Sunday, September 13, 2020

Cancelled Pt 2

 

Pericope: John 8: 31-41 - 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

 

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

 

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.[a]”

 

39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered.

 

“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would[b] do what Abraham did. 40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. 41 You are doing the works of your own father.”

 

“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”

Sermon Text: John 8: 32 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Sermon Title: Cancelled Pt 2 Your Truth – Really!?

Point 1: Truth has an origin. Hebrews 6: 13 13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,

       

Matthew 28:18 -. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

 and power to you

Rom 13:1 - Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God

Point 2: Truth is delegated. Vs 42, 58 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

a)  the way this works is we become carriers of the truth.  Matthew 18: 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses; 2 Cor. 13:1 This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses

b)  Pastor, Priest, Preacher, Prophet are the ones in the front line of upholding truth

a.  The pastor provides pastoral care with truth

b.  The priests intercedes on behalf of the truth

c.   The preacher proclaims truth for salvation

d.  The prophet speaks truth to power. 

c)  (Gutenberg press 1450) Royal priesthood 1 Pet 2: 9 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. But it doesn't stop there.

Point 3: Truth stabilizes and set order. Vs 44 44 …[the devil]. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

       

Vs 59 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds. 

Romans 13: 2 CEV - 2 People who oppose the authorities are opposing what God has done, and they will be punished.

Point 4: You have an; experience, a story, but you don’t have your own truth. Vs 46 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me?

        a) Moral relativism

        b) Tolerance Is the kissing cousin.

Point 5: Truth points people to God. Vs 45 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!

        a) Truth is Intolerant

        b) Absolute

 

Life Application:

1.  Accept Jesus as the truth and light

2.  Lean into the market place

3.  Return next week for the rest

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Sermon Title: Condemned!

Sermon Title: Condemned!

Introduction:

You think you already know because you read this FB post before, but here the text again for the first time.

John 8: 1-11 8 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Sermon Text: John 8: 11 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.

Sermon Title: Cancelled Pt 1 Condemned!

Point 1. Caught. Vs 4, 8 4, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

          

         The law is clear. Lev 20: 10 10 “‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death. Duet 22: 22 22 If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.

Point 2. Consider. Vs 6, 8 6 …in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

Point 3. Correct.  Vs 7 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Jesus covered the woman and corrected the situation.

There is no condemnation, Romans 8: 1 8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, REPEAT

Other people will cancel you but not Jesus. Others will say your life is over because of a mistake, a sin, an error in judgement, but not Jesus. Vs 11 Vs 11 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Life Application:

1. Search yourself before you search for someone to cancel/condemn (life is best scene the lens of a mirror in a glass house)

2. Don’t participate in cancel culture

3. Be a person of second chances

Communion

Sunday, August 23, 2020

I've Forgiven but i am Struggling to Forget

Sermon Bumper:

Sermon Text: Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Sermon Title: Pain Management Pt 3 I’ve forgiven but I’m struggling to Forget

BP: Move the hearers to forgive

Introduction: It’s easier said than done and even harder to forget. Maybe our trouble is not when we know we need to forgive; it’s when we think we don’t have to forgive. After all, this is one of those messages that you’re wishing someone else heard. It’s someone else’s problem, not yours. Someone else is bitter; someone else has a problem. But not you. You’re OK. You’re allowed to be bitter. You’re allowed to fester and stew. You’re allowed to hold a grudge because of what happened to you. And if I knew what had happened to you, I wouldn’t expect you to forgive nor forget anyone.

Well, it’s true that I don’t know what has happened to you. But I know Jesus does. And I know what He has said about forgiveness. So today’s message isn’t from the pastor; it’s from the Lord. Well, I hope every message I have is from the Lord, but know that this is not my opinion; it’s straight from God.

I mention forgiveness fairly often, for a few reasons.

1) Unforgiveness is more subtle than most sins. It’s sneaky. It crawls in bed with you at night so gently, so nobly, so innocently that you don’t know it’s there until it really has you. Before you know you are so comfortable with it in your spirit.

2) It’s also more common than most sins. We all battle it from time to time. Even though we may not stumble over the “bigger” sins, the sins of the flesh, lack of forgiveness and forgetting seems to affect more of us. And

3) it’s also more dangerous. It may not cause you to overdose and have a car accident, but it will divide churches, families, marriages, and nations. Unforgiveness/the inability to forgive and forget has been called the cancer of the soul. Unchecked, it will eat you alive.

