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Welcome to the Brentwood Men’s Page – These guys are some of the most active people within the walls of Brentwood. They are always helping to get something accomplished. Whether it be painting the walls to mowing the grass, they are always ready and willing. They meet the first Saturday of the month  for a breakfast/meeting and fellowship at 9am.

How the Brentwood Men’s group came to be:

1993- Brentwood Men’s Group began with just 2 men meeting for breakfast

1996- The men participated in their first yard sale at Jeff Tech. (Now Eastern Gateway Community College)

1997- The first February dinner was held. Entertainment was a murder mystery performed by members of the congregation

2000- The February dinner became a fund raiser which is now a dinner/auction

 

For 20 years the Men’s Group has continued to grow from those first 2 to 35. While supporting activities within the church and the surrounding communities all of the projects are possible not only because of the dedication of members in the group but largely due to the support of the Brentwood Church Family.

Some of the projects we are involved with are:

  • Recycling Aluminum cans, copper, & brass
  • Recycling paper products
  • Organizing, serving the meal and conducting the February dinner/auction
  • Completing “Days of Labor” which were purchased at the dinner/auction
  • Working with the Church Trustees to maintain the Church & Parsonage properties, including mowing and painting
  • Participation in the September yard sale at Eastern Gateway Community College – now collecting items. If you wish to donate feel free to contact the church and we will pick your items up!
  • Funded the initial paving of the Church parking lot, now supported by the congregation

 

Welcome to Brentwood

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in It's Happening at Brentwood | 0 comments

Welcome to Brentwood

We are so happy you stopped by. The only thing we’d love more is to meet you in the real world. Since you’re here, take a look around to get a feel for what you’ll find when you’re ready to visit.

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In Romans 5:8  it is said that ‘all are welcomed, by studying his word intently we see that this is true.

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Psalm 55 & 56

Posted by on May 11, 2014 in It's Happening at Brentwood | 0 comments

Psalm 55 & 56

Chapter 55

This Psalm of David is also a lament that reflects strong emotions and a sudden change of thought. Violent enemies and betrayal by a friend caused David to complain to God. David was agitated in his soul and has terrors of death to show because David is scared that he is going to die. He is really concerned and just wants to escape. God keeps David and is there to help David to overcome and bring him through his struggle and make him stronger. David’s biggest problem in his life is himself. David turns away from God and tries to do his own thing.

During this time Saul hated David and wanted his son Jonathon to become King instead of David. Saul becomes jealous and David and wants David DEAD.  This being said David followed God’s plan and started to be persecuted by Saul. We have to realize that when we follow God’s plan someone will always want to persecute us too but God will be beside us and help us through it.

After David tried to do his own thing he remembers how God helped him through so much and repents to him and God helps him again because David allows him to.

So when we look at David we can also see Jesus. This referring to even though Jesus never sinned so many people accused him and wanted to kill him. No matter if you sin or you don’t if you follow God people will disagree and people will want to cause you some sort of harm whether that be physical or emotional BUT there Is hope because you will live the United States we’ve been lucky to have freedom but as you can see it is slowly being taken away. We are and will see more persecution to all those who love and follow God in the US. An example is how in Virginia they cannot have more than five in their home having a bible study for there is fear of home churches being developed.

The culture has changed very much especially in the last ten (10) years. America has changes and becoming a non-Christian nation because of political correction. David is going through things that all of us are going through.

Christ tells us and so does David to pray for the criminals but then David turns around and say God wipe them out. This is his human side. David is just like us! We need to pray for our enemies to find Jesus so they can be saved (if they choose to be saved) and they will be in heaven.

David has friends and they just turn on him. It is hard but we have to realize like David did that it is not Jesus but ourselves and human nature that makes us sin. We all sin and need to forgive what happens. No not for the other person but for us because it will make us feel better and be able to move on.

We’ve all heard this one before, “I’m not going to church you all are just a bunch of hypocrites.”  Yeah, well you know what, its true. We are humans and we CAN be hypocrites – so just why don’t you join us. Its not that we want to be but we do because we are humans and we fail. We can be redeemed though by asking forgiveness and trying.

In the Old Testament is was human sin was a sin against God and was important in the old testament. You swore through God so the breaking of friendship or promises was breaking God.

People say pray – pray for your enemies. So when you pray, just pray that way because the prayer will change YOU and who you are and what you are in CHRIST. God is in control and we have to be patient and wait sometimes. You can see Daivd’s prayers and tone changes because God comes into David as David ALLOWS him (God) to change him.

 

 

 

1-5-David here has agitation in his soul the enemy the Devil and wicked people are the source of his turmoil and the terrors death show us how deeply seeded David is disturbed

 

6-8-David longed to escape from the life-threatening situation of everyone chasing and trying to kill him

 

9-11-As David begins his petitions against the enemies it seems to have the incident at the Tower of Babel in mind, which was when God defeated the plans of the people by confusing their language, so God is called on by David to confuse the evil plans of David’s oppressors

 

12-14-David’s betrayer is identified as a companion that had visited David and had participated in public worship with David; the betrayer was a friend that became an enemy which is devastating

Picture having a close friend that just turns on you out of nowhere.

 

15-Here we see strong emotional language against David’s enemy. David prays God to get them but also tells God he knows that God has his back and will let God do God’s plan.

 

16-19-In these verses we see the turning point: Evening, morning, noon remind us of NT caution to pray without ceasing which is always our best defense

 

19-It seems that the continuing untroubled state of wicked people brings about a false sense of security, or maybe it suggests that unsaved people do not fear God because if they did fear God they would repent and change their ways. In this sense the fear is a holy reverence and respect for God not an I’m scared of a roller coaster fear. Does this fear of God help people to stand in line? Yes, it is a Holy Fear of “I don’t want to shame God.”  The people will get justified not because David asked and because David gives his time. Non-believes haven’t experience God yet.

 

20-21-A broken covenant speaks about a friend that turns into an enemy. Breaking a covenant was always a very serious matter in the OT because it characterized human sin against God

 

22-Casting our burdens on the Lord is a comforting promise that comes from God’s sustaining hand: We can trust God totally because God is in total control of everything!

 

Chapter 56

This is another lament of David when he was captured by the Philistines in Gath. This psalm states the complaint and petition while also giving the affirmation of trust, this psalm contains the typical promise of praise. This psalm can remind you of the disciples in the sense that no matter what they trusted in God. David’s fear in this Psalm gives way to his trust in God.  During this time David has been capture by the Philistines in Goth. You will see David’s human side come out a lot during this psalm.

David is David. Swallow and hound are both metaphors for David’s enemies. They have captured him and these are people who want David killed and David has killed many of the Philistines. David ran away as a crazy person and was trying to hide but David was captured. When we truly trust in God fear has no dominion over us and nothing can hold us back. Man is mortal BUT God is eternal.  God’s word protects and delivers.

The attacks that happen to David cause David to pray against but David is certain that none of this is God’s doing. You see God doesn’t cause bad things. God never wastes a good hurt. God will use every hurt if we let him.

