Here is my sermon on the last portion of Mark 2, where Jesus is doing a bunch of stuff on the Sabbath. The leaders of Jesus’ day had so many Sabbath regulations that it was hard to keep track. Jesus knew them all though and went through breaking the ones they made up in an almost systematic manner. He really wanted them to consider that He might really be from God.
Numbers Part 3 – Aaron, the Priest Line between Life and Death
This section is one of my favorites from the whole Bible. God is teaching Moses and Aaron to represent Him with self-sacrificing compassion. He Himself is going to die for people who grumble against Him, and here He is doing a little bit of that kind of training on Moses and Aaron.
Notes from One Life Church just before Christmas 2016
Name Him Jesus, because He will save His People from their sins.”
Jesus would be so with us that we’d be called “His people.”
It’s God’s story to tell and He tells it His way.
God spoke to Joseph after Mary told him about Jesus – DANG!
Righteousness was a part of the operating system of Joseph’s soul.
He was a righteous man, not about do-gooder, but right about seeking God.
Righteousness motivated him to NOT disgrace Mary. (So often we use righteousness as an excuse to shame others, but that is not the right way.)
Righteousness is a real thing and it’s good.
Sin is the lack of righteousness.
Which brings us to redemption by redefinition.
That’s what our culture does.
Redemption by redefinition was in the Garden of Eden too.
Jesus came to SAVE us from our SINS.
Don’t re-define it! We NEED those words to really mean what they mean.
Sin makes an ungodly mess.
It messed up everything we use to clean it up.
That last note was from this video below. It was pretty moving.
God’s Most loving command: Repent
These are my notes and commentary from a prayer meeting in March of 2016. Rus Lyons spoke about God’s compassionate love for us, starting with those funny stale marshmallow hearts with messages in them. I didn’t capture his whole talk because I was taking notes!
God has a history of loving His people. When the Hebrews went into the desert, God didn’t have to go along…
Jesus knew about death. He was well acquainted with sorrow. When John the Baptist was killed, He ran off to be alone. When His best buddy Lazarus died, Jesus wept over him.
God knew the price of sin and the pain of death when He had to “Put Down” 2 animals in His good creation to clothe the sinners Adam and Eve so that they wouldn’t die from the elements.
God shows us our sin so that we’ll see His grace. He makes it visible so that we can understand the way the world works and have a deeper grasp of Justice and Mercy.
God’s love is a giving, graceful, sacrificial love.
The more I realize that is His kind of love, the more I realize that is the only way that real love can be.
Moses, Joshua, Jesus and a Good Time to Take off Your Shoes
Moses, Joshua, Jesus Take off your shoes (download)
The sound quality of this is a little scratchy, but the content is really good. I forget where I did this, maybe when I was Pastor at the Evansville Rescue Mission.
In this blurb, I talk about times when people in the Bible took off their shoes. There were certain things going on with them, going on with the Lord, and going on with the nation of Israel and God’s people.
Check it out, I hope it helps you appreciate the Lord and the Bible more.
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