Bethel Mennonite Church https://www.bmcgladys.com A Conservative Christian Church (and podcast) in Gladys Virginia Sun, 11 Apr 2021 19:05:33 +0000 en hourly 1 https://www.bmcgladys.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/cropped-MG_8043-32x32.png Bethel Mennonite Church https://www.bmcgladys.com 32 32 Bethel Mennonite Church clean episodic Bethel Mennonite Church eldonyoder@gmail.com eldonyoder@gmail.com (Bethel Mennonite Church) Conservative Christian Sermons - Bethel Mennonite Church Bethel Mennonite Church https://bmcgladys.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Bethel_Mennonite_Church_Podcast_Cover-054.jpg https://www.bmcgladys.com TV-G Gladys, Virginia Gladys, Virginia Weekly Little Things - Humble Like A Little Child - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/little-things-humble-like-a-little-child/ Sun, 11 Apr 2021 18:57:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3852 https://www.bmcgladys.com/little-things-humble-like-a-little-child/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/little-things-humble-like-a-little-child/feed/ 0 <p>The issue with a fishhook in the finger is not the fishhook so much as the barb on the end of the fishhook. This little tiny barb makes all the difference in the world! If you have something in your eye, it doesn’t need to be very big at all to potentially do a lot […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/little-things-humble-like-a-little-child/">Little Things – Humble Like A Little Child</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The issue with a fishhook in the finger is not the fishhook so much as the barb on the end of the fishhook. This little tiny barb makes all the difference in the world!

If you have something in your eye, it doesn’t need to be very big at all to potentially do a lot of damage. You wouldn’t want to just put some numbing agent in the eye, you need to get that thing out of the eye!

Zechariah 4:10 – The world today isn’t a huge fan of small things. The tendency is to reward people who think a lot of themselves and talk a lot about themselves.

Judges 6 and 7 – This is the story of Gideon. God came and asked Gideon to lead forces against the Midianites. Gideon was pretty sure that he and his clan were just too small. Gideon wasn’t enough on his own, he had an army of 32,000 men, but the odds were still 3 to 1. God paired his army down to 300 men!

1 Samuel 17 – This is the story of David and Goliath. Goliath was a big man, he was trained and a battle hardened warrior. David shows up and hears Goliath’s challenge and was ticked off! He eventually went against Goliath without armor. He, a little man with crude weapons, but with God on his side, won a massive victory. His confidence was not in his sling, or his skill, but was in his God whose call he answered.

God sees the abilities that we have and He chooses us based on those, but the most important thing is that we are willing to answer His call. God expects us to use the abilities that He has given us for the benefit of His servants.

Too often we focus on our abilities or our weaknesses. God uses humans, in spite of our weaknesses. He can easily use anyone, but he uses you and me.

What would a job posting for Gods kingdom look like? It probably wouldn’t mention any talents, not because they aren’t important but because God can use any of us. He has created us, He knows us. The question is not whether we are qualified but whether we would answer that job posting.

God won the victory through David. Saul was jealous of David and became very upset. This contrast says a lot of things about each of these two men.

What Are The Instruments that God Uses? – 1 Corinthians 1:22-31 – There are two types of people represented here. The thinkers and the feelers. The Jews wanted a sign, the Greeks wanted a deep philosophy that could stretch their minds.

Paul says that God has chosen us to be where we are, and to be His hands and His feet where we are.

God wants to teach us about His power and Glory. God is the source of all good, if we are successful it is because of His greatness, not because of who we are. God speaks through humans because we hear him better than if He speaks with His mighty voice.

Sometimes we come to Jesus and we almost think He is lucky that we have chosen to follow Him. How absurd. We must humble ourselves before Him and when we work with others.

How we come to people makes all the difference, if we come as the “messenger of God” they will be put off by it, but if we come in humility, sharing what God has done for us, the potential to connect and make a difference.

Luke 6:38 – God works in us through others. We should be givers, when God blesses us He is going to use others to bless us. Just as God works through us, He works through those around us. It would be “easier” in many ways if God would send an angel to “set things right.” God uses men and women around us, and like us.

We must always remember that God is enough even when we don’t feel adequate for situation. It isn’t that God discounts our abilities, but He also doesn’t want us to use our weaknesses as an excuse.

If we don’t listen to and respond to God’s call, He isn’t going to twist our arm. What does it mean to become as a little child? It means trust, it means smallness, a willingness to accept that we have limitations.

Other scriptures used: Proverbs 3:5-6, Jeremiah 9:24, 1 Kings 19:11-12, James 4:10

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The issue with a fishhook in the finger is not the fishhook so much as the barb on the end of the fishhook. This little tiny barb makes all the difference in the world! If you have something in your eye, it doesn’t need to be very big at all to potenti... If you have something in your eye, it doesn’t need to be very big at all to potentially do a lot of damage. You wouldn’t want to just put some numbing agent in the eye, you need to get that thing out of the eye!
Zechariah 4:10 – The world today isn’t a huge fan of small things. The tendency is to reward people who think a lot of themselves and talk a lot about themselves.
Judges 6 and 7 – This is the story of Gideon. God came and asked Gideon to lead forces against the Midianites. Gideon was pretty sure that he and his clan were just too small. Gideon wasn’t enough on his own, he had an army of 32,000 men, but the odds were still 3 to 1. God paired his army down to 300 men!
1 Samuel 17 – This is the story of David and Goliath. Goliath was a big man, he was trained and a battle hardened warrior. David shows up and hears Goliath’s challenge and was ticked off! He eventually went against Goliath without armor. He, a little man with crude weapons, but with God on his side, won a massive victory. His confidence was not in his sling, or his skill, but was in his God whose call he answered.
God sees the abilities that we have and He chooses us based on those, but the most important thing is that we are willing to answer His call. God expects us to use the abilities that He has given us for the benefit of His servants.
Too often we focus on our abilities or our weaknesses. God uses humans, in spite of our weaknesses. He can easily use anyone, but he uses you and me.
What would a job posting for Gods kingdom look like? It probably wouldn’t mention any talents, not because they aren’t important but because God can use any of us. He has created us, He knows us. The question is not whether we are qualified but whether we would answer that job posting.
God won the victory through David. Saul was jealous of David and became very upset. This contrast says a lot of things about each of these two men.
What Are The Instruments that God Uses? – 1 Corinthians 1:22-31 – There are two types of people represented here. The thinkers and the feelers. The Jews wanted a sign, the Greeks wanted a deep philosophy that could stretch their minds.
Paul says that God has chosen us to be where we are, and to be His hands and His feet where we are.
God wants to teach us about His power and Glory. God is the source of all good, if we are successful it is because of His greatness, not because of who we are. God speaks through humans because we hear him better than if He speaks with His mighty voice.
Sometimes we come to Jesus and we almost think He is lucky that we have chosen to follow Him. How absurd. We must humble ourselves before Him and when we work with others.
How we come to people makes all the difference, if we come as the “messenger of God” they will be put off by it, but if we come in humility, sharing what God has done for us, the potential to connect and make a difference.
Luke 6:38 – God works in us through others. We should be givers, when God blesses us He is going to use others to bless us. Just as God works through us, He works through those around us. It would be “easier” in many ways if God would send an angel to “set things right.” God uses men and women around us, and like us.
We must always remember that God is enough even when we don’t feel adequate for situation. It isn’t that God discounts our abilities, but He also doesn’t want us to use our weaknesses as an excuse.
If we don’t listen to and respond to God’s call, He isn’t going to twist our arm. What does it mean to become as a little child? It means trust,]]>
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There Will Be Opposition - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/there-will-be-opposition/ Sun, 28 Mar 2021 18:45:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3851 https://www.bmcgladys.com/there-will-be-opposition/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/there-will-be-opposition/feed/ 0 <p>Ephesians 6:10-20 – We won’t be specifically talking about the armor that is covered here. We read about the spiritual life being a journey sometimes, but it is not just a leisurely stroll, it is often a battle. There is opposition all along the way. Matthew 26 and 27 – We know the story of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/there-will-be-opposition/">There Will Be Opposition</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Ephesians 6:10-20 – We won’t be specifically talking about the armor that is covered here. We read about the spiritual life being a journey sometimes, but it is not just a leisurely stroll, it is often a battle. There is opposition all along the way.

Matthew 26 and 27 – We know the story of Jesus. Throughout his life, from the cradle to the grave, he was constantly being apposed and attacked. As Christians, as follows of Jesus we should expect that there will be apposition as well.

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Ephesians 6:10-20 – We won’t be specifically talking about the armor that is covered here. We read about the spiritual life being a journey sometimes, but it is not just a leisurely stroll, it is often a battle. There is opposition all along the way. Matthew 26 and 27 – We know the story of Jesus. Throughout his life, from the cradle to the grave, he was constantly being apposed and attacked. As Christians, as follows of Jesus we should expect that there will be apposition as well.
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The Love of God is Vast and Unsearchable - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-love-of-god-is-vast-and-unsearchable/ Sun, 21 Mar 2021 18:45:59 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3850 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-love-of-god-is-vast-and-unsearchable/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-love-of-god-is-vast-and-unsearchable/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we are going to look at John 15:9-17 – What a packed portion of scripture. Looking at God’s love is such a vast and unsearchable depth.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-love-of-god-is-vast-and-unsearchable/">The Love of God is Vast and Unsearchable</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This morning we are going to look at John 15:9-17 – What a packed portion of scripture. Looking at God’s love is such a vast and unsearchable depth.

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This morning we are going to look at John 15:9-17 – What a packed portion of scripture. Looking at God’s love is such a vast and unsearchable depth. ]]> Bethel Mennonite Church 34:41
Who Can Harm You? - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-can-harm-you/ Mon, 15 Mar 2021 01:52:20 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3847 https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-can-harm-you/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-can-harm-you/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 3:13-17 – Peter asks a rhetorical question here, and the implied answer is “No one.” The whole letter from Peter kind of expects persecution, he is writing to people who are in the middle of suffering. Peter is saying that there is a sense in which no one can harm God’s children. We know […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-can-harm-you/">Who Can Harm You?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Peter 3:13-17 – Peter asks a rhetorical question here, and the implied answer is “No one.” The whole letter from Peter kind of expects persecution, he is writing to people who are in the middle of suffering. Peter is saying that there is a sense in which no one can harm God’s children.

We know that no one can separate us from God’s love. No one can snatch us from God’s hand. We won’t be tempted beyond what we can endure. We are kept by the power of God through faith.

From an eternal perspective, a child of God is safe and secure, no one can harm us and our soul.

Matthew 5:10-11 – those who suffer for Christ can expect great rewards in heaven. When we give something to God He gives us back something more, often it isn’t something tangible, but when we give up things to God, He gives back more.

What does it mean to “be ready to offer a defense of the hope that is in you?” Apologetics is important and has its place, but not everyone has the time, the opportunity, the education, or even the head for remembering a bunch of scholarly arguments. Peter is talking about something that every Christian should be able to do.

This verse is about us pointing people to Jesus, this is important at all times, but especially when we are in the midst of suffering. There is definitely a place for intellectual answers to difficult questions, but pointing to Jesus is something that we all can do.

Part of being ready to give an answer is having a good conscience and good conduct. If we don’t have these we really aren’t ready to give an answer. If that is the case we will be ashamed instead of the other way around. Non-Christians should be impressed when they get up close to us, there should be something different about us.

  • You will be blessed for doing the right thing.
  • My choices must come from a heart that hallows the Father

Christ Also Suffered – 1 Peter 3:18-22

Christ suffered once for our sins. Peter knows what he is talking about, he saw it up close. He was a witness to the suffering of Christ. He knows that Jesus was a good and innocent man.

He knew that he had denied Jesus 3 times. He knew that Jesus had risen and was victorious, vindicated, and glorified. Peter is calling Christians to travel this same road.

Verse 19 is a bit of a curious verse. There are a number of things that people think this means. There is a lot going on in the spiritual realm that we don’t 100% understand.

Baptism isn’t Peter’s main point here. He is saying that Christ suffered for us and should be glorified above all else. What he is saying about baptism is that it correlates to the ark and the flood. Peter says that baptism saves us, it isn’t the water itself that does this, it isn’t the ritual itself. He is talking about the spiritual truth that it represents in Christ. It is the answer of a good conscience towards God.

Jesus has shown us that we can trust all outcomes to the Father. Jesus committed Himself to Him who judges righteously. He left the outcome to God.

Therefore Arm Yourselves – 1 Peter 4:1-6

We are able to do something about how spiritually minded we are. It isn’t something we can do on our own, but it isn’t something that God does entirely on His own without anything on our part.

Choosing the mindset of Christ is the key to spiritual victory.

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1 Peter 3:13-17 – Peter asks a rhetorical question here, and the implied answer is “No one.” The whole letter from Peter kind of expects persecution, he is writing to people who are in the middle of suffering. We know that no one can separate us from God’s love. No one can snatch us from God’s hand. We won’t be tempted beyond what we can endure. We are kept by the power of God through faith.
From an eternal perspective, a child of God is safe and secure, no one can harm us and our soul.
Matthew 5:10-11 – those who suffer for Christ can expect great rewards in heaven. When we give something to God He gives us back something more, often it isn’t something tangible, but when we give up things to God, He gives back more.
What does it mean to “be ready to offer a defense of the hope that is in you?” Apologetics is important and has its place, but not everyone has the time, the opportunity, the education, or even the head for remembering a bunch of scholarly arguments. Peter is talking about something that every Christian should be able to do.
This verse is about us pointing people to Jesus, this is important at all times, but especially when we are in the midst of suffering. There is definitely a place for intellectual answers to difficult questions, but pointing to Jesus is something that we all can do.
Part of being ready to give an answer is having a good conscience and good conduct. If we don’t have these we really aren’t ready to give an answer. If that is the case we will be ashamed instead of the other way around. Non-Christians should be impressed when they get up close to us, there should be something different about us.

* You will be blessed for doing the right thing.
* My choices must come from a heart that hallows the Father

Christ Also Suffered – 1 Peter 3:18-22
Christ suffered once for our sins. Peter knows what he is talking about, he saw it up close. He was a witness to the suffering of Christ. He knows that Jesus was a good and innocent man.
He knew that he had denied Jesus 3 times. He knew that Jesus had risen and was victorious, vindicated, and glorified. Peter is calling Christians to travel this same road.
Verse 19 is a bit of a curious verse. There are a number of things that people think this means. There is a lot going on in the spiritual realm that we don’t 100% understand.
Baptism isn’t Peter’s main point here. He is saying that Christ suffered for us and should be glorified above all else. What he is saying about baptism is that it correlates to the ark and the flood. Peter says that baptism saves us, it isn’t the water itself that does this, it isn’t the ritual itself. He is talking about the spiritual truth that it represents in Christ. It is the answer of a good conscience towards God.
Jesus has shown us that we can trust all outcomes to the Father. Jesus committed Himself to Him who judges righteously. He left the outcome to God.
Therefore Arm Yourselves – 1 Peter 4:1-6
We are able to do something about how spiritually minded we are. It isn’t something we can do on our own, but it isn’t something that God does entirely on His own without anything on our part.
Choosing the mindset of Christ is the key to spiritual victory.
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Humility in Our Resolutions - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/humility-in-our-resolutions/ Sun, 07 Mar 2021 22:31:43 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3843 https://www.bmcgladys.com/humility-in-our-resolutions/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/humility-in-our-resolutions/feed/ 0 <p>Regardless of when you hear this, the fact is that the present is always a good time to be preparing for the future. 2 Corinthians 4:16 – Even if it is March, there is time to start the things you need to be working on. The top 13 New Years’ resolutions include things like, lose […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/humility-in-our-resolutions/">Humility in Our Resolutions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Regardless of when you hear this, the fact is that the present is always a good time to be preparing for the future.

2 Corinthians 4:16 – Even if it is March, there is time to start the things you need to be working on.

The top 13 New Years’ resolutions include things like, lose weight, quit smoking, take a trip, etc. Most New Year’s resolutions tend to be at least somewhat self-centered. Is that a problem?

Isaiah 14 – Satan says “I will ascend into heaven.” This was a resolution that Satan was putting forth for himself. He had plans, and goals, and dreams.

Often our resolutions are aimed at benefiting us or improving our lot in life. They are often pride-based, and that isn’t God’s way for us.

David is a good example of making resolutions that please God. He also made some really boneheaded decisions and did some things that weren’t in line with God’s desires.

God knows everything and He is everywhere. These two ideas are too big to fit inside of a building, or a universe. This is a great truth to teach our children and to know ourselves. A frightening thing for sinners, but a huge comfort for saints.

Psalm 139:1-24 – This lovely Psalm describes how God knows all about us, no matter where we are or what we are doing. He wants to help us, and improve us, and mold us into His image.

When God is holding you firmly with His hand there isn’t a lot of wiggle room. This is great if we aren’t trying to have our own way, but if we are trying to get our own way it isn’t something we like.

God has thoughts about your way of life, He has plans for you that are good! God has spent time in each of us, He has invested time in thinking about us and planning each of our lives.

Psalm 51 – This is a Psalm that David wrote at a very low point in his life. Nathan had just confronted him with his sin with Bathsheba, and the fact that he was a murderer.

After David recognizes the awfulness of his sin he says in verse 10 “Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.” Once we acknowledge who God is, and that He knows all about us, and we humbly ask Him to work within us… that is when He can start with a humble person and build something beautiful.

Whoever you are, humility before God is where God wants us to be.

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Regardless of when you hear this, the fact is that the present is always a good time to be preparing for the future. 2 Corinthians 4:16 – Even if it is March, there is time to start the things you need to be working on. 2 Corinthians 4:16 – Even if it is March, there is time to start the things you need to be working on.
The top 13 New Years’ resolutions include things like, lose weight, quit smoking, take a trip, etc. Most New Year’s resolutions tend to be at least somewhat self-centered. Is that a problem?
Isaiah 14 – Satan says “I will ascend into heaven.” This was a resolution that Satan was putting forth for himself. He had plans, and goals, and dreams.
Often our resolutions are aimed at benefiting us or improving our lot in life. They are often pride-based, and that isn’t God’s way for us.
David is a good example of making resolutions that please God. He also made some really boneheaded decisions and did some things that weren’t in line with God’s desires.
God knows everything and He is everywhere. These two ideas are too big to fit inside of a building, or a universe. This is a great truth to teach our children and to know ourselves. A frightening thing for sinners, but a huge comfort for saints.
Psalm 139:1-24 – This lovely Psalm describes how God knows all about us, no matter where we are or what we are doing. He wants to help us, and improve us, and mold us into His image.
When God is holding you firmly with His hand there isn’t a lot of wiggle room. This is great if we aren’t trying to have our own way, but if we are trying to get our own way it isn’t something we like.
God has thoughts about your way of life, He has plans for you that are good! God has spent time in each of us, He has invested time in thinking about us and planning each of our lives.
Psalm 51 – This is a Psalm that David wrote at a very low point in his life. Nathan had just confronted him with his sin with Bathsheba, and the fact that he was a murderer.
After David recognizes the awfulness of his sin he says in verse 10 “Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.” Once we acknowledge who God is, and that He knows all about us, and we humbly ask Him to work within us… that is when He can start with a humble person and build something beautiful.
Whoever you are, humility before God is where God wants us to be.
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Salt & Light - Be Real and Shine Bright - Ricky Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/salt-light-be-real-and-shine-bright/ Mon, 22 Feb 2021 02:45:40 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3839 https://www.bmcgladys.com/salt-light-be-real-and-shine-bright/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/salt-light-be-real-and-shine-bright/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 5:13-16 – We know that large crowds were following Jesus as He went around to teach and heal people in different towns. Jesus was seeking out the ones who were outcasts and were despised. Jesus was speaking to people who believed Him and were receptive to Him. Jesus had just started His ministry and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/salt-light-be-real-and-shine-bright/">Salt & Light – Be Real and Shine Bright</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 5:13-16 – We know that large crowds were following Jesus as He went around to teach and heal people in different towns. Jesus was seeking out the ones who were outcasts and were despised. Jesus was speaking to people who believed Him and were receptive to Him.

Jesus had just started His ministry and had just called His disciples. There were likely people here who were just curious, but there were many who had listened to John the Baptist preach and were ready to follow Jesus. Some of them had probably had a family member or friend healed by Jesus.

What is Jesus saying?

In this day of sodium-free, calorie-free food we may not appreciate salt as much as we should. We do at least know that it helps make our food better.

The most conspicuous light is the sun. Jesus doesn’t compare us to the sun, but rather to a city on a hill or a small candle in a dark room. We take lamps and light for granted, but the concept remains, if we want to use lights we shouldn’t hide them.

What does Jesus mean with these comparisons?

Is Jesus saying that you are unique and have a special job to do but there are ways you can mess it up? Like salt losing its saltiness. If salt isn’t salty it isn’t much good, at least as “salt.” In the same way, if we have lost our saltiness, our passion, our fear of the Lord we aren’t much good for the Kingdom of God either.

When you are persecuted, don’t retreat, follow Me!

How can we be salt & light?

Be real, be genuine

None of us are perfectly christlike, but when we see things in our lives that don’t measure up to Christ’s standard we should take note of that and with God’s help do better.

We won’t ever attain the level of Jesus, but that should be our goal, to be as real as we can be. The real salt of the earth.

Shine with what you’ve been given

Sometimes our affectedness can be limited by feelings of inadequacy or discouragement.

How can we offer hope to people when we struggle with hopelessness ourselves? How can we share the gospel when we don’t see as much evidence of it in our lives as we would like? Maybe we are like a lamp under a bowl and not shining as brightly as we should.

Look to Jesus, the Light of the World, to brighten your light. Jesus invites people to come to him who are weary and burdened. Go back to the light, soak in His brightness.

Sometimes we can become so focused on ourselves that we miss the opportunities to do good things for those around us. Are we looking for these opportunities are we feeling too sorry for our own selves?

Hebrews 3:13 – We can encourage each other. If we are feeling discouragement maybe others are as well, and maybe we can help them to feel less discouraged. There are a lot of hurting people around us.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 – Remember what you have, there is a hope that we have. We have access to the Father, the Light of the World. What a privilege that is! We may not feel like we have it together all the time, but we know where to go for help and direction. An honest growing Christian is a bright light.

Conclusion

The two primary lessons here.

We have to be real, we have to have the character of Jesus and be yielded to the Spirit to affect the world around us. When Christians are real it makes the Kingdom of God much more attractive to those around us.

Shine with what you’ve been given. Get the focus off of yourself, look to Jesus as your source of hope, and point people to Him as the ultimate source of hope as well.

Other passages mentioned: Genesis 39:4-5, 2 Kings 5:1-14, James 5

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Matthew 5:13-16 – We know that large crowds were following Jesus as He went around to teach and heal people in different towns. Jesus was seeking out the ones who were outcasts and were despised. Jesus was speaking to people who believed Him and were r... Jesus had just started His ministry and had just called His disciples. There were likely people here who were just curious, but there were many who had listened to John the Baptist preach and were ready to follow Jesus. Some of them had probably had a family member or friend healed by Jesus.
What is Jesus saying?
In this day of sodium-free, calorie-free food we may not appreciate salt as much as we should. We do at least know that it helps make our food better.
The most conspicuous light is the sun. Jesus doesn’t compare us to the sun, but rather to a city on a hill or a small candle in a dark room. We take lamps and light for granted, but the concept remains, if we want to use lights we shouldn’t hide them.
What does Jesus mean with these comparisons?
Is Jesus saying that you are unique and have a special job to do but there are ways you can mess it up? Like salt losing its saltiness. If salt isn’t salty it isn’t much good, at least as “salt.” In the same way, if we have lost our saltiness, our passion, our fear of the Lord we aren’t much good for the Kingdom of God either.
When you are persecuted, don’t retreat, follow Me!
How can we be salt & light?
Be real, be genuine
None of us are perfectly christlike, but when we see things in our lives that don’t measure up to Christ’s standard we should take note of that and with God’s help do better.
We won’t ever attain the level of Jesus, but that should be our goal, to be as real as we can be. The real salt of the earth.
Shine with what you’ve been given
Sometimes our affectedness can be limited by feelings of inadequacy or discouragement.
How can we offer hope to people when we struggle with hopelessness ourselves? How can we share the gospel when we don’t see as much evidence of it in our lives as we would like? Maybe we are like a lamp under a bowl and not shining as brightly as we should.
Look to Jesus, the Light of the World, to brighten your light. Jesus invites people to come to him who are weary and burdened. Go back to the light, soak in His brightness.
Sometimes we can become so focused on ourselves that we miss the opportunities to do good things for those around us. Are we looking for these opportunities are we feeling too sorry for our own selves?
Hebrews 3:13 – We can encourage each other. If we are feeling discouragement maybe others are as well, and maybe we can help them to feel less discouraged. There are a lot of hurting people around us.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 – Remember what you have, there is a hope that we have. We have access to the Father, the Light of the World. What a privilege that is! We may not feel like we have it together all the time, but we know where to go for help and direction. An honest growing Christian is a bright light.
Conclusion
The two primary lessons here.
We have to be real, we have to have the character of Jesus and be yielded to the Spirit to affect the world around us. When Christians are real it makes the Kingdom of God much more attractive to those around us.
Shine with what you’ve been given. Get the focus off of yourself, look to Jesus as your source of hope, and point people to Him as the ultimate source of hope as well.
Other passages mentioned: Genesis 39:4-5, 2 Kings 5:1-14, James 5
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Christ's Mission for the Church as Stated in Matthew 28 - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/christs-mission-for-the-church-as-stated-in-matthew-28/ Mon, 15 Feb 2021 13:22:15 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3835 https://www.bmcgladys.com/christs-mission-for-the-church-as-stated-in-matthew-28/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/christs-mission-for-the-church-as-stated-in-matthew-28/feed/ 0 <p>It is an extremely daunting task for a church to figure out how to apply or pursue the vision that they agree upon as their mission. When you try to put this into words and develop a framework in a church it can be quite challenging. We are guilty at times when it comes to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/christs-mission-for-the-church-as-stated-in-matthew-28/">Christ’s Mission for the Church as Stated in Matthew 28</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> It is an extremely daunting task for a church to figure out how to apply or pursue the vision that they agree upon as their mission. When you try to put this into words and develop a framework in a church it can be quite challenging.

We are guilty at times when it comes to the task or mission of the church. We like to think and reason about it, and what it might look like, like we are having a business meeting for a business. Yes, we have to think and reason about it, but we have to base our reasoning on scripture.

Matthew 18:18-20 – In these three verses we have three missions.

  1. Go and make disciples
  2. Baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  3. Teach them all the things that Jesus commanded.

Go and Make Disciples

The idea here is that we make disciples as we go. Every disciple of Christ is “going” where we are. As we go, we are called to make disciples.

So, the question is, how do you do that? Are we doing it?

Everything that we do and say comes out of who we are. Are we a disciple? If so, out of that we “make disciples” of those around us.

All nations, all ethnic groups, all disciples belong to Jesus, and they belong to Abraham’s family and family of faith.

John 17:20-26 – All of these people belong to each other as well.

What is the basis for a person to become a part of the family of God? A person becomes a disciple by trusting Jesus as Savior and Lord. When this happens they become a spiritual descendant of Abraham.

How does a church, or believer be unique in their time and place, and not dechristianize other people who are doing the same thing? It is a tremendous challenge for us as conservative Christians.

A disciple is an “apprentice,” a learner… this person is a follower, someone who is learning from a teacher, a follower of Jesus is someone who in a very basic sense is learning to do the things that Jesus says to do.

The regeneration that happens when someone is born again is from above, it is the work of Christ. To trust Jesus and have our sins forgiven isn’t the only that being a disciple means, in Matthew 16 Jesus says that we need to take up our cross and follow Him. We are to give up control of and maintaining our life apart from Jesus.

Surrender includes our sins, our desires, our aspirations, our selves. Surrendering one’s life to Jesus isn’t giving up and falling into a lifeless space, it is letting go of being one’s own god and master and lord and instead, doing whatever Jesus wants to be done.

Mark 10 – The rich young ruler is an example of what surrender doesn’t look like. He couldn’t let go of his riches and his control.

Being a disciple is also about being conformed to the character of Christ. This is not something that happens once and we are done with it, it is a lifelong process.

This commitment to making disciples goes beyond just getting people to say “Jesus is my Savior” it is about walking with them as they surrender and become more like Christ.

Baptize Them in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

While this verse is connected to water baptism, it is about bringing people into a deep immersion into the presence and power of God. As a congregation, this means that we congregate to worship God. We congregate to listen to God’s word, fellowship in the Spirit, to talk with each other about who God is and what that means in our life.

We immerse ourselves in God together when we immerse ourselves in God’s Word and are talking about what God is doing, or where we’ve failed, where we have needs, where we are growing.

Some of these things are particularly difficult these days because of covid and circumstances that we find ourselves in.

To immerse ourselves into God as a congregation means that we need to be immersed in our personal lives.

This requires that people are able to be together without pretense. It is incredibly difficult when people feel like they need to perform and act like their life is a certain way when it really isn’t.

This requires honesty and humility and care for each other even when we admit that things are not ok. It requires that we don’t demand perfection of people when people aren’t perfect. It requires extending grace and mercy for where a person is, even when we’re helping them to move, or walking with them as they move to a different and better place.

To immerse in God’s presence means we have to give up on “having everything figured out.” It can be a tendency to think that we need to know exactly how everything is or should be. The “one right way” mentality can make it very difficult for people to express themselves, their needs, or state what God is doing in their lives.

Teaching Them to Observe all that I Have Commanded You

Most believers hear this and immediately think about the most prominent things that their denomination or local church views as things that you need to obey. It is very easy to get focused on one or two or three external things that make us “who we are” and forget that there are many other areas of obedience that Christ wants to teach us about.

Whatever change God is calling us to requires scripture and truth. People cannot learn to obey apart from learning what is true, and what it is that God wants. We need the truth in love, but we do need truth.

People will not experience inner transformation and external obedience unless they give up on the notion that people simply have to decide to feel, believe, different. You have to want to, but it isn’t true that the decision to change is all that matters. There needs to be a learning to think a different way, how to cooperate with God and other factors. It is more than just a strong will, it is a will that moves us to surrender and to cooperate with God. This involves feelings, desires, commitments, etc.

Conclusion

Jesus said that we need to go in His power. He has all authority, and we can only go in His power, His strength, and with His leadership. This isn’t something that we can do ourselves.

Jesus says that we are working in tandem with Jesus, He is with us, we are not alone. Jesus bore to the cross everything that is opposed to the Kingdom of God.

Acts 2 and Acts 4 – Immediately after Pentecost, the early church experienced a large influx of new believers. Peter said that to be saved the people needed to “repent, believe, and be baptized.” The picture of this group of people is one that is very dynamic. Were they being that way just because it was fresh and new and they were carried away with what was going on? What was going on for them that they were so enthused and dynamic?

What is it that produces a group of people that are so dynamic about what Jesus has done for them, and that is so alive when they are together, and so in love with each other? They did have their problems and challenges there in Acts.

Jesus’ mission is an invigorating vision and mission for the Church. The early church experienced it, and lived in it, and walked with each other in it.

Let us together commit ourselves to this vision and mission and to understand it and live in it.

Other text mentioned – Romans 4:7-12, 2 Corinthians, Joel

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It is an extremely daunting task for a church to figure out how to apply or pursue the vision that they agree upon as their mission. When you try to put this into words and develop a framework in a church it can be quite challenging. We are guilty at times when it comes to the task or mission of the church. We like to think and reason about it, and what it might look like, like we are having a business meeting for a business. Yes, we have to think and reason about it, but we have to base our reasoning on scripture.
Matthew 18:18-20 – In these three verses we have three missions.

* Go and make disciples
* Baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
* Teach them all the things that Jesus commanded.

Go and Make Disciples
The idea here is that we make disciples as we go. Every disciple of Christ is “going” where we are. As we go, we are called to make disciples.
So, the question is, how do you do that? Are we doing it?
Everything that we do and say comes out of who we are. Are we a disciple? If so, out of that we “make disciples” of those around us.
All nations, all ethnic groups, all disciples belong to Jesus, and they belong to Abraham’s family and family of faith.
John 17:20-26 – All of these people belong to each other as well.
What is the basis for a person to become a part of the family of God? A person becomes a disciple by trusting Jesus as Savior and Lord. When this happens they become a spiritual descendant of Abraham.
How does a church, or believer be unique in their time and place, and not dechristianize other people who are doing the same thing? It is a tremendous challenge for us as conservative Christians.
A disciple is an “apprentice,” a learner… this person is a follower, someone who is learning from a teacher, a follower of Jesus is someone who in a very basic sense is learning to do the things that Jesus says to do.
The regeneration that happens when someone is born again is from above, it is the work of Christ. To trust Jesus and have our sins forgiven isn’t the only that being a disciple means, in Matthew 16 Jesus says that we need to take up our cross and follow Him. We are to give up control of and maintaining our life apart from Jesus.
Surrender includes our sins, our desires, our aspirations, our selves. Surrendering one’s life to Jesus isn’t giving up and falling into a lifeless space, it is letting go of being one’s own god and master and lord and instead, doing whatever Jesus wants to be done.
Mark 10 – The rich young ruler is an example of what surrender doesn’t look like. He couldn’t let go of his riches and his control.
Being a disciple is also about being conformed to the character of Christ. This is not something that happens once and we are done with it, it is a lifelong process.
This commitment to making disciples goes beyond just getting people to say “Jesus is my Savior” it is about walking with them as they surrender and become more like Christ.
Baptize Them in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
While this verse is connected to water baptism, it is about bringing people into a deep immersion into the presence and power of God. As a congregation, this means that we congregate to worship God. We congregate to listen to God’s word, fellowship in the Spirit, to talk with each other about who God is and what that means in our life.
We immerse ourselves in God together when we immerse ourselves in God’s Word and are talking about what God is doing, or where we’ve failed, where we have needs, where we are growing.
Some of these things are particularly difficult these days because of covid and circumstances that we find ourselves in.
To immerse ourselves into God as a congregation means that we need...]]>
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God's Order of Headship in 1 Corinthians 11 - Rich Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-order-of-headship-in-1-corinthians-11/ Sun, 24 Jan 2021 22:14:40 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3831 https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-order-of-headship-in-1-corinthians-11/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-order-of-headship-in-1-corinthians-11/feed/ 0 <p>1 Corinthians 11 – Paul was addressing this issue because he felt like it needed attention. We aren’t talking about this morning because we need a major overhaul, but rather to encourage what we’re currently doing. God has a plan for order, when we fit into His order, that is the best place that we […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-order-of-headship-in-1-corinthians-11/">God’s Order of Headship in 1 Corinthians 11</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Corinthians 11 – Paul was addressing this issue because he felt like it needed attention. We aren’t talking about this morning because we need a major overhaul, but rather to encourage what we’re currently doing.

God has a plan for order, when we fit into His order, that is the best place that we can be.

Some teach that this scripture was just for the people there in Corinth. This is the only letter that Paul wrote that has this. In 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 – Paul is addressing this letter to the folks at Corinth, but he also says it is for people everywhere.

The scriptures around this portion talking about headship are not things that churches today don’t accept as being for us today. It is a bit odd that the first half of chapter 11 is sometimes taught to just have been for the Corinthians.

As we observe God throughout history and scripture we see that God is a God of order. If you look at the stars in the sky, the birds in the air, the grass, the trees, and all things in creation there is incredible order. Many of these things can be “understood” simply because of the predictable nature of things that God has created.

Christ submits to God, who is perfect and good in every way. Man submits to Christ, who is perfect and good in every way. Women submits to man, who is not perfect and good in every way. It is clear then that Women have the more difficult role as they submit to a head that is not perfect in every way.

There are things that we can learn from Jesus and His perfect submission. He submitted to His parents. Did it put Jesus in a box to be submissive to His parents? No, it didn’t hinder Him at all to become what God was calling Him to in life.

This whole thing of submission of a wife to a husband has been abused badly at times. If there is abuse happening, please, please get help. Talk to a godly person you trust, this is not what God has in mind.

We as men need to start by submitting to Christ. We have a role to play in God’s order, just as much as women do. As we submit to Christ, this paves the way for the women in our lives to submit as well.

In the Lord, Paul says there is equality in the way that God views and relates to men and women, and interdependence on each other. God has a plan for order, this is the best place that we can be.

Other passages mentioned – James 4:7, Ephesians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:7, Galatians 3:26, 1 Corinthians 4, 1 Timothy 3,

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1 Corinthians 11 – Paul was addressing this issue because he felt like it needed attention. We aren’t talking about this morning because we need a major overhaul, but rather to encourage what we’re currently doing. God has a plan for order, God has a plan for order, when we fit into His order, that is the best place that we can be.
Some teach that this scripture was just for the people there in Corinth. This is the only letter that Paul wrote that has this. In 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 – Paul is addressing this letter to the folks at Corinth, but he also says it is for people everywhere.
The scriptures around this portion talking about headship are not things that churches today don’t accept as being for us today. It is a bit odd that the first half of chapter 11 is sometimes taught to just have been for the Corinthians.
As we observe God throughout history and scripture we see that God is a God of order. If you look at the stars in the sky, the birds in the air, the grass, the trees, and all things in creation there is incredible order. Many of these things can be “understood” simply because of the predictable nature of things that God has created.
Christ submits to God, who is perfect and good in every way. Man submits to Christ, who is perfect and good in every way. Women submits to man, who is not perfect and good in every way. It is clear then that Women have the more difficult role as they submit to a head that is not perfect in every way.
There are things that we can learn from Jesus and His perfect submission. He submitted to His parents. Did it put Jesus in a box to be submissive to His parents? No, it didn’t hinder Him at all to become what God was calling Him to in life.
This whole thing of submission of a wife to a husband has been abused badly at times. If there is abuse happening, please, please get help. Talk to a godly person you trust, this is not what God has in mind.
We as men need to start by submitting to Christ. We have a role to play in God’s order, just as much as women do. As we submit to Christ, this paves the way for the women in our lives to submit as well.
In the Lord, Paul says there is equality in the way that God views and relates to men and women, and interdependence on each other. God has a plan for order, this is the best place that we can be.
Other passages mentioned – James 4:7, Ephesians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:7, Galatians 3:26, 1 Corinthians 4, 1 Timothy 3,
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Pressing Forward and Forgetting the Past - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/pressing-forward-and-forgetting-the-past/ Mon, 18 Jan 2021 00:57:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3826 https://www.bmcgladys.com/pressing-forward-and-forgetting-the-past/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/pressing-forward-and-forgetting-the-past/feed/ 0 <p>Philippians 3 Pressing Forward and Forgetting the Past We are in the first month of a new year, and I wonder if you have made any new year’s resolutions, or thought about how you want to live this year, or thought about whether the direction of your life and the target you are aiming at […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/pressing-forward-and-forgetting-the-past/">Pressing Forward and Forgetting the Past</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Philippians 3 Pressing Forward and Forgetting the Past

  1. We are in the first month of a new year, and I wonder if you have made any new year’s resolutions,
    1. or thought about how you want to live this year,
    2. or thought about whether the direction of your life and the target you are aiming at will take you to the goal you want to reach.
    3. There is a proverb that goes like this: “If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time.”
    4. Another proverb might go something like this: ”If you aim at something you might hit it some of the time.”
  2. In Phil. 3 Paul says he is aiming at something.
    1. He tells us that his supreme goal is to pursue knowing Christ Jesus and the power of His resurrection and be conformed to His death.
    2. Paul says that although he has not yet arrived at the goal, he pursues this goal (presses toward the mark).
    3. Paul also tells us in Phil. 3 what he has to leave behind in order to press forward toward this goal.
    4. This morning I want to talk with you about what you need to leave behind (release from your grasp) and what you need to press forward toward (lay hold of or grasp) during 2021.
  3. Phil. 3:2-16, NASB= “2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; 3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and take pride in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh, 4 although I myself could boast as having confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he is confident in the flesh, I have more reason: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.  7 But whatever things were gain to me, these things I have counted as loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them mere rubbish, so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in (of) Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 if somehow I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.  12 Not that I have already grasped it all or have already become perfect, but I press on if I may also take hold of that for which I was even taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not regard myself as having taken hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore, all who are mature, let’s have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that to you as well; 16 however, let’s keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.”
  4. Outline
    1. Leave some things behind.
    2. Press forward toward the goal.

Leave some things behind.

This idea is taken from verse 13 where Paul makes the statement that he does not consider himself to have reached the goal, but what he is doing is “forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.” The context of this “leaving behind” statement is Paul contrasting the value of his heritage and religious tradition with the value of knowing Christ.

In 3:2-7 Paul lists the supposed advantages of his heritage and religious tradition.

  1. v. 2= Paul says ”Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision” (mutilators) =
    1. The “dogs” are the Jews who hounded him (they literally chased him from one city to the next like a dog does a deer) on his missionary journeys whenever he talked about Gentiles becoming children of promise through the death and resurrection of Christ without being circumcised (Acts 13:46-50; 14:1-6, 19),
    2. and “the false circumcision” means “those who mutilate” themselves or require others to mutilate themselves without heart circumcision.  They operate on their bodies but do not let God operate on their hearts.
  2. v. 3 = In contrast to mutilators, in verse 3 Paul presents followers of Christ as the true circumcision because they have received circumcision of their hearts.  Notice these three things.
    1. These people worship God in the power of the Holy Spirit,
    2. they glory in Christ Jesus,
    3. and they have no confidence or do not place their hope in the “flesh”, meaning their hope does not depend on earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments.
  3. In verses 4-6 Paul lists his own earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments in order to demonstrate that he is not downplaying the value of these things because he is jealous or doesn’t possess them.  He does possess the things the Jews value highly.
    1. Circumcised the eighth day
    2. A Jew by birth, not a proselyte
    3. from the tribe of Benjamin
    4. a Hebrew of the Hebrews = both parents Jews or maybe he spoke Hebrew and Aramaic.  Actually, I read somewhere that Paul spoke 12-15 languages.
    5. a Pharisee= the most orthodox party, the most zealous supporters and interpreters of OT law
    6. very zealous in promoting Judaism and condemning Christians, even willing to hunt down Christians
    7. meticulous in his observance of the law

In 3:7-11 Paul contrasts the value of these past accomplishments with the value of knowing Christ.

  1. In vv. 7-8 Paul says that he counts all these supposed gains or advantages as having no value at all when he compares them to what Christ has to offer.
    1. v. 8= Paul says that knowing Christ Jesus my Lord is far superior in value to all the earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments he just listed.
    2. In comparison these human advantages are like garbage or table scraps that are fed to the dog or like manure (the KJV word is “dung”), and Paul says the loss of these things is no loss at all.
    3. At the end of verse 8 Paul says that by counting all these past accomplishments as having no value “for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord”, Paul will be able to “win” (gain or obtain or possess) Christ.

2.v. 9 = Paul says what it means to gain or win Christ.

  1. To gain or win Christ is to be in a “be found in Christ” relationship, and he says that this kind of relationship with Christ is not the result of his own “righteousness” (his own earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments), but is rooted in “the faith of Christ” . . . “by faith.”  I want to camp a little on the meaning of the phrase “the faith of Christ.”
  2. When Paul says he can “be found in Christ” . . . “through the faith of Christ”, he is not talking about his faith in Christ.  The “faith of Christ” and our “faith in Christ” are two different things.
    1. By “faith of Christ” he is talking about the personal faith or faithfulness of Christ, and Paul is saying that our righteousness is the result of Christ’s faithfulness and obedience throughout life and in death.
    2. The righteousness that justifies is rooted in the personal faith-life, faith-death and faith-resurrection of Christ, not in becoming a Jew and not in keeping the law.
    3. The righteousness of Christ that delivers us from God’s judgment is rooted in Christ’s faithfulness in his own life to the heavenly Father, and the heavenly Father’s faithfulness to His promises and to His Son.
    4. This faithfulness of Christ, and the faithfulness of the heavenly Father to Christ, is the reason God raised Christ from the dead.
    5. To restate, we can be “found in Christ” “through the faithfulness of Christ.”
  3. But at the end of verse 9 Paul says that this “found in Christ” relationship is also the result of a “righteousness which is of God by faith.”
    1. “By faith” refers to our faith in Christ.
    2. So this verse is saying that both Christ’s personal faithfulness and our personal faith in Christ are necessary for us to experience this “found in Christ” relationship.
  4. In this verse, then, Paul is contrasting “mine own righteousness, which is of the law” with a “through the faith of Christ” righteousness which is of God (has its source in God, not human attainment) by faith,” and he is saying that “mine own righteousness, which is of the law” is worthless and that the righteousness of God by faith (a righteousness that has its source in God and is received by trusting God/Christ) is valuable.
  • v. 10 = Paul says that a “found in Christ” relationship is rooted in knowing Christ.
  1. This verse explains in more detail what the “knowledge of Christ” mentioned in verse 8 means.
  2. The “knowledge of Christ”
    1. in verse 8 = “knowledge” is a noun translated from the Greek word ginosis
    2. and the word “know” in verse 10 is a verb translated from the Greek word ginosko.
    3. The meaning of these Greek words is knowledge that is known within an intimate relationship.
    4. It is within our intimate relationship with Christ that we gain knowledge of Christ, gain knowledge of the will of Christ, and gain strength to be faithful in the time of testing.

4.v. 10 = Paul says that a “found in Christ” relationship makes the power of Christ’s resurrection available to the believer.

  1. This refers to experiencing the power of Christ’s resurrection in our own daily life.
  2. This idea is developed more fully in Rom. 6:3-4: “3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life.”
    1. I believe “baptized into” happens when a person enters into relationship with Christ, or when a person is regenerated and justified.
    2. The person who is “baptized into” Christ is “placed in” and identified with Christ, and is co-buried and co-raised with Christ.
    3. Those who are “baptized into Christ” have died and been buried, and have been raised from the dead, with Christ.
    4. This means that the person who is “baptized into Christ” experiences the same death to sin and resurrection to life in his or her body of flesh that Jesus experienced in his body of flesh.
    5. The person who is in Christ is now in a position and reality of life, not death, and stands and lives and walks on resurrection ground.
    6. God begins to work this death and resurrection in our bodies/persons at the time of conversion when we surrender to Christ and God continues to work this death to sin and resurrection to righteousness inside us every time we surrender to Christ in the moment of temptation or trial.
  • In v. 10 Paul also says that the person who is in a “found in Christ” relationship will know “the fellowship of” (participation in) Christ’s “sufferings, being made conformable unto his death”
  1. The idea here is the same as Phil. 1:29, which says that those who believe in Christ will “suffer for his sake.”
  2. Col. 1:24 says believers “fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ”,
    1. meaning that Christ suffered for the sake of righteousness during his life and on the cross,
    2. and all those who are in fellowship with Christ likewise suffer for the sake of righteousness.
    3. Christ never promised that people who trust him will be exempt from human suffering,
    4. and any suffering as a result of fellowship with Christ is a continuation and completion of the suffering of Christ.
  3. The phrase “being made conformable unto his death” expands on the previous phrase, “know the fellowship of his suffering.”  “Being made conformable unto his death” is not talking about physical death but about identifying so fully with the death and resurrection of Christ that Christ’s death works death to the former life.
  • v. 11= Paul says that experiencing verses 8-10 makes it possible to “attain unto the resurrection from the dead.”
  1. Resurrection to a righteous life
  2. Resurrection when Christ returns

Press forward toward the goal (Phil. 3:12-16)

  1. v. 12=Paul begins by saying that he has not fully attained the objectives he mentioned in verses 10-11.
    1. He has not fully experienced the resurrection power of Christ, sharing in the sufferings of Christ, being made like Jesus in death, and experiencing resurrection from the dead in relation to temptation and trials.
    2. Paul says he is not already “perfect”
      1. The word “perfect” does not mean sinless perfection.  It means goal or end.
      2. Paul says he has not reached the end or goal for which he was designed, or has not experienced to the fullness what he has described as the results of knowing Christ.
      3. Not a single one of us has reached or seized the goal or fullness of who God created us to be.  We are all in the process of being transformed.
    3. Even though he has not reached full maturity or experienced fully what is available to him in his “found in Christ” relationship, Paul says he is going to “follow after” (KJV) or pursue the goal.  He is not going to give up.  He is not going to return to the old way of depending on earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments.
    4. Paul says he is going to press on (pursue) in order to “apprehend” or seize or lay hold of or possess as his own that for which Christ laid hold of (or possessed) him.
      1. The idea of “press on” or “pursue” is the word used for a runner in a foot race.  The runner is “speeding on earnestly” toward the goal, the end, in order to seize the prize.
      2. This is a beautiful concept.
      3. Christ seized (laid hold of or took possession of) Paul so that Paul could speed earnestly with outstretched hand and seize or grasp or lay hold of and experience full maturity,
      4. so he could experience these “found in Christ” benefits,
      5. so Paul is going to pursue this goal and seize these blessings and make them his own.
  2. v. 13 = Paul restates what he has said in verse 12, that he has not yet seized everything that his “found in Christ” relationship offers, but he is fully committed to this one thing, to “forget those things which are behind and reach for and seize the things that are before/ahead.”
    1. The forgetting he is talking about is not an erasing from memory of past events.
    2. He is not going to dwell on or return to placing value on the earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments that he mentioned in verses 4-6.
    3. He is not going to depend on past spiritual growth.
    4. He is going to focus on and reach toward the maturity and fullness of spiritual experience that Christ has in store for him, which includes the resurrection power of Christ, sharing in the sufferings of Christ, being made like Jesus in death, and experiencing resurrection from the dead in the midst of temptations and trials.
  3. v. 14=Paul says he is pressing toward the mark or goal or prize to which God is calling him in Christ Jesus.  This is a heavenly, other worldly prize.  It is an “in Christ Jesus” prize, a prize that only those who are “found in Christ Jesus” can seize.
  4. verses 15-16=15 All of us who are mature or perfect [all those who are pursuing the goal of spiritual maturity] should have this attitude, that we have not yet achieved full spiritual maturity. And if in any respect you have a different attitude, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us stay true to what we have already attained.”
  5. In order to pursue full maturity, and know and experience Christ’s death and resurrection, you must press toward the goal of knowing Christ more deeply, and in order to do this you have to let go of hanging onto what you have already attained and reach forward to seize what lies ahead.  This is the attitude you should have.
  6. Paul says that if this is not the attitude you have, God will work in you so you arrive at this attitude.
  7. As we move forward, don’t forget to live what you have already learned on the journey and don’t forget the commitment you have made to seize everything for which you were seized.

Summary

  1. Paul is very clear.  A major hindrance to knowing Christ more fully and experiencing death to sin and resurrection to upright living is hanging on to and grasping earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments.  A major hindrance to growth toward spiritual and emotional maturity is grasping past human and religious attainments.
    1. Whatever you are hanging on to and grasping and seizing right now makes it impossible for you to lay hold of and grasp and seize something else, something better.  You can’t seize something else until you let go of what you already have seized and are clutching.
    2. One thing that hinders progress is our commitment to the familiar, to what feels safe and secure, our commitment to the past or to present habits or human attainments, or commitment to our vows to live a safe life or not to let our fleshly desires die.
    3. Not only did Paul have to release his grasp on past earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments, he also had to release his grasp on past failure.
      1. Paul was known in the early church as a notorious persecutor of followers of Jesus Christ.
      2. We have to let go of our guilt and shame for past sins committed by and against us before we can become fully who God created us to be.
  2. Paul is also very clear that a “be found in Christ” relationship and position depends on several things.
    1. The faithfulness of Christ in his life, death, and resurrection.
    2. Our faith in the faithful Christ.
  3. Paul is also very clear that the goal he is pursuing is a resurrection life with Christ that results in death to sin and resurrection to upright living.
  4. Finally, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit knows you, knows who you were created to be, knows who you will be when you reach the goal, when you reach full spiritual and emotional maturity.
    1. This is the goal God is working toward.
    2. Whatever you do, don’t give up on God’s goal for you.
    3. Don’t settle for something less than God’s intention and purpose.
    4. But pursue God’s goal in the power of the resurrected Jesus and not in your own power.

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Philippians 3 Pressing Forward and Forgetting the Past We are in the first month of a new year, and I wonder if you have made any new year’s resolutions, or thought about how you want to live this year, or thought about whether the direction of your li...
* We are in the first month of a new year, and I wonder if you have made any new year’s resolutions,

* or thought about how you want to live this year,
* or thought about whether the direction of your life and the target you are aiming at will take you to the goal you want to reach.
* There is a proverb that goes like this: “If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time.”
* Another proverb might go something like this: ”If you aim at something you might hit it some of the time.”


* In Phil. 3 Paul says he is aiming at something.

* He tells us that his supreme goal is to pursue knowing Christ Jesus and the power of His resurrection and be conformed to His death.
* Paul says that although he has not yet arrived at the goal, he pursues this goal (presses toward the mark).
* Paul also tells us in Phil. 3 what he has to leave behind in order to press forward toward this goal.
* This morning I want to talk with you about what you need to leave behind (release from your grasp) and what you need to press forward toward (lay hold of or grasp) during 2021.


* Phil. 3:2-16, NASB= “2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; 3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and take pride in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh, 4 although I myself could boast as having confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he is confident in the flesh, I have more reason: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.  7 But whatever things were gain to me, these things I have counted as loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them mere rubbish, so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in (of) Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 if somehow I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.  12 Not that I have already grasped it all or have already become perfect, but I press on if I may also take hold of that for which I was even taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not regard myself as having taken hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore, all who are mature, let’s have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that to you as well; 16 however, let’s keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.”
* Outline

* Leave some things behind.
* Press forward toward the goal.



Leave some things behind.
This idea is taken from verse 13 where Paul makes the statement that he does not consider himself to have reached the goal, but what he is doing is “forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.” The context of this “leaving behind” statement is Paul contrasting the value of his heritage and religious tradition with the value of knowing Christ.
In 3:2-7 Paul lists the supposed advantages of his heritage and religious tradition.

* v. 2= Paul says ”Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision” (mutilators) =

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How to Grow in Wisdom - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-to-grow-in-wisdom/ Sun, 10 Jan 2021 19:50:15 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3822 https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-to-grow-in-wisdom/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-to-grow-in-wisdom/feed/ 0 <p>This is a New Years’ message… sort of. Looking back at 2020 a lot of us would say that it was a very challenging year and we’re hoping that 2021 will be a better year. Regardless of what this new year brings we can know that God will be faithful. We all need wisdom, for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-to-grow-in-wisdom/">How to Grow in Wisdom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This is a New Years’ message… sort of. Looking back at 2020 a lot of us would say that it was a very challenging year and we’re hoping that 2021 will be a better year. Regardless of what this new year brings we can know that God will be faithful.

We all need wisdom, for raising children, for church, and for other things. How can we be growing in wisdom as we head into this new year?

  1. Proverbs 2:1-15 – A person will grow in wisdom if he has the following characteristics. If he has an incentive ear and an inclined heart, cries out for wisdom, and hunts for wisdom. If we are going to grow in wisdom we need to be seekers.
  2. Proverbs 13:20 – To grow in wisdom we need to walk with otherwise people! Walking alone is a disadvantage. It is slower and more difficult to go through life alone and don’t walk with the wrong people.
  3. Proverbs 13:10 – To grow in wisdom we need to listen to wise advice. Seek out advice with sensitive, serious issues that you are struggling with or wrestling with. It may be humbling to admit that you need help and advice, but it is worth it.
  4. Proverbs 9:8-9 – To grow in wisdom we need to be open to correction. Accurate correction is very helpful. Don’t spurn correction because of how it is packaged.
  5. Psalm 19:7 – To grow in wisdom we need to be reading the Bible. There is a lot of advice out there, but the best advice you can find is from carefully reading the Bible and looking to apply it to your life. Believe that it is God-breathed and that it is valuable.
  6. James 1:5 – To grow in wisdom we should be asking God for wisdom. Often God gives us wisdom through the wise counsel of others and through reading his word and life experiences.
  7. Job 28:28 – To grow in wisdom we need to fear and trust God. The fear of the Lord is a deep reverence and awe of who God is. Just taking God very seriously, because He is the almighty creator and ultimate judge. It shouldn’t produce insecurity and terror in our hearts, instead, it should give us a deep sense of security and peace.

There shouldn’t be any areas of our life that are off-limits to God. As we yield to Him, he will lead us and direct our paths. God will be doing road work on our future, and we’ll be heading in the right direction.

Let’s take God seriously, and surrender to God in all areas of our life.

Other passages mentioned – Colossians 3:16, 1 Kings 3, Proverbs 12, Proverbs 19:20, Proverbs 15, Proverbs 9:10, Isaiah 11, Proverbs 14

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This is a New Years’ message… sort of. Looking back at 2020 a lot of us would say that it was a very challenging year and we’re hoping that 2021 will be a better year. Regardless of what this new year brings we can know that God will be faithful. We all need wisdom, for raising children, for church, and for other things. How can we be growing in wisdom as we head into this new year?

* Proverbs 2:1-15 – A person will grow in wisdom if he has the following characteristics. If he has an incentive ear and an inclined heart, cries out for wisdom, and hunts for wisdom. If we are going to grow in wisdom we need to be seekers.
* Proverbs 13:20 – To grow in wisdom we need to walk with otherwise people! Walking alone is a disadvantage. It is slower and more difficult to go through life alone and don’t walk with the wrong people.
* Proverbs 13:10 – To grow in wisdom we need to listen to wise advice. Seek out advice with sensitive, serious issues that you are struggling with or wrestling with. It may be humbling to admit that you need help and advice, but it is worth it.
* Proverbs 9:8-9 – To grow in wisdom we need to be open to correction. Accurate correction is very helpful. Don’t spurn correction because of how it is packaged.
* Psalm 19:7 – To grow in wisdom we need to be reading the Bible. There is a lot of advice out there, but the best advice you can find is from carefully reading the Bible and looking to apply it to your life. Believe that it is God-breathed and that it is valuable.
* James 1:5 – To grow in wisdom we should be asking God for wisdom. Often God gives us wisdom through the wise counsel of others and through reading his word and life experiences.
* Job 28:28 – To grow in wisdom we need to fear and trust God. The fear of the Lord is a deep reverence and awe of who God is. Just taking God very seriously, because He is the almighty creator and ultimate judge. It shouldn’t produce insecurity and terror in our hearts, instead, it should give us a deep sense of security and peace.

There shouldn’t be any areas of our life that are off-limits to God. As we yield to Him, he will lead us and direct our paths. God will be doing road work on our future, and we’ll be heading in the right direction.
Let’s take God seriously, and surrender to God in all areas of our life.
Other passages mentioned – Colossians 3:16, 1 Kings 3, Proverbs 12, Proverbs 19:20, Proverbs 15, Proverbs 9:10, Isaiah 11, Proverbs 14
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The God Man, Jesus (Wesley Glick Funeral) - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-god-man-jesus-wesley-glick-funeral/ Sun, 03 Jan 2021 22:18:38 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3816 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-god-man-jesus-wesley-glick-funeral/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-god-man-jesus-wesley-glick-funeral/feed/ 0 <p>James 4:14 – We aren’t here for very long, even for those who live many years it is a short time. Knowing Jesus gives us a bright and very different perspective about brother Wesley’s passing. Because of Jesus, it is possible in grief and loss to have a great and settled hope. John 3:16 – […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-god-man-jesus-wesley-glick-funeral/">The God Man, Jesus (Wesley Glick Funeral)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> James 4:14 – We aren’t here for very long, even for those who live many years it is a short time.

Knowing Jesus gives us a bright and very different perspective about brother Wesley’s passing. Because of Jesus, it is possible in grief and loss to have a great and settled hope.

John 3:16 – Jesus came into a messy world. A sin-sick and dying world it was. Crippled by the fall and oppressed by the devil it was full of conflict and commotion. Jesus saw all of it.

Jesus didn’t come as a tourist or a reporter. He wasn’t a bystander, he was a servant to these people. He had great compassion for people, he wept for them and prayed for them. He was moved to act and reach out. He healed the sick. He fed the hungry. He delivered people of demons. He even raised people to life.

Jesus also touched the souls of people. He called people to repent from their sins and turn to God. John tells us that “as many as received Jesus, to them he gave the right to become God’s children.”

Were those people in Jesus’ day loved or cared about any more than we are? It’s been a couple of thousand years since Jesus’ time on earth. Many people who were alive during Jesus’ day didn’t see Jesus either. They were reached by missionaries and heard the Gospel.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Nothing! We don’t literally see Jesus here among us, but He is here in the presence of His Spirit. Nothing can separate us from His love, He said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

Other scriptures mentioned – Matthew 12, Psalm 119, Hebrews 13:5, John 14, 1 Peter

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James 4:14 – We aren’t here for very long, even for those who live many years it is a short time. Knowing Jesus gives us a bright and very different perspective about brother Wesley’s passing. Because of Jesus, Knowing Jesus gives us a bright and very different perspective about brother Wesley’s passing. Because of Jesus, it is possible in grief and loss to have a great and settled hope.
John 3:16 – Jesus came into a messy world. A sin-sick and dying world it was. Crippled by the fall and oppressed by the devil it was full of conflict and commotion. Jesus saw all of it.
Jesus didn’t come as a tourist or a reporter. He wasn’t a bystander, he was a servant to these people. He had great compassion for people, he wept for them and prayed for them. He was moved to act and reach out. He healed the sick. He fed the hungry. He delivered people of demons. He even raised people to life.
Jesus also touched the souls of people. He called people to repent from their sins and turn to God. John tells us that “as many as received Jesus, to them he gave the right to become God’s children.”
Were those people in Jesus’ day loved or cared about any more than we are? It’s been a couple of thousand years since Jesus’ time on earth. Many people who were alive during Jesus’ day didn’t see Jesus either. They were reached by missionaries and heard the Gospel.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Nothing! We don’t literally see Jesus here among us, but He is here in the presence of His Spirit. Nothing can separate us from His love, He said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
Other scriptures mentioned – Matthew 12, Psalm 119, Hebrews 13:5, John 14, 1 Peter
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Joy to the World - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/joy-to-the-world/ Sun, 27 Dec 2020 17:45:41 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3813 https://www.bmcgladys.com/joy-to-the-world/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/joy-to-the-world/feed/ 0 <p>There were many people who were looking for the Messiah! Simeon and Anna praised and blessed God. The shepherds believed when the angels appeared and told them about Jesus. There was sickness and death and cruelty and injustice in the world when Jesus, the Messiah, came to earth. He provided a hope, and a peace, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/joy-to-the-world/">Joy to the World</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> There were many people who were looking for the Messiah! Simeon and Anna praised and blessed God. The shepherds believed when the angels appeared and told them about Jesus.

There was sickness and death and cruelty and injustice in the world when Jesus, the Messiah, came to earth. He provided a hope, and a peace, and a joy to those who accepted him.

Acts 8 – There was great joy in that city.

1 John 1 – And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

What is this Joy? How can we find it and experience it?

Both of these things are preferred as opposed to other options. But earthly happiness is not Christian joy. Christian joy is a deep emotion.

Earthly happiness is more superficial and on the surface. Christian joy is the result of a changed heart. It wells up within us from a spiritual source.

Earthly happiness depends on events and things around us. Christian joy grows with our familiarity with God and the closer we grow to God, the greater we’ll find our Christian joy.

Joy is part of the fruits of the spirit. It is intended to be part of the Christian experience. It is a gauge that says something about how our Christian life is going.

Discouragement and despondency can eat away our enthusiasm for life. It can affect our walk with God too. The joy of the Lord can, and does, strengthen us, and brings us more joy!

The Psalmist trusted God and trusted God. He was helped by God. His joy increased and his faith increased.

If Paul and Silas had been crying, sobbing, and moaning… the other prisoners would have been less impressed with them and with their God.

Christians don’t always feel joyful. Is that a problem? Sometimes there is a confusion between faith and feeling. Christians are subject to the same emotions as anyone else, they can feel joy, anger, sadness, etc. We aren’t programmed to only express joy once we are converted.

Emotions other than joy may come to the forefront of how we are feeling and they can sort of dominate where we are.

Psalm 42:11 – We may be feeling sad and discouraged at some point, but if we are truly Christ’s disciples and are devoted to Him there is something there that a non-Christian may not have.

Philippians 3 – Joyful followers of Christ pursue Christ. Paul’s goal was pursuing Christ, the person of Christ, not pursuing joy. We can do things, and listen to music, or be in a situation where our hearts are stirred but our spirit not be touched.

Those who pursue Jesus are committed to Him. It’s not just a trial commitment, it is a forever commitment. As we pursue Christ let us express our praise and adoration.

Those who pursue Christ feed on the living bread. Reading the Bible and praying are practical things that help draw us closer to Christ.

When Jesus calls “come and follow Me” He means more than “let’s be friends” He is calling us to be more like Him, to become like Him. True disciples desire to please Him, walking by faith, and obeying Christ.

Joyful Christians pursue service to others. Paul says that we should look at Jesus and have the same attitude that He did. He took upon himself the form of a servant.

The world is packed with people who are pursuing joy and happiness in their own way. They may all have fun and enjoyment, but they’ll not experience the joy of Jesus apart from Jesus.

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There were many people who were looking for the Messiah! Simeon and Anna praised and blessed God. The shepherds believed when the angels appeared and told them about Jesus. There was sickness and death and cruelty and injustice in the world when Jesus,... There was sickness and death and cruelty and injustice in the world when Jesus, the Messiah, came to earth. He provided a hope, and a peace, and a joy to those who accepted him.
Acts 8 – There was great joy in that city.
1 John 1 – And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
What is this Joy? How can we find it and experience it?
Both of these things are preferred as opposed to other options. But earthly happiness is not Christian joy. Christian joy is a deep emotion.
Earthly happiness is more superficial and on the surface. Christian joy is the result of a changed heart. It wells up within us from a spiritual source.
Earthly happiness depends on events and things around us. Christian joy grows with our familiarity with God and the closer we grow to God, the greater we’ll find our Christian joy.
Joy is part of the fruits of the spirit. It is intended to be part of the Christian experience. It is a gauge that says something about how our Christian life is going.
Discouragement and despondency can eat away our enthusiasm for life. It can affect our walk with God too. The joy of the Lord can, and does, strengthen us, and brings us more joy!
The Psalmist trusted God and trusted God. He was helped by God. His joy increased and his faith increased.
If Paul and Silas had been crying, sobbing, and moaning… the other prisoners would have been less impressed with them and with their God.
Christians don’t always feel joyful. Is that a problem? Sometimes there is a confusion between faith and feeling. Christians are subject to the same emotions as anyone else, they can feel joy, anger, sadness, etc. We aren’t programmed to only express joy once we are converted.
Emotions other than joy may come to the forefront of how we are feeling and they can sort of dominate where we are.
Psalm 42:11 – We may be feeling sad and discouraged at some point, but if we are truly Christ’s disciples and are devoted to Him there is something there that a non-Christian may not have.
Philippians 3 – Joyful followers of Christ pursue Christ. Paul’s goal was pursuing Christ, the person of Christ, not pursuing joy. We can do things, and listen to music, or be in a situation where our hearts are stirred but our spirit not be touched.
Those who pursue Jesus are committed to Him. It’s not just a trial commitment, it is a forever commitment. As we pursue Christ let us express our praise and adoration.
Those who pursue Christ feed on the living bread. Reading the Bible and praying are practical things that help draw us closer to Christ.
When Jesus calls “come and follow Me” He means more than “let’s be friends” He is calling us to be more like Him, to become like Him. True disciples desire to please Him, walking by faith, and obeying Christ.
Joyful Christians pursue service to others. Paul says that we should look at Jesus and have the same attitude that He did. He took upon himself the form of a servant.
The world is packed with people who are pursuing joy and happiness in their own way. They may all have fun and enjoyment, but they’ll not experience the joy of Jesus apart from Jesus.
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The Miracle of God With Us - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-miracle-of-god-with-us/ Sun, 20 Dec 2020 23:56:27 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3810 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-miracle-of-god-with-us/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-miracle-of-god-with-us/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we’re going to focus briefly on some of the miracles surrounding God’s supreme gift of His Son. The virgin conceived and the “Word who was in the beginning” came to earth as a baby. In Christ’s birth God is with us. Christ’s self-sacrifice can transform us into humble servants. John 1:1-2 – The […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-miracle-of-god-with-us/">The Miracle of God With Us</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This morning we’re going to focus briefly on some of the miracles surrounding God’s supreme gift of His Son.

  1. The virgin conceived and the “Word who was in the beginning” came to earth as a baby.
  2. In Christ’s birth God is with us.
  3. Christ’s self-sacrifice can transform us into humble servants.

John 1:1-2 – The “in the beginning” eternal Word became a baby.

According to John 1:1-2 – In the beginning, the Word already existed. This statement defies human comprehension and sounds like a miracle. It refers to a beginning as if it is a starting point, but then it says that someone already existed at that starting point, affirming that both God the Father and Christ the Son who is the Word (the ultimate revolution of God the Father) have no beginning and are eternal.

John 1:3-14 – God created everything through this Word, and then the divine eternal Word became enfleshed in a baby’s body and entered into the world He had created. Here is another miracle, how could the eternal “Word that was God” become a human?

Matthew 1 – Joseph was contemplating how to dismiss his wife quietly because she became pregnant during their engagement. The angel of the Lord came to Joseph and told him that what was in Mary was conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Philippians 2 – Jesus divested himself of the “form of God” and took on himself the “form of a servant.” This is in the context of Paul talking about the need for us to be humble and divest ourselves of high-mindedness and thinking too highly of ourselves. Although Christ was equal with God, He didn’t cling to the things of heaven that were His, he voluntarily relinquishes these heavenly privileges and was born as a human, for the purpose of suffering and dying for the people He had created.

  • Genesis 1 and John 1 teach that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit existed (were) “in the beginning” this is a miracle.
  • This same Word who in the beginning was God and was with God became a human.
  • Christ’s human birth is a miracle because he had no human father. The eternal Son of God became enfleshed in a human mother by the miraculous action of the Holy Spirit.
  • The miraculous birth of Christ by the action of the Holy Spirit allowed God to be with us. In the same way that the eternal Word was enfleshed in Mary by the miraculous activity of the Holy Spirit, the eternal Word is infested in us, living inside us, ministering to us, relating to us through the miraculous and mysterious action of the Holy Spirit.
  • Humility and service require relinquishing supposed glory and honor and advantages or self-enrichment and self-exaltation that a person might desire or enjoy. Relinquishing one’s supposed advantages requires surrounding to and suffering under the Lordship of Christ in order to fulfill the Father’s purpose for your life.
  • In through surrender to the Lordship of Christ we are transformed into the humble mind of Christ, God will work in us both “to will and to do His good pleasure.”
  • According to Luke 2, when the heavenly angelic army appeared to the lowly shepherds to announce Jesus’ birth, the shepherds were frightened by the glory of the Lord shining around them, but then one of the Angeles told them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.” Then the whole army of Angeles praised God by saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is well-pleased.” The announcement of Jesus’ miraculous birth was a promise of joy and hope and peace.
  • In this time of uncertainty and anxiety (2020), God is still offering us joy, hope, and peace through his gift, Jesus Christ.

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This morning we’re going to focus briefly on some of the miracles surrounding God’s supreme gift of His Son. The virgin conceived and the “Word who was in the beginning” came to earth as a baby. In Christ’s birth God is with us.
* The virgin conceived and the “Word who was in the beginning” came to earth as a baby.
* In Christ’s birth God is with us.
* Christ’s self-sacrifice can transform us into humble servants.

John 1:1-2 – The “in the beginning” eternal Word became a baby.
According to John 1:1-2 – In the beginning, the Word already existed. This statement defies human comprehension and sounds like a miracle. It refers to a beginning as if it is a starting point, but then it says that someone already existed at that starting point, affirming that both God the Father and Christ the Son who is the Word (the ultimate revolution of God the Father) have no beginning and are eternal.
John 1:3-14 – God created everything through this Word, and then the divine eternal Word became enfleshed in a baby’s body and entered into the world He had created. Here is another miracle, how could the eternal “Word that was God” become a human?
Matthew 1 – Joseph was contemplating how to dismiss his wife quietly because she became pregnant during their engagement. The angel of the Lord came to Joseph and told him that what was in Mary was conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Philippians 2 – Jesus divested himself of the “form of God” and took on himself the “form of a servant.” This is in the context of Paul talking about the need for us to be humble and divest ourselves of high-mindedness and thinking too highly of ourselves. Although Christ was equal with God, He didn’t cling to the things of heaven that were His, he voluntarily relinquishes these heavenly privileges and was born as a human, for the purpose of suffering and dying for the people He had created.

* Genesis 1 and John 1 teach that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit existed (were) “in the beginning” this is a miracle.
* This same Word who in the beginning was God and was with God became a human.
* Christ’s human birth is a miracle because he had no human father. The eternal Son of God became enfleshed in a human mother by the miraculous action of the Holy Spirit.
* The miraculous birth of Christ by the action of the Holy Spirit allowed God to be with us. In the same way that the eternal Word was enfleshed in Mary by the miraculous activity of the Holy Spirit, the eternal Word is infested in us, living inside us, ministering to us, relating to us through the miraculous and mysterious action of the Holy Spirit.
* Humility and service require relinquishing supposed glory and honor and advantages or self-enrichment and self-exaltation that a person might desire or enjoy. Relinquishing one’s supposed advantages requires surrounding to and suffering under the Lordship of Christ in order to fulfill the Father’s purpose for your life.
* In through surrender to the Lordship of Christ we are transformed into the humble mind of Christ, God will work in us both “to will and to do His good pleasure.”
* According to Luke 2, when the heavenly angelic army appeared to the lowly shepherds to announce Jesus’ birth, the shepherds were frightened by the glory of the Lord shining around them, but then one of the Angeles told them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.” Then the whole army of Angeles praised God by saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is well-pleased.” The announcement of Jesus’ miraculous birth was a promise of joy and hope and peace.
* In this time of uncertainty and anxiety (2020), God is still offering us joy, hope, and peace through his gift, Jesus Christ.

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The Man The King Delights to Honor - Ricky Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-man-the-king-delights-to-honor/ Sun, 13 Dec 2020 20:00:04 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3805 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-man-the-king-delights-to-honor/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-man-the-king-delights-to-honor/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 5, Luke 6 – Here we have a list of things that Jesus values. He promises to bless us if we have these values. We live in a world that has a very different value list than what Jesus talks about here. The rewards for these kinds of people are all about pleasing ourselves […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-man-the-king-delights-to-honor/">The Man The King Delights to Honor</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 5, Luke 6 – Here we have a list of things that Jesus values. He promises to bless us if we have these values.

We live in a world that has a very different value list than what Jesus talks about here. The rewards for these kinds of people are all about pleasing ourselves and getting more for ourselves.

When we look at the beatitudes, and Jesus’ values, how do our values, ideas, and thoughts line up with them?

The kind of people who are blessed

Those with needs.

The poor in spirit – a poor person can still have a covetous heart. This is about those who have needs, and recognize their needs. Jesus said that he has not come to help the righteous but those who are sick.

Those who mourn – those who care and are grieved by the trouble and sin and problems they see around them. James 4 – When there is sin and trouble there should be grief and mourning. To ignore this and entertain or distract ourselves is not the approach that Jesus wants from his followers.

Those who have good desires

Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness – these folks are not satisfied and complacent about where they are currently at spiritually. James 4:8 – come near to God and He will come near to you.

Those who are pure in heart – purity means clean, it means desiring good and not evil, a heart-led by the spirit and not the flesh. Psalm 119 – a pure life is lived according to God’s commands, and also a heart that is seeking and devoted to God. 2 Peter – Lot was tormented in his soul about the evil around him. He was not a perfect man, but he was troubled greatly by the sin around him.

Those with Christ-like character

Those who are meek – a meek person is quiet, gentle, and submissive. Not someone who is meek, but someone who doesn’t demand all the things that they deserve. Abraham could have demanded the best land when his and Lot’s herds got too big to coexist, instead, he let Lot have the better land. Jesus is a good example, he went to the cross like a lamb to the slaughter.

Those who are merciful – none of us deserve God’s mercy. We can never earn God’s mercy, but we should be eager and willing to extend mercy to others because of how God has been merciful to us.

Those who are peacemakers – overwhelming force is not Jesus’ way of making peace. 1 Corinthians 6:7, James 3:18 – if we live a life of making peace, there will be a harvest of righteousness eventually.

Those who are mistreated

Those who are persecuted because of righteousness – this isn’t just anyone who is treated unfairly or has hardship. When we are mistreated because of Jesus, there will be blessings and a great reward in heaven. This is the hardest of these values of Jesus to share, we don’t know too much about persecution through personal experience. The kind of person who can rejoice in persecution and people are saying false things about them are people who are looking for 100% of their approval from God.

Looking at the blessings

Some of these blessings appeal to everyone. Some of them though are only for those who are following Jesus. Are these blessings high on our list of things that we want?

We desire to belong to something bigger than ourselves, something important. Being part of God’s kingdom is being part of the greatest kingdom that has ever been.

We can have hope. Everyone wants hope, in these blessings we can find hope, both here on earth, but especially hope in heaven.

Jesus is a good and kind king. He loves us and wants to have a relationship with us.

