But before we look at this, passage, John 6. I want to go completely off topic by quickly talking about something else. I want to talk about… Star Wars.
I’m sure everyone here has seen a Star Wars film, and if you haven’t, I’m sure you have at least heard of it. It think it would be pretty much impossible to have never heard about Star Wars before.
It was a once a cultural, movie, revolution. And as long as there is money to be made they will keep spitting out new films no matter how rubbish they may be.
Now whilst I’m having a knock at how bad the latest movies have been, I am a true Star Wars fan. Just in recent weeks, I have been re-watching the films and reading the new books, preparing myself for what will hopefully be the final in the Skywalker sage just next month
Isaiah 65 sounds like paradise doesn’t it? The new world order. Let’s take a look what it’s going to be like.
What is this talking about in our language? It’s infant mortality isn’t it.
they will plant vineyards and eat the fruit that’s productive farming.
Why would that happen? Invasion, burglary. Security.
Let me ask you to open your bibles to the passage that we heard earlier from 1 Thessalonians and let me say right at the very start, “how good is this?” Here is message of great joy and encouragement to every believer who has or will be until the day that Jesus returns in glory. Even better we are told to use these words for that very purpose of encouragement and building each other up.
From this passage it would be very easy to get bogged down in the mire of distraction instead of looking at the beautiful truth and awesome promise every believer has from our God. In this light we have a couple of verses that really drive home the wonderful truth and promise of God. Look at Ch.4:16-17; “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call…………………..” Then moving over to Ch. 5:9-10; we read, “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation………”
You will also notice that each of these verses is followed up with the message of encouragement for each other. The encouragement is that every believer whether having died or still alive will meet the Lord. But it will not just be a g’day how are you but something so beautiful and complete joining together of all the saints.
What is it in your life that you want to hold onto for dear life?
It mite be your relationship, your children, your investments, your home, your health.
And the thing is when you value something, then you’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to it thru thick and thin.
When I watch football, the most important thing to do is to hold onto the ball, to pass it around and keep possession of it, isn’t it.
You don’t want to let go of it because it’ll end up in the opposition hands and so if you have control of the ball, you can dictate the passage of play.
So many times I see people take their eyes off the ball and lose control of it or miss opportunities because they lost focus.
And in the end they end up turning it over to the other team and the opportunities lost and squandered.
You can apply that rule for almost any ball sport between two teams.
During 2017, many churches around the globe, recognised the 500th anniversary of what we now call ‘the Reformation’. It was a movement led by men such as Martin Luther and John Calvin that saw faith in Christ restored and redefined from that previously espoused by the church of the day.
There were five key points, ‘5 solas’ which were defined by this movement:
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been reading the prophet Isaiah which let’s be honest makes for some very interesting parts of scripture. One of the passages that really caught my attention and then trying to sort it out was the passage we read today.
There we have the words of God in Isaiah 31: 1-9; a very strong indictment not just of the days of Hezekiah where he was leading the people and himself away from God. Instead they were relying on Egypt completely. The reality is that these same issues are still applicable to the people of the world today as we all tend to rely upon everything else rather than our Sovereign God.
Peace to you from God! First, may I bring the greetings of Beverly Hills Chinese Baptist Church to you all. We always pray for each other and thank you for supporting our mission ministry here. We thank God for this!
I think you all know that those who have just married are called newlyweds as per tradition. Today, the topic I will share with you is: The New Creation in Christ. As in the beginning of 2 Corinthians 5, the Apostle Paul uses a series of comparisons, such as a tent and a house, earthly and heavenly, at home in our body and away from it, away from the Lord and with the Lord etc. In verse 17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Let’s look at the 3 points below:
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