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<p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>TALKATIVE</strong></span></p> <p>I have often been told that I’m very talkative. I know that when I’m discussing the many things and blessings that the Lord has given me and done for me than I’m guilty as charged for boasting on my Lord and savior. Therefore, as it is written: "Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord 1 Corinthians 1:31: Jeremiah 9:24 But let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, who exercises loving devotion, justice and righteousness on the earth--for I delight in these things," declares the LORD. Indeed, I’m aware of what the bible says about being too talkative (key word too) The Bible warns us against talking too much or being overly talkative. In fact, the Bible says that a fool can be recognized by his many words (Ecclesiastes 5:3). Ecclesiastes 10:14 adds that a fool “multiplies words.”</p> <p>The Bible discourages using an abundance of words where a few would suffice. “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues” (Proverbs 17:28). Those who feel compelled to give utterance to every thought in their heads usually end up in trouble.</p> <p>Proverbs 10:8 describes the overly talkative person as a “babbling fool” (ESV, NASB), a “prating fool” (NKJV), or a “chattering fool” (ISV) who will come to ruin. Such a person is contrasted with one who is “wise of heart” and who “will receive commandments.” The antithetical parallelism of Proverbs 10:19 warns that talking too much naturally leads to sin: “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent” (ESV).</p> <p>The wise person refuses to talk too much. Rather, he fears the Lord, listens to the Lord, and obeys the Lord. He follows the example of Mary, “who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said” (Luke 10:39). When our mouths are full of our own words, we have little time or interest in God’s words. Talking too much usually means listening too little.</p> <p>Today’s culture offers numerous avenues through which we can express ourselves verbally. Social media, blogs, cell phones, and call-in radio all enable us to keep up a constant stream of chatter. But how much of our talking is truly edifying or important (see Ephesians 4:29)? Saying what needs to be said is important but talking too much easily leads to saying what should not be said.</p> <p> </p> <p>Restraining our lips is an indication of wisdom and humility. Talkative people often do not take the time between their many words to choose their words carefully. Christians should be aware that talking too much is detrimental to our witness in the world, as James reminds us, “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless” (James 1:26). James later says that controlling the tongue is one of the hardest things to do, humanly speaking (James 3:2). In fact, “no human being can tame the tongue” (James 3:7). Fortunately, we have the Holy Spirit to help us with the task, and here is a helpful prayer: “Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3).</p> <p> </p> <p>The apostle Peter is often quoted in the gospels, and it seems that he was a talkative person by nature. In one instance at least, Peter’s verbosity was ill-advised. On the mount of transfiguration, Peter says to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say . . .)” (Mark 9:5–6). Notice that Peter “did not know what to say,” so, of course, he said something! It’s just what talkative people do. God quickly silenced Peter by redirecting his focus: “A cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: ‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’” (Mark 9:7). Peter’s talking had to be replaced with listening.</p> <p> </p> <p>Just as the overly talkative person displays foolishness, the one who holds his tongue demonstrates knowledge and understanding. “He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit” (Proverbs 17:27). We can’t gain knowledge if we are constantly talking but understanding comes from listening and using our words sparingly. “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak . . .” (James 1:19).</p> <p>Please keep me in your prayers: Thank you Willie T. Ayers</p>
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<p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:18pt;"><strong>Sunday, August 12 - <em>Family Feud </em></strong></span></p> <div class="route-media-item__basic-info"> <div class="u__mt--m"> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:18pt;"><strong>Pastor Terry Beltz</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#993366;font-size:12pt;"><strong><span class="editor_uppercase">TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL</span></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#993366;font-size:12pt;"><strong>4740 N HIGHWAY 83 Franktown CO 80116-9661 U.S.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#993366;font-size:12pt;"><strong> </strong></span><span style="color:#993366;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Phone: <span class="gc-cs-link" title="Call with Google Voice">(303)-841-8620</span></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#993366;font-size:12pt;"><strong>E-mail: trinitychurch@tlcas.org </strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#993366;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Fax Number:303-841-2761</strong></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="route-media-item__share-download-area"> <div class="route-media-item__circle-button"> <div class="kit-button-with-text ember-view"> <div class="kit-button__content" style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#993366;font-size:12pt;"><strong> </strong></span></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>What a strange way to begin a series on how God views the Family!  In the text for today Jesus talks about dividing the family and causing feuds, not uniting the family and fostering love.  And yet, here we find a fundamental truth concerning the family:  unless our families are rooted and founded in following Jesus, they will ultimately fail.  Jesus comes first.  He is the One who blesses and keeps our families.  Our families must rally around Him and be united by Him.</strong></span></p>
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<p> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong><span style="font-size:14pt;">BACK TO SCHOOL</span></strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;">It’s that time again!  I know it must seem hard to believe, but Summer break is over, and it’s time for School!</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;">Well, as I share these words, I know some are filled with a sense of excitement and anticipation of all the new school year holds, and others are not nearly as thrilled as they see the challenges ahead.</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;">I want to take this opportunity to encourage you to take advantage of every learning possibility presented to you in the days, weeks and months ahead.  From my own personal experience, I can assure you that while the years of education seem to move slowly, you will look back one day and realize the time went much faster than you dreamed possible.</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;"> </span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;">One of the most enjoyable aspects of school is the network of friends you have developed over the years…some friendships will last a lifetime, while different careers and distance will separate you from them.</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;">I want to challenge you to develop your relationship with the Lord, knowing that He will be there for you as you go through your years of school as well as following your graduation.  Here’s a great word from God to Joshua as he faced tremendous challenges in Deuteronomy 31:5-6 (NIV) 5 The Lord will deliver them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you. 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;">Be a person of character and integrity in a world in need of seeing these in action in the lives of people they know daily.  Too many people are intent on “being” characters, instead of having character!</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;">Look at this great scripture on how even someone young can be a leader as Paul writes to a very young minister named Timothy – 1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV) 12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;">If you our students would simply take 1 Timothy 4:12 to heart and make those goals in their lives for each school year, the impact on our schools, families and churches would be amazing!</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;">Blessings in Christ,</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;">W.T. AYERS</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;"><em>Lord, I pray the students in this school would show proper respect for the authorities you have placed over them and recognize all authority comes from you. Help them to speak and act in a way that is respectful of all teachers, administrators, and other school staff. (</em>Inspired by <a class="bibleref" href="https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%2013:1-5&version=NIV&src=tools" target="_blank">Romans 13:1-5</a>) </span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#0000ff;">Thanks to <a href="https://www.faithgateway.com">https://www.faithgateway.com</a> for this prayer</span></span></p> <h3 style="text-align:center;"><span class="text Rom-13-1" style="color:#ff0000;font-size:10pt;">Submission to Governing Authorities</span></h3> <p class="chapter-2"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;"><span class="text Rom-13-1"><span class="chapternum">13 </span>Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.</span> <span class="text Rom-13-2"><sup class="versenum">2 </sup>Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.</span> <span class="text Rom-13-3"><sup class="versenum">3 </sup>For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.</span> <span class="text Rom-13-4"><sup class="versenum">4 </sup>For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.</span> <span class="text Rom-13-5"><sup class="versenum">5 </sup>Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.</span></span></strong></span></p>
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(STEWARDSHIP) You cannot beat God’s giving the more you give the more he gives to you
