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I am excited about preaching at HFC again this Sunday (4/26/15). Here are a few of the themes we will cover on Sunday morning’s message.

2 Samuel 9

Quoted from David: A Man of Passion and Destiny by Charles Swindoll

8 Analogies of Grace

1. Once Mephibosheth had enjoyed fellowship with his father, and so had humanity in the Garden of Eden.

2. When disaster struck, fear came, and Mephibosheth suffered a fall that crippled him for the rest of his life. Similarly, when sin came, humanity suffered a fall, which has forever left us spiritually crippled.

3. Out of unconditioonal love for his friend Jonathan, David sought anyone to whom he might extend his grace. God, because of His unconditional love for His Son and acceptance of His Son’s death on the cross, continues to seek anyone to whom He might extend His grace.

4. The crippled man was destitute and undeserving. All he could do was accept the king’s favor. So, also, we sinners are undeserving and without hope. In no way are we worthy of our King’s favor. All we can do is humbly and gratefully accept it.

5. The king took the crippled Mephibosheth from a barren wasteland and seated him at the royal banquet table in the palace. God, our Father, has rescued us from a moral wasteland and seated us in a place of spiritual nourishment and intimacy.

6. David adopted Mephibosheth into his royal family, providing him with every blessing within the palace. We also have been adopted into a family–God’s family. And He gives us full privileges within His household.

7. Mephibosheth’s limp was a constant reminder of David’s grace. So also, our moral feebleness keeps us from ever forgetting that were sin abounds, grace abounds that much more.

8. When Mephibosheth sat at the king’s table, he was treated with the same respect as David’s own sons. When we one day attend the great wedding feast of the Lamb, the same will be true for us. We will sit with prophets and priests, apostles and evangelists, pastors and missionaries. We will dine with everyone from the apostle Peter to Corrie ten Boom. And we will be there with them because that same tablecloth of grace covers all our feet.

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Teen Stunt Man Videos

jordantmoody —  November 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

Do you think you ever make things more difficult than they really are? I think we often do that with God. We make him to be something we can never know or understand and yet it Jeremiah 9:24 the Bible says to boast only in knowing and understanding God. How awesome is that?! Yet, still we humans sure do a great job of making God’s power seem too weak to help us to be nice to someone or to actually read our Bible. Check out this short video clip that point out how dumb we look when we think obeying God is too difficult.

Student Responses #2

jordantmoody —  November 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

Mr. Jordan’s Bible student responses to this essay: What idea, sentence, quote, verse, etc. stood out to you the most from this session 2?

The one thing that stood out to me was when the girl said she was apologizing for things she was about to go do. It is so easy to get in the mind set that sin isn’t a big deal because God forgives us anyway but this should not be the case. We should be striving to be more Christlike each day, and the Bible says God hates sin so we should too.
 Birds migrate, and eventually after their migrating season they go back to where they were living originally. The Israelites were doing wrong and were not returning back to God. (This is where the bird illustration he gives us in Jer. 8:7 comes in). God wants us to always go back to him. The bible says that a man may fall 7 times, but can always get back up with God’s help, and that’s what we must be doing.
The verse in the previous question, Jeremiah 8:7, says that even the birds leave and return, but we humans don’t. This question stood out to me because I once thought that I could sin and it wouldn’t really matter because I believed in God and knew that he would forgive me. I used my faith as an excuse for sinning against God. This verse reminded me thaGod has saved us, he also demands us to follow him.
When you said “if those birds–and birds are dumb!–are smart enough to return back, how come we aren’t smart enough to turn back to God”. It really struck me. Why would we want to live that double life when we could have the full thing with God?
I really like Jer. 9:23-24. The idea of not boasting in riches or wisdom or might but boasting in understanding and knowing God has really come up a lot in my life lately. I have been reading about this same ideas in my devotions lately. It is so easy to trust in our own human strength because we have control over it, but there are so many things that we will not be able to accomplish using only our own strength. We need to boast in our Lord “who is able to do exceedingly abundant above all that we could ask or think”!
Proverbs 12:15 says how the way of the fool is wise because he is blind to his own sin. How often I do the same thing and think it’s all okay when really I’m in sin and not realizing it or turning to God.
Definitely Jer. 9:23-24 because God is saying I am so much more amazing than all of your worldly items put together so don’t boast in earthly things but be proud of me your CREATOR!! Because my love is infinite! Think about it can shoes or paper really love us?? No then why do we love it??
I really enjoyed how Joshua Harris connected God’s character with out sin. If we truly had belief in God and his words how could we possibly sin against him. The verse that stuck out to me was Jeremiah 8:1-9.
The quote that stood out to me the most was the one from the interview with the girl. “I guess it felt nice to be that desired, and he just became everything that God should have been in my life.” But instead of saying “he” as in the boyfriend, you can put almost anything in place of “he”. And I think by doing that, I can spot out some issues that I need to fix. This is my new favorite quote I think.
If you are living a double life then you don’t really know God,because God is always there to see what you doing.He’s omini-present.God wants you to do good things and live a holy life.So acting one way around school,or christian friends and then acting another way when your on the internet, or around unsaved friends,means that you don’t know God.Therefore your theology is messed up.
Life is choices. Choices have consequences. Make right choices. This quote from Cliff Jenkin always has made an impact on me. No matter how little the choice, we always have to choose the right choice or else there will be consequences. God will bless us if we make the right choice.
The quote that really stuck out to me was when Merrilee talked about using God as her personal ‘sin delete’ button. I felt convicted by this because I feel like I have fallen into that habit too. It is all too easy to use the excuses of “I love God” “I go to church” “I’m a good person” and “I’m saved” to justify sinful thoughts and actions.

