*********** Sunday Sermon Notes 2019

"How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Apply The Proverbs To Help Within Their Families, And Within Their Family Relationships.”

”You Shall Know The Truth, And The Truth Shall Set You Free! - “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

***********

"How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Apply The Proverbs To Help Within Their Families, And Within Their Family Relationships.”

Matthew 1.

01-06-2019  Part 1  

Well, here we are six days into the New Year of 2019.

But also, have you thought about, that these are the final 12 months, before we begin a new decade?

In fact, in 2020 we begin the third consecutive decade or 10 years.

Remember, since the new millennium began or the 2000’s, we experienced the first decade from 2000 until 2010.

Then, the second decade is from 2010 until 2020.

And Lord willing, we will experience a third decade from 2020 until 2030.                      If you are a child of God.                                                                                                  A committed follower of Jesus Christ.                                                                              A Spirit-filled servant of the Lord.                                                                                    Then everyone of us needs the reassurance, the hope, and the confidence that God will be with us, no matter what!

Notice Matthew 1: 23 Says,

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means, God with us!

Praise God Immanuel, God is with us!

However, have you or I ever thought about what does it really mean that God is with us, or with us Is God?

Or, is this another Christian cliché that we some time say to one another, to sound spiritual?

What does it really mean that God is with us, or with us is God?

There is an important theological word, a very important Biblical concept that will help us better understand what it means when we say, “God is with us!”

This word is ‘Omnipresence’.                                                                                            And this compound word has two parts to it.

•The first part or the prefix is ‘omni’, which comes from the Latin that means “all.” “or boundless!”                                                                                                                 •The second part of the word is “presence!”  Referring to existence or manifestation.

Therefore, a good definition of the word omnipresence would be something or someone who is capable of being or existing everywhere at the same time at once!

For example, here on Earth “air,” or “oxygen,” or “sound,” all three are omnipresent! That is capable of being or existing everywhere at the same time at once!

However, omnipresence when it is in reference to God means His Divine presence encompasses all creation both seen and unseen so, to say that God is omnipresent is to say that God is present everywhere. Yet God is not totally immersed in the fabric of creation, for that is called ‘Pantheism’.  But God's presence is continuous throughout all of creation, though it may not be revealed in the same way at the same time to people everywhere.  At times, He may be actively present in a situation, while He may not reveal that He is present in another circumstance in some other area.  The Bible reveals that God can be both present to a person in a manifest manner (Psalm 46:1; Isaiah 57:15) and present in every situation in all of creation at any given time (Psalm 33:13-14).  Omnipresence is God's characteristic of being present to all ranges of both time and space.  Although God is present in all time and space, God is not locally limited to any time or space. God is everywhere and in every now.  No molecule or atomic particle is so small that God is not fully present to it, and no galaxy so vast that God does not circumscribe it.  But if we were to remove creation, God would still know of it, for He knows all possibilities, whether they are actual or not. God is naturally present in every aspect of the natural order of things, in every manner, time and place (Isaiah 40:12; Nahum 1:3). God is actively present in a different way in every event in history as provident guide of human affairs (Psalm 48:7; 2 Chronicles 20:37; Daniel 5:5-6).  God is in a special way attentively present to those who call upon His name, who intercede for others, who adore God, who petition, and who pray earnestly for forgiveness (Psalm 46:1).  Supremely, He is present in the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:19), and mystically present in the universal church that covers the earth and against which the gates of hell will not prevail.  Just as the omniscience of God suffers apparent paradoxes due to the limitations of the human mind, so does the omnipresence of God.  One of these paradoxes is important: the presence of God in hell, that place unto which the wicked are departed and suffer the unlimited and unceasing fury of God because of their sin.  Many argue that hell is a place of separation from God (Matthew 25:41), and if so, then God cannot be said to be in a place that is separated from Him.  However, the wicked in hell endure His everlasting anger, for Revelation 14:10 speaks of the torment of the wicked in the presence of the Lamb. That God should be present in a place that the wicked are said to be departed unto does cause some consternation. However, this paradox can be explained by the fact that God can be present because He fills all things with His presence (Colossians 1:17) and upholds everything by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3) yet He is not necessarily everywhere to bless. Just as God is sometimes separated from His children because of sin (Isaiah 52:9), and He is far from the wicked (Proverbs 15:29) and orders the godless subjects of darkness to depart at the end of time to a place of eternal punishment, God is still there in the midst.  He knows what those souls suffer who are now in hell; He knows their anguish, their cries for respite, their tears and grief for the eternal state that they find themselves in. He is there in every way as a perpetual reminder to them of their sin which has created a chasm from every blessing that might be otherwise granted.  He is there in every way, but He displays no attribute other than His wrath.  Likewise, He will also be in heaven, manifesting every blessing that we cannot even begin to comprehend here; He will be there displaying His manifold blessing, His manifold love, and His manifold kindness indeed, everything other than His wrath.  The omnipresence of God should serve to remind us that we cannot hide from God when we have sinned (Psalm 139:11-12), yet we can return to God in repentance and faith without even having to move (Isaiah 57:16).

Listen, in the Bible our God reveals himself in scripture as being omnipresent as one of His primary attributes concerning His nature and His essence!

Notice Proverbs 15: 3.                                                                                                      The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

See Psalm 139: 7-10.                                                                                                           Vs. 7.  Where shall I go from Your Spirit, or where shall I flee from Your presence?      Vs. 8.  If I ascend to Heaven you are there!                                                                     If I make my bed in Sheol or Hell, you are there!

Also, note: Rev. 14: 9-11 & Rev. 20: 11-15                                                                    Vs. 9.   If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea.    Vs. 10.   Even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

Now again, God has revealed Himself in scripture as being omnipresent, capable of being or existing everywhere at the same time at once!

See Jeremiah 23: 23&24                                                                                                  Vs. 23.  Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?                            Vs. 24.  Can any hide themselves in a secret place that I shall not see them saith the LORD.

Do not I, the LORD, fill Heaven and Earth saith the LORD?

Now notice Isaiah 7: 14.                                                                                     Therefore, the LORD Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Well, here we are six days into the new year of 2019.

But also, have you thought about, that these are the final 12 months, before we begin a new decade?

In fact, in 2020 we begin the third consecutive or 10 years.

Remember, since the new millennium began or the 2000’s, we experienced the first decade from 2000 Until 2010.

Then the second decade is from 2010 until 2020.                                                         And Lord willing, we will experience a third decade from 2020 until 2030.                      If you are a child of God.                                                                                                   A committed follower of Jesus Christ.                                                                              A Spirit-filled servant of the Lord.                                                                                   Then everyone of us needs the reassurance, the hope, and the confidence that God will be with us, no matter what!

Notice Matthew 1:23 says,                                                                                               The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means, God with us!

Praise God!  Immanuel, God is with us!

However, have you or I ever thought about what does it really mean that God is with us, or with us is God?

Or, is this another Christian cliché that we some time say to one another, to sound spiritual?

What does it really mean that God is with us, or with us is God?

There is an important theological word, a very important Biblical concept that will help us better understand what it means when we say, “God is with us!”

This word is omnipresence.                                                                                           And this compound word has two parts to It.                                                                    •The first part or the prefix is omni, which comes from the Latin that means ‘all.’  Or 'boundless’!                                                                                                                         •The second part of the word is ‘presence’!  Referring to existence or manifestation.

Therefore, a good definition of the word omnipresence would be something or someone who is capable of being or existing everywhere at the same time at once!

For example, here on earth ‘air’, or ‘oxygen’, or ‘sound,’ all three are omnipresent!  That is capable of being or existing everywhere at the same time at once!

However, omnipresence when it is in reference to God means His divine presence encompasses all creation both seen and unseen so, to say that God is omnipresent is to say that God is present everywhere.  Yet, God is not totally immersed in the fabric of creation, for that is called ‘Pantheism’.   But, God's presence is continuous throughout all of creation, though it may not be revealed in the same way at the same time to people everywhere.  At times, He may be actively present in a situation, while He may not reveal that He is present in another circumstance in some other area.  The Bible reveals that God can be both present to a person in a manifest manner (Psalm 46:1; Isaiah 57:15) and present in every situation in all of creation at any given time (Psalm 33:13-14).  Omnipresence is God's characteristic of being present to all ranges of both time and space.  Although God is present in all time and space, God is not locally limited to any time or space.  God is everywhere and in every now.  No molecule or atomic particle is so small that God is not fully present to it, and no galaxy so vast that God does not circumscribe it.  But if we were to remove creation, God would still know of it, for He knows all possibilities, whether they are actual or not.  God is naturally present in every aspect of the natural order of things, in every manner, time and place (Isaiah 40:12; Nahum 1:3).  God is actively present in a different way in every event in history as provident guide of human affairs (Psalm 48:7; 2 Chronicles 20:37; Daniel 5:5-6). God is in a special way attentively present to those who call upon His name, who intercede for others, who adore God, who petition, and who pray earnestly for forgiveness (Psalm 46:1). Supremely, He is present in the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:19), and mystically present in the universal church that covers the earth and against which the gates of hell will not prevail.  Just as the omniscience of God suffers apparent paradoxes due to the limitations of the human mind, so does the omnipresence of God. One of these paradoxes is important: the presence of God in hell, that place unto which the wicked are departed and suffer the unlimited and unceasing fury of God because of their sin. Many argue that hell is a place of separation from God (Matthew 25:41), and if so, then God cannot be said to be in a place that is separated from Him.  However, the wicked in hell endure His everlasting anger, for Revelation 14:10 speaks of the torment of the wicked in the presence of the Lamb.  That God should be present in a place that the wicked are said to be departed unto does cause some consternation. However, this paradox can be explained by the fact that God can be present because He fills all things with His presence (Colossians 1:17) and upholds everything by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3) yet He is not necessarily everywhere to bless.  Just as God is sometimes separated from His children because of sin (Isaiah 52:9), and He is far from the wicked (Proverbs 15:29) and orders the godless subjects of darkness to depart at the end of time to a place of eternal punishment, God is still there in the midst. He knows what those souls suffer who are now in hell; He knows their anguish, their cries for respite, their tears and grief for the eternal state that they find themselves in. He is there in every way as a perpetual reminder to them of their sin which has created a chasm from every blessing that might be otherwise granted.  He is there in every way, but He displays no attribute other than His wrath.  Likewise, He will also be in heaven, manifesting every blessing that we cannot even begin to comprehend here; He will be there displaying His manifold blessing, His manifold love, and His manifold kindness indeed, everything other than His wrath.  The omnipresence of God should serve to remind us that we cannot hide from God when we have sinned (Psalm 139:11-12), yet we can return to God in repentance and faith without even having to move (Isaiah 57:16).

Listen, in the Bible our God reveals Himself in scripture as being omnipresent as one of His primary attributes concerning His nature and His essence!

Notice Proverbs 15: 3.                                                                                                      The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

See Psalm 139: 7-10.                                                                                                         Vs. 7.  Where shall I go from Your Spirit, or where shall I flee from Your presence?        Vs. 8.  If I ascend to Heaven you are there!                                                                       If I make my bed in Sheol or Hell, you are there!

Also note: Rev. 14: 9-11 & Rev. 20: 11-15                                                                    Vs. 9.   If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea.         Vs. 10.  Even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

Now again, God has revealed Himself in scripture as being omnipresent, capable of being or existing everywhere at the same time at once!

See Jeremiah 23: 23&24                                                                                                Vs. 23.  Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?                           Vs. 24.  Can any hide themselves in a secret place that I shall not see them saith the LORD.

Do not I the LORD, fill Heaven and Earth saith the LORD?

Now Notice Isaiah 7: 14.                                                                                    Therefore, the LORD Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel

01-13-2019              Part 2      


Well, here we are 13 days into the new year of 2019 and so much is going on perhaps in your life, ether personally, or spiritually, or physically, or relationally with others.

Therefore, as a child of God.   As a committed follower of Jesus Christ, or as a            Spirit-filled Servant of the Lord, everyone of us needs the reassurance, the hope, and the confidence, that God will be with us, no matter what!

Again, notice Matthew 1: 23.

I believe that it is the angel Gabriel who is speaking to Joseph according to vs. 20.

But notice vs. 23, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means, God with us!                                                                                Praise God!  Immanuel, God is with us!

However, do you or I really know what that means, that God is with us, or with us is God?

I mean, it sounds good! Uplifting!  Encouraging!                                                                But what should it mean to us, that God is with us?

For a few minutes allow me to touch on something that was briefly said last Sunday about how we can let our preconceived ideas, or, our unscriptural expectations that we may have which could cause you and me to redefine what it really means that God is with us!

For example, we said last Sunday how that we often expect and assume because God is with us, that means the LORD is present to fix whatever is wrong in my life!  Or, whatever is causing unhappiness in my life, the LORD is present to remove It!   Or, whatever the unmet needs or desires in my life, the LORD is present to provide it!

Yet, each one of those expectations or assumptions I just mention, can come from our own preconceived Ideas.

Or, maybe from my own unscriptural expectations when it comes to what the Bible teaches me about the presence of the LORD!

Or, possibly from a certain Bible teacher’s incorrect teaching of the Bible about the presence of the LORD! 

For example, statements like these, “God has showed up, to show out, for truly the LORD is in this place!”

Or, another might say, “I got a feeling that everything is going to be all right, because God is with you and me today!”

And yet, we notice that the presence of the LORD in our particular circumstance or situation, has cause nothing to change, nor has His presence been able to fixed anything!

Nor has He provided for the situation in the way I thought He would!                          Nor has He healed as I thought He might!                                                                       Nor has He blessed in the way that I ask Him to!

And it is at this point we are extremely vulnerable, for the enemy Satan, or His demons will strongly attack us with all kinds of negative thoughts, ideas, and feelings such as, you are all alone, there’s no hope here, for you have been forsaken and abandoned by God!

You are no longer loved by God, nor are you wanted by Him!                                    You better take matters into your own hands before things get worse.  Look what has happened, look what is going on!                                                                                Why not reject God because He has surely rejected you!

And again, the enemy, or His demons can attack us with all kinds of negative thoughts, Ideas, and feelings like, look at all that you’ve done for the LORD!  Or, how you have sacrificed and have gone without!                                                                                 This is not right!                                                                                                              This is not fair!                                                                                                                   You deserve better than this!

Listen, and if you and me do not know how to respond Biblically, scripturally, and Godly to any of these things mention to us by the enemy, then he will shipwreck our faith, he will defeat us, and he will destroy our testimony!

May I introduce another theological term or concept that we should know something about that will help us understand about God‘s presence.

The Sovereignty of God!

Here are some meaning of the words ‘Sovereign’ or ‘Sovereignty’.                                  •The right to do or choose as one wills.                                                                                    •To have complete control.

Some synonyms,                                                                                                            •Supremacy.                                                                                                                         •Independent.                                                                                                                       •Unaccountable.                                                                                                                 

Notice Daniel 4: 34&35.                                                                                                                          Here we have an example of God’s sovereign recognized. 

Vs. 34.  And at the end of the time, I Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me;                                                                                    And I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,                                                                              And His kingdom is from generation to generation.                                                      

Vs. 35.  All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and He does according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the Inhabitants of the earth.  No one can restrain His hand. Nor say unto Him, what have you done?

Now see Genesis 31: 3.                                                                                                                       Then the LORD said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you.                                                                                           

This too, is making reference to God’s sovereign presence.                                              In fact, in vs. 3, with you can mean, along, beside, close or among.

See Joshua 1: 9.  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

This is making reference to God’s sovereign presence.

See Deuteronomy 31: 6.  Be strong and courageous.  Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you.  He will not leave you or forsake you.

Now, this is making reference to God’s sovereign presence.

See Psalms 23: 4.                                                                                                            Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.                                                And this is making reference to God’s sovereign presence.

And finally, Psalms 46: 7&11.                                                                                                                    Vs. 7.  The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.  Selah                Vs. 11.  The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.  Selah

These are making reference to God’s Sovereign presence.

01-20-2019     Part 3     Sunday

So, for the last two Sundays in this new month, at the beginning of this new year we have needed the reassurance, the hope, and the confidence, that our God will be with us, no matter what!  Because no matter what happens internationally, or nationally, or locally, or relationally, or even personally our God is truly with us.

Now again let’s notice Matthew 1.  But this time let’s begin at vs. 20.  Because here was an individual who needed to know that God was with him, when he was faced with a very difficult decision because of an unusual circumstance.

Show you what I mean!

Vs. 20.  But while (he) Joseph thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary as your wife to be, because that which is conceived in her is of The Holy Spirit.                                                                                                                               Vs. 21.  And Mary will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people, and all people from their sins.                                                                 Vs. 22.  So, all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by The Lord through the prophet Isaiah who said:                                                                                                                                       Vs. 23.  Behold, the Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call His name (Immanuel), which is translated, God with us.

And with God’s help, we have been able to learn what this wonderful phrase at the end of vs. 23 God with us is really saying!

Listen, for you and I to know and believe that God is with us is an invaluable revelation and insight, because it reveals to us about the sovereign omnipresence of the LORD our God!

In fact, these two theological words sovereignty and omnipresence are only just two of the many major attributes concerning God.

And on the first Sunday of this month, one of the things we focused upon was the omnipresence of the LORD.                                                                                         Then last Sunday, one of the things we focused upon was the sovereignty of God.

And therefore, to summarize what we have learned so far.

God’s omnipresence allows Him to be anywhere, at any time, with anyone.

And yet, His sovereignty will determine what He will do or not do, where ever He may be, and whomever He may be with!

Also, we learned that God with us does not mean the absence of problems, or trials, or difficulties!

But, it does mean that His plan, His purpose, His will, will be done and not just ours!

This afternoon lets finish up our brief miniseries as we continue in this New Year, as we observe from the Bible three examples featuring the Lord Jesus Christ who desires to be our Immanuel no matter what!

So, our first example that features the Lord Jesus Christ who desires to be our Immanuel we must know us to fear, or to be discourage, or to be overwhelm.  Why, Immanuel, God is with that neither the conditions, nor the circumstances, nor the situations should cause you and I even in the storms of life! 

See Luke 8:                                                                                                                      Vs. 22. Now it happened on a certain day, that Jesus got into a boat with His Disciples.  And the Lord said to them, Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.  So, they launched out.                                                                                                                 Vs. 23.  But as they sailed, Jesus fell asleep.  But a windstorm came down onto the lake, and they and the boat were filling with water and were in jeopardy, or in serious trouble.                                                                                                                            Vs. 24.  And they came to Jesus and awoke Him, saying, Master, Master, we are perishing, or we are going to die. Then Jesus arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water.  And they stopped, and there was a calm!                                    Vs. 25.  Then Jesus said unto them, where is your faith?  But His Disciples were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, who can this be?  Because He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!

NOTE: Remember that, God with us does not mean the absence of problems, or trials, or difficulties!                                                                                                                  But it does mean that His plan, His purpose, His will, will be done and not just ours!

Now our next example that features the Lord Jesus Christ who desires to be our Immanuel is, no matter how great the task, or how difficult the mission, we still can be effective ministers for the Lord.

Why, Immanuel, God is with you and I especially when His priorities becomes our priority!

See Matthew 28:                                                                                                                    Vs. 18.  And Jesus came and spoke to the disciples saying, all authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on Earth.                                                                            Vs. 19.  Go, Therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, or teach all nations. Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,          Vs. 20. Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.  Amen.

And lastly, our final example that features the Lord Jesus Christ who desires to be our Immanuel, because we are not to put our confidence in man, nor are we to be dependent upon others who are here today and gone tomorrow!  Why, Immanuel, God is with you and I even when others forsake, forget, or fail us!

See II Timothy 4:                                                                                                           Vs. 16.  The Apostle Paul is speaking, at my first defense (or court trial) no one stood with me, but all forsook me.  May it not be charged or held against them.                     Vs. 17.  But The Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message (the Gospel) might be preached fully through me, so that all the Gentiles might hear.  And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.                                                                               Vs. 18.  And The Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and preserve me for His Heavenly Kingdom. To Him be Glory forever, and ever. Amen!

Version:1.0 StartHTML:000000207 EndHTML:000181424 StartFragment:000035272 EndFragment:000181343 StartSelection:000035331 EndSelection:000181339 SourceURL:https://cccofla.squarespace.com/sermon-notes

“God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

02-10-2019     Part 1    

Let me read first, St. John 8:                                                                                                        Vs. 31. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed in Him, if you abide in My Word you are My disciples indeed.                                                                Vs. 32. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

With God’s help this afternoon, we want to come back to a topic that we have entitled, “You Shall Know The Truth, And The Truth Shall Set You Free!” Amen!

Now as we return to this particular topical series, I am hopeful that it will help us to better understand God’s will, plan, and purpose for our lives, for our families, for our culture, and for our society as a whole!

But also, that this particular topical series will help us to Biblically address some of the issues, the concerns, and the controversies that are a part of our world today.

For example, you might recall that back in February of 2018, we initiated an informative subject that dealt with the subject of ‘Forgiveness and Unforgiveness”!

And to our surprise we found out both personally and culturally that the subject of forgiveness especially, is not always acceptable for most.

Now this afternoon with God’s help we want to begin a new subject that we might find both personally and culturally challenging and controversial especially in our world today.

But we need to, with the love of God and with the truth of God’s Word, address Biblically this subject which we want to call, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

Now notice Genesis 1:                                                                                                                  Vs. 26. Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.                                                       Vs. 27.  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.

Also See Genesis 2:                                                                                                                               Vs. 18. And the Lord God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.                                                                                                               Vs. 21.  And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam. And he slept the Lord took one of his ribs or, took of his side, and then closed up the flesh in its place.                                      Vs. 22.  Then the rib or the side which the Lord God had taken from man, the Lord made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

Vs. 23.  And Adam said: This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.                                                                       Vs. 24.  Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.                                                                                                                Vs. 25.  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

And lastly, see Matthew 19:                                                                                                           Vs. 4.  And Jesus answered and said to them, Have you not read that He (God) who made them at the beginning, made them male and female.                                                                              Vs. 5.  and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?

•Did you notice God’s divine design of heterosexual marriage that it is not to be transient, nor transitional?   •Did you notice God’s divine design of a set sexual orientation that it is not to be transient, nor transitional?•Did you notice God’s divine design of a set sexual identity that it is not to be transient, nor transitional?

But something happened that caused the human family to go from order to disorder. From obedience to disobedience.  From submission to rebellion.

Now see Genesis 3:                                                                                                                          Vs. 1.  Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And the serpent said to the woman, has God indeed said that you, shall not eat of every tree of the garden?             Vs. 2.  And the woman said to the serpent, we may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;      Vs. 3.  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, you shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.                                                                                  Vs. 4.  Then the serpent said to the woman, you will not surely die. “God is mistaken!”              Vs. 5.  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. “God is withholding from you all knowledge and complete autonomy.”         Vs. 6.  So, when the woman saw that the tree was good for food.  That the tree was pleasant to the eyes. And it was a tree desirable to make one wise.  So, Eve took of its fruit and ate.  And she also gave to her husband with her and Adam ate.                                                                  Vs. 7.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

Quote Romans 5:                                                                                                                              Vs. 12.  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through, or because of sin. And thus, death spread to all men, because all sinned.                                                       Vs. 19a.  For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners!

Once Again, something happened that caused the human family to go from order to disorder. From obedience to disobedience.  From submission to rebellion.

In fact, you might recall that on June the 26th, 2015, and interestingly that this June, it will be four years since the United States Supreme Court Justices at that time, voted in favor of same- sex marriages which must be legalized in all 50 States.

And thus, redefining the definition of marriage in the United States, as not being for only a man and a woman, but now is recognized and legalized for those who are of the same gender who desire to be married.

But it didn’t stop there!

For it appears at The Public School System throughout America must now accommodate and re-educate the next generation to be more excepting, more open to the idea that heterosexual marriage, sexual orientation, and sexual identity is transient or transitional!

Show you what I mean.

Now, The California Family Council Reveals to us how The California Department of Education’s proposed changes to K-12 health curriculum.

“The California Department of Education is asking parents to review its proposed K-12 health curriculum framework, which seeks to radically transform the way public school students think about gender and sexuality. This written set of goals and objectives, revamped in light of the state’s new LGBT affirming sex education law (the Healthy Youth Act), will guide curriculum development over the next decade.

Yet, children of Christian and other conservative minded parents will find many of the new health lessons in conflict with the values taught at home

(Parents have until Friday, January 11 to submit their comments. See below for details) “Dispelling myths about gender expectations in kindergarten can lay the groundwork for acceptance, inclusiveness, and an anti-bullying environment in schools,” the proposed framework states. “Gender non-conformity and physical characteristics are often at the root of many forms of bullying.”

Chapter 3: Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Three.  So, what are these myths about gender that even kindergarteners must unlearn? Not just the color, toy, and activity preferences the two sexes tend to be attracted to, but “stereotypes” that involve dress and body parts. The framework encourages teachers to read students books like, “My Princess Boy,” about a boy who likes pink dresses and to invite adults, who identify as transgender, to the class as guest speakers.

