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Fresh update on "alabama" discussed on WBBM Programming
"Man who robbed a bank in southwest suburban Oak Lawn yesterday. The photos show the man wearing a baseball cap, a brightly colored construction vest, black sunglasses and a surgical mask. You can see the FBI photos of the robber at w BBM news radio dot com. Forecasters say Tropical Storm Josephine is crawling toward islands in the Caribbean, while tropical Storm Kyle is moving away from the mid Atlantic coast of the United States. The National Hurricane Center says both storms have maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. Alabama High schools are limiting attendance at football games this fall because of the Corona virus. One high school says it will cap attendance at 30% of the stadium capacity so fans can maintain proper social distancing. The first football games are scheduled for this week. Although some schools have delayed games after players or staff members tested positive for Cove in 19 W BBM NEWS Time. 1 46 when searching for Mercedes Benz search Mercedes Benz of ST Charles from the Sports desk, Here's Dave Kerner. Seven o'clock tonight. Blackhawks Meet Vegas Game three Stanley Cup playoff first round Siri's with Vegas up two games to nothing, including the 4 to 3 overtime win in Game two. I'll play a game for tomorrow at.
Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart to Join Country Hall of Fame
"Before he formed the band. The fabulous superlatives, which which is is just just a a tad tad redundant, redundant, isn't isn't it? it? A A little little fabulous fabulous is is a a superlative superlative Marty Marty Stuart, Stuart, songwriter songwriter Dean Dean Dylan and junior Hank Williams Jr your newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Marty is going in as a modern era artist category, Dean in the songwriter category, and Hank Jr goes in in the Veterans era artist. Which is pretty significant been 60 years since his father, the great Hank Williams, went and to the country Music Hall of Fame. Dean Dylan. Has written songs for and this is just a partial list. Alabama, Brooks and Dunn. He wrote Tennessee whiskey. David Allen coded it. George Jones did it, Chris Stapleton, most recently. He's written songs for Hank Jr Whalen, Ernest Tubb, Keith Whitley, Kenny Chesney. Lee Ann Womack. Pam kill us, Toby Keith wrote about a dozen Toby Tombs. Vern Gosden. Vince Gill. And rode over 55 0 wrote more than 50 songs and shipped him off to some guy named George Strait. Including If I know me, I've come to expect it from you. Marina del Rey Oceanfront property. The chair in Georgia's first hit unwound written by Dean Dylan. Wow. It's just about all of them. That's just and just thinking If you're not from the most people, I think are familiar with the appearance of one Marty Stuart. Yes, but if you're not go to the Google machine Google, Marty Stuart and just for fun Z's Let me know Charlie Parker and I heart media dot com. How long you think it takes him every morning? Get that hair like that. I'm gonna go 45 minutes, and it's got to be at least 1/2 hour, at least at least 1/2 hour. I wonder how much hair spray Might you some kind of jailers? I don't know. It looks great, but he's got nice here. Thanks, Siegfried And Roy. I don't know which one but I don't know. He doesn't know Marty Stuart compared to Tiger. Wow. Just the hair. No, not even noon. And Marty's here has got nothing on Dean dealings. Mustache. No. Nothing. Well, congratulations to Marty Jr and Dean Dylan all going into the country Music Hall of Fame.
Fresh update on "alabama" discussed on Newsradio 950 WWJ 24 Hour News
"Could be very, very unpredictable. Evacuation orders are still in place and affected areas. The cause of this fire is still under investigation. The Postal Service is warning states. It may not be able to deliver all mail in ballots cast in November's presidential election in time to be counted, Postmaster General Lewis to Joy said in his own letter to Democratic lawmakers. The communication is only designed to remind states to give voters ample time coin TV reporter Lisa Ballack on the reaction in Portland, Oregon. Donald Trump is especially and looking at Oregon. It's why Senator Ron Wyden, the first U. S. Senator, elected in a vote by mail election, and Senator Jeff Merkley are calling on the new head of the Postal Service to stop cost cutting measures that are leading to mail piling up. Slowdowns in delivery. They also want the president to not hold up postal funding, the president said. Without that money, there's no universal mail in voting, which he's against The Duchess of Sussex. Meghan Markle is speaking out about the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed the comeback and just see the state of affairs. I think the onset I'm being honest, it was just devastating. So sad to see where our country was. In that moment, she spoke with the 19th a nonprofit news outlet aimed at women. The Southeastern Conference is still set to start its season September 26. University of Alabama football player Mack Jones says he and his teammates still want to take the field. Obviously, there's a lot of unknowns, but we just wanted to get our voice out there. And, you know, obviously had a lot of guys I could have left last year and they came back. So you want to play for those guys going to play for the younger teammates who want to play for the whole organization, the state of Alabama? This is CBS News. With the onset of the covert 19 pandemic. You might be tempted to leave your child in the car to avoid exposure. This could result in death in a matter of minutes. Always look before you. Lock live. Detroit's number one news station Use radio 9 50 double you Good afternoon, and thanks for joining us on this Saturday. It's August 15th 2020. I'm Greg Bowman For W W. J. NewsRadio, 9 50 Rob Mason's off today. Our thunderstorm in spots heading into this afternoon, otherwise still warm and humid, high temps up to 87 degrees of complete, accurate forecast is coming up. And checking the current conditions around town. Detroit Metro Airport This hour sunshine are up to 83 degrees Pretty good Looking Saturday. W W. J.
How can I get an ebook cover designed?
"Hey Chris, this is Britney from Madison Alabama and I've been listening to your show for two years. Now, I'm thinking about starting a side hustle. I want to publish my husband's sci-fi short stories and books on kindle direct publishing. My question is where can we get affordable editing and cover design? Do you believe this could be profitable? Thank you for hearing answer. Hey Brittany. Thank you so much for listening in Madison Alabama. I used to live there many years ago. Fun Fact. Now, this is a two part question technically a three part question. So as for the cover design, that part is pretty simple. So book cover design isn't establish subcategory on work for hire sites like fiber and up work I think it's totally fine to go to one of those sites and hire somebody to do the work there, and it will be quite affordable. You can get a good quality design with several revisions for a couple of hundred dollars at most, and they're probably going to be some options to pay a lot less depending on where you hire the person from some agencies working on uproar Cav hundreds of people in overseas locations where the price can be quite low. Now editing is a different matter because with editing I wouldn't just randomly hire someone you should I think about what you're looking for or your husband just thinking about it since he's the writer but maybe in some combination, are you guys looking for a developmental editor that somebody who will read through in suggests structural changes to improve the flow of the book? Are you looking for a copy editor who will go line by line and make lots of picky suggestions which are often helpful. I always have this love hate relationship with my copy editors. Or are you just looking for a proof reader? To catch those Pesky Typos. That you tend to miss or your husband at tends to miss because you've been close to the work for so long that happens to me all the time to. Write eight drafts a book, and then review it over and over and yet there's still some typos that somehow I missed just because I'm seeing the same things over and over. So those editing functions are not the same and most editors tend to specialize in one or the other. There's some others as well, but you want to understand first of all, what you're trying to accomplish I think that's the best advice there and last but not least Brittany also ask if this could be a profitable activity. Now, that is an entirely different question that's something totally different. Short version. There is I don't think this is the quickest road to making money. I, mean. We have had some stories of people doing sci-fi fantasy stuff and have been able to make some money with. But. I'm imagining in this case husband start writing his stories with that as the primary goal. So I tend to think of it as you want if a writer, you want share your work. That's great. Go do it and if it ends up being profitable. Consider that a bonus.
Fresh update on "alabama" discussed on Mottek on Money
"I heat is making it even more difficult for firefighters battling wildfires in several Western states. The lake fire near northern Los Angeles has burned at least 17,500 acres. KCBS TV reporter Amy Johnson officials say the fire has destroyed at least 21 structures. ING continues to threaten thousands more. Cruz dealt with several spot fires yesterday. High temperatures made fire fight even more difficult, so it just really goes to show how erratic fire Khun B. And if the conditions are right, which they are right now. It could be very, very unpredictable. Evacuation orders are still in place and affected areas. The cause of this fire is still under investigation, the Postal Service's warning states. It may not be able to deliver all mail in ballots cast in November's presidential election in time to be counted, Postmaster General Lewis to Joy said in his own letter to Democratic lawmakers. Communication is only designed to remind states to give voters ample time coin TV reporter Lisa Ballack on the reaction in Portland, Oregon, tells me that Donald Trump It's especially looking at Oregon. It's why Senator Ron Wyden, the first U. S senator elected a vote by mail election, and Senator Jeff Merkley are calling on the new head of the Postal Service to stop cost cutting measures that are leading to mail piling up. Slowdowns in delivery. They also want the president to not hold up postal funding, the president said. Without that money, there's no universal mail in voting, which he's against The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle is speaking out about the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed to come back and just see the state of affairs. I think the onset if I'm being honest, it's just devastating. So sad to see where our country was. In that moment, she spoke with the 19th a nonprofit news outlet aimed at women. The Southeastern Conference is still set to start its season September 26. University of Alabama football player Matt Jones says he and his teammates still want to take the field. Obviously, there's a lot of unknowns, but we just wanted to get our voice out there. And, you know, obviously had a lot of guys I could have left last year and they came back. So you want to play for those guys play for the younger teammates who want to play for the whole organization, the state of Alabama?.
Republicans ask Supreme Court to intervene in Rhode Island case involving witness requirements for absentee ballots
"The Republican National Committee has asked the Supreme Court to rule by tomorrow on its appeal of a court decision allowing Rhode Island to loosen its absentee voting requirements. It's one of multiple court battle seeking to shape the nation's voting rules for the fall. NPR's Pam Fessler reports. Rhode Island usually requires absentee voters to get two witnesses or a notary toe watches they fill out and sign their ballots. Requirement was suspended for a primary earlier this year due to the health risk of finding a witness during a pandemic. Lower courts have agreed that you remain suspended, saying it places in an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote. With the RNC and Rhode Island. Republicans argued that the rule change comes too close to a September primary and will increase the chances of voter fraud. They also note that the Supreme Court last month blocked a similar relax ation of the same absentee voting requirements and Alabama Pam Fessler. NPR NEWS
Fresh update on "alabama" discussed on Jim Rome
"Malzahn. If he loses, that's always fun. You got custody. Nick Saban. That's really fun, and you have pride. Your team's not gonna roll over and die like they do every year to their biggest rival. You're not gonna have to watch your coach come up with every single recruiting excuse because folks At Auburn. They don't let you come up with excuses. They'll just ride you out of there on a rail. Is it unfair? Sometimes? Is it a little over? Zealous? Absolutely. But they have fried and they win that game every now and then. Yeah, You know what? It's a great rivalry. It could also rip your heart out. That's Akon, because when you care again Because some Michigan fans it's just kind of washed over them, and they become numb over the last decade. You're gonna have a great rivalry and you're going to care again. Because now you're gonna believe that you can win. You probably can't go to see War Eagle, and if you do win, you're definitely going to be accused of paying your players. That's a definite con for that. Georgia. Great running backs great linebackers. Every school. This is the fun thing about it. Every school doesn't have that type of thing. So every fan you get to act like you're a football guy. Linebackers, running backs. You feel like your uncle talking about old school? Hard hitting football got a great music scene there in Athens underrated. I'm not even talking about R E m a little whatever about R E M got a great music scene there in Athens. I do think, though in the cons for Georgia, you got the Bill O'Brien syndrome. A little bit of that when it comes to Bill Belichick, Kirby smart to Nick Saban. And honestly, you should have You should have as many national titles is Alabama over the last decade. Plus, I mean that the money that you pour into that school into that program and the stupid losses that Georgia has had over the last 10 years. There's a term I can't use on the radio. I think I could call him blue. You know Whats You're close, but you can't finish and that's what Georgia football does. Mississippi State you got cowbells problem is that you also have cow bells. I think that's both a pro and con and I can't say much about Mississippi State of that. Do you know you can always watch a great chance for play for you. But you often wonder why you left the Big 12 and you'll be accused of fake news because your journalism school and M. You're the 12th man you have Jimbo Fisher, the con. So a Seattle They're also the 12th man, and you'll also accused Jimbo Fisher making way too much money for the output that they get Florida on their way back. You've got a really arrogant coach. What makes its a lot of fun. And you get to wear Jean shorts and people have been able to wear jeans shorts in, like 20 years. Only Promise Georges still better. You're required a hater admire. Even though, has been urban Meyer's fault for all the bad things that have happened to you in the last 10 years. And I know it doesn't make any sense. But No. You're always going to hate urban Meyer. L s u you got Coco Everybody loves Coco. The only cons is I think your own booster club works against you at times. You might be joining a year late. And I think that leads the front runner remorse. Because everybody wants to get on Ellis you They've lost a lot of talent. I think you might be a year later. You're a front runner, South Carolina. You can always have a good fight with your neighbors. But you can't play Wofford in coastal Carolina this year. Old Miss, Get your super tight Oh football game, Get the sun in your couch and enjoy that dressed to the nines. You're always usually have a pretty fun quarterback. But if you win more than eight games, I'm gonna think you're cheap. Tennessee. Rocky tops a great song. Like I said. I think you're gonna love their recruiting. Just the problem is is you're gonna have to pull your lip up over your head because you'll start the season and lose a really stupid game. And then you go on a great big winning streak and you'll wonder why you can't really enjoy the season because the entire time while you're on the winning streak, it's going to keep eating away at you while you lost those games at the beginning part of the season. You're gonna hate Jeremy Pruitt over it, Like a lot of people down there. Hey, Jeromy Pruitt at Alabama. Listen, you're pros are that you win and you win. An absurd amount The cons are is that you have no self respect whatsoever. No one's going to respect you. If you become an Alabama fan, and really you're going to lose your soul when you because if you are born and bred in Alabama fan or you go to Alabama, I'm not talking about you. If you just become an Alabama fan. You've sold your soul to Satan. That's the only way there is to do it. Saving has five letters. Satan has five letters. I don't think it's a coincidence. The Khan's far outweigh the pros. The on ly one. I make the excuse for if you're a Rutgers fan, go ahead. You've suffered enough. You go right on ahead and be an Alabama fan. If you're in Oregon State fan, you go right on ahead and be an Alabama fan. You guys have suffered too much. Those of the on ly out everybody else you can't be in Alabama fan. Going into the phone deejay and South Carolina. D J. You're next up on CBS Sports Radio got to make a quick go, man. You've gotta respect South Carolina. You gotta love the atmosphere at South Carolina. Bring these fans don't know. They need to look up the sandstorm. They need to look up. The opening scene of fans in the stands is good at what we do. How loud are stadium is you can hear it from miles away. Support that these fans have for game Kat Nation. The only problem with it this year and thank you very much for the call D. J. The problem I have for for this year and why I probably wouldn't be a South Carolina fan is because they don't get to have the fun of the palm edible from the last I've heard. Because they're in different conferences. Really quick ball nation in South Carolina, Go. You've got 30 seconds go. All right. We got to see barbecue. You gotta have the original. Magnificent. Gotta love that new state 102,000 checkerboard with a great tradition there got run into the team Got the ball. Maybe a Tennessee River Smokey the dog. We had a history of wind jammer Couidn't Bring Mette can't wait and seeing chance you were talking about earlier. That's about unity team drawing us all together because it's been around for quite some time. We hear that the teacher you know he's going to get great football and so my welcome all the new stadium. The owner arrives with Jeremy Pruitt. You don't have to jump on the bandwagon. Alabama in here. Part of the new something special Because we've something boring. Good. Only he'll be a volunteer. Listen. You okay? All right. There you go. Tennessee.
