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Warriors Suit Up with Heavenly Armor: Ephesians 6:10-18 – P1

Warriors Suit Up with Heavenly Armor: Ephesians 6:10-18 - P1

Warriors Suit Up with Heavenly Armor: Ephesians 6:10-18 - P1 We our going to be studying the subject of spiritual warfare. Our study is very comprehensive and will require a few sessions. Our text is the very well known pericope from the sixth chapter of Ephesians. Ephesians 6:10-18. Here is an outline that we will be working from. May this study help us with our battle-plan against our adversary.

I) The Warrior’s Authority, vs. 10
II) The Warrior’s Admonition, vs. 11, 13
      A) Suiting up to stand against the evil devices, vs. 11
      B) Suiting up to stand against the evil day, vs. 13
III) The Warrior’s Adversaries, vs. 12
      A) The adversaries are not physical, vs. 12a
      B) The adversaries are not visible, vs. 12b-e
         1) The adversaries of principalities, 12b
         2) The adversaries of powers, vs. 12c
         3) The adversaries of princes of darkness, vs. 12d
         4) The adversaries of platoons of wickedness, vs. 12e
IV) The Warrior’s Armor, vs. 14-17
      A) The armor of the belt of truth, vs. 14a
      B) The armor of the breastplate of righteousness, vs. 14b
      C) The armor of the shoes of readiness, vs. 15
      D) The armor of the shield of faith, vs. 16
      E) The armor of the helmet of salvation, vs. 17a
      F) The armor of the sword of the Spirit, vs. 17b
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What is Jesus Worth to You? Mark 14: 3-9 – P2

What is Jesus Worth to You? Mark 14: 3-9 - P2

What is Jesus Worth to You? Mark 14: 3-9 - P2 This is part two of a two part message I recently finished. We are looking into the topic of generous giving to and for our Lord. Our text is Mark's gospel, chapter 14, verses three thru nine. I hope it blesses you as much as this message blessed me.

We learn from verse five (5) the principle for the disagreement, “But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted?  5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply.” One translation said they rebuked her sharply. Another reads that the disciples scolded her harshly. Others translate that they were grumbling and murmuring harsh words against Mary.

A denarius was a Roman silver coin in New Testament times. The word means “containing ten” and referred to the value of ten assarius (a copper or bronze coin) and contained 3.7 grams of silver. A denarius was equivalent to a very good wage for a day’s work. More than 300 denarii would have been equivalent to a whole year’s salary! We can appreciate the value and generosity of Mary’s gift to Jesus. There are those that believe that the jar of spikenard would have come from Mary’s dowry, from her husband’s father. She must have been a prize for sure for a man to pay that much for her becoming a bride for his son. Jesus was worth a whole year’s salary to Mary. What’s He worth to you and me?

In this pericope of Scripture we have the generous sacrifice of Mary where we saw the placement of her sacrifice as well as the purpose. We just saw the greedy sarcasm of the disciples where there were the protests of the disciples and the principle of their disagreement. Now let’s notice the genuine support of the Savior for Mary’s generosity in verses six and seven.

The genuine support of the Savior

Verse six (6) shows us the praise of the Savior, “But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.” One might say that it isn’t every day that the God of the universe has words of praise for them. What an honor it must have been for Mary when the Lord of glory spoke on her behalf. Remember that during those times and in that culture women were not valued as they are today. They were not allowed to testify in a courtroom. They were treated just a rise above the slaves in that time. And here is the compassionate Lord Jesus Christ speaking on her behalf; coming to her defense. What an honor that must have been? What is Jesus Worth to You? Mark 14: 3-9 - P2

May I remind us that He does the same for each and every one of His disciples in our day? The Bible says that He is seated at the right hand of the heavenly Father interceding on our behalf. The book of Hebrews tells us that He is our great and perfect high priest representing us before the throne of  . . . Grace. Not a throne of judgment, albeit will be. It is not a throne of criticism, not a throne of condemnation, no-no my brothers and sisters- it is a throne of grace and we have a graceful advocate that speaks on our behalf and His name is the Lord Jesus Christ – our great and wonderful high priest.

