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SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 20171203 THE MOTHER-HEART OF MARY

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THE MOTHER-HEART OF MARY
SERMON STARTER

          Personal Purity has all be disappeared from our culture. Perversity has reached its tentacles into every facet of American life. We live in Biblical Sodom, the ancient city of depravity. Today we are surrounded by the Spirit of Sodom. It's on the internet. It's what the media calls entertainment. Sodom influences our schools, our government, network television, almost area of our culture. It's not just infidelity and promiscuity. It's cheating on all levels of society.
          The early days of television itself was heavily policed by movie censorship boards. The state of New York actually had a movie censorship board. Early TV broadcasts were more pure, moral and wholesome that the reality of daily life. Sexuality was never seen outside of marriage and the marital bed.
          Language on TV and movie screens 65 years ago had no curse words or profanity. Faith, religion, ministers, and believers were depicted in a positive light and family was celebrated. Those days are long gone. What now emanates from our media  screens would have been unfathomable to those of the 1950s.  
          An increasingly apostate, anti-biblical, and anti-Christian culture will naturally present increasingly apostate, anti-biblical, and anti-Christian entertainment. We have watched as the entertainment industry has grown increasingly profane, vulgar, depraved, defiling , anti-Christian, and, in some cases, outright satanic.
          We have gradually become desensitized to the new and anti-God morality to no longer be shocked by it to absorb it in the pursuit of entertainment. We must recognize such things for what they are – that which wars against our faith, our God, our salvation, our souls and erodes the bedrock of our culture.
          Media moguls have created a godless culture devoid of humanity, right or wrong, absolutes, a standard to judge good or evil, morals. . .Our culture that gave us freedom and Godly morality has gone to graveyards, every one.
Where have all the flowers gone?

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SERMON STARTER, The Mother-Heart of Mary, cont. p.2

          The moral pendulum has swung so far to the left, it has begun to swing back again. The media has begun to discipline and purge itself. The list of media anchors who have recently fallen is astounding: Matt Lauer, Mark Halperin, Charlie Rose, Leon Wieseltier, Bill O'Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby Michael Oreskes. . .
The Vietnam War is long over. A new war is now taking place: a cultural civil war. What is at stake in this war are the traditional morals and values that have been foundational in the West for centuries. Entertainers, media elites and much of the political left think it is time to say goodbye to our traditional values and morals. We are told that these values are old-fashioned and no longer serve an enlightened, politically correct society.
Perhaps we should add another verse to the old protest song:
“Where have all the morals gone? Gone to graveyards, everyone! Oh, when will they ever learn?”
Our Saviour's mother was a young Jewish girl who had a pure heart. That's why she was chosen to give flesh to the Messiah. My sermon this morning explores personal purity as exemplified by Mary.

Pastor Phil
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CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART, OH GOD
Psalm 51:10
December 3rd, 2017 - First Sunday of Advent
Sheepfold Ministries - Pastor Phil Roland

THE MOTHER-HEART OF MARY
LUKE 1:26-32
"Personal Purity has all be disappeared from our culture. Perversity has reached its tentacles into every facet of American life. We live in Biblical Sodom, the ancient city of depravity. Today we are surrounded by the Spirit of Sodom. Mary challenges us all to live pure lives."           Pastor Phil  <><<

Greek understanding: kaqaros = Cath-a-rose = Clean, Pure, Clear
`                           kardia = Car-dia  =  "Cardiac"  =  Heart
Psalm 51:10
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.      Matt. 6:21

If there is a light in the soul,               There will be beauty in the person.
If there is a beauty in the person,      There will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,       There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,            There will be peace in the world.                                                                                                                 Chinese Proverb

SEVERAL STERLING PROPERTIES ABOUT MARY’S HEART:
I. MARY HAD A PURE HEART - Luke 1:26-27
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary.
         
