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Exegesis (/ˌɛksəˈdʒiːsɪs/; from the Greek ἐξήγησις from ἐξηγεῖσθαι, "to lead out") is an explanation of a text, particularly a religious text. Traditionally the term was used primarily for work with the Bible; however, in modern usage "biblical exegesis" is used for greater specificity to distinguish it from any other broader critical text explanation. Exegesis is the expository investigation into the history and origins of the text, but may include the study of the historical and cultural backgrounds for the author, the text, and the original audience.

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Sunday Gospel Sermons

The Lord Shall Renew Their Strength

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"Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, 'My way is hid from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God'? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." [Isaiah 40:27-31]


February 27, 2021

The Coming of John the Baptist: "...he will be great before the Lord"

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"But the angel said to him, 'Do not be afraid, Zechari'ah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth; for he will be great before the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Eli'jah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.'" [Luke 1:13-17]


February 21, 2021

Revelations 1:1-7

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This week's sermon outlines the four different views of the book of Revelations held by scholars, and includes an in-depth study of the Preterist view as it applies to verses 1:1 thru 1:7


February 14, 2021

Lukewarm Worship is Worse Than No Worship At All

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"A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, 'How have we despised your name?' By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, 'How have we polluted you?' By saying that the Lord's table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts. And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the Lord of hosts. Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand."
[Malachi 1:6-10]


February 7, 2021

The Greatest Commandment

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"But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sad'ducees, they came together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. 'Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?' And he said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.'"
[Matthew 22:34-40]


January 31, 2021

I Samuel 15: To Obey is Better Than Sacrifice

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"And Samuel said, 'Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.'"
[I Samuel 15:22-23]


January 24, 2021

Revival Part 2: Sending Out the Apostles

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"These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, 'Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand." Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town. [Matthew 10:5-15]


January 17, 2021

Introduction to Revival

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Often the Church's role in people's lives is diminished by the teachings of political activism from the pulpit. God beckons us to a higher calling, that of true religion - a renewed and serious interest in all things spiritual.


January 10, 2021

Daniel in the Lions' Den

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"Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, 'May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!' And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him. Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, 'O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?' Then Daniel said to the king, 'O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.' Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions-they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces."
[Daniel 6:16-28]


January 3, 2021

Introduction to Revelations: Part 2


This week's sermon outlines the four different views of the book of Revelations held by scholars over the years since the book was written, and the major theories held concerning the date of it's writing.


December 27, 2020

Isaiah 53: The Suffering Servant Song



THE SEED LESSON   PART 49

The Gospel in Prophecy more than 700 Years BC. The prophecy in song is composed of 15 Verses that may be divided into 5 Topical Stanzas of 3 verses each; beginning with Isaiah 52:13 through Isaiah 53:12. The poetry of the Hebrew Bible is read in melody or sung. This prophecy is sym-me'-tri-cal. There are five stanzas of three verses each. It begins and ends with the Servant's exaltation first [Isaiah 52:13-15] and fifth stanzas [Isaiah 53:10-12] and set within this, is the story of Christ's rejection in stanzas two [Isaiah 53:1-3] and four [Isaiah 53:7-9], which in turn frames the centerpiece stanza 3 [Isaiah 53:4-6], where the atoning significance is revealed. God and man, reconciled, share in the telling. Note the "my" and "our" of the outer stanzas one and five.


December 20, 2020

Matthew 13:24-30 - Parable of the Weeds

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"Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn." [Matthew 13:24-30]


December 13, 2020

Parable of the Sower

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In I Corinthians 3:6, Paul refers to God's people as "God's field." In Old Testament, we see that the heart of man is compared to soil, with the capability of being either hard or soft (Jeremiah 4:3-4). This is the idea which is conveyed in our text and Jesus reveals to us that there are four types of soil representing the hearts of four types of people. There is the ground that is along the path which represents hard hearts (Luke 8:12). The shallow soil along rock is good for a little while and represents those who are quick to believe yet there is no depth of soil. Consequently, they fall away in times of testing [Luke 8:13]. The soil which is full of thorns represents those who while hearing the word are choked out and do not produce fruit [Luke 8:14]. "As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience." [Luke 8:15]


December 6, 2020

Introduction to Revelations: Part 1

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Of all the books in the Bible, none has been as scrutinized, analyzed, and misunderstood as Revelations. Both prophesy and epistle, Revelations is a truly unique book. In this lesson we examine some of the theories and views that are held concerning the text, why it was written, and who it was written by.