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Matthew 5, Luke 6 – Here we have a list of things that Jesus values. He promises to bless us if we have these values. We live in a world that has a very different value list than what Jesus talks about here. We live in a world that has a very different value list than what Jesus talks about here. The rewards for these kinds of people are all about pleasing ourselves and getting more for ourselves.
When we look at the beatitudes, and Jesus’ values, how do our values, ideas, and thoughts line up with them?
The kind of people who are blessed
Those with needs.
The poor in spirit – a poor person can still have a covetous heart. This is about those who have needs, and recognize their needs. Jesus said that he has not come to help the righteous but those who are sick.
Those who mourn – those who care and are grieved by the trouble and sin and problems they see around them. James 4 – When there is sin and trouble there should be grief and mourning. To ignore this and entertain or distract ourselves is not the approach that Jesus wants from his followers.
Those who have good desires
Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness – these folks are not satisfied and complacent about where they are currently at spiritually. James 4:8 – come near to God and He will come near to you.
Those who are pure in heart – purity means clean, it means desiring good and not evil, a heart-led by the spirit and not the flesh. Psalm 119 – a pure life is lived according to God’s commands, and also a heart that is seeking and devoted to God. 2 Peter – Lot was tormented in his soul about the evil around him. He was not a perfect man, but he was troubled greatly by the sin around him.
Those with Christ-like character
Those who are meek – a meek person is quiet, gentle, and submissive. Not someone who is meek, but someone who doesn’t demand all the things that they deserve. Abraham could have demanded the best land when his and Lot’s herds got too big to coexist, instead, he let Lot have the better land. Jesus is a good example, he went to the cross like a lamb to the slaughter.
Those who are merciful – none of us deserve God’s mercy. We can never earn God’s mercy, but we should be eager and willing to extend mercy to others because of how God has been merciful to us.
Those who are peacemakers – overwhelming force is not Jesus’ way of making peace. 1 Corinthians 6:7, James 3:18 – if we live a life of making peace, there will be a harvest of righteousness eventually.
Those who are mistreated
Those who are persecuted because of righteousness – this isn’t just anyone who is treated unfairly or has hardship. When we are mistreated because of Jesus, there will be blessings and a great reward in heaven. This is the hardest of these values of Jesus to share, we don’t know too much about persecution through personal experience. The kind of person who can rejoice in persecution and people are saying false things about them are people who are looking for 100% of their approval from God.
Looking at the blessings
Some of these blessings appeal to everyone. Some of them though are only for those who are following Jesus. Are these blessings high on our list of things that we want?
We desire to belong to something bigger than ourselves, something important. Being part of God’s kingdom is being part of the greatest kingdom that has ever been.
We can have hope. Everyone wants hope, in these blessings we can find hope, both here on earth, but especially hope in heaven.
Jesus is a good and kind king. He loves us and wants to have a relationship with us.
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What is the Role of Faith During Discouraging Times? - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-role-of-faith-during-discouraging-times/ Sun, 06 Dec 2020 18:27:34 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3801 https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-role-of-faith-during-discouraging-times/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-role-of-faith-during-discouraging-times/feed/ 0 <p>If you listen to the things around us it is troubling. There are many troubles in the world. Beyond this, we all have our own troubles and burdens. We live in a fallen world, there are physical consequences of the fall that we all experience. What role does faith have in life being what it […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-role-of-faith-during-discouraging-times/">What is the Role of Faith During Discouraging Times?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> If you listen to the things around us it is troubling. There are many troubles in the world. Beyond this, we all have our own troubles and burdens. We live in a fallen world, there are physical consequences of the fall that we all experience.

What role does faith have in life being what it is? There are even times when it feels like God isn’t listening to our prayers.

How do you respond to communication like, “I’m not even sure if life is worth fighting for…”?

We want to focus this morning on some stories in the Bible where people faced difficulties and see what God did for them. The Bible is literally full of stories like this! People in trouble and God did things for them!

When you’re struggling, read the stories in the Bible. You are not alone, there are lots of people who needed God to show up in their lives.

Moses and the Egyptians and the Israelites and Other Things

Exodus 2 and 3 – Moses cared a lot about the injustices that were being done towards his people. How he responded wasn’t right (killing an Egyptian), and he had to flee for his life.

Eventually, in God’s timing, he did lead the people out of Egypt. He fulfilled God’s purposes for his life despite the difficulties and even the mistakes he made.

Ephesians talks about Moses and talks a lot about his faith. It is obvious though that he didn’t have superhuman faith all the time. He did at times, but he didn’t have his faith perfected.

Isaiah and the Stubborn People of Israel

Israel had been overrun by Assyria. Isaiah was a prophet to Judah.

Isaiah 1 – Isaiah compared Israel to Sodom and Gomorrah. He told the people God’s message, a very tough message. This was a very common message throughout the Old Testament.

Isaiah 12 – I will trust and not be afraid, God is my salvation.

Isaiah goes on to predict judgment on different nations, even those nations that were in power.

Isaiah says that peace, comfort, and quietness can be found in God.

There are so many things out of order, it is super depressing apart from faith and confidence in God being in control.

Isaiah 42:1-7 – Talking about Jesus. He will not shout or raise his voice in public or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to those who have been wronged. He will take them by the hand. This is very personal.

Jeremiah’s Call

God told Jeremiah no to be afraid of the people because God would protect him! Jeremiah delivered the message that God gave him. There were calls for Jeremiah to be killed.

Jeremiah 20 – Jeremiah thought that everyone was against him. He cursed the day that he was born. He was very, very discouraged. God responded and said, “these people will not conquer you, I am with you and will rescue you!”

Daniel – Captive in Exile in Babylon

Daniel was promoted to a high place in Babylon. Daniels three friends were thrown into the furnace, the king was watching them and said, “I see four men unbound walking around in the fire. The fourth looks like a god.” Jesus was with them.

Daniel and the lion’s den is a very familiar story. Daniel was second in command. Others became jealous of him and came up with an idea for the king that would cause Daniel to be put in the lion’s den. Daniel prayed three times a day just as he always had. The king was trapped and said go ahead and throw him in with the lions. The king even said, “may the God that you serve rescue you.”

Jesus

Throughout Jesus’ life, the Jews were seeking to kill Him, not because of any of the good things that he had done, instead because they believed he, a human, was claiming to be God.

Conclusion

There have been many, many people in very difficult places. Not to downplay your troubles at all.

A firm faith in Jesus is what we need to go on.

Life is hard and the devil is at work… but Jesus is alive! He isn’t dead, He isn’t in the grave, He does things for people sometimes that they don’t even realize He is doing.

God is still alive, and He is still working. the Bible is full of these accounts where people thought they were alone, and God was there.

Give God permission to be present with you. Invite Him to grow and maintain your faith.

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If you listen to the things around us it is troubling. There are many troubles in the world. Beyond this, we all have our own troubles and burdens. We live in a fallen world, there are physical consequences of the fall that we all experience. What role does faith have in life being what it is? There are even times when it feels like God isn’t listening to our prayers.
How do you respond to communication like, “I’m not even sure if life is worth fighting for…”?
We want to focus this morning on some stories in the Bible where people faced difficulties and see what God did for them. The Bible is literally full of stories like this! People in trouble and God did things for them!
When you’re struggling, read the stories in the Bible. You are not alone, there are lots of people who needed God to show up in their lives.
Moses and the Egyptians and the Israelites and Other Things
Exodus 2 and 3 – Moses cared a lot about the injustices that were being done towards his people. How he responded wasn’t right (killing an Egyptian), and he had to flee for his life.
Eventually, in God’s timing, he did lead the people out of Egypt. He fulfilled God’s purposes for his life despite the difficulties and even the mistakes he made.
Ephesians talks about Moses and talks a lot about his faith. It is obvious though that he didn’t have superhuman faith all the time. He did at times, but he didn’t have his faith perfected.
Isaiah and the Stubborn People of Israel
Israel had been overrun by Assyria. Isaiah was a prophet to Judah.
Isaiah 1 – Isaiah compared Israel to Sodom and Gomorrah. He told the people God’s message, a very tough message. This was a very common message throughout the Old Testament.
Isaiah 12 – I will trust and not be afraid, God is my salvation.
Isaiah goes on to predict judgment on different nations, even those nations that were in power.
Isaiah says that peace, comfort, and quietness can be found in God.
There are so many things out of order, it is super depressing apart from faith and confidence in God being in control.
Isaiah 42:1-7 – Talking about Jesus. He will not shout or raise his voice in public or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to those who have been wronged. He will take them by the hand. This is very personal.
Jeremiah’s Call
God told Jeremiah no to be afraid of the people because God would protect him! Jeremiah delivered the message that God gave him. There were calls for Jeremiah to be killed.
Jeremiah 20 – Jeremiah thought that everyone was against him. He cursed the day that he was born. He was very, very discouraged. God responded and said, “these people will not conquer you, I am with you and will rescue you!”
Daniel – Captive in Exile in Babylon
Daniel was promoted to a high place in Babylon. Daniels three friends were thrown into the furnace, the king was watching them and said, “I see four men unbound walking around in the fire. The fourth looks like a god.” Jesus was with them.
Daniel and the lion’s den is a very familiar story. Daniel was second in command. Others became jealous of him and came up with an idea for the king that would cause Daniel to be put in the lion’s den. Daniel prayed three times a day just as he always had. The king was trapped and said go ahead and throw him in with the lions. The king even said, “may the God that you serve rescue you.”
Jesus
Throughout Jesus’ life, the Jews were seeking to kill Him, not because of any of the good things that he had done, instead because they believed he, a human, was claiming to be God.
Conclusion
There have been many, many people in very difficult places. Not to downplay your troubles at all.
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Brotherhood in Boots - Walking Each Other Home - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/brotherhood-in-boots-walking-each-other-home/ Mon, 30 Nov 2020 00:26:52 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3797 https://www.bmcgladys.com/brotherhood-in-boots-walking-each-other-home/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/brotherhood-in-boots-walking-each-other-home/feed/ 0 <p>There is a phrase that is often used to talk about helping someone through the end of life journey “walking someone home.” This world is not our home. Walking someone home means going as far as we can with someone towards their destination. Brotherhood looks appealing, maybe even inexpensive. The fact is though that good […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/brotherhood-in-boots-walking-each-other-home/">Brotherhood in Boots – Walking Each Other Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> There is a phrase that is often used to talk about helping someone through the end of life journey “walking someone home.” This world is not our home. Walking someone home means going as far as we can with someone towards their destination.

Brotherhood looks appealing, maybe even inexpensive. The fact is though that good brotherhood takes work.

Luke 24:13-35 – The two disciples on the Emmaus road met Jesus. Jesus walked them towards home. A home is a place of peace.

We need each other for our journeys home. Walking each other home is doing things together as brothers and sisters.

  • 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 – Walking each other home means walking with Jesus. We won’t walk together unless we have the same guide and the same goal.
  • Hebrews 10:24-25 – Walking home together doesn’t just happen. It isn’t the “default” setting in brotherhood. We have to choose to walk together. Do we think about our brothers & sisters? What could I do to encourage them?
  • Walking home together means caring on a practical level. What would smooth the journey? How can I lighten their load?

We as Christians are walking each other home. If Christ is our guide and companion we are walking together. In a sense, we are together now, but we’ll be more fully together on the other side.

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There is a phrase that is often used to talk about helping someone through the end of life journey “walking someone home.” This world is not our home. Walking someone home means going as far as we can with someone towards their destination. Brotherhood looks appealing, maybe even inexpensive. The fact is though that good brotherhood takes work.
Luke 24:13-35 – The two disciples on the Emmaus road met Jesus. Jesus walked them towards home. A home is a place of peace.
We need each other for our journeys home. Walking each other home is doing things together as brothers and sisters.

* 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 – Walking each other home means walking with Jesus. We won’t walk together unless we have the same guide and the same goal.
* Hebrews 10:24-25 – Walking home together doesn’t just happen. It isn’t the “default” setting in brotherhood. We have to choose to walk together. Do we think about our brothers & sisters? What could I do to encourage them?
* Walking home together means caring on a practical level. What would smooth the journey? How can I lighten their load?

We as Christians are walking each other home. If Christ is our guide and companion we are walking together. In a sense, we are together now, but we’ll be more fully together on the other side.
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Take Care of Each Other, Fight Evil With Good, Stay the Course - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/take-care-of-each-other-fight-evil-with-good-stay-the-course/ Sun, 22 Nov 2020 23:58:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3792 https://www.bmcgladys.com/take-care-of-each-other-fight-evil-with-good-stay-the-course/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/take-care-of-each-other-fight-evil-with-good-stay-the-course/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 3:1-22 Let’s take care of each other. Let’s fight evil with good. Let’s stay the course. Let’s be growing in brotherly love towards each other. Christians should have a special love towards each other. One exercise to think about here if you have a sibling that you really love, is there a resemblance […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/take-care-of-each-other-fight-evil-with-good-stay-the-course/">Take Care of Each Other, Fight Evil With Good, Stay the Course</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Peter 3:1-22

  • Let’s take care of each other.
  • Let’s fight evil with good.
  • Let’s stay the course.

Let’s be growing in brotherly love towards each other. Christians should have a special love towards each other.

One exercise to think about here if you have a sibling that you really love, is there a resemblance between how I care for that person and how I care for other Christians or members in my church? It won’t be exactly the same, but there should be some resemblance probably.

If there is someone in my church that I have a “hang up” with, am I treating them (and the situation) like I would if it was a biological sibling?

Good people who are trying to follow Jesus, but are struggling, still need to receive a blessing and care from other followers of Jesus.

We are in a war, and the way we “return fire” is by blessing people.

1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 – There is a battle going on, and doing good towards others and responding correctly is how we inflict damage on satan and his kingdom.

Psalm 34:1-22 – David is running for his life from Saul. He ends up in Gath a Philistine town. David pretends to be a mad man, and the king turns David loose and David escapes.

David says that even the righteous, good people can go through a lot of trouble. The path for a man to see good David says is to continue to trust the Lord through all this and expect his eventual deliverance.

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1 Peter 3:1-22 Let’s take care of each other. Let’s fight evil with good. Let’s stay the course. Let’s be growing in brotherly love towards each other. Christians should have a special love towards each other.
* Let’s take care of each other.
* Let’s fight evil with good.
* Let’s stay the course.

Let’s be growing in brotherly love towards each other. Christians should have a special love towards each other.
One exercise to think about here if you have a sibling that you really love, is there a resemblance between how I care for that person and how I care for other Christians or members in my church? It won’t be exactly the same, but there should be some resemblance probably.
If there is someone in my church that I have a “hang up” with, am I treating them (and the situation) like I would if it was a biological sibling?
Good people who are trying to follow Jesus, but are struggling, still need to receive a blessing and care from other followers of Jesus.
We are in a war, and the way we “return fire” is by blessing people.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 – There is a battle going on, and doing good towards others and responding correctly is how we inflict damage on satan and his kingdom.
Psalm 34:1-22 – David is running for his life from Saul. He ends up in Gath a Philistine town. David pretends to be a mad man, and the king turns David loose and David escapes.
David says that even the righteous, good people can go through a lot of trouble. The path for a man to see good David says is to continue to trust the Lord through all this and expect his eventual deliverance.
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Qualifications for a Leader - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/qualifications-for-a-leader/ Sun, 15 Nov 2020 19:06:44 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3789 https://www.bmcgladys.com/qualifications-for-a-leader/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/qualifications-for-a-leader/feed/ 0 <p>We’re talking together this morning about qualifications for a leader. This is an important part of the life of a church. Our nation just went through an election to choose a leader for our country. The church is not like that! Jesus said that his kingdom is not of this world. It is a holy […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/qualifications-for-a-leader/">Qualifications for a Church Leader</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We’re talking together this morning about qualifications for a leader. This is an important part of the life of a church. Our nation just went through an election to choose a leader for our country. The church is not like that!

Jesus said that his kingdom is not of this world. It is a holy process… It should be a peaceful process because the members of the church are surrendered to the Lord and to His will. It is a brotherly process because there is “body thinking.” We are all part of the body, and we all have work to do.

May God’s will be done. May Christian charity rule in our hearts and in our church.

We know that the church is not perfect, it has its flaws and its weaknesses. We can be confident that God is with us, that He is working and that He cares about this church very much.

The men that are available to be chosen are not perfect either. They have different personalities and gifts, even levels of maturity. None of your current ministers would claim to be perfect either!

We do seek a brother with qualities and the kind of heart soil that grows spiritual fruit. That God is working in their heart and producing fruit. As we look through the brothers in our congregation let us be praying, and review these qualifications, and praying that there would be one or several that would stand out to be chosen for this work.

Acts 6:1-7 – The whole church was involved. The leaders were leading out, but the congregation was involved as well. The congregation was not just there as spectators.

1 Timothy 3:1-13 – We’re not looking at anything new here. We’ve heard these things before, heard sermons about them before, etc. We are simply reviewing this morning.

We are looking for a Spirit filled brother. What does a Spirit filled person look like? He seeks the Kingdom first. He loves God, and wants to love Him more and more. God has the highest place in his life. He has a living and genuine relationship with Christ. He knows what it is to walk with Jesus. He isn’t just going through the motions.

James 3 – We are looking for a wise brother. This isn’t referring to how smart he is, whether he graduated with top honors from school or not, he may not have the best or first answer for everything. He knows and follows the way of God with right and pure motives. A wisdom that comes from time with God. He is guided by Christlike motives and attitudes.

We are looking for a man whose home is in good order. There is a parallel between family and church management. Is it a godly household? What is family life like? What are family relationships like? This doesn’t mean that there aren’t disruptions, occasional issues, etc, but it does mean that the father is aware and addresses those kinds of issues.

We are looking for a brother who has made friends of mammon. He uses money and material things in a way that is honoring to God and is a blessing to you and to others. What we do with our resources beyond providing for our necessities is what Jesus is referring to. We should use our material possessions to serve others.

Philippians 2 – We are looking for a brother who is a servant leader. Jesus came with a different attitude towards leadership than the leaders of his day. We don’t read about “leader” Moses, you read about the “servant” Moses. Humble, not looking for power or position. Serving the flock. The shepherd is approachable. The sheep feel comfortable approaching him. Jesus said that the good shepherd is willing to lay down his life for the sheep.

God was in the work there in Jerusalem. It was a healthy church. A church that God was working in and working through.

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We’re talking together this morning about qualifications for a leader. This is an important part of the life of a church. Our nation just went through an election to choose a leader for our country. The church is not like that! Jesus said that his kingdom is not of this world. It is a holy process… It should be a peaceful process because the members of the church are surrendered to the Lord and to His will. It is a brotherly process because there is “body thinking.” We are all part of the body, and we all have work to do.
May God’s will be done. May Christian charity rule in our hearts and in our church.
We know that the church is not perfect, it has its flaws and its weaknesses. We can be confident that God is with us, that He is working and that He cares about this church very much.
The men that are available to be chosen are not perfect either. They have different personalities and gifts, even levels of maturity. None of your current ministers would claim to be perfect either!
We do seek a brother with qualities and the kind of heart soil that grows spiritual fruit. That God is working in their heart and producing fruit. As we look through the brothers in our congregation let us be praying, and review these qualifications, and praying that there would be one or several that would stand out to be chosen for this work.
Acts 6:1-7 – The whole church was involved. The leaders were leading out, but the congregation was involved as well. The congregation was not just there as spectators.
1 Timothy 3:1-13 – We’re not looking at anything new here. We’ve heard these things before, heard sermons about them before, etc. We are simply reviewing this morning.
We are looking for a Spirit filled brother. What does a Spirit filled person look like? He seeks the Kingdom first. He loves God, and wants to love Him more and more. God has the highest place in his life. He has a living and genuine relationship with Christ. He knows what it is to walk with Jesus. He isn’t just going through the motions.
James 3 – We are looking for a wise brother. This isn’t referring to how smart he is, whether he graduated with top honors from school or not, he may not have the best or first answer for everything. He knows and follows the way of God with right and pure motives. A wisdom that comes from time with God. He is guided by Christlike motives and attitudes.
We are looking for a man whose home is in good order. There is a parallel between family and church management. Is it a godly household? What is family life like? What are family relationships like? This doesn’t mean that there aren’t disruptions, occasional issues, etc, but it does mean that the father is aware and addresses those kinds of issues.
We are looking for a brother who has made friends of mammon. He uses money and material things in a way that is honoring to God and is a blessing to you and to others. What we do with our resources beyond providing for our necessities is what Jesus is referring to. We should use our material possessions to serve others.
Philippians 2 – We are looking for a brother who is a servant leader. Jesus came with a different attitude towards leadership than the leaders of his day. We don’t read about “leader” Moses, you read about the “servant” Moses. Humble, not looking for power or position. Serving the flock. The shepherd is approachable. The sheep feel comfortable approaching him. Jesus said that the good shepherd is willing to lay down his life for the sheep.
God was in the work there in Jerusalem. It was a healthy church. A church that God was working in and working through.
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2020.11.08 - The Preeminence of Christ - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-preeminence-of-christ/ Sun, 08 Nov 2020 18:15:09 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3786 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-preeminence-of-christ/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-preeminence-of-christ/feed/ 0 <p>When the world is going crazy we need to be doing what we should have been doing all along, going, and looking to Christ. John 15:1-27 – The word of God is all about Jesus. Genesis through Malachi has the theme “He is coming.” The Gospels theme then is “He is here” and the rest […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-preeminence-of-christ/">The Preeminence of Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> When the world is going crazy we need to be doing what we should have been doing all along, going, and looking to Christ.

John 15:1-27 – The word of God is all about Jesus. Genesis through Malachi has the theme “He is coming.” The Gospels theme then is “He is here” and the rest of the New Testament “He is coming again.”

There are lots of different kinds of vines. Pole beans. Virginia creeper. Jesus chose to talk about the grapevine, and Jesus says that He is the “true vine.”

We aren’t born connected to the vine. The invitation is open to all though! Jesus, through great personal sacrifice, has opened up a way (and only one way), that we can become a part of the Kingdom. Our purpose then is to bear fruit and to bring glory.

Before Christ, we were floundering around in life trying to find a purpose, which vine would we be “attached to?” We were living and yet dead.

Jesus is the life-giving source. The role of a father is also clear, God the Father is the kind of gardener with clippers. There are two things that the vinedresser is doing, removing branches that aren’t producing fruit, and remove parts of the plant that are hindrances. God is going through our lives and shaping us more into the image of his son.

This abiding is very critical to the life of the believer. Intermittent “juice” doesn’t produce a lot of good fruit. Is there anything in the way of your “graft” this morning?

There is only one life-giver, and it is in the blood and life of Jesus Christ.

If Jesus is so great a part of my life, am I quick to point out the source? “This is not me, it’s because of Jesus.”

Philippians 2:9-11 – When Jesus is lifted up, that is glorifying to the Father! We need to be a church, and a people, that is unashamedly lifting up Jesus.

Are you unashamed? Am I unashamed?

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When the world is going crazy we need to be doing what we should have been doing all along, going, and looking to Christ. John 15:1-27 – The word of God is all about Jesus. Genesis through Malachi has the theme “He is coming. John 15:1-27 – The word of God is all about Jesus. Genesis through Malachi has the theme “He is coming.” The Gospels theme then is “He is here” and the rest of the New Testament “He is coming again.”
There are lots of different kinds of vines. Pole beans. Virginia creeper. Jesus chose to talk about the grapevine, and Jesus says that He is the “true vine.”
We aren’t born connected to the vine. The invitation is open to all though! Jesus, through great personal sacrifice, has opened up a way (and only one way), that we can become a part of the Kingdom. Our purpose then is to bear fruit and to bring glory.
Before Christ, we were floundering around in life trying to find a purpose, which vine would we be “attached to?” We were living and yet dead.
Jesus is the life-giving source. The role of a father is also clear, God the Father is the kind of gardener with clippers. There are two things that the vinedresser is doing, removing branches that aren’t producing fruit, and remove parts of the plant that are hindrances. God is going through our lives and shaping us more into the image of his son.
This abiding is very critical to the life of the believer. Intermittent “juice” doesn’t produce a lot of good fruit. Is there anything in the way of your “graft” this morning?
There is only one life-giver, and it is in the blood and life of Jesus Christ.
If Jesus is so great a part of my life, am I quick to point out the source? “This is not me, it’s because of Jesus.”
Philippians 2:9-11 – When Jesus is lifted up, that is glorifying to the Father! We need to be a church, and a people, that is unashamedly lifting up Jesus.
Are you unashamed? Am I unashamed?
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How Far Away is Heaven? - Brian Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-far-away-is-heaven/ Sun, 01 Nov 2020 14:08:15 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3782 https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-far-away-is-heaven/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-far-away-is-heaven/feed/ 0 <p>We live in interesting times these days, the issues that our country and the world is facing require a lot of wisdom to get through. Revelation 1:3 – There is a blessing for those who read this book. Regardless of how our week went, God is still on the throne and He is still in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-far-away-is-heaven/">How Far Away is Heaven?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We live in interesting times these days, the issues that our country and the world is facing require a lot of wisdom to get through.

Revelation 1:3 – There is a blessing for those who read this book. Regardless of how our week went, God is still on the throne and He is still in control.

There are two realms that are “in play” every day, there is the physical universe that we live in, but there are also the spiritual realities that many people don’t believe exists, but that we are aware of. Man was created a physical being, but we also share a part in the spiritual side. We are working with both realms in our lives.

When the separation came between the two realms, what was earth and what is heaven, man lost his ability to see God, but God didn’t lose his ability to see man. In many ways, Jesus was the “reopening” of the door between the two realms.

Revelation 4:1-11 – John tells us that the door was opened in heaven, this was a changing of the scene, a changing of direction. This was a door that man, or Adam, couldn’t open, but God can open it, and He did for John.

God spoke to different people throughout the Bible in different ways, Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel, etc. In 1st Corinthians 12, we get a different picture, the door is open, “come here and I’ll show you some things.” A calling to God’s side.

We (and all men) live in full view of Heaven. When we look at the sky we should consider it a one-way mirror, God can see in, the angels can see in, but we can’t see into heaven from this side.

God is aware and engaged in what is going on on the earth. God is well aware. The separation between earth and heaven is not very great.

God can forgive sin, one thing that He will never allow in His kingdom is rebellion and insubordination. As we surrender to the one on the throne we become part of the every growing “thing” that God is doing on the earth.

Matthew 24:31 – There is a day coming, a day of complete unification. A trumpet will sound. The dead in Christ will rise first and we will meet Him in the air. So shall we be forever with the Lord.

Not all is well on earth. The Bible tells us that the last days of the earth will be a rough time.

Heaven was made for us to come into and enjoy. The devil’s work will end, God will prevail.

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We live in interesting times these days, the issues that our country and the world is facing require a lot of wisdom to get through. Revelation 1:3 – There is a blessing for those who read this book. Regardless of how our week went, Revelation 1:3 – There is a blessing for those who read this book. Regardless of how our week went, God is still on the throne and He is still in control.
There are two realms that are “in play” every day, there is the physical universe that we live in, but there are also the spiritual realities that many people don’t believe exists, but that we are aware of. Man was created a physical being, but we also share a part in the spiritual side. We are working with both realms in our lives.
When the separation came between the two realms, what was earth and what is heaven, man lost his ability to see God, but God didn’t lose his ability to see man. In many ways, Jesus was the “reopening” of the door between the two realms.
Revelation 4:1-11 – John tells us that the door was opened in heaven, this was a changing of the scene, a changing of direction. This was a door that man, or Adam, couldn’t open, but God can open it, and He did for John.
God spoke to different people throughout the Bible in different ways, Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel, etc. In 1st Corinthians 12, we get a different picture, the door is open, “come here and I’ll show you some things.” A calling to God’s side.
We (and all men) live in full view of Heaven. When we look at the sky we should consider it a one-way mirror, God can see in, the angels can see in, but we can’t see into heaven from this side.
God is aware and engaged in what is going on on the earth. God is well aware. The separation between earth and heaven is not very great.
God can forgive sin, one thing that He will never allow in His kingdom is rebellion and insubordination. As we surrender to the one on the throne we become part of the every growing “thing” that God is doing on the earth.
Matthew 24:31 – There is a day coming, a day of complete unification. A trumpet will sound. The dead in Christ will rise first and we will meet Him in the air. So shall we be forever with the Lord.
Not all is well on earth. The Bible tells us that the last days of the earth will be a rough time.
Heaven was made for us to come into and enjoy. The devil’s work will end, God will prevail.
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Keep on Asking, Seeking, and Knocking - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/keep-on-asking-seeking-and-knocking/ Mon, 26 Oct 2020 01:04:14 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3779 https://www.bmcgladys.com/keep-on-asking-seeking-and-knocking/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/keep-on-asking-seeking-and-knocking/feed/ 0 <p>Psalm 116:1-11 – Imagine yourself on a frosty roof for some reason and you slip and fall. As you slide you are grasping and scratching and clawing, but there is no way to stop yourself. This is a very helpless feeling. Sometimes we feel like we are completely helpless. An inner struggle that has gotten […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/keep-on-asking-seeking-and-knocking/">Keep on Asking, Seeking, and Knocking</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Psalm 116:1-11 – Imagine yourself on a frosty roof for some reason and you slip and fall. As you slide you are grasping and scratching and clawing, but there is no way to stop yourself. This is a very helpless feeling.

Sometimes we feel like we are completely helpless. An inner struggle that has gotten the best of you and you don’t know which way to turn or what step to take. Or perhaps things seem hopeless.

What do you do when all seems hopeless?

Luke 11:9 – Jesus says that if we ask we’ll receive. He who seeks will find. To him who knocks it will be open. He doesn’t say that it will be given to us immediately, or that the door will be opened immediately, but if we’re asking God we are at the right person and are asking the right person. He is the one who can give us what we need and He can open the door.

Solomon Asks God for Wisdom

2 Chronicles 1:7-12 – Solomon was a fresh new king. God asked Solomon what thing He could grant him… Solomon in his wisdom asked God for more wisdom and knowledge. Solomon wanted wisdom to serve in a God-honoring way, by himself he felt incredibly insufficient. We dare not be too confident in ourselves!

Jeremiah 10:23, James 1:5-8, Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 19:20 – We need more than our own intelligence and God knows that. He promises that if we come humbly we can expect to receive from Him. Lean on Him, don’t trust your own wisdom and knowledge!

If we have prayed and sought the Lord for direction and guidance and the way ahead still seems cloudy and unclear, if we are kneeling and praying we are still closer to the source of the answer than if we hadn’t been praying, asking, seeking, and knocking.

Does God care for and love you as much as Solomon? Scripture would tell us that He does, He cares about you and your wisdom.

Hezekiah Pleads for Deliverance

2 Kings 18 – An army was entrenched against Hezekiah and Jerusalem. Other countries had fallen before the Assyrians. Hezekiah didn’t know what to do next except to fall before the Lord from a humble and desperately pleading heart.

God moved on behalf of the people of Israel and delivered them! So too we can lay our needs and concerns before the Lord and He can and will help us too.

There are things that we are praying about that we don’t know the answer to… but if we have prayed and if we have sought the Lord for intervention. Even if it seems as if nothing is changing, we are still closer to the source of power and deliverance.

So we keep asking and asking earnestly, and we keep seeking earnestly, and we keep knocking earnestly.

The Gadarene Man’s Storm is Calmed by Jesus

Mark 5:6 – At the end of the previous chapter a fierce storm arose quickly, the disciples were terrified and so they woke Jesus up. The storm was calmed with a few words from Jesus.

The storm on the lake was a lot like the storm in the heart of the Gadarene man. He hated himself and often harmed himself. He wished for release from the bondage that he was under. Something drew him to Jesus.

Though he was possessed by a demon, he must have been able to do some things on his own, but the demons took over his body and his voice. Jesus had mercy on this man, He knew the doubt and hurt in his heart and life. Jesus ordered them to leave, so they did.

The Gadarene loved Jesus. Jesus had delivered him. The Gadarene wanted to follow Jesus, but Jesus told him to stay where he was and be a testimony of the change that God can do and his power.

Romans 5:6 – We are unable to save ourselves. When we were weak, when we were helpless, Christ gave Himself as a sacrifice in our place.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Are you sometimes disappointed with the juvenile, selfish, wrong thoughts that come to your mind? Jealousy, pride, a critical spirit, suspicious and judgmental, or impure thoughts. We don’t want these things, but they come. We know that Paul says, if we are in Christ we are a new creation, all things have become new. Still, we have these struggles.

As we struggle in prayer, seeking the Father, asking for the direction of the Holy Spirit. Know that your Heavenly Father knows what you need, and He wants to give you what you need. We need to have a sense of where we are and our needs.

Luke 18 – The tax collector was a desperate man. He wasn’t embarrassed to stand in the temple before a lot of people and to plea to God… “be merciful to me a sinner!” Jesus said that this man was justified, not the proud Pharisee.

If we’ve prayed and sought the Lord for deliverance from some besetting sin. If we’ve sought the Lord for growth in our lives. If we sometimes despair that there seems to be no victory and no change. Keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking… we’re still closer to the source of power, the source of all things.

Does Jesus love you as much as He did the demon-possessed Gadarene man? Yes, yes He does.

We want to be close enough to God and praying constantly to Him about our needs, sensing them deeply. Let us stretch our hands towards the Father. Without God, we are lost. With God, we are not lost! God is with us!

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Psalm 116:1-11 – Imagine yourself on a frosty roof for some reason and you slip and fall. As you slide you are grasping and scratching and clawing, but there is no way to stop yourself. This is a very helpless feeling. Sometimes we feel like we are completely helpless. An inner struggle that has gotten the best of you and you don’t know which way to turn or what step to take. Or perhaps things seem hopeless.
What do you do when all seems hopeless?
Luke 11:9 – Jesus says that if we ask we’ll receive. He who seeks will find. To him who knocks it will be open. He doesn’t say that it will be given to us immediately, or that the door will be opened immediately, but if we’re asking God we are at the right person and are asking the right person. He is the one who can give us what we need and He can open the door.
Solomon Asks God for Wisdom
2 Chronicles 1:7-12 – Solomon was a fresh new king. God asked Solomon what thing He could grant him… Solomon in his wisdom asked God for more wisdom and knowledge. Solomon wanted wisdom to serve in a God-honoring way, by himself he felt incredibly insufficient. We dare not be too confident in ourselves!
Jeremiah 10:23, James 1:5-8, Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 19:20 – We need more than our own intelligence and God knows that. He promises that if we come humbly we can expect to receive from Him. Lean on Him, don’t trust your own wisdom and knowledge!
If we have prayed and sought the Lord for direction and guidance and the way ahead still seems cloudy and unclear, if we are kneeling and praying we are still closer to the source of the answer than if we hadn’t been praying, asking, seeking, and knocking.
Does God care for and love you as much as Solomon? Scripture would tell us that He does, He cares about you and your wisdom.
Hezekiah Pleads for Deliverance
2 Kings 18 – An army was entrenched against Hezekiah and Jerusalem. Other countries had fallen before the Assyrians. Hezekiah didn’t know what to do next except to fall before the Lord from a humble and desperately pleading heart.
God moved on behalf of the people of Israel and delivered them! So too we can lay our needs and concerns before the Lord and He can and will help us too.
There are things that we are praying about that we don’t know the answer to… but if we have prayed and if we have sought the Lord for intervention. Even if it seems as if nothing is changing, we are still closer to the source of power and deliverance.
So we keep asking and asking earnestly, and we keep seeking earnestly, and we keep knocking earnestly.
The Gadarene Man’s Storm is Calmed by Jesus
Mark 5:6 – At the end of the previous chapter a fierce storm arose quickly, the disciples were terrified and so they woke Jesus up. The storm was calmed with a few words from Jesus.
The storm on the lake was a lot like the storm in the heart of the Gadarene man. He hated himself and often harmed himself. He wished for release from the bondage that he was under. Something drew him to Jesus.
Though he was possessed by a demon, he must have been able to do some things on his own, but the demons took over his body and his voice. Jesus had mercy on this man, He knew the doubt and hurt in his heart and life. Jesus ordered them to leave, so they did.
The Gadarene loved Jesus. Jesus had delivered him. The Gadarene wanted to follow Jesus, but Jesus told him to stay where he was and be a testimony of the change that God can do and his power.
Romans 5:6 – We are unable to save ourselves. When we were weak, when we were helpless, Christ gave Himself as a sacrifice in our place.
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Are you sometimes disappointed with the juvenile, selfish, wrong thoughts that come to your mind? Jealousy, pride, a critical spirit, suspicious and judgmental,]]>
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Don't Worry About Anything & Pray About Everything - Rich Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/dont-worry-about-anything-pray-about-everything/ Mon, 19 Oct 2020 00:16:32 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3777 https://www.bmcgladys.com/dont-worry-about-anything-pray-about-everything/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/dont-worry-about-anything-pray-about-everything/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we’ll be looking at a story in the Bible that we have a fair amount of detail about. Sometimes we look at different stories in the Bible and wonder why we hear more about one person in a story than another person in the same story. This morning we are going to be […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/dont-worry-about-anything-pray-about-everything/">Don’t Worry About Anything & Pray About Everything</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This morning we’ll be looking at a story in the Bible that we have a fair amount of detail about. Sometimes we look at different stories in the Bible and wonder why we hear more about one person in a story than another person in the same story.

This morning we are going to be looking at the church at Philippi. We have a fair amount of detail about how the church at Philippi started. There was a jailer involved, Lydia a merchant was involved, Paul & Silas were there too, they ended up in prison because they cast a demon out of a girl.

The Beginning of the Church at Philippi

Acts 15 – There was a big gathering in Jerusalem to try to decide what the Christian church was going to require of Gentile believers. At this point a lot of the new believers were Jewish, but as Gentiles came to the faith there was quite a bit of disagreement about how this was going to work. The church in Jerusalem asked Paul, Silas, Barnabas, and Judah to take a letter to the churches and share their decision with them.

Acts 16:11-34 – Maybe Paul was willing to take the beating to meet the man in his dream. He waited to claim his Roman citizenship until after he was beaten and put into jail.

We have a record that the jailer and his household were baptized. We also know that Lydia and her household were part of the church there as well. What did these have in common? They lived in the same city, they were most likely Roman citizens, this was a military outpost where everything was done just as if you were in Rome. They were all sinners, and they all believed in the Lord and were baptized.

What things may have been different between these people? They probably had different social statuses. They likely had different income levels. It is also quite likely that they didn’t know each other prior to coming to know Jesus.

Pauls Letter to the Church at Philippi

Paul wrote many letters to the churches he was involved with. This letter was written about 10 years after the church had been started. This is considered one of Paul’s most personal letters to a church.

Philippians 1:1-30 – Paul really compliments and praises the church for the ways they have cared for him in the past. There are some very well known passages in Philippians. Paul is continually pointing back to Christ. He talks a fair amount about Epaphroditus. He was sent from the Philippian church. He was working very hard and got very sick (almost died!) and Paul wanted to be sure that the church back at Philippi was properly thanked for the help he had been.

Recurring Words in Philippians

There are some all-inclusive and all exclusive words that Paul uses here in this letter. This is a bit rambling, but there are nuggets of truth here and maybe one of them will stick out and help you.

  • Philippians 2:14 – “Do all things without murmuring and disputing…”
  • Philippians 3:8 – “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord”
  • Philippians 3:21 – “he is able even to subdue all things unto himself”
  • Philippians 4:12 – “everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
  • Philippians 1:4 – ‌”Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy”
  • Philippians 1:18 – ‌”whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice”
  • Philippians 2:4 – ‌Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
  • Philippians 2:10-11 – Every knee. Every tongue.
  • Philippians 1:20 – Paul is no longer very young. We see a tension between Pauls wanting to be helpful here on earth and longing to go home to be with the Father.
  • Philippians 2:12 – You have always obeyed!

Peace is a buy product of not worrying about anything and praying about everything. You can’t do one without the other.

The question for us here is “what is that one thing in your life?” What is that one thing that we do in our life? Paul was pressing on towards the mark for the prize in Christ Jesus.

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This morning we’ll be looking at a story in the Bible that we have a fair amount of detail about. Sometimes we look at different stories in the Bible and wonder why we hear more about one person in a story than another person in the same story. This morning we are going to be looking at the church at Philippi. We have a fair amount of detail about how the church at Philippi started. There was a jailer involved, Lydia a merchant was involved, Paul & Silas were there too, they ended up in prison because they cast a demon out of a girl.
The Beginning of the Church at Philippi
Acts 15 – There was a big gathering in Jerusalem to try to decide what the Christian church was going to require of Gentile believers. At this point a lot of the new believers were Jewish, but as Gentiles came to the faith there was quite a bit of disagreement about how this was going to work. The church in Jerusalem asked Paul, Silas, Barnabas, and Judah to take a letter to the churches and share their decision with them.
Acts 16:11-34 – Maybe Paul was willing to take the beating to meet the man in his dream. He waited to claim his Roman citizenship until after he was beaten and put into jail.
We have a record that the jailer and his household were baptized. We also know that Lydia and her household were part of the church there as well. What did these have in common? They lived in the same city, they were most likely Roman citizens, this was a military outpost where everything was done just as if you were in Rome. They were all sinners, and they all believed in the Lord and were baptized.
What things may have been different between these people? They probably had different social statuses. They likely had different income levels. It is also quite likely that they didn’t know each other prior to coming to know Jesus.
Pauls Letter to the Church at Philippi
Paul wrote many letters to the churches he was involved with. This letter was written about 10 years after the church had been started. This is considered one of Paul’s most personal letters to a church.
Philippians 1:1-30 – Paul really compliments and praises the church for the ways they have cared for him in the past. There are some very well known passages in Philippians. Paul is continually pointing back to Christ. He talks a fair amount about Epaphroditus. He was sent from the Philippian church. He was working very hard and got very sick (almost died!) and Paul wanted to be sure that the church back at Philippi was properly thanked for the help he had been.
Recurring Words in Philippians
There are some all-inclusive and all exclusive words that Paul uses here in this letter. This is a bit rambling, but there are nuggets of truth here and maybe one of them will stick out and help you.

* Philippians 2:14 – “Do all things without murmuring and disputing…”
* Philippians 3:8 – “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord”
* Philippians 3:21 – “he is able even to subdue all things unto himself”
* Philippians 4:12 – “everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
* Philippians 1:4 – ‌”Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy”
* Philippians 1:18 – ‌”whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice”
* Philippians 2:4 – ‌Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
* Philippians 2:10-11 – Every knee. Every tongue.
* Philippians 1:20 – Paul is no longer very young. We see a tension between Pauls wanting to be helpful here on earth and...]]>
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Getting Practical About Information Technology and the Church - Kyle Stoltzfus https://www.bmcgladys.com/getting-practical-about-information-technology-and-the-church/ Mon, 12 Oct 2020 02:12:00 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3773 https://www.bmcgladys.com/getting-practical-about-information-technology-and-the-church/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/getting-practical-about-information-technology-and-the-church/feed/ 0 <p>Children becoming functioning adults doesn’t happen by accident. The opposite is also true, it isn’t an accident when people who have struggles emerge from communities and families. Ezra 8:21 – We are seeking a right way for us. This is what the church of Christ is instructed and authorized to do. The digital revolution has […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/getting-practical-about-information-technology-and-the-church/">Getting Practical About Information Technology and the Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Children becoming functioning adults doesn’t happen by accident. The opposite is also true, it isn’t an accident when people who have struggles emerge from communities and families.

Ezra 8:21 – We are seeking a right way for us. This is what the church of Christ is instructed and authorized to do.

The digital revolution has happened quickly. What we need is more than just simple restriction, thoughtful preaching, etc to get us where we need to go. There are three pillars that we’ll be looking at and how information technology affects them.

Information Technology at Home

With the digital information and revolution that we are living in we need to make decisions that our parents just didn’t have to make. How much screen time should my child have? What content should they have access to?

It isn’t baseless to claim that in the first three years of a child’s life there is no benefit for a child, but there is an opportunity to cause damage. Many times technology is just a cheap baby sitter.

There is lots of technology that promises to teach our children. The reality is that screen time is not a replacement for personal engagement. It is not a replacement for time spent with real people.

When we offer screens in place of physical connection we are depriving them of the preparatory work they are going to need to develop into functioning adults. Learning something that our children do, not something that technology can do to them. Play for young children is very important for the full development of a young child.

Information Technology at Work

Genesis 2 – In a lot of ways this is an expansion on what happened in Genesis 1. As God’s representatives human kind have work to do. They find meaning and satisfaction in the work that they do.

We can loose a sense of meaning in our work as we experience more fragmentation. Computers used to only be able to run one program at a time. Now they can run a lot of programs at the same time. As our computers got more powerful we often need more screens just to keep up with the information that is coming at us.

We call this multitasking, it isn’t so bad when the tasks are all clustered. When we’re switching between activities of the same sort. Often though we randomly jump between tasks. The average office worker checks his email every hour. Smartphones are picked up on average about 1500 times per week, it more frequently for a “power user.”

The reality is that we, humans, can’t multitask. We only have one attention to give. The light of the body is the eye, not the eyes. Why does this matter? The enemy of simplicity is multiplicity, the division of mental, financial, spiritual energy. Simplicity often disappears from our lives because of the “harmless” and “good” things that we allow in our lives. When we are trying to do all these things at once we are loosing our ability to live in simplicity and with focus.

How do we find meaning in our work? The reason we work is to meet needs. We don’t work to make money, we work to do things like feed our children and to keep them warm, to bring their minds and hearts alive. The more we work for these reasons the more satisfaction we can gain.

Information Technology and Faith

Technology allows us to stand by as bystanders of incredible violence. We can live through our finger tips the most violent moments of history. Participation in the standing by watching content like this does have an affect. Technology has walked right into reach, right to our finger tips. When we celebrate the violent success of a movie, or the script of a game we play pits us in deadly conflict with people we begin to loose touch with the connection between our actions and their affects in real life.

What do you think of when we say “morality” and “internet” in the same sentence. Often we think about pornography. The demoralizing affect of technology is something that takes place long before a person becomes addicted to pornography.

There is a tendency to “amuse” ourselves with technology teaches us to be apathetic in the face of stress and other situations of life. Hard things and stressful things can be instructive. When we go through hard things and work through them we build moral capital, we build character.

Dealing with Technology and its Challenges

Our ability to discriminate and to make good choices with technology can be redeemed. We don’t have to be guided by technology we can use it as a tool and not have it dominate our lives.

We can deal with technology by retreating into digital deserts of our own making.

We can also choose to be conscious and intentional. We need to be demanding of technology. Where we can’t do this we should probably “cast it from us.”

Our willpower is in fact a very limited resource. We need to build a culture where openly confessing weaknesses, tendencies and even addictions is possible. We can build deserts, and retreat from technology, but we also need to be transformed.

We do well to remember that the audience that Jesus addressed struggled to give Him their full attention… and they didn’t have cell phones! As we deal with challenges of our times it is good to remind ourselves that we are only facing new faces to problems that have been issues for some time.

The mature believer is one who has his senses trained to discern good and evil in a variety of circumstances. Perhaps more importantly this kind of believer can also discern between good and best.

It takes practice and the inconvenience of community that is committed to each other and to do walk through this together. Does this choice form me after Christ, His commands, His desires, His image?

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Children becoming functioning adults doesn’t happen by accident. The opposite is also true, it isn’t an accident when people who have struggles emerge from communities and families. Ezra 8:21 – We are seeking a right way for us. Ezra 8:21 – We are seeking a right way for us. This is what the church of Christ is instructed and authorized to do.
The digital revolution has happened quickly. What we need is more than just simple restriction, thoughtful preaching, etc to get us where we need to go. There are three pillars that we’ll be looking at and how information technology affects them.
Information Technology at Home
With the digital information and revolution that we are living in we need to make decisions that our parents just didn’t have to make. How much screen time should my child have? What content should they have access to?
It isn’t baseless to claim that in the first three years of a child’s life there is no benefit for a child, but there is an opportunity to cause damage. Many times technology is just a cheap baby sitter.
There is lots of technology that promises to teach our children. The reality is that screen time is not a replacement for personal engagement. It is not a replacement for time spent with real people.
When we offer screens in place of physical connection we are depriving them of the preparatory work they are going to need to develop into functioning adults. Learning something that our children do, not something that technology can do to them. Play for young children is very important for the full development of a young child.
Information Technology at Work
Genesis 2 – In a lot of ways this is an expansion on what happened in Genesis 1. As God’s representatives human kind have work to do. They find meaning and satisfaction in the work that they do.
We can loose a sense of meaning in our work as we experience more fragmentation. Computers used to only be able to run one program at a time. Now they can run a lot of programs at the same time. As our computers got more powerful we often need more screens just to keep up with the information that is coming at us.
We call this multitasking, it isn’t so bad when the tasks are all clustered. When we’re switching between activities of the same sort. Often though we randomly jump between tasks. The average office worker checks his email every hour. Smartphones are picked up on average about 1500 times per week, it more frequently for a “power user.”
The reality is that we, humans, can’t multitask. We only have one attention to give. The light of the body is the eye, not the eyes. Why does this matter? The enemy of simplicity is multiplicity, the division of mental, financial, spiritual energy. Simplicity often disappears from our lives because of the “harmless” and “good” things that we allow in our lives. When we are trying to do all these things at once we are loosing our ability to live in simplicity and with focus.
How do we find meaning in our work? The reason we work is to meet needs. We don’t work to make money, we work to do things like feed our children and to keep them warm, to bring their minds and hearts alive. The more we work for these reasons the more satisfaction we can gain.
Information Technology and Faith
Technology allows us to stand by as bystanders of incredible violence. We can live through our finger tips the most violent moments of history. Participation in the standing by watching content like this does have an affect. Technology has walked right into reach, right to our finger tips. When we celebrate the violent success of a movie, or the script of a game we play pits us in deadly conflict with people we begin to loose touch with the connection between our actions and their affects in real life.
What do you think of when we say “morality” and “internet...]]>
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Our Identity - What it Means to Belong to Christ - Kyle Stoltzfus https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-identity-what-it-means-to-belong-to-christ/ Mon, 12 Oct 2020 02:08:26 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3771 https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-identity-what-it-means-to-belong-to-christ/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-identity-what-it-means-to-belong-to-christ/feed/ 0 <p>With all the “stuff” that information technology offers us, are we really coming out on top? We are constantly wired into things that can give us constant anxiety. When we are too thickly immersed in information technology there are certain skills that we fail to develop. It’s not as simple as just counting on the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-identity-what-it-means-to-belong-to-christ/">Our Identity – What it Means to Belong to Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> With all the “stuff” that information technology offers us, are we really coming out on top? We are constantly wired into things that can give us constant anxiety. When we are too thickly immersed in information technology there are certain skills that we fail to develop. It’s not as simple as just counting on the promise of technology to deliver.

So, what do we do with technology? The particulars of technology aren’t addressed in the Bible. There are a lot of decisions that we have to make with technology, that need to be put into the framework, and principles that the scripture does give us direction in. Understanding technology through the lens of discernment.

Ephesians 5:17, Romans 12:1-2, Hebrews 5:14 – this is a gift, but it is also a faculty, something that we exercise. Our ability here to discriminate and make choices is commanded by God. It needs to be practiced and developed. It is something that we need to do together.

We hope to accept some of the benefits of technology without the problems. We do this like putting our computers in public spaces. We may have a smart phone, but perhaps we have expectations about what age is acceptable to have one.

There are major benefits, but there are also major pitfalls related to information technology.

Let’s explore some liabilities while connecting them to a purpose.

A Fool With a Tool is Still a Fool

A tool is something that extends the kind of ability and skill and character that is already available to the user of the tool. A “force multiplier” takes a small input and makes the resulting force many multiples more.

The usefulness of a tool are not its features. It is in the character of the person who is using the tool. If you give a fool a tool you’ve only made a dangerous fool. It is a mistake to assume that a tool is a substitute for ability.

When we mistake tools for ability and character and skill, life becomes mired down in all kinds of upgrades and technological tool grabbing. Let us marry the tool to its use, evaluate a tool by what you’re going to do with it.

A limitation isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, it can inspire creativity. It is a mistake to imagine that technology will improve our character. Technology has closed the gap between our impulses and their satisfaction. It has extended the consequences of our actions.

Matthew 7:18 – If technology is providing us with an identity we’ve taken a major misstep.

Don’t Give Whiskey to the Alcoholic

Tools like alcohol change us into certain kinds of people. An alcoholic has a low resistance to the false promises of alcohol. Because of this low resistance he will partake frequently. If you want to help this person out, don’t give him whiskey, that won’t be helpful.

We all have a similar composition, this helps us to understand each other. At some level we do have similar needs, urges, longings, impulses, etc. This is what makes us people.

We all have a need to belong, an urge to escape, and a longing to make an impact. We use technology for each of these. There is a tradeoff that happens here. Technology does help us in these things, but it also affects us and changes us.

Technology promises to aid us, it sparks our imaginations and giving us an idea of what we could become. We imagine within the confines that are encouraged by our technology. Tools have formational capacity. When we bring our needs and hopes to technology they will form themselves around it.

We all have this need to belong. When we use social media this is a way of quickly and efficiently sharing our needs and the things we are enjoying. Social media and messaging can compliment in person connections, but it cannot replace it.

Most of us, whether we realize it or not, are living for an audience and applause of someone. What do we see when we look out at the world? What technology gives us in this quest to belong is to bring potential for applause into everything we do.

Technology brings into reach the audience of many. This can cause us to look in the word with multiplied, unfocused, simplified eyes. We can very easily begin to live as though that applause of many is what is ultimately going to matter.

Technology and our desire to escape. The plot line of digital media that we consume and the devices we have with us compete with the value of the everyday lives we live. We are often awkwardly straddled between plot lines in our real lives.

Are we going to live in the world which is around us? The lack of glamour. The normalcy. Etc. Or will we take up the plot that is suggested by media and escape the boring lives we have?

When Christ tells us that the Kingdom of God is at hand He is telling us that we don’t need to escape the world to see His Kingdom at hand. The Kingdom of God is here and now, it isn’t just over the hill.

We all want to make an impact in the world. Imagine a world where everyone has their little soapbox to stand on and rage and pontificate and lament. The craving that we all have to make a difference may be satisfied, but the actual change that is made is often very small. Something more has to happen if we actually are going to say that a difference was made.

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With all the “stuff” that information technology offers us, are we really coming out on top? We are constantly wired into things that can give us constant anxiety. When we are too thickly immersed in information technology there are certain skills that... So, what do we do with technology? The particulars of technology aren’t addressed in the Bible. There are a lot of decisions that we have to make with technology, that need to be put into the framework, and principles that the scripture does give us direction in. Understanding technology through the lens of discernment.
Ephesians 5:17, Romans 12:1-2, Hebrews 5:14 – this is a gift, but it is also a faculty, something that we exercise. Our ability here to discriminate and make choices is commanded by God. It needs to be practiced and developed. It is something that we need to do together.
We hope to accept some of the benefits of technology without the problems. We do this like putting our computers in public spaces. We may have a smart phone, but perhaps we have expectations about what age is acceptable to have one.
There are major benefits, but there are also major pitfalls related to information technology.
Let’s explore some liabilities while connecting them to a purpose.
A Fool With a Tool is Still a Fool
A tool is something that extends the kind of ability and skill and character that is already available to the user of the tool. A “force multiplier” takes a small input and makes the resulting force many multiples more.
The usefulness of a tool are not its features. It is in the character of the person who is using the tool. If you give a fool a tool you’ve only made a dangerous fool. It is a mistake to assume that a tool is a substitute for ability.
When we mistake tools for ability and character and skill, life becomes mired down in all kinds of upgrades and technological tool grabbing. Let us marry the tool to its use, evaluate a tool by what you’re going to do with it.
A limitation isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, it can inspire creativity. It is a mistake to imagine that technology will improve our character. Technology has closed the gap between our impulses and their satisfaction. It has extended the consequences of our actions.
Matthew 7:18 – If technology is providing us with an identity we’ve taken a major misstep.
Don’t Give Whiskey to the Alcoholic
Tools like alcohol change us into certain kinds of people. An alcoholic has a low resistance to the false promises of alcohol. Because of this low resistance he will partake frequently. If you want to help this person out, don’t give him whiskey, that won’t be helpful.
We all have a similar composition, this helps us to understand each other. At some level we do have similar needs, urges, longings, impulses, etc. This is what makes us people.
We all have a need to belong, an urge to escape, and a longing to make an impact. We use technology for each of these. There is a tradeoff that happens here. Technology does help us in these things, but it also affects us and changes us.
Technology promises to aid us, it sparks our imaginations and giving us an idea of what we could become. We imagine within the confines that are encouraged by our technology. Tools have formational capacity. When we bring our needs and hopes to technology they will form themselves around it.
We all have this need to belong. When we use social media this is a way of quickly and efficiently sharing our needs and the things we are enjoying. Social media and messaging can compliment in person connections, but it cannot replace it.
Most of us, whether we realize it or not, are living for an audience and applause of someone.]]>
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How is Information Technology Changing How We See and How We Hear - Kyle Stoltzfus https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-is-information-technology-changing-how-we-see-and-how-we-hear/ Sun, 11 Oct 2020 02:00:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3769 https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-is-information-technology-changing-how-we-see-and-how-we-hear/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-is-information-technology-changing-how-we-see-and-how-we-hear/feed/ 0 <p>When we talk about technology we can say that we are living through a revolution. Technology has made huge changes in all aspects of our lives. Revolutions are unsettling, disruptive times. Most Americans now spend a fair amount of time working in front of a screen. A lot of us have a smart phone in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-is-information-technology-changing-how-we-see-and-how-we-hear/">How is Information Technology Changing How We See and How We Hear</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> When we talk about technology we can say that we are living through a revolution. Technology has made huge changes in all aspects of our lives. Revolutions are unsettling, disruptive times.

Most Americans now spend a fair amount of time working in front of a screen. A lot of us have a smart phone in our pockets. We have witnessed huge achievements in healthcare, sciences, agriculture, etc related to technology.

Some people are elated with all these changes, but it isn’t all for the positive, there are a lot of things to be concerned about as well.

It is time for us to sit up and pay attention and be moved to action. It is for us to discern and embrace technology where appropriate and reject it where appropriate.

Revelation 1-3 – John wants to reveal Jesus to these churches. He addresses each church individually and then wraps up each one the same way, “whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

In some sense we all have the instrument of hearing, but just hearing doesn’t mean understanding and taking to heart. This is something that happens through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel says that “they have eyes to see and ears to hear, but they do not see and they do not hear.” This was true of the people in Ezekiels day, it was true in Johns day, it is true in our world today.

Part of living in this Information Age means having more content and information available to us. There is a lot to see, a lot to hear, it is almost overwhelming.

Learning to stop listening. Learning to look and listen to what does matter.

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When we talk about technology we can say that we are living through a revolution. Technology has made huge changes in all aspects of our lives. Revolutions are unsettling, disruptive times. Most Americans now spend a fair amount of time working in fron... Most Americans now spend a fair amount of time working in front of a screen. A lot of us have a smart phone in our pockets. We have witnessed huge achievements in healthcare, sciences, agriculture, etc related to technology.
Some people are elated with all these changes, but it isn’t all for the positive, there are a lot of things to be concerned about as well.
It is time for us to sit up and pay attention and be moved to action. It is for us to discern and embrace technology where appropriate and reject it where appropriate.
Revelation 1-3 – John wants to reveal Jesus to these churches. He addresses each church individually and then wraps up each one the same way, “whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
In some sense we all have the instrument of hearing, but just hearing doesn’t mean understanding and taking to heart. This is something that happens through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Ezekiel says that “they have eyes to see and ears to hear, but they do not see and they do not hear.” This was true of the people in Ezekiels day, it was true in Johns day, it is true in our world today.
Part of living in this Information Age means having more content and information available to us. There is a lot to see, a lot to hear, it is almost overwhelming.
Learning to stop listening. Learning to look and listen to what does matter.
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Husbands, Wives, Marriage and Responsibilities of Both - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/husbands-wives-marriage-and-responsibilities-of-both/ Sun, 04 Oct 2020 23:35:23 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3765 https://www.bmcgladys.com/husbands-wives-marriage-and-responsibilities-of-both/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/husbands-wives-marriage-and-responsibilities-of-both/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 3:1-8 – This sermon is from the same passage we looked at a few weeks ago when we talked about adornment. However we’re looking at it from a different angle this morning. Characteristics of an Excellent Wife An excellent wife needs to be submissive – Peter suggests that the holy women have understood […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/husbands-wives-marriage-and-responsibilities-of-both/">Husbands, Wives, Marriage and Responsibilities of Both</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Peter 3:1-8 – This sermon is from the same passage we looked at a few weeks ago when we talked about adornment. However we’re looking at it from a different angle this morning.

Characteristics of an Excellent Wife

An excellent wife needs to be submissive – Peter suggests that the holy women have understood this from the beginning. Husbands can make it extremely hard for wives to be submissive, but this passage tells us that having a bad husband is not free a wife from her responsibility to submit.

An excellent wife needs to be chaste – Even the husband of Peters wife wasn’t perfect. Peter expects pure conduct, not excuses.

An excellent wife needs to be respectful – Peter isn’t commanding wives to call their husbands lord, but he is asking them to be respectful in language, behavior and how she talks about her husband.

An excellent wife has a gentle and quiet spirit – These attributes need to be on the inside first of all, they come out of the heart of someone who is trusting in God. This is a spiritual trait, not a personality trait. Meek – humble surrender (not timid or cowering). Gentle – mildness and consideration. A woman who is gentle or meek is not quick to argue, she is gentle and thoughtful.

An excellent wife is courageous – What do you think these women were afraid of? There is a new focus, instead of focusing on fear, they focus on God. Daughters of Sarah are also holding on to God’s promises. They don’t let fear keep them from doing good.

Proverbs 31 – The impact that an excellent wife can have on her husband is huge! Whether he is a Christian or not. Husbands who are trying to be obedient to the Bible still need godly wives. Without words, Peter says, you don’t need to be skilled in apologetics and theology. Living for Jesus is a very, very powerful testimony.

Characteristics of an Understanding Husband

Understanding husbands live in an understanding way. You have a spiritual inheritance, you do too. They are not second class citizens, neither is an understanding husband. A praying couple is a powerful thing! When a husband doesn’t live in an understanding way with his wife, their home is going to suffer.

Ephesians 5 – A clueless husband is not going to be a very good one. You need to be aware of what is going on in your wife life. She isn’t the same person that you are. Nourish and cherish her as yourself, to do that you need to be aware of what is going on in her life.

Some hindrances to being an understanding husband. – This is just a few of them, there are plenty of others that aren’t on this list.

  • Assuming everything is fine – We are busy, and maybe aren’t talking much and are assuming everything is fine. Slow down and check in with your wife. Your wife may be assuming that you know what she’s thinking or feeling, but you think everything is fine.
  • Allowing a wall to grow between you and her – Whatever it is, don’t let a wall grow up between you. God wants your marriage to model Christ and the church.
  • Being authoritarian and micromanaging – You don’t need to do this to be a good leader. Spiritual leadership doesn’t require you to be authoritative in managing everything.
  • Wishing she was different – Complaining about these things isn’t helpful. The best way to help your wife is to be the kind of husband you should be! There is a place for constructive criticism, but that goes both ways and should happen in a positive and open way. Focus on your wife good points and honor her!

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1 Peter 3:1-8 – This sermon is from the same passage we looked at a few weeks ago when we talked about adornment. However we’re looking at it from a different angle this morning. Characteristics of an Excellent Wife An excellent wife needs to be submis... Characteristics of an Excellent Wife
An excellent wife needs to be submissive – Peter suggests that the holy women have understood this from the beginning. Husbands can make it extremely hard for wives to be submissive, but this passage tells us that having a bad husband is not free a wife from her responsibility to submit.
An excellent wife needs to be chaste – Even the husband of Peters wife wasn’t perfect. Peter expects pure conduct, not excuses.
An excellent wife needs to be respectful – Peter isn’t commanding wives to call their husbands lord, but he is asking them to be respectful in language, behavior and how she talks about her husband.
An excellent wife has a gentle and quiet spirit – These attributes need to be on the inside first of all, they come out of the heart of someone who is trusting in God. This is a spiritual trait, not a personality trait. Meek – humble surrender (not timid or cowering). Gentle – mildness and consideration. A woman who is gentle or meek is not quick to argue, she is gentle and thoughtful.
An excellent wife is courageous – What do you think these women were afraid of? There is a new focus, instead of focusing on fear, they focus on God. Daughters of Sarah are also holding on to God’s promises. They don’t let fear keep them from doing good.
Proverbs 31 – The impact that an excellent wife can have on her husband is huge! Whether he is a Christian or not. Husbands who are trying to be obedient to the Bible still need godly wives. Without words, Peter says, you don’t need to be skilled in apologetics and theology. Living for Jesus is a very, very powerful testimony.
Characteristics of an Understanding Husband
Understanding husbands live in an understanding way. You have a spiritual inheritance, you do too. They are not second class citizens, neither is an understanding husband. A praying couple is a powerful thing! When a husband doesn’t live in an understanding way with his wife, their home is going to suffer.
Ephesians 5 – A clueless husband is not going to be a very good one. You need to be aware of what is going on in your wife life. She isn’t the same person that you are. Nourish and cherish her as yourself, to do that you need to be aware of what is going on in her life.
Some hindrances to being an understanding husband. – This is just a few of them, there are plenty of others that aren’t on this list.

* Assuming everything is fine – We are busy, and maybe aren’t talking much and are assuming everything is fine. Slow down and check in with your wife. Your wife may be assuming that you know what she’s thinking or feeling, but you think everything is fine.
* Allowing a wall to grow between you and her – Whatever it is, don’t let a wall grow up between you. God wants your marriage to model Christ and the church.
* Being authoritarian and micromanaging – You don’t need to do this to be a good leader. Spiritual leadership doesn’t require you to be authoritative in managing everything.
* Wishing she was different – Complaining about these things isn’t helpful. The best way to help your wife is to be the kind of husband you should be! There is a place for constructive criticism, but that goes both ways and should happen in a positive and open way. Focus on your wife good points and honor her!

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Progressive Sanctification - Moving Toward Holiness - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/progressive-sanctification-moving-toward-holiness/ Sun, 27 Sep 2020 20:23:59 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3763 https://www.bmcgladys.com/progressive-sanctification-moving-toward-holiness/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/progressive-sanctification-moving-toward-holiness/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we’re talking about progressive sanctification. This is a subject that can take hours and hours of a class, so we won’t be able to chase down all details. What do we mean by progressive sanctification? Progressively separated from sin and more dedicated to righteousness with the result being that the Christian becomes progressively […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/progressive-sanctification-moving-toward-holiness/">Progressive Sanctification – Moving Toward Holiness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This morning we’re talking about progressive sanctification. This is a subject that can take hours and hours of a class, so we won’t be able to chase down all details.

What do we mean by progressive sanctification? Progressively separated from sin and more dedicated to righteousness with the result being that the Christian becomes progressively more free and sanctified from sin.

Generally, we understand that there is often a huge gap between how we (or someone we know) lives and how the Bible says a Christian can and should live.

John Wesley represents an attempt to correct the weakness of Lutheranism and Calvinism (the reformed tradition). He offered some methods for growth, meeting together in small groups and ask each other questions. His understanding of progressive sanctification was hampered by his belief that a person should have a “crisis” at conversion and attain sinless sanctification.

A lot of discipleship training people promote comes down to learning Bible verses and what is right and good and trying harder to do the right thing. Each of the things in their place can be ok and helpful, even accountability can fall into this category. The problem here is that this doesn’t address the deeper issues that cause sin.

Common False Assumptions That Hinder Growth

Some of these may be partially true, but they are often twisted some from what the Bible says.

  • All you need to do is go to church, read your Bible, and pray.
  • Just try harder.
  • Just repent of sin in your life.
  • Just be obedient, don’t go too much on your feelings.
  • If you had a real conversion you would be delivered from your sinful habits.
  • You just lack baptism of the Holy Spirit.
  • If you believe the right things you’ll behave the right way.
  • People will change if you make them feel guilty or ashamed enough.
  • All change requires is to decide to do it.

Marks of a Disciple of Christ

Born again – John 3 – Jesus tells Nicodemus that he “must be born again” this is a work of the Holy Spirit. We must be born again and trusting that Jesus is Lord and that He bore everything that is wrong with me to the cross. My salvation depends on Jesus.

Growing in a deeper and more authentic relationship with Christ – John 15, 2 Corinthians 3:18-19 – Being a Christian isn’t about just believing certain doctrines. It is about being in a relationship with Christ and growing deeper in that relationship. Being in the vine and being nourished by His life.

Learning what is true and righteous and best based on scripture Ephesians 4 – Based on scripture, the Holy Spirit, and righteous people in their lives. The result is that they will grow in spiritual maturity and will grow in the image of Christ. This is a lifetime process and there is not a single Christian who becomes perfectly mature in this life.

How a Disciple of Christ Grows

Growth towards spiritual maturity is identifying sinful behavior. The difficulty with this is that you can maybe get people to stop their sinful behavior for a time, but if you don’t help them beyond that they will eventually fall back into their sinful behavior. If we try to treat this behavior as the root sin, it doesn’t result in lasting change. Lasting change in our sinful behavior patterns requires a change in our attitudes and hearts.

Growth towards spiritual maturity means addressing heart attitudes and conditions. Some of these heart attitudes and conditions… fear, anxiety, powerlessness, guilt, shame, nobody cares about me, I don’t belong to anyone, lack of trust, lack of love, the feeling of guilt, and there are others. Christ can redeem these conditions and feelings that result in sinful attitudes and behaviors, often people aren’t even aware of having these attitudes and feelings.

Growth towards spiritual maturity means addressing untrue beliefs of the heart and the mind. There are two kinds of beliefs, there are beliefs of the mind and there are beliefs of the heart. They are not the same. Beliefs of the mind are what we claim to believe, what we think the Bible teaches. People can know a lot of things in their head that they can say is the truth, this is good! Beliefs of the heart on the other hand are “what feels true to me.” Often the beliefs of our hearts can contradict what we believe to be true in our minds.

What is Required to Change?

A change requires learning the truth from God’s word. We can’t learn to do the right thing in a vacuum. Change requires being completely honest with ourselves and learning to identify and acknowledge our sinful behavior and any sinful attitudes we have and any false “it feels true to me” beliefs that contribute to sinful attitudes and behavior.

A change requires repenting of one’s addiction to doing whatever makes me feel good. The addiction to feeling good is hard to change if the primary goal in our life is to feel good.

A change requires more than just a strong will. We can’t change if we don’t choose to change, but the first choice we need to make is to surrender our sinful attitudes and thoughts and behaviors and feel goods and it feels true to me beliefs to Jesus and allow Him to work in our heart in places that we can’t directly change.

We cannot “control ourselves” out of sin. Jesus and the Holy Spirit has to work in us, we can’t do it alone. Change requires learning to surrender everything we want to be different to God.

2 Corinthians 3:18 – Change requires private and public worship. This is something that is very difficult for some people. Worship is the primary place where God changes us. Some people need more than just private and public worship, there are times when people need more help.

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This morning we’re talking about progressive sanctification. This is a subject that can take hours and hours of a class, so we won’t be able to chase down all details. What do we mean by progressive sanctification? What do we mean by progressive sanctification? Progressively separated from sin and more dedicated to righteousness with the result being that the Christian becomes progressively more free and sanctified from sin.
Generally, we understand that there is often a huge gap between how we (or someone we know) lives and how the Bible says a Christian can and should live.
John Wesley represents an attempt to correct the weakness of Lutheranism and Calvinism (the reformed tradition). He offered some methods for growth, meeting together in small groups and ask each other questions. His understanding of progressive sanctification was hampered by his belief that a person should have a “crisis” at conversion and attain sinless sanctification.
A lot of discipleship training people promote comes down to learning Bible verses and what is right and good and trying harder to do the right thing. Each of the things in their place can be ok and helpful, even accountability can fall into this category. The problem here is that this doesn’t address the deeper issues that cause sin.
Common False Assumptions That Hinder Growth
Some of these may be partially true, but they are often twisted some from what the Bible says.

* All you need to do is go to church, read your Bible, and pray.
* Just try harder.
* Just repent of sin in your life.
* Just be obedient, don’t go too much on your feelings.
* If you had a real conversion you would be delivered from your sinful habits.
* You just lack baptism of the Holy Spirit.
* If you believe the right things you’ll behave the right way.
* People will change if you make them feel guilty or ashamed enough.
* All change requires is to decide to do it.

Marks of a Disciple of Christ
Born again – John 3 – Jesus tells Nicodemus that he “must be born again” this is a work of the Holy Spirit. We must be born again and trusting that Jesus is Lord and that He bore everything that is wrong with me to the cross. My salvation depends on Jesus.
Growing in a deeper and more authentic relationship with Christ – John 15, 2 Corinthians 3:18-19 – Being a Christian isn’t about just believing certain doctrines. It is about being in a relationship with Christ and growing deeper in that relationship. Being in the vine and being nourished by His life.
Learning what is true and righteous and best based on scripture Ephesians 4 – Based on scripture, the Holy Spirit, and righteous people in their lives. The result is that they will grow in spiritual maturity and will grow in the image of Christ. This is a lifetime process and there is not a single Christian who becomes perfectly mature in this life.
How a Disciple of Christ Grows
Growth towards spiritual maturity is identifying sinful behavior. The difficulty with this is that you can maybe get people to stop their sinful behavior for a time, but if you don’t help them beyond that they will eventually fall back into their sinful behavior. If we try to treat this behavior as the root sin, it doesn’t result in lasting change. Lasting change in our sinful behavior patterns requires a change in our attitudes and hearts.
Growth towards spiritual maturity means addressing heart attitudes and conditions. Some of these heart attitudes and conditions… fear, anxiety, powerlessness, guilt, shame, nobody cares about me, I don’t belong to anyone, lack of trust, lack of love, the feeling of guilt, and there are others. Christ can redeem these conditions and feelings that result in sinful attitudes and behaviors, often people aren’t even aware of having these attitudes and fee...]]>
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The Snare of Sluggishness - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-snare-of-sluggishness/ Sun, 20 Sep 2020 19:19:46 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3759 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-snare-of-sluggishness/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-snare-of-sluggishness/feed/ 0 <p>Hebrews 6:1-20 – Paul was an enemy of Christ. We know how he despised the way, and the followers of the way. He persecuted the church in many ways before he was converted… but he was converted! 2 Peter 2:20-22 – There is no question that the person talked about here is at a very […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-snare-of-sluggishness/">The Snare of Sluggishness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Hebrews 6:1-20 – Paul was an enemy of Christ. We know how he despised the way, and the followers of the way. He persecuted the church in many ways before he was converted… but he was converted!

2 Peter 2:20-22 – There is no question that the person talked about here is at a very high risk spiritually. As long as this person is in this state of resistance against God, and has this frame of mind, he is in a place where he isn’t able to repent and be renewed. God’s Spirit can call and His mercy is great, even yet, there is still hope!

Romans 15:14 – Diligence in good works. God notices this, He will not forget. They are not earning their salvation, it is the fruit that is produced in the lives of saved people.

Hebrews 6:12 – That you do not become sluggish. Through faith and patient endurance inherit the promise.

How does this sluggishness happen? There are many more, but here are a few that can be big issues for us.

  • The deceitfulness of sin affects us. If sin is allowed and we are compromised, we will be weakened.
  • The deceitfulness of riches and an easy life. When things just “keep on the way they’ve always gone” we can become sleepy and less alert and less guarded for our souls.

Sluggishness is a waypoint on the way down to apostasy. When Christians are sluggish it weakens our resistance to temptation and to deceit.

Acts 4 – “You can only grow in persecution what you go into persecution with.” The Jews were impressed with the disciples, they took note that they had “been with Jesus.” They were prepared for difficult times! The didn’t cringe, they prayed for boldness!

Daniel prayed 3 times a day… from his youth! It wasn’t something that he just started doing when he was taken to Babylon. He was prepared for hard times and for persecution.

Grace didn’t come dumping down on them when Paul and Silas were arrested. They had been singing and worshipping and praying for years beforehand.

We, here in America, have had a pretty easy life. It is good for us to read stories of Christians in other places and in years past. We have been spared a lot, but the snare of sluggishness can affect us so incredibly easily.

Trouble is looming for Christians, even here in America. We can see that things in the world are getting worse. The Bible talks of terrible times coming and that it is time for the patience and endurance of the saints. Things will be getting worse before Christ comes to take His children to heaven.

Are we prepared? Bad things can happen quickly. How do we become more diligent and less sluggish? Let us be alert and aware of our tendencies towards sluggishness, let us not just coast along.

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Hebrews 6:1-20 – Paul was an enemy of Christ. We know how he despised the way, and the followers of the way. He persecuted the church in many ways before he was converted… but he was converted! 2 Peter 2:20-22 – There is no question that the person tal... 2 Peter 2:20-22 – There is no question that the person talked about here is at a very high risk spiritually. As long as this person is in this state of resistance against God, and has this frame of mind, he is in a place where he isn’t able to repent and be renewed. God’s Spirit can call and His mercy is great, even yet, there is still hope!
Romans 15:14 – Diligence in good works. God notices this, He will not forget. They are not earning their salvation, it is the fruit that is produced in the lives of saved people.
Hebrews 6:12 – That you do not become sluggish. Through faith and patient endurance inherit the promise.
How does this sluggishness happen? There are many more, but here are a few that can be big issues for us.

* The deceitfulness of sin affects us. If sin is allowed and we are compromised, we will be weakened.
* The deceitfulness of riches and an easy life. When things just “keep on the way they’ve always gone” we can become sleepy and less alert and less guarded for our souls.

Sluggishness is a waypoint on the way down to apostasy. When Christians are sluggish it weakens our resistance to temptation and to deceit.
Acts 4 – “You can only grow in persecution what you go into persecution with.” The Jews were impressed with the disciples, they took note that they had “been with Jesus.” They were prepared for difficult times! The didn’t cringe, they prayed for boldness!
Daniel prayed 3 times a day… from his youth! It wasn’t something that he just started doing when he was taken to Babylon. He was prepared for hard times and for persecution.
Grace didn’t come dumping down on them when Paul and Silas were arrested. They had been singing and worshipping and praying for years beforehand.
We, here in America, have had a pretty easy life. It is good for us to read stories of Christians in other places and in years past. We have been spared a lot, but the snare of sluggishness can affect us so incredibly easily.
Trouble is looming for Christians, even here in America. We can see that things in the world are getting worse. The Bible talks of terrible times coming and that it is time for the patience and endurance of the saints. Things will be getting worse before Christ comes to take His children to heaven.
Are we prepared? Bad things can happen quickly. How do we become more diligent and less sluggish? Let us be alert and aware of our tendencies towards sluggishness, let us not just coast along.
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Jesus is the Way - Daryl Witmer https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-is-the-way/ Sun, 13 Sep 2020 13:04:32 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3756 https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-is-the-way/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-is-the-way/feed/ 0 <p>Our goal this morning is to stir up our hearts and minds to understand the true meaning in life. There are many things that can be distractions in our lives. Church problems, health problems, personal problems, etc. John 14:1-7 – Jesus tells us that He is the way, the truth and the life. This morning […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-is-the-way/">Jesus is the Way</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Our goal this morning is to stir up our hearts and minds to understand the true meaning in life.

There are many things that can be distractions in our lives. Church problems, health problems, personal problems, etc.

John 14:1-7 – Jesus tells us that He is the way, the truth and the life. This morning we want to focus on Jesus as “the way.”

Often as we read this passage we think about heaven, and the mansions that God is building for us. John tells us more about that place in Revelation.

Jesus is talking about more than just a heavenly place made with gold. He is talking about a place of abiding, a place of dwelling. There are many dwelling places, this is something for everyone.

What makes heaven heaven is our abiding with God. This abiding with God isn’t something that happens when we get to heaven, it starts at conversion.

Where was Jesus “going?” This is just before Jesus went to the cross. Jesus was making a way, making the way, for us to abide in Him and dwell with Him.

Let us be busy while we are here on earth, but let’s be ready to go when our time comes! Let’s not miss Jesus when He comes to get us.

How can we be in this way, and be abiding in Christ? What does it look like to believe in Jesus?

What is a childlike faith? Sometimes we know too much, and we don’t believe God because of that. Sometimes we are filling our minds with things that aren’t all that important in a heavenly perspective.

What about trusting the Father even when we feel insecurities along the way or when problems arise because of errors caused by other people.

There are counterfeit securities. If we believe God we can’t get wrapped up in the counterfeit security of things that keep us from following Jesus all the way?

What is the way? Is it about believing? There is no belief that doesn’t affect the outcome of our lives, or how we live. If it is a true belief we’ll do something about it, allowing it to be part of our lives.

We want to be followers of Jesus! Following Jesus is following Him to the cross so that we might have new life.

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Our goal this morning is to stir up our hearts and minds to understand the true meaning in life. There are many things that can be distractions in our lives. Church problems, health problems, personal problems, etc. There are many things that can be distractions in our lives. Church problems, health problems, personal problems, etc.
John 14:1-7 – Jesus tells us that He is the way, the truth and the life. This morning we want to focus on Jesus as “the way.”
Often as we read this passage we think about heaven, and the mansions that God is building for us. John tells us more about that place in Revelation.
Jesus is talking about more than just a heavenly place made with gold. He is talking about a place of abiding, a place of dwelling. There are many dwelling places, this is something for everyone.
What makes heaven heaven is our abiding with God. This abiding with God isn’t something that happens when we get to heaven, it starts at conversion.
Where was Jesus “going?” This is just before Jesus went to the cross. Jesus was making a way, making the way, for us to abide in Him and dwell with Him.
Let us be busy while we are here on earth, but let’s be ready to go when our time comes! Let’s not miss Jesus when He comes to get us.
How can we be in this way, and be abiding in Christ? What does it look like to believe in Jesus?
What is a childlike faith? Sometimes we know too much, and we don’t believe God because of that. Sometimes we are filling our minds with things that aren’t all that important in a heavenly perspective.
What about trusting the Father even when we feel insecurities along the way or when problems arise because of errors caused by other people.
There are counterfeit securities. If we believe God we can’t get wrapped up in the counterfeit security of things that keep us from following Jesus all the way?
What is the way? Is it about believing? There is no belief that doesn’t affect the outcome of our lives, or how we live. If it is a true belief we’ll do something about it, allowing it to be part of our lives.
We want to be followers of Jesus! Following Jesus is following Him to the cross so that we might have new life.
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The Issue of Christian Adornment and Modesty - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-issue-of-christian-adornment-and-modesty/ Sun, 06 Sep 2020 19:22:14 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3750 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-issue-of-christian-adornment-and-modesty/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-issue-of-christian-adornment-and-modesty/feed/ 0 <p>Is there a Biblical basis for “looking different” and not “adorning ourselves” with makeup, jewelry, etc. Philippians 2:3-9 – Jesus came to us as a simple, humble, unselfish, man. He was a poor carpenter without a lot of “trappings.” Keep that in mind as we continue on. Peter and Paul on Internal and External Adornment […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-issue-of-christian-adornment-and-modesty/">The Issue of Christian Adornment and Modesty</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Is there a Biblical basis for “looking different” and not “adorning ourselves” with makeup, jewelry, etc.

Philippians 2:3-9 – Jesus came to us as a simple, humble, unselfish, man. He was a poor carpenter without a lot of “trappings.” Keep that in mind as we continue on.

Peter and Paul on Internal and External Adornment

1 Peter 3:1-6 – Peter is discouraging external adornment. He has a few specific examples in mind.

1 Timothy 2:8-11 – Peter and Paul use a similar word here for adornment. It is the same word that is translated as “world” in other places. It is the word that we get “cosmetic” from.

What Paul is saying here in 1 Timothy is that he cares about modest apparel and especially good works. There is a list of things that he (and Peter) have concerns about. They are both interested firstly on the inside, but also on the external.

So, why don’t most Christians follow these verses?

  • Your beauty comes from inward adornment, so if you have inward adornment, it’s actually ok to have outward adornment. Peter and Paul both talk about outward adornment, and they both express concern about it. The early church fathers had concerns in this area as well.
  • Some argue that Paul is talking about women only needing to be unadorned during worship services. Some of these things only apply during worship, but most of them apply inside and outside of worship.
  • Ezekial 16:11-13 – God speaks positively about adornment in some passages. Hopefully, we’ll all be wearing some sort of head decoration in heaven! The question is, is this appropriate for God’s pilgrims as we travel through this world, and we all struggle with lust and with pride.

Why would Peter & Paul care about outward adornment at all?

1 Corinthians 8 – Modesty tends to decline when outward adornment is something that we focus on.

Our behavior can underscore or undermine what is in our hearts.

Our “outward adornment” is part of our testimony. We remember that the context that 1 Peter is talking about, the church, its impact on the world, winning over a disobedient husband, etc. Our conduct is our primary method of impacting the world.

Why is this teaching hard for us sometimes?

We know that this is possible. There are serious Christians that are serious about following Jesus. They also don’t share the same opinion that we do on outward adornment. Some are going too far if Peter and Paul are saying what we believe they are.

We know that it is possible to be very adorned on the outside and to be quite empty on the inside.

Matthew 23:23 – Jesus warned the scribes and Pharisees to be concerned with matters of the heart instead of propping up people’s opinions of them by outward actions and appearance.

Does any of this apply to men?

The principles here definitely do apply to men. Modest apparel, acting appropriately, having an inward “handsomeness.” We definitely can have issues as men with pride and trying to dress stylishly.

Even if this didn’t apply to men, it would be terrible leadership for men to dress stylishly and immodestly and then try to require that of women.

Applying Outward Adornment Principles

If we’re not going to brush off these things that Paul and Peter are asking of us, then it makes sense that we’ll have to say no to some things from time to time.

Here are a few questions we can ask ourselves.

  • Is it on the list?
  • Does it fit the list?
  • Does the motivation fit?

We do need to be making the “I’m not going to wear, or I’m not going to buy this” decision from time to time. It isn’t just something that we’ve inherited from our Amish forefathers.

Inward Adornment

The good news is that inward beauty is that it is incorruptible, and can grow with time. It is very precious in God’s sight.

True beauty is on the inside. If you want to give something precious to Jesus, as Mary did… be beautiful on the inside.

Isaiah 3, Luke 7:25 – We don’t get to pick whether we are beautiful, or handsome. Jesus certainly could have had some input into how He appeared on earth. John the Baptist was a pretty plain dresser, Jesus and His disciples weren’t wearing fancy clothes either.

Those who responded to Jesus realized that on the inside He was full of grace and truth.

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Is there a Biblical basis for “looking different” and not “adorning ourselves” with makeup, jewelry, etc. Philippians 2:3-9 – Jesus came to us as a simple, humble, unselfish, man. He was a poor carpenter without a lot of “trappings. Philippians 2:3-9 – Jesus came to us as a simple, humble, unselfish, man. He was a poor carpenter without a lot of “trappings.” Keep that in mind as we continue on.
Peter and Paul on Internal and External Adornment
1 Peter 3:1-6 – Peter is discouraging external adornment. He has a few specific examples in mind.
1 Timothy 2:8-11 – Peter and Paul use a similar word here for adornment. It is the same word that is translated as “world” in other places. It is the word that we get “cosmetic” from.
What Paul is saying here in 1 Timothy is that he cares about modest apparel and especially good works. There is a list of things that he (and Peter) have concerns about. They are both interested firstly on the inside, but also on the external.
So, why don’t most Christians follow these verses?

* Your beauty comes from inward adornment, so if you have inward adornment, it’s actually ok to have outward adornment. Peter and Paul both talk about outward adornment, and they both express concern about it. The early church fathers had concerns in this area as well.
* Some argue that Paul is talking about women only needing to be unadorned during worship services. Some of these things only apply during worship, but most of them apply inside and outside of worship.
* Ezekial 16:11-13 – God speaks positively about adornment in some passages. Hopefully, we’ll all be wearing some sort of head decoration in heaven! The question is, is this appropriate for God’s pilgrims as we travel through this world, and we all struggle with lust and with pride.

Why would Peter & Paul care about outward adornment at all?
1 Corinthians 8 – Modesty tends to decline when outward adornment is something that we focus on.
Our behavior can underscore or undermine what is in our hearts.
Our “outward adornment” is part of our testimony. We remember that the context that 1 Peter is talking about, the church, its impact on the world, winning over a disobedient husband, etc. Our conduct is our primary method of impacting the world.
Why is this teaching hard for us sometimes?
We know that this is possible. There are serious Christians that are serious about following Jesus. They also don’t share the same opinion that we do on outward adornment. Some are going too far if Peter and Paul are saying what we believe they are.
We know that it is possible to be very adorned on the outside and to be quite empty on the inside.
Matthew 23:23 – Jesus warned the scribes and Pharisees to be concerned with matters of the heart instead of propping up people’s opinions of them by outward actions and appearance.
Does any of this apply to men?
The principles here definitely do apply to men. Modest apparel, acting appropriately, having an inward “handsomeness.” We definitely can have issues as men with pride and trying to dress stylishly.
Even if this didn’t apply to men, it would be terrible leadership for men to dress stylishly and immodestly and then try to require that of women.
Applying Outward Adornment Principles
If we’re not going to brush off these things that Paul and Peter are asking of us, then it makes sense that we’ll have to say no to some things from time to time.
Here are a few questions we can ask ourselves.

* Is it on the list?
* Does it fit the list?
* Does the motivation fit?

We do need to be making the “I’m not going to wear, or I’m not going to buy this” decision from time to time. It isn’t just something that we’ve inherited from our Amish forefathers.
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The Christian and Politics - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-politics/ Sun, 30 Aug 2020 12:43:42 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3754 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-politics/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-politics/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 3:16-17 – We know that Nero was the emperor at this point, he wasn’t kind to many people under him, Christians and non-christians. Peter is talking about the Roman government and he tells us a number of things here. Obey the government. Identify them as God ordained even if they are not Christ-honoring. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-politics/">The Christian and Politics</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Peter 3:16-17 – We know that Nero was the emperor at this point, he wasn’t kind to many people under him, Christians and non-christians.

Peter is talking about the Roman government and he tells us a number of things here.

  • Obey the government.
  • Identify them as God ordained even if they are not Christ-honoring. They are put there for a reason.
  • We need to live in a consistent and Christ-honoring way.
  • Serve God as well as those God has put in positions of authority

The Christians in Peter’s day couldn’t vote for a new emperor. Even in the time of Constantine, there were very few positions that Christians could have taken in government.

Early writers say that.
– Christians refueled to fight in an army
– Christians fought a war of piety

Over time the church became intertwined with government. As democracy evolved Christians had more and more opportunities to be in places of government.

William Wilberforce

A son/grandson of independently wealthy merchants, when he was originally elected to the House of Commons. When he was 35 he was converted.

He was counseled by John Newton to continue in parliament and to try to make a difference. He pushed for the ending of the slave trade. He also pushed for fines for too much drinking and other such things.

Prohibition in the US

At the end of the 1800s, some people began to push for the prohibition of alcohol. People spent money they didn’t have on alcohol and did things they wouldn’t normally due while under its influence.

Charles Sheldon in his book, In His Steps, talks of how Jesus would have run for office and would have pushed for prohibition.

Prohibition did reduce the use of alcohol by 50%-60% this decrease was a good thing. It also reduced alcohol-related diseases as well.

Another result was that there was a lot of illegal movement of, and use of, alcohol. There was also a loophole where people could get a prescription for alcohol.

Prohibition couldn’t make people Christians. It may have made them more moral, but it didn’t change people’s hearts.

While we can through laws force our neighbors to clean up the outside of their homes, only God can change their hearts.

What is Christians Responsibility to Government

Romans 13:1-7 – Paul begins here by listing the things that the government does. We know that some governments do these things better than others.

So what are Christians to do in response?

Jeremiah 27:5 – We are to obey those who God has put in a position of authority, not because they are Christian.

Acts 5:29 – There is a place for disobedience when the government asks us to do things that are contrary to the way that God asks us to live.

We are to obey to avoid God’s wrath. God will judge those who do not obey the laws of the land that they live in.

We are to obey for the sake of conscience. In every way that does not inhibit our relationship and obedience with God.

We are to pay taxes. This could just fall under “obey the government,” but Paul and Jesus both talk about it. They both were under Rome, a very “non-Christian” government, yet they both said to pay the taxes.

Finally, we are to pray for our government. It is important for us to pray for our government, and for the governments around the world.

Most of all we should be praying for revival in our hearts and lives, and in the hearts and lives of those around us.

Change happens not when the right laws are put in place but when God changes a heart.

The dangers we focus when we focus too much on politics

Jonah 4 – Hyper Patriotism – We don’t understand at the beginning of the book of Jonah why he didn’t want to go to Nineveh. By the end of the book it is clear that Jonah thought that God should look favorably on Israel, to the exclusion of all others. Does God wish for the redemption of even very evil people? Of course He does!

We can cease to see people as in need of a Savior. The thief on the cross needed the Gospel.

Ephesians 5:15 – There is a tendency to spend time campaigning rather than evangelizing. We all have a limited amount of time.

John 12:20 – We can create antagonistic views in those whose opinions differ from us. Most people only see Jesus in the way that we are Jesus to them.

Matthew 4 – It is Satan’s seduction to tell us that politics is an easier way. Look at the temptations that the devil brought to Jesus. The temptation was Satan saying, “there is an easier way.”

What is our mission statement? How do we best put into place the mission of the Gospel.

The question isn’t how do we make people behave better around us. It is instead, how can I better introduce and show Jesus to those around me. Our focus is not to be on the domination of others.

It is easy to get dragged into the idea that God’s will cannot be done unless the right person is put into power. God’s will is not something that can be circumvented that easily.

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1 Peter 3:16-17 – We know that Nero was the emperor at this point, he wasn’t kind to many people under him, Christians and non-christians. Peter is talking about the Roman government and he tells us a number of things here. Obey the government. Peter is talking about the Roman government and he tells us a number of things here.

* Obey the government.
* Identify them as God ordained even if they are not Christ-honoring. They are put there for a reason.
* We need to live in a consistent and Christ-honoring way.
* Serve God as well as those God has put in positions of authority

The Christians in Peter’s day couldn’t vote for a new emperor. Even in the time of Constantine, there were very few positions that Christians could have taken in government.
Early writers say that.
– Christians refueled to fight in an army
– Christians fought a war of piety
Over time the church became intertwined with government. As democracy evolved Christians had more and more opportunities to be in places of government.
William Wilberforce
A son/grandson of independently wealthy merchants, when he was originally elected to the House of Commons. When he was 35 he was converted.
He was counseled by John Newton to continue in parliament and to try to make a difference. He pushed for the ending of the slave trade. He also pushed for fines for too much drinking and other such things.
Prohibition in the US
At the end of the 1800s, some people began to push for the prohibition of alcohol. People spent money they didn’t have on alcohol and did things they wouldn’t normally due while under its influence.
Charles Sheldon in his book, In His Steps, talks of how Jesus would have run for office and would have pushed for prohibition.
Prohibition did reduce the use of alcohol by 50%-60% this decrease was a good thing. It also reduced alcohol-related diseases as well.
Another result was that there was a lot of illegal movement of, and use of, alcohol. There was also a loophole where people could get a prescription for alcohol.
Prohibition couldn’t make people Christians. It may have made them more moral, but it didn’t change people’s hearts.
While we can through laws force our neighbors to clean up the outside of their homes, only God can change their hearts.
What is Christians Responsibility to Government
Romans 13:1-7 – Paul begins here by listing the things that the government does. We know that some governments do these things better than others.
So what are Christians to do in response?
Jeremiah 27:5 – We are to obey those who God has put in a position of authority, not because they are Christian.
Acts 5:29 – There is a place for disobedience when the government asks us to do things that are contrary to the way that God asks us to live.
We are to obey to avoid God’s wrath. God will judge those who do not obey the laws of the land that they live in.
We are to obey for the sake of conscience. In every way that does not inhibit our relationship and obedience with God.
We are to pay taxes. This could just fall under “obey the government,” but Paul and Jesus both talk about it. They both were under Rome, a very “non-Christian” government, yet they both said to pay the taxes.
Finally, we are to pray for our government. It is important for us to pray for our government, and for the governments around the world.
Most of all we should be praying for revival in our hearts and lives, and in the hearts and lives of those around us.
Change happens not when the right laws are put in place but when God changes a heart.
The dangers we focus when we focus too much on politics
Jonah 4 – Hyper Patriotism – We don’t understand at the beginning of the book of Jonah why he didn’t want to go to Nineveh.]]>
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Grace, Grace, God's Grace - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/grace-grace-gods-grace/ Sun, 23 Aug 2020 21:23:42 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3747 https://www.bmcgladys.com/grace-grace-gods-grace/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/grace-grace-gods-grace/feed/ 0 <p>We’ve read the Bible, the New Testament and the epistles and the greetings and closing farewell blessings many of them have. They are encouraging to read, but we often buzz over them like they are filler and polite expressions. If we read them thoughtfully though, there is power to be found in those words. Romans […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/grace-grace-gods-grace/">Grace, Grace, God’s Grace</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We’ve read the Bible, the New Testament and the epistles and the greetings and closing farewell blessings many of them have. They are encouraging to read, but we often buzz over them like they are filler and polite expressions. If we read them thoughtfully though, there is power to be found in those words.

Romans 1:7, Romans 16:20-27, 2 Corinthians, Ephesians 1:2, 1 Timothy – May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. These greetings and closing farewells aren’t just the common “hello, how are you, sincerely, yours,” type of greetings. They are blessings that are intentionally given by Paul and these other authors.

What is God’s Grace?

Ephesians 2 – What is grace? A simple definition is, the unmerited favor of God. The grace of God is a kindly and generously offered, free gift.

Grace is a kind and merciful and voluntary divine intervention of deliverance and rescue and restoration. All because of, and motivated by God’s love. It is for our benefit, not because we’ve earned it or deserve it in any way.

God’s grace is so broad. From his comfort to his work in our hearts, the whole redemption thing of cleansing and healing and recreating us, the restoration, the new man, the life of the believer and the Spirit of God in the life of a believer. All of this is part of God’s great and marvelous grace.

John 1:14-17 – Jesus came in the flesh, and he was full of grace and truth. Filled completely! An inexhaustible supply of grace and truth.

God’s Grace Includes Blessings and Gifts

Everyone has received gifts from God. But for those who believe in Jesus Christ and follow Him in faith, we can recognize his grace in our life, grace upon grace. Spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing. We get the picture of an outpouring of abundance from God.

As grace is given and grace is used, the supply is replenished from a fresh supply! Not everyone experiences the abundant grace upon grace that is offered.

James 4:6 – Scripture is clear that there are conditions to this grace, God resists the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.

Paul says that he was who he was because of the grace of God. He worked hard, but God’s grace was the difference in him becoming a very different person than he was in his earlier “persecuting the followers of Christ” days.

Romans 5 – We can stand because of grace. When we stand on something we are present in it, and we continually can stand because of the grace of God.

Titus 2:11-12 – Because of the grace of God we can learn. It’s God’s grace and Spirit that is leading us and teaching us how to live in our daily walk. God is teaching us.

Hebrews 4:14-16 – God invites us to come boldly before the throne… because of grace.

The disciples received and accepted Christ, and they experienced a “great grace.”

Paul Experienced God’s Grace

Paul, when he was converted, was met by a guy named Ananias who was told by God to “go, he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name. I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” We know how Paul responded to this call. He was sent “into the fray.”

Paul, by the grace of God, found joy in the suffering that came. He was able to handle all of these things by God’s incredible grace. Even the thorn in his flesh, God said, “my strength is made perfect in your weakness.”

Romans 5:30 – Paul had learned to rejoice in his suffering. Not through his strength, but through and because of the grace of God to him.

To the God of all grace be glory, both now and forever, amen.

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We’ve read the Bible, the New Testament and the epistles and the greetings and closing farewell blessings many of them have. They are encouraging to read, but we often buzz over them like they are filler and polite expressions. Romans 1:7, Romans 16:20-27, 2 Corinthians, Ephesians 1:2, 1 Timothy – May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. These greetings and closing farewells aren’t just the common “hello, how are you, sincerely, yours,” type of greetings. They are blessings that are intentionally given by Paul and these other authors.
What is God’s Grace?
Ephesians 2 – What is grace? A simple definition is, the unmerited favor of God. The grace of God is a kindly and generously offered, free gift.
Grace is a kind and merciful and voluntary divine intervention of deliverance and rescue and restoration. All because of, and motivated by God’s love. It is for our benefit, not because we’ve earned it or deserve it in any way.
God’s grace is so broad. From his comfort to his work in our hearts, the whole redemption thing of cleansing and healing and recreating us, the restoration, the new man, the life of the believer and the Spirit of God in the life of a believer. All of this is part of God’s great and marvelous grace.
John 1:14-17 – Jesus came in the flesh, and he was full of grace and truth. Filled completely! An inexhaustible supply of grace and truth.
God’s Grace Includes Blessings and Gifts
Everyone has received gifts from God. But for those who believe in Jesus Christ and follow Him in faith, we can recognize his grace in our life, grace upon grace. Spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing. We get the picture of an outpouring of abundance from God.
As grace is given and grace is used, the supply is replenished from a fresh supply! Not everyone experiences the abundant grace upon grace that is offered.
James 4:6 – Scripture is clear that there are conditions to this grace, God resists the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.
Paul says that he was who he was because of the grace of God. He worked hard, but God’s grace was the difference in him becoming a very different person than he was in his earlier “persecuting the followers of Christ” days.
Romans 5 – We can stand because of grace. When we stand on something we are present in it, and we continually can stand because of the grace of God.
Titus 2:11-12 – Because of the grace of God we can learn. It’s God’s grace and Spirit that is leading us and teaching us how to live in our daily walk. God is teaching us.
Hebrews 4:14-16 – God invites us to come boldly before the throne… because of grace.
The disciples received and accepted Christ, and they experienced a “great grace.”
Paul Experienced God’s Grace
Paul, when he was converted, was met by a guy named Ananias who was told by God to “go, he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name. I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” We know how Paul responded to this call. He was sent “into the fray.”
Paul, by the grace of God, found joy in the suffering that came. He was able to handle all of these things by God’s incredible grace. Even the thorn in his flesh, God said, “my strength is made perfect in your weakness.”
Romans 5:30 – Paul had learned to rejoice in his suffering. Not through his strength, but through and because of the grace of God to him.
To the God of all grace be glory, both now and forever, amen.
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 43:17
Choosing to be Humble - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/choosing-to-be-humble/ Mon, 17 Aug 2020 01:22:09 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3743 https://www.bmcgladys.com/choosing-to-be-humble/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/choosing-to-be-humble/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 5:5-6 – God is in charge of what happens in our lives and we want to strive for patience as we encounter life’s issues. Isaac doesn’t get a lot of “press” in the Bible. His life only takes up several pages in the Bible, but even a lot of that has to do […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/choosing-to-be-humble/">Choosing to be Humble</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Peter 5:5-6 – God is in charge of what happens in our lives and we want to strive for patience as we encounter life’s issues.

Isaac doesn’t get a lot of “press” in the Bible. His life only takes up several pages in the Bible, but even a lot of that has to do with his finding a wife!

  • Submission to His Father – When Abraham and Isaac were going to the mountain for the sacrifice, he carried the wood for the altar. And then when it became time for the sacrifice he allowed himself to be placed on the altar. He trusted his father.
  • He walked in the cool of the evening and was meditating when Eleazar came back.
  • He was a sensitive fellow.
  • Isaac was praying for his wife and that God would bring them a child.

Isaac Digging Wells

Genesis 26:1-32 – Isaac doesn’t just sit and passively accept bad circumstances. He actively worked to better his circumstances.

God had promised to bless Isaac and now he is. Things are going well, except for a relationship problem with his neighbors. Abimelek and his people are envious. They were afraid of Isaac, and came to him and said “you are too strong for us… you should probably leave!”

Wouldn’t it make the most sense that Isaac would say “Well why don’t you go? If I am stronger than you?” Isaac doesn’t do this, instead he moves his tents and his herds.

After Isaac moved away Abimelek came to visit and wanted to swear an oath amongst themselves that they wouldn’t harm each other.

Digging wells is a tough job, sometimes the walls cave in and there are other things that can go wrong. Oh… and remember that they were definitely digging these by hand!

When you get done with digging a well you’d like to have some benefits from your hard work. Perhaps you’d like to sit under a tree and sip some nice cool sweet water.

The people came to him from that area and said “this is our water! You go somewhere else!”

So Isaac moved and dug another well… and the exact same thing happened. Isaac explains to his family that God was still in control, and He would take care of things. Isaac once again moved his family and once again they started to dig another well.

This well was a good one, and the neighbors didn’t come and cause problems. Isaac said, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”

Before too long, what do you know… Isaac held the well loosely. He accepted the well as a gift from God, and walked away, moving his family back to Beersheba. When they got to Beersheba he dug another well!

What can we learn from this story?

Isaac was trying to find the source of life, not just water. He was actively involved in searching for and seeking God.

When difficult things come our way let us remember that God has a bigger thing going on. Let us not strive against men, or against each other.

God is in control. Let us continue to humbly serve him and seek peace with both God and Man.

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1 Peter 5:5-6 – God is in charge of what happens in our lives and we want to strive for patience as we encounter life’s issues. Isaac doesn’t get a lot of “press” in the Bible. His life only takes up several pages in the Bible, Isaac doesn’t get a lot of “press” in the Bible. His life only takes up several pages in the Bible, but even a lot of that has to do with his finding a wife!

* Submission to His Father – When Abraham and Isaac were going to the mountain for the sacrifice, he carried the wood for the altar. And then when it became time for the sacrifice he allowed himself to be placed on the altar. He trusted his father.
* He walked in the cool of the evening and was meditating when Eleazar came back.
* He was a sensitive fellow.
* Isaac was praying for his wife and that God would bring them a child.

Isaac Digging Wells
Genesis 26:1-32 – Isaac doesn’t just sit and passively accept bad circumstances. He actively worked to better his circumstances.
God had promised to bless Isaac and now he is. Things are going well, except for a relationship problem with his neighbors. Abimelek and his people are envious. They were afraid of Isaac, and came to him and said “you are too strong for us… you should probably leave!”
Wouldn’t it make the most sense that Isaac would say “Well why don’t you go? If I am stronger than you?” Isaac doesn’t do this, instead he moves his tents and his herds.
After Isaac moved away Abimelek came to visit and wanted to swear an oath amongst themselves that they wouldn’t harm each other.
Digging wells is a tough job, sometimes the walls cave in and there are other things that can go wrong. Oh… and remember that they were definitely digging these by hand!
When you get done with digging a well you’d like to have some benefits from your hard work. Perhaps you’d like to sit under a tree and sip some nice cool sweet water.
The people came to him from that area and said “this is our water! You go somewhere else!”
So Isaac moved and dug another well… and the exact same thing happened. Isaac explains to his family that God was still in control, and He would take care of things. Isaac once again moved his family and once again they started to dig another well.
This well was a good one, and the neighbors didn’t come and cause problems. Isaac said, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”
Before too long, what do you know… Isaac held the well loosely. He accepted the well as a gift from God, and walked away, moving his family back to Beersheba. When they got to Beersheba he dug another well!
What can we learn from this story?
Isaac was trying to find the source of life, not just water. He was actively involved in searching for and seeking God.
When difficult things come our way let us remember that God has a bigger thing going on. Let us not strive against men, or against each other.
God is in control. Let us continue to humbly serve him and seek peace with both God and Man.
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Counting the Cost - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/counting-the-cost/ Sun, 09 Aug 2020 15:58:09 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3741 https://www.bmcgladys.com/counting-the-cost/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/counting-the-cost/feed/ 0 <p>Texts used – Luke 14:25-33, Psalm 34:8, Luke 9:23-26, John 15:14, John 16:7, I Peter 4:17, Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus put the cost of discipleship front and center. He did not hide the cost of following Him. He was not very “seeker-sensitive”! Seeing Jesus’ bluntness– why did the crowds stumble over themselves to find Him? He […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/counting-the-cost/">Counting the Cost</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Texts used – Luke 14:25-33, Psalm 34:8, Luke 9:23-26, John 15:14, John 16:7, I Peter 4:17, Matthew 7:21-23

Jesus put the cost of discipleship front and center. He did not hide the cost of following Him. He was not very “seeker-sensitive”!

Seeing Jesus’ bluntness– why did the crowds stumble over themselves to find Him? He is the pearl of great price; He is the treasure hidden in the field; He is life itself.

What is the cross? It is an instrument of death. In order to take up the cross something inside me has to die. My fleshly desires and sins cannot coexist with following Christ. Jesus wants all of us.

Following Jesus includes keeping His commands. The presence of God gives us the power to obey. This is not works-based, because it is rooted in God’s provision for us.

Judgment is coming– the choice is now. Will we follow Jesus fully, as He asks?

This surrender to Christ has blessings beyond ourselves. Unity in the Church comes about as individuals come to Jesus embracing the cross and yielding their will to Him.

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Texts used – Luke 14:25-33, Psalm 34:8, Luke 9:23-26, John 15:14, John 16:7, I Peter 4:17, Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus put the cost of discipleship front and center. He did not hide the cost of following Him. He was not very “seeker-sensitive”! Jesus put the cost of discipleship front and center. He did not hide the cost of following Him. He was not very “seeker-sensitive”!
Seeing Jesus’ bluntness– why did the crowds stumble over themselves to find Him? He is the pearl of great price; He is the treasure hidden in the field; He is life itself.
What is the cross? It is an instrument of death. In order to take up the cross something inside me has to die. My fleshly desires and sins cannot coexist with following Christ. Jesus wants all of us.
Following Jesus includes keeping His commands. The presence of God gives us the power to obey. This is not works-based, because it is rooted in God’s provision for us.
Judgment is coming– the choice is now. Will we follow Jesus fully, as He asks?
This surrender to Christ has blessings beyond ourselves. Unity in the Church comes about as individuals come to Jesus embracing the cross and yielding their will to Him.
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Christian Leaders – Leading as a Servant https://www.bmcgladys.com/christian-leaders-leading-as-a-servant/ Sun, 02 Aug 2020 04:20:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3737 https://www.bmcgladys.com/christian-leaders-leading-as-a-servant/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/christian-leaders-leading-as-a-servant/feed/ 0 <p>This is a father’s day sermon, but there are things here for all of us. Ephesians 5:23, Ephesians 6:1-4 – The responsibility is placed on the father for his family.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/christian-leaders-leading-as-a-servant/">Christian Leaders – Leading as a Servant</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This is a father’s day sermon, but there are things here for all of us.

Ephesians 5:23, Ephesians 6:1-4 – The responsibility is placed on the father for his family.

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This is a father’s day sermon, but there are things here for all of us. Ephesians 5:23, Ephesians 6:1-4 – The responsibility is placed on the father for his family. Ephesians 5:23, Ephesians 6:1-4 – The responsibility is placed on the father for his family.
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A Healthy and Sensitive Guidance System - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-healthy-and-sensitive-guidance-system/ Mon, 20 Jul 2020 01:25:31 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3734 https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-healthy-and-sensitive-guidance-system/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-healthy-and-sensitive-guidance-system/feed/ 0 <p>Acts 24:14-16 – Paul says that he goes to great lengths to keep a clear conscience before God and his brothers and sisters. Romans 2:14 – The conscience is a gift from God! Paul says that the law is written in our hearts. Even with the infection of sin in the garden, man still has […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-healthy-and-sensitive-guidance-system/">A Healthy and Sensitive Guidance System</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Acts 24:14-16 – Paul says that he goes to great lengths to keep a clear conscience before God and his brothers and sisters.

Romans 2:14 – The conscience is a gift from God! Paul says that the law is written in our hearts. Even with the infection of sin in the garden, man still has an innate sense of justice, and right and wrong.

Romans 9:1 – The conscience isn’t the same as the Holy Spirit. Even a very wicked and sinful person has a conscience. The Spirit uses the conscience.

The conscience can change, it isn’t something that is set once and never changes. Think about David before he was king and then after he became king. His conscience had been dulled, and something was out of balance. It wasn’t gone, he was quick to recognize his sin and repent when he was confronted about his sin with Bathsheba.

In the Old Testament Israel had the sacrificial system. It was symbolic of what was to come, but in Hebrews 9 it says that those gifts and sacrifices could not make the person perfect in regard to the conscience. It couldn’t solve the conscience problem, there was still guilt and condemnation.

Jesus said that when the Spirit of Truth comes, he would guide them (the disciples and early church) in all truth.

Hebrews 5:13-14 – The skilled in the Word are reading the Bible and praying and learning, their conscience is being sharpened and developed as they study scripture.

Hebrews 3:12-13 – People together exhorting one another, this is the goal and the purpose of a local body of believers.

Hebrews 10:24-25 – Being around good people is an inspiration and an encouragement. It can help us a lot in developing and maintaining our own conscience.

1 Corinthians 3 – Christian fellowship is important, it is something that God intended for us to participate in and benefit from.

We have a guidance system, our conscience, we want it to be sensitive and healthy. We don’t want to be making choices that grieve the Holy Spirit but don’t grieve us. We want to be sensitive enough to be grieved when the Holy Spirit is grieved.

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Acts 24:14-16 – Paul says that he goes to great lengths to keep a clear conscience before God and his brothers and sisters. Romans 2:14 – The conscience is a gift from God! Paul says that the law is written in our hearts. Romans 2:14 – The conscience is a gift from God! Paul says that the law is written in our hearts. Even with the infection of sin in the garden, man still has an innate sense of justice, and right and wrong.
Romans 9:1 – The conscience isn’t the same as the Holy Spirit. Even a very wicked and sinful person has a conscience. The Spirit uses the conscience.
The conscience can change, it isn’t something that is set once and never changes. Think about David before he was king and then after he became king. His conscience had been dulled, and something was out of balance. It wasn’t gone, he was quick to recognize his sin and repent when he was confronted about his sin with Bathsheba.
In the Old Testament Israel had the sacrificial system. It was symbolic of what was to come, but in Hebrews 9 it says that those gifts and sacrifices could not make the person perfect in regard to the conscience. It couldn’t solve the conscience problem, there was still guilt and condemnation.
Jesus said that when the Spirit of Truth comes, he would guide them (the disciples and early church) in all truth.
Hebrews 5:13-14 – The skilled in the Word are reading the Bible and praying and learning, their conscience is being sharpened and developed as they study scripture.
Hebrews 3:12-13 – People together exhorting one another, this is the goal and the purpose of a local body of believers.
Hebrews 10:24-25 – Being around good people is an inspiration and an encouragement. It can help us a lot in developing and maintaining our own conscience.
1 Corinthians 3 – Christian fellowship is important, it is something that God intended for us to participate in and benefit from.
We have a guidance system, our conscience, we want it to be sensitive and healthy. We don’t want to be making choices that grieve the Holy Spirit but don’t grieve us. We want to be sensitive enough to be grieved when the Holy Spirit is grieved.
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Presenting Honorable Conduct to a Messed up World - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/presenting-honorable-conduct-to-a-messed-up-world/ Sun, 12 Jul 2020 22:01:04 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3731 https://www.bmcgladys.com/presenting-honorable-conduct-to-a-messed-up-world/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/presenting-honorable-conduct-to-a-messed-up-world/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 2:11-25 – This morning we’ll be talking about honorable conduct and how our conduct affects the world around us. We see two possible effects that our conduct can have on the lost around us. First off, they could respond by joining us, this is the outcome we hope for the most! Secondly, they […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/presenting-honorable-conduct-to-a-messed-up-world/">Presenting Honorable Conduct to a Messed up World</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Peter 2:11-25 – This morning we’ll be talking about honorable conduct and how our conduct affects the world around us.

We see two possible effects that our conduct can have on the lost around us. First off, they could respond by joining us, this is the outcome we hope for the most! Secondly, they may see who we are and because of our excellent conduct quit attacking us.

When we think about our country and its problems, or our church and its problems, the “raw material” the people isn’t what changes. It is instead the things around us and the conduct we have.

How Should We Be Living?

Romans 13:1-7 – Recognize that authorities are appointed by God. We need to obey them not only because they can “put us in jail” or “fine us,” but we also need to obey for the sake of our conscience.

Titus 3:1-2 – Whether the president is a Republican or a Democrat or someone we agree with we need to honor them and be obedient. Some day we may get to the point where we need to disobey the government because of God’s laws and His word. The more concerned we are about that possibility the more we should be concerned about our consistency now.

Our good behavior needs to come as a package. Don’t love the brotherhood and be rude to a telemarketer. Consistency is vital. This is what the church needs to remember. We don’t want to look good from all sides but be hiding a “wrecked” side that is very inconsistent.

How Do We Get to the Place Where We Live This Way?

The simple answer to the question, “How do we get to the place where our conduct is good” is Jesus.

We are pretty messed up people. People who are salt and light to the world are being led by the Shepherd who is guiding us and is responsible for our healing.

Not only is there a conversion that happens. There is an ongoing walking with Jesus.

We are called to follow in the steps of Jesus. We must not find His teachings revolting, we need to admire and lift up and pattern ourselves after His conduct and example and teachings.

Our motivation in all these things needs to be having a good conduct for the Lord’s sake.

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1 Peter 2:11-25 – This morning we’ll be talking about honorable conduct and how our conduct affects the world around us. We see two possible effects that our conduct can have on the lost around us. First off, they could respond by joining us, We see two possible effects that our conduct can have on the lost around us. First off, they could respond by joining us, this is the outcome we hope for the most! Secondly, they may see who we are and because of our excellent conduct quit attacking us.
When we think about our country and its problems, or our church and its problems, the “raw material” the people isn’t what changes. It is instead the things around us and the conduct we have.
How Should We Be Living?
Romans 13:1-7 – Recognize that authorities are appointed by God. We need to obey them not only because they can “put us in jail” or “fine us,” but we also need to obey for the sake of our conscience.
Titus 3:1-2 – Whether the president is a Republican or a Democrat or someone we agree with we need to honor them and be obedient. Some day we may get to the point where we need to disobey the government because of God’s laws and His word. The more concerned we are about that possibility the more we should be concerned about our consistency now.
Our good behavior needs to come as a package. Don’t love the brotherhood and be rude to a telemarketer. Consistency is vital. This is what the church needs to remember. We don’t want to look good from all sides but be hiding a “wrecked” side that is very inconsistent.
How Do We Get to the Place Where We Live This Way?
The simple answer to the question, “How do we get to the place where our conduct is good” is Jesus.
We are pretty messed up people. People who are salt and light to the world are being led by the Shepherd who is guiding us and is responsible for our healing.
Not only is there a conversion that happens. There is an ongoing walking with Jesus.
We are called to follow in the steps of Jesus. We must not find His teachings revolting, we need to admire and lift up and pattern ourselves after His conduct and example and teachings.
Our motivation in all these things needs to be having a good conduct for the Lord’s sake.
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Faithful in the Little Things and the Big Things - Rich Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/faithful-in-the-little-things-and-the-big-things/ Sun, 05 Jul 2020 21:20:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3728 https://www.bmcgladys.com/faithful-in-the-little-things-and-the-big-things/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/faithful-in-the-little-things-and-the-big-things/feed/ 0 <p>One thing that isn’t in the book of Daniel is much about his life before he came to Babylon. We don’t know anything about his parents or his siblings. Scripture indicates that he was probably from a royal family. The name Daniel means, “God is my judge.” This was a constant reminder to Daniel that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/faithful-in-the-little-things-and-the-big-things/">Faithful in the Little Things and the Big Things</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> One thing that isn’t in the book of Daniel is much about his life before he came to Babylon. We don’t know anything about his parents or his siblings. Scripture indicates that he was probably from a royal family.

The name Daniel means, “God is my judge.” This was a constant reminder to Daniel that even when he was far from home, God was his judge, and someday he would answer for the things he did in life.

What is a core? When you eat an apple you are left with a core… What is a value? What is a “core value?” A core value is something that a person bases their life on.

Daniel 1 – It appears that Daniel had learned as a child God’s laws about food. He knew that the food that was being set aside for the group of men he was in would defile him. Instead of digging his heels in throwing a fit, he asked that they do an experiment.

Daniel was faithful in the little things, later we’ll see Daniel was also faithful in the big things. The same thing tends to be the case for people today. If we can be faithful in the little things, we are building a foundation of faithfulness that will stand when things are very difficult.

Daniel 2 – The king had a dream. He wanted someone to interpret it for him, but he wanted them to tell them the dream and the interpretation. Daniel prayed and asked God to reveal the dream and its interpretation to him. God answered Daniel’s prayer. Daniel had full confidence that God had revealed the dream and its interpretation to him.

Daniel 3 – We see Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego not bowing down to the image. We don’t know where exactly Daniel was, but we can be sure that he wouldn’t have bowed down to this image either. Perhaps the king knew that Daniel wouldn’t bow down so he had him off doing something else in a far corner of the kingdom.

These young men feared God more than they feared the king and his fire. Nebuchadnezzar threw them into the fire and quickly became a believer that there was something special about these men. Also, there was a fourth man in the fire! He looked like the Son of God!

Commitment to God involves faithfulness in little things because bigger things are coming.

Daniel 6 – A trap was set for Daniel. Daniel knew that he was going against the king’s decree. Daniel continued his normal three times per day by the window, just like normal. There is a good chance that this started at home with his parents. At the very least it isn’t something that Daniel had started a few weeks earlier. God saved Daniel from the lions.

Core values are front and center in Daniel’s life. Everyone has core values. They may not be godly values, but it is important for us to have core values that are aligned with God’s values.

What can we learn from Daniel?

  1. Commitment to God involves faithfulness in little things. We don’t size things the way God does, we may see something as small, but God may see it as a big thing.
  2. Core values can be instilled in our children at home. Parents you’re working yourselves out of a job. Teach your children well.
  3. Be a person of prayer.
  4. God is our judge. Ultimately we will stand before God. God is holy and just. He is also merciful and loving – Matthew 12:20

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One thing that isn’t in the book of Daniel is much about his life before he came to Babylon. We don’t know anything about his parents or his siblings. Scripture indicates that he was probably from a royal family. The name Daniel means, The name Daniel means, “God is my judge.” This was a constant reminder to Daniel that even when he was far from home, God was his judge, and someday he would answer for the things he did in life.
What is a core? When you eat an apple you are left with a core… What is a value? What is a “core value?” A core value is something that a person bases their life on.
Daniel 1 – It appears that Daniel had learned as a child God’s laws about food. He knew that the food that was being set aside for the group of men he was in would defile him. Instead of digging his heels in throwing a fit, he asked that they do an experiment.
Daniel was faithful in the little things, later we’ll see Daniel was also faithful in the big things. The same thing tends to be the case for people today. If we can be faithful in the little things, we are building a foundation of faithfulness that will stand when things are very difficult.
Daniel 2 – The king had a dream. He wanted someone to interpret it for him, but he wanted them to tell them the dream and the interpretation. Daniel prayed and asked God to reveal the dream and its interpretation to him. God answered Daniel’s prayer. Daniel had full confidence that God had revealed the dream and its interpretation to him.
Daniel 3 – We see Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego not bowing down to the image. We don’t know where exactly Daniel was, but we can be sure that he wouldn’t have bowed down to this image either. Perhaps the king knew that Daniel wouldn’t bow down so he had him off doing something else in a far corner of the kingdom.
These young men feared God more than they feared the king and his fire. Nebuchadnezzar threw them into the fire and quickly became a believer that there was something special about these men. Also, there was a fourth man in the fire! He looked like the Son of God!
Commitment to God involves faithfulness in little things because bigger things are coming.
Daniel 6 – A trap was set for Daniel. Daniel knew that he was going against the king’s decree. Daniel continued his normal three times per day by the window, just like normal. There is a good chance that this started at home with his parents. At the very least it isn’t something that Daniel had started a few weeks earlier. God saved Daniel from the lions.
Core values are front and center in Daniel’s life. Everyone has core values. They may not be godly values, but it is important for us to have core values that are aligned with God’s values.
What can we learn from Daniel?

* Commitment to God involves faithfulness in little things. We don’t size things the way God does, we may see something as small, but God may see it as a big thing.
* Core values can be instilled in our children at home. Parents you’re working yourselves out of a job. Teach your children well.
* Be a person of prayer.
* God is our judge. Ultimately we will stand before God. God is holy and just. He is also merciful and loving – Matthew 12:20

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Our Lives Are A Story - Who Is Your Author? - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-lives-are-a-story-who-is-your-author/ Sun, 21 Jun 2020 16:18:08 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3724 https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-lives-are-a-story-who-is-your-author/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-lives-are-a-story-who-is-your-author/feed/ 0 <p>Are we making the efforts that God expects from serious believers? Are we doing the things that He thinks are important? When things fall apart, what are we left with? What is real when the nonessentials are stripped away? Life is a story. We are writing part of our story today! We have trouble, and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-lives-are-a-story-who-is-your-author/">Our Lives Are A Story – Who Is Your Author?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Are we making the efforts that God expects from serious believers? Are we doing the things that He thinks are important?

When things fall apart, what are we left with? What is real when the nonessentials are stripped away?

Life is a story. We are writing part of our story today!

We have trouble, and we can get distracted by trouble. It can pull our attention away from things that are more important. I’d like to think more about the important things.

Jesus is coming for us, whether it is in a whirlwind of fire, or a car wreck, or old age, or whatever… we need to be prepared for that, and that is the most important thing.

Our story isn’t over yet! We don’t have to just wish the past was different, we can consider how our story is being written now and when we look back at it in the future what will our story be about today and in the coming weeks and months.

Let’s let Jesus help write our stories.

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Are we making the efforts that God expects from serious believers? Are we doing the things that He thinks are important? When things fall apart, what are we left with? What is real when the nonessentials are stripped away? Life is a story. When things fall apart, what are we left with? What is real when the nonessentials are stripped away?
Life is a story. We are writing part of our story today!
We have trouble, and we can get distracted by trouble. It can pull our attention away from things that are more important. I’d like to think more about the important things.
Jesus is coming for us, whether it is in a whirlwind of fire, or a car wreck, or old age, or whatever… we need to be prepared for that, and that is the most important thing.
Our story isn’t over yet! We don’t have to just wish the past was different, we can consider how our story is being written now and when we look back at it in the future what will our story be about today and in the coming weeks and months.
Let’s let Jesus help write our stories.
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Worshiping the King of Glory - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/worshiping-the-king-of-glory/ Sun, 14 Jun 2020 16:14:49 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3722 https://www.bmcgladys.com/worshiping-the-king-of-glory/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/worshiping-the-king-of-glory/feed/ 0 <p>Psalm 24 – The world that we live in is in turmoil. The changes that have happened since the beginning of the year even is incredible. The Bible tells us that there is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God. We want to think about worshiping our King of Glory this […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/worshiping-the-king-of-glory/">Worshiping the King of Glory</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Psalm 24 – The world that we live in is in turmoil. The changes that have happened since the beginning of the year even is incredible. The Bible tells us that there is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God.

We want to think about worshiping our King of Glory this morning. We’re talking about more than worshiping together or personal worship. We’re talking about an entire life lived for God.

Hebrews 11:6 – God is real, and He is engaged in the goings-on in the world. Not just believing in God, but in a God who has a character of love and who cares about His creation.

Romans 8:31 – There are rewards for those who diligently seek the Father. This is a serious earnestness, it is richly rewarded. Half-hearted, lazy seeking doesn’t result in this blessing.

John 4 – It is the heart of the worshipper, the temple of the heart where this worship that is acceptable to God springs forth. Worship to the Father in spirit and in truth.

Daniel – True worship moves us to action, to right choices and right living. Daniel and his friends were ordered to bow to the image that the king had set up. These three men said no, they were worshippers of the true God and would never bow to this image.

James 1:7 – You are my friends if you do what I command you. Love God first, love our neighbors. True worship demands action. It’s not just head knowledge, but it involves a changed life.

Matthew 10:40 – Service is part of worship, acceptable worship. He who receives you receives me. When we serve others, motivated by love, God rewards, and blesses. However, not all acts of service are done out of a heart of worship for God.

Do we believe that God loves us? Do we believe that He will continue the good work in us?

Jude 20 – A life of worship, building, praying, looking… keep yourselves in the love of God. In our building and our praying and our looking let us keep ourselves in the love of God.

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Psalm 24 – The world that we live in is in turmoil. The changes that have happened since the beginning of the year even is incredible. The Bible tells us that there is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God. We want to think about worshiping our King of Glory this morning. We’re talking about more than worshiping together or personal worship. We’re talking about an entire life lived for God.
Hebrews 11:6 – God is real, and He is engaged in the goings-on in the world. Not just believing in God, but in a God who has a character of love and who cares about His creation.
Romans 8:31 – There are rewards for those who diligently seek the Father. This is a serious earnestness, it is richly rewarded. Half-hearted, lazy seeking doesn’t result in this blessing.
John 4 – It is the heart of the worshipper, the temple of the heart where this worship that is acceptable to God springs forth. Worship to the Father in spirit and in truth.
Daniel – True worship moves us to action, to right choices and right living. Daniel and his friends were ordered to bow to the image that the king had set up. These three men said no, they were worshippers of the true God and would never bow to this image.
James 1:7 – You are my friends if you do what I command you. Love God first, love our neighbors. True worship demands action. It’s not just head knowledge, but it involves a changed life.
Matthew 10:40 – Service is part of worship, acceptable worship. He who receives you receives me. When we serve others, motivated by love, God rewards, and blesses. However, not all acts of service are done out of a heart of worship for God.
Do we believe that God loves us? Do we believe that He will continue the good work in us?
Jude 20 – A life of worship, building, praying, looking… keep yourselves in the love of God. In our building and our praying and our looking let us keep ourselves in the love of God.
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The Authority of Jesus - Ricky Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-authority-of-jesus/ Sun, 07 Jun 2020 12:56:50 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3719 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-authority-of-jesus/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-authority-of-jesus/feed/ 0 <p>Texts: Matthew 8; Matthew 9:1-8 Other Texts: Matthew 7:28; Matthew 28; Romans 8:31-39; 2 Peter 1:3 What is authority? A definition might be ‘the power to command obedience or the right to control something or someone’. Without authority, it is hard to command anyone to do anything. What gave Jesus His authority? Jesus knew what […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-authority-of-jesus/">The Authority of Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Texts: Matthew 8; Matthew 9:1-8
Other Texts: Matthew 7:28; Matthew 28; Romans 8:31-39; 2 Peter 1:3

What is authority? A definition might be ‘the power to command obedience or the right to control something or someone’. Without authority, it is hard to command anyone to do anything.

What gave Jesus His authority? Jesus knew what he was talking about. He taught with authority. His approval came from God, not from men.

Five encounters with Jesus:

Matthew 8:1-4

The leper had no question about Jesus’ ability to heal him. It’s also interesting that Jesus wanted Him to go to the priest. Even though Jesus was a far greater authority than the priest he still followed the normal routine and honored them.

Matthew 8:5-13

We know that the centurion was a very important man. He could well have felt that he deserved some help from Jesus, but that’s not his attitude at all. He doesn’t feel worthy for Jesus to even enter his house. He recognized Jesus’ authority over sickness.

Because of this man’s faith, Jesus performed the healing of his servant without even going to his house. In contrast to the faith of this centurion, the Jewish leaders did not recognize Jesus’ authority.

Matthew 8:23-27

The disciples were desperate. At the end of themselves, they come to Jesus. They had nowhere else to go. With a word, He calmed the wind and waves. “Even the wind and waves obey Him!”

Matthew 8:28-34

Jesus knew that these men needed help. He delivers the men, and the people of the town recognize the power of Jesus. Their response, however, was to plead with Him to leave their region!

They were satisfied with their life as it was. No doubt they had problems, but they did not bring them to Jesus. Sometimes we can do this ourselves — keep our distance from Jesus because we are afraid of what He might ask of us.

Matthew 9:1-8

Jesus, to prove that He had the authority to forgive sins, healed the man. The response of the crowd was to glorify God. Jesus was so close to the Father that when people saw Him work they glorified Him.

Two lessons:

Bring our problems to Jesus
Have confidence in the power and authority of Jesus

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Texts: Matthew 8; Matthew 9:1-8 Other Texts: Matthew 7:28; Matthew 28; Romans 8:31-39; 2 Peter 1:3 What is authority? A definition might be ‘the power to command obedience or the right to control something or someone’. Without authority, Other Texts: Matthew 7:28; Matthew 28; Romans 8:31-39; 2 Peter 1:3
What is authority? A definition might be ‘the power to command obedience or the right to control something or someone’. Without authority, it is hard to command anyone to do anything.
What gave Jesus His authority? Jesus knew what he was talking about. He taught with authority. His approval came from God, not from men.
Five encounters with Jesus:
Matthew 8:1-4
The leper had no question about Jesus’ ability to heal him. It’s also interesting that Jesus wanted Him to go to the priest. Even though Jesus was a far greater authority than the priest he still followed the normal routine and honored them.
Matthew 8:5-13
We know that the centurion was a very important man. He could well have felt that he deserved some help from Jesus, but that’s not his attitude at all. He doesn’t feel worthy for Jesus to even enter his house. He recognized Jesus’ authority over sickness.
Because of this man’s faith, Jesus performed the healing of his servant without even going to his house. In contrast to the faith of this centurion, the Jewish leaders did not recognize Jesus’ authority.
Matthew 8:23-27
The disciples were desperate. At the end of themselves, they come to Jesus. They had nowhere else to go. With a word, He calmed the wind and waves. “Even the wind and waves obey Him!”
Matthew 8:28-34
Jesus knew that these men needed help. He delivers the men, and the people of the town recognize the power of Jesus. Their response, however, was to plead with Him to leave their region!
They were satisfied with their life as it was. No doubt they had problems, but they did not bring them to Jesus. Sometimes we can do this ourselves — keep our distance from Jesus because we are afraid of what He might ask of us.
Matthew 9:1-8
Jesus, to prove that He had the authority to forgive sins, healed the man. The response of the crowd was to glorify God. Jesus was so close to the Father that when people saw Him work they glorified Him.
Two lessons:
Bring our problems to Jesus
Have confidence in the power and authority of Jesus
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Overcoming Fear - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/overcoming-fear/ Sun, 31 May 2020 21:12:40 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3716 https://www.bmcgladys.com/overcoming-fear/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/overcoming-fear/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 10:28 – The Bible tells us that we should fear the Lord. Fear is “person specific” you might be scared of snakes, but your siblings might not be scared of snakes. Fear is real. The fact that you think someones fear is a little thing doesn’t mean that their fears aren’t real. Fear is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/overcoming-fear/">Overcoming Fear</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 10:28 – The Bible tells us that we should fear the Lord.

  1. Fear is “person specific” you might be scared of snakes, but your siblings might not be scared of snakes.
  2. Fear is real. The fact that you think someones fear is a little thing doesn’t mean that their fears aren’t real.
  3. Fear is something that needs to be overcome.

2 Timothy 1:7, Joshua 1:9 – God knows that we are afraid. He gives grace to us to overcome that fear.

Matthew 14:22-33 – The focus of this story is on Jesus & Peter. Jesus has been teaching all day long and it seems like he needed some quiet time alone. Jesus comes walking on the water, he caught up to the boat! Peter, once he identified Jesus had an interesting mix of brashness and fear. None of the other disciples were brave/reckless enough to get out of the boat.

If you want to water you need to get out of the boat!

Genesis 3:10 – Adam heard God’s voice in the garden and he was afraid. Fear entered the picture once sin had entered the world.

Courage is doing something even though you’re afraid of it.

Many of our fears revolve around what others think, or what we believe they will think about us.

There are rational fears and irrational fears. Flying for example, flying is safer than driving, but sometimes it feels super unsafe.

What are ways that people typically overcome fears?

Avoidance – just don’t get near the thing you’re afraid of.

Reliance on others, fire departments, spouses, etc.

Exposure – get used to being around or d the things that you’re afraid of.

Avoid thinking about it – sometimes it seems better to just not think about things.

Education – learning the numbers behind what you’re afraid of.

Biblical Examples of Dealing with Fear

1 Kings 19:1-3 – Elijah had just won a great victory over the prophets of Baal. Now he was afraid of Jezebel. Maybe he felt alone. Maybe he “crashed” after a mountaintop experience. Even the strongest men and women of faith need help. God will not abandon us, God has not changed only our perception of Him has.

Luke 15:17-18 – The prodigal son was afraid of his father. Although he knew his father, he was still afraid of meeting him. A very deep wedge had been driven between him and his father and siblings. Sin will lead us to be afraid of our Heavenly Father.

How Do You Truly Overcome Fear?

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of truly overcoming fear. The fear of the Lord is understanding who He is and who we are not.

Learning to know God. The prodigal son lived with his father for many years, but he didn’t really know his dad. We can know a lot about God and not know God.

Learning to trust God. There are so many promises in scripture, but it is often difficult to know that they apply to us personally. God’s promises are sure.

1 John – Learning to love. So often our fears have to do with other people, or suffering for the name of Jesus. If we love Jesus enough, when we love other people enough, it makes a huge difference. Love doesn’t take away our fear, but if its greater than the fear it makes everything look quite different.

Romans 5:5 – And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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Matthew 10:28 – The Bible tells us that we should fear the Lord. Fear is “person specific” you might be scared of snakes, but your siblings might not be scared of snakes. Fear is real. The fact that you think someones fear is a little thing doesn’t mea...
* Fear is “person specific” you might be scared of snakes, but your siblings might not be scared of snakes.
* Fear is real. The fact that you think someones fear is a little thing doesn’t mean that their fears aren’t real.
* Fear is something that needs to be overcome.

2 Timothy 1:7, Joshua 1:9 – God knows that we are afraid. He gives grace to us to overcome that fear.
Matthew 14:22-33 – The focus of this story is on Jesus & Peter. Jesus has been teaching all day long and it seems like he needed some quiet time alone. Jesus comes walking on the water, he caught up to the boat! Peter, once he identified Jesus had an interesting mix of brashness and fear. None of the other disciples were brave/reckless enough to get out of the boat.
If you want to water you need to get out of the boat!
Genesis 3:10 – Adam heard God’s voice in the garden and he was afraid. Fear entered the picture once sin had entered the world.
Courage is doing something even though you’re afraid of it.
Many of our fears revolve around what others think, or what we believe they will think about us.
There are rational fears and irrational fears. Flying for example, flying is safer than driving, but sometimes it feels super unsafe.
What are ways that people typically overcome fears?
Avoidance – just don’t get near the thing you’re afraid of.
Reliance on others, fire departments, spouses, etc.
Exposure – get used to being around or d the things that you’re afraid of.
Avoid thinking about it – sometimes it seems better to just not think about things.
Education – learning the numbers behind what you’re afraid of.
Biblical Examples of Dealing with Fear
1 Kings 19:1-3 – Elijah had just won a great victory over the prophets of Baal. Now he was afraid of Jezebel. Maybe he felt alone. Maybe he “crashed” after a mountaintop experience. Even the strongest men and women of faith need help. God will not abandon us, God has not changed only our perception of Him has.
Luke 15:17-18 – The prodigal son was afraid of his father. Although he knew his father, he was still afraid of meeting him. A very deep wedge had been driven between him and his father and siblings. Sin will lead us to be afraid of our Heavenly Father.
How Do You Truly Overcome Fear?
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of truly overcoming fear. The fear of the Lord is understanding who He is and who we are not.
Learning to know God. The prodigal son lived with his father for many years, but he didn’t really know his dad. We can know a lot about God and not know God.
Learning to trust God. There are so many promises in scripture, but it is often difficult to know that they apply to us personally. God’s promises are sure.
1 John – Learning to love. So often our fears have to do with other people, or suffering for the name of Jesus. If we love Jesus enough, when we love other people enough, it makes a huge difference. Love doesn’t take away our fear, but if its greater than the fear it makes everything look quite different.
Romans 5:5 – And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
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Truth Telling Versus Lying - What's True About That? - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/truth-telling-versus-lying-whats-true-about-that/ Sun, 24 May 2020 17:50:57 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3712 https://www.bmcgladys.com/truth-telling-versus-lying-whats-true-about-that/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/truth-telling-versus-lying-whats-true-about-that/feed/ 0 <p>Zechariah 8 – Speak the truth to one another, execute justice with truth for peace. Perjury is lying after promising to tell the truth. God cares about truth and he expects people to tell the truth. These days we can google things and find anyone’s opinion about what is true. They don’t all agree, so […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/truth-telling-versus-lying-whats-true-about-that/">Truth Telling Versus Lying – What’s True About That?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Zechariah 8 – Speak the truth to one another, execute justice with truth for peace. Perjury is lying after promising to tell the truth. God cares about truth and he expects people to tell the truth.

These days we can google things and find anyone’s opinion about what is true. They don’t all agree, so in some ways, it seems like we’re more confused than ever!

Failure to know and live in truth is more complex than deciding what to do about a particular issue. No one knows everything, we are not God. Some people intentionally deny that something is true even though they know that something is true. Perhaps it serves their purposes, or maybe it’s hard to change their beliefs or behavior about something.

The Bible has a lot to say about truth.

So, what is truth? A statement is true if it agrees with reality, if it agrees with the facts and the way something really is.

Truth is that which is consistent with the mind and being of God. It is the expression of God. To say that God is true is to say that He is faithful and dependable and trustworthy. A true statement, and an honest person are both dependable and trustworthy.

Truth & God the Father

Numbers 23 – The account of Baalam being asked to curse God’s people. He says that “God is not a man that He should lie.”

Romans 2 & 3 – Paul says that the Jews have failed to keep the law and have blasphemed the name of God among the Gentiles. They have caused the Gentiles to be contemptuous of God. Let God be true though every man be found a liar.

Titus 1 – Paul says he was called by God to speak the truth that is according to godliness. Truth that corresponds and results in godly attitudes in life. The truth that Paul is preaching is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 6 – God’s promises to Abraham will be fulfilled because it is impossible for God to lie. This is the reason we can have hope, and it is the reason that we should latch onto God and the resulting hope.

Truth & Jesus the Son

John 1 – The truth was embodied in Christ. Full of grace and truth. The law was given through Moses, grace and truth were realized through Christ. Jesus spoke truth, He lived truth, He did truth.

John 14:6 – Jesus is the way, the truth is the reality, Jesus knows what is real and what is true. He knows everything about everything. He forgets nothing that He knows. He knows everything about you, and everyone, and everything. Jesus is life, life that is free from corruption, it is a quality of life.

John 18 – Jesus said that everyone who hears the truth hears His voice. We can’t really hear the voice of God, the voice of Jesus, the voice of the Holy Spirit unless we are committed to the truth.

We can feel very alone in life and don’t know what to do. The reality is that Jesus knows us, He knows what is going on, He doesn’t forget anything. Sometimes we can get so scared that we forget to stop and pray and ask God to show us what He knows is true.

Although Jesus always told the truth, one thing we see in the Gospels is that Jesus didn’t always tell them everything that He knew to be true. He didn’t overwhelm people with a ton of words.

Honesty and truth-telling doesn’t require being brutal or being brutally honest and saying everything that you know or suspect. Is it helpful? You can destroy people by doing this. Instead of just telling people things maybe we should engage in a conversation about what they are experiencing.

Truth & The Holy Spirit

Jesus said that He would not leave His followers alone. He would send a comforter, a Spirit to guide and lead.

The Holy Spirit does not reveal things to us that are different than what Jesus said, or that the Bible says.

Genesis 3 – The first series of lies recorded in the Bible. The serpent said “has God really said you shouldn’t eat from any tree in the garden?” Technically Satan’s question wasn’t necessarily a lie, but it was designed to get Eve to believe something that wasn’t true about God. It was to raise doubt in her mind about the validity of what God had said.

One thing that we can say about lying, it has causes (there are reasons people lie). Lying also has consequences, there are results that occur when we lie.

Sarah laughed when the Angel of the Lord told her that she was going to have a son. When she was asked about it, she was afraid and said, “no, I didn’t laugh.”

Genesis 12 – Abraham also lied about Sarah being his wife, he was afraid that someone might kill him so that they could have his wife, he did this twice.

Sometimes we decide what is true before we really know what is true.

Acts 4 – The story of Ananias and Sapphira show us the importance of telling the truth.

Truthfulness

John 17 – Sanctify them in and through the truth. God’s Word is truth. Set them apart from evil.

Ephesians 4 – Speak the truth in love. We become more Christ-like as we speak the truth to one another, as we affirm the truth. Truth is the basis for reality, the basis for growth.

Romans 1:18 – The Gentiles by their unrighteousness surpassed the truth. Unrighteous living surpasses the truth. Unrighteous living results in lack of truth. What people believe is true is partly the result of the way that they live.

John 8 – There is freedom in knowing what is true if we affirm and embrace it. Many people lie because they think it will give them more control and freedom. Their lies become a heavy weight.

1 John 1:5 – We can’t have fellowship with God if we walk in darkness and lie. If we walk in the light we have we are being forgiven and cleansed. If we confess, God is faithful to forgive us. If we lie that we do not sin we are deceiving ourselves.

Untruthfulness

What are the motives and causes of untruthfulness?

  • To promote themselves.
  • To protect themselves. Fear of what will happen if I am truthful?
  • The need to fit reality to what we want or believe it should be.
  • What feels good? Will this make me feel good?

There is a challenge here, our understanding of truth is based on our experience. No two people have experienced the same thing. This makes it important to actually listen when someone is talking instead of pondering how we are going to defeat their point of view when they finally get done talking. Just because we don’t agree on something doesn’t mean that either of us is necessarily lying.

“It feels to me” are usually not so much intentionally chosen lies, they are often a result of painful experiences.

Honestly and truthfulness do not require perfection. Many people are really distraught about the very possibility that they’ve lied. Sometimes people need help to recognize that they are lying… sometimes they need help to recognize that they are not lying.

Truth and its Results

Ephesians 4 – Truth is the basis of a stable and trusting relationship. When lying is present people struggle to trust. Don’t lie to anyone, but especially to those who are close to you, that you belong to. People who love and trust each other tell each other the truth.

People who are dishonest often demand that people agree with their reality. Eventually people don’t want to be controlled by a liar and they no longer want to be friends who are forcing them to listen to their lies, that they are being controlled into this.

People who lie begin to believe their lies.

Lies require maintenance. You have to remember what you said. Lies keep us from addressing the real issue. Not only do we have to maintain the lies, they also keep us from working on the real issues and growing.

Lying is stressful and results in anxiety. Lying can result in a lack of sleep and depression and security and guilt and shame. Lying can result in feeling alone and misunderstood.

How to be Delivered from Lying

First we have to acknowledge that lying is sin. If we lie we need to recognize that we’ve lied, and repent. This is difficult especially because people who lie also believe their own lies.

It can be helpful to evaluate our own speech. What is our speech like? What kind of lies do I tell? There are lies of omission (not saying the truth when someone asks). There are lies of implication, subtlety, suggestion. Then there are things that are just false. It can help to clarify what kind of speech we have.

If a person can become aware of what is going on inside of them when they are lying or are tempted to lie, it can be helpful on the road to deliverance.

People who lie need help from others. We need help with our sins. We need Jesus. We need the help of others.

At every stage it is important for a person to give God permission to do what He needs to.

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Zechariah 8 – Speak the truth to one another, execute justice with truth for peace. Perjury is lying after promising to tell the truth. God cares about truth and he expects people to tell the truth. These days we can google things and find anyone’s opi... These days we can google things and find anyone’s opinion about what is true. They don’t all agree, so in some ways, it seems like we’re more confused than ever!
Failure to know and live in truth is more complex than deciding what to do about a particular issue. No one knows everything, we are not God. Some people intentionally deny that something is true even though they know that something is true. Perhaps it serves their purposes, or maybe it’s hard to change their beliefs or behavior about something.
The Bible has a lot to say about truth.
So, what is truth? A statement is true if it agrees with reality, if it agrees with the facts and the way something really is.
Truth is that which is consistent with the mind and being of God. It is the expression of God. To say that God is true is to say that He is faithful and dependable and trustworthy. A true statement, and an honest person are both dependable and trustworthy.
Truth & God the Father
Numbers 23 – The account of Baalam being asked to curse God’s people. He says that “God is not a man that He should lie.”
Romans 2 & 3 – Paul says that the Jews have failed to keep the law and have blasphemed the name of God among the Gentiles. They have caused the Gentiles to be contemptuous of God. Let God be true though every man be found a liar.
Titus 1 – Paul says he was called by God to speak the truth that is according to godliness. Truth that corresponds and results in godly attitudes in life. The truth that Paul is preaching is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 6 – God’s promises to Abraham will be fulfilled because it is impossible for God to lie. This is the reason we can have hope, and it is the reason that we should latch onto God and the resulting hope.
Truth & Jesus the Son
John 1 – The truth was embodied in Christ. Full of grace and truth. The law was given through Moses, grace and truth were realized through Christ. Jesus spoke truth, He lived truth, He did truth.
John 14:6 – Jesus is the way, the truth is the reality, Jesus knows what is real and what is true. He knows everything about everything. He forgets nothing that He knows. He knows everything about you, and everyone, and everything. Jesus is life, life that is free from corruption, it is a quality of life.
John 18 – Jesus said that everyone who hears the truth hears His voice. We can’t really hear the voice of God, the voice of Jesus, the voice of the Holy Spirit unless we are committed to the truth.
We can feel very alone in life and don’t know what to do. The reality is that Jesus knows us, He knows what is going on, He doesn’t forget anything. Sometimes we can get so scared that we forget to stop and pray and ask God to show us what He knows is true.
Although Jesus always told the truth, one thing we see in the Gospels is that Jesus didn’t always tell them everything that He knew to be true. He didn’t overwhelm people with a ton of words.
Honesty and truth-telling doesn’t require being brutal or being brutally honest and saying everything that you know or suspect. Is it helpful? You can destroy people by doing this. Instead of just telling people things maybe we should engage in a conversation about what they are experiencing.
Truth & The Holy Spirit
Jesus said that He would not leave His followers alone. He would send a comforter, a Spirit to guide and lead.
The Holy Spirit does not reveal things to us that are different than what Jesus said, or that the Bible says.
Genesis 3 – The first series of lies recorded in the Bible.]]>
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God's Mercy & Compassion - Jeff Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-mercy-compassion/ Sun, 17 May 2020 17:08:48 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3709 https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-mercy-compassion/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-mercy-compassion/feed/ 0 <p>Mercy and compassion are tied very closely together. Compassion has more the idea of something being done on a physical level, while mercy tends to be on another level, forgiving someone who doesn’t deserve it or things like that. Mark 10:46-52 – Bartamaus was a beggar who sat along the road begging. In Jesus time […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-mercy-compassion/">God’s Mercy & Compassion</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Mercy and compassion are tied very closely together. Compassion has more the idea of something being done on a physical level, while mercy tends to be on another level, forgiving someone who doesn’t deserve it or things like that.

Mark 10:46-52 – Bartamaus was a beggar who sat along the road begging. In Jesus time it was a very common thing to see beggars. Beggars recognize their needs, they have needs that they aren’t able to take care of on their own.

Often we know we have needs, but we don’t know specifically what our true needs area. In the story of the Pharisee and the Publican one recognized his true need while the other one didn’t. One went home changed, the other did not.

We often think that we are “ok” because of the things that we are doing. The reason that we are “ok” is because God is a merciful God. God does require obedience from us, but he is the only one who can help us be obedient.

When Bartimaus heard that Jesus was coming by he immediately started to hope for something more than just a “helping hand.” He was looking for a life changing event.

God doesn’t always answer our prayers, at least not in the way that we expect him too. It’s hard to understand how God works some times.

The more that we know God and the more we have faith in God the more we can understand what He wants to give us. God does respond to our cry. Did Jesus ever turn away from people who said, “have mercy on me.” We see Him being very attentive to people who called on Him.

Life is complex and difficult. It is not an easy thing to say that we have faith and that God will answer.

  • Bartamaus recognized his need.
  • He recognized the source of his help – Jesus.
  • He cried out. He really didn’t care what people thought about him.

Hebrews 4 – we can come to the throne of grace, boldly. We don’t have to worry that God isn’t going to have time for an audience with us. He wants us to come boldly.

Most of the time that Jesus healed people, they came to Jesus and asked Him for help. We need to cry out to God. We tend to be slower to cry out to God.

Jesus responded to Bartamaus and healed in response to his faith. Mercy is inseparable from who God is. It isn’t about us being attractive enough, or having the right level of obedience. God responds because He is a god of Mercy.

Christ is the ultimate example of God’s mercy. Christ laying down His life so that we can have life.

Matthew 7 – God’s mercy extended to us has a purpose… that we follow Him. God expects that we extend mercy to others because He has extended mercy to us.

We expect Christians to be merciful. That is part of the reason that beggars show up at mission doors.

For our mercy to parallel God’s we need to recognize the intrinsic value that another person has. Whether it is something they need physically, or whether it is forgiveness. Do we see God’s image in those around us?

We need to extend mercy to people in need. God calls us to be merciful not just to the people we know well and who are convenient to be merciful to. God calls us to be ministers of mercy, not just to specific people, but to anyone in need.

Mercy is to be very practical. The Good Samaritan helping the beaten man showed mercy very practically. Mercy should be a hallmark for us as Christians.

What does call us to do as His ministers of mercy? What hurts and needs are around us? We’re often fairly isolated, and don’t know what all is going on around us in the community. What are the needs and hurts around us? Do we know what other people need, even within our church family?

We tend to try to show a very polished picture of how things are going, or our house, or our car. It’s harder to know what all is going on inside when we are constantly putting a better looking exterior out there than is really the case.

God is a God of mercy. He wants us to call out to Him and rely on Him.

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Mercy and compassion are tied very closely together. Compassion has more the idea of something being done on a physical level, while mercy tends to be on another level, forgiving someone who doesn’t deserve it or things like that. Mark 10:46-52 – Bartamaus was a beggar who sat along the road begging. In Jesus time it was a very common thing to see beggars. Beggars recognize their needs, they have needs that they aren’t able to take care of on their own.
Often we know we have needs, but we don’t know specifically what our true needs area. In the story of the Pharisee and the Publican one recognized his true need while the other one didn’t. One went home changed, the other did not.
We often think that we are “ok” because of the things that we are doing. The reason that we are “ok” is because God is a merciful God. God does require obedience from us, but he is the only one who can help us be obedient.
When Bartimaus heard that Jesus was coming by he immediately started to hope for something more than just a “helping hand.” He was looking for a life changing event.
God doesn’t always answer our prayers, at least not in the way that we expect him too. It’s hard to understand how God works some times.
The more that we know God and the more we have faith in God the more we can understand what He wants to give us. God does respond to our cry. Did Jesus ever turn away from people who said, “have mercy on me.” We see Him being very attentive to people who called on Him.
Life is complex and difficult. It is not an easy thing to say that we have faith and that God will answer.

* Bartamaus recognized his need.
* He recognized the source of his help – Jesus.
* He cried out. He really didn’t care what people thought about him.