A. Mary found favor with God
                    1. She kept herself pure
2. The Pure in Heart shall See God - Matt. 5:8
                                8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
          B. Every Jewish girl prayed to be the mother of the Messiah
                    1. Mary was busy doing her daily tasks
                    2. Gabriel, a special angel showed up
                    3. An Annunciating Angel came with a message from God
          C. Question for us today. . .Do we have a pure heart?
                    1. Pure in the sight of man / Pure in the sight of God
                    2. Purity heart in today's culture is missing
          D. We live in the Days of Noah - Genesis 6:5
                    5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,
              and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
                    1. We live in the Days of Noah - Matthew 24:37
         37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
                    2. Purity of heart in today's culture is ridiculed and scorned
                    3. Jesus predicted great evil would precede His 2nd Coming

The Mother-Heart of Mary, cont. p.2

ANOTHER STERLING PROPERTY OF MARY’S HEART:
II. MARY HAD A PROTECTING HEART - Luke 2:19
19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
A. Mary was a ponder-er who protected those in her care
                    1. Mary protected her husband by her silence
                    2. Mary protected her son and family by not over-talking
          B. We need Mary's protecting heart - Prov. 4:23 NIV
               23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
                    1. Not much in said in scripture about Mary's words
                    2. She didn't say much because of her pure character
                    3. She was in Behavioral language, a "Perfectionist"
                              a. She was outwardly quiet, introspective
                              b. High expectation of self, others
                              c. Cautious, careful, respectful
                              d. Soft-Spoken young lady
          C. Contrast, women extolled in today's culture
                    1. She is sexy, "hot," glamorous, anorexic, promiscuous     
                    2. Brassy, fun-loving, available, extravagant, and perfect
                    3. Superficial, shallow, living only in the moment 
          D. God's Word said that He is interested in the heart - 1 Sam. 16:7
                    7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the
              height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not
              see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD
              looks at the heart."
                    1. God looked on the heart of Mary and saw it was pure
                    2. Men: what are you looking at? - Matt. 5:27-28
                                        27 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not
                          commit adultery.' 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman
                          to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
                    3. Discipline yourselves not to be seduced by the world's                                  standards
                    4. Mary had a pure heart, how about yours?

ANOTHER STERLING PROPERTY OF MARY’S HEART:
III. MARY HAD A FORGIVING HEART - Luke 23:34
34 Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." And they divided His garments and cast lots.

          A. We know inductively Mary had a Forgiving Heart
                    1. Jesus got His yielded forgiving heart from Mary's influence
                    2. Consider, she watched him flayed with the Cat-of-nine-tails
                    3. She watched Him as he carried His Cross past the haters
                    4. She watched him nailed to a Cross
                    5. She didn't throw a temper tantrum
                    6. The Cross wasn't about her, it was about Him
                    7. He was taking on Himself the sin of all the world
The Mother-Heart of Mary, cont. p.3

          B. Mary was not like today's victimization culture, she forgave
                    1. Mothers, consider watching as her first-born son, slowly                              died in the most heinous way imaginable
                    2. His condemnation was unjust, cruel, unfair
          C. Jesus was nobody's victim, neither was Mary
                    1. Jesus was the Lion of the Tribe of Judah
                    2. He had Mary's human blood flowing through his veins
                    3. Jesus was fierce, independent, focused, triumphant
                    4. Jesus' ability to say from the Cross, "Father, forgive them"
                    5. Mary's influence was in His dying Words
          D. How is your forgiving heart?
                    1. Carrying the unaffordable luxury of grudge-bearing?
                    2. Nursing the resentments from perceived injustices?
          E. Picture: Mary holding the broken body of her Son from the Cross
                    1. Eg. Michelangelo's "Pieta" Sculpture
                    2. Think, "Forgiveness" / God's and Mary's Forgiveness
                    3. Enduring injustice? Part of God's Eternal Plan?
                    4. Loving people with God's love can break your heart
                    5. Forgiving people can break your heart
                    6. It broke the Mother-Heart of Mary
                    7. Following in the Steps of Jesus can break your heart
                    8. The rewards are out-of-this-world
          F. Mary shows us the Mother-Heart of Father God
                    1. Allow Jesus to work in you through injustice, unfairness
                    2. Get Mary's pure, protecting, forgiving heart

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MARY'S GIFT OF SUBMISSION TO GOD GAVE US JESUS

 

THE MOTHER-HEART OF MARY
Luke 1:26-32 (NKJV)
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary.
28 And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!"
29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.
30 Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.
32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

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LOOKING THROUGH CLEAN WINDOWS

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.

