Devotional – The Liberator!

The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Luke 7:34 ESV

The enemies of our Lord Jesus Christ hurled at Him a seemingly endless barrage of insults and accusations. They accused him of overindulging in food and drink. “He’s a glutton and drunkard!” they shouted. They also accused Him of befriending societal outcasts– tax collectors and sinners!

They said these things to discredit Him. To shut Him up. To drive the common people of the day away from Him and His teachings.

Yet, what they failed to realize is their accusations were, in reality, ringing endorsements of Christ’s holy mission as the greatest of all liberators! A liberator? Yes! A liberator from the stifling, religious legalism of the Pharisees and the enslaving power of sin. Jesus Christ came to set people free so they might “have life and have it abundantly” John 10:10.

Are you enslaved by legalism and sin? Then allow the Lord Jesus Christ to set you free for “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36.

Jesus friend of sinners we have strayed so far away
We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing
Jesus friend of sinners the truth’s become so hard to see
The world is on their way to you but they’re tripping over me
Always looking around but never looking up I’m so double minded
A plank eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided

Oh Jesus friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus friend of sinners break our hearts for what breaks yours*

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*Jesus Friend of Sinners by Casting Crowns.  https://www.castingcrowns.com/music/lyrics/jesus-friend-sinners Accessed 9/21/2015.

Editorial note: Originally published September 21, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Devotional – Andrew

[Andrew] brought [Simon] to Jesus… John 1:42 ESV

 Andrew… said to [Jesus] there is a boy here who has barley loaves and two fish… John 6:8,9 ESV

Some Greeks… asked Philip… ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. John 12:20-22 ESV

We only read of Andrew a few times in the Gospels.  But, when we do read of him he is always bringing someone to Jesus. First we read of Andrew bringing his family to Jesus… specifically his brother Simon whom the Lord would latter call Peter.

Next, he brings to Jesus a young fellow who was willing to give all that he had – a few barley loaves of bread and two fish.
Lastly, he brought foreigners to Christ.  When some Greeks asked Philip to see Jesus, Philip went and consulted with Andrew! Certainly Andrew would know what to do!

Andrew was never in the limelight.  He was content to work quietly in the background as an evangelist.  In the same way, you do not need to be in the spotlight to do great things for Jesus Christ.

Who will you bring to Jesus today?

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Editorial note: Originally published January 28, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Devotional – What’s in a Name?

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Judas (not Iscariot) John 14:22 ESV

Solomon poetically declared, “a good name is better than precious ointment.” Ecc. 7:1 ESV.

Unfortunately the name Judas has been forever tarnished because of Judas Iscariot’s ultimate act of betrayal. How tarnished? So tarnished that John is very careful to point out which Judas he is NOT speaking of! And, in the 2000 years since then very few parents have given their child the name Judas. Why have so many avoided this name? Well, to put it bluntly, the name stinks!

What about your name? Is the aroma of your life like a precious perfume? Will those around you come to associate your name with something akin to a fine smelling perfume?

Lord, I humbly ask you to empower me to live a life that is pleasing and honoring to you. I ask for Your grace to live peaceably among all of my neighbors, even those who act unkindly towards me. Lord, I pray that my life might reflect the sweet aroma of the name of Jesus Christ.

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Editorial note: Originally published June 5, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

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Sermon Audio – Eternal Life and The Gospel of Jesus Christ

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“This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:6-16 ESV

 

Other verses referenced in this sermon include:
John 1:12
John 3:3, 7, 15, 16
John 17:1-3, 24-25
Acts 16:31
Romans 6:23

 


This sermon was originally recorded at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA on May 23, 2015.

 

 

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Jottings – If You Are Going to Wash Your Neighbor’s Feet You Ought to be Careful About the Temperature of the Water

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Commenting on John 13:14 ~

 

We need much grace ourselves to wash another’s feet. If you are going to wash your neighbor’s feet, you ought to be careful about the temperature of the water. You would not go to anyone and say, ‘Put your feet into this bucket of scalding water, and I will wash them for you.’ Ice-water is just as bad. Some people go at you in such a way that you just shrink back from them. Some are so hot, and some are so cold and icy and formal. You don’t appreciate either; do you? The proper thing is this, when you see your brother going wrong, get into the presence of the Lord about it. Then remember the word that tells us, as recorded in Gal. 6:1: ‘Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.’ When you go to your brother like this seeking to apply the Word of God faithfully. He must be in a very bad state indeed if he will not listen. If he is not ready, you can continue to pray and wait for the time when God may permit you to help him.

 

H. A. Ironside, Addresses on the Gospel of John. (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1942), pp. 560-62.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Jottings – The Church Does Not Teach, It Is Taught

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Commenting on John 16:13 and Acts 2:42 ~

 

The church does not teach; it is taught.

 

Hole, F. B. “Acts.” STEM Publishing. N.d. Web. Accesed March 13, 2015. Available here.

 

 

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Jottings – The Whip and The Scourge

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The whip and the scourge may be righteous; but there is no winning the heart of man with these…

 

How many brethren alienated for all time, who might have been won back to God and to us, because we have hammered at the conscience merely, with the heart ungained – with the heart, I may say, almost unsought! We have not overcome evil, because we have not overcome it with good. We have taken readily the judge’s chair and have got back judgment; but the Master’s lowly work we have little done…

 

…that judgment, however temperate and true, will not touch and soften and subdue hearts to receive instruction, which, by the very facts of the case, are shown not to be in their true place before God. Man is not all conscience; and conscience reached, with the heart away, will do what it did with the first sinner among men – drive him out among the trees of the garden to escape the unwelcome voice.

 

J. N. Darby, Righteousness without Grace, Bible Treasury Vol. 15, page 380. http://www.stempublishing.com/authors/darby/New7_96/WHIP.html Accessed on March 18, 2014.

 

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The Beauty of John 3:16 — J Boyd Nicholson


 

 

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On A Hill Far Away…

Good Friday The Day Love Died

 

Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

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Jottings – God’s Love Revealed

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He came into the world of which He was Creator [John 1:3] in order that, as the Eternal Word, He might reveal to men the depths of divine affection which filled the heart of the blessed God from eternal ages. He, and He alone, was competent to make known the wonder and glory of the eternal purpose of God Himself.

F.A. Hughes, “Grace and Truth“. Accessed on 11/10/12.

 

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