November 29, 2020

Matthew 12:33-37 - A Tree is Known by it's Fruit

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"Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." [Matthew 12:33-37].


November 22, 2020

Matthew 12:1-8 - Mercy, Not Sacrifice

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"At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, 'Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.' He said to them, 'Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless? I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath." [Matthew 12:1-8].


November 15, 2020

Matthew 11:25-30 - The Revelation to the Little Ones

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"At that time Jesus declared, 'I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." [Matthew 11:25-30].


November 8, 2020

Matthew 11:20-24 - Woe To Unrepentant Cities

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"Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. 'Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.'" [Matthew 11:20-24].


November 1, 2020

Matthew 11:1-19 - Dealing With Discouragement

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"When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities. Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, 'Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?' And Jesus answered them, 'Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.' As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: 'What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.' Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. 'But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.' For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.'" [Matthew 11:1-19].


October 25, 2020

The Reasons for Division

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"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person's enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." [Matthew 10:34-39] Just as in the 21st century, Jesus was a divisive force among the people of the 1st century. But just like in the 1st century, His message to us is "Follow Me".


October 18, 2020

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles Part 2

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"Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes." [Matthew 10:16-23]


October 11, 2020

Matthew 10 - Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

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"These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, 'Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand." Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.'" [Matthew 10:5-15]


October 4, 2020

Matthew 9:27 - Jesus Heals Two Blind Men

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"And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, 'Have mercy on us, Son of David.' When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, 'Do you believe that I am able to do this?' They said to him, 'Yes, Lord.' Then he touched their eyes, saying, 'According to your faith be it done to you.' And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, 'See that no one knows about it.' But they went away and spread his fame through all that district." [Matthew 9:27-31]


September 27, 2020

Psalm 3: You, O Lord, Are a Shield About Me

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Surrounded by enemies, including his own son and the nation of Israel, King David raises this prayer to God: "O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, 'There is no salvation for him in God.' But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people!" [Psalm 3:1-8]


September 20, 2020

Matthew 9:18-26 - He Spoke These Things To Them

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"While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, 'My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.' And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, 'If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.' Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, 'Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.' And instantly the woman was made well. And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, 'Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.' And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went through all that district.

And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, 'Have mercy on us, Son of David.' When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, 'Do you believe that I am able to do this?' They said to him, 'Yes, Lord.' Then he touched their eyes, saying, 'According to your faith be it done to you.' And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, 'See that no one knows about it.' But they went away and spread his fame through all that district." [Matthew 9:18-26]


September 13, 2020

Matthew 9:18-38 - The Harvest is Plenty, But the Laborers Few

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"While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, 'My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.' And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, 'If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.' Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, 'Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.' And instantly the woman was made well. And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, 'Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.' And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went through all that district.

And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, 'Have mercy on us, Son of David.' When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, 'Do you believe that I am able to do this?' They said to him, 'Yes, Lord.' Then he touched their eyes, saying, 'According to your faith be it done to you.' And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, 'See that no one knows about it.' But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, 'Never was anything like this seen in Israel.' But the Pharisees said, 'He casts out demons by the prince of demons.'

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'" [Matthew 9:18-38]


September 6, 2020

Matthew 9:14-17 - Old Wineskins

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"Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, 'Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?' And Jesus said to them, 'Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved." [Matthew 9:14-17]


August 30, 2020

Matthew 9:9-13 Jesus Calls Matthew, Calls Sinners - Not the Righteous

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"As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, 'Follow me.' And he rose and followed him. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?' But when he heard it, he said, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners" [Matthew 9:9-13]


August 23, 2020

Matthew 9:1-8 Jesus Heals a Paralytic

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"And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.' And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, 'This man is blaspheming.' But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, 'Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins' he then said to the paralytic 'Rise, pick up your bed and go home.' And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men." [Matthew 9:1-8]


August 16, 2020

A Tribute to Nancy Chapman

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A tribute to our beloved Brother and Sister, Adair and Nancy Chapman.


