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Archive for April, 2010

(1Tim 1:14) The grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

(1Tim 1:17) To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen

(1Tim 2:2) Our desire ought to be to lead peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way.

(1Tim 2:15) Christian women will be saved through childbearing–if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

(1Tim 3:1-7) Overseers have a noble task. Must be faithful in marriage, able to teach, not enslaved to ongoing sin, not proud.

(1Tim 3:15) The church is the household of God, belongs to the living God and is a pillar and buttress of truth

(1Tim 3:16) He was manifested in flesh, vindicated by Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among nations, believed in world, taken up in glory

(1Tim 4:4-5) Everything created by God is good, not to be rejected if received with thanksgiving, made holy by the word of God and prayer.

(1Tim 4:7-8) Train yourself for godliness which holds promise for the present life & for the life to come. Better than physical training.

(1Tim 4:12-13) Be an e.g. in speech, conduct, love, faith, purity. Devote yourself to public reading of Scripture, exhortation, teaching.

(1Tim 4:16) Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this for by so doing you will save both yourself & your hearers.

(1Tim 5:1-2) Treat older men as fathers, younger men as brothers, older women like mothers, younger women like sisters, in all purity.

(1Tim 5:20) A warning to elders who "persist in sin". They are to be rebuked in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.

(1Tim 6:6-8) There is great gain in godliness with contentment. Brought nothing into world & take nothing out. Content with food & clothing.

(1Tim 6:11) As for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness and gentleness.

(1Tim 6:13-14) I charge you in presence of God to keep the commandment unstained & free from reproach until appearing of Lord Jesus Christ.

(1Tim 6:15-16) God, only blessed Sovereign, King of kings, Lord of lords, Immortal, dwells in unapproachable light. Honor & eternal dominion

(1Tim 6:20) Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you.

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(Phil 1:6) He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

(Phil 1:7-8) It is right for me to feel joy about you because I hold you in my heart. I yearn for you with the affection of Christ.

(Phil 1:9-11) More knowledgeable in love, blameless, filled with the fruit of righteousness to the glory and praise of God.

(Phil 1:21-22) For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.

(Phil 2:4) Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

(Phil 2:5) Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.

(Phil 2:6-11) Equality with God not a thing to be grasped, made himself nothing, form of servant, a man, obedient to death on cross.

(Phil 2:6-11) God highly exalted him, bestowed on him a higher name, that every knee should bow & tongue confess.

(Phil 2:12-13) Work out your own salvation with fear & trembling for it is God who works in you,both to will & to work for his good pleasure

(Phil 2:15) Be blameless and innocent, without blemish in midst of a crooked twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in world.

(Phil 3:3) We are the real circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.

(Phil 3:8) I count everything as loss, as rubbish, because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

(Phil 3:12) Not that I have already obtained perfection but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

(Phil 3:13)One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.

(Phil 3:14) I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

(Phil 3:18) For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.

(Phil 3:19) Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

(Phil 3:20-21) Our citizenship is in heaven. We await a Savior who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body by his power.

(Phil 4:4) Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

(Phil 4:6) Do not be anxious about anything. In everything by prayer & supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God

(Phil 4:7) And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

(Phil 4:8) Whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, if anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

(Phil 4:11-13) I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

(Phil 4:19) And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

(Phil 4:22) All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.

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(Col 1:2-5) The saints & faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae have faith in Christ, love for God’s people & hope laid up in heaven.

(Col 1:9) Not ceased to pray for you, asking that you be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

(Col 1:10) Walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

(Col 1:11-12) Strengthened for endurance, patience & joy. The Father has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

(Col 1:15-17) He is image of invisible God, firstborn of all creation. All things were created through him, for him, held together by him.

(Col 1:18-19) Jesus is the firstborn from the dead. In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell to reconcile all things to him.

(Col 1:22) He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy, blameless and above reproach before him.

(Col 1:28) Christ we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

(Col 2:2) Paul prays that the Christians hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love.

(Col 2:6-7) As you received Christ Jesus, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith abounding in thanksgiving.

(Col 2:11) In him you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, putting off the body of flesh, by the circumcision of Christ.

(Col 2:17) The Law of Moses was a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

(Col 2:23) Religious rules have an appearance of wisdom but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

(Col 3:1-3) If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Your life is hid in Christ

(Col 3:5) Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire & covetousness which is idolatry.

(Col 3:9-10) You have put off old self with its practices & put on new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after image of its creator.

(Col 3:12) Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, patience and love.

(Col 3:16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom & singing songs.

(Col 3:17) And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

(Col 4:6) Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

(Col 4:17) Say to Archippus, "See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord."

(Phm 1:1-25) Paul writes to his fellow worker Philemon, his wife Apphia & their son Archippus to accept Onesimus as a brother in Christ.

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I’m reading this book for family devotions while on holidays. It is the best children’s Bible story book I’ve ever seen. Every story whispers his name.

Check it out The Jesus Storybook Bible – every story whispers his name.

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The beginning: a perfect home

And Adam and Eve joined in the song of the stars and the streams and the wind in the trees, the wonderful song of love to the one who made them. Their hearts were filled with happiness.

The terrible lie

They had broken their wonderful relationship with him. And now God knew everything else would break. God’s creation would start to unravel, and come undone, and go wrong. From now on everything would die – even though it was all supposed to last forever.

… God sent them away on a long, long journey – out of the garden, out of their home. Well, in another story, it would all be over and that would have been … The End.

(turn the page)

But not in this story.

… no matter what, in spite of everything, God would love his children – with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. …

Before they left the garden, God whispered a promise to Adam and Eve: "It will not always be so! I will come to rescue you! And when I do, I’m going to do battle against the snake. I’ll get rid of the sin and the dark and the sadness you let in here. I’m coming back for you!"

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(Num 1) Israel counted by tribes, clans & father’s houses. Each man camps under his standard. Levites guard tabernacle by camping around it.

(Num 2) Instructions on how Israel are to break camp and set out on their journey from Sinai.

(Num 2:3) The tribe of Judah camp in the most prominent place, east side toward the sunrise nearer the tent of meeting. Also set out first.

(Num 3) Instructions about which parts of the tabernacle and its furniture are to be carried by various clans of Levites when setting out.

(Num 3:12-13) The Levites to be taken by God in place of the firstborn who became God’s when he struck firstborn of Egypt.

(Num 3:38) The Aaronite priests camp before the tabernacle on the east, before the tent of meeting toward the sunrise as guards.

(Num 4:3) Levites worked doing the service of the tabernacle from thirty to fifty years of age. Each man assigned a specific task.

(Num 5:1-4) All unclean people sent outside the camp due to God’s dwelling among them.

(Num 5:5-31) A grain offering to cause remembrance of guilt rather than forgiveness. Jealous husband toward wife. Bitter water that curses.

(Num 6:1-21) Nazarites separate to the LORD i.e. holy. No wine, grapes etc. Not cut hair. No association with a dead body. Period of time.

(Num 6:23-26) LORD bless & keep you. LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. LORD lift up his countenance & give peace.

(Num 7) Each tribal leader brings the same gift each day for the dedication of the tabernacles. Vessels and animals for sacrifice.

(Num 7:89) When Moses went into the tent he heard the LORD’s voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim on the cover above the ark.

(Num 8:7) Levites are cleansed by sprinkling them with the water of purification, using a razor on bodies & washing clothes.

(Num 8:10-11) Israel lay their hands on the Levites, and offer them as a wave offering, that is, they become living sacrifices for serving.

(Num 9:1-14) The Israelites observe the first Passover since the Exodus at Sinai.

(Num 9:15-23) The pillar of cloud fire rests & sets out from the tabernacle. Nine times it is said Israel camps & sets out at LORD’s command

(Num 10:1-10) Priests blow trumpets to gather at tabernacle or break camp.Also sound war alarm & over sacrifices to remind God of the people

(Num 10:11) After all the previous instructions, Israel finally leave Sinai at God’s command as the cloud lifts from the tabernacle.

