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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Temple Baptist Church - 1-13-20192 Timothy 3:1-5Introduction:A.¬ As Paul writes to Timothy¬ in this second epistle, he describes the characteristics of religion 2,000 years ago.¬ Religion, not salvation!B.¬ Paul's admonition¬ is ‚Äúfrom such turn away.‚ÄĚ¬ We live in days of ‚Äúuniversal acceptance‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúpolitical correctness.‚ÄĚ1.¬ Religion says,¬ ‚ÄúIt does not matter what you believe as long as you go to church.‚ÄĚ2.¬ Religion says,¬ ‚ÄúIt does not matter where you go to church as long as you go to church.‚ÄĚ3.¬ Religion says,¬ ‚ÄúIt does not matter what you believe as long as you believe in something.‚ÄĚ¬ Religion says, ‚ÄúDoctrine divides but love unifies.‚ÄĚC.¬ Morals are gone,¬ national pride is gone, common sense is dead, and religion is hodge-podge and an old-fashioned conversion is a rarity.¬ D.¬ I believe that it all ‚Äúboils down to this:‚ÄĚ¬ Religion without the Power of Change.¬ 1.¬ ¬ The Holy Spirit used the word ‚Äúdenying,‚ÄĚ¬ which means to refuse, reject, or to contradict.¬ This world has heard and known the Truth but is in a constant state of denying it.¬ 2.¬ THE WORLD DOES¬ NOT WANT WHAT WE HAVE, therefore, they refuse it and contradict it.¬ Romans 1:25 says, ‚ÄúWho changed the truth of God into a lie.‚ÄĚ¬ E.¬ The word ‚Äúthereof‚ÄĚ is an interesting word.¬ ¬ It comes from a root word meaning ‚Äúto breathe unconsciously.‚ÄĚ¬ Breathing has two essential parts: inspiration or to breathe air in and expiration or to breathe air out.¬ F.¬ Breathing is one of the body's Autonomic Responses of the nervous system: heart beat and breathing are two of the most significant of these responses.¬ 1.¬ These are things that we do without thinking.¬ The beat of the heart is the more regulated of the two as, when, you think about it, you can hold your breath or change the way that you breathe.¬ 2.¬ Thus it is with the life of the child of God.¬ We are new creatures by birth and have a new nature that is an Autonomic Response to the work of the New Birth.¬ G.¬ Thus the word ‚Äúthereof.‚ÄĚ¬ As a legal term, one of its meanings si ‚Äúfrom that‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúbecause of that.‚ÄĚ¬ H.¬ ¬ In contrast to those in the previous verses¬ who profess Christ but their lives deny the influence of biblical salvation, we see these two words, ‚Äúpower thereof‚ÄĚ that salvation:I.¬ Salvation is a Powerful experience.¬ A ‚Äúchange of life‚ÄĚ is ALWAYS there when one gets saved because it is ‚Äúbreathed out unconsciously.‚ÄĚ¬ We do not necessarily feel a change but, suddenly, things take on a different perspective.¬ Change in the life of the believer is a natural part of our salvation.J.¬ I want to look¬ at the¬ ‚Äúpower thereof‚ÄĚ¬ for a few minutes.¬ Things in our lives that automatically take place.1.¬ The Power of Conversion.¬ ¬ The¬ world wants¬ ‚ÄúA Salvation without a Conversion.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ True biblical salvation¬ ALWAYS¬ makes a change in your life!¬ 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.¬ (Raised to walk in newness of life.)a.¬ A changed life.¬ (Conversion is an automatic response that is done spiritually without thinking.¬ When I was saved, something forever changed in my life.)b.¬ A changed mind.¬ After our conversion, we think differently.¬ We see things through spiritual eyes.c.¬ A changed desire.¬ ‚ÄúFor to me to live is Christ.‚ÄĚ2.¬ The Power of Conviction.¬ The¬ world wants¬ ‚ÄúA Spirit without Conviction.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ When we are saved, the Holy Ghost of God begins to dwell within us.¬ John 16:13-14¬ 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. ¬ (14)¬ He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.a.¬ A sensitivity to sin.¬ ¬ When we sin, we know it because we become sensitive to it.b.¬ A conviction about sin.¬ ¬ Sinfulness becomes wrong to the child of God.c.¬ A desire to change from sin.¬ ¬ A turning away from sin to Christ.3.¬ The Power of Conformity.¬ ¬ The¬ world wants¬ ‚ÄúA Scripture without Commandment.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ If the Bible is the pure Word of God, and it is, then it demands obedience.Philippians 3:8-11¬ Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, ¬ (9)¬ And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: ¬ (10)¬ That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; ¬ (11)¬ If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.a.¬ Conformity to the Son of God.b.¬ Conformity to the Word of God.4.¬ The Power of Continuance.¬ The¬ world wants¬ ‚ÄúA Security without Cost.‚ÄĚ¬ Biblical salvation is eternal and free,¬ BUT¬ it will cost you the world!John 6:67-68¬ Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? ¬ (68)¬ Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.a.¬ Where will we go?¬ We cannot, by the grace of God, we will not go back to where God found us!b.¬ To follow Christ has a cost¬ but the price must be willingly paid!
This January marks Terrie's and my thirty-third New Year at Lancaster Baptist Church. A few weeks ago, we were able to host several families from our church who were here when we came or who we were able to lead to the Lord in those first couple years. Their faithfulness over the decades is such an encouragement to us.In this season of the year, when many of us are focused on our newly-set goals and investing our energy in developing new habits, it's easy to overlook the obvious‚ÄĒthat there is great value in consistency and faithfulness over time.We all know that God blesses faithfulness, but sometimes we forget how significant those blessings are. Here are five blessings that come through faithfulness:1. Faithfulness Develops FaithWhen you think back to what challenged your faith in the earliest days of your walk with the Lord compared to what challenges it now, usually you can see growth.This is because faithfulness is an exercise of faith. And faith is a muscle that grows over time. Do you want more faith? Keep being faithful.As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.‚ÄĒColossians 2:6‚Äď72. Faithfulness Proves the Reality of GodWhen a Christian continues forward despite opposition and setbacks, it sends a powerful message to others that God is trustworthy and able to sustain those who follow Him.Think of Paul and Silas and the Philippian jailer. The jailer didn't ask, ‚ÄúWhat must I do to be saved?‚ÄĚ in Paul's first days of ministry at Philippi. It was after the jailer watched Paul and Silas' response to persecution and their steadfastness through it that he asked them for spiritual help.Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?‚ÄĒActs 16:29‚Äď303. Faithfulness Builds Families and RelationshipsWhat a blessing it has been over the years to see families in our church who have remained faithful to the Lord and stayed in the church where God was working in their lives. I've watched God strengthen marriages and develop the spiritual roots of young people through parents who have remained faithful.Faithfulness also build relationships within the church. As you serve the Lord with the same people year after year, the depth of friendship and fellowship in that relationship grows.Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.‚ÄĒHebrews 10:254. Faithfulness Gives a Clear ConscienceWhen you are faithful even if your service for the Lord doesn't have the visible results you desired, even if circumstances go differently than you hoped, you can have a clear conscience. And you can know God is working in ways you cannot see.And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,‚ÄĒActs 20:205. Faithfulness Produces FruitNo farmer quits in disappointment at not seeing crops the day after he plants his fields. He knows it takes time. Similarly, fruit in the Christian life‚ÄĒboth the fruit of the Spirit and the fruit of souls‚ÄĒtakes time to multiply. And those who are faithful reap the benefit of seeing it developed.And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.‚ÄĒGalatians 6:9
Temple Baptist Church - 11-7-2018Hebrews 2:7-11Introduction:A.¬ In verse 11,¬ Jesus is called the ‚ÄúCaptain of our salvation.‚ÄĚ¬ ‚ÄúCaptain in only one descriptive term or name given to our Lord Jesus Christ.¬ The word ‚Äúcaptain‚ÄĚ comes from a Latin word meaning ‚Äúchief.‚ÄĚ¬ We use the word ‚ÄúCaptain‚ÄĚ in many ways in the English language.1.¬ A Captain¬ is one who oversees a sea going vessel.2.¬ A Captain¬ is one who is a rank given to one in charge of a company in the military.3.¬ A Captain¬ is the title given to certain civil servants such police or fire departments.4.¬ A Captain¬ is a pilot in command of a large commercial aircraft.5.¬ A Captain, in sports, is one designated as the head of the team.6.¬ A Captain, in the church, is a title given to its Head, the Lord Jesus Christ.7.¬ A Captain, in our text, is one who is responsible for our salvation.B.