“Heavenly Bonds!”

There are 3 eternal foundations because of our relationship with Him that are built, maintained, and eventually completed. These are God’s “Super Glue” to hold all together (1 Cor. 13:13)

I. “These Three Abide “menō” remain; are eternal
These are graces – a state of sanctification (ongoing purity) enjoyed through divine assistance
Regardless of spiritual condition, circumstance, attitude-perspective-perception, social standing, etc… These remain
These are not gifts to be used or not used. These are bedrock to cling to or build upon.
These are God’s demonstration of presence in/thru us: Faith-Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23); Hope – Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13-14); Love – Father (1 Jn. 3:1)

II. Faith – “pistis” trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it…God supplies limitlessly, we use sparingly
Heb. 11:1 – It is the confidence and assurance of what our senses cannot confirm…(trust?!)
Matt. 17:19-21 – unbelief saps our foundation of assurance that the impossible is possible thru prayer/fasting (Matt. 9:26)
Jas. 2:15-19 – belief and faith are the difference between concept and result.

III. Hope – “elpis” joyful and confident expectation based upon security of the One making the promise
Ps. 42:11;43:5 – Diminishing hope encourages depression and silences praise.
Rom. 8:24-25 – Hope makes the waiting worthwhile (Christmas, B-Day, Anniversary – gift not earnings
Heb. 6:18-20 – Hope brings encouragement and security

IV. Love – “agape” sacrifice of the Self completely for another by which He can demand the same from His children
1 Jn. 4:16-21 – Sacrifice self because He did. Fear and hate are the absence of God’s love. Identity is gone; love remains
Faith, hope, love – are the sum of perfection on earth; love alone is the sum of perfection in heaven.

THE MORE YOU APPLY THESE…THE STRONGER YOU GET!

There are 3 eternal foundations because of our relationship with Him that are built, maintained, and eventually completed. These are God’s “Super Glue” to hold all together (1 Cor. 13:13)

I. “These Three Abide “menō” remain; are eternal
These are graces – a state of sanctification (ongoing purity) enjoyed through divine assistance
Regardless of spiritual condition, circumstance, attitude-perspective-perception, social standing, etc… These remain
These are not gifts to be used or not used. These are bedrock to cling to or build upon.
These are God’s demonstration of presence in/thru us: Faith-Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23); Hope – Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13-14); Love – Father (1 Jn. 3:1)

II. Faith – “pistis” trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it…God supplies limitlessly, we use sparingly
Heb. 11:1 – It is the confidence and assurance of what our senses cannot confirm…(trust?!)
Matt. 17:19-21 – unbelief saps our foundation of assurance that the impossible is possible thru prayer/fasting (Matt. 9:26)
Jas. 2:15-19 – belief and faith are the difference between concept and result.

III. Hope – “elpis” joyful and confident expectation based upon security of the One making the promise
Ps. 42:11;43:5 – Diminishing hope encourages depression and silences praise.
Rom. 8:24-25 – Hope makes the waiting worthwhile (Christmas, B-Day, Anniversary – gift not earnings
Heb. 6:18-20 – Hope brings encouragement and security

IV. Love – “agape” sacrifice of the Self completely for another by which He can demand the same from His children
1 Jn. 4:16-21 – Sacrifice self because He did. Fear and hate are the absence of God’s love. Identity is gone; love remains
Faith, hope, love – are the sum of perfection on earth; love alone is the sum of perfection in heaven.

THE MORE YOU APPLY THESE…THE STRONGER YOU GET!


Verses for Heavenly Bonds
1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Titus 2:13-14
while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Matthew 17:19-21
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Mark 9:29
He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.
James 2:15-19
Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
Psalm 42:11
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Romans 8:24-25
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Hebrews 6:18-20
God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

1 John 4:16-21

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.


 

“The War Within!”

What is the worst fight you had with…yourself?! The war within is where 2nd guessing, wrong 1st impressions, half-truths, false judgments come from. There is supposed to be a war within.

Read Rom. 7:15-25

What is the worst fight you had with…yourself?! The war within is where 2nd guessing, wrong 1st impressions, half-truths, false judgments come from. There is supposed to be a war within.

Old Nature (characteristics)
Foolish anoētos – unwise, unknowing (Gal. 3:3)
Disobedient apeithēs – rebellious, stubborn (Rom. 1:30)new nature

Deceived planaō – err, off the path (Gal. 6:7)
Lusts epithymia – cravings, forbidden (Eph. 4:22)
Pleasures hēdonē – passion, depraved (Lk. 8:14)
Malice kakia – desire to injure, wickedness (Matt. 6:34)
Envy phthonos – deprive others, selfish (1 Pet. 2:1)
Hateful stygētos – detestable, (1 Jn. 3:15)
Hating one another miseō – pursue hate, consumed by it (1 Jn. 2:11)
Application: If you see it, destroy it (humility-prayer)(Gal. 2:20)
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New Nature (characteristics)
Kindness chrēstotēs – moral goodness, upright (Col. 3:12)
Love philanthrōpia – love each other, benevolence (Acts 28:2)
Mercy eleos – good will, helpfulness (Jas. 3:17)
Regeneration paliggenesia – new birth, renew previous status (Matt. 19:28)
Renewing anakainōsis – complete change for better (Rom. 12:2)
Abundantly plousiōs – richly (Jn. 10:10)
Justified dikaioō – pronounce righteous (Rom. 5:1)
Hope elpis – joyful and confident expectation (1 Thess. 2:19)
Application: If you see it, grow it…If not, plant it (Ps. 1:2-3)
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“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” (Jas. 1:22-25)


Verses for The War Within

Romans 7:15-25
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
Galatians 3:3
Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?
Romans 1:30
slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;
Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Ephesians 4:22
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
Luke 8:14
The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.
Matthew 6:34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
1 Peter 2:1
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
1 John 3:15
Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
1 John 2:11
But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.
Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Acts 28:2
The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.
James 3:17
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
2 Cor. 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here
Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Romans 5:1
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Thessalonians 2:19
For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?
Psalm 1:2-3
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.

“Be The Example…”

Be The Example!
Shining “God’s Light” through us shows what God is like to others. This can be extremely difficult since other’s view of God is so high! Here are areas we need to shine as examples from Titus 2:6-15…

Shining “God’s Light” through us shows what God is like to others. This can be extremely difficult since other’s view of God is so high! Here are areas we need to shine as examples from Titus 2:6-15…

Personally…
Self-Controlled – sōphroneō – modest, mellow (2 Cor. 5:13)
Integrity – adiaphthoria – not tainted (don’t stink) (2 Cor. 2:15)
Seriousness – semnotēs – respect, dignity (Prov. 5:9-10)
Soundness – aphtharsia – sincerity, purity (2 Tim. 1:10)
Results:
Not Condemned – enantios – nothing sticks (Rom. 16:17)
Shame on Them – entrepō – confound, turn it back (2 Thess. 3:14)
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Professionally…
Note: slave/servant (doulos) = employee today (Matt. 25:14-30)HW
Subject/Obedient – hypotassō – submit, yield (1 Pet. 2:18)
Please them – euarestos – exceed expectation (Heb. 13:21)
Not Talk Back – antilegō – contradict, defy (Rom. 10:21)
Not Steal – nosphizō – embezzle, selfish use (Acts 5:2-3)
Results:
Trusted – pistis – faithful, reliable (Prov. 25:13; Col. 3:23-24)
Testimony – kosmeō – honor, embellish (Rev. 21:2)
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Spiritually…
Deny – arneomai – reject or refuse
Ungodliness – asebeia – lack of reverence (2 Tim. 2:16)
Worldly passions – epithymia – crave forbidden (Rom. 13:14)
Upright – dikaiōs – within the boundaries/laws (1 Cor. 15:34)
Godly – eusebōs – pious, worthy of God (2 Tim. 3:12)
Waiting – prosdechomai – anticipation, expectation (Jude 1:21)
Results:
Appearance of Christ – epiphaneia – revelation (2 Tim. 4:8)
Redemption from sin – lytroō – liberate, release (1 Cor. 15:51-58)
Purity in life – katharizō – scrubbed clean, dedicated (2 Cor. 7:1)
Passion for God – zēlōtēs – defend, proclaim (1 Cor. 14:12)
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“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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Verses for Be the Example

Ephesians 5:1-2
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Titus 2:6-15
Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive. For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

2 Corinthians 5:13
If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.

Proverbs 5:9-10
lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel, lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another.

2 Timothy 1:10
but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

Romans 16:17
I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.

2 Thessalonians 3:14
Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed.

Matthew 25:14-30 – READ AT HOME!!!

1 Peter 2:18
Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.

Hebrews 13:21
equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Romans 10:21
But concerning Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.”

Acts 5:2-3
With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?

Colossians 3:23-24
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Revelation 21:2
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

2 Timothy 2:16
Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.

Romans 13:14
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

1 Corinthians 15:34
Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.

2 Timothy 3:12
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted

Jude 1:21
keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

2 Timothy 4:8
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

1 Corinthians 15:51-58
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

2 Corinthians 7:1
Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

1 Corinthians 14:12
So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.
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“Still Teaching Godly Principles…!”

Still Teaching Godly Principles!
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Prov. 31:30) How?

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Prov. 31:30) How?

Verse 3
Aged Women – presbytis – more mature, godly (1 Tim. 5:2)
Behavior – katastēma –demeanor, bearing (1 Tim. 3:11)
Holiness – hieroprepēs – reverent, sacred to God (Rom. 16:2)
False Accusers – diabolos – slander, siding with the devil (Jn. 8:44)
Given to Wine – douloō – slave to, reduced to bondage of (Gal. 4:3)
Teaching good – kalodidaskalos – demonstrate by example God’s goodness (Prov. 31:26)
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Verse 4
Young Women – neos – fresh, young in the faith (1 Pet. 5:5)
Sober – sōphronizō – disciplined, moderate (1 Pet. 5:8)
Love her husband – philandros – affection, fondness, infatuated by (Eph. 5:25)
Love her children – philoteknos – maternal instincts, more than affection (1 Thess. 2:7)
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Verse 5
Discreet – sophron – curbing desires/impulses, sound mind (Titus 1:8)
Chaste – hagnos – modest, clean, pure (2 Cor. 11:2)
Keepers at home – oikourgos – overseeing household affairs (Prov. 31:27)
Good – agathos – pleasant natured, agreeable, upright (Rom. 12:21)
Obedient – hypotassō – submit to, yield control to, obey (Eph. 5:22)
Blasphemed – blasphēmeō – reviled, ridiculed, mocked (Rom. 14:16)
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30 Verses

“Teaching Godly Principles…!”

Teaching Godly Principles!
Who was your favorite teacher? The best teacher can take the worst topic and make it the most memorable! God teaches through various “teachers” He places in our lives. Good ones teach us what to do…Bad ones teach us what not to do!

Titus 1

Verse 1
Teach – laleō – articulate, disclose thought (1 Cor. 2”6-7)
Appropriate – prepō – stand out, conspicuous, fit (Eph. 5:3)
Sound – hygiainō – spiritually healthy, error free (1 Tim. 6:3-6)
Doctrine – didaskalia – teaching, instruction, precepts (Rom. 15:4)
Applications:
Teaching is not winning an argument, it is sharing information that MAY lead to changing perspective/life
What stands out (leson) to one person may not to another. Let others teach the same lesson and cheer success!
Spiritually healthy and error free lessons become “life lessons” that impact yourself and then others!
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Verse 2
Older Men – presbytēs – more mature (Phm. 1:9)
Temperate – nēphalios – sober, clear-headed (1 Tim. 3:2)
Respectable – semnos – honorable, revered (Phil. 4:8)
Self-Controlled – sophron – stable, healthy (Titus 2:2)
Sound – hygiainō – no mixing errors, strong grace (2 Jn. 1:2)
Faith – pistis – conviction, fidelity (2 Cor. 5:7)
Love – agape – God’s affection/good will (Rom. 12:9)
Endurance – hypomonē – constancy, persevere (Lk. 8:15)
Applications:
Life Lessons are taught with action more than words!
Our church and community need more “grown up” men!
The more men are stable and self-controlled, the healthier our homes, churches, and community!
The 3 areas men are suppose to be “sound” in are the same graces found in Gal. 5:22-23 and 1 Cor. 13:13!

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Verses for Teaching Godly Principles
2 Peter 3:18
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
1 Corinthians 2:6-7
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
Ephesians 5:3
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
1 Timothy 6:3-6
If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Romans 15:4
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Philemon 1:9
yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus—
1 Timothy 3:2
Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Titus 2:2
Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
2 John 1:2
because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:
2 Corinthians 5:7
For we live by faith, not by sight.
Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Luke 8:15
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

Who was your favorite teacher? The best teacher can take the worst topic and make it the most memorable! God teaches through various “teachers” He places in our lives. Good ones teach us what to do…Bad ones teach us what not to do!

