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For many people, 2022 began with a lot of promise. But recent developments have once again reminded us of the consequences of living in a fallen world. Over the past few weeks, headlines have been dominated by ghastly war crimes committed against the Ukrainian people. We’ve also learned about five fully formed babies who may have been the victims of illegal partial-birth abortions or infanticide in our nation’s capital, and rising prices for gas and other consumer goods are forcing families to make difficult decisions. A divisive U.S. Supreme Court confirmation seems to have only exacerbated partisan political tensions.In short, the religious, political, and cultural fault lines that divide Americans have resurfaced, and pessimism and anxiety are once again clouding the optimism that many of us felt earlier in the year.On some level, the disillusionment many are feeling today is not unlike how Jesus’ followers must have felt on the first Good Friday. Less than a week after His triumphant arrival into Jerusalem, Jesus is now gasping for breath on a Roman cross while His friends look on helplessly and His enemies gloat. The hope and triumph of Palm Sunday is a distant memory.Of course, those familiar with the Bible’s storyline know that Friday is not the end of the story. Easter is on the horizon. But Jesus’ resurrection is only glorious because of His obedience and faithfulness in death. Thus, it is appropriate on Good Friday to dwell for a while on the horror and sorrow of the crucifixion as we await Resurrection Sunday.Jesus’ Final HoursAccording to the New Testament, Jesus’ final week began with His euphoric entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Over the ensuing days, Jesus ministered to crowds of Jewish pilgrims, outmaneuvered religious leaders seeking to embarrass and ensnare Him, and prepared the disciples for the end of His earthly mission. By Thursday evening, Judas’ treasonous plan was in motion. Following the Passover meal with his disciples, Jesus enters the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. In the shadows of the olive trees, Jesus prays earnestly and prepares to face God’s wrath against humanity’s sin (Luke 22:41-44).After praying in the garden, Jesus is arrested, the disciples flee, and He is taken before the Sanhedrin. After a hastily arranged mock trial held in the middle of the night, Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of the region. After an initial interrogation, Pilate has Jesus flogged, assuming this punishment would appease Jesus’ opponents. But the crowd, incited by their jealous leaders, demands Jesus’ crucifixion. Reluctantly, Pilate consents, fearful of the frenzied crowd’s growing unrest.Forced to carry His own cross, Jesus arrives at Golgotha, a public place outside the city. There, He is crucified between two criminals, fulfilling an Old Testament prophecy that predicted God’s Messiah would be “numbered with the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12). For about six hours, Jesus hangs on the cross, His bloodied body in view of everyone passing by, including jeering soldiers and Jewish religious leaders. At last, around three o’clock in the afternoon, the Son of God breathes His last and dies (Luke 23:46). Jesus’ body is given to Joseph of Arimathea, who quickly buries Jesus in a nearby tomb.
One evening, Jesus and his disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee in a boat. A “great windstorm arose,” so that the boat was filling with water. Then Jesus “rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!'” And the Bible says, “The wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:37-39). Your storm may be the escalating crisis in Ukraine or something closer to home. But know this: Jesus is in your boat. He is experiencing everything you're experiencing. Because you're in his hand, nothing can come to you without coming first through him (John 10:28-29). The key is to trust our storm to our Savior, every time.
 Temple Baptist Church - 1-26-2022James 4:13-17 Introduction.  A. The passage that I read this evening deals with the subjects of our future and death. I may break this message up into 2 or 3 parts as it is something that we will all face if our Lord has not come back soon. B. If the Lord does not come soon, we that are older will face the last enemy: death! An enemy already conquered by our Lord Jesus Christ. Turn with me to 1 Corinthians, chapter 15: the resurrection chapter. 1 Corinthians 15:19-27 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. (20) But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. (21) For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. (22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (23) But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. (24) Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. (25) For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. (26) The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (27) For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. C. Death is simply the cessation of life as we know it here on earth. A place of appointment; a place of destiny. D. The Brevity of Life. 1. King David is a great example of the brevity of life. Though the Bible does not give David's age at death, we do know that he lived a long, full life here on earth. Psalm 37 was a Psalm of David and, in the later part of the Psalm, David reflects back over his life and the brevity of it. Psalms 37:23-26 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. (24) Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. (25) I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. (26) He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. 2. King David had a purpose for living and an appointment with death when his work on earth was done. 1 Samuel 17:26,29 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? … And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? (King David had a purpose for living and an appointment with death.) 2 Samuel 23:1 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, (Never more on this earth would we hear from the King of Israel, David the Beloved.) 3. Job's take on Life. No age is given but, through the Scripture, we know that Job lived a long life. The Book of Job is said to be the oldest book in the Bible so we know that his generation possibly lived for hundreds of years. He lost his first children but God gave to him 7 more along with 3 more generations of grandchildren. He lived 140 years more after Job, chapter 1. Though long in the sight of man, Job's life was swift and short. Job 42:16-17 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations. (17) So Job died, being old and full of days. a) Swift Days - Job 7:6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope. (I was once young and now I am getting old. My generation is swiftly passing off the scene.) b) Few Days - Job 14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. (As the days pass so quickly, I realize more than ever the brevity of life.) c) Troublesome Days. Job had to endure much hardship in the early years of his life. 4. Jacob's take on Life. According to the Bible, Jacob lived to be 147 years old. Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage. Psalms 39:5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. 5. What is your life? It is short at best and shorter at worst! The Bible says threescore and ten or fourscore by reason of strength. Some live longer than 80, but on the other side of the coin, some do not live until they are 70. This is what James says: do not worry about tomorrow because for you and me, tomorrow may never come. Psalms 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. (As we now place flowers on the graves of our loved ones, someone soon will place flowers on ours. Tracy!) 6. The Surety Of Death. a) We Will Die - Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (My day is coming and so is yours. I have watched as many have died and each time have wondered what it is like to know death.) b) Our Bodies Will Decay - Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. (These old fleshly bodies wear out; these fleshly bodies will go back to the dust from whence they came. No physician or mortician can stop the process.) c) We Will Not Return - 2 Samuel 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him. (Pay no attention to the “Out of the body experiences.” When you die, it is like water spilt upon the ground.) Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
Setting SMART Goals Do your new year's goals ever feel repetitious? Do you find yourself making the same goals year after year with little progress?It may be that the weakness isn't so much with your resolve as it is with your plan.Determine Daily Routines There is a significant reason many people fail to make progress on their goals: they don't have daily routines that support their efforts.Life is a gift from God, and it comes to us, not in years but in days. It is the days that count.Moses, contemplating the brevity of life, prayed, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).One author said, “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret to success is found in daily routines.”I believe those daily routines should start each morning with the one main thing—spending time with God in Bible reading and prayer. Do you have daily routines that support this practice?Do you have daily routines that support the other goals you are working to accomplish?Taking some time to thoughtfully set daily routines for your morning and evening can be one of the best first steps toward reaching your annual goals.Set SMART GoalsNot all goals are created equal. Some goals are so vague or unattainable as to be defeating before you even begin.A common acronym for writing out good goals uses the word SMART:SpecificMeasurableAchievableRelevantTime-basedThese five words should all be present in any type of goal you set—personal, family, ministry, or anything else. Here are some brief thoughts on each of them:Specific—Goals shouldn't be vague, or you will never know when you have reached them. For instance, “Pray more” isn't nearly as helpful a goal as “Create a written prayer list, and pray for fifteen minutes daily.”Also, I encourage you to write out your goals. Some studies show that written goals increase the probability of success by as much as 42 percent. Don't just think generally about what you hope to do, but write down a specific habit you are forming or goal you are planning to accomplish.This step is also a good place to consider why you are pursuing this particular goal. The momentum you feel at the beginning of January isn't enough to carry you through the entire year. You need to keep your goal connected to your purpose.How does this goal fit your God-given life roles?In what ways will God be glorified by you fulfilling this goal? In what ways will you or your family be strengthened or encouraged?How will fulfilling this goal increase your effectiveness or fruitfulness for Christ?There is a reason you are considering the goal you are setting. What is that reason? Why do you want to reach it? If you can't answer these questions now, you'll struggle to push through the obstacles that arise during the year.We lose our way when we lose our why. And one of the best ways to find the way forward to reaching a goal is going back and remembering the why.Measurable—How will you know when you have reached your goal? How will you know if you are making progress?By setting measurable goals, you have something in writing that you can use to review and to record progress. It also gives you something to revise as needed throughout the year. This is true not only for individuals, but also for teams and churches. Some leaders, including pastors, love setting goals and strategic plans, but they don't make their goals measurable, so they don't have anything against which to determine progress. A personal or church strategic plan must have regular checkpoints to be reviewed and revised.Achievable—Your goals should be realistic, yet challenging. Consider your season in life. If you're newly married, a goal to pay off your mortgage this year, is probably not achievable. A goal to set a budget and stretch your faith by increasing your giving probably is.Annual goals should not be a list of dreams. They shouldn't be happy talk. They should spell out what you prayerfully believe would honor God for you to complete by His grace in the coming year.Relevant—Is this a goal that is motivating to you? Does it relate to your roles in life and your God-given desires?Low goals create no enthusiasm. If you set a goal for something you are already doing or that is irrelevant to your growth, it will undermine your motivation.Time-based—What time of day or week are you planning to work toward this goal? Or what is the time frame within which you want to complete it?A goal without a plan is just a wish. So before you consider the writing of a goal complete, ask yourself a one-word question: When? If your goal is to complete a course of study, when will you work on it?If your goal is to get out of debt, when will you pay toward the principal on each debt?If your goal is to get in shape, when will you exercise?If your goal is to share the gospel with more people, when will you do it?Setting goals can be a great time to also time block your daily and weekly schedule to make sure that you have made sufficient time to complete these goals. If the time isn't there, either something else needs to go, or it may not be the right season of life for you to work on that goal.By using the SMART framework for goals, you'll plan your goals in a way that sets you up for accomplishing them.
JACKSON, Mississippi -- Pro-life leaders from across the nation will come together this evening, Sunday, November 28, for Pray Together for Life, a nationwide prayer gathering-coast to coast and border to border. The event, hosted by Family Research Council, will take place at New Horizon Church in Jackson, Mississippi, home of the pro-life law at issue in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, three days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the case. For decades, pro-life Americans have prayed and worked to see Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy, overturned. This decision could be the case that sends Roe to the dustbin of history....
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