When it comes to health lessons about body organs, the framework tells teachers to dispel the myth that male and female reproductive organs are different.

The framework states: When providing instruction on sexual and reproductive organs, teachers can introduce the concept that gender does not always match the sexual and reproductive organs described. For example, teachers may share, “In the classroom, we may use the term ‘female reproductive organs’ but some people who identify as male have these organs. The actual anatomical name for organs is utilized.

Chapter 3: Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Three. While these new gender lessons start in kindergarten, they are reinforced in every grade. The entire proposed K-12 health curriculum framework, you can read here, consists of nine chapters with several appendixes. It includes 842 mentions of the words ‘sex’, ‘sexual’, and ‘sexuality’; 239 mention of ‘gender’, with “67” in the 4th -6th grade-framework alone; and two mentions of ‘abstinence’ in the entire 1,000-page health framework.

Although Christian parents would find many objections within this framework, listed below are some of the most objectionable sections.

The framework recommends a K-3 book on gender identity titled, “Who Are You?” Which introduces kids to the gender spectrum. According to the lesson plan for the book, kids get to work the three layers of “The Gender Wheel” and learn how grown-ups look at a baby’s body when they are born and make a guess. This is the sex assigned at birth: male or female. Sometimes people get this confused with gender. But gender is much more than the body you were born with.

Chapter 3: Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Three.  The framework introduces high school kids to the dangers of “spiritual abuse” listed among other types of abuse (emotional, sexual, physical) teens must avoid. Examples of religious abuse include, “Forcing others to adhere to rigid gender roles. Not allowing a partner to do things they enjoy.”

Chapter 6: Grades Nine Through Twelve.  The framework tells middle school teachers to use gender neutral language for romantic relationships and to eliminate words that imply teens have only one sex partner at a time.  “In order to be inclusive: the term “partner” should be used in place of or in addition to “boyfriend/girlfriend” or “husband/wife” to avoid assumptions about gender and sexual orientation. Some students may be non-monogamous and the term “partner(s)” may also be used to be more inclusive.

Chapter 5: Grades Seven and Eight.  The framework introduces high school students to sexual terms such as polysexual, pansexual, and asexual.

Chapter 6: Grades Nine Through Twelve.  The framework encouraged middle school teachers to invite abortion providers as class speakers. “Guest speakers from your local public health department sexual health clinic, or local nonprofit organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, may have well-informed sexual health educators and age-appropriate materials to support comprehensive sexual health education.”

 Listen, I believe the Lord is calling you and me to be different, so we can make a difference!

I believe the Lord wants you and me to take a stand for what is right and what is true!            Yet we should do it respectfully, compassionately, but without compromise.

So, notice Esther 4:                                                                                                                             Vs. 13.  And Uncle Mordecai told them to answer his niece Esther.  Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king's palace any more than all the other Jews.  Because you won’t! Vs. 14.   For if you remain completely silent at this time, then you know what relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place.  But you and your father's house will perish. Yet Esther, who knows whether you have come to the kingdom as Queen for such a time as this?

What Esther needed, what you and I need is a different mindset that will help us to be proactive and not just reactive.

For example, Romans 12: 2.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Acts 5: 28.  And the High Priest saying, did we not strictly command you not to teach in this Name?  And now look you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man's blood on us!            Vs. 29. But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: We ought to obey God rather than men!

Galatians 1: 10.  For, do I now persuade, or seek the approval of men or God?  Or, do I seek to please men?  For if I still want to please men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Joshua 24: 15.  Joshua is speaking, and if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve!  Whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Back to Genesis 3:

Notice Genesis 3:                                                                                                                                Vs. 1.  Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.  And the serpent said to the woman, has God indeed or truly said, stop there.

If you think about it, the bases of our argument or our objection to same-sex marriage, or transitional sexual orientation, or transitional sexual identity, or any subject comes from the Bible the Word of God and the Holy Spirit who gives truth, understanding and discernment.

So, what do you really believe about the Bible?                                                                             And is the Bible really reliable?                                                                                                          Is the Bible actually the Word of God from God?

And finally, does the Bible have the right, the authority to tell you and me how to live my life?

So next time, and before we go any farther with this new subject, lets address and resolve the issue about the Bible itself!

02-24-2019    

And let us return back to our once a month topical series called, “What We Believe And Why?”

Each month as the LORD leads, and usually on the 4th or, if there is a 5th Sunday in a given month.

We are considering, “What The Bible Says And Teaches us About The Fundamentals, The basics, The Core Truth For being A Committed Follower Of Jesus Christ, Or You Would like To be One Day”.

So, this morning let's finish up our look at What The Bible Says & Teaches About How We Can be A better Witness For Our Lord Jesus Christ.

And How We Can be A More Affective Witness For Jehovah Or Yahweh Almighty? Amen!

And again, what are the primary ways we can be a witness for the LORD?                Answer, we should be both a verbal and nonverbal witness for the LORD!

But what does that mean, what does that look like?

Well, back in December of 2018, we considered what a “nonverbal witness” for the LORD should mean, and what it should look like!

Simply put, a nonverbal witness for the LORD is the repentance that God the Holy Spirit gives and that we receive, so that our lifestyle, our conduct, and our moral behavior will be transformed daily.

And therefore, God who is at work on the inside of us, who also by His Grace is changing our lifestyle, our conduct, and our moral behavior.

Now this afternoon let’s consider what it is to be a verbal witness for God.                     But what does that mean, and what should that look like?

Listen, a verbal witness for God is to be that person whom the LORD will empower world that needs to know who He really is.  And what, but they must be willing and available, because the LORD will never make us do anything.

Therefore, let me continue, a “verbal witness” for God is to be that one who continues to study regularly, and is learning God’s Word in order to share, or minister, or communicate the Gospel message about Jesus Christ unto what He has really done to make a difference in anyone who would receive Him and follow Him.

So, notice II Timothy 2: 15.                                                                                                Study to show your self-approved unto God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, who can rightly-dividing the Word of truth.

Listen, studying the Bible is a Spirit-lead process in order to gain the Biblical and spiritual understanding about God Himself, His ways, His will, His creation, His commandments or rules, His Salvation and His future for us.

Then having such insight, you apply what you have learned for the rest of your life.                                   Being a doer of the Word and not just a hearer, or a reader, or a studier only!

But how do we study the Bible?

Here are some steps you should know when it comes to studying the Bible!              •Set aside time, and make this a priority in your life.                                             •Praying or talking to God before, and during, and after your time in the Word together.                            •Read and study a verse, or verses in the Bible within its contexts.

For example, notice II Timothy 2: 11-15.                                                                          Vs. 11.  It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him.    Vs. 12.  If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him. But if we were to deny Him, He also will deny us.                Vs. 13.  If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself.                  Vs. 14.  Of these things, put them in remembrance, charging or commanding them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but leads to the subverting or the undermining of the hearers.  How to avoid this?                                                 Vs. 15.  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

So, remember to read and study a verse, or verses in the Bible within its contexts!

•Next, read to understand, don’t just read to be reading!                                              An example, take time to look up familiar and unfamiliar words, or names, or places you are reading.           For example, the word ‘Love’.                                                                                            •Have a basic understanding of grammar.                                                                           For example, verbs, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, and what they are, and how they work.  Remember the Bible is a human language book that uses verbs, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, etc.

The Bible is not a book of symbols or numbers or pictures, like Hieroglyphics.                •Next, be familiar and knowledgeable about the layout of the Bible.  66 books, a library within one book.  Two Testaments, and within them various literary Genre.  For example, the Gospels, the Prophetic books, the Epistles, the Poetic Books, the Historical Books etc.               

A suggestion, read through the Bible in a one or two-year program, will help you to become familiar and knowledgeable about the layout of the Bible.                                  •Develop a basic understanding of how to access, or research, or investigate the Bible Itself by using various bible study tools such as;               •Dictionaries.                                                                                        •Lexicons.                                                                                                                              •Original language word studies books.                                                                                 •A Bible Concordance.                                                                                                           •A book on the various essential Bible doctrines.                                                                        For example, the deity of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the end times.               •A Biblical topical reference book or Bible.                                                                             This can be very helpful in getting started in a particular topic, or subject, or Interest you would like to study or know more about.                                                                        •A book on ancient world customs, or ancient history.                                                            •From time to time use other Bible translations or versions or paraphrases to help you to understand a certain passage in the Bible.                                                                      •From time to time, read a trusted Bible commentators, or better known as Bible commentaries.                 (Let me know if you need some recommendations).                                                             •Obtain a good study Bible by a reliable and balanced Bible teacher, or Pastor.              (Let me know if you need some recommendations).                                                         •Have an inquisitive mind.  Be like an Investigator Reporter who seeks to understand the facts and the truth about a matter in order to share with others.                                    •And lastly,                                                                                                                        Be Patient.                                                                                                                            Be Persistent.                                                                                                                      Be Consistent.                                                                                                                      And be Humble.

Turn to I Peter 3

Notice I Peter 3: 15.                                                                                                       But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give an answer, or a defense to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear or respect! Wow!

At least three words will guide you and me in fulfilling this verse!                                             •Dependency.                    •Preparedness.                                                                                                        •Graciousness.                                             

Notice again, I Peter 3: 15.                                                                                               But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, stop there!

That’s Dependency!

See St. John 15: 5.  I am the Vine, you are the ranches.  He or she who abides in Me and I in them, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing!

Back to I Peter 3

Next, notice again I Peter 3: 15.                                                                                    But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, (and always be ready to give an answer, or a defense to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you).  Stop there!

That’s Preparedness!

See II Timothy 3: 14.  But you must continue in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,                               Vs. 15.  and know that from childhood, you have known the Holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise for Salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.                       Vs. 16.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,                                                     Vs. 17.  So that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Back to I Peter 3.

And lastly, notice I Peter 3: 15.                                                                                        But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give an answer, or a defense to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, (with meekness and fear or respect)!

That’s Graciousness!

See Colossians 4:                                                                                                                      Vs. 3.  Meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the Word, to speak the mystery of Christ for which I am also in chains,                                              Vs. 4. that I may make it known or manifest as I ought to speak.                                          Vs. 5.  Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.                   Vs. 6.  Let your speech always be with Grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Listen, being a verbal witness for God is to be that One who continues to study regularly, and is learning God’s Word in order to share, or minister, or communicate the Gospel message about Jesus Christ unto a world that needs to know who He really is.  And what He has really done to make a difference in anyone who would receive Him and follow Him.

03-03-2019   Part 3  

Now this afternoon we want to come back to our new subject which we are calling, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

Now let’s do a brief review of what we have learned so far.

Because according to the Bible God’s divine design of heterosexual marriage was revealed to us in Genesis 2: 18-25 and Matthew 19: 4&5.

And there are four non-negotiable factors within God’s design for heterosexual marriage that we should know about and we should embrace.                                                                        •Heterosexual marriage design by God was to be monogamous, no bigamy, no polygamy.                                                                                                                          •Heterosexual marriage design by God was to be unbiased regardless of race, culture, age, or social-economics.   NOTE - However God’s design for heterosexual marriage is extremely bias in three areas. •Marrying anyone who is of the same gender.                                                                         •Marrying anyone within your immediate family.                                                           •Marrying anyone who is in a certain religion, or a member of a Cult, or is a new age Spiritualist, or is into the Occult, or is an Atheist or Agnostic.                                                  •Next, God’s divine design for heterosexual marriage was to be an irrevocable bond, no unbiblical divorce! NOTE - Matthew 19: 8&9.  And I Corinthians 7: 15&16.                                     •And finally, heterosexual marriage design by God was to be a lifelong covenant between a husband and a wife until physical death separates them.                    

Now, we’ve also learned from the Bible that God’s design of heterosexual orientation and heterosexual identity is also reveal to us in Genesis 1: 26&27 and Matthew 19: 4.

And by the way, the concept of sexual orientation is defined as, when someone is attracted too, and are drawn unto another person romantically, emotionally, and sexually.

And therefore, heterosexual orientation design by God was intended for both married and single individuals to be attracted to the opposite sex, and to feel drawn unto them romantically, emotionally, and sexually who are of the opposite sex.

However, heterosexual gender identity is much different.  Heterosexual gender identity isn’t about who you’re attracted to, but it’s about who You are from birth, a male or a female.

Listen, for God’s design of sexual identity is set at conception and is manifest at birth. Therefore, our sexual identity according to the Bible is not to be transient, nor transitional.  No transgenderism.  No transvestism.

Two questions.  First, what caused the human family to go from conformity to unconformity? From order to disorder?  From obedience to disobedience?  From submission to rebellion?  From clarity to confusion?

Secondly, and why has mankind over a period of time worked so hard to change, or to redefine, or to redesign God’s divine design for heterosexual marriage?                                                         Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual orientation?                                                                 Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual identity?

Something must have happened!  Something must have gone terribly wrong!

Yes, it did!  Notice Genesis 3:                                                                                                               Vs. 1.  Now, the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And the serpent said to the woman, has God indeed said that you, shall not eat of every tree of the garden?            Vs. 2.  And the woman said to the serpent, we may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;      Vs. 3.  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, you shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.                                                                                    Vs. 4.  Then the serpent said to the woman, you will not surely die. “God is mistaken!)            Vs. 5.  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. “God is withholding from you all knowledge and complete autonomy.”                                                                                                                                    Vs. 6.  So, when the woman saw that the tree was good for food. that the tree was pleasant to the eyes.  And it was a tree desirable to make one wise. So, Eve took of its fruit and ate.  And she also gave to her husband with her and Adam ate.                                                                      Vs. 7.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves covering.

Listen, for Adam and Eve something had changed spiritually on the inside of them.

Show you what I mean!

Now, see I John 3: 10.  In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.

Listen, spiritually speaking Adam & Eve and their descendants suddenly were no longer a part of God’s parental care.  No longer in right relationship and fellowship with God Himself!

Again, for Adam and Eve something had changed spiritually on the inside of them.

See St. John 8: 44.  You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand firm for the truth. Why? Because there is no truth in him.  Therefore, when he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own native tongue, Because he is a liar and the father of it.

Listen, spiritually speaking Adam & Eve and their Descendants, suddenly found themselves Under a different parental care.  One who would constantly mistreat them and deceive them and would lead them to do the same thing to one another, and to do the same thing to others.  Like a bad foster care guardian who would mistreat and deceive and would lead a child to do the same thing to their siblings, and to do the same thing to other kids.

Next, spiritually speaking from now on death and sin would dominate Adam & Eve and their descendants.

See Romans 5:                                                                                                                                  Vs. 12.  Therefore, just as through one man, sin entered the world, and death through or Because of sin.  And thus, death spread to all men, because all sinned.                                          Vs. 19a.  For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners!

Question.  But what is sin?                                                                                                                   Simply put, sin is whatever God says sin is, those things He has revealed unto mankind in the Bible, that is what sin is!  For example, Galatians 5:19-21, also known as the works of the flesh.

So, even though my culture, or my society may disagree what God says is sin.  Or, if my family.  Or, even my own flesh may detest what God says sin is!  Nevertheless, sin is whatever God says sin is!

Listen, whatever something, not someone, but whatever something that God hates, calls, or identifies to be sinful or wrong or evil or abhorrent, then so it is according to God!

And therefore, for anyone who would rebel, disobey, transgress, alter or change what God hates, or has identifies as being sinful or wrong, or evil or abhorrent. That person or persons Has sin, or has become sinful, or is sinning against God!

See James 4: 17. Therefore, to him who knows to do good or right and does not do itto him it is Sin.

See Isaiah 5: 20.  Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

So, with the time that we have left, and with God’s help, let’s consider the earlier chapters of Genesis and what they reveal unto us about the various kinds of sins committed or practiced after Adam and Eve’s rebellion and disobedience unto God.

For example, Genesis 4:                                                                                                                       Vs. 8. Now, Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed or murdered him.                                               Vs. 9. Then the LORD said to Cain; Where is Abel your brother? And Cain said, I do not know, Am I my brother's keeper?                                                                                                            Vs. 10.  And the LORD said; What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground.

Notice Genesis 4:                                                                                                                                Vs. 19.  Then Lamech (this is the great, great, great grandson of Cain), He took for himself two wives. The name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah.

Now, see Genesis 6:                                                                                                                           Vs. 5.  Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.                                                      Vs. 11. The earth also was corrupt before God and the Earth was filled with violence.

Finally, see Genesis 9:                                                                                                                  Vs. 20. And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard.                                                         Vs. 21. Then Noah drank of the wine and was drunk or was intoxicated, and became uncovered or nude or naked within his tent.                                                                                                   Vs. 22. And Noah’s middle son Ham, who is the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside the tent.                                                                                                                 Vs. 23. But Shem the youngest brother, and Japheth the oldest brother, took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father.  Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father's nakedness.                                              Vs. 24. So, Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son or Grandson had done to him.         Vs. 25. Then he said: Cursed be Canaan; (Not Ham the father) but a servant of servants He shall be to his brethren.

03-10-2019   Part 4  

Now this afternoon, lets continue with our current subject as we come to terms with what the Bible says about, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

And last Sunday we ask an important question, “Why has mankind over a period of time has worked so hard to change, or to redefine, or to redesign God’s divine design for heterosexual marriage? “ Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual orientation?                                                    Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual identity?

Well, together we learned how the human family beginning with Adam and Eve and all their descendants including us today, went from conformity to unconformity!  From order to disorder!  From obedience to disobedience!  From submission to rebellion! From clarity to confusion!

Notice again Romans 5:                                                                                                           Vs. 12.  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death (through) or, Because of sin.  And thus, death spread to all men, because all sinned.

Question But what is sin?                                                                                                    Sin is whatever God says sin is. They are those things He has revealed unto mankind in the Bible.  For they are those things that God hates, or they are wrong, evil, abhorrent or, an abomination to the LORD, then that is what sin is!

For example, in Galatians 5: 19-21.                                                                                   Also known as, the works of the flesh which Is a short list of certain sins mentioned in other places in the Bible.                                                                                                    Vs. 19.  Now the works of the flesh are evident which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,       Vs. 20.  Idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,                                                                                                       Vs. 21.  Envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Now notice again vs. 19.  Now, the works of the flesh are evident which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, stop there!

Let’s take a few minutes to examine each one of these words in vs. 19, because a proper understanding of each word is so relevant to our current topic that a we are in.

I show you what I mean!

First,  Adultery.                                                                                                                       The deliberate breaking, or the intentional violation of the marriage vows by means of sexually or emotionally unfaithfulness, or infidelity, or cheating.                                                  This can be done by two individuals who are still married.                                                   Or, this can be done by an individual who is married or is separated, and they are Involved with another person who is single.

Also, there are three types of adultery.                                                                                                                       1.  Sexual adultery.                                                                                                              (Note) St. John 8: 4. The pharisees said to Jesus, Teacher this woman was caught in adultery in the very act.

2.  An emotional or, attracted adultery.                                                                           (Note) Matthew 5: 28.  Jesus is speaking, but I say to you, that whoever looks at a woman or a man to lust for them, has already committed adultery with them in their heart.                                                                                                                                 Listen, no sexual adultery has occurred at this point!                                                       But what is occurring is by an unhealthy bond or connection.  As well as, romantic feelings or, affections.  And a preoccupation or, obsession has taken over one’s mind and heart.

Remember Jesus said, Whoever, looks at a woman or a man to lust for them, has already committed adultery with them in their heart!

Lastly, the 3rd type of adultery can occur when there is no Biblical grounds for divorce or separation.      (Note) Matthew 19: 8&9.                                                                                                   Vs. 8. Jesus said to them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.                                     Vs. 9.  And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication or sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.

By the way, though rarely enforced adultery in United States and in other parts of the world is considered a crime or is illegal.

(Note), Although adultery is a misdemeanor in most of the states with laws against it, some including Michigan and Wisconsin categorize the offense as a felony. Punishments vary widely by state.  In Maryland, the penalty is a paltry $10 fine.  But in Massachusetts, an adulterer could face up to three years in jail.

Next, in Galatians 5: 19 is the word ‘fornication’.                                                            Now this is a very interesting word.                                                                                         It Comes from a New Testament Greek word called, “Porneia.”

Also, from this word ‘Porneia’, we get our English words pornographic or porn.   Therefore, porneia, or fornication is defined as, any and all immoral, illicit, unlawful, unbiblical, unnatural, sexual act, or sexual stimulation or arousal with another person or persons, or with oneself, or with a non-human entity.

Fornication would include these areas of conduct, behavior, or lifestyle.                          •Premarital sex.                                                                                                           •Adultery.                                                                                                                               •Mate swapping.                                                                                                                  •Sexual orgies.                                                                                                                  •Legal or illegal prostitution with a male or female, with an adult or a minor.                   •Strip club involvement.                                                                                                           •The use of pornographic.                                                                    •Sexting.                                                                                                                          •Occultic or paganistic sexual acts.                                                                                  •Incest.                                                                                                                               •Homosexuality or Lesbianism. •Bisexuality. •Polysexuality. •Pansexuality. •Transvestitism. •Transsexualism.                  •Bestiality.                                                                                        •Sadomasochism                                                                                •Necrophilia.                                                                                       •Pedophilia.                                                                                                                          

(Note) I Corinthians 6:                                                                                                            Vs. 18.  Flee fornication or sexual immorality.  Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.                         Vs. 19.  Or, do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?                                                  Vs. 20.  For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.

And Matthew 19: 9.  And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication or, sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.

Next, in Galatians 5: 19 is the word ‘uncleanness’ or ‘defilement’.   Spiritual adultery or, fornication i.e., idolatry.   Which may include occultic or paganistic sexual acts or, sacrificial rituals.        

And lastly, in Galatians 5: 19 is the word ‘Lewdness’.  It comes from a New Testament Greek word called, ‘Aselgeia’, which means living without restraint, uncontrolled, unbridled desires or lust, or sexual excesses.

This means that Lewdness is doing something we know is wrong, but doing it anyway because it feels good. It denotes a pride in the sin. This can include inappropriate sexual behavior, indulging in excesses and lack of restraint in many different areas of life.

A sex addict, a nymphomaniac.  Or, one who is promiscuous, or, wants to hook up on a regular basis.            

Listen, even though my culture or, my society may reject or, resist what God says is sin.

Or, if my family, or even my own flesh may detest or disagree with, what God says sin is!  Nevertheless, sin is whatever God says sin is, and has revealed such things in the Bible!

And therefore, anyone who would rebel, or disobey, or transgress, or alter, or change what God hates, and has identifies as being sinful or wrong, or evil or abhorrent.  That person or persons have sinned, or has become sinful.  Or, is sinning against God Himself!

Notice again Romans 5:                                                                                                      Vs. 12.  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through) or because of sin.  And thus, death spread to all men, because all sinned.

But in the sight of God,  just how bad are we?         

See Romans 3:                                                                                                                  Vs. 9. What then?   Are we better than they?  Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.                                            Vs. 10. As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one.                                      Vs. 11. There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.                Vs. 12. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.                                                                               Vs. 13. Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit; The poison of asps is under their lips.                                                                           Vs. 14. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.                                                   Vs. 15. Their feet are swift to shed blood;                                                                          Vs. 16. Destruction and misery are in their ways;                                                             17. And the way of peace they have not known.                                                               18. There is no fear of God before their eyes.                                                                   23. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

And Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Listen, death and sin would dominate Adam & Eve and their descendants until the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.

In fact, notice the hope that is given to us in Romans 5:                                               Vs. 17.  For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of Grace and of the gift of righteousness, will reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ.             Vs. 18.  Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one man's righteous act the free gift came to all men resulting in justification of life.                      Vs. 19.  For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one man's obedience many will be made righteous.

So, who is this one that is being spoken of, over and over again who can save us, who can change us, who can forgive us?                                                                                                      

Now, notice St. John 3Vs. 16.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.                                                                  Vs. 17.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Now, notice St. John 1: 29.  The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, Behold!  The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Also, see I Timothy 1: 15.  This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

03-17-2019   Part 5  

Now this afternoon, lets continue with our current subject as we come to terms with what the Bible says about, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

So, with God’s help, we have been answering the question, “Why has mankind or human beings from various cultures and over a vast period of time, why have we  worked so hard to change, or to redefine, or to redesign God’s divine design for heterosexual marriage? “                                   Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual orientation?                                                    Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual identity?

Well, together we have been learning how the human family beginning with Adam and Eve and all their descendants including us today, we have been and we still are affected by sin and death which has led us from conformity to unconformity!  From order to disorder!  From obedience to disobedience!  From submission to rebellion! from clarity to confusion!

Notice again Romans 5:                                                                                                       Vs. 12.  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death (through) or, because of sin.  And thus, death spread to all men, because all sinned.

Listen, death and sin would dominate, control, isolate Adam & Eve and their descendants until the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ which paid in-full our sin debt that we could never pay, nor could we ever atone for, nor would we be able to satisfy God’s Holy & righteous standards and commands.

See Romans 5:                                                                                                                 Vs. 19.  For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one man's obedience many will be made righteous.  But how?

