35 Burst results for "Lincoln"
Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions: And the Big Winner Is...
"Big finale for a big winner in this year's season of jeopardy After running off a 40 game streak earlier this year Amy Snyder capped off for 2022 by winning the jeopardy tournament of champions but she needed a mix of knowledge and daring to pull off the victory as she engaged in a showdown with Andrew he a player known for his huge beards on the show's daily doubles Schneider led he by $1400 going into final jeopardy both contestants got the right answer our American cousin the play president Lincoln was attending when he was assassinated in 1885 but this time Schneider made a bigger back to win her third match in the tournament of champions and the quarter $1 million grand prize
DeSantis Vs. Trump; Who Should Win?
"In the straw polls or whatever term would be used in the polling in Iowa and other states desantis is more favored than president Trump. I beg Trump supporters to understand that any Republican is better than any Democrat. That the gulf is unbridgeable. That's it. That's all I'm asking, I'm asking of people, I was a passionate defender of the president, I claim to this day, I said to his face at Mar-a-Lago a few months ago, thought he was the finest president in Abraham Lincoln. Kink a more supportive than that. But my bigger agenda than Donald Trump is defeating the Democratic Party, which is now a left wing party for the first time in American history. It was largely liberal. It is now left, and the left destroys everything it touches.
Sebastian Welcomes Kellie-Jay Keen to the Show
"She is Kelly J Keane, Kelly J welcome back to America first. Well, I thank you so much for having me. I have a bone to pick with you. You came to the swamp and you didn't tell me. You didn't want me at your rally at the Lincoln Memorial. How dare you? How dare you come to my manner? And not invite me to your event. What brings you to America my dear? I am doing a tour called let women speak, which is exactly what it says on the tin. It's basically creating a space in which women can speak in public. The old fashioned public square because the modern public square senses everything we say. All right, is that why it didn't invite me because I'm a man man. Well, you could have come because there were plenty of trans activists trying to stop us talking, so. You would have been very, very welcome. I'm so sorry. All right, that's all right. I'm just ripping you a little bit because I'm a huge fan of yours and I can't believe you're on this side of the pond and I didn't get to see you in person. The website is standing for women dot com. First things first for those who haven't for some reason because they've been trapped under a rock or sleeping like rip van winkle who didn't see that viral video, tell us where that occurred and who you were talking about when it comes to your comment. I'm not a vet, but I know what a dog is. Well, I was actually talking to a trans activist, a woman who frequently takes her shirt off to reveal her double mastectomy scars as sort of a badge of honor. And we were in poolside watching will Thomas called who calls himself Leah Thomas race against women. So not only racing against women in sport in swimming races, but also changing with them and getting naked and no women are allowed to talk about it and I just thought I did share he's a man when he was accepting his podium chat. So I just, I was there to point out that the emperor was naked and actually had a penis.
Dinesh and Debbie Discuss Michigan's Prop 3
"The results of the midterm election were, I would say only a disaster in the sense that we should have done so much better. Biden's policies have horrific effects. People a directly experienced those effects, so it should have been a complete wipeout. It's almost like one of those early battles of the Civil War where Lincoln would say in a sense, you know, why do we finish off the confederacy? Well, yeah, we were able to hold our own yahweh were able to advance a few yards or even a few miles, but we're not even close to taking Atlanta. Why is that? We have a much bigger army. We have much greater resources. And so we need to ask some tough questions of our own side as we think about what happened this week. Debbie joins me and Debbie has some interesting thoughts about two issues that have that we haven't paid a lot of attention to in part because we have strong convictions about them were kind of dug in on them, but they can be they can pose certain election problems for us. Honey, start by telling people about we were in Michigan for an event I did with Grand Rapids right to life was a tremendous great event 1300 people, but we learned a lot about this proposal three, which was coming up on the ballot, and in fact has now been voted upon, talk a little bit about proposal three, what it does, but also kind of the deceptive way that it's framed so that people are, they don't really know what it does. Right, so prop three basically gives Michigan Michigan women. The right to have an abortion at any time in their pregnancy, including 9 months. They also have, if it's a teen pregnancy, they do not need parental consent to have the abortion. So this is, you know, this is horrible. This is something that is a strike against the right to life. But they framed it very, they were very sneaky in the way that they used the language and the proposal. For example, they said that this proposal proposal three was the constitutional right to reproductive freedom. So when you say that, you are in essence saying, listen, the right to your reproductive freedom only belongs to you and your doctor, but it's between you and your doctor. The government has no right to tell you what when you can have an abortion when you can get contraception, et cetera, et cetera.
We Need More Public Discourse, Not Less
"When you get to the situation of looking at debates and looking at public discourse, folks, I believe we entirely need more discourse not less. We need more time in which people are able to and members of legislative bodies, executive bodies are able to spend time talking about what they actually believe. You know, being asked questions fair, but honest questions and sometimes those will be difficult, like how are you going to pay for it? How is this going to work? They need to be able to answer those questions. And we're not getting any more. Even if they showed up for what we classify as debates, we're not getting it anymore. Debates have become, the modern debate has dissolved from the Lincoln Douglas style debates that and then the debates of old in which, like I said, you had candidates who would give their answers, then they would compare their answers. They would ask each other questions. And the debate it became more of a discussion between two candidates fighting for an office. Today, debates have simply become here's a question you got 60 seconds and at the end of the time we're going to give the other person a rebuttal, which typically is not a rebuttal to what you said, except they've already prepared a zinger because they know what your answer is because they've heard it many times on this on the stop speech. And so they're going to try and say, you know, a zinger that they prepared, then they'll be a rebuttal from you. And at the end of the day, you've had two and a half minutes of nothing.
What Do We Really Know About Any of These Candidates?
"Comes is what do we really know many times about these candidates? Because the idea that these Lincoln Douglas filed a Macy's grand Tories of what people believe are where we find this out, we're just not seeing it anymore. You're having more limited discussion with Canada's even with the media. You're having a media that is much more hostile and much more biased. We see Carrie Lake is frankly fueling an entire campaign on the fact that she's fighting with what she is following up on what Donald Trump has said and president Trump said, fake news. Because they will constantly ask her about things that she will clarify and then they go back at it, you know, from a different angle, basically because they want to paint her as a French candidate and the media has taken that feeling that that is their role. So she's now turned it as many candidates have turned and said, look, I'm just not even going to deal with you. You're not, you know, you're not going to give an interview. I'm not going to sit down with you because you're not going to give us a fair shake. I have experienced that before. I've turned down radio interviews. I've turned down some other interviews, because I just was tired of dealing with a biased opinion. I can handle an honest question. What I don't like in many candidates don't lie, both Republicans and Democrats is when they feel like they're being attacked and that the interviewer is pressing their own political agenda. Now, if it's another candidate, I'm going to debate, I expect the other candidate to push your political agenda. I do not expect a journalist to push a political agenda or take what I have said. And then even though it is truthful, it is factual and what I've said then try to tear that down with their own opinion or their own version of the story. This is why I think people are getting more and more frustrated.
What Ever Happened to the Days of Real Political Debates?
"Gained more and more of a sense of elections and electioneering that has come down to what consultants and the media consultants, the general consultants, the handlers, however you want to put it, have determined more and more. And we've talked about it a lot on this podcast, having those folks come in, that the effectiveness of digital, the effectiveness of TV ads, broadcast TV ads, mail, these are all things that are a part of a campaign. What we have seen a lack of, in my opinion. And it's happened not just in the last two or three years, it's happened over the last 30 or 40 years. We've moved beyond the idea of having a longer what I'll call debate about issues and obey about where we come from. It going back to the old classic, whatever device. It's funny to me today out here. There'll be all these times when certain candidates who may be fudging on having a debate or not want to basically say, well, I want to go and just have a Lincoln Douglas style debate. I don't think they do. You know, 'cause if you go back and look at Lincoln Douglas mice, those were all day affairs. And it was not just that, you know, one person would speak for hours. Hours about what they believed. I mean, Lincoln would speak for long periods of time. Same nose would speak for a long periods of time. It's a great read. In fact, I encourage you find, you know, some books on Lincoln and Douglas are read about the Lincoln Douglas debates. They were fantastic. If you really geeky and wanted to know about all of these issues, but then we had some of the most foundational debates that came when one spoke from an extended period of time, then the other spoke and responded. And then we go back and forth at this. It would give the people who show up, and by the way, you know, we have attention span of, you know, most of the digital vendors, most of your video, your TV vendors, your broadcast TV, all your political people, put this out there, is look, I gotta get them for 30 seconds, they got no more attention span in 30 seconds. There's gotta be boom, boom, thereby, you're good. And look, that is effective. I've been in politics. I will not criticize what is happening 'cause it is effective. For all of you people out there who want to say, you know, you don't like negative ads. We've talked about this a little bit before. Yeah, you do. Yeah, you do. Because if you didn't, they wouldn't move numbers.
