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  • In these verses we have rhetorical questions to help us understand the Lord’s attributes. Sadly, we aren’t inclined to dwell on the awesome attributes of God. We are nudged this way by the previous verses, which spoke of good news being spread widely and loudly (verse 9).
  • Isaiah 40 is a chapter every Christian should become familiar with. Handel’s majestic musical composition, “The Messiah,” begins with the first two verses of this chapter, which we are looking at today. The musical uses Scripture about the promise of Christ’s coming and the fulfillment of Christ’s promised work, the saving of sinners to the glory of God. Isaiah 40 is a good place to begin.
  • We are in the midst of a crisis in our country, and practically all over the world. Ambitious men have always sought to take advantage of a crisis, and our self-preservation instinct is easily preyed upon. A crisis provokes various reactions from people; some helpful, some not. Fear can mobilize in a good way or bad way. 
  • In Revelation chapter 7, we read of the saints of the Lord emerging from tribulation on earth clothed in white robes, exalting their King with palm branches. The Lord had distinguished them from the rest of men on earth by sealing them as his own.  They had distinguished themselves, in response to his grace, by washing themselves in the blood of the Lamb, cleansed from sin.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Luke 2:21-32
    In this passage we are given more teaching with respect to Jesus when he was an infant. We are not as familiar with this passage as we are the birth narrative of the Lord, but it is very helpful for us to consider the truths held out for us here.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Colossians 4:2-6
    We have looked at these verses individually, but it can be helpful to take them as a whole and consider the emphasis Paul makes on hearing God’s word. He asks for prayer so the Lord will provide open doors for the proclamation of the gospel. He also covets prayer so that he will speak the truth of Christ clearly, making it plain to those who hear it.
  • In this passage, the Apostle Paul gives us instruction for prayer: “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Someone once ask C.S. Lewis, “Why pray if God knows all and is sovereign over all?” Lewis replied, “You might as well ask me why breathe, for prayer to the soul is as necessary as breathing for the body.”
  • EDITORIAL/Democrat Ryan Brown PSC
    We’re recommending Democrat Ryan Brown for Public Service Commissioner because we don’t believe anyone on the Jackson City Council should be regulating anything.
  • EDITORIAL/McRae for State Treasurer
    David McRae is the most qualified candidate to be Mississippi’s next Treasurer.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Colossians 3:14
    Christ came to make God a Father to us. In Christ, God says to us, “You are mine.” What a happy thought to think of God as your Father. If God is your Father, your soul is safe. It is hidden in the promises, in the wounds of Christ and the decrees of God. Those in Christ are the beloved of God. Therefore, when we come to Christ, God forms us into the image of Christ.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Colossians 3:12
    Our verse reads; “Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” Previously, Paul had made the point that each of the Christians in Colossae had an identity in people groups. The church is made up of Jews, Greeks, barbarian; Scythian, free, slave, male, female, and you can go on. The common characteristic in all people groups is sin that leads to condemnation.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Colossians 1:25-29
    Having reminded Christians of how great a salvation God has given them in Christ (verses 21-22), and pointing them to their need to persevere in the faith until they are presented before the Lord (verse 22b-23), Paul now steps back and reviews the great sovereign, redemptive plan of God that is revealed from heaven in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • In the book of Isaiah, we read of the Lord reproving negligent spiritual leaders in Israel. They indulge themselves while the nation is serving idols rather than the living God. The Lord says they are like happy drunkards who think tomorrow will be like this day, great beyond measure. However, when disaster inevitably comes and they cry out, the Lord says let their collection of idols deliver them.
  • DUNCAN/The Sons of Jacob
    Please turn to Genesis 30:1-24. From the big picture perspective, this passage continues to record the origin of the twelve tribes of Israel. However, these verses also focus very specifically on the lives of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel
  • DUNCAN/Like Father Like Son
    Turn to Genesis 26:1-17. Chapter 26 of Genesis tells us more about Isaac than any other of the sections which speak of this son of Abraham. In this passage, we have three distinct scenes set before us. 
  • Turn in your Bible to Genesis 10:1-32. This passage is an expansion of those passing comments that we saw last week about Shem, Ham, and Japheth: “From these the whole world was populated.” Here we have this long catalog of the nations descended from Noah’s sons.
  • DUNCAN/The Ark of Salvation and the Covenant with Noah
    Turn in your Bible to Genesis 6:9-22. Genesis 6-9 is an expanded lesson teaching us that this is a moral universe. We live in a day of great apathy toward wickedness and moral failure, but this passage reminds us that God does not shrug with apathy about wickedness. I want to look at this passage with you because it gives us a picture of both God's judgment and His grace
  • Turn in your Bible to Genesis 2:1-3. Last time we focused on what we called creation ordinances and blessings, and we focused, in particular, on the first two of them: procreation and labor. The ordinance of the Sabbath is set forth in Genesis 2:3,
  • DUNCAN/Seven Miles with Jesus
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 24:13-27. If you’ll remember verses 1-12, when the angels encountered the women who had come to the tomb to complete the preparation of Jesus’ body, the angels said to them, “Remember what He said,” and we talked about how Luke was emphasizing the centrality of the words of Christ for His disciples. It's central to their faith. Well, in the passage we're going to study this time, Jesus elaborates on that very point.
  • DUNCAN/Perplexed. Frightened. Incredulous. Marveling!
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 24:1-12. This passage is about the battle of faith. Are we going to trust God's Word, or are we going to succumb to unbelief? Jesus Himself does not appear to anyone in the story that Luke has recorded here. This is significant because Luke is pointing our attention to something else that is faith producing, and that is the Word of God, the words of Christ.
  • Turn in your Bible to Luke 23:39-43. Last week we looked at two major themes of this passage. We saw in His conversation with the criminal that Jesus is continuing to save, to draw people to Himself, even while He is on the cross. Then we looked at the criminal’s incredible conversion. This week I want you to see a third thing from this passage. You not only see Jesus working
  • DUNCAN/Remember Me: Part 1
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 23:39-43. In the last passage that we read in Luke, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” In this passage, Jesus forgives a criminal and assures him of everlasting life. Even on the cross, Jesus is ministering His saving work. Even as He dies for the sins of the world, He is concerned about the heart of a convicted criminal who is dying the same awful death that He is dying. And in this wonderful exchange, this unique exchange recorded for us only by Luke, I want us to see three things. We will look at two of them this week, and we’ll look at the last one next week.
  • DUNCAN/Are You the King of the Jews?
    Turn to Luke 23:1-5. Remember that Jesus is before the Sanhedrin, the council of the elders. The Sanhedrin did not have the right of the death penalty. If the death penalty was going to be administered to Jesus, they would have to go to Pilate, the Roman authority. As you read there are three things that I want you to be on the lookout for.
  • DUNCAN/‘I Am Among You As the One Who Serves’
    Turn to Luke 22:24-27 as we continue looking at the events of the last night before Jesus’ crucifixion. In this passage we find the disciples arguing about who is the greatest, and Jesus rebukes them for it. This is a pretty humiliating story about the disciples, but Luke doesn’t tell it to shame them. He tells it to teach us a lesson. You see, Jesus is getting at one main thing in his rebuke: our attitude, our ambition. He’s exhorting us to a life of other-centered, Gospel-motivated service. As we look at what Jesus says, I want you to see four ways Luke gets this point across: the blindness of the disciples, the blindness of the world, the nature of the kingdom, and the motivation for our service.
  • Mr. Willie James “Jab” Woods was born October, 6, 1926 to the late Lawyer Woods and Carrie Caswell in Scooba, MS.  Mr. Woods, 90, passed away on May 31, 2017. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Johnsons Funeral Home in Chicago, IL with Pastor Marvin Alexander officiating. Interment followed in Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Forest Park. He leaves to cherish his memory one son, Rev. Cleotis (Pat) Woods of Canton, MS; four daughters, Carol Jean Woods of Madison, MS; Toyia Katrina (Nicholas) Stewart of Chicago, IL; Cherya (Nathaniel) Jenkins of Chicago, IL; and Adrienne Jordan of Milwaukee, WI.

  • DUNCAN/‘My Words Will Not Pass Away’
    Turn to Luke 21:25-38 as we continue to make our way through a passage in which Jesus has been addressing His disciples about future events. There is a criticism of the Christian teaching on the end times that goes something like this. Because the Bible teaches that Jesus is coming again and that this earth will pass away, this keeps Christians from being involved in this world. Jesus’ teaching shows that that criticism misunderstands what the Bible's teaching on the last things is for. Jesus’ teaching about the last things is designed to equip us for today, and He shows us this specifically in this passage in several ways. Let me just give you four words as we work through the passage together: confidence, trust, watch, and pray.
