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“Give Me This Mountain” I find Caleb to be one of the most inspiring personalities in the Old Testament. At eighty-five years old, he had not relinquished the spirit that had motivated him when he was forty. He still believed that through the help and power of God great things could be accomplished. Mountains could be possessed!And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the LORD my God. And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.—Joshua 14:9–12A study of the life of Caleb will yield four lessons that are important for us to consider today.1. He Was Not Defeated or Discouraged by What Others Thought of HimI enjoy considering the meaning of names as I study; at times, especially in the Old Testament, they can reveal something to us about the person. The name Caleb does not reveal the character of this man, but may be an insight into some of the obstacles he faced. Caleb literally means “dog.” One scholar says it means “raging with canine madness.” In our vernacular, I think we would say Caleb was a “pit bull.” The truth is that though Caleb was of the tribe of Judah, he was from a clan in Judah that had a lower culture and a poor reputation.Notice his father was Jephunneh the Kenezite. This was a wild clan that lived as much amongst the Edomites as the Hebrews. They were not a well-thought-of group. My point is simply this: Caleb was not probably the best educated, nor was he the most cultured man, nor did he come from the royal folk; but he did have a heart for God. He was not going to let his education, his culture, or his family history stop him from being all he could be for God. He became a “pit bull” for God. No giant, no negative Hebrew could stop his zeal for serving the Lord.2. He Refused to Be Influenced by the Negative MajorityAnd Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.—Numbers 13:30When ten of the twelve spies brought an evil, negative report, Caleb spoke in opposition to them and in favor of entering and conquering Canaan. How easy it would have been for him to just blend in. He could have let those articulate ten princes have their say and just nod in agreement.Why should he choose to go against such an influential crowd? Because the crowd was wrong! Caleb was not going to remain silent while the majority was doubting and disobeying God. Thank God that Caleb was willing to take a stand for what was right even when that stand was unpopular.3. He Remained Steadfast throughout His LifetimeCaleb said the Lord had kept him alive for forty-five years from that fateful day when the majority ruled. For forty-five years, Caleb had wandered in the wilderness through no fault of his own. He suffered the same hardships and trials as those who had disobeyed God. Yet, his zeal to serve the Lord had not waned.Our generation needs to learn the steadfastness of Caleb. I am told that the average time a person is passionate to serve God in our churches is three years. May God help us to have the spirit of Caleb to passionately serve Him all the days of our lives.Dr. John Rawlings played such a vital role in leading me to Christ and in encouraging me as a young pastor. He was a man who possessed an unflagging spirit. I will never forget as I visited with him when he was ninety-six years old, and he showed me his ten-year ministry plan. When he went to Heaven at ninety-nine years old, he was still planning and serving. God help us to be committed to serve until our last day! Age may require changes in the work of our ministry, but it never supplies a reason to quit serving.4. He Did Not Let Obstacles Keep Him from the Fight and, Ultimately, the VictoryJoshua 15:13–19 tells how Caleb organized his family to fight the enemy and take the mountain, the walled city, and overcome the giants. Everything in life that is worth accomplishing has obstacles. But knowing God's will allows obstacles to become opportunities for Him to work through us.One of the greatest soulwinners I have ever known was a man named Carlos Demarest. He led thousands to the Lord and encouraged so many Christians to be better witnesses. He was stricken with ALS, and the last stages left him unable to speak and greatly restricted in movement. In his last days of life, he felt led of the Lord to get the phone book of Mexico City, Mexico, and put a letter explaining the gospel and a gospel tract in an envelope and mail it to every listing. Many churches gave to that project; and in his last days, I went to Cincinnati and sat at the table with him and worked with him as he labored, trying to get the letters and tracts into the envelopes.Though he could not speak, he wrote in an almost illegible note, “Pray, Mike, maybe these folks will get saved!” No obstacle could keep him from serving. I have no doubt that in Heaven we will meet people who got envelopes in the mail and met the Saviour because of a severely handicapped man's untiring efforts to “take that mountain.”May God give us the spirit of Caleb. There is still so much to be done and more mountains to conquer!
