Sermon Draft – The Fall – The Curse – God’s Holiness – God’s Sovereignty

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-18)

For Your Name Is Holy – Paul Wilbur

As we consider the fall and the associated curse, let’s not forget the holiness of God, as it relates to all that we will ever encounter. Let’s consider the sovereignty of God, as He is the creator of all things, seen or unseen, realized or not realized, heard or not heard, desired or not desired, cold or hot, comfortable or uncomfortable, growing or not growing, born or not born, living or dead. (you can continue this thought pattern)

Jeremiah 18:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Potter and the Clay

18 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel

Why did God make a world like ours, with so much pain, sickness, and brokenness? In these four minutes, Pastor John Piper speaks to the horrors of sin, the meaning of all our suffering, and the conquering hope we have in Christ.

Click onto the following link and consider the following discussion about the fall and the curse. Consider, “God, Why This Broken World Like Ours?” Consider, “What Was the Curse That God Put on Creation?”

Consider God’s creation before the fall.

Genesis 1:31 New King James Version (NKJV)

31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

The situation of the world was “very good,” as we read in the first two chapters of the Book Of Genesis. Anything that we find outside of those two chapters is a result of the fall. So, let’s consider the fall, and its effects. John Piper’s video provides good food for thought, and should be a good base of information for “inquiring minds.” We know the saying about inquiring minds, “they want to know.” So, consider the world in which we live. Can we not say that we are experiencing the fall’s aftermath?

Genesis 3:17 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

17 And unto Adam He said, “Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, ‘Thou shalt not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.

Genesis 2:15-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Consider the fall and its aftermath.

Genesis 3:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Genesis 3:7-13 New King James Version (NKJV)

7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

Genesis 3:14-21 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, “Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field. Upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed; It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.”
16 Unto the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception. In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”
17 And unto Adam He said, “Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, ‘Thou shalt not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return unto the ground, for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Genesis 3:22-24 New King James Version (NKJV)

22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Consider the effect of the fall on today’s world and God’s plan of redemption for a fallen world and mankind.

Romans 5:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)

Faith Triumphs in Trouble

5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:6-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

Christ in Our Place

6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Romans 5:12-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

Death in Adam, Life in Christ

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

Romans 5:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Romans 5:20-21 New King James Version (NKJV)

20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 8:18 New King James Version (NKJV)

From Suffering to Glory

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Romans 8:19-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope

Revelation 21:1-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

All Things Made New

The Result Of A Lifestyle Of Holiness

21 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

The Result Of A lifestyle Of Sin

8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Consider The Romans Road To Salvation

Romans 3:23 New King James Version (NKJV)

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 6:23 New King James Version (NKJV)

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:13 New King James Version (NKJV)

13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

The Next Step

John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

It’s One Way, Or The Other. The Choice Is Ours. To Believe Or Not To Believe

John 3:18 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Let The Weight Of Your Glory Fall – Paul Wilbur

Psalm 103:19 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

19 The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens, and His Kingdom ruleth over all.

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Childhood – Gone, But Not Forgotten

Suyash Chopra


“Those were the best days of my life“. How indeed! Now that we are grown up, seeing photographs of our childhood can evoke lot of fond memories – memories that will always be etched in all the cells of our life. Though you can live your childhood only once, you can always relive seeing your own child grow up. Or, it can be any child with its cute little gestures and smiles. Nostalgia sets in, isn’t it?

Two Childhoods Two Childhoods

It is often said that when you grow old, you tend to be living your childhood once again. I do not know how that is true. But i guess, after having lived all these years of one’s worldly life, having attained all the wisdom and enlightenment of how death is the ultimate truth of life, people go back to their fondest memories of their life – childhood. Else, why would we be told that…

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Saturday Night Fever
“Follow Me,” Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for people!” Mark 1:17

Wow! Saturday Night Fever! Really good music! As I have said before, the purpose of this blog is to be an extension of my pulpit. There are many people around the world who never darken the doorway of a church, and many of them are good people who love music, but have yet to find a tune that says “Jesus loves me” to them. I trust that many of those people, who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, will go beyond these videos and search other posts that are contained within the borders of this blog. Such findings will be things of humor, truth and justice, and, yes, there will be found among these writings, the truth of the love of Jesus. Such a searcher will come to realize that young boys, who may become ministers of the gospel of Christ, actually enjoy pop music, dancing, and yes, even girls. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have three wonderful children, as well as grand children. So, please let me close my thoughts by saying, “it’s okay to enjoy the Lord.” I would also like to present “the gospel in a nutshell:”

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).