Understanding the Jimmy Carter Legacy
"Senator, I want to fast forward from Wilson, not yet to Obama and posit Jimmy Carter. You write on page 33 of only the strong about the deep sense of shame James fallows talked about for evading the draft. I've long thought that my generation was conflicted over Vietnam. I came in after Vietnam, but the people who skipped out on Vietnam versus my brother in law who fought it had a deep emotional divide. They were never going to be able to overcome. And that it manifested itself in politics in an unspoken way. You articulate that. So obviously you've thought about what Carter and the Vietnam era did to us, how did that play into the wilsonian hostility towards American exceptionalism? Well, Wilson openly repudiated the American founding and the moral basis of our country. Once you lose that moral foundation cue as Abraham Lincoln warned about in his great speeches and letters in 1850 1960s, it's not a very far slide into repudiating America itself. And that's what the new left did in the 1960s, especially leading up to Vietnam. I think
The Ideology of Wilson and Obama
"The ideological roots of the book is about, well, there's a lot of Hegel in history. There's a lot of Lincoln in the founders. There's a lot of Woodrow Wilson and finally someone is explained it. Now, Jonah Goldberg has tried a few times. Fine writer, under the shell, no he's a friend of yours. He's tried a few times in big books that only people like me read to explain where this came from. You went back and tried to do it again. Would you explain to people why you think it's important that they get what Wilson was and why it matters and why the framers Lincoln and Reagan are different from that. I think it's important to understand the ideological roots of the decline in American sea all around them. As I said, Barack Obama is the most ideological president since Wilson. Now Barack Obama's are careful though to mask his ideology. Sometimes he let the mask slip like for instance when he was attending Jeremiah Wright's church for all those years. Jeremiah, I remember the infamous pastor who said 9 11 was America's chickens coming home to roost is that God wouldn't bless America but rather damn America. This is not some passing relationship. I mean, Barack Obama saw down his church satin skews for years, even had him officiate his wedding, Michelle Obama. Or when Barack Obama said that America wasn't an exceptional nation. What he wanted to say, we're going to fundamentally transform America view. Now, I don't know about you, but I don't know many people who think that if you love something, you should want to fundamentally transform it. I can't imagine the fetching this Hewitt would take too well if you said honey, I love you, but I want to fundamentally transform you. With Obama, though, it's somewhat rare that that ideological slips. With Wilson, you see it out in the open. The first openly, the first president who was openly hostile and opposed to our Declaration of Independence and our constitution. He said they were outdated. They were obsolete. They belonged to a Newtonian age of checks and balances, not a Darwinian age of evolution. He said that the moral basis of our nation, the natural, equality of mankind, that none of us as Jefferson said are born with saddles on our backs to be written or spurs on our heels to ride. Was outdated as well. He had this conception of history with a capital H that it was evolving and therefore mankind could be thankful that we could have heaven on earth that we could achieve. Utopia. The founders knew that this was all nonsense. They understood as Madison said in the federalist papers that government is the greatest of all reflections on human nature. And our nature, nature is that we're falling creatures.
Linus Ullmark makes 30 saves, Bruins beat Blue Jackets 4-0
"Lina sol Mark picked up his 5th career shutout and Charlie Coyle scored short handed in the bruins 5th straight win Four zero over the blue jackets Matt grizzly opened the scoring with his first goal of the season beating Elvis Merc leak in 8 43 into the game Coyle scored four and a half minutes into the second as the blue jackets were on their 22nd consecutive power play without a goal Jake de brass and David pasternak also tallied to help the bees improve to 8 and one this season Merci lincolns was pulled after two periods allowing four goals on 29 shots Columbus has dropped three straight at home and 6 of 9 overall I'm Dave ferry
We Can No Longer Be 'Conservatives' in the Old Sense
"We are no longer conservatives. We are restorationists. This is the title of an article. I want to give credit. It's written by a fellow named John Gabriel, jail and John Gabriel, and published in ricochet, ricochet dot com, and it's a very short article, just a really a few paragraphs. But it kind of got me thinking, so I wanted to read from the article and comment on it. But John Gabriel begins by saying, essentially, who is a conservative? Quote conservatives of long struggle to define conservatism. Maybe it's a philosophy, maybe it's an attitude or a psychology. And then he quotes Lincoln. Lincoln was once asked about conservatism and Lincoln says somewhat Riley or whimsically, is it not adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried. So Lincoln here is making an argument that look if you've got a long body of empirical experience that shows that this custom this way of organizing society, this rule of thumb works well, why wouldn't you go with that over something where you have no idea if it's going to work? Why would you try something novel via novelty may seem appealing on the surface, but there's a good chance that that new approach will fail. And so what Lincoln is doing really is making the case for tradition.
The Spectacular Career Failure of Liz Cheney
"I want to talk about the spectacular career failure of Liz Cheney. Now, you might think I'm going to talk about Liz Cheney running for reelection in Wyoming, in a district, by the way, that she dominated and she was the big name in Wyoming. And that was even talk about her being having Kevin McCarthy's job down the road that she was a potentially presidential material, and then she starts losing her own base, Republicans around the country begin to be suspicious of her even appalled by her, her own constituents, basically sent her packing, picking a relative nobody Harriet hagerman by a decisive margin. So this is all a repudiation of Liz Cheney, but Liz Cheney says, I don't care. I don't care because I have a larger mission. Now, in one sense, our larger mission is I'm trying to prevent Trump from running again. I don't think she's going to succeed in that one. But her large omission can be stated slightly differently. What Liz Cheney has been the frontman of the front person as part of a left wing and democratic campaign to do this, which is what? To separate Republican candidates and Republican elected officials. From the Republican base. To put it somewhat differently, the Republican base believes 2000 mules. The Republican base believes mainstream view that the 2020 election was stolen. And I go to Republican events all the time, Reagan dinners Lincoln dinners. I'll give a talk about 2000 meals. I won't get a single dissenter. Not one guy comes up and goes, well, what about this? Or you failed to notice that dinesh, so I think you're exaggerating. I have essentially unanimous consent. And this is where the Republican base is. But Liz Cheney's idea is what if we use the media, use the Democrats, use social media and browbeat the Republican candidates to run away from their own base.
Anthony Fauci Was Never Elected...
"Fauci was never elected, okay? So no one ever went to a ballot box. And so you know I want to give him a bunch of power. He was largely unknown up until the virus, and he had unlimited amounts of power. I make the argument that Anthony Fauci and it's a great learning lesson. Has anyone ever had as much power as Anthony Fauci had for 18 months in American history? And okay, well then you could ask me who maybe not, that's fine. Maybe you're agreeing with me or not. I don't know. But the power to lock down your kids from going to school, the power to literally control the breathing of an entire generation. The power to kick people out of a military for not that of the military for not taking mRNA, gene altering technology. That's an incredible amount of power. And even if a president has had that kind of power, let's say Abraham Lincoln had that power. At least he was voted to office, at least someone said I want you to be in a position of authority and in some ways Anthony Fauci became the sovereign and Anthony Fauci became a lot more powerful and important than the American people. So then you say, how on earth do we restrain that? Well, this is why we need a complete and total constitutional reset in our country right now. Whereas that whatever the new Congress is, whoever takes power, there needs to be a mass check and balance campaign. And I think a purge of this administrative state in the fourth branch of government. And this is something I really want to kind of, whether you live in Missouri or Kansas, both Missouri and Kansas, I think, have been abused by the federal government for far too long. You have allowed the federal government to misrepresent you for so long. There is so much power in the states and never before, probably since the American Civil War hasn't been this bad,
Abraham Lincoln Was Very Torn by the Carnage of the Civil War
"Was very torn by the carnage that was going on in the United States during this time. It racked him, constantly, is the death that was going on and frankly, he felt for the war itself on both sides that was very felt personal. But he was very committed to making sure that the union would prevail. That the United States would again be the United States. And he may really something that was really a concept that came out of this is that America in America was both a place and a concept and I've heard this express it was a physical location and an idea. When you think of America, it is, it is not just the location that we're in, but it is a concept of freedom and the individuals. And we the people and there's so much that goes into that that can't be related to a single place, a single time. And Lincoln was one who believed that you saw it in this speech. And let's break that down because I think it's so important today. When I see the political infighting, when I say both Republicans and Democrats, going at it, and what is sometimes outside the branding of civil discourse outside the branding of normal debate. We've got to get back into the idea that we can debate issues debate ideas. And at the end of the day, disagree with each other, we might not want to go have dinner with each other, but at the end of the day, you know, realizing that except in the most, this is not an issue of evil and people being inherently evil because they hold these that are different from mine. Now there are certain ideas that I frankly hope that, you know, especially when it comes to life and those kind of things that I do believe that are not proper, but at the same point in time in a course like we have in our United States, this is the kind of discourse that we have. We've got to convince each other of our right ideas. They may be things that we can't understand and they may be evil in our side, but at a certain point in time, we've also got to remember we're a society in which the idea and the concept, the idea of America is that we have these freedoms that come together and mesh into one.
What Makes a Great Speech?
"Space that comes up and people have asked me about is the famous speech from Abraham Lincoln, which is the Gettysburg address. Now, we've done Abraham Lincoln's speeches and is a president from as an inaugural perspective and others, but we've never done the Gettysburg address, which is an interesting in the midst. And I think some of this came up in the discussion one day of this, what does makes a good speech? And, you know, when you're out in talking about speeches and when you're giving speeches, you get into these things. And you have the joke, some people say, you know, my former strucker told me the best speeches have a great ending and a great closing and have them very close together. You know, it's funny, people laugh, but the reality is, what makes up the dynamic of a speech and I wanted to talk a little bit about this before we get into the actual Gettysburg address today, is it's not always the length. It's not always the, the content, it's not even the opening or the closing. It's how number one is delivered. Number two, it's what is being said. And number three actually connecting to the audience. In a very real and tangible way. Now, sometimes that can be done and I've used this to great effect. And using a speech in which I use humor. And sometimes self deprecating humor. Others is just, you know, you're getting people laughing. I believe that speech is so many times are really good when you have a humor element in those speeches. Because when people laugh, they learn. They're relaxed. It doesn't. It breaks up, you know, many times the monotony of listening.
