6Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.
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What did Jesus say about forgiveness? Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive... Read More
What did Jesus say about forgiveness? Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-22 Why did Peter ask if seven times forgiveness was enough? It goes back to ancient Jewish rabbi teachings. It was common teaching to forgive your brother three times but not a fourth time. Peter thought himself to be generous when asking Jesus this question. However, Peter must have been taken back by the response of Jesus. 'Seventy times seven,' or 490, is not to be taken literally. We are to forgive others as many times as it takes. Questions: I. What is the heart? What does the Bible mean when talking about the heart? The Bible doesn't mean the muscular pump which is necessary for our survival. There are numerous sayings we use today about hearts that do not mean the physical heart such as "He's got a lot of heart," or "the heart of the matter," or "have a heart" are just a few. The heart refers to the emotions of human beings. Likewise, the mind can be used to described the thought processes or thoughts of human beings. The heart is that part of man that both thinks and feels. It is passion. 7 “Listen to me, you who know righteousness,the people in whose heart is my law;fear not the reproach of man,nor be dismayed at their revilings. Isaiah 51:7 12 “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,“return to me with all your heart,with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; Joel 2:12 If we are to be God's people, you must have a passion and desire for God. You must put Him, and His Word, in your heart. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 As a Christian, God's peace, which is so great we can't understand it completely, will guard our hearts and minds so that we think right and we do right. The opposite thinking comes from the heart as well, but what are you putting in your heart (Matt 15:18-20)? Make sure your heart is set on God. II. What is forgiveness? 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:27-28 Jesus Christ had a forgiving heart. He loved us so much He was willing to leave His Father to come to earth to be crucified so that we might be saved. God forgives us through the blood of His Son, Jesus. III. What is an unforgiving heart? Somebody who refuses to forgive someone else for something they did or didn't do. Christ's teachings disagree with this attitude. Having an unforgiving heart can do a lot of damage to oneself. This is a very serious matter. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25 Having an unforgiving heart can and will destroy your heart and your soul. Do not continue in this lifestyle. Holding a grudge will not destroy them, but it will destroy you. Is it worth it? 14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15 IV. What is a forgiving heart? When Jeremiah was prophesying about the New Covenant which was to come (Jer 31:31-34), He says the following: For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:34b Our God is a forgiving God. Our Savior is a forgiving Savior. If our God is a forgiving God, then what must we be as Christians? If Christ forgives, we must also forgive. 12 and forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors. Matthew 6:12 "...forgive, and you will be forgiven;" Luke 6:37c 12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:12-13 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 Forgiveness is NECESSARY if you are going to be acceptable to God. If you want to enter the kingdom of Heaven, you must learn to forgive. You must have a forgiving heart. Do not let an unforgiving heart decide the fate of your soul.
Ryan Winter Hawk Armstrong
I wish it was easy to obtain a pure lifestyle and not allow the sin to captivate my life, on a weekly basis.
I wish it was easy to obtain a pure lifestyle and not allow the sin to captivate my life, on a weekly basis.
tnbassman10
It's time to clean up our lives as Christians. Every Sunday we "dust" and "clean" our spiritual houses. However, there is a major problem... Read More
It's time to clean up our lives as Christians. Every Sunday we "dust" and "clean" our spiritual houses. However, there is a major problem in some of our lives. 1. We are consumed by media today We are bombarded by media. There are now over 1.65B people on Facebook. There are now 4 billion videos watched on YouTube per day. Did you know pornography uses the most bandwidth worldwide? Plus, the porn industry gains more money annually than CBS, ABC, and NBC combined. In fact, the number one. Let searched topic on Google is sex. There are 68 million pornographic search engine requests per day worldwide. Psalm 101:3 Did you know 80% of children receive some form of inappropriate spam email. 47% of children get pornographic spam emails daily. 1 in 5 children will open one of these emails. 89% of all pornographic webpages are made by the USA. Every second, 30,000 people are viewing pornography worldwide. 2. Porn industry is bigger than you think 20% of Americans use pornography every single week. 41% of Christian young men (age 13-24) use it regularly. Fundamentalist/conservative Christian young men are 91% more likely to look at porn than non-believers. Far too many Christians look at sin as more enjoyable than God. According to research, 20% of all Christian women were addicted to pornography in 2006. In 2016, married women and teenage girls are the fastest growing demographic in the pornography industry. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 3. Porn is closer than you think We are no longer teaching our children about sex, Google is. Who created sex? God did! Is sex good? Yes it is! In the context of marriage. 90% of 8 - 16 year-old children have viewed pornography at some point in America. What's the average age in USA for viewing porn for the first time? 8 years old! That's terrible. Think about that! That's 2nd or 3rd grade! A study in 2002 revealed that 30% of preachers admitted to viewing pornography in the last month. According to another survey, 80-90% of youth ministers are watching pornography regularly. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 We need to start preaching and practicing self control in our churches today because chances are we need to prepare for the first time our children see pornography instead of hoping they never see it. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 4. Porn affects the brain Pornography affects the brain. It releases dopamine, which is the pleasure chemical, to stimulate the pleasure center of the brain. The images are stored and pleasure associated with them inside your brain in 0.7 seconds. That's why porn addiction is harder to break than drug addiction many times. Porn is very similar to being addicted to drugs. Much similar to a high, porn addicts need more. Eventually the porn being viewed goes from "normal" to "abnormal" like child pornography for example. 37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;and give me life in your ways. Psalms 119:37 Pornography is when sexual desire goes wrong. It dishonors God. When viewing porn, you go from looking at someone as a person with a soul to simply a piece of meat to be used. 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:28 5. The cost of porn 40% of "sex addicts" or "porn addicts" are losing their spouses. Wives (and husbands) can't compete with porn. Those are professional actors. More than 50% of those involved with sexual internet interactions have lost interest with their spouse. Men who watch porn regularly increase their chances of a divorce by 300%. 58% of all divorces cite someone with an addiction to porn. 6. You can beat this What if Jesus is standing there asking you to stop and instead glorify Him? He is over and over again in His Word. Put filters on your internet at home. Talk to your children and teach them about God's original plan for marriage. sermon by Brad Harub of Apologetics Press Highland Heights church of Christ Lebanon, TN
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Are you happy? In today's world, the media and celebrities try to influence us on what should make us happy. As a Christian, you know tru... Read More
Are you happy? In today's world, the media and celebrities try to influence us on what should make us happy. As a Christian, you know true happiness doesn't come from material things. There are things that can steal your happiness. I. Circumstances Paul mentioned his circumstances--the external things around him--but they did not change his priorities (Phi 1:12). Paul was determined to glorify Christ and fulfill his mission for Christ no matter his circumstances. II. People There are three things you need to practice in your life to be a good member of the kingdom: submission, service, and forgiveness. Don't do anything you do out of selfish ambitions (Phi 2:3-4). All sin is a product of selfishness. We give in to temptation because we want something. It doesn't have to be material. It is a weakness of the flesh (James 1:13-15). Selfishness is the opposite of love and Christianity. Selfishness is wanting what's "good" for one self above others. How can you 'deny yourself, take up your cross and follow' Christ if you are selfish? Change the way you think (Rom 12:2). Learn to be submissive like Christ. Jesus came to Earth with no reputation. He didn't go on a grand tour to celebrate His miracles. He didn't come to be a rockstar. Jesus didn't come to get rich. Jesus didn't come to conquer with military force. Jesus could've called 12 legions of angels the Bible states. The "security detail" of the Messiah was serious. One angel killed 185,000 men (2 Kings 19:35) and the account doesn't even state that the angel was armed. III. Things Paul told Timothy to be content (1 Tim 6:6-7). Do not get caught up in worldly things. Do not be vain or conceited (1 Tim 6:17). Every single thing you have is a gift. Every breath you take was given to you by God. Sure, you may have built your business from the ground up or your intense training gave you a professional athletic career. Where did you get your eyes that see or your muscles which move your body? Who blessed you to be born where you were born or give you the gift of hard work? Everything is from God! Do not trust your wealth but trust in God (1 Tim 6:17). Be ready to share. Use your wealth and blessings to help others. Do these things to build up treasures in heaven (1 Tim 6:18-19; Phi 3:18-21). IV. Worry Do not worry over things you cannot control (Phi 4:6-7). Send your prayers to God. Be thankful to God. Send the thank-you note before you receive the present. Give your worry to God then move on. Learn to live your life this way (Phi 4:9). The peace of God will guard you (Phi 4:7).
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The For the wife (3:1-6) Peter continues the conversation of submission to authority from the previous chapter. Instead of a employee-emp... Read More
The For the wife (3:1-6) Peter continues the conversation of submission to authority from the previous chapter. Instead of a employee-employer relationship, he now focuses on the martial relationship. In this case, he instructs wives to be subject unto their husbands, even husbands who are not Christians. A non-Christian husband may not treat his wife well. However, there is no Biblical doctrine for suffering wives to leave their husbands and remarry another person. Instead, wives are admonished to respond to unbelieving husbands with moral conduct combined with respect for their authority as husbands. Peter addresses the matter of orderly personal grooming for Christian women. The adornment of the inner person is more important than enhancing one's physical appearance. Peter is not forbidding the use of jewelry, nice clothing, or well-arranged hair, but rather he wants Christian women to focus others' attention, not on their bodies, but on Christ whose characteristics are reflected in their lives. The greatest impression Christians--both men and women--should have on others is that they belong to Christ. Being stylish, physically fit, attractive, or wealthy should not be your primary concern. Paul echoed this in his letter to Timothy (1 Tim. 2:9-10). Dress yourself with good works and righteous living. The Virtuous Woman (Prov 31:10-31) God gives us an example of the ideal woman in Proverbs. The virtuous woman is pleased to do the work of the homemaker and does not consider those tasks to be demeaning or menial (Prov. 31:13-15,21-22). The virtuous woman is filled with good will toward her husband. She maintains the best of intentions toward him in their