Sermon Draft – The Fall – The Curse – God’s Holiness – God’s Sovereignty

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-18)

For Your Name Is Holy – Paul Wilbur

As we consider the fall and the associated curse, let’s not forget the holiness of God, as it relates to all that we will ever encounter. Let’s consider the sovereignty of God, as He is the creator of all things, seen or unseen, realized or not realized, heard or not heard, desired or not desired, cold or hot, comfortable or uncomfortable, growing or not growing, born or not born, living or dead. (you can continue this thought pattern)

Jeremiah 18:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Potter and the Clay

18 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel

Why did God make a world like ours, with so much pain, sickness, and brokenness? In these four minutes, Pastor John Piper speaks to the horrors of sin, the meaning of all our suffering, and the conquering hope we have in Christ.

Click onto the following link and consider the following discussion about the fall and the curse. Consider, “God, Why This Broken World Like Ours?” Consider, “What Was the Curse That God Put on Creation?”

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/god-why-a-broken-world-like-ours

Consider God’s creation before the fall.

Genesis 1:31 New King James Version (NKJV)

31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

The situation of the world was “very good,” as we read in the first two chapters of the Book Of Genesis. Anything that we find outside of those two chapters is a result of the fall. So, let’s consider the fall, and its effects. John Piper’s video provides good food for thought, and should be a good base of information for “inquiring minds.” We know the saying about inquiring minds, “they want to know.” So, consider the world in which we live. Can we not say that we are experiencing the fall’s aftermath?

Genesis 3:17 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

17 And unto Adam He said, “Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, ‘Thou shalt not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.

Genesis 2:15-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Consider the fall and its aftermath.

Genesis 3:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Genesis 3:7-13 New King James Version (NKJV)

7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

Genesis 3:14-21 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, “Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field. Upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed; It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.”
16 Unto the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception. In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”
17 And unto Adam He said, “Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, ‘Thou shalt not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return unto the ground, for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Genesis 3:22-24 New King James Version (NKJV)

22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Consider the effect of the fall on today’s world and God’s plan of redemption for a fallen world and mankind.

Romans 5:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)

Faith Triumphs in Trouble

5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:6-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

Christ in Our Place

6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Romans 5:12-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

Death in Adam, Life in Christ

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

Romans 5:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Romans 5:20-21 New King James Version (NKJV)

20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 8:18 New King James Version (NKJV)

From Suffering to Glory

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Romans 8:19-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope

Revelation 21:1-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

All Things Made New

The Result Of A Lifestyle Of Holiness

21 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

The Result Of A lifestyle Of Sin

8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Consider The Romans Road To Salvation

Romans 3:23 New King James Version (NKJV)

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 6:23 New King James Version (NKJV)

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:13 New King James Version (NKJV)

13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

The Next Step

John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

It’s One Way, Or The Other. The Choice Is Ours. To Believe Or Not To Believe

John 3:18 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Let The Weight Of Your Glory Fall – Paul Wilbur

Psalm 103:19 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

19 The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens, and His Kingdom ruleth over all.

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Remember When? Dan Quayle vs. Murphy Brown

Video Rewind: May 19, 1992 — Dan Quayle vs. Murphy Brown

On this day in 1992, former Vice President Dan Quayle took a jab at TV character Murphy Brown, played by Candice Bergen.Quayle mentioned during a speech in San Francisco, California, that Bergen’s character was “mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice.”Quayle’s remarks upset a lot of women, who viewed the character as a strong, professional single

The statement that Vice President Dan Quayle made about the Murphy Brown tv series brought about an unending round of criticisms toward him by the traditional liberal democrat voices of the day. I feel comfortable in saying the “d” word because I grew up in a democrat household. My father was a merchant seaman. He belonged to the seafarers’ union and walked picket lines. He was heavily involved in union business and would not buy a product unless, if possible, it was made by a union company. My family’s democrat ties go back to the years of the Great Depression which began on October 27, 1929 and lasted for ten years. I have belonged to three unions. Unfortunately, today’s labor unions are tied to the democrat party and democrat candidates.

As I have watched the news videos of the riots that have been taking place in Baltimore, Maryland, I have noticed that the great majority of the rioters are those of African Heritage (the term “African American” has been fabricated). I am of English heritage, but am in no way I an English American: I am an American. I also noticed that the riots of yesterday didn’t begin with great force until teenagers from a local high school joined in the fracas at the end of their school day. As I also noticed, those who were from the school were black. I was very pleased to see one black mother confronting her teenaged son who was about to join in the rioting. Her son was wearing a “hoodie.” I remember when the group of liberal black democrat congressmen wore “hoodies” on the floor of the House Of Representatives last year as they tried to show that it was “hoodie-phobic” to question those who were covering much of their face with what I knew as a teenager as a “hooded sweat shirt.” Getting back to the “very smart mother” that I mentioned, her son also had a neckerchief covering his face.