RNC, Rhode Island Republicans Ask Justices to Intervene in Absentee-Ballot Dispute
"National Committee has asked the Supreme Court to rule by tomorrow on its appeal of a court decision allowing Rhode Island toe loosen its absentee voting requirements. It's one of multiple court battles seeking to shape the nation's voting rules for the fall. NPR's Pam Fessler reports. Rhode Island usually requires absentee voters to get two witnesses or a notary toe watches they fill out and sign their ballots. The requirement was suspended for a primary earlier this year due to the health risk of finding a witness during a pandemic. Lower courts have agreed that it should remain suspended, saying it places in an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote. But the RNC and Rhode Island Republicans argued that the rule change comes too close to a September primary and will increase the chances of voter fraud. They also note that the Supreme Court last month blocked a similar relax ation of the same absentee voting requirements and Alabama Pam Fessler NPR news The
Trump, coaches push for college football as cracks emerge
"As college football fans await word on the season. There's a player led movement that's gaining momentum. It's hashtag. We want to play and it's taking off on Twitter. Alabama's Nagy Harris, helping to lead the effort. Tweeting We want our voices to be heard. And what we're saying is we want to play football this fall. Auburn quarterback Bo next tweeting We have worked our entire lives to get to where we are now. Don't let it go to waste. Alabama coach Nixon had been throwing his support to the movement, saying the players are much safer with the team than they are running around at home. One. Robert coach Tommy Tuberville says college football is the lifeblood of the South. And allowing teams to play this season will bring a much needed sense of calm to these strange times Republican Senate candidate says it's wrong to take this opportunity away from thousands of young men who have worked their entire lives for this moment. Movement going all the way to the Oval Office. President Trump Tweeting played college football.
Are you going to vote?
"When I asked you. If you plan on voting, it sounds like I'm joking. But I swear I'm not, and the reason I ask is when I actually look at the numbers of people who aren't voting every year year in year out. OVER HALF OF AMERICA HALF OF VOTING AGE Americans. Is, not, they're not voting period. Half of all of our eligible voters. Aren't voting in presidential elections. In fact, the largest single bloc of voters. Non Voters. And I have to assume. That many of you who are listening right now. Maybe. Plan on voting. Maybe think that you're going to vote. But actually half of you aren't going to vote, and maybe it's that the listeners a breakdown, you all just vote and vote and vote, and maybe we're not at fifty percent. But even when you look at demographics and all of that half of all eligible voters just aren't voting. And I for my entire life have stayed away from the generic request of go vote. because. Saying to people go vote. Does. Not necessarily make change as you know, maybe, no. On April twenty first to have a brand new book out called make change and I- rail on this very point of saying this and telling people go vote is not enough. It's not enough to tell people go vote. We have to instruct people on who to vote for. Not just even on what party. But on. What position on? What person? Because saying, go vote? Might, get people in there maybe to vote for particular presidential candidate. But how is that going to help them to know who to vote for on the school board or city council or even in their local congressional race in their state legislative races? We need to become listen to me. We need to become. Highly. Informed. Super informed voters. And to be very real about it, I, mean, we are now just days away from the Iowa caucuses, but the truth is, Minnesota. Is already in early voting. Do you hear me? States that have early voting have already started. California is just a few days away now from early voting, and so we are days away. From being able to vote all over the country in in Minnesota, and other states, this week and next week are also going to begin early voting. We are about to choose the next Democratic candidate for president of United States. What are you waiting for? Who are you waiting for like? First off, there's going to be no superhero to swoop down and save us. I know you know that and I'm not trying to be facetious, but you see the candidates. Okay. You see them. You see the candidates for president make choice do not simply allow. Everybody else don't allow the media to choose for. You do not allow other voters to choose for you. Because I assure you, they may not have your best interest in mind. Go ahead, find out who is running for Congress in your community who was running for a local legislative races on the state level whatever states are in. Even. If you're outside of the United, states, who are you voting for locally regionally nationally, what are you planning on doing listen? The responsibility, this is what I want to pass over to you. The responsibility. Of, knowing who to vote for? Falls on you. It does not fall on me. It does not fall on. Your parents, your siblings, your pastor, your local activists, or organizer. The responsibility that when you live. In a democracy where you get to vote for your mayor for your district attorney for your city council person for other roles that are so pivotal when you have ballot initiatives. For. For schools for penny taxes, where sometimes they'll raise sales tax by penny, but that penny will be multiplied sometimes hundreds of millions of times with every single purchasing could completely change the roads or public works or school systems that it will go to do. You even know what ballot initiatives are going to be on the ballot in your city in your state in your county. I need you to make the commitment listen to. In some ways, this entire episode is an action steps episode I need you to make the commitment. This time. When you walk into your polling location, do you know your polling location? Are you properly registered. Let's talk about those two things for many before I. Even Pass on this responsibility to you. All you need to do right now it, there are two things are right you to be able. To Google. Am I registered to vote. And put your state. Am I registered to vote New York. M I registered to vote Georgia Minnesota California Alabama Texas. Make sure that you're registered to vote. Now put 'em I. registered to vote and they should not be this complicated M I registered to vote Democratic primary. Now, you may be listening to me, we'll shot I'm not really a Democrat I'm I'm an independent I hear that. Because all of us are often extremely frustrated with America's two party system, and there's plenty to be frustrated about the democratic, party, and and certainly about the Republican Party. But did you know that in many states including California and others some of the largest states in the country that if you are not a registered Democrat, you are not able to vote in the Democratic primary. So here again is what I need you to do. Google your name right now because many of us come upon deadlines for us to even be able to to vote in the Democratic primary, you'll miss that you won't even get to choose who the Democratic candidate for president or any position is if you don't vote in the Democratic primary, so Google this. Am I registered to vote in the Democratic primary? And then your state.
Getting Things Done with Senator Doug Jones
"I'm Senator Doug Jones from Alabama and here's the truth it all my work in the Senate I have your back and no one else. Sorry, not sorry first of all senator thank you so much for taking the time to do the podcast I would like to start by talking about Kobe nineteen and we're recording this in the middle of July. We knew in February and March, what needed to be done right now one hundred, thirty, eight, thousand people have died projections indicate more than two hundred, thousand people will die by November, cases are rising almost everywhere in the. Country especially in the South and the trump administration is just I don't know how else to say it, but he has just failing in every possible way in managing this pandemic. So what is your opinion? What should we be doing nationally and what should Alabama be doing to combat covert nineteen listen first of all, thanks for having me I really appreciate this opportunity to speak with you. It's good to talk to you. See you again. Let me tell you I think we have to do what I've said all along that we have to do and that is listened. To the healthcare experts listen to the healthcare experts that are the national voices like Dr, Fallacy and Dr Redfield and those that are on top of this, listen to your local healthcare professionals, listen to the statewide healthcare professionals and follow their advice. The problem that we have right now is that clearly we have a lack of leadership from the administration. We have not seen the kind of leadership that we should have from the very beginning of this administration was downplaying it, and then as I think the president realized that we had to shut the economy down which was. His Pride and joy Dan, he started to try to intimidate people too much to open the economy up. He was intimidating protesters in Michigan and elsewhere, and that had a ripple effect around the country. Then it was politicizing the wearing of masks as we learned more and more about this virus it became clear that we needed to wear masks, and then all of a sudden became a political issue. It's not as much anymore, but it's still in places a political issue, and now we're politicizing the opening schools schools. Do you think that Alabama was too quick to Rio Ben? I think we tried to accelerate. The process and I think you know From our standpoint that has had a negative impact on our progress and I think that's why we've regressed. And we've seen a three hundred percent increase. In cases month over month after going the first three weeks of this. At a forty percent club if people would listen to the healthcare professionals, follow the guidelines and understand the world had never seen this virus before like December nobody has the antibodies at that time. Nobody had the immunities and this is a work in progress. We are learning more and more and more about this virus. As we go along, we have no vaccine are therapeutics are getting better. The only way we can stop the spread of this virus is for us to do our part. We're in this together, we need to act like, do you think we need some sort of coordinated national shutdown? To try to get this under control I. think that would be very, very difficult to try to do that in there are places in this country where I think that you wouldn't need to shut down nationally right now if they take some of the precautions, we're a big country where diverse country we have seen the virus spread in different areas I think it would be very, very difficult to try to have any kind of national shutdown but you know a lot of the governors are stepping a lot of them are not and lot of them are seeing their states ravage along the governors. have been stepping up doing the right thing. Our governor in Alabama issued a statewide score. She's the only governor in the deep South that his issue that in fact, the governor of Georgia, which is raging as much as Alabama yesterday issued something banning local officials from issuing a mask order. So damnedest thing I've ever heard of and so I think that the states are stepping up individual beers have been stepping up. I mean. When you have a lack of leadership coming from the administration, you've got to have the local leaders stepping up. So I think we're doing it on a hot spot by. Hotspots state-by-state by state community, mount community basis be tough to do it on a national basis, but there's plenty of spokesman out there illicit from the national level better telling people to wear masks and suggestions and do those things. It's amazing to me how the masks were politicized and I saved a lot on this podcast. But anytime, we politicize something we dehumanize it and I think this is a perfect example. But when you look at deaths, the numbers don't lie. So even if you were the type of person to say you know what? I don't believe in science I think truth and fact is. Relative there's concrete numbers here that are undeniable and do you think that there's any chance that we get this under control while this administration is still in place or do you think that it's going to continue to rage and grow until we have leadership in there that can at least be willing to listen to science? Are we gonNA answer you with a glass half full and I'm going to say I put faith in the majority of the American people to start doing the right thing. They're seeing these numbers to their seeing the lack of leadership they're seeing the numbers in the deaths in. The virus, they're seeing the fact that the average age of someone catching this virus now has gone down fifteen years fifteen years from when we first started to. This is just not a senior's forest anymore. So I'M GONNA put more faith than I guess I have more faith these days in. Awadh. The governors of whatever political party and local leaders and mayors to lead by example, and to do those things necessary. What's interesting to me is that her so many folks in Alabama and we had a problem with folks not wearing masks we still do but the so many people aren't listening to the Reason why you wear a mask they think it is just to protect themselves. I've heard so many people say well, I don't need to wear a mask I may get it but I'm gonNA low risk category. So I'll take my chances. It's not about you. It's about the people with preexisting conditions, the diabetes heart disease that things like that puts them at risk. You could be a symptomatic and spread this disease spread this virus so easy without wearing a mask and you not even know it and putting people at risk. So I'll tell folks down here. Look this is golden rule time. Okay. This is new unto others as you would do unto yourself and so wear the mask for others where the mass for those healthcare professionals that are on the front lines that are just having mental breakdowns these days with all that they are overwhelmed about look I'm going to again go back to your question I'm going to have a glass half full I give a lot of faith in the American people to see where we are at start making these comparisons and see through the like of leadership and start doing the things necessary for themselves.
Sheriff's deputy shot during overnight 'ambush' in Lamar County, Atlanta
"County Sheriff's Office says one of its deputies was shot in the line of duty Deputy Justin Weaver responded to a suspicious person call off of Moore Street in Milner. The sheriff's office says somebody ambush Weaver's car and fired several shots at it. We were taken to it Atlanta hospital with injuries to his face and left arm the suspect took off but was later arrested in Alabama.
MAC postpones all fall sports, including football; plans on spring season
"Football appears on the brink of possibly postponing the season the mid Atlantic conference cancelling games this fall because of the corona virus here's ABC's Janai Norman. Tonight a drastic decision a division one college football conference cancelling the fall season over concerns of Covid nineteen the mid American conference postponing kickoff hoping to play in the spring. There are simply too many unknowns for us to put our student athletes in situations that are not clearly understood. I am heartbroken we are in this place all eyes are turning to the major conferences to see if others have described the season the University of Alabama one of college football's most dominant programs hit with a small outbreak forced to cancel its first game. The SEC POWERHOUSE is vowing to kick off the they believe that is Part of the fabric of the State and university and they want to continue to play, they can do so safely crimson tide school leaders argue campus may be the safest place for their athletes. After already during an outbreak of Cova cases, those schools certainly have the financial resources to be able to test at a high rate to be able to protect their players. And Tom Rutgers football program had to shut down some workouts because of a Cobra outbreak as other programs try to nail down plans for season but so much is still changing.
Alabama high school football team, band under quarantine
"The entire football team and marching band at a small town, Alabama High school are under quarantine following exposure to covert 19. An official with the only owns a high school reports. 1/5 player has tested positive for the virus. It's the second quarantine this summer for the
Alabama high school football team, band under quarantine
"High school football team and their band members all quarantined after three people experienced flu like symptoms and the football team is quarantine through August 18th the band through the 13th Next news at 9 30
TikTok threatens legal action against Trump US ban
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Alabama HS Football Team Under Quarantine Again
"Another main issue right now schools as they get set to reopen the entire high school football team in Oneonta High School in Alabama had a quarantine after four players showed symptoms. Coach Phil Phillips says this literally I look my wife and I How's Monday night before I went to bed, and I said, You know, I sure hope we didn't kill anybody. Grandmother. I have a football practice the second time this summer, the team has had a
Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology
"Apple and Google this week you know they're covid nineteen contact tracing tool. Has Been, implemented in both IOS and android. Virginia is the first state to release an APP that uses those Api's Alabama has an APP in Beta. So we're seeing the fruits of that Labor come to America it's coming out in other countries in the world. Eventually, both companies are going to make that functionality exposed in the primary user experience. They're going to build it into the operating system, but right now eating at from your state that's important because your state has validate that you've got a positive test in the notify everybody else apple move don't have themselves testing abilities. So the first steps towards phone based contact racing are. Coming out in America in Virginia again, Beta Test
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Coaches Poll top 25: Clemson, Ohio State lead first college football rankings of 2020 season
"The status of the 2020 college football season has been in question since the Koven 19 pandemics Shut down Sports in mid March. There's they brought some normalcy to the college football world, though. As the preseason Coachespoll was released to the surprise of nobody in two teams of top tier quarterbacks found themselves at the top of the list. Clamps unranked, racked up 38. Excuse me first place votes and leads the way at number one Ohio State, which lost the Clemson The Fiesta Bowl semifinal last season, grab the number two spot with 17 1st place votes. Alabama followed a number three with four first place votes. Defending national champion Alice You chimed in a number five and was the only other team in the pole with a first place vote
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Conscience of the Country: A Tribute to John Lewis
"Congressman John Robert Louis was born in Troy Alabama on February twenty first nineteen, forty, two sharecroppers, Willie Mae, and Eddie Lewis. He is known for telling the story of preaching chickens at the boy from troy as he was nicknamed went on to become revered world leader and fearless advocate for voting rights organizing sit ins in. Nashville in nineteen sixty and becoming one of the original freedom writers Mr Lewis joined the Movement for civil rights and never looked back. As the chairman of snake he served as the youngest speaker at the march on Washington in nineteen, sixty three. In nineteen, sixty, five alongside reverend hosea, Williams Congressman Lewis led a march for voting rights across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama where he endured violent attacks by state troopers and vigilantes. Mr. Lewis fell to the ground with a fractured skull and five months later, president Lyndon B, Johnson signed the voting rights act of nineteen, sixty five until now. On the other side of that bridge Mr Lewis marched on into a life in career of activism and public service. He lost his first attempt at running for Congress in nineteen seventy seven was appointed the same year by President Jimmy Carter to the Director of action a Federal Agency for volunteerism. He then won a seat on the Atlantic City Council in nineteen eighty one and five years later ran for Congress in one. So much of the conversation about congressman, John. Lewis has been about his activism, but he stood on so many legislative accomplishments including sponsoring or co sponsoring more than eleven hundred bills. One of the most notable bills gave us the National Museum of African American History and culture in two thousand three. He served as a subcommittee chair for oversight for the prestigious ways and means. Committee, and after the retirement of Congressman John Conyers. became the dean of the Congressional. Black Caucus in twenty nineteen, he presided over the House floor as Congress passed hr four. Since his passing the bill was renamed the John Lewis Voting Rights Act which was adopted by unanimous consent. Before being admitted to the hospital, MR? Lewis stood in the heart of Black Lives Matter Plaza. He took his last breath on July seventeenth twenty twenty. But his legacy lives on in all of us. We begin this John Lewis. Tribu. where he also began with civil rights joining me for this very important conversation are Vanita Gupta President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on civil and Human Rights Derek Johnson, president and CEO of the of Lacey Pe-. Reverend, Michael Pfleger the senior pastor of the faith community of Saint. SAVINA. Reverend Dr William J Barbour, the second president of repairs of the breach and Co Chair of the poor people's campaign. An latasha Brown, Co founder and chief doer of black voters matter. A thank you all so much for making time to talk with me today about on. John Lewis. So I want to start with I'm. VANITA. Because of your work at the Department of Justice of course. I believe the year before you got to DOJ. The the case, the decision that gutted the voting rights act shelby versus holder, and so I wanna hear from you on some of the things that you experienced working with Mr Lewis on the other side of that because we know that right after that, all of the advocacy picked up to reinstate section five to get the voting rights on provision where they needed to be in Congress. And so just talk a little bit about some of your work with Mr Lewis on those issues. Shore. Is Truly an honor to be here with my. Warrior colleagues and friends and loved ones in the movement. Especially on today Angela. I think probably all of us were in tears watching Mr Lewis Funeral you know twenty thirteen is you mentioned that United States Supreme Court gutted the heart of the voting rights act in a devastating decision the shelby county versus holder decision. That really took away the longstanding tool of one of the most effective pieces of federal legislation in our nation's history in the voting rights act. That quired states with long histories of racial discrimination in voting to pre clear with the United States Justice Department changes made at the local level for election practices that had racially discriminatory impact. And the removal of that tool within hours of that decision coming down for the United. States. Court states like, North Carolina Texas enacted, Monster? Voter. Laws doing everything from. Putting forth restrictive voting laws cutting back early voting same day registration. And it took years to litigate and to hamlet the Justice Department did working with advocates and activists in all states. Where so years for federal courts in a place like North Carolina finally say that the State legislators North Carolina had enacted there. Monster Voter Suppression Law would such surgical precision to disenfranchise African Americans and meanwhile countless elections had taken place but Mr Lewis of legacy was that in the face of this overwhelmingly bad decision for voting rights he immediately. Went to action, which is always his way was never in a would not allow despair to hold him back inside we need to do everything we can restore it in went to work with legislative partners in the Congressional Black Caucus to put forth a bill immediately to restore it on every prior reauthorization of the voting. Rights. Act angelides always been done under. The Watch of Republican president and at least one house of Congress being Republican the unfortunate thing is after this decision, the really has not been bipartisan support and but Mr Lewis Year after year would stand at the podium introduced the law in say or in it for the long haul I've been there before I almost lost my life fighting for this law. In one, thousand, nine, sixty five, and we will persevere to us and we've got to keep our eye on the prize and we're not gonNA. Let go until the day that the bill becomes law. So in this moment. On where we're seeing a lot of performance morning by Senate Republicans who obstructed day after day everything that he has stood for and fought for with his life. It is time not only for us to restore the voting rights act passed the voting rights advancement act but to do everything else that we can to ensure open voting and go beyond it as President Obama said today won't be enough to rest and return to the status quo. It is time for this country to unregarded into make our democracy work for all of us in Gulf Far Beyon- restoration of the voting rights act in this moment.
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"In Revelation Chapter Twenty one since last year we've been journeying through. The Gospel of John and our entire intense throughout this journey has been simply to find the true nature and character of the Lord. Jesus and in doing so to find life. This is John's expressed purpose for writing all throughout his Gospel. We've spent twenty-one Messages Digging into his Gospel the way that he wanted us to and in doing so he wants us to find life. The theme Verse of His Gospel. Is that? He's written these things so that we may believe that. Jesus is the Christ the son of God and by believing we may have life in his name. You and I. We crave life. We crave abundant life here this morning. And so we don't play games here in our kids do sometimes our youth do but like when we get this time we don't play games. We set ourselves in the foundation. Of God's truth talk about life like it really is. We don't we don't want to hide anything we don't want to. We don't want to act as if is if there's a there's a reality waiting for us outside the four walls of this church campus. That is anything different than what it really is. Because that's what God calls us to do and worship He. He calls us to call us to coming gloss over everything and act. Like everything's okay. He calls us to come. Honestly to come expectantly to come with the realities of this world and the ways that it's broken us this past week and maybe it's overwhelming you for the week to come and just to find your identity as you worship the creator as you worship the king and that's what we do in here and as we come to this time where we gather around. God's word are longing to hear from him and find life and as the Final Gospel Account that was written in the New Testament John Catalogs. Many of these life giving things weren't found in the other gospels. You Remember Matthew Mark and Luke they wrote earlier on after Jesus Jesus was crucified rose again and ascended but then John Was. This old preacher. He was kind of this guy. That wouldn't go away and the Roman Empire finally exiled him to the island of Patmos and where he writes the book of revelation today but before he wrote the book of Revelation He wrote The gospel of John and then he wrote three different letters and that Gospel Account. It's almost like John. Read Matthew Mark and Luke and he said those are great and all of those stories are worth being told but if I could if I could just add this one thing that wasn't mentioned it's it's almost like that friend we all have these friends when you're telling the story right and you're kind of holding court in the group and you're telling the story of what happened but that friend was there when that event happened to and they're like now don't forget to tell them this right now. Don't you missed that detail? But that's not John's that kind of Antsy Kinda Guy. But that's his desire in writing he was like you need to know these things because these are life-giving truths about who Jesus is because we don't want a concocted form of Jesus. We don't want an artificial and superficial form of. Jesus we want the real Jesus and so looking at the gospel of John has helped us to find that the way John has arranged is in these three sets of sevens seven three sets of seven seven witnesses right individuals testifying to his character and his message as John. The Apostle John the Baptist Nicodemus the woman the Will Thomas and finally the Apostle Peter after he had denied Jesus three times. And if you've missed any of these messages you can go to Gaza baptist DOT COM. You can find audio and video these messages if you if you say you know what I missed that and let me catch up and you can do that at about dot com so there are seven witnesses first and then we went through the seven signs. That are that are specific. Events that testify to Jesus's nature and his power. Jesus turning the water into wine. Jesus healing the official son. Jesus Healing Disabled Man. Jesus feeding the multitude which is actually more like twenty thousand people because texture says it was five thousand men and so those men had families so it's probably between fifteen and twenty thousand people that he fed there that Jesus then walked on water. He healed the man born blind and then ultimately the the greatest sign was the raising of Lazarus from the dead but then and since the beginning of the year we have been going through the seven. I am sayings of Jesus. That is the words of Jesus identifying himself as the God of the Old Testament and testifying of his character and his power when God revealed himself to Moses and the Book of Exodus Moses. Said who shall I say has sent me to the people and God said Tell Them I am has since you and so when Jesus says I am the bread of life I am the light of the world. I am the door. I am the Good Shepherd. I am the resurrection and the life. I'm the way the truth and the life and I am the true vine he is saying yes. I am the God of the Old Testament but I want to speak to you with the greatest degree of clarity that I can so that you can understand me and ways that paint this picture in your mind my satisfaction of my sufficiency for your life but in addition to the Gospel account like we said John also wrote three smaller letters and the book of revelation and the New Testament. And while I haven't heard other preachers do this and to finish out their series on the gospel of John and these seven sayings. I don't think we can stop with. I am the vine in John Chapter Fifteen because John had more to say in the book of revelation and he chronicled more things that were said specifically another. I am saying so. We can't stop John Fifteen because John Road we need to. We need to continue on and finish this Sunday. In Revelation Chapter Twenty One. And in fact it's not just in revelation chapter twenty one found in three different places all throughout the book of revelation revelation. Chapter One Verse Eight Revelation Chapter Twenty. One that will see today and then revelation chapter twenty two verse thirteen. Jesus says I am the Alpha and the Omega. I'm the Alpha and the Omega now revelations one of the most intriguing books in the entire Bible one of much speculation and conjecture and this past Wednesday we actually did an overview of the book of revelation. You say it's not right to read the book of revelation defined timelines or predictions about when Jesus will return or who the Anti Christ is in fact if you want to know the reason that John wrote the book of revelation. The reason that he received it you can go back to revelation chapter one versus ten and eleven revelation. Chapter one versus ten and eleven. We find this old man. John Probably about ninety years old and he's writing while he is in exile on this island in Patmos but we find that John is following the pattern of the early church and that it is the Lord's Day Sunday and that he has worshiping the Lord in the spirits right remember. That's what John Chapter four recorded. That's what God's looking for people that worship him in spirit and truth so John in revelation chapter one verse ten. He has worshiping in the spirit. On the Lord's Day. And what actually happens as he is given a vision by the spirit of the day of the Lord so it's kind of a double meaning in Revelation Chapter One Verse Ten worshiping in the Spirit on the Lord's Day but he's given a revelation by the spirit of the Lords of the day of the Lord and that that that Tidal Day of the Lord finds its roots in the Old Testament. Prophets of this day were God would fully and finally bring justice he would fully and finally bring redemption. He would fully and finally bring the restoration of all things. But that wasn't given to us so that we could use it to concoct fabulous end times prophecies and systems of theology that that we can argue about for hours and hours and hours and in fact if that. I've told you I love questions but I really I have. I have no category to argue about the book of revelation. Because you know what I know. Jesus is coming back and I can't wait for that. That's just that's what I know about the booker relation. But but if you WANNA if you WANNA see a broad overview that you can look at our website and listen to the message from this past Wednesday night. What we saw is is that this revelation sean not revelations okay there's no S. on the end of the title and revelation. The book of revelation was given to encourage seven churches in Asia. Minor as they face various persecutions and temptations. You see Jesus wanted them to be faithful. Jesus wanted them to be faithful in the face of persecution in the face of temptations and he wanted to let them know because if you read the letters all of them have different things that that Jon Mentions to them. He has various things that that he challenges them. Honor admonishes them on. It shows us that that one day that will be. We'll be judged not only as individuals. Second Corinthians Chapter Chapter Five or ten tells us judges individuals but will also be judged a church family and specifically. This is why I don't take being pastor lightly if you see at the beginning of each one of those those letters to the churches as to the angel in the Church and whatever you know and that's not that's not it's actually not a really good translation because the word angel really just means the Messenger and so God is is writing through John to the pastors of the church is calling them to accounts saying things like. Hey you're lukewarm. You left your I love or Hey. I know that you've been doer. D- And I don't know about you but I want to be on faithful and that day when when when got holds me accountable for what we did as a church family because I really do believe that I was stand before God and I will give an account for myself. I'll give an account for how let my family. I'll give an account for how I lead this church family. I'll give an account for high use all the resources that God has blessed me with. I'll give an account for all these things and and so. I hope that you will read the book of revelation in the same spirit that John wrote it. So that you can be encouraged and admonish to faithfulness. Where you are right here right now. That's why the book of revelation was written. And so as you as a even as we look at it today and if you go back and read certain things as we talk about it in the community groups tonight. We want to recognize that. That's why it was written to give us hope to be faithful where we are in revelation. Chapter Twenty One and twenty to the last two chapters of the Bible. There's some incredible reasons to find hope and they're very life giving this morning and so we look at revelation chapter twenty one verse one the subtitle of the taxes the new heaven and the New Earth Revelation Chapter Twenty. One verse one. Let's let's get our context here. It says then I saw new heaven and a new Earth for the first heaven and the first Earth had passed away and the sea no more this is John. Ryding beholding this final restoration of all things and while there is much mystery in the book. These last few chapters here. What we understand is a description as best as John can put into words of. What's really going to happen? So there's not as much mystery here as there is in the rest of the book because John is describing this restoration of all things and he says he saw this new heaven and New Earth that means that Satan has fully has been fully and finally defeated in fact if you look at the very previous verse. Right above and revelation Chapter Twenty Verse Fifteen. We see that judgement. The judgement of unbelievers has taken place. It says and if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life he was thrown into the lake of fire but then this first heaven and earth have passed away. You say well why would it need to pass away? Well that's because if you're familiar with the storyline of the Bible you know that. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and at the end of Genesis Chapter One. God looks at his all of his creation. He says that it's very good. And then in chapter two it zooms in on how he created Adam and Eve to be unique above all creation and to be stewards of his creation and yet in genesis chapter one got creates genesis. Chapter Two got entrust mankind with the stewardship of being image bearers in creation. But then in chapter three Adam and Eve through their decision to define life. According to their own terms to disobey God's Commands Sin Enters the world and it breaks the very good creation that.
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"To choose to put the center by believing in the truth about his character character. That is the way to find a life in the midst of grief. We'll get John Eleven verse five now. Jesus loved Mary or Martha and her sister. Mr and Lazarus Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus this entire situation relation in John. Chapter Eleven is motivated by love. And so you need to choose now so that when the time comes to you that you will reassure or yourself that he loves you that he is good and that he has a purpose. Are you convinced of these things. Nurture your heart now that these things are true and and you will find yourself going there in your times of grief worship the Lord on the mountain so that it's your habit and you're disciplined when you walk into the valley. Choose now to remind yourself of his character. I'll never forget this I told you about. My previous pastor died when he was forty years old at a massive heart attack at a Church League softball game. Has I drove his daughters to the hospital that night. His five year old son sleeping at our house a walk into the room after park. The car let them off park the car and walked into the room. There and I hear Melissa who you get the funeral yesterday it is well with with my so hit. is well here. It is well with with my soul singing truth over her daughters daughters who had just heard the news that their father was gone. What will you do in the moments of grief? He choose now and she used to fix your eyes on his character but fixing your is in the UH on his character does not mean that. You don't need to be honest about your pain. Honesty honesty in the presence isn't of the word is the birthplace of hope. I think that's what this passage shows us when you read. Jesus encounters with Martha and Mary. Courage is us to fight through the numbness to be honest. Because it's only as we're honest and the presence of the word that we we find. Hope you say grief as journey for those who are outs on the outside looking in on courage. You when you're with people who are grieving you you need to choose to walk with them to cry with them and refuse to give in to the temptation to fix the situation. Because you can't don't ask them questions like are you okay so worst question you can ask somebody who's grieving. No they're not okay. We we don't need to try to make things okay. Just kinda smoothed over in gloss over the situation that's not God centered grief. We get that from John Chapter Eleven. And don't please for for the love of all this good tell them. It's time to move on police as you're telling don't ever say that I'll never tell them it's time to move on said you need to pray for wisdom and you need to get in the yoke of relationship with them and help them carry their burden when its bid a day or so. You haven't heard from them. You need to call them. And when they don't answer you to go to the house not to fill them with words and positively but maybe a sit by their side and put your hand on the shoulder pray. A young youth pastor was called to the hospital. The young boy been adopted from the Ukraine had some severe intestinal bacteria that was causing him amidst pain and he was as I walked in the room. He was fine and he said Oh. Hey Hey past Ryan. How're you doing? And I sat down by his side and then hit and this boy started screaming at the top of his lungs while his father stood there. And it just what. What's wrong are you okay? He's calling the nurses calling the doctors. We're going to the nurses station. Can you help him. Can you do something. No you gotta wait until the doctor gets here and all I could do with. Sit and pray away. I've never felt more helpless in my life and for an hour for he scraped screamed and he screamed and there's nothing Kakadu and I left there after he quit screaming and I'm sure he started right back up a few minutes after I left I left there thinking. God it's it's you you've got to work only you can do something to this situation. And His dad called me later on. He said thank you so much for being there. Your presence made all all the difference in the world. I'm thinking I don't know anything I mean really. I didn't do anything sometimes. Your presence is what matters the most so you go and you pray you ask God for wisdom about what to say but not just what decide when to say it and when not to say something but secondly and a little bit more briefly I want to tell you that there's another thing we see in this passage and that's this is that Jesus has authority over life and death. Jesus has authority over life and death can I can I encourage. You'd not no-trade these glorious truths for Cultural Fascination. There's a grim reaper. There's no myth mythological creature that's GonNa come and get you at the time of death. There's no crossing a river. There's a standing in line where repeater as defined your neighbor to book. And there's no mistaken timing as in that movie with Warren Beatty longtime ago. What was that having can wait or the Chris Rock version years later? I don't know what that one was but there's no purgatory. There's no limbo. Jesus has authority authority over life and death and that is the greatest truth that you need to believe. Jesus has authority and the raising of Lazarus from from the dead is a testimony of the power of God residing in his son unleashed through his spirit. God the father was in heaven knowing knowing that Lazarus was going to be raised. Jesus knew that Lazarus was going to be raised but when Jesus spoke Lazarus come forth it was the spirit of God working in the dead Ed bacteria ridden decaying flesh of Lazarus to bring him back to life. God the Father God the Son God the spirit at at work in Lazarus's death and resurrection at work in Jesus's death and resurrection. And guess what at work in your death and and resurrection as well. Jesus is the resurrection and the life. It's this this this thing that is happening that we're seeing in John Chapter eleven a foretaste of what's going to happen when they crucify Jesus in a few days. He mentioned Multiple Times Times that he was going to be raised from the dead that he would be raised from the dead bodily. And so Jesus is going to be raised from the dead and when he does as I said it's a bodily resurrection as a bodily resurrection. C I s chapter four verse. Sixteen tells us that we will be raised from the dead. The the dead in Christ will rise but Lazarus. He died again my friends. When we we we arrays as we will not die again but we will live forever more? In fact Jesus's resurrection is just a first fruit. Romans chapter six verse. Five says for if we have been united him with him in a breath my kids that means when you put your faith in Jesus they hit the forgiveness of your sin is put on Jesus on the Cross and that you've been united to him and his death that's what baptism represents that you've been united to him and his death but you don't stay under the water and baptism do you. You come up. Because you're going to be united with him in a resurrection and like his as well and the bodies that we receive they are eternal they are eternal. In fact I great the Chapter Fifteen verse verse. Forty two says that what is because then writing. But we'RE GONNA WE'RE GONNA get the the bodies were raised are a turtle I fifteen forty two says so it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is known is perishable that means the body that's put in the ground it's not gonNa look sane but what's raised is imperishable? It's turtle that soul that comes out of the human body will receive a new body and this is the hope that we live by by saying I am the resurrection of Jesus declaring that when we hope in him. We have the promise of Resurrection and life. This is the hope hope that we live in first. Peter Chapter one verse three says blessed be the garden father or Jesus Christ according to his great mercy he has caused us to be born again to a living hope hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. How do you know if you have this? Hope that one day you'll be raised from the dead.
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"That's the number of fulfillment that's the number of wholeness. That's that's the number of perfection. So how many shepherds the count there on the screen. One two three four five six. It's in that context weigh a heavily not just upon the mind of Jesus. But upon the mind of the Pharisees to him Jesus is speaking that he says the next words in verse of that and look at John Chapter Ten in verse eleven. He says I am the Good Shepherd I am. The Good Shepherd you pharisees. I know that you know six shepherds. I'm telling you that I am here. I am the ultimate the final. The chief shepherd the greatest latest shepherd the shepherd of all shepherds here to lead his people. I'm here I'm the fullness of all all that you know about being a shepherd and God being a shepherd to his people but chapter ten verse eleven is directly connected to the previous verse. I before Jesus says I am the Good Shepherd. We can't divorce that frahm burst in. He says the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy so I came that they may have life and have it abundantly I and the Good Shepherd I am the Good Shepherd so so Jesus is saying something about where to find a life. He's saying something about how he helps us final life and he's telling us something about him being the shepherd that is the good one the good good one I am the ultimate shepherd I on the Good Shepherd and so the Good Shepherd he tells us lays down his life for the sheep. That's twenty goes on to say in verse eleven. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Now another dynamic of shepherding saying that. We're not familiar with because we don't shepherd in here animals that is But we actually a shepherd actually would have to go out at at the end of the day and they have to count the sheep not so that they could go to sleep right. Because I've got the wrong mattress retailer or whatever like seaweed but they would go out and count the sheep because is when a sheep you. That's a female. She is pregnant when they start going into labor. Guess what they'll do they'll just pop down right right right were there. They will move now. In some cases the reason the shepherds have to be diligent in some cases even when the sheep are left to graze and wide open pastures. That are fenced-in then they can't wander too far. If there any hillsides then we all know that with animals. Gravity AIDS along the process of birth and so If a sheep on a hillside and went into labor she would pop down and if she bought down with her head pointed down towards where gravity would not allow. Allow that baby sheep lamb to come out. Then what you have is you would have not just one dead sheep but to dead sheep because Ah instinctually while they know the voice of their shepherd. That's really all they know. Besides they're prone to wander and so when the when the sheep would be around at the end of the day when the shepherds come around the sheep in modern times the shepherds would have to go and count all the pregnant us. Yes and if there was one missing the entire family of the shepherding family will go out and look for that you and they don't pick her up they don't throw it on the back of the truck and say we'd come give birth closer to the house and some cases and this this is why shepherding happening must be really dirty profession and some cases they will go and they'll just kinda take one of these little pop up tents right and wherever they are they will erect that ten and and they will kind of snuggle with the you to make sure that she keeps warm until she gives birth because until she gets she's not getting up and so this idea of being a shepherd is obviously going to entail some degree of diligence and then beyond that endurance and self-sacrifice when we think about the shepherds having to lay down the height of the sheep. We don't just need to think of David it facing a lion and a bear. We need to think about the Modern Day shepherd out there you know cuddling with his youth. Who's about to give birth right? Because that's his job. He loves the sheep. He tends to be sheep. He cares to the sheep he he he doesn't want another her situation where he finds Shrek. The sheep dead in a cave somewhere with sixty pounds of war on him right. He wants he wants the sheep to live. and Jesus says that's how you can tell a shepherd from thief or a robber or a hired hand is because they won't sacrifice sacrifice themselves for the sheep that the Good Shepherd he lays down his life for the sheep verse twelve even he says it explicitly a hired hand or not a shepherd who does not own the sheep's wool coming leaves them. Leaves the sheep up and flees in the wolf. Snatches them and scatters them he flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. And I think that's as close as you're going to get in these words. As Jesus. Throwing an indictment at the Pharisees based on what had happened in John Chapter Nine. Jesus looking at the various. You don't care about these people pull all you care about protecting your own authority. All you care about is protecting the structure of power that you exist in it keeps you respected and esteemed and in a place where people need you. That's how you can tell the truth shepherd from a thief robber or wolf breath. It's also how you can tell a preacher of the Gospel from somebody on TV. WHO's trying to fleece you because all they want you want you to do is send send me your money? y'All Kenneth Copeland's sent my grandma. My Dad's here this morning. It'd probably still sent him my grandmother stuff from and she passed away in one thousand. Nine Hundred Ninety nineteen ninety-five that didn't he didn't take his his ministry didn't care if she was dead. All we want that check and I would say probably ninety percent of the preachers that are on TV. That are in. You know you know. These set TV sets things like that. They're not they're not good shepherd's they're not get pastors and they're definitely not preaching preaching the Gospel and so do you want to find live sheep. Don't follow the voice of the shepherds don't even even though it's convenient. Don't follow the voice of those shepherds because the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The Good Shepherd leads the sheep to life even at the sacrifice of his own. And this is why Jesus has been sin in fact skipped down to seventeen. Jesus picks this back up. He says for this reason the father loves me because I take down on my la down amount life. That I may take it up again. No one takes it from me but I lay it down of my own accord you see. Jesus was not compelled by force by by the father to come and lay down his life. Jesus willingly came and took on flesh for you and for me to die in our place to be our substitute to provide the atoning sacrifice of blood that was required because the wages of your sin the wages of my sin is death and without the shedding of blood. There is no forgiveness of sin. And so what Jesus is saying in verse seventeen is that I came of my own free will to come and and lay my life down so that you church can find life. Nobody compelled me to do it. And in fact that's the reason that the father loves me. The way that he does is is because he sees this in me. In fact Philippians chapter two takes an even further. It says that that God loved the sacrifice of of his own son so much that one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Crisis Award to the glory of God the father because he emptied himself taking the form of a servant being made in the likeness of men he became a servant to us so that we could find life. Nobody else on this earth is doing that for you. The most significant relationships in your life are still tainted by sin but not this one because our good shepherd loves us with an undying love the opposite of love is not hate self-centeredness. Jesus's are a MA life down. No one takes it for me. I do it on my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I've received from my a father rum chapter five verse. Eight says that God showed his own love for you and this is that while you're yet center Christ dot for you. John John Chapter Three Verse Sixteen says the God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever would believe in him should not perish but have everlasting life. You see God gave us his son because God loves his own glory because God loves us. Do you realize that this morning I still remember and In two thousand and one still remember sitting across cross from one of my best friends who happen to work at Watson's Diamond Center there in Auburn Alabama and writing that big big check for Mendis Wendy's engagement ring. I wasn't too big okay. Just don't get any bad ideas but but still it was definitely a big check that I've ever written at that point right and and I remember I remember getting that ring and setting up the proposal you know and and which is another story story for another time. But here's what you need to know about that. I had a friend. I had a friend who actually said Jesus loving guy but he said he said listen. He said how much money you spend on on the engagement ring is a testimony to how much you love her and I really went into it with like thinking that right we can tell you. That's not that's not the root of love right. He had that wrong. It shows you that that even even even well intentioned people can have bad ideas. That's right but I really did like as I said across hit me but then I was thinking as I'm I'm planning a proposal and everything you know what the gift was an expression of the love but the love existed before the gift but it was just that ah in that sense. The value of the gift to me was an expression of the depth of my love. And that's true if you spend one hundred dollars or five thousand dollars or.
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"Are you giving Sakr officially now one of the things that I've been blessed the most by at this church is how goddess put some incredibly gifted people in our midst in the past asked. We've had some wonderful those folks standing before us to lead worship. But what you've seen this morning like I said is is the direction we're going for the foreseeable future because God has gifted people here. We're going to use those people to lead our time of of corporate worship and cultivate a team mentality. And if you have gifts we wanna find a pathway for you to be a part of that team as well in fact I would tell you that if you've been a part of the choir in the past and have and have maybe drifted away or or just stop coming out invite you back on Wednesday unites. Come to practice come mega joyful noise. Come come seeing if you gifts of music. I was so blessed by this but robson playing drums here ever ever since I've been here and does a phenomenal job at it. But he looked at Gerry and said. Hey Gary you've got these gifts. I'm a hog. This you know so. So hey you we'll we'll create a rotation that kind of that kind of loving self-service yet. Ownership is what makes a guy in my opinion. And so. That's what we WANNA be. That's where we want to go. And that's just a small example of that. But I I pray that what we can do is we can actually cultivate a team mentality as we call hall people into service and the the worship ministry is just one example of that but another one of the ways that I've been blown away by you as a church. Family is is that in the area of giving but absolutely blown away and this is one of those areas as a new pastor. Especially you're like Do I talk about money. How deep do I go into talking about money because money? Let's face it. Money is one of the. It's one of the touchiest issues and marriage right. It's one of the touchiest obvious issues and life and is definitely one of the touchiest issues and most church families has been far different. You've been a pattern breaker for me. You've just exploded. Loaded the category in my mind a very good way and so I wanna I wanNA encourage you about that. Because I'm still learning how things play out here here throughout our budget year. We're only halfway through our budget year this year. And you say well Ryan why in the world are you talking about money in the context of worshiping God and and that's because friends if God is not Lord of our money. Then he's not Lord at all Jesus himself. He pointed to money as being the thermometer of our dependence upon God and so in me addressing this even though it may be slightly uncomfortable to talk about money and ask you if you're giving I want to ask you that because I want you to recognize what Jesus recognize about the place that money has and our hearts and in our minds minds and in fact this is listen. This is just a family meeting. I'll share this okay so this this past week we put out a social media campaign about how we need buddies and donations for night to shine. And I've had this one guy. No idea who he is. It's a public ad. So this is people from all over within a fifty mile radius of Scott's borough but he had to delete so many comments on that single thread because he thinks that US asking for donations to make this ministry event happen is greedy and I mean just just absolutely lambasting. I'm like I'm I'm having to go and delete comments and I've tried to block him and all this is just part of part of doing you know part of having one of those social media campaigns but there Oughta people who think that that any kind of church our ministry asking for money you're talking money automatically means that we're trying to sell you oil. You know that's going to heal the sick and raise the dead. That's not what what this is. Just like Ryan trae during auto repair. This this is. This is the way that got us. Call district's fresh express our worshipful dependence. But it's also the way that God allows us to do things that are beyond ourselves and so let's talk a little bit about our financial situation once again. This is the first time we've ever talked about this on a Sunday morning. Typically we do this on the third Wednesday night of the month. Mister Larry Bailey has has been giving us a financial report. You've been seeing on the GOP. I by the numbers on the loop each week. So we're we want you to be informed about these things because you need to know what's your investing in as a church family and so we want to be transparent with you and for you to know exactly where the money is going and where we are and so let me just give you a few numbers because some of you may not know these things so we have an outstanding debt on this building. A two point four million dollars that may make you sick to your stomach as it did may the first I saw that I heard that but to two point four million dollars a small in the eyes of God just just to let you know that I believe that with all my heart otherwise I wouldn't be here and Jeff can attest to that because we had long conversations stations about that during.
