Today Brian delivered a message on Hope, and how prophecies, some of which are about Mary, contribute to that. Here are today’s passages.
Mary can be easily seen if we look at Micah 5:2, Genesis 3:15, and Isaiah 7:14
Hope grows in Elizabeth, Zacharias, Joseph, and Mary as they encounter numerous fulfillments of Old Testament prophecies.
By the time John is born, even before Jesus is, considering what they said and were told, hope had to be very high.
Bryant and Brian preached together today on love, specifically love for our enemies, those who don’t, can’t, or won’t love us back.
The passage this week is Luke 6:27-38.
Why are my enemies my enemies?
Where is love in how I treat others?
How are we different from the world?
Why are we different from the world?
Today Brian Whalen preached part II of a message where part I was a few months ago, regarding love your neighbor as yourself, how that is not new, and what can we do with that in light of 1 Cor 13 and other passages. Let us consider what love really looks like from a Christian perspective, on Valentine’s Day.
Today at Mount Carmel Brian Whalen preached. The key he wanted to make was connecting the covenants; he started by looking at the Shema, Deuteronomy 6:1-9, proceeding to the Ten Commandments in Exodus and then going to Matthew 33:34-40, with other verses mixed in. In summary Jesus gave the answer seen in the Matthew passage to the question what is the greatest commandment. His answer was to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and might (via the Shema) and your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18). Jesus gave the Great Commandment and Great Commission as commandments; we need to not miss this.
When we say God is love it is much more than an adjective describing Him, it is His being. When we consider His omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience, adding omnibenevolence makes sense.