Bulletin Message

On His final day of ministry before going to the Cross, Jesus was asked by His disciples where they were going to gather for the Feast of Passover. He told two of the disciples exactly where to go in Jerusalem to meet a certain man, to follow him, and to ask the master of that house to show them a guest chamber where they would eat the Passover. The two disciples went and found everything just as Jesus had said (Mark 14:12-16). God had gone before them.

After eating the Passover, Jesus told the disciples that after He was risen, He would go before them to Galilee. (Mark 14:28).

The prophet Samuel was the last judge of Israel. When he was old, the people rejected his sons to be judges over them and wanted a king like the nations around them. This rejection deeply grieved the faithful and uncompromising servant of God. He went to the God of all comfort, Who instructed Samuel to not take personally the rejection. The LORD said to Samuel, "Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them." (1 Sam 8:7).

Regardless of the number of days we are given by Him, there is but one lesson our Maker wants us to learn: Trust Jesus Christ.

No matter our age.
No matter our station in life.
No matter the circumstances.

For everything.
Without doubt, reservation, or hesitation.

He will use all circumstances toward that end.
He will use every one of our decisions toward that end.

This one lesson is simple and liberating: Trust Jesus.

Light is not merely a natural phenomenon or an understanding, it is a Person. Light has a name – Jesus Christ (John 8:12). Therefore, rather than turning on a light, we need the Light to shine in us.

Truth is not merely a concept, it is a Person. Truth has a name – Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Therefore, rather than asking, "What is truth?", the question that needs to be asked is "Who is Truth?"

God is not the author of confusion, but of peace (1 Cor 14:33). Confusion sets in when there is a difference between what is said and what is done.

The intellectual elite are among the most ignorant and deceived of people.

Case in point, Stephen Hawking, the physicist proclaimed to be the most intelligent man on earth today. In his book "The Grand Design", the world's most intelligent man challenges religious beliefs regarding the creation of the universe: "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."

Wait, WHAT?! Who wrote the Law of Gravity? And all the other laws of physics?

Liars lie, it's what they do.

Even in the face of Truth, liars lie. It was common knowledge that the Jews (scribes, Pharisees, chief priests) were looking for a way to kill Jesus. Nonetheless, the Jews and their disciples (the people who feared and followed them) lied (denied the truth) right to Jesus' (John 14:6) face – "You have a devil! Who is trying to kill you?" (John 7:20).

If liars do not lie in the face of Truth, they keep silent (John 7:26, Mark 3:1-6). Their voices are silent, but liar's actions deny the truth (John 7:30-32, Jer 7:28, Is 59:14).

The irony is palpable.

Fellow followers of Jesus Christ, do we pay for our sins? Did David? We know David was forgiven by the Lord he offended (2 Sam 12:13 and Ps 32:1-2) but we also know David greatly suffered the consequences of his sin (2 Sam 12:9-14, 2 Sam 13-18).

A disciple of Jesus Christ offers his life unto the Lord and others as a living and holy sacrifice. Such "dying to Self" (Matt 16:24, 1 Cor 15:31, Phil 1:21) is acceptable/pleasing to God. And given what Jesus Christ did for us, it is our reasonable/rational/logical service to Him (Rom 12:1).

We prove/discern this will of God by not conforming to the world, but by being separate unto Him and separate from the world (2 Cor 6:17-18), and by being transformed by the renewing/renovation of our mind/intellect/thought process (Rom 12:2).


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