Liberal democrat politicians try to reward bad behavior and ignore the lawlessness acts that they commit. The people who were affected the most by the rioting which is taking place in Baltimore are the poor residents who are helpless to protect their homes from the looting, rioting, and being torched. Many residents are defenseless against the great majority of rioters who are young and black, who are destroying cars and who are ransacking and looting businesses who used to provide needed services for the many elderly and other residents of the community.

The black teenagers appear to see nothing wrong with destroying the property of innocent people, or throwing stones at police officers. Neither do they see anything wrong with assaulting white people who were seated at a local street side restaurant or who were walking down a neighborhood street not having anything to do with the situation of that community. The concept of vigilante justice, and the concept of mob enforced “judge, jury, and executioner,” seems to be the norm in Baltimore, as has been the case in Ferguson, Missouri.

Think about how many times we have heard a pro-athlete say, “Hi Mom!” But, please! Tell me! Where is the mention of “Dad.” As Dan Quayle mentioned in his speech, the role of the father is being diminished. Too many young black women are having sex outside of marriage, giving birth to a child, or children, and being abandoned by the “sperm donor.” As a result, a great majority of black children grow up in homes that are fatherless. As the little boys become teenagers, the mothers become unable to control their children. The result of that family dysfunction is “coming home to roost” in Baltimore.

There is a great need for predominantly black churches to get serious about their responsibilities toward their communities. The government and police force of Baltimore are mainly black. Therefore, local pastors should see their important role as being the preaching of the love of Jesus, as opposed to bringing in such race-batters as the rev from New York to stir up hate in their congregations.

Throughout this discussion, I have used the word, “black,” very often, which was for the purpose of emphasis. I am not “white” and those of African Heritage are not “black.” If you think that I am wrong, just match your skin color against a can of white of black paint (or whatever color your skin may be). I choose to say, those of Americans of European heritage and those of African heritage. I have a greater genuine love and concern for those young looters than that which is shown by the so-called “black leaders.” My leader is Jesus Christ, as is the case of those friends of mine who are of African heritage.

We are seeing in our nation today the result of having a nation that is being led by people who have no intimate relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The democrat party took over the white house, senate and house of representatives in 2009 and held that majority for four years. That party has a party plank of supporting abortion on demand and homosexual marriage. The republican party does not have those party planks. A vote for a democrat candidate is a vote to ignore the teachings of God. A vote for a democrat is a vote to alienate God’s chosen people, who are of the nation of Israel.The democrat party shows no evidence of desiring to follow the teachings of God. As long as our nation continues to elect democrats, we will continue to be led by people who defy the teachings of God. Democrat presidents appoint judges to the federal courts who rule in favor of abortion on demand and homosexual marriage. At this time in our nation’s history our nation’s supreme court is determining if the definition of marriage should be changed from one man and one woman to two men and two women. But, let me say that, “two men having continual homosexual sex is not marriage.” Neither is “two women having continual homosexual sex marriage.” Let me say this, when it comes to homosexuals, and their sexual activities, “do you know what they do?” Is that normal?

Parents need to get control of their children. They need to get their children involved in church activities. Pastors need to ensure that their sermons are based on the Word of God, and not on political rhetoric. Traditional democrat and union members need to get serious about their relationship with God. They need to stop turning their backs on God when they support democrat initiatives such as abortion on demand and homosexual marriage. The democrat party’s “lady of the left” is adamant on her support for abortion on demand and homosexual marriage. It is beyond me how someone who claims to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior can cast their vote for such a candidate who supports abortion on demand and homosexual marriage. By the way, “it’s not gay marriage!” The correct word is “homosexual,” not “gay!” As believers in Christ, we should be correct and accurate in the words that we use. As a nation we need to remember the Words of God that He spoke to the nation of Israel in the year 1004 B.C., as follows.

2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Bible

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”

Our nation is quickly approaching a point in its history where all of our freedoms and liberties will be determined by a godless society. We must elect to office those candidates who unashamedly admit to being believers of Christ and supporters of the teachings of the Bible. The democrat lady of the left has used the term, “freedom of worship.” That term is very incorrect. The correct constitutional guarantee is “freedom of religion.” Freedom of worship relates to going into a building. Freedom of Religion relates to our being able to go outside of that building and practice what we learned inside of the building. Our nation’s leader also used the same words as the lady of the left; with both of them making those statements during a short period of time. We must elect to public office those people who will not defy the Words of God. If Christians do not get out and vote in the upcoming presidential and congressional elections, we may lose our constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion. Consider the following media reports that relate to “Freedom Of Worship” as opposed to “Freedom Of Religion.”

By Jonathan Imbody – – Monday, January 28, 2013
President Obama marked Religious Freedom Day earlier this month by framing religious liberty as “the freedom to worship as we choose.” If the president had not been restricting and attacking religious freedom so egregiously, he might merit a pass for using “freedom to worship” as poor shorthand for religious liberty.

The First Amendment of our Constitution actually reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The constitutionally guaranteed free exercise of religion in America extends well beyond the freedom to worship. It includes the freedom to live out our conscientiously held beliefs.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/28/obama-freedom-to-worship-assaults-first-amendment/#ixzz3Yex6lNHQ
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Freedom of Worship vs. Freedom of Religion

Paul Moses February 22, 2012 – 10:29pm

save_freedom_worship-43-NRThere is much ado lately about the few times in the past three years when President Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used the phrase “freedom of worship” rather than “freedom of religion.” The term was good enough for FDR to include in his Four Freedoms in a speech before Congress on January 6, 1941 – “the freedom of every person to worship God in his own way – anywhere in the world,” as he wrote it himself. The same term is now Exhibit A for those prosecuting the charge that the Obama administration is set on subverting the freedom of religion.The case was made in 2010 at First Things:

Recently, both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been caught using the phrase freedom of worship in prominent speeches, rather than the freedom of religion the President called for in Cairo.If the swap-out occurred only once or twice, one might appropriately conclude it was merely a rhetorical accident. However, both the President and his Secretary of State have now replaced freedom of religion with freedom of worship too many times to seem inadvertent.

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Police Commissioner: Rioters ‘Came Right Out Of The High Schools’

Where are the parents?

CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told reporters late Monday night that a bulk of the rioters who pelted officers with rocks and bricks, inciting a massive display of looting and vandalism across parts of West Baltimore were area high schoolers.

“These are Baltimore youthful residents, a number of them came right out of the local high schools there on the other side of Mondawmin and started engaging in this,” said Batts. “I think these were youth coming out of the high school and they thought it was cute to throw cinder blocks at the police department and address it that way.”

Fifteen police officers were injured, six seriously, in the violence. One officer was knocked unconscious by the blows from flying debris, and others were said to have suffered broken bones. Batts said he thanked the officers he saw being treated in Shock Trauma.

A CVS…

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Baltimore County Police Investigating Other Riot Threats

Where are the parents?

CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) –Police are investigating several messages on social media that threaten another riot, this time in Baltimore County.

Security Square Mall is closed as a precaution and several other schools and universities are closed or closing early as a precautionary measure.

Police say they are aware of the message and they are “taking these messages seriously and has gathered appropriate resources should the need for them occur.”

But, at this time there is no evidence of a threat.

County police also continue to support city police.

Police will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. about these possible threats.

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Childhood – Gone, But Not Forgotten

Suyash Chopra

Childhood

“Those were the best days of my life“. How indeed! Now that we are grown up, seeing photographs of our childhood can evoke lot of fond memories – memories that will always be etched in all the cells of our life. Though you can live your childhood only once, you can always relive seeing your own child grow up. Or, it can be any child with its cute little gestures and smiles. Nostalgia sets in, isn’t it?

Two Childhoods Two Childhoods

It is often said that when you grow old, you tend to be living your childhood once again. I do not know how that is true. But i guess, after having lived all these years of one’s worldly life, having attained all the wisdom and enlightenment of how death is the ultimate truth of life, people go back to their fondest memories of their life – childhood. Else, why would we be told that…

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Fishing

Saturday Night Fever
“Follow Me,” Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for people!” Mark 1:17

Wow! Saturday Night Fever! Really good music! As I have said before, the purpose of this blog is to be an extension of my pulpit. There are many people around the world who never darken the doorway of a church, and many of them are good people who love music, but have yet to find a tune that says “Jesus loves me” to them. I trust that many of those people, who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, will go beyond these videos and search other posts that are contained within the borders of this blog. Such findings will be things of humor, truth and justice, and, yes, there will be found among these writings, the truth of the love of Jesus. Such a searcher will come to realize that young boys, who may become ministers of the gospel of Christ, actually enjoy pop music, dancing, and yes, even girls. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have three wonderful children, as well as grand children. So, please let me close my thoughts by saying, “it’s okay to enjoy the Lord.” I would also like to present “the gospel in a nutshell:”

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).

I trust that any of you, who do not have such a saving faith in Jesus, will make a decision to believe in Him as your Lord and Savior. If you have questions, you can reply to this post, and tell me to not show your comment; I will abide by your wishes. By the way, most of my teen years were spent in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. My area of town was very much a “Fonzie, American Bandstand, and Saturday Night Fever,” working class neighborhood. I really miss that city, and those days, that keep many warm memories in my mind. I know a very special blogger friend who makes her home not far from that area that I knew as home. She also has a blog ministry that serves our Lord Jesus, greatly. But, don’t ask me to tell you where she lives, because Christian bloggers are wonderful at loving Jesus, “and” at keeping secrets. too. “Now, let’s continue with the music of “Saturday Night Fever.”

More Than A Woman

Disco Inferno – Short Version

Disco Inferno – Long Version

Two Deleted Scenes

Disco

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