Keywords of the Christian Faith

New topical sermon, devotional and Bible study series.

keywordsWe will look at Relationships, Strength, Attitude, Trials, Hope, Suffering, Love, Joy, Anxiety, Grace, Anger, Fear, Faith, Justification, Prayer, Purity, Discernment, Forgive, Parenting, Sin, Satan, Temptation, Grief, Study, Death, Encouragement, Devotion, Worship, Courage, Loss, Witnessing, Renewal, Refuge, Prayer, Thanksgiving to name a few….

 

A biblical exposition of the topic, related passages, application and questions for personal and group interactions. There will include the main material for a 1 1/2-hour small group lesson or Bible study. Or a 20+minute expository sermon. Add the definitions of some of the keywords for an exegetical sermon, and if you add illustrations you are up to 25-30 minutes…. Just look them up at our Bible studies for the word definitions and additional exegetical information at http://www.intothyword.org.

 

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TEN WAYS TO IMPROVE Relational Skills

  “Faithful to my Lord’s commands, I still would choose the better part; Serve with careful Martha’s hands And loving Mary’s heart.” John Wesley

Romans 12:1-3; 1 Peter 5:6-7

Relationship rocks

1. SPEAK TO PEOPLE. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting!

2. SMILE AT PEOPLE. It takes seventy-two muscles to frown, only fourteen to smile.

3. CALL PEOPLE BY NAME. The sweetest music to anyone’s ear is the sound of one’s own name!

4. BE FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL. If you would like to have friends, then, be friendly!

5. BE CORDIAL. Speak and act as if everything you do were a genuine pleasure! (If it is right and good, it really should be.)

6. BE GEUINEIY INTERESTED IN PEOPLE. Empathy means involvement!

7. BE GENEROUS WITH PRAISE and cautious with criticism!

8. BE CONSIDERATE WITH THE FEELINGS OF OTHERS. It will be appreciated.

9. BE THOUGHTFUL OF THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS. There are three sides to controversy, yours and the other fellows, and the right one!

10. BE ALERT TO GIVE SERVICE. What counts most in life is who we are in Christ and then what we do for others!

(c) 1980  www.intothyword.com

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What Happened to the Ark?

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The Ark of his Covenant represents the presence of God, His faithfulness, and atonement in keeping the covenant He made with His people even when they disobeyed Him.

 

 

The Ark refers to the main Jewish icon, the box chest, made of acacia wood, and overlaid with gold, which held the tablets of the Ten Commandments and was placed behind the sanctuary curtain in the inner sanctum where the presence of God dwelt. It was meant to display God’s dwelling and power and our reverence of Him. This image also represented the Ark going to war. It went missing after “Nebuzaradan” (meaning: “the captain of the guard” who invaded and Captured Jerusalem and destroyed the temple for Nebuchadnezzar (2 Kings 25:8-20; Jer. 39:11; 40:2-5).

A legend stated that Jeremiah hid it under the Temple Mount in a cave or gave it to an Ethiopian trader to hide it before Nebuchadnezzar could steal it, according to 2 Maccabees 2:1-4 and the Dead Sea Scrolls, “Copper Scroll” found in Qumran Cave 3, and testified by Rabbis Shlomo Goren and Yehuda Getz’s and hinted in Scripture, (2 Chronicles 35:3; and Jeremiah 3:16), which are the last 2 references in the Bible. Thus, the Levites, then nor today do not have it, nor is it in the Americas or in Hill of Tara in Ireland or in a secret government warehouse or any other legend for that matter.

Why did it leave? Because of disobedience!

God is committed to His people, to their betterment, spiritual formation, healthy relationships, healthy living, and wants us to excel in all things of faith and life, to know Him and continue to make Him known. Now was time for His judgment–a “time out”–for their unyielding disobedience. The discipline was to correct a wayward nation, to reboot them to be better and stronger for His glory. They were warned by God’s Word and Prophets to repent or face their consequences.

Here are the consequences. The Promised Land is left behind, and the majority of the peoples are taken into captivity for 70 years in Babylon. They left their Temple, the centrality of their religion and life, they left their homes, farms, business, synagogues, community–all they have known and felt secure and had confidence in. They must learn their lesson, then they will be brought back. Meanwhile, the land rests, and they discover how to better connect with God and others, because God was still at work and His plan was restoration, as God wants His people to continue.

For the Christian, the Ark is meant to remind us of a display of God’s dwelling and power and our reverence of Him.

Now, it is Christ, who paid for our sin, with whom we have our covenant (Ex. 25:10-22; Lev 26:11-13; Duet 10:1-2; 2 Kings 25:8-10; Matt. 27:51; Heb. 9:23; 10:19-20; Rev. 3: 10-13; 4:6-8).

So, it is either under the Temple Mount in a cave, or it is in Ethiopia, or it is in Heaven (Revelation 11:19).

 

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A Tutorial on Pastoral Ministry and Care

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A help for those in #church #leadership or ministry or serve as a #pastor or who serve as a #Chaplain……

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25:35-36

#Helping people deal with #life’s #hurts, even our own. For visitations, hospital calls, crises care, Hospice and grief counseling.

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Hebrews 10: 35-36

A tutorial on #Pastoral#Ministry#Care …>

 

https://heartafterchrist.org/pastoral-ministry/

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“I remain confident of this…”

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13

Going through times of stress, hardships, health issues or confusion. I have written a lot on this subject here: http://www.intothyword.org/pages.asp?pageid=53502

Here is a take Mary and I found today, Laura Story and her song “Blessings,” based on an application of Psalm 27. Perhaps you will be blessed by this as we were….

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Lyrics:

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough

All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQan9L3yXjc

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What if God were one of us?

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When the fullness of the time came, God sent his Son born of a woman….” Galatians 4:4 

A few years ago a secular singer named Joan Osborne wrote and sang a popular song, “One of Us,” which asked the question, “What if God were one of us?”

I found this song riveting.  Although the theology was way off, a plea was made, seeking to know why we exist.  Where is God in all of this life, and what if He lived my life?  The answer of course is yes, Joan, God is one of us, or at least was.  That is what the incarnation is all about.

The incarnation simply means God came to be a man.  He was fully man while remaining fully God.  That way He could identify with our plight in life.  As He lived a normal human existence for over 30 years, He experienced all that we experienced, including all the emotions, relationships, and temptations.

He drove nails as He worked with His earthly father.  He obeyed His earthly mother when she asked Him to take out the trash.  He played, He worked, and He lived the life of a man, a human being, with all that we have in our makeup that makes us human.  He went to sleep at night, and awoke to a normal life with all of the stresses and opportunities a human could have in the first century.

Therefore, we can never say to Him, Hey, God, You do not understand my situation or me!  He does indeed understand.  He has indeed been where we are.  He may not have gone to high school in Burbank, driven a car, programmed a VCR, or held a job in a cubical with an annoying boss, but He has experienced all that is important in life that we experience and wonder about!

        We need to have a grasp on who we are in Christ, and who Christ is. This is the foundation of being a Christian.

Who is He?  What did He do for me?  What is my role and purpose?  These themes stand out as we celebrate Christmas, because Christmas is the celebration of what we call the incarnation, that is, that Christ, being fully God Who created the universe, Who always existed, chose to come down to us, to be one of us.

Consider what you may have learned in school, especially in science, since science demands that every event must have a cause. Science demands the classic if/then statement in logic and reasoning. If it is raining, then it must be cloudy.  If you are a Christian, then you have been saved.  That event had a cause.  If you sinned and you are saved, then you received some kind of a miracle.  The cause of sin itself (original sin as well as our willful disobedience) creates the ultimate need of our salvation.

Then comes the other cause of our being a Christian, and that is a Redeemer Who was necessary to save us.  God, Who was one of us, lived in this world and in its sin.  Yet, Christ remained sinless.  He did not concede to the temptation thereby enabling us to be saved so that we would not be lost forever. Then, comes the if of the logical equation of we humans in temptation, and sin, which is in need.  The if is the presence of a sinless man in the midst of a universally sinful human race. It all comes down to the cause for which we celebrate, which is the Christmas miracle.  That miracle happened, the incarnation happened, for our salvation.  So, why have the Incarnation? Why have a Virgin Birth?

        Because such a person as Jesus Christ demanded it!  This was a special birth that, as the Gospels record, showed us His Divine nature.

The HOW of the birth becomes believable when the WHO of the birth is taken into account.  We, as humans, are all born into, and with, original sin.  By skipping the original sin, Christ became the second Adam (more precisely the first, since He is preexistent).  As Adam represented all of humanity in the fall, Christ represented all of humanity in the redemption.  Christ needed to be isolated from the original sin so it would not affect Him, so He could do what Adam could not do which was to remain sinless.  If this had not been so, then the unique Jesus, who was born as one of us, would have created an unapproachable hurdle without the Virgin Birth.  He would be unable, as we know it, to overcome the original sin that plagues us all.  Would not the pre-existence of Christ necessitate such a miracle birth?  Perhaps He could have come in some other way.  We just do not know all of the options. But, if He had, then He would not have been one of us!

         However, if we do not accept that Jesus was born special and unique, then we cannot accept that He is God.  The incarnate Son of God is pure and holy and thus cannot touch sin.  If He did, then He would be corrupted and unable to take our place by living a sin free life. He would be unable to save us.

More here: http://70030.netministry.com/apps/articles/default.asp?articleid=32333&columnid=3844

(c) 2001 Rev. R.J. Krejcir

       Have a very merry Christmas, and do not forget the Christ in the Christmas!

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CONSERVATIVE VOTER GUIDE FOR GENERAL ELECTION 2016

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A voting guide for Christians who value Conservative and Family Values. 

As many of you have asked, it is finally here, the voter guide for perhaps the most important election in USA history. Remember, this is NOT an endorsement of any organization I am affiliated with like; LAC, ITW, CMTA, FASICLD, just me as a private person. So, do your own research (see links below) and remember, even if we do not like anyone, we must do our civic duty and VOTE! Remember to vote character, values and keep in mind faith and reason, then consider what is at stake in the Supreme Court, Federal Judges, international relations….

If you are in the USA you may notice a strange stench in the air, like dirty socks. Yes, it is that time of year to vote. The great American tradition, which any good citizen must do; go and vote. Even though the trend may be to find the least qualified people who have charisma and nothing of character or intelligence to offer. But, we can exercise our civic duty and vote the best possible candidates and issues. (Yes, I am cynical about government.)

The best due diligence and research from the best sources seems to indicate these fine folks and issues for public office…..

“Once again I’ve provided a list of conservative recommendations. One of the best sites is the Craig Huey’s Election Forum, which specifically caters to Christian values voters.  You might want to check it out yourself, particularly if you need information for districts other than my own. His website is www.electionforum.org. Robyn Nordell is also a strong Christian who provides well-researched information for values voters. Robyn includes explanations for many of her selections, so you might want to scour her website as well. I might mention that she’s not totally in sync with Craig Huey on everything.”

May all of us, as believers, vote to preserve the biblical principles this nation was founded upon.

May God bless you, and may He continue to bless our nation!

(From a good ‘insider’ friend)

And here we go…..

VALUES VOTER GUIDE:

PRESIDENT:  Donald J. Trump

UNITED STATES SENATOR:  Loretta L. Sanchez

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE (27th District):  Jack Orswell (4 star rating)

STATE SENATOR (25th District):  Michael D. Antonovich (5 star rating!)

MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY (41st District): Casey C. Higgins

JUDICIAL:

OFFICE NO. 11:  Steven Schreiner

OFFICE NO. 42:  Efrain Matthew Aceves

OFFICE NO. 84:  Susan Jung Townsend

OFFICE NO. 158:  David A. Berger (4 star rating!)

COUNTY / SUPERVISOR (5th District):  Kathryn Barger

STATE MEASURES:

51:  YES, some have recommended a no….

52:  NO

53:  YES

54:  YES

55:  NO

56:  NO

57:  NO

58:  NO

59:  NO

60:  NO

61:  NO

62:  NO

63:  NO

64:  NO (!)

65:  NO

66:  YES

67:  NO

COUNTY MEASURES:

A:  NO

M:  NO

Here is the LA County Election Forum website:

https://www.electionforum.org/la-voter-guide/

You may check out www.electionforum.org

Faith and Freedom coalition 

https://www.ffcoalition.com/2016-voter-guides/ 

Traditional Values 

http://www.traditionalvalues.org/

http://www.traditionalvalues.org/content/voter_guide 

More helps: 

www.capitolresource.org 

www.judgevoterguide.com 

Feel free to disagree with me; however, I will not debate about these people or issues, I have no inclination or time. There are sites you can go to do that. This is FYI only… 

Let’s remember one another in prayer!  

Be blessed!

Richard

Phil 1:6

 

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