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"barnabas" Discussed on WTOP
"For people who call 911. Thanks so much, Three different lanes being completely blocked off as you make your way down towards St. Barnabas Road. The delays begin soon after Branch Avenue and you're down to an absolute crawl. If you're in these delays, make your way over to the far left -hand side of the roadway because you have only that left lane getting by. Or you can go ahead and try to avoid the area. You might be able to jump off onto Branch Avenue and make your way onto St. Barnabas because the crash is just before St. Barnabas Road. They're starting to back up as well because of that police activity. Follow that police direction as necessary. Eastbound 50. The work zone is still out there but the delays are basically gone. Eastbound 50. After the BW Parkway on your approach towards 202, you'll start to see those cones on the right. You'll be down to a single left lane as you make your way to the beltway. Looking at the camera though again, you're only slowing down really as you get closer and closer to the beltway but then, by you're only slowing down as you leave the work zone. 50. From the beltway to the Bay Bridge, up to speed but across the Bay Bridge, you got two way traffic. Carlos Ramirez, WTOP Traffic. Thanks Carlos. Now 2 -7 News First Alert Chief Oh just Veronica Johnson. Rain and wind is in the forecast for your Tuesday. So when's the best to time hit the road? Well that would be this evening here or
A highlight from Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God
"Acts chapter 13 we're gonna start in verse 46 Acts 13 46 someone's excited hear now the word of the living and the true God and Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly saying it was necessary that the Word of God be spoken first to you since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life behold we are turning to the Gentiles for so the Lord has commanded us saying I have made you a light for the Gentiles that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth and when the Gentiles heard this they began rejoicing and glorifying the Word of the Lord and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed thus far is the reading of God's holy and inspired word let's pray together as God's people God this is your word it's a gift to us Lord in ourselves we do not deserve this amazing gift your revelation you condescending to speak to us Lord we've learned so much about you and your word about your sovereignty about your rule about your reign and your control over all things there are no accidents with you you have a purpose you have a will you declare the end from the beginning God you truly are the sovereign we come before you and your holy word today and we ask that you would empower us encourage us renew our minds remove from our hearts unbelief especially in a time like we're living in now in our current circumstances removed from us worry and anxieties and fear about the future removed from us doubt regarding your promises about what you are going to do in the world to glorify your name blessed today and I pray that this message and your promises in your word would empower this church body to preach your gospel boldly to the world and to trust you as a sovereign God who wins history all enemies under the feet of Jesus it's in your name we acts pray amen 38 powerful moments again we've been in the series on the book of Proverbs God's wisdom from above we spent time over the last couple of weeks talking about the comprehensive sovereignty of God that is to say that the Bible gives us a portrait of God he gives us revelation about God that is very different oftentimes than you might get in much of what is called evangelical today it's not very popular today to see God as the true sovereign as the one who rules and reigns over every event in human history and I've been making the argument that of course we as fallen and rebellious creatures would revolt against the idea that God is sovereign because that's the very idea that we've been revolting against from the beginning God is the sovereign he rules he reigns he has ultimate authority he's in control of all things we of course rebel against that idea of God's sovereignty but the scriptures teach it plainly from all the New Testament down to the smallest details the minutia the macro events the micro events God is truly sovereign there is no meaningless no purposeless event in human history yes even in a fallen world where there is violence and there is evil and there is sin God is sovereign even over that and scripture tells us as God's people that God causes what things all things to work together for good for those who love God and those who are the called according to his purpose God has a purpose all things work together for good but that's the sovereign God presented to us in the holy scriptures that's what God teaches and so we've been in this book of divine wisdom we look through Proverbs we talked about what the book of Proverbs says about the sovereignty of God over all things down to the detail and I love this part about the casting of lots we think there are some things that are just chance occurrences these are accidents maybe even happy accidents but they are just casting the lot and scripture teaches that even over those things God is fully sovereign he's the determiner of those things scripture teaches us the comprehensive sovereignty of God we didn't talked about how is this now relating to me individually as a person or even the church how does the sovereignty of God relate to me and we spent time talking about the sovereignty of God over salvation that God is the one who predestines God is the one who foreknows God is the one who chooses a people in Jesus Christ Ephesians 1 before the foundation of the world that our names are written in the Lamb's book of life before the foundation of the world that Jesus is a lamb slain before the foundation of the world this is part of the decree and the plan of God to bring about his glory and the redemption of unworthy people we talked about that beautiful passage in John chapter 6 and that passage in John chapter 10 that illustrate that point in this discourse that the father gives the people to Jesus Christ and he says that it's the will of the father that Jesus loses none of them he loses none of all that the father has given to him and he says I will raise them up on the last day there's my hope that's your hope as a child of God this is something that God does God is the one who saves God is the one with the grace God is the one with the mercy God is the one with the purpose and the plan and the will and the power to save and so we're still in Proverbs we're on that theme of the comprehensive sovereignty of God and so we did God and what is he sovereign over we did the salvation of God's people and today I wanted to end that portion of study on the sovereignty of God talking about evangelism in the sovereignty of God because this is critical especially as I noted especially right now especially right now now there's no question or confusion about the fact that you go to a church that are that is teaching from the pulpit hardcore pipe hitting post -millennialism no question yeah that's right yes praise the Lord for that it's no question about that but it's interesting because oftentimes many people who argue against post -millennialism and all we say when we're post -millennial is that we believe those about passages what God is gonna do in the world through the kingdom and the Messiah we believe those passages as a real passages it's gonna happen in history those are promises we believe that but oftentimes people who argue against post -millennialism and against these promises will say well wait a minute you're saying that Christ is gonna put all enemies under his feet and then finally after that is death and that the world is gonna just be filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea you're saying you really believe that's gonna happen I'm saying well that's what the scriptures say of course I believe that and they'll look in the world out there and they'll say okay what about Putin I said pew pew okay what about Putin what about China what about thank you okay sorry what about Gog and Magog that's a popular thing right now actually I'm thinking pastor James I need to do a message and Gog and Magog we're gonna need that more and more in the days to come people using a prophecy that's already been fulfilled as something that's supposed to happen in our day in our future my people today are watching the news and look let me just go ahead and grant it at the outset things are tough right now things are bad right now there are things shaping up right now in the Middle East that are not looking good and we don't know the outcome things could fall apart and get awful in a moment or things could just sort of smooth out I mean we've lived many of us have lived especially this guy lived through a lot yeah so we've learned we all have lived through a lot in terms of some of you guys were raised in the 80s you were raised during the time of the Cold War how many times do you think nukes were gonna be launched in the 80s right we've we've been there before we've always thought like the the buttons about to be pressed and it's all just gonna go to hell and in a moment we've we've been there and admittedly things are not looking good at the moment and people have used that to argue against the specific sections of Scripture that talk about the victory of God and his Messiah within human history they say well wait a second if you're saying that the world is gonna look like this and be totally transformed and what it looks like things are just getting worse right now and I would say it's just a matter of perspective because you're saying things are getting worse right now during a time where we have more Christians professing Christians alive in the world today in than in history the gospel has gone to more places now than in human history and it's amazing to me when people will talk about how the world's is getting terrible and there people are going it's it's amazing the world is getting so terrible right now and you know it's all everything's falling apart and that's how the world's gonna be and it's terrible and they're literally on a device preaching Christ live around the world and people say it's just getting so terrible and so awful while we're getting the Word of God into more places than we ever have before and there are more professing Christians alive than ever we ever had before I'm not saying that there aren't broken things there are broken things but here's the point that's that is a terrible way to argue against what the Bible says is the course of human history that things look really bad right now because here's my here's my position God says he is going to do this he says he's going to do it God cannot lie and that's my hope that's my hope for evangelism that's my hope for gospel eing the world and telling the world about Jesus is it doesn't matter what the current circumstances are and how much things look like they're falling apart it didn't look good the day of the cross either and it was the cross of Jesus Christ was a very event that horrendous brutal event was the very event that God used to bring about the redemption of the world and so oftentimes what we see in front of us looks like it is time to despair it looks like all hope is lost but God is sovereign and if we want to live with divine wisdom we've got to get that part right God keeps his promises and God is sovereign so no matter what happens over the coming weeks or months my answer is scripture says all enemies under the feet of Jesus and then death will finally be defeated that's the promise of God and God cannot lie with me there's our hope and so when we talk today briefly about the sovereignty of God in salvation we started with this amazing section where now the gospel is going to the Gentiles that's big deal that by the way is the fulfillment of the promises of the Messiah's Kingdom understand that that this promise of Messiah's Kingdom was not simply that this Messiah was coming for the Jewish people but it was that the knowledge of God will cover the earth like the waters cover the what and it's asked by my friend I love how he asked it the best way to ask the question if that's the promise the knowledge of God will cover the earth like the waters cover the sea it's a good way to put it how wet is the Pacific Ocean it's all wet and so how much of the earth is getting covered with the knowledge of God all of it like the sea it's all getting wet with the knowledge of God that is the promise of God and the promise was that God was going to draw all the nations to God people from every tribe tongue the languages all the peoples were now going to be drawn up to God's mountain and this Messiah would bring his salvation to the very ends of the earth all the families of God will return to worship Yahweh Psalm 22 and now here you have in the book of Acts you have the gospel goes out the gospel goes out it's going first to the Jews and now this moment this beautiful moment where the gospel now is being brought to those Gentiles here in Acts 13 and look what it says in terms of the sovereignty of God over this moment it was promised by God that's the point made by Luke here it was promised by God this is the fulfillment of prophecy the Gentiles are coming now but notice what it says in verse 48 and when the Gentiles heard this they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord and as many as were appointed as many as were appointed to eternal life believes do you see it fulfillment of God's promises he keeps his promises and that day those who were appointed to eternal life believed I made the argument last week on the very tail end of the message we talked about the sovereignty of God and our salvation the Father draws and Christ will raise them up I made the point that every time we go out and do evangelism it is 100 % success rates it is a hundred percent success rates even if you get beaten even if you get flogged even if you see outright rejection yelling spitting people try to hit you with their car as this happens to us doing abortion mill evangelism people pulling guns on you people throwing food at you hundred percent success because it is those who are appointed to eternal life that ultimately believe God is sovereign over all of this he keeps his promises and he has a people Jesus said other sheep I have which are not of this fold them I must also bring and here you see it in Acts 13 exactly that not just Jews but Gentiles also why because the sovereign God decreed it because the sovereign God declared the end from the beginning and here's what's gonna take place and so what do we see we see that God the true God declares the end from the beginning and so we need to consider one more point that the principles and promises of the book of Proverbs teach what about the righteous and wicked we have direct promises from God here's what the shape of the world is gonna be here is how human history is gonna go here's how I'm gonna win the world but God also in the book of Proverbs we've been studying he has actual principles and promises regarding the righteous and the wicked what does this say about the wicked will they prosper the wicked will not prosper they are ultimately going to be crushed will the righteous prosper that's the principle and promise of Scripture the book of Proverbs is the righteous who flourish it's the righteous who prosper Scripture teaches that it is actually the meek who shall inherit the what the meek shall inherit the earth not the wicked not the evil they're cast off they're uprooted the promise of God is about the shape of history and the principles we've been learning about is that the righteous are the ones who ultimately inherits the world the meek shall inherit the earth the promise Paul says in Romans chapter 4 was that Abraham's descendants would inherit the world where did we ever get this idea that it's the the unbelievers or the wicked who inherit the world the promise the literal promise of God is that the a that Abraham's descendants inherit world the do you believe in Christ do you believe in Christ then you are heirs according to the promise you are children of Abraham it's not outwardly that you're Jewish but inwardly you're a child of Abraham through faith in Jesus Christ and Scripture says that Abraham's descendants inherit the world it is the wicked who are uprooted and so God tells us the shape of human history here's what I'm gonna do in human history here are the promises here are the principles but I wanted to make this point today is this very short message as we have Chile waiting in there for us and everyone's chomping at the bit I want to make the point today that it is the promises of God that give us hope in our evangelism and our whole and our perspective of the future just get that and you'll get the main point of what I wanted to communicate to you as your brother and pastor today it is the promises of God that are the anchor for our hope about the future now I know that walking in here every one of us would have affirmed that statements you know what he would have denied that it seems simple enough right the promises of God are the anchor they're the the foundation of our hope for the future but I want to make the specific point about evangelism and ultimately the outcome of our evangelism to the world that the world is won by Jesus he has victory over the world and no matter what we see in the days to come no matter how bad things are we know that God is sovereign and he's made promises now watch very important it doesn't mean and this is key this is key it doesn't mean that God doesn't have historical judgments in history scripture makes plain clear threats from God of nations that would violate his law nations that would disobey God they will be uprooted the wicked will be uprooted so it is possible none of us are promised the nation that we're in is ultimately gonna be the one that flourishes and grows there are historical judgments there's no promise that there isn't gonna be judgment and let me just say this plainly our nation is already under judgments clearly with the things that we love the things that we preach the things that we accept we are clearly already under the judgment of God our nation has clearly been turned over it was John Calvin right that said when God wants to judge a nation he gives them wicked rulers that's what we're at that's what we're at so there's no question judgments is here and there's no promise that this nation will ultimately make it through I pray for our nation and I pray for repentance and revival and reformation I pray for that I know that God is sovereign enough to accomplish it he can bring light where there is darkness he can raise the dead amen yes but there's nothing nothing coming from us that demands of God you come down from your throne and you do the bidding of our nation we may be judged as a nation but even if we are it doesn't mean that Christ is no longer on his throne or that God isn't gonna keep his promises amen he will keep his promises and what are some of those promises what are there's no way to do this in a comprehensive way today but some of those promises and I wanted to have anchor ones for us this is the future of the world here is what hope we have for evangelism as we gospel the world we tell the world God's gospel God's good news something you all know Genesis 22 17 Abraham's descendants would be as numerous as the what stars and the what that's a lot that's a lot the stars and the that's sands the descendants where did we ever get the idea that God's people are the minority in human history I'd say the stars and the sand of the seashore speaks of a very different story brothers and sisters we have a sovereign God who can absolutely accomplish it it did not look remember this it did not look the day of Jesus ascension like he was really the one with all authority it did not look like he was the king of Kings and Lord of Lords it did not mean he's raised from the dead so that was a big deal but in terms of in terms of the gathering in front of Jesus at the ascension of Jesus that should have been a global event right that everybody sees and like my goodness here is this amazing thing that was promised by God the ascension of Messiah seated on his throne to bring the redemption of his salvation all that to the ends of the earth but it's such a small crowd gathered before Jesus and Jesus says all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me therefore go make disciples of all the nations baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you it didn't look like he was the king of the world right where's the huge audience I mean there's there's there's Roman guards that like have more people with them than you've got it's your feet Jesus and you're the king of the entire world it didn't look like it but he was and he is king of kings and Lord of Lords he's God in human flesh crucified and raised and ascended and on his throne didn't matter if it looked like it he has all authority in heaven and on earth and the promise is stars and sands stars and sands that's a lot again that promise is made in Genesis 26 verse 4 and then Genesis 49 10 there's this amazing promise some translations use the word Shiloh Shiloh is coming and it says this to him shall be the obedience of the nations to him the Messiah should be the obedience of the nations now quick question did the apostles believe that that the obedience of the nations were going to be Christ just read the book of Romans just read it in Romans chapter 1 and 16 the book ends of that book Paul gives us this very promise and says that the purpose of all of it is to bring about the obedience of faith or the obedience that comes from faith among all the nations for the sake of his name that was the promise Genesis 49 10 the nations are coming to God they will obey Jesus and by the way that's what Jesus said to go get there's the Great Commission there's what Jesus said to go get rights all authority is mine heaven earth go make disciples all nations baptize them and teach them to obey me that's where history is going stars and sand and obedience of nations then of course you have the promise in Psalm 2 where the Father says to the Son ask of me and I will give you the nations for your inheritance the very ends of the earth for possession your brothers and sisters make no mistake about it that's total the ends of the earth for your possession and of course this isn't mine dr. Greg Bahnson used to say this author we talked about that tax and it is powerful the Father says to the Son ask of me I'll give you nations for your inheritance the very ends of the earth for your possession dr.