(Num 11:1-3) Israel complained, the LORD’s anger was kindled and the fire of the LORD burned and consumed some of them. c.f. Lev 9:24, 10:2.

(Num 11:4-6) Israel say Egypt’s fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic were better than God’s provision of manna.

(Num 11:23,31-35) The LORD’s hand is not too short to give Israel meat every day for a month. Plague strikes and burials take place.

(Num 11:24-30) God gives the Spirit to 70 elders of Israel who prophesy. Moses desire that the LORD would do so with all Israel c.f. Acts 2

(Num 12:1-9) Aaron & Miriam speak against Moses even though Moses is faithful in God’s house, speaks with God and sees the form of God.

(Num 12:10-15) God’s judgment is merciful. He does not make Israel’s high priest an unclean leper & implies he is Miriam’s father.

(Num 13:1-14:4) Israel will not enter the land because they live by sight not by faith. They want to return to Egypt.

(Num 14:11-20) God threatens to destroy Israel with a plague. Moses intercedes using Ex 34:6-7. God pardons Israel but

(Num 14:21-38) Israel’s dead bodies will be scattered in the wilderness because of their unfaithfulness. Shall not see the land.

(Num 15:1-29) Graciously the story of Israel’s rebellion & judgment is followed by instructions about sacrifices, the means of grace.

(Num 15:30-41) No sacrifice or forgiveness for high handed sin like Sabbath breaking. Penalty death. Therefore tassels to remind to obey.

(Num 16:29-33) Korah’s rebellion. The ground opened its mouth & swallowed them up. They went down to Sheol alive having despised the LORD.

(Num 16:35) Fire came out from LORD and consumed the 250 men offering the incense who had sided with Korah. c.f. Lev 9:24, 10:2, Num 11:1-3.

(Num 16:45-50) God judges nation with a plague. Aaron offers incense & stands between the living and dead. Plague stopped. Shadow of Christ.

(Num 17:8) The staff of Aaron sprouted, put forth buds, produced blossoms and bore ripe almonds. The priest’s staff becomes a tree of life.

(Num 18:7) Rebellion against priesthood is followed by reaffirming need for priests to guard tabernacle so Israel does not face wrath & die

(Num 18:8-24) Detailed description of God’s rich generosity in his gifts to the priests. God himself is their inheritance. C.f. Eph 1:18.

(Num 18:15-16) Firstborn sons are to be redeemed at a month old with five shekels of silver.

(Num 19:1f) The water of cleaning is made with ashes of a red heifer that was burned a sin offering. It is sprinkled in a person. Heb 10:22

(Num 19:20) If a person chooses not to be cleansed with the water of cleansing then they are to be cut off from the assembly of God’s people

(Num 20:10-13) Moses sins by striking the rock rather than speaking to it. Water gushes out from the rock. Moses will not enter land.

(Num 20:16) The LORD sent an angel (lit. messenger) who brought Israel out of Egypt. Was this messenger Jesus? C.f. Jude 1:5

(Num 20:28) Aaron is stripped of his high priestly garments which are put on his son Eleazar. Aaron dies but Israel still has a High Priest.

(Num 21:4-9) Fiery serpents bite Israel for murmuring. A bronze serpent set on a pole. If serpent bite an Israelite then could look & live.

(Num 21:21-35) Sihon and Og defeated. Israel takes possession of the lands of Gilead and Bashan outside the Promised Land.

(Num 22:4) The Moabites worry that Israel will lick them up as an ox licks up the grass of the field. Send to Baalam to curse Israel.

(Num 22:21) Balaam’s donkey has more spiritual insight that Balaam who usually looks at animal livers for omens. Ironic.

(Num 23:10) Balaam’s desire to die the peaceful death of a righteous man will not be granted.

(Num 23:22-23) God is for Israel like the horns of a wild ox. No magic or divination can work against Israel.

(Num 24:6-7) Israel’s tents pictured as gardens planted by the LORD beside waters. Israel’s seed, descendants, shall be in many waters.