I trust that any of you, who do not have such a saving faith in Jesus, will make a decision to believe in Him as your Lord and Savior. If you have questions, you can reply to this post, and tell me to not show your comment; I will abide by your wishes. By the way, most of my teen years were spent in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. My area of town was very much a “Fonzie, American Bandstand, and Saturday Night Fever,” working class neighborhood. I really miss that city, and those days, that keep many warm memories in my mind. I know a very special blogger friend who makes her home not far from that area that I knew as home. She also has a blog ministry that serves our Lord Jesus, greatly. But, don’t ask me to tell you where she lives, because Christian bloggers are wonderful at loving Jesus, “and” at keeping secrets. too. “Now, let’s continue with the music of “Saturday Night Fever.”

More Than A Woman

Disco Inferno – Short Version

Disco Inferno – Long Version

Two Deleted Scenes


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Sermon Draft – The Church, A Spiritual Gift Of Jesus

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
I have no words to add about the video.

Matthew 16:18 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

The Church, A Spiritual Gift Of Jesus

The announcement of Jesus that He was going to build His church has great significance for us today. The reason that Jesus made that statement was because there was not a church, or assembly, that would be like the one that would be birthed on the day of Pentecost when the Spirit of God would fall on the Jews in Jerusalem in the year 33 A.D. The Holy Spirit had been present in prior times, but had not literally indwelled/filled the people of God. Those of us who have been born again/born from above (John 3:3-8), have the literal presence of God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) within our spirits. The effect of having the Spirit of God dwelling within our spirits is for us to receive the leading and teaching of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). The first manifestation of the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit occurred with the Jews who had assembled in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). They heard the words of the Galilean disciples speaking the words of God to them; words that were understood by many of the Jews, in their native tongues, of the nations from where they had been dispersed. This miracle can be related to the United Nations method of interpreting the language of a key speaker into the languages of all of the other UN members who are present. A physical church would emerge after the Day of Pentecost, but the spiritual/born again church was the subject of the teachings of Jesus on “His Church,” (Matt 16:18). The physical brick and mortar church would be led by a plurality of those having the title: pastor/elder/presbyter/overseer/episcopal/bishop. Bishop is translated “overseer” in the English Standard Version, Holman Christian Standard Version, New American Standard Bible, New International Version, and New English Translation. The King James translations hold to “bishop.” For the plurality application of church leaders, see Acts 14:23 and Scofield Study Bible note on Titus 1:5. The term “deacon” applies to a servant of a congregation, but not a church leader; see Ephesians 4:11-12; Acts 6:1-7. But, as we can see in the example of Philip, who was one of the original seven deacons who were appointed by the apostles in Jerusalem, there are deacons who have the spiritual gifting that is described in Ephesians 4:11. So, churches should be watchful for such spiritually gifted servants who serve their congregations. There should always be a track for upward mobility within every church. All too often, deacons remain deacons when they should be considered for the position of pastor, or associate pastor. In my home church, I can think of at least three serving deacons who have the ability to lead a congregation. In the account of the council at Jerusalem, the participants were the apostles and elders, with the “whole church” observing. There was no mention of deacons in that event; they were a part of the “whole church.” Neither can the term, “deacon board,” be found in the Bible. The Holy Spirit “gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers,” (Eph 4:11), “for the equipping of the saints for the works of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ (Eph 4:12). Deacons and trustees are not a part of the leadership of a church. The pastor is the source of authority for all church activities. Such a leader will make wise use of deacons “for the equipping of the saints.” As we see in Acts 14:23, there is not to be a church superstructure. Each congregation is to be autonomous in its government and leading. All pastors may not have the spiritual gifting of that office. But, all pastors should be treated with the respect that is expected to be given to such a person. Consider David, the King of Israel. King Saul tried to kill David 12 times (1 Samuel 18-19). David had the opportunity to kill Saul. However, David respected the office of the King of Israel and spared Saul’s life. Consider the following words of David in “1 Samuel 24:6.”

“6 And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.”

The body of Christ/the church of Christ, those of us who have been born again, should consider the teachings that relate to the study of the Bible, which are written in Acts 17 and 2 Timothy, as seen below. We should check to make sure that the sermons and teachings that we receive have proper scriptural backing.

The following scriptures are provided as support for the sermon that I delivered on the subject:

“The Church, A Spiritual Gift Of Jesus”

1 Samuel 16 New King James Version (NKJV)

David Anointed King

13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

John 14 New King James Version (NKJV)

Jesus Promises Another Helper

16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
Indwelling of the Father and the Son
19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
The Gift of His Peace
25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Acts 1:4-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Holy Spirit Promised

4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said,“you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 2 New King James Version (NKJV)

Coming of the Holy Spirit

2 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The Crowd’s Response

5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.

Early apostles went out

Ephesians 4:11-12 New King James Version (NKJV) – Spiritually Gift Church Leaders 64 A.D.