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"Memory is such a such interesting thing especially when you ask kids about Christmas time and a few years ago. A church put out a video where they asked their children's ministry to recall the Christmas story and so let's take a moment gas key the of that video and and listen to kids telling this Christmas story with a little help from the kids from the adults reenacting angel can compete nearly doing laundry and then they just appear in ensure scared game real of like Mary Outlook Berry. You're GONNA HA Baby you're GonNa have a baby you will need GonNa baby teenager Leery then angel. Gabriel Joe Sale. That nearly is not lie. Sheet you I having a until they let up they went to Bethlehem. Hey Hey him Richard Joseph old old town. That ride adults Campbell Alya Kim. She said this would they try to go to a hotel. And they ask the keeper for place to stay then. Keeper said we have no roots literally no route so mary injustice walked away sadly but then he said the only place and he hand that you can get day staple and then who just pointed the way they followed when the shepherd thanks for so that Angel said and new baby gang who is killed you the the aim towards Oh man the shepherd said I think we should go. There needed seconds. I think said I agree with you in the other said yeah me too you had to walk through a bunch in grant bushy slated to camp out and then the why they've heard about and then a star appeared who roy hall. The star is claiming down to the barn show name we could follow it. The five minute winton he us against them gifts stuffing hippo. One diverge wheel Jordan in in idol. A Hollywood thrive in that barn too sticky too crowded and he probably the room was very smelly. Thank you for coming. He's adorable as friends. I love you take your baby. I've got to change the world. That's on you. That's on Youtube. You can go. I think it Southland Presbyterian Church and they also did kids explain Easter as well which is interesting interesting and I'm pretty sure we could react. Reenact that ourselves and maybe get get just as equal of humor out of it but So so Shane contracting you to be you get to coordinate that all right so luke. Chapter two is where we're going to be this morning chapter two and as you saw that video and I know maybe you've been already experiencing racing a little bit this season Christmas season of joy. We've Sung about it this morning and we are excited as the day approaches here where we will gather with families and we'll reflects get some new gifts but one thing about Christmas in Dixie. He is that you should always plan on getting short sleeve shirts to wear on Christmas Day. Because it's typically probably going to be in the seventies or eighties or so raining but but for others while some are on mountaintops joy others may struggle with painful memories that come to the surface or even present suffering. That's a reminder past mistakes but no matter what your perspective on this Christmas season is Chris was story is the same that Jesus has entered into our pain entered into our broken this to bring hope and peace and ultimate enjoy from heaven and this is one of the reasons that we go to God's word every time that we gather together because it shows us these fountains of joy that will satisfy a us as we believe the truth a few weeks ago. I was doing a devotional. Where Theologian Named Jab Hacker talked about there being four different sources Of Joy four sources of joy. One to know that your loved to to accept your situation as good three it to possess something worth possessing and four to give something worth giving those are four sources of joy. And I'll give you a moment. Jot Down because we're going to come back to that here at the end of the message today but joy is different than happiness. You've probably heard that before but the joy is this deep feeling of happiness and contentment. It's had somebody said that that happy. Happiness depends on happenings but joy depends on Jesus it's a deep abiding happiness and contentment. It's it's much more than just being happy about your present situation. Where things are? You're going your way. It's rather a depth of assurance based on spiritual realities joy a debt of assurance based on spiritual okay realities that brings competence and ignites a cheerful heart. Scripture tells US Psalm Chapter Sixteen Verse Eleven that in the presence of God there is fullness of joy and in Luke chapter to the joy of Heaven is put on Display Day and an invitation is given to some very unlikely recipients. And so what we want to do this morning is. We're going to dig into this Christmas story and look at some familiar familiar characters and probably learned some new things about them as they were invited to enter into the Christmas story themselves. And so just for for some context here. Luke is one of the Gospel Writers who by far gives the most detail about stories. He's that Matthew and mark may have already shared Matthew Mark and Luke or called the synoptic gospels that means they're looking from from a unified Lynn's and and then as we've been talking about John over ninety percent of the material and John is new and that's because John was written much later and so matthew mark and Luke wrote earlier and they wanted to get the message out mark being first and then Matthew and Luke and what they wanted to do. They wanted to get the message out to the people quickly but John John was a preacher and John Preached and preached and preached and he read Matthew Mark and Luke and he said you know. There's just things in here that have got to be recorded for history and so he writes his new account but in the gospel of Luke. Luke's approach is very methodical. It's very analytical luksa doctor by trade and my training and so he looks at things very unique perspective and so what Luke does is give all ads all of these details and he he gives really the most detailed L. to count of the events leading up to the Christmas story and in the Christmas story itself and so in chapter one very long chapter chapter one luke is described about how Jesus's birth has been foretold Zachariah and Elizabeth and Mary and and I say Zachariah Elizabeth because even in the telling calling about the birth of John the Baptist they're pointing to Jesus right and so these three had heard about it and Joseph's heard about it and and now before Jesus's this is birth was going to come about about nine months later we know that a census had been called earlier maybe even up to a year or two you before but because they didn't have twitter or instagram or any kind of websites or anything like that. It's a long time to get the word out about different things. And it took preparations being made so census had been called by this governor named Cornelius. And this is one of those things that Luke provides for us. That's that's historically GLI verifiable they know a census was called and that 'cause everybody to go to their hometown to be accounted for and to pay taxes. And so that got Mary. Joseph to Bethlehem where we find in the beginning of Luke chapter two that Jesus is born in a stable label most likely cave and so let's pick up in verses eight and nine and begin our tex this morning it says. In the same region there were shepherds outfield keeping watch over their flocks by nights and an angel appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shown around them and they were filled with great fear. Now this same region obviously is the region of Bethlehem the region Bethlehem but they were not in the city. They were out doing their job they were out in the fields with their flocks. And even though this was their vocation they were honestly people that society didn't really care that much about they were outcast and a number of different ways maybe because they smelled really badly because they were doing their job but even even more than that when you think about shepherds in Luke Chapter two. Don't think David sitting watching over his flock plucking harp you know and it being all serene gene the occupation of shepherding had had transformed later on through the years and now shepherds were were considered thieves. Use they were considered robbers. They would take their their sheep onto other people's land and they would. They would take whatever they needed to while they were there and they were kind of a rough bunch because they dealt with with animals more than they did people right you might be able to. You might know some people like that right. They'd much rather be around animals than they would around people right and because of that. There's a little social awkwardness S.. When they get around a big group or whatever that's the shepherds so they smell bad they didn't have a lot of social graces but then above and beyond that if you were a Jews? These people were ritually unclean because they dealt with with dying animals and they dealt with other things that come along With with dealing with these these very stinky sheep right they would. They would come in contact with blood from defending their their sheep from wolves and they were social outcasts because they report on educated and they were religious outcasts because they were ritually cleaning could not worship. They couldn't go to the temple and worship because of their vocation and so out of all the people the guy could have chosen the angel to appear to once again. If we're if we're being Diligent Bible students. Then we need to pause and say why. That's like one of the best questions you can ask. When you're when you're studying the Bible why in the world Out of all the people in the world at that time did godsend that angel to those shepherds. You might be on the side of well maybe it was just the first. The Angel came to kind of thank. God had some attention. -ality there because God doesn't waste anything and so why would God do it this way. Why would he send it to two shepherds why not a theologian? Somebody who had memorized the Old Testament who could immediately put into context this Messiah and how this Messiah had been born according to Old Testament prophecy and and pick out all of the details about the birth. We know those people were around in fact. That's that's one of the reasons that the magic chose to go another way was because they knew that Herod wanted to find out where the Messiah was being born. Because haired wanted to kill Jesus and we know how that all played itself out and so there were people at that time that Herod went to and they say. Where's the messiah going to be born? And those theologians came back and said Beth lamb so there were people who knew but angel didn't appear to them quite an angel appear to hear it himself or some some other king or as we would call them in our modern day and influenced her right who could use that influence to spread the word about the word quickly you know. The Christmas story is filled with all of these mind. Boggling contrast a holy God draws near to unworthy centers. Nobody's are the first people to hear really important news a trough and a stable holds the savior of the world. Pagan astrologers are led to worship the one true God and I'll just got this. I'm going to open the mind of Ryan and a little deeper for a moment and some of you want me to but but if you haven't Nativity scenes at home please make sure to include the Maj out like in another part of your house. Because they didn't get there the the night that Jesus was born. I got there a couple years later and because the word that I'm sorry I'm picky about this. The word that's used for Jesus eases describes the the the magic coming to him. Is the word for boy not baby and so he was older when the shepherds got there anyway. Herrod said kill all the babies that were two and under right so he was at least he was at least two at that time neither here nor there but also ah I love. I love this kind of conspiracy theory thing so you might be really interested this some of you should go look up. I said Pagan astrologers. Because that's most likely what they were but we use the word which comes from the which is the root of the word magic right and guess who the first one of the first madge is of the Old Testament was.
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"And in the same way Jesus walking in the fullness of the Holy Spirit kind of gets this notification from heaven saying Hey Lazarus is sick but this illness does not lead to death it is for the glory of God so that the son of God may be glorified through it. So we'll get verse five. This is now Jesus. Once again loved Mary. I Love Martha and her sister and Lazarus so that when he heard that Lazarus was ill he immediately rushed to aside. God No what is it says. So when he heard that Lazarus was ill he stayed two days longer in the place place where he was now. If you're if you're reading John's Gospel for the first time you stop for a moment you think he's he had you've said that wrong. It can't reread this over and over and over. But that's exactly what he says just like he was compelled and John Chapter four to meet the woman and Samaria just like he was compelled to go to the man the disabled beside the Pool Bethseda and chapter five. He is compelled not to go to them. He is compelled to wait another something. Good here church. If you'll just meditate eight with me on this for a few moments. Jesus loved Mary and Martha and Lazarus so much that he waited and for Lazarus. This was no mere wait. was He loved laser so much. Let's let him die. He loved Mary and Martha so much that he allowed allowed them to go through days mourning without him at their side. Just let this land on you for me ask you. This question in that I think is very revealing for us and twenty nine thousand nine almost twenty twenty church in America. When do you feel most loved by God when things are comfortable when they're going your way when everything's kind of mountain out in top experience? When do you feel most like goddess pleased with you? Is that when you when you don't have any of these periods of waiting in your life now if we're honest with ourselves that's when we feel absolutely distant from God we feel like he is not near at all. We don't feel we don't feel loved at all during the seasons and I wanNa tell tell you what you're going to experience from area martabit later on is that's a perfectly normal human emotion but what have we said about our feelings. Our feelings cannot lead our fe because your feelings cannot be trusted instead. You've got to preach to your feeling you gotta preach into your heart and into your mind. The the truth of God's word to experience a transformation that can make your waiting hopeful and purposeful and so Jesus this love them enough he cares for them enough to wait why John Piper says love. The world's got it all wrong. He said love is doing what you need to do. In order to reveal most fully and most durably all satisfying glory of God in. Jesus this let me let me say that again. Love is doing what you need to do. In order to reveal most fully and most durably the all oh satisfying glory of Jesus. You See. That's why Jesus waited. He loved them so much that he allowed them to. Experience death breath. He allowed them to experience suffering so that they could see something about him that they would not have seen otherwise you say that he loved them so much that he he he allowed them to endure because he knew that when his presence when he drew near after this period of time where he waited after he drew near that he that they would be able to experience a deeper understanding of who he is and his power and his character and his glory than they would have experienced if he had rushed to their side. Or as we've already tame with some of the others if he had just given the word Lazarus was was fine. See this is why this is the last time is because this is the the pinnacle we're at the top of the mountain here. You're seeing Jesus do things that exposed the character of God the UN away that absolutely blows the minds of most American Christians just to be quite honest. And you say we'll want Ryan you say that phrase American Christians. Why don't you say it this way? Because because over the past few weeks people have been busting into churches just like ones in the region that you saw on the video earlier and as the pastor has been taken away in handcuffs or just taking outside and beaten and as the officials closed the church down the people say okay. Well we'll just go worship outside. They don't look at it as Oh whoa is us. Persecution has come God must not be near they say God the fact that we're being persecuted as proof that you're here with us and so we don't need a building to worship we'll just go worship and some place in some cases I've seen it. They just go worship outside the prison. Were there pastor is would would you be that church member. I hope you'd be if if that was us. I hope you be that search. I'd love to hear your singing outside the outside the jail but but that's why I I say this is because we if we're honest we feel most loved by God when it's a season of comfort and it's it's not wrong not to look forward forward to those seasons of suffering discomfort at we don't if you if you look forward to that you're weird okay. That's just that's all there is to it but there can be hope nope that you can. You can plant the seed within your own heart now because you know suffering. We'll come one day and that when Jesus seems distant he's always distant he's only distant on purpose. See that's why he waited. But there's there's another reason why he waited two more days. Jesus knew that Lazarus was about to die and the Jews had a superstition. We've already talked about this right. Jesus wants to wants to just blow away all of these superstitions that we kind of bring into our religious activities so that we just believe the truth and so. There's a superstition that the Jews had the spirit of the person Hubbard of the body for three days and so he wanted it to be undeniable. What he knew that he was blatantly raising? Jesus from the dead. And that's why he waited. Tony Evans says this he says this passage demonstrates an important theological truth regarding prayer. You see in our times of struggle. We want God to respond immediately and when he does it we're tempted to assume he doesn't care but the reality is is that we don't understand his timing or his purposes because his ways these are not our ways. There's a method to his apparent contradictions. He responds as he does because he loves us. And because he's seeking his glory and a a Christian trust him and his delays. That's the way that some of you need to plant in your heart today. Trust him in his delays. Trust him when things. Don't go your way. Trust him when you get that phone call that you weren't expecting trust him because when he's distant or at least he feels like he's distant we know that he's got a purpose and then he's GonNa draw near and so. Jesus sets off. Go to go to Mary. Martha and Lazarus but his disciples. Don't understand this look at verse eight. There's there's a couple of different responses to this. Some of them are worried about safety. John Chapter ever say the disciple said to him. Rabbi the Jews are now seeking disown you and you are going there again. Jesus answered or they're not twelve hours in the day. If anyone walks in the day it's not stumble because he sees the light of the world but if anyone walks in the ninety symbols because the light is not in him. That seems like the most unhelpful. Answer ever doesn't it. I'm imagining whatever. Disciples said that kind of looked at the look at his friend beside him. It was like did did I. I just hear what I thought. What does that even mean right? What means something he's saying there's twelve hours of daylight in today and if you WanNa do something you gotta do it while you can do it? Because I didn't have electricity back then and so while we've got time we've got to do it. And he's saying now is the the time for me to respond to my father and go to Lazarus's side even though it could put me in danger and an ultimately would then look at verse eleven. He says after saying these things he said our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep but I will go awaken him. There were some. They just didn't get it right. Verse twelve the disciples disciple set him or if he's fallen asleep he will recover right like he'll wake up. He's okay now. Jesus has spoken of his death but they thought he meant taking taking rest and sleep. You don't have to go to wake him up. Jesus he's okay and then and then Jesus just has to get real blunt with him in verse. Fourteen Lazarus's died guys is Just imagine kind of looking like in case you didn't understand what I'm saying Elisas has died and for your sake here this for your sake. I'm glad I was not there. Why so that you may want believe but let us go to him? And then the verse. Sixteen we're Thomas shows that boldness. He said well if he's GonNa die. Let's go within also die number seventeen says when Jesus came he found that Lazarus at argument on the tomb for how many days for day. We've seen Jesus wait but now you're gonNA say something else. Incredible you're going to see Jesus weep Jesus goes from waiting to weeping now just so that we get this. Is there any doubt that Jesus knows what's going to happen. Jesus knows what he's going to do right. He's already said it multiple times. He said it. I'm going to raise him from. I'm the dead therefore ends land on us very very very immensely of the fact that Jesus weeps with Mary and Martha because if he was like the rest of us he would have gone on and say. Hey I got this. Don't worry quit crying get up. Wash your face whatever whatever you need to do. Come with me to the Tim. Jesus doesn't do that. Does he tells us something. Jesus deals with Mary and Martha individually. Now we know. Mary and Martha Martha is the doer. Right and we loved the dissecting the personality types here. I Martha is the doer. She's the number one on the grand scale right and look at verse. Seventeen Nazar dead for while the Jews thought the sole hovered over the body for three days and so then in verse Eighteen Bethany near Jerusalem about two miles off that many Jews had come to Martha to console them so when Martha heard that Jesus was coming. She couldn't wait could she. She was like. Oh He's where okay. Okay I'm going to him and so she went but Mary remained seated typical Martha said to Jesus Lord. If you had been here my brother would not have doc mark that mark that but even now I know that whatever you ask from God God will give you and Jesus said to her. Your brother will rise again Martha I said to him. I know that he will rise again in the resurrection the last day. Jesus said I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me though he died yet shall he live and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never never die? That's the part that we'll get into and we get through the seven. I am sayings and he says. Do you believe this verse. Twenty seven she says to him. Yes Lord I believe that you are the Christ the son of God who's coming coming into the world so so Martha's had her encounter with the savior. He's here he's here the Jesus rebuked her for her honesty.
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"Seeing prey proclaim rejoice in the one who prepares table before you even in the presence of your enemies. You have no reason to fear because Jesus Award. He's the only thing that can can really cause you to fear and lack lack assurance when you send separate you from fellowship with God. That's the only thing that can separate you from Fella Shipping with your father sin and so if you're plagued with with with fears this morning maybe you need to get in the presence of God but maybe the reason played with fears is because you've allowed the habit of sin to creep into your life and let those doubts. Go unchecked remembered outs. Not Not wrong if you take it into the presence of Yawn and so I don't know what's going on in each one of your individualized today but I do know this. I know who's Lord and I know that you can have peace in whatever season. You're an whatever moment you're in. Whatever whatever season uncertainty you're in because Jesus is Lord Award of those moments and those seasons where you are right here right now? December I twenty. Nineteen and Scots were Alabama. Jesus is Lord he is Lord and you need to unite with the truth today that nothing can separate you from him Except except the send that you willfully walk in so today if you're a believer and you're willfully walking in habitual obituary saying you need to repent of that sin. If you if you recognize today as we've been talking you say you know what that description that Ryan gave of Cultural Christianity Shirley. May I want to know more more about what it what it means to walk in the fullness of the Holy Spirit on a on a moment by moment basis. Then let's talk about that. There's there's uh-huh quick easy answers because life isn't quick and easy right but still as we talk about the truth as we meditate on the truth together Goggle show you the way because Jesus is the way and so today if you have these findings within and fears without like the him says guess what God's inviting you to come and today if you don't know Jesus as your savior he's not your treasure if you know if you know today that if you if you drew your last breath here on this earth that you would slip into a crisis eternity because you've never put your face solely in him then. Don't leave for a moment. Don't leave a moment open between now and the time. Were you respond to Jesus you can do so by coming down in the front. I love to take a Bible and share with you about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ but one way or another think about what were you are during this time of invitation. It's not a time to just get up and sing the song and really hope that it'll get over quickly and you can just get listen. I've been there. I've tried my way through invitation nations for years and there's no peace that can compare that piece on that day and July nineteen ninety-seven where I believed I believed and experience the face of God for the first time if you're here today and that's you. That's God's design that's God's will for you feel the war draw near and say I am. I'm here I'm here. I love you no matter how old or young you are today. Now's the time become is pretty good..
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"Merry Christmas and therefore you know I'm GonNa get all upset. Listen folks outrageous not a strategy for the Gospel forth. It's really not what is First Corinthians. Sell US best strategy in the world is to have the love of Jesus and you walk into into this Christmas season. This is his celebrate the way that he's GonNa take captive every moment of this advent event Christmas season and it's not about jingle bells and wreaths and happy holidays and Christmas Christmas sweaters.
