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Sunday, April 03, 2016

What a tremendous day we had in the Lord’s house today.  The Lord allowed us to have 12 on the bus this morning.  It’s always a joy to walk into church on a Sunday morning and see the kids that rode the bus to church.

This morning for Sunday school we continued our lesson from two Sunday’s ago on the armour of God.  We looked at the second part of the armour of God which is the breastplate of righteousness.  The breastplate is an important part of the armour for without it one blow could be fatal in a war.  The breastplate was fastened to the belt to take some of the weight off the soldiers shoulder.  The breastplate protects some of our vital organs such as the heart, the lungs, the liver, the spleen.  As the breastplate defends the heart and lungs and all those vital functionaries that are contained in what is called the region of the thorax; so this righteousness defends everything on which the man’s spiritual existence depends.  Everything a Christian does is based on his heart.  What is in our heart will eventually come out of our mouth.  Salvation is from the heart.  Our mouth confesses our belief, but salvation is of the heart.  It is not of the mind.  We can know all we want to about the Bible and about God, but that is not what is going to get us to heaven.  Our heart has to believe in the work of Christ for our lives that He did on Calvary.  The breastplate is important to put on because on blow could be fatal.  We put on the breastplate of righteousness by obeying God’s Word.  If we obey God’s Word we will live a righteous life.  The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step so putting on the breastplate begins with one choice.  That choice is the choice to obey God’s Word every day.  We have to work at it one day at a time with God’s help.  Without God’s help we will be sure to fall because we need the righteousness of God in our lives.  To be righteous is to do what is right in God’s eyes.  We will make righteous decisions when we feast on the Word of God.  We feast on the Word of God when we read it daily, mediate upon it and memorize it.  Without the breastplate a soldier is asking for sure death as ANY attack could be fatal.  As a Christian we are asking for a fatal blow from Satan if we do not put on the breastplate of righteousness.  This means we must have a consistent daily walk with Christ and the Word of God.  The breastplate must be put on each and every day, and it must be a constant daily obeying of the Word of God.  One day missed could mean a fatal blow delivered to us by Satan.

 

This morning Pastor preached out of Acts 17:22-34 on “The Response To The Resurrection.”  The gospel is the resurrection.  Some people mocked the Apostle Paul.  The word mocked means to throw the lip, to jeer.  They didn’t like the resurrection.  The resurrection will cause a change in our life.  Just because God winked at their ignorance doesn’t mean He agreed with it.  No matter how much they mocked and didn’t believe, the message didn’t change and it couldn’t be changed.  Why? Could it have been they saw a change in other’s lives?  They didn’t want a change in their life and their way of living.  They were content with how they were living their lives.  They laughed at his message.  No matter how much you laugh at the message of the resurrection, it won’t change the message.  People today mock the preacher and the message.  Not only did some mock the message but some also mused at the message.  Some mused, or thought about the message, and wanted to hear more later.  They wanted to hear later a time that was more convenient for them.  If God is dealing with your heart it’s a scary thing to sit and think about it than to do nothing about it. They thought they were a pretty good guy; they were OK just like they were.  They wanted a more convenient time.  When will your convenient day come? It will never come.  Lastly, some chose mercy.  The only time Dionysius was mentioned was in verse 34.  One thing that was better than the other is they clave to Paul and his message.  The word clave means to be glued to.  They believe the message Paul preached and they believed the resurrection.  The message pricked their heart and they got saved because of it.  The message you give out matters.  Preach the message because it does matter.  You’ll get discouraged, but what will help you is when you look around at others that are saved and see it does not matter.  What is your response to the resurrection?  Are you mocking the message, musing over the message, or choosing His mercy?  The choice is yours.

Tonight Dr. Young preached for us because Pastor is out of town this week.  Dr. Young preached on “A Designed Plan For Your Life” out of Philippians 2:12-15.  Raising your children is a responsibility. Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  This verse is a heart verse and until you get it in your heart you’ll spit and sputter in raising your kids and not raise them right.  If you do what the Bible says, the Bible will do what it says it will do.  To rear a family you have to have a plan.  You have to have a plan of finishing the course with great joy, and the great joy will come when you know your kids are walking in truth and walking with the Lord.  If you don’t live a life of Bible, prayer, and service don’t expect your kids to turn out right.  If you care about others, your family will know that you care about them; because you can’t care about others if you don’t care about your family.  You must set an example for your kids.  If you don’t put a guideline of the Bible in their lives you’ll never have a kid to turn out for God.  It won’t be accidental it will be a designed plan if you raise your kids for God.  Get them close enough to God and God will take over and do the rest.  God has designed you to carry out His plan – vs. 13.  Your child knows if you’re hooked up with God or not.  God wants to have a good time with you tomorrow.  God will help you to fulfill His plan for your life.  We have the power working in us.  God wants to be in the midst of working in your family.  God doesn’t was you to live the Christian life alone and He doesn’t want you to raise your kids for God alone either.  The attitude of your work is seen in verse 14.  Murmuring and arguing comes too easy too many times.  It’s the inward murmuring that will cause you to quit.  You murmur to yourself and all you are doing is killing yourself.  Murmuring against another will cause bitterness to come up in your life.  Live with what is there before you and quit murmuring.  The testimony you’re working towards is seen in verse 15.  You should be shinning lights, that’s what God expects.  You should live like He said to as shinning lights.  There are 4 aspects that must be conquered to have this testimony.  The fist is not taken in by Cain’s religion which is by works.  A  Christian doesn’t believe that salvation comes by works.  Watch out with the people you hang around.  If someone falls out, don’t hang around them.  Let them know you don’t agree with their sin and the life they are living.  Secondly Eli’s plan for a home – worldly philosophy.  Worldly philosophy ends in the story of an Ichabod for a child, meaning the glory of the Lord is departed.  The glory of the Lord will depart from your home if you raise your kids according to worldly philosophy.  An example of worldly philosophy is hitting your child on the hand but then embracing him for his sin.  You are living a double standard life.  Thirdly, it’s not Lot’s plan – give me that money thinking.  It’s where you need money and a social life to keep up with the Jones’.  He had to be Mr. Lot.  Have worldliness, but you’ll lose your family to the world.  Lastly, Joseph’s attitude will work.  Joseph had a forgiving attitude.  He lived his life above murmuring and arguing and complaining.  He kept on steadfastly living for God.  His life bore fruit for others to live off.  Are you living the designed life God has for you or are you living your plan for your life?  How are you raising your kids for God?  Is it according to God’s Word or is it according to the standards of this world?

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