Bethel Mennonite Church https://bmcgladys.com A Conservative Christian Church (and podcast) in Gladys Virginia Sun, 24 May 2020 17:51:53 +0000 en hourly 1 https://bmcgladys.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/cropped-MG_8043-32x32.png Bethel Mennonite Church https://bmcgladys.com 32 32 Bethel Mennonite Church clean episodic Bethel Mennonite Church eldonyoder@gmail.com eldonyoder@gmail.com (Bethel Mennonite Church) Conservative Christian Sermons - Bethel Mennonite Church Bethel Mennonite Church https://bmcgladys.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Bethel_Mennonite_Church_Podcast_Cover-054.jpg https://bmcgladys.com Gladys Virginia Weekly Truth Telling Versus Lying - What's True About That? - Milo Zehr https://bmcgladys.com/truth-telling-versus-lying-whats-true-about-that/ Sun, 24 May 2020 17:50:57 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3712 https://bmcgladys.com/truth-telling-versus-lying-whats-true-about-that/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/truth-telling-versus-lying-whats-true-about-that/feed/ 0 <p>Zechariah 8 – Speak the truth to one another, execute justice with truth for peace. Perjury is lying after promising to tell the truth. God cares about truth and he expects people to tell the truth. These days we can google things and find anyone’s opinion about what is true. They don’t all agree, so […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/truth-telling-versus-lying-whats-true-about-that/">Truth Telling Versus Lying – What’s True About That?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Zechariah 8 – Speak the truth to one another, execute justice with truth for peace. Perjury is lying after promising to tell the truth. God cares about truth and he expects people to tell the truth.

These days we can google things and find anyone’s opinion about what is true. They don’t all agree, so in some ways, it seems like we’re more confused than ever!

Failure to know and live in truth is more complex than deciding what to do about a particular issue. No one knows everything, we are not God. Some people intentionally deny that something is true even though they know that something is true. Perhaps it serves their purposes, or maybe it’s hard to change their beliefs or behavior about something.

The Bible has a lot to say about truth.

So, what is truth? A statement is true if it agrees with reality, if it agrees with the facts and the way something really is.

Truth is that which is consistent with the mind and being of God. It is the expression of God. To say that God is true is to say that He is faithful and dependable and trustworthy. A true statement, and an honest person are both dependable and trustworthy.

Truth & God the Father

Numbers 23 – The account of Baalam being asked to curse God’s people. He says that “God is not a man that He should lie.”

Romans 2 & 3 – Paul says that the Jews have failed to keep the law and have blasphemed the name of God among the Gentiles. They have caused the Gentiles to be contemptuous of God. Let God be true though every man be found a liar.

Titus 1 – Paul says he was called by God to speak the truth that is according to godliness. Truth that corresponds and results in godly attitudes in life. The truth that Paul is preaching is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 6 – God’s promises to Abraham will be fulfilled because it is impossible for God to lie. This is the reason we can have hope, and it is the reason that we should latch onto God and the resulting hope.

Truth & Jesus the Son

John 1 – The truth was embodied in Christ. Full of grace and truth. The law was given through Moses, grace and truth were realized through Christ. Jesus spoke truth, He lived truth, He did truth.

John 14:6 – Jesus is the way, the truth is the reality, Jesus knows what is real and what is true. He knows everything about everything. He forgets nothing that He knows. He knows everything about you, and everyone, and everything. Jesus is life, life that is free from corruption, it is a quality of life.

John 18 – Jesus said that everyone who hears the truth hears His voice. We can’t really hear the voice of God, the voice of Jesus, the voice of the Holy Spirit unless we are committed to the truth.

We can feel very alone in life and don’t know what to do. The reality is that Jesus knows us, He knows what is going on, He doesn’t forget anything. Sometimes we can get so scared that we forget to stop and pray and ask God to show us what He knows is true.

Although Jesus always told the truth, one thing we see in the Gospels is that Jesus didn’t always tell them everything that He knew to be true. He didn’t overwhelm people with a ton of words.

Honesty and truth-telling doesn’t require being brutal or being brutally honest and saying everything that you know or suspect. Is it helpful? You can destroy people by doing this. Instead of just telling people things maybe we should engage in a conversation about what they are experiencing.

Truth & The Holy Spirit

Jesus said that He would not leave His followers alone. He would send a comforter, a Spirit to guide and lead.

The Holy Spirit does not reveal things to us that are different than what Jesus said, or that the Bible says.

Genesis 3 – The first series of lies recorded in the Bible. The serpent said “has God really said you shouldn’t eat from any tree in the garden?” Technically Satan’s question wasn’t necessarily a lie, but it was designed to get Eve to believe something that wasn’t true about God. It was to raise doubt in her mind about the validity of what God had said.

One thing that we can say about lying, it has causes (there are reasons people lie). Lying also has consequences, there are results that occur when we lie.

Sarah laughed when the Angel of the Lord told her that she was going to have a son. When she was asked about it, she was afraid and said, “no, I didn’t laugh.”

Genesis 12 – Abraham also lied about Sarah being his wife, he was afraid that someone might kill him so that they could have his wife, he did this twice.

Sometimes we decide what is true before we really know what is true.

Acts 4 – The story of Ananias and Sapphira show us the importance of telling the truth.

Truthfulness

John 17 – Sanctify them in and through the truth. God’s Word is truth. Set them apart from evil.

Ephesians 4 – Speak the truth in love. We become more Christ-like as we speak the truth to one another, as we affirm the truth. Truth is the basis for reality, the basis for growth.

Romans 1:18 – The Gentiles by their unrighteousness surpassed the truth. Unrighteous living surpasses the truth. Unrighteous living results in lack of truth. What people believe is true is partly the result of the way that they live.

John 8 – There is freedom in knowing what is true if we affirm and embrace it. Many people lie because they think it will give them more control and freedom. Their lies become a heavy weight.

1 John 1:5 – We can’t have fellowship with God if we walk in darkness and lie. If we walk in the light we have we are being forgiven and cleansed. If we confess, God is faithful to forgive us. If we lie that we do not sin we are deceiving ourselves.

Untruthfulness

What are the motives and causes of untruthfulness?

  • To promote themselves.
  • To protect themselves. Fear of what will happen if I am truthful?
  • The need to fit reality to what we want or believe it should be.
  • What feels good? Will this make me feel good?

There is a challenge here, our understanding of truth is based on our experience. No two people have experienced the same thing. This makes it important to actually listen when someone is talking instead of pondering how we are going to defeat their point of view when they finally get done talking. Just because we don’t agree on something doesn’t mean that either of us is necessarily lying.

“It feels to me” are usually not so much intentionally chosen lies, they are often a result of painful experiences.

Honestly and truthfulness do not require perfection. Many people are really distraught about the very possibility that they’ve lied. Sometimes people need help to recognize that they are lying… sometimes they need help to recognize that they are not lying.

Truth and its Results

Ephesians 4 – Truth is the basis of a stable and trusting relationship. When lying is present people struggle to trust. Don’t lie to anyone, but especially to those who are close to you, that you belong to. People who love and trust each other tell each other the truth.

People who are dishonest often demand that people agree with their reality. Eventually people don’t want to be controlled by a liar and they no longer want to be friends who are forcing them to listen to their lies, that they are being controlled into this.

People who lie begin to believe their lies.

Lies require maintenance. You have to remember what you said. Lies keep us from addressing the real issue. Not only do we have to maintain the lies, they also keep us from working on the real issues and growing.

Lying is stressful and results in anxiety. Lying can result in a lack of sleep and depression and security and guilt and shame. Lying can result in feeling alone and misunderstood.

How to be Delivered from Lying

First we have to acknowledge that lying is sin. If we lie we need to recognize that we’ve lied, and repent. This is difficult especially because people who lie also believe their own lies.

It can be helpful to evaluate our own speech. What is our speech like? What kind of lies do I tell? There are lies of omission (not saying the truth when someone asks). There are lies of implication, subtlety, suggestion. Then there are things that are just false. It can help to clarify what kind of speech we have.

If a person can become aware of what is going on inside of them when they are lying or are tempted to lie, it can be helpful on the road to deliverance.

People who lie need help from others. We need help with our sins. We need Jesus. We need the help of others.

At every stage it is important for a person to give God permission to do what He needs to.

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Zechariah 8 – Speak the truth to one another, execute justice with truth for peace. Perjury is lying after promising to tell the truth. God cares about truth and he expects people to tell the truth. These days we can google things and find anyone’s opi... These days we can google things and find anyone’s opinion about what is true. They don’t all agree, so in some ways, it seems like we’re more confused than ever!
Failure to know and live in truth is more complex than deciding what to do about a particular issue. No one knows everything, we are not God. Some people intentionally deny that something is true even though they know that something is true. Perhaps it serves their purposes, or maybe it’s hard to change their beliefs or behavior about something.
The Bible has a lot to say about truth.
So, what is truth? A statement is true if it agrees with reality, if it agrees with the facts and the way something really is.
Truth is that which is consistent with the mind and being of God. It is the expression of God. To say that God is true is to say that He is faithful and dependable and trustworthy. A true statement, and an honest person are both dependable and trustworthy.
Truth & God the Father
Numbers 23 – The account of Baalam being asked to curse God’s people. He says that “God is not a man that He should lie.”
Romans 2 & 3 – Paul says that the Jews have failed to keep the law and have blasphemed the name of God among the Gentiles. They have caused the Gentiles to be contemptuous of God. Let God be true though every man be found a liar.
Titus 1 – Paul says he was called by God to speak the truth that is according to godliness. Truth that corresponds and results in godly attitudes in life. The truth that Paul is preaching is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 6 – God’s promises to Abraham will be fulfilled because it is impossible for God to lie. This is the reason we can have hope, and it is the reason that we should latch onto God and the resulting hope.
Truth & Jesus the Son
John 1 – The truth was embodied in Christ. Full of grace and truth. The law was given through Moses, grace and truth were realized through Christ. Jesus spoke truth, He lived truth, He did truth.
John 14:6 – Jesus is the way, the truth is the reality, Jesus knows what is real and what is true. He knows everything about everything. He forgets nothing that He knows. He knows everything about you, and everyone, and everything. Jesus is life, life that is free from corruption, it is a quality of life.
John 18 – Jesus said that everyone who hears the truth hears His voice. We can’t really hear the voice of God, the voice of Jesus, the voice of the Holy Spirit unless we are committed to the truth.
We can feel very alone in life and don’t know what to do. The reality is that Jesus knows us, He knows what is going on, He doesn’t forget anything. Sometimes we can get so scared that we forget to stop and pray and ask God to show us what He knows is true.
Although Jesus always told the truth, one thing we see in the Gospels is that Jesus didn’t always tell them everything that He knew to be true. He didn’t overwhelm people with a ton of words.
Honesty and truth-telling doesn’t require being brutal or being brutally honest and saying everything that you know or suspect. Is it helpful? You can destroy people by doing this. Instead of just telling people things maybe we should engage in a conversation about what they are experiencing.
Truth & The Holy Spirit
Jesus said that He would not leave His followers alone. He would send a comforter, a Spirit to guide and lead.
The Holy Spirit does not reveal things to us that are different than what Jesus said, or that the Bible says.
Genesis 3 – The first series of lies recorded in the Bible.]]>
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God's Mercy & Compassion - Jeff Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/gods-mercy-compassion/ Sun, 17 May 2020 17:08:48 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3709 https://bmcgladys.com/gods-mercy-compassion/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/gods-mercy-compassion/feed/ 0 <p>Mercy and compassion are tied very closely together. Compassion has more the idea of something being done on a physical level, while mercy tends to be on another level, forgiving someone who doesn’t deserve it or things like that. Mark 10:46-52 – Bartamaus was a beggar who sat along the road begging. In Jesus time […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/gods-mercy-compassion/">God’s Mercy & Compassion</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Mercy and compassion are tied very closely together. Compassion has more the idea of something being done on a physical level, while mercy tends to be on another level, forgiving someone who doesn’t deserve it or things like that.

Mark 10:46-52 – Bartamaus was a beggar who sat along the road begging. In Jesus time it was a very common thing to see beggars. Beggars recognize their needs, they have needs that they aren’t able to take care of on their own.

Often we know we have needs, but we don’t know specifically what our true needs area. In the story of the Pharisee and the Publican one recognized his true need while the other one didn’t. One went home changed, the other did not.

We often think that we are “ok” because of the things that we are doing. The reason that we are “ok” is because God is a merciful God. God does require obedience from us, but he is the only one who can help us be obedient.

When Bartimaus heard that Jesus was coming by he immediately started to hope for something more than just a “helping hand.” He was looking for a life changing event.

God doesn’t always answer our prayers, at least not in the way that we expect him too. It’s hard to understand how God works some times.

The more that we know God and the more we have faith in God the more we can understand what He wants to give us. God does respond to our cry. Did Jesus ever turn away from people who said, “have mercy on me.” We see Him being very attentive to people who called on Him.

Life is complex and difficult. It is not an easy thing to say that we have faith and that God will answer.

  • Bartamaus recognized his need.
  • He recognized the source of his help – Jesus.
  • He cried out. He really didn’t care what people thought about him.

Hebrews 4 – we can come to the throne of grace, boldly. We don’t have to worry that God isn’t going to have time for an audience with us. He wants us to come boldly.

Most of the time that Jesus healed people, they came to Jesus and asked Him for help. We need to cry out to God. We tend to be slower to cry out to God.

Jesus responded to Bartamaus and healed in response to his faith. Mercy is inseparable from who God is. It isn’t about us being attractive enough, or having the right level of obedience. God responds because He is a god of Mercy.

Christ is the ultimate example of God’s mercy. Christ laying down His life so that we can have life.

Matthew 7 – God’s mercy extended to us has a purpose… that we follow Him. God expects that we extend mercy to others because He has extended mercy to us.

We expect Christians to be merciful. That is part of the reason that beggars show up at mission doors.

For our mercy to parallel God’s we need to recognize the intrinsic value that another person has. Whether it is something they need physically, or whether it is forgiveness. Do we see God’s image in those around us?

We need to extend mercy to people in need. God calls us to be merciful not just to the people we know well and who are convenient to be merciful to. God calls us to be ministers of mercy, not just to specific people, but to anyone in need.

Mercy is to be very practical. The Good Samaritan helping the beaten man showed mercy very practically. Mercy should be a hallmark for us as Christians.

What does call us to do as His ministers of mercy? What hurts and needs are around us? We’re often fairly isolated, and don’t know what all is going on around us in the community. What are the needs and hurts around us? Do we know what other people need, even within our church family?

We tend to try to show a very polished picture of how things are going, or our house, or our car. It’s harder to know what all is going on inside when we are constantly putting a better looking exterior out there than is really the case.

God is a God of mercy. He wants us to call out to Him and rely on Him.

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Mercy and compassion are tied very closely together. Compassion has more the idea of something being done on a physical level, while mercy tends to be on another level, forgiving someone who doesn’t deserve it or things like that. Mark 10:46-52 – Bartamaus was a beggar who sat along the road begging. In Jesus time it was a very common thing to see beggars. Beggars recognize their needs, they have needs that they aren’t able to take care of on their own.
Often we know we have needs, but we don’t know specifically what our true needs area. In the story of the Pharisee and the Publican one recognized his true need while the other one didn’t. One went home changed, the other did not.
We often think that we are “ok” because of the things that we are doing. The reason that we are “ok” is because God is a merciful God. God does require obedience from us, but he is the only one who can help us be obedient.
When Bartimaus heard that Jesus was coming by he immediately started to hope for something more than just a “helping hand.” He was looking for a life changing event.
God doesn’t always answer our prayers, at least not in the way that we expect him too. It’s hard to understand how God works some times.
The more that we know God and the more we have faith in God the more we can understand what He wants to give us. God does respond to our cry. Did Jesus ever turn away from people who said, “have mercy on me.” We see Him being very attentive to people who called on Him.
Life is complex and difficult. It is not an easy thing to say that we have faith and that God will answer.

* Bartamaus recognized his need.
* He recognized the source of his help – Jesus.
* He cried out. He really didn’t care what people thought about him.

Hebrews 4 – we can come to the throne of grace, boldly. We don’t have to worry that God isn’t going to have time for an audience with us. He wants us to come boldly.
Most of the time that Jesus healed people, they came to Jesus and asked Him for help. We need to cry out to God. We tend to be slower to cry out to God.
Jesus responded to Bartamaus and healed in response to his faith. Mercy is inseparable from who God is. It isn’t about us being attractive enough, or having the right level of obedience. God responds because He is a god of Mercy.
Christ is the ultimate example of God’s mercy. Christ laying down His life so that we can have life.
Matthew 7 – God’s mercy extended to us has a purpose… that we follow Him. God expects that we extend mercy to others because He has extended mercy to us.
We expect Christians to be merciful. That is part of the reason that beggars show up at mission doors.
For our mercy to parallel God’s we need to recognize the intrinsic value that another person has. Whether it is something they need physically, or whether it is forgiveness. Do we see God’s image in those around us?
We need to extend mercy to people in need. God calls us to be merciful not just to the people we know well and who are convenient to be merciful to. God calls us to be ministers of mercy, not just to specific people, but to anyone in need.
Mercy is to be very practical. The Good Samaritan helping the beaten man showed mercy very practically. Mercy should be a hallmark for us as Christians.
What does call us to do as His ministers of mercy? What hurts and needs are around us? We’re often fairly isolated, and don’t know what all is going on around us in the community. What are the needs and hurts around us? Do we know what other people need, even within our church family?
We tend to try to show a very polished picture of how things are going, or our house, or our car.]]>
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Lessons From Five Mothers from the Bible - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-from-five-mothers-from-the-bible/ Sun, 10 May 2020 20:55:44 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3707 https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-from-five-mothers-from-the-bible/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-from-five-mothers-from-the-bible/feed/ 0 <p>Hannah was in a marriage that had a second wife. There were many sore spots between the two women. Samuel was born to Hannah, a result of the promise of God. 2 Timothy 1 – Before there was a Timothy, there was a godly mother and grandmother. We don’t know much at all about Timothy’s […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-from-five-mothers-from-the-bible/">Lessons From Five Mothers from the Bible</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Hannah was in a marriage that had a second wife. There were many sore spots between the two women. Samuel was born to Hannah, a result of the promise of God.

2 Timothy 1 – Before there was a Timothy, there was a godly mother and grandmother. We don’t know much at all about Timothy’s father. What griefs or challenges did these ladies face raising their son Timothy? They raised their son in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Psalms 87:1 – We can fill the water pots with water, but only Jesus can turn the water into wine. Unless the Lord build with us, we labor in vain as we build.

When Hagar, Sarah’s Egyptian servant, learned that she was pregnant, looked down on Sarah. Sarah treated Hagar harshly, harsh enough that Hagar ran away. She stopped to rest by a spring of water and the Lord appeared to her. Hagar said, “you are the God who sees.” She was strengthened and encouraged.

We are never alone. A message from God to mothers everywhere… a message for each one of us. Not only did God hear Hagar and see her, He saw and heard her son as well. God is there. “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

Psalms 141 – We cannot get away from God. Regardless of what we face, we are never alone, God doesn’t take his eye away from us for a minute or two, ever. God sees and is involved and He cares.

Matthew 15 – This daughters need was also her mother’s need. The mother was desperate to find help. No matter what had happened before, this mother came to the right source for help, Jesus. She believed, Jesus said that she had great faith.

Ruth 1 – Naomi wanted to go home after her son’s died. As they were traveling some Naomi decided that it would be better if these moabite ladies would return to their own home and not come with her. Ruth continued on with Naomi and said, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.”

God is good… and He loved Naomi. In just a few weeks after returning home she started to see things differently. The Lord provided a kinsman redeemer for her. We know the story of how Ruth ended up marrying Boaz. God was good and merciful.

Whatever the loss we may be grieving over. If we are faithful we are not losers. There is still purpose, there is fulfillment to be had, God still prospers and blesses faithful service.

For the faithful, loss is not the end of the world. As we look at these women, none of them had ideal circumstances. They all faced difficulties, some very severe trials even, and all the lessons that we looked at applied to all of these women too. God had a role in each of their mothering, in their hearts, in their children’s hearts. They planted, and they watered, and God gave the increase.

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Hannah was in a marriage that had a second wife. There were many sore spots between the two women. Samuel was born to Hannah, a result of the promise of God. 2 Timothy 1 – Before there was a Timothy, there was a godly mother and grandmother. 2 Timothy 1 – Before there was a Timothy, there was a godly mother and grandmother. We don’t know much at all about Timothy’s father. What griefs or challenges did these ladies face raising their son Timothy? They raised their son in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Psalms 87:1 – We can fill the water pots with water, but only Jesus can turn the water into wine. Unless the Lord build with us, we labor in vain as we build.
When Hagar, Sarah’s Egyptian servant, learned that she was pregnant, looked down on Sarah. Sarah treated Hagar harshly, harsh enough that Hagar ran away. She stopped to rest by a spring of water and the Lord appeared to her. Hagar said, “you are the God who sees.” She was strengthened and encouraged.
We are never alone. A message from God to mothers everywhere… a message for each one of us. Not only did God hear Hagar and see her, He saw and heard her son as well. God is there. “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”
Psalms 141 – We cannot get away from God. Regardless of what we face, we are never alone, God doesn’t take his eye away from us for a minute or two, ever. God sees and is involved and He cares.
Matthew 15 – This daughters need was also her mother’s need. The mother was desperate to find help. No matter what had happened before, this mother came to the right source for help, Jesus. She believed, Jesus said that she had great faith.
Ruth 1 – Naomi wanted to go home after her son’s died. As they were traveling some Naomi decided that it would be better if these moabite ladies would return to their own home and not come with her. Ruth continued on with Naomi and said, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.”
God is good… and He loved Naomi. In just a few weeks after returning home she started to see things differently. The Lord provided a kinsman redeemer for her. We know the story of how Ruth ended up marrying Boaz. God was good and merciful.
Whatever the loss we may be grieving over. If we are faithful we are not losers. There is still purpose, there is fulfillment to be had, God still prospers and blesses faithful service.
For the faithful, loss is not the end of the world. As we look at these women, none of them had ideal circumstances. They all faced difficulties, some very severe trials even, and all the lessons that we looked at applied to all of these women too. God had a role in each of their mothering, in their hearts, in their children’s hearts. They planted, and they watered, and God gave the increase.
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God is Building a House That Has Things to Do - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/god-is-building-a-house-that-has-things-to-do/ Sun, 03 May 2020 14:31:30 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3704 https://bmcgladys.com/god-is-building-a-house-that-has-things-to-do/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/god-is-building-a-house-that-has-things-to-do/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 1:22-2:12 – Peter is pointing out the huge role that the Word of God has in the life of a Christian. It leads to the new birth. It leads to purification. It gives Christians something to stake their lives on. In verse 22 we see the command to love one another fervently. With […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/god-is-building-a-house-that-has-things-to-do/">God is Building a House That Has Things to Do</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Peter 1:22-2:12 – Peter is pointing out the huge role that the Word of God has in the life of a Christian. It leads to the new birth. It leads to purification. It gives Christians something to stake their lives on.

In verse 22 we see the command to love one another fervently. With this in mind we head into chapter 2. Here he gives us a list of things that we need to get rid of. They all have to do with how we need to treat each other.

God is trying to build something out of us. The unfortunate truth is that if we can cause destruction in this building process! Too often there is building up and tearing down going on within the church at the same time.

All Christians, no matter how long they’ve been Christians still have room to grow. Our desire for spiritual things is directly linked to our spiritual growth.

God’s Building Project

Jesus was chosen by God to be the corner stone of this building project. Jesus was rejected by men, the religious leaders, and many other people in Jesus time and throughout history have rejected Him. This is a terrible mistake John 3:19, men love darkness rather than light.

In verse 7 and 8 we see that there are two outcomes from this encounter with the cornerstone.

In verse 9-10 we are called a chosen generation. We have been called, and we are now the people of God.

In verse 11 Peter is begging his readers as pilgrims, Christians need to remember that they are pilgrims. When we forget that we are not a part of this world we’re going to struggle with all of the things that are part of this world.

How important is your soul to you? Is it more important than your eye or your arm? In Matthew 5 Jesus tells us that if your right eye causes you to sin pluck it out! We should be willing to give up everything for Christ.

When we abstain from the things of the world, we are also leaving a testimony. We are giving them an opportunity to see Christ and the change that he makes in our lives.

What is this day of visitation that Peter is talking about? It could mean the second coming of Christ, or it could be the day that God calls us to Himself.

God doesn’t just call us so that we can go to heaven. He loves us as individuals and wants us to be part of His Kingdom. God also wants you to be part of what He is doing here on earth now.

Four Lessons For Us

  1. God called you into His spiritual house. His house has things to do.
  2. A strong spiritual house has to be obsessed with its cornerstone. It needs to be focused and fixated on the cornerstone.
  3. Each of us should make it a personal goal to love each other fervently with a pure heart.
  4. We are responsible for our attitudes and affections.

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1 Peter 1:22-2:12 – Peter is pointing out the huge role that the Word of God has in the life of a Christian. It leads to the new birth. It leads to purification. It gives Christians something to stake their lives on. In verse 22 we see the command to love one another fervently. With this in mind we head into chapter 2. Here he gives us a list of things that we need to get rid of. They all have to do with how we need to treat each other.
God is trying to build something out of us. The unfortunate truth is that if we can cause destruction in this building process! Too often there is building up and tearing down going on within the church at the same time.
All Christians, no matter how long they’ve been Christians still have room to grow. Our desire for spiritual things is directly linked to our spiritual growth.
God’s Building Project
Jesus was chosen by God to be the corner stone of this building project. Jesus was rejected by men, the religious leaders, and many other people in Jesus time and throughout history have rejected Him. This is a terrible mistake John 3:19, men love darkness rather than light.
In verse 7 and 8 we see that there are two outcomes from this encounter with the cornerstone.
In verse 9-10 we are called a chosen generation. We have been called, and we are now the people of God.
In verse 11 Peter is begging his readers as pilgrims, Christians need to remember that they are pilgrims. When we forget that we are not a part of this world we’re going to struggle with all of the things that are part of this world.
How important is your soul to you? Is it more important than your eye or your arm? In Matthew 5 Jesus tells us that if your right eye causes you to sin pluck it out! We should be willing to give up everything for Christ.
When we abstain from the things of the world, we are also leaving a testimony. We are giving them an opportunity to see Christ and the change that he makes in our lives.
What is this day of visitation that Peter is talking about? It could mean the second coming of Christ, or it could be the day that God calls us to Himself.
God doesn’t just call us so that we can go to heaven. He loves us as individuals and wants us to be part of His Kingdom. God also wants you to be part of what He is doing here on earth now.
Four Lessons For Us

* God called you into His spiritual house. His house has things to do.
* A strong spiritual house has to be obsessed with its cornerstone. It needs to be focused and fixated on the cornerstone.
* Each of us should make it a personal goal to love each other fervently with a pure heart.
* We are responsible for our attitudes and affections.

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Our Father - The Lords Prayer - Gabriel Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/our-father-the-lords-prayer/ Sun, 26 Apr 2020 15:37:36 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3702 https://bmcgladys.com/our-father-the-lords-prayer/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/our-father-the-lords-prayer/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 5 – Looking at the Lord’s prayer there are a ton of things that could be preached about here. Praying this prayer with sincerity requires us to believe that God is who He is says He is and believe in His Kingdom. We also need to agree with and submit to Him. Our Father […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/our-father-the-lords-prayer/">Our Father – The Lords Prayer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 5 – Looking at the Lord’s prayer there are a ton of things that could be preached about here.

Praying this prayer with sincerity requires us to believe that God is who He is says He is and believe in His Kingdom. We also need to agree with and submit to Him.

Our Father in heaven. Do we realize how much love it took to make it possible for us to be called son and daughters of God? It’s that love that is there for us every day.

If we could get a grip on how much God loves us, how much God loves me, it would really change some things.

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Matthew 5 – Looking at the Lord’s prayer there are a ton of things that could be preached about here. Praying this prayer with sincerity requires us to believe that God is who He is says He is and believe in His Kingdom. Praying this prayer with sincerity requires us to believe that God is who He is says He is and believe in His Kingdom. We also need to agree with and submit to Him.
Our Father in heaven. Do we realize how much love it took to make it possible for us to be called son and daughters of God? It’s that love that is there for us every day.
If we could get a grip on how much God loves us, how much God loves me, it would really change some things.
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What God Says About Humility - Ricky Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/what-god-says-about-humility/ Sun, 19 Apr 2020 14:34:14 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3699 https://bmcgladys.com/what-god-says-about-humility/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/what-god-says-about-humility/feed/ 0 <p>Humility Shares Philippians 2:1-4 – One thing that Paul wanted to see the Philippian church grow in was in their unselfishness and their care for each other. The message here for us is to look out for the good of others, even though it will be difficult. We’ve all been given good things, testimony about […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/what-god-says-about-humility/">What God Says About Humility</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Humility Shares

Philippians 2:1-4 – One thing that Paul wanted to see the Philippian church grow in was in their unselfishness and their care for each other. The message here for us is to look out for the good of others, even though it will be difficult.

We’ve all been given good things, testimony about what God is doing for us, money, skills, etc. Share the things that God has given you.

Humility Sacrifices

Philippians 2:5-11 – When a honey bee stings someone it is giving its life to protect the hive. In these verses we have a much better example of sacrifice than even honey bees, Jesus.

Jesus went from being King to being a servant. After all of that He humbled himself further and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.

1 John 3:16-18 – How far are we willing to go in our obedience to God. How much are we willing to sacrifice for the good of our brothers and sisters in Christ?

Hebrews 12:2-3 – Sacrifice is not the end, there is a reward. Because Jesus humbled Himself God gave Him the highest place. God will get the praise and honor that He deserves. Colossians 3:1-4 – We are promised a reward with Jesus as well.

What is it that keeps us from being humble? What makes it hard to consider others better than ourselves?

  • It’s just not fair.
  • The other person doesn’t deserve this.
  • I’m being taken advantage of.
  • They hurt me and I can’t submit to them.

A lot of these arguments focus on the unworthiness of the other person for me to be able to love them and submit to them. They also focus on my rights and what I deserve.

We are so unworthy… and yet Jesus died for us.

Humility Shines

Philippians 2:12-18 – The good that comes out of our lives is the direct result of God working in and through us. The very desire to do God’s will is a gift from God.

Perhaps our weak desire to God’s will is the seed that God can take and grow into a stronger desire to do His will. It is only through relying on God that we can grow.

Honey bees sit at the entrance of the hive and fan vigorously to help ventilate the hive. The bees that are trying to keep the hive cool get “crash landed on” by worker bees coming in with pollen. Despite being landed on they get back up and keep on working.

When things happen that would normally cause a person to blow a fuse, humility keeps the person the ability to keep focus on the task at hand and to not blow a fuse.

Just as stars declare the glory of God, so can we. The evil and darkness around us only amplifies the light that God can shine through us.

Paul says that even if his life was poured out as an offering with no affect, he would rejoice.

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Humility Shares Philippians 2:1-4 – One thing that Paul wanted to see the Philippian church grow in was in their unselfishness and their care for each other. The message here for us is to look out for the good of others, Philippians 2:1-4 – One thing that Paul wanted to see the Philippian church grow in was in their unselfishness and their care for each other. The message here for us is to look out for the good of others, even though it will be difficult.
We’ve all been given good things, testimony about what God is doing for us, money, skills, etc. Share the things that God has given you.
Humility Sacrifices
Philippians 2:5-11 – When a honey bee stings someone it is giving its life to protect the hive. In these verses we have a much better example of sacrifice than even honey bees, Jesus.
Jesus went from being King to being a servant. After all of that He humbled himself further and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.
1 John 3:16-18 – How far are we willing to go in our obedience to God. How much are we willing to sacrifice for the good of our brothers and sisters in Christ?
Hebrews 12:2-3 – Sacrifice is not the end, there is a reward. Because Jesus humbled Himself God gave Him the highest place. God will get the praise and honor that He deserves. Colossians 3:1-4 – We are promised a reward with Jesus as well.
What is it that keeps us from being humble? What makes it hard to consider others better than ourselves?

* It’s just not fair.
* The other person doesn’t deserve this.
* I’m being taken advantage of.
* They hurt me and I can’t submit to them.

A lot of these arguments focus on the unworthiness of the other person for me to be able to love them and submit to them. They also focus on my rights and what I deserve.
We are so unworthy… and yet Jesus died for us.
Humility Shines
Philippians 2:12-18 – The good that comes out of our lives is the direct result of God working in and through us. The very desire to do God’s will is a gift from God.
Perhaps our weak desire to God’s will is the seed that God can take and grow into a stronger desire to do His will. It is only through relying on God that we can grow.
Honey bees sit at the entrance of the hive and fan vigorously to help ventilate the hive. The bees that are trying to keep the hive cool get “crash landed on” by worker bees coming in with pollen. Despite being landed on they get back up and keep on working.
When things happen that would normally cause a person to blow a fuse, humility keeps the person the ability to keep focus on the task at hand and to not blow a fuse.
Just as stars declare the glory of God, so can we. The evil and darkness around us only amplifies the light that God can shine through us.
Paul says that even if his life was poured out as an offering with no affect, he would rejoice.
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The Good News of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-good-news-of-the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/ Sun, 12 Apr 2020 14:34:44 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3695 https://bmcgladys.com/the-good-news-of-the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-good-news-of-the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we’ll begin with a brief summary of the resurrection story. The disciples were so sure that Jesus was the Messiah. They had followed Jesus, they saw the lame walk, the blind have their sight restored, they saw Jesus living a perfect and holy life. Peter said emphatically, “You are the Christ, the Son […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-good-news-of-the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/">The Good News of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This morning we’ll begin with a brief summary of the resurrection story.

The disciples were so sure that Jesus was the Messiah. They had followed Jesus, they saw the lame walk, the blind have their sight restored, they saw Jesus living a perfect and holy life. Peter said emphatically, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

The women going to the tomb met a young man in a white robe. “Don’t be afraid… Jesus has risen!” This was the beginning of the first Easter celebration.

The joy that comes when we become a follow of Jesus can cool over time. The churches in Revelation experienced this some. When we stay in a mode of surrender to Christ we can continue to have that joy!

Romans 1:4 – The resurrection is more than just about joy. It is about the power of God and His sovereignty over death. Jesus resurrection is a great turning of the tide, a powerful deliverance for the blood washed saint.

Ephesians 2:1, Romans 6:3-10, 1 Corinthians 15:14-18, Romans 4:22-25 – The victory of Easter. We know the resurrection is so essential to our salvation.

Romans 5:10 – God’s purpose wasn’t just to forgive our sins and then leave us floundering unable to live a Christian life.

1 John 2:1, Hebrews 7:25 – What promises! Jesus is alive and is at the right hand of the Father interceding for each of His children.

1 John 5:11 – God has given us life, life in the Son. This life comes from a risen savior!

The resurrection offers us hope. Hope here and now. Hope for the future.

John 14 – Jesus told His disciples that He would be killed… and that He would be raised the third day. This is a comfort for us, life doesn’t end at the grave!

Revelation 19:11-16 – The world is still under the sway of the evil one, but the first Easter morning was the beginning of the end for the devil and for sin.

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This morning we’ll begin with a brief summary of the resurrection story. The disciples were so sure that Jesus was the Messiah. They had followed Jesus, they saw the lame walk, the blind have their sight restored, The disciples were so sure that Jesus was the Messiah. They had followed Jesus, they saw the lame walk, the blind have their sight restored, they saw Jesus living a perfect and holy life. Peter said emphatically, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
The women going to the tomb met a young man in a white robe. “Don’t be afraid… Jesus has risen!” This was the beginning of the first Easter celebration.
The joy that comes when we become a follow of Jesus can cool over time. The churches in Revelation experienced this some. When we stay in a mode of surrender to Christ we can continue to have that joy!
Romans 1:4 – The resurrection is more than just about joy. It is about the power of God and His sovereignty over death. Jesus resurrection is a great turning of the tide, a powerful deliverance for the blood washed saint.
Ephesians 2:1, Romans 6:3-10, 1 Corinthians 15:14-18, Romans 4:22-25 – The victory of Easter. We know the resurrection is so essential to our salvation.
Romans 5:10 – God’s purpose wasn’t just to forgive our sins and then leave us floundering unable to live a Christian life.
1 John 2:1, Hebrews 7:25 – What promises! Jesus is alive and is at the right hand of the Father interceding for each of His children.
1 John 5:11 – God has given us life, life in the Son. This life comes from a risen savior!
The resurrection offers us hope. Hope here and now. Hope for the future.
John 14 – Jesus told His disciples that He would be killed… and that He would be raised the third day. This is a comfort for us, life doesn’t end at the grave!
Revelation 19:11-16 – The world is still under the sway of the evil one, but the first Easter morning was the beginning of the end for the devil and for sin.
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9 Little Lessons for Christians from 1 Peter - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/9-little-lessons-for-christians-from-1-peter/ Sun, 05 Apr 2020 13:56:11 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3692 https://bmcgladys.com/9-little-lessons-for-christians-from-1-peter/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/9-little-lessons-for-christians-from-1-peter/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 1:1-21 – The pilgrims we usually think about when we think of the word “pilgrim” journeyed across the ocean right at 400 years ago. They were on a journey, far from home. Peter says that we are pilgrims. We are on a journey, our home is in heaven, not here on earth. Peter […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/9-little-lessons-for-christians-from-1-peter/">9 Little Lessons for Christians from 1 Peter</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Peter 1:1-21 – The pilgrims we usually think about when we think of the word “pilgrim” journeyed across the ocean right at 400 years ago. They were on a journey, far from home.

Peter says that we are pilgrims. We are on a journey, our home is in heaven, not here on earth.

Peter says that we have something wonderful to look forward to as Christians, a special reward that belongs to us that we haven’t received yet. It is reserved in heaven for you. We didn’t receive this because of something we did, it is based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Our eternal life won’t wear out, it is undefiled and incorruptible. In a world full of defilement it remains undefiled. We don’t have our reward yet, but it is safe.

God’s power is working on our behalf, shielding us. We are kept through the power of God, through faith. While we have faith we will be kept by the power of God.

In this world one of the most valuable things you can have, from a worldly perspective, is gold. If you believe and trust Jesus your faith is more valuable than gold! It is precious to God and to us.

Our trials aren’t fun, they are painful, but Peter reminds us that they are only “for a little while.” There are some positives from our trials, it proves our faith and makes our faith stronger. Our trials will result in praise, honor, and glory when we finally arrive home. God gets the praise, honor, and glory… not us, it is our goal to bring honor and glory to God.

Salvation didn’t happen by accident, it was planned a long time ago. Being able to look back at the writing of the prophets and seeing that those things were written about Jesus is a blessing to us. Those prophets were being faithful, and they have blessed us.

Considering all that we have going for us as pilgrims, we need to be mentally alert. We need to be thinking about what God expects and wants, what is right. Does this please God? Does this not please God? Is this helping my faith?

Be hopeful, be obedient, be holy, be fearful, you have received something precious in the blood of Christ.

9 Little Lessons for Christians from 1 Peter 1

  1. Christians are pilgrims.
  2. Christians have a living hope.
  3. Christians have a stunning inheritance.
  4. Christians are kept by the power of God.
  5. Trials can protect our faith and affect future reward.
  6. Christians should be joyful during trials.
  7. Christians need to be mentally alert and sober.
  8. God calls His children to resemble Him in holiness.
  9. Christians should think soberly about the future judgement.

We are pilgrims on a journey. We have so much going for us, therefore let us be faithful in how we live each day.

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1 Peter 1:1-21 – The pilgrims we usually think about when we think of the word “pilgrim” journeyed across the ocean right at 400 years ago. They were on a journey, far from home. Peter says that we are pilgrims. We are on a journey, Peter says that we are pilgrims. We are on a journey, our home is in heaven, not here on earth.
Peter says that we have something wonderful to look forward to as Christians, a special reward that belongs to us that we haven’t received yet. It is reserved in heaven for you. We didn’t receive this because of something we did, it is based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Our eternal life won’t wear out, it is undefiled and incorruptible. In a world full of defilement it remains undefiled. We don’t have our reward yet, but it is safe.
God’s power is working on our behalf, shielding us. We are kept through the power of God, through faith. While we have faith we will be kept by the power of God.
In this world one of the most valuable things you can have, from a worldly perspective, is gold. If you believe and trust Jesus your faith is more valuable than gold! It is precious to God and to us.
Our trials aren’t fun, they are painful, but Peter reminds us that they are only “for a little while.” There are some positives from our trials, it proves our faith and makes our faith stronger. Our trials will result in praise, honor, and glory when we finally arrive home. God gets the praise, honor, and glory… not us, it is our goal to bring honor and glory to God.
Salvation didn’t happen by accident, it was planned a long time ago. Being able to look back at the writing of the prophets and seeing that those things were written about Jesus is a blessing to us. Those prophets were being faithful, and they have blessed us.
Considering all that we have going for us as pilgrims, we need to be mentally alert. We need to be thinking about what God expects and wants, what is right. Does this please God? Does this not please God? Is this helping my faith?
Be hopeful, be obedient, be holy, be fearful, you have received something precious in the blood of Christ.
9 Little Lessons for Christians from 1 Peter 1

* Christians are pilgrims.
* Christians have a living hope.
* Christians have a stunning inheritance.
* Christians are kept by the power of God.
* Trials can protect our faith and affect future reward.
* Christians should be joyful during trials.
* Christians need to be mentally alert and sober.
* God calls His children to resemble Him in holiness.
* Christians should think soberly about the future judgement.

We are pilgrims on a journey. We have so much going for us, therefore let us be faithful in how we live each day.
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Answering God's Call - John Waldron https://bmcgladys.com/answering-gods-call/ Sun, 29 Mar 2020 13:33:33 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3689 https://bmcgladys.com/answering-gods-call/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/answering-gods-call/feed/ 0 <p>Philippians 3:12-14, Acts 9:15-16 – When Paul was called it was with a bright light and a loud voice. That isn’t usually how it works for us today. Clearly God’s call of Paul was away from his old life to a new and very different one. Ephesians 4:1 – God’s call to us today is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/answering-gods-call/">Answering God’s Call</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Philippians 3:12-14, Acts 9:15-16 – When Paul was called it was with a bright light and a loud voice. That isn’t usually how it works for us today. Clearly God’s call of Paul was away from his old life to a new and very different one.

Ephesians 4:1 – God’s call to us today is the same for us. Away from this world and sin, towards something very different. As we heed the call of Jesus our lives will be more difficult, but we will find more fulfillment.

Let’s look at three different calls and responses of God in scripture.

The “I’m Not Interested” Response

Exodus 3 – Moses at the burning bush. Moses asks God to identify Himself. God revealed Himself and His name to Moses. Moses was afraid, afraid of the people. He was afraid too of the power of God’s message and the weakness of Moses himself.

Exodus 4 – In his fear Moses has some excuses. Moses is being at least somewhat honest here. He doesn’t think he’s able to say and do the things that God is asking him to.

God answers and says that He made mans tongue and He will speak through him. God eventually says that He will send Aaron with him.

Moses doesn’t want any part of God’s call on his future. He thinks God has the wrong number. He tells God to “call someone else.”

Some of us get to this point too. We argue with ourselves about what our capability is, or what someone else’s capability is.

The “You’ve Got the Wrong Number” Response

Jeremiah 1:4-10 – Jeremiah feels very realistic to us. He expresses uncertainty with regards to his abilities. He expresses a general fear of the call God is giving him.

God knew Jeremiah, He planned for him from his birth. Jeremiah was the perfect person for this part. He was to bear a message to a people who didn’t want to hear the message.

God will make sure the person He calls is able to do the thing He is calling them to.

God’s call to us is often to reach around us. The call might not be for us specifically, but instead for the people around us… through us.

There is a tendency for us to think that God has the wrong number when He calls us. God doesn’t make a mistake, He doesn’t call wrong numbers. He knows us, He knows our weaknesses, He knows our abilities.

The “Is This Even My Phone?” Response

Esther 4 – This is the heart of the book of Esther. Her people were set to be massacred, and Mordecai tells her that even though she is the queen she is in danger. He also says that “perhaps God has made you queen for such a time as this.”

Esther asked her people to pray, and she went into the King.

Often we find ourselves in as situation we didn’t ask to be in. We didn’t choose to be here. We are in a specific time and place and situation. We see before ourselves a difficult task and we wonder whether we have any special abilities at all.

We often question ourselves, and whether we are up to the task, and whether there is really a purpose behind our being here.

This is where we are this morning. We are facing a situation where there are a lot of people who are afraid. Let us ask ourselves, “why did God put me here, and what does God want me to do?”

Some Observations About all of These Things

Ephesians 4:1 – God wants us to serve Him with our lives. God always calls us from something to something else. From a life of sin to a life of holiness.

We are servants of Christ. We bear his name and we should never do anything that would bring dishonor to the name of Jesus.

God’s call is often unexpected, and maybe unwanted. We may feel that God has made a mistake, that our abilities don’t line up with His calling.

1 Corinthians 1 – Gideon had a big army and God helped him shrink his army, and then asked him to go into battle with trumpets and clay pots. The point of God’s call is to bring glory to Himself. If the end result of God’s call is that we receive some glory, or feel proud of ourselves… we’ve missed the point. The glory belongs to God.

Jeremiah 31:33-34 – We all receive a call from God. Our callings our different, our callings are important. Our goal isn’t to say that people called to the ministry are the only ones who have a call from God.

John 21:19 – God’s call is general. Everyone is called to follow Jesus. We follow Jesus even when we don’t know where exactly that’ll lead. Following Jesus is both simple and hard, it means giving up everything to walk in His footsteps.

Matthew 28 – The great commission is for all Christians, not for just some people. Go calls us to put on all the fruits of the Spirit, not just the ones that fit us best.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 – God’s call is also specific. He has called us to a specific location, with specific friends, with specific neighbors, etc. He has prepared us, how do we use those things to bless those around us? Our “job” is to do the things set before us to the very best of our ability.

God has a place for me. God has a place for you.

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Philippians 3:12-14, Acts 9:15-16 – When Paul was called it was with a bright light and a loud voice. That isn’t usually how it works for us today. Clearly God’s call of Paul was away from his old life to a new and very different one. Ephesians 4:1 – God’s call to us today is the same for us. Away from this world and sin, towards something very different. As we heed the call of Jesus our lives will be more difficult, but we will find more fulfillment.
Let’s look at three different calls and responses of God in scripture.
The “I’m Not Interested” Response
Exodus 3 – Moses at the burning bush. Moses asks God to identify Himself. God revealed Himself and His name to Moses. Moses was afraid, afraid of the people. He was afraid too of the power of God’s message and the weakness of Moses himself.
Exodus 4 – In his fear Moses has some excuses. Moses is being at least somewhat honest here. He doesn’t think he’s able to say and do the things that God is asking him to.
God answers and says that He made mans tongue and He will speak through him. God eventually says that He will send Aaron with him.
Moses doesn’t want any part of God’s call on his future. He thinks God has the wrong number. He tells God to “call someone else.”
Some of us get to this point too. We argue with ourselves about what our capability is, or what someone else’s capability is.
The “You’ve Got the Wrong Number” Response
Jeremiah 1:4-10 – Jeremiah feels very realistic to us. He expresses uncertainty with regards to his abilities. He expresses a general fear of the call God is giving him.
God knew Jeremiah, He planned for him from his birth. Jeremiah was the perfect person for this part. He was to bear a message to a people who didn’t want to hear the message.
God will make sure the person He calls is able to do the thing He is calling them to.
God’s call to us is often to reach around us. The call might not be for us specifically, but instead for the people around us… through us.
There is a tendency for us to think that God has the wrong number when He calls us. God doesn’t make a mistake, He doesn’t call wrong numbers. He knows us, He knows our weaknesses, He knows our abilities.
The “Is This Even My Phone?” Response
Esther 4 – This is the heart of the book of Esther. Her people were set to be massacred, and Mordecai tells her that even though she is the queen she is in danger. He also says that “perhaps God has made you queen for such a time as this.”
Esther asked her people to pray, and she went into the King.
Often we find ourselves in as situation we didn’t ask to be in. We didn’t choose to be here. We are in a specific time and place and situation. We see before ourselves a difficult task and we wonder whether we have any special abilities at all.
We often question ourselves, and whether we are up to the task, and whether there is really a purpose behind our being here.
This is where we are this morning. We are facing a situation where there are a lot of people who are afraid. Let us ask ourselves, “why did God put me here, and what does God want me to do?”
Some Observations About all of These Things
Ephesians 4:1 – God wants us to serve Him with our lives. God always calls us from something to something else. From a life of sin to a life of holiness.
We are servants of Christ. We bear his name and we should never do anything that would bring dishonor to the name of Jesus.
God’s call is often unexpected, and maybe unwanted. We may feel that God has made a mistake, that our abilities don’t line up with His calling.
1 Corinthians 1 – Gideon had a big army and God helped h...]]>
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The Elder Son - Duane Nisly https://bmcgladys.com/the-elder-son/ Wed, 18 Mar 2020 23:41:16 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3634 https://bmcgladys.com/the-elder-son/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-elder-son/feed/ 0 <p>We can have such a wonderful opportunity to come to the Father. Jesus taught us about the good shepherd who knows his sheep, and the sheep know his voice. God wants that for each of us. What does God want to do with His people during this time? Is there something that we need to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-elder-son/">The Elder Son</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We can have such a wonderful opportunity to come to the Father. Jesus taught us about the good shepherd who knows his sheep, and the sheep know his voice. God wants that for each of us.

What does God want to do with His people during this time? Is there something that we need to be listening for?

Tonight we’re going to look at “the rest of the story.” Often times this part of the story may get over looked.

Luke 15:22-32 – Through everything we see the fathers response. He is the same father who was waiting and watching for his “other son.” It is with the same heart that he entreats his older son.

In verse 27 we have the servants perspective of what had happened. Thy brother has come home! Your father has killed the fatted calf because he has received him safe and sound!

The father was not partial with his sons. His heart was for his older son as well as it was for his younger son. When he saw that his older son didn’t come in, he went out to him. He made the effort to meet him where he was.

The father had found his son. He had “come back from the dead.” The elder son though saw things differently. He saw the celebration as “not right” it was unfair, it was a waste of his fathers goods.

The elder brother couldn’t join in to the feeling of joy at the victory of his brother. He was jealous because his brother had been reconciled to their father.

The elder son was probably the only one that was wretched and miserable. He couldn’t forgive. His father had forgiven, but he couldn’t accept that this young man could be restored. After all that he had done he should be punished, not celebrated.

There are actually 3 sons in this story. Which one of the three are you? Most of us can find ourselves in this story.

  1. A rebellious younger son squandering his life away. Maybe you’re just struggling with the authority that God has placed in your life.
  2. A son who has recognized his need and returns to his father. You want to learn to walk with your father again.
  3. A son who is self justified and has stayed outside. You’ve been obedient, but never recognized. You struggle with anger, life has not dealt with you fairly.

Regardless of where you are, let us again take a look at the father. God is our Father, He is the one that we want to focus on. God is still there offering to us whatever we need, He is waiting, longing, looking, and offering us His hand.

The father in this story offered grace and love to both of his sons. One accepted it, the other rejected it. The father went out to receive both of his sons, one accepted, the other rejected.

Pride would not allow the older son to go inside. He could have experienced the same joy, from a different perspective, but he was offered he same thing that his younger brother was.

Seek to hallow the name of God. Watch for opportunities to do that!

Jesus came to set us free, to release us from any chain that is holding us. Jesus would like to address anything that is holding us from being free, he wants to break those chains! He came to mend the broken reed, not to break it off.

God wants to take your broken pieces and put them back together into a vessel that is beautiful, a vessel that is useful. God is asking you to trust Him, to surrender, to give our all to Him.

Perhaps God is asking you to be an instrument in the healing of another hurting person. God uses us as instruments to work in the healing process of others. Be open to that, if God is calling you to minister to your brother or sister…

Seek after Christ. Seek after truth. Jesus told us that if we seek Him first, that is the most important thing that we can do. In everything that we do we need to be seeking God.

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We can have such a wonderful opportunity to come to the Father. Jesus taught us about the good shepherd who knows his sheep, and the sheep know his voice. God wants that for each of us. What does God want to do with His people during this time? What does God want to do with His people during this time? Is there something that we need to be listening for?
Tonight we’re going to look at “the rest of the story.” Often times this part of the story may get over looked.
Luke 15:22-32 – Through everything we see the fathers response. He is the same father who was waiting and watching for his “other son.” It is with the same heart that he entreats his older son.
In verse 27 we have the servants perspective of what had happened. Thy brother has come home! Your father has killed the fatted calf because he has received him safe and sound!
The father was not partial with his sons. His heart was for his older son as well as it was for his younger son. When he saw that his older son didn’t come in, he went out to him. He made the effort to meet him where he was.
The father had found his son. He had “come back from the dead.” The elder son though saw things differently. He saw the celebration as “not right” it was unfair, it was a waste of his fathers goods.
The elder brother couldn’t join in to the feeling of joy at the victory of his brother. He was jealous because his brother had been reconciled to their father.
The elder son was probably the only one that was wretched and miserable. He couldn’t forgive. His father had forgiven, but he couldn’t accept that this young man could be restored. After all that he had done he should be punished, not celebrated.
There are actually 3 sons in this story. Which one of the three are you? Most of us can find ourselves in this story.

* A rebellious younger son squandering his life away. Maybe you’re just struggling with the authority that God has placed in your life.
* A son who has recognized his need and returns to his father. You want to learn to walk with your father again.
* A son who is self justified and has stayed outside. You’ve been obedient, but never recognized. You struggle with anger, life has not dealt with you fairly.

Regardless of where you are, let us again take a look at the father. God is our Father, He is the one that we want to focus on. God is still there offering to us whatever we need, He is waiting, longing, looking, and offering us His hand.
The father in this story offered grace and love to both of his sons. One accepted it, the other rejected it. The father went out to receive both of his sons, one accepted, the other rejected.
Pride would not allow the older son to go inside. He could have experienced the same joy, from a different perspective, but he was offered he same thing that his younger brother was.
Seek to hallow the name of God. Watch for opportunities to do that!
Jesus came to set us free, to release us from any chain that is holding us. Jesus would like to address anything that is holding us from being free, he wants to break those chains! He came to mend the broken reed, not to break it off.
God wants to take your broken pieces and put them back together into a vessel that is beautiful, a vessel that is useful. God is asking you to trust Him, to surrender, to give our all to Him.
Perhaps God is asking you to be an instrument in the healing of another hurting person. God uses us as instruments to work in the healing process of others. Be open to that, if God is calling you to minister to your brother or sister…
Seek after Christ. Seek after truth. Jesus told us that if we seek Him first, that is the most important thing that we can do. In everything that we do we need to be seeking God.
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The Long Road Home - Duane Nisly https://bmcgladys.com/the-long-road-home/ Tue, 17 Mar 2020 23:39:54 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3632 https://bmcgladys.com/the-long-road-home/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-long-road-home/feed/ 0 <p>Luke 15:20-24 – We are continuing with this story of the prodigal son. How far away from home was this young man? We don’t know for sure, we are told that he went to a far country. Do you suppose that his steps got a bit slower as he got nearer home? We don’t know. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-long-road-home/">The Long Road Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 15:20-24 – We are continuing with this story of the prodigal son. How far away from home was this young man? We don’t know for sure, we are told that he went to a far country.

Do you suppose that his steps got a bit slower as he got nearer home? We don’t know.

Often times when we make the decision to arise and go God will give us the grace we need to go on.

The father was at home waiting, every day, for likely a long time. The father was waiting even on the day when the son came home. He wasn’t so shocked when he saw his son coming, he was expecting him!

He ran to him.

We see here tremendous love. This thing of running to meet his son was completely out of the ordinary for the Jewish culture. He could have disowned his son forever. What his son had done made him worthy of disownment. We are in the same condition as the son.

One of Jesus main reasons for sharing this story is to give us a picture of how the fathers heart is towards us. Even with the second son his heart of love and care never changed.

The father is good. That is his heart. God will not despise and refuse the broken and contrite heart. God is just waiting for that heart to come to him. He’s waiting to forgive and accept him.

Isaiah 57:15 – We can never come to the standard of our father in heaven. But there is a message for fathers in the story of the prodigal son. We aren’t perfect and we often make mistakes, we have limited wisdom, and sometimes our love isn’t pure.

This father in the story never gave up. And when his son returned he forgave. He could have had quite a list of restrictions or changes that needed to occur, when his son came home…

Forgiveness was complete and there was completely restoration. The son didn’t know exactly how his father would respond, but he knew his father well enough to know that he loved him and that he would love, receive, and deal fairly with him.

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Luke 15:20-24 – We are continuing with this story of the prodigal son. How far away from home was this young man? We don’t know for sure, we are told that he went to a far country. Do you suppose that his steps got a bit slower as he got nearer home? Do you suppose that his steps got a bit slower as he got nearer home? We don’t know.
Often times when we make the decision to arise and go God will give us the grace we need to go on.
The father was at home waiting, every day, for likely a long time. The father was waiting even on the day when the son came home. He wasn’t so shocked when he saw his son coming, he was expecting him!
He ran to him.
We see here tremendous love. This thing of running to meet his son was completely out of the ordinary for the Jewish culture. He could have disowned his son forever. What his son had done made him worthy of disownment. We are in the same condition as the son.
One of Jesus main reasons for sharing this story is to give us a picture of how the fathers heart is towards us. Even with the second son his heart of love and care never changed.
The father is good. That is his heart. God will not despise and refuse the broken and contrite heart. God is just waiting for that heart to come to him. He’s waiting to forgive and accept him.
Isaiah 57:15 – We can never come to the standard of our father in heaven. But there is a message for fathers in the story of the prodigal son. We aren’t perfect and we often make mistakes, we have limited wisdom, and sometimes our love isn’t pure.
This father in the story never gave up. And when his son returned he forgave. He could have had quite a list of restrictions or changes that needed to occur, when his son came home…
Forgiveness was complete and there was completely restoration. The son didn’t know exactly how his father would respond, but he knew his father well enough to know that he loved him and that he would love, receive, and deal fairly with him.
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The Road of Repentance - Duane Nisly https://bmcgladys.com/the-road-of-repentance/ Mon, 16 Mar 2020 23:38:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3630 https://bmcgladys.com/the-road-of-repentance/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-road-of-repentance/feed/ 0 <p>We are servants of the Lord Who is in control of all of this. We don’t have to be troubled and perplexed. Luke 21:25-26, 1 Peter 5:7-11 – Let us not let the things around us in the world shake us too much. Let us instead cast all of our anxiety on the Father! Last […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-road-of-repentance/">The Road of Repentance</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We are servants of the Lord Who is in control of all of this. We don’t have to be troubled and perplexed.

Luke 21:25-26, 1 Peter 5:7-11 – Let us not let the things around us in the world shake us too much. Let us instead cast all of our anxiety on the Father!

Last evening we were talking about the prodigal son and the decision he made to leave hone and go to a far country. Where he became poor and destitute, not know where his next mouthful of food was going to come from.

Luke 15 – Christ, tonight, offers us the way back home. Our hearts need to be continually repentant, they need to continually turn toward God. Repentance needs to turn us back towards Him.

These elements of repentance are things that we all need to live.

This young man was living in a deception that “this is life, I’ve made it.” What a lie! What a deception! This is a trick that Satan loves to use, but it is an awful trap.

This young mans life got so desperate that he finally got a job with a pig farmer. For a Jew this is the last thing that you would do. He got so hungry that he wanted to eat the food that he was feeding to these pigs.

There is a tendency for us to forget to rely on our God when things are going well. When we are faced with desperation or crisis we often are reminded of our incredible need for God!

The Bible tells us that this young man “came out of his insanity.” Satan has a way of blinding our lives and we loose the picture and do crazy things, make crazy choices, and don’t think intelligently.

Many people are being led by this “madness” of heart. Rejecting God is the most foolish thing that we can do.

The beauty of our story is that there was a turn around. There was repentance, this is what repentance is all about. Realizing the insanity of the situation we are in and being able to see clearly.

Not only did he wake up to the condition that he was in, but this young man decided “I will arise.” He had to take a first step. He was ready to get up and do something about the condition he was in. He had to make that decision, no one could make it for him.

His decision was to go back to the place that he had separated himself, the place where the poor decision was originally made. He could have decided to get up and go somewhere else… maybe things would be better “over there.” This young man knew where he needed to go.

Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where things aren’t right. It could be a relationship that has gone south, there might be reasons for that, but how are we going to reconstruct and fix up that relationship? We have to go back to the thing that divided us and deal with that.

The road to return is often the exact same road that led us into the messes that we find ourself in. This young man had to restore the relationship with his father. There was nowhere else that he could find restoration.

“I will say unto him…” This adds resolution to the decision that he had made. He even rehearsed what he was going to say. We want to be careful what we say, we can repent and still try to justify what we’ve done. Repentance needs to be complete and total responsibility for the actions that we have taken.

This pig pen conversion was a real one! What he has to say to his father shows us how serious he was about the decision he was making. He wasn’t looking for a 50/50 arrangement. It tells of his willingness to do whatever it took to get back next to his father!

“I have sinned against heave, and I have sinned agains you!” He recognized that this was not just a mistake it was sin. True repentance demands that we recognize that we have sinned.

“I have sinned” is a mark of true repentance. It isn’t easy for us to say that we have sinned.

Psalm 51 – David after he had sinned so awfully recognized that his sin was against God. He had hurt some people terribly. Repentance admits and accepts that we’ve hurt God’s name and we’ve hurt people.

“Make me as one of your hired servants…” His humility is impressive. True repentance shows true humility. This young man recognized that he no longer deserved what he had had before. He recognized something of his fathers love. He wanted to be close to his father again.

What does this mean for us today? This picture of repentance is beautiful and heartwarming. It gives us a great picture of what true repentance really looks like.

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We are servants of the Lord Who is in control of all of this. We don’t have to be troubled and perplexed. Luke 21:25-26, 1 Peter 5:7-11 – Let us not let the things around us in the world shake us too much. Let us instead cast all of our anxiety on the ... Luke 21:25-26, 1 Peter 5:7-11 – Let us not let the things around us in the world shake us too much. Let us instead cast all of our anxiety on the Father!
Last evening we were talking about the prodigal son and the decision he made to leave hone and go to a far country. Where he became poor and destitute, not know where his next mouthful of food was going to come from.
Luke 15 – Christ, tonight, offers us the way back home. Our hearts need to be continually repentant, they need to continually turn toward God. Repentance needs to turn us back towards Him.
These elements of repentance are things that we all need to live.
This young man was living in a deception that “this is life, I’ve made it.” What a lie! What a deception! This is a trick that Satan loves to use, but it is an awful trap.
This young mans life got so desperate that he finally got a job with a pig farmer. For a Jew this is the last thing that you would do. He got so hungry that he wanted to eat the food that he was feeding to these pigs.
There is a tendency for us to forget to rely on our God when things are going well. When we are faced with desperation or crisis we often are reminded of our incredible need for God!
The Bible tells us that this young man “came out of his insanity.” Satan has a way of blinding our lives and we loose the picture and do crazy things, make crazy choices, and don’t think intelligently.
Many people are being led by this “madness” of heart. Rejecting God is the most foolish thing that we can do.
The beauty of our story is that there was a turn around. There was repentance, this is what repentance is all about. Realizing the insanity of the situation we are in and being able to see clearly.
Not only did he wake up to the condition that he was in, but this young man decided “I will arise.” He had to take a first step. He was ready to get up and do something about the condition he was in. He had to make that decision, no one could make it for him.
His decision was to go back to the place that he had separated himself, the place where the poor decision was originally made. He could have decided to get up and go somewhere else… maybe things would be better “over there.” This young man knew where he needed to go.
Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where things aren’t right. It could be a relationship that has gone south, there might be reasons for that, but how are we going to reconstruct and fix up that relationship? We have to go back to the thing that divided us and deal with that.
The road to return is often the exact same road that led us into the messes that we find ourself in. This young man had to restore the relationship with his father. There was nowhere else that he could find restoration.
“I will say unto him…” This adds resolution to the decision that he had made. He even rehearsed what he was going to say. We want to be careful what we say, we can repent and still try to justify what we’ve done. Repentance needs to be complete and total responsibility for the actions that we have taken.
This pig pen conversion was a real one! What he has to say to his father shows us how serious he was about the decision he was making. He wasn’t looking for a 50/50 arrangement. It tells of his willingness to do whatever it took to get back next to his father!
“I have sinned against heave, and I have sinned agains you!” He recognized that this was not just a mistake it was sin. True repentance demands that we recognize that we have sinned.
“I have sinned” is a mark of true repentance. It isn’t easy for us to say that we have sinned.
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Sin And How It Separates Us From God - Duane Nisly https://bmcgladys.com/sin-and-how-it-separates-us-from-god/ Sun, 15 Mar 2020 23:37:51 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3628 https://bmcgladys.com/sin-and-how-it-separates-us-from-god/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/sin-and-how-it-separates-us-from-god/feed/ 0 <p>We are so blessed that God is in control. What would happen if our country would become as concerned about our spiritual needs as we are about the Coronavirus. May God remove from us any spirit of distraction and let us turn our face towards Him to hear what He has for us tonight. May […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/sin-and-how-it-separates-us-from-god/">Sin And How It Separates Us From God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We are so blessed that God is in control. What would happen if our country would become as concerned about our spiritual needs as we are about the Coronavirus.

May God remove from us any spirit of distraction and let us turn our face towards Him to hear what He has for us tonight. May he also take away any spirit of fear we may have in our hearts. Jesus wants to give us a peace that passes all understanding.

Luke 15 – Jesus tells a number of parables in this chapter. He taught these parables in response to the Pharisees who were criticizing Him for eating with and talking with sinners.

First Jesus tells them about the lost sheep. The lost sheep was lost possibly through carelessness or stubbornness. For whatever reason he was separated from the flock. He found himself alone, far from the shepherd and far from the flock. Sheep are not terribly intelligent, and this sheep couldn’t find his way back home. Maybe it was the sheep fault that he was lost, but he definitely needed help to get back.

Next Jesus tells them about the lost coin. Obviously the coin didn’t have anything to do with its getting lost. The coin neither knew that it was lost nor did it care that it was lost, he certainly didn’t have a remedy for his condition.

Thirdly Jesus uses this parable of the lost son. This lost son found himself separated from his father. He was lost because of his own stubbornness and rebellion. He was separated from his father, and had an independent, proud heart. He knew fully what he was doing, perhaps he didn’t know the full consequences of the decision but he knew what he was doing.

In contrast to the other two stories that Jesus used, this young man knew the way back home. He knew that going home meant turning 180 degrees around and going the other direction. A very change of heart.

There is a second son in this story as well, he was lost as well. Perhaps Jesus was talking directly to the Pharisees with this son.

Jesus may have been trying to cover the spectrum of all that were listening when he told this parable (and the others before it). It is likely that Jesus wanted everyone that was listening to Him to be able to associate with them where they were.

Jesus was seemingly not concerned with being “contaminated” by the sinners. The Pharisees really didn’t like this, so they criticized Jesus.

Obviously the Gentiles and sinners that heard Jesus were lost. Many of them probably knew they were lost, some possibly didn’t. Those who were accusing Jesus of associating with these sinners, perhaps they didn’t know that they were in the same boat, just as lost as these sinners and Gentiles they were so afraid of.

In this story, as we’ve mentioned, we have two sons. It seems like Jesus wanted to make a definite point about this thing of two sons. Although Jesus focuses primarily on the first son who rebelled, the other son is definitely an important part of this story.

The prodigal son demands his inheritance. It certainly seems brazen to us to ask for an inheritance while a parent is still living. The Jews had their way to divide an inheritance. The people knew how this was “supposed” to work. This was not “the normal” or “correct” thing for a son to do, especially not the younger son.

So, what do we see in this young mans heart? First of all there is disrespect, but there was a heart of rebellion, an independent heart. I want what belongs to me. I have a right. Please give me what is mine. Independence. Selfishness. Pride.

And so this son receives what is his, and he separates himself and goes to a far country. It seems that his intent was to put a great distance between him and his father, the authority in his life. Perhaps he thought life would be easier and more doable on his own, away from this authority figure.

He succeeded in putting distance between himself and his father, but he walked directly into a trap of the devil. He was no more free than he was before, Satan had the keys to his life and he was in total bondage. He wasn’t even able to control his spending and activities. They controlled him.

Think again about how this all started in the garden of Eden. What is this thing about sin? Adam and Eve were created to have perfect and total communion with God. They were given everything they could possibly need. The garden was perfect, there was nothing they needed, they were totally dependent on God.

Adam and Eve only had one commandment! Wouldn’t that be neat? Just to have one rule? The ignoring of that one commandment, the only commandment they had, carried with it unimaginable consequences. That disobedience brought death on them and on the rest of us as well.

At that moment death came on Adam and Eve. Their physical bodies would die, in that moment they began to get older and their bodies began to die.

Simple obedience and trust was all that He asked of them. It was in that area that Satan attacked them. Satan has been doing this ever since. Eve doubted what God had said and believed what Satan said. This is what sin is, believing Satan and doubting what God says.

We are born into death. Judgment and condemnation is on all men. By one mans disobedience we were all made sinners.

Romans 7:24 – What am I doing? I can’t even do what I want to do, I don’t have the power.

This is a sad picture where we are leaving this young man. He is so deceived, he is so wrong, he is so blinded. In one way or another we have all had characteristics of this younger son. We’ve all had the characteristics of a sinner. We have been independent, rebellious, separating ourselves from God.

We all need to recognize that we are a sinner and that we need a savior.

It is important for us to understand salvation and God’s grace. It is also important for us to understand our lost condition without God. Without recognition of our sin we cannot be reconciled to God.

There is good news. There is a way back home. The story of the prodigal son shows us that. We can decide if we’re going to continue on away from God or come back to Him.

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We are so blessed that God is in control. What would happen if our country would become as concerned about our spiritual needs as we are about the Coronavirus. May God remove from us any spirit of distraction and let us turn our face towards Him to hea... May God remove from us any spirit of distraction and let us turn our face towards Him to hear what He has for us tonight. May he also take away any spirit of fear we may have in our hearts. Jesus wants to give us a peace that passes all understanding.
Luke 15 – Jesus tells a number of parables in this chapter. He taught these parables in response to the Pharisees who were criticizing Him for eating with and talking with sinners.
First Jesus tells them about the lost sheep. The lost sheep was lost possibly through carelessness or stubbornness. For whatever reason he was separated from the flock. He found himself alone, far from the shepherd and far from the flock. Sheep are not terribly intelligent, and this sheep couldn’t find his way back home. Maybe it was the sheep fault that he was lost, but he definitely needed help to get back.
Next Jesus tells them about the lost coin. Obviously the coin didn’t have anything to do with its getting lost. The coin neither knew that it was lost nor did it care that it was lost, he certainly didn’t have a remedy for his condition.
Thirdly Jesus uses this parable of the lost son. This lost son found himself separated from his father. He was lost because of his own stubbornness and rebellion. He was separated from his father, and had an independent, proud heart. He knew fully what he was doing, perhaps he didn’t know the full consequences of the decision but he knew what he was doing.
In contrast to the other two stories that Jesus used, this young man knew the way back home. He knew that going home meant turning 180 degrees around and going the other direction. A very change of heart.
There is a second son in this story as well, he was lost as well. Perhaps Jesus was talking directly to the Pharisees with this son.
Jesus may have been trying to cover the spectrum of all that were listening when he told this parable (and the others before it). It is likely that Jesus wanted everyone that was listening to Him to be able to associate with them where they were.
Jesus was seemingly not concerned with being “contaminated” by the sinners. The Pharisees really didn’t like this, so they criticized Jesus.
Obviously the Gentiles and sinners that heard Jesus were lost. Many of them probably knew they were lost, some possibly didn’t. Those who were accusing Jesus of associating with these sinners, perhaps they didn’t know that they were in the same boat, just as lost as these sinners and Gentiles they were so afraid of.
In this story, as we’ve mentioned, we have two sons. It seems like Jesus wanted to make a definite point about this thing of two sons. Although Jesus focuses primarily on the first son who rebelled, the other son is definitely an important part of this story.
The prodigal son demands his inheritance. It certainly seems brazen to us to ask for an inheritance while a parent is still living. The Jews had their way to divide an inheritance. The people knew how this was “supposed” to work. This was not “the normal” or “correct” thing for a son to do, especially not the younger son.
So, what do we see in this young mans heart? First of all there is disrespect, but there was a heart of rebellion, an independent heart. I want what belongs to me. I have a right. Please give me what is mine. Independence. Selfishness. Pride.
And so this son receives what is his, and he separates himself and goes to a far country. It seems that his intent was to put a great distance between him and his father, the authority in his life. Perhaps he thought life would be easier and more doable on his own, away from this authority figure.
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The Healer of Broken Hearts - Duane Nisly https://bmcgladys.com/the-healer-of-broken-hearts/ Sun, 15 Mar 2020 23:36:17 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3626 https://bmcgladys.com/the-healer-of-broken-hearts/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-healer-of-broken-hearts/feed/ 0 <p>Kintsugi is repair work that mends the breakage with lacquer and then dusted with a powdering of gold or silver or platinum. A piece of pottery that is repaired properly with Kintsugi is of more value than the original, unbroken piece of pottery. God has a process of repairing and mending that is so beautiful. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-healer-of-broken-hearts/">The Healer of Broken Hearts</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Kintsugi is repair work that mends the breakage with lacquer and then dusted with a powdering of gold or silver or platinum. A piece of pottery that is repaired properly with Kintsugi is of more value than the original, unbroken piece of pottery.

God has a process of repairing and mending that is so beautiful. Jesus can take our shattered pieces and make them beautiful again.

Isaiah 61:1 – “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;”

Luke 4 – Jesus read from the Old Testament scriptures and then told the people he had grown up with that “I am the one who is the fulfillment of this prophecy.”

Jesus came to preach to those who were in need. Those who have broken hearts and are crushed. Jesus will bind up their hearts, He will heal them. Jesus came to preach liberty to the captives, to open the prison doors that hold them back.

Matthew 5 – Jesus is coming for those who mourn. Jesus came to give us comfort, to free us from whatever it is that is binding us.

Why is the Lord going to do all of this? What is His purpose for offering us this tremendous opportunity to be put together again, to be mended. God is offering to us this restoration, this healing, this regeneration this new life… so that the world may know that He is the Lord, that He is God!

The person who has the gift and ability to do the work of art putting together the broken plate is the one who receives the credit and the honor for the work he has done. Jesus is the one who gets the glory when He puts us back together again. He really does want to heal and restore us and make something beautiful out of something ugly.

His heart is moved by those who are suffering. He is moved by our tears, by our suffering, by what hurts us.

There was a lot of doubt amongst the Jews about who Jesus was. He had recently been baptized by John, and the Holy Spirit had descended upon Him. Jesus was telling His home town that He was the Messiah, the fulfillment of these prophecies by Isaiah.

Their anger showed up when they wanted to see a miracle, and Jesus said no… He had to leave Nazareth and flee for His life.

When we think of “healing” or “mending” what does this mean? When Jesus called some of His disciples they were mending their nets. What does it mean to “mend their nets?” The word mending means “completely or restore to its original purpose.” In a very material sense they were used to doing this job of mending things… restoring broken things to be useful again.

The Greek word for mending was not only used for “mending nets” it is also used throughout the New Testament.

Luke 6:40 – Everyone who is perfect shall be like his master. Perfect like his master. This word means “put together again.”

1 Corinthians 1:10 – Perfectly joined together… in the same mind and in the same judgement. In the body of Christ we are to be mended together, joined together perfectly.

2 Corinthians 2:11 – Perfect yourselves… This is an ongoing thing, we are God’s workmanship, we are created in Christ Jesus made to be a beautiful representation of God’s ability to restore broken things.

Galatians 1:6 – You spiritual ones restore… it is your responsibility to put together and mend and restore the broken one, to bring back into fellowship with Christ.

1 Thessalonians 3:10 – Paul says about his responsibility, that he is praying for perfection and mending in their faith. We have a responsibility to each other as well when we see someone hurting. We need to take broken people to the heart of the healer.

1 Peter 5:10 – The God of all grace will perfect, and confirm and strengthen and establish you. God sent Jesus to heal broken hearts and lives. Jesus is showing us the heart of God, His desire and longing for us is that we be healed and receive the mending that He can do.

What is the problem with a broken net, or a broken piece of pottery? If its broken it can’t function, it can’t fulfill its purpose. A broken piece of pottery cannot hold water. A broken net cannot hold fish. These things can be mended and restored and to be useful again… Jesus can do that with our broken hearts and broken lives as well. Because the master is involved in this restoration the end result is better than the original! That is what God wants to do with our lives too.

If your life and heart has been broken. If you’ve been hurt and wounded. If you’ve been betrayed and disappointed… Jesus says “come unto me, I will give you rest, and I will mend your broken heart. I will make those cracks something beautiful. I will make you a lovely piece of my workmanship. This is something only I can do, don’t despair, don’t be discouraged. My heart is to mend hearts, it is what I want to do for you!”

