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Image result for charles spurgeonYour weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The following excerpt is from the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, volume 38, sermon number 2,281, "Our Lord in the valley of humiliation.""The lower he stoops to save us, the higher we ought to lift him in our adoring reverence."Did Christ humble himself? Come, brothers and sisters, let us practise the same holy art. Have I not heard of some saying, “I have been insulted; I am not treated with proper respect. I go in and out, and I am not noticed. I have done eminent service, and there is not a paragraph in the newspaper about me.” Oh, dear friend, your Master humbled himself, and it seems to me that you are trying to exalt yourself! Truly, you are on the wrong track. If Christ went down, down, down, it ill becomes us to be always seeking to go up, up, up. Wait till God exalts you, which he will do in his own good time. Meanwhile, it behoves you, while you are here, to humble yourself. If you are already in a humble position, should you not be contented with it; for he humbled himself? If you are now in a place where you are not noticed, where thereis little thought of you, be quite satisfied with it.Jesus came just where you are; you may well stop where you are; where God has put you. Jesus had to bring himself down, and to make an effort to come down to where you are. Is not the Valley of Humiliation one of the sweetest spots in all the world? Does not the great geographer of the heavenly country, John Bunyan, tell us that the Valley of Humiliation is as fruitful a place as any the crow flies over, and that our Lord formerly had his country house there, and that he loved to walk those meadows, for he found the air was pleasant? Stop there, brother. “I should like to be known.” says one. “I should like to have my name before the public.” Well, if you ever had that lot, if you felt as I do, you would pray to be unknown, and to let your name drop out of notice; for there is no pleasure in it. The only happy way seems to me, if God would only let us choose, is to be known to nobody, but just to glide through this world as pilgrims and strangers, to the land where our true kindred dwell, and to be known there as having been followers of the Lord.
Jelani Greenidge, pastor, Portland, Oregon; source: Melanie Palmer, “Shocking trend sweeping social media, experts say it can be dangerous to mental health,” Valley News Live (1-02-19)
Yes, Isaiah has been preaching against nation after nation. And now, finally, the Word of the Lord turns “homeward,” to the people of Judah and Jerusalem! For some reason he calls this Sermon “The burden of the valley of vision.” (Isaiah 22:1a) Maybe God gave him this sad Message one day as he meditated in […]
Temple Baptist Church - 1-13-2019Romans 11:11-24Introduction: A. Verse 11 – The Nation of Israel rejected Christ and the Gospel was then preached to the Gentiles. As the Nation of Israel slumbers, the Church of the Living God grows.B. The diminishing of the Jews became the riches of the Gentiles. We are saved tonight because of the graciousness of God.C. Verse 11 – the rise of the Church stimulated jealousy in Israel. D. Verse 14 – “Emulation” – to excite or stimulate to rivalry. Through the mercy and wisdom of God, the diminishing spiritually of Israel has been a blessing to the world.1. The Establishment of the Church, the body of Christ. Verse 11 – “through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles.”2. The Enrichment of the world. Verse 12 – “the riches of the Gentiles.” We have prospered because of the dispersion of the Jew. Look at the science that they have brought to us; look at the riches they have brought to us.3. The Establishment of the Nation of Israel. Verse 11 – “for to provoke them to jealousy.” Jealousy will show someone where their true love lies and bring them back to where they belong. Jews are now returning to the Promised Land through the help of the Gentile nationsE. Verse 15 – National Regeneration of Israel. “what shall the receiving of them be.” Ezekiel, chapter 37, “The Valley of the Dry Bones.”F. Verse 16 – National Re-consecration. “For if the firstfruit be holy, the lumpis also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.” Israel will once again turn to God in true holiness, not outward Phariseeism. G. Verses 16, 32 – National Reconstruction. “for God is able to graff them in again.” Israel is one of the most powerful nations on earth.1. Most people only see one side of God. a. Some only see His goodness. (normally these are liberal thinkers) 1) All will be in Heaven one day. 2) There is no literal burning Hell. b. Some only see His severity. (normally these are pharisaical thinkers)1) They do not understand God's love. 2) They do not understand God's grace. 3) They do not understand God's longsuffering.2. An individual needs a proper perspective of God.a. God is good - 1 Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.1) God Is Good Because Of His Mercy (Mercy is not getting what you deserve) - Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.2) God Is Good Because Of His Love - Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.3) God Is Good Because Of His Grace (Grace is getting what you do not deserve) - Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:4) God Is Good Because Of His Longsuffering - Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.2 Peter 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;b. God is severe - Hebrews 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.1) The Flood - Genesis 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.2) Sodom and Gomorrah - Genesis 19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;3) Nadab and Abihu - Leviticus 10:1-2 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.4) Korah - Numbers 16:31-34 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that [appertained] unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.5) Mt. Ebal and Mr. Gerizim - Deuteronomy 11:26-27 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:6) Ananias and Sapphira - Acts 5:5, 10 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.7) The list could go on – 1 Corinthians 10:6-12 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.1. God Is Good To The Nation That Fears Him.Psalms 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.Psalms 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD. God Is Severe To The Nation That Rejects Him.Psalms 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.Deuteronomy 29:28 And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.2. God Is Good To The Saint That Fears Him.Psalms 34:7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.Psalms 111:5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.Psalms 147:11 The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. God Is Severe To The Saint That Refuses To Serve Him.Hebrews 10:26-31 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.1 Corinthians 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.3. God Is Good To The Sinner That Accepts His Salvation.John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.Psalms 40:2-3 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. God Is Severe To The Sinner That Rejects His Salvation.Revelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:Proverbs 1:24-29 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:Romans 2:9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
