Sunday, July 31, 2022

An inheritance in Jesus

Charles Price

Glorious inheritance
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
Ephesians 1:3‭-‬4 NLT

A man in Portugal owned a lot of properties. One day he invited his lawyer and some witnesses to pick a random 70 people from the phone book to inherit his fortune. Only 2 people responded to collect the inheritance. Everyone else thought it was a scam. 

We are like that. Many people don't believe we have an inheritance from God. 

There is a list of things that are already done. Jesus death. Now we need to supply that to work, marriage, work, family

God did
God said
God revealed
God created

Let us enter the rest
When Adam sinned God said sweat
Or rest in Jesus
He wrote a book:
Stop Trying To Live For Jesus book
42% of pastors are considering quitting because they are burning out because they are not resting in Jesus. 

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
2 Peter 1:3 NLT

Suppose you get a new car. You like the shape but I need an engine, seats, steering wheel....
God has given us everything we need. He is my strength. 
The fruit of the Spirit is LOVE....
is the Spirit in you? Thank him for God's love living in me and love the unlovable. Consider others more important than me. 
Thank God for the fruit of the Spirit. 

I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
Ephesians 1:16‭-‬18 NLT

You have everything you need... just trust God. 
There is no one here that can live the Christian life. It doesn't work. It's like pushing a bus up the hill. There is an engine. Enjoy the ride!
Only Jesus can. 

Moses said I can't. God said I'm with you. Isaiah said it. So many others...

The resources of the Christian Life is Jesus only. 

We need to appropriate Jesus. 
Your car engine is doing nothing. It needs a driver... a transmission...

Thank you Jesus for your sufficiency. 

Monday, July 25, 2022

All Peoples Church

Erna and her husband were in Nashville

Bill Ehlers pastor

Musician Jamie Giesbrecht formerly at Radio Southern Manitoba
Now at Eden Mental Health fund raising
Leaning in the Everlasting Arms
Worthy of every song we could ever sing
Firm Foundation
Had a break-in last year, she got hit in the face, ran away screaming and broke her foot. Real trauma.
Keep me Safe till the Storm passes by

Bill Ehlers & Betty pastors
Sometimes I Feel Discouraged 

Bill pastor
Life on the side. Day job. Roofing company started by his son Above All doing sales and general manger. Getting to know lots of people including contractors. One of them was a home builder that went the extra mile with foundations and roofing. Lost out to the competition. 
Gave up on residential. Went commercial. 
A story of Jesus. An earthly story with a heavenly meaning. At the end of the sermon on the mount. 
"Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn't obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash." When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.
Matthew 7:24‭-‬29 NLT

The difference is what they're built on. On the outside they look the same. One's got his house done in no time. The other one keeps digging and digging. His wife gets anxious. Why is it taking so long? 
Finally he found rock. 
In the meantime the other guy had already moved in. When the wadi filled his house crashed.
Jesus talked about appearances. The Pharisees. Jesus said you look good and people honor you. Jesus called them whitewashed tombs full of dead man's bones. 
Appearances are deceiving. Some people base their lives on passion. 
Some are building on eternal things. 
Storms will come. Not always sunshine and no wind. We all have to face temptation. Someone Bill knows had access to company funds. A woman got romantically involved with a younger man.
Warned about robbers in Hadashville. He was told to get a gun. 
A lady has long term Covid with loss of taste. Some have lost investments. 
Storms like loss of loved ones. Healthy man just died of Covid last Sunday. His children have a strong foundation. Let's pray that the children will survive the impact. 
There are also storms of prosperity. Wealth danger is that you become independent from God. You become a self made person. 
More people get knocked off their spiritual foundations by wealth than by hardship. 
The biggest storm coming up is the day we all have to stand before the Great Judgement Throne. 
We need to build carefully. 
It's possible to know about Jesus. It's another thing to do. 
You like sermons to make you feel good. Beware. You don't know when your life will end. 
4 months ago John 51 and Sharon had a happy family. 

V28,29 Jesus finished the sermon. The people were gobsmacked. Jesus had authority. They'd never heard speakers like that. The Pharisees reiterated opinions of scholars before them. 
"Thus says the Lord" is found 3,000 times in the old Testament. Jesus never used that phrase because he is the Lord. He spoke the matter and in the manner of the Lord. 
Jesus didn't teach religion. He taught that God knows what's in you. He knows your heart. 
Jesus talked about relationships with authority. He was 30 years old and came from a 5th rate town. 
Jesus was the ultimate radical. 
The crowd was 😯 astonished! 
Build on that foundation and you will stand strong.
Leaning tower of Piza was leaning 15 feet and they fixed it so it won't fall. The foundation was built on sand. 

Sunday, July 17, 2022

The Game of Life

Pastor John 

Wife of noble character
Rose flew out to help the sister in law who brook her foot
Noble wife

In The GAME OF LIFE you must add a spouse so you can win! Is the game real? Utilitarian to win the game. 
What does it take to have the wisdom of Proverbs? They tend to male centered. They can be applied to both men and women. 
They all got married. Intergenerational house holds. 
Happiness index is usually won by Sweden or Denmark. 
Cohabitation is what needs to be discussed.
"Good news about marriage" by shaunti feldhahn the divorce rate is less that 20%
72% are intact first marriage
Be encouraged
80% are happy
What are the things that bring you joy in marriage? Talk about it. 
If your unhappy in your marriage and you work on it 80% are happy in 5 years
We will talk about, how we will talk about it. 
Communication matters. 
Those who attend church and sit together have higher success. Lower divorce rate 25%-50% rate. 
Most marriages can be fixed by small changes. 
Marriage requires hard work but marriage isn't hard.
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
Cohabitation 23% 77% married
20-35 year old 47% cohabitation 
The person with the least commitment has the most power. 
Do some of the work on how to be married well. 
Find a wife (husband) and you find a good thing; it shows that the Lord is good to you.
Proverbs 18:22 GNT

Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praise. 
A man can inherit a house and money from his parents, but only the Lord can give him a sensible wife.
Proverbs 19:14 GNT

Advice to his son. Honor her. Speak well of her. 31:31

Character is what matters. Gal 5 love joy peace... what character are you cultivating? How are you cultivating character in your children? 
Quarrelsome is like constant dripping. 
Conflict comes in many forms
10 on his list
Sometimes kids are brought into the conflict. Speak well of each other. Honor each other. 
Money and job related conflict
External family issues

Proverbs about marriage
Look for conduct. It's likely to continue. 
The Wise listen to advice. Prudent overlook insult.

What does love look like? Look to a single guy named Jesus. 
Prov 3 trust in the Lord 

Thursday, July 14, 2022

The Lion the Lamb and the Throne

Guelph church

The four living creatures sing songs of glory and honor and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever. When they do so, the twenty-four elders fall down before the one who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever. They throw their crowns down in front of the throne and say, "Our Lord and God! You are worthy to receive glory, honor, and power. For you created all things, and by your will they were given existence and life."
Revelation 4:9‭-‬11 GNT
Tozer says the first problem is the church losing the fundamentals 

32 ft scroll written on both sides was unusual. Sealed with 7 deals. Who is worthy? 

John Milton Paradise Lost is hard to read. Read the first 30 pages and got hooked on his story. Read it all. 
The mighty angel reminds me of one of John Milton's angels. 

The angel asks who is worthy? Not intelligent? 

No one could face Goliath. 

John wept and wept. Something terrible is happening? What is in the scroll? Tension in the air. The scroll contains God's purposes for the future. The scroll must be opened for God's purposes to be realized. 

Behold the Lion of Judah is here. At the end of Genesis Jacob blessed Judah. Lion's cub. There is authority in Judah. The prophesy was fulfilled here. 

He saw a Lamb that had recently been slain but it's not dead. Standing in the centre of the throne. 

Nations chose violent creatures to represent them. Apocalyptic literature has all kinds of symbols. 

7 horns represent complete authority. 7 eyes see everything. Don't try to paint that. 

Is this a lion or a Lamb? Both! 

When I saw him, I fell down at his feet like a dead man. He placed his right hand on me and said, "Don't be afraid! I am the first and the last. I am the living one! I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I have authority over death and the world of the dead.
Revelation 1:17‭-‬18 GNT

V7 he took the scroll. It is at the right hand of all power and he has no difficulty taking it. The restrained Christ was in the manger for our sake. In his public ministry he was mostly restrained. 

He's arrested, hands tied, condemned, but restrained. He is still restrained today. 

There is coming a day that will reveal Jesus in power. A terrible day if you're on the wrong side and a wonderful day for his followers. The Lord will execute perfect justice. 

We dumb down God as irrelevant. Angels are reduced to babies with wings. Left to ourselves we reduce God to manageable size. Tozer

People in hell will recognize that everything they did had meaning. 

3. All through Scripture there is the theme of the Lamb. Abraham and Isaac. The passover Lamb. John the Baptist behold the Lamb. 

Have confidence in Scripture. 
Notice the presence of central gospel truths in the Bible. 

People are removing the cross. Be here next week. 
The cross is bloody because sin is so terrible.