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Temple Baptist Church - 6-9-2021James 1:1-4 Introduction: A. Patience, one of the most hated words in our vocabulary. Patience means that we do not get what we want when we want it. Patience means that we have to sit tight and wait. 1. I want what I want when I want it! Do not look at me wide-eyed as you are just like me and most others. I have always been one to 2. I am not a “waiter,” I am a “worker.” I hate to have a job sitting and staring at me. 3. I am over punctual! If I am on time, I am 15 minutes late. I will not make others wait on me; I wait on others because I value their time. B. That being said, my prayer is: “Lord, give me patience right now!” PATIENCE - the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset: C. As a husband, father, and pastor—I strive to be patient with others. Patience is essential and therefore a qualification for the pastorate. 1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 1 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient. D. Patience is a virtue to be added to our faith. 2 Peter 1:5-6 “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; (6) And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;” 1. Patiently waiting upon the Lord. “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:” (Psalm 37:7) He only works on His time schedule. 2. Patience in continuance. “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:” (Romans 2:7) 3. Patience in tribulation. “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;” (Romans 12:12) 4. Patience with all men. “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.” (1 Timothy 5:14) 5. Patience in suffering. “For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” (1 Peter 2:20) 6. Patience in hope. “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” (Romans 12:12) Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. E. Patience, patience, patience! Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: F. Now, to our text. We joy in temptations because of who and what God does but we also joy because the trying of our faith worketh patience! 1. Knowing this! All of us need to understand that the trying of our faith is a good thing, not something to be hated. We NEED patience! Hebrews 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 2. Worketh! Patience is not an immediate thing; it is a progression that takes time. Worketh - To fully accomplish, to finish, to fashion, 3. But let! To allow patience or not to allow patience is our part. We have nothing to do with the “trying” of our faith because, as humans, we would never allow trials to happen in the first place. 4. Have her perfect work! Perfect – completeness, of full age, to accomplish, finish, fashion, to perform. 5. The ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Mature, complete, satisfied with the result!
Temple Baptist Church - 6-13-2021Psalm 23:1-6 Introduction: This morning, I want to look at one of the most notable, quoted of all Psalms as David, a man after God's own heart—while still just a lad—meditated on his relationship—as a shepherd—with the flock of sheep placed in his care and thought of the Lord—the great Shepherd of the sheep—and His relationship with those who belong to Him. A. The 23rd Psalm is placed in the funeral service memorial paper and read often at funerals to give peace, but it has nothing to do with the unsaved. B. The 23rd Psalm is a Psalm for the saved, not the unsaved. Though beautiful, it cannot be understood by the natural man as it may only be spiritually discerned by God's children. C. The 23rd Psalm is ALL about our relationship to the Lord and His relationship with us. D. The 23rd Psalm is ALL you need to know about the Christian life. E. The 23rd Psalm gives blessed assurance and hope to the child of God. 1. The Person of our Salvation – Verse 1a. “The Lord is my shepherd.” a. He is our Lord. b. He is our Leader. 2. The Pleasure of our Salvation – Verse 1b. “I shall not want” a. Our Satisfaction in His Lordship. b. Our Satisfaction in His Leadership. 3. The Provision of our Salvation. Verse 2 – “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” a. He meets our Physical Needs. b. He meets our Spiritual Needs. 4. The Path of our Salvation – Verse 3. “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.” a. The Path of Restoration. b. The Path of Righteousness. 5. The Peace of our Salvation – Verse 4. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” a. He Calms us in the Valley. b. He Comforts us in the Valley. 6. The Protection of our Salvation – Verse 5. “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” a. He gives us Deliverance. b. He gives us Delight. 7. The Promise of our Salvation – Verse 6a “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” a. The Goodness of God. b. The Grace of God. 8. The Permanence of our Salvation – Verse 6b “and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” a. The Promise of our Home. b. The Permanence of our Home. 9. The Prerogative of our Salvation. a. The Lord is MY Shepherd. b. The Lord can be YOUR Shepherd.
