Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/10/2015

Today’s message was a Mother’s Day message called Sarah – The Laughing Mother, taken from Genesis 18:12, Genesis 21:6, and Proverbs 31:25. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The laughter of disbelief (Genesis 17:15-22, 18:9-15)
   A. God always keeps his promises (17:15-22)
      – Joshua 23:14; Psalm 145:13; Hebrews 6:18
   B. Nothing is too hard for the Lord (18:9-14)
      – Jeremiah 32:17; Luke 1:34-38
   C. There is nothing funny about disbelief (18:15)
      – Hebrews 3:12-19

II. The laughter of blessing (Genesis 21:1-7)
   A. God’s blessing is undeserved (1)
      – Deuteronomy 7:7-8; Ephesians 2:8-9
   B. God’s blessing comes in his time (2-5)
      – Psalm 30:5; Galatians 4:4
   C. God’s blessing brings true and lasting joy (6-7)
      – Psalm 16:11; Proverbs 10:22

III. The laughter of faith (Proverbs 31:25; Genesis 15:6)
   A. Faith laughs at the days to come (Proverbs 31:25)
      – Hebrews 1:6
   B. Faith in Christ is credited to us as righteousness (Gen 15:6)
      – Romans 4:18-25

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 4/26/2015

Sunday’s message from The Sermon on the Mount series was called How to Ruin Your Love Life, taken from Matthew 5:27-32. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The real meaning of adultery (27-30)
   A. Lust – the attitude behind the act (Matthew 15:19; 2 Peter 2:14)
   B. Response – extreme measures: get rid of anything that causes you to sin (Colossians 3:5-6)

II. The real meaning of divorce (31-32)
      – see Deuteronomy 24:1-4; Matthew 19:3-9
   A. What God joins together, let man not separate.
   B. A certificate does not necessarily mean you are divorced.
   C. Divorce is permitted but not commanded after adultery.
   D. We should always work towards reconciliation.

Applications:
Marriage is a lifelong commitment of sexual faithfulness:
   – Adultery breaks the commitment of sexual faithfulness.
   – Divorce breaks the commitment of lifelong faithfulness.
Therefore:
   1) Guard your heart (Proverbs 4:23; Psalm 119:9)
   2) Watch your eyes (Job 31:1; Psalm 101:3)
   3) Honor your marriage (Malachi 2:15-16)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 4/19/2015

Sunday’s message from The Sermon on the Mount series was called Will the Real Murderer Please Stand Up?, taken from Matthew 5:21-26. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The real meaning of murder (21-22)
   A. Anger – the attitude behind the act (Proverbs 16:2; 1 John 3:15)
   B. What about Jesus?
      1) Angry at sin
         – Mark 3:1-6; Matthew 21:12-13; 23:16-17; Ephesians 4:26
      2) But did not retaliate when personally offended
         – 1 Peter 2:23, Luke 23:34

II. The importance of reconciliation (23-24)
   A. Example: offering gift at the altar (Isaiah 1:11-15; Jeremiah 7:9-11)
   B. The principle: must reconcile first (Psalm 66:18; 1 John 3:20-21)

III. The urgency of reconciliation (25-26)
   A. Example: adversary taking you to court
   B. The principle: do not delay (Ephesians 4:26-27; Romans 12:18)

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8 Things You Need to Know About Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court

One week from today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about gay marriage. Here’s what you need to know.

  1. There simply is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that requires all 50 states to redefine marriage.
  2. The question before the Court is not whether government-recognized gay marriage is good, only whether it’s required by the Constitution.
  3. The Constitution is silent on which vision of marriage is correct, so We the People have authority to make policy.
  4. The Constitution does not require a new vision of marriage.
  5. Everyone is in favor of marriage equality. Disagreement is over what consenting adult relationship is a marriage.
  6. Marriage exists to bring a man and a woman together as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children.
  7. Redefining marriage to make it a genderless institution fundamentally changes marriage.
  8. There is no need for the Court to “settle” the marriage issue like it “settled” abortion. Allow democracy to work on the best policy.

 
From Ryan T. Anderson at The Daily Signal. (Click here to read Ryan’s elaboration on each of these points.)

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 4/12/2015

Sunday’s message from The Sermon on the Mount series was called Surpassing Righteousness, taken from Matthew 5:17-20. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus came to fulfill the law and the prophets (17)
   A. He fulfilled the demands of the law:
      1) He lived a perfect life of obedience to the law (Heb 4:15)
      2) He took the law’s punishment for our sin (Gal 3:13)
   B. He fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies:
      – Luke 24:25-27, 44; John 5:39-40
   C. He revealed the true meaning of the law:
      – “I tell you …” (throughout Matthew 5); Romans 13:9-10

II. Jesus affirmed the continuing authority of the law (18-19)
   A. The word of God stands forever (Is 40:8; Matt 24:35; 2 Pet 3:18)
   B. Every part matters (2 Timothy 3:16; John 10:35)
   C. We must practice and teach all of it (Matt 28:20; John 14:15)

Note: What about the civil and ceremonial laws in the Old Testament?
   – separated Israel from the nations around them
   – provided specific applications for the nation of Israel
   – pointed to Christ and fulfilled in his death on the cross

III. Jesus proclaimed the need for a greater righteousness (20)
   A. The righteousness of the Pharisees and teachers of the law:
      1) was self-serving (Matthew 23:5-7)
      2) was partial (Matthew 23:23)
      3) was external only (Matthew 23:25-28)
   B. The greater righteousness:
      1) was testified to by the law and prophets (Romans 3:21)
      2) is credited to us by faith in Christ (Philippians 3:9)
      3) is worked in us by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:4)
      4) will get you into the kingdom of heaven (Matt 5:20)

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B.C. Easter Cartoons by Johnny Hart

Last year I posted my favorite B.C. Easter cartoons by Johnny Hart. Here are the links to all six. Enjoy!

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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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