Study In A Stable – Jesus

Study In A Stable – Jesus
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      20011223 Study In A Stable - Jesus - Rev. Tommy Jones

 

Whether you say #HappyHolidays or #MerryChristmas, whether you support #Antifa or #Brexit, God sent Hs son, Jesus to save you.  The New Testament of the Bible begins with the birth of Jesus, but did you know that His birth fulfilled over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament about the Savior?  Can we really say that we would have been smarter than the Jewish scholars that didn’t recognize their long awaited King when he was born into such lowly beginnings?  We all start as a humble sinless child just like Jesus did, but do we stay that way?  Did Jesus?  We are born innocent and trusting.  What happens to that as we grow up?  Babies don’t worry about the future or the past, they are all about the now.  What did Jesus tell us about that attitude?

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Which Is Easier

I’m doing something a little #different today. Usually I bring you an audio message from Brother Tommy. Today the #Lord wanted me to share what He gave me from Luke 5:17-26.

Luke 5:17-26
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”

When you read this passage, how do you answer Christ’s question? Which is easier to say your sins are forgiven you or rise and walk? Well much like his audience of teachers and Pharisees for a long time I would have answered that the unseen was easier. I can tell you your sins are forgiven very easily but to heal you, I would need physical proof. But Jesus knew that the physical was temporary and simple, but that to forgive this man’s sins He would have to sacrifice His own life. God cares about our physical well being but He cares much more about our eternal outcome. One of the most frequently asked questions is why do we have to suffer? If God took care of our every setback on Earth before we even asked, would we even see our need to trust Him? Would a child grow and mature if constantly sheltered and protected? Would we need a Savior if we led a charmed life?

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Why We Never Get By With Sin

Why We Never Get By With Sin
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The #Bible says #obedience is better than #sacrifice.  And yet the #World says better to ask #forgiveness than #permission.  Once again, worldly wisdom is at odds with biblical teaching.  Many people never get the message of God, and their life suffers for it.  We are often told there is no black and white, only shades of grey.  That’s called moral relativism.  Who benefits if we never get this concept?  Here, Brother Tommy is telling us about a king who was supposed to destroy everything of the enemy in war, and yet the bleating of the sheep gave him away.  What gives our sins away?  What excuse did the king give for his disobedience?  Did it work?  Will it work for us today?  What part does conscience play?  How about scripture?  Is there consequence or judgment for disobedience?  The grace of Jesus Christ takes away one but not the other.  We will never get by with sin, but we can get rid of it.  

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Serve One Another

Serve One Another
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      19831030pm Serve One Another - Rev. Tommy Jones

 

What is wrong with looking out for #1?  Where does serving #self first get us?  What does serving others have to do with #freedom in #Christ?  Does freedom in Christ mean freedom to sin?  What does freedom have to do with servitude?  What should this service look like and what should it not look like?  Listen to the list of things that happen when people live selfishly and ask yourself if you don’t see more of that every year?  Now, listen to the list of the Fruit of the Spirit and ask yourself if you have them?  These grow by following Jesus and serving others in love.

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The Blood Atonement

The Blood Atonement
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      19880117 The Blood Atonement - Rev. Tommy Jones

 

Why do #Christian #churches preach and sing so much about #blood?  Because, the #Bible puts a great deal of emphasis on blood.  But why?  How are shadows similar to our understanding of God?  Is there a right way to worship?  If there is a right way, doesn’t that mean there is a wrong way?  What was wrong with Cain’s offering compared to Abel’s?  Blood offerings throughout the Old Testament are a foreshadowing of what event?

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Grappling with Guilt

Grappling with Guilt
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      19800220 ROR -As Helpful To Health - Mentally - Grappling With Guilt - Rev. Tommy Jones

 

What is #guilt and how does it affect us?  How does it affect those around us?  Is it  a problem for Christians as well as non-Christians?  How does the conscience relate to guilt?  Where do we get our ideals?  What happens when we fall short of those ideals?  What are the three different kinds of guilt?  What is the difference between the state of being guilty and the feeling of being guilty?  What is the position of Science versus the Bible on the matter of guilt?  What are the responses to guilt?  Which one is proper biblically?

Next week we will look at what the Bible says about depression versus what science has found.

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How To Cure Snakebite

How To Cure Snakebite
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      19860928 How To Cure Snakebite - Rev. Tommy Jones

 

#SnakeBite, why would you want to know this unless you had been #attacked?  This is not a message about handling #dangerous #snakes.  But, what if I told you that we have all been bitten by this one old rotten snake?  First, what are the symptoms?  Take the Israelites in the wilderness, what was so distasteful to God about their behavior?  How are we different today?  What’s God’s answer to their rebellion?  How about ours?  What is harder, following Christ or not following Him?  What is the law of sin and death?  So what is the cure for this fatal bite?  Back to the Israelites for a minute, why didn’t God answer their petition the way that they wanted?  How does the snake symbolism change in this story?  Is there more than one cure for snake bite?  This cure is simple and yet so many who are in danger of dying refuse it.

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Grace To Sustain

Grace To Sustain
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      19830821pm Grace To Sustain - Rev. Tommy Jones

 

Have you ever gotten in a #badmood because you were having a #badday?  Who hasn’t?  Today, I had to apologize to my grown children for my #attitude about the way things turned out.  I had planned a reunion to celebrate birthdays and I was being plagued with what appeared to be inconveniences.  In my lack of Faith, I forgot that God has it under control.  How much better would my witness have been if I had praised each setback as it occurred?  If only I had posted this blog about 24 hours earlier.  By Grace through Faith, we are saved.  But is that all that Grace does?  How is Grace given out?  How can it help us to avoid sin?  What about trouble?  Can Christians avoid trials and tribulations?  Is there a purpose for this?

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