FBC Williams Arizona
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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Scripture Mission

 
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Scripture Mission - Idols (July 31st)
     Idolatry is the worship of false gods and idols, also a term used for the coveting of anything earth bound over God almighty. A serious offense to our God, an offense so looked down upon by our Creator that He made it one of His commandments. His laws strictly forbid not only the worship of engraved images, but also the very act of making anything a god by putting it first, before the One true God.
     Now one might ask, what do you mean “making a god” by putting it first and this is a good question, one that has perplexed our society for generations now. Where once a man had to put his whole faith in God, to just survive another day, we now sit in a technological marvel of a world where everything one needs to survive, is but a push button away. We no longer have to pursue a life of hardship to sustain us, we don’t even have to leave our homes for any real purpose anymore. One could say we live in a futuristic utopian future, a present state of existence that many would have called science fiction come to reality.  In fact, this way of life has become so easy that people find it important to find anything to get upset about.  
     We are in a time where everything is at our fingertips and knowledge is constantly flowing like drops of water in a stream coursing through our very fabric of everyday existence.  We as a society, find ourselves in the continual presence of false gods; they are everywhere, all around us, all the time. We as a society have created such a fantasy world that we inexplicably find ourselves worshipping that which has been created around us, by giving our every waking moment to the new idols which have been built around us. Idols that we fight over, idols that we sell hours of our lives for and idols that we find ourselves wishing for, desiring after, often lying to ourselves and our spouses about, to be able to afford the purchase of said items. They come like a thief in the night and before we know what is happening, they take over.
     Now one could ask what idols and false gods I am referring to, but to name all of them would take up far more space than I have to write. So, in absolute perfect honesty, just look around the room you are sitting in at this moment while you read this article, idols are there with you.  Look into the rooms adjacent to you, idols are there as well; look outside your window they are there too. Are you confused? Let’s just say these false gods and idols can take the form of anything, from the knife in your kitchen, to the car in your driveway, from the computer you are reading this on, to the phone your child is using to watch the latest Tik-Tok clips on.
     In a nutshell we make an idol or a god out of anything we put before our one true God, anything we desire over Him, anything that controls and takes up the most time in our minds and hearts becomes an idol and a god to us. You see as we have become less dependent on our faith due to medicinal and mechanical advancements; we as a people have grown farther out of touch with who really matters in this world.  The more knowledge we obtain about the physics and science of this world the less knowledge we have of the One who created the science and the physics of this place we call home. 
     When we fill ourselves with the things of this life, we push out the God who demands our unbridled attention. We have all done it, we have all put our “religion” on the backburner for Sundays only, but think about this… If you have three hours a night to zone out on TV, three hours a day to catch up on sports, news or Facebook and thirty minutes for dinner with the family, but can’t read more than one scripture verse or devotional daily, then it isn’t so hard to see where our true values lie.  If God cannot have more than few moments a day with us and three hours on Sunday before the sports begin, then we as a society should not question why the God of our fathers and forefathers is angry with us or why we as a society do not feel the connection with our God that we want to have.  
     When we as a nation have become a nation of idolaters, we as Christians have but one choice, to look in the mirror and ask “what do I have that has become a god to me, what do I worship every day that isn’t the one true God?” It is up to you and me to turn away from these false gods and seek everyday to spend every moment we can awake or asleep with our Creator.  I challenge everyone to search your hearts, seek His audience, praise Him, worship Him, love Him like never before, for our God deserves nothing less than everything we have. 
Pastor Jesse Broehm
  