A highlight from Ministry Life | 2 Corinthians
"Stay awake and remember that by the space of three years I cease not to warn everyone night and day with tears. Stay awake. Watch. There was another time Paul preached all the way until midnight and some kid fell asleep, fell out of the windowsill, crashed and killed himself. Paul went to him, got him up, got him back from the dead and finished his message. He said, stay awake this time, boy. 2 Timothy chapter 4, 2 Timothy chapter 4, verse 5, Paul says to Timothy, I'm leaving. You stay awake. Watch thou in all things. Stay awake and do your afflictions. Do the work of an evangelist. Make full proof of thy ministry. Know your ministry by experience. Teach it, but not just with words, with an example. Make full proof of your ministry and fastings. Let's glance back at chapter 14 of Acts. Chapter 14 of Acts, this page 1169, verse 23, when they had ordained them elders. This is Paul and Barnabas going back through all the places they had preached, even the ones that had rioted against him. When they preached the gospel in Derby, then they went back again to Lystra, which is where he was stoned, and Iconium and Antioch and Cilicia, confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, say it's going to be a lot of trouble. And when they had ordained elders in every city and prayed with fasting, they said, we're not going to eat right now, we're going to just pray, they commended them to the Lord on whom they believed. We read in 2nd Corinthians chapter 11 already, I think. We went through verse 25. Let's look at this, 2nd Corinthians 11, verse 27. I did read this already. He said, watchings often and fastings often. He just often did without what we consider normal things. We get back to this chapter 6 passage here and look again what comes next. Oops, that was not the right button. This is the right button. He says, after watchings and fastings, we have all these things that says, buy. Everything before there was in, in, in, in, in, in, in, in, and now we get to buy. In truth, in the Greek language, this is still in until you get down to, I wrote it down here, give me a second. The armor in verse 7, that's where the word changes from in to buy. But here in chapter 6, verse 6 and the beginning of verse 7, it's still in. In pureness, in knowledge, in long -suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Ghost, in love unfeigned, in the Word of truth, in the power of God, and then it goes to the other word, buy. Not a huge difference, and the translators were not wrong in saying buy, because they did translate words that meant the same thing by different words sometimes, so it's okay. That's all right. We're in, according to the King James text, by pureness. This ministry has an aspect where you need to be pure, by pureness. First Timothy chapter 4, verse 12, Paul exhorts his young, calls him son in the Lord, he says, let no man despise thy youth, but be thou an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in love, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. I think perhaps young men and old men alike need be exhorted to purity. It's one of those words that's hard to define, because the only thing you can say about it is, it's not dirty. Purity. Doing right, because it's right. Well, the clock is running out on us here in another minute and a half or so. All these things Paul gives as aspects of his ministry, and he's going to go on for a bit longer, but what this ministry was, he explained at the end of chapter 5, and we've talked about this many times at the wrong part of the thing here, at the end of chapter 5, we have the ministry. In verse 18, he says he's given to us the ministry of reconciliation, and then he says in verse 19, this is what it is, to wit. I want to explain to you what that is. That's what to wit means. God was in Christ. There's the incarnation. God in heaven became a man. The Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world, reconciling the world unto himself. What was in between the Father and the Son, the sin that separated them, the Son took the sin out of the way so that the world could be with him again. The sin of all mankind, he says he's not imputing their trespasses unto them, but not all mankind goes to heaven. There's a word of reconciliation, the explanation of this salvation that God has provided. He calls the word of reconciliation. In verse 20, he says we are the representatives. We're the ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us. We pray you, lost person that doesn't know about the payment for sin, we pray you in Christ's stead be reconciled to God. He already took the sin out of the way. Be reconciled to God, and he explains it again in verse 21. He made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Just as Jesus said to Nicodemus, God so loved the world, sin and all, that he gave his only begotten Son. Jesus took the sin on himself. He died, he was buried, he rose again, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. That's the ministry of reconciliation. God did the work and says we are to present, to explain it. We are ambassadors for Christ, and just the way as though God did beseech you by us, we pray you, we beg you in the stead of Jesus Christ, be reconciled to God. He did the work. All that is left is to believe in him. Father in heaven, thank you for this morning's message and lesson. We pray for the preparation of our pastor, that you'll bless it and increase the effect of your word, because he speaks it with boldness and clarity, and bring those who are on their way safely here to be with us and enjoy and share their gifts to build the church, to edify, to add to and build up, strengthen the other believers. In Jesus' name, Amen.
"barnabas" Discussed on WTOP
"Gaza while additional medical supplies from the WHO has reached the Hamas -ruled territory. Keep it here for full details on these stories and more coming up in the minutes ahead. It's 718. Now traffic and weather on the 8th with Rita. Well, while a lot of our earlier problems are starting to clear, we're left with the Aftermath of the delays. The outer loop delay after 95 all the way around past 270 before old Georgetown Road. Keep an eye out on the right side for that crash. It should be over on the shoulder. You'll also find a delay on the inner loop getting on to northbound 95. Earlier, we had a broken down tractor trailer in the of center the roadway at the point where both sides of the Beltway merged together. Southbound 95 slows, passing 32, but on then not a bad trip all the way to the Beltway. Both directions of the Baltimore Washington Parkway are slow in the area of 197. Southbound Parkway slows just inside the Beltway toward the Good Luck Road Overpass, and inbound 50 delays are from 202, trying to make your way on to New York Avenue. Southbound 270 slows out of Urbana, passing 109, then from Father Hurley Boulevard in Stretches, headed toward 28 in Rockville, and then it looks good to the Lane a -divide 10 interloop in Prince George's County delays coming from St. Barnabas Road, headed all the way toward the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The earlier wreck in the through lanes near 210 has been cleared. In in Virginia. Northbound 395 at the 14th Street Bridge. While the crash is clear, two lanes are open. Your delays remain near Glebe Road. Northbound 95 is slow, Dale City to Woodbridge, then through Lorton and Newington with the lanes available to you. Traffic brought to you by Navy Federal Credit Union. Proud to serve members of the Armed Forces, DOD, veterans and their families. Our members on the mission. Learn more at navyfederal .org. I'm Rita Kessler, WTOP traffic. 7 News First Alert meteorologist Brian Van de Graaff. Later today it's gonna be nice and really all week. Just a good forecast coming from you guys. Yeah we're trying our best here John.
A highlight from The Ministry of Evangelism
"Welcome to the Heart for God podcast. With many years of experience pastoring and helping to start churches, Dr. Jim Townsley has some practical and biblical advice that can be a great help to you and your ministry. On this podcast, Dr. Townsley and other guests with special expertise cover a variety of topics. His goal is to help you lead your church to be a healthy, strong, and balanced ministry, and for your family to be happy, healthy, and living for the Lord. Welcome to the podcast today. I'm glad that you joined us. I have with me here Brother Matt Barber, and he is an evangelist. He's been at our church since Sunday. This is now Wednesday, so he's had several opportunities to speak to us and preach the Word of God. Matt, it's good to have you with us this morning. Good to be here. It's a pleasure. So I want you to just say a little bit about your background, who you are, your family, what God has called you to do, and where you were before. Well, I was raised in a pastor's home. I had great opportunities to hear the gospel. I got saved as a child. When I was 16, the Lord finally got a hold of my heart, and I surrendered to him, and that's when I felt called to preach. I went on to Bible college. I went to Baptist College of Ministry up in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, back in the early days of the college there, and that's where I met my wife. So a lot of good things happened in those days. And then our first ministry was in Woodridge, Illinois, where I went there as an assistant pastor. So that's in the Chicago area? Yep, that's right, southwest suburbs of Chicago. And within six months, I found myself the pastor of the church, and we stayed there for 13 years. And you have family? Yes, sir. Yep. So my wife, Chelsea, and then we have five children, and so the Lord's blessed us richly. And the years at Woodridge were wonderful. We learned a lot. The church grew. It had been through a lot, and we were kind of in a re -establishing, rebuilding phase at the church. And then in 2018 and 2019, I began to feel the Lord stirring my heart towards evangelism, and that's where I felt called originally. And by 2021, the Lord finally gave us the green light, and we stepped out by faith. And so we've been traveling full -time now the last two years. So stepping out by faith is no small exaggeration, because for an evangelist, to get started, people don't know you, they don't know your name. So how does that all come about? How do you end up getting meetings? Well, that's a good question. When I first announced it to our church, they were shocked that we were moving on, but I felt that the church was ready for another hand at the till, so to speak. The church was established, and I guess they thought that I was going out into evangelism by popular demand, and that was not the case. I didn't have anything on the schedule, and I was just trusting the Lord. I expected to be working full -time or part -time as we got meetings lined up, but God and His mercy just allowed the meetings to come in. And they didn't come in all at once, but the Lord stayed ahead of us by three or four weeks or a month or two, and He just filled up our year. We found ourselves traveling two or three weeks a month, plus Sundays and Wednesdays here and there, different places that first year. This second year has been a lot more busy. We spent the whole summer just packed all the way through. We're out west and got to see some beautiful country. But the best thing is we've been seeing God's blessing and seeing God just confirm the step of faith with meetings and with fruit. Dr. Darrell Bock So you're traveling with your family. So you've got a pole -behind trailer, and you've got seven people in that thing. How do you live in that? David Jones Well, you know, the Lord already provided the Ford Excursion. That's right. It's a 2002 Excursion. It's the gas kind, the gas guzzler, but we already had the Excursion, and when the Lord was stirring us up to go, of course, the first question is, can we do this? And the first thought is, no, we can't do this. This is impossible. But then we began to look into it, and we found some pole -behind travel trailer options that would work for our family. In fact, we only found one option big enough that I could actually haul with our truck. And so it's got several slide -outs, and it has a lot of roomy space for the kids to sleep. I say roomy in relative terms, but it works for us. It's tight, but we've been doing fine the last couple of years. Dr. Darrell Bock So you've been a pastor. Now you're traveling as an evangelist. There's got to be a pretty good perspective you have. What is the difference in what are some of the things that people might be interested in, the difference between being a pastor and being on the road as an evangelist? David Jones Well, there's some stark differences, and I guess just going back to the root of it is there are two different gifts in the Bible. We have them listed in Ephesians, Chapter 4. Of course, you have the foundational gifts of the apostles and prophets. Those are no more because the foundation has been laid. But then it goes on to mention evangelists and then pastors and teachers, and I think pastor -teacher is kind of the one idea of pastoring and teaching a flock. So what is the evangelist? Well, if you think about it in the order of events, before you have a church, you have to have gospel preaching so people can be saved so you can have a church, right? So evangelist, an the word evangelist comes from the word evangel or gospel. So an evangelist preaches the gospel, but all of us do that, right? But it's a special gifting that focuses on the gospel. So as an evangelist, I think God gives a special desire, burden, boldness, or even I think also clarity in preaching the gospel so that people can understand. And that's not something to boast of, it's just something that God begins to reveal what your strengths are, what his giftings are. So evangelism is a pioneering gift. Oftentimes evangelists will plant churches, but that's not always the case. My older brother Nathan is a pastor. He planted a church. He would not call himself an evangelist, but he planted a church. So God can use different gifts for different things. I was an evangelist, but I was pastoring for 13 years. But the whole time, I knew I was an evangelist who was trying really hard to be a pastor. It's hard to explain that, but I knew that. But I'm thankful for that background so I could understand the ins and outs of being a pastor and how a church works. But an evangelist is a pioneering gift. You lay the foundation. But an evangelist can also be a restorative gift. I think of Paul. Obviously Paul was an apostle, but if you look at the way he traveled, he was trailblazing. And that's not something just an apostle can do. There were others who did that. In fact, when Paul and Barnabas split up, Barnabas took Mark, and he went off in a different direction doing the same thing that Paul was doing. So there were many who were traveling around in an itinerant way, preaching and laying new foundations through church planting. But then Paul continuously came back and had a desire to circle back and establish and strengthen the churches that he had been a part of. Well, that's itinerant work. I think in America we see a lot of the typical evangelist who travels itinerantly, preaches revival meetings. But that's not unfounded. There's a basis for that in Scripture. I just think the evangelist is more than a revival man. An evangelist can plant churches. An evangelist can go to the mission field. But I think there is a desire in evangelists to not only plant or lay a foundation, but then to be used of God to establish or to even bring an outside perspective that can help a church. And the pastor is there day in, day out. God uses that outside perspective and that special outside gifting to complement the pastor and to help the church grow. Dr. Darrell Bock So what would you say your goal is? As you go from church to church, what is your purpose and goal? What do you feel you want to accomplish by doing that? Dr. Mark Bock Well, a lot of evangelists focus on the word revival, and that's a good word. It's actually more of an Old Testament word, although we see the concept in the New Testament as well. But basically the way I look at it is churches need to thrive and new churches need to be started. My role in that would be to preach the gospel so folks can be saved. But then if I'm going back through established churches, then my goal is to see churches restored, revived to a place where they can grow again. And obviously individuals in that church being, to use another word, quickened. David talked about that. He says, quicken thou me according to thy word. And I think the evangelist can be used of the Lord to have God's power to open eyes, to quicken, to revitalize a church so they can grow. Not that he brings revival with him. Not that he has anything better than the pastor has. But it's a different gifting that complements the work of the pastor. Dr. Darrell Bock So a different train of thought here. From the perspective of a pastor, having an evangelist come into your church, how can a pastor best prepare to have an evangelist come, and how can he take care of him while he is there? Well, I mean, going back to Ephesians 4, they're called the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the church, right? So the pastor, I think people see that clearly, the pastor is a gift to a church. If you have a pastor, you have a gift. God has gifted and blessed your church. But I think sometimes pastors forget that the evangelist is also a gift to the church. And there are many pastors now who aren't having evangelists for various reasons. And I would say they're robbing their church from a gift that God wants to give them. Not because the evangelist is so special, because it's a gift God designed for the health of the church. So knowing, seeing it as a gift that God has established, make room for it, you know, promote it.
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"So good to be back again on a Wednesday night. Good to see your faces and appreciate your prayers so much. As I was talking to Pastor Nathan, what's on my heart, I'd like to begin a series of studies from the book of Acts with you tonight. The Acts of the Apostles, or more appropriately, the Acts of the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ and through the Apostles' labors. We want to remember some things before we try to delve into the text, actual text. We need to remember that Luke, the beloved physician referred to in Colossians 12. We know that he traveled with the Apostle Paul and most commentators that I've read claim that Luke was a Gentile and that as a Gentile grew up in Antioch of Syria. And if you recall in Acts chapter 13, remember the Apostle Paul and Barnabas were members at the church at Antioch. So that's where the relationship actually began. And Brother Luke is a special character in the tapestry of God's witnesses because he in the gospel narrative that is bearing his name chronicled historically the birth and ministry of Christ as well as his death, burial, and resurrection. And I want to go to Luke chapter 24 and show you how Luke ended his gospel message that was written about 60 to 62 A .D. and connected to the first chapter of the book of Acts. Here we find Christ appearing to his disciples and verse 45, he opened their understanding that they might understand the Scriptures, which would relate to the Old Testament. Remember that's all they had at that time. They had the Old Testament Scriptures, the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi. That's the reference here to Scriptures. And he said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations beginning at Jerusalem, and ye are witnesses of these things. Now I just want to make this note here. It's Brother Luke that mentions that the gospel is to go to all nations. Now that includes the Gentiles.
