Doctrines that Require an Answer – Jude 3-4

In a world filled with so much information, and so many doctrines and ideas about the Bible, it falls on God’s people to make sure that they are equipped for defending the truth.  We must earnestly contend for the faith.

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Continuing our study of the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5 with the next of the Beatitudes, “Blessed are the Meek”

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Three Tests of Abraham’s Faith (podcast)

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Well, this is my first attempt at a podcast connected with the blog here.  I’m still trying to figure all of this stuff out, so hopefully this will get better in time.  Click the download link above, which should take you to the proper place to listen to this episode.  Once there, open your Bible and click play.

Abraham was tested.  We know that without a doubt.  How was he tested?  Why is he included in the Hebrews 11 hall of faith.  Using those passages we’re going to look at three tests to Abraham’s faith, and how Christians living in 2014 can learn from them to live lives that are pleasing to our God.

Beware of Thorny Ground

What’s your priority?  What is the most important thing in your life?  If the answer to that question is anything other than living a life that is pleasing to God, then perhaps you are living in the thorny ground.  Jesus said in the Parable of the Sower,

Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. (Matthew 13:7 ESV)

And he followed that up by explaining that this part of the parable represented those who had received the Word of God gladly, but because they let the cares of the world get in the way, they were unable to grow properly and thus were unfruitful (Matthew 13:22).  If living as a follower of Christ in a way that is pleasing to the Father is not the priority of your life, then what is?  Are you letting the cares of the world prevent your growth as a Christian?  If so, then it is time to fix that, and move to the good soil, which produces crops up to a hundred fold (Matthew 13:23).  If the cares of the world are keeping you from growing, remember what the Lord said in his Sermon on the Mount:

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

(Matthew 6:25-34 ESV)

Don’t let the cares of the world choke out your growth in Christ.