August 9, 2020

Matthew 8:23-27 The Winds and The Sea Obey His Will

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"And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, 'Save us, Lord; we are perishing.' And he said to them, 'Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?' Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, 'What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?'" [Matthew 8:23-27]


July 26, 2020

Matthew 8:18 The Cost of Discipleship

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"Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. And a scribe came up and said to him, 'Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.' And Jesus said to him, 'Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.' Another of the disciples said to him, 'Lord, let me first go and bury my father.' And Jesus said to him, 'Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.'" [Matthew 8:18-22]


July 19, 2020

Matthew 8:14-17 - Jesus Slips Away

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"And when Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: 'He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.'"[Matthew 8:14-17]


July 12, 2020

Matthew 8:5-13 - Jesus Heals the Centurion's Servant

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When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly." And he said to him, "I will come and heal him." But the centurion replied, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; let it be done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment. [Matthew 8:5-13]


July 5, 2020

Matthew 8:1-4 - Jesus Heals a Leper

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As Jesus concludes the "Sermon on the Mount", he descends the hill and is accosted by a leper: "When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, 'Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.' And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, 'I will; be clean.' And immediately his leprosy was cleansed." [Matthew 8:1-3] In ancient times leprosy was regarded by many to be the result of sin - if a person is "unclean" outside, he must be unclean inside, also. In our day, we have those we consider "lepers" - people who suffer misfortune or poverty and are regarded by many as sinful. The logic goes "If he was right with God, he wouldn't be suffering so". Who are those that you consider to be "spiritual lepers"?


June 28, 2020

Matthew 7:17-23 - Bearing Fruit

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"So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits." [Matthew 7:17-20]


June 21, 2020

Matthew 7:15-20 - Wolves Among Us

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"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves." [Matthew 7:15] False prophets give us tantalizing messages, but are inwardly full of lies and deceit. Wolves seek to devour the innocent by leading them astray. "You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?" [Matthew 7:16] Are we sheep, wolves, or goats?


June 14, 2020

Matthew 7:13 - The Narrow Gate

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Jesus warns of the difficulty of entering the kingdom of heaven. "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." [Matthew 7:13-14] A similar admonition can be found in Luke: "Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, open to us,' then he will answer you, 'I do not know where you come from.' Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.' But he will say, 'I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!' In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out."[Luke 13:24] Jesus is the only gate to Heaven, but narrow also is the path we must follow to be faithful Christians.


June 7, 2020

Matthew 7 - The "Golden Rule": "..for this is the Law and the Prophets."

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"So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them..." [Matthew 7:12] - This is part of the verse that we refer to as the "Golden Rule", and this first part is the part that people most often quote. At a glance it could be regarded as "words of wisdom" or "good advice", but for the second half of the verse: "..for this is the Law and the Prophets.". When read in this context, the verse is obviously far more profound than "good advice" - it is a distillation of the entire meaning of the Old Testament.


May 31, 2020

Matthew 7:7 - Ask, and It Will Be Given

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"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" [Matthew 7:7-11]


May 24, 2020

Matthew 7:1-5 - Judge Not?

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"Judge not, that you be not judged". [Matthew 7:1 2]. This may well be the most quoted passage in the bible, and may also be the most missused. Taken out of context, it appears to tell us that we are not to judge anyone, regardless of their deeds and lifestyle. However, reading the very next verses, a more complete context can be gained. "For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye, when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye" [Matthew 7:2-5]. These verses are aimed at the hypocrits and sinners of the audience who judge others while doing the same or worse themselves.


May 17, 2020

Matthew 6:25 - Be Not Anxious

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"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." [Matthew 6:25-33]


May 10, 2020

Matthew 6:22 - The Eye is the Lamp of the Body

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"The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!" [Matthew 6:22-23] Jesus suggests that our entire spiritual well-being is dependent of the behavior of our eyes. James used a rudder analogy to talk about the tongue - "Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs." [James 3:4] The same analogy could be used for the eye.
The eye produces and maintains affection - If you have never looked at something, it's hard to long after it. As a lamp fills a room with light, the eye can also fill our souls with the light of Jesus. "If your eye is healthy" refers to having a single focus. We can't look at two opposing masters for enlightenment. If we're successful in looking at Jesus alone, we are promised that our whole body will be filled with light.


May 3, 2020

Matthew 6:19 - Where Your Treasure Is

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"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal" [Matthew 6:19]. Jesus gives instructions on managing our blessings - Verse 19 tells us what not to do, and verse 20 tells us the better way: "but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." He concludes in verse 21: " For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." This strikes at the heart of our devotion to God - we should love the Creator more than we do His creation. The devil is often successful in "choking out" our love for God by tempting us to love our possessions. God already knows what temporal things we need: "And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. [Luke 12:29-31]. When asked by a rich young ruler "what must I do to inherit eternal life?", Jesus tells him "..Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven." [Luke 18:22].
Though we need worldly provisions to survive through our brief stay on earth, even greater is our need for treasure laid up for our eternal lives.


April 26, 2020

The Lord's Instructions on Fasting

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Fasting should not be done for outward appearances, but for the Lord who sees in secret, that he may reward you openly [Matthew 6:16-18]. In Matthew 6 it is mentioned right next to prayer, which implies it's importantance. Fasting could be looked at like a feast rather than deprivation, much the same as giving of your means - something to be joyfull about.
Fasting is a matter of personal choice, depending on health, etc. There are many health benefits related to fasting but more importantly, spiritual benefits can be realised.
There is a time for eating, a time for praying, and a time for fasting. Fasting is often done during times of distress, or when deep, intense prayer is called for. In the New Testament we are not commanded to fast, just as we are not commanded to give a certain amount of our means to the Lord as in the Old Testament. But like giving, we are taught to give our service to God in accordance with our level of gratitute and love for our Lord.
Fasting is something that "catches the eye" of our Lord. It accentuates the fact that we are serious about what we are praying for. It was used in the Old Testament to avert the judgement of God [I Kings 21:27-29, Jonah 3:4-10], used in Acts to prepare for annoiting new apostles [Acts 13:2-3], and required when greater power from the Holy Spirit was needed [Matthew 17:20-21].
Ask God to give you hunger for the bread of life rather than hunger for food for the body.


April 19, 2020

Church Growth: Which Church are We?

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When asked by a lawyer what the greatest command was, Jesus replied: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" [Matthew 22:37] Hosea admonished the Hebrews of his time: "Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you." [Hosea 10:12] God's vision for every generation is that Christ's Church be filled in abundance. Why are we content to reach limited numbers of people when God is able to fill our Churches, if we gain His favor?
God has called us to influence society - to be the "salt of the earth". God articulates his disappointment with the poor state of his people in Ezekiel's time: "And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none." [Ezekiel 22:30] We are in the same such critical hour now. Either we will be like the vibrant, growing church described in Acts, or the stagnant, failing church in Laodicea.



April 12, 2020

Gods Vision for Trying Times

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William preaches an excellent sermon on the world's need to repent and come to God - God has done his part, now we need to do ours.




   Sunday School Class: "Evangelists" by Brother Kelly Lawson

A lesson outlining the office of an evangelist and a report by Kelly of his 25 years of service. Lesson 1: As an evangelist we are called to high adventure and nothing less than World Conquest in Christ Jesus.
April 5, 2020

The Lord's Prayer

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Matthew 6:5-15 contains Jesus' instructions to his followers concerning prayer to God, and contains what Christians refer to as "The Lord's Prayer". Jesus tells his followers how and why they should pray, and gives an example of an appropriate petition to God.


March 29, 2020

Matthew 5:38 - Walking in Grace Toward Outsiders

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The Jewish nation had long held the Law of Moses in the utmost respect and honor. Any change in the status of their law was sure to be received unfavorably by them. Therefore, Christ quite early in his ministry took pains to spell out for them his true and proper relationship to the Law of Moses. Nevertheless, the difference in "fulfilling" and "destroying" the Law of Moses was about the same as the difference between "paying off" a promissory note and "repudiating" it. In either case, it is effectively removed. Christ took the law out of the way [Col. 2:14-16]; and yet he did so, not by violating it, but by it! Christ fulfilled the law (1) by his own unswerving obedience to it, (2) by his exact manifestation as its promised Messiah, and (3) by enlarging and expanding its teachings, lifting them to a higher and purer level, and by bringing all the Old Testament teachings to perfection in the perfect Law of Liberty.


Matthew 5:27-30

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V:27 Once more, Christ selected as his target one of the great and highly respected words of the Decalogue, blasting it with his "BUT I SAY UNTO YOU!" No wonder Christ's teachings on this occasion resulted in astonishment and amazement among the people (Matthew 7:28,29). V:28 Thus, Christ made the lustful thought as sinful as the overt act. In the light of this, who is innocent? In this commandment, just as in the case of the Fifth Commandment, Jesus was more concerned with antecedents than with overt sins. Adultery proceeds from impure thinking; and in this passage Christ's law appears far higher and more discerning than the Decalogue. V:30 The location of this verse in the midst of Jesus' teaching on adultery makes the meaning clear. Christ expects his followers to avoid gross sin by keeping the fountain of the heart sweet and clean. That this requires exertion, self-denial, and determination of heroic proportions is seen in the implied comparison of plucking out the right eye. The comparison is valid and is so recognized in medicine which often amputates an offending member to save the entire physical body. The giving up of cherished sin is far more difficult but just as necessary - those who would enter into life. Matt 18:8-9


   Sunday Morning Class - Job

Invitation: Prayers Requested    March 15, 2020 Bulletin

Isaiah Chapters 60, 61 & 62



THE SEED LESSON   PART 52

Chapter 60 begins a discussion of the glorious state of the New Israel, that is, the Church of Jesus Christ, during the reign of Christ upon this earth, a reign that began on the first Pentecost after the Resurrection of the Son of God. For ages, this has been the accepted position of Christian commentators on this prophecy. In chapter 61 the speaker is not Isaiah, but the Great Messiah is an interpretation that derives from the highest possible authority, the words of Jesus of Nazareth... No secondary application can at all satisfy any other view. We will see the Christ Himself unequivocally applied this passage to his own commission in His first sermon in Luke 4:18ff. The big thing in chapter 62 is the New Name God promised to give his people in Isaiah 62:2 the new name is, CHRISTIAN. True to Isaiah's pattern of "here a little and there a little" [Isaiah 28:10,13], the prophet here returns to the revelation regarding that new name, mentioned also in Isaiah 56:5, where the passage affirms that: the name will be given by God Himself when the Gentile come to Christ fulfillment [Acts 11:1 & V:26; Acts 26:28 & I Peter 4:16]. The Name only name whereby we can be saved [Acts 4:11-12]


   Sunday Morning Class - Job

Invitation: 2 Baptisms & Prayers Requested    March 8, 2020 Bulletin

Matthew 5:21-26: Jesus Teaches "Thou shalt not kill"

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What Christ did at this point in his teachings is bold, daring, and sensational beyond anything one could imagine today. Here was the case of a prophet, yet relatively unknown, placing himself squarely on record as superior to the Law of Moses, even the Decalogue. Christ in this chapter mentioned several of the commandments, exposed their weakness, and specifically elevated his own will and teachings ABOVE them. He also laid bare, in the most painful manner for the ceremonialists, the awful weakness of the Decalogue, in that a person might indeed keep the letter of it without being in any sense at all truly righteous in the eyes of God! Of course, the Pharisees were the obvious and notorious examples of that very condition; they kept the commandments, but were children of the devil. Jesus opposed the Pharisees and their way of life as essentially sinful in spite of all punctilious observances of tithes, ceremonies, and formalities of the Mosaic religion, embellished, of course, with countless traditions of their own.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    March 1, 2020 Bulletin

Matthew 5:17 - Jesus Fulfilling the Law

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The Jewish nation had long held the Law of Moses in the utmost respect and honor. Any change in the status of their law was sure to be received unfavorably by them. Therefore, Christ quite early in his ministry took pains to spell out for them his true and proper relationship to the Law of Moses. Nevertheless, the difference in "fulfilling" and "destroying" the Law of Moses was about the same as the difference between "paying off" a promissory note and "repudiating" it. In either case, it is effectively removed. Christ took the law out of the way [Colossians 2:14-16]; and yet he did so, not by violating it, but by it! Christ fulfilled the law (1) by his own unswerving obedience to it, (2) by his exact manifestation as its promised Messiah, and (3) by enlarging and expanding its teachings, lifting them to a higher and purer level, and by bringing all the Old Testament teachings to perfection in the perfect Law of Liberty.


