Christian fathers and all men in general are to be men of character. Noah is an excellent father described in the Bible. He is famous for building an ark and believing in God when everyone around him called him crazy. He listened to Yahweh. He listened to the Lord’s warning. Noah is being called a righteous and blameless man. He walked daily with the Lord. He righteous and blameless in comparison to the people of his time.
Fathers do have a vital role in families today.
Godly fathers and grandfathers protect their loved ones. Noah’s righteous living and His relationship with the Lord shielded His loved ones.
Godly fathers and grandfathers persevere. Noah continued working year after year after year. Imagine the ridicule and criticism he received. People would think he was insane for building an ark.
Even if our fathers have died or abandoned us, Yahweh is our loving father. The Lord adopts believers into his family, and we are joint heirs with Jesus.
Join us Sunday, May 20 @ 10:30 AM as we observe Pentecost Sunday.
No illustration can ever do the Holy Spirit justice. However, the Holy Spirit acts in a similar way often behind the scenes empowering believers to serve Jesus and glorify the Father. The Holy Spirit illuminates the Bible for us, assists us in prayer, uplifts our worship, deepens our fellowship, and enables our evangelism. Our texts describe the beginning of the church and the coming of the Holy Spirit as our Advocate, Counselor, and Guide.
Pentecost was the second of the three great annual festivals of the Jews, Passover being the first and the Feast of Tabernacles the other . The greatest number of pilgrims attended the Feast of Pentecost, as that time of the year was best suited to travel.
What happened at this Pentecost marked the beginning of the church. There were, of course, many believers before this, but only now were they constituted as the “body of Christ.” It easier for us to understand God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ than it is to understand the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is a mystery, but we can learn more about our Awesome God, three in one, by studying and applying Scripture.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Acts 2:1-41 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Pastor Nathan’s sermon for Mother’s Day focuses on Rachel & Leah.
Leah, by her father’s deceit, had stolen her sister’s blessing. Isaac had blessed Jacob, believing him to be Esau, and now Jacob marries Leah believing her to be Rachel. In the moment of his surprised discovery did Jacob remember how he had stolen his brother’s birthright by covering himself with a hairy skin and venison-smell, and making himself appear as Esau? Was this a retributive providence for his own deception of his blind and dying father? Jacob showed favoritism to Rachael and loved her more than Leah.
Siblings like to compete, but can you imagine having to share a husband with your sister, feeling like you always had to outdo the other? However, God blessed both Leah and Rachel with children, continuing his covenant promise with Abraham. Leah and Rachel’s sons would go on to form the 12 tribes of Israel. What can we learn from this passage? How does this text apply to our lives?
The Ascension marked the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The period of human limitation was at an end. Jesus now rules with His Father in Heaven. His period of humility was coming to an end and he returned exalted in Heaven.
We do not have to wonder where Jesus is located. We know that He is in heaven reigning as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is praying for us now, leading our worship now, feeling our pain now, sharing our humanity now. Jesus is alive.
The Ten Commandments is a summary of the unchanging moral law. They inform the Israelites on how to faithfully follow the Covenant between God and Israel.
The commandments cover two basic areas of human living; the first five concern relationships with God, the last five, relationships between people. The commandments were given first to Israel in the making of the covenant at Mount Sinai, shortly after the exodus from Egypt. Though we don’t know the exact date of the Sinai covenant, it was probably around 1290 BC.
The commandments are inseparable from the covenant. The making of a covenant between God and Israel at Sinai was the formation of a particular relationship. God made certain commitments to Israel and in return imposed certain obligations upon Israel. Although Israel’s obligations are expressed in detail in a mass of precise legal material, they are given their most precise expression in the Ten Commandments. The commandments set down the most fundamental principles of the covenant and how it applies to particular situations.
Thus, the role of the Ten Commandments in ancient Israel was to give direction to a relationship. Community and fellowship with God provide the context for the commandments. They are often misunderstood as a collection of do’s and don’ts. They should be understood as the foundation of the covenant relationship between the Lord and Israel.
The Ten Commandments, and the Law as a whole, help us realize that no one can perfectly follow God’s laws. We all need grace and mercy. We all need to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord.