March 30, 2019

One Way - John 14:1-7

One of the things they all have in common in the cults, they all lower Jesus to less than he truly was and they elevate their leader to more than he ever was intended to be. They all claim to have a special word from God, and each one commits a drastic sin when they add or replace anything in scripture with their own personal beliefs.

Family Discussions:

  1. Why is Jesus the only way for a sinful man to spend eternity with a holy God?
  2. Why do people follow cult leaders?
  3. What's wrong with cults and other world religions?
  4. Why is it that not all roads lead to God?
  5. Why is Jesus the only way?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 Man, believe it or not, last spring I read the most recent Barna survey, and Barna had asked questions to students between age 18 to 23, the mosaic generation, this simple question, "Do you have a Biblical worldview?" In other words, is the Bible the inspired, inerrant word of God in principle? Is it God's breath as it says in a 2 Timothy Chapter three verses 15, 16 and 17. Only one out of every 200 in this mosaic generation agreed in the Biblical Worldview. Well, something's got to be done about that. John 14 verses one through seven talks about the truth of scripture. It's the last night before Jesus' crucifixion, and He's with His disciples in the upper room and He says this, "Do not be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself that where I am there you may be also." And He said, "You know the way where I'm going." But Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You're going. How do we know the way?" And Jesus said to him, "I am the way, I am the truth, and I am the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." He said, "If you would have known Me, you would have known the Father also. From now on, you have known Him and have seen Him."

01:45 You know, it's written in Time magazine that America has over 1800 active religious cults and each one has a self-righteous leader who claims to be the way to God. One of the things they all have in common in the cults, they all lower Jesus to less than he truly was and they elevate their leader to more than he ever was intended to be. They all claim to have a special word from God, and each one commits a drastic sin when they add or replace anything in scripture with their own personal beliefs, supposedly, they say are deigned or obtained from a divine revelation. The Mormon founder, for example, Joseph Smith, said that he received this message from God, and this is a quote, "All Christian denominations are wrong and their creeds are an abomination in God's sight. Church Father Joseph Fielding Smith of the Mormon Movement said, "There is no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith." In the earlier days of the New Age movement in America, Shirley MacLaine, you know, said "I was one with the water. I was one with God. I am God." Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science in the science and health, you know, bible said, "The material blood of Jesus was no more efficacious to cleanse from sin when it was shed upon the accursed tree than it was when it was flowing in his veins and he went daily about his father's business. The Watchtower Bible, the Jehovah's Witnesses bible teaches that Jesus was not God incarnate and the doctrine of the Trinity is a false doctrine. But Jesus said, "I and my Father are one. If you've seen Me, you've seen the Father." Hey, the cults are tragically mistaken because Jesus stated simply and firmly about Himself, "I am the only way. I am the only truth. I am the only life. No one gets to the Father except by Me." The first commandment also warns, "Thou shall have no other gods before Me."

04:04 Let me ask you these questions. Why is Jesus the only way, the only way, for a sinful man to spend eternity with a holy God? And let me ask you this one. Why do people follow cult leaders, you know, you know, whether its a rock star or a movie star or a real cult leader who claims to be Christ.? Why do people follow? And then the last one is what's wrong with cults and other world religions? You know, why is it that not all roads lead to God? Why is Jesus the only way? And then here is the lifeline for today. You know, many people join cults because some are better followers of their faith than Christians are of their faith. How can we change that in our home?

" A man went to the doctor and said, "Doctor, every time I touch my head I hurt." And he touched his chest. He said, "Doctor, every time I touch my chest I hurt." And he touched his knees and said, "Every time I touch my knee, I hurt. I hurt bad.""

Family Discussions:

  1. What are some ways that we betray Jesus?
  2. What's your broken finger?
  3. How is betrayal as sin?
  4. What was the root of Judas' sin? What was Judas' broken finger?
  5. Why is sin a direct assault to God?