Turn with me to Matthew 18:21-35 for a story that describes how Jesus looks at forgiveness on the two levels: from God and for others. And Jesus also shows us what lack of forgiveness will do to us. He compares unforgiveness to a prison.  (describe the text…)

But the story doesn’t end there. The man had someone owe him money, a few bucks. He immediately walks out from his employer’s office and demands a payment. Understand: he doesn’t need it as the start of a re-payment plan. It was purely selfish reasons why he demanded this money back. Well, the employer heard about this and brought the first man back into his courts. He scolded him severely, then threw him into prison. And in this prison, the man would face torture.  The story is not just about unforgiveness but about not forgetting. 

Point 1. Forgiveness is intentional Mt 6: 12, 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Matt 8: 28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

         Forgiveness is not random.  Forgiveness is not a casual pursuit.  Forgiveness is not something that falls out of the sky.  The text says the servant who was intentionally forgiven did not intentionally forgive who owed him.  He never forgot what was owed him.  He carried it around and the first opportunity he got he enforced his right not to forget or forgive.

Point 2. Forgiveness is painful. Vs 8: 26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.”

         Not even though the man who intentionally didn’t forgive nor forget, he displayed such pain when he wanted to be forgiven.  This lets me know even in the pain of forgiving if you refuse to forgive/forget you will pass that pain on to somebody else.  Hurt people hurt people.  Vs. 29 29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

Vs. 29 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”

Point 3: Forgiveness brings

1) Forgiveness brings freedom. Matt.18:27 – the master let him go. Being forgiven gives us freedom. It means we are not slaves to work ourselves debt-free before God. He just gives it to us. Before the master freed him from the debt, he was terrified. He was going to spend his whole life trying to repay, and he would never have been able to. But forgiveness of the debt set him free. And it sets us free, too. Free to love, to be thankful.

But what does unforgiveness do to someone? It puts you into prison. If you don’t take this parable and Jesus’ words literally, what is meant likely is that if you don’t forgive others, then you don’t feel forgiven by God. That’s true. Unforgiveness of others results in not feeling forgiven by God, if you don’t feel forgiven, if you don’t feel that God could forgive or has forgiven, it could be that you need to do some forgiving/forgetting as well.

2) Forgiveness brings closure. Again from the story, the servant was able to just walk away from the debt. Would he forget? Likely not. We seem to think that if we have forgiven, then we will forget. That’s not true. We are humans with memories. Forgetting is not a substitute for forgiveness. In fact, on the road to forgiveness, we may have to remember all the horrible things that happened to us. But forgiveness closes the door on them. It says: I will not let the emotional baggage keep me down. And if I do remember, I will choose to forgive again.

Forgiveness is a choice, and you can choose to keep the emotion behind locked doors. You can walk away from it. Is it easy? No. Is it possible? Yes. Ask Him to help you. You already have all the Spirit you need. But ask for the courage to forgive. Ask for the freedom that comes. Ask God to show you how to move on.

3) Forgiveness brings life. Watch this verse. I had never seen it this way until this week. Colossians 2:13 – “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your (or our) sinful nature, God made you (or us) alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins.” The writer Paul puts “giving life” and “forgiveness” in the same breath. We find life when we are forgiven. Joy, hope, peace, strength. And we give life when we forgive, to ourselves and to our victims of unforgiveness. Letting someone off your hook doesn’t let them off God’s, but it frees you.

Point 4. Forgiveness is forever forgetting is notPhil 3:13 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

How does one take the power of forgiveness and use it to forget? How does one wipe something out of their memory as Paul seems to suggest and the man in the parable was not able to do. He lost everything because he refused to forget and forgive. So many of us find ourselves in this place. Well I want to argue this morning forgetting is not a requirement for forgiving. In fact, forgetting can actually empower forgiving. Forgiveness deals with eternity and forgetting deals with the here and now. Forgetting is very much a part of the present as it should be.

Paul does not mean forgetting as erasing from your mind who/what hurt you. Paul means using it to empower your present and your future. If he didn't mean that then he wouldn't have listed in the text everything that he was forgetting. Let me explain, every time you remember what someone did to you should be a moment you remember (1) how you were forgiven (2) how you set them free (3) how you are growing from the pain (4) the scar is present but the wound is healed.  In other words the scar on my wrist where my brother cut me open to the white meat. 

The man in the parable misused his memory but don't misuse yours.

Life Application:

 Heavenly Father, ______ has taken ______ from me.  I have held on to this debt long enough. I choose to cancel this debt.  _________ doesn’t owe me anymore.  Just as you forgave me, I forgive__________.

 

1.   Identify the person who hurt you

2.   Determine what they owe you

3.   Cancel the debt.

4.   Dismiss the case

a.   When memories come face them, feel it – don’t reopen the case

b.   Thank God for his grace he gave you to forgive

c.   Focus on the truth of forgiveness/decisions

d.   Memories/feelings are just that – forgiveness and forgetting

e.   Vengeance isn’t your job but God’s and he is good at his job.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Pain Management Pt 2 - Do U Feel ME?

 

Pericope: 1 Chronicles 4: 9-10 9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

Sermon Text: 1 Chronicles 4: 9(b) saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.”

Sermon Title: Pain Management Pt 2 God! Do you feel me!

BP: Move the hearers to trust God with their pain

Introduction:

Point 1. Name your pain Vs 9…his mother named him Jabez

1 Chronicles 4: 9 9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.”

a) Naomi Ruth 1: 20 20 “Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter.

b) Paul 2 Cor 12: 9 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

c)

Point 2. Constrain your pain Vs 10 Jabez cried out to God of Israel…

a) Ps 115:3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.

b) quote

c) Ps 119: 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.

Point 3. Don’t claim your pain Vs 10 oh that you would bless me and enlarge my testimony! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain and God granted his request

a) pain has a promise attached to it

b) pain has an honor attached to it

c) pain has God attached to it

Life Application:

a) Compelling Phil 1: 12 NASB 12 Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel,

b) Capacity 2 Cor 1: 3-5 TLB 3-4 What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us. 5 You can be sure that the more we undergo sufferings for Christ, the more he will shower us with his comfort and encouragement.

c) Compliance/Reliance

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Pain Management Part 1

Pericope: 2 Cor. 12:7-10 - 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Sermon Text: 2 Cor. 12: 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Sermon Title: Pain Management Pt 1 – Playing Hurt

Sermon Bumper: Ms Celi and Netti – the color purple

Introduction: Its natural to want to avoid pain. Who wants to be hurt? Who wants a broken heart, broken dreams, a broken leg or a broken spirit? In our text this morning Paul tells us about pain and pain avoidance.

Point 1:  The Process of Pain – James 1: 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.;

2 Cor. 6:4-10 - 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Point 2: The Penalty or Promise of Pain – 1 Cor. 10:13 - 13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.;

Heb 12:6 - because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,

    and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”[a]

·      Is this a deeper moment or defeated moment

·      Is this desperate moment or disciple moment

Point 3: The Perfecting of Pain – 2 Cor. 4:16-18 - 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Life Application:

1.    Process your pain..

2.   Place your pain in Jesus hands…

3.   Feel your pain

 

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Entanglement - A Family Affair

Pericope: 2 Samuel 12:9-12 - 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’

11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”

Sermon Text: 2 Sam 12:10 - 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’

Sermon Title: Entanglement Pt 2 – It’s a Family Affair

Point 1: The transparency of a family affair.  Matthew 12:46-50 - 46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

         We like to white wash this text but slow down and really read it. Jesus isn't just making a theological devotional doxological statement. Before you hang your hat on verse 49 and 50  49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Reread 46 through 48 - 46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”

While Jesus was preaching during church service, Jesus put the family business on full display. You see his brothers and sisters didn't believe he was the Savior/Messiah and mommy has brought them to church to convinced them. Jesus put a stop to that.  Now we know later his brother James later believed and became the leader of the Jerusalem church.

Point 2: The transcendence of a family affair.  2 Sam 12:10 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, …

 2 Sam 7:16 - 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’”

Now for this second point we can get into our text.  There are two things I want to point out as a contradiction in the text. On one hand God said David as a result of your sin, calamity will always be a part of your family. On the other hand, God said the Kingdom will go through your family. Here is why.

1.    If you are persistent with the promise on your life you're proud public pain won't stop God's blessings.

2.    The Kingdom can come through all of our lives if we don't give up. David never gave up on God nor himself so God could transcend his life for his glory.

Point 3: The transgenerational of a family affair. Gen 9:25 - 25 he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.”; 10:6 - 6 The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put and Canaan.

There has been no other set a family so humiliated and endured so much pain as African Americans. The world misinterpreted that text an enforced a worldwide slave industry.

Point 4: The trust of a family affair.  John 13:34…love another

1.      Grace is simply love.  It’s a continuous caring, an offering of opportunities, and a meeting of needs. This kind of love isn’t a biochemical rush. Feelings can change in a second. Grace doesn’t change. Grace is what every family needs.