Temple Baptist Church - 11-4-2018Psalm 103:1-5Introduction:A. As Thanksgiving approaches this year, I thought it good to reflect upon the goodness of God to His children. 1. Psalm 103 is one of the more notable Psalms dealing with thanksgiving. It begins with the blessed blessing God. Acts 20:35 … remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. 2. Verse 1 is a reflection upon what the Lord has done for those who know Him.B. We live in an ever-changing world. 1. As Barbara and I were walking into Walmart Thursday, the morning after Halloween, the first thing that we noticed was that a Christmas Tree had been set up in front of the doors. 2. The last time that I thought about it, Thanksgiving Day was next. On Walmart's agenda but, this year, the change was evident. 3. Christmas, the commercial one, was next. Thanksgiving Day is now just a family day with little profit for Walmart.4. I understand that Walmart is a commercial store, not a spiritual one and their main goal is profit so I am not being hard on the Walmart stores.5. But their openness with the “beginning of the holiday season” reflects the heart of the nation. Instead of Merry Christmas, it will be Happy Holidays.C. I know that this may seem trivial to many, but Thanksgiving Day, in the traditional sense, had its beginning as a day of thanksgiving to our wonderful Creator for His many blessing upon us.D. But the world in general no longer wants God. E. Across our country there is a spirit of ingratitude. 1. Today, we hear the word “entitlement” instead of the words “Thank you.” 2. So many people believe that the government, society, or someone else owes them a living and what they receive is never enough. Their only concern is for self! 3. This attitude breeds a lack of thankfulness. Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.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.F. As we approach everyday (not just Thanksgiving Day), as the children of God, let each of us remember to give thanks. The Bible says much about thanksgiving: Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 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.Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.Psalms 95:1-3 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.G. We need to thank God publicly. We are here to do so this morning. Psalms 35:18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.H. But, more importantly, we need to thank god privately. Our personal devotion is who and what we are! Psalms 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.I. David is the author of the Psalm through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost as all Scripture is given by inspiration of God. Holy men of old spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. David's life was characterized by ups and downs. His life was full to good times and bad times. His life was noted for its successes and failures.J. Some of things that can certainly be noted concerning David's relationship with the Lord were:1. David loved the Lord! The 23rd Psalm is a reflection of David's love for and trust in the Lord. “The Lord is my Shepherd!”2. David desired to live his best for the Lord! He is the only man in the Bible described as a man after God's own heart.a) Abraham was called the “Friend Of God”b) Moses was called the “Servant Of The Lord!”c) John The Baptist was called the “Greatest Prophet Born Of Woman!”d) David was called a “Man After Gods Own Heart!” K. Here, we find the “blessed” blessing the One who blesses! Through all of the trials and tribulations that David experienced in his life, he knew that he was blessed and thanked the Lord for it. Several things stick out to me in the first two verses.1. The Resolve of Thanksgiving. “Bless the LORD” is a command given to self. Gratitude is not a natural thing in the flesh. a. Sometimes we take the blessings of the LORD for granted. b. Sometimes we believe that we deserve the blessings of the LORD. c. Sometimes we credit fate or luck for the things that the LORD has provided for us.2. The Desire of Thanksgiving. “O my soul” a. When in the hard times of life, it is easy to fail to see the good things of life because we are shrouded with the evil things. All of us have had or are having hard times and, though it is in the valleys that we grow, it is easy allow our disappointments, discouragements, etc. to take our eyes off of the LORD. b. God was good to David in his youth. David spent his youth in obscurity watching over his father's sheep. b. God was good to David in his manhood. In his young manhood, he was anointed King of Israel but never got to sit on a throne. In the meantime, he spent most of his time hiding from King Saul. His life was one of battles and, yet, he knew that he was blessed of God. c. God was good to David in his failures as well as his victories.3. The Depth of Thanksgiving. “all that is within me” a. What a blessing it is to praise the LORD with all our hearts for His goodness and mercy. So many times we say thanks without actually being thankful. A good example of this is blessing our food. We go through the right ritual and say the right words but often pay little attention to the wonderful food that God has provided for us while multitudes are starving. b. We mention being blessed of God but move through life in a thankless manner without taking time to look around and “smell the roses.” In the midst of problems, we have so much to be thankful for.4. The Reminder of Thanksgiving. “bless his holy name” a. Our thanksgiving is to the Giver of life. The Bible says that He has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness. He is our Creator who loves us and thinks upon us. b. We live in the greatest nation on earth; we eat more than we need; we share the comforts of good homes, the conveniences of transportation, and the ease of royalty. I love to hear the song “God bless America!”5. The Possibility of Thanksgiving. “forget not all his benefits” a. Being saved is so much more than just going to heaven. It is a blessing filled life here on earth and then heaven. It is easy in this rat-race world to get caught up in the busyness of things and not taking time to simply say, “Thank you, LORD, for your blessings upon one as underserving as me.” b. We have good health in the midst of so much sickness and suffering around us.c. We have our church family! What a blessing and privilege it is to come and just see our brothers and sisters in Christ. To come out of the world for a few minutes and experience the peace that only God can give.d. We have the Holy Spirit living within; we have the Word of God in our hand; we have the church when we are down and out. We are blessed! Let us bless the LORD for He has certainly blessed us.
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