Transcription:

00:14 Hey, today's Bible study comes from John Chapter 13 Verse 21 through 26 and it says this, "After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, 'I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me.' His disciples stared at one another at a loss to know which of them he meant. One of them, the disciple that Jesus loved was reclining next to him, Simon Peter motioned to his disciples and said, 'Ask him which one he means.' Leaning back against Jesus he asked him, 'Lord, who is it?' Jesus answered, 'It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.' Then dipping the piece of bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon.

01:05 There's an old joke that's told about a guy who went to the doctor in great pain and the doctor said to the man, "Where do you hurt?" To which the man replied, "Doctor, I hurt everywhere. I hurt all over." And the doctor said, "show me where you hurt." And the man places his right fourth finger against his head. And he said, "Doctor, every time I touch my head I hurt." And he touched his chest. He said, "Doctor, every time I touch my chest I hurt." And he touched his knees and said, "Every time I touch my knee, I hurt. I hurt bad." He touched his nose. He said, "Every time I touch my nose, my nose hurts." The doctor took the man's hand and said, "Hey, let me examine your finger." And you know, one close look was all it took. And the doctor said, "Dude, you're crazy.

01:44 You've got a broken finger." So much for jokes. But, but isn't it true how sin is exactly like a broken finger. Everything you touch hurts. If you make money, you're greedy. If you make a friendship or you're going to date the relationship turned sour. If you succeed or you get a compliment, you get the big head. You know the surface problem worries you and you can't figure it out until someone points out your broken finger. You know, the sin in your heart been there way too many times. Um, let me ask you some questions. Um, what are some ways that we betray Jesus? You know, what's your broken finger? and, and how his betrayal as sin? And, and then this question, what was the root of Judas' sin? What was Judas' broken finger? And then lastly, and why is sin a direct assault to God? And here's the lifeline for the day. Today, let's focus in our hearts to be loyal to Jesus every day in every way. I hope this devotions are speaking to you because man, they are speaking to me.

"The dishes get dirty, you know, three times a day. Who's going to wash them? The front porch is filled with leaves every time the wind blows. Who's going to sweep it?" 

Family Discussions:

  1. Why is it hard to be a foot washer?
  2. What are some practical ways to wash feet in our home?
  3. What did Jesus foot washing episodes say about God's love for you and for me?

 

Transcription:

00:14 If you could take one thing in the Bible, one memory from the Bible and say, man, that one changes my life. Uh, what would you, what would it be for you? This is the one it would be for me. It's John Chapter 13 verses three through five. This is awesome. It says this, "Jesus knew that the father had put all things under his power and that he had come from God and was going back to God." So what did you do? It says, "He got up from the meal. Check this out. He took off his outer clothing. He wrapped a towel around his waist, like a servant. After that he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples feet and began to dry their feet with a towel that was wrapped around him."

01:07 This is an amazing time. So what about today? The dishes get dirty, you know, three times a day. Who's going to wash them? The front porch is filled with leaves every time the wind blows. Who's going to sweep it? The dog wets the rug. The baby needs a bottle. The lights are on in the back room, you know, uh, you know, mom or, or dad had a hard day at the office. Uh, you know, your mom's back is killing her. You know, your buddy Larry just got cut from the basketball team, you know, Angie to miss cheerleader by one vote. Um, you know, your buddy at the, at the, at the job just got cut and the man's family is starving. Boy opportunities for foot washing all around the house, aren't they? A golden wonderful opportunities to demonstrate the God who lives in your heart are available everywhere.

01:59 Read that verse again. Jesus knowing that God had given him all things, Jesus, knowing that he was sent from God was going back to God, uh, he became the lowest servant. Wow! Man, how easy it is to, you know, the let a parent serve or to let your spouse serve or make the youngest kids serve or to kind of hold your position. You know, as the head of the house or the head of the, of the company. And, uh, and, and, and sit there in that old lazy boy chair and, and, and kind of, you know, Lord our authority over our family. Uh, but man, how exciting, how fun, how fulfilling it is to wash feet and seize the opportunities God gives you every day to express your care for those you love. I, some of my favorite men or guys who run these gigantic companies and they are the, the biggest servants in the company.

03:00 I see it all the time. I, you know, I was with a woman last night who, who's arguably, you know, one of the most, if not the most popular woman in the world, and a, but she's a foot washer. And, and I, and I admire that so much about that woman, you know, washing feet is, is, is, it's the heart of the Valentine card. Washing feet is the Christ of Christmas in the Christmas card, you know, when Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, "there's no place like home," She was speaking of a house full of foot washers of all ages. That's what makes a home special. Here's my questions today. Why is it hard to be a foot washer? And then secondly, man, what are some practical ways to wash feet in our home? And then the third one, what did Jesus foot washing episodes say about God's love for you and for me? Here's the lifeline. One man in your house, in your business and your school get creative. Wash someone's feet today and watch what happens in your life.

It's been a few years, but I'll never forget Eric and Joey and Brian and Craig and the other Brian and Jason and Brandon and Ryan, when they'd meet at my home every Friday before school from ninth grade until they graduated for a time of Bible study and to learn to become Christian leaders in their high school.

Family Discussions:

  1. Why is the approval of men often more valued than the approval of God?
  2. And as grownups, man, how do we struggle with prioritizing man's approval over God's approval in our life?
  3. Why is it that God's approval is way more important than man's approval?
  4. What can you do today to go after God's approval in your life?

Episode Transcription:

00:13 Well, today I want to tell you about a bunch of really cool high school guys that used to eat doughnuts at my house every Friday morning and some of the things we discovered together. We're in John chapter 12, verses 37 through 43, and it says this, "Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe. But this was to fulfill the word of Isaiah, the prophet which said this, 'Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?' For this reason, they could not believe because as Isaiah says elsewhere, 'He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts so they can neither see with their eyes nor understand with their hearts nor turn, and I would heal them.' Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus' glory and spoke about him. Yet at the same time, many even among the leaders believed in him, but because of the Pharisees, they would not confess their faith for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue for they loved the praise of men rather than the praise from God."

01:29 Wow. It's been a few years, but I'll never forget Eric and Joey and Brian and Craig and the other Brian and Jason and Brandon and Ryan, when they'd meet at my home every Friday before school from ninth grade until they graduated for a time of Bible study and to learn to become Christian leaders in their high school. I tell you, we had a blast together. Man, if anyone missed, they would actually get a doughnut in their locker, in their shoe, or in their book, or in their sports bag so they made strong commitments to be there. And of course their biggest commitment was to God.

02:13 You know, a lot of times these guys, even though they were the best athletes in the school, the neatest guys in school, they weren't invited to the fun parties, you know, down at the lake. People often call them names behind their back, but their senior year in high school four of them were elected football captains, three led the basketball team, two lead the golf team, one received the school spirit award, one was chosen as most outstanding senior. The school won the All Sports Trophy for the conference because those guys pulled the school together like glue. You know what, man? We called them "the guys," and the approval of men was not their worry. The approval of God was far more important. That school will never be the same.

03:00 Here's my questions today. Why is the approval of men often more valued than the approval of God? And as grownups, man, how do we struggle with prioritizing man's approval over God's approval in our life? You know, why is it that God's approval is way more important than man's approval? And lastly, man, what can you do today to go after God's approval in your life? And here's the lifeline that we can work on together as a family, and let's build this family and let's bind this family together for God's approval.

Jim Ryan is a great friend of mine with a terrific heart. You know, Jim was a Kansas kid. He wanted to run track, but he was too slow his ninth grade year so he actually got cut from the team. The setback enlarged his heart, and he trained even harder.