Michael Wilkerson: Slavery Defined Who We Would Become as a Nation
"Our two in my conversation with my friend Michael wilkerson, the book, really an amazing book. It's called why America matters. Okay, so Michael, we left off talking about the issue of slavery. And you write really extensively about that battle in our history, because a lot of times we get the short version of it. To me, this was the foundational challenge. This was the question that was going to define who would we become as a nation. Slavery was an aberration. It was inimical to the ideals articulated in the declaration in the constitution. And yet we allowed it to live. There was a belief that, oh, it'll just go away on its own. Later in following the signing of the declaration, a lot of the signatories and others really begin to rally around resistance to the idea of slavery. But we were in conflict because half of the nation in the south were very much wedded to it from their economic and cultural social life. John Quincy Adams, after he left The White House for the next three decades in the House of Representatives, haranguing about the issue of slavery, Benjamin Franklin, in his last decade, really devoted himself to abolitionist causes. The rise of the abolitionist movements in the 1830s through 50 60s really were a catalyst to begin to awaken public consciousness at a broader level to the evil that was the institution of slavery. The most fascinating person that I found in this whole period of history was Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave who, in his youth, had taught himself to read, taught him itself, got all kinds of books whenever he could. Eventually escape to the north. And long story short became a leading abolitionist, a leading voice, a friend of president Lincoln. And in my view was the most prophetic voice speaking to the conscious of America saying, this thing is evil and it has to be destroyed. And
Is Democracy Now Fascism? Lord Conrad Black Weighs In
"On the right win in 2022 in November next month, to me, democracy looks like it's over in America, fascism is here to stay. And if they lose, we get maybe another insurrection, domestic terrorism, a Civil War God forbid. Maddie Hassan MSNBC with a strange definition of fascism if the Republicans win the election, then fascism has arrived. I guess the majority picking who should be in Congress is Marie Hussain's definition of fascism. I know somebody who will have a very different one. Presidential historian former media mogul, financier, judicial reform advocate, and just an all around good friend of the show, lord Conrad black, welcome back to America first. Thanks, Sebastian. I'm delighted to come back and listen to such rubbish. I mean, what that man said. I mean, this is the representative of one of the leading networks. Yes. Democracy is fascism. Now, in fact, fascism as those of you who are listening to are interested are aware was in fact a bunch of street bullies wearing black shirts bearing symbolically the faces as symbol of the authority of the Roman Republic, the Caesars and Julius Caesar anyway. And marching upon Rome and installing an authoritarian government, apart from that Mussolini, he was essentially just one of history's more spectacular scoundrels, though an able man in many ways. I made it up as he went along, but he fell under the spell of Hitler and ended up being shot by communists and hung upside down a gas station. That's fascism. With his girlfriend, hung upside down. And how you equate that to the Republicans winning an election, which happened when Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, for example, were elected. How you equate that to the Republicans winning an election. I think that's something of psychiatrists and people who deal with severely deranged people would have to have to survey. But let's
Sen. Doug Mastriano Addresses the Key Issues Facing the Keystone State
"Said Doug master yano that this is looking like a record year for homicides in Pennsylvania. This is under Josh Shapiro. How long has he been in this position? He's been our attorney general for 6 years and on top of all this Eric. Of course, the Democrat playbook is dull debate your opponents call them names and then pretend you're a champion of women rights. So we passed a bill out of the house and Senate and General Assembly in June. To protect female athletes from being dominated by men, you know, to defend females from male domination in their sports. And of course, Josh Pierre fought against that and he rejoiced when governor won't be to that Bill. To make matters worse, this time last year, Josh appeared fought to allow boys and the girls bathroom. I'm sorry to allow boys and the girls bathroom in Pennsylvania. And then on top of all that, he sued in an amicus, Virginia. This time last year, that happened where boys were allowed into girls bathroom. This time last year in loudoun county, a girl was raped. This time last year, the dad found up a school board covering up and then he went to the school board to confront them and he was hauled out handcuffs. Josh Shapiro was on the wrong side of all the issues that mattered of Pennsylvania. And so the contrast was very stark. You have the continuation of radical, dangerous policies on a Josh Shapiro, or a new birth of freedom. And I'm using those words cautiously. Those are from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address here. But we need a new birth of freedom. We need the power to return back into the hands of the people rather than a centralized approach in Harrisburg.
"lincoln" Discussed on Lincoln Park Church of Christ Sermons
"Law of christ so if a man or woman brother sister in christ is overtaken in any fault talking about sin. Should we criticize them. Should we throw stones at them. Should we talk about them and gossip and slander. Is that ever happened. Nope that's not what we're called to. We're not called to do that. We should seek to help those amongst us who have gone straight into said we are told by scripture to go and galatian chapter six in verse. Ju it's look to reclaim them to recover them to restore them. All those who are going astray all those who are going down to sinful pack. It's talking about christians and so but you look at this passage of scripture. We understand that the scriptures goes on and it really does it at the heart of more than that not only are we to do our best to restore people who are walking in a path of sinful living but we are to reach out to help other people around us. Whatever the burdens may be and this really in life is true because there are burdens of responsibility that we know that only us as individuals can bear. But there's also burdens of sorrow. There's burdens of pain. There's burgers various different types of burdens decisions. That are difficult to make. And that you look for wise counsel there's ways for us to help bear each other's burdens for example Do not make it hired for the shepherds this congregation to do their job because they're putting in positions of authority positions of trust and responsibility and we should make it easy upon them by for them to do their job shepherds of this congregation. Well how do we make it easy on them by the right kind of lives so they can focus on the spiritual wellbeing in the congregation. They could focus on the work of the church they could focus on all that goes into elder ship and shepherding so brothers or sisters. I'll give you. I'll give you an example. I like to watch movies and in some of the movies that i like to watch her sci-fi type stuff and different things anybody ever seen the lord of the rings. I liked to watch the lord of the rings movies. I know you might not be your cup of tea. But it's my cup of tea. And so i like to drink it and so as i'm watching these movies It makes me think of the friendship. It makes me think of the camaraderie that they have in these movies. Because you've got you've got hobbits elves. You've got drawers. You got mankind and their unite together in a spirit of bonds spirit of friendship brotherhood. If you will to help frodo reach mortar to do what to destroy the evil re ring that's threatening the existence of all mankind in the journey that they were on had been difficult that had been long. it'd been dangerous and frodo and his friend. Sam head barely survived. The dangers encountered along the way and they approach their as they were approaching their goal they. They're reaching their physical and emotional limits. Anybody here in life ever get to a point in life where you're reaching your physical and emotional limits and so what happens. Hopefully if you have built up trust and relationships within the family of christ the body of christ then we help bury others burdens. I can't always literally take your burden away. But i can help you carry your burden i can help lift you up and encourage you strengthen you and so as sam and frodo are climbing the mountain and as they struggled up towards the cave in order to to throw the ring to the fire to in order to to destroy the ring. What do we see on the way up frodo collapses he collapses he didn't have the strength to go on anymore so i was the only one though could carry this rain because of its mysterious power to tempt and to do other things. It's so sam. Knowing this says i may not be able to carry the ring frodo but i could kill you. I may not be able to carry the rain because of the problems that are be associated with it. But i could carry you brothers sisters. He lifted up frodo heathrow him over his shoulder and carry them the rest of the way and we know the rest of the story and how the story is so. That is how we as. Christians are called to live towards one another. We can't literally carry one another's burdens but we can carry one another. We can lift each other up and encourage each other. I got a text from our sister. Judy to this week and it was talking about a sister that she was helping her. And edward helping and she was doing what she was bearing the burden she had lifted up so to speak and put them on their shoulder and carry them to the rest of the way so to speak by helping them to to carry that load. Carry that burden. You can't always take the burden and away. You can't take the load away but you could be there as brother sister to help encourage strengthen and so brothers and sisters. We look at this here this morning. We can lift each other up and make sure that no one gets left behind. Make sure that no one is feeling along. Make sure that no one is feels deserted by their family here at lincoln park and that's why lately i've been encouraging look abuse around you. Look at some of the holes in abuse and if you know we all sit in the same spot every week you call on the brothers and sisters that you are there and ask them. Make sure they're ok. Find out if anything's going on in their lives and see if there's a way you can be an assistance if they needed to help to lift each other and encourage one another and then i get to the next passage of scripture. We get the next passage of scripture and this is the last aspect of burden bearing in the third aspect that we're going to look at here today and it comes from psalm. Fifty five and verse twenty two says pasture burdens upon the lord and the scriptures. Tell us that he will sustain us. Well if you were to read the fifty fifth psalm in its entirety from which this great promises taking. You're going to find some other. Languages says all that. I had the wings of a dove. He cried why then. I could fly away that i could get away. That could be at rest and that the burdens were so heavy and that the problems of life were so awful that he just wanted to quit that how then i'll give up a get away a fleet. I won't stay her any longer. Isn't anybody ever thought like that. Anybody i've read the slots. Doesn't that sound familiar over the years. How many times have you heard. Somebody say i've had as much as i can take. I've had as much as i can bear. So what happens. Oftentimes we look to get away. But you see. That doesn't always work. Doesn't like of catching up to you. You see because you can't run away from your burdens. You can't run away from your memories. you can't run away from your personality and from yourself in from the from the bad choices that some of us continue to make over and over and over again life as a way of catching up with us. So you can't run away from life's burdens because life will find you and the more knows all things and so what are you going to do. Where are you going to go while psalm. Fifty five leads us to believe that. There's one place that we could go one place that we should go that we should cast our burden upon the lower because he will sustain us he may not always take the burden away but sometimes he does so when we go to god and prayer. There's usually a couple of things that happen. Sometimes we'll be like jesus in the garden of gas seventy it will offer up a prayer that so something like lord. If it'd be possible take this cup from me. Anybody ever heard that her sometimes he does. Sometimes he doesn't but other times we pray in the burden remains. God doesn't take the burden away. Do we have illustrations of scripture. Do we have things that we turn to to give a strength in those times brother. I here to tell you that we do. And it comes by the way of the apostle paul second corinthians in chapter twelve.
"lincoln" Discussed on Lincoln Park Church of Christ Sermons
"Nobody on this planet could believe in. Christ jesus for you. There's a reason why so many of our children as they go off to college. Don't return to the church of their you because they never learned to have their own. They had their parents faith or maybe their grandparents faith but they need to learn how to have their faith. because they're gonna stand before god in judgment and so when we think about loads or or burdens in this life that only week at bear. Nobody can believe in christ for you. Nobody can repented the send your life for you. Nobody answer for you when you stand before god in judgment for each one must give an account of his life before a holy and righteous god and that means that nobody gets lost in the crowd that means that nobody gets to hide behind others then nobody gets to hide behind organizations because each one will stand or fall on his own merits. Each one will stand or fall based on the choices that they make in their life and choices could have either positive or negative consequences to them and so there is a man back in the colonial days who was a preacher. His name was john and he wrote in a diary in his diary. He said he said. I resolved that every man should do right. Whatever the cost his second resolve was whether it whether any other man does right or not. I will so help me get and i love that. Because that is the supreme being the supreme business of every christian and every man or woman child who follows god makes jesus the lord of their lives that everyone will bear his own load. Everyone should bear his own burden and so when he says whether any or other man does right or not by the will of god i will for god knows us as individuals. He judges us and he he he knows our thoughts. He knows our actions. There's nothing that's done in secret for. Knows all things and so whether anybody else does right or not. We as christians must be determined to do what is right whether anybody in the world is true or not. We must be determined as christians to be faithful and true as individuals begins first and foremost with us as individuals. So that's why when we read what it say in galatian chapter six in verse five. Each one was bear is owned load. Bears owned burden. That's what it's talking about. Because we know that because when you go back to verse four and if i go back if you slides and you were to look at this notice that verse four says that each one must examine his own work and then he will have reason for boasting but only regards to yourself not enjoyed another so you need to examine your life examined. The fruit of your life randy said this morning we can be fruit inspectors and we should examine the fruit either that we produce as righteous individuals. Do we produce good deeds or do we produce bad deeds. Do we produce bad works. Are we living in said. Are we the bad tree. Bears bad fruit. And so these are the things that we're looking to talk about here this morning because the highest contribution that we as individuals as we bear our own load can make any community. Whether it's lincoln park trenton. South grade allen park woodhaven no matter where you live each and every one of us the greatest Contribution that we can make to. Our communities is a life well lived a life. Well lift a life that is lived in righteousness with high integrity and high moral character. And we need to offer the world the right kind of life and the most beautiful portrait that we see in five words of jesus is said he went about doing good. He went about doing good and so should we. Someone once said that one example is worth thousand arguments. And i want you to think about that for a second. One example is worth a thousand arguments. Well let me give you an example. There's little story in the old testament is called sodom and gomorrah. Do you remember how many righteous individuals were needed in order to save an entire village of people telling people were needed so i asked the question. Would you been one of the ten because what they say is the greatest gift that we give to our individual communities to the world. A life. Well-lived are we the righteous tree or the battery are we producing righteous. Good works we're reducing bad food meaning son in our lives. It's you press forward. That story to the twenty first century over here in lincoln park michigan. And we all live in lincoln park and we need a ten righteous individuals to save the entire community of people. Could you be counted as one of those. Then you can answer that question. But don't forget. God knows all things he knows. If you're living faithful he knows if you're the good tree he knows if you're the battery. He knows the fruit. That's being produced from your life. And so the the most one of the most beautiful five word portrait of jesus is that he went about doing good. Another example would be jesus had twelve apostles. And then i know but when we think about the twelve men they went outside after jesus given a commission he goes back to have any gives them a commission the holy spirit comes in them and they turn the the world right side up living amongst a torturous regime like the roman empire in those twelve individuals. Along with all the disciples they went out into the world and made a world of difference. And so when you think about what i said a moment ago one example is worth a thousand eight thousand arguments how we live. Our lives matters. It's so it's very important that we understand these things the best contribution that we could ever offered this world is to is to set the right example and think about the second aspect of this and now we get to verse too because when you get a galatian and you get to chapter six and you you look at verse two. It tells us that we are to bear one another's burdens and thus fulfill the law of christ right. Well what is he saying here well. Burdens oftentimes should be shared with others. And we'll talk about this here this morning. It is also important to check the context of this passage because it says in verse five. That only only you can bear your own. Load your own burden but yet verse two so that we could bear the burdens of others and that we should in so many of the problems that we have in religion in the church is because scriptures have been taken out of their proper context and so we go back and we look at galatian six one. In what did it say in the verse before verse two it says brethren if a man be overtaken in a fault it's talking about sin you who are spiritual meaning right just restore such a one in the spirit of gentleness considering yourself less you be tempted brother. That's what we're talking about a bible study this morning. That is brothers in christ as sisters in christ that we are to go to one another when we find sin in the church and when we find sin that is a glaring obvious. one another's lives. We are to go each other to each other individually and that they don't listen to you then you take two or three more so they can be witnesses. They don't listen to them. You take it to the church. They listen to the church. Then the you allow those christians those brothers and sisters who have gone apostate to be like tax tax collectors heathens and so what is the point here when we look at this passage of scripture. The apostle paul says that we are to bear one another's burdens dust fulfilling the.
"lincoln" Discussed on Lincoln Park Church of Christ Sermons
"Our country and learn about all the rising percentages of depression, suicide, sin, crime, volatility in society, towards people who think differently than you, it becomes very clear, very quickly what the world needs and his name is Jesus. But it begins and ends. Not only in the word of God, but it begins and ends with you. Every single one of us hear this morning have a role to play. Every single one of us in this building this morning are integral to the furtherance of the congregation here at Lincoln park, but more than that, the universal kingdom of God. We all have to do our parts. And it starts with stepping out in faith. By sharing the word of God and by living out your faith and doing some of the things that I set forth as an example here this morning. Brothers and sisters as disciples of Christ we must all take the living word of God out into the world because God has said, go. And share. And teach and preach. And so I leave you with this this morning. When's the last time you've went? And you shared and you taught, when's the last Bible study you've had? When's the last time you sat down with the family member or a friend and had a Bible study? I know that most of the time people are going to say no. But that's why living your life as a Christian is so very important. But when's the last time you made an offer, I know many people will say no, but when's the last offer you made? With a family member, a friend or a coworker. I'm not talking about going out and talking to strangers. People you know. Ask yourself that question. Along with the last time I had somebody in my home with the express purpose to build a stronger bond with those individuals. Because brethren, that's where it begins. We are the living representatives of Jesus Christ. And he needs us to go into the world. He's done his part. Now it's time for us to do our part. Are you willing to stand up, share your faith in lip sacrificially for the kingdom of God? If you're hearing this message this morning, brethren, there's a challenge that has been set forth. And I pray to God that each of us accept that challenge. Because our eternal destination hangs in the balance. We will all stand before Christ Jesus. It tells us, and second Corinthians chapter 5 verse ten. And it says we will give an account of our lives. What do you want that account to read? You get to decide what Jesus sees. Brother, sisters, if you hear this morning and you need the prayers of the church, you can come forward this morning. We'll pray for you. It will help you in any way that we can. You may be may have been away from the church for a time. And you wish to be restored because you know you haven't been living for God. We know you haven't been living the Christian lifestyle and you want to make today the day that I start moving forward. You can come forward this morning and do that. We'll pray for you. And you may have not been a child of God. Yeah, you may have not come to Christchurch. You may not have been washed in the blood of the lamb. Well, you have an opportunity to be baptized this morning. For the forgiveness of your sins to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and God himself will answer to the kingdom as we come in as we stand and sing..
"lincoln" Discussed on Lincoln Park Church of Christ Sermons
"Because the word of God gives direction to our lives and the word of God is that guide that light to our path that gives that makes the crooked past straight. So every one of us has an important role to play in the kingdom of God. For the furtherance of the Lincoln park congregation, but for the furtherance of the kingdom of God. If too many people don't fully understand that you have a role to play, and showing up here on Sunday, really isn't part of that rule. We show up here on Sunday to give thanks for the sacrifice. Do this and remember to me that Jesus made on our behalf. So as Christians, we come together to worship God sing songs appraised to his holy name. To lift him up in prayer. It's a gift thanks to encourage one another. But then we are to leave this building, go into the mission field of the world and do what? Share your faith. Teach and preach and allow your changed life to be what sets the example. Brethren, noticed the first passage description here this morning. As we look at this first pass as a scripture in a first Peter, brother, we need to understand that by living out our faith and by living changed lives, people are going to see that something is different about you. Where does that concept come from in the scriptures? Because the scriptures are what guys are lives. It all begins and ends in scripture. First Peter one, 14 through 16 tells us this. As obedient children do not be conformed to the former lust, which were yours and your ignorance. What does it mean that we're yours and your ignorance? It says you didn't know what you didn't know. You didn't know what righteousness looked like. You didn't really know what sin was because you haven't read the word of gajah. You haven't been directed in holiness. And so Peter tells us that as obedient children, we're not conformed to the world, like we used to be in our ignorance, but like the holy one who called you, be wholly yourselves in all of your behavior. Why? Because I myself am holy. Brothers and sisters, you look at this passage description here this morning. And when you think about it, prolong sent in our lives has a way of defining us. Does it not? If you have consistent prolonged sin over a long period of time, when people see you, what do they usually see? The sin in your lives, they know you're knowing by the sin in your life, but that same concept is true of righteousness. You could change your past doesn't have to define you. It doesn't have to define you, and you can allow a new found righteousness and holy living to be what defines you. But it's gonna take time to change the perception that they have of you from years gone by. That's why Jesus says it's hard for a profit to be a profit in his own hometown. Because many people aren't willing to let go of the past. What they think they know about you. And so brothers and sisters. We know that righteousness has the same effect that prolonged righteousness over a period of time consistent, holy righteous living will then change the perception that people eventually have of you. And when you allow your soul, when you allow your attitude when you allow the sin problem that you have in your life to be brought into subjection to the word of God, a beautiful transformation begins to take place. And it's like a budding flower. That's opening slowly. But as it opens slowly, it gets more and more beautiful every day. And that's what our Christian faith our Christian walk is like. Brothers and sisters, when you allow your life to be washed by the blood of Christ, a marvelous transformation takes place. Why? Because it says at that point, you become a new creation. God says, stop dwelling on the past. Stop dwelling on the sin. Stop allowing people to find who you are based on past actions. You're no longer that person. You buried that person. He's dead in God. And now we understand that when we've been washed in the blood of Christ and we're a new creation, rather and gossip stop dwelling in the past because I remember it no more. He says, why are you still dwelling on that garbage? It's like it never happened. But we have to allow that concept to sink in. It stopped dwelling on what used to define us. A fees chapter one number 7 tells us, in Jesus, listen to this, and Jesus, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. Brothers and sisters, we need to be a people that immerse ourselves in the word of God. Why? Because we're now a new creation, there has been forgiven by the rich, graces of God, and now you look at the next passage description. And I think of what young what Paul told young Timothy who was an evangelist. And this is this concept in this thought process is for all Christians that we are to be diligent to present ourselves. What? As a proof to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, who accurately handles the word of God. Brothers and sisters. By doing so, we could teach others. We could go and share our faith and teach others about the love and the grace of Jesus Christ of God the father and the Holy Spirit, which we lived out, which as we transform our lives, we live out the sacrifice of Christ. Because now while living sacrificially because we buried the old man of sin, we're living a new, and now we're living sacrificially, not for the desires of the flesh, not for the sins that we used to enjoy, but now we live a sacrificial life in service to God and service to the kingdom. And we can confidently teach others how to be freed from bondage is sin. You know why? Because who else here has been freed from the bondage of sin? Anybody here have been freed from the bondage of sin? What freed you from the bondage you said? The blood of Jesus Christ. Don't you think it might be helpful if we let other people know that they too can be freed from the bondage of sin? That they too have a hope for a better tomorrow and that's your past doesn't have to define you in that there is hope in that God's great love and grace brethren is waiting for them. We look at the scriptures here this morning and we need to remember that as we teach people about the golden rule, we need to make sure we're living it out. And you think about Matthew chapter 7, you think about verse 12. This is where what we oftentimes and Christian them call the golden rule, right? It says in everything, therefore, treat people, the same way that you wish to be treated. For this is the law. This is the profits. How you treat others will say a lot about your faith. Remember what I said? You may be the only Bible that somebody ever reads. What is the impression that you want to leave with them? What's the impression that you want to leave with them of God and of his people? That were just like them. That we send constantly that they can't tell a difference between us. I've often said, if God looks out over the sea of humanity. And he can't tell a difference. Between his people, the church, the bride of Christ and the rest of humanity,.
