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“Follow Me”

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Have you heard the call of God on your life? How will you know or how do you know? Matthew 4 and Matthew 9 contain three examples of people who were called directly by Jesus.  Let’s look at these passages and see what we can learn about God’s call. Matthew 4:18 says: One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee… [i] Here is what we know about the Sea of Galilee today:  The Sea of Galilee is Israel’s largest freshwater lake.  The sea is about 13 miles long and 7 miles wide, but only 150 feet deep, and it lies 650 feet below sea level.  The Sea of Galilee is currently surrounded by Israel from about the 3 o’clock position to the 12 o’clock position, and by the Golan Heights from 12 to 3.  It’s a primary source of drinking water for Israel as well as a popular area for recreation and tourism.  It is fed by the Jordan River, which then drains to the south and flows to the Dead Sea (aka: Salt Sea).  Lately, a lack of rain has threatened the wat

He is Not Here

The night is darkest just before dawn. What a picture of our world today.  Terror attacks happen around the world.  Politics and ideals divide us.  Threats of war concern us.  The world is dark.  For the world, it is Friday.  But, we know Sunday’s a comin. On that morning so long ago, some women went to the tomb to find a body.  It was still dark, terribly dark.  It was dark in the garden.  It was dark in the world, and it was dark in their hearts. But, the stone was rolled away. Luke 24:1-7 tells the story like this: 1 But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. 5 The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the de

His Suffering

We all suffer to some degree at some time.  Not all suffering is the same.  We all experience physical pain, some more than others.  Pain describes a toothache, a broken leg or a burn.  However, these certainly are not all the same, and some pain is much more debilitating than other pain.  Some people endure chronic pain that never goes away, and again there are varying degrees and types of chronic pain. Pain and suffering cause many to question God, and some to reject the faith.  Many question, “How can a loving God allow suffering?” Job and his friends tried to explain and understand Job’s suffering and ended up repenting before the wisdom of God.  Job said: 2 “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you.  3 You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’  It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me.  4 You said, ‘Listen and I will speak!  I have some questions for you, and you must

The Gospel

He is risen! These familiar words from Easter are used as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior.  Jesus, who died and was buried, is alive.  He lives forever and is seated at the right hand of the Father where He makes intercession for us. This is GOOD NEWS! Another word for good news is “Gospel,” and I want to look with you today at what exactly is contained in the Gospel. In the two thousand years since that morning, errors, arguments and confusion have been added to the story of the resurrection.  Some still look for His bones, the remains of His body.  Some still spread the story that the disciples stole the body.  Others suggest that maybe He was not really dead when they put Him in the tomb.  The really radical fringe claims He was not a historical person. These claims and confusion do not bother us.  We are the redeemed.  We know the Lord and His power in our lives.  However, ours is not a mindless, blind faith.  Historically, we know Jesus rose from

Temptation

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We are all tempted. Jesus, as a man, was tempted in all the ways we are tempted.  Hebrew 4:15 tells us: This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. [i] As the God/Man, Jesus is able to be our faithful High Priest.  As the God/Man, Jesus is the mediator between God and man.  (1 Timothy 2:5)  Hebrews 2:17-18 tells us this about Jesus: 17 Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God.  Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.   18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested. Jesus went through suffering and temptation so that He could identify with us who suffer and are tempted.  In addition, Jesus went through suffering and temptation so that He can help us when we suffer and are

Baptism

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Jesus is God’s Son.   Born of a virgin, testified to by angels and prophets, Jesus showed both human and divine attributes from an early age.  One remarkable thing about Jesus as a human being is that He was without sin. As a man without sin, Jesus shows us how to live. If your purpose in life is to have fun, be rich, die without God and be lost for all eternity, Jesus may not be your example.  However, if you want to please God and live forever, Jesus is the only example for you.  Jesus is the way to eternal life. One example Jesus set is baptism. There is much confusion about baptism.  Because of its importance, the evil one has introduced controversy and confusion to the subject.  Whenever a subject is important, this is what the evil one does. For example, the person of Jesus is of utmost importance.  Therefore, there is much confusion and controversy on the subject.  Jesus is God and man joined in one person forever.  This involves the idea of the Trin