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Temple Baptist Church - 3-24-2019Psalm 23Introduction:A. 32 years ago, I stepped into this pulpit for the first time and taught Sunday School and preached the morning service. I remember it like it was yesterday and still remember what I taught and preached. Both Sunday School and Sunday morning preaching were out of the 23rd Psalm.B. I thought it fitting this morning to use that same text. I thank God that, though the message may vary, the text has not! It is still King James Bible.C. Psalms 22-24 all show a different picture of salvation that make us a perfect one. Three different works of Christ that take us from the moment of salvation to the moment that we are eternally home with Christ. A Trilogy is a finished product in three parts while a sequel is a story that continues to expand. Psalm 22-24 is a finished product!D. I thank God that, thought the message may vary, both the Bible and our great Salvation do not.E. Psalm 23 is one of the most quoted, memorized, and preached from of all Psalms. King David, a man after God's own heart, wrote these under the inspiration of these Holy Ghost while still just a young man. It never fails to thrill the heart of this preacher.F. Psalm 23 is “nestled” between Psalm 22 and Psalm 24. Their order is perfect.1. Psalm 22 is The Cross of the Saviour. Psalm 22 portrays Christ on the cross and then gloriously resurrected. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow; because He lives, all fear is gone! I am glad that I am saved; I am glad that I am secure; I am glad that I am sanctified; I am glad that I am His and He is mine!2. Psalm 23 is The Care of the Shepherd. Psalm 23 (between our salvation and heaven) portrays Christ as our Shepherd. It is in this little Psalm that we find His watching over us and caring for us! Only eternity will reveal to us all that Christ does for us and is for us in this life. Christ, who is our life!3. Psalm 24 is the Coming of the King. Psalm 24 portrays Christ as our soon coming King. Our blessed hope is the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ! When He comes, all trials and troubles will be over.G. Psalm 23 is a wonderful Psalm because it portrays:1. A Perfect Shepherd – vs. 1 “my shepherd.” I neither want nor need another! I would not trade the Lord for anything in this world. A wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord! I became a sheep over 32 years ago and He has been a great Shepherd to me.2. A Perfect Satisfaction – vs. 1 “I shall not want.” All I have needed Thy hand hath provided! He has truly supplied “all your need.”3. A Perfect Rest – vs. 2 “Maketh me to lie down.” Notice He does not “allow” or “let” us lie down. He “maketh me!” God can make you rest. He can put you in a position where you have not choice.4. A Perfect Nourishment – vs. 2 “in green pastures.” Proverbs 30:8 “Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.” I have not had too little nor have I had too much. I can honestly say that I have had enough!5. A Perfect Guidance – vs. 2 “He leadeth me.” “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me!” The Lord saved me in 1976 by leading me to the right church to hear the right message at the right time! He saved my wife in 1982. He called me to preach in 1983. He sent me to the right school and to the right church! All the way my Saviour leads me!6. A Perfect Peace – vs. 2 “still waters.” Sheep do not like to drink from rippling water. God has given to me songs in the night when my heart was so burdened that I could no longer carry the load. The peace of John 14:27 that He does not take back. The perfect peace of Isaiah 26:3 when my mind was stayed upon Him.7. A Perfect Restoration – vs. 3 “He restoreth my soul.” There have been so many times when my soul was sinful, disquieted, or distressed and He restored it. Peter, “when thou are converted, strengthen the brethren.” We may get out of God's will but He will not leave us there!8. A Perfect Walk – vs. vs. 3 “the paths of righteousness.” The Lord has never led me into a wrong path of sinfulness. His Word and His Spirit have kept me from all evil. When I strayed, it was because I got off of His path, not that He led me wrong.9. A Perfect Confidence – vs. 4 “fear no evil.” We sing the song that says, “If Jesus goes with I'll go, anywhere. It is Heaven to me, where ere I may be, if He is there.” I have and am finding out that He can be trusted. I know whom I have believed!10. A Perfect Companionship – vs. 4 “thou are with me.” It doesn't get any better than that! He will never leave nor forsake the child of God! When you go through the rivers or the fires of this life, He is there!11. A Perfect Discipline – vs. 4 “thy rod.” One of the greatest and sweetest parts of being a son of God is the loving chastisement that God exercises. It is always done right and for my good. It brings about Glory to God.12. A Perfect Support – vs. 4 “thy staff.” A walking stick. I have found Christ one on which I can lean when my feet get weary and my burden heavy. Song of Solomon 8:5a “Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?”13. A Perfect Consolation – vs. 4 “they comfort me.” How wonderful is the comfort of God that is there when all others fail. “Nevertheless, the Lord stood with me!” When your heart breaks, He is there. When everything goes “south,” He is there. He is truly a friend that is closer than a brother.14. A Perfect Fellowship – vs. 5 “Thou prepares a table before me.” What can I say? Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer! He walks with me and talks with me! What a sweetness to know that you are right with the Lord and walk with Him. That is where He wants us.15. A Perfect Triumph – vs. 5 “in the presence of mine enemies.” Isaiah 59:19 “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” The Lord and I make a majority! Greater is He that is in you! If God be for us, who can be against us!16. A Perfect Strength – vs. 5 “anointest my head with oil.” The oil of gladness and the Spirit of grace. I have made it and will make it. He approves of me because I am His, bought and paid for. One day, I will have finished my course! May the Lord help me to keep the faith! I can do all things through Christ which strengetheneth me!17. A Perfect Joy – vs. 6 “my cup runneth over.” When your cup runs over, the saucer gets the blessing! The Lord has been so good to me that I must praise Him. Weeping may endure for a night but keep your eyes upon Him for joy cometh in the morning.18. A Perfect Promise – vs. 6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” What a promise. All this and Heaven too! When it is all over, we will all say, “The Lord has been so good to me!” Life has been rough in some places, but it has been good.19. A Perfect Habitation – vs. 6 “I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” This life is so short and is as nothing compared to the life to come. What a wonderful prospect!20. Thus we find A Perfect Care – vs, 1 – “The Lord is my Shepherd, I SHALL NOT WANT!”
Temple Baptist Church - 2-24-2019Song of Solomon 1:1Introduction: A. Much has been said in the Bible concerning the “kiss.” The word “Kiss” in one form or another is found - 46x in the Bible.1. These instances portray both the proper and improper use of the kiss. 2. In some of the instances of a Bible “kiss,” our hug or handshake becomes the equivalent. It is still a custom in the middle east for men to either touch cheek to cheek or to even give a brief kiss to the cheek of another.B. The kiss is a very important element of the love relationship! It is not only a wonderful experience for the young married couple, but it is also something for the old as well.C. Often, Israel will meet with one of the Palestinian groups and exchange handshakes and I normally wonder what is behind the greeting. D. I want to look at the “kiss” for a few minutes this morning.1. The Kiss of Deceit - Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.Luke 22:47-48 And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. 48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?2. The Kiss of Forgiveness - Genesis 33:4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.3. The Kiss of Separation - Genesis 48:10, 50:1 Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them…And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.Acts 20:37 And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him, 4. The Kiss of Reuniting - Exodus 4:27 And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him. (Family reunions were times of great kissing in the days of my youth. You had to “run the gauntlet” when you arrived.)5. The Kiss of Respect - 1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance? (The recognition and respect of a person of position. We are to respect those in authority, not speak evil of them. 6. The Kiss of Friendship - 1 Samuel 20:41 And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded. 7. The Kiss of Reconciliation - Psalms 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (I call this one the “makeup kiss.” The best part of arguing is making up!)Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.8. The Kiss of Gratitude - Luke 7:38, 45 And stood at his feet behind himweeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.9. The Kiss of Brotherly Love - 1 Corinthians 16:20 All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.1 Peter 5:14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen. 10. The Lover's Kiss, found in verse 1. The kiss of love; the kiss of intimacy; the kiss of onenessa. The world has perverted the kiss. The kiss has become something to be given casually or carelessly.b. Someone once said, “A kiss is the baby's right, the lover's privilege, and the hypocrite's mask.” Thus we find both the proper use of the kiss as well as the worldly perversion of the same.c. Another said it this way: “A kiss is two divided by none!”d. A beautiful type here in the Song of Solomon of the love shared between Christ and His Church.
In the 1820s frontier wilderness, survival is a bear.mpaa rating:R (For strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity.)Genre:Drama, WesternDirected By: Alejandro G. IñárrituRun Time: 2 hours 36 minutes Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will PoulterTheatre Release:January 08, 2016 by Twentieth Century Fox Film CorporationOne of the memorable (and most talked about) scenes in The Revenant is an epic fight between Leonardo DiCaprio and a grizzly bear. The bloody brawl occurs early in the film and is the plot’s inciting incident. Gravely injured by the bear, 1820s frontiersman Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is left for dead by his fellow hunters/fur-traders and must survive in the wilderness in the dead of winter.As if it wasn’t already hard enough to survive the Pawnee tomahawks and arrows, subzero temperatures, blizzards, dehydration, and treacherous men within his own group (most notably Tom Hardy’s villainous character Fitzgerald), Glass must do it all having been maimed, mauled, and flayed by a bear.But the death match with the bear is also thematically significant, as it sets up the film’s existential grappling with the meaning of humankind as unique (or not) among the creatures of the earth. What makes a man different from a bear? In their brutal fight, Glass and grizzly are evenly matched. Their fight is mirrored later in the film by a human-on-human blood bout that is no less savage and similarly choreographed.Throughout the film, as he survives alone in the wilderness, Glass is purposely made to look and act like a bear. He wraps himself in bear fur as a coat and crawls along the ground. He grabs fish directly from a mountain river and takes bites out of them. He devours flesh directly from the carcass of a buffalo. His most elemental instinct is to protect his young.Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, fresh off an Academy Award for a film where a man has fantasies of being bird-like (Birdman), this time explores a story that may as well be called Bearman. (Read our exclusive interview ...Continue reading...
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