Turn to Romans 10:

See Romans 10:                                                                                                               Vs. 9.  That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus or Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised or resurrected Him from the dead, you will be Saved.       Vs. 10.   For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth vs. confession is made unto salvation.                                                                                         Vs. 13.   For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

However, notice vs. 14 for it raises some important questions! Vs. 14.  How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without a Preacher or a witness?

In fact, in Romans 1: 15-17, the Apostle Paul shares the answer which is, “Personal Involvement“.   Show you what I mean!

Turn to Romans 1:                                                                                                             Vs. 15.  The Apostle Paul is speaking, so as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the Gospel to you who are in Rome also.

Stop here and explain about the Roman Empire the Gospels and New Testament times. Its problems and its excesses that led to its downfall.

Some of these things are very similar to what is happening in the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries.

For example;                                                                                                                     •The devaluating of human Life.  Whether it was the unborn or children, or the elderly they were all expendable.                                                                                            Also, capital punishment by means of scourging and crucifixion.                                   The Colosseum spectacles.                                                                                            Or, the military conquest of the world of that time.                                                               •Slavery.                                                                                                                               •Government out-of-control spending.                                                                                   •Unbearable taxation throughout the empire.                                                                     •Unbridled sexuality and sexual practices.                                                                          •Idolatry, but zero tolerance for the newly found Christian faith.                                  •Corrupt leaders who could care less about the people they represented.                            

Now, the Apostle Paul continues here in vs. 16&17.                                                             Vs. 16.  For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it (the Gospel of Christ) is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek or Gentiles.            Vs. 17.  For or because in it (the Gospel of Christ) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith!

Question, could you name a sickness, or a disease or a mental or psychological disorder that you would like to see healed and eradicated?

Now imagine that you know a competent medical scientist who has come up with the cure and the means to eradicate that sickness, or disease or mental or psychological disorder!  However, there is a catch!

They need you to receive the cure for yourself first, to be a witness that this cure really works.  Then afterwards, for the rest of your days, they need your help in getting the word out so that others can know that there Is hope, that there Is help, that there is a cure!

Question would you do it?                                                                                                   •Would you devote yourself?                                                                                        •Would you inconvenience yourself?                                                                               •Would you take the risk that you might be rejected or misunderstood?                      •Yet would you be unashamedly involved and committed to warning anyone of the consequences of doing nothing!

In fact, that is exactly what the Apostle Paul is doing here in these 11 verses, vs. 15-25.

So, lets continue in verse 18.   For or, because the wrath of God is (also) revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (Why?)              Vs. 19.  because what may be known of God is manifest in them (mankind), for God has shown it to them.    Vs. 20.  For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made or created, even God’s eternal power and Godhead (or Triunity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit), so that they (mankind) are without excuse, (Why?)                                 Vs. 21.  because although they (mankind) knew God (because of His creation), they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful. But became futile in their thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened.             Vs. 22.  Professing to be wise, they became fools,                                                                Vs. 23.  and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds, and four-footed animals, and creeping things.                  Vs. 24.  Therefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,                                                                  Vs. 25.  who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature (remember vs. 23), rather than the Creator, Who is Blessed forever.  Amen.

Now may I re-read vs. 24 again!                                                                                    Vs. 24.  Therefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, (How?)                                                     Vs. 26.  For this reason, God gave them up unto vile passions.  For even their women exchanged or swapped for something else different than the natural use of their sexuality for what Is against nature, or against the divine design of God set forth within His creation a heterosexual union.     Vs. 27.  Likewise, also the men, leaving or abandoning the natural use of the Woman, (a heterosexual union), burned in their lust for one another.  Men with men, committing what is shameful.  And receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. Wow!                                                        Vs. 28.   And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, (reprobate mind) to do those things which are not fitting; or right, appropriate, normal, or natural!

So, in what other did this manifest as well?                                                                    Well, notice vs. 29, being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,

Vs. 30.  backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Vs. 31.  undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;                             Vs. 32.  Who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death.  Not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them, (remember vs. 26-31).

Now turn to I Corinthians 6.    

So then, what is the Ultimate Consequence For rebelling and rejecting God Standards and His Commands?

See I Corinthians 6:                                                                                                            Vs. 9.  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,                          Vs. 10.  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (Stop There)!

Notice I Corinthians 6: 9 again from the NKJV.                                                              Vs. 9. Do you not know that the unrighteous will-not inherit the Kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites.

(The NLT) I Corinthians 6:9 says, Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality.

(The KJV) I Corinthians 6:9 says, Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, *nor effeminate, *nor abusers of themselves with mankind.

•’Effeminate’, says the KJV.  The Greek word is μαλακός or malako.  Which can mean a boy kept for homosexual relations with an adult man. (Pedophilia).  Or, an adult male who submits his body to unnatural lewdness, such as prostitution with either male or female.

Next, abusers of themselves with mankind, says the KJV.  A Strong's Definitions -The Greek word is ἀρσενοκοίτης or arsenokoítēs. Which can mean a Sodomite, or one who lies with a male as with a female, a homosexual.

Now vs. 10 continues.  Nor, thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the Kingdom of God.                                                                  Vs. 11.  But such were some of you.  But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.         

Imagine you now know the LORD in a personal relationship, and He has the cure and the means to eventually eradicate Satan, sin, death, sickness and disease, hell and evil!

However, there is a catch!

God needs you and I to receive the cure for ourselves first, to be a witness that this cure really works. Then afterwards for the rest of our days, He needs our involvement in getting the word out so that others can know that there is hope, that there is help, that there is a cure!

Question would we do it?                                                                                                   •Would we devote ourselves?                                                                                             •Would we inconvenience ourselves?                                                                                    •Would we take the risk that we might be rejected or misunderstood?                        •Yet would we be unashamedly involved and committed to warning anyone of the consequences of doing nothing!

03-24-2019   Part 6   

Again, this afternoon lets continue with our current subject which we have called, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

And with God’s help, we have been answering some very important questions with the help of the Bible, so we can better understand why has mankind, human beings from various cultures Including our own.  Why have we worked so hard over time to change, or to redefine, or to redesign God’s Divine Design for heterosexual marriage?                                                                                                   Or, God’s Divine Design for heterosexual orientation?                                                    Or, God’s Divine Design for heterosexual identity?

Because unfortunately at the core of all this desire for change, or to redefine, or to redesign God’s Divine Design is Deception, Disobedience, and Defiance, this according to the Bible.

Now notice I Corinthians 6:                                                                                                   Vs. 9.  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.               Vs. 10.  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God Vs. 11.  But such were some of you.  But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Listen, in vs. 11.  The Apostle Paul was telling this Congregation of Believers although they were far from perfect.

Yet, by the Grace of God, they had experienced transformation from within, which lead to a change in their lifestyles.

So then, they were not just a Christian ‘Hyphen’ thief.                                                     Or, a Christian ‘Hyphen’ Adulterer.                                                                                      Or, a Christian ‘Hyphen’ Fornicator.                                                                                    Or, any of the other things that was mentioned here in verses 9 &10!

Instead they had experienced divine transformation.                                                     •They are no more a Thief!                                                                                                 •They are no more an Adulterer!                                                                                      •They are no more a Fornicator.

Now, this doesn’t mean that they did not struggle from time to time!                                  Nor, does it mean that there were those who were not tempted at times.                   Nor, does it mean at times unfortunately some of them did give into temptation, and sinned against God.

But here is what it does mean!                                                                                           Immediately by the Holy Spirit who indwells all Believers, they did experience conviction and correction in their hearts.

Which then led them to acknowledge and confess their sins unto God.                       Which then led them to repentance and being an overcomer, and not just being overcome.

Listen, they experienced a true change within their identities, that affected their spirit, soul, and bodies.

Notice vs. 11 again, but such were some of you!                                                            But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Wow!

Now, there are some Christian and non-Christians that would argue and say, that in I Corinthians 6: 9&10, and in other places of the New Testament, including the Gospels, that the word homosexual, or homosexuality is not mentioned in the original King James Bible.

Some say, its only in the newer translations of the Bible!                                              But it is not in the authorized King James Version of the Bible.                                       And therefore, how can homosexuality be a sin if it’s not mentioned in the Bible?

Is this true?                                                                                                                     Yes, and no!                                                                                                                       With God’s help, let me see if I can explain.

First, let me read from the KJV for I Corinthians 6: 9. Listen, be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, *nor effeminate, *nor abusers of themselves with mankind.

So, it is true.                                                                                                                      Neither the words homosexual, or homosexuality is mentioned in the original King James Bible.       And also, it is true in the newer translations of the Bible the words homosexual or homosexuality are used.

For example, from the NKJV, I Corinthians 6: 9 says,                                                    Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites.

Now, from the NLT, I Corinthians 6: 9 it says, don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality.

However, it is not true that in the original King James Bible, homosexuality is not referred to!

It’s just that the English translators of that day, they used other words from their time to describe and to refer to the practice of homosexuality.

Let me read again from the KJV for I Corinthians 6: 9 which says, be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, *nor effeminate, *nor abusers of themselves with mankind.                        •Effeminate, says the KJV, comes from a Greek word, μαλακός or malako.              Which can mean a boy kept for homosexual relations with an adult man. (Pedophilia).      Or, an adult male who submits his body to unnatural lewdness, such as prostitution with either male or female.

•Next, abusers of themselves with mankind, says the KJV.                                                  A Strong's Definition is the Greek word ἀρσενοκοίτης or arsenokoítēs.                              Which can mean a Sodomite or one who practices sodomy.                                             Which can either be between two same-sex individuals Bisexual.                                               It can be between two heterosexual individuals.                                                                And it can be between two individuals who are, Pansexual, or Polysexual.

Now, there are some Christian and Non-Christians that would argue and say, that in other places of the New Testament, that the word Homosexual, or homosexuality is not mentioned in the original King James Bible.

Some say, its only in the newer translations of the Bible!                                            

But it is not in the authorized King James Version of the Bible.                                            And therefore, how can homosexuality be a sin if it’s not mentioned in the Bible?          Is this true?

Let me read from the KJV for I Timothy 1: 9&10.                                                          Vs. 9.   Knowing this, that the Law of God is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,                                                                                                                    Vs. 10.  For whoremongers, (for them that defile themselves with mankind), for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.

And yes, again it is true in the newer translations of the Bible the words homosexual or homosexuality are used.

For example, let me read from the NIV for I Timothy 1: 9&10.                                      Vs. 9.  We also know that the Law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,        Vs. 10.  for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine.

Also, let me read from the NKJV for I Timothy 1: 9&10.                                              Vs. 9.  knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,                              Vs. 10.  For fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.

However, it is not true that homosexuality is not referred to in other places in the New Testament.

Homosexuality is referred to in other places in the New Testament by the translators of the King James Version.  They use words that were familiar to their day.

Vs. 10.  For example, let me read again from the KJV of I Timothy 1: 10.                   For whoremongers, (for them that defile themselves with mankind).  Stop there!

The word ‘whoremongers’, from a Strong's Definition, πόρνος pórnos, which can mean, a male or female fornicator acting sexually lewd.                                                           Or, it can refer to a male who prostitutes their body for hire, to fulfill the lust of others. a Gigolo, or an escort.

But now notice the next words in vs. 10 KJV, “For them that defile themselves with mankind!”

A Strong's Definition is again, the Greek word ἀρσενοκοίτης or arsenokoítēs.                   Which can mean a Sodomite or one who practices sodomy.                                            Which can either be between two same-sex individuals.                                                  It can be between two heterosexual individuals.                                                          And it can be between two who are Bisexual, Pansexual, Or Polysexual.

Now, there are some Christian and non-Christians that would argue and say, that in the Gospels, that the word homosexual, or homosexuality are not mentioned in the original King James Bible.

And again, some would say its only in the newer translations of the Bible, but it is not in the authorize King James Version of the Bible.                                                                     And therefore, how can homosexuality be a sin if it’s not mentioned in the Bible?   Is this true?

Let me read from the KJV For Matthew 19: 9. Jesus is speaking, and I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.

So yes, it is true, that in the newer translations of the Bible the words homosexual or homosexuality are used.

For example, l me read from the NKJV concerning Matthew 19: 9.  Now Jesus is speaking, and I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.

But again, it is not true that homosexuality is not referred to In the Gospels.

Homosexuality is referred to in the Gospels by the translators of the King James Version, however they use words that were familiar to their day.

Again, notice the KJV for Matthew 19: 9, Jesus is speaking, and I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication.  Stop right there!

Listen, fornication is from the Greek word, ‘Porneia’, that we have seen before.

Remember, Porneia, or fornication is defined as, any and all immoral, illicit, unlawful, unbiblical, unnatural, sexual act, or sexual stimulation or arousal with another person or persons, or with oneself, or with a non-human entity.

Now, one last area we should consider.  Because there are some Christians who are uninformed or misinformed.

And there are some so-called “Professing Christians,” who unfortunately are religious or they are coming from a new-age spirituality, but they are still unsaved according to the Bible.

And, there are non-Christians in general as well.

But there are those who would say that the Bible supports the idea of an alternative lifestyle such as a bisexual relationship that they say supposedly existed between David and Jonathan, the son of King Saul (is this true)?

Let me read to you some information from a Bible study series conducted by the Metropolitan Community Church.

In which they said that “the Bible shows that the blessing of the Lord can rest on a homosexual.

And they gave as an example David, who was a man after God's own heart, and who they think obviously had a relationship with Jonathan the son of King Saul."

And by the way, The Metropolitan Community Church, founded by Troy Perry Back in the late 60s, which then was the first openly Gay Protestant Denominational Church in Los Angeles.

But since then they have become an openly LGBTQ Church.  And they also have other satellite churches throughout the United States and around the world.

Now, The Metropolitan Community Church Points out in the Bible that in I Samuel Chapter 18,            and in I Samuel chapter 20,                                                                                                    and in II Samuel chapter 1,                                                                                                    is sufficient evidence to support their point of view about David and Jonathan.

So, with the time we have left, lets briefly consider the Metropolitan Community Church’s point of view with the help of the Bible, and then you can make up your own mind about the matter.

Now, here in the opening chapter of I Samuel 18, both David and Jonathan apparently had a chance to meet and had an immediate connection, and a mutual respect for one another, even though they never met before.

Listen, even though Jonathan was the king’s son, and the likely successor of his father’s kingdom, Jonathan never felt jealous over David’s victory against Goliath in chapter 17, unlike his father.

Also, Jonathan never let his father’s suspicions and jealousies about David and his intentions, poison his mind about the man. 

Instead, Jonathan took the time to get to know David for himself, to see what kind of man he really was!  And to Jonathan’s surprise God brought a true friend, and a brother, a loyal comrade into his life.  In which, there was an immediate bond between them!

Now notice vs. 1.  Now, when he David had finished speaking to King Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.                  Vs. 3.  Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because Jonathan loved him as his own soul.             Vs. 4.  And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.

Now in vs. 4, there are some who suggest that at this point, Jonathan stripped himself and kissed David.  And David gave himself to Jonathan.

But that’s not what the Bible says happened!

Notice I Samuel 20:                                                                                                               Vs. 3. Then David took an oath again, and said to Jonathan, Your father certainly knows that I have found favor in your eyes, therefore the king has said, do not let Jonathan know this, man!

See I Samuel 20:                                                                                                                  Vs. 40.  Then Jonathan gave his weapons to his armor bearer, and said to him, Go, carry them to the city lest he be grieved.  But David said, truly as the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, there is but a step between me and death.

Now this phrase in vs. 3 which David said, "Your father certainly knoweth that I have found grace or favor in your eyes."

And there are some who suggest that this is referring to an existing homosexual relationship between them!

But actually, all that David is saying is that he recognizes the favor, the grace, and friendship that has been shown to him by Jonathan, now that his father is seeking to destroy him.

Now also, in I Samuel 20: There is another possibility for misunderstanding because of the Bible’s description of physical affection that was shown between Jonathan and David.

Show you what I

Vs. 41.  As soon as the boy had gone, David arose from a place toward the south, fell on his face to the ground and bowed down three times.  And David and Jonathan kissed one another; and they wept together, but David more so.

Now this phrase that says that David and Jonathan kissed one another, makes some to suggest that this was a kiss, the same kind of kiss in which a man kisses a woman, mouth to mouth.

But actually, this was not a mouth-to-mouth kiss.  But a mouth-to-forehead, or a mouth-to-cheek or neck.

This even today, is a traditional Middle Eastern show of affection and appreciation to another man, or a male relative.

But there are still some who suggest that David was definitely Bisexual, because he was married and at one point had several wives.

But they say that the true love of his life was not His wives, but It was a man, Jonathan because David said so!

Notice II Samuel 1:                                                                                                                       Vs. 25.  How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle!  Jonathan was slain in your high places.          Vs. 26.  I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; You have been very pleasant to me; Your love to me was wonderful, surpassing the love of women.

Now, even though in vs. 26 the Bible says that David said of Jonathan after his death, “Your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women!"

Listen, we should not assume that David and Jonathan had some kind of illicit relationship together.

Because remember, in that day men and women relationships were much different than they are now and especially here in the United States.

But in David’s time, women were to be isolated from men for their own safety and well-being, with the exception of a husband and/or other male relatives.

But primarily for men the exchange of ideas and concepts and feelings and camaraderie, was a man to man thing, which would surpass the relationships they had with the women in their lives.

Listen, David was only reflecting and recalling, because he still in morning for his friend.  Thankful and blessed that he was able to have with Jonathan, a marvelous friendship with another man whom he esteemed and loved, and who was a true friend to him at a time that he needed It the most, that’s all its saying.

Say something about same-sex friendships.

Quote Proverbs 18: 24.                                                                                                      A man that has friends must shew himself friendly, and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

03-31-2019   Part 7  

Again, this afternoon, lets continue with our current subject which we have called, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

And with God’s help, we have been answering some very important questions with the help of the Bible, so we can better understand why has mankind, human beings from various cultures including our own.  Why have we worked so hard over time to change, or to redefine, or to redesign God’s divine design for heterosexual marriage?                                                                                                                                Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual orientation?                                                   Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual identity?

And therefore, with the help of the Bible and the Holy Spirit, we have come to understand that at the core of all this desire for change, and to redefine, as well as to redesign God’s design for heterosexual marriage, heterosexual orientation, or, heterosexual identity.

At the core of all this Is deception, disobedience, and defiance, this according to God, Himself!

Now, last Sunday we addressed a few areas of misunderstanding and misinformation that some people have.

For example, I cannot change, I am what I am!                                                                  Yet, doesn’t the Bible teach that a person who is in Christ Jesus because of the new birth, will experience for themselves a divine identity change.

II Corinthians 5:17 says, therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Also, there be over time, an inwardly change that will affect you outwardly!

With the Holy Spirit’s help and your corporation.  Your lifestyle, your conduct, and your behavior over time will be transformed.

Remember I Corinthians 6:                                                                                              Vs. 9.  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God?  Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.            Vs. 10.  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.                                                                                            Vs. 11.  But such were some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God, the Holy Spirit!

(NOTE:) Now remember, you can learn more or review how we answered this particular question in more detail last Sunday, by checking out our church website and listening to the digital audio recording, dated 3-24-19.

Or if you prefer, on the church website you can look for the section that says “Sermon Notes,” and the date 3-24-19.

Next, last Sunday we also addressed another area of misunderstanding and misinformation that some people have.

There are some that would say that the words homosexual or homosexuality in particular, may not be a sin because is not mentioned in the original King James Bible version.

And again, you can learn more or review how we answered this particular question in more detail last Sunday, by checking out our church website and listening to the digital audio recording, dated 3-24-19.

Or, if you prefer, on the church website you can look for the section that says “Sermon Notes,” and the date 3-24-19.

And finally, we addressed one more area that there is some misunderstanding and misinformation that some people have.

Because, there are those who would say that the Bible supports the idea of an alternative lifestyle such as a bisexual relationship that they say supposedly existed between David and Jonathan, the son of King Saul.

And again, you can learn more or review how we answered this particular question in more detail last Sunday, by checking out our church website and listening to the digital audio recording, dated 3-24-19.

Or if you prefer, on the church website you can look for the section that says “Sermon Notes,” and the date 3-24-19.

Now, this afternoon we want to address another area of misunderstanding and misinformation that some people have.

For there are some that would argue and say that there are some the Old Testament passages in the Bible, that suggest that the LGBTQ lifestyle are the worst kinds of sins in the Bible.  And therefore, God‘s judgment and punishment upon the LGBTQ lifestyle is greater and more severe, because their sin is worse than any other sin In the Bible.

But is this true?

Are there some passages in the Old Testament that suggest the LGBTQ lifestyle is the worst kind of sins in the Bible?

Some say yes, and they point to a few verses in the Old Testament, for example, notice Leviticus 18:22.       Vs. 22.  You males shall not lie with a male as with a woman.  It is an abomination.

See, abomination means, this sin is worse than any other sin in the Bible.  It is the worst kind of sin in the Bible.

But that’s not true!

Actually, the word ‘abomination’ when God uses it can describe something that He strongly dislike or disapprove of.  Or that which is detestable or disgraceful according to His standards.                      The word ‘abomination’ when God uses it can describe something obscene, or is an obscenity.             The word ‘abomination’ when God uses it can describe something that is an outrage or atrocity.

Note: Proverbs 6: 16-19 says,                                                                                        Vs. 16.  These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination unto Him:        Vs. 17.  A proud look, a lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,                       Vs. 18.  A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,          Vs. 19.  A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.

Also, see Deuteronomy 22:5, a woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for or because all who do so are an abomination unto the LORD your God.

Some people say this means women are not allowed to wear slacks.

The problem with that is men didn't wear slacks in those days.  Listen, the concern is much broader than that!  The idea doesn’t just refer to clothes, it also refers to weapons, tools, jewelry and ornaments as well.

And the point God is making, whatever tends to blurs, or eliminates the distinctiveness between male & female is forbidden, and is to be avoided by God’s people, and this would include transvestism.

Question, were there certain sins that if they were practiced by God’s people during Old Testament times, they would to be punishable by death?

Is this true?                                                                                                                             Notice Leviticus 20: 13,  If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.

Also, see Leviticus 20:16    If a woman approaches any animal and mates with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them.

Question, why was Capital Punishment for certain sins by God’s people only in the Old Testament times was implemented?

Two main reasons.

The first reason, God wants His people to be distinct or Holy from other people, from the other nations that were around them.

And when His people refuse; or try to conform and be like the people, or like the other nations that were around them.                                                                                              God allow Capital Punishment to be administer for certain sins.

The second reason why Capital Punishment for certain sins by God’s people only in the Old Testament times was implemented was because, God needed to deal with the mixed multitude that was among His people after the Exodus from Egypt.

Note: Exodus 12: 38, first identifies this group calling them “the mixed multitude.”

Still another area of misunderstanding and misinformation actually comes from the New Testament.

Some people have, suggested because of the phrase in Romans 1: 24,26, & 28, “and God gave them up!” or, “God gave them over unto a reprobate mind!”

That the LGBTQ lifestyle is the worst kind of sins in the Bible.  And therefore, God‘s judgment and punishment upon the LGBTQ lifestyle is greater and more severe, because their sin is worse than any other sin in the Bible.

But, is this true?                                                                                                        Notice Romans 1:                                                                                                               * Vs. 24.  Therefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves.  How?                                                           * Vs. 26.   For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions.  For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.                                                       Vs. 27.  Likewise, also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.                                                       * Vs. 28.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind (reprobate mind) to do those things which are not fitting; Or right, appropriate, normal, or natural!                                                                          Vs. 25.  who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.                                   Vs. 20.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,                                                                                    Vs. 21.  because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Vs. 22.  Professing to be wise, they became fools,                                                       Vs. 23  and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

Now, the last area of misunderstanding and misinformation that we want to address is the wrong perspective that some people have because of the way God responded against the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding areas, and therefore some people suggest that this is why the LGBTQ lifestyle is the worst kind of sins in the Bible.

But is this true?                                                                                                              May I first suggest that you begin read at Genesis 18: 16-33.

Then Genesis 19: 1-38.                                                                                                            But because of time I will not read all these verses.

But, lets notice Genesis 19:                                                                                                   Vs. 4.  Now before they lay down to sleep.  Stop there!                                                      This is in reference to the two visitors Lot’s wife and Lot’s two unmarried daughters.

Now vs. 4 continues, the men of the city, the males of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house of Lot.                                            Vs. 5. And they called to Lot and said to him, where are the men (the two Visitors) who came to you tonight?Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.                                                    Vs. 6.  So, Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him.                     Vs. 7.  and said, Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly!                                       Vs. 8.  See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish.

Only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.

NOTE: There’s also another similar account in Judges 19: 22-30 similar to this incident.

