Thinking Together About Jesus: Psalm 2:1-12; Mark 8:27-9:8

Learning From God's Word

Psalm 2:1-12; Mark 8:27-9:8
We’re going to think together about Jesus is and what He has done for us. We’re also going to think about keeping our eyes on Jesus and living for Him.
(1) We begin by looking at two questions – “Who do men say that I am?” and “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:27,29).
– Men say, “John the Baptist, Elijah, one of the prophets” (Mark 8:28).
– Peter says, “You are the Christ” (Mark 8:29).
There is a third question – Who does God say that Jesus is? He says, “This is My Beloved Son” (Mark 9:7).
(2) The Gospel is not only about who Jesus is. It’s also about what He has done for us.
In Mark 8:31, Jesus speaks of His death and resurrection.
When we look at Jesus’ death, we…

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LISTEN: Turning Sorrow Into Joy Through Prayer, Part 2 (Praying Through the Bible #181 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte IIIDaniel Whyte III

TEXT: John 16:21-27

21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall…

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Found: God’s Will by John MacArthur

Martin's Mercurial Musings

This is a book written to help Christians understand God’s will in the life of the believer. The first 66 pages list out numerous scriptural references showing five elements to God’s will for one’s life – which include:

  1. Saved
  2. Spirit-filled
  3. Sanctified
  4. Submissive
  5. Suffer

After which, paraphrasing MacArthur – if you’re doing all five of the basic elements and wanting direction for something, well, do whatever you want [68]. MacArthur explains that if those five elements of God’s will are preeminent in your life, then you can trust that according to Ps 37:4, God is giving you the desires of your heart.

MacArthur goes on, 

You may bounce off a lot of closed doors, but that is God’s way of forcing you into His open one. [74]

Hmmm – time to pause. In my estimation, at least, the belief that God uses “open” or “closed” doors to direct us is an…

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I was hospitalized immediately. “How long doctor?” His response was stern and ambiguous, “For a while.”

I was 16, and was struggling with a fever that wouldn’t break. After two emergency room visits, heavy antibiotics, no progress was found. The doctors I had seen said that though I wasn’t finding progress it will work out after the medicine was taken after so many days. The instruction was to finish the medicine and then see my regular doctor. The above conversation was by my regular doctor after seeing all the results. A key fact was overlooked that proved that not only I wasn’t getting better but that I was getting worse.

My diagnosis was pneumonia. And from what was going on, it was possible I picked up an antibiotic resistant bacteria. Of course, I was not told this, but it was being spoken to my parents behind me.

I was just…

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The Heavens Declare The Glory Of God And So Must We

Rock Of Faith

Psalm 19 considers the glory of God in creation, and moves to reflect on the character and use of “the law of the LORD”. A comparison is made between the law and the sun, which lends a degree of unity to the psalm. C. S. Lewis suggested that in verse 7, the Psalmist starts talking about something else, “which hardly seems to him like something else because it is so like the all-piercing, all-detecting sunshine.” Like the Sun, the law is able to uncover hidden faults, and nothing can hide from it. As the Psalmist meditates on the excellencies of the law, he feels that his sins have been laid open before God’s word, and asks for forgiveness and help.

The opening verses (1-6) of Psalm 19 present the heavenly bodies and their movement as a universal witness to the glory of God that is understood by people of every…

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