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Children of the Devil Part 1

Hello everyone! Before I begin I would like to apologize for basically not posting last week; we’ve had a rough week here and it made posting very difficult. However, I will try to continue with my regular weekly posts again. Thank you for your patience!

Today’s post is on John 8:44. In this passage the Pharisees are telling Jesus (Lord of all things) that their true father is Abraham. However, Jesus tells them that if their father was Abraham, they would do as Abraham did: love the Lord! And of course if they loved the Lord they would love Jesus, because the 2 are synonymous. Instead their father was the devil, and Jesus says this because they do as their father does: pride, lying, and namely murder.

So if the pharisees wanted to fulfill their father (the devil)’s desires, then what would it be? To kill Jesus. However, they did not know that this was God’s plan. It was Jesus’ plan to lay down His own life! As odd and unreasonable as it seems, Jesus did lay down his life, but why? For you. For your sins, for your life!

People, being the sinful creatures that we are, could not live without an atonement to cover over our sins and make us blameless in God’s sight. The only other way to live was to obey the law perfectly, but if you’ve been alive for more than 1 second, you must realize that being perfect all the time is impossible for us humans. So, we needed a sacrifice that could atone for all our sins, past, present, and future.

This is what God knew way back before time was even invented. God knew that us humans couldn’t be perfect, and that we’d need a sacrifice to atone for our sins. So, out of love for his people, Jesus became the sacrifice that would atone for all humanity, past, present, and future. Jesus came down from heaven, became a man, and died on a cross to save us from the world from their sins. To save you from your sins

 

– Charity Cleveland
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

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Marriage and Divorce- The Sermon

Hello everyone, today I really enjoyed the sermon that our pastor preached on Marriage and Divorce; so I’m going to give you a short summary of what I got from his sermon.

He used Matthew 19:3-9 where the pharisees come to Jesus and ask him if divorce is allowed. However, as the pastor said, this was not a sincere question; the pharisees only said this to trap Jesus- as usual. But Jesus did not give a straight out yes or no, instead he brought the pharisees right back to the beginning with Adam and Eve. God has clearly told us that in marriage, two people become as one; this was and is God’s plan for marriage. So, Jesus told them, let no one separate what God has joined.

Yet this inspired another “question” from the pharisees: if this is so, then why did Moses issue a certificate of divorce. This, they thought, would surely stump Jesus and make him look like a fool, yet Jesus had an answer for this question as well: it was because of the hardness of their hearts that made Moses issue a certificate of divorce. Then Jesus goes on to say that anyone of divorces his wife, aside from sexual immorality is committing adultery. This shows us that the only exception to the rule is if a spouse is being unfaithful in the marriage and committing adultery in some way, shape, or form. (The only other exception to the rule, as the pastor pointed out, is if a husband and wife are believer and unbeliever, and the unbeliever leaves their spouse, both of them are free to remarry. 1 Corinthians 7)

But, the pastor said, because it is possible to divorce for such a reason as this does not mean that it is a necessity to divorce after something like this happens. Why? Because of Jesus! With Jesus and the gospel, any marriage is mend-able- any life is mend-able! The pastor illustrated this point by finishing with the story of the adulterous woman; none of the pharisees could justly throw a stone at her because none of them were sinless. And yet Jesus, who was the only one who could truly condemn her, showed her amazing grace.

– Charity Cleveland

The Sermon- Lazarus and the Rich Man

Hello, today the Pastor preached on Lazarus and the rich man; and this is our summary of what he said.

Basically the pastor said that we shouldn’t wait until it is too late to believe in Jesus. He said that, for the rich man, it was too late to change his mind and go to heaven.

He also talked about what the rich man said in hell. He asked Abraham to send Lazarus back to Earth to warn his brothers. Abraham said that Moses and the prophets were enough of a reason for his brothers to go to heaven. The pastor said that the rich man was saying that it was God’s fault that he went to hell. The rich man was saying, in essence, that God did not give enough of a reason for the rich man to repent; and so he thought that his brothers should at least be given enough information.

But; that is not true at all! Just look at Jesus; Jesus is our “information”! God sent His very own son to die for us; that is enough of a reason to believe that God loves us and that we do need and have a savior!

Jesus is our savior; He is the way out of Hell. And the Pastor showed us the Gospel very clearly; which I am very thankful for.

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

The Prodigal Son Part 2- Older Brother

Hello, today the Pastor preached on Luke 15:25-31.
This time he talked about the older brother, who thought it was unfair that the younger brother who had gone off and squandered his father’s wealth, should get his own party with a fattened calf. So the brother became angry, and his heart was hard.

We are like the younger brother; we went off and squandered all that God had given us. We didn’t deserve to be called His son, but God sent His only son to die in our place. We can now be called His son.

But we must be careful not to act like the older brother, especially once we accept Jesus as our savior and we become the sons and daughters of God. At times it might be easy to look down upon those who are in a position that we used to be in; we might start to ridicule them and say that they aren’t worthy of the Father’s love. That is true; but we aren’t worthy of the Father’s love either! In fact no one, on their own, is worthy of God’s love, but because of Jesus’ sacrifice we are now made children of God! Praise the Lord!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

The Prodigal Son

Hello, today the Sermon was on the Prodigal son in Luke 15.

We see the Gospel in the Prodigal Son in how the son squandered his money, but was forgiven. We are like the son; we squandered our lives. We sinned against God, and we deserved to die and go to hell. But God sent a substitute in our place; He sent Jesus to die for us. Jesus took our sin, and died for us on the Cross.

Just as the father gladly received his son, and even gave him the fattened calf to celebrate, so God welcomes us into his family. Jesus saved us from our sins and enabled us to have contact with God, and so we are now the sons and daughters of God!

Even though we, as the prodigal son did, went astray, God sent Jesus to bring us back and save us from our sins!

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland and,
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

Sermon: Mustard Seed

Hello, the sermon today was on Luke 13:18-21. The pastor preached on the Kingdom of God.

We see the Gospel in Luke 13 in that the mustard seed and the yeast represent Jesus. Jesus, like that mustard seed, died and produced “fruit” or us. Jesus permeates through the body of believers like the yeast through the bread. John 12:24 says:

“24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

Like a seed Jesus died and was put in the grave (or in the ground) before He resurrected. And after He rose from the grave He gave good news to others, and then that Good News that we are saved because of Jesus grew. Just like a mustard seed planted in the ground, the Gospel has grown just like a tree.

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland and,
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

 

Sermon: We are Worth Something in Christ

Hello! Today the sermon was on Luke 13:10-17 where Jesus heals a woman who has been crippled for 18 years. The pastor started by talking about the cripple woman: she was rejected. She was a woman, and women of that time were considered lower than men. She also had an ailment, so she was an outcast. She was crippled so she was in pain for 18 years. She was as low as they came, and yet Jesus helped her.

We are like that crippled woman. We were broken, and God could have looked down on us and said “I have given you patience and I have helped you many times, but you still sin”; He could have rejected us. But He didn’t; instead He offered His son to fix our broken spirit and to heal us. Jesus died for us so that we might be healed, and so that we wouldn’t be broken!

Of course, the pastor did elaborate more on the passage, but to me that was the most beautiful part!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland