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April 24, 2016

1 Corinthians – start date 2.24.2016

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1 Corinthians


The Resurrection of Christ

1Co 15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,
1Co 15:2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
1Co 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,

I delivered: Ezekiel 3:17 (KJV) Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

1Co 15:4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
1Co 15:5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
1Co 15:6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
1Co 15:7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
1Co 15:8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
1Co 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
1Co 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

April 8, 2016

Mark – start date 4.8.2016

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A Different Kind of King

Rev. Mark Dooley, LBC

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples,2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”
4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway.As they untied it, 5 some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7 When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

1. Jesus is a unique King. When we encounter Jesus, we encounter a different kind of King. Jesus comes humble, to serve. Instead of riding into town on a Horse, the animal representing war, he came riding into town on a donkey. Kings are born to reign, but Jesus had come to die.

2. Jesus is a self-aware King. Royal kings “strut” and have bravado. But not Jesus, he was meek and lowly. Jesus shies away from publicity, he sought to avoid the lime light. Jesus acted and moved in certain ways, that he knew would enact a response.

3. Jesus is a compassionate King. Jesus wept over Jerusalem. When was the last time you saw a King weep? He opened blind eyes, he healed the sick. What more compassion could he have shown than to die such a horrible death for us? He willingly died in our place so that we do not have to face the wrath of God. He was the suffering servant. In reality he was the spotless lamb of God, but he died for us.

4. Jesus is a righteous King. Jesus tells us what we need to hear, rather than what we want to hear. He warns us of judgment; he warns us of an eternal hell. He does not sugar coat it. See Matt 24 and 25. He tells us that we can not face eternity without him.

Nehemiah – start date 4.8.2016

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1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,
2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,
5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:
6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.
7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.
8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations:
9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.
10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
11 O LORD, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. I was the King’s cupbearer.

A. vv. 1-4 The preoccupation of Nehemiah. He found out that the need in Jerusalem as great. He had a preoccupation with getting those walls rebuilt.
• What walls do we have that need to be rebuilt?
B. The prayer of Nehemiah
• For Nehemiah, prayer was a vital, daily occurrence. Nehemiah recognized God for who He is. Vv 6, Nehemiah prayed a prayer of repentance. He had never even been to Jerusalem, but he was praying for what the Jews had done. We are all the people of God, so he prays in “plural” (we….). Nehemiah was not personally involved, but since he was a Jew, he prayed for the Jews. Sin never affects us individually. Your sins will impact your family, your church, your community. That is why Nehemiah prayed with “We”.
C. V 10. He reminded God of His redemption
D. V 11. His request. As a “cupbearer” he was on the “inside”. He got to see the king daily, he had the king’s ear.

Nehemiah 2:11-20

Successful Service

Rev Mark Dooley

2.14.2016 (Valentines Day)

11 I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days 12 I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.

13 By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. 14 Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through; 15 so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate. 16 The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work.

17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us.”What is this you are doing?” they asked. “Are you rebelling against the king?”

20 I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to

The Jews had been taken into captivity by Babylon.

Now, Nehemiah has returned, and he is now the Builder of the Wall in Jerusalem.

1. Nehemiah’s EARNESTNESS. (Vv. 11-12). He didn’t even tell any one what he was doing. Sometimes we are put in the spotlight, but if that happens, we should never “want to be” recognized. Our goal is to serve God no matter what the cost. Be content in any situation. Serve God no matter what. Nehemiah did not seek glory, he wanted to serve God no matter what. Nehemiah prayed to figure out what God wanted him to do. 12 times in 13 chapters we find Nehemiah praying. Never serve God in an effort to gain glory.
2. Nehemiah’s EVALUATION. (Vv. 13-16). Nehemiah wanted to see things through his own eyes. He set out at night to look and see what the walls looked like.
3. Nehemiah’s EAGERNESS. (Vv 17-18). Nehemiah was not willing to settle for anything less than God’s best. He does not offer any awards or anything. Serving God should be reward enough. He is worthy of our service. We should be eager to serve God. We should desire to serve God.
4. Nehemiah’s ENEMIES. (Vv 19-20). We are battling Satan. His desire is to thwart our service.

  • • The tactic of ridicule. V. 19. Ridicule hurts. Ridicule is the weapon of those who have no other weapon.
  • • The tactic of THREAT. V. 19. He says “are you rebelling against the King?” We can’t allow threats to defeat us when we are serving God. The threats will come from “without” as well as “within”. 1 John 4:4. God who is within us is greater than the one who is in this world. The God of Heaven will give us success.

CHAPTER 4. 1. When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, 2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?”

