1 Peter Sunday Sermon

1 Peter 2:7  “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious.” 1 Peter Sunday Sermon

The Apostle is speaking of Jesus Christ, the dear dying friend of poor lost sinners, who pitied us when we had no pity on ourselves; and died for us when otherwise we must have been cast into hell.

Now, if you believe this, that your sins would have damned you if Christ had not taken them on Himself; and that you must have been cursed forever, if Christ had not been made a curse for you: if you feel in your hearts a humble assurance of pardon purchased by his blood; and if you can consider Him as saying to you in the Gospel, what He said to the poor sinful woman, “Go in peace, thy sins are forgiven” (Luke 7:48, 50); then Christ is precious to you; you love Him above all things.

You love to think of Him, you love to hear of Him, you love to talk of Him; whatever He has commanded, you desire to do; and what He has forbidden, you will not willingly do, to gain the whole world. You are now become a new creature.

You cannot live as you once lived. You are born again. Old things are passed away, and all things are become new (2 Cor. 5:17). The things which you once hated, such as prayer, praise, hearing and reading God’s Word, you now love; and the things you once loved, such as vain, sinful conversation, and trifling amusements, you now hate.

You cannot now go to bed at night without thanking your precious and adorable Jesus for the mercies of the day; or without committing yourself to His protection for the night, and trusting your soul in His hands, that if you die before morning, He may receive you unto Himself: and when you rise in the morning, you cannot go out into the world about your lawful business, without begging Him to keep you from the snares of the world and the temptations of Satan.

Your one object is to please your beloved Savior, and above all things you fear to offend Him. You desire, that “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). “The love of Christ constraineth us” (2 Cor. 5:14).

1 Peter Sunday Sermon

Tisha B’AV 5775

Tisha B'AV 5775
A depiction of the First Temple of Jerusalem

Tisha B’AV which means the 9th of Av as per the Hebrew calendar  started last night, July 25, at sundown and ends at nightfall today.

It commemorates numerous disasters that befell the Jewish people, which in a rather strange coincidence all have happened on the 9th of Av. They include the destruction of the First Temple which occurred at 587 BCE, the destruction of the Second Temple which occurred in the Year 70; the expulsion of the Jews from England in 1290 and the formal approval of the Nazi Final Solution in 1941.

Observance of this day by the devout include a 25-hour fast and the singing of lamentations and dirges.

Hat tip Tom Conigliaro

 


Tisha B’AV 5775

 

Concerning Hell And A Loving God

It’s a slow day and this is from a recent internet discussion concerning Pope Francis

If God has made peace with all, then why send people to Hell? I don’t think God sends people to Hell. The broad road leads to Hell, the narrow one doesn’t. He sends people on the narrow one and tells them not to use the broad one. Concerning Hell And A Loving God

Why is there a Hell? What else can you do with those who insist they are the center of the universe? If one can’t be loyal to the one who loves you more than anything; if one insists on tormenting and demeaning his other children despite all exhortations to change, if one insists on following monsters, you certainly can’t let him into the Kingdom.

So you give him what he wants, an existence without you. You might think that sounds like a mild punishment but God is the ONLY source of good. Without God’s protection you would be subject to every torment you can imagine and all the one’s you can’t for that matter. And without ever any chance of making an appeal to God again. That’s how I look at it.

God is not a sadist. He’s not cruel. He’s going to forget about the people in Hell. He’s going to set it up so He never has to hear them again or have THEM inflict pain on HIM again. Yes, we cause pain to God.

And yes, they will suffer forever just as people without God suffer on earth except magnified infinitely.

How do you view God? As jolly old St. Nick? I view Him as Jesus, my best friend. How do you view God?

Concerning Hell And A Loving God

Selma Envy Motivates Gay Marriage Movement

Lutheran pastor Hans Fiene has maybe the best explanation of the Gay marriage movement and the outrage about Indiana’s religious liberty law that we have seen.

He says in part:

The answer is “social studies.” My generation engages in straw men, misinformation, and lies because, in every year of social studies class, we studied the civil-rights movement not as history, but as hagiography. We didn’t just learn what events happened on American soil, we were encouraged to mimic the segregation-defeating holy ones and merit for ourselves a place alongside them in glory. Combining that admonition with our general aversion to hard work, we concluded that the only thing necessary to be as righteous as the saints who fought racial injustice was to decry an injustice that no one else was. And we became so desperate to find that injustice, we lost our minds in the process.Selma Envy Motivates Gay Marriage Movement

It’s a long article and you can read it  at The Federalist.

