Eight Doctors or Nine? (written sermon)
God has always been deeply interested in the health and well-being of His people. Consider Exodus 15:25b-26:
There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, and said, If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.
The Last Hours of Jesus #5: Standing before Pilate
The night begins to give way to morning light and at last they are ready to take Jesus to Pilate for judgment. Our understanding is especially helped by the following passages:
Matthew 27:1-2, 11-13
Liberty of Conscience and the Common Good
Someone said, if you want to know the value of freedom, ask those who only dream of having it. Thousands of conscientious and perfectly healthy people—this is happening today—are being jettisoned from employ through newly imposed vaccination requirements. Across the Western world, millions, who, until now, have been beneficial employees, are being subjected to coercion. Those conscientiously choosing not to submit to bodily invasion are having their employment taken from them for the “common good.”Read more...
The Last Hours of Jesus #4: Peter's Denial
We are going to focus in on this incident with Peter. Now, the series is the last hours of Jesus, so why are we going to put a focus on Peter? Because Peter was one of Jesus’ closest apostles. And because while Jesus was being harassed in the Thursday night/Friday morning hearings, Jesus knew Peter was present, and there came a moment when Peter betrayed Jesus and when their eyes connected.
The night was an intense one for Jesus and for Peter. For Jesus, He had wrestled in the garden of Gethsemane, been confronted by the mob in the garden, stopped the melee and reattached the ear of the servant of the high priest, and then began to be marched to the various hearings He would be questioned and tortured at through the night.Read more...
Access to Kingdom Power
Have you given thought to the insight in this famous verse on baptism?
We were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Romans 6.4)
You and I live in a a very individualistic society. There are many reasons for this. One is that we are in the endgame of a long plan to destroy the main institutions that have held our civilization together. There is a thought-through effort to dissolve the values and institutions that hold things together. Church, family, marriage—are replaced by entertainment, self-indulgence, and clever marketing. We have degenerated into an individualized consumer culture.
But when it comes to baptism Paul states of the baptized that,...Read more...
The Last Hours of Jesus #3: Midnight Questioning
We continue this morning our look at the last hours of Jesus. He’s prayed in Gethsemane, been betrayed and arrested by the mob, and will now be dragged back and forth for hours from hearing to hearing.
All four gospels inform us on these happenings. These passages especially help us this morning:Read more...
The Last Hours of Jesus 2: The Arrest
We continue our look today at the last hours of Jesus. Last week we were with Him at the garden of Gethsemane; today we are at His arrest. The information heaven has given us comes especially from these four passages: