Rhyming Sermon Notes: 2022 October (GCNO & BSF)

The following are my rhyming notes from October 2022. They include notes from church and from BSF. I have not edited them after church other than correcting spelling, etc. while typing. You will see some areas with “????”, where I couldn’t rhyme them quickly enough while taking notes and still pay attention to the sermon. The goal is to help me focus while listening, not to have a perfect poem at the end.

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Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday School, 2022-10-02
Chris Pierre
Genesis 49:13-18

Jacob in order talking to sons
Now jumps to nine, Leah’s Zebulun

Zebulun “dwelling”, says where he will dwell
Down at the beach with the ships and the shells.

“Seas” not “sea” at both Galilee and Mediterranean
He’ll have lots of trade and traveling men.

His side to Siden, Aster between.
but Asher never conquered so the prophecy was seen.

Dan won’t be double minded, be like Zehulun focused.
Walk by faith ??????????

Son number nine, Leah’s fifth child.
The son of the Mandrakes, the Son Issachar

Issachar “wages” conceived under hire.
Tradition says a student of the Torah’s desire.

Issachar a strong donkey, Laying between bags or the sheep.
Donkeys are prized, a value to keep

Issachar a worker, between Mounts Tabor and Tilborah
Fertile land to be seen, he lives with hard labor.

At the end of the day our rest is in Christ.
Being found in him now, all the labor is blessed.

Issachar’s sons, understanding the times, ready to fight.
and do what is right.

We can be quick to help, to see others needs.
Carry each other’s burdens, get down in the weeds.

Leah’s sons finished, now move on to the maids.
Dan “the serpent” from Bilhah, for Rachel to aid.

Rachel’s issue was jealousy, from husband divided.
Living for herself, by her plan, “with God sided”.

She says plan from God, though by her way and her plan.
Still left unsatisfied, still wants another man.

Dan included in the blessing, in judgment will sit.
Not a second class son, will judges beget?

Sampson a Danite, strong in the flesh.
Set aside for God’s service, though filled with regret

Dan is a snake, where and what is he doing?
Sampson like Rachel, by the flesh he was doing.

Like a snake in the path, Sampon Philistines struck.
Dan “snakes” and “heals”, a heal biting serpent ????

Dan reflects Satan, a heal biting serpent
Seeing higher goals, through idols do make.

Dan’s territory first stolen from another tribe.
Then a center of idol worship, shrunk away as a tribe.

Not mentioned at the end in Revelation Seven,
But will ultimately be blessed, in the kingdom of heaven.

We wait for salvation, from God’s strength not ours.
Not seeking our plans, but His plans and adore.

Salvation is coming, his reward is with him
Yeshua is here, provide salvation from sin.

Seen by those who were looking, Simon saw and held
Don’t scheme, make your plants, with him we will dwell.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-10-2
Kevin Williamson
Acts 17

How preach the gospel? Culturally fit and water down?
Paul preaches on Mars Hill, culture, truth. ?????

Seven groups to whom Paul preached
In the synagogues the Jews to reach.

Some Jews believe, others reject.
Thessalonica, Berea search the scriptures, God calls his elect.

Different locations, God has prepared
Religious or moralists, with them he all shared.

God fearing Greeks, combine culture and faith.
Jewish diaspora, an influence does make.

Greeks thought Jews interesting, but their ethics respect.
We’ve had the same here Christian influence respect.

Agitators come, set the city to fight.
Rooted in jealousy, attack and accuse, guilt by association, sedition not right.

Teaching the brethren, keep Paul safe and provide.
Then the idolaters and superstitious go stride.

These people are “spiritual” create their own ways
Not knowing the true God, or him to obey.

Teaching the psychologists, out in the market.
Looking for ideas, debate and embark on it.

Debate, self improvement, how handle suffering in life.
Ignore pain or push through it, Epicurean/Stoic. ????????????

Neither wanted resurrection, they want to end pain
Ultimate goal was happiness and gain.

Not seeking excessive pleasure, they knew it brought pain.
Just be happy, and live, and have a small gain.

We hear this today, just be happy, happy place
If you’re happy, I’m happy, as we do through life’s race.

“God wants you to be happy”, the ultimate goal
not thinking of death or what happens to your soul.

The stoics want knowledge to gain it through pain.
The pluralists want new teaching, not just always the same.

Coexist and have peace, we all can agree.
Don’t be too zealous, let everyone be free.

When pluralism enters the church, saying all is okay.
It causes many problems and the church falls away.

Five points of Paul’s message, with introduction start
Paul relates to their interests, he speaks to their heart.

Then he speaks boldly, their ignorance proclaim.
God made the world, all from him by his name.

Not from many God’s or philosophies of men
He points to one God, the conversation to begin.

Acts 7:48 a similar teaching
The most High has all, not needing our reaching.

God made it all, and predestines all men
Our lives and our nations, all are sustained and act through him

God is exalted, only he is holy.
but he lives with the humble and contrite, the lowly

Paul calls them to turn, and to find life in him.
Why does Paul quote their prophets?  ????????????

Knowing literature and poetry can help us relate.
To share the truth of the gospel, and clearly to state.

God is Creator, invisible, unseen.
No idol can replace him, be exchanged to be seen.

The fullness of God can’t be reduced to wood or stone
Judgment is coming, we can be with him or alone.

We don’t want to repeat, we just want to hide
This time of ignorance is over, we need to repent and abide.

God has fixed a day, righteous judgment is coming
He gives proof, resurrection, He is again coming.

The response? Yes! No! Wait. not ready to believe
Mockers and Receivers, preach no matter if they receive.

Bible Study Fellowship – Monday, 2022-10-03
Cary Michalak
2 Kings 15:1-24

Faith has knowledge but also more
following, choosing to live, adore

Faith or Fear, Freedom, Slave
A hard, but simple choice our souls can save

God strengthens those who depend on him (AIM)
King Abijah chose to walk in sin.

What are children learning? What do they believe?
Not only facts and time at church, but a heart that fully can receive.

If God’s not above all else in our lives, our heart’s divided with the world.
Our children will learn to walk away, God’s word won’t be heard.

Call sin for sin, don’t soften blows, call it as it is.
Softening sin can lead to death, ?????????????

Abaju surrounded, called to God in a time of need.
God saved and took the day, ?????????????

Leaders sometimes claim to know the Lord, but the impact is not seen.
Watch their lives and hear their heart, your eyes need to be keen.

After David, kings fell away. Why did God faithfully hold?
He is faithful to his word, his steadfastness makes us bold.

The sacrifice of Jesus, how is it working in your life?
Plans and schemes, how are they working? Trust him with your life?

Someone walking with the Lord, seems to be with him.
Their time with Jesus if not held high, they can fall to sin.

Dependent children: God calls his people to wholeheartedly depend on him.
The Etheopians came to attack and ???????????

When trials come, what do you do? Complain or Joyful live?
Celebrate in trials, through them, God growth does give.

God is with you when you’re pursuing him.
Seek and knock, he’ll open the door, do it time and again.

What is your seeking looking like? Daily pursuing him?
Is your time and effort seeking God, or distracted into sin?

Asa faithful all his life, fell away in the end.
When crisis came he followed the world over God, this is a dead end.

In trials we see our heart. Where does our allegiance lie?
Do we trust in God above, follow until we die?

Sought the counsel of doctors. Replace the hand of God.
Where do I turn to truffles? The world or turn to God?

Faithful Father: God is faithful even when our faith falters.
Lord, this is true, help me believe, my life lay at your alter.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Wednesday, 2022-10-05
Ken Ellis
Psalm 134 (Series: Psalms)

Psalms 134, the last Psalm of Ascent
An exhortation to obey and bless him and not relent.

Pilgrims now all heading home
Discussing the time before God’s throne.

Praise and Glory to God the Lord,
He is the only and always to be adored.

Ephesians recalls some blessings he’s given.
Elected, selected, saved and sealed.

The night shift always on task, alert.
The joyful servants, active, not inert.

God has called us Royal Priests.
Know and serve him, the greatest and least.

Anna, in the temple day and night.
Worship, serve him, have him as her light.

Useless mediations profitless talk
Instead worship, serve him and with him walk.

Christ in the place of our future Glory
Lift up hands and praise, tell his story.

Worship God actively, not passive attendance.
The heart lifted up, with joy and dependance.

All perfect gifts come from God to us,
With his power and love, trust him we must.

Psalm 127 and 128, trust God’s strength and not ours.
Children are a blessing, generations go on for years, days, and hours.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday School, 2022-10-09
Chris Pierre
Genesis 49:19-21

Jacob’s blessing to the next three sons, one verse there for each.
Gad and Asher from Rachel, Naphtali from Leah we’ll reach.

Rachel wanted children, planned in the flesh to do.
Bilhah have a baby, on Rachel’s knees, all came true.

Gad the tested troup, from Leah’s handmaid did give
He will be attacked, east of the Jordan stopped to live.

Living east of Jordan, raided and attacked.
God used this for their good, to repent of the faith they lacked.

They put away their idol’s, turned back to the God they knew.
God relented, gave them strength, gave perseverance, made them new.

The Gadites became warriors, trained for battle, ready to fight.
Captains of the army, David’s mighty men, gave him delight.

If we are true believers, we will be like Gad.
We will be attacked, afflicted, saved by Jesus and be glad.

Whoever’s born of God, overcomes the world.
Our faith, through Jesus Christ, trust in his holy Word.

It is good to be afflicted, cause us to seek refuge.
When we come to Jesus, he never will refuse.

Asher, the blessed bread basket, through Zilpah Leah gained.
Asher means “happy”, for Leah’s happiness was named.

The brothers had gone to Egypt to find food to stay alive.
They’d been kept alive by Joseph, they found when they did survive.

No food can make one angry, rich food to happy make.
Asher would have royal food, give to others to partake.

Asher’s land full of olives, even to this day.
Had no real military, agricultural his land did stay.

Jesus broke the bread, then his body broken.
Through brokenness it came, blessing it was spoken.

Naphtali, the delightful doe, from Rachel’s handmade came.
Naphatali ,means to wrestle, Rachel wanted to win and overcame.

Rachel didn’t see her sin, her selfishness and pride.
Even when Joseph came, she wanted another son at her side.

A doe? A wrestler? A dove will run away.
Naphtali a doe let loose, set free from the fight that day.

Nephtali not a fighter, instead marked by his words.
Beautiful words he used, truth to be heard.

Nephtali, through Barak, wrote of victory in battle.
God will be our shield, with him our faith need not rattle.

Jesus called his disciples from the land of Naphtali.
They brought beautiful words of Life, for all the world to see!

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-10-09
Pastor Mark Rice (Pastor Dean Good is traveling)
Psalm 2

Mandatory evacuation, some stay and some go
Hear the warning, heed or let it go?

Psalm 2 gives a warning, that all the world must hear.
God’s judgement it is coming. Flee to Christ, while he is near.

Psalm 1 introduces the Psalms, Psalm 2 the follow up.
David the king with a little “k”, Jesus the true Kingship.

The peoples reaction to the coming judgment of God.
Why do they rage against him, when he will upon them trod?

Nations and peoples, against the Lord rebel.
Want to overthrow the government of God, not with him to dwell.

The righteous meditate on God’s word, always, day and night.
The nations of the world meditate on overthrowing God by their own might.

The kings and rulers of the the earth stand against God, and his Anointed
They stand together, though they hate each other and are disjointed against God.

“Let us throw off the bonds of God” throw off his rule and hand,
They want to be the Lord, not to listen to God’s command.

Peter and John released from prison, then recall Psalm Two.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, began to speak what’s true.

Speak the word of God with confidence, not worried for our life.
Though the world will be against us, and give us momentary stress. ??????

How does God respond? His sovereignty complete.
He sits on his throne in heaven, he works them at his feet.

God will bring revenge, that’s his job and not ours.
He mocks them and will judge, our job to love and preach at all hours.

He speaks in his anger, the righteous anger against sin and sinners.
They are terrified, hide in caves, not like the winners.

God did declare, at the beginning of the earth
That his king, his Son, would give the world new birth.

Mount Moriah, a simple hill, he will make it glorious.
The king installed by God, all will hear his loud voice.

The Son, anointed, committed to the Father’s will.
Glorify the Father, repeating his word, his ways to fulfill.

The Son, always God, not become God at incarnation.
The ruler with authority, for grace, peace and incarceration.

At the transfiguration, God calls Jesus his chosen one.
He will reign and rule, we’re to listen to his Son.

You shall break them with a rod of iron, a command to him from God.
Through the nations look for victory, Jesus will upon them trod.

Iron smashing clay, shattered into pieces.
We cannot resist God, our power it all ceases.

Revelation 2, to the church in Thyatira.
The Father gave the authority, including the church with him to strive.

Revelation 19, look in verse 11,
The rider on a white horse strike and rule from heaven.

Revelation 19:20, sitting on the thrones.
The martyrs reign with him, while unbelievers groan.

The final battle comes, all the saints surrounded.
Fire comes from heaven, the enemies all are grounded.

Why not judge sin now? The final kingdom brought?
He shows the perfect rule on each, the kingdom we have sought.

The books, they are all opened, judgment finally comes
The rebellion all is finished, and death is all done.

The final call to repentance in Psalm two: ten to twelve
When nations and people repent, with him in wisdom dwell.

Listen to the warning, show insight and repent.
If we will flee to Christ, from judgment he’ll relent.

Serve the Lord with fear, Yahweh the king of kings
This fear it brings true worship, his praise forever sing.

Rejoice in him with trembling, embrace him not revolt.
Kiss the Son in adoration, lest he become angry and judgment hold.

Bible Study Fellowship – Monday, 2022-10-10
Duane Linder
BSF 4: 1 Kings 15:25-18:46

Where there is no vision the people perish, when we go our own way
Disaster comes into our life, just as God did say.

But God pursues, and brings us down, convicting us of sin.
He makes us a new man and lets a new life begin.

Ground a new believer in God’s word, let them teach, convict.
Have one God, there is no other, the cost of sin is strict.

Our only hope is Jesus, only him our sin remove.
Last week we watched two kings, cry to God and watch him move.

“God’s pursuing Love”, “God Himself is mankind’s deepest need.” (AIM)
When we walk away from God, this can pass to our seed.

Sin can continue to spiral, getting worse and worse.
But God can intervene, in these verses through Elijah’s verse.

Pray that God would do whatever it takes, to bring us to our knees.
Be it drought and famine, the hard times can truly set us free.

Hosea 2:14, in the desert, God softly speaks.
In the desert, pleasure gone, can lead our heart to seek.

The sovereignty of God, we’re helpless in ourselves.
Only God can give us life, and bring his children to with him dwell.

God’s ends Elijah, “My god is the Lord” to a people who were in need.
“God provides grace to sinners”, this grace can set us free. (P1)

When we are in the wilderness, walking by faith not by sight.
When he calls, will you listen? And obey and do what’s right?

Have you learned that he’s sufficient, to meet all of your needs?
How does this affect your life and your constant plea?

Elijah asked the widow, for food and for drink.
She responded in faith, and saw God provide, he did not let her sink.

Then her son died anyhow, she Elijah blamed.
By God’s power alone, the boy was brought back, through Elijah he was raised.

Someday our bodies renewed, beyond this life of sin.
Jesus resurrection power, he gives life and hope again.

“God provides resurrection power to believers” We need not fear. (P2)
We need not be afraid, as long as God is near.

Obediah, reverent of Elijah, obeys and tells the king.
Ahab is defiant, but listens to bring the prophets of Baal to the ring.

Elijah vs the priests, True God vs idols
God came on with power.

The people say the Lord is God, slaughter the priests of Baal.
Purge the evil from your mists, of God’s glory tell.

“God provides powerful preaching to bring men to repentance.” (P3)
Our heart is still to sin and comes at a great consequence.

When people descend into sin: chaos, conflict, sin.
Our hope is not in the world, but for God his work to begin.

People need to hear the gospel, to solve our biggest need.
Go into the world proclaiming him in word and deed.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Wednesday, 2022-10-12
Jonathan Underhill
Psalm 136 (Series: Psalms)

Psalm 136 a call to praise, his loving kindness is everlasting.
Who God is. What God’s done. These bring praise and singing.

Creation, Redemption, The works God’s done
Now look at who he is, Holy one.

Who is God? A covenant God, his promises he keeps.
The God above all other God’s higher by bounds and leaps.

He who created everything, every knee will bow
Some try to avoid this inevitable truth, but truth will not allow.

Only God can carry out great wonders on the earth.
Creation and Redemption, Create and give new birth

The small wonders of the Egyptians, were small and faced defeat.
The majesty of God’s wonders, no one else can beat.

The universe, clockwork moon, point to the great Creator
The lights above, show times and seasons, and do so with great order.

God destroys the enemies, great kings of the people.
Out of Egypt, into to the land, build his house and steeple.

The natives were giants, the people afraid, defeat them they cannot
God worked his plan, by his great power, divided the land by lot.

We so often forget what God has done, begin to live in fear.
We used to depend on his plan and work, knowing he is near.

The people were in bondage, needing a rescuer.
They from Egypt, all from sin, Jesus is the doer.

The people didn’t leave Egypt and then wanted to return.
God needed to grab them, then help them to learn.