relationship together. She earns the confidence of her husband and shows appreciation for his labor by being resourceful with family resources (Prov. 31:11-12). A virtuous woman completes her husband. A godly wife can make a good man a great man (Prov 31:23,31). Being in subjection to a husband does not imply shame or suggest inferiority. Except for God the Father, everyone is subject to another (1 Cor. 11:3; Heb. 13:17; Eph. 6:1). Wives should be pleased to fulfill their God-given roles as Christ fulfilled His role God set for Him in the salvation of mankind. Women Working Outside the Home? The virtuous woman is enterprising. She is not afraid of taking on additional responsibilities as time permits (Prov. 31:16-19,24). So, can a Christian woman work outside the home? Many Bible women performed duties that are not directly tied into being a mother or wife. At the same time, there are commands in the Bible that women take care of their responsibilities in the home. Lydia was a "seller of purple" (Acts 16:12-16). A good woman with a household also had a business in this text. Aquila and Priscilla are often described as being a good Christian couple in the early church. Priscilla had a job as a tent maker (Acts 18:1-3). There were women that labored with Paul--work not directly related to being a homemaker (Phil 4:2-3; Rom 16:1-3). Deborah, a judge of Israel, was a married woman. Being a judge of Israel is not directly related to being a homemaker. In today's society, most married women work outside of the home by choice. Under what conditions can a Christian woman work outside of the home? When she has fulfilled her duties of being a homemaker and managing the house (Titus 2:3-5; 1 Tim. 5:14). For the Husband (3:7) Men are required to be in subjection to authority and patiently endure injustices in whatever role they find themselves. In this context, husbands must recognize their subjection to the will of God in the treatment of their wives. No man is permitted to be a dictator in his home, nor view himself as the center of the family. God is the central being in the family. The closer a husband and wife draw to God, the closer they draw together. Man is not permitted to make one decision in the home that does not first meet God's approval. God linked husbands and wives eternal inheritance to how they treat one another in marriage (John 3:22). How Should Man Treat His Wife? (1) God ordained that husbands be the providers for the home (Gen. 3:17-19; Eccl. 5:18-20). Men are to work and provide for their families (1 Tim. 5:8; 2 Thess. 3:10). (2) God set men to the task of being protectors of their families. Just as Christ was willing to give His life for the church, so must men stand ready to suffer and die for their families (Eph. 5:25). Good husbands do not allow their wives to go unprotected. (3) God assigned husbands the duty of being the spiritual leader of the house. They are order to be the heads of their families, a responsibility they may not delegate to their wives (Gen 3:16). Additionally, man's authority is not to be used as a whip to hold over his wife's head. There is never an acceptable excuse for a man to beat his wife. (4) Treat your wife as Christ treats the church (Eph 5:25,28-29). (5) God commanded husbands to be loving and tender towards their wives (Luke 18:16, John 8:7, Gal. 5:22-23). Husbands, it is a blessing from God to have a wife. Cherish that blessing; treat her with honor.
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Converting operates in much assumptions" Grateful joyful living is the cure and fix against converting" Our lives are rooted in the uns... Read More
Converting operates in much assumptions" Grateful joyful living is the cure and fix against converting" Our lives are rooted in the unseen hence we convert not, as converting has to do with the seen" Content is a choice and practice which is fuelled by divine abilities"
Osarumen Osama i.  #OOi.
We follow the instructed manual praying with Thanksgiving" We present our request and supplications with Thanksgiving" This Thanksgivin... Read More
We follow the instructed manual praying with Thanksgiving" We present our request and supplications with Thanksgiving" This Thanksgiving is our rejoicing, haven received by faith what we just prayer about" This thanksgiving cause peace beyond understanding to fill/keep our hearts"
Stacey Conroy
A Study of the Book of Philippians Joy is important You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;therefore God, your God, has set ... Read More
A Study of the Book of Philippians Joy is important You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;therefore God, your God, has set you above your companionsby anointing you with the oil of joy.” Hebrews 1:9 NIV84 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 NIV84 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. Hebrews 13:17 NIV84 I can't change my heart but I can change my heart. God can change my heart but he won't change my mind. 1. A Single Mind - What am I living for today? For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21 NIV84 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 NIV84 2. A Submitted Mind - Treat others better than you treat yourself J esus O thers Y ourself Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Philippians 2:5 NIV84 3. A Simple Mind - Say goodbye to the past and hello to the future Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, Philippians 3:13 NIV84 4. A Settled Mind - Focus on Christ - Focus on the pure Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 NIV84 When do I struggle to have the mind of Christ? How can I think more Biblically? Identify three lies that I commonly believe to be true.
saraembke
The peace is greater than any thought call on Jesus to intervene in my life to see this peace become a reality.
The peace is greater than any thought call on Jesus to intervene in my life to see this peace become a reality.
Nicky Milton
God has a plan for your life to do....Immeasurably more! Our potential to live a great big life comes from the power of our GREAT BIG GO... Read More
God has a plan for your life to do....Immeasurably more! Our potential to live a great big life comes from the power of our GREAT BIG GOD. ALL things, ALL times ALL you need!!..... Through Christ who gives you strength.
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