November 2017

The Word: Episode 0290 1 Chronicles 16:1-7

“Be On You Guard”

November 24, 2017

“Be On You Guard”

Blessings folk!

Remember, the disciples had asked Jesus a couple of questions.

Mar 13:4
“Tell us, when will these things be,
and what will be the sign when all these things are going to be fulfilled?”


Jesus began to respond.
See to it that no one deceive you.
See to it that you are not frightened.

Jesus explained.
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars.
Nations (ethnicities) will rise against nations.
Kingdoms will rise against kingdoms.
This is only the beginning of birth pangs.

Jesus continues…

Mar 13:9
“But be on your guard;
for they will deliver you to the courts,
and you will be flogged in the synagogues,
and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake,
as a testimony to them.

Another commandment/instruction.
Be on your guard.

Mat 24:9
“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you,
and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.

Luk 21:12
“But before all these things,
they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you,
delivering you to the synagogues and prisons,
bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.

Reading just the Mark passage might lead us to think that this Word was limited to the disciples to whom Jesus was speaking.

The other gospels complete the account and show a greater application.

Those who are true believers will be delivered…

  • To courts
  • To flogging
  • To secular powers…governors, king
  • To tribulation
  • To hatred
  • To killing
  • To persecution

But, there is more…that we will see later.

There is purpose.
There is reason.

Do you believe?
Are you prepared?

The life of the Kingdom is not what many paint it to be.
Know.
Be ready.
Be on your guard.

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The Word: Episode 0289 Psalm 136

“In Everything Give Thanks"

November 23, 2017

“In Everything Give Thanks"

Blessings folk!

False Christs.
Wars.
Rumors of wars.
Ethnic/racial uprisings.
Nations against nations.

These are all just the beginning of birth pangs.

Though we see such, I do not believe that we are at the “beginning of birth pangs point” as described by the Lord.

Things will get much worse.

What are we to do?

What the Word says.

In everything, we are to give thanks.

Th 5:16-18

Rejoice always;
pray without ceasing;
in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Not “for everything”.
In everything.

In the midst of all things, we as believers are to give thanks.

On this day when even the world seeks to give thanks, though who they “thank” is vague and confusing, we are to thank all the more.

Therefore,

Rejoice always.
Pray without ceasing.
In everything give thanks.

Why?
For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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The Word: Episode 0288 Psalm 136:1-9

“Merely the Beginning…”

November 22, 2017

“Merely the Beginning…”

Blessings folk!

Jesus was questioned…

Mar 13:4
“Tell us, when will these things be,
and what will be the sign when all these things are going to be fulfilled?”


He began to answer…
See to it that no one deceive you.
See to it that you are not frightened.

Mar 13:5
And Jesus began to say to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.


Mar 13:7
“When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened;
those things must take place; but that is not yet the end.


Jesus continued…

Mar 13:8

“For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;
there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines.
These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

“Nations” is the word “ethnos”
It speaks of ethnicities arising against each other.

Kingdoms are what we call nations.

The deception.
The wars.
The rumors of wars.
Nations rising up against nation.
Kingdom against kingdoms.
Earthquakes in various place.
Famines.

These are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

We draw closer.
What we experiencing now is but the beginning of the beginning.
Be prepared.
Be ready.
In the Lord.

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The Word: Episode 0287 1 Thess 5:16-22

“Be Not Frightened”

November 21, 2017

“Be Not Frightened”

Blessings folk!

The disciples asked Jesus some questions…

Mar 13:4
“Tell us, when will these things be,
and what will be the sign when all these things are going to be fulfilled?”


Jesus began to answer…

Mar 13:5
And Jesus began to say to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.


Jesus continues with the answer…

Mar 13:7
“When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened;
those things must take place; but that is not yet the end.

The other gospels…


Mat 24:6
“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars.
See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.

Luk 21:9
“When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified;
for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.”

Jesus told them, and us, that we will hear of wars, rumors of wars and disturbance.
Jesus tells us that these things must take place.

Must take place?
Why?

We are not told.
Perhaps…

  • To fulfill prophecy
  • To reveal the true
  • To uncover the false
  • ?


Jesus tells us that when such occurs it is not yet the end.

Jesus tells us what to do.
“See that you are not frightened…”

Again, role…responsibility…decision.

We are to see to it that we are not mislead by false Christ.
We are to see to it that we are not frightened, though we hear of wars, etc.

Therefore, see to it.

One must be saved to do so.
One must know the Word.
One must be filled with the Holy Spirit.
One must abide in the Lord.

Selah!


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The Word: Episode 0286 2 Thess 1:1-5

“See to It…Not Mislead”

November 20, 2017

“See to It…Not Mislead”

Blessings folk!

The disciples questioned Jesus…

Mar 13:4
“Tell us, when will these things be,
and what will be the sign when all these things are going to be fulfilled?”

Jesus began to answer…

Mar 13:5
And Jesus began to say to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.


We have examined these Scriptures several times in the past, but they bear constant review.

The first thing that Jesus tells them is to “see to it that no one misleads you”.
“See to it”.
They/we have a role and responsibility to see that we are not misled.

We can not just say “we did not know”.
We can not place blame upon others.
It is our role.
We are to “see to it”.

Misleading.
Deception.
Lies.

Such are rampant within the “professing” church today.

But, is that what the Lord is referring to?

The next verse explains…

Mar 13:6
“Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He!’ and will mislead many.

There will be many that will come “in His name” and declare that “I am he”.
Yes, false messiahs is the main teaching in view.

But, I think there may be more.

I think it also reveals that there will those who come “in My name”…they declare the name of the Lord…they believe that HE is “I AM”…yet they mislead many.

They are ministers of false righteousness.

Matthew confirms…

Mat 24:4-5

And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.

“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.

Luke gives more insight…


Luk 21:8
And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying,
‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them.

These false messiahs, false prophets, false teachers, false believers will declare “the time is near”.

Jesus said “do not go after them.”

Seek the Lord.
Know His Word.
Be filled with the Spirit.
Then, you will be able to “see to it that you are not misled.”

Otherwise, you will be misled…and likely already are…

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The Word: Episode 0285 1 Cor 16:15-24

“Happenings and Signs”

November 19, 2017

“Happenings and Signs”

Blessings folk!

Again, one of my favorite portions of Scripture.

We saw how the disciples had pointed out the Temple complex to Jesus.

Apparently, they traveled to the Mount of Olives.

Read what happened next…

Mar 13:1-4

As He was going out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him,
“Teacher, behold what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”

And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left upon another which will not be torn down.”

As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple,
Peter and James and John and Andrew were questioning Him privately,

“Tell us, when will these things be,
and what will be the sign when all these things are going to be fulfilled?”

Other gospel accounts…

Mat 24:1-3

Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him.

And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”

As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying,
“Tell us, when will these things happen,
and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

Luk 21:5-7

And while some were talking about the temple,
that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said,

“As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.”


They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen?
And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?”

The disciples had been listening.
Listening to all Jesus said.

The disciples had been thinking.
Thinking about what Jesus said.

The disciples did not understand all.
So, several asked.

It seems that Jesus continued to talk to them about some things after they left the Temple and journeyed to the Mount of Olives.

We do not know exactly what He said.
But, we do know the follow-up questions.
“When will these things happen?”
“What will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus was speaking of His departure and return.

There are things to happen before the Lord returns.
That destroys the so-called “doctrine of imminency” taught by many.

There will be a sign of His coming.
Another dagger in the “doctrine of imminency”.

There will be things to happen - the Word tells of some.
There will be a sign - the Word tells us what it is.

So, if you have heard/learned that “the Lord could come at any moment”, then you have encountered error not based upon the Word of God.

Learn what the Word says.
Not what man says the Word says.


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The Word: Episode 0284 1 Cor 11:18-34

“Torn Down”

November 18, 2017

“Torn Down”

Blessings folk!

We continue through the gospel of Mark.

This upcoming passage, and parallel passages, gives us much insight into what was occurring with Jesus and what is yet to come…then and in our lives.

Give close attention…

Mar 13:1-2

As He was going out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him,
“Teacher, behold what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”

And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings?
Not one stone will be left upon another which will not be torn down.”

Read Matthew’s account…

Mat 24:1-2

Jesus came out from the temple and was going away
when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him.