Now vs. 9 continues,                                                                                                          And they said, "Stand back!  Then they said!  This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; *Now we will deal worse with you than with them.                 So, they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door.  Vs. 10.  But the men the Angels reached out their hands and pulled Lot back into the house with them, and shut the door.         Vs. 11.  AND they (the Angels) struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door. Vs. 12.  Then the men (Angels) said to Lot, Have you anyone else here?  Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city take them out of this place!                                        Vs. 13.  For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.                              Vs. 14.  So, Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!  But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.

Listen, this lets me know, that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding area, that homosexuality was not the only sin that was practice among them.

May I suggest, that all matter of sexual sin that we could imagine was prevalent among them!                                                                                                              

And not just homosexuality only!

Actually, homosexual gang rape, was just one of the many sins that was practice within the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding area!

Vs. 15.  When the morning dawned, the Angels urged lot to hurry, saying, arise, take your wife and your two unmarried daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.             Vs. 16.  And while Lot lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife's hand, and the hands of his two

05-05-2019   Part   8

This afternoon lets return back to our very special and timely subject which we initiated back in February 2019.

And our subject is called, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

And with God’s help, we have been answering some very important questions utilizing the Bible so we can better understand why has mankind, human beings from various cultures including our own.  Why have we worked so hard over time to change, or to redefine, or to redesign God’s divine design for heterosexual marriage?                                                                                                                                           Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual orientation?                                                   Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual identity?

Therefore, with the help of the Bible and the Holy Spirit, we are able to come to an understanding, that at the core of all this desire for change, and to redefine, as well as to redesign God’s design for heterosexual marriage, heterosexual orientation, or, heterosexual Identity.

At the core of all this is, deception, disobedience, and defiance, this according to God himself!

So this afternoon has we return back to this important series, lets briefly address the matter of marriage from God‘s point of view.

We know unfortunately, there are many outside the Body of Christ, as well as inside the Body of Christ also, that would disagree, denounce, dislike what God and His Word has to say concerning His view on the subject of marriage!

But as committed followers of Jesus Christ, we need not be confused.  Nor indifferent.  And neither should we be intimidated by the culture when it comes to God’s view on the subject of marriage.

If we know for ourselves what was the original intention, purpose and plan of God in creating and designing heterosexual marriage?

In fact, does anyone here feel that they know what was God’s original intention, purpose and plan for creating and designing heterosexual marriage?

Well let’s notice Matthew 19: 4&5 for some answers!

Vs. 4.  And Jesus answered and said to the Pharisees, have you not read, that He (God in Genesis 1 &2), Who made them (Adam and Eve), at the beginning, made them male and female, the opposite gender from one another, heterosexual?                       Vs. 5.  And God said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.

So, what was the original intention, purpose and plan of God in creating and designing heterosexual marriage?

First, according to Matthew 19: 4, the original intention, purpose, and plan if God in creating and designing heterosexual marriage was that because before the fall in Genesis 3, *mankind’s sexual orientation and sexual identity was divinely set.  And it was not intended to be transitional.

Again notice vs. 4, and Jesus answered and said to the Pharisees, have you not read, *that God Who made them (Adam and Eve), at the beginning, made them male and female.

Listen, mankind’s sexual orientation and sexual identity was divinely set, and was not intended to be transitional.

And therefore, the original intention, purpose and plan of God in creating and designing heterosexual, or opposite gender marriage, *was because before the fall in Genesis 3, there was no same sex orientation, no same sex identity.  And neither was there any gender orientation or identity that was transitional.

So, what was the original intention, purpose and plan of God in creating and designing heterosexual marriage?

Next, according to Matthew 19: 5, the original intention, purpose, and plan of God in creating and designing heterosexual marriage was, to have human beings endowed by their creator to procreate, or reproduce after their own kind within the boundaries of marriage so to establish and maintain the traditional nuclear family model.

And by the way, the traditional nuclear family, or the conjugal family is, a family unit consisting of two married monogamous adult individuals of the opposite Gender, who may have a child, or any number of children.  Whether it be their own biological child or children who are full-blood siblings.  Or, any mixture of dependent children under their care, including stepchildren, adopted children, or foster children.

Notice Matthew 19: 5, For Jesus is quoting here Genesis 2:24, and God said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, *and the two shall become one flesh.

The term “one flesh” can mean, united, or as one.  Alike, or together.  For example, just as our human bodies are one whole entity and cannot be divided into individual parts and still be a whole. So likewise, God intended it to be within marriage. Two people are no longer two individuals, but now there is one entity both spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and financially.

However, the term “one flesh” also has another meaning as well!

See I Corinthians 6: 16, Or do you not know that the one who is joined sexually active with a harlot or a prostitute is one body with her?  For the two, God said, shall become one flesh!

Listen, physically speaking, “one flesh,” can be, but not always, but can be the result of an ongoing sexual relationship in which a child, or children are produce.

And therefore, in the child or children they now possess the unique genetic makeup of both biological parents, becoming the physical emblem of that one flesh union.

See Genesis 1:                                                                                                                 Vs. 27. So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.                                                                                       Vs. 28. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.

However, for quite some time now the traditional nuclear family model has been under attack by the new, or modern, or alternative family myth, which advocates that the traditional nuclear family model is obsolete and needs to be replaced, *because of overpopulation and the rapid depletion of natural resources, housing, of the healthcare systems, or of Jobs.  And therefore, any LGBTQ Lifestyle or relationship is an acceptable alternative to the traditional nuclear family model.

Also, this myth would advocate that the traditional nuclear family model is obsolete and Needs to be replaced, *because of domestic violence issues.  And therefore, any LGBTQ lifestyle or relationship is an acceptable alternative to the traditional nuclear family Model.

Likewise, this myth would advocate that the traditional nuclear family model is obsolete and needs to be replaced, because of unwanted pregnancies or the abuse and neglect of the next generation.  And therefore, any LGBTQ lifestyle or relationship is an acceptable alternative to the traditional nuclear family model.

Lastly this myth would advocate that the traditional nuclear family model is obsolete and needs to be replaced, *because of it’s subjugation of women to an inferior role unto men.  And therefore, any LGBTQ lifestyle or relationship is an acceptable alternative to the traditional nuclear family model.

But again, according to Matthew 19: 5, the original intention, purpose, and plan of God in creating and designing heterosexual marriage was, to have human beings endowed by their creator to procreate, or reproduce after their own kind within the boundaries of marriage so to establish and maintain the traditional nuclear family model.

Again, see Matthew 19: 5, And God said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, *and the two shall become one flesh.

And finally, what was the original intention, purpose and plan of God in creating and designing heterosexual marriage?

Well, believe it or not heterosexual marriage is a spiritual and visual picture or example of Jesus Christ’s relationship, love and care for the church He is building.

Notice Matthew 16:18, Jesus Is speaking, and I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Now notice Ephsians 5:                                                                                                   Vs. 22.  Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.                                       Vs. 23.  For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is The Savior of the body.                                                                                            Vs. 24.  Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.                                                                                          Vs. 25.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,     Vs. 32.  This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Now again, unfortunately, there are many outside the Body of Christ, as well as inside the Body of Christ also, that would disagree, denounce, dislike what God and His Word has to say concerning His view on the subject of marriage!

But as committed followers of Jesus Christ, we need not be confused.  Nor indifferent.  And neither should we be intimidated by the culture when it comes to God’s view on the subject of marriage.

Notice Acts 5:                                                                                                                  Vs.  27.  And when they had brought them, they set them before the council.  And the high priest asked them,                                                                                                   Vs. 28.   Saying, did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name?  And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine or teachings, and intend to bring this man’s blood on us!”                          Vs. 29.  But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: We ought to obey God rather than men.

Listen, based on the Bible’s clear revelation about marriage from God‘s point of view, then we to must obey God rather than man!

If we truly believe that marriage the way God intended, is very sacred, Holy, unique and exclusive.  Just like when we ordain a person unto the ministry, or to the Pastorate, or to evangelism outreach or missions.

Listen, if we truly believe that marriage the way God intended, is better experienced and enjoyed, when the two individuals are committed followers of Jesus Christ, and I personally believe that it is!

If we truly believe that marriage the way God intended, is more than a civil or religious ceremony, and I personally believe that it is!

If we truly believe that marriage the way God intended, is more than a legal document. Or, just a piece of paper from some state or county agency, and I personally believe that it is!

If we truly believe that marriage the way God intended, is more than cohabitating.  Or being in a common-law union, and I personally believe that it is!

And, if we truly believe that marriage the way God intended, is more than a polygamous union.  Or, a long-term union with a non-human entity.  A pet, or a human-like android or robot.  But if marriage is more than a polygamous union.  Or a long-term union with a non-human entity, and I personally believe that it is!

Then, be must obey God rather than man, and accept the consequences, and yet be willing to take a stance on such a controversial subject, knowing that there will be many outside the Body of Christ, as well as inside the Body of Christ. That will disagree, denounce, dislike that God and His Word has to say concerning His view on the subject of marriage.

Therefore, with God’s help over the years as a Pastor when it comes to officiating a wedding ceremony, I would like to share with you the terms that I share with a couple during our interview session, or a getting to know one another session. That is before We start premarital counseling, and that is before the wedding ceremony Itself.

“Please be advise that there are some conditions based on what the Bible teaches, that would make it impossible for me or our church ministers, to officiate a wedding. Or to be able to utilize our church facilities and equipment here at Cornerstone Community Church.”

Vs. 1.  A Christian wanting to marry a non-Christian.                                                     Vs. 2.  Two people of the same gender.                                                                            Vs. 3. Currently cohabiting.  Unless you and your partner are willing to change your living arrangements until after your wedding.                                                                 Vs. 4.  Not willing to abstain sexually with your partner, until after the wedding.              Vs. 5.  Not willing to seek help or counseling before the wedding for a pornography addiction, or a sexual addiction of any kind.  Strip clubs, online adult websites, seeking prostitutes, etc.                                    Vs. 6.  Not willing to seek help or counseling before the wedding for domestic abuse issues in your past that you never have dealt with.  Or, you have anger management issues.  Or, if you are currently abusing or being violent with your partner right now.     Vs. 7.  Not willing to seek help or counseling before the wedding for a substance abuse problem.               Vs. 8.  If you are in the process of a divorce, but your divorce has not been finalized.  Or, you only been divorced within the last three to six months.                                                      Vs. 9.  Unable or unwilling to complete the premarital counseling sessions that we agreed upon, that are based on what the Bible teaches about marriage.

05-12-2019   Part   3 

On this very special day with God’s help, I would like us to return back to a topic that we initiated back in 2018 on both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day which we called, “What Would God Have Every Mother & Father To Know & To Do For their Child Or Children, No Matter What Their Ages Are?” 

So again, this Year, We will do Like we did last Year, as we answer the question, “What Would God Have Every Mother & Father To Know & To Do For their Child Or Children, No Matter What Their Ages Are?” 

So today will be part one, as we would like to encourage and challenge all the mothers, or anyone who is in a mothering role raising up the next generation.

And LORD willing next month, on Father’s Day, we will consider part two as we hope to encourage and challenge all the fathers, or anyone who is in a fathering role raising up the next generation.

Now if you have with you a pen or a pencil, or if you can borrow one.  Also, if you noticed in your bulletin today, an insert page that says at the top of the page, NOTES!

Please have them ready because I will have for you three important words that I want you to be able to write down and remember.

So then, on this Mother’s Day, on this last Mother’s Day of this decade.  I want to especially encourage and challenge each one of you who are mothers, or you would like to be some day.

Or, perhaps you are already in a mothering role raising up the next generation in some capacity.  Like a Grandmother or Great Grandmother.  A Stepmom.  An Adopted-mom.  A Foster-Mom.  A Guardian.  A Play-Mom, or a Spiritual-Mother.  A Mentor.  An Educator.  Or, a Sunday School/Youth Dept. Teacher, Worker, or Volunteer.

Could you please write down and remember these three familiar words, because they will help you to know what God would have you to know and to do for the child or the children, no matter what their ages are.  Whether from the childhood years, or all the way into their adult years, and everything in between!

Now when you write these three words, write each word on the left side of your paper, And stack them on top of each other.

Now please write down these three words, Stop.  Look. And Listen.

Think about it, each one of these words are meant to be a reminder, a warning, a correction, and a personal call for change.

Also, each one of these three words can help anyone who is raising up the next generation to know what would God have you to know and to do for the child or the children to whom you have been divinely appointed to Influence, or to give guidance unto them no matter what their ages!

So then, let’s consider this first word, ‘Stop’!                                                                    Now the word ‘stop’ is meant to be a reminder, a warning, a correction, and a personal call for change.     One parent said it this way to remind us all, “stop trying to be your child friend. For your child has plenty of associates.  Be the parent!”

Also, “stop letting the child or children dictate to you what he or she is or, is not going to do!                        We must remind them often, as long as they live in your home, and you are the parent, the overseer who set the standard for the home, and for them.

Lastly, stop being so busy whether it is at work.  Or, an active social life, trying to live that type of life you had before the kids.

But let’s consider one more area, “stop letting anger control you!”                                  Notice Psalms 37: 8.  Stop or cease from anger, and forsake wrath (fret not thyself) in any wise to do evil or wrong.

Note: Psalms 37: 1.  Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

Note: Psalms 37: 7.  Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Our English word ‘Fret’, can mean to worry. To be consumed by one's thoughts.  To be agitated about something or someone.                                                                         But in Psalms 37: 8,1,&7, this Hebrew verb חָרָה chârâh, which can mean, to heat oneself unto vexation.               Or, to be ablaze with anger.  Or, to be displeased, upset, very wroth, annoyed, irritated, aggravated, exasperated, in a terrible mood.

Now remember, there are three words that will help anyone who is raising up the next generation so you can know what would God have you to know and to do for the child or the children, no matter what their ages are!

Now, let’s look at the next word, ‘Look’!                                                                          Now the word ‘look’ is meant to be a reminder, a warning, a correction, and a personal call for change.

A wise parent said it this way, when you are too busy you can, and you will miss some important signs that your child is troubled, or need your help!

Because most of the time, our kids will not come out and say, “I am having problems with my homework, or with peer pressure, or I’m being bullied etc.”

Look for changes in their attitude or behavior.                                                                Don’t always assume that everything is okay with your child all because they don’t say something.            It’s up to the parent to initiate, talk too, and to reach out to each child.

But let’s consider one more area, “be watchful, be perceptive, be aware.”

Notice Colossians 4: 2.  Continue in prayer, and watch in the same matter with thanksgiving.

Now remember there, are three words that will help anyone who is raising up the next generation so you can know what would God have you to know and to do for the child or the children, no matter what their ages are!

And finally, our last word is, ‘Listen’!

Now the word ‘listen’ is meant to be a reminder, a warning, a correction, and a personal call for change.

And again, one parent said It this way, as parents we need to learn how to listen.  In most cases, it’s the parent who wants to get their say in first as if they will forget what is on their mind.

Also, parents need to have a calm and caring voice, so that child can feel comfortable in sharing their thoughts, or concerns, or feelings, or fears.

But let’s consider one more area, become a better listener!    Always try to understand where the other person is coming from, even though you may disagree.

Notice James 1: 19 & 20.                                                                                                 Vs. 19.  So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;               Vs. 20.  for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Now we ended the message by showing the two YouTube video links below, that really challenged us to consider that this may be the reasons why we don’t listen to each other well.

Please check it out and see what you think.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGhTZrv49Fw&feature=share

Screen Time By Diane Sawyer  (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KopB_2PxZoQ&feature=share

Screen Time By Diane Sawyer  (Part 2)

05-19-2019    Part 9   

This afternoon lets return back to our very special and timely subject called, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Heterosexual Orientation, And Heterosexual Identity.”

Now this afternoon we need to address three important matters that we can sometimes forget as committed followers of Jesus Christ.

First, you and I must always refrain from stereotyping anyone, regardless of their race or ethnicity, their political position or affiliation.  Regardless of their spiritual or religious beliefs, or their sexual orientation, or their sexual identity, even though you and I may totally disagree, or we may feel that their lifestyle, position, or beliefs are wrong.  Listen, you and I as committed followers of Jesus Christ, must refrain from stereotyping anyone.

Now notice St. John 1:                                                                                                              Vs. 45.  Philip found Nathanael and said unto Nathanael, We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Vs. 46.  But Nathanael said to Philip, Can anything good come out of Nazareth?  Then Philip said to Nathanael, Come and see!

Now, the second important matter that we can sometimes forget as committed followers of Jesus Christ, is that you and I should never demonize, dehumanize, or vilify any one spiritual or religious beliefs.  Or, even their sexual orientation or identity, although you and I may totally disagree, or we regardless of their race or ethnicity.  Their political position or affiliation.  They may feel that their lifestyle, position, or beliefs are wrong.  Listen, you and I, as committed followers of Jesus Christ, you and I should never demonize, dehumanize, or vilify anyone, at any time, or anywhere!

Notice in Matthew 9: 34 how our Lord Jesus was demonized!                                       Vs. 34.  But the Pharisees said about Jesus, He casteth out devils through or by the Prince of the devils.

Now notice in St. John 8: 40&41, how the LORD was dehumanized!

Notice St. John 8:                                                                                                               Vs. 40.  Jesus is speaking, But, now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God.  Abraham did not do this.                                                Vs. 41.  Jesus is speaking, you do the deeds of your father. Then the Pharisees said unto Jesus, we were not born of fornication; We have one Father-God!

Lastly, notice in Luke 23: 1&2, how Jesus Christ was truly vilified!

See Luke 23:1&2.                                                                                                          Vs. 1.  And then, the whole multitude of the Scribes and Pharisees arose and led Jesus unto Pilate.         Vs. 2.  And they began to accuse Jesus saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute unto Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a King.

So then, with those things in mind, lets address a couple of common stereotypes or misunderstandings. You and I may have about an LGBTQ individual.

First of all, the vast majority of LGBTQ individuals are not all activist, radicals, militants, nor do they want to flaunt their sexuality in a LGBTQ parade.

Also, another common stereotype, or misunderstanding you and I may have about an LGBTQ individual is that the vast majority of LGBTQ individuals are not all Pedophiles.

Now, let’s also address so that we know as committed followers of Jesus Christ, we should never demonize, dehumanize, or vilify any one regardless of their sexual orientation or identity, even though we will feel that their lifestyle, or beliefs are wrong.

And here is a good reason why, because in most cases there is much more going-on beneath the surface of a person’s life than you or I may realize, or fully understand the dysfunction, the disappointments, and the despair that is at work in so many lives.

And here are some examples that you may, or you may not know about.  Suicide, substance abuse, or depression, is high among some, not all, but some, LGBTQ individuals.

In some cases, either social, or employment, or discrimination, or bullying and violence, or straight out societal rejection unless you are a celebrity or an entertainer, but these things are still common for some LGBTQ individuals.

Now, another major factor that is tragic when you begin to understand that for some individuals not all, but for some in their childhood years, or in their adolescent years, or in their early young adult years, some individuals may have experienced, or they are currently enduring sexual abuse, perhaps by a same-sex individual, or by a opposite sex individual or individuals.

For example, *Unwanted sexual advances, or molestations.                                                   *Rape, or attempted rape.                                                                                                    *Family incestual involvement or experimentation.                                                                 *Or exposure to different types of pornography by a same-sex individual or by a opposite sex individual or individuals.

Also, please know that some individuals in their childhood years, or in their adolescent years, or in their early young adult years, some may have experienced, or they are currently enduring sexual exploitation or trafficking.

Please know that some individuals in their childhood years, or in their adolescent years, or in their early young adult years may have, or they are currently enduring being teased, bullied, or harmed because of obvious masculine or feminine traits they may possess.

And lastly, in some cases, not all, but in some cases, because of mistreatment, or because of abuse by a male or female figure in their lives. there are some males and females who have chosen what they think is, a safe and predictable situation by being Involved with in a same sex relationship.  And many times, there are some who will want to maintain traditional masculine and feminine roles among each other.  For example, one of the individuals assumes a masculine role within the relationship. While the other Individual assumes a feminine role within their relationship.

And finally, we said there were three important matters that we can sometimes forget as committed followers of Jesus Christ.

Listen thirdly, as committed followers of Jesus Christ, we should know and understand at the core of everyone’s lifestyle choices, behavioral issues, or a sinful conduct that displeases God.  At the very core of all of this is our sinful hearts!

Now notice Mark 7:                                                                                                               Vs. 20.  And Jesus said, What comes out of a man, is that which defiles a man.        Vs. 21.  Because from within out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication, murders, Vs. 22.  thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.        Vs.  23.  All these evil things come from within and defile a man.

Notice Jeremiah 17: 9&10.                                                                                            Vs. 9.  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?                              Vs. 10.  I the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even I give to every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

See Psalms 51: 10.                                                                                                     Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.daughters, for the LORD was being merciful unto Him.  And they brought Lot out and set him outside the city.

05-26-2019   Part 2     

And let us return back to our once a month topical series called, “What We Believe And Why?”

Each month as the LORD leads, and usually on the 4th.  Or, if there is a 5th Sunday in a given month.

We are considering What The Bible Says And Teaches Us About, The Fundamentals, The Basics, The Core Truths For Being A Committed Follower Of Jesus Christ, (Or You Would Like to Be one Day).

Now this afternoon, let’s continue to understand What The Bible Teaches About The Very Nature Of Salvation That Comes From God, by focusing upon these eight essential elements by which God’s salvation from it’s very beginning, until it’s completion and fulfillment for that person who believes and receives it from God.

Now the 8 essential elements are;   •Divine election.     •Regeneration/Born again.    •Justification.     •Sanctification.      •Sonship or a Personal relationship/Friendship.   •Eternal security.         •Non-conformity.     •Glorification/Resurrection.

Now, last month we considered the first essential element by which God’s salvation from its very beginning, until it’s completion and fulfillment for the person who believes and receives it from God, and that was divine election!

Now this afternoon let’s consider the next essential element by which God’s salvation from its very beginning, until It’s completion and fulfillment for the person who believes and receives it from God, and that would be ‘Regeneration’!

Now notice Titus 3:                                                                                                         Vs. 4.  But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,    Vs. 5.  not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit. Wow!

But what does this Phrase in Titus 3: 5b, the washing of regeneration really mean?

Basically, what we have here in Titus 3:5b, are actually two very important spiritual ideas or concepts fused together, in order to give us one important doctrine or belief!

First let’s consider briefly the word in Titus 3:5b, “Regeneration,” or “Spiritual Regeneration.”

Listen, “spiritual regeneration” literally means, a new birth.  Or being re-born or re-created.  Or, *having obtain a new kind of life that one does not currently possess become!

Remember, II Corinthians 5: 17, Although the word regeneration is never use, but it is obviously implied.      Vs. 17.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have new “spiritual regeneration!”

So then, what does the words, “the washing” mean?

Notice vs. 5.  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, *through the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit.

This word “washing” simply means, to bathe, to wash, to bath.

Listen, it is referring to being cleanse from a contaminate, or from contamination.

Let’s say you were accidentally exposed to something highly radioactive, and you must undergo an external decontamination, or a special washing of your body and hair.

And so in a similar way, here in Titus 3:5b is a reminder to all of us who have believed and received because of saving faith in Jesus Christ, we have experienced a spiritual internal decontamination, or a washing from a spiritual contagion, or contaminate Known in the Bible as, original sin, or the sin of Adam and Eve!

And by the way, in most English Bibles the use of the definite article, “the washing,” which helps us to know that this is a special Kind of internal spiritual washing or cleansing, and not an external washing or cleansing like some who teach and believe occurs in the waters of baptism, better known as “Baptism Regeneration.”

Notice this important quote about baptismal regeneration.

“This doctrine of baptismal regeneration ordinarily held by Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, Methodists, and also by Low-Church Episcopalians, differs from that of the Roman and Greek churches, and of High-Church Anglicans, in its rejection of the idea that baptism is the instrumental cause of regeneration, and that the grace of regeneration is effectually conveyed through the administration of that rite wherever duly performed. The teaching of Scripture on this subject is held to be that salvation is immediately dependent on faith, which, as a fruit of the operation of the Spirit of God in the soul, already, in its reception of Christ, implies the regenerating action of that Spirit, and is itself one evidence of it.

To faith in Christ is attached the promise of forgiveness, and of all other blessings. Baptism is administered to those who already possess (at least profess) this faith, and symbolizes the dying to sin and rising to righteousness implicit in the act of faith (Romans. 6).

It is the symbol of a cleansing from sin and renewal by God's Spirit, but not the agency effecting that renewal, even instrumentally.  Baptism is not, indeed, to be regarded as a bare symbol.  It may be expected that it’s believing reception will be accompanied by fresh measures of grace, strengthening and fitting for the new life. This, however, as the life is already there, as nothing to do with the idea of baptism as an opus operatum, working a spiritual change in virtue of its mere administration.  In Scripture, the agency with which regeneration is specially connected, is the divine "word".  Compare 1 Peter 1:23. Without living faith, in those capable of its exercise, the outward rite can avail nothing. The supposed "regeneration" may be received in multitudes of instances is received without the least apparent change in heart or life.

