Kevin W. Bounds

Pastor and Writer

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Consumed by the Call,

Kevin W.Bounds

Project # 065-0888

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Main Text: Genesis 22:1-18

Thesis: Obeying in the hard decisions brings a blessing.

  1. Introduction
    1. I cannot imagine a harder task being laid upon the shoulders of man than what Abraham was asked to do!
    2. God still asks us today to do difficult things. He demands our ultimate obedience.
      1. And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (KJV, Lk. 9:23).
    3. How do we obey?  I believe this can be found in today’s text.
  2. Body
    1. The Offering
      1. v.2a – God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son.
        1. His long awaited heir
        2. His miracle
        3. His promise
      2. v. 2b – “upon one of the mountains which I will tell the of.”
        1. The directions may not be “spelled” out the way we like, but we walk by faith (2 Cor.5:7).
        2. Abraham stepped out and walked! Not having a road map, just a “unction” from the Holy One.
    2. The Worship
      1. v. 5- This is the first mention of the word “worship” in the Bible.
        1. What a perfect illustration of what worship is!
        2. Worship is costly!
          • King David once said, “I will not offer that which has cost me nothing.”
          • Jesus’ Life was an act of worship!
        3. Could you imagine the lump in Abraham’s throat while the word “worship” flowed from his lips?
        4. Yet, Abraham trusted God with Isaac’s return
    3. The Conversation
      1. vv. 6-8 – I can imagine the lump in his throat swelled at this conversation!
      2. God was asking a hard thing, but Abraham was responding with faith.
        1. How?
        2. He remembered how God had not failed him!
        3. Read vv. 11-12
    4. The Unseen by Man
      1. v. 13-14 – Abraham only saw his path up the mountain. God could see that on the other side a ram was climbing to meet them!
      2. God may ask hard things of us, but we must remember He has a plan!
        1. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not evil, to give you and expected end” (KJV, Jer. 29:11).
        2. Jehovah Jireh!!!!!!
    5. The Effects  of Surrender
      1. vv. 16-18 – Obedience is key! It may effect a multitude that you haven’t seen yet!
  3. Conclusion
    1. We will face hard decisions, but we must walk by faith and trust God!
    2. He has never failed us! And He never will!

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Rev. Kevin W. Bounds

The New Covenant

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Christ the King Sunday (11-25-12)

“A New and Better Covenant”

Introduction:

  1. (Tell the congregation to flip through their Bibles.) Notice the Holy Bible is 66 books in the canon of Scripture and they are divided into two major portions; the Old (39) and New Testament (27). Why?
  2. Read the Main Text. (Jeremiah 31:31-34)
  3. Pray over the reading of the Word.

I.            What is a Covenant? (Verse 31)

  1. The first obstacle we must overcome to is the meaning of a covenant.  A covenant is “a pact, treaty, alliance, or agreement between two parties of equal or of unequal authority” (Holman Bible Dictionary, 308).
  2. In our day, we think of contracts, but a covenant is much more than a contract. In a contract, if a person doesn’t fulfill their end of the bargain then the contract can be broken. A covenant is not supposed to be broken, even if one side fails. A covenant can be renewed, but not broken!

II.            Why a New Covenant? (verse 32-34)

  1. Story of King Jehoiakim rejection of the Word of God. (Jeremiah 36:1-8,21-23-27-28)
  2. Israel had broken their covenant with God, but God is faithful! (verse 32)

i.      Look Romans 11:13-25

ii.      It was God’s plan to redemption for the world; to send His only Son!

iii.      Notice it is to provoke Israel to jealousy (verse 15 & 25)

III.            How?

  1. Look at Hebrews 10:1-5
  2. Remember, “ For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
  3. Look at Luke 21:19-20

Conclusion:

  1. What will you do with this “Great Salvation”?

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Mouse embryonic stem cells. More lab photos

Mouse embryonic stem cells. More lab photos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Would you like to see a quadriplegic walk again? What about a cure for debilitating diseases such as diabetes or Parkinson’s disease? Some believe the previous feats are possible, but at what cost? This is the question that lays at the foot of the mountainous debate on embryonic stem cell research. This topic has had a polarizing affect on our society. One side is for research and others adamantly oppose this form of scientific exploration. What is the big deal? This is my attempt to visit both camps and weigh in on the intensely debated issue of embryonic stem cell research.

First, you may be wondering, as I was, what is a stem cell? “A stem cell is a cell that upon division replaces its own numbers and also gives rise to cells that differentiate further into one or more specialized types, as various B cells and T cells” (Dictionary.com). Stems cells have awesome medicinal value, because they can be used to replace damaged cells and tissue. There are different kind of stem cells; fetal, embryonic, and adult. Fetal stems cells can be taken from the umbilical cord from newly delivered infants. Adult stem cells can be found in many different tissues found in the human body. Embryonic stem cells are found in the surplus of frozen embryos used for in vitro fertilization. All these stems cells hold tremendous possibilities for medical cures. However, embryonic stem cells are desired, due to there flexibility in what cells they can reproduce.

There are thousands of relatives of those who are afflicted by different diseases that are willing to undergo embryonic research. Their argument is to allow those embryos, mark to be discarded, to be used for research. It seems to be a great waste of an opportunity to find the much sought after cure they are seeking. Could you imagine seeing a loved one suffer? Knowing embryonic stem cells could hold the answer.

On the other hand, a polar opposite view of this debate can be witnessed. This side views embryos, in essence, as human life. Saving a life by cures found by embryonic research would destroy countless potential lives. They contend it is not necessary to use embryos in research, because stem cells can be harvested by other means.

There are no easy answers for this great ethical dilemma. One must approach this topic with great care and tact. One can observe the slanted view of each party concerning this debate. For those who have family members suffering from horrific diseases, our heart aches for them. Yet, for those precious potential lives, by nature, we are protective.

After much mental wrestling, I have formed my opinion. My opinion is that it would be immoral to proceed with embryonic research. Surprisingly, this was not an easy decision for me to make. I imagined myself in shoes of those parents which have children with potentially curable diseases. My heart breaks for them, but I believe cures could be and are being developed by other stem cell research; which, does not destroy embryos.

First, my initial reasoning is embryonic stem cell research only offers hope of a “potential” cure. This “potential” cure would certainly destroy potential life. There is no guarantee any cure would be found through embryonic stem cell research. I cannot condone the destruction of human life on a “maybe” cure.

Secondly, I believe we are to speak up for the weak and defenseless. Embryos are human life. As I mentioned, my heart goes out to family members seeking a cure, but what about the countless families that will never come to be, if we allow these embryos to be destroyed. We are not merely talking about producing one human life,but rather many lives from this single life.

These potential lives or embryos cannot speak or defend themselves, so we must take a stand for life. One could argue the giving of embryos could be compared to giving an organ. Yet, when a person becomes an organ donor, they must give their consent. These embryos have no voice, so we must speak up.

Finally, I believe this could open up Pandora’s Box, so to speak. If one says human embryos should be sacrificed for others to have a better life. What is to say, that one day a handicapped person may be forced to give vital organs to someone who has more to offer in this life. Of course, this is speculation, but once you cross that line it not easy to return.

In conclusion, the use of embryos for stem cell research is a great ethical debate. It will more than likely be waged for years to come. My heart breaks for families clinging to hope of cures and I pray one is found, but we should not destroy life to preserve it. It is my assumption that embryonic stem cell research is unethical and immoral.

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October 20, 2012

Image47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. ((Luke 6:47-49 KJV))

I have a confession to make. I occasionally suffer from astraphobia or for those who speak English that means fear of thunderstorms. This fear goes back to my early childhood. I know God does not desire this (2 Timothy 1:7), but in my humanity this is something with which I struggle. I must admit God has helped me tremendously with this phobia.

I remember the fear and dread that would swell in my young heart when I would see a storm gathering on the horizon; its angry clouds swirling with threatening streaks of lightning. As I write this, I can still recall the paralyzing fear that would grip me. The pounding of thunder and the howl of the wind would send shivers up my spine. I remember retreating into the safety of my mothers arms. I wanted to avoid the storms all together but I had to ride them out.

As I have matured, I have often thought of these perilous time I have faced and the Lord has seen me through every one. I do not get afraid as much about thunderstorms as I used too, but I still have to face storms of a different sort. We all face them. Pain, heartache, financial hardships, sickness, and death to name a few. I have seen people go through storms which I thought would destroy their faith but they remained after all had passed over. Then I have seen those that have an appearance of sturdiness topple because they neglected spiritual truths in God’s Word.

