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It is finished | John 19: 28-30 | Part 4

It is finished | John 19: 28-30 | Part 4 of 4

It is finished | John 19: 28-30 | Part 4 We have been embarking on a four part study of the cross of Christ. This study is the conclusion and our focus has been on our English version words: “It is finished” which comes from one word in the original Greek: “tetelestai”. Let's pick up where we left off last time with answering the final interrogative question of “why” was “it is finished”?

Are you slaving for God’s grace? Or are you serving Him from His grace?

VI) The sixth interrogative question is “why” was “it finished”?

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ was carried out to perfection concerning the salvation of mankind from their sin. Why was “it” finished, we ask?

It was finished for you and for me.

It was finished so that we might have hope for eternal life.

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Do Not Make Unwise Financial Obligations Part 3 of 3

Do Not Make Unwise Financial Obligations Here is the outline we have been working from:

Do Not Make Unwise Financial Obligations (Prov.6:1-5; 22:7).

I.) Performing A Self-induced Dilemma of Being Collateral for A Loan, vs.1-2.

      A) Being in the dilemma by being surety for a friend, vs.1a.

      B) Being in the dilemma by shaking hands with a stranger, 1b.

      C) Being in the dilemma by being snared by your financial agreement, vs.2.

II.) Perform A Self-Initiated Deliverance of Being Collateral for A Loan, vs.3-5. 

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Do Not Make Unwise Financial Obligations Part 2 of 3

Do Not Make Unwise Financial Obligations Here is the outline we have been working from:

Do Not Make Unwise Financial Obligations (Prov.6:1-5; 22:7).

I.) Performing A Self-induced Dilemma of Being Collateral for A Loan, vs.1-2.

      A) Being in the dilemma by being surety for a friend, vs.1a.

      B) Being in the dilemma by shaking hands with a stranger, 1b.

      C) Being in the dilemma by being snared by your financial agreement, vs.2.

II.) Perform A Self-Initiated Deliverance of Being Collateral for A Loan, vs.3-5. 

      A) Be persistent in delivering yourself in a humbling manner, 3b.

      B) Be persistent in delivering yourself in a hassling manner, 3c.

      C) Be persistent in delivering yourself in an hourly manner, 4.

      D) Be persistent in delivering yourself in a hurriedly manner, 5.

                1) Be in a hurriedly manner delivering yourself as a buck from a  hunter, vs.5a.

                2) Be in a hurriedly manner delivering yourself as a bird from a hawker, vs.5b.

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Christian’s Proper Response to The Word of God (James 1:19-27) Part 1 of 3

Christian's Proper Response to The Word of God (James 1:19-27)

Christian's Proper Response to The Word of God (James 1:19-27)

We have been learning very good practical lessons on living the Christian life from the Book of James. The Book, as we learned was written about 46-49 AD. It was authored by James-the younger half-brother of our Lord Savior Jesus Christ. James placed the words to paper of this book in one of his favorite places to be, which is the city of Jerusalem, where, sadly, later, he was martyred for his faith.

In chapter one we learned some lessons on persevering through suffering. We are to understand that trials have the God given purpose of making us whole or complete. Our loving heavenly Father does not want us to lack in anything. However, if we lack wisdom we are told to ask of God Who gives wisdom to everyone who asks in faith without doubting. For the prayer of doubt from a double minded person will have no direction just as a bottle being tossed about in the wild and wavy sea.

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Do Not Make Unwise Financial Obligations Part 1 of 3

Do Not Make Unwise Financial Obligations (Prov.6:1-5).

 

America is a nation of debt with Americans being a people who have mass amounts of debt. From our nation’s leaders down to the people who work behind the scenes at our favorite restaurant, we are a people who live off of credit cards, personal loans, lines of credit, and numerous other forms of debt. Our national debt that we will never pay off (don’t kid yourselves, many have bought into the deceptive lies of our government’s assurance of paying down the debt) is now calculated to be approximately 22 trillion dollars. Let me say that again. Our national debt that we nor our children’s children will never pay off is at 22 trillion dollars!

Mortgage debt was at almost 14 trillion in 2015. Personal household debt for the average homeowner is over $200k. A new report released by Go Banking Rates, which tracks interest and banking rates nationwide, found that the average American is more than $225,000 in debt with many having less than $500 in savings. Of this debt each American has over fifteen thousand in credit card debt. Fifteen thousand dollars!!! We are no longer the Home of the Brave and the Land of the Free. Do not make unwise financial obligations

Instead we are the home of the bankruptcies and the land of the fees! Rising bankruptcies year after year and fees of sundry sorts. Myriads of banker greed fees from loan application fees to ridiculous interest fees. The land of the fees!

Personal loans, personal lines of credit, credit cards, home equity loans, car loans, college loans, consignment loans, you name it, the list goes on and on. The paper required for the list of them would paper your home and then some! Sooner or later you are going to borrow money and or, you are going to be asked to cosign a loan for a friend or family member. Before you do consider what God has to say about becoming surety or collateral for another’s loan.

From both Biblical and secular history, we know that King Solomon was one of if not “the” greatest king Israel ever had. Many secular documents express the opinions of some of the great national leaders of his time. He was “the wisest of the wisest” and very commonly known for his wit. This man was loaded. His money had money. Bill Gates would have loved just the drippings from Solomon’s portfolio banquet. In Proverbs chapter six, God spoke through King Solomon addressing His thoughts concerning cosigning and becoming collateral for another’s loan.

“My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.” (Prov.6:1-5, KJV) Do not make unwise financial obligations

Here is the outline we will be working from:

Do Not Make Unwise Financial Obligations (Prov.6:1-5; 22:7).

I.) Performing A Self-induced Dilemma of Being Collateral for A Loan, vs.1-2.

A) Being in the dilemma by being surety for a friend, vs.1a.

      B) Being in the dilemma by shaking hands with a stranger, 1b.

      C) Being in the dilemma by being snared by your financial agreement, vs.2.

II.) Perform A Self-Initiated Deliverance of Being Collateral for A Loan, vs.3-5. 

      A) Be persistent in delivering yourself in a humbling manner, 3b.

      B) Be persistent in delivering yourself in a hassling manner, 3c.

      C) Be persistent in delivering yourself in an hourly manner, 4.

      D) Be persistent in delivering yourself in a hurriedly manner, 5.

                1) Be in a hurriedly manner delivering yourself as a buck from a  hunter, vs.5a.

                2) Be in a hurriedly manner delivering yourself as a bird from a hawker, vs.5b.

III.) Perform A Sure Determination Not to Borrow Loans from Others (Prov. 22:7).

       A) The bountiful rule over the lacking, 7a.

      B) The borrower is slave to the lender, 7b.

 

Do Not Make Unwise Financial Obligations (Prov.6:1-5).

I.) Performing A Self-induced Dilemma of Being Collateral for A Loan, vs.1-2

      A) Being in the dilemma by being surety for a friend, vs.1a

The first thing we heed from God’s warning through King Solomon is that we cause a self-induced dilemma when we become surety for a friend. “My son, if thou be surety for thy friend...” The verb for surety means to be liable for or to take on another’s debt. It has the idea of making a pledge. In this situation the person creates his dilemma by pledging or cosigning for another’s debt. We create our dilemma by being surety for a friend and then by shaking hands with a stranger. Look again at our text. Do not make unwise financial obligations

      B) Being in the dilemma by shaking hands with a stranger, 1b.

“My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,” Stricken thy hand carries the notion of a consummated agreement. It would be equivalent to our modern time of shaking hands after a deal is made. Of course, handshakes nor a gentleman’s agreement means very much today, does it? Integrity is a word used only to promote one’s self or used commercially to push a product down the greedy financial holes of the public. From the lies of one of our past leaders to the lies of most politicians today, integrity is a very, very lonely moral.

We create our own dilemmas when we become surety for a friend’s loan and by pledging on behalf of another and consummating the deal. Solomon then gives a third reason we create our own dilemmas when we cosign a loan on behalf of another. We become snared or trapped by our words.

      C) Being in the dilemma by being snared by your financial agreement, vs.2.

“My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.” The NIV version translates this verse as follows: “you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth.” King Solomon uses hunter’s terms for catching game. He will refer to animals and hunters again in another couple of verses. Do not make unwise financial obligations

We are emphatically warned not to make financial pledges in order to prevent ourselves from becoming financially and emotionally trapped just as animals who fall for the prey set in traps to ensnare them. What they thought would be good for them leads to entrapment with no way out. Don’t let greed trap you into being snared with the cords of financial strain to appease an instant gratification. Run away from the traps of debt. Again, do not make unwise financial obligations that lead to entrapment.

Making a financial pledge on behalf of another:

- shows a lack of understanding. Proverbs 17:18 states: “A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.”

- can bring about emotional and financial suffering. Proverbs 11:15 reveals, “He who is guarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it, But he who hates being a guarantor is secure.” (NASB)

- causes the borrower to become subservient to the lender. Proverbs 22:7, “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” (KJV)

-can bring about devastating financial loss. Proverbs 22:26-27 warns, “Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts. If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?” (KJV) What could be more important than one’s cloak which also was his bed for the evening? Prevent catastrophes and unnecessary burdens befalling you by not performing a self-induced dilemma of being collateral for a loan. However, if you do then God wants you to perform a self-initiated deliverance from this obligation as fast as you can. Do not make unwise financial obligations

This has been part one of a three-part series. Next time we'll pick up here where we left off.
Let’s go to church this Sunday. These are certainly troubling and uncertain times that we live in. From the ever growing national debt, to corrupt, lying, greedy politicians, extremist’s terrorists, slipping moralities to God only knows what’s next. I never in my wildest dreams thought there would be a national debate over sex gender and bathrooms! I don’t remember when people had such a low opinion and dismal outlook about our country and where it is headed. Very few people that we come in contact with on a daily basis have a very positive attitude.

Both born from above and the un-regenerate, very few! This great nation of ours is on a speeding train of declination. The train is on a track to degradation and she is picking up steam: fast! Ole Uncle Sam needs a revival. From Bubba and his administration in the White house right down to the kid behind the counter at McDonald's. We need a fresh awakening from the Holy Spirit of God. America needs another outpouring of the Holy Ghost as was experienced by the first century Church.

Come join our pastor, our church and me in praying for revival. Won’t you join me today and start by carrying ourselves and our loved ones to church. I need church, you need church, your family needs the church! If you are in the Clay county area of North Florida come worship with us at Harbor Baptist church located on the corner of Clay Street (1120) & US Hwy 17, Fleming Island, FL. Morning worship is at 10:30 and we meet Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.

Better yet, come join our group for Bible study with the adults. I lead the adult class entitled: “Harbor Haven, for pairs and spares”. (For couples and singles) We meet @ 9:14 in the main room of the education building. This is the building located right next to the church. We would love for you to come and fellowship with us around the Word of God. And feel free to bring a guest. Whether you attend the worship service or choose not to, we hope to see you there!

We pride ourselves with being a smaller church with the big difference. I don’t believe you will find another fellowship of believers who have a greater love for God and as a result of His love for us, we have love for one another. You’ll find me and my family there, come visit, both you and our church will be glad that you did!

I am happy to speak on behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ in the North Florida area. I am a conservative, evangelical, fundamentalist teacher whose doctrinal beliefs align with those of the Southern Baptist Convention. My doctrinal views are listed in the menu section of this site. If your pastor is sick, has a sudden emergency or needs a vacation, I am happy to fill in for him. You can contact me by email at: michaelrosenbarker@gmail.com

 

Christ In Christmas | Michael K. Rosenbarker

Ignore The World’s Way of Naming Jesus Christ’s Birthday. Again

Ignore The World's Way of Naming Jesus Christ's Birthday.

