Sept 7-13-08 Gods Love


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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here:
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers Sept 7-13

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Sept 7-13-08 Gods Love

  1. 1. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>Today's world is full of pain and bitterness. So many groups feel deep disappointment. So many problems seem to defy solutions. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>A glance at the daily headlines reveals a tide of distrust, discord, and disharmony sweeping the planet. Can Christians be effective in such an environment? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>Not unless they recognize the pain and perplexities that abound wherever real people encounter the real struggles of everyday existence. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>Jeremiah serves as a model for how to make a sober, realistic appraisal of human need. As he witnessed the devastation left in the aftermath of Jerusalem's fall, he reflected on the darkness and despair that covered the city. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>Lamentations 3:1 NET א (Alef) I am the man who has experienced affliction from the rod of his wrath. 2 He drove me into captivity and made me walk </li></ul><ul><li>in darkness and not light. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>3 He repeatedly attacks me, </li></ul><ul><li>he turns his hand against me all day long . </li></ul><ul><li>4 ב (Bet) </li></ul><ul><li>He has made my mortal skin waste away; </li></ul>
  7. 7. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>he has broken my bones. 5 He has besieged and surrounded me with bitter hardship. </li></ul><ul><li>6 He has made me reside in deepest darkness </li></ul><ul><li>like those who died long ago. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>7 ג (Gimel) He has walled me in so that I cannot get out; </li></ul><ul><li>he has weighted me down with heavy prison chains. </li></ul><ul><li>8 Also, when I cry out desperately for help, </li></ul><ul><li>he has shut out my prayer. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>9 He has blocked every road I take with a wall of hewn stones; </li></ul><ul><li>he has made every path impassable. </li></ul><ul><li>10 ד (Dalet) To me he is like a bear lying in ambush, like a hidden lion stalking its prey. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>11 He has obstructed my paths and torn me to pieces; </li></ul><ul><li>he has made me desolate. 12 He drew his bow and made me the target for his arrow. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>13 ה (He) He shot his arrows into my heart. 14 I have become the laughingstock of all people, their mocking song all day long. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>15 He has given me my fill of bitter herbs and made me drunk with bitterness. </li></ul><ul><li>16 ו (Vav) </li></ul><ul><li>He ground my teeth in gravel; </li></ul><ul><li>he trampled me in the dust. </li></ul><ul><li>17 I am deprived of peace; </li></ul>
  13. 13. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>I have forgotten what happiness is. 18 So I said, &quot;My endurance has expired; </li></ul><ul><li>I have lost all hope of deliverance from the LORD.&quot; </li></ul>
  14. 14. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>Yet having looked that harsh reality in the eye, he then turned an eye toward God. He recognized that the only hope that remained for his people was hope in God's mercy, compassion, faithfulness, and goodness. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>Lamentations 3:22 NET ח (Khet) </li></ul><ul><li>The LORD's loyal kindness never ceases; </li></ul><ul><li>his compassions never end. 23 They are fresh every morning; </li></ul>
  16. 16. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>your faithfulness is abundant! 24 “My portion is the LORD,&quot; I have said to myself, </li></ul><ul><li>so I will put my hope in him. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>Like Jeremiah, Christians today have a message of hope to offer the world—the hope that is in Jesus Christ. We do not have all the answers to today's needs and problems, but we have the Lord. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>He is the light of the world, and we are called to bring His light into this dark world. </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 5:14 NET You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>15 People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>John 1:4 NET In him was life , and the life was the light of mankind. 5 And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>1 John 1:5 NET Now this is the gospel message we have heard from him and announce to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>God could have used angels, miracles, or numerous other means to announce His message. Instead, He has chosen everyday people to carry His message. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Messengers Of Bright Hope <ul><li>Working through ordinary people facing the ordinary issues of day-to-day life. God intends to let the world know that there is hope beyond the problems and frustrations of the here and now. </li></ul><ul><li>Are you fulfilling this calling in your life? </li></ul><ul><li>(Word in Life Study Bible) </li></ul>
  24. 24. Jeremiah saw hope in God <ul><li>Jeremiah's sorrow and consolation represented the nation's agony. Surrounded by sin and sorrow, Jeremiah saw hope in God's steadfast love and mercy. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Jeremiah saw hope in God <ul><li>God renews our lives day by day. The fog of the broken heart. It's a dark fog that slyly imprisons the soul and refuses easy escape. It's a silent mist that eclipses the sun and beckons the darkness. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Jeremiah saw hope in God <ul><li>It's a heavy cloud that honors no hour and respects no person. </li></ul><ul><li>Depression, discouragement, disappointment, doubt... all are companions of this dreaded presence. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Jeremiah saw hope in God <ul><li>The fog of the broken heart disorients our life. It makes it hard to see the road. Dim your lights. Wipe off the windshield. Slow down. Do what you wish, nothing helps. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Jeremiah saw hope in God <ul><li>When this fog encircles us, our vision is blocked and tomorrow is a forever away. When this billowy blackness envelops us, the most earnest words of help and hope are but vacant phrases. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Jeremiah saw hope in God <ul><li>If you have ever been betrayed by a friend, you know what I mean. If you have ever been dumped by a spouse or abandoned by a parent, you have seen this fog. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Jeremiah saw hope in God <ul><li>If you have ever placed a spade of dirt on a loved one's casket or kept vigil at a dear one's bedside, you, too, recognize this cloud. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Jeremiah saw hope in God <ul><li>If you have been in this fog, or are in it now, you can be sure of one thing—you are not alone. Even the saltiest of sea captains have lost their bearings because of the appearance of this unwanted cloud.... </li></ul>
  32. 32. Jeremiah saw hope in God <ul><li>Think back over the last two or three months. How many broken hearts did you encounter? How many wounded spirits did you witness? How many stories of tragedy did you read about?... </li></ul>
  33. 33. Jeremiah saw hope in God <ul><li>The list goes on and on, doesn't it? Foggy tragedies. How they blind our vision and destroy our dreams. Forget any great hopes of reaching the world. Forget any plans of changing society. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Jeremiah saw hope in God <ul><li>Forget any aspirations of moving mountains. Forget all that. Just help me make it through the night! </li></ul><ul><li>The suffering of the broken heart.... </li></ul>
  35. 35. Jeremiah saw hope in God <ul><li>Seeing God ... does wonders for our own suffering. God was never more human than at this hour. God was never nearer to us than when he hurt. The Incarnation was never so fulfilled as in the garden. </li></ul>
  36. 36. Jeremiah saw hope in God <ul><li>As a result, time spent in the fog of pain could be God's greatest gift. It could be the hour that we finally see our Maker.... Maybe in our suffering we can see God like never before. </li></ul>
  37. 37. Jeremiah saw hope in God <ul><li>The next time you are called to suffer, pay attention. It may be the closest you'll ever get to God. Watch closely. It could very well be that the hand that extends itself to lead you out of the fog is a pierced one. (From No Wonder They Call Him the Savior by Max Lucado) </li></ul>
  38. 38. Jeremiah saw hope in God <ul><li>Send a note to someone who is overwhelmed by his or her lot in life. Assure that friend of your prayers. Include a Scripture verse that tells of God's love. </li></ul><ul><li>(Max Lucado Devotional Bible) </li></ul>
  39. 39. God's Love <ul><li>Proverbs 13:24 NET The one who spares his rod hates his child, </li></ul><ul><li>but the one who loves his child is diligent in disciplining him. </li></ul>
  40. 40. God's Love <ul><li>Luke 12:7 NET In fact, even the hairs on your head are all numbered. Do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows. </li></ul>
  41. 41. God's Love <ul><li>Romans 8:35 NET Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? </li></ul>
  42. 42. God's Love <ul><li>36 As it is written, &quot; For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered .&quot; </li></ul>
  43. 43. God's Love <ul><li>37 No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, </li></ul>
  44. 44. God's Love <ul><li>39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. </li></ul>
  45. 45. God's Love <ul><li>Ephesians 3:17 NET that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, </li></ul>
  46. 46. God's Love <ul><li>18 you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. </li></ul>
  47. 47. God's Love <ul><li>1 John 4:9 NET By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him. </li></ul>
  48. 48. God's Love <ul><li>10 In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. </li></ul>