Devotional Thought for Today – 03/09/2021

9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 2 Timothy 1:9

2 Timothy 1

¹Paul expresses great affection for Timothy. (v.1-5) Exhorts him to improve his spiritual gifts. (v.6-14) Tells of many who basely deserted him, but speaks with affection of Onesiphorus. (v.15-18) 

In the second section, Paul encourages Timothy to be bold in his testimony and sharing of the Gospel for God alone has given him gifts to accomplish this task. 

Our main text for today should not be read without v.8, Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

Note how it ends with God; which leads us directly to v.9 Who hath…  Some key points/biblical truths about found in verse 9:

      • It was God alone who saved us,
      • It was God alone who called us with a holy calling,
      • None of our works contributed in any way to our salvation
      • It was all according to His (God’s) own purpose
      • It was all according to His (God’s) own Grace,
      • This free gift was planned  in Christ Jesus before the world began
This verse makes it abundantly clear, as I have said many times, it is never about me and always about God.

What has God called you to do today? 

TODAY’S PRAYER

Thank You Father that You called me for a holy calling, according to Your purpose and great grace, which You granted me in Christ Jesus from all eternity. Let me never forget Faher, that You saved me and called me – not according to my own merit but by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. I pray I can live a life fulfilling the purpose you have set forth for me daily and I pray all this in Jesus’s name, AMEN.

Modified from: https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/2-Timothy/1/9


¹ MHCC

 

SUNDAY SERMON SERIES – “NOW”

8 Bible verses about A Time Of Salvation

2 Corinthians 6

¹Second Corinthians 6 is set up by the message of God’s grace for sinners as spelled it out in the previous chapter. Paul begs the Corinthians not to receive it in vain v.1-2. He declares that he and his team have done nothing to keep them from believing in Christ v.3-10. Parallel to this, he commands the Corinthians not to be harnessed to unbelievers v.11-18. This leads to a passionate discussion of affliction and comfort in chapter 7.

Today’s sermon(s) are from verse 2

SERMON

Now

Charles Haddon Spurgeon / December 4, 1864 / Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:2 From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 10


 

Other Resources and Sermons:

The Day of Salvation / Charles Haddon Spurgeon / January 13, 1878 / Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:2

¹ Adapted from BibleRef.Com

 

Devotional Thought for Today – 03/02/2021

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Philippians 1

Chapter 1 includes a brief introduction (Philippians 1:1–2) followed by three key sections. First, Paul gives thanks and prayer on behalf of the Philippian Christians (Philippians 1:3–11). Second, he focuses on the expansion of the gospel (Philippians 1:12–18). Third, he emphasizes that, for the believer, to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:19–30). Along the way, Paul explains that how the Christian life is a reflection of what they set their mind on. He stresses the importance of rejoicing and joy and connects the faith to concepts such as glory.¹

Our text for today comes from the last section. Prior paul speaks about suffering for Christ. In one of the most quoted verses, v.21, Paul says For to me, to live is Christ [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity].  Paul seems to be saying here I have much to do for the Kingdom on earth but yearn to leave this suffering behind. 

This leads to his emphasis on our text. The keywords are “STRIVE TOGETHER.”  Interestingly these words Greek, Sunathleo, soon-ath-leh’-o, are used only by Paul and only here and Philippians 4:3Both infer living a life worthy of Christ and the Gospel but even more, the meaning invokes a  fighting spirit of togetherness for the advancement of those goals. 

What are you doing to fight the fight today?

TODAY’S PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word of truth and the Foundation upon Whom we stand – the gospel of Christ crucified. I pray that I may keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace and conduct myself in a manner that is worthy of the gospel of Christ. I pray for all my brothers and sisters in Christ and ask that together we may stand firm in one spirit, with one mind – striving together for the faith of the gospel. I pray I will always be in remembrance of those who fight the good fight of faith praying diligently for them and for those who oppose us.  – to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name, I pray, AMEN

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¹ https://www.bibleref.com/Philippians/1/Philippians-chapter-1.html

Devotional thought for Today – 02/17/2021

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LUKE 24

Here in the final chapter of the Gospel of Luke, we find three main subjects:

The Resurrection of Christ v.1-12

The appearances of Christ v.13-49

The Ascension of Christ v.50-53

Our text today comes from the final section. Contained herein are also three (3) topics or subjects I would like to looks at this morning. They are Worshipped, Joy and Blessing

Matthew Poole comments on this section as follows: 