3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!”

4 Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. 5 Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders.

6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

7 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. 8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. 9 But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.

10 Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”

11 Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”

12 Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.”

13 Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. 14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

15 When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.

16 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah 17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.

19 Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”

21 So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out. 22 At that time I also said to the people, “Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and as workers by day.” 23 Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.

The Enemy of Repair

Rev Mark Dooley

Nehemiah Is not only about repairing the ruins, is also about repairing our lives.

1. The enemy without. Verses 1-9
– Ridicule. Verses 1-6. The people who serve God will often face ridicule. A tool of the enemy.
– Threats. Verses 7-9. Nehemiah faced enemies in every direction, north, south, east, west. Nehemiah is not praying for himself, he is praying for the Glory of God.
2. The enemy within:
– Discouragement. Verse 10.
– Fear. Verses 11-13. Fear is a tool of the enemy. Whatever you fear today, give it over to Jesus.
3. Overcoming the Enemy. Verses 14 to 23.
– Encouragement. Verse 14
– Endurance. Verses 15-18.
– Teamwork. Verses 19 to 20. Our God will fight for us.
– Sacrifice. Verses 21 to 23. They worked hard and long. Workers at day, guards at night.

Psalms – start date 4.8.2016

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Chapters: | 1 | 2 | 3| 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 |9 | |10 | |11 |16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 29 | | 30 | | 31 | | 51 | 63 |84 | 95 |

Chapter 1

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Blessed–literally, “oh, the happiness”–an exclamation of strong emotion, as if resulting from reflecting on the subject. The use of the plural may denote fulness and variety

Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

law–all of God’s word then written, especially the books of Moses

meditate – to moan, growl, utter, speak, muse. See Isaiah 31:4…. the lioness is growling over her prey, she is declaring it hers, it belongs to her. Meditating on God’s word is the same, it is yours, it belongs to you.

Isaiah 31:4 For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.

Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Jer 17:8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

shall prosper–literally, “make prosper,” brings to perfection.

Psa 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

like the chaff–which, by Eastern modes of winnowing against the wind, was utterly blown away.

Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Psa 1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

stand in the judgment–be acquitted. They shall be driven from among the good. They will be present for the judgment, but they will not be able to endure it. They will not stand, but kneel.

Mat 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. Mat 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Psa 1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

knoweth the way–attends to and provides for them

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Hosea 13:5 I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

way of the wicked–All their plans will end in disappointment and ruin

Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Summary of Chapter 1. There are two paths in life you can take. One path leads to life, the other path leads to death.

Deu 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: Deu 30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.


















Chapter 19

The Law of the Lord Is Perfect

Psa 19:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Psa 19:2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
Psa 19:3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Psa 19:4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Psa 19:5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
Psa 19:6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

    God speaks through his creation! There are some things that we can learn about God through his creation.

  • He exists. The heavens declare the glory of God.
  • We learn about God through General Revelation, available to everyone. You don’t need scripture to know that God exists.
  • All of creation tells us that God is a designer. He designed everything for a purpose. Man needs oxygen, so God created plants to give us oxygen. Think about the physics involved on this earth spinning around like a globe on an axis!
  • God’s stamp, his signature is on everything. He is a God of order, power, laws, omnipotence,
  • God is a caring God, God is a loving God, just look at nature.
  • It doesn’t matter if you believe it or not, God’s glory is happening every day. The heavens declare the glory of God every day.
  • It doesn’t matter what your IQ is, it doesn’t matter what language you speak.
  • See Romans Chapter One!

Psa 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
Psa 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
Psa 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psa 19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Psa 19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
Psa 19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Psa 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

    God speaks through His Word.

  • The “law” (the Old Testament); the statutes.
  • They are telling us God’s truths.
  • God’s GRACE is revealed in His written Word.

Sola Scriptura
Psalms 19:7-11
Rev Mark Dooley, Leonardtown Baptist Church

Psa 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; 8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

  1. The world around us reveals God to us. Verses 1 to 6.
  2. Romans 1:19-20 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

  3. The witness within us reveals God to us. Verses 12-14
  4. The Word before us reveals God to us. Verses 7-11





The Lord Is My Shepherd

Note: Notice in Psalms, it is assumed that you believe in God. He is very close, very intimate. In Psalms, the people who do not believe in God are called “fools” (see Psalm Chapter 14).

Psa 23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

This is the summary for the entire 23rd psalm. God is our shepherd, and we will not want or lack anything. This does not mean you will get everything you want, it means you will receive everything you need. When you are going through trails or distress, sometimes you will just get manna, so don’t complain. You need to have an “attitude of gratitude” (Barb Darden catch phrase). God decides what you need, not us.