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Kintsugi is repair work that mends the breakage with lacquer and then dusted with a powdering of gold or silver or platinum. A piece of pottery that is repaired properly with Kintsugi is of more value than the original, unbroken piece of pottery. God has a process of repairing and mending that is so beautiful. Jesus can take our shattered pieces and make them beautiful again.
Isaiah 61:1 – “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;”
Luke 4 – Jesus read from the Old Testament scriptures and then told the people he had grown up with that “I am the one who is the fulfillment of this prophecy.”
Jesus came to preach to those who were in need. Those who have broken hearts and are crushed. Jesus will bind up their hearts, He will heal them. Jesus came to preach liberty to the captives, to open the prison doors that hold them back.
Matthew 5 – Jesus is coming for those who mourn. Jesus came to give us comfort, to free us from whatever it is that is binding us.
Why is the Lord going to do all of this? What is His purpose for offering us this tremendous opportunity to be put together again, to be mended. God is offering to us this restoration, this healing, this regeneration this new life… so that the world may know that He is the Lord, that He is God!
The person who has the gift and ability to do the work of art putting together the broken plate is the one who receives the credit and the honor for the work he has done. Jesus is the one who gets the glory when He puts us back together again. He really does want to heal and restore us and make something beautiful out of something ugly.
His heart is moved by those who are suffering. He is moved by our tears, by our suffering, by what hurts us.
There was a lot of doubt amongst the Jews about who Jesus was. He had recently been baptized by John, and the Holy Spirit had descended upon Him. Jesus was telling His home town that He was the Messiah, the fulfillment of these prophecies by Isaiah.
Their anger showed up when they wanted to see a miracle, and Jesus said no… He had to leave Nazareth and flee for His life.
When we think of “healing” or “mending” what does this mean? When Jesus called some of His disciples they were mending their nets. What does it mean to “mend their nets?” The word mending means “completely or restore to its original purpose.” In a very material sense they were used to doing this job of mending things… restoring broken things to be useful again.
The Greek word for mending was not only used for “mending nets” it is also used throughout the New Testament.
Luke 6:40 – Everyone who is perfect shall be like his master. Perfect like his master. This word means “put together again.”
1 Corinthians 1:10 – Perfectly joined together… in the same mind and in the same judgement. In the body of Christ we are to be mended together, joined together perfectly.
2 Corinthians 2:11 – Perfect yourselves… This is an ongoing thing, we are God’s workmanship, we are created in Christ Jesus made to be a beautiful representation of God’s ability to restore broken things.
Galatians 1:6 – You spiritual ones restore… it is your responsibility to put together and mend and restore the broken one, to bring back into fellowship with Christ.
1 Thessalonians 3:10 – Paul says about his responsibility, that he is praying for perfection and mending in their faith. We have a responsibility to each other as well when we see someone hurting. We need to take broken people to the heart of the healer.
1 Peter 5:10 – The God of all grace will perfect, and confirm and strengthen and establish you. God sent Jesus to heal broken hearts and lives.]]>
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Out of the Closet - Duane Nisly https://bmcgladys.com/out-of-the-closet/ Sun, 15 Mar 2020 23:34:33 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3624 https://bmcgladys.com/out-of-the-closet/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/out-of-the-closet/feed/ 0 <p>Whoever you are, God has a particular and unique journey for you. Your life is not by accident it is ordered and directed by the Lord. A closet is a good place to hide when playing hide and seek, but a closet is not a good place to live. It is tight, and stuffy and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/out-of-the-closet/">Out of the Closet</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Whoever you are, God has a particular and unique journey for you. Your life is not by accident it is ordered and directed by the Lord.

A closet is a good place to hide when playing hide and seek, but a closet is not a good place to live. It is tight, and stuffy and uncomfortable.

Many of us have a compartment of our life that we kind of keep hidden from other people. We have things hidden there that we don’t want anyone to know about and we don’t like to talk about the things in that closet, or even acknowledge that they exist.

Too many of us choose to live, at least part of our lives, in that closet. Closet living is not the way that God intended for us. We should never settle for life in the closet, or for having a closet with a closed door. God has something much better for us. He is inviting us to come out of the closet, to reveal what has been in the closet.

John 10:10 – Satans intent for each of us is to kill and destroy. Jesus came to give us abundant life, not a life to hide in a closet.

Luke 4:18 – Jesus came specifically to free us from closet living. He came to set us to free, to not be bound by those things that we try to keep hidden or carry on our own.

Isaiah 42 – Jesus came to free us from those chains that would bind us. We see here the heart of God, His gentleness and kindness. He sees the hope of life and wholeness in the broken reed. The candle that is barely burning anymore isn’t pinched off, he fans it back into a vibrant flame. He wants to bring new life to the fire that is almost out.

Isaiah 57 – Jesus wants to restore us and give us all that He has for us. Why does He lower himself to abide with the broken spirit? To provide freedom and to nurture it back to a place of abundance and fulfillment.

God’s heart is for the restoration of His fallen creation.

John 14 – Jesus says of Himself that He is the Way, the only way to the Father. God longs to have a relationship with us, to reestablish that which was lost because of our own rebellion and sin and separation from God.

It is through this relationship with Him that we can be rid of having to live with this thing in my life that I can’t talk about and reveal. This thing in my life where I kind of have to live a lie and pretend that everything is ok. The thing that I can’t get rid of.

As a loving Father He wants to take us by the hand and lead us through the valley into truth and light and true life.

Jesus also says that He is the standard of truth. A preacher can teach and preach the truth, but he can’t claim to be the truth. Jesus is the one and only one who can say that He is the Truth.

John 3:19-21 – Jesus brings the truth and the light together. Truth and light are almost synonymous, they walk hand in hand. The one who stays in the closet is afraid of the light and the truth. He wants to keep that covered and in the dark.

John 8:32-36 – He who practices living in the dark lives a lie. Truth and darkness can not cohabitate they don’t mix. Jesus tells us that truth takes us to freedom and light. If Jesus sets us free He promises us freedom. It’s true, complete and total freedom.

Much of what we may be feeling today may be lies. Satan uses lies to control us and to make us think that living in truth and living in the light won’t work. Satan wants us to believe that we are safer in the darkness than we are in the light. We are so far from being safe when we are with the enemy.

Perhaps we feel like there is too much risk in opening the closet and coming into the light. This is a huge lie, there is a much greater risk if we stay in the closet. It is not safe in the closet, but freedom is promised if we step out into the light.

Only in the wings and light of the almighty can we be safe. Perhaps we have things in our lives that we’re hiding because we don’t want people to know, it would be embarrassing. We tell ourselves that at least in the darkness we know what to expect, that just isn’t true!

David tells us that the Lord is our Light and our Salvation. He is our Savior, He is our Healer.

John 8:12 – Jesus is the light of life. Jesus didn’t come to just give ordinary life, but abundant life, life that flows out and touches others as well.

Our tendencies pull us towards darkness and towards hiding. Jesus is inviting us to step into the light, to receive freedom and the inheritance that God is preparing for us.

Why is light such a repulsive element? What makes us not want to expose our lives to the light?

Stop for just a moment. Ask yourself who is holding the light and calling us towards the light? It’s Jesus himself! What does he want for you? He wants wholeness and healing.

We should never be satisfied with closet living. God has something so much better for us, He wants us to be free. Jesus wants you to be so free that you have nothing to hide, nothing to keep in the closet.

Jesus is the one who brings us that freedom through His death, sacrifice and resurrection. Jesus makes it possible to live above the circumstances of life.

Is there anything too great for Jesus to take care of? Absolutely nothing is to huge for God. No case is too horrible that it cannot be redeemed, the ashes too far gone for them to be returned to beauty.

If you think coming out of the closet is out of the question, its just too risky and too hard. Peter tells us that God has provided for us abundantly, He isn’t limited. “For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly.”

If you’re stuck in the darkness. Don’t go one more day without seeking help. God so wants freedom for us that He will provide the way to get out.

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Whoever you are, God has a particular and unique journey for you. Your life is not by accident it is ordered and directed by the Lord. A closet is a good place to hide when playing hide and seek, but a closet is not a good place to live. It is tight, A closet is a good place to hide when playing hide and seek, but a closet is not a good place to live. It is tight, and stuffy and uncomfortable.
Many of us have a compartment of our life that we kind of keep hidden from other people. We have things hidden there that we don’t want anyone to know about and we don’t like to talk about the things in that closet, or even acknowledge that they exist.
Too many of us choose to live, at least part of our lives, in that closet. Closet living is not the way that God intended for us. We should never settle for life in the closet, or for having a closet with a closed door. God has something much better for us. He is inviting us to come out of the closet, to reveal what has been in the closet.
John 10:10 – Satans intent for each of us is to kill and destroy. Jesus came to give us abundant life, not a life to hide in a closet.
Luke 4:18 – Jesus came specifically to free us from closet living. He came to set us to free, to not be bound by those things that we try to keep hidden or carry on our own.
Isaiah 42 – Jesus came to free us from those chains that would bind us. We see here the heart of God, His gentleness and kindness. He sees the hope of life and wholeness in the broken reed. The candle that is barely burning anymore isn’t pinched off, he fans it back into a vibrant flame. He wants to bring new life to the fire that is almost out.
Isaiah 57 – Jesus wants to restore us and give us all that He has for us. Why does He lower himself to abide with the broken spirit? To provide freedom and to nurture it back to a place of abundance and fulfillment.
God’s heart is for the restoration of His fallen creation.
John 14 – Jesus says of Himself that He is the Way, the only way to the Father. God longs to have a relationship with us, to reestablish that which was lost because of our own rebellion and sin and separation from God.
It is through this relationship with Him that we can be rid of having to live with this thing in my life that I can’t talk about and reveal. This thing in my life where I kind of have to live a lie and pretend that everything is ok. The thing that I can’t get rid of.
As a loving Father He wants to take us by the hand and lead us through the valley into truth and light and true life.
Jesus also says that He is the standard of truth. A preacher can teach and preach the truth, but he can’t claim to be the truth. Jesus is the one and only one who can say that He is the Truth.
John 3:19-21 – Jesus brings the truth and the light together. Truth and light are almost synonymous, they walk hand in hand. The one who stays in the closet is afraid of the light and the truth. He wants to keep that covered and in the dark.
John 8:32-36 – He who practices living in the dark lives a lie. Truth and darkness can not cohabitate they don’t mix. Jesus tells us that truth takes us to freedom and light. If Jesus sets us free He promises us freedom. It’s true, complete and total freedom.
Much of what we may be feeling today may be lies. Satan uses lies to control us and to make us think that living in truth and living in the light won’t work. Satan wants us to believe that we are safer in the darkness than we are in the light. We are so far from being safe when we are with the enemy.
Perhaps we feel like there is too much risk in opening the closet and coming into the light. This is a huge lie, there is a much greater risk if we stay in the closet. It is not safe in the closet, but freedom is promised if we step out into the light.
Only in the wings and light of the almighty can we be safe. Perhaps we have things in our lives that we’re hiding because we don’t want people to know, it would be embarrassing.]]>
Bethel Mennonite Church 1 45:10
How God Speaks to Us & How We Hear God - Duane Nisly https://bmcgladys.com/how-god-speaks-to-us-how-we-hear-god/ Sat, 14 Mar 2020 23:33:04 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3622 https://bmcgladys.com/how-god-speaks-to-us-how-we-hear-god/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/how-god-speaks-to-us-how-we-hear-god/feed/ 0 <p>We need sensitive spiritual ears. Spiritual ears are imperative to spiritual understanding. There are a number of different ear impairments that sometimes affect our ability to hear with our physical ears. Matthew 11 – Jesus told his disciples that they had had missed at least part of the message that John the Baptist had been […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/how-god-speaks-to-us-how-we-hear-god/">How God Speaks to Us & How We Hear God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We need sensitive spiritual ears. Spiritual ears are imperative to spiritual understanding. There are a number of different ear impairments that sometimes affect our ability to hear with our physical ears.

Matthew 11 – Jesus told his disciples that they had had missed at least part of the message that John the Baptist had been proclaiming to them.

Matthew 13:10-17 – God has given us the opportunity of hearing, but we also have the ability to choose then whether we really will hear and understand and accept the message that He is sharing with us.

God ministers to the hearts that are completely open and listening for what He is saying. The Gospel is for those who are open to hear it, those who want to be told, who sense their need. Jesus came for “those who are sick” not those who think that they are well.

So, what are “ears that hear?” We don’t have a switch on our ears that allows us to turn on and off when we want to hear something or don’t want to hear something. There are often a lot of small reasons behind whether we hear and understand something or just hear it and let it pass “in one ear and out the other.”

Can I hear when God speaks? Are my ears in a condition to hear when God speaks? God won’t force us when we don’t hear. Sometimes he’ll bring things into our lives to help us wake up, but He won’t force us to listen and hear.

We have an ability, even on a physical level to tune out things that we don’t want to hear. It is difficult for us to concentrate fully on more than one thing at a time with our ears. Have you ever tried to listen to two conversations at the same time? To be able to understand what is being said we need to listen with attention and concentration and a heart to listen.

So, how do we open our spiritual ears? Jesus said, “he who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Did you ever notice that the parable of the sower is all about hearing? It’s about seed, and soil and harvest… but ultimately it is about hearing and understanding and following the Word of God.

Are we paying attention? Are we hearing what God is trying to tell us?

The good ground in this parable hears, and receives, his heart is open and sincere, he is seeking and looking for the truth. When he hears the truth, he accepts the truth. He understands the importance of taking head, because truly hearing means taking action, obeying what we hear.

Mark 4:21-33 – We have been given the truth. We don’t need to hide this truth, we should live it! If we have ears, let us hear what Jesus is telling us. Diligently attend to what you are listening to, seek to understand what you are hearing. Listen up.

John 9 – The Jews had come to Jesus and were asking Him questions that He had already answered. Jesus told them that He had already told them these things, but they weren’t listening! How many times does Jesus talk to us and we just weren’t listening?

Human ears hear many sounds… but there is a deeper kind of hearing. How is my spiritual hearing? Are my spiritual ears tuned to what God is saying? Am I tuning things out that I shouldn’t be?

Romans 12:1-2 – When God speaks, the spiritual ear will respond with brokenness. He who has an ear to hear… let him hear. We want to know the will of God and hear what He is saying to us. When we put our all on the alter, there is very little left that will get in the way of our hearing what God is trying to tell us.

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We need sensitive spiritual ears. Spiritual ears are imperative to spiritual understanding. There are a number of different ear impairments that sometimes affect our ability to hear with our physical ears. Matthew 11 – Jesus told his disciples that the... Matthew 11 – Jesus told his disciples that they had had missed at least part of the message that John the Baptist had been proclaiming to them.
Matthew 13:10-17 – God has given us the opportunity of hearing, but we also have the ability to choose then whether we really will hear and understand and accept the message that He is sharing with us.
God ministers to the hearts that are completely open and listening for what He is saying. The Gospel is for those who are open to hear it, those who want to be told, who sense their need. Jesus came for “those who are sick” not those who think that they are well.
So, what are “ears that hear?” We don’t have a switch on our ears that allows us to turn on and off when we want to hear something or don’t want to hear something. There are often a lot of small reasons behind whether we hear and understand something or just hear it and let it pass “in one ear and out the other.”
Can I hear when God speaks? Are my ears in a condition to hear when God speaks? God won’t force us when we don’t hear. Sometimes he’ll bring things into our lives to help us wake up, but He won’t force us to listen and hear.
We have an ability, even on a physical level to tune out things that we don’t want to hear. It is difficult for us to concentrate fully on more than one thing at a time with our ears. Have you ever tried to listen to two conversations at the same time? To be able to understand what is being said we need to listen with attention and concentration and a heart to listen.
So, how do we open our spiritual ears? Jesus said, “he who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Did you ever notice that the parable of the sower is all about hearing? It’s about seed, and soil and harvest… but ultimately it is about hearing and understanding and following the Word of God.
Are we paying attention? Are we hearing what God is trying to tell us?
The good ground in this parable hears, and receives, his heart is open and sincere, he is seeking and looking for the truth. When he hears the truth, he accepts the truth. He understands the importance of taking head, because truly hearing means taking action, obeying what we hear.
Mark 4:21-33 – We have been given the truth. We don’t need to hide this truth, we should live it! If we have ears, let us hear what Jesus is telling us. Diligently attend to what you are listening to, seek to understand what you are hearing. Listen up.
John 9 – The Jews had come to Jesus and were asking Him questions that He had already answered. Jesus told them that He had already told them these things, but they weren’t listening! How many times does Jesus talk to us and we just weren’t listening?
Human ears hear many sounds… but there is a deeper kind of hearing. How is my spiritual hearing? Are my spiritual ears tuned to what God is saying? Am I tuning things out that I shouldn’t be?
Romans 12:1-2 – When God speaks, the spiritual ear will respond with brokenness. He who has an ear to hear… let him hear. We want to know the will of God and hear what He is saying to us. When we put our all on the alter, there is very little left that will get in the way of our hearing what God is trying to tell us.
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Bethel Mennonite Church 1 1:00:45
For My Names Sake - Duane Nisly https://bmcgladys.com/for-my-names-sake/ Fri, 13 Mar 2020 23:29:51 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3620 https://bmcgladys.com/for-my-names-sake/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/for-my-names-sake/feed/ 0 <p>In our fellowship and communion here, may we be drawn to God. In drawing near to God may we also be drawn to each other as well. We need to be careful to not put our roots down too deeply here. As Christians we are strangers and pilgrims here on this earth. Let us be […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/for-my-names-sake/">For My Names Sake</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> In our fellowship and communion here, may we be drawn to God. In drawing near to God may we also be drawn to each other as well.

We need to be careful to not put our roots down too deeply here. As Christians we are strangers and pilgrims here on this earth. Let us be living our now in light of eternity.

All for His praise and glory, for His name sake. You and I today can experience piece and reconciliation.

We can’t make God look bigger or greater than He is, but we can show forth His greatness! His name is worthy to be honored.

We have a great responsibility to portray and represent God and who He is. Everything is “all about God” it really isn’t about us, it is all about Him.

Exodus 15:11 – “Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?”

Words can never do justice to who our God really is.

Ezekiel 20 – That they would know that He is God, that He is Jehova. His taking us into consideration is because of who He is and for His name sake.

Isaiah 48 – The children of Israel were calling themselves children of God and were disobeying Him and not giving honor and glory to God. They disregarded God’s warning. Why did God not destroy them? For His name sake, God did not destroy them when they deserved it many times over, He had mercy on them because of His name, not because they deserved it.

God is a jealous God, He doesn’t share His glory with anyone else.

What Does This Mean Practically?

We have to accept that our concept of God really does affect the way we live. What we believe about God affects how we respond. How highly do we honor God’s name?

What happens when a Christian is unfaithful? What happens when we sin? Do we overlook what happens to the name of God when this takes place? The world around us quickly jumps to that and says “that is the way Christians live, I don’t want anything to do with that.” Are we trampling God’s name down and defiling it?

As Christians we are called to represent the name of God and His character. We are His representation here on earth.

How can we best become actively involved in restoring the name of God? We can pray that God would restore His name. God is concerned about all of the people involved, but He is also concerned about His name.

We need to acknowledge and declare that God is a Holy God. We need to glorify Him in His reflection. We need to worship and bow down in awe and reverence. Our lives need to demonstrate a submission to His authority.

We also have an enemy who is working over time in the spiritual battle we are all a part of in this world. He is trying to destroy God’s name. God can turn that around and make something beautiful if we allow ourselves to be part of His restoration committee.

Does my life reflect the holiness, perfection and glory of God? What do people see in my life? Is Jesus name glorified because of me? Or do they see carnality and responses that are not Godly?

Our testimony needs to reflect how much we love God and depend on Him. How much we want to serve and live for Him.

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In our fellowship and communion here, may we be drawn to God. In drawing near to God may we also be drawn to each other as well. We need to be careful to not put our roots down too deeply here. As Christians we are strangers and pilgrims here on this e... We need to be careful to not put our roots down too deeply here. As Christians we are strangers and pilgrims here on this earth. Let us be living our now in light of eternity.
All for His praise and glory, for His name sake. You and I today can experience piece and reconciliation.
We can’t make God look bigger or greater than He is, but we can show forth His greatness! His name is worthy to be honored.
We have a great responsibility to portray and represent God and who He is. Everything is “all about God” it really isn’t about us, it is all about Him.
Exodus 15:11 – “Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?”
Words can never do justice to who our God really is.
Ezekiel 20 – That they would know that He is God, that He is Jehova. His taking us into consideration is because of who He is and for His name sake.
Isaiah 48 – The children of Israel were calling themselves children of God and were disobeying Him and not giving honor and glory to God. They disregarded God’s warning. Why did God not destroy them? For His name sake, God did not destroy them when they deserved it many times over, He had mercy on them because of His name, not because they deserved it.
God is a jealous God, He doesn’t share His glory with anyone else.
What Does This Mean Practically?
We have to accept that our concept of God really does affect the way we live. What we believe about God affects how we respond. How highly do we honor God’s name?
What happens when a Christian is unfaithful? What happens when we sin? Do we overlook what happens to the name of God when this takes place? The world around us quickly jumps to that and says “that is the way Christians live, I don’t want anything to do with that.” Are we trampling God’s name down and defiling it?
As Christians we are called to represent the name of God and His character. We are His representation here on earth.
How can we best become actively involved in restoring the name of God? We can pray that God would restore His name. God is concerned about all of the people involved, but He is also concerned about His name.
We need to acknowledge and declare that God is a Holy God. We need to glorify Him in His reflection. We need to worship and bow down in awe and reverence. Our lives need to demonstrate a submission to His authority.
We also have an enemy who is working over time in the spiritual battle we are all a part of in this world. He is trying to destroy God’s name. God can turn that around and make something beautiful if we allow ourselves to be part of His restoration committee.
Does my life reflect the holiness, perfection and glory of God? What do people see in my life? Is Jesus name glorified because of me? Or do they see carnality and responses that are not Godly?
Our testimony needs to reflect how much we love God and depend on Him. How much we want to serve and live for Him.
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Continue Earnestly In Prayer - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/continue-earnestly-in-prayer/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 00:32:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3613 https://bmcgladys.com/continue-earnestly-in-prayer/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/continue-earnestly-in-prayer/feed/ 0 <p>Colossians 4:2 – “Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Prayer is an expression of our heart to God. It is done in faith that God is, and that God is hearing our words. We express to God our longings and our worship. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/continue-earnestly-in-prayer/">Continue Earnestly In Prayer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Colossians 4:2 – “Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.”

Prayer is an expression of our heart to God. It is done in faith that God is, and that God is hearing our words. We express to God our longings and our worship.

Paul teaches in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that we should be praying without ceasing. He is describing a constantly and consistently in an attitude of devotion and worship. This should easily and naturally become an audible expression of prayer or worship as well.

Do I pray enough? Am I praying enough? Am I continually being persistent and devoted to prayer?

What triggers a petition to God? In a week, or a month, or even within a single day we can pray about a lot of things!

Philippians 4:4-7 – Our prayer list should include anything that is a care to us. Anything that makes us anxious. All the challenges of a day. It could be a major decision. It could also be a small difficulty or frustration that we need to deal with.

Those who leave everything in God’s hands will eventually see God’s Hands in everything!

James 5:16, Luke 11:3 – There are “deeper” prayers that we can pray for ourselves.

1 Corinthians 3:1-3 – Paul says that these folks were Christians but they had plenty of room for Growth. Paul prayed for them, but they also needed to pray for themselves and for each other.

Romans 15:5 – “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:” Paul was concerned about their unity and harmony. He was praying for them and that they would be able to be in harmony and unified. God is the source of patience and comfort. Paul isn’t praying that they would all start thinking the same but that their minds would be like the mind of Jesus, kind, considerate, submitted to each other and caring and loving.

God hears our prayers and He does a work within us. It may not be instantaneous but it will make a difference.

‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ – “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Regardless of what happens in our lives we will not be left alone, we will not be without God’s help and comfort in whatever comes. We can have hope!

‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:23‬ – “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is a large prayer, a deep prayer, a big project. This is more than just forgiveness. We need forgiveness but we also need to deal with our carnal attitudes and thoughts and words and actions. Sometimes it feels like 1 step forward and 2 steps backwards.

‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:16-17‬ – “Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” Paul is praying for encouragement and strength for his readers. To be an effective worker of Christ, may God encourage us and establish us in His doctrine, truth and character as He develops us.

‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:5‬ – “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” Paul is praying for a direct channel into the love of God from our hearts.

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:38-39‬ ‭- “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This love is more than just the affection that God feels towards us, but it is the love of God who cares for us and is involved in our life. He won’t leave us nor will He forsake us!

‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭- “Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.”

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Colossians 4:2 – “Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Prayer is an expression of our heart to God. It is done in faith that God is, and that God is hearing our words. Prayer is an expression of our heart to God. It is done in faith that God is, and that God is hearing our words. We express to God our longings and our worship.
Paul teaches in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that we should be praying without ceasing. He is describing a constantly and consistently in an attitude of devotion and worship. This should easily and naturally become an audible expression of prayer or worship as well.
Do I pray enough? Am I praying enough? Am I continually being persistent and devoted to prayer?
What triggers a petition to God? In a week, or a month, or even within a single day we can pray about a lot of things!
Philippians 4:4-7 – Our prayer list should include anything that is a care to us. Anything that makes us anxious. All the challenges of a day. It could be a major decision. It could also be a small difficulty or frustration that we need to deal with.

Those who leave everything in God’s hands will eventually see God’s Hands in everything!

James 5:16, Luke 11:3 – There are “deeper” prayers that we can pray for ourselves.
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 – Paul says that these folks were Christians but they had plenty of room for Growth. Paul prayed for them, but they also needed to pray for themselves and for each other.
Romans 15:5 – “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:” Paul was concerned about their unity and harmony. He was praying for them and that they would be able to be in harmony and unified. God is the source of patience and comfort. Paul isn’t praying that they would all start thinking the same but that their minds would be like the mind of Jesus, kind, considerate, submitted to each other and caring and loving.
God hears our prayers and He does a work within us. It may not be instantaneous but it will make a difference.
‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ – “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Regardless of what happens in our lives we will not be left alone, we will not be without God’s help and comfort in whatever comes. We can have hope!
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:23‬ – “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is a large prayer, a deep prayer, a big project. This is more than just forgiveness. We need forgiveness but we also need to deal with our carnal attitudes and thoughts and words and actions. Sometimes it feels like 1 step forward and 2 steps backwards.
‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:16-17‬ – “Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” Paul is praying for encouragement and strength for his readers. To be an effective worker of Christ, may God encourage us and establish us in His doctrine, truth and character as He develops us.
‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:5‬ – “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” Paul is praying for a direct channel into the love of God from our hearts.
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:38-39‬ ‭- “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This love is more than just the affection that God feels towards us, but it is the love of God who cares for us and is involved in our life.]]>
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How to Find Refuge & Comfort in God - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/how-to-find-refuge-comfort-in-god/ Sun, 01 Mar 2020 21:41:20 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3609 https://bmcgladys.com/how-to-find-refuge-comfort-in-god/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/how-to-find-refuge-comfort-in-god/feed/ 0 <p>How to Find Refuge & Comfort in God Psalm 62:1-12 – When you talk with someone who has first hand experience with something it is worth listening to it! David when through many difficult things so when he says that we can trust God to be our refuge, we can believe him! The Difficulty David […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/how-to-find-refuge-comfort-in-god/">How to Find Refuge & Comfort in God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> How to Find Refuge & Comfort in God

Psalm 62:1-12 – When you talk with someone who has first hand experience with something it is worth listening to it! David when through many difficult things so when he says that we can trust God to be our refuge, we can believe him!

The Difficulty David is Facing

It isn’t 100% clear if the leaning wall in verse 3 is referring to David, or if it’s referring to the attackers of the city. The question here though is “how long?”

Verse 4 talks about David’s attackers, they are destructive and they want to pull him down from his high position. Treachery makes these attackers cheerful, they are two faced who are both blessing and cursing.

Sometimes we face things that are unfair and we wonder what we’ve done to deserve this? We could be facing loss of job, or reputation, or even our life and we wonder “how long is this going to go on?”

How Did David Make God His Refuge?

In times of trouble it is possible to find refuge in God. We don’t have to be gravely shaken and fly off the handle. It will take effort and the grace of God, but we can stand and not be gravely shaken.

This is something that is good for us to do whether we are facing a great big trial, or we’re just having a bad day and we might not even be sure exactly why. Finding refuge and assurance in God is the answer to both of these kinds of trials.

  1. We need to review who God is (verses 11-12) – Power belongs to God, this is something that we are taught early on in life. David knew this when he was a young shepherd. He recognized this truth as an older man too, he is reviewing the truth about God that he knows to be true. Does our trial mean that God’s character has changed? In Psalm 63 David says, you’re steadfast love is better than life! God is the final judge and He the final authority to judge. These are basic facts about God, but they are important for us to review when we are struggling. God is loving and is powerful and will reward us if we are faithful.

  2. Reject false securities (verses 9-10) – False securities might look correct, but they will fail under pressure and scrutiny. People, plans, possessions can all be sources of false security for us. David tells us that people are not a good place to put our ultimate trust. We need people, we need friends and advisors, but we ultimately they are not were we should be putting our ultimate trust. Plans, like extortion, robbery, etc are not a good answer either. These kinds of plans backfire all the time. Possessions and money can solve some problems, but not the biggest problems of life. Money can’t make our illness go away, it can help, but isn’t in and of itself the solution. Money doesn’t even register when it comes to salvation and being right with God.

  3. Wait silently on God (verses 1, 5) – Psalm 37 – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Fret not yourself… but wait for the Lord. We need to be making time for God. David is talking about an inner waiting and trust, but that is affected by outward choices. We need to slow down in our daily lives and spend time with God. David is speaking from first hand experience here. David is committing not just the crumbs of life to God, he is committing all of the big things to Him as well. Make decisions out of rest in God, not from the anxiety that threatens to push us to make rash decisions.

  4. Pour out your heart to God (verse 8) – Psalm 55 & 62 – Unload your burdens and troubles to God. Perhaps there are tears involved. This is probably something that happens more often than once. God is a refuge for us. Pouring our hearts out to God is one way that we can shift our burdens off of our shoulders and on to God’s. God is not impersonal and inaccessible He wants to hear your heart.

What is the Result of Trusting in God?

  1. We worship God when we find refuge in Him. It is an act of worship, a statement that God is more important than what we are facing.

  2. We find guidance. Our thinking will be more clear, God will speak to us more easily when we refuge in Him.

  3. We avoid regrets. Fretting that leads to evil. Reacting in ways that cause problems.

  4. We are more unshakable. David is here where he is in Psalm 62 because he has been practicing this for a long time. He has repeatedly made God his mighty rock and fortress.

  5. We send a convincing testimony, especially to those who know us best. Our children will be more impressed by how their parents behave under stress than when everything is going well.

Conclusion

Accept responsibility for how you respond to tough times. God is supposed to be our refuge and strong fortress. If the enemy is coming and you don’t enter the fortress it is our responsibility. We do have responsibility for how we respond in tough times.

Make more of an effort to rest in Jesus. When we are depressed and frustrated it is always a good choice to turn to God. This sound simple but is something that is very true and can greatly affect our lives.

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How to Find Refuge & Comfort in God Psalm 62:1-12 – When you talk with someone who has first hand experience with something it is worth listening to it! David when through many difficult things so when he says that we can trust God to be our refuge, Psalm 62:1-12 – When you talk with someone who has first hand experience with something it is worth listening to it! David when through many difficult things so when he says that we can trust God to be our refuge, we can believe him!
The Difficulty David is Facing
It isn’t 100% clear if the leaning wall in verse 3 is referring to David, or if it’s referring to the attackers of the city. The question here though is “how long?”
Verse 4 talks about David’s attackers, they are destructive and they want to pull him down from his high position. Treachery makes these attackers cheerful, they are two faced who are both blessing and cursing.
Sometimes we face things that are unfair and we wonder what we’ve done to deserve this? We could be facing loss of job, or reputation, or even our life and we wonder “how long is this going to go on?”
How Did David Make God His Refuge?
In times of trouble it is possible to find refuge in God. We don’t have to be gravely shaken and fly off the handle. It will take effort and the grace of God, but we can stand and not be gravely shaken.
This is something that is good for us to do whether we are facing a great big trial, or we’re just having a bad day and we might not even be sure exactly why. Finding refuge and assurance in God is the answer to both of these kinds of trials.

* We need to review who God is (verses 11-12) – Power belongs to God, this is something that we are taught early on in life. David knew this when he was a young shepherd. He recognized this truth as an older man too, he is reviewing the truth about God that he knows to be true. Does our trial mean that God’s character has changed? In Psalm 63 David says, you’re steadfast love is better than life! God is the final judge and He the final authority to judge. These are basic facts about God, but they are important for us to review when we are struggling. God is loving and is powerful and will reward us if we are faithful.

*
Reject false securities (verses 9-10) – False securities might look correct, but they will fail under pressure and scrutiny. People, plans, possessions can all be sources of false security for us. David tells us that people are not a good place to put our ultimate trust. We need people, we need friends and advisors, but we ultimately they are not were we should be putting our ultimate trust. Plans, like extortion, robbery, etc are not a good answer either. These kinds of plans backfire all the time. Possessions and money can solve some problems, but not the biggest problems of life. Money can’t make our illness go away, it can help, but isn’t in and of itself the solution. Money doesn’t even register when it comes to salvation and being right with God.

*
Wait silently on God (verses 1, 5) – Psalm 37 – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Fret not yourself… but wait for the Lord. We need to be making time for God. David is talking about an inner waiting and trust, but that is affected by outward choices. We need to slow down in our daily lives and spend time with God. David is speaking from first hand experience here. David is committing not just the crumbs of life to God, he is committing all of the big things to Him as well. Make decisions out of rest in God, not from the anxiety that threatens to push us to make rash decisions.

*
Pour out your heart to God (verse 8) – Psalm 55 & 62 – Unload your burdens and troubles to God. Perhaps there are tears involved. This is probably something that happens more often than once. God is a refuge for us. Pouring our hearts out to God is one way that we can shift our burdens off of our shoulders and on to God’s. God is not impersonal and inaccessible He wants to hear your heart.


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The Sin of Distracted Living - Jeff Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-sin-of-distracted-living/ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 02:35:10 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3607 https://bmcgladys.com/the-sin-of-distracted-living/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-sin-of-distracted-living/feed/ 0 <p>Luke 10:38-42 – Distraction is something that we all face, distraction something that prevents us from giving attention to something that is more important. This passage is the story of Mary and Martha. Mary sat and listened, she continued to focus on Jesus and hear His words. Martha was distracted, or troubled with much serving. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-sin-of-distracted-living/">The Sin of Distracted Living</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 10:38-42 – Distraction is something that we all face, distraction something that prevents us from giving attention to something that is more important. This passage is the story of Mary and Martha.

Mary sat and listened, she continued to focus on Jesus and hear His words. Martha was distracted, or troubled with much serving. The things that she had to do distracted her from what was important.

Momentary distractions break our attention for a little and its often difficult to get our minds back on track after the distraction. At other times important things are encroaching on our ability to focus on other important things.

Distractions take our attention away from something and we miss something important.

Mark 4:10-12 – Jesus often shared truth in such a way that wasn’t hard to understand but wasn’t necessarily a direct statement. The parables are examples of this. We can’t just hear a few words, we need to focus and think about what we are hearing to understand and receive the truth that God is speaking to us.

Distractions keep us from thinking. Our relationship with God requires some deep thought, reflection, thinking. It is often difficult the older we get to spend the time with God, or to focus when we do have our time with God.

John 15 – Jesus says that we are to abide permanently with him, to be plugged in to the vine. Walking with God requires an ongoing relationship and focus.

When we are distracted during worship, part of the reason is that we fail to recognize and appreciate how great God is. Perhaps we have a more casual relationship with God than we should.

Another reason we get distracted sometimes is that Gods work takes time. We want immediate results, but God very rarely works that way these days. It starts to feel like work.

The deeper my faith is with God, the more I want to pay attention because I believe he is going to work. The opposite can also be true. As we struggle with our focus on God it changes the impact that his truth has on us.

The less we focus on God the less his truth seems applicable to my situation.

How Can We Improve Our Focus?

We need to recognize when distractions are a problem for us. We won’t be able to escape distractions but we can recognize that distractions can and are a problem and affect our relationship with God and others.

What do our distractions say about our relationship with God. Is it a selfish desire? Do we need to repent and crucify it? Ask God for help, He was tempted in all points like we are, He is no stranger to the things we face here on earth.

Luke 12:15-21 – Distracted living, with a focus that is wrong, is dangerous. This man had a misguided view of life, he was living purposefully, he was invested, but he was focused on the wrong thing. If our eyes aren’t fixed on God, we are focusing on the wrong things.

The danger of living distractedly is that we can feel like we’re doing the right thing when we aren’t.

What can we do to keep our focus right? Take time and evaluate in prayer what is most important to us. What are we investing our time in? Would Jesus here in my shoes what would he be doing? Ask Jesus which way to go. We want to chart a good course from the start, but we need to be willing to “re-chart” our course and course correct as we go on through life.

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Luke 10:38-42 – Distraction is something that we all face, distraction something that prevents us from giving attention to something that is more important. This passage is the story of Mary and Martha. Mary sat and listened, Mary sat and listened, she continued to focus on Jesus and hear His words. Martha was distracted, or troubled with much serving. The things that she had to do distracted her from what was important.
Momentary distractions break our attention for a little and its often difficult to get our minds back on track after the distraction. At other times important things are encroaching on our ability to focus on other important things.
Distractions take our attention away from something and we miss something important.
Mark 4:10-12 – Jesus often shared truth in such a way that wasn’t hard to understand but wasn’t necessarily a direct statement. The parables are examples of this. We can’t just hear a few words, we need to focus and think about what we are hearing to understand and receive the truth that God is speaking to us.
Distractions keep us from thinking. Our relationship with God requires some deep thought, reflection, thinking. It is often difficult the older we get to spend the time with God, or to focus when we do have our time with God.
John 15 – Jesus says that we are to abide permanently with him, to be plugged in to the vine. Walking with God requires an ongoing relationship and focus.
When we are distracted during worship, part of the reason is that we fail to recognize and appreciate how great God is. Perhaps we have a more casual relationship with God than we should.
Another reason we get distracted sometimes is that Gods work takes time. We want immediate results, but God very rarely works that way these days. It starts to feel like work.
The deeper my faith is with God, the more I want to pay attention because I believe he is going to work. The opposite can also be true. As we struggle with our focus on God it changes the impact that his truth has on us.
The less we focus on God the less his truth seems applicable to my situation.
How Can We Improve Our Focus?
We need to recognize when distractions are a problem for us. We won’t be able to escape distractions but we can recognize that distractions can and are a problem and affect our relationship with God and others.
What do our distractions say about our relationship with God. Is it a selfish desire? Do we need to repent and crucify it? Ask God for help, He was tempted in all points like we are, He is no stranger to the things we face here on earth.
Luke 12:15-21 – Distracted living, with a focus that is wrong, is dangerous. This man had a misguided view of life, he was living purposefully, he was invested, but he was focused on the wrong thing. If our eyes aren’t fixed on God, we are focusing on the wrong things.
The danger of living distractedly is that we can feel like we’re doing the right thing when we aren’t.
What can we do to keep our focus right? Take time and evaluate in prayer what is most important to us. What are we investing our time in? Would Jesus here in my shoes what would he be doing? Ask Jesus which way to go. We want to chart a good course from the start, but we need to be willing to “re-chart” our course and course correct as we go on through life.
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The Will of God as a Way of Life - Ricky Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/the-will-of-god-as-a-way-of-life/ Sun, 16 Feb 2020 21:20:53 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3604 https://bmcgladys.com/the-will-of-god-as-a-way-of-life/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-will-of-god-as-a-way-of-life/feed/ 0 <p>We all face decisions every single day. What will I eat for breakfast. Should I read a book? What book should I read? Should I go to college? A lot of times we can wonder if we are making the right decisions. As Christians we are concerned about what God thinks of our decisions and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-will-of-god-as-a-way-of-life/">The Will of God as a Way of Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We all face decisions every single day. What will I eat for breakfast. Should I read a book? What book should I read? Should I go to college?

A lot of times we can wonder if we are making the right decisions. As Christians we are concerned about what God thinks of our decisions and we want to do His will. Younger people in particular are often curious about what God wants them to do. Older folks wonder these things too. Does God want more from me?

Is life a choose your own adventure novel? Often when we think of God’s will we think about “is this the way God would have me go?”

What the Bible Says about God’s Will

We can sort of divide God’s will into a number of categories.

  1. Isaiah 46:9-10 – I am God and there is none like me. God is going to have His way in the world. His will, will be accomplished. It’s not just the big things in life, but He sees the little details of life as well. Matthew 10 talks about God seeing the sparrow.
  2. 1 John 2, Matthew 7:21 – The will of desire. This is what God wants from us, He wants us to follow His will for our lives. It isn’t something He forces us into, but He desires for us to do His will.
  3. The will of direction. What decision should I make today, in this situation. Sometimes we seem to focus on this way of looking at God’s will more than any of the others.

In the New Testament we probably see a bit less of asking God for direction in a particular situation. The disciples needed a replacement for Judas, they prayed and then chose a replacement. In Acts 6 the widows were being neglected, the apostles made a proposal that seemed good to everyone so they appointed deacons.

Should we expect visions when we are making decisions? Should we cast lots when we have a decision to make?

Sometimes we don’t want to own the responsibility of the outcomes of our decisions, or we are scared to make a decision and we want to have the “fall back” of “God told me to.”

Sometimes we don’t trust God enough to lead us into the future, instead we wish He would show us a vision of the entire future as a-posed to wandering, with God, into the future.

Philippians 3:12-16 – Often when we focus on what we do know and what we do understand the “answer” will become obvious. We often want to do big things for God, if only He would make His will clear to us. Are we focusing on what we do know about God’s will, or are we focusing on what we don’t know about God’s will?

James 4:13-17 – Life is short, perhaps much shorter than we realize, so don’t procrastinate when it comes to doing the good that you know you should be doing. To put the good that you know you should be doing off… is sin.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 – These are things that are specifically a part of God’s will for us. We can be confidant in doing these things when we are trying to live the will of God out.

So How do we Make Wise Decisions?

Often we hear Christians talking about “open doors.” This isn’t working out so the door isn’t opened, or the door was open so I walked through it. This can be dangerous if we use it to justify poor choices. Jonah found an opened door on the ship to Tarshish…

Fleeces at times are used to manipulate God, asking for a miraculous sign. Luke 4 – do not put the Lord your God to the test. Can God use fleeces, absolutely, but we need to be careful that we aren’t using a fleece to force God’s hand.

We know that God can direct us to scriptures that speak to needs in our life, but we shouldn’t put more stock into a verse when we randomly open our Bible than we do in careful, daily scripture reading and study. Random Bible verses are random, God can use scriptures to speak to us, but we need to be careful to not place extra weight on a randomly selected verse.

Proverbs 2:1-5 – The way of wisdom.

  1. Bible reading – Store up my commands within you. Spending regular time in God’s word is the foundation that we need to make good, wise decisions.
  2. Listening to sound advice. This is why we have a church, we are to walk with each other and keep each other from being deceived. Get sound advice from those who know and care about you.
  3. Call out for insight. Ask God to reveal His will to you. Even if God doesn’t show us exactly what to do we can ask for pure motives, not pride, not selfishness, not fear.

The result is found in verse 5, you’ll understand the fear of God.

Wisdom isn’t having a solutions manual so that we know the answers. It is more like knowing our teacher well enough to know how He would solve our problem. Jesus is our teacher.

Whether you are a young person who is trying to find your place in life, or perhaps you’re struggling to find fulfillment in your spot… focus more on putting into action the percentage of God’s will for our life that we do know rather than the part that we don’t know. God will help us with the rest.

Matthew 6:33, Romans 8:28 – We need to trust God for the future. That doesn’t mean that everything will work out nicely and be easy. Following God and making wise decisions doesn’t guarantee an easy life, but God promises that He is good and there will be a reward for us in eternity.

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We all face decisions every single day. What will I eat for breakfast. Should I read a book? What book should I read? Should I go to college? A lot of times we can wonder if we are making the right decisions. A lot of times we can wonder if we are making the right decisions. As Christians we are concerned about what God thinks of our decisions and we want to do His will. Younger people in particular are often curious about what God wants them to do. Older folks wonder these things too. Does God want more from me?
Is life a choose your own adventure novel? Often when we think of God’s will we think about “is this the way God would have me go?”
What the Bible Says about God’s Will
We can sort of divide God’s will into a number of categories.

* Isaiah 46:9-10 – I am God and there is none like me. God is going to have His way in the world. His will, will be accomplished. It’s not just the big things in life, but He sees the little details of life as well. Matthew 10 talks about God seeing the sparrow.
* 1 John 2, Matthew 7:21 – The will of desire. This is what God wants from us, He wants us to follow His will for our lives. It isn’t something He forces us into, but He desires for us to do His will.
* The will of direction. What decision should I make today, in this situation. Sometimes we seem to focus on this way of looking at God’s will more than any of the others.

In the New Testament we probably see a bit less of asking God for direction in a particular situation. The disciples needed a replacement for Judas, they prayed and then chose a replacement. In Acts 6 the widows were being neglected, the apostles made a proposal that seemed good to everyone so they appointed deacons.
Should we expect visions when we are making decisions? Should we cast lots when we have a decision to make?
Sometimes we don’t want to own the responsibility of the outcomes of our decisions, or we are scared to make a decision and we want to have the “fall back” of “God told me to.”
Sometimes we don’t trust God enough to lead us into the future, instead we wish He would show us a vision of the entire future as a-posed to wandering, with God, into the future.
Philippians 3:12-16 – Often when we focus on what we do know and what we do understand the “answer” will become obvious. We often want to do big things for God, if only He would make His will clear to us. Are we focusing on what we do know about God’s will, or are we focusing on what we don’t know about God’s will?
James 4:13-17 – Life is short, perhaps much shorter than we realize, so don’t procrastinate when it comes to doing the good that you know you should be doing. To put the good that you know you should be doing off… is sin.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 – These are things that are specifically a part of God’s will for us. We can be confidant in doing these things when we are trying to live the will of God out.
So How do we Make Wise Decisions?
Often we hear Christians talking about “open doors.” This isn’t working out so the door isn’t opened, or the door was open so I walked through it. This can be dangerous if we use it to justify poor choices. Jonah found an opened door on the ship to Tarshish…
Fleeces at times are used to manipulate God, asking for a miraculous sign. Luke 4 – do not put the Lord your God to the test. Can God use fleeces, absolutely, but we need to be careful that we aren’t using a fleece to force God’s hand.
We know that God can direct us to scriptures that speak to needs in our life, but we shouldn’t put more stock into a verse when we randomly open our Bible than we do in careful, daily scripture reading and study. Random Bible verses are random, God can use scriptures to speak to us, but we need to be careful to not place extra weight on a randomly selected verse.
Proverbs 2:1-5 – The way of wisdom.

* Bible reading – Store up my commands wit...]]>
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The Doctrine of Nonresistance - Delvin Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-doctrine-of-nonresistance/ Mon, 10 Feb 2020 02:52:07 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3601 https://bmcgladys.com/the-doctrine-of-nonresistance/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-doctrine-of-nonresistance/feed/ 0 <p>When we face problems in life we tend to try to fix them on our own. Living the way God wants us to may not be popular or comfortable or easy… but it is the best way. As we look at the world around us we see that having a non resistant position isn’t a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-doctrine-of-nonresistance/">The Doctrine of Nonresistance</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> When we face problems in life we tend to try to fix them on our own. Living the way God wants us to may not be popular or comfortable or easy… but it is the best way.

As we look at the world around us we see that having a non resistant position isn’t a very popular position to have. We want to look at this carefully because it could be construed that we are being critical of country or rebellious to authority. Instead we want to look at where our primary allegiance should lie.

If you don’t have a security in God, it is illogical and impractical to attempt to practice the doctrine of nonresistance.

Mennonites aren’t the only denomination that holds to nonresistance. This doctrine affects us in times of war especially, the draft of the Vietnam war and the World Wars were the last time that this was really a big issue for peace churches.

The world needs the love of Christ to be taught and modeled by the people of God now more than ever.

We are blessed to live in America. Many of our forefathers came here looking for freedom to practice their faith.

God didn’t intend for us to just say a prayer and then we have “fire insurance” for eternity. We are called to live the way that Jesus taught us, we are to be living and walking with Christ.

So how are we to relate to others? Especially those who are our enemies?

Matthew 3 & 4 talk about the Kingdom of God being near, within us, not of this world.

If we have joined the Kingdom of God, Jesus is our King, He is our role model and he is our leader. We owe our first allegiance to Him. We are citizens of a country here on earth, we have responsibilities to be good citizens, not rebellious and obedient. However, first and foremost our allegiance must be to God and His Kingdom.

Matthew 5 – One of Jesus’ earliest sermons, where He told the people a lot of foundational things. There are lots of people who say that this was something for “way back then” and that “that doesn’t work now…”

1 Peter 2:21-2 – The flesh would like to just take things into its own hands and be “man enough” to handle our own problems. In the tenor of Christs teaching we are called to a life that will have suffering in it. Jesus our example suffered, God allowed it, He suffered for a reason. Can we trust God to direct affairs around us? To allow, or protect as He sees fit?

Romans 12 – There is diligence and discipline needed in the Christians warfare, but our weapons aren’t carnal, they are not guns and swords and shields, they are the weapons of prayer and surrender, etc. God is with us in this life, He understands what we are going through.

Jesus came to earth, He spoke our language and He showed us how to live and relate well. Christ came and suffered to lead us in the way of trusting God. Without the presence of Christ in our lives it is impossible to live a life of nonresistance.

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When we face problems in life we tend to try to fix them on our own. Living the way God wants us to may not be popular or comfortable or easy… but it is the best way. As we look at the world around us we see that having a non resistant position isn’t a... As we look at the world around us we see that having a non resistant position isn’t a very popular position to have. We want to look at this carefully because it could be construed that we are being critical of country or rebellious to authority. Instead we want to look at where our primary allegiance should lie.
If you don’t have a security in God, it is illogical and impractical to attempt to practice the doctrine of nonresistance.
Mennonites aren’t the only denomination that holds to nonresistance. This doctrine affects us in times of war especially, the draft of the Vietnam war and the World Wars were the last time that this was really a big issue for peace churches.
The world needs the love of Christ to be taught and modeled by the people of God now more than ever.
We are blessed to live in America. Many of our forefathers came here looking for freedom to practice their faith.
God didn’t intend for us to just say a prayer and then we have “fire insurance” for eternity. We are called to live the way that Jesus taught us, we are to be living and walking with Christ.
So how are we to relate to others? Especially those who are our enemies?
Matthew 3 & 4 talk about the Kingdom of God being near, within us, not of this world.
If we have joined the Kingdom of God, Jesus is our King, He is our role model and he is our leader. We owe our first allegiance to Him. We are citizens of a country here on earth, we have responsibilities to be good citizens, not rebellious and obedient. However, first and foremost our allegiance must be to God and His Kingdom.
Matthew 5 – One of Jesus’ earliest sermons, where He told the people a lot of foundational things. There are lots of people who say that this was something for “way back then” and that “that doesn’t work now…”
1 Peter 2:21-2 – The flesh would like to just take things into its own hands and be “man enough” to handle our own problems. In the tenor of Christs teaching we are called to a life that will have suffering in it. Jesus our example suffered, God allowed it, He suffered for a reason. Can we trust God to direct affairs around us? To allow, or protect as He sees fit?
Romans 12 – There is diligence and discipline needed in the Christians warfare, but our weapons aren’t carnal, they are not guns and swords and shields, they are the weapons of prayer and surrender, etc. God is with us in this life, He understands what we are going through.
Jesus came to earth, He spoke our language and He showed us how to live and relate well. Christ came and suffered to lead us in the way of trusting God. Without the presence of Christ in our lives it is impossible to live a life of nonresistance.
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Learning to Lean - Steve Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/learning-to-lean/ Mon, 03 Feb 2020 02:34:52 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3598 https://bmcgladys.com/learning-to-lean/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/learning-to-lean/feed/ 0 <p>Psalm 61:1-8 – Have you ever felt overwhelmed in life? We all want to feel strong and independent and like we can accomplish things in our lives. We tend to be stubborn and struggle alone for a long time before we get to a point where we admit that we need some help. God has […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/learning-to-lean/">Learning to Lean</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Psalm 61:1-8 – Have you ever felt overwhelmed in life?

We all want to feel strong and independent and like we can accomplish things in our lives. We tend to be stubborn and struggle alone for a long time before we get to a point where we admit that we need some help.

God has a way of showing us how self reliant we tend to be. We know in our heads that we need other people but sometimes it doesn’t affect the way we live. When a person is faced with something that they just cant handle, they often realize then, and then alone that they can’t do “this” on thier own.

God didn’t design us to stand and survive on our own. He designed us to lean on others and to lean on him as we go through life. God designed us to lean on something that is solid, to lean on Him. We are so helpless in so many ways, yet we insist to try to do things on our own.

Hebrews 11:21 – So, the question is for us… what are we leaning on?

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Lean on Him, and He shall direct thy paths. The things of this life and this world that so many people lean on will all go away… but not God!

We don’t know what Davids thought process was after he was anointed king. Samuel had anointed him, but what would the steps be that would lead to him being placed on the throne over Israel.

1 Samuel 17:37 – David had some abilities, he could have chosen to trust himself and the abilities that he had. He didn’t, at least from what it appears like in the scriptures. David wasn’t trusting in a strip of leather and a rock when he faced Goliath, even though he was probably quite skilled with the sling.

David said, “God is with me…” that was the key to his victory and to the rest of his life.

The God we serve is much bigger than a giant. Why do we lean on our own abilities instead of on an all powerful God and creator.

Does the work of God get done with only your abilities? Sure, we can get some things done this way, but if its just us in our own abilities we are getting far less done than if we go in the strength of God.

1 Samuel 18:13 – Things are starting to happen. Perhaps now the steps to the throne wouldn’t be but so may. It is a real temptation when we have a position like this is to lean on that instead of lean on God. Leaning on our popularity is a mistake.

David had friends and people in his life who were in high places. He could have leaned on these friends to get to the throne, but he didn’t. Michael, Jonathan, Samuel. People, no matter how wonderful they are, are still people.

We should never lean on our human support system to the extent where it takes the place of God. There can only be one person on the throne of our life, that person needs to be God.

Matthew 28 – I am with you always, even to the end of the world.

Psalm 34 – This is something that David wrote while in some very difficult times. David learned to praise God in the midst of his difficulties.

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Psalm 61:1-8 – Have you ever felt overwhelmed in life? We all want to feel strong and independent and like we can accomplish things in our lives. We tend to be stubborn and struggle alone for a long time before we get to a point where we admit that we ... We all want to feel strong and independent and like we can accomplish things in our lives. We tend to be stubborn and struggle alone for a long time before we get to a point where we admit that we need some help.
God has a way of showing us how self reliant we tend to be. We know in our heads that we need other people but sometimes it doesn’t affect the way we live. When a person is faced with something that they just cant handle, they often realize then, and then alone that they can’t do “this” on thier own.
God didn’t design us to stand and survive on our own. He designed us to lean on others and to lean on him as we go through life. God designed us to lean on something that is solid, to lean on Him. We are so helpless in so many ways, yet we insist to try to do things on our own.
Hebrews 11:21 – So, the question is for us… what are we leaning on?
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Lean on Him, and He shall direct thy paths. The things of this life and this world that so many people lean on will all go away… but not God!
We don’t know what Davids thought process was after he was anointed king. Samuel had anointed him, but what would the steps be that would lead to him being placed on the throne over Israel.
1 Samuel 17:37 – David had some abilities, he could have chosen to trust himself and the abilities that he had. He didn’t, at least from what it appears like in the scriptures. David wasn’t trusting in a strip of leather and a rock when he faced Goliath, even though he was probably quite skilled with the sling.
David said, “God is with me…” that was the key to his victory and to the rest of his life.
The God we serve is much bigger than a giant. Why do we lean on our own abilities instead of on an all powerful God and creator.
Does the work of God get done with only your abilities? Sure, we can get some things done this way, but if its just us in our own abilities we are getting far less done than if we go in the strength of God.
1 Samuel 18:13 – Things are starting to happen. Perhaps now the steps to the throne wouldn’t be but so may. It is a real temptation when we have a position like this is to lean on that instead of lean on God. Leaning on our popularity is a mistake.
David had friends and people in his life who were in high places. He could have leaned on these friends to get to the throne, but he didn’t. Michael, Jonathan, Samuel. People, no matter how wonderful they are, are still people.
We should never lean on our human support system to the extent where it takes the place of God. There can only be one person on the throne of our life, that person needs to be God.
Matthew 28 – I am with you always, even to the end of the world.
Psalm 34 – This is something that David wrote while in some very difficult times. David learned to praise God in the midst of his difficulties.
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Full Commitment Instead of Mediocrity - John Waldron https://bmcgladys.com/full-commitment-instead-of-mediocrity/ Sun, 26 Jan 2020 20:46:09 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3594 https://bmcgladys.com/full-commitment-instead-of-mediocrity/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/full-commitment-instead-of-mediocrity/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 16 – What does “cross bearing mean” it means bearing ones cross and death to self. Facing one direction and not being able to turn around. A man on a cross cannot turn around and look at what is behind him. The man going to the cross does not say “Peter, I’ll see you […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/full-commitment-instead-of-mediocrity/">Full Commitment Instead of Mediocrity</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 16 – What does “cross bearing mean” it means bearing ones cross and death to self. Facing one direction and not being able to turn around. A man on a cross cannot turn around and look at what is behind him.

The man going to the cross does not say “Peter, I’ll see you to go fishing next Tuesday.” There are no future plans when someone is going to the cross.

We pursue what we want most by giving up something else.

Most of us haven’t faced death for the sake of our relationship of Jesus, but we do need to live for him.

This is a challenge for every Christian, this pull of mediocrity. Sometimes we live our lives in the hope that God is going to grade on a curve.

Consecration, commitment must be total and complete.

Philippians 3:12-13 – Christ Jesus has made me His own, because of this I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of Christ Jesus. Paul says that he still has a long ways to go, he sees that there is plenty of room for him to grow.

Are you satisfied with where you are this morning? Do you feel like you don’t need to move very much in your relationship and walk with Christ?

Our tendency is to hold something back, we feel as if giving 70 or 80 percent is enough. God expects 100% from us, no more and no less.

Matthew 11 – God knows what we are capable of. He knows what our “max” is. Jesus says, come to me and find rest. We are not enough, but Jesus is enough.

Luke 19:11-26 – This parable is a little different from the parable of the talents. The king had expectations of his servants, it wasn’t out of the blue.

A lot of times the “words” we say don’t line up with the “commitment” we live out. We are all given something to be faithful in. At the very least we are all given one life. The other thing that is sure is that Christ is coming back, even if it seems like his return is delayed.

God is not ok with mediocrity and lukewarm ness. The Laodiceans had a lot of things, but one thing they lacked was a commitment to Christ.

What we spend our time on is most likely what we are going to get our results in. The world places a high value on money and prestige but the Bible makes it clear that these things are going to wither away like grass.

Mark 10 – Jesus told his disciples that there is no one who has left everything for the sake of the Gospel that won’t receive a reward 100x (more).

There are a lot of things that we need to do… that have to be done, but we need to make sure that we aren’t letting even the important things take the place of the things that are vital in our relationships with Christ.

What are you committed to? Is it worthwhile? How can you more fully commit yourself to Christ, to your family, to your church?

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Matthew 16 – What does “cross bearing mean” it means bearing ones cross and death to self. Facing one direction and not being able to turn around. A man on a cross cannot turn around and look at what is behind him. The man going to the cross does not say “Peter, I’ll see you to go fishing next Tuesday.” There are no future plans when someone is going to the cross.
We pursue what we want most by giving up something else.
Most of us haven’t faced death for the sake of our relationship of Jesus, but we do need to live for him.
This is a challenge for every Christian, this pull of mediocrity. Sometimes we live our lives in the hope that God is going to grade on a curve.
Consecration, commitment must be total and complete.
Philippians 3:12-13 – Christ Jesus has made me His own, because of this I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of Christ Jesus. Paul says that he still has a long ways to go, he sees that there is plenty of room for him to grow.
Are you satisfied with where you are this morning? Do you feel like you don’t need to move very much in your relationship and walk with Christ?
Our tendency is to hold something back, we feel as if giving 70 or 80 percent is enough. God expects 100% from us, no more and no less.
Matthew 11 – God knows what we are capable of. He knows what our “max” is. Jesus says, come to me and find rest. We are not enough, but Jesus is enough.
Luke 19:11-26 – This parable is a little different from the parable of the talents. The king had expectations of his servants, it wasn’t out of the blue.
A lot of times the “words” we say don’t line up with the “commitment” we live out. We are all given something to be faithful in. At the very least we are all given one life. The other thing that is sure is that Christ is coming back, even if it seems like his return is delayed.
God is not ok with mediocrity and lukewarm ness. The Laodiceans had a lot of things, but one thing they lacked was a commitment to Christ.
What we spend our time on is most likely what we are going to get our results in. The world places a high value on money and prestige but the Bible makes it clear that these things are going to wither away like grass.
Mark 10 – Jesus told his disciples that there is no one who has left everything for the sake of the Gospel that won’t receive a reward 100x (more).
There are a lot of things that we need to do… that have to be done, but we need to make sure that we aren’t letting even the important things take the place of the things that are vital in our relationships with Christ.
What are you committed to? Is it worthwhile? How can you more fully commit yourself to Christ, to your family, to your church?
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The Power of God - Unleashed by Faith - Gabriel Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-god-unleashed-by-faith/ Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:52:11 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3590 https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-god-unleashed-by-faith/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-god-unleashed-by-faith/feed/ 0 <p>Text: 2 Chronicles 14, 15, 16 Other references: Matthew 9:22,23; 9:28-30; Matthew 15:22-28; Matthew 14:22-33; Acts 11:18 Asa sought the Lord in great distress— but did not in smaller things. His life shows a troubling trend of lessening dependence on God. I believe that it’s possible for us maturing Christians to begin to trust in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-god-unleashed-by-faith/">The Power of God – Unleashed by Faith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: 2 Chronicles 14, 15, 16

Other references: Matthew 9:22,23; 9:28-30; Matthew 15:22-28; Matthew 14:22-33; Acts 11:18

Asa sought the Lord in great distress— but did not in smaller things. His life shows a troubling trend of lessening dependence on God.

I believe that it’s possible for us maturing Christians to begin to trust in things other than God. We can rationalize our way through life that we can depend on our own resources or wisdom rather than the help of the Lord.

Who is God?

He breathed the stars into existence; He brought great judgement on the earth in the flood while saving his people; He confused the tongues at the Tower of Babel; He conquered powerful nations; He sent down fire from heaven; and so on.

All of His promises were kept. The promise of a deliverer to Adam and Eve was kept in the coming of Jesus.
We have experiences of God’s power in our own lives and in church history.

It’s when I start depending on God’s greatness that my trust moves from my head to my heart. God’s power isn’t in question— it’s only my faith.

It is a scary thought that even a mature Christian can begin to diminish his faith. Symptoms can include loss of spiritual awareness, loss of care for the lost, love for the things of the world, and discomfort around those with a vibrant faith.

A lack of faith is truly a limiting factor for God’s power. He wishes to show Himself strong. Don’t put God in a box! He is in the business of expanding our hearts and getting us out of our own boxes.

God works to increase our faith in many ways. Sometimes He uses times of testing. Sometimes He just surprises us! Sometimes He uses testimonies.

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Text: 2 Chronicles 14, 15, 16 Other references: Matthew 9:22,23; 9:28-30; Matthew 15:22-28; Matthew 14:22-33; Acts 11:18 Asa sought the Lord in great distress— but did not in smaller things. His life shows a troubling trend of lessening dependence on G... Other references: Matthew 9:22,23; 9:28-30; Matthew 15:22-28; Matthew 14:22-33; Acts 11:18
Asa sought the Lord in great distress— but did not in smaller things. His life shows a troubling trend of lessening dependence on God.
I believe that it’s possible for us maturing Christians to begin to trust in things other than God. We can rationalize our way through life that we can depend on our own resources or wisdom rather than the help of the Lord.
Who is God?
He breathed the stars into existence; He brought great judgement on the earth in the flood while saving his people; He confused the tongues at the Tower of Babel; He conquered powerful nations; He sent down fire from heaven; and so on.
All of His promises were kept. The promise of a deliverer to Adam and Eve was kept in the coming of Jesus.
We have experiences of God’s power in our own lives and in church history.
It’s when I start depending on God’s greatness that my trust moves from my head to my heart. God’s power isn’t in question— it’s only my faith.
It is a scary thought that even a mature Christian can begin to diminish his faith. Symptoms can include loss of spiritual awareness, loss of care for the lost, love for the things of the world, and discomfort around those with a vibrant faith.
A lack of faith is truly a limiting factor for God’s power. He wishes to show Himself strong. Don’t put God in a box! He is in the business of expanding our hearts and getting us out of our own boxes.
God works to increase our faith in many ways. Sometimes He uses times of testing. Sometimes He just surprises us! Sometimes He uses testimonies.
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The Values of Jesus’ Disciples - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-values-of-jesus-disciples/ Sun, 12 Jan 2020 22:20:07 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3586 https://bmcgladys.com/the-values-of-jesus-disciples/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-values-of-jesus-disciples/feed/ 0 <p>Texts: Matthew 10:24-39; Matthew 16:21-27; Luke 14:25-33 Companies have their own set of values; People have their own set values. Jesus gave us a unique set of values. These are the values we are to learn in discipleship. Do we live them? Disciples of Jesus value being right with God over being right with men. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-values-of-jesus-disciples/">The Values of Jesus’ Disciples</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Texts: Matthew 10:24-39; Matthew 16:21-27; Luke 14:25-33

Companies have their own set of values; People have their own set values. Jesus gave us a unique set of values. These are the values we are to learn in discipleship. Do we live them?

  1. Disciples of Jesus value being right with God over being right with men.

If you want to follow Jesus, you will have to put a higher value on your relationship with God over relationships with anyone else. His judgement is much more serious.

Whatever difficulty you have to go through because you are a follower of God, remember that God is aware and will reward you in the end.

  1. Disciples of Jesus value their relationship with Jesus over conflict-free relationships.

We should avoid unnecessary conflict with people, but sometimes our commitment to Jesus requires us to be in conflict with family or friends.

  1. Disciples of Jesus value following Jesus example over avoiding difficulty and suffering.

The context of Jesus teaching here (Matthew 16) is his rebuke of Peter for telling Him not to go to the cross. The true disciple of Jesus will take up his cross and follow his Master.

  1. Disciples of Jesus value spiritual investments over earthly possessions.

This (Luke 14) follows the parable of the great banquet.

  1. Disciples of Jesus value eternal life over “living the dream”.

Jesus is not saying that all disciples need to be martyrs, rather that they must die to self. They must be willing to give up temporal things for things that matter in eternity.

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Do our choices actually line up with our stated values?

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Texts: Matthew 10:24-39; Matthew 16:21-27; Luke 14:25-33 Companies have their own set of values; People have their own set values. Jesus gave us a unique set of values. These are the values we are to learn in discipleship. Do we live them? Companies have their own set of values; People have their own set values. Jesus gave us a unique set of values. These are the values we are to learn in discipleship. Do we live them?

* Disciples of Jesus value being right with God over being right with men.

If you want to follow Jesus, you will have to put a higher value on your relationship with God over relationships with anyone else. His judgement is much more serious.
Whatever difficulty you have to go through because you are a follower of God, remember that God is aware and will reward you in the end.

* Disciples of Jesus value their relationship with Jesus over conflict-free relationships.

We should avoid unnecessary conflict with people, but sometimes our commitment to Jesus requires us to be in conflict with family or friends.

* Disciples of Jesus value following Jesus example over avoiding difficulty and suffering.

The context of Jesus teaching here (Matthew 16) is his rebuke of Peter for telling Him not to go to the cross. The true disciple of Jesus will take up his cross and follow his Master.

* Disciples of Jesus value spiritual investments over earthly possessions.

This (Luke 14) follows the parable of the great banquet.

* Disciples of Jesus value eternal life over “living the dream”.

Jesus is not saying that all disciples need to be martyrs, rather that they must die to self. They must be willing to give up temporal things for things that matter in eternity.
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Do our choices actually line up with our stated values?
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The Omniscience of God - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-omniscience-of-god/ Sun, 05 Jan 2020 22:28:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3583 https://bmcgladys.com/the-omniscience-of-god/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-omniscience-of-god/feed/ 0 <p>Texts used – Matthew 25:4, Ephesians 1:4, 2 Chronicles 16:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Psalm 23 God knows our frailties. God has provided gracious provisions for us. So that we can respond correctly and grow in character. Only an all knowing God could orchestrate move and work in these kinds of ways. 2 Chronicles 16:9 – […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-omniscience-of-god/">The Omniscience of God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Texts used – Matthew 25:4, Ephesians 1:4, 2 Chronicles 16:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Psalm 23

God knows our frailties. God has provided gracious provisions for us. So that we can respond correctly and grow in character. Only an all knowing God could orchestrate move and work in these kinds of ways.

2 Chronicles 16:9 – God knows and is interested and involved and provides help encouragement and protection. Hagar called on the name of the Lord and He spake to her. Her response was, “You see me.”

2 Thessalonians 3:3 – God also exposes sin and convicts us. Because he is engaged in our lives He knows and convicts us. The Lord also establishes us and keeps us from evil. To know that God knows us completely shouldn’t be frightening to us as Christians. God intends for this to be knowledge that comforts us.

Psalm 23 – The omniscience of God is a motivation and a comfort, He is with us and He cares for us. God does so many wonderful things for us in His care for us.

There is so much more that we could know about God and how He cares for us. We will continue to learn more and more as we walk with our Father in Heaven through out our lives.

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Texts used – Matthew 25:4, Ephesians 1:4, 2 Chronicles 16:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Psalm 23 God knows our frailties. God has provided gracious provisions for us. So that we can respond correctly and grow in character. God knows our frailties. God has provided gracious provisions for us. So that we can respond correctly and grow in character. Only an all knowing God could orchestrate move and work in these kinds of ways.
2 Chronicles 16:9 – God knows and is interested and involved and provides help encouragement and protection. Hagar called on the name of the Lord and He spake to her. Her response was, “You see me.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3 – God also exposes sin and convicts us. Because he is engaged in our lives He knows and convicts us. The Lord also establishes us and keeps us from evil. To know that God knows us completely shouldn’t be frightening to us as Christians. God intends for this to be knowledge that comforts us.
Psalm 23 – The omniscience of God is a motivation and a comfort, He is with us and He cares for us. God does so many wonderful things for us in His care for us.
There is so much more that we could know about God and how He cares for us. We will continue to learn more and more as we walk with our Father in Heaven through out our lives.
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Towards a Fruitful New Year - Delvin Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/towards-a-fruitful-new-year/ Sun, 29 Dec 2019 20:44:46 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3580 https://bmcgladys.com/towards-a-fruitful-new-year/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/towards-a-fruitful-new-year/feed/ 0 <p>It is a good thing for us to be introspective at this time of the year. It is very important where our hearts are so it is a good thing for us to spend some time considering and thinking about. John 15:1-17 – Vines and fruit. The Passover is at full moon. There’s a good […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/towards-a-fruitful-new-year/">Towards a Fruitful New Year</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> It is a good thing for us to be introspective at this time of the year. It is very important where our hearts are so it is a good thing for us to spend some time considering and thinking about.

John 15:1-17 – Vines and fruit.

The Passover is at full moon. There’s a good chance that Jesus and his disciples were walking through the country, perhaps through some vineyards, in the light of the full moon.

I Am the True Vine

There are a number of characters in this story that Jesus tells. The center of the entire thing though is the vine.

People look for places to connect their lives. Causes are all around us. Humanity has many religions, and there are many sincere followers of these many religions.

There are lots of man made substitutions, but there is only one true vine. One true source of happiness and purpose.

The one, true source of happiness and life is this vine – Jesus.

God is actively involved and interested in the lives of humanity. He wants good things for us and He knows what it will take to get us to a good place.

We Are the Branches

Pruning and cutting may not be a very exciting concept, but it is what Jesus focused on in this parable. Removing unproductive or dead wood from the plant is important for fruit production.

The pruning process is specifically aimed to maximize production, the result is hopefully more fruit.

There are two types of branches Jesus talks about. In this parable the branches have the choice of what kind of branch they are.

God is looking for willingness plants that connect with Him and take in his living “sap” and produce fruit.

The fruit that God is looking for is character traits that mirror that of the vine that they are connected to.

Even in an old dead looking branch God knows that there is potential for new life to yet spring from that branch.

The second type of branch is the branch that isn’t producing fruit. We can appear attached but refuse the live giving “sap” that is offered from the vine we are connected to.

Walking with Jesus had changed the disciples. But there was major pruning ahead for them yet.

Abide in Me

The word abide is related to abode. It is where we are to stay, where we are to abide. We make the choice to make the step and make the connection to Christ.

God has done so much in preparing this place and way for us to remain and abide, our choice is small. Jesus also promises to come to us and live in us. He will abide in us as we abide in Him.

Without Christ, without a connection with Him… we can do nothing.

Abiding isn’t the “default setting” its not just something that happens if we hold still. We need to actively pay attention to the connection to the vine. This isn’t just a random New Years resolution… this abiding is a vital part of our life both now and for eternity.

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It is a good thing for us to be introspective at this time of the year. It is very important where our hearts are so it is a good thing for us to spend some time considering and thinking about. John 15:1-17 – Vines and fruit. John 15:1-17 – Vines and fruit.
The Passover is at full moon. There’s a good chance that Jesus and his disciples were walking through the country, perhaps through some vineyards, in the light of the full moon.
I Am the True Vine
There are a number of characters in this story that Jesus tells. The center of the entire thing though is the vine.
People look for places to connect their lives. Causes are all around us. Humanity has many religions, and there are many sincere followers of these many religions.
There are lots of man made substitutions, but there is only one true vine. One true source of happiness and purpose.
The one, true source of happiness and life is this vine – Jesus.
God is actively involved and interested in the lives of humanity. He wants good things for us and He knows what it will take to get us to a good place.
We Are the Branches
Pruning and cutting may not be a very exciting concept, but it is what Jesus focused on in this parable. Removing unproductive or dead wood from the plant is important for fruit production.
The pruning process is specifically aimed to maximize production, the result is hopefully more fruit.
There are two types of branches Jesus talks about. In this parable the branches have the choice of what kind of branch they are.
God is looking for willingness plants that connect with Him and take in his living “sap” and produce fruit.
The fruit that God is looking for is character traits that mirror that of the vine that they are connected to.
Even in an old dead looking branch God knows that there is potential for new life to yet spring from that branch.
The second type of branch is the branch that isn’t producing fruit. We can appear attached but refuse the live giving “sap” that is offered from the vine we are connected to.
Walking with Jesus had changed the disciples. But there was major pruning ahead for them yet.
Abide in Me
The word abide is related to abode. It is where we are to stay, where we are to abide. We make the choice to make the step and make the connection to Christ.
God has done so much in preparing this place and way for us to remain and abide, our choice is small. Jesus also promises to come to us and live in us. He will abide in us as we abide in Him.
Without Christ, without a connection with Him… we can do nothing.
Abiding isn’t the “default setting” its not just something that happens if we hold still. We need to actively pay attention to the connection to the vine. This isn’t just a random New Years resolution… this abiding is a vital part of our life both now and for eternity.
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The Coming of Our Rescue - Gabriel Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-coming-of-our-rescue/ Sun, 22 Dec 2019 15:51:38 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3578 https://bmcgladys.com/the-coming-of-our-rescue/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-coming-of-our-rescue/feed/ 0 <p>The first Christmas broke the silence that had been in place for some 400 years. What the people on earth couldn’t see was “the other side.” Heaven was mounting a full scale rescue operation. God was sending forth a living word, in flesh, breaking the silence. Luke 1 – Zechariah was chosen to go in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-coming-of-our-rescue/">The Coming of Our Rescue</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The first Christmas broke the silence that had been in place for some 400 years. What the people on earth couldn’t see was “the other side.” Heaven was mounting a full scale rescue operation. God was sending forth a living word, in flesh, breaking the silence.

Luke 1 – Zechariah was chosen to go in and burn the incense on the alter. While he was there an angel appeared to him. Zechariah was startled, as one would be, but the angel went on to tell him that his prayers had been heard and he and his wife would have a son.

The angels words were the first to “break the silence” of 400 years… “Fear not.”

Six months later the angel made another appearance, this time to Mary. “Rejoice highly favored one, the Lord is with you.” This is another message of “don’t be afraid, rejoice because great things are coming.”

The angel then appeared to Joseph as well and told him to not be afraid to take Mary as his wife, what was going on was of God.

These messages were messages of joy.

Luke 2:1-20 – The angel appeared to Zechariah, then Mary, then Joseph, then the shepherds. All of these were key players in the rescue mission that God was working on.

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” The angels had a unique perspective, not only did they see what what’s happening on earth, but also what was happening in heaven.

Jesus is our rescuer, he came to us as the light of the world to save those who understand their desperate need.

John 1:1-18 – You cannot see the sun when you are blind. Not every person on earth is saved by the rescuer, there is spiritual blindness that no one on earth is completely safe from.

It is interesting to see who God chose to use to affect with the Good news. Mary. Joseph. Zechariah. The Shepherds.

To be a part of the rescue story all we have to do is to be rescued, believe in the only son of God. We cannot save ourselves, instead we need to completely trust in our rescuer Jesus.

The light that Jesus came into the world with is to shine fort from our lives as we live and walk in the power of Christ and His life within us.

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The first Christmas broke the silence that had been in place for some 400 years. What the people on earth couldn’t see was “the other side.” Heaven was mounting a full scale rescue operation. God was sending forth a living word, in flesh, Luke 1 – Zechariah was chosen to go in and burn the incense on the alter. While he was there an angel appeared to him. Zechariah was startled, as one would be, but the angel went on to tell him that his prayers had been heard and he and his wife would have a son.
The angels words were the first to “break the silence” of 400 years… “Fear not.”
Six months later the angel made another appearance, this time to Mary. “Rejoice highly favored one, the Lord is with you.” This is another message of “don’t be afraid, rejoice because great things are coming.”
The angel then appeared to Joseph as well and told him to not be afraid to take Mary as his wife, what was going on was of God.
These messages were messages of joy.
Luke 2:1-20 – The angel appeared to Zechariah, then Mary, then Joseph, then the shepherds. All of these were key players in the rescue mission that God was working on.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” The angels had a unique perspective, not only did they see what what’s happening on earth, but also what was happening in heaven.
Jesus is our rescuer, he came to us as the light of the world to save those who understand their desperate need.
John 1:1-18 – You cannot see the sun when you are blind. Not every person on earth is saved by the rescuer, there is spiritual blindness that no one on earth is completely safe from.
It is interesting to see who God chose to use to affect with the Good news. Mary. Joseph. Zechariah. The Shepherds.
To be a part of the rescue story all we have to do is to be rescued, believe in the only son of God. We cannot save ourselves, instead we need to completely trust in our rescuer Jesus.
The light that Jesus came into the world with is to shine fort from our lives as we live and walk in the power of Christ and His life within us.
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What is True About My Route Through Life - Jeff Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/what-is-true-about-my-route-through-life/ Sun, 15 Dec 2019 20:53:39 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3574 https://bmcgladys.com/what-is-true-about-my-route-through-life/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/what-is-true-about-my-route-through-life/feed/ 0 <p>John 18 – Pilate in the trial of Jesus asked the age old question, “what is truth?” Truth originates with God, it is the self expression of God. It is consistent with who God is. God is who we measure truth by. Today there is so much information that truth can get somewhat muddy. John […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/what-is-true-about-my-route-through-life/">What is True About My Route Through Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> John 18 – Pilate in the trial of Jesus asked the age old question, “what is truth?”

Truth originates with God, it is the self expression of God. It is consistent with who God is. God is who we measure truth by.

Today there is so much information that truth can get somewhat muddy.

John 1:14 – John presents truth as a concept that is important of itself. Jesus was full of grace and truth. Truth enabled Jesus to live live perfectly, He could provide the perfect solution to peoples problems because He knew the truth about them. Jesus also understood perfectly who God is and His relationship with God.

We often wonder, are we doing the right thing? Are we making the correct choices? Jesus always made the correct choice, about all things.

Truth in our lives is key to us living the way that God wants us to. We cannot live the way God wants us to just by chance, we have to know truth to be able to live the way God wants us to.

John and the other disciples saw that grace and truth in Jesus. Truth is especially relevant and displayed in relationships. God’s truth speaking to me. Me speaking truth to someone else. Me acknowledging to God who I am.

Relationships are built on trust. Trust comes from people being true and honest with each other.

John 8:44-47 – Jesus says that Satan was the father of these folks, and that Satan is the father of all lies. God is truth, that is his nature. Satan is a lier, that is his nature.

It is difficult to lie, and then maintain that lie. Usually there is the initial lie, then there are lies that have to be told to continue to cover things up. Lies tend to be progressive, we end up having to continually cover up for ourselves.

There are things that we understand as normal that are shaped by our culture. How do we understand truth when it is in the face of our culture?

It is important when we are talking about truth to know what our source of truth is, something that we can say, “this is where truth comes from.” Jesus tells us that He wants to be our source of truth.

John 17:17 – How can we receive truth from Jesus? Jesus says that the word is truth. We are very fortunate to have Biblical truth written down and available to us. The Bible is a constant source of truth that gives us an accurate picture of God, of Satan, of ourselves, of life, etc. The better we know our Bibles, the better we can know God’s truth.

John 16:13 – Jesus promised that he would send the “Comforter.” This is another way that we can know/learn truth. Jesus sent his own Spirit to live in us to help us see and know truth. The Bible doesn’t talk specifically about all different things, that’s where the Holy Spirit living in our lives can help us make decisions.

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John 18 – Pilate in the trial of Jesus asked the age old question, “what is truth?” Truth originates with God, it is the self expression of God. It is consistent with who God is. God is who we measure truth by. Truth originates with God, it is the self expression of God. It is consistent with who God is. God is who we measure truth by.
Today there is so much information that truth can get somewhat muddy.
John 1:14 – John presents truth as a concept that is important of itself. Jesus was full of grace and truth. Truth enabled Jesus to live live perfectly, He could provide the perfect solution to peoples problems because He knew the truth about them. Jesus also understood perfectly who God is and His relationship with God.
We often wonder, are we doing the right thing? Are we making the correct choices? Jesus always made the correct choice, about all things.
Truth in our lives is key to us living the way that God wants us to. We cannot live the way God wants us to just by chance, we have to know truth to be able to live the way God wants us to.
John and the other disciples saw that grace and truth in Jesus. Truth is especially relevant and displayed in relationships. God’s truth speaking to me. Me speaking truth to someone else. Me acknowledging to God who I am.
Relationships are built on trust. Trust comes from people being true and honest with each other.
John 8:44-47 – Jesus says that Satan was the father of these folks, and that Satan is the father of all lies. God is truth, that is his nature. Satan is a lier, that is his nature.
It is difficult to lie, and then maintain that lie. Usually there is the initial lie, then there are lies that have to be told to continue to cover things up. Lies tend to be progressive, we end up having to continually cover up for ourselves.
There are things that we understand as normal that are shaped by our culture. How do we understand truth when it is in the face of our culture?
It is important when we are talking about truth to know what our source of truth is, something that we can say, “this is where truth comes from.” Jesus tells us that He wants to be our source of truth.
John 17:17 – How can we receive truth from Jesus? Jesus says that the word is truth. We are very fortunate to have Biblical truth written down and available to us. The Bible is a constant source of truth that gives us an accurate picture of God, of Satan, of ourselves, of life, etc. The better we know our Bibles, the better we can know God’s truth.
John 16:13 – Jesus promised that he would send the “Comforter.” This is another way that we can know/learn truth. Jesus sent his own Spirit to live in us to help us see and know truth. The Bible doesn’t talk specifically about all different things, that’s where the Holy Spirit living in our lives can help us make decisions.
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Answering the Question “Who is My Neighbor” - Delvin Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/answering-the-question-who-is-my-neighbor/ Sun, 08 Dec 2019 20:33:42 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3570 https://bmcgladys.com/answering-the-question-who-is-my-neighbor/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/answering-the-question-who-is-my-neighbor/feed/ 0 <p>Luke 10:25-37 – There are roles in this story that we can identify with at different times in our lives. Parables are interesting. We like stories. Jesus told stories that a lot of people could relate to. His parables should be taken to make a simple point. At times we can try to pull too […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/answering-the-question-who-is-my-neighbor/">Answering the Question “Who is My Neighbor”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 10:25-37 – There are roles in this story that we can identify with at different times in our lives.

Parables are interesting. We like stories. Jesus told stories that a lot of people could relate to. His parables should be taken to make a simple point. At times we can try to pull too many things out of these parables.

We’re not really told whether this lawyer was hostile towards Jesus or not, we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and believe that he was asking a genuine question.

As Jesus often did, he turned the question back to the lawyer. “How do you believe it? How do you see it?”

The lawyer new the answers, he had the texts. Love, God first and others too.

Jesus agreed… You’re right! So do it! Practice this law and you will have life.

This lawyer new the mechanics of the law. He probably could explain logically how he had kept these verses.

Love is more than an idea, it finds expression in action.

The lawyer probably felt a little like a school boy who had forgotten his homework.

Jesus tells this story then to illustrate who our neighbor is.

The Parable

This is a short story, but there is a fair bit of drama in it. The road to Jericho went through a pretty rough route. Merchants went up and down the road, but the bandits were also pretty prominent. The trip was rocky, dry, and dangerous.

The people listening to Jesus knew exactly where Jesus was talking about. They knew the situation. They probably were questioning why he was walking alone!

This man going down to Jericho was caught by the bandits. He was half dead.

But wait! Here comes someone… he is a priest! He should have been the ideal person to help this man out. But he walked on by.

Again, another person comes by… again it is someone who should care enough to help him out.

Finally a third fellow comes along… with a donkey, but he recognized that the man was a Samaritan. Hope probably faded away again.

But the third man stopped! He helped the fellow out. Took him on his donkey and cared for him in an inn that night. The next day he left some money to take care of him, and said he’d be back through and would pay any more it cost.

You’re Right, Now Go Do Likewise

There are several things that we can take from this.

  • Jesus wants us to love others regardless of who they are.
  • Our neighbor is anyone who is in need that I have the ability to help.
  • Having the ability to help means that I have Jesus love in my heart.

This is pretty simple to say, to read, but it is harder to grasp and then try to accomplish. In fact it is impossible to accomplish on our own.

There are people all around us who we come in contact with. If they are our neighbors wont we be overwhelmed with needing to love them? Will we turn away and walk on by?

Helping people in need can mean a few things. These might be a few reasons that the first two didn’t stop to help.

  • It might mean getting dirty.
  • It might be risky.
  • It might mean that we won’t get to all of our important things on our schedule.
  • No one was watching! Sometimes we do things when people are watching that we might hesitate to do when they aren’t looking.

So, why did the Samaritan stop and help? What equips us to help those in need?

  • He had true love in his heart. He knew that God loved him and he knew that he had a debt to pay to humanity because God had loved him.
  • He had felt pain and rejection from others. He had empathy.
  • He was able to help! He had been blessed with health, a donkey, and he even had a few coins. God had blessed him and he was responsible to use the things he had well.

This Samaritan left an example for all of us. Are we a priest? Are we a Levite? Are we in a hurry? Or maybe we are wounded and we need help!

There are many opportunities for us to use this “heart love” that Jesus can give us. May God give us wisdom and grace as we walk with him, and with our neighbors, in the coming week.

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Luke 10:25-37 – There are roles in this story that we can identify with at different times in our lives. Parables are interesting. We like stories. Jesus told stories that a lot of people could relate to. His parables should be taken to make a simple p... Parables are interesting. We like stories. Jesus told stories that a lot of people could relate to. His parables should be taken to make a simple point. At times we can try to pull too many things out of these parables.
We’re not really told whether this lawyer was hostile towards Jesus or not, we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and believe that he was asking a genuine question.
As Jesus often did, he turned the question back to the lawyer. “How do you believe it? How do you see it?”
The lawyer new the answers, he had the texts. Love, God first and others too.
Jesus agreed… You’re right! So do it! Practice this law and you will have life.
This lawyer new the mechanics of the law. He probably could explain logically how he had kept these verses.
Love is more than an idea, it finds expression in action.
The lawyer probably felt a little like a school boy who had forgotten his homework.
Jesus tells this story then to illustrate who our neighbor is.
The Parable
This is a short story, but there is a fair bit of drama in it. The road to Jericho went through a pretty rough route. Merchants went up and down the road, but the bandits were also pretty prominent. The trip was rocky, dry, and dangerous.
The people listening to Jesus knew exactly where Jesus was talking about. They knew the situation. They probably were questioning why he was walking alone!
This man going down to Jericho was caught by the bandits. He was half dead.
But wait! Here comes someone… he is a priest! He should have been the ideal person to help this man out. But he walked on by.
Again, another person comes by… again it is someone who should care enough to help him out.
Finally a third fellow comes along… with a donkey, but he recognized that the man was a Samaritan. Hope probably faded away again.
But the third man stopped! He helped the fellow out. Took him on his donkey and cared for him in an inn that night. The next day he left some money to take care of him, and said he’d be back through and would pay any more it cost.
You’re Right, Now Go Do Likewise
There are several things that we can take from this.

* Jesus wants us to love others regardless of who they are.
* Our neighbor is anyone who is in need that I have the ability to help.
* Having the ability to help means that I have Jesus love in my heart.

This is pretty simple to say, to read, but it is harder to grasp and then try to accomplish. In fact it is impossible to accomplish on our own.
There are people all around us who we come in contact with. If they are our neighbors wont we be overwhelmed with needing to love them? Will we turn away and walk on by?
Helping people in need can mean a few things. These might be a few reasons that the first two didn’t stop to help.

* It might mean getting dirty.
* It might be risky.
* It might mean that we won’t get to all of our important things on our schedule.
* No one was watching! Sometimes we do things when people are watching that we might hesitate to do when they aren’t looking.

So, why did the Samaritan stop and help? What equips us to help those in need?

* He had true love in his heart. He knew that God loved him and he knew that he had a debt to pay to humanity because God had loved him.
* He had felt pain and rejection from others. He had empathy.
* He was able to help! He had been blessed with health, a donkey, and he even had a few coins. God had blessed him and he was responsible to use the things he had well.

This Samaritan left an example for all of us. Are we a priest? Are we a Levite? Are we in a hurry? Or maybe we are wounded and we need help!
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When You Start Down a Road You Are Choosing a Destination - Rich Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/when-you-start-down-a-road-you-are-choosing-a-destination/ Sun, 01 Dec 2019 22:22:16 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3566 https://bmcgladys.com/when-you-start-down-a-road-you-are-choosing-a-destination/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/when-you-start-down-a-road-you-are-choosing-a-destination/feed/ 0 <p>We live in a world of many religions and there is a constant call to be more tolerant of other peoples beliefs and views. You have your god and I have mine. Some people would say that it is wrong to claim that “my way is the only way.” This morning we want to look […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/when-you-start-down-a-road-you-are-choosing-a-destination/">When You Start Down a Road You Are Choosing a Destination</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We live in a world of many religions and there is a constant call to be more tolerant of other peoples beliefs and views. You have your god and I have mine.

Some people would say that it is wrong to claim that “my way is the only way.”

This morning we want to look at the question, “who decides what is right?”

Acts 17 – Paul had been on Mars Hill and he saw alters and gods that people worshiped. When Paul saw this approach of “many gods” he pointed the people to the creator.

John 1:1 – When we are talking about who gets to decide what is right and what is wrong, a good place to start is the creator. The one who made all things.

Acts 4 – Peter & John had been in prison and were released miraculously. They were then joined with the other believers praising God and praying, they said this, “Lord, thou art God which hath made heaven, earth and sea, and all that in them is.”

Romans 5:8 – Jesus was also the one who died for our sins. He did it while we were yet sinners. He is also a good candidate to be the one who should be able to decide what is right and what is wrong.

Jesus said that He is the “way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.”

We can conclude, like Peter did, that we aren’t going anywhere else. Jesus is the answer to everything. We don’t live in a world that will be judged according to the way we see it, it will be judged according to the way that God sees it.

Matthew 7 – When we make decisions in life we like for them to give us some flexibility. Jesus says that there are only two ways, not more… the reason being that there are two destinations.

Proverbs 1:15 – Talking about following those that are leading us down the wrong road. Don’t follow their path!

God is the one that decides, and His ways, His thoughts are higher than ours. When we choose a road we are choosing a destination.

Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3, Ephesians 2:1, Proverbs 3:5, Revelation3:19 – So, what do we do if we discover that we’re on the right road. All of us have been on the wrong road. If we are always doing what is right in our own eyes, we are probably on the wrong road. Revelation tells us that repentance is the answer, turn around and go the other way.

Daniel 4 – It became clear to Nebuchadnezzar who decided which way is right and which way is wrong. Nebuchadnezzar eventually repented and worshiped the God of heaven, determining to live in the truth and judgement of God’s ways.

Am I doing well? Am I choosing roads and making decisions that will lead to the destinations that I am looking for?

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We live in a world of many religions and there is a constant call to be more tolerant of other peoples beliefs and views. You have your god and I have mine. Some people would say that it is wrong to claim that “my way is the only way. Some people would say that it is wrong to claim that “my way is the only way.”
This morning we want to look at the question, “who decides what is right?”
Acts 17 – Paul had been on Mars Hill and he saw alters and gods that people worshiped. When Paul saw this approach of “many gods” he pointed the people to the creator.
John 1:1 – When we are talking about who gets to decide what is right and what is wrong, a good place to start is the creator. The one who made all things.
Acts 4 – Peter & John had been in prison and were released miraculously. They were then joined with the other believers praising God and praying, they said this, “Lord, thou art God which hath made heaven, earth and sea, and all that in them is.”
Romans 5:8 – Jesus was also the one who died for our sins. He did it while we were yet sinners. He is also a good candidate to be the one who should be able to decide what is right and what is wrong.
Jesus said that He is the “way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.”
We can conclude, like Peter did, that we aren’t going anywhere else. Jesus is the answer to everything. We don’t live in a world that will be judged according to the way we see it, it will be judged according to the way that God sees it.
Matthew 7 – When we make decisions in life we like for them to give us some flexibility. Jesus says that there are only two ways, not more… the reason being that there are two destinations.
Proverbs 1:15 – Talking about following those that are leading us down the wrong road. Don’t follow their path!
God is the one that decides, and His ways, His thoughts are higher than ours. When we choose a road we are choosing a destination.
Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3, Ephesians 2:1, Proverbs 3:5, Revelation3:19 – So, what do we do if we discover that we’re on the right road. All of us have been on the wrong road. If we are always doing what is right in our own eyes, we are probably on the wrong road. Revelation tells us that repentance is the answer, turn around and go the other way.
Daniel 4 – It became clear to Nebuchadnezzar who decided which way is right and which way is wrong. Nebuchadnezzar eventually repented and worshiped the God of heaven, determining to live in the truth and judgement of God’s ways.
Am I doing well? Am I choosing roads and making decisions that will lead to the destinations that I am looking for?
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The Sacrifice of the Good Shepherd - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-sacrifice-of-the-good-shepherd/ Sun, 24 Nov 2019 22:28:03 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3562 https://bmcgladys.com/the-sacrifice-of-the-good-shepherd/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-sacrifice-of-the-good-shepherd/feed/ 0 <p>1 Corinthians 11 – Where Jesus instituted the communion service. We certainly want to remember and think often of what Jesus has done for us, and that is part of why we are here this morning. As we remember Jesus and what he has done, if we really remember him as we should, it brings […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-sacrifice-of-the-good-shepherd/">The Sacrifice of the Good Shepherd</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Corinthians 11 – Where Jesus instituted the communion service. We certainly want to remember and think often of what Jesus has done for us, and that is part of why we are here this morning.

As we remember Jesus and what he has done, if we really remember him as we should, it brings us to worship him. To worship Him is to follow him.

John 10:11-18 – We remember Jesus not as “a” good shepherd, but as “the” good shepherd, the only savior of mankind.

Jesus cares for the sheep. He makes a huge contrast between himself and the hired hand. The hired hand has no investment, no deep care for the sheep. Jesus on the other hand cares because the sheep are his, and because he loves them.

We have been scattered and lost. We have been troubled with conflict and anxiety and stresses. Jesus is the answer to the troubles and the pain and the hurt and the suffering that we experience here on earth.

Satan is the great and evil influencer in the world, but we make choices and we often make decisions that feed our sinful desires.

Ezekiel 34 – Ezekiel saw lost sheep, and he foretold a shepherd. Ezekiel condemns this who were supposed to be shepherding the flock of Israel and foretells that Jesus would come as a shepherd to care for the sheep.

Luke 15 – The shepherd is the creator, the shepherd is also the redeemer.

1 Corinthians 6:19 – You were bought at a price. Glorify God in your body and your Spirit which are God’s.

The good shepherd sees the scattered sheep and is moved with compassion for them. He pursues them and brings them back into the fold.

The good shepherd was surrendered to the will of the Father. At any point in this process of the trial and the crucifixion Jesus could have said no… but he didn’t, he submitted himself fully to the will of his Father. Jesus knew the again that was ahead, but he chose to continue doing the will of the Father.

Matthew 26:53 – Jesus says he could have called angels to come and set him free. Again he resolutely journeyed on into the storm and agony that he was called to.

Psalms 22 – Jesus suffered terrible agony. We know the story, the hateful words that were said, the mocking, the fists, the crown of thorns, the cross… We remember his suffering. We remember his death.

Romans 5:6-8 – The good shepherd gives his life for his sheep. Jesus died for us while we were still sinners. He gave his life voluntarily for us, for you, for me.

1 Peter 1:18, Hebrews 9:12-14 – The human way of loving is to run until the love runs out. Jesus love didn’t end, his love never runs out, he is love.

1 John 4:9-10 – The love of God is manifest towards us through the gift of God’s Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

We love him because he first loved us.

Thanks to God for his indescribable gift.

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1 Corinthians 11 – Where Jesus instituted the communion service. We certainly want to remember and think often of what Jesus has done for us, and that is part of why we are here this morning. As we remember Jesus and what he has done, As we remember Jesus and what he has done, if we really remember him as we should, it brings us to worship him. To worship Him is to follow him.
John 10:11-18 – We remember Jesus not as “a” good shepherd, but as “the” good shepherd, the only savior of mankind.
Jesus cares for the sheep. He makes a huge contrast between himself and the hired hand. The hired hand has no investment, no deep care for the sheep. Jesus on the other hand cares because the sheep are his, and because he loves them.
We have been scattered and lost. We have been troubled with conflict and anxiety and stresses. Jesus is the answer to the troubles and the pain and the hurt and the suffering that we experience here on earth.
Satan is the great and evil influencer in the world, but we make choices and we often make decisions that feed our sinful desires.
Ezekiel 34 – Ezekiel saw lost sheep, and he foretold a shepherd. Ezekiel condemns this who were supposed to be shepherding the flock of Israel and foretells that Jesus would come as a shepherd to care for the sheep.
Luke 15 – The shepherd is the creator, the shepherd is also the redeemer.
1 Corinthians 6:19 – You were bought at a price. Glorify God in your body and your Spirit which are God’s.
The good shepherd sees the scattered sheep and is moved with compassion for them. He pursues them and brings them back into the fold.
The good shepherd was surrendered to the will of the Father. At any point in this process of the trial and the crucifixion Jesus could have said no… but he didn’t, he submitted himself fully to the will of his Father. Jesus knew the again that was ahead, but he chose to continue doing the will of the Father.
Matthew 26:53 – Jesus says he could have called angels to come and set him free. Again he resolutely journeyed on into the storm and agony that he was called to.
Psalms 22 – Jesus suffered terrible agony. We know the story, the hateful words that were said, the mocking, the fists, the crown of thorns, the cross… We remember his suffering. We remember his death.
Romans 5:6-8 – The good shepherd gives his life for his sheep. Jesus died for us while we were still sinners. He gave his life voluntarily for us, for you, for me.
1 Peter 1:18, Hebrews 9:12-14 – The human way of loving is to run until the love runs out. Jesus love didn’t end, his love never runs out, he is love.
1 John 4:9-10 – The love of God is manifest towards us through the gift of God’s Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
We love him because he first loved us.
Thanks to God for his indescribable gift.
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The Most Dangerous Creature - Ricky Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/the-most-dangerous-creature/ Sun, 17 Nov 2019 21:26:23 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3559 https://bmcgladys.com/the-most-dangerous-creature/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-most-dangerous-creature/feed/ 0 <p>There are about 3200 tigers in the wild. There are close to 5000 in captivity, the majority of them are owned by private owners, not zoos. James 3:1-18 – We all make mistakes. Those who are instructing others are in a place that gives them increased opportunity to make mistakes. How We View the Tongue […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-most-dangerous-creature/">The Most Dangerous Creature</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> There are about 3200 tigers in the wild. There are close to 5000 in captivity, the majority of them are owned by private owners, not zoos.

James 3:1-18 – We all make mistakes. Those who are instructing others are in a place that gives them increased opportunity to make mistakes.

How We View the Tongue

James compares the tongue to a bit in a horses mouth, or the rudder of a ship, or a spark that starts a fire.

Matthew 15:10-20 – Jesus is saying that it is the things that come from the heart, actions and speech that make a person unclean or clean. If the heart is bad, bad will come out. If the heart is clean and pure, good will come out.

So what is James saying? Our tongue and our words do direct the course of our life, because they are an indication of what things are in our hearts. James was addressing an issue that his readers were having, they were praising God and cursing each other.

If there is a mixture of good and bad things coming from our lives there is a root issue that is not good.

Why is the tongue so dangerous?

Our words affect other people. We all have many thoughts. Our thoughts need to be redeemed. When we say things we are putting a stake in the ground. We may change our mind and wish we had said something different but once they are out they cant’ be taken back. We can make people laugh and feel better about themselves with our words, we can make people sad with our words, we can hurt people with our words. Proverbs 26

Our words can go much farther than we ever intend for them to. If we are venting our frustration with someone in than result in more frustration and anger and perhaps more angry words between the two involved parties. We as humans are naturally proud and don’t like to be wrong. Sometimes when we say something wrong we try to defend it because of our pride.

How should we respond when we have slander or gossip directed at us? If its minor perhaps we should let it go – ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭7:22‬. Matthews 18 has another approach for things that are more substantial.

How should we respond when we hear slander or gossip directed at others? Do we want people talking about the poor decisions we’ve made? How would you feel if someone was saying these things about you? We aren’t responsible for every little bit of gossip we hear, but we are responsible for how much of it we pass along. Provers 26:20-21

Ephesians 4:29, 1 Peter 3:9 – Our natural response is to return evil for evil, insult for insult, but Jesus calls us to bless others and to build each other up.

Are we actively building up and encouraging? Are we confessing and making commitments that mean something?

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There are about 3200 tigers in the wild. There are close to 5000 in captivity, the majority of them are owned by private owners, not zoos. James 3:1-18 – We all make mistakes. Those who are instructing others are in a place that gives them increased op... James 3:1-18 – We all make mistakes. Those who are instructing others are in a place that gives them increased opportunity to make mistakes.
How We View the Tongue
James compares the tongue to a bit in a horses mouth, or the rudder of a ship, or a spark that starts a fire.
Matthew 15:10-20 – Jesus is saying that it is the things that come from the heart, actions and speech that make a person unclean or clean. If the heart is bad, bad will come out. If the heart is clean and pure, good will come out.
So what is James saying? Our tongue and our words do direct the course of our life, because they are an indication of what things are in our hearts. James was addressing an issue that his readers were having, they were praising God and cursing each other.
If there is a mixture of good and bad things coming from our lives there is a root issue that is not good.
Why is the tongue so dangerous?
Our words affect other people. We all have many thoughts. Our thoughts need to be redeemed. When we say things we are putting a stake in the ground. We may change our mind and wish we had said something different but once they are out they cant’ be taken back. We can make people laugh and feel better about themselves with our words, we can make people sad with our words, we can hurt people with our words. Proverbs 26
Our words can go much farther than we ever intend for them to. If we are venting our frustration with someone in than result in more frustration and anger and perhaps more angry words between the two involved parties. We as humans are naturally proud and don’t like to be wrong. Sometimes when we say something wrong we try to defend it because of our pride.
How should we respond when we have slander or gossip directed at us? If its minor perhaps we should let it go – ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭7:22‬. Matthews 18 has another approach for things that are more substantial.
How should we respond when we hear slander or gossip directed at others? Do we want people talking about the poor decisions we’ve made? How would you feel if someone was saying these things about you? We aren’t responsible for every little bit of gossip we hear, but we are responsible for how much of it we pass along. Provers 26:20-21
Ephesians 4:29, 1 Peter 3:9 – Our natural response is to return evil for evil, insult for insult, but Jesus calls us to bless others and to build each other up.
Are we actively building up and encouraging? Are we confessing and making commitments that mean something?
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The Spirit of Prophecy - Anthony Gingerich https://bmcgladys.com/the-spirit-of-prophecy/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 02:20:46 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3551 https://bmcgladys.com/the-spirit-of-prophecy/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-spirit-of-prophecy/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Revelation 19:1-10; 17, 18 Understanding prophecy is not that you understand how everything will happen but that God will win. We can’t sit back and wait for God to do all the pulling! We must understand that there is a glorious end. When we lose sight of that we get discouraged. He will defeat […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-spirit-of-prophecy/">The Spirit of Prophecy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Revelation 19:1-10; 17, 18

Understanding prophecy is not that you understand how everything will happen but that God will win.

We can’t sit back and wait for God to do all the pulling!

We must understand that there is a glorious end. When we lose sight of that we get discouraged. He will defeat the violence, corruption, and evil of the world. The great system that had grown up over the whole earth will fall.

In chapters 17 and 18 we read about Babylon. It was after Babylon was destroyed that Jesus claims His bride.

You see this description of Babylon— it sounds very much like our world. Like Babel this system was organized to oppose God. This false “fellowship” was created in opposition to God.

The Church is God’s plan to bring back the scattered tribes and people into one, under the Lordship of Jesus. The righteous deeds of the Church are compared to fine linen. The Church has been desperate, not isolated.

In spite being the pure Church of God, God will still have to do some winnowing.

1) The primary purpose of the Church is to uphold the testimony of Jesus

Luke 24:19

When the testimony is only about Jesus, He has not really penetrated our heart.

2) The testimony of Jesus is a prophetic witness

The testimony of Jesus is prophetic because He knows how it will end; We are in tune with this different reality.

The world is corrupt and will be burned with fire. God has provided a way to escape the coming judgement through His Son.

Who is living in reality? Babylon or the kingdom of God? My fear for the church is that inasmuch as we have accepted Babylon we will defend it against the judgement of God.

3) The testimony comes directly from Jesus Himself

There are different ways of knowing things. Revelation conveys things that we could not have figured out on our own.

I John 2:24-27

All followers of Christ bear this prophetic witness within them.

Revelations?:14 These are they who have washed their robes in the blood of the lamb.

Jesus has given offices of leadership to the Church, yet all believers have this prophetic witness within themselves— and this is the testimony of Jesus.

Some things about prophecy:

As important as it is, to study end-time events, it is important to understand that even the ones who received it didn’t understand it.

Sometimes prophets are portrayed as truth-tellers who are harsh— that is not biblical. The spirit of prophecy grieves for the sins of the people. Jeremiah did not distance himself from the people— he was one of them.

We are prophets in the sense that we hold within us the prophetic witness of Jesus Christ.

A few questions:

Do you believe that God is going to win, or are you living a defeated life?

In the battle that you have against evil or sin are you committed to the reality taught by God in His Word? Or are we more focused on the weather, the economy, etc.

Is your testimony of Jesus a testimony about Jesus or a testimony from Jesus?

In conclusion… God is winning. Ever since the apostles, the church has tended to believe that they were witnessing the end… it will come.

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Text: Revelation 19:1-10; 17, 18 Understanding prophecy is not that you understand how everything will happen but that God will win. We can’t sit back and wait for God to do all the pulling! We must understand that there is a glorious end. Understanding prophecy is not that you understand how everything will happen but that God will win.
We can’t sit back and wait for God to do all the pulling!
We must understand that there is a glorious end. When we lose sight of that we get discouraged. He will defeat the violence, corruption, and evil of the world. The great system that had grown up over the whole earth will fall.
In chapters 17 and 18 we read about Babylon. It was after Babylon was destroyed that Jesus claims His bride.
You see this description of Babylon— it sounds very much like our world. Like Babel this system was organized to oppose God. This false “fellowship” was created in opposition to God.
The Church is God’s plan to bring back the scattered tribes and people into one, under the Lordship of Jesus. The righteous deeds of the Church are compared to fine linen. The Church has been desperate, not isolated.
In spite being the pure Church of God, God will still have to do some winnowing.
1) The primary purpose of the Church is to uphold the testimony of Jesus
Luke 24:19
When the testimony is only about Jesus, He has not really penetrated our heart.
2) The testimony of Jesus is a prophetic witness
The testimony of Jesus is prophetic because He knows how it will end; We are in tune with this different reality.
The world is corrupt and will be burned with fire. God has provided a way to escape the coming judgement through His Son.
Who is living in reality? Babylon or the kingdom of God? My fear for the church is that inasmuch as we have accepted Babylon we will defend it against the judgement of God.
3) The testimony comes directly from Jesus Himself
There are different ways of knowing things. Revelation conveys things that we could not have figured out on our own.
I John 2:24-27
All followers of Christ bear this prophetic witness within them.
Revelations?:14 These are they who have washed their robes in the blood of the lamb.
Jesus has given offices of leadership to the Church, yet all believers have this prophetic witness within themselves— and this is the testimony of Jesus.
Some things about prophecy:
As important as it is, to study end-time events, it is important to understand that even the ones who received it didn’t understand it.
Sometimes prophets are portrayed as truth-tellers who are harsh— that is not biblical. The spirit of prophecy grieves for the sins of the people. Jeremiah did not distance himself from the people— he was one of them.
We are prophets in the sense that we hold within us the prophetic witness of Jesus Christ.
A few questions:
Do you believe that God is going to win, or are you living a defeated life?
In the battle that you have against evil or sin are you committed to the reality taught by God in His Word? Or are we more focused on the weather, the economy, etc.
Is your testimony of Jesus a testimony about Jesus or a testimony from Jesus?
In conclusion… God is winning. Ever since the apostles, the church has tended to believe that they were witnessing the end… it will come.
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The People of God - Anthony Gingerich https://bmcgladys.com/the-people-of-god/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 15:20:46 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3550 https://bmcgladys.com/the-people-of-god/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-people-of-god/feed/ 0 <p>Text – Matthew My unofficial title this weekend, is why do church? Church attendance and membership has declined in the west. Large inner city church buildings are being sold. They are being converted into office buildings and gyms. It is a sign of what is happening spiritually, under the surface. There are two factors here: […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-people-of-god/">The People of God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text – Matthew

My unofficial title this weekend, is why do church? Church attendance and membership has declined in the west. Large inner city church buildings are being sold. They are being converted into office buildings and gyms.

It is a sign of what is happening spiritually, under the surface. There are two factors here: one is the rise of the “nones” — people who claim no religious affiliation; Another is the rising number of SBNR’s — people who claim to be spiritual but not religious.

What is happening?

We face significant challenges. I’m going to talk about some of the things that I believe are factor.

1) Many people see church as irrelevant to spiritual growth in the Christian life

2) People see other groups with similar personal, but nonreligious experiences as more relevant to their life than the church;

3) People have been hurt by church; Some more than others; Abusive leaders or hypocrisy

4) Fullness of bread— we have so much stuff that we do not have a hunger for God; A lot of times the physical comforts we enjoy distract us from spiritual needs

What it all boils down to, is church is not as important to people as it was. People define their spiritual lives on their own, without seeing the need for the local church.

This evening I plan to do an overview of the book of Matthew. I want to look at Jesus. Who is Jesus, why did He come?

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The gospel of Matthew reveals Jesus Christ as the Son of God authorized by God to institute a new people of God, the Church. he is the heir of the promises made to David and Abraham.

Matthew 1:1

Matthew 3:1-12 John the Baptist proclaims Jesus as the founder of God’s people. He discounted mere physical lineage from Abraham saying the axe is already laid to the root of the tree. He says that One is coming, Someone who would have the authority to reconfigure the People of God.

Matthew 4:12-17

Jesus is the promised light to those that dwell in darkness. He began to preach repentance as the kingdom of Heaven at hand.

John 1:14; Mark 1:15

Matthew 5-7

Jesus describes who is chosen by God or who belong to God: entrance requirements of the kingdom of God.

He also sets new ethical and moral standards for the people of God. He brings a higher level of life.

He defines how people are to approach Him and with what motives.

Then He gives the criteria for faithfulness and the final judgement.

Matthew 10

Jesus chooses and sends out 12 apostles with power to cast out demons, heal diseases and other instructions.

Matthew 11 John was in prison and was feeling discouraged. Jesus tells Him that He is the one who was to come. Jesus contrasts Himself and John with the fickleness of the people.

Jesus then pronounces woes on the cities that did not receive the message of John.

Then He invites people to come to Him.

Matthew 12

Jesus claims to be the Lord of the Sabbath.

Matthew 13

Jesus defines the kingdom of heaven through parables.

Matthew 16:13-20

The disciples affirm that Jesus is the Christ, the anointed one. He is the one anointed as king by God. The confession of Peter that Jesus is the Christ is the rock on which the Church of Jesus Christ is built. Jesus will be Lord of the Church.

Christ’s authority was delegated to Peter as well as the other apostles. The Church was given power over the bondage and defenses of death and hell. Acts 2:27; Jesus was in hades (the place of the dead) but the Father did not leave Him there.

“I will give you the keys”. Peter has possession of authority in the kingdom. This authority was delegated to the apostles. The Church is able to lock or unlock things that are impenetrable for anything else on earth.

Where people really want to get things done they usually use armies or tools of coercion. God gives these things to carnal rulers. And yet, there’s a whole story going on under the surface. God wants the keys given to the church to be used in our lives.

The church can bring together what is apart or take apart what is together.

Matthew 18:15-20

Jesus directs his apostles to deal with sin in the church. He gives them a process of addressing them:

First, go alone; next with a brother; and then with the church.

It is those gathered in Jesus’ name who have the authority to say who is in the church.

Matthew 21

Jesus rides into Jerusalem to fulfill prophecy of the coming king. Jesus is identified as the Son of David and claims authority over the temple as “my house”.

Jesus identifies Himself with God as a recipient of praise. Then Jesus tells the parable of the keeper of the vineyard. He quotes the Psalm: “the stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner”.

Matthew 23

Jesus condemns the religious leaders, pronouncing God’s judgement on false leaders and defines true spirituality.

True teachers humbly serve others. True promises are not based on technicalities. true religion emphasizes weightier matters of justice, mercy, and faithfulness. True purity is to be clean on the inside. True teachers accept current prophets.

Jesus identifies Himself as the One who tried to use Jerusalem as a blessing to the earth and proclaims its desolation. He is now claiming the authority to define the new people of God.

Matthew 24-25

Jesus speaks about persecutions and the end of the age. He warns of false Christs, and predicts a great falling away, or apostasy. He tells what will happen to the sun, moon, and stars.

He gives object lessons and warnings to His people. “Learn a lesson from the fig tree”.

Jesus tells the story of the wise and foolish virgins, warning us to watch.

Jesus then defines the parameters of the judgement.

26-28

The death and resurrection of Jesus.

Matthew 28:18-20

“Make disciples of all nations.” God’s people are those who follow Jesus. There is a rite of entrance. The Church has the authority to give its approval to the sealing of the faith of the convert in baptism. The Church has the authority to proclaim the teachings of Christ.

Jesus promises that He will be with us to the end of the world.

There is authority; There are things to do; And He will be with us, His Church.

I am amazed at this man Jesus Christ. Who is this Saviour? How high are His claims on our lives? At what level do His words and His teachings penetrate our hearts?

We have the privilege of belonging to Jesus Christ.

In summary, Jesus redefined who the people of God are. Rather than ethical Israel, it is all who repent and follow His commands.

Jesus set the conditions for the kingdom— entrance requirements, definitions, and conditions. Jesus authorized his followers to maintain this new people, the Church, making them responsible to discern who belongs to the people of God.

We should approach this with fear and trembling.

Jesus commands his followers to make disciples by proclaiming the gospel, teaching and baptizing those who follow him.

Jesus promised He would be with His church as they do these things.

What do we do next? We have an amazing picture. Jesus has made amazing claims.

I want to tell you, I don’t actually know where to go with these things. I think the only safe way to go about this, is to do it with the church, to be with God’s people, commit ourselves to the process, and ask Him for His guidance.

What I would like to do here is ask a few questions. You can mull these over.

What are the implications of Matthew’s vision of Church? How is personal salvation is related to the Church ? How do we follow Christ in this day and age?

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Text – Matthew My unofficial title this weekend, is why do church? Church attendance and membership has declined in the west. Large inner city church buildings are being sold. They are being converted into office buildings and gyms. My unofficial title this weekend, is why do church? Church attendance and membership has declined in the west. Large inner city church buildings are being sold. They are being converted into office buildings and gyms.
It is a sign of what is happening spiritually, under the surface. There are two factors here: one is the rise of the “nones” — people who claim no religious affiliation; Another is the rising number of SBNR’s — people who claim to be spiritual but not religious.
What is happening?
We face significant challenges. I’m going to talk about some of the things that I believe are factor.
1) Many people see church as irrelevant to spiritual growth in the Christian life
2) People see other groups with similar personal, but nonreligious experiences as more relevant to their life than the church;
3) People have been hurt by church; Some more than others; Abusive leaders or hypocrisy
4) Fullness of bread— we have so much stuff that we do not have a hunger for God; A lot of times the physical comforts we enjoy distract us from spiritual needs
What it all boils down to, is church is not as important to people as it was. People define their spiritual lives on their own, without seeing the need for the local church.
This evening I plan to do an overview of the book of Matthew. I want to look at Jesus. Who is Jesus, why did He come?
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The gospel of Matthew reveals Jesus Christ as the Son of God authorized by God to institute a new people of God, the Church. he is the heir of the promises made to David and Abraham.
Matthew 1:1
Matthew 3:1-12 John the Baptist proclaims Jesus as the founder of God’s people. He discounted mere physical lineage from Abraham saying the axe is already laid to the root of the tree. He says that One is coming, Someone who would have the authority to reconfigure the People of God.
Matthew 4:12-17
Jesus is the promised light to those that dwell in darkness. He began to preach repentance as the kingdom of Heaven at hand.
John 1:14; Mark 1:15
Matthew 5-7
Jesus describes who is chosen by God or who belong to God: entrance requirements of the kingdom of God.
He also sets new ethical and moral standards for the people of God. He brings a higher level of life.
He defines how people are to approach Him and with what motives.
Then He gives the criteria for faithfulness and the final judgement.
Matthew 10
Jesus chooses and sends out 12 apostles with power to cast out demons, heal diseases and other instructions.
Matthew 11 John was in prison and was feeling discouraged. Jesus tells Him that He is the one who was to come. Jesus contrasts Himself and John with the fickleness of the people.
Jesus then pronounces woes on the cities that did not receive the message of John.
Then He invites people to come to Him.
Matthew 12
Jesus claims to be the Lord of the Sabbath.
Matthew 13
Jesus defines the kingdom of heaven through parables.
Matthew 16:13-20
The disciples affirm that Jesus is the Christ, the anointed one. He is the one anointed as king by God. The confession of Peter that Jesus is the Christ is the rock on which the Church of Jesus Christ is built. Jesus will be Lord of the Church.
Christ’s authority was delegated to Peter as well as the other apostles. The Church was given power over the bondage and defenses of death and hell. Acts 2:27; Jesus was in hades (the place of the dead) but the Father did not leave Him there.
“I will give you the keys”. Peter has possession of authority in the kingdom. This authority was delegated to the apostles. The Church is able to lock or unlock things that are impenetrable for anything else on earth.
Where people really want to get things done they usually use armies or tools of coercion. God gives these things to carnal rulers. And yet,]]>
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Components of Matthews Vision of the Church - Anthony Gingerich https://bmcgladys.com/components-of-matthews-vision-of-the-church/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 02:20:13 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3549 https://bmcgladys.com/components-of-matthews-vision-of-the-church/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/components-of-matthews-vision-of-the-church/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Ephesians 4:1-16 What are some of the out workings, how we do Church? We might do church in different ways, but each church needs to have certain things. There are some components that are necessary. Key components of the church: Repentance – reorientation of life Separation – a different kingdom Mission – proclaiming the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/components-of-matthews-vision-of-the-church/">Components of Matthews Vision of the Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Ephesians 4:1-16

What are some of the out workings, how we do Church?

We might do church in different ways, but each church needs to have certain things. There are some components that are necessary.

Key components of the church:

Repentance – reorientation of life

Separation – a different kingdom

Mission – proclaiming the power and kingdom of Christ

Discipleship – watching over each other in love and truth
Hebrews 12:15

Fellowship – sharing the Lord’s Supper with each other, our goods, joys, and sorrows

Authority – Leaders are to discern and apply these things together with assembled believers under the authority of Christ

There are probably more components, but these are some that I believe are key to Matthew.

The message of Christ is the same, regardless of which book of the Bible we study.

(text)

To be a follower of Jesus a person needs to be a part of a church that practices these. One cannot practice these components alone.

These components must also be kept together. They are not inherently opposed to each other.

They can’t be isolated and continue to exist in a meaningful way.

These things require the resources of the Holy Spirit.

Those who do these things are given spiritual authority from Christ to accomplish them.

These things must be worked out anew in every generation. There is a time to hand the baton on to the next generation.

When Christ ascended and sent His Spirit, He became present everywhere.

The Church is Christ’s body, it is His fullness.

Problems we face:

1) Relating to those who do church different than our own

People define things different ways and take different stands on the same issues. How can another group be under the authority of Christ if they take a different stand than others.

2) People leaving our churches

3) Difficulty in translating church life into cultural shoe leather

4) Drift — trying to become more relevant by leaving Biblical practices

5) And so on… there are probably others.

I’m going to offer some of my perspectives— I don’t have answers for these.


I believe the line in the questions of denominations is really the question of those that do or don’t do discipleship. There are those who have made the gospel something other than what Jesus gave us. I believe that we have more in common with people that care enough about their doctrine to deny open communion. On one level this is painful, because they are serious about their faith and doctrine. On the other hand they are our brothers. We did not create the problems of denominationalism. People leaving: The fact that we require obedience to practical biblical teaching, will make us a minority. There are churches that do not have the commitment to some of these teachings, creating a path away from our churches. At the same time we must be humble about ways we have hurt people that have left. I think I am saying, that sometimes people do accuse us of these that aren’t fair, we should acknowledge where we have hurt them. We must also acknowledge the cultural trends. These forces are extremely corrosive. I want to sound the alarm in the right way- I don’t want to be an alarmist- the types of activities that people are becoming part of dissolve real community. 3) Biblical teaching requires practical applications to be made. The reason I say this, is that I believe I have precedent both from the example of the Apostles and the testimony of the early church. If we care more about correctly observing the application than the principles that is a problem. We need to develop the imagination to see people so that we think they CAN follow our kingdom teaching and practice. 4) When we try to flatten out our visible differences with the world, we forget that the invisible things that divide us are greater. I believe that every congregation will develop its own life and applications. The great project of Christian leadership is to have discernment in these things. It cannot always be changing, yet it must be able to change. Here is where pastors sometimes wring there hands. Think about these things.

Christ’s will for His church is to face these things — Christ has given us what we need.

Christ’s will is not that we find perfect answers for all these things, but rather that we find repentance, fellowship, etc.

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Text: Ephesians 4:1-16 What are some of the out workings, how we do Church? We might do church in different ways, but each church needs to have certain things. There are some components that are necessary. Key components of the church: Repentance – reo... What are some of the out workings, how we do Church?
We might do church in different ways, but each church needs to have certain things. There are some components that are necessary.
Key components of the church:
Repentance – reorientation of life
Separation – a different kingdom
Mission – proclaiming the power and kingdom of Christ
Discipleship – watching over each other in love and truth
Hebrews 12:15
Fellowship – sharing the Lord’s Supper with each other, our goods, joys, and sorrows
Authority – Leaders are to discern and apply these things together with assembled believers under the authority of Christ
There are probably more components, but these are some that I believe are key to Matthew.
The message of Christ is the same, regardless of which book of the Bible we study.
(text)
To be a follower of Jesus a person needs to be a part of a church that practices these. One cannot practice these components alone.
These components must also be kept together. They are not inherently opposed to each other.
They can’t be isolated and continue to exist in a meaningful way.
These things require the resources of the Holy Spirit.
Those who do these things are given spiritual authority from Christ to accomplish them.
These things must be worked out anew in every generation. There is a time to hand the baton on to the next generation.
When Christ ascended and sent His Spirit, He became present everywhere.
The Church is Christ’s body, it is His fullness.
Problems we face:
1) Relating to those who do church different than our own
People define things different ways and take different stands on the same issues. How can another group be under the authority of Christ if they take a different stand than others.
2) People leaving our churches
3) Difficulty in translating church life into cultural shoe leather
4) Drift — trying to become more relevant by leaving Biblical practices
5) And so on… there are probably others.
I’m going to offer some of my perspectives— I don’t have answers for these.
I believe the line in the questions of denominations is really the question of those that do or don’t do discipleship. There are those who have made the gospel something other than what Jesus gave us.

I believe that we have more in common with people that care enough about their doctrine to deny open communion. On one level this is painful, because they are serious about their faith and doctrine. On the other hand they are our brothers.

We did not create the problems of denominationalism.

People leaving:

The fact that we require obedience to practical biblical teaching, will make us a minority. There are churches that do not have the commitment to some of these teachings, creating a path away from our churches. At the same time we must be humble about ways we have hurt people that have left. I think I am saying, that sometimes people do accuse us of these that aren’t fair, we should acknowledge where we have hurt them.

We must also acknowledge the cultural trends. These forces are extremely corrosive. I want to sound the alarm in the right way- I don’t want to be an alarmist- the types of activities that people are becoming part of dissolve real community.

3) Biblical teaching requires practical applications to be made. The reason I say this, is that I believe I have precedent both from the example of the Apostles and the testimony of the early church.

If we care more about correctly observing the application than the principles that is a problem.

We need to develop the imagination to see people so that we think they CAN follow our kingdom teaching and practice.

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Our Hidden Life in Christ - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/our-hidden-life-in-christ/ Sun, 03 Nov 2019 18:39:35 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3545 https://bmcgladys.com/our-hidden-life-in-christ/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/our-hidden-life-in-christ/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Colossians 3:1-4; 5-11; 12-17 Other references: Romans 6:5; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:1,2; Philippians 3:7; Romans 13:14 You have died an earthly death; And you now have a heavenly life hidden in Christ. As we have put our faith in Jesus, we die and are raised with Him. You are now reconciled with God… It […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/our-hidden-life-in-christ/">Our Hidden Life in Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Colossians 3:1-4; 5-11; 12-17

Other references: Romans 6:5; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:1,2; Philippians 3:7; Romans 13:14

You have died an earthly death; And you now have a heavenly life hidden in Christ. As we have put our faith in Jesus, we die and are raised with Him.

You are now reconciled with God… It is an incredible privilege to belong to Jesus.

We needed a death and a resurrection that we couldn’t do on our own. Jesus went through it for us, and His death and resurrection become our own.

1) Experiencing Jesus’ death and resurrection have enabled you to have a heavenly life

2) We need new goals in our new life

We need to decide what we will pursue and where we will invest. We need eternally focused goals.

What should these goals be? It could be “mundane” things; things like supporting your church, helping others, or honoring your parents. The most important goal of all is to know Jesus. Make the choice Mary made— it will not be taken away from you.

Remember, Christ is your life. He is all and in all. There is a wealth that comes from knowing Christ.

Get to know Jesus well.

We must never forget the privilege of having Jesus as a Master.

3) Put off earthly behaviors

A. Jesus says not to do them
B. It hinders the work of Christ
C. They bring the wrath of God on those that practice them

How do we put off these behaviors?

A. Decide to put them to death
B. Deal with them thoroughly

They must be put to death — a zero tolerance policy

Satan wants you to think that if you are struggling you are not a Christian.

Satan wants you to think that Jesus no longer love you if you fail. Satan wants to trip you up.

4) Your new family, is not a group of perfect people

This is not a perfect group of Christians,

This new family group is sustained and created by the grace of God

Christ is why we forgive each other. Christ is the source of all wisdom and peace for the family of God.

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Text: Colossians 3:1-4; 5-11; 12-17 Other references: Romans 6:5; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:1,2; Philippians 3:7; Romans 13:14 You have died an earthly death; And you now have a heavenly life hidden in Christ. As we have put our faith in Jesus, Other references: Romans 6:5; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:1,2; Philippians 3:7; Romans 13:14
You have died an earthly death; And you now have a heavenly life hidden in Christ. As we have put our faith in Jesus, we die and are raised with Him.
You are now reconciled with God… It is an incredible privilege to belong to Jesus.
We needed a death and a resurrection that we couldn’t do on our own. Jesus went through it for us, and His death and resurrection become our own.
1) Experiencing Jesus’ death and resurrection have enabled you to have a heavenly life
2) We need new goals in our new life
We need to decide what we will pursue and where we will invest. We need eternally focused goals.
What should these goals be? It could be “mundane” things; things like supporting your church, helping others, or honoring your parents. The most important goal of all is to know Jesus. Make the choice Mary made— it will not be taken away from you.
Remember, Christ is your life. He is all and in all. There is a wealth that comes from knowing Christ.
Get to know Jesus well.
We must never forget the privilege of having Jesus as a Master.
3) Put off earthly behaviors
A. Jesus says not to do them
B. It hinders the work of Christ
C. They bring the wrath of God on those that practice them
How do we put off these behaviors?
A. Decide to put them to death
B. Deal with them thoroughly
They must be put to death — a zero tolerance policy
Satan wants you to think that if you are struggling you are not a Christian.
Satan wants you to think that Jesus no longer love you if you fail. Satan wants to trip you up.
4) Your new family, is not a group of perfect people
This is not a perfect group of Christians,
This new family group is sustained and created by the grace of God
Christ is why we forgive each other. Christ is the source of all wisdom and peace for the family of God.
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Time & Opportunities - The Treasure is Jesus - Leon & Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/time-opportunities-the-treasure-is-jesus/ Mon, 28 Oct 2019 01:51:51 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3542 https://bmcgladys.com/time-opportunities-the-treasure-is-jesus/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/time-opportunities-the-treasure-is-jesus/feed/ 0 <p>Galen Yoder – Time & Opportunities Ephesians 5:15-17, Colossians 4:5, Psalm 90:12, Psalm 39 – A few things for us to think about. Wise people understand the significance of time passing. It is an ordinary event, but it is an important thing to realize. Wise people understand these consequences before they become irreversible. Running out […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/time-opportunities-the-treasure-is-jesus/">Time & Opportunities – The Treasure is Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Galen Yoder – Time & Opportunities

Ephesians 5:15-17, Colossians 4:5, Psalm 90:12, Psalm 39 – A few things for us to think about. Wise people understand the significance of time passing. It is an ordinary event, but it is an important thing to realize. Wise people understand these consequences before they become irreversible.

Running out of time is a “game over” moment… you can’t put any time back, not even a nano second.

  • We can waste time with our children by not using the opportunities we have to teach them and build relationships with them.
  • We can waste time with the lost by not getting involved in their problems.
  • We can waste time with each other.
  • We can waste time with Jesus by not saying yes to him and by not spending the time to get to know him, by getting involved in unfruitful works of darkness.

The challenge here is to use our time and opportunities wisely.

Leon Yoder – The Treasure is Jesus

Matthew 13:44-46 – The treasure is Jesus. The chances of finding a treasure in a field would seem kind of remote, it was hidden so that it couldn’t be found. Is Christ hidden? The treasure isn’t set up like a monument that cannot be missed, it isn’t a huge edifice that cannot be missed.

Jesus is a treasure that can be missed. Paul told the people on Mars Hill that they should seek the Lord in the hope that they should grope for him and find him, even though he isn’t far from any of us.

The difficulty for us isn’t how far Christ is from us… but how far we are from Christ.

How many people saw Jesus even while he was on earth and didn’t recognize the treasure that was right there among them?

John 1:35 – There were people who found Jesus and recognized him as the treasure that he was/is.

Through history we see a lot of examples of people finding the treasure of Jesus and having their lives transformed.

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Galen Yoder – Time & Opportunities Ephesians 5:15-17, Colossians 4:5, Psalm 90:12, Psalm 39 – A few things for us to think about. Wise people understand the significance of time passing. It is an ordinary event, Ephesians 5:15-17, Colossians 4:5, Psalm 90:12, Psalm 39 – A few things for us to think about. Wise people understand the significance of time passing. It is an ordinary event, but it is an important thing to realize. Wise people understand these consequences before they become irreversible.
Running out of time is a “game over” moment… you can’t put any time back, not even a nano second.

* We can waste time with our children by not using the opportunities we have to teach them and build relationships with them.
* We can waste time with the lost by not getting involved in their problems.
* We can waste time with each other.
* We can waste time with Jesus by not saying yes to him and by not spending the time to get to know him, by getting involved in unfruitful works of darkness.

The challenge here is to use our time and opportunities wisely.
Leon Yoder – The Treasure is Jesus
Matthew 13:44-46 – The treasure is Jesus. The chances of finding a treasure in a field would seem kind of remote, it was hidden so that it couldn’t be found. Is Christ hidden? The treasure isn’t set up like a monument that cannot be missed, it isn’t a huge edifice that cannot be missed.
Jesus is a treasure that can be missed. Paul told the people on Mars Hill that they should seek the Lord in the hope that they should grope for him and find him, even though he isn’t far from any of us.

The difficulty for us isn’t how far Christ is from us… but how far we are from Christ.

How many people saw Jesus even while he was on earth and didn’t recognize the treasure that was right there among them?
John 1:35 – There were people who found Jesus and recognized him as the treasure that he was/is.
Through history we see a lot of examples of people finding the treasure of Jesus and having their lives transformed.
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Why Pray for Deliverance from the Evil One? - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/why-pray-for-deliverance-from-the-evil-one/ Mon, 21 Oct 2019 00:51:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3536 https://bmcgladys.com/why-pray-for-deliverance-from-the-evil-one/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/why-pray-for-deliverance-from-the-evil-one/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 6:9-15 – As Christians we should not be obsessed with the devil. We shouldn’t be constantly fearful or wrapped up in things of the devil and what he is doing now, today. When we hear of evil, or are tempted with evil, we need to remember that he is our enemy, he has clever […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/why-pray-for-deliverance-from-the-evil-one/">Why Pray for Deliverance from the Evil One?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 6:9-15 – As Christians we should not be obsessed with the devil. We shouldn’t be constantly fearful or wrapped up in things of the devil and what he is doing now, today.

When we hear of evil, or are tempted with evil, we need to remember that he is our enemy, he has clever devices and evil purposes. We must not forget either that he is a defeated foe!

Our focus and our life should be on and for Christ. We need to have a healthy respect for, but don’t need to be intimidated by this enemy. Today we are going to review our enemy and some of his devices and to remember that he is a real danger to us.

Satan is a deadly enemy.

1 Peter 5:8 – We believe that he is real and his going about “seeking whom he may devour.” He is a deadly enemy.

Revelation 12:12 – Satan is an angry enemy. To have an enemy is one thing, but to have an angry enemy adds a bit more to the desire that your enemy has to see our destruction. Satan wants to do as much damage as he can in the time that he has left.

Luke 22:31 – Satan is a focused enemy. He isn’t out there swinging wildly, he is focused on anything that is dear to God. The most dear thing to God are His saints, us.

Ephesians 6:11, 1 Timothy 3:7 – Satan is a cunning enemy. We are called to put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand in the face of a thoughtful, crafty enemy.

1 Timothy 4:1, 1 Thessalonians 3:5 – Satan has been effective. Paul knew about the devil and he knew that churches and Christians are and will be affected by Satan.

Revelation 4:7 – Satan is not alone. He has a force of fallen angels that work along his side. Satan is mans very worst enemy, and his goal is our eternal destruction.

Hebrews 2:14 – Keep in mind that satan is a defeated enemy. Jesus came to give us deliverance and hope from the devil and his destruction.

It is pretty easy to not be aware of the reality of the spiritual realm. If we could suddenly see what is all around us spiritually, it would probably shock and startle us. It is real, Peter tells us to be sober and vigilant.

2 Corinthians 2:11 – Satan takes advantage of us in any way that he can. Paul wasn’t ignorant of satans devices.

James 1:14 – Satan encourages and entices the flesh. A flesh that already has a bent/appetite toward sin. Our worldly culture, that is under the domain and influence of satan, pastures lures out there all over the place. It is impossible to ask a Christian living in the current day to not be exposed to those lures.

1 John 3:8, Romans 7, Ephesians 4 – A careless worldly carnal Christian, weak and struggling. Don’t sin and give place to the devil. When we compromise we are giving place to the devil, don’t make room for the devil. Where we falter and sin, we can confess and be clean again, but if we choose and allow and pursue disobedience, sin, even small things that would seem small, there is no way to escape some degree of whole influence from the evil side.

Jesus overcame satans temptation? How did he do that? He was very aware of scripture, but it was more than just saying verses, his life was in full compliance to the scriptures that he quoted. They were his guide for life, this was the will of the father that he would follow.

James 4:7 – Submit to God, then you’ll be in a position to resist the devil. If we aren’t submitted to God and try to resist the devil the devil only laughs as we struggle and fail.

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Matthew 6:9-15 – As Christians we should not be obsessed with the devil. We shouldn’t be constantly fearful or wrapped up in things of the devil and what he is doing now, today. When we hear of evil, or are tempted with evil, When we hear of evil, or are tempted with evil, we need to remember that he is our enemy, he has clever devices and evil purposes. We must not forget either that he is a defeated foe!
Our focus and our life should be on and for Christ. We need to have a healthy respect for, but don’t need to be intimidated by this enemy. Today we are going to review our enemy and some of his devices and to remember that he is a real danger to us.
Satan is a deadly enemy.
1 Peter 5:8 – We believe that he is real and his going about “seeking whom he may devour.” He is a deadly enemy.
Revelation 12:12 – Satan is an angry enemy. To have an enemy is one thing, but to have an angry enemy adds a bit more to the desire that your enemy has to see our destruction. Satan wants to do as much damage as he can in the time that he has left.
Luke 22:31 – Satan is a focused enemy. He isn’t out there swinging wildly, he is focused on anything that is dear to God. The most dear thing to God are His saints, us.
Ephesians 6:11, 1 Timothy 3:7 – Satan is a cunning enemy. We are called to put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand in the face of a thoughtful, crafty enemy.
1 Timothy 4:1, 1 Thessalonians 3:5 – Satan has been effective. Paul knew about the devil and he knew that churches and Christians are and will be affected by Satan.
Revelation 4:7 – Satan is not alone. He has a force of fallen angels that work along his side. Satan is mans very worst enemy, and his goal is our eternal destruction.
Hebrews 2:14 – Keep in mind that satan is a defeated enemy. Jesus came to give us deliverance and hope from the devil and his destruction.
It is pretty easy to not be aware of the reality of the spiritual realm. If we could suddenly see what is all around us spiritually, it would probably shock and startle us. It is real, Peter tells us to be sober and vigilant.
2 Corinthians 2:11 – Satan takes advantage of us in any way that he can. Paul wasn’t ignorant of satans devices.
James 1:14 – Satan encourages and entices the flesh. A flesh that already has a bent/appetite toward sin. Our worldly culture, that is under the domain and influence of satan, pastures lures out there all over the place. It is impossible to ask a Christian living in the current day to not be exposed to those lures.
1 John 3:8, Romans 7, Ephesians 4 – A careless worldly carnal Christian, weak and struggling. Don’t sin and give place to the devil. When we compromise we are giving place to the devil, don’t make room for the devil. Where we falter and sin, we can confess and be clean again, but if we choose and allow and pursue disobedience, sin, even small things that would seem small, there is no way to escape some degree of whole influence from the evil side.
Jesus overcame satans temptation? How did he do that? He was very aware of scripture, but it was more than just saying verses, his life was in full compliance to the scriptures that he quoted. They were his guide for life, this was the will of the father that he would follow.
James 4:7 – Submit to God, then you’ll be in a position to resist the devil. If we aren’t submitted to God and try to resist the devil the devil only laughs as we struggle and fail.
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What Happens When We are Born Again - John Waldron https://bmcgladys.com/what-happens-when-we-are-born-again/ Mon, 14 Oct 2019 02:09:56 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3534 https://bmcgladys.com/what-happens-when-we-are-born-again/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/what-happens-when-we-are-born-again/feed/ 0 <p>John 3:1-21 – Nicodemus doesn’t seem to be like at least some of the other Pharisees. Nicodemus was a man in darkness and he was seeking the light. It is entirely possible that Nicodemus came to Jesus at night just to try to get some answers and he knew that fewer people would be around […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/what-happens-when-we-are-born-again/">What Happens When We are Born Again</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> John 3:1-21 – Nicodemus doesn’t seem to be like at least some of the other Pharisees. Nicodemus was a man in darkness and he was seeking the light. It is entirely possible that Nicodemus came to Jesus at night just to try to get some answers and he knew that fewer people would be around Jesus to “get in the way” of him asking his questions.

Some of the Pharisees were talking about the miracles and saying that these things could only be done by someone who comes from God, that He wasn’t trying to lead people astray.

Up till this point people who experience salvation did so by being Jewish or by connecting themselves with the Jewish people.

Jesus talks about “that which is born of the flesh is flesh.” We have the same sin nature that was in Adam and Eve. We look like our parents, at least to a certain extent.

Things that are similar between before we are born and the new birth process

Genesis 1:1-3, Romans 8 – It begins in darkness. The full creation has been groaning together, longing for the light. Jesus life was the “something” that the entire universe was waiting for.

Birth requires suffering. Romans 5:7-8 – What drove Jesus to come to earth and suffer and die for us? Jesus look down and saw humans, the best of which isn’t that great… and he loved us.

2 Corinthians 5:17-8 – Birth is a complete change. In some ways babies are very similar to what they were like just before being born, but there is a huge change that occurs, not unlike the metamorphosis of the butterfly. The external body of a believer is largely the same as it was before being born again, but the inside is completely different! Jesus is good at changing “the inside.” We cannot go through being born again and be the same.

John 16:21-22 – There is joy at birth. Not that the suffering is over, but that the child has arrived. Jesus says that there is great rejoicing in heaven when anyone comes to Christ.

Luke 15:11-32 – The prodigal son was “so far down.” When he came to his senses he realized how much better off all of his fathers servants where. This is a story of new birth. The father showed great love for both of his sons. The father always forgives, it is always deserving of great rejoicing.

The conclusion on this section about new birth… John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

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John 3:1-21 – Nicodemus doesn’t seem to be like at least some of the other Pharisees. Nicodemus was a man in darkness and he was seeking the light. It is entirely possible that Nicodemus came to Jesus at night just to try to get some answers and he kne... Some of the Pharisees were talking about the miracles and saying that these things could only be done by someone who comes from God, that He wasn’t trying to lead people astray.
Up till this point people who experience salvation did so by being Jewish or by connecting themselves with the Jewish people.
Jesus talks about “that which is born of the flesh is flesh.” We have the same sin nature that was in Adam and Eve. We look like our parents, at least to a certain extent.
Things that are similar between before we are born and the new birth process
Genesis 1:1-3, Romans 8 – It begins in darkness. The full creation has been groaning together, longing for the light. Jesus life was the “something” that the entire universe was waiting for.
Birth requires suffering. Romans 5:7-8 – What drove Jesus to come to earth and suffer and die for us? Jesus look down and saw humans, the best of which isn’t that great… and he loved us.
2 Corinthians 5:17-8 – Birth is a complete change. In some ways babies are very similar to what they were like just before being born, but there is a huge change that occurs, not unlike the metamorphosis of the butterfly. The external body of a believer is largely the same as it was before being born again, but the inside is completely different! Jesus is good at changing “the inside.” We cannot go through being born again and be the same.
John 16:21-22 – There is joy at birth. Not that the suffering is over, but that the child has arrived. Jesus says that there is great rejoicing in heaven when anyone comes to Christ.
Luke 15:11-32 – The prodigal son was “so far down.” When he came to his senses he realized how much better off all of his fathers servants where. This is a story of new birth. The father showed great love for both of his sons. The father always forgives, it is always deserving of great rejoicing.
The conclusion on this section about new birth… John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
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Work in Progress - Dan Freed https://bmcgladys.com/work-in-progress/ Mon, 07 Oct 2019 00:57:02 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3531 https://bmcgladys.com/work-in-progress/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/work-in-progress/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Philippians 1:6 (1:1-30) Other References: Ephesians 2:9,10; Romans 8:28,29; Philippians 3:12; Jesus is making a masterpiece of you and me. I pray that you can stop and think on the journey of all the grace that God is pouring out on us. God has a plan for each person— He wants to work His […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/work-in-progress/">Work in Progress</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Philippians 1:6 (1:1-30)

Other References: Ephesians 2:9,10; Romans 8:28,29; Philippians 3:12;

Jesus is making a masterpiece of you and me.

I pray that you can stop and think on the journey of all the grace that God is pouring out on us. God has a plan for each person— He wants to work His work in everyone. We just need to cooperate.

This is such a hopeful verse. We are not yet to the goal.

We all are ‘a piece of work’; We all need a Savior.

I’d like to talk about this journey. Where are we on the road?

We were dead in sins, but now we are alive in Christ— but we are not home yet. We have started, but we have not come to the last mile.

1-2 The greeting

Grace is God’s favor and resources.

3-8 The work of God

The work here is God’s finished product; It’s what is happening in our hearts through the grace of God.

This is a GOOD work. With all His love, and power, it will be a good work.

An important component of this work is sharing the gospel.

9-11 The love of God

Instead of all this sin and guilt, we are filled with the fruits of righteousness. All this is that God is glorified.

The reason I can be hopeful, the reason I can go on, is because of Jesus. This is His work.

We can partner with this work of God through prayer. It is an amazing opportunity to join in with this work, even in distant countries.

Activities to draw us together for the Gospel:
1) praying together
2) witnessing together
3) suffering together

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Text: Philippians 1:6 (1:1-30) Other References: Ephesians 2:9,10; Romans 8:28,29; Philippians 3:12; Jesus is making a masterpiece of you and me. I pray that you can stop and think on the journey of all the grace that God is pouring out on us. Other References: Ephesians 2:9,10; Romans 8:28,29; Philippians 3:12;
Jesus is making a masterpiece of you and me.
I pray that you can stop and think on the journey of all the grace that God is pouring out on us. God has a plan for each person— He wants to work His work in everyone. We just need to cooperate.
This is such a hopeful verse. We are not yet to the goal.
We all are ‘a piece of work’; We all need a Savior.
I’d like to talk about this journey. Where are we on the road?
We were dead in sins, but now we are alive in Christ— but we are not home yet. We have started, but we have not come to the last mile.
1-2 The greeting
Grace is God’s favor and resources.
3-8 The work of God
The work here is God’s finished product; It’s what is happening in our hearts through the grace of God.
This is a GOOD work. With all His love, and power, it will be a good work.
An important component of this work is sharing the gospel.
9-11 The love of God
Instead of all this sin and guilt, we are filled with the fruits of righteousness. All this is that God is glorified.
The reason I can be hopeful, the reason I can go on, is because of Jesus. This is His work.
We can partner with this work of God through prayer. It is an amazing opportunity to join in with this work, even in distant countries.
Activities to draw us together for the Gospel:
1) praying together
2) witnessing together
3) suffering together
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Giving Glory to God Like a Baptist - Ricky Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/giving-glory-to-god-like-a-baptist/ Sun, 29 Sep 2019 11:22:11 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3528 https://bmcgladys.com/giving-glory-to-god-like-a-baptist/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/giving-glory-to-god-like-a-baptist/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 11:11 – Jesus said that John the Baptist was one of the best. This morning we’re going to look at Johns life and some lessons we can learn from his life. There is something inspiring and intriguing about young people who are so on fire for God and that are “consumed” at a young […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/giving-glory-to-god-like-a-baptist/">Giving Glory to God Like a Baptist</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 11:11 – Jesus said that John the Baptist was one of the best. This morning we’re going to look at Johns life and some lessons we can learn from his life.

There is something inspiring and intriguing about young people who are so on fire for God and that are “consumed” at a young age because of it.

A consistent theme in Johns life is that he gave glory to God no matter where he was.

Giving Glory to God in our Success

John 1:19-28 – Think about how John handled the success that he was having. John doesn’t try to defend his actions, he is honest about what he is doing and points to Jesus. He goes as far as to say that he isn’t even worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals.

Acts 12 gives us a contrast to this. Herod didn’t give praise to God when people said his words were “the voice of a God.” He was immediately struck down.

It’s not just that we shouldn’t take credit for something that we don’t deserve credit for, its also not speaking up when people think more of us than we are. When we are praised for something do we enjoy the praise or do we shift the attention to Jesus.

We are sinners, saved by the blood of Jesus. Any good that comes out of our lives should result in praise to God.

Giving Glory to God in the Success of Others

John 1:35-37, John 3:22-30 – The test of our sincerity in giving praise to God is when that praise or popularity is taken away. Can we still praise God? Johns disciples were concerned that Jesus was becoming more popular than John was.

John doesn’t seem to be threatened at all by the crowds that left to follow Jesus. He realized that this was all part of the plan. He recognized that the success and popularity he had was given to him from heaven.

John recognized the divinity of Jesus. John was 6 months older than Jesus was but he recognized that Jesus “was” before him.

If we can recognize any gift that we receive is a result of Gods goodness, when it is taken away it shouldn’t be nearly as difficult to let go of. The specific way that God chooses to bring glory through our lives should be up to Him.

Giving Glory to God in the Presence of Sin

Luke 3:7-20 – John got right to the heart of the problem of the Pharisees… “Don’t think because Abraham is your father that you are safe…” John didn’t just point out sin he gave practical advice about how to live a better life.

Our response when we see God being dishonored isn’t a “crazy reaction” to maintain honor. A life of disrespect for God and his ways will result in a bad end for that person. We should speak out against sin out of a love for God and for the person who is sinning and a desire to see all people have a relationship with God.

Our first priority should be boldness in removing sin from our own lives for sure, but we also have a roll to play addressing sin in others lives… especially those we are in community with as a church.

Giving Glory to God in Suffering

Luke 7:18-35 – John was an accomplished prophet and preacher, yet when he was imprisoned he was discouraged. He was convinced that Jesus was the Messiah, that He was the Christ. Now he had lots of time to reflect and think and began to wonder if he had made the wrong choice.

Praise for God is louder when it comes out of suffering. Suffering is an opportunity to give glory to God that is impossible when everything is going great.

Whatever situation we find ourselves in there is an opportunity to bring glory to God in it.

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Matthew 11:11 – Jesus said that John the Baptist was one of the best. This morning we’re going to look at Johns life and some lessons we can learn from his life. There is something inspiring and intriguing about young people who are so on fire for God ... There is something inspiring and intriguing about young people who are so on fire for God and that are “consumed” at a young age because of it.
A consistent theme in Johns life is that he gave glory to God no matter where he was.
Giving Glory to God in our Success
John 1:19-28 – Think about how John handled the success that he was having. John doesn’t try to defend his actions, he is honest about what he is doing and points to Jesus. He goes as far as to say that he isn’t even worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals.
Acts 12 gives us a contrast to this. Herod didn’t give praise to God when people said his words were “the voice of a God.” He was immediately struck down.
It’s not just that we shouldn’t take credit for something that we don’t deserve credit for, its also not speaking up when people think more of us than we are. When we are praised for something do we enjoy the praise or do we shift the attention to Jesus.
We are sinners, saved by the blood of Jesus. Any good that comes out of our lives should result in praise to God.
Giving Glory to God in the Success of Others
John 1:35-37, John 3:22-30 – The test of our sincerity in giving praise to God is when that praise or popularity is taken away. Can we still praise God? Johns disciples were concerned that Jesus was becoming more popular than John was.
John doesn’t seem to be threatened at all by the crowds that left to follow Jesus. He realized that this was all part of the plan. He recognized that the success and popularity he had was given to him from heaven.
John recognized the divinity of Jesus. John was 6 months older than Jesus was but he recognized that Jesus “was” before him.
If we can recognize any gift that we receive is a result of Gods goodness, when it is taken away it shouldn’t be nearly as difficult to let go of. The specific way that God chooses to bring glory through our lives should be up to Him.
Giving Glory to God in the Presence of Sin
Luke 3:7-20 – John got right to the heart of the problem of the Pharisees… “Don’t think because Abraham is your father that you are safe…” John didn’t just point out sin he gave practical advice about how to live a better life.
Our response when we see God being dishonored isn’t a “crazy reaction” to maintain honor. A life of disrespect for God and his ways will result in a bad end for that person. We should speak out against sin out of a love for God and for the person who is sinning and a desire to see all people have a relationship with God.
Our first priority should be boldness in removing sin from our own lives for sure, but we also have a roll to play addressing sin in others lives… especially those we are in community with as a church.
Giving Glory to God in Suffering
Luke 7:18-35 – John was an accomplished prophet and preacher, yet when he was imprisoned he was discouraged. He was convinced that Jesus was the Messiah, that He was the Christ. Now he had lots of time to reflect and think and began to wonder if he had made the wrong choice.
Praise for God is louder when it comes out of suffering. Suffering is an opportunity to give glory to God that is impossible when everything is going great.
Whatever situation we find ourselves in there is an opportunity to bring glory to God in it.
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The Life of Hezekiah - Milo Zehr https://bmcgladys.com/the-life-of-hezekiah/ Sun, 22 Sep 2019 23:46:17 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3525 https://bmcgladys.com/the-life-of-hezekiah/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-life-of-hezekiah/feed/ 0 <p>Isaiah 38 & 39 Have you ever been in really bad shape and thought you might die? Or perhaps you were bad enough off that you kind of wished you could die? Have you been in overwhelming trouble and great distress? What did you do? Have you ever made a poor decision because you were […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-life-of-hezekiah/">The Life of Hezekiah</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Isaiah 38 & 39

Have you ever been in really bad shape and thought you might die? Or perhaps you were bad enough off that you kind of wished you could die? Have you been in overwhelming trouble and great distress?

What did you do? Have you ever made a poor decision because you were too focused on the things immediately around you and didn’t consider the long term results?

What is the reason for trouble in the world? Why was Hezekiah sick?

God the Heavenly Father created a good universe and had good intentions towards His creation. He did not create man selfishly because of what He could get out of them, instead He created them so that they could experience to some level the fellowship that exists between God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The idea that God is good is demonstrated quite clearly in the life and person of Jesus Christ. The reason for our trouble has something to do with satan who said, “I will be like the Most High.”

Romans 8 – Ever since the fall the world has been groaning and full of pain. Not all trouble and pain that is in the world is because of sin.

Back to Hezekiah in our main text. There isn’t a reason given about why Hezekiah was about to die. Generally Hezekiah was a good king, but in this situation he failed in some respects, especially a little further along. Hezekiah wept bitterly, it sounds like he wasn’t getting what he deserved. It sounds like he is saying, “I’ve been a good man, and I don’t want to die.”

Even though Hezekiah may not have been completely in the right in everything, God heard his prayer, and his crying, and he answered him.

Maybe you’ve had a bitter complaint and in your trouble and you now wonder where God is and what is He doing? Hopefully we are experiencing God through our prayer, through the word, through other people. When we pray, how God answers, this can be a struggle for us.

Hezekiah response to God telling him that he would have another 15 years. “I will walk humbly. We will praise the Lord in the temple every day.”

Hezekiah welcomed the envoy from Babylon, along with all of their gifts. But then he showed them all the wealth and treasure in the kingdom. He was proud of all the wealth in the kingdom. He was trying to impress them. It seems like he forgot God here and was somewhat intimidated by these folks and wanted to impress them.

How we live our lives depending on who we want to impress says a lot about us. We can forget a lot of things that are important to not forget.

Hezekiah heard that Israel would be conquered after he died and he said, “it is good” because it wouldn’t happen before he died. Hezekiah demonstrates here a fatal flaw, he failed to remain humble when life was good, he forgot God and failed to make a wise choice. A decision based on immediate self preservation and not the long view.

For those of us with responsibility these verses call us to be tender, but strong. We need to be able to make tough decisions and carry them out, choosing the difficult thing now for the sake of eternal value and long term return instead of immediate return.