Hebrews 4 – we can come to the throne of grace, boldly. We don’t have to worry that God isn’t going to have time for an audience with us. He wants us to come boldly.
Most of the time that Jesus healed people, they came to Jesus and asked Him for help. We need to cry out to God. We tend to be slower to cry out to God.
Jesus responded to Bartamaus and healed in response to his faith. Mercy is inseparable from who God is. It isn’t about us being attractive enough, or having the right level of obedience. God responds because He is a god of Mercy.
Christ is the ultimate example of God’s mercy. Christ laying down His life so that we can have life.
Matthew 7 – God’s mercy extended to us has a purpose… that we follow Him. God expects that we extend mercy to others because He has extended mercy to us.
We expect Christians to be merciful. That is part of the reason that beggars show up at mission doors.
For our mercy to parallel God’s we need to recognize the intrinsic value that another person has. Whether it is something they need physically, or whether it is forgiveness. Do we see God’s image in those around us?
We need to extend mercy to people in need. God calls us to be merciful not just to the people we know well and who are convenient to be merciful to. God calls us to be ministers of mercy, not just to specific people, but to anyone in need.
Mercy is to be very practical. The Good Samaritan helping the beaten man showed mercy very practically. Mercy should be a hallmark for us as Christians.
What does call us to do as His ministers of mercy? What hurts and needs are around us? We’re often fairly isolated, and don’t know what all is going on around us in the community. What are the needs and hurts around us? Do we know what other people need, even within our church family?
We tend to try to show a very polished picture of how things are going, or our house, or our car.]]>
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Lessons From Five Mothers from the Bible - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/lessons-from-five-mothers-from-the-bible/ Sun, 10 May 2020 20:55:44 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3707 https://www.bmcgladys.com/lessons-from-five-mothers-from-the-bible/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/lessons-from-five-mothers-from-the-bible/feed/ 0 <p>Hannah was in a marriage that had a second wife. There were many sore spots between the two women. Samuel was born to Hannah, a result of the promise of God. 2 Timothy 1 – Before there was a Timothy, there was a godly mother and grandmother. We don’t know much at all about Timothy’s […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/lessons-from-five-mothers-from-the-bible/">Lessons From Five Mothers from the Bible</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Hannah was in a marriage that had a second wife. There were many sore spots between the two women. Samuel was born to Hannah, a result of the promise of God.

2 Timothy 1 – Before there was a Timothy, there was a godly mother and grandmother. We don’t know much at all about Timothy’s father. What griefs or challenges did these ladies face raising their son Timothy? They raised their son in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Psalms 87:1 – We can fill the water pots with water, but only Jesus can turn the water into wine. Unless the Lord build with us, we labor in vain as we build.

When Hagar, Sarah’s Egyptian servant, learned that she was pregnant, looked down on Sarah. Sarah treated Hagar harshly, harsh enough that Hagar ran away. She stopped to rest by a spring of water and the Lord appeared to her. Hagar said, “you are the God who sees.” She was strengthened and encouraged.

We are never alone. A message from God to mothers everywhere… a message for each one of us. Not only did God hear Hagar and see her, He saw and heard her son as well. God is there. “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

Psalms 141 – We cannot get away from God. Regardless of what we face, we are never alone, God doesn’t take his eye away from us for a minute or two, ever. God sees and is involved and He cares.

Matthew 15 – This daughters need was also her mother’s need. The mother was desperate to find help. No matter what had happened before, this mother came to the right source for help, Jesus. She believed, Jesus said that she had great faith.

Ruth 1 – Naomi wanted to go home after her son’s died. As they were traveling some Naomi decided that it would be better if these moabite ladies would return to their own home and not come with her. Ruth continued on with Naomi and said, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.”

God is good… and He loved Naomi. In just a few weeks after returning home she started to see things differently. The Lord provided a kinsman redeemer for her. We know the story of how Ruth ended up marrying Boaz. God was good and merciful.

Whatever the loss we may be grieving over. If we are faithful we are not losers. There is still purpose, there is fulfillment to be had, God still prospers and blesses faithful service.

For the faithful, loss is not the end of the world. As we look at these women, none of them had ideal circumstances. They all faced difficulties, some very severe trials even, and all the lessons that we looked at applied to all of these women too. God had a role in each of their mothering, in their hearts, in their children’s hearts. They planted, and they watered, and God gave the increase.

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Hannah was in a marriage that had a second wife. There were many sore spots between the two women. Samuel was born to Hannah, a result of the promise of God. 2 Timothy 1 – Before there was a Timothy, there was a godly mother and grandmother. 2 Timothy 1 – Before there was a Timothy, there was a godly mother and grandmother. We don’t know much at all about Timothy’s father. What griefs or challenges did these ladies face raising their son Timothy? They raised their son in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Psalms 87:1 – We can fill the water pots with water, but only Jesus can turn the water into wine. Unless the Lord build with us, we labor in vain as we build.
When Hagar, Sarah’s Egyptian servant, learned that she was pregnant, looked down on Sarah. Sarah treated Hagar harshly, harsh enough that Hagar ran away. She stopped to rest by a spring of water and the Lord appeared to her. Hagar said, “you are the God who sees.” She was strengthened and encouraged.
We are never alone. A message from God to mothers everywhere… a message for each one of us. Not only did God hear Hagar and see her, He saw and heard her son as well. God is there. “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”
Psalms 141 – We cannot get away from God. Regardless of what we face, we are never alone, God doesn’t take his eye away from us for a minute or two, ever. God sees and is involved and He cares.
Matthew 15 – This daughters need was also her mother’s need. The mother was desperate to find help. No matter what had happened before, this mother came to the right source for help, Jesus. She believed, Jesus said that she had great faith.
Ruth 1 – Naomi wanted to go home after her son’s died. As they were traveling some Naomi decided that it would be better if these moabite ladies would return to their own home and not come with her. Ruth continued on with Naomi and said, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.”
God is good… and He loved Naomi. In just a few weeks after returning home she started to see things differently. The Lord provided a kinsman redeemer for her. We know the story of how Ruth ended up marrying Boaz. God was good and merciful.
Whatever the loss we may be grieving over. If we are faithful we are not losers. There is still purpose, there is fulfillment to be had, God still prospers and blesses faithful service.
For the faithful, loss is not the end of the world. As we look at these women, none of them had ideal circumstances. They all faced difficulties, some very severe trials even, and all the lessons that we looked at applied to all of these women too. God had a role in each of their mothering, in their hearts, in their children’s hearts. They planted, and they watered, and God gave the increase.
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God is Building a House That Has Things to Do - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-is-building-a-house-that-has-things-to-do/ Sun, 03 May 2020 14:31:30 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3704 https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-is-building-a-house-that-has-things-to-do/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-is-building-a-house-that-has-things-to-do/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 1:22-2:12 – Peter is pointing out the huge role that the Word of God has in the life of a Christian. It leads to the new birth. It leads to purification. It gives Christians something to stake their lives on. In verse 22 we see the command to love one another fervently. With […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-is-building-a-house-that-has-things-to-do/">God is Building a House That Has Things to Do</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Peter 1:22-2:12 – Peter is pointing out the huge role that the Word of God has in the life of a Christian. It leads to the new birth. It leads to purification. It gives Christians something to stake their lives on.

In verse 22 we see the command to love one another fervently. With this in mind we head into chapter 2. Here he gives us a list of things that we need to get rid of. They all have to do with how we need to treat each other.

God is trying to build something out of us. The unfortunate truth is that if we can cause destruction in this building process! Too often there is building up and tearing down going on within the church at the same time.

All Christians, no matter how long they’ve been Christians still have room to grow. Our desire for spiritual things is directly linked to our spiritual growth.

God’s Building Project

Jesus was chosen by God to be the corner stone of this building project. Jesus was rejected by men, the religious leaders, and many other people in Jesus time and throughout history have rejected Him. This is a terrible mistake John 3:19, men love darkness rather than light.

In verse 7 and 8 we see that there are two outcomes from this encounter with the cornerstone.

In verse 9-10 we are called a chosen generation. We have been called, and we are now the people of God.

In verse 11 Peter is begging his readers as pilgrims, Christians need to remember that they are pilgrims. When we forget that we are not a part of this world we’re going to struggle with all of the things that are part of this world.

How important is your soul to you? Is it more important than your eye or your arm? In Matthew 5 Jesus tells us that if your right eye causes you to sin pluck it out! We should be willing to give up everything for Christ.

When we abstain from the things of the world, we are also leaving a testimony. We are giving them an opportunity to see Christ and the change that he makes in our lives.

What is this day of visitation that Peter is talking about? It could mean the second coming of Christ, or it could be the day that God calls us to Himself.

God doesn’t just call us so that we can go to heaven. He loves us as individuals and wants us to be part of His Kingdom. God also wants you to be part of what He is doing here on earth now.

Four Lessons For Us

  1. God called you into His spiritual house. His house has things to do.
  2. A strong spiritual house has to be obsessed with its cornerstone. It needs to be focused and fixated on the cornerstone.
  3. Each of us should make it a personal goal to love each other fervently with a pure heart.
  4. We are responsible for our attitudes and affections.

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1 Peter 1:22-2:12 – Peter is pointing out the huge role that the Word of God has in the life of a Christian. It leads to the new birth. It leads to purification. It gives Christians something to stake their lives on. In verse 22 we see the command to love one another fervently. With this in mind we head into chapter 2. Here he gives us a list of things that we need to get rid of. They all have to do with how we need to treat each other.
God is trying to build something out of us. The unfortunate truth is that if we can cause destruction in this building process! Too often there is building up and tearing down going on within the church at the same time.
All Christians, no matter how long they’ve been Christians still have room to grow. Our desire for spiritual things is directly linked to our spiritual growth.
God’s Building Project
Jesus was chosen by God to be the corner stone of this building project. Jesus was rejected by men, the religious leaders, and many other people in Jesus time and throughout history have rejected Him. This is a terrible mistake John 3:19, men love darkness rather than light.
In verse 7 and 8 we see that there are two outcomes from this encounter with the cornerstone.
In verse 9-10 we are called a chosen generation. We have been called, and we are now the people of God.
In verse 11 Peter is begging his readers as pilgrims, Christians need to remember that they are pilgrims. When we forget that we are not a part of this world we’re going to struggle with all of the things that are part of this world.
How important is your soul to you? Is it more important than your eye or your arm? In Matthew 5 Jesus tells us that if your right eye causes you to sin pluck it out! We should be willing to give up everything for Christ.
When we abstain from the things of the world, we are also leaving a testimony. We are giving them an opportunity to see Christ and the change that he makes in our lives.
What is this day of visitation that Peter is talking about? It could mean the second coming of Christ, or it could be the day that God calls us to Himself.
God doesn’t just call us so that we can go to heaven. He loves us as individuals and wants us to be part of His Kingdom. God also wants you to be part of what He is doing here on earth now.
Four Lessons For Us

* God called you into His spiritual house. His house has things to do.
* A strong spiritual house has to be obsessed with its cornerstone. It needs to be focused and fixated on the cornerstone.
* Each of us should make it a personal goal to love each other fervently with a pure heart.
* We are responsible for our attitudes and affections.

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Our Father - The Lords Prayer - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-father-the-lords-prayer/ Sun, 26 Apr 2020 15:37:36 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3702 https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-father-the-lords-prayer/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-father-the-lords-prayer/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 5 – Looking at the Lord’s prayer there are a ton of things that could be preached about here. Praying this prayer with sincerity requires us to believe that God is who He is says He is and believe in His Kingdom. We also need to agree with and submit to Him. Our Father […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-father-the-lords-prayer/">Our Father – The Lords Prayer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 5 – Looking at the Lord’s prayer there are a ton of things that could be preached about here.

Praying this prayer with sincerity requires us to believe that God is who He is says He is and believe in His Kingdom. We also need to agree with and submit to Him.

Our Father in heaven. Do we realize how much love it took to make it possible for us to be called son and daughters of God? It’s that love that is there for us every day.

If we could get a grip on how much God loves us, how much God loves me, it would really change some things.

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Matthew 5 – Looking at the Lord’s prayer there are a ton of things that could be preached about here. Praying this prayer with sincerity requires us to believe that God is who He is says He is and believe in His Kingdom. Praying this prayer with sincerity requires us to believe that God is who He is says He is and believe in His Kingdom. We also need to agree with and submit to Him.
Our Father in heaven. Do we realize how much love it took to make it possible for us to be called son and daughters of God? It’s that love that is there for us every day.
If we could get a grip on how much God loves us, how much God loves me, it would really change some things.
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What God Says About Humility - Ricky Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-god-says-about-humility/ Sun, 19 Apr 2020 14:34:14 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3699 https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-god-says-about-humility/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-god-says-about-humility/feed/ 0 <p>Humility Shares Philippians 2:1-4 – One thing that Paul wanted to see the Philippian church grow in was in their unselfishness and their care for each other. The message here for us is to look out for the good of others, even though it will be difficult. We’ve all been given good things, testimony about […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-god-says-about-humility/">What God Says About Humility</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Humility Shares

Philippians 2:1-4 – One thing that Paul wanted to see the Philippian church grow in was in their unselfishness and their care for each other. The message here for us is to look out for the good of others, even though it will be difficult.

We’ve all been given good things, testimony about what God is doing for us, money, skills, etc. Share the things that God has given you.

Humility Sacrifices

Philippians 2:5-11 – When a honey bee stings someone it is giving its life to protect the hive. In these verses we have a much better example of sacrifice than even honey bees, Jesus.

Jesus went from being King to being a servant. After all of that He humbled himself further and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.

1 John 3:16-18 – How far are we willing to go in our obedience to God. How much are we willing to sacrifice for the good of our brothers and sisters in Christ?

Hebrews 12:2-3 – Sacrifice is not the end, there is a reward. Because Jesus humbled Himself God gave Him the highest place. God will get the praise and honor that He deserves. Colossians 3:1-4 – We are promised a reward with Jesus as well.

What is it that keeps us from being humble? What makes it hard to consider others better than ourselves?

  • It’s just not fair.
  • The other person doesn’t deserve this.
  • I’m being taken advantage of.
  • They hurt me and I can’t submit to them.

A lot of these arguments focus on the unworthiness of the other person for me to be able to love them and submit to them. They also focus on my rights and what I deserve.

We are so unworthy… and yet Jesus died for us.

Humility Shines

Philippians 2:12-18 – The good that comes out of our lives is the direct result of God working in and through us. The very desire to do God’s will is a gift from God.

Perhaps our weak desire to God’s will is the seed that God can take and grow into a stronger desire to do His will. It is only through relying on God that we can grow.

Honey bees sit at the entrance of the hive and fan vigorously to help ventilate the hive. The bees that are trying to keep the hive cool get “crash landed on” by worker bees coming in with pollen. Despite being landed on they get back up and keep on working.

When things happen that would normally cause a person to blow a fuse, humility keeps the person the ability to keep focus on the task at hand and to not blow a fuse.

Just as stars declare the glory of God, so can we. The evil and darkness around us only amplifies the light that God can shine through us.

Paul says that even if his life was poured out as an offering with no affect, he would rejoice.

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Humility Shares Philippians 2:1-4 – One thing that Paul wanted to see the Philippian church grow in was in their unselfishness and their care for each other. The message here for us is to look out for the good of others, Philippians 2:1-4 – One thing that Paul wanted to see the Philippian church grow in was in their unselfishness and their care for each other. The message here for us is to look out for the good of others, even though it will be difficult.
We’ve all been given good things, testimony about what God is doing for us, money, skills, etc. Share the things that God has given you.
Humility Sacrifices
Philippians 2:5-11 – When a honey bee stings someone it is giving its life to protect the hive. In these verses we have a much better example of sacrifice than even honey bees, Jesus.
Jesus went from being King to being a servant. After all of that He humbled himself further and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.
1 John 3:16-18 – How far are we willing to go in our obedience to God. How much are we willing to sacrifice for the good of our brothers and sisters in Christ?
Hebrews 12:2-3 – Sacrifice is not the end, there is a reward. Because Jesus humbled Himself God gave Him the highest place. God will get the praise and honor that He deserves. Colossians 3:1-4 – We are promised a reward with Jesus as well.
What is it that keeps us from being humble? What makes it hard to consider others better than ourselves?

* It’s just not fair.
* The other person doesn’t deserve this.
* I’m being taken advantage of.
* They hurt me and I can’t submit to them.

A lot of these arguments focus on the unworthiness of the other person for me to be able to love them and submit to them. They also focus on my rights and what I deserve.
We are so unworthy… and yet Jesus died for us.
Humility Shines
Philippians 2:12-18 – The good that comes out of our lives is the direct result of God working in and through us. The very desire to do God’s will is a gift from God.
Perhaps our weak desire to God’s will is the seed that God can take and grow into a stronger desire to do His will. It is only through relying on God that we can grow.
Honey bees sit at the entrance of the hive and fan vigorously to help ventilate the hive. The bees that are trying to keep the hive cool get “crash landed on” by worker bees coming in with pollen. Despite being landed on they get back up and keep on working.
When things happen that would normally cause a person to blow a fuse, humility keeps the person the ability to keep focus on the task at hand and to not blow a fuse.
Just as stars declare the glory of God, so can we. The evil and darkness around us only amplifies the light that God can shine through us.
Paul says that even if his life was poured out as an offering with no affect, he would rejoice.
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The Good News of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-good-news-of-the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/ Sun, 12 Apr 2020 14:34:44 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3695 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-good-news-of-the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-good-news-of-the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we’ll begin with a brief summary of the resurrection story. The disciples were so sure that Jesus was the Messiah. They had followed Jesus, they saw the lame walk, the blind have their sight restored, they saw Jesus living a perfect and holy life. Peter said emphatically, “You are the Christ, the Son […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-good-news-of-the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/">The Good News of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This morning we’ll begin with a brief summary of the resurrection story.

The disciples were so sure that Jesus was the Messiah. They had followed Jesus, they saw the lame walk, the blind have their sight restored, they saw Jesus living a perfect and holy life. Peter said emphatically, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

The women going to the tomb met a young man in a white robe. “Don’t be afraid… Jesus has risen!” This was the beginning of the first Easter celebration.

The joy that comes when we become a follow of Jesus can cool over time. The churches in Revelation experienced this some. When we stay in a mode of surrender to Christ we can continue to have that joy!

Romans 1:4 – The resurrection is more than just about joy. It is about the power of God and His sovereignty over death. Jesus resurrection is a great turning of the tide, a powerful deliverance for the blood washed saint.

Ephesians 2:1, Romans 6:3-10, 1 Corinthians 15:14-18, Romans 4:22-25 – The victory of Easter. We know the resurrection is so essential to our salvation.

Romans 5:10 – God’s purpose wasn’t just to forgive our sins and then leave us floundering unable to live a Christian life.

1 John 2:1, Hebrews 7:25 – What promises! Jesus is alive and is at the right hand of the Father interceding for each of His children.

1 John 5:11 – God has given us life, life in the Son. This life comes from a risen savior!

The resurrection offers us hope. Hope here and now. Hope for the future.

John 14 – Jesus told His disciples that He would be killed… and that He would be raised the third day. This is a comfort for us, life doesn’t end at the grave!

Revelation 19:11-16 – The world is still under the sway of the evil one, but the first Easter morning was the beginning of the end for the devil and for sin.

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This morning we’ll begin with a brief summary of the resurrection story. The disciples were so sure that Jesus was the Messiah. They had followed Jesus, they saw the lame walk, the blind have their sight restored, The disciples were so sure that Jesus was the Messiah. They had followed Jesus, they saw the lame walk, the blind have their sight restored, they saw Jesus living a perfect and holy life. Peter said emphatically, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
The women going to the tomb met a young man in a white robe. “Don’t be afraid… Jesus has risen!” This was the beginning of the first Easter celebration.
The joy that comes when we become a follow of Jesus can cool over time. The churches in Revelation experienced this some. When we stay in a mode of surrender to Christ we can continue to have that joy!
Romans 1:4 – The resurrection is more than just about joy. It is about the power of God and His sovereignty over death. Jesus resurrection is a great turning of the tide, a powerful deliverance for the blood washed saint.
Ephesians 2:1, Romans 6:3-10, 1 Corinthians 15:14-18, Romans 4:22-25 – The victory of Easter. We know the resurrection is so essential to our salvation.
Romans 5:10 – God’s purpose wasn’t just to forgive our sins and then leave us floundering unable to live a Christian life.
1 John 2:1, Hebrews 7:25 – What promises! Jesus is alive and is at the right hand of the Father interceding for each of His children.
1 John 5:11 – God has given us life, life in the Son. This life comes from a risen savior!
The resurrection offers us hope. Hope here and now. Hope for the future.
John 14 – Jesus told His disciples that He would be killed… and that He would be raised the third day. This is a comfort for us, life doesn’t end at the grave!
Revelation 19:11-16 – The world is still under the sway of the evil one, but the first Easter morning was the beginning of the end for the devil and for sin.
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9 Little Lessons for Christians from 1 Peter - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/9-little-lessons-for-christians-from-1-peter/ Sun, 05 Apr 2020 13:56:11 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3692 https://www.bmcgladys.com/9-little-lessons-for-christians-from-1-peter/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/9-little-lessons-for-christians-from-1-peter/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 1:1-21 – The pilgrims we usually think about when we think of the word “pilgrim” journeyed across the ocean right at 400 years ago. They were on a journey, far from home. Peter says that we are pilgrims. We are on a journey, our home is in heaven, not here on earth. Peter […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/9-little-lessons-for-christians-from-1-peter/">9 Little Lessons for Christians from 1 Peter</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Peter 1:1-21 – The pilgrims we usually think about when we think of the word “pilgrim” journeyed across the ocean right at 400 years ago. They were on a journey, far from home.

Peter says that we are pilgrims. We are on a journey, our home is in heaven, not here on earth.

Peter says that we have something wonderful to look forward to as Christians, a special reward that belongs to us that we haven’t received yet. It is reserved in heaven for you. We didn’t receive this because of something we did, it is based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Our eternal life won’t wear out, it is undefiled and incorruptible. In a world full of defilement it remains undefiled. We don’t have our reward yet, but it is safe.

God’s power is working on our behalf, shielding us. We are kept through the power of God, through faith. While we have faith we will be kept by the power of God.

In this world one of the most valuable things you can have, from a worldly perspective, is gold. If you believe and trust Jesus your faith is more valuable than gold! It is precious to God and to us.

Our trials aren’t fun, they are painful, but Peter reminds us that they are only “for a little while.” There are some positives from our trials, it proves our faith and makes our faith stronger. Our trials will result in praise, honor, and glory when we finally arrive home. God gets the praise, honor, and glory… not us, it is our goal to bring honor and glory to God.

Salvation didn’t happen by accident, it was planned a long time ago. Being able to look back at the writing of the prophets and seeing that those things were written about Jesus is a blessing to us. Those prophets were being faithful, and they have blessed us.

Considering all that we have going for us as pilgrims, we need to be mentally alert. We need to be thinking about what God expects and wants, what is right. Does this please God? Does this not please God? Is this helping my faith?

Be hopeful, be obedient, be holy, be fearful, you have received something precious in the blood of Christ.

9 Little Lessons for Christians from 1 Peter 1

  1. Christians are pilgrims.
  2. Christians have a living hope.
  3. Christians have a stunning inheritance.
  4. Christians are kept by the power of God.
  5. Trials can protect our faith and affect future reward.
  6. Christians should be joyful during trials.
  7. Christians need to be mentally alert and sober.
  8. God calls His children to resemble Him in holiness.
  9. Christians should think soberly about the future judgement.

We are pilgrims on a journey. We have so much going for us, therefore let us be faithful in how we live each day.

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1 Peter 1:1-21 – The pilgrims we usually think about when we think of the word “pilgrim” journeyed across the ocean right at 400 years ago. They were on a journey, far from home. Peter says that we are pilgrims. We are on a journey, Peter says that we are pilgrims. We are on a journey, our home is in heaven, not here on earth.
Peter says that we have something wonderful to look forward to as Christians, a special reward that belongs to us that we haven’t received yet. It is reserved in heaven for you. We didn’t receive this because of something we did, it is based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Our eternal life won’t wear out, it is undefiled and incorruptible. In a world full of defilement it remains undefiled. We don’t have our reward yet, but it is safe.
God’s power is working on our behalf, shielding us. We are kept through the power of God, through faith. While we have faith we will be kept by the power of God.
In this world one of the most valuable things you can have, from a worldly perspective, is gold. If you believe and trust Jesus your faith is more valuable than gold! It is precious to God and to us.
Our trials aren’t fun, they are painful, but Peter reminds us that they are only “for a little while.” There are some positives from our trials, it proves our faith and makes our faith stronger. Our trials will result in praise, honor, and glory when we finally arrive home. God gets the praise, honor, and glory… not us, it is our goal to bring honor and glory to God.
Salvation didn’t happen by accident, it was planned a long time ago. Being able to look back at the writing of the prophets and seeing that those things were written about Jesus is a blessing to us. Those prophets were being faithful, and they have blessed us.
Considering all that we have going for us as pilgrims, we need to be mentally alert. We need to be thinking about what God expects and wants, what is right. Does this please God? Does this not please God? Is this helping my faith?
Be hopeful, be obedient, be holy, be fearful, you have received something precious in the blood of Christ.
9 Little Lessons for Christians from 1 Peter 1

* Christians are pilgrims.
* Christians have a living hope.
* Christians have a stunning inheritance.
* Christians are kept by the power of God.
* Trials can protect our faith and affect future reward.
* Christians should be joyful during trials.
* Christians need to be mentally alert and sober.
* God calls His children to resemble Him in holiness.
* Christians should think soberly about the future judgement.

We are pilgrims on a journey. We have so much going for us, therefore let us be faithful in how we live each day.
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Answering God's Call - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/answering-gods-call/ Sun, 29 Mar 2020 13:33:33 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3689 https://www.bmcgladys.com/answering-gods-call/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/answering-gods-call/feed/ 0 <p>Philippians 3:12-14, Acts 9:15-16 – When Paul was called it was with a bright light and a loud voice. That isn’t usually how it works for us today. Clearly God’s call of Paul was away from his old life to a new and very different one. Ephesians 4:1 – God’s call to us today is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/answering-gods-call/">Answering God’s Call</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Philippians 3:12-14, Acts 9:15-16 – When Paul was called it was with a bright light and a loud voice. That isn’t usually how it works for us today. Clearly God’s call of Paul was away from his old life to a new and very different one.

Ephesians 4:1 – God’s call to us today is the same for us. Away from this world and sin, towards something very different. As we heed the call of Jesus our lives will be more difficult, but we will find more fulfillment.

Let’s look at three different calls and responses of God in scripture.

The “I’m Not Interested” Response

Exodus 3 – Moses at the burning bush. Moses asks God to identify Himself. God revealed Himself and His name to Moses. Moses was afraid, afraid of the people. He was afraid too of the power of God’s message and the weakness of Moses himself.

Exodus 4 – In his fear Moses has some excuses. Moses is being at least somewhat honest here. He doesn’t think he’s able to say and do the things that God is asking him to.

God answers and says that He made mans tongue and He will speak through him. God eventually says that He will send Aaron with him.

Moses doesn’t want any part of God’s call on his future. He thinks God has the wrong number. He tells God to “call someone else.”

Some of us get to this point too. We argue with ourselves about what our capability is, or what someone else’s capability is.

The “You’ve Got the Wrong Number” Response

Jeremiah 1:4-10 – Jeremiah feels very realistic to us. He expresses uncertainty with regards to his abilities. He expresses a general fear of the call God is giving him.

God knew Jeremiah, He planned for him from his birth. Jeremiah was the perfect person for this part. He was to bear a message to a people who didn’t want to hear the message.

God will make sure the person He calls is able to do the thing He is calling them to.

God’s call to us is often to reach around us. The call might not be for us specifically, but instead for the people around us… through us.

There is a tendency for us to think that God has the wrong number when He calls us. God doesn’t make a mistake, He doesn’t call wrong numbers. He knows us, He knows our weaknesses, He knows our abilities.

The “Is This Even My Phone?” Response

Esther 4 – This is the heart of the book of Esther. Her people were set to be massacred, and Mordecai tells her that even though she is the queen she is in danger. He also says that “perhaps God has made you queen for such a time as this.”

Esther asked her people to pray, and she went into the King.

Often we find ourselves in as situation we didn’t ask to be in. We didn’t choose to be here. We are in a specific time and place and situation. We see before ourselves a difficult task and we wonder whether we have any special abilities at all.

We often question ourselves, and whether we are up to the task, and whether there is really a purpose behind our being here.

This is where we are this morning. We are facing a situation where there are a lot of people who are afraid. Let us ask ourselves, “why did God put me here, and what does God want me to do?”

Some Observations About all of These Things

Ephesians 4:1 – God wants us to serve Him with our lives. God always calls us from something to something else. From a life of sin to a life of holiness.

We are servants of Christ. We bear his name and we should never do anything that would bring dishonor to the name of Jesus.

God’s call is often unexpected, and maybe unwanted. We may feel that God has made a mistake, that our abilities don’t line up with His calling.

1 Corinthians 1 – Gideon had a big army and God helped him shrink his army, and then asked him to go into battle with trumpets and clay pots. The point of God’s call is to bring glory to Himself. If the end result of God’s call is that we receive some glory, or feel proud of ourselves… we’ve missed the point. The glory belongs to God.

Jeremiah 31:33-34 – We all receive a call from God. Our callings our different, our callings are important. Our goal isn’t to say that people called to the ministry are the only ones who have a call from God.

John 21:19 – God’s call is general. Everyone is called to follow Jesus. We follow Jesus even when we don’t know where exactly that’ll lead. Following Jesus is both simple and hard, it means giving up everything to walk in His footsteps.

Matthew 28 – The great commission is for all Christians, not for just some people. Go calls us to put on all the fruits of the Spirit, not just the ones that fit us best.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 – God’s call is also specific. He has called us to a specific location, with specific friends, with specific neighbors, etc. He has prepared us, how do we use those things to bless those around us? Our “job” is to do the things set before us to the very best of our ability.

God has a place for me. God has a place for you.

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Philippians 3:12-14, Acts 9:15-16 – When Paul was called it was with a bright light and a loud voice. That isn’t usually how it works for us today. Clearly God’s call of Paul was away from his old life to a new and very different one. Ephesians 4:1 – God’s call to us today is the same for us. Away from this world and sin, towards something very different. As we heed the call of Jesus our lives will be more difficult, but we will find more fulfillment.
Let’s look at three different calls and responses of God in scripture.
The “I’m Not Interested” Response
Exodus 3 – Moses at the burning bush. Moses asks God to identify Himself. God revealed Himself and His name to Moses. Moses was afraid, afraid of the people. He was afraid too of the power of God’s message and the weakness of Moses himself.
Exodus 4 – In his fear Moses has some excuses. Moses is being at least somewhat honest here. He doesn’t think he’s able to say and do the things that God is asking him to.
God answers and says that He made mans tongue and He will speak through him. God eventually says that He will send Aaron with him.
Moses doesn’t want any part of God’s call on his future. He thinks God has the wrong number. He tells God to “call someone else.”
Some of us get to this point too. We argue with ourselves about what our capability is, or what someone else’s capability is.
The “You’ve Got the Wrong Number” Response
Jeremiah 1:4-10 – Jeremiah feels very realistic to us. He expresses uncertainty with regards to his abilities. He expresses a general fear of the call God is giving him.
God knew Jeremiah, He planned for him from his birth. Jeremiah was the perfect person for this part. He was to bear a message to a people who didn’t want to hear the message.
God will make sure the person He calls is able to do the thing He is calling them to.
God’s call to us is often to reach around us. The call might not be for us specifically, but instead for the people around us… through us.
There is a tendency for us to think that God has the wrong number when He calls us. God doesn’t make a mistake, He doesn’t call wrong numbers. He knows us, He knows our weaknesses, He knows our abilities.
The “Is This Even My Phone?” Response
Esther 4 – This is the heart of the book of Esther. Her people were set to be massacred, and Mordecai tells her that even though she is the queen she is in danger. He also says that “perhaps God has made you queen for such a time as this.”
Esther asked her people to pray, and she went into the King.
Often we find ourselves in as situation we didn’t ask to be in. We didn’t choose to be here. We are in a specific time and place and situation. We see before ourselves a difficult task and we wonder whether we have any special abilities at all.
We often question ourselves, and whether we are up to the task, and whether there is really a purpose behind our being here.
This is where we are this morning. We are facing a situation where there are a lot of people who are afraid. Let us ask ourselves, “why did God put me here, and what does God want me to do?”
Some Observations About all of These Things
Ephesians 4:1 – God wants us to serve Him with our lives. God always calls us from something to something else. From a life of sin to a life of holiness.
We are servants of Christ. We bear his name and we should never do anything that would bring dishonor to the name of Jesus.
God’s call is often unexpected, and maybe unwanted. We may feel that God has made a mistake, that our abilities don’t line up with His calling.
1 Corinthians 1 – Gideon had a big army and God helped h...]]>
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The Elder Son - Duane Nisly https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-elder-son/ Wed, 18 Mar 2020 23:41:16 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3634 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-elder-son/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-elder-son/feed/ 0 <p>We can have such a wonderful opportunity to come to the Father. Jesus taught us about the good shepherd who knows his sheep, and the sheep know his voice. God wants that for each of us. What does God want to do with His people during this time? Is there something that we need to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-elder-son/">The Elder Son</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We can have such a wonderful opportunity to come to the Father. Jesus taught us about the good shepherd who knows his sheep, and the sheep know his voice. God wants that for each of us.

What does God want to do with His people during this time? Is there something that we need to be listening for?

Tonight we’re going to look at “the rest of the story.” Often times this part of the story may get over looked.

Luke 15:22-32 – Through everything we see the fathers response. He is the same father who was waiting and watching for his “other son.” It is with the same heart that he entreats his older son.

In verse 27 we have the servants perspective of what had happened. Thy brother has come home! Your father has killed the fatted calf because he has received him safe and sound!

The father was not partial with his sons. His heart was for his older son as well as it was for his younger son. When he saw that his older son didn’t come in, he went out to him. He made the effort to meet him where he was.

The father had found his son. He had “come back from the dead.” The elder son though saw things differently. He saw the celebration as “not right” it was unfair, it was a waste of his fathers goods.

The elder brother couldn’t join in to the feeling of joy at the victory of his brother. He was jealous because his brother had been reconciled to their father.

The elder son was probably the only one that was wretched and miserable. He couldn’t forgive. His father had forgiven, but he couldn’t accept that this young man could be restored. After all that he had done he should be punished, not celebrated.

There are actually 3 sons in this story. Which one of the three are you? Most of us can find ourselves in this story.

  1. A rebellious younger son squandering his life away. Maybe you’re just struggling with the authority that God has placed in your life.
  2. A son who has recognized his need and returns to his father. You want to learn to walk with your father again.
  3. A son who is self justified and has stayed outside. You’ve been obedient, but never recognized. You struggle with anger, life has not dealt with you fairly.

Regardless of where you are, let us again take a look at the father. God is our Father, He is the one that we want to focus on. God is still there offering to us whatever we need, He is waiting, longing, looking, and offering us His hand.

The father in this story offered grace and love to both of his sons. One accepted it, the other rejected it. The father went out to receive both of his sons, one accepted, the other rejected.

Pride would not allow the older son to go inside. He could have experienced the same joy, from a different perspective, but he was offered he same thing that his younger brother was.

Seek to hallow the name of God. Watch for opportunities to do that!

Jesus came to set us free, to release us from any chain that is holding us. Jesus would like to address anything that is holding us from being free, he wants to break those chains! He came to mend the broken reed, not to break it off.

God wants to take your broken pieces and put them back together into a vessel that is beautiful, a vessel that is useful. God is asking you to trust Him, to surrender, to give our all to Him.

Perhaps God is asking you to be an instrument in the healing of another hurting person. God uses us as instruments to work in the healing process of others. Be open to that, if God is calling you to minister to your brother or sister…

Seek after Christ. Seek after truth. Jesus told us that if we seek Him first, that is the most important thing that we can do. In everything that we do we need to be seeking God.

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We can have such a wonderful opportunity to come to the Father. Jesus taught us about the good shepherd who knows his sheep, and the sheep know his voice. God wants that for each of us. What does God want to do with His people during this time? What does God want to do with His people during this time? Is there something that we need to be listening for?
Tonight we’re going to look at “the rest of the story.” Often times this part of the story may get over looked.
Luke 15:22-32 – Through everything we see the fathers response. He is the same father who was waiting and watching for his “other son.” It is with the same heart that he entreats his older son.
In verse 27 we have the servants perspective of what had happened. Thy brother has come home! Your father has killed the fatted calf because he has received him safe and sound!
The father was not partial with his sons. His heart was for his older son as well as it was for his younger son. When he saw that his older son didn’t come in, he went out to him. He made the effort to meet him where he was.
The father had found his son. He had “come back from the dead.” The elder son though saw things differently. He saw the celebration as “not right” it was unfair, it was a waste of his fathers goods.
The elder brother couldn’t join in to the feeling of joy at the victory of his brother. He was jealous because his brother had been reconciled to their father.
The elder son was probably the only one that was wretched and miserable. He couldn’t forgive. His father had forgiven, but he couldn’t accept that this young man could be restored. After all that he had done he should be punished, not celebrated.
There are actually 3 sons in this story. Which one of the three are you? Most of us can find ourselves in this story.

* A rebellious younger son squandering his life away. Maybe you’re just struggling with the authority that God has placed in your life.
* A son who has recognized his need and returns to his father. You want to learn to walk with your father again.
* A son who is self justified and has stayed outside. You’ve been obedient, but never recognized. You struggle with anger, life has not dealt with you fairly.

Regardless of where you are, let us again take a look at the father. God is our Father, He is the one that we want to focus on. God is still there offering to us whatever we need, He is waiting, longing, looking, and offering us His hand.
The father in this story offered grace and love to both of his sons. One accepted it, the other rejected it. The father went out to receive both of his sons, one accepted, the other rejected.
Pride would not allow the older son to go inside. He could have experienced the same joy, from a different perspective, but he was offered he same thing that his younger brother was.
Seek to hallow the name of God. Watch for opportunities to do that!
Jesus came to set us free, to release us from any chain that is holding us. Jesus would like to address anything that is holding us from being free, he wants to break those chains! He came to mend the broken reed, not to break it off.
God wants to take your broken pieces and put them back together into a vessel that is beautiful, a vessel that is useful. God is asking you to trust Him, to surrender, to give our all to Him.
Perhaps God is asking you to be an instrument in the healing of another hurting person. God uses us as instruments to work in the healing process of others. Be open to that, if God is calling you to minister to your brother or sister…
Seek after Christ. Seek after truth. Jesus told us that if we seek Him first, that is the most important thing that we can do. In everything that we do we need to be seeking God.
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The Long Road Home - Duane Nisly https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-long-road-home/ Tue, 17 Mar 2020 23:39:54 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3632 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-long-road-home/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-long-road-home/feed/ 0 <p>Luke 15:20-24 – We are continuing with this story of the prodigal son. How far away from home was this young man? We don’t know for sure, we are told that he went to a far country. Do you suppose that his steps got a bit slower as he got nearer home? We don’t know. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-long-road-home/">The Long Road Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 15:20-24 – We are continuing with this story of the prodigal son. How far away from home was this young man? We don’t know for sure, we are told that he went to a far country.

Do you suppose that his steps got a bit slower as he got nearer home? We don’t know.

Often times when we make the decision to arise and go God will give us the grace we need to go on.

The father was at home waiting, every day, for likely a long time. The father was waiting even on the day when the son came home. He wasn’t so shocked when he saw his son coming, he was expecting him!

He ran to him.

We see here tremendous love. This thing of running to meet his son was completely out of the ordinary for the Jewish culture. He could have disowned his son forever. What his son had done made him worthy of disownment. We are in the same condition as the son.

One of Jesus main reasons for sharing this story is to give us a picture of how the fathers heart is towards us. Even with the second son his heart of love and care never changed.

The father is good. That is his heart. God will not despise and refuse the broken and contrite heart. God is just waiting for that heart to come to him. He’s waiting to forgive and accept him.

Isaiah 57:15 – We can never come to the standard of our father in heaven. But there is a message for fathers in the story of the prodigal son. We aren’t perfect and we often make mistakes, we have limited wisdom, and sometimes our love isn’t pure.

This father in the story never gave up. And when his son returned he forgave. He could have had quite a list of restrictions or changes that needed to occur, when his son came home…

Forgiveness was complete and there was completely restoration. The son didn’t know exactly how his father would respond, but he knew his father well enough to know that he loved him and that he would love, receive, and deal fairly with him.

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Luke 15:20-24 – We are continuing with this story of the prodigal son. How far away from home was this young man? We don’t know for sure, we are told that he went to a far country. Do you suppose that his steps got a bit slower as he got nearer home? Do you suppose that his steps got a bit slower as he got nearer home? We don’t know.
Often times when we make the decision to arise and go God will give us the grace we need to go on.
The father was at home waiting, every day, for likely a long time. The father was waiting even on the day when the son came home. He wasn’t so shocked when he saw his son coming, he was expecting him!
He ran to him.
We see here tremendous love. This thing of running to meet his son was completely out of the ordinary for the Jewish culture. He could have disowned his son forever. What his son had done made him worthy of disownment. We are in the same condition as the son.
One of Jesus main reasons for sharing this story is to give us a picture of how the fathers heart is towards us. Even with the second son his heart of love and care never changed.
The father is good. That is his heart. God will not despise and refuse the broken and contrite heart. God is just waiting for that heart to come to him. He’s waiting to forgive and accept him.
Isaiah 57:15 – We can never come to the standard of our father in heaven. But there is a message for fathers in the story of the prodigal son. We aren’t perfect and we often make mistakes, we have limited wisdom, and sometimes our love isn’t pure.
This father in the story never gave up. And when his son returned he forgave. He could have had quite a list of restrictions or changes that needed to occur, when his son came home…
Forgiveness was complete and there was completely restoration. The son didn’t know exactly how his father would respond, but he knew his father well enough to know that he loved him and that he would love, receive, and deal fairly with him.
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The Road of Repentance - Duane Nisly https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-road-of-repentance/ Mon, 16 Mar 2020 23:38:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3630 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-road-of-repentance/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-road-of-repentance/feed/ 0 <p>We are servants of the Lord Who is in control of all of this. We don’t have to be troubled and perplexed. Luke 21:25-26, 1 Peter 5:7-11 – Let us not let the things around us in the world shake us too much. Let us instead cast all of our anxiety on the Father! Last […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-road-of-repentance/">The Road of Repentance</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We are servants of the Lord Who is in control of all of this. We don’t have to be troubled and perplexed.

Luke 21:25-26, 1 Peter 5:7-11 – Let us not let the things around us in the world shake us too much. Let us instead cast all of our anxiety on the Father!

Last evening we were talking about the prodigal son and the decision he made to leave hone and go to a far country. Where he became poor and destitute, not know where his next mouthful of food was going to come from.

Luke 15 – Christ, tonight, offers us the way back home. Our hearts need to be continually repentant, they need to continually turn toward God. Repentance needs to turn us back towards Him.

These elements of repentance are things that we all need to live.

This young man was living in a deception that “this is life, I’ve made it.” What a lie! What a deception! This is a trick that Satan loves to use, but it is an awful trap.

This young mans life got so desperate that he finally got a job with a pig farmer. For a Jew this is the last thing that you would do. He got so hungry that he wanted to eat the food that he was feeding to these pigs.

There is a tendency for us to forget to rely on our God when things are going well. When we are faced with desperation or crisis we often are reminded of our incredible need for God!

The Bible tells us that this young man “came out of his insanity.” Satan has a way of blinding our lives and we loose the picture and do crazy things, make crazy choices, and don’t think intelligently.

Many people are being led by this “madness” of heart. Rejecting God is the most foolish thing that we can do.

The beauty of our story is that there was a turn around. There was repentance, this is what repentance is all about. Realizing the insanity of the situation we are in and being able to see clearly.

Not only did he wake up to the condition that he was in, but this young man decided “I will arise.” He had to take a first step. He was ready to get up and do something about the condition he was in. He had to make that decision, no one could make it for him.

His decision was to go back to the place that he had separated himself, the place where the poor decision was originally made. He could have decided to get up and go somewhere else… maybe things would be better “over there.” This young man knew where he needed to go.

Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where things aren’t right. It could be a relationship that has gone south, there might be reasons for that, but how are we going to reconstruct and fix up that relationship? We have to go back to the thing that divided us and deal with that.

The road to return is often the exact same road that led us into the messes that we find ourself in. This young man had to restore the relationship with his father. There was nowhere else that he could find restoration.

“I will say unto him…” This adds resolution to the decision that he had made. He even rehearsed what he was going to say. We want to be careful what we say, we can repent and still try to justify what we’ve done. Repentance needs to be complete and total responsibility for the actions that we have taken.

This pig pen conversion was a real one! What he has to say to his father shows us how serious he was about the decision he was making. He wasn’t looking for a 50/50 arrangement. It tells of his willingness to do whatever it took to get back next to his father!

“I have sinned against heave, and I have sinned agains you!” He recognized that this was not just a mistake it was sin. True repentance demands that we recognize that we have sinned.

“I have sinned” is a mark of true repentance. It isn’t easy for us to say that we have sinned.

Psalm 51 – David after he had sinned so awfully recognized that his sin was against God. He had hurt some people terribly. Repentance admits and accepts that we’ve hurt God’s name and we’ve hurt people.

“Make me as one of your hired servants…” His humility is impressive. True repentance shows true humility. This young man recognized that he no longer deserved what he had had before. He recognized something of his fathers love. He wanted to be close to his father again.

What does this mean for us today? This picture of repentance is beautiful and heartwarming. It gives us a great picture of what true repentance really looks like.

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We are servants of the Lord Who is in control of all of this. We don’t have to be troubled and perplexed. Luke 21:25-26, 1 Peter 5:7-11 – Let us not let the things around us in the world shake us too much. Let us instead cast all of our anxiety on the ... Luke 21:25-26, 1 Peter 5:7-11 – Let us not let the things around us in the world shake us too much. Let us instead cast all of our anxiety on the Father!
Last evening we were talking about the prodigal son and the decision he made to leave hone and go to a far country. Where he became poor and destitute, not know where his next mouthful of food was going to come from.
Luke 15 – Christ, tonight, offers us the way back home. Our hearts need to be continually repentant, they need to continually turn toward God. Repentance needs to turn us back towards Him.
These elements of repentance are things that we all need to live.
This young man was living in a deception that “this is life, I’ve made it.” What a lie! What a deception! This is a trick that Satan loves to use, but it is an awful trap.
This young mans life got so desperate that he finally got a job with a pig farmer. For a Jew this is the last thing that you would do. He got so hungry that he wanted to eat the food that he was feeding to these pigs.
There is a tendency for us to forget to rely on our God when things are going well. When we are faced with desperation or crisis we often are reminded of our incredible need for God!
The Bible tells us that this young man “came out of his insanity.” Satan has a way of blinding our lives and we loose the picture and do crazy things, make crazy choices, and don’t think intelligently.
Many people are being led by this “madness” of heart. Rejecting God is the most foolish thing that we can do.
The beauty of our story is that there was a turn around. There was repentance, this is what repentance is all about. Realizing the insanity of the situation we are in and being able to see clearly.
Not only did he wake up to the condition that he was in, but this young man decided “I will arise.” He had to take a first step. He was ready to get up and do something about the condition he was in. He had to make that decision, no one could make it for him.
His decision was to go back to the place that he had separated himself, the place where the poor decision was originally made. He could have decided to get up and go somewhere else… maybe things would be better “over there.” This young man knew where he needed to go.
Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where things aren’t right. It could be a relationship that has gone south, there might be reasons for that, but how are we going to reconstruct and fix up that relationship? We have to go back to the thing that divided us and deal with that.
The road to return is often the exact same road that led us into the messes that we find ourself in. This young man had to restore the relationship with his father. There was nowhere else that he could find restoration.
“I will say unto him…” This adds resolution to the decision that he had made. He even rehearsed what he was going to say. We want to be careful what we say, we can repent and still try to justify what we’ve done. Repentance needs to be complete and total responsibility for the actions that we have taken.
This pig pen conversion was a real one! What he has to say to his father shows us how serious he was about the decision he was making. He wasn’t looking for a 50/50 arrangement. It tells of his willingness to do whatever it took to get back next to his father!
“I have sinned against heave, and I have sinned agains you!” He recognized that this was not just a mistake it was sin. True repentance demands that we recognize that we have sinned.
“I have sinned” is a mark of true repentance. It isn’t easy for us to say that we have sinned.
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Sin And How It Separates Us From God - Duane Nisly https://www.bmcgladys.com/sin-and-how-it-separates-us-from-god/ Sun, 15 Mar 2020 23:37:51 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3628 https://www.bmcgladys.com/sin-and-how-it-separates-us-from-god/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/sin-and-how-it-separates-us-from-god/feed/ 0 <p>We are so blessed that God is in control. What would happen if our country would become as concerned about our spiritual needs as we are about the Coronavirus. May God remove from us any spirit of distraction and let us turn our face towards Him to hear what He has for us tonight. May […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/sin-and-how-it-separates-us-from-god/">Sin And How It Separates Us From God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We are so blessed that God is in control. What would happen if our country would become as concerned about our spiritual needs as we are about the Coronavirus.

May God remove from us any spirit of distraction and let us turn our face towards Him to hear what He has for us tonight. May he also take away any spirit of fear we may have in our hearts. Jesus wants to give us a peace that passes all understanding.

Luke 15 – Jesus tells a number of parables in this chapter. He taught these parables in response to the Pharisees who were criticizing Him for eating with and talking with sinners.

First Jesus tells them about the lost sheep. The lost sheep was lost possibly through carelessness or stubbornness. For whatever reason he was separated from the flock. He found himself alone, far from the shepherd and far from the flock. Sheep are not terribly intelligent, and this sheep couldn’t find his way back home. Maybe it was the sheep fault that he was lost, but he definitely needed help to get back.

Next Jesus tells them about the lost coin. Obviously the coin didn’t have anything to do with its getting lost. The coin neither knew that it was lost nor did it care that it was lost, he certainly didn’t have a remedy for his condition.

Thirdly Jesus uses this parable of the lost son. This lost son found himself separated from his father. He was lost because of his own stubbornness and rebellion. He was separated from his father, and had an independent, proud heart. He knew fully what he was doing, perhaps he didn’t know the full consequences of the decision but he knew what he was doing.

In contrast to the other two stories that Jesus used, this young man knew the way back home. He knew that going home meant turning 180 degrees around and going the other direction. A very change of heart.

There is a second son in this story as well, he was lost as well. Perhaps Jesus was talking directly to the Pharisees with this son.

Jesus may have been trying to cover the spectrum of all that were listening when he told this parable (and the others before it). It is likely that Jesus wanted everyone that was listening to Him to be able to associate with them where they were.

Jesus was seemingly not concerned with being “contaminated” by the sinners. The Pharisees really didn’t like this, so they criticized Jesus.

Obviously the Gentiles and sinners that heard Jesus were lost. Many of them probably knew they were lost, some possibly didn’t. Those who were accusing Jesus of associating with these sinners, perhaps they didn’t know that they were in the same boat, just as lost as these sinners and Gentiles they were so afraid of.

In this story, as we’ve mentioned, we have two sons. It seems like Jesus wanted to make a definite point about this thing of two sons. Although Jesus focuses primarily on the first son who rebelled, the other son is definitely an important part of this story.

The prodigal son demands his inheritance. It certainly seems brazen to us to ask for an inheritance while a parent is still living. The Jews had their way to divide an inheritance. The people knew how this was “supposed” to work. This was not “the normal” or “correct” thing for a son to do, especially not the younger son.

So, what do we see in this young mans heart? First of all there is disrespect, but there was a heart of rebellion, an independent heart. I want what belongs to me. I have a right. Please give me what is mine. Independence. Selfishness. Pride.

And so this son receives what is his, and he separates himself and goes to a far country. It seems that his intent was to put a great distance between him and his father, the authority in his life. Perhaps he thought life would be easier and more doable on his own, away from this authority figure.

He succeeded in putting distance between himself and his father, but he walked directly into a trap of the devil. He was no more free than he was before, Satan had the keys to his life and he was in total bondage. He wasn’t even able to control his spending and activities. They controlled him.

Think again about how this all started in the garden of Eden. What is this thing about sin? Adam and Eve were created to have perfect and total communion with God. They were given everything they could possibly need. The garden was perfect, there was nothing they needed, they were totally dependent on God.

Adam and Eve only had one commandment! Wouldn’t that be neat? Just to have one rule? The ignoring of that one commandment, the only commandment they had, carried with it unimaginable consequences. That disobedience brought death on them and on the rest of us as well.

At that moment death came on Adam and Eve. Their physical bodies would die, in that moment they began to get older and their bodies began to die.

Simple obedience and trust was all that He asked of them. It was in that area that Satan attacked them. Satan has been doing this ever since. Eve doubted what God had said and believed what Satan said. This is what sin is, believing Satan and doubting what God says.

We are born into death. Judgment and condemnation is on all men. By one mans disobedience we were all made sinners.

Romans 7:24 – What am I doing? I can’t even do what I want to do, I don’t have the power.

This is a sad picture where we are leaving this young man. He is so deceived, he is so wrong, he is so blinded. In one way or another we have all had characteristics of this younger son. We’ve all had the characteristics of a sinner. We have been independent, rebellious, separating ourselves from God.

We all need to recognize that we are a sinner and that we need a savior.

It is important for us to understand salvation and God’s grace. It is also important for us to understand our lost condition without God. Without recognition of our sin we cannot be reconciled to God.

There is good news. There is a way back home. The story of the prodigal son shows us that. We can decide if we’re going to continue on away from God or come back to Him.

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We are so blessed that God is in control. What would happen if our country would become as concerned about our spiritual needs as we are about the Coronavirus. May God remove from us any spirit of distraction and let us turn our face towards Him to hea... May God remove from us any spirit of distraction and let us turn our face towards Him to hear what He has for us tonight. May he also take away any spirit of fear we may have in our hearts. Jesus wants to give us a peace that passes all understanding.
Luke 15 – Jesus tells a number of parables in this chapter. He taught these parables in response to the Pharisees who were criticizing Him for eating with and talking with sinners.
First Jesus tells them about the lost sheep. The lost sheep was lost possibly through carelessness or stubbornness. For whatever reason he was separated from the flock. He found himself alone, far from the shepherd and far from the flock. Sheep are not terribly intelligent, and this sheep couldn’t find his way back home. Maybe it was the sheep fault that he was lost, but he definitely needed help to get back.
Next Jesus tells them about the lost coin. Obviously the coin didn’t have anything to do with its getting lost. The coin neither knew that it was lost nor did it care that it was lost, he certainly didn’t have a remedy for his condition.
Thirdly Jesus uses this parable of the lost son. This lost son found himself separated from his father. He was lost because of his own stubbornness and rebellion. He was separated from his father, and had an independent, proud heart. He knew fully what he was doing, perhaps he didn’t know the full consequences of the decision but he knew what he was doing.
In contrast to the other two stories that Jesus used, this young man knew the way back home. He knew that going home meant turning 180 degrees around and going the other direction. A very change of heart.
There is a second son in this story as well, he was lost as well. Perhaps Jesus was talking directly to the Pharisees with this son.
Jesus may have been trying to cover the spectrum of all that were listening when he told this parable (and the others before it). It is likely that Jesus wanted everyone that was listening to Him to be able to associate with them where they were.
Jesus was seemingly not concerned with being “contaminated” by the sinners. The Pharisees really didn’t like this, so they criticized Jesus.
Obviously the Gentiles and sinners that heard Jesus were lost. Many of them probably knew they were lost, some possibly didn’t. Those who were accusing Jesus of associating with these sinners, perhaps they didn’t know that they were in the same boat, just as lost as these sinners and Gentiles they were so afraid of.
In this story, as we’ve mentioned, we have two sons. It seems like Jesus wanted to make a definite point about this thing of two sons. Although Jesus focuses primarily on the first son who rebelled, the other son is definitely an important part of this story.
The prodigal son demands his inheritance. It certainly seems brazen to us to ask for an inheritance while a parent is still living. The Jews had their way to divide an inheritance. The people knew how this was “supposed” to work. This was not “the normal” or “correct” thing for a son to do, especially not the younger son.
So, what do we see in this young mans heart? First of all there is disrespect, but there was a heart of rebellion, an independent heart. I want what belongs to me. I have a right. Please give me what is mine. Independence. Selfishness. Pride.
And so this son receives what is his, and he separates himself and goes to a far country. It seems that his intent was to put a great distance between him and his father, the authority in his life. Perhaps he thought life would be easier and more doable on his own, away from this authority figure.
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The Healer of Broken Hearts - Duane Nisly https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-healer-of-broken-hearts/ Sun, 15 Mar 2020 23:36:17 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3626 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-healer-of-broken-hearts/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-healer-of-broken-hearts/feed/ 0 <p>Kintsugi is repair work that mends the breakage with lacquer and then dusted with a powdering of gold or silver or platinum. A piece of pottery that is repaired properly with Kintsugi is of more value than the original, unbroken piece of pottery. God has a process of repairing and mending that is so beautiful. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-healer-of-broken-hearts/">The Healer of Broken Hearts</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Kintsugi is repair work that mends the breakage with lacquer and then dusted with a powdering of gold or silver or platinum. A piece of pottery that is repaired properly with Kintsugi is of more value than the original, unbroken piece of pottery.

God has a process of repairing and mending that is so beautiful. Jesus can take our shattered pieces and make them beautiful again.

Isaiah 61:1 – “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;”

Luke 4 – Jesus read from the Old Testament scriptures and then told the people he had grown up with that “I am the one who is the fulfillment of this prophecy.”

Jesus came to preach to those who were in need. Those who have broken hearts and are crushed. Jesus will bind up their hearts, He will heal them. Jesus came to preach liberty to the captives, to open the prison doors that hold them back.

Matthew 5 – Jesus is coming for those who mourn. Jesus came to give us comfort, to free us from whatever it is that is binding us.

Why is the Lord going to do all of this? What is His purpose for offering us this tremendous opportunity to be put together again, to be mended. God is offering to us this restoration, this healing, this regeneration this new life… so that the world may know that He is the Lord, that He is God!

The person who has the gift and ability to do the work of art putting together the broken plate is the one who receives the credit and the honor for the work he has done. Jesus is the one who gets the glory when He puts us back together again. He really does want to heal and restore us and make something beautiful out of something ugly.

His heart is moved by those who are suffering. He is moved by our tears, by our suffering, by what hurts us.

There was a lot of doubt amongst the Jews about who Jesus was. He had recently been baptized by John, and the Holy Spirit had descended upon Him. Jesus was telling His home town that He was the Messiah, the fulfillment of these prophecies by Isaiah.

Their anger showed up when they wanted to see a miracle, and Jesus said no… He had to leave Nazareth and flee for His life.

When we think of “healing” or “mending” what does this mean? When Jesus called some of His disciples they were mending their nets. What does it mean to “mend their nets?” The word mending means “completely or restore to its original purpose.” In a very material sense they were used to doing this job of mending things… restoring broken things to be useful again.

The Greek word for mending was not only used for “mending nets” it is also used throughout the New Testament.

Luke 6:40 – Everyone who is perfect shall be like his master. Perfect like his master. This word means “put together again.”

1 Corinthians 1:10 – Perfectly joined together… in the same mind and in the same judgement. In the body of Christ we are to be mended together, joined together perfectly.

2 Corinthians 2:11 – Perfect yourselves… This is an ongoing thing, we are God’s workmanship, we are created in Christ Jesus made to be a beautiful representation of God’s ability to restore broken things.

Galatians 1:6 – You spiritual ones restore… it is your responsibility to put together and mend and restore the broken one, to bring back into fellowship with Christ.

1 Thessalonians 3:10 – Paul says about his responsibility, that he is praying for perfection and mending in their faith. We have a responsibility to each other as well when we see someone hurting. We need to take broken people to the heart of the healer.

1 Peter 5:10 – The God of all grace will perfect, and confirm and strengthen and establish you. God sent Jesus to heal broken hearts and lives. Jesus is showing us the heart of God, His desire and longing for us is that we be healed and receive the mending that He can do.

What is the problem with a broken net, or a broken piece of pottery? If its broken it can’t function, it can’t fulfill its purpose. A broken piece of pottery cannot hold water. A broken net cannot hold fish. These things can be mended and restored and to be useful again… Jesus can do that with our broken hearts and broken lives as well. Because the master is involved in this restoration the end result is better than the original! That is what God wants to do with our lives too.

If your life and heart has been broken. If you’ve been hurt and wounded. If you’ve been betrayed and disappointed… Jesus says “come unto me, I will give you rest, and I will mend your broken heart. I will make those cracks something beautiful. I will make you a lovely piece of my workmanship. This is something only I can do, don’t despair, don’t be discouraged. My heart is to mend hearts, it is what I want to do for you!”

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Kintsugi is repair work that mends the breakage with lacquer and then dusted with a powdering of gold or silver or platinum. A piece of pottery that is repaired properly with Kintsugi is of more value than the original, unbroken piece of pottery. God has a process of repairing and mending that is so beautiful. Jesus can take our shattered pieces and make them beautiful again.
Isaiah 61:1 – “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;”
Luke 4 – Jesus read from the Old Testament scriptures and then told the people he had grown up with that “I am the one who is the fulfillment of this prophecy.”
Jesus came to preach to those who were in need. Those who have broken hearts and are crushed. Jesus will bind up their hearts, He will heal them. Jesus came to preach liberty to the captives, to open the prison doors that hold them back.
Matthew 5 – Jesus is coming for those who mourn. Jesus came to give us comfort, to free us from whatever it is that is binding us.
Why is the Lord going to do all of this? What is His purpose for offering us this tremendous opportunity to be put together again, to be mended. God is offering to us this restoration, this healing, this regeneration this new life… so that the world may know that He is the Lord, that He is God!
The person who has the gift and ability to do the work of art putting together the broken plate is the one who receives the credit and the honor for the work he has done. Jesus is the one who gets the glory when He puts us back together again. He really does want to heal and restore us and make something beautiful out of something ugly.
His heart is moved by those who are suffering. He is moved by our tears, by our suffering, by what hurts us.
There was a lot of doubt amongst the Jews about who Jesus was. He had recently been baptized by John, and the Holy Spirit had descended upon Him. Jesus was telling His home town that He was the Messiah, the fulfillment of these prophecies by Isaiah.
Their anger showed up when they wanted to see a miracle, and Jesus said no… He had to leave Nazareth and flee for His life.
When we think of “healing” or “mending” what does this mean? When Jesus called some of His disciples they were mending their nets. What does it mean to “mend their nets?” The word mending means “completely or restore to its original purpose.” In a very material sense they were used to doing this job of mending things… restoring broken things to be useful again.
The Greek word for mending was not only used for “mending nets” it is also used throughout the New Testament.
Luke 6:40 – Everyone who is perfect shall be like his master. Perfect like his master. This word means “put together again.”
1 Corinthians 1:10 – Perfectly joined together… in the same mind and in the same judgement. In the body of Christ we are to be mended together, joined together perfectly.
2 Corinthians 2:11 – Perfect yourselves… This is an ongoing thing, we are God’s workmanship, we are created in Christ Jesus made to be a beautiful representation of God’s ability to restore broken things.
Galatians 1:6 – You spiritual ones restore… it is your responsibility to put together and mend and restore the broken one, to bring back into fellowship with Christ.
1 Thessalonians 3:10 – Paul says about his responsibility, that he is praying for perfection and mending in their faith. We have a responsibility to each other as well when we see someone hurting. We need to take broken people to the heart of the healer.
1 Peter 5:10 – The God of all grace will perfect, and confirm and strengthen and establish you. God sent Jesus to heal broken hearts and lives.]]>
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Out of the Closet - Duane Nisly https://www.bmcgladys.com/out-of-the-closet/ Sun, 15 Mar 2020 23:34:33 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3624 https://www.bmcgladys.com/out-of-the-closet/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/out-of-the-closet/feed/ 0 <p>Whoever you are, God has a particular and unique journey for you. Your life is not by accident it is ordered and directed by the Lord. A closet is a good place to hide when playing hide and seek, but a closet is not a good place to live. It is tight, and stuffy and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/out-of-the-closet/">Out of the Closet</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Whoever you are, God has a particular and unique journey for you. Your life is not by accident it is ordered and directed by the Lord.

A closet is a good place to hide when playing hide and seek, but a closet is not a good place to live. It is tight, and stuffy and uncomfortable.

Many of us have a compartment of our life that we kind of keep hidden from other people. We have things hidden there that we don’t want anyone to know about and we don’t like to talk about the things in that closet, or even acknowledge that they exist.

Too many of us choose to live, at least part of our lives, in that closet. Closet living is not the way that God intended for us. We should never settle for life in the closet, or for having a closet with a closed door. God has something much better for us. He is inviting us to come out of the closet, to reveal what has been in the closet.

John 10:10 – Satans intent for each of us is to kill and destroy. Jesus came to give us abundant life, not a life to hide in a closet.

Luke 4:18 – Jesus came specifically to free us from closet living. He came to set us to free, to not be bound by those things that we try to keep hidden or carry on our own.

Isaiah 42 – Jesus came to free us from those chains that would bind us. We see here the heart of God, His gentleness and kindness. He sees the hope of life and wholeness in the broken reed. The candle that is barely burning anymore isn’t pinched off, he fans it back into a vibrant flame. He wants to bring new life to the fire that is almost out.

Isaiah 57 – Jesus wants to restore us and give us all that He has for us. Why does He lower himself to abide with the broken spirit? To provide freedom and to nurture it back to a place of abundance and fulfillment.

God’s heart is for the restoration of His fallen creation.

John 14 – Jesus says of Himself that He is the Way, the only way to the Father. God longs to have a relationship with us, to reestablish that which was lost because of our own rebellion and sin and separation from God.

It is through this relationship with Him that we can be rid of having to live with this thing in my life that I can’t talk about and reveal. This thing in my life where I kind of have to live a lie and pretend that everything is ok. The thing that I can’t get rid of.

As a loving Father He wants to take us by the hand and lead us through the valley into truth and light and true life.

Jesus also says that He is the standard of truth. A preacher can teach and preach the truth, but he can’t claim to be the truth. Jesus is the one and only one who can say that He is the Truth.

John 3:19-21 – Jesus brings the truth and the light together. Truth and light are almost synonymous, they walk hand in hand. The one who stays in the closet is afraid of the light and the truth. He wants to keep that covered and in the dark.

John 8:32-36 – He who practices living in the dark lives a lie. Truth and darkness can not cohabitate they don’t mix. Jesus tells us that truth takes us to freedom and light. If Jesus sets us free He promises us freedom. It’s true, complete and total freedom.

Much of what we may be feeling today may be lies. Satan uses lies to control us and to make us think that living in truth and living in the light won’t work. Satan wants us to believe that we are safer in the darkness than we are in the light. We are so far from being safe when we are with the enemy.

Perhaps we feel like there is too much risk in opening the closet and coming into the light. This is a huge lie, there is a much greater risk if we stay in the closet. It is not safe in the closet, but freedom is promised if we step out into the light.

Only in the wings and light of the almighty can we be safe. Perhaps we have things in our lives that we’re hiding because we don’t want people to know, it would be embarrassing. We tell ourselves that at least in the darkness we know what to expect, that just isn’t true!

David tells us that the Lord is our Light and our Salvation. He is our Savior, He is our Healer.

John 8:12 – Jesus is the light of life. Jesus didn’t come to just give ordinary life, but abundant life, life that flows out and touches others as well.

Our tendencies pull us towards darkness and towards hiding. Jesus is inviting us to step into the light, to receive freedom and the inheritance that God is preparing for us.

Why is light such a repulsive element? What makes us not want to expose our lives to the light?

Stop for just a moment. Ask yourself who is holding the light and calling us towards the light? It’s Jesus himself! What does he want for you? He wants wholeness and healing.

We should never be satisfied with closet living. God has something so much better for us, He wants us to be free. Jesus wants you to be so free that you have nothing to hide, nothing to keep in the closet.

Jesus is the one who brings us that freedom through His death, sacrifice and resurrection. Jesus makes it possible to live above the circumstances of life.

Is there anything too great for Jesus to take care of? Absolutely nothing is to huge for God. No case is too horrible that it cannot be redeemed, the ashes too far gone for them to be returned to beauty.

If you think coming out of the closet is out of the question, its just too risky and too hard. Peter tells us that God has provided for us abundantly, He isn’t limited. “For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly.”

If you’re stuck in the darkness. Don’t go one more day without seeking help. God so wants freedom for us that He will provide the way to get out.

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Whoever you are, God has a particular and unique journey for you. Your life is not by accident it is ordered and directed by the Lord. A closet is a good place to hide when playing hide and seek, but a closet is not a good place to live. It is tight, A closet is a good place to hide when playing hide and seek, but a closet is not a good place to live. It is tight, and stuffy and uncomfortable.
Many of us have a compartment of our life that we kind of keep hidden from other people. We have things hidden there that we don’t want anyone to know about and we don’t like to talk about the things in that closet, or even acknowledge that they exist.
Too many of us choose to live, at least part of our lives, in that closet. Closet living is not the way that God intended for us. We should never settle for life in the closet, or for having a closet with a closed door. God has something much better for us. He is inviting us to come out of the closet, to reveal what has been in the closet.
John 10:10 – Satans intent for each of us is to kill and destroy. Jesus came to give us abundant life, not a life to hide in a closet.
Luke 4:18 – Jesus came specifically to free us from closet living. He came to set us to free, to not be bound by those things that we try to keep hidden or carry on our own.
Isaiah 42 – Jesus came to free us from those chains that would bind us. We see here the heart of God, His gentleness and kindness. He sees the hope of life and wholeness in the broken reed. The candle that is barely burning anymore isn’t pinched off, he fans it back into a vibrant flame. He wants to bring new life to the fire that is almost out.
Isaiah 57 – Jesus wants to restore us and give us all that He has for us. Why does He lower himself to abide with the broken spirit? To provide freedom and to nurture it back to a place of abundance and fulfillment.
God’s heart is for the restoration of His fallen creation.
John 14 – Jesus says of Himself that He is the Way, the only way to the Father. God longs to have a relationship with us, to reestablish that which was lost because of our own rebellion and sin and separation from God.
It is through this relationship with Him that we can be rid of having to live with this thing in my life that I can’t talk about and reveal. This thing in my life where I kind of have to live a lie and pretend that everything is ok. The thing that I can’t get rid of.
As a loving Father He wants to take us by the hand and lead us through the valley into truth and light and true life.
Jesus also says that He is the standard of truth. A preacher can teach and preach the truth, but he can’t claim to be the truth. Jesus is the one and only one who can say that He is the Truth.
John 3:19-21 – Jesus brings the truth and the light together. Truth and light are almost synonymous, they walk hand in hand. The one who stays in the closet is afraid of the light and the truth. He wants to keep that covered and in the dark.
John 8:32-36 – He who practices living in the dark lives a lie. Truth and darkness can not cohabitate they don’t mix. Jesus tells us that truth takes us to freedom and light. If Jesus sets us free He promises us freedom. It’s true, complete and total freedom.
Much of what we may be feeling today may be lies. Satan uses lies to control us and to make us think that living in truth and living in the light won’t work. Satan wants us to believe that we are safer in the darkness than we are in the light. We are so far from being safe when we are with the enemy.
Perhaps we feel like there is too much risk in opening the closet and coming into the light. This is a huge lie, there is a much greater risk if we stay in the closet. It is not safe in the closet, but freedom is promised if we step out into the light.
Only in the wings and light of the almighty can we be safe. Perhaps we have things in our lives that we’re hiding because we don’t want people to know, it would be embarrassing.]]>
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How God Speaks to Us & How We Hear God - Duane Nisly https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-god-speaks-to-us-how-we-hear-god/ Sat, 14 Mar 2020 23:33:04 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3622 https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-god-speaks-to-us-how-we-hear-god/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-god-speaks-to-us-how-we-hear-god/feed/ 0 <p>We need sensitive spiritual ears. Spiritual ears are imperative to spiritual understanding. There are a number of different ear impairments that sometimes affect our ability to hear with our physical ears. Matthew 11 – Jesus told his disciples that they had had missed at least part of the message that John the Baptist had been […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-god-speaks-to-us-how-we-hear-god/">How God Speaks to Us & How We Hear God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We need sensitive spiritual ears. Spiritual ears are imperative to spiritual understanding. There are a number of different ear impairments that sometimes affect our ability to hear with our physical ears.

Matthew 11 – Jesus told his disciples that they had had missed at least part of the message that John the Baptist had been proclaiming to them.

Matthew 13:10-17 – God has given us the opportunity of hearing, but we also have the ability to choose then whether we really will hear and understand and accept the message that He is sharing with us.

God ministers to the hearts that are completely open and listening for what He is saying. The Gospel is for those who are open to hear it, those who want to be told, who sense their need. Jesus came for “those who are sick” not those who think that they are well.

So, what are “ears that hear?” We don’t have a switch on our ears that allows us to turn on and off when we want to hear something or don’t want to hear something. There are often a lot of small reasons behind whether we hear and understand something or just hear it and let it pass “in one ear and out the other.”

Can I hear when God speaks? Are my ears in a condition to hear when God speaks? God won’t force us when we don’t hear. Sometimes he’ll bring things into our lives to help us wake up, but He won’t force us to listen and hear.

We have an ability, even on a physical level to tune out things that we don’t want to hear. It is difficult for us to concentrate fully on more than one thing at a time with our ears. Have you ever tried to listen to two conversations at the same time? To be able to understand what is being said we need to listen with attention and concentration and a heart to listen.

So, how do we open our spiritual ears? Jesus said, “he who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Did you ever notice that the parable of the sower is all about hearing? It’s about seed, and soil and harvest… but ultimately it is about hearing and understanding and following the Word of God.

Are we paying attention? Are we hearing what God is trying to tell us?

The good ground in this parable hears, and receives, his heart is open and sincere, he is seeking and looking for the truth. When he hears the truth, he accepts the truth. He understands the importance of taking head, because truly hearing means taking action, obeying what we hear.

Mark 4:21-33 – We have been given the truth. We don’t need to hide this truth, we should live it! If we have ears, let us hear what Jesus is telling us. Diligently attend to what you are listening to, seek to understand what you are hearing. Listen up.

John 9 – The Jews had come to Jesus and were asking Him questions that He had already answered. Jesus told them that He had already told them these things, but they weren’t listening! How many times does Jesus talk to us and we just weren’t listening?

Human ears hear many sounds… but there is a deeper kind of hearing. How is my spiritual hearing? Are my spiritual ears tuned to what God is saying? Am I tuning things out that I shouldn’t be?

Romans 12:1-2 – When God speaks, the spiritual ear will respond with brokenness. He who has an ear to hear… let him hear. We want to know the will of God and hear what He is saying to us. When we put our all on the alter, there is very little left that will get in the way of our hearing what God is trying to tell us.

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We need sensitive spiritual ears. Spiritual ears are imperative to spiritual understanding. There are a number of different ear impairments that sometimes affect our ability to hear with our physical ears. Matthew 11 – Jesus told his disciples that the... Matthew 11 – Jesus told his disciples that they had had missed at least part of the message that John the Baptist had been proclaiming to them.
Matthew 13:10-17 – God has given us the opportunity of hearing, but we also have the ability to choose then whether we really will hear and understand and accept the message that He is sharing with us.
God ministers to the hearts that are completely open and listening for what He is saying. The Gospel is for those who are open to hear it, those who want to be told, who sense their need. Jesus came for “those who are sick” not those who think that they are well.
So, what are “ears that hear?” We don’t have a switch on our ears that allows us to turn on and off when we want to hear something or don’t want to hear something. There are often a lot of small reasons behind whether we hear and understand something or just hear it and let it pass “in one ear and out the other.”
Can I hear when God speaks? Are my ears in a condition to hear when God speaks? God won’t force us when we don’t hear. Sometimes he’ll bring things into our lives to help us wake up, but He won’t force us to listen and hear.
We have an ability, even on a physical level to tune out things that we don’t want to hear. It is difficult for us to concentrate fully on more than one thing at a time with our ears. Have you ever tried to listen to two conversations at the same time? To be able to understand what is being said we need to listen with attention and concentration and a heart to listen.
So, how do we open our spiritual ears? Jesus said, “he who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Did you ever notice that the parable of the sower is all about hearing? It’s about seed, and soil and harvest… but ultimately it is about hearing and understanding and following the Word of God.
Are we paying attention? Are we hearing what God is trying to tell us?
The good ground in this parable hears, and receives, his heart is open and sincere, he is seeking and looking for the truth. When he hears the truth, he accepts the truth. He understands the importance of taking head, because truly hearing means taking action, obeying what we hear.
Mark 4:21-33 – We have been given the truth. We don’t need to hide this truth, we should live it! If we have ears, let us hear what Jesus is telling us. Diligently attend to what you are listening to, seek to understand what you are hearing. Listen up.
John 9 – The Jews had come to Jesus and were asking Him questions that He had already answered. Jesus told them that He had already told them these things, but they weren’t listening! How many times does Jesus talk to us and we just weren’t listening?
Human ears hear many sounds… but there is a deeper kind of hearing. How is my spiritual hearing? Are my spiritual ears tuned to what God is saying? Am I tuning things out that I shouldn’t be?
Romans 12:1-2 – When God speaks, the spiritual ear will respond with brokenness. He who has an ear to hear… let him hear. We want to know the will of God and hear what He is saying to us. When we put our all on the alter, there is very little left that will get in the way of our hearing what God is trying to tell us.
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For My Names Sake - Duane Nisly https://www.bmcgladys.com/for-my-names-sake/ Fri, 13 Mar 2020 23:29:51 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3620 https://www.bmcgladys.com/for-my-names-sake/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/for-my-names-sake/feed/ 0 <p>In our fellowship and communion here, may we be drawn to God. In drawing near to God may we also be drawn to each other as well. We need to be careful to not put our roots down too deeply here. As Christians we are strangers and pilgrims here on this earth. Let us be […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/for-my-names-sake/">For My Names Sake</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> In our fellowship and communion here, may we be drawn to God. In drawing near to God may we also be drawn to each other as well.

We need to be careful to not put our roots down too deeply here. As Christians we are strangers and pilgrims here on this earth. Let us be living our now in light of eternity.

All for His praise and glory, for His name sake. You and I today can experience piece and reconciliation.

We can’t make God look bigger or greater than He is, but we can show forth His greatness! His name is worthy to be honored.

We have a great responsibility to portray and represent God and who He is. Everything is “all about God” it really isn’t about us, it is all about Him.

Exodus 15:11 – “Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?”

Words can never do justice to who our God really is.

Ezekiel 20 – That they would know that He is God, that He is Jehova. His taking us into consideration is because of who He is and for His name sake.

Isaiah 48 – The children of Israel were calling themselves children of God and were disobeying Him and not giving honor and glory to God. They disregarded God’s warning. Why did God not destroy them? For His name sake, God did not destroy them when they deserved it many times over, He had mercy on them because of His name, not because they deserved it.

God is a jealous God, He doesn’t share His glory with anyone else.

What Does This Mean Practically?

We have to accept that our concept of God really does affect the way we live. What we believe about God affects how we respond. How highly do we honor God’s name?

What happens when a Christian is unfaithful? What happens when we sin? Do we overlook what happens to the name of God when this takes place? The world around us quickly jumps to that and says “that is the way Christians live, I don’t want anything to do with that.” Are we trampling God’s name down and defiling it?

As Christians we are called to represent the name of God and His character. We are His representation here on earth.

How can we best become actively involved in restoring the name of God? We can pray that God would restore His name. God is concerned about all of the people involved, but He is also concerned about His name.

We need to acknowledge and declare that God is a Holy God. We need to glorify Him in His reflection. We need to worship and bow down in awe and reverence. Our lives need to demonstrate a submission to His authority.

We also have an enemy who is working over time in the spiritual battle we are all a part of in this world. He is trying to destroy God’s name. God can turn that around and make something beautiful if we allow ourselves to be part of His restoration committee.

Does my life reflect the holiness, perfection and glory of God? What do people see in my life? Is Jesus name glorified because of me? Or do they see carnality and responses that are not Godly?

Our testimony needs to reflect how much we love God and depend on Him. How much we want to serve and live for Him.

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In our fellowship and communion here, may we be drawn to God. In drawing near to God may we also be drawn to each other as well. We need to be careful to not put our roots down too deeply here. As Christians we are strangers and pilgrims here on this e... We need to be careful to not put our roots down too deeply here. As Christians we are strangers and pilgrims here on this earth. Let us be living our now in light of eternity.
All for His praise and glory, for His name sake. You and I today can experience piece and reconciliation.
We can’t make God look bigger or greater than He is, but we can show forth His greatness! His name is worthy to be honored.
We have a great responsibility to portray and represent God and who He is. Everything is “all about God” it really isn’t about us, it is all about Him.
Exodus 15:11 – “Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?”
Words can never do justice to who our God really is.
Ezekiel 20 – That they would know that He is God, that He is Jehova. His taking us into consideration is because of who He is and for His name sake.
Isaiah 48 – The children of Israel were calling themselves children of God and were disobeying Him and not giving honor and glory to God. They disregarded God’s warning. Why did God not destroy them? For His name sake, God did not destroy them when they deserved it many times over, He had mercy on them because of His name, not because they deserved it.
God is a jealous God, He doesn’t share His glory with anyone else.
What Does This Mean Practically?
We have to accept that our concept of God really does affect the way we live. What we believe about God affects how we respond. How highly do we honor God’s name?
What happens when a Christian is unfaithful? What happens when we sin? Do we overlook what happens to the name of God when this takes place? The world around us quickly jumps to that and says “that is the way Christians live, I don’t want anything to do with that.” Are we trampling God’s name down and defiling it?
As Christians we are called to represent the name of God and His character. We are His representation here on earth.
How can we best become actively involved in restoring the name of God? We can pray that God would restore His name. God is concerned about all of the people involved, but He is also concerned about His name.
We need to acknowledge and declare that God is a Holy God. We need to glorify Him in His reflection. We need to worship and bow down in awe and reverence. Our lives need to demonstrate a submission to His authority.
We also have an enemy who is working over time in the spiritual battle we are all a part of in this world. He is trying to destroy God’s name. God can turn that around and make something beautiful if we allow ourselves to be part of His restoration committee.
Does my life reflect the holiness, perfection and glory of God? What do people see in my life? Is Jesus name glorified because of me? Or do they see carnality and responses that are not Godly?
Our testimony needs to reflect how much we love God and depend on Him. How much we want to serve and live for Him.
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Continue Earnestly In Prayer - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/continue-earnestly-in-prayer/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 00:32:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3613 https://www.bmcgladys.com/continue-earnestly-in-prayer/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/continue-earnestly-in-prayer/feed/ 0 <p>Colossians 4:2 – “Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Prayer is an expression of our heart to God. It is done in faith that God is, and that God is hearing our words. We express to God our longings and our worship. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/continue-earnestly-in-prayer/">Continue Earnestly In Prayer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Colossians 4:2 – “Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.”

Prayer is an expression of our heart to God. It is done in faith that God is, and that God is hearing our words. We express to God our longings and our worship.

Paul teaches in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that we should be praying without ceasing. He is describing a constantly and consistently in an attitude of devotion and worship. This should easily and naturally become an audible expression of prayer or worship as well.

Do I pray enough? Am I praying enough? Am I continually being persistent and devoted to prayer?

What triggers a petition to God? In a week, or a month, or even within a single day we can pray about a lot of things!

Philippians 4:4-7 – Our prayer list should include anything that is a care to us. Anything that makes us anxious. All the challenges of a day. It could be a major decision. It could also be a small difficulty or frustration that we need to deal with.

Those who leave everything in God’s hands will eventually see God’s Hands in everything!

James 5:16, Luke 11:3 – There are “deeper” prayers that we can pray for ourselves.

1 Corinthians 3:1-3 – Paul says that these folks were Christians but they had plenty of room for Growth. Paul prayed for them, but they also needed to pray for themselves and for each other.

Romans 15:5 – “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:” Paul was concerned about their unity and harmony. He was praying for them and that they would be able to be in harmony and unified. God is the source of patience and comfort. Paul isn’t praying that they would all start thinking the same but that their minds would be like the mind of Jesus, kind, considerate, submitted to each other and caring and loving.

God hears our prayers and He does a work within us. It may not be instantaneous but it will make a difference.

‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ – “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Regardless of what happens in our lives we will not be left alone, we will not be without God’s help and comfort in whatever comes. We can have hope!

‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:23‬ – “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is a large prayer, a deep prayer, a big project. This is more than just forgiveness. We need forgiveness but we also need to deal with our carnal attitudes and thoughts and words and actions. Sometimes it feels like 1 step forward and 2 steps backwards.

‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:16-17‬ – “Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” Paul is praying for encouragement and strength for his readers. To be an effective worker of Christ, may God encourage us and establish us in His doctrine, truth and character as He develops us.

‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:5‬ – “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” Paul is praying for a direct channel into the love of God from our hearts.

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:38-39‬ ‭- “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This love is more than just the affection that God feels towards us, but it is the love of God who cares for us and is involved in our life. He won’t leave us nor will He forsake us!

‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭- “Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.”

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Colossians 4:2 – “Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Prayer is an expression of our heart to God. It is done in faith that God is, and that God is hearing our words. Prayer is an expression of our heart to God. It is done in faith that God is, and that God is hearing our words. We express to God our longings and our worship.
Paul teaches in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that we should be praying without ceasing. He is describing a constantly and consistently in an attitude of devotion and worship. This should easily and naturally become an audible expression of prayer or worship as well.
Do I pray enough? Am I praying enough? Am I continually being persistent and devoted to prayer?
What triggers a petition to God? In a week, or a month, or even within a single day we can pray about a lot of things!
Philippians 4:4-7 – Our prayer list should include anything that is a care to us. Anything that makes us anxious. All the challenges of a day. It could be a major decision. It could also be a small difficulty or frustration that we need to deal with.

Those who leave everything in God’s hands will eventually see God’s Hands in everything!

James 5:16, Luke 11:3 – There are “deeper” prayers that we can pray for ourselves.
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 – Paul says that these folks were Christians but they had plenty of room for Growth. Paul prayed for them, but they also needed to pray for themselves and for each other.
Romans 15:5 – “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:” Paul was concerned about their unity and harmony. He was praying for them and that they would be able to be in harmony and unified. God is the source of patience and comfort. Paul isn’t praying that they would all start thinking the same but that their minds would be like the mind of Jesus, kind, considerate, submitted to each other and caring and loving.
God hears our prayers and He does a work within us. It may not be instantaneous but it will make a difference.
‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ – “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Regardless of what happens in our lives we will not be left alone, we will not be without God’s help and comfort in whatever comes. We can have hope!
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:23‬ – “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is a large prayer, a deep prayer, a big project. This is more than just forgiveness. We need forgiveness but we also need to deal with our carnal attitudes and thoughts and words and actions. Sometimes it feels like 1 step forward and 2 steps backwards.
‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:16-17‬ – “Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” Paul is praying for encouragement and strength for his readers. To be an effective worker of Christ, may God encourage us and establish us in His doctrine, truth and character as He develops us.
‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:5‬ – “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” Paul is praying for a direct channel into the love of God from our hearts.
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:38-39‬ ‭- “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This love is more than just the affection that God feels towards us, but it is the love of God who cares for us and is involved in our life.]]>
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How to Find Refuge & Comfort in God - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-to-find-refuge-comfort-in-god/ Sun, 01 Mar 2020 21:41:20 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3609 https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-to-find-refuge-comfort-in-god/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-to-find-refuge-comfort-in-god/feed/ 0 <p>How to Find Refuge & Comfort in God Psalm 62:1-12 – When you talk with someone who has first hand experience with something it is worth listening to it! David when through many difficult things so when he says that we can trust God to be our refuge, we can believe him! The Difficulty David […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-to-find-refuge-comfort-in-god/">How to Find Refuge & Comfort in God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> How to Find Refuge & Comfort in God

Psalm 62:1-12 – When you talk with someone who has first hand experience with something it is worth listening to it! David when through many difficult things so when he says that we can trust God to be our refuge, we can believe him!

The Difficulty David is Facing

It isn’t 100% clear if the leaning wall in verse 3 is referring to David, or if it’s referring to the attackers of the city. The question here though is “how long?”

Verse 4 talks about David’s attackers, they are destructive and they want to pull him down from his high position. Treachery makes these attackers cheerful, they are two faced who are both blessing and cursing.

Sometimes we face things that are unfair and we wonder what we’ve done to deserve this? We could be facing loss of job, or reputation, or even our life and we wonder “how long is this going to go on?”

How Did David Make God His Refuge?

In times of trouble it is possible to find refuge in God. We don’t have to be gravely shaken and fly off the handle. It will take effort and the grace of God, but we can stand and not be gravely shaken.

This is something that is good for us to do whether we are facing a great big trial, or we’re just having a bad day and we might not even be sure exactly why. Finding refuge and assurance in God is the answer to both of these kinds of trials.

  1. We need to review who God is (verses 11-12) – Power belongs to God, this is something that we are taught early on in life. David knew this when he was a young shepherd. He recognized this truth as an older man too, he is reviewing the truth about God that he knows to be true. Does our trial mean that God’s character has changed? In Psalm 63 David says, you’re steadfast love is better than life! God is the final judge and He the final authority to judge. These are basic facts about God, but they are important for us to review when we are struggling. God is loving and is powerful and will reward us if we are faithful.

  2. Reject false securities (verses 9-10) – False securities might look correct, but they will fail under pressure and scrutiny. People, plans, possessions can all be sources of false security for us. David tells us that people are not a good place to put our ultimate trust. We need people, we need friends and advisors, but we ultimately they are not were we should be putting our ultimate trust. Plans, like extortion, robbery, etc are not a good answer either. These kinds of plans backfire all the time. Possessions and money can solve some problems, but not the biggest problems of life. Money can’t make our illness go away, it can help, but isn’t in and of itself the solution. Money doesn’t even register when it comes to salvation and being right with God.

  3. Wait silently on God (verses 1, 5) – Psalm 37 – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Fret not yourself… but wait for the Lord. We need to be making time for God. David is talking about an inner waiting and trust, but that is affected by outward choices. We need to slow down in our daily lives and spend time with God. David is speaking from first hand experience here. David is committing not just the crumbs of life to God, he is committing all of the big things to Him as well. Make decisions out of rest in God, not from the anxiety that threatens to push us to make rash decisions.

  4. Pour out your heart to God (verse 8) – Psalm 55 & 62 – Unload your burdens and troubles to God. Perhaps there are tears involved. This is probably something that happens more often than once. God is a refuge for us. Pouring our hearts out to God is one way that we can shift our burdens off of our shoulders and on to God’s. God is not impersonal and inaccessible He wants to hear your heart.

What is the Result of Trusting in God?

  1. We worship God when we find refuge in Him. It is an act of worship, a statement that God is more important than what we are facing.

  2. We find guidance. Our thinking will be more clear, God will speak to us more easily when we refuge in Him.

  3. We avoid regrets. Fretting that leads to evil. Reacting in ways that cause problems.

  4. We are more unshakable. David is here where he is in Psalm 62 because he has been practicing this for a long time. He has repeatedly made God his mighty rock and fortress.

  5. We send a convincing testimony, especially to those who know us best. Our children will be more impressed by how their parents behave under stress than when everything is going well.

Conclusion

Accept responsibility for how you respond to tough times. God is supposed to be our refuge and strong fortress. If the enemy is coming and you don’t enter the fortress it is our responsibility. We do have responsibility for how we respond in tough times.

Make more of an effort to rest in Jesus. When we are depressed and frustrated it is always a good choice to turn to God. This sound simple but is something that is very true and can greatly affect our lives.

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How to Find Refuge & Comfort in God Psalm 62:1-12 – When you talk with someone who has first hand experience with something it is worth listening to it! David when through many difficult things so when he says that we can trust God to be our refuge, Psalm 62:1-12 – When you talk with someone who has first hand experience with something it is worth listening to it! David when through many difficult things so when he says that we can trust God to be our refuge, we can believe him!
The Difficulty David is Facing
It isn’t 100% clear if the leaning wall in verse 3 is referring to David, or if it’s referring to the attackers of the city. The question here though is “how long?”
Verse 4 talks about David’s attackers, they are destructive and they want to pull him down from his high position. Treachery makes these attackers cheerful, they are two faced who are both blessing and cursing.
Sometimes we face things that are unfair and we wonder what we’ve done to deserve this? We could be facing loss of job, or reputation, or even our life and we wonder “how long is this going to go on?”
How Did David Make God His Refuge?
In times of trouble it is possible to find refuge in God. We don’t have to be gravely shaken and fly off the handle. It will take effort and the grace of God, but we can stand and not be gravely shaken.
This is something that is good for us to do whether we are facing a great big trial, or we’re just having a bad day and we might not even be sure exactly why. Finding refuge and assurance in God is the answer to both of these kinds of trials.

* We need to review who God is (verses 11-12) – Power belongs to God, this is something that we are taught early on in life. David knew this when he was a young shepherd. He recognized this truth as an older man too, he is reviewing the truth about God that he knows to be true. Does our trial mean that God’s character has changed? In Psalm 63 David says, you’re steadfast love is better than life! God is the final judge and He the final authority to judge. These are basic facts about God, but they are important for us to review when we are struggling. God is loving and is powerful and will reward us if we are faithful.

*
Reject false securities (verses 9-10) – False securities might look correct, but they will fail under pressure and scrutiny. People, plans, possessions can all be sources of false security for us. David tells us that people are not a good place to put our ultimate trust. We need people, we need friends and advisors, but we ultimately they are not were we should be putting our ultimate trust. Plans, like extortion, robbery, etc are not a good answer either. These kinds of plans backfire all the time. Possessions and money can solve some problems, but not the biggest problems of life. Money can’t make our illness go away, it can help, but isn’t in and of itself the solution. Money doesn’t even register when it comes to salvation and being right with God.

*
Wait silently on God (verses 1, 5) – Psalm 37 – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Fret not yourself… but wait for the Lord. We need to be making time for God. David is talking about an inner waiting and trust, but that is affected by outward choices. We need to slow down in our daily lives and spend time with God. David is speaking from first hand experience here. David is committing not just the crumbs of life to God, he is committing all of the big things to Him as well. Make decisions out of rest in God, not from the anxiety that threatens to push us to make rash decisions.

*
Pour out your heart to God (verse 8) – Psalm 55 & 62 – Unload your burdens and troubles to God. Perhaps there are tears involved. This is probably something that happens more often than once. God is a refuge for us. Pouring our hearts out to God is one way that we can shift our burdens off of our shoulders and on to God’s. God is not impersonal and inaccessible He wants to hear your heart.


What is the Result of Trusting in God?]]>
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The Sin of Distracted Living - Jeff Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-sin-of-distracted-living/ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 02:35:10 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3607 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-sin-of-distracted-living/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-sin-of-distracted-living/feed/ 0 <p>Luke 10:38-42 – Distraction is something that we all face, distraction something that prevents us from giving attention to something that is more important. This passage is the story of Mary and Martha. Mary sat and listened, she continued to focus on Jesus and hear His words. Martha was distracted, or troubled with much serving. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-sin-of-distracted-living/">The Sin of Distracted Living</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 10:38-42 – Distraction is something that we all face, distraction something that prevents us from giving attention to something that is more important. This passage is the story of Mary and Martha.

Mary sat and listened, she continued to focus on Jesus and hear His words. Martha was distracted, or troubled with much serving. The things that she had to do distracted her from what was important.

Momentary distractions break our attention for a little and its often difficult to get our minds back on track after the distraction. At other times important things are encroaching on our ability to focus on other important things.

Distractions take our attention away from something and we miss something important.

Mark 4:10-12 – Jesus often shared truth in such a way that wasn’t hard to understand but wasn’t necessarily a direct statement. The parables are examples of this. We can’t just hear a few words, we need to focus and think about what we are hearing to understand and receive the truth that God is speaking to us.

Distractions keep us from thinking. Our relationship with God requires some deep thought, reflection, thinking. It is often difficult the older we get to spend the time with God, or to focus when we do have our time with God.

John 15 – Jesus says that we are to abide permanently with him, to be plugged in to the vine. Walking with God requires an ongoing relationship and focus.

When we are distracted during worship, part of the reason is that we fail to recognize and appreciate how great God is. Perhaps we have a more casual relationship with God than we should.

Another reason we get distracted sometimes is that Gods work takes time. We want immediate results, but God very rarely works that way these days. It starts to feel like work.

The deeper my faith is with God, the more I want to pay attention because I believe he is going to work. The opposite can also be true. As we struggle with our focus on God it changes the impact that his truth has on us.

The less we focus on God the less his truth seems applicable to my situation.

How Can We Improve Our Focus?

We need to recognize when distractions are a problem for us. We won’t be able to escape distractions but we can recognize that distractions can and are a problem and affect our relationship with God and others.

What do our distractions say about our relationship with God. Is it a selfish desire? Do we need to repent and crucify it? Ask God for help, He was tempted in all points like we are, He is no stranger to the things we face here on earth.

Luke 12:15-21 – Distracted living, with a focus that is wrong, is dangerous. This man had a misguided view of life, he was living purposefully, he was invested, but he was focused on the wrong thing. If our eyes aren’t fixed on God, we are focusing on the wrong things.

The danger of living distractedly is that we can feel like we’re doing the right thing when we aren’t.

What can we do to keep our focus right? Take time and evaluate in prayer what is most important to us. What are we investing our time in? Would Jesus here in my shoes what would he be doing? Ask Jesus which way to go. We want to chart a good course from the start, but we need to be willing to “re-chart” our course and course correct as we go on through life.

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Luke 10:38-42 – Distraction is something that we all face, distraction something that prevents us from giving attention to something that is more important. This passage is the story of Mary and Martha. Mary sat and listened, Mary sat and listened, she continued to focus on Jesus and hear His words. Martha was distracted, or troubled with much serving. The things that she had to do distracted her from what was important.
Momentary distractions break our attention for a little and its often difficult to get our minds back on track after the distraction. At other times important things are encroaching on our ability to focus on other important things.
Distractions take our attention away from something and we miss something important.
Mark 4:10-12 – Jesus often shared truth in such a way that wasn’t hard to understand but wasn’t necessarily a direct statement. The parables are examples of this. We can’t just hear a few words, we need to focus and think about what we are hearing to understand and receive the truth that God is speaking to us.
Distractions keep us from thinking. Our relationship with God requires some deep thought, reflection, thinking. It is often difficult the older we get to spend the time with God, or to focus when we do have our time with God.
John 15 – Jesus says that we are to abide permanently with him, to be plugged in to the vine. Walking with God requires an ongoing relationship and focus.
When we are distracted during worship, part of the reason is that we fail to recognize and appreciate how great God is. Perhaps we have a more casual relationship with God than we should.
Another reason we get distracted sometimes is that Gods work takes time. We want immediate results, but God very rarely works that way these days. It starts to feel like work.
The deeper my faith is with God, the more I want to pay attention because I believe he is going to work. The opposite can also be true. As we struggle with our focus on God it changes the impact that his truth has on us.
The less we focus on God the less his truth seems applicable to my situation.
How Can We Improve Our Focus?
We need to recognize when distractions are a problem for us. We won’t be able to escape distractions but we can recognize that distractions can and are a problem and affect our relationship with God and others.
What do our distractions say about our relationship with God. Is it a selfish desire? Do we need to repent and crucify it? Ask God for help, He was tempted in all points like we are, He is no stranger to the things we face here on earth.
Luke 12:15-21 – Distracted living, with a focus that is wrong, is dangerous. This man had a misguided view of life, he was living purposefully, he was invested, but he was focused on the wrong thing. If our eyes aren’t fixed on God, we are focusing on the wrong things.
The danger of living distractedly is that we can feel like we’re doing the right thing when we aren’t.
What can we do to keep our focus right? Take time and evaluate in prayer what is most important to us. What are we investing our time in? Would Jesus here in my shoes what would he be doing? Ask Jesus which way to go. We want to chart a good course from the start, but we need to be willing to “re-chart” our course and course correct as we go on through life.
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The Will of God as a Way of Life - Ricky Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-will-of-god-as-a-way-of-life/ Sun, 16 Feb 2020 21:20:53 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3604 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-will-of-god-as-a-way-of-life/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-will-of-god-as-a-way-of-life/feed/ 0 <p>We all face decisions every single day. What will I eat for breakfast. Should I read a book? What book should I read? Should I go to college? A lot of times we can wonder if we are making the right decisions. As Christians we are concerned about what God thinks of our decisions and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-will-of-god-as-a-way-of-life/">The Will of God as a Way of Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We all face decisions every single day. What will I eat for breakfast. Should I read a book? What book should I read? Should I go to college?

A lot of times we can wonder if we are making the right decisions. As Christians we are concerned about what God thinks of our decisions and we want to do His will. Younger people in particular are often curious about what God wants them to do. Older folks wonder these things too. Does God want more from me?

Is life a choose your own adventure novel? Often when we think of God’s will we think about “is this the way God would have me go?”

What the Bible Says about God’s Will

We can sort of divide God’s will into a number of categories.

  1. Isaiah 46:9-10 – I am God and there is none like me. God is going to have His way in the world. His will, will be accomplished. It’s not just the big things in life, but He sees the little details of life as well. Matthew 10 talks about God seeing the sparrow.
  2. 1 John 2, Matthew 7:21 – The will of desire. This is what God wants from us, He wants us to follow His will for our lives. It isn’t something He forces us into, but He desires for us to do His will.
  3. The will of direction. What decision should I make today, in this situation. Sometimes we seem to focus on this way of looking at God’s will more than any of the others.

In the New Testament we probably see a bit less of asking God for direction in a particular situation. The disciples needed a replacement for Judas, they prayed and then chose a replacement. In Acts 6 the widows were being neglected, the apostles made a proposal that seemed good to everyone so they appointed deacons.

Should we expect visions when we are making decisions? Should we cast lots when we have a decision to make?

Sometimes we don’t want to own the responsibility of the outcomes of our decisions, or we are scared to make a decision and we want to have the “fall back” of “God told me to.”

Sometimes we don’t trust God enough to lead us into the future, instead we wish He would show us a vision of the entire future as a-posed to wandering, with God, into the future.

Philippians 3:12-16 – Often when we focus on what we do know and what we do understand the “answer” will become obvious. We often want to do big things for God, if only He would make His will clear to us. Are we focusing on what we do know about God’s will, or are we focusing on what we don’t know about God’s will?

James 4:13-17 – Life is short, perhaps much shorter than we realize, so don’t procrastinate when it comes to doing the good that you know you should be doing. To put the good that you know you should be doing off… is sin.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 – These are things that are specifically a part of God’s will for us. We can be confidant in doing these things when we are trying to live the will of God out.

So How do we Make Wise Decisions?

Often we hear Christians talking about “open doors.” This isn’t working out so the door isn’t opened, or the door was open so I walked through it. This can be dangerous if we use it to justify poor choices. Jonah found an opened door on the ship to Tarshish…

Fleeces at times are used to manipulate God, asking for a miraculous sign. Luke 4 – do not put the Lord your God to the test. Can God use fleeces, absolutely, but we need to be careful that we aren’t using a fleece to force God’s hand.

We know that God can direct us to scriptures that speak to needs in our life, but we shouldn’t put more stock into a verse when we randomly open our Bible than we do in careful, daily scripture reading and study. Random Bible verses are random, God can use scriptures to speak to us, but we need to be careful to not place extra weight on a randomly selected verse.

Proverbs 2:1-5 – The way of wisdom.

  1. Bible reading – Store up my commands within you. Spending regular time in God’s word is the foundation that we need to make good, wise decisions.
  2. Listening to sound advice. This is why we have a church, we are to walk with each other and keep each other from being deceived. Get sound advice from those who know and care about you.
  3. Call out for insight. Ask God to reveal His will to you. Even if God doesn’t show us exactly what to do we can ask for pure motives, not pride, not selfishness, not fear.

The result is found in verse 5, you’ll understand the fear of God.

Wisdom isn’t having a solutions manual so that we know the answers. It is more like knowing our teacher well enough to know how He would solve our problem. Jesus is our teacher.

Whether you are a young person who is trying to find your place in life, or perhaps you’re struggling to find fulfillment in your spot… focus more on putting into action the percentage of God’s will for our life that we do know rather than the part that we don’t know. God will help us with the rest.

Matthew 6:33, Romans 8:28 – We need to trust God for the future. That doesn’t mean that everything will work out nicely and be easy. Following God and making wise decisions doesn’t guarantee an easy life, but God promises that He is good and there will be a reward for us in eternity.

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We all face decisions every single day. What will I eat for breakfast. Should I read a book? What book should I read? Should I go to college? A lot of times we can wonder if we are making the right decisions. A lot of times we can wonder if we are making the right decisions. As Christians we are concerned about what God thinks of our decisions and we want to do His will. Younger people in particular are often curious about what God wants them to do. Older folks wonder these things too. Does God want more from me?
Is life a choose your own adventure novel? Often when we think of God’s will we think about “is this the way God would have me go?”
What the Bible Says about God’s Will
We can sort of divide God’s will into a number of categories.

* Isaiah 46:9-10 – I am God and there is none like me. God is going to have His way in the world. His will, will be accomplished. It’s not just the big things in life, but He sees the little details of life as well. Matthew 10 talks about God seeing the sparrow.
* 1 John 2, Matthew 7:21 – The will of desire. This is what God wants from us, He wants us to follow His will for our lives. It isn’t something He forces us into, but He desires for us to do His will.
* The will of direction. What decision should I make today, in this situation. Sometimes we seem to focus on this way of looking at God’s will more than any of the others.

In the New Testament we probably see a bit less of asking God for direction in a particular situation. The disciples needed a replacement for Judas, they prayed and then chose a replacement. In Acts 6 the widows were being neglected, the apostles made a proposal that seemed good to everyone so they appointed deacons.
Should we expect visions when we are making decisions? Should we cast lots when we have a decision to make?
Sometimes we don’t want to own the responsibility of the outcomes of our decisions, or we are scared to make a decision and we want to have the “fall back” of “God told me to.”
Sometimes we don’t trust God enough to lead us into the future, instead we wish He would show us a vision of the entire future as a-posed to wandering, with God, into the future.
Philippians 3:12-16 – Often when we focus on what we do know and what we do understand the “answer” will become obvious. We often want to do big things for God, if only He would make His will clear to us. Are we focusing on what we do know about God’s will, or are we focusing on what we don’t know about God’s will?
James 4:13-17 – Life is short, perhaps much shorter than we realize, so don’t procrastinate when it comes to doing the good that you know you should be doing. To put the good that you know you should be doing off… is sin.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 – These are things that are specifically a part of God’s will for us. We can be confidant in doing these things when we are trying to live the will of God out.
So How do we Make Wise Decisions?
Often we hear Christians talking about “open doors.” This isn’t working out so the door isn’t opened, or the door was open so I walked through it. This can be dangerous if we use it to justify poor choices. Jonah found an opened door on the ship to Tarshish…
Fleeces at times are used to manipulate God, asking for a miraculous sign. Luke 4 – do not put the Lord your God to the test. Can God use fleeces, absolutely, but we need to be careful that we aren’t using a fleece to force God’s hand.
We know that God can direct us to scriptures that speak to needs in our life, but we shouldn’t put more stock into a verse when we randomly open our Bible than we do in careful, daily scripture reading and study. Random Bible verses are random, God can use scriptures to speak to us, but we need to be careful to not place extra weight on a randomly selected verse.
Proverbs 2:1-5 – The way of wisdom.

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The Doctrine of Nonresistance - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-doctrine-of-nonresistance/ Mon, 10 Feb 2020 02:52:07 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3601 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-doctrine-of-nonresistance/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-doctrine-of-nonresistance/feed/ 0 <p>When we face problems in life we tend to try to fix them on our own. Living the way God wants us to may not be popular or comfortable or easy… but it is the best way. As we look at the world around us we see that having a non resistant position isn’t a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-doctrine-of-nonresistance/">The Doctrine of Nonresistance</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> When we face problems in life we tend to try to fix them on our own. Living the way God wants us to may not be popular or comfortable or easy… but it is the best way.

As we look at the world around us we see that having a non resistant position isn’t a very popular position to have. We want to look at this carefully because it could be construed that we are being critical of country or rebellious to authority. Instead we want to look at where our primary allegiance should lie.

If you don’t have a security in God, it is illogical and impractical to attempt to practice the doctrine of nonresistance.

Mennonites aren’t the only denomination that holds to nonresistance. This doctrine affects us in times of war especially, the draft of the Vietnam war and the World Wars were the last time that this was really a big issue for peace churches.

The world needs the love of Christ to be taught and modeled by the people of God now more than ever.

We are blessed to live in America. Many of our forefathers came here looking for freedom to practice their faith.

God didn’t intend for us to just say a prayer and then we have “fire insurance” for eternity. We are called to live the way that Jesus taught us, we are to be living and walking with Christ.

So how are we to relate to others? Especially those who are our enemies?

Matthew 3 & 4 talk about the Kingdom of God being near, within us, not of this world.

If we have joined the Kingdom of God, Jesus is our King, He is our role model and he is our leader. We owe our first allegiance to Him. We are citizens of a country here on earth, we have responsibilities to be good citizens, not rebellious and obedient. However, first and foremost our allegiance must be to God and His Kingdom.

Matthew 5 – One of Jesus’ earliest sermons, where He told the people a lot of foundational things. There are lots of people who say that this was something for “way back then” and that “that doesn’t work now…”

1 Peter 2:21-2 – The flesh would like to just take things into its own hands and be “man enough” to handle our own problems. In the tenor of Christs teaching we are called to a life that will have suffering in it. Jesus our example suffered, God allowed it, He suffered for a reason. Can we trust God to direct affairs around us? To allow, or protect as He sees fit?

Romans 12 – There is diligence and discipline needed in the Christians warfare, but our weapons aren’t carnal, they are not guns and swords and shields, they are the weapons of prayer and surrender, etc. God is with us in this life, He understands what we are going through.

Jesus came to earth, He spoke our language and He showed us how to live and relate well. Christ came and suffered to lead us in the way of trusting God. Without the presence of Christ in our lives it is impossible to live a life of nonresistance.

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When we face problems in life we tend to try to fix them on our own. Living the way God wants us to may not be popular or comfortable or easy… but it is the best way. As we look at the world around us we see that having a non resistant position isn’t a... As we look at the world around us we see that having a non resistant position isn’t a very popular position to have. We want to look at this carefully because it could be construed that we are being critical of country or rebellious to authority. Instead we want to look at where our primary allegiance should lie.
If you don’t have a security in God, it is illogical and impractical to attempt to practice the doctrine of nonresistance.
Mennonites aren’t the only denomination that holds to nonresistance. This doctrine affects us in times of war especially, the draft of the Vietnam war and the World Wars were the last time that this was really a big issue for peace churches.
The world needs the love of Christ to be taught and modeled by the people of God now more than ever.
We are blessed to live in America. Many of our forefathers came here looking for freedom to practice their faith.
God didn’t intend for us to just say a prayer and then we have “fire insurance” for eternity. We are called to live the way that Jesus taught us, we are to be living and walking with Christ.
So how are we to relate to others? Especially those who are our enemies?
Matthew 3 & 4 talk about the Kingdom of God being near, within us, not of this world.
If we have joined the Kingdom of God, Jesus is our King, He is our role model and he is our leader. We owe our first allegiance to Him. We are citizens of a country here on earth, we have responsibilities to be good citizens, not rebellious and obedient. However, first and foremost our allegiance must be to God and His Kingdom.
Matthew 5 – One of Jesus’ earliest sermons, where He told the people a lot of foundational things. There are lots of people who say that this was something for “way back then” and that “that doesn’t work now…”
1 Peter 2:21-2 – The flesh would like to just take things into its own hands and be “man enough” to handle our own problems. In the tenor of Christs teaching we are called to a life that will have suffering in it. Jesus our example suffered, God allowed it, He suffered for a reason. Can we trust God to direct affairs around us? To allow, or protect as He sees fit?
Romans 12 – There is diligence and discipline needed in the Christians warfare, but our weapons aren’t carnal, they are not guns and swords and shields, they are the weapons of prayer and surrender, etc. God is with us in this life, He understands what we are going through.
Jesus came to earth, He spoke our language and He showed us how to live and relate well. Christ came and suffered to lead us in the way of trusting God. Without the presence of Christ in our lives it is impossible to live a life of nonresistance.
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Learning to Lean - Steve Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/learning-to-lean/ Mon, 03 Feb 2020 02:34:52 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3598 https://www.bmcgladys.com/learning-to-lean/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/learning-to-lean/feed/ 0 <p>Psalm 61:1-8 – Have you ever felt overwhelmed in life? We all want to feel strong and independent and like we can accomplish things in our lives. We tend to be stubborn and struggle alone for a long time before we get to a point where we admit that we need some help. God has […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/learning-to-lean/">Learning to Lean</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Psalm 61:1-8 – Have you ever felt overwhelmed in life?

We all want to feel strong and independent and like we can accomplish things in our lives. We tend to be stubborn and struggle alone for a long time before we get to a point where we admit that we need some help.

God has a way of showing us how self reliant we tend to be. We know in our heads that we need other people but sometimes it doesn’t affect the way we live. When a person is faced with something that they just cant handle, they often realize then, and then alone that they can’t do “this” on thier own.

God didn’t design us to stand and survive on our own. He designed us to lean on others and to lean on him as we go through life. God designed us to lean on something that is solid, to lean on Him. We are so helpless in so many ways, yet we insist to try to do things on our own.

Hebrews 11:21 – So, the question is for us… what are we leaning on?

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Lean on Him, and He shall direct thy paths. The things of this life and this world that so many people lean on will all go away… but not God!

We don’t know what Davids thought process was after he was anointed king. Samuel had anointed him, but what would the steps be that would lead to him being placed on the throne over Israel.

1 Samuel 17:37 – David had some abilities, he could have chosen to trust himself and the abilities that he had. He didn’t, at least from what it appears like in the scriptures. David wasn’t trusting in a strip of leather and a rock when he faced Goliath, even though he was probably quite skilled with the sling.

David said, “God is with me…” that was the key to his victory and to the rest of his life.

The God we serve is much bigger than a giant. Why do we lean on our own abilities instead of on an all powerful God and creator.

Does the work of God get done with only your abilities? Sure, we can get some things done this way, but if its just us in our own abilities we are getting far less done than if we go in the strength of God.

1 Samuel 18:13 – Things are starting to happen. Perhaps now the steps to the throne wouldn’t be but so may. It is a real temptation when we have a position like this is to lean on that instead of lean on God. Leaning on our popularity is a mistake.

David had friends and people in his life who were in high places. He could have leaned on these friends to get to the throne, but he didn’t. Michael, Jonathan, Samuel. People, no matter how wonderful they are, are still people.

We should never lean on our human support system to the extent where it takes the place of God. There can only be one person on the throne of our life, that person needs to be God.

Matthew 28 – I am with you always, even to the end of the world.

Psalm 34 – This is something that David wrote while in some very difficult times. David learned to praise God in the midst of his difficulties.

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Psalm 61:1-8 – Have you ever felt overwhelmed in life? We all want to feel strong and independent and like we can accomplish things in our lives. We tend to be stubborn and struggle alone for a long time before we get to a point where we admit that we ... We all want to feel strong and independent and like we can accomplish things in our lives. We tend to be stubborn and struggle alone for a long time before we get to a point where we admit that we need some help.
God has a way of showing us how self reliant we tend to be. We know in our heads that we need other people but sometimes it doesn’t affect the way we live. When a person is faced with something that they just cant handle, they often realize then, and then alone that they can’t do “this” on thier own.
God didn’t design us to stand and survive on our own. He designed us to lean on others and to lean on him as we go through life. God designed us to lean on something that is solid, to lean on Him. We are so helpless in so many ways, yet we insist to try to do things on our own.
Hebrews 11:21 – So, the question is for us… what are we leaning on?
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Lean on Him, and He shall direct thy paths. The things of this life and this world that so many people lean on will all go away… but not God!
We don’t know what Davids thought process was after he was anointed king. Samuel had anointed him, but what would the steps be that would lead to him being placed on the throne over Israel.
1 Samuel 17:37 – David had some abilities, he could have chosen to trust himself and the abilities that he had. He didn’t, at least from what it appears like in the scriptures. David wasn’t trusting in a strip of leather and a rock when he faced Goliath, even though he was probably quite skilled with the sling.
David said, “God is with me…” that was the key to his victory and to the rest of his life.
The God we serve is much bigger than a giant. Why do we lean on our own abilities instead of on an all powerful God and creator.
Does the work of God get done with only your abilities? Sure, we can get some things done this way, but if its just us in our own abilities we are getting far less done than if we go in the strength of God.
1 Samuel 18:13 – Things are starting to happen. Perhaps now the steps to the throne wouldn’t be but so may. It is a real temptation when we have a position like this is to lean on that instead of lean on God. Leaning on our popularity is a mistake.
David had friends and people in his life who were in high places. He could have leaned on these friends to get to the throne, but he didn’t. Michael, Jonathan, Samuel. People, no matter how wonderful they are, are still people.
We should never lean on our human support system to the extent where it takes the place of God. There can only be one person on the throne of our life, that person needs to be God.
Matthew 28 – I am with you always, even to the end of the world.
Psalm 34 – This is something that David wrote while in some very difficult times. David learned to praise God in the midst of his difficulties.
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Full Commitment Instead of Mediocrity - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/full-commitment-instead-of-mediocrity/ Sun, 26 Jan 2020 20:46:09 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3594 https://www.bmcgladys.com/full-commitment-instead-of-mediocrity/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/full-commitment-instead-of-mediocrity/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 16 – What does “cross bearing mean” it means bearing ones cross and death to self. Facing one direction and not being able to turn around. A man on a cross cannot turn around and look at what is behind him. The man going to the cross does not say “Peter, I’ll see you […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/full-commitment-instead-of-mediocrity/">Full Commitment Instead of Mediocrity</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 16 – What does “cross bearing mean” it means bearing ones cross and death to self. Facing one direction and not being able to turn around. A man on a cross cannot turn around and look at what is behind him.

The man going to the cross does not say “Peter, I’ll see you to go fishing next Tuesday.” There are no future plans when someone is going to the cross.

We pursue what we want most by giving up something else.

Most of us haven’t faced death for the sake of our relationship of Jesus, but we do need to live for him.

This is a challenge for every Christian, this pull of mediocrity. Sometimes we live our lives in the hope that God is going to grade on a curve.

Consecration, commitment must be total and complete.

Philippians 3:12-13 – Christ Jesus has made me His own, because of this I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of Christ Jesus. Paul says that he still has a long ways to go, he sees that there is plenty of room for him to grow.

Are you satisfied with where you are this morning? Do you feel like you don’t need to move very much in your relationship and walk with Christ?

Our tendency is to hold something back, we feel as if giving 70 or 80 percent is enough. God expects 100% from us, no more and no less.

Matthew 11 – God knows what we are capable of. He knows what our “max” is. Jesus says, come to me and find rest. We are not enough, but Jesus is enough.

Luke 19:11-26 – This parable is a little different from the parable of the talents. The king had expectations of his servants, it wasn’t out of the blue.

A lot of times the “words” we say don’t line up with the “commitment” we live out. We are all given something to be faithful in. At the very least we are all given one life. The other thing that is sure is that Christ is coming back, even if it seems like his return is delayed.

God is not ok with mediocrity and lukewarm ness. The Laodiceans had a lot of things, but one thing they lacked was a commitment to Christ.

What we spend our time on is most likely what we are going to get our results in. The world places a high value on money and prestige but the Bible makes it clear that these things are going to wither away like grass.

Mark 10 – Jesus told his disciples that there is no one who has left everything for the sake of the Gospel that won’t receive a reward 100x (more).

There are a lot of things that we need to do… that have to be done, but we need to make sure that we aren’t letting even the important things take the place of the things that are vital in our relationships with Christ.

What are you committed to? Is it worthwhile? How can you more fully commit yourself to Christ, to your family, to your church?

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Matthew 16 – What does “cross bearing mean” it means bearing ones cross and death to self. Facing one direction and not being able to turn around. A man on a cross cannot turn around and look at what is behind him. The man going to the cross does not say “Peter, I’ll see you to go fishing next Tuesday.” There are no future plans when someone is going to the cross.
We pursue what we want most by giving up something else.
Most of us haven’t faced death for the sake of our relationship of Jesus, but we do need to live for him.
This is a challenge for every Christian, this pull of mediocrity. Sometimes we live our lives in the hope that God is going to grade on a curve.
Consecration, commitment must be total and complete.
Philippians 3:12-13 – Christ Jesus has made me His own, because of this I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of Christ Jesus. Paul says that he still has a long ways to go, he sees that there is plenty of room for him to grow.
Are you satisfied with where you are this morning? Do you feel like you don’t need to move very much in your relationship and walk with Christ?
Our tendency is to hold something back, we feel as if giving 70 or 80 percent is enough. God expects 100% from us, no more and no less.
Matthew 11 – God knows what we are capable of. He knows what our “max” is. Jesus says, come to me and find rest. We are not enough, but Jesus is enough.
Luke 19:11-26 – This parable is a little different from the parable of the talents. The king had expectations of his servants, it wasn’t out of the blue.
A lot of times the “words” we say don’t line up with the “commitment” we live out. We are all given something to be faithful in. At the very least we are all given one life. The other thing that is sure is that Christ is coming back, even if it seems like his return is delayed.
God is not ok with mediocrity and lukewarm ness. The Laodiceans had a lot of things, but one thing they lacked was a commitment to Christ.
What we spend our time on is most likely what we are going to get our results in. The world places a high value on money and prestige but the Bible makes it clear that these things are going to wither away like grass.
Mark 10 – Jesus told his disciples that there is no one who has left everything for the sake of the Gospel that won’t receive a reward 100x (more).
There are a lot of things that we need to do… that have to be done, but we need to make sure that we aren’t letting even the important things take the place of the things that are vital in our relationships with Christ.
What are you committed to? Is it worthwhile? How can you more fully commit yourself to Christ, to your family, to your church?
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The Power of God - Unleashed by Faith - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-god-unleashed-by-faith/ Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:52:11 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3590 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-god-unleashed-by-faith/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-god-unleashed-by-faith/feed/ 0 <p>Text: 2 Chronicles 14, 15, 16 Other references: Matthew 9:22,23; 9:28-30; Matthew 15:22-28; Matthew 14:22-33; Acts 11:18 Asa sought the Lord in great distress— but did not in smaller things. His life shows a troubling trend of lessening dependence on God. I believe that it’s possible for us maturing Christians to begin to trust in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-god-unleashed-by-faith/">The Power of God – Unleashed by Faith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: 2 Chronicles 14, 15, 16

Other references: Matthew 9:22,23; 9:28-30; Matthew 15:22-28; Matthew 14:22-33; Acts 11:18

Asa sought the Lord in great distress— but did not in smaller things. His life shows a troubling trend of lessening dependence on God.

I believe that it’s possible for us maturing Christians to begin to trust in things other than God. We can rationalize our way through life that we can depend on our own resources or wisdom rather than the help of the Lord.

Who is God?

He breathed the stars into existence; He brought great judgement on the earth in the flood while saving his people; He confused the tongues at the Tower of Babel; He conquered powerful nations; He sent down fire from heaven; and so on.

All of His promises were kept. The promise of a deliverer to Adam and Eve was kept in the coming of Jesus.
We have experiences of God’s power in our own lives and in church history.

It’s when I start depending on God’s greatness that my trust moves from my head to my heart. God’s power isn’t in question— it’s only my faith.

It is a scary thought that even a mature Christian can begin to diminish his faith. Symptoms can include loss of spiritual awareness, loss of care for the lost, love for the things of the world, and discomfort around those with a vibrant faith.

A lack of faith is truly a limiting factor for God’s power. He wishes to show Himself strong. Don’t put God in a box! He is in the business of expanding our hearts and getting us out of our own boxes.

God works to increase our faith in many ways. Sometimes He uses times of testing. Sometimes He just surprises us! Sometimes He uses testimonies.

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Text: 2 Chronicles 14, 15, 16 Other references: Matthew 9:22,23; 9:28-30; Matthew 15:22-28; Matthew 14:22-33; Acts 11:18 Asa sought the Lord in great distress— but did not in smaller things. His life shows a troubling trend of lessening dependence on G... Other references: Matthew 9:22,23; 9:28-30; Matthew 15:22-28; Matthew 14:22-33; Acts 11:18
Asa sought the Lord in great distress— but did not in smaller things. His life shows a troubling trend of lessening dependence on God.
I believe that it’s possible for us maturing Christians to begin to trust in things other than God. We can rationalize our way through life that we can depend on our own resources or wisdom rather than the help of the Lord.
Who is God?
He breathed the stars into existence; He brought great judgement on the earth in the flood while saving his people; He confused the tongues at the Tower of Babel; He conquered powerful nations; He sent down fire from heaven; and so on.
All of His promises were kept. The promise of a deliverer to Adam and Eve was kept in the coming of Jesus.
We have experiences of God’s power in our own lives and in church history.
It’s when I start depending on God’s greatness that my trust moves from my head to my heart. God’s power isn’t in question— it’s only my faith.
It is a scary thought that even a mature Christian can begin to diminish his faith. Symptoms can include loss of spiritual awareness, loss of care for the lost, love for the things of the world, and discomfort around those with a vibrant faith.
A lack of faith is truly a limiting factor for God’s power. He wishes to show Himself strong. Don’t put God in a box! He is in the business of expanding our hearts and getting us out of our own boxes.
God works to increase our faith in many ways. Sometimes He uses times of testing. Sometimes He just surprises us! Sometimes He uses testimonies.
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The Values of Jesus’ Disciples - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-values-of-jesus-disciples/ Sun, 12 Jan 2020 22:20:07 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3586 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-values-of-jesus-disciples/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-values-of-jesus-disciples/feed/ 0 <p>Texts: Matthew 10:24-39; Matthew 16:21-27; Luke 14:25-33 Companies have their own set of values; People have their own set values. Jesus gave us a unique set of values. These are the values we are to learn in discipleship. Do we live them? Disciples of Jesus value being right with God over being right with men. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-values-of-jesus-disciples/">The Values of Jesus’ Disciples</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Texts: Matthew 10:24-39; Matthew 16:21-27; Luke 14:25-33

Companies have their own set of values; People have their own set values. Jesus gave us a unique set of values. These are the values we are to learn in discipleship. Do we live them?

  1. Disciples of Jesus value being right with God over being right with men.

If you want to follow Jesus, you will have to put a higher value on your relationship with God over relationships with anyone else. His judgement is much more serious.

Whatever difficulty you have to go through because you are a follower of God, remember that God is aware and will reward you in the end.

  1. Disciples of Jesus value their relationship with Jesus over conflict-free relationships.

We should avoid unnecessary conflict with people, but sometimes our commitment to Jesus requires us to be in conflict with family or friends.

  1. Disciples of Jesus value following Jesus example over avoiding difficulty and suffering.

The context of Jesus teaching here (Matthew 16) is his rebuke of Peter for telling Him not to go to the cross. The true disciple of Jesus will take up his cross and follow his Master.

  1. Disciples of Jesus value spiritual investments over earthly possessions.

This (Luke 14) follows the parable of the great banquet.

  1. Disciples of Jesus value eternal life over “living the dream”.

Jesus is not saying that all disciples need to be martyrs, rather that they must die to self. They must be willing to give up temporal things for things that matter in eternity.

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Do our choices actually line up with our stated values?

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Texts: Matthew 10:24-39; Matthew 16:21-27; Luke 14:25-33 Companies have their own set of values; People have their own set values. Jesus gave us a unique set of values. These are the values we are to learn in discipleship. Do we live them? Companies have their own set of values; People have their own set values. Jesus gave us a unique set of values. These are the values we are to learn in discipleship. Do we live them?

* Disciples of Jesus value being right with God over being right with men.

If you want to follow Jesus, you will have to put a higher value on your relationship with God over relationships with anyone else. His judgement is much more serious.
Whatever difficulty you have to go through because you are a follower of God, remember that God is aware and will reward you in the end.

* Disciples of Jesus value their relationship with Jesus over conflict-free relationships.

We should avoid unnecessary conflict with people, but sometimes our commitment to Jesus requires us to be in conflict with family or friends.

* Disciples of Jesus value following Jesus example over avoiding difficulty and suffering.

The context of Jesus teaching here (Matthew 16) is his rebuke of Peter for telling Him not to go to the cross. The true disciple of Jesus will take up his cross and follow his Master.

* Disciples of Jesus value spiritual investments over earthly possessions.

This (Luke 14) follows the parable of the great banquet.

* Disciples of Jesus value eternal life over “living the dream”.

Jesus is not saying that all disciples need to be martyrs, rather that they must die to self. They must be willing to give up temporal things for things that matter in eternity.
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Do our choices actually line up with our stated values?
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The Omniscience of God - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-omniscience-of-god/ Sun, 05 Jan 2020 22:28:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3583 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-omniscience-of-god/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-omniscience-of-god/feed/ 0 <p>Texts used – Matthew 25:4, Ephesians 1:4, 2 Chronicles 16:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Psalm 23 God knows our frailties. God has provided gracious provisions for us. So that we can respond correctly and grow in character. Only an all knowing God could orchestrate move and work in these kinds of ways. 2 Chronicles 16:9 – […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-omniscience-of-god/">The Omniscience of God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Texts used – Matthew 25:4, Ephesians 1:4, 2 Chronicles 16:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Psalm 23

God knows our frailties. God has provided gracious provisions for us. So that we can respond correctly and grow in character. Only an all knowing God could orchestrate move and work in these kinds of ways.

2 Chronicles 16:9 – God knows and is interested and involved and provides help encouragement and protection. Hagar called on the name of the Lord and He spake to her. Her response was, “You see me.”

2 Thessalonians 3:3 – God also exposes sin and convicts us. Because he is engaged in our lives He knows and convicts us. The Lord also establishes us and keeps us from evil. To know that God knows us completely shouldn’t be frightening to us as Christians. God intends for this to be knowledge that comforts us.

Psalm 23 – The omniscience of God is a motivation and a comfort, He is with us and He cares for us. God does so many wonderful things for us in His care for us.

There is so much more that we could know about God and how He cares for us. We will continue to learn more and more as we walk with our Father in Heaven through out our lives.

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Texts used – Matthew 25:4, Ephesians 1:4, 2 Chronicles 16:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Psalm 23 God knows our frailties. God has provided gracious provisions for us. So that we can respond correctly and grow in character. God knows our frailties. God has provided gracious provisions for us. So that we can respond correctly and grow in character. Only an all knowing God could orchestrate move and work in these kinds of ways.
2 Chronicles 16:9 – God knows and is interested and involved and provides help encouragement and protection. Hagar called on the name of the Lord and He spake to her. Her response was, “You see me.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3 – God also exposes sin and convicts us. Because he is engaged in our lives He knows and convicts us. The Lord also establishes us and keeps us from evil. To know that God knows us completely shouldn’t be frightening to us as Christians. God intends for this to be knowledge that comforts us.
Psalm 23 – The omniscience of God is a motivation and a comfort, He is with us and He cares for us. God does so many wonderful things for us in His care for us.
There is so much more that we could know about God and how He cares for us. We will continue to learn more and more as we walk with our Father in Heaven through out our lives.
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Towards a Fruitful New Year - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/towards-a-fruitful-new-year/ Sun, 29 Dec 2019 20:44:46 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3580 https://www.bmcgladys.com/towards-a-fruitful-new-year/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/towards-a-fruitful-new-year/feed/ 0 <p>It is a good thing for us to be introspective at this time of the year. It is very important where our hearts are so it is a good thing for us to spend some time considering and thinking about. John 15:1-17 – Vines and fruit. The Passover is at full moon. There’s a good […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/towards-a-fruitful-new-year/">Towards a Fruitful New Year</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> It is a good thing for us to be introspective at this time of the year. It is very important where our hearts are so it is a good thing for us to spend some time considering and thinking about.

John 15:1-17 – Vines and fruit.

The Passover is at full moon. There’s a good chance that Jesus and his disciples were walking through the country, perhaps through some vineyards, in the light of the full moon.

I Am the True Vine

There are a number of characters in this story that Jesus tells. The center of the entire thing though is the vine.

People look for places to connect their lives. Causes are all around us. Humanity has many religions, and there are many sincere followers of these many religions.

There are lots of man made substitutions, but there is only one true vine. One true source of happiness and purpose.

The one, true source of happiness and life is this vine – Jesus.

God is actively involved and interested in the lives of humanity. He wants good things for us and He knows what it will take to get us to a good place.

We Are the Branches

Pruning and cutting may not be a very exciting concept, but it is what Jesus focused on in this parable. Removing unproductive or dead wood from the plant is important for fruit production.

The pruning process is specifically aimed to maximize production, the result is hopefully more fruit.

There are two types of branches Jesus talks about. In this parable the branches have the choice of what kind of branch they are.

God is looking for willingness plants that connect with Him and take in his living “sap” and produce fruit.

The fruit that God is looking for is character traits that mirror that of the vine that they are connected to.

Even in an old dead looking branch God knows that there is potential for new life to yet spring from that branch.

The second type of branch is the branch that isn’t producing fruit. We can appear attached but refuse the live giving “sap” that is offered from the vine we are connected to.

Walking with Jesus had changed the disciples. But there was major pruning ahead for them yet.

Abide in Me

The word abide is related to abode. It is where we are to stay, where we are to abide. We make the choice to make the step and make the connection to Christ.

God has done so much in preparing this place and way for us to remain and abide, our choice is small. Jesus also promises to come to us and live in us. He will abide in us as we abide in Him.

Without Christ, without a connection with Him… we can do nothing.

Abiding isn’t the “default setting” its not just something that happens if we hold still. We need to actively pay attention to the connection to the vine. This isn’t just a random New Years resolution… this abiding is a vital part of our life both now and for eternity.

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It is a good thing for us to be introspective at this time of the year. It is very important where our hearts are so it is a good thing for us to spend some time considering and thinking about. John 15:1-17 – Vines and fruit. John 15:1-17 – Vines and fruit.
The Passover is at full moon. There’s a good chance that Jesus and his disciples were walking through the country, perhaps through some vineyards, in the light of the full moon.
I Am the True Vine
There are a number of characters in this story that Jesus tells. The center of the entire thing though is the vine.
People look for places to connect their lives. Causes are all around us. Humanity has many religions, and there are many sincere followers of these many religions.
There are lots of man made substitutions, but there is only one true vine. One true source of happiness and purpose.
The one, true source of happiness and life is this vine – Jesus.
God is actively involved and interested in the lives of humanity. He wants good things for us and He knows what it will take to get us to a good place.
We Are the Branches
Pruning and cutting may not be a very exciting concept, but it is what Jesus focused on in this parable. Removing unproductive or dead wood from the plant is important for fruit production.
The pruning process is specifically aimed to maximize production, the result is hopefully more fruit.
There are two types of branches Jesus talks about. In this parable the branches have the choice of what kind of branch they are.
God is looking for willingness plants that connect with Him and take in his living “sap” and produce fruit.
The fruit that God is looking for is character traits that mirror that of the vine that they are connected to.
Even in an old dead looking branch God knows that there is potential for new life to yet spring from that branch.
The second type of branch is the branch that isn’t producing fruit. We can appear attached but refuse the live giving “sap” that is offered from the vine we are connected to.
Walking with Jesus had changed the disciples. But there was major pruning ahead for them yet.
Abide in Me
The word abide is related to abode. It is where we are to stay, where we are to abide. We make the choice to make the step and make the connection to Christ.
God has done so much in preparing this place and way for us to remain and abide, our choice is small. Jesus also promises to come to us and live in us. He will abide in us as we abide in Him.
Without Christ, without a connection with Him… we can do nothing.
Abiding isn’t the “default setting” its not just something that happens if we hold still. We need to actively pay attention to the connection to the vine. This isn’t just a random New Years resolution… this abiding is a vital part of our life both now and for eternity.
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The Coming of Our Rescue - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-coming-of-our-rescue/ Sun, 22 Dec 2019 15:51:38 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3578 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-coming-of-our-rescue/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-coming-of-our-rescue/feed/ 0 <p>The first Christmas broke the silence that had been in place for some 400 years. What the people on earth couldn’t see was “the other side.” Heaven was mounting a full scale rescue operation. God was sending forth a living word, in flesh, breaking the silence. Luke 1 – Zechariah was chosen to go in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-coming-of-our-rescue/">The Coming of Our Rescue</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The first Christmas broke the silence that had been in place for some 400 years. What the people on earth couldn’t see was “the other side.” Heaven was mounting a full scale rescue operation. God was sending forth a living word, in flesh, breaking the silence.

Luke 1 – Zechariah was chosen to go in and burn the incense on the alter. While he was there an angel appeared to him. Zechariah was startled, as one would be, but the angel went on to tell him that his prayers had been heard and he and his wife would have a son.

The angels words were the first to “break the silence” of 400 years… “Fear not.”

Six months later the angel made another appearance, this time to Mary. “Rejoice highly favored one, the Lord is with you.” This is another message of “don’t be afraid, rejoice because great things are coming.”

The angel then appeared to Joseph as well and told him to not be afraid to take Mary as his wife, what was going on was of God.

These messages were messages of joy.

Luke 2:1-20 – The angel appeared to Zechariah, then Mary, then Joseph, then the shepherds. All of these were key players in the rescue mission that God was working on.

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” The angels had a unique perspective, not only did they see what what’s happening on earth, but also what was happening in heaven.

Jesus is our rescuer, he came to us as the light of the world to save those who understand their desperate need.

John 1:1-18 – You cannot see the sun when you are blind. Not every person on earth is saved by the rescuer, there is spiritual blindness that no one on earth is completely safe from.

It is interesting to see who God chose to use to affect with the Good news. Mary. Joseph. Zechariah. The Shepherds.

To be a part of the rescue story all we have to do is to be rescued, believe in the only son of God. We cannot save ourselves, instead we need to completely trust in our rescuer Jesus.

The light that Jesus came into the world with is to shine fort from our lives as we live and walk in the power of Christ and His life within us.

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The first Christmas broke the silence that had been in place for some 400 years. What the people on earth couldn’t see was “the other side.” Heaven was mounting a full scale rescue operation. God was sending forth a living word, in flesh, Luke 1 – Zechariah was chosen to go in and burn the incense on the alter. While he was there an angel appeared to him. Zechariah was startled, as one would be, but the angel went on to tell him that his prayers had been heard and he and his wife would have a son.
The angels words were the first to “break the silence” of 400 years… “Fear not.”
Six months later the angel made another appearance, this time to Mary. “Rejoice highly favored one, the Lord is with you.” This is another message of “don’t be afraid, rejoice because great things are coming.”
The angel then appeared to Joseph as well and told him to not be afraid to take Mary as his wife, what was going on was of God.
These messages were messages of joy.
Luke 2:1-20 – The angel appeared to Zechariah, then Mary, then Joseph, then the shepherds. All of these were key players in the rescue mission that God was working on.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” The angels had a unique perspective, not only did they see what what’s happening on earth, but also what was happening in heaven.
Jesus is our rescuer, he came to us as the light of the world to save those who understand their desperate need.
John 1:1-18 – You cannot see the sun when you are blind. Not every person on earth is saved by the rescuer, there is spiritual blindness that no one on earth is completely safe from.
It is interesting to see who God chose to use to affect with the Good news. Mary. Joseph. Zechariah. The Shepherds.
To be a part of the rescue story all we have to do is to be rescued, believe in the only son of God. We cannot save ourselves, instead we need to completely trust in our rescuer Jesus.
The light that Jesus came into the world with is to shine fort from our lives as we live and walk in the power of Christ and His life within us.
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What is True About My Route Through Life - Jeff Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-true-about-my-route-through-life/ Sun, 15 Dec 2019 20:53:39 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3574 https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-true-about-my-route-through-life/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-true-about-my-route-through-life/feed/ 0 <p>John 18 – Pilate in the trial of Jesus asked the age old question, “what is truth?” Truth originates with God, it is the self expression of God. It is consistent with who God is. God is who we measure truth by. Today there is so much information that truth can get somewhat muddy. John […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-true-about-my-route-through-life/">What is True About My Route Through Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> John 18 – Pilate in the trial of Jesus asked the age old question, “what is truth?”

Truth originates with God, it is the self expression of God. It is consistent with who God is. God is who we measure truth by.

Today there is so much information that truth can get somewhat muddy.

John 1:14 – John presents truth as a concept that is important of itself. Jesus was full of grace and truth. Truth enabled Jesus to live live perfectly, He could provide the perfect solution to peoples problems because He knew the truth about them. Jesus also understood perfectly who God is and His relationship with God.

We often wonder, are we doing the right thing? Are we making the correct choices? Jesus always made the correct choice, about all things.

Truth in our lives is key to us living the way that God wants us to. We cannot live the way God wants us to just by chance, we have to know truth to be able to live the way God wants us to.

John and the other disciples saw that grace and truth in Jesus. Truth is especially relevant and displayed in relationships. God’s truth speaking to me. Me speaking truth to someone else. Me acknowledging to God who I am.

Relationships are built on trust. Trust comes from people being true and honest with each other.

John 8:44-47 – Jesus says that Satan was the father of these folks, and that Satan is the father of all lies. God is truth, that is his nature. Satan is a lier, that is his nature.

It is difficult to lie, and then maintain that lie. Usually there is the initial lie, then there are lies that have to be told to continue to cover things up. Lies tend to be progressive, we end up having to continually cover up for ourselves.

There are things that we understand as normal that are shaped by our culture. How do we understand truth when it is in the face of our culture?

It is important when we are talking about truth to know what our source of truth is, something that we can say, “this is where truth comes from.” Jesus tells us that He wants to be our source of truth.

John 17:17 – How can we receive truth from Jesus? Jesus says that the word is truth. We are very fortunate to have Biblical truth written down and available to us. The Bible is a constant source of truth that gives us an accurate picture of God, of Satan, of ourselves, of life, etc. The better we know our Bibles, the better we can know God’s truth.

John 16:13 – Jesus promised that he would send the “Comforter.” This is another way that we can know/learn truth. Jesus sent his own Spirit to live in us to help us see and know truth. The Bible doesn’t talk specifically about all different things, that’s where the Holy Spirit living in our lives can help us make decisions.

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John 18 – Pilate in the trial of Jesus asked the age old question, “what is truth?” Truth originates with God, it is the self expression of God. It is consistent with who God is. God is who we measure truth by. Truth originates with God, it is the self expression of God. It is consistent with who God is. God is who we measure truth by.
Today there is so much information that truth can get somewhat muddy.
John 1:14 – John presents truth as a concept that is important of itself. Jesus was full of grace and truth. Truth enabled Jesus to live live perfectly, He could provide the perfect solution to peoples problems because He knew the truth about them. Jesus also understood perfectly who God is and His relationship with God.
We often wonder, are we doing the right thing? Are we making the correct choices? Jesus always made the correct choice, about all things.
Truth in our lives is key to us living the way that God wants us to. We cannot live the way God wants us to just by chance, we have to know truth to be able to live the way God wants us to.
John and the other disciples saw that grace and truth in Jesus. Truth is especially relevant and displayed in relationships. God’s truth speaking to me. Me speaking truth to someone else. Me acknowledging to God who I am.
Relationships are built on trust. Trust comes from people being true and honest with each other.
John 8:44-47 – Jesus says that Satan was the father of these folks, and that Satan is the father of all lies. God is truth, that is his nature. Satan is a lier, that is his nature.
It is difficult to lie, and then maintain that lie. Usually there is the initial lie, then there are lies that have to be told to continue to cover things up. Lies tend to be progressive, we end up having to continually cover up for ourselves.
There are things that we understand as normal that are shaped by our culture. How do we understand truth when it is in the face of our culture?
It is important when we are talking about truth to know what our source of truth is, something that we can say, “this is where truth comes from.” Jesus tells us that He wants to be our source of truth.
John 17:17 – How can we receive truth from Jesus? Jesus says that the word is truth. We are very fortunate to have Biblical truth written down and available to us. The Bible is a constant source of truth that gives us an accurate picture of God, of Satan, of ourselves, of life, etc. The better we know our Bibles, the better we can know God’s truth.
John 16:13 – Jesus promised that he would send the “Comforter.” This is another way that we can know/learn truth. Jesus sent his own Spirit to live in us to help us see and know truth. The Bible doesn’t talk specifically about all different things, that’s where the Holy Spirit living in our lives can help us make decisions.
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Answering the Question “Who is My Neighbor” - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/answering-the-question-who-is-my-neighbor/ Sun, 08 Dec 2019 20:33:42 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3570 https://www.bmcgladys.com/answering-the-question-who-is-my-neighbor/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/answering-the-question-who-is-my-neighbor/feed/ 0 <p>Luke 10:25-37 – There are roles in this story that we can identify with at different times in our lives. Parables are interesting. We like stories. Jesus told stories that a lot of people could relate to. His parables should be taken to make a simple point. At times we can try to pull too […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/answering-the-question-who-is-my-neighbor/">Answering the Question “Who is My Neighbor”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 10:25-37 – There are roles in this story that we can identify with at different times in our lives.

Parables are interesting. We like stories. Jesus told stories that a lot of people could relate to. His parables should be taken to make a simple point. At times we can try to pull too many things out of these parables.

We’re not really told whether this lawyer was hostile towards Jesus or not, we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and believe that he was asking a genuine question.

As Jesus often did, he turned the question back to the lawyer. “How do you believe it? How do you see it?”

The lawyer new the answers, he had the texts. Love, God first and others too.

Jesus agreed… You’re right! So do it! Practice this law and you will have life.

This lawyer new the mechanics of the law. He probably could explain logically how he had kept these verses.

Love is more than an idea, it finds expression in action.

The lawyer probably felt a little like a school boy who had forgotten his homework.

Jesus tells this story then to illustrate who our neighbor is.

The Parable

This is a short story, but there is a fair bit of drama in it. The road to Jericho went through a pretty rough route. Merchants went up and down the road, but the bandits were also pretty prominent. The trip was rocky, dry, and dangerous.

The people listening to Jesus knew exactly where Jesus was talking about. They knew the situation. They probably were questioning why he was walking alone!

This man going down to Jericho was caught by the bandits. He was half dead.

But wait! Here comes someone… he is a priest! He should have been the ideal person to help this man out. But he walked on by.

Again, another person comes by… again it is someone who should care enough to help him out.

Finally a third fellow comes along… with a donkey, but he recognized that the man was a Samaritan. Hope probably faded away again.

But the third man stopped! He helped the fellow out. Took him on his donkey and cared for him in an inn that night. The next day he left some money to take care of him, and said he’d be back through and would pay any more it cost.

You’re Right, Now Go Do Likewise

There are several things that we can take from this.

  • Jesus wants us to love others regardless of who they are.
  • Our neighbor is anyone who is in need that I have the ability to help.
  • Having the ability to help means that I have Jesus love in my heart.

This is pretty simple to say, to read, but it is harder to grasp and then try to accomplish. In fact it is impossible to accomplish on our own.

There are people all around us who we come in contact with. If they are our neighbors wont we be overwhelmed with needing to love them? Will we turn away and walk on by?

Helping people in need can mean a few things. These might be a few reasons that the first two didn’t stop to help.

  • It might mean getting dirty.
  • It might be risky.
  • It might mean that we won’t get to all of our important things on our schedule.
  • No one was watching! Sometimes we do things when people are watching that we might hesitate to do when they aren’t looking.

So, why did the Samaritan stop and help? What equips us to help those in need?

  • He had true love in his heart. He knew that God loved him and he knew that he had a debt to pay to humanity because God had loved him.
  • He had felt pain and rejection from others. He had empathy.
  • He was able to help! He had been blessed with health, a donkey, and he even had a few coins. God had blessed him and he was responsible to use the things he had well.

This Samaritan left an example for all of us. Are we a priest? Are we a Levite? Are we in a hurry? Or maybe we are wounded and we need help!

There are many opportunities for us to use this “heart love” that Jesus can give us. May God give us wisdom and grace as we walk with him, and with our neighbors, in the coming week.

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Luke 10:25-37 – There are roles in this story that we can identify with at different times in our lives. Parables are interesting. We like stories. Jesus told stories that a lot of people could relate to. His parables should be taken to make a simple p... Parables are interesting. We like stories. Jesus told stories that a lot of people could relate to. His parables should be taken to make a simple point. At times we can try to pull too many things out of these parables.
We’re not really told whether this lawyer was hostile towards Jesus or not, we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and believe that he was asking a genuine question.
As Jesus often did, he turned the question back to the lawyer. “How do you believe it? How do you see it?”
The lawyer new the answers, he had the texts. Love, God first and others too.
Jesus agreed… You’re right! So do it! Practice this law and you will have life.
This lawyer new the mechanics of the law. He probably could explain logically how he had kept these verses.
Love is more than an idea, it finds expression in action.
The lawyer probably felt a little like a school boy who had forgotten his homework.
Jesus tells this story then to illustrate who our neighbor is.
The Parable
This is a short story, but there is a fair bit of drama in it. The road to Jericho went through a pretty rough route. Merchants went up and down the road, but the bandits were also pretty prominent. The trip was rocky, dry, and dangerous.
The people listening to Jesus knew exactly where Jesus was talking about. They knew the situation. They probably were questioning why he was walking alone!
This man going down to Jericho was caught by the bandits. He was half dead.
But wait! Here comes someone… he is a priest! He should have been the ideal person to help this man out. But he walked on by.
Again, another person comes by… again it is someone who should care enough to help him out.
Finally a third fellow comes along… with a donkey, but he recognized that the man was a Samaritan. Hope probably faded away again.
But the third man stopped! He helped the fellow out. Took him on his donkey and cared for him in an inn that night. The next day he left some money to take care of him, and said he’d be back through and would pay any more it cost.
You’re Right, Now Go Do Likewise
There are several things that we can take from this.

* Jesus wants us to love others regardless of who they are.
* Our neighbor is anyone who is in need that I have the ability to help.
* Having the ability to help means that I have Jesus love in my heart.

This is pretty simple to say, to read, but it is harder to grasp and then try to accomplish. In fact it is impossible to accomplish on our own.
There are people all around us who we come in contact with. If they are our neighbors wont we be overwhelmed with needing to love them? Will we turn away and walk on by?
Helping people in need can mean a few things. These might be a few reasons that the first two didn’t stop to help.

* It might mean getting dirty.
* It might be risky.
* It might mean that we won’t get to all of our important things on our schedule.
* No one was watching! Sometimes we do things when people are watching that we might hesitate to do when they aren’t looking.

So, why did the Samaritan stop and help? What equips us to help those in need?

* He had true love in his heart. He knew that God loved him and he knew that he had a debt to pay to humanity because God had loved him.
* He had felt pain and rejection from others. He had empathy.
* He was able to help! He had been blessed with health, a donkey, and he even had a few coins. God had blessed him and he was responsible to use the things he had well.

This Samaritan left an example for all of us. Are we a priest? Are we a Levite? Are we in a hurry? Or maybe we are wounded and we need help!
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When You Start Down a Road You Are Choosing a Destination - Rich Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/when-you-start-down-a-road-you-are-choosing-a-destination/ Sun, 01 Dec 2019 22:22:16 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3566 https://www.bmcgladys.com/when-you-start-down-a-road-you-are-choosing-a-destination/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/when-you-start-down-a-road-you-are-choosing-a-destination/feed/ 0 <p>We live in a world of many religions and there is a constant call to be more tolerant of other peoples beliefs and views. You have your god and I have mine. Some people would say that it is wrong to claim that “my way is the only way.” This morning we want to look […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/when-you-start-down-a-road-you-are-choosing-a-destination/">When You Start Down a Road You Are Choosing a Destination</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We live in a world of many religions and there is a constant call to be more tolerant of other peoples beliefs and views. You have your god and I have mine.

Some people would say that it is wrong to claim that “my way is the only way.”

This morning we want to look at the question, “who decides what is right?”

Acts 17 – Paul had been on Mars Hill and he saw alters and gods that people worshiped. When Paul saw this approach of “many gods” he pointed the people to the creator.

John 1:1 – When we are talking about who gets to decide what is right and what is wrong, a good place to start is the creator. The one who made all things.

Acts 4 – Peter & John had been in prison and were released miraculously. They were then joined with the other believers praising God and praying, they said this, “Lord, thou art God which hath made heaven, earth and sea, and all that in them is.”

Romans 5:8 – Jesus was also the one who died for our sins. He did it while we were yet sinners. He is also a good candidate to be the one who should be able to decide what is right and what is wrong.

Jesus said that He is the “way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.”

We can conclude, like Peter did, that we aren’t going anywhere else. Jesus is the answer to everything. We don’t live in a world that will be judged according to the way we see it, it will be judged according to the way that God sees it.

Matthew 7 – When we make decisions in life we like for them to give us some flexibility. Jesus says that there are only two ways, not more… the reason being that there are two destinations.

Proverbs 1:15 – Talking about following those that are leading us down the wrong road. Don’t follow their path!

God is the one that decides, and His ways, His thoughts are higher than ours. When we choose a road we are choosing a destination.

Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3, Ephesians 2:1, Proverbs 3:5, Revelation3:19 – So, what do we do if we discover that we’re on the right road. All of us have been on the wrong road. If we are always doing what is right in our own eyes, we are probably on the wrong road. Revelation tells us that repentance is the answer, turn around and go the other way.

Daniel 4 – It became clear to Nebuchadnezzar who decided which way is right and which way is wrong. Nebuchadnezzar eventually repented and worshiped the God of heaven, determining to live in the truth and judgement of God’s ways.

Am I doing well? Am I choosing roads and making decisions that will lead to the destinations that I am looking for?

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We live in a world of many religions and there is a constant call to be more tolerant of other peoples beliefs and views. You have your god and I have mine. Some people would say that it is wrong to claim that “my way is the only way. Some people would say that it is wrong to claim that “my way is the only way.”
This morning we want to look at the question, “who decides what is right?”
Acts 17 – Paul had been on Mars Hill and he saw alters and gods that people worshiped. When Paul saw this approach of “many gods” he pointed the people to the creator.
John 1:1 – When we are talking about who gets to decide what is right and what is wrong, a good place to start is the creator. The one who made all things.
Acts 4 – Peter & John had been in prison and were released miraculously. They were then joined with the other believers praising God and praying, they said this, “Lord, thou art God which hath made heaven, earth and sea, and all that in them is.”
Romans 5:8 – Jesus was also the one who died for our sins. He did it while we were yet sinners. He is also a good candidate to be the one who should be able to decide what is right and what is wrong.
Jesus said that He is the “way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.”
We can conclude, like Peter did, that we aren’t going anywhere else. Jesus is the answer to everything. We don’t live in a world that will be judged according to the way we see it, it will be judged according to the way that God sees it.
Matthew 7 – When we make decisions in life we like for them to give us some flexibility. Jesus says that there are only two ways, not more… the reason being that there are two destinations.
Proverbs 1:15 – Talking about following those that are leading us down the wrong road. Don’t follow their path!
God is the one that decides, and His ways, His thoughts are higher than ours. When we choose a road we are choosing a destination.
Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3, Ephesians 2:1, Proverbs 3:5, Revelation3:19 – So, what do we do if we discover that we’re on the right road. All of us have been on the wrong road. If we are always doing what is right in our own eyes, we are probably on the wrong road. Revelation tells us that repentance is the answer, turn around and go the other way.
Daniel 4 – It became clear to Nebuchadnezzar who decided which way is right and which way is wrong. Nebuchadnezzar eventually repented and worshiped the God of heaven, determining to live in the truth and judgement of God’s ways.
Am I doing well? Am I choosing roads and making decisions that will lead to the destinations that I am looking for?
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The Sacrifice of the Good Shepherd - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-sacrifice-of-the-good-shepherd/ Sun, 24 Nov 2019 22:28:03 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3562 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-sacrifice-of-the-good-shepherd/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-sacrifice-of-the-good-shepherd/feed/ 0 <p>1 Corinthians 11 – Where Jesus instituted the communion service. We certainly want to remember and think often of what Jesus has done for us, and that is part of why we are here this morning. As we remember Jesus and what he has done, if we really remember him as we should, it brings […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-sacrifice-of-the-good-shepherd/">The Sacrifice of the Good Shepherd</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Corinthians 11 – Where Jesus instituted the communion service. We certainly want to remember and think often of what Jesus has done for us, and that is part of why we are here this morning.