Mr. Jordan’s Bible students please click here to take Quiz 3.

Order Your Faith

jordantmoody —  November 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

Do you really know who God is and what he is like? Sure we all know God is “good” or “holy” or “powerful.” But do you really know him? His attributes? Do you know how those things affect your life? Take a look at these guys and see how they think they can just pick and choose whatever God they want. Obviously, their theology is a little bit off.

April 2013

Dear Family and Friends:

For several months now, Jamie and I have been exploring a new direction that God may be leading us in our future life together. Currently we are living in Dublin, NH, where I work as a teacher, coach, and dormitory supervisor for DCA.  Jamie has stayed very busy with several part-time jobs this year. However, this summer we have an opportunity to go on a mission trip to the island of Chuuk, Micronesia, with Grace Dental and Medical Mission. God’s will does not always lead you where you might expect, but we both feel this is an important step to help us determine if this ministry is where the Lord would have us.

The trip is planned for July 2- 18 and will specifically target three islands, with efforts concentrated on opening doors to share the gospel through dental and medical aid. We will be staying for most of the time on the main Chuukese island of Weno, but we were also told to bring a tent, because for several days we will be “camping” Micronesian style in order to set up a clinic on a remote island of Nomwin. Thankfully, Jamie and I will not be asked to pull teeth or diagnose illnesses. We will be assisting the medical teams, but also learning specifically how GDMMissions operates and what our future roles may be with the mission.  Each team member needs to raise $3,000, 80% of which goes toward airfare. We are trusting God to provide the funds, but we do understand that raising $6,000 in a short amount of time is a daunting task. We are confident of God’s leading and that no matter the difficulty, He is always faithful.

We are excited (and admittedly a little nervous) about this next step, but recently I was encouraged by a quote from a book I have been reading called Finish the Mission:

“Hebrews talks of those who were made strong out of weakness. The implication is not that they made themselves strong, just that they made themselves available. As a result, they were made mighty. God is able to do more than we can imagine.” Please pray with us for wisdom about our future, that the Lord will provide the necessary funds for this trip, and that we would be useful tools in the hand of the Almighty.

In Christ,

Jordan and Jamie Moody

English: Map of Chuuk State, Micronesia. Polsk...

English: Map of Chuuk State, Micronesia. Polski: Mapa stanu Chuuk w Mikronezji. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CONTACT/DONATION INFORMATION

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GDMMissions

150 Cross Street

Methuen, MA 01844

*Make checks payable to GDMMissions.  Indicate that this is for the Moodys (on the memo line)

 

Our Address:

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Dublin, NH 03444

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God’s Anger: For Us!

