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As Massachusetts COVID Restrictions Loosen, Some Boston Communities Remain Skeptical
"Are going to start the show talking about the latest reopening measures which go into effect today across the commonwealth indoor performance spaces recreation centers can now open at fifty percent capacity restaurants. No longer have a capacity limit. Although they must enforce social distancing but they're now also allowed to offer live music performances now. Some communities city of boston somerville are holding back on some of these measures for at least a few weeks because the fact is some see the state's loosening restrictions as foolish and premature while others see it as much needed relief. Here's what governor baker had to say while addressing the media at a vaccine clinic at morning star baptist church and mattapan this morning. it doesn't mean however that people can or should let down their guard. Everybody knows what it takes wearing masks socially distancing washing your hands not participating in a lot of informal gatherings with people who aren't part of your home household babo and understanding and recognizing the caution remained the watchword here
Fresh update on "baptist church" discussed on Glenn Beck
"Was the site of ST Matthew's Baptist Church Cemetery between 1909 and 1955. If any human remains are found, all work will stop. Ah year ago. Ground penetrating radar found about 70 potential graves. The city says it will give updates of crews find anything. Over the past two years, researchers have rediscovered several lost graveyards in the Tampa Bay area, where the remains of black residents buried in the Jim Crow era could be found. Gordon Byrd NEWS RADIO W F L, A. A Lakeland police officer responding to a domestic disturbance Witnessed a man shoot a woman in the cop then shot the gunman to death. It happened at the cobblestone landing town homes on Quarry Rock Road on Sunday morning. Police chief Ruben Garcia says the officer had no choice but to take action shortly after arriving on the theme. They saw a subject engage of female shooting her one time on, officers responded and neutralize that threat. The 37 year old woman, who was shot later died at the hospital. 35 year old Huh? Wayne Gayle died at the scene. Lawmakers in Washington Don't agree on much these days. But there is bipartisan support for the recovering America's Wildlife Act, which is before Congress. Preston Robertson is president of the Florida chapter of the National Wildlife Federation. What this act attempts to do is to save this environmental attributes that folks move here for to save the manatee to say the borrowing out to save our wonderful sea turtles on the coast, past the mill with direct $1.4 billion towards state and tribal efforts each Here to help fish and wildlife species heading for extinction. Florida share would be $42 million Tampa Bay traffic and weather just moments away on Chris Trackman NEWS, radio. W F L A.
Hilton Garden Inn in Central Texas Goes up in Flames as Sprinkler System Fails Due to Frozen Pipes
"Guests in central Texas were taken to Skyline Baptist Church after a large fire damaged the four story hotel. One person was treated at the scene for minor injuries to others had taken themselves to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Killeen Fire Department says the hotel was at full occupancy of all 102 rooms at the time of the fire. Fire officials have not reported the cause. But efforts to fight it off. We're hindered because of an automatic sprinkler system, which was out of service student frozen pipes. Blackouts, which left much of Texas without power or electricity have spawned a first lawsuit that alleges the Electric Reliability Council of Texas manager of the state's main electric grid, ignored repeated warnings of weaknesses in the state's electric power infrastructure. A Dallas law firms statement accuses her cot and American electric power utility of causing property damage and business interruptions during the cold wave. The Biden
Fresh update on "baptist church" discussed on Tony and Dwight
"What name one person? One woman that inspired you. Besides your mom. My grandmother was a good kid. Name your mom and Grandma. There's somebody else to greatest people. The two greatest People that ever inspired me. It was a the odor and darling Witten those two were the most inspiring people in my life. Dave, is there anybody in your life besides your mom or granny? My wife? I'm a I'm a better person than I was 15 years ago. Oh, I would say that we all are. Well, I'll say thanks to my wife. I'm more of an angry person. And I will say thanks to Becky. I'm a better man. Wait a minute, Jackie. Um, uh, but But here's where I'm going. I joke. A lot of it rubbed off on you. Excuse me. What? Um, well, that come out in the wash. Yeah. If you're stains ticket, Okay. I think that's the hope. Look reality, you know, that's what wise part of their job is. It's not now a lot of women marry people that that they want to fix like they marry the broken guy, and they just all I could fix him. But for the most part, we're unfinished products When we get married. Our mothers know that for the most part are mothers. Do you know that but they do. It is important for what? Listen to your wife is what I'm saying. My wife's not trying to fix me. She knows I'm unfixable. Oh, going to social media for I do the story. Jim Mattingly checks in. This is that clip will never die. And this on capitals motorcycle man, motorcycle man. Thanks for the laugh, guys. Well, not all of them were laughing, Jim. Okay, So this goes out the international Women's Day A pastor stepped in it and Boyd. Oh, I saw this thing. Oh, I saw this. What was he thinking? Just because you think you're preaching. The word of God doesn't mean you should say every single thing that pops in your mind. Stuart, Howlin Clark. Pastor of General Baptist Church in Missouri. He's learning a lesson he's learned it the hard way during a sermon, which by the way Was filmed by a member of his flock. That's what we call him when Catholics don't use. I do that. No, no flying well in Christianity and we get the flock out of there. Get the flock out of here. S O. A member of his flock was recording the sermon during the sermon. Um, the 50 half the 55 year old preacher. Uh, start his monologue by putting out that women need to tend to themselves. Uh, don't let themselves go. They needed some some women get. This is his words, not mine. Some women get comfortable in the relationship, and they let themselves go. Then he started saying, Well, you need to be an attractive wife because this will keep your husband husband from being distracted because every man finds the gym once they get married. Okay, Well, well, Here's where he really said. Wait, wait, wait, wait. Go ahead. I was gonna say there's but there's more, but there's more. Oh, yeah, it gets back to talk about the spare tire. No, you go ahead. Talk about, he says. He said. I watch the whole video. I was like, Oh, my God. Like you could feel the tension in the room like people are like he's going to stop talking now, right? Um, he says Just because your husband has a spare tire doesn't mean you need a spare tire, but it gets better, but it gets better. The creature that goes on and says this shall do the Southern Baptist boy go ahead. I don't know if I can or not, he says. Ah, not look, I'm not saying that every woman can become an epic trophy wife like Melania Trump, but however, you can be a participation trophy. Oh, long as you're not right, honey. Oh, my God. Mind you. This guy doesn't look like Brad Pitt. This guy course not. This guy looks like the like The heavy guy in the bowling alley of every Italian movie. That's what this guy looks like. I got lucky. Listen, I have no idea. Thank you. God for my wife. Because I look at our wedding pictures and it looks like she married John Goodman in the eighties doesn't even eyes they look like and I often all look at her. I'll say I grab my sweet precious wife by the hand. Also Susan Walk up stairs, walk with me and we will walk and we'll go up the stairs and we'll walk over to our living room and we'll look at our wedding photo on ago. How's the matter with you? Yeah. If you was her LSD phase, I think if you posted a picture, the one that's you're standing next to cut the cake. Where you look so uninterested in life. Much less cake. Yes. No. You just see that picture. Is you posted that and said, This is my brother Jim, who married Susan first, but died of a massive heart attack eating Buffalo wings. People would go Oh, my God, that's so sad, and you're so great for stepping in it. Sometimes, when people come over to our house for the first time, they will see the picture of fat Dwight my wife and say, And I'll say that was Frank, her first husband. The problem is they actually buy it? Yeah, they're like, Oh, I don't know. Your mother got short hair. This guy has, like 70 years. But you're right. The look on my face when we're cutting the cake. It's just blank this but it's my wedding day. Where's the bar is my wedding day? He looks like one of my done. Motors Hollow in father's second man, Dave, I'm gonna next time we're over, Dwight, I'm gonna have you go because I think that picture is in the bathroom on your main floor, right? Oh, yeah. Cutting the cake picture because most people put wedding pictures in a bathroom, right? Of course l that one. That is where our it's kind of like, you know, Some people have theme rooms. Seriously this bathroom a place where you might come to a place where you come to do do It has its decorated it has it has our wedding invitation frame and then hiding this stuff in the back. No, he's got multiple has got multiple boy. It's like the wedding bath is like our wedding bathroom. I don't know. I said, Honey, you want to put this out here? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. I think bathrooms five for that Major league baseball right around the corner. Uh, Major league Baseball right around the corner. 24 days away baby from opening. Hey, How about that? Let's talk about drinking at baseball games in which cities are the biggest drinkers. We do have to wait a month for the bats, though they pushed it back a month. So instead of April, 2nd or third, whatever the day was, it'll be made. Let's talk about who drinks the most, Uh, come in with the Cleveland whatever. I don't know what they're called her team. But Cleveland Cleveland baseball team. The Cleveland based party might not work for Washington. They're coming in and eight drinks per game. Well, I'm guessing that's eight beers a game. If you wanna know what the cost is, and this isn't too bad..
Washington DC to release COVID-19 vaccine appointments for charter teachers, child care providers every Monday
"Schools can schedule appointments now to get a Corona virus vaccine That's starting later today. Trick says workers will be able to sign up for their covert vaccinations at the one medical portal every Monday at noon, and 7 P.m. license childcare providers who work in person. And employees of charter and independent schools located in the district are eligible. The city is also launching an effort to promote the vaccine in D C church communities. There will be two vaccine clinics this week at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church in Southeast Ridiculous, You know, wt o p news. Low income renters in DC who have been affected by the pandemic can get help with
Fresh update on "baptist church" discussed on Wisconsin's Morning News with Gene Mueller
"Lindstrom's family recently met with the state attorney general about the case. There's outrage in Missouri over comments by a Baptist minister Stuart Ellen Clark has taken a leave of absence is pastor of the First General Baptist Church involved in Missouri after a sermon in which he told wives to lose weight and quote look less Bush to keep their husbands, Clark said that could help keep the men from strength. He added that women should submit to the sexual desires of their husbands that now departed minister also said wives need to wear makeup. Dress nicely and have nice hair. Jim Krystle is CBS news, photos of large gatherings and the aftermath and Madison grabbing attention over the weekend wcsc TVs Gabriel of McAra on the shores of Lake Mendota, where volunteers spent Sunday cleaning up mounds of trash was still cans and garbage everywhere on the lake. It's been cleaned up, people were gathering on the lake, not much social distancing to be seen or mask wearing his apparent either some people on the shore line, they say. What is most bothersome about It is the way the water look today, adding, They're worried behavior like this could close the lake off in the future. You w spokesperson says the school is urging students to stay in compliance with campus testing and continue to follow safety protocols. Meanwhile, police in Boulder, Colorado, forced to use tear gas to clear out a party that saw hundreds gathering the streets over the weekend. Three officers were hurt. When they were struck by bricks and rocks. Wisconsin's morning news sponsored by Griffin, Ford, Griffin Chevy on Metro Auto Mall in Griffin's Hug, Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Coming up Tiger wanted for the Ryder Cup, Citing unlimited wtmj news time is 7 34. I'm talking to my good buddy Jim Griffin. So, Jim, what should you look out for? When you're buying a used pre owned car. Well, first of all again, it comes back to the dealer. You should really be buying a used car or pre owned car from a new car dealer. They know the product. They know the computers they make sure the recalls are taken care of. They know their product. You need to buy it from a new car dealer and a new car dealer that has a good reputation. Because if there is a problem, you want to be able to talk to folks that have been around while that the reputation matters. How important is that? I mean, that's people's livelihood. If somebody is hesitant about buying a used car from us, they could take it to their local mechanic. Check it out, and he can go through it. And see what he thinks about it and will be a second set of eyes looking at that, and that's a great peace of mind. Absolute visit Griffin, Ford, Walker, Shaw, Griffin, Chevy and Griffins Have Milwaukee Griffin, Ford, Lincoln, Fort Atkinson or Griffin. Chrysler. Dodge. Jeep Ram in Jefferson Milwaukee. Man.
Washington, DC to release COVID-19 vaccine appointments for charter teachers, child care providers every Monday
"Child care for Fighters and teachers at Charter and independent schools in the district can schedule appointments now to get a shot Later today, the district says workers will be able to sign up for their covert vaccinations at the one medical portal every Monday at noon, and 7 P.m.. License. Childcare providers who work in person and employees of charter and independent schools located in the district are eligible. The city is also launching an effort to promote the vaccine in D C church communities. There will be two vaccine clinics this week at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church in Southeast
Fresh update on "baptist church" discussed on Mornings on Maine Street
"To custodial staff. You can read more about how to donate to this project on our website Access Wdun. Some voters in South Georgia are not happy about voter reform bills under the gun to the Gold Dome, Chatham County Democratic Chair J. Jones tells w s V. The bills, the GOP are backing our voter suppression. If your residue voted, you should be able to vote and it should be no restrictions at all. And so my thing is when you put restrictions out there, you're tripping people up. Some of the bills being proposed by the GOP include cutting week weekend early voting, limiting mail in voting and requiring voter ID on absentee ballots. Wdun time is 704. What county elections director is stepping down to take a new job. Kristi Royston is taking a new job as customer satisfaction Representative for Free Orange Press, a company that prince election related materials as well as other products. Last day with the county is March 17th. She's been elections director since 2019 before becoming director. She was assistant elections director since 2010. Level Grove Baptist Church in Cornelia is proceeding with expansion of its facilities after receiving approval from the City Commission last week. The project includes a new sanctuary and education building. Because Cornelia limits maximum building height to 50 FT. The church has requested a variance to allow the church's steeple to be 64 FT because the building code Little Alan Building 75 that city manager Donald Anderson, speaking during Tuesday night's public hearing. And in today's local obituaries, Flanagan announces the death of Jeanette Maldon Cash 90 of Buford and Jeanne Wilson Raper 80 of Lawrenceville Hillside Chapel announces the death of William Off of Skinny of Fred William Caldwell 73 of Gainesville. And Memorial Park announces the deaths of Paul Nevin Haggerty 99 of gainful. Brian E. Kennedy 52 of gains Full Charles Joseph Colton 64 of gains Full Gerry Dorsey Miller 74 of Alto, Carol Jean More 69 of Gainesville. Donald William Parks, 86 of gainful Alfred Wheeler ringer 91 of gains full And Marie Winters, Wilson 50 of Gainesville and Lauren Diane Wilson 20 of Gainful. There's more news at access Wdun and there's sunshine on the way For today. It looks like a nice week in front of us. Actually, we'll check your forecast in just a bit and also get back to the drivers. We see how things are shaping up behind the wheel capable have latest report there. If you have something to share in that regard, love to hear from you and we'll let everybody else knows that they can avoid it. 77 Oh 535. 2911 you could talk or text when it's safe for you to do so at that number news brought you in part by Ragsdale H. V. A. C. M plumbing along with duplicating products and GMC security, along with little in Davenport Funeral home. I will do to you in time..
Authorities investigate explosion at anti-gay Los Angeles County church
"Is continuing following the bombing of a controversial church. No injuries were reported in the explosion at First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, which is known for anti gay teachings. Pastor Bruce Mahia says his doctrine since the church was founded always included condemnation. Of same sex relationships. No arrests have been made in the attack. I'm Cameron Fairchild,
Fresh update on "baptist church" discussed on Atlanta's Morning News
"Joe Take a bath, a crossover days, Always frantic. A state lawmakers rushed to get bills out of chamber or those bills dog on this crossover day. The state Senate has 10 election reform bills. In addition to a sweeping measures similar to one already passed in the House over in that chamber, House members could consider a bill to legalize sports betting one to require hospitals and nursing homes allow patients to have visitors during a pandemic and want to add a $5 a night. Excise tax, too short term rentals also a bill to increase their pay, along with other state elected officials starting in 2023 years on the calendar. Sandra Parish 95.5 WSB President Biden Times an executive order to expand voting access to coincide with the 56th anniversary of bloody Sunday in an executive order to make it easier for eligible voters to register to vote. Improve access to voting, he says. If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide. Let people vote. Georgia and other state legislatures are changing Election law to limit early and absentee voting. A Missouri pastor's on leave after a sermon questioning why wives let themselves go after marriage. Every woman can be the epic. The ethic trophy wife of all time. Like Malanje Trump. But Pastor Stuart Allen Clark of Maldon First General Baptist Church says women should work on their figures. Clark reportedly is now undergoing counseling. WSB News Times 6 24. It is 24 after the hour and time to have a weather and traffic would start with today's forecast. Years. WSB meteorologist Kirk Mellish Before today, Sonny Very low humidity. High 66 temperatures between 32 38 degrees across metro Atlanta. Now let's check the.
FBI investigates explosion at anti-LGBTQ church in California
"The FBI are investigating explosion and vandalism in a church in El Monte El Monte. Police reportedly heard the explosion and fire fighters arrive to smoke coming from the first Works Baptist Church around 1 15 this morning. No one was hurt. The church has been the target of recent protests against teachings against the LGBT Q. Community
ICE starts 100-day moratorium on some deportations
"And thanks to Wednesday's change of who occupies the White House, a triangle area pastor is finally leaving a Durham church after spending more than 1300 days there. ABC 11 reports Undocumented Immigrant Jose Cheek Kiss has been living inside of ST John's Missionary Baptist Church since the middle of July 2017 because he was afraid the policies of President Trump would have him deported. But with new President Joe Biden putting a moratorium on deportations, cheek is finally feel safe to return. El Salvador to see his wife and four Children again. And he doesn't think too kindly of trump either. But I ain't got no come another precedent like Trump. Great. Oh, God. Coming depressive, Heavy heart,
Historic Atlanta church to hold virtual MLK Day service due to pandemic
"Most Atlanta events marking the Martin Luther King Jr holiday or virtual this year because of the pandemic. One will feature a new elected US senator. Here's W A. B E s a mill, Moffett. The traditional parade celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr holiday will not be held because of covert 19. The weeklong celebration of King's legacy has been taken place virtually with it online Church service this morning. King's daughter, Bernice King and the Reverend T. D. Jakes will speak along the Georgia Senator elect Raphael Warnock. Warnock is the pastor of Ebeneezer Baptist Church, the same place where both King and his father preached.
interview With Nikki Giovanni
"Of the most striking things that just jumped out at me all the way through your writing and and writing about you and all the way to the latest volume of poetry published in two thousand thirteen is how from the very beginning you were held and cherished and taught by courageous loving women Your mother you were named your first name as yulon right yeah. It used to be when when mommy passed i I had it legally changed the nikki. Just because that's what everybody knows me. I would have never done when mommy was here. I wouldn't. I wouldn't want her to think i didn't want to carry her name. I'm rhonda junior. So how old were were you when you change your name legally ben mommy's been dead ten years so sixty two something like that sixty three years old. And how do you say your grandmother's name. Lavinia lavinia lavinia lavinia. Emma lou watson. Also that you were all sounds like foodies before the the word had been invented. Oh grandmother was a foodie and grandmothers. Friends were foodi. And of course i ended up. Living with grandma not ended up but Was was fortunate to live with grandmother. so mommy was a good cook because she was grandmothers daughter and My on an was a good cook Living with grandmother And i learned all of their tricks. My favorite was of course greens. And i'm still still still working on that because working making greens is one of life's difficulties. Just clean them and stuff. Well mommy mom and grandmother to you pull than to tie the stems and you put the leaves in and he uses stems to flavor and then you pull it out and so she was very good at that but the other thing. I was laughing and laughing about this. You didn't ask him about this. But in grandmother's day you know used to go the market and you bought a live chicken. Actually grandpa did the the marketing and he would bring it home and they put it in the backyard and then grandmother would go out saturday morning and we its neck but you learn to learn to do that and i guess i have learned to. It's something that i'm dealing with on another kind of level but for something to live something else usually dies. There's there's a transition is not something. I would have been able to even to say to you at Even fifty years ago my twenties. I wouldn't have it it's really It's been interesting You reported in nineteen forty. Three's that right And yes and you so you grew up in a i like this. You talk a lot about what we call the sixties what is called the sixties which which you really date from about nineteen fifty four to nineteen sixty eight Which was such a dramatic moment. I mean a lot of transition. I mean you've just been using that word one question. I ask people whoever been talking to you as you know how. Would you describe the religious and spiritual background of your childhood. And i wonder how you would start to talk about that. And i really mean the fullness of that you know that that your family but also that world do you came into I i grew up of course Baptist baptist mount zion baptist church but when when mommy married My father married we call them gusts because daddy gus. When mommy may gust they moved to cincinnati. Because he couldn't get a job he was college graduate. He couldn't get a job in knoxville and so they moved to cincinnati where he could get a job and mommy joined the Ame church but if we're just going to just kinda breeze on religion without getting into anybody's business you know. I recently have been fascinated with. Wyatt is that we don't actually look into the manger more. We always look at the cross. And i think that one of the problems with the manger is that we have to mary credit for bringing god to earth and The book that i'm working on right now actress called a good cry and it's just because Realize women keep a lot of things in them. I do know this for married. I'm gonna give credit having a baby hurts. I don't care who it is. A weird came from having a baby hurts. So i wanna give mary her. Craps and i also want to deal with the fact that as we are giving this birth part of the christian religion is supposed to do is give birth to a new human being you. Ask one kind of question. I don't know if i'm answering it. Strangely no but great. I think this question lands wherever in us. It wants to begin voice. I mean you you also want said you you said jos. Think it must have been a woman who developed the spiritual. Oh gosh when we look at savored which actually slavery is only going to be the end result. We have to look at the kidnapping in africa. We have to look at no matter. What the country. We have to look at the fact that somebody's sold and somebody purchased an and that just cannot be denied. We we're upset of course with the europeans because we say oh they create a slavery they might have but they didn't create the buying and selling of human beings that that had been going on for quite some time all over so we had the people coming across that ocean not knowing where they were going but knowing whatever it was they were not going to go back to where they used to be so somehow another. They had to make a decision. How do we go forward. But it had to be a woman because we're back to the manger we back to marry. We're back to this when women do it had to be a woman who said i need to settle my people down and when you consider there were a lot of languages. Going on yeah. She didn't speak english at that point. They didn't speak. Why healy at that point. They were in many languages. The only common language is going to be So when we get to going to ultimately become the united states these people had created a way to speak to themselves to each other through the language to spare chose. Yeah so when you were twenty five you road. I'm twenty five years old. A revolutionary poet. I- love seth. I want to ask you about the. The i love tacked on at the end of the sentence but i also want to ask you about what you meant at twenty five when you said you'll revolutionary poet and how you hey you look at that now as nikki. Giovanni quite a few years later i think twenty five was good but i always thought twenty five was one fourth of my life
Kim Janey Poised To Become Boston's First Woman And First Black Mayor
"Masa Mayor Marty Walsh has been nominated by President elect Joe Biden to be the new U. S labor secretary if confirmed by the Senate. That would mean that Boston City Councilor Kim Kim Janey would replace him. The Boston leaders say that they're looking forward to Janey stepping into her new role as Mayor. Reverend Art Gordon of ST John Missionary Baptist Church says she will be a role model for young people. You grew up in a world where the black woman mayor with natural heir and you see black senators and Black Congress people. It now inspires our young people, but it reminds them demonstrate. Beyond that I could be in those positions. Janey would make Boston history as the first black and first female
Tyler Perry’s absentee ballot never showed up, so he flew to Atlanta to vote
"Tyler perry wanted to vote in yesterday's runoff so bad that he hopped on a jet and flew all the way to georgia in person to cast his ballot because his absentee ballot never showed up after no door to senate candidate received fifty percent of the vo in november. The racist runoffs. If you aren't aware tyler said he waited and waited for more than a month for his. Absentee ballot never came so he was in jackson hole. Wyoming hopped on. His private jet flew to georgia. He was there yesterday. The election The latest on the election. Reverend raphael warnock the senior pastor of that big ebeneezer baptist. Church in atlanta will officially be the first black senator from georgia. Cnn projected that early this morning. He is the first georgia democrat to the senate in twenty years. Now control of the senate comes down to republican david perdue who still trailing in his fight to keep his seat against democrat. Jon ossoff and this is big because democ democrats excuse me will control the senate if ossoff wins if purdue wins republicans will maintain control and able to block. President elect biden's cabinet appointments judicial picks and legislative agenda. So we're still waiting on those
Atlanta church leader Raphael Warnock wins Senate seat for Democrats
"The Georgia Senate runoff election and Atlanta church leaders being projected as the winner of a hotly contested Senate runoff election in Georgia. Raphael Warnock is the reverend of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr once pastored. He beat out Republican Senator Kelly Leffler. He had this to say last night whether you voted for me. We're not No. This I hear you. I see you and every day I'm in the United States. I will fight for you. The 51 year Old Warner graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in psychology in 1991 and went on to her in a master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He's never held public office and would be Georgia's first black senator in Washington. Still up in the air is the race between Democrat John also and Republican David Perdue. The two runoff races in Georgia gained national attention because their outcomes Determine which party controls sent by marking it, Dear. We
Jim's Recovery Story
"I was born in a little town in virginia in an average religious home. My father a negro was a country physician. I remember in my early youth. My mother dress me just as she did. My two sisters. And i wore curls. Until i was six years of age at that time i started school. And that's how i got rid of the curls. I found that. Even then i had fears and inhibitions we live just a few doors from the first baptist church and when they had funerals i remember very often asking my mother whether the person was good or bad and whether they were going to heaven or hell i was about six then. My mother had been recently converted and actually had become a religious fanatic. That was her main neurotic manifestation. She was very possessive with us. Children another thing. That mother drilled me was a very puritanical point of view as to sex relations and as to motherhood and womanhood. I'm sure my ideas as to what life should be like. We're quite different from that. Of the average person with whom i associated later on in life that took its toll. I realized that now about this time an incident took place in grade school that i have never forgotten because it made me realize that i was actually a physical coward during recess. We were playing basketball. And i had accidentally trip to fellow just little larger than i was. He took the basketball and smashed me in the face with it. That was enough provocation to fight. But i didn't fight and i realized after recess. Why didn't it was fear that hurt and disturbed me a great deal. Mother was of the old school and figure that anyone. I associated with should be of the proper type of course in my day. Times had changed. She just hadn't changed with them. I don't know whether it was right or wrong but at least i know that people weren't thinking the same. We weren't even permitted to play cards in our home. But father would give us just a little tidy with whiskey and sugar and warm water now and then. We had no whiskey in the house. Other than my father's private stock. I've never seen him drunk in my life although he'd take a shot in the morning and usually one in the evening and so did i but for the most part. He kept his whiskey in his office. The only time. I have ever seen my mother take anything. Alcoholic was around christmas time when she would drink some eggnog or light wine. I remember my first year in high school. That mother suggested that. I do not join the cadet unit. She got a medical certificate. So that i should not have to join it. I don't know whether she was a pacifist. Or whether she just thought that in the event of another war it would have some bearing on my joining up about then too. I realized that my point of view on the opposite sex wasn't entirely like that of most to the boys. I knew for that reason. I believe i married at a much younger age than i would have had not been for my home training. My wife and i have been married for some thirty years. Now was the first girl that i ever took out. I had quite a heartache about her then because she wasn't the type of girl that my mother wanted me to marry in the first place she had been married before. I was her second husband. My mother resented it so that the first christmas after our marriage which was in may of nineteen twenty-three. She didn't even invite us to dinner. After our first child came my parents both became allies. But in later days after i became an alcoholic they both turned against me. My father had come out of the south and had suffered a great deal down there. He wanted to give me the very best and he thought that nothing but being a doctor would suffice on the other hand. I believe that. I've always been medically inclined though i have never been able to see medicine quite as the average person sees it. I do surgery because that's something that you can see. It's more tangible. But i can remember and postgraduate days and during internship that very often i'd go to the patient's bed and start a process of elimination and then very often i'd wind up guessing. That wasn't the way it was with my father. I think with him. It possibly was a gift. Intuitive diagnosis father through the years had built up a very good mail order business. Because at that time there wasn't too much money in medicine. I don't think. I suffered too much as far as the racial situation was concerned because i was born into it and knew nothing other than that. A man wasn't actually mistreated. Though if he was he could only resent it. He could do nothing about it on the other hand. I got quite a different picture. Farther south economic conditions had a great deal to do with it. Because i've often heard my father say that his mother would take one of the old time flour sacks and cut a hole through the bottom and two corners of it and they're you'd have a gown of course when father finally came to virginia to work his way through school. He resented the southern cracker as he often called them so much that he didn't even go back to his mother's funeral. He said he never wanted to set foot in the deep south again and he didn't i went to elementary and high school in washington. Dc and then to howard university. My internship was in washington. I never had too much trouble in school. i was able to get my workout. All my troubles arose. When i was thrown socially among groups of people as far as school was concerned i made fair grades throughout. This was around. Nineteen thirty five and it was about this time that i actually started drinking during the years. Nineteen thirty to nineteen thirty five due to the depression and its aftermath. Business went from bad to worse. I had my own medical practice in washington at that time but the practice slackened and the mail order business started to fall off
Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock on the issues that would drive them in the Senate
"Why did you think that now is the time to run an office and run for. Us senate well. My whole life has been about service. I'm pastor served beneath baptist church. But i've been engaged in these fights from that copay for years i've been fighting for healthcare access and affordability for years standing up in acts of civil disobedience demanding that we expand medicaid in the state. I've been fighting for voting rights at work alongside. My friend stacy abrams. We registered through the new georgia project. Which i chaired. Four hundred thousand new voters in the state. I've been standing up for the dignity of workers and they're ready to share in some of the prosperity that they've created and i think my passion for these issues emerges from my life story someone who grew up in public housing down in savannah. Georgia wanted twelve number eleven and the first college graduate my family so my success as a result of hard work but also grants low interest student loans. Good public policy. I know the difference that good public policy meetings and as running for the us senate and so in your campaign running around the state. That hasn't voted for a democrat for president since ninety. Two and president-elect. Joe biden is on the cusp of perhaps winning the state of georgia talk about one. Why president-elect biden's message seemed to resonate in georgia and what impact that has had on your race and also talk about what you've heard on the campaign trail because i can imagine you went all around the state. You didn't just stay in atlanta campaigning. No that's a good point. I've been moving all across the state. And you know that. That's important jonathan because there is this narrative in georgia politics. There's atlanta and then the rest of the state and so i'm from savannah southeast part of the state. But i've been on a bus moving across the state dropped by small towns like america's george Cuthbert georgia down randolph county. And the people are surprised. When i show up and i'm surprised that they're surprised but they say to me that they have not seen a candidate show up in their town. Which is interesting to me. Because i'm running to represent the whole state rule and the north and the south. And i'm getting to see first. Hand the concerns that people are having and what do people concerned about. They're concerned about healthcare. They're concerned about the fact that they want to make sure they don't lose the coverage that they have that coverage is affordable had eight hospitals close in this state largely because we refuse to expand medicaid is the unnecessary war that the republican party has waged against president obama who no longer in office and the people are the casualties in that war. Their hospitals are closing in these rural areas devastating rule healthcare and also taking away jobs. And so i think the people voted the other night when they voted for joan by. And when david purdue failed to get a majority of his voters even though he's the incumbent and i finished ahead of kelly leffler even though she's the incumbent that people are voting for unity over division and chaos there voting for healthcare they're voting for a livable wage and the ability to retire with dignity. They're voting for the best in the human condition and the american spirit when you're out on the campaign trail though in those parts of georgia that perhaps aren't hospitable to a democratic candidate. What kind of response are you getting. What are you hearing from those voters. I think people appreciate the fact that you're willing to talk to them. And that's my orientation is not a strategic political decision. Quite frankly part of what running gives me an opportunity to do. Is to do what i would normally want to do. Anyway and spend time with talking to people who don't see the world exactly the way. I do one of the things that disappointed me. About the fact that we're living through this deadly and tragic pandemic is that i had hoped earlier in the campaign to get across the state and drop into some of these wednesday night bible studies. I'm a passenger after all and they're people who don't share my politics but we read from the same book and there must be some values there must be some common ground. There must be a place where we can talk about the things that we actually agree on.
Obama appears in three campaign ads for Warnock in Georgia
"Barack Obama is appearing in a syriza of new campaign ads ahead of George's key Senate runoff election. In one of the digital ads, Obama called on Democratic voters to turn out on January 5th to support Reverend Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor of the Evidence or Baptist Church in Atlanta, is challenging Republican Senator Kelly Leffler. For one of two seats that will determine control of the U. S. Senate. Obama referred to the late congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis in the ads saying Georgia the time to act is now I'm
First black mayor elected in Dallas-Fort Worth area city of Mansfield
"The reverend michael evans a longtime civic leader and educator became the first african american mayor of mansfield on tuesday after pledging to refrain from dirty politics and to build unity in the city to god be the glory pastor of bethlehem baptist church in mansfield said late tuesday night after the election was declared for him. We're mansfield strong evans. Earned fifty three percent of the ballots. Cast in tarrant county while opponents rent newsome earned forty seven percent according to unofficial election. Results portions of the city are also in ellis and johnson counties evans who previously served. Several years on the mansfield scoreboard claimed the historic win after building a multi-racial coalition of supporters and campaigning. For nearly a year
Georgia Senate debates make headlines ahead of runoff
"Voting in georgia for the january senate elections begins one week from today. On december fourteenth debates for both georgia's senate races were held last night in atlanta. Here's republican senator. Kelly leffler and democrat reverend raphael warnock. My question is a pretty simple. Yes or no. Senator leffler did donald trump lose a recent presidential election. President trump has every right to use every legal recourse available in our own state. We've seen time and again that we have investigations that need to be completed. The trump campaign has filed fifty three frivolous lawsuits claiming election fraud courts. Actually the lawsuits did not ever claim fraud. Not in a single one of those losses. Did they claim fraud. Once they got in a court courts found zero instances fraud that includes one case. George that was dismissed today by a federal judge appointed by president. George w bush drudges republican. Senator david perdue who is facing allegations of insider trading. Just refuse to show up to debate as challenger don crat jon ossoff who appeared next to an empty lecture. My message for the people of our state at this moment of crisis is your senator feels entitled to your vote. Your senator is refusing to answer questions and debate his opponent because he believes he shouldn't have to. He believes this senate seat belongs to him. The senate seat belongs to the people today. John also held a campaign event in lilburn georgia. Imagine being a. us. Senator afraid of answering questions in public for fear that he might incriminate himself at a moment. Like this when people are hurting joining us. Now is who and castro. The former secretary of housing and urban development in the obama administration. Former mayor of san antonio texas secretary castro. Thank you very much for joining us tonight. You're back on the campaign trail today. Jon ossoff tomorrow for raphael warnock What are you seeing out there. Especially in response to this weekend's debate last night's debate where a david did not even show up. It's good to be with you lawrence. But what i've seen is a lot of people georgia understand how important the stakes are here. They understand that what happens here in georgia is gonna affect not only all georgians but also all of us as americans. I think most of gay and what they saw in the debates last night. Reinforce this that in a senators leffler purdue they've had two people that endorsed most critical moment of need have chosen to serve themselves to enrich themselves benefit their friends instead of working on behalf of the people of georgia. And what they see an rafael warnock in jon. Ossoff our to folks who are committed to serving the people georgia who were talking about the issues that matter healthcare job getting small suspect up in going housing opportunity as many people facing eviction making sure that we tackle climate change in the biggest challenge of our generation so the the differences here couldn't be more clear. Let's listen to more of what john also had to say on the campaign trail today. And how are these campaigns. These two democratic campaigns a sound like a partnership. Let's listen to this. You got the young jewish journalist son of an immigrant running alongside a black preacher who holds the same pulpit as dr king at the knees baptist church building a movement for health jobs and justice for the people at a moment of crisis because health jobs and justice are what the people need right now and we are running against the bonnie and clyde of political corruption in america secretary castro that kind of teamwork is unusual. Most people would. They're running for office. They're just trying to get themselves over that hurdle. Well it is. And i think we're fortunate that we have these runoffs going on at the same time as you know. Lawrence doesn't not happen where you have to united states senate seats in a runoff at the same time and i think they've done a very good job as a team and painting making sure that their message is clear about what they're gonna do for the people of georgia that get his asses the work to make sure that folks have good opportunities in georgia. And that's how they're going to govern governed in a much stronger way for the people of georgia than a leffler and purdue. Have i want to listen to something. That reverend warnock said last night in his debate because interestingly both democratic campaigns are running against republican candidates credibly accused of insider trading using their senate positions for insider trading. Let's listen to what the way reverend warnock put it. Last night. She was only there three weeks. i'm not sure she was fully unpacked when she started dumping millions of dollars of stock trying to protect herself and She purchased. That seat is done well for her. The issue is that the people who sold it to our. Don't it and the people of georgia coming back to get their seat sir. Castro is that issue getting traction on the campaign trail is especially. Because you're is somebody in kelly lafleur who was not elected Who last night into debate. You could tell just said the same thing over and over and over again and instead of addressing the issues basically just tried to label roselle warna you know as do liberal for georgia when he was there actually talking about the things that we hear people talking about table being able to afford the rent. You know wh what is their gonna come back online. What is washington dc. Doing work to make sure that they have opportunity. And to make sure the infancy can get asked endemic It's night and day away. That worn can also addressing the issues. That people are talking about the care about right now. And i'll disconnected leffler and her do our sanitary helene. Castro live from the campaign trail in georgia. Thank you very much for joining us tonight. Really appreciate
At least 2 dead in stabbing rampage at San Jose church
"Are dead, Several others seriously wounded following church stabbing in San Jose late Sunday. Police say several people were injured in the attack at Grace Baptist Church reports say a 22 year old man was in custody, but that has not been confirmed by authorities. Yet. Police say no services were taking place at the time, but that homeless individuals Had been brought to the church to get them out of the cold. A 15 year
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"Our own. Now I haven't met any professing atheists in our midst here to gossip a Baptist Church. I haven't met any but we must always be on guard against practical Atheism in the church..
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"This. Week, we're going to look through the lens of our biblical Worldview that is creation fall redemption restoration to understand and inject divine purpose and meaning into this topic money. Now when dealing with the topic of money it's it's a little bit harder and more difficult than the topic of work. Last week when we discuss work, we were just having a look back at creation to see that work existed before the fall, and we believe that it will exist in attorney future as well. But what we can definitively say that money from creation that like everything else God is the owner of it all. Haggai chapter two, eight God says, the silver is mine and the gold is mined declares the Lord of hosts God owns everything. We also recognize that everything that exists on this earth that is all human beings all energy to work I'll resources that come from work. Like we indicated last week, they exist for the glory of God Romans. Chapter Eleven Verse Thirty Six says that four from him and through him and to him are all things to him be the glory forever. However we've got to be honest and say money didn't exist in the garden. God didn't give. And Eva purse. They didn't set up stores in Eden. And so beyond the fact that got owns everything where should our view of money begin last week? We identify Genesis Chapter Two verse. Fifteen is the origin of and so take a moment and turn back to genesis chapter two, just a couple pages into. God's word the very front of Your Bible. Genesis Chapter Two and in Genesis Chapter to God is giving Adam instruction about the garden. But once again, it's not instruction in the sense that he does it prescriptively, it more describes what is happening and how God is interacting with Adam. And Look at Genesis Chapter Two Verse Fifteen says the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and to keep it. So God put Adam in the garden to work it and to keep it, he was supposed to cultivate it. Think about that word cultivate human beings were made to use the raw materials of God's creation to image fourth God of the world and create more things. Now, from the word cultivate this Genesis Chapter deavere fifteen is called the cultural mandate things are made to work. We are made to create we are made to cultivate men and women are stewards of creation. Christian financial counselor Ron blue notes that got appointed us to steward his creation and money is a key resource that we steward toward the accomplishment of his revealed purposes. Another pastor pastor Hunter Beaumont says that when man works and keeps his garden talking generally about humanity here that he increases the value of his dirt until it becomes tradeable, storable and monetize -able. Now Adam and Eve. Didn't last too long in the garden without corrupting it by straying away from this cultural mandate and seeking to define life on their own terms. That is to say, we never get to see Adam monetize his dirt as in the words of one hundred. Beaumont. Whenever got to see Adam do that. But we do understand that when Adam and eve fell into send their hearts were corrupted. Like John. Calvin they the human heart became an idol making factory at that moment. That means that human beings are now prone to idolize what to create. Rather, than worship Creator, they're they're prone to idolize the monetization of their work rather than whether the rather than worshiping the Creator who gave them the energy to work. Now..
