Archive for October 2021

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Ecclesiastes 4:9, Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Proverbs 17:17, A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

John 13:34,
A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

We are going to learn about the Power of Together highlighting four words:
 
Better, Bigger, Braver, and Bolder

 

BETTER
Ecclesiastes. 4:9, “Two are better than one…”
You can do more with others than you can by yourself.
 
BIGGER
Ecclesiastes. 4:9, “They have a good reward for their labor…”
NLT, “…For they can help each other succeed.”
 

BRAVER

Ecclesiastes. 4:12,  “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him….”

BOLDER

Ecclesiastes 4:12, And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

 

Watch Video "Lesson from Mother Duck and Ducklings"

Brave defined:  Willing to face and endure danger or pain; Possessing or displaying courage. 

To be brave and have courage does not necessarily mean there is an absence of fear. 

When you are brave, your sense of purpose and willingness to act are greater than your fear.

You learn bravery from others and God gives you strength to stand against obstacles. 

For this reason, it is good to read biographies and study the lives of others. 

It is amazing what you can learn “vicariously,” meaning through the “flesh/experiences” of other people

Example of Courage by Frederick Douglass

“…Between the Christianity of this land, and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference — so wide, that to receive the one as good, pure, and holy, is of necessity to reject the other as bad, corrupt, and wicked. To be the friend of the one, is of necessity to be the enemy of the other. I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ..”

April 28, 1845, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, 

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Ecclesiastes 4:9

Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. 10  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? 12  Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

John 13:34

A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

We are going to talk about the power of Together using four words:

Better, Bigger, Braver, and Bolder

BETTER

Eccl. 4:9, “Two are better than one…”

You can do more with others than you can by yourself.

BIGGER

Eccl. 4:9, “They have a good reward for their labor…”

NLT,  “…For they can help each other succeed.”

We usually think of bigger as large size or quantity –– more. We should think of bigger as higher quality. 

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FIRM FOUNDATION BIBLE STUDY “Who I Am In Christ”

LESSON 1: Two Kinds of Peace You Can Have Now

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

LESSON 2: "My God Shall Supply All Your Needs" 
Not Written to You, But...

Philippians 4:19
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

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Romans 8:1, There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

One of the complex and recurring problems that many people face is the feeling of condemnation. “Condemn” means, "To pronounce to be guilty, to sentence to punishment, or to pass judgment against.”

Condemnation is complex because it can present in many ways: 1) As real, 2) As imagined, 3) From others against yourself, 4) You against yourself, 5) As a demonic attack.

Regardless of the source, the feeling is the same: You feel guilty of something. You think you deserve punishment. This feeling can linger like a dark cloud blocking all light. The mind can replay bad experiences and hurtful words, long after (sometimes years and decades after!), something occurred. Recalling past pain creates another problem, because pain distorts memory. The distortion can become so severe that the mind can create an alternate reality – to include past things imagined that feel real when looking back at it. Real things that occurred in the past can torture your present.

There is no minimizing trauma and there are no easy answers if you are dealing with unresolved matters. This blog post is not your entire answer. Sometimes, you must reach out for help from people qualified to provide expert support such as pastoral or professional counseling.

In all cases, self-condemnation offers nothing helpful. When you've done something wrong, the Holy Spirit convicts you of sin. This may feel like condemnation, but it is not. Conviction of sin is a genuine and helpful feeling that you need to "get it right" with God and others. Neglecting the Lord, His Word, and fellowship with believers opens the door to negative feelings and mindsets such as condemnation.

Every feeling of condemnation is unnecessary because:


1. Jesus has forgiven your sins and changed your heart (if you received Him as Lord). There is NOTHING about which to feel condemned…not even things people say to you.

2. GRACE IS STRONG. It is stronger than your mistakes. It is stronger than controlling people who want to use feeling of guilt to control you. It is stronger than the devil who is called, "The accuser of our brothers and sisters..." (Revelation 12:10)

3. When you "walk in the Spirit' or walk with God moment-by-moment, you will find encouragement everywhere you look.

Reflection Questions:
1. Do you need pastoral or professional counseling to address neglected matters?
2. Why is a feeling of condemnation never necessary?
3. What will you do to allow grace to develop in your life?

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