Ver. 52,53. We never before read of any act of adoration which the disciples performed to Christ. Their faith was now come to the highest pitch. They did no longer look upon him only as one sent of God, a great Prophet, nor only as the Son of David, the promised Messiah; in the mean time not rightly taking the notion of the Messiah, but looking upon him as one who should be a temporal saviour, and deliverer of his people; they now believe him to be the eternal Son of God, being so manifested by his resurrection from the dead, and ascension into heaven before their eyes. According to his commandment, they return to Jerusalem, full of joy:

What is it that these (the chosen disciples) who had just been blessed v.50 the risen Savior come away with?  I think the best word I can use to describe it is zeal.  Matthew Poole said  it was Their faith was now come to the highest pitch.  Here they are with a fresh infusion of life from Christ’s blessing and off they go Worshipping Christ,  full of Joy and praising and Blessing. They were excited, pumped up, and ready to conquer the world. 

I often wonder how often we forget that great day of our infusion, the day of our blessing from Christ when He made us whole? Redeemed us from eternal damnation and made us more than conquerors in him. How much of that initial Zeal has gone from us? 

Today’s Prayer¹

Father, it is my lifelong desire to love You without hesitation, to never be lacking in zeal, and to keep my spiritual fervor as I serve You.  My desire is to fully devote myself to You and to always do what is good and right in Your sight bringing Glory to your name.  Help me to always be obedient to your commandments. Otherwise, my hearts will grow proud and we will forget my first love. Keep me your chosen path all the days of my life, keeping my spiritual zeal as I serve You. – Amen. 

¹ adapted from

Devotional Thought for Today – 02/13/2021

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1 Corinthians 1

Paul writes from Ephesus to the church at Corinth, one he had spent the better part of 18 months establishing. 

In v.1-9, Paul does his usual greeting and then gives thanks to the church there in Corinth.  In v.10-13, Paul points out the strife (divisions among the church) in Corinth.  They have broken into factions, some relying upon Paul’s teachings, others Peter or Apollos. (Sounds like the Denominations we have in modern society today) In v.14-17, Paul thanks God he did not contribute more to this mess by adding more believers to the church. This is a sad commentary when you think about it. Paul’s and every true believer’s goal in life should be the Great Commission, but Paul says, no not when it breads chaos. In v.18-25, we see the power of the cross and worldly wisdom vs. Godly wisdom. Finally, in v.26-31, Paul makes two points, first Godly Wisdom is on display through foolish and weak things of this world,  and second only true believers can get real (Godly) wisdom.

Our text today But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; (KJV) comes from v.18-25, where Paul is speaking about the power of the Cross and why it is so foolish to many.  v.18 says,  For the message of the cross is foolishness [absurd and illogical] to those who are perishing and spiritually dead [because they reject it], but to us who are being saved [by God’s grace], it is [the manifestation of] the power of God. (AMP) Note the word foolishness that the AMP adds the words [absurd and illogical] comes from the same Greek word used to form terms such as moron. It’s not merely that the world sees the gospel as odd, or unusual. They see it as stupid—as idiotic. 

Paul says in the previous verse that the main “religious” groups of the era Jews and Greek had different demands upon folks. The Jews wanted signs of miracles, that God was working in areas while the greeks ever the humanists demanded logic and fancy speech. 

Thus our text, Paul says, we preach Christ crucified, in other words, we preach the TRUTH no matter if it is a stumbling block to the Jew or Greek. This would seem to contradict, others scripture, where Paul says never be a stumbling block to others.  I have said it a thousand times, CONTEXT means everything. In those instances, Paul is saying do not do anything personally to make someone stumble. NOWHERE does he ever imply the Gospel is such a device. In fact the exact opposite.  The Gospel is the means by which the lost are saved.

Are you preaching, sharing, writing the UNCOMPROMISED Truth of Christ Crucified today? 

Todays’ Prayer

Lord God, give me the courage, strength, and most importantly the wisdom to always share your uncompromised Word. Let me preach, teach and write about Christ and Him Crucified, never a  watered-down Gospel just to suit the itching ears of modern man. I pray my words will always Glorify you. – AMEN