And as He does on our behalf, He gave His genuine support and His praise for Mary’s generosity. Did you see what else Jesus praised her for? “But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.” Her generosity was considered work.

Giving is work!

No – not just work, but good work. Giving requires w-o-r-k, work! Good work. If giving generously was easy, everyone would give as they are supposed to. Earlier, in case you missed it, Jesus praised Mary for she has done what she could. She did what she could. She might not have been able to cast out demons, but she did what she could.

What is Jesus Worth to You? Mark 14: 3-9 - P2

She might not have been able to lay her hands-on people to heal them, but she did what she could! You and I might not be able to preach like Dr. David Jeremiah, but we can do what we can! We might never be the great teacher that Dr. John MacArthur is, but we can do what we God has given us the ability to serve Him with. Every one of us has at least one gift to serve the church with and many of us have been gifted with multiple gifts.

Peter tells us that it is our responsibility to utilize our gifts in serving the Lord by serving in our local church. “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (2nd Peter 4: 10). Each one of us has been gifted with a gift. Yes, you have a gift and it was given to you by the manifold grace of Almighty God. He has enabled you to do something for His Son and His Church!

Jesus gives a prediction about the future

Let’s be like Mary and her generosity. Let’s do what we can, whatever that may be. Let ’s do what we can for Him because He has done so much for us! Jesus gave His praise for her and then He gives a prediction about the future. Verse seven (7), “ For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.” Here Jesus hints again about His time with them being short. He has been mentioning this to His disciples time and time again. And yet, even after His cruel crucifixion, death and resurrection, they still hadn’t come to the realization of what He had told them.

God’s children are like that, aren’t we? He tells us something over and over again and we either don’t, can’t or won’t listen. We are as the person James talks about in chapter one. We look at ourselves in the mirror of God’s message to us and then walk away and forgetting the blemishes that the sweet Spirit of God has pointed out for us. We are like these disciples that Jesus had to remind them of His mission time and time again to no avail. He had words of praise for Mary and words of prediction for His men.

Did you see what else He predicted? “ For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.” The poor have been and always will be amongst us. Regardless of government entitlement programs. Regardless of humanitarians. Regardless of various charities and charity organizations, the poor will always be amongst us. That’s the way it is. And that’s OK. We have always had the poor and the prestigious throughout human history.

God has a tremendous number of things to say about the poor and how we are supposed to treat them. In Ps. 41, He says that those who care for the poor will be, not might be, but will be happy. God says in Proverbs 19 that the one who gives to the poor actually lends their money to the LORD and He promises to pay them back! God says that when we mock the poor, we are insulting Him, not the poor (Prov. 17: 5). And the one who gives generously to the poor will not lack, Prov. 28: 27.

Our Lord & Master promised the rich man that he would have treasure in heaven for the things that he would sell and then give those proceeds to the poor. Imagine! Money given to the poor is the same as making investments in your heavenly portfolio! Treasures in heaven guaranteed by the God of this universe for those who contribute and help out the poor.

What is Jesus Worth to You? Mark 14: 3-9 - P2

There are dozens and dozens of pericopes of Scripture concerning the poor. There’s nothing wrong with being poor. God says that the thing they have in common with the prestigious is that He is the Creator of both. Jesus reminds us here in Mark that the poor will always be amongst us. God stated in Proverbs that the righteous, His children will have considerations for the poor and their causes (29: 7).

Let’s review for just a moment. Firstly, we saw the generous sacrifice of Mary, with the placement and the purpose of her generous sacrifice in verses three and eight. Next, in verses four and five we learned of the disciple's greedy sarcasm with the greedy protests of the disciples and the principle given for their disagreement with Mary’s generosity. Then in verses six and seven we just saw the genuine support of the Savior where we saw His praise for Mary and His prediction for His men.

