DiM | “Control” by Tenth Avenue North

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February 19, 2018. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Control (Somehow You Want Me)” by 10th Avenue North which currently sits at #1 on the20theCountdownMagazine.

It’s been a while since we last took a look at the top 20 chart, so we have several new songs on the list we’ll need to review. Today, we start at the top of the chart with a song from Tenth Avenue North that really is all about “me”. This song leverages the “relationship” metaphor to make the listener feel special that the King of Heaven wants me. Apparently, the point is to feel wanted by God, even though you don’t deserve it. Let’s listen to the song and then work through the lyrics to see why we are giving this song a disapproval. Hint: the premise is wrong.

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Lyrics (via K-Love)

Here I am, all my intentions
All my obsessions, I wanna lay them all down
In Your hands, only Your love is vital
Though I’m not entitled
Still You call me Your child

God, You don’t need me, but somehow You want me
Oh, how You love me, somehow that frees me
To take my hands off of my life and the way it should go
Oh, God, You don’t need me, but somehow You want me
Oh, how You love me, somehow that frees me
To open my hands up and give You control
I give You control

I’ve had plans shattered and broken
Things I have hoped in, fall through my hands
You have plans to redeem and restore me
You’re behind and before me
Oh, help me believe

You want me
Somehow You want me
The King of Heaven wants me
So this world has lost its grip on me

Oh, give You control
Oh, I want to give You control
I give You control

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Discussion

Based on the setup in the first verse, I think this song is intended for a “born again” audience. At least, it needs to be otherwise there are some serious theological problems with claiming that unbelievers could be considered children of God. So, this song is meant to be a sort of confession/promise of the believer to do some things for God so that God can do some things for the believer. The song doesn’t do it in a crass way, but let’s work through the parts of the song. The overcooking of the relationship model winds up focused on “me” rather than Him.

Verse 1. Here we have some disjointed lines somewhat confessing intension and obsessions need to be laid down. As we’ve already noted, this song aims at the Christian who is already “saved”, so the one sin we aren’t talking about directly is the sin of unbelief. But what tends to happen in so much of American Christianity is that once we’ve “been saved” we lose all language of sin, repentance, and our desperate need for forgiveness of sin. As though “once saved” all that remains is “doing better”. That’s generally where the relationship paradigm comes in, it suggests that there is a “getting saved” that equates to no longer being a stranger to God, but now we need to “go deeper in our relationship with Him” and that takes work on our end. Are our intentions inherently sinful? Do we need to lay down all of them? I’m sure our obsessions must be wrong, right? Or is it a matter of getting ourselves to obsess over the right things? Instead of teaching sound doctrine, it’s easier to romanticize these ideas and work them into the relationship paradigm, where the problem isn’t the obsession, it’s merely the object of that obsession. This premise fails because of two things. Firstly, it lacks a real understanding of the problem of sin and our need for continual forgiveness. Christians still sin and it is still sin, not merely mistakes or generic “brokenness”. Secondly, there is the problem of the vagueness of “relationship”. All of mankind has “a relationship” with God… either they stand condemned for sin and unbelief, or they are forgiven by Christ. There is no “other” category. The cross is still relevant for Christians, we still need the Holy Spirit to deliver the forgiveness of our sins won by Christ on the Cross to us and for us regularly. The Christian walk is one of repentance. Romanticizing and softening that language is unhelpful. When we lose sight of our sin, we also lose sight of the urgency of Christ’s forgiveness. We see this in the very generic reference to God’s love being only what’s vital. Yes, God’s Love is vital, and it was displayed fully for us at the cross, where Christ bore the full brunt of God’s Wrath against sin… our sin… in our place… so that we might be saved.

Chorus. So when we lose sight of the cross, we start to lose our bearing when it comes to talking of God’s love. This get’s a little sideways when we start to rely too heavily on relationship paradigms because as earthly people we tend toward romantic love and physical intimacy. Our society only has one word for love but that word isn’t enough. In some ways we recognize our own selfishness in others, so we don’t always trust those who love us because they need us. At the same time, we also don’t trust those who love us even if they don’t need us. We don’t trust those who love us because they need us. It’s not enough to be loved, we need to feel wanted. So, in this chorus we have been given just that… and overture of how God wants us even though He doesn’t need us. I do appreciate the confession in the song that God doesn’t need us. It is an important distinction that must be made when flirting with the whole “relationship” paradigm.

But this song is a Christian song, right? So why are we playing dumb in the whole “somehow that frees me” line? Have we gone so artistically vague that we no longer confess the Gospel even to ourselves? This is for Christian, isn’t it? We’ve definitely overcooked the emotional bit of this relationship model. And now we have the promise being made to God, a promise we can’t actually make, by the way. A promise to give God control over our lives. What does that even mean? Remember, we should be speaking as scripture speaks, of resisting and fleeing from sin, of confessing and repenting of sin, and asking God for forgiveness. The Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 5 of how we are to walk in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:16-26 (ESV) But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

And this is a continual thing, a temporal constant in the life of Christians who still remain in sinful flesh walking in a sinful and fallen world. It is by God’s Grace that we have been regenerated to new life and have been filled by the Holy Spirit Who bears fruit in His children. We still sin, our flesh actively wars against the Spirit, and we still need the Law to mortify our flesh, convicting us of our present sin. Faith repents and receives the forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ our LORD.

The chorus repeats the need/wants bit, but if we look at how Scripture speaks we realize this simply isn’t a neccessary language. God loved us so much He sent His Son to save us.

John 3:16-18  (ESV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

Verse 2. I get the desire to make these songs open-ended and vague, hoping to broaden the potential audience so that anyone hearing the lyrics can think, “that’s totally me”. But this verse is making the dilemma about my “broken and shattered” plans and hopes that slipped through my fingers. Remember earlier when I was talking about intentions and obsessions? Same deal here. The turn in the verse isn’t going to examine whether or not those things were good or bad, just that they didn’t work out and now the person needs to pursue God’s plans and hopes for us. This rings of that dream-destiny nonsense from Robert Morris and those influenced by him. There are also hints at common evangelical prooftexts ripped out of context often to demand (declare) that God is going to make me a winner. But the song doesn’t actually give any guidance. It’s vague encouragement.

Bridge. Back to the wanting talk, but now we have the line The King of Heaven wants me
So this world has lost its grip on me. This manages to talk around Christ’s finished work on the cross such that we get a vague connection between God wanting me and somehow the world losing its grip on me. While it is true that Christ has set us free from the grip of the world, this line only addresses the external actor (the world) in our sin. We have not confessed our sinful flesh. We have not repented of our sinful desires. We have not asked for forgiveness. Instead, we’ve lamented broken plans, how I need to lay down my intentions and obsessions, and how badly and inexplicably God wants me.

Conclusion

The punchline of the song and the tie-in for the title is that because God wants me, I’m going to give Him control over my life. Brothers and sisters in Christ… God IS in control over our lives. This isn’t something you have to grant Him. Scripture doesn’t speak of a relationship that requires our surrender; rather, we are adopted children through the Blood of Jesus Christ, and in His Love, God disciplines us when we sin. The language of Law and Gospel, sin and grace, repentance and the forgiveness of sin is what we see throughout Scripture. In closing, let us look to the exhortation in Hebrews 12 immediately following the hall of faith in Hebrews 11.

Hebrews 12 (ESV) Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears. For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.

Amen.

In Christ Jesus,
Jorge

CTT | Seeing is Believing?

While not particularly a religious idiom, we live in a culture that insists on the idea that “seeing is believing”.

In social media we see the idiom translated as, “pics or it didn’t happen” or “video or it didn’t happen”. If we look how the idiom is defined in the online Cambridge Dictionary (here), we get the following definition:

if you see something yourself, you will believe it to exist or be true, despite the factthat it is unlikely

In popular evangelicalism, this notion finds its way into how we talk about evangelism when the emphasis moves away from actually preaching the good news (the evangel) and focuses more on us somehow “demonstrating” the Gospel. We discussed this before in CTT|Earn the Right to Speak Truth?  The idea sometimes gets super-charged in the “signs and wonders” crowd who teach that people will not believe the Gospel unless the Church starts “operating in the gifts of the spirit” performing miracles, so-called “healing crusades” and big-tent revivals. The hard truth is that these movements aren’t actually performing any miracles, they are teaching false signs and wonders and they aren’t even preaching the evangel, the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But today, let us focus in on the claim that “Seeing is Believing” and see if it squares with Scripture.

Seeing is Believing in the Old Testament?

For this to be a trustworthy saying, surely we should be able to find some evidence of this in Scripture, right? Let us begin our investigation of this concept by looking for a generation of people who saw arguably the greatest display of God’s might and power to Save. Let us consider the Hebrews whom God delivered out of the hand of Pharaoh of Egypt. Consider the 10 plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, Mana from heaven, Water from the rock at Horeb, they heard the voice of God at Mount Sinai and they trembled and begged Moses to be the one to hear the Voice of God on their behalf. They saw the cloud of the LORD covering the Tabernacle. When they had the audacity to complain of the mana, the LORD sent quail. Yet, despite having seen all of these signs and wonders, they failed to believe God would bring them into the Promised Land. In Numbers 13, the LORD commands Moses to send 12 spies into the Land of Canaan. When the spies return after 40 days only Joshua and Caleb had faith that the LORD would hand the land over to Israel. The people rebelled against Joshua, Caleb, Moses, Aaron, and against God.

Numbers 14:1-12 (ESV) Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”

Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the people of Israel. And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.” Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel.

And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them? I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”

I’ve highlighted the clearest condemnation against them in the LORD’s response. This generation remained in unbelief, despite the signs God had done among them. No generation can claim to have seen more at one time than this one. Seeing is believing? Not for this generation.

Numbers 14:13-30 (ESV) But Moses said to the Lord, “Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for you brought up this people in your might from among them, and they will tell the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that you, O Lord, are in the midst of this people. For you, O Lord, are seen face to face, and your cloud stands over them and you go before them, in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. Now if you kill this people as one man, then the nations who have heard your fame will say, ‘It is because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land that he swore to give to them that he has killed them in the wilderness.’ And now, please let the power of the Lord be great as you have promised, saying, ‘The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’ Please pardon the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt until now.”

Then the Lord said, “I have pardoned, according to your word. But truly, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord, none of the men who have seen my glory and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have put me to the test these ten times and have not obeyed my voice, shall see the land that I swore to give to their fathers. And none of those who despised me shall see it. But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it. Now, since the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valleys, turn tomorrow and set out for the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.” And the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, “How long shall this wicked congregation grumble against me? I have heard the grumblings of the people of Israel, which they grumble against me. Say to them, ‘As I live, declares the Lord, what you have said in my hearing I will do to you: your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness, and of all your number, listed in the census from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against me, not one shall come into the land where I swore that I would make you dwell, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.

Only those of faith, though who believed the Word of the Lord actually got to see the Promised Land. We could go through many other examples of the persistence of unbelief in the face of great signs and wonders, but I think this quite the example for now. Let’s look to see if we find anything in the New Testament regarding the notion of “seeing is believing”.

Seeing is Believing in the New Testament?

One might be tempted to point to Thomas to support the idea that “seeing is believing”, so let us go there first.

John 20:24-29 (ESV) Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

This is not where we want to be… giving God an ultimatum of His Promises. I’ve highlighted the LORD’s rebuke of Thomas. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

For a more thorough teaching against the notion that “seeing is believing” let us look to one of the parables Jesus taught, the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus.

Luke 16:19-31 (ESV) | The Rich Man and Lazarus
“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’

Notice the focus of Abraham’s statement… its focus is upon hearing Moses and the Prophets. And if they will not hear Moses and the Prophets, they won’t believe no matter what they see.

Faith comes by Hearing…

Romans 10:11-17 (ESV) For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

So then, brothers, when it comes to evangelism, let us not stumble into the trap of thinking we can add to the Preaching of God’s Word. Whether it be a temptation to “demonstrate miracles, signs, wonders” or the temptation to make an inescapable logical argument to make unbelievers see the obvious truths… do not be distracted by the simple fact that it is God alone who saves, and He has promised to do so by His Word. The same Word through which He created all things visible and invisible (Creed).

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (ESV) | Christ the Wisdom and Power of God
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Preach the Word of the Cross, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of sin. It is the LORD who saves, by His Grace, through Faith. And that faith comes by hearing through the Word of Christ.

Numbers 6:24-26 (ESV)
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Amen.
In Christ Jesus,
Jorge

2018 Time to get the Blog back into shape

Friends of Faithful Stewardship,

It has been a very long time since this blog has had an update. The past 6 months have been quite tumultuous. In September, I received word that the company I work for in my day job lost  the contract for the job I’ve been working for over 7 years. There was a long protest of the contract decision. In the end, it was finalized that last week would be my last week working that job. That final decision came just a couple of weeks before Christmas 2017… which made finding new work extra difficult due to the holidays.

We learned a lot during this time, and I plan on sharing much of what we learned in the weeks to come as we start getting this blog back into shape. Suffice it to say that this season has been a time of reflection and trusting in God to provide for us.

Romans 5:1-5 (ESV) Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

I’m thankful that He provided a position within my firm that allows for us to continue gainful employment. This new position will involve a lot of travel, which separates me from my wife and children for extended periods of time. So, I will be pouring some extra time into this blog site. I look forward to getting caught up with the Top 20 CCM songs for DiM work, but I also want to get back into some of the CTT stuff. I’ve also been asked to serve as moderator for a couple more Facebook groups, so I get to engage with folks more directly in theological matters. The next few blog posts I have in mind will reflect some of the engagements I’ve had in social media over the past several months.

So, I need to get working on a few blog entries this week and I hope to start publishing next week, Lord willing. In the meantime, thank you for reading this far, and thank you for all of the prayers and encouragement.

Romans 16:24-27 (ESV) Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

In Christ Jesus,
Jorge

Merry Christmas 2017!

It has been a while since we’ve updated the site. I haven’t disappeared, it’s just a very busy holiday season. I started taking professional development classes for my day-job and found out last week that the current contract I’ve been working since 2010 has been awarded to a different company, so I’m now praying for a new contract in 2018. Please remember us in your prayers. The LORD will provide.

So, with all of this going on and we still have another family road trip coming up, updating this site has been on the back burner. The LORD willing, I plan on jumping back into this DiM work and some more CTT posts in the new year.

Hebrews 13:20-21 (ESV)

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

In Christ Jesus,
Jorge

Friday Sermon | The Beatitudes Matthew 5:1–12

frisermonToday, we’ll be listening to Pastor Chris Rosebrough, Pastor of Kongsvinger Lutheran Church and the host of Fighting for the Faith on Pirate Christian Radio.

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Sermon Text

Matthew 5:1-12 (ESV) | The Beatitudes

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

In Christ Jesus,
Jorge