Brothers of the Night’s Watch

August 19th, 2017

 

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

2017 Bible Reading Challenge / Evangelism; Discipleship; Admonish; Judgment; Accountability / Ezekiel 3:15–21; Ezekiel 33:1–9; Acts 20:26–27; Hebrews 13:17

 

 

Introduction

“Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.”

This was an oath taken in the fictional land of Winterfell, the home of a giant wall that protected the realm of man from the unspeakable horrors that lie beyond the wall.  The Brothers of the Night’s Watch were given one job, watch and protect the seven kingdoms from any danger that awaits beyond the wall.  Their oath was life long, and to break that oath, even for a moment, would mean their life.

In the days of old, before radars and satellites,  the role of the  watchman was one of the most solemn responsibilities that a soldier could have.   He needed to stay alert and battle ready while the rest of the city slept.  He needed to peer into the darkness, looking and listening for trouble.  He needed to be able to discern the difference between wildlife, a wild imagination, and a true threat, an attacking enemy.  Once he discerned a threat, he needed to be willing to blare a trumpet in the middle of the night, sounding a clear piercing warning of the imminent threat.

In 597 BC, Nebuchadnezzar launched the second wave of an invasion of Judah that started in 605 BC when young Daniel was taken captive.  This time the prophet Ezekiel was one of the 10,000 people taken in the second wave of the invasion.  Our passage this morning  takes place a few years later, July 593 BC, to be exact.  Ezekiel had met with some taken captive that second time in a land we now know as Tel-Aviv .  It was by the riverside that God met with the prophet.  God commissioned him with a a solemn charge… Ezekiel was now a Spiritual watchman over Israel.  He would bear the sacred task of identifying coming judgement and warning the people so in time for them to take action and avoid it.

As we study this passage, we will find that believers share the same solemn task and burden that Ezekiel did.  Unlike the prophet, we do not get personal partial revelation of pending judgment, we are given the whole truth of a completed Bible.  Born again believers, like Ezekiel, are the watchmen commissioned to see the danger of impending judgment, and warn those who are unaware so that they can escape.

This is the burden shared by all the Brothers of the Night’s Watch.

The Watchman Has a Responsibility Toward God.

Ezekiel 3:17 KJV 1900

Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

  • God is the one who commissions the watchman.

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” (2 Timothy 2:3–4, KJV 1900)

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” (John 15:8, KJV 1900)

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” (John 15:16, KJV 1900)

  • The watchman must be awake and alert

1 Corinthians 15:34 KJV 1900

Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;” (Ezekiel 33:2–3, KJV 1900)

  • the watchman must be listening to God’s Word

Ezekiel 33:7 KJV 1900

So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.

 

  • The watchman must sound a clear warning

If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;” (Ezekiel 33:3, KJV 1900)

But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” (Ezekiel 33:6, KJV 1900)

The Watchman Has A Responsibility Toward The Wicked

(The Hell-bound sinner)

Ezekiel 3:18–19 KJV 1900

When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

  • The sinner before salvation is condemned to death and Hell

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” (Romans 3:10, KJV 1900)

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23, KJV 1900)

  • The Watchman must warn him!

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15, KJV 1900)

 

 

A Connecticut man was so busy listening to music on his iPod that he did not notice his house was on fire. Andrew Riley told fire officials he didn’t smell smoke or hear the smoke alarm going off. He was so engrossed in the music that he was unaware of the fire on the upper floor of his home until the alarm company called to tell him about the danger. A fire marshal determined an electrical malfunction caused the fire. He said the situation could have been much worse if, after receiving the warning, Riley hadn’t run upstairs and closed a door to contain the fire.

It is so easy to get distracted and miss the alarms going off around us.

 

—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

 

  • If the sinner dies unwarned, the watchman will bear the guilt

2 Corinthians 5:11 KJV 1900

Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

 

  • If the sinner dies having heard, but not heeding the warning, the watchman is guilt free.

Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.” (Ezekiel 33:9, KJV 1900)

  • If the sinner turns, his soul is delivered.