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"To be a battle the kingdom of God and Magog are going to gather for that battle. And the number is like the sand of the sea and they marched up over the broad plain verse nine says of the earth and surrounded the camp of the Saints and the Beloved City, but fire came down from heaven and consume them verse Ten says in the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the Lake of Fire and sulfur where the Beast and the false prophet or and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever and then John goes on to write that I saw a great white throne in verse eleven and him who is Seated on it off and from his presence Earth and Sky fled away and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead Great and Small standing Before the Throne in the books were opened and then another book was opened, which is The Book of Life and the dead were judged by what was written in the books according to what they had done and the Sea gave up the Dead who were in it. Death and Hades gave up the Dead who were in them wage. They were judged each one of them according to what they had done and then death and Hades were thrown into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death the Lake of Fire. If anyone's name was not found written in the Book of Life. He was thrown into the Lake of Fire. So I am convinced that we need to be defined by this story. And not by the moment of chaos that surrounds our world today. Jesus wins the God of Peace will soon Crush Satan under your feet. You are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus who died for you was raised again for you. And so you don't need to fear no need to fear the battle that is Raging around you you need to abide in the Lord Jesus Christ and fix your eyes on him and walk through this life seeking to advance his kingdom and ways that we've talked about ways of justice that we talked about a few weeks ago not repeating the sins of the past like we've been talking about on Sunday mornings in the Book of Judges, but engaging in the wage Warfare with the weapons of our Warfare loving the fellow image bearers in need of redemption that are around you. And battling against the ideas that are thrown at you that are ungodly unbiblical analyze from the enemy who wants to wants to take more soldiers with him to hell. Christian You are engaged in this war. You cannot choose not to fight it is God's will for you to stand firm. It is God's will for you to be victorious. It is God's will for you to see Kingdom the kingdom of God advance to see chains of addiction broken off individuals to see families restored to see Injustice has confronted life valued truth exalted among most of all Jesus Christ lifted High. You know one of my favorite quotes. from ever and Piper where he says there is not one square inch and the whole domain of human existence as to which Christ who is Sovereign over all does not cry out mine. Jesus wins Jesus is Ward because he died on the cross but the cross is empty now and he was put in the Tomb but the tomb is empty now now he is on off the throne and the throne is forever occupied and one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God. The Father wage every tongue will Proclaim that he is Lord..
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"This is the exact step that lends itself to wielding the sword well. In, eastern transcendental meditation person is called by their guru to empty their mind you've. Heard. That when you've seen movies, different people talk about meditation trying to empty your mind but that's not Christian Meditation. Christian meditation is when you're called to feel your mind with the word of God. I heard a great explanation of Christian Meditation by looking at how uniquely designed the digestive system of cow and yes, you did just hear me say that meditation can be compared to a digestive system of a cow cows have what is called a ruminant digestive system because they're ruminant animals these kinds of animals are set apart from others because their digestive system is complex that means that the way they processed food and absorb nutrients and gain energy is different than ours right human beings for instance, have one stomach that serves as one compartment where food and acid breaks down. Gas breakdown food and nutrients are absorbed but a cow's stomach has four separate compartments each with a unique function. And without getting into the gritty details, these four compartments function together to protect the cow to allow for maximum absorption of nutrients as vegetation has formed them into little balls known as Cud you've heard of cows chewing the Cud and this cut is brought back up after it's been swallowed the first time it's brought back up and reach you, and then re swallowed to allow for the maximization of those nutrients going their body you see meditation. Mirrors this process because Christian takes in God's word. Maybe you hear it in a sermon or read it in a reading and your daily reading you've studied it and then your small group, and so you taken in your mind but then later on, you bring it back up to consider it more so that so that eventually it's absorbed, new your heart and a simulated in your convictions, and then fully digested to allow it to transform your behavior. You see meditation another person's compared it to is. The experience of fumigating your mind with the word of God so that it rids the mind of toxic thoughts and ideas that infiltrated every single day. The spiritual disciplines writer Don Whitney said meditation is deep thinking on truths and spiritual realities revealed in scripture for the purposes of understanding application and prayer, and so if you want to become proficient at wielding the sort of the spirit, you need to read the Bible. You need to study the Bible you need to meditate on the Bible. But lastly, you need to memorize the Bible. Going back to our metal detecting illustration. Imagine that you'd raked away the topsoil dug in underneath the surface found something, and then you clean it up and put it in display case that you can enjoy later. You see when you memorize scripture, you're storing it in your mind for later, and that memorization leads to prolong meditation over years and years, and that's how you become proficient at wielding the sword of the spirit because you give the spirit and arsenal to work with as he he walks with you and you encounter these different situations..
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"The Popular Medications Zanex, and so the xanax approach says you feel anxious then read Philippians chapter four, six with says be anxious about anything. Do you feel tired? Then Read Matthew Eleven, twenty, eight you see the zanex approach treats the Bible as if as if it's only reason for existence is to make us feel better. Bible. Study is about finding comfort for my issues. But. The problem with this approach. Is that I asked the Bible, how the Bible can serve me rather than how I can serve the God that proclaims. there. We go to the Bible just to get something out of it. We go to the Bible to engage with gardens spoke it can't use xanax approach. But another approach was called the pinball approach. The pinball approach thing about a pinball machine. So that lacking any reference or any guidance on what to read. I just read whatever scripture verse I happened to Ping Pong. Ping to next I happen to turn to the next page ricocheting from one passage to the next. But the problem with this approach is it gives them thought of the context of the Bible the passage and it doesn't show desire once again to engage with the text to dig up underneath the surface. So other self-serving style of approach. Another self-serve salve approach is called the magic eight ball approach. Remember those little magic eight balls that you just shake and answer would pop up. So when you have difficult question, you go to the Bible like a magic eight ball. And you just try to shake it and find the answer to that question. But the Bible is not magical. and. Its primary function is not for you to just find whatever answer you're looking for at the moment. The Bible's meant to transform us. As we read it as we study it as we meditate upon it. So we've had those approaches, next is the personal shopper approach the personal shopper approach. This is where we don't actually study the Bible rather we shop around..
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"Now the sort of the spirit means that any authority for victory that we have in the spiritual realm is rooted and grounded in God. This is a spiritual weapon remember in spiritual warfare, we're not fighting physical enemies. We're fighting principalities, spiritual strongholds, and spiritual principalities, spiritual authorities, spiritual enemies in the spiritual realm, and these principalities are working through human personalities. Maybe the human institutions human ideologies. And so when we talk about the sword of the spirit, the sword supplied by the spirit, we're talking about a spiritual weapon that is powerful for taking down spiritual strongholds like we looked at earlier in the series and Second Corinthians chapter. Ten But it's interesting here this is called. Paul calls this the sword of the spirit. What did he mean that it's the sort of the spirit? Well, according to Jesus the Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth. In fact, he's referred to as the spirit of truth in John Chapter, fourteen, fifteen and sixteen. And that means that the the spirit uses the truth that comes from the very mouth of God. The father as we see it in Second Timothy Chapter Three Sixteen, and that's what he uses in the work that that he performs as the third person of the Trinity. So it's the sword supplied by the spirit and the sword that the spirit uses and we see this mentioned again in a very similar passage in Hebrews chapter four verse twelve, which says for the word of God is living and active sharper than any double edged Sword Piercing Division of the soul and the spirit of the joints and marrow and discerning the thoughts and the intentions of the heart. So it's the sword of the Holy Spirit that is used to pierce the spirits or the hearts the inner person of human beings who are in need of Gospel conviction who are in need of transformation through Jesus Christ. and. So the sword supplied by the spirit is also the sword that she used by the spirit, and that's why Paul calls it the sword of the spirit. And Tony Evans. Rightly. points out that..
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"Can benefit from. Jesus. Transforming your life. Once, again Dr Tony Evans, he puts it this way he says righteousness includes the motivation behind doing right behavior or not doing wrong behavior. In fact, a person can literally do the right thing and yet contaminated with the wrong motivation. He compares it to the the young boy who was told by his teacher to sit down. And he want to sit down but he knew that he would suffer consequences we didn't. So he sat down but he looked at his teacher and he said he said I just wanted to let you know I'm sitting now on the outside but I'm standing up on the inside right. So you see righteousness doesn't just include a transformation of our character but it includes a transformation of now our motives and our external deeds because our character. Works in our desires and our motivations to result in our behavior. And so when the spirit of God comes to sanctify us, he comes to purify us. He's purifying motives, Annie's purifying deeds, and that's what he is committed to. In fact, Romans Chapter Eight Verses Twenty Nine and thirty says for those whom God for new. He also predestined to be conformed to the image of his son. This will for you that you be conformed to the image of his son in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and those whom he predestined. He also called and those whom he called. He also justified and those whom he justified he also glorified. You see as we behold and surrender and worship. We're being transformed like Second Corinthians Chapter Three Verse Eight says from one degree of glory to another. You see God is called Christians to be holy. In all of their actions to be set apart and of their ways and to live righteously in this world. This. Is What it means to be salt and light. This is why the followers of Christ and Antioch recalled Christians. That is little Christ's. This is what Jesus Meant John Chapter Fourteen verse twelve when he said that we collectively as the church seeking delivered righteously would do greater works than he did..
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"Christ died for us you see. Here's The Gospel. Tim Keller puts it so well he says you're more sinful than you ever dared. Believe and you are more loved than you ever dared to hope and so for us as we've kind of come to a conclusion today for us. How do we wrestle with this? How do we? How do we comprehend? That'll be grasp what we've talked about today. That Jesus the son of God endured separation from his father beginning guests semi as the as the wrath of God is being poured out on him and then and then finalizing itself in the Cross as he felt the fellowship of the father being separated being stripped away from him. How do we respond to these things? Well first of all friends. We need to see the cost of our sin. Jesus the Son of God the God man God in the flesh became your sin. Barrer not so that you could cherish your sin. Not so that I can excuse and justify my senators continue going on with my life saying well. I'm forgiven no. We cherish sin. That shows we don't cherish our Savior but we need to repent of Sin Because we recognize it all sin brings death. I'll send bring separation. We've seen it on the cross and we need to stop cherishing cinema in our own lives and and fix our eyes in faith on the Lord Jesus and put him at the Center for many of in this place that I you you are in a in a in a strange world everybody listening to me has been has been impacted by a virus and yet this is a perfect way to understand a spiritual reality that everybody has been impacted by spiritual viruses. Well and Jesus came as the one who endured that virus who took the consequences and the effects of that virus for you and for me because he loves US. God Is Holy. He would not overlook sin and so he sent Jesus to be your Sin Bear. Will you let this Love Comfort you today? If your child than nothing you face can ever separate you from him. This is the promise that we have in his word that he who did not spare his own son that he will not let you be overtaken. You See. Maybe you're watching today and and you're if you're honest you're not too sure about this whole Christianity thing you just clicked on a video that one of your friends posted. Can I tell you today that you've heard the core message of this Bible? This is why we believe what we believe that that for one man one man a man like you and I looked at what Jesus did on the cross man named John Stott and it actually led him to believe in. God looked at what Jesus did on the Cross and this is what he said he said. I could never myself believe in God. If it were not for the cross in the in the real world of pain how could one worship God? Who was immune to that pain? I turned to that lonely twisted tortured figure on the cross nails through hands and feet back. Lacerated limbs wrenched brow bleeding from thorn pricks mouth dry and intolerably thirsty plunged into godforsaken darkness. John Stott looks at the Cross. He says that is the God for me. He set aside his immunity to pain and he entered into the world of flesh and blood of tears and death. You said when we celebrate the incarnation at Christmas we're celebrating the fact that God took on our flesh and that very flesh that Jesus took on as the flesh that was crucified on that Cross. So that you and I could find freedom. We could find peace that we could find the chains of bondage in San and our life broken so that we could find hope and eternal hope that is beyond this world and so I want to encourage you as as we come to. What would typically be a time of invitation there? There's no there's no there's no public service for you to come forward and right now but I'm GonNa give you a few ways that you can go and you can respond to this message and so as As we come to a close only pray for you and may God find us faithful to respond to this word? Let's pray together. Father in Jesus name we come and we're thankful that we can gather. We're thankful that we can humble ourselves before you are thankful that we can sing or thankful that we can hear your word. We're thankful the technology that's been invented so that we can see this message and that we can gather digitally today. Gabor thankful for what you're doing in our world today. Yes we're actually thankful because for so many people this is GonNa Strip away the comfort and the routines that we've gotten used to all of our lives that the the places we built for ourselves and got in this season you're you're pressing the reset button for us. And so God I pray that you you wouldn't let us respond to you pressing the reset button by watching more net flicks or I spend more time on facebook Bhagat. You'd help us to reconnect with what gives us a life that you have that families gather around your word together that you will get the response to this message. Be that that we we talk about things and we we. We fix our eyes on things. And we we try to grasp spiritual realities. So God I ask. You would move in each family. That's watching this video each person that's hearing the sound of my voice right now. I asked if they could behold the lamb of God who became a curse for them and that they would humble themselves before him that they would reject sin that that seeks to destroy them and they would embrace the savior who died for them. God let it be that a great number of people mark their spiritual birthday as these days when you upset the routines of our world and God. Maybe we'd be found faithful in these moments to say yes to you. Our Lord we pray in Jesus Name Amen. Thank you for watching this broadcast of our digital worship service at a got a Baptist Church. Here's some ways that you can respond.