bobbyemberley —  March 7, 2013 — 1 Comment
I am amazed to realize that the terrible and awesome description of God in these verses is a result of God’s anger against David’s enemies. God was moved emotionally and volitionally because of opposition to His chosen king. I think there is application for me too. Since I am one of God’s children, chosen and redeemed, God’s anger is roused not against me but in my defense.
Psalm 18:6-17
6In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
7Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations also of the mountains trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
8Smoke went up from his nostrils,
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.
9He bowed the heavens and came down;
thick darkness was under his feet.
10He rode on a cherub and flew;
he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.
11He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him,
thick clouds dark with water.
12Out of the brightness before him
hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.
13The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
and the Most High uttered his voice,
hailstones and coals of fire.
14And he sent out his arrows and scattered them;
he flashed forth lightnings and routed them.
15Then the channels of the sea were seen,
and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O Lord,
at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
16He sent from on high, he took me;
he drew me out of many waters.
17He rescued me from my strong enemy
and from those who hated me,
for they were too mighty for me.

Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World

Do you relate to God as if he exists to further your selfish ambitions or are you convinced that you exist to glorify him? Are you trying to live without God? Iain Murray describes this way of thinking:

Worldliness is departing from God. It is a man-centered way of thinking; it proposes objectives which demand no radical breach with man’s fallen nature; it judges the importance of things by the present and material results; it weighs success by numbers; it covets human esteem and wants no unpopularity; it knows no truth for which it is worth suffering; it declines to be “a fool for Christ’s sake”. Worldliness is the mind-set of the unregenerate. it adopts idols and is at war with God. 

Are you at war with God?

If not what is your heart like?

You see worldliness is not simply externals but rather a matter of the heart.

For that’s where worldliness is. It exists in our hearts. Worldliness does not consist in outward behavior, though our actions can certainly be an evidence of worldliness within. But the real location of worldliness is internal. It resides in our hearts.

Oftentimes, we seek to define worldliness as anything or anyone involved with today’s culture. But culture is not worldliness. As soon as one mentions this there is often an immediate chance for people to take offense. However, “the conflict often reveals a wrong focus on externals.”

Yes, it is true conduct often reveals the intent of the heart. “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” But your judgment of others conduct does not always ring true with the Bible. You pass judgment on someone’s differing external behaviors but you miss the beam in your own eye. When inclined to judge, first stop and check your motives. Is your heart motivated by love? Is your heart motivated with kindness? Is your heart motivated with an intent to restore? If so judge and confront, but if not, back off and get your own heart right first. Worldliness is not a clothing style or a music style but rather it is an arrogant confident love for something that is dying. We must seek to confront those who are loving the world but be cautious not misjudge someone’s “culture” because it is simply not our own.

The idea and quotes came from the below mentioned book.
Book suggestion: BUY THIS BOOK: (click the link for information) C.J. Mahaney’s book called,  Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World
The Rumours Of His Parties...

The Rumours Of His Parties… (Photo credit: Brainless Angel)

Richard Cory

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
“Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich – yes, richer than a king –
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.

Didn’t see that coming did you?

Let’s review, Richard Cory had everything a person could want: like-ability,health, attractiveness, attitude(swag), beauty, intelligence, money, fame, and admirers. Richard Cory illustrates how wealth cannot bring contentment. You can’t fill emptiness with more emptiness because in the end all you get is nothing. Are you hungry right now? How about a few hours from now? Hunger is temporarily satisfied and then hungry again. Materialism is the same way it’s like our metaphysical hunger and it’s insatiable.

Apart from God’s living water and bread of life we will always thirst and always hunger. Richard Cory supposedly had the whole world in his hands but instead reached for a pistol and took his own life because he could not see anyone or anything to satisfy his thirst. “The key to life is not money, power, respect or even two private jets (Lecrae) but it is the bread of life and his name is Jesus Christ.  Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:35)

 

This Monday begins a new week in our New Testament Bible Reading Plan.

Due to the Thanksgiving break we will actually be required to read MORE our Bible program since we don’t have school! Whoo! Hoo!

We will be reading Week 11, 12, 13 together this week. Matthew 13-28.

Here is the suggested plan to make this larger portion of reading more sizable.

Your mission should you choose to accept it is to finish Matthew over Thanksgiving break.

7 days 

Monday – chapter 13

Tuesday – Chapter 14

Wednesday- 15, 16, 17

Thursday- 18,19,20

Friday- 21,22,23

Saturday- 24,25,26

Sunday-27, 28

At the end of your reading. Write a few sentences on why you are thankful for this portion of Matthew and Jesus himself. What did he do for you, how did he do it for you, and why did he do it for you? Those are 3 reasons why you should be thankful this season.