And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things?
Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”

We see that the disciples are enamored with the Temple buildings.
“Ain’t they purty?” (My translation)

I believe they were pointing out the buildings for two reasons.

  1. They were magnificent…ongoing construction over decades and centuries.
  2. They were attempting to “lighten” the moment they had just encountered. In Matthew 23 we see Jesus calling the Scribes and Pharisees “hypocrites”…repeatedly. It was an intense confrontation.

Yet, Jesus was having nothing to do with it.

He told them point-blank that not a stone would left upon another.
It would be torn down.

Do not focus upon the man-made edifices of “the kingdom” of man.
Do not be distracted by such.
Definitely do not think that the buildings, organization, etc. are the Kingdom.

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The Word: Episode 0283 1 Cor 7:1-7

“Out Of Her Poverty”

November 17, 2017

“Out Of Her Poverty”

Blessings folk!

Jesus warned about the Religionists.

Jesus did not stop there.

Mar 12:41-44

And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums.

A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.

Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them,
“Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury;

for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty,
put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”

Jesus was sitting opposite of the treasury (in the Temple area) observing.

He does observe how we use the resources with which He blesses.

Jesus called the disciples to attention.
He wanted them to see something.

The rich put in large sums.
They gave from their surplus.

A poor widow put in two small copper coins…worth a cent.
Out of her poverty she gave all she owned.
She gave all she had to live on.
She trusted in the Lord for provision.
The rich trusted in themselves.

The western church today is confused about “giving”.
We do not give as the Word instructs.
(We have covered this many times before.)

We should give as the widow did.
As the Lord instructs.
As each determines in his own heart.
Joyously.
Proportionally.
Without compulsion,


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The Word: Episode 0282 Romans 6:12-21

“Beware!”

November 16, 2017

“Beware!”

Blessings folk!

Jesus warned them.
Jesus warns us.
Beware!

Mar 12:38-40

In His teaching He was saying: “Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes, and like respectful greetings in the market places,

and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets,

who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers;
these will receive greater condemnation.”

Beware of the scribes.
Beware of the Religionists.

They like to walk around in long robes…
Or Armani suits (are those still good? I’m so out of touch… LOL)…
Or hipster low-riders…

They like respectful greeting in the market places…
“Oh, Rabbi!”…
“Oh, Doctor”…
“Oh, Reverend”…

They like the chief seats run the synagogues..
Or, the place of positions on the platform..
Or, the exalted pulpit…

They like the place of honor at banquets.
The place of prestige.
The place of power.
The place of position.

They devour widow’s houses.
I have seen this personally…leadership that takes advantage of widows.

They offer long prayers for appearance’s sake,
Again, a common observation.
Sadly, it is often rather humorous when the long prayer is simple rote recitation of religious platitudes…but offered at “the wrong time” in man’s order!

Fret not!
Be not anxious.
They will receive greater condemnation from the Lord.

If the Lord has placed you in such an environment, press on!
You are there for a purpose.

If you are in such an environment and are uncertain as to whether God wants you there, ask Him.
He will guide.

Beware of those who “like” anything other than the Most High God.
We can observe their fruit and know who their god is.

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The Word: Episode 0281 1 Cor. 6:1-11

“How Is He His Son?”

November 15, 2017

“How Is He His Son?”

Blessings folk!

What was Jesus doing when He asked this question?

Mar 12:35-37

And Jesus began to say, as He taught in the temple,
“How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David?

“David himself said in the Holy Spirit,
‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD,
“SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND,
UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET.”’

“David himself calls Him ‘Lord’; so in what sense is He his son?”
And the large crowd enjoyed listening to Him.


The Gospel of Matthew gives some more detail…

Mat 22:41-46

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question:

“What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?” They said to Him, “The son of David.”

He said to them, “Then how does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying,

‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD,
“SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND,
UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET”’?

“If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his son?”

No one was able to answer Him a word,
nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question.

Jesus was drawing into question some of the teachings of the Religionists.

The Religionists acknowledged that the Christ would be the son of David.
But they did not know what to do with the fact that David called Him Lord.
How could the Lord be the son of David?

No one knew.

Jesus knew.
The Lord would come in the form of flesh.

The Lord would be of the line of David.

