Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Beginnings in God's Kingdom

Joshua 1.1-9 We have been celebrating Jesus being born. (Jesus in the Greek, Yeshua/ Joshua in Hebrew) "Jehovah/ Yahweh is Salvation" Jesus brought the New Covenant for the whole world. The New Testament begins with the words, "The genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham." Joshua brought in a New Time for Israel They were going into the land God promised them. Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned that land and its alluded to its promise from God when he mentioned 4,000 years of history. in his speech at the State Department this past week. Jacob/Israel... Joshua...Jesus Paradoxes of God *Putting on the Greatest Angel Demonstration in the sky to a group of Bethlehem Shepherds *Taking talented surgeons and putting them in hospitals to the uttermost part of the earth where no one will ever hear of them *Bethlehem itself. Wisdom of the world to look in Jerusalem. * The LORD Using children, young people *Jesus raising the dead but wanting to keep it from the multitudes. *Teachers, very talented ones going to third world countries around the world making next to nothing for the Kingdom of God *God doing things quietly, almost unnoticed. Most of which is never published or heard about. *Dr. Aileen Coleman In Jordan (Google her) * Friend of mine met leader of a major Mission Organization in New Delhi India Airport... Meetings in Port Au Prince Airport.... Mostyns... Yesterday when we announced the Pack and Prayer. Lady from Tennessee speaking about her daughter being a missionary and wanting to do that when they send her packages. *Dr. J. Hudson Taylor, Dr. Nelson Bell, Dr. Howard Hamlin - all who could have been incredible surgeons in England and America but left for China and Africa for a Higher Calling, a Greater Work The rest of us... “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.” “…when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10) We are in the world, but we are not of the world (John 17:11, 14) “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…” (Galatians 2:20) New conquests for Israel under Joshua What should have taken 4 months took 40 years due to unbelief. The most successful things in my 40 plus years of ministry have met with the greatest opposition at first. Going into new territory is unnerving and we tend to settle in the wilderness than enter the promises! *We have done it with God's help this year! 1. We entered into an agreement 13 months ago with the Spanish Speaking Church we began 21 years ago. PENIEL = The Face of God, been there at that spot where Jacob wrestled with the Angel of the LORD. We have seen improvements made and have the cost of operating the church building cared for now. Bob Pawson's prayer, "I want to see the church building used every day." When we closed Good Shepherd that seemed to fall aside. But shortly after the Spanish church came and we are there again! 2. The Nazarene Cafe... Really Pat Shea's idea, then Sue Fliss and I began to dream and here we are! Each time new people have come. February 10th we will do another one, Valentine's Day weekend. Begin now to pray and invite. This can become something beyond our imaginations. It can be a net to catch fish, a lighthouse on a stormy sea. 3. The Immigration Assistance Program with our Spanish Brothers and Sisters. A week from this Friday there will be a meeting with an immigration attorney. Pray. Pray. Pray. *Moving in to possess the land Where God wants to take us this year! There are often things sitting right underneath our noses! Ephesians 2:8-10New American Standard Bible (NASB) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. God has prepared good works, foreordained them for us to do! Dr. Suzanne Wolfram, who made that dress for Betchina wrote to me about this upcoming trip to Haiti: Your work on the Haitian earthquake meant that when the hurricane hit, you were already ready with the prayer team, the donors, the work team... "For such a time as this" (Mordecai to Esther) 1. We need to reach out to children and their families! We have more than 50 here in our building each week! We have a leaders meeting on the first Monday of the month with all 17 GS Troop Leaders attending representing all the GS in Bay Shore. They refer to the building as "The Church". How can we reach them? I don't know but if we pray God will use us as He did back in the fall when one of the girls was missing. Pray. Pray. Pray. We need to keep praying for those who are sick but we need to add Jesus' heart to our prayers: Don't say 4 months and then comes the harvest. I tell you look to the fields they are white for harvest. Pray the LORD of the harvest that He may send forth workers into His Harvest Field. God help us dream! God help us change our prayers today and this year. Look to the fields they are ripe for harvest! 2. Between the backyard of the parsonage and the grounds at the church we have a Botanical Gardens. We also have experts gardeners around. How about a community gardening club or group which we own and operate? Creation and its Creator fit right in. Motto of the Daylily Society, "Consider the Lilies". We can bring the rest of the things that Jesus taught. To be continued next week

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Time Came

The Time Came Luke 2.4-8 The time came for the baby to be born. God had this planned from the beginning of time. It is noteworthy that all human history is measured by the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. History is His Story. We will see when we all get to heaven. The Birth of Jesus Christ is the pivot of human history His Story He set up His Kingdom, God's kingdom, a spiritual kingdom which will never end. Kingdoms rise and fall but His Kingdom endures forever. The Kingdom of God as we shared last week is among us! Jesus said that in order to enter the kingdom of God you must become like a little child. He came into the world as a Baby. Kingdoms of this world begin with conquest militarily. There are memorials set up all over for the battles. The memorial for the beginning of this kingdom of is The manger in Bethlehem and the Cross in Jerusalem! 1. The Baby He is Christ the LORD. Christ the anointed and appointed one. The LORD God God's Son Time Days were accomplished the day, used of the natural day, or the interval between sunrise and sunset, as distinguished from and contrasted with the night of the last day of this present age, the day Christ will return from heaven, raise the dead, hold the final judgment, and perfect his kingdom used of time in general, i.e. the days of his life. Time Galatians 4.4 that which is (has been) filled a ship inasmuch as it is filled (i.e. manned) with sailors, rowers, and soldiers in the NT, the body of believers, as that which is filled with the presence, power, agency, riches of God and of Christ that which fills or with which a thing is filled of those things which a ship is filled, freight and merchandise, sailors, oarsmen, soldiers completeness or fulness of time fulness, abundance a fulfilling, keeping The time had fully come for Jesus' birth. This was not just the end of Mary's pregnancy. This was a whole new world order. The Kingdom of God was coming. The days were accomplished. The time came for her to give birth. This the LORD entering earth as a Baby, as King of Israel and King of Kings. Roman Roads were ready for the Gospel. The nation of Israel was occupied territory. There was no room for Mary and Joseph because it was the time of the census. Taxation was foremost in everyone's mind. Taxation without representation and more than that. The nation of Israel came from a family. The land was divided with the names of those sons and their descendants inhabiting it. It had been taken over by Rome and now they were being charged taxes in their own land. Place Bethlehem Let's go to Bethlehem. This was the words of the shepherds who went and worshipped Christ, the newborn King. Let's go Nazareth (Actually no one said this. "Nazareth?! Can any good..?") Let's go to Jerusalem. This was the words of all who went to worship the LORD. All Jews said this. Now under the New Covenant - Whoever calls upon the Name of the LORD will be saved. If you were going to launch a worldwide religion in the first century this little land bridge which connected Africa, Asia and Europe was the place! History of Bethlehem Jacob buried Rachel there. Ruth and Boaz met there. David watched the flock of his father Jesse there. Jesus was born there. He was the second King to be born there. This He was born King of the Jews, King of Kings, He will reign over the world in His Father's Kingdom. So this Baby in the manger born that night in Bethlehem where no one save a few shepherds came and saw is the main Figure of all Human History. 2. Born Born of Mary Born into this world. Stable of an Inn The census made it so. Bethlehem was overcrowded Swaddling clothes Manger A feeding trough for animals. Jesus was born homeless and the people who first came to worship Him lived in tents at best. Homeless men this week One in Barnes and Noble checking on each other about the cold coming. The time came... 3. Christ the LORD The Words of the Angel to the Shepherds The time had come for the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One to be born. The time had come, the time the prophets foretold. The time they longed to know themselves. I Peter 1.11 CEV The Spirit of Christ was in them and was telling them how Christ would suffer and would then be given great honor. So they searched to find out exactly who Christ would be and when this would happen. Our times in are in His Hands... Rev. Art Hughes and Betty The time had come for Christ to be born. The time is now for salvation. The time is approaching for Him to come again.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The King of Kings and His Kingdom

The King Of Kings and His Kingdom Luke 1. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a Son, and you are to call Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The LORD God will give Him the throne of His father David, 33 and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end. There is an old hymn which is entitled "More About Jesus Would I Know" This Advent has had me focusing on Him more than ever before. I am taking in the whole nativity but my eyes and heart have been fixed on the Baby in the manger more than before. He is the Hope of world. He is the Light of the world He is the Savior of the world. He is the Bread that comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world. We are going to talk about Him again this morning. Today from Luke's Gospel... Luke tells us that he carefully investigated all these things. He interviewed people, may have even gone to locals and locales and walked around. He was a doctor. He was used to observing people. He saw things others did not see. He had an ear for things. Two doctors in my family are like that. It is amazing how they view us... they see things we do not. We have the Word God breathed through him and that he wrote as he was moved by the Holy Spirit. We are told in this account: 1. Jesus was Born Of Mary. -v.31 The first part of this verse was a usual happening for married women but Mary was a virgin. Yet we see here the natural with the supernatural. This is often how God works. We must avoid extremes. A missionary I admire wrote, "Work like everything depended upon you. Pray like everything depends upon God." Jesus came into the human race the way all of us came in, born of a woman. This is how the Word became flesh. He experienced the whole of the human predicament. He became one of us. We became followers of His. The Parable of the Birds. The Angel Gabriel told her this. Angels are real and at work today. My granddaughter, Maddie. Pastor Jerry this past week, "Do you believe in angels?" So the Holy Spirit moved on Mary and she became with child through that action. A miracle! The Virgin Conception and Birth. Isaiah foretold it over 700 years before. Isaiah 7.14 Behold the virgin will be with child and you are to give Him the Name Immanuel, which means, God with us. Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph. When he was told in a dream how Mary became pregnant he took her home as his wife but had no union with her until after Jesus was born. So Jesus came into a family. He knew what it was to have a father on earth who was not his biological father. He knew what it was to be born and grow up in a family. He embraced our living. 2. Jesus is The Son of God. -v.32 He was and is the Son of God forever. He became Mary's Son. That is an important distinction. He is God. John 1.1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1.14 The Word became flesh and lived for a while (tabernacled) among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only Son, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. The Angel, Gabriel told Mary in v.31c she was to give Him the name Jesus. He will Great. God is great. He will be called the Son of the Most High. Demons trembled. Mark 1.24 "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!" Matthew 8.29 "What do you want with us, Son of God?" they shouted. "Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?" Acts 19.15 One day the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?" The Centurion At The Cross Mark 15.39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!" Peter in Caesarea Philippi Matthew 16.16 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Mary's Son was the Son of God before He became her Son. 3. Jesus is David's Son. -v.33 God's promise to David I will build you a house. II Samuel 2.11 "‘The LORD declares to you that the LORD Himself will establish a house for you: 12When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. 15But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before meb ; your throne will be established forever. A Kingdom that endures forever... Psalm 145.13 Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations. the LORD is faithful to all His Promises and loving toward all He has made. I Corinthians 4.20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. The King of Kings and His Kingdom When Jesus taught us to pray to our Father in heaven, "Your Kingdom come..." He did so knowing that we would be here 2,000 years later. His kingdom is expanding today. He wants us to be part of it in more ways than we can imagine. It is tied into His Birth. As seekers of His Kingdom we invite Him to be part of our work, our family, our neighborhoods, our world, our lives and even "our" church, which is His. Acts 1.3b He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. I would love to have been a part of these Bible Studies. No wonder John wrote that the world would not have room for the books that would have to be written. We only know what we are told here. It was about the Holy Spirit empowering the disciples to spread the Word around the world. Do I see signs of God's Kingdom breaking through in the world all around me? Or am I too focused on the darkness? Do I need to look at things differently? God help us! God's promise through the Prophets Bethlehem Micah 5.2 Of the increase of His government... forever Isaiah 9.7 4. The fulfillment of God's Promise to David Isaiah 9.7b He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. God's promises are greater than we can imagine. More than we could ask for. Descendants of Jacob- Children of Abraham by faith The family keeps multiplying. I think that is one of the reasons we rejoice when a person receives Christ. The promise resounds back 2,000 years to John's Gospel (As many as believed He gave right to become children of God) , 3,000 to David (building a house-family)and 4,000 to Abraham (all the people's on earth will be blessed through you and your descendants) God's family makes up God's Kingdom but His Kingdom rules over all or overrules. So as those shoeboxes go out to children in nations where there is oppression and famine and disease... third world countries... His Kingdom is ruling in those boxes of love... As you go out and let your light shine... His Kingdom is ruling in this present darkness. As we share the King of Kings, as we seek His Kingdom He brings more people in and redeems their lives from the pit. Christmas is about Jesus, God's Son, Mary's Son, Son of David King of Kings and LORD of lords Jesus, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace Jesus, Beautiful Savior, Glorious LORD, Emmanuel, Blessed Redeemer, Living Word.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