¬ In Joshua, chapter 5, we see our Lord appear to Joshua in a Theophany or Christophany.Joshua 5:13-15¬ And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? ¬ (14)¬ And he said, Nay; but ascaptain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? ¬ (15)¬ And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.¬ ¬ (A position of authority, power, and worship.)C.¬ Our verses for tonight¬ show us what our Captain did for us in His incarnation.¬ His authority, power, and glory revealed in Jesus Christ.1.¬ We see Jesus in His humanity.¬ ¬ Verse 7¬ ‚Äď¬ ‚ÄúThou madest him a little lower than the angels.‚ÄĚ¬ Almighty Jehovah God, conceived in the womb of the virgin Mary, chose to dwell upon this earth‚ÄĒrobed in flesh.¬ 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.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, 14¬ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ‚Ä¶ And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.¬ (Made ‚Äď to bring to pass something that would not naturally occur.¬ The eternal Son of God born in the flesh.)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.2.¬ We see Jesus in His Father's glory.¬ Verse 7 ‚Äď¬ ‚Äúthou crownedst him with glory and honour.‚ÄĚ¬ John 1:14¬ (And we beheld his glory,¬ the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.Colossians 1:15-19¬ ¬ Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: ¬ (16)¬ For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: ¬ (17)¬ And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. ¬ (18)¬ And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. ¬ (19)¬ ¬ For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;Hebrews 1:2-3¬ Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; ¬ (3)¬ ¬ Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;3.¬ We see Jesus in His sovereign authority.¬ Verses 7-8 ‚Äď¬ ‚Äúdidst set him over the works of thy hands:¬ ¬ Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing¬ that is¬ not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.‚ÄĚ¬ Jesus made it all, Jesus runs it all, Jesus owns it all!Ephesians 1:21¬ ¬ Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:Romans 11:36¬ For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.4.¬ We see Jesus in His vicarious atonement.¬ Verse 9 ‚Äď¬ ‚Äú¬ who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.‚ÄĚ¬ Philippians 2:8¬ And being found in fashion as a man,¬ he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.1 John 2:2¬ And he is¬ the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.¬ ¬ (Jesus did two things for us concerning our sins: expiation ‚Äď the removal of sins; and propitiation ‚Äď the appeasement of a thrice holy God.¬ Both were necessary to restore fellowship and favor.)6.¬ We see Jesus in His example.¬ Verse 10 ‚Äď¬ ‚Äúto make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.‚ÄĚ¬ 1 Peter 2:21-25¬ For even hereunto were ye called: because¬ Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: ¬ (22)¬ ¬ Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: ¬ (23)¬ Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:¬ ¬ (24)¬ Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,¬ that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. ¬ (25)¬ For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.1 Peter 1:7¬ That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:1 Peter 3:18¬ For Christ also hath once suffered for sins,¬ the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:¬ ¬ (Our suffering in a righteous manner will help others to see Christ in us.)7.¬ We see Jesus in His purpose.¬ Verse 11 ‚Äď¬ ‚ÄúFor both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified¬ are¬ all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.‚ÄĚEphesians 1:6-7¬ To the praise of the glory of his grace,¬ wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. ¬ (7)¬ In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;Colossians 1:13¬ Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hathtranslated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:1 John 3:2¬ Beloved,¬ now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-18-2018Philippians 1:1-7Introduction:¬ ¬ Thanksgiving is almost upon us again.¬ We have so many things to be thankful for that is hard to name all of them.¬ The song, ‚ÄúCount Your Blessings,‚ÄĚ should be a reminder to us to give God the thanksgiving that is due Him.¬ Even amid problems we have much to be thankful for.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.A.