Matthew 5:13-16: Christians Are The Salt Of The Earth

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Salt keeps food from being tasteless and preserves it from corruption. Both these functions are performed by Christians for society as a whole. A little more salt (true followers of God) would have preserved Sodom and Gomorrah from destruction. Another pertinent observation regarding salt is that it must come in contact with that which is to be benefited by it. So must Christians come in contact with the rest of mankind. Christ did not encourage isolation and severe avoidance of all forms of indulgence. It is also proper to observe that salt is indispensable. So are Christians. The light Christians give forth to others is truly derived from Christ. Just as all light, energy, and power on earth are derived from the sun, center of our solar system, just so, all moral and spiritual light are derived from the Sun of Righteousness, our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ forbade permitting business and commerce to obscure one's influence for the truth. He warned against permitting cares, duties, and obligations of life to take precedence over faith. He prohibited licentiousness, laziness, or idleness. Jesus concluded his analysis of the Christian's relationship to the world, making them to be both salt and light.


   Sunday Morning Class - Job

Invitation: Prayers Requested    February 16, 2020 Bulletin

Matthew 5: The First Sermon of Jesus Christ

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When Jesus began to speak, He was prepared to make the declaration of the cardinal principles set forth in the ensuing discourse, called the Sermon on the Mount. The word "blessed" means "happy" and is so translated by some. Persons with the attitude of the poor in spirit shall have the privilege of becoming members of the kingdom, namely by entering it by means of the new birth. Why should Christians mourn? They mourn from those sorrows and bereavements which are the common lot of all men. How unspeakably blessed, therefore, is the promise of our Savior, "THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED!" Inherit the earth ... does not refer exclusively to the "new heaven and the new earth", but to this present earth as well. This is a statement that their relationship to the earth and its possessions shall be such as to bring them the greatest possible benefit and enjoyment of it. The desire for righteousness is the only desire of man that can be truly and finally satisfied. This is to say that those who are merciful toward others shall receive for themselves mercy from Almighty God. Those who are merciful toward others shall receive for themselves mercy from Almighty God. The citizens of His kingdom shall be peacemakers. Indeed, persons without this attitude need not apply.


   Sunday Morning Class - Job

Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    February 9, 2020 Bulletin

Matthew 4: The Double-edged Sword of The Word of God

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The temptation of the first Adam took place in a garden; the temptation of the second Adam took place in a wilderness. Temptation is in itself no sin. This is implicit in the fact that Christ was tempted. The oft-repeated lie of Satan that it is as wrong to desire to do evil as it is actually to do evil is frustrated by this passage. It is not temptation to do wrong that constitutes sin, but YIELDING to that temptation. Jesus' answer to temptation was, "It is written ... it is written ... and again, it is written!" The Lord's followers should meet every crucial test of life with a like response! This places the highest stamp of approval upon the Bible. It is simply unthinkable that the Christ of God would have relied upon a merely human and fallible book in his encounter with the Prince of Evil. Jesus' use of the Scriptures in this situation plainly marks them as the words OF GOD! Indeed, this principle is dogmatically asserted, "every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." The Christian should receive as his never-to-be-rejected authority in spiritual matters, the word of God, the word only, every word, and nothing but the word. Satan's promise has no bearing on the Christian, which is regulated by the word of God, not by Satan's words.