Selma Envy Motivates

Obama Christianity Debate

Obama Christianity Debate
President Obama and the mysterious Mark of Dubya that appears on his forehead when stressed

Propagandists masquerading a journalists threw a gotcha question at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential GOP presidential nominee.

“Is President Obama a Christian,” he was asked?

“I don’t know,” the Governor said.

Reader Tom Coniglia points out that according to the Bible you judge the tree by the fruit it bears.

While a profession of the divinity of Jesus Christ is not, nor should it ever be, a requirement for the presidency or any public office, there should be an expectation that one is honest about where one is coming from.

Biden 2015.

Say what you want about Joe, you know where he’s coming from albeit he may not be as certain at times.

Obama Christianity Debate

God Says — An Off The Internet

This Off the Internet is courtesy of PinkPoodleMaconga.com

You say: “It’s impossible” God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)

You say: “I’m too tired” God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: “Nobody really loves me” God says: I love you (John 3:1 6 & John 3:34 )

You say: “I can’t go on” God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: “I can’t figure things out” God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5- 6)

You say: “I can’t do it” God says: You can do all things (Philippians 4:13)

You say: “I’m not able” God says: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: “It’s not worth it” God says: It will be worth it (Roman 8:28 )

You say: “I can’t forgive myself” God says: I Forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: “I can’t manage” God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)

You say: “I’m afraid” God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)

You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated” God says: Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)

You say: “I’m not smart enough” God says: I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: “I feel all alone” God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)

God determines who walks into your life….it’s up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.”

Father, God bless all my friends in whatever it is that you know they may need this day! And may their life be full of your peace, prosperity and power as they seek to have a closer relationship with you. Amen.

God Says — An Off The Internet

God Says -- An Off The Internet

 

Honk If You Love Jesus

This off the internet is courtesy of Cathy Craddock

 

Dear Grand-daughter,

The other day I went up to our local Christian book store and saw a ‘Honk if you love Jesus’ bumper sticker .

I was feeling particularly sassy that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting..

So, I bought the sticker and put it on my bumper. Boy, am I glad I did; what an uplifting experience that followed.

I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersection, just lost in thought about the Lord and how good he is, and I didn’t notice that the light had changed.

It is a good thing someone else loves Jesus because if he hadn’t honked, I’d never have noticed.

I found that lots of people love Jesus!

While I was sitting there, the guy behind started honking like crazy, and then he leaned out of his window and screamed, ‘For the love of God!’ ‘Go! Go! Go! Jesus Christ, GO!’

What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus!

Everyone started honking!

I just leaned out my window and started waving and smiling at all those loving people.

I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love!

There must have been a man from Florida back there because I heard him yelling something about a sunny beach.

I saw another guy waving in a funny way with only his middle finger stuck up in the air.

I asked my young teenage grandson in the back seat what that meant.

He said it was probably a Hawaiian good luck sign or something.

Well, I have never met anyone from Hawaii, so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign right back.

My grandson burst out laughing.

Why even he was enjoying this religious experience!!

A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and started walking towards me.

I bet they wanted to pray or ask what church I attended, but this is when I noticed the light had changed.

So, grinning, I waved at all my brothers and sisters, and drove on through the intersection.

I noticed that I was the only car that got through the intersection before the light changed again and felt kind of sad that I had to leave them after all the love we had shared.

So I slowed the car down leaned out the window and gave them all the Hawaiian good luck sign one last time as I drove away. Praise the Lord for such wonderful folks!!

Will write again soon,

Grandma

Honk If You Love Jesus

 

American Ebola Patients Released

Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the two Christian Missionaries who contracted ebola after treating patients in Liberia have been released from Emory University Hospital it has been announced.

“We are tremendously pleased with Dr. Brantly and Mrs. Writebol’s recovery,” said Dr. Bruce Ribner, director of Emory’s Infectious Disease Unit. He noted that the hospital is confident their discharges pose no public health threat.

Nearly half the patients receiving medical care in the current outbreak in West Africa are surviving, CNN reported.

For Dr. Brantly’s comments visit here.

American Ebola Patients Released

American Ebola Patients Released

Media Priorities Regarding Suffering

The Philadelphia area papers today, Aug. 14, continued to carry stories about a celebrity death that happened three days ago.

Meanwhile, nothing about the status of courageous Christian missionaries Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol who are fighting for their lives after contracting ebola in Liberia.

The latest reports have Mrs. Writebol and Dr. Brantly improving.

Keep them in your prayers.

Media Priorities Regarding Suffering

Media Priorities Regarding Suffering