Monthly Archives: January 2011

Alas and did my savior bleed

1)      ALAS is an expression of sadness, grief, concern, pity, sorrow.

2)      Today some might say something like WOW, though this is not quite as respectful in this case.

3)      This song says our Savior bled and this should have a significant impact on our lives.

4)      This morning we will look at the “bleeding savior” from the standpoint of the first four NT books.

a)      Our beginning point is Mt. 26.

5)      Mt. 26:31– READ

6)      Jesus offered a very special prayer – verse 39 – READ

7)      Jesus not only prayed this prayer once, He prayed it two more times (verse 44).

8)      Verse 45 says the time came when Jesus was “betrayed into the hands of sinners.”

9)      Verse 47 – READ

10)  After Jesus was taken into custody He began to go through a series of trials.

11)  Verse 57 refers to His being taken to the house of “Caiaphas” where “scribes and elders” were.

12)  Mt. 26:67 says Jesus was “spit on” and this act was not done on His clothing.

a)      Then we come to Mt. 27; here we find Jesus was “scourged” – verse 26 – READ

b)      The treatment in Mt. 26 was not pleasurable; the “scourging was enough to actually kill people.

13)  Then Jesus experienced the things described in verses 29-30 – READ

14)  Jesus was offered a pain killer (verse 34), but He refused to drink it.

15)  The crucifixion is recorded in verse 35 and the mockery He faced is found in verse 44.

 THESE ARE THE BASIC FACTS FROM MATTHEW SO LET’S TURN TO THE NEXT ACCOUNT OF WHAT JESUS FACED; THIS IS FOUND IN MARK 14.

 a)      Verse 56 of Mk. 14 says “many” came forward to serve as “false witnesses” against Jesus.

b)      Jesus was abused physically, mentally, and verbally.

2)      Notice this little detail from Mk. 15:19 – READ

3)      Jesus received “worship” before His death – people kneeled before Him and offered worship.

4)      Jesus was brought to the place of death and crucified with “two malefactors” (Lk. 23:33).

5)      Here is what we find in verse 34 – READ

6)      Jesus’ concern for others is also seen in John’s account.

7)      Jn. 19:25 says “stand by the cross of Jesus his mother.”

8)      The time came when He used some of His strength to send her away, verse 27.

 WITH THE BASIC FACTS IN MIND ABOUT JESUS’ DEATH ON THE CROSS, LET’S RETURN TO THE WORDS THAT WE OFTEN SING.

 a)      The question “did my savior bleed” is almost rhetorical – YES He did!

b)      He bled from the crown of thorns that was placed on His head.

2)      His body would have bled from the scourging He received.

3)      His body may have bled because of the people who struck Him in the face.

4)      We sing in our song:  Was it for crimes I had done that He “groaned” upon the tree?  Yes; this is true.

5)      Since Jesus has done this for us, we need to have a “thankful heart” (line four).

6)      We sing “melt mine eyes with tears.”

7)      Worship is a time to come and say “thank you” to God.

8)      It is also a time to remember Jesus’ death that saves us from sin.

a)      There is the “Lord’s day” (Rev. 1:10).

b)      The Lord not only has a “day,” He has a “supper.”

9)      Christians remembered Jesus’ death every single week because of what it represents.

10) Are we faithfully serving the One who died for us?

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Do NOT eat Autumn Monkshood

Tasty in Soup? In April 2001, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency warned consumers not to consume a poisonous flowering perennial plant commonly called Autumn Monkshood. The warning was issued because several of the plants distributed by Valleybrook Gardens, Ltd., a Canadian nursery located in British Columbia, had been mislabeled suggesting that they were edible….

The label should have read, “All parts of this plant are toxic,” but an employee changed it to, “All parts of this plant are TASTY in soup.” According to Michael Benoit, the nursery’s general manager, “The employee was making a practical joke and thought it would be caught by a horticulturist.”

The FDA warned: “All parts of this plant are poisonous! Cooking will NOT detoxify the toxic compounds.” In its warning the Agency listed the symptoms of being poisoned by the plant including cardiovascular complications: “DEATH could occur due to ventricular arrhythmias (irregular heart beat) or direct paralysis of the heart.”