2.      Intentionality which is simply a sense of purpose. Prov. 19:21 - Many are the plans in a person’s heart,

    but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Family life in this chaotic confusing rushed world must be intentional. Randomness won’t raise a fabulous family. Intentionality is a compass, a roadmap.

3.      Intimacy Romans 12:10 - Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Intimacy is closeness, an openness, a sharing of what’s in your heart and on your mind with others, especially others you trust and are close to. Transparency between family members builds trust to get through the difficult times.

4.      Empowered families beat the odds in three ways. 1 Thes. 5:11… build one another up… Roman 12:9 - Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves..  It possesses authority, a sense of identity, and a sense of direction. A covenant family knows who it is. It permits family members to develop into individuals.  It celebrates and uses its strengths and weaknesses. 

5.      Life’s lessons. Romans 8:28…all things work together…  Bad things happen to everybody. A covenant family has a history and learns from it.  trouble, difficulties and setbacks happen to every family  - learning from it makes it a fabulous family.

Life Application:

1.    Listen to the podcast on family.

2.   Zoom with First Lady and I for the family prayer call

3.   Hold your family close – pray as they return to school.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Sermon Notes - Entanglement

Pericope: Hosea 3: 3 The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” 2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. 3 Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.” 4 For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods. 5 Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.
Sermon Text: Hosea 3:1 3 The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

Sermon Title: “Entanglement!”

Hosea 3:1 The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” 

Point 1. Rejection. 2:23 I will plant her for myself in the land;
I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.
I will say to those called ‘Not my people, ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.’
         The text tells us in poetic metaphorical language about the love God has for Israel even though Israel has rejected God.  God said he has planted her.  He has married Israel.  He has said in vs. 19 and 20 of chapter 2 TLB 19 and I will bind you to me forever with chains of righteousness and justice and love and mercy. 20 I will betroth you to me in faithfulness and love, and you will really know me then as you never have before.
The word betroth has to do with promise, engagement, commitment, marriage.  Then God said I will show my love to the one I called not my love.  Israel has rejected God’s love, but God is determined to withstand Israel’s rejection. 

Point 2: Raisin cakes. 3:1(c)…, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”
         Hosea says Israel loves other gods because Israel loves raisin cakes.  Raisin cakes during biblical times was considered an aphrodisiac.  It was a natural Cialis, Viagra, Asian ginseng, Yohimbe, Saffron or whichever your aphrodisiac of choice.  The bible also called it mandrakes.  Hosea said Israel had an insatiable appetite for other gods. 
Transition: Hosea said it best. Hosea gave the best remedy for the pain in his own marriage and the marriage between God and Israel. Return to your first love. Return to your only love. Solomon said God put eternity in Our hearts Ecclesiastes 3:11 Everything is appropriate in its own time. But though God has planted eternity in the hearts of men, even so, many cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.  In other words, because God created you with eternity in your heart for eternity the only way you will feel true unconditional love is from him. How? Return to him

Point 3: Return. 3:5 Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings
         Hosea said Israel will not be able to get away from God’s love! Why? Because God’s love is an entanglement.  Gods love will so entangle you you will not get away from it.  Will put it this way – Jada “I will love you through anything”. Paul put it an even better way Eph 3:18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
Romans 8:31-39 - 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gods’ love entangles you.  You cannot sin you way out of God’s love.  He proposed to you 2000 years ago on the cross. You accepted the proposal when You accepted him into your heart as your personal savior.

Life Application:
1) Receive God’s reckless love
2) Register God’s reckless love
3) Return God’s reckless love

Saturday, July 4, 2020

When the Brook Dried Up!


Pericope: 1 Kings 17:1-7ESV Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe[a] in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” 2 And the word of the Lord came to him: 3 “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 4 You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” 5 So he went and did according to the word of the Lord. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. 6 And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. 7 And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.
Sermon Text 1 Kings 17:7EST  And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.
Sermon Title:  When the Brook Dried Up!
Point 1:  Don’t go backwards ..Say what you want…have what you say. Vs. 8-9 Then the word of the Lord came to him; (9) Arise, go to Zarephath…
Point 2:  You’re in between answered prayers. Vs 1b; 9b - …there will be neither dew nor rain in three years.
…Behold I have commanded a widow there [Zarephath] to feed you.
Point 3: God brought you to the brook  vs 5. So he went and did according to the word of the Lord. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan
Life Application
1.  Don’t doubt your drought – it has a purpose and a plan.
2.    Listen for instructions to go deeper
3.    Droughts are by design to drive you into the arms of God.