Month: April 2017
1 Timothy 4
6 If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. 7 But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.
Paul had given Timothy quite a bit of instruction. As we read the letters to Timothy we find Paul, led by the Holy Spirit, teaching Timothy to be an effective minister of Jesus Christ. In one sense, we are all ministers of Christ. The word for minister is the word we get our English word ‘deacon’ from, which simply means ‘servant.’ So yes, we are all servants, ministers of Jesus Christ.
What I want to notice today, as a continuing thought from yesterday, is that Paul wanted Timothy to be faithful to the word of God. Notice these instructions: “nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine.” The words of faith and the good doctrine are nothing less than the written word of God. Isaiah gave the people the very word of God. Paul gave Timothy the very word of God and then told him to be nourished in it and to practice its good doctrine.
My friends, stay close to the Word of God. It keeps us from mistakes and from errors and from sin. When error creeps into our lives we have the word of God to enable us to reject the “old wives’ fables.” False teaching abounded in Paul’s day and abounds today. Stay close to the word of God to avoid it. In fact, Paul told Timothy, and us, to exercise ourselves toward godliness according to the word of God.
Stay close to God’s word. Exercise yourself in it. Trust it. Submit to it. It is indeed the very words of God for us all.
This Sunday evening, Pray Naperville is sponsoring a night of prayer and praise. It is being hosted by the Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Naperville. The program starts at 6:00 and will be two hours of music, testimony and prayer. All Christians will be blessed by this night or prayer and praise. Join us.
Have a great day in the Lord,
2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth!
For the Lord has spoken:
10 Hear the word of the Lord,
You rulers of Sodom;
Give ear to the law of our God,
You people of Gomorrah:
18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.
I was struck this morning by this thought: either God has spoken or God has not spoken. In the first chapters of Isaiah, and throughout the whole book, God lets us know that He is the one doing the talking. God calls us to hear because it is He who has spoken.
My friends, we still need to hear the voice of God. There are many voices calling for our attention. There are voices of work, voices of children, voices of politics, voices of news casts, voices of talk shows, voices of Facebook, voices of health, angry voices, bitter voices, and loud voices all calling for our attention all day long. Then there is that voice of sin calling our names and seeking to pull our attention toward its vile ways. We need to hear the voice of God.
In the midst of such clamor of calling voices, it is the voice of God that brings us clarity. It is the voice of God that coming through all of the others gives us correct guidance and leads us into daily peace. When I listen to the news I get upset at either the event or the newscaster. Their bias just gets to me. It seems that I am being pulled whichever way the news writer wants me to be pulled. So called conservative news writers do the same thing. Who has the truth? Whose news really matters? Then I come back to God and to His messages, to His dependable prophecies and I can make sense out of all the other voices.
When sin confronts me I have an opportunity to listen to the Word of God or to ignore it and accept some other words as good for me. But whenever we reject the Word of God we accept the pain of sin. Isaiah 1 and 2 makes that painfully clear.
Has God spoken? What does God want us to do with His words? He wants us to come and to reason with Him, to find His words true and faithful, to accept them as good and right for us so that He can come into us, cleanse us from our sin and dwell in us.
This Sunday we are having a special speaker, Ray Schwarz will be presenting Christ to us as only one who was raised in an orthodox Jewish home can. Ray’s presentations are crystal clear and open our understanding to the Savior. You will want to hear this man’s message.
We are back to regular schedules Kids4Truth tonight as well as Youth group and our prayer and Bible study times.
Nancy Schmidt came home last night rejoicing to get a good night’s sleep in her own bed.
Have a great day in the Lord,
6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring;
1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price.
God wants to quench our thirst and He is able to do so. In fact, all who come to God for spiritual water find all that they need at no cost to themselves. The Author of our salvation desires that all who come to Him have their thirst quenched and is able to completely satisfy all who come.
When God spoke through the prophet Isaiah He made clear His offer of eternal life to those who could come to Him for His life-giving water. When Jesus met the woman at the well He offered her himself as the eternal water of life. Throughout time God has offered spiritual satisfaction, eternal life, to those who would come to Him with their thirst. Here we see that at the end of time, God will continue to be the source of satisfaction for all who continue to seek Him.
Where do those in rebellion to God go to when they are thirsty? Are those fountains, that look so incredibly beautiful, able to quench spiritual thirst? Are the fountains of this world, of fame, of power, of money, of luxury, of sex, of self-will; are these fountains able to bring eternal satisfaction? Only the offer from God, only His water, which He has paid for and offers freely to all, can ever satisfy.
Would you stop drinking at the fountains that cannot satisfy and come to the only Fountain that can?
We are thanking God for a wonderful Sunday together here at Grace for Life. It was a great day in many ways and we are thankful. We especially enjoyed the Josh Hedges family as Josh presented his work and we got to enjoy the family.
The message from Sunday is on the church website.
Nancy Schmidt ended up back in the hospital Sunday night with more fluid on her lungs. Keep our sister in your prayers. She is on a donor list for a new liver.
Have a great day in the Lord,
In 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 we read about Paul being of good courage as he knew he would stand before the Judgment seat of Jesus Christ. This judgment seat is not a place where our sins are judged for there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. This judgment seat will be a place where all followers of Jesus Christ will give an account of what they did with the gifts that God gave to them. In this message, Pastor Steve goes through the Scriptures explaining what this judgment is, who will be judged, and how we can be of good courage as we anticipate it.