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"And open your Bibles to Acts chapter 13. I'll read for us verses 42 through 52. We will get a few verses into this tonight. Again, let's listen now to the Lord's Word. Remember this is all coming right after the sermon has been preached and so the sermon which began in verse 16 and concludes in verse 41 and now we come to verse 42. As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these things might be spoken to them the next Sabbath. Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God -fearing proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in the grace of God. The next Sabbath, nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul and were blaspheming. Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said it was necessary that the Word of God be spoken to you first. Since you repudiated and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold we are turning to the Gentiles for so the Lord has commanded us. I have placed you as a light for the Gentiles that you may bring salvation to the end of the earth. When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing in glorifying the word of the Lord and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region, but the Jews incited the devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas and drove them out of their district. But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium and the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. This is the Lord's word. Would you bow with me and let's pray. Again our Lord we thank you for this day and thank you for this word and pray now that your blessing will be upon it and upon your servant and upon these your people who sit here in this building and for those upon those who may be joining from afar. Lord would you grant us understanding and would you please Oh Father edify us now in these weak efforts we ask in Jesus name. Amen. So we have spent a couple of Sunday evenings going over the sermon that the Apostle Paul preached in the synagogue in Pisidian Antioch. This is his first missionary journey and I want you to recall that the gospel my friends is not about you. I think that's one of the most freeing and wonderful things to realize. Charlie was talking about that as we before the service tonight. It is not about you. It's not about your decision -making skills or your moral choices or even your intellect. The gospel is all about the Lord. That's why it's good news. It affects you but it's about the Lord. It's about his promise to Jesus Christ whom he raised from the dead. The prophets of old foretold the truth concerning Jesus Christ. He is the descendant of David who sits and is sitting currently on the throne of Israel never again to die. He is the promised Messiah the only Savior of the world and Paul would conclude his his sermon with these words. Therefore let it be known to you brethren that through him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you and through him everyone who believes is freed from all things from which you could not be freed through the law of Moses. Therefore take heed so that the things spoken of in the prophets may not come upon you. Now is the time of salvation in essence is what Paul is saying. Believe upon the Lord and be saved or else be judged in your sin and condemned to an eternity in hell. He does not give. I want you to notice an altar call. I thought that was it was really missing in this passage.
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"But before I do, how many of you remember John Stephen Aquari? He was in the men's marathon to win for his nation. The thing is, he didn't win. He started out in the race and he got injured. His chances of being able to come back, he fell to the ground, he bashed it, he busted up his knee and he caused a dislocation and his shoulder against the pavement and all of the injuries that he had. Instead of receiving medical attention, he returned back to the track to continue his race. His pace was not much of a pace because he barely could get and walk. But 18 of the 75 starters had pulled out. He didn't wish to add to that number. And so when we look at John Stephen, believe it or not, he was from Tasmania's country and he wanted to be able to finish what he started. And as he began to show up hours and hours later, as he began to roll in, he was asked why he carried on and his response was going down to the end of sporting history ever since. My country did not send me 5,000 miles to start the race. He said they sent me 5,000 miles to finish the race. And I'm glad that John Stephen recovered from his injuries and continued running low distance races. He finished fifth in the 9,000 meter at the same time of championships. He was a very good runner and dedicator. And so when we look back on his life and all the things that he did, what I'm trying to tell you is he did not get a medal, but he finished the race. And I'm more than in charge everyone that's listening that don't drop out of the race that the Lord has us all to run. You need to finish the race. It don't matter if you're in the lead or if you come in 75th or you pull out, I'm telling you we've all got to finish the race. And if you don't ever remember asking Jesus Christ to come in your heart of life, this is something similar to what you could say on your own. I wrote this down a long time ago and I've given this car to many people that I put on the spot. They would not give me an answer. And I said, then it's between you and the Lord that if you mean this, you need to sign it and date it. I'm glad that the last Super Bowl from last this past year, some of the missionaries, I ran into a missionary that was going over there with a bunch of missionaries and they took my card and I was blessed and gifted that they chose what I had wrote down on this little card that I've been given to a number of people over years and years that they took my card and made a copy of it and passed them out at the last Super Bowl that was there. These missionaries were going all about understanding that I'm a sinner, but believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross to free me from the punishment of my sin. I now receive him as my Lord and Savior from this day forward. I desire to live to please Christ and emplacing my trust in him for the gift of eternal life. Remember, step out on faith and take the issue tremendously. And so the life of the Apostle Paul ended with his first missionary journey. Paul and Barnabas accountability to the local church. Father, thank you for the message and the messenger. Forgive us of our many sins. May we continue to work in labor in our own local assemblies. The only hope for the world is in the local church. And I pray God that you'll use everybody and bring them all back into the community. Take away all excuses. Let us all give a testimony and a witness on your behalf. You deserve everything that we can give to give glory and honor to you. Every breath that we have, may we use it to glorify your mighty name in Jesus's name. Amen. Thank you. God bless.
"barnabas" Discussed on Evangelism on SermonAudio
"Yes, a one-time decision for somebody leading them to Christ, but for making disciples, listen to what I'm fixing to tell you. There are many decisions. There are many days and months, sometimes years. They're the same people over and over. They've got a lot of different personalities, different levels of spiritual growth, different levels of commitment, different emotions, different ages, opposing thoughts, opposing ideas. And so in Derby, he was only 160 miles from his hometown Tarsus. And when he left Derby, he could have continued on toward Tarsus by traveling over the mountain pass or the Sicilian Gates, but he didn't. When he had first begun to preach, he'd ministered in his hometown and throughout Syria for about 11 years. And so his home and churches that he had established had been strong, but the need lay for churches to be recently founded. And Paul loved the Lord and he wanted to do what the Lord called him to do. So he had to return to the churches just to establish and to strengthen them. And his return trip gives a very clear picture of what is involved in strengthening churches. There was the confirming, which means strengthening makes firm establishments that new converts and churches always stand in danger of wavering and being lured away and returning to some kind of religious tradition, slipping back, not praying faithfully, being tempted by worldly friends, not studying the scripture consistently, not witnessing. And his return trip gives a clear picture of what is involved again in strengthening the church. And so there was the confirming that makes a firm establishment. And there was the exaltation of that as well. There was the warning about persecution, that he passes through trials and affliction, that the believer will suffer persecution, that they're least knowing that they may get discouraged and they're not trying to fall away when persecution strikes. But we've got to be firm in our faith and we've got to keep going and we've got to do what we're supposed to do. The believer is given the most glorious assurance that will pass through the tribulation of whatever trial that it might be. And that tribulation will end. The believer will not be swallowed up by the persecution and lost forever and perish because if the trial does end on earth, God will take the believer on to heaven to live in that glorious presence forever and ever and ever. And so I'm glad that there was the organizing of the church. There was the confirming, strengthening may confirm, the exaltation, the persecution, but also the organizing of the church that they were to carry out. Amen. And I'm glad that when we look at this, I'm going to do like myself again. What is it that they were doing? Preach the gospel, make the disciples be committed to strengthen the church. Amen. He goes on confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith that we must through much tribulation, enter in to the kingdom of God. Amen. And so by exhortation, by warning of hardships, amen, that he's telling us this, praise God. And when they had ordained them elders in every church and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord on whom they believe they established a great leadership. That's very important that you have a strong relief leadership. If you've got a pastor and everything revolves around the pastor, you're weak. You've got to have a strong body of Christ. You've got to have strong leadership with deacons and a main body of Christ. They already got an outreach program. They're not waiting on that pastor to bring everything to them and do everything for them. They, the body of Christ need to be that strength. And they do not need, even though they need a strong leadership and a pastor and a good spiritual leader, they need to be the strong church that maintains everything, that they're not looking for everything to come when they got that pastor, because they've already got that strength and that unity. Believers, as we reach throughout the whole world, here was about the district of Galatia. First believers were bearing testimony with traveling public with their neighbors and Paul and Barnabas. They were busy, as busy as they could by moving about preaching the word of God. And I'm glad to say that as they did this, they were just as busy and following up and strengthen the churches that they had been in establishing them. Amen. And so I'm glad they did all of these things, committing the church to the Lord. And after they had passed throughout the city, they came to Pamphylia. Boy, they were the great mission of preaching consistently. Amen. And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attila. And I'm glad. And this sale to Antioch from whence they have been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled. Boy, I'm going to tell you what a great blessing. And when they will come and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them and how they had opened the door of faith under the Gentiles. Boy, the task at hand, preach the gospel and make disciples. The second task in verse 21 down to verse 20, they committed to strengthen the church and then in conclusion, revive one's own spirit within us. Boy, I'm going to tell you that ain't a great responsibility to be able to do that very thing. Amen. That all of us as all missionaries, preachers and ministers are all to be instruments in the hand of God. Amen. That the door of faith was open to the Gentiles, to the whole world. And that was three very significant things. The door of faith is faith in Christ being proclaimed as the presence of God. And God was the one who had opened the door. He was the one that had quickened the gospel to their hearts and minds. And no man could do that. Only God could. And so all credit that Paul and Barnabas had done was through what God was doing. It was proven that every person can be saved no matter who they are. And they can be saved by faith. Boy, I tell you, it took six years sometimes that I would continuously keep going back. When's the time that you're supposed to give up on somebody? None. You don't never give up on anybody. I'm going to tell you, I went and I wore my welcome out so many times of the years. And I've had, I've had some folks that were Catholics in it six years. And you know what? It didn't matter if they was Catholic, they got saved. They was a They was a Baptist. They got saved. They was a Baptist. I'm not trying to mess with denominations here. I'm a Baptist by faith, but I'm a born again child of the King is the uttermost thing about me. Amen. And I'm glad that I preach in Baptist churches. I go to Baptist churches, but I'll tell you what, every one of us are in the family of God that knows Jesus Christ from the free part of sin. And our names have been recorded in the Lamb's book of life. And so we've saved by faith apart from the law and apart from the ritual circumcision, apart from the humanistic imaginations, from all the ideas and philosophies that are out there right now, because every one of us, we're to continue in the faith more than just believing in Jesus. Paul was referring to the belief and doctrines of the Christian faith when he said that. And so every one of us, when we look and realize that God is tremendously blessing us as he ordinated and appointed and elect leadership, Paul not only established a church, but he left good leadership in it. Ordination involves the appointment itself, elders and ministers, and involves praying and fasting and choosing those being chosen to be an elder or a minister is a very serious matter. God's must have been known. Only his choice must be ordained. And so ordination involves commending the minister to the Lord. And so they prayed, they fasted, they were led to do these things. Amen. And so when we showed up at Attila there, a seaport on the province of Pamphylia, Paul closed out his first missionary journey and he sailed back to Antioch from the city of Syria. And that began to close out his thing that his ministry started out. Paul and Barnabas spent a long time in Antioch reviving their spirits and no doubt they were ministering to the believers. And there they abode long time with the disciples. You know what? Here they revived their spirits. That tells us something. They went back to where they started out and they began to get a reviving. No doubt they were ministering to all the believers. John 21 and 16 says, He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, loveth thou me, said unto him, Yea, thou knowest that I love thee. He said unto him, Feed my sheep. I'm glad that Paul said in Galatians 16, As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are the household of faith. And I'm glad that each and every one of us that he gives us that strength. How? Well, how do churches die functionally or totally? You know, every one of us when we look and we begin to realize that, how do we do that? Churches die when they lose the sense of accountability to the head of the Church of Jesus Christ. They think that they ought to be running things when they're not letting Jesus running. When you lose that sense of accountability to the head of the Church of Jesus Christ, you're going to die and you're going to dwindle away. I don't care if you got the super duper preacher or the super duper singer or anybody that comes in there. Churches will die when they see their sufficiency or their strength in anything or anyone other than Jesus Christ. You're going to die and you're going to fade out. Churches will die when they do not see their true spiritual condition before the one who already knows everything that's about them. That's when you're going to die out. What are the solutions that we need to see churches once dead come alive again? Listen to me. The solution is in Christ, the head, not in our own techniques and methodology. And so gold tried in the fire produces true riches. So there needs to be genuine faith. White raiment to clothe the shameful naked. There needs to be true righteousness. And I said that you may see the ability to see spiritually when you have genuine faith and true righteousness and the ability to see spiritually, you will come alive again, not in your own techniques and not in your own methodology. And so ordained elders in every church is a very important part of that strength of that church. Amen. So we're glad that once the journey ended, they retrace their steps. Why did they return directly to Antioch? They wanted to consolidate the new churches by encouraging, strengthening new believers. They warned about the challenges ahead. They appointed elders. They prayed. They fasted with them. They had trusted him to the Lord. Back in Antioch, they related the events of their journey to the church and all of the believers. They rejoiced together. Now I want to give you a commitment to Christ calling.
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"How that they started out in doing this, they begin to start out in Antioch of Syria and as they come all the way through and begin to go and did every bit of the wonderful word of God here and then from Derby to go back again and go all the way back as they begin to come around and go all the way back where they started out. Amen. And so that's powerful that God would do this. We see the accountability because there are three things that we're going to talk about. That's the task that we're to have at hand. Preach the gospel and make disciples. The second task, be committed to strengthen the church. And that third of the conclusion, reviving one's own spirit. Boy, this ain't a powerful message, even though this is Bible study. Preach the gospel and make disciples. Be committed to strengthen the church and then revive one's own spiritual spirit, one's own indwelling. Revive it. Amen. And so when we look at this, we're reminded every one of us that there's a great cost of ministry that's out there and there's a personal danger that we all have. But we've got to be able to go forward with the courage to do what's needed to be done. And so the ministry of the preacher, Paul and Barnas, was to preach the gospel. And that's exactly what they did. Amen. When they were at Salamis, Salamis, they preached the word of God in Acts chapter 13, verse five. In Acts chapter 13, verse six, Paul stood up in Antioch and Pisidia and beckoning with his hand, said, men of Israel and ye that fear God give audience. And Acts chapter 13, verse 32, we declare unto you glad tidings. And I'm glad that he preached forgiveness of the sins over next chapter, 13, verses 38, 39. And that's chapter 13, verse 43. He spoke to them of Antioch and persuaded them to continue the grace of God. And he does so over in verses 44 and 49 that they would hear the word of God. It was published throughout all the region. They begin to preach the gospel. Amen. And so that's exactly what they did. Amen. Amen. And so they preach the gospel. They make disciples. And when they had preached the gospel, let me pause right here. Father, add your blessings into the reading of the word of God. The many Lord that needs to come back. They need to come back home before it's too late for them. Lord, before they lose any more blessings, Lord, I know that father, that just because I do your will is not my reward in this life. My reward is in the future, Lord, a glorified body. My name's been recorded in the lamp book of life, and there's not a bed of roses down here in this world. And I don't look for it, but we're here to do the work of the father. Help us to be strong and courageous and be able to evangelize and strengthen, not only preach the word, but strengthen the church. And then Lord revive our own cells in a strong unity of peace and glory according to the word of God. Thank you, Jesus. Amen. And so what did he tell us? And when they had preached the gospel to that city and had taught many, had taught many, they returned again to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch. Here we see they made many disciples. They not only preached, they had taken the believers, they'd made disciples out of them. And you know what? He tells us, go ye therefore, teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father, the son, and holy ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever. I commend you. And Lord I'm with you always, even into the end of the world. And so each and every one of us are designated as Derby was the city that was the foremost frontier city of the Roman empire in Galatia. It was about 30 miles from Lystra and it lay on the major road running back through the country into Lystra Derby. The Derby church was founded by Paul on his first missionary journey. It was visited by Paul later on, on his second missionary journey in Acts chapter 16, verse one, and probably on his third in Acts chapter 18, verse 23, Gaius was traveling with Paul to Jerusalem. He was a leader in the church at Derby, according to Acts chapter 20, verse four. And so we have the task to preach the gospel and to make disciples, but it also is how churches are made strong is that to be committed to strengthen the church and verses 21 all the way down to verse 27. The second great task is we strengthen the churches, pastors, deacons, and a real commitment was needed to accomplish this. And so when we look and we realize that with the great price of traveling about here that we confirm the believers, the excitement of this work of being receptive and bringing the word of God to the community. Amen. Even whether the receptive or not, the longer a church waits to reach out, the more difficult it is to reach people with the gospel. And so the work of day by day ministry in the same community and preaching and teaching the same people are just not as exciting as reaching out in the new areas and establishing new works, but strengthening and making true disciples and believers is difficult. And we've got to be able to do that for our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. And so leading people to Jesus involves a one-time decision, but strengthening and making disciples, listen to me.
