Thanksgiving is over and now we enter the Advent season! We realize that Christ’s birth is the Good News the world is waiting for.
Your battle today will not be against “flesh and blood” but the deceitful forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12) and the deceitfulness of indwelling sin (Hebrews 3:13). And these two forces are going to try to use your emotions against you. Therefore, your emotions are a gauge, but they should not be what guides you. Faith in God is what guides you!
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
This part of the Gospel of Matthew (Chapters 21-23) deal with the conflict in the Temple. After one day after his triumphal entry, Jesus transitions to flipping over tables. (Malachi 3:1; Mark 11:11) While the Pharisee’s were displeased, there was not attack on Jesus’ authority. As soon as on the third day He enters the Temple the conflict begins.
Wow, what a full week of activities at Fox Street Church of God! Come into His house with Thanksgiving and we’ll soon be celebrating the birth of His Son Jesus!
“Give them Grace or Give them Hell?” Matthew 16:13-20 THIS conversation at Caesarea Philippi is universally regarded as marking a new era in the life of Christ. His rejection by “His own” is now complete. Jerusalem, troubled at His birth, had been troubled once again when He suddenly came to His Temple, and began to … [Read more…]
Lots to do this week . . . and planning ahead for shoe box delivery for Operation Christmas Child and Thanksgiving is only a couple weeks away!
A smooth rock is not one would use to fight a giant. A sharp or jagged rock would have been preferred but even that is not a great weapon. Instead, David, who is a weak warrior in his own right, not even a full-grown man yet, stands up against an impossible fight. This story is less about David and more about the power of God.
Remember our persecuted brothers and sisters in prayer. Hebrews 13:3 “Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.”
We spend so much time talking about the judgment of God when Jesus already has told us the verdict.