The above, naturally, applies to adults; the case of children, born and growing up within the Christian community, is on a different footing. Those who recognize the right of such to baptism hold that in the normal Christian development children of believing parents should be the subjects of divine grace from the commencement (Ephesians 6:4); they therefore, properly receive the initiatory rite of the Christian church. The faith of the parent, in presenting his child for baptism, lays hold on God's promise to be a God to him and to his children; and he is entitled to hope for that which baptism pledges to him. But this, again, has no relation to the idea of regeneration through baptism.”

But here in Titus 3:5b, this is something totally different.  Because this is a God.  And not by my own individual efforts, or works, or abilities, but a spiritual washing or cleansing that only comes from God!

Show you what I mean!

Now notice Ephesians 5:                                                                                                   Vs. 25.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her (the church),      Vs. *26. that He (Christ), might sanctify and cleanse her (the church), with the washing of water by the Word, Vs. 27.  that He (Christ), might present her (the church), to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she (the church), should be holy and without blemish.

Now again, this internal spiritual washing or cleansing which has been given by God that is a part of the new birth, and cannot be by my own individual efforts, or works, or abilities. But this spiritual washing or cleansing can only come from God!

Now notice St. John 3:                                                                                                     Vs. 3.  And Jesus answered and said to Nicodemus, Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, they cannot see the kingdom of God.                                   Vs. 4.  But Nicodemus said to Jesus, How, can a man be born when he is old?  Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?                                                 Vs. 5.  Jesus answered, Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born (or re-born) of water and the Spirit, they cannot enter the kingdom of God.  Why?                               Vs. 6.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, but that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.                                Vs. 7.  So do not marvel that I said to you, you must be born again.

Now remember the word “regeneration,” or “spiritual regeneration?”

Literally means, a new birth.  Or, being re-born or re-created.  Or, *having obtain a new kind of life that one does not currently possess!

Now notice Ephesians 2:                                                                                                    Vs. 4.  But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,                                   Vs. *5.  Even when we were dead in trespasses (Remember vs. 1-3).                              Now vs. 5 says, even when we were dead in trespasses He made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved,                                                                               Vs. 6.   And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.  How?    Vs. 8.  For by *Grace you have been *saved, through *faith, and that not of yourselves; it Is the Gift of God,   Vs. 9.  And not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Question. But, how can you really know for yourself, or concerning anyone else, that you, or another person, has really been born again, and is truly saved, on their way to Heaven?

Now Notice Matthew 7:                                                                                                    Vs. 16.  You will know them by their fruits.  Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?    Vs. 20.  Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.                                                      Vs. 21.  Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.                                                          Vs. 22.  Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?       

Vs. 23.  And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! And again vs. 20, therefore, by their fruits you will know them.

How can you really know for yourself, or concerning anyone else, that you, or another person, has really been born again, and is truly saved, on their way to Heaven?

Now notice Galatians 5:                                                                                                 Vs. 22. But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness,       Vs. 23. Gentleness, Self-Control.  Against such there is no law.                                    Vs. 24. And those who are Christ's, have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.   Vs. 25. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Also, remember Galatians 5: 16-18.

06-02-2019    Part 10   

This afternoon, lets finish up a very special and timely subject that we have called, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Of Heterosexual Orientation, And Of Heterosexual Identity.”

Now this afternoon there are two important matters that we need to consider as we finish up this series.

The first matter we need to consider is, what should you and I say or do as a child of God, as a committed follower of Jesus Christ, if someone we personally know and care about, like a family member, or a friend, or a classmate, or someone who says they are a Christian, but they identify, or they are a practicing LGBTQ individual, what should we say or do?

Now also, the second matter we will consider is, what should you and I say or do, as a child of God, as a committed follower of Jesus Christ, if someone, or even your own self, are tempted or you struggle with LGBTQ Desires, feelings, or tendencies, what should we say or do?

Listen, as a child of God, as a committed follower of Jesus Christ, I should not be surprised of what people are capable of.

For we can clearly understand because of our own personal struggles, and because of what the Bible teaches us about the origin of original sin from Adam and Eve which is also known as, “the sin nature,” or “the flesh!”

Quoting a paraphrase of Romans 7: 17&18.                                                                       For the Apostle Paul is speaking about His own personal struggles since he has been saved.                  “But now it is no longer I who does such things, but sin that dwells in me is the influencer.            Because I know that in me that is in my flesh, nothing good dwells.   For to do good is present within me also, but how to perform what is good, I find it very difficult to do!”

Listen, whether a person is saved or unsaved.  Religious or non-religious.                            For it does not matter about their race, their age, their education, their socioeconomics, their gender or sexual orientation, straight or not straight.

We all must know that the Bible teaches us about the origin of original sin from Adam and Eve which is also known as, “the sin nature,” or “the flesh!”

Now notice Galatians 5:                                                                                                   Vs. 19.  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,      Vs. 20.  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,                                                                                       Vs. 21.  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

So then, the first matter we will consider is, what should you and I say, or do as a child of God, as a committed follower of Jesus Christ, if someone we personally know and care about like a family member, or a friend, or a classmate, or someone who says they are a Christian, but they identify, or they are a practicing LGBTQ individual, what should we say or do?

First of all, don’t gossip nor slander, or tease, or make fun of an LGBTQ individual or anyone else for that matter!  Whether on social media, or by texting, or by a face to face conversation or phone calls to family or friends about them and their lifestyle, behavior, or conduct.

Next, do not reject, or shun, or try shame an LGBTQ person, or anyone else for that matter!

Because we are never to physically or emotionally bully, or attack, or harm anyone just because of our own insecurities, or our fears, or our prejudice or bigotry.

Next, with God’s help, do not overreact if an LGBTQ person choose to reveal to you that they are coming out! or they reveal to you a little bit about their lifestyle, or their beliefs, or their social views on this topic.

Do not overreact, remain calm, prayerful, and under the Holy Spirit’s control.  Even though you and I will strongly disagree with them about their lifestyle or their choice, it’s not our job to set them straight, or to try to fix them, or to try to change them, or to try to do some kind of deliverance intervention.

Remember, it is God who must change them from the inside out!

Now again, if someone we personally know and care about like a family member, or a friend, or a classmate, or someone who says they are a Christian, but they identify, or they are a practicing LGBTQ individual, what should we say or do?

Next, do not act like a Pharisee, being overly judgmental or, condemning towards the individual.

Notice Luke 18:                                                                                                                 Vs. 9.  Also, He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:                                                                                         Vs. 10.  Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a Tax collector.                      Vs. 11.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank You that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this Tax Collector.    Vs. 12.  for I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.                                           Vs. 13.  But the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, God, be merciful to me a sinner!                                  Vs. 14.  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Now again, if someone we personally know and care about like a family member, or a friend, or a classmate, or someone who says they are a Christian, but they identify, or they are a practicing LGBTQ individual, what should we say or do?

Next, for that LGBTQ individual that we nay know, or anyone else for that natter!

You and I should commit ourselves to be their prayer intercessor.

Listen, if it is possible and we have regular contact with them, offer to pray together with them.

Also, whether they know it or not, we pray for them on a regular basis as well.

Next, if an LGBTQ person you know is an adult, regularly invite them to come with you to church, or to a Bible Study, or to a Revival or Crusade meeting.  And if they are a minor, bring them with you to church, or to Bible Study, or to VBS, or to a Revival or Crusade meeting as often as possible.

Remember, constant exposure to either the proclamation of the Word of God, or if they are willing to read and study the Bible for themselves, either way this will make a difference in time.

Listen, if someone we personally know and care about like a family member, or a friend, or a classmate, or someone who says they are a Christian, but they identify, or they are a practicing LGBTQ individual, what should we say or do?

Next, at all times show and demonstrate God’s love, Agape!

Remember I Corinthians 13: 1-8a.

Listen, at all times show and demonstrate God’s love.  Stay in touch with them.

And be willing to talk to them if they reach out to you because of the different problems or matters that they are facing in life.

And lastly, I would highly recommend if you are personally invited to attend an LGBTQ so-called Christian, or non-Christian wedding ceremony.

Please, personally get in touch with them, and use the opportunity to be a witness for God and to minister unto them.  Respectfully and graciously explain to them your biblical position and understanding concerning the subject of marriage revealed in the Bible.

Listen, depending upon the relationship you have with the person, prayerfully ask God what you should do. Maybe you would choose to attend their reception because of your love for them, and because you desire to maintain open communication with them moving forward.

This is something to pray about!

Now, briefly we have a second matter that we should consider, what should you and I say or do,

As a child of God, as a committed follower of Jesus Christ, if someone, or even your own self, are tempted, or you struggle with LGBTQ Desires, feelings, or tendencies, what should we say or do?

Now notice I Corinthians 10:                                                                                         Vs. 13.  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; But God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

First and most importantly please know, that God loves you, and that He sent His only begotten Son into this world to redeem and to save, and to set free anyone who will trust in Him and receive Him into their lives.

Please know that you cannot change yourself, but God can change you from within, when you and I really asked for His help, no matter what the matter is!

Please know there is nothing that you are doing, or have done, or could do, that God cannot forgive, that God cannot change, or that God cannot redeem, when we come to Him and repent.

Finally, what should you and I say or do as a child of God, as a committed follower of Jesus Christ, if someone, or even your own self, are tempted, or you struggle with LGBTQ desires, feelings, or tendencies, what should we say or do?

Please know that our church family here at Cornerstone, that we truly care about you and we love you and you are always welcome here.

For we want to help you or anyone else who is seeking to know God’s will for their lives.

If you are interested in Christian counseling to work through some things.

If you need prayer and just someone to share the scriptures and what the Bible says about the things you’re facing right now.

Or, if you just need someone to listen to you.

Please know you can come to any of our ministers, or our elders, or our deacons or deaconess, or myself, we are available.

Now, I would like to finish up with two YouTube video testimonials, two individuals who were courageous to share their struggles and yet their personal transformation having committed themselves totally unto Jesus Christ, as their personal Lord and Savior.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeweNcJHL0E&feature=share

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_VQdXjq6Ws&feature=share

*********** Wednesday Sermon Notes 2019

“To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

01-09-2019   Part 11      Wednesday

Let’s return back to our current topic, “To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

Listen, this particular topic about Holy Communion we are considering from I Corinthians 11: 18-34, will truly help us to receive God’s instruction and correction so that we can avoid the pitfalls and the misunderstandings surrounding the observance and practice of this important Biblical ordinance.

Now we have mentioned before that there is a 3-point outline the Apostle Paul is being led by the Holy Spirit to give this church and any other church, the correction and the direction concerning their participation with the Lord’s table or Holy Communion. 

For example, the First Point is in I Corinthians 11: 18-22, & 33, 34.                                Here, the Apostle Paul rebukes this church, and any other church for their mistreatment of one another before, during, and after the Lord’s Supper.

Remember that before the Lord’s Supper or Communion, some of the first century Gentile churches would observed the Love (Agape) Feast, that is it was their version of a Christian potluck or a church family fellowship time together.

The Second Point is in, I Corinthians 11: 23-26, here the Apostle Paul reminds this church, and any other church, how the first Communion was instituted by Jesus Christ, and the symbolic importance of the bread and the cup.

Now the Third & Final Point, is in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, and here the LORD uses the Apostle Paul like an Old Testament Prophet, to warn this church and any other church, of the dangers and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

And this afternoon we will begin to consider this third and final point here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32.

That we may receive God’s warning and correction so we can avoid the pitfalls, the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

Show you what I mean!

In I Corinthians 11:                                                                                                         Vs. 27.  Therefore, whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.                                                                                                          Vs. 28.  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.                                                                                                                                  

Vs. 29.  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.                                                                            Vs. 30.  For this reason, many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.                                                                                                                  Vs. 31.  For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.                                  Vs. 32.  But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.  Wow!

Perhaps, the re-arranging of the verses here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32 for study purposes only, may help.

For example, I Corinthians 11: 27&29, we have the Warning!

Vs. 27. Therefore, whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.                                   Vs. 29.  For the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

Next, here are some of the dangers, and the Consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.                                                                                                                                     Vs. 30.  For this reason, many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

Next, here is how we can avoid such dangers and consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.                                                                                                                                    Vs. 28a.  But let a man or a person examine themselves.  Why?                                   Vs. 31.  For or because if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

Next, the Purpose!

Vs. 32. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, Himself that we may not be condemned with the world.

Finally, the Permission!                                                                                                 Vs. 28b.  And then, so let them eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

So then, with the time remaining, lets first consider the warning in I Corinthians 11: 27&29.

Notice vs. 27.  Therefore, or wherefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord, in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.                                                                                           And vs. 29.  For the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

Now, here are a few things to consider about this warning.                                             In vs. 27, a small detail, but a big Insight we should understand.

Some English translations of the Bible starts vs. 27.  With wherefore, or therefore, or so then.

The main point of these words is to bring us to a point of personal responsibility.  In other words, there are responsibilities to bear, based on what we learned in vs. 23-26.

And please review again what you learned.

Next, another small detail, but a big insight we should understand.                                    In vs. 27, the whoever, or the He, or the one in vs. 29!

These warnings in vs. 27&29 is for anyone, everyone, anybody!                             There are no exceptions.                                                                                               There are no exemption.                                                                                                   Whether you are                                                                                                         Male or female.                                                                                                                 Young or old.                                                                                                                      Jew or gentile.                                                                                                             Rich or poor.                                                                                                               Saved or unsaved!                                                                                                   

These warnings in vs. 27&29 are for anyone, everyone, anybody!                                 still another small detail, but a big insight we should understand.

Notice in vs. 27, eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord.

Remember this bread and this cup is from the LORD and not from a man, or from men, but it’s from the LORD!                                                                                                     It is His idea.                                                                                                                  His ordinance.                                                                                                                  His warning.                                                                                                                            His judgment.

Next, in vs. 27 & 29, unworthily, or in an unworthy manner!

And here in I Corinthians 11: 27&29 the English words translated in most English Bibles as unworthily or an unworthy manner, comes from a Greek word ἀναξίως anaxíōs, which is an adverb and not an adjective.

If it were an adjective, it would be referring to one’s personal worth or value.                        If it were an adjective, it would be referring to the manner in which something was done, or practice or performed.

And unfortunately, In I Corinthians 11: 27&29 unworthily or in an unworthy manner supposes that whoever eats and drinks is unworthy.  And it is true, that in our own selves apart from Jesus Christ, we are all unworthy to participate in the table the Lord or Holy Communion.

In fact, apart from Jesus Christ we are all unworthy to be regarded as His followers, and beneficiaries of the eternal life that He so freely gives.

Yet it is in, and through, and because of Jesus Christ, and by means of The Holy Spirit who brings true conversion to our hearts we are able to place our personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  Who then justifies and sanctifies us in the sight of God so that our worthiness and our acceptance, is no longer in question, and no longer an issue with God.

However, in I Corinthians 11: 27&29 the words unworthily or in an unworthy manner, means being or acting inappropriately, having made oneself unsuitable for something special, for something beneficial.

Listen, unworthily or in an unworthy manner can mean being irreverent or defiant towards something that is sacred, holy, and special.

In other words, a defiant spirit or attitude in us that does not care about God standards, rules, commandments, or laws enough to practice them or to obey them.

This spirit or attitude only wants what it wants no matter the consequences.  And will demand to be in control of its own needs, wants, and desires.

So then, unworthily or in an unworthy manner can be any sin or habitual or defiant practice, behavior, conduct, or lifestyle that is against, or that is contrary to God and His Word.

And finally, unworthily or in an unworthy manner speaks of the unworthiness of an act, or a lifestyle, or behavior that exist, that is habitual in one’s life and there is no confession to God, and there is no repentance from that sin or sins!                                                                                                 Morally                                                                                                                    Ethically                                                                                                                      Spiritually                                                                                                                 Biblically                                                                                                               Relationally                                                                                                                               •In vs. 27, guilty of the body and blood of the Lord!                                                        •In vs. 29, eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

01-16-2019   Part 12     

Let’s return back to our current topic, “To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

Listen, this particular topic about Holy Communion we are considering from I Corinthians 11: 18-34, will truly help us to receive God’s instruction and correction so that we can avoid the pitfalls and the misunderstandings surrounding the observance and practice of this important Biblical ordinance.

And this afternoon let’s continue to look at this third & final section here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, so that we may receive God’s warning and correction so we can avoid the pitfalls, the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

And again, let’s consider the warning in vs. 27&29.                                                     Vs. 27.  Therefore, or wherefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord, in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.                           And vs. 29.  For the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

Now in I Corinthians 11: 27&29, the English words translated in most English Bibles is, unworthily, or in an unworthy manner, actually comes from a Greek word, ἀναξίως anaxíōs, which is an adverb and not a adjective.  For if it were an adjective, it would be referring to one’s personal worth or value.  But here in I Corinthians 11: 27&29 the words unworthily, or in an unworthy manner, is an adverb, referring to the manner in which something was done, or practice or performed.

But unfortunately, so many believe I Corinthians 11: 27&29 is referring to an individuals unworthiness.  And in one way that is true, in our own selves apart from Jesus Christ, we are all unworthy to participate in the table the Lord or Holy Communion.  In fact, apart from Jesus Christ we are all unworthy to be regarded as His followers, and beneficiaries of the eternal life that He so freely gives.  Yet ,it is in and through, and because of Jesus Christ, and by means of The Holy Spirit who brings true conversion to our hearts we are able to place our personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Who then justifies and sanctifies us in the sight of God so that our worthiness and our acceptance, is no longer in question, and no longer an issue with God.  However, in I Corinthians 11: 27&29 the words unworthily or in an unworthy manner, means being or acting inappropriately, having made oneself unsuitable for something special, for something beneficial.  Also, unworthily or in an unworthy manner can referred to as being irreverent or defiant towards something that is sacred, holy, and special.  In other words, having a defiant spirit or attitude in us that does not care about God standards, rules, commandments, or laws enough to practice them or to obey them. This spirit or attitude only wants what it wants no matter the consequences.  And will demand to be in control of its own needs, wants, and desires.  So then, unworthily or, in an unworthy manner can be any sin or habitual or defiant practice, behavior, conduct, or lifestyle that is against, or that is contrary to God and His Word.  And finally, unworthily or in an unworthy manner speaks of the unworthiness of an act, or a lifestyle, or behavior that exist, that is habitual in one’s life and there is no confession to God, and there is no repentance from that sin or sins. But only hypocrisy or pretending, or in self-denial about one’s true condition.  Note: I John 1: 5-10.

Also, here are some things to consider that we may have become, or we are doing, or we have done recently, in which we have not acknowledged and confessed unto God, nor sought His forgiveness, nor with God’s help have repented of such things.                •Gossiping.                                                                                                                         •Slandering.                                                                                                                        •Lying.                                                                                                                                      •Lusting.                                                                                                                                 •Unforgiving.                                                                                                                          •Abusive, either verbally or physically .                                                                                            •Judgmental or overly critical, a Pharisee-mentality.                                                                 •Self-righteous.                                                                                                                       •Prideful.                                                                                                                           •Self-centered.                                                                                                                   •Selfish.                                                                                                                         •Sectarian.                                                                                                                                 •A religious ritualist or conformist.                                                                                         •A racist.                                                                                                                                 •Sacrilegious.                                                                                                                           •A moral compromiser.                                                                                                             •A thief.                                                                                                                                    •Having wrong motives.                                                                                                            •An addict.                                                                                                                                   •A murmurer and complainer.                                                                                                    •A deceiver.                                                                                                                           •Stiff-neck.                                                                                                                                •Rebellious.                                                                                                                               •Disobedient.                                                                                                                           •Unbelieving.                                                                                                                             

Also, notice Mark 7:                                                                                                       Vs. 21.  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,                                                                                                    Vs. 22.  thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.                                                                                                           Vs. 23.  All these evil things come from within and defile a man.

Now see I Corinthians 6:                                                                                                Vs. 9.  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?        Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,                                                                                                               Vs. 10.  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Now notice Galatians 5:                                                                                                         Vs. 19.  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,                                                                                                 Vs. 20.  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,                                                                                       Vs. 21.  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Now see II Timothy 3:                                                                                                   Vs. 2.  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,                                                 Vs. 3.  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, Vs. 4.  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

And lastly see Proverbs 6:                                                                                             Vs. 16.  These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination unto Him:     Vs. 17.  A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,                       Vs. 18.  A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,          Vs. 19.  A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.

And remember, unworthily or, in an unworthy manner speaks of the unworthiness of an act, or a lifestyle, or behavior that exist, that is habitual in one’s life and there is no confession to God, and there is no repentance from that sin or sins.  But only hypocrisy or pretending, or in self-denial about one’s true condition.

And these were some of the things to consider that we may have become, or we are doing, or we have done recently, in which we have not acknowledged and confessed unto God, nor sought His forgiveness, nor with God’s help have repented of such things.

Now see I Corinthians 11: 27.  Therefore or, wherefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord, in an unworthy manner will be guilty.  Stop there!

This word ‘guilty’ is a judicial word that means, one held accountable or responsible. one worthy of punishment, correction or discipline.

Now notice again I Corinthians 11: 27. Therefore, or wherefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord, in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

Or, in I Corinthians 11: 27, the English Standard Version says, whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.

Or, I Corinthians 11: 27, the New International Version says, so then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.

But this last one is a paraphrase that I think based on the context of I Corinthians 11: 27, is the best English interpretation for understanding this last phrase at the end of vs. 27.

Notice therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of dishonoring, disrespecting, or devaluing the body and blood of the Lord.

01-23-2019   Part 13     

Let’s return back to our current topic, “To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

Listen, this particular topic about Holy Communion we are considering from I Corinthians 11: 18-34, will truly help us to receive God’s instruction and correction so that we can avoid the pitfalls and the misunderstandings surrounding the observance and practice of this important Biblical ordinance.

And this afternoon let’s continue to look at this third & final section here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, so that we may receive God’s warning and correction so we can avoid the pitfalls, the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

And again, let’s consider the warning in vs. 27&29.                                                     Vs. 27.  Therefore, or wherefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord, in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.                           And vs. 29.  For the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

Say something again about warning labels!                                                                           Also, share some humorous warning labels.

For example, on a hand-held hair dryer the warning label said, “Do not use while sleeping."

On a novelty rock garden set that was called "Popcorn Rocks."  The warning label said, “Eating rocks may lead to broken teeth.”                                                                            On a coffee cup, a warning label said, “Caution: Hot beverages are hot!"                       On a package of peanuts, the warning label said, “May contain nuts."                                 On a shipment of hammers, a warning label said, “May be harmful if swallowed."                 On a child sized superman costume the warning label said, “Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly."

The main purpose of a warning label is to inform, to make one aware of the possibilities or the harmful effects or consequences.

And do you think before having Communion there should be a warning label to read before you participate?

Now here I Corinthians 11: 27&29 we have two nearly identical warnings.                            And last Wednesday we considered the first warning in vs. 27.

 

This afternoon let’s consider the second warning.

Notice vs. 29 again, for the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner, stop there!

And that’s the key.  Because in I Corinthians 11: 27&29 the English words translated in most English Bibles as unworthily or an unworthy manner, comes from a Greek word ἀναξίως anaxíōs, which is an adverb and not a adjective.  If it were an adjective, it would be referring to one’s personal worth or value.  If it were an adjective, it would be referring to the manner in which something was done, or practice or performed.  And unfortunately, in I Corinthians 11: 27&29 unworthily or in an unworthy manner supposes that whoever eats and drinks is unworthy.  And it is true, that in our own selves apart from Jesus Christ, we are all unworthy to participate in the table the Lord or Holy Communion.

In fact, apart from Jesus Christ we are all unworthy to be regarded as His followers, and beneficiaries of the eternal life that He so freely gives. Yet it is in, and through, and because of Jesus Christ, and by means of The Holy Spirit who brings true conversion to our hearts we are able to place our personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  Who then justifies and sanctifies us in the sight of God so that our worthiness and our acceptance, is no longer in question, and no longer an issue with God.  However, in I Corinthians 11: 27&29 the words unworthily or, in an unworthy manner, means being or acting inappropriately, having made oneself unsuitable for something special, for something beneficial.

Listen unworthily or in an unworthy manner can mean being irreverent or defiant towards something that is sacred, holy, and special.

In other words, a defiant spirit or attitude in us that does not care about God standards, rules, commandments, or laws enough to practice them or to obey them. This spirit or attitude only wants what it wants no matter the consequences.  And will demand to be in control of its own needs, wants, and desires.

So then, unworthily or, in an unworthy manner can be any sin or habitual or defiant practice, behavior, conduct, or lifestyle that is against, or that is contrary to God and His Word.

And finally, unworthily or, in an unworthy manner speaks of the unworthiness of an act, or a lifestyle, or behavior that exist, that is habitual in one’s life and there is no confession to God, and there is no repentance from that sin or sins!

Now notice vs. 29 again, for the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner, eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

The word ‘Discerning’ is important to understand.

A Strong’s Definition: the Greek word, διακρίνω diakrínō, to judge, to discern to distinguish, or to decide the value or the importance of something.

