Faith Revisited Pt. 9: Four Days Late

At some point in time, each one of us will experience an event that will challenge our faith. An event that will try to sneak in doubt, anger, grief, etc., in order to separate us from Jesus. So, what do we do to stop the enemy from getting a foothold in our lives? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he shines some light on this in his eye-opening message, Faith Revisited Pt. 9: Four Days Late.

Romans 8:28
John 11:28-37
John 11:3
Matthew 8:5-10
John 11:21-22
John 11:23b-25
Acts 16:25-26
John 11:32-37
John 11:22
John 11:37-39
John 12:27
John 13:21
Acts 3:4
John 11:45-46

Faith Revisited

Four Days Late

1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
11 After saying these things, He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” 12 The disciples said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He meant taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 So Thomas, called the Twin, said to His fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

John 11:1-16

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The Immaculate Conception

We’ve all heard the phrase, the Immaculate Conception. In fact, we’ve probably used it in a sentence or even an argument, but do we really know what it is? According to the Catholic belief, Mary was born without sin, but is this true? Was Mary kept from sin because God favored her? Does Romans 3:23 have exceptions, including Mary? Join ArieRashelle as she searches through Scripture to find the truth behind these claims in her video, The Immaculate Conception.

Luke 1:28-33
Esther 4:13-14
Romans 3:23
Romans 1:20
Luke 1:46-47
Acts 4:12

The Immaculate Conception

The Birth of Christ Foretold (AKA the Call of Mary)

According to the Catholic belief, the Immaculate Conception is plain in Gabriel’s message to Mary. The problem with that is that Gabriel never once says that Mary was kept from sin from the point of her conception. He never even hints at this.

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from 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. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And 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 bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Luke 1:26-33

Was Mary without sin?

According to the Catholic belief, the Immaculate Conception of Mary made her an exception to Romans 3:23.

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 3:23

The problem here is that Paul, influenced by the Holy Spirit, doesn’t say some or most; he writes that ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Mary herself acknowledges this in Luke 1:47.

46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,”

Luke 1:46-47

I personally believe that this idea of the Immaculate Conception was born out of the Catholic’s desire to elevate Mary from regular human to divine mother.

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