Sunday, January 29, 2017

76 The King Prepares His Apostles for Persecution


Before he sends the Twelve to preach and demonstrate the Kingdom with miracles King Jesus warns them—and the Church that will grow—to expect persecution from the world who hates them because the world hates him.  It is he who endures to the very end who will be saved.  (Apologies for the fan hitting the pulpit mic and causing background noise; that will be corrected.)

3 Judgment and Preaching


The greater the privilege of knowing God, the greater the judgment for those who reject him.  Israel was no different.  God warned them through his prophets; whether they responded or rejected was on them.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

75 The King Sends His Apostles on Mission


Every minister has two kinds of education: intellectual and practical.  King Jesus is sending our his royal representatives on a mission through villages on their own but with his delegated authority.  They were to preach and demonstrate the power of the in-breaking Kingdom [reign of God in Christ].  If anyone resisted them then that person was resisting Christ, himself, and would be judged for it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2 When a Nation Destroys Conscience



Yahweh will judge any nation that destroys those who serve as its conscience.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

74 The King Commissions His Apostles


Christ chose what John MacArthur called, "Twelve Ordinary Men" to proclaim and demonstrate his Kingdom.  The order is important—Christ chose them first; they didn't first choose him.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

1 Yahweh Judges Nations


God took Amos, a man minding his own business in the southern kingdom of Judah, and commissioned him to preach against the sin of Israel.  Would the northern kingdom heed his word or must Yahweh judge her?

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Drummer Boy: A Christmas Tale by Ted Dekker


I read the outstanding modern classic, The Drummer Boy: A Christmas Tale by Ted Dekker, to First Church.  It is a wonderful short story of a boy who learns the true meaning of "Holiday."

60 Paul's Conclusion to the Romans


How did Paul conclude his majestic letter?

59 The Murder of the Apostle Paul


Paul prayed to be delivered from the unbelievers.  God in his sovereignty had other plans.  Jesus never promised an easy life.

Sunday, January 1, 2017