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Must I Trust? Pastor Martin in this seventh message addresses the sticky matter of trust. Many are told that the conferral of forgiveness mandates the immediate restoration of trust. But this is unbiblical, and imposes false guilt and a needless burden on those grievously sinned against. In this message, Pastor Martin contrasts the conferral of forgiveness and the restoration of trust. The conferral of forgiveness is free, undeserved, and by grace. It is the work of a moment and the commitment of a lifetime. The restoration of trust, by contrast, is earned, deserved, and by merit. It is not the work of a moment, and it is not the obligation of the one sinned against! It is the work of the one who sinned, and it takes time to re-earn lost trust. Pastor Martin warns that it is easier to earn trust in the first place than to re-earn it after losing it through grievous sin. Using the story of a fictional couple, as well as Joseph and John Mark, Pastor Martin illustrates these principles. Pastors are warned not to do anything to lose the trust of their people; church members are advised that a repentant, forgiven, sinning pastor does not need to be restored to his pulpit right away; and we are charged not to be unreasonable in the restoration of trust, but to appropriately credit efforts to re-earn
Well..... Raising kids un a broken home is not God's intended design. God can and does save adults and children from broken homes. I am one of them. If you stop and notice. Most people do not attend church or a biblically sound church. Married or not. Children are being raised apart from an exposure and awareness of God in their homes. Our own president does not attend church as his predecessors did. Not saying they were all true believers, but this did at the very least speak to our country that they believed in God and He is to be acknowledged. Christians
need to glorify God and advance His kingdom in their marriages not just stay married to be married. I am not saying get divorced I am saying we need to protect our marriages and nurture them. I came from a broken home and have done well by God's grace. The gospel was preached to me in my teens and I heard the gospel weekly at church. Its the gospel, not an intact family. I was not saved until much later, but the gospel did have an impact as well as a mother set consistant boundaries in the home. She worked outside the home since I was 2. She came home every night, was not carrying on with men, not abusing alcohol, not on drugs, monitored TV, did not let us spend the night at peoples homes. This is what's missing in br
Apology vs. Confession In this sixth message Pastor Martin opens with a helpful review of the series so far.
He then distinguishes between the common practice of apology and the biblical process of confessing sin and seeking forgiveness.
What, then, to make of the widespread practice of apology in the church?
Pastor Martin explains four things that apology may be: everything from a sincere but imprecise effort at confessing sin, to a carnal substitute for the pride-withering, grace-exalting real thing.
He also provides helpful guidance on how to receive, wisely and graciously, different kinds of apology.
As well, he glances on the subject of the sincerity of the one apologizing, a subject which I believe is dealt with more fully in a later message.
He concludes with a challenging call to make full, biblical confession and forgiveness our family pattern, to the end of full reconciliation in the face of our unavoidable sins against one another.
Encouraged to Go Very useful introduction examining the textual background of these verses. Showing the overwhelming support for inclusion in the text. Preservation of scripture maintained.
Then comes the powerful examination of the eyewitness accounts and the role of signs and works to testify to the truth. Who can deny it? Who can ignore the call of the Gospel?
The Risen Saviour is risen indeed. Let's go and tell the good new.
Great Sermon! If we are to believe Carlton why not Joseph Smith or Mohammed? The devil was given permission to kill Jobs children. Why would we believe this obvious deception whether imaginary or demonic? We are always looking for a sign. Sound familiar? God's word stands for a beacon for all. Thanks for the review.
James James, I don't know if you remember running into Nina and me in Walmart a while back, but after we saw you we started praying for you and your salvation. God is SO abundantly good!!! Praise the Lord. We also started praying for your marriage, as you had mentioned that were in the process of getting a divorce. I'm so overjoyed to hear of the work that the Lord has done in your life. Praise God!!!!
Your Sister in Christ, Mallory Whiddon (soon to be Mallory Lee;)