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"Amen. Thank you for tuning us in. I'm Darryl Bailey, servants for Christ as we continue on in the life of the Apostle Paul. And so here we deal with the 10th in our series of the life of the Apostle Paul. Acts chapter 14 verses 21 through 28. This closes out the first missionary journey of Paul as we continue on to get to the second and the third missionary journeys. Here, September the 13th, 20023, the 27th of Elul, 5783 of the Hebrew calendar. Now, we talk about Paul and Barnabas' accountability to the local church. Unfortunately, community ignorance is the way that many churches operate. They think that within their own selves as whatever they come up with, they can just do what they want to and not be attentive to God's Holy Spirit. But God's work is accomplished by God's power, working with God's people. And the church is not to be run by the congregation instead by God's clear standards and plan that he has. And there's a lot of churches, they're just doing their own thing and they're not taking any wisdom and leadership from the Holy Spirit of God. They say, maybe we'll get a bunch of people this way. Maybe we'll get a bunch of people that way. Maybe we'll get this and we'll get that, you know. But they're doing it in their own power and strength instead of the power of God's might. And they will never be successful. Paul and Barnabas, their accountability to the local church says volumes in this particular message of this ending of the first missionary journey of Paul. And so, I want to invite everyone to come and be with us at Theffal Crossroads Baptist Church. Our pastor, Keith Dempsey and First Lady Amy. Sunday schools 10 a.m. Sunday morning worship at 11 and Wednesday nights. Kids for Christ. Boy, did we have a bunch of kids this past Wednesday night. Bunch of, man, kids love kids. And 7 p.m. Wednesday night, come and be with us at 450 Iron Hill Road, Taylorsville, Georgia 30178. Boy, I tell you, the kids had a wonderful time. And so I hope and pray that you begin to bring your family back into the house of God before you're missing out on the greatest blessings that you could ever have. Come and be with us at Theffal Crossroads Baptist Church. Now, AD 47 to 49, if we continue on with Acts chapter 14, verses 21 through 28 of the first missionary journey that we give. And we look at Paul's Acts travels because on land, Iconium, back in Acts chapter 13, the land on Lystra, he started up in Acts chapter 14 on that last part of running and then on land to Derby in Acts chapter 14, verses six to 20 on land and Lystra in verse 21 on land, Iconium in verse 21 and on land, Antioch of Pisidia in verse 21, then on to Perga and verse 25 of Acts chapter 14 on Attila, verse 25. And then from there, he started back from where he started out from the beginning of the first missionary journey all the way back to Antioch of Syria on the Mediterranean Sea, headed back because he had completed his first missionary journey that God had sent him and Barnabas upon to go on. And so. As these sections here really tells of what we're talking about tonight in verses 21 down to verse 28. And I'm glad Charles Rice said how incredible that Christ should be kept outside of his own church, how gracious that he would still seek entry unquote. You know, here we talked about in the past, we talked about Paul's pattern for preaching and how that in chapter 14, it gives a clear picture of God's pattern for bearing a witness to his name. We saw Paul and Barnabas, all the things they experienced and how they had difficulties. They were expelled from Antioch in Pisidia. They took the dust and knocked it off their feet. And they went on to Iconium and then they went to the people where they tried to stone them. And it went on to Lystra where they were treated like gods. The crowds are different in every area of place throughout the world. And when the crowd changed their minds and began to stone Paul, he just got up and went to Derby. That wouldn't all. Paul and Barnabas had the courage to retrace their steps so that they could help encourage the new Christians when they returned home. And they told the church what the Lord had done, not what they had suffered. Paul and Barnabas put Christ first and others second and themselves last. They had a job to do and they were determined by God's grace to do it. And so every one of us, that was God's pattern. It was of seven steps that we talked about and how God expects his servant to be able to preach the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then we talked about Paul's distractions in Lystra, how there was a lot of things that distract us from Jesus. We talked about how we spelled the acrostic of Lystra, lost in thought, the Y in yourself, S for sports, the T for television and internet, R for radio and music, A for alcohol and drugs. Who here can get distracted? Everybody. All Christians get distracted and they need to maintain our focus on the Lord. And I'm glad that every one of us, that Jesus is the offer and finisher of all of our faith, amen. And so we can have distractions in these new cars because there's so many buttons and gadgets and everything that we could go down the road. These millennials think their telephone is more important than their own driving ability to drive down the road safely. That they want to text somebody and they want a conversation with somebody they can't see. And it's a sad thing because Paul and Barnas was preaching on the city streets of Lystra and they ended up healing a crippled man that had never heard the gospel message of salvation. And it stirred the crowds and the streets that got such an attention for the miracle healing that was misconstrued as they were gods. And they were a distraction and they ended up being called Mercury and Jupiter, which thought to be the gods of that first area. I believe that if we're honest and we'll look deep into our hearts with all the spiritual distractions that surprise us, we get distracted sometimes by the choir. Oh my goodness. We get caught up. Where's the ensemble today? Oh my goodness. We ain't got enough people to have the choir. And I get all distracted by all of these things. That's got to happen a certain way in the church because it's always happened that way in the church. And they've got to continue to do that that way. What a distraction. Why not just follow the Holy Spirit of God? Man, I'm going to tell you, maybe the preacher might come in one Sunday said, why don't y'all go shut up and sit down? I got to preach. Hallelujah. Amen. And so let's get to it. Amen. And so in our own imagination, we get to pay attention to all the things except listening to God communicate us through the gospel message of the minister behind the pulpit. Then we get up and all of a sudden we got somebody that's spirit fed, but we don't want to be spirit led. And so all of a sudden we begin to overlook the message. Oh my goodness. That preacher could have preached a little bit longer. He could have preached shorter. Oh my goodness. He could have used this. He could have used that. We begin to critique the message that God is sending to the church and we get up there and get distracted by all of these things. God help us today. And so I'm glad that the life of the apostle Paul here is that message of the last part that he's talking to us about. And he's telling us that there are two great ministries when you come to church. Amen. Two great ministries in the church. Listen, I want you to look for this and remember this pastors, the two great ministries in the church is the preaching of the gospel and number two, making disciples. Did you hear me? It's preaching the gospel and then it's making disciples. We preach the gospels and some folks get saved and they don't never come back and we can't even disciple them. They all of a sudden they thought they got saved that one time and they don't need to come back. They join the church. I've had them join the church and never saw them again ever. They never came back. But how can you disciple somebody when they don't let you disciple them? And everybody's got all the answers that we can do it this way and that way. But then there's a third thing. Let me say it this way. The third most important thing in the ministry and the church is not only the preaching of the gospel, not only making disciples listen to me, the strengthening of the church, the unity of that church. It has to stay strong. It has to stay unified and there can nothing come between anything in politics or cliques or all of this or this deacon or deaconess or that that thinks they're going to run the whole picture. And this family name of the Smiths and the Joneses and the justice and all of these other last names. That's a prominent somebody in the community that they say we got to run the church because we're a prominent family name. No, that's not how God wants it. God don't want it that way. And so there's a terrible neglect in both evangelism and strengthening the church. Just how are churches made strong? That's what we're talking about. Paul and Barnabas had an accountability to the local church in this series. And in doing so, we see again.
A highlight from Pauls & Barnabas Accountability to the Local Church_10
"Amen. Thank you for tuning us in. I'm Darryl Bailey, servants for Christ as we continue on in the life of the Apostle Paul. And so here we deal with the 10th in our series of the life of the Apostle Paul. Acts chapter 14 verses 21 through 28. This closes out the first missionary journey of Paul as we continue on to get to the second and the third missionary journeys. Here, September the 13th, 20023, the 27th of Elul, 5783 of the Hebrew calendar. Now, we talk about Paul and Barnabas' accountability to the local church. Unfortunately, community ignorance is the way that many churches operate. They think that within their own selves as whatever they come up with, they can just do what they want to and not be attentive to God's Holy Spirit. But God's work is accomplished by God's power, working with God's people. And the church is not to be run by the congregation instead by God's clear standards and plan that he has. And there's a lot of churches, they're just doing their own thing and they're not taking any wisdom and leadership from the Holy Spirit of God. They say, maybe we'll get a bunch of people this way. Maybe we'll get a bunch of people that way. Maybe we'll get this and we'll get that, you know. But they're doing it in their own power and strength instead of the power of God's might. And they will never be successful. Paul and Barnabas, their accountability to the local church says volumes in this particular message of this ending of the first missionary journey of Paul. And so, I want to invite everyone to come and be with us at Theffal Crossroads Baptist Church. Our pastor, Keith Dempsey and First Lady Amy. Sunday schools 10 a .m. Sunday morning worship at 11 and Wednesday nights. Kids for Christ. Boy, did we have a bunch of kids this past Wednesday night. Bunch of, man, kids love kids. And 7 p .m. Wednesday night, come and be with us at 450 Iron Hill Road, Taylorsville, Georgia 30178. Boy, I tell you, the kids had a wonderful time. And so I hope and pray that you begin to bring your family back into the house of God you're before missing out on the greatest blessings that you could ever have. Come and be with us at Theffal Crossroads Baptist Church. Now, AD 47 to 49, if we continue on with Acts chapter 14, verses 21 through 28 of the first missionary journey that we give. And we look at Paul's Acts travels because on land, Iconium, back in Acts chapter 13, the land on Lystra, he started up in Acts chapter 14 on that last part of running and then on land to Derby in Acts chapter 14, verses six to 20 on land and Lystra in verse 21 on land, Iconium in verse 21 and on land, Antioch of Pisidia in verse 21, then on to Perga and verse 25 of Acts chapter 14 on Attila, verse 25. And then from there, he started back from where he started out from the beginning of the first missionary journey all the way back to Antioch of Syria on the Mediterranean Sea, headed back because he had completed his first missionary journey that God had sent him and Barnabas upon to go on. And so. As these sections here really tells of what we're talking about tonight in verses 21 down to verse 28. And I'm glad Charles Rice said how incredible that Christ should be kept outside of his own church, how gracious that he would still seek entry unquote. You know, here we talked about in the past, we talked about Paul's pattern for preaching and how that in chapter 14, it gives a clear picture of God's pattern for bearing a witness to his name. We saw Paul and Barnabas, all the things they experienced and how they had difficulties. They were expelled from Antioch in Pisidia. They took the dust and knocked it off their feet. And they went on to Iconium and then they went to the people where they tried to stone them. And it went on to Lystra where they were treated like gods. The crowds are different in every area of place throughout the world. And when the crowd changed their minds and began to stone Paul, he just got up and went to Derby. That wouldn't all. Paul and Barnabas had the courage to retrace their steps so that they could help encourage the new Christians when they returned home. And they told the church what the Lord had done, not what they had suffered. Paul and Barnabas put Christ first and others second and themselves last. They had a job to do and they were determined by God's grace to do it. And so every one of us, that was God's pattern. It was of seven steps that we talked about and how God expects his servant to be able to preach the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then we talked about Paul's distractions in Lystra, how there was a lot of things that distract us from Jesus. We talked about how we spelled the acrostic of Lystra, lost in thought, the Y in yourself, S for sports, the T for television and internet, R for radio and music, A for alcohol and drugs. Who here can get distracted? Everybody. All Christians get distracted and they need to maintain our focus on the Lord. And I'm glad that every one of us, that Jesus is the offer and finisher of all of our faith, amen. And so we can have distractions in these new cars because there's so many buttons and gadgets and everything that we could go down the road. These millennials think their telephone is more important than their own driving ability to drive down the road safely. That they want to text somebody and they want a conversation with somebody they can't see. And it's a sad thing because Paul and Barnas was preaching on the city streets of Lystra and they ended up healing a crippled man that had never heard the gospel message of salvation. And it stirred the crowds and the streets that got such an attention for the miracle healing that was misconstrued as they were gods. And they were a distraction and they ended up being called Mercury and Jupiter, which thought to be the gods of that first area. I believe that if we're honest and we'll look deep into our hearts with all the spiritual distractions that surprise us, we get distracted sometimes by the choir. Oh my goodness. We get caught up. Where's the ensemble today? Oh my goodness. We ain't got enough people to have the choir. And I get all distracted by all of these things. That's got to happen a certain way in the church because it's always happened that way in the church. And they've got to continue to do that that way. What a distraction. Why not just follow the Holy Spirit of God? Man, I'm going to tell you, maybe the preacher might come in one Sunday said, why don't y 'all go shut up and sit down? I got to preach. Hallelujah. Amen. And so let's get to it. Amen. And so in our own imagination, we get to pay attention to all the things except listening to God us communicate through the gospel message of the minister behind the pulpit. Then we get up and all of a sudden we got somebody that's spirit fed, but we don't want to be spirit led. And so all of a sudden we begin to overlook the message. Oh my goodness. That preacher could have preached a little bit longer. He could have preached shorter. Oh my goodness. He could have used this. He could have used that. We begin to critique the message that God is sending to the church and we get up there and get distracted by all of these things. God help us today. And so I'm glad that the life of the apostle Paul here is that message of the last part that he's talking to us about. And he's telling us that there are two great ministries when you come to church. Amen. Two great ministries in the church. Listen, I want you to look for this and remember this pastors, the two great ministries in the church is the preaching of the gospel and number two, making disciples. Did you hear me? It's preaching the gospel and then it's making disciples. We preach the gospels and some folks get saved and they don't never come back and we can't even disciple them. They all of a sudden they thought they got saved that one time and they don't need to come back. They join the church. I've had them join the church and never saw them again ever. They never came back. But how can you disciple somebody when they don't let you disciple them? And everybody's got all the answers that we can do it this way and that way. But then there's a third thing. Let me say it this way. The third most important thing in the ministry and the church is not only the preaching of the gospel, not only making disciples listen to me, the strengthening of the church, the unity of that church. It has to stay strong. It has to stay unified and there can nothing come between anything in politics or cliques or all of this or this deacon or deaconess or that that thinks they're going to run the whole picture. And this family name of the Smiths and the Joneses and the justice and all of these other last names. That's a prominent somebody in the community that they say we got to run the church because we're a prominent family name. No, that's not how God wants it. God don't want it that way. And so there's a terrible neglect in both evangelism and strengthening the church. Just how are churches made strong? That's what we're talking about. Paul and Barnabas had an accountability to the local church in this series. And in doing so, we see again.
A highlight from Who Will Go?