God leads us by still water, through the shadow of death.
He saves us from ourselves, and gives us life and breath.

The people, they were useless, a small and feeble band.
Our master gives us everything, all creation at his command.

Those who think that they have power, miss the power of the truth.
We need to come to him in meekness, trusting him to doeth.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday School, 2022-10-16
Chris Pierre
Genesis ???

Joseph the most blessed brother, Rachel’s oldest son
She tried to do it her way, but fulfillment was not won.

Now the focus is not on Rachel or her sister, but on God’s provision.
Joseph “Jehovah has added”, not her plans or husband’s vision.

Joseph is a fruitful branch, producing fruit for others.
Fruitful in Egypt even before the famine, to save his brothers.

God sent Joseph and delivered, God worked out his plan.
A fruitful plant by a spring, God grew up the man.

God alone can do it, not by our plan or strength
Psalm one reminds us a man in God’s word will be a tree with life.

Joseph’s procurability, growing big and fast
Overgrew the wall, spread to others to help them last.

We can take the gospel, the grace that we’ve received
and overflow to the nations, to those who are deceived.

Joseph new a fruitful branch, before was a firm bow
Provoked by the bow of others, attacked wouldn’t let him go.

That archers provoked him, showed bitterness ??????
The next time we see “bitterness” they’re slaves in Egypt ??????

The archers shot at him, desiring to kill
The archers hostile to him, to hate, to them to hurt a thrill

Jacob says “the others” but Joseph’s brothers, they all knew
They were the archers, and other archers then came too.

Joseph’s bow persisted, he never shot back or hid
He endured in faith, not attacking those who did.

Joseph held fast to God’s promises and word
with Potiphar and prison remembered what he’d heard

Joseph held fast to God, giving glory to him.
Even when he had power, didn’t shoot back and sin.

We may be deeply wounded, can be angry want revenge
We may withdraw or go attack, We need to trust God to avenge

Why does God allow these bad things to come into your life?
We may not understand, but he gives faith in the strife.

The bow provided by the bow of God
God was with him in the struggles, protect and comfort with his rod.

Moving through the darkest valley, God does with us go.
We have a destination, we’ll go through, God’s strength we will know.

A full blessing, a sacred blessing, from God alone they come
A surrounding blessing, God’s everywhere, all knowing, from him they come.

Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ.
A special blessing, double inheritance, Ephraim/Mennassah fruitful tribes.

The same God who was with Joseph, to bless, protect, receive.
That same God is with us, he’ll never from us leave.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-10-16
Pastor Dean Good
1 Peter 4:7-11

The atoning work of Christ, covering our sin.
now Christ works for us to grow beyond where we begin.

Follow Christ in suffering, he died the just for the unjust.
Therefore since Christ has suffered, we too will suffer, we must.

1 Peter 4:7-11, follow Christ in sobriety, in light of eternity.
Love one another, serve by God’s strength, his glory to see.

Where love of God is true, service will out flow.
Christ, full of perfect love, sacrificial service he did know.

Christ is a servant, from beginning to end
As followers of Christ, we love and service rend.

Service reflected in his title, Incarnation, too.
in His stated purpose, example on earth to me and you.

Reflected in his ministry in heaven
and his future ministry in his return.

Finally reflected in his call to you and me
Christ, God’s servant, came to set us free.

Christ, servant in his title, called by the Father’s will
to serve and save and bring forth light, to bring life, not to kill.

“My servant will prosper, he’ll be high and lifted up.”
The iniquities all land on him, Christ, the servant, drank the cup.

Servant in his incarnation, poured out himself to death.
Philippians Chapter Two, act not for conceit or for self

Christ emptied himself. What does this mean?
He was still God, humbled himself, in humility seen.

He took the form of a slave, though he would be king.
When he came as a baby, humbly as a man, to death he would fling.

The very Word of God, served to be a slave and die.
His stated purpose to serve, give himself and die.

He gave his life for you, that you might know the God of truth.
Through his time on Earth we see his example from his youth.

Christ did not one moment, for himself, to live.
Teaching, preaching, healing, his life was lived to give.

When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion served.
We often see him tired, but he pushed through and persevered.

Many work hard for money, serving for their self
Christ worked to give and serve, giving of himself.

My food is to do the will of him who sent
He also served his disciples, his efforts to them rent.

Jesus washed their feet, the work of the lowest slave.
We’re washed in the blood of Christ, daily sanctified to save.

You do to each other, as I have done to you.
Jesus’ present ministry in heaven, still praying and serving me and you.

Jesus at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us.
His future ministry, return in glory, he is the king and judge.

Blessed are the slaves, ready for his return.
He will serve them in his glory, his people he will not spurn.

He called his disciples to service, to love each man as his brother.
We are not here to be great men, to lord it over others.

The temptation leaders have, to Lord it over the flock
A true leader shall be the servant, a slave, standing on the rock.

Not for recognition, money, applause or power live
We are to sacrificially serve, our very lives to give.

1 Peter 4:10-11 use the given gifts to give.
For his glory and dominion, for him alone to live.

Bible Study Fellowship – Monday, 2022-10-17
Jim Miller
1 Kings 19–21

Elijah a letter from Jezebel received.
He would the next day of his life be relieved.

He ran to the desert, under a broom tree.
Ready to die, of his life to be free.

He prayed to the Lord, tired and done.
His zeal for the Lord was real, not just for fun.

An angel provided water and food.
Does it again, to keep up his mood.

As he ran 40 days protected by God
Over the desert to a cave he did trod.

God passed by in the wind, earthquake, fire.
A whisper from God, when Elijah’s situation was dire.

God was near, a whisper can use.
Elijah, why are you here? I am with you.

Our strength alone will fail us. (P1)
but God’s strength alone sustains us.

What is so big in your life, you can’t fix or do it?
Go on your knees, and depend on him, and he will get you through it.

Ahab’s death is told and warned, Ahab still rejected.
Naboth’s vineyard catches his eye, he now feels quite dejected.

Ahab kills him, takes the land, Elijah comes to speak.
Ahab did evil before the Lord, the dogs his blood will drink.

Ahab is humbled, spared by God, the punishment delayed.
The punishment goes to his son, his judgment of Ahab stayed.

Accepting or rejecting the sustaining grace of God has eternal consequences. (P2)
We need to trust the living God, and lower our defenses.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday School, 2022-10-23
Chris Pierre
Genesis 49:27

Benjamin, the wolf, one of Jacob’s favorite sons
First we need to look back and see where he came from.

Genesis 35, God calls Jacob to go,
He has the idols put away, righteousness to sow

Jacob went to Bethel as God did first command,
God blesses Jacob, he’ll in Abraham’s blessing stand.

Rachel then gives birth, the birth severe, she died.
She had another son, all for what she tried.

She named her son Ben-oni, the son of my sorrow,
Remind him he killed his mom, from sin and pain his name did borrow.

Jacob renamed him Benjamin, son of my right hand.
Change the curse to blessing, for him to grow into a man.

Benjamin described, he is a ravenous wolf
A “wolf” in scripture, few and negative.

What does this short negative blessing mean? About Benjamin we know little.
About Benjamin’s descendants we have seen, the blessing a prophecy, ????

Ehud the judge, put a knife in a fat kings belly
Killed hundreds of Moabites, turned their enemies to jelly

The Benjamites rape a concubine, she then cut in pieces.
The Benjamites left handed slingers, in the battle the tribe almost ceases.

Benjamin started bad, but the evening is coming.
Benjamin divides the spoils, the victory is coming.

The Benjaminites wiped out, only 400 men are left.
The Israelites attacked a city, gave virgins to them as a gift.

Saul a Benjamite, David does not destroy.
He blesses Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s lame boy.

We are like Benjamin, full of death and sin.
Only in Jesus Christ, at God’s right hand, new life begin.

Paul the Apostle, started as a wolf devouring his prey.
Hunted the church of Christ, near and far, night and day.

Zealous for traditions, bound men and women, put to death.
Paul a ravenous wolf, ravaging the church with every  breath.

God the Father steps in, through Jesus Christ the Son.
Paul divides the spoils from a battle he had not won.

The inheritance is given, the spoils are divided.
Life in Jesus Christ, distributed through Paul, by Christ guided.

In the morning, hate and murder, the truth of Christ rejected.
In the evening giving life, looking forward, by Christ corrected.

Stop looking at our past, focus on Christ ahead.
Knowing life in Christ, he is risen from the dead.

Forgetting what lies behind, looking to what’s ahead.
Life in Jesus Christ, On firm ground in Christ we tread.

Share the spoil with the wolves, those still living in the dark.
The victory of Christ, in our life can make it’s mark.

The blessings now concluded, each one blessing all
He spoke to them the blessing, each one appropriate to their call.

Each one of them is different, the blessings are unique
God calls and saves and blesses, to each one of us does individually speak.

Jacob’s final command, his departure coming quick.
Bury me with my fathers, in the promised land to stick.

Jacob gathered to his people, they all belonged to God.
We are God’s own people, him our Father, others our family with them trod.

When a believer dies, we are not alone
In the presence of God’s people, with all whom he did atone.

You can’t have the light of life, while with the darkness bound.
We need new life in him, in Christ’s life to be found.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-10-23
Pastor Dean Good
1 Peter 4:7

“The end of all things is near” there is an end will come.
This should lead to love and service to God the Son.

Life in Christ has meaning, purpose, value, significance.
In all our work and living, we serve God not live by chance.

Life is work, work, work and die, vain and empty here.
Unless you serve the Living God. With him we have purpose and cheer.

Serving God an obligation, and a privilege and joy.
Christ gave the perfect example, to live and serve with joy.

As Christ was a servant, we are called to serve.
As ones who received the special gift, from our calling not to swerve.

God has provided, commanded, circumscribed and will measure our service.

He provided for each to serve,
What does God want me to do, go serve? His call is not a blur.

He calls each of us uniquely, he knows our special gifts.
He never asks us to do anything, beyond that which he lifts.

God’s provision is from his grace. Not something that we earn.
Not from our performance, his loving kindness does spurn.

God gives calling by his grace, and does his gifts supply.
They should not result in boasting, and by his grace we’ll try.

God has provided abundantly, many types and kinds.
Many gifts and talents, to use and with him bind.

The immeasurable goodness of God, he gives the gift to serve.
He gives more than we can imagine, abundance through his word.

God provides through the Holy Spirit, beyond the gifts all have.
When we are born again, he gives a gift ??????

God alone does save us, there’s nothing we can do.
1 Corinthians 12, the interdependence of me and you.

We together are one body, all of one Spirit filled.
If you are born again, you have the Spirit as God willed.

Our body, the temple of the Spirit, when we are born again.
He teaches, gives assurance and rescues us from sin.

The abilities that God gave, are for his service used.
The gifts are varied, but one God, how distributed he’ll choose.

Serving God equals contentment, with the call God gave.
Serve him whether big or small, he’s the one who will save.

All the gifts are his, to distribute as he wills.
It’s not our choice how to serve, and how us with his Spirit fills.

Four lists of the gifts of God. Some gifts are no longer given.
We need to use the gifts he gives, with his gifts be living.

If you are not serving, you are a hypocrite.
We are to serve in the ways he provides, to serve the body of Christ.

We’re called to serve the local church, not to clean the world.
Our message to the world, repent and turn to Christ. ?????

If we try to clean the world, without turning to Christ
we just make them like a white washed wall, dead though looks quite nice.

Ephesians 4 vs 7, serve and build the church.
Teach the word of God, to grow and glorify him????

Bible Study Fellowship 5 – Monday, 2022-10-24
Cary Michalak
1 Kings 11–14; 2 Chronicles 10–12

Aim: Refusing to seek and surrender to God, is rejecting God.

Four steps to destroy your life, seen in the life of Ahab
Step one don’t seek the Lord, his plans just go and do and grab.

Ahab pretends and asks, 400 prophets who will agree
Step two, surround yourself with friends, who always agree with what you see.

Instead we ought to surround ourselves with those who will call us out.
Those who think differently than us and will warn us with a shout.

Micaiah says the king will die, Ahab doesn’t listen.
The truth is there, and we reject, not living for his mission.

Ahab hides and tries to thwart the purposes of God.
God is supreme, his way will come, he’ll rule with strength and rod.

Divorce, Immorality, Cheating and Stealing, these are not okay.
When we go our way and ignore God, we’ll further and further stray.

It’s easy to destroy our life, follow our ways not His.

Refusing to seek God results in deception, leading to destruction. (P1)

God uses judgment to challenge us and let us know.
Discernment comes when we humble ourselves, this (??swented) it will show.

Refusing to surrender to God brings eternal consequences. (P2)

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Wednesday, 2022-10-26
No notes.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday School, 2022-10-30
Dave Howard
Genesis 49:29-50:3

Begin and end with death, Jacob and then Joseph.
But the theme throughout is hope, this is the hope of both.

The grand burial procession, to a simple burial leads.
The brothers then are worried, Joseph they try to deceive.

Jacob draws his feet up, he has the physical strength.
He then calls his sons, with strength, then goes to death.

Jacob gives the charge, take my body to the land.
Before just to Joseph, now to the brotherly band.

Though Joseph has the faithfulness and power to fulfill this request.
The brothers all in the covenant, all of them by God blessed.

The world in which we live, all vanity unless
There’s something beyond, when we take our final rest.

“Gathered to his people” where Jacob had hope to go.
With Christ we all are gathered. In hell no friends to show.

Jacob then goes the way of all his fathers before.
At age 147, his God in spirit will adore.

Jacob’s death leads to mourning. Joseph’s and the nation of Egypt too.
Though Joseph had many years away from his father, his mourning deep and true.

There is grief in the loss of death, but we need to seek and learn.
What would God have us learn in it, to help us to him turn.

Joseph never questioned God, or doubted his guiding hand.
His father had life in God, though his body returned to the land.

Why should we mourn a death? Even Christ mourned Lazarus.
Death points to effects of sin, and the need for us to trust.

When king Asaph died, he did not consult the Lord.
He went to the physicians, showed where his faith was stored.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-10-30
Pastor Dean Good
1 Peter 4:10-11

Every Christian is full time, faithfully serve God’s call.
To be and do as God demands, to live for him our all.

Serve with thankfulness, to the Glory of God in obedience to his word.
No matter who sees, how much you make, obey the word you’ve heard.

How can I praise God? Bring glory to his name?
The only question we need to ask. Live for the Lord who came.

First three points last week,
God provided for, commanded and circumscribed our service.

God will measure our service, he is our true reward.
We are stewards of God’s grace, accountable to obey his word.

What is a steward? What does that mean for us?

Steward, “house manager”, in the culture a “slave”.
A manager for others, for what others gave.

They had freedom in their stewardship, they were not micromanaged.

God brought Joseph to Egypt, he did not know the plan.
He was faithful day by day, faithfully lived as God’s man.

Hard and manual labor, work faithfully with joy.
To the glory of God, work hard, grow to a man from a boy.

Potiphar left all in Joseph’s charge, he did not a worry have.
We too are to be a steward, over all God gave we have.

We are not our own, we are redeemed a slave
Given a new heart, freed from Satan, self, we’re saved.

It all belongs to him, he gives and takes away.
Whether you acknowledge him or not, it’s his to steward each day.

God has given us gifts, given us instructions.
God has given us time, will give reward ????

This applies to all of life, everything we have money, health, position opportunity
everything we have, all for his glory.

He’s given us instructions, told what we are to do.
The written word of God, instructions to see us through.

What God demands and provides, to serve in grace and truth
faithfully with joy, not to stand aloof.

Called to serve as he has said, not in our own way
Eyes fixed on the living God, an example of faithfulness each day.

The living word of God, tells how to do and think
The measure isn’t results, but did our words and actions link.

Many will say “Lord, Lord” and point to what they did.
God calls to obey his word, and in obedience live.

Live faithfully with sound words, the word of the Living God.
Steward faithfully, with him go out and trod.

God has given us time, we do not know how long.
Live today fully for him, don’t say “tomorrow” or further on.

Jesus said, “be alert”. We don’t know when he will come.
Who is the faithful servant, living faithfully for the Son?

Cursed is the slave, who lives for his own way.
The master returns unexpected, the slave doesn’t know the day.

We don’t need to know all the answers, just serve faithfully where we are.
husband, father, plumber, live faithfully for him not a star.

When living faithfully, we have nothing to fear.
The master can return, we’re glad to have him near.

Faithfulness to his call, not one particular job
Don’t hide what God has given, not lazy or a slob.

He just calls us to be faithful, not to greatness in this life.
Not to do what is wicked and lazy, will live a life or strife.

If with God gifts we are not faithful, they will be taken away
God delights to reward those who serve him: here, in the next life, today.

Are you being a faithful servant? Living daily for him alone?
Will you hear, “Well done good and faithful steward?” Christ did for us atone.

Bible Study Fellowship 7 – Monday, 2022-10-31
Duane Linder
BSF 7: 2 Chronicles 17:1–21:3

Aim: The Lord is our salvation

What does it mean to seek, the Lord with our whole heart?
Each one’s story is different, today Jehoshaphat’s does start.

God is the only one who calls, that can change a life.
Some he calls and others not, in this life full of strife.

