And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17
Volume 18, Number
In this issue:
1. Be untrue to one another (Matt. 19:9; I Cor. 7:24; Heb. 13:4).
2. Be overly jealous one to another (Jas. 3:16; 1 Pet. 1:1).
3. Nag one another to no end (Jas. 3:16; Col. 3:19).
4. Show no affection for one another (Gen. 2:23-24; Eph. 5:25, 28, 29; I Cor. 7:3).
5. Never agree on how to raise your children (Ps. 128:3; Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21; Prov. 19:18; 22:6).
6. Never say “please” or “thank you” (Lk. 17:11-19; Eph. 5:20).
7. Spend all the money on yourself (Prov. 15:27; I Tim. 5:8).
8. Let the husband be a tyrant with his family (Eph. 5:28, 29, 33; Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21).
9. Let the wife not love, honor, and obey her husband (Prov. 31:30; Eph. 5:22, 24, 33; Col. 3:18; I Pet. 3:1).
10. Keep God out of your marriage (Deut. 4:9-10; Josh. 24:14-15).
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I am convinced that in the last couple of generations, we have had people spending more time preparing for a wedding than preparing for a marriage! The marriage relationship is a beautiful relationship, created by God (Gen. 2:18-25). Within this relationship, husbands and wives reflect Christ and the church (Eph. 5:22-33). In addition to this, these two ought to treat one another the way they want to be treated (Matt. 7:12).
When looking at possible ways to kill a marriage, do we see a common thread in all of those reasons? It is there! It is SELFISHNESS! Let us remember that married people have become one (Matt. 19:4-6). Marriages that please God and are pleasing to men are no accident! They do not merely “happen,” but come about as a result of hard work and a commitment by a man and woman to God and to one another. Spouses, are you committed?
As God’s own children, our aim each day is to please Him, just as a child wants to please his father or mother. We strive daily to glorify God as He deserves. It is very easy to say that we desire to glorify God, and most of the world would agree that they want to do this as well. What then, is glory? How then, do we glorify God? Many say they are glorifying God individually, and with their many youth ministry organizations, and generous donations to orphanages through their church. But, is this giving God glory?
Glory is defined as, “high renown or honor, to give praise or admiration to.” We understand that giving God glory is something that is expected of us. Far too often in the world people give God glory as they interpret His desires for it. They deem that an action that makes them feel good makes God feel good and glorified, too. However, we honor God and show respect for Him by glorifying Him in the ways He desires it. Ephesians 3:20-21 says, “20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” For example, the church praises God when we worship in spirit and in truth. As we unite in worship, we give God glory as His saints through Christ Jesus.
In addition to honoring God in our worship, we also glorify God by acknowledging Him as the Creator of all (Col. 1:16-17). By not doing so, one rejects His ultimate power and authority. We glorify God through Christ in all things, because He is worthy of such praise (1 Pet. 4:11). In showing submission and due diligence to the Son of God, we are glorifying God. According to 1 Corinthians 6:20, we glorify God with our bodies (the temple of God) and in our spirit. As the text reads, “…[We] were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Another avenue in which we show God glory is through our example (Matt. 5:16). Still another way we glorify God is taught by Jesus when He said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” (John 15:7-8). Finally, In 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 we read that our Lord Jesus Christ will be glorified in us if we live worthy of God’s calling. These verses demonstrate that glorifying God is contingent on living according to His will and on praising Him in the ways He has said to honor Him.
A child pleases, honors and praises his or her parents by respecting and obeying them. In a similar way as His children, we seek to please and glorify our Heavenly Father. Let us choose every day to glorify God in all the ways He has clearly defined for us. He is worthy of our praise and much more.
Hear Tanner's sermon, "Endurance" from Sunday night, August 14, 2016.
11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,...(Colossians 2:11–13, NKJV)
The apostle of Christ treats physical circumcision as wholly inferior to “the circumcision of Christ,” which takes place when the sinner is “buried with Christ in baptism.” Cutting off the foreskin of flesh was but a figure of what really happens in the circumcision of Christ – a cutting off of sins performed by divine hands. God performs a spiritual operation when the sinner is baptized; He cuts away the sinner’s sins and gives newness of life (Rom. 6:4). It is indisputable that the circumcision of Christ (the cutting away of sin) takes place when the sinner is buried with Christ in baptism (v. 12). The result is forgiveness of sins (v. 13). This spiritual circumcision is real; as real as the sinner upon whom the operation is performed. Without this operation of God the sinner remains dead in sin. With it, he or she is forgiven and alive with Christ. -Sword Tips #839, Aug. 10, 2016
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Scripture Reading: Luke 12:49-53
1. Some confrontation should be avoided, yet other forms must be
accepted, Prov. 26:17; 26:4-5.
I. WHY ARE WE AFRAID OF CONFRONTATION FOR THE SAKE OF THE TRUTH AND SAVING LOST SOULS?
because We have Minimized Sin, 1 Jno. 3:4; Jude 22-23.
A Just Sentence
Lonnie David Franklin, Jr., better known as the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer (for a string of murders of women in Los Angeles from 1985-2007), was sentenced to death this week. Franklin, 63, was convicted of ten murders earlier this year, but detectives believe he may have killed at least 25 women. During sentencing, Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy told Franklin, “This is not a sentence of vengeance, it’s justice. You shall suffer the death penalty” (“The ‘Grim Sleeper’ is sentenced to death for string of murders,” Gerber and Queally, latimes.com).
The Bible upholds the right of civil government to execute the evil doer. After the flood, God told Noah, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man” (Gen. 9:6). The Law of Moses sanctioned the death penalty: “Whoever kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the testimony of witnesses” (Num. 35:33; Exo. 21:12). In the gospel, the inspired apostle Paul wrote that the governing authority is God’s minister and an avenger that “does not bear the sword in vain” (Rom. 13:4). He said to a human court, “If I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying” (Acts 25:11).
“Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Eccl. 8:11). Sadly, use of the death penalty is disputed in California and in other states, lessening its power as a deterrent. Still, let us learn the lesson that sin against God’s law does not go unpunished. Eternal death in hell will be sin’s final penalty (2 Thess. 1:8-9; Rev. 21:8). Escape is only obtained in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Rom. 6:23, 17-18).
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