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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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Romans 8: Free In Christ

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"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." [Romans 8:1-5].



September 12, 2021

Romans 7

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"Or do you not know, brothers — for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress. Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code." [Romans 7:1-6].



September 5, 2021

Romans 6:1-14

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"What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace." [Romans 6:1-14].



August 29, 2021

Romans 5:12-21

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"But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." [Romans 5:15-21].



August 22, 2021

Romans 5:6-11 - God Shows His Love

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"For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation." [Romans 5:9-11].



August 15, 2021

Romans 5: Suffering Produces Endurance

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"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." [Romans 5:1-5].



August 8, 2021

Romans 4 - Abraham: "It was Counted to Him as Righteousness"

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In chapter 4, Paul likens our faith and righteousness to that of Abraham, who trusted God's promises in spite of his own helplessness to accomplish what God had promised. "...'Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.' Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness..." [Romans 4:3-5]. If Abraham trusted God's promise to make of him a great nation when he was 100 years old and Sarah's womb was barren, how much more should we trust Him when He promises us salvation, though we are incapable of removing our own sins?



August 1, 2021

Romans 3:27 "Then What Becomes of our Boasting?"

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" Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith."[Romans 3:27] It could be said that the grand purpose of scripture is to direct all eyes upon Christ and his love, which was demonstrated on the cross. We are saved not by our own actions, that we could boast, but by the greatness of Christ's sacrifice - a deed that we are utterly incapable of doing.



July 25, 2021

Romans 3: The Grace of God

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"Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, 'That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.' But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) By no means! For then how could God judge the world? But if through my lie God's truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? And why not do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just." [Romans 3:1-8]



July 18, 2021

Romans 2:1-5

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"Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed." [Romans 2:1-5] While in the first chapter Paul was speaking to Christians, in chapter two he switches his attention to the Jews, rebuking them for their hypocritical judgement of others.



July 11, 2021

Romans 1:18-32 - "Claiming to be Wise, They Became Fools"

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"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them." [Romans 1:18-32]

In today's social climate where any speech that anyone is offended by is labeled "Hate Speech", scriptures like these are particularly criticized. Yet these words are meant not as an expression of hate, but a plea of warning. When people willingly forsake all of God's precepts with abandon, God will eventually give them over to all manner of depravity, dooming them to eventual destruction.



July 4, 2021

Romans 12:1-3

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"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned." [Romans 12:1-3]



June 27, 2021

Romans 1:16-17 - The Righteousness of God

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"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, 'The righteous shall live by faith' [Romans 1:16-17]. God is Righteous. Not only is God (Christ) righteous, He is the ONLY posessor of true righteousness.

No man is righteous: "as it is written: 'None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.' 'Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.' 'The venom of asps is under their lips.' 'Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.' 'Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.' 'There is no fear of God before their eyes.'" [Romans 3:10-18]

Being such a pure and Holy attribute, Righteousness cannot tolerate un-righteousness, therefore it follows that God cannnot tolerate man in his current state. We should recognize what a truely blessed gift Christ's sacrifice is - to make it possible to impart a form of righteousness to us, that we may be united with God in spite of our sins.



June 20, 2021

Romans 1:16

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"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." [Romans 1:16]



June 13, 2021

Romans 1:8-10: "Your Faith is Proclaimed in All the World"

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"First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming to you." [Romans 1:8-10] What a joy it is when Gods word takes root and produces fruit. Paul in his epistles consistently thanks God for those who have heard the Word and have remained steadfast. "We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven." [Colossians 1:3-5] We should all be grateful to God for those we know who are saved and hold steady in the faith.



June 6, 2021

Romans 1

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"Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." [Romans 1:1-7] Paul was appointed by Christ himself to be an Apostle and missionary, to proclaim the Gospel - the culmination of God's plan for mankind throughout the ages.



Sunday Morning Bible Class

Revelation 2:18-29 - The Church at Thyatira

by Brother Kelly Lawson

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"And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols." [Revelation 2:18-20] It is unclear whether the name "Jezebel" was actually the name of the woman that Christ referred to, or if he used that term to associate her with the Jezebel of Old Testament times, who did exactly the same things to the worship practices of the Israelites as this woman was doing in the Church at Thyatira. His rebuke was not only for the practice of suffering (allowing) a woman to teach the entire congregation, but much worse that that, leading the congregation into a wicked perversion of worship, establishing an idolatrous cult in the place of the worship of the Lord God.


May 30, 2021

Paul Called To Be An Apostle

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"And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus." [Acts 9:3-8] Paul was the only apostle to have not known Jesus personally while He was alive on earth. A persecutor of Christians, Paul was a person of high standing in the Jewish government, and went about towns within the Jewish jurisdiction with great zeal, rounding up Christians to be jailed or executed. Believing that he was doing God's will, he had a miraculous encounter with Jesus in spiritual form that changed his life, transforming him from a strident persecuter of Christians to one of the greatest proclaimers of the Gospel.




May 23, 2021

Paul, A Slave of Christ

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"Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures..." [Romans 1:1-2] The word used here, in the original language, is used 150 times in scripture, and always meant "slave", and not "servant". While slavery carries a negative connotation in today's society, in the first century it was not always so - In fact, it was often an honour to be a slave, particularly when in service to a wealthy or prestigious family. To be regarded as a slave to the most high God would certainly be a great honour and responsibility as well.



Sunday Morning Bible Class

Revelation 2:1-17 - Letters to Smyrna and Pergamos

by Brother Kelly Lawson

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To five of the seven churches Jesus has a commendation or something good to say before He rebukes and criticizes them. Jesus had nothing good to say about Sardis and Laodicea. All the Churches are called to repentance except Smyrna & Philadelphia. Each Church is called to hear what the spirit says to the Churches. All Churches are told: "To him that overcomes, victory 'I will give...'" Smyrna had the largest Jewish population of any Asian city. If this was written prior to 70AD then it was a period in which the main adversaries of Christianity were the proud Jews. The Jews were the main persecutor of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Rome only acted as their "godfather" in putting Him to death. The book of Acts is filled with the persecution of the Jerusalem church by the Jewish authorities.

Christ did not utter any words of criticism or condemnation of this suffering church, offering only His love and encouragement. Among the historicists and some futurists Smyrna is believed to represent the Church during the period of persecution under the Roman Emperors from Nero, 64AD to Diocletian, whose last great persecution lasted 10 years from 303AD to 313AD.

By Christian times, Pergamum had become the chief center of the Roman emperor-worship, with no less than three temples being erected there to Roman emperors. "I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith,..." [Revelation 2:13] 'I know where thou dwellest...' Repeatedly, this affirmation of the omniscience of the Lord emphasizes the truth that all things are open and naked to the eyes of the Lord. Among the historicists and some futurists, Pergamos is seen as representing the imperial church after Constantine 313AD-606AD. Pergamos means "married to power". It was here that the institution of the papacy had its inception.


May 16, 2021

Nehemiah 4:10-12 - Total Commitment

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"But Judah said, 'The strength of the burden-bearers is failing, and there is much rubbish; we are not able to work on the wall.' And our enemies said, 'They will not know or see till we come into the midst of them and kill them and stop the work.' When the Jews who lived by them came they said to us ten times, 'From all the places where they live they will come up against us.'" [Nehemiah 10:10-12]
Christ calls his people to a life of spiritual war and conflict. "Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses." [I Timothy 6:12] "For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself. Why, we felt that we had received the sentence of death; but that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead" [II Corinthians 1:8-9]




May 9, 2021

Nehemiah 4: Overcoming Satan's Lies

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"Now when Sanbal′lat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he ridiculed the Jews. And he said in the presence of his brethren and of the army of Samar′ia, 'What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore things? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?' Tobi′ah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, 'Yes, what they are building—if a fox goes up on it he will break down their stone wall!' Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn back their taunt upon their own heads, and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives. Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from thy sight; for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders." [Nehemiah 4:1-5] Lies and nefarious speech are among Satan's favorite weapons. What a terrible fire can be started by one small spark, and what great mischief can be perpetrated by a few words!




May 2, 2021

"We Will Arise and Build"

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"Then I said to them, 'You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer disgrace.' And I told them of the hand of my God which had been upon me for good, and also of the words which the king had spoken to me. And they said, 'Let us rise up and build.' So they strengthened their hands for the good work. But when Sanbal′lat the Hor′onite and Tobi′ah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they derided us and despised us and said, 'What is this thing that you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?' Then I replied to them, 'The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build; but you have no portion or right or memorial in Jerusalem.'" [Nehemiah 2:17-20] When we are aligned with God's will, Satan has no right or portion in our work, and we can stand before kings without fear.



Sunday Morning Bible Class

Revelation 2: "A Letter to a First Love Lost Church"


by Brother Kelly Lawson

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"Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." [Revelation 2:1-5] Ephesus was the third largest city in the Roman empire, and the largest city in the area. It was also a center of pagan worship, with the temple of Artemis (Diana) at it's outskirts.

God warns the Church at Ephesus that they were losing their first love, the love for Jesus himself, in favor of becoming legalistic, and more concerned with combating heresies in the Church than showing brotherly love for their brothers and sisters.


April 25, 2021

Nehemiah 2:1-8 - Journey to Jerusalem

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Continuing in our study of Nehemiah. In his grief over hearing the condition of Jerusalem, Nehemiah becomes aquainted with God in a way he never was before, and petitions his king to send him to Jerusalem with materials needed to rebuild Jerusalem's wall. "In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Ar-ta-xerx′es, when wine was before him, I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence. And the king said to me, 'Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing else but sadness of the heart.' Then I was very much afraid. I said to the king, 'Let the king live for ever! Why should not my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lies waste, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?' Then the king said to me, 'For what do you make request?' So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, 'If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may rebuild it.' And the king said to me (the queen sitting beside him), 'How long will you be gone, and when will you return?' So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time. And I said to the king, 'If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah; and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house which I shall occupy.' And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me." [Nehemiah 2:1-8]




April 18, 2021

Nehemiah 1:3-6

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"And they said to me, 'The survivors there in the province who escaped exile are in great trouble and shame; the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.' When I heard these words I sat down and wept, and mourned for days; and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said, 'O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments; let thy ear be attentive, and thy eyes open, to hear the prayer of thy servant which I now pray before thee day and night for the people of Israel thy servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against thee'." [Nehemiah 1:3-6] Unlike us, our God is a God who keeps his covenants perfectly, and has steadfast love for those who love him and keep his commandments.
Nehemiah was a restorer. His task was to rebuild a destroyed Jerusalem from the ground up, even among people who opposed him and wanted to see him fail - this took great courage and dedication. If we are to rebuild Christ's Church in the 21st century, it will require people like Nehemiah.



Sunday Morning Bible Class

Revelation 1:7-20 - A Vision of "The Son of Man"

by Brother Kelly Lawson

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"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, 'I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.' And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle." [Revelation 1:10-13] "Son of Man" was used by Jesus to refer to himself over eighty times in the Gospels. Originally used in the old testament in the books of Daniel, Psalms and Proverbs, the phrase is obviously used to refer to Christ.
The seven Churches listed and symbolized by the seven candlesticks should be interpreted as actual Churches in Asia Minor, not as "Church Periods", as some suppose.
His arrayment is sometimes viewed as that of a high priest. However, it is more likely that of a king, denoting Christ as the "King of Kings".


April 11, 2021

Resurrection as Gospel and a Source of Power

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"Now I would remind you, brethren, in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand, by which you are saved, if you hold it fast—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me." [I Corinthians 15:1-8]


Sunday Morning Bible Class

Revelation 1:7 - "Behold, He IS Coming With Clouds" (present tense verb)


by Brother Kelly Lawson

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The common modern-day view of the book of Revelation (the "Futurist" view) holds that in Revelation 1:7, the word "coming" indicates something that will happen sometime in our future (the 21st century or later). However, using proper hermeneutics, it is easy to determine that the original word used implies an immediacy - something that is imminent, to happen in the immediate future. If traditional sources are to be believed concerning John's later years, the events in Revelation 1:7 did in fact happen in John's own lifetime. Jesus' "Coming in Clouds" is a symbolic reference to God's vengeance, or judgment. In this case, it refers to God's judgment against Jerusalem in the first century, not the final judgment of the world which has yet to happen.
In this lesson we will also examine the prophesy of Daniel concerning the "Seventy Weeks of Years", "to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins" [ Daniel 9:24 ] and the "Seven Weeks, and Fourscore and Two Weeks", "to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince" [Daniel 9:25]


April 4, 2021

Nehemiah 1:2-3

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"Now it happened in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Susa the capital, that Hana′ni, one of my brethren, came with certain men out of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that survived, who had escaped exile, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, 'The survivors there in the province who escaped exile are in great trouble and shame; the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.'" [Nehemiah 1:2-3]


March 28, 2021

Hebrews 4:1 - "Let Us Fear"

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"Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest remains, let us fear lest any of you be judged to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them; but the message which they heard did not benefit them, because it did not meet with faith in the hearers." [Hebrews 4:1]


March 21, 2021

Entering His Rest Part 2

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March 14, 2021

Entering His Rest

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March 7, 2021

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 28, 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

Revelation 1:1-7

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This week's sermon continues our in-depth study of the Preterist view as it applies to verses 1:1 thru 1:7, and dispells some of the Futurist views concerning Christ's "Olivet Address" and other passages, proving that the coming of Christ described in these passages refers to the imminent judgment of the Hebrew nation to occur during the apostles' lifetime.


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

2020 Sermons

Introduction to Revelation: Part 2

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This lesson outlines the four different views of the book of Revelation held by scholars over the years since the book was written, and the major theories held concerning the date of it's writing. It contains a study of verses 1:1 through 1:6.
Due to time constraints, verse 1:7 is not covered fully as intended. Next week's lesson contains a recap and further study of verse 1:7, along with a deeper look into verses 1:1 - 1:7 as seen through the Preterist view.


December 27, 2020

Isaiah 53: The Suffering Servant Song

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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 Revelation: Part I

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This lesson takes a brief look at Revelation 1 verses 1-20, and gives an overview of the prevailing views used to interpret the prophesies of the book:
The Futurist View: The majority of the prophesies have yet to be fulfilled - everything after chapter 4 refers to a brief period before the return of Christ, known as “The Great Tribulation”.
The Preterist View: The fulfillment of Revelation prophesy occurred in John’s own time. Most preterists believe that the final chapters look forward to the second coming of Christ.
The Historicist View: A classical protestant interpretation as a prewritten record of history from the time of John to the end of the world
The Idealist View: The book of Revelation is a grand drama depicting spiritual realities, such as the constant conflict between Christ and Satan, the Saints and anti-Christian world powers, and the final victory of Christ and His Saints; thus the prophesy is applicable to Christians during any age.

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.

Though currently the most popular (and almost universal) view is that of the Futurist, a thorough study of Revelation reveals that the Preterist view is the most likely considering who the book was written to, and is also supported by a thoughtful study of the original language of the book. As with much of the Bible, valid exegesis is required to fully understand the book of Revelation.


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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"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 judgment 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.




Sunday School Class: "The Most High Dwelleth Not in Temples Made With Hands"

by Brother Kelly Lawson

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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

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A lesson outlining the office of an evangelist and a report by Kelly of his 25 years of service. 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. (Matthew 18:8-9)


   Sunday Morning Class - Job

Invitation: Prayers Requested    March 15, 2020 Bulletin

Isaiah Chapters 60, 61 & 62

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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    February 23, 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

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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

2019 Sermons

Isaiah 58

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 50

A severe reproof of the Jews on account of their vices, particularly their hypocrisy in practicing and relying on outward ceremonies, such as fasting without true repentance [Isaiah 58:1-5]. It then lays down a clear summary of the duties they owed to their fellow man [Isaiah 58:6-7]. Promises of happiness & prosperity are likewise annexed to the performance of these duties in a variety of the most beautiful and striking images [Isaiah 58:8-12]. Great temporal and spiritual blessedness of those who keep holy the Sabbath day [Isaiah 58:13-14...] which in the Christian Age is "the First day of the week" (Sunday) [Acts 20:7, I Corinthians 16:2, Revelations 1:9-10] The early Church practiced a "daily ministration" (feeding) [Acts 6, Romans 12:20] Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. So artists melt the sullen ore of lead, By heaping coals of fire upon its head. 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    December 29, 2019 Bulletin

Isaiah 53: The Suffering Servant Song

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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.


   Sunday Morning Class - Job

Invitation: Prayers Requested    December 22, 2019 Bulletin

Ephesians 1:15-23: The Spirit of Promise

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The "love, joy and peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, etc.," which mark the true Spirit of promise in Christian hearts are here considered to be one in kind with the joys of the redeemed in heaven. The Christian life, faithfully lived, is itself the beginning of the heavenly adventure. Verse 15 begins a prayer Paul penned on behalf of his addressees, running through the end of Ephesians. Paul did not cease to give thanks for his converts. The constant, never-failing supplications of Paul for the beloved in Christ cannot fail to impress any thoughtful person. Paul never forgot to pray for others, and thanksgiving was a prominent, invariable element in all of Paul's prayers that have come down to us. Whatever the circumstances, he always found something to be thankful for. The apostle did not pray that God would give to all the Ephesians the knowledge of the doctrines of the gospel, by an immediate revelation made to themselves; but that he would enable them to understand the revelation of these doctrines which was made to the apostles, and which they preached to the world. In Matthew 28:18, Jesus Christ spoke of "all authority" in heaven and upon earth having been given unto him; and exactly the same teaching is here. It is not merely the fact of Christ's universal, eternal power which Paul affirmed here; the significant thing is that he is the head of that community of men and women on earth called "the church" who are his body, his spiritual body, having an intimate and eternal connection with the all-powerful One who is actually the "head" of that spiritual body.


Living a Study of Job

by Brother Eric Jenkins

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Job was a good man [Job 1:1]. Job was a rich man [Job 1:2-5]. God & Satan discuss Job [Job 1:6-12]. Job's Calamities in one day [Job 1:13-19]. How a righteous man deals with disaster [Job 1:20-22]. Satan tries again [Job 2:1-10]. Job's friends come [Job 2:11-13]. Job's Lament [Job 3]. Eliphaz's vain comfort [Job 4 & 5]. Job's reply [Job 6 & 7]. Bildad "knows" answer [Job 8]. Job responds [Job 9]. Job denies he is wicked [Job 10]. Zophar's the worst yet [Job 11]. Job answers all 3 accusations [Job 12 & 13]. Life's brevity [Job 14]. Eliphaz "knows" Job is wicked [Job 15]. Job defends himself [Job 16]. Job calls friends "mockers" & vows integrity [Job 17]. Bildad complains at Job's rebuke [Job 18]. Job rebukes 'friends' & praises God [Job 19]. I know that my Redeemer liveth [Job 19:25]. Zophar insults Job and predicts death and destruction [Job 20]. Job's message to 'friends' [Job 21]. Eliphaz accuses Job of sins [Job 22]. Job's yearning for access to God [Job 23]. Job lists evil deeds [Job 24]. Bildad points one finger at Job and three back at himself [Job 25]. Job evaluates friends' inability for any consolation [Job 26]. Job speaks of righteousness and the fate of the wicked [Job 27]. Wisdom - greatest treasure, hardest to find [Job 28]. Job's memory of past honor [Job 29]. Job's suffering [Job 30]. Job's innocence [Job 31]. Elihu's 6 speech - waiting for elder [Job 32]; patronizing [Job 33]; brutal attack [Job 34-35]; arrogance & condemnation [Job 36]; and God ignores Elihu [Job 37]. God terminates Elihu's remarks with questions to Job about Elihu [Job 38]. The Lord continues to speak [Job 39 & 40]. God speaks of a crocodile [Job 41]. Job's repentance [Job 41:1-6]. God rebukes 3 friends and requires sacrifices [Job 41:7-9]. The Lord stops Job's suffering, and blesses him more than before [Job 42:10-17].


   Sunday Morning Class - Parables

Invitation: Prayers Requested    December 8, 2019 Bulletin

I Corinthians 15: Resurrection

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Practically all of this chapter is devoted to teaching concerning the resurrection. Starting with how The dead will be raised [I Corinthians 15:1-34]: The resurrection of Christ proves it [I Corinthians 15:1-11], because the Scriptures foretold it [I Corinthians 15:1-4], and eyewitnesses attested it [I Corinthians 15:5-11]. Denial of the resurrection is absurd [I Corinthians 15:12-34], because If the dead rise not, it would mean Christ did not [I Corinthians 15:13], it would follow that preaching was useless [I Corinthians 15:14], it would mean faith was worthless [I Corinthians 15:14],it would mean that the apostles were liars [I Corinthians 15:15], it would deny all possibility of salvation from sin [I Corinthians 15:16-17], it would mean that the righteous dead were lost [I Corinthians 15:18], it would mean all believers in Christ were to be pitied [I Corinthians 15:19], it would mean that even the rite of baptism for the dead, as practiced by the heathen, was absurd [I Corinthians 15:29], and it would mean that sufferings and privations of the apostles were vain and useless [I Corinthians 15:31-34]. An illustration of the reasonableness of the doctrine of the resurrection (introduced parenthetically, as often in Paul's writings) [I Corinthians 15:20-28] includes: "But now hath Christ been raised up [I Corinthians 15:20]", Paul could not wait until the conclusion of his argument, but dogmatically declared the truth of the resurrection; "As death came to all through one person (Adam), it is fitting that the resurrection should come through one" [I Corinthians 15:21-22]; The order of the resurrection is given [I Corinthians 15:23-28]. Finally, we come to the practical application of the doctrine of the resurrection [I Corinthians 15:55-58]: It places the Christian in a position of strength, the great victory already having been won [I Corinthians 15:55-57];and all of the Christian's energies should be devoted fully to the service of God, being assured that his labor is not in vain "in the Lord" [I Corinthians 15:58].


   Sunday Morning Class - Job: Misery

Invitation: Prayers Requested    December 1, 2019 Bulletin

Isaiah 42-48: The Coming Servant Messiah

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 48

The prophet sets forth the meekness of Messiah's character, and the extent and blessings of his kingdom, particularly among the Gentiles [Isaiah 42:1-9]. In consequence of this he calls on the whole creation to join him in one song of praise to God [Isaiah 42:10-12]. After which he seems again to glance at the deliverance from the captivity; although the words may full as well apply to the deliverance of the Church; to the overthrow of her must powerful enemies; and to the victory of true religion over idolatry and error [Isaiah 42:13-17]. The prophet then reproves the Jews for their blindness and infidelity in rejecting the Messiah, and gives intimations of these judgments which their guilt would draw on them [Isaiah 42:18-25 cf: Romans 10:1-4].


   Sunday Morning Class - Job

Invitation: Prayers Requested    November 24, 2019 Bulletin

Psalm 80: A Desperate Plea for Revival

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We are studying Psalm 80 within the context of a desperate plea for true spiritual revival within the church, our nation, and world. This psalm appears to reflect the period of the Babylonian captivity, a period of hardship and disaster for the entire Hebrew nation. God is petitioned for salvation in the prayers in Psalm 80:1-7, with the names of the particular tribes bracketing the northern and southern tribes of Israel, and God being the leader of all Israel. The latter half of the Psalm refers to God taking Israel out of the Egyptian slavery, though God had ignored them for their later degeneracy. The psalm ends in a desperate plea to return to His children, to help change His children back to himself, and restore them to their former glory. The way back to a truly revived spirit in Christ is to turn away from the utter degeneracy of the world, and seek the face of God in earnest.


   Sunday Morning Class - Job Chapter 13

Invitation: Prayers Requested    November 17, 2019 Bulletin

There Was Only One Isaiah
Introduction to Isaiah 40

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 47

It is our unwavering conviction that all of the prophecies Chapters 40-66 which is ascribed to Isaiah was indeed written by him, the fact being that no one except Isaiah could possibly have written a line of it. Why do we believe this? The inspired writers of the New Testament quoted from this last section of Isaiah no less than thirty-seven times, almost always making specific mention of the prophet Isaiah as the author of the passage quoted. Here is the real evidence on the authorship of this prophecy, as contrasted with the fembu advocated by the critics. Who were those New Testament writers: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter and Paul? They were the Holy Apostles of the Son of God, to whom Jesus Christ promised that the Holy Spirit would guide them "into all truth." They tell us these prophecies begin with the ministry of John the Baptist and develop into prophecies of Jesus and the "Last Days" or the beginning of the Christian age.


   Sunday Morning Class - Job

Invitation: Prayers Requested    November 10, 2019 Bulletin

Acts 2:42-47: The Revivalist Church

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In the last few verses of Acts 2, we see an image of what it looks like to keep a great church. As this church did, so should every church do, the apostles' teaching being the only doctrinal authority in the Christian religion, and Christians offered prayers at any and all times, and in any and all places. The signs mentioned were of such a powerful and supernatural nature, that fear came upon the whole community of Christians, and presumably upon many in Jerusalem besides these. Verses 44-46 do NOT speak about "Christian Communism", as these two ideas are radically different from each other. Where Christians give willingly out of their love of God, Communism forces men to give out of fear of the State. It is difficult to imagine a more significant chain of events than those related in this chapter, closing as it does, with this reference to a successful, ongoing church, faithful to God and to each other.


