Sowing & Reaping

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 28, 2018

  • Introduction
    • Hosea 8:7
    • Hosea 10:12
    • Plant (sow) → harvest (reap)
    • Cause → effect
    • You reap what you sow!
  • This is always true … especially long term!
    • Matthew 7:16-20
    • Job 4:8-9
    • Some things take a long time to show results.
  • We can really set ourselves up for trouble.
    • Romans 2:5
    • Ephesians 5:23-27
    • Ephesians 6:1-3 – Children, respect your parents.
    • Ephesians 6:4 – See Proverbs 29:15. Don’t sow selfishness in your children’s hearts.
  • Or we can prepare a beautiful future!
    • Proverbs 11:18
    • Galatians 6:7
    • II Corinthians 9:6-11 – Sow bountifully so you can reap bountifully.

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.

Three Take-Aways from Job

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 30, 2017

  • Job 1:20
  • Satan is crafty and ruthless!
    • II Corinthians 11:1-4 – Satan was crafty enough to introduce error and they were accepting it!
    • I Peter 5:8
  • Don’t fill ignorance with assumptions!
    • Job 4:8, 12-13 – Eliphaz’s knowledge could only take him so far. He did not know the full situation.
    • Job 8:6
    • Job 11:13-15
    • Job 22:9-11 – He didn’t know this! Job didn’t do any of these things!
    • John 21:21-22; Acts 1:6-8 – God doesn’t owe us explanations. He tells us what we need to know.
  • God is in control!
    • Job 38:1-7; 40:1-2; 42:1-6
    • Job 42:10
    • Job 28:12, 23-28 (Proverbs 1:7)

Joseph of Arimathea

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 24, 2014

 

  • John 19:38-42
  • He used his money for good
    • Matthew 27:57-61
    • This is fulfillment of prophecy in Isaiah 53:9.
    • Mark 15:46
    • Joseph was a wealthy man.
    • Matthew 19:23-24 – Warnings about wealth.
    • Genesis 13:2,5-6 – Abram was wealthy, but a good man.
    • Ruth 2:1 – Boaz was wealthy.
    • II Samuel 19:31-32; II Samuel 17:27-29 – Barzillai
    • Job 1:1-3 – Job
    • I John 3:17
  • He struggled with enormous peer pressure
    • Mark 15:42-47
    • Somehow Joseph is able to have faith in Jesus while still being a member of the Sanhedrin.
    • John 3:1-2 – Nicodemus was in the same position.
    • John 19:38
    • John 12:42-43
    • Luke 23:51
    • Mark 15:43
    • I Peter 3:16-17; 4:3-5
  • His heart was on God’s agenda
    • Luke 23:50-52
    • Matthew 6:33 – This should be our agenda!
    • Matthew 22:37
    • I John 5:3

 

By David Watson

Benchley, January 12, 2014

 

  • Job 17:1
  • Post a sign as a daily reminder of four core truths
    • Job 7:20
    • Job 14:1 – Job said life was short and hard!
    • Four core truths:
      • This is temporary. God is going to fix all of this.
        • Even without knowing the timeline, we know that this is temporary.
        • James 5:10-11
        • Hebrews 11:10
      • God is in control, even when I don’t understand everything.
        • Job 1:12; 2:6; 13:3,22; 23:3-5
        • Job 1:20; 2:9,10; 42:3 – Job recognized that God was in control.
      • I should blame Satan, not myself or God.
        • Job 1:8; Luke 13:2-3
      • Nothing on earth is worse than Hell, or better than Heaven.
        • Matthew 25:34,41
  • Spend time with mature Christians so you can be encouraged.
    • Acts 2:46-47 – The early Christians spent a lot of time together.

 

A Lesson in Humility

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, June 26, 2013

  • Job 38-42:6
  • Background
    • Job, the man
    • Satan attacks
      • Purpose:  cause him to curse God
    • Satan attacks again!
      • Boils head to foot (Job 2:7)
      • Wife encourages to curse
      • Job still does not sin (Job 2:9-10)
  • Job’s complaint
    • Exalts God (Job 9:3)
    • Feels he cannto bring his complaint before God (Job 9:17)
    • Feels God has brought this calamity on him and desires an explanation (Job 10:1-2)
    • Why do the wicked prosper?  (Job 21:7-9)
    • “If only I could present my case” (Job 23:1-7)
    • Difficulty reconciling his calamity with his righteous life and God’s own righteousness and power.
  • God’s response – non-living elements
    • God’s power, presence, and wisdom in creation (Job 38:4-11)
      • Earth
      • Sea
      • Stars
      • Clouds
      • Light and darkness
      • “Where were you?”
    • Job has neither power, wisdom, nor was present to create the earth and all that is in it.
    • Weather – without man’s assistance or presence (Job 38:22-30,34-38)
      • Overflowing water
      • Path for thunderbolt
      • Division of light
      • God does not need man’s help to accomplish (Acts 17:25)
    • Celestial bodies (Job 38:31-33)
  • God’s response – living creation
    • Do you take care of them all?  (Job 38:39-39:30)
      • Lions and cubs
      • Birth of wild goats and deer
      • Wild donkeys
      • Wild oxen
      • Ostriches
      • Horses
      • Eagles
    • Speak!
  • God’s response
    • Intrinsic majesty (Job 40:8-14)
      • If you speak as judge, show power and do something about it.
      • Romans 3:4
    • Mighty creatures
    • Job’s response
      • “I have uttered what I did not understand.  Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”

By Jady Stevens

Benchley, June 19, 2013

  • Job 38
  • Velcro – invented to mimic the tiny hooks that seeds use to attach themselves to passing people and animals
  • Eastgate building in Harare, Zimbabwe uses 10% of the energy of other buildings of similar size.  It was built to mimic termite mounds.
  • Serrations on proboscis of mosquitos to minimize pain
  • Flying ability of a blowfly, which beats its wings 150 times per second
  • Processes
    • Glow worms efficiency
    • Melanophila beetle – forest fire detecting infrared
    • Bombardier beetle
    • Swarming
    • Boston Dynamics “Big Dog”
  • Materials
    • Shark skin swimming suit
    • Thorny devils – water collection in the desert
    • Tenebrionid beetle – water collection in the desert
    • Abalone
  • Lessons to learn
    • His invisible attributes are clearly seen.  Romans 1:20
    • The foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men.

Learning Humility

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 17, 2013

 

James 5:1-15

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 1, 2012

 

  • James 5:1-6 – Warnings against misuse of riches and abuse of power gained through wealth.
  • James 5:9 – Do not grudge one another. Put others before yourself.
  • James 5:10 – We have many examples of prophets who endured, such as Elijah, Jeremiah, and Paul.
  • James 5:12 – Do not swear. Let your word be your bond. This i not an injuction against making an oath (such as before a judge and jury). It is simply saying that we should keep our word without others feeling the need to require an oath from us.
  • James 5:13-15 – “If he has committed sins” – see II Timothy 4:5; Romans 4:19; Hebrews 12:3; I Peter 2:24; John 6:2.
    • Being weak is not necessarily a sin.
    • Being weary is not necessarily a sin.
    • So here, sin is something other than being weak or weary.
    • So, if any suffer hardships, let him pray.
    • Is any weak, let him call for the elders.
    • The prayer of faith will save the weary.
    • If he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 18, 2012