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"Men who are serving our president who are engaged or full of the Holy Spirit who model Godliness who model faithfulness and then you vote them into represent you as somebody who serves a GOP church in that office of Deacon so you can't just say with the constitution says this you got to flesh out and you've got to seek the Lord we've got to seek the Lord and as we continue to seek the Lord and not just rest on our laurels. And don't don't please don't say well we've got a great new pastor. He'll take care of it I don't operate that way because I don't think it's healthy and he godly. Men Godly women around me because if we want to go far we got together. We want to go somewhere fast can get there by ourselves but if we want to get far we've gotta get together and so that's why I need you to be involved in this process. It'd be seeking the Lord throughout this process when we talk about a members meeting on the twenty nights. I need you to see members meeting and not just potluck lunch right. I mean you can come for the food but stay for the stay for the things we're going to talk about because we got on the same page. We got this. The church is not a top down run organization. Unless you're talking about the top being Jesus but we are congregational because the spirit of God tech's residents inside of every one of us who are united with Jesus by faith he's got a place for you to serve and he's got a role for you to play. I've been so incredibly blessed to get the no the leaders and the deacons of GOP Baptist Church they reflect positively upon you as a congregation but ultimately they give glory to the Lord Jesus Christ and as I said earlier. I'm growing into them. They're growing into me and as time passes we're becoming more and more one and I rejoice in that. Well let me share with you. A story about the kind of difference this makes and Pastors Live Timothy. George is the former Deacon of the former dean of divinity. School in Birmingham tells a story about listening to one of his professors lecture. About being a young pastor in rural Louisiana during the Depression and it powerfully illustrates act six. And the kind of ministry the Impact. That deacons can have you see. Electricity was just coming into that part of the country and this young pastor was out in a rural black church that just had one lightbulb hanging down from the ceiling. The whole sanctuary and the pastor was preaching away in the middle of his sermon. All of a sudden the electricity went out the building went pitch black and he didn't know what to say being a young preacher he kind of stumbled around. I most certainly would right trying to find his way and trying to figure out what to do until one of the elderly deacons sitting in the back of the church cried out preach on preacher. We can still see Jesus in the dark so what kind of role deacons plant a church. What kind of role do they play? In the life of a pastor we stick with God's design like our Constitution and the transition team and as you and the members get engaged prayerful in the process then they provide an indispensable role of encouragement of blessing and most of all of service. So will you pray in the coming weeks for God to call individuals into service? I hope you will. I hope you'll take seriously that homework. I in chapter three versus eight thirteen. Go home and read that. Read what it says about Deacons. Read what it says about the deacons wives about how these exemplary servants are supposed to be men of character so that Lord Willing it will never be set of a Baptist Church that we nominated somebody who haven't been here in three years. It can't be that way. It's not healthy. It can't be that way but the people who are serving the people who are qualified ought to be the ones who are given that title but for us have a vote. We've got to have members. Are you a member of church? Church membership may not seem like something that belongs in two thousand twenty but I can promise you that it does only members get devote because only members have invested themselves in this congregation with the kind of commitment that it takes to preserve our doctrinal orthodoxy and to advance our mission. Able faithfulness. And I I don't I don't want to draw a hardline because listen you. You may have valid reasons for why you haven't joined yet. I've I've had several conversations with you and I'm blessed that we have that openness of a relationship but prolonged hear me prolonged disobedience to the call to be a member of the local church uses the same logic cohabitation right between between a couple of says. Well we're going to get married one day in the future. Well Yeah but you're trying to take advantage of the benefits now and there's only.
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"I don't have the money. I don't have time I'm too busy. I'm not strong enough right. Romans chapter one verse. Seventeen says that the Gospel is the righteousness of God revealed from faith. Faith four faith as written the righteous shall live by Faye. Now there's no. There's no doubt in my mind that Paul had the word faith in that verse three times because he wanted to get it through our thick skulls. About what the Christian life looks like it is never never ever lived in your own strength and your own power. Our it is always live by what that was week. All right it was always live by what I always lived by. What y'all just y'all yeah there you go okay so I mean you got me right and so it's always meant to be live by faith? It was never listened. Some of your strong. Oh but that strength can be a stumbling block. Some of you are smart. But that smartness that intellect can be a stumbling block some are are masterful at relationships or your masterful at all different kinds of things but guess what God never called you evening your strength to lean on your own strength. He's gifted you so that even in those gifts you can lean on him. You can walk by faith. Faith is dependence. Faith is surrender. Faith is saying God. It's going to have to be you because because a strong is I think I am. I am nothing. I can't do this only you can't. And this is God's design you just bring you you just bring that smidge faith that says maybe he can. I hope he can I long for him to do it. Maybe he can and he says that's it. That's listen I heard this a long time ago this I love this. Have you ever wondered why Jesus said they. You should have the faith of a child. Arctic pasture say at one time. He said you know why Jesus said that. That's because as you grow up you go from being a receiver to an achiever. You think you've got to work for everything but when you're a child what do you do your entire. I what two three years of your life are. Basically you continually crying out independence. Because you can't do it on your faith of child. Listen there's no confusion about the Christian life is supposed to look like God has designed for you and he is displaying it through this story as a sign. Not only for his disciples there at his side. But for us all of these years later at a gop a Baptist Church you bring your tiny speck of faith and you watch God do something that you can't even begin to fathom how the rest of the story goes. We are still have says that Jesus gives thanks for the food and I remember when when you get asked to pray array this coming week. We're not we're not giving thanks for the food or giving thanks to the giver of the Food Right. Jesus gave thanks to the father for the food and the disciples pass it out. Look what it says. It says so that they had as much as they want it. Now there is A. There's a myth out there that says that there were people in the crowd that had food that Jesus and the disciples just know about it and that the little boys generosity bread generosity and everybody everybody else gave his food. I'll give mine too. And that's how they were enough to feed the crowd No now don't don't D- mythologised scripture like that. Because you can't I mean you're you're about to see Jesus walk on water next week so there's really no need. Jesus if Jesus is hailing people from a distance then he took the launchable and he made it multiply multiply right he made it multiply and so the people looking swell and it says eaten their fill right. He tells his disciples gather up all the leftover crumbs. Now what is your was your bottle. Say pieces fragments right. You get the picture that that it's not just like some little Niblett leftover right you get you. Get the idea that it's like. Where did all this come from? And what it says it's the Gab. The fragments of that nothing. Maybe also they gathered them up and filled filled how many baskets twelve baskets. How many disciples did Jesus have wonder why they were twelve? Baskets Ascot's because each one of those disciples had a little doggy bag testifying the faithfulness and the sufficiency of Hot Right. And that's what so many pastors astor's when they're preach on as fast as they get to the point where listen your your faith is not in yourself. Your faith is not in the people around you. Your faith is in the is in the god of the ages. Your faith is in the God of Heaven Your Faith in Jesus Christ himself. And here's the thing about faith. Ah each one of those Doggie bags was a testimony of God's faithfulness and his sufficiency. So guess where you're supposed to fix your eyes when you put your faith in something in the taste testimony the faithfulness and the sufficiency of God himself in his work. This is your little doggie bag a fragments and Jesus says I guess what. If you'll if every morning you'll come to me with that empty basket and you'll fix your eyes on me. I'll fill ended up with the fragments of my faithfulness so that you can go throughout your day. And it'll be like Manna. Which is ultimately what John Chapter six is about? Jesus is the true and Better Moses limitations chapter three says that his mercies Percy's our new every morning great is your faithfulness right and so Jesus says listen. Just come and you'll find your daily portion in my present so that so that I mean I know what you're facing throughout the rest of your day but you don't but if you'll if you'll set aside this time each morning to come into my presence presence and to receive from my phone this grace upon grace then I will give you everything you need for your day because I know what every second is GonNa Anna is GonNa is GonNa Bring and so you come to me and I will give you everything that you need. Because I am sufficient sufficient. Tony Ed and says Jesus took insufficiency. Thank God for it and provided more than enough. So don't let your resources limit what God can do offer prayers of Thanksgiving in the midst midst of your in sufficiency. What's this week really about something about some awesome food on the table? What the world wants to make it about this week is about thanking God in the midst of your insufficiency for many of you get situations waiting for you at Thanksgiving and it's causing anxiety in your mind about that person that issue or that unresolved unforgiven area? That happened like last year or forty years ago. Or whatever and every holiday you just have to face it and you say I don't know what to do and Jesus says go. We'll get your basket. You wake up on Thanksgiving morning I go get your baskin come get some fragments and faithfulness and go throughout Saturday. Because I know what's coming and I want to prepare you for it. That's the sign for the disciples but very quickly he's got another group in mind and that's the crowd the crowd. While the main part of the signs of the disciples. Jesus engages the crowd a little bit more extensively and we'll cover that next year but versus fourteen and fifteen shows. How the responded onto the sign itself? We'll get verse fourteen. It says when the people saw the sign that he had done they saw they said this is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world they were thinking about Deuteronomy chapter eighteen versus fifteen eighteen. It says Moses said the ward. Your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you from your brothers. It is the hand that you shall listen and I'll raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers and I will put my words in his mouth and he shall speak to them all that I command him and so at first glance they had it right then if they were looking at Jesus as that prophet he is that profit but Jesus sees through their initial response givers fifteen perceiving them that they were about to come and take him by force to make him King Jesus. This withdrew again to the mountain. By himself I fifteen shows is the reality of what was going on in their minds. Remember they wanted a king. They wanted a king why because they saw Jesus coming as the third exodus the first one was from Egypt. The second one was from Babylon and now from Rome here. We have a conqueror. Hunker are victorious warrior coming to put his enemies at his feet coming to help us. Conquer this awful people called the Romans and so the people looked at Jesus and they wanted their own will they wanted to make Jesus King. They didn't want the will of God. They didn't want to admit to him as they wanted to use him. As a conqueror conqueror John Piper he put wonderfully said. Jesus didn't come to be useful. Though he came to be precious. He didn't come to be a tool. So in your hands to do your will. He came to be a treasure that you sell everything for and follow..