If you are scrupulous about using “preferred pronouns” and avoid “deadnaming” at all costs, this book may not be for you. Maria Keffler has long advocated for the rights of parents, and she need make no apology for the sage advice she offers. If you think writing a book to challenge the idea of “affirmative care” for children makes her mean, cold or uncaring, you’d be very wrong about that. It is precisely her compassion for others that compelled Keffler to write this book. Having been on the receiving end of phone calls from desperate parents who search high and low to find authentic help for their struggling child, I can appreciate the very real need this book serves.For the uninitiated, it’s useful to define some terms. As with any cult, transgenderism has its own set of vocabulary that manipulates word meanings and the people who speak that new language. The book even includes a glossary for this purpose. We will start with the term “transgenderism” itself and then move to the book’s title: Desist, Detrans, & Detox.“Transgender,” according the glossary, is “claiming to feel a mismatch between one’s biological sex and one’s sense of self; presenting oneself to the world according to stereotypes that do not align with those of one’s biological (birth) sex.”To “desist,” in the world of gender ideology and transgenderism, is to have “adopted a transgender identity for a period of time, but to have come to accept your birth sex as reality.”A “detransitioner” is “a person who presented as other than his or her birth sex, transitioning socially and/or medically, but has since accepted his or her birth sex as reality, and presents as such.”“Detox” refers to the detoxification or deprogramming that must take place to save a child from the cult. Often, this is the step that allows a child to return to his or her authentic self, and is a state that must be maintained. Managing access to the internet and toxic friends or family members, as well as pulling children from a school that is “affirming” an opposite sex identity or presentation all fall into the category of “detox.”It is clear from her writing that Ms. Keffler cares very much. She relies not only on her training, but has taken the time and effort to collaborate with other experts in the field to write a practical, readable book. She centers the book on the family, using her training in educational psychology to reenforce loving common sense. Her parenting advice in significant portions of the book will be useful to any parent with teenagers and/or young adults. What parent doesn’t need a refresher on setting boundaries or motivation theory?Perhaps the best advice in the book comes in chapter three, “Your Relationship with Your Transgender-Identified Child.” Here Keffler reviews the kinds of things parents forget in the throes of crisis parenting (or even just after a long, trying day): relationship skills; considerations for different aged children, including adult children; and staying focused on the goal. The goal in this case is rescuing your child from the gender cult, but parents needing help with other difficulties in life will also benefit from this chapter.If more help is needed for your child, the author recommends using resources available at faith communities which still honor the dignity of the human person. She writes:Whether or not you’re a person of religious faith, a church, temple, or mosque is a good place to start. Religious freedom is under fire by those who would see all traditional values expunged in America, but religious freedom is still the law of the land in the United States, and houses of faith still operate according to their consciences and scriptural mandates. If you know a house of worship that has not capitulated to the transgender narrative, start there. If you do not attend religious services, ask friends or colleagues about other local churches. Call the church secretary or administrator and ask about their doctrinal policy on the issue of transgenderism. If you’re comfortable with the response, tell them you’re looking for a therapist and you wonder if they can recommend someone.Keffler offers an unflinching and objective review of the factors at play: the culture, the schools, the family, the parent(s). No one gets a pass, but neither is anyone attacked. The author simply asks the questions that need asking so that answers can be found or at least earnestly sought.Desist, Detrans, & Detox: Getting Your Child Out of the Gender Cult is a must for parents confronting transgenderism in their families. If you know a family facing down the transgender cult, or if you are facing a crisis in your own family, this practical guide may offer a bit of wisdom or a helpful perspective at just the right moment.Meg Kilgannon is Senior Fellow for Education Studies at Family Research Council.