"We have been on the topic of missions for about a month now. We started this topic on missions, building a solid foundation because if you don't have a right foundation you cannot build upon anything. The foundation for missions, that solid foundation, it's got to be God -centered. In the day and time which we live in, there is much concerning the gospel, concerning missions and many churches that are very man -centered. Their focus is upon man, their focus is upon the problem of man, and their focus is upon what man can do and what man can carry to another man to help another man and social work and all these things. Let me tell you something, the gospel must be Christ -centered. The gospel must be Christ -centered and missions must be Christ -centered. Our focus is ultimately on the glory of God and our life must be lived glorifying God in whatsoever we do. Whether therefore you eat or drink or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God. Therefore, if we are taking the gospel to a area where people have not heard the gospel, do it to the glory of God. We should have a passion for the lost. We should have a concern for people who are dying and going to hell. But let me tell you something, we should have a greater passion to live our lives for the glory of God. They do not contradict each other, what I just said. What I'm simply saying is our lives must be God -centered. This series is a call to refocus on God -centeredness and Christ -honoring and biblically -based witnessing and missions. Our church, New Life Baptist Church, must always seek to honor the Lord our God. Our church must always lift up the name of Jesus Christ. must Our church be missions -oriented but it's got to be ultimately for the glory of God. When you think about it, what was the Apostle Paul's driving force when he endured shipwrecks? You remember he was beaten with rods. I don't know how that feels. I don't want to find out how that feels. I believe it was very painstaking simply because the Apostle Paul mentioned that. He was whipped with lashings and had stripes on his back from the whips. He was stoned what seemed like to death. He laid there lifeless. When God gave him the strength, he got up and went right back into the city that had stoned him. What would cause a man to do that? You might think he was plum loco. If I got beat up, I don't think I'd be going right back to the place I got beat up. That don't make much sense, does it? It's not logical in our thinking. What drove the Apostle Paul was his hope like in going back into the city of Lystra. Hoping man might have changed his mind. That man might have made a decision. I want you to look in the book of Acts, chapter 18. I was telling Sister Janna earlier this week. I'm usually expository as far as in preaching, but when it comes to topical preaching, which is what we've been on with missions, it's a lot more in -depth and a lot more struggle for me. A lot more time -consuming. The Scripture is laid out when you're going expositionally. But when you're going topically, you're going a lot of different directions. Same direction, but a lot of different passages of Scripture. I want you to notice what the Word of God says in Acts, chapter 18 and verse 1. And after these things, Paul departed from Athens and came to Corinth and found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome and came unto them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them and wrought, for by their occupation they were tent makers. And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in his spirit and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. When they opposed themselves and blasphemed, he shook his raiment and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads, I am clean. From henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles. And he departed thence and entered into a certain man's house named Justice, one that worshiped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue. And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house, and many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized. Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak and hold not your peace, for I am with you, and no man shall set on you to hurt you, for I have much people in this city. The word of God says, he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. Now why did Paul stay there at Corinth? We see here because he was obedient unto the Lord's command. The greatest way you can glorify God is simply being obedient unto the Lord your God. Living a life in obedience unto him brings glory unto his name. Ultimately your life needs to be lived to the glory of God. How do we do that? By simply being obedient to the word of God. You want to know the will of God? Get in the word of God. Very basic. If you don't know God's will for your life, get in the word of God. You want to hear God speak? Get in his word. As they say, if you want to hear him speak audibly, read his word out loud. Here's how God speaks. It's through his word. God makes his will known through his word. I want you to notice over in the book of Acts chapter 14. In Acts chapter 14, down in verse 19, here's a situation which we had just mentioned the Apostle Paul encountered. In Acts chapter 14 and down in verse 19, we read there, "...and there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium who persuaded the people. And having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead, albeit as the disciples stood round about and rose up and came into the city, and the next day departed with Barnabas to Derbe. And when they had preached the gospel to that city and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, confirming the souls of the disciples and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. And when they had ordained them elders in every church and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord on whom they had believed." I want you to notice here the Apostle Paul, as he is going from city to city, preaching the gospel. His purpose in preaching the gospel is that people might be saved, but the ultimate purpose, as people are saved, that churches might be established. And as churches are started in particular areas, then they partake in taking the gospel to areas round about them. The Apostle Paul did not saturate that area. He started church works and then he moved on and started other church works. It is through the Lord's churches that God is glorified. It's through the churches that God's word is proclaimed. It's through the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Great Commission, that he has given us that we are given to go and make disciples of all nations. That's what he's commanded us to do. Now listen to what the Word of God says back in Isaiah chapter 11. You don't need to turn there. Down in verse 9, it says, "...they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." Here I want you to listen also over in the book of Habakkuk. In Habakkuk chapter 2 and verse 14, the Word of God says, "...for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." How do the waters cover the sea? They fully cover the sea, the waters do. Therefore, the earth is going to be fully covered with the knowledge of the glory of God one day. What is our purpose in life is to share the glory of God, the knowledge of him, in the person of Jesus Christ by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
A highlight from The Straight Paths of the Lord
"Here in Acts chapter 13, we're going to read verses four through 12 as we continue our series and the acts of the risen Lord Jesus as he has revealed them to us by his spirit. So I invite you to stand out of respect for the reading of God's Word. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the Word of God in the synagogues of the Jews, and they had John to assist them. When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar -Jesus. He was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the Word of but Alemus, the magician, for that is the meaning of his name, opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, You son of the devil, you enemy of all of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time. Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of God abides forever. Amen. You may be seated. There's a poem by John Henry Newman, which I have come to love. I'm going to read it as we start to dive into the Word of the Lord here in Acts chapter 13. Newman writes, runs not the Paul had stayed in cot or learned shade with the priest white attire and the saints tuneful choir. Men had not gnashed their teeth nor risen to slay, but thou hadst been a heathen in thy day. What is Newman saying? Newman is saying that there was a comfortable life before the apostle Paul, and that comfortable life looked like, what, staying in Antioch, taking it easy with the saints there, seeing the church in Antioch continue to grow as he would enjoy singing hymns with them, as he would enjoy learning of the scriptures in the shade of Antioch. But Paul went forth. Paul went on several missionary journeys, and when he did that, it guaranteed two things. First of all, that he would encounter great opposition, that men would gnash their teeth at him and rise to slay him. But also, it ensured that you, you who have been called by the Lord, would come to know the gospel and believe. You see, we're about to study these missionary journeys of Paul, and there are several of them, and it's going to take us to the rest of the book of Acts. But as we lean in and look at these missionary journeys, I don't want it to just be about learning the facts. I certainly, you'll see probably next week, I'm going to put a map in front of you so you get a sense of the geography and scope of this thing. But what I want you to see is not that you just do a checklist of understanding what these missionary journeys are all about and where they go, but rather that you see that this is about God's mission toward you, towards sinners who desperately needed his gospel, who needed to hear his word. And as we study this history of Saul's travels, what I want you to see is this is really about the great missionary heart of God. And every time that Saul goes to a new city and encounters opposition there, God is saying, it's worth it because my gospel goes forth and sinners believe. That's the golden thread that runs through the rest of the book of Acts, the missionary heart of God. Every map speaks of his intent to save. Every new city that the gospel goes to shows that he's not just about maintaining the faith in some quiet little place, but he's about spreading the faith. This is your history because if Paul had not gone forth, how does the poem end? You would be a heathen in this day. You would not have heard the gospel. If he had not taken the gospel at risk of his own life to foreign lands, you probably wouldn't be here. This is the Lord's appointed means of saving sinners like you. And so I want to look at this first narrative. I want to look at the travel to the island of Cyprus because here we see a snapshot of the missionary heart of God as the gospel goes forth. You'll see that Paul and Barnabas and John Mark, the kind of pastoral interns with them, they go to the island of Cyprus. Now I would ask you if you were undergoing the first stage of a advance outside of Antioch and you could go anywhere, where would you go? I mean, you look at the map and you think there's a whole ancient world ahead of me. I could go to Rome. I could go really anywhere, but they choose to go to Cyprus. Why? Well, Cyprus is located 100 miles to the west and it could be that they just went to the first place they hit land, but Barnabas is from Cyprus. Barnabas knows a lot about Cyprus and Cyprus is also a vacation island. It's a place with tropical trees and where people would enjoy the sun. Now I don't think any of these reasons are why they sail to Cyprus. I believe they sail to Cyprus because it is a major crossroads of the ancient world. It is a major crossroads in the Mediterranean sea where people would stop and they'd refuel and Paul and Barnabas and John Mark know that if the gospel takes root in Cyprus, it goes out everywhere.
A highlight from The Cutting Edge of Evangelism
"I don't know how much all of you know about the Jewish faith today, but I suspect you know quite a bit. And I suspect everyone here this morning knows that someone's Jewish heritage is passed down through the mother's side. That in considering your Jewishness, it comes from your mother, meaning of course that if your father is not Jewish, but your mother is, by Jewish law, you are Jewish. However, if your father is Jewish and your mother is not, you are not, under Jewish law, Jewish. And that is how it stands today. So when I was studying for our passage in Acts for today, Acts 16 one through five, I was struck by an inconsistency in just exactly who was considered Jewish in the first century AD. Here's the passage and we'll read it. I don't usually read it first, but we're going to read it first. Paul came also to Derba and to Lystra. A disciple was there named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of all the Jews who were in these places. For they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith and they increased numbers daily. And if I have trouble reading here, this wasn't because of small print. I bought a new printer. My printer is double printing pages. I'm getting a new one on Friday, Aaron doesn't know that yet, but it's on its way. I can hardly read what's printed here. So forgive me if I'm slow on some of these. The rest, however, I hand wrote and that'll make it even harder to read. So what struck me here was that Timothy was the son of a Jewish mother and a Greek father. So under Jewish law, Timothy was Jewish, right? Jewish mother, Gentile father, you're Jewish. Jewish father, Gentile mother, you're not Jewish. So Timothy is Jewish. Why then did Paul find it necessary to circumcise Timothy because of all the Jews in the area who knew his father was Greek? But more importantly, if Timothy's mother was Jewish, why wasn't he already circumcised? What's going on here? Well, at the time of Acts 16, Jewishness was passed down through the father. It was not passed down through the mother. We were reading today in the Old Testament. Now the people of Reuben and the people of Gad had a very great number of livestock. You notice who they're referencing here? They're referencing the fathers. Jewishness back then, the Levi priests, the priests of the temple were to be sons of Levi. This is how Jewishness was passed down in these days. It was passed down through the father's line. It was what is called a patrilineal society, meaning the line came down from the potter, the father. The opposite of that, because I'm going to be using these terms, is a matrilineal society. That is one that comes down through the mother. That everything was ordained by your potter, who was your father. That's what was important. It was not matrilineal based on your mother. So when did the change occur? And I think you'll all be with me on this. Okay, when did this change occur? I want you to know and what I say is not suspect. It's actually true. I could not find this in any Christian writings. I couldn't find it in commentaries. So what do I do? I go to the Jewish sources on the internet, the respected Chabad .org. My Jewish learning is good. There's a few others. The only place I could find this referenced and I found it universally referenced in Jewish sources is that between 10 AD and 70 AD, this change came in and was institutionalized. Now, if you've been here with me for these teachings, an awful lot of things changed between 10 AD and 70 AD. And I know you know the answer to this, but what happened in 10 AD to 70 AD? Well, let's see. Jesus was 13 years old. What happened in the temple when Jesus was 13 years old? Well, that's right. He appeared there and studied with the teachers when his parents didn't know he was there and left him there. We suspect that who he spoke to was Gamaliel, Simeon, and my old friend who I'll never forget, their grandfather Hillel. Okay, so in 10 AD, Jesus was beginning his study. Then, you know, we get to 30 AD. We're into Jesus' ministry. Up comes his crucifixion and resurrection. The church starts. The church age is from 35 to 70 AD. The church age is still going on, mind you. But the beginning of the church, 35 to 70 AD, and then comes the destruction of the temple in 70 AD. And they are universal in Jewish circles to say that this change occurred specifically between 10 AD and 70 AD. The change was made in the writings of our old friend, the Mishnah. It was written down there that it was now determined that the Jewishness was to go through the mother. And it strikes me that just as the Old Testament was the pre -first century scriptures for Israel and the New Testament in the first century, in the post -first century, words from God concerning his church. The Old Testament was pre -first century. The New Testament was post -first century. The Old Testament was concerning the nation of Israel and their relationship to God. The New Testament is how to understand the Old Testament and to see the ushering in of the church age. And where the New Testament is the continuation and explanation of the Old Testament, the Mishnah in many ways is not the continuation of the Talmud, but it changes almost every significant rule of Judaism laid down in the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud. And the other major difference between the scriptures and the Talmud, of course, is that the scriptures are the word of God. And the Talmud was written by men as a commentary and as additional laws for the Jews. So last week, we saw that a sharp division arose between Paul and Barnabas on whether to take John Mark on the second missionary outreach the two men had planned. Barnabas was just as adamant that John Mark be included. This impasse led to the decision for the two great missionaries to go their separate ways. Barnabas taking John Mark with him to Cyprus, as we saw, and Paul traveling with Silas. We ended at verse 41 of chapter 15, which read, he, that is Paul, went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. A chapter, verse 1a of chapter 16, which we come to today says, Paul came to Derbe and Lystra. Okay, that's verse 1a. When Paul told Barnabas, he wanted to visit the churches that were started in the wake of their first missionary trip, my somewhat orderly mind thought we would sail to Perga and then travel to Sidi and Antioch and then down to Iconium and then go on to Lystra and Derbe. But that is not what Paul did. Paul went in reverse order. And why did he decide to go in reverse order? Scripture doesn't say, and I suspect Paul didn't know why he was going in reverse order. But instead of sailing, Paul and Silas instead headed north by land. Now they had to cross a major mountain range and crossing it brought them down to Tarsus. Now, you might recall the city Tarsus. There is somebody we know that was called Saul of Tarsus, you know, who is now the Apostle Paul. So he started by heading back just as Barnabas had gone to Cyprus, his home country. The second trip, for reasons we don't know, perhaps he had family he wanted to see. We don't know why he went to Tarsus first. We just know he had to go to Tarsus because it was the only way to get to where he was going by the route he took. And nothing is told of his stay in Tarsus if indeed he stayed there at all. We don't know that he didn't just pass right through because scripture does not tell us and neither does history, secular history. Traveling on from Tarsus, the party had to cross another mountain range. Directly north of Tarsus. And so they approached, then approached Derbe from the south. Verse 41b says they came to Derbe and to Lystra Verse 1b says a disciple was there named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer but his father was a Greek. So his mother was Eunice and we know this from 2 Timothy. His grandmother was named Lois. They figure prominently in letters of Paul to Timothy remembering of course that my rule of thumb is it's really good to be named in the Bible if you're not. Ananias and Sapphira and a few others. Lois and Eunice were highly thought of Christians in the early church. Now for Eunice to marry a Greek Gentile at the time was to break Jewish law. This was not allowed and people have wondered why as a Jewish believer she was allowed to do this. Well we know from Paul's first trip to Derbe and Lystra that these towns had a very small Jewish community with little influence in that region. And it is surmised for this reason that there were few suitable Jewish men that she was allowed to marry outside Judaism. While the ESV translation says that Timothy's father was a Greek, a more accurate reading would be that his father had been Greek implying that his father was dead. The past tense used in Greek showed that he was no longer alive. Timothy, second Timothy 1 .5 tells of Eunice's sincere Jewish faith. There Paul writes to Timothy I am reminded of your, Timothy's, sincere faith a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now I am sure dwells in you as well. And second Timothy 3 .15 speaks of Timothy's early instruction in Hebrew scriptures. Eunice, though married to a Gentile with a son therefore seen as a Gentile also chose to raise him as Jewish and take him to have him instructed in the scriptures. Indeed it was the duty of a Jewish parent married to a Gentile. Note that I just said parent. It didn't matter if it was a Jewish woman married to a Gentile man or a Jewish man married to a Gentile woman. It was their duty within Judaism to instruct their children in Jewish law and this Eunice had done. Eunice now was identified also as a Christian believer and she was undoubtedly one of those converted in Lystra by Paul and Barnabas on their first visit to there the previous year which was AD 48. Verse two says he and this again is Timothy was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. Now Lystra and Iconium were several days travel apart. They were not side -by -side towns but undoubtedly the Christians in the area kept in touch as best they could. Timothy was thus known by the Christians of the surrounding area to be of superior character. Verse 3a says Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him and here is the reason that God directed Paul in his ministry to take a backward approach to his previous missionary trip. If he had repeated his trip he would have met Timothy in the last city on his second missionary trip. Instead he meets Timothy at the very beginning of the trip and this will prove important knowing that Timothy was a Greek father because we're going to see later that Paul doesn't just repeat his last trip he then ventures into Europe by way of Greece on this trip and having a native speaking Greek with him is going to be of importance and remember Silas that he took with him. He took with him from the Jerusalem church. Silas was a Hebrew Christian.