(Num 24:17) Balaam sees him, but not near or now. A star & sceptre shall rise out of Israel & crush the forehead of Moab. Jesus !

(Num 24:18-19,20,24) Balaam speaks of the utter destruction of Edom, Amalek, Assyria and Rome!

(Num 25:1-3) Baalam’s advice. Israel begin to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women who invited them to sacrifice to their gods.

(Num 25:1-3) The people ate and bowed down before their gods.The LORD’s anger burned against them.

(Num 25:6) A man took a Midianite woman into his tent before the eyes of Moses & Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the Tent.

(Num 25:7-8) Phinehas son of Eleazar saw this & drove a spear thru their bodies while in the act. Plague is stopped by this act of atonement

(Num 25:10-13) Phinehas’ zeal matched God’s zeal for his glory. Phinehas given a covenant of peace and a lasting priesthood.

(Num 26:53,55) The land is to be allotted an inheritance based on the number of names. Be sure that the land is distributed by lot.

(Num 26:64-65) Not one of those counted were among those counted by Moses & Aaron when they counted the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai.

(Num 27:16-18) Moses prays for a man to shepherd Israel, leading in & bringing out. Joshua has God’s Spirit but ultimately shepherd is Jesus

(Num 28:1-29:40) Detailed description of sacrifices made each day, Sabbath, new moon & feasts. Bulls, rams, lambs, goats, grain, wine & oil.

(Num 30:1-16) A woman’s vow to LORD can be nullified by her father/husband. A woman is under the protective authority of father or husband.

(Num 31:6-8) War against Midian. Accompanied by Phinehas, vessels from the sanctuary & trumpets. Balaam among those killed.

(Num 31:31-35) Israel gain a lot of wealth very quickly. 675000 sheep, 72000 cattle, 61000 donkeys, 32000 virgin women.

(Num 32:33) Gad, Reuben and half of Manasseh are given the lands of Gilead and Bashan as their inheritance outside the Promised Land.

(Num 33:2f) A list of 42 Israelite camps through the wilderness from Egypt to Moab. Written down by the command of the LORD.

(Num 34:1-29) Borders of Canaan detailed for the purpose of assigning inheritances.

(Num 35:7,11) The Levites are given 48 cities & their pasturelands. Six of these cities are cities of refuge for one who accidentally kills.

(Num 35:25,28) One who kills accidentally is safe in the city of refuge but death of the high priest means he can return to his family land.

(Num 36:6) Numbers is full of examples of disobedience. But ends with the daughters of Zelophehad doing as the LORD commanded Moses.

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(Lev_1:1-17) Burnt offerings of bulls, sheep, goats or doves. The whole animal burned on altar as a pleasing aroma resulting in God’s favor.

(Lev_2:1-16) Grain offerings of unleavened flour with oil, frankincense & salt of covenant. A portion burned as pleasing aroma to the LORD.

(Lev_3:1-17) Peace or fellowship offering of which a portion is eaten by those offering the sacrifice.

(Lev_4:1-35) Sin offerings have blood sprinkled in front of inner curtain and put on horns of altar of incense. Blood used for cleansing.

(Lev_4:1-35) For high priest or nation a bull & blood inside tent. Leader a male goat. Individual a female goat or lamb. Blood outside tent.

(Lev_5:7; Lev_5:11) When an individ. cannot afford a female goat or sheep for a sin offering then two doves or even a non-blood offering of flour.

(Lev_5:14-19) Guilt offerings are expensive, a ram. For unintentional sins for not observing God’s holy things e.g tithes or incorrect oaths

(Lev_6:8-13) The fire on the altar of burnt offerings must be kept burning continually; it shall not go out, including during the night.

(Lev_6:16) Grain offerings, but not their own, may be eaten by priests in a holy place, the court of the tent of meeting.

(Lev_6:24-30) Sin offerings may be eaten by priests in the holy court of the tent of meeting. But not those whose blood enters the tent.