Faith is something that can be learned, and be caught from others.
Where did you catch or spread along, to other sisters or brothers?

Are you working to spiritually grow, and encourage others to the same?
Walk in faith, by the power of God. Call out to his name.

God draws men to seek Him, turn from sin and obey his commandments. (P1)
Our alliance with God alone, not evil who promise advancements.

Ahab seeks God’s direction… after his plans were made.
He did what he did, not what God said, and at the end of the day he paid.

An evil spirit planned to deceive Ahab so he would die.
But God was in control of all, even spirits who lie.

Jehosaphat is surrounded, then he calls to the Lord.
God saves, pulls the enemy away, that he may be restored.

God humbles all his children that dependence we may know.
Have you been humbled and cried out in tears and repentance sow.

Nothing in this world can save you, it is by grace alone.
Through Christ by faith, a sinner, God can always atone.

Ahab hit by a “random” arrow, directed by the Lord.
God’s words come true, no matter our plans, as stated in his Word.

From this point on Jehosaphat changed following the Lord
Leads the country to fear the Lord, their hearts by him to guard.

The humble and desperate cry out in faith to the Lord for salvation. (P2)
To him we turn and run to him as he our heart will hasten.

Prayer is for us, to align our will to his.
Turn our eyes on God, to know what his will is.

Praise the Lord in battle, trusting in his power.
Seek God, glorify him in the darkest hour.

The battle is the Lord’s, he will fight the fight.
God is glorified, when it’s only by his might.

Even the enemies see, when it’s by God’s power alone.
God calls us to act, to see the weakness that is our own.

We don’t save anyone, only the Lord can save.
Our job isn’t to try to force others hearts, but to humbly come to pray.
We bring glory to God when we put our faith in him for our salvation. (P3)
May God do work in us, for our hearts to hasten.

Rhyming Sermon Notes: 2022 August

The following are my rhyming sermon notes from the month of August 2022 (scroll down just a bit). Our family has been using these as part of our weekly sermon review after church, and it has been a fun blessing.

A few weeks ago, Pastor Dean asked me what I think is an excellent question, that got me thinking. He basically asked if I was able to benefit from the sermon and to focus on the Word and allowing it to speak into my life, or if I was so focused on the words for rhyming that I may miss actually thinking about it and being changed by it. Excellent question!

It really made me think, and here is the conclusion that I came up with.

  • When I am taking notes, I am mostly focused on the content. I am thinking about what the sermon and the scripture passages say and mean, so that I can catch that meaning (and attempt at exact quotes) in rhyme.
  • While a point may jump out to me as having special application to my life, I don’t usually have time to really dwell on it much at that time, but do make sure to include it in my notes for later.
  • Then after church I type my notes. While typing, I focus on typing and pay very little attention to what is actually being said. I then skim through one time to find and fix obvious typos, etc. (Basically the things the computer highlights as possible errors).
  • I then usually go to lunch with my family and come back to it later in the day.
  • Then come several important steps.
    • I read it again out loud checking for rhythm and rhyme, at that time I am paying attention to the words and also fix typos and rhythm and rhyme that doesn’t quite work.
    • I then read it again, this time usually quite smoothly since many issues have been worked out. This time I really pay attention to the words and meaning.
    • I then read through it yet again, this time really dwelling on the meaning. What was God speaking to me during the sermon and what is he saying now? This time is primarily for processing and allowing the Word to convict, encourage, instruct me by the power of the Holy Spirit. I may find and fix an occasional error, but the focus is on meditating on the Word of God.
    • Note: The typing is the slowest and most boring part of the whole routine. The poem itself is written during the sermon. I just use a few minutes to clean it up a bit.
    • Then finally, I read it with my family at our Sermon Review, pointing out what God was teaching me, etc.

So as I thought about if my note taking is distracting from processing the sermon, it does do that a little bit at the time, but in reality, if I only heard it once, no matter how much I was focusing, it would soon be pushed out by conversations, etc. after church. With having time to take notes and then read them over and over and think through them deeply, I get so much more out of the sermon than I would have (and was getting) before.

This actually reminds me of the way that I was taught to study the Bible with Homiletics (discussed in another post). First focus on the Content, then the Meaning, what God meant by it, then finally, after dwelling on the content and meaning, the Application in my life. I am grateful for a church that teaches with this perspective. We need to know what the Word says first, before we can apply it. It is so easy, and so common, to jump directly to Application, without first really understanding what the Word is saying.

It is a joy to take notes each time and I start to look forward to it as the time approaches. I am more alert and involved with the sermons than ever before. I am also grateful that it is less exhausting now than it was at the beginning. When I first started doing this, I would be wearing down by the end of the sermon with fully processing the whole time. I am still fully engaged, but it is becoming easier and less tiring to do this during the sermon.

I say all this not to focus on what I do, but as an encouragement. “The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” As we try new ways to study the Word, we may find that God is speaking to us more than we had ever been listening. Try something new for a few weeks, you may find a way God was going to use to help you live in the Word and be made more like Christ by it.

With that said, the sermons from the month of August 2022 (with a link to sermons during a Family Camp we went to one week)…

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Wednesday, 2022-08-03
Nathaniel Lauer
Psalm 127 (Series: Psalms)

Psalm 127, a song of ascents, and a wisdom Psalm.
Though of authorship, there is debate, it says “a Psalm of Solomon.”

Apart from God we all will see the vanity of man’s toil.
Build the house and guard the city and still it will fall and spoil.

Rise up early, stay up late, to work for our own pleasure
Instead we eat a sorrowful bite, and have a painful measure.

The Lord, to his beloved gives, the sleep of rest in him.
He keeps us safe and gives us peace and cleanses us from sin.

The reward of man’s gift from God, children the fruit of the womb.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior young, keeping one from shame and doom.

Blessed truly is the man, with a quiver full.
Happy is he and in the gate he shall not be shamed or fooled.

The enemies IN the city are, not only from outside.
We can speak with our enemies, no need to fight or to run and hide.

Man’s toil will all pass away. Our bodies to dust will go.
God’s blessings are all here to stay. That his blessings to the world might show

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-08-07
Sunday School – Chris Pierre
Colossians 1:9-12 (Series: Prayers of Paul)

From Ephesus in Turkey, the Colossian church did come
Epaphras brought the gospel, of truth and life in the Son.

What is the context of the prayer? What is the “it” in verse nine?
The “it” of “faith” produced by the gospel, come from God, divine.

Do you have a question of Scripture? To the Scripture go.
God gives us words to understand, that him we’ll love and know.

This prayer is a plural prayer, not from Paul alone.
From the heart of Paul and Timothy, that the Colossians Christ may atone.

We also must pray plural prayers, our words alone he does not hear.
We must pray in the beloved son, God then holds our prayers dear.

The Spirit helps in our weaknesses, how to pray we do not know.
But in the power of the Spirit; he leads in which way to go.

As we pray with other believers, encourage and challenge on the way,
God confirms his purposes, as we praise him day by day.

This prayer is perpetual, their prayers they did not cease.
Our prayers are a necessity, to give life and hope and peace.

What do we value as a necessity? We know by what we do.
If prayer is a necessity, we continue and see it through.

This prayer, it is personal, he prays for them by name.
True love is always personal, because people are not the same.

So now we have the context, an important part to know.
Now we go to the content, as we hear this prayer’s flow.

The prayer has four parts, that we may learn to pray.
Let’s’ continue on, to what they do and say.

Pray that they may be filled, with the knowledge of his will.
Transformed in their mind, that with his word, God would fill.

The gospel is the root, that causes life to sprout.
And the gospel is the tree, that grows and lets fruit out.

Knowing the Word of God, is not the final place to be.
We pray that it would change us, that the fruit of the Spirit we would see.

We pray to be fully fortified, in a place of strength.
To rest in the God of power alone, with no limits in depth or length.

God has the power to save us, by nothing we can do.
Then to live and grow by this same power, that in his strength we grew.

The true believer has new life, the old self put away.
By his power, and his alone, do we grow day by day.

We’re not just saved from wrath, as important as that may be.
We live and have our life in him, that life in him we see!

The prayer ends with rejoicing, in the knowledge of the Lord.
In the certainty of our Savior, can we stand, in the promises in his Word.

Joy leads to thanksgiving, to the Father we give thanks.
We are eternally grateful to be in his Family’s ranks.

Jesus came to save us, at the Father’s plan.
The Father he so loved us that sin and death he sent his son to ban.

We have joy in our position, that God has qualified
to be adopted by him for ever, by his will, not because we tried.

Is that inheritance in heaven, reserved in heaven for you?
Do the Scriptures give confirmation, or conviction, which is true?

