FREEZERS AND PHARISEES

Message by Don McNiven - August 20, 2017

Psalm 19:14  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

SOLUTIONS

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HYPOCRITES

Matthew 23:25-27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean."

LOSING OUR BALANCE

Isaiah 29:13  The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught."

Matthew 15:8  These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

James 3:9-10  With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

1 Peter 2:1  Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

PUBLIC VS PRIVATE WORLD

Public World (my reputation, what see)

Private World (my character, what sees)

POTHOLES AND SINKHOLES

Book: Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald

INSIDE OUT

Matthew 6:33  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

1 Samuel 16:7b  The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Psalm 139:23  Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

COOL REMINDERS FROM THE FREEZER?

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Don McNiven is the Director of Affiliate and Donor Relations at Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. He previously served as general secretary of the BIC (North America) and as executive director of the International BIC Association. Much of his early career was in education, including serving as president of Niagara Christian Collegiate. Don is passionate about music, especially jazz, and is a part of our Westheights worship team. Five grandkids keep Don and his wife Suzanne "young."

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