The Lord gave His disciples (and us!) a word of warning during this conversation,
Luke recounts it.

Luk 20:45-47

And while all the people were listening, He said to the disciples,

“Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets,

who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers.
These will receive greater condemnation.”

Beware these Religionists.
They pervert the Word.
They twist the Word.
They ignore the Word.

They disguise themselves as “servants of righteousness”,

2 Cor 11:14-15

No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.

Yet, fear not.
They will receive greater condemnation.

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The Word: Episode 0280 Romans 15:17-21

“The Lord Said To My Lord”

November 14, 2017

“The Lord Said To My Lord”

Blessings folk!

Jesus had been questioned by the Religionists.
The Pharisees used the issue of taxes.
The Sadducees used that which they denied - the resurrection.
A scribe came with a sincere inquiry related to “what is the greatest commandment.”

Now, Jesus asked a question.
He did so in full hearing of the people, the Religionists and all gathered about the Temple.

Mar 12:35-37

And Jesus began to say, as He taught in the temple,
“How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David?

“David himself said in the Holy Spirit,
‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD,
“SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND,
UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET.”’

“David himself calls Him ‘Lord’; so in what sense is He his son?”
And the large crowd enjoyed listening to Him.

Jesus asked how the scribes could say that the Christ is the son of David.
Jesus did not affirm nor deny the scribes understanding.

With the question and subsequent comment it would have been hard to determine whether Jesus agreed/disagreed.

He simply asked how it was that they taught this.

Especially in light of the Old Testament passage that He quoted…

Psa 110:1
A Psalm of David.
The LORD says to my Lord:
“Sit at My right hand
Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”

If David called Him Lord, then how is He David’s son?

This Psalm is alluded to and repeated in several portions of Scripture…

Act 2:34-35
“For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says:
‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD,
“SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND,
UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET.”’

1Co 15:25
For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.

 Heb 1:13
But to which of the angels has He ever said,
“SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND,
UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES
A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET”?
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 Heb 10:12-13
but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time,
SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD,
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waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET.

What did the Lord mean?
What did He intend by asking this question?

Selah!

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The Word: Episode 0279 Romans 15:14-17

“He Answered Intelligently…”

November 13, 2017

“He Answered Intelligently…”

Blessings folk!

Quick refreshing of the context…

Mar 12:28-31

One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?”

Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD;

AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’

“The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”


The account continues…

Mar 12:32-34

The scribe said to Him, “Right, Teacher; You have truly stated that HE IS ONE,
AND THERE IS NO ONE ELSE BESIDES HIM;

AND TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL THE HEART AND WITH ALL THE UNDERSTANDING AND WITH ALL THE STRENGTH, AND TO LOVE ONE’S NEIGHBOR AS HIMSELF, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

When Jesus saw that he had answered intelligently, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that, no one would venture to ask Him any more questions.

The scribe responds to Jesus.
He does so with Scripture.
The Lord is One.
There is no one else besides Him.
We are to love Him with all our heart and with all understanding and strength.
We are to love our neighbor as ourself.
All this is better than burnt offerings and sacrifice.

The man answered intelligently…correctly.
Jesus’ response?
“You are not far from the kingdom of God”.

What did Jesus mean by that?

The man had the truth.
Now, would he walk in it?
Would he believe?

I suspect that the man was sincere as to his inquiry.
Perhaps he believed unto salvation.

After this, no one else questioned Jesus.

Have you believed?

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The Word: Episode 0278 Romans 15:7-13

“Foremost Commandment”

November 12, 2017

“Foremost Commandment”

Blessings folk!

The Pharisees had sought to entrap Jesus with a question.
The Sadducees then tried next.

Both failed.

A scribe heard the interchange…

Mar 12:28-31

One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?”

Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD;

AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’

“The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

The scribe heard the argument
The scribe knew that Jesus answered them well.

So the scribe asked a question.
“What commandment is the foremost of all?”

Was he seeking to entrap Jesus?
Did he truly desire and answer?

Perhaps we will know as we continue through the account…

What was Jesus’ answer?

The foremost commandment s to “hear!” “Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is One Lord”.

We are to hear.
We are to understand that the Lord is One Lord.

