TODAY’S GUEST: Pastor Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio is our guest today. Mike graduated from The Master’s Seminary in 1996 and has been senior pastor of Bethlehem Bible Church in MA since 1997. He’s the author of several books including Sexual Fidelity, Things that Go Bump in the Church, and Discovering Romans.
The topics for today include God’s discipline, Hebrews 12, the testing of our faith, training for the race we’re running, perseverance, God’s love for us and His sovereignty over all.
You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; 5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;
6 For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Hebrews 12:5-11
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