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Paul in Romans 1:16-17 enthusiastically states his unashamed commitment to the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. You would expect more of the same in verse 18, but instead we get the frightful news of God’s wrath against sin. What is Paul doing? He will take the time in the next few chapters to describe the “disease” of every person, a “disease” that must be recognized before seeking a remedy. The bad news must come before the good news. The biblical order in any gospel presentation is always first the warning of danger and then the way of escape. God’s righteous judgment against sin is pro-claimed before His gracious forgiveness of sin is offered. A person has no reason to want spiritual life unless he realizes he is spiritually dead. The Apostle Paul says, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth… For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:18, 21) We need to take special note, the righteousness of God (Romans 1:17) and the wrath of God (v. 18) are being revealed side by side. God has revealed his righteousness, his truth, and people have rejected it, suppressed it. Therefore, God reveals his wrath to deal with sin. Paul uses the word “suppress” to show the reality of the existence of God in every person’s heart. Down deep in our hearts, we know there is a God, and we know about his eternal power and his divine nature. But the default setting of our heart is to fight against this truth. By our nature, we want to be in charge, we want to make the rules. We want to take what belongs to God and make it ours, namely his glory. We want life to be all about us and not about God. We want to control the narrative, we want to control the truth, so that life can remain all about us. We are seeing this play out as tech giants suppress conservative thought and news making progressives look bad or does not help their agenda. They do this to promote the progressive worldview, spread progressive values, and secure pow-er for progressives, to make sure the narrative remains all about them. We live in a world where truth-telling and disagree-ment are considered threats. We do not live in a free thinking and open society anymore. Okay, enough with my venting. Along with suppressing the truth we know exists, we are ungrateful. Ungrateful? That sounds kind of anticlimactic. They did not give thanks. That is, it? That is the problem? Is ungratefulness the source of all the problems in the world; evil, poverty, and suffer-ing? So, the wrath of God is being revealed because of bad manners? Like a bratty kid who is ungrateful when he receives a gift, but feels entitled to it? Is that what Paul means? No, the ungratefulness Paul speaks of is more in the line of betrayal. Like Benedict Arnold, who was a hero of the American war against the British, but because he felt he never received the recognition he deserved, he switched sides and fought with the British. He committed treason, he betrayed America because he was in it for himself. Verse 21 ends with, “but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” If we follow Paul’s line of thinking, the suppression of truth is evident by ungratefulness, this ungratefulness leads to futile, pointless thinking, and futile thinking leads to darkness. I call this silent betrayal. This silent betrayal leads to all the problems in our lives, all our bad behaviors, all our bad habits and therefore, to all our sins. Are we living a life of gratitude to our God? Are we thankful to God He is both sovereign and merciful and does not give us what we deserve? Let us be people who are grateful for a loving creator God. Grateful people express the truth of Gods existence, which will lead to useful thinking, which will lead to light, which will lead to giving glory and honor to God.

Pastor Bert

Preparation for sunday January 29th

Sermon Series: Romans: The Gospel of God

Title:   Silent Betrayal

Passage:  Romans 1:18-23


Reflection  for Sunday: Read Romans 1:19-23


Application  for Sunday:  Read Roman 1:18-23. Why are “glorifying God” and “giving thanks” such fundamental issues? How can we practice these qualities more faithfully?


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Sunday January 29th

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Leader: Carrie

“Save us, Lord our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord.”

                                                                                                       Psalm 106:47-48

  • deep deep love of jesus

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  •                                                       behold the lamb

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  • worthy worthy

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january 29th, 2023


“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,”     1 Timothy 2:1


 

Call to Worship: Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, 2 covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent. Psalms 104:1-2

 

Pray for our church: We bless You for Your preservation of us during the past night; and we desire to acknowledge again our dependence upon You, and our unfeigned obligations toward You. We thank You for having poured down upon us so many blessings of this life; we thank You for our health and strength; for our food and dress; and for all the comforts and conveniences which we enjoy. But, above all, we praise You for the inestimable privilege of being born in a land of religious light and knowledge. For these, and for all Your various and great mercies, we would render unto You a grateful heart; and we would endeavor to show our gratitude, not with our lips only, but with our lives; by giving up ourselves to Your service, and by walking before You, in holiness and righteousness, all our days on earth. Amen. ~ Henry Thornton

 

Pray for those in local, state, and national offices.

 

Pray for our partners in Spain


Last Saturday a team from the local church in Tres Cantos hosted the "Come and See” encounter for Alpha Course. It was a good turn out and they will meet every Saturday morning for the next 10 weeks. Pray for the key host couple, as well as the whole team as they host and help a good group of their friends and neighbors explore the Christian faith. About 24 people are participating. 


Pray for the Spain Field Leadership team as they travel to visit Puerto Rican IWs, in Salt, Girona on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We have much to discuss and also want to encourage this couple as they wait for their teammates to return from home assignment!


US IW Beth Lund returned this month from home assignment, ready to jump back into her roles at the International Church of Barcelona (ICB). Pray for her as she develops the church´s outreach and evangelism to the LGBTQ community. 


The East of Madrid team has moved into their new location for the ministry center. It is so much better! They will be getting it ready for classes and activities soon among the immigrants they already have a relationship with. Pray for them as they build relationships with a local national Alliance pastor and local church in the same city as well as possibly hosting a fellowship of Persian Christians.


Panta ta Ethne (Matthew 28:19 “all nations”): Kyakala in China

 

Persecuted Church: Kazakhstan