Are you ready to sacrifice your Isaac?

Genesis 22: 1-19

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faith . . . .works . . . .both . . . .

Do you put your faith in works

Do you put your faith in faith?

Do you have faith and works?

Abraham faithfully carried Isaac to be slaughtered!

Moses retrieved the stick as commanded by God!

Rahab hid the spies!

Ananias went to Saul of Tarsus!

Noah built the ark!

Moses parents hid him for three months!

The people walked across the Red Sea!

James 2:14-26

It’s time to put your faith to work!

Confirming One’s Calling and Election

3His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises,  so that through them you may participate in the divine nature,  having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;  6and to knowledge, self-control;  and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  7and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind,  forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.u 10Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,  11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  2 Peter 1: 3-11

  (2013-09-24). The MacArthur Study Bible, NIV (Signature) (Kindle Locations 298421-298449). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

1 Peter 5:6-11

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him,  standing firm in the faith,  because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, a firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen

(2013-09-24). The MacArthur Study Bible, NIV (Signature) (Kindle Locations 296945-296963). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

Yeshua is our anchor!

“What The Storm Does Not Know” by Paid In Full is a song in which I have not heard. However, the title pierced my soul this morning during worship.  What does the storm not know?  Let me tell you!

The storm does not know that Yeshua is our anchor in which we hope!

The storm does not know that Yeshua is the beacon that guides us when the road is dark, wet, and cold!

The storm does not know that Yeshua is the foundation on which we stand!

The storm does not know that Yeshua is the ONE who will calm the storm and give us safe passage!

Isaiah 43:2 

I Am   –  Crowder

Word Study/Hope/Anchor

In the same way, when God wanted to confirm His promise as true and unchangeable, He swore an oath to the heirs of that promise. 18 So God has given us two unchanging things: His promise and His oath. These prove that it is impossible for God to lie. As a result, we who come to God for refuge might be encouraged to seize that hope that is set before us. 19 That hope is real and true, an anchor to steady our restless souls, a hope that leads us back behind the curtain to where God is (as the high priests did in the days when reconciliation flowed from sacrifices in the temple) 20 and back into the place where Jesus, who went ahead on our behalf, has entered since He has become a High Priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.

17 Because God wanted to show His unchangeable purpose even more clearly to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. 20 Jesus has entered there on our behalf as a forerunner, because He has become a high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.  (emphasis mine)

Hebrews 6:17-20

hope

anchor

Our hope is the anchor that keeps us grounded!

Our hope is anchored in Christ Jesus!

Our hope keeps us safe and secure!

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Matthew 18:20

God says that he is with us when we are gathered in His name.  Can we be gathered in another name?  Maybe we are gathered in the name of the committee!  Maybe we are gathered in the name of a leader!  We could possibly be gathered in our own name!

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!  It is hereby declared on the 25th day of the month of June of the year 2014 that all churches are bully free.  Anyone caught bullying will be ushered to the door! No exceptions!  By order of the Most High God!  Mark 12:30-32

throw off . . .

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.

 

What do I need to throw off?

What hinders my walk with the Lord?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(2013-09-24). The MacArthur Study Bible, NIV (Signature) (Kindle Locations 291557-291558). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

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Hebrews 12
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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

(2013-09-24). The MacArthur Study Bible, NIV (Signature) (Kindle Locations 291556-291567). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

grace = freedom

But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. So Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.   Luke 23:23-25

release –  to free from confinement, bondage, obligation, pain, etc.; let go: to release a prisoner; to release someone from a debt.

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for the greater good . . .

Romans 8:28

I am a big fan of NCIS and I love watching the marathons on Monday’s.  My favorite characters are Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Ziva David.  They both have baggage.  At the end of one of the shows Gibbs is sitting at a booth talking to his wife and daughter (who are both dead).  They are telling Gibbs their death was for the greater good.  Had they not died he would not have helped so many people.

Romans 8:28 comes to mind when I think about the scene.  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. NIV  That’s a hard pill to swallow!  All things!  Not SOME or FEW but ALL!

  • The mom who died from breast cancer.  All things work together for good to them that love God . . .
  • The couple who lost their child.  All things work together for good to them that love God . . .
  • The man who was fired from his job.  All things work together for good to them that love God . . .
  • The house that will not sell.  All things work together for good to them that love God . . .

Yes!  All things!  Now it’s your turn!  Repeat after me!  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.  Again!  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. One more time!  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.  There are some things we will never understand until we get to heaven!  So, hang in there!  God will take care of you!  He will walk before you and slay your enemy!  He will walk beside you and hold your hand!  He will walk behind you and catch you when you fall!  He will carry you when you cannot walk!  Proverbs 3:5-6

All God’s children said . . . .

least restricted environment . . . .

 restrict – to confine or keep within certain often
specified limits or selected bounds
What restrictions are we placing on fellow Christians?
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sinner friendly . . . . .

Is your Sunday school sinner friendly?

What or who do you talk about in front of guests?

And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

Luke 5:29-31

Levi gave a large dinner at his home for Jesus. Everybody was there, tax men and other disreputable characters as guests at the dinner. The Pharisees and their religion scholars came to his disciples greatly offended. “What is he doing eating and drinking with crooks and ‘sinners’?”

Luke 5:28-30

When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Mark 2:16-18

Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him.

Mark 2:14-16

But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Matthew 9:12-14

Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.

Jude 1:21-23

Here’s a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I’m proof—Public Sinner Number One—of someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy. And now he shows me off—evidence of his endless patience—to those who are right on the edge of trusting him forever. Deep honor and bright glory to the King of All Time— One God, Immortal, Invisible, ever and always. Oh, yes! I’m passing this work on to you, my son Timothy. The prophetic word that was directed to you prepared us for this. All those prayers are coming together now so you will do this well, fearless in your struggle, keeping a firm grip on your faith and on yourself. After all, this is a fight we’re in.

1 Timothy 1:14-16

[ We’re All in the Same Sinking Boat ] So where does that put us? Do we Jews get a better break than the others? Not really. Basically, all of us, whether insiders or outsiders, start out in identical conditions, which is to say that we all start out as sinners. Scripture leaves no doubt about it: There’s nobody living right, not even one, nobody who knows the score, nobody alert for God. They’ve all taken the wrong turn; they’ve all wandered down blind alleys. No one’s living right; I can’t find a single one. Their throats are gaping graves, their tongues slick as mudslides. Every word they speak is tinged with poison. They open their mouths and pollute the air. They race for the honor of sinner-of-the-year, litter the land with heartbreak and ruin, Don’t know the first thing about living with others. They never give God the time of day. This makes it clear, doesn’t it, that whatever is written in these Scriptures is not what God says about others but to us to whom these Scriptures were addressed in the first place! And it’s clear enough, isn’t it, that we’re sinners, every one of us, in the same sinking boat with everybody else? Our involvement with God’s revelation doesn’t put us right with God. What it does is force us to face our complicity in everyone else’s sin.

Romans 3:8-10

[ The Story of the Lost Sheep ] By this time a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently. The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends.” Their grumbling triggered this story.

Luke 15:1-3

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God will provide!

Herod had James killed and now he had Peter! He was in prison bound with chains waiting to be executed. Fearing the worst we prayed continually without rest.  Exhausted from the day I sat by the door and rested.  That’s when I heard the knock.  Listening carefully I recognized Peter’s voice.  I went to the others and told them what I heard.  They told me I was crazy.  I kept telling them that I knew it was Peter.  Finally listening, they came to the gate and opened the door.  We were so excited that we could not keep quiet!  But Peter motioned to us to keep silent, he declared to us how the Lord had brought him out of the prison.

Can you keep silent about what the Lord has done for you?

Have you been set free from the chains of bondage?

If so what can you do to spread the word?

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Acts 10

Acts 10

Curious . .   Surname Peter . . . What does it mean? vs 5, 17, 32

Do  you and your household fear God?  vss. 1 – 3

God does not show favoritism!  vss. 34 – 43

Ezekiel 36: 26-28

Ezekiel 36:26-28

The Message (MSG)

“‘For here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to take you out of these countries, gather you from all over, and bring you back to your own land. I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. You’ll once again live in the land I gave your ancestors. You’ll be my people! I’ll be your God!

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Can something good come from something bad?

Acts 8: 4-8

Christ Is Preached in Samaria

Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.  Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord  heeded ( emphasis mine) the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.

Acts 7: 54-60

Acts 7:54-60

The Stoning of Stephen

54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

 

Still thinking . . . . .

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Acts 7:54-60

The Voice (VOICE)

54 Upon hearing this, his audience could contain themselves no longer. They boiled in fury at Stephen; they clenched their jaws and ground their teeth. 55 But Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit. Gazing upward into heaven, he saw something they couldn’t see (emphasis mine) : the glory of God, and Jesus standing at His right hand.

Stephen: 56 Look, I see the heavens opening! I see the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!

57 At this, they covered their ears and started shouting. The whole crowd rushed at Stephen, converged on him, 58 dragged him out of the city, and stoned him.

They laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul, 59 while they were pelting Stephen with rocks.

Stephen (as rocks fell upon him): Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

60 Then he knelt in prayer, shouting at the top of his lungs,

Stephen: Lord, do not hold this evil against them!

Those were his final words; then he fell asleep in death.