Joseph Prince- Your Every Blessing is Found in Jesus

Here is my summary of a sermon by Joseph Prince. The sermon is called “Your Every Blessing is Found in Jesus”; I hope you enjoy my summary!

We only watched a little bit of the sermon, but here is what I got from it. He started by saying that our righteousness is in Jesus; we don’t have to strive for it or work to get it, instead we just have to receive Jesus and He will give us His righteousness!
Then he said that Jesus is our inheritance, and he used the Levites as an example. The Lord had told the Levites that He would be their inheritance, they wouldn’t get any of the land or anything like that, instead He would be their inheritance; in essence everything He had they had.
Then Pastor Prince said that Jesus is our rest; instead of trying to do everything ourselves we should just rest in Him. He granted us rest from working for our salvation, because He gave it to us when He died for us on the cross.

So that is what I got from the sermon, and I enjoyed it very much!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

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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

Wisdom, and an Everlasting Hope

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 24:14 which says:

Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.

The first part of verse 14 says that wisdom is like honey. Solomon is saying that wisdom is good, and sweet like honey. It is something to be desired, something that we should strive for.

How do we get this wisdom? If is something that we should try and get, then how do we get it? Our wisdom is not a thing, it is a person. Jesus is our wisdom. He is the one that guides in the ways we should go; He is the Good Shepherd, and we are His sheep.

Now that we know who wisdom is, how do we get Him? Well, to put it simply, we receive Him. God sent Jesus to us; to become a human. Why? To save us from our sin. He sent Jesus to be the sacrifice for our sin. Now that we have been saved by Him, He sent His Spirit to live inside us, and to fill us.

Jesus is the wisdom that we should long for. He is the one who died to save us, and now lives inside us, filling us up with His Holy Spirit. He also brings us great joy, and love. He is the one who gave everything for us, and continues to give more to us. Now, because of what He has done, we should strive to share Him with others. We should give out the Gospel to those who need it, as well as strive for more of Him.

The last part of verse 14 tell us that if we find wisdom it will be our future hope, and furthermore, that hope will not be cut off from us. This, of course, points forward to the Gospel; Jesus is our wisdom and our hope. Jesus is the one that will be our hope, and He is the one that we will never be separated from.

Because of Jesus’ death on the cross we have hope! If it were not for Jesus taking away our sins, we would still be under God’s wrath, and we would have no hope of ever being free from it. But because Jesus died for us and removed God’s wrath from us, now we have an everlasting hope that even when we sin, if we repent, Jesus has removed it from us!

Of course, as Paul says in Romans 6, the grace of God is not a license for us to sin; instead we are dead to our sins and trespasses.

Praise God that our sins have been removed, and that they have been replaced with hope!

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

Compassion

Today the pastor preached on Luke 15:1-10; talking about the lost sheep, and the lost coin.

The main way the pastor got the Gospel, was by talking about how God doesn’t just show sympathy, He shows compassion. The pastor started talking about Jesus in the passage, and how He showed compassion to the sinners and tax-collectors. He said that God showed compassion to us when He sent His son to die on the cross for us.

And he doesn’t just offer His compassion to us, and then walk away when we refuse it. Instead He gives it to us whether we ask for it or not; because it saves us.

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

The Sermon: All for Jesus

Hello, today the Pastor preached on Luke 14:25-35.

The pastor talked about following Jesus. He said that because Jesus gave up everything for us, we should give up everything for Jesus. But we should always remember which comes first, Jesus first gave everything up for us, and so now the least we can do is give everything up for Him. Jesus didn’t give everything up for us because we gave everything for him, instead it’s the opposite.

I’m glad that the Pastor preached the Gospel!

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

Plotting Violence

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 24:1-2 which says

“Do not envy the wicked,
do not desire their company;”

“2 for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble.”

Verses 1 and 2 tell us that “their heats plot violence” and “their lips talk about making trouble”. We can see from verse 1 that Solomon is talking about the wicked. We are told not to envy them or desire their company, because they plot violence and make trouble.

This points forward to the pharisees. The Gospels tell us many times that the pharisees, who hated Jesus, plotted to kill Jesus. Their hearts plotted violence, and they talked about making trouble. But this does not only apply to the pharisees; it applies to us.

How? Every person who is born on this earth, aside from Jesus who is fully human and fully God, is born wicked. We are born with evil hearts, and we can’t do anything about it! Much like the pharisees, if left to ourselves, we would strive to obey the law and utterly fail. We would act righteous and pretend to be good, but instead our hearts would plot violence.

But we have a savior: Jesus! The pharisees, who were plotting violently against Jesus, killed Him on a cross.  But, of course, this was all part of God’s plan. Jesus had to die. He had to die to save all of us from our sin. But Jesus rose again on the third day, and arose to heaven to prepare a place for all believers. Praise God!

We can also learn from this passage that making friends with the wicked is wrong. This is an exhortation not to make friends with those who are not believers. Bad company corrupts good character. We can try and give them the Gospel if they are willing to hear, but we shouldn’t become very close friends with those who might try to influence us away from Christ.

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