Sojourning Under the Sun: Sabbath Conforming: Magistrate (Matthew 5:33-48)

Christ tells us not to take an oath, we are not to get vengeance, and we are called to a radical love.  If those things are not hard enough we hear that we are supposed to be perfect as our heavenly father is perfect.  How can we measure up to this standard?  Do we just ignore these commands because they are impossible?  Do we strive to keep them in the hopes that God will still accept us?  What do we do with these difficult commands?

Job's Righteousness and God's Judgment (Job 27)

Job is not done speaking and now he is one who affirms that God carries out His justice.  Job knows that God will judge the world, but Job carries a deep frustration within himself.  On the one hand Job knows the fate of the wicked, he knows that God judges the wicked, but Job’s punishment parallels the wicked’s life.  Job does not see how this can be reconciled.  So, how do we reconcile Job’s life with the Lord judging the wicked?

I Am Not Tired (Job 26:1-14)

Job is getting his case ready before the Lord and he will not back down no matter what the counselors say to him.  Job is one who feels the weight of this age, the pursuit of the Lord, and majesty of God.  He knows that God is majestic and Job breaks forth in a wonderful declaration of the Lord’s majesty.  So, why is Job so frustrated?

Sojourning Under the Sun: Sabbath Conforming: Marriage (Matthew 5:27-32)

Christ goes through the law and lays out the challenge of the seventh commandment.  This is another commandment that one might think is rather easy to keep, but is this really such an easy command to keep?  Is this one of the least commands or do we make it one of the least commands?  What are some of the implications regarding this commandment?

Sojourning Under the Sun: Sabbath Conforming: Murder (Matthew 5:21-26)

Christ continues to instruct the disciples on the mountain regarding life in this kingdom.  His presentation now is that the law of God has more meaning than just a few external commands that are easy to follow.  Christ goes through the command to murder which we might think is pretty easy to obey.  I mean there are a lot of people who have gone through this life without taking another human life.  Our temptation might be to skip over this command and to move onto a commandment that is probably a little more challenging.  So, what is the real challenge for us not to murder someone?

We are Tired (Job 25:1-6)

This is a very short speech in the book of Job.  The counselors are those who are very wordy, but now we find that they are starting to fade away.  Why are the counselors no longer talking?  Have the counselors run out of words or is something else happening?

What about Baptism?

This is the ripped audio from our membership class video.  I wanted to put this up on the web because many people who visit our church inquire about the doctrine of infant baptism.  I do not claim this lecture to be the definitive defense of the doctrine, but I see it as presenting some Biblical reasons for infant baptism.

Sojourning Under the Sun: Sabbath Conforming (Matthew 5:17-20)

Christ stands on the mountain and tells us that in order for us to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven our righteousness has to exceed the righteousness of the scribes and the pharisees.  That is pretty serious because they really understood the Lord’s Word and seemed to take it seriously.  So, how can one enter into the Kingdom of Heaven?

This is a Senseless Struggle (Job 23-24)

Job is frustrated that the counselors will not see things the way that Job sees things. Job is frustrated that God will not see things the way that Job sees them.  Job thinks that if God, the counselors, and wisdom would follow his lead than all would be well.  If we are honest there are times when we might have this struggle or thought as well, but is it in line with the Word of God?  What could be the issue in such thinking?

A Holy Household (Ephesians 6:1-4)

The Apostle Paul exhorts children to obey their parents for this is pleasing to the Lord.  It is not a surprise to us that Paul would exhort children to obey their parents, but what does this imply about their status in the church?  Why is the context of their exhortation so significant? Why is it important that this exhortation seems to echo the Old Testament?  What could this imply about children being in covenant with the Lord?