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-08-07
Pastor Dean Good
1 Peter 3:18-22 (focus on vs. 22)

Christ is our example, of suffering to glory.
God has exalted him, and showed how he works out the story.

Of this exaltation, the history, significance and ministry we did see.
We now look at the expectation of exaltation for you and me.

When we see Christ in glory, sitting at the Father’s right hand.
We have hope for the future, that the enemies of sin and death are banned.

His enemies as his footstool, his reign o’er all the earth.
All wickness destroyed, his righteousness bringing new birth.

Our hope is in Christ alone, not the governments of men.
He’s coming back to rule! Amen and Amen!

What is the basis of this expectation? How do we know it’s true?
The prophecies given over time, of his reign and peace, he’ll do.

David wanted to build a house for God, God said it would be his son.
His descendent would build the eternal house, he will be the one.

This promise, not just for Solomon, but looking further on,
Looking at the Messiah, after David is long gone.

David’s righteous branch, the Lord our righteousness
Will rule in Jerusalem, the promise, we are blessed.

The certainty of this expectation, by God was written there,
Spoke of death and resurrection, this certain hope God did share.

This dead and raised Messiah, will return to rule and reign.
he will reign and judge the wicked, the world won’t be the same.

On that day the Lord will deliver his chosen Israel.
He’ll claim what he has purchased, the glory will be surreal.

In Zechariah 14, we hear of the Messiah coming to fight.
Returning to the Mount of Olives, his enemies will take flight.

There will be no more “religion”, no more idolatry.
The king will sit enthroned and reign eternally.

The temple in Ezekiel, the Lord will come to fill.
From there he will reign forever, and then all will be well.

The antichrist will mimic, until Christ does destroy.
Jerusalem still the focus of politics today, until Christ will rule and reign and give his people joy.

Have you been humbled before the Savior? To stand beside the cross?
We will see his glory, when he comes to heal all loss.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Wednesday, 2022-08-10
Pastor Dean Good
Psalm 126 (Series: Psalms)

“Turn again our captivity”, repeated then and again,
could be to “restore our fortunes, like done for Job back then.

First interpret the context, the principles to know,
then see the application, how we are to grow.

Looking in Deuteronomy, keep the law, be blessed.
Refuse to follow the Lord, in captivity be stressed.

The Lord says the curse will come, they certainly will disobey,
but their hearts will change to follow the Lord, and the Lord will blessings say.

Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, soul, might.
This is the call for everyone, to love and not to fight.

When you turn and follow the Lord, the Lord will turn and bless.
This turning comes when they follow the Lord, and forever in the land will rest.

They entered the land and followed Baal, and worshiped other gods.
The anger of God was kindled, and by enemies sent discipline rods.

God raised up judges to save them, to “turn their captivity.”
Then they would follow God for a while, and during that time be free.

The land was the gift of the promise, given by God to them.
Though the land was taken captive, the Messiah would return again.

Returning to Psalm 126, the author first looks back,
then in verses four through six, looks at what they now lack.

The people would have sweet dreams, with joy to sing and laugh,
When the people had been delivered, rescued from God’s wrath.

When God does save the people, the surrounding nations will see.
Though they are a small, weak people, God’s people they will be.

We saw this happen in Daniel, when Nebuchadnezzar was proud.
He saw God’s power displayed, and turned and worshiped out loud.

When we reflect on God’s actions, even with troubles still near,
We rejoice in praise and worship, and reflect in holy fear.

Verses one to three looking back, then a prayer here in verse four,
verses five and six a principle, that we may praise him more.

When we ask God to turn our captivity, what are we to do?
We are to trust the Savior, and sow in faith that’s true.

We may not see the hope, the plan God has in store,
but we can trust our God, and humbly follow the Lord.

Sow in tears, in dark dark days, when God seems far away,
but trust the Lord, see what he’s done, and walk joyfully by faith each day.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-08-14
Sunday School – Daniel Pierre
1 Thessalonians 3:10-13 (Series: Prayers of Paul)

This prayer of Paul is personal, to the people in the Church.
It looks like an ideal family photo, but to get there they went through the lurch.

The church was going through tribulation, and he wanted them to remember love.
So that in their difficulties, they could cling to God above.

Hebrew writers often put the main idea in the center of the book.
So that they could discuss it before hand, and then after take another look.

The church in Thessalonica was young, Gentile, and struggling.
Paul, Timothy and Silas wrote to help them persevere through all things.

On the first missionary Journey, they went through these areas first.
Paul now writes to them, to see if they are doing better or doing worse.

When writing to Gentile believers, the goal wasn’t to keep the law.
The goal was to love and follow God, to encourage one and all.

From Philippi to Thessalonica, Paul had been forced to go.
The church there, then was planted, Paul now writes to help them grow.

After the church was planted, Paul and Timothy again forced to leave.
Off to Berea, then to Corinth, both of which the gospel did receive.

The church in Thessalonica, attacked from without and from within,
Paul writes to strengthen the church, help them not fall into sin.

Timothy and Silas give Paul a great report.
He then writes to the Thessalonians, with gladness his hope did not fall short.

The content of the prayer, the object of the request:
That we may see your face, be there in person as your guest.

Paul elsewhere in the scripture, writes to express his love and desire to see.
Paul longs to have time with them, an encouragement to be.

Hearing they are doing well, causes Paul to have joy deep.
He writes to them with pleasure, though in prison he does sleep.

As we live our Christian lives, fellowship have we,
with God our Father above, and other believers that we see.

While distance relationships and tools, all may have their part.
Fellowship is meant to be in person, as we live heart to heart.

Paul’s prayer echoes the high priestly prayer, for heavenly unity.
As believers through all eternity, have this love when him we see.

But now we live in a sinful world, with sin and struggle in our hearts.
But this more limited fellowship we have, and this is a great start.

If we say that we really want something, our efforts they will show.
As we seek in sincerity, our efforts let others know.

Paul longed to be with them, so had sent Timothy.
Paul was so glad to hear from them when Timothy he again did see.

This supernatural love is from God and not from us.
What does this love in my heart cause me to do? If it’s real it will show, it must.

The goal of this request, to build them in their faith.
This service is infinite, good even when they see God’s face.

In Second Peter chapter one, Peter lists benefits of mature faith.
Partakers of divine nature, faith eternal, forever stayeth.

The granter of the prayer, the Father and Jesus Christ.
He is all the omni’s, he is holy and and he is right.

Jesus now at the Father’s right hand praying there for us.
He now empowers our prayers, to pray in him we must.

How does God answer the prayer? Bring Paul and friends to them.
He directed them before, and he’ll do it again.

God is sovereign over details, his plans will always stand.
We need not fear or doubt or on our own control demand.

Bright lights, earthquakes, dreams and many other ways,
Paul knew that God’s throne is established, we can trust him all our days.

The outcome of the prayer: faith, and hope, and love.
These the gifts of God, they come from God above.

May God increase their love, for God and other men.
This love comes with sacrifice and service. Provide this Lord, Amen.

This love shows to believers and to those who are not.
We can give them common grace, and the gospel lest they rot.

True love is to direct a man to God’s word and also to his hope.
This should be for all men, whether they repent or if they say “nope.”

Paul prays that “without blame”, we could be and live.
This is only through Jesus Christ, when justification he does give.

The continuing growth, sanctification it is called,
This is continuing from God, his work is never stalled.

This work that God is doing, it brings us certain hope.
This is not the dreaming of the world, that can be “yes” or “nope.”

God’s story doesn’t change, we need not fret and worry.
The path we do not know, but we know the end of the story.

Jumping to the end, how did God answer this prayer?
Paul did see them again, approximately four years later.

Even four centuries later, we see evidence that they were there.
And even now today, they set an example of Christian love and care.

Sinners we may be, but work in us God can do.
To pray, encourage, help, are just a few things for me and you.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-08-14
Pastor Dean Good
1 Peter 4:1-3

First Peter four: one and two, the focus of the book.
to live like our suffering Savior, knowing that on us he does look.

This world is not our home, not our lasting hope.
We are to live as aliens, this vision is our scope.

Submitting to authorities, not popular then or now.
But called to trust God and suffer, and he will show us how.

Suffering for righteousness, the theme of the rest of the letter.
Following Christ’s example, for who has done it better.

Follow Christ in his purpose, for to this we were called.
He willingly came to suffer, to gain a higher call.

To die for sins, to bring us, to reconcile to God.
Though Satan tried to tempt him, he took God’s wrath and rod.

Through the things he suffered, he learned obedience.
We too are to arm ourselves with this purpose, not to flee to great distance.

If you expect life’s fun and easy, when difficulties come,
this will leave you lost, bewildered, and true faith you may just shun.