Scripture Mission – “Fear In This Day” (May 29)
·       Proverbs 3:25-26(NASB)- Do not be afraid of sudden fear; Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence; And will keep your foot from being caught.
·       Psalms 27:1(NASB)-The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?
“Fear” a common feeling in this day and age as technology advances ever more abundantly. News organizations seem to be reporting ever worsening ideas and tragedies on what seems to be an hourly basis. Not to mention politics have certainly been getting uglier feeding on people’s fears more and more as the years have progressed. It seems as though everywhere we look, every angle we turn, our society is hell bent on pushing the FEAR agenda, but why? Why are the people of this planet so obsessed with fear and what is the root cause of the fear agenda? We have always been told that since the dawning of man, we have had a sense of fear for the unknown, however, as those of us in the faith know, we were not always fearful. The first signs of the sense of fear did not show itself until,
·       Genesis 3:10(NASB)- He said “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”
The first instance of fear does not show itself until after the fall of man, when sin took over the heart of man. Since that time, we have been a species of fear based on the illogical idea that the unknown or misunderstood should always be feared. However, scripture is truly clear in that the only time for us to fear is,
·       Proverbs 9:10(NASB) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy one is understanding.
We as Christians are to fear only the Lord, however, the Fear that is represented is not the same fear as we would normally feel towards something “scary”. This fear is far from that, it is a fear of complete awe, amazement, respect, and worship for the one who has created us and who we belong completely to. So why then are we as a people so obsessed with fear?
     If we look at the attitude of fear and the repercussions of fear, we can see clearly why our enemy decides to utilize the aspect of fear within us. When fearful a person will do or submit to anyone or anything to lessen that which has been terrifying to us therefore, surrendering our will to someone who claims to be able to protect us from that which we fear. Fear allows Satan to bring about a control over those who submit to it, Because of this the world will constantly bring forth whatever it can to bring about this sense of fear for total control over all afflicted. Throughout all of history every totalitarian overlord from Hitler to Stalin from Mao to Castro, their reigns all have one main character in common. They all used fear to bring about total control over their people allowing evil in its purist form to happen. This is why fear of the unknown truly is a tool of control used by the enemy.
·       Psalms 33:8-9 KJV Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
If everything has been created and spoke into existence by God almighty, then Fear of this world has no place in our hearts as scripture clearly states “Fear of the Lord is essential for all Christians therefore take heart that God is in complete control so we should have no fear but instead have complete faith in our Lord God almighty.” It is imperative to give up our hearts of fear of the world, to give our fear to Christ our Lord and Savior. If instead of concentrating on what is going wrong in the world around us we keep our eyes and our hearts on what is pure and just in our Lord Jesus Christ, then fear will have no place to take root; for when Christ has our complete concentration, then Satan has no room to take a foot hold in our lives. Give God your utmost attention, fear Him alone, give Him complete control, then and only then can we fulfill our calling to worship He who is worthy of all praise. As Christ is our savior and He is God who then can cause us harm for we are His and His alone.
 Pastor Jesse 
 
Scripture Mission (May 5th)
·      Exodus 20:12(KJV) Honor thy father and mother that thy days may be longer upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee
Mothers are such an inspirational figure in any child’s life. The selfless dedication that our mothers dedicate to us is a direct representation of Christ’s undying love and constant dedication to his people.
Just as a child often and continually stumbles and falls our mothers always pick us up, dust us off and reassure us that she loves us and is there for us; that we can make it through the trouble’s no matter how tough the situation we find ourselves in. In the same way Christ is constantly there beside us as we trip and fall constantly sinning, falling short of his example. However, no matter how far we fall He is always there to pick us up; telling us He loves us, He wants the best for us, that He will never let us go and wants to help us get through our troubles if we seek Him.
     I personally have always respected my father. He is a great man in my eyes and if I can be half the man my father was to me for my own children, then I can count myself a good father. But even more, if I treat my wife with the same love and undying passion that I was shown by my father towards my mother, I too may be a good husband. I learned a lot about being a man by my father’s example and I count myself lucky to have had a father like mine. But my mother has and will always be a much different, a special kinship, where my father taught me how to be a man, my mother taught me how to be a compassionate, caring, loving individual. The hours she has spent listening to my problems, not judging but caring about what was important to me, showing love through both verbal reassurance and constant prayer for her wayward son, helped bring me back to the path of Christ.
A family can be a perfect example of how God is. On the one aspect you have the Father, a teacher on how to behave, how to act, he is the law side of God’s will. On the flip side you have the Mother, she embodies His love and dedication for His children, a mother teaches love and compassion and unfailing love.
     When God says to honor your father and mother it is not a suggestion it is a commandment. One that when followed, honors God himself. For He is our Father, our creator. If we as Christians wish to strive to honor and worship God, our first place to start is at home. A father is not greater than a mother, nor is a mother greater than a father; but equal in importance to their children as they are the direct physical representation of God’s perfect design for a family unit. Let us all strive to honor our parents so we may always honor our God and our savior Jesus Christ.
Pastor Jesse 
  
Scripture Mission - (April 16th)
Psalms 139:14(NASB)
  • “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.” 
     Throughout the last month or so I’ve found myself thinking, contemplating, dwelling, and praying continually on this verse. Why Is it always on my mind, is the question I continually keep asking myself? Why even in my most quiet moments does this particular verse keep popping up in my mind? I’ve repeated this exact verse in five different versions, so many times that I don’t even have to think about it anymore. I can quote it in the NIV, NAS, KJV, NLV and the CSB versions, now without hesitation but why? That answer continued to elude me.
     Then one day, I found myself with my little family outside by cataract lake here in Williams, attempting to do some early fishing with my kids. My eldest son was the first to cast his line in, followed by my youngest son, followed by myself and then my wife. With all our fishing lines in the water I sat down under a tall pine tree and just looked around at what was in front of my eyes. I saw my boys playing by the water, my wife sitting in her fishing chair, and my little girl bundled up in everyone’s spare jackets slowly dozing off to sleep. A very beautiful picture indeed! As I sat there for a few moments looking at what is most important to me, I began to hear the frogs croaking in the distance, some ducks quacking close by us and the wind blowing cool air against my face. I closed my eyes and listened and felt the nature around me and then without explanation Psalms 139:14 slipped back into my consciousness again.
     As I opened my eyes it was like a large hand slapped my face hard. WHAM!!! I praise thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, marvelous {stunning} are your works I know this full well. Man, I was in awe!! I’ve memorized this scripture for years. I’ve had it stuck in my head for over a month and couldn’t grasp its true impact. Here I am sitting looking at God’s works, His craftsmanship, His blessings he has given to me and now I am just in awe.
  • I praise Him not just because I myself am fearfully and wonderfully made, but because of His wonderful works and He will be praised by my children and my bride as well.

