Speaker: Ty Neal
Date: November 16, 2014
Have you ever wondered why life seems so random and scattered? It's as if our lives are much too complex and overly divided. Think about the various areas of our lives. We have our relational area of life which may include a significant other, kids and friends. We have our work area where we spend 40+ hours a week. We have finances to manage and possessions to keep up. We also have our spiritual lives that must be attended to. On top of those, we have our inner life of varying emotions; such as pain, joy and expectations which seem to go unmet. With a life that seems so compartmentalized, is there any hope of drawing them all together to make sense of the chaos? The Bible gives us good news! Life is all connected! But how? Join us October 12th - December 14th as we discover how the gospel connects all aspects of life together as one unified whole.
To the woman he said, "I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you." And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
He must increase, but I must decrease."
In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives." It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.