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17
Sep

Reconciliation

Genesis 50:15-21
50:15 Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?”
50:16 So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died,
50:17 ‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
50:18 Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, “We are here as your slaves.”
50:19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God?
50:20 Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.
50:21 So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.

Rev. Bob Buehler
Today’s Message: Reconciliation

Genesis 50:15-21

Reconciliation:  The Joseph Story

Genesis 37, 39-50

One-fourth of the Book of Beginnings is about Joseph

Reconciliation:

Dreamer
Favorite Son
Hated by Brothers
Sold into slavery
Falsely accused
13 years in Prison

Reconciliation:

Working for Pharaoh
The benefit of paying attention to dreams….
Prime Minister of Egypt
Feast and Famine
The Brothers, twice

Jacob’s Family moves to Egypt

Reconciliation:

Fears of revenge (50:15)
Repentance
An example of Grace

10
Sep

Fulfilling the Law

8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
9 The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet’; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers;
12 the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light;
13 let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.
14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Fulfilling the Law:  Romans 13:8-14

Fulfilling the Law:  (Background: Romans)

Living before God in a hostile world

Fulfilling the Law:  Genuine Love (12:9-21)

* Hate what is evil; hold fast to what is good
*demonstrate mutual affection
*outdo one another in showing honor*Keep going
*Help people you know
*Show hospitality to strangers

Fulfilling the Law:  Respect Authority (13:1-7)

Rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad.

Fulfilling the Law: The Heart of the matter (13:8-10)

*Our continuing debt
*One Commandment

Fulfilling the Law:  No time to waste!

*wake up! (11)
*put on armor (12)
* Be Consistent (13-14)
03
Sep

Let Love Be Genuine

Let Love Be Genuine

(Background: Romans) We’re looking at Romans chapter 12 verses nine through 21.
In Romans:
chapter 1 says there are people we all know who have rebelled against God and are doing obvious obviously wrong things.
Chapter 2 says you who judge those people are just as guilty as the people who are doing those things.
Chapter 3 emphasizes we all are sinners in need of a Savior, and that savior has come to bring us righteousness apart from the law.
chapter 4 tells how this salvation in Christ is accomplished by the same faith that Abraham had when he believed God
chapter 5 celebrates the peace we have with God and talks about the love of God demonstrated in Christ
chapter 6 says just the fact that we are saved is no excuse to keep on doing wrong
chapter 7 tells us that by ourselves we don’t have the ability not to do wrong. It describes the experience Paul had as a Pharisee.
chapter 8 says that in Christ we are given that ability and there is no condemnation
chapter 9 asks: what about Israel?
chapter 10 Says blindness in Israel happened so that all the nations can be saved
chapter 11 says still, what about Israel? and affirms the promise that God’s mercy is for all.

Then we get to chapter 12 which is where we start to get the question, “now that we have it, what are we going to do with it?” This begins with an appeal, not a command, by virtue of God’s mercies which are outlined in all the previous chapters, that we present ourselves to God physically as our worship. The first part of chapter 12 talks about how each of us has a place and a part in the body of Christ; just as the body has many members, so each of us has a particular function. we all need each other.

and now we come to the part we’re going to talk about today, Let love be genuine: I wanted to call this “how to live as a persecuted minority,” because this is the situation of the church to whom Paul is writing this letter.

Today’s Message: Let Love Be Genuine

Romans 12:9-21
12:9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;
12:10 Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
12:11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.
12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
12:16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
12:17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.
12:18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
12:19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
12:20 No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.”
12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Individual members in one body (1-8)

Let Love Be Genuine: A practical guide to living in love (9-13)

  •  Hate what is evil; hold fast to what is good
  • demonstrate mutual affection
  • outdo one another in showing honor
  • Keep going
  • Help people you know
  • Show hospitality to strangers

Let Love Be Genuine: How to be a persecuted minority (14-21)

  • *Bless, don’t curse, those who mistreat you (14)
    (that means say good things about them, not bad things)
  • Be open to how others feel (v. 15)
  • Practice humility (16)
  • Control your reactions (17)
  • Pursue peace (18)
  • Never get even (19)
  • Be Consistent (20-21)

Let Love Be Genuine: Overcome Evil With Good

(two lessons from Romans 13)

  1. Respect civil authority (1-7)
  2. The law of love (8-10)

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

To finish the outline of Romans:

  • chapter 14 explains how not to judge
  • chapter 15 tells each of us to welcome one another, whatever our differences in background or associations
  • chapter 16 includes personal greetings and a warning against division.
01
Sep

Verse of the Month — September 2017

Love

Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

— 1 John 3:18, nrsv

27
Aug

Who is Jesus?