He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.” (Ezekiel 33:5, KJV 1900)

The Watchman Has A Responsibility Toward The Backsliding Believer

Ezekiel 3:19–20 KJV 1900

Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

  • The backslider can still face consequences, possibly lethal ones, even though he is no longer hell bound.

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (James 1:14–15, KJV 1900)

  • The watchman must warn the backslider

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (2 Timothy 2:24–26, KJV 1900)

  • Silence brings personal guilt

Acts 20:26–27 KJV 1900

Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

The watchman could restore a fallen brother.

Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19–20, KJV 1900)

Lord prepare me to answer Your call,
Faithfully let me stand on the wall,
A “watchman” I would be,
Seeking now to find victory;
Help me boldly to call on Your name,
May the Gospel I boldly proclaim,
For others I would intercede,
For this glorious land plead,
Help me in Your name bind Satan’s power,
And live in victory hour by hour.

  • Ed Ostrom

 

 

Strength In Weakness

July 29th, 2017

Strength in Weakness

Isaiah 40:28-31

Preached Sunday July 30, 2017

 

Introduction:

 

About 23 years ago, I was suffering from a terrible sinus infection. Finally, I sought the doctor’s advice and treatment. He prescribed a strong medicine and recommended that I continue taking the strongest over the counter decongestant that was on the market.

 

Later on, in the middle of the night I went downstairs to use the bathroom. My head began to feel strange began to feel strange. The room started to spin, grow dark, then… I heard moaning. I could not see at all. Soon I realized that the moaning I heard was me. I had fainted. I was on the bathroom floor. The medicines had interacted.

 

This message today is for men and women that are involved in the work of the Lord, who find themselves spiritually faint. Sometimes after we have been saved for a while, we become spiritually ill. We attempt to continue serving God the same way that we used to… But something is wrong and we faint, falling flat on our faces spiritually.

 

After we hit the ground, we have two choices. We could correct the problem that caused us to faint, or we could be content to be a spiritual invalid- pulling away from the spiritual commitments we once had. We are no longer willing to go soulwinning, teach Sunday school, serve on a committee, or attend services regularly.

 

God’s word gives us a simple cure for spiritual fainting spells. We must learn that “wait” is an action word. We must find a different power source, and learn to serve God on the long haul. May God speak to your heart as we discover the cure to spiritual fainting spells.

 

  1. Even the Strongest of People Grow Faint From Time to Time

 

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall:” (Isaiah 40:30, KJV 1900)

  1. Weakness comes when we rely on human strength and provision to accomplish a heavenly task.
  2. Fainting causes us to miss out on the blessings that are already coming to us.

 

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9, KJV 1900)

 

  1. Fainting causes us to give in to fatigue, depression, and apathy.
  2. Fainting causes us to want to tear down and retreat rather than to build up and conquer.

 

And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” (1 Chronicles 4:10, KJV 1900)

 

 

  1. The Answer to Fainting is Revival not Retreat

 

 

Isaiah 40:31

31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. 

 

  1. Service “Wait” is an action word

 

  • Like a waiter

 

 

Psalm 27:14

14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

Psalm 37:34

34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

 

Psalm 25:3

3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.

 

  1. Expectation

 

Psalm 40:1

1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

1  I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 

 

Lamentations 3:25-26

25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

 

  1. Jesus taught the same principal

 

  • Rest comes when you exchange your burden for Christ’s

 

Matthew 11:28-30

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

  • You need a different power source

 

Isaiah 40:31

31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. 

 

  1. Renew= “change of strength”

 

Psalm 84:5-7

5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. 6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.   7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. 

 

  1. From your flesh

 

Romans 7:18

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

 

  1. To God

 

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, That the everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; And to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” (Isaiah 40:28–29, KJV 1900)

 

 

Psalm 18:1-2

1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said,

1  I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

 

Zechariah 4:6

6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. 

 

 

 

  1. Find strength in spite of circumstances!

 

2 Corinthians 4:8-10

8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

 

2 Corinthians 4:16

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

 

  1. You can serve God for the long haul!

 

Isaiah 40:31

31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. 