Sunday Sermon Series – Righteous Hatred

10 Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Psalm 97:10

PSALM 97


CONTEXT

The following is from the Treasury of David by C.H. Spurgeon

SUBJECT. As the fast Psalm sung the praises of the Lord in connection with the proclamation of the gospel among the Gentiles, so this appears to foreshadow the mighty working of the Holy Ghost in subduing the colossal systems of error and casting down the idol gods. Across the sea to maritime regions a voice cries for rejoicing at the reign of Jesus (Ps 97:1), the sacred fire descends (Ps 97:3), like lightning the gospel flames forth (Ps 97:4), difficulties vanish (Ps 97:5), and all the nations see the glory of God (Ps 97:6). The idols are confounded (Ps 97:7), the church rejoices (Ps 98:8), the Lord is exalted (Ps 98:9). The Psalm closes with an exhortation to holy steadfastness under the persecution which would follow, and bids the saints rejoice that their path is bright, and their reward glorious and certain. Modern critics, always intent upon ascribing the psalms to anybody rather than to David, count themselves successful in dating this song further on than the captivity, because it contains passages similar to those which occur in the latter prophets, but we venture to assert theft it is quite as probable that the prophets adopted the language of David as that some unknown writer borrowed from them. One psalm in this series is said to be “in David”, and we believe that the rest are in the same place, and by the same author. The matter is not important, and we only mention it because it seems to be the pride of certain critics to set up new theories, and there are readers who imagine this to be a sure proof of prodigious learning. We do not believe that their theories are worth the paper they are written upon.

DIVISION. The psalm divides itself into four portions, each containing three verses. The coming of the Lord is described (Ps 97:1-3); its effect upon the earth is declared (Ps 97:4-6), and then its influence upon the heathen and the people of God (Ps 97:7-9). The last part contains both exhortation and encouragement, urging to holiness and inculcating happiness (Ps 97:10-12).

EXPOSITION. v.10 Ye that love the Lord, hate evil. For He hates it, his fire consumes it, his lightnings blast it, his presence shakes it out of its place, and his glory confounds all the lovers of it. We cannot love God without hating that which he hates. We are not only to avoid evil, and to refuse to countenance it, but we must be in arms against it, and bear towards it a hearty indignation. He preserveth the souls of his saints. Therefore they need not be afraid of proclaiming war with the party which favours sin. The saints are the safe ones: they have been saved and shall be saved. God keeps those who keep his law. Those who love the Lord shall see his love manifested to them in their preservation from their enemies, and as they keep far from evil so shall evil be kept far from them. He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. It is not consistent with the glory of his name to give over to the power of his foes those whom his grace has made his friends. He may leave the bodies of his persecuted saints in the hand of the wicked, but not their souls, these are very dear to him, and he preserves them safe in his bosom. This foretells for the church a season of battling with the powers of darkness, but the Lord will preserve it and bring it forth to the light.  


EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS

Verse 10. Ye that love the LORD, hate evil. It is evident that our conversion is sound when we loathe and hate sin from the heart: a man may know his hatred of evil to be true, first, if it be universal: he that hates sin truly, hates all sin. Secondly, true hatred is fixed; there is no appeasing it but by abolishing the thing hated. Thirdly, hatred is a more rooted affection than anger: anger may be appeased, but hatred remains and sets itself against the whole kind. Fourthly, if our hatred be true, we hate all evil, in ourselves first, and then in others; he that hates a toad, would hate it most in his own bosom. Many, like Judah, are severe in censuring others (Ge 38:24), but partial to themselves. Fifthly, he that hates sin truly, hates the greatest sin in the greatest measure; he hates all evil in a just proportion. Sixthly, our hatred is right if we can endure admonition and reproof for sin, and not be enraged; therefore, those that swell against reproof do not appear to hate sin.—Richard Sibbes.

Hate evil. Sin seemeth to have its name of sana, anv (the word here used) because it is most of all to be hated, as the greatest evil; as that which setteth us furthest from God the greatest good.—John Trapp.

Get mortifying graces, especially love to God, for those that love the Lord, will hate evil. And the more they love him, the more they will hate it.—David Clarkson.

God is a Spirit, and he looks to our very spirits; and what we are in our spirits, in our hearts and affections, that we are to him. Therefore, what ill we shun, let us do it from the heart, by hating it first. A man may avoid an evil action from fear, or out of other respects, but that is not sincerity. Therefore look to thy heart, see that thou hate evil, and let it come from sincere looking to God. Ye that love the LORD, hate evil, saith David: not only avoid it, but hate it; and not only hate it, but hate it out of love to God.—Richard Sibbes.


SERMON

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Charles Haddon Spurgeon,  August 8, 1858

Scripture: Psalms 97:10

From: New Park Street Pulpit Volume 4

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John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress

Second only to the Bible in world publications Pilgrim’s Progress is a must read for “Christians” of all ages. – Mike


American Minute with Bill Federer

John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress – “The monster was hideous to behold…scales…wings like a dragon, feet like a bear…out of his belly came fire & smoke”

 

John Bunyan 

What would it be like to be imprisoned by your government for 12 years just for preaching the Gospel?¹

This was the fate of John Bunyan, author of the world renown book Pilgrim’s Progress.