Temple Baptist Church - 6-2-2021James 1:1-4 Introduction: A. To understand the Book of James, we must keep in mind that the theme of the Book is “A Faith That Works!” B. We live in days when professing Christians either know nothing about God and the Bible or are “walking at a guilty distance from God.” Paul said, “Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.” In the context of that verse, we find the worldliness and ungodliness of the perilous times or last days. C. Since they are not here tonight nor will they be here on Sunday either, I choose to preach to you and me. D. First, let me say that there is a difference between tribulations and temptations though both work patience in the believer. 1. Tribulation comes from a root work meaning “narrow” or “a tight place.” afflicted, (-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble 2. Temptation is “putting to proof by the experiencing of evil and the implementation of doing good. To be enticed, tested, scrutinize, to discipline, and then to go about doing good. Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. E. The temptations that are spoken of here are not temptations to sin but the trying of our faith according to verse 3. When I see this verse, I think of Abraham in Genesis, chapter 22. Genesis 22:1-3 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. (2) And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. (3) And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. F. Tonight, I want to break down verse 2. James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Faith and TemptationJames 1:13-181) There is a difference between trials and temptations:A) Trials James 1:2-3 & 1:121. To Test the Genuineness of our Faith… (is it real)2. To Perfect our faith. James 1:3-41Pe 1: 6-7 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, ifneed be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That thetrial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold thatperisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praiseand honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:B)Temptation …. Entice to disobey God's will.1. Adam tempted to disobey God's WillGe 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Ofevery tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of theknowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day thatthou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.2. The Lord Jesus tempted to disobey God's WillHe was not tested by the Father to prove anything.He was tempted by the devil so Christ could expose sinfor what it is.2) Temptation are Common (Shared) to all People.A) All are Tempted.As long as we are in this flesh, temptations will comeB) Different Temptations will have different affect3) The Steps of Temptation . Jas.1:14-15A. Desire (Lust)Mt 15:18-19 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forthfrom the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evilthoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness,blasphemies:B. DeceptionDrawn away… baiting a trap…. AllurementEntice .. To bait a hookThe thought is as a hunter or fisherman puts a bait out toallure a catch. Within that bait, there is a hidden hook.There is a desire within… the right bait comes along…We are tempted, will we take the bait or not.C. Disobedience1) If we are tempted and say no to it, we have not sinned.Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched withthe feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as weare, yet without sin.The Lord was tempted and did not yield…. No sin.2) If we are tempted and say yield, then we have sinnedDesire of the heart and the bait of allurement cometogether they produce a child, called sin.D. DeathWhen sin has run its course… brings deathRo 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal lifethrough Jesus Christ our Lord.All these points can be seen in Gen. 3Desire v.1-3 Deception v.4-5Disobedience v.6 Death v.8-214) If we do Yield to temptation, there is Hope.A. The Lord Jesus1Jo 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And ifany man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:Advocate… one who pleads the cause of another.Heb 2:16 -18 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he tookon him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to bemade like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful highpriest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of thepeople. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able tosuccour them that are tempted.Succour… to give help or supportIf we will acknowledge to the Lord we have sinned. 1John 1:9We can be forgiven by the Lord.B. The New Nature. 1:18At our physical birth we got the Adamic natureAt new birth we got our Godly nature.C. The Bible 1:18 (The Word of Truth)1) It will help us to identify the bait.2) It will help us to remember the consequences of yieldingDesire… Deception … Disobedience… Death a. In these verses, there are two things found in which we are to glory: our salvation and our tribulation. Most would totally agree with the first but have some difficulty with the second. We will look at them in the biblical order to get the mind of God on both subjects. b. Last week, we looked at glorying in our salvation which glorifies God. c. The second thing that we are to glory in are our tribulations. Verse 3. We who are older understand the hardness and brevity of life. Job 14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. d. At this point, I doubt if any of us would raise our hands when asked, “Do you really like to suffer?” God answers that question for us in 1 Peter: 1 Peter 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: e. I would say that the Apostle Paul was a spiritual man who loved God. Paul asked God thrice to remove the thorn in his flesh. f. Going back to 1 Peter, the next verse shows the importance of trials in the life of God's people. 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: g. Our text shows the reason for our glorying in tribulation. There is a progression that follows tribulation. Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; (4) And patience, experience; and experience, hope: (5) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 1. Tribulation – this comes from a root word that means to “crowd or pressure.” This shows that tribulations are troubles which are both hard and lengthy in nature. Though we do not enjoy troubles, especially lengthy ones, they are the basis for our spiritual growth. Children grow into adults through hardship, not easy times. 2. Patience – to stay under or to persevere, to have fortitude or to bear with continuance, hopeful waiting. Patience is, though we want our troubles to come to an end, spiritual endurance or not quitting when things do not go our way. 3. Experience – to be properly approved or trustworthy. Experience cause one to know how to get something done. There is an old saying that “experience is the best teacher.” As we learn how to handle life, we can teach others who follow us. 4. Hope – expectation or confidence. As we learn to patiently endure our problems, we find the faithfulness of God which instills more confidence. Before our next trial begins, we know that everything will be alright. Proverbs 3:5-6 becomes a reality instead of just a memory verse. 5. Not ashamed – the word “not” is an absolute negative. It means never for any reason. “Ashamed” means to be disgraced. The ultimate sign of spirituality is to never be ashamed of our heavenly Father, our wonderful Saviour, or the precious Holy Spirit who indwells us. I had still rather be an old time Christian than anything that I know. Conclusion: Life is as hard as it is short! Though our troubles may vary, it through the corporate trials of the members of the local church that we God in all our tribulations and can be an encouragement to others. If we suffer for Christ, we will reign with Christ.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-30-2021Proverbs 14:34 Introduction: A. As we look forward to Memorial Day tomorrow, I want us here at Temple Baptist Church to keep upon our minds and hearts the sacrifices that have made the day possible. 1. “All gave some and some gave all” is a quote that we often hear around Memorial Day. President Ronald Reagan said that these who have died gave up two lives: the one that they had and the one that they should have had. 2. As far as I can tell (in all wars) app. 1,309,552 men and women have died in defense of our freedom while app. 1,500,000 have been wounded (excluding wounded who did not require hospitalization. These statistics also do not include POW's. B. I watched a series not long ago on World War II called “A World At War.” I was once again made horrifically aware of the great price paid for our being able to assemble in church this morning. 1. I saw the battles; I saw the bodies of our boys floating in the ocean foam on the shores of both Normandy and the islands of the South Pacific; I saw the faces of the wives, children, and parents as they waited not knowing. I saw the bodies swollen in the heat and the flies that covered them. I watched as they took their dog tags from around their necks so that they could inform the fathers, mothers, wives, loved ones, and children back home of their fate. 2. These were young men: teens and early twenties. Just kids who were made to grow up on the beaches of the South Pacific, on the shores of North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Normandy. Children who became young men and then old men in a matter of months! These were young men who gave up their hopes and dreams that we may hope and live out those dreams for them. Women who gave up the comforts of America to tend to the wounded 3. They lived, they loved, and they died. They were white, brown, red, yellow, and black; but they were Americans! They were from many different nations, but they were Americans! They were mill workers, coal miners, farmers, businessmen, doctors, lawyers, preachers, salesmen, and a myriad of other professions; men and women from every walk of life brought together in a cause that was greater and more dear than their lives. I watched as families had every male in them who were of age join. 4. My Aunt Edna (my father's older sister) had a letter from my dad, who fought with Patton in North Africa-Sicily-Italy where he was wounded, written on a long piece of calculator paper because it was all he had to write home on. She had a letter from dad's older brother, Austin, written from Iran. All of the sons joined and served as well as did your fathers and family members. They paid so that we could enjoy the benefits. We have reaped what they have lost! C. Our nation was founded by men and their families who left England, Europe, as well as other nations in search of a utopia which was framed in their minds. They had little but expected much as they came to the “New World” in search of freedom and prosperity. They carved out for us the greatest nation on the face of the earth. Righteousness exalteth a nation! America is known for its integrity. D. We are so blessed and should be so thankful for the sacrifices of these pilgrims! God bless the memories of those who made these blessings possible for us. We inherited that which they paid so dearly for. “What Made America A Great Nation?” 