Sermon - Micah 4:1-5 "It Shall Come To Pass

It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning

Micah 3:9-12 Micah Brings His Argument To A Climax

Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who detest justice and make crooked all that is straight, who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity. Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money; yet they lean on the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord in the midst of us? No disaster shall come upon us.” Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height. (Micah 3:9-12) This message will be laid out in the following manner. First we will give three r

It Can Be A Lonely Time As We Draw Near To The Lord - Psalm 25

Three times in this psalm David speaks of waiting upon the Lord. For example, "None who wait for you shall be put to shame" (3), "Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long" (5), "May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you" (21). There is nothing easy about these seasons of waiting. In this particular psalm, David has turned to the Lord from his sin, and he is comforted by several things. First, he knows that where he is now, is not where he should be. He knows that what he believes and knows now, is not what he should to know to be right and true. Therefore, several times David prays that the Lord would ma

Micah 3:5-8 Sermon - God's Two Responses To The Prophet's Of Micah's Day.

As we read our text today we find that the prophets had declared war upon the poor and the disadvantaged. They had declared war with the righteous, the godly and the upright. Those who could not give them what they wanted, or who would not give them what they wanted, they sought to destroy. But those people who would give them the things that they declared “Peace” upon. As a result of this, some were embroiled in a battle and all others were led astray far from the Lord not knowing that this would cost them their life (Proverbs 7:23). Those who did not give these false prophets a bribe would immediately find themselves facing an army of people who were set against them. We see this in verse

To You I Lift Up My Soul - Proverbs 25

The other day our cat escaped from the house. When I realized that Chester had gotten out I quickly went outside to find him. The grass is tall around our home so I was hoping that he had not ventured beyond the lawn. It would be impossible to find him if he ventured into that area. When I came around the corner, there he was crouching in the grass. He saw me as I turned the corner. I am pretty sure that we were both glad to see eachother. I began to talk to him as I walked towards him and then he began to stand up and lift himself out of the grass. It is a scary world out there for a cat who finds himself in that situation for the first time. But when he saw me he stood up as if to

The Disciples Are Able To Obey Through Understanding (Matthew 17)

This morning a group of us got together and talked about Matthew 17. In this chapter Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a mountain where they witness the transfiguration of Christ. This is how Matthew describes it, "And Jesus was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him." (Matthew 17:2-3) Peter then says to Jesus, "Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah." Then we read, "He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, 'T

Psalm 20 - The Best Sending Off Gift Ever

In just a couple short months from now I am going to be sending my daughter off to college. I am both excited and apprehensive. I know that she will have her good days and she will have her bad days. I know that some days she will feel tlike she has everything under control, but then there will be other days when she will feel like everything in life is spinning helplessly out of control. I have often wondered how I send her off. What will be the words that I will choose to send her off to college so that she is excited and also prepared for when the difficult days come. I think that I have found the perfect words to send her off with and they are found in Psalm 20. In this Psalm, the f

Micah 3:1-7 - Hope Remains Even When Justice Fails

Micah 3:1-7 states, “And I said: Hear, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel! Is it not for you to know justice? - you who hate the good and love the evil, who tear the skin from off my people and their flesh from off their bones, who eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them, and break their bones in pieces and chop them up like meat in a pot, like flesh in a cauldron. Then they will cry to the LORD, but he will not answer them; he will hide his face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil. Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry ‘Peace’ when they have something to eat, but declare war against h

Proverbs 7

This past week we celebrated the Fourth of July with a large group of people. At one point, I happened to turn in the direction of a man telling a young boy a joke. The joke was crude and inappropriate even among adults, but this was spoken to a younger child. I looked on as the dad, who was part of the group, seemed to laugh and sense nothing inappropriate about what was said. In Proverbs 7 we have the opposite situation going on. As it begins, a father is instructing his son to keep his words and to treasure his commandments. To do so is life and to fail to do so will lead to death. In this case, death is the result of a young man being seduced by the forbidden woman. The father goes

Therefore I Always Will Remind You Of These Qualities (2 Peter 1:12-15)

In 2 Peter we are told that Peter is sensing clearly that his life is about to come to an end. This alone would give Peter a sense of focus and intentionality as to how he would spend his days and what he would devote his remaining time to doing. He says in verses 13 - 14, "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 the Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me." Peter also says, "Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have." (v.12) Let me make two observations. Peter had two good reasons to waste the remaining

Matthew 16:13-20

I was recently watching a sitcom called 'The West Wing' and one of the lines went like this: Administrative assistant to the White House asks: "How many words are in the Gettysberg Address?" The Speech writer for the president says: "266" Administrative Assistant asks: "How many words are in the Ten Commandments?" Speech writer says: "173" Administrative assistant says: "So you really wouldn't think you'd need 6,000 words to discover how a plane ticket gets reimbursed would you?" Speech Writer: "No you wouldn't." We do have a way of complicating things very quickly. Nothing appears to be as simple as it should be in this world. Everyone has motivations that color our perspective. Everyon

Matthew 16:5-12 - Understanding Gained Through A Barrage Of Questions

In the context of these verses Jesus has just responded to the Sadducees and the Pharisees who were trying to test Him. When He left them He traveled by boat to the other side of the sea and said to His disciples, "Watch and beware of the leven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." In Matthew 15 Jesus dealt with Sadducees and Pharisees from Jerusalem. In Matthew 16:1-4 He dealt with some more Sadducees and Pharisees in Magadan. Now He gets in a boat and He leaves them and when they get there He warns his disciples, "Watch and be aware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." Let me make an observation. First, false teaching can be found everywhere. We have seen this in these two chapter

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