SERMON SUNDAY

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“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 people will not put up with 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 4:2-4)

Welcome to another post in the category of posts entitled, ‘SERMON SUNDAY.’ Lord willing, at least a few times a month I will share a sermon with you by a well respected 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 will also be sharing some expository preaching with you, but sadly, that is a very rare thing to find these days. I’m sure that many of you can attest to that undeniable fact. Sadly, many pastors today who seek to grow their churches oftentimes resort to distorting God’s Word either by taking a verse out of context, or by interjecting their own ideas into the text to make it say what they want a verse of Scripture to say (eisegesis). Sometimes a pastor will even go as far as to manipulate Scriptures in such a way so that they can preach about themselves (narcissistic eisegesis).

Then there are some pastors who just present watered down messages with very little Biblical content, and others who ‘preach’ controversial messages that will appeal to today’s culture in order to attract more people. Sadly they will continue ‘preaching’ these types of messages in order to entertain the crowd to keep them coming, rather than preaching God’s Word as they are instructed to do in order to feed and equip the sheep/saints and to expose the sin in men’s hearts so that God will grant them repentance and lead them to a knowledge of the truth.

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.

Maybe you are one of those people who faithfully stand for Biblical truth and you recently had to leave your church because of what has been taking place as you have witnessed your pastor slowly drift from Biblical truth. Or maybe you left your church many years ago and you still haven’t found a church where the pastor preaches from God’s Word. If so, I have all of you in mind when posting these teachings and videos, as well.

For those who somehow find there way here, I hope and pray that you will be blessed and encouraged by the many Biblical teachings that I will be sharing with you in the weeks and months ahead –Lord willing.

Now for today’s SERMON SUNDAY:

In the video that you will find further below, you will hear Pastor Tom Stegall of Duluth Bible Church preaching from Psalm 42.

All of us at one time or another become discouraged because of the circumstances that we face in life, because of wrong choices that we may have made, or because of unjust things that may have happened to us in our past. Due to what many of us may have been taught in Psychology classes we oftentimes choose to shift the blame on to others for how our lives are now, instead of turning to God and placing our trust in Him and taking responsibility for some of the choices that we have made. These are just a few of the things that Pastor Tom will be addressing in his sermon. When time allows, please consider listening to his message. My prayer is that you will find hope in the midst of your circumstances and be encouraged as you hear God’s Word being preached.

Psalm 42

For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah.

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

My tears have been my food day and night,while people say to me all day long,  “Where is your God?”

These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls;all your waves and breakers  have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me?Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?”

10 My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me,saying to me all day long,  “Where is your God?”

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”

Video description:

“Tom Stegall encourages us to look to God by faith and rest in His promises when we’re feeling down or struggling with depression.”

And now here is Pastor Tom Stegall with today’s Sermon Sunday which is entitled, “An Uplook For The Downcast.” As always, please be sure to test everything in light of Scripture as we should always do when listening to someone teaching or preaching. (Acts 17:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)

Note: At one point in his message he briefly mentioned C S Lewis’ the Chronicles of Narnia which disappointed me, because, although many Christians speak highly of him and his writings, C S Lewis had many problematic teachings which I, Lord willing, will be addressing in an upcoming False Teacher Friday post later on this year.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your relaxing weekend (at least I hope that it has been) to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

Mary/Living4HisGlory

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