Monday, November 20, 2017

Psalms 119 - God's Law

Nov. 20, 2017 Monday Message:

“Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!” Psalms 119:5 NIV

Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm as well as the longest chapter in the Bible. It’s an acrostic poem, each section beginning with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet – therefore there the 176 verses are divided into 22 sections.

The Psalm has a lot to do with God’s Law or Torah, stating, “Happy are those whose way is perfect,” which is an ideal goal, but the Bible also says that ALL have sinned and come up short. So let’s back up and look at this.

Before people become believers, they often behave badly. They don’t know what God’s Law is, or what it requires of them. So when they don’t hit the mark, they don’t care. It’s no big deal.

But after we learn the truth about God, his Law matters to us and we really try to get it right. Most of the time we succeed, but once in a while we still make a few mistakes. These shortcomings are called ‘sins.’

That is why God sent his Son Jesus to redeem us. God knows our heart, and when we truly believe, he wants to meet us in heaven. Jesus prepaid the penalty for the sins of all who would call him Lord. That way, believers can spend eternity in the presence of the Father.

“I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.” Ps. 119:8

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Let’s worship together. Jesus in the City Fellowship meets next Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, 3249 30th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55406, 10:30 AM. We’ll wrap up 1 Cor. 15 this week, and then Pastor Michael Pilla will lead us through Advent and Christmas! See you at church!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Psalms 118 - Forever!

Nov. 13, 2017 Monday Message:

“His love endures forever.” Psalms 118:1b NIV

God’s desire is that none would perish. God loves mankind, his creation, made in his image, and he’s not about to change his mind. It’s ‘forever!.’

You can insert a whole bunch of ‘what-if’s’ if you like – what if I did this bad thing, what if I did that bad thing? – but God will still love you forever. If you’re ready to repent and return, God stands ready to welcome you back.

He protects us even when we don’t realize it. “What can mere mortals do to me?” Ps. 118:6b

We also have Jesus on our side. “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Ps. 118:22a

Jesus taught us that when the prodigal son returned home, the Father ran down the road to meet him. The Father had been waiting for him, expecting him. The Father is expecting ALL of us!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Ps. 118:29

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Jesus in the City Fellowship meets next Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, 3249 30th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55406, 10:30 AM. Pastor Michael Pilla brings the message from God’s Word, with guest worship leader David Boeltl.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Psalms 117 - Great is God's Love!

Nov. 06, 2017 Monday Message:

“Great is God’s love toward us.” Psalms 117:2a NIV

In the original language, the word we translate ‘great’ or ‘very strong’ actually means ‘will win the war.’ And what a war we’re fighting!

From the beginning, when the serpent coerced Adam and Eve into doing that which was forbidden by God, mankind has been in a war that is far more serious than it often appears. We tend to look at sins as individual incidents, and think, “I might have been a little wrong, but basically I’m not a bad person.”

We need to remember that God doesn’t grade on the curve; God uses a pass/fail system, and the Bible says that we have all missed the mark.

But great is God’s love toward us. God’s desire is that none would parish, and God so loved the world that he sent Jesus – his only Son – so that all who would repent and return could have everlasting life. God IS in the rescue business!

My advice is to repent and return and then stick with Jesus. That’s God’s plan for mankind’s rescue, and “the Lord will always do what he has promised.” Psalms 117:2b

Norton Lawellin

Let’s worship together! Jesus in the City Fellowship gathers next Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, 3249 30th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55406, 10:30 AM. We’ll open 1 Cor. 15 where Paul outlines the basics of Christianity. See you at church.