<p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#ff0000;"><strong>(STEWARDSHIP) You cannot beat God’s giving the more you give the more he gives to you</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>Question: "Why is giving so emphasized in the Christian faith?"</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>Answer: Our God is a giving God. He is a God of abundance (John 10:10; James 1:5; Psalm 103:8; Isaiah 55:1-7; 2 Corinthians 9:8; Romans 5:20), and He loves to give. He sacrificed willingly on the cross and then invited us into fullness of life. As His children, we are called to imitate Him (Ephesians 5:1). Our generosity in giving is a demonstration of God’s character and a response to what He has done for us.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>Because preaching about money and giving is so emotionally charged, people say some truly dumb things about it. This article gives one such example and shows from God's word why it is important to preach on giving.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong> Overheard’ The reason our church's giving is good is because our pastor never preaches about money.' I could have responded as casually as I could, 'So you’re saying that your church’s giving is good because your pastor never preaches any of the countless biblical passages about money?'</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>Of course, I didn’t say anything plus my wife would have gotten on me (smile) But I was struck with the absurdity of her statement. If a church's giving is good because the pastor neglects to preach any of the 2,350 Bible verses on money is like saying, 'The reason our people are honest is because our pastor never preaches what God's word says about honesty.' Or, 'The reason our young people are sexually pure is because our pastor never preaches what the Bible says about sexual purity.' Or, 'The reason our church is committed to evangelism is because our pastor never preaches any of the biblical passages that command us to share the gospel.'</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>If we were to follow this twisted reasoning to its logical end, we would have to conclude that the secret of making godly disciples is for the pastor to never preach anything from the Bible!</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>Apparently, this person--who has attended church for over five decades--assumes that preaching on money and giving is bad. Therefore, since her pastor is 'godly' enough to avoid the subject, God is rewarding her church with adequate financial resources.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>When Paul commanded Timothy to 'Preach the word...in season and out of season' (2 Tim. 4:1, 2), he didn't include a clause excluding the topic of money. Instead, he made a point to urge Timothy to preach the word when it was convenient and popular and when it was not--'in season and out of season.' No matter how unpopular we imagine our preaching on financial stewardship will be (usually people appreciate it), we have not been given the freedom to edit out this part of God's word.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>Based on the Apostle Paul’s example, God has not given preachers the option of shrinking from teaching what His word says about giving. Twice in one speech Paul made the following claims:</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>“I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable...” (Acts 20:20)</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>“For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.” (Acts 20:27)</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>If we fail to teach biblical principles of giving, we rob ourselves and others of the profit they could receive from knowing and practicing the truth. Don’t shirk your responsibility to declare the whole purpose of God.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>And we should not be paralyzed by the dumb things some people say about preaching on stewardship. Just be faithful to teach the whole purpose of God (Acts 20:20, 27). When you do, God will bless your church my church with more financial and spiritual growth than you and I can ever imagined.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p>
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Wrestling with God
<div class="row"> <div class="col-lg-6"> <h2 class="pull-left" style="text-align:center;"> Pastor Terry Beltz</h2> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong><span class="editor_uppercase">TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>4740 N HIGHWAY 83 Franktown CO 80116-9661 U.S.</strong></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> Phone: (303)-841-8620</p> <p style="text-align:center;">E-mail: <a href="mailto:trinitychurch@tlcas.org">trinitychurch@tlcas.org </a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>As Jacob is running from his brother, he wrestles with God in the middle of the night.  Have you ever felt like you were wrestling with God?  Counter intuitively, our greatest struggles with God can lead to great growth in our strength and in our faith.</strong></span></p> <h2 class="pull-left" style="text-align:center;"> </h2> <h2 class="pull-left" style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#ff0000;"><strong>Genesis 32:22-32</strong></span></h2> </div> </div> <div class="scripture"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span class="verse">22 <span>That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.</span> </span></strong></span></div> <div class="scripture"> </div> <div class="scripture"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span class="verse">23 <span>After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions.</span></span></strong></span></div> <div class="scripture"> </div> <div class="scripture"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span class="verse"> </span><span class="verse">24 <span>So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.</span> </span></strong></span></div> <div class="scripture"> </div> <div class="scripture"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span class="verse">25<span>When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.</span> </span></strong></span></div> <div class="scripture"> </div> <div class="scripture"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span class="verse">26 <span>Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”</span> </span></strong></span></div> <div class="scripture"> </div> <div class="scripture"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span class="verse">27 <span>The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered.</span></span></strong></span></div> <div class="scripture"> </div> <div class="scripture"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span class="verse"> </span><span class="verse">28 <span>Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”</span> </span></strong></span></div> <div class="scripture"> </div> <div class="scripture"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span class="verse">29<span>Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.” But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.</span> </span></strong></span></div> <div class="scripture"> </div> <div class="scripture"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span class="verse">30 <span>So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”</span></span></strong></span></div> <div class="scripture"> </div> <div class="scripture"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span class="verse"> </span><span class="verse">31 <span>The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.</span> </span></strong></span></div> <div class="scripture"> </div> <div class="scripture"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span class="verse">32 <span>Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.</span></span></strong></span></div>
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OH SAY CAN YOU SEE-Patriotic Worship
<p> </p> <p><span style="font-size:18pt;"><strong><span style="color:#000000;">"Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you; Jesus Christ and the American Solider, One died for your soul; the other for your freedom."</span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:18pt;"><strong><span style="color:#000000;">                         <img src="//ministerwtayers.podbean.com/mf/web/9xfd28/Cross-in-Green-Pastures_2016_06_04_19_59_03_UTC_.jpg" alt="Cross-in-Green-Pastures_2016_06_04_19_59_03_UTC_.jpg" width="425" height="239"></span></strong></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-size:12pt;"><strong>We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. Ronald Reagan</strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. Ronald Reagan</strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15. Ronald Reagan</strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. Ronald Reagan</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><br><strong><span style="font-size:18pt;color:#008000;"> Soldier’s Creed</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>I am an American Soldier.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>I am a warrior and a member of a team.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>I will always place the mission first.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>I will never accept defeat.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>I will never quit.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>I will never leave a fallen comrade.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>I am an expert and I am a professional.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>I am an American Soldier.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p>
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Leah and Rachel
<p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#ff0000;"><strong>The story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel comprises one of the larger sections of Genesis and includes much information relevant to the history of the Jewish people. Jacob, the son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham, fled to his mother’s brother Laban. At the time, Jacob feared his twin brother, Esau, would kill him (Genesis 27:41-46).</strong></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#000000;"><strong>Leah</strong> is described in the <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_Bible">Hebrew Bible</a> as the daughter of <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laban_(Bible)">Laban</a>. She and her younger sister <strong><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel">Rachel</a></strong> became the <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polygamy#Judaism">two concurrent wives</a> of Hebrew patriarch <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob">Jacob</a>. She had six sons, whose descendants became some of the <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israelites#Biblical_Israel">Twelve Tribes</a> of Israel. She also had a daughter, <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinah">Dinah</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#000000;"><strong>Marriage to Jacob</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#000000;">Leah becomes Jacob's wife through a deception on the part of her father, Laban. In the Biblical account, Jacob is dispatched to the hometown of Laban—the brother of his mother Rebekah—to avoid being killed by his brother Esau, and to find a wife. Out by the well, he encounters Laban's younger daughter Rachel tending her father's sheep and decides to marry her. Laban is willing to give Rachel's hand to Jacob as long as he works seven years for her.