So, not discerning would mean, not judging, nor discerning, nor distinguishing, nor deciding the value or the importance of something.

So how important is the Lord’s Body?

Remember I Corinthians 11:                                                                                        Vs. 27.  Therefore, whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

See Hebrews 10:                                                                                                                  Vs. 5.  Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But, a body You have prepared for me.                                                          Vs. 6.  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure.                                 Vs. 7.  Then I said, Behold, I have come in the volume of the book it is written of me to do Your will, O God.                                                                                                                Vs. 10.  By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

See I Peter 2: 24&25:                                                                                                      Vs. 24.  Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness by whose stripes you were healed.                         Vs. 25.  For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Now back to I Corinthians 11:

Finally, notice vs. 29 again for the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner, eats and drinks Judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

Now this word ‘Judgment’ from Strong's Definition, is the Greek verb κρίμα kríma, can mean, a decision to be for or against.

But the Greek word krínō – properly, to separate (distinguish), i.e. judge; come to a choice (decision, judgment) by making a judgment either positive (a verdict in favor of) or negative (which rejects or condemns).

Krínō, distinguish, judge, typically refers to making a determination of right or wrong (innocence or guilt, especially on an official (legal) standard. We only judge.             Krínō) accurately by intelligent comparison and contrast based on God's word, i.e. to approve prefer what is correct and reject what is inferior wrong.

Krínō is used of "bringing to trial" the trying of fact in a court of law.                                   Krinō originally meant "separate," 'to distinguish, to pick out, to be of opinion, to judge.

We know God is a God of love and Grace, but also our God is a God of judgment and justice as well?

Let’s consider some verses from the Bible to help us understand what the judgment of God is all about for both the saved and the unsaved that will occur at separate times.

First, the final judgment the Saved.

See II Corinthians 5:                                                                                                          Vs. 10.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Also, see I Corinthians 3: 12-15.                                                                                   Vs. 12.  Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,                                                                                                              Vs. 13.  each one’s work will become clear; for the day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.                     Vs. 14.  If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.   Vs. 15.  If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

Now, the final judgment of the devil and all his demons along with the unsaved.

See Revelation 20:                                                                                                        Vs. 10. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are.  And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.                                                                                                               Vs. 11.  Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away.  And there was found no place for them.                   Vs. 12.  And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened.  And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life.  And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

Next, believers earthly judgments whenever necessary.

See I Peter 4:                                                                                                                          Vs. 17.  For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?    Vs. 18.  Now if the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?

See Hebrews 10:                                                                                                                Vs. 26.  For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,                                                                                Vs. 27.  but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.                                                                                                      Vs. 28.  Anyone who has rejected Moses law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.                                                                                                      Vs. 29.  Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of Grace?                   Vs. 30.  For we know Him who said, vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. And again, The Lord will judge His people.                                                                   Vs. 31.  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

See Hebrews 12:                                                                                                              Vs. 5.  And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;                                                                                                                Vs. 6.  For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.                                                                                                                        Vs. 7.  If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?                                                                                           Vs. 8.  But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.                                                                                            Vs. 9.  Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?                                                                                                                                     Vs. 10.  For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.                                                    Vs. 11.  Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

And see Galatians 6: 7&8:                                                                                                   Vs. 7.  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.                                                                                                                         Vs. 8.  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

02-06-2019   Part 14     

Let’s return back to our current topic, “To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

Listen, this particular topic about Holy Communion we are considering from I Corinthians 11: 18-34, will truly help us to receive God’s instruction and correction so that we can avoid the pitfalls and the misunderstandings surrounding the observance and practice of this Important Biblical ordinance.

And this afternoon let’s continue to look at this third and final section here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, so that we may receive God’s warning and correction so we can avoid the pitfalls, the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or In an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

For Example, I Corinthians 11: 27&29 we have the warning!                                              Vs. 27.  Therefore, whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.                               Vs. 29.  For the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

Question, so, what are some of the dangers, and some of the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord?

Notice I Corinthians 11: 30, For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.   Is that it!

Well, I personally believe that there are some other things that should be considered also which are not mention here in vs. 30, but they are mentioned in other places of the Bible.

I don’t think this is a completed list, but only a few of the dangers, only a few of the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

Unfortunately, the other consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord is a prolong loss of fellowship with our God.

Not in our relationship with God!                                                                                   But in our fellowship with God.

See I John 1: 3,6,8,9,10.

Vs. 3.  that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.                                                                                                                                  Vs. 6.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.                                                                                                    Vs. 8.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Vs. 9.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.                                                                              Vs. 10.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

So, the other consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, and by the way, the words unworthily or in an unworthy manner can be, any sin or habitual or defiant practice, behavior, conduct, or lifestyle that is against, or that is contrary to God and His word.

Unworthily or, in an unworthy manner speaks of the unworthiness of an act, or a lifestyle, or behavior that exist, that is habitual in one’s life and there is no confession to God, and there is no repentance from that sin or sins!

So, Notice I John 1: 6,8,9,10.                                                                                             Vs. 6.  What if you, or I said, that we have fellowship with Him, but we are walking in Darkness!                                                                                                                           Vs. 8.  What if you, or I said, that we have no sin!                                                                    Vs. 9.  What if you, or I refuse to, confess our sins!                                                                                                                                   Vs. 10.  What if you, or I said, we have not sinned!

Listen, there will be a prolong loss of fellowship with God, if we choose to do nothing!

But what does fellowship with God look Like?                                                                And what are we really forfeiting or losing out on?                                                         First, what does fellowship with God look like?

Listen, the God of Heaven greatly desire and has made it possible for those who are truly saved and forgiven to have an abiding fellowship with Himself, and as a result of such fellowship we enjoy the many blessings and benefits the comes from being in constant, uninterrupted fellowship with God.

For example, such blessings and benefits we enjoy are, having the LORD’s guidance, His patients, His Joy, His discernment, His enablement and empowerment for faithful service.  His loving acceptance and approval.  And His mighty power, so that we can overcome any temptations.

In addition, we are also beneficiaries of the peace of God.  The Grace of God. The Love of God. The protection of God.  Having our needs met by God. Having a God given insight and understanding when reading and studying the Bible.  And having an unwavering faith or confidence that trusteth in the LORD, that enables one to endure any trial or test that comes.

So then, what are we really forfeiting or losing out on concerning our fellowship with God?

For example, having the LORD’s guidance, His patients, His joy, His discernment, His enablement and empowerment for faithful service.  His loving acceptance and approval.  And His mighty power, so that we can overcome any temptations.

In addition, we are forfeiting or losing out on the peace of God. The Grace of God.  The love of God.  The protection of God.  Having our needs met by God.  Having a God-given insight and understanding when reading and studying the Bible.  And having an unwavering faith or confidence that trusteth in the LORD, that enables one to endure any trial or test that comes.

So, what are some of the dangers, and some of the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord?

Now notice again I Corinthians 11: 30, for this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

Let’s first notice the phrase, “For this reason,” or “For this cause!”                              But what is this making reference to?

Remember I Corinthians 11: 27&29.                                                                                    Vs. 27.  Therefore, whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.                                 Vs. 29.  For the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.                                           Next in vs. 30, it says, for this reason MANY are weak and sick among you, and MANY sleep.

But who are the MANY?

See vs. 27.  Therefore, whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner!                                                                                                           Vs. 29.  For the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner!

And remember the words unworthily or in an unworthy manner can be any sin or habitual or defiant practice, behavior, conduct, or lifestyle that is against, or that is contrary to God and His Word.

Unworthily or, in an unworthy manner speaks of the unworthiness of an act, or a lifestyle, or behavior that exist, that is habitual in one’s life and there is no confession to God, and there is no repentance from that sin or sins!

Next in vs. 30 it says, For this reason many are weak.  Stop there!

‘Weak’, this Greek adjective from a Strong’s definition is ἀσθενεῖς (astheneis).                It literally means not strong, but weak physically, or morally.  Or infirm, sick. Strengthless.                                                                                                                     I believe it’s referring to a progressive chronic physical deteriorating debilitating kinds of illnesses, sicknesses, or diseases.

Next in vs. 30 it says, for this reason many are weak, and sick among you.  Stop there!  Sick or sickly, is also a Greek adjective from a Strong’s definition ἄρρωστοι (arrōstoi).   It literally means infirm, sick, ill, feeble, sickly.

And I believe it’s referring to again of a progressive chronic physical deteriorating debilitating kinds of illnesses, sicknesses, or diseases.

And lastly in vs. 30 it says, For this reason many are weak, and sick among you, and many sleep.  Stop There!

Sleep is from a Greek verb the Strong’s definition κοιμῶνται (koimōntai).                           It literally means to put to sleep, or to slumber figuratively, or literally to be decease.           Some examples of the word Sleep used in the Bible to refer to physical dead;

See Acts 7: 60.  Falling on his knees, Stephen cried out in a loud voice, Lord, do not hold this sin against them.  And when Stephen had said this, he fell asleep.

See Acts 13: 36.  For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption.

See I Thessalonians 4: 15.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

See I Corinthians 15: 51.  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. 

02-13-2019   Part 15     

Let’s return back to our current topic, “To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

Listen, this particular topic about Holy Communion we are considering from I Corinthians 11: 18-34, will truly help us to receive God’s instruction and correction so that we can avoid the pitfalls and the misunderstandings surrounding the observance and practice of this important Biblical ordinance.

And this afternoon let’s continue to look at this third & final section here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, so that we may receive God’s warning and correction so we can avoid the pitfalls, the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

Question, so what are some of the dangers, and some of the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord?

Notice I Corinthians 11: 30.  For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

So then, does God chastise His people sometime spiritually and physically?

See Hebrews 12: 5-7.                                                                                                      Vs. 5.  And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD nor, be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;                                                                                                                           Vs. 6.  For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.                                                                                                                               Vs. 7.  If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?”

Question, does God chastise His people sometime spiritually and physically?

See Deuteronomy 28:                                                                                                          Vs. 15.  But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:                                               Vs. 22.  The Lord will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish.                                                                                                    Vs. 27.  The Lord will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed.                                                             Vs. 28.  The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart.    Vs. 59.  then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues great and prolonged plagues and serious and prolonged sicknesses.                                 Vs. 60.  Moreover, He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you.                                                                            Vs. 61.   Also every sickness and every plague, which is not written in this Book of the Law, will the Lord bring upon you until you are destroyed.

Question, does God chastise His people sometime spiritually and physically?

See James 5                                                                                                                  Vs. 19.  Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back,                                                                                                                                   Vs. 20.  let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

Also, see I John 5:                                                                                                         Vs. 16.  If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death.  There is sin leading to death.  I do not say that he should pray about that.                                         Vs. 17.  All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.

So, in vs.16, what is the sin that leads to death?

Listen, any sin or habitual or defiant practice, behavior, conduct, or lifestyle that is against or that is contrary to God and His Word, by which we become hypocrites.

Or any act, or a lifestyle, or behavior that exist, that is habitual in one’s life and there is no confession to God, and there is no repentance from that sin or sins!

Remember how I John 1:  vs. 6,8,9,10 corrects us?                                                     Vs. 6.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.                                                                                                          Vs. 8.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.        Vs. 9.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.                                                                                 Vs. 10.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

But notice again I John 1:                                                                                                   Vs. 6.  But what if you or I said that we have fellowship with Him, but we are walking in darkness!                                                                                                                        Vs. 8.  What if you or I said, that we have no sin!                                                                  Vs. 9.  What if you or I refuse to, confess our sins.                                                       Vs. 10.  What if you or I said, we have not sinned!

Now see again I John 5:                                                                                                          Vs. 16.  If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death.  There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that.                                    Vs. 17.  All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.

Also, here Is insightful Example in Acts 5:                                                                    Vs. 3.  But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?                                                  Vs. 4.  While it remained, was it not your own?  And after it was sold, was it not in your own control?  Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.                                                                                                                Vs. 5.  Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great          fear came upon all those who heard these things.                                                             Vs. 6.  And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him. Vs. 7.  Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.                                                                                                                             Vs. 8.  And Peter answered her, tell me whether you sold the land for so much? She said, Yes, for so much.                                                                                                     Vs. 9.  Then Peter said to her, how is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord?  Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.                                                                                                        Vs. 10.  Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last.  And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband.

Back to I Corinthians 11.

So how can we Biblically avoid such dangers and consequences?

Is there any solution or answer that we should consider, so that we don’t partake unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord?

Yes! See I Corinthians 11: 28a. & vs. 31, this is how we can Biblically avoid such dangers and consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

Notice vs. 28a.  But let a man or a person examine themselves.  Why?                                Vs. 31.  For or, because if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

Now notice again vs. 28a.                                                                                                  But let a man or a person examine themselves.

Strong's Definitions: δοκιμάζω dokimázō.                                                                      To test, examine, prove, scrutinize (to see whether a thing is genuine or not, as certain metals).                                                                                                                           Or, to recognize as genuine after examination, to approve, deem worth. 

Please notice other places in the New Testament where this word is used, but it is sometime translated into English with a different word.

For example, Galatians 6: 4.                                                                                                   But let each one test (examine) his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another

Also, see I John 4: 1.  Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

02-20-2019   Part 16     

Let’s return back to our current topic, “To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

Listen, this particular topic about Holy Communion we are considering from I Corinthians 11: 18-34, will truly help us to receive God’s instruction and correction so that we can avoid the pitfalls and the misunderstandings surrounding the observance and practice of this important Biblical ordinance.

And this afternoon let’s continue to look at this third & final Section here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, so that we may receive God’s warning and correction so we can avoid the pitfalls, the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

Now, notice vs. 30.                                                                                                                        For this reason, many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

How can you and I as a child of God avoid such dangers and consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord?

Well, notice vs. 28a.                                                                                                                            But let a man or a person examine themselves. Why?                                                                    Vs. 31.  For or because if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.  And last Wednesday towards the end of our Bible Study time we considered the words, “examine yourself!”                                                                                                                                        Vs. 28a.  But, let a man or a person examine yourself.                                                                      •Not compare themselves!                                                                                                                      •Not make excuses for themselves!                                                                                                    •But to examine themselves!                                                                                                             Our English word examine can be better understood from the original language of the New Testament.

Note: A Strong’s definition from the Greek verb, δοκιμάζω dokimázō.                                                To test, examine, prove, scrutinize (to see whether a thing is genuine or not), as certain metals.            Or, to recognize as genuine after examination, to approve, or deem worthy. 

Now, there are at least two areas that we should examine regularly, concerning ourselves.

First, was our Salvation experience in coming to Christ was it really genuine?  Does it continue to be life-changing?  And is there is a personal abiding relationship with God that is developing?  Listen, is during our own personal private devotional prayer time that we have with the Lord, Himself, we should examine ourselves to know that our Salvation experience in coming to Christ was genuine and continues to be life-changing, and also there is a personal abiding relationship with God that is developing.

Now, Notice II Corinthians 13: 5.  Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.  Do you not know yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?  Unless, indeed you are disqualified or a reprobate? Wow!

So, how could one examine themselves?  How could one test themselves to know whether or Not they are in the Faith?

See I John 1: 6&8.                                                                                                                          Vs. 6.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, but walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.                                                                                                                           Vs. 8.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

How could one examine themselves?  How could one test themselves to know whether or not they are in the Faith?

See St. John 16:                                                                                                                                   Vs. 7.  Jesus is speaking, nevertheless, I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away the Helper or the Comforter or the Holy Spirit will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.                                                                                               Vs. 8.  And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.

Quote Romans 8: 9.  But, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.  Now, if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, or the Spirit of God, they are not His!

Now, remember St. John 16:                                                                                                          Vs. 8.  And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, of righteousness, of judgment.

So, how could one examine themselves?                                                                                           How could one test themselves to know whether or not they are in the Faith?

Listen.  If I experience no divine guilt or conviction in my heart, and I can still continue to do what is wrong, sinful, and against God and His Word.  Then, there is a strong possibility that I was never saved in the first place, but only experienced a false conversion, a religious experience, or just united with a local church ministry.

Now, there are at least two areas that we should examine regularly, concerning ourselves.            Before we participate and partake of the Lord’s Table, or Holy Communion.

Now, notice 28a.  But, let a man or a person examine yourself.

Unfortunately, we still sin, not regularly!  But, from time to time, and in various ways that are contrary to the Word of God, and the Will of God, we still sin!

Question, but how do we examine ourselves Biblically and correctly?                                     And the answer is we need divine help!  God’s help!  God’s assistance!

Notice Psalms 139:                                                                                                                     Vs. 23.  Search me O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:                          Vs. 24.  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

02-27-2019   Part 17     

Let’s return back to our current topic, “To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

Listen, this particular topic about Holy Communion we are considering from I Corinthians 11: 18-34, will truly help us to receive God’s instruction and correction so that we can avoid the pitfalls and the misunderstandings surrounding the observance and practice of this important Biblical ordinance.

And this afternoon let’s continue to look at this third & final section here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, so that we may receive God’s warning and correction so we can avoid the pitfalls, the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

Now notice vs. 28a.                                                                                                            But let a man or (a person) examine themselves.

And last Wednesday, if you remember we said that there were at least two areas that we should examine ourselves regularly!

First of all, according to II Corinthians 13, you should examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves, do you not know yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?  Unless indeed you are disqualified or a reprobate?

Or, secondly, before you participate and partake of the Lord’s Table, or Holy Communion you should examine yourselves.

But in either case, how should we examine ourselves?

Well, last Wednesday with the help of I John 1: 6 &8, and St. John 16: 7&8, we considered how to examine ourselves as to whether we are in the faith.

This Wednesday, lets finish up our look at how we should examine and judge ourselves as well, before we participate and partake of the Lord’s Table, or Holy Communion?

Now again, how we should examine ourselves before we participate and partake of the Lord’s Table, or Holy Communion?

Now, see I John 1: 9.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we confess our sins!

But what does that really mean, and how do we Know that we are doing this correctly?

(Do a brief review with the Bible study group).

And again, according to I Corinthians 11: 28a, how do we examine ourselves?

Now, see Psalms 32:                                                                                                        Vs. 5.  I acknowledged my sin unto You and mine iniquity have I not hid.

I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Listen, with God’s help after we have examined ourselves by spending some personal time with God, then we should both acknowledge and confess to God our own sin or sins.

(Do a brief review with the Bible study group).

Now it is at this point we need the Holy Spirit who is the only One who can change us and transform us through the repentance that He so freely gives.

But yet, we so seldomly know how to receive this repentance that the Holy Spirit wants us to walk in!

Now, see II Timothy 2:                                                                                                       Vs.  25.  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God perhaps will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;                                             Vs. 26.  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Question, what should you and I expect when the Holy Spirit produces change and transformation through the repentance that He so freely gives?

First, repentance that comes from God and not from self, will produce within you and me, a divine strength to turn from, or, to turn away from anything or anyone that would cause you to compromise or be tempted, or become disobedient and sin against God!

Secondly, repentance that comes from God and not from self, will produce within you and me, the fear of the Lord!

See Proverbs 9: 10.                                                                                                     The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Question, in what ways does the fear of the Lord make a difference within you and me? (Repeat)

Here are at least three things you and I will noticed at work within our hearts.

First, the fear of the Lord is when God develops within my heart a personal conviction and commitment, so that I don’t want to displease Him.

Next, the fear of the Lord is when God develops within my heart a personal conviction and commitment, so that I don’t want to experience the LORD’s chastisement or correction upon my life, reaping what I sow!

And lastly, the fear of the Lord is when God develops within my heart a personal conviction & commitment, so that I don’t want my testimony and my witness to others, to be in vain!

Now notice vs. 31.                                                                                                           For or, because if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.                               Listen, not only do we examine ourselves, but also, must judge ourselves!

The word ‘judge’ that is used here, comes from a Greek verb, a Strong’s definition, διακρίνω diakrínō, which is a mult-definitional word.  And one of the meanings for can mean judge, διακρίνω diakrínō, can mean to decide or to decide upon a matter.

So, the how should we judge ourselves?

Listen, with your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, we search the scriptures to know what God says.

Then be honest and willing to decide upon the matter that is going on in your life.            Be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!

This is what it means to judge ourselves.                                                                       We never condemn ourselves!                                                                                             

But we judge ourselves.                                                                                                          For example, see Ephesians 4.

Now again, with your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, we search the scriptures to know what God says.

Notice Ephesians 4:                                                                                                               Vs. 25.  Therefore, putting away lying, let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Now, be honest and willing to decide upon the matter that is going on in your life.

Be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!  Next, with your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, We search the scriptures to know what God says.                                                                                                        Vs. 26.  Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,                   Vs. 27.  nor give place to the devil.

Now, be honest and willing to decide upon the matter that is going on in your life.

Be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!

Next, with your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, we search the scriptures to know what God says.

Vs. 28.  Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

Now be honest and willing to decide upon the matter that is going on in your life.

Be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!

Next, with your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, we search the scriptures to know what God says.

Vs. 29.  Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Now be honest and willing to decide upon the matter that is going on in your life.

Be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!

Next, with your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, we search the scriptures to know what God says.

Vs. 30.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Now, be honest and willing to decide upon the matter that is going on in your life.

Be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!

Lastly, with your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, we search the scriptures to know what God says.

Vs. 31.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

Now, be honest and willing to decide upon the matter that is going on in your life.

Be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!

Now, back to I Corinthian 11.

So, how can we avoid the dangers and consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or, in an unworthy manner of the bread and the cup of the Lord?

Notice vs. 28a.  But let a man or a person examine themselves.  Why?                        Vs. 31.  For, or because if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

Now, here are some suggestions you might consider when applying vs. 28a, but let a man or a person examine themselves.                                                                          And vs. 31.  For or, because if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

So, here are some suggestions you might consider!                                                •Seek a quiet place, an undistracted place so you can be with the Lord privately, be intentional.                                                                                                                      •Request and depend on God to help you go through this process together.                      •Examine yourself.  Admitting and confessing to God any and every sin that the Holy Spirit brings to your attention or your remembrance that you’ve been involved in currently, or from the recent past, or from the distant past.                                           •Judge yourself, not condemn yourself.

But judge yourself.  With your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit search the scriptures to know what God says.

Then be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!                                                                             •Request for divine repentance and change in your behavior your attitude your conduct          your life style.                                                                                                                    •Request from The Lord that the desire of your heart would to never allow anything or anyone to hinder or block your fellowship with Him.                                                           •Begin to intercede for others who are struggling like you are in certain areas of your life.

03-06-2019    Part 18  

Let’s return to our current topic, “To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

Listen, this particular topic about Holy Communion we are considering from I Corinthians 11: 18-34, will truly help us to receive God’s instruction and correction so that we can avoid the pitfalls and the misunderstandings surrounding the observance and practice of this important Biblical ordinance.

And this afternoon let’s finish up our look at this third and final section here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, so that we may receive God’s warning and correction so we can avoid the pitfalls, the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

Now, as we come to the end of our study concerning Communion, let’s review what we’ve learned so far about this third and final section here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32.

And here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, we re-arranged some of the verses for study purposes to help us understand the Important part we are to play!

For example, I Corinthians 11: 27&29, we are to heed the warnings that are divinely given to us!

Notice vs. 27. Therefore, whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.                                           Also, vs. 29.  For the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

Next, we should consider seriously the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

Notice vs. 30.  For this reason, many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

Next, we should know how to avoid the dangers and consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

Notice vs. 28a.  But let a man or a person examine themselves. Why?                            And vs. 31.  For or because if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

Next, we should consider the purposes that God has when He allows his correction or His discipline to play apart in our lives!

Vs. 32.  But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord (Himself) that we may not be condemned with the world.

Finally, we should accept the permission to participate in Communion that God gives to us, after we have examined ourselves and have judged ourselves!

Notice vs. 28b.  And, then so let them eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

So then, let’s go back to vs. 31a.  For or because if we would judge ourselves! (Stop there)!

And last Wednesday we spent some time understanding what it meant to judge ourselves!  Not to condemn ourselves!  But to judge ourselves.  To deal with things in our lives that are sinful, that are wrong, or that is displeasing in God’s sight.

However, notice vs. 31b, we will not be judged!

Because when we deal with things in our lives that are sinful, that are wrong, that are displeasing in God’s sight, and we examine our ourselves regularly.  Acknowledging, confessing, and repenting with God’s help, then the Lord Himself Is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Listen, as a true child of God we must deal with things in our life now!                        Don’t wait!  Don’t procrastinate!                                                                                      Don’t make excuses!                                                                                                          Don’t blame others!                                                                                                              Stop being in denial!                                                                                                             Stop resisting or rebelling against the Lord!                                                                     Again, if we would judge ourselves, we will not be judged!                                               Question, but what if you and I or anyone we know who is a true Child of God, would want to continue in their sin, their disobedience, their rebellion against God?

Neither, confessing or repenting for their actions, lifestyle, or behavior. Question what is God’s response to all of this?

Now notice vs. 32.  But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord (Himself) that we may not be condemned with the world.

