Sermon: Five Reasons Why Micah Has Not Lost His Temper With The Ungodly

This morning I have fresh on my mind an interaction between me and three people down at the city square last night. For quite some time I talked to a woman named Melissa and we had a wonderful conversation. I got to hear a little bit about her life and we were able to talk about faith. Then a man named Michael came over and he joined into the conversation. Again, we had a wonderful conversation as well. I got to hear about his life and we were able to talk about his knowledge of the faith. But then a third friend of their rode up on a bike. Initially he did not say anything. In fact, he seemed to have no desire to engage any way. And to be honest, I did not engage him in conversation. At tha

Recieving Grace Through Knowing God

Last night we went out to the square in downtown Stevens Point to share the gospel with our community. It was there that I got to meet a couple people with whom we had many wonderful conversations. My new friend told me at one point that one of her greatest motivations right now to make good choices is her two sons. She says that she leaves their pictures in her phone and she looks at them often to remind her that she wants to make good choices. Our conversation reminded me so much of what Peter says in his second letter to the churches. He says, "May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord." (2 Peter 1:2), He goes on to say, "His divine power

Matthew 16:1-4

"'You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.'" Matthew 16:4 It has not been a good showing for the Pharisees, Saducees and the scribes in the Matthew 15 and 16. In chapter 15 some of them came from Jerusalem and took an offense at Jesus' disciples when the disciples did not wash their hands before eating. In return Jesus scolded them for keeping the traditions of men while they break the commandments of God. The example Jesus gives of this is that these men used the traditions of men as a means to dishonor their mother an

Peter Is Ready To Do The Clear WIll Of God. 2 Peter 1:13-15

"I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder. Since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able to add any time recall these things." 2 Peter 1:13-15 I can think of no greater trial than to lay down ones life for Christ. That was exactly what Peter was told would happen to him by Jesus. At one time, if the disciples considered the future they would have envisioned Jesus ruling over an earthly kingdom while they sat at his right hand. (Mark 10:37). Yet, despite this all of the disciples except John would be martyred. I like Peter

Psalm 17:5 Is A Testimony Of The Grace Of God

"My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped." Psalm 17:5 What an accomplishment David speaks of here. To slip is to face great peril. Let me ask you a question. Does this verse acknowledge grace or point to David himself? What do you see in this verse? In the verses leading up to these words it would be easy to say this speaks of David's accomplishment. In verse one he speaks of his just cause and a prayer issuing fourth from lips free of deceit. In verse two David says, "Let your eyes behold the right!" In verse three David says that when he is tested the Lord will find nothing wrong. And through the testing he has purposed that his mouth will not transgress.

Psalm 17:10 - They Close Their Hearts

Psalm 17:10 - "They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly." Let me make four observations concerning this verse. First, consider the somberness of this verse. It says, "They close their hearts...". They do this themselves. We do this to ourselves. Our hands and our hearts labor to do this. Often when our sinful heart is exposed we blame our circumstances or other people. We blame the other people's kids for the troubles our kids are now in. We say that the system is to blame. But scripture says here that we close our hearts. And having hardened our hearts all other things are effected correspondingly. Secondly, we see the progression were in. We are

How Faith Helps Us To Handle An Offense

"Then the disciples came and said to Jesus, 'Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?'" Matthew 15:12 This chapter seems to prepare us for the inevitability of four things. It prepares us to know that at some point Jesus will offend us, His words will offend us, His disciples can be offended by others or His disciples will offend other people. When this happens, and it will, how will we respond? At the beginning of this chapter the scribes and the Pharisees are offended when the disciples don't wash their hands when they eat (1-2). Then the Pharisees are offended when Jesus speaks to them about this (3-12). Then the disciples are offended by a Canaanite wo

David Had Learned To Draw Upon The Strength Of God

"I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliver, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." Psalm 18:1-2 David's love for the Lord was closely connected to the strength that the Lord provided to him. I will admit that these words catch my attention as I have discovered recently how little I truly depend upon the Lord and His graces. But this is not true of David here. If someone asked David why he loved the Lord he would immediately say, "I love the Lord my strength." David was drawing from a deep well of grace and had become so aware of his dependence upon this grace. Daily he needed this gra

Proverbs 17:4 - A Key To Being Discerning

Proverbs 17:4 "An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue." We live at a time when there are words being spoken from all angles. If ten people are placed in a room there would be just as many opinions on any given topic. Therefore, the need for a Christian to be discerning has never been more necessary than it is right now. The need to recognize truth should be of paramount importance to each of us. The Christians ability to be discerning rests upon the Word of God and the sanctification work of the Holy Spirit. Proverbs 17:4 shows us the importance of living lives that reflect the Holy Spirit's workin our heart. In other words, to be discerning we

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