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The Lord brings Comfort

August 27, 2017
The Lord brings Comfort
Isaiah 51:1–6

Philippians 1:2 (ESV) 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Who did God used to mentor you in the Christian Faith? It may have been a pastor, maybe a relative or a teacher. You may have only one mentor or you may have had many. But these mentors of the Christian faith, pointed you to Christ, as the author of the Hebrews says in:

Hebrews 13:7 (ESV) 7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

Isaiah 51:1 (ESV) 1 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.

Who is that rock? Not you mentor, but as St. Paul tells us

1 Corinthians 10:4 (ESV) 4 …and the Rock was Christ.

St. Jerome adds, “We can say that the cut-out rock means the tomb of the Savior into which he was placed.”

We seek Jesus the Christ, the rock noting the empty tomb showing that our sins are forgiveness through Christ’s death and resurrection. Our stain glass of the empty town shows also had the victory banner as Christ defeated sin, death and the devil.

Isaiah then redirects our attention to Abraham and Sarah. Why, as Isaiah notes because they were barren, but then God blessed them and caused them to be parents of many, which shows God wonderful blessings amidst great pain of infertility.

It is God blessing or giving comfort which is a main theme here in Isaiah. Where God takes the barrenness of this world and makes it fruitful. The people during Isaiah saw their land destroyed, people taken into exile because they had forgotten God and His promises, but now God is remembering His promised and giving them hope with many blessings through Jesus the Christ, which is explained in chapter 53.

But for us what do we gather from this section of the prophet Isaiah? First of all lets start with our spiritual mentors who taught us the Christian faith. Like Abraham and Sarah, they had their struggles, but kept the faith. Like all people are sinful. Our natural reaction is to ask why would God utilize sinners as spiritual mentors for our lives? Abraham and Sarah were not perfect, nor your mentor and neither is your pastor perfect. Why would God allow you to see the imperfections of other people? This is actually for your benefit, when you see your mentor’s or pastor’s or spouse’s or anyone’s imperfections. First of all, when you see these blemishes, you now know how to pray for them. Add the people and their imperfections to your daily prayers. Next to show you that God is merciful to sinners, by the way that also includes you. Yes, God loves all people especially those who do not deserve it. We may quickly think of the heaters in the world, but that also includes us. Finally, to show how God works through the weak of this world to shame the wise, as St. Paul reminds us in: 1 Corinthians 1:27 (ESV) 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong. For God shows love and forgiveness to those who are underserving.

When God works through our weakness, it shows God’s strength and mercy and God is ultimately glorified.

We constantly need to be reminded of God’s underserved Grace and mercy. Why, because like the people of Israel we get distracted with the things of this world. Or as Jesus Himself puts it Luke 24:25 (ESV) 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!

So when the chances of this world brings hardship and struggle, do we give up upon God, or do we remember that punishments and calamities are not inherently evil because good may come out of them. St. Luke reminds us in the Gospel Luke 24:26 (ESV) 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” and again later in
Acts 14:22 (ESV) 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.

The reason why Isaiah sets this stage is given in v6.

Isaiah 51:6 (ESV) 6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.

Neither creation nor the enemies of God’s people are eternal. The material world is transitory, as Jesus says in

Matthew 24:35 (ESV) 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

So the Lord bring Comfort, not to make us comfortable. Sometimes the comfort of Christ, makes us uncomfortable, so that we will relay upon His Word of Promise and the sacraments.

Luther reminds us that when you are burdened and feel your weakness, go joyfully to the sacrament and let yourself be refreshed, comforted, and strengthened. [73] For if you wait until you are rid of your burden in order to come to the sacrament purely and worthily, you will have to stay away from it forever.

So we don’t stay away from Christ and His Word and Sacrament, but come, for the Lord brings Comfort. In His name Amen.

Philippians 4:7 (ESV) 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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August 26, 2017 at 3:06 pm

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Trusting in the Promises of God

August 20, 2017
Trusting in the Promises of God
Isaiah 56:1, 6–8

God Grace and Peace to you from our Risen Savior Jesus the Christ, Amen.