 

1-2-swallow me us and hound me are two metaphors that suggest the fury and the wrath of David’s enemies

 

3-4-When we trust in God it robe fear of its power over us. God is eternal man is mortal, God’s word promises us protection and deliverance

5-7-The reality of David’s opposition surfaces here once again. It is the unfair and evil attacks that trouble David, these attacks lead David to call on God to punish these iniquities

 

8-David is certain that nothing that he is undergoing is significant to God because God sees every tear that falls and God lists them in His book, not one is lost. The person who is surrendered to God can know that every facet of life has meaning

 

9-11-God’s trustworthiness is evident from looking at the Bible, the Bible is both written and incarnate. Since God is for us we do not need to fear what other people can do

 

12-Keeping our promises to God brings an occasion for praise and worship

 

13-Here David celebrates being saved from death, David has been preserved to live to walk a while longer with God. The light of the living is in the presence of God Himself

 

Extra Notes

 

Every facet has a meaning and God can use all of them. When you see all the messed up things they are not caused by God but God can turn them around. God trustiness – the Bible was written by God incarnated.  Every person who tries to disprove the Bible has proved more that the Bible is real.

GOD IS FOR US!  We don’t need to fear people, we win. God is a time for celebration keeping his promises to us all.

Our promises to God are:

  • Spread His word
  • Bring people to Him
  • Be faithful
  • Loving everyone
  • Accepting Jesus as your Savior

Joy and Hope are her for us here and now!

Light of the living is in the presence of God himself and that will illumination should and will show to others.

Psalm 52,53,54

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in It's Happening at Brentwood | 7 comments

Psalm 52,53,54

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Psalm 52

Who is this Psalm directed to? David is the author and he is directed it to Saul, yet at the same it is talking to anyone who is an evil-doer.  This time frame would be during David’s like when Saul turns out of jealousy and tries to kill David.

The theme of this Psalm is Judgment and Grace.

The things we approve of and we support are what shows our values. The foolish will boast in short-lived things. We need to boast about our eternal/spiritual souls. Things will be gone one day and when we leave this earth on the spiritual things such as our souls are what goes with us to heaven.

Evil à love to do evil & hurt others. Eventually evil will be punished unless they turn to God’s grace. The judgment is not immediate most of the times but like us, David wants it to be immediate.

Righteous need to come to see God and yet they also need to fear, in Holy Reverence, God and God alone. When we see a wicked person do not rebuke them, instead pray for them. It doesn’t matter how you pray just pray. The devil hates that and God loves it.

The “Green Olive Tree” stands for being vital, productive, and will last for many years. For this reason David compares himself to the green olive tree.

Waiting on the Lord means we DEPEND on God and God alone and nothing else.

This section goes from judgment to grace. Many of David’s writings start as a lament and then to love, mercy, and grace.

David is like many of us, he just needs to vent and then move forward.

Psalm 53

This Psalm is almost exactly like Psalm 14 except one uses “Lord” and the other “God”.

Why is this? Why not use the same name? It’s referred this way to show the difference in Father God, Son God (Jesus).

5.) God’s protection from the wicked and punishment to the wicked. God goes as far as to scatter the bones showing complete annihilation of the devil.

Why are people purposefully mean?  Psychology wise they have anger build up inside but spiritually wise because they have not experienced true grace. We, as humans, are born with evil tendencies-we are born with and into sin but we choose if we act upon the sinful thoughts and tendencies or not. We all make a choice. We come to a place where we have a choice to make. Yes, environment plays a part on the way we make the choice but it is the choice of good or evil. The evil actions are not who you are. You can also choose to be better.

It’s not easy to forgive yet forgive is what sets you free from the evil things that hold you captive and if they don’t repent they will be annihilated. They and we can choose. We don’t have to wish wrath upon those who do evil they bring it upon themselves. Let God be the judge of that. No, it’s not justice but grace because sin is sin. Murder and rape are not worse than gossiping on the front porch in God’s eyes. Sin is sin is sin. As humans we want justice. You’re not different than them humanly but the difference spiritually is you accept the grace and they don’t.  We only understand human nature but we need to see God’s nature because he loves everyone and wants them to join him eternally forever. Everyone is born with sin. Even a child is born into life with sin. The child will not go to hell though because they have not reached the age of accountability. They don’t understand they need to accept Christ as their one and only Savior. They can’t make a choice to do right or wrong.

Some people make life more difficult on themselves but no matter where they are they can still accept Christ. Salvation is a gift from God that is given freely through grace. Sin brings the things we deal with on us. For example – you sinned by smoking so now you have trouble breathing.

Eventually everyone will receive the ultimate healing, a spiritual healing.

Mix God with counseling.

Psalm 54

David wrote this Psalm as well. God is my helper and David writes to ask God for help. The name of God stands for His nature.  God’s nature is Strength, Readiness, and Willingness to hear/answer prayers and go forward in our faith walk. God with the big “G”

People who rose against David were not God centered. They followed Satan and wanted to take David’s position of king, they were paganistic people. The Lord is with people who help the godly people and godly help the ungodly. Talk openly about Christ, live by example, and always pray.

Don’t tell people to go to church. Ask them if Jesus Christ is their Savior. When they accept Christ they will come church. Church is made a soul winning station. Live by example to pump people in and then they’ll come. Really be careful because we walk a tight rope because the world is waiting for Christians to fall.

The government is fighting for non-Christians right to do what they want but not force it. When sin is public it’s not judging. Rights are being taken away left and right. It will get worse and the Bible tells us this in Revelation. We have to stand for what we believe especially now.

The separation was to keep the Government out of the Church not the Church out of the Government.

Separation of Church and State was a letter that Jefferson wrote to Danbury.

We should have a right to choose just like everyone else does. Soon Islam will be the religion of the Government but all should have a right.

Our Bible teaches the way, the truth, and the life and this is the only way to true salvation.

Anytime there is life, there is darkness but the light will win.

When the President declared this is no longer a “Christian Nation” there became a downward spiral for the nation. This statement isn’t blaming the President or Congress but is showing that the devil knows where to hit America.

If Islam’s can pray in public then Christians should be able to pray in public.

Why is God being taken out of everything? P.C. (Political Correctness)

What is happening to America? If a Christian is criticized nothing happens BUT if a Muslim is criticized then its discrimination and you can face jail time. America is a mess.

 When inviting someone to church – I would love to see you there. You have the right to say NO or to not say something.

There needs to be a balance.

Thanks!

Psalm 51

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in It's Happening at Brentwood | 0 comments

psalm 51

 

Chapter 51

This psalm of David is one of the richest theological portions of the OT which teaches us about God, humanity, sin, and salvation. The experience of David in this psalm brings us close to the NT concept of heart holiness. Psalm 51 consists of an appeal, a confession of sin and its nature, a plea for restoration, a promise of worship, and a prayer for the nation

 

1-2-A sinners only hope for mercy grows out of God’s distinctive characteristics of loving-kindness and tender-mercies. Three terms that are used here cover the OT understanding of sin: Transgression or rebellion, iniquity or crookedness, and sin or the failure to reach a prescribed standard. The intensity of David’s appeal is seen in the imperatives blot out, wash thoroughly, and cleanse. David was not content with a superficial treatment he wanted a spiritual overhaul

 

3-Confession to God brings forgiveness

 

4-Here David recognizes the nature and the seriousness of his sin. Sin is rebellion against God’s rules for human life. At times other people suffer consequences from our sin, but we must understand that when we sin it is God who we are rebelling against

 

5-Refusal to do what is right is a part of the human character from birth. David describes his conception of sin this way: the sin problem is in us at birth

 

6-David also understands that sin is primarily a matter of attitude and that sin must be dealt with before the problem of wrong action can be resolved

 

7-The hyssop branch was used to sprinkle blood on the doorways of the Israelites home in Egypt to prevent death by the destroyer. The hyssop branch was also used in the same manner to pronounce that a leper was clean

 

8-The expression bones being broken is a reflection of the pain of knowing that sin has come between us and God

 

9-10Here we see the two fold nature of sin illustrated in the acts of transgression that call for forgiveness and a deeper sinfulness that requires cleansing. Created is translated from a Hebrew word used only for divine activity in the OT. It speaks of making something completely new. These verses reveal David’s understanding that the sin problem calls for radical surgery, not cosmetic, clean heart in the OT symbolizes the affections and the will which includes the decision-making powers. David recognizes that God alone can deliver these elements to the human personality from their naturally defiled condition; the Holy Spirit is the means by which the human sprit is cleansed and is enabled to live the holy life

 

11-12-This in not a prayer of an unregenerate person for salvation, it is rather a prayer of a regenerated person to have a holy heart, this chapter along with Isaiah 63:10-11 are the only places in the OT where God’s Spirit is referred to by the term Holy Spirit

 

13-15-When God cleanses the heart through the Holy Spirit the most immediate response are those of praise and witness

 

16-19-Outward worship such as OT sacrifice is pleasing to God only when it is expresses the inward spiritual conditions of a broken spirit and a contrite heart, formal worship in the absence of these conditions accomplishes nothing, however if it is offered as a result of them God is pleased. David recognized that his sin injured not just himself but also his city and nation as well. David therefore asked God to deal with the broader damage that resulted from his sin.

Psalm 50

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in It's Happening at Brentwood | 2 comments

Psalm 50

This is a powerful description of God’s judgment not appropriate for worship. Everything here on earth is God’s and he lets us use it. We are only care takers here and now. This Psalms helps us to see and understand God is a God of love but he is also a God of wrath and we need to remember all aspects of Him. God called the earth Zion and if you remember from last week Zion, particularly Mt. Zion was called God’s earthly dwelling place. This reflects God’s glory. God’s judgment is like a fire and NOONE will escape it one way or another. Judgment is different for those who accept Jesus versus those who don’t accept Jesus. God will reveal to us at judgment all the things we did and didn’t do. We have to have faith and accept this. Part of eternal damnation will be a head game in which the person will remember all things. A person will especially remember all the times they could have accepted but rejected this choice and the only company they will have is the demons around them. They will see those people who have made it to heaven but the people in heaven will not see them.

There is also a time that is called “The Great White Throne” judgment. Both those dead and those alive will at that point be judged and will not have “another” chance once Christ comes back to “accept again” Right now there is a great falling away so we need to make sure that were right with God. We all live with regrets but can you imagine the kind of eternity that you will relive those regrets every moment. That is hell and demons will continuously taunt you.  Trying to justify the void you often feel in your life is not worth eternal hell. The Devil’s greatest trick is that “HELL IS A PARTY”. You can’t force someone to believe they have to do that on their own. They can go to church every week but they have accept Jesus opposing maybe they never go to church but they fellowship with other believers and accept Jesus – that is what it is worth. Church and Religion are manmade. Sometimes though people who believe are challenged so much more than those who do not believe nor accept and God will use our infuriates to make us stronger and lean onto him. He does not cause bad things, he does not always stop them, BUT he will ALWAYS use them to make a better ending. The ending though not always during our human time on earth but when we meet Him in heaven. Heaven and Earth have witnessed God’s covenant and glory through God allowing Jesus to be crucified on the cross. This allows the judgment to be a part of the covenant and because of this makes followers want to be like Christ. The people of Israel always turned to God making God their “partner” and when we / they broke this God then turned to the judge.

 

The offering brought judgment because of the attitude when giving the offering. God does not depend on us, we depend on Him and sacrifices are used and to be given out of a cheerful heart. Not because you have to but you want to. This is the only time God will say to us “”Test ME””. They sacrificed animals but today we don’t need to sacrifice animals. Offering pleases God the most when given from thanksgiving and the vows w make.

Vs.16) judgment to the wicked and hypocrite. There is a difference between knowing and doing.  We need a relationship NOT a religion.  Remember this!! God is silent, God lets them go and God lets them change. The ones that will accept will be with Christ and the ones that don’t will pay. There are times you need to stand up and not get walked on for what you believe; this is especially true with the Church as a whole in today’s world.

So what happens to a “good” person who does their best through their whole life but doesn’t accept Christ? They go to hell. Accepting Jesus as your Savior is how you get to heaven, he is the key to the gate. Good people think they earn their way in but they can’t they won’t. No one can earn salvation it is a gift from God.  If you don’t accept then you go to hell because of the original sin. This original sin causes all humans to be born in into sin and that is why we need salvation and we need grace. God will give you and me every opportunity to accept his son. You must be born again. There is hope because our job is to bring Jesus to other and lay the truth down for them. They decide to take and accept or not. If they don’t it is not our fault we are the messenger and take the joy of Jesus to everyone so they all at least know. We can’t understand as humans why God wants everyone because we want justice. The one that gossips on the porch is not better than Ted Bundy.  Thank God that if he can love the worst of the worse then think of how much He loves us. There’s no such thing as karma. We can’t figure grace out. When you let go of trying to understand that is when you will know better. When you understand just tell God. The cool thing is with scripture every time you read it, it can and usually means something different to you. This is because you are at different points of your life and its called growth and maturity. It’s like a rollercoaster; the highs are amazing and the lows aren’t that bad because you know you’ll go back up again. There no atheist in a foxhole. It’s funny that people try you get rid of church and God but yet where is the first place everyone turns during tragedy and heartache. The church is call or the preachers. For example shootings in schools or the day after 9/11. The church has to respond to this and we have to give them the HOPE of Jesus. Forgetting God is here is a lapse in our own lifestyle not our mind. True worshippers will rejoice and live appropriately. No one but God has the right to judge.

 

End with a prayer and read Romans 8:28

Psalm 48 + 49

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in It's Happening at Brentwood | 0 comments

Psalm 48 + 49

Good evening! So how was your day? Mine was pretty good. This Bible Study made it even better. I have to tell you that what you read tonight is just of what we discussed regarding the chapters. There were many times that we were off topic but to try and type and explain it would be quite confusing. Many times we talked about this past Sunday’s Morning service. Discussing a certain praise song that continues over and over with “nananana’s”.  The song being called “Every Move I make”. We also discussed the song “I have a Friend in God”. Both of these songs, if you would like to listen to them, can be found on YouTube, in fact, here are some links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgf1YzscBlE    every move I make

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcxKRsn-hGc  friend of God

 

Psalm 48

This chapter centers around Mount Zion in which glory derives from. Mount Zion is God’s place and is available for those to dwell in with God. Verses 2/3 talk about the sides of the North.  Some people say this is where the gods (little “g”) ruled the earth from – like the Greek gods. In all actuality it is where the real God is ruling. The Psalmist is therefore showing that the gods are inferior to God. The Psalmist also describes fear that the world leaders are experiencing. This is like a sinking ship. What happens to a sinking ship?

So we praise God. We praise his character, which is his love and patience as well as he is omnipresent and immutable, he is of judgment, wrath and is jealous. This all is good stuff! He is the only God that is to be worshipped!

Daughter of Judea. This refers to the young women who led worship but also, the towns that surround Jerusalem, the center of the Jewish Nation.  The joy and gladness that flows is meant for everyone not just the Jewish Nation though.

Walking around Zion refers to a ceremonial precession and that people boast Zion in leading the next generation.

The Old Testament was in hope of the eternal life and is different because now we have hope in/from Jesus. The o.t. followed the laws and sacrificed where we have grace and salvation. They saw heaven as an escape from the wrath that was put upon them; we see heaven as a place to be with God. The leaders followed the laws to the a “t” but they were not humble. To this Jesus told a story well a parable about the sinner and the religious leader at the temple.  Luke 18: 9-14

Luke 18-The Religious

Leader and the Tax Collector Luke 18:9-14

Based on NLT

 

Luke 18:9-12

Then Jesus told this story to some who

had great confidence in their own

Righteousness*/blamelessness before

God and scorned everyone else: “Two

men went to the place of worship* to

pray. One was a religious leader*, and

the other was a despised tax collector.

The religious leader stood by himself

and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you,

God, that I am not a sinner* like

everyone else…I don’t cheat, I don’t sin,

and I don’t commit adultery. I’m

certainly not like that tax collector!

I

fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth

of my income.’

 

Luke 18:13-14

“But the tax collector stood at a distance

and dared not even lift his eyes to

heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his

chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be

merciful to me, because I am a sinner.’ I

tell you, this sinner, not the religious

leader, returned home

justified/blameless before God—because

those who exalt themselves will be

humbled, and those who humble

themselves will be exalted.”

 

We are saved by Faith.

Romans 3 What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? 2 Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God. 3 For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? 4 Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written:

“That You may be justified in Your words,
And may overcome when You are judged.”[a]

5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.) 6 Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world?

7 For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? 8 And why not say, “Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just.

All Have Sinned

9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.

10 As it is written:

“There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”[b]
13 “Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; [c]
“The poison of asps is under their lips”; [d]
14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”[e]
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace they have not known.”[f]
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[g]

19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

God’s Righteousness Through Faith

21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law andthe Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all[h] who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Boasting Excluded

27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. 29 Or is Hethe God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, 30 sincethere is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

Footnotes:

Romans 3:4 Psalm 51:4

Romans 3:12 Psalms 14:1–353:1–3Ecclesiastes 7:20

Romans 3:13 Psalm 5:9

Romans 3:13 Psalm 140:3

Romans 3:14 Psalm 10:7

Romans 3:17 Isaiah 59:7, 8

Romans 3:18 Psalm 36:1

Romans 3:22 NU-Text omits and on all.

 

 

 

Chapter 49

This psalm is of wisdom that deals with the problem of hot to regard earthly wealth. See what salvation is about. Here on earth compare to what we have here on the inside. You cannot earn or buy salvation it is a gift that God gives. The psalm is set to be of poetry and could be a song to sing. This kind of psalm, song, should and would have been memorized. Almost all poetry was turned into different songs and were very important. If you think about it you remember more songs than you do speeches.

Verses ¾ these 2 verses are almost the same but a little different at the same time. This is again emphasizing the importance of what is being said.

Verse 7 no one can save someone else. We can’t pray people to heaven they have to accept Jesus as their personal savior.

Verse 11 – wise and foolish, dead but the house is forever. They think things will last forever but we know that this is an affirmation that death is certain. Everyone will die, unless Jesus comes back to take us first.  Compare eternal life against eternal damnation. What are you afraid think it will be times a million. If you choose to reject Jesus as your Lord Christ Savior you will see heaven but you will not be able to go. No one can spend enough money to buy heaven; there is no ransom big enough to buy eternal life. The difference between humans and animals is that humans have a choice and have an eternal soul.  Once your body dies you will either stay in heaven or stay in hell – there’s no line jumping and you cannot pray someone in one place or the other. Some people believe in purgatory but it is NOT real or true.

So there is a paradise which is under the throne of God then they, we, go to heaven. Jesus is everywhere and people are crying out from the throne of God.

Some people refer to near death experience as a depersonalize experience which is out of the body looking in or down at one’s self. So there’s that.

Verse 15 is talking about God redeeming which gives us a strong affirmation of faith, that we will be blessed to be with God/Jesus.

Without Jesus how can we have hope? We don’t/we can’t. With Jesus we will be snatched and saved.

If people are influential because of their standing or money but they don’t have Jesus if doesn’t mean a thing.

Verses 16-19 people try to influence their way to heaven will not make it. Don’t be envious of those people but instead love them more. Riches here do not mean anything.

In the Old Testament they looked to Jesus and what he would do. Now we (and the New Testament) look at what Jesus did. When Jesus returns all will be revealed to the Old Testament peoples, the New Testament peoples, and us!

The light here refers to “a part of God”. Jesus was and is called the light of the world. Darkness cannot be here in the light and sin cannot hide. That is also saying that if you have riches don’t fear but stay humble and love.

Do not bless yourself but bless others.

 

 

Psalm 46/47

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Tonight’s bible study was ah-mazing at Brentwood with Pastor Bill Westling! It started out kind of slow but then something changed and it was rowdy and fun and interesting and very informative. Some topics that are things written from tonight you may not agree upon but are truth. Some things that are written might seem offensive but they are also the truth. If you read this and have questions, please feel free to message me and I promise to find a biblically honest answer for you. Ignorant comments will be deleted because there is no need for ignorance. I can’t wait to share all of this information so without further ado please take a moment to pray and let’s dig into the truth.

 

Psalm 46:

Did you read it? Does anything jump out at you? Yes, some Bibles refer to the God of Jacob while others refer to him as the God of Israel. Is this the same Lord? Yes, it is referring to the Lord God the Father- in referring to “The God of our forefather.” The God of Israel on the other hand while meaning the same God stand is a God who reveals himself to man as a warrior on the move, whose might is so great that earth shakes at his step, the heavens quake, and the mountains melt before his march.  Make sense? Let us move into the chapter now.

So there are these three (3) sections about God and his Power

1)      God is external

2)      God is internal

3)      God’s Power has always been with us, will always be with us meaning it is available, and is waiting for us

If you feel like you are far away from God and off track in your faith walk. Make sure you look at who moved ‘cause it sure wasn’t God. We need to remember and understand we can ALWAYS always always (yes three always) TRUST God. Even though this world is on a path of destruction God is still there and available to us because God is here to HELP us. He is ever present. God does not cause evil, he doesn’t like evil, however, he allows the evil to happen here, on Earth because we as humans choose for it to be here. God gave us human choice. It is essentially our fault that evil continues.

So we’ve covered verses 1-4.

Vs.5) The River is referring to God pouring out his presence to his people. Who are his people? We are, of course! Mount Zion, remember, is the earthly dwelling place for God. Another name we see here for God is the “Most High”. Wow, just stop and think for a moment of all the names God has. This list presents the biblical names of God and Jesus and where they are located in Scripture. With 102 names of God represented, the list, though not exhaustive, is quite extensive.

Let’s take a moment to name:

 

 

Biblical Names of God


  • Advocate – 1 John 2:1
  • Almighty – Revelation 1:8
  • Alpha – Revelation 1:8
  • Amen – Revelation 3:14
  • Angel of the Lord – Genesis 16:7
  • Anointed One – Psalm 2:2
  • Apostle – Hebrews 3:1
  • Author and Perfecter of our Faith – Hebrews 12:2
  • Beginning – Revelation 21:6
  • Bishop of Souls – 1 Peter 2:25
  • Branch – Zechariah 3:8
  • Bread of Life – John 6:35,48
  • Bridegroom – Matthew 9:15
  • Carpenter – Mark 6:3
  • Chief Shepherd – 1 Peter 5:4
  • The Christ – Matthew 1:16
  • Comforter – Jeremiah 8:18
  • Consolation of Israel – Luke 2:25
  • Cornerstone – Ephesians 2:20
  • Dayspring – Luke 1:78
  • Day Star – 2 Peter 1:19
  • Deliverer – Romans 11:26
  • Desire of Nations – Haggai 2:7
  • Emmanuel – Matthew 1:23
  • End – Revelation 21:6
  • Everlasting Father – Isaiah 9:6
  • Faithful and True Witness – Revelation 3:14
  • First Fruits – 1 Corinthians 15:23
  • Foundation – Isaiah 28:16
  • Fountain – Zechariah 13:1
  • Friend of Sinners – Matthew 11:19
  • Gate for the Sheep – John 10:7
  • Gift of God – 2 Corinthians 9:15
  • God – John 1:1
  • Glory of God – Isaiah 60:1
  • Good Shepherd – John 10:11
  • Governor – Matthew 2:6
  • Great Shepherd – Hebrews 13:20
  • Guide – Psalm 48:14
  • Head of the Church – Colossians 1:18
  • High Priest – Hebrews 3:1
  • Holy One of Israel – Isaiah 41:14
  • Horn of Salvation – Luke 1:69
  • I Am – Exodus 3:14
  • Jehovah – Psalm 83:18
  • Jesus – Matthew 1:21
  • King of Israel – Matthew 27:42
  • King of Kings – 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16
  • Lamb of God – John 1:29
  • Last Adam – 1 Corinthians 15:45
  • Life – John 11:25
  • Light of the World – John 8:12; John 9:5
  • Lion of the Tribe of Judah – Revelation 5:5
  • Lord of Lords – 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16
  • Master – Matthew 23:8
  • Mediator – 1 Timothy 2:5
  • Messiah – John 1:41
  • Mighty God – Isaiah 9:6
  • Morning Star – Revelation 22:16
  • Nazarene – Matthew 2:23
  • Omega – Revelation 1:8
  • Passover Lamb – 1 Corinthians 5:7
  • Physician – Matthew 9:12
  • Potentate – 1 Timothy 6:15
  • Priest – Hebrews 4:15
  • Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6
  • Prophet – Acts 3:22
  • Propitiation – I John 2:2
  • Purifier – Malachi 3:3
  • Rabbi – John 1:49
  • Ransom – 1 Timothy 2:6
  • Redeemer – Isaiah 41:14
  • Refiner – Malachi 3:2
  • Refuge – Isaiah 25:4
  • Resurrection – John 11:25
  • Righteousness – Jeremiah 23:6
  • Rock – Deuteronomy 32:4
  • Root of David – Revelation 22:16
  • Rose of Sharon – Song of Solomon 2:1
  • Ruler of God’s Creation – Revelation 3:14
  • Sacrifice – Ephesians 5:2
  • Savior – 2 Samuel 22:47; Luke 1:47
  • Second Adam – 1 Corinthians 15:47
  • Seed of Abraham – Galatians 3:16
  • Seed of David – 2 Timothy 2:8
  • Seed of the Woman – Genesis 3:15
  • Servant – Isaiah 42:1
  • Shepherd – 1 Peter 2:25
  • Shiloh – Genesis 49:10
  • Son of David – Matthew 15:22
  • Son of God – Luke 1:35
  • Son of Man – Matthew 18:11
  • Son of Mary – Mark 6:3
  • Son of the Most High – Luke 1:32
  • Stone – Isaiah 28:16
  • Sun of Righteousness – Malachi 4:2
  • Teacher – Matthew 26:18
  • Truth – John 14:6
  • Way – John 14:6
  • Wonderful Counselor – Isaiah 9:6
  • Word – John 1:1
  • Vine – John 15:1

 

 

Vs6) God is in control. Wow! That itself is just woah. The Earth melting refers to God’s judgment. So the world how did it come to be? Was it the big bang theory? No, it wasn’t. The world came into existence because God said his word. God said “Let there be…”  <<Genesis 1:3

When it comes right down to it God is in control, and everything – I mean EVERYTHING- is about God and when he speaks it then it happens.

Vs7) God is the commander BUT he is also a personal God and he will keep his covenant to his people. What is His covenant? Is it external life, loving kindness, or joy? Well these are parts of the covenant. How about the Rainbow – God’s promise? This is a covenant but I’m talking about THE covenant (Pastor Bill emphasized) The MAIN COVENANT is that God the Father sent God the Son-Jesus- down to fulfill the New Testament and give us all SALVATION!!

Vs8/9) This is just a scene of God’s glorious kingdom. How peaceful it will be – amen?!

God is going to let and continue to allow the desolation that is happening happen on Earth. Then, God will stop it; stop it ALL! There will be a one thousand (1,000) year period with God just throws it in the pit.

Revelation 20:

1And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,3And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.4And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 7And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 10And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.

11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

Vs10) isn’t it so comforting to know. It’s hard but comforting. It gives that peace that passes understanding praise to God’s awesome majesty and confirmation.

 

Vs11) to finish the chapter this verse copies verse 7. Since it is being repeated in the same chapter of the same book even then it must be a pretty import set of words. God is pushing to us that he LOVES us and he WANTS us to be saved. He does not want to see any of humanity perish or suffer in the hell. Hell was not created for humans/humanity. God doesn’t repeat himself to hear himself talk he repeats himself for us so know and understand the love he has and how much we are worth to him.

You see the world were in today expects us to act and not wait but at time we need to wait on God because things happen in HIS time.

Look at all the crazy things that happy today over the smallest of things; like a long line for Tim Horton’s in the morning and someone getting anger because they can’t get their coffee or have to wait f..o..r..e..v..e..r. Pray and talk to God during that wait. Think about paying it forward when you go through the drive-thru.  Keep Calm and talk to God.

Psalm 47

This Psalm is one that you could just jump up on the table and start singing. (Umm Pastor Bill you can get off the table now. Let’s talk about this chapter). There is such enthusiasm in this Psalm that is expressed through emotional worship.  It is jubilant celebration to God’s kingship. Look at it and it exalts God where God should be. Worship is supposed to be ABOUT GOD not about US!! If someone says they didn’t get anything out of the worship service then honestly, what did they put into it? They need to worship God not the song. They need to understand come into worship with an open heart ready to praise God. The Jews understood this and we must understand this as well. That being said, not only Israel is called to celebrate. All nations are called to celebrate because is the absolute sovereign God and there is no other religious sect that can say that. Their “gods” are dead. God Almighty is ALIVE. “GOD’S NOT DEAD, HE IS SURELY ALIVE”. Mormons take the deity from God. Jehovah Witnesses don’t believe in the way, truth, and life; but you have to accept it all. It’s either all or nothing. What about the amish-they don’t particularly believe in being “born again”. You have to be born again to accept Jesus. Accepting Jesus is the only way to God and that’s being born again.

Subdue under our feet means that we will have victory though God.

Vs 4) the excellence that is spoken about through inheritance is speaking of forgiveness, love, eternal life, all of it!!

Vs5) What does it mean?! Don’t hold back when you worship. This can mean three things that are all true yet different:

1.)    God ascended to the Holy Throne

2.)    David bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem and that God sat on the ark’s “Mercy Seat”

3.)    Prophecy of Jesus going to the Father

Vs 6/7) sing praises is repeated five times. This must be pretty important then. We are NOT spectators but CELEBRATORS and OVERCOMERS. True worship involves praise, it can be through singing, dancing, reading, or speaking but most importantly by opening your heart. Celebrate this! There’s a little boy that stands on the pew during church just dancing to the worship music. Jesus said “Let the children come to me” We need to have the faith, excitement, and love that children have.

Vs9) People of Abraham is referring to EVERYONE who has given their life to God.

So even when you look at this at the wildest point of view it is has covered all people of every nation. God has POWER and Authority over everything yet he can hold back.

In Psalm 46,47 and Romans 11 we see the reaction to Israel can the comeback we are grafted into as Israel’s adopted children.

If you are looking for a good read check out Warren Marcus’ Book Shalom. It talks about him coming to Christ after being raised a Jew.

It is so interesting to see how God is working in our lives and to read and look back at how Christ fulfilled the Old Testament.

The difference between Charismatic and Traditional Catholics – Charismatic believe one is saved by faith which bring works from the love of Christ whereas Traditionalist believe one is saved by faith and works.

If you believe “I have to because if I don’t God won’t bless me” that means you believe in being saved by works. That is not what Jesus said. Jesus said to Nicodemus,

John 3

New King James Version (NKJV)

The New Birth

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”

10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.[a] 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but[b] have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to thelight, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

One is Born Again->Saved by grace->Sanctified and this is a lifelong process!

Saved/Being Saved/Will Be Saved

Why are there so many denominations if the Bible is the truth? Everyone looks at everything different but when we all die and we see each other in heaven well laugh and say we didn’t have it right on Earth.

Knowing the Truth is Key

So to summarize the answers to the questions stated in the opening of this article and as we study the Bible, we can see that there is only one true Church, and that is the body of Christ. This is the assembly of believers (though they meet in all parts of the world, at different times, in different buildings). Many churches are needed to support the 1/3 of the world’s known population of Christians (and the underground population that must hide for safety).

Denominations are a man-made thing. Not all denominations, or even churches are under the Headship of Christ Jesus because some have drifted away from what the Bible teaches as essential doctrines. When a church deviates from the truth that is in the Bible, they are not part of the true Church. When they teach anything other than the true gospel, they should beware because the Bible warns against this (Gal 1:9; 1 Tim 6:3-4).

If you are interested in joining with a church, be sure to ask to see their statement of faith — if it does not line up with what the Bible teaches or if there is no statement of faith, think again and continue searching for a doctrinally sound church. Remember there is no perfect church because we as humans are not perfect, but Jesus taught us about the true Church and this is all recorded in the Bible. As Christians we should have a biblical world view and the only way to do that is to read the Bible to learn what it says about the subject at hand.

Some are absolutely heretical and others teach a smorgasbord of beliefs from the Bible and other religions.  Yet others teach that Jesus became God and was not God at one time.  Some believe that even God the Father was at one time not a god.  This teaching is contrary to what the Bible says (John 1).

Even though there are thousands of denominations, there really is no single church that has all known truth and teaches it perfectly.  There is no one church that has absolutely no error, just like every Christian alive can not possibly know all truth.  As long as the essentials to the faith are there, like the Chief Cornerstone Jesus Christ being the central focus of worship, churches can still be under the Headship of Christ Jesus.  If you look at nature, if you look at the human race, and if you look at the intricacies of human understanding, you see that God loves variety so it should not surprise us that there are a variety of different denominations embedded within different nations and cultures.  Its like asking why are there so many different flowers like the rose, the lily, the iris, and so on.   Just like there are no two snowflakes that are exactly the same, there are no two Christians or no two churches that are identical.  I believe God loves such variety as long as there are no blatant doctrinal errors within the body of that church.  God seeks the worship of all nations, all ethnic groups, all people groups, from all over the world.

Any church that does not teach the divinity of Jesus Christ, that He was God before the earth existed, that there is a Holy Trinity, that Christ came to earth and was born of a virgin, lived a sinless, perfect life, and died to have the wrath of God placed on Him instead rightfully being placed on humans, that He was raised or resurrected on the 3rd day and today sits at the right hand of God in Heaven, is not the one that Jesus Christ built and founded.  It is simple as that.

Any church that deviates from these essential and vital doctrines can not be, based upon the written Word of God, the true church that Jesus founded and it is teaching a false gospel.  If any of these essentials are missing, take heed to God’s warning through Paul’s letter to the Galatians, “As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse” (Gal 1:9)!  How much stronger of a warning can Paul be issuing to those churches or Christians who teach another gospel?  They are “under God’s curse.”  Paul told Timothy:

“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions” (1 Tim 6:3-4).
Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-are-there-so-many-churches-why-are-there-so-many-denominations/#ixzz2xoDCfxIu

Psalm 45 and some off topic conversation <3

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in It's Happening at Brentwood | 17 comments

Psalm 45 and some off topic conversation

Good evening my fellow Bible Studiers!

Try and keep up tonight, the study gets quite interesting and do feel free to comment you thoughts or ask questions if you are confused or concerned with anything. Happy Reading:

 

PSALM 45

Read over the chapter – does anything jump out at you?

 

Yes, in verse 7 it says, “Therefore God, Your God…” What does this mean? This is referring to God the Father and God the Son (Jesus). God is the moral purpose and is supreme. God the father is anointing God the Son and is telling some of the prophecy that will soon unfold in the New Testament. So did those readying this text back then understand what “Therefore God, Your God..” meant? To a degree they understood just like to a degree we understand. We know that it talks about God the Father and God the Son; they knew it was referring to the prophecy of God; however, this text will never make complete sense to us in our human nature. You have to understand that the only human form of God was his Son, Jesus. God was not reincarnated. Also, remember that the only “people” to see God the Father were Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden before they ate from the Tree of Knowledge and sin infested us creating our human nature to be impure. Moses only sees a glimpse of God passing by and even from this glimpse Moses’ robe starts to “glow” from the Glory of God. To see God the Father would kill human because God is so pure and we, in human form, are born into a sinful world. Light and Darkness can NOT be together!

This Psalm is referring to a crowned prince or the marriage of a king and queen – a royal event. By looking at Hebrews 1: 8&9 you can interpret this Psalm:

Hebrews 1:8-9

New International Version (NIV)

But about the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing you with the oil of joy.”[a]

Footnotes:

  1.  Psalm 45:6,7

Who is the King?       God is the King and he is a God of righteousness. Just like Christ Jesus the King here is described as a mighty warrior. We know the king is God because he is the only one whose throne will endure forever and ever, no human king not even David, will reign forever and ever.