God's Work In His Son's Birth

Matthew 1.18-25 I love how God brought Jesus, His Son into the world! Almost off the radar! How does God work? Quietly, almost unnoticed at times. Simply, quietly.... Look at what has happened... The Advent Conspiracy Video Here in this little church... The 29 shoeboxes went out around the world The Haiti Express... Lifelong friends giving this week... So encouraging. I cannot tell you how that blesses me. We have not asked them. They have just given out of their hearts! Trip set for January 20th The Sunday Morning Message Last Week: France, Germany, Brazil, Kenya, South Africa, China, Estonia, India, The Netherlands Last Night With the Spanish Church... Incredible meeting. Next month Rudy will bring an immigration attorney. No doubt one of the most exciting things happening last night on the Island was right here. The Kingdom of God All quietly happening while the world turns, while our nation spends $500 Billion this month on Christmas gifts. Big things/Little Things God so often is at work and we don't realize it. Genesis 28.16 "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it." We look for big display and fail to see God at work in the little things, the small things. I am convinced that in God's kingdom today there millions of small things happening that we do not know about, God's people living out His Word. Bible Studies, Short Term Mission Groups, Prayer Groups Don't ever under estimate the one on one with people: John 3 and 4 were about 2 people. The exchange between two is how much of God's work is done. Jesus does not see us as one of the multitude. Everyone He called He called personally and everyone He healed He healed one on one. The only massive thing He did was to feed the 5,000. He meets us face to face, where He can deal with us as individuals. I was in King Kullen this past week. One of the cashiers I know, Sue, told me as I went through the self serve lane (I love using that- reminds me of the days when I worked in the grocery store!), "I was walking home with groceries the other night (her car was being repaired) and this young man from your church stopped and gave me a ride. He saved me walking a mile. This is going on all over the world. No one noticed. Pastor Chuck Smith wrote, "Sadly, that numberless host of unseen Christians across the centuries who have subsisted and denied themselves on and off the mission field, living in scrupulous integrity- the George Mullers, Hudson Taylors, and C.T. Studds- does not even gain a flicker from the media spotlight. These great lives pass in quiet anonymity." This is the way God works. He works in a mysterious way His wonders to perform. He works through people who know Him but are not known by many. He works behind the scenes weaving things together. He works through humble simple people. This is the story of Christmas! His Word being fulfilled. The Word becoming flesh. Jesus being born. He worked in this way in Jesus coming to earth. 1. God used a couple living in Nazareth to bring His Son Into The World. They were virtually unknown in Israel before this event. I love how God uses names. While the world may not know people, God knows. He knows us better than we know ourselves! From our time in the Psalms these past few months we have discovered: He knit us together in our mother's womb. He knows the thoughts we will have before the chemicals of our brains come together to form them. He knows us perfectly, better than we know ourselves. He knows the number of our days. God cares deeply about us. God used Mary a young woman pledged to be married to a carpenter from Nazareth in Galilee. Galilee was sort of the upstate New York. Jerusalem was sort of the New York City only infinitely more. The wise men came to Jerusalem. I want you to see the insignificance of this couple. Those are the people God uses. Remember when you were called... 1 Corinthians 1:26-29King James Version (KJV) 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in His presence. We would have never known about this couple if it were not for Jesus. Think of all the people you know because of Him! Then think about how He came. 2. No one took note of Jesus being born that night in Bethlehem. Think about it. God, coming into world He created. A few shepherds came. It took place in a terribly inconvenient time for Israel, a Roman Census. It was not like our censuses every ten years. Its main purpose was to remind the people that they were under Roman rule and so was their money. It was primarily a way for the Empire to let the people know they were under control of the Empire. People were complaining about this, the travel inflicted upon them and the taxes they had to pay. God entered this world virtually unnoticed. He came quietly amidst great profanity. He came as a baby. There are no mentions of a huge crowd because there simply were none! Radio City 6,000 people last week, each day over 20,000 people hear the account of Christmas from God's Word Rockefeller Center 1,000's for the tree lighting on Wednesday Night, millions across the nation Both places had Christmas Carols sung... The Harlem Gospel Choir Back to Bethlehem... Human Inconvenience is often part of His plan. How about this verse in Psalm 119.140? "Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and Your servant loves them." 3. After this glorious birth for the next 30 years apart from the journey to Egypt and the things that happened in the temple when He was 8 days old things settled into a routine life in Nazareth. Isn't this the carpenter's son? Matthew 13.55 He lived in Nazareth is virtual obscurity (as was said of His cousin John, the Baptist) until the time came for Him to appear publicly to Israel. Don't diminish the holiness of the routine of life. God is at work even in and through the routine. God never wastes time. Look at what God is doing or you will miss the joy He has for you! Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.... The Kingdom among us, The Kingdom coming Look for the LORD in the things people who do not know Him overlook... In the sunrise, in the sunset, the moon which He has set in place! Wise men look to the skies for His first appearing, they still do for He's coming again! 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Monday, November 28, 2016

