Straight from the Donkey’s Mouth

What did the donkey think about Palm Sunday? Read Jacob the Donkey’s story here: Straight from the Donkey’s Mouth

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 3/22/2015

Sunday’s message from The Sermon on the Mount series was called Being an Obvious Christian, taken from Matthew 5:13-16. Here is a brief outline of the message:

Basic theme: Christians are meant to be different from the world
Note: The Beatitudes focus on the Christian’s character. The salt and light section focuses on the Christian’s influence.

I. The salt of the earth (13)
   A. Jesus’ declaration: “You are the salt of the earth.”
   B. The meaning of the analogy:
      1) This world is in moral decay.
      2) Christians act as salt in the world
         – salt cleanses: we live pure lives in the world
         – salt preserves: we stand up for what is right
         – salt flavors: we attract people to Christ
   C. Warning – when the salt loses its saltiness (compromise):
      1) The church loses its reputation (can’t be made salty again)
      2) The church loses its mission (no longer good for anything)

II. The light of the world (14-16)
   A. Jesus’ declaration: “You are the light of the world.”
      Note: Jesus is the true light – we reflect his light (John 8:12)
   B. The meaning of the analogy
      1) This world is in darkness:
         – It doesn’t know the way to God (Acts 26:17-18)
         – It doesn’t know God’s ways (Psalm 119:105)
      2) Christians act as light in the world:
         – light shines: we stand out as followers of Jesus
         – light illuminates: we point people to God and his ways
         – light reveals: we show others how God wants us to live
   C. Encouragement – when your light shines brightly (witness):
      1) People will see your good deeds
      2) People will praise your Father in heaven

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 3/15/2015

Sunday’s message from The Sermon on the Mount series was called Turning Your Attitudes Upside Down (Part 2), taken from Matthew 5:7-12. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The merciful (7)
   A. Those who show compassion for people in need
      1) giving to the needy (Proverbs 14:21; Matthew 6:2)
      2) forgiving others for their sins (Matt 18:33; Heb 2:17-18)
   B. The blessing promised: “mercy”
      – Proverbs 11:17; Matthew 6:12; James 2:13

II. The pure in heart (8)
   A. Those who walk with integrity before God (Psalm 24:3-6)
      1) the unclean heart (Ps 51:6; Prov 20:9; Jer 17:9; Matt 5:19-20)
      2) only God can change (Psalm 51:10; Acts 15:9; Titus 3:5)
   B. The blessing promised: “see God” (Psalm 27:4; Heb 12:14)
      1) near God in the present (Psalm 73:1,28)
      2) face to face in the future (Ps 17:15; 1 Jn 2:2-3; Rev 22:4)

III. The peacemakers (9) [peace and purity – Heb 12:14; James 3:17]
   A. Those who make peace between offended parties
      1) with others (Prov 15:1; Matt 5:23-24; Rom 12:18)
      2) between others (Philippians 4:2; Ephesians 4:2-3)
      3) between others and God (Is 52:7; Eph 6:15; 2 Cor 5:18-19)
   B. The blessing promised: “called sons of God”
      – Ephesians 2:13-14; Colossians 1:20; 1 John 3:1

IV. The persecuted (10-12)
   A. Those who suffer for being a Christian (insults; harm; slander)
      1) for righteousness (Proverbs 29:10; John 3:20; 2 Tim 3:12)
      2) for Christ (John 15:20; Acts 5:41; 1 Pet 4:14-16)
   B. The blessing promised: “the kingdom of heaven” (Rejoice!)
      1) great and future reward (Romans 8:18; Hebrews 11:26)
      2) treated the prophets the same way (Luke 6:26)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 3/1/2015

Sunday’s message from The Sermon on the Mount series was called Turning Your Attitudes Upside Down (Part 1), taken from Matthew 5:3-6. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The poor in spirit (3)
   A. Those who confess their need for God
      – Is 57:15, 64:6; Luke 18:13; Philippians 3:7-9; Rev 3:17
   B. The blessing promised: “the kingdom of heaven”
      – Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 9:12-13

II. Those who mourn (4)
   A. Those who grieve over sin
      1) personal sin: Psalm 51:17; Isaiah 6:5; Romans 7:24
      2) the sins of others: Psalm 119:136; Ezekiel 9:4
   B. The blessing promised: “comfort”
      – Isaiah 61:2-3; 2 Cor 7:10; 1 John 1:9; Revelation 21:4

III. The meek (5)
   A. Those who humbly submit to God and others
      – Psalm 25:9; Numbers 12:3; Matthew 11:29; 1 Peter 2:23
   B. The blessing promised: “inherit the earth”
      – Psalm 37:11; 1 Corinthians 3:21; Revelation 21:1-3

IV. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (6)
   A. Those who long for God’s will and God’s ways
      – Psalm 42:1-2; Matt 6:10, 33; Rom 3:10; Philippians 3:10
   B. The blessing promised: “filled”
      – Psalm 107:8-9; John 6:35; Philippians 1:6; 2 Peter 3:13

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Deep Thoughts from Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster clearly spends a lot of time thinking about food.

Simply Delicious Shower Thoughts with Cookie Monster (Video length: 1:25)

Onion rings are vegetable donuts.

Your stomach makes all potatoes are mashed.

It weird that we cook bacon and bake cookies. Hmm, weird.

Lobsters are mermaids to scorpions.

Cookie dough is the sushi of desserts.

Lasagna is just spaghetti flavored cake! Whoa!

Surely tomato is fruit. And that makes ketchup a jam!

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 2/1/2015

Sunday’s message was called Beating Temptation, taken from Matthew 4:1-11. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The reality of temptation (Matthew 4:1)
   A. Know your enemy
      1) The devil is real (1 Peter 5:8)
      2) The battle is spiritual (Ephesians 6:12)

   B. Know your God
      1) God is faithful (1 Corinthians 10:13)
      2) God is good (James 1:13)

   C. Know yourself
      1) Your desires are evil (James 1:14-15)
      2) Your flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41)

II. The nature of temptation (Matthew 4:2-10)
      – see also Genesis 3:1-6

   A. Satan tempts you through your physical desires (2-4)
      – Deut. 8:3

   B. Satan tempts you by twisting God’s word (5-7)
      – Deut. 6:16; Psalm 91:11-12; Numbers 17:1-7

   C. Satan tempts you with the things of this world (8-10)
      – Deut. 6:13; 1 John 2:15-17

III. Victory over temptation (Matthew 4:11)
   A. The power of God’s Word (Psalm 119:9,11; Eph 6:17)
   B. The authority of Jesus (Matt 28:18; Eph 6:10; James 4:7)
   C. The mercy of Jesus (Hebrews 2:18, 4:15-16)

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Love Came Down at Christmas

Here’s the link to this year’s Christmas Eve message, Love Came Down, a very simple message taken from 1 John 4:7-10. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Love comes from God (verses 7-8)

II. Love came down to earth (verse 9)

III. Love came down to the cross (verse 10)

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And here is a great Christina Rossetti poem by the same name:

“Love Came Down at Christmas” – Christina Rossetti

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine,
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love Incarnate, Love Divine,
Worship we our Jesus,
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

Come and Stand Amazed, You People!

I discovered a new (old) Christmas carol this year! This is a medieval Dutch carol, based on a translation by Klaas Hart (1906-1973). The words dig deep into the mystery and miracle of Christmas. Merry Christmas, and enjoy!

Come and Stand Amazed, You People

Come and stand amazed, you people,
See how God is reconciled!
See his plans of love accomplished,
See his gift, this newborn child.
See the Mighty, weak and tender,
See the Word who now is mute.
See the Sovereign without splendor,
See the Fullness destitute;
The Beloved whom, we covet,
In a state of low repute.

See how humankind received him;
See him wrapped in swaddling bands,
Who as Lord of all creation
Rules the wind by his commands.
See him lying in a manger
Without sign of reasoning;
Word of God to flesh surrendered,
He is wisdom’s crown, our King.
See how tender our Defender
At whose birth the angels sing.