Is this Psalm a wedding? Yes, it is about a royal wedding between God/Jesus Christ (groom) and the Church (the bride).

The place referred to as “Ophir” is near Sadie Arabia and is known for their gold and jewels. What comes to mind when you think of Saudi Arabia, Gold, and Jewels? ALADDIN!! Now, we can’t say Aladdin is bible based but if it does give you a thought about what the place was like.

Broken down we see the Old Testament is in 4 sections:

  1. 5 books of law,
  2. 12 books of history,
  3. 5 books of poetry,
  4. 17 books of prophets
  5. 12 books of minor prophets, and 5 books of major prophets

The Psalms and the Proverbs are what were read within the temple.

Vs. 10-14.) The King wants what is best for the Bride and the when you come to the place with God you will know that this journey and faith walk is not about worldly things.

The New Testament describes the church as the bride and that when we reach heaven we will endure agape love. 1 Corinthians 13. Love is the only thing that is eternal. Although it is hard for us to wrap our human minds around this concept of love we need to know and remember that God is going to continue to pour our his love and grace onto until the last second we have, the last breath we take.

We will go to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb- which means the church will be taken away and we will endure the 2nd coming of Christ where there will be ONE BIG P@RTY for 1,000 years! This party invites all born again Christians that have a new spirit.

So, when you go to heaven you will know people there and it won’t be in a physical form but a spiritual form. You will not need a “companion” because you will have God’s love. You feel their spirit but it will be on a different plane. You won’t feel the “former things” like pain or suffering. Why will God wipe every tear then? Everyone HAS suffered and he wipes those tears. The key is in heaven right now so check the bible! People aren’t really in heaven yet, they are in “Paradise”. Jesus said to the thief on his right “Today you will be with me in Paradise”. Jesus did not say heaven. Therefore we will not enter into heaven until the 2nd coming when the dead in Christ will rise again and our bodies will be perfected and our spirits will be with Christ.

Can people look down and see us from Paradise? There is a great cloud of witnesses cheering us on but there is no sorrow. They can look down and see us only in our joyous moments because Jesus sits at the right hand of God and makes a “block” so they cannot see the “sorrows”.

Can we see ghosts? No! There are either good or bad spirits. The good are angels and the bad are demons. We have to understand that with any good there is always evil. This being said sooth Sayers and medians would be in the evil category with the Devil and Satanic. There’s evil; it’s real and it is the devil sending demons.  Demonology is revealed but only through the devil.

Sin is fun for a season but is made through the devil and evil deeds. If it’s not in the bible though it ISN’T true. Other religions have other bibles but this bible says truth and look in Revelation 22: 18-19.

Revelation 22:18-19

King James Version (KJV)

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Try to read the Book “90 minutes in heaven” it describes some of what you’ll see in heaven.

A child has faith that is so pure and so they may see these angels in somewhat of a different dimension so to say. It is almost like they have a different sense, like the little ones have a window in that is open to God and just to follow and love him. That is the type of fait we all need to have.

Adults communicate very often and therefore have a high level of communication skills while both children and animals do not communicate a high levels and they in turn express their communication in a different way like seeing angels and being open to God.

We, as adults, express ourselves so much that we miss so much as a result of growing away from our child like faith.

Think back to having imaginary friends – they felt so real and feel so real to so many children. Why can’t these “imaginary” friends be real but be either angels or jus the Holy Spirit the spoke in a different way. The Bible does state that the Holy Spirit speaks in MANY ways. We, as adults, may not see it as vividly because we live in such a fallen world that our perception falls.

Jump to Psalms 139

Psalm 139

New King James Version (NKJV)

God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man

139 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
you understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
and laid your hand upon me.

After reading this excerpt, we see that our soul is eternal and if that is so then before being born of our mother’s womb we know the Lord but then as children do we remember this until a certain age and that is why we can still see angels more frequently or be more open to allowing God dwell inside our hearts?

Have you ever thought: maybe God has a mantel and picks us from it to put us on earth at our correct time and until then we talk to him and have a relationship with him?

So why is it so hard to believe and accept God now? We have a sinful nature that came when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge.

So, basically when a baby is born the baby is born with sin and with a sinful nature. The exception is that this baby turns into a child but will not go to hell until reaching the age of accountability and we teach them. Whether that be God is the “One True God” or not.

 

Compare:

A baby in the womb

To

A Christian going to heaven

 

Look in Proverbs: Better is a man’s death than his birth.

We live for eternity

 

Thanks everyone! God Bless, Safe Travels, and Love to All

 

Psalms Book2 Chapters 42;43;44

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in It's Happening at Brentwood | 14 comments

Psalms Book2 Chapters 42;43;44

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March 20, 2014

It’s that time of the week again. We’ve come together to study Book 2 of 5 in Psalms

Chapter 42

This chapter (and 43) were both written by the son of Korah.

This chapter express the suffering or the pain when one is away from God after having a relationship with him. There is also suffering from the temple and the thirst for his spirit.

He is praying to God during his sorrow.  When you have issues of any kind the best place to go is to God. Being cut off from God is like your body being dehydrated.

This Psalmist is so anguished that he has no appetite. The time frame is during a Jewish festival with a big feast but the Psalmist says he has not had any food.

This is a spiritual exile but with the help of the Lord you will receive countance  which comes from being in the “Presence of God”. How are you in the presence of God? Through prayer, worship, meditation and just focus on God you are in the presence. Also remember, you must focus quietly and humble yourself before God. God speaks in this quietness more often than in loudness; although he can and has. Sometimes we just need /have to shut up and listen. Getting quiet and focusing on God & God alone is a spiritual place you need to be and to get off by yourself here. Where is your quiet place?

Vs. 8~ The Lord is our continuous form of comfort – no matter what is going on he will always be there for you

Vs. 9~ “My Rock”; this refers to God’s strength and durability. “Upon this rock I will build my church”-Jesus

Listen to Larry Norman “Rock that doesn’t roll”

Vs. 10~ a crisis of faith because of the threat or defeat- others saying “Where is your God” A blindness of unbelief comes from this question.

How do we see God?     Through our Spiritual Eyes by having faith and through eyes of faith we can see God. The day is coming when faith will be sight and we will see God face to face.

Vs.11~This response Is appropriate for everything were go through to climb up and out of.

Look at the little pockets of Jesus/God that are coming through. Example: Hollywood is bringing more Christian based movies like “God’s Not Dead”. America shows that she wants more of this and that God is in the final control in the final analysis. NOT the President. Not the Congress and NOT the supreme court.

The chapter concludes with the Psalmist giving all the glory and praise back to God.

 

Psalm 43

A conclusion to Psalm 42 because there is a parallel progression of thought and similar wording. The is also an independent prayer.

Vindicate or plead my case is referring to legal terms as the psalmist is dependent on God as his judge.

Expectant and honest is the confidence the psalmist has in God.

Light and truth are connectors to God

The true source of Joy comes from Jesus Christ. We need to remember and understand that when we look at any sorrowful  circumstance it will bring us despair bur know that God is with us will bring us JOY.

The Holy Mountain is Mt. Zion.

Psalm 44

This chapter is also referred to as “One nation without God”.

This chapter is about a community complaint after a natural disaster and as they grieve for their current situation they feel the God has NOT reached down to help them at all like he promises. This community looks back on how God came through for their ancestors (of whom asked for God’s help and thanked/praised him) but have not witness God in their situation. It’s okay to look back on the past days but we need to remember that we are not and do not live in the past. This chapter is reflecting a crisis of faith. They face defeat and when you go into a battle you don’t think you can win you are in a crisis.  You may go through things that seem like defeat now BUT there is on the other a victory! We need to understand that when we complain and complain and complain to God, he isn’t always going to respond but instead he will sit back and lets the situation unfold until you cry to him for help. Sometimes God just lets it come together and he steps back for us to see what is going on. Righteous Ruminant (people following the law of God) opposed to turning their backs on God. We need to get to the point where we are humbling ourselves before God and be Spiritually Correct. God must work among and save his people BUT he will not do so unless YOU WANT IT.

GOD IS A GENTLEMAN. GOD WILL NOT FORCE IT ON YOU; IT IS YOUR CHOICE.

We are our own worst enemy.

The only thing keeping America alive is the spirit filled bible believing peoples who continue to pray to God over the county.  America is going through and identity crisis and looking for the truth. There is only one higher power and that is God.

You need to show your faith in your everyday life!!

The government is taking away our freedoms away ONE right at a time. This is something the news does not tell everyone.

Executive orders that we have no say in are what get signed and nobody reads any of them before they are signed. We need spirit filled bible believing followers of Christ in the office.

 

**one person comments: PUT ANNIE OAKLEY as president

We need to pray hard and preach the bible – it is offensive so don’t be afraid when it offends

Remember Jesus was the most controversial and offense person of his time. He spoke the truth!

We need to love everyone enough to tell them when they are sinning.

The church (in general) needs to stand up

Look at Revelation and how America is on the brink of falling

Stand for THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE

Sin is Sin is Sin is Sin – it is fun for a season bur you have to break it through the blood of Jesus Christ. God did not create sin it was and is brought into life by Satan and through generations where it began with Adam and Eve. God created humans to have a one on one relationship. Our bodies have adapted to sin and all the things have come through the generations.

 

Feel free to comment and share.

 

Thanks! God Bless

 

Bible Study at Brentwood Psalms 39 40 41

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in It's Happening at Brentwood | 4 comments

Bible Study at Brentwood Psalms 39 40 41

Click here to read Chapters 1-38

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Good Evening and traveling mercies to all who have to drive or have been driving in this weather.

Though our numbers were small our hearts were mighty, and they still are!

So let begin – by the end of tonight’s Bible study we will have finished the first book of Psalms.

Psalm 39:

Read chapter 39 – any questions? Jump to verse 13. Look away from me. Why would David say this? He feels the conviction of the Holy Spirit and does not want God to look upon him with such guilt. Now look at the end of the sentence I go away AND am no more. This is referring to the dying of the physical state that. Death David is gone and dead. This being in the Old Testament there were so many different beliefs about eternal life but this is talk about lying the physical body down and it is gone.

In this chapter we see David confess and then meditate on how vain life is and that life is like a vapor, here then gone.  God’s discipline is not here to hurt us but to help us and correct us. David recognized the power of the tongue and how powerful saying something can be. Your words are very important.  They can hurt worse than a punch in the face.  There is so much temptation with the tongue and when we learn to control it is shows a mark of God’s grace.  Reading that the heart is hot is saying the soul is agitated. David made a vow in verse one and broke it. He is upset for saying what he said because he knew he should not have said it. We need to understand we as humans are frails and life is short. We need to emulate Christ every day. We are children of God and this means WE WIN! We will not be disappointed in the eternal life. What happens to us in life is usually brought on by ourselves. God lets us go through these things to teach us, draw us closer, and grow us to mature into disciples to spread. You need to have a joy in everything. What do you want? You want the Lord (well you should at least) God uses what David is going through to bring David back to where he needs to be. David is saying to God, “I NEED YOU!” David is not blaming God. David knows what is going on is because of the sins he committed that displeased God. When we know Christ we know that we are just an alien to this world because we will be here only a little while because we will go into eternity with him.

Jesus knew/knows what human nature and feeling is – two instances (commented one person) – when Jesus prayed in the Garden of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane and then when Lazarus died and Jesus wept for his friend. In that moment he felt that loss. When you look at the big picture though we are only separated for a little while time before being reunited. Look at David how much sorrow he went through but still saw the joy in the situation and he’s even called a “man after God’s own heart”.

Look at Christ lineage. The people who come down through history until he was born aren’t the people you would expect him to come from. The cool thing is look at who God used and who Jesus became.

Psalm 40

David’s tune has changed he rejoices with a new song that so many can see and follow. The first three verses reflect celebrations and that we have assurance when we wait on God. David recounts his spiritual journey and he has a lot of things going on right now. In verse 5 we can never be out of God’s conscious and he never leaves or forsakes us ever. The Jews though God wanted a sacrifice but really God WANTS their hearts and he wants ours too! In verse 7, many biblical scholars believe the speaker is Jesus coming to be the True Sacrifice. The scroll of book refers to prophecy and this is a mesiotic Psalm meaning it talks about the coming of Jesus. Verse 8-10 is a total surrender and if you give it to God then you live through laws by grace. The old testament is not null and void it leads up to the new testament. The total Bible is our Play Book.

Lovingness kindness truth is given to encourage and correct. David trusts God’s grace even though he know he doesn’t deserve divine deliverance.

 

Psalm 41

Verse 10 – raise me up to go against them – isn’t it funny that David is always saying this its because David is human.

This chapter is a lament and talks about David’s faith in God. The words in 1-3 are what Jesus so often says in the “B Attitudes” which describe:

Deliverance

Perseverance

Strengthen

Sustain

Sin is a spiritual illness – it really is.  Heal my soul o Lord! This requires God’s forgiveness. The Wicked have a natural desire for sin.

Evil is a disease. It Is a terminal illness and when the enemy doesn’t triumph God’s grace can contemplate the presence of God. This is the doxology of Psalm’s first book.

The first book is mainly written by David but then next will be write by many others with David being among them.

What is the timeframe in which Psalms was written for David? No scholar is really sure

 

Thanks for coming! Send love and prayers to everyone reading and also to everyone that isn’t reading.

 

American Family Radio 88.9FM

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in It's Happening at Brentwood | 2 comments

American Family Radio 88.9FM

 

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Have you ever just wondered to yourself why do I learn and worship about and to  Jesus on Sunday Morning or Maybe you go to a Bible Study Wednesday and think only Sunday and Wednesday?

It’s not that you don’t want more but your schedule is just so tied up its almost impossible. What about this one: you love the worship music but you can’t buy every CD the choir/band sings or plays.

This is where the radio comes in. You can tune in every day every hour every minute to get your Jesus on by turning to Station 88.9 FM – AMERICAN FAMILY RADIO (AFR)

http://www.afa.net/radio/

American Family Radio Network is approximately 200 radio stations strong reaching into 39 states with the Gospel along with news and information equipping families to stand firm for Christ in a post-Christian culture. Brentwood is one of the homes in which AFR is broadcasted from.

This station not only plays wonderful worship music but also has different segments of information on the Bible, financial issues, and what is going on in the world from a Christian point of view!

This station is family oriented so you can listen no matter who is in the car.