If you want to grow in purpose, ask the Lord to start
to help you see the truth as he opens up your heart.

When walking through this life, our faith will face the test.
Will we take comfort in the world, or suffer for what is best?

To walk firmly in this world, we must have dedication.
To have Christ’s attitude in suffering, without modification.

We have been called to suffer, following in his steps.
Though the Lord was perfect, he took it and was blessed.

He looked to future glory, for the joy that was to come.
We’re called to anticipate the glory, at the coming of this Son.

He suffered resolutely, knowing what the future held.
Set his face to Jerusalem, though he faced the power of hell.

The prophecies of Isaiah, written well before he came.
Wrote of the suffering servant, it’s amazingly the same.

Set his face like flint to follow, no matter what may come.
It’s not just forgiveness we are given, the cost we must well sum.

The significance of imitating his purpose, is to cease from sin.
This does not mean suffering equals sanctification, but to repent and follow him.

The willingness to suffer as Christ we follow now,
To suffer loss and die, as Jesus shows us how.

The result of imitating his purpose, to live all of our days.
for the will of God, forever and always.

A change in motivation, from the lusts of the flesh
to the will of God, our motivations all made fresh.

If you want to follow your lusts, just do what you want to do.
To eat or watch or enjoy, do it all for you.

But to follow God, obey him, deny yourself today.
Not living for yourself, but following him all the way.

To know the will of God, and walk it day by day.
Present your body a living sacrifice, in what you do, and think, and say.

Knowing the Word of God, doesn’t mean we know his will.
Only when we obey it, will he with this knowledge fill.

John Bunyan saw the truth that he must be dead to ALL
to live upon his God or else he’ll certainly fall.

If we’ll truly follow Christ, then dead we must fully be,
We must be dead to self and world, that the Savior we will see.

Dead to job, provision, and everything we know.
Trusting God alone, that then his blessings flow.

Looking back at life, we see the time we wasted.
This life of lusts and pleasure, the emptiness we’ve tasted.

We can work really hard, to make great sacrifice,
to live for our lusts, this all seems really nice.

This, the way of a fool, passing onto death.
Drinking, sex and sensuality it fills our every breath.

As we look back at our lives, we see the grace of God.
He paid for all our folly, his own blood by him shod.

He suffered death for us, do we suffer death for him?
As we turn and live for God, he purifies from sin.

When we are low and humble, we need not fear the fall.
When we have little, it sets us free, to live for him our all.

We were at a Christian, Homeschool family camp on Wednesday, 2022-08-17
Click here for my notes from that camp

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-08-21
Sunday School – Dave Howard
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (Series: Prayers of Paul)

We continue with the prayers of Paul in second Thessalonians one: eleven and twelve.
Similar to Colossians one: nine to 12, but instead of tribulation, in peace they did dwell.

Colossians talked of peace, of not being influenced by the world.
Thessalonians speaks of struggle, either way walk worthy in the Lord.

Walk worth, Powerful Faith, In the power of Christ
Not for himself, that their suffering may cease, though this would be quite nice.

Seek the Lord, submit to his will, as hard as that may be.
The church loved each other, gave support, overcame and hope could see.

From first to second Thessalonians, their love it deeper grew.
They were a prime example of living under persecution, too.

An evidence of God’s just judgment, Christians persecuted they will be.
Their end is sure, judgment will come the evil will surely see.

“I never knew you”, Christ will say to those who faithless lived.
“Welcome”, “Enter into rest” to them this hope he gived.

The bookends of the prayer, the glorification of Christ
in his return and in you, praise God with all your might.

The Lord’s prayer starts and ends, “Hallowed be thy name”
“Your will be done on earth and heaven” in both it is the same.

Job was not about Job, but about the glory of God.
All our lives from start to end, God’s praise is our job.

Paul doesn’t pray for pain to end, to petition government.
He prays they would walk worthy, to the world be sent.

Paul prays that they would be, in submission to the king.
Worthy of the kingdom, in persecution sing.

When our own standard we create, better we will seem.
But God’s standard, “Did I know you?” helps us to see that we’re unclean.

We’re called to follow him, submit fully to his way.
How is he leading you? Follow day by day.

Revelation three verse four, garments still all clean.
Walking worthy in the Lord, holy to be seen.

What are your desires? Through the internet connected?
Reality is quite different, often angry and dejected.

Romans fifteen: fourteen pursue goodness in your life.
Galatians five: twenty-two, the Spirit brings goodness, and not strife.

Do not quench the Spirit, delight in His Word.
Convicts of sin, guides in His way, we need to act, His Word not only heard.

Faith should active be, not simply in our thoughts.
“Work” and “Labor”, not simply “wait”, follow as we’re taught.

“Glory to Christ” our ultimate goal.
By his power, change our mind and soul.

First Samuel two: thirty, honor me, I’ll honor you.
Trust and follow the Lord our God and see what he will do.

This little light of mine.
I’m going to let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-08-21
Pastor Dean Good
1 Peter 4:1-6 – Follow Christ in His Rejection

When the Lord our hearts do follow, our lust will start to fall away.
When this happens the world will hate us, rejected, suffering day by day.

Christ was rejected, we know we will be too.
John fifteen: sixteen sayeth, go bear fruit. From the world, I chose you.

We annoy the world, they will hate us. They will turn, and hate, reject.
The world’s rejection of the believer is quite natural. This rejection we should expect.

The world’s confused by how we live and we’re confused by their lives to.
We’re aliens to them. In like manner, they are aliens to me and you.

Vanity fair, want what you want, say what you say, do what you will do.
Pilgrims come, looking, speaking strange, not wanting what they offered, but seeking only what is true.

The world’s rejection of the believer is revealing, their depravity clearly shown.
Surprised we don’t run with them to folly, their sinful pursuits all may know.

It’s a mad dash, work, work, go, go.
a stampede of pleasure seekers, seeking their own will to flow.

Believers seek the will of God, not our own desires and pursuits.
Baalam sought to be wealthy, by a donkey received his fruits.

An excess of excess of sins they have galore.
They do not see the judgment that is surely for them in store.

Drunkenness, sex, no self control, the world’s committed to their lusts.
Self-justified but not godly, they want us to join, confirm their trusts.

God says don’t be filled with wine, but filled with the Spirit be.
Drunkenness it fully controls them, Filled with the Spirit, controlled by thee.

All I think, say, do, desire, filled overflowing with the Spirit’s power.
Am I thus filled with the Spirit? Growing in his fruit hour by hour.

We a joyful, holy Christian, the world confused and annoyed.
Reveals their sin, their pride, their folly. This condemns, does not bring joy.

This light of truth and condemnation, they call us “holier than thou.”
If we just act and go, run with them, they’ll accept us, love us now.

Don’t be surprised at the world’s rejection, the fiery ordeal must surely come.
When you suffer as a Christian, continue to fellowship, continue to run.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Wednesday, 2022-08-24
Pastor Dean Good (no sound on recording)
Psalm 129 (Series: Psalms)

Psalm 129 a Psalm of affliction, suffering and pain.
Satan afflicts the children of God, by God’s will and for our gain.

The first part a declaration, a prayer the second part.
Victory for the persecuted, and curses for the persecuting hard of heart.

Promises in Moses and the prophets, before the time of Psalms.
Promises to bless and establish, when God the nation calms.

In Jeremiah 28, God the nation would save.
God rescued then and rescues now, may his presence we crave.

Jacob, his brother and uncle, later the Philistines and more.
God’s people always afflicted, many a time must endure.

God always saw them through it, over and over again.
From the Jews of old to Hitler and more, God over Satan does reign.

God delivers from the work of Satan, but allows his people go through.
To help us turn, depend on him, to know and trust he is true.

No matter how deep the trials, the child of God not destroyed.
God will always take us through, his presence forever enjoyed.

In verse five, begins a transition, from facts to a prayer to God.
A prayer that evil plans will fail, frustrated and judged with a rod.

Enemies like the grass on a rooftop, dry and blow away.
Their lives are fruitless, going nowhere. It’s harder to follow than say.

Prayer of a curse on persecutors, those who stand for sin.
Trusting God to protect us, to destroy evil, that we will win.

The surrounding trials are short, passing in the night.
The judgment and reward, eternal, in or out of his light.

Pray for other believers, that they would stand steadfast.
To be counted as his children to be counted as those who will last.

All for our Lord God’s glory, for his purpose and his name.
Live for him by his power, the One who overcame.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-08-28
Sunday School – Jonathan Underhill
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 (Series: Prayers of Paul)

The passage has two parts: spread of the gospel and perseverance of the saints.
The Thessalonians an encouragement. to Paul and Timothy their impact relates.

Verses one and two, Paul asking for prayer.
Three through five Paul prayed for them, out of his deep care.

Paul here discontent, at the speed the gospel spread.
Are we content, not pushing on, a faith without works is dead.

The Gospel to Thessalonica, Paul in the synagogue proclaimed.
A large number to faith and followed, proclaimed Jesus’ name.

Paul is now in Corinth, things are moving slow.
Paul wants the gospel to go forth, then the church to grow.

The color in the water, faster than on paper spread. [Visual illustration]
Paul is finding this in Corinth, slow though the word was read.

God promises to Paul, to press on, to not give up.
Though the work was slow, God would raise, many people up.

Not only was acceptance slow, their rejection it was fierce.
God again did promise, He would work, the attacks not grow worse.

In 16,000 people groups, the Christians very few.
With only 5 or 1 percent, what would God have us do?

Nothing can stop the Word of God, the Jews wanted Paul out.
But God said stay and preach, the Gospel you should shout.

What hinders the spread of the gospel? Barriers people raise:
Government stops and slows, hindrance and not praise.

Christians go other ways, business, teach, and give.
The gospel will go forth, in what we preach and how we live.

Culture blocks understanding, Language blocks the words.
Our selfish hearts block our going, and finances from being heard.

The magistrate said no preaching, but Paul preached anyway.
He didn’t just want hearing, but for faith to grow, spread, stay.

When a life is changed, people take notice. The change an impact will make.
We become a slave to all, to all resistance break.

Live only for the gospel, not selfish desires, pursuits
Give all go the distance, and God will bring the fruits.

Wicked men stand up opposed, the gospel is a threat.
Non-religious just don’t want it, religious try to benefit.

Paul spoke against religious men, the gospel they rejected.
They acted as religious, but faithless, faith dissected.

Religious claim authority, only they can know.
The people are bewitched, and willingly follow.

Colossians two verse four, the wrong gospel, not to share.
Debates generally push away, but humility shows you care.

Trusting in the Lord’s strength, and not our words and skill,
depends not on our own strength, but on the Lord’s to thrill.

Satan comes like a light, his followers to deceive.
The people of the darkness look good, but come to make us grieve.

God is always faithful, His people he does guard.
The Love of God and steadfastness, carries us when life is hard.

Jesus doesn’t pray, that from the world we’d go,
but that we from the evil one, be protected and grow.

Even when the world’s against us, and often seems to win,
God gives the strength to win victorious, and keeps us from all sin.

Persecutions we endure, they do not go away.
This happened to Lord Jesus too, he was strengthened to obey.

Paul didn’t use big, strong muscles, but knew the Word of God.
He was “bubble” wrapped in God’s power, led, protected by his royal rod.

Unbelievers can not follow, God they cannot please or obey.
But God through the Holy Spirit, works to keep and form us day by day.

We have opportunity to know, be changed and follow God.
This only by his work, as His Spirit does lead and prod.

How did Jesus follow, through suffering, defeat, and death?
He knew that God would lift him up, give glory, life, and breath.

Prayer is the propellant, to the gospel spread.
Don’t give up get overwhelmed, trust God and have no dread.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-08-28
Pastor Dean Good
1 Peter 4:1-6 – Follow Christ in His Rejection, Part 2

God created us to be social, not to live alone.
We want to be accepted by those around us, by family and friends be known

But when we live for the Savior, to do the will of God,
we will receive his rejection, our lives to the world seem odd.

Last week looked at the world’s rejection, of the people of God.
This rejection is natural as they run to death, and revealing as with pursuit of self and pleasure are shod.

The world’s rejection of God’s people is verbal, blaspheming what is strange.
They revile God, and all his ways, his people they try to change.

Verbal abuse of believers, by those who the gospel reject.
Many words Paul does use, to describe this abuse and inspect.

Most Christians in history, have not for their faith died.
But all Christians at some level, by verbal abuse are tried.

Some may curse you out, some falsely accuse.
Say you are wicked, but see you are right, when they do abuse.

Say “You’re not moral” when they sin, true values they will twist.
From history past this has not changed, we still have the same list:

Legalist, immoral, foolish, socially deranged,
biased, hater, condemning others, ideas wrong and strange.

The gospel is an offense to the world, condemnation brings.
Sin, death, hell, eternity, right and wrong and things.

Superstitious, blind; foolish and confused.
No one wants to be seen this way, to be daily abused.

Nothing new under the sun, the same both then and now.
Mocking, hating, sarcasm, thinking we will bow.

Look on with condescension, turn Jesus, teacher, into God.
Look with mocking pity, Christians misled and odd.

This leads to persecution, seen in the book of Acts.
Steven mocked and slandered, publicly attacked.

Steven pointed to God, spoke boldly of the truth.
Hatred intensified, stoned while Saul stood aloof.

Leaders, teachers, parents; tease don’t understand.
Those closest to us, in the church; against us they may band.

This rejection not just of Christians, the rejection is of Christ.
Blaspheming man and God, a rejection of truth and light.

How should we respond to abuse? What should we do?
Five ways to respond, the Word will walk us through.

Do not be surprised, when the world rejects the way.
We share what God has done, they reject what we say.

Second, keep a good conscience, don’t respond in a sinful way.
That even when they slander, live for God each day.

Third, do not respond in kind, repeating as they speak.
But giving a blessing instead, be strong while they are weak.

Bless and do not curse, do not say foolish things.
Pray for them, that they’d be saved, with grace let your words ring.

Fourth, commit yourself to the Lord, trusting his power and way.
The truth will always win in the end, He’s the Lord at the end of the day.

Trust yourself to a faithful creator, in doing what is right.
He will give you grace and strength, to live by his great might.

Fifth, be ready to give an answer, for the hope that is in you.
With gentleness and reverence, sharing what is true.

In Ephesians two: one to ten, I was dead in sin.
But Jesus died for me and rose, giving life again.

When filled with the hope in his Word, in the Spirit walk.
These attacks don’t bother at all, we can obey and talk.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Wednesday, 2022-08-31
Jonathan Underhill

Psalm 130 (Series: Psalms)

The Psalmist in the world is struggling with life. The pain deeper, deeper does go.
Jonah felt similar, drowning in life, down where life is so low.

What brings us down? Sorrow and sin, melancholy situation so low.
Other will be there, and can surely relate, as up to Jerusalem they go.

Without hope in God, we have no hope at all, no matter how high or how low.
God is the one who hears, provides, protects, In our struggle his power does show.

In the depth and despair, we cry out to the Lord. Our confidence in him alone.
If we refuse to submit, to his will and his way, his righteous recourse will be shown.

“I, even I, will wipe out your sins.” Justice is not within us.
God gives the pardon, only he sets us free, only in him is our trust.

Do you have the pardon, the freedom in him? To rest and trust in his way?
Only in this do we rest and we wait, writing expectantly for his bright coming day.

The watchman is waiting, knowing when the sun will rise. He’s expectant and soon will go home.
We too should be watchful, looking for him, looking to the eternal home.

Morning is coming, we know this is true, though the timing is hidden from us.
Waiting for his coming, not hoping it’s true, but knowing as in his Word we trust.

With eager expectation do you wait? Do you long? For the Lord to come back, you believe.
Some say they believe, but the going gets hard and the path to Christ they do leave.

He himself, he will do it, in Christ God has come, to cover our sorrow and shame.
God comes to destroy, not only the sin, but the source of all sin by his name.

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Rhyming Sermon Notes: Philippians 1:9-11

In a previous post, I introduced that I am going to try to take sermon notes as a rhyme. Here are my Sunday School notes from my first week. Actually, these are my first rhyming notes, since Sunday School is before the main service, even though I posted my notes for main service first.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – 2022-07-24
Sunday School: Jonathan Underhill (Deacon)
Philippians 1:9-11 (Series: Prayers of Paul)

With the Philippians Paul wants to be, though the Lord’s face he longs to see. 
Encouraging them to walk in love, with impossible love come from above. 
God’s love has no end, that this poured out love we too may send. 

Truth and right we need to know to discern which way we need to go. 
This discernment comes when filled with love, God’s true love come from above.

As difficult times come and go, joy should be the hope we know. 
This joy and hope they come through prayer, of each other’s needs to be aware.

Knowing the fullness of God’s Word, not acting as if we haven’t heard.
Knowing, Loving, to the end, wherever he may go or send.
Approving what is good and right, that we may stand up in the fight.

When we fall down, and turn away, through God’s forgiveness we have a way. 
The Messiah’s come, but do we see, living in love in all we do and be. 

Pure and holy with him we walk , time with him to live and talk. 
Not feeling the need from him to hide, but with him and others to freely abide. 
Living in love, and by God’s grace, longing now to see his face. 

Reflecting love to all around, that life in Christ may now be found.