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"And so typically we would do some kind of special advent sermon series But since we are already going through the gospel of John it just makes sense for us to continue you and our exploration of his Gospel and look at knowing Jesus because John's purpose and all of this is stated in John Chapter after twenty verse. Thirty one that we would we would read these things that have been written so that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ the son of God and that by believing we may have life life in his name. We've been looking at these seven signs from the gospel of John. These seven miracles. Some of them are are. I mean. They're all miraculous. Some of them are are miracles in the true sense of the word but all of them are signs. You've heard that and Isaiah chapter eleven. Jesus would come as the signal right as is the sign as the as the one who had display these signs for people to see that he is Emmanuel God with us. And that's exciting for us if we really grasp the truth of it. There's no age. There's no Christmas that should go by. The Christmas will be different. Holiday seasons will be different. But but but Jesus if we grasp the truth about him than every Christmas will be an exciting time. Every Christmas will be a season of joy. Even in the face Sir deepest sorrow I remember it was December of one thousand nine hundred eighty nine and I remember the big tornado. Just come through Huntsville. Huntsville that in November and and it was. It was just a a tom where we were very bad at several friends. That were in the the school over there and Jones Valley Elementary School. That was destroyed. I had friends in that building that survived and so that but that season my grandfather was going Downhill Hill and the late December after Christmas. We buried him because he passed away from cancer. And so Christmas that year looked extremely different for me as a nine year old which you can imagine as a nine year old there's heights of joy and then and then depths of sorrow just all around that season but but even in the face of that roller coaster of emotion even in the face of those different seasons of life that we experience these truths about. Jesus speak to us right where we are. And that's why we want to continue in our series this morning because what what Jesus has showed us is that when he turns the water into wine shows us that the life that he gives as one of enduring and everlasting joy and made available by faith in him. When Jesus heals the official your son he shows us? That life is found by believing in the words of God when Jesus healed a disabled man in Jerusalem. He showed us that life. Life is not found in superstition or in believing some kind of magic. Life is believing in the person and work of Jesus Christ and when Jesus Fed the multitude sued last week. He showed us that life comes in the face of our broken. This and the things that we call impossible because Jesus works through simple faith faith in struggling people the things that we would call impossible. Jesus just sees as business as usual. Because that's the kind of business that he's in. Is that chimerical working faith strengthening business. And so today. Jesus wants us to believe in him and to find the kind of life in hand Dan that delivers us from earthly fear. Now we get our technical term for the word fear from the Greek word phobia right and if you've ever done a study Different phobias that exist. There are all kinds of phobias. In fact if you are somebody who suffers from tribeca phobia then you would be not going on. The joy club outing to Gadston when they go on Friday the thirteenth. Because that's what tribeca phobia is. It is the fear of the number thirteen Jennifer Aniston share and Whoopi Goldberg her. All Avia. Which means that they are afraid of flying Barbra streisand? Dan Is XENEPHOBIC. That's a word that's thrown around a lot. But she admits this she's uncomfortable around strangers. We all know that Michael Jackson was plagued by phobias. He was haunted haunted by the fear of contaminations infections and diseases. Which is why they black mask right? He was missing phobic. But the celebrity with the most phobias is somebody. They named Woody Allen many of you may have heard of him. He's afraid of and I quote insects. Sunshine dogs deer bright colors. Children Heights Heights. Small rooms crowds and cancer. And so yeah. There's his famous people of the past are no different. Did you know that George Washington was scared of scared to death of being buried alive. Legitimate fear Richard Nixon was terrified of hospitals and Napoleon Bonaparte the military and political genius feared two cats interesting so many times people wrapped up in their devices until all hours of the morning because of something we call foam. Oh fear of who knows it. Anybody missing out. Yeah fear of missing out and that the heightened levels of anxiety because they're afraid somebody is going to do something or post something about them and they're just this anxiety or they're going to be not going to be able to be involved in something the thing that everybody else is involved in Mexico says this he says fear turns us into control freaks for fear at center is a perceived loss of control when lie spins wildly we grab for a component of life. We can manage our diets the tidiness of our home the armrest rest of plane or in many cases the people around us the more insecure we feel the meaner we become we growl and we bear our fangs. Why why because we're bad in part but also because we feel cornered you see fear releases tyrant within us all? Maybe saw all that this past week at your family gathering you say Jesus wants us to live fearlessly. Which is the point of this sign nine and so let us look at John Chapter six John Chapter six and let's actually begin with verse fifteen to get the context Jesus is just fed the five thousand and Jesus perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king? Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself and see the crowds wanted to use Jesus as a potential conqueror of their Roman oppressors. But Jesus would not have. This is not a right response to the glory that he had displayed in the feeding of the multitude. John simply tells us that Jesus withdrew to the mountain by himself but Matthew and Mortell US and other detail that Jesus went on the mountain mountain specifically to pray you see that Matthew Fourteen twenty three and mark six forty six well. This is not directly linked to the sign for today. It would still be good for us to see something important about life. According to Jesus in this passage last week I ended by asking you about your prayer life which may be a tough tough spot for for all of us. and Jesus shows us by escaping to the mountain to pray the true nature of life with God at the center. Jesus Standard of life and ministry was to live moment by moment in prayer and then unite with his father in different seasons of prayer. You say well we'll we'll show me that okay. Well Jesus lived moment by moment in prayer we see this in John Chapter five verse Seventeen. I'm GonNa just read it to you. Says Jesus answered them. My father is working until now. Oh and I am working basically saying wherever I see my father working I work. Jesus knew where God was moving. He was in tune with the spirit. Why because he was in in fellowship with a spirit he was abiding in the spirit of his father? He was he was. He was communing with the father in such a way that he saw. Aw the father moving through the spirit and the lives of different people. That's why in John Chapter Four. He had to go through Samaria remember that he was he in other in in other times. Luke Chapter Force being one of them he is driven by the spirit into the Wilderness. Then he has to go through Samaria and then he. He has to go to Jerusalem on by this pool. This hailing pool where he finds this one disabled man among the multitudes why because Jesus knew his father was was moving and working because his father so loved the world that he sent Jesus so that that love might be expressed not just in abstract back truth but in hands and feet and physical touch and spoken word. You see this is. This is God's love for the world and Jesus came him fully devoted to this mission and model for us. I only in chapter five seventeen. which says pray without ceasing? Pray continuously but he also had these extended sessions of prayer if you will these retreats of Prayer Forty Five Times throughout the Gospel and some of these are synonymous but but that we can count over thirty three different occasions where we find Jesus seeking time alone to pray John Chapter eight verse Thirty Eight. He says I speak of what I've seen with my father. I think that during these seasons where Jesus would would go by himself and would pray God would reveal just like like he does cross the next step the next things that Jesus was supposed to do the next people the next place that he was supposed to go Jesus lived live in full dependence upon the Father John Chapter twelve versus forty nine fifty say. Jesus says this. I've not spoken to monmouth authority. But the father who sent sent me himself has given me a commandment what to say and what to speak and that his commandment is eternal life what I say therefore I I say as the father has told me where did you hear it. He heard it as he was abiding in the presence of his father just like he calls us to abide in him. You see Jesus didn't come to live a life that was beyond us in fact he's GonNa tell us as we get into these lengthy discourses in the latter parts of John that he's actually calm so that we can experience life more abundantly life to the full. What does that mean? It's the life that Jesus himself as living. Don't make it into some kind of Health Wealth Prosperity Gospel where you never have any low times. He's saying no. I want you to experience life life with me life with my father life filled with my spirit and this for US blows out of the water. Any kind of understanding of a cultural Christianity where we just you know attend services on a weekend. God doesn't want to just rule your weekends. He wants to rule the ten thousand Monday moments of your life and he has given you a pathway into his presence through the gift of prayer and so followed Jesus truly they follow. Jesus as we've talked about today and be a person of prayer prayer listening says a lot about you randy sprinkle who's is a one of my southern Baptists heroes. He said prayers an unspoken confession of our utter dependence upon God but prayer looseness is an unbroken unbroken testimony of our dependence upon the flesh. Why was Jesus so often in prayer is because he was utterly dependent attendant upon his father? Why should we be people of prayer? Not because we want to use God's divine vending machine. We've already seen that doesn't work right right. That doesn't work. There's no magical formula. There's no there's no listen. There's no right way to pray. Except in Jesus name there's no right Eh. Rate Way to pray except praying. God's words back to him there's no there's no wrong way to express what's in your heart to your father in fact I would be willing to to tell you today this morning that if you're afraid you're bad at prayer just try it. Just just go for it and if you mess up I promise you. There's not going to be a lightning bolt from the sky. But Let let God's Word Guide you and then just pour out out your heart because he is your father if you know Jesus as your savior. Jesus shows us that life life with him is meant to be a life fellowship in communion moment by moment where Jesus rules over the ten thousand mundane moments of our life and our homes our families our workplaces and in each and every season..
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"Its what people call this sacred feel language and you see it in that at previous verse of the whatsoever and different things like that that these house and for younger readers it presents an incredible challenge to just comprehend which is why we advocate for modern translations but modern translations also have new were or newly found manuscript evidence which would tell them that some of the oldest copies of the book of John Don't include verse four so the oldest manuscripts that we have when we look at John Chapter five a- and of course they're not labeled John After but as we read through what John wrote we see verse four is not there instead. Typically in some kind of margin are footnote which shows us us a copy ust who was faithfully riding down this tech said you know what if I look at verse seven. It doesn't make sense by itself because we have our seven. He says the sick man answer Jesus or I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is start up and while I'm going under whoa ongoing another steps down before me without verse four. You're like well. Why does that matter? What does it matter if you get into the pool? I do need to take a bath. I mean what's what's going on here. So what happened. Was a copy of put verse four in there to provide context and that context that that verse four was accurate but it was not in the original text that somehow worked its way from the margin or footnote into the text of scripture and so so modern Bible translators. Say Well you know what we don't WanNa take that away. We want people to understand the context but we want the person who is interpreting and studying the Bible for themselves to discover that rather than US putting that were those words into the text. Because that's a very sacred thing we don't want we don't want to mess with the text and so so that's why there are. There is no verse four in your modern translations it's not that the KGB is wrong and the modern translations are right and it's not that the modern translations are wrong and the cage the KGB is right. It's it's not that you can only have either if you like the King James version. I appreciate shed that because that's probably what you grew up with and when you read it has a certain rhythm and tone to it and you love that but for us as we impart mark these words down to younger generations. The modern translations faithfully translated are helpful to communicate the truth which is utmost importance. Britain's for us and so if you use the King James I love it if the ESPN or Christian Sander Bama one of those other modern translations those are all great and if you have questions about Bible translation. I'd love to talk with you more but I want to let you know now that the reason verse four is not there is not because there's not some Christian luminosity out there that is trying to change the text. Ask because as you see from verse for verse. Four says it doesn't change the texts at all. It actually explains it and so you get the picture now. The UH there was a belief or a superstition. If you will that certain times of the year an angel would would come down to heaven from heaven and would stir in the pool and that the first disabled person that got into the pool would be healed and so there are a multitude of people who were disabled God. I'm paralyzed. who were there and they were hoping to find healing and this one man verse five says was there who had been an invalid for thirty eight years? We don't know the extent of his illness. We don't know if it was on one part of his body but it's obvious that his his mobilized him because he cannot move move quickly into the pool when he sees the water being stirred and so Jesus knew that he'd been there for a long time just as Jesus knew the back story of the woman at the well right just as Jesus knew the condition of this young boy. He needed to be healed into John Chapter four that we looked at last week. Jesus knows exactly exactly what's going on. and Jesus works his way through the multitudes of people who are disabled there to this one man why because Jesus was on a mission he he wanted to display way his glory in the life and the healing of this man and so he makes his way down and he he confronts this man's belief in one sense because of what he says when Jesus Online there knew he had he had already been there a long time. He said you want to be healed. The sick man answered him Sir. I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is stirred and while I'm going another step down before me so Jesus knows that this man wants to be healed but when he asked the man. Do you want to be healed. The man doesn't say yes and then interesting. The yes is kind of implied but instead this man betrays what he actually believes leaves about where his healing will come from which is exactly what Jesus wanted in the first place because this man is believing a superstition rather than believing in the God who can heal and Jesus loves this man. He has compassion on this man. He was driven by the Holy Spirit of meet this man and he wants this man to find and healing and so this man says. Do you want to be healed. Jesus who says you want to be healed. The man explains where he thinks his healing will come from. And there's a little side note. Here that I thought John Piper excellently excellently exposed. When he said this he says not only does Jesus know how you feel perfectly but he is easily moved by the misery that you're feeling but you need to know that his therapies or his remedies are not always the ones that you're seeing today you need to recognize recognize that where you sit? Jesus knows you perfectly and the burden that you're burying. Jesus is moved by them himself. But you need to know that when Jesus enters into your situation the remedy that you may be looking for may not be the remedy that he prescribes last week. The man thought that Jesus needed to physically be present and Jesus spoke at work and then told the man to go right this week. The man says I gotta get in the pool. Jesus says get up. Take your bed you see. Jesus doesn't operate according to the way that we think he should and that's very important when it comes to biblical Christianity. God often I in surprises his people with the way he responds. I heard a story about a man one time and and he was. He was brokenhearted because his daughter that they had raised in church which meant that they may be went five or six times a year. His daughter that was raised in church. Now she was choosing to go against her parents wishes and date different different people that that they would not approve of and to choose things that they would not approve of and she was still in in their home. And so this. This command came to the pastor and he said I really. I don't know what to do. And the pastor gave him council and basically said to him you need to recognize is that God is answering your prayer about your daughter. But he's doing it by transforming you you came to me because you were worried about your daughter. But I'm telling you that God wants to begin with you. God's remedy is not immediately work on your daughter daughter. God's remedy is to work in you and transform you and so he said well what do I need to do and he the Passover you need you need to get in God's word until God's word gets in when you need to. You need to respond to the responsibility. That God's giving you as a father you need to you need to be praying with your children. You'd be loving sacrificial your children which made major need to spend less time. I'm at work and you need to go home and you need to read books with your kids. You need to read Bob with him. My kids a teenager. They don't care about that. You'd be surprised you know. put down the devices Ought sit around the table. EAT A meal together. Engage them in conversation. Just the little things that God calls us to be. Faithful with and after a year of the man embracing is responsibility and recognizing that God's remedy was not to transform his daughter but was the first transform him. He saw exactly the answer to his prayer that his daughter came back to the Lord. And so you need to recognize that biblical Christianity is not mandate that whenever you ask for something that he gives it to you biblical Christianity calls you to abide lied in the presence of God and to be transformed as you encounter his character and as you encounter his character and you are transformed then that transformation begins the overflow from your life into the lives of the people around you and so this is the remedy that God would prescribe for. Many of us is that we would not come. I'm to him with presuppositions about how he should act. which is exactly what this man betrayed? Jesus asked him. Do you want to heal. Jesus wanted to deliver this man into healing from his superstition so he tells him get up and walk get up take your bed and walk and look at verse nine and what it says and at once the man was healed and he took up his bed and walk now. Jesus didn't stop there though. Jesus just didn't stop just by saying get up. He say get up. Take your bed and walk because not only did Jesus want to heal this man from superstition. Jesus wanted to heal this man from dead religion. Jesus wanted to heal this man from dead religion. Well well how do you know that Ryan well. We'll get the next verse. It's actually part of the same burst but in my translation at least it starts a new paragraph versus. Hasn't it wants. The man was healed and he took took up his bed and walk. Now that day was the what Sabbath that day was the sabbath. Jesus not only wanted to deliver this man from superstition. He I wanted to deliver this man from dead religion. He wanted to deliver this man from dead religion. You See Lavar Sin. The Jews said the man who had been healed. It is a sad it is not lawful for you to take up your bed now. I don't know if the Jews Jewish teachers and leaders who were telling telling the man this recognize him but what's interesting here is the man's response. He answered verse eleven. The man who healed told me that man said to me your bed and walk now at this point you would think. Oh wow you were healed. Tell us about that healing. Tell us what you were delivered from and tell us tell us who did it which they actually do ask but instead they don't do that they camp out on the fact that hey you broken broken our sabbath laws you see. Jesus told this man to take his bed and walk. Because Jesus wanted to confront the dead religion of of Judaism at that time. There were basically when you think about when we talk about superstition. What do you think of.