 

  1. Mount up with wings= ascend as a result of immediate deliverance

 

Exodus 19:4

4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.

 

  1. Run= especially running to one’s aid

 

2 Corinthians 5:11

11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

 

  1. You can do these things without fainting from lack of faith

 

Psalm 27:13

13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

 

 

S’more Fellowship Sunday Evening July 30

July 28th, 2017

Join us this Sunday evening after the  6:30 service for a nice time around the campfire.  There will be singing and marshmallows!

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July 28th, 2017

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Perfect Peace

July 22nd, 2017

Perfect Peace

Isaiah 26:3

Preached Sunday, July 23, 2017 – AM Service

 

Isaiah 26:3

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

 

 

Introduction:

 

We are now entering a wonderful time of year.  It is a time where the phrase “peace on earth, and good will toward men” can be heard in a crowd.  Where is that peace?  We have wars.  We have strifes!  We anguish over the loss of loved ones.  What about your soul?  Are you at peace?  Do you enjoy the sense of being at rest, free from the anguish of inner conflict?  Perhaps you are hear today and you are still at war with an Holy God.   Today you can have peace.  Perhaps you claimed that peace that comes through salvation, but the circumstances that you have endured in this sin cursed world has left you languishing deep within your inner man.  Today you can get peace…  and keep it!  This morning we will study this simple promise in God’s perfectly inspired and preserved word.  Today you can have perfect peace!

 

  1. Perfect peace is possible.

 

  1. Perfect = Hebrew construction shows this to be an emphatic phrase: you can have peace, peace.
  2. Peace = a sense of completeness, free from harm, absent from war in one’s inner being.
  3. This peace does not need to be temporary.

 

  1. Peace comes when we are reconciled with God through saving faith.

 

Romans 5:9-11

9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved

by his life. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

  • This peace brings healing.

 

Isaiah 57:19-21

19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. 20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

 

  • This peace transcends worldly, temporal peace.

 

John 14:27

27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 

  1. This peace can be kept = guarded.

 

Jeremiah 17:7-8

7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

 

  1. Perfect peace depends upon one’s state of mind.
    • Stayed = take hold of
  2. Peace comes through God’s Word.

 

Psalm 119:165

165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

 

John 16:33

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 

  1. Peace comes through the renewal on one’s mind.

 

Romans 12:2

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

 

  • Perfect peace depends upon the object of your trust.

 

  1. No Jesus, no peace – Know Jesus, know peace.

 

Isaiah 31:1

Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!

 

1 Chronicles 5:20

20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.

 

2 Chronicles 20:20

20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

 

  1. Peace comes when you trust God.

 

Psalm 28:7

7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

 

  1. Trust is demonstrated through prayer.

 

2 Chronicles 16:8-9

8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.  9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

 

Philippians 4:6-7   Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

When Reason Meets Faith

July 15th, 2017

 

 

Isaiah 1:18 KJV 1900

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

 

Introduction:

Are you a skeptic?  Are you a doubter?  Do you come to this service or this TV program with reservation, thinking that perhaps all this religious fervor is founded an baseless superstition?  Are you pretty sure that you are done with religion, and you would prefer not to identify with any one belief because, who knows which one if any actually have a corner on the truth?

If this describes you, then this message is for you.  In our passage this morning God challenges all those who have not yet fully committed to His to a debate.  You see, contrary to popular opinion, faith and reason are friends, not enemies.  God invites you right now to examine your doubts, your presuppositions, and your beliefs in the light the reason and logic we find in the Bible.  Perhaps if you are brave enough to honestly evaluate your position reason will meet faith.

The Skeptic Is Invited to an Open Discussion

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: ...” (Isaiah 1:18, KJV 1900)

  • Reason = law term used of arguing , convincing, or deciding a case in court.
  • Real open minded people should not fear examining their presuppositions from an opposing view.
  • Think through the acts of God.

1 Samuel 12:7 KJV 1900

7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the Lord of all the righteous acts of the Lord, which he did to you and to your fathers.

  • Think through the truth of the Word of God.

Acts 17:2 KJV 1900

2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,

  • 40+ authors
  • 1600+ years
  • 3 Languages
  • Scientific truths before its time
  • One main message… your scarlet sins can be made clean and white.

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Amnesty
The word amnesty comes from the word from which we get amnesia. It means to forget. When God washes away our sins, they are forgotten. We’re left whiter than snow, purer than wool.

The Skeptic is Dared to Discover His Sinful Condition.

Though your sins be as scarlet…  Though they be red like crimson…” (Isaiah 1:18)

God has seen in secret

Romans 3:23 KJV 1900

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:10 KJV 1900

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Proverbs 14:12 KJV 1900

12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, But the end thereof are the ways of death.

Romans 3:19–20 KJV 1900

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

James 2:10–11 KJV 1900

10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.

Ephesians 5:12–13 KJV 1900

12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

The appointed penalty is death.

Romans 6:23 KJV 1900

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Useless rituals will not erase the scarlet stain.

Isaiah 1:10–14 KJV 1900

10 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; Give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; And I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

12 When ye come to appear before me, Who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?

13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; The new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; It is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: They are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

Empty prayers will not erase the stain

Isaiah 1:15 KJV 1900

15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: Yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: Your hands are full of blood.

The Skeptic is Dared to Believe there is Hope!

A Chance for absolute purity

1 John 1:9 KJV 1900

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

A Chance to replace our sin with Christ’s righteousness.

Romans 3:21–25 KJV 1900

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV 1900

21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

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Whiter Than Snow
Evangelist E. Howard Cadle (1884–1942), was converted from a debauched life through the power of Isaiah 1:18. He was the black sheep of four children in a Christian family who started drinking at age twelve. He became addicted to alcohol, gambling, and sexual adultery, becoming known as the “Slot Machine King” in much of the Midwest because of his gambling enterprises. He attempted to murder a man, only narrowly escaping the penitentiary. Broken in finances and health, he finally “hit bottom” and returned home and collapsed into his mother’s arms, saying, “Mother I’m tired of sin. I’ve broken your heart, betrayed my wife, broken my marriage vows—I’d like to be saved, but I’ve sinned too much.” His mother replied, “Son, I’ve prayed for 12 years to hear you say what you’ve just said.” Getting out her Bible, she turned to Isaiah 1:18, and on that morning, March 14, 1914, E. Howard Cadle was converted. He later became a powerful and popular evangelist and radio preacher.

Raising A 21st Century Child

July 9th, 2017

 

 

Introduction

Several years ago, I had the privilege of preaching in a chapel service for New England Baptist College in Southington.  Afterward I was to host a question and answer session attended by young preacher boys.  Once the introduction was completed and Dr. Barry Brown turned the podium over to me and the floor was open for questions, a brief period of awkward silence was broken by one young man’s very interesting question.

He was contemplating the incredible task of leading a church full of different passions, backgrounds, and opinions.  I will never forget his question.

“Pastor Carpenter, how do you make people do things that they do not want to do?”

This simple question helped me think through some life changing truths.  We will spend the rest of our time together exploring and answering this question.

When you break down the job of parenting, does it not seem that this question strikes at the heart of a parent’s job… to get little Johnny or Jane to OBEY!  To do what we want them to do, and to ben their rebellious wills to our protective and benevolent wills for them.

Raising Children in the 21st century brings new twists to an old challenge.  How do I shape the will and behavior of my child, or grandchild, niece, or nephew, or Sunday school student?

Our text verse is often quoted and often misunderstood by believing parents.

Proverbs 22:6 KJV 1900

Train up a child in the way he should go:

And when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Many parents feel or and have been taught to feel that they must MAKE their children comply!  If they wander off from what their parents have taught, the parents believe that they have failed.  Parents teach and teach and teach, yet the willful children still do not learn… what is wrong?  The Bible PROMISES that if we but teach them, they will not depart right?

Every word of God is inspired, not just the thoughts.  Our text verse does not command us to teach only.  We are commanded to TRAIN.

TRAIN =

  • to direct the growth of (a plant) usually by bending, pruning, and tying
  • to form by instruction, discipline, or drill
  • to teach so as to make fit, qualified, or proficient

Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc.

