Monthly Archives: March 2018

March 28, 2018 psalm 73:1-14, mark 4, psalm, (24)

The psalm may be the cry of a victim. Ed asked about vs. 22-25. it may be about understanding the gospel. why did he think he had to talk in parables? vs 12 says lest they turn and be forgiven. is he saying these people refuse to be forgiven. this could interpreted as the gospel of wealth. Jesus challenges us to learn about him and our faith. is the role of ministers to comfort or challenge? what does it mean to bear fruit? to preach the gospel is it necessary to use words? do we need stories to make things come alive. people listen to a pastor not to hear the story but to hear what the message of the story is. we talked about the evangelical preachers like billy graham and oral Roberts. they preached fire and brimstone but people liked what they heard but can’t repeat what they hear Pastor Miller says that those who have understanding will receive more. people react differently to storms and their ability to weather them. bill asked, which seed are you? possibly all of them. thus nay have occurred at different spaces or times.

March 21, 2018 139::1-12, mark 3, psalm 139:13-24 (26)

Pastor started us out with a psalm prayer:

“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

“Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

“If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

“How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand —  when I awake, I am still with you.”

Jesus selected the disciples and renamed them. he had already started his ministry and he called the disciples as early as possible. the question was raised about how early the disciples were named. but it appears that this time of choosing the disciples is similar in all the gospels. the unforgiveable sin (28-30) is to blaspheme the holy spirit, but it is different in Hebrews and Matthew. we discussed work on the Sabbath because of the controversy the Pharisees started about Jesus healing the leper on the Sabbath. blaspheming the holy spirit is to deny the work of the spirit. what is the Holy Spirit? does this not conflict with the trinity? the doctrine of the trinity answers the question of the different persons referred to as God. Is the Holy Spirit a force within us for good? Chuck sees the Holy Spirit as the enabling force of God. did the painters like Michelangelo do us a disservice by giving us a representation of God. for some their belief in faith is more trust in God  rather than intellectual belief.

March 14, 2018 psalm 77:1-20, Mark 2, psalm 43 (20)

Psalm 77 talks about the problems of old age but ends in praise to God. i. mark he talks about sinners. who were the sinners and were they called sinners publically? Were they tax collectors? the revenues went to Rome for the temple of Jupiter. this was a terrible thing for the Jews. in that society honor meant wealth. what is jesus saying to us not to put new wine in old wineskins. Is this saying that the old system is defunct and we need to move to Jesus’ system. God doesn’t cause bad things to happen.  but if He is all powerful, why can’t He stop bad things from happen? What does this mean about repentence? How did jesus perceive what the scribes were thinking, maybe it was the way they looked at him. Is confession central to absolution? Jesus heals the paralytic because of the faith of the people who carried him there. Jesus uses the words ‘son of man’ to stress his humanity. Why would jesus emphasize his humanity when he was imparting forgiveness to someone, a godly task? Is faith intellectual ascent or is it trust? Hebrews contains the meaning of faith. To Abraham it meant righteousness. in matter evangelical churches they focus on how to follow Jesus. the disciples of John were a source of division as compared to Jesus’ disciples.