  • “DUNCAN/Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord”
    Turn to Luke 19:28-44. This passage takes place on the Sunday before the Friday of Jesus’ crucifixion. Jesus does things here that He does nowhere else prior to this point. So often in the gospel story, when someone comes to Jesus and says, “You’re the Messiah,” Jesus says, “Do not tell anyone this.” That doesn’t happen here. Here He is acclaimed as the Messiah, and He says, “That’s right. I am.” Why is that different here? Luke wants you to pay attention to that question. In this passage Luke is saying, “Behold, this is your King. This is what He’s coming to do.” He’s directing our attention to Jesus’ person and work.
  • DUNCAN/‘Temptation, sin, and faith’
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 17:1-6. I want to remind you that throughout Luke 16 Jesus has been dealing with both the Pharisees’ lives and their teaching. Their sin is leading the people of God astray, so here Jesus is concerned to say to His disciples, “Do not live and teach like the Pharisees.” In many ways it's a contrast; it's a positive exhortation in light of His negative criticism of the Pharisees in Luke 16.
  • DUNCAN/‘Wholly devoted’
    Turn to Luke 16:1-13 as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke. This is a hard parable. The commentators sometimes struggle to understand what Jesus is speaking about. It's difficult for a number of reasons. One is, in this parable, Jesus commends a dishonest manager as the example to His disciples. It's also not quite clear exactly what the manager is doing to extract himself from his situation.
  • DUNCAN/‘A Father’s Prodigal Love for a Prodigal’
    This week we’re going to be looking at Luke 5:11-32. This is one of the most familiar stories that Jesus ever told. As you read this passage, I want you to be on the lookout for each of the three main characters in this story, and I want you to be asking yourself the question, “What would Jesus’ original hearers have thought about the descriptions of the prodigal son, of the loving father, and of the elder brother?” To focus our study, we’ll see what we learn from each of these three characters.
  • DUNCAN/‘What Makes Angels Rejoice?’
    In this season when we're rejoicing with the angels, it's a good thing for us to ask, “What does Jesus say in this passage that the angels rejoice over?” This week we’ll be looking at Luke 15:1-10, and Jesus answers that question for us here. In Luke 15, Jesus tells three stories. The first of those three stories is about a lost sheep, and you’ll see it in verses 4 to 6. The second of those three stories you’ll see in verses 8 and 9, and it’s about a lost coin. The third of those three stories occurs in verses 11 to 32, and it talks about a lost son. We’re going to be looking at the first two stories this week.
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 14:7-24. Jesus, in this passage, is at a party, and He makes some comments about the etiquette of the guests and the host at the party. By the time He finishes this encounter, He has turned the party image into a discussion about the establishment of God's kingdom. As we look at the passage, I want you to see three parts to it. Jesus here speaks about humility, He speaks about generosity, and He speaks about the invitation list to God's final party.
  • DUNCAN/‘Jesus cared about the Lord’s Day. A lot’
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 14:1-6 as we continue our way through this great gospel. Jesus is addressing a group of Pharisees with whom He is dining, and the subject of the Sabbath comes up. Throughout the gospels you find Jesus in conflict with the Jewish leaders over Sabbath observance. They were concerned that Jesus was undermining the traditions of the elders, and Jesus regularly responded to them that their traditions had in fact undermined Moses. Their adding to the Word of God had actually undermined the theology and practice of the Sabbath Day in the Word of God.
  • DUNCAN/‘Jesus's compassion and our indifference’
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 13:31-35. Be on the lookout for three things in these verses. First, I want you to look at Jesus’s example. Second, I want you to be on the lookout for is Jesus’s compassion. Here in this passage, and especially in verse 34, we see something of Jesus’s heart of compassion, even towards those who have rejected Him. Finally, I'd like us to look at the response that Jesus gets, not only from Jerusalem mentioned in verse 34, but also from the other players in this passage — the Pharisees, Herod — all of them picture for us a response to Jesus.
  • DUNCAN/‘The Narrow Door’
    Turn to Luke 13:22-30 as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke. As you’re turning there, allow your eyes to look back to the beginning of chapter 13. One of the things that we said when we got to Luke 13 was that the subject of repentance would return repeatedly to view. In addition to speaking of repentance, Jesus will, in this passage, focus us on faith, on the judgment of God, and on the great reversal. There is a theme that runs throughout the gospel of Luke in which the kingdom of God turns things upside-down so that the last are first and the first are last. This is one of those passages where Jesus says just that.
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