Looking At The Genealogy of Jesus Christ

Looking At The Genealogy of Jesus Christ Matthew 1.1 The genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David , the son of Abraham. Advent/ The Church Calendar does bring up some interesting points... Jewish and Christian, tied to the agricultural year, to a progression to each other... for instance there is a reason why The Festival of Lights (Hanukkah) and Christmas are in December, why The Resurrection and Passover are in the Spring... So to this morning's message... Names meaning. Jesus= God is Salvation Christ= The anointed one David= beloved Abraham= Father of a multitude Amazing genealogy Jesus Christ= God's Salvation Coming Through His Anointed One, a descendant of His beloved, a descendant of the Father of a Multitude Jesus Christ =The Anointed One Bringing God's Salvation Verified/Confirmed/Affirmed a number of times: *The Announcement to Mary Luke 1.35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. *Mary's Song Luke 1.46 "My soul glorifies the LORD 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, Mary was overwhelmed that God chose her. The LORD committed His Kingdom to very young people. Amazing! *Baby Jesus in the Temple Simeon's Word Luke 2.29 “Sovereign LORD as You have promised, You may now dismiss Your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation, 31 which You have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.” * Jesus At His Baptism Luke 3.21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as He was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.” *Jesus In The Beginning of His Ministry Luke 4.16 He went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day He went into the synagogue, as was His custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. Unrolling it, He found the place where it is written: 18 “The Spirit of the LORD is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor.” *Jesus At The End of Ministry on Earth Just Before His Death Mark 14.6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. 7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. 8 She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. 9 Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” And it would be proclaimed in Acts and the rest of the Bible would be about this! Verse one loaded with insight. I love how God's Word does that! 1. The Genealogy of Jesus Shows The Word Became Flesh. John 1.14 I told you about my cousin, Lynn, looking up our family genealogy here on Long Island and Brooklyn. Jesus entered the world as a baby and had a human genealogy. I was talking to my sister-in-law yesterday and telling her you could look at that genealogy and see where the turn was toward Christ on my Mom's side. Melchizedek before He became flesh. Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever. Hebrews 7.3 Jesus He was born to Mary. The Holy Spirit brought about the pregnancy. Luke 1.34“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be calledb the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37For no word from God will ever fail.” 38“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. He was born into a family line. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob/Israel, Judah... David... Mary 2. David was a Descendant of Abraham. David's line David was a descendant of Abraham through Judah Luke 1.31 You will conceive and give birth to a Son, and you are to call Him Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The LORD God will give Him the throne of His father David, 33and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end.” God's Promise to build him a house... God's Kingdom II Samuel 2.11 "‘The LORD declares to you that the LORD Himself will establish a house for you: 12When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. 15But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before meb ; your throne will be established forever.’ ” King David anointed by Samuel. 3. Abraham was the Father of the Faithful. Works or faith He is our example. James 2.21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. The beginning here in Matthew is this man Abraham. His legacy is faith. Jews and Believers and Muslims trace their ancestry to him. His story. Miraculous birth of Isaac. Christ has been born!!! Even more miraculous! Isaiah 53.Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though the LORD makes His life an offering for sin, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in His hand. You are in the spiritual line of Jesus Christ. He had no earthly descendants, only spiritual ones. You're A Child of the King! Our Father- both Jesus and us! Step out in boldness and watch the family multiply! What He did for Betchina's mother, Solange, He wants to do here.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Giving Thanks To The LORD For What We Know

