Prayers for Governing Authorities

Prayers for Governing Authorities

Prayers for Governing Authorities

In 1 Timothy 2:1-4, the Apostle Paul wrote:

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.”

Christians are called to pray for kings and all who are in authority. Are you so praying? If not, you should. If you are praying, what are you praying for? Is it about the economy, foreign policy, class warfare, defense, the culture, etc.? Or is it more important things?

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Sunday Sermon Series – The Throne of God

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REVELATION 4:1-11

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SERMON

DownLoad here Revelation 4:1-11

Other References/Sermons:

 

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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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

Devotional Thought – 10-13-2020

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There are three types of “Christians” in the world. You are probably thinking I have gone off my rocker but hear me out. If we take this one verse in context 2 Corinthians 6:14-18  I believe we can see them all. Paul tells us that Light (God and His chosen) can have no fellowship (union) with Darkness (Satan, sin and unbelief). 

The pretenders: Those who remain unequally bound together with unbelievers they try and live in both worlds and as Christ relates to John will be spit out Revelation 3:14-16 in the end. 

The Legalist: You know these folks they seperate from all things (except maybe nice cloths, cars, homes etc.) They do not smoke, drink, go to movies, dance, even their music is “appropriate” and are quick to condemn anyone who does not comply. They believe what they believe and everyone else be damned.

The Pilgrim: Those who understand that all are sinners saved by Grace. That all “worldly” things are bad for us, and even those that we can participate in should never be done in excess. We are pilgrims or sojourners and exiles (1 Peter 2:11) and as such our focus must always be on the eternal not the temporal. 

One last note you can not evangelize if you stay locked in your church, home etc. you have to go out into the world, that is the nature of the Great Commission.  Nowhere does God tell us to bring the world into the church, He calls us to go into the world. We must do so with caution and being well prepared. 

Pro-Life Updates (Various Sources)

REMINDER the annual 40 Days for Life event began Wednesday September 23rd in Jackson, MS and many cities across America. It ends November 1st

212 LIVES SAVED

FROM ABORTION SINCE SEPTEMBER 23

Please join us in some manner of  40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. Pray, that the women will know the child growing inside them is a creation the Lord has made and that child has a purpose. 

To find out more in the greater Jackson area contact Pro-Life Mississippi  or at  (601) 956-8636.  Or the national 40 Days for Life Organization for a location near you.

Also read the latest Pro-Life Mississippi (PLM) Newsletter Here: Pro-Life MS Sept 2020 News

YOUR VOTE COUNTS:

#1 Please sign the We Can’t Vote for Pro-Abortion Joe Biden pledge.

As pro-life Americans, we will never vote for a pro-abortion presidential candidate. And we pledge not to vote for pro-abortion Joe Biden. Sign your name to this pledge today!

#2 Share the We Can’t Vote for Pro-Abortion Joe Biden pledge
 by email or social media with your friends and family!


SIGN THE National Petition to Defund Planned Parenthood

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Pro-Life News Report

To read these stories and more visit:  LifeNews.com

Top Stories 

 Judge Amy Coney Barrett: “I Believe in the Power of Prayer.” Thank You for “Praying for Me”
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 Catholic Bishop Asks Joe Biden: How Will You Explain Supporting Abortions to God?
 Biden Considering Andrew Cuomo for Attorney General Despite Killing 15,000 Nursing Home Residents

More Pro-Life News 

 Joy Behar: Amy Barrett Supporters are Racists, Sexists. They Have a “Male White Panic”
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 Planned Parenthood CEO: Amy Coney Barrett is a “Vocal Threat” to Abortion
 Feminists Trash Amy Coney Barrett’s Large Family: She Has a “Clown Car Vagina”

Pro-Abortion Senator Ironically Claims Amy Barrett’s Confirmation Will Set Back Women 

Writer: Pro-Life People Voting for Biden Prove They Hate Trump More Than They Hate Abortion


Stand 4 Life

Miracle preemie twins finally come home: ‘They had a 10% chance to live and they did it’

Vice President Mike Pence: “I’m Pro-Life, I Don’t Apologize for It”

Supreme Court refuses to rule on FDA request to keep abortion pill safeguards in place

Democrats Focus on Abortion in Barrett Hearing at Their Peril | National Review

Justice Alito on Court’s Bizarre Inconsistency in Failing to Block District-Court Injunction on FDA Rules on Abortion Drugs | National Review

Religious Groups Hit Biden on Abortion, Religious Liberty – Washington Free Beacon

5 Ways America Will Fundamentally Change If Biden Packs The Court

Catholic Bishop Asks Joe Biden: How Will You Explain Supporting Abortions to God?

Pro-life activist shares remarkable scan of 12-week-old preborn baby’s brain

WATCH: Leftist students, encouraged by College Dems leader, destroy pro-life display in broad daylight

Babies Are Being Left To Die. Trump Just Helped More Of Them Live

American Medical Association asks Supreme Court to strike Trump abortion rule

The doctor called her ‘it’: Parents recall horrible Down syndrome diagnosis experiences

‘You’ll Know…When The Election Is Over’: Biden Refuses Again To Say Whether He Will Pack The Court

Joe Biden: Incoherent and Indefensible on Abortion | National Review

House Democrats Want to Force You to Pay for Abortion | National Review

 

 

 

Devotional Thought for Today – 10-12-2020

8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. Proverbs 1:8-9

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CHAINS

I remember back in the day when men thought it was cool to wear some of the gaudiest chains around their necks. I am not sure who started the craze but I am certainly glad it’s gone (or should be).

