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And He Himself gave some to be....evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ...
- Ephesians 4:11-12

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Sunday, April 30, 2006

God and His Enemies

In our series of sermons taken from Jonah and Nahum we have finished Jonah and have also examined the period between the minsitry of Jonah and Nahum, and today we begin our exposition of the book of the prophecy of Nahum as God speaks against Nineveh. Our text this morning was Nahum 1:1-3, which reads:

The burden against Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. God is jealous, and the LORD avenges; the LORD avenges and is furious. The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves wrath for His enemies; the LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked. The LORD has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.

From this text we have found answers to the following questions:

How does God relate to His adversaries and enemies?
Does He redeem His enemies?
What does the Bible mean when it tells us that God is a jealous God?
What is the wrath of God?

So to hear the answers to these questions and the application of this text to our daily task of preaching the gospel with out lips and our lives, listen for free (or download for later) the 9th message in this series titled God and His Enemies.

~pastorway

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Phillip's Phunnies - Simpler Times

A merry heart does good, like medicine... - Proverbs 17:22

Oh, for simpler times......




Sunday, April 23, 2006

Dealing with Dark Providences

I am about to head off to meet with the church and preach a message that follows up on the devotional this week from John 11 and the resurrection of Lazarus. The message is titled Dealing with Dark Providences. Stay tuned here as the message will be posted online later today so that you can listen or download it for free.

Until then, think on these things.

Why do "Dark Providences" happen?

Here are a few of the reasons we will examine from the Scripture this morning:

  • Because We Live in a Fallen, Cursed World – Gen 3:17-19; Rom 8:18-24

  • Because Suffering is Part of God’s Plan for Our Lives – Rom 8:16-18; Phil 1:29

  • Because These Things Give Us an Opportunity to Draw Closer to God - 1 Peter 1:3-9

  • To Remind Us to Repent – Luke 13:3, 5

  • To Remind Us that We Are Mere Branches, He is the Vine – John 15:5

  • To Test, Confirm, and Strengthen Our Faith – James 1:1-5

  • To Give God an Opportunity to Glorify Himself – Ps 50:15; John 12:28; 1 Peter 4:16

  • To Lift Up Jesus Christ – John 12:32

The Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, 1689, reminds us from the Scripture that:
The most wise, righteous, and gracious God often leaves, for a time, His own children to various temptations, and to the corruptions of their own hearts, in order to chastise them for the sins which they have committed, or to show them the hidden strength of corruption and deceitfulness still in their hearts, so that they may be humbled and aroused to a more close and constant dependence upon Himself for their support, and that they may be made more watchful against future occasions of sin. Other just and holy objectives are also served by such action by God.

Therefore whatever happens to any of His elect is by His appointment, for His glory, and for their good.


Listen or download this message here:
Dealing with Dark Providences

~pastorway

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Phillip's Phunnies - Birthdays

A merry heart does good, like medicine... - Proverbs 17:22

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MRS. PASTORWAY!!




As a tribute to my sweet wife on her birthday today, I am going to post birthday jokes for our edition of Phillip's Phunnies this week:


"When's your birthday?"
"April 22."
"What year?"
"Every year!"

Q: What song should you sing to a wildebeest on his birthday?
A: "Happy Birthday To Gnu!"

Q: What do you say to a cow on her birthday?
A: Happy Birthday to Moo!

Q: What do you say to a cat on her birthday?
A: Happy birthday to mew!

Q: Did you hear about the flag's birthday?
A: It was a flappy one!

Q: Did you hear about the tree's birthday?
A: It was a sappy one!

Q: Did you hear about the dancer's birthday?
A: It was a tappy one!

Q: What did the birthday balloon say to the pin?
A: "Hi, Buster."

Q: What does a clam do on his birthday?
A: He shellabrates!

Q: How can you tell that you're getting old?
A: You go to an antique auction and three people bid on you!

Q: What do they serve at birthday parties in heaven?
A: Angel food cake, of course!

Q: What is an elf's favorite kind of birthday cake?
A: Shortcake!

Q: What do you always get on your birthday?
A: Another year older!

Q: What is your favourite type of present?
A: Another present!

Q: Does a pink candle burn longer than a blue one?
A: No, they both burn shorter!





Happy Birthday from
Your Sweet Babboo!

Monday, April 17, 2006

What Do These Words Mean?

UPDATE - April 17, 2006

As most of you know, Matt posted a response to this critique on A Puritan's Mind - Coming to Faith: Examining Theological Paradigms Pertaining to Neophytes and Heretics in the Essentials of Christianity, and now after some time in the Word and in prayer, after a brief email discussion with him, and after consulting with a group of pastors to whom I am accountable and with whom I fellowship, I have written a final response from my point of view that I hope will make the issues surrounding this debate clear for everyone to see. I do not know if this disagreement will be resolved. But I know that with God all things are possible. I leave it in His hands then.


Has Dr. C. Matthew McMahon denied the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Matt penned an article and published it on A Puritan’s Mind and provided a link on the Puritan Board titled The "god" of Arminianism is not Worshippable. The post that introduced this article has been the most replied to thread on the Puritan Board and is the second most viewed discussion on the forum. It introduced one of the most heated debates that we have ever seen on the Puritan Board. It led to attempts on the part of many to clarify what one must believe in order to be saved.

In that discussion, several people defended the work. Others saw what I saw in the article. They wanted to know why Matt would write an article making the case that anyone who did not know and understand the doctrines of grace was a heretic.

This thread and particularly Matt’s response to challenges to his article troubled me. It seemed that Matt and those defending what he had written were in fact denying the gospel of salvation by free grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. To be clear, my concern from the very start of this debate has been that the gospel was not being clarified but was being clouded or even denied.

Is that a serious charge? Absolutely. Any minister of the gospel who loves the Lord and desires to be faithful to the Word of God would shudder and be offended at the charge! Any minister of the gospel should be offended if he is told that he has denied the gospel. But along with that offense, and even the resultant anger, a minister of the gospel should be the first to be sure that what he has preached and written lines up with the Scriptures. Few should desire to be teachers because those who teach the Word of God will be held to a higher standard by God. (James 3:1)

Further, if a minister is presented with any evidence that what he has preached or written has been misunderstood, confused, or has indeed been incorrect, then that material should be edited and the record corrected. In other words, if a minister of the gospel teaches error then when he becomes aware of it he should recant.

A recent example of this is presented to us within the very history of the Puritan Board and A Puritan’s Mind. Matt was formerly a Reformed Baptist and he had written several articles defending believers baptism. When he changed his view and embraced paedo-baptism, he, in his own words, “retracted and recanted the Reformed Baptist position” – he removed the articles that defended believers baptism and wrote an article of recantation for every one of them.

As a result, I trusted that if Matt was presented with evidence of error in his writings that he would be open to retracting or recanting those errors. I stated in the thread on his article that I feared that he was indeed presenting the case that unless one embraced the five points of Calvinism (TULIP) in full then they could not be saved. And again, I was not alone in assessing this from the article.

It seemed clear to me and others that Matt was defending a Hyper-Calvinistic position, so I took the time to read every article that he has written and posted on A Puritan’s Mind that deals with the topic of salvation, the doctrines of grace, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was not angry. I was not mad at Matt. I was not trying to dig up dirt or uncover some ambiguous statement with which I could manufacture allegations of heresy. It was not a witch hunt or a hasty rant. I was truly out of love and concern for Matt worried that he was either being misunderstood or had mis-stated his own beliefs.

