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Consider the Benefits

With so much in the Bible about our call as Christians to live holy lives, I find that we often focus on the challenge and the obligation, but forget to ponder the benefits. Even when we hear the word “benefits," "rewards," or "payoff" our minds tend to drift to the “then and there”—which of course will be beyond our most imaginative expectation. But there is plenty of “treasure” that we store up “here and now” which is worth considering. For instance in Romans 6, after reminding Christians of their mission to pursue holiness, Paul asks, “What benefit did you reap at the time from the things you are now ashamed of? (v.21). That is a great question, and one that by comparison should get our minds thinking about how much better it is for us “right now” when we actually live according to God’s standards. Think for a moment of how…

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Mike Fabarez is an author, Bible teacher, and the senior pastor of Compass Bible Church, located in Southern California.  On this edition of Focal Point, we’ll join Pastor Mike and Executive Director Jay Wertin as they tackle a few questions sent in by listeners.

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Pastor Mike is the founding pastor of Compass Bible Church. Mike and his wife Carlynn grew up in Long Beach, California, attending high school together and then the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Pastor Mike graduated from Moody with a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Theology. Mike and Carlynn also attended the University of Arizona with Carlynn receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Education. Pastor Mike earned his Master’s Degree from Talbot School of Theology and a Doctorate from Westminster Theological Seminary in California. Carlynn and Mike have three children, Matthew, John and Stephanie.


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Pastor's Notes

Today we read some more great psalms that should fortify our confidence in a God who in the end “fulfills the desire of those who fear him” (145:19), who “lifts up those who are bowed down” (146:8), and who “heals the brokenhearted” (147:3). What great truths to have reinforced in our thinking and worship. In the New Testament we read about the “head coverings” of the first-century church, which may not be what you envision. For more on what may be a confusing section of Scripture for many, refer to my sermon on this text, “Your Gender Matters to God” (available on the FocalPointMinistries.org website).

-- Pastor Mike

Today's Reading

Psalms 148-150

148:1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his hosts!

Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord!
For he commanded and they were created.
And he established them forever and ever;
he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away. [1]

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist,
stormy wind fulfilling his word!

Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
10 Beasts and all livestock,
creeping things and flying birds!

11 Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
12 Young men and maidens together,
old men and children!

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his majesty is above earth and heaven.
14 He has raised up a horn for his people,
praise for all his saints,
for the people of Israel who are near to him.
Praise the Lord!

149:1 Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the godly!
Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!
Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with salvation.
Let the godly exult in glory;
let them sing for joy on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats
and two-edged swords in their hands,
to execute vengeance on the nations
and punishments on the peoples,
to bind their kings with chains
and their nobles with fetters of iron,
to execute on them the judgment written!
This is honor for all his godly ones.
Praise the Lord!

150:1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens! [2]
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

1 Corinthians 11:16-34

16 If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.

17 But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, [3] 19 for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. 20 When you come together, it is not the Lord's supper that you eat. 21 For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.

23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for [4] you. Do this in remembrance of me.” [5] 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. [6] 31 But if we judged [7] ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined [8] so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

33 So then, my brothers, [9] when you come together to eat, wait for [10] one another— 34 if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 148:6 Or it shall not be transgressed
[2] 150:1 Hebrew expanse (compare Genesis 1:6-8)
[3] 11:18 Or I believe a certain report
[4] 11:24 Some manuscripts broken for
[5] 11:24 Or as my memorial; also verse 25
[6] 11:30 Greek have fallen asleep (as in 15:6, 20)
[7] 11:31 Or discerned
[8] 11:32 Or when we are judged we are being disciplined by the Lord
[9] 11:33 Or brothers and sisters
[10] 11:33 Or share with

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service. Reader: David Cochran Heath.
 
Pastor's Notes

Today we read some more great psalms that should fortify our confidence in a God who in the end “fulfills the desire of those who fear him” (145:19), who “lifts up those who are bowed down” (146:8), and who “heals the brokenhearted” (147:3). What great truths to have reinforced in our thinking and worship. In the New Testament we read about the “head coverings” of the first-century church, which may not be what you envision. For more on what may be a confusing section of Scripture for many, refer to my sermon on this text, “Your Gender Matters to God” (available on the FocalPointMinistries.org website).

-- Pastor Mike

Today's Reading

Psalms 148-150

148:1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his hosts!

Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord!
For he commanded and they were created.
And he established them forever and ever;
he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away. [1]

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist,
stormy wind fulfilling his word!

Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
10 Beasts and all livestock,
creeping things and flying birds!

11 Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
12 Young men and maidens together,
old men and children!

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his majesty is above earth and heaven.
14 He has raised up a horn for his people,
praise for all his saints,
for the people of Israel who are near to him.
Praise the Lord!

149:1 Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the godly!
Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!
Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with salvation.
Let the godly exult in glory;
let them sing for joy on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats
and two-edged swords in their hands,
to execute vengeance on the nations
and punishments on the peoples,
to bind their kings with chains
and their nobles with fetters of iron,
to execute on them the judgment written!
This is honor for all his godly ones.
Praise the Lord!

150:1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens! [2]
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

1 Corinthians 11:16-34

16 If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.

17 But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, [3] 19 for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. 20 When you come together, it is not the Lord's supper that you eat. 21 For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.

23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for [4] you. Do this in remembrance of me.” [5] 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. [6] 31 But if we judged [7] ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined [8] so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

33 So then, my brothers, [9] when you come together to eat, wait for [10] one another— 34 if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 148:6 Or it shall not be transgressed
[2] 150:1 Hebrew expanse (compare Genesis 1:6-8)
[3] 11:18 Or I believe a certain report
[4] 11:24 Some manuscripts broken for
[5] 11:24 Or as my memorial; also verse 25
[6] 11:30 Greek have fallen asleep (as in 15:6, 20)
[7] 11:31 Or discerned
[8] 11:32 Or when we are judged we are being disciplined by the Lord
[9] 11:33 Or brothers and sisters
[10] 11:33 Or share with

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service. Reader: David Cochran Heath.