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October 18, 2019 8:00 am
This Encouraging Word poll remained encourage not just because he he was around such great godly spiritual, fun-loving, real frames and knew how to burn some chicken outside and he knew what it was like to paddle a canoe and go to a good beach and don't catch fish and run around with grandkids and one of the same time dealing with hurt and pain and suffering and the trials and tribulations on the letdowns and the struggles of life.
But he was a man who in that context, stock to the word of God. He never veered from God's word. He said this is the word of the living God and time without number, and even right here at the temple of Aphrodite of this cosmopolitan city in this place where every window and every philosophy seemed to room in its own right. Teaspoon up and he told them about the word of God.
It's an amazing thing God has in Encouraging Word for you and me today to the Bible-based printing of Dr. Don Wilton on the Friday edition of this visit is The Encouraging Word and Dr. Don continuing in this two-part series on encouragement and understanding how God takes no matter where we are, even if we find ourselves in the real valley.
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This is where that phrase to correct the eyes to car-rental CIs, which is used as a verb or an verb to describe an action to car-rental the eyes literally was borrowed from way back in Paul's time related to the debauchery that went on in temple worship surrounding God dances of the temple, Aphrodite, and to car-rental the eyes literally means that you give your self to vary on the seeming behavior and immoral behavior than in every way contradicts the law and the will of God and yeah, comes full and when Paul arrives here in Corinth. What happened to him before he got there he got thrown out of that city he got thrown out of that town when a rough sea in Athens. He got slammed by the Epicureans and the Stoics. He got laid down he got badly treated and finally he goes 53 miles. The boot walks, which is a long way and he arrives in the city of debauchery in the city of Corinth, even government officials are making special trips over there, they all engaged in every kind of unethical unholy and ungodly behavior and arrives the preacher got to tell you about Jesus. So when he wrote back to them. Some years later, he said to them, I just want you to know.
When I arrived in your presence arrived in fear and trembling weakness. I realized the only thing that mattered was that I need just stick to Jesus Christ and him crucified and I wanted you to know in the file analysis that everything that you know and everything that you all and everything that you ever will become is dependent only on God and knocked on man, not on people he was saying, listen in the context of boldness I'm running up against the businesses in this community. I'm running up the government I'm I'm running into the pocketbooks of people I'm I'm dealing with sailors. I'm taking on this this thing is seen as a threat. Everything I'm going to do. Even to this massive temple that's been erected to all this pagan worship. When I talk about Jesus Christ. I want you to know I need.
I'm just running headlong into the world for which Christ died. I saved to know nothing among you accepting Jesus Christ and him crucified. So, my friends. What was it about whole lot.
That's why I'm speaking to delay about and Encouraging Word, you know, many years ago when God gave to us The Encouraging Word we knew what we needed to call this preaching and teaching ministry that now goes across the will road costing on TBN and DayStar WS PIN on radio not only here but around the world.
We knew what it was about. It was about this Encouraging Word because we living in a world where it's it's not politics that's going to encourage us. It's not going to be off pocketbooks.
It's not going to be our wherewithal. It's not going to be our own genius. It's not going to be brilliant to smoking to be our organization. It's going to be this Encouraging Word God Encouraging Word because it's about Jesus posted on I came to you in fear and trembling, whom I what am I supposed to do. I'm running into a bustle.
I know what I'm dealing with and I'm scared today in my human heart, my God will never leave me.
Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. So what was it Karen Corinth that provided poll with encouragement. How did he remain encourage and I God just showed me as I began to study this five wonderful things that were such encouragement to pull. I just want to share them with you right here in this text, let's read chapter 18 going to make sense to you now this is what happened. Chapter 8 in verse one.
Off to this, pull, lift Athens in the wind.
Corinth and they he found a Jew named Tukwila, a native of Pontus recently come from it.
Jeannie's wife Priscilla whom Claudius and Kaman.
The gold Jews to leave Rome and he went to see them because he was of the same trade. He stayed with them and work for them, for they would think Mike is by trying any reason in the synagogue every Sabbath and try to persuade both Jews and Greeks now inside listen to the arrived from Macedonia's poll was occupied with the word testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. When they opposed and reviled him shook out these garments and he said to them, your blood will be on your own heads.
Prime Minister from now on I will go to the Gentiles in the left there and he went to the house of a man named Titus Justice a worshiper of God in these houses next door to the synagogue Christmas, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord together with his whole household and many of the Corinthians hearing poll believe I will baptize the Lord seem to pull one not Univision. Don't be afraid, but go on speaking. Do not be silent from with you and no one will attack you to harm you if I have many in the city you are my people, and he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
I'm going to stop rocket. Just watch these five points of encouragement off role of this.