Here the bible makes clear what our true ornamentation should be the righteous teachings of our parents

I know some of you are going to say or throw the stats at me about the number of single family homes and parentless children. Then reader, you as aunt, uncle, brother sister, grandparent, etc. step up and impart the Law and Wisdom of God. If behoves you to give them the chains to wear. 

Sunday Sermon Series – Whose Name is Jealous

Exodus 34:14 King James Version (KJV) For thou shalt worship no other god:  for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealo… | Exodus 34, Exodus,  Treasures in heavenExodus 34:14 King James Version (KJV)

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COMMENTS and CONTEXT:

There is no direct parallel quote in the New Testament for this verse. Of course when one reads the NT we find most of it to be just that a New covenant and new information with select quotes from the Old Covenant.

The influence of the Old Testament is seen throughout the New Testament. The New Testament writers included approximately 250 express Old Testament quotations, and if one includes indirect or partial quotations, the number jumps to more than 1,000. It is clear that the writers of the New Testament were concerned with demonstrating the continuity between the Old Testament Scriptures and the faith they proclaimed. They were convinced that in Jesus the Old Testament promises had been fulfilled.Holman Bible Dictionary)

Why the select certain verses over others? My theory (I have yet to do a comprehensive study or analysis) is that since the OT was available in Hebrew and the common Greek; the matter of God was for the most part settled. So the main topics to reinforce were Christ and man’s fallen nature. 

In context here we find our text in the center of a portion of scripture defining the Covenant between God and the Nation of Israel; Exodus 34:10-17. They are called to destroy all other idols, put aside all other practices, and worship the one true God. In return v.10, God promises He will do wondrous works (miracles) such as have not been created or produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations.


SERMON

 

Four things does Rev. Spurgeon call upon his reader to ponder carefully: 

I. Reverently, let us remember that THE LORD IS EXCEEDINGLY JEALOUS OF HIS DEITY.

II. The Lord IS JEALOUS OF HIS SOVEREIGNTY.

III. THE LORD IS JEALOUS OF HIS GLORY.

IV. In the highest sense, THE LORD IS JEALOUS OVER HIS OWN PEOPLE.

A Jealous God

Charles Haddon Spurgeon March 29, 1863

Scripture: Exodus 34:14 From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 9


Additional Sermon

The Lord Whose Name Is JealousJohn Piper

Saturday’s Military Devotional – Instructed

20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand. Proverbs 19:20-21

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CONTEXT: 

If you can remember back to boot camp you have to remember getting off the bus and being SCREAMED at by some Drill Sergeant barking out instructions so fast you had no clue what they said or what to do. 

There was a method and reason to their madness that I did not understand until I had nearly finished Basic Training.  Basically we need to react under pressure under stress of combat and since shooting recruits would not be advisable (or legal 🙂 ) screaming like banshees is the next best thing. In order to insure a soldier does no harm to themselves or others one must learn to act in differing situations of stress. 

Here in our text the preceding v.19 has the same implication, an unwise man (here one who can not control his emotions) must learn the consequences of those actions otherwise he will repeat the mistake and cause himself and or others harm.  


BREAKDOWN:

20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. –  NO ONE, likes to be yelled at, told they are wrong, continually corrected.  Yet the bible is clear, God loves to “correct” that is “Instruct” his chosen and as Proverbs 12:1 says those who oppose God’s loving instruction are “Stupid.”

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Bible comments on this Those that would be wise in their latter end, must be taught and ruled when young.

21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand. –  What is it man longs for; wealth, fame, power?  All these things are the focus of a corrupt heart. Man can plan, scheme and conive all he wishes but to what end? God will always have the final say Psalm 33:10.  


APPLICATION: 

Just as recruits must be taught the ways of soldiering so too those who enter into God’s Army need learn His ways in order to fight the good fight. We cannot be afraid of being continual instruction, being rebuked and getting wise counsel. 

The Book of Psalms 1:1-6 begins with such an exhortation:

Blessed is the man[a]
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law[b] of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night. 


Today’s Questions:

 

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on INSTRUCTION

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?

‘OPEN YOUR CHURCH’

Without citing any specific research, MacArthur added, “You have a 99.99 percent chance to survive COVID. It’s just not what they’re saying it is.”

Well here are the facts: The CDC reported as of yesterday 7.61 million COVID-19 related cases with 212,773 deathsMath is simple that’s a 0.279894875164% Mortality Rate

https://ourworldindata.org/mortality-risk-covid

DO NOT BY INTO THE LEFT’S FEAR MONGERING NARRATIVE 


 

Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur issues blistering rebuke of ‘leftists and secular government;’ implores houses of worship: ‘OPEN YOUR CHURCH’

Los Angeles Pastor John MacArthur’s message in a new viral video is crystal clear: Open your churches.

What are the details?

MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, released a video Wednesday detailing why he believes church is essential and should be opened…

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