As we remember Jesus and what he has done, if we really remember him as we should, it brings us to worship him. To worship Him is to follow him.

John 10:11-18 – We remember Jesus not as “a” good shepherd, but as “the” good shepherd, the only savior of mankind.

Jesus cares for the sheep. He makes a huge contrast between himself and the hired hand. The hired hand has no investment, no deep care for the sheep. Jesus on the other hand cares because the sheep are his, and because he loves them.

We have been scattered and lost. We have been troubled with conflict and anxiety and stresses. Jesus is the answer to the troubles and the pain and the hurt and the suffering that we experience here on earth.

Satan is the great and evil influencer in the world, but we make choices and we often make decisions that feed our sinful desires.

Ezekiel 34 – Ezekiel saw lost sheep, and he foretold a shepherd. Ezekiel condemns this who were supposed to be shepherding the flock of Israel and foretells that Jesus would come as a shepherd to care for the sheep.

Luke 15 – The shepherd is the creator, the shepherd is also the redeemer.

1 Corinthians 6:19 – You were bought at a price. Glorify God in your body and your Spirit which are God’s.

The good shepherd sees the scattered sheep and is moved with compassion for them. He pursues them and brings them back into the fold.

The good shepherd was surrendered to the will of the Father. At any point in this process of the trial and the crucifixion Jesus could have said no… but he didn’t, he submitted himself fully to the will of his Father. Jesus knew the again that was ahead, but he chose to continue doing the will of the Father.

Matthew 26:53 – Jesus says he could have called angels to come and set him free. Again he resolutely journeyed on into the storm and agony that he was called to.

Psalms 22 – Jesus suffered terrible agony. We know the story, the hateful words that were said, the mocking, the fists, the crown of thorns, the cross… We remember his suffering. We remember his death.

Romans 5:6-8 – The good shepherd gives his life for his sheep. Jesus died for us while we were still sinners. He gave his life voluntarily for us, for you, for me.

1 Peter 1:18, Hebrews 9:12-14 – The human way of loving is to run until the love runs out. Jesus love didn’t end, his love never runs out, he is love.

1 John 4:9-10 – The love of God is manifest towards us through the gift of God’s Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

We love him because he first loved us.

Thanks to God for his indescribable gift.

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1 Corinthians 11 – Where Jesus instituted the communion service. We certainly want to remember and think often of what Jesus has done for us, and that is part of why we are here this morning. As we remember Jesus and what he has done, As we remember Jesus and what he has done, if we really remember him as we should, it brings us to worship him. To worship Him is to follow him.
John 10:11-18 – We remember Jesus not as “a” good shepherd, but as “the” good shepherd, the only savior of mankind.
Jesus cares for the sheep. He makes a huge contrast between himself and the hired hand. The hired hand has no investment, no deep care for the sheep. Jesus on the other hand cares because the sheep are his, and because he loves them.
We have been scattered and lost. We have been troubled with conflict and anxiety and stresses. Jesus is the answer to the troubles and the pain and the hurt and the suffering that we experience here on earth.
Satan is the great and evil influencer in the world, but we make choices and we often make decisions that feed our sinful desires.
Ezekiel 34 – Ezekiel saw lost sheep, and he foretold a shepherd. Ezekiel condemns this who were supposed to be shepherding the flock of Israel and foretells that Jesus would come as a shepherd to care for the sheep.
Luke 15 – The shepherd is the creator, the shepherd is also the redeemer.
1 Corinthians 6:19 – You were bought at a price. Glorify God in your body and your Spirit which are God’s.
The good shepherd sees the scattered sheep and is moved with compassion for them. He pursues them and brings them back into the fold.
The good shepherd was surrendered to the will of the Father. At any point in this process of the trial and the crucifixion Jesus could have said no… but he didn’t, he submitted himself fully to the will of his Father. Jesus knew the again that was ahead, but he chose to continue doing the will of the Father.
Matthew 26:53 – Jesus says he could have called angels to come and set him free. Again he resolutely journeyed on into the storm and agony that he was called to.
Psalms 22 – Jesus suffered terrible agony. We know the story, the hateful words that were said, the mocking, the fists, the crown of thorns, the cross… We remember his suffering. We remember his death.
Romans 5:6-8 – The good shepherd gives his life for his sheep. Jesus died for us while we were still sinners. He gave his life voluntarily for us, for you, for me.
1 Peter 1:18, Hebrews 9:12-14 – The human way of loving is to run until the love runs out. Jesus love didn’t end, his love never runs out, he is love.
1 John 4:9-10 – The love of God is manifest towards us through the gift of God’s Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
We love him because he first loved us.
Thanks to God for his indescribable gift.
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The Most Dangerous Creature - Ricky Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-most-dangerous-creature/ Sun, 17 Nov 2019 21:26:23 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3559 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-most-dangerous-creature/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-most-dangerous-creature/feed/ 0 <p>There are about 3200 tigers in the wild. There are close to 5000 in captivity, the majority of them are owned by private owners, not zoos. James 3:1-18 – We all make mistakes. Those who are instructing others are in a place that gives them increased opportunity to make mistakes. How We View the Tongue […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-most-dangerous-creature/">The Most Dangerous Creature</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> There are about 3200 tigers in the wild. There are close to 5000 in captivity, the majority of them are owned by private owners, not zoos.

James 3:1-18 – We all make mistakes. Those who are instructing others are in a place that gives them increased opportunity to make mistakes.

How We View the Tongue

James compares the tongue to a bit in a horses mouth, or the rudder of a ship, or a spark that starts a fire.

Matthew 15:10-20 – Jesus is saying that it is the things that come from the heart, actions and speech that make a person unclean or clean. If the heart is bad, bad will come out. If the heart is clean and pure, good will come out.

So what is James saying? Our tongue and our words do direct the course of our life, because they are an indication of what things are in our hearts. James was addressing an issue that his readers were having, they were praising God and cursing each other.

If there is a mixture of good and bad things coming from our lives there is a root issue that is not good.

Why is the tongue so dangerous?

Our words affect other people. We all have many thoughts. Our thoughts need to be redeemed. When we say things we are putting a stake in the ground. We may change our mind and wish we had said something different but once they are out they cant’ be taken back. We can make people laugh and feel better about themselves with our words, we can make people sad with our words, we can hurt people with our words. Proverbs 26

Our words can go much farther than we ever intend for them to. If we are venting our frustration with someone in than result in more frustration and anger and perhaps more angry words between the two involved parties. We as humans are naturally proud and don’t like to be wrong. Sometimes when we say something wrong we try to defend it because of our pride.

How should we respond when we have slander or gossip directed at us? If its minor perhaps we should let it go – ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭7:22‬. Matthews 18 has another approach for things that are more substantial.

How should we respond when we hear slander or gossip directed at others? Do we want people talking about the poor decisions we’ve made? How would you feel if someone was saying these things about you? We aren’t responsible for every little bit of gossip we hear, but we are responsible for how much of it we pass along. Provers 26:20-21

Ephesians 4:29, 1 Peter 3:9 – Our natural response is to return evil for evil, insult for insult, but Jesus calls us to bless others and to build each other up.

Are we actively building up and encouraging? Are we confessing and making commitments that mean something?

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There are about 3200 tigers in the wild. There are close to 5000 in captivity, the majority of them are owned by private owners, not zoos. James 3:1-18 – We all make mistakes. Those who are instructing others are in a place that gives them increased op... James 3:1-18 – We all make mistakes. Those who are instructing others are in a place that gives them increased opportunity to make mistakes.
How We View the Tongue
James compares the tongue to a bit in a horses mouth, or the rudder of a ship, or a spark that starts a fire.
Matthew 15:10-20 – Jesus is saying that it is the things that come from the heart, actions and speech that make a person unclean or clean. If the heart is bad, bad will come out. If the heart is clean and pure, good will come out.
So what is James saying? Our tongue and our words do direct the course of our life, because they are an indication of what things are in our hearts. James was addressing an issue that his readers were having, they were praising God and cursing each other.
If there is a mixture of good and bad things coming from our lives there is a root issue that is not good.
Why is the tongue so dangerous?
Our words affect other people. We all have many thoughts. Our thoughts need to be redeemed. When we say things we are putting a stake in the ground. We may change our mind and wish we had said something different but once they are out they cant’ be taken back. We can make people laugh and feel better about themselves with our words, we can make people sad with our words, we can hurt people with our words. Proverbs 26
Our words can go much farther than we ever intend for them to. If we are venting our frustration with someone in than result in more frustration and anger and perhaps more angry words between the two involved parties. We as humans are naturally proud and don’t like to be wrong. Sometimes when we say something wrong we try to defend it because of our pride.
How should we respond when we have slander or gossip directed at us? If its minor perhaps we should let it go – ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭7:22‬. Matthews 18 has another approach for things that are more substantial.
How should we respond when we hear slander or gossip directed at others? Do we want people talking about the poor decisions we’ve made? How would you feel if someone was saying these things about you? We aren’t responsible for every little bit of gossip we hear, but we are responsible for how much of it we pass along. Provers 26:20-21
Ephesians 4:29, 1 Peter 3:9 – Our natural response is to return evil for evil, insult for insult, but Jesus calls us to bless others and to build each other up.
Are we actively building up and encouraging? Are we confessing and making commitments that mean something?
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The Spirit of Prophecy - Anthony Gingerich https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-spirit-of-prophecy/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 02:20:46 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3551 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-spirit-of-prophecy/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-spirit-of-prophecy/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Revelation 19:1-10; 17, 18 Understanding prophecy is not that you understand how everything will happen but that God will win. We can’t sit back and wait for God to do all the pulling! We must understand that there is a glorious end. When we lose sight of that we get discouraged. He will defeat […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-spirit-of-prophecy/">The Spirit of Prophecy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Revelation 19:1-10; 17, 18

Understanding prophecy is not that you understand how everything will happen but that God will win.

We can’t sit back and wait for God to do all the pulling!

We must understand that there is a glorious end. When we lose sight of that we get discouraged. He will defeat the violence, corruption, and evil of the world. The great system that had grown up over the whole earth will fall.

In chapters 17 and 18 we read about Babylon. It was after Babylon was destroyed that Jesus claims His bride.

You see this description of Babylon— it sounds very much like our world. Like Babel this system was organized to oppose God. This false “fellowship” was created in opposition to God.

The Church is God’s plan to bring back the scattered tribes and people into one, under the Lordship of Jesus. The righteous deeds of the Church are compared to fine linen. The Church has been desperate, not isolated.

In spite being the pure Church of God, God will still have to do some winnowing.

1) The primary purpose of the Church is to uphold the testimony of Jesus

Luke 24:19

When the testimony is only about Jesus, He has not really penetrated our heart.

2) The testimony of Jesus is a prophetic witness

The testimony of Jesus is prophetic because He knows how it will end; We are in tune with this different reality.

The world is corrupt and will be burned with fire. God has provided a way to escape the coming judgement through His Son.

Who is living in reality? Babylon or the kingdom of God? My fear for the church is that inasmuch as we have accepted Babylon we will defend it against the judgement of God.

3) The testimony comes directly from Jesus Himself

There are different ways of knowing things. Revelation conveys things that we could not have figured out on our own.

I John 2:24-27

All followers of Christ bear this prophetic witness within them.

Revelations?:14 These are they who have washed their robes in the blood of the lamb.

Jesus has given offices of leadership to the Church, yet all believers have this prophetic witness within themselves— and this is the testimony of Jesus.

Some things about prophecy:

As important as it is, to study end-time events, it is important to understand that even the ones who received it didn’t understand it.

Sometimes prophets are portrayed as truth-tellers who are harsh— that is not biblical. The spirit of prophecy grieves for the sins of the people. Jeremiah did not distance himself from the people— he was one of them.

We are prophets in the sense that we hold within us the prophetic witness of Jesus Christ.

A few questions:

Do you believe that God is going to win, or are you living a defeated life?

In the battle that you have against evil or sin are you committed to the reality taught by God in His Word? Or are we more focused on the weather, the economy, etc.

Is your testimony of Jesus a testimony about Jesus or a testimony from Jesus?

In conclusion… God is winning. Ever since the apostles, the church has tended to believe that they were witnessing the end… it will come.

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Text: Revelation 19:1-10; 17, 18 Understanding prophecy is not that you understand how everything will happen but that God will win. We can’t sit back and wait for God to do all the pulling! We must understand that there is a glorious end. Understanding prophecy is not that you understand how everything will happen but that God will win.
We can’t sit back and wait for God to do all the pulling!
We must understand that there is a glorious end. When we lose sight of that we get discouraged. He will defeat the violence, corruption, and evil of the world. The great system that had grown up over the whole earth will fall.
In chapters 17 and 18 we read about Babylon. It was after Babylon was destroyed that Jesus claims His bride.
You see this description of Babylon— it sounds very much like our world. Like Babel this system was organized to oppose God. This false “fellowship” was created in opposition to God.
The Church is God’s plan to bring back the scattered tribes and people into one, under the Lordship of Jesus. The righteous deeds of the Church are compared to fine linen. The Church has been desperate, not isolated.
In spite being the pure Church of God, God will still have to do some winnowing.
1) The primary purpose of the Church is to uphold the testimony of Jesus
Luke 24:19
When the testimony is only about Jesus, He has not really penetrated our heart.
2) The testimony of Jesus is a prophetic witness
The testimony of Jesus is prophetic because He knows how it will end; We are in tune with this different reality.
The world is corrupt and will be burned with fire. God has provided a way to escape the coming judgement through His Son.
Who is living in reality? Babylon or the kingdom of God? My fear for the church is that inasmuch as we have accepted Babylon we will defend it against the judgement of God.
3) The testimony comes directly from Jesus Himself
There are different ways of knowing things. Revelation conveys things that we could not have figured out on our own.
I John 2:24-27
All followers of Christ bear this prophetic witness within them.
Revelations?:14 These are they who have washed their robes in the blood of the lamb.
Jesus has given offices of leadership to the Church, yet all believers have this prophetic witness within themselves— and this is the testimony of Jesus.
Some things about prophecy:
As important as it is, to study end-time events, it is important to understand that even the ones who received it didn’t understand it.
Sometimes prophets are portrayed as truth-tellers who are harsh— that is not biblical. The spirit of prophecy grieves for the sins of the people. Jeremiah did not distance himself from the people— he was one of them.
We are prophets in the sense that we hold within us the prophetic witness of Jesus Christ.
A few questions:
Do you believe that God is going to win, or are you living a defeated life?
In the battle that you have against evil or sin are you committed to the reality taught by God in His Word? Or are we more focused on the weather, the economy, etc.
Is your testimony of Jesus a testimony about Jesus or a testimony from Jesus?
In conclusion… God is winning. Ever since the apostles, the church has tended to believe that they were witnessing the end… it will come.
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The People of God - Anthony Gingerich https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-people-of-god/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 15:20:46 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3550 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-people-of-god/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-people-of-god/feed/ 0 <p>Text – Matthew My unofficial title this weekend, is why do church? Church attendance and membership has declined in the west. Large inner city church buildings are being sold. They are being converted into office buildings and gyms. It is a sign of what is happening spiritually, under the surface. There are two factors here: […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-people-of-god/">The People of God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text – Matthew

My unofficial title this weekend, is why do church? Church attendance and membership has declined in the west. Large inner city church buildings are being sold. They are being converted into office buildings and gyms.

It is a sign of what is happening spiritually, under the surface. There are two factors here: one is the rise of the “nones” — people who claim no religious affiliation; Another is the rising number of SBNR’s — people who claim to be spiritual but not religious.

What is happening?

We face significant challenges. I’m going to talk about some of the things that I believe are factor.

1) Many people see church as irrelevant to spiritual growth in the Christian life

2) People see other groups with similar personal, but nonreligious experiences as more relevant to their life than the church;

3) People have been hurt by church; Some more than others; Abusive leaders or hypocrisy

4) Fullness of bread— we have so much stuff that we do not have a hunger for God; A lot of times the physical comforts we enjoy distract us from spiritual needs

What it all boils down to, is church is not as important to people as it was. People define their spiritual lives on their own, without seeing the need for the local church.

This evening I plan to do an overview of the book of Matthew. I want to look at Jesus. Who is Jesus, why did He come?

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The gospel of Matthew reveals Jesus Christ as the Son of God authorized by God to institute a new people of God, the Church. he is the heir of the promises made to David and Abraham.

Matthew 1:1

Matthew 3:1-12 John the Baptist proclaims Jesus as the founder of God’s people. He discounted mere physical lineage from Abraham saying the axe is already laid to the root of the tree. He says that One is coming, Someone who would have the authority to reconfigure the People of God.

Matthew 4:12-17

Jesus is the promised light to those that dwell in darkness. He began to preach repentance as the kingdom of Heaven at hand.

John 1:14; Mark 1:15

Matthew 5-7

Jesus describes who is chosen by God or who belong to God: entrance requirements of the kingdom of God.

He also sets new ethical and moral standards for the people of God. He brings a higher level of life.

He defines how people are to approach Him and with what motives.

Then He gives the criteria for faithfulness and the final judgement.

Matthew 10

Jesus chooses and sends out 12 apostles with power to cast out demons, heal diseases and other instructions.

Matthew 11 John was in prison and was feeling discouraged. Jesus tells Him that He is the one who was to come. Jesus contrasts Himself and John with the fickleness of the people.

Jesus then pronounces woes on the cities that did not receive the message of John.

Then He invites people to come to Him.

Matthew 12

Jesus claims to be the Lord of the Sabbath.

Matthew 13

Jesus defines the kingdom of heaven through parables.

Matthew 16:13-20

The disciples affirm that Jesus is the Christ, the anointed one. He is the one anointed as king by God. The confession of Peter that Jesus is the Christ is the rock on which the Church of Jesus Christ is built. Jesus will be Lord of the Church.

Christ’s authority was delegated to Peter as well as the other apostles. The Church was given power over the bondage and defenses of death and hell. Acts 2:27; Jesus was in hades (the place of the dead) but the Father did not leave Him there.

“I will give you the keys”. Peter has possession of authority in the kingdom. This authority was delegated to the apostles. The Church is able to lock or unlock things that are impenetrable for anything else on earth.

Where people really want to get things done they usually use armies or tools of coercion. God gives these things to carnal rulers. And yet, there’s a whole story going on under the surface. God wants the keys given to the church to be used in our lives.

The church can bring together what is apart or take apart what is together.

Matthew 18:15-20

Jesus directs his apostles to deal with sin in the church. He gives them a process of addressing them:

First, go alone; next with a brother; and then with the church.

It is those gathered in Jesus’ name who have the authority to say who is in the church.

Matthew 21

Jesus rides into Jerusalem to fulfill prophecy of the coming king. Jesus is identified as the Son of David and claims authority over the temple as “my house”.

Jesus identifies Himself with God as a recipient of praise. Then Jesus tells the parable of the keeper of the vineyard. He quotes the Psalm: “the stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner”.

Matthew 23

Jesus condemns the religious leaders, pronouncing God’s judgement on false leaders and defines true spirituality.

True teachers humbly serve others. True promises are not based on technicalities. true religion emphasizes weightier matters of justice, mercy, and faithfulness. True purity is to be clean on the inside. True teachers accept current prophets.

Jesus identifies Himself as the One who tried to use Jerusalem as a blessing to the earth and proclaims its desolation. He is now claiming the authority to define the new people of God.

Matthew 24-25

Jesus speaks about persecutions and the end of the age. He warns of false Christs, and predicts a great falling away, or apostasy. He tells what will happen to the sun, moon, and stars.

He gives object lessons and warnings to His people. “Learn a lesson from the fig tree”.

Jesus tells the story of the wise and foolish virgins, warning us to watch.

Jesus then defines the parameters of the judgement.

26-28

The death and resurrection of Jesus.

Matthew 28:18-20

“Make disciples of all nations.” God’s people are those who follow Jesus. There is a rite of entrance. The Church has the authority to give its approval to the sealing of the faith of the convert in baptism. The Church has the authority to proclaim the teachings of Christ.

Jesus promises that He will be with us to the end of the world.

There is authority; There are things to do; And He will be with us, His Church.

I am amazed at this man Jesus Christ. Who is this Saviour? How high are His claims on our lives? At what level do His words and His teachings penetrate our hearts?

We have the privilege of belonging to Jesus Christ.

In summary, Jesus redefined who the people of God are. Rather than ethical Israel, it is all who repent and follow His commands.

Jesus set the conditions for the kingdom— entrance requirements, definitions, and conditions. Jesus authorized his followers to maintain this new people, the Church, making them responsible to discern who belongs to the people of God.

We should approach this with fear and trembling.

Jesus commands his followers to make disciples by proclaiming the gospel, teaching and baptizing those who follow him.

Jesus promised He would be with His church as they do these things.

What do we do next? We have an amazing picture. Jesus has made amazing claims.

I want to tell you, I don’t actually know where to go with these things. I think the only safe way to go about this, is to do it with the church, to be with God’s people, commit ourselves to the process, and ask Him for His guidance.

What I would like to do here is ask a few questions. You can mull these over.

What are the implications of Matthew’s vision of Church? How is personal salvation is related to the Church ? How do we follow Christ in this day and age?

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Text – Matthew My unofficial title this weekend, is why do church? Church attendance and membership has declined in the west. Large inner city church buildings are being sold. They are being converted into office buildings and gyms. My unofficial title this weekend, is why do church? Church attendance and membership has declined in the west. Large inner city church buildings are being sold. They are being converted into office buildings and gyms.
It is a sign of what is happening spiritually, under the surface. There are two factors here: one is the rise of the “nones” — people who claim no religious affiliation; Another is the rising number of SBNR’s — people who claim to be spiritual but not religious.
What is happening?
We face significant challenges. I’m going to talk about some of the things that I believe are factor.
1) Many people see church as irrelevant to spiritual growth in the Christian life
2) People see other groups with similar personal, but nonreligious experiences as more relevant to their life than the church;
3) People have been hurt by church; Some more than others; Abusive leaders or hypocrisy
4) Fullness of bread— we have so much stuff that we do not have a hunger for God; A lot of times the physical comforts we enjoy distract us from spiritual needs
What it all boils down to, is church is not as important to people as it was. People define their spiritual lives on their own, without seeing the need for the local church.
This evening I plan to do an overview of the book of Matthew. I want to look at Jesus. Who is Jesus, why did He come?
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The gospel of Matthew reveals Jesus Christ as the Son of God authorized by God to institute a new people of God, the Church. he is the heir of the promises made to David and Abraham.
Matthew 1:1
Matthew 3:1-12 John the Baptist proclaims Jesus as the founder of God’s people. He discounted mere physical lineage from Abraham saying the axe is already laid to the root of the tree. He says that One is coming, Someone who would have the authority to reconfigure the People of God.
Matthew 4:12-17
Jesus is the promised light to those that dwell in darkness. He began to preach repentance as the kingdom of Heaven at hand.
John 1:14; Mark 1:15
Matthew 5-7
Jesus describes who is chosen by God or who belong to God: entrance requirements of the kingdom of God.
He also sets new ethical and moral standards for the people of God. He brings a higher level of life.
He defines how people are to approach Him and with what motives.
Then He gives the criteria for faithfulness and the final judgement.
Matthew 10
Jesus chooses and sends out 12 apostles with power to cast out demons, heal diseases and other instructions.
Matthew 11 John was in prison and was feeling discouraged. Jesus tells Him that He is the one who was to come. Jesus contrasts Himself and John with the fickleness of the people.
Jesus then pronounces woes on the cities that did not receive the message of John.
Then He invites people to come to Him.
Matthew 12
Jesus claims to be the Lord of the Sabbath.
Matthew 13
Jesus defines the kingdom of heaven through parables.
Matthew 16:13-20
The disciples affirm that Jesus is the Christ, the anointed one. He is the one anointed as king by God. The confession of Peter that Jesus is the Christ is the rock on which the Church of Jesus Christ is built. Jesus will be Lord of the Church.
Christ’s authority was delegated to Peter as well as the other apostles. The Church was given power over the bondage and defenses of death and hell. Acts 2:27; Jesus was in hades (the place of the dead) but the Father did not leave Him there.
“I will give you the keys”. Peter has possession of authority in the kingdom. This authority was delegated to the apostles. The Church is able to lock or unlock things that are impenetrable for anything else on earth.
Where people really want to get things done they usually use armies or tools of coercion. God gives these things to carnal rulers. And yet,]]>
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Components of Matthews Vision of the Church - Anthony Gingerich https://www.bmcgladys.com/components-of-matthews-vision-of-the-church/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 02:20:13 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3549 https://www.bmcgladys.com/components-of-matthews-vision-of-the-church/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/components-of-matthews-vision-of-the-church/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Ephesians 4:1-16 What are some of the out workings, how we do Church? We might do church in different ways, but each church needs to have certain things. There are some components that are necessary. Key components of the church: Repentance – reorientation of life Separation – a different kingdom Mission – proclaiming the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/components-of-matthews-vision-of-the-church/">Components of Matthews Vision of the Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Ephesians 4:1-16

What are some of the out workings, how we do Church?

We might do church in different ways, but each church needs to have certain things. There are some components that are necessary.

Key components of the church:

Repentance – reorientation of life

Separation – a different kingdom

Mission – proclaiming the power and kingdom of Christ

Discipleship – watching over each other in love and truth
Hebrews 12:15

Fellowship – sharing the Lord’s Supper with each other, our goods, joys, and sorrows

Authority – Leaders are to discern and apply these things together with assembled believers under the authority of Christ

There are probably more components, but these are some that I believe are key to Matthew.

The message of Christ is the same, regardless of which book of the Bible we study.

(text)

To be a follower of Jesus a person needs to be a part of a church that practices these. One cannot practice these components alone.

These components must also be kept together. They are not inherently opposed to each other.

They can’t be isolated and continue to exist in a meaningful way.

These things require the resources of the Holy Spirit.

Those who do these things are given spiritual authority from Christ to accomplish them.

These things must be worked out anew in every generation. There is a time to hand the baton on to the next generation.

When Christ ascended and sent His Spirit, He became present everywhere.

The Church is Christ’s body, it is His fullness.

Problems we face:

1) Relating to those who do church different than our own

People define things different ways and take different stands on the same issues. How can another group be under the authority of Christ if they take a different stand than others.

2) People leaving our churches

3) Difficulty in translating church life into cultural shoe leather

4) Drift — trying to become more relevant by leaving Biblical practices

5) And so on… there are probably others.

I’m going to offer some of my perspectives— I don’t have answers for these.


I believe the line in the questions of denominations is really the question of those that do or don’t do discipleship. There are those who have made the gospel something other than what Jesus gave us. I believe that we have more in common with people that care enough about their doctrine to deny open communion. On one level this is painful, because they are serious about their faith and doctrine. On the other hand they are our brothers. We did not create the problems of denominationalism. People leaving: The fact that we require obedience to practical biblical teaching, will make us a minority. There are churches that do not have the commitment to some of these teachings, creating a path away from our churches. At the same time we must be humble about ways we have hurt people that have left. I think I am saying, that sometimes people do accuse us of these that aren’t fair, we should acknowledge where we have hurt them. We must also acknowledge the cultural trends. These forces are extremely corrosive. I want to sound the alarm in the right way- I don’t want to be an alarmist- the types of activities that people are becoming part of dissolve real community. 3) Biblical teaching requires practical applications to be made. The reason I say this, is that I believe I have precedent both from the example of the Apostles and the testimony of the early church. If we care more about correctly observing the application than the principles that is a problem. We need to develop the imagination to see people so that we think they CAN follow our kingdom teaching and practice. 4) When we try to flatten out our visible differences with the world, we forget that the invisible things that divide us are greater. I believe that every congregation will develop its own life and applications. The great project of Christian leadership is to have discernment in these things. It cannot always be changing, yet it must be able to change. Here is where pastors sometimes wring there hands. Think about these things.

Christ’s will for His church is to face these things — Christ has given us what we need.

Christ’s will is not that we find perfect answers for all these things, but rather that we find repentance, fellowship, etc.

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Text: Ephesians 4:1-16 What are some of the out workings, how we do Church? We might do church in different ways, but each church needs to have certain things. There are some components that are necessary. Key components of the church: Repentance – reo... What are some of the out workings, how we do Church?
We might do church in different ways, but each church needs to have certain things. There are some components that are necessary.
Key components of the church:
Repentance – reorientation of life
Separation – a different kingdom
Mission – proclaiming the power and kingdom of Christ
Discipleship – watching over each other in love and truth
Hebrews 12:15
Fellowship – sharing the Lord’s Supper with each other, our goods, joys, and sorrows
Authority – Leaders are to discern and apply these things together with assembled believers under the authority of Christ
There are probably more components, but these are some that I believe are key to Matthew.
The message of Christ is the same, regardless of which book of the Bible we study.
(text)
To be a follower of Jesus a person needs to be a part of a church that practices these. One cannot practice these components alone.
These components must also be kept together. They are not inherently opposed to each other.
They can’t be isolated and continue to exist in a meaningful way.
These things require the resources of the Holy Spirit.
Those who do these things are given spiritual authority from Christ to accomplish them.
These things must be worked out anew in every generation. There is a time to hand the baton on to the next generation.
When Christ ascended and sent His Spirit, He became present everywhere.
The Church is Christ’s body, it is His fullness.
Problems we face:
1) Relating to those who do church different than our own
People define things different ways and take different stands on the same issues. How can another group be under the authority of Christ if they take a different stand than others.
2) People leaving our churches
3) Difficulty in translating church life into cultural shoe leather
4) Drift — trying to become more relevant by leaving Biblical practices
5) And so on… there are probably others.
I’m going to offer some of my perspectives— I don’t have answers for these.
I believe the line in the questions of denominations is really the question of those that do or don’t do discipleship. There are those who have made the gospel something other than what Jesus gave us.

I believe that we have more in common with people that care enough about their doctrine to deny open communion. On one level this is painful, because they are serious about their faith and doctrine. On the other hand they are our brothers.

We did not create the problems of denominationalism.

People leaving:

The fact that we require obedience to practical biblical teaching, will make us a minority. There are churches that do not have the commitment to some of these teachings, creating a path away from our churches. At the same time we must be humble about ways we have hurt people that have left. I think I am saying, that sometimes people do accuse us of these that aren’t fair, we should acknowledge where we have hurt them.

We must also acknowledge the cultural trends. These forces are extremely corrosive. I want to sound the alarm in the right way- I don’t want to be an alarmist- the types of activities that people are becoming part of dissolve real community.

3) Biblical teaching requires practical applications to be made. The reason I say this, is that I believe I have precedent both from the example of the Apostles and the testimony of the early church.

If we care more about correctly observing the application than the principles that is a problem.

We need to develop the imagination to see people so that we think they CAN follow our kingdom teaching and practice.

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Our Hidden Life in Christ - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-hidden-life-in-christ/ Sun, 03 Nov 2019 18:39:35 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3545 https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-hidden-life-in-christ/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-hidden-life-in-christ/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Colossians 3:1-4; 5-11; 12-17 Other references: Romans 6:5; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:1,2; Philippians 3:7; Romans 13:14 You have died an earthly death; And you now have a heavenly life hidden in Christ. As we have put our faith in Jesus, we die and are raised with Him. You are now reconciled with God… It […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-hidden-life-in-christ/">Our Hidden Life in Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Colossians 3:1-4; 5-11; 12-17

Other references: Romans 6:5; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:1,2; Philippians 3:7; Romans 13:14

You have died an earthly death; And you now have a heavenly life hidden in Christ. As we have put our faith in Jesus, we die and are raised with Him.

You are now reconciled with God… It is an incredible privilege to belong to Jesus.

We needed a death and a resurrection that we couldn’t do on our own. Jesus went through it for us, and His death and resurrection become our own.

1) Experiencing Jesus’ death and resurrection have enabled you to have a heavenly life

2) We need new goals in our new life

We need to decide what we will pursue and where we will invest. We need eternally focused goals.

What should these goals be? It could be “mundane” things; things like supporting your church, helping others, or honoring your parents. The most important goal of all is to know Jesus. Make the choice Mary made— it will not be taken away from you.

Remember, Christ is your life. He is all and in all. There is a wealth that comes from knowing Christ.

Get to know Jesus well.

We must never forget the privilege of having Jesus as a Master.

3) Put off earthly behaviors

A. Jesus says not to do them
B. It hinders the work of Christ
C. They bring the wrath of God on those that practice them

How do we put off these behaviors?

A. Decide to put them to death
B. Deal with them thoroughly

They must be put to death — a zero tolerance policy

Satan wants you to think that if you are struggling you are not a Christian.

Satan wants you to think that Jesus no longer love you if you fail. Satan wants to trip you up.

4) Your new family, is not a group of perfect people

This is not a perfect group of Christians,

This new family group is sustained and created by the grace of God

Christ is why we forgive each other. Christ is the source of all wisdom and peace for the family of God.

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Text: Colossians 3:1-4; 5-11; 12-17 Other references: Romans 6:5; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:1,2; Philippians 3:7; Romans 13:14 You have died an earthly death; And you now have a heavenly life hidden in Christ. As we have put our faith in Jesus, Other references: Romans 6:5; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:1,2; Philippians 3:7; Romans 13:14
You have died an earthly death; And you now have a heavenly life hidden in Christ. As we have put our faith in Jesus, we die and are raised with Him.
You are now reconciled with God… It is an incredible privilege to belong to Jesus.
We needed a death and a resurrection that we couldn’t do on our own. Jesus went through it for us, and His death and resurrection become our own.
1) Experiencing Jesus’ death and resurrection have enabled you to have a heavenly life
2) We need new goals in our new life
We need to decide what we will pursue and where we will invest. We need eternally focused goals.
What should these goals be? It could be “mundane” things; things like supporting your church, helping others, or honoring your parents. The most important goal of all is to know Jesus. Make the choice Mary made— it will not be taken away from you.
Remember, Christ is your life. He is all and in all. There is a wealth that comes from knowing Christ.
Get to know Jesus well.
We must never forget the privilege of having Jesus as a Master.
3) Put off earthly behaviors
A. Jesus says not to do them
B. It hinders the work of Christ
C. They bring the wrath of God on those that practice them
How do we put off these behaviors?
A. Decide to put them to death
B. Deal with them thoroughly
They must be put to death — a zero tolerance policy
Satan wants you to think that if you are struggling you are not a Christian.
Satan wants you to think that Jesus no longer love you if you fail. Satan wants to trip you up.
4) Your new family, is not a group of perfect people
This is not a perfect group of Christians,
This new family group is sustained and created by the grace of God
Christ is why we forgive each other. Christ is the source of all wisdom and peace for the family of God.
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Time & Opportunities - The Treasure is Jesus - Leon & Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/time-opportunities-the-treasure-is-jesus/ Mon, 28 Oct 2019 01:51:51 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3542 https://www.bmcgladys.com/time-opportunities-the-treasure-is-jesus/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/time-opportunities-the-treasure-is-jesus/feed/ 0 <p>Galen Yoder – Time & Opportunities Ephesians 5:15-17, Colossians 4:5, Psalm 90:12, Psalm 39 – A few things for us to think about. Wise people understand the significance of time passing. It is an ordinary event, but it is an important thing to realize. Wise people understand these consequences before they become irreversible. Running out […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/time-opportunities-the-treasure-is-jesus/">Time & Opportunities – The Treasure is Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Galen Yoder – Time & Opportunities

Ephesians 5:15-17, Colossians 4:5, Psalm 90:12, Psalm 39 – A few things for us to think about. Wise people understand the significance of time passing. It is an ordinary event, but it is an important thing to realize. Wise people understand these consequences before they become irreversible.

Running out of time is a “game over” moment… you can’t put any time back, not even a nano second.

  • We can waste time with our children by not using the opportunities we have to teach them and build relationships with them.
  • We can waste time with the lost by not getting involved in their problems.
  • We can waste time with each other.
  • We can waste time with Jesus by not saying yes to him and by not spending the time to get to know him, by getting involved in unfruitful works of darkness.

The challenge here is to use our time and opportunities wisely.

Leon Yoder – The Treasure is Jesus

Matthew 13:44-46 – The treasure is Jesus. The chances of finding a treasure in a field would seem kind of remote, it was hidden so that it couldn’t be found. Is Christ hidden? The treasure isn’t set up like a monument that cannot be missed, it isn’t a huge edifice that cannot be missed.

Jesus is a treasure that can be missed. Paul told the people on Mars Hill that they should seek the Lord in the hope that they should grope for him and find him, even though he isn’t far from any of us.

The difficulty for us isn’t how far Christ is from us… but how far we are from Christ.

How many people saw Jesus even while he was on earth and didn’t recognize the treasure that was right there among them?

John 1:35 – There were people who found Jesus and recognized him as the treasure that he was/is.

Through history we see a lot of examples of people finding the treasure of Jesus and having their lives transformed.

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Galen Yoder – Time & Opportunities Ephesians 5:15-17, Colossians 4:5, Psalm 90:12, Psalm 39 – A few things for us to think about. Wise people understand the significance of time passing. It is an ordinary event, Ephesians 5:15-17, Colossians 4:5, Psalm 90:12, Psalm 39 – A few things for us to think about. Wise people understand the significance of time passing. It is an ordinary event, but it is an important thing to realize. Wise people understand these consequences before they become irreversible.
Running out of time is a “game over” moment… you can’t put any time back, not even a nano second.

* We can waste time with our children by not using the opportunities we have to teach them and build relationships with them.
* We can waste time with the lost by not getting involved in their problems.
* We can waste time with each other.
* We can waste time with Jesus by not saying yes to him and by not spending the time to get to know him, by getting involved in unfruitful works of darkness.

The challenge here is to use our time and opportunities wisely.
Leon Yoder – The Treasure is Jesus
Matthew 13:44-46 – The treasure is Jesus. The chances of finding a treasure in a field would seem kind of remote, it was hidden so that it couldn’t be found. Is Christ hidden? The treasure isn’t set up like a monument that cannot be missed, it isn’t a huge edifice that cannot be missed.
Jesus is a treasure that can be missed. Paul told the people on Mars Hill that they should seek the Lord in the hope that they should grope for him and find him, even though he isn’t far from any of us.

The difficulty for us isn’t how far Christ is from us… but how far we are from Christ.

How many people saw Jesus even while he was on earth and didn’t recognize the treasure that was right there among them?
John 1:35 – There were people who found Jesus and recognized him as the treasure that he was/is.
Through history we see a lot of examples of people finding the treasure of Jesus and having their lives transformed.
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Why Pray for Deliverance from the Evil One? - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/why-pray-for-deliverance-from-the-evil-one/ Mon, 21 Oct 2019 00:51:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3536 https://www.bmcgladys.com/why-pray-for-deliverance-from-the-evil-one/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/why-pray-for-deliverance-from-the-evil-one/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 6:9-15 – As Christians we should not be obsessed with the devil. We shouldn’t be constantly fearful or wrapped up in things of the devil and what he is doing now, today. When we hear of evil, or are tempted with evil, we need to remember that he is our enemy, he has clever […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/why-pray-for-deliverance-from-the-evil-one/">Why Pray for Deliverance from the Evil One?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 6:9-15 – As Christians we should not be obsessed with the devil. We shouldn’t be constantly fearful or wrapped up in things of the devil and what he is doing now, today.

When we hear of evil, or are tempted with evil, we need to remember that he is our enemy, he has clever devices and evil purposes. We must not forget either that he is a defeated foe!

Our focus and our life should be on and for Christ. We need to have a healthy respect for, but don’t need to be intimidated by this enemy. Today we are going to review our enemy and some of his devices and to remember that he is a real danger to us.

Satan is a deadly enemy.

1 Peter 5:8 – We believe that he is real and his going about “seeking whom he may devour.” He is a deadly enemy.

Revelation 12:12 – Satan is an angry enemy. To have an enemy is one thing, but to have an angry enemy adds a bit more to the desire that your enemy has to see our destruction. Satan wants to do as much damage as he can in the time that he has left.

Luke 22:31 – Satan is a focused enemy. He isn’t out there swinging wildly, he is focused on anything that is dear to God. The most dear thing to God are His saints, us.

Ephesians 6:11, 1 Timothy 3:7 – Satan is a cunning enemy. We are called to put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand in the face of a thoughtful, crafty enemy.

1 Timothy 4:1, 1 Thessalonians 3:5 – Satan has been effective. Paul knew about the devil and he knew that churches and Christians are and will be affected by Satan.

Revelation 4:7 – Satan is not alone. He has a force of fallen angels that work along his side. Satan is mans very worst enemy, and his goal is our eternal destruction.

Hebrews 2:14 – Keep in mind that satan is a defeated enemy. Jesus came to give us deliverance and hope from the devil and his destruction.

It is pretty easy to not be aware of the reality of the spiritual realm. If we could suddenly see what is all around us spiritually, it would probably shock and startle us. It is real, Peter tells us to be sober and vigilant.

2 Corinthians 2:11 – Satan takes advantage of us in any way that he can. Paul wasn’t ignorant of satans devices.

James 1:14 – Satan encourages and entices the flesh. A flesh that already has a bent/appetite toward sin. Our worldly culture, that is under the domain and influence of satan, pastures lures out there all over the place. It is impossible to ask a Christian living in the current day to not be exposed to those lures.

1 John 3:8, Romans 7, Ephesians 4 – A careless worldly carnal Christian, weak and struggling. Don’t sin and give place to the devil. When we compromise we are giving place to the devil, don’t make room for the devil. Where we falter and sin, we can confess and be clean again, but if we choose and allow and pursue disobedience, sin, even small things that would seem small, there is no way to escape some degree of whole influence from the evil side.

Jesus overcame satans temptation? How did he do that? He was very aware of scripture, but it was more than just saying verses, his life was in full compliance to the scriptures that he quoted. They were his guide for life, this was the will of the father that he would follow.

James 4:7 – Submit to God, then you’ll be in a position to resist the devil. If we aren’t submitted to God and try to resist the devil the devil only laughs as we struggle and fail.

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Matthew 6:9-15 – As Christians we should not be obsessed with the devil. We shouldn’t be constantly fearful or wrapped up in things of the devil and what he is doing now, today. When we hear of evil, or are tempted with evil, When we hear of evil, or are tempted with evil, we need to remember that he is our enemy, he has clever devices and evil purposes. We must not forget either that he is a defeated foe!
Our focus and our life should be on and for Christ. We need to have a healthy respect for, but don’t need to be intimidated by this enemy. Today we are going to review our enemy and some of his devices and to remember that he is a real danger to us.
Satan is a deadly enemy.
1 Peter 5:8 – We believe that he is real and his going about “seeking whom he may devour.” He is a deadly enemy.
Revelation 12:12 – Satan is an angry enemy. To have an enemy is one thing, but to have an angry enemy adds a bit more to the desire that your enemy has to see our destruction. Satan wants to do as much damage as he can in the time that he has left.
Luke 22:31 – Satan is a focused enemy. He isn’t out there swinging wildly, he is focused on anything that is dear to God. The most dear thing to God are His saints, us.
Ephesians 6:11, 1 Timothy 3:7 – Satan is a cunning enemy. We are called to put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand in the face of a thoughtful, crafty enemy.
1 Timothy 4:1, 1 Thessalonians 3:5 – Satan has been effective. Paul knew about the devil and he knew that churches and Christians are and will be affected by Satan.
Revelation 4:7 – Satan is not alone. He has a force of fallen angels that work along his side. Satan is mans very worst enemy, and his goal is our eternal destruction.
Hebrews 2:14 – Keep in mind that satan is a defeated enemy. Jesus came to give us deliverance and hope from the devil and his destruction.
It is pretty easy to not be aware of the reality of the spiritual realm. If we could suddenly see what is all around us spiritually, it would probably shock and startle us. It is real, Peter tells us to be sober and vigilant.
2 Corinthians 2:11 – Satan takes advantage of us in any way that he can. Paul wasn’t ignorant of satans devices.
James 1:14 – Satan encourages and entices the flesh. A flesh that already has a bent/appetite toward sin. Our worldly culture, that is under the domain and influence of satan, pastures lures out there all over the place. It is impossible to ask a Christian living in the current day to not be exposed to those lures.
1 John 3:8, Romans 7, Ephesians 4 – A careless worldly carnal Christian, weak and struggling. Don’t sin and give place to the devil. When we compromise we are giving place to the devil, don’t make room for the devil. Where we falter and sin, we can confess and be clean again, but if we choose and allow and pursue disobedience, sin, even small things that would seem small, there is no way to escape some degree of whole influence from the evil side.
Jesus overcame satans temptation? How did he do that? He was very aware of scripture, but it was more than just saying verses, his life was in full compliance to the scriptures that he quoted. They were his guide for life, this was the will of the father that he would follow.
James 4:7 – Submit to God, then you’ll be in a position to resist the devil. If we aren’t submitted to God and try to resist the devil the devil only laughs as we struggle and fail.
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What Happens When We are Born Again - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-happens-when-we-are-born-again/ Mon, 14 Oct 2019 02:09:56 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3534 https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-happens-when-we-are-born-again/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-happens-when-we-are-born-again/feed/ 0 <p>John 3:1-21 – Nicodemus doesn’t seem to be like at least some of the other Pharisees. Nicodemus was a man in darkness and he was seeking the light. It is entirely possible that Nicodemus came to Jesus at night just to try to get some answers and he knew that fewer people would be around […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-happens-when-we-are-born-again/">What Happens When We are Born Again</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> John 3:1-21 – Nicodemus doesn’t seem to be like at least some of the other Pharisees. Nicodemus was a man in darkness and he was seeking the light. It is entirely possible that Nicodemus came to Jesus at night just to try to get some answers and he knew that fewer people would be around Jesus to “get in the way” of him asking his questions.

Some of the Pharisees were talking about the miracles and saying that these things could only be done by someone who comes from God, that He wasn’t trying to lead people astray.

Up till this point people who experience salvation did so by being Jewish or by connecting themselves with the Jewish people.

Jesus talks about “that which is born of the flesh is flesh.” We have the same sin nature that was in Adam and Eve. We look like our parents, at least to a certain extent.

Things that are similar between before we are born and the new birth process

Genesis 1:1-3, Romans 8 – It begins in darkness. The full creation has been groaning together, longing for the light. Jesus life was the “something” that the entire universe was waiting for.

Birth requires suffering. Romans 5:7-8 – What drove Jesus to come to earth and suffer and die for us? Jesus look down and saw humans, the best of which isn’t that great… and he loved us.

2 Corinthians 5:17-8 – Birth is a complete change. In some ways babies are very similar to what they were like just before being born, but there is a huge change that occurs, not unlike the metamorphosis of the butterfly. The external body of a believer is largely the same as it was before being born again, but the inside is completely different! Jesus is good at changing “the inside.” We cannot go through being born again and be the same.

John 16:21-22 – There is joy at birth. Not that the suffering is over, but that the child has arrived. Jesus says that there is great rejoicing in heaven when anyone comes to Christ.

Luke 15:11-32 – The prodigal son was “so far down.” When he came to his senses he realized how much better off all of his fathers servants where. This is a story of new birth. The father showed great love for both of his sons. The father always forgives, it is always deserving of great rejoicing.

The conclusion on this section about new birth… John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

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John 3:1-21 – Nicodemus doesn’t seem to be like at least some of the other Pharisees. Nicodemus was a man in darkness and he was seeking the light. It is entirely possible that Nicodemus came to Jesus at night just to try to get some answers and he kne... Some of the Pharisees were talking about the miracles and saying that these things could only be done by someone who comes from God, that He wasn’t trying to lead people astray.
Up till this point people who experience salvation did so by being Jewish or by connecting themselves with the Jewish people.
Jesus talks about “that which is born of the flesh is flesh.” We have the same sin nature that was in Adam and Eve. We look like our parents, at least to a certain extent.
Things that are similar between before we are born and the new birth process
Genesis 1:1-3, Romans 8 – It begins in darkness. The full creation has been groaning together, longing for the light. Jesus life was the “something” that the entire universe was waiting for.
Birth requires suffering. Romans 5:7-8 – What drove Jesus to come to earth and suffer and die for us? Jesus look down and saw humans, the best of which isn’t that great… and he loved us.
2 Corinthians 5:17-8 – Birth is a complete change. In some ways babies are very similar to what they were like just before being born, but there is a huge change that occurs, not unlike the metamorphosis of the butterfly. The external body of a believer is largely the same as it was before being born again, but the inside is completely different! Jesus is good at changing “the inside.” We cannot go through being born again and be the same.
John 16:21-22 – There is joy at birth. Not that the suffering is over, but that the child has arrived. Jesus says that there is great rejoicing in heaven when anyone comes to Christ.
Luke 15:11-32 – The prodigal son was “so far down.” When he came to his senses he realized how much better off all of his fathers servants where. This is a story of new birth. The father showed great love for both of his sons. The father always forgives, it is always deserving of great rejoicing.
The conclusion on this section about new birth… John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
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Work in Progress - Dan Freed https://www.bmcgladys.com/work-in-progress/ Mon, 07 Oct 2019 00:57:02 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3531 https://www.bmcgladys.com/work-in-progress/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/work-in-progress/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Philippians 1:6 (1:1-30) Other References: Ephesians 2:9,10; Romans 8:28,29; Philippians 3:12; Jesus is making a masterpiece of you and me. I pray that you can stop and think on the journey of all the grace that God is pouring out on us. God has a plan for each person— He wants to work His […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/work-in-progress/">Work in Progress</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Philippians 1:6 (1:1-30)

Other References: Ephesians 2:9,10; Romans 8:28,29; Philippians 3:12;

Jesus is making a masterpiece of you and me.

I pray that you can stop and think on the journey of all the grace that God is pouring out on us. God has a plan for each person— He wants to work His work in everyone. We just need to cooperate.

This is such a hopeful verse. We are not yet to the goal.

We all are ‘a piece of work’; We all need a Savior.

I’d like to talk about this journey. Where are we on the road?

We were dead in sins, but now we are alive in Christ— but we are not home yet. We have started, but we have not come to the last mile.

1-2 The greeting

Grace is God’s favor and resources.

3-8 The work of God

The work here is God’s finished product; It’s what is happening in our hearts through the grace of God.

This is a GOOD work. With all His love, and power, it will be a good work.

An important component of this work is sharing the gospel.

9-11 The love of God

Instead of all this sin and guilt, we are filled with the fruits of righteousness. All this is that God is glorified.

The reason I can be hopeful, the reason I can go on, is because of Jesus. This is His work.

We can partner with this work of God through prayer. It is an amazing opportunity to join in with this work, even in distant countries.

Activities to draw us together for the Gospel:
1) praying together
2) witnessing together
3) suffering together

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Text: Philippians 1:6 (1:1-30) Other References: Ephesians 2:9,10; Romans 8:28,29; Philippians 3:12; Jesus is making a masterpiece of you and me. I pray that you can stop and think on the journey of all the grace that God is pouring out on us. Other References: Ephesians 2:9,10; Romans 8:28,29; Philippians 3:12;
Jesus is making a masterpiece of you and me.
I pray that you can stop and think on the journey of all the grace that God is pouring out on us. God has a plan for each person— He wants to work His work in everyone. We just need to cooperate.
This is such a hopeful verse. We are not yet to the goal.
We all are ‘a piece of work’; We all need a Savior.
I’d like to talk about this journey. Where are we on the road?
We were dead in sins, but now we are alive in Christ— but we are not home yet. We have started, but we have not come to the last mile.
1-2 The greeting
Grace is God’s favor and resources.
3-8 The work of God
The work here is God’s finished product; It’s what is happening in our hearts through the grace of God.
This is a GOOD work. With all His love, and power, it will be a good work.
An important component of this work is sharing the gospel.
9-11 The love of God
Instead of all this sin and guilt, we are filled with the fruits of righteousness. All this is that God is glorified.
The reason I can be hopeful, the reason I can go on, is because of Jesus. This is His work.
We can partner with this work of God through prayer. It is an amazing opportunity to join in with this work, even in distant countries.
Activities to draw us together for the Gospel:
1) praying together
2) witnessing together
3) suffering together
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Giving Glory to God Like a Baptist - Ricky Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/giving-glory-to-god-like-a-baptist/ Sun, 29 Sep 2019 11:22:11 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3528 https://www.bmcgladys.com/giving-glory-to-god-like-a-baptist/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/giving-glory-to-god-like-a-baptist/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 11:11 – Jesus said that John the Baptist was one of the best. This morning we’re going to look at Johns life and some lessons we can learn from his life. There is something inspiring and intriguing about young people who are so on fire for God and that are “consumed” at a young […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/giving-glory-to-god-like-a-baptist/">Giving Glory to God Like a Baptist</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 11:11 – Jesus said that John the Baptist was one of the best. This morning we’re going to look at Johns life and some lessons we can learn from his life.

There is something inspiring and intriguing about young people who are so on fire for God and that are “consumed” at a young age because of it.

A consistent theme in Johns life is that he gave glory to God no matter where he was.

Giving Glory to God in our Success

John 1:19-28 – Think about how John handled the success that he was having. John doesn’t try to defend his actions, he is honest about what he is doing and points to Jesus. He goes as far as to say that he isn’t even worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals.

Acts 12 gives us a contrast to this. Herod didn’t give praise to God when people said his words were “the voice of a God.” He was immediately struck down.

It’s not just that we shouldn’t take credit for something that we don’t deserve credit for, its also not speaking up when people think more of us than we are. When we are praised for something do we enjoy the praise or do we shift the attention to Jesus.

We are sinners, saved by the blood of Jesus. Any good that comes out of our lives should result in praise to God.

Giving Glory to God in the Success of Others

John 1:35-37, John 3:22-30 – The test of our sincerity in giving praise to God is when that praise or popularity is taken away. Can we still praise God? Johns disciples were concerned that Jesus was becoming more popular than John was.

John doesn’t seem to be threatened at all by the crowds that left to follow Jesus. He realized that this was all part of the plan. He recognized that the success and popularity he had was given to him from heaven.

John recognized the divinity of Jesus. John was 6 months older than Jesus was but he recognized that Jesus “was” before him.

If we can recognize any gift that we receive is a result of Gods goodness, when it is taken away it shouldn’t be nearly as difficult to let go of. The specific way that God chooses to bring glory through our lives should be up to Him.

Giving Glory to God in the Presence of Sin

Luke 3:7-20 – John got right to the heart of the problem of the Pharisees… “Don’t think because Abraham is your father that you are safe…” John didn’t just point out sin he gave practical advice about how to live a better life.

Our response when we see God being dishonored isn’t a “crazy reaction” to maintain honor. A life of disrespect for God and his ways will result in a bad end for that person. We should speak out against sin out of a love for God and for the person who is sinning and a desire to see all people have a relationship with God.

Our first priority should be boldness in removing sin from our own lives for sure, but we also have a roll to play addressing sin in others lives… especially those we are in community with as a church.

Giving Glory to God in Suffering

Luke 7:18-35 – John was an accomplished prophet and preacher, yet when he was imprisoned he was discouraged. He was convinced that Jesus was the Messiah, that He was the Christ. Now he had lots of time to reflect and think and began to wonder if he had made the wrong choice.

Praise for God is louder when it comes out of suffering. Suffering is an opportunity to give glory to God that is impossible when everything is going great.

Whatever situation we find ourselves in there is an opportunity to bring glory to God in it.

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Matthew 11:11 – Jesus said that John the Baptist was one of the best. This morning we’re going to look at Johns life and some lessons we can learn from his life. There is something inspiring and intriguing about young people who are so on fire for God ... There is something inspiring and intriguing about young people who are so on fire for God and that are “consumed” at a young age because of it.
A consistent theme in Johns life is that he gave glory to God no matter where he was.
Giving Glory to God in our Success
John 1:19-28 – Think about how John handled the success that he was having. John doesn’t try to defend his actions, he is honest about what he is doing and points to Jesus. He goes as far as to say that he isn’t even worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals.
Acts 12 gives us a contrast to this. Herod didn’t give praise to God when people said his words were “the voice of a God.” He was immediately struck down.
It’s not just that we shouldn’t take credit for something that we don’t deserve credit for, its also not speaking up when people think more of us than we are. When we are praised for something do we enjoy the praise or do we shift the attention to Jesus.
We are sinners, saved by the blood of Jesus. Any good that comes out of our lives should result in praise to God.
Giving Glory to God in the Success of Others
John 1:35-37, John 3:22-30 – The test of our sincerity in giving praise to God is when that praise or popularity is taken away. Can we still praise God? Johns disciples were concerned that Jesus was becoming more popular than John was.
John doesn’t seem to be threatened at all by the crowds that left to follow Jesus. He realized that this was all part of the plan. He recognized that the success and popularity he had was given to him from heaven.
John recognized the divinity of Jesus. John was 6 months older than Jesus was but he recognized that Jesus “was” before him.
If we can recognize any gift that we receive is a result of Gods goodness, when it is taken away it shouldn’t be nearly as difficult to let go of. The specific way that God chooses to bring glory through our lives should be up to Him.
Giving Glory to God in the Presence of Sin
Luke 3:7-20 – John got right to the heart of the problem of the Pharisees… “Don’t think because Abraham is your father that you are safe…” John didn’t just point out sin he gave practical advice about how to live a better life.
Our response when we see God being dishonored isn’t a “crazy reaction” to maintain honor. A life of disrespect for God and his ways will result in a bad end for that person. We should speak out against sin out of a love for God and for the person who is sinning and a desire to see all people have a relationship with God.
Our first priority should be boldness in removing sin from our own lives for sure, but we also have a roll to play addressing sin in others lives… especially those we are in community with as a church.
Giving Glory to God in Suffering
Luke 7:18-35 – John was an accomplished prophet and preacher, yet when he was imprisoned he was discouraged. He was convinced that Jesus was the Messiah, that He was the Christ. Now he had lots of time to reflect and think and began to wonder if he had made the wrong choice.
Praise for God is louder when it comes out of suffering. Suffering is an opportunity to give glory to God that is impossible when everything is going great.
Whatever situation we find ourselves in there is an opportunity to bring glory to God in it.
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The Life of Hezekiah - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-life-of-hezekiah/ Sun, 22 Sep 2019 23:46:17 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3525 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-life-of-hezekiah/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-life-of-hezekiah/feed/ 0 <p>Isaiah 38 & 39 Have you ever been in really bad shape and thought you might die? Or perhaps you were bad enough off that you kind of wished you could die? Have you been in overwhelming trouble and great distress? What did you do? Have you ever made a poor decision because you were […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-life-of-hezekiah/">The Life of Hezekiah</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Isaiah 38 & 39

Have you ever been in really bad shape and thought you might die? Or perhaps you were bad enough off that you kind of wished you could die? Have you been in overwhelming trouble and great distress?

What did you do? Have you ever made a poor decision because you were too focused on the things immediately around you and didn’t consider the long term results?

What is the reason for trouble in the world? Why was Hezekiah sick?

God the Heavenly Father created a good universe and had good intentions towards His creation. He did not create man selfishly because of what He could get out of them, instead He created them so that they could experience to some level the fellowship that exists between God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The idea that God is good is demonstrated quite clearly in the life and person of Jesus Christ. The reason for our trouble has something to do with satan who said, “I will be like the Most High.”

Romans 8 – Ever since the fall the world has been groaning and full of pain. Not all trouble and pain that is in the world is because of sin.

Back to Hezekiah in our main text. There isn’t a reason given about why Hezekiah was about to die. Generally Hezekiah was a good king, but in this situation he failed in some respects, especially a little further along. Hezekiah wept bitterly, it sounds like he wasn’t getting what he deserved. It sounds like he is saying, “I’ve been a good man, and I don’t want to die.”

Even though Hezekiah may not have been completely in the right in everything, God heard his prayer, and his crying, and he answered him.

Maybe you’ve had a bitter complaint and in your trouble and you now wonder where God is and what is He doing? Hopefully we are experiencing God through our prayer, through the word, through other people. When we pray, how God answers, this can be a struggle for us.

Hezekiah response to God telling him that he would have another 15 years. “I will walk humbly. We will praise the Lord in the temple every day.”

Hezekiah welcomed the envoy from Babylon, along with all of their gifts. But then he showed them all the wealth and treasure in the kingdom. He was proud of all the wealth in the kingdom. He was trying to impress them. It seems like he forgot God here and was somewhat intimidated by these folks and wanted to impress them.

How we live our lives depending on who we want to impress says a lot about us. We can forget a lot of things that are important to not forget.

Hezekiah heard that Israel would be conquered after he died and he said, “it is good” because it wouldn’t happen before he died. Hezekiah demonstrates here a fatal flaw, he failed to remain humble when life was good, he forgot God and failed to make a wise choice. A decision based on immediate self preservation and not the long view.

For those of us with responsibility these verses call us to be tender, but strong. We need to be able to make tough decisions and carry them out, choosing the difficult thing now for the sake of eternal value and long term return instead of immediate return.

We are called to make wise and righteous choices. We all face hard choices, choices that determine what life will be like in the future, perhaps we don’t recognize the importance of a decision at the moment, but what is the direction of our heart, what do we generally base our choices on?

God is good. We all have a need for humility. There is right and there is wrong. We are called to seek God in all things.

We are not alone in our troubles. Jesus Christ our creator came to earth to live with us in our troubles. He was attacked by Satan many times and He trusted the Father and took care of our sins on the cross. By the power of the Holy Spirit God is walking with us and is guiding and pleading on our behalf in our need. Jesus is the answer to our trouble.

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Isaiah 38 & 39 Have you ever been in really bad shape and thought you might die? Or perhaps you were bad enough off that you kind of wished you could die? Have you been in overwhelming trouble and great distress? What did you do? Have you ever been in really bad shape and thought you might die? Or perhaps you were bad enough off that you kind of wished you could die? Have you been in overwhelming trouble and great distress?
What did you do? Have you ever made a poor decision because you were too focused on the things immediately around you and didn’t consider the long term results?
What is the reason for trouble in the world? Why was Hezekiah sick?
God the Heavenly Father created a good universe and had good intentions towards His creation. He did not create man selfishly because of what He could get out of them, instead He created them so that they could experience to some level the fellowship that exists between God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The idea that God is good is demonstrated quite clearly in the life and person of Jesus Christ. The reason for our trouble has something to do with satan who said, “I will be like the Most High.”
Romans 8 – Ever since the fall the world has been groaning and full of pain. Not all trouble and pain that is in the world is because of sin.
Back to Hezekiah in our main text. There isn’t a reason given about why Hezekiah was about to die. Generally Hezekiah was a good king, but in this situation he failed in some respects, especially a little further along. Hezekiah wept bitterly, it sounds like he wasn’t getting what he deserved. It sounds like he is saying, “I’ve been a good man, and I don’t want to die.”
Even though Hezekiah may not have been completely in the right in everything, God heard his prayer, and his crying, and he answered him.
Maybe you’ve had a bitter complaint and in your trouble and you now wonder where God is and what is He doing? Hopefully we are experiencing God through our prayer, through the word, through other people. When we pray, how God answers, this can be a struggle for us.
Hezekiah response to God telling him that he would have another 15 years. “I will walk humbly. We will praise the Lord in the temple every day.”
Hezekiah welcomed the envoy from Babylon, along with all of their gifts. But then he showed them all the wealth and treasure in the kingdom. He was proud of all the wealth in the kingdom. He was trying to impress them. It seems like he forgot God here and was somewhat intimidated by these folks and wanted to impress them.
How we live our lives depending on who we want to impress says a lot about us. We can forget a lot of things that are important to not forget.
Hezekiah heard that Israel would be conquered after he died and he said, “it is good” because it wouldn’t happen before he died. Hezekiah demonstrates here a fatal flaw, he failed to remain humble when life was good, he forgot God and failed to make a wise choice. A decision based on immediate self preservation and not the long view.
For those of us with responsibility these verses call us to be tender, but strong. We need to be able to make tough decisions and carry them out, choosing the difficult thing now for the sake of eternal value and long term return instead of immediate return.
We are called to make wise and righteous choices. We all face hard choices, choices that determine what life will be like in the future, perhaps we don’t recognize the importance of a decision at the moment, but what is the direction of our heart, what do we generally base our choices on?
God is good. We all have a need for humility. There is right and there is wrong. We are called to seek God in all things.
We are not alone in our troubles. Jesus Christ our creator came to earth to live with us in our troubles. He was attacked by Satan many times and He trusted the Father and took care of our sins on the cross. By the power of the Holy Spirit God is walking with us and is guiding and pleading on our behalf in our need. Jesus is the answer to our trouble.
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God's Desire for Covenant People - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-desire-for-covenant-people/ Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:05:50 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3522 https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-desire-for-covenant-people/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-desire-for-covenant-people/feed/ 0 <p>2 Corinthians 6:11-18 – God is inviting us into a covenant relationship with himself. We should be willing to give up anything that hinders that relationship. God’s desire for a covenant people is present in the Old and New Testaments.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-desire-for-covenant-people/">God’s Desire for Covenant People</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 2 Corinthians 6:11-18 – God is inviting us into a covenant relationship with himself. We should be willing to give up anything that hinders that relationship.

God’s desire for a covenant people is present in the Old and New Testaments.

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2 Corinthians 6:11-18 – God is inviting us into a covenant relationship with himself. We should be willing to give up anything that hinders that relationship. God’s desire for a covenant people is present in the Old and New Testaments. God’s desire for a covenant people is present in the Old and New Testaments.
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Rejoice in the Lord Always - Dan Freed https://www.bmcgladys.com/rejoice-in-the-lord-always/ Sun, 08 Sep 2019 20:03:41 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3519 https://www.bmcgladys.com/rejoice-in-the-lord-always/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/rejoice-in-the-lord-always/feed/ 0 <p>Philippians 4:1-23 – In Philippians 2 Paul is saying that it is time to get our minds in sync with the mind of Jesus. God created us to live in community and to live with other Christians. In chapter 4, Paul says that the church had a problem. Something was amiss between a number of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/rejoice-in-the-lord-always/">Rejoice in the Lord Always</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Philippians 4:1-23 – In Philippians 2 Paul is saying that it is time to get our minds in sync with the mind of Jesus.

God created us to live in community and to live with other Christians. In chapter 4, Paul says that the church had a problem. Something was amiss between a number of these ladies. Paul begged them to get their minds in sync with the Lord.

Sometimes we aren’t singing on the same key. There are different ways of trying to deal with this. Sing louder. Change your key. The other person changes their key… but the best way to sing on the same key is to both focus on Jesus.

There are times that we aren’t in the middle of the conflict but we see it happening amongst others around us. Paul asked those around these two ladies, who had some kind of issue in their relationship, to help them reconcile.

Hold on to Jesus. Put your faith and your focus on Jesus. Turn from your focus on your sin and focus on your Savior.

The Lord is at hand. Rely on the Lord. This is the best way to deal with our anxieties. Come, cast your burden on the Lord and trust his constant care. What a blessing to be able to take all of our anxieties to the Lord.

There is no greater example than Jesus. Study Him. Focus on Him. Learn from Him. Walk with Him.

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Philippians 4:1-23 – In Philippians 2 Paul is saying that it is time to get our minds in sync with the mind of Jesus. God created us to live in community and to live with other Christians. In chapter 4, Paul says that the church had a problem. God created us to live in community and to live with other Christians. In chapter 4, Paul says that the church had a problem. Something was amiss between a number of these ladies. Paul begged them to get their minds in sync with the Lord.
Sometimes we aren’t singing on the same key. There are different ways of trying to deal with this. Sing louder. Change your key. The other person changes their key… but the best way to sing on the same key is to both focus on Jesus.
There are times that we aren’t in the middle of the conflict but we see it happening amongst others around us. Paul asked those around these two ladies, who had some kind of issue in their relationship, to help them reconcile.
Hold on to Jesus. Put your faith and your focus on Jesus. Turn from your focus on your sin and focus on your Savior.
The Lord is at hand. Rely on the Lord. This is the best way to deal with our anxieties. Come, cast your burden on the Lord and trust his constant care. What a blessing to be able to take all of our anxieties to the Lord.
There is no greater example than Jesus. Study Him. Focus on Him. Learn from Him. Walk with Him.
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The Christian and Suffering - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-suffering/ Wed, 04 Sep 2019 01:54:44 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3517 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-suffering/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-suffering/feed/ 0 <p>Text: John 9: 1-12 – Other references: Matthew 7:25; I Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 6:2; Romans 8:28; II Timothy 1:7; John 16:33; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 8:17 Suffering is something that is all around us, physical suffering, emotional suffering, and suffering that involves both. It a difficult subject. Part of the discussion of suffering is the question […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-suffering/">The Christian and Suffering</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: John 9: 1-12 – Other references: Matthew 7:25; I Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 6:2; Romans 8:28; II Timothy 1:7; John 16:33; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 8:17

Suffering is something that is all around us, physical suffering, emotional suffering, and suffering that involves both. It a difficult subject.

Part of the discussion of suffering is the question of Who is God? Is He good?

Many people leave God out of their thoughts— and then when suffering strikes, they wonder how God allowed it.

What I believe about God changes how I look at my suffering. What I believe is true will determine how I live.

Jesus is our Rock, the Rock that we can stand on when difficulty comes. A firm foundation is necessary if we are going to face great suffering.

Our faith may feel shaken in difficulty, but we do not have to be moved.

We as Christians believe He is good, all-powerful, sovereign, and all-knowing— and that this is true even in a world of suffering. We do not know how this all works together, but we believe it is true.

If God is holy and all-powerful and good, and then I suffer, I will not be able to accept it if I am looking at things selfishly. It is not about me.

We were destined for eternal punishment, and Jesus paid that debt. We are not our own.

Place yourself in this story… the disciples and the blind man…

What attitudes do we see here?

When the disciples saw the blind man, they immediately had judgement. It is easy to misunderstand hurting people. We can be like Job’s friends and try to fix their problems without understanding them.

Here’s a good measuring stick for judgement: If I don’t understand all the reasons for my own suffering, how can I judge the reasons for someone else’s suffering?

Give the benefit of the doubt. Don’t assume that the popular opinion about someone is correct.

Carry the suffering to Jesus.

What attitude should we have in our own sufferings?

It is not about me; It is all about Jesus Christ and His kingdom— even in suffering.

It’s true that all things are working for good for those of us who believe. But it’s hard. Very hard.

What if we were controlled by the Holy Spirit instead of our circumstances?

Is it possible to rejoice in our sufferings? We have a God Who is victorious over all!

When my dad was dying in the hospital, when he passed, my mother had us all sing a song about heaven, a song of hope…

Do you have that solid foundation? Will you fall apart or will you stand on Jesus?

What is the gospel if it only works when the sun is shining?

God has this neat trick that he uses against Satan- every time Satan attacks one of the members of the kingdom God turns it right back against Satan.

A perfect example of this is the cross. Satan thought He had won; And yet Jesus rose from the dead, freeing people from Satan’s kingdom and defeating death.

Jesus knows what it is to suffer.

It is through Jesus scars that we are healed. Jesus took our nails and passed the healing on to us. Spiritual healing, emotional healing, and (sometimes) physical healing come to us from Jesus, from His own suffering.

We have scars, but when we allow Jesus to touch those scars, they can be used in the healing of others.

Is He your all in all? Is He your foundation in suffering?

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Text: John 9: 1-12 – Other references: Matthew 7:25; I Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 6:2; Romans 8:28; II Timothy 1:7; John 16:33; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 8:17 Suffering is something that is all around us, physical suffering, emotional suffering, Suffering is something that is all around us, physical suffering, emotional suffering, and suffering that involves both. It a difficult subject.
Part of the discussion of suffering is the question of Who is God? Is He good?
Many people leave God out of their thoughts— and then when suffering strikes, they wonder how God allowed it.
What I believe about God changes how I look at my suffering. What I believe is true will determine how I live.
Jesus is our Rock, the Rock that we can stand on when difficulty comes. A firm foundation is necessary if we are going to face great suffering.
Our faith may feel shaken in difficulty, but we do not have to be moved.
We as Christians believe He is good, all-powerful, sovereign, and all-knowing— and that this is true even in a world of suffering. We do not know how this all works together, but we believe it is true.
If God is holy and all-powerful and good, and then I suffer, I will not be able to accept it if I am looking at things selfishly. It is not about me.
We were destined for eternal punishment, and Jesus paid that debt. We are not our own.
Place yourself in this story… the disciples and the blind man…
What attitudes do we see here?
When the disciples saw the blind man, they immediately had judgement. It is easy to misunderstand hurting people. We can be like Job’s friends and try to fix their problems without understanding them.
Here’s a good measuring stick for judgement: If I don’t understand all the reasons for my own suffering, how can I judge the reasons for someone else’s suffering?
Give the benefit of the doubt. Don’t assume that the popular opinion about someone is correct.
Carry the suffering to Jesus.
What attitude should we have in our own sufferings?
It is not about me; It is all about Jesus Christ and His kingdom— even in suffering.
It’s true that all things are working for good for those of us who believe. But it’s hard. Very hard.
What if we were controlled by the Holy Spirit instead of our circumstances?
Is it possible to rejoice in our sufferings? We have a God Who is victorious over all!
When my dad was dying in the hospital, when he passed, my mother had us all sing a song about heaven, a song of hope…
Do you have that solid foundation? Will you fall apart or will you stand on Jesus?
What is the gospel if it only works when the sun is shining?
God has this neat trick that he uses against Satan- every time Satan attacks one of the members of the kingdom God turns it right back against Satan.
A perfect example of this is the cross. Satan thought He had won; And yet Jesus rose from the dead, freeing people from Satan’s kingdom and defeating death.
Jesus knows what it is to suffer.
It is through Jesus scars that we are healed. Jesus took our nails and passed the healing on to us. Spiritual healing, emotional healing, and (sometimes) physical healing come to us from Jesus, from His own suffering.
We have scars, but when we allow Jesus to touch those scars, they can be used in the healing of others.
Is He your all in all? Is He your foundation in suffering?
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Raised with Christ - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/raised-with-christ/ Sun, 25 Aug 2019 18:50:37 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3514 https://www.bmcgladys.com/raised-with-christ/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/raised-with-christ/feed/ 0 <p>Galatians 5:16-26 – We see here what can happen when the Holy Spirit is working in cooperation with a converted heart and a renewed mind. We see two masters in this passage, the Spirit and the flesh. We also see that these two masters produce vastly different results in the lives of those who follow […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/raised-with-christ/">Raised with Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Galatians 5:16-26 – We see here what can happen when the Holy Spirit is working in cooperation with a converted heart and a renewed mind.

We see two masters in this passage, the Spirit and the flesh. We also see that these two masters produce vastly different results in the lives of those who follow them.

Where the Spirit is not resident and empowering, the flesh is the master, self and the old nature. The works of the flesh are the actions and thoughts that are produced by and come from the flesh. The result is condemnation, unhappiness and misery. It may be short term satisfaction, but it will ultimately bring misery.

The fruits of the Spirit are entirely different in what they produce and bring to the person who is following the Spirit. A life with the Spirit, in communion with God, not free of stress and difficulty but equipped to handle that.

There are very different consequences for these kinds of lives. Those who practice things that are not godly will not inherit the Kingdom of God. “Whatever a man sows, that is what he will also reap.”

Romans 8:6 & 8:13 – Put to death the deeds of the body and live. There is a constant pull and tension between these two things, the flesh and the Spirit.

Romans 7:18-19 – I do the things that I don’t want to do… it is a constant struggle between the desires of the flesh and the desires of the Spirit. We will always have the unredeemed flesh to live with here on the earth. Our flesh is an avenue to temptation, but Paul is teaching us that there is a way to live, in the Spirit, above the flesh in victory and in peace.

One crucial step that Paul mentions is in Romans 7:24, “the crucified flesh” and “walking in the Spirit.” There is an earnest and serious decision to be made, we take sides and choose which side we are on in this great battle, we are for one and against the other.

Philippians 2:9-12 – This is the place that Jesus deserves in our heart, exalted and lifted above all else.

Romans 10:9 – Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus. Jesus is my Lord and my master. He is exalted in our hearts to the highest place.

If you then were raised with Christ, set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Romans 13:12 – Put on the armor of light. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Make no provision for the flesh. Give Christ the highest place in your heart.

1 Peter 2 – Desire the pure milk of the Word that you may grow.

Crucifying self isn’t just a mind game, there is an action to it as well. Let’s look at a practical way we can crucify flesh.

Jealousy – this can show up in a lot of different ways. Someone has a really nice house, or they teach a good Sunday school lesson, or they have a great interior decoration sense, or etc… None of these kinds of jealousy are good. So, what do we do? We confess! Lord, I am struggling with jealousy, I know that this is sin, I confess it and don’t want it, renew my mind and help me to have your perspective about this.

1 Kings 8:37-40 – If judgement comes because of sin or idolatry… if Israel would repent, God would hear and forgive. When we understand our own sinfulness, when we mourn the plague of our own heart and condition.

1 John 1:7 – If we walk in the Light as He is in the Light we are walking in the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 7:1 – Having these promises let us cleanse ourselves.