Giving Thanks To God For What We Know Psalm 106.1-2 1 Praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. 2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD or fully declare His praise? Beyond measure. Psalm 107 1 Give thanks to the LORD for He is good; His love endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story— those He redeemed from the hand of the foe, 3 those He gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. This is Thanksgiving Week in he United States. It is part of our heritage, our heritage as a nation which acknowledged from before its inception that God Almighty had blessed this land we call America. President Abraham Lincoln's First Thanksgiving Declaration: Washington, D.C. October 3, 1863 By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth. By the President: Abraham Lincoln William H. Seward, Secretary of State There are many material blessings we enjoy here in our country. We live in abundance, sometimes wretched excess. This year the LORD has drawn me to give thanks for the spiritual blessings we have in Christ. Like Peter wrote in his first epistle to the church : Praise be to the God and Father of our LORDJesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, (I Peter 1.3-4) Or Paul wrote the Church at Ephesus: Praise be to the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1.3) The Psalmist leads us in giving thanks to God for what we know about Him. No one can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD- Infinite, but give Him thanks for what we know. 1. Give Thanks For His Goodness and His Love. v.1 Good= *Pleasant- It is pleasant to be with Him, sing to Him, share His Word. We see His goodness and we are deeply blessed. *Delightful and Joyful- Zephaniah 3.17 The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior Who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” *Beneficial Psalm 103.2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits— His goodness is seen in the benefits He gives. We are urged here not to forget them. How easy it is. How easy to get caught up with life even ministry and serving Him and to forget all His benefits. The LORD is good. He is pleasant, delightful and joyful. Morning by morning new mercies I see. Psalm 68:19King James Version (KJV) One of my Nana's favorite verses. Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. love= *Kindness He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities *Faithfulness To all His Promises Psalm 145.13 Forever Even when we are faithless II Timothy 2.13 2. Tell Your Story: Psalm 107.2 Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story: Sheets in your bulletins this morning. Use them this week, perhaps during the time we would normally meet in Bible Studies, before Thanksgiving Day. It is a busy week for many. Take some time out to just give Him thanks. This will help you 3. Give Thanks for those redeemed from the hand of the foe. You and others Jesus has saved. Romans 5.15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Give thanks for those you know who have come to Christ. They will enjoy heaven with you forever. 4. Give Thanks for What He is doing around the world today East and West, North and South. Haiti Peniel All over the world! *Chicago Cub Ben Zorbrist, World Series MVP, spoke out about Jesus, his LORD -Jon and Margaret Scott in their 70's in Angola right now. * In the least likely places today, God is at work! -Think of where the Shoeboxes are going! So much we do not know about the work of God around the world right now Psalm 106.2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD or fully declare His praise?

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Personal Thanksgiving

Personal Thanksgiving

Psalm 103.8-12
The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
    nor will He harbor his anger forever;
10 He does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is His love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

There are blessings that are personal to each of us and blessings that are common to all followers of Jesus/lovers of God. One of the reasons I like to journal is that it helps me remember (make a record) of the personal blessings in my life. Photos do that as well. I have a church file in my photos and I can put it up and remember people who served the church, people I knew and who loved me and it is a blessing.

The psalmist here is remembering by writing a song to the LORD. Some of us can express our thanks that way, others through art, others by serving around the facilities, by giving, by helping others, by talking about it.  Do you know how much a text or phone call can mean? Whatever is your hand use it to take the thanks that is in your heart and make it personal and productive. 

