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Fasting – Matthew 6:16-18

Today is Saturday, June 13, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 67

Welcome and so glad that you have joined me.

How are you today?

Announcements:

Church this week – June 14th – 8:30; and 11:00 A.M. Sunday school at 9:45 A.M. No Children’s Church until July – We need volunteers.

VBS in June 22-27, 2020 – We need your help. Please contact Annette Ward

AWANA in September needs volunteers

H.E.L.P Ministries – school work/teachers salaries – $ 2,000 month

Mission Compound – $ 20,000 by the end of May

Today in the News: No News is Good News

Bible Quiz Time:

 Q: When Bathsheba got pregnant, what did David make happen to Uriah?
A: He was killed in battle

Q: What prophet came to rebuke David?
A: Nathan

Q: What happened to Bathsheba’s child?
A: The child died

Q: When Bathsheba had another child, what did they name him?
A: Solomon

Q: Who was David’s son that started a rebellion against him?
A: Absalom

Q: What capital city did David abandon as Absalom came towards it?
A: Jerusalem

Pause for Prayer:

  • VBS – June 22-27, 2020
  • Riots and Protests throughout the U.S.
  • Bob Ahsmuhs – Cancer
  • Tom Spann – Cancer
  • Terry Robinson
  • People working through COVID-19
  • Lowana LaBolle
  • Men’s Bible Study – Friday nights
  • Cup of Grace Ministry
  • E.L.P Ministries
  • Heal our nation/guide our president

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 6:16-18

16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

   I want to have a word with you about Fasting

   What is fasting?

  • It is giving up food for a spiritual need.
  • Fasting is a denial of the flesh.
  • Fasting is desiring to come into the presence of God

   Pastor Jon Courson shares two reasons for fasting in his commentary. He writes, 

The first is for direction. Both examples in the Old Testament are found in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. In the New Testament, we see the examples not only in the life of Jesus but also in the Book of Acts. When people desired to know God’s will or direction, they fasted.

Physiologists tell us when there is no food in the stomach, there is greater blood flow to the brain. You can actually think clearer when you’re not digesting burgers and fries. Once you overcome those first pangs of hunger, your thinking processes are more focused and clearer than ever. On the other hand, if you have two Whoppers and a couple of shakes, all you want to do is sleep!

Second, people fast not only for direction, but for liberation. When you feel oppressed, bound, or hassled by some sin or problem, fasting is a powerful weapon in your spiritual arsenal. Why? When you say no to your stomach and start praying instead, something dynamic begins to happen. Saying no to your physical appetites helps you say no to the other temptations that hassle you. If you are plagued by temptation, I encourage you to begin to explore the discipline of fasting. When your stomach starts demanding, just say “No,” and start praying. You will find a power and a liberty that will help you overcome whatever temptations are seeking to enslave you. There’s real power in fasting. If you need direction, if you hunger for liberation, skip lunch, and seek the Lord.[1]

    I. Jesus expected us to Fast – 6:16

   16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

   Jesus tells us not to fast for public recognition. This is what the hypocrites did (i.e., the Pharisees They fasted twice a week, Monday and Thursday). They would walk around with sad countenance – they want others to fill bad for them. Others would disfigure their faces that it may appear to men to be fasting. Perhaps they weren’t fasting at all, but they just wanted to make it appear they were. Jesus says these people have their reward – NOTHING!

   What positive can we draw from our text? I believe we can see the following ideas:

  • Jesus is teaching us about a spiritual discipline here.
  • Jesus is teaching us to be real in our spiritual journey.
   II. Jesus taught us how to Fast – 6:17-18

   According to Jesus how are Kingdom people are to fast? He shares three steps to take as one starts a fast. They are:

  1. Pick a time to fast – 6:17a

17 But you, when you fast,

  • David fasted for a sick child.
  • Daniel fasted for spiritual insight.
  • Esther fasted before going before King Ahasuerus.
  • Jesus fasted for 40 days – Matthew 4
  • Paul and Barnabas fasted when they appointed elders.

   I’ve known people to fast for 30 days.

   You can fast by skipping one meal, or go all day.

   2. Anoint your head – 6:17b

   “anoint your head”

   3. Wash your face – 6:17c

   “and wash your face,”   

    Jesus is telling us to take care of our appearance. Wash your face. Shave, and by all means, brush your teeth.

   Are you aware that our countenance is what displays God’s glory in our lives? Fast in such a way that your face shines forth God’s glory.

    4. Don’t appear to men to be fasting – 6:18a

18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting,

   Jesus is teaching that when we fast that we are not too fast to be seen by men. We are not to walk around telling everyone we are fasting and that we are so hungry.

   We are not to become martyrs when it comes to fasting.

   Poor me – but O how so spiritual I am.

   5. our Father will reward you – 6:18b

   “but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

   Kingdom people are to fast to connect with our God who is in the secret place.

   In Psalm 91:1 we read,

    He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

   Apparently fasting brings you into the secret place of the Most High God. I like it, but do I like it enough to fast?

   III. What are you plans for fasting?

   Allow to provide you with a few steps to take when it comes to fasting:

  1. Make sure that you are healthy enough to fast (see your doctor).
  2. Make sure that you are fasting for the right reason. If you fast to lose weight, don’t pretend to be fasting for spiritual purposes. Don’t be a hypocrite.
  3. Start by skipping one meal, and then two, until you can walk through a full day fasting.
  4. Make sure that you continue to drink water (and or juice). Avoid dehydration. Most people don’t drink enough water as it is.
  5. When you feel hungry during your fast make sure you turn your eyes towards the Lord. Connect and talk with Him.
  6. Put your fast day on the calendar. Plan it into your regular daily routine.

Lessons for Learners:

  1. Fast for spiritual reasons.
  2. Fast but don’t draw attention to yourself.
  3. Fast and take care of your appearance.
  4. Fast and say nothing to anyone.
  5. Fast and seek your Father in His secret place.
  6. Fast and allow God to reward you.
Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.
And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.Fasting – Matthew 6:16-18

[1] Courson, J. (2003). Jon Courson’s Application Commentary (pp. 32–33). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.



Prayer – Matthew 6:5-15

Today is Wednesday, June 10, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 66

Welcome and so glad that you have joined me.

How are you today?

Announcements:

 VBS Meeting tonight –

41 years of Marriage this June 12th. It will also be my 61st birthday this Friday. Debbie and I are going to get away overnight. Not sure where, but it will be somewhere!

Church this week – June 14th – 8:30; and 11:00 A.M. Sunday school at 9:45 A.M. No Children’s Church until July – We need volunteers.

VBS in June 22-27, 2020 – We need your help. Please contact Annette Ward

AWANA in September needs volunteers

H.E.L.P Ministries – school work/teachers salaries – $ 2,000 month

Mission Compound – $ 20,000 by the end of May

Today in the News:

BY REBECCA KLAR  06/07/20 11:01 AM EDT 9,345 

President Trump hit back at retired Gen. Colin Powell after the former secretary of State said he would be voting for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

“Colin Powell, a real stiff who was very responsible for getting us into the disastrous Middle East Wars, just announced he will be voting for another stiff, Sleepy Joe Biden,” Trump tweeted Sunday.

“Didn’t Powell say that Iraq had ‘weapons of mass destruction?’ They didn’t, but off we went to WAR!,” the president added. 

Trump’s tweet came moments after Powell said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he would be voting for Biden.

“I certainly cannot in any way support President Trump this year,” he said. 

Powell served as secretary of State under former President George W. Bush and as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Clinton. 

Powell said he did not vote for Trump in 2016 and said the situation has “gotten worse.” 

He said he agreed with other high-profile current and former military officers who criticized Trump’s handling of the nationwide protests over police brutality that broke out after the killing of George Floyd. 

“We have a Constitution, and we have to follow that Constitution. And the president has drifted away from it,” Powell said. 

Powell’s condemnation followed a blistering statement released Wednesday by former Trump Defense Secretary James Mattis, who said Trump is the first

A handful of Republican lawmakers have also said they agree with Mattis, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who said she was “struggling” with whether to vote for Trump.

The president similarly went after Murkowski for her remarks, vowing to campaign against her when she is up for reelection in 2022.

“Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I don’t care, I’m endorsing. If you have a pulse, I’m with you!” he said.
 
Bonner Daily Bee – Gas prices on the r| June 10, 2020 1:00SANDPOINT — Idaho is back in familiar territory with the eighth-highest gas prices in the country, but Idaho AAA said there’s a silver lining – drivers here are still paying 88 cents less per gallon than they were a year ago. 

Meanwhile, the national average is back above the $2 mark after 66 days below it.

“The effects of COVID-19 are still being felt. Because fuel demand was held down during stay-home orders, stock levels are about 24 million barrels higher across the country than last year, including 500,000 barrels more in the Rockies region,” said AAA Idaho spokesman Matthew Conde. “That large cushion could keep pump prices lower than last year until the Fourth of July and possibly beyond.”

On Monday, the price for regular gasoline in Idaho is $2.28 per gallon, which is 48 cents more than a month ago, but 88 cents less than a year ago, according to AAA Idaho. The current U.S. average is $2.03, which is 20 cents more than a month ago, and 73 cents less than a year ago. On the national level, gas prices haven’t gas prices haven’t been this low at the beginning of June since 2004.

Former NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell shot, killed at age 41

 By Daniel Canova | Fox News

Former NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell was shot and killed outside of his home in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday, TMZ Sports reported. He was 41 years old.

Caldwell was about to take his girlfriend out when he went back inside his house to get a jacket. His girlfriend said Caldwell was “ambushed” by a “couple of people” who jumped out of the bushes in an attempted robbery, Caldwell’s mother, Deborah, told the website.

Caldwell was shot in the leg and chest before 911 was called, but he died in the

“He was a good person who smiled all of the time,” Deborah told TMZ.

“He tried to help everyone he could. He was the type of guy who would take his shirt off

Caldwell, a second-round pick out of Florida in the 2002 NFL Draft, played for the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and Washington Redskins over a six-year NFL career. He signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams in 2008, but the team released him before the start of the season.

Caldwell finished his career with 152 receptions for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns in 71 games.

Bible Quiz Time:

 Q: How did Saul die?
A: Fell on his own sword

Q: How many of his sons died in the same battle?
A: All of them

Q: Did all of Israel immediately consider David their king?
A: No

Q: Who was David’s captain of his army?
A: Joab

Q: When David stayed in Jerusalem, what woman did he see and commit adultery with?
A: Bathsheba

Q: Who was Bathsheba’s husband?
A: Uriah

Pause for Prayer:

  • VBS – June 22-27, 2020
  • Riots and Protests throughout the U.S.
  • Bob Ahsmuhs – Cancer
  • Tom Spann – Cancer
  • Terry Robinson
  • People working through COVID-19
  • Lowana LaBolle
  • Men’s Bible Study – Friday nights
  • Cup of Grace Ministry
  • E.L.P Ministries
  • Heal our nation/guide our president

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 6:5-15,

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

10  Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

11  Give us this day our daily bread.

12  And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

13  And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

I want to have a word with you about Prayer
 
   I. We are to pray – 6:5

   “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

   Notice the words, “And when you pray,” Jesus took it for granted that His followers pray.

   What is prayer? It is communication with God. It is talking to our Creator.

   Don’t be like the hypocrites – the play actors. No, when we pray, we are to be real. God can see right through us. Pray like you mean it, and you do! This is the point here.

   The hypocrites prayed standing in the synagogues, and on the corner of the streets so that they could be seen by men. They prayed to an audience, and not to God. They didn’t pray to the audience of one. They pray to the audience of the many.

   Their reward according to Jesus was just what they did. The attention of the people who saw and heard them pray. They didn’t receive an answer from God concerning their prayer.

   II. Have a place where you pray – 6:6

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

   If we are not to pray standing in the synagogue (or Church for us), and we are not to be praying on the corner of the street, then where? We are to have a secret place where we pray.

   Do you remember the Christian film, War Room? That was a great film about an elderly woman who had a prayer closet, and there she prayed, and she prayed mightily. She had her posted notes, and picture of family and friends on her closet wall. She got down on her knees and did business.

   God who sees in secret will reward you openly. In other words God will answer this type of praying.

   III. Don’t use repetition in your prayers – 6:7-8

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

   What is vain repetition? I would call this rote praying. It is the prayers in which we just go through the motion. Like the children’s prayer:

  Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, and if I should die before I wake, I pray the LORD my soul to take.

   I remember one of my Bible college professors taught the following idea about prayer. He said, “When in public pray short, and when in private pray long.” A lot of people get these two twisted up. They pray long in public, and pray short in private.

   However you pray, do babble on with so many words that even when you are done with your prayer you said a lot but there was nothing of substance.

   Don’t miss verse 8, for it teaches us that God know what we need long before we even ask for it. So if that is true, why pray? We pray because it shows our dependence upon our God. Prayer is more about me than it is about the Lord.

   IV. Use the following model for prayer – 6:9-15
 
  1. Address your Father in heaven – 6:9

In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

   Here is a great way to start our praying – we acknowledge that God is our heavenly Father. I am so glad that I can call my Creator, my God, and my Father. God became a father to me, who was really fatherless.

   We are to also worship Him in as we pray. The word “Hallowed” carries with it the idea of God’s holiness and worthiness to be worshipped. 

     2. Ask for God’s will to be done – 6:10

10  Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

    Pray for the coming Kingdom of God. You do realize it will come sooner than we think. The reason is that God is outside time. God is ever present. What we see as history past, or future, God is as the now. His kingdom is present even as we live on a liner time scale. That’s hard to understand but it is true.

   We are also to pray for God’s will to be done here on earth as it is carried out in heaven. O how I long to see God’s will done here. So many people fighting God’s will for their lives.

   We will never have heaven on earth until God’s Kingdom Come, but if we would just seek to do His will here on earth (that part we know to be God’s will) we would experience a little heaven on earth.

   3. Ask for your daily bread – 6:11

11  Give us this day our daily bread. 

   Where does my next meal come from? McDonalds? Red Lobster? No! My three squares a day from God. I need to be ever mindful that it’s not my cash, or a credit card that feeds me. It is God who provides for all of my needs.

   As we pray, we should ask God to provide for our daily meals. Can you since the daily dependence here in this verse? It doesn’t say to ask for this month’s food, or even this week, but this day.
 
   4. Ask for forgiveness – 6:12

12  And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

    We must remind ourselves to keep short accounts with God. When we sin, we confess it, and we repent (turn from it), and we keep our eyes on the Lord. But we must also be willing to forgive those who sin against us.

   5. Ask to be protected from temptations – 6:13

13  And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

  Are you ever tempted? Just the other day I walked out of Walmart without paying for a watermelon in my cart. I had scanned everything, but the watermelon. When I got to my car, and I lifted the Watermelon from the cart a light came on in my brain – “I didn’t pay for this.” Right then temptation came. Walmart won’t miss one watermelon. After all, it’s only $ 4.95. What’s that to all the millions they make every day. No, my Christian character is more important than $ 4.95. I walked back in and paid for the watermelon.

   Temptation will come in many forms and in many different ways. We must pray to be delivered, and we must pray to be kept from the evil one. For you see we are talking about being a part of God’s Kingdom, and we must live in the light of His power, and for His glory.

   6. Remember how forgiveness works – 6:14-15

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

   I want you to write in the margin of your Bible the words,

FORGIVEN to FORGIVE

   If we can’t forgive those who trespass against us, how can we expect God to forgive us when we daily trespass against him? Being forgiven is based on our willingness to forgive others.

   When was the last time you forgave another person? Do you remember what the trespass was about? What sin did that person commit against you? Now, do you recall the last trespass that you committed against God? Do you recall the last sin you confessed to God? Do you feel forgiven? If you answer yes, then you are obligated to extend that same forgiveness to those who trespass against you.

Lessons for Learners:

  1. Kingdom people pray
  2. Kingdom people are not hypocrites
  3. Kingdom people pray in secret – go to your room
  4. Kingdom people don’t use repetition when praying
  5. Kingdom people pray to their Father in heaven
  6. Kingdom people ask for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven
  7. Kingdom people ask for their daily bread (and they give thanks)
  8. Kingdom people ask for forgiveness and extend forgiveness
  9. Kingdom people ask to be delivered from temptation
  10. Kingdom people remember how forgiveness works – we have been forgiven, and so we extend forgiveness

Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.

And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.



Chairable Deeds – Matthew 6:1-4

Today is Tuesday, June 9, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 65

Welcome and so glad that you have joined me.

How are you today?

Announcements:

 VBS Meeting tonight –

 41 years of Marriage this June 12th. It will also be my 61st birthday this Friday. Debbie and I are going to get away overnight. Not sure where, but it will be somewhere!

Church this week – June 14th – 8:30; and 11:00 A.M. Sunday school at 9:45 A.M. No Children’s Church until July – We need volunteers.

VBS in June 22-27, 2020 – We need your help. Please contact Annette Ward

AWANA in September needs volunteers

H.E.L.P Ministries – school work/teachers salaries – $ 2,000 month

Mission Compound – $ 20,000 by the end of May

Today in the News:

POLICE reform debate heats up

“Let me be clear, we’re going after the police union,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America, after members of the city council said they wanted to go even further and dismantle the local police department to pursue other models of policing.

But that might be easier said than done. Police unions in the US wield significant power and enjoy higher membership rates than many other unions, which have declined in recent years. Government officials and labor experts also tell CNN that police union contracts often make it tougher to remove officers that have been flagged for misconduct — a key roadblock to reform.

“They’ve become far too powerful. They form political action committees. They donate to district attorneys’ race or state attorneys’ race, state senators and representatives and so forth,” Charles Ramsey, a former DC police chief and former Philadelphia police commissioner, said Sunday on CNN. “And then we wonder why you can’t get anything done.”

For the first time, police unions will need to grapple with a skeptical public that doesn’t automatically support law enforcement. New polls indicate that most Americans now acknowledge that African Americans are more likely to be mistreated or even killed by police.

CNN POLITICS – “This is big,” legendary GOP pollster Frank Luntz tweeted on Monday about a dramatic shift in how Americans are viewing police violence. After Eric Garner died in police custody in 2014, 33% of Americans said they believed police were more likely to use excessive force against African Americans. That figure now stands at 57%, according to a poll from last week.

In response to the public sentiment over the past two weeks, Jim Pasco, executive director of the national Fraternal Order of Police, the largest law enforcement union in the country, told CNN that his organization is willing to sit down with “anybody, anytime who wants to have a fact-based discussion” on public and police safety, and that these discussions were ongoing.

The Washington Post – 14 states and Puerto Rico hit highest seven-day average of new coronavirus infections

The highest percentage of new cases are coming from places with much smaller populations

As rates of coronavirus infections ease in places such as New York and Illinois and onetime hot spots move into new phases of reopening, parts of the country that had previously avoided being hit hard by the outbreak are now tallying record-high new infections.

Since the start of June, 14 states and Puerto Rico have recorded their highest-ever seven-day average of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to data tracked by The Washington Post: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

If the pandemic’s first wave burned through dense metro hubs such as New York City, Chicago and Detroit, the highest percentages of new cases are coming from places with much smaller populations: Lincoln County, Ore., an area of less than 50,000, has averaged 20 new daily cases; the Bear River Health District in northern Utah has averaged 78 new cases a day in the past week, most of them tied to an outbreak at a meat processing plant in the small town of Hyrum.

The increase of coronavirus cases in counties with fewer than 60,000 people is part of the trend of new infections surging across the rural United States. Health experts worry those areas, already short of resources before the pandemic, will struggle to track new cases with the infrastructure that remains.

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Adding to the disparity in health-care support, residents in states such as Mississippi, Florida and South Carolina are living under only minor-to-moderate restrictions — even as their average daily infection rate is rising.

The past two weeks of protests against police brutality will be yet another variable in how the virus spreads in the country. Protesters flooded the streets of major cities but gathered in small towns across the country, too. Though the widespread protests are a boon for the movement, health officials have warned about the impact so many people closely packed with one another could have on transmission rates.

As of Monday, at least 109,000 people in the United States have died of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, with more than 1.95 million cases of the virus reported.

GoFundMe has suspended conservative political commentator Candace Owens’s fundraiser for an Alabama cafe whose co-owner criticized the George Floyd protests. Owens also came under fire for controversial comments about Floyd while speaking with Glenn Beck.

Owens raised more than $200,000 for Birmingham’s Parkside Cafe, whose co-owner Michael Dykes said Floyd was a “thug” and protesters were “idiots” in a text message to a co-worker that was posted online. Three employees quit working and people online began boycotting the cafe after Dykes’ comments came out.

Owens also came under fire for controversial comments about Floyd, who died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.

“The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me. George Floyd was not a good person, I don’t care who wants to spin that. I don’t care how CNN wants to make you think he changed his life around,” she said in an interview with Beck. “He was just after his sixth or fifth stint in prison

I don’t care WHAT George Floyd did. The officer should have never treated him like that and killed him! But we still must ask: Is he a HERO? BLEXIT founder @RealCandaceO gave her thoughts: “The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me.”

On Sunday, Owens revealed that her campaign to support Dykes’ cafe was suspended by GoFundMe after the company found her fundraiser “to be in support of hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind.”

After raising $205,000 in a few hours @gofundme decided to halt my campaign for the Parkside Cafe in Alabama. At their discretion, they deemed that funds raised for a conservative business constitutes “intolerance”
They WILL however give the funds raised thus far to the cafe…

Bible Quiz Time:

Q: How many times did David spare Saul’s life?
A: Twice

Q: Where did David spare Saul’s life the first time?
A: In a cave

Q: Where did David spare Saul’s life the second time?
A: In the camp where Saul was sleeping

Q: What last judge of Israel died after Saul made a temporary peace with David?
A: Samuel

Q: Where did David go after Saul continued to hunt him?
A: The Land of the Philistines/ Philistia

Q: Where did Saul turn to for advice when he couldn’t sense God’s will?
A: A witch

Pause for Prayer:

  • VBS – June 22-27, 2020
  • Riots and Protests throughout the U.S.
  • Bob Ahsmuhs – Cancer
  • Tom Spann – Cancer
  • Terry Robinson
  • People working through COVID-19
  • Lowana LaBolle
  • Men’s Bible Study – Friday nights
  • Cup of Grace Ministry
  • E.L.P Ministries
  • Heal our nation/guide our president

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 6:1-4,

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

   I want to have a word with you about Charitable Deeds,

   How is your giving? Do you give to your local church? Do you give to any ministries? Do you give to the poor? Kingdom people should be givers. I had a friend in the church, Larry Brotzman who used to say, “givers are gainers.” That is such a true statement.

   Why do we give? To be seen by men, or to be rewarded by God?

   Let’s take a look at what Jesus taught about giving our charitable deeds.

   I. Don’t do your charitable deeds to be seen by men – 6:1

   1 “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

    The words “Take heed” can also be translated, be careful. God’s kingdom people must be very careful when it comes to giving. We are not to do our charitable deeds to be seen by men. If we give to those in need to be seen, guess what – that’s all our reward. Because we will receive no reward from our Father in heaven.

   II. Don’t sound a trumpet when you do your charitable deeds – 6:2

   2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

  • When you give your charitable deeds (gifts) don’t sound a trumpet.
  • This is what hypocrites (play actor) do both in the synagogues and in the streets.
  • They desire to receive glory (praise) from men.
  • Again Jesus taught that to do this is all the reward someone will receive.
   III. Don’t allow your left hand to know what your right hand is doing – 6:3

But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

   I remember showing one of my youth groups a movie where the main character was called, Super Christian. In the movie Super Christian was in church and the offering was being received. As the plate reached him he stood up, and he began to count aloud the money he was putting into the offering plate. He made sure that everyone in the church saw and heard him.

   When we do our charitable deeds we are not to even allow our left hand know what our right had is doing.

   IV. Do your charitable deeds in secret – 6:4

that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

   For many years at Christmas a woman in the church gave me three envelopes with $ 100.00 in each envelope. She said to me, ‘You know the people who have needs. Give these envelopes to those in need.” This woman gave in such a way that no one knew she was giving.

