Friday, December 29, 2017

Burbank Outreach (12/23/2017)

Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Romans 6:1b-14

What is a key difference between the believer and nonbeliever (besides salvation!)?  It's that the believer is no longer a slave to sin!  Consider this brief article about what it means to be Dead and Buried with Christ

Burbank - December 23, 2017

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Recent Outreaches 11/25 & 12/2/17

Christmas Carol Lyrics

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing 
by Charles Wesley

Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new born King:
Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!"

Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies:
With angelic hosts proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!"

Christ by highest heaven adored; Christ the everlasting Lord! Late in time behold Him come, Offspring of the Virgin's womb:

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail th' incarnate Deity;
Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings, Ris'n with healing in His wings. 


O God, Our Help in Ages Past 
by Isaac Watts
based on Psalm 90

O God our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, 
Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home!

Under the shadow of Thy throne Thy saints have dwelt secure; 
Sufficient is Thine arm alone, And our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame, 
From everlasting Thou art God, To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in Thy sight Are like an evening gone; 
Short as the watch that ends the night Before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever rolling stream, Bears all its sons away; 
They fly, forgotten, as a dream Dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come,  
Be Thou our guard while life shall last, And our eternal home.


Burbank  11/25/17

Burbank  12/2/2017


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Glendale 11/18/17

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Burbank Outreach (11/11/2017)

I am the man who has seen affliction
   under the rod of his wrath;
he has driven and brought me
   into darkness without any light;
surely against me he turns his hand
   again and again the whole day long.

He has made my flesh and my skin waste away;
   he has broken my bones;
he has besieged and enveloped me
   with bitterness and tribulation;
he has made me dwell in darkness
   like the dead of long ago.

He has walled me about so that I cannot escape;
   he has made my chains heavy;
though I call and cry for help,
   he shuts out my prayer;
he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones;
   he has made my paths crooked.

He is a bear lying in wait for me,
   a lion in hiding;
he turned aside my steps and tore me to pieces;
   he has made me desolate;
he bent his bow and set me
   as a target for his arrow.

He drove into my kidneys
   the arrows of his quiver;
I have become the laughingstock of all peoples,
   the object of their taunts all day long.
He has filled me with bitterness;
   he has sated me with wormwood.

He has made my teeth grind on gravel,
   and made me cower in ashes;
my soul is bereft of peace;
   I have forgotten what happiness is;
so I say, “My endurance has perished;
   so has my hope from the LORD.”

Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
   the wormwood and the gall!
My soul continually remembers it
   and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind,
   and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
   his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
   great is your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
   “therefore I will hope in him.”

The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
   to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
   for the salvation of the LORD.
It is good for a man that he bear
   the yoke in his youth.

Let him sit alone in silence
   when it is laid on him;
let him put his mouth in the dust—
   there may yet be hope;
let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,
   and let him be filled with insults.

For the Lord will not
   cast off forever,
but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
   according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
for he does not afflict from his heart
   or grieve the children of men.

To crush underfoot
   all the prisoners of the earth,
to deny a man justice
   in the presence of the Most High,
to subvert a man in his lawsuit,
   the Lord does not approve.

Who has spoken and it came to pass,
   unless the Lord has commanded it?
Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
   that good and bad come?
Why should a living man complain,
   a man, about the punishment of his sins?

Let us test and examine our ways,
   and return to the LORD!
Let us lift up our hearts and hands
   to God in heaven:
“We have transgressed and rebelled,
   and you have not forgiven.

“You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,
   killing without pity;
you have wrapped yourself with a cloud
   so that no prayer can pass through.
You have made us scum and garbage
   among the peoples.

“All our enemies
   open their mouths against us;
panic and pitfall have come upon us,
   devastation and destruction;
my eyes flow with rivers of tears
   because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.

“My eyes will flow without ceasing,
   without respite,
until the LORD from heaven
   looks down and sees;
my eyes cause me grief
   at the fate of all the daughters of my city.

“I have been hunted like a bird
   by those who were my enemies without cause;
they flung me alive into the pit
   and cast stones on me;
water closed over my head;
   I said, ‘I am lost.’

“I called on your name, O LORD,
   from the depths of the pit;
you heard my plea, ‘Do not close
   your ear to my cry for help!’
You came near when I called on you;
   you said, ‘Do not fear!’

“You have taken up my cause, O Lord;
   you have redeemed my life.
You have seen the wrong done to me, O LORD;
   judge my cause.
You have seen all their vengeance,
   all their plots against me.

“You have heard their taunts, O LORD,
   all their plots against me.
The lips and thoughts of my assailants
   are against me all the day long.
Behold their sitting and their rising;
   I am the object of their taunts.

“You will repay them, O LORD,
   according to the work of their hands.
You will give them dullness of heart;
   your curse will be on them.
You will pursue them in anger and destroy them
   from under your heavens, O LORD.

Lamentations 3

Burbank - November 11, 2017

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Glendale Outreach (10/21/2017)

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2

Though all of the 5 Solas arose from the Reformation and the response to Roman Catholicism, the one in particular that we think of today when contrasting ourselves with them is Sola Gratia, or Grace Alone.  Unfortunately, in our zeal to defend truth, we often characterize Catholics as believing in salvation by works and not by grace.  However, that is not entirely true.  Catholics DO believe in salvation by grace.  What's missing, however, is the important, and key word, "alone".  For an apologetic review of the Catholic view to hone your apologetic, see CARM's The Roman Catholic view on justification

Glendale - October 21, 2017

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Burbank Outreach (10/14/2017)

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 18:9-14

When defending the doctrine of Sola Fide, the "go to" verses we use to support the position that salvation is by faith alone are generally those by Paul (ex: Ephesians 2:8-9).  But did JESUS teach that salvation is by faith alone?  Consider this article from MacArthur: Jesus' Perspective on Sola Fide

Burbank - October 7, 2017

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