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

Acts 6:1-7 New King James Version (NKJV) – Deacon Servants 33 A.D.

Seven Chosen to Serve

6 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. 2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; 4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, 6 whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.
7 Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Consider Philip (Spiritually Gifted Deacon/Evangelist)

Acts 8:5-6 New King James Version (NK) 34 A.D.

5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

Acts 8:12-13 New King James Version (NKJV)

12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.

Acts 8:26 New King James Version (NKJV)

Christ Is Preached to an Ethiopian

26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert.

Acts 8:29-31 New King James Version (NKJV)

29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”
30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.

Acts 8:34-35 New King James Version (NKJV)

34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.

Acts 8:38-40 New King James Version (NKJV)

38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.

Reexamine Acts 6:7

Consider Apostles and Elders

Acts 14:23 (NKJV) 46 A.D.

23 So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Consider The Council At Jerusalem

Consider Apostles, Elders, “Whole Church”

Acts 15 New King James Version (NKJV) 46 A.D.

Conflict over Circumcision

15 And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”2 Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this question.

The Jerusalem Council

6 Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter.
12 Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles. 13 And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, “Menand brethren, listen to me:

18 “Known to God from eternity are all His works. 19 Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God,20 but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood. 21 For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”

The Jerusalem Decree

22 Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.

Acts 17:1-12 (NKJV) 53 A.D.

Preaching Christ at Thessalonica

1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.” 4 And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.
Ministering at Berea

10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.

Elders Fellowship At Troas (Acts 20:7) 59 A.D.

And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them … (This verse does not prove a meeting of the church for “church services,” nor does it prove weekly communion). Consider Acts 2:42, 33 A.D.). Breaking of bread was a meal.

Approved Workers

2 Timothy 2:15 New King James Version (NKJV) 66 A.D.

15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Workers’ Tool – Inspiration Of God/God Breathed Out

2 Timothy 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV) 66 A.D.

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

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041615 – It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know

John 17:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3

“It’s Not What You Know,
It’s Who You Know”
The Whites

God has been very gracious to me by surrounding me with people who I have found to be much smarter than I could ever imagine being. One of our Chaplains, who resides in Canada, is one of those “very smart people,” who gave me the idea for this post. The song was recorded and released by the White Family in the late 1980s (I think). It’s message is “quite cute,’ but has a message of great truth. John 17:3 is a text book definition of “eternal life.” To have eternal life is to “have an intimate relationship with God the Father, through God the Son.” So, please let me say..”thank you, Chaplain Zoe, for all that you do to provide me with ideas that relate to the grace of God, and other matters of spiritual content. You are a Champ in the spiritual battles that confront God’s people daily”…

Sermon Draft – April 4, 2014 – That I May Know Him

Sing Hallelujah – Paul Wilbur

“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Philippians 3:10)

Sermon Draft – April 4, 2014 – “That I May Know Him”

God: Worship, Praise and Sovereignty

Psalm 134:2 “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord!” KJ21
Psalm 135:3-4 “3 praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praises unto His name, for it is pleasant. 4 For the Lord hath chosen Jacob for Himself, and Israel for His peculiar treasure. KJ21
Psalm 135:6 “6 Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did He in heaven and on earth, in the seas and in all deep places.” KJ21

Break Up Your Fallow Ground

Hosea 10:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

Amos 7:14-15 King James Version (KJV)

14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycamore fruit:
15 And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

1 Corinthians 3:6-7 King James Version (KJV)

6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

James 5:7 New King James Version (NKJV)

Be Patient and Persevering

7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.

“Facing The Giants” – “Preparing For Spiritual Rain”

Revelation 3:7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Faithful Church

7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: 8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

Notes: Reformation Study Bible; R.C. Sproul

10:12 steadfast love. See note Ex. 15:13. Sowing that which is right and good brings a harvest of blessing from the Lord.
break up your fallow ground. When virgin and fallow ground is plowed, it produces a particularly abundant harvest.
rain righteousness. God must give the harvest (1 Cor. 3:6, 7)

Those who plant and water.

Prophets: Isa 1:1; Jer 1:1-2; Eze 1:2; 3:10-11; Dan 10:1; Hos 1:1-2a; Joel 1:1; Amos 1:1; 2:1; 3:1; Oba 1:1; Jon 1:1; Mic 1:1; Nah 1:1; Hab 1:1; Zeph 1:1; Hag 1:1-1; Zec 1:1; Mal 1:1; Matt 3:1; John 1:6-8; John 1:29.
Preachers: Rom 10:14 (60 A.D.) (Preacher =”Herald,” (Greek Lexicon)
Combo Preachers: Acts 2:16-36. (33 A.D.) = Apostle Peter, Apostle, Elder, Preacher
Spiritual Gifts To Believers: 1 Cor 12:4-11) 59 A.D.
Spiritual Gifts To Believers: Rom 12:3-8 (60 A.D.)
Spiritual Gifting Of Leadership: Eph 4:11-12. (64 A.D.)

