not upon the woman. It was the seed of the woman, Christ, who would bruise the head of the serpent.)1. Was Mary divine? John 2:3-4 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. (4) Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. (Woman always means woman and is never referred to as divine. Mary was blessed to be chosen to bear the Lord and that birth certainly has blessed many, but Mary was a woman. The Lord never referred to her in any other way.)2. Was Mary “The Mother of God?” Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (God has no mother. Mary was the mother of the physical body in which Jehovah God, Jesus Christ, was born.)Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. John 1:1-3, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made … (14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.3. Was Mary was a perpetual virgin. Matthew 1:18, 25 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost … Andknew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. (“Before” and “till” show that Mary and Joseph had a normal husband/wife relationship after the birth of Christ. This is shown clearly in the Book of Mark.)Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.4. Mary was immaculately conceived? Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (The Bible is clear and consistent at this point. Only Christ had a sinless birth and had to be made sin.)5. Was Mary sinless? Luke 1:46-47 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, (47) And my spirit hath rejoiced inGod my Saviour. (Only sinners need a saviour!) Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;6. Did Mary ascend into heaven as Christ ascended? John 19:26-27 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! (27) Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. (Women were to always be under the authority of a man in biblical times. When the father, “supposed father in this case as the Father of Jesus was God the Father, died—it was the responsibility of the eldest son to care for the mother. Jesus did so until His death on the cross. Where Jesus went, Mary went. Before His death, Jesus placed Mary under the authority of John for as long as she lived.)7. Was Mary to be worshipped? Exodus 20:3-5 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (4) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: (5) Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (Both the worship of Mary and idolatrous images are dealt with in the first Commandment.)8. Was or is Mary as “Co-Redemptrix ?” John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.9. Is Mary a “Mediatrix.” 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:10. Was Mary to be prayed to? Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.E. The virgin birth of Christ was the pivotal point between Promise or Prophecy and Performance. 1. It is a doctrine both Sweetly Adored and Severely Attacked. It the mystery of mysteries, the jewel of all ages, the hope of mankind, and the love of God manifested. 2. It was a miraculous event. A miracle is a phenomenon that cannot be explained outside the realm of supernatural intervention. It is an event that supersedes natural law. No other child born of man has been born without the seed of the man. The “seed of the woman” combined with the seed of the Holy Ghost to bring forth the God-Man!3. The immortal became mortal that the mortal may become immortal - 1 Timothy 6:16a Who only hath immortality1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.4. The untouchable became touchable that mortal may touch Him - 1 Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;.F. The Miracle of the Virgin Birth is beyond human comprehension!1. The Virgin Birth Was Prophesied - Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.2. The Virgin Birth Was Performed - Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (“On this wise” sets the birth of Christ apart from the “begats” of the first 17 verses!)G. Dr. Herbert Lockyer said it this way, “The incarnation is the most stupendous miracle comprehending and involving all other miracles, and because it is a theme both deep and delicate, infinite and incomprehensible, how about “finding out acceptable words”. The ground we approach is holy calling for the putting off of our shoes.”The Importance Of The Virgin Birth:1. Scriptural Credibility Depends Upon It - Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (If the Scripture errs on this point, how can we trust any other supernatural event such as the death, burial, and resurrection?)2. The Deity Of Christ Depends Upon It - 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (If the Scripture errs on this point, then anyone could have been His father and He would not be the only begotten Son of God!)Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.3. The Sinless Humanity Of Christ Depends Upon It - John 1:1-2, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (If the Scripture errs on this point, then the blood of Christ was tainted with the sin of Adam and Christ would have had an Adamic nature!)1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.4. The Vicarious Atonement Of Christ Depends Upon It - Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: (If the Scripture errs on this point, then the blood of Christ could not save!)1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.5. The Ultimate Defeat Of Evil Depends Upon It - Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. (If the Scripture errs on this point, then evil would ultimately win and Satan would reign!)1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.6. The Security Of The Believer Depends Upon It - Hebrews 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; (If the Scripture errs on this point, then the blood of Christ would ultimately corrupt and we would perish!)1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-20-20172 Peter 1:1-4Introduction:A. Last week, we saw God's promise to meet our needs in this life as He has given to us all things to be richly enjoyed. God, contrary to most preaching that you hear, wants you to “love life” and enjoy the fruit of your labors. “Eat, drink, and be merry” are not necessarily states of sinfulness.B. The other thing that that God promises is that our spiritual needs in this life have been preemptively taken care of. God knows what spiritual battles that we will fight before we are confronted with them.C. There are several things that we need to notice pertaining to godliness:1. We have obtained righteousness through our Lord Jesus Christ – vs. 1 2. God wants us to have peace of mind in this ungodly world – vs. 23. God has given us all things pertaining unto life – vs. 34. God has given us all things pertaining unto godliness vs. 35. We are to be partakers of the Lord's divine nature – vs. 4D. Ungodliness Has Permeated Our Nation - Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.1. The sinful condition of professing Christians. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.2. God has given to us ALL things pertaining to godliness so why have these prophetic verses come true?a) Because of the Compromise of the pulpits. 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.b) Because of the worldliness of the people. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.c) Because these things have led to the decline of godly churches! Jeremiah 6:16-19 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. (17) Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. (18) Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them. (19) Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.E. Ungodliness Has Permeated Many Churches - 2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.F. Godliness Is Commanded - 1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;G. Godliness Is Possible - 2 Peter 1:3-4 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.1. God Has Given To Us A New Nature - 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (Biblical salvation always brings about a new nature with a godly direction implemented in our lives.)2. God Has Given To Us His Precious Holy Spirit - 1 John 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. (Our faithful Companion and Comforter leads us into righteousness as He reproves us of our sin. He is our “Stop Sign.” I do not mean this in a disrespectful way. He wants us to live a life of godliness and always leads in that direction. Do live a selfish, carnal life and blame the Holy Ghost for it!)Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.3. God Has Given To Us His Infallible Word In The English King James Bible - Psalms 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. (You do not need to study the Greek and Hebrew! You need to study English and spend your time in the Bible.)Psalms 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,4. God Has Given To Us Godly Examples To Follow - 1 Thessalonians 1:7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. (The Old Paths of godliness are well worn and plain to follow. Our spiritual forefathers had it right! The new “do as you please” religion of our day has it wrong.)1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,1 Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.h. WHAT IS TODAY'S PROBLEM? Why do professing Christians not live lives of godliness when all that they need has already been provided? Because their ‘LOVE FOR THE WORLD” IS GREATER THAN OUR LOVE OF GOD!1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (17) And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.1. They love what they want. “lust of the flesh”2. They love what they see. “lust of the eyes”3. They love who they are. “pride of life”HOW TO LIVE A GODLY LIFE1. Godliness Is The Result Of A Repentant Heart - 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.2. Godliness Is A Result Of Denying Worldly Lusts - Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.3. Godliness Is A Result Of A Heavenly Hope - Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.4. Godliness Is A Result Of Hard Work - 1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.1 Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.2 Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;5. Godliness Is A Result Of Contentment - 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.6. Godliness Is A Result Of The Fear Of The Lord - Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.Psalms 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-17-2017Matthew 1:18-25 (vs. 22-23)Introduction: A. What about the coming of the Messiah? The most prophesied event in the Bible is that of the birth of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. The first man was given this blessed hope in Genesis 3:15, four thousand years before His birth. 1. He was and is the Hope of mankind. The promised Savior!2. He was and is the Hope of Israel. The promised King!3. He was and is the Hope of the Church. The Promised Eternal Bridegroom!B. This year, I chose to let the entire congregation participate in our Christmas Cantata. What a wonderful choir you all make. I love to hear our congregation sing together, not in parts but in heart. Together we worship the Lord in song. Psalms 100:1-5 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. (2) Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. (3) Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (4) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (5) For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.C. I want to look at three aspects of the prophecy of Christ tonight. 1. The Person Of Christmas – Who came.2. The Performance Of Christmas – How He Came.3. The Praise Of Christmas – Why He came.1. The Person Of Christmas – HE WAS BORN THE RIGHT PERSON!a. God In Flesh - Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.b. The Sacrificial Lamb Of God - Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.c. The King of Israel - John 12:15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.Songs:#422 – Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne#423 – Joy To The World#432 – Angels From the Realms of Glory2. The Performance Of Christmas – HE WAS BORN IN THE RIGHT WAY!a. He was Born The Right Time - Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.b. He Was Born The Right Way - Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.c. He Was Born At The Right Place - Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.Songs:#434 – O Little Town Of Bethlehem#433 – Away In A Manger#431 – Silent Night3. The Praise Of Christmas – HE WAS BORN FOR THE RIGHT REASON! a. To Provide a Savior - Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.b. To Fulfill Scripture - Matthew 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,c. To Give Hope - Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.Songs:#429 – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing#420 – There's A Song In The Air#426 – I Heard the Bells on Christmas DayConclusion: Thank you, God our Father, for the great love that offered your Son.Thank you, God the Son, for dying for our sin, Faithful Lord and Saviour.Thank you, God the Spirit, for indwelling us, Faithful Companion and Comforter.