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"John Chapter Sixteen. I'm GonNa tell you something. I'm really glad that I had gracious people dealing with me as I was preparing to go into into seminary because when I went into seminary which is the kind of the school where I was trained trained in a local church but the southern grab this seminary and when I went into that seminary they had a survey that they hadn't we feel like they kind of just wanted to see where we were at and it had certain components about discipleship apple ship and doctrine and different things like that and one of the questions that was on that survey was was this question. What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit and have you ever experienced this Niagara up in a southern Baptist church not far from here and you would think that having gone there from nine months before I was born up until the time that I graduated high school and then really grew spiritually I mean in college you would think take that I would be able to answer that question with what we would call southern Baptist doctrinal precision which if you know anything about being a southern route that may or may not be a good thing right and I remember sitting in my interview and my pastor flipping through my survey and he I don't know if he had it circled highlighted added starred whatever but he knew to go there and he said Ryan. I've just got a I got a question for you said you've got this marked and and this is your answer and and I'm thinking to myself. I'm thinking oh no. I've gotten this question wrong and I'm going to be like kicked out before ever get in you know but he he said he said. Hey said I want you to I want you to do. I want you to listen to these messages and I want you to come back and I want us to talk about. My answer was to the question. Have you ever been filled with the spirit. What does it mean to be filled with the spirit and have you ever done this. My answer was well. That's when you speak in tongues and and you fall on the floor and kind of roll around or jump chairs or I twenty twenty two twenty three years old at the time and this was legitimately my answer and I and I said no I've never I've never experienced that and and so over the course of the next several weeks as I engaged with God's word on that very issue. I learned the things that we're about to talk about today and I hope that you'll see today okay as a continuation of our sermon series but also something that is extremely relevant for where you are in your life not just so that you can answer a doctrinal question but so that you can experience what got has for you on a daily basis because the way that I answer that question a lot of ways it hasn't cut me off from life right but it did give me a certain confusion when it came to my daily life that I don't think it was designed for me to have and that's why he's given us his word and so today we do want to talk about the Holy Spirit and so I I wonder how you answer that question today. What is the primary function of the Holy Spirit word and just like I mentioned as a kid growing up on a southern Baptist Church. Maybe that would you would say that. Would influence the way that people answer that question. If you grew up in a more charismatic there's not examination that would that would influence the way you answer that question. I want to tell you from from where I'm standing right now. My intent and saying what I'm about to say is not to diminish finish or downgrade or de legitimize any kind of incredible encounters that people have had with the Holy Spirit but simply to say this is that in some denominations would articulate that being filled with the spirit does mean that you speak in tongues or you may talk about being slain in the spirit right laying motionless us on the floor or having worship services filled with maybe a radic or spontaneous actions wash video this weekend on Youtube which is the place to go to find doctrinal precision but watch TV on YouTube. This started singing the song and got jumped headfirst baptistery like did a front flip over the over the choir loft into the baptist. Thanks where there was water but saw another guy that he he ran down the aisle and he was swirling Jack around and he threw it at the guy who was singing hit it right in the face and it was kind of Israel not sure Jeremy would respond to that. I don't think that'd be a good idea. I I mean is that what it means to worship in the spirit spirit some denominations would say yes but then other denominations might air on the other side of the spectrum where there's almost no mention of the Holy Spirit and his ministry and his work right but regardless of denominational persuasion you are. That's not the most important question how I answer. The question is southern Baptist pentecostal or whatever that's not the right frame of reference to answer the question. The right frame of reference is what does the scripture. I'm sure say that's always that's always the way we approach the questions. What does the scripture say and with a wide variety of perspectives you would think that the scripture doesn't so much but in fact they're over two hundred forty seven references to the Holy Spirit's work in the New Testament alone and the twenty seven books in the New Testament over two hundred and forty forty seven references to what the spirit has done and is doing in our day and so it is not because of of ignorance or I mean it's not because of lack of clarity that we are. Maybe a little bit ignorant about what the spirit does in the New Testament. We are in fact. Let's do a little we'll do. It'll audience quick poll. Okay now if you if you don't feel confident to answer you don't have to but what are some of the things things that you're familiar with that. The Holy Spirit does according to the New Testament so this means that that if you say it I want you to. I'M NOT GONNA PROBABLY NOT GONNA ask you to do eh but I want you to be able to say I remember reading that in the New Testament. So what does the spirit do. What are some of the things that the spirit is our helper. Yeah there was a conviction. Yeah comfort right intercedes for us right his counselor. Mhm Protector Empowers for service. That's right sanctifies. Bring things things are remember. It brings them on what Jesus has taught us. Sales is a great helps us understand spiritual things. He's always points to Jesus. I don't even have to preach that. Okay all right. WHO's ready the message of all yeah aw that's exactly right in the New Testament we are we are we are born again again. By the spirit remember we saw that in John Chapter Three. We worship in spirit and truth. We're talking about being set free by the spirit transformed by the spirit filled by the spirit led by the spirit set apart by the spirit. We're sent by the spirit witness in the spirit. Pray in the spirit gathering the spirit sealed by the spirit until the day when Christ comes again all of those rose verbs that we just use our directly from the New Testament in addition all the ones that you mentioned in some of you just mentioned the ones that are in the past is today and that's absolutely right. The spirit of God is the Buydell nonnegotiable part of being a disciple of Christ. This is something we must know about. We cannot afford to be ignorant of the Holy Spirit's work knowing what the Scripture says about the spirit gives us confidence in our daily lives about what God wants to do in us and through us and in fact many strong voices in the last century have spoken out against how the church is largely ignorant the spirit and then and in fact much of the Ministry of the local church is intentionally void of the Holy Spirit so that we can do ministry in our own flesh and measure Britt according to man's measurements you say. Aws does one of these strong voices and he says he said if the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the Church today ninety five percent Santa what we do would go on and no woman no the difference if the Holy Spirit have been withdrawn from the New Testament church ninety five percent of what they did would stop and everybody would know the difference and so we need to once again. This is a broad statement may not be true. GonNa Indefinitely your knowledge about the Holy Spirit versus where I was at the beginning of seminaries much farther along. Thank you for that but is it true us that how we measure success in ministry has very very little do with the Holy Spirit and I'm still here. I'm still learning how to answer that question but I hope that as we studied today this category within your mind will begin to fill up with biblical definitions so that we can have a biblical perspective on life and Church and what God has called us to do and to be gene and that's why today we WanNa talk about this fifth of Seven witnesses in the Gospel John Out as the Holy Spirit himself you see from John. The Apostle we learn that Jesus is the eternal word sent from the father and then from John The baptist. We learned that Jesus is also the lamb of God who he was sent to atone for our sins John Chapter three we saw nicodemus discover that we received that sacrifice by believing in him which is the evidence that we've been born again by the Holy Spirit and then from the woman at the well last week learnt when we believe in him the Holy Spirit takes up residence inside of us as the satisfying fountain of Living Water Quenches our spiritual thirst and so this this morning we want to fix our eyes on what Jesus says is the fifth witness and that is the Holy Spirit himself and so. Let's get a little context because it's never never helped for say just to jump in the middle of the passage to understand the context of John Chapter Sixteen in that context is Jesus is giving last words of comfort to his disciples and and you know John Actually record several times when Jesus spoke extended words to his disciples or to the people who were following him we'll dig into those as we continue to dig into the gospel of John but in this particular section Jesus speaking last words of comfort to his disciples because he knows he's about Me Crucified John Chapter Thirteen eighteen tells us that they were in this upper room and that they were having the the last supper there as they were celebrating Passover. Jesus washes their fee for tells. Dell's Jewish is betray Judas betrayal and Peterson island then. He dropped the bomb on them. The time of his departure is coming and that leads Thomas at the beginning of John John Chapter Fourteen to say Jesus. I'm really concerned about the fact that you're telling us. You're gonNA leave you know can you can you can you help us find and hope in Jesus in John Chapter Fourteen tells them that their hope lies not with him being physically present with them but the fact that he is going to leave Vincennes somebody else that's how his plan is going to continue in and through them for three years. He'd lead them physically now. He departs he tells them the father is sending a helper burn the lead them spiritually with them always and then in John Chapter Fifteen he tells them that this this helper is the holy spirit who will lead them as as as the words of Jesus fill their heart and their mind this is what Jesus calls abiding in him as we abide in Him we will bear much fruit which is what God wants for every Christian but apart from him we can do what nothing nothing so how important is the Holy Spirit and the life of believer apart from him. We can do nothing and so it is up incredible appoint importance importance and so in John Chapter Sixteen Jesus is going to help us understand why he is sending that spirit and what he will do for us. The spirit is a witness and fits within our series of the seven witnesses because he bears witness in a variety of ways towards two different sets of people and for both his testimony. Simoni takes place in a similar way he reveals and he exposes. He reveals the exposes. One of my favorite Theologians Jab Hacker gives this example to talk about John Chapter Sixteen. He says I remember walking to Church one winter evening to preach on the words he will or five me from John. Sixteen fourteen seeing the building that I was walking towards it was it had a flood light and the quarter and as I turned the corner. I realized that this was exactly the illustration. My message needed when floodlighting is well done. The flood lights are placed so that you do not see them just like the picture in front of it. You don't see the floodlights and said what did you see. Is the light coming from them. What you're meant to see is just the building on which the floodlights are trained. The intended effect is to make it visible so when otherwise it would not be seen for the darkness to maximize its dignity by throwing all its details into relief so that you can see it proffers properly and this perfectly illustrates the spirits new covenant role. He is so to speak the hidden flood light shining on the world and on the savior. That's what the Holy Spirit is. That's what the Holy Spirit does and I hope you'll remember that help illustration. We we ask such questions about what is the function of the Holy Spirit within the body of Christ. How should he influence our services of worship every Sunday because we've just sung and I would say biblically Song Holy Spirit. You are welcome here. Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere..
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"We WanNA wrestle with some things tonight and and like I said if you are note taker and I encourage you you feel free to take notes but I do have twenty or twenty five copies of everything. I'm GONNA say tonight so that if you just want to listen and it also be posted online on the audio for this if you want to go back and listen to it 'cause we're we'll cover a lot of ground tonight and some of the stuff that we'll be dealing with tonight is slightly philosophical in nature and so sometimes philosophical topics you kinda need to need to think through them and so. I just want to encourage you. A guy dot com. It'll be on the front page for the next several weeks and and of course I this is all prompted because of eighteenth anniversary of nine eleven probably one of the last times if not the last time that our nation was actually really unified if you think about it I know each one of us could stand we could we could recount where we were because it's one of those moments where you you don't forget exactly where you were what you were doing. You know I remember I was a senior senior Auburn. I was newly engaged. we've mentioned. I'd been engaged for about less than a month and and I remember we I heard the news Sarai before going to class and all the images and as we got the class just they kept talking about it and talking about it and so called a few friends I think I think this might be one of the only times a God would honor me skipping class and let's go back to my house and let's pray and I remember me and a friend of mine or hey and another friend of ours name Kim we went and just hit our faces back in my apartment complex and and of an interceded and just knew that that war was going to be what happened as a result of of of nine eleven and and I remember that night we had faith Evangelism Strategy Energy Lake Baptist Church and Auburn and we went we went out and and we talked to some people and we went back to church and we prayed and then you probably remember just just like you know churches were filled that following Sunday and then a few weeks after maybe a few months after and then and then we kind of just learned to cope and auto people without that that freshness of nine eleven drifted away from the Church and so tonight as we think about eighteen years since nine eleven eleven we don't just want to to recount. We want to learn you know I think that's one of the things that Lord admonishes us if he can tell us all can tell us and I this audience to to to to have hope when we grief essentially not to waste our grief then I I don't think we need to we need need to waste times like like tonight with just a just remembrance in one sense. I think we need to say well. What what has got word have to say about this and and how do we how do we respond to people who really struggle with this this reality of evil in the world and so to do that? We'll look at the prophet back. A lot of people think that God doesn't like a hard questions. I don't know where they get that from but when I look at scripture and I look at the people who dealt with God inscription I see people asking a lot of hard questions making some pretty bold old requests and how back is one of those in the Old Testament that comes to the same place that many Americans came to on nine eleven and that's why I called this this an Old Testament Prophet leads a conversation on nine eleven obviously hit back not not around for nine eleven then but at the same time he was around for Israel's national tragedy he was looking at national tragedy and he's asking a question in fact the the subheading a Montek says his complaint he is complaining before the Lord he is issuing a a strong statement statement to God and God is it's not out of out of sinful anger but it it is out of honesty which I think is what God blesses and so God is not afraid of hard questions God's not afraid of honesty and and so I think people lead to hear that on Tom's like nine eleven and so let me give you a little context for Abaco Quebec Glib during the final decades of Israel southern kingdom it was a time of injustice and idolatry and he saw the rising threat of Babylon the sinful nation that God was gonna use to judge the people of Israel and and that was not really good news for anybody as he saw Babylon coming his book records this conversation that he had with God which is really if you think about it. It's his journey to believe that God is good even when there's much even when tragedy in the world now that's a message that people need to hear today that God is still good even when there's evil evil in tragedy in the world and so let's look at the back chapter one verses two and three. This is evacuate complaint. He says Wardhaugh Longchamps I cry live for help and you will not hear or cry to you violence and you will not safe while you make me see iniquity. Why do you do. Why do you idly look at wrong. That's a really strong statement destruction and violence or before me strife and contention arise basically looking at and he's saying why are are you silent. Why are you not doing something right. It's almost treating God is if Hebraic is is in the midst of this conflict in this turmoil and got suspended stanton over to the side and you know from the midst of the battle in the heat of the battle looks over God and said. Why are you just standing there you you you really feel back back just the weight of Quebec's complaint to the Lord. Where are you looking for. He says the law is paralyzed and justice. Never goes forth for the wicked surround. The righteous and justice goes forth perverted so he's saying real. Justice is nowhere to be found there. There's nothing fair happening here is this is essentially what he's saying from from from his perspective may says and even the even the so-called justice that is supposed to go forth that goes forth perverted voted because it comes from a heart of wickedness. He saying evil a bounce. Where's your holy desire for justice in the zeal for Your glory and while Oh you may never picture yourself saying this to God. Can I tell you that that's what the majority of our nation said on eleven especially when we heard those initial reports upwards of fifty thousand people work in those buildings we're thinking oh my goodness fifty thousand thousand people as we see them crumbled down early. New York morning on on television as you see the as you see the people choosing their own fate as to whether they're going to stay and burn or they're gonNA jump yeah. I don't know if you've seen those pictures horrifying and so to relive that every nine eleven it I I try to look at it through the eyes of somebody who doesn't believe like we believe and those are the questions that keep coming up in my mind of people wondering got. How could you allow that to happen right and I think a lot of people ask that a question and God's not afraid of hard questions and can I tell you we Christians don't need to be afraid of hard questions either. We don't need to be afraid to ask our questions. We also don't need to be afraid to Wade Wade into those waters those hard questions bring and so that's what we're GonNa do tonight and the good thing is for us is that her back is asked the question and and then just like the ward answered job in verse five the Word Answers Back so look what he says in verse five he says look among the nations and see wonder and be astounded under. I'm doing a work in your days that you would not believe even if I told you see the Lord says to back. There's an underlying problem with your question your complaint back. You're considering yourself to be omniscient just because you can't see something happening doesn't mean that.
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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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"I think peter peter says it pretty clearly paul said it pretty clearly. You've been been and been given a gift so that you can pour out that gift on the people around you. That's what makes the church the church that's what makes the church church unique and beautiful and also is this unity without uniformity and this the diversity that's by design and it's intended to be a blessing that people around me. I'm not i'm not selfish with my gift. I use it to be a blessing of those around me so you've been given these gifts. You've been placed where you are. When you're here so that you can be a blessing to those who are around you but here's the key a spent time asking you recognized this in your life and i think if view spend any amount of time. We talked about right in your testimony. You'd see that grace at work in your life right. We're gonna appreciate it in ourselves. Once as we come to grips with it but here's the kicker the appreciate it and others to appreciate the fact that god has given you gifts success yes but he's also giving your brothers and sisters in christ different gifts that are from him that are by grace and that are intended to compliments your gifts not not be the same as but to complement your or gifts. One person has this gift. I may i say this. I don't i don't i don't want to draw any any more attention and to myself then just to say this. God's called me to be where i am for. A reason and god has called many of you to be teachers and they're a bunch of you who could stand up on this platform and and and deliver messages of god's grace nice but there are some of you say i can't i can't do that. That's not me and what i want you to see is is is that when you come to those points where you say that's their ministry. That's not my ministry. Maybe you come to those points where he's i wish i had that gift the you you need to recognize that there's temptation there to be discouraged and what do we do when we face the scourge fear and doubt we cling to the promises of god that he has deposited positive these gifts of grace inside of us and their unique to you the god it's not called you got a you got out and called me to be god's called you to be you and me to it'd be me and in that way there is a beauty that comes from that diversity you see that and so as a pastor sir i praise god for the diversity in this congregation and i'm just scratching the surface. I'm just getting to know it but as i've gotten to know it. I am so thankful will that all of you are not like me. I mean i really am. I am thankful that you are you. I'm thankful they got us called you to be you in the context of us. I'm thankful that god's called me to be in the context of us because it is by design so don't be tempted to despise is someone else because they don't have your giftedness. You're calling or your passions. Don't be envious if someone else because they have something different from you you in fact. If you want to just write this down to go look at it later first corinthians chapter twelve versus fourteen thirteen paul is that famous body metaphor way says you know what the i you said the ear i don't. I don't need you right or what if a foot said well because i'm not hand then you know i'm not important that's just silly and anybody who's gone through some kind of experience where they've lost the ability to see or hear or they've lost the ability took to move one of their lands would say no. It's important that they all move right. It's important that they all function correctly and god would say see what i'm trying to tell you. I've given you a physical illustration to show you exactly how crucial it is. A you recognize your purpose and be that you don't detach from the body of christ just because you're different from other people are just because other people are different from you so don't be envious be tempted but instead celebrate appreciate and and rejoice in the diverse grace of god that has been poured out and how it serves one purpose and that is to advance his kingdom because what we used to celebrate my friends it creates a culture and this church needs to be a place where individual diversity and giftedness a celebration celebrated as it is used for the kingdom of god now you need to understand. There's no place for self promotion when using your spiritual gifts if i if i stood before you and i want to geeta that i was amazing and awesome and glorious and needed to be exalted that you need to you need to remove me as pastor from gop baptist church because my gifts don't exist for me who am i give exists for to be a blessing to you as san into this in this pulpit to preach the truth truth to you and so who do your gifts exists to be able to look around you. That's who it is and so we need to understand one of the reasons that this diversity is intentional and it has been created is because it is from divine generosity. The divine generosity look eight and this is one of those passes. I think ought to people they read a physician's. They get it as fast as they're like. What what does that mean and so. I wanna take a few moments. Now i want to explain this to you from <hes> from from jewish worldview which is what paul would have been speaking from and so paul says that therefore meaning that what i just said to you you is based on this right because grace was given because when he and he would say we could we could add an when when when the resurrected that christ ascended on high he led a host of captives and he gave gifts them in and saying he ascended verse nine. What does it mean that he also descended into the lower regions of the earth that he who descended as one who also ascended far the heavens that he might feel all things and again some of your saying what and so once again let's look at what this means paul it was actually quoting psalm sixty eight verse eighteen and you see that in some of your footnotes robert says you ascended on high leading host of captives and your train and receiving gifts among men even among the rebellious may dwell there and so paul has this picture in his mind when a king would go and he would conquer another nation how many the movie national treasure nicholas cage longtime ago okay this afternoon homework national treasure because it kind of you get this picture assuring national treasure. There's this idea a myth story that there's this massive treasure that it has things from all the civilizations of the ages and the idea was was was that as each nation conquered they would take that treasure and they'd add to it added to their treasure and then when they get conquered date add to the treasurer and so on and so forth and you had this huge as you know his history defining treasure and so this this is what paul has in mind is that as as kings would conquer they they would plunder the other nation and they would take the best from that nation you think about it when when daniel shatter acme shack and abednego what happened to them. How did they end up in babylon. They ended up there because as the jews were conquered took the best the brightest the strongest from israel israel and they put them into positions in that other nation and so paul has this in mind and he's saying this is what happened when jesus conquered death basically that when he died and this is this is in the apostles creed that that people get uncomfortable with this because we're not sure about it scripturally and and it's kind of one of those things that if it's if you wanna if you wanna believe it then then there's and understanding of why it would be this way when it says he descended that means the apostles creed says he descended into hell right after after he died and that that's kind of where they get it that paul saying he ascended and if he if he us ended means he also descended into the lower of the earth and there's different interpretations of that but i think in context what he's saying is saying that christ in those three days that he was dead he'd been buried in the tomb in those three days he descended ended into hell and because he was victorious that he was plundering the depths of hell to strip the kingdom of satan of its power to go ahead and be kind of a a reclaimer that hey your days are done. I have conquered death. I am the victorious war and then as he ascended three days later that he led a parade of captives almost like this he stripped the demonic forces of their power and just like the demons were consigned onto enslaved into the ones who disobeyed enslaved into into the service of satan. Jesus has has weakened his forces massively bley and aasiya sins. He's throwing out the plunder onto the church and saying here some of you be have had the gift of faith right. Here's some of you have the gift of encouragement here's some of you have had the gift of service some and he's just pouring out the guests on the church. He ascends back in heaven. That's what paul's thinking and it was all rooted in this idea that as the victorious were were your conquered that he plundered the enemy and out of that plunder as he as he goes to his people well he throws those gifts off into the crowds and paul saying this is exactly what the victorious warrior jesus who has conquered death and ponder hell itself. This is why you can be competent in your service. It has nothing to do with you and the limitations of your ability it has nothing to do with you you and the things that you would heap upon yourself in terms of a deal and despair. It has nothing to do with you. It has everything to do with your conquering king your your gifts come from him. They're not rooted in you. Even though god has deposited them within you as you as you fix your eyes on him as you recognize he has defeated defeated the enemy then you can be bold and courageous to go and serve in his name then you can go and radically love people who are broken then you can go with boldness proclaim with confidence the gospel of jesus christ even to the hardest heart because you know that christ has conquered it all and the gifts that you have are directly directly from him you get the idea why paul building this up and he's so excited as he's talking about the church is because jesus has conquered death and he has plundered hell stripped it of its power and therefore these are the truth that we cling to as we fight this fight of faith as we seek unity in the midst of diversity within the church which choose to focus on jesus as the victorious warrior intentionally dispensing his this gift of grace to those around you and you need to focus on that grace rather than the differences that exist among us we are vastly different and it is by design and that design is rooted in the generosity of jesus as our conquering king king and so dispensing that grace given to you to other people.
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"Notice. What was not mentioned. The style of music being played was not mentioned notice what was not mentioned skin colour not mentioned the number in your bank account was not mentioned. Your position in this community is not mentioned agent. We have one body and one spirit one. Hope one ward one faith one baptism one god the entire trinity has been working our salvation in the creation and the operation of his church and therefore this one nisa is the one that's that we have been called to abide in and to experience in this church family that has all centered around christ so just to sum it up if we focus on each other well only see our differences but if we focus on god then we will see the massive massive depth of unity that he hasn't himself and as we worship and praise him we will experience that unity within our fellowship together and so based on these promises and ask you out by baptist church. Will you make that commitment today. Will you claim to the truth of god's word that we've seen so that the power of god can be unleashed in the airlines to produce the kind of unity that we need in this world needs to see us. God has already provided the power. It's up to us to appropriate it so so that idea of aiming towards unity. I commit to maintain the unity of the spirit and the bond piece by focusing on the truth of god's unity as the foundation of our practical experience community within our church family. It's only ask what does this look like for. You personally more willing. We're gonna have a lot of opportunities that imitations. We're gonna be able to get real honest with each other and you're like we can get more honest okay well. We've been honest enough already. Maybe just thought this is one more. Let me ask you you would this apply. What does this look like for you personally to believe this unity. Remember satan is no new strategies. He's not innovative native the same things that people have been tested with throughout generations. We're tested with as well so paul calls us to stand firm chapter six against non innovative those old tired strategy that the enemy that somehow still many christians today succumb to i want to equip you for one way that you can flesh out this truth today. Flesh out this truth about aiming towards our unity and that is when it comes to gossip a i believe that gossip up has no place in this body. I'm a month old here okay so i have no baggage that i'm talking about this from. I've no experience. Nobody's come to me and said hey you really didn't talk about gossip gossip so maybe i don't know but especially that person that's happened right but just think about these things to great thoughts. We don't have definition initiative gossip and your and your bob. I love to write these down because gossip involves saying behind the person's back with you never say to his face as gotham awesome in fact. If any of you need to know this is the way i've i've talked to the staff about this. This is the way we deal with. These things in any of you ever come to me and <unk> says well. Some people have said etc etc okay. Let's go talk to him or any of you ever comes and says hey you know i've got. I've got this concern with this person in this church or staff member whatever the case may be. You need to know that listen. We'll hear it we'll talk but before we finish that conversation we're gonna set up a time to talk to the person that you or shortland with because i can't fix other people i can be the best passer in the world but i cannot fix another the person and i really don't think that's called us to fix each other but at the same time as iron sharpens iron right and so if you really do care about seeing somebody else closer to jesus then you will have no problem going to talk to them directly but if you really gossiping the you will not want to say to that person's face that's the difference between gossip and biblical accountability but there's another side of gossip and that's flattering. I really don't struggle that. Some people do the people who might have a tendency to be people pleasers. We start with lottery said we because lottery involves saying to a person's face with you'd never say about got them behind their back. Meaning accountability takes place or do you have relationships in this church. Family were gossip takes place. Remember life in christ the seasons of passionate obedience together by tom's of self examination. We're about to come to a time limitation where you can examine yourself in this way and a plot the truth that we've seen today that this specific area in your your life because remember what james chapter three says about the tongue as a small member but it can set your world on fire and it can set churches on fire not in a good way and so maybe this is the way that you need responded. Maybe during this sanitation. You don't even need to really stand up and saying you don't need to need to respond but by doing anything but you're saying. Is this me you want to flesh out this unity. I want to abide in these triggers. I'm gonna cling to these promises got helped me to be refined in purified break any area of my life where i tend towards gossip or breaking area of my life rat tend towards flattery got restrain yeah put the providence is put a guard over my tongue. Put a guard helped me. It helped me to say something and when just to be quiet. Pray that per a lot because there's sometimes w- where the person in front of me doesn't need to hear ryan then into here my silence. They need to hear maybe choir because i don't have the answers for everything on encourage you today. Today's an opportunity for you to respond to these truths that we've seen to believe that god wants to do this work of unity in us to believe that satan has no new strategies is he having his way with you and so i just i'm gonna pray and duggan akon and we're going to enter into a time imitation and during that time tation this alters open. If you want to come in and you wanna pray you wanna. I just just with your physical posture. You want to decry the warden and say i need you. This is a blind spot mall. I ford and easier. I've upset before if you need to step out. You're gonna make a phone call as a way to respond to this time imitation do that. We say wherever he leads. I'll go. I pray that you'll make like that. Your your heart cry no matter what song we're singing and so if you need to respond in that way you can do that but if you need to respond you need somebody to pray with you. There's people down here in the front. Come to me. We'll we'll pray with you if you need to trust christ today. Maybe you heard phillips testimony testimony earlier and you say i've been here for a long time. I know it all up here but i've never trusted here and you can you can do that. I love to walk you through what that looks flying today. If you need to join the church we'd love to receive you because god.