 

You can TEACH all day long, but that does not always get the heart of the matter.  How do I get someone to do something that they do not want to do?  The short answer is that you can’t!  If God has chosen not to override one’s free will, you certainly will not be able to.  So the key then in not how to force someone to comply, but how to motivate our kids to choose to do right.  Today we will discover three life changing principles that will help us to motivate children to choose to change their behavior.  These will be key to raising a 21st century child.

I.  God Has Given Children Free Will.

God does not force us to believe or comply against our will.

Jeremiah 6:16–17 KJV 1900

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

Proverbs 1:24–26 KJV 1900

Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, And would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

 

Matthew 23:37 KJV 1900

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Yet God the Father seeks to influence our choices.

John 6:44 KJV 1900

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Yet God’s word seeks to influence our choices

John 8:32 KJV 1900

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Romans 10:17 KJV 1900

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The story of the prodigal son shows us that God is always ready for us to choose to come to him, to choose to repent and do right, no matter how long we have chosen to ignore his teaching and pleading…. no matter how low our rock bottom is.  Luke 15:15-20

Zechariah 1:3 KJV 1900

Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the Lord of hosts, And I will turn unto you, saith the Lord of hosts.

1 John 1:9 KJV 1900

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

II. Children Can Be Motivated to Choose Right When they Learn and Live.

  • This is the beginning of training, but not all of training.
  • Learn the truth then pass it down

Deuteronomy 4:9 KJV 1900

Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

Psalm 78:2–4 KJV 1900

I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, Shewing to the generation to come The praises of the Lord, and his strength, And his wonderful works that he hath done.

 

  • Train a Child… while they still can be taught, guided, and motivated.  While there is hope of change.

2 Timothy 3:15 KJV 1900

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

 

  • Make it part of your every day, every moment routine.

Deuteronomy 6:7 KJV 1900

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

III.  Children Can Be Motivated To Choose Right When They Live and Learn.

  • God has set a universal law of consequences to help children choose their actions.

Galatians 6:7 KJV 1900

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

  • Consequences must be tied to actions early, while there is hope of change.,

Proverbs 19:18 KJV 1900

Chasten thy son while there is hope, And let not thy soul spare for his crying.

  • Corporal punishment is a tool to help tie consequences to actions.
  • The consequences must not fluctuate on mood or anger, but on the actions themselves.

Proverbs 29:15 KJV 1900

The rod and reproof give wisdom: But a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

  • When consequences are tied to actions, we demonstrate our love for that child.

Proverbs 13:24 KJV 1900

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: But he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Proverbs 22:15 KJV 1900

Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; But the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Proverbs 23:13 KJV 1900

Withhold not correction from the child: For if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

Proverbs 23:14 KJV 1900

Thou shalt beat him with the rod, And shalt deliver his soul from hell.

  • Consequences can be tied to actions even when corporal punishment is no longer the best choice.
  • God uses consequences to motivate behavioral change in His children.

Hebrews 12:5–8 KJV 1900

5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

  • When our children become adolescent or even adults still living in our household, the training has not stopped… only modified. We must still allow consequences to be tied to actions.  We must not get in the way of God’s hand of chastening that may be leveled at our children.

We must realize that:

  • God has given our children free will
  • That will can be modified when they LEARN AND LIVE
  • That will can be modified when they LIVE AND LEARN
  • Therefore we must use these tools to raise children in the 21st Century.

Father’s Day

June 14th, 2017

Join us this Sunday Morning June 18 as we celebrate dads!  There will be no evening service so that families can celebrate together on this special day.

Check the church calendar

June 14th, 2017

Many new events have been added for this summer and fall. Check the church calendar so you don’t miss any exciting activities.

S’more Fellowship Sunday Evening May 28 after the evening service.

May 27th, 2017

The weather is warm and the fellowship is warmer and the fire will be hot enough to roast marshmallows and cook hot dogs.  Join us after the 6:30 evening service as we gather around the campfire, eat treats and sing songs.  Bring your instruments!