We are called to make wise and righteous choices. We all face hard choices, choices that determine what life will be like in the future, perhaps we don’t recognize the importance of a decision at the moment, but what is the direction of our heart, what do we generally base our choices on?

God is good. We all have a need for humility. There is right and there is wrong. We are called to seek God in all things.

We are not alone in our troubles. Jesus Christ our creator came to earth to live with us in our troubles. He was attacked by Satan many times and He trusted the Father and took care of our sins on the cross. By the power of the Holy Spirit God is walking with us and is guiding and pleading on our behalf in our need. Jesus is the answer to our trouble.

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Isaiah 38 & 39 Have you ever been in really bad shape and thought you might die? Or perhaps you were bad enough off that you kind of wished you could die? Have you been in overwhelming trouble and great distress? What did you do? Have you ever been in really bad shape and thought you might die? Or perhaps you were bad enough off that you kind of wished you could die? Have you been in overwhelming trouble and great distress?
What did you do? Have you ever made a poor decision because you were too focused on the things immediately around you and didn’t consider the long term results?
What is the reason for trouble in the world? Why was Hezekiah sick?
God the Heavenly Father created a good universe and had good intentions towards His creation. He did not create man selfishly because of what He could get out of them, instead He created them so that they could experience to some level the fellowship that exists between God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The idea that God is good is demonstrated quite clearly in the life and person of Jesus Christ. The reason for our trouble has something to do with satan who said, “I will be like the Most High.”
Romans 8 – Ever since the fall the world has been groaning and full of pain. Not all trouble and pain that is in the world is because of sin.
Back to Hezekiah in our main text. There isn’t a reason given about why Hezekiah was about to die. Generally Hezekiah was a good king, but in this situation he failed in some respects, especially a little further along. Hezekiah wept bitterly, it sounds like he wasn’t getting what he deserved. It sounds like he is saying, “I’ve been a good man, and I don’t want to die.”
Even though Hezekiah may not have been completely in the right in everything, God heard his prayer, and his crying, and he answered him.
Maybe you’ve had a bitter complaint and in your trouble and you now wonder where God is and what is He doing? Hopefully we are experiencing God through our prayer, through the word, through other people. When we pray, how God answers, this can be a struggle for us.
Hezekiah response to God telling him that he would have another 15 years. “I will walk humbly. We will praise the Lord in the temple every day.”
Hezekiah welcomed the envoy from Babylon, along with all of their gifts. But then he showed them all the wealth and treasure in the kingdom. He was proud of all the wealth in the kingdom. He was trying to impress them. It seems like he forgot God here and was somewhat intimidated by these folks and wanted to impress them.
How we live our lives depending on who we want to impress says a lot about us. We can forget a lot of things that are important to not forget.
Hezekiah heard that Israel would be conquered after he died and he said, “it is good” because it wouldn’t happen before he died. Hezekiah demonstrates here a fatal flaw, he failed to remain humble when life was good, he forgot God and failed to make a wise choice. A decision based on immediate self preservation and not the long view.
For those of us with responsibility these verses call us to be tender, but strong. We need to be able to make tough decisions and carry them out, choosing the difficult thing now for the sake of eternal value and long term return instead of immediate return.
We are called to make wise and righteous choices. We all face hard choices, choices that determine what life will be like in the future, perhaps we don’t recognize the importance of a decision at the moment, but what is the direction of our heart, what do we generally base our choices on?
God is good. We all have a need for humility. There is right and there is wrong. We are called to seek God in all things.
We are not alone in our troubles. Jesus Christ our creator came to earth to live with us in our troubles. He was attacked by Satan many times and He trusted the Father and took care of our sins on the cross. By the power of the Holy Spirit God is walking with us and is guiding and pleading on our behalf in our need. Jesus is the answer to our trouble.
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God's Desire for Covenant People - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/gods-desire-for-covenant-people/ Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:05:50 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3522 https://bmcgladys.com/gods-desire-for-covenant-people/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/gods-desire-for-covenant-people/feed/ 0 <p>2 Corinthians 6:11-18 – God is inviting us into a covenant relationship with himself. We should be willing to give up anything that hinders that relationship. God’s desire for a covenant people is present in the Old and New Testaments.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/gods-desire-for-covenant-people/">God’s Desire for Covenant People</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 2 Corinthians 6:11-18 – God is inviting us into a covenant relationship with himself. We should be willing to give up anything that hinders that relationship.

God’s desire for a covenant people is present in the Old and New Testaments.

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2 Corinthians 6:11-18 – God is inviting us into a covenant relationship with himself. We should be willing to give up anything that hinders that relationship. God’s desire for a covenant people is present in the Old and New Testaments. God’s desire for a covenant people is present in the Old and New Testaments.
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 36:51
Rejoice in the Lord Always - Dan Freed https://bmcgladys.com/rejoice-in-the-lord-always/ Sun, 08 Sep 2019 20:03:41 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3519 https://bmcgladys.com/rejoice-in-the-lord-always/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/rejoice-in-the-lord-always/feed/ 0 <p>Philippians 4:1-23 – In Philippians 2 Paul is saying that it is time to get our minds in sync with the mind of Jesus. God created us to live in community and to live with other Christians. In chapter 4, Paul says that the church had a problem. Something was amiss between a number of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/rejoice-in-the-lord-always/">Rejoice in the Lord Always</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Philippians 4:1-23 – In Philippians 2 Paul is saying that it is time to get our minds in sync with the mind of Jesus.

God created us to live in community and to live with other Christians. In chapter 4, Paul says that the church had a problem. Something was amiss between a number of these ladies. Paul begged them to get their minds in sync with the Lord.

Sometimes we aren’t singing on the same key. There are different ways of trying to deal with this. Sing louder. Change your key. The other person changes their key… but the best way to sing on the same key is to both focus on Jesus.

There are times that we aren’t in the middle of the conflict but we see it happening amongst others around us. Paul asked those around these two ladies, who had some kind of issue in their relationship, to help them reconcile.

Hold on to Jesus. Put your faith and your focus on Jesus. Turn from your focus on your sin and focus on your Savior.

The Lord is at hand. Rely on the Lord. This is the best way to deal with our anxieties. Come, cast your burden on the Lord and trust his constant care. What a blessing to be able to take all of our anxieties to the Lord.

There is no greater example than Jesus. Study Him. Focus on Him. Learn from Him. Walk with Him.

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Philippians 4:1-23 – In Philippians 2 Paul is saying that it is time to get our minds in sync with the mind of Jesus. God created us to live in community and to live with other Christians. In chapter 4, Paul says that the church had a problem. God created us to live in community and to live with other Christians. In chapter 4, Paul says that the church had a problem. Something was amiss between a number of these ladies. Paul begged them to get their minds in sync with the Lord.
Sometimes we aren’t singing on the same key. There are different ways of trying to deal with this. Sing louder. Change your key. The other person changes their key… but the best way to sing on the same key is to both focus on Jesus.
There are times that we aren’t in the middle of the conflict but we see it happening amongst others around us. Paul asked those around these two ladies, who had some kind of issue in their relationship, to help them reconcile.
Hold on to Jesus. Put your faith and your focus on Jesus. Turn from your focus on your sin and focus on your Savior.
The Lord is at hand. Rely on the Lord. This is the best way to deal with our anxieties. Come, cast your burden on the Lord and trust his constant care. What a blessing to be able to take all of our anxieties to the Lord.
There is no greater example than Jesus. Study Him. Focus on Him. Learn from Him. Walk with Him.
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 45:46
The Christian and Suffering - Gabriel Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-suffering/ Wed, 04 Sep 2019 01:54:44 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3517 https://bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-suffering/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-suffering/feed/ 0 <p>Text: John 9: 1-12 – Other references: Matthew 7:25; I Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 6:2; Romans 8:28; II Timothy 1:7; John 16:33; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 8:17 Suffering is something that is all around us, physical suffering, emotional suffering, and suffering that involves both. It a difficult subject. Part of the discussion of suffering is the question […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-suffering/">The Christian and Suffering</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: John 9: 1-12 – Other references: Matthew 7:25; I Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 6:2; Romans 8:28; II Timothy 1:7; John 16:33; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 8:17

Suffering is something that is all around us, physical suffering, emotional suffering, and suffering that involves both. It a difficult subject.

Part of the discussion of suffering is the question of Who is God? Is He good?

Many people leave God out of their thoughts— and then when suffering strikes, they wonder how God allowed it.

What I believe about God changes how I look at my suffering. What I believe is true will determine how I live.

Jesus is our Rock, the Rock that we can stand on when difficulty comes. A firm foundation is necessary if we are going to face great suffering.

Our faith may feel shaken in difficulty, but we do not have to be moved.

We as Christians believe He is good, all-powerful, sovereign, and all-knowing— and that this is true even in a world of suffering. We do not know how this all works together, but we believe it is true.

If God is holy and all-powerful and good, and then I suffer, I will not be able to accept it if I am looking at things selfishly. It is not about me.

We were destined for eternal punishment, and Jesus paid that debt. We are not our own.

Place yourself in this story… the disciples and the blind man…

What attitudes do we see here?

When the disciples saw the blind man, they immediately had judgement. It is easy to misunderstand hurting people. We can be like Job’s friends and try to fix their problems without understanding them.

Here’s a good measuring stick for judgement: If I don’t understand all the reasons for my own suffering, how can I judge the reasons for someone else’s suffering?

Give the benefit of the doubt. Don’t assume that the popular opinion about someone is correct.

Carry the suffering to Jesus.

What attitude should we have in our own sufferings?

It is not about me; It is all about Jesus Christ and His kingdom— even in suffering.

It’s true that all things are working for good for those of us who believe. But it’s hard. Very hard.

What if we were controlled by the Holy Spirit instead of our circumstances?

Is it possible to rejoice in our sufferings? We have a God Who is victorious over all!

When my dad was dying in the hospital, when he passed, my mother had us all sing a song about heaven, a song of hope…

Do you have that solid foundation? Will you fall apart or will you stand on Jesus?

What is the gospel if it only works when the sun is shining?

God has this neat trick that he uses against Satan- every time Satan attacks one of the members of the kingdom God turns it right back against Satan.

A perfect example of this is the cross. Satan thought He had won; And yet Jesus rose from the dead, freeing people from Satan’s kingdom and defeating death.

Jesus knows what it is to suffer.

It is through Jesus scars that we are healed. Jesus took our nails and passed the healing on to us. Spiritual healing, emotional healing, and (sometimes) physical healing come to us from Jesus, from His own suffering.

We have scars, but when we allow Jesus to touch those scars, they can be used in the healing of others.

Is He your all in all? Is He your foundation in suffering?

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Text: John 9: 1-12 – Other references: Matthew 7:25; I Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 6:2; Romans 8:28; II Timothy 1:7; John 16:33; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 8:17 Suffering is something that is all around us, physical suffering, emotional suffering, Suffering is something that is all around us, physical suffering, emotional suffering, and suffering that involves both. It a difficult subject.
Part of the discussion of suffering is the question of Who is God? Is He good?
Many people leave God out of their thoughts— and then when suffering strikes, they wonder how God allowed it.
What I believe about God changes how I look at my suffering. What I believe is true will determine how I live.
Jesus is our Rock, the Rock that we can stand on when difficulty comes. A firm foundation is necessary if we are going to face great suffering.
Our faith may feel shaken in difficulty, but we do not have to be moved.
We as Christians believe He is good, all-powerful, sovereign, and all-knowing— and that this is true even in a world of suffering. We do not know how this all works together, but we believe it is true.
If God is holy and all-powerful and good, and then I suffer, I will not be able to accept it if I am looking at things selfishly. It is not about me.
We were destined for eternal punishment, and Jesus paid that debt. We are not our own.
Place yourself in this story… the disciples and the blind man…
What attitudes do we see here?
When the disciples saw the blind man, they immediately had judgement. It is easy to misunderstand hurting people. We can be like Job’s friends and try to fix their problems without understanding them.
Here’s a good measuring stick for judgement: If I don’t understand all the reasons for my own suffering, how can I judge the reasons for someone else’s suffering?
Give the benefit of the doubt. Don’t assume that the popular opinion about someone is correct.
Carry the suffering to Jesus.
What attitude should we have in our own sufferings?
It is not about me; It is all about Jesus Christ and His kingdom— even in suffering.
It’s true that all things are working for good for those of us who believe. But it’s hard. Very hard.
What if we were controlled by the Holy Spirit instead of our circumstances?
Is it possible to rejoice in our sufferings? We have a God Who is victorious over all!
When my dad was dying in the hospital, when he passed, my mother had us all sing a song about heaven, a song of hope…
Do you have that solid foundation? Will you fall apart or will you stand on Jesus?
What is the gospel if it only works when the sun is shining?
God has this neat trick that he uses against Satan- every time Satan attacks one of the members of the kingdom God turns it right back against Satan.
A perfect example of this is the cross. Satan thought He had won; And yet Jesus rose from the dead, freeing people from Satan’s kingdom and defeating death.
Jesus knows what it is to suffer.
It is through Jesus scars that we are healed. Jesus took our nails and passed the healing on to us. Spiritual healing, emotional healing, and (sometimes) physical healing come to us from Jesus, from His own suffering.
We have scars, but when we allow Jesus to touch those scars, they can be used in the healing of others.
Is He your all in all? Is He your foundation in suffering?
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 35:13
Raised with Christ - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/raised-with-christ/ Sun, 25 Aug 2019 18:50:37 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3514 https://bmcgladys.com/raised-with-christ/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/raised-with-christ/feed/ 0 <p>Galatians 5:16-26 – We see here what can happen when the Holy Spirit is working in cooperation with a converted heart and a renewed mind. We see two masters in this passage, the Spirit and the flesh. We also see that these two masters produce vastly different results in the lives of those who follow […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/raised-with-christ/">Raised with Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Galatians 5:16-26 – We see here what can happen when the Holy Spirit is working in cooperation with a converted heart and a renewed mind.

We see two masters in this passage, the Spirit and the flesh. We also see that these two masters produce vastly different results in the lives of those who follow them.

Where the Spirit is not resident and empowering, the flesh is the master, self and the old nature. The works of the flesh are the actions and thoughts that are produced by and come from the flesh. The result is condemnation, unhappiness and misery. It may be short term satisfaction, but it will ultimately bring misery.

The fruits of the Spirit are entirely different in what they produce and bring to the person who is following the Spirit. A life with the Spirit, in communion with God, not free of stress and difficulty but equipped to handle that.

There are very different consequences for these kinds of lives. Those who practice things that are not godly will not inherit the Kingdom of God. “Whatever a man sows, that is what he will also reap.”

Romans 8:6 & 8:13 – Put to death the deeds of the body and live. There is a constant pull and tension between these two things, the flesh and the Spirit.

Romans 7:18-19 – I do the things that I don’t want to do… it is a constant struggle between the desires of the flesh and the desires of the Spirit. We will always have the unredeemed flesh to live with here on the earth. Our flesh is an avenue to temptation, but Paul is teaching us that there is a way to live, in the Spirit, above the flesh in victory and in peace.

One crucial step that Paul mentions is in Romans 7:24, “the crucified flesh” and “walking in the Spirit.” There is an earnest and serious decision to be made, we take sides and choose which side we are on in this great battle, we are for one and against the other.

Philippians 2:9-12 – This is the place that Jesus deserves in our heart, exalted and lifted above all else.

Romans 10:9 – Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus. Jesus is my Lord and my master. He is exalted in our hearts to the highest place.

If you then were raised with Christ, set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Romans 13:12 – Put on the armor of light. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Make no provision for the flesh. Give Christ the highest place in your heart.

1 Peter 2 – Desire the pure milk of the Word that you may grow.

Crucifying self isn’t just a mind game, there is an action to it as well. Let’s look at a practical way we can crucify flesh.

Jealousy – this can show up in a lot of different ways. Someone has a really nice house, or they teach a good Sunday school lesson, or they have a great interior decoration sense, or etc… None of these kinds of jealousy are good. So, what do we do? We confess! Lord, I am struggling with jealousy, I know that this is sin, I confess it and don’t want it, renew my mind and help me to have your perspective about this.

1 Kings 8:37-40 – If judgement comes because of sin or idolatry… if Israel would repent, God would hear and forgive. When we understand our own sinfulness, when we mourn the plague of our own heart and condition.

1 John 1:7 – If we walk in the Light as He is in the Light we are walking in the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 7:1 – Having these promises let us cleanse ourselves.

1 Peter 5:10 – May the God of all grace, after we have suffered a while, perfect, establish and strengthen you.

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Galatians 5:16-26 – We see here what can happen when the Holy Spirit is working in cooperation with a converted heart and a renewed mind. We see two masters in this passage, the Spirit and the flesh. We also see that these two masters produce vastly di... We see two masters in this passage, the Spirit and the flesh. We also see that these two masters produce vastly different results in the lives of those who follow them.
Where the Spirit is not resident and empowering, the flesh is the master, self and the old nature. The works of the flesh are the actions and thoughts that are produced by and come from the flesh. The result is condemnation, unhappiness and misery. It may be short term satisfaction, but it will ultimately bring misery.
The fruits of the Spirit are entirely different in what they produce and bring to the person who is following the Spirit. A life with the Spirit, in communion with God, not free of stress and difficulty but equipped to handle that.
There are very different consequences for these kinds of lives. Those who practice things that are not godly will not inherit the Kingdom of God. “Whatever a man sows, that is what he will also reap.”
Romans 8:6 & 8:13 – Put to death the deeds of the body and live. There is a constant pull and tension between these two things, the flesh and the Spirit.
Romans 7:18-19 – I do the things that I don’t want to do… it is a constant struggle between the desires of the flesh and the desires of the Spirit. We will always have the unredeemed flesh to live with here on the earth. Our flesh is an avenue to temptation, but Paul is teaching us that there is a way to live, in the Spirit, above the flesh in victory and in peace.
One crucial step that Paul mentions is in Romans 7:24, “the crucified flesh” and “walking in the Spirit.” There is an earnest and serious decision to be made, we take sides and choose which side we are on in this great battle, we are for one and against the other.
Philippians 2:9-12 – This is the place that Jesus deserves in our heart, exalted and lifted above all else.
Romans 10:9 – Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus. Jesus is my Lord and my master. He is exalted in our hearts to the highest place.
If you then were raised with Christ, set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Romans 13:12 – Put on the armor of light. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Make no provision for the flesh. Give Christ the highest place in your heart.
1 Peter 2 – Desire the pure milk of the Word that you may grow.
Crucifying self isn’t just a mind game, there is an action to it as well. Let’s look at a practical way we can crucify flesh.
Jealousy – this can show up in a lot of different ways. Someone has a really nice house, or they teach a good Sunday school lesson, or they have a great interior decoration sense, or etc… None of these kinds of jealousy are good. So, what do we do? We confess! Lord, I am struggling with jealousy, I know that this is sin, I confess it and don’t want it, renew my mind and help me to have your perspective about this.
1 Kings 8:37-40 – If judgement comes because of sin or idolatry… if Israel would repent, God would hear and forgive. When we understand our own sinfulness, when we mourn the plague of our own heart and condition.
1 John 1:7 – If we walk in the Light as He is in the Light we are walking in the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 7:1 – Having these promises let us cleanse ourselves.
1 Peter 5:10 – May the God of all grace, after we have suffered a while, perfect, establish and strengthen you.
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Heaven With Us Now - Delvin Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/heaven-with-us-now/ Mon, 19 Aug 2019 01:05:25 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3511 https://bmcgladys.com/heaven-with-us-now/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/heaven-with-us-now/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we are going to talk about heaven. We want to go there, but we also have heaven here with us now. As we get a little older and feel more aches and pains, as people go on before us we often think about heaven and how wonderful going home will be. The world […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/heaven-with-us-now/">Heaven With Us Now</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This morning we are going to talk about heaven. We want to go there, but we also have heaven here with us now.

As we get a little older and feel more aches and pains, as people go on before us we often think about heaven and how wonderful going home will be. The world will get fixed, rest will come, death and sickness will be forgotten. Creation will stop its groaning.

It is ok to long for heaven.

Heaven With Us Now

Mark 1 – Jesus proclaimed the good news of God. “The Kingdom of God has come near.” Jesus told John that he was the one.

The good news of the kingdom is that heaven is available for us now. How can we participate in the Kingdom of God in the here and now?

Luke 10 – The seventy who had been sent out returned and were amazed that even devils listened to them. The display of power that happened, especially in those early years, was an establishment of the Kingdom of God here on earth.

Jesus embodied the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus brought heaven to earth. Each of us walk in a “little sphere of influence.” God wants his Kingdom power to be shown and modeled in the little sphere that we work in.

A Few Ways We Can Experience Heaven Here and Now

Matthew 6 – Jesus taught us to pray this way. This is one of the “most prayed” prayers. Heaven is all through this prayer. Asking for Gods Kingdom to come. We pray this prayer and we recognize our Heavenly Father for who He is, and then we ask that His Kingdom would come. Are we willing to submit to what he asks of us?

Give us “this day” our daily bread. Enough for the present.

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Our relationships are restored by forgiveness. God watches our human relationships and He cares about these things.

We ask God to help us to live righteously here. Lead us not into temptation. Help us to be a life changed Christian. God wants to deliver us from evil.

The Presence of the God of Heaven is Here With Us

John 14 – A few heavenly provisions that God has for us here on earth.

Jesus said that it was necessary that he go away so that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit could come to dwell with them.

Jesus had a connection with the Father. There is a blending of life giving that all comes together in this relationship.

A heavenly peace. This is important for us to be able to experience, especially in our troubled world.

Heaven Has a Purpose for us Here

John 17 – Have you ever wished that you could just be taken out of the world? God has a purpose for us to be here on earth. Have you thought about the purpose that God has for you here? Perhaps we think about this more as we get older.

Eternal life is a gift from heaven to us. Our job is to spread that word to those who we come in contact with. Jesus is the way, Jesus is the life.

There is joy available for Christians. This world is a joyless place for many people. There are a lot of shallow happiness and bubble, but there isn’t a lot of joy. If heaven is living inside of us, this joy that Jesus can give us should be showing to those around us.

Unifying his followers, this was a large part of Jesus desire, that they may be one… as Jesus, the Father and the Spirit are one. The Kingdom of God encompasses all believers worldwide.

The Kingdoms Fullness is Yet to Come

Daniel 2:44 – There is more in store for the believer. The Kingdom of God will stand forever. God has a bigger thing going on than just what we see around us.

What will heaven be like? There are many promises about what it will be like. “In my Fathers house are many mansions. I will return for you.”

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This morning we are going to talk about heaven. We want to go there, but we also have heaven here with us now. As we get a little older and feel more aches and pains, as people go on before us we often think about heaven and how wonderful going home wi... As we get a little older and feel more aches and pains, as people go on before us we often think about heaven and how wonderful going home will be. The world will get fixed, rest will come, death and sickness will be forgotten. Creation will stop its groaning.
It is ok to long for heaven.
Heaven With Us Now
Mark 1 – Jesus proclaimed the good news of God. “The Kingdom of God has come near.” Jesus told John that he was the one.
The good news of the kingdom is that heaven is available for us now. How can we participate in the Kingdom of God in the here and now?
Luke 10 – The seventy who had been sent out returned and were amazed that even devils listened to them. The display of power that happened, especially in those early years, was an establishment of the Kingdom of God here on earth.
Jesus embodied the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus brought heaven to earth. Each of us walk in a “little sphere of influence.” God wants his Kingdom power to be shown and modeled in the little sphere that we work in.
A Few Ways We Can Experience Heaven Here and Now
Matthew 6 – Jesus taught us to pray this way. This is one of the “most prayed” prayers. Heaven is all through this prayer. Asking for Gods Kingdom to come. We pray this prayer and we recognize our Heavenly Father for who He is, and then we ask that His Kingdom would come. Are we willing to submit to what he asks of us?
Give us “this day” our daily bread. Enough for the present.
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Our relationships are restored by forgiveness. God watches our human relationships and He cares about these things.
We ask God to help us to live righteously here. Lead us not into temptation. Help us to be a life changed Christian. God wants to deliver us from evil.
The Presence of the God of Heaven is Here With Us
John 14 – A few heavenly provisions that God has for us here on earth.
Jesus said that it was necessary that he go away so that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit could come to dwell with them.
Jesus had a connection with the Father. There is a blending of life giving that all comes together in this relationship.
A heavenly peace. This is important for us to be able to experience, especially in our troubled world.
Heaven Has a Purpose for us Here
John 17 – Have you ever wished that you could just be taken out of the world? God has a purpose for us to be here on earth. Have you thought about the purpose that God has for you here? Perhaps we think about this more as we get older.
Eternal life is a gift from heaven to us. Our job is to spread that word to those who we come in contact with. Jesus is the way, Jesus is the life.
There is joy available for Christians. This world is a joyless place for many people. There are a lot of shallow happiness and bubble, but there isn’t a lot of joy. If heaven is living inside of us, this joy that Jesus can give us should be showing to those around us.
Unifying his followers, this was a large part of Jesus desire, that they may be one… as Jesus, the Father and the Spirit are one. The Kingdom of God encompasses all believers worldwide.
The Kingdoms Fullness is Yet to Come
Daniel 2:44 – There is more in store for the believer. The Kingdom of God will stand forever. God has a bigger thing going on than just what we see around us.
What will heaven be like? There are many promises about what it will be like. “In my Fathers house are many mansions. I will return for you.”
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Nine Duties You Have to Your Local Church - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/nine-duties-you-have-to-your-local-church/ Sun, 11 Aug 2019 20:44:57 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3508 https://bmcgladys.com/nine-duties-you-have-to-your-local-church/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/nine-duties-you-have-to-your-local-church/feed/ 0 <p>What does the New Testament teach about our obligation to the local brotherhood? We are going to look at nine different obligations this morning. They are directed to the body as a whole, not a particular individual. The goal of this message is to remind us of our obligations to each other and to the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/nine-duties-you-have-to-your-local-church/">Nine Duties You Have to Your Local Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> What does the New Testament teach about our obligation to the local brotherhood?

We are going to look at nine different obligations this morning. They are directed to the body as a whole, not a particular individual.

The goal of this message is to remind us of our obligations to each other and to the local body we belong to.

Local churches can struggle. We some churches in Revelation that weren’t doing so well. Let us do our part as individual members of the church to make sure that doesn’t happen.

  1. We have a duty to encourage our brothers and sisters in the church. Colossians 3:16
  2. We have a duty to admonish our brothers and sisters who aren’t obeying Jesus. 1 Thessalonians, Luke 17:3, Galatians 6:1
  3. We have a duty to speak the truth. The mature body is not swayed by the winds of doctrine, it will always speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4
  4. We have a duty to forgive each other. The Lords Prayer says that we are to forgive everyone, but there are also verses that specifically call us to forgive our brothers and sisters. Colossians 3:13 – When offenses happen we are obligated to forgive. We are also obligated to do our best not to be the offender.
  5. We have a duty to put up with each other. When someone is “driving us crazy” we may be tempted to avoid them or talk badly about them. Paul tells us here that we have an obligation to “put up with them” – Colossians 3:12-13, Ephesians 4:1-2
  6. We have a duty to obey our church leadership. Hebrews 13:17
  7. We have a duty to use our gifts to serve. 1 Peter 4:10 – everyone has been given some means in which they can serve God within their local church. Romans 12:3-8 – use your gifts, but don’t think too highly of yourself, respect the feelings and concerns of others.
  8. We have a duty to value each member. 1 Corinthians 12:21-27 – Every member of the body is part of the body and is necessary. Our desire would be to see each part of the body doing well. If our brothers and sisters are doing well, we will benefit from it as members of the same body.
  9. We have a duty to pursue love for all. 1 Thessalonians 3:12, Colossians 3:12-14 – put on love, without love the local body is not going to be bound together in harmony. 1 Peter 4:7 – Above all, keep loving each other earnestly.

There are a few requirements for many of these duties. They are a hard, if not in possible to be doing if we aren’t in a “long term” relationship with a local relationship with our church. Those requirements would be to be a Christian, and to belong to a local body.

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What does the New Testament teach about our obligation to the local brotherhood? We are going to look at nine different obligations this morning. They are directed to the body as a whole, not a particular individual. We are going to look at nine different obligations this morning. They are directed to the body as a whole, not a particular individual.
The goal of this message is to remind us of our obligations to each other and to the local body we belong to.
Local churches can struggle. We some churches in Revelation that weren’t doing so well. Let us do our part as individual members of the church to make sure that doesn’t happen.

* We have a duty to encourage our brothers and sisters in the church. Colossians 3:16
* We have a duty to admonish our brothers and sisters who aren’t obeying Jesus. 1 Thessalonians, Luke 17:3, Galatians 6:1
* We have a duty to speak the truth. The mature body is not swayed by the winds of doctrine, it will always speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4
* We have a duty to forgive each other. The Lords Prayer says that we are to forgive everyone, but there are also verses that specifically call us to forgive our brothers and sisters. Colossians 3:13 – When offenses happen we are obligated to forgive. We are also obligated to do our best not to be the offender.
* We have a duty to put up with each other. When someone is “driving us crazy” we may be tempted to avoid them or talk badly about them. Paul tells us here that we have an obligation to “put up with them” – Colossians 3:12-13, Ephesians 4:1-2
* We have a duty to obey our church leadership. Hebrews 13:17
* We have a duty to use our gifts to serve. 1 Peter 4:10 – everyone has been given some means in which they can serve God within their local church. Romans 12:3-8 – use your gifts, but don’t think too highly of yourself, respect the feelings and concerns of others.
* We have a duty to value each member. 1 Corinthians 12:21-27 – Every member of the body is part of the body and is necessary. Our desire would be to see each part of the body doing well. If our brothers and sisters are doing well, we will benefit from it as members of the same body.
* We have a duty to pursue love for all. 1 Thessalonians 3:12, Colossians 3:12-14 – put on love, without love the local body is not going to be bound together in harmony. 1 Peter 4:7 – Above all, keep loving each other earnestly.

There are a few requirements for many of these duties. They are a hard, if not in possible to be doing if we aren’t in a “long term” relationship with a local relationship with our church. Those requirements would be to be a Christian, and to belong to a local body.
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Giant Eating Grasshoppers - Milo Zehr https://bmcgladys.com/giant-eating-grasshoppers/ Sun, 04 Aug 2019 18:51:43 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3505 https://bmcgladys.com/giant-eating-grasshoppers/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/giant-eating-grasshoppers/feed/ 0 <p>Numbers 13 and 14 – This is the story of Israel in the wilderness. The story of the spying out of the land of Canaan by the 12 spies. It is the negative report of the 10 spies and the good report of the 2 spies. The spies went and they returned after 40 days […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/giant-eating-grasshoppers/">Giant Eating Grasshoppers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Numbers 13 and 14 – This is the story of Israel in the wilderness. The story of the spying out of the land of Canaan by the 12 spies. It is the negative report of the 10 spies and the good report of the 2 spies.

The spies went and they returned after 40 days with 1 cluster of grapes. It took two people to carry this cluster of grapes out on a pole. The spies also had a report for Moses and Aaron.

The report was that the fruit and the land were wonderful, but that there were some problems. It sounded somewhat demoralizing, but Caleb silenced the people and said, “lets go do it, we are well able to take the land.”

The other spies replied that “this is a land that devours its inhabitants. All the people there are of great stature.” There are giants there. We were small before them, like grasshoppers.

“Giant Eating Grasshoppers” does this mean that giants are eating grasshoppers? Or does it mean that grasshoppers are eating giants? The 10 spies thought that the giants would eat the grasshoppers while there were two spies that thought that they children of Israel, the grasshoppers, could eat the giants.

In this account the Lord commanded that they spy out the land. The Lord had also promised to give them the land, it was a sure thing that he intended to do.

How would you like a gift like this, something that God would give you. We do have some gifts and some opportunities that God has promised us.

There is a little bit of a challenge in this. We have to have some discernment about whether something is a gift or opportunity from God or perhaps it is something that comes along that we should not engage in. How do you know? How do you decide that the situation you face is the opportunity that God had in mind for you.

We hardly ever receive an opportunity that doesn’t come with responsibility. These go together, when we receive a special gift it comes at a cost and a responsibility that goes with it.

Our outlook is the way that we look at and think about the opportunities that we have in front of us. Perhaps we pray about an opportunity, whether we look at opportunities with eyes of faith, or perhaps that God can do something through us that we cannot do on our own. This is the our frame of mind, the way that we think about things and what we believe.

Israel, the 10 spies, thought that things looked hopeless. They couldn’t do it.

We don’t like change. Often we don’t really want to take advantage of an opportunity that causes a great change.

Anything in our life that there is a call for something different, this is an opportunity.

The 10 spies had an outlook that was too small. The enemy was too large.

If you believe you can’t do something. You can’t do it. If you believe you are worthless, you are worthless. If you believe you are ugly, you are ugly. If you think that is true, that is how you will interpret everything. If you believe that God is against you. That outlook will determine what you can and can’t do. It doesn’t matter what the facts are, what we believe are the facts is what is true to us.

We think things about ourselves and we think that that is what God thinks about us and others think about us and then we get stuck.

The opposite of this is true as well. If you believe God is present and working in your heart and that He is leading you, you can do whatever he asks you to do. But it is often easy to get stuck in this other frame of mind.

There will always be opposition. There will always be those who say it is not time, this should not be done now, or shouldn’t be done at all. Even when something is commanded in scripture there are those who will say that it is not God’s will.

If the opposition doesn’t come from other people it will come from Satan. We can be the source of our doubts as well, we can get scared and afraid. Sometimes the opposition that we face is more about us than anything else, if we look in the mirror we might just see ourselves looking back.

Our opposition could be a besetting sin. For the 10 spies they couldn’t believe that God could help them get into the land.

The opposition might be rebellion against authority.

God is big and omnipotent, he is powerful, not weak and not small. The children of Israel’s biggest problem was that they saw the giants, their giant fears, but they did not see their giant God.

God can equip grasshoppers to eat giants, but it is a God thing when God equips grasshoppers to eat giants. It is not a human thing. It is a faith thing.

It isn’t that we should think ourselves into ignorance. Not everything that we think about doing is God’s will. If God is for the grasshopper, the grasshopper can eat the giant. This is like the story of David and Goliath.

How many of us have something in our lives that we would like to change but it hasn’t changed yet? That is a giant. There is evil around us, there is sin in us.

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Numbers 13 and 14 – This is the story of Israel in the wilderness. The story of the spying out of the land of Canaan by the 12 spies. It is the negative report of the 10 spies and the good report of the 2 spies. The spies went and they returned after 40 days with 1 cluster of grapes. It took two people to carry this cluster of grapes out on a pole. The spies also had a report for Moses and Aaron.
The report was that the fruit and the land were wonderful, but that there were some problems. It sounded somewhat demoralizing, but Caleb silenced the people and said, “lets go do it, we are well able to take the land.”
The other spies replied that “this is a land that devours its inhabitants. All the people there are of great stature.” There are giants there. We were small before them, like grasshoppers.
“Giant Eating Grasshoppers” does this mean that giants are eating grasshoppers? Or does it mean that grasshoppers are eating giants? The 10 spies thought that the giants would eat the grasshoppers while there were two spies that thought that they children of Israel, the grasshoppers, could eat the giants.
In this account the Lord commanded that they spy out the land. The Lord had also promised to give them the land, it was a sure thing that he intended to do.
How would you like a gift like this, something that God would give you. We do have some gifts and some opportunities that God has promised us.
There is a little bit of a challenge in this. We have to have some discernment about whether something is a gift or opportunity from God or perhaps it is something that comes along that we should not engage in. How do you know? How do you decide that the situation you face is the opportunity that God had in mind for you.
We hardly ever receive an opportunity that doesn’t come with responsibility. These go together, when we receive a special gift it comes at a cost and a responsibility that goes with it.
Our outlook is the way that we look at and think about the opportunities that we have in front of us. Perhaps we pray about an opportunity, whether we look at opportunities with eyes of faith, or perhaps that God can do something through us that we cannot do on our own. This is the our frame of mind, the way that we think about things and what we believe.
Israel, the 10 spies, thought that things looked hopeless. They couldn’t do it.
We don’t like change. Often we don’t really want to take advantage of an opportunity that causes a great change.
Anything in our life that there is a call for something different, this is an opportunity.
The 10 spies had an outlook that was too small. The enemy was too large.
If you believe you can’t do something. You can’t do it. If you believe you are worthless, you are worthless. If you believe you are ugly, you are ugly. If you think that is true, that is how you will interpret everything. If you believe that God is against you. That outlook will determine what you can and can’t do. It doesn’t matter what the facts are, what we believe are the facts is what is true to us.
We think things about ourselves and we think that that is what God thinks about us and others think about us and then we get stuck.
The opposite of this is true as well. If you believe God is present and working in your heart and that He is leading you, you can do whatever he asks you to do. But it is often easy to get stuck in this other frame of mind.
There will always be opposition. There will always be those who say it is not time, this should not be done now, or shouldn’t be done at all. Even when something is commanded in scripture there are those who will say that it is not God’s will.
If the opposition doesn’t come from other people it will come from Satan. We can be the source of our doubts as well, we can get scared and afraid. Sometimes the opposition that we face is more about us than anything else,]]>
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What Would Jesus Do? - Jeff Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/what-would-jesus-do/ Sun, 28 Jul 2019 23:34:43 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3502 https://bmcgladys.com/what-would-jesus-do/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/what-would-jesus-do/feed/ 0 <p>Jesus always had a connection with people. He always saw their needs and impacted them in some way. How can we be like Jesus? Jesus’ actions came from who he was. He wasn’t trying to “act” a certain way, he wasn’t trying to impress people. Who we are results in actions, either doing the right […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/what-would-jesus-do/">What Would Jesus Do?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Jesus always had a connection with people. He always saw their needs and impacted them in some way. How can we be like Jesus?

Jesus’ actions came from who he was. He wasn’t trying to “act” a certain way, he wasn’t trying to impress people. Who we are results in actions, either doing the right thing or not.

Jesus calls us to “be” he wants to take us beyond just the actions that we do. We don’t just “crank up our level of holiness.”

1 Corinthians 2:16 – what is the “mind of Christ?” How can we be like Christ and have his mind?

Philippians 2:5-8 – There are several things we can learn about Christ’s mind and his perspective about life.

Jesus was not focused on himself. When he was in the garden and facing his death he was focused on the needs of others and his Father’s desire for him to go through with the sacrifice of his very life.

Jesus served many different people in many different ways. He healed. He taught. He fed. He lead. Paul talked about being a “slave to all men.” Christ, in his service got right in on peoples level.

Christ was also humble. We are called to be humble as well. We tend to think that we have things figured out and struggle to be humble. Humility goes a long way in building relationships and connections with people.

Jesus was obedient to the extreme. We need to obey, not just because it is the right thing to do but also because we have a heart to obey.

John 15:1-7 – Christ should be abiding in us… not just us abiding in him! Christs Spirit should be in us. Christ’s spirit within us gives us the ability to be like Jesus.

The Scripture is alive and working. We need to have God’s word dwelling in us. It is the anchor for our lives, that we can go back to time and time again as a foundation for our lives.

Christs joy is also to dwell in us! We need to guard against becoming too accustomed to the “things of salvation.” A secure future is a big deal! This should bring us joy.

Christ calls us to “be,” not just to “do.”

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Jesus always had a connection with people. He always saw their needs and impacted them in some way. How can we be like Jesus? Jesus’ actions came from who he was. He wasn’t trying to “act” a certain way, he wasn’t trying to impress people. Jesus’ actions came from who he was. He wasn’t trying to “act” a certain way, he wasn’t trying to impress people. Who we are results in actions, either doing the right thing or not.
Jesus calls us to “be” he wants to take us beyond just the actions that we do. We don’t just “crank up our level of holiness.”
1 Corinthians 2:16 – what is the “mind of Christ?” How can we be like Christ and have his mind?
Philippians 2:5-8 – There are several things we can learn about Christ’s mind and his perspective about life.
Jesus was not focused on himself. When he was in the garden and facing his death he was focused on the needs of others and his Father’s desire for him to go through with the sacrifice of his very life.
Jesus served many different people in many different ways. He healed. He taught. He fed. He lead. Paul talked about being a “slave to all men.” Christ, in his service got right in on peoples level.
Christ was also humble. We are called to be humble as well. We tend to think that we have things figured out and struggle to be humble. Humility goes a long way in building relationships and connections with people.
Jesus was obedient to the extreme. We need to obey, not just because it is the right thing to do but also because we have a heart to obey.
John 15:1-7 – Christ should be abiding in us… not just us abiding in him! Christs Spirit should be in us. Christ’s spirit within us gives us the ability to be like Jesus.
The Scripture is alive and working. We need to have God’s word dwelling in us. It is the anchor for our lives, that we can go back to time and time again as a foundation for our lives.
Christs joy is also to dwell in us! We need to guard against becoming too accustomed to the “things of salvation.” A secure future is a big deal! This should bring us joy.
Christ calls us to “be,” not just to “do.”
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Resting - John Waldron https://bmcgladys.com/resting/ Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:24:30 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3498 https://bmcgladys.com/resting/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/resting/feed/ 0 <p>Rest is stopping work in order to regain strength and to be refreshed. Our human tendency is to wait to rest until our bodies force us to rest. Galatians 6:9 – Paul wasn’t dump, he knew that people get tired, he got tired to. Rest when you need to but continue doing good even when […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/resting/">Resting</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Rest is stopping work in order to regain strength and to be refreshed. Our human tendency is to wait to rest until our bodies force us to rest.

Galatians 6:9 – Paul wasn’t dump, he knew that people get tired, he got tired to. Rest when you need to but continue doing good even when you are weary.

Genesis 2:2-3 – On the 7th day of creation God ended his work and he rested. Did God rest because he was tired? No. Even though he had just created the universe in 6 days. God was setting a precedent for his people.

Exodus 16:23 – The manna was given six days of the week. The people were supposed to gather twice what they needed on the sixth day for the sabbath day that would follow.

Jeremiah 34:12 – The children of Israel had not kept their year of jubilee, the people didn’t understand how much they needed it.

Psalm 46 – The word Selah is in the Old Testament. A lot of people believe that this word means to “rest” in the middle of the song.

The things that we do, everything that we do should be focused on honoring God.

Work is important, but rest is also very important.

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Rest is stopping work in order to regain strength and to be refreshed. Our human tendency is to wait to rest until our bodies force us to rest. Galatians 6:9 – Paul wasn’t dump, he knew that people get tired, he got tired to. Galatians 6:9 – Paul wasn’t dump, he knew that people get tired, he got tired to. Rest when you need to but continue doing good even when you are weary.
Genesis 2:2-3 – On the 7th day of creation God ended his work and he rested. Did God rest because he was tired? No. Even though he had just created the universe in 6 days. God was setting a precedent for his people.
Exodus 16:23 – The manna was given six days of the week. The people were supposed to gather twice what they needed on the sixth day for the sabbath day that would follow.
Jeremiah 34:12 – The children of Israel had not kept their year of jubilee, the people didn’t understand how much they needed it.
Psalm 46 – The word Selah is in the Old Testament. A lot of people believe that this word means to “rest” in the middle of the song.
The things that we do, everything that we do should be focused on honoring God.
Work is important, but rest is also very important.
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Christ in You, The Hope of Glory - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/christ-in-you-the-hope-of-glory/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 02:23:48 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3495 https://bmcgladys.com/christ-in-you-the-hope-of-glory/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/christ-in-you-the-hope-of-glory/feed/ 0 <p>Colossians 1, Colossians 3 We are praying in this song (Break Though the Bread of Life) that God would speak to us beyond just the words on the page. The Word is Spirit and life, Christ is life. Colosse was a small town. It had once been a pretty large town, but by this time […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/christ-in-you-the-hope-of-glory/">Christ in You, The Hope of Glory</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Colossians 1, Colossians 3

We are praying in this song (Break Though the Bread of Life) that God would speak to us beyond just the words on the page. The Word is Spirit and life, Christ is life.

Colosse was a small town. It had once been a pretty large town, but by this time it was fairly small. Colosse is in a valley, along a river bank in present day Turkey.

How did the church in Colosse start? It doesn’t seem likely that Paul was ever there. In the second chapter of Colossians Paul makes it sound as if there are a fair number of people there who haven’t met Paul. While we aren’t 100% sure how the church started here in Colosse, Paul does make it clear that there was a church there. 🙂

When this letter arrived in Colosse the church gathered to hear the letter read. How interested do you think these people were in this letter from Paul? Probably they were very interested to see what Paul was writing them about.

For the listeners of this letter to catch what the letter was saying they needed to pay attention. This is a good reminder for us to be ponderously reading and paying attention to the Word of God as we read it.

When this letter was initially read no one would have caught everything in the letter. Probably, as it is for us today, reading it through several times people were impressed with different things each time.

“Christ in you… the hope of glory…” Paul takes a moment to lay out who this “Christ” is. He is not a charismatic charleton, he is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the World.

If we see Jesus, we see the Father. Jesus existed before creation. Jesus, the first born of creation was before the creation. He is the sustainer of creation.

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Colossians 1, Colossians 3 We are praying in this song (Break Though the Bread of Life) that God would speak to us beyond just the words on the page. The Word is Spirit and life, Christ is life. Colosse was a small town. We are praying in this song (Break Though the Bread of Life) that God would speak to us beyond just the words on the page. The Word is Spirit and life, Christ is life.
Colosse was a small town. It had once been a pretty large town, but by this time it was fairly small. Colosse is in a valley, along a river bank in present day Turkey.
How did the church in Colosse start? It doesn’t seem likely that Paul was ever there. In the second chapter of Colossians Paul makes it sound as if there are a fair number of people there who haven’t met Paul. While we aren’t 100% sure how the church started here in Colosse, Paul does make it clear that there was a church there. 🙂
When this letter arrived in Colosse the church gathered to hear the letter read. How interested do you think these people were in this letter from Paul? Probably they were very interested to see what Paul was writing them about.
For the listeners of this letter to catch what the letter was saying they needed to pay attention. This is a good reminder for us to be ponderously reading and paying attention to the Word of God as we read it.
When this letter was initially read no one would have caught everything in the letter. Probably, as it is for us today, reading it through several times people were impressed with different things each time.
“Christ in you… the hope of glory…” Paul takes a moment to lay out who this “Christ” is. He is not a charismatic charleton, he is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the World.
If we see Jesus, we see the Father. Jesus existed before creation. Jesus, the first born of creation was before the creation. He is the sustainer of creation.
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God the Keeper of Doors - Rich Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/god-the-keeper-of-doors/ Sun, 07 Jul 2019 21:03:37 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3492 https://bmcgladys.com/god-the-keeper-of-doors/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/god-the-keeper-of-doors/feed/ 0 <p>Doors that God Opened At times we may wonder if things have gotten out of God’s control. Does He know what I am going through? Is He involved? The goal of this message is to make sure we realize that God is in control. If there are doors in our lives that should be opened, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/god-the-keeper-of-doors/">God the Keeper of Doors</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Doors that God Opened

At times we may wonder if things have gotten out of God’s control. Does He know what I am going through? Is He involved?

The goal of this message is to make sure we realize that God is in control. If there are doors in our lives that should be opened, or closed, God will open or close those doors.

Revelation 3, Psalm 78 – The Pslamist writes about Israels experience in the desert. God had done so much for the Children of Israel, opening the doors of heaven.

Acts 5 – The authorities locked Peter & John up, but an angel of the Lord came an opened the door and said “go… go and preach.”

Acts 12:3 – Again Peter was in jail. Again the Lord opened the door and lead him out.

Acts 16 – Paul is trying to discerned where God is leading him next. It seems that there is a closed door to the places that Paul was thinking of Going. God sent him a vision, opened the door, to go to Macedonia to preach.

2 Corinthians 2:12 – God opened a door for Paul to preach.

Luke 11 – The story of a friend who comes at midnight. He doesn’t have bread for his guests so he goes and asks a friend. His friend says, “no, I’m in bed.” The friend persists, and gets the bread. We are to be persistent in our asking for the Holy Spirit.

Doors that God Closed

Genesis – The ark door. Noah build the ark, God brought the animals, and God closed the door.

Matthew 25 – The story of the 10 virgins. Jesus talks about those who didn’t take the opportunity to prepare their lamps and when they had gone to get oil the returned and knocked on the door and the door remained closed. “They that were ready went in…”

Doors that God has Made us in Charge of

God gives us responsibility for some doors too.

Matthew 5:6 – When you pray, enter your closet, shut the door and pray to your Father in heaven. Your Father who sees what we do in secret will reward openly.

Revelation 3:20 – Jesus stands at the door and knocks. Jesus wants to come into our lives, but he isn’t going to force his way in. He wants us to open that door.

If we follow Christs advice in doing well at taking care of the doors that he has put us in charge of, shutting the door of distractions and opening the door to commune with Christ. When we do this we are more prepared to deal with the other doors in our lives that God opens and shuts.

John 10:9 – Jesus is the door. It is only through Jesus that we can be saved.

God does see. He does care. If He opens and closes doors in your life it is because it is better for you that way.

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Doors that God Opened At times we may wonder if things have gotten out of God’s control. Does He know what I am going through? Is He involved? The goal of this message is to make sure we realize that God is in control. At times we may wonder if things have gotten out of God’s control. Does He know what I am going through? Is He involved?
The goal of this message is to make sure we realize that God is in control. If there are doors in our lives that should be opened, or closed, God will open or close those doors.
Revelation 3, Psalm 78 – The Pslamist writes about Israels experience in the desert. God had done so much for the Children of Israel, opening the doors of heaven.
Acts 5 – The authorities locked Peter & John up, but an angel of the Lord came an opened the door and said “go… go and preach.”
Acts 12:3 – Again Peter was in jail. Again the Lord opened the door and lead him out.
Acts 16 – Paul is trying to discerned where God is leading him next. It seems that there is a closed door to the places that Paul was thinking of Going. God sent him a vision, opened the door, to go to Macedonia to preach.
2 Corinthians 2:12 – God opened a door for Paul to preach.
Luke 11 – The story of a friend who comes at midnight. He doesn’t have bread for his guests so he goes and asks a friend. His friend says, “no, I’m in bed.” The friend persists, and gets the bread. We are to be persistent in our asking for the Holy Spirit.
Doors that God Closed
Genesis – The ark door. Noah build the ark, God brought the animals, and God closed the door.
Matthew 25 – The story of the 10 virgins. Jesus talks about those who didn’t take the opportunity to prepare their lamps and when they had gone to get oil the returned and knocked on the door and the door remained closed. “They that were ready went in…”
Doors that God has Made us in Charge of
God gives us responsibility for some doors too.
Matthew 5:6 – When you pray, enter your closet, shut the door and pray to your Father in heaven. Your Father who sees what we do in secret will reward openly.
Revelation 3:20 – Jesus stands at the door and knocks. Jesus wants to come into our lives, but he isn’t going to force his way in. He wants us to open that door.
If we follow Christs advice in doing well at taking care of the doors that he has put us in charge of, shutting the door of distractions and opening the door to commune with Christ. When we do this we are more prepared to deal with the other doors in our lives that God opens and shuts.
John 10:9 – Jesus is the door. It is only through Jesus that we can be saved.
God does see. He does care. If He opens and closes doors in your life it is because it is better for you that way.
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Life Lessons from the Rich Young Ruler - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/life-lessons-from-the-rich-young-ruler/ Mon, 01 Jul 2019 01:31:02 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3489 https://bmcgladys.com/life-lessons-from-the-rich-young-ruler/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/life-lessons-from-the-rich-young-ruler/feed/ 0 <p>The world has a way of continually sneaking up on us, so it is always good to be reminded that we need to “put the world behind us.” Mark 10:17-31 – Five things we can learn about following Jesus from the story of the rich young ruler. Three Questions About This Passage Was the rich […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/life-lessons-from-the-rich-young-ruler/">Life Lessons from the Rich Young Ruler</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The world has a way of continually sneaking up on us, so it is always good to be reminded that we need to “put the world behind us.”

Mark 10:17-31 – Five things we can learn about following Jesus from the story of the rich young ruler.

Three Questions About This Passage

  1. Was the rich young ruler sincere? We don’t know for sure, perhaps he was out looking for a public compliment from a teacher, but to some extent it seems like he was sincere. Although he was a person of some position he came to Jesus and knelt before him. Jesus responded to his question, he had affection for him and didn’t rebuke him for his question. This fellow felt like something was missing, he was lacking something.
  2. Why did Jesus question his use of the term “good teacher.” Jesus wanted the fellow to think a bit more about “who Jesus was.”
  3. Why did Jesus ask him to “sell everything,” Jesus didn’t ask anyone else to sell all of their possessions. This man thought there was some number of or specific good thing that he must do. Jesus was asking the “heart question” by asking the rich young ruler to sell all that he had and give it to the poor.

Five Lessons For Us

  1. Following Jesus is the only way to have eternal life. Jesus can’t be your savior if he isn’t your Lord. Jesus isn’t just calling people to believe that he is the son of God and stop there. Jesus needs to also be Lord of our lives.
  2. Matthew 6:24, John 12:25-26 – Following Jesus requires a total allegiance. While Jesus didn’t ask everyone to sell all that they have, but he does ask that all who follow Him come with complete allegiance.
  3. Hebrews 13:5, Mark 4 – Following Jesus is often hindered by money and possessions.
    1. Matthew 6:19 – Jesus says “get rid of them.” If you can bring yourself to do that you will have treasure in heaven.
    2. The man went away sorrowful. He had great possessions. He couldn’t give them up.
    3. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a wealthy person to be saved. The better off someone is the more they have pulling them back and its harder for them to realize how bad off they are apart from God.
  4. Following Jesus is only possible by God’s grace. With God all things are possible. Jesus said this first when talking about people and salvation! When following Jesus looks really hard, remember that it is only possible because of Jesus any way.
  5. Following Jesus is worth it. Jesus says that whatever we give up will be counted towards our reward.

How do we apply this?

We need to examine our hearts from time to time for shifting allegiance. Is there an area in our lives that we are telling Jesus “no?”

1 Timothy – Keep yourselves free from the love of money. Money has a magnetic pull on our hearts, it pulls in the wrong direction. Don’t put your security and affection in your wealth.

Worry a little bit about raising rich young rulers. If money and possessions are a hindrance to spiritual life we need to be careful how we set things up for our children.

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The world has a way of continually sneaking up on us, so it is always good to be reminded that we need to “put the world behind us.” Mark 10:17-31 – Five things we can learn about following Jesus from the story of the rich young ruler. Mark 10:17-31 – Five things we can learn about following Jesus from the story of the rich young ruler.
Three Questions About This Passage

* Was the rich young ruler sincere? We don’t know for sure, perhaps he was out looking for a public compliment from a teacher, but to some extent it seems like he was sincere. Although he was a person of some position he came to Jesus and knelt before him. Jesus responded to his question, he had affection for him and didn’t rebuke him for his question. This fellow felt like something was missing, he was lacking something.
* Why did Jesus question his use of the term “good teacher.” Jesus wanted the fellow to think a bit more about “who Jesus was.”
* Why did Jesus ask him to “sell everything,” Jesus didn’t ask anyone else to sell all of their possessions. This man thought there was some number of or specific good thing that he must do. Jesus was asking the “heart question” by asking the rich young ruler to sell all that he had and give it to the poor.

Five Lessons For Us

* Following Jesus is the only way to have eternal life. Jesus can’t be your savior if he isn’t your Lord. Jesus isn’t just calling people to believe that he is the son of God and stop there. Jesus needs to also be Lord of our lives.
* Matthew 6:24, John 12:25-26 – Following Jesus requires a total allegiance. While Jesus didn’t ask everyone to sell all that they have, but he does ask that all who follow Him come with complete allegiance.
* Hebrews 13:5, Mark 4 – Following Jesus is often hindered by money and possessions.

* Matthew 6:19 – Jesus says “get rid of them.” If you can bring yourself to do that you will have treasure in heaven.
* The man went away sorrowful. He had great possessions. He couldn’t give them up.
* It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a wealthy person to be saved. The better off someone is the more they have pulling them back and its harder for them to realize how bad off they are apart from God.


* Following Jesus is only possible by God’s grace. With God all things are possible. Jesus said this first when talking about people and salvation! When following Jesus looks really hard, remember that it is only possible because of Jesus any way.
* Following Jesus is worth it. Jesus says that whatever we give up will be counted towards our reward.

How do we apply this?
We need to examine our hearts from time to time for shifting allegiance. Is there an area in our lives that we are telling Jesus “no?”
1 Timothy – Keep yourselves free from the love of money. Money has a magnetic pull on our hearts, it pulls in the wrong direction. Don’t put your security and affection in your wealth.
Worry a little bit about raising rich young rulers. If money and possessions are a hindrance to spiritual life we need to be careful how we set things up for our children.
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Opportunities in the Kingdom of God - Gabriel Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/opportunities-in-the-kingdom-of-god/ Sun, 23 Jun 2019 10:59:25 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3486 https://bmcgladys.com/opportunities-in-the-kingdom-of-god/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/opportunities-in-the-kingdom-of-god/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Matthew 25:14-30 Parables are simple stories that illustrate spiritual truths. Our job as Christians is to study them to find those truths, while being careful not to over-interpret them and make them say things they don’t say. Who is the man traveling? I believe it is Jesus. (John 14:3) The far country? Heaven. Who […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/opportunities-in-the-kingdom-of-god/">Opportunities in the Kingdom of God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Matthew 25:14-30

Parables are simple stories that illustrate spiritual truths. Our job as Christians is to study them to find those truths, while being careful not to over-interpret them and make them say things they don’t say.

Who is the man traveling? I believe it is Jesus. (John 14:3)

The far country? Heaven.

Who were His servants? I believe that the servants are you and I, in the context of time. We can take this personally.

What are the talents, the goods? I believe these are the gifts of ministry, responsibilities of service in the Kingdom of God… at least I’m comfortable with this interpretation for now. (Ephesians 4:7,8, 11-13)

With these gifts/responsibilities, God also gives grace to fulfill them.

Jesus ascended to Heaven with a certain promise to return, and gave His followers responsibilities, and the grace, the power to do them. God never asks too much of us. As He gently places these responsibilities on us, we can say, “Yes, Lord, by Your grace”.

The table is set, the gifts are given, the Master is gone. What happens now? What are we doing with what God has given us?

This is the time where we make the decision… what will we do with the gifts God has given us? Now is the time we are making that decision.

Stewards take care of the property of others. Take for instance the story of Joseph. A good steward does it with utmost carefulness and wisdom. Everything that we have is a gift of God.

Are we looking forward to judgement?

Also, note that for the two faithful stewards were given the same reward… the amount you are given has no impact on your reward.

Judgement is 100% God’s territory. It is so easy for us to be judgmental. We don’t know each other to the level of being able to correctly judge. My responsibility in the Church is to encourage and to be faithful.

(Matthew 13:23)

The size of our field or the seeds we have been given are not the important factor. Our reward is based on our faithfulness with what we are given— the rate of yield, or the return on investment.

Jesus made a very big investment… He is looking for a high yield. Jesus raised us up to bring forth fruit.

Moving back to our parable… (v.24-30)

Where did the servant fail? I believe the number one reason for his falling short here was His improper view of God. He believed God was a hard Master, and capricious.

Let us be willing to invest everything for the Kingdom.

Heaven or Hell, which is it? Our works will tell us. They are directly tied to our love for God.

I believe that God placed each of us in this time, in this generation to fulfill His purposes. In the body are so many systems— if any one of them would become flawed there would be pain, there would be sickness. The Church is the body of Christ.

(Ephesians 4:15,16)
(Romans 12:4,5)

Every part of the body is important. Everybody counts. It hurts when somebody leaves. When somebody falls into sin it affects us all; When somebody prays it affects us all.

We are loved with an incredible love… let us serve in a relationship with God, not merely from fear of judgement.

(Ephesians 5:15-17)

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Text: Matthew 25:14-30 Parables are simple stories that illustrate spiritual truths. Our job as Christians is to study them to find those truths, while being careful not to over-interpret them and make them say things they don’t say. Parables are simple stories that illustrate spiritual truths. Our job as Christians is to study them to find those truths, while being careful not to over-interpret them and make them say things they don’t say.
Who is the man traveling? I believe it is Jesus. (John 14:3)
The far country? Heaven.
Who were His servants? I believe that the servants are you and I, in the context of time. We can take this personally.
What are the talents, the goods? I believe these are the gifts of ministry, responsibilities of service in the Kingdom of God… at least I’m comfortable with this interpretation for now. (Ephesians 4:7,8, 11-13)
With these gifts/responsibilities, God also gives grace to fulfill them.
Jesus ascended to Heaven with a certain promise to return, and gave His followers responsibilities, and the grace, the power to do them. God never asks too much of us. As He gently places these responsibilities on us, we can say, “Yes, Lord, by Your grace”.
The table is set, the gifts are given, the Master is gone. What happens now? What are we doing with what God has given us?
This is the time where we make the decision… what will we do with the gifts God has given us? Now is the time we are making that decision.
Stewards take care of the property of others. Take for instance the story of Joseph. A good steward does it with utmost carefulness and wisdom. Everything that we have is a gift of God.
Are we looking forward to judgement?
Also, note that for the two faithful stewards were given the same reward… the amount you are given has no impact on your reward.
Judgement is 100% God’s territory. It is so easy for us to be judgmental. We don’t know each other to the level of being able to correctly judge. My responsibility in the Church is to encourage and to be faithful.
(Matthew 13:23)
The size of our field or the seeds we have been given are not the important factor. Our reward is based on our faithfulness with what we are given— the rate of yield, or the return on investment.
Jesus made a very big investment… He is looking for a high yield. Jesus raised us up to bring forth fruit.
Moving back to our parable… (v.24-30)
Where did the servant fail? I believe the number one reason for his falling short here was His improper view of God. He believed God was a hard Master, and capricious.
Let us be willing to invest everything for the Kingdom.
Heaven or Hell, which is it? Our works will tell us. They are directly tied to our love for God.
I believe that God placed each of us in this time, in this generation to fulfill His purposes. In the body are so many systems— if any one of them would become flawed there would be pain, there would be sickness. The Church is the body of Christ.
(Ephesians 4:15,16)
(Romans 12:4,5)
Every part of the body is important. Everybody counts. It hurts when somebody leaves. When somebody falls into sin it affects us all; When somebody prays it affects us all.
We are loved with an incredible love… let us serve in a relationship with God, not merely from fear of judgement.
(Ephesians 5:15-17)
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People of Faith - Jeff Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/people-of-faith/ Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:34:57 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3480 https://bmcgladys.com/people-of-faith/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/people-of-faith/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Hebrews 11:1-16 Other References: Hebrews 11:27; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 12:2; Luke 18:7,8 Characteristics of Faith: 1) Faith is led by something beyond the immediately visible (v.15) Christians are strangers and pilgrims, seeking a city God has prepared for us. Above all the other differences, a foreigner is particularly different from those around him in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/people-of-faith/">People of Faith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Hebrews 11:1-16

Other References: Hebrews 11:27; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 12:2; Luke 18:7,8

Characteristics of Faith:

1) Faith is led by something beyond the immediately visible (v.15)

Christians are strangers and pilgrims, seeking a city God has prepared for us.

Above all the other differences, a foreigner is particularly different from those around him in the way he thinks. Are our thoughts the thoughts of a spiritual pilgrim and foreigner? Or have we absorbed the culture around us?

Christians at the time of Christ were markedly different from those around them. They were willing to suffer and die for something that was beyond the immediately visible.

2) Faith is focused on God and on Christ

The faith is beyond even God’s promises, in God Himself. As we learn to know God we have a deepening trust and faith in Him.

Trust must be backed with a relationship.

One of our major temptations in America is to place our trust in finances or possessions.

Sometimes we get focused on our problems rather than on our great God, Who is much bigger than our problems.

3) Faith produces action

Hebrews 11 is full of action, demonstrating faith. Christ often asked for action of those He heals; He wanted to see how far does their faith go.

The action produced by faith is often counter-intuitive. Faith looks beyond what common sense would say is right.

Faith also produces ongoing action; Faith is a progression. (Story of Abraham, Moses, etc.)

Our faith grows by hearing, by spending time in God’s Word. As we spend time with Him we will grow in our trust.

Christ is the leader and source of faith, and we can ask Him to increase our faith.

As strangers and pilgrims, we need to ask God for wisdom in our priorities and activities.

Let us be faithful, and like the disciples, pray, “Lord increase our faith.”

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Text: Hebrews 11:1-16 Other References: Hebrews 11:27; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 12:2; Luke 18:7,8 Characteristics of Faith: 1) Faith is led by something beyond the immediately visible (v.15) Christians are strangers and pilgrims, Other References: Hebrews 11:27; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 12:2; Luke 18:7,8
Characteristics of Faith:
1) Faith is led by something beyond the immediately visible (v.15)
Christians are strangers and pilgrims, seeking a city God has prepared for us.
Above all the other differences, a foreigner is particularly different from those around him in the way he thinks. Are our thoughts the thoughts of a spiritual pilgrim and foreigner? Or have we absorbed the culture around us?
Christians at the time of Christ were markedly different from those around them. They were willing to suffer and die for something that was beyond the immediately visible.
2) Faith is focused on God and on Christ
The faith is beyond even God’s promises, in God Himself. As we learn to know God we have a deepening trust and faith in Him.
Trust must be backed with a relationship.
One of our major temptations in America is to place our trust in finances or possessions.
Sometimes we get focused on our problems rather than on our great God, Who is much bigger than our problems.
3) Faith produces action
Hebrews 11 is full of action, demonstrating faith. Christ often asked for action of those He heals; He wanted to see how far does their faith go.
The action produced by faith is often counter-intuitive. Faith looks beyond what common sense would say is right.
Faith also produces ongoing action; Faith is a progression. (Story of Abraham, Moses, etc.)
Our faith grows by hearing, by spending time in God’s Word. As we spend time with Him we will grow in our trust.
Christ is the leader and source of faith, and we can ask Him to increase our faith.
As strangers and pilgrims, we need to ask God for wisdom in our priorities and activities.
Let us be faithful, and like the disciples, pray, “Lord increase our faith.”
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Proper Attitudes Towards the Worn and Needy - Milo Zehr https://bmcgladys.com/proper-attitudes-towards-the-worn-and-needy/ Sun, 09 Jun 2019 23:09:00 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3476 https://bmcgladys.com/proper-attitudes-towards-the-worn-and-needy/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/proper-attitudes-towards-the-worn-and-needy/feed/ 0 <p>Luke 18 – How do you think about people who have disabilities, or who aren’t able to do things the way that you do? Exodus 22 and 23, Leviticus 25, Deuteronomy 12 and 24 – What do you think God thinks about abortion and the things that are being said by people today about children? […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/proper-attitudes-towards-the-worn-and-needy/">Proper Attitudes Towards the Worn and Needy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 18 – How do you think about people who have disabilities, or who aren’t able to do things the way that you do?

Exodus 22 and 23, Leviticus 25, Deuteronomy 12 and 24 – What do you think God thinks about abortion and the things that are being said by people today about children?

John 4 – Jesus talked to a Samaritan woman. By doing this Jesus was breaking two “rules.” After the woman told Jesus that she did not have a husband, Jesus said that she had had five husbands. She tried to turn the focus away from herself. Jesus turned it back to her need, the heart of worship.

Matthew 8 – The leper came to Jesus and said, “if you want to you can make me clean!” Jesus was moved with compassion and stretched out his hand and healed him.

Jesus also healed Peters mother in law. This fulfilled a prophecy in the Old Testament. Sometimes the healing is done in the future life.

Matthew 9 – Jesus ate with Matthew. Matthew was a tax collector, an outcast, rejected by his own people. The Pharisees asked the disciples, and Jesus answered the question “why is Jesus eating with sinners?” Jesus reply was that healthy people don’t need a doctor!

John 5 – The lame man said he couldn’t get into the pool to be healed. Jesus told him to get up and walk. The lame man had a lot of hurting people around him, we need to be aware that everyone around us is needy. We never get over the need of others, and the need of Jesus to work in our lives.

Often people with needs want to serve and not just be served.

Matthew 12, 1 Samuel 21 – The disciples picked wheat on the Sabbath because they were in need, they were hungry. The Pharisees tried to pin it on Jesus that they were doing something unlawful. Jesus replied that David and his men ate the bread that was only for the priests to eat. Jesus was saying that it is always lawful to help someone in need.

Matthew 5 – The Beatitudes has some interesting statements. Blessed are they who mourn, they will be comforted. In general it is hard to know what to do with people when they are mourning.

When John the Baptist sent people to ask Jesus if he was the messiah or not, Jesus didn’t chide John for his question. Instead Jesus said to go back and tell him about all the things that were happing. People were being healed. The good news was being preached.

Jesus says that the gospel is for the poor, the blind, the weak, the dead, the needy, it is for all.

So, how do you relate to people who are needy? How do you relate to people who lack understanding?

You don’t need to tell needy, hurting people everything that you know, but what you do need to say needs to be true. It takes a lot of wisdom.

Luke 7 – This is the account of the harlot anointing Jesus feet with ointment. The Pharisee thought to himself “if this man was a prophet he would know that this lady was a sinner.” Jesus knew what the man was thinking and replied by talking to Peter and talked about forgiving debts and who would love the king more, the one who was forgiven more debt or less debt?

None of us are beyond needing the grace of God and forgiveness. When we recognize this we can be grateful and have more compassion for other people as well.

It would be valuable to have a discussion about things like, when is it appropriate to ask for anointing? Is it only for physical things?

Galatians 6 – You who are godly should gently and humbly help people who are needy, share one another’s burdens, be helpful, etc.

1 Corinthians 12 – We are many parts, but we make up one body. We are to respect each other, both the weaker and the stronger.

To summarize – each and every person is emotionally and spiritually needy. It is helpful to realize this. It doesn’t mean we are a disaster, just that we are needy. The gospel calls us to recognize each person and all kinds of people.

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Luke 18 – How do you think about people who have disabilities, or who aren’t able to do things the way that you do? Exodus 22 and 23, Leviticus 25, Deuteronomy 12 and 24 – What do you think God thinks about abortion and the things that are being said b... Exodus 22 and 23, Leviticus 25, Deuteronomy 12 and 24 – What do you think God thinks about abortion and the things that are being said by people today about children?
John 4 – Jesus talked to a Samaritan woman. By doing this Jesus was breaking two “rules.” After the woman told Jesus that she did not have a husband, Jesus said that she had had five husbands. She tried to turn the focus away from herself. Jesus turned it back to her need, the heart of worship.
Matthew 8 – The leper came to Jesus and said, “if you want to you can make me clean!” Jesus was moved with compassion and stretched out his hand and healed him.
Jesus also healed Peters mother in law. This fulfilled a prophecy in the Old Testament. Sometimes the healing is done in the future life.
Matthew 9 – Jesus ate with Matthew. Matthew was a tax collector, an outcast, rejected by his own people. The Pharisees asked the disciples, and Jesus answered the question “why is Jesus eating with sinners?” Jesus reply was that healthy people don’t need a doctor!
John 5 – The lame man said he couldn’t get into the pool to be healed. Jesus told him to get up and walk. The lame man had a lot of hurting people around him, we need to be aware that everyone around us is needy. We never get over the need of others, and the need of Jesus to work in our lives.
Often people with needs want to serve and not just be served.
Matthew 12, 1 Samuel 21 – The disciples picked wheat on the Sabbath because they were in need, they were hungry. The Pharisees tried to pin it on Jesus that they were doing something unlawful. Jesus replied that David and his men ate the bread that was only for the priests to eat. Jesus was saying that it is always lawful to help someone in need.
Matthew 5 – The Beatitudes has some interesting statements. Blessed are they who mourn, they will be comforted. In general it is hard to know what to do with people when they are mourning.
When John the Baptist sent people to ask Jesus if he was the messiah or not, Jesus didn’t chide John for his question. Instead Jesus said to go back and tell him about all the things that were happing. People were being healed. The good news was being preached.
Jesus says that the gospel is for the poor, the blind, the weak, the dead, the needy, it is for all.
So, how do you relate to people who are needy? How do you relate to people who lack understanding?
You don’t need to tell needy, hurting people everything that you know, but what you do need to say needs to be true. It takes a lot of wisdom.
Luke 7 – This is the account of the harlot anointing Jesus feet with ointment. The Pharisee thought to himself “if this man was a prophet he would know that this lady was a sinner.” Jesus knew what the man was thinking and replied by talking to Peter and talked about forgiving debts and who would love the king more, the one who was forgiven more debt or less debt?
None of us are beyond needing the grace of God and forgiveness. When we recognize this we can be grateful and have more compassion for other people as well.
It would be valuable to have a discussion about things like, when is it appropriate to ask for anointing? Is it only for physical things?
Galatians 6 – You who are godly should gently and humbly help people who are needy, share one another’s burdens, be helpful, etc.
1 Corinthians 12 – We are many parts, but we make up one body. We are to respect each other, both the weaker and the stronger.
To summarize – each and every person is emotionally and spiritually needy. It is helpful to realize this. It doesn’t mean we are a disaster, just that we are needy. The gospel calls us to recognize each person and all kinds of people.
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Child Training #2 - Freeman Miller https://bmcgladys.com/child-training-2/ Mon, 03 Jun 2019 00:20:12 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3482 https://bmcgladys.com/child-training-2/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/child-training-2/feed/ 0 <p>A second evening talk from our neighbor to the north. Freeman Miller talking about child training. Here is a link to the first.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/child-training-2/">Child Training – Part 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> A second evening talk from our neighbor to the north. Freeman Miller talking about child training.

Here is a link to the first.

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A second evening talk from our neighbor to the north. Freeman Miller talking about child training. Here is a link to the first. Here is a link to the first.
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Motivated by Love - John Waldron https://bmcgladys.com/motivated-by-love/ Sun, 02 Jun 2019 19:21:22 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3472 https://bmcgladys.com/motivated-by-love/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/motivated-by-love/feed/ 0 <p>Jeremiah 17:9 – We are good at hiding our motives— even from ourselves. Isaiah 64:6 – It’s easy to look back at ancient Israel and say that about them… But what about us? So often our motives are not good either. Psalms 139:1,2 – God knows our hearts. I would like to first discuss some […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/motivated-by-love/">Motivated by Love</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Jeremiah 17:9 – We are good at hiding our motives— even from ourselves.

Isaiah 64:6 – It’s easy to look back at ancient Israel and say that about them… But what about us? So often our motives are not good either.

Psalms 139:1,2 – God knows our hearts.

I would like to first discuss some motivations that drive people to do bad things.

1) The desire for power (Acts 8:9,10, 14-18) Simon Magus)
2) The desire for fame (John 12:43)

“Half the harm that is done in this world is from people who want to be important…” – T. S. Elliot

3) The desire for money (Joshua 7, Achan; I Timothy 6:10)
4) Peer pressure (I Corinthians 15:33)
5) Our deceitful hearts (Matthew 15:19) (Psalm 51:10… our hearts need to be changed)

If we have the wrong motivations it can lead to two problems. One is that we burn out; The other is that we can lose our motivation.

What are some common motivations for good actions?

1) The fear of Hell… fear is not necessarily the best motivator, yet it does keep us from doing wrong (Matthew 10:28) (the parable of the talents) We need to mature beyond this motivation.

2) The desire for Heaven and rewards… Jesus does tell us that there are rewards for serving Him, but it probably shouldn’t be our primary motivation.

3) To impress people… (Acts 4:36-5:11) What counters this? Secrecy… (Matthew 6:3,4) Our goal should be to do things in secret… God knows what is done in secret.

4) To please others… It’s not necessarily bad to think about what others think— and we probably should! The important things that we care more about what Jesus thinks. We need to live for Him, not the acclaim of others (John 12:42,43)

This motivation can lead to two dangerous things: 1) we are too worried about pleasing others and do not think about what God wants and 2) we despair because we can’t please everyone.

Peter fell into this with the Judaizers— Galatians 2:11-14.

5) A desire to impress God… I think it’s a lot easier to please God than to impress Him. (Galatians 1:10; Romans 12:1; II Corinthians 5:9)

6) Because of duty… (Ecclesiastes 12:13,14) If we have a strong sense of duty we may get many things done, and yet it probably isn’t the best motivation. We can easily get burned out if we’re only driven by duty.

7) Because we love Jesus… I pray that each one of us would develop a desire to please Jesus because we love Him. It isn’t wrong to sometimes think about the other motivations we’ve mentioned, but this is the best motivation of all (John 14:15-24).

What does it look like to love Jesus? We do things that we know He wants us to do. Love serves without regard to the length of service. Genesis 29:20

How do we start living for an audience of one? There are many people watching us, but Christ should be the most important. (Colossians 3:23)

There is a tension in our lives, as we try to please the people around us but serve God most of all.

I pray that we would open our hearts to God and ask Him to show us where we need to grow. Let’s think about our motivations and grow in our love for Jesus.