From this comes two out-livings of this truth.

  1. Love the Lord your God will all your heart, soul, mind, strength.

(2) Love your neighbor as yourself.

Love God totally.
Love your neighbor as yourself.

Jesus gave a direct, forthright answer.
That might be a hint as to the true intent of the scribe.
Also, the fact that he recognized that Jesus has answered well…

For today…
For us…
Do we?
Love God, love our neighbor.

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The Word: Episode 0277 Romans 15:1-5

“The Battle Is the Lord’s - Part 2”

November 11, 2017

“The Battle Is the Lord’s - Part 2”

Blessings folk!

…continued from yesterday…

Speak to the evil.

Mar 1:25
And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”

Luke 4:35
But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst of the people, he came out of him without doing him any harm.

Command the evil to “cease-and-desist” in the name of the Lord.

There is power in the name of the Lord.
There is power in the blood of Jesus.

Psa 20:7
Some boast in chariots and some in horses,
But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.

Psa 116:4
Then I called upon the name of the LORD:
“O LORD, I beseech You, save my life!”

Psa 124:8
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.

Pro 18:10
The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and is safe.

Resist the enemy.


1Pe 5:8-9
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil,
prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.


Seek the mind of the Lord.

Know what He wants for your situation, your time.

1Co 2:16
For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM?
But we have the mind of Christ.


Fear not.

Paul and his entourage thought that they were about to die.
They depended upon the resurrection.
If we die, then we will be resurrected.
The Lord saved them.
God delivered.
Apparently the prayers of others had impact…

2Co 1:8-11

For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life;

indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;

who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,

you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.

So…

Should doors be locked?
The church did so when Peter was in prison - Acts 12
The disciples did so when Jesus was killed - John 20:19…though they feared.

Should “security” be posted?
There are many Scriptural examples of the “watchmen on the wall”.

Remember, the battle is the Lord’s.

2Ch 20:15
and he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.


Live by faith,
Not in fear

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The Word: Episode 0276 Romans 14:10-23

“The Battle is the Lord’s - Part 1”


November 10, 2017

“The Battle is the Lord’s - Part 1”

Blessings folk!

A little diversion today from Mark…
Turned out long…so a two-parter. Happy

Many organizational churches have spent the past few days seeking as to how they should “respond” to the mass shooting at FBC Sutherland Springs, TX.

Everything I have read…
All denominational suggestions…
All conference writings…
All the suggestions of man have been exactly that - suggestions of man.

They have the “common-sense” tactics of man and the world.
  • Lock the doors of the church building
  • Hire security guards
  • Train security teams
  • Etc.

Some even stray into non-sensical political correctness.
  • Forbid conceal carry of protection - yep, one major denomination state-rep demanded it
  • The same representative suggest the “run/hide/fight” video produced by the government… a rather simplistic, if not foolish, presentation of what to do in an attack highlighted by “attempt to incapacitate the shooter, act with physical aggression, improvise weapons.”

I have yet to read any suggestions…
I have yet to see a video…
I have yet to hear a discussion…
None have sought the Word of the Lord.

What does the Lord say about such things?
What does the Lord say to do?

We must know the truth of the Lord.
Then, we must commit to the deeds founded upon these truths.

The default position of the True Believer must be to act/react in the Spirit.
We are not to act/react in the flesh and strategies of man and the world.

Know these truths.

Our battle is not against flesh and blood…

Eph 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.


Our “methods” are not of man…

2Co 10:3-4
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,

for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh,
but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

We have divine power in the name of the Lord.

What are we to do?

Be prepared.

Yes, be prepared in the natural.

Luk 22:35-36

And He said to them, “When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?” They said, “No, nothing.”

And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his oat and buy one.


Even more so, be prepared in the Spirit.

Eph 6:10-17

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.

Put on the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day,
and having done everything, to stand firm.

Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH,
and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,

and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;

in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.


… to be continued…

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The Word: Episode 0275 Romans 14:1-9

“I AM”

November 9, 2017

“I AM”

Blessings folk!

Jesus destroyed the premise of the Sadducees setup question to Him.

Jesus then explained what the real issue was.
They did not believe the Word.
They did not believe in the resurrection.