"lincoln" Discussed on Lincoln Park Church of Christ Sermons
"We could call one another. You can call somebody and just take a few moments to say, hey, listen, I don't have a lot of time to talk man, but I just want to let you know brother that the lord puts you on my heart today. I want you to know that, hey, I hope you're having a good week. If I could do anything for you, please let me know. I'm gonna be praying for this week. I hope you have a good week, brother. I gotta get back to work, but I just want to let you know I was thinking about you. I guarantee you, if you did something like that. And same Matt's having a bad day. Just for a second, you're going to put a smile on that man's face. Even if it's just for a second, brother and we need to take more opportunities to send out letters to send out cards to make phone calls. It's a do all that we can to encourage each other. Sometimes the best way to encourage others is just by listening. Like listening to somebody, not always even offering device advice. If there's one thing I learned about marriage, many times my wife doesn't want me to solve all of her problems. She just wants me to listen to her problems, which is difficult for me, because I like to solve problems. But I learned that over the years, that sometimes it's better to listen and not offer the advice. They just sometimes want to vent. And sometimes we're in the same boat as well. Brother, that's an opportunity we have. We have brethren, like the bone family, and others who've lost loved ones recently. Guess what's coming up around the corner? Holidays. You know when it's the most difficult time anniversaries of the death, birthdays, holidays. Wouldn't it be great if people glide with their way to encourage them by knowing that somebody's suffering because the loss of a loved one that they just lost and invite them into your home for the holidays? Say, listen, I know you're hurting. But I also want you to know that you're not alone. And that I'm here for you. And then I want you to share in this meal with my family. And maybe they'll come maybe they won't. But what is the point? The point is that was offered, and they're going to remember that it was offered. Rather, there are so many ways that we can encourage one another if only will think about it as the scriptures teach. I get the hebrews three and 13. And it says but encourage each and other or to encourage each other every day and to help each other so none of you will become hardened because of because sin has tricked you. Rather and encouragement is to be a daily thing. I remember one Sunday morning and I'm gonna have to shut this down because I got so much more, but I'm already out of time practically. But I remember one Sunday morning. You guys have heard me say that if I'm leading singing, we're at the bottom of the barrel. It's just a fact, right? Some of us have abilities that others don't. That wasn't one of the gifts I received from my heavenly father. I was at sunset when I first came to the lord church and I was over there and we were joking around with some of our brothers and sisters at Christ's friends after service about how bad I sing and I mess up the words all the time. It's on the screen and I mess up the words, still mess it up. And this one elderly lady, I'll overheard our conversation. And she's so sweetie, I just want you to know you keep saying it. Because I guarantee you, if you keep saying, you're gonna get better. And I remember that. It's stuck with me. Literally a year went by. And I was sitting in the pew one Sunday morning like you guys are today and we were just got done singing to him and I'm not Christy with my elbows. I'm getting better. She looked me square in the eyes and says he'll never gonna happen. Obviously, encouragement isn't one of her strong suits. And so what is the point, brethren? The point tells me and I'm just gonna look at a couple more passages. We'll shut this down a little bit earlier. In progress, 12 to 25, it tells me on the screen behind me that worry ways a person down, but it encouraging word does what? Cheers up a person. I encouraging word cheers up a person. Listen to this, that was written by king Solomon. And king Salomon and Roberts ten and 18 through 21, he said, he who conceals hatred and has lying lips. And he who spreads slander is a fool. When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable. But he who restrains his lips as wise, the tongue of the righteous is like a choice silver. The hearts of the wicked is worth little. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of understanding. Brothers and sisters, that came from the wisest man of his time. And that the tongue of the righteous is like a choice silver. A choice silver that's always looking for individuals that they can encourage that they can lift up because we're to love one another. Serve one another. Forgive one another. Brothers and sisters encouragement is something that is a great and a powerful gift. We need to wake up every morning and we need to be determined to do one thing. It can be a phone call, it can be a letter. It could be a card. It can be picking somebody up for a doctor's appointment. It could be whatever it is. Think of ways. That's what the scripture says. We need to think of ways that we can encourage one another to be purposeful in our encouragement. Rather and instead of focusing on all the negativity of the 24 hour news cycle, we need to focus in on God his word and his great many wonderful promises. If you do that and you add love forgiveness and encouragements, sacrificial love agape type of love into your faith and into your daily lives, I guarantee you, you're going to be like a bright light in a sick and dying world. Rather and it's time to stand up. It's time to get out of these pews here in a few minutes. We're going to go out into the mission field of the world. And I want you to ask yourself, what can you do today? To make a difference. What can you do today to put a smile on somebody else's face? You may be sitting here this morning, and you may be one of the ones that are discouraged. You may be struggling in a marriage struggling in life, struggling with your kids struggling with your finances, struggling in your faith. I don't know what it is you're struggling with, but what I do know is we have a room full of brothers and sisters in Christ, who are here today and have come together with the express purpose of worshiping God, but to further than that to also encourage and love one another. We are a family here at Lincoln park. And as a family, we are to lift one another up. So if you're hurting, you can come forward today. The elders will come forward. You could speak with them. You could talk with them. They'll meet with you and they'll set up a plan to help you in whatever way it is we can. But you may be sitting here this morning and you're not a child of God. And you have all this regrets and you feel dirty because of the scent in your lives. Rather, you can get rid of that. You're this morning. You can have your sins washed away by going down into the waters of baptism and you can be raised back up out of the water as a new creation, your sins washed away. You receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. And God himself will add you to the kingdom. Come forward if that is your desire, as we stand and sing the song of invitation..
"lincoln" Discussed on Lincoln Park Church of Christ Sermons
"Put the phone away and talk. And so that's something that we're seeing that it's becoming more and more of a problem in society. And so there's too many people that are experiencing let down and discouragement. And they don't feel like they can have somebody that can turn to. You can't get that same effect on social media. As you can in the flesh, there's nothing that can replace a hug from somebody who loves you. And cares about you. There's nothing that can replace that listening ear when you got something going on in your life and you need that person. You need that one person that you can talk to. Not on a private message that I send you on Facebook, but now on a one on one basis. And so brother and proverb 17 and 22 tells us a joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. And why is that such a crucial passage of scripture? Because when we become discouraged, there will be times when our spirit starts to dry up. Our spirit starts to dry up and there will be times when our strength is gone. We don't feel physically or emotionally or spiritually as strong as we once did. And what usually happens when that happens, we start to withdraw ourselves from one another. We start to withdraw from worship. We start through withdrawal from fellowships and Bible studies. We start to seclude ourselves in our homes. We start to cancel plans that we once enjoyed. Why? Because depression is setting in. And because I start to feel sorry for myself. And I start to allow all this constant stream of thoughts to be fueled by negativity instead of positivity. And so brother and when we look at this here this morning, once in a while, I'll sit down and I'll meet with various individuals and if you've been an elder or a minister for any length of time, you do counseling from time to time. Individually as well as Mary's and couple counseling. And sometimes after I'm done, I'll sit there for a few minutes. Sometimes I'll pray, sometimes I'll just take a few breaths. And I'm usually left astonished at the amount of hertz that people are dealing with in their lives. But they're not reaching out generally to others whom they have a good personal connection with for advice. Because too often, the advice they get is worldly advice. And not godly advice. And so brother and we think about this. All around us in our communities are various peoples. Various people who are dealing with marriage troubles. Marriages are falling apart. Finances are a mess. They're worried about their jobs. They're worried about their kids. They're worried about the sin in their lives. They have regrets huge regrets from things they've done in the past. Their health isn't when it used to be. Their life, the life that they live in our lives that we live have a way of wearing us down. And when we become discouraged, when we become disappointed and depressed, what do we usually do? We seclude ourselves. That's exactly what Satan wants you to do. Say it and want you to think that nobody cares. He wants you to think that you're not as important. He wants you to think that you're kind of like the oddball out now, and he wants you to start to pull away from the church. He wants you to start to pull away from family members. Start to pull away from various friends. Rather, and when we start complaining and feeling sorry for ourselves, Satan begins to win. Because our faith begins to suffer. And when our faith begins to suffer, well, then we start to find excuses about why we can't make it to worship. Why we can't make it the Bible study. Why we can't make it to church fellowship opportunities. And why we stop actually fellowship being with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Satan begins to win if he could get you to seclude yourself off from the brethren. It's sad when that happens, brother, because that's when we need each other the most. God calls us to be a unified body of believers. And that seclusion is should be the last thing that ever happens. We should never be secluding ourselves from one another. Instead of secluding ourselves, we need to come to God. We need to rely on his strength and we need to rely on the strength of the saints that are sitting in this pew here this morning. And so when you're struggling here at Lincoln park, don't seclude yourself off. Don't start to miss and forsake worship service and Bible study and fellowship opportunities. We probably had a dozen people, maybe 12, 15 people had showed up at the Kaggle berry farms yesterday. We had a great time the ones who showed up. And if you weren't there, you could have had a great time too if you were there. Brother and so I encourage you to take advantage of it as many of those type of opportunities as you can. I know sometimes life gets in a way and you can't attend every event, but you should try your best to attend as many of the fellowship opportunities as you can. And so when we look at this, remember what Jesus said why is it so very important that we and that we show the love to one another that we encourage one another that we lift up one another? Because Jesus said in John chapter 13 of her 35, he says your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. And so brother and were to be a bright light in the world a world of darkness and sin and of depression and rising suicidal rates, people need to see that there's something different about us here at Lincoln park. There's something different about the way we carry ourselves. The joy that we have, even in difficult moments, knowing that even though when we lose a loved one, that we could take joy and comfort knowing that they're in Paradise that they went on to receive the reward, selfishly, yes, we want to hold on to them. And we want their for as long as we can. But they're now in a place that we all desire to get to. And so we can find the level of comfort in that, even though we're still sad. And so brother and we think of the word of God, we think of how we need to love one another and times of difficulty and the times of joy. We need to cry at each other's shoulders and lift each other up. We need to be willing to laugh with each other and to do all that life all that happens in life. Together as a unified body, constantly encouraging one another because that will show the world that we're Jesus's disciples. It makes me think of what the apostle Paul had to say. The way that we could show our love for Christ is by loving others without reservation. And first, thessalonians in chapter 5 and adverse 11, it tells us that we are to encourage one another. Encourage one another and build each other up just as they were already doing. But he gives us as a reminder. Some of us do a great job of building each other up and encouraging one another. I mentioned what Randy does for me every Wednesday and Sunday. Every time I preach a lesson, every time I do a Bible study, he always has a word of encouragement. It makes me think of calcium, who's gone out to his reward when I was an Allen park. A wonderful brother in Christ. That man encouraged me and encouraged me and encouraged me constantly. And what a joy he was to my life. Because there are days where there were days where I didn't feel like I did my best. I didn't feel like I presented the message to the best of my ability. Then maybe I could have done more at times. And yet he finds ways to lift you up into encourage you when he was on this earth. And why do we do that? So others can know that we are the disciples of Christ. And so brother and I makes me think of a Jesus had to say.