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"We're here to John Chapter Four. I feel like I've had like a little mini vacation because it's been two weeks since I've I've stood in the pulpit and by the way our our children's church is going at this time. Thank you curious. She was messaging me telepathically and going with the money's out the back center there and and we're going to dive into God's word together but I it has been a few weeks since I have. I have gone and an open up. God's Word on Sunday mornings we always do it Wednesday nights in fact if you have missed the last several Wednesday nights we're almost done with the Old Testament. Yes I've been here that long and we we actually have been doing thirty thousand foot flyover of the books and we'll finish with the wisdom literature this coming Wednesday Wednesday but if you missed any as you can get by Baptist Dot Com and listening to those messages or download the handouts that. We've been giving out but this this. This Wednesday will be very rich in an understanding of how God wants us to live life and so I hope you'll come on Wednesday night at at six fifteen as we dive into that but I'm excited to be back in the gospel of John where we're continuing our series through the book of John where he has given us three sets of seven seven signs seven sayings and seven witnesses. We've already done the seven witnesses. We'll do the seven sayings next but for now. We are in the the seven signs. The first time Jesus performed was that a wedding in Qena where he turned the water into wine wine was a symbol of gladness and joy and and that miracle that sign pointed us to the fact that Jesus is the one who gives a satisfying and enduring joy throughout every season of our alive that satisfies and Ajoy that endures. And now this morning John is GonNa put forward another sign but let's remember why he's giving us these signs. He gives us the purpose clause of his entire book or the purpose statement of his entire book. John Chapter Twenty versus thirty and thirty one. Jesus Jesus many other signs in the presence of the disciples which are not written in this book meaning that there's a lot more signs John. Put these signs together very purposefully. And here's the purpose. These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the son of God and by believing you may have life in his name so just just to just to help you understand. John's ultimate goal here. John has written this account and specifically these signs that we're looking at. He's given them to us. So that we you will believe that Jesus is the Christ the son of God and that by believing number two we will find a life in his name so the life that existed has to be found in Christ is found in Christ alone and the only way that you can find that live in crisis believing what the Gospel say about about who he really is. There's no such thing as a god of your own understanding how the God of your own imagination it is. It is Christ alone. That redeems us us and breaks the chains of sin. You've heard that you've heard that from Andy Pilgrim two weeks ago and you had man after man after man stand up here and get testimony any that Christ alone breaks the power of sin in our lives and then and then last week and the global impact celebration. We celebrated the fact that we've been called to take make a living and powerful Gospel message that brings transformation salvation to every nation of the world and got his doing that and he's it's called us to join him in doing that. And so this is. This is really just a continuation. If you will of what we've been looking at the last couple of weeks. You know when we have Sundays where we do things different. It's not like Ryan just one of that Sunday off. It's it's listen. You need to hear it from somebody else that everything that we're reading and God's word it all fits together. You're in this beautifully providential puzzle that we get to really gather around as a family as our father speaks every Sunday morning. And I'm not the father other. There's only one father I just get to be his mouthpiece. And I'm grateful for that but we want to continue this morning and look at the second sign. The first sign pointed the fact that Jesus is satisfying and the second sign. Jesus is going to perform is going to show us the essential nature of faith the essential essential nature of faith. And so. WE'RE GONNA ask questions like what is faith what is real faith what is false faith what is authentic biblical faith and what is the object of Biblical faith and so. Let's pick back up and remind ourselves of the context of this passage. And what you may not. There's no there's no dates beside the verses but between John Chapter One in John Chapter Four Jesus has been in ministry for around eighteen months at this time. You don't really get the feel for that time online because John's Gospel is not put together sequentially but he is. There are a few events that happened back to back to back. And we've experienced some of those. Because in John Chapter One. and Jesus called his first disciples and then he was proclaimed by John the Baptist as the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world and then in John Chapter two he performed the first miracle at Qena after which Jesus goes to Jerusalem for Passover this is his first Passover that he celebrated and when he goes he is he is. He is Intensely I was GONNA say enraged but rage indicate sin. Jesus didn't get enraged but he he was filled with righteous zeal. Oh you definitely a good description of it. And he went into the temple and he flipped over tables right just to show you. Jesus is the perfect example of biblical manhood manhood which is not soft and passive right. Jesus goes in and he has zeal for the fact that these people are taken the temple doc and turned it into something that God never intended for it to be and so he flips over tables and he grabs a whip and he he's driving these money changers and it's just this really awesome picture of the biblical Jesus and that gets some people stirred up in Jerusalem and so in John Chapter Three Nicodemus following that dust up comes and says says hey we want to bring you in the folded Judaism here we recognize. You know you've done some things and we really want you to believe I mean we really want you to go into to be kind of with us not against us. and Jesus engages him in article discussion. That shows that Nicodemus has no idea why the Messiah has really come this man who had all of this biblical knowledge. This extremely religious figure. Jesus says you can't can't even figure this out you must be born again. He says and all of this illustrates John Chapter One versus eleven through Thirteen John Chapter after three John Chapter four illustrate this verse which says this he came to his own. The Jews and his own people didn't receive him but all who did receive him. WHO believed they didn't name? He gave the right to become children of God who were born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor the will of man but of God you see John is going to he. He hinted at something in John Chapter one that Jesus says again in John Chapter Three is that nickname ass- I didn't come just for the Jewish nation nation because God so loved the world that he sent his son that whoever would believe in him whoever would believe in him would not perished have eternal life. God Love The world and so John Chapter Four's an illustration of John Three sixteen because what we see in John Chapter Four. We see this social outcast. Just a woman from a social standpoint completely on the other side of the spectrum from Nicodemus this woman that nobody wants to be around this. This woman that's powerless and the situation that she's in she's been. She's been castigated by all of her peers and she's just religiously she's in a Colt and she has no claim. It seems upon any hope from God and Jesus engages her in conversation and she's born again and she receives him and she finds life in Him and she goes and that life is is something awesome awesome because even though she's had a very checkered past when Jesus came into her heart and her mind she was not ashamed of that past anymore but that pass ask became a testimony of God's power in her life to transform her and so she goes in she becomes this witness and so the the passage. We're going to pick up in takes place place chronologically right. After Jesus experienced this incredible revival their nearside car and Samaria and so look at John John Chapter four verse. forty-three John Chapter four verse. Thirty three we'll pick up and we'll continue a little bit of context here so after the two days. That's the two days. In Samaria area he departed for Galilee. Remember in the beginning of John Chapter four he set out on this mission or on this on this journey to Galley. And so he had this stopover in Samaria Samaria where there's this massive revival awakening and then after two days he departed for Galley and look at Verse Forty Four. There's a parentheses here it says says for Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown so when he came to Galilee the gala liens welcomed him now once again. This might not be something that immediately hits you but John's using a little bit of sarcasm here right. He's using a little bit of sarcasm. mm to point out the fact that what's just happened in some area. Have they welcomed him. Yeah they have had. They received them absolutely. They have they got psyched and transformed and saved by Jesus in some in some area who were not Jews they weren't nickname us right. And so the Galileo's which were Jesus Jesus his hometown they rejected him and so Jesus goes goes from place where he's welcome to a place where he's welcomed. You get that. That's the sarcasm that Jesus John is using. Jesus goes through from a place ice where he has received to a place where people really want him to be there and the quotation marks. The scare quotes there to indicate that. And they don't want him for who he is. They want him for another purpose. And so this sets us up to ask the question how can i. How can I receive Jesus assists and have faith like a Samaritan rather than a faith like a Galleon? That's that's what this is. That's what John is doing in his readers here and so let's pick the cup and in verse forty six verse forty six so he came again to Galilee Qena in Galilee where he made the water wine so by saying this John is created a book in that hearkens back to John Chapter two and the reason that John does that does this this and once again. This may not be something you pick up on but John Chapter to the Miracle Sign that took place in John Two and the miracle that takes place in John Chapter Four book ends of the beach other. That's why John References here in Verse Forty Six. Let's think about some similarities. So both events took place in Qena. And you'll well this one on the third day right. That's no accident on the third day. So so there's there's John is creating a category in his mind for okay. Joy comes on the third day that's from water turned into one and then.
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"It isn't happening. You think that I'm standing sadly by but I tell you I've never stand idly by. Could it be that things are happening that you didn't anticipate so you haven't been really looking for them and then the response with this fourfold response over the next couple of chapters verse five he says I'm doing a bigger work than you can understand even about told you you wouldn't. I believe it and then look at Chapter Two verse Fourteen Chapter Two verse fourteen. He leads him through after after her back. Issues issues this complaint to the Lord that you're gonNA use Babylon sinful horrible wretched Pagan Babylon to judge. How can you be holy and use an unholy holy nation like that's a great question. Look averse to fourteen. He says for the Earth will be filled with knowledge of the glory of the Lord is the water covers the see what he sang is the bigger thing that I'm doing is going to result in the knowledge of my glory covering the Earth back. Do you really think that you as a meager lowly. Human Prophet can cause my glory and the knowledge of my gory to cover the earth because I can and I'm doing it. You think I'm standing Alibaba but I'm doing something that's going to result in people knowing my glory skip back to verse four of Chapter Two. If you want to understand how back says behold his puffed up. It's not upright within him but that last part the righteous shall live by his faith. You're gonNA walk with me. You must walk in trust and in faith and finally skip forward to diverse twenty chapter two and it's what I love about. God reveals his heart for us right after after God's spins Tom Moses on Mount Sinai and gets in the Ten Commandments. Lobbying Bob is among the people of Israel is accompanied with the Tabernacle residing in the center of the camp so God doesn't just give us his law gives us presence when Joe comes and Ascott all of these questions. All all of these questions got answers and gives Job of vision of himself right. Think About Corinthians Chapter Twelve when when Paul has this thorn in the flesh that sent by God's Messenger of Satan so what Paul calls it and and God says my grace's sufficient for you my powers may perfect and your weakness essentially Paul. I'm with you and and that that that that's your that's your hope that your glory we heard Becky testify few weeks ago walking through the Valley of the shadow of death that his nearness what it was all about that what that's what defines that time I'm not just the sadness and so rebecca kicks the same thing. God doesn't just give Quebec and answer because an answer doesn't increase faith yod gifts sir. I mean Yeah God gives her back himself. A Vision of himself verse Twenty Says But the Lord is in his Holy Temple at all the earth. Keep silence before him. What's it's happened is God. God gives back this vision of himself sitting on his throne basically saying listen a backup. If I am still on my throne then you can trust me with unanswered Sir questions. You always have questions. You'll never have enough answers but you can have me well. That'd be good enough enough and in that way he he doesn't just answer questions he inspires us to worship and so that's what I that's what I hope will happen happen. At the end of tonight is that we will we will recognize that God isn't just committed to answering our questions but that God is inviting us to behold him and to worship him in spirit and truth and he's saying I don't just want to give you answers. I'm GONNA I give you myself and some of these answers you can have and and some of these trains of thought will be helpful to you but ultimately I want you to receive me not just the knowledge of situation and so the problem of evil that people talk about from an apologetic standpoint is is is twofold. They're talking about two kinds of evil. Two kinds of evil. I kind of evil is moral evil moral evil you think give situations like nine eleven or columbine or the existence of Isis or the mass shooting in Odessa Texas a few weeks ago. This type of evil is is. AC for human beings to explain because this type of evil is rooted in the choices of fallen human beings who devise evil schemes jeremiah seventeen nine says the hardest desperately sick of all things who can understand it right humans have fallen natures and we point to moral evil as a testimony of that and some moral evil exists and people say well. That's just a product of of human choices and people still struggle with that but that's it's not moral evil that they have trouble explaining. It's the other kind of evil that exists in the world and that's the evil of natural evil so the existence of a Bola cancer natural disasters like hurricane Dorian that that give apocalyptic devastation to the Bahamas and other places and this is the kind of evil it has really made made people who doubt the existence of God. This is kind of reinforced their doubt because this this kind of evil is hard to explain it's random it's devastating and and many of you have heard of the French philosopher named Voltaire Voltaire looked not at a certain disaster that happened on November first seventeen fifty five November. I seventeen fifty five was all saints day in in Lisbon Spain vein and the churches were filled. I mean Lisbon Portugal. The churches were field because of it being all Saints Day and no one knew when they entered into the church that day that before the services concluded that an eight point five magnitude earthquake would rock Portugal and that between sixty and seventy two thousand people would die in Portugal most of them dying because the walls of churches that they were worshiping in fell in on them when we say it that way we really feel why Voltaire had such a struggle not weighing voltaire said it people aren't safe safe in the House of God. God knew that would be their yard could've stopped that earthquake from happening on All Saints Day. Why would God allow that I mean. Do you feel the weight of that question right. We don't want to set up Straw man here. We we really WANNA feel. The weight of why people people have struggled with this. This is voltaire. This is why he he declared that that Christianity was a farce epicurious preceded Voltaire Teheran ass in articulating what was called the logical problem of evil and the belief in all powerful all good God he called the Quadra Lima Emma leave it leave it to leave it to a philosopher to come up with that name instead of just a Diorama he has he has a Quadra and this was the Quadrille Emma he asks is this he said if God is willing to prevent evil but not able then he's not omnipotent if God is able to prevent evil but not willing then he's not good is he both able and willing then where does evil come from is he neither able nor willing feeling then why call him God and so this this fourfold problem as he looked at the logical problem of evil people it it made him stumble and it really made him attack this Christian understanding of an all good all powerful God and so we want to before we jump into the the Christian responser to the biblical response to the Quadrille Emma I would. I I would just say that if you ever have somebody who is asking you this question and they wanna put God on trial and Christianity on trial. Just ask them will will you know the I guess. The opposite of Christianity is being an atheist right and so how would an atheist censure that question mini mini atheist thank that they've solved the problem of evil and suffering in the world and that is that the universe is bleak and we just have to accept it Richard Dawkins whose of famous atheist issed he explained that an an extreme version of this that there's no meaning behind anything it's a product of chance and quote unquote dance of DNA. There's no oh good. There's no evil but the only problem is is that in saying that there's no evil you're denying the existence of moral evil and that's blatant. How can you deny that you see. Atheism is not a solution because it doesn't remove suffering in fact it can make it can make suffering bring ten thousand times worse.
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"He is truly a being by himself. One can absolutely find nowhere but in him alone the imitation tation or the example of his life i searched in vain in history to find the similar to jesus christ or anything which can approach the gospel neither history history nor humanity nor the ages nature offer me anything with which i'm able to compare it or to explain it here. Everything about him is extraordinary h._d. Wells the famous science fiction writer. He says jesus christ is easily the most dominant figure in all of history feodor though sawyer escape you the russian writer said i believe there's no one deeper lovelier and more sympathetic and more perfect than jesus not only is there no one else like him. There could never be anyone unlike him to go a little bit more contemporary the why from everybody loves raymond as many people know her patricia heaton she said i think jesus is a scary. The subject is that's interesting. She said god you can make anything you want but confronted with jesus. You have to say i believe that or i don't it's. It's very powerful dorothy sayers who is the british fiction writer she said the christian faith is the most exciting drama that ever staggered occurred the imagination of man and the doctrine is the drama the plot pivots upon a single character and the whole action is the answer to a single central problem. What do you think about jesus. He was emphatically not a dole man in his lifetime and if he was god there can be nothing dole about god either josh mcdowell who many of you familiar with he says of jesus christ was who he claimed to be and he died he did don across the point of time in history then for all of history past and all of history future it is relevant because that is the focal point for forgiveness and redemption and then the last one one many of you may not know is a passer name ray stedman he said every human being sooner or later must deal with jesus of nazareth. He is the ultimate crisis of every <music> human life many opinions about jesus but as we come to the sound of invitation the the question is posed to you. What will you do jesus. What will you believe about jesus and since all behavior wtma is rooted in belief. Maybe we should ask it more clearly. What is your life. Saving you believe about jesus is he someone to be proclaimed ars as someone to be ashamed of is someone to serve or is he someone who came to serve me. What will you do with jesus neutral. You cannot be some day. Your heart will be asking. What will he do with me. Have you believed and that jesus is the source of life that he has got a very god that he is the one who came to purchase your redemption that he is the treasurer of all treasures the one to be not just believed but trusted the one who is the very reason for our existence. You say yes then. Have you publicly confessed him before others. Have you told this body of believers that you believe steve in the lord jesus christ that he is your savior and your treasure have you followed him and believer's baptism or maybe like becky pointed out earlier youth just in the midst of the broken of this world. You've let some sin take the place a priority over him in in your life are you've let some beliefs about him. Get into your heart and your mind. That would would actually keep you from experiencing that life flowing through you no matter who you are. I can say this without a shadow of a doubt you're here today because god wants you to know how much he loves you that he sent his son to die for oh you and that he himself came to take on your pain and to walk with you in the very midst of the hardest parts of it and today today. You don't need a gimmick. You don't need a fad. You need jesus. You need the full recognition that he is still on his throne that he is still sovereign that he is still with arms wide open inviting us to come and drink deeply of the life that only he can offer just like that woman at the well that he he he met john chapter after four. We're gonna meet and several weeks just like nicodemus that very religious person john chapter three that we're going to make a few weeks. The message is the same he met me where i am told me who i was spoke right into where i am and brought life to me and we don't have a time of invitation just because that's what we do is bad this at the end of service service. We have an invitation because these truths are worthy of being rec- they should respond to them with our entire lives and so as we enter into this time of imitation. I'm gonna be down front and if you need to to somebody to pray with you we want. We wanna win a pair you with somebody to pray with. You need somebody to talk to we want we want somebody to to come alongside you in council you. If you need to trust in christ we want to guide you as how you can do that but no matter how god is calling you to respond if if have you if you don't do anything else just behold jesus declared jesus proclaimed jesus and bless his holy name. Let's pray together..
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"And so there was a little boy who's in sunday school one sunday morning and the pastor was in there and he was a new pastor i can i can i can understand stand that feeling and he was really trying to gain ground with the kids in his <hes> in his in that sunday school class and he thought he would tell them a story but he wanted to describe the character of the story so he said to them he said boys and girls want to tell you a story about somebody who likes to live in the woods but sometimes we can see him in our yards anybody. Anybody have any idea what i'm talking about. The kids just stared at him like if you've taught kids sunday school it's just stared at him and he said i want to tell you about a creature richer that lives in the woods sometimes in our yards big bushy tail likes to eat nuts. Anybody have any idea what i'm talking about. Just stares. I'm talking about a creature that lives in the woods. Sometimes in our yards big bushy tail eats nuts likes to climb trees jump from tree to tree now. Does anybody know what i'm talking about. Aw and one young boy raised his hand just kind of take him out of his misery and the pastor said. Do you know what i'm thinking about young man and the kids said yeah i know the answer should be jesus but it really does sound like a squirrel to me. You know if we're going to be in in church. We kind of assume that we're gonna be talking about jesus is not we even when sometimes it might not seem like jesus might be the right answer to that story but we do we think and we know that we're going to talk about jesus but over the next couple of months i wanna take an opportunity to make sure that we're not just assuming that we know i know and are all on the same page about who jesus is and that might seem very elementary to you but if you if you if you've kind of seen the direction that we've been going doing we just don't want to take anything for granted together. We wanna make sure that we're all on the same page and so we're gonna talk about this knowing jesus and knowing him for who he said that he was himself knowing who people who walked with him who saw him who experienced him what they said about him and this will take us just. It'll probably take us at least their next february two to look gat. You'll see kind of the outline here but the reason that we want to do. This is because that question who is jesus. I think it's really the most important question question that we could ever ask who is jesus the way you answer that question is probably the most important thing about you because it's the moment the longest lasting implications and so we want to ask that question that jesus himself asked the apostle peter because one statistician cultural commentator he said this he says the flexibility of our jesus the flexibility our jesus exhibits is unprecedented unprecedented in our day and time he said there's a gumby light quality to jesus in the united states and there really is it just the moment that somebody wants to to claim jesus they just throw out that name and say well he would do that or this or he would would approve of this or that and if you wanna prime example maybe familiar with the the the plights of the colorado baker who is a christian named jack phillips jackson thirty one once at the supreme court and the colorado civil rights commission is trying to take him back there and he refused the becca cake for a a same sex wedding. Even though he'd served those customers time and time again <hes> he wouldn't bacon so very interestingly some would say foolishly foolishly jack and his attorney christian wagner went on the view and it was asked jack phillips sitting there in the midst of a of those people they said. Do you think jesus would bake the cake loaded question right and joy behar which you know joy behar dr said i think jesus would make the cake wow okay. Where do you get that from c. We just kind of we're we're just kind of if we want jesus to approve something we just say that he would approve of it just like jesse duplantis or copeland one of them. If jesus was walking around this earth he wouldn't be on a donkey anymore. He'd be an applying like. I want you to buy me right and so it's not just limited joy on the view. I mean you've got you've got people claiming the name of price on tv who are who are twisting and controlling the real jesus. The biblical jesus eases into a jesus. That's not really jesus and yet they're still on t._v. And even though they're questioned they're they're still around and that's why we don't wanna just assume that everybody understands the biblical jesus. The vast majority of people believe in jesus or believe things about jesus. But what about jesus must you believe in order to be in a relationship with god. I think that digs a little bit deeper deeper into that question and that's why we wanna study the gospel of john because in that study we will have those questions answered who is jesus and what do we really need to believe about him to find salvation as we begin this morning it'd be best for us to start at the end of john's gospel rather than that at the beginning which might seem peculiar to you but the first witness this is the joe on presents and his gospel is the writer himself john the apostle and he tells us very clearly in john chapter twenty versus thirty and thirty one why he's written but just before we jump into that a few facts about john the gospel about john's gospel john the apostle that you may not know john and his brother john were apostles which means that they walk with jesus while he was on this earth their father zebedee and their mother was some omay who was most likely the sister sister of jesus's mother mary which makes james and john the cousins of jesus yes john the baptist was another cousin but this john john was another cousin jesus in that way could have lived in alabama and so well self deprecating humor here it is all relative yeah but they were known for their loud and zealous personalities and therefore that earned him the nickname sons of thunder. That's exactly all right. They were the sons of thunder however if you notice this on a funder at the end of the gospel traded in that tunnel for a little bit different one and that was the apostle or the disciple whom jesus loved john was actually the last surviving apostle he was exiled to patmos as an old man he had preached that message about jesus christ for years and years and years so much so that he developed a very unique way of chefs such which he chronicled for us in his gospel account as he writes his gospel account towards the end of his life because the gospel of john came out around the same time as the book of revelation did he was distinctly aware i think of the three other accounts of jesus's life that we're getting in matthew mark and luke and he didn't want to overlap what already eloquently said so. He wrote down what they didn't britain say over ninety. Two percent of the material contained in john's gospel is unique to john's gospel. It's not found in matthew mark and luke and he wrote it collected it in a very memorable way every single chapter all twenty one chapters and i'll have this list for you as a take home next week. I don't want to overload. Did you the first sunday but these have all be available on the website but every every single chapter contains a declaration of jesus's divinity there in every single chapter there's somebody or something that testifies to jesus being god in the flesh but john rights and makes it's known these three sets of sevens to make it memorable seven witnesses seven signs and seven sayings and that will be a <hes> outline the kind of the meta outline of our study for the next few months seven witnesses seven signs and seven sayings and so we you want to answer the question who is jesus by looking first at the seven witnesses starting with john the apostle but we don't just want to fill our minds with facts and knowledge. We want to tonight with john's purpose for writing nineteen thirty five. John said this he said he said he who saw it has borne born witness. His testimony is true and he knows that he is telling the truth that you also may believe in this actually corroborates with what's found in the next chapter john twenty versus thirty and thirty one where he says this he says now jesus did many other sons in the presence of the disciples which are not written in this book but those are written so that you may not believe that jesus is the christ the son of god and by believing you may have life in and his name now. I think it's very very interesting that john rights and gives us what he calls signs <music> signs now think of it think of it. Is this a person who's writing and saying that they're giving you signs. They want you to do what so. What do they want you to do with the signs i mean let's let's let's think about it when people come into the doors baptist church and and we have a sign up on the wall. What are we trying to get them to read it and follow it right if they're trying to get to a specific place. We want them to know exactly exactly the way to get into where they're going. This is exactly god's intention in calling john to chronicle the signs that he saw saw in the life of jesus because he wants you to see those signs believed those signs and follow those signs to the conclusion that they would draw. These are folks on the road to take us to where where god wants us to be where john wants. Ultimately i think we're we want to be as well and if you want to follow these signs you must believe you must believe now to believe means that you are placing your faith in reliable evidence. We don't believe in a blind fay in many circumstances. That's why god is revealed scripture to us so that we can have an informed faith about whom we are believing if your thought about it that way that's why we had a revealed religion. We we had a book that contains the not just the revelation at the end but the the revelations of god's truth route throughout history and namely the revelation of god's truth and his son jesus and what john wants you to understand is that it's only when you understand christ in his personal work that you can be saved. You must not believe in something you must believe in something specific namely the truth about who jesus is but then you also if you want to when you believe you will find a life and for us understand the kind of life that john is talking about here. We must now go to the beginning of john's gospel and i want to encourage you to turn to john chapter one john chapter one. How can jesus bring life into the lives of creature who are creatures who are already alive. Let me say that again again as you turn. How can jesus bring life into the lives of creatures who are already alive. There you go that's right because i think god ordained the new testament estimate to be written in greek because it's one of the most specific and explicit languages and descriptive languages that has ever existed and so in in john one one and in john chapter twenty john describes a certain kind of life that comes from jesus and so we want to look at john chapter one verse one and that'll be the remainder of our text today to look at what john the apostle is saying about the lord jesus christ and so john chapter one verse one it says in the beginning was the word and the word was with god and the word was god you see john begins his narrative very differently than his three other counterparts. He doesn't go through a genealogy or birth narrative or any account of earn early earthly life of jesus jonga's back the very beginning and that is the eternity of jesus christ and in this verse. John is using rhetoric that shows how long he has preached. It's this message..
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"That helps simple fill this calling with joy and not groaning? I'm preaching right now through I John at my church Abbeville and I've just been blown away by how construct consistent thing they will know you how you love one another. I don't know about North Alabama. Okay never served a church North Alabama Bene- South Alabama Arkansas in Knoxville Tennessee Z. Northwest Arkansas Knoxville Tennessee. I can tell you that the outside world favorite topic when they want to press down on the sufficiency in the need for the church is how bad the relationship between the congregation the pastor you want to be like the Scots Borough you want to be alive to the world this relationship that you have with your pastor speaks volumes to your commitment to the Gospel Jesus Christ how we all die to ourselves in seat in the knee seek the good.
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"Open your eyeballs the first John Chapter Five and as you turn their thanks for your prayers for us. We're excited to be headed in this direction and my wife thing daughters will be here tomorrow. Night's and movers will be here on Friday morning and so will be unpacked in about six months. I think we'd given more to the local thrift store than than than I ever knew we had in house. Course one of the things you'll learn about. My wife is that she's part else. I'm serious at Christmas time. She did Tin Christmas trees last year. She's she is. I think we decorate for Christmas beginning of November and I'll take it down until January. I mean you know Jesus Birthday right I mean we celebrate and and so we we loves the Christmas season and lots of family traditions and we've made a lot of memories and it's just been a great blessing so that's a that's one of the reasons for for all the stuff but then just four kids I mean living in the same place for twelve years. You know you Kinda just accumulate because we got awesome grandparents right you know the grandparents pour out on the on the kids and so anyway but we're very excited and are excited about the House that we've found and just look forward to having a lot of out there and for dinners and different things like dad and just getting to know you've had made around tonight. Shake your hand and tell you how excited I am at your here and that we're here as well then the hope to do that before the nights over but but I am I'm very thankful and and grateful able to be with you tonight and just WanNa take a few moments of study God's Word I had a out of firm conviction that whatever I'll get on Wednesday nights the firm conviction it is that you really don't need to hear for me. As much as you need to hear from the Lord I mean that's kind of just the way it goes. God's words bring a life and so I want us to do I kind of a short study study tonight on that concept of life from the beginning of the Bible to the end of the Bible and in doing so. I'm going to tell you where ahead of the next few months just as we have in God's work together on on Sunday mornings assessments y'all get kind of a sneak peek of this Sunday is going to be a special Sunday. Now you've heard about it but we are going to have an installation service. It's kind of a launch point for me and my family here and one. The things that you're going to hear me saying is there's there's two ps that you can remember about how you can be a blessing to your pastor at thought about calling two-piece for your pastor but I don't know that sound weird but but the first one is presence like I said you being here tonight is a great blessing and and it's an unusual blessing for me <hes> I used to call my my little prayer meeting back in Abbeville fantastic four and or the fabulous five if it was good night and then summertime we might turn into the super six or the elite eight. I don't know what what it would be but but no you being here and saying you're smiling faces and open bibles and it makes all the difference in the world for a pastor at the second p would be prayer and <hes> so presence prayer you praying for me will be the lifeblood of any ministry that I'll have here and and I want us to be people of prayer we can we can do a lot besides pray but until we have prayed we can't do anything and so we wanna be people who find our our pathway into the presence of the war through prayer often and doing that together during that separately because as as we as we cultivate a private for life in our corporate paralyzed flourish and but if we just come and try to cultivated corporate prayer life without a private for life than it's fake so we wanna be people who have genuine prayer lives and are praying for one another and <hes> and you can pray for me and we'll actually in the service this Sunday by doing just that I wanna give you an opportunity to intercede before the throne of God for me and my family and and so it'll be a special time I've got two of my dear brothers and Christ coming to <hes> to give me charge and then you charge the one coming to give me a charge is my uncle. It's funny my dad's and the construction business and <hes> and I'm a pastor uncle is a pastor and his sons and the construction business so kind of flip-flop there and but Malcolm art is the men's faster Wilbur Baptists in Huntsville and he's going to come and he's going to charge me see and inside of the Church and challenge me to love you will and he's he's taught me how to do that by example for years and years as as I've watched him serve the church but then I get friend of Mine Rickie Sowell is GonNa come and he's GonNa Charge you and Ricky is he's a little bit younger than me but he's actually been a pastor and a half and he is a godly guy that I'm in Thailand a little over a decade ago. I'll take a funny story about Rickie. Ricky did podcasts together <hes> we called it the Ryan and Ricky show created right and so we did this podcast every year and a a lot more like brothers and but our wives can stand listening to us something they thought we were always about the fight and I might not just guys talk to each other. You know I mean we were just you know bantering back and forth and and <hes> the way at a fun time but ricky he's from South Alabama born and raised in Abbeville where where I've pastored the ice twelve years and he he actually when we were trying to come up with the names of the podcast he said well. I think it should just be our names and I think your name should be. I the the person with a one syllable name is always I I said Ricky. My name is Ryan. I know that everybody in the South says so. It's not the Ryan rings as uniquely about we we we can we take a to civil were Meghan into one Zobel last ask for four seconds and so anyway ricky he was like yeah. I guess your name is two syllables. Nobody says like that but but he'll be giving charged us the church and then we'll we'll talk about presence and prayer and then we'll break and and really have a launch point to commit ourselves together as a church family and to to move forward from there and I'm excited about that my family's excited about that and and so but tonight we wanted take a look at first John Chapter Five. Let's get verse twelve tonight as we as we'd just think about this topic of life from Biblical perspective and and so first John Chapter Fiber swelled John Rights and he says he says whoever has the son has life whoever does not have the son of God does not have life. I love how clear and concise John Is. John just doesn't mince words. He doesn't waste words. Whoever has is the son has life whoever does not have the sun guide does not have life how familiar with the kids show veggie tales vegetables most of you so veggietales they've been around? I'm from on time and Veggietales they have kind of these little videos and they're fun. Old bobble stories made into this'll animated series and have all these lovable characters and Fisher sure who actually created veggietales he he has shifted gears a little bit he loves doing veggietales and he loved to these bobble stories but one of the things that he started doing he's the thing about Veggietales is is that you just get a little snapshot of the Story Korea reverse or passage in scripture and it's just not you know not the whole story and so one of the things that we wanna do in our times together as we come around God's Word is to get me onto veggietales understanding in the Bible and we want to understand the story of God's word. It's an epic narrative that we are meant to dive into and not just read like we would read a book that we love but we're actually supposed to dive into it in a way that we find our identity. We want to be people who are defined by transformed by the word of God and icons from meditating on it from store. Get in our hearts our minds so that so much so that it just becomes the way that we respond we speak with the language of scripture we think with categories in scripture week we treasure Jesus as the scriptures treasure Jesus and so what I want us to do is I want us to get a farm grasp even tonight as we just gotta a start our adventure together I want us to get a firm grasp on what I consider to be one of the one of the most useful Bible facts that you will and that is you could sum up the storyline of the Bible into four separate chapters right and that's creation fall redemption restoration they've ever heard that before Creation Vol redemption restoration so let's just say those together case Genesis Chapter One and two you have creations everybody the creation all right in genesis chapter three through the end of Malachi. You have the fall that Rice I fall I just as chapter three you get the fall of Adam and Eve into sin and the rest of the Old Testament Genesis this chapter four Malachi is basically is basically a description.