If you are looking for something, you need to be at a place where it is going to be found.

From Luther’s Works, If now I seek the forgiveness of sins, I do not run to the cross, for I will not find it given there. Nor must I hold to the suffering of Christ… in knowledge or remembrance, for I will not find it there either. But I will find in the sacrament or gospel the word which distributes, presents, offers, and gives to me that forgiveness which was won on the cross. Therefore, Luther has rightly taught that whoever has a bad conscience from his sins should go to the sacrament and obtain comfort, not because of the bread and wine, not because of the body and blood of Christ, but because of the word which in the sacrament offers, presents, and gives the body and blood of Christ, given and shed for me.
(Luther, M. (1999). Luther’s works, vol. 40: Church and Ministry II. (J. J. Pelikan, H. C. Oswald, & H. T. Lehmann, Eds.) (Vol. 40, p. 214). Philadelphia: Fortress Press.)

The Word of God and His promises from that Word give the Sacrament it power. So we are Trusting in the Promises of God.

What are the Promises of God in this in our Old Testament reading? There are many. We need to look where God is doing the action and what that action is accomplishing. Here are a few: Access to My Holy Mountain, Joyful in My House of Prayer, The Sacrifice accepted and God continues to gather

Let first start with Isaiah 56:8 (ESV) 8 The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares, “I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.”

How does God gather His people:

Let me utilize Solomon’s prayer of Dedication for the Temple in:
1 Kings 8:22–23 (ESV) 22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven, 23 and said, “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart;

1 Kings 8:41–43 (ESV) 41 “Likewise, when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a far country for your name’s sake 42 (for they shall hear of your great name and your mighty hand, and of your outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this house, 43 hear in heaven your dwelling place and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to you, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this house that I have built is called by your name.

God Calls and gathers by His name. that was part of Solomon’s prayer, now hear the Lord response to Solomon.

1 Kings 9:2–3 (ESV) 2 the Lord appeared to Solomon a second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon. 3 And the Lord said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your plea, which you have made before me. I have consecrated this house that you have built, by putting my name there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.

By the way, in the 8:30 service of Holy Baptism, Nathan Allen had God’s name put upon him. For God has forgiven his sins and now hears his prayers. God does this out of His grace and mercy.

Lutheran the explanation of the 3rd Article of the Apostle’s Creed. notes that God is the one who calls and gathers:

The Third Article: Sanctification

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
What does this mean?
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.
In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.
In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers.
On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.
This is most certainly true.

Notice clearly here in Luther’s Explanation and in Isa 56:8 God is doing the calling.

Luther also mentions the forgiveness of sins and so does Isaiah.

Isaiah 56:7 (ESV) 7 these I will bring to my holy mountain (for the Holy Mountain we will connect this to the church) , and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”

Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar. What happen when the offerings of sacrifices were accepted by God in the Old Testament, you could say, forgiveness of sins. The people separated from God are now accepted. Amen.

Now the sacrifice is God’s doing, When Christ Jesus dies on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, as the Author of the Hebrews notes
Hebrews 10:12 (ESV) 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins. This point is made earlier by John the Baptist in John 1:29 (ESV) 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!

Forgiveness of sins so that God can connect to us is the basis of as Isaiah notes their joy. that God will make them Joyful in my house or prayer.

Likewise the Psalmist says Psalm 122:1 (ESV) 1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” That joy comes from the being in a place where God promises to be, which brings forgiveness for all people. Jesus bring this out in

Luke 15:7 (ESV) 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Where does our Joy come from? Notice who is doing the work, God is making us joyful because the sacrifice of the forgiveness of sin is accepted.

This is where our Joy comes from.

The Psalmist has a beautiful summary for those who continue to trust in the Promises of God. Psalm 147:2–3 (ESV) 2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. 3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

So, if you are looking for something, you need to be at a place where it is going to be found.

We continue to gather here at Peace, Trusting in the Promises of God, as we receive the Gospel of Word and Sacraments, which bring us Joy.

