I Am | The Bread of Life! | July 26, 2020
Let’s Talk About “the Bucket” | July 14, 2019
A Latin phrase— “Remember you will die.”
How do you want to die?… like Grandpa?
We used to look at this differently (Litany of the Saints)
Now we say, “He kicked the bucket, etc.”
The “World” Has An opinion (Pastor Jeff Hinds) (not according to…)
Atheism— nothing | Hebrews 9:27; John 11:25
Reincarnation—over & over… | Hebrews 9:27
Soul-Sleep—I’ll wait for You here… | Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:6-9
Purgatory—Painful but worth it… | Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 10:14
Jesus Raises Lazarus to Life | John 11:1-44
Which Light Are We Using to Navigate?
This sickness will not end in death
A man who walks by day will not stumble
There are two meanings here…
In plain words, “Lazarus is dead.” LEO Death Notifications
We live by “sight”, not by “faith” (if we’re being honest)
I know God will give you whatever you ask
I know about the resurrection on the last day
Jesus is the Resurrection & the Life… even TODAY !
And He is compassionate… He weeps
4 days… he will stink!
There is something from Heaven happening here
Jesus is in charge, “Lazarus, come out!”
The world rejects the Author of life
Death—An Enemy… and a Friend
From beginning to the end | Genesis 2:17; 1 Corinthians 15:26
Enemy to the unbeliever—Friend to the believer
BUT… weep with those who weep …like Job’s friends | Romans 12:15
“Where, O death is your victory?…” | 1 Corinthians 15:54b-58
WHY JESUS | He knows you… BUT doesn’t condemn you! | April 7, 2019
Take a Look Back…
What have you done, that if others knew about it, you would have no friends here?
Does God know about it?
Does He really know about me?
An Outcast of Outcasts | John 4:1-42
If you wanted to make a big impact who would you approach? One with great credibility or one with none?
Jesus knows you… all about you
Jesus reveals Himself to those looking for Him
What was her response?
What should ours be?
When does that responsibility end?
Caught in the Act | John 8:2-11
She was set up, but she was still guilty
The crowd wanted judgment & punishment
The crowd was no better than she
Jesus did not condemn her
Do you think He wants to condemn you?
What did Jesus command her to do?
Does this apply to you?
Jesus Was On MIssion | Luke 19:10 & John 3:17
Jesus seeks out a hated tax collector
Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world
Take a Look Forward…
He knows all about you… that’s why He came
Jesus sacrificed His life for yours!
Now, go tell others all about Him!
No one is an outcast from Him
There are only the lost…
…whom He wants us to seek… so He can save!
Do This In Remembrance… | March 31, 2019
The Tables Are Turned!
Mordecai is feared! WHY?
In Susa they killed 500…
They also killed Haman’s ten sons… look at the list…
This Was Holy War!
“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” – Genesis 6:5
“…the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.” – Genesis 15:16b
The Kings Joshua defeated… look at the list… | Joshua 12:9-24
Saul was supposed to wipe out all the Amalekites
But he spared King Agag (Haman was an Agagite)
No Plunder Taken
Three times we read that they did not take any plunder—vv. 10, 15, & 16
Why not? Didn’t Mordecai give them permission?
This is Holy War. All things are devoted to God.. | Joshua 6:17
Jericho loses, Ai wins,… for Achan’s sin | Joshua 7:11-12
But This Wasn’t Exactly Like Holy War
Haman’s decree reversed God’s | 1 Samuel 15:3 & Esther 3:13
Mordecai’s decree mirrored Haman’s | Esther 8:11b
With ONE critical difference… self-defense!
This Should Be Celebrated & Remembered
Israel had no King through which to wage Holy War… but God remained faithful to His promise
Purim is celebrated each year, one month before Passover
Where Was God In All of This?
Holy War is God’s vengeance over evil
By God’s mercy & grace the Cross gave us a “time-out”
Jesus’ death on the Cross requires we cease Holy War
His sending of the Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to love our enemies and forgive those who persecute us
“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” – 1 Corinthians 11:26
fgd| Two Decrees! | March 24, 2019
“The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.” Jeremiah 31:31
Haman is still hanging around!
My petition—my life. My request—my people!
Sold for (10,000 talents of silver)…
Destruction, slaughter, and annihilation
By this vile Haman!
Haman built a gallows for Mordecai
Hang Haman on it!
Then the King’s fury subsided…
Haman’s estate is given to Esther
Mordecai is made second in command
Esther gave Haman’s estate to Mordecai
Danger Averted… Or Is It?!
A decree of the King could not be repealed! | Esther 1:19
No document of the King can be revoked! | Esther 8:8
Written to the 127 provinces and to the Jews!
Using the same language…
Destroy, kill, and annihilate | Esther 8:11
And There Was Much Rejoicing in Susa!
1st Decree—Susa was bewildered, Mordecai grieved
2nd Decree—Susa celebrates, Mordecai is royalty
Where Was God in All of This?
Is this a little brutal? Attack the women & children? | Esther 8:11
Our first decree… | Genesis 3:13
All have sinned… and we have EARNED a death sentence.
Our second decree… | John 3:16-18
If we believe and confess we will be saved! Romans 10:9-10