Capture Picture - Preach the Word - Preacher's hand holding BibleWelcome to the first post in a new series of posts entitled, ‘SERMON SUNDAY.’ Lord willing, every month or so, I will share a timely sermon with you by a well respected teacher or preacher who focuses on an important truth in Scripture in order to awaken the slumbering church, and also to alert Christians to the importance of reading and studying God’s Word. It may be a short sermon in written form, or I may present something to you in video form. I pray that when time allows, you will  take the time to read or to listen to what I will be sharing with you.

I also hope to share some expository preaching with you in the near future, but sadly, that is a very rare thing to find these days. I’m sure that many of you can attest to that sad fact.

My main goal in presenting these sermons to you is to point you to Jesus Christ and to make you realize the extreme importance of studying God’s Word and testing the teachings of everyone you listen to in light of Scripture.

Today’s SERMON SUNDAY focuses on the importance of seeking to do God’s will and not our own will, and the importance of seeking after pleasing God and not men. It’s based on the passage of Scripture in 1 Samuel 4:1-22 which tells of the capture of the ark of God and the departure of the glory of God from Israel. Here’s a portion of that passage of Scripture:

When the ark of the Lord’s covenant came into the camp, all Israel raised such a great shout that the ground shook. Hearing the uproar, the Philistines asked, “What’s all this shouting in the Hebrew camp?” “When they learned that the ark of the Lord had come into the camp, the Philistines were afraid. “A god has come into the camp,” they said. “Oh no! Nothing like this has happened before.  We’re doomed! Who will deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? They are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all kinds of plagues in the wilderness.  Be strong, Philistines! Be men, or you will be subject to the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Be men, and fight!” So the Philistines fought, and the Israelites were defeated and every man fled to his tent. The slaughter was very great; Israel lost thirty thousand foot soldiers. The ark of God was captured, and Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, died.  That same day a Benjamite ran from the battle line and went to Shiloh with his clothes torn and dust on his head.  When he arrived, there was Eli sitting on his chair by the side of the road, watching, because his heart feared for the ark of God. When the man entered the town and told what had happened, the whole town sent up a cry. Eli heard the outcry and asked, “What is the meaning of this uproar?” The man hurried over to Eli, who was ninety-eight years old and whose eyes had failed so that he could not see.  He told Eli, “I have just come from the battle line; I fled from it this very day.” Eli asked, “What happened, my son?” The man who brought the news replied, “Israel fled before the Philistines, and the army has suffered heavy losses. Also your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured.”  When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell backward off his chair by the side of the gate. His neck was broken and he died, for he was an old man, and he was heavy. He had led Israel forty years. His daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and near the time of delivery. When she heard the news that the ark of God had been captured and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she went into labor and gave birth, but was overcome by her labor pains.  As she was dying, the women attending her said, “Don’t despair; you have given birth to a son.” But she did not respond or pay any attention.  She named the boy Ichabod, saying, “The Glory has departed from Israel”—because of the capture of the ark of God and the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband. She said, “The Glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.” (1 Samuel 4: 5-22)

The following commentary was written by one of my favorite teachers and speakers, Roger Oakland of UNDERSTAND THE TIMES. He is one of my favorites because he not only backs up everything with Scripture, but also he’s not afraid to expose error and tell it like it is. Because of that, he is not always welcomed to speak at some churches.

Regardless of the fact that many reject him, because of his strong stand for the truth of God’s Word he travels around the world and speaks at many churches and conferences with those who also take a strong stand for Biblical truth.

In his presentations he warns  Christians of the importance of testing the teachings of Christian pastors and teachers in light of Scripture, and addresses the many dangerous drifts from Biblical Christianity taking place today. He speaks on things such as the Emergent Church Movement, Contemplative Prayer, and how many churches today are embarking on the dangerous road that leads to Rome. He also exposes many forms of mysticism that are entering countless numbers of churches today.

Roger Oakland was once a Biology teacher and an evolutionist. He became a Christian in 1978 and also gives many presentations to expose the lies of evolution that are misleading many of our youth today because of what many professors teach in schools and colleges worldwide. He also shares the evidence for creation in many of his presentations. No matter what he speaks about, he always balances all of his messages by sharing many Scriptures.

His ministry, Understand The Times is “dedicated to evangelizing the lost and equipping the church for discernment.” I hope you will take the time to stop by his website after reading his commentary below, or when time allows, and read some of the many articles he has written, as well as listen to short audio messages from his radio programs.

When time allows, please also consider watching the video that I posted below for you. His message is entitled, ‘Proclaiming the Gospel in the Midst of Last Days Apostasy.’

His desire is to do what all those who love Jesus and stand for Biblical truth should be; to earnestly contend for the faith by standing for Biblical truth. I pray that you will be blessed by reading his short, but very important commentary, and come to the realization of the importance of what he has to say to Christians everywhere. And as he always exhorts Christians to test the teachings of all those who teach in the name of God, I also encourage you to test his teachings and all those whom you listen to against the truth of God’s Word so that you will never be deceived.

Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

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RELATED SCRIPTURES

 “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16)

“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”                      (2 Timothy 3:12-4:1-4)

“He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” (Titus 1:9)

“You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine.”            (Titus 2:1)

“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you.” (Jude 3,4a)

“Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.  Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:25-31)

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

ROGER OAKLAND – PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL IN THE MIDST OF LAST DAYS APOSTASY

 

RELATED READING

ICHABOD REVISITED – ROGER OAKLAND EXPLAINS HIS REASON FOR WRITING ‘ICHABOD’

UPDATE:

I’m still reading my ‘Catechism of the Catholic Church’ book in preparing to write my post on comparing the teachings of the Catholic Church to the truth of God’s Word. I am now on page 464 of the 756 page book, so it will obviously be a few more months before that post will be finished –Lord willing.

Lord willing, I hope to soon start posting some book reviews.  First I will begin posting reviews written by other Christian writers and pastors, since obviously I presently don’t have the time to read any other books right now.

If you would like me to do a review on a particular book, please send me a message using the ‘contact form‘ on my ‘If You’d Like To Contact Me’ page.

Also, if you have concerns about a certain pastor or teacher, or some teaching that you would like me to look into, please send me a message using the same  ‘contact form‘ on my ‘If You’d Like To Contact Me’ page, and I will consider addressing your concerns in an upcoming post if and when time allows. I’d like to know what you are all interested in reading on this blog, so your comments will be helpful and greatly appreciated.

You might not like or agree with all that I may write here on this blog, but my desire is always to point everyone to Jesus, and to make everyone realize the importance of searching the Scriptures daily to see if what others preach and teach line up with God’s Word. (Acts 17:11) Spiritual deception is growing rapidly, and the only way to avoid being deceived is to study and know God’s Word well, and to make sure that we test everything we read and hear in light of Scripture, so that we will be able to discern truth from error as soon as we hear or read something. It doesn’t matter how long a pastor or teacher has been preaching or teaching, we must always be alert  and aware of  what is being said because of the many warnings in Scripture about spiritual deception in the last days. And by what we are witnessing taking place in the world today, the return of Jesus may be closer than any of us could ever imagine! Have you placed your trust in Jesus’ finished work on the cross as full payment for your sins? Is your hope in the resurrected, soon coming Savior, Jesus Christ?

If you are not a Christian, I encourage you to read the Bible by beginning in the Gospel of John and the Book of Romans, and ask God to reveal the truth to you before it is too late. Tomorrow is promised to no one.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

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