January 16, 2022
In Jesus’ explanation of this parable, He identifies the enemy as Satan and the tares as the sons of the evil one. The wheat are the sons of the Kingdom.
Jesus is very savvy. And merciful. Spares the tares immediate death. Gives them time. Lets them live among the Sons of the Kingdom. But He also states there is a deadline and what will happen at the harvest at the end of the age.
We are introduced to additional workers in this parable. Reapers. The planting is done and it is now time for the harvest. Reapers are those who cut the plants and gather them into the barn. They are identified as the angels. The harvest time is the end of the age, which is to come.
Matthew 13:37-42; Revelation 14:14-20
Grace says that we speak the truth in love about someone’s sin and that we let them know that Jesus doesn’t care how bad or how long of sin you’ve had… you are welcome. You must repent of your sin and He will help you. He will save you from the coming Wrath of God and the Harvest of the unrighteous.
January 9, 2022
Why is a Biblical Worldview Important? We want to make good decisions. We want to give good counsel. We want our witness to be effective, even powerful. We want to be involved in things that don’t war against God or aid and abet Satan's deeds.
A Christian worldview leads us to believe in moral absolutes, miracles, human dignity, and the possibility of redemption.
(reference gotquestions.org and carm.org)
January 2, 2022
Time can't be rolled back. The momentum of the signs of the end of the age is too far advanced to see a retreat. The time to grow (spiritually) is now. The spiritual war between Satan and God is heating up and racing toward the final battle. Satan is seeking to be the visible world-ruler over the one-world political, economic, and religious system prophesied in Scripture.
What are the signs that suggest it is near?
Based on Revelation 18, Matthew 24, Ezekiel 38, Daniel 7,9; 1,2 Thessalonians, Jude.
December 26, 2021
One has to ask, “why is Jesus such a big deal that the king would fear and hate Him enough to kill innocents in the hopes of killing just the one?”
The Christmas Story is rooted in the OT history and prophecy.
Reality is, evil is present. We all encounter it in various ways every day. How do we respond to it? How does it affect our spirit? What weapon do we use to counter it? Hope.
Matthew 2:13-18; Jeremiah 31:15; Titus 2:11-14; 1 Peter 1:3-9
December 19, 2021
We are called to do the most natural thing in the world—to spread the news about something wonderful that we have found. That wonderful thing, of course, is the birth of the Christ child.
This season of Christmas is prime time evangelism. Are we concealing or are we exposing Jesus? Are we telling the next generation of the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done, do we have confidence in God? Psalm 78, Luke 2.
December 13, 2021
We are known by our name… here on earth we are identified by our name. More specifically by first, middle, last. Search online for someone, we use their name. Our online accounts start with our name. Our credit cards have our name.
Choosing the right name can be a little frustrating. God came up with the perfect name for the One who would change things forever. The name would be a sign of hope He wouldn’t just be a representative of God, but He would be God in the flesh. Isaiah 7:3-14; Matthew 1:18-25; Revelation 2:17; 3:5,12; 13:8; 19:11-16
December 5, 2021
We have a reputation you know… When Aspen Springs comes up in conversations there is a bit of stereotyping.. not wholly undeserved. Some people are still scared to come out here. But things are changing. We smile because we who live out here know the secret.
To hear the words of the apostle Nathanael, the city of Nazareth was held in great disrepute, either because, it is said, the people of Galilee were a rude and less cultivated class, and were largely influenced by the Gentiles who mingled with them, or because of their lower type of moral and religious character. But there seems to be no sufficient reason for these suppositions.
Interestingly, this is the village that God chose to have the Son of God raised. And this is where the angel found Mary to give her the Message. We'll be reading from the prophet Isaiah.
November 28, 2021
Summing Up means God is taking all of the disconnected separately directed things and bringing them to completion in a sum.
ALL things summed up in Christ. Jesus only. Not Mohammed. Not Abraham. Not Buddha. Not spirit ancestors. Not angels. Not light. Not a shaman. Not a Dalai Lama. Not ourself. Not riches and estates. Not power or might.
Is this offensive or is it maybe a source of comfort? Let's consider what we can read in Ephesians 1:7-15.
November 21, 2021
Joseph and Mary lost son Jesus and took 3 days looking for Him. Finally they found Him in the temple. Do we do the same thing...looking for Jesus everywhere but in the temple? Do we have the same passion for being at church as Jesus or King David did? Let's challenge our calendar with a review of Psalm 84 and Luke 2. Are we giving God our left overs or first fruits?
November 14, 2021
How do you know God is real? That He exists? Everyone of you will have some type of answer.
Usually when people ask this question, they mean… I can’t see Him. I can’t touch Him or talk to Him nor does He speak to me. How do I know He’s real? How do I know that bible you read is truly His message?
Listen in while we go through 7 ways that God reveals Himself to man—and each of us.