The FDA reported that Valleybrook Gardens called all of its accounts, including nurseries in British Columbia, Canada, and Washington State and Idaho in the U.S., and notified them of the situation and asked them to pull the incorrect labels. Thankfully, when the FDA issued the report on April 26, 2001, there were no known illnesses or injuries. *

The Autumn Monkshood plants are not the ONLY harmful things to be mislabeled.

The Bible warns us of the deceitfulness of SIN (Hebrews 3:13). Although it is often “labeled” as something good and enjoyable, it is DEADLY (Romans 6:23). The bad news is that ALL of us have succumbed to sin’s temptation (Romans 3:23) and are in danger of suffering its consequences.

But God has a remedy….

Because of His GREAT love for us, He sent His Son to die for our sins (John 3:16). WHEN we believe in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from our sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are baptized (immersed) into Him (Acts 2:38), THEN He will cleanse us from sin. And, as we walk in the light of His Word, He will continue to cleanse us from sin (1 John 1:7).

Although mislabeled, sin CAN be “tasty” (pleasurable), but ONLY for a season (Hebrews 11:25). In the end, it is COSTLY and DEADLY!

Won’t YOU accept God’s remedy?

 — David A. Sargent, Minister

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Tie a yellow ribbon 'round the old oak tree

“Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree” was the title of a popular song in the 1970s written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown.  It was recorded by Tony Orlando and Dawn among others.  The words of the song tell a story from the perspective of a convict who has just been released from prison after a three-year term.  He wants to know if the woman that he loves has forgiven him and if she still loves him.  Previously he had written a letter to his sweetheart with instructions as to how he would know if she still loved him or not.  The instructions make up the chorus of the song:

Tie a yellow ribbon ’round the old oak tree
It’s been three long years
Do you still want me?
If I don’t see a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree
I’ll stay on the bus
Forget about us
Put the blame on me
If I don’t see a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree

Would she tie a yellow ribbon around the tree?  Had he been forgiven? Did she still love him, and would she welcome him home?  He could not bear to look…..

But as the bus approached the designated oak, the occupants who were aware of his agonizing situation erupted in cheers and applause.  The man looked and to his astonishment….there was not one, but ONE HUNDRED yellow ribbons tied to the old oak tree!  Because of those ribbons, he knew that she still loved him and welcomed him home. *

Like the man on the bus, WE are sometimes fearful because we are guilty of sin and know that we are to blame.  We wonder, “Can I truly be forgiven for my mistakes?”

There is another tree that reveals God’s answer.  The answer is: “Yes, I love you and will forgive you.”  The “tree” that reveals the answer is the cross of Jesus Christ!   

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  On the cross, He paid the price for OUR sins so that we might have forgiveness (2 Corinthians 5:21).

God will forgive those who: believe in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from sin in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).  He will continue to forgive those who continue to walk in the light of His Word (1 John 1:7).

Through the cross of Christ, God says, “I love you and I forgive you.”

Won’t YOU accept His forgiveness through your trusting obedience?

–David A. Sargent

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An antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers

 The following ads are reported to have been taken from actual newspapers:

1) Free puppies: ½ cocker spaniel, ½ sneaky neighbor dog

2) Snow blower for sale … only used on snowy days

3) For sale: an antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers.

4) 2 wire mesh butchering gloves: 1 five-finger, 1 three-finger, pair $15

5) Lost: small apricot poodle. Reward. Neutered. Like one of the family.

6) Dog for sale: eats anything and is fond of children

7) Nordic Track $300. Hardly used. Call Chubbie.

8) Found: Dirty white dog. Looks like rat. Been out awhile. Better be reward.

9) Hummels — largest selection ever. “If it’s in stock, we have it!”

10) Georgia Peaches, California grown — 89 cents/lb.

11) Nice parachute: never opened — used once, slightly stained

12) Tired of working for only $9.75 per hour? We offer profit sharing and flexible hours. Starting pay — $7-9 per hour

13) For sale by owner — complete set of Encyclopedia Brittanica. 45 volumes. Excellent condition. $1,000 obo. No longer needed. Got married last weekend. Wife knows everything.

14) LOST: One-eyed, three-legged male dog. Answers to the name “Lucky.”

 I’m going to share with you one of my “pet peeves.” I don’t like the word “lucky.” And, no, it has nothing to do with the ad above. I enjoy many good things in life. I have a lot of wonderful things happen to me. And there are times that I am tempted to say, “You know, I’ve been pretty lucky.” But then I recall that my good fortune is due not to luck or happenchance, but to the hand of Almighty God. I’m not lucky; I’m blessed! God has richly provided for me in ways far beyond what I expect or deserve.

