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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day- Sunday, June 17, 2018

Message

Happy Father's Day

(Our Father in Heaven)

Matthew 6:9-13

"This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name..."

[10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, (a) but deliver us from the evil one.]

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. - Billy Graham

What Billy Graham said is particularly true of our Heavenly Father.

So we sing, praise, and notice the greatness of our Heavenly Father.

Now, the sermon comes in three parts:

Part I. His Name

The meaning of Hallowed by your name:

In Hebrew the word "hallowed" pronounced "kadosh" means, "set apart", "separated from", or "different from". In what respect is He different from all?

He is different from or set apart from all in that He alone is sufficient by himself, and in that sense is perfect in power and love, among other characteristics. In the first place He is the Creator who has caused all the entire universe and everything in it to come into being out of nothing. And he has the power to suspend revive and renew His creation.

Part II. Our Prayer

Yet we as created beings may not know His name, i.e., his holiness so Jesus taught us to pray for if we pray He enables us to know Him.

Part III. Our Life of Faith in Him

And we are to live by faith in Him, even as things go imperfect we would overcome the imperfect conditions and live well.

The invalid man becoming valid in John 5 represents a powerful example. Because he did not know God the Father, Jesus helped him to know the Father, by faith in Him get healed of his weakness and he became valid being able to take up his mat and walk.

** Further Words to memorize:

John 5:17. "The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him."

John 8:29 "My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all c; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one." John 10:29-30

Hymn

This is my Father's world



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tozer on Worship and Entertainment (book recommendation)

At the end of the back cover of the book, A. W. Tozer says:

"We are saved to worship God. All that Christ has done for us in the past and all that He is doing now lends to this one end."

In John 12 at the dinner party given in Jesus' honor Mary poured perfume on Jesus' feet.  I view Mary's act as an act of worship. But some (especially Judas Iscariot who later would betray Jesus) found this as wasteful act. While Jesus sided with Mary, I think it is worthwhile to listen to experts on "worship".  A. W. Tozer's book entitled Worship and Entertainment serves the purpose.

Published by Wing Spread Publishers
Compiled by James L. Snyder in the form of selected excerpts
The book has four parts:
- Part I: Sermon by A. W. Tozer
- Part II: Worship
- Part III: Entertainment
- Part IV: Essay by A. W. Tozer

Length:209 pages, the size of a notepad

While I encourage everyone to secure the book and read in its entirety, I would like to quote/drop a few lines of the Chapter 1 of Part I, the act and object of worship, below:

"We can admire without worshipping but we cannot worship without admiring, because worship is admiration carried to infinitude.  In the same way, we can honor what we do not worship but we cannot worship the one we do not honor. So worship carries with it an ingredient of honor." [Mary opened the party in Jesus' honor. This note is mine.]

"We can only worship that which fascinates us. The old poet said in an often-quoted passage, "In our astonished reverence, we confess Thy uncreated loveliness."... If you can explain it, you cannot worship it."

"Another ingredient, which perhaps should have been mentioned first, is love. We can love without worshiping but we cannot worship without loving. Then love, when it lets itself go and no longer has any restraints, becomes adoration." [Remember: in pouring the perfume and wiping Jesus' feet with her hair, she was not self-conscious nor restrained. Note is mine.]

[In regard to the object of worship Tozer quotes Psalm 45:11 stating] "Worship thou Him".