All God’s people – Lead me to the cross

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Nuggets – The Good Confession

The Good Confession
“I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession.” (1 Timothy 6:13)

Young Timothy also had “professed a good profession [same word as ‘confession’] before many witnesses” (v. 12), evidently of similar substance and quality to that in the witness of Christ before Pilate. When the Jews urged Pilate to condemn Jesus to death, their charge was that “he made himself the Son of God” (John 19:7). Pilate gave Jesus opportunity to deny this charge and save His life, “but Jesus gave him no answer” (v. 9). Both by His silence, when a denial of the charge could have saved Him, and by His open testimony before Pilate that He was, in fact, a King from heaven itself—indeed “the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15)—it becomes clear that our own “good confession” must be a confession of our faith in Jesus Christ as Son of God, our Savior and Lord, especially when that confession is made openly before hostile witnesses.

Jesus said: “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32). Paul said, “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9); and John said, “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God” (1 John 4:15).

Despite the great blessings awaiting all who make a courageous and good confession of saving faith in Christ, most people will refuse until it is too late. There is a time coming, however, when “every tongue [will] confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11). HMM

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Joyful ‘Toons – Love letter

When we show love to our neighbors, we become like a love letter to them from Jesus. August 23, 2009

When we show love to our neighbors, we become like a love letter to them from Jesus.
August 23, 2009

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Revival

viAmen. “Dear God, send revival.”
Amen

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While Ezra prayed and made this confession, weeping and lying face down on the ground in front of the Temple of God, a very large crowd of people from Israel—men, women, and children—gathered and wept bitterly with him. (Ezra 10:1)

Read: Ezra 10:1-44, 1 Corinthians 6:1-20, Psalm 31:9-18, Proverbs 21:3

Relate: Revival. What does that word mean to you? For some you might be wondering if it is a medical term. For others, you come from a spiritual background where you know what it means but it isn’t often used. Others like me might almost roll their eyes at the very mention of the word. I grew up in a Pentecostal background where the word was so overused it almost became cliche. We would talk and talk about revival. What does it take to bring it? What will happen when it comes? At least once a year we would hold…

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When kindness shows up, blessings follow

This is a true story.

The rain sliced across the highway. Dark and cold.

She stood beside her broken-down sedan on the road side, shielding herrainy road face from the  rain pellets hoping someone would stop. She had little hope anyone would. She was a Black woman, on a lonely stretch of two-lane highway in the Alabama countryside.

The dim lights of a car pierced the darkness. The car slowed to a stop. A white man cranked down the passenger window. “Ma’am, you need to get out of this rain. Would you like me to take you somewhere?”

“Yes, please. That would be kind.”

“Hop in,” he said.

The driver thought she seemed  in a hurry.

She said she wanted to repay him, but he refused. She scribbled his mailing address on a scrap of paper and stuck it in her coat pocket.

He drove her to safety and put her into a cab in the town.

A week later a furniture truck pulled up to his house. Two men unloaded a 50″ color flat screen TV and set it up in his living room. There was a note attached to the box.

“Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to get to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away. God Bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.”

Sincerely,

Mrs. Nat King Cole.

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Nothing

Hold us Lord in Your hand – nothing else will do for us – to the end. Thank You Lord of love and grace and mercy.

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And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

Read: 2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22, Romans 8:26-39, Psalm 18:37-50, Proverbs 19:27-29

Relate: Here in the city of Gaziantep there is a deep rich history that extends back nearly six thousand years. Just a few blocks from where I have been staying there is a hill. On this hill there has been a fortification that has extended back to 3,600 BC. Some say it predates the Hittites, others claim it was them who first…

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Rebuilding The Walls

How challenging the adventures with God! It’s about Him not us. So lead on Lord, as we follow – trusting, obedient step by step, till life like the walls is complete. Over the walls into Your safe abode. Glory!

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So on October 2 the wall was finished, just fifty-two days after we had begun. (Nehemiah 6:15)

Read:  Nehemiah 5:14 – 7:73, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Psalm 33:1-11, Proverbs 21:8-10

Relate: It was two weeks before Easter 2015. I was standing at the front of a movie theater looking up into a blindingly bright spotlight and about two hundred people behind it. This was to be my last sermon in America before heading off to Turkey. A few days later I would be getting on a plane heading for Istanbul. In the wee hours of Palm Sunday, after plenty of delays, a missed transfer, and an overnight stay at the airport in Moscow, I would be touching down. That means that Easter Sunday, the biggest Sunday of the year, was the first chance I had to understand just how much my world had changed.

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All God’s people – With all I am

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Nuggets – Creating Life

Creating Life
“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.” (Genesis 1:20)

The two most fundamental laws of science state that matter can neither be created nor destroyed and that all processes tend to lose order, wear out, and eventually stop functioning. This is particularly significant when considering the origin of life.

Creation is an act of omnipotence and omniscience. Creation requires the bringing into existence of something that did not exist before. Creation even requires a unique word to define it! God had created (something from nothing) on Day One. God had then used the material of Day One to make everything else, including the stars, the sun, and the moon.

On Day Five, God created life. First were the water creatures and then the air creatures—“abundantly” throughout the planet. These living things were created, not made. On Day Six, He continued creating the “cattle,” “beasts of the earth,” and “creeping things” that would live on the dry land. They were very different from the air and water creatures, but they shared the created life that set them apart from the food that had the ability to reproduce “after its kind.”

After a close friend of the Lord Jesus had sickened and died, Jesus went to visit with the remaining sisters. As they were all grieving at the untimely loss, Christ revealed a core attribute of His diety: “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life” (John 11:25). Herein lies the source of “livingness”! Furthermore, Jesus promised, “He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (John 1:25-26). Do you believe this? HMM III

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Philippians 4:4-5 “Rejoice!”

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:

1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2

2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11

3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26

4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18

5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30

6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11

7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21

8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9

9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20

10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

 

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