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-17-2017Matthew 1:18-25; Genesis 3:15Introduction: A. Most of us, from our childhood, have known of the wonderful birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ—but it is a story that never grows old and holds for this preacher a wonder and beauty that never fades! B. The birth of Christ is the most documented event in the history of the world. It is even used to divide the calendar that most of the world recognizes.C. I want to look this morning at the purpose of His coming. In verse 21, the Bible says, “and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” 2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (The word “made” means “to do or to perform something that would not have been done otherwise.” This morning, our bed was made up. If we had not done so, it would have never been done so.)1. Christ was “made sin” for us. Without Christ sacrifice, salvation would have never come about.2. We were “made” the righteousness of God in Him. We had to be “made” righteous which is something that only the applied blood of Christ could do.D. I want to go back to the First Mention Principle of Bible interpretation: Genesis, chapter 3.1. The First Mention of Sin. Genesis 3:6-7 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it waspleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. (7) And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.2. The First Mention of a Seeking Saviour. Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.a) The First Mention of a Sacrifice for Sin. Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. (There could not have been many “lambs” in the Garden of Eden at this time so I could speculate that Adam and Eve knew the lamb! How painful to watch of one whom you love to die for you.)b) The First Mention of the Penalty (Death) for Sin. “Make coats of skins.” The wages of sin was and still is death.c) The First Mention of Propitiation. “Clothed them” – The innocent lamb died for the guilty sinner.d) The First Mention of Imputation. “The LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them” – Sinners covered by the innocence of another.The First Mention of Modesty. “Coats … clothed them” – Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne!3. The First Mention of the Prophecy Christ's First Advent. “Seed of the woman” The Purpose of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.a) Man Sinned.b) Christ Came.c) Christ Died.d. We that are born again live forever!1. What Is Sin? It has been said that there are 726 sins named in the Bible. I do not know personally because I have not taken the time to count them and would probably miss many of them in the process, so I will just take these theologians at their word. There are several rather large listings of sin such as: Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.a. Sin Defined:1) Strong's Exhaustive Concordance definition of “sin” is – to miss the mark! To violate God's law2) Webster's states that, “sin is any offence or fault. It is the breaking of a religious or moral law.3) The Greek dictionary defines sin as missing the mark; to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honor. The Greek also states sin is a violation of the divine law in thought or in act.4) What is the Bible definition?1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (A transgression means to over step, to cross over the line God has drawn, or to jump the fence. The Word of God (Law) is the fence referred to. Therefore, transgression is an act of rebellion against the known will of God.)1 John 5:17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. (Unrighteousness is wickedness, iniquity, inward crookedness, perversity, and stubbornly contrary to God's Word and Will.)Romans 14:23b For whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (If our actions are not those motivated by faith then it is sin. Open sin is probably not hindering revival as much as a lack of faith.)James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (If a person fails to practice what is good, his action or his lack of action is sin. This is generally called a sin of omission.)b. Generally, we classify sin in two ways :1) Sins of Commission – things that we do that are contrary to God's Word. God says not to do something and we do it anyway. (The over stepping of God's Law – a trespass.)2) Sins of Omission – things that we do not do that are contrary to God's Will. (God says to do something and we choose not to obey because of stubbornness.)The Biblical Purpose for Christmas: Jesus Came To Die For Sin!2. Who Has Sinned?a. The First Man Sinned - Romans 5:12a Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin;Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:b. All Have Sinned – Romans 5:12b and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (Both Jews And Gentiles)Romans 3:9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.c. The Sinless Became Sin! 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.The Biblical Purpose for Christmas: Jesus Came To Save Sinners!3. What Is The Consequence Of Sin? a. A Wasted Life - Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death;b. A Wasted Eternity - Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.The Biblical Purpose for Christmas: Jesus Came To Take Away The Penalty Of Sin!4. The Purpose Of The Incarnation Of Christ?a. Jesus Came To Die For Our Sin! JESUS – “Jehovah is salvation”John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.b. Jesus Came To Seek And To Save That Which Is Lost! “all have sinned”Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.c. Jesus Came To Give Eternal Life To All Who Believe! “whosoever believeth in Him”Romans 6:23b but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.Conclusion: The Biblical Purpose for Christmas: because of His great love for mankind, He came to die on Calvary for our sin!