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#000000;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#000000;">On the wedding night, however, Laban switches Leah for Rachel. Later Laban claims that it is uncustomary to give the younger daughter away in marriage before the older one (Genesis 29:16-30). Laban offers to give Rachel to Jacob in marriage in return for another seven years of work (Genesis 29:27). Jacob accepts the offer and marries Rachel after the week-long celebration of his marriage to Leah.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#000000;"><strong>Motherhood</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#000000;">Leah is the mother of six of Jacob's sons, including his first four (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah), and later two more (Issachar and Zebulun), and a daughter (Dinah). According to the scriptures, God saw that Leah was "unloved" and opened her womb as consolation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#000000;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#000000;">Seeing that she is unable to conceive, Rachel offers her handmaid Bilhah to Jacob, and names and raises the two sons (Dan and Naphtali) that Bilhah bears. Leah responds by offering her handmaid Zilpah to Jacob and names and raises the two sons (Gad and Asher) that Zilpah bears. According to some commentaries, Bilhah and Zilpah are half-sisters of Leah and Rachel.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#000000;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#000000;">One day, Leah's firstborn son Reuben returns from the field with mandrakes for his mother. Leah has not conceived for a while, and this plant, whose roots resemble the human body, is thought to be an aid to fertility. Frustrated that she is not able to conceive at all, Rachel offers to trade her night with their husband in return for the mandrakes. Leah agrees, and that night she sleeps with Jacob and conceives Issachar. Afterwards she gives birth to Zebulun and to a daughter, Dinah. After that, God remembers Rachel and gives her two sons, Joseph and Benjamin.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#000000;"><strong>Rivalry with Rachel</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#000000;">On a homiletical level, the classic Chassidic texts explain the sisters' rivalry as more than marital jealousy. Each woman desired to grow spiritually in her avodat Hashem (service of God), and therefore sought closeness to the tzadik (Jacob) who is God's personal emissary in this world. By marrying Jacob and bearing his sons, who would be raised in the tzadik's home and continue his mission into the next generation (indeed, all 12 sons became tzadikim in their own right and formed the foundation of the Nation of Israel), they would develop an even closer relationship to God. Therefore, Leah and Rachel each wanted to have as many of those sons as possible, going so far as to offer their handmaids as proxies to Jacob so they could have a share in the upbringing of their handmaids' sons, too.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#000000;">Each woman also continually questioned whether she was doing enough in her personal efforts toward increased spirituality and would use the other's example to spur herself on. Rachel envied Leah's tearful prayers, by which she merited to marry the tzadik and bear six of his twelve sons. The Talmud (Megillah 13b) says that Rachel revealed to Leah the secret signs which she and Jacob had devised to identify the veiled bride, because they both suspected Laban would pull such a trick.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#000000;"><strong>Death and burial</strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;font-size:12pt;">Leah died some time before Jacob (according to Genesis 49:31). She is thought to be buried in the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron alongside Jacob. This cave also houses the graves of Abraham and Sarah, and Isaac and Rebekah.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;font-size:12pt;">Reference <a>https://en.wikipedia.org-</a> KJV Bible- Got Questions- and more.</span></p>
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<p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:#ff0000;"><strong>BELIEVE IT OR NOT-YOUNG OR ELDERLY THE CHURCH NEEDS BOTH</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;">The role of the church is to see a need, meet a need, the church need to focus on both young and the elderly. reality There is a natural tendency to resist change as we get older. It okay to change and welcome change.   The Bible presents growing old as a normal, natural part of life in this world. There is honor involved in the aging process, because growing old is normally accompanied by increased wisdom and experience. “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life” (Proverbs 16:31; see also Proverbs 20:29). God wants us to remember that life is short (James 4:14) and that the beauty of youth is soon gone (Proverbs 31:30; 1 Peter 1:24).</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;">Ultimately, the question of growing old cannot be separated from the question of the meaning of life and the concept of the legacy we leave. In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon provides a sagacious look at aging and the issues related to it.  The youth are the future of the church please don’t make this statement It may not seem like a phrase that can be hurtful or discouraging, but it can be. The understanding of this statement to a young person might be that are not part of the church today.  and what they do or are doing at this point is not making a difference today, but it will soon into the future because they are our future. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"> And as Soon as they get older, they can lead us in worship and they can take the reins in leading our ministry teams into the future. Reality They are, leaders today! They can and have help lead crews during our Vacation Bible School; so, we need to start Treating our young adults as adults which also means taking their lives and spiritual journeys seriously.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"> Use our young adults as “missionaries” to the older-adult congregation do an intergenerational ministry and the importance of adult relationships in the lives of teenagers and emerging our young adults with seniors. Allow seniors to share their faith with the younger ones no I’m not speaking of k-6 grades, but you can have the 5th and 6 graders read bible stories to the k-3<sup>rd</sup> grades, have the seniors do a bible study with the young </span><span style="font-size:12pt;">adults.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"> Have the youth hold a computer class or other digital workshop for older members of the congregation youth and senior movie night etc.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"> Have a social circle that include both young and elderly, you might be shock or surprise at how many youths would invite their peers to a sitting such as this. According to the Search Institute’s, young people who are engaged in positive, intentional relationships with adults where they feel support, empowerment, boundaries, expectations, and constructive use of their time (which includes time spent in a religious community i.e. Church) are significantly less likely to engage in high risk behavior, and more likely to succeed in their school and personal relationships and achievements.</span></p> <p><em><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#ff0000;"> I’m not trying to tell anyone how to run their church or youth group this is just my view.</span></strong></em></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;">As always, we will have ya sayers and nay sayers however read 1<sup>st</sup> Corinthians 9:19-23</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"> <strong>1 Corinthians 9:19-23 King James Version (KJV) </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>19 </strong>For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> 20</strong> And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> 21</strong> To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>22 </strong>To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some<strong>.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>23</strong> And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>References (James Conway- 2000 Search Institute-Got Questions-KJV Bible-web research</strong></span></p>
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Sodom and Gomorrah
<p style="background:#FFFFFF;margin:6pt 0in 6pt 0in;"><strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;">Pastor Terry Beltz</span></strong></p> <p style="background:#FFFFFF;margin:6pt 0in 6pt 0in;"><strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;">Trinity Lutheran Church and School</span></strong></p> <p style="background:#FFFFFF;margin:6pt 0in 6pt 0in;"><strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;"> </span></strong></p> <p style="background:#FFFFFF;margin:6pt 0in 6pt 0in;"><strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;"> </span></strong></p> <p style="background:#FFFFFF;margin:6pt 0in 6pt 0in;"><strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;">Sodom</span></strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;"> and <strong>Gomorrah</strong>  were cities mentioned in the <a title="Book of Genesis" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Genesis"><span style="color:#0b0080;">Book of Genesis</span></a></span><sup><span style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodom_and_Gomorrah#cite_note-2"><span style="color:#0b0080;">[2]</span></a></span></sup><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;"> and throughout the <a title="Hebrew Bible" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_Bible"><span style="color:#0b0080;">Hebrew Bible</span></a>  the <a title="New Testament" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Testament"><span style="color:#0b0080;">New Testament</span></a>, and in the <a title="Deuterocanonical books" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deuterocanonical_books"><span style="color:#0b0080;">deuterocanonical books</span></a>, as well as in the <a title="Quran" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quran"><span style="color:#0b0080;">Quran</span></a> and the <a title="Hadith" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadith"><span style="color:#0b0080;">hadith</span></a>. </span></p> <p style="background:#FFFFFF;line-height:inherit;word-spacing:0px;margin:6pt 0in 6pt 0in;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;">According to the <a title="Torah" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torah"><span style="color:#0b0080;">Torah</span></a>,</span> <span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;">Hebrew "Instruction", "Teaching" or "Law the kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah were allied with the cities of <a title="Admah" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admah"><span style="color:#0b0080;">Admah</span></a>, <a title="Zeboim (biblical)" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeboim_(biblical)"><span style="color:#0b0080;">Zeboim</span></a>, and <a title="Zoara" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoara"><span style="color:#0b0080;">Bela</span></a>. These five cities, also known as the "cities of the plain" (from Genesis in the <a title="Authorized Version" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorized_Version"><span style="color:#0b0080;">Authorized Version</span></a>), were situated on the <a title="River Jordan" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Jordan"><span style="color:#0b0080;">Jordan River</span></a> plain in the southern region of the land of <a title="Canaan" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canaan"><span style="color:#0b0080;">Canaan</span></a>. The plain, which corresponds to the area just north of the modern-day <a title="Dead Sea" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea"><span style="color:#0b0080;">Dead Sea</span></a>,</span><sup><span style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodom_and_Gomorrah#cite_note-5"><span style="color:#0b0080;">[5]</span></a></span></sup><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;"> was compared to the garden of Eden as being well-watered and green, suitable for grazing livestock.</span></p> <p style="background:#FFFFFF;line-height:inherit;word-spacing:0px;margin:6pt 0in 6pt 0in;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;"><a title="Divine judgment" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_judgment"><span style="color:#0b0080;">Divine judgment</span></a> by <a title="God" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God"><span style="color:#0b0080;">God</span></a> was passed upon Sodom and Gomorrah and two neighboring cities, which were completely consumed by <a title="Fire and brimstone" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_and_brimstone"><span style="color:#0b0080;">fire and brimstone</span></a>. Neighboring <a title="Zoara" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoara"><span style="color:#0b0080;">Zoar</span></a> (Bela) was the only city to be spared. In <a title="Abrahamic religions" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abrahamic_religions"><span style="color:#0b0080;">Abrahamic religions</span></a>, Sodom and Gomorrah have become synonymous with impenitent sin, and their fall with a proverbial manifestation of <a title="Divine retribution" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_retribution"><span style="color:#0b0080;">divine retribution</span></a>. Sodom and Gomorrah have been used historically and today as <a title="Metaphor" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaphor"><span style="color:#0b0080;">metaphors</span></a> for <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vice"><span style="color:#0b0080;">vice</span></a> and <a title="Homosexuality" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality"><span style="color:#0b0080;">homosexuality</span></a>, although a close reading of the text and other Ancient Near Eastern sources suggest that this association may be incorrect.</span><sup><span style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodom_and_Gomorrah#cite_note-8"><span style="color:#0b0080;">[8]</span></a></span></sup></p> <p style="background:#FFFFFF;line-height:inherit;word-spacing:0px;margin:6pt 0in 6pt 0in;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;">The story has therefore given rise to words in several languages. These include the English word <em><a title="Sodomy" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodomy"><span style="color:#0b0080;">sodomy</span></a></em>, which is used in <a title="Sodomy law" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodomy_law"><span style="color:#0b0080;">sodomy laws</span></a> to describe sexual "crimes against nature", namely <a title="Anal sex" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal_sex"><span style="color:#0b0080;">anal</span></a> or <a title="Oral sex" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_sex"><span style="color:#0b0080;">oral sex</span></a> (particularly <a title="Homosexual" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexual"><span style="color:#0b0080;">homosexual</span></a>), or <a title="Bestiality" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bestiality"><span style="color:#0b0080;">bestiality</span></a>. Some Islamic societies incorporate punishments associated with Sodom and Gomorrah into sharia.</span></p> <p style="background:#FFFFFF;margin:6pt 0in 6pt 0in;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;">References From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia- KJV Bible-</span></p>
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Jacob and Esau
<p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>Jacob and Esau</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"><strong>Pastor Terry Beltz</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL</strong></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>4740 N HIGHWAY 83 Franktown CO 80116-9661 U.S.</strong></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> Phone: (303)-841-8620</p> <p style="text-align:center;">E-mail: trinitychurch@tlcas.org</p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;">The Book of Genesis speaks of the relationship between Jacob and Esau, focusing on Esau's loss of his birthright to Jacob and the conflict that had spawned between their descendant nations because of Jacob's deception of their aged and blind father, Isaac, to receive Esau's birthright/blessing from Isaac.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;">This conflict was paralleled by the affection the parents had for their favored child: "Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob." (Genesis 25:28). Even since conception, their conflict was foreshadowed: "And the children struggled together within her; and she said, if it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord. And the Lord said unto her, two nations are in thy womb, and two manners of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger." (Genesis 25:22–23)</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;">This passage in Genesis 25:26 is as if Jacob was seemingly trying to pull Esau back into the womb so that he could be firstborn. [1] The grasping of the heel is also a reference to deceptive behavior</span></p>
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Morals in America
<p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>Morals in America have been on the down-cline for more than 20 years. Today we read of sex scandals from Catholic Priest, Government officials, actors one right after another. Parents afraid of their children Presbyterian Churches are considering, embracing gays as Ministers, Episcopalian Church accepts gays as Priest, and will vote on making Bishops out of them, Music has gone downhill with, cursing, vulgarity and even the movies of today are not worth watching. That’s why I recommend pure fix or hallmark and dove channels</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>                                      <img src="//ministerwtayers.podbean.com/mf/web/zf3ima/quote-at-the-rate-america-is-decaying-morally-we-shall-have-to-change-our-national-symbol-vance-havner-101-62-41.jpg" alt="quote-at-the-rate-america-is-decaying-morally-we-shall-have-to-change-our-national-symbol-vance-havner-101-62-41.jpg" width="542" height="255"></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>Americas Falling Morality.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><a href="http://biblehub.com/context/2_corinthians/11-13.htm">2 Corinthians 11:13-15</a></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>Americas Falling Morality. Morals in America have been on the down-cline in 20 years Morals in America have been on the down-cline for more than 20 years. Today we read of sex scandals from Catholic Priest, Government officials, actors one right after another. Presbyterian Churches are considering, embracing gays as Ministers, Episcopalian Church accepts gays as Priest, and will vote on making Bishops out of them, Music has gone downhill with, cursing, vulgarity and even the movies of today are not worth watching. That’s why I recommend pure flix or hallmark and the dove channels</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>Even some of the news programs have gone the way of more entertainment for adults than reporting the news. Children’s books are coming out embracing the idea that homo-sexuality is good. Television shows being broadcast that shows girls trying to find out who the father of their baby is and laughing about it. “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” So, what are we surrounded by today? Adulteries, Fornications, Murders, Thieves, Covetousness, Wickedness, Deceit, Boasters, Pride, Blasphemers, Unthankful, Unholy, Lasciviousness, an Evil eye, & Foolishness. In  <a href="http://biblehub.com/philippians/3-2.htm">Phi 3:2</a> the Word of God warns us to Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; that men has therefore transformed Satan into an angel of light.   Therefore, it is no great thing if his{Satan’s} ministers or minions also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. These are the false apostles of Christ.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>The down fall of ethics and morals must be blamed on ourselves, allowing our Government to take away Jesus out of our schools and churches such as these, Some Catholics, Some Presbyterians & Some Episcopalians, for denies the authority of God’s word, making good evil and evil good.  I found this letter to a pastor Trying to counsel a young man on lifestyles this is the letter the pastor received this from Him,” This was his response</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>Sorry you lost me after the first paragraph of your copy and paste of the bible.. YAWN!!! Blah, blah, blah going to hell yeah right!! You can pray for me light a candle whatever. The religious right wingers might even have things their way right now, but I see things changing for the better. More and more people are wising up to all this and are seeing that Homosexuality is neither a sin nor a life style, it’s just who we are, not what we have CHOSEN TO BE! You might set the bible down and do some reading from PFLAG.”  In case you are wondering PFLAG is the extended family of the LGBTQ community. You might be wondering what the pastor answer was to him, this was it, “Weather you believe or not is not the issue, the point is sense you have heard the truth you are now held accountable for it.” These children are learning these things from many so-called ministers of God and from television shows. The pastor was unable to turn him around because of these false apostles, enemies of the cross of Christ. Many ministers try to push God on people, this is wrong. After we deliver the message of truth, then it becomes a matter between them and God. <a href="http://biblehub.com/ezekiel/3-11.htm">Eze 3:11</a> And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear. [Forbear, To cease; to let alone; to be silent.]</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>No wonder we are involved in unwinnable wars, children on drugs, gangs becoming normal in our life. Our nations boarders unsafe, anti-Christian churches flourishing in our neighborhoods, earthquakes, fires, tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanoes becoming active all over the world, hunger, drought, disease and fear of a pandemic {Epidemic over a wide geographic area and affecting a large proportion of the population<a href="http://biblehub.com/context/philippians/3-18.htm">.