James, Part 7

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 21, 2018

  • James 5:10-20
  • James 5:11 – Job is used as an example of God’s compassion and mercy. Compare James 1:2-3. When we suffer trials, we should have confidence that if we overcome, God will show us mercy and compassion.
  • James 5:13-14 – Some take the position that this is talking about physical illness and the anointing with oil was medicinal. However, this could be referring to spiritual illness. The Greek words used imply that this could be a spiritual condition, which also seems to fit with the context.
    • James 5:13 – Afflicted – κακοπαθέω (kakopatheō) – means suffer hardships (see II Timothy 4:5)
    • James 5:14 – Sick – ἀσθενέω (astheneō) – means weak (see Romans 4:9)
    • James 5:15 – Sick – κάμνω (kamnō) – means to be weary (see Hebrews 12:3)
    • James 5:16 – Healed – ἰάομαι (iaomai) – means made whole (see I Peter 2:24)
    • Possible interpretation: If any is weak, let him call for the elders. The prayer of faith will save the weary. If he has committed sin, he shall be forgiven.

Exodus, Part 12

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 18, 2017

  • Exodus 32
  • Exodus 32:1-8 – The people and instant gratification
    • Moses was on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24:18).
    • Exodus 32:6 – The word “play” may have a sexual connotation.
    • I Thessalonians 5:1-11; II Peter 3:10-11 – We aren’t told when Jesus is coming, but what is our job until that time?
  • Moses and strong, loving leadership
    • Great leadership in God’s eyes is taking a strong stand against sin.
    • Moses was willing to take the punishment for the people’s sin. Exodus 32:31-35
  • Aaron and weak leadership
    • Exodus 32:4 – Does “they” include Aaron?
    • Exodus 32:21-25 – Aaron just makes things worse with lies and excuses.
  • God’s compassion (Exodus 32:9-14)
    • The people took the blessings of God and used them wickedly. Isn’t that always what sin is?
    • Despite this great sin, God chose not to destroy them.
    • Nehemiah 9:17-21
    • I John 1:9
    • Romans 2:4

Bless the Lord, O My Soul

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By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 16, 2017

  • Psalm 103
  • Bless the Lord with all my being (Psalm 103:1)
    • No half-hearted effort will suffice.
    • How can I bless the Lord?
    • Hebrews 13:15
  • Do not forget His blessings (Psalms 103:2-5)
    • My soul “must forget none of His benefits.”
    • My soul should pause to count my blessings from God.
  • Observe the Lord’s compassion, lovingkindness, and grace in His forgiveness of our sins (Psalms 103:6-14)
    • God is righteous, and His righteousness is a matter of record.
    • His anger is slow and limited (Psalms 103:6-9).
    • I have not received what I deserved concerning my sins (Psalms 103:10)
      • Mercy: when I don’t get the punishment I deserve.
      • Grace: when I do get blessings I don’t deserve.
    • The Lord’s lovingkindness and compassion are unlimited to those who fear Him (Psalms 103:11-14).
  • The Lord’s lovingkindness is from everlasting to everlasting (Psalms 103:15-18).
    • Man’s days on earth are fleeting (Psalms 103:15-16).
      • Isaiah 40:6-7; James 4:14
    • However, God’s lovingkindness has no end for those who obey Him (Psalms 103:17-18).
  • Everyone under His rule shall bless the Lord (Psalms 103:19-22)
    • No one is exempt from the rule of God (Psalms 103:19).
    • Therefore, everyone should bless the Lord (Psalms 103:20-22).
      • The angels
      • The heavenly hosts
      • The work of God’s hands (Psalms 148:5-6)
      • My soul

At the Bottom of Mt. Sinai

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By David Watson

Benchley, October 9, 2016

  • Exodus 19
  • People of Israel
    • Exodus 32:1-8
    • The people demanded instant gratification.
    • II Timothy 3:1
  • Moses and Aaron
    • Exodus 32:19-20, 26-29
      • Part of being a leader involves taking a strong stand against sin.
    • Exodus 32:31-35
      • Moses shows himself to also be a selfless and sacrificial leader.
    • Hebrews 12:6-8 – Is your leadership style more like Moses or Aaron?
    • Hebrews 13:17
    • Love God and love others like Moses did.
  • God
    • Exodus 32:9-14
    • Nehemiah 9:17-21
    • God showed great compassing and great love.