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What do you do when you just can’t get past an obstacle in your life?

Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. - Mark 11:23

You speak to it.

Selah

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What do you do when you come across someone broken, beaten and ashamed?

But Peter said, "I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene--walk!" And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. - Acts 3:6-8

You speak to him.

Selah

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What do you do when you have need in your life?

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. - Matthew 7:7

You speak to HIM.

Selah

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What do you do when you find yourself without any hope of any future?

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; - Romans 10:9

You speak to HIM.

Selah

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What do you do for this one who saved you, and raised you, and filled you, and set you on the path of life?

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!" - Romans 10:14-15

You speak to them - all of them.

Selah

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Conclusion:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. - Proverbs 18:21

Words matter - so speak up.

nora and papa at the table, benHave a great weekend.

Ben

Hey - if you missed the first two installments - check them out here:

Speak

Speak - the Prequel

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Come Follow Me
Come Follow Me

 And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. ~ Matthew 10:7-8 NASB

I am back in these red letters one more time.

Here’s the thing – as you go – preach the kingdom of heaven and demonstrate the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus does not say debate the kingdom of God!

Preach it.

Demonstrate it.

Oh – and don’t be stingy with it. [Tweet This]

Freely you have received, freely give.

As my mentor used to tell me all the time:

Don’t debate, demonstrate.

Ben NelsonBe light today.

Ben

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. ~ Matthew 7:28-29

Jesus spoke with authority. The teachers of His day would sit around and discuss the scriptures, and sprinkle in some of the writings of earlier generations, what is known as the Talmud, and pose ideas or objections and observations.

Talmud
A complete set of the Babylonian Talmud - Photo Credit: Reuvenk, Source: Wikipedia
  • Moses says…
  • David says …
  • Hillel says …
  • Charlie says…

Jesus comes along and completely breaks this pattern. Rather than telling the crowds what generations of historians and philosophers have said across the ages, Jesus brings clarity.

For instance, back in Chapter 5 Jesus said:

You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ ~ Matthew 5:21

The thinkers who came before Jesus suggested that the natural end of this command was for the murderer to answer to a court of man, the government.

But Jesus applies it to their own hearts. He teaches us that the Word of God was not given so we could find the faults of others and know how to punish them. It was intended as a mirror. When we see the root of anger, or even the hint of careless insults, we should judge ourselves, and guard our hearts with diligence.

This is what was amazing.

And it is still amazing today.

So much of preaching today is men either pointing fingers at someone or parroting what they have read. Sadly I am guilty often, when pressed to preach or teach, to run quickly to find something someone said and borrow some fruit to put on the table, rather than to run to the secret place and come out with my heart crying:

A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy? ~ Amos 3:8

I am not saying we throw out our history, and the wisdom that has been handed down to us. I believe in reading, and hearing what others say. It checks us, and keeps us from going of the deep end, it inspires us and pushes us deeper.

But there is a desperate need today for the voice of the Lord from the mouth of the preacher. Oh, and just because you don’t stand in the pulpit on Sunday morning, does not mean you should use these words to judge your least favorite preacher. I am talking to you.

If Jesus is in you, He has a divine itinerary for you. [Tweet This] There are people who will only ever hear the voice of Jesus through your actions, and your words. Maybe it’s your kids and their friends, or maybe it’s a co-worker who will never darken the doors of your church.

You can amaze them when you speak with authority into their darkness and bring the light of the world into focus for them.

BenHey, thanks for taking time to read today.

See you again soon.

Ben

 

Jesus appears to the disciples (watercolour) 1906 - William Brassey Hole (1846–1917)

It has been a day or two since Jesus rose from the dead that very first Easter morning.  He appears to a larger group of disciples, shows them His wounds, and walks them all through the scriptures:

Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” (Luke 24:44 NASB)

But the thing that intrigues me this morning is how He has gone to the ultimate extreme to fulfill the scriptures, but look at the second half – the Why – in this next couple lines.

Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and rise again from the dead the third day; and that repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:45-47 NASB)

In this telling, the reason He suffered all that torture, the cruelty of the Jews at the hands of the Romans, and the rejection of God Himself, was so that repentance and forgiveness of sins could be proclaimed to every nation!

The time has come, my friends, for us to fulfill our part of the bargain.

As I understand it, Jesus’ life fulfills over 300 specific prophecies.

Now it is your turn.

Jesus declares that “repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Interesting – the message is one of the love of God for His creation, but the message He expects us to preach (proclaim) is not “Jesus Loves You” (and He does love you!) rather, If you will repent, there is forgiveness of sins. [Tweet This]

And that is what’s next – it is our turn to preach – proclaim – repentance and forgiveness of sins.

He did His part, and He will never leave you for forsake you as you do yours. In fact, He will give you the very Spirit that raised Him from the dead to get it done.

Sounds like a grand adventure to me. Let’s get about the Father’s business today.

BenThanks for coming by.

See you again soon.

Ben

But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”--He said to the paralytic--“I say to you, rise, and take up your stretcher and go home.” Luke 5:24 NASB

This story always gives me a little thrill.

Why? you ask.

Because Jesus goes out of His way to link healing and forgiveness of sins.

But He is not the first, and certainly not the only one to do so.

(A Psalm of David.)
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities;
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit;
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
Psalm 103:1-5 NASB

Or how about this:

Surely our sicknesses he hath borne,
And our pains--he hath carried them,
And we--we have esteemed him plagued,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.

And he is pierced for our transgressions,
Bruised for our iniquities,
The chastisement of our peace is on him,
And by his bruise there is healing to us.
Isaiah 53:4-5 YLT

Or what about these red letters:

And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM.” Luke 7:22 NASB

Please indulge me and read this one last one:

And Jesus was going about all Galilee teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the reign, and healing every disease, and every malady among the people, and his fame went forth to all Syria, and they brought to him all having ailments, pressed with manifold sicknesses and pains, and demoniacs, and lunatics, and paralytics, and he healed them. Matthew 4:23-24

It is time for us to link them back together. We need to go, and as we go:

preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons; freely you received, freely give. Matthew 10:7-8

BenDirector3CroppedOk – I’m done.

Thanks for coming by today

Ben

 

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