Read the response of the Lord…


Mar 12:24-27
Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are mistaken,
that you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God?

“For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage,
but are like angels in heaven.

“But regarding the fact that the dead rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’?

“He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; you are greatly mistaken.”

As we saw yesterday, Jesus told them they were mistaken.
Mistaken in that they did not understand the Scriptures.
Mistaken in that they did not understand the power of God.

Jesus then explains the resurrection.
When they rise from the dead they will not marry nor be given in marriage.
They will be as the angels (who do not marry, apparently).

So, the premise of their hypothetical was invalid.

Jesus continues.

He confronted them with the Word…the Old Testament.

Had they not read the book of Moses?
Of course they had read it.
They had not understood.
Or, they understood and chose to ignore.

Jesus uses the passage about the burning bush.
God said…
“I AM the God of Abraham…Isaac..Jacob”.
Not “I was”.
God was declaring that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were still alive.
Life after death.
The Sadducees did not believe in life after death.

Do you?

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The Word: Episode 0274 Romans 13:8-14

“You Are Mistaken…”

November 8, 2017

“You Are Mistaken…”

Blessings folk!

The liberal, secular Religionists (Sadducees) took their shot at entrapping Jesus.

They present a hypothetical about a woman who had married seven brothers.
This was in keeping of the Law related to raising up seed unto a brother who died childless.
The woman had no children.
She dies.
They wanted to know “in the resurrection…” (which they denied)…”whose wife will she be since they all had her.”
Insensitive snarky-ness that betrays their heart.

Jesus’ response?
One of my favorite verses in the Word…
A Truth so needed for today…
Sadly, more true today…

Mar 12:24
Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are mistaken,
that you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God?

Mat 22:29
But Jesus answered and said to them,
“You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.

Jesus forthrightly tells them they are mistaken.
They are wrong.
Wrong about what?
The resurrection. Relationships in eternity. Etc. We will see more later.

Jesus tells them why they were wrong.
Two things.

  1. They did not understand the Scriptures.
  2. They did not understand the power of God.

The same grievous positions abound today.

Most of the Body of Christ do not know/understand the Scriptures.
Most of the Body of Christ does not know the power of God.

Jesus was addressing the religious leadership.
They studied the Word…hour upon hour upon hour…day upon day…year upon year.
Yet, they did not understand.
Oh, they thought they understood.
They had it all laid out and explained.
Now Jesus is telling them that they erred.
Their understanding was in error.

Shocking to hear then.
Shocking today.

Jesus then tells them that they did not understand the power of God.
Same today.

For the most part, the western church today is powerless.
Rare are those who trust and depend upon the power of God.
Rare is the Believer who longs and yearns to be a vessel of the power of the Lord.

Think on this response of the Lord.
Are we mistaken?
Do we not understand the Scripture?
Do we not understand the power of God?

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The Word: Episode 0273 Romans 12 10-21

“…They Had All Had Her…”

November 7, 2017

“…They Had All Had Her…”

Blessings folk!

Mar 12:17
And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,
and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him.


All were amazed at Jesus’ response to the entrapment attempt of the Pharisees and Herodians.

Such wisdom was rare.
Simple.
Sensical.

The conservatives had failed.
Now, the liberals made their attempt to entrap Jesus…

Mar 12:18-23

Some Sadducees (who say that there is no resurrection)
came to Jesus, and began questioning Him, saying,

“Teacher, Moses wrote for us that IF A MAN’S BROTHER DIES and leaves behind a wife AND LEAVES NO CHILD, HIS BROTHER SHOULD MARRY THE WIFE AND RAISE UP CHILDREN TO HIS BROTHER.

“There were seven brothers; and the first took a wife, and died leaving no children.

“The second one married her, and died leaving behind no children; and the third likewise;

and so all seven left no children. Last of all the woman died also.

“In the resurrection, when they rise again, which one’s wife will she be?
For all seven had married her.”

Again, we can “hear” the sarcasm and religious spirit dripping from the tongues of the inquirers.

Matthew’s account closes with a classic…”they had all had her”…

Mat 22:28
Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.

Why do I refer to these Religionists as liberal?
They did not believe there was a resurrection.
They did not believe there is life after this corporeal existence.
Other places show they did not believe in angels, etc.
The modern term “liberal” applies.

Their snarky hypothetical question again shows no true concern on behalf of the woman.
They simply wanted to bring Jesus down.

We will see His response tomorrow…one of the best ever!

For today, know that Religionists will do this.
They will deny the Truth of the Word…resurrection, etc.
They will use the Word to seek to entrap…they quoted the Mosaic law to Jesus.
They will use the Truth to implement their evil/lie.
They will concoct a hypothetical or an argument to bring division and confusion.
They will be inconsistent. Here it is known that they do believe in the resurrection, yet they present a case about the resurrection.
They will seek to entrap.
They will seek to embarrass.
They will seek to be viewed as the “wise” that have the answer.

Many are such that have crept into the church unnoticed.
Jude tells us about them.

Do not be a Religionists.
Repent.
Confess.
Be truly saved.

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The Word: Episode 0272 Romans 12:1-16

“Why Are You Testing Me?”

November 6, 2017

“Why Are You Testing Me?”

Blessings folk!

The Religionists were seeking to seize Jesus.
They wanted to destroy Him.
Yet, they feared the people.
So, they left.
They waited.
They plotted.

So, they came up with what they thought would be a “fail-proof” trap.

Mar 12:12-17

And they were seeking to seize Him, and yet they feared the people, for they understood that He spoke the parable against them. And so they left Him and went away.

Then they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Him in order to trap Him in a statement.

They came and said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth.
Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?

“Shall we pay or shall we not pay?” But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to look at.”

They brought one. And He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?”
And they said to Him, “Caesar’s.”

And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,
and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him.

The “conservatives” had the first attempt at entrapment.
The Pharisees - the “conservative” wing of the Religionists.
The Herodians - the political leadership.

It does not take much discernment to read the sarcasm and snarky tone in their initial words.
“Teacher" - they hated to even acknowledge this. But, the people viewed Jesus as a teacher.
“We know you are truthful…” - Perhaps they did know. They likely lied about their belief.
“You defer to no one” - they hated this. Jesus refused to “play the game”.
“You are not partial to any” - another convicting trait of the Lord.
“Teach the way of God in truth” - true, though they likely did not believe it

With this context…
With this setup…

They questioned.
“Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar or not”?

They thought they had him.
They had no concern for the truth of the matter.
How do I know?

Because of Jesus’ response.
He knew their hypocrisy.

He confronted them.
“Why are you testing Me?”

You read the moment.

Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.
Render to God the things that are God’s.

Amazement among the people…and I suspect the questioners.
Resentment and anger among the Religionists.

Nothing changes…

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The Word: Episode 0271 Romans 12:1-13

“Seeking to Seize”

November 5, 2017

“Seeking to Seize”

Blessings folk!

Jesus finished the parable of the vineyard owner, his slaves and son.

What was the reaction of the Religionists?

Mar 12:10-12

“Have you not even read this Scripture:
‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone;

THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD,
AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?”

And they were seeking to seize Him, and yet they feared the people, for they understood that He spoke the parable against them. And so they left Him and went away.

The Religionists sought to seize Jesus.
They want Him gone.

Why?

Because they knew that He spoke the parable against them.

So why not grab Him?
They feared the people.

Fear of people rather than fear of the Lord.
Religionists in action.

They left Him.
They went away.

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The Word: Episode 0270 Mark 9:38-50

“Vineyard…"

November 4, 2017

“Vineyard…"

Blessings folk!

Jesus now begins to speak in parables…

Luke tells us why…

 Luk 8:10
And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God,
but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE,
AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.

Read the parable…

Mar 12:1-11

And He began to speak to them in parables: “A man PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT, AND DUG A VAT UNDER THE WINE PRESS AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey.

“At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers,
in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the vine-growers.

“They took him, and beat him and sent him away empty-handed.

“Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head,
and treated him shamefully.

“And he sent another, and that one they killed;
and so with many others, beating some and killing others.

“He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying,
‘They will respect my son.’

“But those vine-growers said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’

“They took him, and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard.

“What will the owner of the vineyard do?
He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others.

“Have you not even read this Scripture:
‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone;


THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD,
AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?”

