Devotional Thought for Today – 10/20/2020

Sermon / Sept 11, 2016 / Luke 15:1-10 / Lost & Found / Pastor Terry Defoe

LUKE 15

In Luke 15 we find three different parables where Jesus is teaching the Pharisees and Scribes a life lesson. That lesson is simply that God cares about all people. 

He begins with v.3–7 the first parable concerning a stray sheep. Think of the effort put into looking for one lost sheep from the large flock that is still before a shepard. 

The second parable v.8-10 concerns a lost coin. For some today we think loose change, but in context this could be a months or more wages. So the women diligently searches until it is found. 

The final parable v.11-32 is one of the most famous in the Bible.  Commonly entitled The Prodigal Son this one tells not so much of a lost in the sense of the other two, but a wayward son who comes back to his family. 

What is the common thread among each parable, rejoicing, at each occasion of finding the lost, sheep, coin, son; the person rejoices at their gain. So too as Jesus says in verse 10; Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Is God through His Holy Spirit tugging at your heart today. Have you heard the Good News, the TRUE GOSPEL message, unfeigned (not watered down) of eternal life in Christ but need more. If this is you, I encourage you to seek a Biblical based pastor, Chaplain or reach out to us here at FSM with your questions. 

 

 

Devotional Thought for Today – 10/19/2020

1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 Pg 1048 In Church Bibles. - ppt video online download

In context of course Paul is speaking about comforting one another (like-minded believers) about the return of Christ 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18.

Yet is it not the “Christian” duty to comfort one another whenever possible? Not just here as Paul describes  Christ’s return but in all things.  Here are some of my favorite verses on the subject:

Romans 15:5 – Working to build up our neighbors

1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Building each other up through comfort and encouragement

Hebrews 10:23-25 – Encouraging one another to to love and to do good deeds

We all have busy lives, often too busy for those around us, but make an effort to see those in need, say a kind word and share the Love of Christ today. 

 

Loyalty and the Supreme Court: Why Evangelicals stick with Trump

“We’re not electing a pastor, we’re electing a president,” said Laszlo Pasztor, an Evangelical Christian and Trump supporter.

Sunday Sermon Series – The Throne of God

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Do all worship the same God?

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20: 3

These days, it’s popular to claim that adherents of various religions all worship the same God. To claim otherwise is to be labeled intolerant and promptly silenced. But what does God Himself say in His Word? Our 2020 State of Theology survey shows that many professing Christians are listening more to culture than to Scripture. Conducted in partnership with LifeWay Research, the full results of this survey are now available.

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Today, 42 percent of U.S. evangelicals* agree with the following statement: “God accepts the worship of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.” On the contrary, the Bible teaches that “there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5). Only worship that is offered through Christ is acceptable in God’s sight.

One of our Teaching Fellows, Dr. Stephen Nichols, recently commented on these disturbing results from the State of Theology survey.

Religious pluralism may be a popular idea in America, but it has damning consequences. No one comes to the Father but through Jesus Christ, who alone is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Christians must be unyielding in proclaiming the exclusivity of Christ. By God’s grace, we hope the 2020 results from our State of Theology survey will encourage the church to stand firm for the truth of God’s Word.

* Evangelicals were defined by this survey as people who strongly agreed with the following four statements:

  • The Bible is the highest authority for what I believe.
  • It is very important for me personally to encourage non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior.
  • Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could remove the penalty of my sin.
  • Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation.

 

5 Questions about Homosexuality

5 Questions about Homosexuality

Kevin DeYoung

Q. If the Bible says so little about homosexuality, why do Christians insist on talking about it so much?

A. – The reason the Bible says comparatively little about homosexuality is because it was a comparatively uncontroversial sin among ancient Jews and Christians…

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This Week’s Colson Center Breakpoint Recap

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A Quote From Break Point This Week:

“An Originalist doesn’t at all mean that the current situation on the ground doesn’t matter. The idea that someone could tell you, ‘Here’s how I’m going to rule on any case having to do with the ACA…is to miss what’s there. There’s a sort of judicial care from Judge Barrett ” ~John Stonestreet~ 

What We Learned From the Amy Coney Barrett Hearings
Teacher Anxious on Preferred Pronoun Mandate Asks Shane and John for Advice
So-Called “Virginia Values Act” Undermines Religious Freedom

 

Devotional Thought for Today – 10/17/2020

I lay down this maxime of Divinity; Tyranny being a work of Satan, is not from God, because sin either habitul or actual, is not from God; the power that is, must be from God; the Magistrate as Magistrate, is good, in nature of office, and the intrinsically end of his office, Rom. 13:4. for he is the Minister of God for thy good; and therefore a power ethical, politic, or moral, to oppress, is not from God, and is not a power, but a licentious deviation of a power, and is no more from God, but from sinful nature, and the old serpent, then a license to sinne. Samuel Rutherford, Lex, Rex, or the Law and the Prince (1644), emphases added. Lex, Rex, or the Law and the Prince is available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Governments have long oppressed religious freedoms.  The USA was supposed to be a safe haven for all religions (with the caveat that they did not break the laws of the land, human sacrifice and the like) but many have been oppressed.  So how can a “Christian” support the government? 