Now let’s study verse nine (9) where we will see His generous sanctioning for Mary. Look at the promise from the Savior, “Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” Assuredly. Take this to the bank. Write it down. What I am about to say, I, the God of the universe will bring it to pass! The word for assuredly is the Greek word am-ane which we translate as amen. “Truly I tell you” (NIV), “I tell you the truth” (NLT), “Verily I say unto you” (KJV), “I assure you” (HCSB). Write it down, it’s going to happen!

Jesus gives His pledge for the sacrificer

The promise of the Savior. And in His generous sanctioning look at the pledge for the sacrificer He gave. “Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”

Think about it. We, here today are being told of her generous sacrifice. We know of Mary’s generosity because of what Jesus stated. We have a record of what Mary gave to Jesus. We have a record of her generosity. Jesus was worth a whole year’s salary to Mary. What’s He worth to you and me? In a few short verses later, we learn that Judas sold Jesus for a lousy thirty pieces of silver. Thirty pieces of silver! We have the two extremes of giving here in just nine verses.

New Testament Coins

New Testament Coins

I doubt most of us are not as generous as Mary and the majority of us are not as greedy as Judas. I feel most of us are probably somewhere in between. God tells us to be generous. In fact, in 2nd Corinthians chapter eight (8), He tells us we are to increase in our faith, speech, knowledge, in all diligence and love we are to increases in our generosity, our giving. As believers, we should be giving more today than we gave last year and the year before. God loves a cheerful, generous giver. Psalm 37: 21, “The godly are generous givers.” and in Proverbs 21: 26, “The godly love to give.” What is Jesus Worth to You? Mark 14: 3-9 - Part 2

I recall hearing a message from one of Christendom’s giants of faith. He asked a question over and over again throughout his message on giving. Are you a tither or are you just a tipper when it comes to your giving to God and your church? I ask us the same question today. When it comes to our giving money to our church, are we tithers who honor God with His requests of giving Him at least 10 percent of our income? Or are we tippers who place a tip of a dollar or two when the plate is passed before us?  What is Jesus Worth to You? Mark 14: 3-9 - P2

This has been part one of a two part series from Mark 14: 3-9 from my message entitled “What is Jesus Worth to You?” Please check out my new book entitled, “Letters of Divine Revelation from an Old Man in Prison”. The book is available from Amazon in paperback and in an E-Book form from Amazon Kindle. It is a commentary on the seven churches from chapters two and three from the book of Revelation. I hope you find it inspiring and helpful with your walk with Jesus.

Divine Letters of Revelation

Divine Letters of Revelation

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, arrogant and disrespectful Hollywood actors/actresses to the slipping moralities to God only knows what will be next.

I never in my wildest dreams thought there would be a national debate over sex gender and bathrooms! Whoever came up with the term “gender fluidity”? I don’t remember a time 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 moral declination. The train is on a track to degradation and she is picking up steam: fast! Ole Uncle Sam needs a revival. America needs an 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. All God’s people need 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. We are located just to the right of Corky Bell’s Seafood restaurant. Morning worship is at 10:30 and we meet Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.

Better yet, come join me and 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 for Bible study!   What is Jesus Worth to You? Mark 14: 3-9 - P2
We pride ourselves on 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 bride 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 and evangelical 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 on his behalf. You can contact me by email at: michaelrosenbarker@gmail.com

 

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What is Jesus Worth to You? Mark 14: 3-9 – Part 1

What is Jesus Worth to You? Mark 14: 3-9 - Part 1

What is Jesus Worth to You? Mark 14: 3-9 - Part 1 This is part one of a two partmessage I recently finished. We are looking into the topic of generous giving to and for our Lord. Our text is Mark's gospel, chapter 14, verses three thru nine. I hope it blesses you as much as this message blessed me. Here is the outline we will be working from.

