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Archive for August, 2018

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

by on Aug.16, 2018, under Messages

It’s a famous saying: “There’s nothing new under the sun.” In some ways, that’s not true, because we are surrounded by new inventions that appear every day.

Yet the basics of life haven’t changed. We’re born. We live. We die.

We laugh and we cry. We love and we lose love. There are wars and diseases and crime. There are new babies and weddings and happy families.

Under the sun, there’s nothing really new. Except what God makes new. God takes people and reworks them into new creations, ready to live eternally with their God.

There is something new under the sun, for God makes all things new.

This is the account of Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah’s sons, who themselves had sons after the flood. (Genesis 10:1)

by on Aug.15, 2018, under Messages

Don’t you wonder about the stories these men told their sons.  They must have talked about God’s instructions and his faithfulness.  Rainbows and no more floods.  Telling what God had done for them.  We too must tell our children the things God has done.

“But Gideon told them, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The LORD will rule over you.”” (Judges 8:23)

by on Aug.14, 2018, under Messages

Gideon understood what so many throughout history have misunderstood: God’s people have one ruler over them. And that ruler is God Himself.

Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nest, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)

by on Aug.13, 2018, under Messages

Jesus makes it clear that this world is not his home.  It will be true for his followers also.  This world is not our home.

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalms 51:10)

by on Aug.11, 2018, under Messages

Would you like to live a really good life? Would you like to be able to be proud of everything you do?

Let God make you new. Let Him give you a pure heart. Let Him help you live as you should.

Give your life to Him.

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. (II Corinthians 7:10)

by on Aug.10, 2018, under Messages

Anyone can be sorry for their sin.  Committed believers turn that sorrow into repentance and will be saved.  If your sorrow does not lead to a righteous change, then you are a road that leads to death.

“During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King’s Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, “I have no son to carry on the memory of my name.” He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day.” (2 Samuel 18:18)

by on Aug.09, 2018, under Messages

How sad to have to build a monument to yourself! Absalom doubted that anyone else would honor him, so he tries to honor himself.

That never works.

The only honor that is worth seeking is the honor that comes from God. Don’t seek honor for yourself. Don’t worry about what others think of you. Focus on how God sees you and how you worship Him.

I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. (Ephesians 3:13)

by on Aug.08, 2018, under Messages

It is so easy to hear about the struggles of other Christians and get discouraged or afraid.  God’s glory, and our glory, are seen thru sufferings.  Make sure you respond to your own sufferings in a way that glorifies God.

“But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God.” (Job 32:2)

by on Aug.07, 2018, under Messages

Justifying ourselves instead of God.

That’s a common thing, isn’t it? When things go wrong, we’re quick to say, “Why me?” Rarely do we say that when good things happen to us.

We accuse God of not taking care of the problems in this world, yet fail to see all the opportunities He gives us to make things better.

Don’t blame God for things just to make yourself feel better. Don’t justify yourself and condemn God. Glorify God and praise His holy name.

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:8)

by on Aug.06, 2018, under Messages

Jesus followers produce fruit.  That is one way the are recognized as disciples.  So plant, water, and harvest righteous fruit today.

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