} Phi 3:18-19</a>; (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) Those that are changing the word of God into a lie will answer for their deeds. Not only what they have done to themselves but for what they have, are and will do to others that follow their unrighteousness. The blood is upon their hands. <a href="http://biblehub.com/matthew/11-15.htm">Matt 11:15</a> He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. <a href="http://biblehub.com/matthew/13-15.htm">Matt 13:15</a> For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Men today are after what they don’t earn, they crave other people’s possessions, they seek notoriety and fame. They seek to justify themselves by the amount of money and popularity they have, not worrying about the effect that they are having on others and not caring. <a href="http://biblehub.com/context/2_timothy/4-3.htm">2 Ti 4:3-4</a>; “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>The Bible consistently tells us that homosexual activity is a sin (Genesis 19:1-13; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9). Romans 1:26-27 teaches specifically that homosexuality is a result of denying and disobeying God. When people continue in sin and unbelief, God “gives them over” to even more wicked and depraved sin to show them the futility and hopelessness of life apart from God. 1 Corinthians 6:9 proclaims that homosexual “offenders” will not inherit the kingdom of God.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>God does not create a person with homosexual desires. The Bible tells us that people become homosexuals because of sin (Romans 1:24-27) and ultimately because of their own choice. A person may be born with a greater susceptibility to homosexuality, just as some people are born with a tendency to violence and other sins. That does not excuse the person’s choosing to sin by giving in to sinful desires. If a person is born with a greater susceptibility to anger/rage, does that make it right for him to give into those desires? Of course not! The same is true with homosexuality.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>However, the Bible does not describe homosexuality as a “greater” sin than any other. All sin is offensive to God. Homosexuality is just one of the many things listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 that will keep a person from the kingdom of God. According to the Bible, God’s forgiveness is just as available to a homosexual as it is to an adulterer, idol worshipper, murderer, thief, etc. God also promises the strength for victory over sin, including homosexuality, to all those who will believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13).</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>I know the nay -Sayers will come out of the wood work and off the wall so be it I will just continue to pray for them:  We need to get back to Christ, we as Christian children of God need to stand firm and be not afraid nor ashamed:  Willie T.</strong></span></p> <h1 class="passage-display"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span class="passage-display-bcv">2 Timothy 1:7</span> <span class="passage-display-version">New King James Version (NKJV)</span></strong></span></h1> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span class="text 2Tim-1-7"><sup class="versenum">7 </sup>For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.</span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 18pt; color: #ff0000;"><strong>EVEN A CHRISTIAN CAN GET BITTER</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 18pt; color: #ff0000;"><strong><img src="//ministerwtayers.podbean.com/mf/web/ut2ttx/bitter-001.jpg" alt="bitter-001.jpg" width="390" height="504" /></strong></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>I trust all of you that is listening to this podcast are doing well in the Lord and are experiencing His blessings in a powerful way!</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>I wanted to take a moment to share with you this note  as an encouragement to continue to trust God even in this time of difficulty in your relationship with family or friends</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>We have all gone through times in our lives (including yours truly) when we have been challenged in the areas of forgiveness of others, and trust in God for the outcome of faith-shaking trials. I’m dealing with this issue now please pray for me.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>The Bible says in Hebrews 12:15 (NIV) 15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.</strong></span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong> This doesn’t mean there are not times of anger in our relationships.  You see, the Bible doesn’t say that each occasion of anger is sin, as a matter of fact, it tells us that in our anger, be sure not to sin.  Ephesians 4:26 (KJV) 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>We sin when we express anger wrongly, and especially when we hold on to it for dear life.  We think it might be for dear life, but it’s something that will slowly eat away at our joy and peace if we allow it to simmer and turn into bitterness.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>The Bible even tells us to “not let the sun go down on our wrath”.  In other words, in our relationships we really care deeply about, it is important to settle matters either together or in our hearts before going to sleep at night.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>There is a chemical change that takes place when we go to bed angry, and it is that anger is turned into bitterness.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Bitterness is simply anger turned inward!</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Bitterness is the spiritual cancer that will affect a person spiritually, emotionally and yes, even physically, so may we never go there!</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Rest assured, I’m not “preaching at you” about this, but simply sharing some thoughts of encouragement to continue to believe God even when you don’t see the answer with your physical eyes. There are times that we need to pray for God to open our spiritual eyes, to indeed see that we are surrounded with His mighty angels during our times of struggle.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>I will be praying for you! And please pray for me</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Willie T Ayers</strong></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://podbean.com/pbfreenow" target="_blank"><img src="//d8g345wuhgd7e.cloudfront.net/site/images/affiliate_338.jpg" /></a></p>
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What are some Responsibilities of Every Christian
<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><em><strong>What are some Responsibilities of Every Christian</strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong> Being a Christian is never easy to my knowledge Jesus never said it would be easy if we follow him The Narrow and Wide Gates</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Every Christian person has many responsibilities, without question the greatest reason that we live for God is our unwavering belief in the resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is through His resurrection from the grave that we have hope and the promise of life eternal with him. In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, the apostle Paul explains that, because of these promises of a future resurrection and of living eternally in the kingdom, believers have not only the motivation but also eternal responsibilities for our lives here on earth.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <ol> <li><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Control Our Thoughts</strong></span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>The human mind is so powerful that it attracts to it what it focuses on.  If we focus on our blessings, more blessings will come. But, if we focus on the things that seem to be wrong in our lives, guess what we will attract? That’s right, more of the same!   Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Since whatever we focus on becomes magnified and attracted to us, we must take great caring in controlling our thoughts! Proverbs 23:7 says, for as he thinketh in his heart, so <em>is</em> he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart <em>is</em> not with thee. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7</strong></span></p> <p> </p> <ol start="2"> <li><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Believe</strong></span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Jesus said unto him, if thou canst believe, all things <em>are</em> possible to him that believeth. (Mark 9:23). </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>As He did His part on the cross by dying for us and giving us life abundantly, we are required do our part. What is our part? To only believe! To believe what? That He is God, and that He is faithful to His Word. And, to believe that He is who He says He is and He will do what He says He will do.  </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>We are to be believers, not achievers. That's why we should not to be frustrated all the time, running around trying to do things only God can do. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (I Peter 5:7).</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <ol start="3"> <li><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Be a Blessing</strong></span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Being a Christian is about serving and being a blessing to others. When we serve and bless others, we are serving and blessing Jesus! In Matthew 25:40, And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done <em>it</em> unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done <em>it</em> unto me.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>The Bible teaches us that our responsibility as believers is to work uncompromisingly as the Lord has gifted us and leads us in this life. We must fully understand that until the Lord returns there are souls to reach and ministries of every sort to be performed. We are responsible for our money, time, energy, talents, gifts, bodies, minds, and spirits, and we should invest in nothing that does not in some way contribute to the work of the Lord. James tells us, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” (James 2:26).</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong> I believe that Nothing gives a person more joy than being a blessing to someone else. When we are a blessing we become blessed ourselves!   Jesus said in Luke 6:38, " Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>(Ephesians 4:28). Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with <em>his</em> hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong> Here’s the real deal our responsibility lies in working for the Lord, whether it is in “looking after orphans or widows in distress” (James 1:27), giving to the hungry, the naked, visiting those in prison (see Matthew 25:35-36), serving in our workplace (see Colossians 3:22), or doing whatever we do (Colossians 3:23). And our motivation is that we have God’s own promise that our work “is not in vain” in the Lord “since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:24).</strong></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=737545&u=1799492&m=59353&urllink=&afftrack=">Build Your First Website For Free</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;">CELERBARTE THE 4TH OF JULY WITH FAMILY PARTY GAMES</p> <p><a href="https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=232207&u=1799492&m=25067&urllink=&afftrack=" target="_blank"> <img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://static.shareasale.com/image/25067/pdfi-independencedaybundle.jpg" alt="Independence Day 4th of July Games Pack" border="0" /> </a></p>