 Can you picture Esther saying, “Wasn’t it lucky that the king was willing to hear my plea?”? Can you picture Paul saying, “Wasn’t it lucky that we weren’t killed in that shipwreck?”? Can you picture Daniel saying, “Wasn’t it lucky that the lions didn’t eat me?”?

 Then why would I dare speak of how “lucky” I’ve been in my life? It’s not luck — it’s the providential care of a loving God!

 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights…..” (James 1:17). Thank you, Father, for blessing my life so richly!

Alan Smith

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A man who paid for sin

Tonight a man told me he was going to “make a confession” and this is precisely what he did.  He spoke of how he had spent time with and money on women like Rahab (Jas. 2:25).

The bluntness of this man’s confession reminded me of 1 John 1:9:  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  This passage, of course, was written to Christians and it contains an important truth.  God tells His people to confess their wrongs.  Rather than hint about what we have done, overlook what we have done, or just “summarize things,” God says confess

God already knows what we have and have not done, but He still requires His people to acknowledge their wrongs.  This act encourages us to avoid the things we have done wrong and it is an on-going reminder of God’s grace.

Are we someone who truly confesses our sins to God?

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I found an error in the Bible

Within the last year i-pads, smart phones,  and e-book readers have become immensely popular.  These devices are so commonplace many Christians now read the Bible in an electronic format. 

If you use any electronic device to read the Bible, please bear in mind this warning:  You may find a mistake.  Over the last few years I have found at least three errors in the electronic version of the Bible I use and the latest one popped up today. 

The ASV of 1901 is supposed to say:  “and believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.”  An electronic version of this passage says:  “and believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of them and women.”

While “e-errors” may be relatively rare in our electronic forms of the Bible, they are there!

Brad Price
www.abiblecommentary.com

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Any idiot can face a crisis…

How has your life been going this week? Have you been facing any struggles, problems or difficulties? If you have as someone said, “Situation Normal”.

I ran across a really interesting quote this week that helps us put things into perspective. Anton Chekhov wrote, “Any idiot can face a crisis, it’s the day to day living that wears you out.” If you think about it, that is very much just common sense! It does not take a college degree to understand that concept, because that is what REAL life is like.

Our world seems to put a lot of emphasis on things being “perfect”. We want the perfect mate, perfect children, a perfect job, a perfect family or in short, a “perfect life”. I don’t know where our society has come up with their definition of what “perfect” is in any of those categories, but I dare say that none of us is approaching perfection in any of them.

Perfection in earthly things is a man made (or perhaps woman made also) concept. You may or may not have seen the movie “the Stepford wives”. The idea behind it is that the wives of the men in the town of Stepford were altered to become “the men’s” idea of perfection. They behaved in a certain way and talked in a certain way because they literally were programmed to do so.

The point is that none of us live what might be called “perfect” lives here on this earth. We all face struggles, most of the time on a daily basis and most of the time they are known only to us. My life might look perfect to you, because I don’t share my inner struggles or turmoil with you, you see only the crisis times that can’t be hidden. The problem is that as mister Chekhov said, “Any idiot can face a crisis, it’s the day to day living that wears you out.”

So how do we do it, how do we survive our day to day life? I know it seems almost too simple to many people, but the apostle Peter writes in 1 Peter 5:7, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.”

In 1932 Charles Frederick wrote the words of a hymn (No one ever cared for me like Jesus), that describes our relationship with God. Notice those words:

“I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus, Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true. I would tell you how He changed my life completely; He did something no other friend could do. No one ever cared for me like Jesus; There’s no other friend so kind as He. No one else could take the sin and darkness from me; O how much He cared for me”

Who do you trust to keep you safe and lift you up from the day to day attacks by Satan? Solomon wrote in Proverbs 28:26, “He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe”.

Are you walking daily in the wisdom that comes through a deep relationship with the Lord? If not, then you are probably struggling more than you need. I’m not saying that all of your problems will disappear, but it will help you put them in perspective! You see, this life is only temporary and eventually we are going to get to live forever with our Lord! No more worries, no more problems! So hang in there and hold fast to the Lord Jesus!

Russ Lawson

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