¬ We can thank God¬ for the precious gift of His only begotten Son.B.¬ We can thank God¬ for hearing the gospel and being gloriously saved.C.¬ We can thank God¬ that salvation is eternal and depends upon Him and not us.D.¬ We can thank God¬ that His mercies and grace are far greater than all our sin.E.¬ We can thank God¬ that Heaven is our home and not this world.F.¬ We can thank God¬ that we were born in America and had opportunity to hear and believe.G.¬ We can thank God¬ for all His marvelous provision:¬ food, shelter, conveniences, automobiles, etc.H.¬ We can thank God¬ for our health and strength to be here this morning.I.¬ We can thank God¬ for our families and friends.J.¬ We can thank God¬ for ample opportunity and freedom to serve the Lord.K.¬ We can thank God¬ for so many things, but as a pastor, I am thankful for some things also:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 1.¬ The¬ Philippian Church was a special church ‚Äď Philippians 4:15-19¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 2.¬ There are a lot of churches, but few special ones!¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 3.¬ They were a mission-hearted church who loved God's special people.‚ÄúI THANK MY GOD UPON EVERY REMEMBRANCE OF YOU.‚ÄĚ1.¬ I Thank God For Your SalvationRomans 1:1-71¬ Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,¬ (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)¬ Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;¬ And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:¬ By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:¬ Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:¬ To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.2.¬ I Thank God for Your Faith In MissionsRomans 1:8¬ ¬ First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.Romans 16:19¬ ¬ For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.Philippians 4:15-18¬ ¬ Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.¬ For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.¬ Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.¬ But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.3.¬ I Thank God For Your Testimony In The Community1 Corinthians 1:4-6¬ ¬ I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;¬ That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;¬ Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:4.¬ I Thank God for Your Friendship With This PastorPhilippians 1:3-6¬ ¬ I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,¬ Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,¬ For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;¬ Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:5.¬ I Thank God for Your Following Your Pastor1 Thessalonians 1:6-10¬ ¬ And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:¬ So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.¬ For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.¬ For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;¬ And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.6.¬ I Thank God For Your Faithfulness To God's HouseColossians 1:1-4¬ ¬ Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,¬ To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.¬ We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,¬ Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,2 Thessalonians 1:4¬ ¬ So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:7.¬ I Thank God For Your Love One For Another2 Thessalonians 1:3¬ ¬ We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;Conclusion - 1 Corinthians 16:23-24a¬ ¬ The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.¬ My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-19-2018Hebrews 3-7-13Introduction:A.¬ In my 42+ years¬ of being saved, I have never seen such malicious attacks being made against God's people.¬ 1.¬ If God's people ever needed¬ each other and the fellowship of the church, it is today.¬ It is of no wonder that the Holy Spirit said, ‚ÄúNot forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching!‚ÄĚ¬ 2.¬ ¬ Satan hates you; Satan hates the family; Satan hates this church!¬ He does not worry about the liberal churches or the apostate churches.¬ He controls those.¬ He hates conservative, fundamental, Bible believing, sin hating, soul winning, straight preaching churches because, if he can destroy the church, he can destroy you.¬ If he destroys you, he can destroy your family.B.¬ A man once used the phrase¬ ‚Äúmen of quiet desperation.‚ÄĚ¬ We will never know the extent of another's burden.¬ 1.¬ I need you, you need me, and we all need each other!¬ ¬ I do not have the power, in most instances,¬ to take a burden away from you but I can help, to some extent, to bear a part of your burden.¬ 2.¬ I heard this somewhere:¬ ‚ÄúA burden shared is half a burden.‚ÄĚ¬ There are times though when I cannot help you, either because of the magnitude of the burden or because of the privacy of the burden but I can pray for you.a)¬ ¬ People Carry¬ Burdens Of Sinb)¬ People Carry Burdens Of Sicknessc)¬ People Carry Burdens Of Sorrowd)¬ People Carry Burdens Of Povertye)¬ People Carry Burdens Of Disappointmentf)¬ People Carry Burdens Of DiscouragementC.¬ ¬ How can we exhort the brethren daily?¬ 1 Thessalonians 5:14¬ Now we exhort you, brethren,¬ warn them¬ that are unruly,¬ comfort¬ the feebleminded,support¬ the weak,¬ be patient¬ toward all men.1.¬ Someone who is weak in the faith.¬ Romans 14:1¬ Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.¬ ¬ (I find it interesting that the ‚Äúweak‚ÄĚ one in Romans 14 is the individual that says, ‚ÄúYou can't do this‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúyou can't do that!‚ÄĚ¬ We are certainly not at liberty to commit sin, but we are at liberty instead of under law.¬ Though we are to receive such a weak one, I do not believe that this is what the verse refers to.)2.¬ Or it can mean someone¬ who is going through a trial that has ‚Äútaken the wind out of their sails!‚ÄĚ¬ 2 Corinthians 1:8¬ For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:¬ (Though God gives both grace and strength in trials, we are still human and often have a disquieted soul in the midst of troubles.)Psalms 42:5¬ Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.¬ ¬ (Three times in Psalms 42 and 43, we find this verse.¬ The Psalmist wasn't too spiritual either, was he?)D.¬ How to exhort one another daily.1.¬ By having compassion on¬ each other.¬ 1 Peter 3:8¬ Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:¬ (Just a shoulder to lean on.)2.¬ By praying for each other.¬ ¬ James 5:16¬ Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.¬ ¬ (It is the best thing that I can do for you.)3.¬ By just being there with each other and for each other.¬ ¬ 2 Timothy 4:11¬ Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.¬ ¬ (Often, during a great trial, one has a tendency to feel alone.)4.¬ By being a ‚Äúlistening ear‚ÄĚ for each other.¬ Galatians 6:1-2¬ Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.¬ (2)¬ Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.¬ ¬ (A listening ear, not a telling tongue!¬ Learn to listen and then to keep what you hear in confidence.¬ Sometimes, people just need to ‚Äúunload‚ÄĚ a little and get something off their chest.)5.¬ By doing what we can to strengthen each other's faith.¬ ¬ Job 16:5¬ But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.¬ ¬ (Letting them know that they are not alone in their trial: God loves them and will not forsake them, neither will their brother or sister in the LORD.¬ There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.)6.¬ By exhorting each other to continue in the faith.¬ Hebrews 10:25¬ ¬ Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.¬ ¬ (Your being faithful to church exhorts the weak.¬ What a blessing it is when, during a great trial, you can come to church and see God's people!¬ My family has been there and want you to know what a blessing it is to just come apart [church means a called our assembly] from the world for a little while and worship the Lord together.)7.¬ By weeping with each other.¬ Romans 12:15¬ Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.¬ ¬ (Sometimes, you just cry with them.¬ I have been with families that are hurting and, when I tried to pray for them, I just cried with them.¬ Let me give you an Old Testament example of something to do and something not to do.)Job 2:11-13¬ Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.¬ (12)¬ And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.¬ (13)¬ So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights,¬ and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.Job 4:1¬ Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,¬ ¬ (Job's three friends were just that, his friends.¬ They hurt for him and with him but would have been much better off to listen and not say a word!¬ When you do not know what to say, just be there and say nothing.)
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