"12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13 And He *said to them, "It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den."
We welcome you to worship in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. What a joy it is to be studying the Gospel of Matthew. It is a privilege and an honor to preach verse by verse. It is a joy to have all of you here with us today. We are trusting and believing God to do exciting new things this year, not only through this ministry in reaching the lost, but in and through the lives of His people, not to subject men or his laws. May we seek to be where He wants us to be, so that hearts are turned to Christ. Let us continue to pray for God’s mercy on our church families, extended families, our community, our country, and our world.
Father, thank You for Your Word, it is with grateful hearts, we humbly worship You today. Lord, grant us a hunger for Your Word, a love for the truth, love for others as we grow in knowledge. Help us to be willing to receive it. Lord, protect these beloved people from the defilement of false teaching and religion. Open up Your Word to those who truly seek You, that they may have a clear, full understanding of the truth, Your truth. May our hearts be filled the joyful truth of salvation through Christ, let our rejoicing increase our worship and obedience.
Truth is that is inviolable and consistent, it is unchangeable, settled in reality and cannot contradict itself. Truth and reality are always in perfect agreement in every respect. Truth, unlike philosophy, is not subject to the self-expression of one's opinion, interpretation or perspective.
Truth is the ultimate, unchanging reality of God, the author, source and final judge of truth. Truth is the eternal, infallible, standard by which all other truth must be measured. Because God is embodiment of all that is true, truth must be defined in terms of God.
Because Satan is the father of lies, the author of confusion, he seeks to deconstruct every claim to truth. Which if you have been paying attention to the world around us, has spawned a host of humanistic ideologies and worldviews with devastating repercussions.
The idea that nothing is certain is merely an illusion, incapable of asserting whether or not anything is actually true or good. If we are unable to know anything for certain, if truth is unknowable, how can we then judge what is right or wrong, good or evil, apart from a clear definition of truth? If right and wrong, good and evil are redefined in terms of subjective feelings and personal perspectives, is to suggest that nothing we know or might know, can ever be regarded as settled.
It is deeply disturbing this insanity has infiltrated the visible church, determined to adapt the gospel message to the rhetoric of the culture. It's no wonder why so many churches are dying, and have become a battleground. God is purging His Church by weeding out weak believers and the false church.
The clear and authoritative reliability of the Word of God does not reconcile well with the new evangelistic approach to biblical teaching, it has abandoned biblical truth by reading a few selective passages, then preach a message that contradicts everything else Scripture teaches. No lie is of the truth, regardless of who tells it.
"And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were shouting in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they became indignant and said to Him, "Do You hear what these children are saying?" And Jesus *said to them, "Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies You have prepared praise for Yourself’?" And He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there."
But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver."
And now may the Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
Now and forever, in Jesus' name
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