Sheep/Shepherd is a huge metaphor throughout the bible. It is important for you to understand this relationship or you cannot fully understand the full context of the writers meaning.

John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Matt 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

Luke 15:3-6 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

Matt 25:31-33 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Matt 26:31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.

Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

We will not lack rest. We will not lack restoration. In Hebrew, it is important here to understand the emphasis of rest, yes he is leading you, which is good, but the emphasis is rest. The purpose of rest is restoration, to be fully recharged. Then, to go back out into the world.

Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

We will not lack guidance. He will never steer you wrong. He will put you on the narrow path, the right path.

Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

We will not lack protection. This also translates in the Hebrew to “deep shadows, deep valleys”…so as you have ups and downs in your life, he will lead you.

Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

We will not lack abundance.

Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

We will not lack hope. “Surely” also translates to ONLY.

Chapter 33

The Steadfast Love of the Lord

Psa 33:1 Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.

befits = literally means to be at home.

Psa 33:2 Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
Psa 33:3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

skillfully = We should not give to God anything less than our very best.

Psa 33:4 For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.
Psa 33:5 He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
Psa 33:6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
Psa 33:7 He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses.
Psa 33:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
Psa 33:9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.
Psa 33:10 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
Psa 33:11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.
Psa 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
Psa 33:13 The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man;
Psa 33:14 from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth,
Psa 33:15 he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds.
Psa 33:16 The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
Psa 33:17 The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.
Psa 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,
Psa 33:19 that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.

that he may deliver = salvation. The death of Christ on the cross accomplished our salvation!

Psa 33:20 Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
Psa 33:21 For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
Psa 33:22 Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

The Power of Praise in the Believer’s Life

Psalm 33:1-22

Rev. Mark Dooley

1. The right to praise (verse 1).

2. The rigors of praise (verses 2-5)

3. The reasons for praise (verses 6-19)

  • (a) God’s creation which exhibits His power (verses 6-9)
  • (b) God’s control which exhibits His providence (verses 10-11)
  • (c) God’s care which exhibits His plan (verses 12-19)

4. The results of praise (verses 20-22)


Psalm 46:1-11

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. 6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord , how he has brought desolations on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

• Vv1-3. Gross calamity surrounds us.
• Calamity happens to all of us. They are a reality of life. How do you respond to them? We can not handle them on our own.
• When you face calamity the only place to run is to Jesus.
• Whatever your refuge is, if it is not Jesus, it WILL FAIL you.
• Psalm 142:5; John 16:33
• Vv 4-7. God’s comfort strengthens us.
• God will help us.
• God will give you victory and will strengthen us.
• Vv8-11. God’s calling sustains us.
• Matthew 14. A terrible storms at sea. Out of nowhere Jesus appears, in the midst of them. Jesus walks on the water.
• God is an EVER PRESENT help in time of trouble.
• Peter started to take his eyes off of Jesus and Peter started to sink.
• The wind and waves will come in our lives. We need to keep our eyes ON HIM.

Chapter 51

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

Psa 51:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Psa 51:2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

Notice that David says “MINE” iniquity. David is admitting, it is HIS since, no one else. No excuses, it’s his.

Psa 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Psa 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Original sin. From the days of Adam and Eve in the garden.

Psa 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

David admits that he knows the Commandments. He knows that God has taught him right and wrong.

Psa 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

David wants more than just forgiveness. He wants to be changed. He wants to put away the old, and enjoy the new. He is struggling, he is passionate.

Psa 51:8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Psa 51:9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Psa 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

David is looking for a new heart, a heart that will not do wrong, will not sin. He doesn’t want to sin. He is pleading.

Psa 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Psa 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Psa 51:13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Evangelism in the Psalms. David wants to evangelize. He is not content being happy alone, he wants to help others. David is an adulterer, a murder, a liar, but he wants to evangelize. If you feel that you cannot evangelize, that is of the devil. Do not wait until you are perfect, because you will never be perfect, go ahead and evangelize.

Psa 51:14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
Psa 51:15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

When you have joy, praise is what comes out of your mouth. As God removes those obstacles from you, joy is what naturally comes out.

Psa 51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

David is recognizing that God has pleasure with a broken spirit and a contrite heart.

Psa 51:18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Psa 51:19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

We should LIVE in Psalm 51, because we sin daily.


Rev. Allen Acker, 08.12.2012

Psalms 51:1-12. 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!

3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

2 truths in this psalm
1. Our sin is worse than we thought.
2. God’s Mercy is greater than we can imagine.

• Vv1-2. Mercy is needed.
• Transgression – David understood his transgression
• Iniquity –
• Sin – fell short
• Vv 3-6. Confession is offered.
• He acknowledges his sins. He admits his sin against the Lord. God defines sin, but we only sin against God. Since God defines sin, it is only against him that we sin.
• Vv 7-9. Cleansing requested.
• We must be washed in the blood ofChrist
• Vv 10:13 Renewal Desired
• David desires renewal AND he wants to help others from what he has learned.
• He now can worship rightly. We workshop God because He has already paid the price of our sin with His blood. David had previously worshipped himself by putting himself before God
• Vv 14-17 Worship Given
• Vv 18-19 Blessing Conferred





Chapter 63

My Soul Thirsts for You

Psa 63:1 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Psa 63:2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Psa 63:3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Psa 63:4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
Psa 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
Psa 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Psa 63:7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
Psa 63:8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
Psa 63:9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
Psa 63:10 They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
Psa 63:11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

“Seeking God in Worship”
Rev Mark Dooley
Leonardtown Baptist Church

1. A definition of seeking.
Psa 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. Psa 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

Man in his natural state doesn’t seek God. But when you come to Christ, then you will seek God.

2. Who we seek.
thou art my God.

3. When we seek.
Psa 143:8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Psa 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

Psa 59:16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

Corporate worship would be a par of our lives. We should seek God when we are alone, daily.

4. Why we seek Him

a. So we can view His glory. Verse 2.
b. To experience His love. Verse 3.
c. To exalt his name. Verse 4.
d. To delight in his abundance. Verse 5.
e. To grasp his Word. Verse 6.
f. T receive his aide. Verse 7.
G So we might know is presence. Verse 8.

John 10:28-30 Joh 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.

Psalm 73

When Life Conflicts With Truth

Psalm 73:1-28
Rev Mark Dooley

1 Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. 3 For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek. 5 They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind. 6 Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment. 7 Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies. 8 They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression. 9 They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth. 10 Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them. 11 And they say, “How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?” 12 Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. 13 All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. 14 For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. 15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

16 But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, 17 until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.

18 Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. 19 How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! 20 Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms. 21 When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, 22 I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.

23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. 24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you. 28 But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.

• V 1. Depending upon God’s promise.
• Vv 2-14. Doubting God’s Plan. Though he doubted, he did not disobey. He continued to trust and obey. We will all have doubts. But though we will all have doubts we still trust in God.
• Vv 15-26. DrawingNear to God’s Presence. True worship puts things in to true perspective. He is all we need. Jesus is all that we truly need.
• Vv27 -28. Declaring God’s Praise.

Chapter 84

My Soul Longs for the Courts of the Lord

Psa 84:1 To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!

The ancient Jews believed God dwelt there, in the temple. The temple was the place where they went to meet God. In the Old Testament, God didn’t dwell with the people full time. He met them in the temple.

1Ki 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

Exodus 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

However TODAY, God dwells within us. His Spirit is within us, in our hearts.

1 Cor 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

1 Cor 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Gittith = harp

amiable = loved

Korah = Korahites were gatekeepers. Korah was the great grandson of Levi. Singers of praise. Stands outside all day, creating people as they came in. Think about a modern day bell hop.

LORD = notice the CAPITOL letters of LORD. This refers to Jehovah. Self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: – Jehovah, the Lord.

Psa 84:2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

longeth = kâsaph (kaw-saf’) A primitive root; properly to become pale, that is, (by implication) to pine after; also to fear: – [have] desire, be greedy, long, sore.

courts = châtsêr (khaw-tsare’) From H2690 in its original sense; a yard (as inclosed by a fence); also a hamlet (as similarly surrounded with walls): – court, tower, village.

heart = lêb (labe) The heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything

crieth = rânan (raw-nan’) A primitive root; properly to creak (or emit a stridulous sound), that is, to shout (usually for joy): – aloud for joy, cry out, be joyful, (greatly, make to) rejoice, (cause to) shout (for joy), (cause to) sing (aloud, for joy, out), triumph.

God = ‘êl (ale) strength; as adjective mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity): – God (god), X goodly, X great, idol, might (-y one), power, strong. Compare names in “-el.”

Psa 84:3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.

hosts = tsâbâ’ tsebâ’âh (tsaw-baw’, tseb-aw-aw’) a mass of persons (or figurative things), especially regularly organized for war (an army); by implication a campaign, literally or figuratively (specifically hardship, worship): – appointed time, (+) army, (+) battle, company, host, service, soldiers, waiting upon, war (-fare).

God = ‘ĕlôhı̂ym (el-o-heem’) gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative: – angels, X exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty.

Psa 84:4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
Psa 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
Psa 84:6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

Baca = valley of tears

Here the author is saying that as he worships the Lord, he can even be happy in the valley of tears.

Psa 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

Zion = a mountain of Jerusalem

Psa 84:8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

prayer = intercession, supplication; by implication a hymn

Psa 84:9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

shield = (that is, the small one or buckler); figuratively a protector; also the scaly hide of the crocodile

anointed = mâshı̂yach maw-shee’-akh STRONGS From H4886; anointed; usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint); specifically the Messiah

Psa 84:10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Psa 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Psa 84:12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

Chapter 95

Let Us Sing Songs of Praise

Psa 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

LORD: notice, all CAPS. yehôvâh yeh-ho-vaw’ From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: – Jehovah, the Lord.

noise: figuratively to split the ears (with sound), that is, shout (for alarm or joy): – blow an alarm, cry (alarm, aloud, out), destroy, make a joyful noise, smart, shout (for joy), sound an alarm, triumph.

salvation: From H3467; liberty, deliverance, prosperity: – safety, salvation, saving.

Psa 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

psalms: a song to be accompanied with instrumental music: – singing, song.

Psa 95:3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

God: ‘êl ale Shortened from H352; strength; as adjective mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity): – God (god), X goodly, X great, idol, might (-y one), power, strong.

For Yahweh is a great God. The object is to exalt Jehovah, the true God, as distinguished from all who were worshipped as gods. The first idea is that he is “great;” that he is exalted over all the universe; that he rules over all, and that he is to be worshipped as such.

Psa 95:4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.

In his hand – In his power, or under his control as his own. That is, he so possesses all things that they can be claimed by no other. His right over them is absolute and entire.

deep places – means the interior, the inmost depth

The strength of the hills is his also – “The heights of the hills are his.” The word rendered “strength” – תועפות tô‛âphôth – means properly swiftness or speed in running; then, weariness, wearisome labor; and hence, wealth obtained by labor; “treasures.” Here the expression means “treasures of the mountains;” that is, treasures obtained out of the mountains, the precious metals, etc.

Psa 95:5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

The sea is his – Margin, as in Hebrew, “Whose the sea is.” That is, The sea belongs to him, with all which it contains.

And he made it – It is his, “because” he made it. The creation of anything gives the highest possible right over it.

And his hands formed the dry land – He has a claim, therefore, that it should be recognized as his, and that all who dwell upon it, and derive their support from it, should acknowledge him as its great Owner and Lord.

Psa 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

ALBERT BARNES: Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker – The usual attitude of prayer in the Scriptures. See the notes at Dan 6:10; compare 2Ch 6:13; Luk 22:41; Act 7:60; Act 9:40; Act 20:36; Act 21:5. All the expressions here employed denote a posture of profound reverence in worship, and the passage is a standing rebuke of all irreverent postures in prayer; of such habits as often prevail in public worship where no change of posture is made in prayer, and where a congregation irreverently sit in the act of professedly worshipping God. People show to their fellowmen the respect indicated by rising up before them: much more should they show respect to God – respect in a posture which will indicate profound reverence, and a deep sense of his presence and majesty. Reverently kneeling or standing “will” indicate this; sitting does not indicate it.

Psa 95:7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
Psa 95:8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

As in the provocation … – “contention.” The original is “Meribah.” See Exo 17:7, where the original words Meribah, rendered here “provocation,” and “Massah,” rendered here “temptation,” are retained in the translation.

Psa 95:9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
Psa 95:10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:

ALBERT BARNES. Forty years long – All the time that they were in the wilderness. During this long period their conduct was such as to try my patience and forbearance.

Was I grieved – The word used here – קוט qûṭ – means properly to loathe, to nauseate, to be disgusted with. It is translated “loathe” in Eze 6:9; Eze 20:43; Eze 36:31; and grieved in Psa 119:158; Psa 139:21. It is here expressive of the strong abhorrence which God had of their conduct. Compare Rev 3:16.

With this generation – With the entire generation that came out of Egypt. They were all cut off in the wilderness, except Caleb and Joshua.

And said, It is a people – It is a characteristic of the entire people, that they are disposed to wander from God.

That do err in their heart – In the Epistle to the Hebrews Heb 3:10 where this is quoted, it is, “They do always err in their heart.” The sense is substantially the same. See the notes at that place.

Psa 95:11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

ALBERT BARNES: That they should not enter into my rest – as in Hebrew, “If they enter into my rest.” The “rest” here referred to was the land of Canaan. They were not permitted to enter there as a place of “rest” after their long and weary wanderings, but died in the wilderness. The meaning is not that none of them were saved (for we must hope that very many of them were brought to the heavenly Canaan), but that they did not come to the promised land. Unbelief shut them out; and this fact is properly made use of here, and in Heb. 3, as furnishing a solemn warning to all not to be unbelieving and rebellious, since the consequence of unbelief and rebellion must be to exclude us from the kingdom of heaven, the true place of “rest.”

Psalm 118

His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

Psa 118:1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
Psa 118:2 Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Psa 118:3 Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Psa 118:4 Let those who fear the LORD say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Psa 118:5 Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free.
Psa 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Psa 118:7 The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

As believers we should engage iin the practice of gratitude. We should daily give thanks for what He has blessed us with.

Psa 107:1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psa 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
Psa 107:3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
Psa 107:4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
Psa 107:5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
Psa 107:6 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.

Psa 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.
Psa 118:9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.

We have the privilege of gratitude. That is manifest in His protection, His presence, and His provision. God’s hands are bigger than ours, and He can provide for us much more than we could provide ourselves.

Psa 118:10 All nations surrounded me; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
Psa 118:11 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
Psa 118:12 They surrounded me like bees; they went out like a fire among thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
Psa 118:13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the LORD helped me.
Psa 118:14 The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
Psa 118:15 Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the LORD does valiantly,
Psa 118:16 the right hand of the LORD exalts, the right hand of the LORD does valiantly!”
Psa 118:17 I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.
Psa 118:18 The LORD has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death.
Psa 118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.
Psa 118:20 This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.

Jesus is our righteousness. As believers, we should find joy at the pinnacle of gratitude. We bring only sin to the table, but Jesus brings righteousness. But then, Jesus takes our sins from us, and puts the sins upon himself. By doing this, we are made righteous, because of what he has done for us. Do we display a grateful heart? Do we give thanks to the Lord, whose love endures forever?

Psa 118:21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
Psa 118:22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

This scripture of course is talking about Jesus. The builders, being the Jews, rejected Jesus as the coming Messiah. But now, Jesus is the cornerstone of which our salvation is made. Jesus, the Lord God almighty.

Psa 118:23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
Psa 118:24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psa 118:25 Save us, we pray, O LORD! O LORD, we pray, give us success!
Psa 118:26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.
Psa 118:27 The LORD is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar!
Psa 118:28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.
Psa 118:29 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 126

Restore Our Fortunes, O Lord

Psa 126:1 A Song of Ascents. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
Psa 126:2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”
Psa 126:3 The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.
Psa 126:4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negeb!
Psa 126:5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!
Psa 126:6 He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

Sermon on Psalm 126:1-6

Our Troubles Are Not Permanent

Rev. Mark Dooley

Leonardtown, Baptist Church


  • 1. Delight in deliverence (vv. 1-3)

    • Verse 3: Only the Lord can deliver us. The Lord HAS DONE great things for us. When life isn’t going well, just stop and think, the Lord has delivered us. This fact alone should give us great joy.

    2. Persist in prayer (v.4)

    3. Be steadfast in service (vv. 5-6)

    • When we are in Christ, we can be steadfast.


    Better Days Are Coming

    Psalms 126:1-6
    Rev Mark Dooley 08.26.2012

    1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3 The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.

    4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord , like streams in the Negeb! 5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! 6 He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

    Vv. 1-3. Deliverance.
    • After 70 years of discipline, God restored the Jews.
    • Colossians 1:20. Have you been set free from your sins through the blood of Jesus Christ?
    • Deut 10:21; Job 5:8-9; 1Sam 12:21; the greatness of God
    • Luke 1:49;

    V4 Temperance
    • Rejoicing was tempered by the fact that all of the Jews had not returned with them.
    • Ezra 9:8
    • Some Jews stayed in captivity because it was easier than returning home and rebuilding their homes.

    Vv 5-6 Persistence
    • We must be persistent if we are going to be effective for the Lord JesusChrist
    • We must persist in what God has called us to do.
    • Don’t give up. God will deliver.

    Psalm 136

    Chapter 1

    His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

    Psa 136:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:21 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    His Love Endures Forever

    Psalm 136: 1-26

    Rev. Mark Dooley, Leonardtown Baptist Church

    Thankful for his person, verses 1-3

    Psa 136:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    There is no other God but Yahweh. All other gods are false god. He is the one and the only. The bible never tries to “prove” it, there is no need.

