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Outdoor Service

This Sunday, we will again have our service at the Pastor’s home in Novato, 726 Bradley Ave, Novato. Directions – 330-340-9413. We will continue to have the service here on our web page as well, along with the audio.


Offering Mailing Address: P.O. Box 594, Larkspur, CA 94977


Prayer


Our Heavenly Father, we thank Thee and praise Thee for Your holiness. Thou are separated from all evil. We thank Thee for Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, for His willingness to come to this sin cursed world to become our Savior and Lord. We thank Thee for Thy Holy Spirit and ask that He will guide us in our worship this day, to Your glory and honor.

O Lord, forgive us where we have sinned against Thee and our fellow man. Cleanse us with the blood of Jesus Christ. May we walk in the Spirit that we might not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

Lord, we intercede for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are ill at this time and for those who are struggling with sorrow, distress, or discouragement. Lift their hearts and may they see Your care.

Father, heal our nation. Speak to those who are in positions of leadership that they need to seek Thee and Thy wisdom. 

We pray these things, in Jesus’s name. Amen. 



 

Offertory:

He Loved Me Enough To Save Me (Played by Pat)

He loved me enough to save me
He loved me so much He gave me
The will to start again
He filled my heart again with peace
I’d never dreamed of
He knew it had been such a long time
Since I’d seen the color of sunshine
The moment He found me, the cold walls around me,
Melted in the warmth of His love.




For the Children (big and small):

PRAISE HIM, PRAISE HIM ALL YE LITTLE CHLDREN (Played by Pat)

Praise Him, praise Him
All ye little children
God is love, God is love
Praise Him, praise Him
All ye little children
God is love, God is love


Love Him, love Him
All ye little children
God is love, God is love
Love Him, love Him
All ye little children
God is love, God is love


Thank Him, thank Him
All ye little children
God is love, God is love
Thank Him, thank Him
All ye little children
God is love, God is love




CHORUS
HEAVENLY SUNSHINE (#879)

(Played by Pat)

Heavenly sunlight, Heavenly sunlight
Flooding my soul with glory divine
Hallelujah, I am rejoicing
Singing His praises, Jesus is mine






HYMN
ALL HAIL THE POWER (#18)

(Played by Pat)
All hail the pow'r of Jesus' Name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all!
Bring forth the royal diadem
And crown Him Lord of all!

Ye chosen seed of Israel's race,
Ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail Him Who saves you by His grace,
And crown Him Lord of all!


Let every kindred, every tribe,
On this terrestrial ball,
To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown Him Lord of all!
To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown Him Lord of all!
!
O that with yonder sacred throng
  We at His feet may fall,
  We at His feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song,
And crown Him Lord of all!





SCRIPTURE: LUKE 14:1-6

1. And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.
2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.
3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?
4 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;
5 And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?
6 And they could not answer him again to these things.

SERMON:

September 13th, 2020: Pastor Ed Scaglione



 


Sabbath day hospitality was an important part of Jewish life, so it was not unusual for Jesus to be invited to a home for a meal after the weekly Synagogue service. Sometimes the host invited Jesus sincerely because he wanted to learn more about God’s truth. But many times Jesus was asked to dine only so His enemies could watch Him and find something to criticize and condemn That was the case on the occasion described in Luke 14 when a leader of the Pharisees invited Jesus to dinner.

Jesus was on His way from Galilee to Jerusalem where the crucifixion would take place. Luke reports, “And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him." (Luke 14:1) This Pharisee had status among the religious leaders. Some believe the term “chief Pharisee” indicated he was a member of the Sanhedrin. Rank was very important to these religious leaders. They were more interested in rank than righteousness. Very much like many people today.

The context of this chapter indicates that this Pharisee had a rare spiritual privilege in having the privilege to have Jesus Christ in his home working miracles and teaching. But, like most of the other Pharisees, he was so opposed to Jesus, he did not realize what a great privilege he was experiencing that day. Jesus “went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, that they watched him.” (Luke 14:1) The occasion of the invitation was “to eat bread.” This phrase is a bit misleading. It was not a lunch but a feast. The Sabbath was a great feast day for the Jews. The food was cold because they could not cook on the Sabbath, so they cooked the day before and held it for the Sabbath. The objective of the invitation was to watch Him. “As he went into the house . . . to eat bread . . . they watched him.” The meaning of the word translated “watched” means to watch closely, continuously, and maliciously. The objective of this invitation was to give the Pharisee and his cronies an opportunity to maliciously watch Jesus from a closer view than the public. The privacy of the home gave opportunity to scrutinize the conduct of Jesus thoroughly so they could find fault. This reminds us that the unsaved crowd is always watching God’s people. Thus God’s people must always be on guard to conduct ourselves in a Christ like manner.

Wherever Jesus went, He encountered physical problems amongst the people. Luke writes further, “Behold, there was a certain man before him which had dropsy.” (Luke 14:2) Dropsy was the general term for a number of diseases – mostly of the heart, liver, kidneys, and brain. It caused water to collect in the cavities of the body, or in the limbs. The condition was serious and was fatal if not corrected. Luke wrote, “Before him.” These two words suggest an intentional deployment of the sick man “before” Jesus so He could not help but notice him. The Pharisee and his cronies wanted to see if Jesus would heal on the Sabbath and break their Sabbath rules. So they evidently brought this man with dropsy to the feast to see what Jesus would do. .

