Bulletin Message

We hear many voices speaking to us and sometimes we get confused as to who is speaking.

Are we hearing words of criticism, condemnation, deception, discouragement, despair, distraction, flattery, or bitterness? The devil is speaking; disregard him because he is a liar, a murderer, and thief.

Are we hearing words of comfort, encouragement, edification, grace, peace, hope, correction, instruction, or absolute unchanging truth? The Lord God is speaking; pay attention because He is Life, Light, and Love.

A church is a body of people that serves the Lord Jesus Christ, the Head of the Body (Col 1:18). Preaching, teaching, and discipleship (how to follow Jesus) take place among them (Matt 28:18-20). Where a church gathers is a hospital for the hurting, an embassy for the King, and a house of worship of the Living God. Individual believers are identified by who they are – “in Christ.” Fellowship with the Lord and, on that basis, with each other is an important element of a church (Acts 2:42, Heb 10:22-25).

Parents have an uneasiness about their children when they are separated from them. That uneasiness does not go away or even diminish the older the children get; it, in fact, increases because the separations are longer and potentially more consequential. There is an uneasiness about Proverbs 22:6, the "white space" (of time) between "go" and "when he is old." Job knew this uneasiness of separation concerning his grown children (Job 1:2, 4-5).

A vineyard is very valuable. The value of the vineyard is the fruit it produces. The owner of the vineyard expects good fruit, for that is the whole purpose of the vineyard. The owner of the vineyard is pleased with good fruit and is not pleased with bad fruit.

Jesus told His disciples to always be ready for His return (Luke 12:35-40).

To be ever ready for the imminent return of Jesus Christ, we need a power source. Self-generated power is short-lived and fails. Man-made power sources fail; Ever Ready batteries are not always ready because they die. We need the indwelling power of God from on high, the Holy Spirit, to be ever ready!

Be Spirit-filled. Be ever ready.

The error of Job's "friends" was that they connected in their carnal minds things that are not connected in God's mind.

They connected physical health and material wealth with the blessings of God. The Lord makes no such connection (Prov 13:7, Prov 28:6, Prov 28:11, Prov 30:8-9, 1 Tim 6:6-12).

Job's "friends" connected affliction, trials, and tribulations with the judgment of God. The Lord makes no such connection (Ps 119:67, Ps 119:71, Ps 119:75, James 1:2-5, Phil 1:29, Phil 3:7-11, 1 Peter 1:3-9).

Things that fly:

Birds (Gen 1:20, Rev 19:17)
Angels (Is 6:1-2, Dan 9:21, Rev 14:6)

Evil men to worldly stuff (1 Sam 15:19)
The glory of man (Hosea 9:7-11)

Time, the number of our days (Ps 90:4-12)
Worldly riches (Prov 23:5)

Are you grounded?

The issue/tension between God and man is a matter of the heart. Man has a heart that is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jer 17:9), man has a fatal heart disease (Mark 7:14-23) that results in a separation from God (Is 59:1-2).

We are pleased when we are respected and we are displeased when we are disrespected. So is God.

Sin disrespects God. Sin says "I don't believe You" to the God Who cannot lie. Sin says "I don't trust You" to a God Who cannot fail. Sin says "He does not see what I am doing" to the God Who sees and knows everything.

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee.
The LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.


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