April 30, 2019

POD - Psalm 103

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Psalm 103

 

(read by Pammy)

 

103:1 Praise Yahweh, my soul!

All that is within me, praise his holy name!

 103:2 Praise Yahweh, my soul, and don't forget all his benefits;

 103:3 who forgives all your sins; who heals all your diseases;

 103:4 who redeems your life from destruction;

who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies;

 103:5 who satisfies your desire with good things,

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

 103:6 Yahweh executes righteous acts,

and justice for all who are oppressed.

 103:7 He made known his ways to Moses,

his deeds to the children of Israel.

 103:8 Yahweh is merciful and gracious,

slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness.

 103:9 He will not always accuse;

neither will he stay angry forever.

 103:10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,

nor repaid us for our iniquities.

 103:11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,

so great is his loving kindness toward those who fear him.

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103:12 As far as the east is from the west,

so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 103:13 Like a father has compassion on his children,

so Yahweh has compassion on those who fear him.

 103:14 For he knows how we are made.

He remembers that we are dust.

 103:15 As for man, his days are like grass.

As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

 103:16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone.

Its place remembers it no more.

 103:17 But Yahweh's loving kindness is from

everlasting to everlasting with those who fear him,

his righteousness to children's children;

103:18 to those who keep his covenant,

to those who remember to obey his precepts.

 103:19 Yahweh has established his throne in the heavens.

His kingdom rules over all.

 103:20 Praise Yahweh, you angels of his,

who are mighty in strength,

who fulfill his word, obeying the voice of his word.

 103:21 Praise Yahweh, all you armies of his,

you servants of his, who do his pleasure.

 103:22 Praise Yahweh, all you works of his,

in all places of his dominion.

Praise Yahweh, my soul!

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April 29, 2019

Think Spot 29 April 2019

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Think Spot 29 April 2019

 
Matthew 17:1-8 - After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
 

The Jesus I see is full of majesty and awe. He is not simply a king with a crown on his head. He is the King of all Kings and the Lord of Lords. This Jesus Christ did not decay in the grave - He overcame death in the grave and was raised again majestically.

As Paul said that Jesus is “the first-born from among the dead”. Paul writes later in Colossians 2:3, that “in Jesus Christ, all the majestic treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.” Jesus Christ the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who with unparalleled majesty, is the head of His body, the church. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, the church would not be in existence 2,000 years later, let alone 2 years after his death. Jesus’ majesty meaning I can depend upon Him for all matters of life.

Go into this week in full confidence that Jesus is fully of majesty! WOW!

 

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April 28, 2019

Sermon - Devotional Life

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Sermon - A Devotional Life

What do we mean by a devotional life? A good place to start is the question: what do we mean by a “Devotional life”? For the Christian, it can be defined as the obedient submission in all facets of life to God. That is the historical meaning. That means the use of our time, money, energy along with prayer, worship, Bible Study, and other religious activities that are done in private rather than with other people.

As Christians, we are called to be God’s light into the world. A world, a community, where we Christians work, rest and play with other humans. In doing this, we need to have a devotional life where we spend time each day in simple prayer and Bible study. A time where God encourages and energizes us. This devotional life of Bible Study and prayer which goes on to affect every aspect of our life, as God the Holy Spirit who lives within us, helps, encourages and transforms us. Bible Study and prayer which are used by God to develop our lives, both as individuals and as a Church, into showing God to a society which is apart from God.

To be a Christian is to be in a relationship with God. It is a developing and maturing intimacy between God and the Christian. Could the same be said of you and me? We develop our intimacy with God through simple prayer – both speaking and in listening. The major way we can hear God speak, is through the Bible. That is why prayer and reading the Bible go hand in hand. How is your prayer life and your reading of the Bible?

A devotional life shows the Christian to be in a dynamic and living relationship with God and has a developing intimacy with God. Intimacy with God which is going on with the Christian life, developing that relationship and refining that unique bond between God and yourself. It is a reminder to me constantly that I am loved by God, regardless of how I am feeling and how other people treat me. Could the same be said of you? How is your devotional life with God going? Let's have a look at prayer and the Bible.

Part 1. Prayer

12 One day Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Take these people up to the Promised Land.’ But you haven’t told me whom you will send with me. You have told me, ‘I know you by name, and I look favorably on you.’ 13 If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
14 The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.”
15 Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. 16 How will anyone know that you look favorably on me—on me and on your people—if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.”
17 The Lord replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.”
18 Moses responded, “Then show me your glorious presence.”
19 The Lord replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh,[a] before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose. 20 But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.” 21 The Lord continued, “Look, stand near me on this rock. 22 As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and let you see me from behind. But my face will not be seen.” Exodus 33:12-23

Part 2 – The Bible.

10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.
11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.
14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.
15 And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him— 16 speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.
17 You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. 18 Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.
2 Peter 3:10-18

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