Temple Baptist Church - 12-13-20172 Peter 1:3Introduction:A. I know that Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, but Thanksgiving is day by day, moment by moment, as we realize all that God has done for us and given to us. ALL things pertaining to our life and ALL things pertaining to our godliness.B. Tonight, I want to take a short look at how good God has been good to us in this life. I know that counting our blessings could make for a long night, so I have just put down a few of the areas of God's goodness in our daily life.C. How exceedingly great are the promises of God are when we stop to consider the nature of the benefits offered and bestowed! 1. God's power to provide is beyond our imagination. Our needs look very small in the light of our big God and His immense promises. 2. God's promises are precious because they cover every conceivable human need, for time and for eternity. Whatever your need may be God has a promise that exactly covers that need (Phil. 4:19).D. We believe the Bible and yet often remin fearful! During the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord spoke of our concerns and His ability.Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (32) (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. (33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.1. When we seek “all these things “first, then God does not provide.2. When we seek God first, He adds these things unto us.E. What do you really need tonight? God has promised to give them to you if you seek Him first.1. God provided us with salvation. How can we start without first mentioning our great salvation. God has made provision for our redemption through a finished work called the gospel. Hebrews 9:12, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Need salvation? God has provided it freely to all who come to Him by faith!2. God provided us with the promise of not only life but abundant life. John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” A life that is full; a life that is blessed! I often say that “I had rather be an old time Christian than anything that I know!3. God has made a perfect peace available in this present evil world. Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” As we learn to trust the Lord, we find that He who holds tomorrow holds us in His hand! Beloved, safety is of the Lord and everything will be alright!4. God gives fulness of joy to His children. 1 Peter 1:8, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:” A clear conscience still makes for a soft pillow!5. God has promised complete forgiveness of sin to those who confess their sinfulness. Jeremiah 31:34, “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.6. God has promised a sufficient grace for every trial that we will face. 2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.7. God has promised to meet all our daily needs in this life. Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-10-2017Romans 5:5Introduction:A. So many things happen when the believer comes to Christ by faith. Their life is never the same as they become new creatures in Christ Jesus. One of the greatest is the love of God, shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Ghost.B. There are two meanings found in the phrase “the love of God.”1. The love of God is the love that we have FOR God! 1 Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. (God's children love HIM!”)2. The love of God is what is loved BY God! C. Let us look at two words found in our text that show the love that God gives.1. “Shed.” To pour out or to gush out. This love is not a small love; it is a great love. John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (God's love is a great love and a giving love.)2. “Abroad.” “Across the board.” It is a love instilled in EVERY child of God because the Holy Ghost lives within us. 1 John 3:16-19 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (17) But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? (18) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (19) And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. (It is a consistent love found in all of God's childen.)D. God's love:1. Is a gift to His children. James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.2. Is a gift given to God's children in the person of the Holy Ghost in salvation. Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.3. Is the greatest of the three remaining gifts of 1 Corinthians 12-13. 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way…And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”E. Though the world can have love, the love of God is what separates the believer from the world. John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. (35) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.1. We love of God. A love that is reciprocal with God. 1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.2. We love of the brethren. A true birth into the family of God carries with it the love of the brethren. 1 John 4:20-21 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? (21) And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.3. We love of the church. Consistently throughout the New Testament, we find conversion and assembly with the church are inseparable truths. Acts 2:41-42 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (42) And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.4. We love of the Word of God. God's Word is the rejoicing of our hearts. Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.5. It is the love of the sinner. God loves sinners and so should we. 1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?F. The love of God is a gift the Lord gives to His children and is the “glue” that holds the local church together. Few “church splits” are for doctrinal reasons. They are love problems.1. True Christian love glorifies God instead of self - John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.2. True Christian love edifies the church - 1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.3. True Christian love evidences spiritual maturity - Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.4. True Christian love covers a multitude of sins - 1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.5. True Christian love prefers one another. Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.6. True Christian love is compassionate toward the unfortunate. 1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?7. True Christian love brings about the forgiveness of others - Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: (32) And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.8. True Christian love will help to bear the burdens of others - Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.9. True Christian love maintains the unity of purpose - Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.10. True Christian love will keep your feelings from being hurt - Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.WHAT IS BROTHERLY LOVE?It's SILENCE when your words would hurt,It's PATIENCE when you brother is curt,It's DEAFNESS when some gossip flows,It's COMPASSION for a brother's woes,It's COURAGE when misfortune falls,It's FIRMNESS when one's duty calls,It's WILLINGNESS to help another,It's TRUSTING and especially a brother,It's RESTITUTION made when due,It's FORGIVING when asked of you.~Author unknown
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Temple Baptist Church - 11-5-2017Romans 5:1-5Introduction: A. Justification is the change in the sinner's state, from guilt and separation from God to salvation and peace with God! No matter who you are, no matter what you have done, salvation is available through Christ's sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection.B. Justification should also bring the peace of God. Get your salvation settled! You must place your trust in the finished work of the gospel.1. Man is condemned by his sin. Chapters 1-3 “for all have sinned”Romans 3:10-12 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (11) There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. (12) They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.2. Man is saved by grace through faith alone. Romans 4:3-5 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (4) Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. (5) But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.3. Man is justified by imputation. Chapter 4:22-25 “imputed” Romans 4:22-25 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. (23) Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; (24) But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; (25) Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.4. Salvation and Imputation bring about Justification!C. Why keep repeating these things? Because we often tend to believe that we are saved if we feel that we are being good and fail to realize that we are saved by what God did and not what we are doing.D. Justification Defined – to declare righteous (just as if I had never sinned)Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,E. The Results of Justification – 5:1-51. Justification Brings Peace – vs 1 There was a time when we were enemies; but now in Christ we have peace with God. Peace with God means that our problem with sin has been settled by the blood of Christ.2. Justification Brings Access – vs 2 Before our salvation, we stood "in Adam" and were condemned; but now in Christ, we have a perfect standing before God and can enter into His presence.3. Justification Brings Rejoicing – vs 2 The unsaved person is "without hope." We cannot boast in good works that could never bring salvation, but we can boast in the wonderful salvation God has given us freely in Christ.4. Justification Brings Hope – vs 2 Not a false or baseless “I hope so.” But a blessed hope.5. Justification Brings Growth – vs 3-4 Growth through studying the Bible and victory over the tribulation.6. Justification Brings Love – vs 5 One of the outward signs of salvation is love. The fruit of the Spirit begins with love, joy, then peace. a. A Love For The Saviour b. A Love For The Sinner c. A Love For The Saint d. A Love For The Scripture e. A Love For The Sanctuary
Temple Baptist Church - 11-5-2017Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-10Introduction:A. I will not be-labor the series on “Walking Away From God” because there are so many things that keep God's children from walking with Him. I do want to reiterate that, if you are not walking toward God, you are walking away from God. “There is no benign state of neutrality with God.” But I do want to touch on two more important subjects.B. To set up this message, I need to go back to the First Mention Principle of Bible interpretation so, you guessed it, the Book of Genesis. This Book of Beginnings is so rich that we could preach here for years. It is in the Garden of Eden that we find the first man and woman who walked away from God in shame.C. Adam and Eve lived in an almost perfect environment in the Garden of Eden. 1. I use the word “almost” because there was: 1) A commandant to be broken 2) A devil to tempt. I leave “God's toys” to God. 2. The question is often asked, “Why did God allow these two things to enter the Garden?” I believe that the answer is simple: 1) because God wanted to do so 2) because God wanted man to want and to love Him; not to be “robots” with no will.D. In our text, we find:1. The First Man. Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Man was created in innocence and purity. How long that state lasted, we do not know. Knowing mankind, not for long.)2. The First Command. The command was both direct and simple. Genesis 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: (17) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Adam and Eve could enjoy everything in the Garden except for the fruit of one tree.1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. (Sound simple enough?)3. The First Temptation. The first temptation was both fleshly and satanic. Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (Why and how often did Eve stand and look at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.) James 1:14-16 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (15) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (16) Do not err, my beloved brethren.4. The First Lie. Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.5. The First Sin. Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. (Innocence lost! Now they knew both good and evil for the first time.)Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.6. The First Shame. To the child of God, sinfulness brings shame. Genesis 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.Romans 6:21-23 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. (22) But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. (23) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.7. The First Restoration. Genesis 3:9-12 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? (God initiated it when He called Adam and Adam was restored when he answered the call.)8. When we sin, we often hide in sin instead of running to God for forgiveness. a. God wants us reconciled and calls but we MUST answer that call. Too many have a tough time forgiving themselves and remain hidden in their shame never to be used again when reconciliation is available. b. Yes, there is often a recompense for sin but restoration, peace, and usefulness will follow.Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, (14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.c. We must learn to confess and forsake our sin and put it behind us.

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