Ignore The World's Way of Naming Jesus Christ's Birthday

 

Ignore The World's Way of Naming Jesus Christ's Birthday. Every Year about this time we believer’s get our feathers in a dander from the politically correct, non-offensive Christmas reference of “Happy holidays”.

NOTE: I originally posted this last year and received such good responses, I thought I would share these thoughts again. Merry Christmas everybody! To God be the glory!

Ignore The World's Way of Naming Jesus Christ's Birthday. Barnhart's Dictionary of Etymology offers a bit more: “Old English had a concurrent open compound halig daeg, found later in Middle English holy day, which became modern English holiday, meaning both a religious festival and a day of recreation. This eventually replaced the earlier form haliday, leaving two forms holiday and holy day.”

Based on this definition what should our response be to “Happy Holidays” ? Should we get all offended and feel as though we need to "educate" the offending party? I do know that they (the politically correct) will defend their position with the thought of instead of saying Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year, its much easier to say “Happy Holidays”. The funny thing about that is to listen to the same people after December 25th and you won’t hear them say “Happy Holiday” but you will hear “Happy New Year!” Hmm, interesting.

Merry X-mas!
Oh No!

The other Christmas term that gets believer’s neck hair raised is to see “X-mas” on different signs, advertisements and what not. The common man will fire off that it is just another way that the world is trying to cross or “X” Christ out of Christmas. May I remind us that the letter “X” comes from the Koine (common) Greek letter chi. It is the first letter used in the spelling of Christ "Chrístos" or in the Greek: Χρίστος". Because of the deathly persecution of the early Church many believers would use this letter secretly as a way of communicating that they were a follower of Jesus Christ.

If I was a believer in those days and thought that you might be one as well I would draw half of the letter chi in the dirt and wait to see your reaction. If you were a believer then you would draw the other half of the chi “X”. This was done just like using the fish symbol for Christ. Therefor it was common to refer to Jesus Christ with just the letter chi (X). “X” equals “Christ”. In light of this what should our response be when we see the words “Merry X-mas”? Isn't it just an abbreviated way of saying "Christmas"? Does it not really mean Christmas? Merry X-mas is Merry Chrístos-mas.

We know from other sources that mas is short for mass which means "a gathering". Therefor "Christmas" refers to a gathering of Christ. X-mas: Chrístos-mas - Christ-mas: a gathering of Christ, a gathering around Christ. Ignore The World's Way of Naming Jesus Christ's Birthday.

I am not trying to criticize well intention-ed individuals but I think we believers defend certain words during chosen times and disregard them at others. I think we discriminate our battles with the world's way of celebrating our Christian celebrations. This almost borderlines hypocrisy.

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For example, how many times have believers been around other people who constantly use our Lord’s name as a byword? Very seldom do I see or hear anyone say anything about this while I am out in the public arena and hear God’s name used that way. But wait a minute, now that it’s Christmas time we all get up in a dander over the words “holidays and X-mas”. Same thing can be witnessed at Easter time.

Easter Bunny at a church

Easter Bunny at a church

It doesn't seem to upset Christians for the world to celebrate the Resurrection time of our Lord with the "Easter Bunny" and the folklore involved with him or "it" I should say. I am amazed at how many of us trot on down to Walmart with the rest of the world and buy huge Easter bunny baskets with lots of candy and eggs to give to our little ones just like the rest of "the world".

The children grow up with a mindset that Easter celebration is about a mysterious rabbit who gives out money in eggs and lots of candy. Seriously? That honors Christ's resurrection? Oh, and let's not get started on the Christian's celebration of the whole "Halloween" thing. Christian denominational churches profiting from the sale of pumpkins of which every tail and folklore trace back to demonic origins. Every one of them! Hmm. Interesting. I am sure you see the point. Please, just think about it. Food for thought.

Praying Hands

So what should our Christian response be to the world’s way of celebrating our Lord’s birthday? We should pray for those who are trying to eliminate the celebration of our Lord Savior’s birth. We should yearn and pray for their salvation. Pray for that individual who might use an offensive term during Christmas time. Pray for him or her as you are walking away. We all know deep down why the world is trying to eliminate Christianity and anything reminding them of the Christian religion. They are just obeying their god’s will. Ignore The World's Way of Naming Jesus Christ's Birthday.

The world is just obeying their god's wishes.

From the Gospel of John and John's First Epistle, we know that the unregenerate man does the will of our adversary. Most of the non-Christians do this unknowingly and without any realization. We do realize that don't we?

The Bible teaches that unbelievers perform satan's bidding. Jesus said: "You (non-Christians) are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it." (John 8: 44, added and emphasis mine). And again, John states: "We (Christians) know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. We know that we (Christians) are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one" (1John 5: 18-19, added and emphasis mine).

What does that say about our relationships with the unredeemed? Think about this truth the next time one of your unbelieving friends or family members wants you to do something you would be ashamed of in front of other believers. Or they want you to skip church on Sunday to go and do ??? After all its harmless just to give up one day of worship isn't it? We have to ask ourselves where are those suggestions and gestures really coming from? Again, he who has ears.... More food for thought.

What should be are response to the Santa’s, Elves, commercialized, greedy, materialized, selfish “gift orientated”, worldly celebration of our Lord’s birthday? I don’t know about you, but regardless of what greeting is given to me this time of year I will respond with “and a Merry Christmas to you too”! Additionally, I am not going to allow the adversary and his people to rob me of my joy of worshiping my Lord Savior and celebrating His first coming to this earth. I am so grateful for our Father’s gift of His Son and I for one am also yearning for the next appearance of Jesus Christ, my Lord, Savior and Master. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.

Celebrate His birthday and worship Him regardless of the world says or does.
We will read the Christmas story at our home and we will sing happy birthday to Jesus on December 25. We will worship and celebrate Jesus Christ on that Day. I do hope that you will have a spiritual and joyful Christmas as well. And remember, it doesn't have anything to do with trees, lights, snowmen, a fellow in a red suit and commercialized gifts.

Christmas is all about celebrating the first appearance of Jesus Christ with a worshipful yearning for His next! Merry Christmas! :0)

Lesson of The Primitive Tongue | James 3:1-12

Lesson of The Primitive Tongue (3:1-12)

Lesson of The Primitive Tongue | James 3:1-12 We have been learning very good practical lessons on living the Christian life from the Book of James. The Book, as we learned was written about 46-49 AD. It was authored by James-the younger half-brother of our Lord Savior Jesus Christ. James placed the words to paper of this book in one of his favorite places to be in the city of Jerusalem, where, sadly, he was martyred for his faith.

Our study involves chapter three and verses one thru twelve as we look at the human tongue.

Here is the outline we have been working from.

Lesson of The Primitive Tongue (3:1-12)

A) Suggestion to Aspiring Teachers, vs.1

          1) The Suggestion of Warning, vs.1a

          2) The Significance of the Warning, vs.1b

B) Similarities of Allegorizing the Tongue, vs.3-5

          1) The Similarity of the Horse, vs.3

          2) The Similarity of the Hull, vs.4

          3) The Similarity of the Heat, vs.5

C) Statements of Analyzing the Tongue, vs.6-12

          1) The Tongue Is a Fire, vs.6a

          2) The Tongue Is a World of Iniquity, vs.6b

          3) The Tongue Corrupts the Whole Body, vs.6b

          4) The Tongue Sets On Fire the Course of Life, vs. 6c

          5) The Tongue Is Set On Fire by Hell, vs.6d

          6) The Tongue Is an Untamable Animal, vs.7-8a

          7) The Tongue Is an Uncontrollable Evil, vs.8b

          8) The Tongue Is Full of Deadly Poison, vs.8c

          9) The Tongue Is Hypocritical, vs.9-10

          10) The Tongue Is Like a Fountain of Water, vs.11

          11) The Tongue Is Like a Fig Tree of Weirdness, vs.12

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