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"Alright Acts chapter 13, let's stand for the reading of God's word. We'll look at verses 1 through 3. Acts chapter 13 verses 1 through 3, the word of God says, Now there were in the church that was the Antioch certain prophets and teachers as Barnabas and Simeon that was called Niger and Lucius of Cyrene and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch and Saul. And as they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed and they laid their hands on them, they sent them away. And let's pray. Lord, thank you for the truth in your scriptures, we're going to look at this even help us to in the world, as individuals, as a church, and Lord, may we find a cause that is greater than ourselves, that pulls us out of bed and towards a worthy goal. We pray you'd speak to our hearts tonight in Christ's name, Amen. You may be seated. So tonight I want to give you a Bible study on this subject and you'll see how it helps our church but also applies to each one of us. And that is that in the scriptures, we see that churches plant churches, churches plant churches. In Acts chapter 13, there's a lot of different ways we could go with this. But we see the church here at Antioch, which was a prominent church, really became the prototypical church of the time after the persecution pushed believers outside of Jerusalem and they scattered, taking the gospel with them. The church at Antioch became just a powerhouse of Christianity and sending missionaries and soul winners in the local community, missionaries around the region there. And in this case, we find them sending out some more folks. They had a lot of wonderful ministers there. By ministers, that just means a servant of the Lord. We think often of a minister as one who is a professional or has a position. But the words use two ways. A minister can just be a servant. A minister, capital M, can be like a pastor, an evangelist, something like that. But they obviously had a lot of mature Christians doing a mighty work. And verse 2 says these people were busy serving the Lord, they were fasting, they were seeking the Lord, they were seeking His power, they were consumed with doing the work of the Lord. Let me just remind you that you don't have to be a pastor to serve the Lord. You don't have to be a missionary or an evangelist to serve the Lord. The truth is every Christian is a servant of the Lord. You say, well, I'm an accountant, I'm a construction worker, I'm a driver, I'm a this, I'm a that. Well, that may be what you do to provide for your family, but it shouldn't be who you are. That should not be the limit of who you are. And never forget that we should always get up to make a difference, not just get up to make a living. If you get in the habit of just getting up to make a living, that gets old real fast. But if you get in the habit of waking up and your profession might be X, but your purpose is Christ and your identity is Christ, and that's a powerful way to live. And so we must never forget that. But as these men were serving the Lord, the Holy Ghost said, separate me, Barnabas and Saul. This is the call of God. Sometimes God will call specific people to a certain work outside of the church. As a young man, 17 -year -old man at Blessed Hope Baptist Church in Jasonville, Indiana, the Holy Ghost said, separate me, Paul Chapman. And God put on me the call to become a full -time preacher and a pastor.
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"This conversation around solitude is really geared towards helping you understand that solitude is not just about being alone, it's about being with God. There's never a moment in time that He is not with us, and there's never a place we can go that He is not. And so solitude is not so much about being alone as it is about being with God. So we're going to talk about that and more today. Stay tuned. Why are Christians always so serious? I'm Barnabas Piper of the Happy Rant Podcast, where we take Jesus seriously, but not too much else. Subscribe at LifeAudio .com. The Historical Jesus Podcast is the sweeping saga of the life and times of Galilean Jesus of Nazareth, as well as the faith, religion, and church founded to honor and disseminate His acts and teachings. Join me, Mark Vinet, on this fascinating journey through time exploring the many great works of Christian theology, literature, architecture, music, and art inspired by the words and deeds of Jesus Christ.
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"Amen, thank you, team, and if you have your Bibles, please open them up to Acts chapter 15. Acts chapter 15, verses 36 to 41. Now, before you get excited that this is a smaller passage of scripture, there is a lot to unpack in this. But don't worry, we will still take our normal time. So Acts chapter 15, verse 36 to 41, the title of this sermon that is prevalent throughout this that is underlining theme in here is serving where God directs, as we see something in this passage that we haven't necessarily seen that, to me, gives encouragement to know that the first century church wasn't this perfect, no -problem church, that there were issues that this church went through that, for us today, can give us some principles on what we as believers today can ascertain from this text. So Acts 15, verse 36 to 41, I'll be reading, this verse will also be up on the screen. Starting verse 36. Now, after some days, Paul said to Barnabas, let us return and visit the brothers in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord and see how they are. And Barnabas wanted to take John called Mark along with them also. But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there was such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another. And Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. And as he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. Let's pray. Father, we thank you for this opportunity. We have to hear your word this morning. God, I pray that you will open all of our hearts, minds, and ears, God, to hear what it is that your word is being brought today to say. God, help remove any distractions. Father, just be with us this morning as we study your word. We ask all these things in your precious and holy name. Amen. So as we look through this text, we see three main individuals that we've already been introduced to. John, excuse me, John called Mark, Paul, and Barnabas. Now, the question that we are going to be looking at today and a question that each of us also need to ask, but we see playing out through these individuals is, are they the right individuals for the job? Are they in the right job? Are they in the right location? Are they doing the right thing and using the right methods and means to accomplish the task that they have been set out to accomplish? Now, to understand this passage more clearly, and honestly, throughout the whole book of Acts, to understand the relationship specifically between Paul and Barnabas, but then also between Paul, Barnabas, and John Mark, John called Mark, we need to understand kind of a chronological timeline in the book of Acts. Because as you read through chapter and chapter and verse and verse and section and section, our normal, I guess you could say, default position is to assume that we're just days or months into the birth of the first century church. But that's actually not the case. And what we need to be careful of is that when we read these things, they're not always necessarily happening within days or weeks. They're sometimes in some of these passages, a gap of years.
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"Would you please open your Bibles to Acts chapter 13. I'd like to begin reading in verse 13 and read through verse 25. This is a portion, a smaller portion than the actual sermon itself and for time I'm not going to read the whole thing. Again here we are in Acts chapter 13 verse 13 and following. Now Paul and his companions put out to sea from Paphos and came to Perga and Pamphylia. But John left them and returned to Jerusalem. The going on from Perga they arrived at Pisidian Antioch and on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. After the reading of the law and the prophets the synagogue official sent to them saying, brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people say it. Paul stood up and motioning with his hand said, men of Israel and you who fear God listen. The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt and with an uplifted arm he led them out from it. For a period of about 40 years he put up with them in the wilderness. When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan he distributed their land as an inheritance all of which took about 450 years. After these things he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet then they asked for a king and God gave them Saul the son of Kish a man of the tribe of Benjamin for 40 years. After he had removed him he raised up David to be their king concerning whom he also testified and said I have found David the son of Jesse a man after my heart who will do all my will. From the descendants of this man according to promise God has brought to Israel a savior Jesus. After John had proclaimed before his coming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel and while John was completing his course he kept saying what do you suppose that I am? I am not he but behold one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie. This is the Lord's word would you bow with me and let's again ask the Lord's help. We thank you Father for your scriptures and we thank you for the hymns that we are blessed to be able to sing tonight and for the reading of scripture. Our Father we come to you asking that your spirit will be present with us to help the servant and to help these your people. Those who join who are here in this building but those who will join also from afar. Oh Father we ask that you will advance your kingdom in your glory and I pray that the Lord Jesus will be lifted up faithfully. I humbly ask these things now in Jesus name amen. We are long overdue to be back in the book of Acts here and I've been stewing on this passage for some time as and wondering boy how do you how do you cover this a sermon like this in a in a sense that's intelligible. Here Paul was has preached to the Jews and God -fearing Gentles on his first missionary journey. Recall that he is in Pisidian Antioch which is central region of Galatia and it shouldn't be confused with Antioch from which Barnabas, Saul, and Mark were sent. Mark having deserted them and having gone back to Jerusalem we're told that Paul and Barnabas went on the Sabbath into the synagogue and they sat down and we are told this by Luke after the reading of the law and the prophets the synagogue officials sent to them saying brethren if you have any word of exhortation for the people say it. The Lord here presented a wonderful opportunity for Paul an open door for the gospel.
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"That the the preacher rejected the rejecters of the gospel. But secondly, Paul's reaction to the people of Antioch and Iconium, that was five o. Secondly, the preacher's turn to willing hearers. Thank God here we see that reaction. Phrygian There in Moon God, this was some of the things that was competitive in the days of Pisidia of Antioch. Paul and Barnabas would continue the mission of the servant of the Lord by serving as a light for the nations and by bringing salvation to the ends of the earth, Isaiah 49 6. But the Gentiles in the audience were elated to hear that God had included them in his redemptive plan. They were amazed. They celebrated the news that God would justify them through faith in Jesus, even if they did not become Jews by accepting circumcision and committing to keep the Jewish law. Many Gentiles believe the gospel that they loot. Credits that believe not to Paul's skill as a preacher, but to God's sovereign grace, as all who had been appointed to eternal life believed in Acts Chapter 13, verse 48. Acts Chapter 13, verse 46 and Acts Chapter 13, verse 48. Express the carefully nuisance view of divine sovereignty, human responsibility. The characteristic of Paul's own theology, God and God alone, is to be praised for the salvation of sinners and all that leads to their salvation. However, there was a rebellious sinners entirely bears the blame for his rejection of the gospel, the result of condemnation. Those who believe do so because God determined that they would repent, believe and receive eternal life. And those who reject the message do so because they consider themselves unworthy of eternal life. Here you're looking at predestination because there are people out there, their own selves that reject the gospel. They don't choose themselves worthy, but I'm glad for the many that believe the synagogue leaders were alarmed by the number of Gentiles who believe Paul's message. They attempted to sabotage his ministry by stirring opposition to Paul among some of the most prominent women in the synagogue, because that day in time they were prominent women in the synagogue that did a lot of great things and that promoted the good things of the gospel. But look at the evidence. Sabotage the ministry by stirring opposition to Paul among some of the most prominent women in the synagogue. Evidence from ancient inscription suggests that about half of the Jewish proselytes and about 80 % of the God feared were women. These leading women were probably wealthy and had some measure of influence with the local government leaders. They may have been wives of some of the Greek officials. They used their influence, their urge the city officials to expel Paul and Barnabas from the district and the leaders probably did not need much encouragement. Many of them were devoted either to the worship of the local moon god men, are dedicated to the worship of the Roman emperor and the success of the Christian mission in Antioch threatened their religions even more than it threatened the local synagogues. So the Phrygian moon god men are the emperor were the things that were worshiped during that time and this is a picture of the image of that in my research of this Bible study that you probably had never saw this before but I show it to you but we continue on. And when the Gentiles heard this they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. Boy you know what when we look at this we begin to realize that in verse 48 that this deals with predestination because John chapter 6 verse 44 the Bible says no man can come to me except the father which hath sent me draw him. This verse shows both God's part and man's part in salvation because the man who comes to Christ is a person who has been drawn by God. A person who has experienced the divine initiative. A man does not act alone and come to Christ by their own effort and their own energy not by their own works whether they're mental and so a man is a dead spirit therefore he can do nothing spiritually just as a dead body can do nothing physically. The natural man prefers self and sin and therefore if a man with a dead spirit is to come to Christ they have to be acted upon and drawn by God ordained to eternal life. Paul and Barnabas would continue the mission of the servant of the Lord amen. And so by doing so both God and man have a part in salvation. God's part is to draw men man's part is to believe and so we look at the scripture out of John that tells us about that because the word translated ordained means enrolled indicates that God's people have their names written in the lamb's book of life. God's book of Luke chapter 10 verse 20 Philippians chapter 4 verse 3. But Acts chapter 13 verse 49 is the human side of evangelism. If we do not preach the word then nobody can believe and be saved. It takes both 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 verses 13 and 14 and Romans chapter 10 verses 13 14 and 15. Here we see God's part.
