SUNDAY SERMON

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

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Today I have no plans on making a Sunday video- If I do I will post it later tonight- I want to welcome any new friends/followers I made this past week.

I did make a post recently and mentioned the difficulty of trying to manage all my sites- which means I very rarely have time to respond to ‘likes’ or comments from my sites.

But I want all of my Friends to know I pray on a regular basis for all of you- it’s not just a ‘prayer’ every now and then-

It is ordered- regular- and you are part of the community- we are all in this together- and even though I rarely talk one on one- you are very important to this whole thing-

I love you all-

John

Sunday sermon videos-

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1Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

ON VIDEO- [Sunday sermon]

.I just read that!

.The real wisdom of Solomon

.Gnostic writings- why they are not scripture

.Solomon’s temple [and porches]

.White magic?

.Stick to the real source- Holy Scripture

.Have oil [storehouse] with the lamp

.Use social media to impart wisdom

.Not just to advertise your ‘church’ meeting

.New Testament canon

.Luke the historian

.Order

.Review of Luke 1

.The angel names the Sons

.Jesus and John

.Mary’s magnificat

.The Virgin Birth

Matthew 12:42

The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

Teaching-

I did it a little different this week- instead of teaching from the verses from the Sunday churches- I talked from Luke 1 and tried to give some practical stuff.

We live in a day where we have tools to communicate- like no other generation-

We have access to the ‘world wide web’- yes- though the term sounds outdated- but in reality- we all have the ability to get the message out- world wide.

Churches- preachers- even the average Joe on the street- has their own video recording studio [camera phones]-

Free platforms to upload [YouTube- etc.]

And free blogs to put all of these messages on-

Yet- how do we use these tools for the most part?

Many churches simply advertise their church meetings- which is fine.

Many individuals use these tools to play games- or talk about the latest gossip [or news- which I also do].

All of this is ok in a way- but these tools also have the ability to actually communicate things of value.

And often times we simply let this opportunity fall by the way side.

If the apostle Paul- who wrote actual hand written letters- and had them sent to various churches-

If all he did was write something like ‘I will be speaking at Corinth next Sunday- all are invited to attend’.

Then what impact would his use of the tool of writing have had?

If we opened the bible today- and simply read that- we would have no lasting ability to actually learn from the things he wrote.

In Luke chapter one- we read the same-

Luke 1:1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

Luke 1:2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;

Luke 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,

Luke 1:4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

Luke wrote- used the tools of communication- to actually instruct those who would read his gospel- for 2 thousand years now and counting.

His task was to set in order- lay the message out plainly- then write it- and hopefully it would have a real impact on the hearers.

Here’s one of the verses I quoted-

Proverbs 21:20

There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

We see the storehouse principle here- meaning their is a thing of value- and it is stored up- it is kept in a dwelling- and will be released in it’s proper time.

Jesus rebuked the foolish virgins [they were virgins- meaning set apart]- yet- they had no reserve-

25 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

They all had lamps- tools that had the capability of shining a light- of reaching others with this light-

Yet their tools- their lamps were of no lasting use- simply because they had no resource- no oil- they made no preparation ahead of time- so that the lamps could serve an effective purpose.

I see our generation like the virgins who had no storehouse of oil.

Many of us are simply living for the moment- the great ‘lamps’ of the day are going out- because no preparation has been made- no long term view of what others can learn from us down the road-

Because many of the tools are being used to simply promote some church meeting-

or to engage in things that have no long term value-

Another verse-

3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:

4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

If we have the ability to build the structure [wisdom] and for it to be long lasting [established] what good is it- if the house has no knowledge in it?

It took a lot of wisdom for men to develop the tools of our day- the things I spoke about above-

They have made platforms available to us- in a way like we have never had before-

But what are we filling the chambers with?

Is there any long lasting knowledge that we are communicating to others?

In the chapter I actually spoke on this Sunday we read how the father of John the baptist had order to the things he was doing-

Luke 1:8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the ORDER of his course,

Luke 1:9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

He was not sitting around waiting for a miracle- for some break thru moment- that would change everything.

No- he was committed to the task at hand- and it was in this committed life- that the miracle did come-

Luke 1:11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

Luke 1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

Luke 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

Luke 1:14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.

It was his perseverance- his dedication- that led him and his wife to the miraculous child-

A child who the prophet Malachi spoke of-

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

Malachi 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

And a prophet who Jesus himself testified of-

Matthew 11:11

Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Yet- this son- this prophet- was born to a man and his wife in their old age- while they were still serving God after many years-

These were people with ‘oil in their lamps’ if you will.

I would simply encourage all of you- whoever you are reading this write now-

You too have all the tools I have mentioned in this post- or at least have access to get them.

Most of the preachers who have church web sites- you already have the tools to use them in an effective way-

But it does take a degree of discipline- a desire that you develop over time- a desire to learn and give your time to using these tools in a more effective manner-

Proverbs 18:1

Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

Yes- it takes separating yourself from the fast food mentality of our day-

From the entertainment mentality that simply uses the lamp- the gift- the resource- for some quick fix of an Instgram post [or whatever other social platform].

It takes a desire to see the long lasting effect of putting time and effort into the things you communicate.

To put the time in- is a requirement that the bible speaks of-

2 Timothy 2:15

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Luke- and Paul- and all the other writers of the New Testament were writing at a time when it was not an easy thing to do.

The letters were being hand delivered to various cities-

Often times there were illiterate people in the congregations- and the hand written and delivered letters had to be read by one person out loud for the others to hear..

And yet- we still have these valuable letters today-

We still have the writing of Luke- which I read and taught from this very day.

Because the early church saw the value of setting these things in order for us.

They had a desire to communicate the message- and went thru much difficulty in doing so.

They were communicating from a storehouse- they had oil in their lamps- and had a reserve as well-

They would be shocked to see the advancement of our day- the ability to speak on such a world wide scale-

And then to see how many of us have wasted this great opportunity-

Many of us have let the lamp simply burn out. M[Some sites- see the rest here https://ello.co/ccoutreach87/post/y8mtq1-fysc7w33ewlvyla ]

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