Philippians 4:7 (ESV) 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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August 19, 2017 at 2:33 pm

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The Reformation: Preserving the Truth

October 31, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary the 95 Thesis being posted, which many use this date as the start of the Reformation. Actually, I am on the thought that June 25th (the presentation of the Augsburg Confession) would be a better day, but I realize that I am not going re-write history. Just like there are different opinions of the start of the Reformation, there are also different ideas about what the Reformation really was about.

C.P. Krauth in “The Conservative Reformation and Its Theology” writes:
The spirit of the Reformation was no destroying angel…It is vastly more important, then, to know what the Reformation retained than what it overthrew; for the overthrow of error, though often an indispensable prerequisite to the establishment of truth, is not truth itself…Its object was to establish truth…The mightiest weapon which the Reformation employed against Rome was, not Rome’s errors, but Rome’s truths…. taking the Scriptures in that very sense to which the greatest of her writers had assented, uncovering the law and the gospel of God which she retained, applying them as her most distinguished and most honored teachers had applied them…There was no fear of truth, simply because Rome held it…the essential truths of the word of God are clear to any Christian mind that examines them properly…They allowed no authority save to the word of God, but they listened respectfully to the witness of believers of all time. Pages 202-203

For Luther, the Reformation was about conserving the Gospel, not rebelling against the church. Hence the category that Lutherans are sometimes connected with as “Protestants” is not entirely correct. For Luther, the truth of the Gospel was worth restoring, for it is through the Gospel that all people are saved. Jesus notes this in John 8:32 (ESV) “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Luther was showing the church back then and today, that the Gospel, is the center of the church.

It is easy to allow the Gospel to slip away with the many ideas and challenges during the time of the Reformation and even today. But like Luther, we are not letting go of the Gospel so that it is forgotten, but we continue to proclaim what Christ Jesus had done and is doing for us today.

Here at Peace, our focus is upon teaching and promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the heart of what Luther was trying to accomplish. St. Paul reminds us why in Romans 1:16 (ESV) “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” The Gospel is proclaimed every week, not just on the anniversary of the Reformation.

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August 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm

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Unsolved Mysteries

August 13, 2017
Job 38:4–18
Unsolved Mysteries

We love mysteries. We love figuring them out, if we can. But what about those that we can’t solve, well out tendency is to try to solve them, even if we have to guess.

However, there are mysteries with Christ Jesus. The Holy Scriptures tells us what we need to know so that we see Christ Jesus as our Savior. But we are not given all the details. Too often we get ourselves into trouble, when we guess at solving a mystery of Christ Jesus.

And if the mystery revolves around us when events and chance happenings occur, that we didn’t want? Can we still trust in Christ Jesus, when bad events happen, and we don’t have the answer or do we try to guess the why in Christ’s logic system. If we guess, we may be guessing the wrong way. Talk the true aspect of Faith.

Psalm 23:4 (ESV) 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

Notice that we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death, but Christ is with us.

In our Old Testament reading for today we see the character Job. A little history about Job is needed first. Let me read selected passages so you get the idea.

Job 1:8–12 (ESV) 8 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” 9 Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” 12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

Job lost his children, his animals, his wealth, all gone. His response:

Job 1:21 (ESV) 21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Job 2:3–6 (ESV) 3 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” 4 Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. 5 But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” 6 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.”

Job 2:7 (ESV) 7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.

Job 2:9–10 (ESV) 9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” 10 But he said to her, “… Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?”

Job 3:1 (ESV) 1 After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.

Job 19:25–27 (ESV) 25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. 26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, 27 whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!

Job and his friends were struggling with many misfortunes that Job was experiencing. Of course, God was at the center of the discussion, along with Job, which was trying to sort out the Why question. Why would God allow such devastation to occur to someone who trusting in God so much?

Job 38:1–3 (ESV) 1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: 2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3 Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.

Then you have our text, about who created the world, animals, set limits to the seas. Only God is eternal, and only He knows the answers.