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Jeremiah 17:9 – We are good at hiding our motives— even from ourselves. Isaiah 64:6 – It’s easy to look back at ancient Israel and say that about them… But what about us? So often our motives are not good either. Psalms 139:1,2 – God knows our hearts. Isaiah 64:6 – It’s easy to look back at ancient Israel and say that about them… But what about us? So often our motives are not good either.
Psalms 139:1,2 – God knows our hearts.
I would like to first discuss some motivations that drive people to do bad things.
1) The desire for power (Acts 8:9,10, 14-18) Simon Magus)
2) The desire for fame (John 12:43)
“Half the harm that is done in this world is from people who want to be important…” – T. S. Elliot
3) The desire for money (Joshua 7, Achan; I Timothy 6:10)
4) Peer pressure (I Corinthians 15:33)
5) Our deceitful hearts (Matthew 15:19) (Psalm 51:10… our hearts need to be changed)
If we have the wrong motivations it can lead to two problems. One is that we burn out; The other is that we can lose our motivation.
What are some common motivations for good actions?
1) The fear of Hell… fear is not necessarily the best motivator, yet it does keep us from doing wrong (Matthew 10:28) (the parable of the talents) We need to mature beyond this motivation.
2) The desire for Heaven and rewards… Jesus does tell us that there are rewards for serving Him, but it probably shouldn’t be our primary motivation.
3) To impress people… (Acts 4:36-5:11) What counters this? Secrecy… (Matthew 6:3,4) Our goal should be to do things in secret… God knows what is done in secret.
4) To please others… It’s not necessarily bad to think about what others think— and we probably should! The important things that we care more about what Jesus thinks. We need to live for Him, not the acclaim of others (John 12:42,43)
This motivation can lead to two dangerous things: 1) we are too worried about pleasing others and do not think about what God wants and 2) we despair because we can’t please everyone.
Peter fell into this with the Judaizers— Galatians 2:11-14.
5) A desire to impress God… I think it’s a lot easier to please God than to impress Him. (Galatians 1:10; Romans 12:1; II Corinthians 5:9)
6) Because of duty… (Ecclesiastes 12:13,14) If we have a strong sense of duty we may get many things done, and yet it probably isn’t the best motivation. We can easily get burned out if we’re only driven by duty.
7) Because we love Jesus… I pray that each one of us would develop a desire to please Jesus because we love Him. It isn’t wrong to sometimes think about the other motivations we’ve mentioned, but this is the best motivation of all (John 14:15-24).
What does it look like to love Jesus? We do things that we know He wants us to do. Love serves without regard to the length of service. Genesis 29:20
How do we start living for an audience of one? There are many people watching us, but Christ should be the most important. (Colossians 3:23)
There is a tension in our lives, as we try to please the people around us but serve God most of all.
I pray that we would open our hearts to God and ask Him to show us where we need to grow. Let’s think about our motivations and grow in our love for Jesus.
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The Church, God’s Masterpiece - Michael Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-church-gods-masterpiece/ Sun, 26 May 2019 21:16:50 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3470 https://bmcgladys.com/the-church-gods-masterpiece/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-church-gods-masterpiece/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Ephesians 3 and 4 Are you experiencing all the blessings that God has to offer you in brotherhood? What makes the difference between a mediocre Church and an outstanding Church? It seems disrespectful almost to rate a church like we would food or other products. But what determines the success of a Church? What […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-church-gods-masterpiece/">The Church, God’s Masterpiece</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Ephesians 3 and 4

Are you experiencing all the blessings that God has to offer you in brotherhood? What makes the difference between a mediocre Church and an outstanding Church?

It seems disrespectful almost to rate a church like we would food or other products.

But what determines the success of a Church? What is our purpose?

What is the primary purpose of the Church?

Notice verse 10. If we could picture God, surrounded by the hosts of Heaven… God holds forth this mystery, revealing a gem, dazzling in beauty… this is irrefutable proof of my wisdom: The Church is the masterpiece of the manifold wisdom of God.

As we as individuals are coming to God, being strengthened by the Spirit and indwelt by Jesus… God is able to take this motley congregation of individuals, and do something with us together that would be humanly impossible, to bring Him glory.

The purpose of the Church is to bring glory to God.

And now, in chapter 4 we zoom in— we look at the individual in the Church.

What should our purpose be? Our primary focus?

There are two things given in chapter 4 that I think have to be the most important for us as a local church.

Unity and edification.

Some would call this an inward focus— and maybe it is. But if we evangelize, what are we offering to them world? If we bring people in, what are we bringing them in to?

I don’t want to undermine evangelism— it’s very important. But I believe the most important priority of the Church is unity in the Spirit, and edification of our brothers in Christ.

What is our calling? To bring Glory to God in the context of the brotherhood.

Note in verse 21, the glory brought to God is not just from individuals, but from the unified Church.

Note the singularity in the following verses: One Lord, one faith, one baptism, etc.

We can have many members— but we must have one faith.

There are many backgrounds, many perspectives represented in this congregation. We all have different “glasses”. We even inherit them. We all have them, and they are all a little different.

And yet, we’re all pulled together, in Christ, into one body. I Corinthians 12 talks about different gifts, and different roles.

There are differences in the gifts. There different personalities. There are “bones and muscles”.
God’s design is not to do this on our own, but to do this together.

In verse 14 it mentions the stabilizing factor in the Church.

The health of the body is more important than even a personal relationship with someone.

God holds the Church out as His gem, His masterpiece. What is your Church? Is it the beautiful gem He wants?

I’m not here to make a judgement of your Church. But if it’s like mine, you probably have some work to do.

There are some churches where Church exists simply to provide a place to go Sunday morning. On the other hand there are the Hutterites where everything is done together.

Where is the perfect place in that spectrum? I’m not sure either, but I believe the church-is-just-a-place-to-go-hear-a-sermon model is the less Biblical direction.

What about us? How well do we know each other?

Have you been offended by your brother? How much do you value the input of your brothers or sisters? How often have you changed something in your life only because a brother asked you to? Do you value other brothers’ perspective?

There is always room to grow… There are answers to these questions. There are ways to remedy our problems.

Down in verse 26… I would like to challenge you to reach for that level of brotherhood. If things are not clear between me and my brother, do not let the sun go down until you have begun to take the steps towards reconciliation.

Do you love the body of Christ- so much that you have done your part to ensure that there are no rips, no schisms in the body?

Communication, whether good or bad, is a major factor. Sometimes there are hurts or brokenness because of understanding. We need good communication.

How is your Church?

Is there deep unity? And are we edifying each other to be like Christ?

This will take vulnerability, love, and all of us— hanging on the cross, fully surrendered.

We all have rough edges, all the Churches do. God is working on those, to refine us into His beautiful gem, the glorious masterpiece He is forming through His Son.

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Text: Ephesians 3 and 4 Are you experiencing all the blessings that God has to offer you in brotherhood? What makes the difference between a mediocre Church and an outstanding Church? It seems disrespectful almost to rate a church like we would food or... Are you experiencing all the blessings that God has to offer you in brotherhood? What makes the difference between a mediocre Church and an outstanding Church?
It seems disrespectful almost to rate a church like we would food or other products.
But what determines the success of a Church? What is our purpose?
What is the primary purpose of the Church?
Notice verse 10. If we could picture God, surrounded by the hosts of Heaven… God holds forth this mystery, revealing a gem, dazzling in beauty… this is irrefutable proof of my wisdom: The Church is the masterpiece of the manifold wisdom of God.
As we as individuals are coming to God, being strengthened by the Spirit and indwelt by Jesus… God is able to take this motley congregation of individuals, and do something with us together that would be humanly impossible, to bring Him glory.
The purpose of the Church is to bring glory to God.
And now, in chapter 4 we zoom in— we look at the individual in the Church.
What should our purpose be? Our primary focus?
There are two things given in chapter 4 that I think have to be the most important for us as a local church.
Unity and edification.
Some would call this an inward focus— and maybe it is. But if we evangelize, what are we offering to them world? If we bring people in, what are we bringing them in to?
I don’t want to undermine evangelism— it’s very important. But I believe the most important priority of the Church is unity in the Spirit, and edification of our brothers in Christ.
What is our calling? To bring Glory to God in the context of the brotherhood.
Note in verse 21, the glory brought to God is not just from individuals, but from the unified Church.
Note the singularity in the following verses: One Lord, one faith, one baptism, etc.
We can have many members— but we must have one faith.
There are many backgrounds, many perspectives represented in this congregation. We all have different “glasses”. We even inherit them. We all have them, and they are all a little different.
And yet, we’re all pulled together, in Christ, into one body. I Corinthians 12 talks about different gifts, and different roles.
There are differences in the gifts. There different personalities. There are “bones and muscles”.
God’s design is not to do this on our own, but to do this together.
In verse 14 it mentions the stabilizing factor in the Church.
The health of the body is more important than even a personal relationship with someone.
God holds the Church out as His gem, His masterpiece. What is your Church? Is it the beautiful gem He wants?
I’m not here to make a judgement of your Church. But if it’s like mine, you probably have some work to do.
There are some churches where Church exists simply to provide a place to go Sunday morning. On the other hand there are the Hutterites where everything is done together.
Where is the perfect place in that spectrum? I’m not sure either, but I believe the church-is-just-a-place-to-go-hear-a-sermon model is the less Biblical direction.
What about us? How well do we know each other?
Have you been offended by your brother? How much do you value the input of your brothers or sisters? How often have you changed something in your life only because a brother asked you to? Do you value other brothers’ perspective?
There is always room to grow… There are answers to these questions. There are ways to remedy our problems.
Down in verse 26… I would like to challenge you to reach for that level of brotherhood. If things are not clear between me and my brother, do not let the sun go down until you have begun to take the steps towards reconciliation.
Do you love the body of Christ- so much that you have done your part to ensure that there are no rips, no schisms in the body?]]>
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Filled with the Glory of the Lord - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/filled-with-the-glory-of-the-lord/ Sun, 19 May 2019 21:17:42 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3467 https://bmcgladys.com/filled-with-the-glory-of-the-lord/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/filled-with-the-glory-of-the-lord/feed/ 0 <p>Numbers 14:21 – But truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. Habakkuk 2:14 – For all the earth will be filled wit the knowledge of the Lord, as the water covers the sea. Genesis 6:11 – It didn’t take long for the beautiful earth that God […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/filled-with-the-glory-of-the-lord/">Filled with the Glory of the Lord</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Numbers 14:21 – But truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.

Habakkuk 2:14 – For all the earth will be filled wit the knowledge of the Lord, as the water covers the sea.

Genesis 6:11 – It didn’t take long for the beautiful earth that God had created to be turned to violence and evil.

Jeremiah 16:18, Romans 1 – Sometimes it looks like the devil is winning, that the fruits of unrighteousness is filling the earth.

How will God, who has plans, turn this about? How will he bring the earth to a place where it is filled with the glory of the Lord?

By Judging Sinful People

When the 12 spies that came back from scouting the land that God had promised His children, they said it was a good land, but that it would be impossible to take it. Well, 10 of the 12 said this.

Joshua and Caleb begged the people not to rebel agains the Lord. Moses prayed and God spared his people Israel. The earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.

By Changing Sinful People

There is a fuller change that God wants to bring about in the lives of His children. Taking the old hard heart and turning it into a soft heart of flesh.

It is only through Christ, cleansing from sin, and being restored to fellowship with God, that there can be a conversion that changes the lives and the hearts of people.

1 Corinthians – You are the temple of God. The Spirit dwells in you.

Ephesians 5:18 – Be filled with the Spirit.

Christians are like a house that is to be filled with the Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit is similar to the way a house that is on fire gets filled with smoke. In such a situation every nook and cranny gets touched and affected by the smoke.

1 Corinthians 3 – In the New Testament there were Christians who had the Spirit of God, but who were not under the complete control of the Spirit. They were fed with milk, not solid food.

We are no more filled with the Spirit than we are empty of self and carnality and pursuits that are more important to us than seeking the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. The more selfish we are the less of the Spirit we have.

God sees the seeking heart, a dark, empty wasteland, but seeking and longing for something. When the seeking heart is stirred and responds, God says “let there be light.” And in our hearts there can be a light that conquers the darkness.

John 1 – John the Baptist was to testify that Jesus is the light, that all through Him might believe. Jesus is the true light that can give light to every person in the world.

1 John 1:7 – Light is fellowship with Christ and guidance from Christ and His Word.

Romans 13:12 – Light is protection, it is an armor for us.

Walking with Christ is obedience. It is communing with Him through ongoing, deliberate reading of the Word and prayer.

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Numbers 14:21 – But truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. Habakkuk 2:14 – For all the earth will be filled wit the knowledge of the Lord, as the water covers the sea. Genesis 6:11 – It didn’t take long for the beaut... Habakkuk 2:14 – For all the earth will be filled wit the knowledge of the Lord, as the water covers the sea.
Genesis 6:11 – It didn’t take long for the beautiful earth that God had created to be turned to violence and evil.
Jeremiah 16:18, Romans 1 – Sometimes it looks like the devil is winning, that the fruits of unrighteousness is filling the earth.
How will God, who has plans, turn this about? How will he bring the earth to a place where it is filled with the glory of the Lord?
By Judging Sinful People
When the 12 spies that came back from scouting the land that God had promised His children, they said it was a good land, but that it would be impossible to take it. Well, 10 of the 12 said this.
Joshua and Caleb begged the people not to rebel agains the Lord. Moses prayed and God spared his people Israel. The earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.
By Changing Sinful People
There is a fuller change that God wants to bring about in the lives of His children. Taking the old hard heart and turning it into a soft heart of flesh.
It is only through Christ, cleansing from sin, and being restored to fellowship with God, that there can be a conversion that changes the lives and the hearts of people.
1 Corinthians – You are the temple of God. The Spirit dwells in you.
Ephesians 5:18 – Be filled with the Spirit.
Christians are like a house that is to be filled with the Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit is similar to the way a house that is on fire gets filled with smoke. In such a situation every nook and cranny gets touched and affected by the smoke.
1 Corinthians 3 – In the New Testament there were Christians who had the Spirit of God, but who were not under the complete control of the Spirit. They were fed with milk, not solid food.
We are no more filled with the Spirit than we are empty of self and carnality and pursuits that are more important to us than seeking the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. The more selfish we are the less of the Spirit we have.
God sees the seeking heart, a dark, empty wasteland, but seeking and longing for something. When the seeking heart is stirred and responds, God says “let there be light.” And in our hearts there can be a light that conquers the darkness.
John 1 – John the Baptist was to testify that Jesus is the light, that all through Him might believe. Jesus is the true light that can give light to every person in the world.
1 John 1:7 – Light is fellowship with Christ and guidance from Christ and His Word.
Romans 13:12 – Light is protection, it is an armor for us.
Walking with Christ is obedience. It is communing with Him through ongoing, deliberate reading of the Word and prayer.
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Jesus the Unity of Scripture - Eric Oberholzer https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-the-unity-of-scripture/ Sun, 12 May 2019 19:28:20 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3462 https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-the-unity-of-scripture/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-the-unity-of-scripture/feed/ 0 <p>The Old Testament anticipates Christ; The New Testament reveals Him. The Bible has 66 books; Writers were from very different times; and thier was a gap of hundreds of years between the Testaments— And yet it is entirely unified. Key to this is the focus on Christ, in every book. In Genesis, Jesus is present […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-the-unity-of-scripture/">Jesus the Unity of Scripture</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The Old Testament anticipates Christ; The New Testament reveals Him.

The Bible has 66 books; Writers were from very different times; and thier was a gap of hundreds of years between the Testaments— And yet it is entirely unified. Key to this is the focus on Christ, in every book.

In Genesis, Jesus is present at creation.

Some ways we see Christ in Genesis:

He was present at creation (Genesis 3). The story of the sacrifice of Isaac…. both were the only son, both submitted, both carried wood to the place of sacrifice… Genesis 22:6

Earlier, in Genesis, we have the story of Abraham and Melchizedek, king of Salem. Genesis 14:18,19; Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 6:19,20;

Toward the end of Genesis, we have the life of Joseph… others conspired to kill him, the brother who plotted against Joseph has a similar name to Judas; Like Joseph, Jesus was falsely accused; and God used the evil plots of men to bring about good.

Jesus is also typified by Moses: Survived an order to be killed as a child, the Passover typified the perfect sacrifice of Jesus, etc.

The song of Moses also is presented in Revelation (Exodus 15:1,2 Revelation 15:1-3)

The rock that was struck— just as Christ, our Rock. (I Cor. 10:1-4)

Moving on to Leviticus… Here we see the sinfulness of man and the sacrifices that point towards Christ’s.

In Numbers, there is the account of the bronze serpent Foreshadowing Christ on the cross.

Deuteronomy foreshadows the refuge of Christ in through the cities of refuge.

Jesus is typified in the life of Joshua; He leads the people to the promised land (Joshua 5)

In the book of Judges, the judges typify the Deliverer and Judge of the whole world.

In the story of Ruth, the story of the beginning of the Davidic line tells us of the coming “Kinsman-Redeemer”, Jesus Christ. He redeems ALL of God’s people.

Samuel gives us the story of the beginning of the Davidic line. David was a shepherd, Christ is our Great Shepherd, Leader, King, and deliverer.

In the reign of Solomon we see a picture of the reign of Christ in the Church.

In Ezra, there is a promise of the Lion of Judah never being destroyed; Nehemiah, the rebuilding of the temple, as Christ builds His Church; Esther, the deliverance of God’s people and the faithfulness of Mordecai that foreshadows Christ; Job, a life of suffering followed by great blessing.

The Psalms is full of references to Christ: He would be a Priest; He would be rejected and put to death, with minute details of the event; He would have a Kingdom and He would reign for ever; That He would also be raised from the dead.

Proverbs prophesies the coming of Christ;

In Ecclesiastes we see the life of Christ;

In Song of Solomon, the bridegroom of the Church;

Isaiah, that He is for the whole world;

Jeremiah and Lamentations, that He would be our righteousness (I Cor. 1:30);

Ezekiel, that He would be the Son of David;

Daniel that He would be the Son of Man, and that He would be killed;

Hosea, illustrates Christ through His covenant faithfulness;

Joel, prophesies that He would offer salvation to every man;

Amos, the death of Jesus (8:9);

Obadiah the theme of judgement against those who persecute God’s people;

Jonah, in the belly of the whale for three days;

Micah, prophesies that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem;

Nahum, Jesus as the Creator-Prophet, and would provide deliverance from judgement;

Habakkuk, intercessory prayer for the people mirrors Christ;

Zephaniah, Christ’s future judgement on the world;

Haggai, that He would visit the temple;

Zechariah, triumphal entry, our Priest and King; and Malachi, that He would appear in the Temple and the coming of John the Baptist.

Jesus is the consistent theme of the Bible— both in the Old and New Testament.

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The Old Testament anticipates Christ; The New Testament reveals Him. The Bible has 66 books; Writers were from very different times; and thier was a gap of hundreds of years between the Testaments— And yet it is entirely unified. The Bible has 66 books; Writers were from very different times; and thier was a gap of hundreds of years between the Testaments— And yet it is entirely unified. Key to this is the focus on Christ, in every book.
In Genesis, Jesus is present at creation.
Some ways we see Christ in Genesis:
He was present at creation (Genesis 3). The story of the sacrifice of Isaac…. both were the only son, both submitted, both carried wood to the place of sacrifice… Genesis 22:6
Earlier, in Genesis, we have the story of Abraham and Melchizedek, king of Salem. Genesis 14:18,19; Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 6:19,20;
Toward the end of Genesis, we have the life of Joseph… others conspired to kill him, the brother who plotted against Joseph has a similar name to Judas; Like Joseph, Jesus was falsely accused; and God used the evil plots of men to bring about good.
Jesus is also typified by Moses: Survived an order to be killed as a child, the Passover typified the perfect sacrifice of Jesus, etc.
The song of Moses also is presented in Revelation (Exodus 15:1,2 Revelation 15:1-3)
The rock that was struck— just as Christ, our Rock. (I Cor. 10:1-4)
Moving on to Leviticus… Here we see the sinfulness of man and the sacrifices that point towards Christ’s.
In Numbers, there is the account of the bronze serpent Foreshadowing Christ on the cross.
Deuteronomy foreshadows the refuge of Christ in through the cities of refuge.
Jesus is typified in the life of Joshua; He leads the people to the promised land (Joshua 5)
In the book of Judges, the judges typify the Deliverer and Judge of the whole world.
In the story of Ruth, the story of the beginning of the Davidic line tells us of the coming “Kinsman-Redeemer”, Jesus Christ. He redeems ALL of God’s people.
Samuel gives us the story of the beginning of the Davidic line. David was a shepherd, Christ is our Great Shepherd, Leader, King, and deliverer.
In the reign of Solomon we see a picture of the reign of Christ in the Church.
In Ezra, there is a promise of the Lion of Judah never being destroyed; Nehemiah, the rebuilding of the temple, as Christ builds His Church; Esther, the deliverance of God’s people and the faithfulness of Mordecai that foreshadows Christ; Job, a life of suffering followed by great blessing.
The Psalms is full of references to Christ: He would be a Priest; He would be rejected and put to death, with minute details of the event; He would have a Kingdom and He would reign for ever; That He would also be raised from the dead.
Proverbs prophesies the coming of Christ;
In Ecclesiastes we see the life of Christ;
In Song of Solomon, the bridegroom of the Church;
Isaiah, that He is for the whole world;
Jeremiah and Lamentations, that He would be our righteousness (I Cor. 1:30);
Ezekiel, that He would be the Son of David;
Daniel that He would be the Son of Man, and that He would be killed;
Hosea, illustrates Christ through His covenant faithfulness;
Joel, prophesies that He would offer salvation to every man;
Amos, the death of Jesus (8:9);
Obadiah the theme of judgement against those who persecute God’s people;
Jonah, in the belly of the whale for three days;
Micah, prophesies that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem;
Nahum, Jesus as the Creator-Prophet, and would provide deliverance from judgement;
Habakkuk, intercessory prayer for the people mirrors Christ;
Zephaniah, Christ’s future judgement on the world;
Haggai, that He would visit the temple;
Zechariah, triumphal entry, our Priest and King; and Malachi, that He would appear in the Temple and the coming of John the Baptist.
Jesus is the consistent theme of the Bible— both in the Old and New Testament.
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All - Rich Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/all/ Sun, 05 May 2019 22:04:12 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3458 https://bmcgladys.com/all/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/all/feed/ 0 <p>Theme verse: 2 Timothy 3:16 We believe that almighty God decided to write His Word for us to read. He gave us the gift of His Word through men moved by the Holy Spirit. He has given us ALL that we needed. Jesus is central to God’s plan. He told us before He left that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/all/">All</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Theme verse: 2 Timothy 3:16

We believe that almighty God decided to write His Word for us to read. He gave us the gift of His Word through men moved by the Holy Spirit. He has given us ALL that we needed.

Jesus is central to God’s plan. He told us before He left that there was more He wished to tell us. But He promised the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.

This morning I would like to mostly read Scripture, and not make a lot of comment.

Colossians 1:9-20

Paul here paints a very high and lofty position for Christ. Christ was before all things, brought all things to be, and is reconciling them to Himself.

I Corinthians 15:19-28

All of Christ’s work is for ALL of us, for ALL people, and because of the sins of ALL people.

ALL people are “of one blood”. Acts 17:24-26

Otis Yoder: “The problem of man is universal— but so is the solution”.

Matthew 28:18-20

All power was given to Christ. He wants us to go into all the world and teach all things that He has commanded us.

Jeremiah 17:9

Romans 3:23

Romans 5:12

Romans 3:9

Isaiah 53:6

ALL of us have gone astray like sheep.

Jeremiah 33:8

I John 1:7 — There is an if here; We must continue in the light.

I John 1:9

II Corinthians 5:17


How is this redemption possible?

Mark 10:27 — ALL things are possible with God

Mark 9:23

2 Peter 3:9

Matthew 11:25-30

Psalm 145:20

We have a choice.

John 13:35

When Scripture says ALL it means ALL!

Luke 10:27

Acts 17:30

Hebrews 4:15

Ephesians 4:1-6

I Corinthians 12

Let us remember that in the body there is supposed to be oneness; Diversity in gifts, but oneness in Christ.

John 17:6-21

The oneness of Jesus and the Father is the same oneness that He desires for us.

Ephesians 3:20, 21

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Theme verse: 2 Timothy 3:16 We believe that almighty God decided to write His Word for us to read. He gave us the gift of His Word through men moved by the Holy Spirit. He has given us ALL that we needed. Jesus is central to God’s plan. We believe that almighty God decided to write His Word for us to read. He gave us the gift of His Word through men moved by the Holy Spirit. He has given us ALL that we needed.
Jesus is central to God’s plan. He told us before He left that there was more He wished to tell us. But He promised the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.
This morning I would like to mostly read Scripture, and not make a lot of comment.
Colossians 1:9-20
Paul here paints a very high and lofty position for Christ. Christ was before all things, brought all things to be, and is reconciling them to Himself.
I Corinthians 15:19-28
All of Christ’s work is for ALL of us, for ALL people, and because of the sins of ALL people.
ALL people are “of one blood”. Acts 17:24-26
Otis Yoder: “The problem of man is universal— but so is the solution”.
Matthew 28:18-20
All power was given to Christ. He wants us to go into all the world and teach all things that He has commanded us.
Jeremiah 17:9
Romans 3:23
Romans 5:12
Romans 3:9
Isaiah 53:6
ALL of us have gone astray like sheep.
Jeremiah 33:8
I John 1:7 — There is an if here; We must continue in the light.
I John 1:9
II Corinthians 5:17

How is this redemption possible?
Mark 10:27 — ALL things are possible with God
Mark 9:23
2 Peter 3:9
Matthew 11:25-30
Psalm 145:20
We have a choice.
John 13:35
When Scripture says ALL it means ALL!
Luke 10:27
Acts 17:30
Hebrews 4:15
Ephesians 4:1-6
I Corinthians 12
Let us remember that in the body there is supposed to be oneness; Diversity in gifts, but oneness in Christ.
John 17:6-21
The oneness of Jesus and the Father is the same oneness that He desires for us.
Ephesians 3:20, 21
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A Pilgrimage Towards the Father - Dan Freed https://bmcgladys.com/a-pilgrimage-towards-the-father/ Sun, 28 Apr 2019 19:43:20 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3454 https://bmcgladys.com/a-pilgrimage-towards-the-father/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/a-pilgrimage-towards-the-father/feed/ 0 <p>“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness… for they will be filled!” Psalm 84 – This is one of several Psalms written by the sons of Korah. The writer of this Psalm is crying out for God. He is even jealous of the birds that get to be there at all times! Christians […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-pilgrimage-towards-the-father/">A Pilgrimage Towards the Father</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness… for they will be filled!”

Psalm 84 – This is one of several Psalms written by the sons of Korah.

The writer of this Psalm is crying out for God. He is even jealous of the birds that get to be there at all times! Christians should want to fellowship with other Christians.

God is so big He is beyond our imagination. One place that God would appear was in the Holy of Holies. When Jesus died, the curtain between the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom, opening the way to God’s presence.

Christ was God in a human body, Jesus showed us God!

It is a beautiful thing when Christians love God and love each other and want to be with each other. That is how God designed the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Corinthians 6:16 – God will live among His people. He will be thier God and they will be His people.

Traveling with God’s Power

Blessed is the man who’s strength is in You! Blessed are those who want to get to God, seeking His faith and His presence. As a group of believers let us do what we can to reach out and to welcome people into our and God’s presence.

Jeremiah 3:23 – Let him who boasts boast in the fact that he knows God!

Write things down… write down your prayers and the answers that God gives you.

Open your eyes to the fact that God is here.

Blessings from the Father

There is nothing like the warmth of the sun on a cold morning.

God is a shield, a protector for us.

God is a loving Heavenly Father.

Be in touch with God, be in God’s presence.

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“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness… for they will be filled!” Psalm 84 – This is one of several Psalms written by the sons of Korah. The writer of this Psalm is crying out for God. Psalm 84 – This is one of several Psalms written by the sons of Korah.
The writer of this Psalm is crying out for God. He is even jealous of the birds that get to be there at all times! Christians should want to fellowship with other Christians.
God is so big He is beyond our imagination. One place that God would appear was in the Holy of Holies. When Jesus died, the curtain between the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom, opening the way to God’s presence.
Christ was God in a human body, Jesus showed us God!
It is a beautiful thing when Christians love God and love each other and want to be with each other. That is how God designed the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Corinthians 6:16 – God will live among His people. He will be thier God and they will be His people.
Traveling with God’s Power
Blessed is the man who’s strength is in You! Blessed are those who want to get to God, seeking His faith and His presence. As a group of believers let us do what we can to reach out and to welcome people into our and God’s presence.
Jeremiah 3:23 – Let him who boasts boast in the fact that he knows God!
Write things down… write down your prayers and the answers that God gives you.
Open your eyes to the fact that God is here.
Blessings from the Father
There is nothing like the warmth of the sun on a cold morning.
God is a shield, a protector for us.
God is a loving Heavenly Father.
Be in touch with God, be in God’s presence.
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Children Story Time with Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/children-story-time-with-wayne-schrock/ Mon, 15 Apr 2019 00:41:13 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3448 https://bmcgladys.com/children-story-time-with-wayne-schrock/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/children-story-time-with-wayne-schrock/feed/ 0 <p>Wayne spent the first hour of the service Sunday morning telling stories to the children. This is that session…</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/children-story-time-with-wayne-schrock/">Children Story Time with Wayne Schrock</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Wayne spent the first hour of the service Sunday morning telling stories to the children. This is that session…

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Embracing Your Brother In Christ - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/embracing-your-brother-in-christ/ Mon, 15 Apr 2019 00:38:08 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3446 https://bmcgladys.com/embracing-your-brother-in-christ/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/embracing-your-brother-in-christ/feed/ 0 <p>Romans 14:1-23 My prayer is that the things I share from Romans will give you a hunger to search for the deep things of God. The principles Paul gives are timeless and firmly anchored in divine revelation. Beginning in verse one, Paul exhorts us to accept the one who is weak in the faith. We […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/embracing-your-brother-in-christ/">Embracing Your Brother In Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Romans 14:1-23

My prayer is that the things I share from Romans will give you a hunger to search for the deep things of God. The principles Paul gives are timeless and firmly anchored in divine revelation.

Beginning in verse one, Paul exhorts us to accept the one who is weak in the faith. We are to receive him because Christ has already done so.

In Romans 15:7 we are told “receive one another as Christ has received us”.

The Church at Rome was one of great diversity. In Romans 1 Paul speaks of the cultured Greeks and the uncultured barbarians; He later talks about the learned and the unwise; There is also the slave and the free man. No doubt this mix was present in the Roman church as well.

Most of us, on the other hand, are part of churches where we have a shared a cultural and denominational background. That may make this teaching harder for us to grasp.

Differences of convictions and culture can cause schism and other problems if not handled very carefully.

Paul refers in this chapter to the weak and the strong in the context of issues of conscience. What are the issues in this passage?

The issue of meat was a big one in the first century of the church. There was the Jewish-gentile issue regarding clean and unclean meats, as well as the matter of meats offered to idols.

Here Paul addresses the issue of meat. He usually is referring it in regard to meat offered to idols.

The word used for meat is referring to food, not necessarily specific to flesh.

Another issue addressed here is the observance or honor of certain days. This may refer to Jewish holy days. It could also refer to the sabbath versus the Lord’s Day.

How are we to understand the weak and the strong ?

In verse one, Paul talks about someone weak in the faith. One who is weak in the faith is not necessarily someone who is weak in the faith or a legalist. A legalist mixes law and grace. We must not confuse this passage by imposing the contemporary terms “liberal” and “conservative” on the terms “weak” and “strong”.

Perhaps a characteristic of the weak is the misapplication of Scripture or the failure to think things through to their logical conclusion.

A person weak in the faith is usually one who has a weak moral sensitivity. He has not allowed his faith in Christ to guide him in ethical questions.

It is possible that the weak brother was Jewish or gentile. When one becomes a believer, one’s mind does not become an empty slate and all past influences are not necessarily removed.

II Corinthians 5:17

For instance, the observant Jew would not necessarily feel completely free from the restraints of the Law. Also, a former pagan may have been repulsed by his former indulgent lifestyle and react by eschewing ham and steak.

One who is weak in the faith often has an over-sensitive conscience. It hinders them from living with confidence in Christ.

The conscience is indirectly referenced throughout this chapter.
See also I Cor. 8, 10

1) do not violate your own conscience

2) do not violate your brother’s conscience

3) do not cause your brother to violate his own conscience

Very few people think THEY are weak in the faith. Most people see themselves as the “strong” brother.

Romans 14 leans heavily on him who is strong to be sensitive and support the brother that is weak.

Strong believers have allowed the Spirit and the Scriptures to shape their minds and a mature faith. They also have a good and pure conscience.

I Timothy 3:9

The conscience is like an arrow— the arrow of a compass that points to the north, that tells you where to go. We must pay attention to it.

The conscience can be reshaped and enlightened by Scripture.

Let me quickly give you a few points in overview.

Principles to guide us in issues of conscience:

1) Receive one another as Christ has received us

2) we should not despise or judge one another

3) We must be sensitive to our brother’s conscience

4) nothing is unclean in itself I Timothy 4:4

5) The kingdom of God is not a matter of meat and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost

6) do not flaunt our liberties

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Romans 14:1-23 My prayer is that the things I share from Romans will give you a hunger to search for the deep things of God. The principles Paul gives are timeless and firmly anchored in divine revelation. Beginning in verse one, My prayer is that the things I share from Romans will give you a hunger to search for the deep things of God. The principles Paul gives are timeless and firmly anchored in divine revelation.
Beginning in verse one, Paul exhorts us to accept the one who is weak in the faith. We are to receive him because Christ has already done so.
In Romans 15:7 we are told “receive one another as Christ has received us”.
The Church at Rome was one of great diversity. In Romans 1 Paul speaks of the cultured Greeks and the uncultured barbarians; He later talks about the learned and the unwise; There is also the slave and the free man. No doubt this mix was present in the Roman church as well.
Most of us, on the other hand, are part of churches where we have a shared a cultural and denominational background. That may make this teaching harder for us to grasp.
Differences of convictions and culture can cause schism and other problems if not handled very carefully.
Paul refers in this chapter to the weak and the strong in the context of issues of conscience. What are the issues in this passage?
The issue of meat was a big one in the first century of the church. There was the Jewish-gentile issue regarding clean and unclean meats, as well as the matter of meats offered to idols.
Here Paul addresses the issue of meat. He usually is referring it in regard to meat offered to idols.
The word used for meat is referring to food, not necessarily specific to flesh.
Another issue addressed here is the observance or honor of certain days. This may refer to Jewish holy days. It could also refer to the sabbath versus the Lord’s Day.
How are we to understand the weak and the strong ?
In verse one, Paul talks about someone weak in the faith. One who is weak in the faith is not necessarily someone who is weak in the faith or a legalist. A legalist mixes law and grace. We must not confuse this passage by imposing the contemporary terms “liberal” and “conservative” on the terms “weak” and “strong”.
Perhaps a characteristic of the weak is the misapplication of Scripture or the failure to think things through to their logical conclusion.
A person weak in the faith is usually one who has a weak moral sensitivity. He has not allowed his faith in Christ to guide him in ethical questions.
It is possible that the weak brother was Jewish or gentile. When one becomes a believer, one’s mind does not become an empty slate and all past influences are not necessarily removed.
II Corinthians 5:17
For instance, the observant Jew would not necessarily feel completely free from the restraints of the Law. Also, a former pagan may have been repulsed by his former indulgent lifestyle and react by eschewing ham and steak.
One who is weak in the faith often has an over-sensitive conscience. It hinders them from living with confidence in Christ.
The conscience is indirectly referenced throughout this chapter.
See also I Cor. 8, 10
1) do not violate your own conscience
2) do not violate your brother’s conscience
3) do not cause your brother to violate his own conscience
Very few people think THEY are weak in the faith. Most people see themselves as the “strong” brother.
Romans 14 leans heavily on him who is strong to be sensitive and support the brother that is weak.
Strong believers have allowed the Spirit and the Scriptures to shape their minds and a mature faith. They also have a good and pure conscience.
I Timothy 3:9
The conscience is like an arrow— the arrow of a compass that points to the north, that tells you where to go. We must pay attention to it.
The conscience can be reshaped and enlightened by Scripture.
Let me quickly give you a few points in overview.
Principles to guide us in issues of conscience:
1) Receive one another as Christ has received us
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Relating to Those Without - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/relating-to-those-without/ Sun, 14 Apr 2019 00:36:18 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3444 https://bmcgladys.com/relating-to-those-without/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/relating-to-those-without/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Romans 13:1-14 Last night we talked about our relationship with the body of Christ, but tonight our focus is on our relationship with those without. These include our non-Christian friends and neighbors and the government. Beginning in verse 14 of Romans 12 Paul begins to focus beyond the sphere of the Church. It seems […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/relating-to-those-without/">Relating to Those Without</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Romans 13:1-14

Last night we talked about our relationship with the body of Christ, but tonight our focus is on our relationship with those without.
These include our non-Christian friends and neighbors and the government.

Beginning in verse 14 of Romans 12 Paul begins to focus beyond the sphere of the Church. It seems to me that in this passage, Paul instructs us on how to interact with non-Christians around us.

We believe there should be a distinction between the people of God and the unsaved. That does not mean, however, that we should live antagonistically.

I Timothy 2:1,2

Our prayer for peace is not that our life be easy, but that we may share the gospel.

Matthew 10:16

Paul tells us how to practice Jesus way of relating to the unbeliever:

1) vs. 14 we are kind to them
2) vs. 15 we have empathy with them when they suffer
3) vs. 16 we don’t have an attitude of superiority over them
4) vs. 17 we return good for evil
5) vs. 17 be upfront and straightforward
6) vs. 18 we go the second mile in living peaceably with them

Verses 19-21 give instruction on dealing with persecution.

We now want to focus on Romans 13.

Why does Paul address this subject?

The pagan Roman Empire barely tolerated the Christian faith. The Roman Church seemed to bear the brunt of these persecutions. Rome’s political climate was fickle.

In view of this practical situation, Paul felt compelled to give direction to the Christians in Rome what their attitude should be toward civil leaders.

Acts 18:2

Here in Romans 13 the Christian’s responsibility is outlined. In order to have proper perspective, we need to understand that their are two kinds of authority.

There is absolute authority, which belongs to God alone. There is also the authority delegated, and limited.

The state possess delegated, not absolute authority.

The implications of this are twofold: 1) the civil government has only delegated authority and are ordained of God and 2) to resist them is to resist God.

Sometimes the follower of Christ has to resist civil government— when it is a choice between obedience to God or the state.

Verse 3 and 4: The purpose of the state is to restrain evil and to protect the law-abiding. The civil authorities are to punish evildoers.

In verses 5 and 6, Paul gives the Christian’s responsibility: First, be subject; Second, pay taxes; Third, properly honor and and respect civil leaders.

The ethics of the kingdom of God limit the Christians involvement in the kingdoms of the world.

There is no such thing as a Christian nation, from a New Testament perspective.

America is and always was a godless nation. Even if a nation claims to be one nation under God— God does not have a theocracy.

We must not say such things in arrogance, but love.

Will we be prepared when the kingdoms of God and the world clash?— and they will.

Paul concludes his discussion of civil authority:

In verses 8-10 Paul reviews the two greatest commandments. Love your neighbor— owe him nothing else. Love is an unpayable debt… you can never say, “I loved enough.” The love of neighbor will fulfill the law and keep you from doing anything harmful to him.

In 11-14, Paul concludes with a call to a dynamic and alert spiritual life. This is the best response to persecution. The darker the night, the brighter your light needs to shine. Be aware of the times you are living in. Now is not the time for compromise. Live honestly— don’t absorb the values of the world around you, live counter-culturally.

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ! Live victoriously! It’s divinely possible by the power of the Holy Spirit.

(Verses 11 – 14)

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Text: Romans 13:1-14 Last night we talked about our relationship with the body of Christ, but tonight our focus is on our relationship with those without. These include our non-Christian friends and neighbors and the government. Last night we talked about our relationship with the body of Christ, but tonight our focus is on our relationship with those without.
These include our non-Christian friends and neighbors and the government.
Beginning in verse 14 of Romans 12 Paul begins to focus beyond the sphere of the Church. It seems to me that in this passage, Paul instructs us on how to interact with non-Christians around us.
We believe there should be a distinction between the people of God and the unsaved. That does not mean, however, that we should live antagonistically.
I Timothy 2:1,2
Our prayer for peace is not that our life be easy, but that we may share the gospel.
Matthew 10:16
Paul tells us how to practice Jesus way of relating to the unbeliever:
1) vs. 14 we are kind to them
2) vs. 15 we have empathy with them when they suffer
3) vs. 16 we don’t have an attitude of superiority over them
4) vs. 17 we return good for evil
5) vs. 17 be upfront and straightforward
6) vs. 18 we go the second mile in living peaceably with them
Verses 19-21 give instruction on dealing with persecution.
We now want to focus on Romans 13.
Why does Paul address this subject?
The pagan Roman Empire barely tolerated the Christian faith. The Roman Church seemed to bear the brunt of these persecutions. Rome’s political climate was fickle.
In view of this practical situation, Paul felt compelled to give direction to the Christians in Rome what their attitude should be toward civil leaders.
Acts 18:2
Here in Romans 13 the Christian’s responsibility is outlined. In order to have proper perspective, we need to understand that their are two kinds of authority.
There is absolute authority, which belongs to God alone. There is also the authority delegated, and limited.
The state possess delegated, not absolute authority.
The implications of this are twofold: 1) the civil government has only delegated authority and are ordained of God and 2) to resist them is to resist God.
Sometimes the follower of Christ has to resist civil government— when it is a choice between obedience to God or the state.
Verse 3 and 4: The purpose of the state is to restrain evil and to protect the law-abiding. The civil authorities are to punish evildoers.
In verses 5 and 6, Paul gives the Christian’s responsibility: First, be subject; Second, pay taxes; Third, properly honor and and respect civil leaders.
The ethics of the kingdom of God limit the Christians involvement in the kingdoms of the world.
There is no such thing as a Christian nation, from a New Testament perspective.
America is and always was a godless nation. Even if a nation claims to be one nation under God— God does not have a theocracy.
We must not say such things in arrogance, but love.
Will we be prepared when the kingdoms of God and the world clash?— and they will.
Paul concludes his discussion of civil authority:
In verses 8-10 Paul reviews the two greatest commandments. Love your neighbor— owe him nothing else. Love is an unpayable debt… you can never say, “I loved enough.” The love of neighbor will fulfill the law and keep you from doing anything harmful to him.
In 11-14, Paul concludes with a call to a dynamic and alert spiritual life. This is the best response to persecution. The darker the night, the brighter your light needs to shine. Be aware of the times you are living in. Now is not the time for compromise. Live honestly— don’t absorb the values of the world around you, live counter-culturally.
Put on the Lord Jesus Christ! Live victoriously! It’s divinely possible by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(Verses 11 – 14)
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Finding Your Place in the Body - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/finding-your-place-in-the-body/ Sat, 13 Apr 2019 00:34:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3442 https://bmcgladys.com/finding-your-place-in-the-body/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/finding-your-place-in-the-body/feed/ 0 <p>The Body of Christ is mentioned a number of times here in the first part of chapter 12. To begin with Paul covers the relationship of the church to the World. Then he talks about the individual Christian finding his place in the Body of Christ. It is obvious from the title of the sermon […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/finding-your-place-in-the-body/">Finding Your Place in the Body</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The Body of Christ is mentioned a number of times here in the first part of chapter 12. To begin with Paul covers the relationship of the church to the World. Then he talks about the individual Christian finding his place in the Body of Christ.

It is obvious from the title of the sermon this evening that we are assuming a number of things. That being made new, we become part of the Body of Christ. In Acts we don’t see any separation between the baptism of a believer and them being connected to a local body of believers.

Ever member was meant to be involved actively in the body of Christ, not just bench warmers. Every member had an “office to fill.” Not everyone has the same office (or function). These gifting and functions are listed in Romans 12:6-8.

It is important for us to understand that we have a place to fill in the body of Christ. It is important that we notice the importance of every member in the local body of Christ.

Let’s look at four prerequisites to finding our place in the Body of Christ.

Totally Available to God

When we present our body to Christ as a sacrifice, we are giving ourselves as a sacrifice to God. Anything that is given to God in this way is holy… acceptable to God. To be holy means to be clean and free from sin and all uncleanness. It also means to be set apart to God!

As individuals we tend to ask the question, “who am I, and what is the purpose of my life?” Paul is challenging us to ask this question in a different way, “whose am I and to whom do I belong?”

By virtue of our redemption, we are not our own and we belong to God. Once we discover who we belong to we also discover the purpose of our lives!

The first prerequisite to finding our place in the Body of Christ is to be fully given and available to God.

Moses, Isaiah, Esther, Paul, and others… there are many examples of people in the Bible who were totally given to God. Regardless of the cost.

Are you available? Not are you capable… are you available?

A Renewed Mind

Not only is a renewed mind important and a key to the problem of worldliness, it is also an important prerequisite to finding and filling our place in the Body of Christ.

Is it possible to have a changed heart, be born again and continue to have a renewed mind? What happens if that is true?

There is a conflict in the life of the person who is a Christian but who does not have a renewed mind. It should be obvious that a renewed mind is imperative in finding and filling our place in the Body of Christ. In fact it is dangerous to exercise a spiritual gift without a renewed mind.

A Proper Self Concept

Notice several things about this matter of having a “proper self concept.”

One must not think more highly of himself than he ought to think. In simple terms this is talking about arrogance. Every man has this tendency to think more of himself than he or she ought to think. Rather to think soberly (rightly) about himself. How we evaluate ourselves affects how we evaluate others.

1 Corinthians 4:7 – We should evaluate ourselves according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. This has to do with the real ness and genuineness of our faith.

Having a Willingness to Fit in with the Body

We are all members “one of another.” We must be willing to find our place and to fit in with other members of the body. Life in Christ is a corporate endeavor, not just a personal pursuit.

It takes many stones, fitting together well, to make a building work well. The same is true with the body of Christ!

Seven Places to Fill in the Body of Christ

Romans 12:6-13 – Paul talks about 7 places to be filled within the church as well as the character qualities that are necessary in filling these 7 functions.

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The Body of Christ is mentioned a number of times here in the first part of chapter 12. To begin with Paul covers the relationship of the church to the World. Then he talks about the individual Christian finding his place in the Body of Christ. It is obvious from the title of the sermon this evening that we are assuming a number of things. That being made new, we become part of the Body of Christ. In Acts we don’t see any separation between the baptism of a believer and them being connected to a local body of believers.
Ever member was meant to be involved actively in the body of Christ, not just bench warmers. Every member had an “office to fill.” Not everyone has the same office (or function). These gifting and functions are listed in Romans 12:6-8.
It is important for us to understand that we have a place to fill in the body of Christ. It is important that we notice the importance of every member in the local body of Christ.
Let’s look at four prerequisites to finding our place in the Body of Christ.
Totally Available to God
When we present our body to Christ as a sacrifice, we are giving ourselves as a sacrifice to God. Anything that is given to God in this way is holy… acceptable to God. To be holy means to be clean and free from sin and all uncleanness. It also means to be set apart to God!
As individuals we tend to ask the question, “who am I, and what is the purpose of my life?” Paul is challenging us to ask this question in a different way, “whose am I and to whom do I belong?”
By virtue of our redemption, we are not our own and we belong to God. Once we discover who we belong to we also discover the purpose of our lives!
The first prerequisite to finding our place in the Body of Christ is to be fully given and available to God.
Moses, Isaiah, Esther, Paul, and others… there are many examples of people in the Bible who were totally given to God. Regardless of the cost.
Are you available? Not are you capable… are you available?
A Renewed Mind
Not only is a renewed mind important and a key to the problem of worldliness, it is also an important prerequisite to finding and filling our place in the Body of Christ.
Is it possible to have a changed heart, be born again and continue to have a renewed mind? What happens if that is true?
There is a conflict in the life of the person who is a Christian but who does not have a renewed mind. It should be obvious that a renewed mind is imperative in finding and filling our place in the Body of Christ. In fact it is dangerous to exercise a spiritual gift without a renewed mind.
A Proper Self Concept
Notice several things about this matter of having a “proper self concept.”
One must not think more highly of himself than he ought to think. In simple terms this is talking about arrogance. Every man has this tendency to think more of himself than he or she ought to think. Rather to think soberly (rightly) about himself. How we evaluate ourselves affects how we evaluate others.
1 Corinthians 4:7 – We should evaluate ourselves according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. This has to do with the real ness and genuineness of our faith.
Having a Willingness to Fit in with the Body
We are all members “one of another.” We must be willing to find our place and to fit in with other members of the body. Life in Christ is a corporate endeavor, not just a personal pursuit.
It takes many stones, fitting together well, to make a building work well. The same is true with the body of Christ!
Seven Places to Fill in the Body of Christ
Romans 12:6-13 – Paul talks about 7 places to be filled within the church as well as the character qualities that are necessary in filling these 7 functions.
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A Call to Total Consecration - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/a-call-to-total-consecration/ Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:32:24 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3440 https://bmcgladys.com/a-call-to-total-consecration/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/a-call-to-total-consecration/feed/ 0 <p>Romans 11:33-36, Romans 12:2, Psalm 4:1, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 5:25 The unsearchable riches of God should not be left unexplored; Part of man’s uniqueness is being created in the image of God. This allows us to think and contemplate the “depths of the riches of God.” “Inexhaustible fullness” of God’s wisdom. 3 Questions – Romans […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-call-to-total-consecration/">A Call to Total Consecration</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Romans 11:33-36, Romans 12:2, Psalm 4:1, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 5:25

The unsearchable riches of God should not be left unexplored; Part of man’s uniqueness is being created in the image of God. This allows us to think and contemplate the “depths of the riches of God.”

“Inexhaustible fullness” of God’s wisdom.

3 Questions – Romans 11:34-35

God is the source of everything good, He is the “Object” that everything is made “for….”

Paul calls us to total and complete consecration. With this call, Paul begins his teaching on practical godly living for Paul, Theology is not separated from life.

He doesn’t command – he appeals: “I beseech you!”

We can’t have our lives transformed by God, and remain passive about God.

Paul gives us three imperatives.

  1. Present your bodies to God. The body is an integral part of who I am.
  2. Be not conformed to this world. We are not to outwardly fashion ourselves to the entertainment or lifestyle of the world. We are called to live “counter-culturally,” not to be different, but because it is utterly incongruent with the Gospel.
  3. Be ye transformed. This is an ongoing process. We are being acted upon, and cannot transform ourselves. We are not passive in this transformation.

The Holy Spirit uses us in this transformation, as our minds are renewed. This will lead us to be in conflict with the cultural norms of this evil age.

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Romans 11:33-36, Romans 12:2, Psalm 4:1, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 5:25 The unsearchable riches of God should not be left unexplored; Part of man’s uniqueness is being created in the image of God. This allows us to think and contemplate the “depths of the r... The unsearchable riches of God should not be left unexplored; Part of man’s uniqueness is being created in the image of God. This allows us to think and contemplate the “depths of the riches of God.”
“Inexhaustible fullness” of God’s wisdom.
3 Questions – Romans 11:34-35
God is the source of everything good, He is the “Object” that everything is made “for….”
Paul calls us to total and complete consecration. With this call, Paul begins his teaching on practical godly living for Paul, Theology is not separated from life.
He doesn’t command – he appeals: “I beseech you!”
We can’t have our lives transformed by God, and remain passive about God.
Paul gives us three imperatives.

* Present your bodies to God. The body is an integral part of who I am.
* Be not conformed to this world. We are not to outwardly fashion ourselves to the entertainment or lifestyle of the world. We are called to live “counter-culturally,” not to be different, but because it is utterly incongruent with the Gospel.
* Be ye transformed. This is an ongoing process. We are being acted upon, and cannot transform ourselves. We are not passive in this transformation.

The Holy Spirit uses us in this transformation, as our minds are renewed. This will lead us to be in conflict with the cultural norms of this evil age.
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An Overview of Romans 9-11 - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/an-overview-of-romans-9-11/ Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:30:00 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3438 https://bmcgladys.com/an-overview-of-romans-9-11/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/an-overview-of-romans-9-11/feed/ 0 <p>Romans 9 Israels rejection of Christ and the Gospel raised profound questions, wherever Paul went across the Roman Empire. Since we don’t have Jewish roots we probably will have a bit of a hard time understanding the depth of some of these questions. At first glance Romans 9 contains some theological concepts that we have […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/an-overview-of-romans-9-11/">An Overview of Romans 9-11</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Romans 9

Israels rejection of Christ and the Gospel raised profound questions, wherever Paul went across the Roman Empire. Since we don’t have Jewish roots we probably will have a bit of a hard time understanding the depth of some of these questions.

At first glance Romans 9 contains some theological concepts that we have some difficulty dealing with. The overall thrust of this chapter is that Israel was the special, elect people of God. They had a privilege to know God… yet because of their unbelief they missed it when it came to Christ and the Gospel.

In the first three verses of this chapter Paul explains his anguish and passion for the people of Israel, his people. His deep “pathos” is not easy to identify with. Such deep feelings are difficult to identify and deal with.

Paul continues to give us a conceptual understanding of their heritage. They were of the adoption… of the all the people of the earth they were chosen by God. They were the recipients of the covenants, promises of blessings. Through the law the character of God was made known to them.

Beginning at verse 6, Paul gives us a clue about the nature of the question that Jewish people had. It’s the thing that was hindering them from opening themselves to Christ and the Gospel. They were the physical descendants of Abraham, they thought that this gave them a special relationship with God. Paul counteracts this concept, by explaining that being part of the faith of Abraham is what counts.

Paul talks about the justice of God, the mercy of God and the sovereignty of God. Central to all of this he tells us about Pharaoh, one who resisted the sovereignty of God.

Romans 10

Paul refers first to Israels ignorance of God’s righteousness. This is defined in two ways, they have a misdirected zeal towards God. Secondly their ignorance is an obstinate ignorance. A willful ignorance that is a result of unbelief.

Gods righteousness, being made right by God, by faith. In verse 5 we see Paul saying that the law is complete and finally complete because of God’s work on the cross.

Throughout chapter 10 Paul goes on to reiterate the justification through Faith in Christ.

Romans 11

This is a concise explanation of being saved by Faith and not by works. We see that Israels rejection of God is not total, nor is it final. There is a remnant, Paul himself is proof of this remnant.

Verses 16-24 Paul talks about how the gentiles were grafted in. Grafting is technically contrary to nature. Grafted trees always produce fruit according to the kind of tree grafted in, not the root-stock.

Paul is talking about a grafting process that is not normal, not natural. This is how the gentiles were grafted in to be made partakers of the root and stock of the olive tree they were grafted in to. Paul says, that the wild olive branch grafted in produces the fruit of the root-stock! Not its own fruit… Instead of producing wild olives it produces fruit from the tame root-stock.

Paul continues on to say that the branch that has been cut off can be grafted back in again, he is talking about Israel and how they can be brought back in.

Two statements that Paul makes to conclude this chapter. In verses 25-26 he talks about a mystery. There is a time coming when Israel will come out of her stupor and unbelief and will be saved. Israel can and will be grafted back in to the olive tree. The hardness and blindness are not total, nor is it permanent.

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Romans 9 Israels rejection of Christ and the Gospel raised profound questions, wherever Paul went across the Roman Empire. Since we don’t have Jewish roots we probably will have a bit of a hard time understanding the depth of some of these questions. Israels rejection of Christ and the Gospel raised profound questions, wherever Paul went across the Roman Empire. Since we don’t have Jewish roots we probably will have a bit of a hard time understanding the depth of some of these questions.
At first glance Romans 9 contains some theological concepts that we have some difficulty dealing with. The overall thrust of this chapter is that Israel was the special, elect people of God. They had a privilege to know God… yet because of their unbelief they missed it when it came to Christ and the Gospel.
In the first three verses of this chapter Paul explains his anguish and passion for the people of Israel, his people. His deep “pathos” is not easy to identify with. Such deep feelings are difficult to identify and deal with.
Paul continues to give us a conceptual understanding of their heritage. They were of the adoption… of the all the people of the earth they were chosen by God. They were the recipients of the covenants, promises of blessings. Through the law the character of God was made known to them.
Beginning at verse 6, Paul gives us a clue about the nature of the question that Jewish people had. It’s the thing that was hindering them from opening themselves to Christ and the Gospel. They were the physical descendants of Abraham, they thought that this gave them a special relationship with God. Paul counteracts this concept, by explaining that being part of the faith of Abraham is what counts.
Paul talks about the justice of God, the mercy of God and the sovereignty of God. Central to all of this he tells us about Pharaoh, one who resisted the sovereignty of God.
Romans 10
Paul refers first to Israels ignorance of God’s righteousness. This is defined in two ways, they have a misdirected zeal towards God. Secondly their ignorance is an obstinate ignorance. A willful ignorance that is a result of unbelief.
Gods righteousness, being made right by God, by faith. In verse 5 we see Paul saying that the law is complete and finally complete because of God’s work on the cross.
Throughout chapter 10 Paul goes on to reiterate the justification through Faith in Christ.
Romans 11
This is a concise explanation of being saved by Faith and not by works. We see that Israels rejection of God is not total, nor is it final. There is a remnant, Paul himself is proof of this remnant.
Verses 16-24 Paul talks about how the gentiles were grafted in. Grafting is technically contrary to nature. Grafted trees always produce fruit according to the kind of tree grafted in, not the root-stock.
Paul is talking about a grafting process that is not normal, not natural. This is how the gentiles were grafted in to be made partakers of the root and stock of the olive tree they were grafted in to. Paul says, that the wild olive branch grafted in produces the fruit of the root-stock! Not its own fruit… Instead of producing wild olives it produces fruit from the tame root-stock.
Paul continues on to say that the branch that has been cut off can be grafted back in again, he is talking about Israel and how they can be brought back in.
Two statements that Paul makes to conclude this chapter. In verses 25-26 he talks about a mystery. There is a time coming when Israel will come out of her stupor and unbelief and will be saved. Israel can and will be grafted back in to the olive tree. The hardness and blindness are not total, nor is it permanent.
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What Does it Mean to Belong to God? - Milo Zehr https://bmcgladys.com/what-does-it-mean-to-belong-to-god/ Sun, 07 Apr 2019 19:19:56 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3435 https://bmcgladys.com/what-does-it-mean-to-belong-to-god/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/what-does-it-mean-to-belong-to-god/feed/ 0 <p>John 17:1-26 – This is Christ’s prayer immediately before his trial and death. Hopefully we can be drawn into God’s intentions for and toward us as we look at this this morning. There are many thoughts in these verses. Verses 1-5 Christ says “Glorify your Son” – this speaks of the relationship that the Father […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/what-does-it-mean-to-belong-to-god/">What Does it Mean to Belong to God?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> John 17:1-26 – This is Christ’s prayer immediately before his trial and death. Hopefully we can be drawn into God’s intentions for and toward us as we look at this this morning.

There are many thoughts in these verses.

Verses 1-5

Christ says “Glorify your Son” – this speaks of the relationship that the Father and the Son have. These verses express the intimate nature of the relationship of the Father and the Son.

What does it mean to “Glorify?” To acknowledge, to make known, to magnify. Christ asks that the Son would be made known so that the Son could in turn by HIs words and actions would reveal who the Father is. The Father and the Son are one and working together.

Christ says He has been glorifying the Father while He was on earth. He had been making the true nature of the Father known.

The Father gave the Son power, or authority, to give eternal life to people… you and I. Christ says that He is going to give eternal life to all of the people that the Father is going to give him. This speaks of the Fathers intention and active involvement in each persons coming to Christ and coming to the Father.

A person becomes a believer because the Father desires that. We cooperate and respond to the work of the Holy Spirit and the actions of God. There is a response of receiving.

This is a look at the desires of God, and Gods intentions towards us. This is a precious thing, that God desires for us to belong to Him. He “wants” us. He “wants” you!

“This is eternal life… to know the Father and the Son.” What kind of knowing or knowledge is this? It isn’t just a knowing of facts, Jesus is praying about the knowledge that is gained through a relationship with the Father.

Christ expresses His work on the cross as if it was finished… even though it hadn’t happened yet. It was finished in His mind and in His heart, to finish the work that He had been sent to do. The work that would allow people to move into a relationship with the Father and the Son.

Verse 6-19

Christ manifested and revealed the Fathers person and name to the disciples. The Father “gave” the disciples to Him. The disciples have kept the “Fathers” word. This is fascinating, because in our mind the disciples were a fickle bunch of fellows. We aren’t 100 sure what all they were convinced of, believed or understood. It sounds like Christ had more confidence in the disciples than we do… or something. 🙂

Christ prays for our perseverance (and that of His disciples). Here is a unity of purpose and intention and belonging and delight between the Father and the Son. Christ is requesting that His disciples (and us) be united and in harmony, and that the Father would keep them from falling and keep them from failure.

Verse 20-26

Jesus prays specifically for you! Jesus prays that His disciples throughout history would be one, in the same way that the Father and the Son are one. This is something that hasn’t been realized, at least as far as we know. There has been a lot of disharmony in the world and even a disharmony in our hearts towards even those we love. This is a reality, and something that we are all in need of repenting of and growing in.

This is a major intention of God, that we be in harmony with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that we be in harmony with God’s people. The more “in the Father and the Son” believers are, the more unified they will be among themselves.

Summary – Ephesians 1:3-14

  • The believer is chosen, desired, wanted by God… before his or her conversion.
  • God’s goal is that we have a relationship with God that the trinity has itself.
  • God desires that believers have the same relationship among each other as the trinity has amongst itself.
  • God has no desire to get rid of any believer. God is always working to protect and preserve and keep all who come to him.
  • A deeper surrender to the God of good intentions would change our lives and our relationship with God.

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John 17:1-26 – This is Christ’s prayer immediately before his trial and death. Hopefully we can be drawn into God’s intentions for and toward us as we look at this this morning. There are many thoughts in these verses. There are many thoughts in these verses.
Verses 1-5
Christ says “Glorify your Son” – this speaks of the relationship that the Father and the Son have. These verses express the intimate nature of the relationship of the Father and the Son.
What does it mean to “Glorify?” To acknowledge, to make known, to magnify. Christ asks that the Son would be made known so that the Son could in turn by HIs words and actions would reveal who the Father is. The Father and the Son are one and working together.
Christ says He has been glorifying the Father while He was on earth. He had been making the true nature of the Father known.
The Father gave the Son power, or authority, to give eternal life to people… you and I. Christ says that He is going to give eternal life to all of the people that the Father is going to give him. This speaks of the Fathers intention and active involvement in each persons coming to Christ and coming to the Father.
A person becomes a believer because the Father desires that. We cooperate and respond to the work of the Holy Spirit and the actions of God. There is a response of receiving.
This is a look at the desires of God, and Gods intentions towards us. This is a precious thing, that God desires for us to belong to Him. He “wants” us. He “wants” you!
“This is eternal life… to know the Father and the Son.” What kind of knowing or knowledge is this? It isn’t just a knowing of facts, Jesus is praying about the knowledge that is gained through a relationship with the Father.
Christ expresses His work on the cross as if it was finished… even though it hadn’t happened yet. It was finished in His mind and in His heart, to finish the work that He had been sent to do. The work that would allow people to move into a relationship with the Father and the Son.
Verse 6-19
Christ manifested and revealed the Fathers person and name to the disciples. The Father “gave” the disciples to Him. The disciples have kept the “Fathers” word. This is fascinating, because in our mind the disciples were a fickle bunch of fellows. We aren’t 100 sure what all they were convinced of, believed or understood. It sounds like Christ had more confidence in the disciples than we do… or something. 🙂
Christ prays for our perseverance (and that of His disciples). Here is a unity of purpose and intention and belonging and delight between the Father and the Son. Christ is requesting that His disciples (and us) be united and in harmony, and that the Father would keep them from falling and keep them from failure.
Verse 20-26
Jesus prays specifically for you! Jesus prays that His disciples throughout history would be one, in the same way that the Father and the Son are one. This is something that hasn’t been realized, at least as far as we know. There has been a lot of disharmony in the world and even a disharmony in our hearts towards even those we love. This is a reality, and something that we are all in need of repenting of and growing in.
This is a major intention of God, that we be in harmony with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that we be in harmony with God’s people. The more “in the Father and the Son” believers are, the more unified they will be among themselves.
Summary – Ephesians 1:3-14

* The believer is chosen, desired, wanted by God… before his or her conversion.
* God’s goal is that we have a relationship with God that the trinity has itself.
* God desires that believers have the same relationship among each other as the trinity has amongst itself.
* God has no desire to get rid of any believer. God is always working to protect and preserve and keep all who come to him.
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The Holy Spirit - Our Comforter - Delvin Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-holy-spirit-our-comforter/ Mon, 01 Apr 2019 00:32:46 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3432 https://bmcgladys.com/the-holy-spirit-our-comforter/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-holy-spirit-our-comforter/feed/ 0 <p>The Spirit that is big enough to hover over the whole world at the creation is also small enough to nestle in each one of us. Most of what I have to say about the Spirit could also be the other members of the Trinity. But we should remember that the Trinity is made up […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-holy-spirit-our-comforter/">The Holy Spirit – Our Comforter</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The Spirit that is big enough to hover over the whole world at the creation is also small enough to nestle in each one of us.

Most of what I have to say about the Spirit could also be the other members of the Trinity. But we should remember that the Trinity is made up of three distinct Persons, although one communion of love.

Several weeks ago we looked in the Old Testament at the work of the Spirit both in Creation, and in the preparations for the coming of Jesus.

Moving into the New Testament, you would expect to see the Holy Spirit very involved. And you do!

Luke 1:15 – John the forerunner
Luke 1:35 – the conception of Jesus
Luke 1:41 – Elisabeth
Luke 1:67 – Zachariah
Luke 2:25 – Simeon moved to visit the Temple by the Spirit

Next I’d like to look at Matthew 3:13-17, the Baptism of Jesus.

As at the creation we have water, the Father speaking, and the Spirit descending.

John was told that he would know Who Jesus was by the resting of the Spirit upon Him.

John recognizes Him… and knows Who is here.

”…To fulfill all righteousness”.

Jesus as that God-man, was identifying Himself with us. When the ritual was complete— he saw the heavens open, and the dove descending, and heard the voice of the Father.

Jesus felt the affirmation of the Father, and John saw the powerful manifestation. John saw his mission being accomplished.

Before long, John would be imprisoned and doubts would begin to rise.
Matthew 11

Jesus replied to his question with a prophesy from Joel: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me…”

The blind were seeing, the lame were being healed— Jesus was the One!

The Spirit was Jesus constant companion throughout His ministry. The words of Peter in Acts 10… “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth….”

Jesus spent three years with the disciples. In John 14-17, there were some important things He wanted to share with them. One of these things was the promise of the Spirit Who would dwell in them.

John 14:16-19

Jesus physical presence had been a comfort to them during His ministry— now He promises them another Comforter. Jesus looked beyond His earthly ministry, to the multitudes of disciples that would come later.

John 16:7
John 14:26

This comes at Pentecost, about 50 days after the resurrection.

Acts 2

Peter explains to them… Joel’s prophecy has been fulfilled!

Romans 8:11-16

This is what life in the Spirit does for Christians. The Spirit’s presence— of God Himself, can live within us; If He lives within us, our physical bodies will be strengthened to serve Him.

No identity crisis for the Christian! The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.

Galatians 5:22-25

Ephesians 4:1-6 “Keep the unity of the Spirit… There is one body, and one Spirit…”

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The Spirit that is big enough to hover over the whole world at the creation is also small enough to nestle in each one of us. Most of what I have to say about the Spirit could also be the other members of the Trinity. Most of what I have to say about the Spirit could also be the other members of the Trinity. But we should remember that the Trinity is made up of three distinct Persons, although one communion of love.
Several weeks ago we looked in the Old Testament at the work of the Spirit both in Creation, and in the preparations for the coming of Jesus.
Moving into the New Testament, you would expect to see the Holy Spirit very involved. And you do!
Luke 1:15 – John the forerunner
Luke 1:35 – the conception of Jesus
Luke 1:41 – Elisabeth
Luke 1:67 – Zachariah
Luke 2:25 – Simeon moved to visit the Temple by the Spirit
Next I’d like to look at Matthew 3:13-17, the Baptism of Jesus.
As at the creation we have water, the Father speaking, and the Spirit descending.
John was told that he would know Who Jesus was by the resting of the Spirit upon Him.
John recognizes Him… and knows Who is here.
”…To fulfill all righteousness”.
Jesus as that God-man, was identifying Himself with us. When the ritual was complete— he saw the heavens open, and the dove descending, and heard the voice of the Father.
Jesus felt the affirmation of the Father, and John saw the powerful manifestation. John saw his mission being accomplished.
Before long, John would be imprisoned and doubts would begin to rise.
Matthew 11
Jesus replied to his question with a prophesy from Joel: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me…”
The blind were seeing, the lame were being healed— Jesus was the One!
The Spirit was Jesus constant companion throughout His ministry. The words of Peter in Acts 10… “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth….”
Jesus spent three years with the disciples. In John 14-17, there were some important things He wanted to share with them. One of these things was the promise of the Spirit Who would dwell in them.
John 14:16-19
Jesus physical presence had been a comfort to them during His ministry— now He promises them another Comforter. Jesus looked beyond His earthly ministry, to the multitudes of disciples that would come later.
John 16:7
John 14:26
This comes at Pentecost, about 50 days after the resurrection.
Acts 2
Peter explains to them… Joel’s prophecy has been fulfilled!
Romans 8:11-16
This is what life in the Spirit does for Christians. The Spirit’s presence— of God Himself, can live within us; If He lives within us, our physical bodies will be strengthened to serve Him.
No identity crisis for the Christian! The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.
Galatians 5:22-25
Ephesians 4:1-6 “Keep the unity of the Spirit… There is one body, and one Spirit…”
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Faith, Prayer, Vision - Jeff Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/faith-prayer-vision/ Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:30:40 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3430 https://bmcgladys.com/faith-prayer-vision/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/faith-prayer-vision/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 20:29-34 – Jesus and His 12 disciples were traveling, along with them was a multitude following Jesus and being interested in what he was doing. This is just before the triumphal entry and towards the end of Jesus ministry. The characters of this story are two blind men. Jesus mentions that he was sent […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/faith-prayer-vision/">Faith, Prayer, Vision</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 20:29-34 – Jesus and His 12 disciples were traveling, along with them was a multitude following Jesus and being interested in what he was doing. This is just before the triumphal entry and towards the end of Jesus ministry.

The characters of this story are two blind men. Jesus mentions that he was sent to heal the blind. Often blindness was understood as a punishment for sin, there was a stigma of this attached to being blind.

Some of the people in the crowd were thinking that Jesus was probably getting close to setting up his earthly kingdom. Perhaps some of them thought they would get power.

The blind fellows called Jesus “Lord” – they recognized him with a title of respect. Up until Christ’s death and resurrection the title of “Lord” was more a common way of respecting someone. The early church took “Lord” and applied it to Jesus and it stuck as a way of referring to Jesus.

These blind men had something they were thinking about when it came to Jesus, while they weren’t seeing physically they spiritually understood that Jesus was the Messiah. The multitude tried to keep these blind men from getting to Jesus. They got annoyed at their persistence.

Jesus heard them and wanted to hear their request. They were very specific in their request and Jesus healed them. Upon being healed they followed Jesus. A very proper response!

Spiritual Applications

We are all blind to at least some extent. We are spiritually and physically limited. When we become Christians our eyes are definitely opened, and we continue to gain a clearer view of who God is and who we are.

Our view of God is often blurred by any one of many things. We probably don’t have a perfect view of who God is, we struggle to see God in a way that is 100% accurate.

We often struggle to see ourselves accurately as well. Sometimes we are far to easy on ourselves, other times we are far to hard on ourselves. We need God to show us his perspective on us and his desires and goals for us.

We are also often blind to others, we don’t see the needs of others, nor do we recognize the ways that we can be helping those around us.

God wants us to be growing and to have better, more clear spiritual vision. As we think about things that we can do to gain clearer vision we need to be clear that it is a work of God, not us, to gain more clarity in seeing properly.

1 Corinthians 13:12 – We see things in a way that is blurry. Peter was rebuked by Paul for not having clear spiritual vision. Paul and John Marks vision was different at different times during the New Testament times as well. Often spiritual vision is incremental, God gives a little direction for today… and tomorrow… and the next day… Let us be humble and sensitive enough that God may show us something else that changes the way I see things.

We need to be willing to be uncomfortable. These two blind fellows were definitely outside of their comfortable zone. They knew that if they didn’t get Jesus attention they would remain blind. We here in the USA don’t have a lot of the struggles that are very apparent in other parts of the world. Comfort is often the enemy of growth. We all like to be comfortable, it is part of our nature, but it is easy to become complacent and quit growing spiritually.

Pray in faith. These two blind men were crying out in faith, asking for mercy. God will answer our cries for spiritual vision. It doesn’t mean that he will answer over night, but God does hear and will answer. We need to pray in faith. Do we believe that God is going to answer?

Be persistent. Life is often a lesson in persistence. Faith and prayer also require persistence. Let us not grow weary in calling out to Jesus to work in our lives. Walking with God is a continual thing, not just a one time thing.

Go to Jesus. Jesus is the one that can give vision. What can we do to “come to Jesus” more than the are already doing? Coming to Jesus requires change on our part. Maybe it is removing distractions from our lives. Perhaps we need a specific time of seeking apart from the “normal” things we do to seek and draw closer to Christ.

Jesus will heal and give us vision… and then we need to follow him. Study Jesus, walk with him, listen to him, see who Jesus is and follow Him.

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Matthew 20:29-34 – Jesus and His 12 disciples were traveling, along with them was a multitude following Jesus and being interested in what he was doing. This is just before the triumphal entry and towards the end of Jesus ministry. The characters of this story are two blind men. Jesus mentions that he was sent to heal the blind. Often blindness was understood as a punishment for sin, there was a stigma of this attached to being blind.
Some of the people in the crowd were thinking that Jesus was probably getting close to setting up his earthly kingdom. Perhaps some of them thought they would get power.
The blind fellows called Jesus “Lord” – they recognized him with a title of respect. Up until Christ’s death and resurrection the title of “Lord” was more a common way of respecting someone. The early church took “Lord” and applied it to Jesus and it stuck as a way of referring to Jesus.
These blind men had something they were thinking about when it came to Jesus, while they weren’t seeing physically they spiritually understood that Jesus was the Messiah. The multitude tried to keep these blind men from getting to Jesus. They got annoyed at their persistence.
Jesus heard them and wanted to hear their request. They were very specific in their request and Jesus healed them. Upon being healed they followed Jesus. A very proper response!
Spiritual Applications
We are all blind to at least some extent. We are spiritually and physically limited. When we become Christians our eyes are definitely opened, and we continue to gain a clearer view of who God is and who we are.
Our view of God is often blurred by any one of many things. We probably don’t have a perfect view of who God is, we struggle to see God in a way that is 100% accurate.
We often struggle to see ourselves accurately as well. Sometimes we are far to easy on ourselves, other times we are far to hard on ourselves. We need God to show us his perspective on us and his desires and goals for us.
We are also often blind to others, we don’t see the needs of others, nor do we recognize the ways that we can be helping those around us.
God wants us to be growing and to have better, more clear spiritual vision. As we think about things that we can do to gain clearer vision we need to be clear that it is a work of God, not us, to gain more clarity in seeing properly.
1 Corinthians 13:12 – We see things in a way that is blurry. Peter was rebuked by Paul for not having clear spiritual vision. Paul and John Marks vision was different at different times during the New Testament times as well. Often spiritual vision is incremental, God gives a little direction for today… and tomorrow… and the next day… Let us be humble and sensitive enough that God may show us something else that changes the way I see things.
We need to be willing to be uncomfortable. These two blind fellows were definitely outside of their comfortable zone. They knew that if they didn’t get Jesus attention they would remain blind. We here in the USA don’t have a lot of the struggles that are very apparent in other parts of the world. Comfort is often the enemy of growth. We all like to be comfortable, it is part of our nature, but it is easy to become complacent and quit growing spiritually.
Pray in faith. These two blind men were crying out in faith, asking for mercy. God will answer our cries for spiritual vision. It doesn’t mean that he will answer over night, but God does hear and will answer. We need to pray in faith. Do we believe that God is going to answer?
Be persistent. Life is often a lesson in persistence. Faith and prayer also require persistence. Let us not grow weary in calling out to Jesus to work in our lives. Walking with God is a continual thing, not just a one time thing.
Go to Jesus. Jesus is the one that can give vision. What can we do to “come to Jesus” more than the ...]]>
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Our Attitudes - Raun Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/our-attitudes/ Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:26:26 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3422 https://bmcgladys.com/our-attitudes/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/our-attitudes/feed/ 0 <p>How we feel is not determined by our circumstances, but by what we focus on. Internal attitudes are more important that external circumstances. This means that we tend to see what we’re looking for. Including in other people. I think there are two kinds of people— complainers and worshippers. They may have the same circumstances, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/our-attitudes/">Our Attitudes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> How we feel is not determined by our circumstances, but by what we focus on. Internal attitudes are more important that external circumstances.

This means that we tend to see what we’re looking for. Including in other people.

I think there are two kinds of people— complainers and worshippers. They may have the same circumstances, but they have two different views.

How do worshippers do it?

They aren’t born this way. They choose to look for something to praise God about.

Acts 16:23-30

We tend to get so caught up in our circumstances that we forget the big picture.

How do we zoom out? We worship.

Worshipping removes the focus from our circumstances and puts it back on God.

Is it easy to live a life of worship?

Not always… It’s not easy for anyone.

When things go well it is easy… but worship should be our attitude always. It shows that our worship is not based on our circumstances.

As you worship, your life with God (not necessarily your circumstances) gets better.

The byproduct of worship is witness. By determining to worship you get the byproduct for free!

There are people out there that are desperate for someone to care about them and love them. If you live a life of worship, it will give you opportunity to share with these people longing for God.

The byproduct of worship is witness.

Sometimes we struggle with believing that we can do this. Maybe you don’t feel like you have the talent or the skills to worship and witness.

It wasn’t about how talented Paul and Silas were. We don’t have to be amazing singers or speakers. God wants to use each of us with what He has given us.

Did you know that research indicates that a person talks to himself about 50,000 times a day? Most of that is negative. In this, we often let everything that is wrong with us keep us from thinking about everything that is great with God.

As you let God use you, you will get better. God will continue to use you as you allow Him.

Philippians 4:8

Maybe you are a pessimist. Turn your focus to God. Focus on these eight things. Stop focusing on what is wrong with our circumstances and focus on the goodness of God.

Consider keeping a gratitude journal. You’d be surprised at the difference it makes.

Psalm 103:2

This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

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How we feel is not determined by our circumstances, but by what we focus on. Internal attitudes are more important that external circumstances. This means that we tend to see what we’re looking for. Including in other people. This means that we tend to see what we’re looking for. Including in other people.
I think there are two kinds of people— complainers and worshippers. They may have the same circumstances, but they have two different views.
How do worshippers do it?
They aren’t born this way. They choose to look for something to praise God about.
Acts 16:23-30
We tend to get so caught up in our circumstances that we forget the big picture.
How do we zoom out? We worship.
Worshipping removes the focus from our circumstances and puts it back on God.
Is it easy to live a life of worship?
Not always… It’s not easy for anyone.
When things go well it is easy… but worship should be our attitude always. It shows that our worship is not based on our circumstances.
As you worship, your life with God (not necessarily your circumstances) gets better.
The byproduct of worship is witness. By determining to worship you get the byproduct for free!
There are people out there that are desperate for someone to care about them and love them. If you live a life of worship, it will give you opportunity to share with these people longing for God.
The byproduct of worship is witness.
Sometimes we struggle with believing that we can do this. Maybe you don’t feel like you have the talent or the skills to worship and witness.
It wasn’t about how talented Paul and Silas were. We don’t have to be amazing singers or speakers. God wants to use each of us with what He has given us.
Did you know that research indicates that a person talks to himself about 50,000 times a day? Most of that is negative. In this, we often let everything that is wrong with us keep us from thinking about everything that is great with God.
As you let God use you, you will get better. God will continue to use you as you allow Him.
Philippians 4:8
Maybe you are a pessimist. Turn your focus to God. Focus on these eight things. Stop focusing on what is wrong with our circumstances and focus on the goodness of God.
Consider keeping a gratitude journal. You’d be surprised at the difference it makes.
Psalm 103:2
This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

* Our Appetites
* Humility
* Authenticity
* Who are You?
* Our Attitudes

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Who are You? - Raun Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/who-are-you/ Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:17:26 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3416 https://bmcgladys.com/who-are-you/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/who-are-you/feed/ 0 <p>Ephesians 6:10-13 Often we express our identity by what we “stand”. If we don’t know our identity, the easier a target we are for Satan. If we know our Christian identity we have freedom to live it. HOW SATAN STEALS OUR IDENTITY 1) He gets us caught up in the routine of life Satan wants […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/who-are-you/">Who are You?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Ephesians 6:10-13

Often we express our identity by what we “stand”. If we don’t know our identity, the easier a target we are for Satan.

If we know our Christian identity we have freedom to live it.

HOW SATAN STEALS OUR IDENTITY

1) He gets us caught up in the routine of life

Satan wants to take away any glory for God and make life routine and to see everything as ordinary.

2) He makes us think we are more or less than we are

Psalm 139:14, 15

Satan wants you to think that you are not that great. That God did not make you with a purpose.

1 Peter 2:9, 10

In time past, you didn’t have eternal value. But now you are a people of God.

In Satan’s attempt to steal our identity he wants to get us back to nothing.

3) He makes us think we have nothing to offer

Consider the story of Jonah.

Satan wants us to believe that we have nothing of value.

4) He makes you believe that you can create your own identity outside of God

OUR NEW IDENTITY

How does Christ change our identity?

A greater authority has given us value as Christians.

As part of our new identity, we have a new goal. We have a new kingdom alliegance.

We no longer chase after the desires of the flesh.

We also have a new Father.

Most of us have had great fathers, but not everyone has. We are given a new Father Who is always God.

Romans 8:15-17

We have a new future. We no longer need to fear death.

Hebrews 11:13-16

We start to become like Christ. Along the way we develop personal conviction.

When I was at Bible school years ago, I had a teacher that would play volleyball— in his dress clothes and shoes. At the time I thought that was strange.

Years later, this man had meetings at our church. I met him running— in his dress clothes on the road.

How sure are we of our own convictions to live them out when they look different to the people around us?

There are some things that are black and white.

The Spirit then works in us to develop personal convictions.

In our new identity we also want to share Christ.

I Peter 2:9

We begin to show/reflect the love of God to the people around us. We want other people to find the love of God.

Ecclesiastes 11:9, 10

Young people, this is the time of life to be growing in relationships and enjoy friends. But let evil go, live in the joy of the Lord.

Remember, you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.

This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

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Ephesians 6:10-13 Often we express our identity by what we “stand”. If we don’t know our identity, the easier a target we are for Satan. If we know our Christian identity we have freedom to live it. HOW SATAN STEALS OUR IDENTITY 1) He gets us caught up... Often we express our identity by what we “stand”. If we don’t know our identity, the easier a target we are for Satan.
If we know our Christian identity we have freedom to live it.
HOW SATAN STEALS OUR IDENTITY
1) He gets us caught up in the routine of life
Satan wants to take away any glory for God and make life routine and to see everything as ordinary.
2) He makes us think we are more or less than we are
Psalm 139:14, 15
Satan wants you to think that you are not that great. That God did not make you with a purpose.
1 Peter 2:9, 10
In time past, you didn’t have eternal value. But now you are a people of God.
In Satan’s attempt to steal our identity he wants to get us back to nothing.
3) He makes us think we have nothing to offer
Consider the story of Jonah.
Satan wants us to believe that we have nothing of value.
4) He makes you believe that you can create your own identity outside of God
OUR NEW IDENTITY
How does Christ change our identity?
A greater authority has given us value as Christians.
As part of our new identity, we have a new goal. We have a new kingdom alliegance.
We no longer chase after the desires of the flesh.
We also have a new Father.
Most of us have had great fathers, but not everyone has. We are given a new Father Who is always God.
Romans 8:15-17
We have a new future. We no longer need to fear death.
Hebrews 11:13-16
We start to become like Christ. Along the way we develop personal conviction.
When I was at Bible school years ago, I had a teacher that would play volleyball— in his dress clothes and shoes. At the time I thought that was strange.
Years later, this man had meetings at our church. I met him running— in his dress clothes on the road.
How sure are we of our own convictions to live them out when they look different to the people around us?
There are some things that are black and white.
The Spirit then works in us to develop personal convictions.
In our new identity we also want to share Christ.
I Peter 2:9
We begin to show/reflect the love of God to the people around us. We want other people to find the love of God.
Ecclesiastes 11:9, 10
Young people, this is the time of life to be growing in relationships and enjoy friends. But let evil go, live in the joy of the Lord.
Remember, you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

* Our Appetites
* Humility
* Authenticity
* Who are You?
* Our Attitudes

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Authenticity - Raun Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/authenticity/ Sun, 17 Mar 2019 00:21:25 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3415 https://bmcgladys.com/authenticity/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/authenticity/feed/ 0 <p>I want to talk about being authentic Christinas. Sometimes we get caught up in the pretense of being real. How real are you? Joshua 24:9-15 I think because of our background we learn really well how to pretend. I’m afraid that sometimes we as young people grow up faking it. That’s not an authentic life. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/authenticity/">Authenticity</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> I want to talk about being authentic Christinas.

Sometimes we get caught up in the pretense of being real.

How real are you?

Joshua 24:9-15

I think because of our background we learn really well how to pretend. I’m afraid that sometimes we as young people grow up faking it.

That’s not an authentic life.

Numbers 22,23 (the story of Balaam)

Seven things that fake Christians do:

1) They live in fear

Authentic Christians know that they can trust God.

2) They want to be in control.

Authentic Christians accept God’s will without questioning it.

3) They are selfish.

Authentic Christians know that God’s will comes before our own personal interest.

4) They are controlled by their environment.

Authentic Christians refuse to let life’s troubles drive them away from God.

5) They aren’t willing to admit their mistakes
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Authentic Christians accept responsibility, they confess, and they make it right.

6) Fake Christians only help others when it helps themselves.

Authentic Christians do so whether it helps them or not.

7) Fake Christians put on a false front to hide their real motives.

Authentic Christians show their real identity all the time.

If it matters more what others think of you than why God does, you’re a fake. You may succeed in fooling everyone, but you won’t fool God.

This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

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I want to talk about being authentic Christinas. Sometimes we get caught up in the pretense of being real. How real are you? Joshua 24:9-15 I think because of our background we learn really well how to pretend. Sometimes we get caught up in the pretense of being real.
How real are you?
Joshua 24:9-15
I think because of our background we learn really well how to pretend. I’m afraid that sometimes we as young people grow up faking it.
That’s not an authentic life.
Numbers 22,23 (the story of Balaam)
Seven things that fake Christians do:
1) They live in fear
Authentic Christians know that they can trust God.
2) They want to be in control.
Authentic Christians accept God’s will without questioning it.
3) They are selfish.
Authentic Christians know that God’s will comes before our own personal interest.
4) They are controlled by their environment.
Authentic Christians refuse to let life’s troubles drive them away from God.
5) They aren’t willing to admit their mistakes
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Authentic Christians accept responsibility, they confess, and they make it right.
6) Fake Christians only help others when it helps themselves.
Authentic Christians do so whether it helps them or not.
7) Fake Christians put on a false front to hide their real motives.
Authentic Christians show their real identity all the time.
If it matters more what others think of you than why God does, you’re a fake. You may succeed in fooling everyone, but you won’t fool God.
This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

* Our Appetites
* Humility
* Authenticity
* Who are You?
* Our Attitudes

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Humility - Raun Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/humility/ Sun, 17 Mar 2019 00:19:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3414 https://bmcgladys.com/humility/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/humility/feed/ 0 <p>A very very long time ago I went to Maranatha Bible School. In the second term, the choir director asked me to have a speaking part during a song. About two days before the program, we had a little get together, with some singing. We sang the song, and I’m wondering should I do my […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/humility/">Humility</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> A very very long time ago I went to Maranatha Bible School. In the second term, the choir director asked me to have a speaking part during a song.

About two days before the program, we had a little get together, with some singing. We sang the song, and I’m wondering should I do my part or not? Someone tapped me on my shoulder… so I did. After I was done, I was roped again and told… “You have a phone call waiting.

James 4:1-6

Where do war and fighting come from? Our appetites. We build up within ourselves pride.

God resists the proud. But gives grace to the humble. You can’t earn grace but being humble opens you to receive it.

(The story of Edison and Tesla)

Pride and humility…

What is humility?

C. S. Lewis: Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.

Jesus didn’t have to die on the cross. He didn’t think less of Himself— instead He thought of us.

Romans 12:1-3

We can think highly of ourselves— just not more highly tha we should!

What does being humble benefit us?
It benefits us eternally.

Luke 14:11

I want you to think— how does it make Thomas Edison feel that he has gotten all the glory now? How does Tesla feel now about not being known?

Pride only gives us earthy gain. If we are only earthly minded we will have earthly reward.

Can we program our minds to see that glory and fame here don’t get you anything in eternity?

Our pride puts us in a position where we take the place of God.

God does not want us to feel worthless, however. He desires us to be humble.

Matthew 22:11

Tesla didn’t care about the credit or the praise— he cared about the work.

Like an axe— we are nothing on our own. Without being in the hands of almighty God, we can do nothing.

This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

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A very very long time ago I went to Maranatha Bible School. In the second term, the choir director asked me to have a speaking part during a song. About two days before the program, we had a little get together, with some singing. We sang the song, About two days before the program, we had a little get together, with some singing. We sang the song, and I’m wondering should I do my part or not? Someone tapped me on my shoulder… so I did. After I was done, I was roped again and told… “You have a phone call waiting.
James 4:1-6
Where do war and fighting come from? Our appetites. We build up within ourselves pride.
God resists the proud. But gives grace to the humble. You can’t earn grace but being humble opens you to receive it.
(The story of Edison and Tesla)
Pride and humility…
What is humility?
C. S. Lewis: Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.
Jesus didn’t have to die on the cross. He didn’t think less of Himself— instead He thought of us.
Romans 12:1-3
We can think highly of ourselves— just not more highly tha we should!
What does being humble benefit us?
It benefits us eternally.
Luke 14:11
I want you to think— how does it make Thomas Edison feel that he has gotten all the glory now? How does Tesla feel now about not being known?
Pride only gives us earthy gain. If we are only earthly minded we will have earthly reward.
Can we program our minds to see that glory and fame here don’t get you anything in eternity?
Our pride puts us in a position where we take the place of God.
God does not want us to feel worthless, however. He desires us to be humble.
Matthew 22:11
Tesla didn’t care about the credit or the praise— he cared about the work.
Like an axe— we are nothing on our own. Without being in the hands of almighty God, we can do nothing.
This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

* Our Appetites
* Humility
* Authenticity
* Who are You?
* Our Attitudes

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Our Appetites - Raun Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/our-appetites/ Sun, 17 Mar 2019 00:18:20 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3413 https://bmcgladys.com/our-appetites/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/our-appetites/feed/ 0 <p>All of us have some growing to do… My theme this weekend is Purpose. The subjects I’m going to talk about are Appetite, Identity and attitude. I want to talk about your spiritual appetites first. I want to tell you a story. There once was a young man who walked on the farm with his […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/our-appetites/">Our Appetites</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> All of us have some growing to do… My theme this weekend is Purpose.

The subjects I’m going to talk about are Appetite, Identity and attitude.

I want to talk about your spiritual appetites first.

I want to tell you a story. There once was a young man who walked on the farm with his dad. He helped tend the animals… he was always busy. Life was just work.

In time this man go tired of work.

He noticed that there were fiends who did other things. One was a party animal.

So he hatched a plan and said, “Dad, I need all of my inheritance. Now.”

So the father gave him what he asked. He got all of his portion.

He new that if he stayed at home he might have to work. He started filling his appetites.

He had appetites for fun, freedom, etc. As his money ran out, his friends disappeared as well.

Now he didn’t have anything.

He hired on to a local farmer (a pig farmer). He would dump out the slop to the pigs- and wanted to eat it himself because he was so hungry.

After some more time he thought to himself— the servants at my dads farm actually got food! He thought maybe he could go back and just be a servant.

When he returned the Father ran out to meet him

He was offered a fatted calf…

This morning I want to talk about spiritual appetites.

The first thing we need to recognize that we have appetites that are not right because of our sin nature.

Romans 3:23

Every one in this room has fed an appetite that was not right with God.
All have sinned.

We should all be working together to fix those appetites.

I John 2:15-?

All that is in the world… we are born with these lusts.

We’ve got things that are built into us to desire. We have a strong desire to do those things we are not to do.

Sometimes our appetites are so subconscious we don’t even recognize them.

Adam and Eve were not created with a sin nature. Because of their disobedience, their descendants do.

The people around us influence our appetites as well.

Jim Roan: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

According to research from Harvard, the people you associate with determine as much as 90 or 95% of your success or failures.

Squad goals? Make sure your squad isn’t pulling you down.

1) Realize that we all have appetites

2) there is nothing you can do to fix your appetite on your own

James 1:14

Have you realized this morning how incapable you are of fixing your own appetites?

Ephesians 6:10-13

If you’re a firefighter, there is particular equipment you put on. We must put on the armor of God.

Giving your heart to the Lord is the first step.

Until that point, you can’t do it. You can’t control your appetites.

I’m not saying it’s easy.

3) We must give our sinful appetites over to God, and develop a new attitude for God.

James 4:8

We have to go through a spiritual surgery to get rid of those appetites. It takes some cutting open, some pain.

Matthew 5:6

It’s not just getting rid of the old appetite, its getting new ones. As we seek after God, He gives us greater appetite for Himself.

Still, it’s not easy, but it is rewarding.

As we see with the Samaritan woman, the only thing that can truly fill us is righteousness, and seeking after God. God is the only thing that can truly fill that appetite.

SIn has progressive appetites. It gets worse. Interestingly, spiritual appetites are also progressive. They get deeper.

Is your soul longing for God? If it’s not, it should be.

He can fully satisfy our spiritual appetite.

What are you going to do when you want to fill your appetites? Are you going to run, or come to the Master.

This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

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All of us have some growing to do… My theme this weekend is Purpose. The subjects I’m going to talk about are Appetite, Identity and attitude. I want to talk about your spiritual appetites first. I want to tell you a story. The subjects I’m going to talk about are Appetite, Identity and attitude.
I want to talk about your spiritual appetites first.
I want to tell you a story. There once was a young man who walked on the farm with his dad. He helped tend the animals… he was always busy. Life was just work.
In time this man go tired of work.
He noticed that there were fiends who did other things. One was a party animal.
So he hatched a plan and said, “Dad, I need all of my inheritance. Now.”
So the father gave him what he asked. He got all of his portion.
He new that if he stayed at home he might have to work. He started filling his appetites.
He had appetites for fun, freedom, etc. As his money ran out, his friends disappeared as well.
Now he didn’t have anything.
He hired on to a local farmer (a pig farmer). He would dump out the slop to the pigs- and wanted to eat it himself because he was so hungry.
After some more time he thought to himself— the servants at my dads farm actually got food! He thought maybe he could go back and just be a servant.
When he returned the Father ran out to meet him
He was offered a fatted calf…
This morning I want to talk about spiritual appetites.
The first thing we need to recognize that we have appetites that are not right because of our sin nature.
Romans 3:23
Every one in this room has fed an appetite that was not right with God.
All have sinned.
We should all be working together to fix those appetites.
I John 2:15-?
All that is in the world… we are born with these lusts.
We’ve got things that are built into us to desire. We have a strong desire to do those things we are not to do.
Sometimes our appetites are so subconscious we don’t even recognize them.
Adam and Eve were not created with a sin nature. Because of their disobedience, their descendants do.
The people around us influence our appetites as well.
Jim Roan: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
According to research from Harvard, the people you associate with determine as much as 90 or 95% of your success or failures.
Squad goals? Make sure your squad isn’t pulling you down.
1) Realize that we all have appetites
2) there is nothing you can do to fix your appetite on your own
James 1:14
Have you realized this morning how incapable you are of fixing your own appetites?
Ephesians 6:10-13
If you’re a firefighter, there is particular equipment you put on. We must put on the armor of God.
Giving your heart to the Lord is the first step.
Until that point, you can’t do it. You can’t control your appetites.
I’m not saying it’s easy.
3) We must give our sinful appetites over to God, and develop a new attitude for God.
James 4:8
We have to go through a spiritual surgery to get rid of those appetites. It takes some cutting open, some pain.
Matthew 5:6
It’s not just getting rid of the old appetite, its getting new ones. As we seek after God, He gives us greater appetite for Himself.
Still, it’s not easy, but it is rewarding.
As we see with the Samaritan woman, the only thing that can truly fill us is righteousness, and seeking after God. God is the only thing that can truly fill that appetite.
SIn has progressive appetites. It gets worse. Interestingly, spiritual appetites are also progressive. They get deeper.
Is your soul longing for God? If it’s not, it should be.
He can fully satisfy our spiritual appetite.
What are you going to do when you want to fill your appetites? Are you going to run, or come to the Master.
This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

* https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3409 https://bmcgladys.com/the-fullness-of-christ/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-fullness-of-christ/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Colossians 1:15-23 Other Scriptures: Philippians 2:6, John 10: 30, 38, John 12:44-45, John 14:6-11, John 1:18 Who is Jesus? The person of Christ… His humanity and divinity, His relationship to the Father, His relationship to creation, and His relation to us. There are a lot of bad things in life; there are bad things […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-fullness-of-christ/">The Fullness of Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Colossians 1:15-23

Other Scriptures: Philippians 2:6, John 10: 30, 38, John 12:44-45, John 14:6-11, John 1:18

Who is Jesus?

The person of Christ… His humanity and divinity, His relationship to the Father, His relationship to creation, and His relation to us.

There are a lot of bad things in life; there are bad things in the Bible. We easily forget Who God is and His presence in these times.

I feel grateful for the things I’ve experienced in life… one of them is the opportunity to talk to people about hard things going on in their life. Many times in these conversations, God did something unexpected for them.

Hopefully this morning, you can be captivated by Jesus.

Paul is showing in our passage, the full humanity and divinity of Christ and His preeminence over creation. There ought to be a response to this… Who IS this Person?

Paul is introducing us to Him.

Who is this Son?

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of creation… He is before all things, and by Him all things exist… He is the head of the body, the Church…He is the firstborn from the dead…

False views of Christ that Paul is addressing:

1) Gnosticism… the belief that matter is evil, therefore God could not be truly human.

2) The belief that God would not have created the world because it is full of evil

3) The belief are other mediators between God and man

4) Christ is not the source of salvation, special knowledge (gnosis)

The first thing Paul addresses is Christ’s relation to the Father.

He is one with the Father in character, they express the same “ideas”. Christ is the visible image of the invisible God… an exact representation, not a physical copy.

We see Christ in His life, and we learn Who the Father is. His attitude toward sin and people is the same attitude that the Father has.

Next Paul addresses Christ in relation to creation.

He is the “firstborn” (source, origin, preeminent-over) of all creation. By Him all things were created, and all things were created for Him.

Christ is supreme over all creation as its creator. He is the source and agent and goal of creation. Everything that exists is for Him and by Him and will achieve His goal.

God does have a goal.

There are many things that bother me. There are many things that are out of order in the world.

One of the things that is out of order with the world is peoples views about the creation.

it is comforting that God did create the world and it was created for His purposes. He is still superintending His creation.

He is the sustainer of all things. By Him the created universe is held together.

If it wasn’t for Christ, the universe would “explode”… it cannot continue without Christ.

Matter is not evil. We can get so frustrated with our bodies or matter that do not cooperate with our desires, that we can fall into this trap as well. The product of God’s creation is good.

We know that Jesus had power over the storms and other created phenomena. This divine Person, Who is also human— the whole universe is in some sense the expression of His.

I feel like there is some relation to the universe and the person of Christ.

Then Paul addresses Christ’s relation to believers.

He is the head of the Church, all the redeemed. He earned that right by His death and resurrection. These verse teach us that He did this in His earthly body.

There is some connection to Him doing this in an earthly body, bearing everything that was wrong with humanity, and His resurrection that is meaningful to the entire created world.

He is the firstborn from the dead— The first to triumph over death itself, being the first to be raised from the dead.

The reason He rose from the dead is so that He might become preeminent over all things.

All the fullness of God is in Christ. Those of us in this “full” Christ, have access to the full wisdom and spiritual knowledge He possesses.

Finally, Paul addresses the reconciliation of everything in Christ. He bore to the cross everything wrong with the world, everything that weighs us down, everything that is not right— even with the people that we don’t know what to do with.

Through the shedding of Christ’s bread, He brings reconciliation to everything that had been alienated from God. This extends beyond all geographic ethnic boundaries.

It is amazing to me that after the Holocaust people would be saying the same things about the Jews. This is of the Devil.

Jesus is the solution for even that problem.

Through Christ we are brought to the Father’s presence. I believe that Jesus is always present with us. We often feel like we are alone. Even when we pray, we sometimes feel like no one is listening.

I believe that God hears our prayers— even when we don’t know what He is doing with them. Jesus is present, and He is working. Nothing escapes the knowledge of God.

God has an end in mind for everything. We will come to goal for us if we continue in the faith.

If Christ is all these things, then why would you not surrender your body, soul, and Spirit, and all of your life to Christ? If this is Who Christ is, then bow down and worship Him.

Everyone will bow down in the end. Everyone will acknowledge Who He is in the end.

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]]> Text: Colossians 1:15-23 Other Scriptures: Philippians 2:6, John 10: 30, 38, John 12:44-45, John 14:6-11, John 1:18 Who is Jesus? The person of Christ… His humanity and divinity, His relationship to the Father, His relationship to creation, Other Scriptures: Philippians 2:6, John 10: 30, 38, John 12:44-45, John 14:6-11, John 1:18
Who is Jesus?
The person of Christ… His humanity and divinity, His relationship to the Father, His relationship to creation, and His relation to us.
There are a lot of bad things in life; there are bad things in the Bible. We easily forget Who God is and His presence in these times.
I feel grateful for the things I’ve experienced in life… one of them is the opportunity to talk to people about hard things going on in their life. Many times in these conversations, God did something unexpected for them.
Hopefully this morning, you can be captivated by Jesus.
Paul is showing in our passage, the full humanity and divinity of Christ and His preeminence over creation. There ought to be a response to this… Who IS this Person?
Paul is introducing us to Him.
Who is this Son?
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of creation… He is before all things, and by Him all things exist… He is the head of the body, the Church…He is the firstborn from the dead…
False views of Christ that Paul is addressing:
1) Gnosticism… the belief that matter is evil, therefore God could not be truly human.
2) The belief that God would not have created the world because it is full of evil
3) The belief are other mediators between God and man
4) Christ is not the source of salvation, special knowledge (gnosis)
The first thing Paul addresses is Christ’s relation to the Father.
He is one with the Father in character, they express the same “ideas”. Christ is the visible image of the invisible God… an exact representation, not a physical copy.
We see Christ in His life, and we learn Who the Father is. His attitude toward sin and people is the same attitude that the Father has.
Next Paul addresses Christ in relation to creation.
He is the “firstborn” (source, origin, preeminent-over) of all creation. By Him all things were created, and all things were created for Him.
Christ is supreme over all creation as its creator. He is the source and agent and goal of creation. Everything that exists is for Him and by Him and will achieve His goal.
God does have a goal.
There are many things that bother me. There are many things that are out of order in the world.
One of the things that is out of order with the world is peoples views about the creation.
it is comforting that God did create the world and it was created for His purposes. He is still superintending His creation.
He is the sustainer of all things. By Him the created universe is held together.
If it wasn’t for Christ, the universe would “explode”… it cannot continue without Christ.
Matter is not evil. We can get so frustrated with our bodies or matter that do not cooperate with our desires, that we can fall into this trap as well. The product of God’s creation is good.
We know that Jesus had power over the storms and other created phenomena. This divine Person, Who is also human— the whole universe is in some sense the expression of His.
I feel like there is some relation to the universe and the person of Christ.
Then Paul addresses Christ’s relation to believers.
He is the head of the Church, all the redeemed. He earned that right by His death and resurrection. These verse teach us that He did this in His earthly body.
There is some connection to Him doing this in an earthly body, bearing everything that was wrong with humanity, and His resurrection that is meaningful to the entire created world.
He is the firstborn from the dead— The first to triumph over death itself, being the first to be raised from the dead.
The reason He rose from the dead is so that He might become preeminent over all things.
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The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament - Delvin Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-holy-spirit-in-the-old-testament/ Sun, 03 Mar 2019 08:53:53 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3406 https://bmcgladys.com/the-holy-spirit-in-the-old-testament/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-holy-spirit-in-the-old-testament/feed/ 0 <p>Scriptures: Romans 8:9; Genesis 1, 2; I Samuel 10; II Samuel 23; Ezekiel 2:36-?; Isaiah 11, 42, 61; A genuine Christian has the Spirit indwelling Him. And He does this for all believers around the whole world at once! I’m afraid we are prone to take the Spirit for granted. At creation, the Godhead worked […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-holy-spirit-in-the-old-testament/">The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Scriptures: Romans 8:9; Genesis 1, 2; I Samuel 10; II Samuel 23; Ezekiel 2:36-?; Isaiah 11, 42, 61;

A genuine Christian has the Spirit indwelling Him. And He does this for all believers around the whole world at once!

I’m afraid we are prone to take the Spirit for granted.


At creation, the Godhead worked in harmony, the Spirit hovering and brooding over the chaos.

During the Creation of man, the Spirit that had been big enough to enfold the entire world focuses on one man, Adam.

After the fall of man… the Spirit’s interest in the world continued. He strives with mankind, holding back the evil. He also continued to work with individuals.

One of these was Joshua. He was used in a mighty way as the children of Israel came into the promised land. Another was Saul, after being anointed, he was told by Samuel “the Spirit of the Lord would come upon him”.

The Spirit can change us. Sadly, the disobedience of Saul caused the Spirit to leave Saul.

We are also told about the anointing of David that the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. Gideon was another: God sent His Spirit on Him and He accomplished great things in faith.

We can see this Spirit brooding over this world, darkened by sin, and now prophesying of redemption.

David’s last words: The Spirit of Jehovah spake by me, and His word was on my tongue.”

Ezekiel experienced the presence of the Spirit as well.

But there was a prophesy of a new heart, and a new Spirit in Ezekiel. Instead of the hard-hearted people that Ezekiel was preaching to, God would have a new people that would be filled with the Spirit and have a new heart.

There are also the prophesies of Isaiah. Isaiah 11 and Isaiah 42 speak of the coming of the Spirit in Christ. This Messiah would have the Spirit upon Him and He would bring light to the gentiles.

This Person, this Messiah, would have the Spirit of the Lord, Jehovah, upon Him.

Hundreds of years later, Jesus of Nazareth read “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, He hath sent me…”

The work of the Trinity was happening. The Spirit was resting on Jesus as He fulfilled His mission. The life of God was being breathed into the world, as the new creation begins.

God, the Holy Spirit, is big enough to cover the whole world, and can breath life into us— if we will let Him.

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Scriptures: Romans 8:9; Genesis 1, 2; I Samuel 10; II Samuel 23; Ezekiel 2:36-?; Isaiah 11, 42, 61; A genuine Christian has the Spirit indwelling Him. And He does this for all believers around the whole world at once! A genuine Christian has the Spirit indwelling Him. And He does this for all believers around the whole world at once!
I’m afraid we are prone to take the Spirit for granted.

At creation, the Godhead worked in harmony, the Spirit hovering and brooding over the chaos.
During the Creation of man, the Spirit that had been big enough to enfold the entire world focuses on one man, Adam.
After the fall of man… the Spirit’s interest in the world continued. He strives with mankind, holding back the evil. He also continued to work with individuals.
One of these was Joshua. He was used in a mighty way as the children of Israel came into the promised land. Another was Saul, after being anointed, he was told by Samuel “the Spirit of the Lord would come upon him”.
The Spirit can change us. Sadly, the disobedience of Saul caused the Spirit to leave Saul.
We are also told about the anointing of David that the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. Gideon was another: God sent His Spirit on Him and He accomplished great things in faith.
We can see this Spirit brooding over this world, darkened by sin, and now prophesying of redemption.
David’s last words: The Spirit of Jehovah spake by me, and His word was on my tongue.”
Ezekiel experienced the presence of the Spirit as well.
But there was a prophesy of a new heart, and a new Spirit in Ezekiel. Instead of the hard-hearted people that Ezekiel was preaching to, God would have a new people that would be filled with the Spirit and have a new heart.
There are also the prophesies of Isaiah. Isaiah 11 and Isaiah 42 speak of the coming of the Spirit in Christ. This Messiah would have the Spirit upon Him and He would bring light to the gentiles.
This Person, this Messiah, would have the Spirit of the Lord, Jehovah, upon Him.
Hundreds of years later, Jesus of Nazareth read “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, He hath sent me…”
The work of the Trinity was happening. The Spirit was resting on Jesus as He fulfilled His mission. The life of God was being breathed into the world, as the new creation begins.
God, the Holy Spirit, is big enough to cover the whole world, and can breath life into us— if we will let Him.
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Listening in on Jesus Prayer - Dan Freed https://bmcgladys.com/listening-in-on-jesus-prayer/ Sun, 24 Feb 2019 07:27:47 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3401 https://bmcgladys.com/listening-in-on-jesus-prayer/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/listening-in-on-jesus-prayer/feed/ 0 <p>Text: John 17:1-5 Other references: Romans 8:26; John 12:23-29; Romans 11:33-36; Hebrews 7:25 No one understands us like Jesus. When we join Him in prayer we can experience love and acceptance. We can never wrap our minds around the depth of His love. Jesus is still praying for us. he invites us to pray with […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/listening-in-on-jesus-prayer/">Listening in on Jesus Prayer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: John 17:1-5

Other references: Romans 8:26; John 12:23-29; Romans 11:33-36; Hebrews 7:25

No one understands us like Jesus. When we join Him in prayer we can experience love and acceptance. We can never wrap our minds around the depth of His love.

Jesus is still praying for us. he invites us to pray with Him.

Jesus prays for God’s glory. He prays for it to be revealed to everyone. It is a prayer that we would experience “eternal life” (v. 3 …)

Jesus was motivated by love. God’s love will endure forever.

We can know this love now. We will experience it more fully in Heaven.

Verses 1-5…

Jesus spoke these words after the time in the upper room before the crucifixion. In chapter 14 they had left the upper room…

Jesus knew what was coming, and so He turns to the Father in prayer.

What an open relationship between the Son and the Father!

Jesus was about to face the biggest crisis of His life.

He begins His prayer with praise for the Father.

…Glory… (used 8 times in these verses)

”A prayer of praise or worship” greek “Doxa”— shining, radiant glory.

Jesus tells the Father how He longed to return. V.11

Man is created for the purpose of enjoying God and glorifying Him.

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”. — John Piper

Our old man and Satan both work to keep us from that.

Jesus prayed also for us. He wants us to let our (His) light shine. The glory is for God… let Jesus shine through you this week.

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Text: John 17:1-5 Other references: Romans 8:26; John 12:23-29; Romans 11:33-36; Hebrews 7:25 No one understands us like Jesus. When we join Him in prayer we can experience love and acceptance. We can never wrap our minds around the depth of His love. Other references: Romans 8:26; John 12:23-29; Romans 11:33-36; Hebrews 7:25
No one understands us like Jesus. When we join Him in prayer we can experience love and acceptance. We can never wrap our minds around the depth of His love.
Jesus is still praying for us. he invites us to pray with Him.
Jesus prays for God’s glory. He prays for it to be revealed to everyone. It is a prayer that we would experience “eternal life” (v. 3 …)
Jesus was motivated by love. God’s love will endure forever.
We can know this love now. We will experience it more fully in Heaven.
Verses 1-5…
Jesus spoke these words after the time in the upper room before the crucifixion. In chapter 14 they had left the upper room…
Jesus knew what was coming, and so He turns to the Father in prayer.
What an open relationship between the Son and the Father!
Jesus was about to face the biggest crisis of His life.
He begins His prayer with praise for the Father.
…Glory… (used 8 times in these verses)
”A prayer of praise or worship” greek “Doxa”— shining, radiant glory.
Jesus tells the Father how He longed to return. V.11
Man is created for the purpose of enjoying God and glorifying Him.
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”. — John Piper
Our old man and Satan both work to keep us from that.
Jesus prayed also for us. He wants us to let our (His) light shine. The glory is for God… let Jesus shine through you this week.
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All Scripture is Given by God - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/all-scripture-is-given-by-god/ Sun, 17 Feb 2019 06:39:06 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3392 https://bmcgladys.com/all-scripture-is-given-by-god/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/all-scripture-is-given-by-god/feed/ 0 <p>Text: 2 Timothy 2:16,17 I would like to present some evidence for the truthfulness of Scripture. I will mostly focus on archaeology and fulfilled prophecy. Science provides evidence for the creation. The world is filled with highly developed organisms. There is the scientific thoughts in Scripture that were far ahead of their time. Archaeology… If […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/all-scripture-is-given-by-god/">All Scripture is Given by God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: 2 Timothy 2:16,17

I would like to present some evidence for the truthfulness of Scripture.

I will mostly focus on archaeology and fulfilled prophecy.

Science provides evidence for the creation. The world is filled with highly developed organisms. There is the scientific thoughts in Scripture that were far ahead of their time.

Archaeology…

If God wrote this Book, what would you expect to see?

Instead of nonsensical ideas about science or things that are contradictory, we would see its history to be in agreement with archaeological findings.

Pilate —Tacitus confirms;

Often liberal scholars have attacked the Biblical record. They will say, if it is not plainly demonstrated by independent sources, then it must be mythical.

However, this approach has been regularly debunked by new discoveries.

Examples:

David
Nabonidus – Belshazzar
Tetrarch Licinius

There are still Biblical events for which we do not have archaeological evidence. Does that mean that they aren’t true? No— we just have not found them yet.

The Bible is about half history! If it were my a God-breathed book we would expect it to be riddled with errors.

Project:

The Gospel of John – Is it reliable?

Three options on whether it is by the eyewitness or not, 1) John didn’t write it but later Christians did, 2) John’s copy was lost and our present versions are corrupted to make it look like Jesus was Divine, or 3) John just made it up.

1) The details include details that only an eyewitness would know. 2) The writer distinguishes other “Johns” in a way that the other gospel writers do not. 3)The writer knows intimate details of the times and locations described. 4) His authorship was confirmed by the first Christians.

In order to alter the original writing, someone would have needed to round-up ALL copies, and modified them all. The same is true of all the gospels.

The early Christians were very careful to make sure that they ONLY received and accepted what was truly from the Apostles. They repeatedly quote these writings— and they generally are in complete agreement.

If it was a fabricated story, why did the apostles die for it?

Now… prophecy.

Isaiah 53:5-John 19:1
Isaiah 53:7-John 19:10,11 Matthew 26 & 27
Isaiah 53:8-John 19:30?
Isaiah 53:9
Psalm 22:1
Psalm 22:7 – Luke
Psalm 22:15 – John 19:28
Psalm 22:16 – John 19:37, Zechariah 12:10
Psalm 22:18 – John 19:24

We can be reassured by these evidences.

Let’s believe our Bibles— and be shaped by them.

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Text: 2 Timothy 2:16,17 I would like to present some evidence for the truthfulness of Scripture. I will mostly focus on archaeology and fulfilled prophecy. Science provides evidence for the creation. The world is filled with highly developed organisms.... I would like to present some evidence for the truthfulness of Scripture.
I will mostly focus on archaeology and fulfilled prophecy.
Science provides evidence for the creation. The world is filled with highly developed organisms. There is the scientific thoughts in Scripture that were far ahead of their time.
Archaeology…
If God wrote this Book, what would you expect to see?
Instead of nonsensical ideas about science or things that are contradictory, we would see its history to be in agreement with archaeological findings.
Pilate —Tacitus confirms;
Often liberal scholars have attacked the Biblical record. They will say, if it is not plainly demonstrated by independent sources, then it must be mythical.
However, this approach has been regularly debunked by new discoveries.
Examples:
David
Nabonidus – Belshazzar
Tetrarch Licinius
There are still Biblical events for which we do not have archaeological evidence. Does that mean that they aren’t true? No— we just have not found them yet.
The Bible is about half history! If it were my a God-breathed book we would expect it to be riddled with errors.
Project:
The Gospel of John – Is it reliable?
Three options on whether it is by the eyewitness or not, 1) John didn’t write it but later Christians did, 2) John’s copy was lost and our present versions are corrupted to make it look like Jesus was Divine, or 3) John just made it up.
1) The details include details that only an eyewitness would know. 2) The writer distinguishes other “Johns” in a way that the other gospel writers do not. 3)The writer knows intimate details of the times and locations described. 4) His authorship was confirmed by the first Christians.
In order to alter the original writing, someone would have needed to round-up ALL copies, and modified them all. The same is true of all the gospels.
The early Christians were very careful to make sure that they ONLY received and accepted what was truly from the Apostles. They repeatedly quote these writings— and they generally are in complete agreement.
If it was a fabricated story, why did the apostles die for it?
Now… prophecy.
Isaiah 53:5-John 19:1
Isaiah 53:7-John 19:10,11 Matthew 26 & 27
Isaiah 53:8-John 19:30?
Isaiah 53:9
Psalm 22:1
Psalm 22:7 – Luke
Psalm 22:15 – John 19:28
Psalm 22:16 – John 19:37, Zechariah 12:10
Psalm 22:18 – John 19:24
We can be reassured by these evidences.
Let’s believe our Bibles— and be shaped by them.
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Faith, Hope, and Love - Milo Zehr https://bmcgladys.com/faith-hope-and-love/ Sun, 10 Feb 2019 21:49:48 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3390 https://bmcgladys.com/faith-hope-and-love/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/faith-hope-and-love/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Colossians 1:1-14 Other References: I john 3:12 This letter was written after Paul had a visitor from Colossae. Paul was dealing with some heresy present in the Colossian church. Two heresies addresses: 1) a belief that a Christian must follow the Old Testament ceremonial law, and 2) that salvation is primarily a matter of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/faith-hope-and-love/">Faith, Hope, and Love</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Colossians 1:1-14

Other References: I john 3:12

This letter was written after Paul had a visitor from Colossae. Paul was dealing with some heresy present in the Colossian church.

Two heresies addresses: 1) a belief that a Christian must follow the Old Testament ceremonial law, and 2) that salvation is primarily a matter of special knowledge rather than faith in Jesus Christ.

The first was Jewish in origin, the second pagan.

The second heresy also denied the incarnation because of its material nature.

Themes of Colossians are Paul’s attitude towards the Colossians, the superiority of Christ, and three errors, ceremonialism, mysticism, and asceticism.

In the beginning of the chapter, we see Pauls attitude towards the Colossians. He calls them saints and and wishes peace and grace to them; It is a prayer of blessing.

Paul continues to express his positive attitude for them, praying always for them. He commends them for three things: 1) their faith, 2) their love, and 3) their hope.

This is linked to our Sunday School lesson— consider the faith of Abraham.

What does it mean to have faith in God?

It is a decision. A decision of which we do not know all the results.

It is faith that He will save us, keep us, and bring us to a good end.

Paul commends them for their faith.
He also commends them for their love for all the believers.

This is an agape love. The love that Jesus had when he gave Himself to the point of death on the cross.

The test of love is whether or not we can love those that have some fault and may have nothing to give us.

It finds a way to minister.

Then Paul commends them for their hope. The idea of hope is confident expectation. There is a promise.

Hope here is for the final reward for the people of God. This results in faith and love.

This hope is stored for us in Heaven. It comes from hearing the word of truth concerning the future.

One question we could ask… What can we do to maintain faith and trust and hope?

I think we fool ourselves when we think these things should just happen. Life in this world requires more faith and and ability than any of us naturally possess.

This is hard.

It helps if we don’t blame the chaos of life on everyone else. We need to be honest about the ways we contribute.

Faith hope and love are a result of having an open relationship with God.

In verses 6 and 7, Paul says that the gospel has come to them in the same way it came to the rest of the world and that it is bearing fruit. This gospel is the same one that had gone out to the whole world.

The gospel brings forth fruit wherever it is taught. He wants these people to know that the gospel is bearing fruit in THEIR lives. He is also saying that it is universal and for all cultures.

This gospel was hinted at in the Old Testament as well. The Jews were to be a light to the nations. Jesus’ ministry went beyond the bounds of ethnic Jews.

This was a major issue in the early church as well.

Do we believe that the gospel is bearing fruit among the people that we know, the people that we relate to? It is very easy to be somewhat critical and judgemental… even questioning someone’s salvation based on personality differences.

Am I growing in the knowledge for God?

How can we know God and His will?

Paul presents a cycle, the cycle of knowing and doing, and knowing more.

In verse 9, Paul is praying that they have knowledge of God’s will; Knowledge of Who Christ is, and his life; Knowledge of who we are in Him; knowledge of how a person with this knowledge should live.

Paul also speaks about wisdom and understanding. Wisdom, or “Sophia” is to have insight into what the meaning of something really is. Understanding is to have reflective thought that agrees with truth. Knowledge of God’s will will lead to both.

This should lead to us walking uprightly and bear fruit. This will lead to every kind of goodness. The emphasis is here on good works.

Knowing what’s right and good and then doing so has a compounding effect on itself. This is not so that we are well thought of, but to bring glory to God.

Paul sees that they are also being strengthened by God’s glorious power. Scripture tells us that we are empowered by the same power that raised Jesus from the dead.

What does that mean? Have we experienced it?

The idea of patience— “to remain under”, perseverance in trial; Able to remain under difficulty or stress; not give up.

Long suffering— the ability to suffer wrong. It speaks of an attitude that says whatever goes on I love people the way God does.

Paul ends with giving thanks to God. We endure joyfully.

This is a call to faith, hope and love for us all.

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Text: Colossians 1:1-14 Other References: I john 3:12 This letter was written after Paul had a visitor from Colossae. Paul was dealing with some heresy present in the Colossian church. Two heresies addresses: 1) a belief that a Christian must follow th... Other References: I john 3:12
This letter was written after Paul had a visitor from Colossae. Paul was dealing with some heresy present in the Colossian church.
Two heresies addresses: 1) a belief that a Christian must follow the Old Testament ceremonial law, and 2) that salvation is primarily a matter of special knowledge rather than faith in Jesus Christ.
The first was Jewish in origin, the second pagan.
The second heresy also denied the incarnation because of its material nature.
Themes of Colossians are Paul’s attitude towards the Colossians, the superiority of Christ, and three errors, ceremonialism, mysticism, and asceticism.
In the beginning of the chapter, we see Pauls attitude towards the Colossians. He calls them saints and and wishes peace and grace to them; It is a prayer of blessing.
Paul continues to express his positive attitude for them, praying always for them. He commends them for three things: 1) their faith, 2) their love, and 3) their hope.
This is linked to our Sunday School lesson— consider the faith of Abraham.
What does it mean to have faith in God?
It is a decision. A decision of which we do not know all the results.
It is faith that He will save us, keep us, and bring us to a good end.
Paul commends them for their faith.
He also commends them for their love for all the believers.
This is an agape love. The love that Jesus had when he gave Himself to the point of death on the cross.
The test of love is whether or not we can love those that have some fault and may have nothing to give us.
It finds a way to minister.
Then Paul commends them for their hope. The idea of hope is confident expectation. There is a promise.
Hope here is for the final reward for the people of God. This results in faith and love.
This hope is stored for us in Heaven. It comes from hearing the word of truth concerning the future.
One question we could ask… What can we do to maintain faith and trust and hope?
I think we fool ourselves when we think these things should just happen. Life in this world requires more faith and and ability than any of us naturally possess.
This is hard.
It helps if we don’t blame the chaos of life on everyone else. We need to be honest about the ways we contribute.
Faith hope and love are a result of having an open relationship with God.
In verses 6 and 7, Paul says that the gospel has come to them in the same way it came to the rest of the world and that it is bearing fruit. This gospel is the same one that had gone out to the whole world.
The gospel brings forth fruit wherever it is taught. He wants these people to know that the gospel is bearing fruit in THEIR lives. He is also saying that it is universal and for all cultures.
This gospel was hinted at in the Old Testament as well. The Jews were to be a light to the nations. Jesus’ ministry went beyond the bounds of ethnic Jews.
This was a major issue in the early church as well.
Do we believe that the gospel is bearing fruit among the people that we know, the people that we relate to? It is very easy to be somewhat critical and judgemental… even questioning someone’s salvation based on personality differences.
Am I growing in the knowledge for God?
How can we know God and His will?
Paul presents a cycle, the cycle of knowing and doing, and knowing more.
In verse 9, Paul is praying that they have knowledge of God’s will; Knowledge of Who Christ is, and his life; Knowledge of who we are in Him; knowledge of how a person with this knowledge should live.
Paul also speaks about wisdom and understanding. Wisdom, or “Sophia” is to have insight into what the meaning of something really is. Understanding is to have reflective thought that agrees with truth. Knowledge of God’s will will lead to both.
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His Eye is on the Sparrow - Steve Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/his-eye-is-on-the-sparrow/ Sun, 03 Feb 2019 22:33:13 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3386 https://bmcgladys.com/his-eye-is-on-the-sparrow/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/his-eye-is-on-the-sparrow/feed/ 0 <p>Have You Ever Been Afraid? Matthew 10 – Fear is something that all of us have experienced. The disciples here were probably experiencing some fear as well! If we are true disciples of Jesus we will also be asked to face some times and situations in our lives that will cause us some fear. Jesus […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/his-eye-is-on-the-sparrow/">His Eye is on the Sparrow</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Have You Ever Been Afraid?

Matthew 10 – Fear is something that all of us have experienced. The disciples here were probably experiencing some fear as well! If we are true disciples of Jesus we will also be asked to face some times and situations in our lives that will cause us some fear.

Jesus tells us clearly in these verses to “Fear them not.” While it is nice to hear our Savior say these words, and to know that they are true, we often want some evidences that these words are true. We’re going to look at several things here that talk about reasons that we should not be afraid.

  1. Truth always wins in the end. Jesus tells us that we don’t need to fear because truth always wins the battle in the end.
  2. God is greater than anything that man can do to us. All a man can do to us is end our life. For the Christian the end of life is only the beginning.

Further scriptures – Luke 12:6-7, Psalm 147, Isaiah 43:1-2, John 10:3, Daniel 3, Romans 5:8, Genesis 37:17-18, Kings 6:13-14, Psalm 124.

God is a great big God

Do you know how many stars there are? There are some estimates and some guesstimates, but even the “experts” don’t know. The number of the stars is unknowable. This isn’t something that is to big for God to understand. The Bible tells us that God knows all of the stars by name.

God doesn’t struggle to remember who we are. God knows us. God made us. God has a purpose and a plan for each of us.

God is much bigger than the things that bring fear to our lives.

God notices and values things we don’t understand and cares about the tiniest details of life

Sparrows are tiny birds. They aren’t worth a lot. Sparrows are everywhere. The most common bird on the planet. Sparrows die all the time and we rarely notice. Sparrows are not majestic like bald eagles. They don’t soar gracefully like a sea gull. Sparrows aren’t ugly necessarily, but they are very very common.

Yet… God notices sparrows. When one dies, God notices.

Have you ever felt like a sparrow? Or even the fifth sparrow that might have been thrown in for free when someone purchased four sparrows?

Our problems are often around trusting Gods ways of doing things and his timing and methods. Not so much that God exists.

Not a single sparrow around the world is forgotten by God. Jesus tells us to fear not because we are of much more value than a sparrow. Jesus didn’t die for sparrows, he did for us.

God knows and cares about the tiniest details of our lives. Even when we don’t know about them or care about them.

God doesn’t have any limits

There are limited all around us about so many things. We do not have a God who is limited. We don’t pray to a God who is limited.

Our prayers change when we understand that we cannot escape God’s care. We have short attention spans. God understands even our sorrowful groans. God knows all about all the things that we face and struggle with and care about.

We cannot run God out of time. God is the God of eternity. We cannot waste God’s time when we pray. Prayer is never ever a frustration to God. God loves. We cannot exhaust God’s love.

We tend to apply our limitations to God… God is limitless…

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Have You Ever Been Afraid? Matthew 10 – Fear is something that all of us have experienced. The disciples here were probably experiencing some fear as well! If we are true disciples of Jesus we will also be asked to face some times and situations in our... Matthew 10 – Fear is something that all of us have experienced. The disciples here were probably experiencing some fear as well! If we are true disciples of Jesus we will also be asked to face some times and situations in our lives that will cause us some fear.
Jesus tells us clearly in these verses to “Fear them not.” While it is nice to hear our Savior say these words, and to know that they are true, we often want some evidences that these words are true. We’re going to look at several things here that talk about reasons that we should not be afraid.

* Truth always wins in the end. Jesus tells us that we don’t need to fear because truth always wins the battle in the end.
* God is greater than anything that man can do to us. All a man can do to us is end our life. For the Christian the end of life is only the beginning.

Further scriptures – Luke 12:6-7, Psalm 147, Isaiah 43:1-2, John 10:3, Daniel 3, Romans 5:8, Genesis 37:17-18, Kings 6:13-14, Psalm 124.
God is a great big God
Do you know how many stars there are? There are some estimates and some guesstimates, but even the “experts” don’t know. The number of the stars is unknowable. This isn’t something that is to big for God to understand. The Bible tells us that God knows all of the stars by name.
God doesn’t struggle to remember who we are. God knows us. God made us. God has a purpose and a plan for each of us.
God is much bigger than the things that bring fear to our lives.
God notices and values things we don’t understand and cares about the tiniest details of life
Sparrows are tiny birds. They aren’t worth a lot. Sparrows are everywhere. The most common bird on the planet. Sparrows die all the time and we rarely notice. Sparrows are not majestic like bald eagles. They don’t soar gracefully like a sea gull. Sparrows aren’t ugly necessarily, but they are very very common.
Yet… God notices sparrows. When one dies, God notices.
Have you ever felt like a sparrow? Or even the fifth sparrow that might have been thrown in for free when someone purchased four sparrows?
Our problems are often around trusting Gods ways of doing things and his timing and methods. Not so much that God exists.
Not a single sparrow around the world is forgotten by God. Jesus tells us to fear not because we are of much more value than a sparrow. Jesus didn’t die for sparrows, he did for us.
God knows and cares about the tiniest details of our lives. Even when we don’t know about them or care about them.
God doesn’t have any limits
There are limited all around us about so many things. We do not have a God who is limited. We don’t pray to a God who is limited.
Our prayers change when we understand that we cannot escape God’s care. We have short attention spans. God understands even our sorrowful groans. God knows all about all the things that we face and struggle with and care about.
We cannot run God out of time. God is the God of eternity. We cannot waste God’s time when we pray. Prayer is never ever a frustration to God. God loves. We cannot exhaust God’s love.
We tend to apply our limitations to God… God is limitless…
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A Workshop on Meekness - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/a-workshop-on-meekness/ Sun, 27 Jan 2019 21:36:30 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3382 https://bmcgladys.com/a-workshop-on-meekness/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/a-workshop-on-meekness/feed/ 0 <p>Meekness is closely related to humility. They cannot really be separated, but they are not the same thing. Humility is how we see ourselves compared to other people, pride would be the opposite of what humility is. Meekness is a response to others, to circumstances, and to God. There must be humility along with meekness, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-workshop-on-meekness/">A Workshop on Meekness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Meekness is closely related to humility. They cannot really be separated, but they are not the same thing. Humility is how we see ourselves compared to other people, pride would be the opposite of what humility is. Meekness is a response to others, to circumstances, and to God. There must be humility along with meekness, but it is a character quality before it comes out in a response in word or in action.

Meekness is focused on God, it is not self centered and is not preoccupied with self at all. Meekness is motivated by love for God.

Meekness is serenity and resignation to God’s sovereignty, an acceptance of how things are. A settled peace as the meek person approaches life.

Meekness is willingly accepting the desires of someone else, not being continually concerned with getting my own way.

People looked at Jesus and the cross and they see weakness. Meekness is not weakness, Jesus could have called 10,000 angels down to release him from the cross… but he didn’t.

We have heard that our real character shows up when life gets rough. Meekness doesn’t necessarily show up on a nice day when everything is going well. However, meekness does show up when a stressful situation may arise, one response is to be calm and meek, even though the response that comes naturally is to “blow up.”

Matthew 11 – Jesus calls us to come to him when we are weak… and he will give us rest for our souls. This is a beautiful invitation. Jesus wants to develop meekness in us.

Chastening is a sign that God loves us! No chastening is fun, it is painful, but the Bible tells us that it results in righteousness if we are willing to learn from the trials and difficulties that God allows in our lives. God’s grace is sufficient for us.

As God works in a surrendered heart it strengthens our faith. Gods ways and godly responses are always right and are always the best. Responding in the carnal way that usually rises up within us first usually doesn’t result in an outcome that is desirable.

James 3 – A guidance system, a wisdom from God that directs our responses. The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace.

Ephesians 4:26 – Jesus was angry when he cast out the people from the temple. Can we have this kind of “righteous anger” yes… but if our anger is based on how I feel about something, and I would feel some satisfaction by punching him in the nose… that’s probably a sign that the anger of man is coming through. Endure meekly, that is what we are called to here in Ephesians.

Ephesians 4:31-31, 1 Peter 2:23 – Be kind to one another. Tender hearted. Forgive each other. Meekness is not in these verses specifically, but this describes a meek person and his words and responses.

1 Peter 3:15 – Witness meekly. Be ready to give answers regarding the hope that you have, but be respectful… not brash and harsh. More than that though a meek and humble and Christlike spirit is an incredible testimony in and of itself.

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Meekness is closely related to humility. They cannot really be separated, but they are not the same thing. Humility is how we see ourselves compared to other people, pride would be the opposite of what humility is. Meekness is a response to others, Meekness is focused on God, it is not self centered and is not preoccupied with self at all. Meekness is motivated by love for God.
Meekness is serenity and resignation to God’s sovereignty, an acceptance of how things are. A settled peace as the meek person approaches life.
Meekness is willingly accepting the desires of someone else, not being continually concerned with getting my own way.
People looked at Jesus and the cross and they see weakness. Meekness is not weakness, Jesus could have called 10,000 angels down to release him from the cross… but he didn’t.
We have heard that our real character shows up when life gets rough. Meekness doesn’t necessarily show up on a nice day when everything is going well. However, meekness does show up when a stressful situation may arise, one response is to be calm and meek, even though the response that comes naturally is to “blow up.”
Matthew 11 – Jesus calls us to come to him when we are weak… and he will give us rest for our souls. This is a beautiful invitation. Jesus wants to develop meekness in us.
Chastening is a sign that God loves us! No chastening is fun, it is painful, but the Bible tells us that it results in righteousness if we are willing to learn from the trials and difficulties that God allows in our lives. God’s grace is sufficient for us.
As God works in a surrendered heart it strengthens our faith. Gods ways and godly responses are always right and are always the best. Responding in the carnal way that usually rises up within us first usually doesn’t result in an outcome that is desirable.
James 3 – A guidance system, a wisdom from God that directs our responses. The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace.
Ephesians 4:26 – Jesus was angry when he cast out the people from the temple. Can we have this kind of “righteous anger” yes… but if our anger is based on how I feel about something, and I would feel some satisfaction by punching him in the nose… that’s probably a sign that the anger of man is coming through. Endure meekly, that is what we are called to here in Ephesians.
Ephesians 4:31-31, 1 Peter 2:23 – Be kind to one another. Tender hearted. Forgive each other. Meekness is not in these verses specifically, but this describes a meek person and his words and responses.
1 Peter 3:15 – Witness meekly. Be ready to give answers regarding the hope that you have, but be respectful… not brash and harsh. More than that though a meek and humble and Christlike spirit is an incredible testimony in and of itself.
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Child Training - Freeman Miller https://bmcgladys.com/child-training/ Mon, 21 Jan 2019 02:47:32 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3377 https://bmcgladys.com/child-training/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/child-training/feed/ 0 <p>An evening talk from our neighbor to the north. Freeman Miller talking about child training.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/child-training/">Child Training – Part 1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> An evening talk from our neighbor to the north. Freeman Miller talking about child training.

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Jesus Our Perfection - Gabriel Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-our-perfection/ Mon, 21 Jan 2019 02:43:28 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3375 https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-our-perfection/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-our-perfection/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Matthew 19:16-22 Other references: Romans 3:19,20; Romans 3:21-24, 26; Romans 8:29; Matthew 10:25 Each of us must be perfected to enter into the presence of God. Every one of us has a time appointed when we will experience Him, in His absolute perfection and holiness. Are we ready? Jesus is the standard by which […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-our-perfection/">Jesus Our Perfection</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Matthew 19:16-22
Other references: Romans 3:19,20; Romans 3:21-24, 26; Romans 8:29; Matthew 10:25

Each of us must be perfected to enter into the presence of God. Every one of us has a time appointed when we will experience Him, in His absolute perfection and holiness.

Are we ready?

Jesus is the standard by which we will be judged. He is a perfect person— and we must draw near to Him.

The Ten Commandments are grounded in the character of God. They are a reflection of Who He is.

When you look at the Ten Commandments it is almost like a minimum requirement of what H`God requires.

vs. 17 — Jesus IS God. Why does He ask this?

This rich young ruler felt like he was a pretty good boy. In asking this question Jesus pulled out that prop… We need to compare ourselves to God to properly understand ourselves.

Jesus is using the Law to show this person that he wasn’t as “good” as he thought he was.

When we compare ourselves to God’s Law, there is not much left for us to be proud of.

The work of the Law is not to save us, but to show us that we need a Saviour. Before we will be willing to take up the cross of Christ, we will first need to be undone by our unholiness.

The Scripture tells us that we all fall short.

Vs. 21 “If ye want to be perfect…”

If you’ve finally realized that the Law will not save you, come, follow me and take up your cross and find salvation. It is an invitation to the righteousness of Jesus.

We must see our need for Him, our righteous Advocate and our Judge.

Jesus is the “correctional mirror” for us. He is working to do His will in us.

The goal is that we reflect Christ.

False gospels:

1.It’s all about my works + Jesus
2. Jesus is my righteousness and I don’t need to change because God has imputed His perfection to us

Do we consider what it cost for us to be saved?

We can get lazy about cross-bearing.

Jesus favorite thing to do was to be pleasing to the Father. Saying no to myself and yes to Him, that is cross bearing.

Only perfection will get us into Heaven. Jesus is our substitute perfection— He steps in and gives us His righteousness. He continues to shape us to be more like Him, to be “conformed to His image”.

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Text: Matthew 19:16-22 Other references: Romans 3:19,20; Romans 3:21-24, 26; Romans 8:29; Matthew 10:25 Each of us must be perfected to enter into the presence of God. Every one of us has a time appointed when we will experience Him, Other references: Romans 3:19,20; Romans 3:21-24, 26; Romans 8:29; Matthew 10:25
Each of us must be perfected to enter into the presence of God. Every one of us has a time appointed when we will experience Him, in His absolute perfection and holiness.
Are we ready?
Jesus is the standard by which we will be judged. He is a perfect person— and we must draw near to Him.
The Ten Commandments are grounded in the character of God. They are a reflection of Who He is.
When you look at the Ten Commandments it is almost like a minimum requirement of what H`God requires.
vs. 17 — Jesus IS God. Why does He ask this?
This rich young ruler felt like he was a pretty good boy. In asking this question Jesus pulled out that prop… We need to compare ourselves to God to properly understand ourselves.
Jesus is using the Law to show this person that he wasn’t as “good” as he thought he was.
When we compare ourselves to God’s Law, there is not much left for us to be proud of.
The work of the Law is not to save us, but to show us that we need a Saviour. Before we will be willing to take up the cross of Christ, we will first need to be undone by our unholiness.
The Scripture tells us that we all fall short.
Vs. 21 “If ye want to be perfect…”
If you’ve finally realized that the Law will not save you, come, follow me and take up your cross and find salvation. It is an invitation to the righteousness of Jesus.
We must see our need for Him, our righteous Advocate and our Judge.
Jesus is the “correctional mirror” for us. He is working to do His will in us.
The goal is that we reflect Christ.
False gospels:
1.It’s all about my works + Jesus
2. Jesus is my righteousness and I don’t need to change because God has imputed His perfection to us
Do we consider what it cost for us to be saved?
We can get lazy about cross-bearing.
Jesus favorite thing to do was to be pleasing to the Father. Saying no to myself and yes to Him, that is cross bearing.
Only perfection will get us into Heaven. Jesus is our substitute perfection— He steps in and gives us His righteousness. He continues to shape us to be more like Him, to be “conformed to His image”.
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Three Wise Men Stand Firm - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/three-wise-men-stand-firm/ Sun, 06 Jan 2019 23:11:49 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3371 https://bmcgladys.com/three-wise-men-stand-firm/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/three-wise-men-stand-firm/feed/ 0 <p>Hebrews 10:35-39 – Nebuchadnezzar had men picked out from among the captives to serve the kingdom. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were three such young men. Daniel 3 – Nebuchadnezzar built an image. Likely an image of himself. He wanted to see all people bow down and worship this image. These three young men were “caught” […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/three-wise-men-stand-firm/">Three Wise Men Stand Firm</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Hebrews 10:35-39 – Nebuchadnezzar had men picked out from among the captives to serve the kingdom. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were three such young men.

Daniel 3 – Nebuchadnezzar built an image. Likely an image of himself. He wanted to see all people bow down and worship this image. These three young men were “caught” not bowing down to the statue.

After giving them a second chance to bow down Nebuchadnezzar threw these three fellows into the fiery furnace.

Four Things We Can Learn From These Men

  1. A mature faith needs mature friends. When any of these men are mentioned in the Bible, all three of them are mentioned. They stuck together and they needed each other. They were united in their steadfast faith. If you want to have a faith like Shadrach… you really need some friends like Meshac and Abednego.
  2. They still believed in the goodness and faithfulness of God. Mature faith doesn’t shake its fist at God and say, “You can’t put me through this!” Instead we need to accept God’s testing.
  3. A mature faith doesn’t make excuses. Imagine some of the excuses that these guys could have made to allow themselves the “right” to bow down and stay alive. Do we make excuses for being unfaithful? Really it makes a simple situation rather complicated.
  4. A mature faith leaves the outcome in God’s hands. They didn’t know for sure that God would rescue them, they believed he could, but they didn’t know that he would.

The Outcome of Their Faith

  • God was lifted up and Glorified.
  • Nebuchadnezzar was quite impressed!
  • These three young men added another thing that they could look back on and remember that God had rescued them.
  • This story also went “on the record” for all to read it and to be encouraged.

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Hebrews 10:35-39 – Nebuchadnezzar had men picked out from among the captives to serve the kingdom. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were three such young men. Daniel 3 – Nebuchadnezzar built an image. Likely an image of himself. Daniel 3 – Nebuchadnezzar built an image. Likely an image of himself. He wanted to see all people bow down and worship this image. These three young men were “caught” not bowing down to the statue.
After giving them a second chance to bow down Nebuchadnezzar threw these three fellows into the fiery furnace.
Four Things We Can Learn From These Men

* A mature faith needs mature friends. When any of these men are mentioned in the Bible, all three of them are mentioned. They stuck together and they needed each other. They were united in their steadfast faith. If you want to have a faith like Shadrach… you really need some friends like Meshac and Abednego.
* They still believed in the goodness and faithfulness of God. Mature faith doesn’t shake its fist at God and say, “You can’t put me through this!” Instead we need to accept God’s testing.
* A mature faith doesn’t make excuses. Imagine some of the excuses that these guys could have made to allow themselves the “right” to bow down and stay alive. Do we make excuses for being unfaithful? Really it makes a simple situation rather complicated.
* A mature faith leaves the outcome in God’s hands. They didn’t know for sure that God would rescue them, they believed he could, but they didn’t know that he would.

The Outcome of Their Faith

* God was lifted up and Glorified.
* Nebuchadnezzar was quite impressed!
* These three young men added another thing that they could look back on and remember that God had rescued them.
* This story also went “on the record” for all to read it and to be encouraged.

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Feeding of the 10,000 and the Millions - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/feeding-of-the-10000-and-the-millions/ Sun, 30 Dec 2018 21:49:25 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3368 https://bmcgladys.com/feeding-of-the-10000-and-the-millions/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/feeding-of-the-10000-and-the-millions/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 14:13-21 – One thing that John mentions that Matthew didn’t is that the source of the loaves and fishes was a young boy. This miracle was a powerful statement about who Jesus was. John 14:10-18 – Jesus said that those who believe in him will do the same kinds of things that he did… […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/feeding-of-the-10000-and-the-millions/">Feeding of the 10,000 and the Millions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 14:13-21 – One thing that John mentions that Matthew didn’t is that the source of the loaves and fishes was a young boy. This miracle was a powerful statement about who Jesus was.

John 14:10-18 – Jesus said that those who believe in him will do the same kinds of things that he did… even greater works. Would we be expected to feed 10,000 people? What does this mean?

1 Corinthians 12 – Works do vary in their size. Some are small and unnoticed. Others are great and very obvious. God gives different gifts and different opportunities to different people. It is God who works in His people.

God doesn’t want us to be overly concerned with the size of our service or whether we’ve done anything worthwhile. The exception being if we are missing opportunities because we are being lazy or selfish.

Gifts and service opportunities vary in their size. God is more concerned about the quality of our offering than He is with the size of our service. The widow with her 2 coins made a fair greater offering than what the rich people around here were giving. There was something different about her heart as she gave. Jesus said that she “gave her all, out of her poverty she gave all that she had.”

God doesn’t “need” anything from us, but he is watching for the quality that we offer and the services that we do. It is these things that give our offerings and services significant.

Matthew 7 – Jesus said that not everyone who says “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven. Instead it will be those who have lived a life that is in line with a life that has been changed by God.

2 Corinthians 8:1-5 – The Macedonians that Paul is writing about here were great full for what they had heard and learned about God.

God multiplies the gift. The loaves and the fishes that the Lord gave to Jesus fed 5,000 people… plus the women and the children. We don’t know how many the total number was, but what started as a few small loaves of bread and a few small fishes.

1 Corinthians 3:6 – Paul says that he planted the seeds and Apollos watered… but the resulting increase was not of their doing, instead the increase is given by God.

Isaiah 55 – The rain comes down and the snow from heaven and waters the earth. The result is crops that feed people. So also is God’s word… it goes out and it isn’t always obvious but God says that it will not return to him void. The word is always a good and timely thing.

Mark 9:41 – No gift or service done for Christ is lost or worthless. Even something as simple as a glass of water in the name of Christ is worthwhile.

We live in a world that has great needs. The news is often awful. There are situations around us… there is so much need. In Matthew 14 the disciples saw a need, they were concerned about it and that was good. They had a practical solution, but Jesus had another, better plan. It was the power of God that fed those folks.

Will we do the works, and greater works than those that Jesus did? Perhaps this isn’t so much about doing “great big” miracles. Instead perhaps it is more about the work of God in the hearts of his people.

We need to realize how needy and poor we are. We cannot of our own strength do the works that will affect and change other people. We can accept the help and guidance of the Spirit as we grow and we can do the things that God would have us to do.

God is working in his people and through his people. Not just here in America but around the globe. There are many differences but the same Lord. It is God who works all in all.

Acts 1:8 – To be effective in the Kingdoms work we must be before we do. We shall be witnesses before we witness. Redeemed and sanctified and useful and involved in the Kingdom. This is the church doing the work of God. Many humble servants of Christ doing their part, becoming and being what we are called to be.

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Matthew 14:13-21 – One thing that John mentions that Matthew didn’t is that the source of the loaves and fishes was a young boy. This miracle was a powerful statement about who Jesus was. John 14:10-18 – Jesus said that those who believe in him will do... John 14:10-18 – Jesus said that those who believe in him will do the same kinds of things that he did… even greater works. Would we be expected to feed 10,000 people? What does this mean?
1 Corinthians 12 – Works do vary in their size. Some are small and unnoticed. Others are great and very obvious. God gives different gifts and different opportunities to different people. It is God who works in His people.
God doesn’t want us to be overly concerned with the size of our service or whether we’ve done anything worthwhile. The exception being if we are missing opportunities because we are being lazy or selfish.
Gifts and service opportunities vary in their size. God is more concerned about the quality of our offering than He is with the size of our service. The widow with her 2 coins made a fair greater offering than what the rich people around here were giving. There was something different about her heart as she gave. Jesus said that she “gave her all, out of her poverty she gave all that she had.”
God doesn’t “need” anything from us, but he is watching for the quality that we offer and the services that we do. It is these things that give our offerings and services significant.
Matthew 7 – Jesus said that not everyone who says “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven. Instead it will be those who have lived a life that is in line with a life that has been changed by God.
2 Corinthians 8:1-5 – The Macedonians that Paul is writing about here were great full for what they had heard and learned about God.
God multiplies the gift. The loaves and the fishes that the Lord gave to Jesus fed 5,000 people… plus the women and the children. We don’t know how many the total number was, but what started as a few small loaves of bread and a few small fishes.
1 Corinthians 3:6 – Paul says that he planted the seeds and Apollos watered… but the resulting increase was not of their doing, instead the increase is given by God.
Isaiah 55 – The rain comes down and the snow from heaven and waters the earth. The result is crops that feed people. So also is God’s word… it goes out and it isn’t always obvious but God says that it will not return to him void. The word is always a good and timely thing.
Mark 9:41 – No gift or service done for Christ is lost or worthless. Even something as simple as a glass of water in the name of Christ is worthwhile.
We live in a world that has great needs. The news is often awful. There are situations around us… there is so much need. In Matthew 14 the disciples saw a need, they were concerned about it and that was good. They had a practical solution, but Jesus had another, better plan. It was the power of God that fed those folks.
Will we do the works, and greater works than those that Jesus did? Perhaps this isn’t so much about doing “great big” miracles. Instead perhaps it is more about the work of God in the hearts of his people.
We need to realize how needy and poor we are. We cannot of our own strength do the works that will affect and change other people. We can accept the help and guidance of the Spirit as we grow and we can do the things that God would have us to do.
God is working in his people and through his people. Not just here in America but around the globe. There are many differences but the same Lord. It is God who works all in all.
Acts 1:8 – To be effective in the Kingdoms work we must be before we do. We shall be witnesses before we witness. Redeemed and sanctified and useful and involved in the Kingdom. This is the church doing the work of God. Many humble servants of Christ doing their part,]]>
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Are You Ready for Christmas? - Delvin Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/are-you-ready-for-christmas/ Mon, 24 Dec 2018 01:59:27 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3363 https://bmcgladys.com/are-you-ready-for-christmas/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/are-you-ready-for-christmas/feed/ 0 <p>Texts: Psalms 45:1-8; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 12:2; Luke 2:28-32 Are you ready for Christmas? Some of the ways that people celebrate Christmas… How does God view Christmas? The incarnation was God’s plan, not ours. Our text gives us Heaven’s perspective. How does the incarnation affect me personally? Christmas is about God mending something that has […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/are-you-ready-for-christmas/">Are You Ready for Christmas?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Texts: Psalms 45:1-8; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 12:2; Luke 2:28-32

Are you ready for Christmas?

Some of the ways that people celebrate Christmas…

How does God view Christmas?

The incarnation was God’s plan, not ours. Our text gives us Heaven’s perspective.

How does the incarnation affect me personally?

Christmas is about God mending something that has been broken; it’s called salvation.

With Emmanuel we can face the future. Only with Emmanuel can we “die right”. Simeon “died right.

For the Christian, even death can be a triumph.

How does my celebration affect my children?

They like shiny things and gifts. Make sure that through all the celebration they see Jesus.

So go ahead! Celebrate! Just make sure that we can see Christ through all the celebration.

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Texts: Psalms 45:1-8; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 12:2; Luke 2:28-32 Are you ready for Christmas? Some of the ways that people celebrate Christmas… How does God view Christmas? The incarnation was God’s plan, not ours. Are you ready for Christmas?
Some of the ways that people celebrate Christmas…
How does God view Christmas?
The incarnation was God’s plan, not ours. Our text gives us Heaven’s perspective.
How does the incarnation affect me personally?
Christmas is about God mending something that has been broken; it’s called salvation.
With Emmanuel we can face the future. Only with Emmanuel can we “die right”. Simeon “died right.
For the Christian, even death can be a triumph.
How does my celebration affect my children?
They like shiny things and gifts. Make sure that through all the celebration they see Jesus.
So go ahead! Celebrate! Just make sure that we can see Christ through all the celebration.
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A Transformed Life - Ricky Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/a-transformed-life/ Mon, 17 Dec 2018 00:17:08 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3359 https://bmcgladys.com/a-transformed-life/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/a-transformed-life/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Romans 12:1,2; 3-8, 9-21 Other Scriptures: Romans 11:33-36; I Samuel 1; 1 Corinthians 6:19,20; Ephesians 2:12; Hebrews 2:3; Philippians 2; John 12:37; Luke 13:34; Ephesians 5:26; Ephesians 4:11-14; Proverbs 15:17; Matthew 6:12 Four questions: (Verses 1-3) Give our lives as a sacrifice What should we do? Why should we do it? How should we […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-transformed-life/">A Transformed Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Romans 12:1,2; 3-8, 9-21

Other Scriptures: Romans 11:33-36; I Samuel 1; 1 Corinthians 6:19,20; Ephesians 2:12; Hebrews 2:3; Philippians 2; John 12:37; Luke 13:34; Ephesians 5:26; Ephesians 4:11-14; Proverbs 15:17; Matthew 6:12

Four questions:

(Verses 1-3) Give our lives as a sacrifice

What should we do? Why should we do it? How should we do it? What is the result?

A comparison between our spiritual lives and the story of Samuel. Our spiritual life is dependent on God’s grace. We had not vowed or offered anything to God before Christ died for us.

If we don’t understand our hopeless condition, we are not going to appreciate God’s mercy.

“We owe our flesh nothing; We owe Christ everything.” — Wesley King

Be transformed. Yet, this transformation is performed by God. We can however, control how little or much we are having our minds washed with the Word.

If we are not regularly going back to God’s word, we are doomed to be conformed to the world.

(Verses 4-8) Serve in the Church

How are we serving? Every one of us has something to contribute. Are we doing it only for the notice of others or selfish motives?

The Church needs all of its members.

(Verses 9-21) Live in Love

Love is the cartilage that allows the church to function.

We must hate evil, and cling to what is good. Living this way will lead to even greater abhorrence of evil.

God doesn’t want us to be lazy.

We have an awful lot to be joyful about, even in affliction. And in affliction we persist in faith.

The point of our hard work is so that we have in order to give. We ought to give— we have received generously.

Part of this Spirit-led generosity includes hospitality. Hospitality enables us to know our brothers better.

Our love extends even to those that hate us. Our enemies themselves are to be loved.

Can we empathize with others? Do we live in harmony with others? Or are we hindered by pride?

Our lack of forgiveness to others impacts God’s forgiveness of ourselves.

Let us seek the things that make for peace.

Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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Text: Romans 12:1,2; 3-8, 9-21 Other Scriptures: Romans 11:33-36; I Samuel 1; 1 Corinthians 6:19,20; Ephesians 2:12; Hebrews 2:3; Philippians 2; John 12:37; Luke 13:34; Ephesians 5:26; Ephesians 4:11-14; Proverbs 15:17; Matthew 6:12 Four questions: (Ve... Other Scriptures: Romans 11:33-36; I Samuel 1; 1 Corinthians 6:19,20; Ephesians 2:12; Hebrews 2:3; Philippians 2; John 12:37; Luke 13:34; Ephesians 5:26; Ephesians 4:11-14; Proverbs 15:17; Matthew 6:12
Four questions:
(Verses 1-3) Give our lives as a sacrifice
What should we do? Why should we do it? How should we do it? What is the result?
A comparison between our spiritual lives and the story of Samuel. Our spiritual life is dependent on God’s grace. We had not vowed or offered anything to God before Christ died for us.
If we don’t understand our hopeless condition, we are not going to appreciate God’s mercy.
“We owe our flesh nothing; We owe Christ everything.” — Wesley King
Be transformed. Yet, this transformation is performed by God. We can however, control how little or much we are having our minds washed with the Word.
If we are not regularly going back to God’s word, we are doomed to be conformed to the world.
(Verses 4-8) Serve in the Church
How are we serving? Every one of us has something to contribute. Are we doing it only for the notice of others or selfish motives?
The Church needs all of its members.
(Verses 9-21) Live in Love
Love is the cartilage that allows the church to function.
We must hate evil, and cling to what is good. Living this way will lead to even greater abhorrence of evil.
God doesn’t want us to be lazy.
We have an awful lot to be joyful about, even in affliction. And in affliction we persist in faith.
The point of our hard work is so that we have in order to give. We ought to give— we have received generously.
Part of this Spirit-led generosity includes hospitality. Hospitality enables us to know our brothers better.
Our love extends even to those that hate us. Our enemies themselves are to be loved.
Can we empathize with others? Do we live in harmony with others? Or are we hindered by pride?
Our lack of forgiveness to others impacts God’s forgiveness of ourselves.
Let us seek the things that make for peace.
Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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Loving Jesus - Feeding Others - Dan Freed https://bmcgladys.com/loving-jesus-feeding-others/ Sun, 02 Dec 2018 22:20:43 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3294 https://bmcgladys.com/loving-jesus-feeding-others/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/loving-jesus-feeding-others/feed/ 0 <p>God is on the throne and He is alive in the world through the Holy Spirit! Jesus taught a lot by telling stories, but he also taught by asking questions. Jesus was a master question asker. Even at age 12 this attribute showed up when he asked questions of the elders in the temple. John […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/loving-jesus-feeding-others/">Loving Jesus – Feeding Others</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> God is on the throne and He is alive in the world through the Holy Spirit!