'That laundry is not very clean', she said. 'She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap'

Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: 'Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?'

The husband said, 'I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.'

Our personal purity is only seen through the clean, transparent window provided by the Cross of Jesus. The world looks at us and sees us through the dirty windows of the world. God looks at us and sees us through windows washed clean by the pure heart of His Son.

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Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV)
23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.


Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

                   
          Matthew 5:8 - Blessed are the pure in heart
          Jeremiah 17:9 - The heart of man is deceitful above all things and                           desperately wicked and who can know it?
          Romans 10:9,10 - With the heart man believes unto righteousness
          Sixth Beatitude
         
Titus 1:15-16
15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.

James 1:27
27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;   2 Peter 3:17

 

MARY HAD A NURTURING HEART
MARY HAD AN IDEALIZING HEART
MARY HAD A FORGIVING HEART

         

Psalm 24:3-4
3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.

 

Friday, December 1, 2017
2 Peter 3:17 (NKJV)
17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;
In 2 Peter 2:7 it is written that God “delivered righteous Lot who was distressed by the depraved conversation of the wicked.” Lot lived in Sodom. Sodom was a city of depravity. How did Lot deal with it all? His family was the only island of morality and faith in a sea of moral evil. How did he raise his children in Sodom? How did he interact or have “fellowship” with the citizens of Sodom around him? How did he involve himself in Sodom’s government? What did he do concerning Sodom’s pastimes, entertainments, and spectacles? If this sounds totally hypothetical, it is not. It is burningly relevant. We, as Lot, live in a day of moral and spiritual depravity. We are surrounded by it. It’s everywhere. It’s on the internet. It’s in our magazines. It’s in our government. It’s in our schools. It’s on our television sets. How do we deal with it? In this month’s message, we’ll focus on the pastimes, entertainments, and spectacles of our time as in that of Sodom. There was a time in the early days of television where that which was broadcast on American network television was overall more pure, more moral, and more wholesome than the reality of daily life. Sexuality was never depicted in any meaningful way as existing outside the marital bed. Language had no curse words or profanity. Faith, religion, ministers, and believers were depicted in a positive light and family was celebrated. Those days are long gone. What now emanates from our television screens would have been unfathomable to those of the 1950s and even to us of a few years back. We must understand that an increasingly apostate, anti-biblical, and anti-Christian culture will naturally present increasingly apostate, anti-biblical, and anti-Christian entertainment. And so we have watched as the entertainment industry has grown increasingly profane, vulgar, depraved, defiling , anti-Christian, and, in some cases, outright satanic. As believers, the danger is to grow used to such things, to gradually accommodate oneself to the new and anti-God morality, to no longer be shocked by it, to absorb it in the pursuit of entertainment. We must recognize such things for what they are – that which wars against our faith, our God, our salvation, and our souls. Had we lived in the days of ancient Rome, we could not allow ourselves to partake in the blood spectacles of its arenas. Nor can we partake of that which would defile us. Even if it is the most celebrated Hollywood spectacle in years, if it contains that which goes against our Lord and the most precious thing we have – we must reject it. We must draw a line in the sand. And if that should one day mean unplugging altogether to such industries, then that’s what we must do. Our salvation, our walk, our lives, our souls, and our eternities are too important to defiled and threatened by the spectacles of Sodom. This month, draw your line in the sand. Unplug from whatever is not of God and life, and plug your heart all the more into His presence. And may God greatly bless you as you do! Your brother and co-laborer in His love and service, Jonathan