Bible Bistro University – Genesis 9:1-29 – Session Eleven

And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

Genesis 9:8-9

Dear Church and Friends,

Welcome to the Bible Bistro University! Today’s screen cast, session 11, will cover Genesis 9:1-29. You will find the outline that we created during the lesson linked below. I hope you enjoy this study as The Lord gives Noah commands and a covenant that is still in force today.

All my best.

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Pastor’s Letter – September 1, 2020 – A Warning for the Church

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Luke 6:46

Dear Church and Friends,

The sand castle parable of Luke 6:46-49 is a well loved passage. However, the events of the last several weeks demonstrate just how quickly a house can fall. This is a message for the church.

During the month of August several reports came out indicating the trouble Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, found himself in. It is a tale of money, privilege, and pride that led to open sin. Julie Roys has followed the scandal and her reporting can be found by following this link.

While we might grieve over the fall of a prominent Christian leader we should also take notice of the conditions under which it occurred. The Falwells lived an opulent lifestyle funded by the university. This is the medium in which the privilege and the pride are allowed to grow.

So many leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention as well as Evangelical Christianity in general are steeped in a culture of money. Wealth robs us of the ability to dig down deep and lay our foundations on The Rock. It creates privilege because we believe we deserve special treatment from everyone else and we forget that we need Christ. Finally, because of privilege and pride we decide that we shouldn’t deny ourselves.

Just like Jesus said, we call him Lord but we don’t behave like he is Lord. Money, privilege, pride, and pleasure have replaced him in our hearts. That is the story of the Falwells, but they are not the first and won’t be the last ones to fall due to a sandy foundation.

Dear church, be warned, dig down deep, lay your foundation on what cannot be moved, and despise all the treasures of the world.

Music: When I Wake Up To Sleep No More by the Marshall Family.

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Prayer Request: Please pray for the following.

  • DK and Brenda Hale, Alberta, Canada. DK Hale is a regional missionary for the Midwest Baptist Association in the Yukon Territory of Alberta, Canada. Please pray for our churches as they work through all of the re-assembling restrictions. Pray for our struggling and pastor-less churches. We thank the Lord for His sustaining mercy, goodness, and grace and for the strong faith of His people. Brenda and I thank the Lord for all our ministry partners who love us, pray for us and endeavour to be a wonderful encouragement. We serve together in Christ.
  • Mindy Hammonds’ father is facing a procedure to correct a health issue. Please pray for wisdom and compassion for the doctors and comfort for him.
  • Joy Snook, whose cancer is back. She is sick and in the hospital due to low sugar.

Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [4. The First Part of God’s Honor.]

164


How did He satisfy God’s wrath for us?

By His obedience, prayer, and everlasting sacrifice.

165


Why is He called our only Prophet?

He ever was, is, and shall be the only Teacher of the Church.

166


What then were the Prophets and the Apostles?

All these were His disciples and servants.

167


Why were all these honorable offices given to Him?

That He might deliver us from sin.

All my best,

Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

Luke 6:47

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Sunday Morning Worship – August 30, 2020 – When the Crypt Met Christ

But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

Mark 5:6

Dear Church and Friends,

Creek Road Baptist Church has launched out into the deep with a video recording of Sunday morning worship. Enjoy our August 30th service!

All my best.

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Pastor’s Letter – August 28, 2020 – A Prayer from a Hard Place

And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:

Genesis 32:9

Dear Church and Friends,

We all find ourselves between Laban and Esau at some point in life. We feel like the old fella who said, “I’m between a rock and a hard place.” Usually, there are no good choices or safe choices and we are only hoping to survive the experience.

That is where Jacob finds himself. Here’s his situation.

  • He was ready to leave Padan-aram because of Laban’s abuse.
  • God gave him a command to return home which he and his wives were happy to comply with.
  • After the covenant with Laban he could never go back there.
  • He is afraid to go further South because Esau has sworn to kill him, and is coming to meet him with four hundred men (not a good sign).

What’s a patriarch to do? The command and promise of God is still in force so Jacob keeps moving forward. The Lord encourages him by allowing him to see the camp of angels. Just as he saw the ladder on his way to Laban’s, so now he sees the angel host on his way home. As a matter of fact, they are his welcoming party because the very first verse says, “And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him” (Gen. 32:1).

Still Jacob is afraid of what Esau will do. In his prayer he says, “Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children” (Gen 32:11). Jacob’s prayer is honest and a wonderful example of how to pray when the vise tightens.

  • He opens his prayer by acknowledging who God is. And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac,
  • He continues by acknowledging who God is to him. He is the promise giver and Jacob repeats the promise. the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:
  • Jacob confesses his unworthiness in the light of God’s goodness. I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant;
  • Jacob confesses the way he sees goodness manifested in his life. for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.
  • His request is direct and honest. Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.
  • He reminds the Lord of His promise which ends the prayer. And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

Jacob teaches us about prayer when we are in the hard place. Having no good choices often drives us to ground, humble us, and lead us to call on the Lord. Once we are there it’s time to take up Jacob’s prayer, change the names, the situation, and call out to the God of promise. He will hear and give you comfort. By the way, He’s already moving the thing you thought couldn’t be moved.

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Music: Thy Mercy, My God by Sandra McCracken.

Prayer Requests: Please pray for the following.

  • Emma Gooch, is doing better and may be able to go home soon. Please continue to pray for her to recover.
  • Geneva Renfroe, Alan Barker’s aunt, who is having heart surgery today.
  • Tatars of Russia/Central Asia. (TAH-tars) – Simon* has started meeting with a believer to practice speaking and reading another language. They have started reading the Bible together in that language as practice. Please pray that Simon will become open to hearing the truth of what they are reading together and that this believer will be bold when talking about Jesus with him. (*name changed)

Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [4. The First Part of God’s Honor.]

160


What kind of Kingdom does He have?

It is spiritual, pertaining chiefly to our souls.

161


In what does His Kingdom consist?

In God’s Word and His Holy Spirit?

162


What do we get by the Word and Spirit?

Righteousness and life everlasting.

163


What is His Priesthood?

An office appointed for the satisfaction of God’s wrath.

All my best.

And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

Genesis 32:12

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