(Lev_7:1-7) Guilt offerings may be eaten by male priests in the holy court of the tent of meeting.

(Lev_7:20-21) People may eat of their fellowship offerings. But if a man eats when he is unclean then he will be cut off from his people.

(Lev_7:22-27) Israel are forbidden to eat fat or blood. These are to be used for making atonement.

(Lev_7:28-37) People eat fellowship offerings but the breast and right thigh belongs to the priest who offers the sacrifice on their behalf.

(Lev_7:37-38) This is law of the burnt, grain, sin, guilt & peace offerings on day LORD commanded Israel on Mt Sinai to bring offerings.

(Lev_8:1-36) Ordination – washing with water, putting on new priestly clothing, anointing with oil, sacrifice, blood applied & sprinkled.

(Lev_8:1-16) Washed by word & baptism. Have put on Christ. Anointed with Spirit, sprinkled with blood of Jesus’ sacrifice.

(Lev_9:6) Sacrifice is necessary so that the glory of the LORD may appear to Israel.

(Lev_9:7-22) The sacrifices commanded at Sinai are offered for the first time ever. First for the high priest and then for the nation.

(Lev_9:23-24) Glory of LORD appeared to all the people. Fire came out from before LORD & consumed sacrifices. Israel forgiven! Shout & fall.

(Lev_10:1-2) Nadab & Abihu offer unauthorized incense & fire before the LORD. Fire comes out from God’s presence and consumes them. c.f 9:24

(Lev_10:10-11) Priests to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean, and you are to teach Israel.

(Lev_11:1; Lev_11:45) Clean and unclean animals. Motivation for these instructions is to be holy because the LORD their God is holy.

(Lev_11:35-37) A dead carcass means that mud brick oven must be broken. Mercifully a spring or cistern remains clean. As does planting seed.

(Lev_12:1-8) Cleansing from blood flow for women after child birth. 7 and 14 days, 40 and 80 days depending on boy or girl.

(Lev_13:45-46) Person with skin disease,like a mourner, wear torn clothes,hair hang loose,cover upper lip,cry out unclean,live outside camp.

(Lev 14) Cleansing of leper. Wash clothes, shave hair, bathe in water, blood & oil applied to ear, thumb, toe. Blood sprinkled. Oil on head.

(Lev 14) The ritual for cleansing a leper is very similar to the anointing of a high priest – wonder what the connection is.

(Lev 15) Bodily discharges render people unclean and unable to go near tabernacle. Keeps temple worship & sex apart unlike Canaanites.

(Lev_16:14-15) The blood of the goat for sin offering is sprinkled in the tent to cleanse the tent on the Day of Atonement.

(Lev_16:21-22) Hands pressed on head of goat for Azazel and Israel’s sin confessed. Goat then sent away into wilderness to take sins away.

(Lev_17:11) The blood or life of a creature has been given to Israel on the altar to make atonement for your souls.

(Lev_17:15) Sometimes people were able to be made clean without sacrifice by washing clothes, bathing in water and waiting until evening.

(Lev_18:1-20) Israel not to uncover the nakedness of certain people. e.g. not lie sexually with neighbor’s wife & become unclean with her.

(Lev_18:25; Lev_18:28) Land of Canaan became unclean by these practices & vomited its inhabitants which will happen to Israel if does the same.

(Lev_19:2-4) Be holy for the LORD is holy. Obey your parents. Keep God’s Sabbaths. Do not make cast idols.

(Lev_19:9-10) Leave the gleanings of your harvest and fallen grapes of vineyard for the poor.

(Lev_19:19) You shall not wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material.

(Lev_19:37) And you shall observe all my statutes and all my rules, and do them: I am the LORD.

(Lev_20:26) You shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.

(Lev_21:16-23) No priest who is blind, lame or has a blemish may offer the bread, approach the altar or go through the veil.

(Lev_22:8-24) Animals offered in sacrifice, like the priests themselves, must not be blind, lame or blemished.

(Lev_23:4) These are the appointed feasts of the LORD, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them.

(Lev_23:5 f) Sabbaths, Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles.

(Lev_24:1-9) Arrangements for olive oil for the lampstand and for the bread placed on the table in the Holy Place.

(Lev_25:1 f) Sabbatical and Jubilee years & how relates to release of servants & land. Also ideas of redemption & redeemers. Exodus theology.

(Lev_26:1-13) If obey then rains, crops, fruit, peace, victory over enemies, multiply, covenant confirmed, God will dwell with.

(Lev_26:14-17) If not obey then panic, wasting disease, fever, heart ache, no food, enemies conquer.

(Lev_26:18-26) If still not obey then no rain, no crops, no fruit, wild beasts, no children or livestock, God not walk with, plague, enemies

(Lev_26:27-39) If still not obey then eat flesh of children, destroy high places, cities wasted, dead bodies, God hate, exile.

(Lev_26:34-35; Lev_26:43) Breaking Sabbath, the sign of the Mosaic covenant, is the cause of exile.

(Lev_26:40-42) But if they confess their iniquity, if uncircumcised hearts humbled then I will remember my covenant & the land.

(Lev_26:44-45) Despite their sin & judgment God will not hate them so as to destroy them utterly but remember his covenant.

(Lev_27:1 f) Instructions for how things dedicated to the LORD can be redeemed back for use by the people.

(Lev_27:28-29) Things or people devoted to destruction cannot be redeemed or ransomed but must be destroyed or put to death.

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(Eph 1:3) Blessed be the God & Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places

(Eph 1:4) He chose us in him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before him.

(Eph 1:5) In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to his will, for the praise of his glory.

(Eph 1:7-8) In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace lavished upon us, in all wisdom.

(Eph 1:11) In him we have an inheritance. Predestined by him who works all things according to counsel of his will for praise of his glory.

(Eph 1:13-14) In him sealed with promised Holy Spirit, guarantee of our inheritance until acquire possession of it, to praise of his glory.

(Eph 1:17-20) May God give spirit of wisdom & open eyes of heart to know our hope, our inheritance & power at work in us that raised Christ.

(Eph 2:1-3) You were dead in your transgressions and sins, living in the passions of the flesh, by nature were children of wrath.

(Eph 2:4-7) But God, rich in mercy & in great love made us alive with Christ, raised us up with him & seated us with him in heavenly places.

(Eph 2:8-9) For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this faith is not your own doing, it is the gift of God.

(Eph 2:10) We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

(Eph 2:11-12) We were separated from Christ, alienated from Israel, strangers to covenants of promise, no hope and without God in the world.

(Eph 2:13) But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

(Eph 2:19-22) No longer strangers & aliens, fellow citizens, members of household of God, growing into a holy temple in the Lord.

(Eph 3:6) The mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise through the gospel.

(Eph 3:10) Through the church the manifold wisdom of God is now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.

(Eph 3:18) may have strength to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth of the love of Christ.

(Eph 3:20-21) He is able to do far more than all we ask or think, according to power at work within us, to him be glory in church forever.

(Eph 4:1-3) Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called. With humility, gentleness & love.

(Eph 4:4-6) There is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father who is over, through & in all.

(Eph 4:7-10) Jesus who had descended from heaven to earth also ascended back to heaven and gave gifts of the Spirit by measured grace.

(Eph 4:11-14) Pastors and teaches are to equip the saints for the work of ministry & building up Church until we mature in Christ-likeness.

(Eph 4:17-19) Do not walk as Gentiles do, with futile minds, darkened understanding, alienated from life, hard in heart, given to sensuality

(Eph 4:22-23) Put off your old self which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires and be renewed.

(Eph 4:24) Put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

(Eph 4:32) Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

(Eph 5:2) Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

(Eph 5:8-11) Walk as children of light. Fruit of light is what is good and right and true. Take no part in unfruitful works of darkness.

(Eph 5:15-16) Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

(Eph 5:18-20) Be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another in psalms, hymns & spiritual songs. Singing and giving thanks always.

(Eph 5:25-32) Husbands to love, sanctify, wash & cleanse through the word, beautify, nourish and cherish their wives. Hold fast, one flesh.

(Eph 6:4) Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

(Eph 6:10-11) Be strong in the Lord. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

(Eph 6:14-18) Belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of gospel, shield of faith, helmet of salvation & sword of Spirit.

(Eph 6:24) Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.

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(Rom 1:11-12) I long to see you that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, that we may be mutually encouraged in faith.

(Rom 1:16) I am not ashamed of the gospel, it is the power of God for salvation to all who believe, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

(Rom 1:18) The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth.

(Rom 1:20) God’s eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

(Rom 1:21-26) Hearts darkened, became fools, exchanged truth for a lie, served not Creator but the creature, given over to lusts & passions

(Rom 2:6-11) Two destinies for both Jews and Gentiles. Glory, honor & eternal life. Wrath, fury, tribulation, distress.

(Rom 2:12-29) Keeping God’s requirements is what counts regardless of whether one is a Jew having the law or a Gentile not having the law.

(Rom 2:28-29) No one is of Israel simply by circumcision and flesh. A true Israelite is one whose heart has been circumcised by the Spirit.

(Rom 3:9-12) Both Jews and Greeks are under sin. No one is righteous, not even one. All have turned aside and become worthless. Psa 14:1-3.

(Rom 3:21) But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it.

(Rom 3:24-26) Justified by grace as a gift. Redeemed by Christ whose death was a propitiation for our sins. Saved by faith in Jesus Christ.

(Rom 4:1-25) In faith Abraham believed God’s promises & so was righteous. Father of of many nations of people who also believe.

(Rom 4:13) Abraham believed that his descendants (believing Jews and Gentiles) would one day inherit the whole earth not just shadow Canaan.

(Rom 4:17-19) Abraham and Sarah’s bodies as dead but he believed that God raises the dead and so could cause them to have seed (descendants)

(Rom 5:3-5) Joy because suffering makes endurance makes character makes hope. No shame because God love is poured out in us by his Spirit.

(Rom 5:6-10) While still weak sinners & enemies, God showed his love for us, Christ died for us. Reconciled to God by the death of his Son.

(Rom 5:12-21) Through one man’s disobedient act sin came bringing condemnation & death to many. Through the one man many were made sinners.

(Rom 5:12-21) Through one man’s act of obedience many sinners are made righteous and given life.

(Rom 6:3-11) Baptized into Christ’s death, burial & resurrection. Old man crucified. Not enslaved to sin because dead to it Walk in new life

(Rom 6:21-22) Fruit of slavery to sin (shameful deeds) is death. Fruit of slavery to God (righteous deeds) is sanctification & eternal life.

(Rom 7:15) I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

(Rom 7:18) I know that nothing good dwells in my flesh. I have the desire to do what is right but not the ability to carry it out.

(Rom 7:22-23) I delight in the law of God in my inner being but sin dwells in my members making me do what I do not want to do.

(Rom 7:24-25) Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

(Rom 8:1-2) No condemnation for those who are in Christ. The law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

(Rom 8:5-8) Mind set on flesh cannot please God, is hostile to God and leads to death. Mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.

(Rom 8:13) For if ye live according to the flesh ye shall die; but if by the Spirit ye mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

(Rom 8:15-17) We have received the Spirit of adoption as sons who bears witness to our status as heirs.

(Rom 8:18) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

(Rom 8:22-23) All creation groans in agony in pains of childbirth. We also groan inwardly as we wait redemption of our bodies.

(Rom 8:26-27) Spirit helps us in weakness. Not know what to pray but Spirit himself intercedes with deep groanings according to God’s will.

(Rom 8:28) We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

(Rom 8:29-30) God foreknew, predestined to conformity to image of God’s son, called, justified and glorified.

(Rom 8:31-37) No charges, no condemnation, nothing can separate us from love of Christ. Not tribulation or distress. Conquerors through him.

(Rom 8:38) Not death, life, angles, rulers, things present or future, powers, height, depth, anything in creation separate from God’s love.

