Merry Christmas from The Ed Boston Podcast

Amy and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Our family, friends, and followers are the reason we do this ministry, and we want to remind each of you why we celebrate Christmas.

First, here is the link to our Christmas Special 2018, and then below is the real reason for the season, from Luke Chapter 2.

Merry Christmas to all,

Pastor Ed Boston

Luke 2

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Here’s Why I Believe Pastor Andy Stanley Is Wrong

A story up at CBN News,  Megachurch Pastor in Hot Water Again: ‘Christians Are Not Required to Obey Any of the Commandments’ from the OT   Pastor Andy Stanley has caused quite a firestorm over some of his views.

From the story at CBN News:

In the commentary, Stanley is making an attempt to get Christians to think about living under the new covenant that Jesus created through his death and resurrection. He points to what Jesus said in John 13:34: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

But then he takes it much further than that saying, “The Ten Commandments are from the old covenant.” He makes the argument that Christians are wrong when they try to defend Ten Commandments monuments “in a public space or on government property,” saying Jesus only gave us one commandment.

Then he appears to reject the laws of the Old Testament which laid the foundation for the new covenant.

Here are Pastor Stanley’s exact words which have sparked a new controversy:

“Participants in the new covenant (that’s Christians) are not required to obey any of the commandments found in the first part of their Bibles. Participants in the new covenant are expected to obey the single command Jesus issued as part of his new covenant: as I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

When you read the entire article with the links to several other stories about Pastor Stanley’s views,  and then get a little more context into who he is trying to reach and the message he is trying to share, I somewhat understand what he is trying to do.

Understand, but very much disagree. 

The two scripture references below are the red-letter words of Jesus himself. His points are this:

  • He did not come to abolish the law
  • He came to fulfill the law
  • We are to love God
  • We are to love our fellow man

Matthew 5:17-19  (NIV)

The Fulfillment of the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 22: 34-40  (NIV)

The Greatest Commandment

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Now let’s look at the Ten Commandments for a moment. If you don’t know them already, you can find them here at Biblegateway.com or look up Exodus 20.

The first four commandments talk about our love for and relationship with God. The next six commandments talk about how we need to love our fellow man and things that we should and should not do in order to accomplish that.

I would consider myself a New Testament Christian and I believe there are many things in the Old Testament that do not apply in today’s world (which I believe is really what Pastor Stanley is trying to get across).

However, to say things that would indicate that we don’t need to follow the Ten Commandments is a fundamentally flawed way of thinking.

Sermon: Family of God

John 1:12  (NKJV)

12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

Ephesians 2:19 (NKJV)

19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

Romans 12:5  (NKJV)

so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

The Family of God

You will notice we say “brother” and “sister” ’round here;
It’s because we’re a family and these folks are so near.
When one has a heartache we all share the tears,
And rejoice in each vict’ry in this fam’ly so dear.

I’m so glad I’m a part of the fam’ly of God!
I’ve been washed in the fountain,
Cleansed by His blood.
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the fam’ly,
The fam’ly of God.

From the door of an orph’nage to the house of the King,
No longer an outcast; a new song I sing.
From rags unto riches, from the weak to the strong,
I’m not worthy to be here, but praise God, I belong!

I’m so glad I’m a part of the fam’ly of God!
I’ve been washed in the fountain,
Cleansed by His blood.
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the fam’ly,
The fam’ly of God.

Attend A Bible Believing Church

We love everyone who comes here to EdBoston.com to get good spiritual guidance, sermons, scripture, prayer, and more. It’s also not just important but directed that we should also attend a church as well so that you can get the fellowship of like-minded Christians.

Of course, not everyone is physically able to be at church in person – but God knew that we need the encouragement of brothers and sisters in Christ.

Hebrews 10:19-25

A Call to Persevere in Faith

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

That said, there should be a brand new sermon online by Pastor Ed Boston after he preaches Sunday night.

Have a blessed Lord’s Day!

Jesus Is The Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Jesus is the Word, and the Word is the truth. The truth is not an option. No matter how much people would like to have their ears tickled with only what they would like to hear and what doesn’t hurt their feelings, Pastors must be bold and stand in their pulpits and PREACH THE TRUTH in love.

Hebrews 13: 6-8

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can mere mortals do to me?” Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Truth

The Ed Boston Podcast Network Celebrates the 4th of July!

Tomorrow is July the 4th and the Ed Boston Podcast is going to celebrate with a special podcast. There will be patriotic music, readings, historical facts, and much more. We will be announcing on social media when the podcast is online for you to hear.

For now, watch and listen to my sermon from this past Sunday evening – America’s Godly Heritage.