Offended by Persecution

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What does it mean to be offended by persecution? Why must we endure persecution?

Mark 4:16-17

John 16:33

Matthew 5:10-12

Exodus 16:1-4

2 Corinthians 12:9

1 Peter 1:6-7

Matthew 16:24



Sown by the Wayside

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What does it mean to be seeds that fell by the wayside? How can Satan steal what was sown in our hearts?

Mark 4:15

Genesis 3:1-6

Numbers 13:27-31

Matthew 14:24-31

Hebrews 11:1

James 2:21-24

Romans 8:16-17



Not everyone is meant to be in our lives forever, but that does not mean meeting them was a mistake. Every person and everything God puts in our path is for a reason (or several reasons). Sometimes the lesson is holding on and persevering, while other times the lesson is moving on and letting go. Ultimately, success is not determined by how much money, achievements or friends you have but by the quality of your relationships and by how much you allow God to make you more like Christ.

The House on the Rock

The Lord is leading me to do things a little differently this time. I am giving you the scriptures I will be preaching on before I do the podcast. This will be the last in our series on Matthew 7. I want to challenge us (myself and anyone who cares) to read these scriptures and think about them and do our best to put them into practice this week. Those who have their House on the Rock are not those who simply hear a message, but those who put that message into PRACTICE! So let’s seek God’s help and leading and I think it will be much more powerful when we actually come to the message next week.

Matthew 7:24-27

24 So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock.

25 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

26 And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand.

27 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great and complete was the fall of it.

Psalm 1

1 Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.

2 But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.

3 And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].

4 Not so the wicked [those disobedient and living without God are not so]. But they are like the chaff [worthless, dead, without substance] which the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked [those disobedient and living without God] shall not stand [justified] in the judgment, nor [b]sinners in the congregation of the righteous [those who are upright and in right standing with God].

6 For the Lord knows and is fully acquainted with the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly [those living outside God’s will] shall perish (end in ruin and come to nought).

Colossians 2:6-10

6 As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him.

7 Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.

8 See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah).

9 For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].

10 And you [f]are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].

Podcast Hiatus

As I was about to record this week’s podcast, I could not focus on the topic I was going to preach on. All I could think about was all the blessings God has been giving me lately. So, instead of a podcast, I just want to say, “Thank you, Jesus, for everything!”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

16 Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always);

17 Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];

18 Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].

19 Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit;

20 Do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the prophets [do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhortation or warning].

21 But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.

22 Abstain from evil [shrink from it and keep aloof from it] in whatever form or whatever kind it may be.

23 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

24 Faithful is He Who is calling you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you].


Not Under Law

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [as subjects of God’s favor and mercy]

I want to make it clear that as Christians we are free from the demands of the ceremonial and judicial aspects of the law of Moses. We no longer have to keep holidays, sacrifice animals, or be circumcised. We no longer have to kill people because of their sin or cast them away because of their uncleanness. However, the moral part of the law is still a requirement, not to receive salvation, but as the result and proof of our salvation.

The ceremonial part of the Law of Moses was all a symbol and shadow of what Christ has now accomplished on the Cross. The rituals, holidays, sacrifices, etc. are no longer necessary, for they have been totally fulfilled once and forever IN CHRIST JESUS and HIM CRUCIFIED.

The judicial part of the Law of Moses was to keep order amongst the chosen people of God. There was no separation of Church and State back then and God had to create a government for the entire nation of Israel. However, God no longer works primarily through one nation anymore, but, because of what Jesus accomplished at Calvary, anyone from any nation can be a Child of God. Thus, it is useless to try to create a government over the entire Church.

The moral part of the Law of Moses is still in effect. We cannot be saved by our moral deeds, yet, if we are saved, the Holy Spirit will begin producing His morality within us. All the “thou shalt not___”’s can be summed in the phrase “Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.” Once again, this can only be accomplished through our faith being placed in Christ and the Cross, which will allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, to make us be the loving people we ought to be.

To put it simply, we are no longer under the law, because it is all fulfilled. The ceremonial law is fulfilled whenever we are abiding In Christ. The judicial law is fulfilled when we are born again into the Kingdom of God. And the moral law is fulfilled when we are walking after the Spirit.


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