16:13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

16:14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

16:16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

16:17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.

16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

16:20 Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Who is Jesus?

Matthew 16:13-20

Who is Jesus?  What are people saying?

(Jesus takes a poll)

“Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

Who is Jesus?  What do you say?

(the inside story)

But who do you say that I am?

Who is Jesus?

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Who is Jesus? The Rock of Revelation

Blessed are you…

…for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven…

…On this rock I will build my church

 Keys of the Kingdom

I give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Who is Jesus? Don’t tell anyone!?!

Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Who is Jesus?

The True path: Matthew 16:21-25

For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

20
Aug

A Life Worthy of the Calling

Romans 6:1-11
A Life Worthy of the Calling

Rev. Jerry Seaman
1. Grace greater than all our sins. Romans 5:20
2. Grace is not a reason to sin. Romans 6:1-2, Romans 15-16

3. What we were under The Law. Romans 7:14-25
4. Sin shall not rule your life. Romans 6:12-14, Romans 12:1-2

5. Lead a life worthy of your calling. Ephesians 4:1a
-Not the old life. Ephesians 4:17-24

6. Be strong in the Lord.
Romans 6:10-11, Romans 6:13-18; 1 Peter 5:8

7. Keep pressing on. Philippians. 3:12-14

13
Aug

Clean and Unclean

Rev. Bob Buehler
Today’s Message:  Clean and Unclean

Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28
15:10 Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand:
15:11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.”
15:12 Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?”
15:13 He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.
15:14 Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.”
15:15 But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.”
15:16 Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding?
15:17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?
15:18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles.
15:19 For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander.
15:20 These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”

15:21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
15:22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.”
15:23 But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.”
15:24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
15:25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
15:26 He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”
15:27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
15:28 Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

Clean and Unclean
Handwringing over Handwashing

“For the sake of your tradition you make void the word of God” (Matthew 15:6)

Clean and Unclean:  The flow of contagion

It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.

Clean and Unclean:  Blind Guides

Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. (15:14a)

Clean and Unclean:  A Canaanite Woman

“Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us”

Clean and Unclean:  Faith Wins

But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”

Clean and Unclean:  What God Calls Clean…

Acts 10:15Acts 10:28, Acts 11:9

06
Aug

Feeding the Hungry

Matthew 14:13-21
14:13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.
14:14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.
14:15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”
14:16 Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”
14:17 They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.”
14:18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.”
14:19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
14:20 And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.
14:21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Rev. Bob Buehler
Today’s Message
Feeding the Hungry: Matthew 14:13-21
Feeding the Hungry
The Setting: A time of discouragement

“Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.”
(Matthew 14:8b)

Jesus has just heard the story of the death of his cousin, his predecessor who had announced his coming and baptized him. John was put to death on the strength of a politically motivated whim.

Feeding the Hungry – The situation: needs pressing in

When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.

Feeding the Hungry: The Discussion

“Send them away”

“You give them something”

“We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.”

Feeding the Hungry: The Miracle

And He said, “Bring them here to me.”

….and all ate and were filled.

Feeding the Hungry: Picking up the pieces (20-21)

and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full

01
Aug

Verse of the Month — August 2017

Weakness

Likewise the Spirit also helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.

Romans 8:26

30
Jul

Secrets of the Kingdom

Remember that when Jesus came preaching, he was announcing the kingdom of God, or the kingdom of Heaven, proclaiming it to be “at hand” or within reach. This discourse involving parables is the second major teaching to “the crowds” in Matthew, after chapters 5-7, the sermon on the mount. Chapter 13 could be dubbed “the sermon from the boat.” He is describing the new order of things, now that God is in charge.

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