Rebar for the backbone --particularly for us who live in North America and the British Isles and have lived free of persecution ‚Äď until recently. When one of us faces government officials who nurse hatred toward a lone voice in the wilderness (such as the prophet Micaiah) and favor the 400 religious moderates (I Kings 22) who speak with unanimity, Mr. Hey‚Äôs sermon helps us bear the hatred or public ridicule.
Great Sermon! Would that all who call themselves Christian understand the truth brought forth in this sermon. May God help us and deliver us from self-centeredness. We need deliverance from Me-itis. May God cause the blind to see what is at stake here and what awaits us in eternity.
Thank you so much for giving to us what we need.
Great Sermon! What a wonderful message on the necessity of the incarnation and the necessity of the resurrection. This gifted pastor made those things so clear and easy to understand. Anyone who wants to understand these mysteries better should listen to this sermon.
Reply to 'Anonymous Name' Again, the main focus of the sermon was not whether it is right or wrong to pledge allegiance - only that it is WRONG to force somebody to make a pledge against his own conscience.
There's nothing wrong or un-Christian in loving your country, just so long as you are ready to stand up against it when it is wrong.
The only person we can pledge allegiance to without reservation is the Lord Jesus, because He is never wrong, and He will never betray His loved ones.
Eternal Loyalty Vs. Temporal Loyalty We ought to declare our loyalty to King Jesus and His Eternal Kingdom rather than to temporal things like the American Constitution. Pledging loyalty to a piece of cloth like the American flag is idolatry in The Lord's Eyes. The American flag will vanish away, but Our Lord's Kingdom will last forever. Worth noting Colossians 3:2 in times like these.
God's glory is seen to be more glorious Some of the folklore that has grown up around Christmas is not harmless. Consider Santa Claus and the Elf on the Shelf. Men ascribe god-like powers to these pet icons. Folks vest them with superstitions. They embody man-made religion.
Why does God tolerate competitors who siphon off glory that belongs to Him? If it is to spark a sermon like this, that would be reason enough. How far more glorious the true God is in contrast to man‚Äôs best imaginary replacements.
Great Sermon! This makes a good argument for exclusive psalmody. Because there are a lot of popular hymns these days that aren't biblical, aren't relevant, or else they're anemic. Thanks Pastor Hey.
Great Sermon! Thank you pastor. What a wonderful message. There is only one who can determine what is right and that is our Lord Jesus Christ. It‚Äôs what he thinks, what His word says. Oh how we try to justify ourselves...He is the one who stands between God and us. Our Great Redeemer. How Great Thou art. A Wonderful message.....
Not to be missed. I thought the October 21st sermon was a complete, stand-alone, model of explaining why the news of salvation is such good news -- until I heard the following week's sermon.
Now I see, for the first time, why Jesus predicted (instructed) that this story will be re-told "wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world."
What a contrast to cover-ups of clergy who molest. Your survey of the four Gospels to see Jesus touching children contrasts sharply with the scandals of sexual molestation of minors perpetrated by priests and other clergy. This might be the ideal sermon and selection of passages (esp. Matthew 19:13; Mark 10:13; Luke 18:15) with the strongest chance to put to shame any Catholic clergyman or Protestant preacher who has fondled or molested a boy or girl.
Even better, it serves to positively inspire and exhort the rest of us that our hands can bestow good touches, our arms can encircle children in strong, comforting embraces, but it would be better to have our hands cut off than to use them to commit ‚Äúbad touch‚ÄĚ upon a child.