And in the context in which he found himself how did Paul remain encourage number one. He had great friends. I'm looking at them so much to say about Priscilla and Aquila.
They were precious people whole book can be written about them in Romans chapter 16 Paul reminds us that they even did everything they could to defend them in Rome and preventing him from being executed later on we going to see. They even accompanied him when he left Corinth and went across to Ephesus briefly by pop up from time to time. We know they were part of the fabric of founding the church. They were the fabric of the church. These frames went to the hose they provided freeze means they hope to. He joined in with them. I said come on you can participate your because we know that you've got to live as well and we want to be part of that we want to help make possible for you to be able to do what God is telling you to do what you find in church people from time to time.
I wonder why go to church. Why become part of a local group of believers because it's right for you going to find 2 AM friends.
I promise you just give it a couple of weeks you start liking frames for a lifetime and friendship matters frames a very precious commodities. I'm just speaking is one individual, but Karen and I look out across the sea of people in we count you as our dearest friends is not just a job. This is life that we lived together and frames celebrate. We celebrate children and grandchildren. We celebrate ups and we celebrate downs we get along side each other we provide for one another. We offer a helping hand with day when we needed most in a 2 o'clock in the morning.
We know that when our hearts are heavy and broken. We know that we can go to our frame. That's what Paul was saying right in the midst of all of this yet great friends number two. He stuck with the word art. I love this in verse five the Bible says Paul was devoted he was occupied with the word of God is a relentless pursuit. Often God's word. Beloved people.
I'm going to say something to us today. I'm going to say this to America. This would is coming under more and more attack.
There are more and more churches that don't even hardly refer to it some assigned Melissa just got some good ideas.
There are more more churches being built and founded upon what people think we we've got a lot of good ideas. We got great ideas. We got wonderful giftedness, but it all has to come from and go back into God's word beginning with our own salvation. And it's so very easy when you serve the temple of Aphrodite you believe that your right and your freedom is to do what you want and love whoever you want to and just operate in as soon as you do that you begin to diminish the authority of God's word even down to salvation.
God is so clear that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him will receive eternal life. It's about Jesus not Jesus plus something, nothing. It's only Jesus and the Bible tells us how to get to Jesus and what the requirements are.
God tells us that God tells us how the church should function. God tells us about pastors and ministers and elders and presbyters and deacons and teachers. God tells us about families and teaches us about love and about life and about meaning and about purpose this Encouraging Word poll remained encourage not just because he was around such great godly spiritual fun-loving review frames and knew how to burn some chicken outside and he knew what it was like to paddle a canoe and go to a good beach and don't catch fish and run around with grandkids and one of the same time dealing with hurt and pain and suffering and the trials and tribulations on the lake downs and the struggles of life. But he was a man who in that context stuck to the word of God. He never veered from God's word. He said this is the word of the living God and time without number, and even right here at the temple of Aphrodite in this cosmopolitan city in this place where every window and every philosophy seemed to room in its own right.
He spewed up and he told them about the word of God. It's an amazing thing. Listening to Dr. Don Wilton or teacher here on The Encouraging Word and he's got so much more to come back in just a few moments with more but we want to know that we're here for you as we mentioned earlier, the phone number 866-899-WORD will connect with one of us, not just now during the broadcast anytime day or night. It routes the one of us ready to pray with you, whether it's 2 AM the morning, or 2 o'clock in the afternoon. At 866899 word again that's 866-899-9673. We love to connect with you and connect with great resources will discover on our website The Encouraging Word.org number of ways to listen to and watch great messages from Dr. Wilton and discover resources that perhaps would be just what you need to take you to the next. To give you the opportunity of rooting yourself in the God's word yet stretching out to be the man of God, the woman of God that the Lord has called you to be again all his resources are collected together on our firstname.lastname@example.org and I gotta remind you just the other day I had some friends, I never heard of The Encouraging Word email. How long is this been going on for years and years and years as a matter fact, if you don't know about it. It's a free email. You can sign up on our website The Encouraging Word.org to get this bit of encouragement for me to jumpstart my quiet time about 6 o'clock in the morning I pray you consider to use it as a jump start your quiet time or maybe a midday break or maybe to wrap up the end of the day. You can sign up right email@example.com, or if you like. Just text the word daily. The 30500 will send you a quick link to be right on the website to sign up yourself that's texting the word daily to 30500 and sign up online or you can always call since they can send us a rough physical copy will do that as well call us at 866-899-WORD and asked for the daily Encouraging Word Bible God. Again the number is 866-899-9673. Now back to today's message with Dr. Don Wilton.
He had great friends and he stuck with the word number three just kept on witnessing.
I love the second part in verse five he said that he just continued to testify to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ, and we find this replete right throughout modern handcarved but it every place that this man walked every place that he stopped every household that he was any just kept talking about Jesus is Witnessing and there were those that opposed it.
They were those that are not rejected him to know. It seems like every table we turn on every page. We turn we find someone else's given their lives to Christ.
The joy of seeing people coming to the knowledge of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and receiving that beautiful gift of salvation and being released from the burden of sin, being sick free being given new purpose and wholeness and joy and peace in their life. He just kept testify, but I think I pulled just was encouraged every time he opened his mouth because he was sticking to the word me was telling them about Jesus, but not before. I think that he remained encourage because he met with God. You know this is such a great word from verse nine through 11, we once again find poll encountering the Lord's presence. The Lord seem to pull in the vision can't be afraid but go on speaking. Do not be silent.
I want you to think about maybe what I was saying is I have met with God and I'd like to tell you what he said you know posted this to the church at Corinth when he wrote the lady said.one thing I want you to know I want you to become absolutely convinced that what you hear is not coming from Maine coming from God, and I think Paul was roundly encouraged in his heart in the midst of even Corinth because he met with God. If you met with him you meet with him today. You meeting with him now and then there was one final thing I think that he remained encourage because he trusted God to do his work. He just trusted God to do his work. You know, folks. These are up I want to tell you something I want to tell you something today want you to really get a hold of this, we gather like this and we worship the Lord and I mean what incredible praise and worship and it's a brief time. If you think about it in terms of a whole week and were among friends and we share the word of God.
And we witness and we stick to the word you know something right now I trust God to do his work. I have no tension in that. I'm just trusting God because God loves you.
I cannot save you. I cannot forgive you.
I cannot make you you know Stephen the team come up and join me here, God is speaking to you, and when I say that I trusted. I don't say that, in like, well, okay, God, I trust you. I trust him because he's God.
I believe that God is working in your heart as he works in my heart I believe God is speaking, I believe the Lord Jesus Christ is being reviewed. I believe the Holy Spirit is convicting you of your sin and what I meant to do is I'm going to invite you to respond to that. I'm going to invite you to say yes to him.
Open your heart to him. I'm invite you to repent of your sin and confess that sin to Jesus.
I wish I could tell you to go to your priest. The Bible doesn't say that that's what you do so in the Bible.
I wish I could tell you to come to me and share with me your deepest send that I wish I could say to you, you know what if you could just do the following three things the Bible says that when you come to him just as you all without one plea, no arguments, open hands and an open heart, because Christ Jesus died for you when you come without one plea to him. He'll do what he said he would, he will enter into your heart and life. He will forgive you for your sin, your write your name in the Lamb's book of life. He will set you free. You become a new person and if you've already given your life to Christ and you are like so many of us over the years and you: you've gone far away from God. Maybe your heart is enough foreign land. Maybe you are worshiping in the temple of Aphrodite, God loves you come back home come to him. I pray that you have been moved today, not by just the great words of our pastor whose insightful, brilliant, humble and very quick to say he's just a sinner saved by grace, but that instead of hearing.
Just a message from the pastor of the Lord has spoken through him today through his living, breathing word, the Bible itself, and you realize like we all have at times that we need to change that we do an adjustment. A course correction in order to be what God called us to be to be the woman of God, the man of God that God wants us to be with got to be willing to change, can we pray for you through that change. I know I love to pray for some of you that are saying yes to Jesus for the first time it's time you been connected. I spent many years of my life in church very religious doing the right thing, saying the right things but I didn't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Could that be you. Am I an example of what you're going through right now. If so, change it today. Perhaps a simple prayer like this is just what you need to pray Lord God, I know that I'm a sinner and my sin has separated me from you but today I want to know you, Jesus. I want you to come into my heart come into my life change me from the inside out. I confess you are the son of God, and died on the cross of Calvary for my sins and I accept you as Savior and Lord. In Jesus name I pray, that your heart's cry. Let us talk with you. Let us put resources in your hand it will help you grow.
Let us help you find a local church to plug-in to give us a call. The numbers 86689 word that's 866-899-WORD 9673 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Are you ready to give you a heart of life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm so happy to hear that wanted to pray this prayer with me today. Dear God, I know that you love me very, very much and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ came and died on the cross so that I might be forgiven of my sin.
Today, I repent of Mohsen. I confess my sin to you, and I invite you to come into my heart and into my life by faith in Jesus name I pray, if you prayed that prayer. Let me be the first want to welcome you to the family of God. This is wonderful.
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