Have you ever noticed the word “Selah” in the Psalms? What you might notice is that it is usually coupled with a division in the Psalm where there is some sort of turnaround. But the exact meaning of this word has been lost through the ages.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
Starting from Last Year WJBC started participating in a practice known as LENT. We announced it 2 Sundays ago, but I wanted to take some time to explain it a little bit more thoroughly. When is Lent, what/why is Lent, and what are we Lent-ing? After that some FAQs!
Imagine a war-zone. Maybe you can imagine World War 2. Watch the struggle between soldiers on both sides. There are bombers flying overhead. Anti-Aircraft guns light up the night sky. Explosions and bullets everyone.
What’s the difference between the person who hears and obeys Christ’s word and the one who doesn’t?
We naturally (and correctly) think, “The one who hears and obeys Christ’s words, his life can endure the storms and the winds. His life will endure till the end. The person who does not listen to Christ and does not obey, when the storms come, they will have nothing left.”
Yes. That’s exactly correct. Now notice what’s similar between them: the storm.
Every year Americans gather together for Thanksgiving to fill themselves with good food, gravy, and gratitude (on a side but serious note: don’t eat romaine lettuce this Thanksgiving, they have found e.coli in it). But how can we as Christians gather with a joy that is deeper than just a holiday. How do we have lasting, unshakable joy and gratitude?
A lot of times, we think spiritual growth should be fast and easy. We think if we just go to a conference, if we hear the right message, if we feel “blessed”, then we will grow. But that’s not the case. What we see over and over in the New Testament is that spiritual growth (the process of being more like Jesus) is a slow, painful, plodding experience. Sanctification is not like driving along an empty superhighway in a Bugatti sermon speeding along while you hold a Disneyland fastpass.
"We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves." 1 Thess 5:12-13
Several weeks ago, I mentioned in a sermon that a doctor at Harvard posted an article about stress and high blood pressure (Hypertension). She wrote that though stress alone might not cause high blood pressure, it certainly can raise blood pressure levels. Stress can be very dangerous!