   Sunday Morning Class - Job Chapter 11

Invitation: Prayers Requested    November 3, 2019 Bulletin

Isaiah 35: Conquest and Hope / Church Report

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 46

In Isaiah 35 we saw the signs of the Messiah and the church and the in the last days with the church triumphant returning as a remnant returning along the King's Highway... a most exquisite representation of the redeemed traveling home to God. Isaiah 35:3-7 - Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Verse 4 - Say to them [that are] of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come [with] vengeance, [even] God [with] a recompense; he will come and save you.


   Sunday Morning Class - Job: Angry at God?

Invitation: Prayers Requested    October 27, 2019 Bulletin

I Corinthians 15: The Doctrine of Resurrection

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The Apostle Paul was spirited in this portion of the Epistle to the Corinthians, explaining the meaning of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and why it was of such importance to the Corinthian church. Paul explains that the nature of the bodies raised up will be like planted grain, different kinds of flesh, and of celestial bodies: Incorruptible; glorious; powerful; a spiritual body; and like the risen body of Christ. Paul explains that those believers who are alive at the second coming of Christ will be changed in an instant, to participate in the resurrection with the others. This all places the Christian in a position of great strength, having already won the great victory of the second life promised by Christ. With that said, Paul urges that all of a Christian's energies should be devoted fully to the service of God, assuring them that their labor is not in vain "in the Lord".


   Sunday Morning Class - Job Chapter 9

Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    October 20, 2019 Bulletin

Isaiah 35: Prophecy of Healing Miracles of Christ

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 45

The flourishing state of the Church is consequent to the awful judgments predicted in the preceding chapter. The images employed in the description are so very consolatory and sublime as to oblige us to extend their fulfillment to the period of the Gospel dispensation, when the Messiah shall take unto himself his great power and reign. The fifth and sixth verses were literally accomplished by our Savior and His apostles: but that miracles wrought in the first century were not the only import of the language used by prophet is sufficiently plain from context. They, therefore, have a farther application; and are contemporary with, or rather a consequence of, judgments of God upon enemies of Church in latter days; and so relate to greater influence and extension of Christian faith, conversion of Jews, restoration to their own land, and the second advent of Christ. Much of the imagery of this chapter seems to have been borrowed from the exodus from Egypt: but it is greatly enlivened by life, sentiments, and passions ascribed to inanimate objects; all nature being represented as rejoicing with the people of God in consequence of their deliverance; and administering in such an unusual manner to their relief and comfort, as to induce some commentators to extend the meaning of prophecy to the blessedness of saints in heaven [Isaiah 35:1-10].


   Sunday Morning Class - Job 3 & 4

Invitation: 2 Baptisms, Prayers Requested    October 13, 2019 Bulletin

Isaiah 28:16 & I Peter 2:5-9 - Temple of Living Stones

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 44

[Isaiah 28:1-ff] The destruction of Israel or Ephraim; the drunkenness, sin and folly of Judah; the danger of alliances with Egypt; and they to be reduced by the Assyrians. The date of this chapters must be assigned to a date prior to the capture of Samaria by the Assyrians 722 B.C. and the fall of the northern kingdom. Here, therefore, is an undisputed example of predictive prophecy. The chapter may be divided: (1) Samaria's luxury, drunkenness, and infidelity pave the way for their ruin [Isaiah 28:1-6]. (2) Even the rulers and the religious leaders are no more than filthy drunkards [Isaiah 28:7,8]. (3) The nobility of Ephraim mock [Isaiah 28:9-10]. (4) Isaiah gives God's response to their mockery [Isaiah 11:13]. (5) Judah joins Ephraim in their scoffing rejection of the Lord and takes refuge in a "refuge of lies" [Isaiah 28:14-15]. (6)The true refuge is laid by God in Zion, "the stone," tried, precious, comer [Isaiah 28:16-19]. This verse used as a metaphor [cf: Ephesians 2:19-22, Isaiah 8:6, Isaiah 8:13-16, Zechariah 3:9, Daniel 2:34-35, Romans 9:32-33, Psalm 118:18-21, Matthew 21:42-46, Acts 4:6-13, Romans 9:33, Romans 10:11, I Peter 2:1-10]. Isaiah 9:1-5 Is not a prophecy of immediate future when Isaiah delivered it; but predictive prophecy of "last Days" Old Testament related to times of Messiah. Anguish came upon Zeb'-u-lun & Naph'-ta-li in pre-Christian era due partially to their location on northern border of Promised land. They were first to reap bitter fruit of repeated invasions; and Isaiah's prophecy here shows that treatment of lands of these tribes was worse than that of some others, and they would also be first to enjoy benefits of Christ's Preaching coming kingdom. Look at fulfillment passage from Matthew 4:12-16 [Isaiah 9:6-7]. Five names given the coming Messiah are understood in various ways. Most important is how we understand these five names. It may be these are descriptions of Immanuel's name and not actually names themselves. The Expression 'His name shall be called' is probably idiomatic for 'This will be His character and nature.'" Notice the Peace and Him ruling on David's Throne.


God Sees the Untapped Potential in You

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The Apostle Paul was spirited in this portion of the Epistle to the Corinthians, explaining the meaning of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and why it was of such importance to the Corinthian church. Paul explains that the nature of the bodies raised up will be like planted grain, different kinds of flesh, and of celestial bodies: Incorruptible; glorious; powerful; a spiritual body; and like the risen body of Christ. Paul explains that those believers who are alive at the second coming of Christ will be changed in an instant, to participate in the resurrection with the others. This all places the Christian in a position of great strength, having already won the great victory of the second life promised by Christ. With that said, Paul urges that all of a Christian's energies should be devoted fully to the service of God, assuring them that their labor is not in vain "in the Lord".


Invitation: Prayers Requested    September 29, 2019 Bulletin

The Virgin Birth of the Mighty God: Isaiah 7-9

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 43

Isaiah 7:10-17 records wonderful prophecy of The Virgin who would conceive a child who would bear a significant name with meaning of "God with us!" Thus world's Deliverer was hailed as a child, a Son, given by God Himself & destined to achieve eternal redemption for all sons of Adam that are willing to come to God in appointed way taught in New Testament. Note in the Hebrew that prophecy does not say "a virgin," but "The Virgin", a title that could hardly belong to anyone ever born except Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. Hebrew word al-mah, is correct word vs: beth-u-lah used to describe Isaac's wife Rebecca [Genesis 24:16 & 43] "neither had she known any man". Isaiah 9:1-5 Is not a prophecy of immediate future when Isaiah delivered it; but predictive prophecy of "last Days" Old Testament related to times of Messiah. Anguish came upon Zeb'-u-lun & Naph'-ta-li in pre-Christian era due partially to their location on northern border of Promised land. They were first to reap bitter fruit of repeated invasions; & Isaiah's prophecy here shows that treatment of lands of these tribes was worse than that of some others, & they would also be first to enjoy benefits of Christ's Preaching coming kingdom. Look at fulfillment passage from Matthew 4:12-16. Isaiah 9:6-7 Five names given the coming Messiah are understood in various ways. Most important is how we understand these five names. It may be these are descriptions of Immanuel's name & not actually names themselves. The Expression-`His name shall be called,' is probably idiomatic for, `This will be His character and nature.'" Notice the Peace and Him ruling on David's Throne.


   Sunday Morning Class - Saved by Works?

Invitation: Prayers Requested    September 22, 2019 Bulletin

The Gospel a Matter of First Importance - I Corinthians 15

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When darkness falls upon the day of life, when death has come, and when people gather around a grave, then it is that they turn to this immortal chapter, where are recorded the title deeds of man's highest hope, the Christian gospel's promise of eternal life. Light from this chapter dispels the darkness surrounding the grave; its message reassures the sorrowful, redefines the meaning of life itself and writes upon the tomb the blessed words, "Asleep in Jesus." It speaks at every funeral. Apostolic power and inspiration charge every word of this chapter with everlasting significance, which has been neither dimmed nor eroded by the passing of nineteen centuries. Even the mysteries of it, which people may not fully understand, have power to quicken the human spirit and rekindle the fires of faith. This heavenly message are so vast that finite man may neither completely comprehend nor intelligently deny it; thus leaving every man the moral option of trusting the Father's promise or turning to the blackness of total despair. It is the voice of God the Father of mankind that speaks to people here; and, for all who listen, it promises that nothing can harm the Father's child, that there is no need to fear, and that even life's sorrows, infirmities and sufferings are not without purpose, and that none of life's labors are in vain "in the Lord."


Isaiah 11: The Peaceful Kingdom of God

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 42

Again in this chapter Isaiah returns to one of his favorite topics, the Messiah and his kingdom, revealing that he will descend through the posterity of the family of Jesse, thus the Root of Jesse ie: King David, the Branch. This follows logically upon the projected fulfillment of the destruction both of Israel and of Assyria; but it is significant that whereas there were no sprouts or shoots coming up from the felled forest of Lebanon, since cedars do not produce sprouts after being cut down. God's choice of the metaphor, therefore, in his use of the word "Lebanon" for Assyria, shows that Assyria would never recover from their destruction. However, Judah was represented by another type of tree, such as an oak, that will indeed preserve life after being cut down, and will send forth a sprout or shoot to make a new tree. Note that both Assyria and Israel are by this prophecy doomed to be cut down or destroyed. True to Isaiah's promise of a revelation from God a little at a time, "line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little", Isaiah here gives additional information about: (1) the Messiah; (2) kingdom of God; (3) the character of Christians; (4) the punishment of Israel; (5) the destruction of Assyria; (6) the call of the Gentiles; and (7) the triumph of Christianity going into all the World Preaching the Gospel. Of Christ.


   Sunday Morning Class - Are You Ready?

Invitation: Prayers Requested    September 8, 2019 Bulletin

Hebrews 11: Without Faith, it is Impossible to Please God

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The Hebrews writer says in Hebrews 11:6, that it is impossible to please God without faith, and that the components of this faith is the existence of God, the moral government of God, and knowing that God will reward those who strenuously search for Him. Before this point in Hebrews 11, the Hebrews writer offers examples of those who were justified in this exact same faith. Paul elaborates on this in Romans 4, regarding that it is not through the law or the circumcision that Christians are justified, but through the faith like the faith of Abraham.


   Sunday Morning Class - Job 6

Invitation: Prayers Requested    September 1, 2019 Bulletin

Hermeneutics: "The Last Days" - Isaiah 2

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 41

Hermeneutics (from Greek hermeneutikos, from hermeneuein 'interpret'): Study of the method and principles of interpretation of the Bible. Words have meaning, we have a word revelation, and words define words as seen below.
Judah = The Messiah Promised Born Tribe of Judah [Genesis 49:10] = Jesus [Matthew 1:2-3]. Jerusalem = Proclamation of Kingdom from Jerusalem [cf: Luke 24:49 & Acts 1:8]. Last Days = Pentecost 30 AD - Began the Church Age [Acts 2:16-17 & Hebrews 1:1-2]. Mountain = Metaphor for Kingdom [ cf: Daniel 2:28-44] therefore Kingdom of God = Church. The Lord's House = The Churches of Christ [cf: I Timothy 3:15]. All Nations = Gentiles and Jews united in one Church [cf: Matthew 28:18-20 & Mark 16:15-16]. He Will Teach Us = Jesus Divine Teacher [cf: John 6:44-45, Isaiah 54:13 & Hebrews 1:1-2] We Will Walk In His Paths [ Matthew 5-7], "The Way" is a common metaphor in New Testament Christianity. Out Of Zion Shall Go Forth The Law = Law of Liberty [cf: James 1:25, 2:8 & Matthew 22:36-40] Word Of The Lord From Jerusalem = Zion [Hebrews 12:22; Revelations 21:1-2, Luke 24:49, Act, 1:8]. He Shall Judge Among The Nations = Jesus the Judge of all [Hebrews 9:27 & II Corinthians 5:10]. Shall Rebuke Many People = The Great Judgment Day [cf: Matthew 25:41-46 & II Thessalonians 1:8]. "...they shall beat their swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks" [Isaiah 2:4, Matthew 5:3-45 & 22:37].


   To Kelly With Love: Tribute to Kelly Lawson

Invitation: Prayers Requested    August 25, 2019 Bulletin

I Corinthians 13: The Love Chapter

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The chapter falls into three divisions: (1) the absolute necessity of love [I Corinthians 13:1-3], (2) the characteristics of love [I Corinthians 13:4-7], and (3) the permanence of love [ I Corinthians 13:8-13]. Despite this classification, I Corinthians 13:13 evidently stands apart. The disorders of the Corinthian church are continually in view. Both the positive and negative attributes of love in I Corinthians 13:4-7 are clearly the opposites of conditions among the Corinthians. Also, such words as "tongues ... prophecy ... knowledge ... faith so as to move mountains cannot be understood, except as references to the miraculous gifts at Corinth. This chapter should never be construed as merely an abstract teaching on love, parenthetically inserted. The situation at Corinth was the center attention.


   Sunday Morning Class - Job: Judgements of Men

Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    August 18, 2019 Bulletin

The Messianic Psalms

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 40

The Old Testament messianic prophecies contain two portraits of Christ. On the one hand, we have the plain picture like Psalm 2 of the reigning Kingly Messiah like David who conquers the Gentile world, rules all nations and lives forever. On the other hand, like Psalm 22 we have the hidden obscure portrait of the Suffering Servant. This one "has no beauty that we should desire Him". He lives in obscurity, is rejected by the people, and dies a terrible death. But his death is redemptive as a sin offering, and he is raised from the dead in triumph to lead many souls to glory. Christians are well aware that these two portraits correspond to the first coming of Christ, His reigning over His Church Kingdom after His resurrection finalized in His 2nd coming. In one picture He is to suffer and atone for sin, and the second deliver up the Kingdom to the Father. Satan behaved very strangely, if the devil understood Jesus had come to die for human sin, why would Satan actively cooperate in Jesus' atoning death? Hadn't Jesus often warned that the cross would be the undoing of Satan? Because of the cross Paul said: "[And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it" [Colossians 2:15]. Why would a creature as brilliant as Satan actually assist in doing the very thing that would destroy himself? Maybe Paul offers us another explanation in I Corinthians 2:6-8. Could it be that Satan, the great adversary, didn't know that Jesus actually wanted to die? How could Satan have made such a colossal blunder when all the information was right there in front of him for hundreds of years? He would have had the same information everyone else had - the predictive scriptures. But God crafted the suffering prophecies in such a way that a reader before the time of Christ could not have discovered the plan for the Messiah to suffer before reigning. God was intentionally veiling his intentions in the first coming of Christ so Satan and the unbelieving Jews would fall into their own snare.


   Sunday Morning Class - Acts 2: Pentecost

Invitation: Prayers Requested    August 11, 2019 Bulletin

I Corinthians 12: Members Of Christ's Body

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This and the following two chapters were written to correct disorders which had arisen in the Corinthian church over the question of spiritual gifts, especially with regard to envy and strife over the relative importance of various gifts. The great test of all spirituality is its relation to Christ and his spiritual body the church. So-called "gifts" that led to the denunciation of Christ or any conduct that contravened the will of Christ were not of God, but of the devil. "Gifts" that take people away from the church are not of God's Spirit at all, but are derived from the evil one [I Corinthians 12:1-3]. There is diversity in the unity of the church, since the Lord has not given the same gifts to all Christians [I Corinthians 12:4-11]. The great metaphor of "the body" is developed as a figure of Christ's spiritual body, the church [I Corinthians 12:12-31].


Psalm 22:1-31 - Prophecy of the Crucifixion of Christ

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 39

Written 1,000 years before Jesus, this is so vivid a description of the crucifixion of Jesus one would think that the writer was personally present at the Cross. Jesus' dying words [Psalms 22:1 cf: Matthew 27:46], sneers of enemies [Psalms 22:7-8 cf; Matthew 27:39 & 43], piercing of hands and feet [Psalms 22:16 cf: John 19;16-18] and casting of lots for his garments [Psalms 22:18 cf: John 19:23-24] are some events described. None of these statements are applicable to David or any known event or person in history, except the crucifixion of the Son of God. There is only one way of interpreting this psalm - it is plain and straightforward a predictive prophecy of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.


   Sunday Morning Class - Acts 1: The Great Commission

Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    July 28, 2019 Bulletin

The Corinthian Church and the Lord's Supper

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This and the following three chapters are usually construed as Paul's corrective admonition regarding the "worship services"; but since the first paragraph [I Corinthians 11:1-16] undoubtedly refers to social customs, there being even some doubt of its application to any worship service whatever, there is no need for adherence to such an outline. Throughout this epistle, the apostle Paul dealt with miscellaneous church conditions and disorders, making it nearly impossible to fit the epistle into any form of classical outline. The first paragraph regards the veiling of women [I Corinthians 11:1-16], and the second teaches concerning the Lord's supper [I Corinthians 11:17-34].


   Sunday Morning Class - Job 1 & 2

Invitation: Prayers Requested    July 21, 2019 Bulletin

Psalm 2: "Thou Art My Son, This Day Have I Begotten Thee"

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 38

This Psalm treats of the opposition raised, both by Jew and Gentile, against the kingdom of Christ [Psalm 2:1-3]. Christ's victory, and the confusion of his enemies [Psalm 2:4-6]. The promulgation of the Gospel after his resurrection [Psalm 2:7-9]. A call to all the potentates and judges of the earth to accept it, because of the destruction that shall fall on those who reject it [Psalm 2:10-12].


   Sunday Morning Class - James

Invitation: Prayers Requested    July 14, 2019 Bulletin

I Corinthians 10 & 11: Communion

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This and the following three chapters are usually construed as Paul's corrective admonition regarding the "worship services"; but since the first paragraph [I Corinthians 11:1-16] undoubtedly refers to social customs, there being even some doubt of its application to any worship service whatever, there is no need for adherence to such an outline. Throughout this epistle, the apostle Paul dealt with miscellaneous church conditions and disorders, making it nearly impossible to fit the epistle into any form of classical outline.

The first paragraph regards the veiling of women [I Corinthians 11:1-16], and the second teaches concerning the Lord's supper [I Corinthians 11:17-34].


The Davidic Covenant

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 37

Christ is promised to come through a seed (child) of a woman, a seed of Noah [Genesis 9:8-9], through Abraham [Genesis 12:1-3, 12:4-6]. That seed is Christ [Galations 3:16]. The Seed Covenant is promised again to Abraham [Genesis 22:16-18]. He is to come through the tribe of Judah [Genesis 49:10-11], and King David is through the tribe of Judah. David brings the Ark to Jerusalem [II Samuel 6], appoints singers [Psalm 105:1-3]; we as Christians are to sing [Ephesians 4:13]. David desires to build God's house [II Samuel 7:1]. Nathan says do it [II Samuel 7:3]. God not wanting fine architecture [II Samuel 7:4-7, Isaiah 66:12]. 1st Christian martyr, Stephen shows Jews their sins [Acts 7:2]. God is everywhere, [Exodus 3:5, Acts 7:36, Acts 7:45-50, I Corinthians 6:19]. God's Spirit leaves temple [Ezekiel 11:22-23]. Goes to Mount of Olives [Zechariah 14:4]. Amos prophesies temple [Amos 9:11]; temple built [Acts 15:16-18]. No limitation on God's Presence [I Chronicles 17:4, II Samuel 7:4-5]. God does not want a temple [II Samuel 7:8-11]. Explanation of prophecy [Revelations 3:7, 5:5 & 22:16]. Davidic Covenant, [II Samuel 7:12-17]. Jesus' Kingdom [John 6:40, Acts 2:29-36, II Samuel 7:13, Mark 16:18, Acts 2:38 & 47, I Timothy 3:15, Hebrews 3:6, I Peter 2:5, Romans 12:1-2, II Samuel 7:14, Psalm 2:7 & 89:26-27, Acts 13:32-33, Hebrews 1:5]; God Jesus' Father-Jesus His Son. Not speaking of Solomon-Christ suffered [Isaiah 53:5, II Samuel 7:15-16].


I Corinthians 10: "Do What It Says"

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In I Corinthians 10:1, Paul refutes the impression that the Lord's Supper and Christian Baptism causes immunity to any contamination from idolatry; baptism is an antitype of Israel's passing through the Red Sea [I Corinthians 10:2]; the spiritual food of the Gospel is an antitype of Israel's manna [I Corinthians 10:3]; the spiritual drink from the rock that was Christ is an antitype of water from the cleft rock [I Corinthians 10:4]; Paul warns of the results of disobedience by bringing Israel up as an example [I Corinthians 10:5]; baptism and partaking in the Lord's table does not cause immunity to sin [I Corinthians 10:6]; a warning about idolatry [I Corinthians 10:7]; a warning about sexual immorality [I Corinthians 10:8]; a warning about testing God's obedience to His law [I Corinthians 10:9]; the Old Testament is an example and warning to Christians [I Corinthians 10:11].


Hebrews 13: Hospitality to Strangers

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We're speaking on the first two versus of Hebrews 13. These are worthy indeed of standing thus alone as a divine injunction of the greatest importance, speaking directly to our mission here at the Main Street Church of Christ. Our brother! He stands before us, like ourselves, made in the image of God, an heir of eternal life, and a beneficiary of the blood of Christ; and our love should reach out to him with all of the emotional thrust of which the heart is capable. And who is my brother? Not him alone who belongs to my little circle, but the "stranger," as taught in these verses, that man we may never have seen before, but a man in extremity, needing love and compassion in a world that has little of either, such a man as that befriended by the Good Samaritan. Every man is my brother; for, if I miss him in Christ, I shall hit him in Adam!


I Corinthians 9: The Christian Race

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Paul exhorts Christians to earnestly contend in the contest of Christian life. "For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them." [I Corinthians 9:19] Our God has put in us the ability to alter history by our decisions. "To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings." [I Corinthians 9:20-23] "And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language, they became even more quiet..." [Acts 22:2] Many times we are guilty of doing the opposite and placing unnecessary stumbling blocks. "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?" [I Corinthians 9:24] "Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable." [I Corinthians 9:25] "But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified." [I Corinthians 9:27] If we want to be a professional athlete in the race of Christian life, we need to do what professional athletes do.


I Peter 5: To Be A Christian Is To Be A Leader

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This chapter concludes the epistle with exhortations concerning the eldership and the general attitude of submission and obedience for all. The need for adequate leadership [I Peter 5:1]; suffer in the name of Christ to be a spiritual leader for God's children [I Peter 5:2]; this charge is not to be tyrannical and possessive [I Peter 5:3]; an Elder's glory awaits in heaven by Jesus Christ's own hand [I Peter 5:4]; defer with humility to church Elders, cast your anxieties upon Christ [I Peter 5:5-7]; be of a sober mind to watch carefully for Satan's influence in the midst, and do not yield to him [I Peter 5:7-8]; God will grace you with the strength to rebuke Satan [I Peter 5:10]; the Christian may safely rest his case in God [I Peter 5:11]; salutations to the receivers of this epistle [I Peter 5:12]; salutations from Rome to the receivers [I Peter 5:13]; embrace one another in Christ's name [I Peter 5:14].


   Sunday Morning Class - The Book of James

Invitation: Prayers Requested    June 2, 2019 Bulletin

I Corinthians 8 & 9: Hospitality for the Saints

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Paul established four timeless principles of Christian behavior in the course of his writing on this subject, these being: (1) that what is permissible behavior for one man may, in certain circumstances, be dangerous and sinful in another; (2) that no Christian conduct should be evaluated solely from the standpoint of knowledge, but in the light of the love of brethren, with regard to its possible influence upon others, and in the light of what others may think of it; (3) that no Christian has a right to practice anything, however innocent it may be to him, if in so doing he shall damage the faith of another; and (4) that whatever is done, even to the weakest member of the body of Christ, is also done to Christ himself, and that weakening or destroying the faith of even the least and weakest of Christ's members is a sin of the greatest magnitude against Christ himself. "A pleasure or an indulgence which may be the ruin of someone else is not a pleasure but a sin."


   Sunday Morning Bible Class - II & III John

Invitation: Prayers Requested    May 26, 2019 Bulletin

I Corinthians 7: Difficult Christian Answers

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Like many other chapters which are sometimes labeled "difficult," this one contains some of the most instructive teaching in the New Testament, and affords glimpses of the apostolic method which add greatly to one's faith in the integrity of the apostles. This is one of the most interesting chapters in the New Testament, due to the nature of its being Paul's apostolic answers to no less than six questions propounded in a letter from the church at Corinth. Paul starts with the duties of married Christian couples [I Corinthians 7:1-7]; The question of singleness and celibacy [I Corinthians 7:8-9]; The question about divorce [I Corinthians 7:10-11]; The question about Pagan-Christian marriages [I Corinthians 7:12-16]; Becoming a Christian does not wipe your pre-existing obligations from you [I Corinthians 7:17-24]; The question of Christian fathers arranging marriages [I Corinthians 7:25-38].


Psalm 51: The Ultimate Prayer for Forgiveness

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There may be no more impassioned or beautiful prayer for forgiveness and renewal in the Bible than here. The poet's wrongdoing has overwhelmed him. His remorse and his plea are intense. David accepts personal responsibility for what he's done [Psalm 51:1-9]. Four different words for sin: transgressions [Psalm 51:1,3]; iniquity [Psalm 51:2,5,9]; evil [Psalm 51:4]; sin [Psalm 51:2-5,9]. David's multiple petitions for forgiveness [Psalm 51:1,2,7,9,14]. David's prayer for renewal [Psalm 51:10-13]. David's vow to offer spiritual sacrifices [Psalm 51:14-17]. David's intercession for Jerusalem [Psalm 51:17-18].


   Sunday Morning Bible Class - I John Review

Invitation: Prayers Requested    May 12, 2019 Bulletin

I Corinthians 6: Flee Immorality, Seek Righteousness

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A vast proportion of the whole Corinthian population participated in such sins as are catalogued here in I Corinthians 6:9-10; Paul calls attention to the conditions from which they had been rescued by Christ [I Corinthians 6:11]; The purpose of the body is not the gratification of its appetites, but it is for the Lord, a reference to the indwelling of the Spirit [I Corinthians 6:13]; We will be raised through the power of God, [I Corinthians 6:14]; Protesting the incongruity of debasing such members of Christ in immorality [I Corinthians 6:15]; The true Christian, having been joined to the Lord through his conversion from sin, is one in spirit with the Lord [I Corinthians 6:17]; Flee fornication [I Corinthians 6:18]; Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God [I Corinthians 6:19]; Glorify God in your body [I Corinthians 6:20].


I Corinthians: Church Discipline

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Paul starts with ferocious rebuke of the grossest of sins [I Corinthians 5:1]; Mourning the prideful boasting of such sin [I Corinthians 5:2]; Paul reminds that he is among the church in spirit, and can rebuke such sin remotely [I Corinthians 5:3-4]; Paul denounces these sins in the strongest and most potent language possible [I Corinthians 5:5]; Paul reminds the church that such sin can destroy the entire church [ I Corinthians 5:6-8]; He reminds the church not to keep company with the worst sinners among them [I Corinthians 5:9-11]; Paul's main point is that the church must not tolerate the presence of evil in its midst [I Corinthians 5:12].


   Sunday Morning Bible Class - I John 4: Loving God

Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    April 28, 2019 Bulletin

People Believe What They Want to Believe

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There have been many so-called "messiahs" throughout history. There have been revolutionaries, religious leaders and self-proclaimed saviors - but which of these was able to raise himself from the dead? "So the Jews said to him, 'What sign do you show us for doing these things?' Jesus answered them, 'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.'" [John 2:18-19]. Speaking of His life Jesus declared: "No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father." [John 10:18]. Jesus had to leave us, so that the Holy Spirit could be sent; "But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judge." [John 16:6-11]. "This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing." [Acts 2:32]. People believe what they want to believe. Those who are willing to believe can find plenty of proof through the scriptures and through common-sense logic. "For those who do not believe, no proof is sufficient - for those who do believe, no proof is necessary." [Unknown Author].


Paul Rebukes Contented Wealth

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Paul refutes any notion of approval of factions, instead rebuking factious leaders in Corinth [I Corinthians 4:6]. God gives to every man life, talent, ability, opportunity, health, personality, strength, everything that he is or has [I Corinthians 4:7]; Paul strongly disapproves of the pompous and overblown leaders of both the church and city of Corinth [I Corinthians 4:8]; Paul draws the pictures of himself and fellow apostles as "the last and most worthless band" brought fourth to die in the great arena, where all view the spectacle, [I Corinthians 4:9]; Paul rebukes the disgusting development and moral ugliness of the behavior of his child, the Church in Corinth [I Corinthians 4:10-13]; Paul isn't trying to be rough or harsh, but corrective as a father would be to his children [I Corinthians 4:14].


Samson: The World's Strongest and Weakest Man

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 36

[Judges 13-16] This narrative of Samson is an unmitigated tragedy. No potential saviour-figure offered MORE promise than Samson, or delivered LESS. Israel had sunk to a new low; and these two final incidents fully expose Israel's plight. It is difficult indeed to imagine a more shameful situation for God's Chosen People than that in which their Judge and accepted leader was blinded and made to do the work of a mule, grinding wheat in the mill of the Philistines, and suffering the humiliation of being compelled to entertain his captors at the very festival where they were celebrating Samson's defeat. Sin will BLIND you: [II Peter 1:9]. Sin will BIND you: [Acts 8:23]. Sin will GRIND you: like a slave [Romans 6:16]. With the story of Samson, the era of the Judgeship in Israel was concluded. Samuel indeed judged Israel for awhile, but it was he who anointed Saul as Israel's first king, bringing in the institution of the monarchy. It is not hard to understand why many in Israel began to clamor for a king. [Cf: I Peter 1:3-10 & Romans 1:18 f]


I Corinthians 4: Stewards of the Mysteries of God

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Paul and Apollos are to Jesus as doctors serving under a principal physician [I Corinthians 4:1]; Trustworthiness was the outstanding characteristic of a good steward, and it was that which Paul brought into view here [I Corinthians 4.2]; The Lord, the righteous judge of all people [I Corinthians 4:3]; The only judgment that matters will be from by the Lord at the final judgment, and people do not have sufficient competence to judge one another, or themselves [I Corinthians 4:4-5].


The Penal Disposition Theory

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The foundation of Paul's teaching is stated concisely in I Corinthians 2:2 - "For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified". The Gospel is the most lofty and important concept to ever enter the heart of man and should never be considered less important than "deeper" concepts of the Bible. The Gospel of Christ is offensive [John 3:19-20]. Our job is to point to Jesus [John 1:29]. Paul laboured to condemn the world of sin in order to make the need for radical salvation clear. When Christ comes he will convict the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgement [John 16:8]. If we don't preach on God's attitude on sin and lawlessness, how is the Holy Spirit to bless us? There is none holy like God [I Samuel 2:2]. He is righteous and kind [Psalm 145:17]. Just as a pig doesn't understand that he's filthy, we by nature don't know that we're sinful, and just as a pig would not be allowed in a palace with his filth, we in our sin cannot be allowed in God's presence. God is just by nature, and therefore must judge sin. He is also merciful, and therefore He put into place a system to redeem us from sin, beginning with the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament and culminating in the sacrifice of Christ. In light of Christ's love and sacrifice for us, what sort of people should we be toward each other?


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I Corinthians 3: The Foundation of the Church of Christ

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Paul begins to change metaphors in the last two words of I Corinthians 3:9: God's building. Paul lays the foundation of Christ, others continue the building [I Corinthians 3:10]. No other foundation but Christ [I Corinthians 3:11]. Paul explains in metaphor how the Church must be made. The first three materials are True Christians, the latter of worldly-minded hypocrites [I Corinthians 3:12]. The Church surviving the day of judgment [I Corinthians 3:13]. Persons led to Christ through the efforts of any Christian may defect from the faith, proving themselves wood, hay or stubble [I Corinthians 3:14-15]. The true temple of God, therefore, has never been anything else except the church of Jesus Christ our Lord [I Corinthians 3:16]. "It is clear what is meant by the judgment of God: it may refer to suffering loss, but also to eternal life." [I Corinthians 3:18] Admonitions of previous behavior; correction in where wisdom comes from [I Corinthians 3:19]. "Human thought is fruitless in the sense of not producing anything of spiritual value that redeems man from sin..." [I Corinthians 3:20] Paul condemned the sin of their calling themselves after the names of men [ I Corinthians 3:21]. Here the Christian is viewed as the possessor of everything in Christ [I Corinthians 3:22]. Affirmation of the Corinthian church as being of Christ, in Christ [I Corinthians 3:23].


Joshua's Long Day - The Sun Shine Still & the Moon Shine Still

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 35

[Lev. 18:25, Deut.12:2-3, 12:30-31] One of Moses' last acts was to commission Joshua as his successor, Joshua is to conduct a Holy War and drive the wicked Canaanite people from land [Josh. 1:1-9, 3:14-17, 5:1]. In the "we" section, the author claims eyewitness. Jericho's Defenses reflect the Middle Bronze Age (1,750BC - 1,500BC), but there is evidence that some cities like Jericho that had not been destroyed since the Middle Bronze Age continued to use their old defense walls into the Late Bronze Age. Jericho was built on a tell or hill, and the present-day archaeological site known as City IV encompassed only a few acres and less than 2,000 people lived there. [Joshua 6:2] - The word indicates the wall fell beneath itself. Archaeologist John Garstang dug the site during the 1930's and found a collapsed double city wall of mud bricks built upon retaining walls of stone. Garstang dated the destruction of City IV to 1,400BC. Recently in the 1980's a new dig shows that this retaining wall is setting on bed rock. From 1952 to 1958 Kathleen Kenyon excavated Jericho. Her conclusions were based solely on the absence of Cypriot bi-chromeware pottery. It is fundamental science that the absence of evidence is NOT evidence. Bi-chromeware is a key marker for the transition to the beginning of the Late Bronze Age from the previous Middle Bronze Age. Brant Wood, an expert in Canaanite pottery traveled the world over examining both Garstang and Kenton's pottery finds in Museums. Kenyon did not look at the pottery that Garstang had found in City IV, which included the very Cypriot Bi-chromeware that she could not find, which was the basis of her conclusion that the Bible was fiction. Furthermore she ignored all the pottery she did find which was all Canaanite, and every piece dated to about 1,400BC - at the beginning of the Late Bronze Age (1,450-1,400BC). Woods also examined Egyptian Scarabs impression seals. The royal tombs of Jericho contained these Scarabs from the Egyptian 18th dynasty, a time when Kenyon said there was no city of Jericho. Well, the Scarabs found in the royal tombs prove that there was a King of Jericho during the Late Bronze Age. Scarabs of Hatshepsut, Thutmose III & Amenhotep date right up to 1,400 BC. You will remember it was Amenhotep II that we identified as the Pharaoh of the Exodus [I Kings 6:1].


I Corinthians 3: Trust in God

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Paul pointed out that even apostolic authority was not absolute and that even he himself and Apollos were but stewards of Christ, their first concern being to please the Lord, and not to accommodate their teaching to win favor with false teachers. He stated that the lower courts of conscience and public opinion were inferior to the judgment of the Lord [I Corinthians 4:1-5]. We agree with Adam Clarke that a more logical division of the chapters would have been to extend chapter 3 through the fifth verse here. In I Corinthians 4:6, Paul pointed out that his use of his own name and that of Apollos was not to be construed as an admission that he and Apollos had actually headed any divisive parties in Corinth, but that he had used these names figuratively for the purpose of teaching against all divisions. Most of the remainder of the chapter deals with the false teacher, without naming him, ending with a dramatic promise that he would return to Corinth, the Lord willing, and that the Lord would enable him to vanquish the false teacher and set the Corinthians once more in the right way of humility and service. He severely condemned their vain-glorious boasting, egotism and conceit [I Corinthians 4:7-21].


Conquest of Canaan & Now to Conquer All The World

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 34

[Lev. 18:25, Deut.12:2-3, 12:30-31] One of Moses's last acts was to commission Joshua as his successor, Joshua is to conduct a Holy War and drive the wicked Canaanite people from land [Josh. 1:1-9, 3:14-17, 5:1]. In the "we" section, the author claims eyewitness. Jericho's Defenses reflect the Middle Bronze Age (1,750BC - 1,500BC), but there is evidence that some cities like Jericho that had not been destroyed since the Middle Bronze Age continued to use their old defense walls into the Late Bronze Age. Jericho was built on a tell or hill, and the present-day archaeological site known as City IV encompassed only a few acres and less than 2,000 people lived there. [Joshua 6:2] - The word indicates the wall fell beneath itself. Archaeologist John Garstang dug the site during the 1930's and found a collapsed double city wall of mud bricks built upon retaining walls of stone. Garstang dated the destruction of City IV to 1,400BC. Recently in the 1980's a new dig shows that this retaining wall is setting on bed rock. From 1952 to 1958 Kathleen Kenyon excavated Jericho. Her conclusions were based solely on the absence of Cypriot bi-chromeware pottery. It is fundamental science that the absence of evidence is NOT evidence. Bi-chromeware is a key marker for the transition to the beginning of the Late Bronze Age from the previous Middle Bronze Age. Brant Wood, an expert in Canaanite pottery traveled the world over examining both Garstang and Kenton's pottery finds in Museums. Kenyon did not look at the pottery that Garstang had found in City IV, which included the very Cypriot Bi-chromeware that she could not find, which was the basis of her conclusion that the Bible was fiction. Furthermore she ignored all the pottery she did find which was all Canaanite, and every piece dated to about 1,400BC - at the beginning of the Late Bronze Age (1,450-1,400BC). Woods also examined Egyptian Scarabs impression seals. The royal tombs of Jericho contained these Scarabs from the Egyptian 18th dynasty, a time when Kenyon said there was no city of Jericho. Well, the Scarabs found in the royal tombs prove that there was a King of Jericho during the Late Bronze Age. Scarabs of Hatshepsut, Thutmose III & Amenhotep date right up to 1,400 BC. You will remember it was Amenhotep II that we identified as the Pharaoh of the Exodus [I Kings 6:1].


I Corinthians 2-3: A Call to Maturity

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We speak wisdom, however, among them that are full-grown: yet a wisdom not of this world, nor among the rulers of this world, who are coming to naught. All Christians begin as "babes in Christ" [I Corinthians 3:1]; but through prayerful study and growth they may attain unto the "stature of the fullness of Christ" [Ephesians 4:13]. To all who are thus full-grown is revealed a measure of the knowledge of God's wisdom. Paul's blunt reference to this truth states that it forcefully applies even to "the rulers of this world." Not even they ever attained to any wisdom whatever in any manner comparable to the wisdom of God, the proof of it being that they themselves "are coming to naught." And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as spiritual, but as unto carnal, as unto babes in Christ [I Corinthians 3:1]. The SPIRITUAL were those who, after conversion, had continued to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord, no longer continuing as "babes in Christ." The CARNAL were those who were continuing to live like the unconverted, full of envy, jealousy and strife.


I Corinthians 1:17ff - The Weak Things of the World

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"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent." [I Corinthians 1:18]; God will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent [I Corinthians 1:19]; The Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom [I Corinthians 1:22]; Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God, for the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men [I Corinthians 1:24-25]. God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise and what is weak in the world to shame the strong [I Corinthians 1:27]; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are [I Corinthians 1:28], so that no human being might boast in the presence of God [I Corinthians 1:29].


"There shall come a Star out of Jacob and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel"

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 33

Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel... Although men came to believe a star would & did herald the birth of the Messiah... Christ himself and not the star that was seen at his birth is the primary fulfillment of the prophecy. Revelation 22:16 - "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, [and] the bright and morning star." Can anyone imagine two things more unlike than a root and a star? This proves that the Holy Spirit gave these words, for no man would ever have dared to describe the Lord in one breath as a root and a star. Yet, both terms are frequently applied to Christ in Scripture. The metaphor of the root appears in Revelation 5:8; Romans 15:12; Isaiah 11:1-2; & here... That of the star is in Numbers 24:17; Matthew 2:2; II Peter 1:19 & here. Let us Look at the contrast in these metaphors.


I Corinthians: Divisions in the Assembly

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Firstly Paul had heard of the contentions among the Corinthians by them which were of the house of Chloe. The apostle reproves their dissensions, and vindicates himself from being any cause of them [I Corinthians 1:10-17]. States the simple means which God uses to convert sinners and confound the wisdom of the wise, etc. [I Corinthians 1:18-21]. Why the Jews and Greeks did not believe [I Corinthians 1:22]. The matter of the apostle's preaching, and the reasons why that preaching was effectual to the salvation of men [I Corinthians 1:23-29]. All should glory in God, because all blessings are dispensed by Him through Christ Jesus [I Corinthians 1:30-31].


There is no God but God and Jesus Is His Prophet

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"This prophecy, therefore, is very properly referred to JESUS CHRIST in the N.T. as having been fulfilled in Him." Philip had this passage in mind when he said, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law did write, Jesus of Nazareth [John 1:45]." Christ had it in mind himself when he said, "Moses wrote of me [John 5:46]." Stephen declared Christ to be the fulfillment of this prophecy [Acts 7:37]. Peter expressly quoted the prophecy in Acts 3:22-23, as referring to Christ. The very language of this prophecy "Unto him shall ye hearken" was quoted verbatim by Almighty God Himself on the Mount of Transfiguration, and He applied it unequivocally to Jesus Christ alone [Matthew 17:5]. The Samaritans had no O.T. except the five Books of Moses, but upon that basis, and therefore upon the testimony of this passage the Samaritan woman said, "I know that Messiah cometh, he that is called Christ" [John 4:25]. Now this unanimous testimony of Christ, the apostles, and even the Samaritans that Moses "wrote of Christ" has to be a reference to this passage, because, if Moses did not write of Christ in this place, where is it found that he did?


I Corinthians: The Formation and Development of the Assembly at Corinth

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During his second missionary journey, the Apostle Paul had come to Europe for the first time (around 51 - 54 AD). He also came to Corinth via Philippi, Thessalonica and Athens [Acts 18]. There he remained for 18 months for the Lord "had much people in this city" [Acts 18:10]. Paul began his ministry of preaching the gospel in the synagogues of the Jews. Quite a few came to believe in the Lord Jesus. But when other Jews refused the message, Paul withdrew from them and spoke to Greeks also. This is how a large assembly of Jews and Greeks came into existence in this city as a result of the apostle's activity [I Corinthians 4:15; Acts 18:4]. Corinth was a large seaport and commercial city on the Isthmus of Northern Greece and the Peloponnese with two well-known seaports (Cenchrea and Lech-ion). Its central location made Corinth a centre of trade, culture and philosophy, but also of entertainment, immorality and idolatry. The immorality of the Corinthians was proverbial.


Exodus 25-40 & Hebrews 9: The Church of Christ is The Temple of God

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 32

The O.T. sanctuary mentioned here is doubtless the tabernacle constructed and erected in the wilderness by Moses upon instructions of God; and the fact that the more ancient tabernacle, rather than Solomon's or the Herodian temple, is viewed here should not be thought as an indication that the temple was not then standing, or that the recipients of this epistle were not Jewish. It is precisely in line with the author's thesis that he should go back to the original tabernacle, erected according to the pattern God gave Moses, rather than appeal to the temple then standing, which, after all, had been copied from the tabernacle in all its essential details. The word "ordinances" in this place means "regulations." Beginning here is a detailed and extensive contrast between that worldly sanctuary, whether the tabernacle or the temple, which was the center of the Jewish religious institution, with the heavenly counterpart of it which is the grand theater of the redemptive ministry of Jesus. "Divine service" is an implication that God is recognized as the author of all those things in the "sanctuary of this world" and the blood of Jesus is the only acceptable sacrifice which was shown as a shadow in the O.T. Worship.


2018 Sermons

The New Covenant is the Covenant of Promise

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 31

God's division of the 10 Commandments was marked as "Duties to God," and "Duties to Man" [Mark 12:28-31]. This in Hebrews 8 is from Jeremiah 31:31ff and is quoted by the author. God long ago had prophesied in this very place that it would be done away with & replaced with a new covenant. To be sure, the author could have quoted some very convincing and powerful words of Christ and his apostles as sufficient authority for hailing the old covenant as obsolete and abolished; but it should be kept in mind that he was addressing a group of people who had a strong emotional tie with the Old Testament, and was therefore better procedure on his part to prove his proposition from Old Testament. For proper identification of the "covenant" Jeremiah had in mind, the one to be abrogated [Hebrews 8:1-7]. Gives Two basic reasons why the old covenant was abolished & nailed to the Cross. Galatians 3:1ff teaches that "... the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect."


   Sunday Morning Bible Class - Luke 22

Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    December 30, 2018 Bulletin

The Ten Commandments - The New Covenant

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 30

God's division of the Decalogue (the 10 Commandments) was two tables of stone, a division honored by Christ himself who marked the divisions as "Duties to God," and "Duties to Man" [Mark 12:28-31]. This in Hebrews 8 is from Jeremiah 31:31ff and is quoted by the author as scriptural proof that the abrogation of the old covenant is nothing which should shock his readers, since God long ago had prophesied in this very place that it would be done away with & replaced with a new covenant. To be sure, the author could have quoted some very convincing and powerful words of Christ and his apostles as sufficient authority for hailing the old covenant as obsolete and abolished; but it should be kept in mind that he was addressing a group of people who had a strong emotional tie with the Old Testament, and it was therefore better procedure on his part to prove his proposition from the Old Testament. For proper identification of the "covenant" Jeremiah had in mind, the one to be abrogated [Hebrews 8:1-7]. Gives Two basic reasons why the old covenant was abolished & nailed to the Cross.


Exodus 20: The Ten Commandments - Shema Yisrael

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 29

(Shema Yisrael sung in the middle of sermon) God's division of the Decalogue (the 10 Commandments) was two tables of stone, a division honored by Christ himself who marked the divisions as "Duties to God," and "Duties to Man" [Mark 12:28-31]. No one could live the Law perfectly, so the "law was our school master" or tutor to bring us to Christ so that we might be saved by "the faith of Christ" [cf. Galatians 3] (1) if the Jew did his best to live up to the law (and failed, as all must fail), he nevertheless stood condemned anyway; (2) but if the Christian does his best to keep all of the commandments of the gospel (failing in particulars, as all must fail), he is nevertheless un-condemned, because through his identity with Christ being found "in Christ" and "as Christ", the righteousness of Christ, with whom the true Christian is fully justified; stands in the stead of his own failure saving his soul anyway [Galatians 3].


Parting of the Red Sea, "The Greatest Commandment", The First 2 Commandments

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 28

God's division of the Decalogue (the 10 Commandments) was two tables of stone, a division honored by Christ himself who marked the divisions as "Duties to God," and "Duties to Man" [Mark 12:28-31]. No one could live the Law perfectly, so the "law was our school master" or tutor to bring us to Christ so that we might be saved by "the faith of Christ" [cf. Galatians 3] (1) if the Jew did his best to live up to the law (and failed, as all must fail), he nevertheless stood condemned anyway; (2) but if the Christian does his best to keep all of the commandments of the gospel (failing in particulars, as all must fail), he is nevertheless un-condemned, because through his identity with Christ being found "in Christ" and "as Christ", the righteousness of Christ, with whom the true Christian is fully justified; stands in the stead of his own failure saving his soul anyway [Galatians 3].


Nehemiah 1

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(Nehemiah 1:4) Nehemiah displays great concern over the ruins of the city of Jerusalem. He has a zeal and a passion, for both God's honor and the honor of God's people. (Nehemiah 1:5) He appeals to God's covenant with his people. (Nehemiah 1:6) Nehemiah diligently calls upon the name of the Lord in this hour of distress. He confesses both his sins and the sins of the people. (Nehemiah 1:7) He confesses that they have broken God's law and disregarded his commandments. (Nehemiah 1:8-9) Nehemiah appeals to God's covenant and promises to forgive his people. (Nehemiah 1:10-11) He brings to God's attention the fact that those in the city of Jerusalem are His people, and once more pleads for God to hear his prayer.


The First Passover, The Last Supper

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 27

Jesus desires to eat a Passover with his disciples, and assures them of his approaching death, and that one of them would betray him [Matthew 26:17-21]. On each asking, Is it I? Christ asserts that Judas is the traitor [Matthew 26:22-25]. Having eaten his last supper, he institutes the Lord's Supper, to be observed in his Church as a memorial of his sacrificial death [Matthew 26:26-29]. They sing a hymn, go to the mount of Olives, and he again announces his approaching death and resurrection [Matthew 26:30-32]. Reasons why they should act differently [I Corinthians 11:7-16]. They are also reproved for their divisions and heresies [I Corinthians 11:17-19], and for the irregular manner in which they celebrated the Lord's Supper [I Corinthians 11:20-22]. The proper manner of celebrating this holy communion laid down by the apostle [I Corinthians 11:23-26]. Directions for receiving of the Lord's Supper, and avoiding the dangerous consequences of communicating in a unworthily manner [I Corinthians 11:27-34].


Exodus 12: Death of Egypt's Firstborn, Exodus Begins

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 26

Abib considered commencement of Israel's year [Exodus 12:1-2]. Passover instituted; lamb or kid used taken from flock 10th day of month, each family provide one [Exodus 12:3-4]. Lamb or kid be male of 1st year without blemish [Exodus 12:5]. Killed on 14th day [Exodus 12:6], blood on side posts & lintels of doors [Exodus 12:7]. Flesh roasted, not eaten sodden or raw [Exodus 12:8-9]; no part left till morning [Exodus 12:10]. Eat with loins girded, etc., prepared for journey [Exodus 12:11]. Why called Passover [Exodus 12:12]. Blood on door posts, token of preservation from destroying angel [Exodus 12:13]. 14th day of month Abib be a feast forever [Exodus 12:14]. Unleavened bread eaten 7 days [Exodus 12:15]. Observed forever [Exodus 12:17-20]. Moses instructs elders how to offer lamb, sprinkle blood, for what purpose [Exodus 12:21-23]. Binds them instruct children in rite [Exodus 12:24-27]. Children of Israel act as commanded [Exodus 12:28]. First-born of Egypt slain [Exodus 12:29-30]. Pharaoh & Egyptians urge Moses, Aaron, & Israelites to depart [Exodus 12:31-33]. Prepare for departure, get gold, silver, & raiment from Egyptians [Exodus 12:34-36]. Journey from Rameses to Succoth, 600,000 men, besides women, children, & mixed multitude [Exodus 12:37-38]. Bake unleavened cakes of dough they brought out of Egypt [Exodus 12:39]. Time sojourned in Egypt [Exodus 12:40-42]. Ordinances concerning Passover [Exodus 12:43-49]; observed by people, brought out of Egypt [Exodus 12:50-51].


Exodus 11-12: The Final Plague Foretold
Types & Shadows of a New Covenant

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 25

Plague 10: The death of first-born sons [Exodus 11:5] was against Plah, god of life.
This is a transitional chapter. To this point, Moses has been dealing with Pharaoh, but, with God's judgmental punishment of Egypt about to be completed, Moses' concern (beginning with Exodus 12) will focus upon Israel. The section of Exodus ending with this chapter may be called JUDGMENT; the rest of the book may be called DELIVERANCE. Even the Tenth Plague prophesied here will not require the instrumentality of Aaron or Moses. Without human instrument, God will slay the first-born, and Moses will be busy with instructions concerning what Israel is to do as their deliverance approaches. Exodus 11:1-3 is parenthetical, resulting in confusion unless this is understood. This parenthesis is at once followed by the conclusion of the interview in progress at the conclusion of Exodus 10.


Exodus 9-10: Plagues 7 thru 9

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 24

"Let my people go ..." [cf: Exodus 3:12; 4:23; 7:16; 8:1; 8:20; 9:1; 9:13; & 10:7]. Plague 1: Waters of Nile turned to blood - Egyptians worshipped Anuket, goddess of the Nile. This name means giver of life, lady life... also Hapi... an Egyptian God of the Nile, he was a water bearer. [cf: Exodus 7:20-21 ff]. Plague 2: Plague of Frogs - Egyptians worshiped Heqet (Heket), goddess of fertility, depicted as naked woman with frogs head. [cf: Exodus 8:1-7ff]. Plague 3: Lice - Egyptians worshiped Geb, their god over dust of earth. [cf: Exodus 8:16-19 ff]. Plague 4: Swarms of Flies - Khepri, Egyptian God of creation, movement of the Sun, rebirth - Khepri had the head of a fly. [cf: Exodus 8:20 ff]. Plague 5: Death of Cattle and Livestock - a Grievous pestilence - Egyptians worshiped Hathor, Egyptian Goddess of Love and Protection. Usually this Goddess was depicted with the head of a cow. They also worshiped the Apis - the divine bull, a manifestation of the god Ptah. The Apis is the calf of a cow which is never afterwards able to have another. The Egyptian belief is that a flash of light descends upon the cow from heaven, and this causes her to conceive Apis. [cf: Exodus 9:1-7 ff]. Plague 6: Plague of Boils - Egyptians worshiped Isis, goddess of medicine & peace. Ashes thrown in the air turned to boils and sores with pus. [cf: Exodus 9:8-12 ff]. Plague 7: Hail [Exodus 9:23], against Shu, god of atmosphere. Plague 8: Locusts [Exodus 10:14], against Serapis, protector from locusts. Plague 9: Darkness [ Exodus 10:22], against Ra, the sun god.


Exodus 7-9: "Against all the gods of Egypt will I execute judgment"

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 23

"Let my people go ..." [cf: Exodus 3:12; 4:23; 7:16; 8:1; 8:20; 9:1; 9:13; & 10:7]. Plague 1: Waters of Nile turned to blood - Egyptians worshipped Anuket, goddess of the Nile. This name means giver of life, lady life... also Hapi... an Egyptian God of the Nile, he was a water bearer. [cf: Exodus 7:20-21 ff]. Plague 2: Plague of Frogs - Egyptians worshiped Heqet (Heket), goddess of fertility, depicted as naked woman with frogs head. [cf: Exodus 8:1-7ff]. Plague 3: Lice - Egyptians worshiped Geb, their god over dust of earth. [cf: Exodus 8:16-19 ff]. Plague 4: Swarms of Flies - Khepri, Egyptian God of creation, movement of the Sun, rebirth - Khepri had the head of a fly. [cf: Exodus 8:20 ff]. Plague 5: Death of Cattle and Livestock - a Grievous pestilence - Egyptians worshiped Hathor, Egyptian Goddess of Love and Protection. Usually this Goddess was depicted with the head of a cow. They also worshiped the Apis - the divine bull, a manifestation of the god Ptah. The Apis is the calf of a cow which is never afterwards able to have another. The Egyptian belief is that a flash of light descends upon the cow from heaven, and this causes her to conceive Apis. [cf: Exodus 9:1-7 ff]. Plague 6: Plague of Boils - Egyptians worshiped Isis, goddess of medicine & peace. Ashes thrown in the air turned to boils and sores with pus. [cf: Exodus 9:8-12 ff].


Exodus 4-7: Moses Confronts Pharoah "Let My People Go"

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 22

Chapter 4 gives a prophetic summary of the deliverance of Israel before the events actually happened. In Exodus 3, God dealt with two of Moses' objections: (1) Who am I? and (2) What is thy name? The Great "I AM". And here, three other objections are encountered and dealt with: (3) "They will not believe" [Exodus 4:1]; (4) "I am not eloquent" [Exodus 4:10]; and (5) "Send ... by the hand of whom thou wilt send" [Exodus 4:13]. Chapter 5 gives the account of the first episode in the long confrontation between God and Pharaoh over the demand that he, "Let My people go!" It reveals that the Hebrews were not yet ready for deliverance, but that they should suffer hardship before their liberty could be achieved. "The Hebrew slaves must learn that they too must suffer loss. They will have to pay the price of their liberty-to-be. It is not just a gift from God.". Chapter 6 is a renewal, not a variable account of the call in Midian. The necessity for this renewal of Moses' commission is inherent and demanded by his doubt and discouragement. He simply could not have gone on without it. Preparations and preliminaries have been completed. Here begins the deliverance of Israel from Egyptian slavery. First, there is a prophetic projection of the entire operation [Exodus 7:1-7]. The introductory miracle is related [Exodus 7:8-13]; and Plague I is threatened in detail [Exodus 7:14-19].


Exodus 2-3: "I AM"

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 21

Moses placed in basket in Nile, found and taken in by Pharaoh's daughter (Hatshepsut?) [Acts 7:20-22], Moses given Egyptian name & raised as an Egyptian [Acts 7:22-23], lived as Egyptian 40 years [Exodus 2:11-13], Moses kills Egyptian (Senenmut?). Moses flees to Midian, is shepherd for 40 years, & was 80 years old at the Exodus [Exodus 7:7]. Date of Exodus is proved by I Kings 6:1, Solomon reigned from 971BC to 931BC. Soloman's Temple was built in the 4th year of his reign, 971BC minus 4 years equals 967 BC, plus 480 years equals 1,447 BC for Exodus. Additional proof is in previous lesson. Moses at burning bush, "who sent me?" [Exodus 3:13-15], I Am that I Am [Matthew 22:32]; Jesus proves the resurrection by the present tense verb "AM". 7 times in the Gospel John Jesus claims to be God using expression, "I am." referring to Himself [cf: John 6:35]; I am the bread of life [John 8:12]; I am the light of the world [John 10:9]; I am the door [John 10:11]; I am the good shepherd [John 11:25]; I am the resurrection, and the life [John 11:25]; Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life [John 14:6]; I am the way, the truth, and the life [John 14:6]; Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life [John 15:1]; and I am the true vine.


   Sunday Morning Bible Class - Luke 21: "Days of Vengeance"

Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    October 14, 2018 Bulletin

Exodus 1-2: The Date of the Exodus
18th Dynasty - Moses & Hatshepsut?

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 20

In the second book of Moses, Exodus 1:1, Hebrews continue to live Goshen. There arose a king who knew not Joseph [Exodus 1:8]. Ahmose drove the Hyksos out of Egypt, & began putting Hebrews to work on public work projects, set taskmasters over them. [Exodus 2:1-3]. Pharaoh orders male children thrown in Nile. Moses placed in a basket in Nile, was found and taken in by Pharaoh's daughter (Hatshepsut?) [Acts 7:20-22], Moses is given an Egyptian name (Moses) & raised as an Egyptian [Acts 7:22-23], lived as Egyptian 40 years [Exodus 2:11-13], Moses kills an Egyptian (Senenmut?). Moses flees to Midian, is shepherd for 40 years, & was 80 years old when he returns to Egypt [Exodus 7:7]. Date of Exodus is proved by I Kings 6:1, Solomon reigned from 971BC to 931BC. Soloman's Temple was built in the 4th year of his reign, 971BC minus 4 years equals 967 BC, plus 480 years equals 1,447 BC for Exodus. Additional proof of early date of Exodus is in Judges 11:26, which was written about 1,100 BC when judge Jeph'-thah said to Am'-mon-ites that Israel already had been 300 years in Canaan Land. So 1,100 + 300 = 1,400, almost the actual date of 1,407 BC. From Korah who stood against Moses in Exodus 6:16-21 cf: Numbers 16 until the singer Heman [I Chronicles 6:31-37 & 15:16-17] who sang during the time of King David are 18 named generations. Add one generation to King Solomon giving 19 generations times the accepted average 25 years per generation and we have 475 years almost the exact Biblical number of 480 years between the Exodus and the 4th year of King Solomon.


Genesis Overview Part 2: The Seed Lesson
Looking Back on Where We've Been

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 19

Before in the Beginning: [I Peter 1:20, Titus 1:2, Ephesians 1:4, II Timothy 19]; The Beginning: [Genesis 1:1-3]; Eternal Word: [John 1:1-3, v:14]; Sin: [Genesis 2:16-17]; Promise Messiah Seed Woman: [Genesis 3:15]; Seed singular: [Galatians 3:16]; Innocent Victim: [Genesis 3:21]; Sethetic Seed Line: [Genesis 4:25]; Descendants Seth & Cain Intermarry: [Genesis 6:1-2]; Violence, Evil & The Flood: [Genesis 6:4-14]; The Ark: [Genesis 7:1]; Seed Covenant through Noah: [Genesis 9:8-9]; The Seed Blessing: [Genesis 9:26]; Babel: [Genesis 11:1-9]; Abram's 1st Call in Ur: [Acts 7:2-4]; Abram to Haran: [Genesis 11:31-32]; Abram's 2nd Call in Haran: [Genesis 12:1] Promise of a Son: [Genesis 15:1-5]; The Christ Promised Abraham: [Galatians 3:16]; God Swears upon Himself to Fulfill the Promise: [Genesis 15:6-17]; Called Abraham: [Genesis 17:5-7]; Seed born by Sarah: [Genesis 21:1-12]; Abraham's Trial called to Sacrifice Isaac: [Genesis 22:1-2]; "In Isaac shall thy seed be called": [Genesis 21:12]; Abraham's Final Exam: [Genesis 22:5-18]; Abraham believed God would raise him from the dead: [Hebrews 11:19]; Seed Promise to Isaac: [Genesis 26:3-4]; Reaffirmed: [Genesis 26:23-24]; Jacob's Ladder: [Genesis 28:12]; Jesus is the Ladder: [John 1:51]; Seed promised through Jacob: [Genesis 28:12-14]; Bethel The House of God: [Genesis 28:19]; Scribal Editorial Update: [Genesis 12:8]; Jacob Called Israel: [Genesis 35:9-12]; Sceptre will not Depart from Judah: [Genesis 49:10]; Isaac Promises Esau - Fulfilled in Herod the Great: [Genesis 27:40]; Shiloh a proper name for the Messiah used 3 times in Scripture: [Isaiah 12:3]; Blind Man Healed at Siloam or Shiloh: [John 9:7]; Jesus' Greatest Miracle: [ John 9:32-33]; Jesus' Triumphal Entry Foretold: [Genesis 49:11]; Wine and Milk metaphor for Christ's Teaching: [Genesis 49:12]; Water, Wine & Milk Metaphor Christ's Teaching: [Isaiah 55:1]; Wine: [Matthew 9:17]; Milk: [I Peter 2:2]; O Taste and See that the Lord is Good: [Psalm 34:8].


Genesis Overview Part 1: The Seed Lesson
Looking Back on Where We've Been

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 18

Before in the Beginning: [I Peter 1:20, Titus 1:2, Ephesians 1:4, II Timothy 19]; The Beginning: [Genesis 1:1-3]; Eternal Word: [John 1:1-3, v:14]; Sin: [Genesis 2:16-17]; Promise Messiah Seed Woman: [Genesis 3:15]; Seed singular: [Galatians 3:16]; Innocent Victim: [Genesis 3:21]; Sethetic Seed Line: [Genesis 4:25]; Descendants Seth & Cain Intermarry: [Genesis 6:1-2]; Violence, Evil & The Flood: [Genesis 6:4-14]; The Ark: [Genesis 7:1]; Seed Covenant through Noah: [Genesis 9:8-9]; The Seed Blessing: [Genesis 9:26]; Babel: [Genesis 11:1-9]; Abram's 1st Call in Ur: [Acts 7:2-4]; Abram to Haran: [Genesis 11:31-32]; Abram's 2nd Call in Haran: [Genesis 12:1] Promise of a Son: [Genesis 15:1-5]; The Christ Promised Abraham: [Galatians 3:16]; God Swears upon Himself to Fulfill the Promise: [Genesis 15:6-17]; Called Abraham: [Genesis 17:5-7]; Seed born by Sarah: [Genesis 21:1-12]; Abraham's Trial called to Sacrifice Isaac: [Genesis 22:1-2]; "In Isaac shall thy seed be called": [Genesis 21:12]; Abraham's Final Exam: [Genesis 22:5-18]; Abraham believed God would raise him from the dead: [Hebrews 11:19]; Seed Promise to Isaac: [Genesis 26:3-4]; Reaffirmed: [Genesis 26:23-24]; Jacob's Ladder: [Genesis 28:12]; Jesus is the Ladder: [John 1:51]; Seed promised through Jacob: [Genesis 28:12-14]; Bethel The House of God: [Genesis 28:19]; Scribal Editorial Update: [Genesis 12:8]; Jacob Called Israel: [Genesis 35:9-12]; Sceptre will not Depart from Judah: [Genesis 49:10]; Isaac Promises Esau - Fulfilled in Herod the Great: [Genesis 27:40]; Shiloh a proper name for the Messiah used 3 times in Scripture: [Isaiah 12:3]; Blind Man Healed at Siloam or Shiloh: [John 9:7]; Jesus' Greatest Miracle: [ John 9:32-33]; Jesus' Triumphal Entry Foretold: [Genesis 49:11]; Wine and Milk metaphor for Christ's Teaching: [Genesis 49:12]; Water, Wine & Milk Metaphor Christ's Teaching: [Isaiah 55:1]; Wine: [Matthew 9:17]; Milk: [I Peter 2:2]; O Taste and See that the Lord is Good: [Psalm 34:8].


Genesis 49: The Sceptre of Judah to the Triumphal Entry of the Messiah

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 17

Jacob, about to die, calls his sons together that he may bless them, or give prophetic declarations concerning their posterity [Genesis 49:1, Genesis 49:2]. Prophetic declaration concerning Reuben [Genesis 49:3, Genesis 49:4]. Concerning Simeon and Levi [Genesis 49:5-7]; concerning Judah, to be the Kingly tribe "until Shiloh (the Christ) comes" Herod the Great an Edomite descendant breaks the chain of Judean rulers of the Government. How will we know the Christ? He will come riding in His Triumphal Entry upon an ass with the colt the foal of an ass in fulfillment of this prophecy and Zechariah 9:9 cf: Matthew 21 & Mark 11. [Genesis 49:8-12]; concerning Zebulun [Genesis 49:13]; concerning Issachar [Genesis 49:14, Genesis 49:15]; concerning Dan [Genesis 49:16-18]; concerning Gad [Genesis 49:19]; concerning Asher [Genesis 49:20]; concerning Naphtali [Genesis 49:21]; concerning Joseph [Genesis 49:22-26]; concerning Benjamin [Genesis 49:27]. Summary concerning the twelve tribes [Genesis 49:28]. Jacob gives directions concerning his being buried in the cave of Machpelah [Genesis 49:29-32]. Jacob dies [Genesis 49:33].


Genesis 42-46: Jacob/Israel Comes to Egypt

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 16

In this chapter, Joseph makes himself known to his brothers [Genesis 45:1-8]; Joseph discloses his plans for moving the whole family of Jacob to Egypt until the famine is over [Genesis 45:9-15]; the invitation is ratified and confirmed by the king who also offered wagons for transport [Genesis 45:16-20]; the brothers depart with rich gifts and provisions for the family [Genesis 45:21-24]; Jacob, after a momentary hesitation, decides to accept Joseph's invitation [Genesis 45:25-28]. Genesis 46: We have already noted the dangers which threatened the destruction of Israel had God permitted them to remain in Canaan. And this entire last section of Genesis, called the (~toledowth) of Jacob, relates in the most thrilling and exciting manner imaginable just how God brought about the removal of Israel to Egypt, where, with an environment providentially prescribed, they would become in time the mighty nation that God had promised Abraham. Of course, the story of Joseph was a primary element in the chain of events culminating right here in the migration of Israel into Egypt.


Genesis 41-42: Joseph's Dreams Come True / Philippine Mission Report

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 15

Pharaoh tells the dream to Joseph [Genesis 41:17-24]. Joseph interprets the dream [Genesis 41:25-32]. Joseph proposes measures to cope with the coming famine [Genesis 41:33-36]. Joseph is appointed chief administrator and given Pharaoh's ring as authority [Genesis 41:37-45]. The seven years of plenty [Genesis 41:46-53]. The seven years of famine [Genesis 41:54-57]. The most impressive thing about the chapter is its perfect fulfillment of the pattern reaching all the way back to the double dream of Joseph [Genesis 37], the dream that foretold the very events centering around this double dream of Pharaoh, a dream which Joseph's father accurately interpreted [Genesis 37:10]. The first pair of dreams was followed by a second pair, those of the butler and the baker related in the last chapter; and now, in this: Genesis 42. This, the sixth episode in the ~toledowth~ (generation) of Jacob, recounts the onset of the famine with its impact upon Israel, the ten sons journeying to Egypt to buy grain, Joseph's recognition of his brothers, and his maneuvering to keep Simeon bound in Egypt until they should return another day.


Genesis 37-41: Joseph In Prison - Rags to Riches

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 14

Pharaoh's butler & baker, offended him, prisoned [Genesis 40:1-3]. Captain of guard gives them Joseph [Genesis 40:4]. Each has dream [Genesis 40:5]. Joseph questions [Genesis 40:6-7]. Answer [Genesis 40:8]. Butler tells dream [Genesis 40:9-11]. Joseph interprets [Genesis 40:12-13]. Gives his history to Butler, & begs remember him when restored to office [Genesis 40:14-15]. Baker tells dream [Genesis 40:16-17]. Joseph interprets [Genesis 40:18-19]. Dreams fulfilled as interpreted, butler restored to office, & baker hanged [Genesis 40:20-22]. Butler forgets Joseph [Genesis 40:23]. Pharaoh's dreams [Genesis 41:1-7]. Magicians & wise men asked interpretation - could not [Genesis 41:8]. Butler recommends Joseph [Genesis 41:9-13]. Pharaoh commands him brought [Genesis 41:14]. Joseph before Pharaoh [Genesis 41:15-16]. Pharaoh repeats dreams [Genesis 41:17-24]. Joseph interprets [Genesis 41:25-32], directs how to provide [Genesis 41:33-36]. Pharaoh pleased appoints Joseph superintendent [Genesis 41:37-41]. Joseph receives badges of office & powers defined [Genesis 41:42-44].


Genesis 31-37: Jacob, Israel & Joseph

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 13

Here we have preliminaries for meeting of long-estranged brothers Jacob and Esau, a moving, dramatic account of their moving toward a reunion after many years of separation, both having meanwhile become wealthy. The actual, face-to-face meeting of brothers does not take place until Chapter 33, but all background for it is here. Jacob's fear, with which he had lived for so many years, his prayer for divine help in the approaching crisis, his precautions to protect his family against the potential hostility of Esau, with special concern for Rachel and her children, the rich gifts sent to Esau, his wrestling all night with an angel of God at Peniel, and, most significant of all, the heavenly award to Jacob of a new name, Israel - these are the events which have challenged thoughts of men for ages. Last paragraph of 29, and most of 30 relate the birth of Twelve Patriarchs. In Chap 31 record of Jacob's leaving Paddan-aram and taking the long journey back to his ancestral home at Beersheba, with him his wives and children and all the wealth which he gathered "beyond the River," Euphrates. We have in 33, the dramatic and beautiful reunion of twin brothers Jacob and Esau, whose lives were to figure so prominently in history of human redemption.


Genesis 25-31: Isaac, Jacob, & Jacob's Ladder

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 12

The highlight of this chapter, of course, is Jacob's vision of the ladder reaching to heaven, the whole chapter being built around that event. The background fact of Jacob's being sent away to Paddan-aram with Isaac's wholehearted and unrestrained blessing, and also Esau's belated attempt to please his parents with a proper marriage are also related. Of special interest is Genesis 28:46 of the previous chapter, which we have included here because it gives a glimpse of the continued involvement of Rebekah in the crucial decisions of this family. It appears that she might, even here, have been less than candid with Isaac. Genesis 27:46 says, "And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these, of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?" There's not a word here of the knowledge that Rebekah had regarding Esau's intention of killing Jacob, nor of the previous decision Rebekah had already made to send Jacob to her brother's home in Paddan-aram; and, while what she said was most certainly the truth, it was far from all of the truth. She may have feared that Isaac was still hostile because of the deception she and Jacob had perpetrated against him, and, also, she may have desired to conceal from him what she had heard regarding Esau's expressed intention to murder Jacob, thus not aggravating a situation already deplorable. Despite this lack of candor, it is hard to fault Rebekah for the skilled manner in which she prevailed with Isaac, who promptly bestowed fully the blessing, without reservation, which the Word of God, long known to him, had plainly commanded.


Genesis 21-22: Abraham's Final Exam

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 11

This chapter details the birth of Isaac [Genesis 21:1-7], the weaning feast, and the mockery of Ishmael [Genesis 21:8-10]; the expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael from Abraham's household [Genesis 21:11-14]; the destitution and heavenly rescue of the exiles at Beersheba [Genesis 21:15-21]. Chapter 22 lies at the very heart of Genesis, and for that matter, at the center and citadel of the entire Old Covenant. The constitution and charter of Judaism and the embryo of Christianity lie side by side here in this inner womb of the O.T. The faith and obedience of Abraham put to a most extraordinary test [Genesis 22:1]. He is commanded to offer his beloved son Isaac for a burnt-offering [Genesis 22:2]. He promptly prepares to accomplish the will of God [Genesis 22:3-6]. Affecting speech of Isaac [Genesis 22:7]; and Abraham's answer [Genesis 22:8]. Having arrived at mount Moriah he prepares to sacrifice his son [Genesis 22:9-10]; and is prevented by an angel of the Lord [Genesis 22:11-12]. A ram is offered in the stead of Isaac [Genesis 22:13]; and the place is named Jehovah-jireh [Genesis 22:14]. The angel of the Lord calls to Abraham a second time [Genesis 22:15]; and, in the most solemn manner, he is assured of innumerable blessings in the multiplication and prosperity of his seed [Genesis 22:16-18]. Abraham returns and dwells at Beer-sheba [Genesis 22:19].


Genesis 17-19: Abraham and Sarah Covenant, Sodom and Gomorrah

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 10

The Lord appears unto Abraham in Mamre [Genesis 18:1]. Three angels, in human appearance, come towards his tent [Genesis 18:2]. He invites them in to wash and refresh themselves [Genesis 18:3-5]; prepares a calf, bread, butter, and milk, for their entertainment; and himself serves them [Genesis 18:6-8]. They promise that within a year Sarah shall have a son [Genesis 18:9, Genesis 18:10]. Sarah, knowing herself and husband to be old, smiles & laughs at the promise [Genesis 18:11, Genesis 18:12]. One of the three, who is called the LORD, rebukes her, and asserts the sufficiency of the Divine power to accomplish the promise, [Genesis 18:13, Genesis 18:14]. Sarah, through fear, denies that she had laughed or showed signs of unbelief [Genesis 18:15]. Abraham accompanies these Divine persons on their way to Sodom [Genesis 18:16]; and that one who is called The LORD informs him of his purpose to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, because of their great wickedness [Genesis 18:17-21]. The two former proceed toward Sodom, while the LORD remains with Abraham [Genesis 18:22]. Abraham intercedes for the inhabitants of those cities, entreating the Lord to spare them provided fifty righteous persons should be found in them [Genesis 18:23-25]. The Lord grants this request [Genesis 18:26]. He pleads for the same mercy should only forty-five be found there; which is also granted [Genesis 18:27, Genesis 18:28]. He pleads the same for forty, which is also granted [Genesis 18:29]; for thirty, with the same success [Genesis 18:30]; for twenty, and receives the same gracious answer [Genesis 18:31]; for ten, and the Lord assures him that should ten righteous persons be found there, he will not destroy the place [Genesis 18:32]. The LORD then departs, and Abraham returns to his tent [Genesis 18:33].


Genesis 15-17: Covenant with Abram

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 9

God appears to Abram in vision, gives him great encouragement. Abram's request and complaint. God promises him a son, and exceedingly numerous posterity. Abram credits the promise, and faith is counted unto him for righteousness. Yahweh proclaims himself, renews promise of Canaan to his posterity. Abram requires sign of its fulfillment. Yahweh directs him to offer sacrifice of five different animals. God reveals affliction of his posterity in Egypt, and duration of affliction. Promises to bring them back to Canaan with great affluence. Renews covenant with Abram, and mentions the possessions which should be given to his posterity. Sarai, having no child, gives Hagar to Abram for wife. She conceives and despises mistress. Sarai offended, upbraids Abram. Abram vindicates himself; Hagar, being dealt with harshly by her mistress, runs away. She is met by angel, counseled to return to mistress. God promises greatly to multiply her seed. Gives name of Ishmael to child that should be born of her. Shows his disposition and character. Hagar calls name of Lord who spoke to her, Thou God seest me. She calls name of well at which angel met her, Beer-laharoi. Ishmael born in Abram's 86th year. In Abram's 99th year God again appears to him, announces his name as God Almighty, commands him to walk perfectly; proposes to renew covenant. Covenant specified. Abram changed to Abraham, and reason given. Privileges of covenant enumerated. Conditions of covenant to be observed, not only by Abraham, but all his posterity. Circumcision appointed as sign of covenant. Age and persons on whom this to be performed. Danger of neglecting this rite. Sarai's name changed to Sarah, particular promise made to her. Abraham's joy at prospect of matter which, in course of nature, impossible. Request for preservation and prosperity of Ishmael. Birth and blessedness of Isaac foretold. Great prosperity promised to Ishmael. Covenant to be established not in his, but in Isaac's posterity. Abraham, Ishmael and all males in family circumcised.


Genesis 12-14: Abram in Egypt, Separation from Lot, and War with Four Petty Kings

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 8

[Genesis 13] - This chapter has the details of how Abram's separation from Lot finally came about. God, at the first, had commanded Abram to leave "his kindred" and "his father's house," but, somehow, Abraham had never really done this. There was no way that a man like Lot could be a part of the Chosen People, and, in the events of this chapter, the occasion of their separation appears. [Genesis 14] - The burden of the whole chapter is that of relating the account of the military operation in which Abram and his allies rescued Lot following his capture by a raiding party composed of an alliance of petty kings. The significant episode is Abram's encounter with Melchizedek. The discernible reasons for the inclusion of this here would appear to be for the purpose of revealing the great archtype of Jesus Christ, Melchizedek, the whole account being necessary in that presentation. That the Melchizedek incident is the important thing here is apparent in that the author of Hebrews devoted extensive passages to the discussion of it. For the purpose of emphasizing the fact that monotheism was not invented or even "discovered" by Abraham nor any of his posterity, but that it still remained on earth, however, in a limited and insufficient extent. Melchizedek was not a pagan but a follower of the true and only God. After all, with the consideration of the longevity of the patriarchs of that period, only a few generations had passed since the one true God revealed Himself to Noah and rescued him and his family from the Flood.


Genesis 11-12: The Call of Abram, Father of the Faithful

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 7

It would be nearly impossible to overestimate the importance of the call of Abraham, the Friend of God, the Father of the Faithful, a man so important that he actually stands in the Bible as a type of Almighty God Himself. All the saved of all ages are in a specific and genuine sense "the children of Abraham" [Galatians 3:29]. In the great and universal drama of God's "Operation Rescue," Abraham corresponds to Noah, by means of whom God bridged the gap between the pre-flood and the post-flood worlds. It was by means of the choice of Abraham that God likewise bridged the tremendous gulf between the second great apostasy of humanity and the rising of that Sun of Righteousness with healing in his wings - our Lord Jesus Christ. Following the extremely significant departure of Adam's race from the path of duty in the events of Babel, the situation revealed every proof that a second worldwide debauchery was already in progress, but, as God had promised never more to destroy the whole world with a flood, the necessity of taking some other action became acute. That other action was the call of Abraham. The First Call. God first called Abram while he was living in the pagan city of Ur of the Chaldees [Acts 7:2-4], and although the Bible does not give the specific nature of that call as first delivered, the exact nature of it was given in the second instance of it which came in Haran. It should not be thought strange that the call came twice. "The word of the Lord came the second time unto Jonah" [Jonah 3:1], and, of course, it was exactly the same word that came the first time. We are therefore fully justified in the conclusion that God did not vary the call, and there was no need to change or amend it, and that the account of it in Genesis 12:1-4 of the repeated call in Haran likewise describes the first call. Such a conclusion also serves to explain why the second call became necessary. In the first, God had commanded Abram to leave his native land, his kindred, and his father's house, etc., but for some reason, Terah was not left in Ur, but accompanied Abram. This would appear to be the reason why, instead of going to Canaan as was their stated intention upon their departure from Ur, they went to Haran and settled there.


Genesis 9-11: The Table of Nations, Tower of Babel

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 6

It would be impossible to exaggerate the importance of this chapter, since it recounts the Second Hardening of mankind, in which, on the plains of Shinar there flowered the second general rebellion of humanity against the Creator. In the first, it began with a single act of disobedience. It resulted in the total corruption of Adam's race, the First Judicial Hardening of humanity, followed by the judgment of God upon their gross wickedness and the destruction of the whole antediluvian world in the waters of the Deluge. In this second instance, it also began with the shameful wickedness of Canaan: but resulted exaltation of man against his God became general in the events associated with the Tower of Babel and once more became so serious that the situation demanded God's direct interference with it. This came immediately in the form of the confusion of tongues and the introduction of the device of the Chosen People, through whom God would yet provide a Saviour and Redeemer for men. Therein lies the significance of the presentation of the family line of Shem, the Messianic line, here recorded in close connection with the events of Babel, and which stand here as an explanatory introduction to the call of Abraham. The first fall occurred among the flowers and fruits of Eden; the second one came in the bricks and asphalt of the city. Therefore, we see nothing less in this event than the Second Judicial Hardening of Adam's race, the first resulting in the Flood, this one resulting in the call of Abraham and the commissioning of a "Chosen People," by means of whom God's purpose of Redemption would still be achieved.


Genesis 8 & 9: A New Beginning, The Messiah to Come Through Shem

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 5

Chapter 8 continues the story of the Flood, including the period of the ark's floatation, coming to rest, and decrease of waters [Genesis 8:1-5], sending forth of raven and dove [Genesis 8:6-12], disembarkment [Genesis 8:13-19], and Noah's burnt-offering with God's response [Genesis 8:20-22]. The most remarkable thing in Chapter 9 is that the great hero of the Flood is here presented as a weak and sinful man, reason for this, in all likelihood being that of removing any thought that even one like Noah, who assuredly was "righteous in his generation," and "preacher of righteousness" [II Peter 2:5], would be able to provide the Saviour man needed. Only the Holy One, Jesus our Lord, would be able to do that.


Genesis 6-8: Noah's Ark

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 4

Giants or Hebrew Nephilim: Not giant men but men of renown, literally men of the name or men who had made a name for themselves. Transmission of the Genesis story: Methuselah lived 969 years [Genesis 5:25-27], his life overlapped Adam's by 243 years, Noah's by 600 years and Shem's by 98 years, thus forming a connecting link between the Garden of Eden and the post flood world. Shem then lived until 75 years after Abraham entered the Promised Land. Date of Creation: Ussher's Chronological Order places date of creation at 4,004 BC, The Septuagint (Greek O.T.) some 1,500 years earlier. The Hebrew Bible shows some 1,656 years between Creation & Flood. When was the Flood? If the Egyptian Kings List is correct, the Septuagint date of 5,500 BC less 1,656 years. If there is duplication in the Kings List, then 4,004 BC less 1,656 years = 2,348 BC. Noah's Ark: approximately 450 feet long x 75 feet wide x 45 feet tall = 1,518,750 cubic feet, which is the storage capacity of 1,000 train box cars - an enormous ship. The Ringling Brothers Barman & Bailey Circus came to town in 56 box cars. Noah & the Flood [Genesis 5:28 through Genesis 6:12 cf: Job 22:12-17 Genesis 6:12-9:17]. Jesus believed Noah's Flood was an actual historical event and not a myth [Cf: Matthew 24:34-39]. The Hebrew writer believed the history of Noah and the flood - [Hebrews 11:7], Peter taught of the flood [I Peter 3:19-21 & II Peter 2:4-9 Genesis 9:18-25].


Genesis 4-6: From Cain and Abel to the Flood

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 3

Transmission of the Genesis story: Methuselah lived 969 years [Genesis 5:25-27], his life overlapped Adams' by 243 years, Noah by 600 years and Seth by 98 years, thus forming a connecting link between the Garden of Eden and the post flood world. Shem then lived till 75 years after Abraham entered Promised Land.
Ussher's Chronological Order places the Date of Creation of Adam at 4,004 BC, Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) some 1,500 years earlier. The Hebrew Bible shows some 1,656 years between the Creation and the Flood. When was the Flood? If the Egyptian Kings List is correct, the Septuagint date 5,500 BC less 1,656 years (3,844 BC). If there is duplication in the Kings List, then 4,004 BC less 1,656 years = 2,348 BC.
In the King James version Genesis 6 mentions "giants" [Genesis 6:4] - the original Hebrew word used is "Nephilim". But the King James version translates eight different Hebrew words as "giants", including the word "nephilim". The Hebrew meaning for nephilim is not giant men but men of renown, literally men of the name or men who had made a name for themselves.


Genesis 2 & 3: The Seed or Child of a Woman to be the Messiah

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THE SEED LESSON   PART 2

This chapter is a further elaboration of the revelation of God regarding the creation. It must be rejected as irresponsible, unreasonable, and unbelievably poor exegesis to make this chapter in any manner a "contradictory" account of the creation narrative of the previous chapter. There is in this chapter a continuation of exactly the same pattern observable in the first, where, for example, Days 4, 5, and 6 are in each case elaborations of that phase of creation presented in Days 1, 2, and 3, respectively. It is most logical and fully in keeping with the unity of the entire book, therefore, to find here in Genesis 2 an elaboration of what was revealed in Genesis 1. In addition to this, the author of Genesis (whom we believe is Moses) precisely and dramatically introduced the chapter in Genesis 2:4 as the ~toledowth~ of the heavens and the earth, meaning not their beginning but the developments that followed after their creation. This term, ~toledowth~, is used ten times in the book of Genesis, setting off what may be received as an accurate outline of the whole book; and in every instance, this word signifies "following developments." [Hebrews 1:10-12 & Col].
The Serpent Deceives Eve: [Genesis 3:1-15]; The Seed of Woman, the Messiah Will walk all over Satan [Cf: Galatians 3:16 & Galatians 4:4] Jesus Christ the only Seed of Woman Not Begotten of Man [Genesis 3:15]; The Messiah, Christ, will bruise Satan [Cf: Psalm 91:13], and The Church will overcome Satan, too [Luke 10:18-19 and Romans 16:20; Genesis 3:15 Cf:]. Sin and Death came by Adam - Righteousness and Life Came by Christ Jesus [Romans 5:10-19; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14-15]; The Punishment of Mankind - The Loss of Paradise [Genesis 3:15-24].


Genesis 1: The Creation Hymn

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{ INTRODUCING THE SEED LESSON } The Seed Lesson is a series of lessons that highlight God's promises and prophesies concerning the coming Messiah in the Old Testament, and their fulfillment in the New Testament. It offers proof given throughout the Bible that Jesus is that Messiah - our only hope of salvation. THE SEED LESSON   PART 1

1st day - Creation of heavens & earth [Genesis 1:1-2]. Light & separation from darkness [Genesis 1:3-5]. 2nd day - Creation of firmament, & separation of waters above firmament from those below it [Genesis 1:6-8]. 3rd day - Water separated from earth, formed seas [Genesis 1:9-10]. Earth rendered fruitful, clothed with trees, herbs, grass [Genesis 1:11-13]. 4th day - Creation of celestial luminaries, placement of earth intended for measurement of time, periods, seasons [Genesis 1:14], illuminate earth [Genesis 1:15]. Distinct account of formation of sun, moon, & stars [Genesis 1:16-19]. 5th day - Creation of fish, fowl, reptiles in general [Genesis 1:20]. Great aquatic animals blessed to be prolific [Genesis 1:21-23]. 6th day - Animals [Genesis 1:24-25]. Create man in image & likeness of God, dominion given him over earth & animals [Genesis 1:26]. Man or Adam, name for humans, including male & female [Genesis 1:27]. Their blessing [Genesis 1:28]. Vegetables appointed as food of man & animals [Genesis 1:29-30]. Judgment God passed on his works at conclusion of his creative acts [Genesis 1:31-2:1], God rested & blessed the Sabbath for Worship [Genesis 2:2].


Give Me the Bible

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Bible: a word commonly used to describe books of Old and New Testaments. From the Greek word "biblos", book in English. The difference between Old and New Testaments is shown in Hebrews - taught that Christ brought into being a new and better Testament [cf: Hebrews 7:22, 8:6-13, 9:15]. The English word testament comes from the Latin word testamentum meaning covenant. The Old Testament is divided into 3 groups: Law - the first 5 books of Moses known as Torah and Pentateuch, which also means 5 books, Prophets - a collection of 21 books which include major and minor OT Prophets, and Writings - 13 books. The New Testament consists of 27 books that naturally divide into 4 parts: the Four Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, Epistles and Revelation. Epistles are 21 books - primarily teaching or doctrine. 13 are known as Pauline, written by the Apostle Paul. Then 8 General Epistles written by other Prophets. Hebrews was written by an unknown writer and in the opinion of many learned men written by the Apostle Paul. Who else with such knowledge and inspiration was in Rome at the time? The Bible is remarkable. Teachings divinely inspired. Non-believers account for the Bible on natural rather than supernatural grounds. The doctrine of Inspiration asserts that the Bible revelation did not/could not originate in the mind of man. The Bible itself claims it is "inspired" - "God breathed" in Greek [cf: II Timothy 3:16]. The Bible claims men of God "spake as moved" - Greek word "carried along" - by the Holy Spirit [II Peter 1:20]. Verses teach that scriptures did not originate in the human mind and are not a human product, and cannot be accounted for on natural grounds. The Bible contains miracles contrary to ordinary human experience, but not contrary to reason. Given the omnipotent Being of God, miracles and the extraordinary are not contrary to reason. Not that the Bible is different from other religions because man evolved in thinking and became better. Concepts found in Bible are so different from societies of the ancient world - different as night and day. Moses came from polytheistic Egypt, meaning many gods, Abraham came from polytheistic Ur - from which came the concept of one God? It's not that the Bible is a better revelation than Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, or Roman religion - the Bible is altogether true while others are altogether false.


False Prophets and False Teachers - II Peter 2

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False teachers foretold who shall bring in destructive doctrines right alongside the truth of scripture, but substituted for the truth and shall pervert many, but at last be destroyed by the judgments of God [II Peter 2:1-3]. Instances of God's judgments of the rebellious angels [II Peter 2:4]. In the pre-flood antediluvians [II Peter 2:5]. In the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah [II Peter 2:6-8]. The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly, as well as to punish the ungodly [II Peter 2:9]. The character of those seducing teachers & their disciples; they are unclean, presumptuous, speak evil of dignities, adulterous, covetous, & cursed [II Peter 2:10-14]. Have forsaken the right way, like conduct of Balaam, speak great swelling words, & pervert those who had escaped from error [II Peter 2:15-19]. Miserable state of those who, having escaped the corruption in the world, have turned back like the dog to his vomit, and the washed swine to her wallowing in the mire [II Peter 2:20-22].


The Change Movement & the Churches of Christ

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We are neither Protestants, Catholics, nor Jews, but Christians only [cf: Acts 11:26]. The Restoration Movement developed from several different efforts to return to apostolic Christianity. During the Middle Ages dissenters such as John Wycliffe and John Huss called for restoration of a primitive form of Christianity. At the heart of the Restoration was emphasis on "scripture alone" (sola scriptura). English Puritans also sought to restore a pure "primitive" church. Barton W. Stone began at Cane Ridge, KY, and his group called themselves simply Christians [cf: I Peter 4:16]. Another group began in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and were led by Thomas Campbell and his son Alexander. They called themselves Disciples of Christ. Elias Smith and James O'Kelly led similar groups. They sought to restore the whole Churches of Christ on the pattern set forth in the New Testament [II Peter 1:3], "we speak where the Bible speaks and are silent where the Bible is silent" and both groups believed creeds of men kept Christianity divided. They were united in the belief that: Jesus is The Christ, the Son of God [Matthew 16:13ff], Christians should celebrate the Lords Supper on the first day of the week [Acts 20:7], and in Baptism for the Remission of Sins [Acts 2:38, Mk 16:15-16, Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-6 and Galatians 3:27].


The Parable of the Great Supper

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Christ heals a man ill of the dropsy, on a Sabbath day [Luke 14:1-6]. He inculcates humility by a parable [Luke 14:7-11]. The poor to be fed, and not the rich [Luke 14:12-14]. The parable of the great supper [Luke 14:15-24]. How men must become disciples of Christ [Luke 14:25-27]. The parable of the prudent builder, who estimates the cost before he commences his work [Luke 14:28-30]. And of the provident king [Luke 14:31, Luke 14:32]. The use of these parables [Luke 14:33]. The utility of salt while in its strength and perfection; and its total uselessness when it has lost its savor [Luke 14:34, Luke 14:35]. This section of Luke (Luke 14:1-17:) is made up practically altogether of "material which Luke alone reports." This chapter recounts the healing of the man with dropsy at the Pharisee's feast [Luke 14:1-6], the teaching on humility which Jesus addressed to the guests [Luke 14:7-11], advice to the host regarding his list of guests [Luke 14:12-14], the parable of the slighted invitation [Luke 14:15-24], and Jesus' pronouncement on the cost of discipleship [Luke 14:25-35].


   Sunday Morning Bible Class - Psalm 34:18-22: The Lord is Nigh

Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    April 15, 2018 Bulletin

"Hell" - The Party Has been Canceled Due to Fire

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The Hebrew word She-owl is translated into Greek as Hades & into English as Hell. All these words mean the same place which is the grave or the place of the dead. During Old Testament times it had 2 parts, torment which was the place of the unbelieving dead, separated from Abraham's bosom, the place of the believing dead. The Rich man and Lazarus [cf: Luke 16:19-31]. The Rebellion of Korah in which Korah went down alive into the pit took place about 1,447 BC [cf: Numbers 16:26-40]; Later King David wrote Psalm 88 about 1,000 BC so it had been about 500 years since Korah went down alive into the pit & Psalm 88 is a psalm of Korah in Hell. Korah has been dead almost 500 years & hasn't figured out yet his situation is permanent. [cf: Matthew 10:28, 25:31-46]


"Easter" According to Matthew, Mark & Luke

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"Easter" is a Roman Church word and even though it is found in the KJV version in Acts 12:4, the original Greek word is: pascha, which means Passover. Last week, we studied the Gospel according to John, and this week, we have interwoven Matthew, Mark and Luke into one chronological account of the Gospel Story. In every instance, the "alone arranger" has selected the most amplified verse from Matthew, Mark or Luke for this Harmony. Please beware that no one witness has the full Gospel story and you must read all four accounts to get the full Revelation of Scripture.


"Easter" According to John
The Death, Burial & Resurrection of Jesus

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John 18 this chapter records the betrayal and seizure of Jesus [John 18:1-11], the arraignment before Annas [John 18:12-14], Peter's first denial [John 18:15-18], questioning by Annas [John 18:19-24], Peter's second and third denials [John 18:25-27], Jesus' appearance before Caiaphas and before Pilate [John 18:28-32], Pilate's questioning of Jesus [John 18:33-38] and vain efforts of Pilate to release Jesus [John 18:38-40]. John emphasized the Regal bearing and demeanor of the Lord even in the hours of his humiliation. John 19 - This chapter continues the narrative of the trials and the ultimate triumph of the Jewish leaders over the stubborn will of Pilate, who under the duress of political blackmail and mob violence at last gave in to their will. It details the actual crucifixion, the affairs regarding the inscription, the disposition of the Lord's clothes, His provision for His mother, some of the last words, and the burial. John 20 - Here John outlined the evidence upon which he himself accepted the resurrection of Christ as a historical fact. For the greater part of a century, the church had been in possession of oral traditions and the synoptic Gospels, the earliest going back as far as 44 A.D.; and, added to all this, were the remarkable writings of the apostle Paul and others. But John did not begin his witness of the resurrection with any of the documentary proof which was abundantly available, but he went back to the very moment when he himself first believed, and recounted in the most amazing detail exactly the evidences he had seen and which first overwhelmed his soul with the certainty that Jesus was risen from the dead. That dawn of belief in his heart is recorded in John 20:1-10. "Peace be unto you." [cf: Luke 24:36-53]. Quality of Love [John 21:15ff]


I Corinthians 15:1-4: Gospel to the World

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When darkness falls upon the day of life, when death has come, and when people gather around a grave, then it is that they turn to this immortal chapter, where are recorded the title deeds of man's highest hope, the Christian Gospel's promise of eternal life. Light from this chapter dispels the darkness surrounding the grave; its message reassures the sorrowful, redefines the meaning of life itself and writes upon the tomb the blessed words, "Asleep in Jesus." It speaks at every funeral. The Gospel which the apostle preached to the Corinthians; viz. that Christ died for our sins, and rose again the third day [I Corinthians 15:1-4]. The witnesses of his resurrection, Peter, James, and more than five hundred brethren.


Persecution of Christians, India Mission

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Not since the days of Nero has the world seen Christian persecution as extreme as it is today. Brother Paul, our missionary, has seen this first hand and reports on his latest mission trip to India and the persecution of Christians there.

Acts 28: Paul's Voyage To Rome (Part 2)

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Shipwrecked passengers and crew were all saved alive, fulfilling Paul's prophecy made at a moment when all hope had perished. Population of Malta aided in rescue, building a fire and "receiving" them kindly. Paul snake-bitten [Acts 28:1-6]. Hospitality extended to victims of shipwreck by the first man of the island; and Paul wrought many cures of sick and suffering of Malta [Acts 28:7-10]. Voyage to Rome continued after three months, ending very shortly at Puteoli, terminal port of the grain ship; thence by land, Paul soon arrived in Rome, being greeted by brethren on the way [Acts 28:11-16]. As always, Paul sought and obtained first an interview with Jewish leaders who set a day to hear him a week later [Acts 28:17-22]. The Jews of Rome, as invariably throughout Paul's ministry, rejected Christ, despite fact some believed [Acts 28:23-28]. Book of Acts is concluded by brief summary of two whole years of Paul's imprisonment; curtain rings down with Paul still in prison, because, when Luke wrote, Paul's release, although pending, had not yet occurred [Acts 28:30-31]. The story has caught up with events.


Acts 27: Paul's Voyage To Rome (Part 1)

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[Opening Prayer, Ordination of Jordan Brewer and Craft Martin as student evengelists. (audio sermon only)]

Paul should be sent to Rome, he is delivered to Julius, a centurion [Acts 27:1]. They embark in a ship of Adramyttium, & come the next day to Sidon [Acts 27:2, Acts 27:3]. They sail thence, & pass Cyprus, Cilicia, & Pamphylia, & come to Myra [Acts 27:4, Acts 27:5]. They are transferred there to a ship of Alexandria going to Italy; sail past Cnidus, Crete, Salmone, & come to the Fair Havens [Acts 27:6-8]. Paul predicts a disastrous voyage [Acts 27:9-11]. They sail from the Fair Havens, in order to reach Crete, & winter there; but, having a comparatively favorable wind, they sail past Crete, meet with a tempest, & are brought into extreme peril & distress [Acts 27:12-20]. Paul's exhortation &prediction of the loss of the ship [Acts 27:21-26]. After having been tossed about in the Adriatic Sea, for many days, they are at last shipwrecked on the island of Melita; & the whole crew, consisting of two hundred & seventy-six persons, escape safe to land, on fragments of the ship [vv. 27-44].


Acts 26: Paul's Defense Before Herod and Festus

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Paul answers for himself before Agrippa, to whom he pays a true compliment, in order to secure a favorable hearing [Acts 26:1-3]; gives an account of his education from his youth up [Acts 26:4, Acts 26:5]; shows that the Jews persecuted him for his maintaining the hope of the resurrection [Acts 26:6-8]; states his persecution of the Christians [Acts 26:9-11]; gives an account of his miraculous conversion [Acts 26:12-16]; and of his call to the ministry [Acts 26:16-18]. His obedience to that call, and his success in preaching the doctrine of Christ crucified [Acts 26:19-23]. While he is thus speaking, Festus interrupts him, and declares him to be mad through his abundant learning [Acts 26:24]; which charge he modestly refutes with inimitable address, and appeals to King Agrippa for the truth and correctness of his speech, [Acts 26:25-27]. On which, Agrippa confesses himself almost converted to Christianity [Acts 26:28]. Paul's affectionate and elegant address to him on this declaration, [Acts 26:29]. The council breaks up, and they all pronounce him innocent [Acts 26:30-32].