Honestly, Matt has written a very useful article that defines and attacks Hyper-Calvinism. He has written several very good gospel tracts. He has written a lot about Calvinism and the Reformation. All good and useful. But when a minister of the gospel writes or preaches contradictory things then we must press them to be sure that they mean what they say and say what they mean. All teachers must be held to this high standard – what we teach must be tested by the Word of God. (Acts 17:11)

As a result of what I found and my ongoing discussions with Matt on the topic, I posted a very brief critique of several statements that he had made and published on the internet that were cause for concern. My purpose for doing so was simply to give Matt an opportunity to clarify what he meant by what he had written. I never for one minute believed that Matt himself had begun to believe that a person who was ignorant of the doctrines of grace could not go to heaven. I never doubted the state of his own soul. That is not for me to judge. I love Matt, and out of concern for what he was writing and defending I wanted him to clarify his position.

I truly believed that he would answer quickly that I had misunderstood what he had written. However, his response has puzzled me even more than the discussion around the article that started this all. He has defended what he has written. In fact, he has gone to great lengths to defend what he has written. There has been no retraction, no recantation, and no direct answer to the questions put to him about his statements as I quoted them in my critique.

The truth is that this whole “conflict” could easily be resolved with the answer to one question. I asked Matt this one question and asked for a one word reply. That’s right. This whole debate can be settled by one question with a one word answer.

The question?

Can a person who never hears or understands the doctrines of grace go to heaven?

The answer is either “yes” or “no”.

Simple? Yes it is. And it goes to the very heart of the matter being discussed. Can a person believe on the Lord Jesus Christ without ever hearing the terms total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, or perseverance of the saints?

A great illustration of what I am trying to say can be found in a discussion I was having today in a hospital waiting room with a friend of mine whose mother was recovering from surgery. As we discussed the gospel, one family member brought up the thief of the cross next to Jesus. He trusted Christ alone to save him and simply asked, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus responded to this saving faith bestowed by grace by saying, “Assuredly I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise.” As Romans 10:13 states, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” And when the Philippian jailor asked, “What must I do to be saved?”, Paul replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:30-32).

So can we present Biblical evidence, or a proof text of any kind, that would indicate to us that one must hear, understand, and embrace the five points of Calvinism in order to be saved? No. There is no such Scriptural evidence.

When I asked Matt this simple question what did he say? Did he say, “Yes”? Did he say, “No”? He said, “It is not that simple.”

And that is why I am writing this one last time. I am asking Matt to clarify what he has written and published on the internet so that there is no confusion as to what he believes about the gospel. I do not want quotes from theologians, footnotes, and pages and pages of material. That is all unnecessary. It is my sole desire that Matt will clarify whether or not he believes that one must hear, understand, and embrace the doctrines of grace in order to be saved or as proof that they have been saved. That is what he has seemed to have stated in the statements that I have called into question. Those statements are included in my original critique.

To show why I am concerned, in his response to my critique he stated the following (emphasis from the original):

Asking the question, “Is TULIP the Gospel?”, is a question that must be qualified. Generally speaking, yes, TULIP is the Gospel.

There are two views concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ. First, there is what we call Calvinism. Then, there are varying degrees of unbelief. Varying degrees of unbelief demonstrate a denial of aspects of the Gospel, and it’s content. To deny all of its content is to reject the Gospel. To misunderstand, or deviate from historical orthodoxy on parts of its content, may hinder the apprehension of the propositional truth in the Gospel. However, this certainly does not hinder the movement of the Spirit through the Word preached affecting a particular change (regeneration) on any person that God decreed election. However, it is important to note that Calvinists agree that TULIP demonstrates the doctrines of grace, and as Luther said, that election and grace are the heart of the Gospel.

The Bible does not call men to believe the refined nature of the five points of Calvinism, but to believe the promises of God, that ultimately compiled and understood would eventually demonstrate a hearty Calvinism….

Surely, Beza and Perkins in outlining the “basics” and “fundamentals” of the Gospel would resort to telling their people just a few key points about John 3:16, or maybe outline a short two paragraph statement about how God’s love is seen in the work of Christ. Well, no, that is not what they did. Instead, they created charts on the fundamentals of true religion that covered God, the law, the fall, Jesus Christ, His work, His benefits, regeneration, faith, justification, glorification, and how many other “side notes” (such as apostasy) that many preachers today could not discuss intelligibly. This does not mean that when Perkins’ preached a simple Gospel message that he expected a neophyte convert to know everything about the Gospel at one time. Rather, he expected them to know enough, and then later, to embrace the rest. Beza was of the same opinion. The charts were created and used so that even people who could not read could follow the “circles” placed on the chart like stepping stones as Perkins explained what each one meant. It was an interconnected grid of biblical information about the basics of true religion.

Elect Neophytes are under God’s sovereign grace of regeneration. After they are regenerate, they will grow in faith according to the Word. They certainly will not grow under contemporary theology today. Contemporary “arminian” theology is a mess. Its good for nothing. But neophytes will grow, being nurtured by the Holy Spirit as they read the Word and believe the Gospel.

Now listen to this carefully. I am not saying this lightly. And I do say this intentionally and with great care given to the words I use –

Matt, if you believe that a person must hear, understand, and embrace the doctrines of grace in toto in order to be saved or as proof of their salvation as they mature in Christ, then you have in fact denied the gospel of Jesus Christ. Coming to faith and maturity in Jesus Christ is not synonymous with embracing TULIP.

There have been many great and godly men throughout the history of the church who were not Calvinists. There have been countless numbers of people who have been saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone who have never even heard the term “The Doctrines of Grace.” There have been Christians in every age who were completely ignorant of systematic theology. What did they know and believe? They knew that they needed to be saved and that Jesus alone could and would save them if they trusted Him. They took Him at His Word, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Matt, if you believe that this is the position that you have presented in your articles, then many people are misreading you. Those who have defended you have argued for Hyper-Calvinism and against the gospel itself. It should alarm you that those who defend you also defend Hyper-Calvinism! If what you have written does indeed confuse the content of the gospel and cloud the simple truth of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, then you must be encouraged to retract what you have written and recant the errors that you have published. It is not enough to write new material to defend what you believe. You and I must be willing and ready to correct any errors we find in our writing and preaching as we both continue to grow in grace.

If you are satisfied with what you have written and do not see any need to retract, recant, or edit a word of it then I do truly fear that you have slipped into Hyper-Calvinism and that people will take your writings and with them justify their own denial of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I leave it between you and God. I have nothing more to say on the matter to anyone. And in fact, I will not comment further. I have no desire for an ongoing conflict that is disagreeable and unfruitful. I write this not because I am responsible for you or your ministry, but because I am responsible as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ to defend that gospel and to give every man an answer for the hope that all Christians have in Christ Jesus. In doing so, I am going to be held accountable by God for every word I speak, write, and think. So will we all.

Think about what you have written. Does it present the gospel of Jesus Christ in the clearest terms possible? If not, cast those things aside and strive only to preach Christ and Him crucified.

For our Risen Lord Jesus Christ,

Phillip M. Way

Archives: pastorway and the Puritan Board

Here are the links for the collection of articles posted here and on the Puritan Board that address the issues behind my departure from the board as an administrator and then as a member.

October 17, 2005
pastorway and the Puritan Board - An Overview of My Departure

February 10, 2006
An Examination of Statements Published - My Cause for Concern

April 17, 2006
What Do These Words Mean? - My Final Reply in the "Controversy"

Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Risen Christ

As we celebrate today the resurrection of Christ our Lord and His victory over sin, death, and the grave, I would like to present you with 2 sermons from Charles Spurgeon that address His death and His resurrection. Listen to the Prince of Preachers as he tells us about Jesus!

The Rent Veil

The Tomb of Jesus

And here is a devotional I wrote a few weeks ago that asks and answers the question "Was Jesus Resurrected from the Dead?"

One last thought for the day:
Have you repented of your sin and believed on the risen Lord Jesus Christ? That after all is what "Easter" is all about. Click here to find out more - One Way to Heaven.

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Friday, April 14, 2006

Behold the Joy

Friday, the 14th Day of Nisan, A.D. 30
Matt. 27:1-61; Mark 15:1-47; Luke 22:66 - 23:55; John 18:28 - 19:42

Crucifixion

This day was the Passover for Pharisees and Sadducees from Jerusalem, in Judea to the south. Jesus was tried before Pilate, sent to be tried before Herod, returned to Pilate for the final judgment, sent to be scourged and was then offered to be released to the crowd. A political prisoner Barabbas released to the crowd instead by the crowds demands and Jesus was sent to be put to death.

At the Crucifixion, Jesus died at the ninth hour (3 PM) which was the exact hour the Passover lambs were being sacrificed in Jerusalem for the Passover meal. He was buried in a borrowed tomb.


A Chronological Examination from the Gospels: From the Last Supper to the Resurrection


Therefore we also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the Throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

The Upper Room
Matt. 26:17-35; Mark 14:12-31; Luke 22:7-38; John 13:1-17:26

Passover
Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet
The Betrayer Identified
Institution of the Lord's Supper
Peter's Denial Predicted
Christ's last Sermon
Christ's prayer for His Disciples, then and now

The Garden of Gethsemene
Matt. 26:36-56; Mark 14:32-52; Luke 22:39-53; John 18:1-11

Peter, James, and John
Jesus and His Prayers
The Sleeping Disciples
The Betrayer
The Glory Revealed - "I AM"
Peter defends Jesus
Jesus Arrested
The Disciples Flee

The Trials before the High Priests
Matt. 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65; Luke 22:63-71; John 18:12-27

Taken before Annas, Caiaphas
Charged with Blasphemy
Spit on and Struck while Blindfolded

Peter's Denial
Matt. 26:69-74; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54-62

The Denial in the Courtyard
A Gaze from Jesus and Repentance

The Trial before the Sanhedrin
Matt. 27:1; Luke 22:66-71

Accused of Blasphemy
Delivered bound to Pilate

The Trials before Pilate and Herod
Matt. 27:2-28; Mark 15:1-20; Luke 23:1-25; John 18:28-19:15

Pilate proclaimed Jesus innocent
Sent to Herod
Herod wanted a miracle
The Purple Robe
Returned to Pilate
"Crucify Him!" (3 times Pilate insisted on His innocence!)
The Assasin Barabas Released
Scourged, Crowned with Thorns
The Robe - on again, off again
Mocked and Spit on, Struck with the Reed

The Place of the Skull
Matt. 27:29-66; Mark 15:21-47; Luke 23:26-56; John 19:16-42

Jesus Carries His Cross
Mercy in the Midst of Wrath, Simon caries the Cross
Jesus is Offered Pain Killer, but Refuses (myrrh, a pain killer when mixed with wine)
The Crucifixion - (9am to 3pm)
Stripped and Nailed
"This is Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews"
Darkness for 3 Hours at Noon
Jesus Speaks from the Cross
"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
"Woman, Behold your son."
"Behold your mother."
"Assuredly I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
"My God, My God, Why have you forsaken Me?"
"I thirst."
"Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit."
"It is finished."

Jesus Willingly Dies
The Veil Rent in Two
Earthquakes and Many Dead Raised
His Side Pierced
The Centurion Believed and was Forgiven (in answer to Jesus' prayer!)

The Resurrection
Matt. 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-18; Luke 24:1-48; John 20:1-31

The Angels
Mary Magdalene
Peter and John
The Upper Room

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

The Last Supper

Today I will provide a passage of Scripture to read and a passage from a godly pastor that deals with a portion of the text that takes place on this very day in the week before Jesus' crucifixion in A.D. 30.

So where was Jesus and what did He do and say each day of the last week before His crucifixion? Here is the Biblical text from the Gospel accounts arranged chronologically to be read this week so that you might read and study what happened daily with Jesus and the disciples.