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"Documents. And why some parents in one local community can expect beefed up security at school their board meeting today. Keep it here for full details on these stories in the minutes ahead. It's Traffic and weather on the 8th to the WTOP Traffic Center. Here's Jack Taylor. Whoa, that is a big delay. It's unexpected at this hour, virtually any hour. On the ICC, if you're headed in the westbound direction, you've got some slow traffic that's kind of unexpected. Unfortunately, as you leave 29, you're going to be in some very slow traffic. You're riding out basically after New Hampshire Avenue. Left lane is what's getting by the crash activity. You'll find the beltway slowed, topside outer loop 95 to George Avenue, inner loop, St. Barnabas Road down toward Wilson the Bridge, 15 and Frederick South. Near Jefferson Street, we'd have that reported wreck. In Upper Marlboro, 301 southbound, the ramp to Route 4, there was an earlier crash. I think we've still got the downed tree. Southbound Cabanjan Parkway before the Clara Barton Parkway. It's blocking the far right lane. Delays stacked trying to get into the district. South BW Parkway and 50 West. Everybody trying to go inbound on New York Avenue, the work near South Dakota Avenue in the center lane. Unclear if the broken down tractor trailer is still there. was It North I -295 after Oxen Cove in the second lane from the left. Checking on South Capitol Street just south of JBabs Gate. You may have a crash there. In Virginia, expect delays on the Beltway coming out of Springfield. Interloop up to 236. 66 riding up into Tysons. 28 in Chantilly North after Braddock and Walney Road. Word of a broken down vehicle along the right side. Route 1 in Woodbridge Northbound near East Longview Drive had an earlier crash. Wondering if it's still there. We'd had a wreck with an overturned vehicle on Vent Hill Road between Sudley Manor Drive and Reed Lane. You'd been under police direction. Very slow traffic in Aquia. 95 going south. It's the work zone near 630 Stafford taking the right lane. Actather WTOP traffic. 7 News First Alert meteorologist Eileen Whalen sounds like it'll be smart to at least keep the umbrella handy today. Yes exactly and hopefully we will get some rain after yesterday's
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"With us president biden's son hunter is pleading guilty to federal tax offenses the plea agreement with the justice department likely spares him time behind bars and allows him to avoid prosecution on a separate gun charge a white house spokesperson says the president and first lady love their son and support him as he continues to rebuild his life ex -president donald trump likened the deal to a mere traffic ticket washington post justice department reporter perry stein joined wt o peace sean and brennan with more based on what was filed in federal court we know that they've tended to the greed for biden to the younger biden to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges of failure to pay in 2017 and 2018 and we also know as you mentioned the gun charge they didn't actually prosecute of prosecute him for that he admitted to in a statement of wrongdoing and is in part of a diversion program which is something typical they do when someone has substance abuse issues does this close the book on the investigation and what else was the DOJ looking at in its investigation yeah that's a good question I mean we what Weiss that's the US Attorney in Delaware said is that this investigation is still ongoing so I think that suggests to me that are they you know the gun and the taxing may be closed those aspects of the case may be closed but perhaps you know there are matters beyond that that they are still looking at the republicans have ripped the Biden administration's Justice Department over what they believe is a politicized weapon do you think that this is going to fuel that narrative even further as we head down the road it could I mean we know that this case is a that the republicans are intensely focused on I don't know you know what would have made it what would have kind of quelled this partisan look within this investigation you know if anything could have but yeah we you know we do know that the House members are intensely focused on allegations that there's some connection between hunter Biden and the Biden family and foreign actors yeah I don't expect that to stop and we already hear murmurings on the hill that it covers the Justice Department for the Washington Post now to the top stories we're working on at WTOP flight operations resumed at all DC area airports following a more than two -hour ground stop of coming flights the apparent armed rebellion in Russia has ended its leader is headed to country to avoid persecution keep it here for full details on these stories in the minutes ahead traffic and weather on the 8th to rich hunter in the WTOP traffic center I'd still waiting on the all -clear for the work on the interloop through lanes between St. Barnabas Road and the Woodrow Wilson bridge they did have them blocked overnight believe I'm seeing traffic in there and I can't get a good look at the beginning of the work zone either so again just be careful headed that way still on waiting the all -clear from Maryland State Highways have not heard that as of yet now on the outerloops about way they're just about done picking up the work on the outerloop headed west of I -95 toward New Hampshire Avenue they still have a couple of lanes left blocked but you're getting by without delay but they should have all lanes open here momentarily so good news there 270 south headed south to Montrose Road toward the lane divide they were clearing that work from the left side again stay right to get by there heads up for the crash stop on New Hampshire Avenue at Merrimack Drive sounds like Montgomery and Prince George's fire on scene there see it may be under police direction be careful over in Anne Arundel County had stretch a of 450 defense highway closed in both directions and that was right near Rutland Road that was a for tree down across the roadway early this morning haven't gotten the all -clear on that as of yet although now it does appear that it has been cleared that trees out of the roadway and the roadway reopened in both directions so good news there now waiting on the all -clear for the work that was in the express lanes northbound 95 as you cross the Occoquan you're actually down to just a single right lane getting by never caused any big delay but again be aware they may may may not be done picking up that work as of yet but the through lanes for now moving without issue between and the beltway the work in Stafford County north of Falmouth wrapped up and cleared Rich Hunter WTIP traffic now to seven news first alert meteorologist Mark Pena clear skies to start your Monday it's really mild out there as well temperatures only in the low to mid 70s across the region it is humid later
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"Users will still have some advantages over recreational buyers. Keep it here for full details in the minutes ahead. It's 6 48. Traffic and weather on the eights. How are we looking so far, Jack Taylor? Well, you know, it's always interesting when I answer that question, so I'm sorry. I'm gonna say at this point we've got our building delays. Virginia 66 east out in Manassas 95 north found a little heavier as you come out of Falmouth riding toward Aquia slow in Woodbridge, then again from the Lord and headed toward Newington. The trouble in Haymarket was an earlier crash. It was on 15 between Log Mill and Road Bull Run Estates Drive. I think you're still under police direction there. You're in decent shape riding on the Greenway and the Dulles Toll Road. A little heavy with some slowing on the Beltway interloop leaving the Robinson terminal as you head up toward 236. Also filling landmark in a running 395 northbound as you approach Duke headed toward Seminary then crossing the 14th Street bridge. Expect some slowing as you ride into the district. We've got delays out of Chevrolet going inbound on New York Avenue. That worked before South Dakota Avenue blocking the center lane. It is progressing. Earlier last week it had the been near Anacostia crossing so it is making its way into northeast. M Street up near 11th Street southeast. That's a reported crash. Good news in Virginia. No big issue riding toward Tysons. The interloop of the Beltway near I -66. There had been an earlier crash I think it was over on the shoulder and now I believe it's gone completely. Maryland delays topside out out of the loop from 95 to George Avenue. Interloop St. Barnabas Road down toward the Wilson Bridge. 270 getting slower Leaving the Monocacy through Urbana down to 109. Delays again in Germantown toward Montgomery Village Avenue. Oh and there's that slow down again on the southbound spur. Leaving Democracy Boulevard getting onto the outer loop. Watch out in Falls Road at 270. Listeners have reported all the signals were dark. That could possibly be a local power outage. Jack Taylor WTOP traffic. Now 7 News First Alert Meteorologist Brian Vandegraff. I'm still seeing a little bit of green on the radar screen. Yeah a few last little stragglers of sprinkles this morning. But,
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"Traffic and weather on the 8s to Joe Conway in the WTO traffic center. Sandy will start off on the Maryland beltway Montgomery county delays on the adult of and stretches from college park toward Silver Spring should all be volume no incidents reported on the prince George's beltway earlier crashing on the adult view of saint Barnabas road has been cleared humanes are available and delays of east. On the Baltimore Parkway, slowing northbound and stretches from green belt toward powder Millsap and often delays 32 toward Riverdale again should be all volume, nothing reported in the roadway for you to 70 95 were in good shape at last report, nothing complicated on 50 on this side of the bay bridge, but if you're on the eastern shore of Maryland, eastbound 50 queen ants county remains closed between 6 62 and two 13, they're dealing with a serious crash. Back on this side, we've got the crash reported on prince George's mckendree road between akiki road and route three O one and 5 near Brunson way, the road closure in place, they'll turn you around, looking for a wreck I 97 northbound north of benfield boulevard, watch for the response, reported as one overturned. In the district on D.C. two 95, northbound expect to find reports of a delay to a possible vehicle fire should be under police direction was filming to look, you already in a delay there anyway, three 95 south down as you leave the third street tunnel, the crash still in play in the center of the roadway, getting by to the right and the left, you've got delays on westbound 6 95 trying to get there. It also coming off the southbound third street tunnel trying to get there. Again, state of the far left or far right to get by. Virginia 1995 north close from The Pentagon to the inbound 14th street bridge. 95 southbound is crawling along across the Aiken than really jammed out of dumfries most of the way towards falmouth and Fredericksburg with only a very few breaks along the way, mostly centered around the 17th found with interchange. A lot of bailout over on route one, southbound out of Quantico toward a quiet and through Stafford, north vanity 5 delays were through Fredericksburg at a spotsylvania, then in stretches between falmouth and newington with brakes along the way, the easy pass lanes are southbound on the 66 quarter nothing complicated for you reportedly on the inside or outside stretches of the capital beltway. I'm Joe Conway, TRP traffic
"barnabas" Discussed on WTOP
"Dot com slash DoD. 7 38 traffic and weather on the 8s, let's see how things are going with Jack and the traffic center. All right, let's start with our bellway delays in Maryland to topside out of loop slow in 95 over to Georgia avenue to then briefly in the big curve, merging with everybody off the spur, inner loop south of town, the lineup now after saint Barnabas road down toward the Wilson bridge, heavier in prince George's county on the outer loop, leaving central avenue as you ride back toward green belt, but so far, nothing reported in the way. The broken down vehicle on the bottom of Washington Parkway was northbound. After one 97 off the roadway left side, still a little heavy and Damascus, there had been an early morning crash on 27 down near gu road. Sounds like all lanes open. I'm thinking they may have towed everything out. You'll also find it upper Marlboro three O one northbound near clagget landing road that puts it south of trade zone avenue that crash clean up and it involved a fuel spill blocking along the right side of the roadway. All right, look for delays in Virginia. As you ride the beltway inner loop coming out of Springfield toward Braddock road, then again slowing in tysons, activity after one 23 V dot says off the roadway, right side. That may be a crash, but I think it works on George Washington Parkway going northbound as you leave the overlooks to a point before one 23. You'll find 66 had been a bit slow east going into manassas after the rest area, one broken down off on the right shoulder, slowing again, the fairfax county Parkway to one 23, had a manassas there had been word of a broken down vehicle, northbound on two 34 dumfries road near waterway drive. All right, look for the delay top end on three 95 to cross the 14th. You're slowing continues into the district onto the case bridge. Freeway is not too bad. You're looking good between the 14th and the 11th. There's a little bit of heavier traffic on north I two 95 exiting to go inbound on the 11th and there had been a wreck in northeast along bending road near 34th street. It's the D.C. sports huddle, sponsored by MGM national harbor. Visit the bed MGM sportsbook and lounge at MGM national harbor today to make your sports opinions count. Jack Taylor WTO P traffic. Time to check that forecast for your Monday and beyond. Here's WTO meteorologist Jed Merrill. Pods rolling in this morning, a couple of drips and drabs for the afternoon, but not expecting a widespread heavy
"barnabas" Discussed on WTOP
"P news. Meanwhile, there's a renewed effort by D.C. lawmakers to provide reparations to the descendants of enslaved people that Bill would set up a task force to study and develop proposals for how the city could pay African American families directly wronged and traumatized by slavery and institutional racism that Bill was reintroduced by at large council member Kenyan mcduffie, and it has the support of 8 other members of council. Coming up after traffic and weather, the price of rent, it's actually getting cheaper. It's 6 O 8. Michael and sons heating tune up for only $59. Traffic and weather. On the 8th, two Jack Taylor in the WTO traffic center. Okay, let's start things off in Maryland on the southbound Baltimore Washington Parkway as you roll down toward route 100, we'd had a little earlier delay now with maybe the cause. There's a reported crash. There's some issues on the stretch of two 70, so far just a little bit heavy as you come out of Frederick, some slowing in urbana, and you'll find out at a highest town you're in good shape, riding toward the lane divide. Now, on the spur, northbound before democracy boulevard sounds like a single vehicle may be sideways into the wall, it's blocking the right side, just be very careful. It's about a quarter mile before the exit north on the spur before democracy boulevard southbound lanes unaffected. A little bit of a delay building, topside adder loop from New Hampshire toward Georgia avenue, inner loop still fine, leaving saint Barnabas road in two ten headed down toward the Wilson bridge. Bob ranch avenue in north bed up near the beltway. There's a wreck along the right side of the roadway. Cruz had been looking for a crash and derwood, eastbound shady grove road near crabs branch way, and montrose road had been closed overnight west of 7 locks road. There was a tree down, all this was from an earlier crash overnight. The good in Virginia, no worries between Alexandria and McLean 95 northbound. You'd been slow Dale City into woodbridge then a little more volume moving through, newington, but should find your lanes open. Four 95s quiet for now between Alexandria and mcclain, 66 off to a good run at a Gainesville east all the way to roslyn so far without delay. You'll find in the district and earlier crash, the still a delay north I two 95, the ram to go in bed on the 11th street bridge, the wreck had been along the right side. You'll find fire department activity in northwest along Macarthur boulevard between Elliot place and Q street, police activity, first street northwest closed between Michigan avenue and Channing street and we have our activity blocking 14th street between Otis place and Irving's treat this also police activity that's affecting metro, the green line, the Best Buy entrance at a Columbia heights, the minor side entrance closed with the investigation, major side remains open. Looking for a new car, the weight is over. Fitzgerald automobile has hundreds of new and used cars to choose from, visit fit small dot com, transparency you can trust. Jack Taylor WTO P traffic. You may find some rain out there on your drive to work this morning. Is it going to get better? Well, here's storm team forest Chad barrel. Don't expect too much of a change in the weather pattern this morning, lots of cloud covers, some patchy fog, wet roadways, temperatures near 60° though this afternoon, the pavement dries out, a little bit of a northwest
"barnabas" Discussed on WTOP
"$69. Traffic and weather on the 8s to the WTO traffic center, here's Jack Taylor. Barbie show has still got a few things going on, especially out in Virginia where we'd had some slower traffic will start on 95 headed in the northbound direction, little delay leaving the centerport Parkway into a choir. We'd had some earlier activity that was after Quantico along the right side, was an earlier broken down vehicle. I think it was on fire. It's out. Then again, we've got some brake lights in lorton, southbound was a bit heavier, moving through dumfries, but your travel lanes are open the earlier debris we'd believe cleared had a Dale City. You'll find 95 south down at a Quantico vehicle apparently stuck in the mud, watch along the right side of the roadway, do be careful there. You are going to find we'd had heavier and slower traffic on the beltway inner loop as you came out of the Springfield interchange riding up into and through annandale, 66 delayed east, manassas going into centerville, then after 50 are excuse me after the fairfax county Parkway to some flashing lights out beyond one 23 safely on the right shoulder Beltway in Maryland, there was an issue caller said now it's on the shoulder, inner loop down your branch avenue, watch this is along the left side, heavier traffic near central avenue. Slow though, saint Barnabas rode down toward the Wilson bridge, topside outer loop still on the brakes from 95 over to Georgia avenue, then just carefully going through the big curve. Three 55 and Gaithersburg going south near Watkins mill road single vehicle, apparently was involved in some sort of erect the right lanes blocked. I think your tow trucks there, so that should be clearing pretty soon. In the district, we did have trouble on D.C. two 95 south. There was a reported wreck after eastern avenue and the good news on kenilworth avenue southbound near 42nd street northeast, nearly a broken down truck has cleared, so now your lanes are open. You should be on the move on Mark, Camden train 8 44 was canceled. You'd been accommodated by train 8 46 departed about ten minutes ago. Looking for a safe used car. Fitzgerald autumn has hundreds of good cars. Trucks and SUVs. Next to a new car if it's way used car is best. Visit fit small dot com today. Jack Taylor WTO P traffic. Another interesting forecast, here's Chad Merrill. A couple of drips and grabs here this morning, but the sunshine comes in this afternoon. We are in the low 70s, the
"barnabas" Discussed on The Way (Audio Podcast)
"That's right. And God never changes. And God never changes. Because the Bible is very, very clear that when Moses happened upon that burning bush that we've talked about a couple of times, it's very clear that the being inside that Bush was the angel of the lord. That was the third person of the godly Trinity that Moses was afraid to look at. Right. So God never changes. He is the exact same being who came to and told the church of Antioch to separate Paul and Barnabas Barnabas. That's right. It was Holy Spirit, who did that. And if they weren't listening to the Rama that came on that day, where do you think the New Testament would be? Exactly. And they were fasting. It was exactly. So they were already on mission. They were already preaching, but the Holy Spirit, right? Spoke a Rama word to the church or whoever it was they didn't say who it was. They just said it spoke it. It might have been either one of them. Separate them out to the missions. And sent them out. And so this is really important. So we're going to look at a bunch of metaphors as we go along. And before we move along, I just want to make sure our listeners understand that, yes, we are saying that the Holy Spirit will speak to you. He'll also help give you functionings, feelings, compulsions, and we covered all the things that can take place in the other show. Well, look at some of these, so don't think that the Holy Spirit is just there to make you feel all warm and warm and fuzzy when you hear your favorite worship song. No. When it's time to act, when God, when you're asking God something, when you're asking to be used, rema will take place through the Holy Spirit, listen to that, and don't dismiss that. Because you're on a mission and so is he. That's right. His mission is to get you through. Every human being is on this earth for one reason and one reason only. And that is to decide for themselves in this womb we call life down here, which Jesus didn't even call it life. Because when we graduate to heaven or hell in her life, when you go to heaven, he said, you enter life. Life, yeah. So this is kind of life in a sense. It's kind of a shadow and copy of life. But we're here for one reason, and that is to decide for ourselves as free moral agents where we're going to spend eternity. That's right. Will we be still born or will we be born into the kingdom of goddess living sons and daughters of God almighty for all eternity to rule and reign with him in Christ? That's his mission. So yeah, take it very seriously. When he moves in your life, when he talks in your life, he's serious. It may be with laughter and it may be with joy because I know that he loves to be that way with his children. But at the same time, he never wastes a syllable. And he's deadly serious about this..
"barnabas" Discussed on Apex Church
"To go and look, barnabas had met tall just after his conversion, maybe a couple of years after his conversion. And he helped Paul get to meet Peter and then send him on his way to toss us, and when he saw Antioch, he remember the story that this young man Paul had said that Paul had heard from Jesus that he was to go with the message of Salvation to all the gentiles and he at barnabas could see it happening before his very eyes and so he went to find Paul brought him back and they enjoyed a wonderful time of spiritual harvest. Profits from Jerusalem came up to encourage the believers. One of them called agabus as part of that mission of prophetic teaching. Told the church that a famine was coming upon the world and sure enough it did in the time of Claudius this famine was going to be very severe, especially for the people in Judea. And so the church in Antioch led by Paul and barnabas gathered a gift and they sent Paul and barnabas town to Jerusalem to support the poor that were there. Paul talks about this in galatians chapter two versus one to 7. He doesn't mention the gift because of course he doesn't want to promote himself as some kind of special person, but he tells the gentiles believers in galatia that when he went to Jerusalem, he talked to the pillars of the church. Peter James and John, about what it was that he believed the good news of Jesus was. And they added nothing to his message, but gave him the right hand of fellowship. And so he returned to Antioch with great joy. Back in Jerusalem in chapter 12 of the actually the apostles, we hear of Peter getting imprisoned and miraculously escaping and leaving the city of Jerusalem. Perhaps really very rarely to return again because of becoming this marked man. And then in axe chapter 13, we see Paul and barnabas back in Antioch, praying and fasting with the other leaders of that church and the Holy Spirit says you need to go and do the thing that I've asked you to do. And so off they go on their first missionary journey, and they're returning in acts chapter 14 and it's such a joyful time as they talk about the door that's been open to the gentiles that God has done such a great work..