1 Peter 5:10 – May the God of all grace, after we have suffered a while, perfect, establish and strengthen you.

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Galatians 5:16-26 – We see here what can happen when the Holy Spirit is working in cooperation with a converted heart and a renewed mind. We see two masters in this passage, the Spirit and the flesh. We also see that these two masters produce vastly di... We see two masters in this passage, the Spirit and the flesh. We also see that these two masters produce vastly different results in the lives of those who follow them.
Where the Spirit is not resident and empowering, the flesh is the master, self and the old nature. The works of the flesh are the actions and thoughts that are produced by and come from the flesh. The result is condemnation, unhappiness and misery. It may be short term satisfaction, but it will ultimately bring misery.
The fruits of the Spirit are entirely different in what they produce and bring to the person who is following the Spirit. A life with the Spirit, in communion with God, not free of stress and difficulty but equipped to handle that.
There are very different consequences for these kinds of lives. Those who practice things that are not godly will not inherit the Kingdom of God. “Whatever a man sows, that is what he will also reap.”
Romans 8:6 & 8:13 – Put to death the deeds of the body and live. There is a constant pull and tension between these two things, the flesh and the Spirit.
Romans 7:18-19 – I do the things that I don’t want to do… it is a constant struggle between the desires of the flesh and the desires of the Spirit. We will always have the unredeemed flesh to live with here on the earth. Our flesh is an avenue to temptation, but Paul is teaching us that there is a way to live, in the Spirit, above the flesh in victory and in peace.
One crucial step that Paul mentions is in Romans 7:24, “the crucified flesh” and “walking in the Spirit.” There is an earnest and serious decision to be made, we take sides and choose which side we are on in this great battle, we are for one and against the other.
Philippians 2:9-12 – This is the place that Jesus deserves in our heart, exalted and lifted above all else.
Romans 10:9 – Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus. Jesus is my Lord and my master. He is exalted in our hearts to the highest place.
If you then were raised with Christ, set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Romans 13:12 – Put on the armor of light. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Make no provision for the flesh. Give Christ the highest place in your heart.
1 Peter 2 – Desire the pure milk of the Word that you may grow.
Crucifying self isn’t just a mind game, there is an action to it as well. Let’s look at a practical way we can crucify flesh.
Jealousy – this can show up in a lot of different ways. Someone has a really nice house, or they teach a good Sunday school lesson, or they have a great interior decoration sense, or etc… None of these kinds of jealousy are good. So, what do we do? We confess! Lord, I am struggling with jealousy, I know that this is sin, I confess it and don’t want it, renew my mind and help me to have your perspective about this.
1 Kings 8:37-40 – If judgement comes because of sin or idolatry… if Israel would repent, God would hear and forgive. When we understand our own sinfulness, when we mourn the plague of our own heart and condition.
1 John 1:7 – If we walk in the Light as He is in the Light we are walking in the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 7:1 – Having these promises let us cleanse ourselves.
1 Peter 5:10 – May the God of all grace, after we have suffered a while, perfect, establish and strengthen you.
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Heaven With Us Now - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/heaven-with-us-now/ Mon, 19 Aug 2019 01:05:25 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3511 https://www.bmcgladys.com/heaven-with-us-now/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/heaven-with-us-now/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we are going to talk about heaven. We want to go there, but we also have heaven here with us now. As we get a little older and feel more aches and pains, as people go on before us we often think about heaven and how wonderful going home will be. The world […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/heaven-with-us-now/">Heaven With Us Now</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This morning we are going to talk about heaven. We want to go there, but we also have heaven here with us now.

As we get a little older and feel more aches and pains, as people go on before us we often think about heaven and how wonderful going home will be. The world will get fixed, rest will come, death and sickness will be forgotten. Creation will stop its groaning.

It is ok to long for heaven.

Heaven With Us Now

Mark 1 – Jesus proclaimed the good news of God. “The Kingdom of God has come near.” Jesus told John that he was the one.

The good news of the kingdom is that heaven is available for us now. How can we participate in the Kingdom of God in the here and now?

Luke 10 – The seventy who had been sent out returned and were amazed that even devils listened to them. The display of power that happened, especially in those early years, was an establishment of the Kingdom of God here on earth.

Jesus embodied the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus brought heaven to earth. Each of us walk in a “little sphere of influence.” God wants his Kingdom power to be shown and modeled in the little sphere that we work in.

A Few Ways We Can Experience Heaven Here and Now

Matthew 6 – Jesus taught us to pray this way. This is one of the “most prayed” prayers. Heaven is all through this prayer. Asking for Gods Kingdom to come. We pray this prayer and we recognize our Heavenly Father for who He is, and then we ask that His Kingdom would come. Are we willing to submit to what he asks of us?

Give us “this day” our daily bread. Enough for the present.

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Our relationships are restored by forgiveness. God watches our human relationships and He cares about these things.

We ask God to help us to live righteously here. Lead us not into temptation. Help us to be a life changed Christian. God wants to deliver us from evil.

The Presence of the God of Heaven is Here With Us

John 14 – A few heavenly provisions that God has for us here on earth.

Jesus said that it was necessary that he go away so that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit could come to dwell with them.

Jesus had a connection with the Father. There is a blending of life giving that all comes together in this relationship.

A heavenly peace. This is important for us to be able to experience, especially in our troubled world.

Heaven Has a Purpose for us Here

John 17 – Have you ever wished that you could just be taken out of the world? God has a purpose for us to be here on earth. Have you thought about the purpose that God has for you here? Perhaps we think about this more as we get older.

Eternal life is a gift from heaven to us. Our job is to spread that word to those who we come in contact with. Jesus is the way, Jesus is the life.

There is joy available for Christians. This world is a joyless place for many people. There are a lot of shallow happiness and bubble, but there isn’t a lot of joy. If heaven is living inside of us, this joy that Jesus can give us should be showing to those around us.

Unifying his followers, this was a large part of Jesus desire, that they may be one… as Jesus, the Father and the Spirit are one. The Kingdom of God encompasses all believers worldwide.

The Kingdoms Fullness is Yet to Come

Daniel 2:44 – There is more in store for the believer. The Kingdom of God will stand forever. God has a bigger thing going on than just what we see around us.

What will heaven be like? There are many promises about what it will be like. “In my Fathers house are many mansions. I will return for you.”

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This morning we are going to talk about heaven. We want to go there, but we also have heaven here with us now. As we get a little older and feel more aches and pains, as people go on before us we often think about heaven and how wonderful going home wi... As we get a little older and feel more aches and pains, as people go on before us we often think about heaven and how wonderful going home will be. The world will get fixed, rest will come, death and sickness will be forgotten. Creation will stop its groaning.
It is ok to long for heaven.
Heaven With Us Now
Mark 1 – Jesus proclaimed the good news of God. “The Kingdom of God has come near.” Jesus told John that he was the one.
The good news of the kingdom is that heaven is available for us now. How can we participate in the Kingdom of God in the here and now?
Luke 10 – The seventy who had been sent out returned and were amazed that even devils listened to them. The display of power that happened, especially in those early years, was an establishment of the Kingdom of God here on earth.
Jesus embodied the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus brought heaven to earth. Each of us walk in a “little sphere of influence.” God wants his Kingdom power to be shown and modeled in the little sphere that we work in.
A Few Ways We Can Experience Heaven Here and Now
Matthew 6 – Jesus taught us to pray this way. This is one of the “most prayed” prayers. Heaven is all through this prayer. Asking for Gods Kingdom to come. We pray this prayer and we recognize our Heavenly Father for who He is, and then we ask that His Kingdom would come. Are we willing to submit to what he asks of us?
Give us “this day” our daily bread. Enough for the present.
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Our relationships are restored by forgiveness. God watches our human relationships and He cares about these things.
We ask God to help us to live righteously here. Lead us not into temptation. Help us to be a life changed Christian. God wants to deliver us from evil.
The Presence of the God of Heaven is Here With Us
John 14 – A few heavenly provisions that God has for us here on earth.
Jesus said that it was necessary that he go away so that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit could come to dwell with them.
Jesus had a connection with the Father. There is a blending of life giving that all comes together in this relationship.
A heavenly peace. This is important for us to be able to experience, especially in our troubled world.
Heaven Has a Purpose for us Here
John 17 – Have you ever wished that you could just be taken out of the world? God has a purpose for us to be here on earth. Have you thought about the purpose that God has for you here? Perhaps we think about this more as we get older.
Eternal life is a gift from heaven to us. Our job is to spread that word to those who we come in contact with. Jesus is the way, Jesus is the life.
There is joy available for Christians. This world is a joyless place for many people. There are a lot of shallow happiness and bubble, but there isn’t a lot of joy. If heaven is living inside of us, this joy that Jesus can give us should be showing to those around us.
Unifying his followers, this was a large part of Jesus desire, that they may be one… as Jesus, the Father and the Spirit are one. The Kingdom of God encompasses all believers worldwide.
The Kingdoms Fullness is Yet to Come
Daniel 2:44 – There is more in store for the believer. The Kingdom of God will stand forever. God has a bigger thing going on than just what we see around us.
What will heaven be like? There are many promises about what it will be like. “In my Fathers house are many mansions. I will return for you.”
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Nine Duties You Have to Your Local Church - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/nine-duties-you-have-to-your-local-church/ Sun, 11 Aug 2019 20:44:57 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3508 https://www.bmcgladys.com/nine-duties-you-have-to-your-local-church/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/nine-duties-you-have-to-your-local-church/feed/ 0 <p>What does the New Testament teach about our obligation to the local brotherhood? We are going to look at nine different obligations this morning. They are directed to the body as a whole, not a particular individual. The goal of this message is to remind us of our obligations to each other and to the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/nine-duties-you-have-to-your-local-church/">Nine Duties You Have to Your Local Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> What does the New Testament teach about our obligation to the local brotherhood?

We are going to look at nine different obligations this morning. They are directed to the body as a whole, not a particular individual.

The goal of this message is to remind us of our obligations to each other and to the local body we belong to.

Local churches can struggle. We some churches in Revelation that weren’t doing so well. Let us do our part as individual members of the church to make sure that doesn’t happen.

  1. We have a duty to encourage our brothers and sisters in the church. Colossians 3:16
  2. We have a duty to admonish our brothers and sisters who aren’t obeying Jesus. 1 Thessalonians, Luke 17:3, Galatians 6:1
  3. We have a duty to speak the truth. The mature body is not swayed by the winds of doctrine, it will always speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4
  4. We have a duty to forgive each other. The Lords Prayer says that we are to forgive everyone, but there are also verses that specifically call us to forgive our brothers and sisters. Colossians 3:13 – When offenses happen we are obligated to forgive. We are also obligated to do our best not to be the offender.
  5. We have a duty to put up with each other. When someone is “driving us crazy” we may be tempted to avoid them or talk badly about them. Paul tells us here that we have an obligation to “put up with them” – Colossians 3:12-13, Ephesians 4:1-2
  6. We have a duty to obey our church leadership. Hebrews 13:17
  7. We have a duty to use our gifts to serve. 1 Peter 4:10 – everyone has been given some means in which they can serve God within their local church. Romans 12:3-8 – use your gifts, but don’t think too highly of yourself, respect the feelings and concerns of others.
  8. We have a duty to value each member. 1 Corinthians 12:21-27 – Every member of the body is part of the body and is necessary. Our desire would be to see each part of the body doing well. If our brothers and sisters are doing well, we will benefit from it as members of the same body.
  9. We have a duty to pursue love for all. 1 Thessalonians 3:12, Colossians 3:12-14 – put on love, without love the local body is not going to be bound together in harmony. 1 Peter 4:7 – Above all, keep loving each other earnestly.

There are a few requirements for many of these duties. They are a hard, if not in possible to be doing if we aren’t in a “long term” relationship with a local relationship with our church. Those requirements would be to be a Christian, and to belong to a local body.

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What does the New Testament teach about our obligation to the local brotherhood? We are going to look at nine different obligations this morning. They are directed to the body as a whole, not a particular individual. We are going to look at nine different obligations this morning. They are directed to the body as a whole, not a particular individual.
The goal of this message is to remind us of our obligations to each other and to the local body we belong to.
Local churches can struggle. We some churches in Revelation that weren’t doing so well. Let us do our part as individual members of the church to make sure that doesn’t happen.

* We have a duty to encourage our brothers and sisters in the church. Colossians 3:16
* We have a duty to admonish our brothers and sisters who aren’t obeying Jesus. 1 Thessalonians, Luke 17:3, Galatians 6:1
* We have a duty to speak the truth. The mature body is not swayed by the winds of doctrine, it will always speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4
* We have a duty to forgive each other. The Lords Prayer says that we are to forgive everyone, but there are also verses that specifically call us to forgive our brothers and sisters. Colossians 3:13 – When offenses happen we are obligated to forgive. We are also obligated to do our best not to be the offender.
* We have a duty to put up with each other. When someone is “driving us crazy” we may be tempted to avoid them or talk badly about them. Paul tells us here that we have an obligation to “put up with them” – Colossians 3:12-13, Ephesians 4:1-2
* We have a duty to obey our church leadership. Hebrews 13:17
* We have a duty to use our gifts to serve. 1 Peter 4:10 – everyone has been given some means in which they can serve God within their local church. Romans 12:3-8 – use your gifts, but don’t think too highly of yourself, respect the feelings and concerns of others.
* We have a duty to value each member. 1 Corinthians 12:21-27 – Every member of the body is part of the body and is necessary. Our desire would be to see each part of the body doing well. If our brothers and sisters are doing well, we will benefit from it as members of the same body.
* We have a duty to pursue love for all. 1 Thessalonians 3:12, Colossians 3:12-14 – put on love, without love the local body is not going to be bound together in harmony. 1 Peter 4:7 – Above all, keep loving each other earnestly.

There are a few requirements for many of these duties. They are a hard, if not in possible to be doing if we aren’t in a “long term” relationship with a local relationship with our church. Those requirements would be to be a Christian, and to belong to a local body.
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Giant Eating Grasshoppers - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/giant-eating-grasshoppers/ Sun, 04 Aug 2019 18:51:43 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3505 https://www.bmcgladys.com/giant-eating-grasshoppers/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/giant-eating-grasshoppers/feed/ 0 <p>Numbers 13 and 14 – This is the story of Israel in the wilderness. The story of the spying out of the land of Canaan by the 12 spies. It is the negative report of the 10 spies and the good report of the 2 spies. The spies went and they returned after 40 days […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/giant-eating-grasshoppers/">Giant Eating Grasshoppers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Numbers 13 and 14 – This is the story of Israel in the wilderness. The story of the spying out of the land of Canaan by the 12 spies. It is the negative report of the 10 spies and the good report of the 2 spies.

The spies went and they returned after 40 days with 1 cluster of grapes. It took two people to carry this cluster of grapes out on a pole. The spies also had a report for Moses and Aaron.

The report was that the fruit and the land were wonderful, but that there were some problems. It sounded somewhat demoralizing, but Caleb silenced the people and said, “lets go do it, we are well able to take the land.”

The other spies replied that “this is a land that devours its inhabitants. All the people there are of great stature.” There are giants there. We were small before them, like grasshoppers.

“Giant Eating Grasshoppers” does this mean that giants are eating grasshoppers? Or does it mean that grasshoppers are eating giants? The 10 spies thought that the giants would eat the grasshoppers while there were two spies that thought that they children of Israel, the grasshoppers, could eat the giants.

In this account the Lord commanded that they spy out the land. The Lord had also promised to give them the land, it was a sure thing that he intended to do.

How would you like a gift like this, something that God would give you. We do have some gifts and some opportunities that God has promised us.

There is a little bit of a challenge in this. We have to have some discernment about whether something is a gift or opportunity from God or perhaps it is something that comes along that we should not engage in. How do you know? How do you decide that the situation you face is the opportunity that God had in mind for you.

We hardly ever receive an opportunity that doesn’t come with responsibility. These go together, when we receive a special gift it comes at a cost and a responsibility that goes with it.

Our outlook is the way that we look at and think about the opportunities that we have in front of us. Perhaps we pray about an opportunity, whether we look at opportunities with eyes of faith, or perhaps that God can do something through us that we cannot do on our own. This is the our frame of mind, the way that we think about things and what we believe.

Israel, the 10 spies, thought that things looked hopeless. They couldn’t do it.

We don’t like change. Often we don’t really want to take advantage of an opportunity that causes a great change.

Anything in our life that there is a call for something different, this is an opportunity.

The 10 spies had an outlook that was too small. The enemy was too large.

If you believe you can’t do something. You can’t do it. If you believe you are worthless, you are worthless. If you believe you are ugly, you are ugly. If you think that is true, that is how you will interpret everything. If you believe that God is against you. That outlook will determine what you can and can’t do. It doesn’t matter what the facts are, what we believe are the facts is what is true to us.

We think things about ourselves and we think that that is what God thinks about us and others think about us and then we get stuck.

The opposite of this is true as well. If you believe God is present and working in your heart and that He is leading you, you can do whatever he asks you to do. But it is often easy to get stuck in this other frame of mind.

There will always be opposition. There will always be those who say it is not time, this should not be done now, or shouldn’t be done at all. Even when something is commanded in scripture there are those who will say that it is not God’s will.

If the opposition doesn’t come from other people it will come from Satan. We can be the source of our doubts as well, we can get scared and afraid. Sometimes the opposition that we face is more about us than anything else, if we look in the mirror we might just see ourselves looking back.

Our opposition could be a besetting sin. For the 10 spies they couldn’t believe that God could help them get into the land.

The opposition might be rebellion against authority.

God is big and omnipotent, he is powerful, not weak and not small. The children of Israel’s biggest problem was that they saw the giants, their giant fears, but they did not see their giant God.

God can equip grasshoppers to eat giants, but it is a God thing when God equips grasshoppers to eat giants. It is not a human thing. It is a faith thing.

It isn’t that we should think ourselves into ignorance. Not everything that we think about doing is God’s will. If God is for the grasshopper, the grasshopper can eat the giant. This is like the story of David and Goliath.

How many of us have something in our lives that we would like to change but it hasn’t changed yet? That is a giant. There is evil around us, there is sin in us.

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Numbers 13 and 14 – This is the story of Israel in the wilderness. The story of the spying out of the land of Canaan by the 12 spies. It is the negative report of the 10 spies and the good report of the 2 spies. The spies went and they returned after 40 days with 1 cluster of grapes. It took two people to carry this cluster of grapes out on a pole. The spies also had a report for Moses and Aaron.
The report was that the fruit and the land were wonderful, but that there were some problems. It sounded somewhat demoralizing, but Caleb silenced the people and said, “lets go do it, we are well able to take the land.”
The other spies replied that “this is a land that devours its inhabitants. All the people there are of great stature.” There are giants there. We were small before them, like grasshoppers.
“Giant Eating Grasshoppers” does this mean that giants are eating grasshoppers? Or does it mean that grasshoppers are eating giants? The 10 spies thought that the giants would eat the grasshoppers while there were two spies that thought that they children of Israel, the grasshoppers, could eat the giants.
In this account the Lord commanded that they spy out the land. The Lord had also promised to give them the land, it was a sure thing that he intended to do.
How would you like a gift like this, something that God would give you. We do have some gifts and some opportunities that God has promised us.
There is a little bit of a challenge in this. We have to have some discernment about whether something is a gift or opportunity from God or perhaps it is something that comes along that we should not engage in. How do you know? How do you decide that the situation you face is the opportunity that God had in mind for you.
We hardly ever receive an opportunity that doesn’t come with responsibility. These go together, when we receive a special gift it comes at a cost and a responsibility that goes with it.
Our outlook is the way that we look at and think about the opportunities that we have in front of us. Perhaps we pray about an opportunity, whether we look at opportunities with eyes of faith, or perhaps that God can do something through us that we cannot do on our own. This is the our frame of mind, the way that we think about things and what we believe.
Israel, the 10 spies, thought that things looked hopeless. They couldn’t do it.
We don’t like change. Often we don’t really want to take advantage of an opportunity that causes a great change.
Anything in our life that there is a call for something different, this is an opportunity.
The 10 spies had an outlook that was too small. The enemy was too large.
If you believe you can’t do something. You can’t do it. If you believe you are worthless, you are worthless. If you believe you are ugly, you are ugly. If you think that is true, that is how you will interpret everything. If you believe that God is against you. That outlook will determine what you can and can’t do. It doesn’t matter what the facts are, what we believe are the facts is what is true to us.
We think things about ourselves and we think that that is what God thinks about us and others think about us and then we get stuck.
The opposite of this is true as well. If you believe God is present and working in your heart and that He is leading you, you can do whatever he asks you to do. But it is often easy to get stuck in this other frame of mind.
There will always be opposition. There will always be those who say it is not time, this should not be done now, or shouldn’t be done at all. Even when something is commanded in scripture there are those who will say that it is not God’s will.
If the opposition doesn’t come from other people it will come from Satan. We can be the source of our doubts as well, we can get scared and afraid. Sometimes the opposition that we face is more about us than anything else,]]>
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What Would Jesus Do? - Jeff Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-would-jesus-do/ Sun, 28 Jul 2019 23:34:43 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3502 https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-would-jesus-do/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-would-jesus-do/feed/ 0 <p>Jesus always had a connection with people. He always saw their needs and impacted them in some way. How can we be like Jesus? Jesus’ actions came from who he was. He wasn’t trying to “act” a certain way, he wasn’t trying to impress people. Who we are results in actions, either doing the right […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-would-jesus-do/">What Would Jesus Do?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Jesus always had a connection with people. He always saw their needs and impacted them in some way. How can we be like Jesus?

Jesus’ actions came from who he was. He wasn’t trying to “act” a certain way, he wasn’t trying to impress people. Who we are results in actions, either doing the right thing or not.

Jesus calls us to “be” he wants to take us beyond just the actions that we do. We don’t just “crank up our level of holiness.”

1 Corinthians 2:16 – what is the “mind of Christ?” How can we be like Christ and have his mind?

Philippians 2:5-8 – There are several things we can learn about Christ’s mind and his perspective about life.

Jesus was not focused on himself. When he was in the garden and facing his death he was focused on the needs of others and his Father’s desire for him to go through with the sacrifice of his very life.

Jesus served many different people in many different ways. He healed. He taught. He fed. He lead. Paul talked about being a “slave to all men.” Christ, in his service got right in on peoples level.

Christ was also humble. We are called to be humble as well. We tend to think that we have things figured out and struggle to be humble. Humility goes a long way in building relationships and connections with people.

Jesus was obedient to the extreme. We need to obey, not just because it is the right thing to do but also because we have a heart to obey.

John 15:1-7 – Christ should be abiding in us… not just us abiding in him! Christs Spirit should be in us. Christ’s spirit within us gives us the ability to be like Jesus.

The Scripture is alive and working. We need to have God’s word dwelling in us. It is the anchor for our lives, that we can go back to time and time again as a foundation for our lives.

Christs joy is also to dwell in us! We need to guard against becoming too accustomed to the “things of salvation.” A secure future is a big deal! This should bring us joy.

Christ calls us to “be,” not just to “do.”

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Jesus always had a connection with people. He always saw their needs and impacted them in some way. How can we be like Jesus? Jesus’ actions came from who he was. He wasn’t trying to “act” a certain way, he wasn’t trying to impress people. Jesus’ actions came from who he was. He wasn’t trying to “act” a certain way, he wasn’t trying to impress people. Who we are results in actions, either doing the right thing or not.
Jesus calls us to “be” he wants to take us beyond just the actions that we do. We don’t just “crank up our level of holiness.”
1 Corinthians 2:16 – what is the “mind of Christ?” How can we be like Christ and have his mind?
Philippians 2:5-8 – There are several things we can learn about Christ’s mind and his perspective about life.
Jesus was not focused on himself. When he was in the garden and facing his death he was focused on the needs of others and his Father’s desire for him to go through with the sacrifice of his very life.
Jesus served many different people in many different ways. He healed. He taught. He fed. He lead. Paul talked about being a “slave to all men.” Christ, in his service got right in on peoples level.
Christ was also humble. We are called to be humble as well. We tend to think that we have things figured out and struggle to be humble. Humility goes a long way in building relationships and connections with people.
Jesus was obedient to the extreme. We need to obey, not just because it is the right thing to do but also because we have a heart to obey.
John 15:1-7 – Christ should be abiding in us… not just us abiding in him! Christs Spirit should be in us. Christ’s spirit within us gives us the ability to be like Jesus.
The Scripture is alive and working. We need to have God’s word dwelling in us. It is the anchor for our lives, that we can go back to time and time again as a foundation for our lives.
Christs joy is also to dwell in us! We need to guard against becoming too accustomed to the “things of salvation.” A secure future is a big deal! This should bring us joy.
Christ calls us to “be,” not just to “do.”
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Resting - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/resting/ Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:24:30 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3498 https://www.bmcgladys.com/resting/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/resting/feed/ 0 <p>Rest is stopping work in order to regain strength and to be refreshed. Our human tendency is to wait to rest until our bodies force us to rest. Galatians 6:9 – Paul wasn’t dump, he knew that people get tired, he got tired to. Rest when you need to but continue doing good even when […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/resting/">Resting</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Rest is stopping work in order to regain strength and to be refreshed. Our human tendency is to wait to rest until our bodies force us to rest.

Galatians 6:9 – Paul wasn’t dump, he knew that people get tired, he got tired to. Rest when you need to but continue doing good even when you are weary.

Genesis 2:2-3 – On the 7th day of creation God ended his work and he rested. Did God rest because he was tired? No. Even though he had just created the universe in 6 days. God was setting a precedent for his people.

Exodus 16:23 – The manna was given six days of the week. The people were supposed to gather twice what they needed on the sixth day for the sabbath day that would follow.

Jeremiah 34:12 – The children of Israel had not kept their year of jubilee, the people didn’t understand how much they needed it.

Psalm 46 – The word Selah is in the Old Testament. A lot of people believe that this word means to “rest” in the middle of the song.

The things that we do, everything that we do should be focused on honoring God.

Work is important, but rest is also very important.

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Rest is stopping work in order to regain strength and to be refreshed. Our human tendency is to wait to rest until our bodies force us to rest. Galatians 6:9 – Paul wasn’t dump, he knew that people get tired, he got tired to. Galatians 6:9 – Paul wasn’t dump, he knew that people get tired, he got tired to. Rest when you need to but continue doing good even when you are weary.
Genesis 2:2-3 – On the 7th day of creation God ended his work and he rested. Did God rest because he was tired? No. Even though he had just created the universe in 6 days. God was setting a precedent for his people.
Exodus 16:23 – The manna was given six days of the week. The people were supposed to gather twice what they needed on the sixth day for the sabbath day that would follow.
Jeremiah 34:12 – The children of Israel had not kept their year of jubilee, the people didn’t understand how much they needed it.
Psalm 46 – The word Selah is in the Old Testament. A lot of people believe that this word means to “rest” in the middle of the song.
The things that we do, everything that we do should be focused on honoring God.
Work is important, but rest is also very important.
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Christ in You, The Hope of Glory - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/christ-in-you-the-hope-of-glory/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 02:23:48 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3495 https://www.bmcgladys.com/christ-in-you-the-hope-of-glory/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/christ-in-you-the-hope-of-glory/feed/ 0 <p>Colossians 1, Colossians 3 We are praying in this song (Break Though the Bread of Life) that God would speak to us beyond just the words on the page. The Word is Spirit and life, Christ is life. Colosse was a small town. It had once been a pretty large town, but by this time […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/christ-in-you-the-hope-of-glory/">Christ in You, The Hope of Glory</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Colossians 1, Colossians 3

We are praying in this song (Break Though the Bread of Life) that God would speak to us beyond just the words on the page. The Word is Spirit and life, Christ is life.

Colosse was a small town. It had once been a pretty large town, but by this time it was fairly small. Colosse is in a valley, along a river bank in present day Turkey.

How did the church in Colosse start? It doesn’t seem likely that Paul was ever there. In the second chapter of Colossians Paul makes it sound as if there are a fair number of people there who haven’t met Paul. While we aren’t 100% sure how the church started here in Colosse, Paul does make it clear that there was a church there. 🙂

When this letter arrived in Colosse the church gathered to hear the letter read. How interested do you think these people were in this letter from Paul? Probably they were very interested to see what Paul was writing them about.

For the listeners of this letter to catch what the letter was saying they needed to pay attention. This is a good reminder for us to be ponderously reading and paying attention to the Word of God as we read it.

When this letter was initially read no one would have caught everything in the letter. Probably, as it is for us today, reading it through several times people were impressed with different things each time.

“Christ in you… the hope of glory…” Paul takes a moment to lay out who this “Christ” is. He is not a charismatic charleton, he is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the World.

If we see Jesus, we see the Father. Jesus existed before creation. Jesus, the first born of creation was before the creation. He is the sustainer of creation.

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Colossians 1, Colossians 3 We are praying in this song (Break Though the Bread of Life) that God would speak to us beyond just the words on the page. The Word is Spirit and life, Christ is life. Colosse was a small town. We are praying in this song (Break Though the Bread of Life) that God would speak to us beyond just the words on the page. The Word is Spirit and life, Christ is life.
Colosse was a small town. It had once been a pretty large town, but by this time it was fairly small. Colosse is in a valley, along a river bank in present day Turkey.
How did the church in Colosse start? It doesn’t seem likely that Paul was ever there. In the second chapter of Colossians Paul makes it sound as if there are a fair number of people there who haven’t met Paul. While we aren’t 100% sure how the church started here in Colosse, Paul does make it clear that there was a church there. 🙂
When this letter arrived in Colosse the church gathered to hear the letter read. How interested do you think these people were in this letter from Paul? Probably they were very interested to see what Paul was writing them about.
For the listeners of this letter to catch what the letter was saying they needed to pay attention. This is a good reminder for us to be ponderously reading and paying attention to the Word of God as we read it.
When this letter was initially read no one would have caught everything in the letter. Probably, as it is for us today, reading it through several times people were impressed with different things each time.
“Christ in you… the hope of glory…” Paul takes a moment to lay out who this “Christ” is. He is not a charismatic charleton, he is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the World.
If we see Jesus, we see the Father. Jesus existed before creation. Jesus, the first born of creation was before the creation. He is the sustainer of creation.
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God the Keeper of Doors - Rich Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-the-keeper-of-doors/ Sun, 07 Jul 2019 21:03:37 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3492 https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-the-keeper-of-doors/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-the-keeper-of-doors/feed/ 0 <p>Doors that God Opened At times we may wonder if things have gotten out of God’s control. Does He know what I am going through? Is He involved? The goal of this message is to make sure we realize that God is in control. If there are doors in our lives that should be opened, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-the-keeper-of-doors/">God the Keeper of Doors</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Doors that God Opened

At times we may wonder if things have gotten out of God’s control. Does He know what I am going through? Is He involved?

The goal of this message is to make sure we realize that God is in control. If there are doors in our lives that should be opened, or closed, God will open or close those doors.

Revelation 3, Psalm 78 – The Pslamist writes about Israels experience in the desert. God had done so much for the Children of Israel, opening the doors of heaven.

Acts 5 – The authorities locked Peter & John up, but an angel of the Lord came an opened the door and said “go… go and preach.”

Acts 12:3 – Again Peter was in jail. Again the Lord opened the door and lead him out.

Acts 16 – Paul is trying to discerned where God is leading him next. It seems that there is a closed door to the places that Paul was thinking of Going. God sent him a vision, opened the door, to go to Macedonia to preach.

2 Corinthians 2:12 – God opened a door for Paul to preach.

Luke 11 – The story of a friend who comes at midnight. He doesn’t have bread for his guests so he goes and asks a friend. His friend says, “no, I’m in bed.” The friend persists, and gets the bread. We are to be persistent in our asking for the Holy Spirit.

Doors that God Closed

Genesis – The ark door. Noah build the ark, God brought the animals, and God closed the door.

Matthew 25 – The story of the 10 virgins. Jesus talks about those who didn’t take the opportunity to prepare their lamps and when they had gone to get oil the returned and knocked on the door and the door remained closed. “They that were ready went in…”

Doors that God has Made us in Charge of

God gives us responsibility for some doors too.

Matthew 5:6 – When you pray, enter your closet, shut the door and pray to your Father in heaven. Your Father who sees what we do in secret will reward openly.

Revelation 3:20 – Jesus stands at the door and knocks. Jesus wants to come into our lives, but he isn’t going to force his way in. He wants us to open that door.

If we follow Christs advice in doing well at taking care of the doors that he has put us in charge of, shutting the door of distractions and opening the door to commune with Christ. When we do this we are more prepared to deal with the other doors in our lives that God opens and shuts.

John 10:9 – Jesus is the door. It is only through Jesus that we can be saved.

God does see. He does care. If He opens and closes doors in your life it is because it is better for you that way.

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Doors that God Opened At times we may wonder if things have gotten out of God’s control. Does He know what I am going through? Is He involved? The goal of this message is to make sure we realize that God is in control. At times we may wonder if things have gotten out of God’s control. Does He know what I am going through? Is He involved?
The goal of this message is to make sure we realize that God is in control. If there are doors in our lives that should be opened, or closed, God will open or close those doors.
Revelation 3, Psalm 78 – The Pslamist writes about Israels experience in the desert. God had done so much for the Children of Israel, opening the doors of heaven.
Acts 5 – The authorities locked Peter & John up, but an angel of the Lord came an opened the door and said “go… go and preach.”
Acts 12:3 – Again Peter was in jail. Again the Lord opened the door and lead him out.
Acts 16 – Paul is trying to discerned where God is leading him next. It seems that there is a closed door to the places that Paul was thinking of Going. God sent him a vision, opened the door, to go to Macedonia to preach.
2 Corinthians 2:12 – God opened a door for Paul to preach.
Luke 11 – The story of a friend who comes at midnight. He doesn’t have bread for his guests so he goes and asks a friend. His friend says, “no, I’m in bed.” The friend persists, and gets the bread. We are to be persistent in our asking for the Holy Spirit.
Doors that God Closed
Genesis – The ark door. Noah build the ark, God brought the animals, and God closed the door.
Matthew 25 – The story of the 10 virgins. Jesus talks about those who didn’t take the opportunity to prepare their lamps and when they had gone to get oil the returned and knocked on the door and the door remained closed. “They that were ready went in…”
Doors that God has Made us in Charge of
God gives us responsibility for some doors too.
Matthew 5:6 – When you pray, enter your closet, shut the door and pray to your Father in heaven. Your Father who sees what we do in secret will reward openly.
Revelation 3:20 – Jesus stands at the door and knocks. Jesus wants to come into our lives, but he isn’t going to force his way in. He wants us to open that door.
If we follow Christs advice in doing well at taking care of the doors that he has put us in charge of, shutting the door of distractions and opening the door to commune with Christ. When we do this we are more prepared to deal with the other doors in our lives that God opens and shuts.
John 10:9 – Jesus is the door. It is only through Jesus that we can be saved.
God does see. He does care. If He opens and closes doors in your life it is because it is better for you that way.
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Life Lessons from the Rich Young Ruler - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/life-lessons-from-the-rich-young-ruler/ Mon, 01 Jul 2019 01:31:02 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3489 https://www.bmcgladys.com/life-lessons-from-the-rich-young-ruler/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/life-lessons-from-the-rich-young-ruler/feed/ 0 <p>The world has a way of continually sneaking up on us, so it is always good to be reminded that we need to “put the world behind us.” Mark 10:17-31 – Five things we can learn about following Jesus from the story of the rich young ruler. Three Questions About This Passage Was the rich […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/life-lessons-from-the-rich-young-ruler/">Life Lessons from the Rich Young Ruler</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The world has a way of continually sneaking up on us, so it is always good to be reminded that we need to “put the world behind us.”

Mark 10:17-31 – Five things we can learn about following Jesus from the story of the rich young ruler.

Three Questions About This Passage

  1. Was the rich young ruler sincere? We don’t know for sure, perhaps he was out looking for a public compliment from a teacher, but to some extent it seems like he was sincere. Although he was a person of some position he came to Jesus and knelt before him. Jesus responded to his question, he had affection for him and didn’t rebuke him for his question. This fellow felt like something was missing, he was lacking something.
  2. Why did Jesus question his use of the term “good teacher.” Jesus wanted the fellow to think a bit more about “who Jesus was.”
  3. Why did Jesus ask him to “sell everything,” Jesus didn’t ask anyone else to sell all of their possessions. This man thought there was some number of or specific good thing that he must do. Jesus was asking the “heart question” by asking the rich young ruler to sell all that he had and give it to the poor.

Five Lessons For Us

  1. Following Jesus is the only way to have eternal life. Jesus can’t be your savior if he isn’t your Lord. Jesus isn’t just calling people to believe that he is the son of God and stop there. Jesus needs to also be Lord of our lives.
  2. Matthew 6:24, John 12:25-26 – Following Jesus requires a total allegiance. While Jesus didn’t ask everyone to sell all that they have, but he does ask that all who follow Him come with complete allegiance.
  3. Hebrews 13:5, Mark 4 – Following Jesus is often hindered by money and possessions.
    1. Matthew 6:19 – Jesus says “get rid of them.” If you can bring yourself to do that you will have treasure in heaven.
    2. The man went away sorrowful. He had great possessions. He couldn’t give them up.
    3. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a wealthy person to be saved. The better off someone is the more they have pulling them back and its harder for them to realize how bad off they are apart from God.
  4. Following Jesus is only possible by God’s grace. With God all things are possible. Jesus said this first when talking about people and salvation! When following Jesus looks really hard, remember that it is only possible because of Jesus any way.
  5. Following Jesus is worth it. Jesus says that whatever we give up will be counted towards our reward.

How do we apply this?

We need to examine our hearts from time to time for shifting allegiance. Is there an area in our lives that we are telling Jesus “no?”

1 Timothy – Keep yourselves free from the love of money. Money has a magnetic pull on our hearts, it pulls in the wrong direction. Don’t put your security and affection in your wealth.

Worry a little bit about raising rich young rulers. If money and possessions are a hindrance to spiritual life we need to be careful how we set things up for our children.

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The world has a way of continually sneaking up on us, so it is always good to be reminded that we need to “put the world behind us.” Mark 10:17-31 – Five things we can learn about following Jesus from the story of the rich young ruler. Mark 10:17-31 – Five things we can learn about following Jesus from the story of the rich young ruler.
Three Questions About This Passage

* Was the rich young ruler sincere? We don’t know for sure, perhaps he was out looking for a public compliment from a teacher, but to some extent it seems like he was sincere. Although he was a person of some position he came to Jesus and knelt before him. Jesus responded to his question, he had affection for him and didn’t rebuke him for his question. This fellow felt like something was missing, he was lacking something.
* Why did Jesus question his use of the term “good teacher.” Jesus wanted the fellow to think a bit more about “who Jesus was.”
* Why did Jesus ask him to “sell everything,” Jesus didn’t ask anyone else to sell all of their possessions. This man thought there was some number of or specific good thing that he must do. Jesus was asking the “heart question” by asking the rich young ruler to sell all that he had and give it to the poor.

Five Lessons For Us

* Following Jesus is the only way to have eternal life. Jesus can’t be your savior if he isn’t your Lord. Jesus isn’t just calling people to believe that he is the son of God and stop there. Jesus needs to also be Lord of our lives.
* Matthew 6:24, John 12:25-26 – Following Jesus requires a total allegiance. While Jesus didn’t ask everyone to sell all that they have, but he does ask that all who follow Him come with complete allegiance.
* Hebrews 13:5, Mark 4 – Following Jesus is often hindered by money and possessions.

* Matthew 6:19 – Jesus says “get rid of them.” If you can bring yourself to do that you will have treasure in heaven.
* The man went away sorrowful. He had great possessions. He couldn’t give them up.
* It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a wealthy person to be saved. The better off someone is the more they have pulling them back and its harder for them to realize how bad off they are apart from God.


* Following Jesus is only possible by God’s grace. With God all things are possible. Jesus said this first when talking about people and salvation! When following Jesus looks really hard, remember that it is only possible because of Jesus any way.
* Following Jesus is worth it. Jesus says that whatever we give up will be counted towards our reward.

How do we apply this?
We need to examine our hearts from time to time for shifting allegiance. Is there an area in our lives that we are telling Jesus “no?”
1 Timothy – Keep yourselves free from the love of money. Money has a magnetic pull on our hearts, it pulls in the wrong direction. Don’t put your security and affection in your wealth.
Worry a little bit about raising rich young rulers. If money and possessions are a hindrance to spiritual life we need to be careful how we set things up for our children.
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Opportunities in the Kingdom of God - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/opportunities-in-the-kingdom-of-god/ Sun, 23 Jun 2019 10:59:25 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3486 https://www.bmcgladys.com/opportunities-in-the-kingdom-of-god/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/opportunities-in-the-kingdom-of-god/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Matthew 25:14-30 Parables are simple stories that illustrate spiritual truths. Our job as Christians is to study them to find those truths, while being careful not to over-interpret them and make them say things they don’t say. Who is the man traveling? I believe it is Jesus. (John 14:3) The far country? Heaven. Who […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/opportunities-in-the-kingdom-of-god/">Opportunities in the Kingdom of God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Matthew 25:14-30

Parables are simple stories that illustrate spiritual truths. Our job as Christians is to study them to find those truths, while being careful not to over-interpret them and make them say things they don’t say.

Who is the man traveling? I believe it is Jesus. (John 14:3)

The far country? Heaven.

Who were His servants? I believe that the servants are you and I, in the context of time. We can take this personally.

What are the talents, the goods? I believe these are the gifts of ministry, responsibilities of service in the Kingdom of God… at least I’m comfortable with this interpretation for now. (Ephesians 4:7,8, 11-13)

With these gifts/responsibilities, God also gives grace to fulfill them.

Jesus ascended to Heaven with a certain promise to return, and gave His followers responsibilities, and the grace, the power to do them. God never asks too much of us. As He gently places these responsibilities on us, we can say, “Yes, Lord, by Your grace”.

The table is set, the gifts are given, the Master is gone. What happens now? What are we doing with what God has given us?

This is the time where we make the decision… what will we do with the gifts God has given us? Now is the time we are making that decision.

Stewards take care of the property of others. Take for instance the story of Joseph. A good steward does it with utmost carefulness and wisdom. Everything that we have is a gift of God.

Are we looking forward to judgement?

Also, note that for the two faithful stewards were given the same reward… the amount you are given has no impact on your reward.

Judgement is 100% God’s territory. It is so easy for us to be judgmental. We don’t know each other to the level of being able to correctly judge. My responsibility in the Church is to encourage and to be faithful.

(Matthew 13:23)

The size of our field or the seeds we have been given are not the important factor. Our reward is based on our faithfulness with what we are given— the rate of yield, or the return on investment.

Jesus made a very big investment… He is looking for a high yield. Jesus raised us up to bring forth fruit.

Moving back to our parable… (v.24-30)

Where did the servant fail? I believe the number one reason for his falling short here was His improper view of God. He believed God was a hard Master, and capricious.

Let us be willing to invest everything for the Kingdom.

Heaven or Hell, which is it? Our works will tell us. They are directly tied to our love for God.

I believe that God placed each of us in this time, in this generation to fulfill His purposes. In the body are so many systems— if any one of them would become flawed there would be pain, there would be sickness. The Church is the body of Christ.

(Ephesians 4:15,16)
(Romans 12:4,5)

Every part of the body is important. Everybody counts. It hurts when somebody leaves. When somebody falls into sin it affects us all; When somebody prays it affects us all.

We are loved with an incredible love… let us serve in a relationship with God, not merely from fear of judgement.

(Ephesians 5:15-17)

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Text: Matthew 25:14-30 Parables are simple stories that illustrate spiritual truths. Our job as Christians is to study them to find those truths, while being careful not to over-interpret them and make them say things they don’t say. Parables are simple stories that illustrate spiritual truths. Our job as Christians is to study them to find those truths, while being careful not to over-interpret them and make them say things they don’t say.
Who is the man traveling? I believe it is Jesus. (John 14:3)
The far country? Heaven.
Who were His servants? I believe that the servants are you and I, in the context of time. We can take this personally.
What are the talents, the goods? I believe these are the gifts of ministry, responsibilities of service in the Kingdom of God… at least I’m comfortable with this interpretation for now. (Ephesians 4:7,8, 11-13)
With these gifts/responsibilities, God also gives grace to fulfill them.
Jesus ascended to Heaven with a certain promise to return, and gave His followers responsibilities, and the grace, the power to do them. God never asks too much of us. As He gently places these responsibilities on us, we can say, “Yes, Lord, by Your grace”.
The table is set, the gifts are given, the Master is gone. What happens now? What are we doing with what God has given us?
This is the time where we make the decision… what will we do with the gifts God has given us? Now is the time we are making that decision.
Stewards take care of the property of others. Take for instance the story of Joseph. A good steward does it with utmost carefulness and wisdom. Everything that we have is a gift of God.
Are we looking forward to judgement?
Also, note that for the two faithful stewards were given the same reward… the amount you are given has no impact on your reward.
Judgement is 100% God’s territory. It is so easy for us to be judgmental. We don’t know each other to the level of being able to correctly judge. My responsibility in the Church is to encourage and to be faithful.
(Matthew 13:23)
The size of our field or the seeds we have been given are not the important factor. Our reward is based on our faithfulness with what we are given— the rate of yield, or the return on investment.
Jesus made a very big investment… He is looking for a high yield. Jesus raised us up to bring forth fruit.
Moving back to our parable… (v.24-30)
Where did the servant fail? I believe the number one reason for his falling short here was His improper view of God. He believed God was a hard Master, and capricious.
Let us be willing to invest everything for the Kingdom.
Heaven or Hell, which is it? Our works will tell us. They are directly tied to our love for God.
I believe that God placed each of us in this time, in this generation to fulfill His purposes. In the body are so many systems— if any one of them would become flawed there would be pain, there would be sickness. The Church is the body of Christ.
(Ephesians 4:15,16)
(Romans 12:4,5)
Every part of the body is important. Everybody counts. It hurts when somebody leaves. When somebody falls into sin it affects us all; When somebody prays it affects us all.
We are loved with an incredible love… let us serve in a relationship with God, not merely from fear of judgement.
(Ephesians 5:15-17)
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People of Faith - Jeff Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/people-of-faith/ Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:34:57 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3480 https://www.bmcgladys.com/people-of-faith/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/people-of-faith/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Hebrews 11:1-16 Other References: Hebrews 11:27; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 12:2; Luke 18:7,8 Characteristics of Faith: 1) Faith is led by something beyond the immediately visible (v.15) Christians are strangers and pilgrims, seeking a city God has prepared for us. Above all the other differences, a foreigner is particularly different from those around him in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/people-of-faith/">People of Faith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Hebrews 11:1-16

Other References: Hebrews 11:27; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 12:2; Luke 18:7,8

Characteristics of Faith:

1) Faith is led by something beyond the immediately visible (v.15)

Christians are strangers and pilgrims, seeking a city God has prepared for us.

Above all the other differences, a foreigner is particularly different from those around him in the way he thinks. Are our thoughts the thoughts of a spiritual pilgrim and foreigner? Or have we absorbed the culture around us?

Christians at the time of Christ were markedly different from those around them. They were willing to suffer and die for something that was beyond the immediately visible.

2) Faith is focused on God and on Christ

The faith is beyond even God’s promises, in God Himself. As we learn to know God we have a deepening trust and faith in Him.

Trust must be backed with a relationship.

One of our major temptations in America is to place our trust in finances or possessions.

Sometimes we get focused on our problems rather than on our great God, Who is much bigger than our problems.

3) Faith produces action

Hebrews 11 is full of action, demonstrating faith. Christ often asked for action of those He heals; He wanted to see how far does their faith go.

The action produced by faith is often counter-intuitive. Faith looks beyond what common sense would say is right.

Faith also produces ongoing action; Faith is a progression. (Story of Abraham, Moses, etc.)

Our faith grows by hearing, by spending time in God’s Word. As we spend time with Him we will grow in our trust.

Christ is the leader and source of faith, and we can ask Him to increase our faith.

As strangers and pilgrims, we need to ask God for wisdom in our priorities and activities.

Let us be faithful, and like the disciples, pray, “Lord increase our faith.”

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Text: Hebrews 11:1-16 Other References: Hebrews 11:27; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 12:2; Luke 18:7,8 Characteristics of Faith: 1) Faith is led by something beyond the immediately visible (v.15) Christians are strangers and pilgrims, Other References: Hebrews 11:27; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 12:2; Luke 18:7,8
Characteristics of Faith:
1) Faith is led by something beyond the immediately visible (v.15)
Christians are strangers and pilgrims, seeking a city God has prepared for us.
Above all the other differences, a foreigner is particularly different from those around him in the way he thinks. Are our thoughts the thoughts of a spiritual pilgrim and foreigner? Or have we absorbed the culture around us?
Christians at the time of Christ were markedly different from those around them. They were willing to suffer and die for something that was beyond the immediately visible.
2) Faith is focused on God and on Christ
The faith is beyond even God’s promises, in God Himself. As we learn to know God we have a deepening trust and faith in Him.
Trust must be backed with a relationship.
One of our major temptations in America is to place our trust in finances or possessions.
Sometimes we get focused on our problems rather than on our great God, Who is much bigger than our problems.
3) Faith produces action
Hebrews 11 is full of action, demonstrating faith. Christ often asked for action of those He heals; He wanted to see how far does their faith go.
The action produced by faith is often counter-intuitive. Faith looks beyond what common sense would say is right.
Faith also produces ongoing action; Faith is a progression. (Story of Abraham, Moses, etc.)
Our faith grows by hearing, by spending time in God’s Word. As we spend time with Him we will grow in our trust.
Christ is the leader and source of faith, and we can ask Him to increase our faith.
As strangers and pilgrims, we need to ask God for wisdom in our priorities and activities.
Let us be faithful, and like the disciples, pray, “Lord increase our faith.”
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Proper Attitudes Towards the Worn and Needy - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/proper-attitudes-towards-the-worn-and-needy/ Sun, 09 Jun 2019 23:09:00 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3476 https://www.bmcgladys.com/proper-attitudes-towards-the-worn-and-needy/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/proper-attitudes-towards-the-worn-and-needy/feed/ 0 <p>Luke 18 – How do you think about people who have disabilities, or who aren’t able to do things the way that you do? Exodus 22 and 23, Leviticus 25, Deuteronomy 12 and 24 – What do you think God thinks about abortion and the things that are being said by people today about children? […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/proper-attitudes-towards-the-worn-and-needy/">Proper Attitudes Towards the Worn and Needy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 18 – How do you think about people who have disabilities, or who aren’t able to do things the way that you do?

Exodus 22 and 23, Leviticus 25, Deuteronomy 12 and 24 – What do you think God thinks about abortion and the things that are being said by people today about children?

John 4 – Jesus talked to a Samaritan woman. By doing this Jesus was breaking two “rules.” After the woman told Jesus that she did not have a husband, Jesus said that she had had five husbands. She tried to turn the focus away from herself. Jesus turned it back to her need, the heart of worship.

Matthew 8 – The leper came to Jesus and said, “if you want to you can make me clean!” Jesus was moved with compassion and stretched out his hand and healed him.

Jesus also healed Peters mother in law. This fulfilled a prophecy in the Old Testament. Sometimes the healing is done in the future life.

Matthew 9 – Jesus ate with Matthew. Matthew was a tax collector, an outcast, rejected by his own people. The Pharisees asked the disciples, and Jesus answered the question “why is Jesus eating with sinners?” Jesus reply was that healthy people don’t need a doctor!

John 5 – The lame man said he couldn’t get into the pool to be healed. Jesus told him to get up and walk. The lame man had a lot of hurting people around him, we need to be aware that everyone around us is needy. We never get over the need of others, and the need of Jesus to work in our lives.

Often people with needs want to serve and not just be served.

Matthew 12, 1 Samuel 21 – The disciples picked wheat on the Sabbath because they were in need, they were hungry. The Pharisees tried to pin it on Jesus that they were doing something unlawful. Jesus replied that David and his men ate the bread that was only for the priests to eat. Jesus was saying that it is always lawful to help someone in need.

Matthew 5 – The Beatitudes has some interesting statements. Blessed are they who mourn, they will be comforted. In general it is hard to know what to do with people when they are mourning.

When John the Baptist sent people to ask Jesus if he was the messiah or not, Jesus didn’t chide John for his question. Instead Jesus said to go back and tell him about all the things that were happing. People were being healed. The good news was being preached.

Jesus says that the gospel is for the poor, the blind, the weak, the dead, the needy, it is for all.

So, how do you relate to people who are needy? How do you relate to people who lack understanding?

You don’t need to tell needy, hurting people everything that you know, but what you do need to say needs to be true. It takes a lot of wisdom.

Luke 7 – This is the account of the harlot anointing Jesus feet with ointment. The Pharisee thought to himself “if this man was a prophet he would know that this lady was a sinner.” Jesus knew what the man was thinking and replied by talking to Peter and talked about forgiving debts and who would love the king more, the one who was forgiven more debt or less debt?

None of us are beyond needing the grace of God and forgiveness. When we recognize this we can be grateful and have more compassion for other people as well.

It would be valuable to have a discussion about things like, when is it appropriate to ask for anointing? Is it only for physical things?

Galatians 6 – You who are godly should gently and humbly help people who are needy, share one another’s burdens, be helpful, etc.

1 Corinthians 12 – We are many parts, but we make up one body. We are to respect each other, both the weaker and the stronger.

To summarize – each and every person is emotionally and spiritually needy. It is helpful to realize this. It doesn’t mean we are a disaster, just that we are needy. The gospel calls us to recognize each person and all kinds of people.

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Luke 18 – How do you think about people who have disabilities, or who aren’t able to do things the way that you do? Exodus 22 and 23, Leviticus 25, Deuteronomy 12 and 24 – What do you think God thinks about abortion and the things that are being said b... Exodus 22 and 23, Leviticus 25, Deuteronomy 12 and 24 – What do you think God thinks about abortion and the things that are being said by people today about children?
John 4 – Jesus talked to a Samaritan woman. By doing this Jesus was breaking two “rules.” After the woman told Jesus that she did not have a husband, Jesus said that she had had five husbands. She tried to turn the focus away from herself. Jesus turned it back to her need, the heart of worship.
Matthew 8 – The leper came to Jesus and said, “if you want to you can make me clean!” Jesus was moved with compassion and stretched out his hand and healed him.
Jesus also healed Peters mother in law. This fulfilled a prophecy in the Old Testament. Sometimes the healing is done in the future life.
Matthew 9 – Jesus ate with Matthew. Matthew was a tax collector, an outcast, rejected by his own people. The Pharisees asked the disciples, and Jesus answered the question “why is Jesus eating with sinners?” Jesus reply was that healthy people don’t need a doctor!
John 5 – The lame man said he couldn’t get into the pool to be healed. Jesus told him to get up and walk. The lame man had a lot of hurting people around him, we need to be aware that everyone around us is needy. We never get over the need of others, and the need of Jesus to work in our lives.
Often people with needs want to serve and not just be served.
Matthew 12, 1 Samuel 21 – The disciples picked wheat on the Sabbath because they were in need, they were hungry. The Pharisees tried to pin it on Jesus that they were doing something unlawful. Jesus replied that David and his men ate the bread that was only for the priests to eat. Jesus was saying that it is always lawful to help someone in need.
Matthew 5 – The Beatitudes has some interesting statements. Blessed are they who mourn, they will be comforted. In general it is hard to know what to do with people when they are mourning.
When John the Baptist sent people to ask Jesus if he was the messiah or not, Jesus didn’t chide John for his question. Instead Jesus said to go back and tell him about all the things that were happing. People were being healed. The good news was being preached.
Jesus says that the gospel is for the poor, the blind, the weak, the dead, the needy, it is for all.
So, how do you relate to people who are needy? How do you relate to people who lack understanding?
You don’t need to tell needy, hurting people everything that you know, but what you do need to say needs to be true. It takes a lot of wisdom.
Luke 7 – This is the account of the harlot anointing Jesus feet with ointment. The Pharisee thought to himself “if this man was a prophet he would know that this lady was a sinner.” Jesus knew what the man was thinking and replied by talking to Peter and talked about forgiving debts and who would love the king more, the one who was forgiven more debt or less debt?
None of us are beyond needing the grace of God and forgiveness. When we recognize this we can be grateful and have more compassion for other people as well.
It would be valuable to have a discussion about things like, when is it appropriate to ask for anointing? Is it only for physical things?
Galatians 6 – You who are godly should gently and humbly help people who are needy, share one another’s burdens, be helpful, etc.
1 Corinthians 12 – We are many parts, but we make up one body. We are to respect each other, both the weaker and the stronger.
To summarize – each and every person is emotionally and spiritually needy. It is helpful to realize this. It doesn’t mean we are a disaster, just that we are needy. The gospel calls us to recognize each person and all kinds of people.
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Child Training #2 - Freeman Miller https://www.bmcgladys.com/child-training-2/ Mon, 03 Jun 2019 00:20:12 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3482 https://www.bmcgladys.com/child-training-2/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/child-training-2/feed/ 0 <p>A second evening talk from our neighbor to the north. Freeman Miller talking about child training. Here is a link to the first.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/child-training-2/">Child Training – Part 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> A second evening talk from our neighbor to the north. Freeman Miller talking about child training.

Here is a link to the first.

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A second evening talk from our neighbor to the north. Freeman Miller talking about child training. Here is a link to the first. Here is a link to the first.
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Motivated by Love - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/motivated-by-love/ Sun, 02 Jun 2019 19:21:22 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3472 https://www.bmcgladys.com/motivated-by-love/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/motivated-by-love/feed/ 0 <p>Jeremiah 17:9 – We are good at hiding our motives— even from ourselves. Isaiah 64:6 – It’s easy to look back at ancient Israel and say that about them… But what about us? So often our motives are not good either. Psalms 139:1,2 – God knows our hearts. I would like to first discuss some […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/motivated-by-love/">Motivated by Love</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Jeremiah 17:9 – We are good at hiding our motives— even from ourselves.

Isaiah 64:6 – It’s easy to look back at ancient Israel and say that about them… But what about us? So often our motives are not good either.

Psalms 139:1,2 – God knows our hearts.

I would like to first discuss some motivations that drive people to do bad things.

1) The desire for power (Acts 8:9,10, 14-18) Simon Magus)
2) The desire for fame (John 12:43)

“Half the harm that is done in this world is from people who want to be important…” – T. S. Elliot

3) The desire for money (Joshua 7, Achan; I Timothy 6:10)
4) Peer pressure (I Corinthians 15:33)
5) Our deceitful hearts (Matthew 15:19) (Psalm 51:10… our hearts need to be changed)

If we have the wrong motivations it can lead to two problems. One is that we burn out; The other is that we can lose our motivation.

What are some common motivations for good actions?

1) The fear of Hell… fear is not necessarily the best motivator, yet it does keep us from doing wrong (Matthew 10:28) (the parable of the talents) We need to mature beyond this motivation.

2) The desire for Heaven and rewards… Jesus does tell us that there are rewards for serving Him, but it probably shouldn’t be our primary motivation.

3) To impress people… (Acts 4:36-5:11) What counters this? Secrecy… (Matthew 6:3,4) Our goal should be to do things in secret… God knows what is done in secret.

4) To please others… It’s not necessarily bad to think about what others think— and we probably should! The important things that we care more about what Jesus thinks. We need to live for Him, not the acclaim of others (John 12:42,43)

This motivation can lead to two dangerous things: 1) we are too worried about pleasing others and do not think about what God wants and 2) we despair because we can’t please everyone.

Peter fell into this with the Judaizers— Galatians 2:11-14.

5) A desire to impress God… I think it’s a lot easier to please God than to impress Him. (Galatians 1:10; Romans 12:1; II Corinthians 5:9)

6) Because of duty… (Ecclesiastes 12:13,14) If we have a strong sense of duty we may get many things done, and yet it probably isn’t the best motivation. We can easily get burned out if we’re only driven by duty.

7) Because we love Jesus… I pray that each one of us would develop a desire to please Jesus because we love Him. It isn’t wrong to sometimes think about the other motivations we’ve mentioned, but this is the best motivation of all (John 14:15-24).

What does it look like to love Jesus? We do things that we know He wants us to do. Love serves without regard to the length of service. Genesis 29:20

How do we start living for an audience of one? There are many people watching us, but Christ should be the most important. (Colossians 3:23)

There is a tension in our lives, as we try to please the people around us but serve God most of all.

I pray that we would open our hearts to God and ask Him to show us where we need to grow. Let’s think about our motivations and grow in our love for Jesus.

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Jeremiah 17:9 – We are good at hiding our motives— even from ourselves. Isaiah 64:6 – It’s easy to look back at ancient Israel and say that about them… But what about us? So often our motives are not good either. Psalms 139:1,2 – God knows our hearts. Isaiah 64:6 – It’s easy to look back at ancient Israel and say that about them… But what about us? So often our motives are not good either.
Psalms 139:1,2 – God knows our hearts.
I would like to first discuss some motivations that drive people to do bad things.
1) The desire for power (Acts 8:9,10, 14-18) Simon Magus)
2) The desire for fame (John 12:43)
“Half the harm that is done in this world is from people who want to be important…” – T. S. Elliot
3) The desire for money (Joshua 7, Achan; I Timothy 6:10)
4) Peer pressure (I Corinthians 15:33)
5) Our deceitful hearts (Matthew 15:19) (Psalm 51:10… our hearts need to be changed)
If we have the wrong motivations it can lead to two problems. One is that we burn out; The other is that we can lose our motivation.
What are some common motivations for good actions?
1) The fear of Hell… fear is not necessarily the best motivator, yet it does keep us from doing wrong (Matthew 10:28) (the parable of the talents) We need to mature beyond this motivation.
2) The desire for Heaven and rewards… Jesus does tell us that there are rewards for serving Him, but it probably shouldn’t be our primary motivation.
3) To impress people… (Acts 4:36-5:11) What counters this? Secrecy… (Matthew 6:3,4) Our goal should be to do things in secret… God knows what is done in secret.
4) To please others… It’s not necessarily bad to think about what others think— and we probably should! The important things that we care more about what Jesus thinks. We need to live for Him, not the acclaim of others (John 12:42,43)
This motivation can lead to two dangerous things: 1) we are too worried about pleasing others and do not think about what God wants and 2) we despair because we can’t please everyone.
Peter fell into this with the Judaizers— Galatians 2:11-14.
5) A desire to impress God… I think it’s a lot easier to please God than to impress Him. (Galatians 1:10; Romans 12:1; II Corinthians 5:9)
6) Because of duty… (Ecclesiastes 12:13,14) If we have a strong sense of duty we may get many things done, and yet it probably isn’t the best motivation. We can easily get burned out if we’re only driven by duty.
7) Because we love Jesus… I pray that each one of us would develop a desire to please Jesus because we love Him. It isn’t wrong to sometimes think about the other motivations we’ve mentioned, but this is the best motivation of all (John 14:15-24).
What does it look like to love Jesus? We do things that we know He wants us to do. Love serves without regard to the length of service. Genesis 29:20
How do we start living for an audience of one? There are many people watching us, but Christ should be the most important. (Colossians 3:23)
There is a tension in our lives, as we try to please the people around us but serve God most of all.
I pray that we would open our hearts to God and ask Him to show us where we need to grow. Let’s think about our motivations and grow in our love for Jesus.
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The Church, God’s Masterpiece - Michael Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-church-gods-masterpiece/ Sun, 26 May 2019 21:16:50 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3470 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-church-gods-masterpiece/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-church-gods-masterpiece/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Ephesians 3 and 4 Are you experiencing all the blessings that God has to offer you in brotherhood? What makes the difference between a mediocre Church and an outstanding Church? It seems disrespectful almost to rate a church like we would food or other products. But what determines the success of a Church? What […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-church-gods-masterpiece/">The Church, God’s Masterpiece</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Ephesians 3 and 4

Are you experiencing all the blessings that God has to offer you in brotherhood? What makes the difference between a mediocre Church and an outstanding Church?

It seems disrespectful almost to rate a church like we would food or other products.

But what determines the success of a Church? What is our purpose?

What is the primary purpose of the Church?

Notice verse 10. If we could picture God, surrounded by the hosts of Heaven… God holds forth this mystery, revealing a gem, dazzling in beauty… this is irrefutable proof of my wisdom: The Church is the masterpiece of the manifold wisdom of God.

As we as individuals are coming to God, being strengthened by the Spirit and indwelt by Jesus… God is able to take this motley congregation of individuals, and do something with us together that would be humanly impossible, to bring Him glory.

The purpose of the Church is to bring glory to God.

And now, in chapter 4 we zoom in— we look at the individual in the Church.

What should our purpose be? Our primary focus?

There are two things given in chapter 4 that I think have to be the most important for us as a local church.

Unity and edification.

Some would call this an inward focus— and maybe it is. But if we evangelize, what are we offering to them world? If we bring people in, what are we bringing them in to?

I don’t want to undermine evangelism— it’s very important. But I believe the most important priority of the Church is unity in the Spirit, and edification of our brothers in Christ.

What is our calling? To bring Glory to God in the context of the brotherhood.

Note in verse 21, the glory brought to God is not just from individuals, but from the unified Church.

Note the singularity in the following verses: One Lord, one faith, one baptism, etc.

We can have many members— but we must have one faith.

There are many backgrounds, many perspectives represented in this congregation. We all have different “glasses”. We even inherit them. We all have them, and they are all a little different.

And yet, we’re all pulled together, in Christ, into one body. I Corinthians 12 talks about different gifts, and different roles.

There are differences in the gifts. There different personalities. There are “bones and muscles”.
God’s design is not to do this on our own, but to do this together.

In verse 14 it mentions the stabilizing factor in the Church.

The health of the body is more important than even a personal relationship with someone.

God holds the Church out as His gem, His masterpiece. What is your Church? Is it the beautiful gem He wants?

I’m not here to make a judgement of your Church. But if it’s like mine, you probably have some work to do.

There are some churches where Church exists simply to provide a place to go Sunday morning. On the other hand there are the Hutterites where everything is done together.

Where is the perfect place in that spectrum? I’m not sure either, but I believe the church-is-just-a-place-to-go-hear-a-sermon model is the less Biblical direction.

What about us? How well do we know each other?

Have you been offended by your brother? How much do you value the input of your brothers or sisters? How often have you changed something in your life only because a brother asked you to? Do you value other brothers’ perspective?

There is always room to grow… There are answers to these questions. There are ways to remedy our problems.

Down in verse 26… I would like to challenge you to reach for that level of brotherhood. If things are not clear between me and my brother, do not let the sun go down until you have begun to take the steps towards reconciliation.

Do you love the body of Christ- so much that you have done your part to ensure that there are no rips, no schisms in the body?

Communication, whether good or bad, is a major factor. Sometimes there are hurts or brokenness because of understanding. We need good communication.

How is your Church?

Is there deep unity? And are we edifying each other to be like Christ?

This will take vulnerability, love, and all of us— hanging on the cross, fully surrendered.

We all have rough edges, all the Churches do. God is working on those, to refine us into His beautiful gem, the glorious masterpiece He is forming through His Son.

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Text: Ephesians 3 and 4 Are you experiencing all the blessings that God has to offer you in brotherhood? What makes the difference between a mediocre Church and an outstanding Church? It seems disrespectful almost to rate a church like we would food or... Are you experiencing all the blessings that God has to offer you in brotherhood? What makes the difference between a mediocre Church and an outstanding Church?
It seems disrespectful almost to rate a church like we would food or other products.
But what determines the success of a Church? What is our purpose?
What is the primary purpose of the Church?
Notice verse 10. If we could picture God, surrounded by the hosts of Heaven… God holds forth this mystery, revealing a gem, dazzling in beauty… this is irrefutable proof of my wisdom: The Church is the masterpiece of the manifold wisdom of God.
As we as individuals are coming to God, being strengthened by the Spirit and indwelt by Jesus… God is able to take this motley congregation of individuals, and do something with us together that would be humanly impossible, to bring Him glory.
The purpose of the Church is to bring glory to God.
And now, in chapter 4 we zoom in— we look at the individual in the Church.
What should our purpose be? Our primary focus?
There are two things given in chapter 4 that I think have to be the most important for us as a local church.
Unity and edification.
Some would call this an inward focus— and maybe it is. But if we evangelize, what are we offering to them world? If we bring people in, what are we bringing them in to?
I don’t want to undermine evangelism— it’s very important. But I believe the most important priority of the Church is unity in the Spirit, and edification of our brothers in Christ.
What is our calling? To bring Glory to God in the context of the brotherhood.
Note in verse 21, the glory brought to God is not just from individuals, but from the unified Church.
Note the singularity in the following verses: One Lord, one faith, one baptism, etc.
We can have many members— but we must have one faith.
There are many backgrounds, many perspectives represented in this congregation. We all have different “glasses”. We even inherit them. We all have them, and they are all a little different.
And yet, we’re all pulled together, in Christ, into one body. I Corinthians 12 talks about different gifts, and different roles.
There are differences in the gifts. There different personalities. There are “bones and muscles”.
God’s design is not to do this on our own, but to do this together.
In verse 14 it mentions the stabilizing factor in the Church.
The health of the body is more important than even a personal relationship with someone.
God holds the Church out as His gem, His masterpiece. What is your Church? Is it the beautiful gem He wants?
I’m not here to make a judgement of your Church. But if it’s like mine, you probably have some work to do.
There are some churches where Church exists simply to provide a place to go Sunday morning. On the other hand there are the Hutterites where everything is done together.
Where is the perfect place in that spectrum? I’m not sure either, but I believe the church-is-just-a-place-to-go-hear-a-sermon model is the less Biblical direction.
What about us? How well do we know each other?
Have you been offended by your brother? How much do you value the input of your brothers or sisters? How often have you changed something in your life only because a brother asked you to? Do you value other brothers’ perspective?
There is always room to grow… There are answers to these questions. There are ways to remedy our problems.
Down in verse 26… I would like to challenge you to reach for that level of brotherhood. If things are not clear between me and my brother, do not let the sun go down until you have begun to take the steps towards reconciliation.
Do you love the body of Christ- so much that you have done your part to ensure that there are no rips, no schisms in the body?]]>
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Filled with the Glory of the Lord - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/filled-with-the-glory-of-the-lord/ Sun, 19 May 2019 21:17:42 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3467 https://www.bmcgladys.com/filled-with-the-glory-of-the-lord/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/filled-with-the-glory-of-the-lord/feed/ 0 <p>Numbers 14:21 – But truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. Habakkuk 2:14 – For all the earth will be filled wit the knowledge of the Lord, as the water covers the sea. Genesis 6:11 – It didn’t take long for the beautiful earth that God […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/filled-with-the-glory-of-the-lord/">Filled with the Glory of the Lord</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Numbers 14:21 – But truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.

Habakkuk 2:14 – For all the earth will be filled wit the knowledge of the Lord, as the water covers the sea.

Genesis 6:11 – It didn’t take long for the beautiful earth that God had created to be turned to violence and evil.

Jeremiah 16:18, Romans 1 – Sometimes it looks like the devil is winning, that the fruits of unrighteousness is filling the earth.

How will God, who has plans, turn this about? How will he bring the earth to a place where it is filled with the glory of the Lord?

By Judging Sinful People

When the 12 spies that came back from scouting the land that God had promised His children, they said it was a good land, but that it would be impossible to take it. Well, 10 of the 12 said this.

Joshua and Caleb begged the people not to rebel agains the Lord. Moses prayed and God spared his people Israel. The earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.

By Changing Sinful People

There is a fuller change that God wants to bring about in the lives of His children. Taking the old hard heart and turning it into a soft heart of flesh.

It is only through Christ, cleansing from sin, and being restored to fellowship with God, that there can be a conversion that changes the lives and the hearts of people.

1 Corinthians – You are the temple of God. The Spirit dwells in you.

Ephesians 5:18 – Be filled with the Spirit.

Christians are like a house that is to be filled with the Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit is similar to the way a house that is on fire gets filled with smoke. In such a situation every nook and cranny gets touched and affected by the smoke.

1 Corinthians 3 – In the New Testament there were Christians who had the Spirit of God, but who were not under the complete control of the Spirit. They were fed with milk, not solid food.

We are no more filled with the Spirit than we are empty of self and carnality and pursuits that are more important to us than seeking the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. The more selfish we are the less of the Spirit we have.

God sees the seeking heart, a dark, empty wasteland, but seeking and longing for something. When the seeking heart is stirred and responds, God says “let there be light.” And in our hearts there can be a light that conquers the darkness.

John 1 – John the Baptist was to testify that Jesus is the light, that all through Him might believe. Jesus is the true light that can give light to every person in the world.

1 John 1:7 – Light is fellowship with Christ and guidance from Christ and His Word.

Romans 13:12 – Light is protection, it is an armor for us.

Walking with Christ is obedience. It is communing with Him through ongoing, deliberate reading of the Word and prayer.

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Numbers 14:21 – But truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. Habakkuk 2:14 – For all the earth will be filled wit the knowledge of the Lord, as the water covers the sea. Genesis 6:11 – It didn’t take long for the beaut... Habakkuk 2:14 – For all the earth will be filled wit the knowledge of the Lord, as the water covers the sea.
Genesis 6:11 – It didn’t take long for the beautiful earth that God had created to be turned to violence and evil.
Jeremiah 16:18, Romans 1 – Sometimes it looks like the devil is winning, that the fruits of unrighteousness is filling the earth.
How will God, who has plans, turn this about? How will he bring the earth to a place where it is filled with the glory of the Lord?
By Judging Sinful People
When the 12 spies that came back from scouting the land that God had promised His children, they said it was a good land, but that it would be impossible to take it. Well, 10 of the 12 said this.
Joshua and Caleb begged the people not to rebel agains the Lord. Moses prayed and God spared his people Israel. The earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.
By Changing Sinful People
There is a fuller change that God wants to bring about in the lives of His children. Taking the old hard heart and turning it into a soft heart of flesh.
It is only through Christ, cleansing from sin, and being restored to fellowship with God, that there can be a conversion that changes the lives and the hearts of people.
1 Corinthians – You are the temple of God. The Spirit dwells in you.
Ephesians 5:18 – Be filled with the Spirit.
Christians are like a house that is to be filled with the Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit is similar to the way a house that is on fire gets filled with smoke. In such a situation every nook and cranny gets touched and affected by the smoke.
1 Corinthians 3 – In the New Testament there were Christians who had the Spirit of God, but who were not under the complete control of the Spirit. They were fed with milk, not solid food.
We are no more filled with the Spirit than we are empty of self and carnality and pursuits that are more important to us than seeking the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. The more selfish we are the less of the Spirit we have.
God sees the seeking heart, a dark, empty wasteland, but seeking and longing for something. When the seeking heart is stirred and responds, God says “let there be light.” And in our hearts there can be a light that conquers the darkness.
John 1 – John the Baptist was to testify that Jesus is the light, that all through Him might believe. Jesus is the true light that can give light to every person in the world.
1 John 1:7 – Light is fellowship with Christ and guidance from Christ and His Word.
Romans 13:12 – Light is protection, it is an armor for us.
Walking with Christ is obedience. It is communing with Him through ongoing, deliberate reading of the Word and prayer.
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Jesus the Unity of Scripture - Eric Oberholzer https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-the-unity-of-scripture/ Sun, 12 May 2019 19:28:20 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3462 https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-the-unity-of-scripture/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-the-unity-of-scripture/feed/ 0 <p>The Old Testament anticipates Christ; The New Testament reveals Him. The Bible has 66 books; Writers were from very different times; and thier was a gap of hundreds of years between the Testaments— And yet it is entirely unified. Key to this is the focus on Christ, in every book. In Genesis, Jesus is present […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-the-unity-of-scripture/">Jesus the Unity of Scripture</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The Old Testament anticipates Christ; The New Testament reveals Him.

The Bible has 66 books; Writers were from very different times; and thier was a gap of hundreds of years between the Testaments— And yet it is entirely unified. Key to this is the focus on Christ, in every book.

In Genesis, Jesus is present at creation.

Some ways we see Christ in Genesis:

He was present at creation (Genesis 3). The story of the sacrifice of Isaac…. both were the only son, both submitted, both carried wood to the place of sacrifice… Genesis 22:6

Earlier, in Genesis, we have the story of Abraham and Melchizedek, king of Salem. Genesis 14:18,19; Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 6:19,20;

Toward the end of Genesis, we have the life of Joseph… others conspired to kill him, the brother who plotted against Joseph has a similar name to Judas; Like Joseph, Jesus was falsely accused; and God used the evil plots of men to bring about good.

Jesus is also typified by Moses: Survived an order to be killed as a child, the Passover typified the perfect sacrifice of Jesus, etc.

The song of Moses also is presented in Revelation (Exodus 15:1,2 Revelation 15:1-3)

The rock that was struck— just as Christ, our Rock. (I Cor. 10:1-4)

Moving on to Leviticus… Here we see the sinfulness of man and the sacrifices that point towards Christ’s.

In Numbers, there is the account of the bronze serpent Foreshadowing Christ on the cross.

Deuteronomy foreshadows the refuge of Christ in through the cities of refuge.

Jesus is typified in the life of Joshua; He leads the people to the promised land (Joshua 5)

In the book of Judges, the judges typify the Deliverer and Judge of the whole world.

In the story of Ruth, the story of the beginning of the Davidic line tells us of the coming “Kinsman-Redeemer”, Jesus Christ. He redeems ALL of God’s people.

Samuel gives us the story of the beginning of the Davidic line. David was a shepherd, Christ is our Great Shepherd, Leader, King, and deliverer.

In the reign of Solomon we see a picture of the reign of Christ in the Church.

In Ezra, there is a promise of the Lion of Judah never being destroyed; Nehemiah, the rebuilding of the temple, as Christ builds His Church; Esther, the deliverance of God’s people and the faithfulness of Mordecai that foreshadows Christ; Job, a life of suffering followed by great blessing.

The Psalms is full of references to Christ: He would be a Priest; He would be rejected and put to death, with minute details of the event; He would have a Kingdom and He would reign for ever; That He would also be raised from the dead.

Proverbs prophesies the coming of Christ;

In Ecclesiastes we see the life of Christ;

In Song of Solomon, the bridegroom of the Church;

Isaiah, that He is for the whole world;

Jeremiah and Lamentations, that He would be our righteousness (I Cor. 1:30);

Ezekiel, that He would be the Son of David;

Daniel that He would be the Son of Man, and that He would be killed;

Hosea, illustrates Christ through His covenant faithfulness;

Joel, prophesies that He would offer salvation to every man;

Amos, the death of Jesus (8:9);

Obadiah the theme of judgement against those who persecute God’s people;

Jonah, in the belly of the whale for three days;

Micah, prophesies that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem;

Nahum, Jesus as the Creator-Prophet, and would provide deliverance from judgement;

Habakkuk, intercessory prayer for the people mirrors Christ;

Zephaniah, Christ’s future judgement on the world;

Haggai, that He would visit the temple;

Zechariah, triumphal entry, our Priest and King; and Malachi, that He would appear in the Temple and the coming of John the Baptist.

Jesus is the consistent theme of the Bible— both in the Old and New Testament.

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The Old Testament anticipates Christ; The New Testament reveals Him. The Bible has 66 books; Writers were from very different times; and thier was a gap of hundreds of years between the Testaments— And yet it is entirely unified. The Bible has 66 books; Writers were from very different times; and thier was a gap of hundreds of years between the Testaments— And yet it is entirely unified. Key to this is the focus on Christ, in every book.
In Genesis, Jesus is present at creation.
Some ways we see Christ in Genesis:
He was present at creation (Genesis 3). The story of the sacrifice of Isaac…. both were the only son, both submitted, both carried wood to the place of sacrifice… Genesis 22:6
Earlier, in Genesis, we have the story of Abraham and Melchizedek, king of Salem. Genesis 14:18,19; Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 6:19,20;
Toward the end of Genesis, we have the life of Joseph… others conspired to kill him, the brother who plotted against Joseph has a similar name to Judas; Like Joseph, Jesus was falsely accused; and God used the evil plots of men to bring about good.
Jesus is also typified by Moses: Survived an order to be killed as a child, the Passover typified the perfect sacrifice of Jesus, etc.
The song of Moses also is presented in Revelation (Exodus 15:1,2 Revelation 15:1-3)
The rock that was struck— just as Christ, our Rock. (I Cor. 10:1-4)
Moving on to Leviticus… Here we see the sinfulness of man and the sacrifices that point towards Christ’s.
In Numbers, there is the account of the bronze serpent Foreshadowing Christ on the cross.
Deuteronomy foreshadows the refuge of Christ in through the cities of refuge.
Jesus is typified in the life of Joshua; He leads the people to the promised land (Joshua 5)
In the book of Judges, the judges typify the Deliverer and Judge of the whole world.
In the story of Ruth, the story of the beginning of the Davidic line tells us of the coming “Kinsman-Redeemer”, Jesus Christ. He redeems ALL of God’s people.
Samuel gives us the story of the beginning of the Davidic line. David was a shepherd, Christ is our Great Shepherd, Leader, King, and deliverer.
In the reign of Solomon we see a picture of the reign of Christ in the Church.
In Ezra, there is a promise of the Lion of Judah never being destroyed; Nehemiah, the rebuilding of the temple, as Christ builds His Church; Esther, the deliverance of God’s people and the faithfulness of Mordecai that foreshadows Christ; Job, a life of suffering followed by great blessing.
The Psalms is full of references to Christ: He would be a Priest; He would be rejected and put to death, with minute details of the event; He would have a Kingdom and He would reign for ever; That He would also be raised from the dead.
Proverbs prophesies the coming of Christ;
In Ecclesiastes we see the life of Christ;
In Song of Solomon, the bridegroom of the Church;
Isaiah, that He is for the whole world;
Jeremiah and Lamentations, that He would be our righteousness (I Cor. 1:30);
Ezekiel, that He would be the Son of David;
Daniel that He would be the Son of Man, and that He would be killed;
Hosea, illustrates Christ through His covenant faithfulness;
Joel, prophesies that He would offer salvation to every man;
Amos, the death of Jesus (8:9);
Obadiah the theme of judgement against those who persecute God’s people;
Jonah, in the belly of the whale for three days;
Micah, prophesies that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem;
Nahum, Jesus as the Creator-Prophet, and would provide deliverance from judgement;
Habakkuk, intercessory prayer for the people mirrors Christ;
Zephaniah, Christ’s future judgement on the world;
Haggai, that He would visit the temple;
Zechariah, triumphal entry, our Priest and King; and Malachi, that He would appear in the Temple and the coming of John the Baptist.
Jesus is the consistent theme of the Bible— both in the Old and New Testament.
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All - Rich Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/all/ Sun, 05 May 2019 22:04:12 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3458 https://www.bmcgladys.com/all/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/all/feed/ 0 <p>Theme verse: 2 Timothy 3:16 We believe that almighty God decided to write His Word for us to read. He gave us the gift of His Word through men moved by the Holy Spirit. He has given us ALL that we needed. Jesus is central to God’s plan. He told us before He left that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/all/">All</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Theme verse: 2 Timothy 3:16

We believe that almighty God decided to write His Word for us to read. He gave us the gift of His Word through men moved by the Holy Spirit. He has given us ALL that we needed.

Jesus is central to God’s plan. He told us before He left that there was more He wished to tell us. But He promised the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.

This morning I would like to mostly read Scripture, and not make a lot of comment.

Colossians 1:9-20

Paul here paints a very high and lofty position for Christ. Christ was before all things, brought all things to be, and is reconciling them to Himself.

I Corinthians 15:19-28

All of Christ’s work is for ALL of us, for ALL people, and because of the sins of ALL people.

ALL people are “of one blood”. Acts 17:24-26

Otis Yoder: “The problem of man is universal— but so is the solution”.

Matthew 28:18-20

All power was given to Christ. He wants us to go into all the world and teach all things that He has commanded us.

Jeremiah 17:9

Romans 3:23

Romans 5:12

Romans 3:9

Isaiah 53:6

ALL of us have gone astray like sheep.

Jeremiah 33:8

I John 1:7 — There is an if here; We must continue in the light.

I John 1:9

II Corinthians 5:17


How is this redemption possible?

Mark 10:27 — ALL things are possible with God

Mark 9:23

2 Peter 3:9

Matthew 11:25-30

Psalm 145:20

We have a choice.

John 13:35

When Scripture says ALL it means ALL!

Luke 10:27

Acts 17:30

Hebrews 4:15

Ephesians 4:1-6

I Corinthians 12

Let us remember that in the body there is supposed to be oneness; Diversity in gifts, but oneness in Christ.

John 17:6-21

The oneness of Jesus and the Father is the same oneness that He desires for us.

Ephesians 3:20, 21

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Theme verse: 2 Timothy 3:16 We believe that almighty God decided to write His Word for us to read. He gave us the gift of His Word through men moved by the Holy Spirit. He has given us ALL that we needed. Jesus is central to God’s plan. We believe that almighty God decided to write His Word for us to read. He gave us the gift of His Word through men moved by the Holy Spirit. He has given us ALL that we needed.
Jesus is central to God’s plan. He told us before He left that there was more He wished to tell us. But He promised the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.
This morning I would like to mostly read Scripture, and not make a lot of comment.
Colossians 1:9-20
Paul here paints a very high and lofty position for Christ. Christ was before all things, brought all things to be, and is reconciling them to Himself.
I Corinthians 15:19-28
All of Christ’s work is for ALL of us, for ALL people, and because of the sins of ALL people.
ALL people are “of one blood”. Acts 17:24-26
Otis Yoder: “The problem of man is universal— but so is the solution”.
Matthew 28:18-20
All power was given to Christ. He wants us to go into all the world and teach all things that He has commanded us.
Jeremiah 17:9
Romans 3:23
Romans 5:12
Romans 3:9
Isaiah 53:6
ALL of us have gone astray like sheep.
Jeremiah 33:8
I John 1:7 — There is an if here; We must continue in the light.
I John 1:9
II Corinthians 5:17

How is this redemption possible?
Mark 10:27 — ALL things are possible with God
Mark 9:23
2 Peter 3:9
Matthew 11:25-30
Psalm 145:20
We have a choice.
John 13:35
When Scripture says ALL it means ALL!
Luke 10:27
Acts 17:30
Hebrews 4:15
Ephesians 4:1-6
I Corinthians 12
Let us remember that in the body there is supposed to be oneness; Diversity in gifts, but oneness in Christ.
John 17:6-21
The oneness of Jesus and the Father is the same oneness that He desires for us.
Ephesians 3:20, 21
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A Pilgrimage Towards the Father - Dan Freed https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-pilgrimage-towards-the-father/ Sun, 28 Apr 2019 19:43:20 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3454 https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-pilgrimage-towards-the-father/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-pilgrimage-towards-the-father/feed/ 0 <p>“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness… for they will be filled!” Psalm 84 – This is one of several Psalms written by the sons of Korah. The writer of this Psalm is crying out for God. He is even jealous of the birds that get to be there at all times! Christians […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-pilgrimage-towards-the-father/">A Pilgrimage Towards the Father</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness… for they will be filled!”

Psalm 84 – This is one of several Psalms written by the sons of Korah.

The writer of this Psalm is crying out for God. He is even jealous of the birds that get to be there at all times! Christians should want to fellowship with other Christians.

God is so big He is beyond our imagination. One place that God would appear was in the Holy of Holies. When Jesus died, the curtain between the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom, opening the way to God’s presence.

Christ was God in a human body, Jesus showed us God!

It is a beautiful thing when Christians love God and love each other and want to be with each other. That is how God designed the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Corinthians 6:16 – God will live among His people. He will be thier God and they will be His people.

Traveling with God’s Power

Blessed is the man who’s strength is in You! Blessed are those who want to get to God, seeking His faith and His presence. As a group of believers let us do what we can to reach out and to welcome people into our and God’s presence.

Jeremiah 3:23 – Let him who boasts boast in the fact that he knows God!

Write things down… write down your prayers and the answers that God gives you.

Open your eyes to the fact that God is here.

Blessings from the Father

There is nothing like the warmth of the sun on a cold morning.

God is a shield, a protector for us.

God is a loving Heavenly Father.

Be in touch with God, be in God’s presence.

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“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness… for they will be filled!” Psalm 84 – This is one of several Psalms written by the sons of Korah. The writer of this Psalm is crying out for God. Psalm 84 – This is one of several Psalms written by the sons of Korah.
The writer of this Psalm is crying out for God. He is even jealous of the birds that get to be there at all times! Christians should want to fellowship with other Christians.
God is so big He is beyond our imagination. One place that God would appear was in the Holy of Holies. When Jesus died, the curtain between the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom, opening the way to God’s presence.
Christ was God in a human body, Jesus showed us God!
It is a beautiful thing when Christians love God and love each other and want to be with each other. That is how God designed the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Corinthians 6:16 – God will live among His people. He will be thier God and they will be His people.
Traveling with God’s Power
Blessed is the man who’s strength is in You! Blessed are those who want to get to God, seeking His faith and His presence. As a group of believers let us do what we can to reach out and to welcome people into our and God’s presence.
Jeremiah 3:23 – Let him who boasts boast in the fact that he knows God!
Write things down… write down your prayers and the answers that God gives you.
Open your eyes to the fact that God is here.
Blessings from the Father
There is nothing like the warmth of the sun on a cold morning.
God is a shield, a protector for us.
God is a loving Heavenly Father.
Be in touch with God, be in God’s presence.
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Children Story Time with Wayne Schrock https://www.bmcgladys.com/children-story-time-with-wayne-schrock/ Mon, 15 Apr 2019 00:41:13 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3448 https://www.bmcgladys.com/children-story-time-with-wayne-schrock/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/children-story-time-with-wayne-schrock/feed/ 0 <p>Wayne spent the first hour of the service Sunday morning telling stories to the children. This is that session…</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/children-story-time-with-wayne-schrock/">Children Story Time with Wayne Schrock</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Wayne spent the first hour of the service Sunday morning telling stories to the children. This is that session…

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Embracing Your Brother In Christ - Wayne Schrock https://www.bmcgladys.com/embracing-your-brother-in-christ/ Mon, 15 Apr 2019 00:38:08 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3446 https://www.bmcgladys.com/embracing-your-brother-in-christ/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/embracing-your-brother-in-christ/feed/ 0 <p>Romans 14:1-23 My prayer is that the things I share from Romans will give you a hunger to search for the deep things of God. The principles Paul gives are timeless and firmly anchored in divine revelation. Beginning in verse one, Paul exhorts us to accept the one who is weak in the faith. We […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/embracing-your-brother-in-christ/">Embracing Your Brother In Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Romans 14:1-23

My prayer is that the things I share from Romans will give you a hunger to search for the deep things of God. The principles Paul gives are timeless and firmly anchored in divine revelation.

Beginning in verse one, Paul exhorts us to accept the one who is weak in the faith. We are to receive him because Christ has already done so.

In Romans 15:7 we are told “receive one another as Christ has received us”.

The Church at Rome was one of great diversity. In Romans 1 Paul speaks of the cultured Greeks and the uncultured barbarians; He later talks about the learned and the unwise; There is also the slave and the free man. No doubt this mix was present in the Roman church as well.

Most of us, on the other hand, are part of churches where we have a shared a cultural and denominational background. That may make this teaching harder for us to grasp.

Differences of convictions and culture can cause schism and other problems if not handled very carefully.

Paul refers in this chapter to the weak and the strong in the context of issues of conscience. What are the issues in this passage?

The issue of meat was a big one in the first century of the church. There was the Jewish-gentile issue regarding clean and unclean meats, as well as the matter of meats offered to idols.

Here Paul addresses the issue of meat. He usually is referring it in regard to meat offered to idols.

The word used for meat is referring to food, not necessarily specific to flesh.

Another issue addressed here is the observance or honor of certain days. This may refer to Jewish holy days. It could also refer to the sabbath versus the Lord’s Day.

How are we to understand the weak and the strong ?

In verse one, Paul talks about someone weak in the faith. One who is weak in the faith is not necessarily someone who is weak in the faith or a legalist. A legalist mixes law and grace. We must not confuse this passage by imposing the contemporary terms “liberal” and “conservative” on the terms “weak” and “strong”.

Perhaps a characteristic of the weak is the misapplication of Scripture or the failure to think things through to their logical conclusion.

A person weak in the faith is usually one who has a weak moral sensitivity. He has not allowed his faith in Christ to guide him in ethical questions.

It is possible that the weak brother was Jewish or gentile. When one becomes a believer, one’s mind does not become an empty slate and all past influences are not necessarily removed.

II Corinthians 5:17

For instance, the observant Jew would not necessarily feel completely free from the restraints of the Law. Also, a former pagan may have been repulsed by his former indulgent lifestyle and react by eschewing ham and steak.

One who is weak in the faith often has an over-sensitive conscience. It hinders them from living with confidence in Christ.

The conscience is indirectly referenced throughout this chapter.
See also I Cor. 8, 10

1) do not violate your own conscience

2) do not violate your brother’s conscience

3) do not cause your brother to violate his own conscience

Very few people think THEY are weak in the faith. Most people see themselves as the “strong” brother.

Romans 14 leans heavily on him who is strong to be sensitive and support the brother that is weak.

Strong believers have allowed the Spirit and the Scriptures to shape their minds and a mature faith. They also have a good and pure conscience.

I Timothy 3:9

The conscience is like an arrow— the arrow of a compass that points to the north, that tells you where to go. We must pay attention to it.

The conscience can be reshaped and enlightened by Scripture.

Let me quickly give you a few points in overview.

Principles to guide us in issues of conscience:

1) Receive one another as Christ has received us

2) we should not despise or judge one another

3) We must be sensitive to our brother’s conscience

4) nothing is unclean in itself I Timothy 4:4

5) The kingdom of God is not a matter of meat and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost

6) do not flaunt our liberties

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Romans 14:1-23 My prayer is that the things I share from Romans will give you a hunger to search for the deep things of God. The principles Paul gives are timeless and firmly anchored in divine revelation. Beginning in verse one, My prayer is that the things I share from Romans will give you a hunger to search for the deep things of God. The principles Paul gives are timeless and firmly anchored in divine revelation.
Beginning in verse one, Paul exhorts us to accept the one who is weak in the faith. We are to receive him because Christ has already done so.
In Romans 15:7 we are told “receive one another as Christ has received us”.
The Church at Rome was one of great diversity. In Romans 1 Paul speaks of the cultured Greeks and the uncultured barbarians; He later talks about the learned and the unwise; There is also the slave and the free man. No doubt this mix was present in the Roman church as well.
Most of us, on the other hand, are part of churches where we have a shared a cultural and denominational background. That may make this teaching harder for us to grasp.
Differences of convictions and culture can cause schism and other problems if not handled very carefully.
Paul refers in this chapter to the weak and the strong in the context of issues of conscience. What are the issues in this passage?
The issue of meat was a big one in the first century of the church. There was the Jewish-gentile issue regarding clean and unclean meats, as well as the matter of meats offered to idols.
Here Paul addresses the issue of meat. He usually is referring it in regard to meat offered to idols.
The word used for meat is referring to food, not necessarily specific to flesh.
Another issue addressed here is the observance or honor of certain days. This may refer to Jewish holy days. It could also refer to the sabbath versus the Lord’s Day.
How are we to understand the weak and the strong ?
In verse one, Paul talks about someone weak in the faith. One who is weak in the faith is not necessarily someone who is weak in the faith or a legalist. A legalist mixes law and grace. We must not confuse this passage by imposing the contemporary terms “liberal” and “conservative” on the terms “weak” and “strong”.
Perhaps a characteristic of the weak is the misapplication of Scripture or the failure to think things through to their logical conclusion.
A person weak in the faith is usually one who has a weak moral sensitivity. He has not allowed his faith in Christ to guide him in ethical questions.
It is possible that the weak brother was Jewish or gentile. When one becomes a believer, one’s mind does not become an empty slate and all past influences are not necessarily removed.
II Corinthians 5:17
For instance, the observant Jew would not necessarily feel completely free from the restraints of the Law. Also, a former pagan may have been repulsed by his former indulgent lifestyle and react by eschewing ham and steak.
One who is weak in the faith often has an over-sensitive conscience. It hinders them from living with confidence in Christ.
The conscience is indirectly referenced throughout this chapter.
See also I Cor. 8, 10
1) do not violate your own conscience
2) do not violate your brother’s conscience
3) do not cause your brother to violate his own conscience
Very few people think THEY are weak in the faith. Most people see themselves as the “strong” brother.
Romans 14 leans heavily on him who is strong to be sensitive and support the brother that is weak.
Strong believers have allowed the Spirit and the Scriptures to shape their minds and a mature faith. They also have a good and pure conscience.
I Timothy 3:9
The conscience is like an arrow— the arrow of a compass that points to the north, that tells you where to go. We must pay attention to it.
The conscience can be reshaped and enlightened by Scripture.
Let me quickly give you a few points in overview.
Principles to guide us in issues of conscience:
1) Receive one another as Christ has received us
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Relating to Those Without - Wayne Schrock https://www.bmcgladys.com/relating-to-those-without/ Sun, 14 Apr 2019 00:36:18 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3444 https://www.bmcgladys.com/relating-to-those-without/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/relating-to-those-without/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Romans 13:1-14 Last night we talked about our relationship with the body of Christ, but tonight our focus is on our relationship with those without. These include our non-Christian friends and neighbors and the government. Beginning in verse 14 of Romans 12 Paul begins to focus beyond the sphere of the Church. It seems […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/relating-to-those-without/">Relating to Those Without</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Romans 13:1-14

Last night we talked about our relationship with the body of Christ, but tonight our focus is on our relationship with those without.
These include our non-Christian friends and neighbors and the government.

Beginning in verse 14 of Romans 12 Paul begins to focus beyond the sphere of the Church. It seems to me that in this passage, Paul instructs us on how to interact with non-Christians around us.

We believe there should be a distinction between the people of God and the unsaved. That does not mean, however, that we should live antagonistically.

I Timothy 2:1,2

Our prayer for peace is not that our life be easy, but that we may share the gospel.

Matthew 10:16

Paul tells us how to practice Jesus way of relating to the unbeliever:

1) vs. 14 we are kind to them
2) vs. 15 we have empathy with them when they suffer
3) vs. 16 we don’t have an attitude of superiority over them
4) vs. 17 we return good for evil
5) vs. 17 be upfront and straightforward
6) vs. 18 we go the second mile in living peaceably with them

Verses 19-21 give instruction on dealing with persecution.

We now want to focus on Romans 13.

Why does Paul address this subject?

The pagan Roman Empire barely tolerated the Christian faith. The Roman Church seemed to bear the brunt of these persecutions. Rome’s political climate was fickle.

In view of this practical situation, Paul felt compelled to give direction to the Christians in Rome what their attitude should be toward civil leaders.

Acts 18:2

Here in Romans 13 the Christian’s responsibility is outlined. In order to have proper perspective, we need to understand that their are two kinds of authority.

There is absolute authority, which belongs to God alone. There is also the authority delegated, and limited.

The state possess delegated, not absolute authority.

The implications of this are twofold: 1) the civil government has only delegated authority and are ordained of God and 2) to resist them is to resist God.

Sometimes the follower of Christ has to resist civil government— when it is a choice between obedience to God or the state.

Verse 3 and 4: The purpose of the state is to restrain evil and to protect the law-abiding. The civil authorities are to punish evildoers.

In verses 5 and 6, Paul gives the Christian’s responsibility: First, be subject; Second, pay taxes; Third, properly honor and and respect civil leaders.

The ethics of the kingdom of God limit the Christians involvement in the kingdoms of the world.

There is no such thing as a Christian nation, from a New Testament perspective.

America is and always was a godless nation. Even if a nation claims to be one nation under God— God does not have a theocracy.

We must not say such things in arrogance, but love.

Will we be prepared when the kingdoms of God and the world clash?— and they will.

Paul concludes his discussion of civil authority:

In verses 8-10 Paul reviews the two greatest commandments. Love your neighbor— owe him nothing else. Love is an unpayable debt… you can never say, “I loved enough.” The love of neighbor will fulfill the law and keep you from doing anything harmful to him.

In 11-14, Paul concludes with a call to a dynamic and alert spiritual life. This is the best response to persecution. The darker the night, the brighter your light needs to shine. Be aware of the times you are living in. Now is not the time for compromise. Live honestly— don’t absorb the values of the world around you, live counter-culturally.

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ! Live victoriously! It’s divinely possible by the power of the Holy Spirit.

(Verses 11 – 14)

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Text: Romans 13:1-14 Last night we talked about our relationship with the body of Christ, but tonight our focus is on our relationship with those without. These include our non-Christian friends and neighbors and the government. Last night we talked about our relationship with the body of Christ, but tonight our focus is on our relationship with those without.
These include our non-Christian friends and neighbors and the government.
Beginning in verse 14 of Romans 12 Paul begins to focus beyond the sphere of the Church. It seems to me that in this passage, Paul instructs us on how to interact with non-Christians around us.
We believe there should be a distinction between the people of God and the unsaved. That does not mean, however, that we should live antagonistically.
I Timothy 2:1,2
Our prayer for peace is not that our life be easy, but that we may share the gospel.
Matthew 10:16
Paul tells us how to practice Jesus way of relating to the unbeliever:
1) vs. 14 we are kind to them
2) vs. 15 we have empathy with them when they suffer
3) vs. 16 we don’t have an attitude of superiority over them
4) vs. 17 we return good for evil
5) vs. 17 be upfront and straightforward
6) vs. 18 we go the second mile in living peaceably with them
Verses 19-21 give instruction on dealing with persecution.
We now want to focus on Romans 13.
Why does Paul address this subject?
The pagan Roman Empire barely tolerated the Christian faith. The Roman Church seemed to bear the brunt of these persecutions. Rome’s political climate was fickle.
In view of this practical situation, Paul felt compelled to give direction to the Christians in Rome what their attitude should be toward civil leaders.
Acts 18:2
Here in Romans 13 the Christian’s responsibility is outlined. In order to have proper perspective, we need to understand that their are two kinds of authority.
There is absolute authority, which belongs to God alone. There is also the authority delegated, and limited.
The state possess delegated, not absolute authority.
The implications of this are twofold: 1) the civil government has only delegated authority and are ordained of God and 2) to resist them is to resist God.
Sometimes the follower of Christ has to resist civil government— when it is a choice between obedience to God or the state.
Verse 3 and 4: The purpose of the state is to restrain evil and to protect the law-abiding. The civil authorities are to punish evildoers.
In verses 5 and 6, Paul gives the Christian’s responsibility: First, be subject; Second, pay taxes; Third, properly honor and and respect civil leaders.
The ethics of the kingdom of God limit the Christians involvement in the kingdoms of the world.
There is no such thing as a Christian nation, from a New Testament perspective.
America is and always was a godless nation. Even if a nation claims to be one nation under God— God does not have a theocracy.
We must not say such things in arrogance, but love.
Will we be prepared when the kingdoms of God and the world clash?— and they will.
Paul concludes his discussion of civil authority:
In verses 8-10 Paul reviews the two greatest commandments. Love your neighbor— owe him nothing else. Love is an unpayable debt… you can never say, “I loved enough.” The love of neighbor will fulfill the law and keep you from doing anything harmful to him.
In 11-14, Paul concludes with a call to a dynamic and alert spiritual life. This is the best response to persecution. The darker the night, the brighter your light needs to shine. Be aware of the times you are living in. Now is not the time for compromise. Live honestly— don’t absorb the values of the world around you, live counter-culturally.
Put on the Lord Jesus Christ! Live victoriously! It’s divinely possible by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(Verses 11 – 14)
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Finding Your Place in the Body - Wayne Schrock https://www.bmcgladys.com/finding-your-place-in-the-body/ Sat, 13 Apr 2019 00:34:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3442 https://www.bmcgladys.com/finding-your-place-in-the-body/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/finding-your-place-in-the-body/feed/ 0 <p>The Body of Christ is mentioned a number of times here in the first part of chapter 12. To begin with Paul covers the relationship of the church to the World. Then he talks about the individual Christian finding his place in the Body of Christ. It is obvious from the title of the sermon […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/finding-your-place-in-the-body/">Finding Your Place in the Body</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The Body of Christ is mentioned a number of times here in the first part of chapter 12. To begin with Paul covers the relationship of the church to the World. Then he talks about the individual Christian finding his place in the Body of Christ.

It is obvious from the title of the sermon this evening that we are assuming a number of things. That being made new, we become part of the Body of Christ. In Acts we don’t see any separation between the baptism of a believer and them being connected to a local body of believers.

Ever member was meant to be involved actively in the body of Christ, not just bench warmers. Every member had an “office to fill.” Not everyone has the same office (or function). These gifting and functions are listed in Romans 12:6-8.

It is important for us to understand that we have a place to fill in the body of Christ. It is important that we notice the importance of every member in the local body of Christ.

Let’s look at four prerequisites to finding our place in the Body of Christ.

Totally Available to God

When we present our body to Christ as a sacrifice, we are giving ourselves as a sacrifice to God. Anything that is given to God in this way is holy… acceptable to God. To be holy means to be clean and free from sin and all uncleanness. It also means to be set apart to God!

As individuals we tend to ask the question, “who am I, and what is the purpose of my life?” Paul is challenging us to ask this question in a different way, “whose am I and to whom do I belong?”

By virtue of our redemption, we are not our own and we belong to God. Once we discover who we belong to we also discover the purpose of our lives!

The first prerequisite to finding our place in the Body of Christ is to be fully given and available to God.

Moses, Isaiah, Esther, Paul, and others… there are many examples of people in the Bible who were totally given to God. Regardless of the cost.

Are you available? Not are you capable… are you available?

A Renewed Mind

Not only is a renewed mind important and a key to the problem of worldliness, it is also an important prerequisite to finding and filling our place in the Body of Christ.

Is it possible to have a changed heart, be born again and continue to have a renewed mind? What happens if that is true?

There is a conflict in the life of the person who is a Christian but who does not have a renewed mind. It should be obvious that a renewed mind is imperative in finding and filling our place in the Body of Christ. In fact it is dangerous to exercise a spiritual gift without a renewed mind.

A Proper Self Concept

Notice several things about this matter of having a “proper self concept.”

One must not think more highly of himself than he ought to think. In simple terms this is talking about arrogance. Every man has this tendency to think more of himself than he or she ought to think. Rather to think soberly (rightly) about himself. How we evaluate ourselves affects how we evaluate others.

1 Corinthians 4:7 – We should evaluate ourselves according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. This has to do with the real ness and genuineness of our faith.

Having a Willingness to Fit in with the Body

We are all members “one of another.” We must be willing to find our place and to fit in with other members of the body. Life in Christ is a corporate endeavor, not just a personal pursuit.

It takes many stones, fitting together well, to make a building work well. The same is true with the body of Christ!

Seven Places to Fill in the Body of Christ

Romans 12:6-13 – Paul talks about 7 places to be filled within the church as well as the character qualities that are necessary in filling these 7 functions.

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The Body of Christ is mentioned a number of times here in the first part of chapter 12. To begin with Paul covers the relationship of the church to the World. Then he talks about the individual Christian finding his place in the Body of Christ. It is obvious from the title of the sermon this evening that we are assuming a number of things. That being made new, we become part of the Body of Christ. In Acts we don’t see any separation between the baptism of a believer and them being connected to a local body of believers.
Ever member was meant to be involved actively in the body of Christ, not just bench warmers. Every member had an “office to fill.” Not everyone has the same office (or function). These gifting and functions are listed in Romans 12:6-8.
It is important for us to understand that we have a place to fill in the body of Christ. It is important that we notice the importance of every member in the local body of Christ.
Let’s look at four prerequisites to finding our place in the Body of Christ.
Totally Available to God
When we present our body to Christ as a sacrifice, we are giving ourselves as a sacrifice to God. Anything that is given to God in this way is holy… acceptable to God. To be holy means to be clean and free from sin and all uncleanness. It also means to be set apart to God!
As individuals we tend to ask the question, “who am I, and what is the purpose of my life?” Paul is challenging us to ask this question in a different way, “whose am I and to whom do I belong?”
By virtue of our redemption, we are not our own and we belong to God. Once we discover who we belong to we also discover the purpose of our lives!
The first prerequisite to finding our place in the Body of Christ is to be fully given and available to God.
Moses, Isaiah, Esther, Paul, and others… there are many examples of people in the Bible who were totally given to God. Regardless of the cost.
Are you available? Not are you capable… are you available?
A Renewed Mind
Not only is a renewed mind important and a key to the problem of worldliness, it is also an important prerequisite to finding and filling our place in the Body of Christ.
Is it possible to have a changed heart, be born again and continue to have a renewed mind? What happens if that is true?
There is a conflict in the life of the person who is a Christian but who does not have a renewed mind. It should be obvious that a renewed mind is imperative in finding and filling our place in the Body of Christ. In fact it is dangerous to exercise a spiritual gift without a renewed mind.
A Proper Self Concept
Notice several things about this matter of having a “proper self concept.”
One must not think more highly of himself than he ought to think. In simple terms this is talking about arrogance. Every man has this tendency to think more of himself than he or she ought to think. Rather to think soberly (rightly) about himself. How we evaluate ourselves affects how we evaluate others.
1 Corinthians 4:7 – We should evaluate ourselves according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. This has to do with the real ness and genuineness of our faith.
Having a Willingness to Fit in with the Body
We are all members “one of another.” We must be willing to find our place and to fit in with other members of the body. Life in Christ is a corporate endeavor, not just a personal pursuit.
It takes many stones, fitting together well, to make a building work well. The same is true with the body of Christ!
Seven Places to Fill in the Body of Christ
Romans 12:6-13 – Paul talks about 7 places to be filled within the church as well as the character qualities that are necessary in filling these 7 functions.
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A Call to Total Consecration - Wayne Schrock https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-call-to-total-consecration/ Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:32:24 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3440 https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-call-to-total-consecration/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-call-to-total-consecration/feed/ 0 <p>Romans 11:33-36, Romans 12:2, Psalm 4:1, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 5:25 The unsearchable riches of God should not be left unexplored; Part of man’s uniqueness is being created in the image of God. This allows us to think and contemplate the “depths of the riches of God.” “Inexhaustible fullness” of God’s wisdom. 3 Questions – Romans […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-call-to-total-consecration/">A Call to Total Consecration</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Romans 11:33-36, Romans 12:2, Psalm 4:1, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 5:25

The unsearchable riches of God should not be left unexplored; Part of man’s uniqueness is being created in the image of God. This allows us to think and contemplate the “depths of the riches of God.”

“Inexhaustible fullness” of God’s wisdom.

3 Questions – Romans 11:34-35

God is the source of everything good, He is the “Object” that everything is made “for….”

Paul calls us to total and complete consecration. With this call, Paul begins his teaching on practical godly living for Paul, Theology is not separated from life.

He doesn’t command – he appeals: “I beseech you!”

We can’t have our lives transformed by God, and remain passive about God.

Paul gives us three imperatives.

  1. Present your bodies to God. The body is an integral part of who I am.
  2. Be not conformed to this world. We are not to outwardly fashion ourselves to the entertainment or lifestyle of the world. We are called to live “counter-culturally,” not to be different, but because it is utterly incongruent with the Gospel.
  3. Be ye transformed. This is an ongoing process. We are being acted upon, and cannot transform ourselves. We are not passive in this transformation.

The Holy Spirit uses us in this transformation, as our minds are renewed. This will lead us to be in conflict with the cultural norms of this evil age.

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Romans 11:33-36, Romans 12:2, Psalm 4:1, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 5:25 The unsearchable riches of God should not be left unexplored; Part of man’s uniqueness is being created in the image of God. This allows us to think and contemplate the “depths of the r... The unsearchable riches of God should not be left unexplored; Part of man’s uniqueness is being created in the image of God. This allows us to think and contemplate the “depths of the riches of God.”
“Inexhaustible fullness” of God’s wisdom.
3 Questions – Romans 11:34-35
God is the source of everything good, He is the “Object” that everything is made “for….”
Paul calls us to total and complete consecration. With this call, Paul begins his teaching on practical godly living for Paul, Theology is not separated from life.
He doesn’t command – he appeals: “I beseech you!”
We can’t have our lives transformed by God, and remain passive about God.
Paul gives us three imperatives.

* Present your bodies to God. The body is an integral part of who I am.
* Be not conformed to this world. We are not to outwardly fashion ourselves to the entertainment or lifestyle of the world. We are called to live “counter-culturally,” not to be different, but because it is utterly incongruent with the Gospel.
* Be ye transformed. This is an ongoing process. We are being acted upon, and cannot transform ourselves. We are not passive in this transformation.

The Holy Spirit uses us in this transformation, as our minds are renewed. This will lead us to be in conflict with the cultural norms of this evil age.
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An Overview of Romans 9-11 - Wayne Schrock https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-overview-of-romans-9-11/ Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:30:00 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3438 https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-overview-of-romans-9-11/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-overview-of-romans-9-11/feed/ 0 <p>Romans 9 Israels rejection of Christ and the Gospel raised profound questions, wherever Paul went across the Roman Empire. Since we don’t have Jewish roots we probably will have a bit of a hard time understanding the depth of some of these questions. At first glance Romans 9 contains some theological concepts that we have […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-overview-of-romans-9-11/">An Overview of Romans 9-11</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Romans 9

Israels rejection of Christ and the Gospel raised profound questions, wherever Paul went across the Roman Empire. Since we don’t have Jewish roots we probably will have a bit of a hard time understanding the depth of some of these questions.

At first glance Romans 9 contains some theological concepts that we have some difficulty dealing with. The overall thrust of this chapter is that Israel was the special, elect people of God. They had a privilege to know God… yet because of their unbelief they missed it when it came to Christ and the Gospel.

In the first three verses of this chapter Paul explains his anguish and passion for the people of Israel, his people. His deep “pathos” is not easy to identify with. Such deep feelings are difficult to identify and deal with.

Paul continues to give us a conceptual understanding of their heritage. They were of the adoption… of the all the people of the earth they were chosen by God. They were the recipients of the covenants, promises of blessings. Through the law the character of God was made known to them.

Beginning at verse 6, Paul gives us a clue about the nature of the question that Jewish people had. It’s the thing that was hindering them from opening themselves to Christ and the Gospel. They were the physical descendants of Abraham, they thought that this gave them a special relationship with God. Paul counteracts this concept, by explaining that being part of the faith of Abraham is what counts.

Paul talks about the justice of God, the mercy of God and the sovereignty of God. Central to all of this he tells us about Pharaoh, one who resisted the sovereignty of God.

Romans 10

Paul refers first to Israels ignorance of God’s righteousness. This is defined in two ways, they have a misdirected zeal towards God. Secondly their ignorance is an obstinate ignorance. A willful ignorance that is a result of unbelief.

Gods righteousness, being made right by God, by faith. In verse 5 we see Paul saying that the law is complete and finally complete because of God’s work on the cross.

Throughout chapter 10 Paul goes on to reiterate the justification through Faith in Christ.

Romans 11

This is a concise explanation of being saved by Faith and not by works. We see that Israels rejection of God is not total, nor is it final. There is a remnant, Paul himself is proof of this remnant.

Verses 16-24 Paul talks about how the gentiles were grafted in. Grafting is technically contrary to nature. Grafted trees always produce fruit according to the kind of tree grafted in, not the root-stock.

Paul is talking about a grafting process that is not normal, not natural. This is how the gentiles were grafted in to be made partakers of the root and stock of the olive tree they were grafted in to. Paul says, that the wild olive branch grafted in produces the fruit of the root-stock! Not its own fruit… Instead of producing wild olives it produces fruit from the tame root-stock.

Paul continues on to say that the branch that has been cut off can be grafted back in again, he is talking about Israel and how they can be brought back in.

Two statements that Paul makes to conclude this chapter. In verses 25-26 he talks about a mystery. There is a time coming when Israel will come out of her stupor and unbelief and will be saved. Israel can and will be grafted back in to the olive tree. The hardness and blindness are not total, nor is it permanent.

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Romans 9 Israels rejection of Christ and the Gospel raised profound questions, wherever Paul went across the Roman Empire. Since we don’t have Jewish roots we probably will have a bit of a hard time understanding the depth of some of these questions. Israels rejection of Christ and the Gospel raised profound questions, wherever Paul went across the Roman Empire. Since we don’t have Jewish roots we probably will have a bit of a hard time understanding the depth of some of these questions.
At first glance Romans 9 contains some theological concepts that we have some difficulty dealing with. The overall thrust of this chapter is that Israel was the special, elect people of God. They had a privilege to know God… yet because of their unbelief they missed it when it came to Christ and the Gospel.
In the first three verses of this chapter Paul explains his anguish and passion for the people of Israel, his people. His deep “pathos” is not easy to identify with. Such deep feelings are difficult to identify and deal with.
Paul continues to give us a conceptual understanding of their heritage. They were of the adoption… of the all the people of the earth they were chosen by God. They were the recipients of the covenants, promises of blessings. Through the law the character of God was made known to them.
Beginning at verse 6, Paul gives us a clue about the nature of the question that Jewish people had. It’s the thing that was hindering them from opening themselves to Christ and the Gospel. They were the physical descendants of Abraham, they thought that this gave them a special relationship with God. Paul counteracts this concept, by explaining that being part of the faith of Abraham is what counts.
Paul talks about the justice of God, the mercy of God and the sovereignty of God. Central to all of this he tells us about Pharaoh, one who resisted the sovereignty of God.
Romans 10
Paul refers first to Israels ignorance of God’s righteousness. This is defined in two ways, they have a misdirected zeal towards God. Secondly their ignorance is an obstinate ignorance. A willful ignorance that is a result of unbelief.
Gods righteousness, being made right by God, by faith. In verse 5 we see Paul saying that the law is complete and finally complete because of God’s work on the cross.
Throughout chapter 10 Paul goes on to reiterate the justification through Faith in Christ.
Romans 11
This is a concise explanation of being saved by Faith and not by works. We see that Israels rejection of God is not total, nor is it final. There is a remnant, Paul himself is proof of this remnant.
Verses 16-24 Paul talks about how the gentiles were grafted in. Grafting is technically contrary to nature. Grafted trees always produce fruit according to the kind of tree grafted in, not the root-stock.
Paul is talking about a grafting process that is not normal, not natural. This is how the gentiles were grafted in to be made partakers of the root and stock of the olive tree they were grafted in to. Paul says, that the wild olive branch grafted in produces the fruit of the root-stock! Not its own fruit… Instead of producing wild olives it produces fruit from the tame root-stock.
Paul continues on to say that the branch that has been cut off can be grafted back in again, he is talking about Israel and how they can be brought back in.
Two statements that Paul makes to conclude this chapter. In verses 25-26 he talks about a mystery. There is a time coming when Israel will come out of her stupor and unbelief and will be saved. Israel can and will be grafted back in to the olive tree. The hardness and blindness are not total, nor is it permanent.
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What Does it Mean to Belong to God? - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-does-it-mean-to-belong-to-god/ Sun, 07 Apr 2019 19:19:56 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3435 https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-does-it-mean-to-belong-to-god/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-does-it-mean-to-belong-to-god/feed/ 0 <p>John 17:1-26 – This is Christ’s prayer immediately before his trial and death. Hopefully we can be drawn into God’s intentions for and toward us as we look at this this morning. There are many thoughts in these verses. Verses 1-5 Christ says “Glorify your Son” – this speaks of the relationship that the Father […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-does-it-mean-to-belong-to-god/">What Does it Mean to Belong to God?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> John 17:1-26 – This is Christ’s prayer immediately before his trial and death. Hopefully we can be drawn into God’s intentions for and toward us as we look at this this morning.

There are many thoughts in these verses.

Verses 1-5

Christ says “Glorify your Son” – this speaks of the relationship that the Father and the Son have. These verses express the intimate nature of the relationship of the Father and the Son.

What does it mean to “Glorify?” To acknowledge, to make known, to magnify. Christ asks that the Son would be made known so that the Son could in turn by HIs words and actions would reveal who the Father is. The Father and the Son are one and working together.

Christ says He has been glorifying the Father while He was on earth. He had been making the true nature of the Father known.

The Father gave the Son power, or authority, to give eternal life to people… you and I. Christ says that He is going to give eternal life to all of the people that the Father is going to give him. This speaks of the Fathers intention and active involvement in each persons coming to Christ and coming to the Father.

A person becomes a believer because the Father desires that. We cooperate and respond to the work of the Holy Spirit and the actions of God. There is a response of receiving.

This is a look at the desires of God, and Gods intentions towards us. This is a precious thing, that God desires for us to belong to Him. He “wants” us. He “wants” you!

“This is eternal life… to know the Father and the Son.” What kind of knowing or knowledge is this? It isn’t just a knowing of facts, Jesus is praying about the knowledge that is gained through a relationship with the Father.

Christ expresses His work on the cross as if it was finished… even though it hadn’t happened yet. It was finished in His mind and in His heart, to finish the work that He had been sent to do. The work that would allow people to move into a relationship with the Father and the Son.

Verse 6-19

Christ manifested and revealed the Fathers person and name to the disciples. The Father “gave” the disciples to Him. The disciples have kept the “Fathers” word. This is fascinating, because in our mind the disciples were a fickle bunch of fellows. We aren’t 100 sure what all they were convinced of, believed or understood. It sounds like Christ had more confidence in the disciples than we do… or something. 🙂

Christ prays for our perseverance (and that of His disciples). Here is a unity of purpose and intention and belonging and delight between the Father and the Son. Christ is requesting that His disciples (and us) be united and in harmony, and that the Father would keep them from falling and keep them from failure.

Verse 20-26

Jesus prays specifically for you! Jesus prays that His disciples throughout history would be one, in the same way that the Father and the Son are one. This is something that hasn’t been realized, at least as far as we know. There has been a lot of disharmony in the world and even a disharmony in our hearts towards even those we love. This is a reality, and something that we are all in need of repenting of and growing in.

This is a major intention of God, that we be in harmony with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that we be in harmony with God’s people. The more “in the Father and the Son” believers are, the more unified they will be among themselves.

Summary – Ephesians 1:3-14

  • The believer is chosen, desired, wanted by God… before his or her conversion.
  • God’s goal is that we have a relationship with God that the trinity has itself.
  • God desires that believers have the same relationship among each other as the trinity has amongst itself.
  • God has no desire to get rid of any believer. God is always working to protect and preserve and keep all who come to him.
  • A deeper surrender to the God of good intentions would change our lives and our relationship with God.

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John 17:1-26 – This is Christ’s prayer immediately before his trial and death. Hopefully we can be drawn into God’s intentions for and toward us as we look at this this morning. There are many thoughts in these verses. There are many thoughts in these verses.
Verses 1-5
Christ says “Glorify your Son” – this speaks of the relationship that the Father and the Son have. These verses express the intimate nature of the relationship of the Father and the Son.
What does it mean to “Glorify?” To acknowledge, to make known, to magnify. Christ asks that the Son would be made known so that the Son could in turn by HIs words and actions would reveal who the Father is. The Father and the Son are one and working together.
Christ says He has been glorifying the Father while He was on earth. He had been making the true nature of the Father known.
The Father gave the Son power, or authority, to give eternal life to people… you and I. Christ says that He is going to give eternal life to all of the people that the Father is going to give him. This speaks of the Fathers intention and active involvement in each persons coming to Christ and coming to the Father.
A person becomes a believer because the Father desires that. We cooperate and respond to the work of the Holy Spirit and the actions of God. There is a response of receiving.
This is a look at the desires of God, and Gods intentions towards us. This is a precious thing, that God desires for us to belong to Him. He “wants” us. He “wants” you!
“This is eternal life… to know the Father and the Son.” What kind of knowing or knowledge is this? It isn’t just a knowing of facts, Jesus is praying about the knowledge that is gained through a relationship with the Father.
Christ expresses His work on the cross as if it was finished… even though it hadn’t happened yet. It was finished in His mind and in His heart, to finish the work that He had been sent to do. The work that would allow people to move into a relationship with the Father and the Son.
Verse 6-19
Christ manifested and revealed the Fathers person and name to the disciples. The Father “gave” the disciples to Him. The disciples have kept the “Fathers” word. This is fascinating, because in our mind the disciples were a fickle bunch of fellows. We aren’t 100 sure what all they were convinced of, believed or understood. It sounds like Christ had more confidence in the disciples than we do… or something. 🙂
Christ prays for our perseverance (and that of His disciples). Here is a unity of purpose and intention and belonging and delight between the Father and the Son. Christ is requesting that His disciples (and us) be united and in harmony, and that the Father would keep them from falling and keep them from failure.
Verse 20-26
Jesus prays specifically for you! Jesus prays that His disciples throughout history would be one, in the same way that the Father and the Son are one. This is something that hasn’t been realized, at least as far as we know. There has been a lot of disharmony in the world and even a disharmony in our hearts towards even those we love. This is a reality, and something that we are all in need of repenting of and growing in.
This is a major intention of God, that we be in harmony with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that we be in harmony with God’s people. The more “in the Father and the Son” believers are, the more unified they will be among themselves.
Summary – Ephesians 1:3-14

* The believer is chosen, desired, wanted by God… before his or her conversion.
* God’s goal is that we have a relationship with God that the trinity has itself.
* God desires that believers have the same relationship among each other as the trinity has amongst itself.
* God has no desire to get rid of any believer. God is always working to protect and preserve and keep all who come to him.
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The Holy Spirit - Our Comforter - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-holy-spirit-our-comforter/ Mon, 01 Apr 2019 00:32:46 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3432 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-holy-spirit-our-comforter/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-holy-spirit-our-comforter/feed/ 0 <p>The Spirit that is big enough to hover over the whole world at the creation is also small enough to nestle in each one of us. Most of what I have to say about the Spirit could also be the other members of the Trinity. But we should remember that the Trinity is made up […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-holy-spirit-our-comforter/">The Holy Spirit – Our Comforter</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The Spirit that is big enough to hover over the whole world at the creation is also small enough to nestle in each one of us.

Most of what I have to say about the Spirit could also be the other members of the Trinity. But we should remember that the Trinity is made up of three distinct Persons, although one communion of love.

Several weeks ago we looked in the Old Testament at the work of the Spirit both in Creation, and in the preparations for the coming of Jesus.

Moving into the New Testament, you would expect to see the Holy Spirit very involved. And you do!

Luke 1:15 – John the forerunner
Luke 1:35 – the conception of Jesus
Luke 1:41 – Elisabeth
Luke 1:67 – Zachariah
Luke 2:25 – Simeon moved to visit the Temple by the Spirit

Next I’d like to look at Matthew 3:13-17, the Baptism of Jesus.

As at the creation we have water, the Father speaking, and the Spirit descending.

John was told that he would know Who Jesus was by the resting of the Spirit upon Him.

John recognizes Him… and knows Who is here.

”…To fulfill all righteousness”.

Jesus as that God-man, was identifying Himself with us. When the ritual was complete— he saw the heavens open, and the dove descending, and heard the voice of the Father.

Jesus felt the affirmation of the Father, and John saw the powerful manifestation. John saw his mission being accomplished.

Before long, John would be imprisoned and doubts would begin to rise.
Matthew 11

Jesus replied to his question with a prophesy from Joel: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me…”

The blind were seeing, the lame were being healed— Jesus was the One!

The Spirit was Jesus constant companion throughout His ministry. The words of Peter in Acts 10… “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth….”

Jesus spent three years with the disciples. In John 14-17, there were some important things He wanted to share with them. One of these things was the promise of the Spirit Who would dwell in them.

John 14:16-19

Jesus physical presence had been a comfort to them during His ministry— now He promises them another Comforter. Jesus looked beyond His earthly ministry, to the multitudes of disciples that would come later.

John 16:7
John 14:26

This comes at Pentecost, about 50 days after the resurrection.

Acts 2

Peter explains to them… Joel’s prophecy has been fulfilled!

Romans 8:11-16

This is what life in the Spirit does for Christians. The Spirit’s presence— of God Himself, can live within us; If He lives within us, our physical bodies will be strengthened to serve Him.

No identity crisis for the Christian! The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.

Galatians 5:22-25

Ephesians 4:1-6 “Keep the unity of the Spirit… There is one body, and one Spirit…”

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The Spirit that is big enough to hover over the whole world at the creation is also small enough to nestle in each one of us. Most of what I have to say about the Spirit could also be the other members of the Trinity. Most of what I have to say about the Spirit could also be the other members of the Trinity. But we should remember that the Trinity is made up of three distinct Persons, although one communion of love.
Several weeks ago we looked in the Old Testament at the work of the Spirit both in Creation, and in the preparations for the coming of Jesus.
Moving into the New Testament, you would expect to see the Holy Spirit very involved. And you do!
Luke 1:15 – John the forerunner
Luke 1:35 – the conception of Jesus
Luke 1:41 – Elisabeth
Luke 1:67 – Zachariah
Luke 2:25 – Simeon moved to visit the Temple by the Spirit
Next I’d like to look at Matthew 3:13-17, the Baptism of Jesus.
As at the creation we have water, the Father speaking, and the Spirit descending.
John was told that he would know Who Jesus was by the resting of the Spirit upon Him.
John recognizes Him… and knows Who is here.
”…To fulfill all righteousness”.
Jesus as that God-man, was identifying Himself with us. When the ritual was complete— he saw the heavens open, and the dove descending, and heard the voice of the Father.
Jesus felt the affirmation of the Father, and John saw the powerful manifestation. John saw his mission being accomplished.
Before long, John would be imprisoned and doubts would begin to rise.
Matthew 11
Jesus replied to his question with a prophesy from Joel: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me…”
The blind were seeing, the lame were being healed— Jesus was the One!
The Spirit was Jesus constant companion throughout His ministry. The words of Peter in Acts 10… “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth….”
Jesus spent three years with the disciples. In John 14-17, there were some important things He wanted to share with them. One of these things was the promise of the Spirit Who would dwell in them.
John 14:16-19
Jesus physical presence had been a comfort to them during His ministry— now He promises them another Comforter. Jesus looked beyond His earthly ministry, to the multitudes of disciples that would come later.
John 16:7
John 14:26
This comes at Pentecost, about 50 days after the resurrection.
Acts 2
Peter explains to them… Joel’s prophecy has been fulfilled!
Romans 8:11-16
This is what life in the Spirit does for Christians. The Spirit’s presence— of God Himself, can live within us; If He lives within us, our physical bodies will be strengthened to serve Him.
No identity crisis for the Christian! The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.
Galatians 5:22-25
Ephesians 4:1-6 “Keep the unity of the Spirit… There is one body, and one Spirit…”
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Faith, Prayer, Vision - Jeff Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/faith-prayer-vision/ Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:30:40 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3430 https://www.bmcgladys.com/faith-prayer-vision/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/faith-prayer-vision/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 20:29-34 – Jesus and His 12 disciples were traveling, along with them was a multitude following Jesus and being interested in what he was doing. This is just before the triumphal entry and towards the end of Jesus ministry. The characters of this story are two blind men. Jesus mentions that he was sent […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/faith-prayer-vision/">Faith, Prayer, Vision</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 20:29-34 – Jesus and His 12 disciples were traveling, along with them was a multitude following Jesus and being interested in what he was doing. This is just before the triumphal entry and towards the end of Jesus ministry.

The characters of this story are two blind men. Jesus mentions that he was sent to heal the blind. Often blindness was understood as a punishment for sin, there was a stigma of this attached to being blind.

Some of the people in the crowd were thinking that Jesus was probably getting close to setting up his earthly kingdom. Perhaps some of them thought they would get power.

The blind fellows called Jesus “Lord” – they recognized him with a title of respect. Up until Christ’s death and resurrection the title of “Lord” was more a common way of respecting someone. The early church took “Lord” and applied it to Jesus and it stuck as a way of referring to Jesus.

These blind men had something they were thinking about when it came to Jesus, while they weren’t seeing physically they spiritually understood that Jesus was the Messiah. The multitude tried to keep these blind men from getting to Jesus. They got annoyed at their persistence.

Jesus heard them and wanted to hear their request. They were very specific in their request and Jesus healed them. Upon being healed they followed Jesus. A very proper response!

Spiritual Applications

We are all blind to at least some extent. We are spiritually and physically limited. When we become Christians our eyes are definitely opened, and we continue to gain a clearer view of who God is and who we are.

Our view of God is often blurred by any one of many things. We probably don’t have a perfect view of who God is, we struggle to see God in a way that is 100% accurate.

We often struggle to see ourselves accurately as well. Sometimes we are far to easy on ourselves, other times we are far to hard on ourselves. We need God to show us his perspective on us and his desires and goals for us.

We are also often blind to others, we don’t see the needs of others, nor do we recognize the ways that we can be helping those around us.

God wants us to be growing and to have better, more clear spiritual vision. As we think about things that we can do to gain clearer vision we need to be clear that it is a work of God, not us, to gain more clarity in seeing properly.

1 Corinthians 13:12 – We see things in a way that is blurry. Peter was rebuked by Paul for not having clear spiritual vision. Paul and John Marks vision was different at different times during the New Testament times as well. Often spiritual vision is incremental, God gives a little direction for today… and tomorrow… and the next day… Let us be humble and sensitive enough that God may show us something else that changes the way I see things.

We need to be willing to be uncomfortable. These two blind fellows were definitely outside of their comfortable zone. They knew that if they didn’t get Jesus attention they would remain blind. We here in the USA don’t have a lot of the struggles that are very apparent in other parts of the world. Comfort is often the enemy of growth. We all like to be comfortable, it is part of our nature, but it is easy to become complacent and quit growing spiritually.

Pray in faith. These two blind men were crying out in faith, asking for mercy. God will answer our cries for spiritual vision. It doesn’t mean that he will answer over night, but God does hear and will answer. We need to pray in faith. Do we believe that God is going to answer?

Be persistent. Life is often a lesson in persistence. Faith and prayer also require persistence. Let us not grow weary in calling out to Jesus to work in our lives. Walking with God is a continual thing, not just a one time thing.

Go to Jesus. Jesus is the one that can give vision. What can we do to “come to Jesus” more than the are already doing? Coming to Jesus requires change on our part. Maybe it is removing distractions from our lives. Perhaps we need a specific time of seeking apart from the “normal” things we do to seek and draw closer to Christ.

Jesus will heal and give us vision… and then we need to follow him. Study Jesus, walk with him, listen to him, see who Jesus is and follow Him.

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Matthew 20:29-34 – Jesus and His 12 disciples were traveling, along with them was a multitude following Jesus and being interested in what he was doing. This is just before the triumphal entry and towards the end of Jesus ministry. The characters of this story are two blind men. Jesus mentions that he was sent to heal the blind. Often blindness was understood as a punishment for sin, there was a stigma of this attached to being blind.
Some of the people in the crowd were thinking that Jesus was probably getting close to setting up his earthly kingdom. Perhaps some of them thought they would get power.
The blind fellows called Jesus “Lord” – they recognized him with a title of respect. Up until Christ’s death and resurrection the title of “Lord” was more a common way of respecting someone. The early church took “Lord” and applied it to Jesus and it stuck as a way of referring to Jesus.
These blind men had something they were thinking about when it came to Jesus, while they weren’t seeing physically they spiritually understood that Jesus was the Messiah. The multitude tried to keep these blind men from getting to Jesus. They got annoyed at their persistence.
Jesus heard them and wanted to hear their request. They were very specific in their request and Jesus healed them. Upon being healed they followed Jesus. A very proper response!
Spiritual Applications
We are all blind to at least some extent. We are spiritually and physically limited. When we become Christians our eyes are definitely opened, and we continue to gain a clearer view of who God is and who we are.
Our view of God is often blurred by any one of many things. We probably don’t have a perfect view of who God is, we struggle to see God in a way that is 100% accurate.
We often struggle to see ourselves accurately as well. Sometimes we are far to easy on ourselves, other times we are far to hard on ourselves. We need God to show us his perspective on us and his desires and goals for us.
We are also often blind to others, we don’t see the needs of others, nor do we recognize the ways that we can be helping those around us.
God wants us to be growing and to have better, more clear spiritual vision. As we think about things that we can do to gain clearer vision we need to be clear that it is a work of God, not us, to gain more clarity in seeing properly.
1 Corinthians 13:12 – We see things in a way that is blurry. Peter was rebuked by Paul for not having clear spiritual vision. Paul and John Marks vision was different at different times during the New Testament times as well. Often spiritual vision is incremental, God gives a little direction for today… and tomorrow… and the next day… Let us be humble and sensitive enough that God may show us something else that changes the way I see things.
We need to be willing to be uncomfortable. These two blind fellows were definitely outside of their comfortable zone. They knew that if they didn’t get Jesus attention they would remain blind. We here in the USA don’t have a lot of the struggles that are very apparent in other parts of the world. Comfort is often the enemy of growth. We all like to be comfortable, it is part of our nature, but it is easy to become complacent and quit growing spiritually.
Pray in faith. These two blind men were crying out in faith, asking for mercy. God will answer our cries for spiritual vision. It doesn’t mean that he will answer over night, but God does hear and will answer. We need to pray in faith. Do we believe that God is going to answer?
Be persistent. Life is often a lesson in persistence. Faith and prayer also require persistence. Let us not grow weary in calling out to Jesus to work in our lives. Walking with God is a continual thing, not just a one time thing.
Go to Jesus. Jesus is the one that can give vision. What can we do to “come to Jesus” more than the ...]]>
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Our Attitudes - Raun Schrock https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-attitudes/ Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:26:26 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3422 https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-attitudes/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-attitudes/feed/ 0 <p>How we feel is not determined by our circumstances, but by what we focus on. Internal attitudes are more important that external circumstances. This means that we tend to see what we’re looking for. Including in other people. I think there are two kinds of people— complainers and worshippers. They may have the same circumstances, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-attitudes/">Our Attitudes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> How we feel is not determined by our circumstances, but by what we focus on. Internal attitudes are more important that external circumstances.

This means that we tend to see what we’re looking for. Including in other people.

I think there are two kinds of people— complainers and worshippers. They may have the same circumstances, but they have two different views.

How do worshippers do it?

They aren’t born this way. They choose to look for something to praise God about.

Acts 16:23-30

We tend to get so caught up in our circumstances that we forget the big picture.

How do we zoom out? We worship.

Worshipping removes the focus from our circumstances and puts it back on God.

Is it easy to live a life of worship?

Not always… It’s not easy for anyone.

When things go well it is easy… but worship should be our attitude always. It shows that our worship is not based on our circumstances.

As you worship, your life with God (not necessarily your circumstances) gets better.

The byproduct of worship is witness. By determining to worship you get the byproduct for free!

There are people out there that are desperate for someone to care about them and love them. If you live a life of worship, it will give you opportunity to share with these people longing for God.

The byproduct of worship is witness.

Sometimes we struggle with believing that we can do this. Maybe you don’t feel like you have the talent or the skills to worship and witness.

It wasn’t about how talented Paul and Silas were. We don’t have to be amazing singers or speakers. God wants to use each of us with what He has given us.

Did you know that research indicates that a person talks to himself about 50,000 times a day? Most of that is negative. In this, we often let everything that is wrong with us keep us from thinking about everything that is great with God.

As you let God use you, you will get better. God will continue to use you as you allow Him.

Philippians 4:8

Maybe you are a pessimist. Turn your focus to God. Focus on these eight things. Stop focusing on what is wrong with our circumstances and focus on the goodness of God.

Consider keeping a gratitude journal. You’d be surprised at the difference it makes.

Psalm 103:2

This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

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How we feel is not determined by our circumstances, but by what we focus on. Internal attitudes are more important that external circumstances. This means that we tend to see what we’re looking for. Including in other people. This means that we tend to see what we’re looking for. Including in other people.
I think there are two kinds of people— complainers and worshippers. They may have the same circumstances, but they have two different views.
How do worshippers do it?
They aren’t born this way. They choose to look for something to praise God about.
Acts 16:23-30
We tend to get so caught up in our circumstances that we forget the big picture.
How do we zoom out? We worship.
Worshipping removes the focus from our circumstances and puts it back on God.
Is it easy to live a life of worship?
Not always… It’s not easy for anyone.
When things go well it is easy… but worship should be our attitude always. It shows that our worship is not based on our circumstances.
As you worship, your life with God (not necessarily your circumstances) gets better.
The byproduct of worship is witness. By determining to worship you get the byproduct for free!
There are people out there that are desperate for someone to care about them and love them. If you live a life of worship, it will give you opportunity to share with these people longing for God.
The byproduct of worship is witness.
Sometimes we struggle with believing that we can do this. Maybe you don’t feel like you have the talent or the skills to worship and witness.
It wasn’t about how talented Paul and Silas were. We don’t have to be amazing singers or speakers. God wants to use each of us with what He has given us.
Did you know that research indicates that a person talks to himself about 50,000 times a day? Most of that is negative. In this, we often let everything that is wrong with us keep us from thinking about everything that is great with God.
As you let God use you, you will get better. God will continue to use you as you allow Him.
Philippians 4:8
Maybe you are a pessimist. Turn your focus to God. Focus on these eight things. Stop focusing on what is wrong with our circumstances and focus on the goodness of God.
Consider keeping a gratitude journal. You’d be surprised at the difference it makes.
Psalm 103:2
This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

* Our Appetites
* Humility
* Authenticity
* Who are You?
* Our Attitudes

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Who are You? - Raun Schrock https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-are-you/ Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:17:26 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3416 https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-are-you/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-are-you/feed/ 0 <p>Ephesians 6:10-13 Often we express our identity by what we “stand”. If we don’t know our identity, the easier a target we are for Satan. If we know our Christian identity we have freedom to live it. HOW SATAN STEALS OUR IDENTITY 1) He gets us caught up in the routine of life Satan wants […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-are-you/">Who are You?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Ephesians 6:10-13

Often we express our identity by what we “stand”. If we don’t know our identity, the easier a target we are for Satan.

If we know our Christian identity we have freedom to live it.

HOW SATAN STEALS OUR IDENTITY

1) He gets us caught up in the routine of life

Satan wants to take away any glory for God and make life routine and to see everything as ordinary.

2) He makes us think we are more or less than we are

Psalm 139:14, 15

Satan wants you to think that you are not that great. That God did not make you with a purpose.

1 Peter 2:9, 10

In time past, you didn’t have eternal value. But now you are a people of God.

In Satan’s attempt to steal our identity he wants to get us back to nothing.

3) He makes us think we have nothing to offer

Consider the story of Jonah.

Satan wants us to believe that we have nothing of value.

4) He makes you believe that you can create your own identity outside of God

OUR NEW IDENTITY

How does Christ change our identity?

A greater authority has given us value as Christians.

As part of our new identity, we have a new goal. We have a new kingdom alliegance.

We no longer chase after the desires of the flesh.

We also have a new Father.

Most of us have had great fathers, but not everyone has. We are given a new Father Who is always God.

Romans 8:15-17

We have a new future. We no longer need to fear death.

Hebrews 11:13-16

We start to become like Christ. Along the way we develop personal conviction.

When I was at Bible school years ago, I had a teacher that would play volleyball— in his dress clothes and shoes. At the time I thought that was strange.

Years later, this man had meetings at our church. I met him running— in his dress clothes on the road.

How sure are we of our own convictions to live them out when they look different to the people around us?

There are some things that are black and white.

The Spirit then works in us to develop personal convictions.

In our new identity we also want to share Christ.

I Peter 2:9

We begin to show/reflect the love of God to the people around us. We want other people to find the love of God.

Ecclesiastes 11:9, 10

Young people, this is the time of life to be growing in relationships and enjoy friends. But let evil go, live in the joy of the Lord.

Remember, you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.

This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

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Ephesians 6:10-13 Often we express our identity by what we “stand”. If we don’t know our identity, the easier a target we are for Satan. If we know our Christian identity we have freedom to live it. HOW SATAN STEALS OUR IDENTITY 1) He gets us caught up... Often we express our identity by what we “stand”. If we don’t know our identity, the easier a target we are for Satan.
If we know our Christian identity we have freedom to live it.
HOW SATAN STEALS OUR IDENTITY
1) He gets us caught up in the routine of life
Satan wants to take away any glory for God and make life routine and to see everything as ordinary.
2) He makes us think we are more or less than we are
Psalm 139:14, 15
Satan wants you to think that you are not that great. That God did not make you with a purpose.
1 Peter 2:9, 10
In time past, you didn’t have eternal value. But now you are a people of God.
In Satan’s attempt to steal our identity he wants to get us back to nothing.
3) He makes us think we have nothing to offer
Consider the story of Jonah.
Satan wants us to believe that we have nothing of value.
4) He makes you believe that you can create your own identity outside of God
OUR NEW IDENTITY
How does Christ change our identity?
A greater authority has given us value as Christians.
As part of our new identity, we have a new goal. We have a new kingdom alliegance.
We no longer chase after the desires of the flesh.
We also have a new Father.
Most of us have had great fathers, but not everyone has. We are given a new Father Who is always God.
Romans 8:15-17
We have a new future. We no longer need to fear death.
Hebrews 11:13-16
We start to become like Christ. Along the way we develop personal conviction.
When I was at Bible school years ago, I had a teacher that would play volleyball— in his dress clothes and shoes. At the time I thought that was strange.
Years later, this man had meetings at our church. I met him running— in his dress clothes on the road.
How sure are we of our own convictions to live them out when they look different to the people around us?
There are some things that are black and white.
The Spirit then works in us to develop personal convictions.
In our new identity we also want to share Christ.
I Peter 2:9
We begin to show/reflect the love of God to the people around us. We want other people to find the love of God.
Ecclesiastes 11:9, 10
Young people, this is the time of life to be growing in relationships and enjoy friends. But let evil go, live in the joy of the Lord.
Remember, you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

* Our Appetites
* Humility
* Authenticity
* Who are You?
* Our Attitudes

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Authenticity - Raun Schrock https://www.bmcgladys.com/authenticity/ Sun, 17 Mar 2019 00:21:25 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3415 https://www.bmcgladys.com/authenticity/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/authenticity/feed/ 0 <p>I want to talk about being authentic Christinas. Sometimes we get caught up in the pretense of being real. How real are you? Joshua 24:9-15 I think because of our background we learn really well how to pretend. I’m afraid that sometimes we as young people grow up faking it. That’s not an authentic life. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/authenticity/">Authenticity</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> I want to talk about being authentic Christinas.

Sometimes we get caught up in the pretense of being real.

How real are you?

Joshua 24:9-15

I think because of our background we learn really well how to pretend. I’m afraid that sometimes we as young people grow up faking it.

That’s not an authentic life.

Numbers 22,23 (the story of Balaam)

Seven things that fake Christians do:

1) They live in fear

Authentic Christians know that they can trust God.

2) They want to be in control.

Authentic Christians accept God’s will without questioning it.

3) They are selfish.

Authentic Christians know that God’s will comes before our own personal interest.

4) They are controlled by their environment.

Authentic Christians refuse to let life’s troubles drive them away from God.

5) They aren’t willing to admit their mistakes
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Authentic Christians accept responsibility, they confess, and they make it right.

6) Fake Christians only help others when it helps themselves.

Authentic Christians do so whether it helps them or not.

7) Fake Christians put on a false front to hide their real motives.

Authentic Christians show their real identity all the time.

If it matters more what others think of you than why God does, you’re a fake. You may succeed in fooling everyone, but you won’t fool God.

This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

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I want to talk about being authentic Christinas. Sometimes we get caught up in the pretense of being real. How real are you? Joshua 24:9-15 I think because of our background we learn really well how to pretend. Sometimes we get caught up in the pretense of being real.
How real are you?
Joshua 24:9-15
I think because of our background we learn really well how to pretend. I’m afraid that sometimes we as young people grow up faking it.
That’s not an authentic life.
Numbers 22,23 (the story of Balaam)
Seven things that fake Christians do:
1) They live in fear
Authentic Christians know that they can trust God.
2) They want to be in control.
Authentic Christians accept God’s will without questioning it.
3) They are selfish.
Authentic Christians know that God’s will comes before our own personal interest.
4) They are controlled by their environment.
Authentic Christians refuse to let life’s troubles drive them away from God.
5) They aren’t willing to admit their mistakes
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Authentic Christians accept responsibility, they confess, and they make it right.
6) Fake Christians only help others when it helps themselves.
Authentic Christians do so whether it helps them or not.
7) Fake Christians put on a false front to hide their real motives.
Authentic Christians show their real identity all the time.
If it matters more what others think of you than why God does, you’re a fake. You may succeed in fooling everyone, but you won’t fool God.
This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

* Our Appetites
* Humility
* Authenticity
* Who are You?
* Our Attitudes

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Humility - Raun Schrock https://www.bmcgladys.com/humility/ Sun, 17 Mar 2019 00:19:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3414 https://www.bmcgladys.com/humility/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/humility/feed/ 0 <p>A very very long time ago I went to Maranatha Bible School. In the second term, the choir director asked me to have a speaking part during a song. About two days before the program, we had a little get together, with some singing. We sang the song, and I’m wondering should I do my […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/humility/">Humility</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> A very very long time ago I went to Maranatha Bible School. In the second term, the choir director asked me to have a speaking part during a song.

About two days before the program, we had a little get together, with some singing. We sang the song, and I’m wondering should I do my part or not? Someone tapped me on my shoulder… so I did. After I was done, I was roped again and told… “You have a phone call waiting.

James 4:1-6

Where do war and fighting come from? Our appetites. We build up within ourselves pride.

God resists the proud. But gives grace to the humble. You can’t earn grace but being humble opens you to receive it.

(The story of Edison and Tesla)

Pride and humility…

What is humility?

C. S. Lewis: Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.

Jesus didn’t have to die on the cross. He didn’t think less of Himself— instead He thought of us.

Romans 12:1-3

We can think highly of ourselves— just not more highly tha we should!

What does being humble benefit us?
It benefits us eternally.

Luke 14:11

I want you to think— how does it make Thomas Edison feel that he has gotten all the glory now? How does Tesla feel now about not being known?

Pride only gives us earthy gain. If we are only earthly minded we will have earthly reward.

Can we program our minds to see that glory and fame here don’t get you anything in eternity?

Our pride puts us in a position where we take the place of God.

God does not want us to feel worthless, however. He desires us to be humble.

Matthew 22:11

Tesla didn’t care about the credit or the praise— he cared about the work.

Like an axe— we are nothing on our own. Without being in the hands of almighty God, we can do nothing.

This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

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A very very long time ago I went to Maranatha Bible School. In the second term, the choir director asked me to have a speaking part during a song. About two days before the program, we had a little get together, with some singing. We sang the song, About two days before the program, we had a little get together, with some singing. We sang the song, and I’m wondering should I do my part or not? Someone tapped me on my shoulder… so I did. After I was done, I was roped again and told… “You have a phone call waiting.
James 4:1-6
Where do war and fighting come from? Our appetites. We build up within ourselves pride.
God resists the proud. But gives grace to the humble. You can’t earn grace but being humble opens you to receive it.
(The story of Edison and Tesla)
Pride and humility…
What is humility?
C. S. Lewis: Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.
Jesus didn’t have to die on the cross. He didn’t think less of Himself— instead He thought of us.
Romans 12:1-3
We can think highly of ourselves— just not more highly tha we should!
What does being humble benefit us?
It benefits us eternally.
Luke 14:11
I want you to think— how does it make Thomas Edison feel that he has gotten all the glory now? How does Tesla feel now about not being known?
Pride only gives us earthy gain. If we are only earthly minded we will have earthly reward.
Can we program our minds to see that glory and fame here don’t get you anything in eternity?
Our pride puts us in a position where we take the place of God.
God does not want us to feel worthless, however. He desires us to be humble.
Matthew 22:11
Tesla didn’t care about the credit or the praise— he cared about the work.
Like an axe— we are nothing on our own. Without being in the hands of almighty God, we can do nothing.
This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

* Our Appetites
* Humility
* Authenticity
* Who are You?
* Our Attitudes

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Our Appetites - Raun Schrock https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-appetites/ Sun, 17 Mar 2019 00:18:20 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3413 https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-appetites/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-appetites/feed/ 0 <p>All of us have some growing to do… My theme this weekend is Purpose. The subjects I’m going to talk about are Appetite, Identity and attitude. I want to talk about your spiritual appetites first. I want to tell you a story. There once was a young man who walked on the farm with his […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-appetites/">Our Appetites</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> All of us have some growing to do… My theme this weekend is Purpose.

The subjects I’m going to talk about are Appetite, Identity and attitude.

I want to talk about your spiritual appetites first.

I want to tell you a story. There once was a young man who walked on the farm with his dad. He helped tend the animals… he was always busy. Life was just work.

In time this man go tired of work.

He noticed that there were fiends who did other things. One was a party animal.

So he hatched a plan and said, “Dad, I need all of my inheritance. Now.”

So the father gave him what he asked. He got all of his portion.

He new that if he stayed at home he might have to work. He started filling his appetites.

He had appetites for fun, freedom, etc. As his money ran out, his friends disappeared as well.

Now he didn’t have anything.

He hired on to a local farmer (a pig farmer). He would dump out the slop to the pigs- and wanted to eat it himself because he was so hungry.

After some more time he thought to himself— the servants at my dads farm actually got food! He thought maybe he could go back and just be a servant.

When he returned the Father ran out to meet him

He was offered a fatted calf…

This morning I want to talk about spiritual appetites.

The first thing we need to recognize that we have appetites that are not right because of our sin nature.

Romans 3:23

Every one in this room has fed an appetite that was not right with God.
All have sinned.

We should all be working together to fix those appetites.

I John 2:15-?

All that is in the world… we are born with these lusts.

We’ve got things that are built into us to desire. We have a strong desire to do those things we are not to do.

Sometimes our appetites are so subconscious we don’t even recognize them.

Adam and Eve were not created with a sin nature. Because of their disobedience, their descendants do.

The people around us influence our appetites as well.

Jim Roan: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

According to research from Harvard, the people you associate with determine as much as 90 or 95% of your success or failures.

Squad goals? Make sure your squad isn’t pulling you down.

1) Realize that we all have appetites

2) there is nothing you can do to fix your appetite on your own

James 1:14

Have you realized this morning how incapable you are of fixing your own appetites?

Ephesians 6:10-13

If you’re a firefighter, there is particular equipment you put on. We must put on the armor of God.

Giving your heart to the Lord is the first step.

Until that point, you can’t do it. You can’t control your appetites.

I’m not saying it’s easy.

3) We must give our sinful appetites over to God, and develop a new attitude for God.

James 4:8

We have to go through a spiritual surgery to get rid of those appetites. It takes some cutting open, some pain.

Matthew 5:6

It’s not just getting rid of the old appetite, its getting new ones. As we seek after God, He gives us greater appetite for Himself.

Still, it’s not easy, but it is rewarding.

As we see with the Samaritan woman, the only thing that can truly fill us is righteousness, and seeking after God. God is the only thing that can truly fill that appetite.

SIn has progressive appetites. It gets worse. Interestingly, spiritual appetites are also progressive. They get deeper.

Is your soul longing for God? If it’s not, it should be.

He can fully satisfy our spiritual appetite.

What are you going to do when you want to fill your appetites? Are you going to run, or come to the Master.

This is Part of the 2019 Youth Rally Series

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All of us have some growing to do… My theme this weekend is Purpose. The subjects I’m going to talk about are Appetite, Identity and attitude. I want to talk about your spiritual appetites first. I want to tell you a story. The subjects I’m going to talk about are Appetite, Identity and attitude.
I want to talk about your spiritual appetites first.
I want to tell you a story. There once was a young man who walked on the farm with his dad. He helped tend the animals… he was always busy. Life was just work.
In time this man go tired of work.
He noticed that there were fiends who did other things. One was a party animal.
So he hatched a plan and said, “Dad, I need all of my inheritance. Now.”
So the father gave him what he asked. He got all of his portion.
He new that if he stayed at home he might have to work. He started filling his appetites.
He had appetites for fun, freedom, etc. As his money ran out, his friends disappeared as well.
Now he didn’t have anything.
He hired on to a local farmer (a pig farmer). He would dump out the slop to the pigs- and wanted to eat it himself because he was so hungry.
After some more time he thought to himself— the servants at my dads farm actually got food! He thought maybe he could go back and just be a servant.
When he returned the Father ran out to meet him
He was offered a fatted calf…
This morning I want to talk about spiritual appetites.
The first thing we need to recognize that we have appetites that are not right because of our sin nature.
Romans 3:23
Every one in this room has fed an appetite that was not right with God.
All have sinned.
We should all be working together to fix those appetites.
I John 2:15-?
All that is in the world… we are born with