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"All right, just doesn't sound the same as what it normally is. So Jim is gonna turn me up a little bit. If you look on the screen behind me, this morning's lesson is gonna go into new direction. We've done a series of sermons over the last couple months, looking at first and second Peter. And why those letters were written why they're important, but now I want us to look at something else here this morning. You think we live in a time when we might need a little extra encouragement? You think there's some frustration in society? Do you think there's some problems in life? Is anybody tired of the pandemic? Right, we're tired of the pandemic. Life is difficult, life is busy. Our careers are hobbies, our children. I mean, we run ourselves ragged and I want us to really stop and consider for a little bit about encouragement. I want us to really look at the art of encouragement. I tell you what, here at Lincoln park, I think we do a pretty darn good job when it comes to encouragement. We have lots of us within this auditorium who like to like to encourage. I've said before, I said, Randy's got almost like my burnaby. You know why I say that? Every Sunday and every Wednesday, even now that I'm down a Tennessee and I do my lesson and I summed it up here for you guys. I still get a text from him on most Wednesdays, encourage me about the lesson. And it'll always make sure he comes up to me afterwards and gives me some form of encouragement about the lesson. And every time I see him, he's trying to offer encouragement. And I love that because really, isn't that really what the Bible calls us to do? How can we become that unified body of believers that family a believers if we're not always looking for ways to grow in the area of encouragement? And although we do a good job here at Lincoln park, we can always be better, right? And there's some of us that probably do some more encouraging than well, probably others. And so that's what I want us to concentrate on here this morning. I want us to think of encouragements. And I'm sorry that Jim used a slide that replicates and kind of really looks like me this morning. I didn't ask him to do that. But I wanted it to be an encouragement for you all to know that you chew. Can look like that if you just put a little time in the gym. So while we look at this, like this life have a way of kind of just bringing us down, right? Life has a way of weariness down. And when we become discouraged what usually is one of the some of the first things that happen when we become discouraged, what's one of the first things I usually have. And what do you think, Russ? Faith? Face starts to kind of wander a little bit, but don't we also start to start complaining a little bit? Anybody here ever complain? Anybody here have some difficult days and you start to complain? Well, that is usually something that starts to happen. We start to feel sorry for ourselves. Has anybody during the pandemic? Kind of followed yourself complaining and feeling sorry for yourselves? Has anybody who watches the regular news, whether a local or national news, do you start to kind of complain and feel sorry for yourself? It starts to feel sorry for this nation. And so brother and we need to know that complaining and feeling sorry for ourselves is something that's really inherent in humanity. But it doesn't have to be. Because there's this little stream of thoughts that go through your head all the time. And psychologists in them they'll call it self talk. And you get to determine that little stream of thoughts as I'm speaking right now. There are some of you that have a stream of thoughts that are going through your mind, some of them may be focused on encouragement, some of it might be focused on something else completely that has nothing to do with this worship service. But there's always thoughts going through our mind. You get to determine if they're positive or negative. You get to determine what you're doing with that little stream of thoughts that's constantly going through your mind. And so in today's world, it appears that everyone is becoming more and more connected. Well, you think about it, most people have smartphones. Most kids nowadays have smartphones. And it would appear that through social media and all the various platforms that were more connected than at any other time in human history. What's the problem with that? We're becoming more and more disconnected, personally. In the flesh, personal relationships. One on one fellowship time. Why? Because I got 700 Facebook friends. Even though I haven't seen probably 678 of them in 25 years, I got 700 Facebook friends. Even though I have no idea what's going on in their lives, I have 700 some Facebook friends. I really don't. But I'm sure there are people out there that do. What's my point? I don't care how many Facebook friends you have. If you're not interacting on a one on one, face to face in the person and the flesh relationships and interaction with people. While we are more connected at this point in time from a technological standpoint at any other time in our history of the world, we are dealing with higher levels of depression and higher levels of suicide than at any other time. Well, how could that be? We got all these social media things that people love my posts and they think my posters are funny and they think they're so great and I have all these social media friends and I have this great social media following. And yet, I'm suffering with depression. And suicidal thoughts. Well, how can that be? Brethren has God designed us to be separate and apart from one another or did God intend for us to become to spend time together. The God desire for children to leave their mothers or fathers and for sons, find a wife, it's a cleave to their wife and become one flesh, both in mind, body and spirit. When God created mankind on the 6th day, and then we know in genesis chapter two, when God created man, he said, it is not good for man to be alone. When you want to punish somebody in the judicial system in the system, where do they put the criminals when they really want to punish them? It's solitary confinement. Why? Because we know as human beings we're designed got designed us in order to be in fellowship with one another. So the worst thing you could do to a criminal is to separate them from the masses. And to make him be in an area that he's by himself. Why? Because what usually sets starts to set in regrets and depression and all these other things that go along with it. So as I said earlier today. I don't care how many Facebook friends that somebody has. It will never make up for the lack of personal in the flesh relationships with individuals. And brother, and that's something that we need to really fully consider. Because we're made with the desire to connect with people on a personal level. Don't people feel good about themselves when they feel like they belong? I mean, those doesn't it feel good after, and then I know sometimes we don't always want to break up our routine break up our schedule and schedule some fellowship time or go visit somebody. But how many times, even though you really didn't want to do it, but after you did it, you felt so much better. Like, man, I'm glad I went out of my way and I went and met with so and so because I actually, I actually enjoyed it. I felt good about it. And so we have to remember rather than that, while we are connected more from a technological standpoint, we're less connected personally and one on one basis than at any other time in our history. Young kids are having trouble because they have a hard time knowing how to talk with one another nowadays. I can't tell you every time you go to a restaurant every time you're out in public, you'll see a family of 5 sitting around the table and they're all on their phones, doing this. They're not even talking. They're not even enjoying the people that are literally right there in their presence. I had a friend who used to come by once in a while. And so some of the Christian fellowships over my house. And he would always be playing words with Friends. Anybody play words with Friends? And he would be playing words with Friends while we're all setting their talking. I said, why don't you use your words with your Friends? I mean, we're literally sitting three feet from one another and you're playing a game on your phone..
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"Morning everybody is great to be back here in lincoln park. I missed you guys are last week. You guys had a great week. I heard that there's a lot of people. There was a lot of fun to be had raised a lot of money To get a well going and so that's fantastic and it's not like i think i heard somebody say it's not a closed door so we could still continue to give in and regularly to that great. 'cause i'm trying to think because i feel like it's like a karaoke sunday with tyler up at the table this morning and so i wanna hit a couple of these things for tyler because he mentioned shock and awe in the family and the scary movies and so. That's why. I often recommend that we watch the movie the passion of the christ. So i'm ed in so i wanna know. Passion of the christ is passionate christ. Why do you feel. It's a great movie. That should be washed. Well at least a couple of times a year and i've heard people say but i don't like to watch it because it makes me feel all squirmy and i just don't like to see that's the polling. It's difficult to see..
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"I don't know if i could have a better introduction. Thank you matt now. The pressure's on. I wanna share with you this morning. The theme for walker water this year. And then we're gonna take that from talking about walk into. I think a thing that we can all relate to we. We talk about the word change. That's a scary word for some of us change but before we get into this morning for those of you like what in the world has walked for water. Well if you haven't been here for the last twelve years that your new than this being the thirteenth walk for water. Maybe this will help understand so last year and this year we've gone with the theme chains the cycle and you'll have shirts in some of your wearing the shirts and on the back or four icons and that is what to look at those real quick because when you wear the shirt you blast questions. I don't want to be like. Oh i don't know where to shirt comfortable. There's four logos on their done. What you like. The first one is the need for those who struggle to have water hunt daily basis that little person silhouette with the bucket turned over. Just a daily struggle that those around the world go through the don't have access easy access to clean. Water the icon is it comes down to the little of point you to two little silhouettes walking and that's what we're doing today. That's what you all have done for thirteen years including today. The nikon breezy around that water dropped with a nice little squiggly lines and that represents clean water. Which is why we walk for water. And then my favorite is. They're choreographing in the church of christ but the celebration the dancing that takes place at the will but also when we rejoice. So maybe this afternoon. When you're walking you get done. Walk in your four miles. You might still have energy to celebrate the fact that you're making a difference but ultimately that is and i've countless times when i've been to haiti in other places and i've seen someone at a will when the water pumps for the first time or if it's been repaired and flows again i've witnessed cure joy in that kind of celebration and then the aero. Obviously the cycle is changed. Now that cycle that we're talking about is a cycle that they get up every morning every afternoon. They'd take their journey that get dirty water. They get sick in the cycle starts over and over but with you all everyone else helping to change the cycle the cycle is broken and subtly. Thus who here this morning obviously here for common purpose we give the credit to god. And that's where the arrow points up. So that is what your shirt icon means and that is what we'll be doing today but i wanted to show you this for those of you have not worked lie. We walk could you imagine that is your water source. There's a lot of words that can be described but difficult insane dangerous but guess what's in there something. We need for life water. That looks yummy. I mentioned this class this morning. Kind of we kinda laughed. Because i know you guys experienced rainy and dry season but around the world. There's literally rainy and dry season. That is a riverbed in dry season. It'll continue. The water will continue to go down that a river bid many in the rainy season. Where you see brown is full of water is a river bid so the struggle is real but last year we worked together but we were still together and i just wanted to share a couple of memories last year. Madness had this deal still detention pitcher. But you all still found a way to walk for water in various locations. It looks like you walk in december tennessee. With all the geared murray. I don't know i. I usually look like that in october. When i come up for the ball and you guys are short. So i don't know must have been miller chillier and there you go just a flashback to show you it helps you remember the fine even though we're apart you still made that difference and that is what you walk for my favorite pitcher. We don't usually get that high quality photos back but in ghana there was a professional photographer taking pictures at some well. So so that is why we walked for water in the theme is change the cycle and this morning though. We're going to go down a different kind of theme with that. We're gonna talk about changing the cycle in our lives. I'm just gonna leave that up to the rest of the time you can see that in the background. But let me ask you this. When jesus came to this earth. Why did he come. You may very well say. He came to change the cycle in the gospel of john throughout the gospels. We read many accounts where we encountered jesus going into a situation and bringing chains do not specifically in john chapter five. Where we're gonna go to our story this morning to look if you want to go ahead and flip there. John chapter five but right there the chapter before john chapter four jesus encounters woman at the well bring change to her life change to that community then a chapter eight. Is you go on down. You see another counter where jesus brings change with. The woman caught in adultery when jesus encounters us change must take place when jesus encounters us. We have to ask. Are we willing to change. Now i'm gonna tell you this do do you like to change. Do you like change. No i want you to know and don't raise. Your hand confessed this morning but how many of you did not like the fact that some of your parking spots were blocked off. That is frustrating. Who is blocked. My how many of you come into church on a sunday morning. You look at somebody in your seat. I've sat there for twenty years. That's my seat. I don't change by sitting on the left side of the preacher looks different. We do not like change. So when we encounter jesus did he asked us to change our cycle. It's tough john chapter five. Let's go ahead and flip in our bibles they're fitting at a guy who works for an organization that his job is to talk about. Water would take you to the scene of water. John chapter five. We're gotta read versus through nine. Then we're going to focus on one part of the story now. There is in jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool. An aramaic called bethesda which has five five ruth colonnades in these lay a multitude of invalids. Why lane in paralyzed. One man was there who had been invoked. Kim it for thirty eight years when jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time. He said to him. Do you want to be heal. The sick man answered him sir. I have no one to put me into the end of the pool when the water is stirred up and while i'm going going another steps down before me. Jesus said to him.
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"Falem the son of your who loved the wages of unrighteousness but he received a rebuke from his own transgression for immu donkey. Speaking with the voice of a man restrained the madness of of this once. Prophet and peter compares false teachings when you look at those two verses. He compares those false teachings to the profit who is enticed by. What by money you allow greed and covetousness to overtake him so much so that he looked to destroy the people of god in the old testament and it was bayless greed rather than that overcame him on another occasion and he died a miserable death. It tells us in number shafter thirty one but then you looked at versus seventeenth nineteen as we get closer to the end of this lesson and in verses seventeen through nineteen notice what it says now these are springs without water and miss driven by a storm for whom the blackness of darkness have been reserved for speaking out arrogant words vanity they enticed by flesh desires by sensuality. Those who barely escaped from the ones who live in error promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption for by what a man is overcome by this. He is enslaved. You look at versus seventeen through. Nineteen and peter explains what some of the false teachers were doing at the time of his writing. They were telling..
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"Don't pronounce judgment onto anybody's eternal destination. But i absolutely can judge the fruit in your life. You got good fruit. Are you producing good fruit or bad fruit. And if you're produce bad fruit. I can judge that bad fruit. Who gives me that authority. God because he tells us that we're the judge with righteous judgment. Judge what judge the fruit that comes from your life whether well then or not so well. God says when you stand before judgment. You're going to give an account whether good or whether bad based on the deeds in your life based on the life that you lived in the things that you did and then you get the verses twelve or fourteen and he tells us but these things brethren like unreasoning animals but these like unreasonable animals born creatures of instinct to be captured and killed reviling where they have. No knowledge will end. The destruction of those creatures also be destroyed. He's talking about the false teachers suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They counted a pleasure to party in the daytime. And they are stains and blemishes the lady in their deceptions as they party with you having is fall of adultery they never cease from sin enticing unstable souls having a heart trade and greed accursed children. You look ed versus twelve through fourteen. There and peter is telling us that these people are not confused..
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"We're having a good weekend. We should have. We should have some happy overeating spurt phase in here. Some big victories yesterday. So i don't know if the lions will make it a clean sweep probably nots. If you've ever watched the lions if you know anything about the history of the detroit lions. We don't win a lot of football games. But that's okay that's okay. That's why we come together today before lines games in order to encourage one another so we're not just standing there just you know just depressed in In as we go throughout the rest of our day. I don't know if you guys noticed but the balls in the air isn't it. I think it's supposed to be eighty today. And i was looking at the weather as i was getting off the plane yesterday. And i think Wednesday supposed be like fifty nine or something. And so i think fall is officially here is so it's going to be getting chilly it so we're going to have to start getting those soups go in. We should probably have like a potluck soon right where we could do a chili cook off if we ever done a chili cook off here. Well you haven't done in a two and a half years. I've been here. So i'm just saying like a chili cook off. I could go for chili. Some just saying so let. Let's open our bibles this morning as we continue on and our series of second peter. We're going to be a second. Peter chapter two second peter. I'm sorry yeah chapter two. We're gonna get started at the beginning of this chapter if you remember The last couple of weeks as we started to go throughout the second. Peter in the series of sermons and we looked at the inspiration of god..
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"She was laughing. But everybody's laughing. I'm so embarrassed. And you know what what it rustu. I'm gonna pull tom's here the next time we stood up. We went to sit down and tom landed up on the floor. My best friend and everybody laughed. And i laughed and i can even remember what room this took place in the flag. Shirts is just vivid in my mind and sister watson looked at me and said russ vengeance is suite isn't it and it was for about ten seconds on never forget that i love sister watson. She taught me a lesson. She didn't scream at me or yell at me or take me to my parents. I'll never forget her. And i'll never forget that. Say vengeance sweet. We have to think about our actions. Jesus did not retaliate. I should not have retaliate. But it sure was sweet for a minute but later on i was ashamed. I'd never shared this with my parents. I probably should have. But i didn't. I'm sharing with you this morning. But jesus didn't retaliate and we don't need to retali- because of the lord knows what he's when he suffered he made no threats whereas twenty-three he lifted himself up and spoke from the clock cross. He spoke about the people he spoke about what he was going through spoke to his father. He spoke to the thief on the cross but he never talked about his suffering. He didn't scream out his suffering. He didn't threaten people from the cross because he knew what was going to happen. You know one of the things that amazes me the most is if you go into the old testament read about the relationship between king saw and david david was in the court. He was playing this harp and what did saw do he picked up a spear that's right lewis and he threw it at david didn't he. He missed him. And do you know what david did nothing. Nothing somebody said nothing. He didn't throw the spear back. And i thought isn't that a great example for us christians. Don't throw the spear back. Don't get upset and you have that about. Jesus we've gotta hurry. We're almost done here. It steady and trust himself to him who judges justly. That's exactly what we're talking about a twenty three verse twenty three we have to entrust ourselves. God he's going to take care of it on the judgment day. Don't forget that that's what jesus did. He said i'm going to let god. I'm gonna let my father take care of this on the judgment day. I don't have to be god. I don't have to be a judge and in verse twenty three. Jesus entrusted himself to him who judges justly. That's powerful. If jesus can trust god to take care of him then maybe we should. Don't you think i just love that. Verse what peter saying. Christians give up the right to get even. That's what it comes down to chuck you have to give in. Don't give in to try to take engines. That's the one guy. I know he take vengeance right. We have to give that right up. Because god will take care of it. He's going to act on our behalf. That's what faces all about. If you really have faith in god doing it taking care of business. That's what faith is all about. The world says someone's gotta pay. We're going to pay back. We're going to take vengeance. I'm gonna get even. That's not what christian should do. That's what the world says. That's not what we need to say. No one gets away with anything. Put that down on that outline. Nobody gets away with anything with that in the back there and remember god's gonna take care of it. He's going to take care of his time is coming. His action is coming and when we have faith enough to realize that will entrust to him. He's going to do it. That'll make us feel so much. Better fact enrollments. Chapter twelve verse. Fourteen says i will repay. Who do you think you are trying to pay people back. Those are words for russ in second grade. I should said that. Let the lord take care of these things. I don't think the lord cares about that. Cherubini pulled out from under me. He has more important things on his mind. Don't you so let's trust. Let's let him do it. Let's let him repay for us unforgiving and this is what happens. Unforgiving hinders our prayers are singing. Our lord's supper are giving our worship. Our marriage our life our children everything is affected because of this and not only that but it makes our life miserable when you have to repay somebody for something it takes a lot of planning and we have to get back at them and we have to get angry and we have to make things happen and try to organize our lives so we can repay them. That makes her whole life miserable. That's why i wanted to think about this as we close. I want you to think about what the lord did because this is. What's.