Acts 25: Paul Appeals to Caesar

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Last week we ended with: Acts 24:24-25 Felix & Drusilla heard Paul concerning "the faith" and "Felix trembled"... What made Felix tremble? Paul "reasoned with him concerning righteousness, temperance" (which he had none) "and judgment" Paul had written the Romans about the coming judgment [cf: Romans 1:18-2:11]. Next in Acts 25 begins two defenses of Paul, one legal and formal, after which Paul appealed to Caesar, and the other formal enough, but without any legal significance. Nevertheless, we shall treat them as two separate defenses. Each is important and significant in its own right. The first of these was before the new governor Festus [Acts 25:1-12]; the second was before Festus and his guests King Agrippa and his sister Bernice [Acts 25:23-27)]. All of the next chapter is taken up with Paul's address in the presence of royalty and Festus the new Roman governor. Paul's appeal to Caesar assures his trip to Rome.


Acts 24: Paul's Defense before Procurator Felix at Caesarea

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The third of five defenses which marked the early part of Paul's period of imprisonment is given in this chapter, the same being a formal arraignment and trial before the Procurator Felix at Caesarea, about 58 A.D., in which the high priest Ananias and his company from Jerusalem were legally represented by a lawyer named Tertullus, and in which Paul convincingly spoke on his own behalf. Events of this chapter (except the last paragraph) occurred only twelve days from the time Paul entered Jerusalem from Caesarea


Acts 23: Paul's Defense before the Sanhedrin High Court

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The period of Paul's imprisonment began with his arrest and rescue by Claudius Lysias, as recorded in the last chapter; and here we have the second of five pleas which Paul made in the various situations developing from his being a prisoner. This imprisonment was to last until the conclusion of Acts. This is Paul's 2nd Defense and his plea before the council ... This was the historic court of the Hebrews called the Sanhedrin, including perhaps some of the very men who had condemned Jesus to death.


Acts 22: "Wash Away Thy Sins"

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In Paul's address from the steps of Antonio, he spoke to the people until they clamored for his death [Acts 22:1-3]. The speech deals primarily with Paul's statement of his birth, background, education, and [Acts 22:4-5] his zeal as a persecutor of Christ, dwelling especially on the record of his conversion [Acts 22:6-21]. For the first time, he revealed the fact that the Lord had warned him on his first trip to Jerusalem that the Jews there would "not receive of thee testimony concerning me". Acts 22:18-19 is especially significant in that it shows Paul's unwillingness to receive Jesus' word as final; because he seemed to be very certain that his own background as one of the opposition to the Gospel would persuade the Jews. They hear him until he says that God had sent him to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles, the Jews become outraged and clamor for his life [Acts 21:22-23].


Acts 21: End of Paul's 3rd Missionary Journey - Return to Jerusalem

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Paul's third journey continued from Miletus to Tyre [Acts 21:7-15], and was concluded in Jerusalem [Acts 21:17-26]; and Luke's account of these events, although very brief, is of keen interest. The great feature of the chapter, however, is that of Paul's being mobbed in the temple and rescued by the Romans who took him into protective custody, beginning a long period of imprisonment for the apostle Paul, an imprisonment that would not end until Satan had enlisted the Roman Empire as a persecutor of the church.

JaVaughn Willis Baptised


Isaiah 53

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[Isaiah 52:13 cf: John 3:14, 8:28 & 12:32-33, Isaiah 52:14-15, cf: Rom. 15:21]. The Suffering Servant. The Jews claim this 53rd chapter of Isaiah is talking about the suffering of the nation of Israel. In this chapter, the personal pronoun "He" is used 18 times, "His" is used 13 times, & "Him" is used 10 times, which means God used personal pronouns 41 times to prove this coming Messiah will suffer for the sins of the people. Furthermore, He is contrasted to the people in v 8. Isaiah 53:1A, Additionally, Paul quotes this verse in Rom. 10:16, & says Isaiah is talking about Jesus [Isaiah 53:1B, cf: Exodus 6:6]. Atonement [Isaiah 53:2-4]. Stripes [Isaiah 53:5 cf: Matthew 27:26], All sinners [Isaiah 53:6, cf: Romans 3:10-20]. Opened not His mouth [Isaiah 53:7, cf John 19:10]. Isaiah 53:8 - Prison [cf: Matthew 27:27-29], "Judgment" [cf: Matthew 27:19],to be Killed, [Isaiah 53:8]. Crucified between two thieves, "Wicked" [cf: Matthew 27:38, Isaiah 53:9A]. Buried rich man's tomb, [Isaiah 53:9B, Matthew 27:57-60]. God will see His "seed or child, & prolong His days [Isaiah 53:10]. How? resurrect Him from the Grave [Genesis 3:15 & Galatians 3:16], Because of His atonement, He is now called a righteous Servant [Isaiah 53:11, cf: II Corinthians 5:21], who will justify many [Rom. 3:21ff, Isaiah 53:12], there is just one mediator between God and men [I Timothy 2:5].


Isaiah 42

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God's Servant to Die [Isaiah 42:1-4, Isaiah 42:6-7; Isaiah 49:1, cf: Luke 1:31-33]. a sword [cf: Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12, Revelations 1:16., Isaiah 49:3, cf: Luke 22:24-27, Isaiah 49:5-6, cf: Acts 13:47.Isaiah 49:8 cf: I Corinthians 6:2. Isaiah 49:16; Isaiah 50:4 cf: Matthew 22:41-46, Isaiah 50:5-6, cf: Matthew 27:26.cf: Matthew 26:66-68; Isaiah 50:7-11. Isaiah 52:13 cf: John 3:14, 8:28 & 12:32-33, Isaiah 52:14-15, cf: Rom. 15:21]. The Suffering Servant. The Jews claim this 53rd chapter of Isaiah is talking about the suffering of the nation of Israel. In this chapter, the personal pronoun "He" is used 18 times, "His" is used 13 times, & "Him" is used 10 times, which means God used personal pronouns 41 times to prove this coming Messiah will suffer for the sins of the people. Furthermore, He is contrasted to the people in v 8. [Isaiah 53:1A], Additionally, Paul quotes this verse in Rom. 10:16, & says Isaiah is talking about Jesus [Isaiah 53:1B, cf: Exodus 6:6]. atonement [Isaiah 53:2-4]. Stripes [Isaiah 53:5 cf: Matthew 27:26], All sinners [Isaiah 53:6, cf: Romans 3:10-20]. Opened not His mouth [Isaiah 53:7, cf John 19:10, Isaiah 53:8] Prison [cf: Matthew 27:27-29], "Judgment" [cf: Matthew 27:19], to be Killed, [Isaiah 53:8]. Crucified between two thieves, "Wicked" [cf: Matthew 27:38. Isaiah 53:9A]. Buried rich man's tomb [Isaiah 53:9B, Matthew 27:57-60]. God will see His "seed or child, & prolong His days, [Isaiah 53:10]. How? resurrect Him from the Grave [Genesis 3:15 & Galatians 3:16], Because of His atonement, He is now called a righteous Servant [Isaiah 53:11, cf: II Corinthians 5:21], who will justify many [Rom. 3:21ff, Isaiah 53:12], there is just one mediator between God and men [I Timothy 2:5].


2017 Sermons

The Seed Lesson Condensed

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In 274 AD during a time of persecution of the Church, in order to expose Christians, Aurelian Caesar proclaimed December 25th, the time of the winter solstice, as the birthday of the sun god Sol Invictus. To avoid persecution Christians simply decided to take the day off too and call it the Birth of Jesus. Therefore, Christmas - Christ-mas is a Catholic holiday. The Seed Galatians 3:16, Genesis 1:1-3, Genesis 3:15, Genesis 12:1-4, Genesis 15:1-6, II Samuel 7:12-14, Psalm 22, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 53:1-12 cf: I Corinthians 15:1-3


The Birth of Jesus Christ The Son of God

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Luke's epistle to Theophilus, Luke 1:1-4. The conception and birth of John Baptist foretold by the angel Gabriel, Six months after the angel Gabriel appears to the Virgin Mary, and predicts the miraculous conception and birth of Christ, Like 1:26-38. The decree of Augustus to enroll all the Roman empire, Luke 2:1, Luke 2:2. Joseph and Mary go to their own city to be enrolled, Luke 2:3-5. Christ is born, Luke 2:6,Luke 2:7. His birth is announced to the shepherds, Luke 2:8-14. They go to Bethlehem, and find Joseph, Mary, and Christ, Luke 2:15-20. Christ is conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary, espoused to Joseph, Matthew 1:20; by whom the child is named Jesus, Matthew 1:22, Matthew 1:23. Joseph takes home his wife, Mary, and Christ is born, Matthew 1:24, Matthew 1:25


Acts 20: Paul's Farewell to the Ephesians

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Acts 20:8-12, cf: John 11:14, 17-26, Hebrews 2:9, I Corinthians 15:22, & Romans 6:3-7. What if you haven't died to sin, cf: II Corinthians 5:14-15. You must LIVE NOW the RESURRECTED LIFE. Paul's trip to Jerusalem, Acts 20:13-16. Ephesian Elders Exhorted. Paul called for a meeting with the Ephesian elders, bidding them farewell Acts 20:17-35, I Peter 5:1-2, Matthew 20:25-28, Romans 5:8-9, I Peter 2:24, Hebrews 13:17, Philippians 1:6; and a special account of the tearful farewell is given Acts 20:36-38, Revelation 1:8, Revelation 1:17-18, Revelation 2:1-7, Revelation 4:10-11, Revelation 2:5


Acts 20: Worship and Lord's Supper at Troas

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The first six verses give a summary of many months of Paul's travels; a special account of Paul and company taking Lord's supper at Troas is given, Acts 20:7, cf: I Corinthians 16:2, Matthew 26:26-30, Act 2:42, I Corinthians 11:23-32; Paul raises dead, Jesus still has power of resurrection, Acts 20:8-12, cf: Jn 11:14, 17-26, Hebrews 2:9, I Corinthians 15:22, & Romans 6:3-7. What if you haven't died to sin, cf: II Corinthians 5:14-15. You must LIVE NOW the RESURRECTED LIFE. Paul's trip Jerusalem, Acts 20:13-16.


   Sunday Morning Bible Class - Heavenly Sunlight

Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    December 10, 2017 Bulletin

Luke 11:29-32 - The Sign of Jonah

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Our text this morning is a warning as well as a call for Thanksgiving and reflection for the great privilege and honor it is to possess the revelation of God's word. This privilege of possessing the truth of God's word cannot be expressed in words, it is priceless. Speaking to the advantage of the Jews the apostle Paul in Romans 3:2 tells us that "...the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God." However with this highest of privileges comes great responsibility as our Lord will illustrate in two stories which he takes from the Old Testament. The first example being the Queen of the South who was willing to travel great distances simply to hear the wisdom of King Solomon. The second example Jesus mentions is the men of Nineveh who gladly repented at the preaching of the prophet Jonah. Jesus uses both of these stories to humble and shame the Jews who have relatively received far greater light yet were unfaithful with the truth to which they had been entrusted. Let us consider the great riches and blessings with which we have been entrusted. Let us be careful not to despise the Word of God but rather let us delight in it ,believe it, and obey it.


Invitation: 4 Baptisms, Prayers Requested    December 3, 2017 Bulletin

Acts 19: The Ephesians - Gospel Conquers Occult

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Paul, coming to Ephesus, finds certain disciples of John the Baptist who had not received the gift of the Holy Ghost, knowing only the baptism of John, but receive it through their re-baptism into Christ and imposition of Paul's hands, Acts 19:1-7. He preaches for three months in the synagogues, Acts 19:8. Many being hardened, he leaves the synagogues, and teaches daily in the school of Tyrannus for two years, Acts 19:9 - 10. He works many miracles, Acts 19:11, Acts 19:12. Account of the vagabond exorcist Jews, and the seven sons of Sceva, Acts 19:13-17. Many are converted, and burn their magical books, Acts 19:18-20. Paul purposes to pass through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, and afterwards to Rome; but, having sent Timotheus and Erastus to Macedonia, continues a little longer in Asia, Acts 19:21 - 22. Demetrius, a silversmith of Ephesus, raises an uproar against Paul, which, after some tumultuous proceedings, is appeased by the town clerk, vv. 23-41.


Acts 18: Paul Preaches in Corinth and Ephesus, Begins 3rd Missionary Journey

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The conclusion of the second Missionary Journey is recorded in this chapter (Acts 18:23a) and the beginning of the third (Acts 18:23b). Paul left Athens for Corinth where he met Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18:1-4); great success attended his efforts during eighteen months work at Corinth many believe and are baptized Acts 18:5-11); Jewish opposition came to a climax soon after Gallio became proconsul, but it was frustrated (Acts 18:12-17); Paul concluded the second journey via Cenchraea and Ephesus to Antioch in Syria (Acts 18:18-23a); and after some time there, he started the third journey (Acts 18:23b). Luke next included some background material on the work at Ephesus, where Paul's next great labors would occur, relating the preaching of Apollos, and the further instruction given him by Priscilla and Aquila (Acts 18:24-28).


   Sunday Morning Bible Class - Luke 11: The Sign of Jonah

Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    November 19, 2017 Bulletin

Acts 17: The Gospel Preached in Greece, Paul Preaches on Mars Hill

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Paul and his company, passing through Amphipolis and Apollonia, come to Thessalonica, were they preach the Gospel to the Jews, several of whom believe, Acts 17:1-4. Others raise a mob and bring Jason, who had received the apostles, before the magistrates who, having taken bail of him and his companions, dismiss them, Acts 17:5-9. Paul and Silas are sent away by night unto Berea, where they preach to the Jews who gladly receive the Gospel, Acts 17:10-12. Certain Jews from Thessalonica, hearing that the Bereans had received the Gospel, come there and raise up a persecution, Acts 17:13. Paul is sent away by the brethren to Athens, where he preaches to the Jews, Acts 17:14-17. He is encountered by the Epicureans and Stoics, who bring him to the Areopagus and desire him to give a full explanation of his doctrine, Acts 17:18-20. The character of the Athenians, Acts 17:21. Paul preaches to them, Paul's sermon: Acts 17:22-31. A point of common interest 22-23, God and creation 24-25, God in His relation to man 26-27, God in His own nature 28-29 & God and His moral government of men 30-31. Some mock, some hesitate, and some believe, and among the latter, Dionysias and Damaris, Acts 17:32-34.


Acts 16: The Macedonian Call

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This chapter has the continuation of the second missionary tour, relating the revisiting of Lystra and Derbe, Acts 16:1-5, the Macedonian call, Acts 16:6-10, the conversion of Lydia and others in Philippi, Acts 16:11-15, the healing of the demoniac girl, Acts 16:16-18, beating and imprisonment of Paul and Silas, Acts 16:19-24, earthquake and conversion of the jailer, Acts 16:25-33, and the concluding of their efforts in Philippi, in which Paul and Silas receive the apology of the authorities, are released, and depart from Philippi after seeing the brethren, Acts 16:35-40.


Paul's Letter to the Galations

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Salvation is "In Christ" Galatians 3:26-29, Justification is by "the faith of Jesus Christ" Galatians 2:16 which leads to obedience of the believer Galatians 5:19ff 4 Q MMT "Miqsat Ma'ase Ha-Torah". "Some precepts of the torah" Catholic words. A concordance of the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, leaves little doubt that the Greek Trans. is "ergon nomou". "Ergon nomou" is commonly translated in English New Testament as: "Works of the law". This Pauline phrase, Galatians 2:16 & 3:2 and Romans 3:20 & 28. Looking at Galatians and Romans in light of 4 Q MMT, Paul is using the same terminology to fight "justified" by Christ and the "blood of bulls and goats". This shows Paul was not "jousting with windmills or fighting a straw man" when he took on legalists who taught "works of the law" could be: 'reckoned for righteousness'. Catholic and liberal scholars have long suggested that Paul misunderstood Jewish teaching... they say "works of the law" No where appears in books of rabbinic Judaism of the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. Only in letters of Paul & MMT are these words found. MMT provides the "smoking gun" and shows Paul fighting legalistic theology from Qumran which had entered the Church. DSS T/Brill/1994.


   Sunday Morning Bible Class - Luke 11: Not "Vain Repetition"

Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    October 29, 2017 Bulletin

Acts 15: The Jerusalem Council

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False teachers circumcised, Acts 15:1. Paul & Barnabas meet apostles , Acts 15:2. inform apostles of Gentiles; Pharisees demand circumcision, Acts 15:3-5. apostles privately consider, Peter speaks to all, Acts 15:6-11. Barnabas & Paul success Gentiles, Acts 15:12. James' opinion, Acts 15:13-21. apostles & elders agree, send Judas & Silas with Paul & Barnabas to Gentiles, Acts 15:22; send letter to Church of Antioch, Syria, & Cilicia, Acts 15:23-29. Paul & company return, read epistle at Antioch, producing great joy; Judas & Silas preach, Acts 15:30-32. Judas returns to Jerusalem, Silas continues with Paul & Barnabas, teaching & preaching, Acts 15:33-35. Paul proposes to Barnabas to visit Churches where they preached; on the latter determining to take John Mark, Paul refuses, Acts 15:36-38. They disagree; & Barnabas, taking John Mark, sails to Cyprus, Acts 15:39. & Paul, taking Silas, goes through Syria & Cilicia, confirming Churches, Acts 15:40, Acts 15:41. Result of division was two Missionary works.


Evangelists, Elders and Deacons

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Timothy was a native of Lycaonia. His father was a Greek, but his mother and grandmother were Jews, II Timothy 1:5. He was taught the scriptures from his very youth, II Timothy 3:15, and was probably converted during Paul's first visit to Lystra, Acts 14:8-20. He was ordained as an evangelist I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6, and, after Paul's second visit to Lystra. he spent most of his time with Paul, Acts 16:1. He did much valuable service for Paul, and was greatly esteemed by him. Acts 17:14; 18:5; 20:4; Rom. 16:21; I Corinthians 4:17; 16:10. His name is associated with Paul in writing a number of letters, II Corinthians 1:1; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:1. He was pastor at Ephesus and while there received these letters, I Timothy 1:3-4. Paul desired to have him with him when death came, II Timothy 4:9; 13, 21.


Evangelist Report on Our Primitive Church Government At Main Street



Kelly preached on our church government, introducing the leadership, and our plans for the future. The link "An Open Letter from Kelly" is an outline to the sermon.


Acts 13 & 14: Paul's First Missionary Journey Part 2

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Paul and Barnabas, having preached at Iconium with great success, persecuted, obliged to flee to Lystra and Derbe, Acts 14:1-6. They preach, heal a cripple; then people, supposing them to be gods, are about to offer them sacrifices, and are with difficulty prevented by these apostles, Acts 14:7-18. Certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, coming thither, induce people to stone Paul; dragged out of the city as dead, while disciples stand around him, rises up suddenly, returns to the city, next day departs to Derbe, Acts 14:19, Acts 14:20. Having preached , he and Barnabas return to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, confirming disciples, ordaining elders in every Church, Acts 14:21-23. Pass through Pisidia and Pamphylia, Acts 14:24. Through Perga and Attalia, Acts 14:25; sail to Antioch in Syria, Acts 14:26. Having called disciples together, inform them of door of faith opened to Gentiles, and abode a long time with the Church, Acts 14:27, Acts 14:28.


Acts 13: Paul's First Missionary Journey

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Acts 13 World Conquest Under Paul Begins
This chapter records the beginning of what is usually called Paul's first missionary journey or as we refer to this study in Acts as: World Conquest. First, there was the formal commission which sent Barnabas and Saul on their way (Acts 13:1-3); then there is the account of their efforts on the island of Cyprus (Acts 13:4-12); next is the record of John Mark's defection after the Leadership switches from Barnabas and Paul. The movement of Paul into Asia Minor (Acts 13:13-16); then follows the record of Paul's address in Antioch of Pisidia (Acts 13:17-43) the record of still another sermon in the same city on the sabbath day one week later (Acts 13:44-52).


Acts 12: The End of Secular Judaism

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Peter Delivered to Prison. Death to Persecutor. Herod persecutes the Christians, Acts 12:1. Kills James, Acts 12:2. And casts Peter into prison, Acts 12:3, Acts 12:4. The Church makes incessant prayer for his deliverance, Acts 12:5. An angel of God opens the prison doors and leads him out, Acts 12:6-10. Peter rejoices, and comes to the house of Mary, where many were praying, and declares how he was delivered, Acts 12:11-17. The soldiers who kept the prison are examined by Herod, and he commands them to be put to death, Acts 12:18, Acts 12:19. Herod is enraged against the people of Tyre, but is appeased by their submission, Acts 12:20. He makes an oration to the people, receives idolatrous praises, and an angel of the Lord smites him, and he dies a miserable death, Acts 12:21-23. The word of God increases, Acts 12:24. Barnabas and Saul, having fulfilled their ministry, return from Jerusalem accompanied by John Mark.


Acts 11: Cornelius Retold, Gospel Spreads to Gentiles

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Disciples were called Christians first Acts 11:26
Isaiah 9:6-7 His Name. Isaiah 61:1-6 And they shall build the old wastes (places) Report to the Church. Acts 11:1-18. Acts 11:18-26 The Missionary Work of Those Scattered Abroad Acts 11:19. The Conversion of Gentiles at Antioch, Acts 11:20-21. Barnabas Sent to Antioch by the Church, Acts 11:22-24. Saul Brought from Tarsus, Acts 11:25-26. Isaiah 65:15 Jews to be cursed, Isaiah 62:1-2 New name from mouth of the Lord. After Gentiles converted Acts 11:1 Called by a new name "Christians" We don't claim to be the only Christians but simply "Christians only. Acts 11:26 cf: Acts 26:28, I Peter 4:16, Romans 16:16, Hebrews 1:4, Philippians 2:9ff, I John 3:1.Famine Predicted, Acts 11:27-28. Collections for the Relief of Jerusalem, Acts 11:29-30


   Sunday Morning Bible Class - Luke 10: "He Who Rejects Me"

Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    September 10, 2017 Bulletin

The Blackest Land, The Whitest People
Jewish Bigotry Was Worse Than KKK: Acts 10:1 - 11:18

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Racial Bigotry: The white verses Black race problems since the founding of our country is nothing in comparison to the problems of the Judaizing Jews and the Gentiles in the primitive Church. This chapter is concerned with the conversion of the Gentile Cornelius, the same event also being justified by Peter and 6 witnesses to the Jerusalem Church in Acts 11. Luke's devoting so much space to the narrative of a single conversion indicates the importance of it. It was in this conversion of this Roman centurion that the issue of receiving Gentiles into Christ began to be decided. Yes, other Gentiles had been saved prior to this; but it was upon the basis of their having first been circumcised and converted as full proselytes to Judaism. The earliest Christians most of whom were Jewish were willing to welcome Gentiles into the faith as Proselytes first and Christians later. Cornelius' baptism was the beginning of the end of that, despite the fact of the "Judaizers" continuing to advocate their old view afterward, as seen through Acts 15 and in the Pauline epistles. The final results: Notice the three verbs in Acts 11:18. First: "they held their peace." The first indicates the criticism was stifled. Second: they "glorified God." The second says for that even for a believing Jew for a Gentile to be of equal value to God was astounding. Third: that God "granted repentance..." The third is of special note by its structure (aorist tense verb) Luke points out that these believing Jews were reluctant to adopt such acceptance of the Gentiles as a policy for the future... The verb indicates that they thought this was probably a onetime deal... But for this once they conceded that God worked a moral miracle... But they were not committing themselves to any permanent principle.


Acts 9: Saul, The High Sheriff, Is Converted

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Saul's Journey to Damascus, Acts 9:2, 26:10. The Lord Jesus Meets Him on the Way, Acts 9:3-9 & 22:9. Called to Be a Witness to the Gentiles, Acts 9:10 & 26:16-17. Baptized by Ananias, Acts 9:11-18. Paul's Account, Acts 22:3-21 & 26:10-20. Preaches Christ to the Jews in Damascus, Acts 9:19-22. They Seek His Death, Acts 9:23-24, Luke 6:22-23, II Corinthians 11:22. His Escape to Jerusalem and Meeting with the Apostles, Acts 9:25-29. Departure to Tarsus, Acts 9:30-31. Peter Heals Aeneas at Lydda, Acts 9:32-35 & 22:13-16. Raises Dorcas at Joppa, Acts 9:36-40, I Kings 17:19-23 &17:2, II Kings 4:32-36 & Matthew 9:25.