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"All Right so first Corinthians Chapter fifteen we're going to end this series that we've been doing the past several weeks <hes> called first things and just a little bit of recap before we jump into the last few verses of this tax tonight we we initially started on this path because we said the way you start is important the first things that you fix your eyes on as <hes> in a new season or or a new circumstance or situation and it really directs the course of of of your of your life in one sense for Paul. That's exactly what it what it had done when he started in ministry in Corinth he had a specific starting point because Z. recognize. You never could know where you're going unless you knew where you are and the Gospel meets us where we are to describe where we are in describe where God wants us to be which is in a relationship with him and so Paul began with the Gospel and we wanted to get very Mary certain that we all were on the same page about what the core of the Gospel is and we've done it every every single week this far so we might as well do it again tonight right. If you want to remember the core essence of the Gospel. We'd do their hands right here right right so let's start with this hand we say Christ Dodd for our sins and was raised right. So what does the Gospel well. It's it's the message that Christ persons and then was raised from the dead and so this is the Gospel this this was the place that Paul wanted wanted to start why because the Gospel is God's diagnosis of the greatest problems that we have the greatest problems are not outside of us in the lives of other people and what they're doing to us and what <hes> what circumstances are around us or what's in our bank account or what's the those might be real problems but the Gospel says that's not the greatest problem the greatest problems not outside of us the Guy The Gospel says the greatest problems are inside of us so Paul wants to remind at this group of believers who have who have strayed away from living out the Gospel wants to remind them of this Gospel that he preached to them and that they needed to hold fast too and that Gospel is not just some fictionalized account of fabled tales about a man named Jesus. What Paul wanted us to see what we looked at last week was these are real events that happened that are historically verifiable and that when we read about these events in the text <unk> scripture that we're reading something that is faithful something that we can trust in? We talked about that about Matt's remember last week not not actual maps that are on the wall but Matt's M. A. P. S. manuscripts archaeology prophecy and statistics artistic all of those all of those things when you apply those tests to scripture scripture stands unique among all the other texts of history as reliable and faithful and verifiable and this matters because when we received the news of the Gospel we WanNa make sure it's not fake news and and Paul didn't believe it was fake news. The Corinthians were treating it like it was fake news but for us. It's not fake news. It is the power gone as the power God for the salvation of those who believe for the personal so for the gentile and so Paul. This is what he based his ministry on but he didn't basis ministry on himself. We saw last last week that he basis ministry on the risen Christ. It was not about him in fact Paul didn't have to high of a view of himself. It was not a morbid self-deprecation but it was instead just a god centered humility woody because he talks about himself as as one untimely born premature and so we want to pick up in verses nine through eleven tonight and we want to talk about something that's very I think it speaks directly into where we are as a culture and if we care about about speaking in a way to our culture that would be appealing to our culture that the culture would want to listen to us us first of all we need to remind ourselves and this is just this is not an attacks but first Corinthians chapter thirteen Paul's reminded us that I can speak in the tongues of angels right and tongues of men but if I have not love I am nothing. I'm just a resounding Gong longer clanging cymbal suppose already established that that we need to speak with love. You need to remember this truth without love is not truth. Love it out. Truth is not love this. This culture would have us to believe that we have to abandon one to have the other truth without love is not truth. According to First Corinthians chapter thirteen but love without truth is not real love either and so Paul wants us to understand tonight. He wants us to understand tonight something about how the Gospel speaks to the individual we've handed hinted hinted at this that Christ it and just I for Sin Christ out for centers but let's pickup in verse nine and will read Reversal Lebanon. We'll see exactly what Paul wants to center tonight. Paul says for I end the least of all the apostles unworthy to be called an apostle because I persecuted the Church of God but by the Grace Ace of God I am what I am and His grace toward me was not in vain on the contrary. I worked harder than any of them. Though it was not I but the grace of God that is within me whether then it was I or they so so we preach and so you believed and so Paul begins he says for iron the least of all the apostles unworthy to be called an apostle because I persecuted the Church of God. We kind of pick up where we left off last week. That Paul recognizes is is something about himself that he's very honest about and he never changed his view of from the moment that he encountered Christ on that Damascus road he recognized something. That's very crucial to US receiving the Gospel and that's that is that we are not the Lord of our lives. We we live in a culture that that throws around such phrases like well. You speak your truth right. You speak your truth. In fact I haven't watched the of it probably won't but but you know Robert Mueller was on on Capitol Hill today and he is as you know being encouraged speak his truth right well. That's just a very very dangerous thing. When you put a personal pronoun in front of the Word Truth Right it was not made to be that way it ceases to be objective truth at that point in time because there's no such thing as your truth and my truth and his truth and her truth right there's only the truth right definite article showing that is the truth and so we need to be concerned about the truth Rupaul recognize the truth about his own life is that he's not Lord the moment that he saw Jesus on that Damascus road and at binded him his is reopened and beautiful paradox that I think he explores more and Second Corinthians chapter four just this the fact that that in the moment where he saw the most clearly his fiscal site left him but his spiritual site was gained and he recognized that Jesus alone is ward and if Jesus alone his ward than that dethrones the self this is why Paul Can Paul is humble? This is why Paul recognizes that he he can be honest about himself. What this this for us is key? Can you be honest about yourself. Do you feel like this place is a place where you can be transparent. We we really struggle with this in in especially the the southern culture right the southern culture where we in a lot of ways. We've been taught that to come to churches to put on a mask right and just to look certain way to always be a certain way and and we struggle with letting people in and granted I don't. I don't think you should go around just kind of vomiting out your issues to everybody and you know the deepest secrets of your life to everybody but at the same time Paul show he gives us an example here about having this basic understanding. Of who you are that puts you on level ground with everybody else in this world God forbid that any Christian that that would that would say by Baptist Church Church home. Whatever seek to put themselves above anybody else because we're not in fact? I don't think it's <hes> forget who it is. Quote one time that I heard at said I think it would see US Lewis. He said if if men's speak ill view he said basically <unk>. Don't wind them for your much worse than they know that you are right. I mean listen. That's what Tim Keller says. Tim Keller Passer in New York City pointed a church in Manhattan happened. Remember Presbyterian Church. She says he says this is the Gospel that you are worse than you ever have thought yourself to be but you're more than you've ever known yourself to be. That is the Gospel and so we don't need to act like where people who had altogether because we don't listen if the world is broken because of San then guess what that means we are broken because of San and if we build fortresses right where the people think will ever Wanna go there because everybody there thinks that they got it all together then we will we will diminish because what the world longs to see now in authentic Christianity as or people who recognize with Paul all that it's only by the grace of God that I am what I am. If you see anything good for me I can promise you it's not from me his from God. It's God's work in me and so this is the heart of this passage in Paul has gone <hes> in this. Let me let me apply this to something. I said this past Sunday. I encouraged encouraged you if you if you feel I could just kind of floating along in life right now Roger testimony and I would encourage if you haven't done that in the mid week right right it out right after testimony talk about what John has done in your life talk about what God is saved you from think about the things that we just kind of embrace in Christian in culture without realizing what we're saying we even even this. This come APP probably said about this coming Saturday. The Brittany I've heard Brittany sesame and my language reflects opposite Britain has got a really awesome testimony and she does us right but don't think that when I say somebody has a really awesome testimony what's what a lot of people think well. My testimony is not as good as hers. Oh Child of God. Would you recognize that if Jesus have saved you no matter what he saved you from. You have an awesome testimony. You have an amazing testimony. We think about people who've been saved out of drugs or alcohol or or sexual morality is having a really good or powerful testimonies but consider what Paul says in Romans Chapter One and two divisions to Romans Chapter One and two Paul after he's just said I'm not ashamed with the power of the Gospel or I'm not Shannon Gospels the power for the Salvation Ovation those who believe that the Jew I also for the gentile he immediately goes in Romans chapter one and shows how the gentiles are centers right and how they traded the things that can be known about God and suppress them and they pursued less than all these he's horrible things and and we look at from chapter one and it's just this really horrible list of of things that the broken nece of Sin Sin has done to humanity but then less any Jew whose reading that reading thing that description of the gentiles Romans chapter one thing that they're above them. Romans chapter two is all about how the Jews there and just as bad shape and really worse because they've had the truth preach to them and they have the covenants and they have all these other things and yet they've rejected. God to Romans Chapter One chapter two are all about how Jews gentiles the ground is equal at the foot of the cross and finish after he does the same thing as a way of helping these Jews and gentiles and emphasis that they can be unified because Christ is their bond of peace and that just because they're ju- and considered there near to God and just because they're gentile and someone say they're far off from God really everybody's far off off from God and it's a Marvelous Act of grace if anybody comes to him and so what I'm saying is this your may have saved you out of drugs or he may have just saved you out of self righteousness. Maybe he saved you pornography or maybe he just saved you out of half-hearted halfhearted religion. It's all it is awesome if he saved you out of Islam but it's also awesome if he saved you out of Cultural Callous Christianity you may not have you may not have been a rapist or a pedophile or a drug dealer but did it take any less of God's power to.
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"Second Peter Chapter One and and we are going to continue our series this morning through this what we're calling life in Christ and we are glad you're here like I said if once this service concludes if you've got any questions about this message or you got ways that I can pray for you or you need to respond and any way and feel comfortable coming down front. WE'RE GONNA make I'M GONNA be right back there in the parlor and I would love to talk with you more and just kind of pray for you or encourage you and just continue to talk about what God's doing in us as we hear this message last week. We talked about this idea idea of life in Christ this this this just universal pathway for all people who want to walk with the Lord. How do we do that? What does that look like is there? I mean it makes percents God's confusing out of order so he's going to say something that he really wants us to understand. He's going to say clearly right. He's not he's not going to not going to speak in a way that we can't understand everything that that he wants us to understand fully. He's made plain in his word and that's what we're going to look at. This morning is just a continuation of what we began last week and so I'm going to ask you based on the truth that you heard last week. It Got Baptist Church. What what is what is resonating in your mind? How is your walk with the Lord compared to what we talked about last week? Are you hungering for him. Are you thirsty for his presence. Do you long to know him or are you just content with your current experience with him. You see what we saw last week is that no one limits limits our relationship with God accept ourselves. no-one limits your ability to walk with God except you the greatest obstacle so our godliness are not outside of us in the lives of other people in our environment. The greatest obstacles to US walking with God are inside of us because Second Peter Chapter one verse three makes it clear that God has given us everything that we need for life and godliness what that means is that for where you are in this life got his already given you everything you need. He's already put the right tools there in place for you to endure for you to to walk and to stand firm there is no deficiency in the Gospel what we need to work on is our awareness of and response to the truth of God's promises and so we've looked at second Peter Chapter one versus three and four this week we're going to begin to look at verse five and once again just so that we can really feel the entire context of what Peter's talking about we're GonNa read from verse three all the way down to verse eleven so Second Peter Chapter when I'm going to begin reading and you follow along with me in your copy of God's Word Peter Says His divine power has granted us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us to his own borey and excellence by which he is granted to us is precious and very great promises promises so that through them you may become partake of the divine nature having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire for this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue and virtue and knowledge and knowledge was self control and self control with steadfastness and steadfastness with Godliness and Godliness with brotherly affection and brotherly affection with love for these qualities are yours and are increasing they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus. This Christ forever lacks these qualities as so nearsighted that he is blind having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins therefore brothers be all the more diligent to make your calling an election share for if you practice these qualities you will never fall all for in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is what God has done for us in these verses and what Peter wants us to understand you see the truth of God's promises received with a heart of faith brings the power of God into our lives to accomplish his purposes now. That's that's where a lot of Christians like the muddy. The water what are God's purposes for US got power being unleashed through his promises. That's what we want but we said it very clearly last week. You can't have the power of God if you don't have the purposes of God in mind the proverbs Chapter Three's says delight yourself in the world and he we'll give you the desires of your heart. The understanding air is your heart is being transformed by the way of wisdom by the by the spirit of God and so as your heart is transforming you embrace the purposes of God and as you as you say just like I did here. I am Lord here. I am just like Samuel did in I Samuel Speak Lord for your services listening as you as you respond to the promises of God in that way that's when you find the power of got unleashed into your life to make you more and more like him. This is what God has done for us and today Peter wants us to understand what the first steps of faith look like in the life of every believer so these verses answer a question for us. What should everyone of US pursuing doing in our daily lives as we wake up and we face our day where should we set our eyes before we look in the mirror and begin to judge whether or not our appearances is sufficiently made over enough to walk outside God we need to look in the Mirror of God's word to see if we are spiritually surrendered to him and as God moves us individually that's when the expression of faithfulness is a church family comes and to its full manifestation? N._F._l.. Station according to God's word as we all walk with God and are filled with his spirit then we see God's power unleashed not just individually but in us as a church family and that's what we ultimately longing for and so last week we saw two words power and promises bonuses and over the next two weeks. You're going to say two more words that obliterate because that's what pastures do you're going to last week we saw power and promises and over the next two weeks you're GONNA see attitude and action so power promises attitude action this week. We're GONNA look at attitude and so we'll get verse five verse five so God has granted us these promises and then there's five Peter says for this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue and virtue with knowledge now I uni no that the verse numbers in your in your copy of God's Word or not inspired the chapter breakdowns are not inspired and so that means that it's okay for us to take a little snippet of a verse and focus in on it and then we'll pick back up with that next week because I think we're going to see today. Several words of verse five will is sufficient enough to take our time this morning and so what Peter says is for this very reason he saying because of what God has done for you. There's only one right response now. That's key for us. That shows us that this is the universal pathway for all of us define a life in Christ. This is not a well. That's right for Ryan but what's right for me is this Peter says for this very reason because of what God has done here here is the right response. It's kind of like one of my favorite chapters. In the Bible. Romans Chapter Twelve Romans Chapter Twelve verse one Paul says therefore brothers in view of God's mercy offer your bodies as living sacrifices holy and acceptable to God for this is your spiritual Rachel active worship right what policies saying he says that we're he uses that word therefore now just as studious bobble scholars that I know you are whenever you see the word therefore you need to ask why their therefore is therefore right and so in Romans Chapter Twelve verse one Paul says therefore and what he's saying is is that this is chapter twelve. I've spent eleven chapters exposing to you. The mercy of God unleashed unleashed in your life through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ through his resurrection and through his spirit and so he saying that's I mean Romans chapter. That's a that's a lot of words. That's a lot of promises a lot of truth to meditate tate on and Paul says because of all that there's only one right response off your bodies as living sacrifices offering your body's got about church present Romans chapter six. He says another way says present your members I mean he says members he means your hands. Your feet your tongue. Your mind your very life all that is in you offer it to him. That's the only right response it's no surprise that Paul and Peter and not in conflict conflict because in Second Peter Chapter One Peter says for this reason make every effort to supplement your faith. Hey saying brothers offer your bodies as living sacrifices he just says the different way the only attitude that serves the right response to what God has done to give his powerful promises. I'm all in take my everything. I'm all yours. I hold nothing back have all with me now. These words are translated in various ways throughout different versions of God's word different translations of God's word that are translated from the original Hebrew in Greek but we've heard we've seen some translations say instead of make every effort it says says having brought in all earnestness kind of like that one or adding on your part all diligence and you also have some <hes> some people who paraphrase right and they basically try to faithfully take what's in the and the original Greek and Hebrew Hebrew and take the thought of it and then put it into words that maybe we get and so one modern paraphrase put second Peter Chapter one verse fine like this. Do your best. We get that don't we do your best breath. Peter says because of what Jesus has done do your Best Guy Baptist Church now some people they don't say your best. Some people use this catchphrase and I wanNA. I WANNA give you some context because I might step on your toes here. Some people say we'll just let go and let God right now. I get the context in which that's that's given because we like to control things right and we want to control so everything and yet there's some things that we absolutely cannot control and so what the person who came up with that that little you know kind of little statement is saying is where you can't control things just let God like leave it up to him right so one of the things though I can't control other people but what can always control myself and so when it comes to the way that other people respond I got yeah. Just let go and let God what he's GonNa do but you need to know that that is never that is never the approach that we should take our personal. Spiritual disciplines are the ways that we respond to the Lord you never let go and let God 'cause Peterson's do your best on the other side though because because the Christian life is lived and balanced between two ditches I kind of like to kind of driving we wanNA keep in the middle of the road and we don't want to go into either ditch. One ditch is like going God..