 

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¹ = Think this could never happen in America; think again it already has. READ MORE


 

OTHER RESOURCES:

The Pilgrim’s Progress: A Guided Tour Teaching Series by Derek Thomas

Today in Church History  Author, John Bunyan

A Picture of a True Minister (from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress)

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Reflections on the Cancel Culture

In this 3 Part series (so far at least) Dr. Tom Nettles, uses his over 40 years experience as a historical theologian to look at the current cultural trend of the “Cancel Culture.”  He does so from a Biblical and SBC point of view, I feel pointing out the unbiblical and dangerous path this is leading the Nation and many evangelical down. – Mike


 

There is One Lawgiver: Reflections on the Cancel Culture

There is One Lawgiver: Reflections on the Cancel Culture

The suggestion has been made that we should say farewell to Jonathan Edwards in light of his having purchased a slave named Venus. A serious call also has been issued to remove memorabilia of James P. Boyce and the three men who helped found the first Southern Baptist Seminary. Those suggestions prompted a line of thought about our aptitude to dismiss the value of brothers and sisters in Christ.

It is not very easy—in fact, it is not possible—to say “farewell” to any person in the history of the world. God has created them all and each will have an eternity immediately proceeding from God’s judgment—his perfectly impartial, absolutely just judgment in which every mouth will be stopped and the whole world held guilty before God (Romans 3:19, 23). Only those who by faith have been united with Jesus Christ in his perfect righteousness culminating in his propitiatory death will be granted, by grace, eternal life. The rest will depart into eternal torment with the devil and his angels. Seeing that an eternity awaits every person in which each will be a vessel of glory either of justice and wrath or justice and grace, we cannot wish them away. Seeing that in sin there is no difference, we cannot point to others and imply by our attempt to dismiss them, “I am better than they.”…

READ MORE Part I
Part IIEdwards in the Hands of Social Justice
PART III, Removing Names: Deep Cleansing?

 

Daily Devotional – Couch Potato Christian

There are two types of “Christians” in the world, one hears God’s Word and says that’s nice let me sleep on it, the other says that’s great let me take action because of it. 

Are you a DHaggiaoer or Couch Potato Christian (CPC)  

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CONTEXT:

First I must admit I was a little surprised at the amount of content I found when I googled “Couch Potato Christian.”  There are many articles and even a few books on the subject. 

So today instead of focusing on one text I am going to use two to explain what I mean by “Couch Potato Christian” and why God does not look favorably upon said people. 

Wednesday's Word ~ Haggai 1 – Michelle Lesley

AMP and RVR 1960

Haggai begins with the Lord speaking to Haggai and asking a simple question; how is it you people live so comfortably yet my temple is in ruins? ‘ The chapter goes on to say that the Israelites have lived a life of excesses but have nothing to show for it. They are lazy and indulgent. 

Compare them to what James says a true believer should be: 

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22

AMP and RVR 1960

James makes it clear a true hearer of God’s Word, consistently and actively proves his love and obedience by actively pursuing or doing what they have heard. They go about having God work through them for His glory.  In other words, no CPC’s here, they, no matter their limitations (Physical, mental, financial, etc.) will be about God’s work.


COMPARISON: 

Spiritual Couch Potato Christian’s (SCPC’s) will always take the easy way out:

They will be silent on important issues: Abortion, LGBT, Religious Freedom, to name a few yielding to the popular (worldly) thought of the day 

Play the Swiss Card (Neutrality) trying to claim Jesus never took sides: Of course they have not read the Bible, or skipped the GOSPELS when Jesus cleanses the temple, curses (Woe unto you) the Pharisees and Scribes, and so on. 

They are Unwilling to fight the “Good Fight” Somewhere online I saw the term Spiritual Pacifists and it makes sense, those unwilling to Armor Up daily and get in the fight, are just that pacifist and pretty much useless in God’s Army. 

The Doer Christian: Can never be silenced: 

Refuses to be silent on important issues: Will always Obey God rather than man. 

Follows Jesus example of Good Works no matter the consequence: We were saved to with a Holy calling not to sit idly by and let the world happen around us. 

Shares the Good News: Man’s first duty is to Love God and Glorify Him forever. Inherent in that is obedience to God’s commands none of which is more important than the spreading of the Gospel this is never a burden for a true Christian. 


APPLICATION:

We are not calling into question here anyone’s “salvation” although the bible certainly does say we will know you by your fruit. Granted it is specifically speaking of false teachers and the like, but bearing fruit is applicable to all “Christians.”

So the question remains what type of Christian are you? 

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One who cheers from the comfort of your comfortable couch? 

 

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Or an Fruit Bearing “Christian” not afraid to put your Faith in Action

 

 


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