O Lord Jesus, God incarnate,
Who assumed this humble form,
Counsel me and let my wishes
To your perfect will conform.
Light of life, dispel my darkness,
Let your frailty strengthen me;
Let your meekness give me boldness,
Let your burden set me free;
Let your sadness give me gladness,
Let your death be life for me.

 
And here is a modern rendering of the carol on YouTube:

Come and Stand Amazed – Citizens (cover) (Video length:2:28)

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 12/14/2014

Sunday’s advent message was called O Worship the King!, taken from Matthew 2:1-12. Here is a brief outline of the message:

When you seek Christ, you will find him. When you find him, you will worship him. When you worship him, your life will be changed forever!

I. Seeking the King (1-2)
   A. Jesus > was born king of the Jews (Micah 5:2)
   B. Herod > the acting king of the Jews (Luke 1:5)
   C. The Magi > pagan Gentiles from the East (Numbers 24:17; Isaiah 60:3; Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:7, 28:19)

II. Rejecting the King (3-8)
   A. Disturbed by Jesus instead of drawn to him (Acts 4:2)
   B. Knowledge without coming to Christ (John 5:39-40)
   C. Hypocrisy or deceit (Matthew 7:21-23)

III. Worship the King (9-12)
   A. Rejoicing in Christ (1 Peter 1:8-9)
   B. Giving your all for Christ (Matthew 13:44-46)
   C. Following Christ (Matthew 7:13-14; John 14:6)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 12/7/2014

Sunday’s advent message was called Birth Announcement for the Ages, taken from Matthew 1:18-25. Here is a brief outline of the message:

The birth of Jesus Christ (the Messiah):

I. Joseph’s dilemma (18-19)
   A. Mary pledged to be married to Joseph
   B. Mary found with child through the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35)
   C. Joseph had in mind to divorce her quietly (Deut 22:23-24)

II. Joseph’s dream (20-23)
   A. Conceived by the Holy Spirit
   B. A son named Jesus who will save from sin (Psalm 130:8)
   C. Immanuel – “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14; John 1:1,14)

III. Joseph’s decision (24-25)
   A. Took Mary home as his wife
   B. Had no union with her until she gave birth (Matt 13:55-56)
   C. Gave him the name Jesus

“Immanuel” – God is with us through Jesus born at Christmas!

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A Happy Star Trek Christmas!

I love Star Trek, and I love Christmas, so this one is a no-brainer for me!

Picard – Make it So – Let It Snow (Video length: 2:29)

Related post: Darth Vader Plays a Mean Harmonica

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 11/30/2014

Sunday’s advent message was called Everyone Has a Past, taken from Matthew 1:1-17. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus’ birth is rooted in history
   A. The importance of genealogies (1 Chronicles 1-9)
   B. Establishes Jesus’ true humanity (Matt 1:1-16)

II. Jesus’ birth is rooted in God’s sovereignty
   A. The use of selective genealogies (cf. Genesis 5 & 11; Matthew 1:1,8,11)
   B. Three groups of fourteen generations (Matthew 1:17)

III. Jesus’ birth is rooted in God’s promises
   A. God’s promise to Abraham:
      – all nations will be blessed (Genesis 22:18; Gal 3:16)
   B. God’s promise to David:
      – a king will rule forever (2 Samuel 7:12-16)
   C. God’s promise to the exiles:
      – a child will be born (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-9)

IV. Jesus’ birth is rooted in God’s grace
   A. Tamar: incest (Genesis 38:1-30)
   B. Rahab: prostitution (Joshua 2:1-24, 6:22-25)
   C. Ruth: from Moab (Deuteronomy 23:3-6; Ruth 1:1-7)
   D. Bathsheba: adultery and murder (1 Samuel 11:1-27)

Application: Everyone has a past. Your life is also rooted:
   – in history (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12)
   – in God’s sovereignty (Psalm 139:16; Acts 17:26)
   – in God’s promises (John 6:37; Acts 2:38-39)
   – in God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-5)

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