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Give Glory To The Lord - Psalm 96 (Part 2)
As believers in God, it is important for us to give praise to the Lord. In Psalm 96, believers are instructed in ways they can praise God.
 
5.  Reverence the Lord (verse 4).
Proverbs 1:7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The fear of the Lord is a healthy reverence for the Lord and the things of the Lord. This transforms our actions by making us cautious to avoid offending the Lord.
The book of Job records the suffering of Job. He lost all of his earthly possessions. He lost his children. His wife began to let him know he would be better off dead. He lost his friends. They told him he must have been a horrible sinner. He even began to question God and calls for an audience with God to plead his case. When God finally answers Job with a series of questions, Job reacts by saying he would cover his mouth because he said too much. Confronted by Almighty God, Job realized he overstepped (Job 38-40). He showed reverence for the Lord.
 
6.  Give unto the Lord glory and offerings (verses 7-8).
2 Corinthians 9:7: “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” In Mark 12:41-44, an impoverished widow placed all she had in the offering for the Temple. While others around put in money which was in excess of their need, she took what was essential to her survival and gave it to the Lord. God took notice. He notices not only what we give, but how we give. We are called to give with joy.
 
7.  Worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness (verse 9).
God is holy. This means that He is separate from sin. We are to worship Him in the beauty of His holiness. This indicates that the worshipper must come to God with a pure heart.
In the Gospels, Christ appears as the beauty of God’s holiness. He is the answer to God’s holy character and His divine love. Christ came to make a sacrifice that we could not make. Christ became the means of salvation.
 
8.  Testify that the Lord reigns (verse 10).
Often, we use our tongues to complain, but God calls us to testify of His sovereign power. We are to speak of his sovereign control. This involves believing God reigns, as well as living like God reigns.
We sing the song “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” and yet we fail to glorify God with the one tongue we possess. We ought to testify of His goodness and His salvation wherever we go.
 
God is worthy of our praise (verse 4). All the gods of the world are nothing compared to our God (verse 5). He is a righteous judge and will judge in righteousness (verse 10). If even nature will praise and honor the Lord (verses 11-13), we as His people should give praise to His name.
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.2/14/2020 3:32:16 PM

Give Glory To The Lord - Psalm 96 (Part 1)
As believers in God, it is important for us to give praise to the Lord. In Psalm 96, believers are instructed in ways they can praise God.
 
1.  Sing unto the Lord (verse 1).
Ephesians 5:19-20: “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Singing unto the Lord is a means of giving praise to God. Singing transforms the heart and the mind. Notice that the Scriptures never require us to be skilled musicians to bring God glory. We simply must give voice to our praise.
 
2.  Bless the name of the Lord (verse 2a).
Psalm 103:1-2: “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:”
 
3.  Show forth His salvation from day to day (verse 2b).
In Nehemiah’s day, the walls of the city were completed which secured a defense around the city. Like wolves, the enemies surrounded Jerusalem waiting for the right time to pounce. The people of Jerusalem worked non-stop for weeks to do the impossible. When the job was completed, they took the time to rejoice and give praise to the Lord. Exhausted, emotionally and physically, they needed the joy of the Lord to be their strength.
Nehemiah 8:10: “Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Choose to rejoice in the Lord.
 
4.  Declare His glory among the heathen (verse 3).
It is not enough to simply give praise to God with other believers. We are called to praise God before those who are not believers. Others must see how wonderful a relationship with God is.
Romans 10:13-15: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.1/30/2020 10:31:52 PM

Casting Our Care On The Lord - Philippians 4:6-7 (Part 2)
Prayer is often the answer to anxiety for the believer. This is a prayer of trust, not of doubt, accusation, or blame. Believers can cast all their care upon the Lord at any time. 1 Peter 5:7: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” They must continue in prayer with an attitude of thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2: “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.” When all in the world goes wrong, why should we continue to pray with thanksgiving? When it seems like the devil holds the victory, why should God’s people be thankful?
 
5.  God knows that suffering leads to a believer’s perfection, establishment, and strengthening. 1 Peter 5:10: “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” Peter writes about spiritual growth. The process of growth for a believer does not take place without difficulties. There are growing pains at times. God often removes the dross or that which is unprofitable to Him from our life through the difficulties we face. 1 Peter 1:6-7: “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” In other words, there are often things in our life which we refuse to let go of until they are too hot to handle.
 
6.  God exhibits divine power in the time of need. 1 Peter 1:3-5 shows that believers are kept by the power of God: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” God possesses the power to keep us since He is worthy of all glory, honor, and power. Revelation 4:11: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
 
7.  God promises to relieve our suffering. 2 Corinthians 4:17: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
 
We can turn to the Lord at any time in prayer. We can turn to Him with a heavy heart and with thanksgiving knowing that He is God. He will hear our requests, and He holds the power to make a difference. As a result, we can experience peace even in the midst of fiery trials, because we know Him.
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.1/18/2020 10:59:28 PM

Casting Our Care On The Lord - Philippians 4:6-7 (Part 1)
Philippians 4:6-7: “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Prayer is often the answer to anxiety for the believer. This is a prayer of trust, not of doubt, accusation, or blame. Believers can cast all their care upon the Lord at any time. 1 Peter 5:7: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” They must continue in prayer with an attitude of thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2: “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.” When all in the world goes wrong, why should we continue to pray with thanksgiving? When it seems like the devil holds the victory, why should God’s people be thankful?
 
1.  God promises to support us in His wisdom. James 1:5: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” Apart from God’s wisdom, we are easily swayed. We must continually call upon God for wisdom, strength, and direction.
 
2.  God promises that no trial will be too difficult to handle with His help. 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” While we may think that we cannot handle another thing, God can. There is nothing he will not carry us through. There is nothing He cannot handle. Our duty is to turn the matters troubling us over to Him.
 
3.  God promises that all which takes place will ultimately be used for good. Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” There are times when we do not understand what the Lord is doing; however, He will always accomplish good in the long run as we submit to His will in our life.
 
4.  God keeps His promises. 2 Corinthians 1:20: “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” There are many promises in the Bible which apply to believers and that bring great comfort. He promises to never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He promises to walk with us through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4). He promises His strength to us (Isaiah 40:29).
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.1/5/2020 5:40:02 PM

Reasons for the Virgin Birth - Part 2
2.  The virgin birth was necessary in order for Christ to fulfill prophecy.
Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies.  We can trust Him.  Here are a few:  
Genesis 3:15 states He would be born of a women.
Genesis 22:18 states He would be a descendant of Abraham.
Genesis 49:10 narrows His coming through the tribe of Judah.
2 Samuel 7:8-16 states He would descend through the line of King David.
Isaiah 7:14 points to His virgin birth.
Micah 5:2 gives His birthplace as Bethlehem which made it possible for the wise men to find Him. (Matthew 2:1-2)
Jeremiah 31:15 describes the mourning that would result from Herod’s murder of innocent children in his attempt to destroy Jesus.  (Matthew 2:16-18)
Isaiah 8:14-15 states He would be a stumbling stone and rock of offense to Israel.  (Romans 9:32-33, 1 Peter 2:6-8)
 
3.  The virgin birth was necessary in order that Jesus could receive the throne of David.
David’s throne continued through his son, Solomon.  Because the last descendants of Solomon were so sinful, the monarchy ceased around 600 B.C.  Jeremiah 22:30: “Thus saith the Lord, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.”  If Joseph had fathered Jesus, it would have contradicted this prediction.  Therefore, the physical descent of Jesus came through the line of David by Mary.  Mary was a descendant of David through Nathan, another son of David (Matthew 1:17, Luke 3:31).
 
4.  The virgin birth was necessary in order for Jesus to provide salvation for sinful mankind.
Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Leviticus 17:11 states that blood has to be shed to provide an atonement for sin.
Hebrews 10:4 clearly states that the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sin.
Good news!  Hebrews 2:9-10 tells us that Jesus by God’s grace would taste death for every man.  He is the captain of our salvation.
John 3:16-17: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.12/20/2019 4:54:12 PM

Reasons for the Virgin Birth - Part 1
Many try to refute the Bible and put its tenets on the level with hoaxes and mythology.  Denying the virgin birth is saying that the Bible contains lies and makes God a liar.  If this is true, our salvation would be jeopardized.  The Gospel contains Christ’s virgin birth, death, burial, and resurrection.  Paul states in 1 Corinthians 15:14, 17: “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”
 
Matthew 1:18-25:  “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.  Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.”
 
The name Jesus means Savior.  Jesus received His human nature from His mother, Mary, in fulfillment of prophesy.  Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  Joseph had nothing to do with the physical birth of Jesus.  His responsibility was to be the protector of Mary and Jesus.
1.  The virgin birth was necessary in order that we might have a sinless Savior.  
How does this effect Christ’s sinlessness?  The answer is found in Romans 5:12, 19-21:  Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. For as by one man's (Adam’s) disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (Jesus) shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.12/13/2019 12:32:56 PM

The Dangerous Attitude of Anger - Matthew 5:21-26
In Matthew 5, the people believed that they were righteous because of the number of laws they kept. Jesus told them in Matthew 5:20: “That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Six times He said “Ye have heard that it was said . . . . But I say to you.” (Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 31-32, 33-34, 38-39, 43-44) Jesus wanted them to see their hearts and recognize that true righteousness comes from God. God’s righteousness is to flow through our hearts.

1. Do not murder - Matthew 5:21
Jesus was quoting from the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:13). The Pharisees were teaching this commandment against taking the physical life of another person, but those who murdered were to receive a judgment of death. Jesus goes on to point out that more than the standard of the Law is the importance of the attitude of the heart.

2. Do not condemn - Matthew 5:22
Jesus however goes on to say: “That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” He taught his followers that they should not even become angry enough to murder for they would have already committed murder in their hearts. It is not our words that put us in jeopardy of hell fire but the attitude of our heart.

Anger here refers to a seething, brooding bitterness against a brother, which could also refer to a fellow believer. It can quickly lead to a whole range of dangerous emotions and actions and can become out of control leading to violence, emotional hurt, mental stress, spiritual damage, and sometimes even murder. Angry words and name-calling reveal a heart far from God.

3. Deal with sin in the heart - Matthew 5:23-24
Those who come into God’s presence to worship must come with pure hearts. You must not be hindered by broken relationships that you have the power to mend. Love for God and fellow believers is more important than gifts brought to the altar. Jesus said that even a solemn occasion as worship should be interrupted in order to bring reconciliation among believers.

4. Settle problems quickly - Matthew 5:25-26
Matthew 5:24 refers to a believer dealing with the anger of another believer, and verse 25 focuses on dealing with an adversary. It is practical advice to resolve our differences with our enemies before their anger causes more trouble (Proverbs 25:8-10). Even small conflicts mend more easily if you try to make peace right away. In a broader sense, these verses advise us to get things right with other believers before we have to stand before God.
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.11/29/2019 1:25:32 PM