Psalm 96

O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth. (Psalms 96:1-13)

A song based on the Psalm – Sons of Korah; Psalm 96 (Wait):

 

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First Sermon Preached in the Bible

The first recorded sermon ever preached is found in the book of Genesis.  By typical standards, it wasn’t a very long message. It is only forty six words long.  The topic was marriage.  It was delivered by the first man, Adam.

The same message on marriage was repeated thousands of years later by Christ Jesus the Lord, and so we know God has not changed the definition of marriage, nor altered His design.  Adam woke from godly anesthesia after God took a rib from him to create Eve.

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Stewards of the Mysteries of God: The Redemption of the Body

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

(1 Corinthians 15:51).

There were two mysteries Paul addressed in his first epistle to the Corinthians in the above verse: the translation of living saints at the catching away, and the resurrection of the bodies of saints who had already passed away.  In both cases, the redemption of the mortal body takes place.  Paul treated the mystery of the redeemed mortal body again in his epistle to the Romans; adding precious details to explain it further, but today readers would likely never know it if they read either the New American Standard Bible (NASB) or the English Standard Version (ESV).

This is truly a shame.  How are we to be “stewards of the mysteries of God” (1Cor 4:1), and at the same time blindfold ourselves to them?  If this assertion sounds fantastic, check either of the two texts; the NASB or ESV, and match your results with the ones that follow.  Ardent followers of each should like to prove this assertion wrong and retain what they may think to be their supremacy of source scriptura.

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Fruit As the Reciprocity of the Spirit of God In Us

As Paul is opening his epistle to the Roman, he informs that many times he intended to come to them to have some fruit among them.  The word fruit in Romans chapter one, verse thirteen has been interpreted by some to mean money. The view is that Paul often went about collecting and distributing the collections, and that here he is inferring that he would take a collection from the saints in Rome.  The question is this: in the opening of a sixteen chapter epistle, could the Apostle Paul have been expressing a desire to go to Rome, in part, to collect some money from the saints?   The verse in question is this one:

Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. (Romans 1:13)

I believe there are three reasons this fruit Paul refers to is spiritual fruit.  I think the reasoning may be supported by style, context, and preponderance of use.

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