Excellent Exposition on Calvinist 'Proof Text' Just from reading the context, I knew this small portion of scripture did not mean what those in the "Reformed" churches (about 90% of today's churches) said it meant, but I could not word it as well as you did. The cross reference in Acts was tremendous! If God's Word is truth (and it is), it will never contradict itself. I think that a couple problems contribute to people not rightly dividing the Word of God today: 1) People are not studying God's Word daily 2)The modern (per)versions have changed God's Word and 3) as education is more and more "dumbed down," folks do not seem to have good English grammar and inductive learning skills anymore. Please continue to preach God's Word completely and faithfully in season and out of season. Lord, please strengthen this pastor and his family as the time is getting shorter and days are becoming darker. We pray for the salvation of the "many" for whom You paid the price and from whom You deserve all the glory!
Simple Yet Profound Demonstration of God's Power A simple yet profound demonstration of God's power! This testimony is also a strong encouragement and exhortation for godly parents. I hope SA has other sermons of yours. I'm going to look! Lord Jesus, thank you for giving us pastors/teachers and thank you for Pastor A.N. Martin. I pray that you bless him abundantly with many more opportunities to share your truth...even in writing and recordings after he is someday with you. Please give his children and grandchildren after him a hunger and thirst for righteousness and a holy boldness for your gospel! Amen and amen.
Amen and Amen! Up until recently, I could say that I had been in more countries than states. Between that experience and working with refugees here in the U.S., and watching politics and global economics, Isreal, and mainly reading God's inerrant, inspired, sufficient Word it is very apparent that we rapidly nearing the end. My father-in-law, former missionary and pastor, always said, "We will not go through the tribulation but we may feel like it as persecution is coming down the fast track to the whole world." He was so right. May we share the Lord Jesus Christ and memorize His Word in these last days and not be mesmerized or captured by the treasures of this world which is only temporal. Everything other than Christ will end up as just an ash heap. The only difference between rich and poor at the end will be the size of their ash heaps. I want to serve the Lord, for He is our exceeding great reward!
Excellent Exposition - Truthful. Uncompromising. Thank you for faithfully preaching the Word of God. It's becoming more and more difficult to find a church that holds to the AV and one that truly believes in the sufficiency of Scripture. May God keep you and enable you to continue preaching in this dark country.
Simply Trust and Obey! Fantastic verse-by-verse exposition with scripture interpreting scripture! We make it so complicated, but it's just the simplicity of trusting the Lord Jesus Christ and obeying what we already know from His Word!!! Lord help us to yield to You more each day!
Fantastic overview - the book & the man James I am studying this book inductively, and your intro. sermon was extremely helpful to listen to (after we've done our beginning work)! I so appreciate the way you tie in other scripture to aid in interpretation/understanding. I will pray that the Lord blesses you and keeps you, so you can continue teaching. Thank you!
Amen, AMen, and AMEN! Fantastic sermon using Scripture to interpret Scripture and history! What an exhortation this is for our day! Lord, help us to realize that is we who have the true riches; may we only bow down to You and give You glory!!!!
Thank you for faithfully teaching God's Word! Thank you for being willing to stand on God's Word even when you must preach passages which the world and even sometimes Christians find as "difficult" or troublesome. As I have grown in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, I've come to see that sometimes passages are "difficult" in the exegetical sense, but that some passages are deemed difficult because it's antithetical to the world's way of thinking - - and sadly, we as the Church have been tainted by the world, not wanting to submit to God's way which, of course, is always best. This I know from experience. I was so deceived by Satan in thinking that following the world's patterns for a woman was fulfilling and that following "that Bible way" of being a woman would mean living a dull life where I'd be losing out (and this while being a believer). By God's grace I've found just the opposite to be true. Yes, if I stayed at work and had left my children to someone else I could have "gained the world" (literally - by moving up in the global business world I had trained for and worked in), but what would that have profited me if I had lost my children's souls? The blessings of obedience are innumerable! I'm thankful to have been able to work hard with my husband discipling the next generation! What a high calling!
Great Sermon! Fantastic sermon! Amen, AMen, AMEN!!! To God be the glory. May He use this to reach many men, women, and young people in these end times. God's Word is Truth. Thank you, Pastor Joseph for sharing God's Truth. I'd like to share this with my family.
beautifully, clearly, lovingly taught Scripture I'm so thankful that I have learned that God's way is best - even if it comes smack into the face of culture. His way has brought me joy and peace...and this is coming from a former "femi-nazi". Thank you Dr. Ollila for rightly dividing the Word of God which in itself is sufficient to tell us how to live a life which is pleasing to God. Please pray though that those of us wives who do most of the work would just continue to pray for God to show us where we can "adore" our husbands. Some husbands make it very difficult for his wife to "adore" him.
It is heartbreaking to read that the one place, CHURCH, where everyone should be accepted and loved regardless of their sexuality is now the one place where homosexuals are NOT welcome. This is an absolute blasphemy to the love of the Lord Jesus, who welcomed all people of all races and backgrounds to come unto Him. If you are to not welcome gays in your church quoting scripture then I guess you'd better shut your doors to everyone, gay and straight alike. I pray for the Lord to open the eyes of your understanding. Jesus taught us to love one another, He does not love straight people anymore than gay people. It is a sad day when people don't feel welcome in what is supposed to be the most accepting place on earth. I pray God's richest blessings on you.