Titus 1

Verse 1
Teach – laleō – articulate, disclose thought (1 Cor. 2”6-7)
Appropriate – prepō – stand out, conspicuous, fit (Eph. 5:3)
Sound – hygiainō – spiritually healthy, error free (1 Tim. 6:3-6)
Doctrine – didaskalia – teaching, instruction, precepts (Rom. 15:4)
Applications:
Teaching is not winning an argument, it is sharing information that MAY lead to changing perspective/life
What stands out (leson) to one person may not to another. Let others teach the same lesson and cheer success!
Spiritually healthy and error free lessons become “life lessons” that impact yourself and then others!
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Verse 2
Older Men – presbytēs – more mature (Phm. 1:9)
Temperate – nēphalios – sober, clear-headed (1 Tim. 3:2)
Respectable – semnos – honorable, revered (Phil. 4:8)
Self-Controlled – sophron – stable, healthy (Titus 2:2)
Sound – hygiainō – no mixing errors, strong grace (2 Jn. 1:2)
Faith – pistis – conviction, fidelity (2 Cor. 5:7)
Love – agape – God’s affection/good will (Rom. 12:9)
Endurance – hypomonē – constancy, persevere (Lk. 8:15)
Applications:
Life Lessons are taught with action more than words!
Our church and community need more “grown up” men!
The more men are stable and self-controlled, the healthier our homes, churches, and community!
The 3 areas men are suppose to be “sound” in are the same graces found in Gal. 5:22-23 and 1 Cor. 13:13!

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Verses for Teaching Godly Principles
2 Peter 3:18
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
1 Corinthians 2:6-7
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
Ephesians 5:3
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
1 Timothy 6:3-6
If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Romans 15:4
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Philemon 1:9
yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus—
1 Timothy 3:2
Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Titus 2:2
Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
2 John 1:2
because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:
2 Corinthians 5:7
For we live by faith, not by sight.
Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Luke 8:15
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

“Vision Sunday 2018!”

Vision Sunday!
Our Vision for God’s church here in 2018 is to shine His Light through us both while in this building, the community, and the Valley! We will accomplish this by following the principles He demonstrated in Acts 2:41-47. These include:

Our Vision for God’s church here in 2018 is to shine His Light through us both while in this building, the community, and the Valley! We will accomplish this by following the principles He demonstrated in Acts 2:41-47. These include:

• Accept God’s message (v.41) – accept, receive without reservation
• Be Baptized (v.41) – by immersion, demonstration of a personal relationship with God
• Be Added to the Local Assembly (v.41) – church membership with purposes:
• Continually devoted to Teaching (v.42) – steadfastly attentive, adhered to in daily practice. (Jas. 1:22-25)
• Continually devoted to Followship (v.42) – associating with, participating with, communing with God and those in the local church. (Heb. 10:25)
• Continually devoted to Break of Bread (v.42) – two meanings, both a regular practice in the early. Eating meals together as a local group of believers and regularly observing the “Lord’s Supper” as He directed. (1 Cor. 11:23-30)(v.26)
• Continually devoted to Prayer (v.42) – Addressing God as a group of believers as opposed to individual praying. (Jas. 5:16)
• Filled with awe (v.43) – worshipped/praised God not people for miracles and God’s authenticating His cause through His leaders and people. (Matt. 5:16)
• Were together/had everything in common (v.44) – unity not only in belief but demonstrated it through sharing whatever they had with each other. (v.45 – internally and externally)
• Continued to meet together (v.46) – Not just at the Temple (their church). Their passion and unity was not confined to their “day of worship”. It continued by:
• Taking meals together – believers prefer the company of believers. (Amos 3:3; 2 Cor. 6:14)
• Being Glad together – having a good time (fun) throughout the week. (Deut. 12:7; Eccl. 8:5)
• Being Sincere with each other – simple, honest (Prov. 27:17)
• Praising God (v.47) – singing, honoring, making vows to God
• Having favor with people (v.47) – good will, thanks, kind words from the local community just like Jesus. (Lk. 2:52)
• The Lord adds to their number (v.47) – If the above mentioned purposes are readily demonstrated by all in the church, Jesus adds people with a purpose. (Matt. 16:18)
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Verses

Acts 2:41-47
41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.
44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.
45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
James 1:22-25
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
Hebrews 10:25
not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
1 Corinthians 11:26
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
Deuteronomy 12:7
There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.
Proverbs 27:17
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Luke 2:52
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Matthew 16:18
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

“We are Shining Lights…!”

“We are Shining Lights…!”
This next Sunday we will begin the celebration of Christ’s birth with a candlelight service. This practice began as a reminder that Jesus Christ came in human form to be the Light of the world. (Jn. 8:12) As He passed this “light” to us through the Holy Spirit at the time we begin our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we celebrate “passing on His “Light” (the Gospel) to others through the lighting of candles one to another. This practice began in 1918 with what was called “The carol and the Candle” in London. We continue this practice in churches today as both a reminder of His Light and our responsibility to not only have His Light within, but also to pass His Light to others throughout the year! God’s Word has much to say about this topic…
Source of Light
God’s presence (Ex.34:29-30; Matt.17:2)
Personal relationship with God (Acts 9:3)
Promise of Christ’s return (Lk. 17:24)
God’s Blessings (Num. 6:25)
The Gospel (2 Cor. 4:6) Demonstration of Light
Good works (Matt. 5:16)
Unrestricted (Matt. 5:14)
Clear instruction (Eph. 5:8)
Blamelessness & Innocence (Phil. 2:15)
Wisdom & righteous example (Dan. 12:3)
Fellowship with believers (1 Jn. 1:7)
Eyewitness belief (Jn. 12:36)
Righteousness (Prov. 4:18; Matt. 13:43)
Armor of light (Rom. 13:12)
Salvation for others (Acts 13:47)
“Shining Lights” has also been revealed as God’s theme for this assembly of believers in 2018. In the coming weeks, we will seek to keep this command as our priority in our worship, service, and daily living!
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
(Matthew 5:16)
Verses for Shining Lights
John 8:12

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Exodus 34:29-30

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.

Matthew 17:2

There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.

Acts 9:3

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.

Luke 17:24

For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.

Numbers 6:25

the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Ephesians 5:8

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

Philippians 2:15

That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Daniel 12:3

And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

John 12:36

While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

Proverbs 4:18

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

Matthew 13:43

Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Romans 13:12

The night is almost gone, and the day is near Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Acts 13:47

For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

This next Sunday we will begin the celebration of Christ’s birth with a candlelight service. This practice began as a reminder that Jesus Christ came in human form to be the Light of the world. (Jn. 8:12) As He passed this “light” to us through the Holy Spirit at the time we begin our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we celebrate “passing on His “Light” (the Gospel) to others through the lighting of candles one to another. This practice began in 1918 with what was called “The carol and the Candle” in London. We continue this practice in churches today as both a reminder of His Light and our responsibility to not only have His Light within, but also to pass His Light to others throughout the year! God’s Word has much to say about this topic…

  1. Source of Light
  • God’s presence (Ex.34:29-30; Matt.17:2)
  • Personal relationship with God (Acts 9:3)
  • Promise of Christ’s return (Lk. 17:24)
  • God’s Blessings (Num. 6:25)
  • The Gospel (2 Cor. 4:6)

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  1. Demonstration of Light
  • Good works (Matt. 5:16)
  • Unrestricted (Matt. 5:14)
  • Clear instruction (Eph. 5:8)
  • Blamelessness & Innocence (Phil. 2:15)
  • Wisdom & righteous example (Dan. 12:3)
  • Fellowship with believers (1 Jn. 1:7)
  • Eyewitness belief (Jn. 12:36)
  • Righteousness (Prov. 4:18; Matt. 13:43)
  • Armor of light (Rom. 13:12)
  • Salvation for others (Acts 13:47)

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Shining Lights” has also been revealed as God’s theme for this assembly of believers in 2018. In the coming weeks, we will seek to keep this command as our priority in our worship, service, and daily living!

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

(Matthew 5:16)

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Verses for Shining Lights

John 8:12

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Exodus 34:29-30

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.

Matthew 17:2

There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.

Acts 9:3

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.

Luke 17:24

For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.

Numbers 6:25

the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Ephesians 5:8

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

Philippians 2:15

That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Daniel 12:3

And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

John 12:36

While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

Proverbs 4:18

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

Matthew 13:43

Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Romans 13:12

The night is almost gone, and the day is near Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Acts 13:47

For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

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By: Pastor Todd Rutkowski

Dec. 17, 2017

“A Hireling sent from our Enemies…!” (Continued)

“En Garde” in fencing is a call to be ready for an attack. The Word of God is our sword (Eph. 6:17) Titus tells us to use God’s Word (the Truth) to “rebuke” – expose, admonish, demand an explanation when we are led away from God’s Word. (Eph. 5:11) This is to be done without hesitation. (2 Cor. 13:10)
Verse 14
“and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth”
Attention – prosechō – apply, attach, be addicted to (Heb. 2:1)
Fables – mythos – inventions, fiction, lie (2 Pet. 1:16)
Commands – entolē – order, charge, rule (Matt. 15:9)
Reject – apostrephō – defect, turn allegiance, desert (2 Tim. 4:4)
Truth – alētheia – reality, facts (Jn. 8:32)
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Verse 15
“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.”
Pure – katharos – cleansed, genuine, innocent (1 Pet. 1:22)
Corrupted – miainō – dye, stain, pollute, contaminate (Heb. 1215)
Unbelieving – apistos – faithless, incredulous (Jn. 20:27)
Mind – nous – perceptions, feelings, desires (Rom. 12:2)
Conscience – syneidēsis – morals, standards, principles (1 Tim. 4:2)
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Verse 16
“They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.”
Profess – homologeō – agree, concede (Jn. 12:42)
Know – eidō – examine, observe, experience (Rom. 1:21)
Works – ergon – product, result (2 Cor. 10:11)
Deny – arneomai – reject, refuse, contradict, disown (2 Tim. 3:5)
Abominable – bdelyktos – detestable, abhor (Lk. 16:15)
Disobedient – apeithēs – not persuadable, stubborn, unteachable (Titus 3:3)
Reprobate – adokimos – faulty, rejected (Rom. 1:2
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“En Garde” Church of God says our Lord and Master…“En Garde”

En Garde” in fencing is a call to be ready for an attack. The Word of God is our sword (Eph. 6:17) Titus tells us to use God’s Word (the Truth) to “rebuke” – expose, admonish, demand an explanation when we are led away from God’s Word. (Eph. 5:11) This is to be done without hesitation. (2 Cor. 13:10)

Verse 14

and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth

Attention – prosechō – apply, attach, be addicted to (Heb. 2:1)

Fables – mythos – inventions, fiction, lie (2 Pet. 1:16)

Commands – entolē – order, charge, rule (Matt. 15:9)

Reject – apostrephō – defect, turn allegiance, desert (2 Tim. 4:4)

Truth – alētheia – reality, facts (Jn. 8:32)

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Verse 15

To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.”

Pure – katharos – cleansed, genuine, innocent (1 Pet. 1:22)

Corrupted – miainō – dye, stain, pollute, contaminate (Heb. 1215)

Unbelieving – apistos – faithless, incredulous (Jn. 20:27)

Mind – nous – perceptions, feelings, desires (Rom. 12:2)

Conscience – syneidēsis – morals, standards, principles (1 Tim. 4:2)

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Verse 16

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.”

Profess – homologeō – agree, concede (Jn. 12:42)

Know – eidō – examine, observe, experience (Rom. 1:21)

Works – ergon – product, result (2 Cor. 10:11)

Deny – arneomai – reject, refuse, contradict, disown (2 Tim. 3:5)

Abominable – bdelyktos – detestable, abhor (Lk. 16:15)

Disobedient – apeithēs – not persuadable, stubborn, unteachable (Titus 3:3)

Reprobate – adokimos – faulty, rejected (Rom. 1:2

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En Garde” Church of God says our Lord and Master…“En Garde”

“A Hireling sent from our Enemies…!”

The church who desires for God to he the Shepherd (Jn. 10:11) is blessed by God with a specifically chosen under-shepherd sent to nurture (edify) and protect His sheep. Unfortunately, in the absence of a called, chosen, under-shepherd, the sheep settle for hiring someone that looks like an under-shepherd but doesn’t act like one. How can we identify a hireling…?! God identifies them as those that contradicts, opposes, and refuses instruction and doctrine while convincing others to follow them in opposition to the under-shepherd (Acts 13:45)

Verse 10
“For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group.”
Unruly – anypotaktos – no control, disobedient, not subject to authority (Heb. 2:8)
Vain Talkers – mataiologos – idle talker, empty senseless things (2 Tim. 2:23)
Deceivers – phrenapatēs – mind deceiver, seducer (Ps. 52:2)
Circumcision – peritomē – “they of the circumcision”, Jews (Rom. 3:1)
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Verse 11
“Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.”
Mouths stopped – epistomizō – bridle, reduce to silence (Prov. 17:28)
Subvert – anatrepō – overthrow, overturn, destroy (2 Tim. 2:18)
Teaching – didaskō – instruct, explain, expound (Matt. 28:20)
Filthy Lucre – aischros/kerdos – baseness-dishonor, gain, advantage (1 Sam. 8:3)
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Verse 12
“One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretans are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.”
Prophet – prophētēs – a seer, one secretly communicated to, interpreter of the oracles of the gods (1 Thess. 2:14-16)
Cretans – Krēs – inhabitants of Crete (not confused with cretin – iodine deficiency dwarfism, retardation)
Liars – pseustēs – breaks faith, false liar (Rom. 3:4)
Evil Beasts – kakos/thērion – bad nature, injurious, destructive (Rom. 12:21)
Slow Bellies – argos/gastēr – lazy, shunning labor, a glutton (1 Tim. 5:13)
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The church who desires for God to he the Shepherd (Jn. 10:11) is blessed by God with a specifically chosen under-shepherd sent to nurture (edify) and protect His sheep. Unfortunately, in the absence of a called, chosen, under-shepherd, the sheep settle for hiring someone that looks like an under-shepherd but doesn’t act like one. How can we identify a hireling…?! God identifies them as those that contradicts, opposes, and refuses instruction and doctrine while convincing others to follow them in opposition to the under-shepherd (Acts 13:45)

Verse 10

For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group.”

Unruly – anypotaktos – no control, disobedient, not subject to authority (Heb. 2:8)

Vain Talkers – mataiologos – idle talker, empty senseless things (2 Tim. 2:23)

Deceivers – phrenapatēs – mind deceiver, seducer (Ps. 52:2)

Circumcision – peritomē“they of the circumcision”, Jews (Rom. 3:1)

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Verse 11

Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre‘s sake.”

Mouths stopped – epistomizō – bridle, reduce to silence (Prov. 17:28)

Subvert – anatrepōoverthrow, overturn, destroy (2 Tim. 2:18)

Teaching – didaskō – instruct, explain, expound (Matt. 28:20)

Filthy Lucre – aischros/kerdos – baseness-dishonor, gain, advantage (1 Sam. 8:3)

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Verse 12

One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretans are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.”

Prophet – prophētēs – a seer, one secretly communicated to, interpreter of the oracles of the gods (1 Thess. 2:14-16)

Cretans – Krēs – inhabitants of Crete (not confused with cretin – iodine deficiency dwarfism, retardation)

Liars – pseustēs – breaks faith, false liar (Rom. 3:4)

Evil Beasts – kakos/thērion – bad nature, injurious, destructive (Rom. 12:21)

Slow Bellies – argos/gastēr – lazy, shunning labor, a glutton (1 Tim. 5:13)

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Verses for A Hireling sent from our Enemies

John 10:11-13

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

Acts 13:45

When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy. They began to contradict what Paul was saying and heaped abuse on him.

Hebrews 2:9

But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

2 Timothy 2:23

Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.

Psalm 52:2

You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor.

Romans 3:1

What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision?

Proverbs 17:28

Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.

2 Timothy 2:18

who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.

Matthew 28:20

and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

1 Samuel 8:3

But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.

1 Thessalonians 2:14-16

For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.

Romans 3:4

Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.

Romans 12:21

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 Timothy 5:13

Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.

“An under-shepherd in the Presence of our Enemies…!”

We continue putting the pastor under God’s microscope. With great privilege comes great responsibility. This is why there are many qualifications for putting the right man in the right location. This can only be done by God for His purposes. This is why churches who want God to “build His church” (Matt. 16:18) should use God’s methods and prayer to allow God to show them His choice for the under-shepherd not human qualifications or personality.

Verse 7

“Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.”

Manages – oikonomos – manager, superintendent, proprietor (1 Cor. 4:1-2)

Blameless – anegklētos – no proven accusation, unreproveable (Col. 1:22)

Overbearing – authadēs – self-pleasing/willed, arrogant (2 Pet. 2:10)

Angry – orgilos – hot tempered, easily provoked (Prov. 29:22)

Drunkeness – paroinos – out of control drunk (1 Tim. 3:3)

Violent – plēktēs – quarrelsome, combative, cause arguments (Rom. 2:8-9)

Dishonest Gain – aischrokerdēs – greedy for money (Eccl. 5:10)

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Verse 8

“Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined”

Hospitable – philoxenos – generous to guests (1 Pet. 4:9)

Good – philagathos – promoter of virtue (Prov. 10:12)

Sober – sōphrōn – sound mind, curbing self-desires/impulses (1 Cor. 9:27)

Just – sōphrōn – observing divine laws, conformed to God’s will (Heb. 10:38)

Holy – hosios – undefiled by sin, pious (1 Tim. 2:8)

Temperate – egkratēs – power over self, restrained impulses (Prov. 26:32)

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Verse 9

“He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”

Hold Fast – antechō – endure, withstand (1 Thess. 5:14)

Faithful – pistos – trustworthy, reliable (1 Cor. 4:2)

Word – logos – revelation, declaration, explanation (2 Cor. 4:2)

Taught – didachē – doctrine, instruction (1 Cor. 14:26)

Sound – hygiainō – free from error, good for spiritual health (2 Tim. 4:3)

Doctrine – didaskalia – instruction, precepts (2 Tim. 3:16)

Exhort – parakaleō – entreat, comfort, beg, console (Heb. 10:25)

Convince – elegchō – expose, correct, chide, demand explanation (1 Tim. 5:20)

Gainsayers – antilegō – contradicts, opposes, refuses instruction (Rom. 10:21)

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“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction…But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” (2 Tim. 4:2, 5)

We continue putting the pastor under God’s microscope. With great privilege comes great responsibility. This is why there are many qualifications for putting the right man in the right location. This can only be done by God for His purposes. This is why churches who want God to “build His church” (Matt. 16:18) should use God’s methods and prayer to allow God to show them His choice for the under-shepherd not human qualifications or personality.

Verse 7

Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.”

Manages – oikonomos – manager, superintendent, proprietor (1 Cor. 4:1-2)

Blameless – anegklētos – no proven accusation, unreproveable (Col. 1:22)

Overbearing – authadēs – self-pleasing/willed, arrogant (2 Pet. 2:10)

Angry – orgilos – hot tempered, easily provoked (Prov. 29:22)

Drunkeness – paroinos – out of control drunk (1 Tim. 3:3)

Violent – plēktēs – quarrelsome, combative, cause arguments (Rom. 2:8-9)

Dishonest Gain – aischrokerdēs – greedy for money (Eccl. 5:10)

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Verse 8

Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined

Hospitable – philoxenos – generous to guests (1 Pet. 4:9)

Good – philagathos – promoter of virtue (Prov. 10:12)

Sober – sōphrōn – sound mind, curbing self-desires/impulses (1 Cor. 9:27)

Just – sōphrōn – observing divine laws, conformed to God’s will (Heb. 10:38)

Holy – hosios – undefiled by sin, pious (1 Tim. 2:8)

Temperate – egkratēs – power over self, restrained impulses (Prov. 26:32)

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Verse 9

He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”

Hold Fast – antechō – endure, withstand (1 Thess. 5:14)

Faithful – pistos – trustworthy, reliable (1 Cor. 4:2)

Word – logos – revelation, declaration, explanation (2 Cor. 4:2)

Taught – didachē – doctrine, instruction (1 Cor. 14:26)

Sound – hygiainō – free from error, good for spiritual health (2 Tim. 4:3)

Doctrine – didaskalia – instruction, precepts (2 Tim. 3:16)

Exhort – parakaleō – entreat, comfort, beg, console (Heb. 10:25)

Convince – elegchō – expose, correct, chide, demand explanation (1 Tim. 5:20)

Gainsayers – antilegō – contradicts, opposes, refuses instruction (Rom. 10:21)

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Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction…But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” (2 Tim. 4:2, 5)

 

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Verses for an under-shepherd in the Presence of our Enemies

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Matthew 16:18

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

1 Corinthians 4:1-2

This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Colossians 1:22

But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation

2 Peter 2:10

This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings

Proverbs 29:22

An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.

1 Timothy 3:3

not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

Romans 2:8-9

But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile

Ecclesiastes 5:10

Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.

1 Peter 4:9

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

1 Corinthians 9:27

No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Hebrews 10:38

And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”

1 Timothy 2:8

Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

1 Thessalonians 5:14

And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

1 Corinthians 4:2

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

“A Servant in the Presence of our Enemies…!”

Our world is changing and the Church needs to keep up. One area enemies focus on is leadership. What do family, friends, neighbors, or strangers say when you say “pastor”? What comes to your mind when you hear the word pastor? Paul is going to give Titus the “standard” expected by God for these leaders…You can expect these qualities in your leaders as well!
Verse 5
“The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.”
Cause – charin – Specific purpose, priority (Eph. 3:14)
Left – kataleipō – under orders (1 Thess. 3:1)
Set in Order – epidiorthoō – straighten out, bring back into right standing (Isa. 58:12)
Wanting – leipō – destitute, failing, inferior (Jas. 1:4)

Ordain – kathistēmi – appoint, place over, administer (Matt. 25:21)

Elders – presbyteros – leaders (Church), managers, administer justice (Acts 14:23)

Appointed – diatassō – arrange, prescribe (1 Cor. 7:17)

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Verse 6

“An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.”

Blameless – anegklētos – no proven accusation, (1 Tim. 3:10)

Husband – anēr – man, male adult (never used of the female sex)(1 Tim. 3:2)

Wife – gynē – general term for betrothed/married woman (1 Tim. 3:11)

Faithful – pistos – trustworthy, reliable (1 Tim. 4:12)

Accused – katēgoria – charged, confirmation of wrong doing (1 Pet. 3:16)

Riot – asōtia – no restraint, debauchery, reckless (1 Pet. 4:4)

Unruly – anypotaktos – uncontrollable, disobedient (1 Tim. 1:9)

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I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;

I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.

The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,

Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;

And the best of all preachers are the men who live their creeds,

For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;

I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,

But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;

For I might misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

Our world is changing and the Church needs to keep up. One area enemies focus on is leadership. What do family, friends, neighbors, or strangers say when you say “pastor”? What comes to your mind when you hear the word pastor? Paul is going to give Titus the “standard” expected by God for these leaders…You can expect these qualities in your leaders as well!

Verse 5

The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.”

Cause – charin – Specific purpose, priority (Eph. 3:14)

Left – kataleipō – under orders (1 Thess. 3:1)

Set in Order – epidiorthoō – straighten out, bring back into right standing (Isa. 58:12)

Wanting – leipō – destitute, failing, inferior (Jas. 1:4)

Ordain – kathistēmi – appoint, place over, administer (Matt. 25:21)

Elders – presbyteros – leaders (Church), managers, administer justice (Acts 14:23)

Appointed – diatassō – arrange, prescribe (1 Cor. 7:17)

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Verse 6

An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.”

Blameless – anegklētos – no proven accusation, (1 Tim. 3:10)

Husband – anēr – man, male adult (never used of the female sex)(1 Tim. 3:2)

Wife – gynē – general term for betrothed/married woman (1 Tim. 3:11)

Faithful – pistos – trustworthy, reliable (1 Tim. 4:12)

Accused – katēgoria – charged, confirmation of wrong doing (1 Pet. 3:16)

Riot – asōtia – no restraint, debauchery, reckless (1 Pet. 4:4)

Unruly – anypotaktos – uncontrollable, disobedient (1 Tim. 1:9)

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I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;

I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.

The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,

Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;

And the best of all preachers are the men who live their creeds,

For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;

I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,

But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;

For I might misunderstand you and the high advice you give,

But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

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Verses for A Servant in the Presence of our Enemies

Titus 1:5-6

The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.

Ephesians 3:14

For this reason I kneel before the Father…

1 Thessalonians 3:1

So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.

Isaiah 58:12

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

James 1:4

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Matthew 25:21

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Acts 14:23

Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.

1 Corinthians 7:17

Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.

1 Timothy 3:10

They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve

1 Timothy 3:2

Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

Timothy 3:11

In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything

1 Timothy 4:12

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

1 Peter 3:16

keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

1 Peter 4:4

They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.

1 Timothy 1:9

We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,

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“A Banquet in front of our Enemies…!”

Have you ever had the meal interrupted with something unpleasant? How difficult was it to start enjoying the meal again?! Imagine how God responds when we interrupt our banquet with Him to focus on enemies He forced to witness His provision to us…! Look at what is on the table…

Verse 2

“in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time”

Hope – elpis – joyful and confident expectation (Rom. 12:12)

Lie – apseudēs – without concept of a lie, truthful (Num. 23:19)

Promised – epaggellomai – announcement, engage voluntarily, has skill to assure the action (Heb. 6:13)

Before – pro – in front of, priority to (Eph. 1:4)

Began – chronos – measured time (Gal. 4:4)

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Verse 3

“and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior”

Have you ever had the meal interrupted with something unpleasant? How difficult was it to start enjoying the meal again?! Imagine how God responds when we interrupt our banquet with Him to focus on enemies He forced to witness His provision to us…! Look at what is on the table…

Verse 2

in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time

Hope – elpisjoyful and confident expectation (Rom. 12:12)

Lie – apseudēswithout concept of a lie, truthful (Num. 23:19)

Promised – epaggellomai – announcement, engage voluntarily, has skill to assure the action (Heb. 6:13)

Before – pro – in front of, priority to (Eph. 1:4)

Began – chronos – measured time (Gal. 4:4)

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Verse 3

and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior

Appointed – idios – pertaining to self, private, personal (Jn. 13:1)

Time – kairos – fixed, definite, decisive event, season (Rom. 5:6)

Manifest – phaneroō – make visible (not discovered), realize (taught), recognize (2 Cor. 4:10)

Word – logos – revelation, declaration, explanation (Heb. 4:12)

Preaching – kērygmaproclamation by herald or public crier (1 Cor. 1:21)

Committed – pisteuō – persuade, entrust, conviction (1 Thess. 2:4)

Command – epitagēinjunction, mandate, decree (Rom. 16:26)

God – theosthe Godhead, Trinity (Matt. 5:8)

Savior – sōtēr – Deliverer, Preserver (Jude 1:25)

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Verse 4

To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.”

Titus – Titos – “Nurse” gift of healing(?) physical, mental, spiritual (2 Cor. 7:6)

True – gnēsioslegitimate, genuine, sincere (Phil. 4:3)

Faith – pistisconviction of the truth, trust and holy fervour (Matt. 8:10)(same as v.1)

Grace – charis – joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness, good will, favor (Rom. 12:6)

Peace – eirēnē – harmony, security, safety, prosperity, tranquility (Jn. 14:27)

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You (continue to) prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows…!” (Ps. 23:5)

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Verses for A Banquet in front of our Enemies

 

Titus 1:2-4

In the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior, To Titus, my true son in our common faith:

Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Romans 12:12

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Numbers 23:19

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Hebrews 6:13

When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,

Ephesians 1:4

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

Galatians 4:4

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,

John 13:1

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

Romans 5:6

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

2 Corinthians 4:10

We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

Hebrews 4:1

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

1 Corinthians 1:21

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

1 Thessalonians 2:4

On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.

Romans 16:26

but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Jude 1:25

to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

2 Corinthians 7:6

But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus

Philippians 4:3

Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Matthew 8:10

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

Romans 12:6

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

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“In the Presence of my Enemies…!”

“In the Presence of my Enemies…!”
Ever felt surrounded? Trapped? Isolated? Alone? Especially around those who are looking for a reason to justify their current condition? Titus was placed “behind enemy lines” but Paul thru the Holy Spirit gave a survival manual…

Verse 1

“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness”

Paul – Paulos – “small or little” (1 Cor. 1:26-29)

Servant – doulos – a slave, bondman, man of servile condition, devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests (Col. 3:24)

Apostle – apostolos – a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders, Christian teachers (1 Cor. 12:28)

Faith – pistis – conviction of the truth, trust and holy fervour (Matt. 8:10)

Elect – eklektos – picked out, chosen, the best of its kind or class, excellence preeminent (1 Pet. 2:9)

Acknowledging – epignōsis – precise and correct knowledge (Rom. 10:2)

Truth – alētheia – what is true in any matter under consideration (1 Cor. 13:6)

Godliness – eusebeia – reverence, respect toward God, godliness (1Tim. 6:6)

Ever felt surrounded? Trapped? Isolated? Alone? Especially around those who are looking for a reason to justify their current condition? Titus was placed “behind enemy lines” but Paul thru the Holy Spirit gave a survival manual…

Verse 1

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness

Paul – Paulos – “small or little” (1 Cor. 1:26-29)

Servant – doulos – a slave, bondman, man of servile condition, devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests (Col. 3:24)

Apostle – apostolosa delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders, Christian teachers (1 Cor. 12:28)

Faith – pistisconviction of the truth, trust and holy fervour (Matt. 8:10)

Elect – eklektospicked out, chosen, the best of its kind or class, excellence preeminent (1 Pet. 2:9)

Acknowledging – epignōsisprecise and correct knowledge (Rom. 10:2)

Truth – alētheiawhat is true in any matter under consideration (1 Cor. 13:6)

Godliness – eusebeiareverence, respect toward God, godliness (1Tim. 6:6)

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Verse 2

in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time

Hope – elpisjoyful and confident expectation (Rom. 12:12)

Lie – apseudēswithout concept of a lie, truthful (Num. 23:19)

Promised – epaggellomai – announcement, engage voluntarily, has skill to assure the action (Heb. 6:13)

Before – pro – in front of, priority to (Eph. 1:4)

Began – chronos – measured time (Gal. 4:4)

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Verse 3

and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior

Appointed – idios – pertaining to self, private, personal (Jn. 13:1)

Time – kairos – fixed, definite, decisive event, season (Rom. 5:6)

Manifest – phaneroō – make visible (not discovered), realize (taught), recognize (2 Cor. 4:10)

Word – logos – revelation, declaration, explanation (Heb. 4:12)

Preaching – kērygmaproclamation by herald or public crier (1 Cor. 1:21)

Committed – pisteuō – persuade, entrust, conviction (1 Thess. 2:4)

Command – epitagēinjunction, mandate, decree (Rom. 16:26)

God – theosthe Godhead, Trinity (Matt. 5:8)

Savior – sōtēr – Deliverer, Preserver (Jude 1:25)

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Verses for In the Presence of my Enemies

Titus 1:1-3

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness—in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,

1 Corinthians 1:26-29

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

Colossians 3:24

since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

1 Corinthians 12:28

And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.

Matthew 8:10

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Romans 10:2

For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.

1 Corinthians 13:6

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

1 Timothy 6:6

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Romans 12:12

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Numbers 23:19

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Hebrews 6:13

When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,

Ephesians 1:4

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

Galatians 4:4

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,

John 13:1

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

Romans 5:6

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

2 Corinthians 4:10

We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

Hebrews 4:1

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

1 Corinthians 1:21

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

1 Thessalonians 2:4

On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.

Romans 16:26

but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Jude 1:25

to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Following Our Leader…!

Following Our Leader…!
An ordinance is defined as, “an authoritative decree or direction”. Jesus Christ instituted two while on earth; baptism and communion. Both are significant illustrations that Jesus Christ participated in and commanded all who have a personal relationship with Him participate as well. There are three areas illustrated by baptism that are a “living testimony” from those participating…

Meaning

Baptizo – “dip under or immerse”

Verses on Jesus’ baptism (Matt. 3:13-16; Mk. 1:9-11; Lk. 3:21-22; Jn. 3:32-34)

Verses on Believer’s baptism (Rom. 6:3-4; Col. 2:12; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:41; 8:35-37)

Immersion or Sprinkling controversy

Sprinkling – babies after death to babies soon after birth & aged and infirm

Immersion – accurate picture of God’s covering of sin

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Memory

Christ’s baptism changed its purpose (repentance to salvation)

Christ’s baptism demonstrated obedience (Mk. 1:11cf. Jn. 17:4)

Christ’s baptism fulfilled prophecy (Matt. 3:15 cf. Isa. 40:3,5,9)

Christ’s baptism was proof of the Trinity (Lk. 3:21-22 cf. 1 Jn. 5:8)

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Message

Death

Physical (Heb. 9:27)

Spiritual (Rev. 21:8)

Conquerable (1 Cor. 15:55-57)

Burial

Sin (past, present, future) (Heb. 10:10)

Service (self, satan, sinners) (Rom. 6:6; 7:25)

Strategies (His will not ours) (Jn. 5:30)

Resurrection

New life (Jn. 3:3)

New purpose (Jn. 10:10)

New destiny (1 Thess. 4:16-17)

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B – believers only

A – all about obedience

P – purity thru the picture

T – testimony to others

I – immersed on purpose

S – sin and death conquered

M – memorial forever

An ordinance is defined as, “an authoritative decree or direction”. Jesus Christ instituted two while on earth; baptism and communion. Both are significant illustrations that Jesus Christ participated in and commanded all who have a personal relationship with Him participate as well. There are three areas illustrated by baptism that are a “living testimony” from those participating…

  1. Meaning

  • Baptizo – “dip under or immerse”

  • Verses on Jesus’ baptism (Matt. 3:13-16; Mk. 1:9-11; Lk. 3:21-22; Jn. 3:32-34)

  • Verses on Believer’s baptism (Rom. 6:3-4; Col. 2:12; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:41; 8:35-37)

  • Immersion or Sprinkling controversy

  • Sprinkling – babies after death to babies soon after birth & aged and infirm

  • Immersion – accurate picture of God’s covering of sin

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  1. Memory

  • Christ’s baptism changed its purpose (repentance to salvation)

  • Christ’s baptism demonstrated obedience (Mk. 1:11cf. Jn. 17:4)

  • Christ’s baptism fulfilled prophecy (Matt. 3:15 cf. Isa. 40:3,5,9)

  • Christ’s baptism was proof of the Trinity (Lk. 3:21-22 cf. 1 Jn. 5:8)

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  1.  Message

  • Death

  • Physical (Heb. 9:27)

  • Spiritual (Rev. 21:8)

  • Conquerable (1 Cor. 15:55-57)

  • Burial

  • Sin (past, present, future) (Heb. 10:10)

  • Service (self, satan, sinners) (Rom. 6:6; 7:25)

  • Strategies (His will not ours) (Jn. 5:30)

  • Resurrection

  • New life (Jn. 3:3)

  • New purpose (Jn. 10:10)

  • New destiny (1 Thess. 4:16-17)

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B – believers only

A – all about obedience

P – purity thru the picture

T – testimony to others

I – immersed on purpose

S – sin and death conquered

M – memorial forever

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Verses for Baptism Message

Matthew 3:13-17

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Acts 8:35-39

Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

Mark 1:11

And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

John 17:4

I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.

Matthew 3:15

Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

Isaiah 40:3,5,9

A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God…And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”… You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”

Luke 3:21-22

When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

1 John 5:8

There are three that testify in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. And there are three that testify on earth: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

Hebrews 9:27

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

Revelation 21:8

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:10

And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Romans 6:6

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin

Romans 7:25

Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

John 5:30

By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

John 3:3

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

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In a Messy Relationship with God…!

In a Messy Relationship with God…!
Zechariah
God’s side Positive
“No walls…I am the wall of fire around it…” (2:5)(Heb. 12:29)
“… harmony between the temple and the throne…” (6:13)(Rom. 13:1)
“I will strengthen, restore, have compassion, redeem them” (10:6,8,12)(Jas. 1:17 cf. 1 Cor.12:31)
Malachi

God’s side Positive

“I loved Jacob but hated Esau…” (1:2-3)(Rom. 9:13)

“He will purify the Levites and refine them…” (3:3)(Num. 8:21)

“I the Lord do not change…” (3:6)(Isa. 46:10)

Zechariah

God’s side Positive

No walls…I am the wall of fire around it…” (2:5)(Heb. 12:29)

“… harmony between the temple and the throne…” (6:13)(Rom. 13:1)

I will strengthen, restore, have compassion, redeem them” (10:6,8,12)(Jas. 1:17 cf. 1 Cor.12:31)

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God’s side Negative

I will punish the leaders… (10:3)(Isa. 13:11)

I grew weary of them…let the dying die…” (11:9)(Isa. 1:14)

I will raise shepherds that do not care for the flock…” (11:16)(Ezek. 34:2)

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Israel’s side Positive

Return to me and I will return to you…” (1:3)(Jer.3:12)

These are anointed to serve the Lord…” (4:14)(1 Cor. 1:21)

Let us go with you, we have heard God is with you…” (8:23)(Ps. 46:7)

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Israel’s side Negative

They refuse to pay attention…” (7:13)(Jer. 44:5)

They stubbornly turned their backs – covered their ears…” (7:11)(Neh. 9:26)

They will not listen to the words of the Almighty…” (7:12)(Deut. 1:43)

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Malachi

God’s side Positive

I loved Jacob but hated Esau…” (1:2-3)(Rom. 9:13)

He will purify the Levites and refine them…” (3:3)(Num. 8:21)

I the Lord do not change…” (3:6)(Isa. 46:10)

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God’s side Negative

I will not accept offerings from your hands…? (1:10)(Amos 5:22)

I will curse your blessings…” (2:2)(only place)

I will come and put you on trial…” (3:5)(Rom. 14:10)

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Israel’s side Positive

Those who feared the Lord talk and the Lord listened” (3:16)(Ps. 66:18)

They will be My treasured possession…” (3:17)(Ex. 19:5)

You will see the difference between the righteous and the wicked…” (3:18)(Prov. 10:29)

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Israel’s side Negative

By your teaching you have caused many to stumble…” (2:8)(Matt. 18:6)

You have wearied the Lord with words…you ask how…?” (2:17)(Isa. 7:13)

You have spoken arrogantly against Me by saying it is futile to serve God…” (3:13-14)(Ps.13:1-2) _________________________________________________________

Verses for Zechariah and Malachi

Hebrews 12:29

for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Romans 13:1

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

1 Corinthians 12:31

Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

Isaiah 13:11

I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.

Isaiah 1:14

Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals I hate with all my being. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.