    Thankful for His providence, verses 4-9

    Psa 136:4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    God not only created the church, but he sustains His church every day. This means YOU. The church isn’t a building, it’s YOU. You cannot have a church without people. God accomplishes His will through His people.

    Thankful for his protection, verses 10-22.

    Psa 136:10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:21 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Who do you rely on for your protection? Our government, our police force, can NOT provide us with ultimate protection. But the abundance of violent crime and murder prove that even they can’t always protect us. But if you belong to God, He will keep you until the very end. Although you might face danger on this earth, that is not the end of it. Even after you die, you will be with God forever more.

    Thankful for his provision, verses 23-26.

    Psa 136:23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:
    Psa 136:24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 136:26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    In Jesus we find our ULTIMATE provision. When God frees us from our enemies, we must remember that the last enemy is death. God frees us from our last enemy. Semper Fi, Forever Faithful, is what we should be for God, because He is forever faithful.

    Chapter 105

    Psa 105:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
    Psa 105:2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
    Psa 105:3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
    Psa 105:4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
    Psa 105:5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
    Psa 105:6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.
    Psa 105:7 He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth.
    Psa 105:8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
    Psa 105:9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;
    Psa 105:10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:

    Psa 105:11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:
    Psa 105:12 When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.
    Psa 105:13 When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;
    Psa 105:14 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;
    Psa 105:15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
    Psa 105:16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.
    Psa 105:17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:
    Psa 105:18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:
    Psa 105:19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.
    Psa 105:20 The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.

    Psa 105:21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:
    Psa 105:22 To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.
    Psa 105:23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
    Psa 105:24 And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.
    Psa 105:25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants.
    Psa 105:26 He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.
    Psa 105:27 They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.
    Psa 105:28 He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word.
    Psa 105:29 He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.
    Psa 105:30 Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings.

    Psa 105:31 He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts.
    Psa 105:32 He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.
    Psa 105:33 He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts.
    Psa 105:34 He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number,
    Psa 105:35 And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.
    Psa 105:36 He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.
    Psa 105:37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
    Psa 105:38 Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.
    Psa 105:39 He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.
    Psa 105:40 The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
    Psa 105:41 He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.
    Psa 105:42 For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.
    Psa 105:43 And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:
    Psa 105:44 And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people;
    Psa 105:45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.

    Remembering Deliverance


    Rev. Mark Dooley, Leonardtown Baptist Church

    Psalm 105:-145

    • Remember God’s Gracious election. Verses 1-15
    • Remember God’s wise preparation. Verses 16-25
    • Remember God’s awesome judgments. Verses 26-41
    • Remember God’s dependable promises. Verses 42-45

    Romans – start date 4.8.2016

    Filed under: Old & New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 1:54 pm



    A Letter to the Romans – Gospel Greetings

    Romans 1:1-7
    1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,
    2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
    3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh
    4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
    5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,
    6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
    7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    The letter of the Romans is a representation of the full Gospel. It provides a representation of the entire Scripture. Many consider Romans to be the most important letter ever written.

    How can a converted Pharisee write such a letter? What is it about Romans that has had such a significant influence on the Church? Romans is a pure representation of the Gospel. Romans clearly represents the Good News of Jesus Christ.

    Romans is not a book… it is a letter. Paul wanted to go to Rome, but had not made it yet… in advance of his travel to Rome, he wrote this letter. To address issues in the Church, Paul approached it by clearly laying out the truth of the Gospel:

    Chapters 1-11 – Gospel Explained
    Chapters 12-16 – Gospel Applied

    God uses ordinary Christians to do amazing things.

    Paul is motivated by three things:

    1) A Gospel Centered Calling (v. 1)
    Paul desires a fellowship with the Christians in Rome… Christians he hasn’t even met. He wants to properly introduce himself. He provides his credentials:

    * A servant/slave to Jesus Christ. He does not belong to himself… he belongs to Jesus! He is completely owned by God. He is a devoted servant of Jesus Christ.
    * An apostle. An ambassador to represent Jesus Christ. As a result, Paul’s writings had the full weight of Christ behind them. He had a purpose. He was set apart for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Paul wasn’t set apart for this purpose when Christ transformed him on the road to Damascus.

    Galatians 1:15
    15 But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace,

    Paul knew that he was called to be an apostle before he was born!