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"We're trying to figure out what we're supposed to do how we're supposed to do it. What's pleasing to got everything begins and ends in scripture. Never should we here. But i think but i feel but when you have these conversations you often hear but i think but i feel and people try to allow to get to to be what drives them and yet we know that scripture in scripture alone is what drives us if you're here this morning and you're hearing this message and you're not a child of god and that is your desire. Here this morning brethren yuka come forward. You could come forward to be baptized for the remission of your sins. You come forward to receive the gift of the holy spirit guide and chapter two hundred forty seven will add you to the kingdom of price edge to the church. You have that opportunity if you've been thinking about it for awhile. What's hindering you what's holding you back. There's something hindering you something holding you back. You need to speak with me. You need to speak with one of our shepherds elders and we can help. Walk you through that answer any concerns you may have. You may be here this morning and you're just hurting. You're struggling. You're having a tough time. You could come forward this morning. We'll pray for you and we'll pray for you and help the put a plan in place for you to get through to get over. What whatever it is an struggling with if you here this morning you've been away from the church for any length of time brethren. You can be restored to the church here this morning. Become an active part of the membership here lincoln park so if that is you this morning come forward as we stand to sing the song vegetation..
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"In our sunday morning bible studies. It's because that's how we're going to be judged we're going to be judged by the new testament. God has said the times of ignorance over and he is sent his sons dying on the cross. He's given us the complete revelation he tells us how the story ends. We know that jesus has already has the victory. The question is do we want to tag along and be included in that victory if we do then with jesus comes with his winnowing fork in the threshing floor to separate the wheat from the shaft. We have to ask ourselves. Do you want to be the wheats or the chef. Because the sheriff is going to be going into the birds up. So we understand in verse. Three god has given us granted to us all that we need through the complete revelation of god and he tells us as we go on here through the true knowledge of jesus who called us by his own glory and excellence for by these. He has granted to us as his precious and magnificent promises. So that by them you may become partake of the divine nature. Having escaped the corruption. That is in the world by lust. You look at verse four and it says he has granted to us his precious his magnificent promises brother. You guys have heard me talking about faith before amen. And you've heard me give you the definition of faith and i've often said faith real biblical faith is is threefold. You have to come to the word of god. You have to fake from hearing hearing from the word god romans sense seventeen right but it doesn't end there. You have to hear the word to determine if you believe it so it starts with hearing that it started with trusting and then it starts and then it ends with obedience you have to trust in those great magnificent promises that he's talking about right here in verse four so verse three is telling us we look at these and we break these verses down verse. Three is telling us that humans can know god only by the degree that god has revealed himself to us his revealed himself to humanity in. Why do i say that well did. God give the profits when they came the whole story or did he give them little little tidbits of information. He gave them tidbits of revelation a prophecy to pass onto the jews. And so that we can look back to see when prophecy will be fulfilled. Its so we know that now. We have the complete revelation of god. We know how the story is. We know how the story began. We know that jesus is the seed line. Jesus is the one that was gonna come from the seed line from the tribal judah of the family of david and for what purpose the save mankind from their sins and this was a plan that was put in place since before. The foundation of the world is so for god so free humans we can only know god to the extent that he had revealed himself. For example we can know the goddess creative. We can know that he's powerful. We can know that he's wise just by looking at creation but we can't know through creation is that god doesn't reveal recreation doesn't reveal what god thinks creation doesn't reveal with god wants for man creation doesn't reveal what the future will be with the spiritual world will be like it's a we're limited in what we can know from creation. We could see that there is a guy through creation that there is a designer because there's designed in nature but that's about the limit of what we can know in order for us to know more about god. He has to reveal himself to mankind. And we have that revelation through jesus christ through the holy spirit who jesus said he was going to send john chapters fourteen in john chapter sixteen for what purpose so that he could. The holy spirit would remind. The early disciples the early apostles everything that got ever sudden. Did everything that jesus ever saw and everything that he ever did. And so the knowledge of these things is only available to the point or the extended god reveals it. Well what did it say in verse theory. You go back and you look at it. And what did the same verse three seeing that his divine power has what granted to us everything that we need that pertains to life ansa godliness. Brethren all the information that humanity needs to live a good and godly life to be found acceptable in the eyes of jesus christ in the day of judgement is contained in the new testament. So when i ask you the question why is it important that we study out the new testament because it all begins and ends there because we're new testament christian so we don't follow the law because we don't we didn't live under the old law and the old law wasn't for us it was only for the jews and so you look at this information and as we continue on brother at true knowledge gives us access true knowledge of god and his revelation gives us access to godliness. It gives us access to spiritual living a spiritual life and that's why we said earlier that there needs to be a transformation that is taking place as you read as you study the word of god and he's you become more knowledgeable in the word of god you make sure you transform your life in versus five through eleven. Peter is going to describe as we continue on. He's going to describe what man's part is knowing. God he's also going to describe how this affects our life and how it's going to affect our salvation. So peters going to explain that growth is a process. Well what is the process. A process as a series of steps that build upon one another amen. It's it's a series of steps that build upon one another should there notch chew. We not see a growth. Transformation it a transformation be taking place in the lives of every child of god. Let's continue on now as we look at versus five through seven. His second peter one five or seven. Notice what it says now for this. Very reason. also apply diligence. All diligence in your faith supply moral excellence and in your moral excellence knowledge and in your knowledge self control your self control perseverance and your perseverance brotherly kindness or godliness your godliness brotherly kindness and then you brotherly kindness love. Peter tells us at the process of knowing god begins with what diligence it begins with diligence effort commitments resolved resolving commitments or want to the process to the process of transforming our lives to become the type of man and woman that god is desired us to be to become righteous in holy in his sight. That is the transformation process that we're not. We're not viewed as.
"lincoln" Discussed on This Day In Esoteric Political History
"This was of course about five years. After lincoln and bitter sassine needed and mary todd. Lincoln had spent a fair amount of that time. Lobbying for a widow's pension national was that her husband had effectively served his country during wartime and paid the ultimate price with his life. And so in much. The same way that any soldier or officer's widow gets a pension. She deserved one as well. there is a lot more to this story beyond just a fight for a pension. It is also i think a chance to talk about mary. Lincoln's troubled life The way that she was portrayed in the public imagination her troubles with money for sure So here to do that as always are nicole. Hammer of columbia and kelly. Carta jackson of wellesley. Hello there hey jodie. Hey there So kelly maybe let's back up a few years from this pension fight just to lay out a little bit of context and there's a lot we can say about mary. Todd lincoln. I suppose we should start with with money. Because i do think that a lot of the scandals And ginned up and real around. Mary toddler and do seem to involve her her spending habits. Yeah yeah she had extravagant tastes. Let's start with that. She liked to shop. She had a crude quite a bit of debt. Not just in washington dc. Beverly all over the country and she needed income to not just pay off her debtors but to survive until when we think about how much president lincoln was getting his salary. The time was about twenty five thousand dollars a year Which seems like a lot of money. It was a lot of money back then but she needs substantially more than that. She's about twenty seven thousand dollars in debt. So that's not going to be sufficient in order to pay off her debtor so getting this pension was away for her to try and sustain her. Self it's still doesn't not allow her to pay off a good portion of her dead but she would have guaranteed income. Coming in and three thousand dollars was still significant. Most widows are not getting that kind of money when i think about hearing tubman pension from her husband The mountains only two hundred forty dollars so this is not a lot of money but it is also symbolic equally to being substantive to show that the federal government is going to take care of. Lincoln's about three thousand dollars and eighteen seventies about sixty thousand dollars today just to add some context there But nikki i mean. Where do you come down on this narrative of mary. Todd lincoln as bad with money extravagant spender. A lot of. It seemed to be related to improvements to the white house. Which cost a lot of money but you know it was something that the press really liked to vilify her about and so it just strikes me as this combination of yes there might be some truth but it also seems to me to be a narrative it is absolutely imperative that has a lot to do with her being a woman You know it is true that she spent a lot of money. She had a lot of debt. You know who else spent a lot of money and had a lot of debt. George washington Thomas jefferson right debt had been kind of the people especially elites lived very differently. I think in In the seventeenth and the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries but in her case she had grown up in wealth and in marrying abraham lincoln became part of a middle class more than an upper class of course until they enter the presidency and lincoln himself had this kind of homespun man of the people image and she really cut against that and the press leaned into that that she was a harvey that she was a spendthrift that she was. What's that word. What a heartbe rb that. She was tag. She was the she was somebody who were just like browbeat lincoln. Somebody who Was lose with money who was frivolous. But also domineering like they just. They didn't like her and they made it very clear in the way they wrote about her both before and after his death because the stuff that they right after his death is Times even worse. Yeah and it's even worse because there's no compassion. There's no empathy. There is no trying to understand a woman who not only witnessed her husband's murder at at close point range but also lost several children as well and so she gets labeled as sort of hysterical or crazy or a lot of her pain gets dismissed. We'll put it that way and it's unfortunate. Because even if she was this you know spin thrifty person. She still deserved quite a bit of care. Especially after lincoln's assassination. And we should say that. She lost three of her four sons and the second son that she lost was an eighteen sixty two. It's the middle of a war. Her husband is president and under a great deal of stress as you might imagine and she's just lost a child and that is an incredible burden an incredible trauma and then she loses her husband and then a few years after that a third son dies like she is somebody who was dealing with quite a lot and so she had health issues. Like it's it wouldn't be surprised that she had them to begin with but that they were exacerbated by. This is super understandable. What you're getting at is incredibly deep important and complicated. I want to get back to. I do want to put a couple of little tidbits out there about the more sort of ridiculous scandals. I mean for instance. There's one the old clothes scandal Which is you know. they don't they don't they. Don't make them like they used to. The old clothes scandal was was basically. She tried to sell some of the clothes that were lying around the white house at thrift stores and she actually went to new york under an assumed name and try to to sell off some of her dresses and was discovered and certainly the tabloids. I think loved this. Yeah i wanna stay with that for a second because this is actually an eighteen sixty seven so it's a few years after lincoln assassinated and let's let's tell that story a little differently. Here's this woman who has just been widowed husband. That state hasn't been settled yet. Who isn't dead. Who has lost her children and she has these frocks laying around and she thinks i can sell my dresses so i can have some money. And she's so Embarrassed by this. She doesn't want to be caught out so she goes in disguise to try to sell them. And then it's revealed that she's doing this and instead of people treating her with compassion there lake Look at her the money grubber just wanting to grab more money by selling her dresses but can i say that mary lincoln ahead of her time. Because let me tell you. jackie kennedy. Hey i've got some dresses. People would be painting for these items. I mean painting so again. The cultural sort of precedent of having a state sales or selling your old belongings was not there culturally or was not something that people did. But if you think.