Ezekiel 34:2

Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock?

Jeremiah 3:12

Go, proclaim this message toward the north: “‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord, ‘I will frown on you no longer, for I am faithful,’ declares the Lord, ‘I will not be angry forever.

1 Corinthians 1:21

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

Psalm 46:7

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Jeremiah 44:5

But they did not listen or pay attention; they did not turn from their wickedness or stop burning incense to other gods.

Nehemiah 9:26

But they were disobedient and rebelled against you; they turned their backs on your law. They killed your prophets, who had warned them in order to turn them back to you; they committed awful blasphemies.

Deuteronomy 1:43

So I told you, but you would not listen. You rebelled against the Lord’s command and in your arrogance you marched up into the hill country.

Romans 9:13

Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

Numbers 8:21

The Levites purified themselves and washed their clothes. Then Aaron presented them as a wave offering before the Lord and made atonement for them to purify them.

Isaiah 46:10

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’

Amos 5:22

Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them.

Romans 14:10

You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.

Psalm 66:18

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;

Exodus 19:5

Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,

Proverbs 10:29

The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.

Matthew 18:6

If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

Isaiah 7:13

Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also?

Psalm 13:1-2

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?

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Prevailing Priorities…!

Prevailing Priorities…!
How do you prioritize? What makes something more important than something else? There are things God thinks are important maybe we don’t … Today we see His priorities and reactions to our response…
Haggai – Rebuilding the Temple
Name means – festival or feast
Haggai prophet, governor, high priest

How do you prioritize? What makes something more important than something else? There are things God thinks are important maybe we don’t … Today we see His priorities and reactions to our response.

  1. Zephaniah – Day of the Lord

Great grandson of Hezekiah the king

Name means – “Yahweh hides”

  • Chapter 1
  • I will sweep away everything…” (Gen. 6:7 cf. Rev. 21:1)
  • I will destroy idolatry…” (2 Cor. 10:4-5)
  • I will punish the officials…” (Ps. 2:10-12)
  • I will punish the complacent..” (2 Thess. 3:10-12)
  • I will bring such distress…” (Prov. 1:25-27)
  • Chapter 2
  • Seek the Lord…” (Jer. 29:13)
  • Seek righteousness, humility…” (Isa. 58:2)
  • I will destroy you Philistines completely…” (Jer. 47:4)
  • I have heard the insults of Moab & Ammon…” (Isa. 37:21-23)
  • I will destroy Cush by My sword…” (Jer. 51:55)
  • I will ruin Assyria…” (Isa. 14:25)
  • Chapter 3
  • Jerusalem is corrupt…” (Isa. 1:4)
  • Jerusalem is unrepentant…” (Rom. 2:5)
  • I will purify them…” (Ps. 66:10-12)
  • I will take away their punishment..” (Ps. 103:8-10)
  • I will deal with your oppressors…” (Isa. 49:25-26)
  • I will restore you…” (Deut. 30:3)

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  1. Haggai – Rebuilding the Temple

Name means – festival or feast

Haggai prophet, governor, high priest

  • Chapter 1
  • It is time to rebuild the Lord’s house…” (Isa. 61:1-4)
  • Busy with your stuff, my house is in ruin…” (Heb. 10:23-25)
  • The Lord stirred up the spirit of the people…” (Rom. 12:11)
  • Chapter 2
  • Be strong…do not fear…” (Deut. 31:6)
  • I will fill this house with glory…” (Ezek. 43:4-5)
  • It will be greater…and have peace…” (2 Cor. 6:16)
  • What this nation does is defiled…” (Prov. 14:34)
  • I struck down the work of your hands…” (1 Cor. 3:12-15)
  • I will overthrow thrones…” (Dan. 5:21)
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    Verses for Zephaniah and Haggai

    Genesis 6:7

    So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”

    Revelation 21:1

    Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.

    2 Corinthians 10:4-5

    The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

    Psalm 2:10-12

    Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him

    2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

    For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.

    Proverbs 1:25-27

    since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you—when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

    Jeremiah 29:13

    You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

    Isaiah 58:2

    For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them.

    Jeremiah 47:4

    For the day has come to destroy all the Philistines and to remove all survivors who could help Tyre and Sidon. The Lord is about to destroy the Philistines, the remnant from the coasts of Caphtor.

    Isaiah 37:21-23

    Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, this is the word the Lord has spoken against him: “Virgin Daughter Zion despises and mocks you. Daughter Jerusalem tosses her head as you flee. Who is it you have ridiculed and blasphemed? Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride? Against the Holy One of Israel!

    Jeremiah 51:55

    The Lord will destroy Babylon; he will silence her noisy din. Waves of enemies will rage like great waters; the roar of their voices will resound.

    Isaiah 14:25

    I will crush the Assyrian in my land; on my mountains I will trample him down. His yoke will be taken from my people, and his burden removed from their shoulders.”

    Isaiah 1:4

    Woe to the sinful nation, a people whose guilt is great, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.

    Romans 2:5

    But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

    Psalm 66:10-12

    For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.

    Psalm 103:8-10

    The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

    Isaiah 49:25-26

    But this is what the Lord says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine. Then all mankind will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

    Deuteronomy 30:3

    then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you.

    Isaiah 61:1-4

    The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.

    Hebrews 10:23-25

    Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

    Romans 12:11

    Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

    Deuteronomy 31:6

    Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

    Ezekiel 43:4-5

    The glory of the Lord entered the temple through the gate facing east. Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

    2 Corinthians 6:16

    What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

    Proverbs 14:34

    Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.

    1 Corinthians 3:12-15

    If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

    Daniel 5:21

    He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like the ox; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes.

    Galatians 6:17

    From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

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God’s Great Expectations…!

God’s Great Expectations…!
Have you ever expected more out of someone than they delivered?! You probably had unrealistic expectations… So, when it comes to God, what does He expect out of you?! Is His expectations even achievable?! Let’s see…

God (not other people) has:

Apply – people more concerned about what God expects have less time to speculate what others may expect!

Apply – “has” implies an action already completed (something we should already know!

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Shown nagad announce; make aware (discover)

Apply – God has already made the info available (Eccl. 1:9 Heb. 12:1)

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Man adam human beings (vs. the rest of His Creation)

Apply – God shows humans what He doesn’t show angels (1 Pet. 1:12)

Apply – angels are not gods…they don’t know everything…(Matt. 24:36)

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Good towb pleasant; prosperous; better

Apply – God desires His interaction be pleasant; better (Jer. 29:11)

Apply – Obeying God makes one prosperous (Josh. 1:8)

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Requires darash demanded; petitioned; sought

Apply – God can demand from us because He owns us! (1 Cor. 6:20)

Apply – God answers all who petition and diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6)

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1st Expectation (Act Justly)

Act asah work; produce; offer

Justly mishpat fitting; judgments;

Apply – Work and produce fitting to God (Col. 1:10)

Apply – Offer judgments that God approves (Matt. 7:1-5)

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2nd Expectation (Love Mercy)

Love ahabah as God loves (God loving through you)

Mercy checed goodness; kindness; faithfulness

Apply – Love goodness regardless of the quantity (Rom. 15:14)

Apply – Love kindness wherever seen (saved or unsaved)(Col. 3:12)

Apply – Love faithfulness even when it isn’t consistent (3 Jn. 1:3)

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3rd Expectation (Walk Humbly)

Walk yalak proceed; live; lead

Humbly tsana modestly; submissively

Apply – live modestly (don’t flaunt God’s provision)(Phil. 4:11-12)

Apply – live submissively (not my will but Your will be done)(Matt. 26:39)

Apply – lead modestly (don’t revel in being the leader)(Phil. 2:3)

Apply – lead submissively (leaders are the example to follow)(1 Cor. 11:1)

Have you ever expected more out of someone than they delivered?! You probably had unrealistic expectations… So, when it comes to God, what does He expect out of you?! Is His expectations even achievable?! Let’s see…

God (not other people) has:

Apply – people more concerned about what God expects have less time to speculate what others may expect!

Apply – “has” implies an action already completed (something we should already know!

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Shown nagad announce; make aware (discover)

Apply – God has already made the info available (Eccl. 1:9 Heb. 12:1)

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Man adam human beings (vs. the rest of His Creation)

Apply – God shows humans what He doesn’t show angels (1 Pet. 1:12)

Apply – angels are not gods…they don’t know everything…(Matt. 24:36)

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Good towb pleasant; prosperous; better

Apply – God desires His interaction be pleasant; better (Jer. 29:11)

Apply – Obeying God makes one prosperous (Josh. 1:8)

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Requires darash demanded; petitioned; sought

Apply – God can demand from us because He owns us! (1 Cor. 6:20)

Apply – God answers all who petition and diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6)

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1st Expectation (Act Justly)

Act asah work; produce; offer

Justly mishpat fitting; judgments;

Apply – Work and produce fitting to God (Col. 1:10)

Apply – Offer judgments that God approves (Matt. 7:1-5)

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2nd Expectation (Love Mercy)

Love ahabah as God loves (God loving through you)

Mercy checed goodness; kindness; faithfulness

Apply – Love goodness regardless of the quantity (Rom. 15:14)

Apply – Love kindness wherever seen (saved or unsaved)(Col. 3:12)

Apply – Love faithfulness even when it isn’t consistent (3 Jn. 1:3)

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3rd Expectation (Walk Humbly)

Walk yalak proceed; live; lead

Humbly tsana modestly; submissively

Apply – live modestly (don’t flaunt God’s provision)(Phil. 4:11-12)

Apply – live submissively (not my will but Your will be done)(Matt. 26:39)

Apply – lead modestly (don’t revel in being the leader)(Phil. 2:3)

Apply – lead submissively (leaders are the example to follow)(1 Cor. 11:1)


Verses for Gods Great Expectations

Ecclesiastes 1:9

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

1 Peter 1:12

It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

Matthew 24:36

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Joshua 1:8

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

1 Corinthians 6:20

you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies and your spirit which are God’s.

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Colossians 1:10

so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

Matthew 7:1-5

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Romans 15:14

I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.

Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

3 John 3

It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.

Philippians 4:11-12

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Matthew 26:39

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Romans 15:14

I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

1 Corinthians 11:1

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.


Daily links

Always be Ready…!

Always be Ready…!
How many were prepared for the power to go out?! What preparations did you make to be ready?! How many were not prepared for the power to go out?! What would you do differently to be ready?!

Ex. 34:2 – ready to worship

Proactive – Jas. 4:7-10

Reactive – Ps. 107:23-31

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Josh. 8:4 – ready for battle

Proactive – Eph. 6:13-18

Reactive – Prov. 21:31

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Lk. 12:40 – ready for Christ’s coming (Matt. 24:44; 25:1-13)

Proactive – Lk. 21:28

Reactive – 1 Thess. 5:1-6

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2 Tim. 4:6 – ready for death

Proactive – Heb. 9:27

Reactive – Lk. 12:16-21

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Titus 3:1 – ready to do good

Proactive – Gal. 6:10

Reactive – Lk. 11:5-8

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1 Pet. 3:15 – ready to answer

Proactive – 2 Tim. 2:15

Reactive – Heb. 5:12

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“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” He said, “Go and tell this people:“ ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:1-10)

Verses for Always be Ready

Exodus 34:2

Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain.

James 4:7-10

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Psalm 107:23-31

Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

Joshua 8:4

with these orders: “Listen carefully. You are to set an ambush behind the city. Don’t go very far from it. All of you be on the alert.

Ephesians 6:13-18

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Proverbs 21:31

The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.

Luke 12:40

You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

Matthew 25:1-13

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Luke 21:28

When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”


How many were prepared for the power to go out?! What preparations did you make to be ready?! How many were not prepared for the power to go out?! What would you do differently to be ready?!

Ex. 34:2 – ready to worship

Proactive – Jas. 4:7-10

Reactive – Ps. 107:23-31

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Josh. 8:4 – ready for battle

Proactive – Eph. 6:13-18

Reactive – Prov. 21:31

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Lk. 12:40 – ready for Christ’s coming (Matt. 24:44; 25:1-13)

Proactive – Lk. 21:28

Reactive – 1 Thess. 5:1-6

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2 Tim. 4:6 – ready for death

Proactive – Heb. 9:27

Reactive – Lk. 12:16-21

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Titus 3:1 – ready to do good

Proactive – Gal. 6:10

Reactive – Lk. 11:5-8

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1 Pet. 3:15 – ready to answer

Proactive – 2 Tim. 2:15

Reactive – Heb. 5:12

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“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” He said, “Go and tell this people:“ ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:1-10)


Verses for Always be Ready

Exodus 34:2

Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain.

James 4:7-10

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Psalm 107:23-31

Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

Joshua 8:4

with these orders: “Listen carefully. You are to set an ambush behind the city. Don’t go very far from it. All of you be on the alert.

Ephesians 6:13-18

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Proverbs 21:31

The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.

Luke 12:40

You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

Matthew 25:1-13

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Luke 21:28

When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.

