Proverbs 21:30 KJV  There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord . When the counsel of God is rejected or simply not sought man looses. Anyone who has tried to go against God's counsel has come to ruin, either in this life or the next. The Christian who wants to be a success at anything will be wise to seek God's counsel.
Hell the most terrifying place imaginable. Is is real? And, if so, what's it like?
The Bible is a book of miracles. And at the same time it is a miraculous book. One of the greatest miracles is that the Author of the book communicates personally with each reader on a personal basis.
Today we begin a series of messages showing that we need more of God in our preaching and teaching.
We live in a time where the sincere, honest preacher of God's word is neglected financially by the church. And the pastor has to remain silent concerning money because he's seen either as interested in money only or a puppet that doesn't deserve a living wage. Shame on the church!
We talk about our absence and the things God has in the works for The Gospel Podcast. And then we continue in John 2:17 and talk about having zeal for the things of God.
Jesus cleaning out the temple really is a charge against false religion for sure but more importantly an indictment against the true church.
Today we see that the water is a type of the first birth, the wine is a type of the blood of Christ, the waterpots a type of a dead hard heart, and the filling with with the water being changed to wine is a type of the Holy Ghost moving into the sinner.
Jesus' first miracle performed at a wedding has led to many false teachings. One such false teaching is that Christians should do good which leads the their salvation as well as drawing the others in and thus they too, become do-gooders thereby earning them salvation. While this is a good formula for helping each other with physical needs, Jesus came to save the sinner from the punishment of sin's dominion over mankind.
The first miracle that Jesus performed was at a marriage. This wedding is a picture of the Church's wedding day when the bride of Christ meets Jesus, her groom, and enjoys the marriage supper of the lamb.
Today we continue our series on the ten commandments. We are on Commandments #2 (Ex 20:4) "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image" - In Commandment #1 we we're told not to have and other God's, so we can see that it's not talking about who to worship but how. In other word, who is the One True God, how is without an image of HIM. In Ex 25 instructions are given for images to be created for the mercy seat where God will me... Read more
The devastating effects of wine are listed clearly in Proverbs 23:29-35. We discuss these as well as other practical issues.
Today we learn more about the folly of wine and consider why some Christians defend the use of alcohol.
An OT illustration has a NT application. The priests were told not to drink wine in Lev. 10 and the child of God today are royal priesthood 1 Peter 2.
As we continue studying the subject of wine, we look at the next instance of someone drinking wine and getting drunk. The results are the same as Noah, sin! This time in Gen 19 Lot's two daughters get him drunk and have relations with him and have children from their father. And if that was the end of it it would be bad enough. But generations later the results of their sin continues.
Every good gift comes from God. If you can say that the results of drinking alcohol is good then it's of God. If not... James 1:17 KJV  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
In John chapter 2 Jesus performs his first miracle by turning water into wine. This passage is the most quoted passage to justify drinking alcoholic beverages. But in the next several message we will show from the Bible that Jesus did not give alcohol to the guests at the wedding.
Another and equally spiritual truth is hound here in this passage, that of want. In Psalm 104:15 wine is a symbol of joy and gladness. Man's joy runs out and can only be filled temporarily by the word but Jesus and the new birth satisfies for eternity.
Religion has a way of misrepresenting the Scripture to give a particular ideal credibility. But for the student of the Scripture these errors are soon evident with careful and honest study. Then the choice becomes between man's doctrines and traditions or the word of God.
The biggest problem in today's Christian home is the lack of Jesus. If you invite Christ to be the center of your marriage you will have a blessed home.