   Sunday Morning Class - Job

Invitation: Prayers Requested    February 2, 2020 Bulletin

Matthew 3: John the Baptist, Forerunner for Jesus Christ

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This chapter follows some thirty years after the events recorded in the previous chapter. The public appearance of the Baptist marked a new era. He came forward in the two-fold capacity of a prophet and forerunner of the Messiah. Since prophecy had been silent for 400 years, and all patriotic Jews were longing for the coming of the Messiah to deliver them from the Roman yoke, it is not surprising that he was welcomed with enthusiasm; and that those who ventured to doubt his mission found it expedient to dissemble. John's message was one of repentance. Benjamin Franklin, pioneer Restoration preacher, proclaimed that God appointed three changes in conversion and three actions designed to effect those three changes. These are FAITH to change the heart (mind); REPENTANCE to change the will; and BAPTISM to change the status. John was the herald of this approaching king, Christ, in his kingdom. That this wonderful new kingdom was not to be a kingdom of this world in the ordinary and secular sense was a fact unknown to the Jews and only dimly appreciated by the Twelve themselves, especially at first. The kingdom of God and the church are one and the same institution, and this fact is more and more apparent.


   Sunday Morning Class - Job vs David

Invitation: Prayers Requested    January 26, 2020 Bulletin

Matthew 2: An Image of Satan's Destruction

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The first verse of Isaiah starts with a reference to the baptism of Christ, upon which occasion the Spirit of God in the form of a dove descended and alighted upon Jesus, remaining upon him. Nothing like this is written of Isaiah. Jesus Christ alone possessed the Spirit of God without limitation. The message and work of the Speaker here far transcend those of a prophet, even Isaiah; they are characteristic of deity. It is contrary to the entire spirit of Isaiah's writings for him to have glorified himself in such language as that which appears here. Without any question whatever, we have here another passage like the others labeled "The Song of the Servant." Some have interpreted these verses as a fifth Servant Song. This interpretation is required by simple logic. The Suffering Servant is Christ; this passage refers to Christ; therefore, the passage refers to the Suffering Servant, regardless of the fact that the title does not appear in the passage! Christ referred to an even greater deliverance of men, their deliverance from the captivity and bondage of sin. Our Lord did not come to earth on a mission of getting people out of jail!


   Sunday Morning Class

Invitation: Prayers Requested    January 19, 2020 Bulletin

Isaiah 61: Jesus, the Fulfillment of Scripture

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The first verse of Isaiah starts with a reference to the baptism of Christ, upon which occasion the Spirit of God in the form of a dove descended and alighted upon Jesus, remaining upon him. Nothing like this is written of Isaiah. Jesus Christ alone possessed the Spirit of God without limitation. The message and work of the Speaker here far transcend those of a prophet, even Isaiah; they are characteristic of deity. It is contrary to the entire spirit of Isaiah's writings for him to have glorified himself in such language as that which appears here. Without any question whatever, we have here another passage like the others labeled "The Song of the Servant." Some have interpreted these verses as a fifth Servant Song. This interpretation is required by simple logic. The Suffering Servant is Christ; this passage refers to Christ; therefore, the passage refers to the Suffering Servant, regardless of the fact that the title does not appear in the passage! Christ referred to an even greater deliverance of men, their deliverance from the captivity and bondage of sin. Our Lord did not come to earth on a mission of getting people out of jail!


   Sunday Morning Class - Job

Invitation: Prayers Requested    January 12, 2020 Bulletin

Isaiah 55: Salvation Full & Free



THE SEED LESSON   PART 51

Jesus, the fulfillment of scripture The first verse of Isaiah starts with a reference to the baptism of Christ, upon which occasion the Spirit of God in the form of a dove descended and alighted upon Jesus, remaining upon him. Nothing like this is written of Isaiah. Jesus Christ alone possessed the Spirit of God without limitation. The message and work of the Speaker here far transcend those of a prophet, even Isaiah; they are characteristic of deity. It is contrary to the entire spirit of Isaiah's writings for him to have glorified himself in such language as that which appears here. Without any question whatever, we have here another passage like the others labeled "The Song of the Servant." Some have interpreted these verses as a fifth Servant Song. This interpretation is required by simple logic. The Suffering Servant is Christ; this passage refers to Christ; therefore, the passage refers to the Suffering Servant, regardless of the fact that the title does not appear in the passage! Christ referred to an even greater deliverance of men, their deliverance from the captivity and bondage of sin. Our Lord did not come to earth on a mission of getting people out of jail! "In the kind warmth the metal learns to glow, And pure from dross the silver runs below."


   Sunday Morning Class - Job 17

Invitation: Prayers Requested    January 5, 2020 Bulletin

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