2 Timothy 4:6-7

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Hebrews 9:27

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment

Luke 12:16-20

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

Titus 3:1

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good

Galatians 6:10

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Luke 11:5-8

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your inconvenient necessity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

1 Peter 3:15

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

2 Timothy 2:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Hebrews 5:12

In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!

Effects of Righteousness…! – Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk

Effects of Righteousness…! – Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk
Micah “Righteousness in His Children”

Wrote 742-686BC
Micah means – “Who is like Yahweh”
Key word if “hear”

Key Verses:

1:2 – The Lord is a witness against you
5:2 – The Lord the Ruler is coming
6:8 – What righteousness is

Applications

Lost morals warp view of God and a corrupt religious people (Prov. 14:34)
God’s anger at sin doesn’t eliminate God’s promises (2 Cor. 7:1)
Breaking sin’s power takes time and effort ( 3:9-18)

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Nahum “Righteousness against God’s Enemies”

Written 663-612BC
Nahum means “Consolation”
Final warning to Nineveh 150 years later

Key verses:

1:3 – God will not always delay intervention and punishment
1:7 – The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble
3:17 – none will grieve at Nineveh’s end

Applications

God triumphs over the greatest enemies (Rom. 8:31; Eph. 6:12)
Evil has no mercy; it destroys/plunders with no remorse (Ps. 92:7)
Selfish greed/pleasures corrupt dealings with others (1 Jn. 2:15-17)
No impartiality in judgment; only refuge in YHWH (Ps. 46:1-3)

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Habakkuk “Righteousness Questioned”
Habakkuk means “Embrace”
Written 612-589BC

2 Questions:

Why allow corruption without judgment? (God used Babylonians)
Why allow evil to crush God’s people? (God used evil to judge evil)

Key verses:

1:2 – How long do we call and You don’t answer?
2:4 – the just shall live by faith
2:20 – The Lord is in His Holy Temple; be silent before Him
3:19 – He enables me to tread on the heights

Applications

The corrupt will destroy themselves (2 Pet. 2:12-13)
Wait in a spirit of worship for answers/actions (2 Chron. 13:10)
We can question God with respect and reverence (1 Cor. 13:12)

  1. Micah “Righteousness in His Children”
  • Wrote 742-686BC
  • Micah means – “Who is like Yahweh”
  • Key word if “hear”

Key Verses:

  • 1:2 – The Lord is a witness against you
  • 5:2 – The Lord the Ruler is coming
  • 6:8 – What righteousness is

Applications

  • Lost morals warp view of God and a corrupt religious people (Prov. 14:34)
  • God’s anger at sin doesn’t eliminate God’s promises (2 Cor. 7:1)
  • Breaking sin’s power takes time and effort ( 3:9-18)

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  1. Nahum “Righteousness against God’s Enemies”
  • Written 663-612BC
  • Nahum means “Consolation”
  • Final warning to Nineveh 150 years later

Key verses:

  • 1:3 – God will not always delay intervention and punishment
  • 1:7 – The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble
  • 3:17 – none will grieve at Nineveh’s end

Applications

  • God triumphs over the greatest enemies (Rom. 8:31; Eph. 6:12)
  • Evil has no mercy; it destroys/plunders with no remorse (Ps. 92:7)
  • Selfish greed/pleasures corrupt dealings with others (1 Jn. 2:15-17)
  • No impartiality in judgment; only refuge in YHWH (Ps. 46:1-3)

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  • Habakkuk “Righteousness Questioned”
  • Habakkuk means “Embrace”
  • Written 612-589BC

2 Questions:

  • Why allow corruption without judgment? (God used Babylonians)
  • Why allow evil to crush God’s people? (God used evil to judge evil)

Key verses:

  • 1:2 – How long do we call and You don’t answer?
  • 2:4 – the just shall live by faith
  • 2:20 – The Lord is in His Holy Temple; be silent before Him
  • 3:19 – He enables me to tread on the heights

Applications

  • The corrupt will destroy themselves (2 Pet. 2:12-13)
  • Wait in a spirit of worship for answers/actions (2 Chron. 13:10)
  • We can question God with respect and reverence (1 Cor. 13:12)


A Battle of Wills – Jonah

A Battle of Wills – Jonah
“See it thru God’s eyes” …What does this mean? It starts with perspective and results in will. We all see things based upon our experience and “gut reaction”. God has a warning about pitting our will against His…
Chapter 1
God: You will go to Nineveh and preach (v.1-2)
Jonah: I will run away from the Lord (v.3)
God: I will stop you from running (v.4)
Jonah: I would rather die than obey (v.12)
God: I will save and focus you on Me (v.17)
Jonah: prayer took a whole chapter (chap. 2)
Applications: Where are you gonna run from God? (Ps. 139:7-10)
God’s help will not be what we expect (Isa. 55:8)
Chapter 2 (How to repent)
“I called; You answered/listened (v.2)”
“You disciplined; I am banished” (v.3-4)
“I am in the depths; You brought me back” (v.5-6)
“In my despair I remembered You and prayed” (v.7)
“Idol clingers turn from You; I sacrifice with praise” (v.8-9)
“I vowed and I will make good my vow.” (v.9)
Applications: God takes away all that interferes (Ex. 20:3)
God restores regardless of loss (Ps. 40:1-3)
Chapter 3
God: You will go to Nineveh and preach (v.1-2)
Jonah: Obeyed God (v.3)
Jonah: “40 days and Nineveh is gone” (v.4)
City: “Believed God…fasted” (v.5)
Officials: “No eat or drink…call urgently on God” (v.6-9)
God: “Saw repentance…relented the judgment” (v.10)
Applications: Personal impending disaster leads to repentance (Ps. 107:23-31)
Even the worst will repent if they believe God (1 Tim. 1:12-17)
Chapter 4
Jonah: “This is wrong and became angry” (v.1)
Jonah: “Told you no punishment…kill me” (v.2)
God: “Is it right for you to be angry?” (v.4)
Jonah: “I will see what happens…” (v.5)
God: “I will ease you discomfort” (v.6)
Jonah: “I am happy (not content)” (v.6)
God: “I will make a worm…wind, sun” (v.7)
Jonah: “Death would be better than this” (v.8)
God: “Is it right for you to be angry?” (v.9)
Jonah: “Yes, I am so angry I wish I were dead” (v.9)
God: “You are concerned about a plant you didn’t make” (v.10)
“Shouldn’t I be concerned about 120,000 infants and animals” (v.11)
Applications: Check your perspective; see it God’s way (Phil. 2:14-15)
Apply your thanks to God on others (2 Cor. 9:6-15)

“See it thru God’s eyes” …What does this mean? It starts with perspective and results in will. We all see things based upon our experience and “gut reaction”. God has a warning about pitting our will against His…

Chapter 1

God: You will go to Nineveh and preach (v.1-2)

Jonah: I will run away from the Lord (v.3)

God: I will stop you from running (v.4)

Jonah: I would rather die than obey (v.12)

God: I will save and focus you on Me (v.17)

Jonah: prayer took a whole chapter (chap. 2)

Applications: Where are you gonna run from God? (Ps. 139:7-10)

God’s help will not be what we expect (Isa. 55:8)

Chapter 2 (How to repent)

“I called; You answered/listened (v.2)”

“You disciplined; I am banished” (v.3-4)

“I am in the depths; You brought me back” (v.5-6)

“In my despair I remembered You and prayed” (v.7)

“Idol clingers turn from You; I sacrifice with praise” (v.8-9)

“I vowed and I will make good my vow.” (v.9)

Applications: God takes away all that interferes (Ex. 20:3)

God restores regardless of loss (Ps. 40:1-3)

Chapter 3

God: You will go to Nineveh and preach (v.1-2)

Jonah: Obeyed God (v.3)

Jonah: “40 days and Nineveh is gone” (v.4)

City: “Believed God…fasted” (v.5)

Officials: “No eat or drink…call urgently on God” (v.6-9)

God: “Saw repentance…relented the judgment” (v.10)

Applications: Personal impending disaster leads to repentance (Ps. 107:23-31)

Even the worst will repent if they believe God (1 Tim. 1:12-17)

Chapter 4

Jonah: “This is wrong and became angry” (v.1)

Jonah: “Told you no punishment…kill me” (v.2)

God: “Is it right for you to be angry?” (v.4)

Jonah: “I will see what happens…” (v.5)

God: “I will ease you discomfort” (v.6)

Jonah: “I am happy (not content)” (v.6)

God: “I will make a worm…wind, sun” (v.7)

Jonah: “Death would be better than this” (v.8)

God: “Is it right for you to be angry?” (v.9)

Jonah: “Yes, I am so angry I wish I were dead” (v.9)

God: “You are concerned about a plant you didn’t make” (v.10)

“Shouldn’t I be concerned about 120,000 infants and animals” (v.11)

Applications: Check your perspective; see it God’s way (Phil. 2:14-15)

Apply your thanks to God on others (2 Cor. 9:6-15)


Verses for Jonah – A Battle of Wills

Jonah 1:1-2

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

Jonah 1:3

But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.

Jonah 1:4

Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.

Jonah 1:12

“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”

Jonah 1:17

Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Psalm 139:7-10

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

Isaiah 55:8

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

Jonah 2:2

He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.

Jonah 2:3-4

You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’

Jonah 2:5-6

The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.

Jonah 2:7

“When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.

Jonah 2:8-9

“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

Exodus 20:3

“You shall have no other gods before me.

Psalm 40:1-3

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.

Jonah 3:1-2

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”

Jonah 3:3

Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it.

Jonah 3:4

Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”

Jonah 3:5

The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

Jonah 3:6-9

When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”

Jonah 3:10

When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

Psalm 107:23-31

Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Timothy 1:12-17

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Jonah 4:1

But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry.

Jonah 4:2

He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.

Jonah 4:4

But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

Jonah 4:5

Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.

Jonah 4:6

Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant[a] and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant.

Jonah 4:7

But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered.

Jonah 4:8

When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”

Jonah 4:9

But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”

“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”

Jonah 4:10

But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.

Jonah 4:11

And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”

Philippians 2:14-15

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky

 

2 Corinthians 9:6-15      SEE INSERT

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!


 

“Minor Prophets, Warnings to Worship…!” – Joel, Amos, Obadiah

“Minor Prophets, Warnings to Worship…!” – Joel, Amos, Obadiah
I. Joel
• Written 841 BC
• Name means: “Jehovah is God” (Isa. 45:22)
• Prophet but not a priest
• Locusts – evil increasing and devouring good til nothing is left
• Day of the Lord (5 times) – far more than people can handle
• God forewarns…heed the warnings
• Key verses
• Joel 2:12-13 “rend your heart not your garments and return to me”
• Joel 2:25 “I (God) will repay what the locusts have eaten”
• Joel 2:28 “Afterward, I (God) will pour out my Spirit”
II. Amos
• Names means “Burden-bearer” (Gal. 6:2)
• “Covered” by an ancient hymn within the prophecy
• Written 760 BC
• Amos was a shepherd “fruit picker” – called while he was working (7:15)
• Prophesied at Bethel – seat of idolatry
• Oppression of working people by wealthy
• Israel was religious but superficial (2 Tim. 3:5)
• Wealth and material possessions equal spiritual blessing
• No favoritism for being “His chosen people” (1 Pet. 4:17)
• Absence of true worship creates a lack of justice (Matt. 23:23)
• Key verses
• Amos 2:4,6 “4 sins I (God) will not ignore”
• Amos 5:14 “ Seek good not evil, that you may live”
• Amos 2:6 “sells the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals,”
• Amos 5: 21-23 “I hate, I despise your feasts…assemblies… offerings… your music….
• Amos 5:24 “Let justice roll down like waters…”
III. Obadiah
• Name means: “Servant of Yahweh” (Deut. 11:13-16)
• Golden rule in the OT v.15 cf. Matt. 7:12
• Written 845 BC
• Shortest book in the OT and no king mentioned
• Ongoing strife between Jacob (Israel) and Esau (Arabs)(Gen. 25:21-23)
• Doom for all enemies of God and His people (Deut. 28:7)
• Key Verses
• Obadiah 1:4 “Though you soar like an eagle…I will bring you down.”
• Obadiah 1:8 “Who will bring me down…?”
• Obadiah 1:10 “Shame shall cover you and you will be cut off forever”
• Obadiah 1:12 “Don’t look down on…rejoice over…boast against those in misfortune…”

  1. Joel
  • Written 841 BC
  • Name means: “Jehovah is God” (Isa. 45:22)
  • Prophet but not a priest
  • Locusts – evil increasing and devouring good til nothing is left
  • Day of the Lord (5 times) – far more than people can handle
  • God forewarns…heed the warnings
  • Key verses
  • Joel 2:12-13 “rend your heart not your garments and return to me”
  • Joel 2:25 “I (God) will repay what the locusts have eaten”
  • Joel 2:28 “Afterward, I (God) will pour out my Spirit”
  1. Amos
  • Names means “Burden-bearer” (Gal. 6:2)
  • “Covered” by an ancient hymn within the prophecy
  • Written 760 BC
  • Amos was a shepherd “fruit picker” – called while he was working (7:15)
  • Prophesied at Bethel – seat of idolatry
  • Oppression of working people by wealthy
  • Israel was religious but superficial (2 Tim. 3:5)
  • Wealth and material possessions equal spiritual blessing
  • No favoritism for being “His chosen people” (1 Pet. 4:17)
  • Absence of true worship creates a lack of justice (Matt. 23:23)
  • Key verses
  • Amos 2:4,6 “4 sins I (God) will not ignore”
  • Amos 5:14 “ Seek good not evil, that you may live”
  • Amos 2:6 “sells the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals,”
  • Amos 5: 21-23 “I hate, I despise your feasts…assemblies… offerings… your music….
  • Amos 5:24 “Let justice roll down like waters…”
  • Obadiah
  • Name means: “Servant of Yahweh” (Deut. 11:13-16)
  • Golden rule in the OT v.15 cf. Matt. 7:12
  • Written 845 BC
  • Shortest book in the OT and no king mentioned
  • Ongoing strife between Jacob (Israel) and Esau (Arabs)(Gen. 25:21-23)
  • Doom for all enemies of God and His people (Deut. 28:7)
  • Key Verses
  • Obadiah 1:4 “Though you soar like an eagle…I will bring you down.”
  • Obadiah 1:8 “Who will bring me down…?”
  • Obadiah 1:10 “Shame shall cover you and you will be cut off forever”
  • Obadiah 1:12 “Don’t look down on…rejoice over…boast against those in misfortune…”

Life Illustrating Life…! – Hosea

Life Illustrating Life…! – Hosea
Have you ever had something happen that others used as an “object lesson”? Some would say these are “life lessons” Often we view these incidents as being personal but Hosea will demonstrate that “it isn’t always about us”! Sometimes things happen to us that are meant as “lessons” to other people. Are you willing to be an object lesson for someone else?!

I. Hosea the Book
• Hosea means “Salvation/Deliverance” (Hebrew root Joshua/Jesus)
• Book written about 715AD (Israel falls 722AD)
• Book rich in literary genres: metaphors, allegories, parables
• Many symbols used:
• God: husband, lion, leopard, she-bear, dew, rain
• Israel: wife, sick person, grapevine, olive tree,
• Hosea prophet for Israel 50 years
• Worshipped: Baal (Canaanite storm god), Asherah (Canaanite fertility god)
• The nation: outwardly strong, prosperous; inwardly: decay, morally bankrupt
• “Grafting in of the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:11-18) foretold: Hos. 2:23 cf. Rom. 9:25; 1 Pet. 2:10)

II. Hosea the Lesson
• Chap. 1-3 Dysfunctional Family
• Chap 4:14 Depravity of Rebellion (4:6)
• Hosea married a harlot – Israel unfaithful; violates marriage vow to God (2:3-5)
• She was sold as a slave (3:2)
• Hosea bought her back (3:3)
• Children’s names are prophetic:
• Jezreel: God sows (punishes) – Justice delayed not denied((1:4)
• Lo_Ruhamah: Not pitied – No pity shown by God the jilted “Husband” (1:6)
• Lo-Ammi: Not my people – No longer God’s people; even the name rejected by God (1:8)
• God did the same to Israel (Hos. 11:7-8)
• Agony over betrayal (1:2)
• Pity over the depravity (2:12-13) – Punishment as a “wake up call”
• Unending love (2:23)
• Always desire reconcile and restore (14:2-4)

III. Applications
• Relationship with God includes discipline (maybe severe) (Heb. 12:11-12)
• Ritual over relationship with God brings idolatry (Rom. 1:24-32)
• Friendship with the world results in us oppose God (Jas. 4:4)
• One can appear outwardly successful but be inwardly worthless (Rev. 3:17)

Have you ever had something happen that others used as an “object lesson”? Some would say these are “life lessons” Often we view these incidents as being personal but Hosea will demonstrate that “it isn’t always about us”! Sometimes things happen to us that are meant as “lessons” to other people. Are you willing to be an object lesson for someone else?!

 

  1. Hosea the Book
  • Hosea means “Salvation/Deliverance” (Hebrew root Joshua/Jesus)
  • Book written about 715AD (Israel falls 722AD)
  • Book rich in literary genres: metaphors, allegories, parables
  • Many symbols used:
  • God: husband, lion, leopard, she-bear, dew, rain
  • Israel: wife, sick person, grapevine, olive tree,
  • Hosea prophet for Israel 50 years
  • Worshipped: Baal (Canaanite storm god), Asherah (Canaanite fertility god)
  • The nation: outwardly strong, prosperous; inwardly: decay, morally bankrupt
  • “Grafting in of the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:11-18) foretold: Hos. 2:23 cf. 9:25; 1 Pet. 2:10)

 

  1. Hosea the Lesson
  • 1-3 Dysfunctional Family
  • Chap 4:14 Depravity of Rebellion (4:6)
  • Hosea married a harlot – Israel unfaithful; violates marriage vow to God (2:3-5)
  • She was sold as a slave (3:2)
  • Hosea bought her back (3:3)
  • Children’s names are prophetic:
  • Jezreel: God sows (punishes) – Justice delayed not denied((1:4)
  • Lo_Ruhamah: Not pitied – No pity shown by God the jilted “Husband” (1:6)
  • Lo-Ammi: Not my people – No longer God’s people; even the name rejected by God (1:8)
  • God did the same to Israel (Hos. 11:7-8)
  • Agony over betrayal (1:2)
  • Pity over the depravity (2:12-13) – Punishment as a “wake up call”
  • Unending love (2:23)
  • Always desire reconcile and restore (14:2-4)

 

  • Applications
  • Relationship with God includes discipline (maybe severe) (Heb. 12:11-12)
  • Ritual over relationship with God brings idolatry (Rom. 1:24-32)
  • Friendship with the world results in us oppose God (Jas. 4:4)

One can appear outwardly successful but be inwardly worthless (Rev. 3:17)


Verses for Hosea – Life Illustrating Life

Hosea 2:23

I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one. I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”

Romans 9:25

As he says in Hosea: “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people; and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,

1 Peter 2:10

Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Hosea 4:6

my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.

Hosea 2:3-5

Otherwise I will strip her naked and make her as bare as on the day she was born; I will make her like a desert, turn her into a parched land, and slay her with thirst. I will not show my love to her children, because they are the children of adultery. Their mother has been unfaithful and has conceived them in disgrace. She said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.’

Hosea 3:2

So I bought her for fifteen shekels(6 ounces) of silver and about a homer and a lethek (430 lbs) of barley.

Hosea 3:3

Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.”

Hosea 1:4

Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel.

Hosea 1:6

Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them.

Hosea 1:8-9

After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.

Hosea 11:7-8

My people are determined to turn from me. Even though they call me God Most High, I will by no means exalt them. “How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboyim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.

 

 

Hosea 1:2

When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.”

Hosea 2:12-13

I will ruin her vines and her fig trees, which she said were her pay from her lovers; I will make them a thicket, and wild animals will devour them. I will punish her for the days she burned incense to the Baals; she decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers, but me she forgot,” declares the Lord.

Hosea 2:23

I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one. I will say to those called ‘Not my people, ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”

Hosea 14:2-4

Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips. Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount warhorses. We will never again say ‘Our gods’ to what our own hands have made, for in you the fatherless find compassion.” “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.

Hebrews 12:11-12

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.

Romans 1:24-32

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

James 4:4

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

Revelation 3:17

You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.


 

Intensive Integrity…! – Daniel

Intensive Integrity…! – Daniel
Integrity has been defined as, “Doing the right thing even when nobody is watching.” What is the hardest thing you had to do because it was right?! It is when we are under pressure that the “real you” comes out!
I. Man of Integrity
• Name means “God is my Judge” Babylonian name means “Bel protects him”
• Deported to Babylon when he was 16
• Special service training (MBA) 3 years
• 9-12 chapters are about dreams
• One of a few who have no negative written about him
• Daniel defined integrity: faith, prayer, courage, consistency, no compromise
• “Speaker of the House” in Babylonian empire
• The book is “The Apocalypse of the Old Testament”
• The book is written in 2 languages: Hebrew (chap 1) Aramaic (Chap 2-7)
• Daniel was 82 when thrown in the lion’s den
II. Challenge for Integrity
• Choices in Chaos (chap 1)
• Nebuchadnezzar (the world) chooses the best
• Daniel (believers) choose the best
• God blesses good choices!
• Interpret the Impossible Dream (Chap 2)
• So bad, he forgot it – (Job 4:13-16)
• So mad, he wanted to kill because of it (Prov. 14:17)
• So good, miracles happened (1 Jn. 5:14-15)
• So thankful praise was automatic (Ps. 118:21)
• Stand when it isn’t popular (Chap 3-6)
• Against false gods (Josh. 24:15)
• Against arrogant rulers ((Ps. 2:10-12)
• Against impending disaster (Ps. 56:3)
• Against false accusations (1 Pet. 3:16)
III. Applications of Integrity
• 1 Chron. 29:17 – God, tests the heart and is pleased with integrity
• Neh. 7:2 – put in charge… because of integrity and he feared God
• Job 2:3 – maintains integrity, though tested to ruin without any reason
• Job 27:5 – till I die, I will not deny my integrity
• Ps. 7:8 – Vindicate me, Lord, according to my integrity
• Ps. 25:21 – May integrity and uprightness protect me
• Prov. 11:3 – The integrity of the upright guides them
• Isa. 59:4 – no one pleads a case with integrity
• 2 Cor. 1:12 – we have conducted ourselves with integrity and godly sincerity
• Titus 2:7 – set an example by doing good…show integrity, seriousness

Integrity has been defined as, “Doing the right thing even when nobody is watching.” What is the hardest thing you had to do because it was right?! It is when we are under pressure that the “real you” comes out!

  1. Man of Integrity
  • Name means “God is my Judge” Babylonian name means “Bel protects him”
  • Deported to Babylon when he was 16
  • Special service training (MBA) 3 years
  • 9-12 chapters are about dreams
  • One of a few who have no negative written about him
  • Daniel defined integrity: faith, prayer, courage, consistency, no compromise
  • “Speaker of the House” in Babylonian empire
  • The book is “The Apocalypse of the Old Testament”
  • The book is written in 2 languages: Hebrew (chap 1) Aramaic (Chap 2-7)
  • Daniel was 82 when thrown in the lion’s den
  1. Challenge for Integrity
  • Choices in Chaos (chap 1)
  • Nebuchadnezzar (the world) chooses the best
  • Daniel (believers) choose the best
  • God blesses good choices!
  • Interpret the Impossible Dream (Chap 2)
  • So bad, he forgot it – (Job 4:13-16)
  • So mad, he wanted to kill because of it (Prov. 14:17)
  • So good, miracles happened (1 Jn. 5:14-15)
  • So thankful praise was automatic (Ps. 118:21)
  • Stand when it isn’t popular (Chap 3-6)
  • Against false gods (Josh. 24:15)
  • Against arrogant rulers ((Ps. 2:10-12)
  • Against impending disaster (Ps. 56:3)
  • Against false accusations (1 Pet. 3:16)
  • Applications of Integrity
  • 1 Chron. 29:17 – God, tests the heart and is pleased with integrity
  • 7:2 – put in charge… because of integrity and he feared God
  • Job 2:3 – maintains integrity, though tested to ruin without any reason
  • Job 27:5 – till I die, I will not deny my integrity
  • 7:8 – Vindicate me, Lord, according to my integrity
  • 25:21 – May integrity and uprightness protect me
  • 11:3 – The integrity of the upright guides them
  • 59:4 – no one pleads a case with integrity
  • 2 Cor. 1:12 – we have conducted ourselves with integrity and godly sincerity

Titus 2:7 – set an example by doing good…show integrity, seriousness


 

God’s Message from Exile! – Ezekiel

God’s Message from Exile! – Ezekiel
Where is the most unlikely place you experienced God’s presence? (Bernie’s death last night)
“If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” (Ps. 139:8-12) Ezekiel was far from his roots…in exile, in Babylon. So where was God…? There! Talking through him!

Where is the most unlikely place you experienced God’s presence? (Bernie’s death last night)

“If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” (Ps.  139:8-12) Ezekiel was far from his roots…in exile, in Babylon. So where was God…? There! Talking through him!