This Psalm is a good starting place to make your thanksgiving personal. One commentator said it was so complete it didn't need any commentary. I will try to do it anyway this  morning. 

1. This is a Psalm of Thanksgiving/Gratitude
Unlike the other nine lepers in Luke 17.15-18, who took the LORD's blessing for granted,  this a Psalm of recognizing the goodness of God in the Psalmist's life. It is personal. He was very thankful for the blessings of God in his life.

The writer of this Psalm was delivered from serious illness which would have resulted in a premature death. God has healed many. Yet we must balance scripture with scripture as we shared last week...  

Isaiah 57.1 NLT Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come.

57.1-2The righteous perish,
    and no one takes it to heart;
the devout are taken away,
    and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away
    to be spared from evil.
2 Those who walk uprightly
    enter into peace;
    they find rest as they lie in death.

God knows what is coming in a person's life and I am convinced that He takes people home who would have lost their way, wandered from the path, departed from the faith or possibly have endured suffering that was beyond them.

Our thanksgiving should focus on the Giver more than the gifts. We ought to be thankful for the gifts. We ought have gratitude that we live in such abundance.

We should focus on where they came from and Who sent them.

James 1.17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, Who does not change like shifting shadows.

Exalt Him in thanksgiving. Praise Him for Who He is...

2. The LORD is a God of mercy, love, forgiveness and grace.

He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. Thank God for that! 

Compassionate= love deeply, have mercy, tender affection

If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? Psalm 130.3

Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"? Proverbs 20.9

The thing we ought to be the most thankful for is our salvation.
Luke 10:20 (NIV) However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

We really need to give thanks to the LORD for saving our souls, for writing our names down in heaven.

Being thankful for your forgiveness by God. 

3. Jesus took our sins.

*As high as the heavens are above the earth...
Oh, we've just discovered a new quasar, or galaxy that is beyond anything we've ever known before. It is out there, eight billion light years away, ten billion light years away." All right, keep searching man; you're only expanding the mercy of my God. 

*Interesting that he said as far as the east is from the west, rather than as far the north is from the south. Because the north is only about 12,500 miles from the south. You can only go north until you get to the North Pole, then you are going south. And as soon as you get to the South Pole, you are going north again. The distance of about 12,500 miles, that is, unless you are going straight through. But you can start off tonight flying east, and you'll fly east the rest of your life, if you don't change directions. Or you can start flying due west, and you'll be flying west the rest of your life. So I'm glad that he said as far as the east is from the west, rather than as far as the north is from the south, because I want my sins farther away than the north from the south. I like the east and the west bit. I like God just removing completely my sins, my guilt from me. Because of His mercy.- Pastor Chuck Smith

Psalm 107.10-22

Ezra 9.13

Let me end with this note of praise for your patience and grace this past year with all the changes we have worked through.
God bless you.
Yelssy encouraged me on Wednesday after the election to reach out to our Spanish brothers and sisters. I did.

This afternoon If you know of anyone who is here in the United States illegally and is concerned about the future please invite them to attend the Spanish Service at our church this Sunday at noon. Mayor Joe McDermott, Attorney Rudy Migliore and I will be speaking to the congregation through a translator to separate facts from fiction in articles that speculate like the one below. God is control. We will be helping folks become legal residents over the years ahead. Bay Shore Church of the Nazarene, 1314 Pine Acres Blvd. Bay Shore, NY 11706

We can do this because you persevered, because you through many changes have brought a new day to the ministry of this church. People have shared this post. Yelssy told me it could be used as a model for all the churches on our district. I already wrote a letter to President Elect Trump to tell him what we are doing and asking him to let the church help with the illegal immigration problem. Rudy directed me to wait until he is in office, but to begin with the Congressman from New York. Who knows what God is going to do?! Only God knows. Romans 8.28 remain usable and open to His Work.

As you thank God for forgiveness continue to forgive as the LORD forgave you. Keep short accounts. Forgive others. Love each other deeply for love covers a multitude of sins. Live a life of forgiveness. It has such a sweet smelling fragrance!