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<p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:18pt;"><strong>DEBT WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p><span style="font-size:14pt;">Debt can be useful and dangerous trust me I know. We find ourselves robbing Peter to pay Paul and sometimes we can get so overwhelm we don’t pay at all. There are some not getting medication just to take care of their family or do their best to keep a roof over their head and clothes on their back. Some is even to embarrassed to ask for any help including myself. Let’s look at what God’s word say’s about debt. Our debt for sin was paid in full by the blood of Jesus on the cross: lets speak of financial debt I admit I’m not very wise or frugal when it comes to managing money however I’m very thankful that my wife is.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14pt;">DEBT — borrowed money or property that a person is bound by law to pay back to another. In all periods of history, people have always had to borrow money. In Bible times many were willing to lend the desired money, but at a price. Excessive interest rates of 50 percent or higher per year were often charged.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14pt;">When a financial need arose, the needy could borrow from relatives or professional lenders, but they had to pay interest for the privilege of the loan. In spite of this custom, Moses admonished the Israelites to give help to their own people without charging any interest (Ex. 22:25; Lev. 25:35–38; Deut. 23:19–20). However, they were allowed to charge interest to foreigners (Deut. 15:3, 6; 23:20). Apparently Moses’ regulations either were not followed or fell into disuse (Neh. 5:6–13). The prophet Ezekiel condemned the Jews for charging interest, or usury, to their fellow citizens (Ezek. 18:1–18; 22:12).</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14pt;">When a loan was made, something was usually put up for collateral (pledge or security) to guarantee that debtors would pay their debt (Gen. 38:17–20; Deut. 24:10). But the creditor did not have the right forcefully to enter the debtor’s house and claim the collateral. He was required to wait outside until the debtor brought out the pledge and presented it to him before witnesses (Deut. 24:10–11). Essential objects that were necessary to sustain life, such as the MILLSTONE, could not be taken as a pledge (Deut. 24:6).</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14pt;">Paul's charge to us in Romans 13:8 to owe nothing but love is a powerful reminder of God's distaste for all forms of debt that are not being paid in a timely manner (see also Psalm 37:21). At the same time, the Bible does not explicitly command against all forms of debt. The Bible warns against debt, and extols the virtue of not going into debt, but does not forbid debt. The Bible has harsh words of condemnation for lenders who abuse those who are bound to them in debt, but it does not condemn the debtor.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14pt;"> Again Some people question the charging of any interest on loans, but several times in the Bible we see that a fair interest rate is expected to be received on borrowed money (Proverbs 28:8; Matthew 25:27). In ancient Israel the Law did prohibit charging interest on one category of loans—those made to the poor (Leviticus 25:35-38). This law had many social, financial, and spiritual implications, but two are especially worth mentioning. First, the law genuinely helped the poor by not making their situation worse. It was bad enough to have fallen into poverty, and it could be humiliating to have to seek assistance. But if, in addition to repaying the loan, a poor person had to make crushing interest payments, the obligation would be more hurtful than helpful.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14pt;">Second, the law taught an important spiritual lesson. For a lender to forego interest on a loan to a poor person would be an act of mercy. He would be losing the use of that money while it was loaned out. Yet that would be a tangible way of expressing gratitude to God for His mercy in not charging His people “interest” for the grace He has extended to them. Just as God had mercifully brought the Israelites out of Egypt when they were nothing but penniless slaves and had given them a land of their own (Leviticus 25:38), so He expected them to express similar kindness to their own poor citizens.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14pt;">Christians are in a parallel situation. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus has paid our sin debt to God. Now, as we have opportunity, we can help others in need, particularly fellow believers, with loans that do not escalate their troubles. Jesus even gave a parable along these lines about two creditors and their attitude toward forgiveness (Matthew 18:23-35).</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14pt;">The Bible neither expressly forbids nor condones the borrowing of money. The wisdom of the Bible teaches us that it is usually not a good idea to go into debt. Debt essentially makes us a slave to the one who provides the loan. This I’m guilty of however at the same time, in some situations going into debt is a “necessary evil.” As long as money is being handled wisely and the debt payments are manageable, a Christian can take on the burden of financial debt if it is absolutely necessary.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14pt;"><span style="color:#ff0000;">Recommended Resource:</span> Debt-Proof Living: How to Get Out of Debt & Stay That Way by Mary Hunt. Dave Ramsey’s Your Solution to Ending Debt‎. Christian debt relief recommended by k-love radio. Logos Bible Software</span></p>
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<p style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#800080;font-size:14pt;"><strong>TO RAISE MY HANDS, SING, SHOUT, CLAP OR NOT IN WORSHIP</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">Question: "</span>Should we raise our hands/clap our hands during worship?"</strong></span></p> <p><br><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> My wife and I got into a conversation about lifting your hands in Church, she asked should you come as you are? I shared with her the concept of “come as you are,” if understood correctly, is biblical, the precise phrase “come as you are” is not found in Scripture. But, the Bible does have a variety of verses that imply the same message, based on God’s amazing grace. Than she asked would it really matter to God if we lift hands or clap or not in worship. Told her I’m not certain but I would research it so this is what I found</strong></span></p> <p><br><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> <span style="color:#ff0000;">Answer:</span> Scripture commands that we worship God, that we exalt His name and offer Him our praise. There is biblical precedent for both the lifting of hands and the clapping of hands as an act of worship. Let’s look at  <a href="https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Ps%2047.1">Psalms 47:1</a>says, “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.” It appears that, both clapping and shouting out joyful worship to God are urged. Look at  <a href="https://biblia.com/bible/esv/1%20Tim%202.8">1 Timothy 2:8</a>, we read, “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.” this verse emphasis the attitude of the heart; however, we see that lifting hands is an appropriate posture for prayer and worship. Having these biblical precedents, we can safely conclude that both of those expressions can be an act of worship.</strong></span><br><br><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> What we need to ascertain is if those expressions, or indeed if any specified expression, is an actual <em>requirement</em> for worship. In examining specific acts of worship in the Scriptures, we see there are a variety of expressions and postures. We’ve already seen the command to clap our hands and shout to the Lord. “The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: ‘He is good; his love endures forever.’ Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud” (<a href="https://biblia.com/bible/esv/2%20Chron%205.13">2 Chronicles 5:13</a>). So, we see that singing praises and playing instruments were also appropriate expressions of worship. Singing as worship is also found in <a href="https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Eph%205.19">Ephesians 5:19</a>, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.”</strong></span><br><br><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> The postures of worship include standing, kneeling, prostrating ourselves, eyes lifted up, eyes cast down, and hands raised. We do not see one specific posture universally required in worship, and neither do we see one specific “authorized” expression of worship. We can conclude, therefore, that the raising of hands and/or the clapping of hands during worship is an appropriate expression of worship, although neither is required for worship. <a href="https://biblia.com/bible/esv/John%204.24">John 4:24</a> says, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." Worship is a spiritual event, and true worship comes from the heart. If our worship is not heartfelt, it doesn’t matter what posture or expression of worship we use. If our worship is from the heart, God accepts our worship.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>1 Timothy 2:8 Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting holy hands, without wrath and dissension.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>Leviticus 9:22 Then Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he stepped down after making the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>Exodus 17:11 So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>1 Kings 8:22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>1 Kings 8:54 When Solomon had finished praying this entire prayer and supplication to the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread toward heaven.