How heartless of the Pharisee to “use” this man as a tool to accomplish his wicked plan. But if we don’t love the Lord, neither will we love our neighbor. This afflicted man would not have been invited to such an important dinner were it not that the Pharisee wanted to use him as “bait” to catch Jesus. They knew that Jesus could not be in the presence of human suffering very long without doing something about it. If He ignored the afflicted man, then He was without compassion. If He healed the man, then He was openly violating the Sabbath and they would accuse Him.

Jesus would not be hindered from doing a good work for a person just because there was animosity against His doing it. So Jesus questions His audience. “Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, ‘Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?” (Luke 14:3) Jesus was more than a match for these crafty religious leaders. The word “answering” tells us that Jesus was responding to the thoughts of His enemies. They are not recorded as speaking vocally to Him about the issue, but the omniscience of Jesus knew their thoughts. “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?” The answer is obvious, except to the religious leaders and their burdensome Sabbath regulations. Whenever Jesus is rejected, people have trouble recognizing the obvious in the most important matters of life. Luke says, “They held their peace.” (Luke 14:4) Refusing to answer the question condemned the religious leaders, for it exposed their cruelty. They were not interested in healing people but in removing Jesus from Israel.

This miracle was one that was not requested by the afflicted or anyone else on behalf of the man. Thus it especially emphasizes the grace of God. Jesus took three distinct actions in healing this man. First, “He took him.” (Luke 14:4) Jesus took hold of the man. He reached out with love and compassion and held on to him. Second, He “healed him.” (Luke 14:4) The power of Christ willed the healing of the man. The critics did not have such power. They couldn’t heal anyone. Third, He released him. Jesus said, “Let him go.” (Luke 14:4) Letting the man go shows symbolically that Jesus gave the man freedom from his problem. Jesus is in the business of freeing mankind from the burdens of this life, especially from the burden of sin.

Jesus goes on the challenge his audience. “And answering them, saying ‘Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Sabbath day?’” (Luke 14:5) “Which of you?” The rebuke indicates that Jesus knew the thoughts of the heart of these religious leaders. They did not approve of the healing. So, Jesus makes a comparison to daily life. He says to them, which one of you would have an ass or an ox fall into a pit and not immediately put him out even though it was the Sabbath day. Jesus compared His miracle of mercy to a work of mercy by His critics. However, in the comparison, Jesus shows that the need (human disability) He addressed with the miracle was much more important than the need (animal distress) they addressed in their work of mercy on the Sabbath. These religious leaders were kinder and more concerned about their animals than about humans. Sounds likes some animal rights’ groups today.

It is tragic that some people even today have more love for their pets than they do for their family members, their neighbors, and even for a lost world. Luke tells us their reaction. “They could not answer him again to these things.” (Luke 14:6) Jesus shut the critics’ mouths again. They had tried to ensnare Him by their crafty tactics, but instead He greatly shamed them by His tactics, wisdom, and compassion. The first time Jesus answered the critics, they would not answer Him as they “held their peace.” (Luke 14:4) But the second time Jesus answered the critics, they “could not answer him.” In the first instance they did not want to answer; in the second they were not able to do so. They could not because they were unwilling to admit that they were wrong. When you become obstinate and will not answer God, then God will make it so you cannot answer Him. If you will not do God’s bidding, the day will come when you can’t. The majesty of Christ and His triumph over His enemies stands out clearly.

The example of Jesus Christ in this passage deserves our attention. It shows us how we are to respond to the unsaved. One, we should not withdraw from talking to unsaved people. If we do, we are making it almost impossible to reach them for Christ. It would keep them from hearing the truth. At the same time, we need to be careful in their presence. They are watching us.

Prayer


Heavenly Father, we thank You again for the privilege of seeing Jesus as He interacted with those who hated Him and wanted to do Him harm. May we remember that He told us that if they hated Him they would hate us. May we also be like Jesus and reach out to the lost even when they are hostile to us and the gospel. May our lives always be Christ like, in public as well as in private. We pray in Jesus' name, Amen.


If you don't know Christ as your Savior, I beg you to read the gospel presentation by clicking on the link below. Ask God to open your heart and your mind, so that you can come to know Christ as your Savior.

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

WhatMustIDoToBeSaved


CLOSING HYMN:
NO ONE EVER CARED FOR ME LIKE JESUS (#362)


(Played by Pat)
I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus
Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true;
I would tell you how He changed my life completely -
He did something that no other friend could do.

chorus:
No one ever cared for me like Jesus;
There's no other friend so kind as He;
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me -
O how much He cared for me!

All my life was full of sin when Jesus found me;
All my heart was full of misery and woe;
Jesus placed His strong and loving arms around me,
And He led me in the way I ought to go.

No one ever cared for me like Jesus;
There's no other friend so kind as He;
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me -
O how much He cared for me!

Every day He comes to me with new assurance,
More and more I understand His words of love;
But I'll never know just why He came to save me,
Till some day I see His blessed face above

No one ever cared for me like Jesus;
There's no other friend so kind as He;
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me -
O how much He cared for me!


Closing Prayer


Lord, help us to have Your character in our daily lives and not just with fellow believers but with all peoples. We know Lord that You bring unbelievers into our lives just for this purpose. Help us be a steady sign post to You. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen.