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Daily Devotions - Being Helpful With Our Speech (July 17, 2021) Proverbs 13:2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. 3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but ...
Daily Devotions - Seeking the LORD's Counsel Proverbs 12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him. 15 The way of a ...
Daily Devotions - Choosing the Right Course Proverbs 12:12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit. 13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the ...
Daily Devotions - Winning A Soul (June 30, 2021) Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. 31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much ...
Fruit for Fathers Sermon by Pastor Paul Timmerman of the First Baptist Church in Worcester, NY.
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Link: https://ftc.co/resource-library/blog-entries/the-trinitys-fruitful-root/Format: Web PageTopic(s): Contemporary Essays & ArticlesAuthor(s)/Speaker(s): D. Blair Smith
We must find new ways to live faithfully in places that have changed.If you’ve moved lately (or have tried to), you’ll know that there’s a shortage of available properties pushing prices to an all-time high. Many would-be buyers, including first-time buyers, have been priced out of the market and stuck in places they’d rather not be—and, in some cases, places they no longer recognize.It’s been nine years now since my husband and I bought our first home. After a decade of moving from place to place, we returned to his native Virginia to minister in a rural community. We were drawn by both providence and desire, and the home we bought came to represent these things for us.We quickly made it our own, replacing the orange carpet in the basement and updating the wood-grained paneling. We planted fruit trees and put in gardens. Then, fences and hedgerows. We renovated bathrooms and again replaced the flooring when the drains failed and the basement flooded, all while sinking our roots deeper and deeper into the surrounding community.Then the earthquakes hit.Not literally earthquakes, but interpersonal and vocational ones. After eight years, we transitioned out of the ministry that had brought us here. Our children moved on from the elementary school that sits a stone’s throw from our house, and we found ourselves feeling displaced despite living at the same address.Soon enough, our private tremors were encircled by global ones. COVID-19 hit, and we, along with our neighbors, found ourselves locked in our homes. Schools and churches closed and the library, too—our points of shared community were lost. Of course, we checked on each other, but, at first, we didn’t know whether our presence was more threat than benefit.“I fell ...Continue reading...
Today's category: Church SignsChurch Signs 5 1) How will you spend eternity -- Smoking or Non-smoking? 2) Dusty Bibles lead to Dirty Lives 3) It is unlikely there'll be a reduction in the wages of sin. 4) Do not wait for the hearse to take you to church. 5) If you don't like the way you were born, try being born again. 6) Looking at the way some people live, they ought to obtain eternal fire insurance soon. 7) This is a ch_ _ ch. What is missing? 8) Forbidden fruit creates many jams. 9) In the dark? Follow the Son. 10) Running low on faith? Stop in for a fill-up. 11) If you can't sleep, don't count sheep. Talk to the Shepherd.View hundreds more jokes online.Email this joke to a friend
Temple Baptist Church - 6-13-2021Revelation 14:1-5 Introduction: A. Chapter 12 signaled the middle of the Tribulation Period. 3 ½ years of Great Tribulation has expired and the Abomination that maketh Desolate has taken place. 1. We have seen the “falling way” in the day of Laodicea, both doctrinally and individually. 2. We have seen the Delusion of those who have rejected Christ prior to the Rapture. 3. We have seen the Introduction of the Antichrist and the setting up of his kingdom on earth. 4. We have seen the Martyrdom of the multitudes who are saved during the Tribulation Period. 5. We have seen the Abomination of Desolation and War in heaven. Satan has been cast out and is now come down to earth with great wrath because he knows that his time is short. B. Chapters 13-15 are what is called in Theology a parenthetical. It simply means that during these three chapters, no time has expired. The Bible is simply explaining what has and is about to take place in the final 3 ½ years of Great Tribulation. C. Chapter 13 gives a preview of the two beasts that will arise in the last days: one that is political and the other a system of religion that honors the political system. The religious system will “ride” the political system, but the political system will rule the religious system. D. Tonight, we will re-visit the 144,000 witness that were sealed in Revelation 7:1-8. Evidently, through the preaching of these witnesses, a multitude of every kindred, nation, and tongue were saved and martyred. E. Verse 1. In chapter 13, we saw that the beast will reign over the earth in the last 3 ½ years but here we see the vision of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, stand upon Mount Sion. 1. He will, as creator, sustainer, and owner—stand upon what He has both created and purchased! Mount Moriah of the Old Testament and Mount Sion of the New Testament. John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. Colossians 1:16-17 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. 1. He has descended to this earth and now stands on the very spot where He died for the sins of the world. This verse shows the absolute sovereignty of Christ in its vision of the heavenly realm where justice will finally be realized, and all wrongs made right. Abraham was offered there in type but was given the promise of God himself, the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. 2. Mount Moriah or Sion is the place where the New Jerusalem will descend out of heaven and rest for eternity. Hebrews give a description that thrills my soul! Hebrews 12:22-23 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, (23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, Micah 4:1-8 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. (2) And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (3) And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (4) But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it. (5) For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. (6) In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; (7) And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. (8) And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem. F. As the Lamb stands on Mount Sion, the 144,000 will stand with Him. In chapter 7, these sealed Jews were on earth but here, they evidently descend with Him to the earth. Possibly because that the 144,000 were martyred. They have the name of the Father written in their foreheads. G. Verses 2-3. The voice of God (voice … many waters … thunder – Revelation 1:15) is accompanied by the voice of harpers from heaven. These sung a new song in heaven before God's throne along with the beasts and elders that could only be learned by the 144,000 who were “redeemed from the earth.” Their experience has been unique. H. Verse 4. In this verse, we see a clearer picture of who these 144,000 Jews are. 1. They are virgins. Here the Bible uses the words “not defiled with women.” They were both chaste and morally pure. The word “defiled” is used because it is not only speaking of their physically chaste state but also of their morally chaste state. Defiled with women is to have committed fornication or adultery as the man/woman relationship has the approval of God. Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. 2. They are faithful. They follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth. From their youth until now, they have chosen that which is better: following Christ. 3. They are the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. They are the beginning of the conversion of Israel in these last days. Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 4. And their mouth sanctified for the Master's use. John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! (guile – to entrap, deceit) 1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: J. In chapter 15, we will see the Temple in Heaven from which the Tabernacle in the Wilderness was patterned open just prior to the Seven Vials of God's Wrath to poured out in chapter 16.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-7-2021Revelation 11:1-14 A. Verses 1-2 – During the first half of the Tribulation Period, the Third Temple will be rebuilt, and the daily sacrifice reinstituted. 1. Solomon's Temple (Also called The First Temple) was the first one built. It was completed in 957 BC. It took 7 years to build. It was destroyed when Israel was taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar during the Babylonish Captivity in app. 586 B.C. 2. Zerubbabel's Temple (Also called The Second Temple) was which was built at the end of the Babylonish Captivity. Its foundation was laid in 536 BC, but the work was halted 2 years later in 534 BC because of opposition from Sanballat the Horonite and Tobias the Ammonite in Nehemiah, chapter 6. Work was resumed in 520 BC. It took 46 years to build according to John 2:20 and was destroyed by Titus of Rome in 70 A.D. Some interesting facts about The Second Temple. a. It was larger in dimensions compared to Solomon's Temple. b. It was not nearly as beautiful as Solomon's Temple. Haggai 2:3 Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing? c. It did not contain the original Ark of the Covenant which was taken to heaven when Solomon's Temple was destroyed. Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. John 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? Daniel 12:11 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. (10) Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. (11) And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Notice in verse 11 of Daniel, chapter 12, that the time from the Abomination of Desolation until the end of the Tribulation Period will be 1, 290 days instead of 1,260 days or 3 ½ years by the Jewish Calendar which uses a 30-day month. 30 days prior to the exact middle of the Tribulation Period, the newly started daily sacrifice will forcibly be stopped, and the Abomination of Desolation will take place. 30 days or one month later, the Gentiles will trod underfoot the outer court of that temple for 3 ½ years: “forty and two months” or the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation Period. B. Verses 3-11 – Here we see God's two witnesses, the two olive trees or candlesticks, begin to preach when Jerusalem was overrun by the Gentiles. Though the Bible does not name these two men, it is generally accepted that they will be Moses and Elijah. 1. These were the two who were seen with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration. Matthew 17:1-3 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, (2) And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. (3) And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. 2. Verse 6 also gives a vivid description of their powers which, though not conclusive, would lend themselves to Moses and Elijah. Exodus 7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. Exodus 9:13-14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. (14) For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. James 5:17-18 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. (18) And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. C. These 2 “witnesses” will preach “a thousand two hundred and three score days” beginning from the middle of the Tribulation Period until the end thereof. During these 3 ½ years, they will be protected from all those who hate them and would put them to death. Their death marks the end of the 70th week called Jacob's Trouble. D. Verses 7-10 – They are overcome by the beast who ascended from the bottomless pit and the world is rejoicing while watching as their bodies lie in the street of Jerusalem for 3 ½ days, a number that represents one day for each of the 3 ½ years that they preached. E. Verses 11-12, the two witnesses come back to life and are caught up to heaven by the Lord in the sight of all the people. F. Verse 13 – Then there will be another great earthquake to pronounce the judgment of God to come. One tenth of Jerusalem will be destroyed along with 7,000 people. There will be a remnant among the survivors of the earthquake that will recognize the righteous judgment of God upon the people of earth and give glory to God. Romans 9:27-29 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: (28) For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. (29) And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. G. Verse 13 – The pronouncement of the end of the second woe and the impending third woe. I believe that this second woe is pronounced upon these who heard the preaching of the two witnesses and repented not. This falls in line with the “woes” pronounced upon the cities that heard the preaching of God's Word in Matthew, chapter 11. Matthew 11:20-24 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: (21) Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. (22) But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. (23) And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. (24) But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. These “woes” will be followed by the righteous judgment of God upon these cities that rejected the preaching of God's Word during the times of John the Baptist and our Lord Jesus Christ. H. The Second Woe is now ended by the death, resurrection, and ascension of the two witnesses and the pronouncement of Third Woe that is quickly to follow.
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