</strong></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>various resources Logos Bible Software,Living Word Bible, Online research </strong></span></p> <p>Always check the scriptures yourself for the truth Have a God Filled DAY….spend five mintues a day in Gods word you will be glad you did</p> <p> </p>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 18pt; color: #ff0000;"><strong>DO NOT MOCK GOD</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Yes, there will be yay sayer and nay sayers… I will defend my faith and stand firm in God's word. 1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Every day, in every part of the world, there are people who choose to mock God. Many go out of their way to blaspheme, to ridicule, and to shake their fist at their Creator. The amount of mockery is disheartening, and its audacity is often breathtaking. God sees all this, and surely, He could do something about it. Why does He allow it to continue?</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>God created mankind with free will. Revelation 4:11 reads, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (KJV). The Almighty created us for His glory and pleasure, and what greater pleasure could there be than being loved by someone willingly and joyously and without being forced to love? God did not create mindless drones that would simply do His bidding. He wanted children, similar to the way that human parents want children, not as servants but thinking individuals, complete with their own quirks and personalities. God wanted to have fellowship with us, a relationship with us. True, genuine love is voluntary. And because God created mankind this way—of course, He did not have to, but chose to—we have the free will to disobey Him, blaspheme Him, and, yes, even mock Him. But we are warned in Galatians 6:7 that God will not always be mocked. The blasphemy and derision are temporary. There will be a day of reckoning, and, ultimately, a man reaps what he sows’</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>We have the ability to choose good or evil, right or wrong. God also gave us a solution, a way out of sin and into eternal life. Jesus Christ has provided the means of restoring a loving relationship with God, through His sacrifice on the cross.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>What does it mean that God is not mocked?" Galatians 6:7: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows’</strong></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong> Answer: To mock God is to disrespect, dishonor, or ignore Him. It is a serious offense committed by those who have no fear of God or who deny His existence. The most easily recognized form of mockery is disrespect typified by verbal insults or other acts of disdain. It is associated with ridicule, scoffing, and defiance. Mockery is a dishonoring attitude that shows low estimation, contempt, or even open hostility. In the Bible mockery is a behavior and attitude shown by the fool read  (<a href="https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Ps%2074.22">Psalm 74:22</a>), the wicked (<a href="https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Ps%201.1">Psalm 1:1</a>), the enemy (<a href="https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Ps%2074.10">Psalm 74:10</a>), the hater of knowledge (<a href="https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Prov%201.22">Proverbs 1:22</a>; <a href="https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Proverbs%2013.1">13:1</a>), the proud (<a href="https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Ps%20119.51">Psalm 119:51</a>; <a href="https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Isa%2037.17">Isaiah 37:17</a>), and the unteachable (<a href="https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Prov%2015.12">Proverbs 15:12</a>). A mocker goes beyond mere lack of judgment to making a conscious decision for evil. Mockers are without a spirit of obedience, teachability, discernment, wisdom, worship, or faith.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>        B Mocking and God</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>▼   B1 Mocking God</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>The words of Sennacherib sent to mock the living God (Isa. 37:17); you have mocked the Lord (Isa. 37:24); do not scoff lest your bonds become stronger (Isa. 28:22); God is not mocked (Gal. 6:7).</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>▼   B2 Mocking Christ</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>When Jesus said the girl was not dead they laughed at him (Matt. 9:24; Mark 5:40; Luke 8:53); they will mock the Son of Man (Matt. 20:19; Mark 10:34); he will be mocked and shamefully treated (Luke 18:32); they ridiculed and mocked him (Matt. 27:29; Matt. 27:31; Mark 15:20); they mocked him and beat him (Luke 22:63); the chief priests mocked him (Matt. 27:41; Mark 15:31); Herod and his soldiers mocked him (Luke 23:11); the soldiers mocked him (Luke 23:36); the Pharisees scoffed at him (Luke 16:14); the rulers sneered at him (Luke 23:35); when they heard of the resurrection, some mocked (Acts 17:32).</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy 2 Chronicles 36:16</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>A couple of people Who Famously Mocked God…</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Marilyn Monroe (Hollywood Celebrity)</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>She had the perfect life anyone could dream of; remarkable wealth and great fame. Despite all that, Marilyn kept all her sufferings to herself.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>One day during filming, a preacher named Billy Graham visited her. He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her. After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said: "I don't need your Jesus" A week later, she was found dead in her bedroom.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>John Lennon (The Beatles)</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>"Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more famous than Him" (1966). On the 8 December 1980, John Lennon was shot six times by one of his fanatics in front of his house and died at the scene.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Bon Scott (Singer):  The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang: "Don't stop me, I'm going down all the way, down the highway to hell". On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by his own vomit.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>THOMAS ANDREWS</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Thomas Andrews was the architect of the “greatest” ship Titanic. After the construction of the Titanic, he was asked by a reporter just how safe the Titanic was. His response is infamous, as with an ironic tone he said, “Not even God can sink the Titanic.” We all know what happened to the Titanic.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Jesus is the true king, no matter how the skeptics might mock him. Because the king does not do something does not mean he is powerless. His purposes go beyond our wisdom. No efforts of the enemy can thwart God’s sovereign plans.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Resources: Got Questions Ministries. (2002–2013). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.</strong></span></p> <p><a href="https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=865149&u=1799492&m=65621&urllink=&afftrack=" target="_blank"><img src="https://static.shareasale.com/image/65621/nordicstyle-ads-125-125-high.jpg" alt="Teak Shower mat, bath mat, teak tile" border="0" /></a></p>
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Not just on memorial or veteran’s day but daily
<p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:18pt;color:#0000ff;"><strong>Not just on memorial or veteran’s day but daily </strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="//ministerwtayers.podbean.com/mf/web/76dxg5/remHD1-1.jpg" alt="remHD1-1.jpg" width="438" height="246"></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>I would like to extend a special thank you to any of you who may be members (active or retired) of the Armed Forces—or loved someone who was. Not just on memorial or veteran’s day but daily thank you for your service and thank to your family members as well: There are times in military service, as in civilian life, that we can focus on the work or duties at hand and invite stress or anxiety into our lives.  The Bible tells us, “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) The Lord asks that you give your confusion and concerns over to Him so that He can remove these distractions and direct you on the proper course.  Let His training inform your heart as you allow your military training to inform your work.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>Doubt can strike us at any time, clouding our decision-making abilities and possibly putting us and those around us in danger.  In these times of confusion, “consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:3) The Bible is filled with examples of those who have walked the path of the Lord through the most physically and morally trying times and triumphed over adversity due to their faith.  Keep Him in your heart and He shall keep you in His hands. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>While we may celebrate these holidays with the traditional hamburgers-and-hot-dogs barbecue and enjoy the heralding of the summer season, Memorial Day is so much more than sales at the mall and opening the pool.  We have Memorial Day and veterans day so that we have a special designated time to remember those who have served in the military, honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> To me Whether they realized it or not, these men and women are in many ways Christ-like:  they have answered a call to service, given themselves over and completely, and sacrificed their lives so that others may have freedom. The old song says that “freedom isn’t free,” and we should not forget that we are able to enjoy the freedom we have in the United States because someone gave their life for that freedom, just like Christ gave His life so that we would be eternally free. Be blessed and remain vigilant.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>Willie T Ayers</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”        —John 15:13</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>Praise to you, ever-watchful God, for you are our refuge and strength in every time and place. Send your blessing upon those who are serving our country in the armed forces. By your powerful Spirit, shield them from all harm. Uphold them in good times and bad, especially when danger threatens. Let your peace be the sentry that stands guard over their lives, so that they may return home safely. Look with compassion on all victims of war; ease their sufferings and heal their wounds. Put an end to wars over all the earth, and hasten the day when the human family will rejoice in lasting peace. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns as the Prince of Peace, both now and for ever. Amen. + John F. Kinney Bishop of Saint Cloud, MN © 2003 Diocese of Saint Cloud. All rights reserve</strong></span></p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> </p>
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REVELATION Behold, the days come. Will You Be Ready?