Family Discussions:

  1. How did Jesus stay out of the pack?
  2. What finish line kept Him in focus?
  3. What is the pack that is trying to pressure you right now>
  4. How can you avoid getting trapped in the pack?
  5. How can we in the home help each other be aware of the pack that each of us is in?
  6. How can we focus on the baseline?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 My heart still races when I thinking of the day I got caught in a pack of rattlesnakes as a little kid up on top of a West Texas Mountain. Today I'm going to be talking about getting caught in the pack, but about someone who left the pack for a very special reason. We're in John chapter 12, verse 23 through 28. It says, "Jesus replied, 'The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves Me must follow Me, and where I am, My servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves Me. Now My heart is troubled and what shall I say? "Father, save Me from this hour." No, it was for this very reason that I came to this hour. Father, glorify Thy name. Then a voice came from heaven and said, "I have glorified it and will glorify it again."

01:29 Jim Ryan is a great friend of mine with a terrific heart. You know, Jim was a Kansas kid. He wanted to run track, but he was too slow his ninth grade year so he actually got cut from the team. The setback enlarged his heart, and he trained even harder. Hours upon hours he ran every day. Running to that stopwatch, trying to make the time. They'd say, "Jim, are you in pain?" He would say, "Yes, I'm in pain, but I've learned to run with the pain." Jim was the first high school runner to break the four-minute mile. He held the world record in the mile for 15 years, but Jim never won the Olympics. I was actually in Munich, Germany, watching him run for the USA track team at the Olympics in Munich when a tragic event occurred. Jim rounded the curve for the last lap of the race, but he was caught in the pack. He was caught in this group of runners. I remember it like it was yesterday when he tripped, and he fell into the curb in sheer pain. And although he was undoubtedly the best runner in the world, he finished dead last. But his great spirit inside of him never dimmed, and he continues to be one of the greatest men I've ever known. Boy, you guys. the pack in life are the peers that surround you, the firm that surrounds you, the locker room, the team, the business community. It's the pack and getting caught up in the pack, it's what we call, you know, as kids "peer pressure." And you know what? Peer pressure kills more dreams than any other agent known to man.

03:12 Now man, here's the devotional of the day. How did Jesus stay out of the pack, and what finish line kept Him in focus? And the third question, you know, what is the pack that is trying to pressure you right now and how can you avoid getting trapped in the pack? And here's the lifeline. How can we in the home help each other be aware of the pack that each of us is in, and how can we focus on the baseline?

"Kids all wait in line for days to buy a ticket to some gigantic rock concert. There's a rock concert where 16 people were literally literally smothered. Some of them almost smothered to death."

Family Discussions:

  1. What would people do if Jesus came to your town?
  2. What star would would you go across the street to see what? What star would you rush to see?
  3. Who would you rather spend the night at your house? Your favorite actor, your favorite singer, your favorite icon or Jesus?
  4. Why did the crowds say on this palm Sunday, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord"?

Transcription:

00:14  This passage today, I can't wait to share with you. This is not only one of the greatest days that we celebrate each year before Easter, but uh, but this day was actually prophesied, uh, about 600 years before it ever happened by the Prophet Daniel. Here we go. This is awesome. John 12 verses 12 through 16, and it says this, "The next day the great crowd had come for the feast. They had heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took some palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, 'Hosanna, Hosanna. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the king of Israel.' Jesus found a young donkey and sat up on it as it is written, 'Do not be afraid O Daughter of Zion. See, your King is coming on a donkey's colt.' At first, his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they see that

01:13 They realize that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him." We call it Palm Sunday. Bless him who comes in the name of the Lord? This is awesome. Now you and I watch sometimes, you know, kids, you know, all wait in line for days to buy a ticket to some gigantic, you know, rock concert. I read about another rock concert where 16 people were literally literally smothered. Some of them almost smothered to death. It's 50,000 people, you know, crowded this stage at another, you know, rock concert. Uh, you, you know, you, you see, you know, television or maybe you've been to some of these concerts where tens of thousands will scream themselves breathless as, you know, some of these, you know, rock stars play their songs. What would we do if Jesus came to town?