Job 40:1–5 (ESV) 1 And the Lord said to Job: 2 “Shall a faultfinder (that is what Job was called by God) contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.” 3 Then Job answered the Lord and said: 4 “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. 5 I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.”

God responds again:

Job 40:8 (ESV) 8 Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?

Job correctly responds
Job 42:6 (ESV) 6 therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

Ending well…
Job 42:12 (ESV) 12 And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning….

What do we learn?

Job 40:8 (ESV) 8 Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?

Putting others down, so that we may be right, including God, not good In the Why question, do we trust that God is almighty, all-knowing, and still loves us?

Or do we trust in our own conclusions, knowing that we are limited in knowledge and because of sin.

1 Corinthians 13:12 (ESV) 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

But notice what God says of us in:

Isaiah 55:8–9 (ESV) 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Verses Trust in the Lord

Proverbs 3:5–6 (ESV) 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

The First Commandment
You shall have no other gods.
What does this mean? We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

Job ended well, he continued to trust on God. As we are wearied by the changes and chances of life we ask God to be present, and protect us so that we who are may find our rest in in Christ Jesus. In His name, Amen.

Philippians 4:7 (ESV) 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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August 12, 2017 at 2:16 pm

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Hearing Brings Glory and Life

August 6, 2017
Hearing Brings Glory and Life
Isaiah 55:1–5

Before get into the text from Isaiah 55 we need to back up a couple of chapters to 53, where Isaiah mentions the suffering servant. Isaiah 53 is a direct reference to Jesus and His suffering. We know they God takes on human flesh and blood, suffers and dies on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, defeats sin Death and the devil. As Jesus paid the price of sin Romans 6:23 remind Susan that the wages of sin is death, and Jesus died, but rose victoriously over death 3 days laters. Now Isaiah 55

The invitation is given, come, those who are thirsty, come to the waters.But to buy without money, doesn’t make sense, bad pun intended.

But we need to remember who the host is who is doing the inviting. Jesus, who has redeemed us, purchase and won us from all sins and the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with His Holy precious blood and His innocent suffering and death.

Jesus paid the price, and extends the call for you to come.

Verse 2: Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.

This isn’t about going the grocery store, but Isaiah reminds the people and us that we need not be anxious about the things of this world. Jesus has paid the price and extended the invitation to all. As far as the rich foods, well Isaiah is giving us a picture of heaven above. Isaiah 25:6 gives us glimpse heaven by talking about a feast of rich food and well aged wine.

At the Last Supper when Jesus says to his disciples in the Upper Room that he will not drink wine again until he drinks it anew in the Father’s kingdom. Matthew 26:29, he may be referring to the meal described here by Isaiah.
The feast is ready Is 55:1-3.

Reading about the feast is one thing, but there is something better. As humans this side of heaven we still like to tactile things, what we can see, taste, touch, besides hearing. So Jesus gives us the Lord’s Supper. Which is also like a picture of heaven, but here on earth.

There is no price for admission to the Holy Supper, only faith in the understanding of the Christ’s true body and blood with the bread and wine as in 1 Cor. 11:27-29

In heaven there are many people feasting, so likewise in the Lord’s Supper. Too often people think that when coming to the Lord’s Supper, that is it just me and Jesus, like some sort of private dining. Isaiah shows us a banquet not table for two. If we look at the words of our communion liturgy we hear the words, “Therefore with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify Your glorious Name, evermore praising you and saying, “Holy, holy, holy”

This isn’t me and Jesus, but Jesus and whole company of heaven.

A Spiritual food, to strengthen you. You have a morsel of this In the Introit for today you have Psalm 105:40 (ESV) 40 They asked, and he brought quail, and gave them bread from heaven in abundance.

This is one of the reasons why we are discussing offering the Lord’s Supper at every service. For it is a Holy Communion with Christ Jesus, who gives of Himself, forgives our sins, and strengthens our faith.