"barnabas" Discussed on WTOP
"Property and agent availability. Virginia Office Falls Church Before 47597732 It's 9 28 for traffic and weather together on the eighth. Fret nuclear now in the traffic center idea, Let's take you back around the capital Beltway Press George's County check on a couple of work songs to auction Hill. The work is set in the right lane between ST Barnabas Road in Branch Avenue and through Largo. The work is set before Central Avenue. It's along the right side, not creating much of a delay through that one, but there's a crash to Montgomery County. So on the outer loop through Bethesda between route 3 55 and old Georgetown Road and the cell on the right side. It's causing some slowdowns. Your approach and we just got word of work so set up on the end loop between Connecticut and Georgia avenues will start taking the left lane fact left lines already taken away now and eventually, three left lanes later on tonight into the early morning hours work zones. On the Beltway through Prince George's in Maryland, in Montgomery County, Maryland, to 70 95 BW Parkway route 50 all doing well and through Morningside. At last check. Forestville Road is still shut down both ways between the Student Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue cleanup of the crash to happen a few hours ago. Over in Virginia 66 lot of work zones on the eastbound side, the first near route 29, Centerville, the, uh, taking away the right side of the roadway, and the other one is, uh, well will take place in the next hour or so near the Fairfax County Parkway. They plan to take the left side and between route 1 23 and Nutley Street. They'll have the right lane. Get Buy it those three work zones again. Like 66 are all on the eastbound side. 3 95 no problems there 95, you're fine and wires down in McLean. You totally crews that their old Dominion drive near swings Mill Road might still be under police direction. And there's works. No setup in Arlington that has North Glebe Road closed in both directions between chain Bridge Road in military road and through the district. You're good on the freeway and the 2 95 little slow spots on north. After Pennsylvania Avenue and South after bidding road. It's when donations back to school sale right now get two free windows for only to you. By or for every two you buy. Buy four. Get four free. Get it? No limit, Plus pay 0% interest for 24. Months visit donation dot com. McClure w T o p. Traffic, Rick. Thank you. Now let's get your storm team for four day forecast. Here's NBC foursome are Theodore. Well, how about this Peaceful weather will continue with that as we head through the top of your week. Mostly sunny for your Monday high temperatures.
"barnabas" Discussed on New Jersey 101.5
"Slash Tellem, Ed R W. J. Barnabas Health, Let's be healthy. Together. New Jersey 101.5. So think of potential road rage. You could think of all of these as defensive weapons. But what's an ordinary thing that you could, you know, kind of MacGyver like into into a weapon and keeping your car and have you actually done it? 1 802 831 on 1.5 right now. Fast traffic. All right. We've got a new problem on 78. It's a flipped over a van accident blocking at least one lane. This is coming east on 78 very get 54 in hillside heads up for that. There's also continuing construction, blocking two lanes along 78 local Lindsay's today. Get 56 to 57. This report responsibly. Staples stores. Staples has everything you need to start the year, right, like home office furniture. Well, it is the latest tech an organization supplies all that amazing prices get a fresh start this year with big savings from staples on the turnpike. Things should improve on the north and truck vanished during shit. 14 truck fire has been put out and cleared Parkway north of its slow coming into 1, 45 and sampan into 1 30 with a crash in one lane, 24 westbound slowdowns in Nativity, 701 30. Still roadwork in the right lane Going north between Ridge Road and fresh Ponds Road, Tom River's New Jersey Traffic North. Jill Myron, New Jersey Traffic South White horse Pike eastbound and Westbound Right by Gloucester Pike through 2 to 95. We had an accident before Anna why Pole went down and wires her on the road crews are repairing the pole and the wires and the white Horse pike both ways. At 2 95 to Gloucester Pike has lane closures. We also have delays at 2 95 north exit tend to exit the 11 with the left lane out for repairs to 95 south foundered. Usual Rush hour stuff forming up Ed exit 28 down two weeks a 26 42 as South bound, backed up from 1 30. Down through the creek road is well, they cleared up that accident of 42 a creek road Any Jersey fans traffic every 15 minutes. Next report at 3 48 on New Jersey one a 1.5. New Jersey one a 1.5 instant weather confidence is growing that we're going to see some combination of snow icy mix and rein in the Monday night to Tuesday.
Snow-Cainado May Be Tied To Prof Barnabas T. Viles Weather Machine
"Information is still pouring in about the deadly snow K. NATO which struck southern California earlier this week here's what we know so far. The freak weather event was reportedly made up of over five thousand simultaneous frozen tornadoes linked together in a massive swirling monsoon, and over the last three days, it is buried Los Angeles in eight feet of snow. Many residents have been forced to evacuate their damaged homes only to be sucked up into the deadly cyclones or washed away by giant waves of what witnesses called hot ice. The mayor of Los Angeles called a state of emergency on Monday, we don't have snow K. NATO emergency plan. So I've activated the typhoon, Tornado flood and ice storm plans simultaneously. Immense Not really working very well. So how did this happen? The National? Weather Service issued a major update just last night warning that this unprecedented combination soon, Nami hailstorm main. May Be linked to a weather destabilizing machine built by professor Barnabus t vile
How One Covid-19 Victim Was Lost in the Chaos
"Images and stories from the pandemic that will be seared into many people's memories forever. One of them was the discovery in April of rental trucks, holding dozens of dead bodies out a funeral home in New York City. The people found that day were victims not just of the coronavirus, but of a system overwhelmed one of them was seventy two year old nathaniel hallman. He lived in the Bronx with his wife Mitzi. They were married for forty two years. He repaired whirlpool appliances and in retirement he and his wife or a Deacon and deaconess at the Church of the Meek Baptist. Harlem they visited. visited the sick and shut ins in early April at the height of the pandemic and New York City home in was at a Rehab Center in the Bronx, where he was diagnosed with nineteen, the sent him to the hospital next door where a few weeks later he succumbed to the disease, but that's not where the story ends. It's where it begins our reporter Michael Phillips. He died on April Seventeenth, at Saint Louis Hospital and his goddaughter hope who is a very astute person. decided she would take responsibility for making sure that he was cremated and taking care of and and so his wife is widow. mitzi wouldn't have to do it. And so hope was under the impression that she had only seven days to get his body in the hands of funeral director, or the hospital would give the body to the city, and the city would bury him in a mass grave on Hart Island, which is a the Potter's field for New York City. One hundred and fifty years that the people have been left behind have been buried on on heard island. And, so she thought okay I've got a week to find somebody to take care of the body, and she started calling funeral homes, and they were all full. This was the height of the epidemic of hundreds and of New Yorkers were dying at a day on the day that that Daniel died three hundred eighty four New Yorkers died. And so the funeral homes would just overloaded. She called something like twenty funeral homes, and they all said we can't take him. Her Middle Son was even doing an internship at a Newark New Jersey funeral home and they were full to take Nathanielsz bodies. So she grew more and more panicky over the course of the week, and she contacted a family friend Reverend up in Connecticut, Marshall, Morton and Reverend Morton being in the you know the business of of being a clergyman new number of funeral home directors called up an old contact that he had named James Robinson. Mr Robinson worked out of a funeral home in Neptune City New Jersey as well as one in Brooklyn. And so he said, according to Reverend Morton I'll take care of this for you. I've got it and please. Please take the body down to my funeral home in Neptune. So the Reverend and hope son managed to find a funeral director, who would could drive the body out of New York to Neptune New Jersey Neptune city. And deliver it just before the what hope thought was the deadline at the hospital. They get the body out of there, so they took the bodies of Neptune city Mr Robinson the funeral director was not there. A person who was there said I'm sorry. I can't accept this body. They called up. Mr Robinson the funeral director. And this is where there's a lot of disagreement about what took place, but from the point of view of the family and Reverend Morton. What happened was Robinson said. I didn't mean for you to take it to. New Jersey Take my place in Brooklyn, this is something that that Mr Robinson disputes. He says he never said such a thing. The driver took the body up to Brooklyn to a funeral home called likely funeral services on UTICA avenue in Brooklyn. He dropped the body off there with the people who were there. They put it in. A refrigerated truck was parked on the street. And the family assumed everything was OK at that point. The body was supposed to be cremated on the twenty ninth so a few days later. And when hope called the the crematory to ask whether or not or godfather had been had been cremated, she got an answering. Machine were closed for maintenance the next day. She got answering machine message, but Never received confirmation he had been cremated. During this time news broke about all these bodies in Brooklyn in U. Haul trucks, and that was the same address where they had dropped off Mr Hallman. So hope began to panic and put things together. She called up the Reverend. The Reverend put things together. They all started to worry and at that point they tried to get Mr Robinson to explain where the body was. They tried to get a funeral home to explain where the body was tried to get the city. Medical Examiner explain where the body was, and they just couldn't find. It took until the fifth of May until. Finally learned that her godfather's bodied Nathaniel Hamad's body had actually been in the back of an unrefrigerated u-haul truck left on the street in Brooklyn, just a horrible horrible discovery, and it wasn't the end for Nathaniel. Family, who then spent several weeks trying to get his body and arranged for his final resting. What happened after this? There was another misstep when the bodies were discovered at the funeral home. In the U.. Haul trucks hope called the city medical examiner's office. They had come over. You know when the when the police got there and the after nine one one call reporting bodies and trucks on the street. You know hope called everybody. She could find the governor's offices. The attorneys general of the State of New Jersey and New York. You know. Where's My Godfather? And when she called the medical examiner's office, they had already collected sixty one bodies from the trucks and from clerk. Lee's funeral home itself, including many that would simply on the floor in various states of undress, and on the floor of the Chapel at the funeral homes just loaded with bodies. And so she when she called the medical examiner's office, they went through the list of all the bodies. They retrieved from the funeral home from the trucks. And Nathaniel Holman's name was not on the list, so for days and days she couldn't find out where he was. She even went over with Reverend Morton to the funeral home. Mr Clearly was not there at the time. Mr Robinson was not there at the time and she said. My father was here. Where is he and couldn't couldn't get an answer? And, what happened was and the fifth of May. That medical examiner's office discovered that the name on his paperwork had been reversed as hallman nathaniel so when they had looked up the bodies they had. When hope it call then they looked in their record, says he will what bodies we have. Do we have in home? It came up as a negative. The only had a home in faneuil. And by the fifth of May, they figured this out, and now remember he died on the seventeenth of April, so we're no weeks into this, and only then does hope discover that. In fact, her godfather had been in one of trucks and was now in the care of Medical Examiner's office. At that point, the the medical examiner said look. We have him safe. He's in. You know in cooled unit, so he's he won't decay. To be blunt about it. You can leave them here until you find a funeral director. WHO's able to cremate him? which is what the family wanted to do, so they held onto him and it wasn't until five weeks after his death. I think thirty nine days exactly after his death that they were able to get him cremated, and now his ashes are in an urn that his his widow Mitzi keeps at her bedside Michael. What else did you hear from city officials in response to this as well as from the quickly funeral home. The state authorities suspended Mr Claes. Licensed to act as a funeral director, and then held a series of hearings online hearings to decide whether to permanently revoked his license for you know poor practices, the ruling has not yet come out. They've had three hearings and the lawyers have submitted final closing statements, but the administrative law judge has not yet ruled on whether to revoke his license in listening to the at least one of those hearings, and in talking to Mr.. Claes attorney, he's basically the the argument is they were holding the bodies in the U. Haul trucks as they were moving them from the refrigerated truck which was. Recognized waited two whole bodies into the funeral home to be packaged up four cremation. And so he said we would keep them in the in the U. Haul trucks for a while and then move them. It was hard I think for the prosecuting attorney. I guess he'd be called the prosecuting attorney. Understand that because the argument is why not just move them from the refrigerated truck all the way into funeral home instead of stopping. This is just a matter of a few yards, so stopping and putting them in a truck. Mr Quickly. That's Mr Clarke's defense as well as his lawyer said to me. Look the whole city was inundated with bodies. Just wasn't enough. Space to handle the mall and so things happen. And he said that he thought it was unfair that his client Mr clinically was being singled out when so many other funeral homes were also overcrowded in his in his argument. So, that that is his defense Mister Robinson's defense. He has not been charged with any anything by the state. He has not been his has not been suspended, but in talking to him, his argument is. I never had that body. I never signed any paperwork saying that that body was under my control so everyone who says that I did agree to take control of Mr. Hammond's body is line. That is his argument. There are text messages back and forth in which he says that he would take care of the body, but he also said and give me the paperwork, so there's now a lawsuit underway Msci Hallman and hope dukes. Who is the the Goddaughter of Daniel? Hallman have filed suit against the he quickly home as well as Mr. Robinson And are seeking damages for what they describe of course as mistreatment of Nathaniel remains. Michael as you say, and as you've heard from many of the people in this story, Nathanielsz body was one of dozens discovered in rental trucks during the height of the pandemic. What did reporting out the story and what happened in this one case? Tell you about what happened here in New York at the height of this. So, what are your takeaways from this tragic story? This won't come as a surprise to anybody but. When the pandemic really hits and went really hit New York. Hardest I. At least in the United States of course. It just overwhelmed the system. The city and the people who who manage these things would just not ready for overwhelming the doctor. Was Internal Internist resident at Saint Barnabas Hospital. Who took? Mitzi up to see Nathaniel before he died is she would cry constantly into her. into a mask and goggles because there's just so much misery. All around her. And the same situation occurred with with the body's. Just the city. Wasn't prepared for the awfulness that that's that hit it. I can't judge whether they should have been more prepared. Or there was some mistake making made made at some point. That's not really within my capacity to judge. But, certainly, it was overwhelmed. And that meant that there are a lot of a lot of collateral damage and. Michi and hope, and of course Nathaniel himself were part of that collateral damage, and now I think. Between lawsuits and historians and journalists looking back at what happened. We'll start to peel that apart and figure out. Who did what who could have done things that were you know could have done things better and who who? Who did the best they could?
Kern County closer to reopening after health officer rescinds local coronavirus pandemic order
"Its part Kern county said this no the stay at home exist except for essential needs practice social distancing wash hands with soap and water often avoid touching eyes nose nose or mouth with unwashed hands cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow avoid close contact with people who are sick stay away from work school or people if you become sick where a face covering while in public if you are unable to maintain social distancing end of quote but they want to continue to hear they said to the guidance issued by the governor of California regarding the stay at home order speaking of stay at home there's a Bronx your doctor on the front lines his name is doctor Daniel Murphy he is chair of the department of emergency medicine at St Barnabas hospital and he wrote a column for the New York Post since he's been in the E. R. every day for the last few weeks either supervising providing direct care he and two of his daughters one of whom is a nurse have contracted the coal that nineteen virus and have recovered he has acknowledged that the pandemic has been called the worst health disaster of my thirty year career because of its intensity duration and potential for what lasting impact he said but it's the lasting impact part that concerns him the most he gave four reasons for why the lockdown should end he said first the number of cases and deaths is on a downward trend secondly non coronavirus healthcare suffering as people avoid going to the doctor for the things that they should go to the doctor for because they fear either contract the corona virus or overwhelming the hospital system also public fears don't match the reality of the number of people who might have already had the disease and race of the medic suggests it's deeper into our society that we think also suggest is far less deadly than we think and natural herd immunity he says is
New York - One Man Killed, Another Hurt In Bronx Subway Station Stabbing
"To the Bronx where police are searching for a suspect in a deadly stabbing on a subway station platform cops say someone stabbed two men on the six train platform at the Marcin have new sound you station just after four thirty A. M. on Saturday a twenty five year old man was taken to St Barnabas hospital where he died the other man is twenty eight years old and he is in stable condition at Jacobi