May 1

Today is May Day (AKA Lei Day). While May Day is an ancient, usually pagan celebration going way back to ancient times, in Hawaii it has been celebrated as Lei Day since 1927 and even has its own holiday song. Do you know what the official lei color is for the Big Island?

As we enter this weekend, we’re getting ready to dig deeper into John 6. It’s a long chapter that has one major theme, and that theme is about the requirement of faith and dividing people between those who believe and those who don’t. You see, we’re in a day and age when the word “discrimination” is considered bad (which is odd, because via the process of discriminating what is “good” versus what is “bad”, the same word used in that process has been discriminated against). But, discrimination is good thing, in fact, a great thing! When the law says my 10-year old is too young to get a driver’s license, or my 6-year old is too young to get married, that’s discrimination. When a supermarket (during Coronavirus) says those with facemasks can enter but those without cannot, that’s discrimination. It’s all a matter of context.

Well, Jesus has been in the vetting process for a year now and in chapter 6 He again provides evidence coupled with teaching that supports the fact that He is the God the Messiah. But, the people do not believe. They’ve created God in their own image, and Jesus didn’t look like what they had pictured in their minds. They wanted a God that served their whims, desires, and preferences, not One Who required them to accept Him on His terms. Sounds like a lot of church members, doesn’t it? (and I’m not referencing any one particular church, but across the board)

For centuries upon centuries, a church that was founded on Jesus, His Word, and had sacrificed greatly for His glory, had morphed into something man-oriented, political, and even integrated ideas and practices from the pagan world. The Roman Catholic Church became the result of compromise and fleshly decision-making. What started off well was by the 1500s so corrupt that Luther tried to reform it from within, but its heart was not set on God, and it resisted and fought him. Hence, the beginning of the Reformation.

The Reformation recaptured solid, biblical doctrine. It went back hundreds of years to theologians such as Augustine and studied and retaught their teachings. It emphasized teaching the Bible once again rather than offering meaningless, lightweight, empty sermonettes found in Mass (which for them was mostly liturgical repetition, but nonetheless did nothing to transform hearts and minds for Christ). It emphasized the priesthood of the believer rather than the exalted, Pharisaical priesthood of the Roman church. And it proclaimed Sola Fide: Salvation by Faith Alone!

You and me must work hard to study the Scriptures, to know our doctrine, and to live it out. This is where our faith meets the road and becomes real. Remember, without faith it’s impossible to please God.

Today (or over this weekend), I would like to you listen to this sermon about three areas that affect all believers and undermines and usurps our faith:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yaj7tBY2UGI

  1. Why are we told to pray in the pattern of the Lord’s Prayer (i.e. what is the entity Voddie is talking about here that is opposed to God)? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. How do subtle adjustments affect churches and Christian lives? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. The lost are part of the world and are under the rule of ________________________________________________________
    1. Are Christians (those not under the influence of the world) in the majority or the minority? ___________________________________________________
    2. And why does he say the world and the Devil are so powerful? ___________________________________________________
  3. How do our fleshly, wicked desires play into the hands of Satan and the world? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. But, as Christians, our nature should no longer crave this, but abhor it!
    2. A “Viper in a Diaper” refers to the fact that we are all born ___________________________________________________
    3. Lost people are children of _____________________________, and need the Good ______________________________.
      1. Note: this is the consistent message of Jesus while He walked the earth.
    4. When you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior:
      1. Where is your new citizenship? __________________________
      2. Who is your new ruler? _________________________________
      3. What has replaced being led by the flesh? ___________________________________________________
    5. Voddie says we don’t know how messed up we really are, because we don’t know what we don’t know. What is his remedy? Reading the _________________________________________
      1. We need to be ______________________ by the renewing of our ______________________.

In answer to my question in the first paragraph, the Lei color for Hawaii is Red:

“The Coloring Song”Written by Dave Eden and sung by Greg X. Volz for both E Band (early 70s) and Petra (80s).

 

Red is the color of the blood that flowed

Down the face of someone who loved us so

He’s the perfect man, He’s the Lord’s own son

He’s the lamb of God, He’s the only one

That can give us life, that can make us grow

That can make the love between us flow

 

Blue is the color of a heart so cold

That will not bend when the story’s told

Of the love of God for a sinful race

Of the blood that flowed down Jesus face

That can give us life, that can make us grow

That can keep our hearts from growing cold

 

Gold is the color of the morning sun

that shines so freely on everyone

It’s the sun above that keeps us warm

It’s the Son of Love that calms the storm

That can give us life, that can make us grow

That can turn our mornings into gold

 

Brown is the color of the autumn leaves

When the winter comes to the barren trees

There is birth, there death, there is a plan

And there’s just one God and there’s just one man

That can give us life, that can make us grow

That can make our sins as white as snow

 

That can give us life, that can make us grow

That can turn our mornings into gold

That can give us life that can make us grow

That can keep our hearts from growing cold

That can give us life that can make us grow

That can make the love between us flow