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Watermark Community Church

A Journey Through the Gospels

Russ Brown

Russ Brown

Hi, I’m Russ. A decade of marriage to my beautiful bride, Renee, has blessed us with a loving home filled with laughter, love, and four awesome kids: Luke (8), Garrett (6), Evelyn (1), and nephew Reagan (17).

The average human has 100,000 hairs on his head. I estimate I have 50,000 hairs on my head, at best; I fear 48,000 by the time you read this bio. I often tell Renee she missed out on my shaggy glory days of the '90s! (Cue my wife’s loving eye roll.)  

August 25, 2016

MISPLACED FEARS AND THE HAIRY TRUTH ABOUT YOUR VALUE TO GOD


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Luke 12:1-12

Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees

12:1 In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

Have No Fear

“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. [1] Yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? [2] And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Acknowledge Christ Before Men

“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11 And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 12:5 Greek Gehenna
[2] 12:6 Greek two assaria; an assarion was a Roman copper coin worth about 1/16 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer)

MEMORY VERSES

Luke 12:34

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."