1. The Principles Upon Which It Was Founded – Liberty and justice for all. Men who could never be free left their homes and families that they might find freedom and liberty on foreign soil. They bought and paid for our liberty through their foresight and sacrifice. These freedoms our Constitution upholds today. We have liberty to worship; liberty of speech; liberty to travel; liberty to personally excel in life; liberty to be all that we can be. We are free, praise the Lord, we are free! “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty!” Never let anyone take our freedom from us or our children. 2. The Values That Our Forefathers Bore – They were honest and principled. They were men of integrity and their word was their bond. Their values were Bible based, even those who were not saved. We call it “Old School” but its precepts are anchored deeply in biblical principles. Our people were honest and hard working with no time for deadbeats. They had character instead of being characters. They loved their families, their church, and their nation. They were Americans! 3. The Courage Of Our Military To Die And Our People To Sacrifice – “Give me liberty or give me death” has been the motto of every American fighting man in all wars. I gave some statistics of those who died but could not count the countless millions who have served in all branches of the military. They lay behind the bodies of their dead brothers while the bullets whizzed past their heads and returned fire. They still join up; they still fight; and they still die. Their crosses are around the world from Normandy to the South Pacific to North Africa to Arlington National Cemetery where the Tomb of the Unknowns (also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) are engraved with these words: “HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD.” The willingness of our nation to sacrifice – families have sacrificed their sons and daughters; they have sacrificed their moneys and possessions; they have sacrificed their personal desires for the betterment of the nation. 4. The Diversity Of America's People – The greatness of America is in its diversity! We are not all the same but we all have the same rights. We are not all the same but we accept and love those who are not like us. Different cultures and ethnic backgrounds and yet united. We are of every race and every creed; we are from every country on the face of the earth. We do not look the same or act the same, but we all love the same! We love America and are willing to both die and live for her. 5. The Natural Resources That God Gave – God has given to our nation the capability to both be and remain self-sufficient. We are indebted to others because of greed and ignorance. From shore to shore and boundary to boundary, our nation is the most beautiful and blessed of all nations. America is truly a nation flowing with milk and honey. We have all and abound! We are blessed! 6. The Benevolence Of America – In natural disasters as well as war and genocide, the United States of America is the first to respond. We get relief and medical aid to other countries while other governments are thinking about it. America gives many times what all of the other nations give combined. God blesses benevolence! “It is more blessed to give than to receive” has always been America's motto. 7. The System Of Government That We Have – America was founded as a republic, not a democracy! Three branches of government set up with checks and balances that keep us both safe and directed. Every two years we have elections to correct the mistakes that we made in the last elections. Both veto power and the power to overcome veto! The men who set up our government had divine foresight. What a magnificent piece of legislative work our Constitution is! Wise men made sure that we remain both free and prosperous. 8. The Love Of America For Israel – “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” God still blesses those who bless Israel, and He still curses those who curse Israel. To this point, we have stood with God's covenant people and God has blessed us for it. “Hang on to Israel's coat tails, America, hang on!” 9. The Possibility Of Impossibility – Young man, young lady, you can be anything that you want to be. You can be a doctor, a lawyer, a business owner, or any other thing that you wish. You can excel both in school and the workplace. You can go to college, work in the career of your choice, start your own business, and be the president of the United States of America. You are limited only by the limitations that you place on yourself! 10. The God Who Gave Her Birth – America is blessed because “In God We Trust” is still on our money and in the hearts of most. The blessed gospel can be preached and missionaries are being sent around the world. Psalms 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” May God bless the memory of our war dead and those who served! May God bless our nation! May we bless God for His blessings upon us!
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