God’s Hesed Love for Us – Joe Stowell’s messages calling us to take God’s Heart in Our Hands

Much can be learned from the story of Ruth. Joe Stowell has an excellent 3-Part message.

(These notes are not organized. Sorry.)

Boaz was the kinsman redeemer. Jesus is our kinsman redeemer.

God has Hesed love. This Hebrew word is powerful and often used in the Bible (OT, I believe; in NT, Agape is commonly used). Commonly translated as “loving-kindness.”  A common term in the Bible for describing God’s love for mankind. RC Sproul (in https://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-hesed/) says:

There may be no more significant Old Testament description of how God relates to His people than this Hebrew word hesed. I argue that the best translation of this term would be “loyal love.” God loves His people genuinely, immutably, loyally. Both the love and the loyalty are, of course, tightly bound together. That is, just as one cannot love capriciously so one cannot be loyal without love. God is for His people, and will never cease to be for them.

The two great commandments are strongly tied to each other.

God’s care for people is throughout the Bible.

Boaz is a hero. We need to be willing to be a hero.

Interesting Trivia: Sodom – In Ezekiel 16:49 we read that Sodom sinned (among other sins) by not aiding the poor and needy.

Disciples of John the Baptist ask Jesus if he is the Messiah. Jesus’ reply (Matt 11:4-5) is report what you see, I make the blind see, the lame walk, poor are told the good news. Jesus came to show us many things. One of the primary things is God’s hesed love for the people, the poor and needy.

Understanding the Will of God – Taking God’s Heart into our Hands – 6 steps of a pattern of life:

  1. Embraced the will and the ways of God.
  2.  Have a willing attitude.
  3. Take appropriate action (with integrity).
  4. Take the risk.
  5. Dispersed his resources.
  6. Enjoy the reward.

For God’s sake be a superman for someone.

Charitable Contributions

I saw online someone suggesting that people should contribute quick (to NCTM, in this case).

My response:

Yes, we should contribute to NCTM’s Trust. However, I think “charitable deductions will be treated very differently in the coming year,” is misleading. It is my understanding, with the new tax bill, that charitable deductions can still be itemized as they have been. The ‘argument’ that has been put out (by the media also) is that with a higher *standard deduction* there will be some who won’t be ‘motivated’ to give to charitable groups, because they aren’t going to itemize deductions. Ugh! People need to give to NCTM, the Salvation Army, churches, etc. because it’s the right thing to do — now out of greed of what they’ll save on taxes.

IN FACT, with the government giving less and less to schools, communities, and social services it is MORE important that people to make charitable donations.

Charles Spurgeon Quotes

Charles Spurgeon – English preacher 19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892

Whatever subject I preach, I do not stop until I reach the Savior, the Lord Jesus, for in Him are all things.

Infinite, and an infant. Eternal, and yet born of a woman. Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman’s breast. Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms. King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph. Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son.

Preach Christ or nothing: don’t dispute or discuss except with your eye on the cross.

13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. Luke 19:13

We live between the 1st and 2nd Comings of Christ. Our calling is to follow Jesus’ commandments. That is, to love.

J.C.Ryle wrote a nice piece on this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://books.google.com/books?id=yI_EAgAAQBAJ&pg=PT45&lpg=PT45&dq=J+C+Ryle+Occupy+until+i+come.+do+not+forget+this+charge+to+occupy&source=bl&ots=AE4rWepV6l&sig=XFQI89SeZacUCxQFqCIDEkCqRBE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiuuc6v6a_WAhUJzIMKHZbvCLwQ6AEIMjAC#v=onepage&q=J%20C%20Ryle%20Occupy%20until%20i%20come.%20do%20not%20forget%20this%20charge%20to%20occupy&f=false

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Creeds, et al.

from Creeds – Part 2 by Communio Sanctorum History of the Church season 2.

Creed – I believe = ‘creedo’  – a statement of faith. core elements

Confessions – elaborates on a Creed.  a more detailed description of the things of God.

Catechism – to teacher/instruct; outlines of teaching. Have aspects of creeds and confessions.

Councils – meetings/gatherings of believers.

Spoudazo

Spoudazo means with energy.
We saw the Spoudazo group at Okoboji on 7-23-17.
Group of HS students from Fremont, NE.

The second to the last song was “My Story” (which, in it’s own way, lays out the Gospel).

See https://youtu.be/1TKAN-nAsu8   Lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bigdaddyweave/mystory.html

It ended with Francesca Battistelli’s “Write Your Story.”
See http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Lexicon.show/ID/G4704/spoudazo.htm for the 11 times it appears in the Bible (NT). I especially like 2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,

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