I) The Generous Sacrifice of Mary, vs. 3, 8

A) The placement of the sacrifice, vs. 3

B) The purpose of the sacrifice, vs. 8

II) The Greedy Sarcasm of The Disciples, vs. 4-5

A) The protests of the disciples, vs. 4

B) The principle for the disagreement, vs. 5

III) The Genuine Support of The Savior, vs. 6-7

A) The praise of the Savior, vs. 6

B) The prediction of the Savior, vs. 7

IV) The Generous Sanctioning for Mary, vs. 9

A) The promise of the Savior, vs. 9a

B) The pledge for the sacrificer, vs. 9b Continue reading

Jesus, our Shepherd provides us with everything we need.

Our Shepherd Provides Us Everything We Need – Psalm 23-Part 2

Our Shepherd Provides Us Everything We Need – Psalm 23-Part 2

Our Shepherd Provides Us Everything We Need – Psalm 23-Part 2 We are looking at one of the most popular Psalms in all the Bible. Here is part two of a two part series from a message I was honored to deliver to the good saints at Harbor Baptist Church. We couldn't ask for any better of a Shepherd than the one true Shepherd-the Lord Jesus Christ!

Let's begin where we left off from part one. The fourth reason we believers shall not want is found in verse four where my Shepherd provides me with His presence: I have a companion when the way is lonely. Vs. 4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

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Jesus, our Shepherd provides us with everything we need.

Our Shepherd Provides Us Everything We Need – Psalm 23-Part 1

Our Shepherd Provides Us Everything We Need – Psalm 23-Part 1

Our Shepherd Provides Us Everything We Need – Psalm 23-Part 1 We are going to look at one of the most popular Psalms in all the Bible. Here is part one of a two part series from a message I was honored to deliver to the good saints at Harbor Baptist Church. Here is the outline we will be working from.

I) My Shepherd Provides Me With Provisions: I have all that I need, vs.1

II) My Shepherd Provides Me With Peace: I have rest from a weary journey, vs. 2-3a

III) My Shepherd Provides Me With Providence: I have guidance in times of confusion, vs. 3b-c

IV) My Shepherd Provides Me With His Presence: I have a companion when the way is lonely,
vs. 4

V) My Shepherd Provides Me With Protection: I have safety from my enemies, vs. 5

VI) My Shepherd Provides Me With Paradise: I have a home awaiting me in heaven, vs.6

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What Gift Are You Giving to Jesus This Christmas? Matt. 2: 1-12 B

What Gift Do You Have For Jesus This Christmas B
Here is the conclusion of a message I delivered recently concerning the search of the Magi (wise men) for the Lord Jesus Christ. As we study this pericope of Scripture we ask ourselves, What Gift Are You Giving to Jesus This Christmas? Matt. 2: 1-12 B

The Magi – the wise men wandered about for Jesus, they searched for Him. They worshipped the Christ-child, they submitted to Him. Let’s look at verse 11 again where we will see these wise fellows willingly gave to Jesus, they sacrificed to Him.

III) The Magi Willingly Gave to Jesus, They Sacrificed to Him, vs. 11d

“And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (vs. 11, emphasis mine).

The Magi willingly gave to Jesus, they sacrificed for Him. They gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. What are we willing to sacrifice for Christ? What are we going to give Jesus this Christmas?

3 Gifts For Jesus

3 Gifts For Jesus

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Christ In Christmas | Michael K. Rosenbarker

What Gift Are You Giving to Jesus This Christmas? Matt. 2: 1-12 A

Here is a message I delivered recently concerning the search of the Magi (wise men) for the Lord Jesus Christ. As we study this pericope of Scripture we ask ourselves "What Gift Are You Giving to Jesus This Christmas? Matt. 2: 1-12

I) The Magi Wandered About for Jesus – They Searched for Him, vs. 1-10

A) They followed a star

Verse 1, “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

Verse 9, “When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.”

Just who were these Magi or wise men as some translations refer to them. Traditionally, they are referred to as three. Three kings because of the three gifts are given to Christ. We don’t know how many there were. There could have been three, or maybe five, seven or ten. The Vatican claims to have a secular historical document that records there were twelve. We don’t know. For whatever reason, God did not think it was needful for us to know. However, we do know that they were not kings as shown in many Nativity scenes. Continue reading