 

  1. Who He Was
  • Name means “God will strengthen, God makes hard
  • Started one place (Jerusalem) ended up in another (Babylon)(2 Kings 24:14-16)
  • Called to be a prophet when he was 30 (Ezek. 1:1-2)
  • Ministry lasted over 20 years
  • Was a prophet at the same time as Daniel and Jeremiah
  • A teacher building schools and teaching OT in Babylon
  • Recognized by Islam as a prophet
  • Advised Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to resist idol worship

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  1. What He Saw
  • Cherubim (Ezekiel 1, Revelation 4)
  • Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38, Revelation 20)
  • Eating the scroll (Ezekiel 3, Revelation 10)
  • River of Living Water (Ezekiel 47, Revelation 22)
  • The New Jerusalem (Ezekiel 40-48, Revelation 22)

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  • What He Did
  • unable to talk (Ezek. 3:26) – no warning for this rebellious people
  • lying on his left side for 390 days (Ezek. 4:4) – ruin of Jerusalem
  • Lying on his right for 40 days more (Ezek. 4:6) – ruin of Judah
  • Shaving his head (Ezek. 5:1-4) burned, cut by sword, scattered by wind
  • Packing a bag and pretending to go into exile (Ezek. 12:3) – exile coming
  • Not mourning for his dead wife (Ezek. 24:17) – severe grief in exile

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  1. What It Means Today
  • God moves us “like chess pieces” (Pat-ism) (Acts 16:6-7)
  • God calls at any age to serve Him (1 Cor. 7:17)
  • God redeems and restores regardless of condition (Joel 2:25 cf. 1 Pet. 1:7)
  • God uses the wicked to “mold” His children (Hab. 1:2-4 cf. 3:13)
  • Revival comes individually then as a nation (2 Chron. 7:14)
  • The driving theme of the book is “Yahweh is there” (Ps. 11:4-7)

Verses for Ezekiel – Gods Message from Exile

2 Kings 24:14-16

He carried all Jerusalem into exile: all the officers and fighting men, and all the skilled workers and artisans—a total of ten thousand. Only the poorest people of the land were left. Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin captive to Babylon. He also took from Jerusalem to Babylon the king’s mother, his wives, his officials and the prominent people of the land. The king of Babylon also deported to Babylon the entire force of seven thousand fighting men, strong and fit for war, and a thousand skilled workers and artisans.

Ezekiel 1:1-2

In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. On the fifth of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin—

Ezekiel 3:26

I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious people.

Ezekiel 4:4

“Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the people of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side.

Ezekiel 4:6

“After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the people of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year.

Ezekiel 5:1-4

“Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber’s razor to shave your head and your beard. Then take a set of scales and divide up the hair. When the days of your siege come to an end, burn a third of the hair inside the city. Take a third and strike it with the sword all around the city. And scatter a third to the wind. For I will pursue them with drawn sword. But take a few hairs and tuck them away in the folds of your garment. Again, take a few of these and throw them into the fire and burn them up. A fire will spread from there to all Israel.

Ezekiel 12:3

“Therefore, son of man, pack your belongings for exile and in the daytime, as they watch, set out and go from where you are to another place. Perhaps they will understand, though they are a rebellious people.

Ezekiel 24:17

Groan quietly; do not mourn for the dead. Keep your turban fastened and your sandals on your feet; do not cover your mustache and beard or eat the customary food of mourners.”

Acts 16:6-7

Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.

1 Corinthians 7:17

Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.

Joel 2:25

I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm—my great army that I sent among you.

1 Peter 1:7

These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Habakkuk 1:2-4

How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.

Habakkuk 3:13

You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed one. You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness (Babylon), you stripped him from head to foot.

2 Chronicles 7:14

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Psalm 11:4-7

The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion. On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face (anywhere).


 

Standing Alone! – Jeremiah

Standing Alone! – Jeremiah
What would you do if you were commanded to continually repeat truth to the community that no one would agree or change?! Imagine if this were all you were going to do for your entire life! How would you handle the: message, people, your attitude, rejection, persecution…?! This happened to Jeremiah!!!

What would you do if you were commanded to continually repeat truth to the community that no one would agree or change?! Imagine if this were all you were going to do for your entire life! How would you handle the: message, people, your attitude, rejection, persecution…?! This happened to Jeremiah!!!

  1. Background:
  • Final days of southern kingdom (Northern; ‘Israel’ already in captivity)
  • Judah is going into captivity by Babylon “my servant” (Jer. 27:6)
  • Judgment will be horrific (Jer. 16:3-4)
  • Nation made vows to the “queen of heaven” in the temple (Jer. 44:25)
  • Jeremiah served under: Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jeroiachin, Zedekiah
  • Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed in 586 BC
  • Jeremiah’s writings were rewritten (1st burned)(Jer. 36:27-28)

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  1. Personal:
  • Name means “Exalted of Jehovah”
  • Son of Hikiah (high priest) in the village Anathoth
  • 17-20 years old when God called Him
  • He resisted the call saying he was only a child (Jer. 1:6-9)
  • 1st assignment to bring courage and hope to exiles of Israel
  • “The weeping prophet”
  • God forbade marriage or children (Jer. 16:2)
  • Preached for 40 years with NO success
  • He doubted his success and God ( 15:16-18)
  • God’s response…repent and serve (Jer. 15:19)
  • He authored Jeremiah, Lamentations and Kings (tradition)
  • His family tried to kill him (Jer. 11:21-23)
  • He was beaten by a priest official from Jerusalem (Jer. 20:1-2)
  • False prophets prophesied peace opposing his message (Jer. 28:15-17)
  • He was thrown in a well after being accused of treason (Jer. 38:6)
  • He lived through the destruction of Jerusalem (Jer. 39:14)
  • He ended up in Egypt after the remnant rejected God’s prophecy (Jer. 44:14)

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  • Applications:
  • Believers experience rejection, depression, and discouragement (Gal. 5:17)
  • God is faithful even when we aren’t (2 Tim. 2:13)
  • God’s message causes anguish & being despise (1 Cor. 1:18; 2 Tim. 4:3-5)
  • Relationship with God not religion survives crisis (Ps. 33:12)
  • God “fortifies” His children to stand against opposition (Jer. 1:18-19)
  • Like refuse silver, God refused false worship (Jer. 6:27-30)
  • Prayers for faithless/rebellious are futile; God will not listen (Jer. 11:14-17)
  • Sin mars worship like etching on a heart/horns of an altar (Jer. 17:1; Ex. 27:2)

Verses for Jeremiah – Standing Alone

Jeremiah 27:6

Now I will give all your countries into the hands of my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him.

Jeremiah 16:3-4

For this is what the Lord says about the sons and daughters born in this land and about the women who are their mothers and the men who are their fathers: “They will die of deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried but will be like dung lying on the ground. They will perish by sword and famine, and their dead bodies will become food for the birds and the wild animals.”

Jeremiah 44:25

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You and your wives have done what you said you would do when you promised, ‘We will certainly carry out the vows we made to burn incense and pour out drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven.’ “Go ahead then, do what you promised! Keep your vows!

Jeremiah 36:27-28

After the king burned the scroll containing the words that Baruch had written at Jeremiah’s dictation, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Take another scroll and write on it all the words that were on the first scroll, which Jehoiakim king of Judah burned up.

Jeremiah 1:6-9

“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.

Jeremiah 16:2

“You must not marry and have sons or daughters in this place.”

Jeremiah 15:16-18

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty. I never sat in the company of revelers, never made merry with them; I sat alone because your hand was on me and you had filled me with indignation. Why is my pain unending and my wound grievous and incurable? You are to me like a deceptive brook, like a spring that fails.

Jeremiah 15:19

Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.

Jeremiah 11:21-23

Therefore this is what the Lord says about the people of Anathoth who are threatening to kill you, saying, “Do not prophesy in the name of the Lord or you will die by our hands”— therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says: “I will punish them. Their young men will die by the sword, their sons and daughters by famine. Not even a remnant will be left to them, because I will bring disaster on the people of Anathoth in the year of their punishment.”

 

Jeremiah 20:1-2

When the priest Pashhur son of Immer, the official in charge of the temple of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things, he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put in the stocks at the Upper Gate of Benjamin at the Lord’s temple.

Jeremiah 28:15-17

Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies. Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord.’” In the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet died.

Jeremiah 38:6

So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king’s son, which was in the courtyard of the guard. They lowered Jeremiah by ropes into the cistern; it had no water in it, only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud.

Jeremiah 39:14

sent and had Jeremiah taken out of the courtyard of the guard. They turned him over to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, to take him back to his home. So he remained among his own people.

Jeremiah 44:14

None of the remnant of Judah who have gone to live in Egypt will escape or survive to return to the land of Judah, to which they long to return and live; none will return except a few fugitives.”

Galatians 5:17

For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

2 Timothy 2:13

if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

1 Corinthians 1:18

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

2 Timothy 4:3-5

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

Psalm 33:12

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.

Jeremiah 1:18-19

Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

 

Jeremiah 6:27-30

“I have made you a tester of metals and my people the ore, that you may observe and test their ways. They are all hardened rebels, going about to slander. They are bronze and iron; they all act corruptly. The bellows blow fiercely to burn away the lead with fire, but the refining goes on in vain; the wicked are not purged out. They are called rejected silver, because the Lord has rejected them.”

Jeremiah 11:14-17

“Do not pray for this people or offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress. “What is my beloved doing in my temple as she, with many others, works out her evil schemes? Can consecrated meat avert your punishment? When you engage in your wickedness, then you rejoice.” The Lord called you a thriving olive tree with fruit beautiful in form. But with the roar of a mighty storm he will set it on fire, and its branches will be broken. The Lord Almighty, who planted you, has decreed disaster for you, because the people of both Israel and Judah have done evil and aroused my anger by burning incense to Baal.

Jeremiah 17:1

“Judah’s sin is engraved with an iron tool, inscribed with a flint point, on the tablets of their hearts and on the horns of their altars.

Exodus 27:2

Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece, and overlay the altar with bronze.

Foregone Conclusions! “a result that can be predicted with certainty” – Isaiah

Foregone Conclusions! “a result that can be predicted with certainty” – Isaiah
Background
Lived 700 years before Jesus Christ
Name means – God is salvation
Son of Amoz a nobleman possible relative to king Mannasseh
Prophesied during the reigns of: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah
His wife was a prophetess (Isa. 8:3)
Two sons
Shear-Yashub (a remnant will return) (Isa. 7:3)
Maher-shalal-hasbaz (spoil quickly; plunder speedily) (Isa. 8:3; 37:21-23)
Called to ministry – “year King Uzziah died” (740 BC)
Culture: prosperity by oppressing the poor
Assimilation with other cultures/gods (idolatry; immorality)
Alliances with Egypt and Assyria (Isa. 30:2-4)
Samaria captured 722 BC
Hezekiah revolted against Sennacherib (king of Assyria) (2 Kings 18:7)
Contemporary to the prophets Haggai and Zechariah

Background

  • Lived 700 years before Jesus Christ
  • Name means – God is salvation
  • Son of Amoz a nobleman possible relative to king Mannasseh
  • Prophesied during the reigns of: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah
  • His wife was a prophetess (Isa. 8:3)
  • Two sons
  • Shear-Yashub (a remnant will return) (Isa. 7:3)
  • Maher-shalal-hasbaz (spoil quickly; plunder speedily) (Isa. 8:3; 37:21-23)
  • Called to ministry – “year King Uzziah died” (740 BC)
  • Culture:
  • prosperity by oppressing the poor
  • Assimilation with other cultures/gods (idolatry; immorality)
  • Alliances with Egypt and Assyria (Isa. 30:2-4)
  • Samaria captured 722 BC
  • Hezekiah revolted against Sennacherib (king of Assyria) (2 Kings 18:7)
  • Contemporary to the prophets Haggai and Zechariah

 

Gems from Isaiah

Isa. 1:19 “…Willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land…”

Isa. 1:25 “…I will y purge away your dross and remove all your impurities…”

Isa. 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind resides on You…”

Isa. 26:9 “My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit longs for you…”

Isa. 30:18 “The Lord will wait, to be gracious to you…”

Isa. 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times…”

Isa. 40:8 “…the Word of our God stands forever…”

Isa. 40:29 “He gives strength to the weary & increases the weak…”

Isa. 40:31 “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…”

Isa. 43:2 “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you…”

Isa. 43:25 “I alone will blot our your sins…and never think of them again…”

Isa. 44:22 “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud…”

Isa. 45:2 “I will go before you and make the crooked places straight…”

Isa. 46:4 “ Even to your old age/grey hairs I am He who will sustain you…”

Isa. 53:5 “…And by His wounds we are healed…”

Isa. 54:17 “No weapon formed against you will prosper…”

Isa. 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake his way & thoughts & return to the Lord…”

Isa. 55:11 “My Word…will not return empty but accomplish what I purpose…”

Isa. 57:1-2 “Those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die…”

Isa. 58:9 “Then… you will cry and He will say, Here I Am…”

Isa. 58:11 “The Lord will guide you and will strengthen your frame…”

Isa. 60:1 “…My ways and thoughts are higher than yours…”

Isa. 66:9 “I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born…”


Verses for Isaiah – Foregone Conclusions

Isaiah 1:19

If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;

Isaiah 1:25

I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:9

My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.

Isaiah 30:18

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

Isaiah 33:6

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.

Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

Isaiah 40:29

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

Isaiah 43:25

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.

Isaiah 44:22

I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”

Isaiah 45:2

I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.

Isaiah 46:4

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Isaiah 53:5

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

 

Isaiah 54:17

no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.

Isaiah 55:7

Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Isaiah 55:11

so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 57:1-2

The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

Isaiah 58:9

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I…

Isaiah 58:11

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Isaiah 60:1

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.