Listen, we should consider the purposes that God Has when He allows His correction or His discipline to play apart in our lives!

Now notice vs. 32;                                                                                                            But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord (Himself), that we may not be condemned with the world.

Also see Job 5: 17.  Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore, despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:                                                                           Vs. 18. For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

Now, see Psalms 94: 12.  Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law.

Lastly, see Proverbs 3:                                                                                                      Vs. 11. My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction;           Vs. 12. For whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.

Back to I Corinthians 11:                                                                                                Now, notice vs. 28b, and then so let them eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

Finally, we should accept the permission to participate in Communion that God gives to us, after we have examined ourselves and have judged ourselves!

Notice vs. 28b.  And, then so let them eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

Although over the last several weeks we spent some quality time understanding our part and our involvement when it comes to Communion.  But actually, Communion is not about us, it’s all about Jesus, who He is, and what He has done for everyone.

Show you what I mean!                                                                                                       Remember, I Corinthians 11:                                                                                                 Vs. 23.  For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;                                     Vs. 24.  and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.                                                    Vs. 25.  In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, this cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.            Vs. 26.  For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.

"How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Apply The Proverbs To Help Within Their Families, And Within Their Family Relationships.”

 03-13-2019    Part 1        

This afternoon we want to return back to the Book of Proverbs.

As some of you may know for some time we have been working our way through the Psalms and the Proverbs, going back-and-forth looking at certain chapters, and looking at certain verses.                         In fact, we have entitled this series, "Applying The Psalms And Proverbs For Daily Living."

For we are learning how that many of the Psalms & Proverbs can be extremely helpful to you and I in any situation or circumstance that we are facing, that we are dealing with, if applied.

And here in the Book of Proverbs chapter 10 thru chapter 31, there are several major themes that we are focusing upon.                                                                                   For example, we considered the topic of verbal communication.  Or, being more aware and cautious of the words that we would say to another person.

Also, we dealt with the topic of receive God's wisdom and understanding for overcoming, or dealing with anger, adversity, or aging.

So then, this afternoon we're going to begin to consider another major theme from the book of Proverbs.

And therefore, our newest topic from the Book of Proverbs will be called, "How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Apply The Proverbs To Help Within Their Families, And Within Their Family Relationships.”

And our first subject that we will deal with when it comes to applying the Proverbs to help us within our families, and within our family relationships, is to know and to accept what the Bible says is our responsibility in raising up the next generation spiritually, emotionally, and socially.  Amen!

And whether you are a Christian parent or parents, a Christian grandparent, a Christian aunt or uncle, a Christian adult cousin, a Christian stepparent, a Christian foster parent, a Christian public school teacher, a Christian counselor, a Christian children social worker, a Pastor, or a Youth Pastor or a Sunday school teacher or volunteer.

We all should know and accept what the Bible says is our responsibility in raising up the next generation spiritually, emotionally, and socially.

Now, notice this well-known and very familiar verse from the Bible.                                    See Proverbs 22:6,                                                                                                             “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it!”

Question what do you know about this purpose what do you think you’re saying to us?

Next question is this, a promise?                                                                                            A prediction?                                                                                                                          A plan?                                                                                                                              Or, our purpose?                                                                                                                   Or, is there something more or something deeper?                                                      Or, is there something spiritually, emotionally, and socially that we need to consider?

But before we answer that question, let’s pursue with the help of the Bible a better understanding what God is saying to us about the next generation, from conception into their late teens, whether or not they are a part of our family!

But what is God saying to us about the next generation and how important and valuable they really are?

For example, see Psalms 139:                                                                                      Vs. 13.  For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb.        Vs. 14.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

Next. The KJV says about Psalms 127: 3-5.                                                                 Vs. 3.  Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.

Also, Psalm 127: 3 (The NASB bible version) says, behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.

Or, Psalm 127: 3 (The DBY bible version) says, Lo, children are an inheritance from Jehovah, and the fruit of the womb a reward.

Now, KJV continues to says here in Psalms 127:                                                         Vs. 4.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.            Vs. 5.  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

See Mark 10:                                                                                                                         Vs. 13.  Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them.                                                                   Vs. 14.  But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.  Vs. 15.  Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.                                                   Vs. 16.  And He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them.

Now, in Deuteronomy 6, originally given unto the children of Israel in the Old Testament.  Yet, there are some very important principles that still applies to a faith community, or a local church, or to the body of Christ as a whole that we can you still use today!

See Deuteronomy 6:                                                                                                         Vs. 4.  “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!                                            Vs. 5.  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.       Vs. 6.  And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.                   Vs. 7.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.                                                          Vs. 8.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.           Vs. 9.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Now, unto the adult females and whether you are a parent a grandparent, an aunt, an adult cousin, a stepparent, a foster parent.

II Timothy 1:                                                                                                                         Vs. 5.  when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.

And, II Timothy 3:                                                                                                               Vs. 15.  and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Now, unto to the adult males, and whether you are a parent, a grandparent, an aunt, an adult cousin, a stepparent, a foster parent.

Ephesians 6:                                                                                                                        Vs. 4.  And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

Also, Colossians 3:                                                                                                                  Vs. 21.  Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Also, Malachi 4:                                                                                                                 Vs. 5.  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.                                                                                                    Vs. 6.  And He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse

03-20-2019    Part 2      

Let’s return back to our newest topic from the Book Of Proverbs we are calling, "How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Apply The Proverbs To Find Help Within Their Families And Within Their Family Relationships.”

And the first subject that we are dealing with is, “To Know And To Accept What The Bible Says Is Our Responsibility In Raising Up The Next Generation Spiritually, Morally, Emotionally, And Socially.” Amen!

And therefore, as Christian adults we should know and accept what the Bible says is our responsibility in raising up the next generation whether those within our own Homes.  Or, those who are a part of our families.                                                          Or, those who a part of our church families.                                                                   Or, those who a part of our neighborhoods or communities.

Again, we should know and accept what the Bible says is our responsibility in raising up the next generation.

Now, notice this well-known and very familiar verse from the Bible.

See Proverbs 22:6.  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it!”

Question.  What do you know about this verse?                                                                  What do you think this verse is saying unto us as Christian adults?                                       Also, is this verse,                                                                                                                     A promise?                                                                                                                                 A prediction?                                                                                                                             A plan?                                                                                                                                    Or, our purpose?                                                                                                                  Or, could there be something more, or something deeper that we need to consider?

Because Proverbs 22:6 is probably the most quoted bible passage when it comes to childrearing, and yet ironically, it may be the most misinterpreted, misunderstood, and misapplied verse in all the Bible.

Listen, when Christians were asked what does Proverbs 22: 6 means and how would you interpret and apply it?

The majority came up with this interpretation and application.                                           “Teach your children to know and obey the Ten Commandments; teach them to pray at mealtime, bedtime, and for emergencies.  And be sure to feed them a steady diet of Bible verses to memorize.

Make sure your kids attend Sunday school and church regularly.  If possible, send them to Christian camp, Vacation Bible School.  If you can enroll them into a Christian private school and or college.

Do this early, because watch out teenage and early 20’s rebellion will come!

They will sow a lot of wild oats that will detour their spiritual life.  But when their fling is over, they’ll come back to God.   And you can count on it because this verse has God’s promise on it.

But in my opinion, there are a few major problems with this interpretation and application of Proverbs 22: 6.

First, nothing is mentioned about an intimate relationship between the child and the adult in their life in which the exchange of ideas and believes are better received.

Next, nothing is mentioned about the adult in the child’s life modeling and being an example for the child to follow when it comes to spiritual matters and biblical truths.

Also, there can be a false security or the farming out that others will be responsible and more effective in reaching the child in your life, whether it’s by Sunday School, regularly Church attendance. Christian camp, Vacation Bible School, or Christian private school and or college.

Lastly, each child is an individual when it comes to spiritual matters.  Some have accepted at an early age the Lord Jesus Christ into their lives.  Others have rebelled and then later in life returned.  But some never did return and chose instead to pursue their sinful lifestyle, or they have accepted another religious belief or spiritual philosophy, and unfortunately died.  Perhaps they cried out to the Lord before their passing, but maybe they did not!

Note: The Bible study group wanted to discuss and give their opinions about my opinion on this matter.  It was a insightful and helpful discussion.

Now notice again Proverbs 22: 6, Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it!

Question, is there something more, or something deeper here that we need to consider?

Yes, in fact a better way to understand and interpret Proverbs 22: 6, is to look up in an English and in Bible dictionary familiar un familiar words in vs. 6.

Next, read Proverbs 22: 6, from a different Bible translation than you normally use.

For example: The Christian Standard Bible says, “Start a youth out on his way; even when he grows old, he will not depart from it.”

The New International Version says, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.”

However, the first two words in Most English Bibles, “Train Up’ needs to be understood from the original Hebrew and Aramaic languages.

Show you what I mean!

Actually, in Hebrew the words “Train Up” that is translated into most English bibles is just one word in the Hebrew language.

The Hebrew word ‘Hanakh’ has multiple meanings.                                                                 For example, to dedicate or to consecrate oneself for a task, a job, or a mission.

The Hebrew word Hanakh is used to dedicate a building, the tabernacle or the Temple.

In fact, an Arabic verb that is used here and is very close cousin to the Hebrew word Hanakh, which can mean to stimulate one to pursue what’s best for them.

At this point the interpretation gives a helpful metaphor of a midwife assisting the mother of a newborn, in helping the baby to know how to nurse from their mother.

The midwife, by dipping her finger into a small bowl of crushed dates in order to massage the palate and gums of a newborn to encouraged the baby’s sucking instinct so that nursing could begin as soon as possible.

In other words, the midwife stimulated the baby’s gums in order to encourage the kind of behavior that would benefit the child.

She wisely and deftly utilized the baby’s natural instinct to guide them toward what is best.

Listen, the best parental training is accomplished when we opt for inspiration instead of coercion.

We do this by discovering the child’s natural desires and unique abilities and by encouraging the behavior that will allow him or her to develop accordingly.

Now this is not to say that we merely allow children or young adults to do as they please, nor that we should avoid necessary discipline or guidance or training of them.

Because the last meaning of the Hebrew word, ‘Hanakh’ relates to the training of a wild horse.

And the uses of a horse’s bridle which subdues the horse for the purpose of directing its natural energies without breaking its spirit.

However, that the bridle is not a yoke to dominate the horse.

Horses want to run because God gave them a desire to fulfill their created purpose.  A wise, caring rider uses the bit and the reins to help the horse achieve its purpose safely and effectively.

So, let’s review again the words “Train Up” or the Hebrew word ‘Hanakh’.

The Hebrew word ‘Hanakh’ can mean, to dedicate or to consecrate oneself for a task, a job, or a mission.

Therefore, as a Christian adult I should be willing to dedicate and consecrate myself for the task of the raising up the next generation within my influence.

Next, train up or the Hebrew word ‘Hanakh’ can mean to stimulate one to pursue what’s best for them.

Remember the midwife metaphor or picture.                                                                    In other words, the midwife stimulated the baby’s gums in order to encourage the kind of behavior that would benefit the child.

She wisely and deftly utilized the baby’s natural instinct to guide them toward what is best.

Likewise, when we discover a child’s natural desires and unique abilities, then we can wisely encourage the behavior that will allow him or her to develop accordingly.

But remember, this is not to say that we merely allow children or young adults to do as they please, nor that we should avoid necessary discipline or guidance or training of them.

Lastly, “Train Up” or the Hebrew word 'Hanakh’, can relate to the training of a wild horse.

And the uses of a horse’s bridle which subdues the horse for the purpose of directing its natural energies without breaking its spirit.

Horses want to run because God gave them a desire to fulfill their created purpose.  A wise, caring rider uses the bit and the reins to help the horse achieve its purpose safely and effectively.

So likewise, as wise adults who care about the next generation in help them achieve their God giving purposes safely and effectively without breaking their spirit.

03-27-2019    Part 3      

Let’s return back to our newest topic from the Book of Proverbs we are calling, "How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Apply The Proverbs To Find Help Within Their Families And Within Their Family Relationships.”

And the first subject that we are dealing with is, “To Know And To Accept What The Bible Says Is Our Responsibility In raising Up The Next Generation Spiritually, Morally, Emotionally, And Socially.” Amen!

And therefore, as Christian adults we should know and accept what the Bible says is our responsibility in raising up the next generation whether those within our own homes in which we have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance.                                                                                                          Or, those who are a part of our families in which we have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance.                                                                  Or, those who a part of our church families in which we have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance.                                                                  Or, those who a part of our neighborhoods or communities in which we have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance.

Again, we should know and accept what the Bible says is our responsibility in raising up the next generation.

Now see Proverbs 22:6.                                                                                                      Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it!”

Question, so what do you think this verse is saying unto us as Christian adults?       And could there be something more here than we realize?                                             Is there something deeper here that we need to consider?

And the answer is yes!  In fact, within the first two words in most English Bibles, the words “train up", is so very important for us to understand.

Remember, the Hebrew word ‘Hanakh’, this Hebrew word has several important meanings to help us.

For example, this Hebrew word can mean, to dedicate or to consecrate oneself for a task, a job, or a mission.

And therefore, as a Christian Adult I should be willing to dedicate and consecrate myself for the task of the raising up the next generation within my influence.

Next, train up or the Hebrew word ‘Hanakh’ can also mean, to stimulate one to pursue what’s best for them. 

Now remember the midwife metaphor or illustration.

In the times of the Old Testament the Midwife would help stimulate a newborn’s mouth in order for them to nurse from their mother.  The act of the midwife influenced the kind of behavior that would benefit the child.  Therefore, Midwife simply and wisely utilized the baby’s natural instincts to guide them toward what is best, receiving nourishment from their mother, so that they can grow and thrive.

So likewise, when we discover a child’s natural desires and unique abilities, and then we can wisely encourage the behavior that will allow him or her to develop accordingly.

But remember, this is not to say that we merely allow children or young adults to do as they please, nor, that we should avoid necessary discipline or guidance or training of them.

And lastly, train up or, the Hebrew word ‘Hanakh’, can mean, to train or bring into submission a wild horse so that it can be useful.

A person who trains and works with horses, they normally use a horse’s bridle and bit, which helps subdues the horse for the purpose of directing its natural energies without breaking its spirit.

Because horses want to run for God gave them a desire to fulfill that part of their created purpose.

A wise, caring rider uses the bit and the reins to help the horse achieve its purpose safely and effectively.

So likewise, as wise adults who care about the next generation in help them achieve their God giving purposes safely and effectively without breaking their spirit.

Now notice Proverbs 22:6, Train up a child.  Stop there!

We may assume because of the word ‘child’ that is used here it is referring to someone from a newborn to about five or six years of age.

But actually, the word ‘child’ that is used here can refer to a much broader range of age. It would include from a newborn all the way up to someone into their 20s.

Next, see Proverbs 22:6 again.  Because this next portion is the second most important part of the Proverb for a Christian adult to understand and to apply.      Notice Proverbs 22:6. Train up a child in the way he should go.  Stop there!          Notice it says, in the way he or she should go!                                                            And not in the way he or she wants to go!                                                                     Nor, in the way that I want them to go!                                                                        But, in the way he or she should go!  Wow.                                                                      But, what does this mean, and what does it look like?

Now there are other Bible translations that may give us a clue and some insight.

For example: The Darby Bible Translation says, Train up the child according to the tenor of his way.

The International Standard Version says, Train a child in the way appropriate for him. The Christian Standard Bible says, Start a youth out on his way.                                      The Youngs Literal Translation says, Give instruction to a youth about his way.

In fact, in Hebrew it says quite simply, “in accordance with his way.”   Now, the key here is to understand this Hebrew word that is translated into English by the word ‘way!’

The Hebrew word is ‘Derek’, or in English it is, ‘way.’   The Hebrew word ‘Derek’, can refer to a literal way, such as a path, or a road, or a course.

Like in Proverbs 3: 5&6.                                                                                                Vs. 5.  Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.                  Vs. 6.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

But also, the Hebrew word ‘Derek’, can also refer to the manner in which someone or something Acts.

Or, it can refer to something or someone’s characteristics that are distinct and that are set.

For example, in Proverbs 30: 18&19 says.                                                                      Vs. 18.  There are three things which are too wonderful for me, four which I do not understand:                     Vs. 19.  The way of an eagle in the sky.                                                                                 The way of a serpent on a rock.                                                                                          The way of a ship in the middle of the sea.                                                                          And the way of a man with a maid.

Did you notice in each one of these examples in Proverbs 30: 18&19, the term ‘way’ refers to the manner in which someone or something acts.  Or, it is referring to something or someone’s characteristics that are distinct and that are set.  In other words, according to verse 19 you can’t expect a serpent to act like an eagle.  Their characteristics are distinct and they are set very differently.  Nor, should you think that a ship in the middle of the sea will be like a man with a maid.  Again, their characteristics are distinct and they are set very differently.

Listen, we are to train up the next generation according to his or her characteristics, or manner, or tenor that are distinct and that are set for them.

For example, some will be artistic, others athletic.   And still others academic.  One may be strong-willed and another compliant.  One can be encouraged by rewards or recognition, while another couldn’t care less.

Listen, we receive each child from the hand of God, not as a lump of clay to be molded in whatever way we see fit, or what we would desire.

But each child as a unique, distinctive person with a destiny.  Each child's nature, faculties, and temperament are given unto them.  We are to honor God’s creation of this one-of-a-kind individual by adapting our training to his or her characteristic.  To fight it, is to fight against God’s creation.

Instead, study the next generation within your sphere of influence.

And, if you have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance unto them, with God’s help, develop a close relationship with them.  Then help this person discover his or her road, or the path he or she was created to follow.

Remember the illustration we shared about a wild horse being trained overtime.

Ask God to help you make the most of this person’s natural tendencies, so that he or she can live in harmony with God’s design for them.

04-03-2019    Part 4      

"How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Apply The Proverbs To Find Help Within Their Families And Within Their Family Relationships?”

And the first subject that we are dealing with is, “To Know And To Accept What The Bible Says Is Our Responsibility In Raising Up The Next Generation Spiritually, Morally, Emotionally, And Socially.” Amen!

And therefore, as Christian adults we should know and accept what the Bible says is our responsibility in raising up the next generation whether those within our own homes in which we have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance.

Or, those who are a part of our families in which we have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance.                                                                 Or, those who a part of our church families in which we have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance.                                                                       Or, those who a part of our neighborhoods or communities in which we have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance.

Again, we should know and accept what the Bible says is our responsibility in raising up the next generation.

Now notice Proverbs 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go.  Stop there!

Do a review.

Now, the key here is to understand this Hebrew word that is translated into English by the word “way!”

The Hebrew word is ‘Derek’, or in English ‘way’.  The Hebrew word ‘way’ can refer to a literal way, such as a path, or a road, or a course.  Or, the Hebrew word ‘way’ can also refer to the manner in which someone or something acts.                                                     Or, it can refer to something or someone’s characteristics that are distinct and that are set.                   

A Good example is from Proverbs 30: 18&19 which says,                                                  Vs. 18. There are three things which are too wonderful for me, four which I do not understand:     Vs. 19. The way of an eagle in the sky.                                                                                  The way of a serpent on a rock.                                                                                              The way of a ship in the middle of the sea.                                                                           And the way of a man with a maid.

Notice in each one of these examples in Proverbs 30: 18&19, the term ‘way’ refer to the manner in which someone or something acts.                                                         Or, it is referring to something or someone’s characteristics that are distinct and that are set.

In other words, according to verse 19 you can’t expect a serpent to act like an eagle. their characteristics are distinct and, they are set very differently.

Nor, should you think that a ship in the middle of the sea will be like a man with a maid.                     Again, their characteristics are distinct and they are set very differently.

Here is the point, we are to train up the next generation according to his or her characteristics, or manner, or tenor that are distinct and that are set for them.

Listen, we receive each child from the hand of God, not as a lump of clay to be molded in whatever way we see fit or desire.

But each child as a unique, distinctive person with a destiny.  For each child has his or her natural tendencies whether Good or bad.  Certain characteristics that are distinct and that are set.

For example, the manner or, tenor of their actions.  Or, certain Interests, or, a temperament that were given unto them by God before they were born.

So then, we must spend time learning about this person within our sphere of influence. And if you have been given access and permission to Influence or to give guidance unto them, with God’s help, develop a close relationship with them.  Then help this person discover his or her road, or the path he or she was created to follow.

Remember the illustration we shared about a wild horse who is being trained overtime.            Be sure to ask God regularly to help you make the most of this opportunity that has been given unto you.

Now, see Proverbs 22:6                                                                                                Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. So, is this a guarantee?                                                                                                    Or, a definite promise?                                                                                                  Or, is this Proverb a reasonable prediction?                                                                 Or, a trajectory statement concerning one’s outcome for life?

Notice Proverbs 22:6  And when he or she is old, they will not depart from it!”  Two things to remember                          •And when he or she is old!                                                                                          •He or she will not depart from it!”

First, when he or she is “old,”                                                                                              Or, when he or she as they age.   Not just a set point in time, 12, 18, or 25.  But, throughout duration of time.   In other words, birthday after birthday.  And throughout all the seasons of one’s life.

Now lastly, the Proverb’s says, that he or she will not depart from it.    Again, is this a guarantee?                   Or, a definite promise?                                                                                                         Or, is this Proverb a reasonable prediction?                                                                   Or, a trajectory statement concerning one’s outcome for life?

By the way, the word ‘trajectory’ means, a path of an object through space, or the path of life that a person chooses.                                                                                            Our English word trajectory comes from the Latin, Trajectoria, which means "throw across."                The prefix tra- is short for trans-which means "across" (think transport and transit).   And the ‘ject’ that is in trajectory, comes from the Latin, Jacere, which means "throw" and is also the root of our English word jet.

So, once again Proverbs 22:6 says,  and when he or she is old, or, when he or she as they age. They will not depart from it!

Question what is “the it” that he or she will not depart from?                                                •Is it the training?                                                                                                          •Or, is it the way they should go?

Remember, the term “way” is referring to the manner in which someone or something acts.                        Or, it is referring to something or someone’s characteristics that are distinct and that are set.

Listen, each child has his or her natural tendencies whether good or bad.  Certain characteristics that are distinct and that are set.    For example, the manner or, tenor of their actions.  Or certain interests, or a temperament that were given unto them by God before they were born.

Therefore, here are some areas in which the next generation needs our help and our guidance.              1. Vocational.                                                                                                                      2. Ministerial or serving or giving back.                                                                             3. Practical.                                                                                                                      4. Emotional.                                                                                                                       5. Spiritual.

Explain Vocational.  Not just a job or a career goal.  But a pre-existing vocational aptitude which may include certain skills, gifts, talents, abilities they possess.

•Ministerial or serving or giving back.                                                                              

•Practical.                                                                                                                         On the positive side.  A natural leader, they think things out, not impulsive. They are good with money, a saver not a spender.                                                                      On the negative side. They are easy to get frustrated or distracted. They lose motivation when things don’t work out their way. They can be disrespectful. They at times, have no self-control. They are impatient. They feel at times entitled, or self-centered.

•Emotional.                                                                                                                          Easily anger or to get upset.                                                                                               Or, compassionate and caring.

•Spiritual.                                                                                                                           A real heart for God.                                                                                                         Interested in biblical and spiritual things.                                                                              Wants to pray.                                                                                                              Wants to go to church.                                                                                                       Wants to read their Bible.                                                                                                    Wants to worship God.                                                                                                          Wants a relationship with God.

Remember the word “train up” or the Hebrew word ‘Hanakh’. The Hebrew word Hanakh can mean, to dedicate or to consecrate oneself for a task, a job, or a mission. Therefore, as a Christian adult I should be willing to dedicate and consecrate myself for the task of the raising up the next generation within my influence.

Next, train up or the Hebrew word Hanakh can mean to stimulate one to pursue what’s best for them.  Remember the midwife metaphor or picture.  In other words, the midwife stimulated the baby’s gums in order to encourage the kind of behavior that would benefit the child.  She wisely and deftly utilized the baby’s natural instinct to guide them toward what is best.  Likewise, when we discover a child’s natural desires and unique abilities, then we can wisely encourage the behavior that will allow him or her to develop accordingly.

But remember, this is not to say that we merely allow children or young adults to do as they please, nor that we should avoid necessary discipline or guidance or training of them.

04-10-2019    Part 5    

"How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Apply The Proverbs To Find Help Within Their Families And Within Their Family Relationships?”

Now we are continuing with our first subject from the Proverbs, which is knowing and accepting what the Bible says is our responsibility in raising up the next generation spiritually, morally, emotionally, and socially.” Amen!

Listen, in raising up the next generation either spiritually, morally, emotionally, or socially, we have been focusing on Proverbs 22: 6.

For this is our personal mandate as a Christian adult who has been given access and permission to influence, or to give guidance in raising up the next generation especially, emotionally and socially, which it appears that this part of Proverbs 22: 6 is making reference to when it says, “in the way he or she should go!”