Jesus taught a lot by telling stories, but he also taught by asking questions. Jesus was a master question asker. Even at age 12 this attribute showed up when he asked questions of the elders in the temple.

John 21:12 – Jesus appears at the end of a long night of fishing and asks if they had caught anything. He then told them to throw their nets on the other side… and they immediately caught more fish than they knew what to do with!

Jesus asked Peter four questions. They are similar questions but they are different.

More Than These?

The first time Jesus asked him he said “Do you love me more than these?” What was Jesus referring to? Do you love me more than these nets? These friends of yours? More than these other disciples love me?

It seems like Jesus kind of leaves the question hanging.

We need to love Jesus more than anything else. This is a question of priorities. Do you love me more than anything else?

Do we know Jesus? Jesus knows us best… knowing Jesus is a matter of life and death.

John 18:18-27 – Have you failed to keep a commitment to Jesus? Three times Peter was asked “weren’t you with him?” Three times Peter denied. Yet Peter was forgiven and became a pillar in the early church.

Do You Love Me?

“Peter do you love me?” Peter responds, “yes, Jesus you know I’m your friend.”

The third time that Jesus asked Peter this question he used the term for “friend.” This hurt Peter deeply.

Jesus knows what you’re going through. He cares. He wants to help us face the painful and difficult assignments that come our way.

Peter wonders “what about this other person?” Jesus tells him that not to worry about the other person, instead he should just “follow” him.

Let us love Jesus and follow him wherever he calls us to go and do what he asks us to do.

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God is on the throne and He is alive in the world through the Holy Spirit! Jesus taught a lot by telling stories, but he also taught by asking questions. Jesus was a master question asker. Even at age 12 this attribute showed up when he asked questions... Jesus taught a lot by telling stories, but he also taught by asking questions. Jesus was a master question asker. Even at age 12 this attribute showed up when he asked questions of the elders in the temple.
John 21:12 – Jesus appears at the end of a long night of fishing and asks if they had caught anything. He then told them to throw their nets on the other side… and they immediately caught more fish than they knew what to do with!
Jesus asked Peter four questions. They are similar questions but they are different.
More Than These?
The first time Jesus asked him he said “Do you love me more than these?” What was Jesus referring to? Do you love me more than these nets? These friends of yours? More than these other disciples love me?
It seems like Jesus kind of leaves the question hanging.
We need to love Jesus more than anything else. This is a question of priorities. Do you love me more than anything else?
Do we know Jesus? Jesus knows us best… knowing Jesus is a matter of life and death.
John 18:18-27 – Have you failed to keep a commitment to Jesus? Three times Peter was asked “weren’t you with him?” Three times Peter denied. Yet Peter was forgiven and became a pillar in the early church.
Do You Love Me?
“Peter do you love me?” Peter responds, “yes, Jesus you know I’m your friend.”
The third time that Jesus asked Peter this question he used the term for “friend.” This hurt Peter deeply.
Jesus knows what you’re going through. He cares. He wants to help us face the painful and difficult assignments that come our way.
Peter wonders “what about this other person?” Jesus tells him that not to worry about the other person, instead he should just “follow” him.
Let us love Jesus and follow him wherever he calls us to go and do what he asks us to do.
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Where God Wants us to Be - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/where-god-wants-us-to-be/ Mon, 26 Nov 2018 00:48:54 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3289 https://bmcgladys.com/where-god-wants-us-to-be/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/where-god-wants-us-to-be/feed/ 0 <p>1 Thessalonians 5:16-28 Where God Wants Us to Be V23-24 – Paul is confident that the Thessalonians will be completely sanctified. This is where God wants to get us as well, complete sanctification and blamelessness. Paul is asking God to continue to change the people in the Thessalonian church. Paul is also asking that God […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/where-god-wants-us-to-be/">Where God Wants us to Be</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Thessalonians 5:16-28

Where God Wants Us to Be

V23-24 – Paul is confident that the Thessalonians will be completely sanctified. This is where God wants to get us as well, complete sanctification and blamelessness.

Paul is asking God to continue to change the people in the Thessalonian church. Paul is also asking that God would preserve them and keep them blameless until the Lord returns.

He who calls you is faithful.

  1. God’s intention is for us to be completely holy. Ephesians 5 talks about his goal for the church – that she may be holy and without blemish.
  2. We need to be saying yes to God. The shepherd is leading the sheep, he is calling us not “dragging us along.” God is calling, let us say “yes.”
  3. Paul isn’t talking about people reaching a place of flawless ness where they haven’t sinned for years. Rather that they would reach a place where their lives are fully surrendered to Christ.
  4. Blameless – walking with Jesus. The closer we walk with Jesus the more blameless we will be. When we do sin we recognize it and bring it to Christ and the cross.

What We Need to Do on the Journey

V16-22 – Some things that we are to be doing on the way.

Paul says we are to praying without ceasing. There are two ways for us to apply this admonition. We can look at our prayer life and recognize that “I should be praying more often.” Perhaps we should think about it as “is prayer something that characterizes your life is it part of who you are?” Praying should be a part of your life, something that you just “do” regularly.

Pray even if you don’t feel like it. Pray even if it seems like nothing is “happening.” Pray for your church. Pray for the lost. Pray for complete sanctification.

Say “yes” to the Spirit, do not quench the Spirit. If you are being moved by the Spirit then move. Test what the Spirit but be ready and willing and moving. When the Spirit says we should (or shouldn’t) we should obey it. It is like a voice that the more we say no to gets quieter and quieter. Make a practice of saying yes to the Spirit. The more you say yes to the Spirit the more clearly you will hear it.

Hold fast to what is good, abstain from those things that are evil. Hold fast means to have a good grasp, not just holding on by a thread but taking steps to sure up the connection that we have with the Father.

Give thanks in all circumstances. In every circumstance, if we are a child of God we can find some reason to thank God. Why is it Gods will that we always be giving thanks?

  1. God appreciates being thanked.
  2. God is aware of the cost of what all He has given us.
  3. God receives honor when we give Him thanks.
  4. Psalm 105:1 – Giving thanks is a powerful testimony to those around us.
  5. Philippians 4:6-7 – It is spiritually healthy to thank God, it takes the focus off of us and puts it on the one who gives us so much and who is faithful.
  6. Giving thanks reminds us of our dependence on God.

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-28 Where God Wants Us to Be V23-24 – Paul is confident that the Thessalonians will be completely sanctified. This is where God wants to get us as well, complete sanctification and blamelessness. Where God Wants Us to Be
V23-24 – Paul is confident that the Thessalonians will be completely sanctified. This is where God wants to get us as well, complete sanctification and blamelessness.
Paul is asking God to continue to change the people in the Thessalonian church. Paul is also asking that God would preserve them and keep them blameless until the Lord returns.
He who calls you is faithful.

* God’s intention is for us to be completely holy. Ephesians 5 talks about his goal for the church – that she may be holy and without blemish.
* We need to be saying yes to God. The shepherd is leading the sheep, he is calling us not “dragging us along.” God is calling, let us say “yes.”
* Paul isn’t talking about people reaching a place of flawless ness where they haven’t sinned for years. Rather that they would reach a place where their lives are fully surrendered to Christ.
* Blameless – walking with Jesus. The closer we walk with Jesus the more blameless we will be. When we do sin we recognize it and bring it to Christ and the cross.

What We Need to Do on the Journey
V16-22 – Some things that we are to be doing on the way.
Paul says we are to praying without ceasing. There are two ways for us to apply this admonition. We can look at our prayer life and recognize that “I should be praying more often.” Perhaps we should think about it as “is prayer something that characterizes your life is it part of who you are?” Praying should be a part of your life, something that you just “do” regularly.
Pray even if you don’t feel like it. Pray even if it seems like nothing is “happening.” Pray for your church. Pray for the lost. Pray for complete sanctification.
Say “yes” to the Spirit, do not quench the Spirit. If you are being moved by the Spirit then move. Test what the Spirit but be ready and willing and moving. When the Spirit says we should (or shouldn’t) we should obey it. It is like a voice that the more we say no to gets quieter and quieter. Make a practice of saying yes to the Spirit. The more you say yes to the Spirit the more clearly you will hear it.
Hold fast to what is good, abstain from those things that are evil. Hold fast means to have a good grasp, not just holding on by a thread but taking steps to sure up the connection that we have with the Father.
Give thanks in all circumstances. In every circumstance, if we are a child of God we can find some reason to thank God. Why is it Gods will that we always be giving thanks?

* God appreciates being thanked.
* God is aware of the cost of what all He has given us.
* God receives honor when we give Him thanks.
* Psalm 105:1 – Giving thanks is a powerful testimony to those around us.
* Philippians 4:6-7 – It is spiritually healthy to thank God, it takes the focus off of us and puts it on the one who gives us so much and who is faithful.
* Giving thanks reminds us of our dependence on God.

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Mourning What Was Lost and Hoping Again - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/mourning-what-was-lost-and-hoping-again/ Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:46:33 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3287 https://bmcgladys.com/mourning-what-was-lost-and-hoping-again/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/mourning-what-was-lost-and-hoping-again/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Luke 22:14-20 Other references: Hebrews 10:1-4, 11, Jeremiah 13, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 27:39-42; Luke 23:36-42, Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:12-14; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10:17, Hebrews 2:14,15, Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:1-22, I Timothy 1:15, II Corinthians 9:15, Galatians 6:14 In Eden, Adam and Eve lived in perfect bliss in the presence of God. After the fall, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/mourning-what-was-lost-and-hoping-again/">Mourning What Was Lost and Hoping Again</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Luke 22:14-20

Other references: Hebrews 10:1-4, 11, Jeremiah 13, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 27:39-42; Luke 23:36-42, Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:12-14; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10:17, Hebrews 2:14,15, Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:1-22, I Timothy 1:15, II Corinthians 9:15, Galatians 6:14

In Eden, Adam and Eve lived in perfect bliss in the presence of God. After the fall, they came to know suffering and ugliness. The communion with God was broken. They were driven out of the garden.

Their own relationships were changed. Their relationships with their children was different. Surely Adam remembered and mourned for what was lost.

There was a note of hope. The promise of a descendent that would restore that deep communion with God. This message of hope was shared with their children, but that memory grew dim in the generations that followed.

Fast forward to the children of Israel… They had just been delivered from the Egyptians. But that did not make them holy; the exodus had not cleansed them from their sins. Yet the law and its sacrifices were instituted, pointing to the problem of our sinfulness and showing a type of the coming deliverer.

The day of atonement must have left a deep desire for something better, especially among the faithful Jews. And He came.

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…

It was not merely for physical life, but spiritual life that Jesus gave Himself.

Satan’s power was broken. God made us alive, who had been dead in trespasses and sins… for we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

And we find communion with God… and communion with each other.

How merciful God is to us!

We remember today I am a sinner saved by grace; We remember Jesus our Redeemer who gave his life for us; And we love Him.

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Text: Luke 22:14-20 Other references: Hebrews 10:1-4, 11, Jeremiah 13, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 27:39-42; Luke 23:36-42, Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:12-14; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10:17, Hebrews 2:14,15, Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:1-22, I Timothy 1:15, Other references: Hebrews 10:1-4, 11, Jeremiah 13, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 27:39-42; Luke 23:36-42, Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:12-14; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10:17, Hebrews 2:14,15, Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:1-22, I Timothy 1:15, II Corinthians 9:15, Galatians 6:14
In Eden, Adam and Eve lived in perfect bliss in the presence of God. After the fall, they came to know suffering and ugliness. The communion with God was broken. They were driven out of the garden.
Their own relationships were changed. Their relationships with their children was different. Surely Adam remembered and mourned for what was lost.
There was a note of hope. The promise of a descendent that would restore that deep communion with God. This message of hope was shared with their children, but that memory grew dim in the generations that followed.
Fast forward to the children of Israel… They had just been delivered from the Egyptians. But that did not make them holy; the exodus had not cleansed them from their sins. Yet the law and its sacrifices were instituted, pointing to the problem of our sinfulness and showing a type of the coming deliverer.
The day of atonement must have left a deep desire for something better, especially among the faithful Jews. And He came.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…
It was not merely for physical life, but spiritual life that Jesus gave Himself.
Satan’s power was broken. God made us alive, who had been dead in trespasses and sins… for we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
And we find communion with God… and communion with each other.
How merciful God is to us!
We remember today I am a sinner saved by grace; We remember Jesus our Redeemer who gave his life for us; And we love Him.
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Build Culture - Some Specifics - Melvin Lehman https://bmcgladys.com/build-culture-some-specifics/ Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:39:11 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3285 https://bmcgladys.com/build-culture-some-specifics/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/build-culture-some-specifics/feed/ 0 <p>We’re talking about creating culture, not reacting to it. Continuing on from where we stopped in session 3. Values lead to …Passion. Passionate people are the people with impact. Passionate salesmen sell things. You cannot manufacture passion. It must come from core values. First, we must be saved. Then we are to build on that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/build-culture-some-specifics/">Build Culture – Some Specifics</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We’re talking about creating culture, not reacting to it.

Continuing on from where we stopped in session 3.

Values lead to …Passion.

Passionate people are the people with impact. Passionate salesmen sell things.

You cannot manufacture passion. It must come from core values.

First, we must be saved. Then we are to build on that with personal sanctification “Unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. This is the goal… discipleship.

It is on this basis that we create Christian culture THROUGH the Church community. The Kingdom of God— Jesus reigns…

This can’t happen backwards. Not that culture cannot be a help and witness to the unsaved, but it must begin with an experience of salvation.

CROSSING THE BRIDGE:

After the idealism is over, you can almost always get people to agree with the ideals.

On one side of the bridge are ideals (which are typically not the problem); On the other side of the bridge are habits of life. I have never heard someone say “I’m praying too much”… I’ve heard often, “my prayer life is falling to pieces”.

How do I get across the bridge to where my ideals are made into habits of life? Repentance! Obedience… or alignment.

What are our habits?

Social media/technology… the truth of the matter is that we are almost losing it. Often it is replacing our devotional life.

“Put first things first” — Covey

Our ideals have to translate into habits or else you lose them. Fathers need to put first things first to create a Christian culture in the home.

Diversity… We need Identity and Belonging. To get here we need to submit to one another.

Some specific things we’ve done seeking to build a Kingdom culture:

(Culture: an array/mosaic of love-values)

  1. Song- the ARTS; A very powerful creator of culture.
  2. Story- our HEROES;
  3. Worship- acts of corporate unity
  4. Education- defining the CURRICULUM
  5. Aesthetics- our definitions of BEAUTY
  6. Stewardship- our use of RESOURCES
  7. Tradition- our LITURGIES
  8. Boundaries- life DEFINITIONS
  9. Love and Belonging- for everybody

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We’re talking about creating culture, not reacting to it. Continuing on from where we stopped in session 3. Values lead to …Passion. Passionate people are the people with impact. Passionate salesmen sell things. You cannot manufacture passion. Continuing on from where we stopped in session 3.
Values lead to …Passion.
Passionate people are the people with impact. Passionate salesmen sell things.
You cannot manufacture passion. It must come from core values.
First, we must be saved. Then we are to build on that with personal sanctification “Unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. This is the goal… discipleship.
It is on this basis that we create Christian culture THROUGH the Church community. The Kingdom of God— Jesus reigns…
This can’t happen backwards. Not that culture cannot be a help and witness to the unsaved, but it must begin with an experience of salvation.
CROSSING THE BRIDGE:
After the idealism is over, you can almost always get people to agree with the ideals.
On one side of the bridge are ideals (which are typically not the problem); On the other side of the bridge are habits of life. I have never heard someone say “I’m praying too much”… I’ve heard often, “my prayer life is falling to pieces”.
How do I get across the bridge to where my ideals are made into habits of life? Repentance! Obedience… or alignment.
What are our habits?
Social media/technology… the truth of the matter is that we are almost losing it. Often it is replacing our devotional life.
“Put first things first” — Covey
Our ideals have to translate into habits or else you lose them. Fathers need to put first things first to create a Christian culture in the home.
Diversity… We need Identity and Belonging. To get here we need to submit to one another.
Some specific things we’ve done seeking to build a Kingdom culture:
(Culture: an array/mosaic of love-values)

* Song- the ARTS; A very powerful creator of culture.
* Story- our HEROES;
* Worship- acts of corporate unity
* Education- defining the CURRICULUM
* Aesthetics- our definitions of BEAUTY
* Stewardship- our use of RESOURCES
* Tradition- our LITURGIES
* Boundaries- life DEFINITIONS
* Love and Belonging- for everybody

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How to Build Culture - Melvin Lehman https://bmcgladys.com/how-to-build-culture/ Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:35:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3283 https://bmcgladys.com/how-to-build-culture/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/how-to-build-culture/feed/ 0 <p>You cannot preach vision into people. There must be something behind it. Even if vision is present, to actually move it to reality does require some parts and bits and pieces. Behind VISION is VALUES. Culture-driven values Principle-driven values Hero-driven values (“You want to change the values of people? Change their heroes.”) Visions of the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/how-to-build-culture/">How to Build Culture</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> You cannot preach vision into people. There must be something behind it.

Even if vision is present, to actually move it to reality does require some parts and bits and pieces.

Behind VISION is VALUES.

Culture-driven values

Principle-driven values

Hero-driven values

(“You want to change the values of people? Change their heroes.”)

Visions of the Church:

Foreign Missions

Education

Children’s Ministry

Publishing

Prison Ministry

Kingdom Business

(Expect a plethora of visions in a congregation… that’s healthy. Be careful not to fight each other- none of us can do everything. Think about the values of your young people.)

Before Vision is… Story; and… Observed Culture.

Our stories shape the heroes in our minds.

“Create culture, build a hero; Create a hero, build a culture.”

Vision:

I. Organization

II. Management

III.Interpersonal

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You cannot preach vision into people. There must be something behind it. Even if vision is present, to actually move it to reality does require some parts and bits and pieces. Behind VISION is VALUES. Culture-driven values Principle-driven values Hero-... Even if vision is present, to actually move it to reality does require some parts and bits and pieces.
Behind VISION is VALUES.
Culture-driven values
Principle-driven values
Hero-driven values
(“You want to change the values of people? Change their heroes.”)
Visions of the Church:
Foreign Missions
Education
Children’s Ministry
Publishing
Prison Ministry
Kingdom Business
(Expect a plethora of visions in a congregation… that’s healthy. Be careful not to fight each other- none of us can do everything. Think about the values of your young people.)
Before Vision is… Story; and… Observed Culture.
Our stories shape the heroes in our minds.
“Create culture, build a hero; Create a hero, build a culture.”
Vision:
I. Organization
II. Management
III.Interpersonal
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The Importance of Culture - Melvin Lehman https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-culture/ Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:34:48 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3280 https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-culture/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-culture/feed/ 0 <p>21st century Christianity became so focused on personal salvation that the details of Christian culture was neglected. Billy Graham understood this himself and tried to emphasize the importance of discipleship. The story of Penicillin… Four words: Pathogen: A real problem… Sterilize or Inoculate (Matthew 13:1-9) What part of this story do we have the most […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-culture/">The Importance of Culture</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 21st century Christianity became so focused on personal salvation that the details of Christian culture was neglected. Billy Graham understood this himself and tried to emphasize the importance of discipleship.

The story of Penicillin…

Four words:

Pathogen: A real problem… Sterilize or Inoculate

(Matthew 13:1-9) What part of this story do we have the most control of?

The soil! This is what I’m calling culture. These are the things we can work with.

Cultural changes are slow. We often give up because it takes time and effort.

Culture Layers:

  1. General culture
  2. Popular Christian Culture
  3. My Local Church culture

How porous should the boundaries of these be?

Often the outer line turns out to be “Who am I?” And, “Who are we?”… questions of identity.

If there are no boundaries there is no culture. If you have no boundaries you don’t know who you are.

NOTES ON CULTURE:

  1. Identify core virtues/values of culture
  2. Danger… Blindness tends to occur if we don’t know what category we are in

Integration mode: Adapting to mainstream cultural practice

Defensive mode: Idealizing local culture and ignoring faults and even fatal flaws

Reactive mode: When I’m reacting to specifics ignoring strengths of core values

Failure to recognize the roots/Relationships between specifics and core values

Living Out Core Values:

I Cor. 6:12/I Cor. 10:23

  • IS IT EXPEDIENT?
  • DOES IT EDIFY?
  • WILL IT ENSLAVE?

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21st century Christianity became so focused on personal salvation that the details of Christian culture was neglected. Billy Graham understood this himself and tried to emphasize the importance of discipleship. The story of Penicillin…
Four words:
Pathogen: A real problem… Sterilize or Inoculate
(Matthew 13:1-9) What part of this story do we have the most control of?
The soil! This is what I’m calling culture. These are the things we can work with.
Cultural changes are slow. We often give up because it takes time and effort.
Culture Layers:

* General culture
* Popular Christian Culture
* My Local Church culture

How porous should the boundaries of these be?
Often the outer line turns out to be “Who am I?” And, “Who are we?”… questions of identity.
If there are no boundaries there is no culture. If you have no boundaries you don’t know who you are.
NOTES ON CULTURE:

* Identify core virtues/values of culture
* Danger… Blindness tends to occur if we don’t know what category we are in

Integration mode: Adapting to mainstream cultural practice
Defensive mode: Idealizing local culture and ignoring faults and even fatal flaws
Reactive mode: When I’m reacting to specifics ignoring strengths of core values
Failure to recognize the roots/Relationships between specifics and core values
Living Out Core Values:
I Cor. 6:12/I Cor. 10:23

* IS IT EXPEDIENT?
* DOES IT EDIFY?
* WILL IT ENSLAVE?

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Create a Culture - Melvin Lehman https://bmcgladys.com/create-a-culture/ Sun, 11 Nov 2018 00:26:36 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3277 https://bmcgladys.com/create-a-culture/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/create-a-culture/feed/ 0 <p>The Kingdom of God and Creating a Culture We need to stop reacting to culture, and start creating one. We come to an understanding of truth in the brotherhood and community. We need to put issues out and address them. Doctrine and Practice Hebrews 5:11-6, I Corinthians 3:9 It matters a great deal how we build […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/create-a-culture/">Create a Culture</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The Kingdom of God and Creating a Culture

We need to stop reacting to culture, and start creating one.

We come to an understanding of truth in the brotherhood and community. We need to put issues out and address them.

Doctrine and Practice

Hebrews 5:11-6, I Corinthians 3:9

It matters a great deal how we build our Christian culture.

How are we building on the foundation of Christ?

The culture wars of the twentieth century are over. Christianity has lost… Mainstream Christians have lost their distinctiveness from pagan culture. The pagans have won… at least for now.

How did this happen? Two contributing issues:

Soteriology: what must we do to be saved?

Ecclesiology: what is the church?

Who is Jesus?

What is the Church?

Who belongs to it?

Who says so?

All this keys into the question of building a culture. How questions are answered form a culture. If we learn to ask questions and not answer them that creates a culture as well.

Matthew 16:13-25

The key confession of all Christians must be this, that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and it must be publicly proclaimed.

Can we make that confession when it counts? Jesus is Lord, and it does matter HOW we live.

The only earthly organization that will transcend time and eternity is the Church. If we believe that then why should we be afraid to give anything for the Kingdom of God? Why shouldn’t we be excited about the Church?

Jesus did confer authority on the Church. How this works is not so clear, but it is undeniable from Scripture.

Never judge where your at as a person or group by a single event. How do they stack up? Are we learning from our mistakes?

If the person knows you love them they can deal with you making mistakes.

Building on the gospel foundation… be sure we are building on Christ.

How are we building?

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The Kingdom of God and Creating a Culture We need to stop reacting to culture, and start creating one. We come to an understanding of truth in the brotherhood and community. We need to put issues out and address them. We need to stop reacting to culture, and start creating one.
We come to an understanding of truth in the brotherhood and community. We need to put issues out and address them.
Doctrine and Practice
Hebrews 5:11-6, I Corinthians 3:9
It matters a great deal how we build our Christian culture.
How are we building on the foundation of Christ?
The culture wars of the twentieth century are over. Christianity has lost… Mainstream Christians have lost their distinctiveness from pagan culture. The pagans have won… at least for now.
How did this happen? Two contributing issues:
Soteriology: what must we do to be saved?
Ecclesiology: what is the church?
Who is Jesus?
What is the Church?
Who belongs to it?
Who says so?
All this keys into the question of building a culture. How questions are answered form a culture. If we learn to ask questions and not answer them that creates a culture as well.
Matthew 16:13-25
The key confession of all Christians must be this, that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and it must be publicly proclaimed.
Can we make that confession when it counts? Jesus is Lord, and it does matter HOW we live.
The only earthly organization that will transcend time and eternity is the Church. If we believe that then why should we be afraid to give anything for the Kingdom of God? Why shouldn’t we be excited about the Church?
Jesus did confer authority on the Church. How this works is not so clear, but it is undeniable from Scripture.
Never judge where your at as a person or group by a single event. How do they stack up? Are we learning from our mistakes?
If the person knows you love them they can deal with you making mistakes.
Building on the gospel foundation… be sure we are building on Christ.
How are we building?
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For The Good of Everyone - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/for-the-good-of-everyone/ Mon, 05 Nov 2018 00:23:54 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3274 https://bmcgladys.com/for-the-good-of-everyone/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/for-the-good-of-everyone/feed/ 0 <p>I Cor. 11:27-29 Before communion we need to examine ourselves. What questions should be included in this examination? Are we at peace with 1) God and 2) our fellow man? Matthew 5:23,24 Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:15 Have I been seeking the good of each other? Or have we been repaying evil for evil. What are […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/for-the-good-of-everyone/">For The Good of Everyone</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> I Cor. 11:27-29

Before communion we need to examine ourselves. What questions should be included in this examination?

Are we at peace with 1) God and 2) our fellow man?

Matthew 5:23,24

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Have I been seeking the good of each other? Or have we been repaying evil for evil.

What are some ways we can disobey this verse and respond poorly?

  1. Payback mode
  2. Martyr mode
  3. Armor-All mode

The problem with all these are that they don’t seek the good of the other person or the church.

Ephesians 4:?

In my opinion, in the context of the church, you have more obligation to do good to those that hurt you than you did before.

How do we seek each other’s good?

  1. Pray about the other person (I John 5:?)
  2. Put on a muzzle — Be careful that your words about the other person are going to do good
  3. Serve them
  4. Confront them cautiously, properly, and lovingly

Am I seeking the good of everyone, especially those that have hurt me?

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I Cor. 11:27-29 Before communion we need to examine ourselves. What questions should be included in this examination? Are we at peace with 1) God and 2) our fellow man? Matthew 5:23,24 Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:15 Have I been seeking the good of each oth... Before communion we need to examine ourselves. What questions should be included in this examination?
Are we at peace with 1) God and 2) our fellow man?
Matthew 5:23,24
Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:15
Have I been seeking the good of each other? Or have we been repaying evil for evil.
What are some ways we can disobey this verse and respond poorly?

* Payback mode
* Martyr mode
* Armor-All mode

The problem with all these are that they don’t seek the good of the other person or the church.
Ephesians 4:?
In my opinion, in the context of the church, you have more obligation to do good to those that hurt you than you did before.
How do we seek each other’s good?

* Pray about the other person (I John 5:?)
* Put on a muzzle — Be careful that your words about the other person are going to do good
* Serve them
* Confront them cautiously, properly, and lovingly

Am I seeking the good of everyone, especially those that have hurt me?
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Lessons on Prayer - John Waldron https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-on-prayer-2/ Mon, 05 Nov 2018 00:16:26 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3272 https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-on-prayer-2/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-on-prayer-2/feed/ 0 <p>Prayer is not a gift that we are born with. Rather it is a habit that is developed and learned. Prayer is a way to humble ourselves before God, and demonstrate our faith in Him. Mistakes in prayer: Not praying at all or using empty words without meaning Not praying according to God’s Law Not […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-on-prayer-2/">Lessons on Prayer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Prayer is not a gift that we are born with. Rather it is a habit that is developed and learned.

Prayer is a way to humble ourselves before God, and demonstrate our faith in Him.

Mistakes in prayer:

  1. Not praying at all or using empty words without meaning
  2. Not praying according to God’s Law
  3. Not accepting responsibility
  4. Not accepting consequences for our actions
  5. Not accepting what God has called us to— and instead praying that He send someone else
  6. Praying that God bless our mistakes
  7. Praying out of fleshly desires

The Lord’s (or, The Disciples’) Prayer:

  1. Pray for the kingdom, the Church
  2. Pray that God’s will be done
  3. Pray for daily bread
  4. Pray for forgiveness — understanding that it’s conditioned by our own forgiveness of others
  5. Pray for leading away from temptation
  6. Pray in worship

Luke 18:1-8:

  1. We come to God in prayer not because we are so special, or because we deserve anything from Him
  2. We must persevere in our prayer
  3. Prayer is important

Prayer isn’t about being happy… It’s about perseverance, and growing to be more like God.

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Prayer is not a gift that we are born with. Rather it is a habit that is developed and learned. Prayer is a way to humble ourselves before God, and demonstrate our faith in Him. Mistakes in prayer: Not praying at all or using empty words without meanin... Prayer is a way to humble ourselves before God, and demonstrate our faith in Him.
Mistakes in prayer:

* Not praying at all or using empty words without meaning
* Not praying according to God’s Law
* Not accepting responsibility
* Not accepting consequences for our actions
* Not accepting what God has called us to— and instead praying that He send someone else
* Praying that God bless our mistakes
* Praying out of fleshly desires

The Lord’s (or, The Disciples’) Prayer:

* Pray for the kingdom, the Church
* Pray that God’s will be done
* Pray for daily bread
* Pray for forgiveness — understanding that it’s conditioned by our own forgiveness of others
* Pray for leading away from temptation
* Pray in worship

Luke 18:1-8:

* We come to God in prayer not because we are so special, or because we deserve anything from Him
* We must persevere in our prayer
* Prayer is important

Prayer isn’t about being happy… It’s about perseverance, and growing to be more like God.
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Relationships Within the Church - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/relationships-within-the-church/ Mon, 22 Oct 2018 01:04:06 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3267 https://bmcgladys.com/relationships-within-the-church/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/relationships-within-the-church/feed/ 0 <p>1 Thessalonians 5 – Paul talks about some pretty important things starting at verse 12. How the ordained relate to the non ordained. How the church deals with needs and weaknesses within the church. These areas are important indicators of the health of our congregational life. The non ordained need to respect and esteem the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/relationships-within-the-church/">Relationships Within the Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Thessalonians 5 – Paul talks about some pretty important things starting at verse 12.

  1. How the ordained relate to the non ordained.
  2. How the church deals with needs and weaknesses within the church.

These areas are important indicators of the health of our congregational life.

The non ordained need to respect and esteem the ordained. Both need to have good relationships and have good attitudes towards the other.

Elders are to labour among the flock. This would include preaching and visiting and other things too.

Elders are “over you” in the Lord.

It is fairly easy to give instruction, but it is harder to give a warning. Both are part of what being a church leader includes.

We all are faint hearted at some point. Be an encourager!

The body, not just the ministry, is to help the weak. Part of the purpose of the church is to “grow up” its members.

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1 Thessalonians 5 – Paul talks about some pretty important things starting at verse 12. How the ordained relate to the non ordained. How the church deals with needs and weaknesses within the church. These areas are important indicators of the health of...
* How the ordained relate to the non ordained.
* How the church deals with needs and weaknesses within the church.

These areas are important indicators of the health of our congregational life.
The non ordained need to respect and esteem the ordained. Both need to have good relationships and have good attitudes towards the other.
Elders are to labour among the flock. This would include preaching and visiting and other things too.
Elders are “over you” in the Lord.
It is fairly easy to give instruction, but it is harder to give a warning. Both are part of what being a church leader includes.
We all are faint hearted at some point. Be an encourager!
The body, not just the ministry, is to help the weak. Part of the purpose of the church is to “grow up” its members.
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Dig a Ditch - Eric Oberholzer https://bmcgladys.com/dig-a-ditch/ Sun, 14 Oct 2018 23:30:44 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3264 https://bmcgladys.com/dig-a-ditch/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/dig-a-ditch/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we’ll be looking at and thinking about what God’s power looks like in our lives. A few introductory passages – Numbers 21:1-9, John 3:1-21 Look to Jesus and live. God’s power in our lives is meant to extend beyond just salvation. Steps in faith and obedience. 1 Kings 19 – Elisha answered the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/dig-a-ditch/">Dig a Ditch</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This morning we’ll be looking at and thinking about what God’s power looks like in our lives.

A few introductory passages – Numbers 21:1-9, John 3:1-21

  • Look to Jesus and live.
  • God’s power in our lives is meant to extend beyond just salvation.
  • Steps in faith and obedience.
    • 1 Kings 19 – Elisha answered the call to ministry, butchered his oxen and followed Elijah.
    • Abraham was called and wasn’t given a “where he was going or what he was doing” he obeyed.
    • Many of the disciples were called and weren’t given a lot of details, they left their boats, or whatever they were doing and followed him.
    • When God calls us he wants us to take simple steps in obedience.
    • 2 Kings 3 – Make this valley full of ditches. This is an interesting story, it isn’t a super famous ones, but it is a fascinating one!
    • God may be asking you to dig ditches in faith.
    • God wants us to do what we can, to prepare ourselves for the things that God wants to do in, with, for and through us.

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This morning we’ll be looking at and thinking about what God’s power looks like in our lives. A few introductory passages – Numbers 21:1-9, John 3:1-21 Look to Jesus and live. God’s power in our lives is meant to extend beyond just salvation. A few introductory passages – Numbers 21:1-9, John 3:1-21

* Look to Jesus and live.
* God’s power in our lives is meant to extend beyond just salvation.
* Steps in faith and obedience.

* 1 Kings 19 – Elisha answered the call to ministry, butchered his oxen and followed Elijah.
* Abraham was called and wasn’t given a “where he was going or what he was doing” he obeyed.
* Many of the disciples were called and weren’t given a lot of details, they left their boats, or whatever they were doing and followed him.
* When God calls us he wants us to take simple steps in obedience.
* 2 Kings 3 – Make this valley full of ditches. This is an interesting story, it isn’t a super famous ones, but it is a fascinating one!
* God may be asking you to dig ditches in faith.
* God wants us to do what we can, to prepare ourselves for the things that God wants to do in, with, for and through us.



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The Power of God in the Lives of His People - Rich Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-god-in-the-lives-of-his-people/ Sun, 07 Oct 2018 23:23:52 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3263 https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-god-in-the-lives-of-his-people/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-god-in-the-lives-of-his-people/feed/ 0 <p>Creation: The story of creation is an astounding demonstration of the power of God. It does matter what we believe about origins. If we doubt the account of creation in Scripture we cast a shadow of doubt on the rest. Colossians 1:16 – God demonstrates His power by interrupting the natural order. Care for His […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-god-in-the-lives-of-his-people/">The Power of God in the Lives of His People</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Creation:

The story of creation is an astounding demonstration of the power of God.

It does matter what we believe about origins. If we doubt the account of creation in Scripture we cast a shadow of doubt on the rest.

Colossians 1:16 – God demonstrates His power by interrupting the natural order.

Care for His people:

  • 2 Kings 6:15-18
  • 2 Chronicles 16:9
  • Psalm 34:7
  • Acts 23: 12-22

God’s power over…

  • Hebrews 1:1-3 (sin)
  • Acts 10:38 (disease and oppression)
  • John 10:14-18 (death)

The power of Redemption:

  • The Lord has made bare His holy arm!
  • The gospel of Christ is the power of God for everyone unto salvation.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18

Transforming Power: Paul is a particularly good example of this power, especially his conversion story. Acts 26

Power to Forgive: Acts 7:60

People don’t really know the full impact of their sins against others… that should help us forgive. It should also help us to be more careful ourselves.

  • Psalm 103:14
  • 2 Corinthians 4:6,7
  • 1 John 4:4
  • Acts 1:8
  • Romans 6
  • Ephesians 3:20

We must yield ourselves to God to experience His goodness and power.

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Creation: The story of creation is an astounding demonstration of the power of God. It does matter what we believe about origins. If we doubt the account of creation in Scripture we cast a shadow of doubt on the rest. The story of creation is an astounding demonstration of the power of God.
It does matter what we believe about origins. If we doubt the account of creation in Scripture we cast a shadow of doubt on the rest.
Colossians 1:16 – God demonstrates His power by interrupting the natural order.
Care for His people:

* 2 Kings 6:15-18
* 2 Chronicles 16:9
* Psalm 34:7
* Acts 23: 12-22

God’s power over…

* Hebrews 1:1-3 (sin)
* Acts 10:38 (disease and oppression)
* John 10:14-18 (death)

The power of Redemption:

* The Lord has made bare His holy arm!
* The gospel of Christ is the power of God for everyone unto salvation.
* 1 Corinthians 1:18

Transforming Power: Paul is a particularly good example of this power, especially his conversion story. Acts 26
Power to Forgive: Acts 7:60
People don’t really know the full impact of their sins against others… that should help us forgive. It should also help us to be more careful ourselves.

* Psalm 103:14
* 2 Corinthians 4:6,7
* 1 John 4:4
* Acts 1:8
* Romans 6
* Ephesians 3:20

We must yield ourselves to God to experience His goodness and power.
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Two Choices - Gabriel Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/two-choices/ Sun, 23 Sep 2018 23:49:26 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3260 https://bmcgladys.com/two-choices/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/two-choices/feed/ 0 <p>I Samuel 1:1-18 – It seems that Hannah’s defining characteristic was her inability to bear children. Surely this was a great grief for her. Elkanah loved her, and gave her a double portion. He saw that she was hurting. Yet he seemed to be insensitive, asking her if he was not better to her than […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/two-choices/">Two Choices</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> I Samuel 1:1-18 – It seems that Hannah’s defining characteristic was her inability to bear children. Surely this was a great grief for her.

Elkanah loved her, and gave her a double portion. He saw that she was hurting. Yet he seemed to be insensitive, asking her if he was not better to her than 10 sons!

God has given us natural desires, such as Hannah’s desire for a child. Scripture promises that God will not withhold anything good from us.   

Psalm 84:11 – Why does it seem that God withholds good things from us?

God is working toward an end much bigger than our own… His plans are so much bigger. This doesn’t mean He doesn’t care. He invites us to cast our cares upon Him.

In the end we must trust the goodness of God.

We may need to wrestle with these desires just as Jesus did in the garden. There are two directions we can go: become broken and surrendered to God’s will, or become bitter and pursue our desires apart from the blessing of God.

Hannah chose to take her disappointment and desires to God, trusting His heart for her. It was a lament that still believed God heard.

God hears.

When God withholds something good, it is to replace it with something better. Our response must be surrender.

Hannah’s vow was a moment of surrender to God, entrusting Him with her greatest desire. She gave Him a gift that she had not even received.

God does not withhold from us because He enjoys our suffering.

Instead of self-pity, she went home rejoicing as she left Samuel at the temple. Her prayer had been answered. Her desire had been granted in God’s timing for His purposes.

Luke 11:9-13 – Ask, Seek, Knock…

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I Samuel 1:1-18 – It seems that Hannah’s defining characteristic was her inability to bear children. Surely this was a great grief for her. Elkanah loved her, and gave her a double portion. He saw that she was hurting. Yet he seemed to be insensitive, Elkanah loved her, and gave her a double portion. He saw that she was hurting. Yet he seemed to be insensitive, asking her if he was not better to her than 10 sons!
God has given us natural desires, such as Hannah’s desire for a child. Scripture promises that God will not withhold anything good from us.   
Psalm 84:11 – Why does it seem that God withholds good things from us?
God is working toward an end much bigger than our own… His plans are so much bigger. This doesn’t mean He doesn’t care. He invites us to cast our cares upon Him.
In the end we must trust the goodness of God.
We may need to wrestle with these desires just as Jesus did in the garden. There are two directions we can go: become broken and surrendered to God’s will, or become bitter and pursue our desires apart from the blessing of God.
Hannah chose to take her disappointment and desires to God, trusting His heart for her. It was a lament that still believed God heard.
God hears.
When God withholds something good, it is to replace it with something better. Our response must be surrender.
Hannah’s vow was a moment of surrender to God, entrusting Him with her greatest desire. She gave Him a gift that she had not even received.
God does not withhold from us because He enjoys our suffering.
Instead of self-pity, she went home rejoicing as she left Samuel at the temple. Her prayer had been answered. Her desire had been granted in God’s timing for His purposes.
Luke 11:9-13 – Ask, Seek, Knock…
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The Importance of Relationships - Jeff Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-relationships/ Sun, 09 Sep 2018 18:46:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3254 https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-relationships/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-relationships/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 22:35-40 – Jesus was focusing on relationships here. He is saying that there are two types of relationships that are vitally important. Our relationship with God and our relationship with other people. What are relationships? – Two beings interacting. Contact. Communication. There are many levels of relationships as well. Any person that we have […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-relationships/">The Importance of Relationships</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 22:35-40 – Jesus was focusing on relationships here. He is saying that there are two types of relationships that are vitally important. Our relationship with God and our relationship with other people.

What are relationships? – Two beings interacting. Contact. Communication. There are many levels of relationships as well. Any person that we have contact with, even if it is only for a short time, we have a relationship with.

The way that we are impacted by other people tends to stick with us.

God is Relational and We are Too

Genesis 1:26-27 – God is a God of relationships. God is the only being that is relational within himself. Jesus said, “I and my father are one.”

  • God specifically created us for a relationship with him.
  • God’s desired relationship with man was damaged by sin.
  • Matthew 18 – God seeks us out. The prodigal sons father was watching and waiting for his son to return. God is that way too, he desires our relationship.
  • We are relational as well. This is one of the ways that God created us in his image. He gave us a desire to have relationships as well.
  • Jesus modeled the relationship that we should have with God the father, but he also modeled the relationship that we should have with other people. He always loved and sought good for people.
  • Some of the greatest joys in our lives come from relationships. Some of the greatest pain in our lives can also come from a relationship.

Relationships Have an Eternal Dimension to Them

John 15:4-6 – When we think about eternal dimensions of relationships the first thing that we usually think about is our relationship with God. We need this relationship with Christ. We can’t be fruitful without a relationship with him.

Christ had some not so nice things to say to the Pharisees at times. The root of a lot of that was that they had an entire framework, but they lacked a relationship with God.

Our relationships with others have an eternal importance as well. We can impact people towards the kingdom, or we can affect them in a way that would lead them away from the kingdom.

There is an Interaction Between Sin and Relationships

Sin directly impacts our relationships. Often sin involves a relationship (in some senses it always involves our relationship with God). Sin can take a relationship and turn it into an ugly and hurtful thing.

Relationships, on the other hand, are also often the key to restoration after the sin.

Relationships Have a Ripple Affect

The ripple affect from relationships can be a good thing or they can be a bad thing.

  1. 1 John 4:20-21 – Our relationships with each other impacts our relationship with God.
  2. 2 Corinthians 5:18 – Paul talks about reconciliation and how we have been reconciled to God. As our relationship with God affects how we relate to others.
  3. 1 John 2:15-16 – As we love ourselves, our love for God is destroyed. There are some relationships that are simply incompatible.

Three Qualities of Healthy Relationships

  1. Selflessness – To really have good relationships we need to be selfless. Christ demonstrated this many times when he was on earth.
  2. Grace – We never have to offer grace to God. However our human relationships need to be built on a willingness to give grace to each other.
  3. Investment – This applies not only to our relationship with God, but also with other people. To maintain a good relationship, investment needs to be a part of the equation.

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Matthew 22:35-40 – Jesus was focusing on relationships here. He is saying that there are two types of relationships that are vitally important. Our relationship with God and our relationship with other people. What are relationships? What are relationships? – Two beings interacting. Contact. Communication. There are many levels of relationships as well. Any person that we have contact with, even if it is only for a short time, we have a relationship with.
The way that we are impacted by other people tends to stick with us.
God is Relational and We are Too
Genesis 1:26-27 – God is a God of relationships. God is the only being that is relational within himself. Jesus said, “I and my father are one.”

* God specifically created us for a relationship with him.
* God’s desired relationship with man was damaged by sin.
* Matthew 18 – God seeks us out. The prodigal sons father was watching and waiting for his son to return. God is that way too, he desires our relationship.
* We are relational as well. This is one of the ways that God created us in his image. He gave us a desire to have relationships as well.
* Jesus modeled the relationship that we should have with God the father, but he also modeled the relationship that we should have with other people. He always loved and sought good for people.
* Some of the greatest joys in our lives come from relationships. Some of the greatest pain in our lives can also come from a relationship.

Relationships Have an Eternal Dimension to Them
John 15:4-6 – When we think about eternal dimensions of relationships the first thing that we usually think about is our relationship with God. We need this relationship with Christ. We can’t be fruitful without a relationship with him.
Christ had some not so nice things to say to the Pharisees at times. The root of a lot of that was that they had an entire framework, but they lacked a relationship with God.
Our relationships with others have an eternal importance as well. We can impact people towards the kingdom, or we can affect them in a way that would lead them away from the kingdom.
There is an Interaction Between Sin and Relationships
Sin directly impacts our relationships. Often sin involves a relationship (in some senses it always involves our relationship with God). Sin can take a relationship and turn it into an ugly and hurtful thing.
Relationships, on the other hand, are also often the key to restoration after the sin.
Relationships Have a Ripple Affect
The ripple affect from relationships can be a good thing or they can be a bad thing.

* 1 John 4:20-21 – Our relationships with each other impacts our relationship with God.
* 2 Corinthians 5:18 – Paul talks about reconciliation and how we have been reconciled to God. As our relationship with God affects how we relate to others.
* 1 John 2:15-16 – As we love ourselves, our love for God is destroyed. There are some relationships that are simply incompatible.

Three Qualities of Healthy Relationships

* Selflessness – To really have good relationships we need to be selfless. Christ demonstrated this many times when he was on earth.
* Grace – We never have to offer grace to God. However our human relationships need to be built on a willingness to give grace to each other.
* Investment – This applies not only to our relationship with God, but also with other people. To maintain a good relationship, investment needs to be a part of the equation.

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The Patience Test - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-patience-test/ Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:37:57 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3250 https://bmcgladys.com/the-patience-test/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-patience-test/feed/ 0 <p>James 5:11 – James refers here to Job as being a “patient man.” When we think of Jobs patience and our own patience, where do we feel like we stack up? Have you heard of the patience of {insert your name here}? “Exercise patience, kindness and forbearance…” This is part of the marriage vows. These […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-patience-test/">The Patience Test</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> James 5:11 – James refers here to Job as being a “patient man.” When we think of Jobs patience and our own patience, where do we feel like we stack up? Have you heard of the patience of {insert your name here}?

“Exercise patience, kindness and forbearance…” This is part of the marriage vows. These three things are very closely tied together.

Colossians 1:9-14 – Paul prayed for his readers that they would be patient and long suffering. It is difficult to distinguish clearly between these two words.

1 Timothy 1:16-17, 1 Peter 3:20 – God’s patience towards us is something that we should appreciate. God desires that kind of patience in us, towards others and towards our circumstances.

Ephesians 4:1 – If you aren’t as patient as you want to be, and if you don’t measure up to the patience that God wants you to have… take heart! There is hope. God wants to help you become patient!

What Does Patience Involve?

  1. 1 Corinthians 13 – Patience involves love.
  2. Ephesians 4:2 – Patience involves humility.
  3. Patience involves meekness.
  4. 2 Peter 3:9 – Patience involves mercy.
  5. Matthew 18:21-35 – Patience involves forgiveness.
  6. Patience will be needed/necessary until Christ returns James 5:7-11.
  7. Patience involves hope.

Easy Steps to Being More Patient

We want to develop more of the spiritual fruit of patience. Several things that we can think about and work on.

  1. Recognize that patience is part of the person that God wants his children to be. Patience is part of holiness.
  2. Establish and strengthen your hearts. Galatians 5:22 – Love, joy, peace, long suffering… Read God’s word, read it carefully, pray about it, pray about patience, ask for the fruit that God wants to bring forth in your heart.
  3. Commit yourself to patience. A promise before God.
  4. Practice not complaining about others. Complaining puts the focus on the problem rather than our need to be patient. Complaining stirs impatience and aggravation.
  5. Follow mature Bible people and the way that they approached things. See how they responded to discouragement.
  6. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 – Be patient… don’t just hold your tongue. Connect with God and ask him to help you.

When we do become impatient, confess to God. Ask forgiveness if you need to. It is all part of practicing and becoming better at patience.

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James 5:11 – James refers here to Job as being a “patient man.” When we think of Jobs patience and our own patience, where do we feel like we stack up? Have you heard of the patience of {insert your name here}? “Exercise patience, “Exercise patience, kindness and forbearance…” This is part of the marriage vows. These three things are very closely tied together.
Colossians 1:9-14 – Paul prayed for his readers that they would be patient and long suffering. It is difficult to distinguish clearly between these two words.
1 Timothy 1:16-17, 1 Peter 3:20 – God’s patience towards us is something that we should appreciate. God desires that kind of patience in us, towards others and towards our circumstances.
Ephesians 4:1 – If you aren’t as patient as you want to be, and if you don’t measure up to the patience that God wants you to have… take heart! There is hope. God wants to help you become patient!
What Does Patience Involve?

* 1 Corinthians 13 – Patience involves love.
* Ephesians 4:2 – Patience involves humility.
* Patience involves meekness.
* 2 Peter 3:9 – Patience involves mercy.
* Matthew 18:21-35 – Patience involves forgiveness.
* Patience will be needed/necessary until Christ returns James 5:7-11.
* Patience involves hope.

Easy Steps to Being More Patient
We want to develop more of the spiritual fruit of patience. Several things that we can think about and work on.

* Recognize that patience is part of the person that God wants his children to be. Patience is part of holiness.
* Establish and strengthen your hearts. Galatians 5:22 – Love, joy, peace, long suffering… Read God’s word, read it carefully, pray about it, pray about patience, ask for the fruit that God wants to bring forth in your heart.
* Commit yourself to patience. A promise before God.
* Practice not complaining about others. Complaining puts the focus on the problem rather than our need to be patient. Complaining stirs impatience and aggravation.
* Follow mature Bible people and the way that they approached things. See how they responded to discouragement.
* 1 Thessalonians 5:14 – Be patient… don’t just hold your tongue. Connect with God and ask him to help you.

When we do become impatient, confess to God. Ask forgiveness if you need to. It is all part of practicing and becoming better at patience.
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Anabaptist Distinctives - Part 3 - Milo Zehr https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-3/ Sun, 26 Aug 2018 20:37:56 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3246 https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-3/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-3/feed/ 0 <p>This is not going to be a normal kind of sermon. They are more historical reflections. We’ve had two sessions already where we contrasted the Catholic, Protestant and Anabaptist views of a number of issues. First I’ll review the areas we talked about to give a few more reflections on each. One’s conclusion about some […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-3/">Anabaptist Distinctives – Part 3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This is not going to be a normal kind of sermon. They are more historical reflections.

We’ve had two sessions already where we contrasted the Catholic, Protestant and Anabaptist views of a number of issues.

First I’ll review the areas we talked about to give a few more reflections on each.

One’s conclusion about some of the practical side of these things will depend which kind of Anabaptist you are: literalist, middle of the road, and spiritualist. Our approach to issues as one of these affects our views.

Scripture: Anabaptists said all Scriptural interpretation must be tested against the life of Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the life it demonstrates. They believed that NT superseded the OT.

A major issue amongst Anabaptists even today is the relationship between the Holy Spirit and the text of Scripture.

In the OT/NT discussion, we may struggle to know what the value of the OT is.

Politely/Social/Economic:

Anabaptists rejected the view that all people in one area are Christians and must belong to the same Church; taught that Class distinctions are wrong; that all people are equal.

The Church is made up of all that have responded in faith to Christ and follow Him.

Human Relationships:

All Christians are called to literally follow the Sermon on the mount as demonstrated in the life of Christ; that peace was a way of life; that any violence, verbal physical, or sexual, is wrong.

This sort of violence sometimes exists within our churches as well as in the world. We have tended to be passive in these things. It is easy to focus on not going to war and forget the positive commitment to love.

Missions:

The Anabaptists were passionate missionaries, because they did not believe that everyone in society was saved, and that those that were not were going to hell.

We tend to be less so. We probably feel less compulsion… we don’t have the

Authority:

Except for the literalists, the Anabaptists believed in the Church as the community of saints. By communal worship, and visible expressions of love it was maintained. “Four Marks” of Anabaptist: Baptism, Discipleship, the Supper, and Mutual Aid.

For this to work, believers have to be fully committed to following the Lord, and serving/supporting each other.

Since the Church is not a democracy, leaders are responsible to lead and formulate positions based on congregational discussions and Scripture.

However, the clergy/laity distinction should be discussed carefully. Laity are not less spiritual than the ordained.

Baptism/Communion:

The Anabaptists believed in water baptism where one confessed ones sins, the Lordship of Christ, and pledged themselves to the community. Excommunication was considered a natural part of Church discipline.

The Lord’s Supper also testifies to one’s seriousness about following Christ.

I think there is evidence in the ante-niceness fathers that both adults and infants baptized. I’m not trying to promote infant baptism, however. I’m just acknowledging the historical record.

It would be helpful for us as parents to have a conversation about how to handle the spiritual life of children before the age of accountability.

Anabaptists generally said there is no sacramental value in Communion and Anabaptists. I have some concerns about that.

I do not believe the Lord’s Supper is merely a memorial. I believe that outward things/symbols serve a purpose that connect us to God.

God is present and communicates Himself in a mysterious way and I don’t think we need to define exactly how that works.

I do struggle with the view of communion that it must only be for us. It can make it feel like believers not from our Church are not worthy to commune with us. It can be easy to lapse into a feeling of superiority.

Anabaptists perhaps thought the Church was more perfect than it actually was. With that thinking, the use of the ban (excommunication) may have been excessive. I think that’s wrong, I believe that’s unhealthy.

Desisting from sin… some of us have had sins/weaknesses that have continued for some time, perhaps years. When there is a failure to be honest, we also cannot enter into the level of holiness and maturity that we should.

What does it mean to be saved:

Catholic view, sacraments…
Protestant view, forensic justification…

Anabaptists believed, however, regeneration is a substantial reordering of the heart through faith and repentance that will lead to a changed life.

I’ve heard things said about salvation in our circles that sound very Protestant. I think our thinking is so influenced by Protestant generalizations that there is a loss of our understanding of death and resurrection with Christ.

The grace and mercy must be extended, and the Church body needs to help us into it.

I believe the Anabaptist view of salvation is more Biblical than other views, although there are ditches.

Nonconformity:

16th century Anabaptists did not focus on this interest. Most people at that time did dress modestly and the Anabaptists did not dress differently.

There was though some struggles between some Anabaptist groups, of course.

What we want to do, is to encourage deeper relationship with Christ for each person, starting with the inner life in Christ. But, everyone needs other people— it is not just me and God.

This is the tradition we have inherited. It has blessings, as well as ditches.

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This is not going to be a normal kind of sermon. They are more historical reflections. We’ve had two sessions already where we contrasted the Catholic, Protestant and Anabaptist views of a number of issues. We’ve had two sessions already where we contrasted the Catholic, Protestant and Anabaptist views of a number of issues.
First I’ll review the areas we talked about to give a few more reflections on each.
One’s conclusion about some of the practical side of these things will depend which kind of Anabaptist you are: literalist, middle of the road, and spiritualist. Our approach to issues as one of these affects our views.
Scripture: Anabaptists said all Scriptural interpretation must be tested against the life of Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the life it demonstrates. They believed that NT superseded the OT.
A major issue amongst Anabaptists even today is the relationship between the Holy Spirit and the text of Scripture.
In the OT/NT discussion, we may struggle to know what the value of the OT is.
Politely/Social/Economic:
Anabaptists rejected the view that all people in one area are Christians and must belong to the same Church; taught that Class distinctions are wrong; that all people are equal.
The Church is made up of all that have responded in faith to Christ and follow Him.
Human Relationships:
All Christians are called to literally follow the Sermon on the mount as demonstrated in the life of Christ; that peace was a way of life; that any violence, verbal physical, or sexual, is wrong.
This sort of violence sometimes exists within our churches as well as in the world. We have tended to be passive in these things. It is easy to focus on not going to war and forget the positive commitment to love.
Missions:
The Anabaptists were passionate missionaries, because they did not believe that everyone in society was saved, and that those that were not were going to hell.
We tend to be less so. We probably feel less compulsion… we don’t have the
Authority:
Except for the literalists, the Anabaptists believed in the Church as the community of saints. By communal worship, and visible expressions of love it was maintained. “Four Marks” of Anabaptist: Baptism, Discipleship, the Supper, and Mutual Aid.
For this to work, believers have to be fully committed to following the Lord, and serving/supporting each other.
Since the Church is not a democracy, leaders are responsible to lead and formulate positions based on congregational discussions and Scripture.
However, the clergy/laity distinction should be discussed carefully. Laity are not less spiritual than the ordained.
Baptism/Communion:
The Anabaptists believed in water baptism where one confessed ones sins, the Lordship of Christ, and pledged themselves to the community. Excommunication was considered a natural part of Church discipline.
The Lord’s Supper also testifies to one’s seriousness about following Christ.
I think there is evidence in the ante-niceness fathers that both adults and infants baptized. I’m not trying to promote infant baptism, however. I’m just acknowledging the historical record.
It would be helpful for us as parents to have a conversation about how to handle the spiritual life of children before the age of accountability.
Anabaptists generally said there is no sacramental value in Communion and Anabaptists. I have some concerns about that.
I do not believe the Lord’s Supper is merely a memorial. I believe that outward things/symbols serve a purpose that connect us to God.
God is present and communicates Himself in a mysterious way and I don’t think we need to define exactly how that works.
I do struggle with the view of communion that it must only be for us. It can make it feel like believers not from our Church are not worthy to commune with us. It can be easy to lapse into a feeling of superiority.
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God’s Plan for Christ’s Return - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/gods-plan-for-christs-return/ Sun, 19 Aug 2018 20:31:56 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3245 https://bmcgladys.com/gods-plan-for-christs-return/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/gods-plan-for-christs-return/feed/ 0 <p>What Happens to Christians Who Die Before Christ Returns? 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 – Grief is a lot sharper when we don’t have answers for questions like this. Paul doesn’t tell the church here to stop grieving. He says that they can have hope! God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/gods-plan-for-christs-return/">God’s Plan for Christ’s Return</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> What Happens to Christians Who Die Before Christ Returns?

1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 – Grief is a lot sharper when we don’t have answers for questions like this. Paul doesn’t tell the church here to stop grieving. He says that they can have hope! God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

1 Corinthians 15:50-53 – Not only will these saints be restored to life. They will be restored, they will be changed! These changed bodies won’t just be refurbished and “as good as new.” They will be perfected.

We will “meet him in the air” – this is not a temporary reunion it is an eternal reunion. Whether awake or asleep, we can have the hope that we will “meet him in the air.”

When is Jesus Coming Back?

Paul told the Corinthians that they already knew the answer to this question… Jesus would return like a thief in the night. No man knows the day or the time. Jesus said the same thing in Matthew 24.

Be ready. The Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect. Be awake, be alert, be sober, be ready.

A Few Major Attributes

  1. God’s plan for the second coming is an infallible plan. It is free of faults and is perfect.
  2. God’s plan is an unforcastable plan. We can’t forecast when it is going to happen.
  3. God’s plan is inescapable each of us is going to face Christ at some point.
  4. God’s plan is internal. “We will always be wit the Lord.”

How do We Apply this Scripture?

Paul actually tells us how we should be applying these scriptures.

  1. Keep our helmet of hope on. Hope can help keep us from loosing our heads!
  2. Romans 13:11-14 – The goal is not to come up with a way to be ready when Christ returns. The goal is to be ready now, tomorrow, always. We are to live as if Jesus’ return is imminent.
  3. Encourage each other with these word. Build each other up.

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What Happens to Christians Who Die Before Christ Returns? 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 – Grief is a lot sharper when we don’t have answers for questions like this. Paul doesn’t tell the church here to stop grieving. He says that they can have hope! 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 – Grief is a lot sharper when we don’t have answers for questions like this. Paul doesn’t tell the church here to stop grieving. He says that they can have hope! God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:50-53 – Not only will these saints be restored to life. They will be restored, they will be changed! These changed bodies won’t just be refurbished and “as good as new.” They will be perfected.
We will “meet him in the air” – this is not a temporary reunion it is an eternal reunion. Whether awake or asleep, we can have the hope that we will “meet him in the air.”
When is Jesus Coming Back?
Paul told the Corinthians that they already knew the answer to this question… Jesus would return like a thief in the night. No man knows the day or the time. Jesus said the same thing in Matthew 24.
Be ready. The Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect. Be awake, be alert, be sober, be ready.
A Few Major Attributes

* God’s plan for the second coming is an infallible plan. It is free of faults and is perfect.
* God’s plan is an unforcastable plan. We can’t forecast when it is going to happen.
* God’s plan is inescapable each of us is going to face Christ at some point.
* God’s plan is internal. “We will always be wit the Lord.”

How do We Apply this Scripture?
Paul actually tells us how we should be applying these scriptures.

* Keep our helmet of hope on. Hope can help keep us from loosing our heads!
* Romans 13:11-14 – The goal is not to come up with a way to be ready when Christ returns. The goal is to be ready now, tomorrow, always. We are to live as if Jesus’ return is imminent.
* Encourage each other with these word. Build each other up.

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Be Prepared - Delvin Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/be-prepared/ Sun, 12 Aug 2018 11:27:53 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3241 https://bmcgladys.com/be-prepared/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/be-prepared/feed/ 0 <p>Life has many twists and turns. We will face many difficult things. How can we be prepared? God has a plan, a reason for what is happening. This morning we will be looking at some of the tools that Daniel used when he faced difficulty. He was there to stay: Daniel 1:21 “And Daniel continued […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/be-prepared/">Be Prepared</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Life has many twists and turns. We will face many difficult things. How can we be prepared?

God has a plan, a reason for what is happening.

This morning we will be looking at some of the tools that Daniel used when he faced difficulty.

He was there to stay:

Daniel 1:21 “And Daniel continued until the first year of Cyrus.”

Daniel 2:49 “But Daniel made request of the king…”

Daniel 6:28 “…Daniel prospered…”

Daniel 12:13 “Thou shalt rest and stand in thy lot…”

Daniel’s difficult youthful circumstances came on him through no fault of his own. He could have been bitter and complained. Instead he kept his relationship with God and did well, even in difficult circumstances.

Daniel’s Tools:

Daniel had an excellent spirit

Daniel 6:3; Romans 8:9-11 – Daniel had an attitude of prayer

Daniel 2:17, 18, 20-23 – We see him fasting, praying and seeking God.

Daniel had good and godly friends

Proverbs 18:24 – There is strength, encouragement, prayer support, and mentoring to be found in good friendships.

Daniel modeled humility

Daniel 9:3-11,19 – He never bragged about his own ability, but he did brag about God’s!

Daniel trusted that God was ultimately in control, and remained humble and faithful.

Daniel 12:13 – “But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age”

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Life has many twists and turns. We will face many difficult things. How can we be prepared? God has a plan, a reason for what is happening. This morning we will be looking at some of the tools that Daniel used when he faced difficulty. God has a plan, a reason for what is happening.
This morning we will be looking at some of the tools that Daniel used when he faced difficulty.
He was there to stay:
Daniel 1:21 “And Daniel continued until the first year of Cyrus.”
Daniel 2:49 “But Daniel made request of the king…”
Daniel 6:28 “…Daniel prospered…”
Daniel 12:13 “Thou shalt rest and stand in thy lot…”
Daniel’s difficult youthful circumstances came on him through no fault of his own. He could have been bitter and complained. Instead he kept his relationship with God and did well, even in difficult circumstances.
Daniel’s Tools:
Daniel had an excellent spirit
Daniel 6:3; Romans 8:9-11 – Daniel had an attitude of prayer
Daniel 2:17, 18, 20-23 – We see him fasting, praying and seeking God.
Daniel had good and godly friends
Proverbs 18:24 – There is strength, encouragement, prayer support, and mentoring to be found in good friendships.
Daniel modeled humility
Daniel 9:3-11,19 – He never bragged about his own ability, but he did brag about God’s!
Daniel trusted that God was ultimately in control, and remained humble and faithful.
Daniel 12:13 – “But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age”
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Peace in Prayer - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/peace-in-prayer/ Sun, 05 Aug 2018 11:22:59 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3239 https://bmcgladys.com/peace-in-prayer/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/peace-in-prayer/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Philippians 4:6,7 A few weeks ago we looked at Mark 11 and found some lessons about believing prayer. If we pray in faith God will help us. Sometimes when we pray the answers come immediately. But sometimes they don’t… This morning we want to think about peace in unanswered prayer. We need to pray […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/peace-in-prayer/">Peace in Prayer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Philippians 4:6,7

A few weeks ago we looked at Mark 11 and found some lessons about believing prayer. If we pray in faith God will help us.

Sometimes when we pray the answers come immediately. But sometimes they don’t…

This morning we want to think about peace in unanswered prayer. We need to pray earnestly about our burdens and still find peace in God when things don’t go the way we want.

Verse 6: don’t panic… pray

Verse 7: have peace in prayer

Surrender:

Remember the example of Christ in the garden and like Him, say, “Thy will, not mine be done.”

Even in the events of Calvary Jesus was more at peace than anyone else. Paul prayed for the removal of the thorn in the flesh… and received grace more than what was sufficient.

So we pray, and we struggle, but we say, “Thy will be done.”

There are, of course, some things to which we don’t surrender such as besetting sin.

Expectancy:

Prayer changes things. Things happen that would not otherwise happen when we pray.

“My soul waits for the Lord…” Like the night watchman we wait for the Lord in our prayer. And we wait with hope because we expect something from God.

Waiting:

Waiting is not casual, or thoughtless. It is waiting on God… “God will hear me”.

Waiting on the Lords means worship. “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving”.

(Colossians 4:2) – Sometimes God allows hard things to discipline us.

(Isaiah 30:18) – God is doing things in us as we wait on Him.

On the one hand we are to rest and be still. On the other, there are things to do. (I Peter 3:1,2)

Waiting on the Lord means patience and contentment. “Give us this day our daily bread…”

In tribulation we are still called to patient endurance.

Psalm 31:24

Continue earnestly in prayer… Be persistent.

And then there is peace… Philippians 4:6,7

This peace is communion with God. It is nothing less than the presence of God in our hearts.

It strengthens us. It strengthens our faith and our fruitfulness. It guards our hearts.

Concerns and distresses can cripple our confidence and lead to complaining and grumbling. But if we take them as signals to pray, it can make a difference in us and around us. By this we can grow closer to God.

What a friend we have in Jesus!

The angels announced peace on earth. And when Jesus left the earth, He left us His peace. “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

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Text: Philippians 4:6,7 A few weeks ago we looked at Mark 11 and found some lessons about believing prayer. If we pray in faith God will help us. Sometimes when we pray the answers come immediately. But sometimes they don’t… This morning we want to thi... A few weeks ago we looked at Mark 11 and found some lessons about believing prayer. If we pray in faith God will help us.
Sometimes when we pray the answers come immediately. But sometimes they don’t…
This morning we want to think about peace in unanswered prayer. We need to pray earnestly about our burdens and still find peace in God when things don’t go the way we want.
Verse 6: don’t panic… pray
Verse 7: have peace in prayer
Surrender:
Remember the example of Christ in the garden and like Him, say, “Thy will, not mine be done.”
Even in the events of Calvary Jesus was more at peace than anyone else. Paul prayed for the removal of the thorn in the flesh… and received grace more than what was sufficient.
So we pray, and we struggle, but we say, “Thy will be done.”
There are, of course, some things to which we don’t surrender such as besetting sin.
Expectancy:
Prayer changes things. Things happen that would not otherwise happen when we pray.
“My soul waits for the Lord…” Like the night watchman we wait for the Lord in our prayer. And we wait with hope because we expect something from God.
Waiting:
Waiting is not casual, or thoughtless. It is waiting on God… “God will hear me”.
Waiting on the Lords means worship. “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving”.
(Colossians 4:2) – Sometimes God allows hard things to discipline us.
(Isaiah 30:18) – God is doing things in us as we wait on Him.
On the one hand we are to rest and be still. On the other, there are things to do. (I Peter 3:1,2)
Waiting on the Lord means patience and contentment. “Give us this day our daily bread…”
In tribulation we are still called to patient endurance.
Psalm 31:24
Continue earnestly in prayer… Be persistent.
And then there is peace… Philippians 4:6,7
This peace is communion with God. It is nothing less than the presence of God in our hearts.
It strengthens us. It strengthens our faith and our fruitfulness. It guards our hearts.
Concerns and distresses can cripple our confidence and lead to complaining and grumbling. But if we take them as signals to pray, it can make a difference in us and around us. By this we can grow closer to God.
What a friend we have in Jesus!
The angels announced peace on earth. And when Jesus left the earth, He left us His peace. “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
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Anabaptist Distinctives – Part 2 - Milo Zehr https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-2/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 01:38:10 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3235 https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-2/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-2/feed/ 0 <p>##Point 4 What does it mean to be saved? Catholic view: receive the sacraments Medieval Pietism/mysticism: Focus on reproduction of Christ’s death and resurrection in the soul rather than at Mass; Focus on yielding the self to God in Gelassenheit Luther’s view: early view was medieval pietism; Later view was imputed righteousness General Protestant view: […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-2/">Anabaptist Distinctives – Part 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> ##Point 4

What does it mean to be saved?

Catholic view: receive the sacraments

Medieval Pietism/mysticism: Focus on reproduction of Christ’s death and resurrection in the soul rather than at Mass; Focus on yielding the self to God in Gelassenheit

Luther’s view: early view was medieval pietism; Later view was imputed righteousness

General Protestant view: Imputed righteousness

Anabaptist view: Rejected the sacramental view; Rejected infant baptism; Agreed with Medieval Pietist view; Believed salvation is incarnation and requires repentance and faith which will transform the heart and life

Point 5

What Is the Church?

Catholic view: Where the sacraments are properly administered

Protestant view: Where the sacraments are properly administered and the Word is preached

Anabaptist view: Where those who trust and follow Christ are gathered; More emphasis on discipleship; More emphasis on the gathered body, the participation of believers in worship, in the choosing their leaders, and discerning the will of God. Corporate worship, mutual aid, etc. characterized the Anabaptist community

Reflections: Believers have to be committed to Jesus and the body, and leaders serve as servants for this model to work.

Point 6

What ethic applies in human relationships?

Catholic: The orders practice the love ethic differently than the rest of society
Luther: No major change from Catholics: The Word is preached and the sacraments kept, but people go to war and hate and kill.

Anabaptists: Believers are called to practice the Sermon on the Mount, to follow the example of Christ, to resist evil without violence, and to suffer wrong.

Reflections:

Point 7

What happens in the Lord’s Supper/Eucharist?

  • Catholic view: Transubstantiation
  • Luther’s view: Consubstantial
  • Calvin’s view: Spiritual Presence
  • Zwingli’s view: Memorial
  • Anabaptist view: Similar to Zwingli’s view, but beyond that emphasized the brotherhood

Point 8

Scripture- How do we know truth?

Everyone was a Biblicist…but…

Luther, Zwingli: You can do anything the Bible doesn’t condemn
Anabaptists: You can only do what the Bible commands; Christocentric; NT over OT; Testimony of committed believers throughout the history of the Church, including the local church, is the only adequate context and forum for Biblical interpretation; Places living alongside believing certain truths. We evaluate whether or not a person believes right by whether or not the person lives right. “Anabaptist hermeneutics is the hermeneutics of obedience.”

The Anabaptists had a compelling view of the Church that drove them to missionary activity. They believed that their movement represented a return to the 1st century Church. Rejecting the sacramental view of grace and forensic justification, they said that Christ’s life death and resurrection is reproduced in the life of the believer. Because they believe in the freedom of the will they were compelled to preach to those around them. And they preached as they ran… and in their martyrdom.

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##Point 4 What does it mean to be saved? Catholic view: receive the sacraments Medieval Pietism/mysticism: Focus on reproduction of Christ’s death and resurrection in the soul rather than at Mass; Focus on yielding the self to God in Gelassenheit Luthe... What does it mean to be saved?
Catholic view: receive the sacraments
Medieval Pietism/mysticism: Focus on reproduction of Christ’s death and resurrection in the soul rather than at Mass; Focus on yielding the self to God in Gelassenheit
Luther’s view: early view was medieval pietism; Later view was imputed righteousness
General Protestant view: Imputed righteousness
Anabaptist view: Rejected the sacramental view; Rejected infant baptism; Agreed with Medieval Pietist view; Believed salvation is incarnation and requires repentance and faith which will transform the heart and life
Point 5
What Is the Church?
Catholic view: Where the sacraments are properly administered
Protestant view: Where the sacraments are properly administered and the Word is preached
Anabaptist view: Where those who trust and follow Christ are gathered; More emphasis on discipleship; More emphasis on the gathered body, the participation of believers in worship, in the choosing their leaders, and discerning the will of God. Corporate worship, mutual aid, etc. characterized the Anabaptist community
Reflections: Believers have to be committed to Jesus and the body, and leaders serve as servants for this model to work.
Point 6
What ethic applies in human relationships?
Catholic: The orders practice the love ethic differently than the rest of society
Luther: No major change from Catholics: The Word is preached and the sacraments kept, but people go to war and hate and kill.
Anabaptists: Believers are called to practice the Sermon on the Mount, to follow the example of Christ, to resist evil without violence, and to suffer wrong.
Reflections:
Point 7
What happens in the Lord’s Supper/Eucharist?

* Catholic view: Transubstantiation
* Luther’s view: Consubstantial
* Calvin’s view: Spiritual Presence
* Zwingli’s view: Memorial
* Anabaptist view: Similar to Zwingli’s view, but beyond that emphasized the brotherhood

Point 8
Scripture- How do we know truth?
Everyone was a Biblicist…but…
Luther, Zwingli: You can do anything the Bible doesn’t condemn
Anabaptists: You can only do what the Bible commands; Christocentric; NT over OT; Testimony of committed believers throughout the history of the Church, including the local church, is the only adequate context and forum for Biblical interpretation; Places living alongside believing certain truths. We evaluate whether or not a person believes right by whether or not the person lives right. “Anabaptist hermeneutics is the hermeneutics of obedience.”
The Anabaptists had a compelling view of the Church that drove them to missionary activity. They believed that their movement represented a return to the 1st century Church. Rejecting the sacramental view of grace and forensic justification, they said that Christ’s life death and resurrection is reproduced in the life of the believer. Because they believe in the freedom of the will they were compelled to preach to those around them. And they preached as they ran… and in their martyrdom.
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The Value of Identity - Brian Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-value-of-identity/ Sun, 29 Jul 2018 18:45:20 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3233 https://bmcgladys.com/the-value-of-identity/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-value-of-identity/feed/ 0 <p>Having an identity is important. When there is no history there is no identity. When there is no identity there is a tendency towards “redefining” an identity. Deuteronomy – Moses reviews the history of the Children of Israel. He is calling them to remember who they are, and who God. Joshua 24 – Remember your […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-value-of-identity/">The Value of Identity</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Having an identity is important. When there is no history there is no identity. When there is no identity there is a tendency towards “redefining” an identity.

Deuteronomy – Moses reviews the history of the Children of Israel. He is calling them to remember who they are, and who God.

Joshua 24 – Remember your history. Renew your vows and serve the Lord! Joshua handed leadership over to the the people and the tribes. From that point on there was a slow loss of memory about things God had done for them.

Several things that the Children of Israel failed to do to pass their identity on to the next generation.

  • They failed to fight their battles to a conclusion. They were content to live among an undefeated enemy.
  • They failed to connect their children to their grandparents.
  • They failed to instill an identity in their children. Who they were and what they stood for.
  • They failed to pass on the vision, the purpose that they had when they came into the lan of Canaan.

Numbers 10:29, Judges 1:16, Jeremiah 35 – The Rechabites refused to drink wine. It was something that their fathers had passed on to them. Put yourself in their shoes. They shared a lot of history with the Israelites, yet they had a unique identity among themselves.

Of all the parts of our lives that we can grapple with, what we can’t change is our history. We can do several things with it though, we can ignore it, or we can rewrite and redefine it. History gives us events, choices and results.

Scripture gives us two ways to look at what came before.

  • 2 Chronicles 30, 2 Corinthians 10 – Don’t be like your brothers. We are not called to judge others who were a part of our history. However we can look at their environment, the choices they made and then the outcome. The best we can do is look at the results of those choices and learn from them.
  • Jeremiah 6:16 – Seemingly a contradiction to the previous point. It is good for us to wrestle with the things that are passed to us. However, scrapping it all and “starting from zero” is an arrogant position.

We don’t have to look far to see examples of people who left a good legacy that we can learn from.

Nations, family, children, Christians, churches – each has an identity.

1 Peter 2:9 – Our identity is with Christ and with God’s people. Jesus is our redemption, our sanctification and our greatest treasure. God’s people are unique, there are no two ways about it.

We are called to this identity with Christ, but it is also true that there is a practical outworking of this identity. What decisions do we make? How do we apply these things?

If we could leave an example to the next generation that they could follow and not just react to, even if they wouldn’t agree with all of our choices, would they at least agree with the way that these choices were made and the context of our values?

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Having an identity is important. When there is no history there is no identity. When there is no identity there is a tendency towards “redefining” an identity. Deuteronomy – Moses reviews the history of the Children of Israel. Deuteronomy – Moses reviews the history of the Children of Israel. He is calling them to remember who they are, and who God.
Joshua 24 – Remember your history. Renew your vows and serve the Lord! Joshua handed leadership over to the the people and the tribes. From that point on there was a slow loss of memory about things God had done for them.
Several things that the Children of Israel failed to do to pass their identity on to the next generation.

* They failed to fight their battles to a conclusion. They were content to live among an undefeated enemy.
* They failed to connect their children to their grandparents.
* They failed to instill an identity in their children. Who they were and what they stood for.
* They failed to pass on the vision, the purpose that they had when they came into the lan of Canaan.

Numbers 10:29, Judges 1:16, Jeremiah 35 – The Rechabites refused to drink wine. It was something that their fathers had passed on to them. Put yourself in their shoes. They shared a lot of history with the Israelites, yet they had a unique identity among themselves.
Of all the parts of our lives that we can grapple with, what we can’t change is our history. We can do several things with it though, we can ignore it, or we can rewrite and redefine it. History gives us events, choices and results.
Scripture gives us two ways to look at what came before.

* 2 Chronicles 30, 2 Corinthians 10 – Don’t be like your brothers. We are not called to judge others who were a part of our history. However we can look at their environment, the choices they made and then the outcome. The best we can do is look at the results of those choices and learn from them.
* Jeremiah 6:16 – Seemingly a contradiction to the previous point. It is good for us to wrestle with the things that are passed to us. However, scrapping it all and “starting from zero” is an arrogant position.

We don’t have to look far to see examples of people who left a good legacy that we can learn from.
Nations, family, children, Christians, churches – each has an identity.
1 Peter 2:9 – Our identity is with Christ and with God’s people. Jesus is our redemption, our sanctification and our greatest treasure. God’s people are unique, there are no two ways about it.
We are called to this identity with Christ, but it is also true that there is a practical outworking of this identity. What decisions do we make? How do we apply these things?
If we could leave an example to the next generation that they could follow and not just react to, even if they wouldn’t agree with all of our choices, would they at least agree with the way that these choices were made and the context of our values?
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Anabaptist Distinctives - Part 1 - Milo Zehr https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-1/ Wed, 25 Jul 2018 18:39:42 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3231 https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-1/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-1/feed/ 0 <p>This evening’s service is kind of “jumping in with both feet” not a lot of background but going straight into things that make the Anabaptist position distinctive. Religions Options in 1525-1535 Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox Lutheran: Luther, Melanchthon Reformed Zurich – Zwingli; Leo Jud; Bullinger Geneva – Calvin; Beza Strasburg – Capital; Bucer Scotland […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-1/">Anabaptist Distinctives – Part 1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This evening’s service is kind of “jumping in with both feet” not a lot of background but going straight into things that make the Anabaptist position distinctive.

Religions Options in 1525-1535

  • Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox
  • Lutheran: Luther, Melanchthon
  • Reformed
  • Zurich – Zwingli; Leo Jud; Bullinger
  • Geneva – Calvin; Beza
  • Strasburg – Capital; Bucer
  • Scotland – John Knox
  • Anabaptist – Swiss (Bible & Christ); S German/Austrian; Northern German/Dutch
  • Anglican
  • Mennonites – Anabaptist, Swiss; South German/Austrian, North German/Dutch
  • “Anabaptist” – “One who baptize again”
  • Anabaptist – predominately orthodox beliefs

Major 16th century issues and comparison of the Catholic, Protestant and Anabaptist answers

  • Political, social, and economic issues
  • Medieval view: A fixed place in society; church and society are one.
  • Zwingli, Luther, Calvin: Medieval view.
  • Anabaptist
  • Everyone is equal.
  • Anabaptist church-state = wide range of beliefs
  • Medieval view: early Grebal/Mantz/Zuric view
  • Full participation – Hubmaier = make Anabaptism the official religion.
  • Full participation – Muntzer (man) and Munster (city) = revolutionary = establish a state religion
  • Radical dualism: Schleitheim Confession
  • Less radical/Cautious involvement: Hans Denck, Marpeck, Menno Simons, Dordrecht Confession
  • Milo’s Thoughts – The Anabaptists who survived rejected the medieval view. They believed that church and state were completely separate. We are called to be separate, but we are also called to be witnesses to those around us.

The question of authority and tradition

  • Catholic view – Truth and grace are transmitted to the people through the clergy.
  • Luther, Zwingli, Calvin – Congregation contributed nothing to interpretation and application of scripture. In a lot of ways church life was similar to that in the Catholic Church at that time.
  • Anabaptists – determined to get rid of human traditions and civil authority and to root all in the Word, Spirit, and Christian community. Beliefs and behavior should be determined and monitored by the people who have cone anger together under the Lordship of Christ.
  • Milo’s Thoughts – Leaders and traditions have a place in the church and congregation. Traditions are one of the vehicles by which beliefs and values are transmitted from one generation to the next.

Views of baptism

  • Catholic view – infant baptism
  • Martin Luther’s view – infant baptism
  • Zwingli’s view – infant baptism
  • Anabaptist view – Only believers can be baptized
  • Milo’s Thoughts – In a lot of ways these views on baptism go back to how each group felt about scripture. The Anabaptists tied their belief to verses that talk about “Going and preaching” and then people “responding and being baptized.”

What does it mean to be saved?

  • Classic Catholic view – receive the sacraments.
  • Medieval pietism/mysticism – Theologian Deutsch (Luther’s title)
  • Focus on reproduction of Christ’s death and resurrection in the soul instead of at Mass
  • Focus on yielding the self to God in Gelassenheit – self-surrender and self-abandonment.
  • Luther – Early view was “Theologia Deutsch” (Luther’s title)
  • The general Protestant approach – righteusness of Christ is imputed to one’s account.
  • Anabaptists understood salvation in the “Theologia Deutsch” tradition. Anabaptists said salvation is incarnation/internal/substantial; requires repentance and faith – Gelassenheit; and transforms the heart and life.
  • Milo’s reflections

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This evening’s service is kind of “jumping in with both feet” not a lot of background but going straight into things that make the Anabaptist position distinctive. Religions Options in 1525-1535 Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox Lutheran: Luther, Religions Options in 1525-1535

* Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox
* Lutheran: Luther, Melanchthon
* Reformed
* Zurich – Zwingli; Leo Jud; Bullinger
* Geneva – Calvin; Beza
* Strasburg – Capital; Bucer
* Scotland – John Knox
* Anabaptist – Swiss (Bible & Christ); S German/Austrian; Northern German/Dutch
* Anglican
* Mennonites – Anabaptist, Swiss; South German/Austrian, North German/Dutch
* “Anabaptist” – “One who baptize again”
* Anabaptist – predominately orthodox beliefs

Major 16th century issues and comparison of the Catholic, Protestant and Anabaptist answers

* Political, social, and economic issues
* Medieval view: A fixed place in society; church and society are one.
* Zwingli, Luther, Calvin: Medieval view.
* Anabaptist
* Everyone is equal.
* Anabaptist church-state = wide range of beliefs
* Medieval view: early Grebal/Mantz/Zuric view
* Full participation – Hubmaier = make Anabaptism the official religion.
* Full participation – Muntzer (man) and Munster (city) = revolutionary = establish a state religion
* Radical dualism: Schleitheim Confession
* Less radical/Cautious involvement: Hans Denck, Marpeck, Menno Simons, Dordrecht Confession
* Milo’s Thoughts – The Anabaptists who survived rejected the medieval view. They believed that church and state were completely separate. We are called to be separate, but we are also called to be witnesses to those around us.

The question of authority and tradition

* Catholic view – Truth and grace are transmitted to the people through the clergy.
* Luther, Zwingli, Calvin – Congregation contributed nothing to interpretation and application of scripture. In a lot of ways church life was similar to that in the Catholic Church at that time.
* Anabaptists – determined to get rid of human traditions and civil authority and to root all in the Word, Spirit, and Christian community. Beliefs and behavior should be determined and monitored by the people who have cone anger together under the Lordship of Christ.
* Milo’s Thoughts – Leaders and traditions have a place in the church and congregation. Traditions are one of the vehicles by which beliefs and values are transmitted from one generation to the next.

Views of baptism

* Catholic view – infant baptism
* Martin Luther’s view – infant baptism
* Zwingli’s view – infant baptism
* Anabaptist view – Only believers can be baptized
* Milo’s Thoughts – In a lot of ways these views on baptism go back to how each group felt about scripture. The Anabaptists tied their belief to verses that talk about “Going and preaching” and then people “responding and being baptized.”

What does it mean to be saved?

* Classic Catholic view – receive the sacraments.
* Medieval pietism/mysticism – Theologian Deutsch (Luther’s title)
* Focus on reproduction of Christ’s death and resurrection in the soul instead of at Mass
* Focus on yielding the self to God in Gelassenheit – self-surrender and self-abandonment.
* Luther – Early view was “Theologia Deutsch” (Luther’s title)
* The general Protestant approach – righteusness of Christ is imputed to one’s account.
* Anabaptists understood salvation in the “Theologia Deutsch” tradition. Anabaptists said salvation is incarnation/internal/substantial; requires repentance and faith – Gelassenheit; and transforms the heart and life.
* Milo’s reflections

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Trusting God Even in Trials - Nathan Good https://bmcgladys.com/trusting-god-even-in-trials/ Sun, 22 Jul 2018 10:58:17 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3224 https://bmcgladys.com/trusting-god-even-in-trials/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/trusting-god-even-in-trials/feed/ 0 <p>Proverbs 11 – Since we cannot go back in time, we need to say, “God, this is where I am, but I’m willing to lay the past down and start from here.” When we give that which isn’t ours to keep, God will bless. Ecclesiastes 11, Genesis 22 – “The Lord will provide.” Abraham had […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/trusting-god-even-in-trials/">Trusting God Even in Trials</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Proverbs 11 – Since we cannot go back in time, we need to say, “God, this is where I am, but I’m willing to lay the past down and start from here.” When we give that which isn’t ours to keep, God will bless.

Ecclesiastes 11, Genesis 22 – “The Lord will provide.” Abraham had gone all the way with God. He had given up his only son, knowing that God could/would provide. Abrahams faith was counted towards him as as righteousness.

Psalm 17 – David is making requests, but note that he is coming to God with a pure heart. When we come to God and ask for things, are we coming to God with a pure heart? Are there things in our lives and hearts that we need to take care of?

Isaiah 40-45 – There is much comfort in these chapters, but there is some qualifications as well.

  • God claims us as his own in these verses.
  • He tells us that He is God.
  • He tells us that He loves us.
  • He tells us that There is a way.

Job 23:8-12 – Job says that he looked all around and didn’t see God. Job says that what helped him make it even during these times was the Word of God.

God knows the things that are happening around you today. He knows it better than we do.

Psalms 30 – God knows what we are going through. We have his favor for our lifetime, He knows that we need him at all times. He knows that we go through hard times, but He also knows that joy comes in the morning.

Psalm 31:7 – God has considered our trouble! He knows when we face adversaries.

Psalm 34:4-7 – God hears us. God delivers us. There is a part for us to do – “I sought the Lord.” God hears, and will respond – “He heard me, and delivered me.”

Psalm 37:23-24 – God knows. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. God will show us where we should go if we are walking with Him.

Psalm 46:1 – God knows when we are in trouble. He is there and He will be our refuge and our strength.

Psalm 50:15 – God knows when we are in trouble. He will deliver us.

Psalm 55:22 – God knows about your burden. He wants to take your burden.

Psalm 84 – The joy of dwelling with God. The joy of going to church, worshiping, and gathering. Blessed is the man that trusted in the Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord, with all thine heart. He will direct thy paths.

Psalm 62:1-5 – Trust in Him at all times. God is a refuge for us. If God does withhold something from us it is for our best. The Lord will provide.

Psalm 37:3-7 – Trust. Delight. Commit. Rest. In the Lord.

Isaiah 55 – An invitation to come, to come and to drink. Listen and you will hear. Seek the Lord. God’s ways are higher than our ways. There is joy in the future! There is a good, a brighter day coming!

Psalm 27:14 – Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage. He will strengthen your heart.

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Proverbs 11 – Since we cannot go back in time, we need to say, “God, this is where I am, but I’m willing to lay the past down and start from here.” When we give that which isn’t ours to keep, God will bless. Ecclesiastes 11, Ecclesiastes 11, Genesis 22 – “The Lord will provide.” Abraham had gone all the way with God. He had given up his only son, knowing that God could/would provide. Abrahams faith was counted towards him as as righteousness.
Psalm 17 – David is making requests, but note that he is coming to God with a pure heart. When we come to God and ask for things, are we coming to God with a pure heart? Are there things in our lives and hearts that we need to take care of?
Isaiah 40-45 – There is much comfort in these chapters, but there is some qualifications as well.

* God claims us as his own in these verses.
* He tells us that He is God.
* He tells us that He loves us.
* He tells us that There is a way.

Job 23:8-12 – Job says that he looked all around and didn’t see God. Job says that what helped him make it even during these times was the Word of God.
God knows the things that are happening around you today. He knows it better than we do.
Psalms 30 – God knows what we are going through. We have his favor for our lifetime, He knows that we need him at all times. He knows that we go through hard times, but He also knows that joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 31:7 – God has considered our trouble! He knows when we face adversaries.
Psalm 34:4-7 – God hears us. God delivers us. There is a part for us to do – “I sought the Lord.” God hears, and will respond – “He heard me, and delivered me.”
Psalm 37:23-24 – God knows. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. God will show us where we should go if we are walking with Him.
Psalm 46:1 – God knows when we are in trouble. He is there and He will be our refuge and our strength.
Psalm 50:15 – God knows when we are in trouble. He will deliver us.
Psalm 55:22 – God knows about your burden. He wants to take your burden.
Psalm 84 – The joy of dwelling with God. The joy of going to church, worshiping, and gathering. Blessed is the man that trusted in the Lord.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord, with all thine heart. He will direct thy paths.
Psalm 62:1-5 – Trust in Him at all times. God is a refuge for us. If God does withhold something from us it is for our best. The Lord will provide.
Psalm 37:3-7 – Trust. Delight. Commit. Rest. In the Lord.
Isaiah 55 – An invitation to come, to come and to drink. Listen and you will hear. Seek the Lord. God’s ways are higher than our ways. There is joy in the future! There is a good, a brighter day coming!
Psalm 27:14 – Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage. He will strengthen your heart.
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Guidelines for Edifying and Encouraging - Nathan Good https://bmcgladys.com/guidelines-for-edifying-and-encouraging/ Sun, 22 Jul 2018 10:55:30 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3221 https://bmcgladys.com/guidelines-for-edifying-and-encouraging/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/guidelines-for-edifying-and-encouraging/feed/ 0 <p>Are we open to listening to the Holy Spirit this morning? Are we willing to be tapped on the shoulder and then to obey? This is vitally important whenever we sit under the preaching of the word. To edify means: to build up, to make some progress towards a goal. Have we been growing? Are […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/guidelines-for-edifying-and-encouraging/">Guidelines for Edifying and Encouraging</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Are we open to listening to the Holy Spirit this morning? Are we willing to be tapped on the shoulder and then to obey? This is vitally important whenever we sit under the preaching of the word.

To edify means: to build up, to make some progress towards a goal. Have we been growing? Are we helping each other to grow?

Word Study

We don’t use the word edify too much. We generally would say “encourage” in the place of “edify.”

Encourage in the Old Testament means to “strengthen, to help, to confirm, to fortify, to maintain, to make strong.”

Deuteronomy 1 – When the spies were sent in to Canaan there was a conflicting report that was given. One side was positive and sure that they could take the land, the other side was sure that Moses had brought them out of Egypt to let them die.

Can you imagine how this made Joshua feel? He needed to be encouraged to take the job of leading the Children of Israel. He also needed to encourage the people to follow him. Moses knew that Joshua needed encouraging.

Deuteronomy 3:28 – God has wonderful things in store for us, that is his desire for us as individuals and as a church. Moses here, again, tells the people to encourage their leader, to stand behind them, to walk with them through the difficult times.

What can we learn from these verses? We should encourage our brothers and sisters when God has called them to a task and to a specific assignment. We should pray for them, not only is that for them, but it also affects our attitudes and how we feel and relate to our brothers and sisters.

Edify in the New Testament means “to construct, to confirm, to build up.”

Romans 14:19 – Is this representative of me? Have I been building up the church and those around me?

Romans 14:7 – It is easy to just kind of “sit back and watch” – but all of us as a part of the body have an affect in some shape or form on the rest of the body.

Romans 15:2 – Is this happening with me? Am I pleasing my neighbor for his good to edification. Am I building up my brothers, spiritually in the Lord?

Romans 14:12-13 – We’ve been told to build up and to encourage. Here Paul warns agains the opposite, which has a negative affect on others (and ourselves) in a spiritual sense.

When we don’t see things exactly the same, or have different opinions, or even what we would say is a conviction. Even then we must related in such a way as to edify one another, not in a way that would lead to destruction.

1 Corinthians 10:23-24 – There are a lot of things that in themselves may not be right or wrong. Things to do, places to go, things to wear, things to say. These things may not be wrong, but they may not be helpful and may not be the best for the occasion. They may have a negative affect on someone instead of building them up.

1 Corinthians 8:1 – We all have knowledge, we all have an opinion on whatever issues come up. Paul tells us here that “knowledge makes a person proud, but charity builds others up.” Does our brother or sister know us because of our knowledge which we are always trying to give to them or because of our love for them?

Ephesians 4:29 – Is what I am saying/doing administering grace to those who I am talking to or working with?

A one on one relationship. How it works together. Let all things be for edification.

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 – What are you doing for the body of Christ? Are you building up? God expects you and me to be helping others grow.

May God, by his Holy Spirit and His word help us to grow in these areas.

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Are we open to listening to the Holy Spirit this morning? Are we willing to be tapped on the shoulder and then to obey? This is vitally important whenever we sit under the preaching of the word. To edify means: to build up, To edify means: to build up, to make some progress towards a goal. Have we been growing? Are we helping each other to grow?
Word Study
We don’t use the word edify too much. We generally would say “encourage” in the place of “edify.”
Encourage in the Old Testament means to “strengthen, to help, to confirm, to fortify, to maintain, to make strong.”
Deuteronomy 1 – When the spies were sent in to Canaan there was a conflicting report that was given. One side was positive and sure that they could take the land, the other side was sure that Moses had brought them out of Egypt to let them die.
Can you imagine how this made Joshua feel? He needed to be encouraged to take the job of leading the Children of Israel. He also needed to encourage the people to follow him. Moses knew that Joshua needed encouraging.
Deuteronomy 3:28 – God has wonderful things in store for us, that is his desire for us as individuals and as a church. Moses here, again, tells the people to encourage their leader, to stand behind them, to walk with them through the difficult times.
What can we learn from these verses? We should encourage our brothers and sisters when God has called them to a task and to a specific assignment. We should pray for them, not only is that for them, but it also affects our attitudes and how we feel and relate to our brothers and sisters.
Edify in the New Testament means “to construct, to confirm, to build up.”
Romans 14:19 – Is this representative of me? Have I been building up the church and those around me?
Romans 14:7 – It is easy to just kind of “sit back and watch” – but all of us as a part of the body have an affect in some shape or form on the rest of the body.
Romans 15:2 – Is this happening with me? Am I pleasing my neighbor for his good to edification. Am I building up my brothers, spiritually in the Lord?
Romans 14:12-13 – We’ve been told to build up and to encourage. Here Paul warns agains the opposite, which has a negative affect on others (and ourselves) in a spiritual sense.
When we don’t see things exactly the same, or have different opinions, or even what we would say is a conviction. Even then we must related in such a way as to edify one another, not in a way that would lead to destruction.
1 Corinthians 10:23-24 – There are a lot of things that in themselves may not be right or wrong. Things to do, places to go, things to wear, things to say. These things may not be wrong, but they may not be helpful and may not be the best for the occasion. They may have a negative affect on someone instead of building them up.
1 Corinthians 8:1 – We all have knowledge, we all have an opinion on whatever issues come up. Paul tells us here that “knowledge makes a person proud, but charity builds others up.” Does our brother or sister know us because of our knowledge which we are always trying to give to them or because of our love for them?
Ephesians 4:29 – Is what I am saying/doing administering grace to those who I am talking to or working with?
A one on one relationship. How it works together. Let all things be for edification.
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 – What are you doing for the body of Christ? Are you building up? God expects you and me to be helping others grow.
May God, by his Holy Spirit and His word help us to grow in these areas.
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Lessons on Prayer - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-on-prayer/ Sun, 15 Jul 2018 20:44:14 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3217 https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-on-prayer/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-on-prayer/feed/ 0 <p>What “Mountains” do we face? God offers His wisdom and power through prayer. He will only give us good things, and will change us as take our needs to Him. Is it possible that we have not, because we ask not? We can be confident in the working of God. Text: Mark 11:12 – 14, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-on-prayer/">Lessons on Prayer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> What “Mountains” do we face? God offers His wisdom and power through prayer. He will only give us good things, and will change us as take our needs to Him. Is it possible that we have not, because we ask not? We can be confident in the working of God.

Text: Mark 11:12 – 14, 20 – 26

Lessons of the Fig Tree

  • Faith in God Who hears… Life is full of difficulties, “mountains” that must be overcome like suffering and loss. Christian prayer is not superstitious. It is not faith in the prayer, but in God to Whom we pray. (1 Peter 3:12) (1 Peter 5:6,7) (James 1:1-7; 5:14,15)
  • Righteousness in relationships The prayers of the selfish are unproductive and largely ineffective. But the fervent prayer of a righteous man makes the great power of God available. (James 5:16) (1 John 3:22) (Mark 11:25)

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What “Mountains” do we face? God offers His wisdom and power through prayer. He will only give us good things, and will change us as take our needs to Him. Is it possible that we have not, because we ask not? We can be confident in the working of God. Text: Mark 11:12 – 14, 20 – 26
Lessons of the Fig Tree

* Faith in God Who hears… Life is full of difficulties, “mountains” that must be overcome like suffering and loss. Christian prayer is not superstitious. It is not faith in the prayer, but in God to Whom we pray. (1 Peter 3:12) (1 Peter 5:6,7) (James 1:1-7; 5:14,15)
* Righteousness in relationships The prayers of the selfish are unproductive and largely ineffective. But the fervent prayer of a righteous man makes the great power of God available. (James 5:16) (1 John 3:22) (Mark 11:25)

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The Urgency of Holiness - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-urgency-of-holiness/ Sun, 08 Jul 2018 11:51:34 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3214 https://bmcgladys.com/the-urgency-of-holiness/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-urgency-of-holiness/feed/ 0 <p>God cares a great deal about holiness— if we want to please Him we must be holy. We need to remember that holiness is a process. Paul expects the Thessalonians to do better— he has hope for them. God is merciful. But it is not an excuse to not strive, as God can help us […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-urgency-of-holiness/">The Urgency of Holiness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> God cares a great deal about holiness— if we want to please Him we must be holy. We need to remember that holiness is a process. Paul expects the Thessalonians to do better— he has hope for them. God is merciful. But it is not an excuse to not strive, as God can help us to stand and to be faithful.

I Thessalonians 3:11-13 – Christ and the Father are united in the work of directing us in fruitfulness and love, and to establish us in holiness.

I Thessalonians 4:1-8 – The Thessalonians had some real need of growth. Paul gives them (and us) a stern warning to “abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his body in sanctification and honor”. Paul urges them to have self control and to be different from the ungodly culture around them.

Paul is emphatic. We must be concerned about holiness.

Five Reasons We Must Be Concerned About Holiness

  1. Because it is God’s will. Perhaps it is not so trendy today, but this is a key part of God’s will for us! Our sanctification is more important to Him than finding the perfect spouse.
  2. Because the Lord is an avenger. If we remain unrepentant, God will hold us accountable; Even if we do, we still may have difficult consequences to deal with.
  3. Because “God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.”
  4. Because to disregard Holiness is to disregard God
  5. Because to disregard holiness scorns the Holy Spirit

It is the Holy Spirit that prompts and empowers us to live as Christ lived.

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God cares a great deal about holiness— if we want to please Him we must be holy. We need to remember that holiness is a process. Paul expects the Thessalonians to do better— he has hope for them. God is merciful. But it is not an excuse to not strive, I Thessalonians 3:11-13 – Christ and the Father are united in the work of directing us in fruitfulness and love, and to establish us in holiness.
I Thessalonians 4:1-8 – The Thessalonians had some real need of growth. Paul gives them (and us) a stern warning to “abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his body in sanctification and honor”. Paul urges them to have self control and to be different from the ungodly culture around them.
Paul is emphatic. We must be concerned about holiness.
Five Reasons We Must Be Concerned About Holiness

* Because it is God’s will. Perhaps it is not so trendy today, but this is a key part of God’s will for us! Our sanctification is more important to Him than finding the perfect spouse.
* Because the Lord is an avenger. If we remain unrepentant, God will hold us accountable; Even if we do, we still may have difficult consequences to deal with.
* Because “God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.”
* Because to disregard Holiness is to disregard God
* Because to disregard holiness scorns the Holy Spirit

It is the Holy Spirit that prompts and empowers us to live as Christ lived.
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Sin and It’s Conquerer - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/sin-and-its-conquerer/ Sun, 01 Jul 2018 21:16:23 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3211 https://bmcgladys.com/sin-and-its-conquerer/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/sin-and-its-conquerer/feed/ 0 <p>Jeremiah 17:7-10 – The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it? The human heart is in a desperate and helpless condition. This heart hides from itself. It’s owner sometimes doesn’t even know his own heart, and can believe that he is doing better than he really is. The Lord […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/sin-and-its-conquerer/">Sin and It’s Conquerer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Jeremiah 17:7-10 – The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it?

The human heart is in a desperate and helpless condition. This heart hides from itself. It’s owner sometimes doesn’t even know his own heart, and can believe that he is doing better than he really is.

The Lord sees the hearts of man and is a discerning God. He sees all that is there. As Christians we struggle agains the problem of our heart. Sometimes we are victorious, other times we are defeated and need to confess and be forgiven of our sin.

Jesus talked about the mercy of God, but Jesus said that there is a sin that is unforgivable. In Matthew 12:32 Jesus says, all manner of sin will be forgiven, but blasphemy agains the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven.

Many of the leaders believed Jesus, but because of the pressure put on them by those around them they didn’t act on their belief.

Numbers 15:30 – The soul that sins with an uplifted fist towards God, in direct defiance to God. This person is in danger of committing this unpardonable sin…

What is sin? “Any thought, word, omission, desire, or action that is contrary to the holy law of God.”

Romans 14:23 – Going against our conscience, our inner sense of what is right and what is wrong is a dangerous place to go.

James talks about the danger of knowing what thing he should do and not doing it, this is a sin of omission.

We often come short in ways that we aren’t even aware of yet. We confess specific sins to God. We confess our sinfulness to God.

1 John 5:17 – Whether we recognize it or not we fall short of God’s standard of holiness.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19, Revelation 21:8 – there are many sinful acts covered here, but clearly behind these actions is a heart issue.

Mark 7:21-23 – all sin, every evil action/word/thought begins in the heart, it is an outward working of an inner problem. The fallen heart produces fallen fruit.

Romans 5:12 – We are all stained. We are all affected and infected by the fall. We are all born with this.

Jesus tells us that he greatest command is to love the Lord God with all our soul, heart and mind. We are also to love our neighbors as ourselves. Any failure to love God or man imperfectly leads towards sin.

Sin separates man from God here on earth and forever unless something is done about it.

We Can be Redeemed

All sinners are impure and defiled, but God calls us to holiness. Lest we loose hope, let us remember that God’s sins can be forgiven!

Hebrews 8:12 – We can be washed, we can be sanctified, we can be forgiven and cleansed through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!

It is only through the blood of Christ that we can be free from guilt, we can remember our sins and our sinfulness… not to be guilt stricken but to confirm our change and to be ever thankful to our redeemer.

Jesus also delivers us from the power of sin. We can be free from the grips of the law of sin that often tangle us and hold us.

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Jeremiah 17:7-10 – The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it? The human heart is in a desperate and helpless condition. This heart hides from itself. It’s owner sometimes doesn’t even know his own heart, The human heart is in a desperate and helpless condition. This heart hides from itself. It’s owner sometimes doesn’t even know his own heart, and can believe that he is doing better than he really is.
The Lord sees the hearts of man and is a discerning God. He sees all that is there. As Christians we struggle agains the problem of our heart. Sometimes we are victorious, other times we are defeated and need to confess and be forgiven of our sin.
Jesus talked about the mercy of God, but Jesus said that there is a sin that is unforgivable. In Matthew 12:32 Jesus says, all manner of sin will be forgiven, but blasphemy agains the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven.
Many of the leaders believed Jesus, but because of the pressure put on them by those around them they didn’t act on their belief.
Numbers 15:30 – The soul that sins with an uplifted fist towards God, in direct defiance to God. This person is in danger of committing this unpardonable sin…
What is sin? “Any thought, word, omission, desire, or action that is contrary to the holy law of God.”
Romans 14:23 – Going against our conscience, our inner sense of what is right and what is wrong is a dangerous place to go.
James talks about the danger of knowing what thing he should do and not doing it, this is a sin of omission.
We often come short in ways that we aren’t even aware of yet. We confess specific sins to God. We confess our sinfulness to God.
1 John 5:17 – Whether we recognize it or not we fall short of God’s standard of holiness.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19, Revelation 21:8 – there are many sinful acts covered here, but clearly behind these actions is a heart issue.
Mark 7:21-23 – all sin, every evil action/word/thought begins in the heart, it is an outward working of an inner problem. The fallen heart produces fallen fruit.
Romans 5:12 – We are all stained. We are all affected and infected by the fall. We are all born with this.
Jesus tells us that he greatest command is to love the Lord God with all our soul, heart and mind. We are also to love our neighbors as ourselves. Any failure to love God or man imperfectly leads towards sin.
Sin separates man from God here on earth and forever unless something is done about it.
We Can be Redeemed
All sinners are impure and defiled, but God calls us to holiness. Lest we loose hope, let us remember that God’s sins can be forgiven!
Hebrews 8:12 – We can be washed, we can be sanctified, we can be forgiven and cleansed through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!
It is only through the blood of Christ that we can be free from guilt, we can remember our sins and our sinfulness… not to be guilt stricken but to confirm our change and to be ever thankful to our redeemer.
Jesus also delivers us from the power of sin. We can be free from the grips of the law of sin that often tangle us and hold us.
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The Sweat and Joy of Discipleship - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-sweat-and-joy-of-discipleship/ Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:28:12 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3208 https://bmcgladys.com/the-sweat-and-joy-of-discipleship/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-sweat-and-joy-of-discipleship/feed/ 0 <p>I Thessalonians 2:13-20; 3:1-11 We continue our study through the book of First Thessalonians. Today’s passage focuses on the perseverance of this church and Paul’s love for them— his “hope”, “joy”, and “crown” (v.19). Paul cared about discipling the Churches that he started. He was aware of the needs they had, and did what it […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-sweat-and-joy-of-discipleship/">The Sweat and Joy of Discipleship</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> I Thessalonians 2:13-20; 3:1-11

We continue our study through the book of First Thessalonians. Today’s passage focuses on the perseverance of this church and Paul’s love for them— his “hope”, “joy”, and “crown” (v.19).

Paul cared about discipling the Churches that he started. He was aware of the needs they had, and did what it took to strengthen them in their faith. This isn’t always easy, but the Church needs such people.

Acts 20:19,35

We have no shortage of stress in our lives… but what we need to be “stressed out about” is the spiritual welfare of people. That should be the focus of our lives.

With this investment in others comes deep joy.

3 John 1:4 – If Jesus would ask you on the day of judgement, “whose life did you impact for me?,” how would we answer? How would have the Thessalonians have fared if Paul had not poured his life into theirs?

May we follow Paul’s example- as he followed the example of Jesus.

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I Thessalonians 2:13-20; 3:1-11 We continue our study through the book of First Thessalonians. Today’s passage focuses on the perseverance of this church and Paul’s love for them— his “hope”, “joy”, and “crown” (v.19). We continue our study through the book of First Thessalonians. Today’s passage focuses on the perseverance of this church and Paul’s love for them— his “hope”, “joy”, and “crown” (v.19).
Paul cared about discipling the Churches that he started. He was aware of the needs they had, and did what it took to strengthen them in their faith. This isn’t always easy, but the Church needs such people.
Acts 20:19,35
We have no shortage of stress in our lives… but what we need to be “stressed out about” is the spiritual welfare of people. That should be the focus of our lives.
With this investment in others comes deep joy.
3 John 1:4 – If Jesus would ask you on the day of judgement, “whose life did you impact for me?,” how would we answer? How would have the Thessalonians have fared if Paul had not poured his life into theirs?
May we follow Paul’s example- as he followed the example of Jesus.
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 29:57
A Father's Footprints - Rich Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/a-fathers-footprints/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 01:15:58 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3204 https://bmcgladys.com/a-fathers-footprints/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/a-fathers-footprints/feed/ 0 <p>Malachi 4:6 God’s desire is that our hearts would be turned to Him as our Heavenly Father, and our human fathers. If there is going to be a heart change, Jesus is the only one who can do that. The presence of the father in the home and the lives of their children is of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-fathers-footprints/">A Father’s Footprints</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Malachi 4:6

God’s desire is that our hearts would be turned to Him as our Heavenly Father, and our human fathers. If there is going to be a heart change, Jesus is the only one who can do that.

The presence of the father in the home and the lives of their children is of great importance. It’s a very serious thing for almighty God to place in our hands a never dying soul.

It is a challenge for us today when we do not have so much time with our children during the day the way our farming families may have had. It’s important that we make time through things such as having supper together.

Our children want relationships. Social media is a huge factor in the lives of our children. Even the good can rob us of direct communication in important relationships.

We as fathers can set the tone in some of these areas. We should do our best to keep our technology from taking up valuable family time.

Where are you leading?

Genesis 18:19 “… they shall keep the way of the Lord”

God had confidence in Abraham, that he would guide His children towards the Lord.

Genesis 22:1-3 (the story of Abraham offering Isaac)

Abraham had a relationship with his son. Isaac trusted his father, just as Abraham trusted his Father.

He was leaving clear footprints for Isaac to follow.

David struggled to do that for his children, particularly Absalom. He had better success with Solomon. Perhaps he learned from his earlier failures.

For those that are not fathers:

All of us are leaving footprints for others. Where do they lead? Paul had no biological children, but he had spiritual children, such as TImothy. “Every man should have a Paul and a TImothy in his life.” (Merle Berkholder)

The difference in a life can be a biologically unrelated person taking time for someone. People need relationships. Are we willing to be channels of love and encouragement?

If you have scars from a poor home, there can be healing. And we need to extend forgiveness and grace to our parents even when they have families us.

Some fathers have faithfully served the Lord, while their children choose not to do so themselves. Parents must do what they can, but their children must ultimately make their own decisions- whether good or bad.

What footprints are we leaving? Do our children hear us praying? Do they see us serving, putting Christ and His kingdom first? Do they see us using our time and money for His work?

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Malachi 4:6 God’s desire is that our hearts would be turned to Him as our Heavenly Father, and our human fathers. If there is going to be a heart change, Jesus is the only one who can do that. The presence of the father in the home and the lives of the... God’s desire is that our hearts would be turned to Him as our Heavenly Father, and our human fathers. If there is going to be a heart change, Jesus is the only one who can do that.
The presence of the father in the home and the lives of their children is of great importance. It’s a very serious thing for almighty God to place in our hands a never dying soul.
It is a challenge for us today when we do not have so much time with our children during the day the way our farming families may have had. It’s important that we make time through things such as having supper together.
Our children want relationships. Social media is a huge factor in the lives of our children. Even the good can rob us of direct communication in important relationships.
We as fathers can set the tone in some of these areas. We should do our best to keep our technology from taking up valuable family time.
Where are you leading?
Genesis 18:19 “… they shall keep the way of the Lord”
God had confidence in Abraham, that he would guide His children towards the Lord.
Genesis 22:1-3 (the story of Abraham offering Isaac)
Abraham had a relationship with his son. Isaac trusted his father, just as Abraham trusted his Father.
He was leaving clear footprints for Isaac to follow.
David struggled to do that for his children, particularly Absalom. He had better success with Solomon. Perhaps he learned from his earlier failures.
For those that are not fathers:
All of us are leaving footprints for others. Where do they lead? Paul had no biological children, but he had spiritual children, such as TImothy. “Every man should have a Paul and a TImothy in his life.” (Merle Berkholder)
The difference in a life can be a biologically unrelated person taking time for someone. People need relationships. Are we willing to be channels of love and encouragement?
If you have scars from a poor home, there can be healing. And we need to extend forgiveness and grace to our parents even when they have families us.
Some fathers have faithfully served the Lord, while their children choose not to do so themselves. Parents must do what they can, but their children must ultimately make their own decisions- whether good or bad.
What footprints are we leaving? Do our children hear us praying? Do they see us serving, putting Christ and His kingdom first? Do they see us using our time and money for His work?
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 38:46
The Lord Speaks to Gideon - Dan Freed https://bmcgladys.com/the-lord-speaks-to-gideon/ Sun, 10 Jun 2018 20:14:17 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3201 https://bmcgladys.com/the-lord-speaks-to-gideon/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-lord-speaks-to-gideon/feed/ 0 <p>We’ll be looking at Judges 6 this morning. The people of God were hiding, they were hopeless against the Midianites who were oppressing them. God had a message for Gideon and he shares it with him. It is a message of God’s presence. God’s Presence Gideon really needed some assurance that God was present with […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-lord-speaks-to-gideon/">The Lord Speaks to Gideon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We’ll be looking at Judges 6 this morning.

The people of God were hiding, they were hopeless against the Midianites who were oppressing them.

God had a message for Gideon and he shares it with him. It is a message of God’s presence.

God’s Presence

Gideon really needed some assurance that God was present with him. Gideon thought that he had seen the Lord and that because he had seen him face to face would die!

We are never alone. There are lots of verses about God being with us.

  • God was with Moses
  • God was with David
  • God was with the Disciples
  • God was with Stephen
  • God was Paul

Hebrews 13:5 – God tells us that he will never leave or forsake us!

Purpose

God had a plan and a purpose for Gideon. Gideon couldn’t believe that God had a plan for “little old him!”

Jeremiah 29:11 – God knows the plans that he has for us. Plans to give us a future and a hope.

In Provers and Psalms we see over and over again that God has a plan and wants to help us.

How do we determine God’s purpose for our lives?

  1. Scriptures – The Bible.
  2. The Spirit – The Holy Spirit lives in and directs the believer.
  3. Situations – God opens and closes doors for us.
  4. Spiritual people – It is such a blessing to have other brothers and sisters give counsel in our lives.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-1 – When you don’t know what to do with counsel you’re getting we can look at these verses were we are directly called to, in whatever situation we are in, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks.”

Peace

This story of Gideon is the first time that the name of Jesus “Jehovah Shalom” – the God of Peace was used.

God is our peace.

Jesus tells us that he gives us peace. Not the same peace that the world tries to offer, but a real peace that keeps the heart and mind through Jesus Christ.

We all need a greater sense of God’s presence, His purpose and His peace in our lives.

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We’ll be looking at Judges 6 this morning. The people of God were hiding, they were hopeless against the Midianites who were oppressing them. God had a message for Gideon and he shares it with him. It is a message of God’s presence. The people of God were hiding, they were hopeless against the Midianites who were oppressing them.
God had a message for Gideon and he shares it with him. It is a message of God’s presence.
God’s Presence
Gideon really needed some assurance that God was present with him. Gideon thought that he had seen the Lord and that because he had seen him face to face would die!
We are never alone. There are lots of verses about God being with us.

* God was with Moses
* God was with David
* God was with the Disciples
* God was with Stephen
* God was Paul

Hebrews 13:5 – God tells us that he will never leave or forsake us!
Purpose
God had a plan and a purpose for Gideon. Gideon couldn’t believe that God had a plan for “little old him!”
Jeremiah 29:11 – God knows the plans that he has for us. Plans to give us a future and a hope.
In Provers and Psalms we see over and over again that God has a plan and wants to help us.
How do we determine God’s purpose for our lives?

* Scriptures – The Bible.
* The Spirit – The Holy Spirit lives in and directs the believer.
* Situations – God opens and closes doors for us.
* Spiritual people – It is such a blessing to have other brothers and sisters give counsel in our lives.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-1 – When you don’t know what to do with counsel you’re getting we can look at these verses were we are directly called to, in whatever situation we are in, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks.”
Peace
This story of Gideon is the first time that the name of Jesus “Jehovah Shalom” – the God of Peace was used.
God is our peace.
Jesus tells us that he gives us peace. Not the same peace that the world tries to offer, but a real peace that keeps the heart and mind through Jesus Christ.
We all need a greater sense of God’s presence, His purpose and His peace in our lives.
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 38:34
Past, Present and Future Tenses - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/past-present-and-future-tenses/ Sun, 03 Jun 2018 21:28:20 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3198 https://bmcgladys.com/past-present-and-future-tenses/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/past-present-and-future-tenses/feed/ 0 <p>Paul writes to Timothy and says, that he serves God with a “pure conscience.” Paul probably wasn’t perfect all the time, but he knew how he needed to live and he lived that way. Three basic verb tenses. Past. Present. Future. There are more, but we’ll keep it fairly simple here. Past tense: Jack jumped […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/past-present-and-future-tenses/">Past, Present and Future Tenses</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Paul writes to Timothy and says, that he serves God with a “pure conscience.” Paul probably wasn’t perfect all the time, but he knew how he needed to live and he lived that way.

Three basic verb tenses. Past. Present. Future. There are more, but we’ll keep it fairly simple here.

Past tense: Jack jumped – Sometime before this moment Jack jumped. It could have been weeks, minutes, days, years ago – but it happened before this moment.

Present tense: Jack jumps – Jack is currently jumping. It’s happening right at this moment.

Future tense: Jack will jump – In the future, at some point after now, Jack will become active and he will jump. Could be near future or it could be far in the future.

The Christians life also has a past, present and a future.

In the Past

  • Christ died
  • Christ was buried
  • Christ ascended
  • There is a past event in the life of the Christian as well that is vital – I said yes. I gave my life to Christ. What do you want me to do?

In the Present

  • Acts 2 – An ongoing part of life – “being saved”
  • Abiding with him – Apart from him we can do nothing. The Christian is to be part of the vine, connected and receiving nutrients from Christ.
  • John 17:21-22 – That they may be one, as Jesus is with the Father. A present, ongoing relationship with Jesus.
  • 1 John 1:7 – There is a continued sanctification as the Christian grows.
  • Jesus is currently interceding for us.
  • The Spirit is doing an ongoing work in our hearts – convicting us of sin and shortcomings where we have failed. He is working on our “self” to make us into something that reflects more fully the character of our Savior.

In the Future

The future for the Christian is bright. There is coming a day when we will be with Jesus!

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

This song is a simple song, but it has a profound message. The story behind this song is even more incredible. A martyr, when asked to recant or his children would be killed said, “I have decided to follow Jesus.” They murdered his children. They asked him to recant again and he said “the cross is before me, the world is behind me.” The murdered his wife. Then he said, “even though there are non left to go with me, still I will follow Jesus.”

I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus,
No turning back, no turning back.

The cross before me, the world behind me,
The cross before me, the world behind me,
The cross before me, the world behind me,
No turning back, no turning back.

Though none go with me, still I will follow,
Though none go with me, still I will follow,
Though none go with me, still I will follow,
No turning back, no turning back.

May God bless us each one. Right now and always.

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Paul writes to Timothy and says, that he serves God with a “pure conscience.” Paul probably wasn’t perfect all the time, but he knew how he needed to live and he lived that way. Three basic verb tenses. Past. Present. Future. There are more, Three basic verb tenses. Past. Present. Future. There are more, but we’ll keep it fairly simple here.
Past tense: Jack jumped – Sometime before this moment Jack jumped. It could have been weeks, minutes, days, years ago – but it happened before this moment.
Present tense: Jack jumps – Jack is currently jumping. It’s happening right at this moment.
Future tense: Jack will jump – In the future, at some point after now, Jack will become active and he will jump. Could be near future or it could be far in the future.
The Christians life also has a past, present and a future.
In the Past

* Christ died
* Christ was buried
* Christ ascended
* There is a past event in the life of the Christian as well that is vital – I said yes. I gave my life to Christ. What do you want me to do?

In the Present

* Acts 2 – An ongoing part of life – “being saved”
* Abiding with him – Apart from him we can do nothing. The Christian is to be part of the vine, connected and receiving nutrients from Christ.
* John 17:21-22 – That they may be one, as Jesus is with the Father. A present, ongoing relationship with Jesus.
* 1 John 1:7 – There is a continued sanctification as the Christian grows.
* Jesus is currently interceding for us.
* The Spirit is doing an ongoing work in our hearts – convicting us of sin and shortcomings where we have failed. He is working on our “self” to make us into something that reflects more fully the character of our Savior.

In the Future
The future for the Christian is bright. There is coming a day when we will be with Jesus!
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
This song is a simple song, but it has a profound message. The story behind this song is even more incredible. A martyr, when asked to recant or his children would be killed said, “I have decided to follow Jesus.” They murdered his children. They asked him to recant again and he said “the cross is before me, the world is behind me.” The murdered his wife. Then he said, “even though there are non left to go with me, still I will follow Jesus.”
I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus,
No turning back, no turning back.
The cross before me, the world behind me,
The cross before me, the world behind me,
The cross before me, the world behind me,
No turning back, no turning back.
Though none go with me, still I will follow,
Though none go with me, still I will follow,
Though none go with me, still I will follow,
No turning back, no turning back.
May God bless us each one. Right now and always.
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 45:19
What Does an Excellent Servant of Jesus Look Like? - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/what-does-an-excellent-servant-of-jesus-look-like/ Sun, 27 May 2018 18:12:33 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3195 https://bmcgladys.com/what-does-an-excellent-servant-of-jesus-look-like/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/what-does-an-excellent-servant-of-jesus-look-like/feed/ 0 <p>I Thessalonians 2:1-12 Paul reminds the believers at Thessalonica of his conduct among them. His coming had not been in vain— because they were bold in the gospel through God’s power. Paul had been tested by God, and had been “approved”. He did not flaunt his authority among them or ask them for material support. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/what-does-an-excellent-servant-of-jesus-look-like/">What Does an Excellent Servant of Jesus Look Like?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> I Thessalonians 2:1-12

Paul reminds the believers at Thessalonica of his conduct among them. His coming had not been in vain— because they were bold in the gospel through God’s power. Paul had been tested by God, and had been “approved”. He did not flaunt his authority among them or ask them for material support.

They had been gentle among these babies in the faith. Rather they were dear to Paul, and Paul and his fellow teachers worked hard so as not be a burden to gather.

It’s good to set our goals high— not to just be excusable or defensible… but to walk blameless. Paul says he had done so, and charges the Thessalonians to do the same. Having been led by example, they are urged to walk worthy of God’s calling.

How is this possible???

Even if we have done everything, we still do not “deserve” anything from God. Paul is simply urging us to continually walk in a way that God accepts and honors. If it were not possible to walk this way, Paul would simply be teasing his readers with an impossible command!

  1. An excellent servant keeps going (verse 2)
  2. An excellent servant seeks to please God, not man (verse 4) Gal. 1:10
  3. An excellent servant is deeply affectionate towards God’s people
  4. An excellent servant is hard working
  5. An excellent servant is quick to make sacrifices

Paul constantly reminded himself that God is watching and aware of how we are serving (or not). He also knew that God does “approve” when we serve him faithfully— he is truly pleased, even though we do not begin to measure up to Him. God examines us, He is aware of our work; may we let that motivate us as we serve Him!

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I Thessalonians 2:1-12 Paul reminds the believers at Thessalonica of his conduct among them. His coming had not been in vain— because they were bold in the gospel through God’s power. Paul had been tested by God, and had been “approved”. Paul reminds the believers at Thessalonica of his conduct among them. His coming had not been in vain— because they were bold in the gospel through God’s power. Paul had been tested by God, and had been “approved”. He did not flaunt his authority among them or ask them for material support.
They had been gentle among these babies in the faith. Rather they were dear to Paul, and Paul and his fellow teachers worked hard so as not be a burden to gather.
It’s good to set our goals high— not to just be excusable or defensible… but to walk blameless. Paul says he had done so, and charges the Thessalonians to do the same. Having been led by example, they are urged to walk worthy of God’s calling.
How is this possible???
Even if we have done everything, we still do not “deserve” anything from God. Paul is simply urging us to continually walk in a way that God accepts and honors. If it were not possible to walk this way, Paul would simply be teasing his readers with an impossible command!

* An excellent servant keeps going (verse 2)
* An excellent servant seeks to please God, not man (verse 4) Gal. 1:10
* An excellent servant is deeply affectionate towards God’s people
* An excellent servant is hard working
* An excellent servant is quick to make sacrifices

Paul constantly reminded himself that God is watching and aware of how we are serving (or not). He also knew that God does “approve” when we serve him faithfully— he is truly pleased, even though we do not begin to measure up to Him. God examines us, He is aware of our work; may we let that motivate us as we serve Him!
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What it Means to Worship - Sam Troyer https://bmcgladys.com/what-it-means-to-worship/ Sun, 20 May 2018 23:20:01 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3193 https://bmcgladys.com/what-it-means-to-worship/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/what-it-means-to-worship/feed/ 0 <p>Text: John 12:1-8 | Other references: Romans 12:1,6-8; Hebrews 13:15; Revelation 3:20 Worship is our response to the love and goodness of God. Everything good comes from Him. We honor Him with extravagant love and extreme submission. True worship is mindful and comes from a heart of love and gratefulness. Using Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/what-it-means-to-worship/">What it Means to Worship</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: John 12:1-8 | Other references: Romans 12:1,6-8; Hebrews 13:15; Revelation 3:20

Worship is our response to the love and goodness of God. Everything good comes from Him. We honor Him with extravagant love and extreme submission. True worship is mindful and comes from a heart of love and gratefulness.

Using Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, we look at three ways we worship: Like Martha, we worship God through lives of service; Like Mary, we worship by pouring out our heart sacrificially; and like Lazarus, we worship in fellowship with Jesus.

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Text: John 12:1-8 | Other references: Romans 12:1,6-8; Hebrews 13:15; Revelation 3:20 Worship is our response to the love and goodness of God. Everything good comes from Him. We honor Him with extravagant love and extreme submission. Worship is our response to the love and goodness of God. Everything good comes from Him. We honor Him with extravagant love and extreme submission. True worship is mindful and comes from a heart of love and gratefulness.
Using Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, we look at three ways we worship: Like Martha, we worship God through lives of service; Like Mary, we worship by pouring out our heart sacrificially; and like Lazarus, we worship in fellowship with Jesus.
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Jesus Has Compassion on Mothers and Mothers Have Compassion on Others - Rich Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-has-compassion-on-mothers-and-mothers-have-compassion-on-others/ Sun, 13 May 2018 19:45:33 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3183 https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-has-compassion-on-mothers-and-mothers-have-compassion-on-others/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-has-compassion-on-mothers-and-mothers-have-compassion-on-others/feed/ 0 <p>Its hard to know what to say about mothers. Here are some quotes about mothers. The most important thing a father can do for his children is love their mother. All I am. I owe to my mother. A school teacher said, tell mothers to train their children so that I don’t have to do […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-has-compassion-on-mothers-and-mothers-have-compassion-on-others/">Jesus Has Compassion on Mothers and Mothers Have Compassion on Others</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Its hard to know what to say about mothers.

Here are some quotes about mothers.

The most important thing a father can do for his children is love their mother.

All I am. I owe to my mother.

A school teacher said, tell mothers to train their children so that I don’t have to do it for them.

Jesus and His Compassion for Mothers

Luke 7:11-17 – Jesus has compassion on a widow. We could say it was a coincidence that Jesus was there, but that wouldn’t be true. Jesus was meant to be there.

Matthew 1:21-28 – This mother saw Jesus and knew that he was the only one who could meet her need. She saw in him the compassion that he was willing to pour out on her, even though she realized that she was a gentile. She had a strong faith, a faith that was rewarded.

John 19:25-27 – While on the cross, perhaps minutes before he died, Jesus had great compassion for his own mother.

Mark 10:13-6 – Whether their mothers were present or not Jesus was blessing children who had mothers. These mothers knew where to find help and blessing for their children.

Mothers Having Compassion on Others

2 Kings 4 – Have a vision that goes beyond your own home. Reach out and provide for those in your community.

Provide. Care for. Don’t minimize the impact that a caring person can have on the life of a young person.

A Few Warnings for Mothers

  • Be careful about role reversals.
  • Be careful about screen time don’t let a screen babysit your children.
  • Good books can be a really good thing.
  • Teach your daughters modesty. If you don’t it may not happen.

Mothers remember that Jesus has compassion on you, and that he wants you to have compassion on others.

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Its hard to know what to say about mothers. Here are some quotes about mothers. The most important thing a father can do for his children is love their mother. All I am. I owe to my mother. A school teacher said, Here are some quotes about mothers.

The most important thing a father can do for his children is love their mother.
All I am. I owe to my mother.
A school teacher said, tell mothers to train their children so that I don’t have to do it for them.

Jesus and His Compassion for Mothers
Luke 7:11-17 – Jesus has compassion on a widow. We could say it was a coincidence that Jesus was there, but that wouldn’t be true. Jesus was meant to be there.
Matthew 1:21-28 – This mother saw Jesus and knew that he was the only one who could meet her need. She saw in him the compassion that he was willing to pour out on her, even though she realized that she was a gentile. She had a strong faith, a faith that was rewarded.
John 19:25-27 – While on the cross, perhaps minutes before he died, Jesus had great compassion for his own mother.
Mark 10:13-6 – Whether their mothers were present or not Jesus was blessing children who had mothers. These mothers knew where to find help and blessing for their children.
Mothers Having Compassion on Others
2 Kings 4 – Have a vision that goes beyond your own home. Reach out and provide for those in your community.
Provide. Care for. Don’t minimize the impact that a caring person can have on the life of a young person.
A Few Warnings for Mothers

* Be careful about role reversals.
* Be careful about screen time don’t let a screen babysit your children.
* Good books can be a really good thing.
* Teach your daughters modesty. If you don’t it may not happen.

Mothers remember that Jesus has compassion on you, and that he wants you to have compassion on others.
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The Law of Life In Christ Jesus - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/the-law-of-life-in-christ-jesus/ Sun, 06 May 2018 19:34:13 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3181 https://bmcgladys.com/the-law-of-life-in-christ-jesus/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-law-of-life-in-christ-jesus/feed/ 0 <p>Free From the Law of Sin and Death Romans 7, it is built around three rhetorical questions. Know ye not that the law has dominion over man as long as he lives? Is the law sin? Was that which is good made death unto me? We are freed by the dominion of sin by Gods […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-law-of-life-in-christ-jesus/">The Law of Life In Christ Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Free From the Law of Sin and Death

Romans 7, it is built around three rhetorical questions.

  1. Know ye not that the law has dominion over man as long as he lives?
  2. Is the law sin?
  3. Was that which is good made death unto me?

We are freed by the dominion of sin by Gods divine enabling power of grace!

None of us can live a victorious Christian life in our own strength.

Romans 8 is a picture of the “normal” Christian life.

We don’t have to respond to the flesh in a positive way. We can through the spirit put to death the deeds of the body.

What Does the Christian Life Look Like

A victorious life is possible through Jesus Christ.

It is vital that we understand the truth here in 8:2. Imagine yourself being able to tap into this kind of spiritual power. What kind of life would you live if you were tapped in to that spiritual energy when you are depressed or discouraged or confronted with a sin that easily besets you?

The law of life in Christ Jesus supersedes the law of sin and death in the same way that the law of aerodynamics can overcome the law of gravity. Not only does it overcome the law of sin, it goes above and allows us to overcome it!

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Free From the Law of Sin and Death Romans 7, it is built around three rhetorical questions. Know ye not that the law has dominion over man as long as he lives? Is the law sin? Was that which is good made death unto me? Romans 7, it is built around three rhetorical questions.

* Know ye not that the law has dominion over man as long as he lives?
* Is the law sin?
* Was that which is good made death unto me?

We are freed by the dominion of sin by Gods divine enabling power of grace!
None of us can live a victorious Christian life in our own strength.
Romans 8 is a picture of the “normal” Christian life.
We don’t have to respond to the flesh in a positive way. We can through the spirit put to death the deeds of the body.
What Does the Christian Life Look Like
A victorious life is possible through Jesus Christ.
It is vital that we understand the truth here in 8:2. Imagine yourself being able to tap into this kind of spiritual power. What kind of life would you live if you were tapped in to that spiritual energy when you are depressed or discouraged or confronted with a sin that easily besets you?
The law of life in Christ Jesus supersedes the law of sin and death in the same way that the law of aerodynamics can overcome the law of gravity. Not only does it overcome the law of sin, it goes above and allows us to overcome it!
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Shall We Continue In Sin? - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/shall-we-continue-in-sin/ Sun, 06 May 2018 19:31:45 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3179 https://bmcgladys.com/shall-we-continue-in-sin/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/shall-we-continue-in-sin/feed/ 0 <p>Romans 6:1-23 Jesus offering himself on the cross was something that he did for us. His suffering, death and shedding of blood was effective in allowing us to have a changed relationship with God. As justified and sanctified believes we can stand in the hope that comes from God. We no longer have to come […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/shall-we-continue-in-sin/">Shall We Continue In Sin?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Romans 6:1-23

Jesus offering himself on the cross was something that he did for us. His suffering, death and shedding of blood was effective in allowing us to have a changed relationship with God.

As justified and sanctified believes we can stand in the hope that comes from God. We no longer have to come short of the glory of God all the time.

Grace that super abundantly much more abounds.

In a sense Romans 6 is a gateway to chapter 8.

Paul reminds us that when it comes to living victoriously we can be “more than conquerors.” Victorious Christian living is not an illusion. It isn’t that we are free from the impulse to sin, but we can overcome our sinful impulses.

God has dealt, not only with sins committed, but also with the issue of sin as a ruling power in us that would ensnare and enslave us under the bondage of sin.

Why does Paul talk about the burial of Jesus? Well, burial of a body confirms that death has indeed occurred. Christs death and our death to sin is not something that was imagined, it was a real death!

Our old man was crucified with him. We were buried with him. We are raised with him. And we shall be with him in the future!

Four Reasons Why We Should Not Sin

  1. Definitely not, sinning is inconsistent with what took place in the economy of God when we were baptized with Jesus Christ.
  2. You need not sin because sin’s dominion has been broken.
  3. You must not sin because it would make sin your blaster again.
  4. You better not sin because it will end in death.

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Romans 6:1-23 Jesus offering himself on the cross was something that he did for us. His suffering, death and shedding of blood was effective in allowing us to have a changed relationship with God. As justified and sanctified believes we can stand in th... Jesus offering himself on the cross was something that he did for us. His suffering, death and shedding of blood was effective in allowing us to have a changed relationship with God.
As justified and sanctified believes we can stand in the hope that comes from God. We no longer have to come short of the glory of God all the time.
Grace that super abundantly much more abounds.
In a sense Romans 6 is a gateway to chapter 8.
Paul reminds us that when it comes to living victoriously we can be “more than conquerors.” Victorious Christian living is not an illusion. It isn’t that we are free from the impulse to sin, but we can overcome our sinful impulses.
God has dealt, not only with sins committed, but also with the issue of sin as a ruling power in us that would ensnare and enslave us under the bondage of sin.
Why does Paul talk about the burial of Jesus? Well, burial of a body confirms that death has indeed occurred. Christs death and our death to sin is not something that was imagined, it was a real death!
Our old man was crucified with him. We were buried with him. We are raised with him. And we shall be with him in the future!
Four Reasons Why We Should Not Sin

* Definitely not, sinning is inconsistent with what took place in the economy of God when we were baptized with Jesus Christ.
* You need not sin because sin’s dominion has been broken.
* You must not sin because it would make sin your blaster again.
* You better not sin because it will end in death.

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Justification By Faith Affirmed - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/justification-by-faith-affirmed/ Sat, 05 May 2018 19:29:01 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3177 https://bmcgladys.com/justification-by-faith-affirmed/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/justification-by-faith-affirmed/feed/ 0 <p>In tonight’s session we explore Paul’s teaching on justification. Already in the Old Testament justification was based on faith. Justification is our being brought into a right relationship with God– it changes everything. We are actually made holy before God. The Doctrine of Justification The doctrine of justification by faith in the old testament The […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/justification-by-faith-affirmed/">Justification By Faith Affirmed</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> In tonight’s session we explore Paul’s teaching on justification. Already in the Old Testament justification was based on faith. Justification is our being brought into a right relationship with God– it changes everything. We are actually made holy before God.

  • The Doctrine of Justification
    • The doctrine of justification by faith in the old testament
    • The doctrine of justification by faith in the book of Romans
    • Justification by faith (Review of 3:20-26
    • The meaning of justification
  • Justification by faith: Illustrated and Affirmed (4:1-17)
    • The basis and nature of Abraham’s justification (V. 1-5)
    • David (V. 6-8)
    • Abraham, faith not circumcision (V.9-12)
    • Abraham, faith not the law (V. 13-15)
    • By faith through grace makes the promise sure to all (V.16-17)
  • Abraham’s Faith (4:16-25)
    • In the verity, the faithfulness of God (V.16-17
    • In the promises of God (V. 18 – 21)
  • What Abraham’s Faith and Example Confirms for us (4:23-25)
    • His faith imputed (accounted, reckoned) as righteousness (v.23)
    • Our faith will justify us i we believe on God that raised Jesus (v.24)
    • Jesus raised for our sanctification (v.25)

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In tonight’s session we explore Paul’s teaching on justification. Already in the Old Testament justification was based on faith. Justification is our being brought into a right relationship with God– it changes everything.
* The Doctrine of Justification

* The doctrine of justification by faith in the old testament
* The doctrine of justification by faith in the book of Romans
* Justification by faith (Review of 3:20-26
* The meaning of justification


* Justification by faith: Illustrated and Affirmed (4:1-17)

* The basis and nature of Abraham’s justification (V. 1-5)
* David (V. 6-8)
* Abraham, faith not circumcision (V.9-12)
* Abraham, faith not the law (V. 13-15)
* By faith through grace makes the promise sure to all (V.16-17)


* Abraham’s Faith (4:16-25)

* In the verity, the faithfulness of God (V.16-17
* In the promises of God (V. 18 – 21)


* What Abraham’s Faith and Example Confirms for us (4:23-25)

* His faith imputed (accounted, reckoned) as righteousness (v.23)
* Our faith will justify us i we believe on God that raised Jesus (v.24)
* Jesus raised for our sanctification (v.25)



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God Has Set Forth a Propitiation - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/god-has-set-forth-a-propitiation/ Fri, 04 May 2018 19:26:55 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3175 https://bmcgladys.com/god-has-set-forth-a-propitiation/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/god-has-set-forth-a-propitiation/feed/ 0 <p>Romans 3:21-31 The things that we’ve been looking at this week are nothing new, but they are fundamental to our understanding of faith and salvation. There is no appeal, no plea bargain, no defense to be made in reality. The only right response is to see how “vile” we are, as Job did in the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/god-has-set-forth-a-propitiation/">God Has Set Forth a Propitiation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Romans 3:21-31

The things that we’ve been looking at this week are nothing new, but they are fundamental to our understanding of faith and salvation.

There is no appeal, no plea bargain, no defense to be made in reality. The only right response is to see how “vile” we are, as Job did in the Old Testament.

What does it mean to be “under the law?” As soon as one breaks the law, he comes under condemnation from the law because he broke the law.

  1. Justification by Faith is explained – Romans 3:21-23
  2. The Fundamental Basis for Salvation is Set Forth – Romans 3:24-25
  3. Four Ramifications of Justification by Faith – Romans 3:26-31

We all come to Christ in the same way. The ground at the foot of the cross is all even.

You can ignore God and his commandments, but by doing so you will be affected deeply.

How much must a man sin before he “falls short” of the glory of God? One act of disobedience was all it took for Adam and Eve. All fall short of God’s glory. Whether a foot short or a mile short… we’re all short!

Do you sense God’s approval on your life?

What would you do without forgiveness of the sins that are in the past?

What does “propitiation” mean? It has the idea of “placating,” that’s not all, but also includes “making satisfaction” for something.

God set forth Jesus as the propitiation for my sins and my guilt. So that they could be blotted out – completely eradicated. It is only through Christ that our sins can be fully satisfied.

Colossians 2:14-15 – Jesus was making atonement, blotting out the “ordinance” the “indictment” that was against us.

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Romans 3:21-31 The things that we’ve been looking at this week are nothing new, but they are fundamental to our understanding of faith and salvation. There is no appeal, no plea bargain, no defense to be made in reality. The things that we’ve been looking at this week are nothing new, but they are fundamental to our understanding of faith and salvation.
There is no appeal, no plea bargain, no defense to be made in reality. The only right response is to see how “vile” we are, as Job did in the Old Testament.
What does it mean to be “under the law?” As soon as one breaks the law, he comes under condemnation from the law because he broke the law.

* Justification by Faith is explained – Romans 3:21-23
* The Fundamental Basis for Salvation is Set Forth – Romans 3:24-25
* Four Ramifications of Justification by Faith – Romans 3:26-31

We all come to Christ in the same way. The ground at the foot of the cross is all even.
You can ignore God and his commandments, but by doing so you will be affected deeply.
How much must a man sin before he “falls short” of the glory of God? One act of disobedience was all it took for Adam and Eve. All fall short of God’s glory. Whether a foot short or a mile short… we’re all short!
Do you sense God’s approval on your life?
What would you do without forgiveness of the sins that are in the past?
What does “propitiation” mean? It has the idea of “placating,” that’s not all, but also includes “making satisfaction” for something.
God set forth Jesus as the propitiation for my sins and my guilt. So that they could be blotted out – completely eradicated. It is only through Christ that our sins can be fully satisfied.
Colossians 2:14-15 – Jesus was making atonement, blotting out the “ordinance” the “indictment” that was against us.
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All Are Under Sin - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/all-are-under-sin/ Thu, 03 May 2018 19:23:35 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3172 https://bmcgladys.com/all-are-under-sin/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/all-are-under-sin/feed/ 0 <p>While our judgement is often untrustworthy, God’s judgement is always reliable. “To believe in the fact of divine judgement points to the intrinsic value of human existence. For if God regards what we do important enough to judge, He must regard us important enough to matter.” (Stuart Briscoe) Paul also examines the presumptuous piety of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/all-are-under-sin/">All Are Under Sin</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> While our judgement is often untrustworthy, God’s judgement is always reliable. “To believe in the fact of divine judgement points to the intrinsic value of human existence. For if God regards what we do important enough to judge, He must regard us important enough to matter.” (Stuart Briscoe) Paul also examines the presumptuous piety of the self-righteous Jew.

  • The Integrity of Divine Judgement (2:1-16)
    • The importance of divine judgement
    • The unreliability of human judgement
    • Eight Criteria if Divine judgement
  • The Presumptuous Piety of the Self-Righteous Jew (2:1-29)
    • Presumptuous piety characterized (2:1-16)
    • Four false assumptions of the self-righteous religious jew (2:17-29)
  • What Advantage The Has The Jew? (3:1-8)

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While our judgement is often untrustworthy, God’s judgement is always reliable. “To believe in the fact of divine judgement points to the intrinsic value of human existence. For if God regards what we do important enough to judge,
* The Integrity of Divine Judgement (2:1-16)

* The importance of divine judgement
* The unreliability of human judgement
* Eight Criteria if Divine judgement


* The Presumptuous Piety of the Self-Righteous Jew (2:1-29)

* Presumptuous piety characterized (2:1-16)
* Four false assumptions of the self-righteous religious jew (2:17-29)


* What Advantage The Has The Jew? (3:1-8)

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The Sinfulness & Ungodliness of Man - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/the-sinfulness-ungodliness-of-man/ Wed, 02 May 2018 19:20:46 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3169 https://bmcgladys.com/the-sinfulness-ungodliness-of-man/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-sinfulness-ungodliness-of-man/feed/ 0 <p>Text – Romans 1:18-32 In the opening chapters of Romans, Paul brings all men into the courtroom of Heaven, and he indites them all as sinners before a holy God. He explores how sin corrupts the experience of man; Sin and disobedience are a slippery slope that leads to a degenerate life. Properly understanding sin […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-sinfulness-ungodliness-of-man/">The Sinfulness & Ungodliness of Man</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text – Romans 1:18-32

In the opening chapters of Romans, Paul brings all men into the courtroom of Heaven, and he indites them all as sinners before a holy God. He explores how sin corrupts the experience of man; Sin and disobedience are a slippery slope that leads to a degenerate life. Properly understanding sin is necessary to correctly understand anthropology and soteriology.

Seven Steps to Moral Depravity:

  1. Holds the truth of God in unrighteousness. (1:18)
  2. Ignores the revelation of God (1:19-20)
  3. Rejects the knowledge of God (1:21)
  4. Forsakes the worship of God (1:22-23)
  5. Abandoned to uncleanness (1:24-25)
  6. Abandoned to vile affections (1:26-27)
  7. Abandoned to a reprobate mind (1:28)

A pervasive lifestyle of sin results (1:29-32)

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Text – Romans 1:18-32 In the opening chapters of Romans, Paul brings all men into the courtroom of Heaven, and he indites them all as sinners before a holy God. He explores how sin corrupts the experience of man; Sin and disobedience are a slippery slo... In the opening chapters of Romans, Paul brings all men into the courtroom of Heaven, and he indites them all as sinners before a holy God. He explores how sin corrupts the experience of man; Sin and disobedience are a slippery slope that leads to a degenerate life. Properly understanding sin is necessary to correctly understand anthropology and soteriology.
Seven Steps to Moral Depravity:

* Holds the truth of God in unrighteousness. (1:18)
* Ignores the revelation of God (1:19-20)
* Rejects the knowledge of God (1:21)
* Forsakes the worship of God (1:22-23)
* Abandoned to uncleanness (1:24-25)
* Abandoned to vile affections (1:26-27)
* Abandoned to a reprobate mind (1:28)

A pervasive lifestyle of sin results (1:29-32)
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The Power of the Gospel - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-the-gospel/ Tue, 01 May 2018 19:15:27 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3166 https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-the-gospel/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-the-gospel/feed/ 0 <p>The spiritual truths found in this scripture (and many scriptures!) are incredibly deep. No matter the amount of times that we look at these scriptures we will usually find something new here. Romans 1:1-17 – This seems to basically a prologue to the book of Romans. It is an overview of what the author is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-the-gospel/">The Power of the Gospel</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The spiritual truths found in this scripture (and many scriptures!) are incredibly deep. No matter the amount of times that we look at these scriptures we will usually find something new here.

Romans 1:1-17 – This seems to basically a prologue to the book of Romans. It is an overview of what the author is going to cover in the rest of the text.

Paul says three things about himself, things that he was passionate about.

  1. A servant of Jesus Christ
  2. Called to be an apostle
  3. Separated to the Gospel of God

Paul introduces the Gospel in the next few verses. Central to the doctrine of salvation is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  1. The Gospel is of God. It is God’s idea and God’s plan.
  2. The Gospel is promised and for told by the prophets and the scriptures. God’s plan was carefully put together by sovereign and holy God.
  3. The Gospel is made available in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.
  4. Because of Pauls obedience the Gospel was made available to the world. The Gospel is non-ethnic. It is for all nations. No particular people group.

The recipients of the Gospel are called by Christ and they are loved of God. You, my friend are beloved by God. If we can get a deep sense of this the world around us will loose its attraction.

Paul speaks of the faith of the Romans and says that it is spoken of throughout the whole world. Let us aspire to have a faith like that too! God intends that we impact the world, God does not intend for the world to impact the church.

Pauls commitment to the church in Rome is covered in what he says here.

  1. He prays for them.
  2. He desires to visit them.
  3. He desires a mutual relationship wit them.

Pauls commitment to the Gospel is talked about a bit more in verses 14 and 15.

  1. He says that he is a debtor through the Gospel to all. Paul is saying that he is under an obligation to share the Gospel.
  2. He says that he is ready to preach the Gospel. He is eager to preach the Gospel to them at Rome. He is “chomping at the bit” to share with them.
  3. He is not ashamed of the Gospel. It is the power of salvation to those who believe! The just shall live by faith.

The essence and the nature of the Gospel, the four fundamental truths about the Gospel.

  1. A Gospel that is the power of God unto Salvation.
  2. A Gospel that is available to all.
  3. A Gospel made operative by faith.
  4. A Gospel that reveals the righteousness of God.

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The spiritual truths found in this scripture (and many scriptures!) are incredibly deep. No matter the amount of times that we look at these scriptures we will usually find something new here. Romans 1:1-17 – This seems to basically a prologue to the b... Romans 1:1-17 – This seems to basically a prologue to the book of Romans. It is an overview of what the author is going to cover in the rest of the text.
Paul says three things about himself, things that he was passionate about.

* A servant of Jesus Christ
* Called to be an apostle
* Separated to the Gospel of God

Paul introduces the Gospel in the next few verses. Central to the doctrine of salvation is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

* The Gospel is of God. It is God’s idea and God’s plan.
* The Gospel is promised and for told by the prophets and the scriptures. God’s plan was carefully put together by sovereign and holy God.
* The Gospel is made available in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.
* Because of Pauls obedience the Gospel was made available to the world. The Gospel is non-ethnic. It is for all nations. No particular people group.

The recipients of the Gospel are called by Christ and they are loved of God. You, my friend are beloved by God. If we can get a deep sense of this the world around us will loose its attraction.
Paul speaks of the faith of the Romans and says that it is spoken of throughout the whole world. Let us aspire to have a faith like that too! God intends that we impact the world, God does not intend for the world to impact the church.
Pauls commitment to the church in Rome is covered in what he says here.

* He prays for them.
* He desires to visit them.
* He desires a mutual relationship wit them.

Pauls commitment to the Gospel is talked about a bit more in verses 14 and 15.

* He says that he is a debtor through the Gospel to all. Paul is saying that he is under an obligation to share the Gospel.
* He says that he is ready to preach the Gospel. He is eager to preach the Gospel to them at Rome. He is “chomping at the bit” to share with them.
* He is not ashamed of the Gospel. It is the power of salvation to those who believe! The just shall live by faith.

The essence and the nature of the Gospel, the four fundamental truths about the Gospel.

* A Gospel that is the power of God unto Salvation.
* A Gospel that is available to all.
* A Gospel made operative by faith.
* A Gospel that reveals the righteousness of God.

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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 1:15:42
Not Only in Word, but with Power - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/not-only-in-word-but-with-power/ Sun, 29 Apr 2018 17:30:34 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3163 https://bmcgladys.com/not-only-in-word-but-with-power/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/not-only-in-word-but-with-power/feed/ 0 <p>Texts: I Thessalonians 1; Also Acts 17:1-10, James 1:23,24 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16) The gospel– the power of God– is vital, not only at […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/not-only-in-word-but-with-power/">Not Only in Word, but with Power</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Texts: I Thessalonians 1; Also Acts 17:1-10, James 1:23,24

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16) The gospel– the power of God– is vital, not only at conversion, but also in the ongoing life of the believer. Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. (I Corinthians 15:1,2)

  • Introduction and I Thessalonians 1
  • The Gospel
    • Must be an ongoing experience
    • Christians still need
    • Only powerful if more than words
  • When The Gospel Loses its Power
    • High Unemployment
    • Joy Shortage
    • Idol Retention

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Texts: I Thessalonians 1; Also Acts 17:1-10, James 1:23,24 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16) The gospel– the power of God– is vital, not only at conversion, but also in the ongoing life of the believer. Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. (I Corinthians 15:1,2)

* Introduction and I Thessalonians 1
* The Gospel

* Must be an ongoing experience
* Christians still need
* Only powerful if more than words


* When The Gospel Loses its Power

* High Unemployment
* Joy Shortage
* Idol Retention



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Worship in Lament - Milo Zehr https://bmcgladys.com/worship-in-lament/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 02:02:43 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3158 https://bmcgladys.com/worship-in-lament/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/worship-in-lament/feed/ 0 <p>Referenced texts: Psalm 130, 6, 22, 38; Lamentations 1, 2, 3; Habakkuk; Job 3, 6, etc.; Isaiah 53, 57, 58; Matthew 4:23, 8:14-17 Summary: Many people experience times of darkness and despair- a ‘midnight of the soul’. This is a consequence of living in a world broken and thrown into chaos by the tyranny of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/worship-in-lament/">Worship in Lament</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Referenced texts: Psalm 130, 6, 22, 38; Lamentations 1, 2, 3; Habakkuk; Job 3, 6, etc.; Isaiah 53, 57, 58; Matthew 4:23, 8:14-17

Summary: Many people experience times of darkness and despair- a ‘midnight of the soul’. This is a consequence of living in a world broken and thrown into chaos by the tyranny of sin. The Bible gives us a way of dealing with this… through lament.

The Bible itself is full of examples. In response to the darkness of evil and the pain evil produces, Scripture gives us prayers of lament.

Prayers of lament are an expression of faith. Here we speak honestly to God about our distress. We speak in broad and general terms about the darkness we experience. In lament we ask questions– not necessarily for the sake of getting an answer, but to express our pain.

And often these words of lament end with a note of praise– praise that God has heard the cry of the sufferer. Like Job, if we continue the path of worship in lament we will see the goodness of God.

The life of Christ relates directly to our distress. He took all our griefs and sorrows into His own experience. Because He bore our infirmities to the cross we can find healing and rest for our souls.

Jesus came to bring justice, to break the cords of evil; We are cooperators with Him in His healing work and resisting– in a proper way– evil in the world.

Four things to do when you experience despair and injustice… the path of holy lament:

  1. Identify your grief
  2. Turn to God with it
  3. Cry out to Him for help
  4. Worship

Hebrews 4:12 – 16… Jesus is able to receive our lament, and minister to us in our situation as One who has also suffered great suffering and anguish. And He can bring healing in our lives as we cry ou