Acts 8: Persecution Leads Growth in Samaria - The Ethiopian Eunuch

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A general persecution is raised against the Church, Acts 8:1. Stephen's burial, Acts 8:2. Saul greatly oppresses followers of Christ, Acts 8:3, Acts 8:4. Philip the deacon goes to Samaria, preaches, works many miracles, converts many persons, and baptizes Simon the sorcerer, Acts 8:5-13. Peter and John are sent by the apostles to Samaria; they confirm the disciples, and by prayer and imposition of hands they confer the Holy Spirit, Acts 8:14-17. Simon the sorcerer, seeing this, offers them money, to enable him to confer the Holy Spirit, Acts 8:18, Acts 8:19. He is sharply reproved by Peter, and exhorted to repent, Acts 8:20-23. He appears to be convinced of his sin, and implores an interest in the apostle's prayers, Acts 8:24. Peter and John, having preached the Gospel in the villages of Samaria, return to Jerusalem, Acts 8:25. An angel of the Lord commands Philip to go towards Gaza, to meet an Ethiopian eunuch, Acts 8:26. He goes, meets, and converses with the eunuch, preaches the Gospel to him, and baptizes him, Acts 8:27-38. The Spirit of God carries Philip to Azotus, passing through which, he preaches in all the cities till he comes to Caesarea, Acts 8:39, Acts 8:40.


Acts 7: Stephen, The First Christian Martyr

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Stephen the 1st Christian to Suffer Martyrdom This great chapter is taken up entirely by the account of Stephen's defense before the Sanhedrin and his martyrdom which climaxed it. Actually, Stephen's address was not so much a defense of himself as it was an epic survey of Jewish history as related to their rejection of the promised Messiah; and, while it is true a complete refutation of the charges against himself as apparent in this master oration, it is the glorious figure of the risen Lord which dominates every word of it. It is only natural that in an address which touches so many historical events the destructive critics have worked overtime searching. None of the so-called "contradictions," however, are of any importance; but a few of them will be noted for the purpose of showing the amazing weakness of such criticisms. Those great experts on Jewish history who sat in the Sanhedrin found no fault whatever with the history cited by Stephen; the only thing they objected to was his application of it! The name "Stephen" means "wreath" or "crown", and it is appropriate that the first to win the martyr's crown should have worn such a name.


Acts 6: Deacons Appointed - Stephen's Miracles and Arrest

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This very short chapter narrates the preliminaries of Stephen's martyrdom, noting that it occurred following a period of great growth and prosperity for the new faith (Acts 6:1), that Stephen's rise to prominence was a result of his appointment as one of the seven chosen to administer the distribution of food to the needy, an appointment brought about by complaints of neglecting the Grecian widows (Acts 6:2-7), and that his popularity, ability in debate, and fearless proclamation of the truth resulted in a Pharisaical plot against him, leading to his arrest (Acts 6:8-15). Many things of very great significance come to view in this little chapter: there was the first instance of the laying on of the hands of the apostles; there appeared the first violent opposition of the Pharisees; there occurred the first expansion of the church's organization beyond that of the governing apostles; there was a second threat to the unity of the disciples, deriving from the allegations of neglect of a certain class receiving charity; and there was the exceedingly significant record of The 1st Summary "a great company of the priests became obedient to the faith"


Acts 5: Ananias and Sapphira, An Angel Delivers Apostles to Preach in the Temple

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The hypocrisy of Ananias & wife Sapphira, their awful death, Acts 5:1-11. The apostles work many miracles, Church of Christ is increased, Acts 5:12-16. The high priest and the Sadducees, being incensed against the apostles, seize and put them in prison, Acts 5:17, Acts 5:18. The angel of God delivers them, and commands them to go to the temple, and proclaim the Gospel, Acts 5:19, Acts 5:20. The high priest, having gathered the council together in the morning, sends to the prison to have the apostles brought before him, Acts 5:21. The offers return, and report that they found the prison shut, and the watch set, but that the men had got out, Acts 5:22, Acts 5:23. A messenger arrives in the meanwhile, and says that the apostles are preaching in the temple, Acts 5:24, Acts 5:25. The captain and officers go and bring than before the council, who expostulate with them, Acts 5:26-28. The apostles defend themselves, and charge the council with the murder of Christ; and assert his resurrection from the dead and ascension to the right hand of God, Acts 5:29-32. The council are confounded, and purpose to slay the apostles, Acts 5:33. Gamaliel gives them seasonable and prudent advice, Acts 5:34-39. The council agree to it, but, before they discharge the apostles, beat them, and command them not to teach in the name of Jesus, Acts 5:40. They depart rejoicing in their persecution, and continue to preach Jesus Christ, Acts 5:41, Acts 5:42.


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    July 30, 2017 Bulletin

Acts 4: Peter's Prayer from Psalm 2

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After being threatened by the Jewish High Court The Apostles returned to the Church and they went to their knees in prayer to God Acts 4:23 -31 This Psalm is Remarkable for its eloquent change of persons. It is like a heavenly stage play with different people who speak. Psalm 2:1-2 The Prophet Speaks & foretells of the coming Messiah or Christ. How do you know this prophecy is of Christ? An inspired Apostle tells me, I am tracking this Psalm correctly cf: Acts 4:25 ff. Psalm 2:3 The Enemies Speak Psalm 2:4-5 The Prophet Answers the Enemies Cf Luke 21:20 Psalm 2:6 God Speaks cf: Hebrews 12:22. Psalm 2:7 The Messiah Speaks cf: Son Luke 1:31, Matthew 3:13ff, Matthew 17:5ff, II Peter 1:15, Acts 13:33, Romans 1:3-4, Hebrews 1:1-6 & Hebrews 5:5. Psalm 2:8-9. God Answers the Messiah cf: Revelation 2:27, Revelations 12:5 & Rev, 19:15. Psalm 2:10-12, Prophet encourages Enemies to submit to God & His Messiah cf: Hebrews 6:1.


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    July 23, 2017 Bulletin

Acts 4: Confronting The Saducees and Sanhedrin

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Revelation 12:5, Acts 4:1, Peter's sermon was interrupted by Sadducees. Matthew 27:65-66, Luke 22:4, Luke 22:52-53. One Acts main purposes is to show Jews who rejected and crucified Jesus continued rebelling against God. 9th hour, Acts 4:2-3, Acts 3:1, II Corinthians 5:17. Many believed, Acts 4:4. Sanhedrin, Acts 4:5-6. By what power, Acts 4:7. Respect, Acts 4:8, Matthew 10:17-19. Peter addresses head-on, Acts 4:9-10. Cornerstone, Acts 4:11, Matthew 21:42, Psalm 118:22, Isaiah 28:16, Isaiah 8:13-17, I Peter 2:4-9, Ephesians 2:19-22, Romans 9:33. Saved, Acts 4:12. Not schooled, Acts 4:13. Man healed, Acts 4:14. Could not deny, Acts 4:15-16. Not speak of it, Acts 4:17-20. Threatened, Acts 4:21-22. Let go, Acts 4:23-24. Inspired, Acts 4:25-26.


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    July 16, 2017 Bulletin

Acts 3: Healing the Man at Gate Beautiful - 2nd Gospel Sermon

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Luke, Author of Acts, chooses "wonders and signs" for an example to Theopolis. Another sign, Mark 16:17. The people marveled, Acts 3:9. Your God will come, when? Then! Isaiah 35:4-7. One Way, Isaiah 35:8, John 14:6. We will come Home, Isaiah 35:9-10, Hebrews 12:22-24, I Corinthians 2:9. Beautiful gate, Acts 3:10. Solomon's Porch, 3:11. Glorify God, not servant, Acts 3:12-13. Chose Barabbas, Acts 3:14-15. His faith healed him, Acts 3:16. Ignorance, Acts 3:17-18, Mark 12:7. Obey the Gospel, Acts 3:19 and 2:38. Second Coming, Acts 3:20-21, II Peter 3:12. Prophet like unto Moses, Acts 3:22-23. Prophecy, Acts 3:24. Sons of Abraham, Acts 3:25, Galatians 3:16. Jew first - then Gentile, Acts 3:26.


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    July 9, 2017 Bulletin

Nehemiah 1:1-11: Nehemiah, Man Of Prayer

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(Nehemiah 1:4) Nehemiah displays great concern over the ruins of the city of Jerusalem. He has a zeal and a passion, for both God's honor and the honor of God's people. (Nehemiah 1:5) He appeals to God's covenant with his people. (Nehemiah 1:6) Nehemiah diligently calls upon the name of the Lord in this hour of distress. He confesses both his sins and the sins of the people. (Nehemiah 1:7) He confesses that they have broken God's law and disregarded his commandments. (Nehemiah 1:8-9) Nehemiah appeals to God's covenant and promises to forgive his people. (Nehemiah 1:10-11) He brings to God's attention the fact that those in the city of Jerusalem are His people, and once more pleads for God to hear his prayer.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    July 2, 2017 Bulletin

The Five-Fold Worship of the Church

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Worshiping God is our duty: cf: John 4:23-24. Lord's Supper: Exodus 12:1-15, 22-27 & 29-30, Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:15-26, I Corinthians 11:23-32; Preaching: Mark 16:15-16, I Corinthians 1:18, II Timothy 2:2, 3:14 & 4:5; Singing: Matthew 26:30, I Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 2:12, James 5:13, I Corinthians 5:7 & II Chronicles 29:25-30; Praying: Acts 2:42, Luke 11:1-13, & Giving: I Corinthians 16:1-2 & II Corinthians 9:6-9, Malachi 3:7-12


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    June 25, 2017 Bulletin

Acts 2: A Fellowship of Believers is Born

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Acts 2:36 is point of whole sermon "Lord" Greek-Kurios, YHWH-Hebrew Unspeakable name of God, & "Christ"-Greek Christos, Hebrew Messiah or Anointed One. Acts 2:37 No faith was produced by demonstrations of the spirit Acts 2:1-21. Only with preaching of Gospel, Acts 2:22-36 faith is produced. Cf Romans 10:17. Acts 2:38 contains 2 imperatives & 2 promises. Dependence of the clause, remission of sins, relies upon both imperative verbs, repent & be baptized. 2 promises, remission of sins & gift of Holy Spirit. Act 2:39 conditions are for whole Christian Age. Act 22:16, 2:40-42, Exodus 32:25-28, II Timothy 2:2, Ro 15:26, Prayer I Corinthians 11:23:31, Lk 18:1, Lk 11:9-10 Worship began 2:43-46 sharing their wealth Act 5:42, Ro 16:3:5I Corinthians 16:19, Phim. 1:1-2, 2:47 baptized believers added by the Lord to "the Church.", Daniel 2:44, Mt 15:9, Colossians 1:18,Mt 1616-18, Act 20:28;30, II Timothy 2:2 & 15. Great falling away II Pt 2:3 Reformation II Th 2:3 Restoration Jn 17:20-21 I Corinthians 1:10, Ep 1:22-23 & 4:3-6 Christians Only Acts 11:26, I Pt 4:16, II Pt 1:3, II Tm3:15, II Pt 1:20 Seed Lk 8:11 & 15 Lord's Supper Ac 20:7 Immersion Mk 16:15-16 Church is Christ's Bride.


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    June 18, 2017 Bulletin

Baptism and the Blessing of Water

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The Great Commission, Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:15-16. Simon the sorcerer heard the Word and was baptized, Acts 8:4-13. The Ethiopian eunuch was baptized, Acts 8:27-39. Those who the Holy Ghost fell on were baptized, Acts 10:34-48. The Philippian Jailer was baptized, Acts 16:25-34. Crispus and his house believed and were baptized, Acts 18:1-8. I noticed how baptism works a good work in us and for us. We are openly raised from the dead as Christ triumphing over death (sin), Colossians 2:8-15. Baptized into Jesus Christ into His death, buried with Him, raised up with Him and live with Him, Romans 6:3-10. Baptized into the body, the Church, I Corinthians 12:12-14. Those baptized into Christ have put on Christ, Galatians 3:26-27. Those baptized into Christ are new creatures, II Corinthians 5:14-17. A Spiritual Metamorphosis needs to take place in our lives. Baptism now saves us, I Peter 3:18-22. Invitation: Hear - Romans 10:17, faith cometh by hearing. Believe - Hebrews 11:6, without faith it is impossible to please. Repent - Luke 13:3, Except you repent - ye shall all likewise perish. Confess - Matthew 10:22-33, confession. Remain Faithful - Revelation 2:10 - be faithful until death.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    June 4, 2017 Bulletin

Luke 8:4-15: The Good Ground

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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


Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    May 28, 2017 Bulletin

Acts 2: Pentecost - The First Gospel Sermon

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Acts 1:26-2:14 The Apostles are Baptized in The Holy Spirit evidenced with the sound of a "Rushing Mighty Wind" and, "Tongues like as of Fire" Fellowship called "The Church" is born. Acts 2:17 Last days cf: Joel 2:28-32. Acts 2:20 "day of The Lord"; is coming destruction of Jerusalem & final judgment day cf I Corinthians 5:5, II Corinthians 1:14, I Thessalonians 5:2, II Peter 3:10. During Christian Age "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved". This chapter will teach us how to call. Acts 2:22-24 This is the greatest speech in history. Peter makes 7 points Acts 2:25 cf Psalm 16:8-11. Acts 2:26-28 cf: Hebrews 12:2, Hebrews 2:17, John 9:4. Acts 2:29-30 cf: Matthew 22:41:46, Psalm 132:11. Acts 2:31-35 cf: Psalm 110:1. Acts 2:36 is point of whole sermon "Lord" Greek-Kurios, YHWH-Hebrew Unspeakable name of God, & "Christ" - Greek Christos, Hebrew Messiah or Anointed One. Acts 2:37 No faith was produced by demonstrations of the spirit Acts 2:1-21. Only with preaching of Gospel, Acts 2:22-36 faith is produced. Cf Romans 10:17. Acts 2:38 contains 2 imperatives & 2 promises. Dependence of the clause, remission of sins, relies upon both imperative verbs, repent & be baptized. 2 promises, remission of sins & gift of Holy Spirit. 2:39 conditions are for whole Christian Age. 2:40-42 Worship began 2:43-46 sharing their wealth 2:47 baptized believers added by the Lord to "the Church."


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    May 21, 2017 Bulletin

Acts 1: World Conquest

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Most of the verses in Acts are written in 3rd person: "they did "or "he did ". But some use 1st person plural, "we" [Acts 16:10-18, 20:5-15, 21:1-18, 27:1, 28:16]. "We" alerts us to the fact that the author is an eyeball witness. Purpose in writing Luke & Acts: words & deeds of Jesus in Luke & World conquest by Gospel in Acts. The introduction in Luke 1:1-4 states his purpose. Luke/Acts should be considered one work in two parts. Read Luke 24 with Acts. Threads tie Luke and Acts together: Both addressed to Theophilus [Acts 1:1, Luke 1:3], Acts 1:1 speaks of the "Former treatise" (Luke); Jesus didn't practice what He preached. He preached what He practiced. "of all that Jesus began both to do and teach," [Acts 1:1]: "in deed and word" [Luke 24:19]; He was "taken up" [Acts 1:2, Luke 24:51]; Commandments given [Acts 1:2, Mark 16:15-16, Mathew 28:18-20]. "To whom" whom is an antecedent that refers back to nearest noun "Apostle" in verse 2. "Many infallible proofs" [Acts 1:3, Luke 24:36-43]; "things pertaining to the kingdom of God" [Acts 1:3, Luke 24:46-47]; Apostles were to wait for the promise [Acts 1:4, Luke 24:49]. Apostles were to be baptized with the Holy Ghost [Acts 1:5, Matt 3:11-12]. Jesus promised Kingdom to come during the life of the apostles [Mark 9:1]. Is this the time? Jesus says don't worry about time stay focused on job [Acts 1:7, I Thessalonians 5:1ff]. Jesus promised Kingdom would come with Power [Mark 9:1, Acts 1:8]. Jesus says Power comes with the Holy Ghost upon Apostles [Acts 1:8]. Apostles to be eyeball witnesses unto earth [Acts 1:21-22, 2:32, 3:15, 5:32, 10:39-41, 22:14-15, 23:11, 26:13-16, II Peter 1:13-21].


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    May 14, 2017 Bulletin

I Corinthians 15:1-4: The Gospel Preached to all the World in Every Generation

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Preach the Gospel, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16. Preaching: The evangelist is to herald or announce the "Good News"... you announce "News" you do not teach news. The Evangelist is to read, reason, state, illustrate and prove the great gospel facts, Luke 24:44-49, II Timothy 3:12-17, Preach The Word, II Timothy 4:1-5, Acts 20:27. Your words are not inspired God's word is inspired and after announcing the "Good News" Evangelist is to "teaching them to observe all things whatsoever" Christ and the Apostles taught us. II Timothy 2:2. Apostles would complete their World Wide Mission, Psalm 19:1-14. Apostles and 1st century Church did it, Mark 16:20, Acts 28:22, Romans 1:8, Romans 10:14-18, Colossians 1:5-6, Colossians 1:23, I Thessalonians1:7-8. Giving our money is a blessing, Malachi 3:8-10, Acts 2:42.


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Invitation: 3 Baptisms, Prayers Requested    May 7, 2017 Bulletin

I Corinthians 2:2: The Cross of Christ

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The great need for the Church today is not new and better ideas or more church growth schemes, but rather a return to the old paths which are given to us in the Bible. (Jeremiah 6:16) (Acts 2:42) We must make it our great ambition to lift up Christ in the preaching of the Cross, the foundation of all Christian Doctrine! (Rom. 3:23-27) (I Corinthians 2:2,15:1-4) God is Holy (Isaiah 6:3)(Habakkuk 1:13). Man is sinful (Genesis 6:5) (Romans 3:10-18). God is just and is a righteous Judge. (Genesis 18:25) (Ps75:7) How can God be "Just and the justifier"? ( Romans 3:25)(Pr 17:15) Jesus is our substitute, propitiation, and Passover Lamb. (I Corinthians 5:7)


Invitation: Prayers Requested    April 30, 2017 Bulletin

The Great Commission: Matthew 28, Mark 16, & Luke 24

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Christ Commissions His Apostles - Mark 16:14 He appears to eleven & rebukes their unbelief, Luke 24:36-43 & John 20:19-23. Mk 16:15-16 Gospel all the world, Matthew 28:18-20 & Luke. 24:44-49, Acts 1:4-8. Mk 16:17 cf. Mk 16:14-17. "The Eleven" Apostles are the antecedent of "them" in Mark 16:17. Antecedents always refer back to the nearest named noun. Cast out devils cf: Acts 5:16, Tongues Acts 2:1-4, Mk 16:18 Serpents cf: Genesis 3:15, Psalm 91:11-13, Luke. 10:17-19, Acts 28:3-6 & Romans 16:20, Hebrews 2:3-4, Mk 16:19 Received into Heaven Luke 24:51 & Acts 1:9, Psalm 110:1, Ephesians 1:19-20, Hebrews 1:3 & v:13, Hebrews 10:12-13, Mk 16:20. Gospel preached everywhere cf Matthew 24:14, Prophecy Psalm 19:1-9, Romans 10:14-18, Colossians 1:5-6, Colossians 1:23 & I Thessalonians 1:7-8.


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    April 23, 2017 Bulletin

Is World War III Approaching? Is This The "End of Days"? What does the Bible Say?

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The doctrine of Christ's resurrection according to the Scriptures is The Gospel. I Corinthians 15:1-4, What Scriptures? Isaiah 53:8-10. Jesus the resurrected Christ, seen by over 500 witnesses plus the Apostles, I Corinthians 15:5-7, Paul's Apostleship, I Corinthians 15:8-10, II Corinthians 11:23-28. All the Apostles preached & believed the same things, I Corinthians 15:11. There is a Judaizing false teacher at Corinth I Corinthians 15:12. On the contrary, Paul says "but now is Christ risen" & first-fruits are proof of a coming great harvest, I Corinthians 15:20. Christ the second Adam, I Corinthians 15:21-22. There is order in the Resurrection, I Corinthians 15:23. At the end of time, Christ will deliver up the Kingdom, the people of Christ or the Church of Christ, to God, I Corinthians 15:24. Greater & different degrees splendor in Resurrection, I Corinthians 15:41-44. Second coming of Christ in Power & Glory is one event, John 6:40, Resurrection of the dead at the last day, John 6:40, Matthew 25:31-36, dead raised I Thessalonians 4:13-18, cf: John 6:40, I Corinthians 15:50-57, cf: John 6:40, II Peter 3:1-18. The work of the Lord, I Corinthians 15:58,.


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    April 16, 2017 Bulletin

"Easter" - Luke 24: "He is Risen"

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Women coming early to sepulcher on 1st day of the week, bringing spices, find stone rolled away, & tomb empty, Lk 24:1-3. They see a vision of angels, announce Christ's resurrection, Lk 24:4-8. Women return & tell this to the eleven, Lk 24:9, Lk 24:10. They believe not, but Peter goes & examines tomb, Lk 24:11, Lk 24:12. Christ, unknown, appears to two of the disciples on the way Emmaus, & converses with them, vv. 13-29. While they are eating together, he makes himself known, & immediately disappears, Lk 24:30, Lk 24:31. They return to Jerusalem, and announce his resurrection to the rest of the disciples, Lk 24:32-35. Jesus appears to them, & gives them many infallible proofs of the reality of his resurrection, Lk. 24:36-43. He preaches to them, gives them the promise of the Holy Spirit, & commissions them: Lk 24:44-49. He takes them to Bethany, & ascends to heaven in sight, Lk 24:50, Lk 24:51. They worship him, & return to Jerusalem, Lk 24:53.


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    April 9, 2017 Bulletin

Harmony of the Gospels: The Crucifixion of Jesus

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These verses are chosen for the fullest account. This is much like the earliest known harmony the Diatessaron by Tatian in the 2nd century, and variations based on the Diatessaron continued to appear into the Middle Ages. A Gospel harmony is an attempt to collate the Christian canonical gospels into a single gospel account. Gospel harmonies are constructed and studied by scholars to establish a coherent chronology of the events depicted in the four canonical gospels in the life of Jesus, to better understand how the accounts relate to each other, and to evaluate their use of different words. You should, however, read all 4 Gospels to Understand the complete account.


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    April 2, 2017 Bulletin

Mark 11:1-11: Triumphal Entry - Genesis 49:10, Zechariah 9:9

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Christ rides into Jerusalem upon an ass, in fulfillment of the prophecy of: Genesis 49:10-11 & Zechariah 9:9; He Expels money changers, Matthew 21:12 in fulfillment of Malachi 3:1-7, blind & lame healed, Matthew 21:14 cf: Isaiah 35:5, Parables of 2 sons & vineyard Matthew 21:28-41, The stone cf: Psalm 118:22ff, Isaiah 28:16, Isaiah 8:13-15, Acts 4:11ff, Romans 9:33, Ephesians 2:19-22, I Peter 2:5-9 & Romans 12:1-2. Royal & Triumphal Entrance into Jerusalem: Mark 11 Official Entrance into Jerusalem. Mark 11:1-11 cf: Genesis 49:10-11, Revelation 19:11-16, Zechariah 9:9-11, Psalm 118:25-26 & Malachi 3:1-5; The Barren Fig Tree Cursed. Mark 11:12-14 cf: Hosea 9:10, Matthew 23:23, Matthew 7:15-20, Jeremiah 11:1-3, Isaiah 65:15; The Second Cleansing of the Temple. Mark 11:15-16 cf: Jeremiah 7:30, Ezekiel 8:15-18, Isaiah 52:11 & Isaiah 56:7; Indignation of the Jewish Rulers. Mark 11:17-19 cf: Psalm 69:9, John 11:47-50; Faith, The missing Figs of Israel. Mark 11:20-26


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    March 26, 2017 Bulletin

Worship at Home: The Five Things we Do to Worship God

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The 5 Fold Worship of the Church Worshiping God is our duty: cf: Hebrews 10:25, Acts 2:42, & John 4:23-24. Lord's Supper: Exodus 12: 1-15, 22-27 & 29-30, Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:15-26, I Corinthians 11:23-32; Preaching: Mark 16:15-16, I Corinthians 1:18, II Timothy 2:2, 3:14 & 4:5; Singing: Matthew 26:30, I Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 2:12, James 5:13 & II Chronicles 29:25-30; Praying: Acts 2:42, Luke 11:1-13, & Giving: I Corinthians 16:1-2 & II Corinthians 9:6-9


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    March 19, 2017 Bulletin

Home Churches: How to Set Up a New Testament Church in Your Home

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Worship with reverence & fear Hebrews 12:28-29 & James 4:7-10 All Christians Priests I Peter 2:5-9 If the Church of Christ does not exist in your community, you should start now Worshiping in your home and asking others to come meet with you. As Jesus said Luke 14: 21 ... Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. The Church of Christ is not a building, ... the Church of Christ is the people of Christ who have come to Christ biblically in the appointed way. The Church of Christ is not a denomination, it is the one true fellowship you read about in Romans 16:16 If the Church in its true form exists where you live, it might not be advisable to start a new congregation ... on the other hand if there is not a Bible believing faithful congregation in your area ... or if you just don't fit and you have stopped assembling then you have the responsibility to begin worshiping God properly yourself and thereby establishing the Church in your home Jesus did not commission us to go into all the world & build gothic cathedrals or church buildings.