     Just as the animals know their creator and praise him in everything they do, so how much more shall we praise our Lord? How often are we so caught up in our own lives that we find ourselves just reading His scriptures but not really understanding them? It’s important to study, to look up and memorize scripture; but how often do we sit down and see with our eyes His scriptures come alive before us? Not just words, but living breathing moving scriptures which leaves us with our jaw dropped, our eyes wide open and our minds blown away. God speaks to us constantly through his scriptures, but are we truly listening? I pray we always seek His presence and help understanding while reading His Word, the scriptures we call the Bible.

Action for this week: let’s read John 8:31-32

·       What stands out to you?

·       What do you think is the impact on your life with this very crucial scriptural passage?

Pastor Jesse 
 
Scripture Mission (April 6th)
  • Ephesians 2:8-10 (NASB)
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ for good works, which God prepared beforehand, so that we would walk in them. 
  • John 1:1-3 (NASB)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
  • Salvation is a gift from God, for we can’t do anything with our own hands to obtain it, to earn it. 
     For many, many years I myself struggled with this concept. How many times have we done something that was clearly sinful? Then when we finally seek forgiveness from our Creator, we say something similar to this “Lord forgive me for I have sinned. If you’ll forgive me, I’ll do this or that for you.” Realistically, if we are truly being honest with each other; we never fulfill our promises to God of what we will do for His forgiveness, do we.  Why is this?  Why can’t we keep our promises that we’ve made for forgiveness? It took me a very long and rough time to figure out the truth behind why I fail every time, to fulfill my “promised works” for forgiveness. Ephesians 2:8 is very clear in its language. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works…”  So why can’t we keep our promises for forgiveness?
     Well, if salvation is clearly a gift from God for us and not something that we can do works to obtain, then forgiveness is given freely to all who ask for it from Christ.  Our works cannot give us freedom, they cannot give us salvation, nor forgiveness.  So, by asking for forgiveness, while promising to do works for it, we are bartering for our forgiveness. “I’ll do this if you do that for me.”  Where in scripture does it say we can barter for our forgiveness? Nowhere in scripture does it say we can barter for our salvation or for forgiveness.  This concept is clearly a lie given to us by the devil, to confuse and make everything harder than it is.
     As the overly religious zealots before us, legalism rears its ugly head over and over. The truth is far simpler.  We must seek His forgiveness and He will give it to us for free.  He loves us and only asks us to come to Him with repentance, faith and humbleness in our hearts. Now does that mean we are not to do good works… not at all.  We are always to do His work, not for forgiveness, but because we have been forgiven. Because we are saved, we will desire to do works for Him, as a result of what he has done in us.  It should be our desire to share His love with everyone we come in contact with. Our works cannot save us but can show Christ’s love through us for His glory.
Action for the week:
  • Read Psalms 139:1-16
  • How does this scripture speak to you?  What is something special you can take from these passages?
Contact Pastor Jesse with your comments and questions - Jessebroehm@gmail.com
 
Scripture Mission - (March 24th)
     In this time of trying circumstances may we always keep our eyes on Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. This is our greatest opportunity to spend more time reading our scriptures and conversing with our Lord Jesus Christ, in continual prayer. As I continue to read my Bible and walk in prayer every day, it is always being placed on my heart to seek His will more, as I seek His will the more I personally feel called to empower my young adults, the men and women in this church to seek time with Christ. Let us each take more time every day to dwell in the word of God.
     So, let me challenge you as young Christians to not just read the bible one time a day but multiple times a day. In the Youth Group we have been looking at the books of Acts; let us continue to look at this book. So now here is the challenge: read Acts chapter 2 through chapter 5, read these chapters multiple times and ask yourselves a few questions.
1.       What did the coming of the Holy Spirit cause the believers to do?
2.       What is the promise that Peter told the brethren about repentance?
3.       What were the believers devoting themselves to? What teachings did they desire to learn?
4.       What miracle did Peter and John perform at Beautiful?
5.       What prophesy did Peter speak of?
6.       After Peter and John were arrested, what was forbidden by the counsel of the high priests?
7.       What was Peters and John’s response to their demands?
8.       What happened to Ananias and his wife for lying to God?
9.       Even when persecuted, did the church grow or shrink?  
     Read Acts multiple times, answer the questions, as many times as you read the scriptures see how it speaks to you. Email me your final answers at jessebroehm@gmail.com and I’ll give you some more questions and more verses to look up. Let’s spend this time we have, learning and discussing Gods word. Keep everyone in prayer as I will always keep all of you in my payers.
Pastor Jesse Broehm