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Matthew 19:16-30
The Rich and the Kingdom of God

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’[a] and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’
20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”
28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[c] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.


Psalm 143
A song of David.

1 Eternal One, I come to You in prayer.
    Hear me out; I plead with You.
    Lend an ear to my requests.
    In Your faithfulness and justice, respond to my pleas.
2 Be kind and slow to judge Your faithful servant,
    for compared to You, no one is truly just.

3 My adversary has pressed in, drawn closer, threatened my life;
    he’s crushed me, driven me underground.
    He’s forced me to live in the dark;
    it’s as if I joined those who died a long time ago.
4 That’s why my spirit is growing faint inside me; I have nothing left;
    my heart is completely empty and desolate.

5 And yet I can’t forget the days of old, the days I’ve heard so much about;
    I fix my mind on all You have done;
    I ponder the work of Your hands;
6 I reach out my hands to You.
    All that I am aches and yearns for You, like a dry land thirsting for rain.

7 Hurry and answer me, O Eternal One,
    for my spirit is weak, my courage is gone.
Do not turn away; let me see Your face;
    otherwise, I’ll die and be like all those who have gone to the grave.
8 Make me hear of Your faithful love in the morning,
    for I trust in You.
Teach me how I should walk,
    for I offer my soul up to You.

9 Rescue me from my enemies, Eternal One,
    for You are my shelter from them.
10 Teach me how to do Your will,
    for You are my God.
Allow Your good Spirit to guide me
    on level ground, to guide me along Your path.

11 For the sake of Your name and the good of Your reputation,
    preserve me, O Eternal One.
    In Your righteousness, save my life from burden and misery.
12 In Your loyal love, silence my enemies for good;
    destroy all those who take pleasure in my suffering,
    for I am Your faithful servant!

1 Peter 5:5-11

5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”[a]

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith,because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong,firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.


And Yet He Was Given Grace

Do you Enjoy those last inspirational speeches in movies?

Peter Is giving his last inspirational paragraphs in chapter 5

He starts with something for the pastors. 

1 Peter 5

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

 

Humility is rarely a virtue that our culture values. We’re trained from an early age to show our strengths and hide our weaknesses. This type of thinking also spills over into our models of leadership, as we learn to dictate to others how they should perform. Peter, however, says that we should be humble in our relationships with one another and not lead as dictators. In fact, this humility before one another and God is actually the position of the greatest strength. Our enemy desires to consume us, but we find strength to resist him when we are dependent upon God for His strength.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Pearl Harbor Speech December 8 1941

 

Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. 
......
As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt giving the Pearl Harbor Address - "a date that will live in infamy"

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.

1 Peter 5:6

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud

    but shows favor to the humble.”[a]
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
 Resist him, standing firm in the faith,because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

Peter in his last thoughts of his letter gives us 4 things to remember. 

  1. humility

  2. cast anxieties on him, because he cares for you

  3. be sober minded

  4. suffer with the brotherhood

1. Humility

Many things remind of humility, but the story of the little children and the rich young ruler shows this well.

Matthew 19

2. Cast anxieties on him, because he cares for you

The Story of the disciples and Peter falling asleep in the garden while Jesus asked them to pray. 

Matthew 26:36-46

3. Be Sober Minded

The Story of Peter getting onto Jesus for saying he was coming to die. 
Get behind me Satan. 

Mark 8:31-34

4. Suffer With the Brotherhood. 

Peter says that I know you can often feel like you are all alone. 
You are not never tell yourself you are alone in your suffering. 

“because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings”

And Yet He Showed Them Grace

1 Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Servant Events Coming Up: 
Bentonville Running Festival 
March 28th, 6:30am, helping with the Powerbar Gel 
Easter at Orchards Park 
April 4th in the afternoon


Every Other Sunday
Womens Prayer and Share
Coli Escher
coliescher@gmail.com
Every Other Tuesday
Schommer House Group
Sean Schommer 
sdschommer@gmail.com
Wed. 6:30am Braums (49 & Walton) - Coli Escher
Wed. 6:15pm at Church
Matt Yeager 
matthew.yeager@gmail.com

Do you want to start some type of group? We can help you promote. office@faithbentonville.com

7:00 pm Sunday
Basketball in the gym
Spring Break Clean Up
coliescher@gmail.com to reserve time to assist
Wed-Fri, all day
3/25: Youth 12:00-7:30pm Meet @ church, bring $30 
6:15 pm Wednesday
Adult and kids classes
Saturday 
Dog Park @ 6:30am


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