In today’s reading, we see a comparison of two types of people. We have a comparison of a person who hears and obeys Jesus teachings and one who hears and disobeys. Jesus likens them to two men building houses. I would like to point out there similarities first, both heard the word, both built houses, and both faced storms. (It doesn’t matter who you are the trials of life do not discriminate.)The two homes were probably built from the same types of material. They both probably looked very impressive to the average eye, but the ground work made the difference in the end. Only the house with foundations upon the rock stood tall after the storm winds had ceased.

Upon closer inspection the wise builder (the hearer and doer of the word) dug deep into the claims of Christ. He let the Word of God seep deep within the crevices of his heart. He hid God’s Word in his heart and it came out in his walk! In Psalm 119, David said, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Our body makes no action that does not begin with a thought in our mind. This is why we are to renew our minds with the word of God (Romans 12:1,2). This builder talked the talk and walked the walk!

He not only “dug deep” but he also laid a foundation upon solid rock. Our foundation is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthian 3:11)! He knew that all that surrounded the home would possibly wash away, except the rock. When he faced a great storm it was the rock which kept the house from being shaken! Our relationship with Jesus does not make us exempt from the storms of life. We all have to run against the wind in life, but God’s Word will not ever fail us!

Jesus not only speaks peace but he is our peace(Ephesians 2:14)! He is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). In John 16:33, He said “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Jesus desires us to have peace amidst the tempests of trials. He has not given us the spirit of fear (2Timothy 1:7).

Sometimes Jesus takes us into storms of testing. The following is a story of where Jesus led his disciples into a storm:

And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

(Mark 4:35-41 KJV)

Jesus had told the disciples they would reach the other side before the journey had begun. Even though it may appear that Jesus does not care about your storm, he is still in the boat with you! The passage says he was in the “hinder part of the ship”, that is where the captain steers the vessel. You can rest assured in your storms the Captain is still steering your ship! It may not seem like it at the moment, but God is still in control! He lets us experience storms, often to show His mighty power! If it had not been for the Lord where would we be?

This same storm happened right before they reached the country of the Gadarenes. If you remember this is where “Legion” was cast out of a man into the swine. Could it be that the storm was trying to hinder this marvelous deliverance? I believe so. Many of the storms come right before a major victory, so don’t give up. Dig deep!

The unwise builder (hearer but not a doer) faced a storm of the same magnitude as the wise builder but his house collapsed. His life was built on the shifting sand of the world. He had not heeded Christ’s message, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” The ruin was a terrific loss of everything he held dear. I am sure he had little comfort or peace, while the other builder was not even shaken.

Do you have peace or remain unshaken when life throws you a curve? Or do you crumble? Could it be that you have refrained from “digging deep” into God’s promises? This is not to merely hearing a sermon a week or simply reading your Bible. This is, so to speak, walking the scriptures out in your daily life. Living what you believe. Being a doer and not just a hearer. What does the Bible say about this?

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

(James 1:22-25 KJV)

We must not think that the Christian life is all fun and games. We will face storms and trials. We must do as the wise builder and dig deep and lay a foundation. It is up to us to obey or disobey. Have you dug deep and laid claim to your piece of the rock? If so, then you will have the Peace of the Rock amidst life’s storms.

Upon the proverbial fence,

do you sing and dance?

Leaving your eternity at chance.

Lay hold of the salvation given.

Then you will truly start living,

the abundant life for which Christ’s blood was spilled.

Or are you on the fence, with a worldly tilt?

Today is the day to choose your ground.

Before you hear the trumpet sound.

It is time to place your faith in the One,

Jesus, God’s sole Son.

Upon the proverbial fence,

do you sing and dance?

Don’t be a hypocritical statistic,

it is time to get realistic.

Make a choice. Whom will you serve?

A gift of grace, nothing you deserve.

You can’t earn God’s love.

That’s why He descended from above.

God wrapped in human skin.

He walked in the shoes I am in.

Yet, without sin.

Crucified and buried, but the grave couldn’t hold Him in!

Ascending to the Father’s right hand to make a way,

to build a mansion for us to stay.

Has the god of this world blinded your sight?

It’s time to get right!

Bow your knees in prayer,

Are you broken?  He’ll meet you there.

He is the way, the truth, and the life.

Are your tired of all the pain and strife?

Be prepared for my last sentence…

GET OFF THE FENCE!

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