We must never regard the sacrament as a harmful thing from which we should flee, but as a pure, wholesome, soothing medicine that aids you and gives life in both soul and body. For where the soul is healed, the body is helped as well. Why, then, do we act as if the sacrament were a poison that would kill us if we ate of it?
Kolb, R., Wengert, T. J., & Arand, C. P. (2000). The Book of Concord: the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (p. 474). Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.

As Isaiah 55:3 (ESV) Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,

Notice the healing language for the soul, because of God’s Word and the everlasting covenant.

“Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament (which has also been translated at covenant) in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Jesus offers the banquet of food and drink at no cost. The Israelites had become thirsty and penniless through their rejection of Jesus’ offer. Why stay in poverty when abundance is offered free of charge.

John 6:27 (ESV) 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”

Idolatry does not just disqualify Israel as God’s servant, it blind and deafens the people so that they cannot give the right witness to the world for they are unable to receive that God is the only God.(Concordia Commentary Reed Lessing)

So Isaiah 55:1–5 (ESV) 1 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;” The invitation is sent, and we ask God to help us receive it.

Our response may be one like Mark 9:24 (ESV) 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

“Help my unbelief” is part of what we prayed for in the Introit.

Heavenly Father, though we do not deserve Your goodness, still You provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may acknowledge Your gifts, (we need the Holy Spirit to open our ears and soften our hearts, so that we may acknowledge God’s gifts and then as the prayer continues)give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience;

May the Spirit continue to help us Incline your ear, and come to the Christ Jesus; hear His Word, and receive His food that our soul may live, Amen.

Philippians 4:7 (ESV) 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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August 6, 2017 at 5:45 am

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2nd Petition of the Lord’s Prayer

Issues Etc
1726. Morning Chapel from Kramer Chapel, 6/22/17

Second Petition

What the Kingdom of God isn’t

Not a worldly kingdom

John 18:36 (ESV) 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

But since we are part of this world we often seek God’s Kingdom in this world. We do this by focusing on the improving this world environmentally.

“Caretakers of God’s Creation is a grassroots community of United Methodists who believe that a relationship with God’s creation and a ministry of caring for and healing the earth are integral to what it means to be a Christian and a United Methodist.”

Nothing wrong with taking care of the earth, it is ours to be caretakers of, but that is not God’s Kingdom.

Genesis 1:28–30 (ESV) 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

We also seek God’s Kingdom in this world by improving society. There is nothing wrong with feeding the hungry, helping the poor, for Christ directs us to help our neighbor, but it is not God’s Kingdom.

Deuteronomy 24:19–22 (ESV) 19 “When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20 When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. 21 When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. 22 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this.

We also seek God’s Kingdom in this world through politics, when we think that certain political ideology will bring about God’s Kingdom. Nothing wrong with good government, actually the government is God’s gift to us, but it is not God’s Kingdom.

Romans 13:1–4 (ESV) 1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.

Jesus reminds us that His Kingdom is that of Righteousness, not a worldly kingdom, even though the world is part of God’s Creation.

Colossians 1:16–17 (ESV) 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Paul tells us that God’s Kingdom is of righteousness, that is of Grace.
Romans 14:17 (ESV) 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Matthew what does Jesus say about the kingdom of heaven?
K not just in heave but something that takes place here and noe
It grows like a mustard seed
Leaves the lump
Treasure hidden in a field found and purchased
Way of salvation.

When j dies there was a sign the king of the of Jews

Their remember me when you come into your kingdom
K of go is j reigning over us have purchased us with his blood

How it comes
Strange let me come into your kingdom
But
We pray we cannot come into the kingdom the k must come to us.
Send in the troops
A prayer for freedom sin temptation
Into our lives now though his Word
Weapons not of the flesh

2 Corinthians 10:4–5 (ESV) 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

We pray for The ability to hear God Word which sets up his kingdom
Destroying false belief and setting up true faith.

When Christ comes again he will set up his k not just invisibility but visibility and permanently

Isn’t taking care of this world nor social gospel
Isn’t Christian nation

Is as Mathew notes when Jesus says the Kingdom of God is like….Christ saving activity

Thy

Written by dballa

August 5, 2017 at 6:41 pm