Jesus had an answer: 

Does not Christ confirm the lawful authority of the beast of Rome when He says, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Mt. 22:21)? 

Answer: This question was proposed by the enemies of Christ (the Pharisees and the Herodians) in order to “entangle him” (Mt. 22:15). If Christ were to answer, “Render the tribute to Caesar”, the Pharisees (who strongly opposed Roman complicity) would have slandered Christ as a Roman sympathizer. However, if Christ were to answer, “Render not the tribute to Caesar”, the Herodians (who strongly supported Roman alliances) would have slandered him as being an avowed enemy to Caesar. But the Lord Jesus “perceived their wickedness” and essentially gave them a non-answer to their question. Since it was not an honest question, Christ did not play into their trap by answering their question. In fact, “they could not take hold of his words before the people” (Lk. 20:26). Even they could not clearly understand what He had said about the issue of paying tribute to Caesar. Thus, if the enemies of Christ couldn’t pin Him to an answer one way or the other (though they would have loved to), neither can any one living today conclude whether Christ condemned paying tribute to Caesar or commended it from His answer. Such evasion to entrapment was used by Christ on other occasions as well (cf. Mk. 11:27-33; Jn. 8:1-11). Even if Christ did endorse the paying of tribute to Caesar, that is not an oath of allegiance paid to Caesar, nor a declaration concerning the lawfulness of Caesar’s authority. For tribute exacted by an unlawful government is simply extortion required by a thief who threatens to take all your property if you don’t pay him part of your property. Furthermore, even foreigners and aliens pay taxes to nations in which they work without declaring any allegiance to the civil government of that nation. Thus, the payment of taxes is not an oath of allegiance.

– Greg Price, Biblical Civil Government Versus the Beast and the Basis for Christian Resistance (emphases added).


 Jesus makes it clear that our duty is to God, but we also have a responsibility to the government God has appointed over us. Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God [granted by His permission and sanction], and those which exist have been put in place by God. Romans 13:1

I encourage you to read our Sunday’s Sermon Series – Civil Government by using the search box. 


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The things that are God’s

What did Jesus mean when He said, “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s”?

The Homily That Should Be Preached From Every Pulpit in America

Staring Into the Abyss with Fr. Ed Meeks

WATCH: Courageous Priest Speaks The TRUTH About Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

This homily given by Fr. Edward Meeks of Christ the King Parish in Towson, MD should be preached from every pulpit in the United States. Our nation is at a tipping-point and Catholics can make a difference if they vote with a well formed conscience.

 

Devotional Thought for Today – 10/16/2020

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: 2 Peter 2:9 (KJV) 

Good Vs Evil Painting - St. Michael Killing the Dragon  by Josse Lieferinxe
St. Michael killing the Dragon is a famous oil painting, originally by Belgian artist Josse Lieferinxe in 1505, with the style of early netherlandish.

There is so much controversy surrounding the 2020 US Elections. Both sides calling each others liars and for the most part social media sharing FALSE RUMORS and innuendo making themself look stupid.  

Here in Chapter 2 the Apostle Peter has dedicated an entire section of his second epistle to this subject, False Prophets and Teachers.  I am not going to venture down the end times road that many demand Peter is directly implying here. What I believe is MOST significant is the CLEAR WARNING against fellowship with those who preach, teach or otherwise share a false Gospel.  If the bible does not clearly spell it out as in favor seek wise counsel and deep prayer. If the bible is against it so must you be. If you are listening to MAN you are wrong. 

Finally in the end when you encounter these fancy talking folks, that seem to be saying all the right things I also believe is implied is the duty of all “Christians” not to listen and share the what these false teachers say. We are not to be swayed, v.2, by their eloquent tongues. Instead as in Acts 17:11 be a Berean and be a fact checker. For in the end God will deal justly with them.

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.”–Heb. xi. 6. In order to prevent the possibility of being led into paths of error, faith is directed, not to a Christ of the imagination, but to “the Christ in the garments of the Sacred Scripture,” as Calvin expresses it. And therefore we must discriminate between (1) faith as a faculty implanted in the soul without our knowledge; (2) faith as a power whereby this implanted faculty begins to act; and (3) faith as a result,–since with this faith (1)…  Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit