We, like football refs, have authority given to us by a Book and a Higher Power than ourselves! Are we acknowledging when Biblical standards are upheld? (Touchdown!) Do we engage when non-Biblical standards are ignored? (throw the penalty flag!) God has an expectation that believers will acknowledge and play by His Book - when we don't, nothing but chaos on the field unfolds.....
Continuing our study in Matthew (chapter 24), Pastor Randy takes a look at what Jesus Himself said about His return and the last days.
We don't just attend church for the sake of attending church. According to Scripture, now more than ever, we need to assemble together as the Body for strength, encouragement, and discipleship!
Jesus had a real problem with the Pharisees. Spiritual leaders motivated by their own selfish desire to be great and noticed by people. Preference and imposed "rules" on top of scripture should never be a litmus test as to whether something is truly righteous or not - the standard is His Word...period. We need to be sure we aren't being condescending and unloving towards our brothers and sisters based on preference or experience.
Trying to trip up Jesus by asking questions they thought He couldn't answer without pinning Himself to the wall didn't work out for the Pharisees, Sadducees, or the Scribes. We show our selfish nature and pride when we think we can "trap" Jesus....we need to simply trust His Word and trust that He is Who He says He is! Don't be so "smart" spiritually that you're not.....
Are you trying to get to the Wedding Feast without putting on the wedding garments for dinner? There is only ONE way to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb - His way...through the blood of Jesus.
God took a Saul and made him a Paul - do we believe He can still do that today?
Does God still speak in visions - would we obey if He did?
2020 has left its mark on the planet - and, we still have 4 months to go! Are you prepared, believer, for what you might have to face in the coming months and years? Jesus directly tells us that there will be a falling away from the faith before His wrath falls on the earth....don't allow yourself to be a part of the those who fall away. He warned us - so, let's prepare!
Twice in Matthew 20, Jesus shows anger then points to prayer....interesting combination. Join us to find out how these 2 go together....
Sometimes, fellow believers can be the biggest source of hurt in our lives. Church people can dig their heels in on a subject and crucify those who think or feel differently. But, the story of the 2 blind beggars in Matthew 20 doesn't just deal with hostile followers - it also speaks to how we should pursue Jesus regardless of the "noise" around us. Keep persisting in prayer - keep crying out to the Lord!
Sometimes, we ask for things and say, "Yes, we are able" to handle whatever comes with our ask....but, we have no real clue as to what we are even saying! Take a look with us at 2 disciples who did just this....
Sometimes, Christians who have been in long-term Kingdom service feel that it's not fair for someone who has lived a blatantly sinful life and maybe been a jerk to everyone they ever knew still gets to have eternal life if they accept Jesus, say, on their deathbed. But, that's exactly what the parable in Matthew 20 guarantees....
Fellow believers, we will not withstand nor understand the current culture unless we see life with a Biblical worldview. Do you believe the Bible gives us absolute truths? Do you believe that Jesus lived a completely sinless life? Our world around us - mainstream culture - is moving far, far away from these standards....what will you do?
Murderers, liars, womanizers, drunks - insert your negative character adjective here. Despite our character flaws and even our sin, God still uses us. Look at people through Biblical to modern history - oh my! YET, the wretchedness of man is still no match for the grace and love of God. He can and will still use us.
Saints, do not be deceived - we aren't looking at years and years before end-time events come about....they are here! Get in the Word - see what it says about what is happening right before our eyes. Are you spiritually ready for what lies ahead?
Is there anything holding you back from fully committing to the Lord? Take a look with us at the life of the rich, young ruler who found the wealth of this life too much to give up for the promise of eternal life....
Is fear interfering with your faith?
Even in Jesus' day, the religious leaders had questions about when divorce was acceptable..."for any reason at all?" they asked. Jesus' response is a hard one to digest in our current culture - just as it was for them back then. But, His response is Truth and Life.....are we willing to live it out?
W hat is genuinely behind the unrest and growing grumblings in America? The enemy's job is to steal, kill, and destroy - and, he's having a hay-day in our land! We are not in a war with flesh and blood but with spiritual forces! Change can only come from fighting on our knees - not with each other.
Come with us as we travel back into the Old Testament for a lesson in how God views grumbling and complaining...hint - He doesn't take too kindly to it!