<p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong> REVELATION Behold, the days come. Will You Be Ready?</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Is the unseen now visible, is the unrealized now taking place? In 1947 the nation of Israel was born.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>On December 6<sup>th</sup> did President Trump fulfill scripture with his words shook the world. For the first time in over 2000 years, Jerusalem was recognized as the capital of Israel. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>To my knowledge the word rapture does not occur in the Bible. The term comes from a Latin word meaning “a carrying off, a transport, or a snatching away.” The concept of the “carrying off” or the rapture of the church is clearly taught in Scripture. HOPE AND ENCOURAGEMENT The book of Revelation is an exciting yet often misunderstood book of the Bible, it was probably Written  between 35 and 65 years after Jesus' resurrection. An “early date”, around 64-68 A.D., during the reign of the Roman emperor, Nero • A “late date”, around 95-96 A.D., during the reign of emperor Domitian. This text became a source of hope and encouragement for Christians facing persecution. If there is one verse that summarizes the theme of the book of Revelation, it is this one: “These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” (Re 17:14)</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>POINTS OF UNITY Although the book of Revelation allows for many interpretations, all Christians seem to agree that:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>The message of the book is relevant for Christians today, as it was for Christians in the times of the apostles;</strong></span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>The main purpose of the book is to provide hope and encouragement for believers of all times, especially in times of persecution or suffering; which is happening in today’s society</strong></span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>The message of the book is clear on at least three points: • Christ is coming back and will judge humanity; • The powers of evil are doomed before Christ; • God promises a wonderful future for all who believe in Christ.</strong></span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>GOD ACTING IN HISTORY Both the Old and New Testaments reveal God as Lord over history. Christians of all eras have believed that Jesus will return a second time, however not all Christians have agreed that Revelation is all about the second coming. Whether the visions in Revelation have been, are being, or have yet to be fulfilled is a matter of debate, but the spirit of the last chapter calling on Jesus to come quickly is something all Christians can agree upon—"Come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20)</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Also Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 King James Version (KJV)</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so, shall we ever be with the Lord.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>666 Number of the beast recorded in Revelation 13:18. Neither Greek nor Hebrew had a written system of numbers. Instead, each letter of the alphabet indicated a different number. Many scholars have noted that, in Hebrew, the number of Emperor Nero's name is 666. (Nero reigned AD 54-68. He was the first emperor to persecute Christians.) Perhaps the best approach to the number 666  is to remember that six is a symbol of incompleteness; 666 would, therefore, indicate absolute imperfection.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>144,000 Group of believers who endure the great tribulation (Revelation 7:14). Some students believe that these persons are literally 144,000 Jews—12,000 from each tribe—who trust in Jesus Christ (see Revelation 7:4-9).1 Others point out that, after the Assyrians conquered Israel (722 BC), ten of the tribes ceased to exist. Furthermore, in the New Testament, "Israel" and "twelve tribes" frequently refer to Christians (Rom. 9:6-8; Gal. 6:16; James 1:1; see also Matt. 19:28; Luke 22:30). So, this group could symbolize the church on earth. In this case, the number would symbolize the people of God (12) multiplied by the people of God (12) multiplied by greatness (1,000)—in other words, the full number of God's people who endure to the end.2</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>antichrist (From Greek, antichristos, in place of Christ) Anyone who denies the apostle's teachings about Jesus Christ (1 John 2:18-22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7). Specifically, the antichrist is a Satanic counterfeit of Jesus Christ, described as "lawless" (2 Thessalonians 2:3-8) and as a "beast" (Revelation 13:1-18; 17:3-17). The antichrist may be a specific person who rises to power during the tribulation. Or, the antichrist may be a symbol of the false teachers and leaders who will arise when the end of the age draws near.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>apocalyptic literature (From Greek, apokalypsis, revealing) Jewish genre of writing, structured around visions that figuratively pointed to hidden truths for assuring God's people of the goodness of God's plans during periods of persecution.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong> Armageddon (From Hebrew, Har-Megiddon, Mount Megiddo) The city of Megiddo was located between the Plain of Jezreel and the western coast of Israel. Deborah, Gideon, Saul, Ahaziah, and Josiah fought decisive battles near Megiddo. So, the valley of Megiddo became the symbol of a point of decisive conflict. Based on the reference to "Armageddon" in Revelation 16:16, some students believe that a literal battle will occur near Megiddo. Others, however, point out that there is no such place as Megiddo; Megiddo lies in a broad plain.3 These students understand the reference to Armageddon as a symbol of the ultimate conflict between good and evil.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Church age The time period from the beginning of the church (about AD 30) until Jesus Christ returns for everyone who has trusted in Him, as promised in John 14.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong> eschatology (From Greek, eschatos, final) Study of the Bible's teachings about events leading to Christ's second coming.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>final judgement The event described in Revelation 20:11-15, when God resurrects all people, judges them, and delivers them to their eternal destinies.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong> first coming of Christ, The earthly life and ministry of Jesus Christ, about 4 BC-AD 30.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>mark of the beast Indication of a person's allegiance to antichrist (Rev. 13:16,17). The people of God receive a similar mark, indicating their allegiance to Christ (Revelation 7:3; 9:4; 14:1; 22:4). Some premillennialists believe that the mark of the beast will be an actual mark, required by the the antichrist. Other interpreters of Revelation understand the mark as a reference to a person's deeds ("hand") and beliefs ("forehead"). "Hand" and "forehead" carry this meaning in Exodus 13:9,16. millennium (From Latin, mille, thousand) Christ's reign on earth, described in Revelation 20:4-6. Premillennialists believe that the millennium is a future event and that Christ will return before (pre-) the millennium. Amillennialists treat the millennium as a symbol of Christ's present reign among His people. Postmi 11 enn ial ists believe that Christ will return after (post-) the millennium.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>rapture (From Latin, raptus, carry away) Event described in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, when Christ will return for His people. Dispensational premillennialists say the rapture and the second coming of Christ are two events. They place the rapture before the tribulation and the second coming after the tribulation. Historic premillennialists say that the rapture and second coming are one event.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>second coming The bodily return of Jesus Christ to earth, to reign as king.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>tribulation, great Time-period when severe calamities besiege the world and persons who remain faithful to Christ will suffer intense persecution (see Revelation 7:14). Amillennialists and many postmillennialists treat the tribulation as a symbol of the calamities and persecutions that have occurred throughout church history. Premillennialists place the tribulation at the end of time. Some premillennialists believe the tribulation will last exactly seven years. Other premillennialists view the seven years as a symbol of the completeness of God's dealings with the world.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong><em>Resources</em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>1 Hal Lindsey, There's A New World Coming (Santa Ana: Vision, 1973) 112-125; J. Vernon McGee, Revelation Chapters 6-13 in Thru the Bible Commentary (Nashville: Nelson, 1991) 64-69. ^George E. Ladd, A Commentary on the Revelation of John (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972) 117; Herschel Hobbs, "Amillennialism," in Revelation: Three Viewpoints (Nashville: Broadman, 1977) 99. 3Bruce M. Metzger, Breaking the Code (Nashville: Abingdon, 1993) 84; Leon Morris, The Revelation of St. John (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1984) 200; Robert H. Mounce, The Book of Revelation (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977) 302. © 2005 RW Research, Inc. 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A Prayer for JT
<p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:24pt;"><strong>A PRAYER FOR JT</strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;">Matthew 18:20 King James Version (KJV)</span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;">20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.</span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;">Psalm 107:20 King James Version (KJV)</span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;"><sup>20 </sup>He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.</span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;"> </span></strong></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>Dear Lord of Mercy and Father of Comfort, you are the One I turn to for help in moments of weakness and times of need. I ask you to be with your servant your child JT in this illness. Psalm 107:20 says that you send out your Word and heal. So then, please send your healing Word to JT.  In the name of Jesus, drive out all infirmity and sickness from his body.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> Dear Lord, I ask you to turn this weakness into strength, suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May your JT trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the middle of this suffering. Let him be filled with patience and joy in your presence as he waits for your healing touch.  Please restore your JT to full health, dear Father.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> Remove all fear and doubt from his heart by the power of your Holy Spirit, and may you, Lord, be glorified through his life.  As you heal and renew your JT, Lord, may he bless and praise you.  All of this I pray in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen. </strong></span></p>
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Genesis Sermon on Babel by Pastor Terry Beltz
<p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:18pt;color:#ff0000;"><strong>Genesis Sermon on Babel by Pastor Terry Beltz</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> </p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>Noah brings a new beginning, but humanity quickly falls back into its old ways as it seeks to usurp God's position by building a tall tower.  This tower demonstrates both the folly and the danger of human ambition.  Human ambition is filled with folly because, of course, no one can build a tower to the heavens.  But human ambition is also filled with danger because it cannot compete with God's perfect commands.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#ff0000;"><strong>Genesis 11:1-9</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” 5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” 8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel —because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><a href="http://www.tlcas.org">www.tlcas.org</a></span></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong><span class="editor_uppercase">TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL</span></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>4740 N HIGHWAY 83 Franktown CO 80116-9661 U.S.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong> Phone: (303)-841-8620 E-mail: trinitychurch@tlcas.org </strong></span></p>
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