Paul Wilbur – For Your Name Is Holy

The Special Bride And Born Again Body

John 5:22-23 – Equality Of Jesus with “The Father”

John 5:24 – The Immediacy Of Eternal Life – Compare And Contrast “believeth on Him” The Resurrection vs Rapture

John 5:24 New King James Version (NKJV) “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

John 5:25-30 The Post-Tribulation Resurrection Of Jews vs Pre-Tribulation Rapture Of Christians

John 5:25-30: (Post-Tribulation Resurrection) Jesus is speaking to Jews about the time at the end of the Tribulation (Matthew 24:21), and its aftermath. The Jews and Gentiles, who miss the rapture, and find themselves in the Tribulation, but who come to saving faith in Jesus, will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation (Rev 20:4, 6). Jews and Gentiles who miss the rapture, and who do not come to saving faith in Jesus during the Tribulation, will be resurrected at the end of the 1,000 year millennium and will face the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:5, , 11-15).

Daniel 12:1-2 (Post-Tribulation Resurrection) Daniel’s prophecy discusses the time of “Jacob’s Trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7),which is also the time of tribulation, and its aftermath. The resurrections of Rev 20:4, 6 and 20:5, 11-15) also relate to this prophecy. His prophecy also relates to Jews who will have died before the time of the Church Age.

The resurrection, which takes place at the beginning of the millennium, is of the righteous dead, and is the first bodily resurrection.

The resurrection that occurs at the end of the millennium is that of the unrighteous dead, and is the second bodily resurrection, when the unrighteous dead are resurrected and judged.

1 Corinthians 15:50-54 – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (Pre-Tribulation Rapture): Paul Is talking to Christians about the Tribulation that they will miss.

John 5:37-38 – Those who have not been born again vs those who have been born again.

John 5:39-40 – Unsuccessful way to attain eternal life.

John 4:24 – “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Paul Wilbur – Let The Weight Of Your Glory Fall

041515 – Where Are You?

Blow the horn in Zion; sound the alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the residents of the land tremble, for the Day of the LORD is coming; in fact, it is near– (Joel 2:1)

Feast of the Trumpets 2012: Blow The Trumpet In Zion

Genesis 18:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “There, in the tent.”

The question that was made to Abraham by God may have escaped the minds of many people who have read this passage. It is without question that God knows “all,” especially the exact location of Sarah. In verses 2 and 3 of this chapter, the pre-existent Christ (a Christophany) and two angels “just showed up” at the tent of Abraham. The question to Abraham related to more than “which physical room in the tent,” was Sarah. The question more correctly understood is, “where is Sarah your wife, spiritually.”

The question, which dealt with the bride of Abraham, can also be asked about the Church, which is the bride of Christ. It can be asked of us, “where are we spiritually?” Are we going to take up the spiritual banner of Jesus and take it elsewhere, where the love of Christ, and the message of salvation needs to be heralded. Consider the three following passages of scripture that tell of our Lord’s Great Commission that was assigned to us, “the bride of Christ.”

Matthew 28:16-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

In this passage, the disciples are given the great commission on a mountain in Galilee.

Acts 1:4-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

4 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

In this passage, the disciples are given the great commission in Jerusalem

Acts 26:15-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

15 And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16 But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you;17 rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’

In this passage, the Apostle Paul is given the great commission while he was on the Damascus Road, where he was headed to persecute Christians (Acts 9:1-5). Consider the last four words of Acts 26:17, and the full verse of verse 18.

“17 … I am sending you, 18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”

Consider the words that are being spoken to us, the bride of Christ, “I am sending you.” If we are being sent to “open their eyes,” (unbelievers), have we been equipped to take on such a ministry of evangelism? May I ask a simple question? Are we serious about fulfilling the Lord’s Great Commission? Let’s consider the following passage.

Ephesians 4:11-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

In Ephesians 4:11, we read that The Holy Spirit has provided special spiritual gifting to certain individuals to lead “the bride of Christ” to be equipped to perform works of service to build up the body of Christ., as is seen in 4:12. Notice that the key point of leadership within any congregation is its pastors. Let us pray for pastors to be bold in their preaching of God’s Holy Word. Let us pray also for the bride of Christ to submit itself to the authority of pastors so that the equipping work will be quick, continuing and effective. May deacons understand their roles as servants within their congregations, and that they will work in support of their pastors to achieve this task of equipping the people who chose them for such a ministry (Acts 6:3).