Synopsis:

The vineyard is Israel/people of the Lord/Kingdom of God

  • He planted them
  • He provided for them…wall for protection, water, tower

The slaves sent by the man (the Lord) are the prophet of old
  • They were beat
  • They were killed
  • They were ignored

The son is the Son - the Lord Jesus.
The heir was killed.
They killed the very Corner Stone of their faith.

What will the Lord do?
  • He will come.
  • He will destroy the vine-growers.
  • He will give the vineyard to others (the Kingdom)

The Lord was telling what had happened.
The Lord was telling what would happen.

Do not reject Him.

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The Word: Episode 0269

“Baptism of John”

November 3, 2017

“Baptism of John”

Blessings folk!

We do well to give heed as to how Jesus handled situations.
He is our model.

The Religionists - chief priest, scribes, elders - had ask Him a question hoping to entrap Him.
They demanded to know by what “authority” He was doing what He did.

Watch how Jesus responds.
Listen to what He says.

Mar 11:27-33

They came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the temple,
the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to Him,

and began saying to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things,
or who gave You this authority to do these things?”

And Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question, and you answer Me,
and then I will tell you by what authority I do these things.

“Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men? Answer Me.”

They began reasoning among themselves, saying,
“If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’

“But shall we say, ‘From men’?”—they were afraid of the people,
for everyone considered John to have been a real prophet.

Answering Jesus, they said, “We do not know.”
And Jesus said to them, “Nor will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

Jesus turned their question upon them.

He asked what they believed about the baptism of John.
Was it of heaven - God?
Was if of man - John…just another curious prophet of the flesh?
In other words, by whose authority did John baptize?

The Religionists give us the purpose of the question by their discussion.

They did not believe that John was of God.
If they did not believe John…if they did not repent…they would not believe Jesus regardless of His answer.
But, if they said this, the people would turn against them.

They were afraid of the people.
The people they supposedly “led”.
Such is today.

Jesus’ question revealed all this.

The Religionist rulers were more concerned with power, prestige and position than they were with the Truth.

Their answer to Jesus?
They did not know about the baptism of John.

Most likely they did.
They chose to lie.
Lie to themselves.
Lie to the people.
Lie to the Lord to His face.

Such is the way of the Religionists - yesterday and today.

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The Word: Episode 0268 John 15:12-23

“Authority?”

November 2, 2017

“Authority?”

Blessings folk!

We have seen that the religious rulers were determined to destroy Jesus - Mark 11:18.
They feared how the people were reacting to Jesus.
They were afraid of Jesus because the people were astonished at Jesus’ teaching.

The same occurs today.
The Religionists will seek to undermine those who speak the Truth of the Lord.
The are interested in man’s glory, not God’s glory.

They sought to “get” Jesus is several ways…

Here is one…

Mar 11:27

They came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the temple,
the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to Him,

and began saying to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things,
or who gave You this authority to do these things?”

Jesus returns to Jerusalem.
He is walking through the temple when confronted by the Religionists: the chief priests, the scribes, the elders.

They questioned Jesus’ “authority”?
“By what authority was He doing these things?”
“Who gave You authority to do these things?”

This was a well-thought-out trap, at least in their minds.

Notice they did not question the validity of what was happening.
They knew what Jesus was doing.
They did not like it because He was not of them.
They did not like it because He spoke Truth - often reflecting negatively upon them.

Men can be very creative in such.
Too often man is more interested in the power of authority than they are in the power of the Lord.

We will see Jesus’ response tomorrow…may not be what we think.
For now…
Under what authority do you do the things you do?
Man’s?
God’s?

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The Word: Episode 0267 John 15:12-17

“Forgive”

November 1, 2017

“Forgive”

Blessings folk!

Jesus continues to speak to Peter’s observation of the withered fig tree.

We have seen how Jesus told them… to “have faith in God”.

Read on.

Note especially the last two verses.

Mar 11:22-26
And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God.

“Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.

“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.

“Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone,
so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.

[“But if you do not forgive,
neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”]

Forgive.
We dare not pray while holding un-forgiveness.

Jesus tells us forthrightly to forgive.
He commanded.

If we refuse to forgive, then Father will not forgive.

So, begin with forgiving.
Release others.
Then, bring petitions before the Lord.
Then, listen.
Then, do.

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