02:06 Who would it be like, you know, the rock stars traveling these gigantic jets. Jesus came on a donkey, I heard about one, you know, rock star who made $161,000 a day. Uh, you know, uh, I mean, he could, he could walk down a sidewalk of gold into his concerts. Jesus rode in on simple palm leaves. Uh, you know, the stars are raised up on the stage, you know, with thousands of lights around. Jesus was raised up on a Roman cross. Funny thing about that. The stars will be forgotten almost, you know, after they played their last chorus. Jesus' song of love will be number one forever. What a paradox. Hey, here's the questions today. What would people do if Jesus came to your town? And then what star would, uh, would you go across the street to see what, what star would you rush to see? Um, well, let me ask you this question. Who would you rather spend the night at your house? Your favorite actor, you know, your favorite singer, um, your favorite icon or Jesus? And then, um, this is a good one. Why did the crowds say on this palm Sunday, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord"? And here's the lifeline. Can you imagine the home, what it would be like if you gave Jesus the welcome he deserves every single day when he shows up at your Bible study?

"When a friend of mine was running for Miss California and they ask her, who her hero was and she said, Jesus. It was the most unpopular thing she could have said, but she still won it." 

Family Discussions:

  1. What security where the Jewish leaders in the scripture passage were they afraid of losing when Jesus was in town?
  2. How did Jesus shake their security?
  3. How does being a Christian put your temporary security at risk?
  4. What would cause you to have your Christianity?

Transcriptions:

00:14 He as a Grandaddy. When I'm with my grandkids, a little grandkids every night I tell them hero stories. Tonight, I'm going to talk to you about heroes and we're talking from a John Chapter 11 verse 47 through 52 and it says this "Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. 'What are we accomplishing?' they ask. Here is this man performing many miraculous signs. Of course they're talking about Jesus. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation. Then one of them named Caiaphas, who was the high priest that year, stood up and said this, "you know nothing at all. You did not realize this better for you. That one man die for the people than the whole nation perish." He did not say this on his own, but as high priest, he was actually prophesying that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation and not only for that nation but also for the scattered ones of God to bring them together and to make them one. Pretty awesome passage.

01:20 Y'all remember when a friend of mine was running for Miss California and they ask her, who her hero was and she said, Jesus. It was the most unpopular thing she could have said, but she still won it. I remember a few years ago are grateful mom came to me and told me about her daughter, uh, who was running for junior class president. Oh, there's a girl named Janice and she was well liked in her public high school and she prepared an excellent campaign, but at the completion of her make it or break it, 20 minute campaign speech in front of the entire student body, the panel of judges ask her the leading question, who's your hero? Who's your superhero? Who's your superman? You know, Janice knowing that her truthful response will alienate her and split the students and, and, and probably lose precious votes. She responded in a heartbeat. My hero is Jesus Christ.

02:09 Undoubtedly he died for my sins. I have a friend who passed up $100,000 plus real estate deal because it was unethical. I have a doctor friend, um, who had passes up, literally, he's an OBGYN. He passes up tens of thousands of dollars a year because he won't do abortions. Um, recently remember a story about a close seventh grade friend named Jill who told me how tough junior high social life was. She was amazed when she went to her first junior high party. That a boy brought some things to the party that were way against her morals. Almost everyone told him how cool it was, but Jill knew it was wrong, you know, risking her popularity and being called a freak. She called her mom to come get her. College friend, you know, a great college of mine recently. You, you know, they're at a beach party trip and they're going to leave.

03:02 And she stayed. She stayed in her hotel room the whole week because she wouldn't get to go out there on the beach and do what they were doing. Boy the questions are this, today you guys, what security where the Jewish leaders in the scripture passage were they afraid of losing when Jesus was in town? And then how did Jesus shake their security? And in here it takes it home with this question, how does being a Christian put your temporary security at risk? And then, uh, try this one on this last question. What would cause you to have your Christianity? And the life line for today is this in the home, in your mood, in your relationship with your mom and dad, or with your kids encourage each other build our security in Christ.

"Jesus literally sobbed that he boohooed he actually grown with pain. He snorted when Lazarus died. If you've ever been there, you know, why did he do that? Why did he cry so hard at Lazarus's death? Didn't he know that he'd bring Lazarus back to life again? Of course he did!"

Family Discussions:

  1. Why do you think Jesus wept that day?
  2. What do Jesus' tears say about God's love for you?
  3. When was the last time you cried over someone else's pain? What were those tears say? 

Transcriptions:

00:14 Today I want to talk about a very familiar friend that this bottle of Visine reminds me of. It's a friend that shows up in my life often and the friend is called tears. We're in John Chapter 11 today verses 32 through 36 and it says this, "When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moving to spirit and troubled. "Where have you laid him?," He asked. "Come and see Lord," they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him?" Jesus wept. If you ever wonder where tears came from? Have you ever cried so long that you wondered if your tear ducts would dry up?

01:10 Man, y'all physical hurt from life's bumps and bruises brings a certain kind of tears, done it? But real tears come from heart pain. When someone says goodbye and you lose someone so very dear to you. In the original Greek language in which the New Testament was written, the apostle John said that Jesus literally sobbed that he boohooed he actually grown with pain. He snorted when Lazarus died. If you've ever been there, you know, why did he do that? Why did he cry so hard at Lazarus's death? Didn't he know that he'd bring Lazarus back to life again? Of course he did! I think he cried because he loves his people so much. Y'All. This is awesome. I think he cried because he loves his people so much that even though everyone who will eventually be over all pain forever, he feels every pain, you know. Oh, this means a lot to me. He cares deeply and he knows your pain. He knows your pain when your boyfriend says goodbye. He knows your pain when you, when you go through an awful divorce that you just cannot even avoid. He, he, he, he cries when, when someone calls you names or spreads rumors about you. He cries when you get cancer or when you lose your job or you know, lose your favorite dog. You know, only a deeply caring, loving, sensitive God would weep real tears for friend. Man, the source of real tears, um, is love.

02:46 So, um, why do you think Jesus wept that day? And, and, and then y'all, what do Jesus' tears say about God's love for you? And then let me ask you this. When was the last time you cried over someone else's pain? What were those tears say? And kind of the thought for the day is this man, empathy means feeling someone else's pain and caring deeply for them. Boy, home family, y'all is the empathy capital of your life. How can you give that to each other today?

" Several years ago when my son Brady drew a maze on a sheet of paper for me to try to solve. There were so many detours and dead end streets that I never could get to the finish."

Family Discussions:

  1. What are the walls and dead ends of the maze that you're running in, in high school or in college? Or as an adult?
  2. How do we get God's view from above the maze?
  3. What does it mean to walk in the light after having a view from above?
  4. What's it mean to walk in the light?

Transcription:

00:14 Have you ever wondered what it's like to be in a human maze? Well, I've been in one. I'm going to tell you about it today. It was interesting. Uh, the scripture today comes from John Chapter 11 verses nine and 10. Jesus answered, "Are there not 12 hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble for he sees by the world's light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles for, he has no light." It was probably several years ago when my son Brady drew a maze on a sheet of paper for me to try to solve. There were so many detours and dead end streets that I never could get to the finish. You know, I live in Branson, Missouri. It's a tourist town and there actually was a human maze and it was cool. It would give you a puzzle and, and it had kind of a whole different perspective of mazes.