  Recently someone sent a check to the church. They gave $ 200.00 to the church, and asked us to give the additional money to those who had a need within the body at SLBC. We honored their request. They gave unnoticed – in secret.

   People who have to announce their gifts already have their reward. But they will receive nothing from God.

   Tony Evans writes, “if you’re playing for the applause of people, you have all you’re going to get.

  People of God – give in secret and your father in heaven will reward you.

Lessons for Learners: 

  1. God expects Kingdom people to be givers.
  2. We are not to give to be seen by men – give in secret.
  3. If you sound the trumpet when you give that is your reward – noise.
  4. Don’t allow your left hand to know what your right hand gives – just be a giver.
  5. Give generously, but quietly.
  6. God will reward givers.

Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.

And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.



Loving Your Enemies – Matthew 5:43-48

Today is Saturday, June 6, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 64

Welcome and so glad that you have joined me.

How are you today?

Announcements:

Birthday: My Grandson Derrek turned 8-years-old yesterday, June 5th.

Church this week – June 7th – 8:30; and 11:00 A.M. Sunday school at 9:45 A.M. No Children’s Church until July – We need volunteers.

VBS in June – We need your help. Please contact Annette Ward

AWANA in September needs volunteers

H.E.L.P Ministries – school work/teachers salaries – $ 2,000 month

Mission Compound – $ 20,000 by the end of May

Today in the News: No News is Good News

Bible Quiz Time:

 

Q: How many sling-throws did it take David to hit Goliath?
A: One

Q: Who was Saul’s son that David befriended?
A: Jonathan

Q: What did Saul throw to try to kill David?
A: A javelin/spear

Q: What did Jonathan do to save David’s life from Saul?
A: Warned him that Saul would try to kill him

Q: What foreign country did David run away to?
A: Land of the Philistines/Philistia

Q: Did Saul give up on chasing David when David went into the wilderness?
A: No

Pause for Prayer:

  • Riots and Protests throughout the U.S.
  • Bob Ahsmuhs – Cancer
  • Tom Spann – Cancer
  • Terry Robinson
  • New COVID-19 case at KH in Coeur d’ Alene
  • Lowana LaBolle
  • Men’s Bible Study – Friday nights
  • Cup of Grace Ministry
  • E.L.P Ministries
  • Heal our nation/guide our president

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 5:43-48,

 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

   I want to have a Word with you about Loving Your Enemies

   Wow! All of this teaching from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is so relevant for where we find ourselves in these past few weeks.

   This idea of loving our neighbor is taken from Leviticus 19:18,

   18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

   Can you tell who spoke those words? The LORD was speaking to Moses.

 

    I. Love your neighbors and hate your enemies – 5:43

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’

   Most people think it alright to hate those who are your enemies. I had a neighbor once who told me in no uncertain terms that he hated the Japanese for what they did at Peral Harbor. When he spoke to me, he called them “Japs”. He told me that he would never ever like the dirty “Japs”.

   The Jews believed that they didn’t have to love their enemies either. Well, as we come to this section of His sermon, He turns this thinking on its head. Take a look with me at what Jesus taught.

   II. Love your enemies – 5:44

44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,

How can we, or are we to love our enemies? Three practical steps:
  1. Bless those who curse you
  2. Do good to those who hate you
  3. Pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you

   Which of these things have you put into practice with someone you found hard to love?

   Someone in the church recently shared with me about a neighbor that threatened to kill her son if he stepped foot on her property. How do you love someone who says something like that to you?

  • You are the sons of your Father – 5:45

45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

   Your behavior when it comes to loving your enemies shows that you actually belong to God, your Father in heaven.

  • Sun rise – on the evil and the good
  • Rain – on the just and the unjust

   Tony Evans writes, “It’s a reminder that God doesn’t show kindness only to believers. He extends common grace to all, meaning that there are certain blessings that he gives to all people.”

   III. Take love to another level – 5:46-47

46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?

   It’s easy to love those who love you back. There is no reward for loving those who love you. However, it is a different story when it comes to those who are your enemy and you seek to love them.

  • Tax collectors love tax collectors
  • Sinner love other sinners
  • Rioters love other rioters

  And what about greeting your brethren only – you know, the people that you know and love. Other people do that. Drug dealers and prostitutes greet each other. Do we do anything more than what others do? Are we different as kingdom citizens? Isn’t that the behavior of tax collectors? Sure it is.

   Christian people must stand out from the rest of the crowd.

   IV. Be more mature – 5:48

   48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

   What is your idea of the word “perfect” as it is being used here? Are you as perfect as God? Am I? No – just ask my wife!

   The Greek word here carries the idea of mental and moral completeness, full of age, “be a” man. The idea is that we must do what God would do when it comes to enemies. What did Jesus do? He actually asked His Father to forgive those who crucified Him. That’s love for one’s enemies. 

Lessons for Learners:

  1. We are to love our neighbors.
  2. We are to love our enemies. Can you think of any enemies you might have that you need to love?
  3. We are to bless, do good, and pray for our enemies.
  4. We love because He first loved us – it shows our true faith in Christ.
  5. We are to take love to the next level – our love is to be different than what we see in the world.
  6. We are to present a mature (perfect) love – a mature grown up love.

Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.

And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.


Retaliation – Matthew 5:38-42

Today is Thursday, June 4, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 63

Welcome and so glad that you have joined me.

How are you today?

Announcements:

Daybreak – Search for Destery Hergret or Remnant Covenant on YouTube.

Church this week – 8:30; 945; and 11:00 A.M. through May 31st

No Children’s Church until July – We need volunteers.

VBS in June – We need your help. Please contact Annette Ward

AWANA in September needs volunteers

H.E.L.P Ministries – school work/teachers salaries – $ 2,000 month

Mission Compound – $ 20,000 by the end of May

Today in the News:

 

See the following website for details: https://christiannewsnow.com/prosecutors-charge-3-more-officers-in-george-floyds-death/?utm_source=SC-meta&utm_medium=email&utm_content=image&utm_campaign=SC-meta-&maropost_id=714588232&mpweb=256-8918747-714588232

Bible Quiz Time:

Q: What was Saul’s punishment for disobeying?
A: God took his kingdom away

Q: Who was the king of Israel anointed by Samuel after Saul?
A: David

Q: What did David work as for his father?
A: A shepherd

Q: When the Philistines came to attack the Israelites, who mocked God and challenged them?
A: Goliath the giant.

Q: When David wanted to fight Goliath, what did Saul try to give him?
A: His armor

Q: What did David take from the brook to fight Goliath with?
A: Five stones

Pause for Prayer:

  • Riots and Protests throughout the U.S.
  • Bob Ahsmuhs
  • Tom Spann
  • Kayetlin Alexander – unspoken
  • Terry Robinson
  • People working through COVID-19
  • Lowana LaBolle
  • Men’s Bible Study start up
  • Yard Sale this weekend
  • Cup of Grace Ministry
  • E.L.P Ministries
  • Heal our nation/guide our president

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 5:38-42

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

I want to have a word with you about Retaliation

How does a kingdom citizen live in a violent world? We do what is not expected. We do the complete opposite.

This section of Jesus’ teaching is so relevant when we think of the rioting and protesting taking place around our country today. It is very apparent that this instruction is missing in our land today. People have forgotten to keep their hands to themselves.

   I. An eye for an eye – 5:38

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’

   These words come from several sources:

  • Exodus 21:24
  • Leviticus 24:20
  • Deuteronomy 19:21

   These verses are called the lex talionis, the law of retaliation.

   We sure see retaliation taking place in the streets of America today. At least that is what it is being called – a response to the George Floyd death. Protesters are rioting, looting, burning, and destroying property in the name of retaliation. Their mantra right now is that we are not being heard, and now we will be heard.

   How long will a civilized people allow violence to continue on the streets of our cities? How much bloodshed and destruction are enough? How many innocent people have to die? How many buildings have to burn? How many police officers have to suffer wrongly?

   What started out as a protest for justice has in fact turned to anarchy in our streets. Is there a better way? I say YES! We must listen to the words of Jesus Christ.

   II. Turn the other cheek – 5:39

39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

Would you be able to do this? Would you find it easy to do? I think this is only possible when we are fully sold out to the control of God’s Spirit in our lives.

Think of Jesus’ words in light of the riots and violence taking place across our nation. If you were attacked – what would you do? Would you turn the other cheek? Well, let me say that this is not the situation Jesus had in mind when he made His statement about turning the other cheek. Jesus wasn’t talking about uncontrollable rioters!

Please hear what I am about to say: I believe that we have a right in the sight of God to protect ourselves, our family, our community, and our nation.

Now what does turning the other cheek mean? Notice that Jesus uses the word “slaps” – there is a big difference between being slapped, and having your life threatened. Someone slaps you; you can live through that. I saw this played out at the First Baptist Church in Spokane, Washington back in the 1980’s. We had a deranged man attend our worship service, and at the alter call he came forward. The next thing we saw was him poking the chest of our pastor, and then hitting him in the mouth with his fist. My pastor took the blow and it knocked him back. Soon a football coach from Lewis and Clark High school had the man down and detailed. My pastor did not file charges – that’s turning the other cheek.

Remember there is a difference from a slap and bodily injury.

I have got to tell you that some of the scenes that I have seen on television and social media over the past few days are absolutely horrific. I cannot believe that people can do what they are doing to another human being. It’s absolutely awful.

    III. Give away your tunic – 5:40

40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.

See the word “sue”? Have you ever been sued? Taken to court? According to the Apostle Paul God’s people are not to sue one another. Here Jesus taught that if someone wants to sue you and take away your tunic. That is, the clothes on your back, that you are to give them your cloak also, your otter garment.

You see in reality what we wear is not as important as our witness.

   Remember the teaching is regarding a higher standard than retaliation – an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Kingdom people live to a higher calling in life. Instead of retaliation we are givers. Even if it means losing the shirt on our back.

   IV. Go the extra mile – 5:41

41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.

Roman soldiers coming into your village carrying their packs could demand that you carry their packs for one mile. It was the law. You had no choice. Here Jesus teaches that kingdom citizens go an extra mile. We are to carry the pack another mile, and we are to do it cheerfully.

Don’t complain – just bear the load with a smile.

   V. Give and loan – 5:42

42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

If you have it give it, and if you can loan it loan it out. NEVER expect to get back what you give, and anything you loan out expect it to come back broken. That’s murphy’s law.

The whole point in Jesus’ sermon is that God’s people live out a higher law. We live differently than the rest of the world.

Lessons for Learners:

  1. Retaliation is not the answer.
  2. Don’t resist an evil person – turn the other cheek. I believe the idea here is that resistance often makes a person angrier.
  3. If someone wants to sue you, and take your tunic, give him your coast also.
  4. Go the second mile – do what is not expected.
  5. Give to him who asks, and loan if you have it.

Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.

And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.



Oaths – Matthew 5:33-37

Today is Wednesday, June 3, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 62

Welcome and so glad that you have joined me.

How are you today?

Announcements:

Daybreak – Search for Destery Hergret or Remnant Covenant on YouTube.

Church this week – 8:30; 945; and 11:00 A.M. through May 31st

No Children’s Church until July – We need volunteers.

VBS in June – We need your help. Please contact Annette Ward

AWANA in September needs volunteers

H.E.L.P Ministries – school work/teachers salaries – $ 2,000 month

Mission Compound – $ 20,000 by the end of May

Today in the News:

 The Wall Street Journal – Unrest Eases as Protests Continue Despite Curfews

Marches were largely peaceful, with few reports of violence

Mass demonstrations across the U.S. gave way to a night of relative calm Tuesday, in contrast with the destruction of recent nights, as anger simmered over the killing of George Floyd in custody and police violence more broadly.

Thousands of peaceful demonstrators gathered during the day in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Milwaukee and the Washington, D.C., region, protesting the killing of Mr. Floyd, which was captured in a video that circulated widely last week.

The calm appeared mostly to hold overnight.

In New York, a protest in Union Square ran past the 8 p.m. curfew established for the city but without reports of violence or problems, according to one police officer. A few minutes later, a group of more than a dozen people appearing to be in their teens and 20s attempted to break into a Foot Locker but quickly dispersed when a police van arrived.

In Washington, a late-afternoon march wended its way from Lafayette Square near the White House for more than a mile through the capital, eventually heading for the Lincoln Memorial. The protesters drifted away without any obvious incidents about 15 minutes before the city’s 7 p.m. curfew arrived.

About a thousand people gathered outside the White House to protest peacefully Tuesday, remaining past the curfew. Law-enforcement personnel monitored the protesters’ movements but didn’t intervene.

The Briefing by Albert MohlerLaw Prohibiting Adultery in Taiwan is a “Violation of a Person’s Sexual Autonomy”? Do Humans Still Recognize The Evil of Adultery? (Read Article)

Biblical archaeology reportsMarijuana Found at Ancient Temple in Israel (Read Article)

Bible Quiz Time:

Q: Who was the first king of Israel?
A: Saul

Q: Who anointed him king?
A: Samuel

Q: Who was the enemy who took the Ark of the Covenant?
A: Philistines

Q: What happened the idol which was beside the Ark in the enemy’s temple?
A: The idol fell over and broke

Q: When the people demanded Saul make a sacrifice to God that only priests should make, what did he do?
A: Made the sacrifice anyways

Q: When Saul conquered the Amalekites, what person did he keep as a prisoner instead of killing like God said to?
A: The king, Agag

Pause for Prayer:

  • Blair Strokes – 13-year-old niece killed by falling tree. Traveling to Utah.
  • Riots and Protests throughout the U.S.
  • Bob Ahsmuhs
  • Tom Spann – Hospice Care
  • Terry Robinson
  • People working through COVID-19
  • Lowana LaBolle
  • Men’s Bible Study start up
  • Yard Sale this weekend
  • Cup of Grace Ministry
  • E.L.P Ministries
  • Heal our nation/guide our president

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 5:33-37,

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Today I want to have a Word with you about Oaths.

 The basis of the Old Testament swearing, or oath taking, is found in:

  • Exodus 20:17-21 – Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him.
  • Leviticus 19:12-12 – And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.
  • Deuteronomy 23:21-21 – “When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you. 

   So what did Jesus teach about making oaths? We learn the following insights that may be helpful when we are consider making a promise, or an oath to someone.

 

   I. Don’t swear falsely – 5:33

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’

   Oath taken in the name of the Lord were looked upon as binding and perjury of such oath was strongly condemned by the law. such phrases like “as the Lord liveth” or “by the name of the Lord” emphasizes the sanctity of such oath (Ryrie, 14)

   Dr. Tony Evans writes, “Jesus, then, was warning against careless, profane, and flippant uses of oaths in everyday speech.”

   By the time of Christ, the Jews had developed an elaborate system of oath taking, which often formed the basis of actual lying. For example, one might swear that he had told the truth according to the Dome of the temple, while another might swear by the gold on the Dome of the temple! In other words, there were stages of truth and thus also a falsehood within the system of taking oaths. In our time this custom is found in phrases such as: “I swear by God,” “cross my heart and hope to die,” or “on my mother’s grave.” (Liberty Bible Commentary, 26).

   II. Don’t swear at all – 5:34-37

   This is exactly what Jesus teaches in these verses. People of truth don’t need to take oaths. Look at what Jesus taught,

  • Neither by heaven

    34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne;

  • Nor by earth, nor by Jerusalem – 5:35

   35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

  •  Nor by your head – 5:36

    36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.

   I was reading that religious people were notorious for making oaths, and that they could get out of them by saying, “Well, the oath was not made with God, so therefore it was not a binding oath.”

   III. Don’t swear, but be truthful – 5:37

    37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

   Kingdom people will say, yes or no! So then, let your “yes” mean “yes” and your “no” mean “no”. That’s it – Nothing more and mothing less. We make no excuses, and we shouldn’t have to provide excuses.   

   God’s people are just to speak the truth.  There shouldn’t have to be a need for making an oath.

   James seems to have picked this oath taking idea in James 5:12 we read,

    But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.

Lessons for Learners:

  1. We should never bear false witness.
  2. We should always be quick to keep an oath.
  3. We should never swear an oath by heaven, earth, Jerusalem, or by our head.
  4. We should say “Yes or No” and nothing more.
  5. We should be keepers of our word.

Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.

And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.



Divorce – Matthew 5:31-32

Today is Tuesday, June 2, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 61

Welcome and so glad that you have joined me.

How are you today?

Announcements:

Daybreak – Search for Destery Hergret or Remnant Covenant on YouTube.

Church this week – 8:30; 945; and 11:00 A.M. through May 31st

No Children’s Church until July – We need volunteers.

VBS in June – We need your help. Please contact Annette Ward

AWANA in September needs volunteers

H.E.L.P Ministries – school work/teachers salaries – $ 2,000 month

Mission Compound – $ 20,000 by the end of May

Today in the News:

(Fox News) More than 50 Secret Service agents were injured, fires set by rioters blazed near the White House and authorities were searching for car bombs late Sunday as protests over the death of George Floyd continued to roil the capital just two days after President Trump had to be taken to a bunker for his safety. 

A senior official in the direct chain of command for defending Washington D.C. told Fox News of the injuries to Secret Service agents, some of whom were hurt by rioters throwing bottles and Molotov cocktails in Lafayette Park, just across from the presidential residence. As observed in New York City and elsewhere, groups in D.C. are planting cars filled with incendiary materials for future use, Fox News is told.  U.S. Marshals and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents were deployed to the streets of D.C. in an extraordinary move to beef up security alongside local police and Homeland Security agents, including the Secret Service, the Justice Department confirmed late Sunday. Fox News has learned U.S. Attorney for D.C. Mike Sherwin is heavily involved in the operation.

Billions More Desert Locusts Devour Crops from India to Africa, Adding to Farmers’ Pandemic Woes

(CBN News) From India and Pakistan to Africa and the Middle East, farmers face a perfect storm. Already struggling with crippling coronavirus lockdowns, they face billions of locusts devouring crops and putting millions at risk.

The scenes out of parts of northern and central India this week were alarming to watch as billions of desert locusts descended on several states.

It’s India’s worst infestation in a quarter century, causing unprecedented devastation as the migratory pests devoured hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland.

“The problem with the locust group is that they eat up the leaves of crops standing in the agricultural fields. It also hurts animals subsequently,” said Bharat Singh, a farmer.

(CBN News) The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is speaking out against the rioting happening in cities across the country during the protests over George Floyd’s death and his inhumane treatment by a Minneapolis police officer. 

In an op-ed published on Sunday by Fox News, Dr. Alveda King said Floyd’s killing has led to “a cry to heaven going up across America: Lord, please heal our land. It is a cry for unity, for social justice, for safety, and for an end to hatred.”

King, a minister like her uncle, pointed out this was an opportunity for the nation’s leaders to invite people to stop panicking, stop fighting, and breathe.

Bible Quiz Time:

Q: Who was the judge who defeated the Midianites with only 300 men using torches and horns?
A: Gideon

Q: Who was the judge who took a Nazarite vow from birth and fought against the Philistines?
A: Samson

Q: With what did Samson kill 1,000 Philistines?
A: A donkey’s jawbone

Q: What Philistine woman asked Samson what his power came from?
A: Delilah

Q: How did Samson die?
A: Pushing over the temple pillars, killing himself and many Philistines.

Pause for Prayer:

  • Blair Strokes – 13-year-old niece killed by falling tree. Traveling to Utah.
  • Bob Ahsmuhs
  • Tom Spann – Hospice Care
  • Terry Robinson
  • People working through COVID-19
  • Lowana LaBolle
  • Men’s Bible Study start up
  • Yard Sale this weekend
  • Cup of Grace Ministry
  • E.L.P Ministries
  • Heal our nation/guide our president

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 5:31-32Divorce – Matthew 5:31-32

 31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.

   Today I want to have a Word with you about Divorce.

   What is your take on the topic of divorce?

   Is divorce until you find someone you like better? Is it when you tire of the person you are married too? Is it until you reach an impasse and are unable to resolve conflict?

   Is divorce something God’s people should do?

   My take is simple: Marriage is between a man and a woman for life. It really is until death do you part. Marriage is Covenant, and the only thing that can end a Covenant is death.

  In Malachi 2:14 we read,

   “Yet you say, “For what reason?” Because the LORD has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant.”

  And in Malachi 2:16 we read,

   For the LORD God of Israel says That He hates divorce, for it covers one’s garment with violence,” Says the LORD of hosts “Therefore take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.”

   We should never think that divorce is the answer until we have literally run out of all other options. Excluding abuse!

   I. What was taught in the Old Testament – 5:31

31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’

   Where is this teaching found in the Old Testament? It is found in the writings of Moses. Turn to Deuteronomy 24:1-4. We read,

   1 “When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some uncleanness in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house, when she has departed from his house, and goes and becomes another man’s wife, if the latter husband detests her and writes her a certificate of divorce, puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house, or if the latter husband dies who took her as his wife, then her former husband who divorced her must not take her back to be his wife after she has been defiled; for that is an abomination before the Lord, and you shall not bring sin on the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.

   According to the Liberty Bible commentary – The normal custom of the ancient Near East was for a man to verbally divorce his wife. The Arab custom was to say “I divorce you” three times and the divorce was consummated without any legal protection of any kind to the wife. In contrast, the ancient law of Israel insisted on a certificate of divorce. This written statement gave legal protection to both the wife and the husband. Jesus explained elsewhere (Matthew 19:8) that Moses’s concession was not intended to be taken as a license. In ancient Rabbinic Judaism Moses’s statement had been variously interpreted from meaning adultery (Shammai) to the trivial matters of personal preference (Hillel). (Liberty Bible Commentary, 25)

   II. What Jesus teaches in the New Testament – 5:32

32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.

   I have been telling you that when Jesus teaches about the Laws taken from the Old Testament and He instructs us about them in the New Testament that He takes them up a notch – to a whole other level.

   III. Jesus taught that you can’t divorce for just any reason:

  • ]My wife burns my meals
  • My wife doesn’t work hard enough
  • My wife doesn’t please me sexually
  • My wife has lost her glow
   III. Jesus taught that the only reason for divorce is:
  • Sexual immorality

   The Greek word for sexual immorality is “porneia” from which we get our English word, fornication and pornography. Jesus provides us a picture of the only reason for a man to divorce his wife – if she has committed sexual immorality. No doubt that this is in reference to adultery.

   Dr. Charles Ryrie notes that fornication may mean adultery prior to or after marriage, as well as unfaithfulness during the period of betrothal. I think it’s very clear that what Jesus was talking about was adultery or fornication.

   Jesus also taught that if a man divorces his wife for any reason other than sexual immorality that he is the CAUSE of her committing adultery – the very thing that he apparently accused her of to divorce her in the first place.

   Jesus went on and taught that if a man marries a woman that has been divorced has himself committed adultery. Why? Is it wrong to marry a woman that has been divorced?

   Dr. Tony Evans writes, “Because hers was an illegitimate divorce unsanctioned by God. Marriage vows are to be viewed as sacred and permanent. Notice that it is the person seeking the illegitimate divorce who is blamed for the sin—not the woman who remarries.”

   Note: Nowhere in the Bible does it say that a man or a woman has to divorce an unfaithful marriage partner. They can, and many have extended forgiveness to the unfaithful partner. I can tell you that in all my years a pastor that it takes years for married couples to rebuild trust in their relationship.

Lessons for Learners:

  1. Divorce is not the first answer – exhaust every other option.
  2. Jesus provided us with one reason for divorce – sexual immorality.
  3. God hates divorce.
  4. Marriage is a covenant relationship – not a contract.
  5. Divorce is not an unpardonable sin.
  6. Try marriage before divorce.

Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.

And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.



Adultery – Matthew 5:27-30

Today is Saturday, May 30, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 60

Welcome and so glad that you have joined me.

How are you today?

Announcements:

Daybreak – Search for Destery Hergret or Remnant Covenant on YouTube.

Church this week – 8:30; 945; and 11:00 A.M. through May 31st

No Children’s Church until July – We need volunteers.

VBS in June – We need your help. Please contact Annette Ward

  • Pre K- K Teacher
  • 1st & 2nd Teacher
  • Lots of bodies to help
  • Craft & Science teacher
  • Register to help online at slbc2u.com
  • Register at https://www.slbc2u.com/children/

AWANA in September needs volunteers

H.E.L.P Ministries – school work/teachers salaries – $ 2,000 month

Mission Compound – $ 20,000 by the end of May

Today in the News: No News is Good News

Bible Quiz Time:

Q: What golden image did the Israelites make at Mt. Sinai?
A: A golden calf

Q: What did the spies sent into Canaan see that made them scared?
A: Giants in the land

Q: Who were the only two Israelites allowed to go into the Promised Land after many years?
A: Joshua and Caleb

Q: What city did God make the walls fall so Joshua and the Israelites could conquer it?
A: Jericho

Q: After they took over the Promised Land and Joshua died, who ruled Israel?
A: Judges

Q: Who was the woman judge who led Israel to victory?
A: Deborah

Pause for Prayer:

  • Blair Strokes – 13-year-old niece killed by falling tree. Traveling to Utah.
  • Bob Ahsmuhs
  • Tom Spann – Hospice Care
  • Terry Robinson
  • People working through COVID-19
  • Lowana LaBolle
  • Men’s Bible Study start up
  • Yard Sale this weekend
  • Cup of Grace Ministry
  • E.L.P Ministries
  • Heal our nation/guide our president

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 5:27-30,

27 You have heard that it was said to those of old, You shall not commit adultery. 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Today I want to have a Word with you about Adultery.

   I. What have you heard about adultery?

   27 You have heard that it was said to those of old, You shall not commit adultery. 

   You shall not commit adultery. Have you heard that statement before? Where does that statement originate? With God – the ultimate of all authority! It is listed in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18).

  Have you heard this statement: The grass is greener on the other side of the fence?

   Are you aware that there are websites (Ashley Madison) that promote adultery? They of course don’t call it adultery. They call it an affair. Ashley Madison has an estimated 37 million users.

   According to the infidelity statistics, about 40% of unmarried relationships and 25% of marriages see at least one incident of infidelity. An issue of Marriage and Divorce journal also stated that 70% of all Americans engage in some kind of affair sometime during their marital life.

   Note: Christians are not exempt. I’m not naive enough to think that adultery doesn’t affect the people of God. It shouldn’t, but it does.

   One guy who committed adultery said to his wife, “It didn’t mean anything. I didn’t love her. I love you.” That man had a very destructive way of showing his love for his wife. Love doesn’t harm another person.

   Have you committed adultery? You will no doubt answer, No! But before you answer, let’s move along in our text today. The context before us may better help us to answer that question more honestly.

    II. Have you ever lusted after a woman?

  28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 

   If you are a woman this may not pertain to you (but we do live in a crazy mixed up sexual world today). There may be women who lust after other women. Surely there are a lot of men who lust toward other women, women I might add that are not their wives.

   One guy I heard said, “I look but I don’t touch.” Isn’t that lust?

   Notice that Jesus tells us that adultery is another sin that originates in the heart. You see, all the issues of life do in face flow from the human heart (Proverbs 4:23).

  Tony Evans wrote, “Sexual purity involves more than avoiding a physical act. It too involves the heart. Immoral actions, then, begin with immoral thoughts – and immoral thoughts are evil too.”  

   Adultery doesn’t have to be a physical action; it can be something that occurs in the heart – the essence of who we really are.

   If lust is a problem for you – it’s a heart problem. You better take care of what is going on in your heart. The Psalmist prayed in Psalm 139:23-24,

   23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

   III. How do we deal with our heart sin?

   Jesus is going to provide a radical approach to dealing with the sins that flow from the human heart. Two important words found in our text. They are “cut” and “cast”. These words mean that we must detach from a sin, and we must remove that sin. Once it is out of the human heart it dies for lack of sustenance.

   Jesus deals with two areas where sin is played out from within the human heart – our eyes and our hands.

   1. If it is your eye that sins

  29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

  • Pluck it out – tear it out is the meaning in the Greek.
  • Cast it from you – throw it aside, like dung.
  • More profitable for you that one of your members perish
  • Than for your whole body be cast into hell

   The Greek word “hell” in this verse is “geenna” from which we get the English word, “Gehenna”. We read about this awful place in 2 Chronicles 28:3, “the Valley of the Son of Hinnom”. It was a place where child sacrifice and incense were burned to the baals. This is a good visual picture of what hell will be like.

   Note: The valley of Hinnom today has been made into a park, and is covered with grass.

   2. If it is your hand that sins –

30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

  • Cut it off – cut down.
  • Cast it from you – throw aside, like dung.
  • More profitable for you that one of your members perish.
  • Than for your whole body be cast into hell – See reference to Gehenna in note above.

   Is Jesus actually teaching that we gouge out our eye, and cut off our hand? No! But he is telling us that we must not be easy on our sin. We must take it serious enough to do some major business with it.

Lessons for Learners:

  1. Jesus has a word for us today about sexual purity.
  2. Adultery can occur in the human heart without the physical act.
  3. We must radically deal with sin by discovering its source – heart, eye, hand.
  4. If you are playing around with adultery – STOP!
  5. Hide God’s Word in your heart so that you will not sin against Him – Psalm 119:11
  6. Hell is a real place. It stinks, its hot, and its nasty. Many people face hell in their minds because they committed adultery.
  7. Find forgiveness with God and your spouse. Don’t delay.

Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.

And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.



Murder – Matthew 5:21-26

Today is Thursday, May 28, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 59

Welcome and so glad that you have joined me.

How are you today?

Announcements:

Daybreak – Search for Destery Hergret or Remnant Covenant on YouTube.

Church this week – 8:30; 945; and 11:00 A.M. through May 31st

No Children’s Church until July – We need volunteers.

VBS in June – We need your help. Please contact Annette Ward

  • Pre K- K Teacher
  • 1st & 2nd Teacher
  • Lots of bodies to help
  • Craft & Science teacher
  • Register to help online at slbc2u.com
  • Register at https://www.slbc2u.com/children/

AWANA in September needs volunteers

H.E.L.P Ministries – school work/teachers salaries – $ 2,000 month

Mission Compound – $ 20,000 by the end of May

Today in the News:

  Four months into the outbreak, COVID-19 has killed more than 100,000 people in the U.S., far more than in any other country. American deaths now account for nearly a third of lives lost worldwide.NPR
 
PROTESTS OVER THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD, a 46-year-old black man, turned chaotic in Minneapolis as calls grew louder for the arrest of the white police officer who knelt on his neck. USA TODA


THE U.S. WILL NO LONGER CONSIDER HONG KONG
independent from China, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said — a move that could have a tremendous effect on trade. Hours after the announcement, Beijing approved a plan to extend its authority and quash unrest in the territory.
 BBC NEWS

NASA AND SPACEX’S HISTORIC MISSION was postponed minutes before launch due to inclement weather. The launch has been rescheduled for Saturday.THE VERGE

Bible Quiz Time:

 

Q: What was the final plague that convinced Pharaoh to let the slaves go?
A: The firstborn son of all Egyptian families died.

Q: When Pharaoh changed his mind and sent his army after the slaves, where did they meet at?
A: By the Red Sea

Q: What did God through Moses to save the slaves?
A: Parted the Red Sea

Q: When the Egyptians tried to follow the Israelites through the Red Sea, what happened?
A: The water crashed on them and killed them all.

Q: What did God send to feed the Israelites in the desert?
A: Quail and manna

Q: Where did God give Moses the Ten Commandments?
A: Mt. Sinai

Pause for Prayer:

  • Blair Strokes – 13-year-old niece killed by falling tree. Traveling to Utah.
  • Bob Ahsmuhs
  • Tom Spann – Hospice Care
  • Terry Robinson
  • People working through COVID-19
  • Lowana LaBolle
  • Men’s Bible Study start up
  • Yard Sale this weekend
  • Cup of Grace Ministry
  • E.L.P Ministries
  • Heal our nation/guide our president

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 5:21-26,

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

I want to have a word with you about MURDER.

   I. What you have heard – 5:21

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’

Six times in this chapter we read, “You have heard it was said…” (5:21-22, 27-28, 31-32, 33-34, 38-39, 43-44).

Not everything we hear is necessarily correct. We must seek to have a clear and unadulterated meaning to what we read about in the Bible.

Do not murder is one of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20).

  II. What I say to you – 5:22

22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.

Jesus takes the commandment up a notch. He enlarges this “Do not murder” commandment to include being angry with a brother or a sister without a cause. To be angry without a cause means that we have broken this commandment.

This is Jesus taking this commandment to a whole other level.

It’s not just the action of murder, but now it is thoughts, it is feelings toward another human being. Jesus is dealing with what we allow our hearts to focus in on.

  • What steps you need to take – 5:23-24

23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

There are five steps for us to take found in these verses. They are:

  1. Bring your gift – this is a good thing. Seek to honor God.
  2. Remember that – you recall that you are at odds with another brother or sister in Christ. We can’t worship God and be angry with our brother or sister. The vertical is right when the horizonal is right.
  3. Leave your gift – walk away from your act of worship and take care of business. Go be a peacemaker.
  4. Be reconciled – go and get things right. This is where worship starts. This is the first thing we must do.
  5. Come offer your gift – return and offer your offering to God.
 
   III. What to do with an adversary – 5:25-26

25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

Jesus warns that we should seek to get right with people before they take action against us in a court of law.

   Now is the time to make things right between you and another person. Don’t wait until you received a notice that you are being sued.

Lessons for Learners: 

  1. Not everything we hear is always right.
  2. Murders will be judged.
  3. Jesus takes murder up a notch to being angry with a brother or sister without a cause. Holding a deep-seated grudge.
  4. There are steps to making things right – follow them quickly.
  5. Deal with your adversary quickly before you are sued.
Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.
And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.


Christ Fulfills the Law – Matthew 5:17-20

Today is Wednesday, May 27, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 58
Welcome and so glad that you have joined me.
How are you today?

Announcements:

 Daybreak – Search for Destery Hergret or Remnant Covenant on YouTube.

Church this week – 8:30; 945; and 11:00 A.M. through May 31st

No Children’s Church until July – We need volunteers.

VBS in June – We need your help. Please contact Annette Ward
  • Pre K- K Teacher
  • 1st & 2nd Teacher
  • 3rd & 4th Teacher
  • Lots of bodies to help
  • Register to help online at slbc2u.com
AWANA in September needs volunteers
H.E.L.P Ministries – school work/teachers salaries – $ 2,000 month

Mission Compound – $ 20,000 by the end of May

Today in the News: A social-distanced start to summer (Click on the links below)

 

As Americans crowd public spaces over Memorial Day weekend, officials reiterated the importance of social distancing. “You tell me how people act today, I will tell you the infection rate three days from now,” said New York governor Andrew Cuomo. CNN

 
 

The White House announced that foreign nationals who have recently been to Brazil will not be allowed into the U.S. Coronavirus infections have spiked in the country, putting it behind only the U.S. in confirmed cases. POLITICO

 
 

In a report to Congress, the Trump administration pledged to buy 100 million swabs by the year’s end to help states expand their testing capacity. THE WASHINGTON POST

 

The Republican Party sued California over its plan to send every voter a mail-in ballot for the November election, arguing it will increase fraud. Democrats say it will keep voters safe during the pandemic.
 CBS NEWS

 
 

What to know before you swim, plus simple ways to minimize risk outdoors, in our always-updating coronavirus hub. APPLE NEWS SPOTLIGHT

Bible Quiz Time:

Q: How did Moses’ mother save him from the Egyptian soldiers?
A: Put him in a basket in the river.

Q: What did Moses do after he killed an Egyptian?
A: Ran away into the desert.

Q: Through what did God speak to Moses in the desert?
A: A burning bush

Q: When Moses confronted the Pharaoh, what did his staff turn into when he threw it on the ground?
A: A snake

Q: What did Moses say God commanded the Pharaoh to do?
A: Let the Israelite slaves go free.

Q: How many plagues did God send on Egypt?
A: 10

Pause for Prayer:

  • Blair Strokes – 13-year-old niece killed by falling tree. Traveling to Utah.
  • Bob Ahsmuhs – cancer treatment
  • Tom Spann – Has decided to continue chemo treatment.
  • Terry Robinson – ALS disease
  • People working through COVID-19
  • Lowana LaBolle
  • Men’s Bible Study start up
  • Cup of Grace Ministry
  • E.L.P Ministries
  • Heal our nation/guide our president

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 5:17-20

 17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

I want to have a Word with you about Christ Fulfills the Law.
 
   I. Scripture shall not be destroyed – 5:17

   “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

   I am sure that you are aware that all of the Old Testament points to Jesus Christ – that is the point of the 39 books of the Old Testament. Jesus didn’t come to destroy the Law or the Prophets (books of the Old Testament), no, He came as the fulfillment of everything that was written.

  • People will seek to destroy God’s Word.
  • Jesus will fulfill God’s Word
 
   II. Scriptures shall all be fulfilled – 5:18

   For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

  • What is a jot?
  • What is a tittle?

   As long as we have a heaven and an earth God word will continue to be fulfilled – this is a promise. When this heaven and this earth pass away, then and only them shall all of God’s word will have been fulfilled.   I have read that over 333 prophecies were fulfilled at Christ’s first coming. They were fulfilled down to the very city where Jesus was born (Micah 5:2). Well, there are still hundreds of prophecies that still must be fulfilled for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. And we are promised that not one jot or tittle will not be left unfulfilled.   Today we would say that every “I” will be dotted, and that every “t” shall be crossed. Yes, all of God’s Word shall be fulfilled. What God says, He does!

   III. Scriptures is to be obeyed – 5:19

   Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

  What do we learn from this verse?

Commandment Breakers or Commandment Keepers?

A. Judgment
  • Judgment against those who break the least of these commandments.

   Do you obey God’s Word, or do you obey your own rules that you have set for your life? There is a judgment awaiting those who break God’s Word.

  • Judgment against those who teach others to break these commandments.

  I have heard, “Shared misery loves company”.  Well, the same is true with sin. People living in sin do not like to sin alone. They desire company. Paul wrote, “Do not be deceived, bad company corrupts good morals” (I Corinthians 15:33).

   I always tell young people to “choose your friends carefully as they will determine the direction and the quality of your life.”
 
   B. Reward
  • Reward for those who keep the least of these commandments.

   If you and I are faithful to keep God’s commandments we shall be rewarded. Not to mention we shall have a clear conscience. There is nothing sweeter than having a clear conscience.

   Jesus taught in John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” And in John 14:21a he states, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves me.”

   Note: Do we have to be promised a reward to keep God’s commandments? Apparently, we do!

   Do people reward their children for keeping their earthy commandments? They do!   

  • Reward for those who teach others to keep the least of these commandments.

   Not only do bad people like to share sin, but God’s people who obey His commandments like to have others around them who are keeping God’s commandments. Perhaps this is what the preacher meant when he penned, “As iron sharpens iron so a man sharpens the countenance of his friends.” (Proverbs 27:17).

    Be a teacher of what is right, and God’s Word is always right.

   IV. Scripture and God’s righteousness – 5:20

   For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

   The scribes and the Pharisees had a self-righteousness. Anyone can actually exceeds their righteousness by placing their trust in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

   People will not get to heaven in their own self-righteousness. I cannot think that I am better than how the Scripture presents me. I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I will not go to heaven based on my own merits. No, I need to trust in what Jesus Christ as done for me. I trust in His shed blood for the forgiveness of my sin against a holy God.

   Read: 2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

   My righteousness than is not my righteousness, but the righteousness I have in Jesus Christ.

   Lessons for Learners:

  1. All of Scripture shall be fulfilled.
  2. All of Scripture – every jot and tittle of God’s Word shall be fulfilled.
  3. All of Scripture is to be obeyed.
  4. All of Scripture commandments are to be obeyed.
  5. All of Scripture points us to the righteousness found in Jesus Christ.

Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.

And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.