    2) A Gospel Saturated Message (v. 2-4).
    Paul provides a summary of the Gospel. He provides the source and substance of the Gospel.
    The source of the Gospel is GOD! This is not Paul’s gospel. It didn’t originate with the apostles. It originated with God Himself! Grace is not limited to the New Testament. It is found throughout Scripture… starting with Genesis 3. Throughout the Old Testament, a promise is made and foreshadowed.
    Since it belongs to God, it is not ours to change! We need to accept the entirety of Scripture. We have no responsibility or authority to change the Gospel. God doesn’t need our creativity. The Gospel stands on its own. The Gospel of God is about Jesus Christ! No Jesus, No Gospel! Note that Paul doesn’t just identify the subject of the Gospel being God’s Son, he further clarifies that God’s Son is Jesus Christ our Lord!

    2 Samuel 7:12-13
    12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
    13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

    Matthew 1:1-17
    1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
    2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
    3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram,
    4 and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon,
    5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse,
    6 and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah,
    7 and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph,
    8 and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah,
    9 and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
    10 and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah,
    11 and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
    12 And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
    13 and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor,
    14 and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud,
    15 and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob,
    16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
    17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

    Paul is saying that Jesus was appointed as Our Lord through his death and resurrection. He went from a lowly servant to The Eternal King! The Eternal Lord must be able to overcome death… JESUS DID!

    Stop trusting in yourself… trust in our eternal Savior! This is the Good News that makes us who we are!

    3) A Gospel Driven Mission (v. 5-7).
    Paul’s mission was clear. To bring about the obedience of Faith… the activity of Faith, responding to the Gospel. The Gospel produces obedience. The Gospel transforms us. A Gospel separate from obedience doesn’t make sense. He does not perform this mission for his own sake… he does it for the sake of the name of Jesus Christ!

    We should be compelled by Paul’s mission and focus. Is our life focused on the mission of sharing the Gospel and strengthening the faith of others? Is Christ the focus of our life (vs. ourselves)? Do we shine His light in everything we do?

    Based on the sermon of Pastor Adam Polk on 10 September 2017.


    Sola Fide – Through Faith Alone

    Romans 4:1-8 and Luke 18:35 – 43

    Rev. Mark Dooley, Leonardtown Baptist Church

    11. 19.2017

    Abraham Justified by Faith

    Romans 4:1 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: 7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; 8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

    Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar

    Luke 18:35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” 42 And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

    • BELIEF – The basis of justification by faith. VV. 1-3
    • Ephesians 2:9 Salvation is “not from works, so that no one can boast.”

      Genesis 15:6 Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness.

    • RIGHTEOUSNESS – The application of justification by faith. VV. 4-5
    • Ephesians 2:8 You are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is God’s gift.

    • FORGIVENESS – The tangible blessings of justification by faith. VV. 6-8
    • Luke 18:38 Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me…….your faith has saved you


    Romans 5:1-11
    Rev. Mark Dooley

    Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

    Looking under God’s Christmas tree, THE CROSS. We find precious gifts under the tree.

      1. JUSTIFICATION: God declaring us righteous in His sight. Just as if I had never sinned. We are justified in his sight. The blood that Jesus shed on the cross justified us. He accepts us on the condition that our faith is on the blood that Jesus shed for us on the cross
      2. PEACE: Peace is through our maker, especially those who trust in our Maker. Do not trust in the peace that the world gives because that is not peace. Our focus should not be on this troubled world, our focus should be on our Maker, Jesus Christ. That will bring true peace.
      3. ACCESS: Access to God by faith in his son Jesus.
      4. HOPE:
      5. TRIUMPH: Paul says he will glory in trouble because it provides a opportunity to trust God, to draw us to God and help us see that God will triumph and bring us through.
      6. DELIVERANCE: We are saved (delivered) from God’s wrath.
      7. RECONCILIATION: We are now reconciled with Christ, brought back to a relationship with Christ. We could never reconcile our debt to God, but Jesus Christ paid our entire debt, for everyone, out of a pure gift of love.






    Romans 9:6-29

    Rev. Mark Dooley, Leonardtown Baptist Church


    Rom 9:6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7 and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 8 This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9 For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad, in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills. 19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory 24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? 25 As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.'” 26 “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.'” 27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, 28 for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay.” 29 And as Isaiah predicted, “If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring, we would have been like Sodom and become like Gomorrah.”

    • You are saved by grace.
    • You are kept by grace.
    • You will die by grace.
    • We contribute nothing, anything we try to contribute to it, we slap grace in the face.
    • If God was fair, we would ALL bust hell wide open.
    • We should be thankful today that God doesn’t act by fairness, but he operates by grace.

    Verse 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

    Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

    What does this mean? This means that God has to be your number one love. You must love the Lord, first and foremost, loving the Lord supremely over all.

    Romans 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

    Praise God that He chooses to love us, to save us. God wants everyone to be saved.

    2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

    1 Timothy 2:4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

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