(Rom 9:4-5) Israel’s privilege’s included adoption, glory, covenants, receiving of law, worship, promises, shared flesh patriarchs & Christ.

(Rom 9:6-13) Children of Israel are not those descended from Abraham according to the flesh rather Israel are those elected by promise.

(Rom 9:14-18,21-22) God chooses to whom he will show mercy & compassion & whom he will harden. Is God unjust? By no means! He is the potter.

(Rom 9:17) Why does God harden some? Pharaoh was hardened so God would display power and be glorified in all the earth.

(Rom 9:22-23) God patiently endures the vessels of wrath PREPARED for destruction to demonstrate his wrath and power so that …

(Rom 9:22-23) … the riches of his glory might be made known to the vessels of his mercy whom he PREPARED BEFOREHAND for glory.

(Rom 10:9-10) If confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord & believe in heart that God raised him from dead you will be justified & saved.

(Rom 10:13-17) Someone must be sent so that people can hear, believe and call on name of the Lord. Faith comes from hearing the Word of God.

(Rom 11:1-7) Has God rejected Israel according to the flesh? No, he has saved a chosen elect remnant of Jews eg Paul. The rest he hardened.

(Rom 11:15) Israel’s rejection of gospel results in gospel going to Gentiles. One day Israel will accept gospel and resurrection will follow

(Rom 11:17-24) Israel is an olive tree.Some Jews have been cut off from Israel by unbelief.Some Gentiles grafted in by faith. 1 tree-people.

(Rom 11:25-26) A partial hardening has come upon Israel of flesh until fullness of the Gentiles has come in. Then all Israel of flesh saved.

(Rom 11:33) Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

(Rom 12:1) By the mercies of God, present your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

(Rom 12:2) Do not be conformed to this world. Be transformed by renewal of your mind, testing to discern the good perfect will of God.

(Rom 12:10) Love one another with brotherly affection.

(Rom 12:11-12) Be zealous, fervent in spirit, serve the Lord, rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

(Rom 12:15) Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

(Rom 13:4,6) Civil governing authorities are servants and ministers of God to execute justice.

(Rom 13:10) Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

(Rom 13:11-12) Hour has come to wake from sleep. Night is far gone. Day of salvation is at hand. Cast off dark deeds. Put on light’s armor.

(Rom 13:14) Put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh to gratify its desires.

(Rom 14:4) Don’t pass judgment on someone else’s servant. Before his own master he stands or falls. And the Lord is able to make him stand.

(Rom 14:5-23) Eat and drink but do so in faith, acting wisely so as to not to cause a brother or sister in the Lord to fall.

(Rom 15:4) The OT was written for our instruction, that through endurance & through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

(Rom 15:9-12) The OT was not silent on Gentiles coming to Christ. Fulfils promises to Abraham and Ps 18:49; Deu 32:43; Ps 117:1; Is 11:10.

(Rom 16:1) Phoebe is a deacon, Paul’s ‘sister’, has supported him, should be accepted and aided in her work in a manner worthy the Lord.

(Rom 16:1-15) Women co-workers of Paul. Prisca, Mary, Junia, Tryphaena, Tryphosa, loved Persis, Rufus’ mother, Nereus’ sister, Olympas.

(Rom 16:16) Greet one another with a holy kiss. C.f. 1Cor 16:20; 2Cor 13:12; 1Th 5:26

(Rom 16:20) The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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Micah 7

 

18 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over transgression
for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in steadfast love.
19 He will again have compassion on us;
he will tread our iniquities underfoot.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
20 You will show faithfulness to Jacob
and steadfast love to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our fathers
from the days of old.

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A Christian sermon connects with the bigger redemptive-historical narrative of God’s actions in saving sinners and in strengthening sinners.

It also relates to Christian discipline – discipline that is dependent on the Holy Spirit, discipline that is not earning your salvation, discipline that is the fruit and not the root of your acceptance with God. And all of that takes you to the cross.

Source: Modified from comments made by John Piper

http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/2356_does_every_sermon_have_to_be_about_jesus/

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