01:04 You, you would take off running through this giant bunch of hallways and walls to find four stations where you would get the marks M A Z. E on a card before five minutes was up. If you made it in time, you'd get a free tee shirt. And it was a trip and a half. I lost the race to my son, you know, Brady and, and a very curious thing occurred to me. I climbed the stairs up on an observation deck where I could see the pathways in walls, clearly from above. It was so simple to memorize the path to victory. I don't know if I ever won, but it seemed like I could, you know, anyone could win after a careful view from the top. Boy as I council, countless teenagers and college students and adults. What you see so many bruised foreheads, you know, on all of us is we bump into the walls of this sin ridden society that we live in.

02:06 My, how a view from above could start each day with a winning trip through our daily maze. So here's the questions. How is your life today? Like a maze and then, and then what are the walls and dead ends of the maze that you're running in, in high school or in college? Or as an adult? You know, what are they like for you and, and you all, here's the big, isn't this great. How do we get God's view from above the maze and, and then what does it mean to walk in the light after having a view from above? What's it mean to walk in the light? And this is the greatest thing about a family. Boy, in a family, we can help each other view the base from above.

"We were on his beautiful Riverside Forum and we were just having a blast! He's, his name's Paul Overstreet. What a great guy and he loves Christ Jesus. Sincerely. And he writes lot of his songs to draw families closer to God and what God's plan of living his son and serving each other."

Family Discussions:

  1. What did Jesus do that let people know that he indeed was God in the flesh?
  2. How can a son or daughter pay the highest compliment to a godly parent?
  3. Can you give examples of that?

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 00:13 Hey, today I want to tell you about one of my favorite people in one of the funnest days that we ever had together. The scripture today is from John Chapter 10 verse 32 through 38 it says this, but Jesus said to them, I've shown you many great miracles from the father for which of these do you stone me? We're not stoning you for one of these replied the Jews, but for blasphemy because you being a mere man claim to be God. Jesus answered them. Is it not written in your law? I have said, you are gods. If he called them gods to whom the word of God came and the scripture cannot be broken. What about the one whom the father sit apart as his very own and sent into the world wide? Then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said I am God's son. Do not believe me unless I do what the father does, but even if I do it, even though you did not believe me, believe in the miracles that you may know and understand that the father is in me and I am in the father.

01:23 Probably was years ago, but uh, man, I had one of the most sheer fun days of my life. We were flying across that Tennessee pasture were red hot four wheeler and I was flying behind one of country music's greatest songwriters probably of all time. We were on his beautiful Riverside Forum and we were just having a blast, just like a couple of wild mustangs for sprinting, you know, through the mountains. He's, his name's Paul Overstreet. What a great guy and he loves Christ Jesus. Sincerely. And he writes lot of his songs to draw families closer to God and what God's plan of living his son and serving each other. He had a song years ago that I still love. It still comes to my mind and it says this, I'm seeing my father in me and that's how we both agree. I find myself more like him. Each day.

02:11 I notice I walked the way he walks. I'm seeing the way I talk, the way he talks. I'm starting to see my father in me. You know, people knew that Jesus was of God because all the fullness of deity dwell in him because he was a hundred percent consistent. In acting like God. He never wavered in producing a lifestyle that was godly. Even today, a daddy's a father's number one responsibility is to follow God with his lifestyle at home, at work in church. As the apostle Paul said, imitate me as I imitate Christ. You know, the older a son or daughter gets, the more you desire to imitate a godly dad. They were, there were some great philosopher who wants said, you know, imitation is the greatest compliment. You know, when I was a teenager, you know, I didn't imitate my dad enough.

03:06 What a man he was. But um, you know what? When I, when I got to college and especially when I became a dad, he became the smartest man on earth and he remains that in my life today. Here's the questions. What did Jesus do that let people know that he indeed was God in the flesh? And, and, and boy, I tell you this, when, um, the only thing more difficult than being a teenager's being the parent of one, nevertheless, how can a son or daughter pay the highest compliment to a godly parent? Can you give examples of that? And here's the thought for the day. You know, people can best see God when they see us doing the works of God is specially in the home.

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