However, in raising up the next generation spiritually, morally, emotionally, or socially, there is one major factor that we must consider, and that is at times the need for correction (reproof) and discipline!

Now notice Proverbs 29:17,                                                                                               Correct your son or daughter, and they will give you rest; Yes, they will give delight to your soul.

So, let’s begin to see what the Bible says about correction (reproof) and discipline concerning the next generation if we have been given access and permission to influence, or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate.

Now you have probably notice, because it seems that our current culture and society is very confused and uncertain about correction (reproof) and discipline for the next generation whatever their age.

Question, so what do you think are some of the reasons why this is?

Next question as a committed follower of Jesus Christ, one who is filled with the Holy Spirit.  And one who knows and studies the Bible, and is living by the Word.  Are you and I confused and uncertain about correction (reproof) and discipline for the next generation whatever their age?

Therefore, I believe, we need to know more now than ever what does the Bible says about correction (reproof) and discipline concerning the next generation, if we have been given access and permission to Influence or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate.

 Now turn to Hebrews chapter 12.

Question, where does the idea of correction (reproof) and discipline come from?              Is it simply man-made? Or, is it from God Himself?

Now notice Hebrews 12: 5-11.                                                                                              Vs. 5.  And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;                                          Vs. 6.  For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.                              Vs. 7.  If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?                                                                                      Vs. 8.  But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.                                                                                          Vs. 9.  Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect.  Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?                                                               Vs. 10.  For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.                                                      Vs. 11.  Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Now here are some helpful guidelines to consider when it comes to Biblical correction (reproof) and discipline of the next generation if we have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate.

Note: We will discuss each one in detail one by one over time.

For example the first one, praying daily for God‘s Wisdom, His guidance, His strength, His patience, and His understanding for yourself, and for the next generation

Next, begin early in establishing your loving authority and leadership with the next generation whom you have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate. Next, let your discipline be instructive and caring.                                                               Next, define boundaries before they are enforced.                                                                Next, then enforce the boundaries when they are violated, there needs to be consequences, and you need to be consistent in these times.                                             Next, discipline in private. Next, discipline showing dignity unto the one who is receiving the correction.                            Next, use age-appropriate discipline, and individualize your discipline.  Don’t assume what’s good for one is good for the other.

Lastly, in your discipline be properly motivated, and also be in control of yourself.

Now back to the first one! “Praying daily for God‘s wisdom,                                               His guidance,                                                                                                                         His strength,                                                                                                                           His patience,                                                                                                                              And His understanding                                                                                                                      For yourself, and for the next generation.”

See I Thessalonians 5: 16-18.  For it has some important principles for an adult who has been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance unto the next generation.                Notice vs. 16.  Rejoice always!                                                                                      Vs. 17.  Pray without ceasing.                                                                                       Vs. 18.  In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

So, notice again vs 16.  Rejoice always!                                                                          In other words, let the praises of the Lord for what He has done!  And for what He will do, keep you and I motivated, focused, and depended upon Him concerning the next generation.

Next vs. 17.  Pray without ceasing.                                                                                  Don’t stop praying no matter what it looks, or feels like, or seems like, or it be like!                                         Stay before the Lord in prayer and supplication.                                                           Intercede regularly!                                                                                                           And asked for God’s divine intervention, and His Grace and Mercy to be upon the next generation.

And finally, vs. 18 says, In everything give thanks; For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.    In either positive or negative circumstances, situations, challenges, struggles, or disappointments concerning the next generation, give thanks; For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Good Friday  04-19-2019

On this special day, during this special season there are those who will gather for various reasons, and a lot of it is based on their denominational background, and not always based on a good biblical understanding of the significance of this day!

In fact, a lot of Christians and non-Christians alike will say, “Why Is It Called Good Friday?  Because, if we consider early historical accounts, most would agree that what happened in the day of Christ’s death, how can you call it good!

Also some would say, “Should We Recognize And Commemorate This Day, By Having Or Attending A Good Friday Service?”

In fact, here are a few of the reasons why they don’t attend or participate.                             •Its historically a Catholic Church tradition from the past, and I’m not Catholic!       •During the times of the New Testament in Israel, the days of the week we’re not given names like we have today.  And therefore, we don’t know what day Jesus was crucified and died on!                                   •I’d rather focus on that which is positive, on the resurrection of Christ, and not the death of Christ!              So then, with God’s help, I would like to begin a new series, and once a year, on this special day

On “Good Friday,” over a period of time, I would like God to direct you and convince you to know what this day should mean to you or not!

Also, with God’s help, I would like us to know a little bit more about what else happened on the day that Jesus was crucified and died, and not just the seven last words of Christ from the cross, as important as that is to all of us!

And therefore, our new series will be called, “Lessons From the First Good Friday!”

Because truly I believe there are many important lessons that can be learned and practiced and apply to our lives today, even though they happened along time ago!

So, over a period of time we will examine the situation and circumstances from sun up to sundown, and what really happened on that day.

Also, will consider certain people and Individuals who were involved directly or Indirectly.  Knowingly and unknowingly, willingly and unwillingly.

We will consider also the cruelty and humiliation of Jesus Christ throughout that day.

But most importantly, we will try to understand the purpose and plan of God that was still at work on a day like that!

So then, let’s begin with this important concern and question, is it true that during the times of the New Testament in Israel, the days of the week we’re not given names like we have today.  And therefore, we don’t know what day Jesus was crucified and died on?

Notice Mark 15:                                                                                                                      Vs. 1.  Immediately, in the morning, the Chief Priests held a consultation with the Elders and Scribes and the whole council; and they bound Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate.              Vs. 24.  And when they crucified Jesus, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take.                                                                        Vs. 25.  Now it was the third hour, or 9 am, and the soldiers crucified Him.                                    Vs. 33.  Now when the sixth hour, or Noontime had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour or 3 pm. Vs. 37.  And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last.                                 Vs. 42.  Now when evening or sundown had come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is the day before the Sabbath.                                                                        

Now see Luke 23:                                                                                                                       Vs. 52.  This man Joseph went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.                           Vs. 53.  Then Joseph took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before.                                            Vs. 54.  That day was (the preparation), and the Sabbath drew near.                                Vs. 55.  And the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid.                                                                   Vs. 56.  Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils.  And they rested on the Sabbath according to the Commandment.

Now see Exodus 20:                                                                                                               Vs. 8.  Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.                                                               Vs. 9.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work,                                                            Vs. 10.  but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.  In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.                                  Vs. 11.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.  Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

Now see Mark 16:                                                                                                                             Vs. 1.  Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.                                        Vs. 2.  Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.

However, didn’t Jesus say somewhere, “that in three days and three nights, He would come back from the dead?”

Notice Matthew 12: 40.  For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

But is this referring to a 72-hour period of time, 24hours + 24hours + 24hours = three days and three nights?

Because if that is true, then our Lord‘s resurrection had to occur after the third night, on the very next day or the fourth day, a Monday and not Sunday!

Then this would be a complete contradiction of what Jesus said, and what was said in other places of the New Testament as well!

For example, in Matthew 16:                                                                                         Vs. 21.  From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised (the third day).

See Luke 13:                                                                                                                 Vs. 32.  And He said to them, Go tell that fox, behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and (the third day) I shall be perfected.

See I Corinthians 15:                                                                                                            Vs. 3.  For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures,                                                                                           Vs. 4.  and that He was buried, and that He rose again (the third day) according to the scriptures.

Now notice again Matthew 12: 40.  For (as or like) not identical to.   But (as or like), Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Listen, Matthew 12: 40 is not talking about a 72-hour period of time, but it was actually a Hebrew idiom, a figure of speech of that day, which pointed to the prophet’s dilemma and not the duration of his situation inside the fish.

Listen as to the Bible, Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried all on the same day. And if you were Jewish at that time, then you would know what the day of preparation, or the day before the Sabbath, or Saturday, as it is called today, then this would be known as the sixth day, or Friday as it is called today.  Also, this would be the first day of entombment of the body of Jesus, even though it was approaching the evening time or sundown.

Now, the second day of the entombment of the body of Jesus Christ was during the weekly Jewish Sabbath, or the seventh day, or Saturday as we know it today.  And This was the only full 24-hour period that happened.  Note: Matt.27: 62-66 & Matt.28:1.

However, on the first day of the week, or the third day, or Sunday as we know it today.  The bible says, “When the Sabbath had past, very early in the morning on the first day of the week.  The women found the tomb of Jesus empty and the body of Jesus was gone!”  Note: Matt.27: 1-7.

Question, So, why should we participate in a Good Friday service?                              Because Good Friday should be a day of Reflection and Appreciation because of the substitutional death of Jesus Christ for us.                                                                       Isaiah 53:                                                                                                                            Vs. 4.  Surely, He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.                                                                                   Vs. 5.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

Why should we participate in a Good Friday service?                                    Because Good Friday should be a day of Thankfulness for what Christ accomplished!               I Peter 2:                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 24.  Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness by whose stripes you were healed.                             Vs. 25.  For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Why should we participate in a Good Friday service?                                                        Because Good Friday should be a day of Hope!                                                            Galatians 2:                                                                                                                       Vs. 20.  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

04-24-2019    Part 6    

"How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Apply The Proverbs To Find Help Within Their Families And Within Their Family Relationships?”

So, let us come back to our first subject matter in this series from the book of Proverbs, and that is “knowing and accepting what the Bible says is our responsibility in raising up the next generation spiritually, morally, emotionally, and socially.” Amen!

However, in raising up the next generation spiritually, morally, emotionally, or socially, there is one major factor that we must consider and that is, “At times there will be the need for correction, reproof, and discipline!”

Now, notice Proverbs 29:17,                                                                                              Correct your son or daughter, and they will give you rest; Yes, they will give delight to your soul.

Question, so what does the Bible say about correction reproof, and discipline concerning the next generation if we have been given access and permission to influence, or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate?

Well, here are some helpful guidelines to consider.

First, praying daily for God‘s wisdom, His guidance, His strength, His patience, and His understanding for yourself, and for the next generation.

And two weeks ago, we discussed this first one in detail.

Now turn to Ephesians 6.

Now this afternoon let’s consider another helpful guideline for correction reproof, and discipline concerning the next generation if we have been given access and permission to influence, or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate.

Listen, begin early in establishing your loving authority and leadership with the next generation whom you have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate.

Now, here in Ephesians 6: 1-4, even though these words are directed unto children of various ages, each child still needs an adult who can teach them why Ephesians 6: 1-4 is important, and how it is to be lived out!

Notice Ephesians 6:                                                                                                             Vs. 1.  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.                                      Vs. 2.  Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise: Why?          Vs. 3.  That it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.                             Vs. 4.  And you, fathers, or parents, do not provoke your children unto wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

Note: We took time to explain the basic principal in these several verses when it comes to parenting.

So again, even though these words are directed unto children of various ages, each child still needs an adult who van teach them why Ephesians 6: 1-4 is important, and how it is to be lived out!

Now turn to Hebrews 12:                                                                                                 Next, another helpful guideline for correction reproof, and discipline concerning the next generation if we have been given access and permission to influence, or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate is, “Let your discipline be instructive and caring.”

Always let your discipline be instructive or a teachable moment!

In other words, coming alongside of child or the young adult and explaining unto them in a calm and respectful matter. Yet caring enough to confront and to deal with attitudes, behaviors, or conduct.

Notice Hebrews 12:                                                                                                               Vs. 9.   Furthermore, we have had human fathers or parents who corrected us, and we gave them respect.  Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?             Vs. 10.  For our human fathers or parents indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit that we may be partakers of His holiness.

Note:  We took time to explain the basic principal in these two verses when it comes to parenting.

So again, always let your discipline be instructive or a teachable moment!  In other words, coming alongside of a child or the young adult and explaining unto them in a calm and respectful matter. Yet caring enough to confront and to deal with attitudes, behaviors, or conduct.

05-01-2019    Part 7   

"How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Apply The Proverbs To Find Help Within Their Families And Within Their Family Relationships?”

So, let us come back to our first subject matter in this series from the book of Proverbs, and that is “knowing and accepting what the Bible says is our responsibility in raising up the next generation spiritually, morally, emotionally, and socially.” Amen!

However, in raising up the next generation spiritually, morally, emotionally, or socially, there is one major factor that we must consider and that Is, “at times there will be the need for correction, reproof, and discipline!”

Now notice Proverbs 29:17, Correct your son or daughter, and they will give you rest; Yes, they will give delight to your soul.

Question, so what does the Bible say about correction reproof, and discipline concerning the next generation if we have been given access and permission to influence, or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate?

And again, let’s continue with these helpful guidelines that can enhance and improve how we correct, or reprove, or discipline that person or persons in our lives, if we have been given access and permission to influence, or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate.

So then, our next helpful guideline is, begin early defining boundaries before they are enforced, with the person in your life whom you have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate.

Now a good example of defining boundaries before they are enforced, are the 10 commandments of God!

Because if you think about it, these commandments from God were actually boundaries, rules, or expectations, that were clearly defined before He enforced them with the Children of Israel.

Now notice Exodus 20:                                                                                                  Vs. 1.  And God spoke all these words, saying:                                                                Vs. 2.  I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.                                                                                                       Vs.*3.  Therefore, you shall have no other gods before Me.                                          Vs. 4.  Neither shell you make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;

Vs. 5.  Nor should you bow down to them nor serve them.  Because I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,                                                                  Vs. 6.  But showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.       Vs. *7. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.                                                                      Vs.*8.  Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.                                                              Vs. 9.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work,                                                    Vs. 10.  But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.                                  Vs. 11.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.           Vs. *12. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.                                                                                  Vs. *13. You shall not murder.                                                                                                 Vs. *14. You shall not commit adultery.                                                                                    *15. You shall not steal.                                                                                                    *16. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.                                              *17. You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.

Note: Now, we took time to come up with some of our own boundaries, or rules, or expectations, that should be clearly defined. That are to be made known to everyone involved.  And, that are age-appropriate and understandable, before they are enforced.

So again, begin early defining boundaries before they are enforced, with the person in your life whom you have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate.

Now, our next helpful guideline is, when boundaries have been repeatedly and willfully disregarded and they have been clearly violated, with no remorse and no confession. Then there needs to be consequences, and we need to be consistent in those times with that person in whom you have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate.

Now see Deuteronomy 28:                                                                                                    Vs. 15.  But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:

Vs. *16.  Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country.           Vs. 17.  Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.                                                Vs.  18. Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.                                                      Vs. *19.  Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.            Vs. 20.  The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me.

Note: Take the time to explain the basic principal in these several verses when it comes to human parenting.

So again, when boundaries have been repeatedly and willfully disregarded and they have been clearly violated, with no remorse and no confession. Then there needs to be consequences, and we need to be consistent in those times with that person in whom you have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate.

Now, our next helpful guideline is, whenever possible discipline in-private.

Notice Matthew 18:15, Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.  If he hears you, you have gained your brother.

Note: Take the time to explain the basic principal in this verse when it comes to human parenting.

So again, whenever possible discipline in-private concerning that person in whom you have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate.

05-08-2019    Part 8  

“How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Apply The Proverbs To Find Help Within Their Families And Within Their Family Relationships”?

So, let us come back to our first subject in this series from the Book of Proverbs, and that is *“knowing and accepting what the Bible says is our responsibility in raising up the next generation spiritually, morally, emotionally, and socially.” Amen!

However, in raising up the next generation spiritually, morally, emotionally, or socially, there is one major factor that we must consider and that Is, “at times there will be the need for correction, reproof, and discipline!”

Now notice Proverbs 29:17.  Correct your son or daughter, and they will give you rest; Yes, they will give delight to your soul.

Question, so what does the Bible say about correction, reproof, and discipline concerning the next generation, and what are some of the helpful guidelines that can enhance and improve how we correct, or reprove, or discipline that person or persons in our lives, if we have been given access and permission to influence, or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate?

So then, our next helpful guideline that can enhance and improve how we correct, or reprove or discipline that person or persons in our lives is, *always discipline showing dignity and mercy unto the one who is receiving your correction, or your reproof.

Notice Ephesians 4:29.  Let no corrupt words proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart Grace to the hearers.

Note: Take the time to explain the basic principal in this verse when it comes to parenting.            •No humiliating, embarrassing or shaming.                                                                          •No profanity or insulting, or hateful words.                                                                            •And never try to break the spirit of the person who you are disciplining.

So once again, always discipline showing dignity and mercy unto that person in whom you have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate who is receiving your correction, or your reproof.

Now our next helpful guideline that can enhance and improve how we correct, or reprove or discipline that person or persons in our lives is, *at all times use age-appropriate, individualize discipline.  Don’t assume what’s good for one is good for another!

Notice Proverbs 13:24 He who spares his rod hates his son or daughter, but the one who loves them disciplines him or her promptly.

Also, see Proverbs 29:15. The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.                                                                                           •No physical or mental abuse or treatment.                                                                   •No cruel, or unusual, or extreme punishments.

So again, at all times use age-appropriate, individualize discipline. But don’t assume what’s good for one is good for that person in whom you have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance unto.

Now our last helpful guideline that can enhance and improve how we correct, or reprove or discipline that person or persons in our lives is, *Be sure that you are properly motivated, and in control of yourself before you discipline, or correct, or reprove that person in whom you have been given access and permission to influence or to give guidance unto them.

See Colossians 3:21.  Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

See James 1: 19&20.                                                                                                     Vs. 19.  So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; Vs. 20.  for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Note: Take the time to explain the basic principal in these few verses when it comes to human parenting.

Now in Luke 15:  The Lord Jesus tells a wonderful parable about a father who had two adult sons, in whom the father had to correct and reproof in different ways, for different reasons, because of his son’s behaviors, attitudes, and their conduct.

Notice the father’s wisdom utilizing one form of correction and reproof for one son (the younger son), reward, as a form of reproof and correction.

But another form of correction and reproof for the other son (the older son), rebuke, as a form of reproof and correction.

Now notice Luke 15:                                                                                                       Vs. 11.  Jesus is speaking, a certain man (a father) had two sons. Vs. 12.  And the younger of the two said unto his father, Father, give me the portion of goods inheritance that falls (or is gifted) unto me. *So, the father divided unto them, (both sons), his livelihood, or their inheritance.                                                                  Vs. 13.  And not many days after that, the younger son gathered all his belongings and he left home and journeyed to a far country. And there the younger son wasted all his possessions with or because of prodigal living, or irresponsible living.                         Vs. 20.  So the younger son arose and came to his father. *But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.

Notice vs. 21.  And the younger son said to his Father, I have sinned against Heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.                                    Vs. 22.  But the father said to his servants, Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.                                                         Vs. 23.  And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry!                  Vs. 24.  Because this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. And they began to be merry.                                                                                          Vs. 25.  Now the oldest son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.                                                                                Vs. 26.  So, the older son called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.              Vs. 27.  And the servant said to the older brother, Your brother has come back and because your father has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.

Now notice carefully vs. 28, 29, &30, the oldest son was angry, blaming, demanding, insulting and disrespectful unto his father.                                                                            Vs. 28.  But the older son was angry and would not go into the house. *Therefore, his father came out and pleaded with his oldest son.                                                          Vs 29.  But, then the older son answered and said to his father, Look, these many years I have been serving you. I never transgressed your commandment at any time. Yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.                           Vs. 30.  But, as soon as this son of yours returns, who has devoured your inheritance with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him!

Notice the Father’s wisdom utilizing a different form of correction and reproof for his oldest son.  Not a reward, but a rebuke, as another form of reproof and correction.

Notice vs. 31.  And the Father said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.

Vs. 32.  It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.

Now, the information below is from a handout that was given out after our Bible study time was over.

“The spanking controversy should not be whether parents spank or not but how they spank. Because in some cases a single disapproving word can bring a sensitive child to tears, while a more spirited youngster might need stronger measures. Spankings should be done in private to spare children humiliation and without anger. It might be worthwhile to reiterate the fact that parental discipline should never injure the child. It is never necessary to bruise your children in order to spank them hard enough to make your point. Spanking should always be administered with love and never when the parent is in a fit of rage. That sort of discipline is indeed abusive, wrong, and detrimental to the child, because it shatters the environment of loving nurture and instruction that Ephesians 6:4 describes.

Spanking is by no means the only kind of discipline parents should administer. There are many other viable forms of punishing children that, on occasion, can be used in addition to the rod. If the child responds immediately to a verbal rebuke in a given situation, a spanking is probably not necessary. Other punishments, such as withdrawing privileges, can also be used as occasional alternatives to spanking if the situation warrants it.  Much of our parental discipline should be totally positive.  Parents can and should provide guidance for their children by rewarding them for positive behavior, as well as by punishing them for wrong behavior.  Both sides of the equation are important. Positive motivation is entirely legitimate and can often be an effective means of getting children to obey.  Notice, in fact, that the promise God Himself attached to the Fifth Commandment is a positive motivation. The commandment was reinforced with a promise, not a threat.  It is often appropriate to say to your child, if you do this, I will reward you in this way!  Balanced discipline involves both negative and positive reinforcements. In fact, we might sum up all discipline by saying it means giving the appropriate reward for the conduct.  When the conduct (including both attitudes and actions) is good, a positive reward is warranted. When the conduct is bad, a negative reward is in order. It's really that simple.”

05-16-2019  Part 9  

"How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Apply The Proverbs To Find Help Within Their Families And Within Their Family Relationships?”

So, let us continue with our first subject in this series from the Book of Proverbs and that is, *knowing and accepting what the Bible says is our responsibility in raising up the next generation spiritually, morally, emotionally, and socially.” Amen!

Now this afternoon let’s begin to desire morality and integrity for themselves!

Now notice Proverbs 1: 10.  My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

Proverbs 25: 28.  Whoever has no rule over his own spirit, is like a city broken down and without walls.

Proverbs 20: 7. The just man or woman walketh in their integrity: their children are blessed after them.

Now ask the Bible Study group what is morality or morals?   And what is integrity?

First, morality or morals.

Listen, morality or morals are having and being committed to a set of standards, principles, rules, codes for conduct, and beliefs that were modeled, taught, and shared from another person and whom you trust.  In which you have personally embraced and accepted.  Which guides and assist you. That helps you to distinguish between right from wrong, good from bad, beneficial or non-beneficial. which enables you to have an inward fortitude and desire to select one over the other.  By which your conduct, behavior, and attitude will display self-control, self-restraint, scruples, an ethicalness, a high regard for others, and a healthy respect for yourself.

And by the way, morality and morals can be identified within four major categories in which we can choose from to follow.                                                                               •Secular/Nonreligious morality.                                                                                           •Cultural/Ethnic morality.                                                                                               •Personal/Self-imposed morality.                                                                                •Divine/Biblical morality.                                                                                                      

Now what is integrity?

Integrity means, having undivided values, or character, or convictions, which produces, honesty, truthfulness, transparency, that causes a person to be uncompromising, courageous, honorable.

Question, should we first take seriously the Bible’s admonition to us as adults, parents, etc. That both morality and Integrity is model by us so that the person or persons who are in our lives, that we have been given access and permission to influence, or to give guidance unto them that is age-appropriate, will be more effective?

A well-known Christian radio talk show host Dave Ramsey said, “I truly believe more is caught than taught that what your child or kids see you do, is a lot more powerful than what they hear you say”                                                                                            “Words can be strong, but actions are stronger.”                                                                 “Remember little eyes are watching you!”

See Romans 2:                                                                                                                  Vs. 21.  You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself?  You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal?                                                        Vs. 22.  You who say, "Do not commit adultery," do you commit adultery?  You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?                                                                                   Vs. 23.  You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law?

See I John 1:                                                                                                                       Vs. 6. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.                                                                                                          Vs. 7.  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.                     Vs. 8.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.            Vs. 9.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.                                                                                  Vs. 10.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

See Philippians 4: 9.                                                                                                               The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and The God of Peace will be with you.

Remember the meaning for morality or morals are having and being committed to a set of standards, principles, rules, codes for conduct, and beliefs that were modeled, taught, and shared from another person and whom you trust.  In which you have personally embraced and accepted.  Which guides and assist you.  That helps you to distinguish between right from wrong, good from bad, beneficial or non-beneficial.  which enables you to have an Inward fortitude and desire to select one over the other.  By which your conduct, behavior, and attitude will display self-control, self-restraint, scruples, an ethicalness,

A high regard for others, and a healthy respect for yourself.

Again, see Proverbs 1:                                                                                                     Vs. 10. My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.                                                      Vs. 11.  If they say, come with us, Let us lie in wait to shed blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;                                                                                          Vs. 12.  Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down to the Pit;           Vs. 13.  We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, We shall fill our houses with spoil;               Vs. 14.  Cast in your lot among us, let us all have one purse.                                          Vs. 15.  My son, do not walk in the way with them, keep your foot from their path;            Vs. 16.  For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.                          Vs. 17.  Surely, in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird;                                        Vs. 18.  But they lie in wait for their own blood, they lurk secretly for their own lives.