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The Struggle of Adoring God

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Establish the need: Do you regularly adore God?

Purpose: Today we shall see three points concerning prayers of adoration of God.

  • What is adoration?
  • Struggles of adoration
  • Helps for adoration

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Quick update to yesterday’s : This is now day 5 of the pastors being detained.  Please pray for other Christians too since their phones have been taken by authorities which the authorities can reconstruct other Christian leaders and churches.  These are perilous times for Christians in that country in East Asia.

(For part 1 check out Persecution and the Believer Part 1)

Establish the need: Have you thought about Christian persecution?

Purpose: Today we shall see four more of eight truths the Bible teaches about Christians and persecutions so that you be strong in Christ when the time comes.

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Quick update to yesterday’s : The authorities have let go of others but the four elders/pastors detained from this persecuted church have been punished and sent to jail for two weeks.  Updates will probably be delayed because of security concern.  This post is timely and relevant, as it is about what the Bible teaches about persecution and believers.

Establish the need: Have you thought about Christian persecution?

 

Purpose: Today we shall see four of eight truths the Bible teaches about Christians and persecutions so that you be strong in Christ when the time comes.

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Joel James. Help! I Can’t Handle All These Trials. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, September 26, 2014. 64 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you looking for a book concerning how to handle the trials of life?  This counseling “mini-books” is immensely helpful with this issue.  I have previously read four booklets from this series and this title is also another good one from this series.  I highly recommend this volume.

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I was falling asleep on the keyboard last night, had a lot of discussions last night and today with ministry and then had a writer’s block…so I thought I post this what normally is on Sunday ahead of time before tommorow.

Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for your pastor.

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GO TO PART 54

Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up.  There are times when those who assert that there are contradictory verses in the Bible fail to acknowledge that words can have more than one meaning and thus a word used in one context does not mean the same thing in another context.  But if one fail to recognize there are differences of meaning of the word being used in two separate contexts, a skeptic can easily assume there’s a Bible contradiction when there are none.  Are there any examples of this error to get the point across to a skeptic of their foolish methodology and mistake?

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Encourage Men to Be Biblical Fathers.

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading some time ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 5:17.  Here is my translation:

“Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον καταλῦσαι τὸν νόμον ἢ τοὺς προφήτας· οὐκ ἦλθον καταλῦσαι
Do not think that I come to abolish the law or the prophets I came not to destroy

ἀλλὰ πληρῶσαι. ”
but to fulfill

Here are some observations:

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Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for Justice for the Land.

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These Christian children’s books are yet to be published and will be coming out this Summer.  Thanks to the publishers for advance review copy!

Tim Ladwig. Stories Jesus Told: Looking for the Lost Sheep. Grand Rapids, MI: Our Daily Bread Publishing, August 4th 2020. 32 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Want a children’s picture story book that you can read concerning Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep?  Tim Ladwig has done another excellent children’s book on Jesus’ parables.  I was actually excited seeing he has another volume out.  Previously I have enjoyed his book on Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son and the Good Samaritan.  In this present volume he continues the trend of making good quality children’s book.

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am busy today teaching class online for seminary students overseas.  This is by Robert Chamberlain.  His blog be found here, here and here!  Yes he blogs in three places!  Go check out his page and give his blogs a follow!

If I was to ask you what the gospel is, what would you say? It’s good news yes, but what is the good news of the gospel? If you say that to come to Jesus you will be healthy, wealthy and happy; that is not the Biblical gospel, it is a false teaching.

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RC Sproul. Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, January 17th 2017. 262 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

Evangelical Christians would say sinners can be saved by placing their faith in Christ apart from their own works yet is this doctrine biblical and also important?  The late Christian theologian and apologist RC Sproul answered these two questions and other related to it in his book Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification.  I received a copy of this book from Shepherd’s Conference for pastors, and then I saw a blogger friend shared a review of this book which prompted me to dig it up and read it.  I wasn’t disappointed; I was blessed to have read it!  What stood out to me is Sproul’s ability to handle with care what is Rome’s actual position and then accurately respond to its doctrines both biblically and theologically.  It is a good example of scholarship and also handling the opposition well.

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Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for Government Leaders.

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Objection to Prayer: If God is sovereign why pray?

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Establish the need: If God is sovereign why pray?

Purpose: Today we shall consider six points in answering the question: If God is sovereign why pray?

  1. Point 1: We need to affirm God is sovereign
  2. Point 2: We pray simply because prayer is commanded by God
  3. Point 3: Prayer requests presupposes God’s sovereignty
  4. Point 4: The question wrongly assumes prayer is just asking for things
  5. Point 5: Prayer doesn’t change God’s mind
  6. Point 6: Prayer changes our situation

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Note: Kind of late posting this, multiple things, last 24 hours has been crazy.

Purpose of Prayer

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Establish the need: Why do we pray?

 

Purpose: Today we shall see the purpose of prayer outlined as 3 “A”s so that we would pray purposefully today.

  • To Ascribe Glory to God
  • To Associate Relationally with God
  • To Ask for God’s Benefits for us

 

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