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Mark J. CongrovePastor, Bethel Baptist church
It’s Wednesday… I’m thinking about getting you ready for Friday as I plan for tonight’s Wednesday supper.
Text: Mediocrity: chapter 9:
Intro: Did you enjoy the story about Junior? Amazing stuff just beyond our grasp!
THE FOUR FACES OF GREED!
1. Greed is the excessive motivation to have more money.
2. Greed is the excessive determination to own more things
3. Greed is the excessive desire to become more famous; to make a name for ourselves.
4. Greed is the excessive desire to gain more control.
What do you think? Is he right? Do we feel the pressure in our own life?
Bible School opening: Two installments: Hymn shorts/ December 16/23: Angels from the realm of glory; What child is this.
Bethel Christmas sermon vol 3: 12.23.12
Title: What were the hopeful thinking?
Big Idea: Great anticipation produces single-minded service for Christ.
Intro: what longing looks like? Think about the major events you have waited for. I anticipated the onset if shaving with a combination if passion and practice– trying out my hand with a blade less razor of my dad’s and enough shaving cream to cover my body.
If I were to ask our younger members what they were greatly anticipating, the top two might be driving and dating, maybe followed by being out on their own.
But what was the Jewish world waiting for as the world clocks shifted from BC to AD?
Since the day that Adam and Eve stepped back from God’s plan and into their own way, the believing community had waited for an answer to Eve’s plight…” Have I gotten a (real) man from The Lord?” What was the Jewish world thinking?
Certainly, hope was part of their vocabulary, but for many in Israel, hope was spelled “MASTER”– In other words, Master of the world, and Lords of all the nations… William Barclay helps us here…
“To bring in that day some believed that some great, celestial champion would descend upon the earth…. Another king from David’s line and all the glories would revive; some believed that God Himself would break directly into history by supernatural means. But in contrast to all that, there were some few people who were known as the quiet in the land. They had no dreams of violence and of power and of armies with banners; they believed in a life of constant prayer and quiet watchfulness until God should come. All their lives they waited quietly and patiently upon God. (Barclay, pg. 26)
Christmas 2012 vol 3.pdf
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I thought rather than spending time in our book I might inquire about the book that is your life.
What is it about the Christmas of your childhood that most lingers in your mind as an adult?
As you have grown, what memories have you made with your family?
What us the most important aspect of Christmas for you?
Be honest now; Don’t tell me what you think I want to hear…
For example, I have great memories of being allowed to open one gift on Christmas Eve.
Another memory is attending a mid-night Christmas Eve service at a church in our hometown and being captivated by the beauty and circumstances surrounding this service.
And finally, great memories of the other mindedness of my parents and the extravagance that they lavished on me… And always, they would say…”Well, we had to cut down this year…”
Ok, those are some of mine. What’s yours?
See you tomorrow… Weather allowing!
Bethel Church: 12.12.12
Learning lessons– living life
The Tag: The benefit of being regenerated is only improved by the benefit of being illuminated by the Spirit of God as to see Jesus in a wonderful and improved light. Behold we now see through a glass darkly, but then, face to face.
Review: John 16:12-15
The importance of the Spirit’s work in the future for the progress of their faith and growth in service for the King. Th unfolding of the revelation:
Teaching what is historically relevant. Unpacking the narrative of God’s work. The truth about Jesus: John 16:13; 14:26 Teaching what is doctrinally sound: John 14:26
Teaching what is prophetically sure: 16:13
Clearly, the disciples have “not arrived” yet, but when they do arrive, certain traits will be evident and true of their lives… Read more…
Cafe Bethel 12.12.12.pdf
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