In Louisiana, Mardi Gras is a state holiday, and all our schools are closed. At Grace Christian School, we use this state holiday for an out of town, teachers' retreat. This year's message was from Acts 5:1-11.
We considered the sin of Ananias and Sapphira and its consequences. The theme was on taking our sin seriously, and it focused on preparation to celebrate the Lord's Supper.
Second Response to 'Thanks' If you go to:
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you will be able to see how I have addressed each of those issues.
Carmelo S (8/6/2016)
Thanks Thank you! for your response.
I agree that God hates a deceitful heart and the example you give in your sermon [Rev 22-15] is a good one.'Whosoever LOVETH and maketh a lie'" Although we need to be careful not become a moral relativist I think the same can be said about moral legalism. I think those in WW2 should be commended for deceiving murderer,s and putting their own lives at risk as the midwives in the book of Exodus did, in dealing with Pharaoh.
To argue against could be seen as moral stupidity.
Thank you for your exhortation to prayer. God bless!
Bob Vincent (8/6/2016)
from Alexandria, Louisiana
Response to 'Thank's' Dear Carmelo,
No, what I said was that the God I serve is able to defend those who have come under my protection without my having to sin. He will always provide the way of escape so that we do not have to follow the devil's methods.
God NEVER lies, and he warns us to model our behavior on his. That is not the same as revealing privileged information: while we must never lie, we must also not reveal things that must be kept secret. The key is praying and asking God for wisdom and protection.
Rahab is not commended for her lying anymore than she was commended for working as a prostitute: she is commended for siding with the people of God against her own people. It was this act of faith that secured her deliverance and the deliverance of her house.
Furthermore, trained interrogators can read people's eyes, facial expressions and body language. Unless somebody is a sociopath, he is likely to be caught at lying.
Pray, keep your secrets secret, don't lie, and trust God for the outcome.
Satan often uses extreme examples to soften us up so that we begin to lie about little things on a daily basis.
I hope this helps,
Carmelo S (8/6/2016)
Thank's Did I hear you correctly when you said if you were hiding Jews and the Nazis came knocking you would have to give them up to avoid lying ? [10.08 mins]
Did not Rahab the harlot receive and hide the two spies? [Joshua chapter two] and was she not justified in the New Testament? Hebrews 11-31 and James 2-25.
Sorry Pastor but this Sermon left me scratching my head.
Dana Booth (8/12/2015)
from Huntsville Al
Great Sermon! Thank you for your message from God's word. I am a Free Will Baptist Pastor and believe there is so much teaching on assurance in sin. Thank you for sounding a Biblical Warning.
James M. Lawson (6/21/2007)
Great Sermon! Just wanted to say thank you and that I praise God for you. It caused me to look at, repent of, and get right past sins I had dismissed or forgotten about. Communion IS that important. Thank you.
Antonio R. Gallemit Sr. (6/19/2007)
Great Sermon! I listened to this sermon, the whole today. I learned that the reason why we are suffering the type of lives we are living today, is because we are living an Old Testament lifestyle (Like as of the days of Noah, Lot and Neniveh. This is why we are experiencing O. T. mercy and punishment from God (causing death), than N. T. Grace of God of forgiveness and salvation (causing life. I am blessed.
Ralph Bouma (2/22/2007)
from Conrad, Montana
Great Sermon! The gospel of Christ began with the word REPENT -- and it is the missing element in Satan's gospel.
Preach it Brother !!! It is a breath of fresh air to hear the gospel of Christ
After serving Grace Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Louisiana, Bob was honorably retired on Sunday, September 27, 2015, and given the title "Pastor Emeritus." This was forty years to the day after he became their pastor. He now works for the Presbytery of the Gulf South as...