Thursday, the 13th Day of Nisan, A.D. 30
Matt. 26:17-75; Mark 14:12-72; Luke 22:7-62; John. 13:21 - 18:27

The Upper Room

Jesus washed His disciples feet, observed the Passover with them and during the meal instituted the Lord's Supper, left for the Garden of Gethsemane, was betrayed and arrested, and went through the first of three trials, this one by the Sanhedrin, the Jewish religious court.


An Exposition by Charles Spurgeon on Matt 26:26-30 and 1 Cor 11:20-34: A Question for Communicants

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Jesus' Last Parables

Today I will provide a passage of Scripture to read and a passage from a godly theologian that deals with a portion of the text that takes place on this very day in the week before Jesus' crucifixion in A.D. 30.

So where was Jesus and what did He do and say each day of the last week before His crucifixion? Here is the Biblical text from the Gospel accounts arranged chronologically to be read this week so that you might read and study what happened daily with Jesus and the disciples.

Wednesday, the 12th Day of Nisan, A.D. 30
Matt. 21:18 - 26:16; Mark 11:11 - 14:11; Luke 20:1 - 22:6


John Gill's Exposition on Matthew 22 and Matthew 25

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Cleansing the Temple

Today I will provide a passage of Scripture to read and a passage from a godly theologian that deals with a portion of the text that takes place on this very day in the week before Jesus' crucifixion in A.D. 30.

So where was Jesus and what did He do and say each day of the last week before His crucifixion? Here is the Biblical text from the Gospel accounts arranged chronologically to be read this week so that you might read and study what happened daily with Jesus and the disciples.

Tuesday, the 11th Day of Nisan, A.D. 30
Matt. 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-17; Luke 19:45-46


John Calvin's Examination of the Harmony of the Gospels - Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19

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Monday, April 10, 2006

The Triumphal Entry

Today I will provide a passage of Scripture to read and a sermon from a godly preacher that deals with a portion of the text that takes place on this very day in the week before Jesus' crucifixion in A.D. 30.

So where was Jesus and what did He do and say each day of the last week before His crucifixion? Here is the Biblical text from the Gospel accounts arranged chronologically to be read this week so that you might read and study what happened daily with Jesus and the disciples.

Monday, the 10th Day of Nisan, A.D. 30:

Matt. 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-38; John 12:12-15

Triumphal Entry

Yes it happened on Monday, not Sunday, but we celebrate it on Sunday as we gather for worship. This was the very day that the Passover Lamb was chosen by Jewish families and brought into the house. Jesus entered Jerusalem and was proclaimed by the people to be their King. They cried out “Hosanna” which means “Save Now”, and was a fulfillment of Psalm 118.

The Triumphal Entry happened TO THE DAY that it was prophesied to happen according to Zech. 9:9; Daniel 9:25; and Neh. 2:6.

Technical Note: Jews who lived in the northern part of the country, Galilee, kept time a little differently than those in the south region of Judea. As a result, in Jesus' day they celebrated the Passover a day early, on Thursday. Those to the south would celebrate on Friday. Jesus was from the north, remember that He was from Nazareth in Galilee, so He and His disciples celebrated according to the northern calendar on Thursday. But the rest of Jerusalem would be celebrating on Friday.


The Triumphal Entry by Charles Spurgeon, preached from Matthew 21:5.

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Bible Readings - Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday

Bible Readings for the Week before Resurrection Sunday

When we think of celebrating Easter each year, we usually begin with the observance of Palm Sunday, a remembrance of the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem fulfilling Old Testament prophecy to the very day as He was lauded as the King and Messiah by those who lined the road. But in order to understand the true significance of these events we need a clear picture of the actual time line. A careful examination of the Gospel accounts of this last week give us a picture of what Jesus was doing and where He was each day of the week before He was crucified to redeem His people.

So where was Jesus and what did He do and say each day of the last week before His crucifixion? Here is the Biblical text from the Gospel accounts arranged chronologically to be read this week so that you might read and study what happened daily with Jesus and the disciples.

Background: The First Passover - Israel and the Exodus
Ex 12; Lev 23:4-5; Num 28:16-25; Deut 16:1-8

The month of Abib, which means "green" or "tender", was renamed Nisan, which means "first month", after the Exile in Babylon. See Nehemiah 2:1; Ezra 3:7

Abib (or Nisan) was the first month in the Jewish year and falls in March/April on our current calendar. On the Tenth Day the families selected the Passover Lamb which was brought into the home as a pet and cared for until the time of preparing the Passover meal. On the Fourteenth Day the sacrifice the lamb occurred between 3-5 pm, followed by the Passover meal where the lamb was cooked and eaten according to the regulations given in Exodus and Leviticus. On the Fifteenth to Twenty-first Days the Jews celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread.


Eight Days
Selected Scriptures arranged chronologically from the Four Gospels with Extra Reading Material for each day of the Week


1. Sunday, Nisan 9 - Matt. 20:17-34; Mark 10:32-52; Luke 18:31-43

2. Monday, Nisan 10 - Matt. 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-38; John 12:12-15

3. Tuesday, Nisan 11 - Matt. 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-17; Luke 19:45-46

4. Wednesday, Nisan 12 - Matt. 21:18 - 26:16; Mark 11:11 - 14:11; Luke 20:1 - 22:6

5. Thursday, Nisan 13 - Matt. 26:17-75; Mark 14:12-72; Luke 22:7-62; John. 13:21 - 18:27

6. Friday, Nisan 14 - Matt. 27:1-61; Mark 15:1-47; Luke 22:66 - 23:55; John 18:28 - 19:42

7. Saturday, Nisan 15 - Matt.27:62-66; Luke 23:56

8. Sunday, Nisan 16 - Matt. 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-6; Luke 24:1-11; John 20:1-8


Related Sermon: Passover: An Everlasting Ordinance

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Phillip's Phunnies - Work

A merry heart does good, like medicine... - Proverbs 17:22

Ever had one of those weeks where you just knew by the time it was over you will have been worked to death?? Then you will enjoy these, the thought of posting them having been inspired by my own week at work!

Work and Computers:











If you think your job is bad:







Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Sins of Assyria

This week's sermon is titled The Sins of Assyria and is a presentation of 2 Kings 18-19 as well as material from 2 Chronicles 32 and Isaiah 36-37. In the interim time between the Books of Jonah and Nahum, we have examined (last Sunday) the sins of Israel that led to her captivity and now we are delving into the sins of Assyria, specifically of King Sennacherib and his blasphemous boasts against the Lord as he threatened Hezekiah and the southern kingdom of Judah.

Assyria was guilty of attempting to worship God along with their idols, creating a form of worship that involved the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as well as their own false gods and idols. Of course, God can only be worshipped rightly when He is worshipped alone (Exodus 20:3).

In fact, through last weeks message and now this message we learn that at the root and foundation of the destruction of Israel, the judgment on Assyria, and the captivity of Judah in one sin - the sin of corrupting the worship of God by worshipping Him along with idols and false gods.

Worship is a serious matter. The truth is that wherever the focus of our worship is - that is who or what we are worshipping. Whether the focus is on God or on others or even on ourselves and what we want in worship, wherever the focus is there we find our "god". And if God judged and destroyed these 3 nations because they corrupted His worship then how careful and precise should be when we approach God in worship?

This message contains lions, blashemy, boasts, threats, idols, kings, armies, sin, prayer, worship, death, and destruction - as well as a revelation about the identity of the Angel of the Lord. Tune in, listen online, or download for free this sermon as we continue on in our series through Jonah and Nahum.

~pastorway

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Resurrection Week

Weekly Devotional Recap Page

Bible Reading Plan for Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday
The Triumphal Entry
Cleansing the Temple
Jesus' Last Parables
The Upper Room
Crucify Him! - A Chronological Examination (Garden to Grave)
Low in the Grave He Lay
He is Risen

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