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    March 12, 2017 Bulletin

I Peter 2:5-9: The Priesthood Of all Believers - All Christians are Priests

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Worship with reverence & fear Hebrews 12:28-29 & James 4:7-10 All Christians Priests I Peter 2:5-9 If the Church of Christ does not exist in your community, you should start now Worshiping in your home and asking others to come meet with you. As Jesus said Luke 14: 21 ... Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. The Church of Christ is not a building, ... the Church of Christ is the people of Christ who have come to Christ biblically in the appointed way. The Church of Christ is not a denomination, it is the one true fellowship you read about in Romans 16:16 If the Church in its true form exists where you live, it might not be advisable to start a new congregation ... on the other hand if there is not a Bible believing faithful congregation in your area ... or if you just don't fit and you have stopped assembling then you have the responsibility to begin worshiping God properly yourself and thereby establishing the Church in your home Jesus did not commission us to go into all the world & build gothic cathedrals or church buildings.


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    March 5, 2017 Bulletin

Romans 16:16: Worship God with Reverence and Fear

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If the Church of Christ does not exist in your community, you should start now Worshiping in your home and asking others to come meet with you. As Jesus said Luke 14: 21... Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. The Church of Christ is not a building, the Church of Christ is the people of Christ who have come to Christ biblically in the appointed way. The Church of Christ is not a denomination, it is the one true fellowship you read about in Romans 16:16 If the Church in its true form exists where you live, it might not be advisable to start a new congregation... on the other hand if there is not a Bible believing faithful congregation in your area... or if you just don't fit and you have stopped assembling then you have the responsibility to begin worshiping God properly yourself and thereby establishing the Church in your home Jesus did not commission us to go into all the world and build gothic cathedrals or church buildings.


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    Feburary 26, 2017 Bulletin

God's Word, Part 4: The Inerrant Word of God

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When the Bible is properly interpreted, archaeology supports the events described in it. Bible deniers love to point out inconsistencies such as the fact that no archaeological evidence supports a Hebrew conquest of Canaan during the 13th century BC. However, the common belief that the exodus and subsequent conquest occurred in the 13th century is based solely on the Biblical mention of the Israelites leaving the city of Rameses. But the city of Rameses was not called Rameses at the time that the exodus began. Those who later copied or translated the book of Exodus updated the city's name to reflect it's current name, much the same as a historian might refer to Gaul as "iron age Europe" in order to give people a better idea of it's current-day location. Such updates can be found in several places in the Old Testament. Following references to the date of the Exodus and Canaanite conquest in Judges and Kings I, the date of the Exodus can be estimated at about 1,447 BC, when the Israelites would have left either the city of Tanis or Avaris, both of which were later renamed "Rameses" by Rameses the Great (Rameses II) during Egypt's 19th dynasty. If the Exodus happened in 1,447, then the conquest of Canaan would have happened in 1,407, after the Israelites had wandered 40 years in the Sinai wilderness. Archaeological evidence for a conquest in the 14th and 15th centuries BC is abundant.
Critics try to consign the Bible to the same prominence as all of the mythological writings of the ancient world, but the Bible contains reasonable wisdom that can be proven through science and archaeology, where the myths of Greeks and Romans describe such things as a God who physically holds the world up on his shoulders. It's not that the Bible is simply a better revelation than Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek or Roman religions - the truth is, the Bible is altogether true while others are altogether false.


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    Feburary 19, 2017 Bulletin

God's Word, Part 3: The Devine Inspiration of the Bible

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When men create their own religions they always imagine Gods that are like them, with all of their human flaws and attributes. Such people as the Greeks and Romans had Gods that were proud, jealous, lustful, petty and vindictive. Men create religious laws and methods of worship that please them, and therefore the people have no problem adhering to their religious practices. After all, what ungodly person wouldn't like a worship service that involves indulging their carnal desires, having random anonymous sex in the temple? The Canaanites and Egyptians seemed to have no problem adhering to their religions, while the Hebrews frequently abandoned their own religion in favor of the carnal religions of their neighbors. If the Hebrews had created their religion out of their own minds, why didn't they construct a religion that pleased them? Why were they always following after other people's religions? Because God's religion came from God, not man. It set a high standard for man's behavior that man wouldn't have naturally chosen for himself. It revealed a God not ruled by men's desires, but pure in nature and conduct such as men won't on their own achieve. The Bible is entirely inspired and true, while other religions are entirely man-made and false. The doctrine of Inspiration asserts that men would have been incapable of creating a system annunciating it's teaching in the midst of changing conditions throughout the centuries. There are things contained in scripture that no human intelligence could possibly have foreseen. For example, Isaiah wrote in detail about the death, burial and resurrection of the Messiah 700 years before it happened. Isaiah even told us that the world was round 300 years before Socrates [Isaiah 40:22].


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Invitation: Prayers Requested    Feburary 12, 2017 Bulletin

God's Word, Part 2: Not Human or Natural

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Non-believers account for the Bible on natural rather than supernatural grounds. Some assume that men simply evolved over the centuries and wrote a more coherent account. The Bible is not just more evolved than other religious documents, it makes sense where others don't. For instance, most civilizations have an account of a catastrophic flood that destroyed all people and land animals except for those saved by some hero in a boat. However, the ancient Mesopotamian, Sumerian, Assyrian, Babylonian and other accounts read like fairy tales, and they describe all of the animals being loaded into a small rowboat or a craft that doesn't even make sense. None of them describe the event or the vessel in any accurate detail. The book of Genesis, however, gives detailed instructions and measurements for an ark that, if built according to the scripture, would be not only seaworthy, but more than capable of containing the number of land animals that would have existed in the quantities that God instructed Noah to save. It details the event in a believable way, which is typical of events described in the Bible and atypical of the religious writings of men. The Holy Scriptures did not originate in the human mind. They are not a human product and cannot be accounted for on natural grounds.


Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    Feburary 5, 2017 Bulletin

God's Word, Part 1: The Origin of the Bible

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The Bible is used to describe books of Old & New Testaments. It comes from Greek biblos meaning book. Difference between the Old & New Testament: Hebrews taught that Christ brought a new & better Testament, [Hebrews 7:22, 8:6-13, 9:15]. The Old Testament is divided into three groups. The Law: The 1st 5 books of Moses known as the Torah & Pentateuch. The Prophets: 21 books - major & minor Old Testament Prophets. Writings: 13 books of poetry, history and psalms. The New Testament consists of 27 books that naturally divide into 4 parts - The 4 Gospels, Acts, Epistles & Revelation. Epistles are 21 books of teaching. 13 are Pauline Epistles (written by the apostle Paul), 8 are called General Epistles written by other Apostles/Prophets. Hebrews was written by an unknown writer. The Bible is a remarkable book - Its Teachings Divinely Inspired. Particularly in the 20th and 21st centuries, the Bible has been under attack by unbelievers. The unbelievers account for the scriptures on natural rather than supernatural grounds. They see the Bible as simply a work of hebrews to document their history and belief system, and many regard the historical accounts as flawed or fabricated. The doctrine of Inspiration asserts that Bible revelation did not and could not originate in the mind of man. The Bible claims to be "inspired", meaning "God breathed" [cf: II Timothy 3:16]. "No prophesy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - Holy men of God spake as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit" [II Peter 1:20]. Isaiah taught that when the Messiah comes, the way of truth would be easily understood - "...the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err within" [Isaiah 35:8]. The unbelievers also scoff at the miracles documented in the Bible, accounting for scripture on natural grounds. While miracles seem unlikely in our everyday lives, what could be impossible for a God who created the universe with a word?


Invitation: Prayers Requested    January 29, 2017 Bulletin

In Christ, Part 4: In Christ or Lost

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How important is being In Christ? Make a list of the blessings in Christ or in Him cf: John 3:16; Romans 3:21-26, Rom. 8:1, Rom. 8:38-39, Rom. 12:5; I Corinthians 1:30, I Corinthians 3:1, I Corinthians 4:15, I Corinthians 15:22; II Corinthians 1:20-21, II Corinthians 2:14, II Corinthians 3:14 , II Corinthians 5:17, 19 & 21; Galatians 1:22, Galatians 2:16, Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 1:4, 7, 10, 11 & 13, Ephesians 2:6, 10-14 & 19-22, Ephesians 3:6 & 10-12; Philippians 1:1, 14 & 26, Philippians 2:1 & 5 , Philippians 3:3, 9-10 & 14; Colossians 1:2 & 2, Colossians 2:3-7, Colossians 2:9-14; I Thessalonians 4:14-17; II Timothy 1:9, II Timothy2:1& 10 All teach in Christ or in Him; Galatians 3:27 & Rom. 6:3-6 teach how to get into Christ.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    January 22, 2017 Bulletin

In Christ. Part 3: Being Found In Christ

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How important is being In Christ? Make a list of the blessings in Christ or in Him cf: John 3:16; Romans 3:21-26, Rom. 8:1, Rom. 8:38-39, Rom. 12:5; I Corinthians 1:30, I Corinthians 3:1, I Corinthians 4:15, I Corinthians 15:22; II Corinthians 1:20-21, II Corinthians 2:14, II Corinthians 3:14 , II Corinthians 5:17, 19 & 21; Galatians 1:22, Galatians 2:16, Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 1:4, 7, 10, 11 & 13, Ephesians 2:6, 10-14 & 19-22, Ephesians 3:6 & 10-12; Philippians 1:1, 14 & 26, Philippians 2:1 & 5 , Philippians 3:3, 9-10 & 14; Colossians 1:2 & 2, Colossians 2:3-7, Colossians 2:9-14; I Thessalonians 4:14-17; II Timothy 1:9, II Timothy2:1& 10 All teach in Christ or in Him; Galatians 3:27 & Rom. 6:3-6 teach how to get into Christ.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    January 15, 2017 Bulletin

In Christ, Part 2: Being In Christ

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How important is being In Christ? Make a list of the blessings in Christ or in Him cf: John 3:16; Romans 3:21-26, Rom. 8:1, Rom. 8:38-39, Rom. 12:5; I Corinthians 1:30, I Corinthians 3:1, I Corinthians 4:15, I Corinthians 15:22; II Corinthians 1:20-21, II Corinthians 2:14, II Corinthians 3:14 , II Corinthians 5:17, 19 & 21; Galatians 1:22, Galatians 2:16, Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 1:4, 7, 10, 11 & 13, Ephesians 2:6, 10-14 & 19-22, Ephesians 3:6 & 10-12; Philippians 1:1, 14 & 26, Philippians 2:1 & 5 , Philippians 3:3, 9-10 & 14; Colossians 1:2 & 2, Colossians 2:3-7, Colossians 2:9-14; I Thessalonians 4:14-17; II Timothy 1:9, II Timothy2:1& 10 All teach in Christ or in Him; Galatians 3:27 & Rom. 6:3-6 teach how to get into Christ.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    January 8, 2017 Bulletin

In Christ, Part 1

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How important is being In Christ? Make a list of the blessings in Christ or in Him cf: John 3:16; Romans 3:21-26, Rom. 8:1, Rom. 8:38-39, Rom. 12:5; I Corinthians 1:30, I Corinthians 3:1, I Corinthians 4:15, I Corinthians 15:22; II Corinthians 1:20-21, II Corinthians 2:14, II Corinthians 3:14 , II Corinthians 5:17, 19 & 21; Galatians 1:22, Galatians 2:16, Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 1:4, 7, 10, 11 & 13, Ephesians 2:6, 10-14 & 19-22, Ephesians 3:6 & 10-12; Philippians 1:1, 14 & 26, Philippians 2:1 & 5 , Philippians 3:3, 9-10 & 14; Colossians 1:2 & 2, Colossians 2:3-7, Colossians 2:9-14; I Thessalonians 4:14-17; II Timothy 1:9 , II Timothy2:1& 10 All teach in Christ or in Him; Galatians 3:27 & Rom. 6:3-6 teach how get into Christ.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    January 1, 2017 Bulletin

2016 Sermons

The Seed Lesson Condensed

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In 274 AD during a time of persecution of the Church, in order to expose Christians, Aurelian Caesar proclaimed December 25th, the time of the winter solstice, as the birthday of the sun god Sol Invictus. To avoid persecution Christians simply decided to take the day off too and call it the Birth of Jesus. Therefore, Christmas - Christ-mas is a Catholic holiday. The Seed Galatians 3:16, Genesis 1:1-3, Genesis 3:15, Genesis 12:1-4, Genesis 15:1-6, II Samuel 7:12-14, Psalm 22, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 53:1-12 cf: I Corinthians 15:1-3


Invitation: Prayers Requested    December 25, 2016 Bulletin

The Birth of Jesus: The Real Christmas

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Luke's epistle to Theophilus, Luke 1:1-4. The conception and birth of John Baptist foretold by the angel Gabriel, Six months after the angel Gabriel appears to the virgin Mary, and predicts the miraculous conception and birth of Christ, Luke 1:26-38 The decree of Augustus to enroll all the Roman empire, Luke 2:1, Luke 2:2. Joseph and Mary go to their own city to be enrolled, Luke 2:3-5. Christ is born, Luke 2:6, Luke 2:7. His birth is announced to the shepherds, Luke 2:8-14. They go to Bethlehem, and find Joseph, Mary, and Christ, Luke 2:15-20. Christ is conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary, espoused to Joseph, Matthew 1:18. Joseph's doubts are removed by an Angel, Matthew 1:19, Matthew 1:20; by whom the child is named Jesus, Matthew 1:21. The fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah relative to this, Matthew 1:22, Matthew 1:23. Joseph takes home his wife, Mary, and Christ is born, Matthew 1:24, Matthew 1:25.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    December 18, 2016 Bulletin

The Virgin Birth is Real

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The seed (Child) of the woman will walk all over Satan Genesis 3:15, He will enter the world through a young Jewish virgin cf: Isaiah 7:14 Hebrew al-maw' a damsel from aw-iam kept out of sight. Today nonbelievers say God used wrong word should have used beth-oo-law to deflower a virgin but Mary remained a virgin until the birth. God has used same word to describe a virgin before cf: Genesis 24:16 & 43. The eternal God of the universe stepped into human history when this child was born cf: Isaiah 9:6-7 This messiah is the great I AM the self existent one cf Exodus 3:14 & John 8:58 The mystery of our Lord's glorious incarnation is found in the opening of the Gospel of John 1:1- 5 & 14. His birth makes possible the forgiveness of all sins. King David looked forward to the day that God would create a body for the messiah to be a sin offering. II Samuel 12:10-12, Psalm 51:1-3, Psalm 38:1-5 & 17-18, Psalm 32:1-6, Note the Progress of David's thinking: God could save me, God would save me if I asked & Now: God has forgiven me! Psalm 40:1-8 Sacrifice of Messiah's body Promised: Cf: Hebrews 10:4-14, Psalm 40:9-17 & Psalm 139:1-24 God's Glory, Majesty and Infinite Knowledge of all things.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    December 11, 2016 Bulletin

I Corinthians 13: The Love Chapter

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Charity is an old English word for love. Love to God and our fellow man is the sum and substance of all true Christianity; so that without it, the most splendid eloquence, the gift of prophecy, the most profound knowledge, faith by which the most stupendous miracles might be wrought, benevolence the most unbounded such , and zeal for the truth, even to martyrdom, would all be unavailing to salvation, I Corinthians 13:1-3. The description and praise of this grace, I Corinthians 13:4-7. Its durableness; though tongues, prophecies, and knowledge shall cease, yet this shall never fail, I Corinthians 13:8-10. Description of the present imperfect state of man, I Corinthians 13:11, I Corinthians 13:12. Of all the graces of God in man, charity, or love, is the greatest, I Corinthians 13:13.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    November 20, 2016 Bulletin

Faith, The Faith & The Faith of Christ

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The word "faith" is often applied subjectively to one's inner trust with reliance in Christ or God to save us or what one believes a synonym for "belief". But in other contexts, especially with the Greek article we translate with the word "the" "the faith", Greek: "tees PIS-te-os". It is used in the objective sense, meaning the body of truth, the whole system of religion that is taught, believed and practiced by New Testament Christians, the pattern for true Christianity. Christianity is contrasted with the Mosaic law system. It is unfortunate that most translations drop the Article "the", in Galatians 3:23-27. We do not become the "children of God" by "the law" but by "the faith" "tis pisteos". It is "the faith" because there is only "one faith" cf: Ephesians 4:4-5. The way, The path cf: Proverbs 4:18, Isaiah 35:8, Jeremiah 32:39 Matthew 7:13-14, John 14:6 Luke 18:8, Jude 3, Acts 6:7, Acts 13:7-8, Acts 14:22, Acts 16:5, Acts 24:14, Romans 1:5, Romans 14:1, I Corinthians 16:13, II Corinthians 13:5, Galatians 1:23, Ephesians 4:5 & 13, Colossians 1:23, Titus 1:13, I Timothy 4:1, I Timothy 6:21, Philippians 1:27. This shows that in the New Testament times there was a clearly defined system of belief and practice which is identified over and over as "the faith".


Invitation: Prayers Requested    November 13, 2016 Bulletin

Psalm 23: In Memory of Ginger Lawson

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The Lord is the Shepherd of His people; therefore we may infer that we shall not want, Psalm 23:1. How He guides, feeds, and protects us, Psalm 23:2, Psalm 23:3. Even in the greatest dangers we may be confident of His support, Psalm 23:4. His abundant provision for us is compared to a great banquet, Psalm 23:5. The confidence we may have of His continual mercy, and our eternal happiness, Psalm 23:6.


Kelly's wife, Ginger, graduated from the flesh to the spirit on Friday, October 28, 2016. Funeral services were held on Sunday, November 6. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the poor at Main Street Church of Christ. Please join us in prayer for Kelly and his family for comfort and strength in the Lord during this time of joy and sorrow.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    November 6, 2016 Bulletin

The Religion of Christ: Christianity Revealed Religion

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Hebrews 1:1-2, Only Divine Religion & therefore only True Religion Matt16:13-18, Romans 16:16. Christianity is a Universal Religion Matthew 28:18-20, Mk 16:15-16 & cf: Acts 14:8-15; Paul told men to turn from Idolatrous Worship @ Lystra. Christianity is a Spiritual Religion John 3:3-5 Demands you be born again Romans 6:4, that you walk in Newness of Life, presenting your bodies as living sacrifices Romans 12:1-2, & Worship must be in Spirit & Truth Jn 4:23-24. Christianity is a Saving Religion Lk 19:10, I Timothy 1:15, Christ did not come to bring social reform, or a New Age movement. Christianity is a Authoritative Religion. We cannot make up our own religion, we must submit to Christ. Christianity is a Complete Religion II Peter 1:4-10 The Religion invented by men borrows ideas, doctrines, ordinances & practices from one another. This shows they are human, un-authoritative & imperfect. Christianity is the Final Religion Jude 3. The O.T. was temporary. Its lawgivers, priesthood, covenant, sacrifices, tabernacle & temple looked forward to the New Covenant Hebrews 8:7-13.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    October 30, 2016 Bulletin

Church History Part 4:  Speak where the Bible Speaks, be Silent where the Bible is Silent

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II Peter 1:3 Silence as a Rule of Language. II Timothy 2:2 How God wishes to be Obeyed-careful obedience Deuteronomy 2:4, 4:15, 6:17, 12:23, 24:8. Jesus obeyed Rule of Silence Jn 4:34, 5:19, 5:30, 5:36, 7:16, 8:26-29. Conscientious obedience demonstrates love Jn 14:31, 16:12-13. Do not add to God's Word Deuteronomy 12:8, 4:2, 12:32, Proverbs 14:12, 30:5-6, Revelations 22:18-19. Early 2nd generation church fathers recognized this principle Didache 4:18 ...Adding nothing & taking nothing away.", Epistle of Barnabus 19:11 Thou shalt keep those things which thou hast received neither adding to them or taking away from them. Tertullian "Any doctrine not as old as the apostles is thereby condemned by the silence of Holy Scripture." When people act w/o Authority Leviticus 9:23-24, 10:1-3, I Samuel 13:8-14, 10:8, Leviticus 1:7, I Chr 13:9-10, 15:2, 15:12-15, Jeremiah 23:16, 23:26, 23:32-34, Matthew 15:14, Colossians 2:20-23, Acts 15:1-2 & 15:24, Hebrews 1:5. Jesus subjected Himself to the rules Hebrews 7:14, Exodus 28:1, II Jn 9. Never presume to act or speak in hushed silence of God Exodus 17:5, Numbers 20:8-12. Today, Change Movement people ask, "Where does the Bible forbid us to do so?" II Peter 3:15-16. How can such men be learned in Scripture?


Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    October 23, 2016 Bulletin

Church History Part 3:  The Restoration Movement

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The Restoration Movement seeks to restore the church described in the bible & the unification of all Christians cf: John 17:20-23 & I Corinthians 1:10, in a single body cf: Ephesians 1:22-23 & 4:3-6, patterned after New Testament church. We are neither Protestants, Catholics, nor Jews, but Christians only cf: Acts 11:26. The movement developed from several different efforts to return to apostolic Christianity. During Middle Ages dissenters such as John Wycliffe & John Huss called for restoration of a primitive form of Christianity. At the heart of the Reformation was emphasis on "scripture alone" (sola scriptura). English Puritans also sought to restore a pure "primitive" church. Barton W Stone began at Cane Ridge, KY, & his group called themselves simply Christians cf: I Peter 4:16. Another group began in Pennsylvania & West Virginia & were led by Thomas Campbell & his son Alexander. They called themselves Disciples of Christ. Elias Smith & James O'Kelly led similar groups. These groups sought to restore the whole Churches of Christ on the pattern set forth in the New Testament, II Peter 1:3, "we speak where the Bible speaks & are silent where the Bible is silent" & both groups believed that the creeds of men kept Christianity divided. In 1832 they joined in fellowship with a handshake. We are united in the belief that: Jesus is The Christ, the Son of God, Matthew 16:13ff that Christians should celebrate the Lords Supper on the first day of the week, Acts 20:7 & that immersion in water is a part of salvation, just like belief, faith, confessing Christ and repentance Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-6 & Galatians 3:27.


Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    October 16, 2016 Bulletin

Church History Part 2:  The Protestant Reformation

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"The Great Falling Away" under Roman Church brought about "the Dark Ages" in which most teachings of the New Testament were changed by "Church Councils" which changed the Worship and Practice of the New Testament Church into the teachings of Men cf: Matthew 15:8-9. During Middle Ages dissenters such as John Wycliffe 1384 & John Huss (burned at the stake in 1415) called for restoration of a primitive form of Christianity. Martin Luther, a catholic priest began his protest against Rome in 1517. The Scriptures were forbidden to common man in their own language and men were burned alive for having Bibles or preaching. At the heart of the Reformation was emphasis on "scripture alone" (sola scriptura). William Tyndale published his Bible in 1530 and was burned at the stake by Rome. The Church of England began in 1531. Miles Coverdale's Bible was published in 1535, Matthew's Bible was published by John Rogers in 1537 and he too was burned alive. The Great Bible was published in 1539, The Geneva Bible in 1560, The Bishops Bible in 1568 and the King James Version in 1611. Our Baptist friends began in 1609-11. English Puritans also sought to restore a pure "primitive" church.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    October 9, 2016 Bulletin

Church History Part 1:  Roman Catholicism

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Note: The criticism that we make here is directed toward the leadership of the Roman Church which resulted in the dark ages, and not toward the millions upon millions of souls who are simply trying to find God and Romanism was all that was available to them.
Church History - Great falling away - Catholics: Catholic 606AD Boniface III took the title of Pope (pappas) or Universal Bishop of Roman Catholic Church. Colossians 1:18, Matthew16:16-18, II Timothy 2:15, Matthew 23:9, Ephesians 2:8. Matthew 6:7. Shortly Rome made laws such as Latin to be only language of scriptures.
Call no man Father cf: Matthew 23:9. Saved by grace not works cf: Ephesians 2:8. Mary not mediator between God & man cf: I Timothy 2:5. Ask in Jesus' name not Mary's cf: Jn 16:23-26. 'Our Father' & 'Hail Mary' vain repetitions cf: Matthew 6:7. Hell has no halfway house called Purgatory cf: Lk 16:19-31. No such thing as separate priesthood cf: I Peter 2:5. Bishops must be the husband of one wife cf: I Timothy 3:1-7 & Titus 1:5-8. Celibacy is a doctrine of devils cf: I Timothy 4:1-3, Pope is anti-christ cf: Colossians 1:18. Anti-christ has been here all along cf: I Jn 2:18-19, I Jn 4:1-3 & II Jn 1:7. Pope led great falling away & is man of sin cf: II Thessalonians 2:1-12. Rome sold indulgences & built St Peter Basilica making merchandise of people's sins cf: II Peter 2:2-33.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    October 2, 2016 Bulletin

Kingdom of God, Temple of God, Flock of God

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3 Figures of Speech Describing The Church of Christ: We have studied that the church is described as both the kingdom of God & the temple of God. The church is also described as the flock of God cf: The Messiah or Christ will be a gentle Shepherd Isaiah 40:10-11, The Lord will save the flock of His people Zechariah 9:9, 11 & 16, Beware: Matthew 7:15, Jesus quotes the prophet about Himself & the flock Matthew 26:31-32, Luke 12:32, Luke 15:4-5, John 10:1-18 & Acts 20:28 The Church is also described as the body of Christ cf: One body with many members I Corinthians 12:12-27, one body Romans 12:4-5, the Church is called the Body Ephesians 1:22-23, There is but one body therefore, one Church Ephesians 4:4, Ephesians 4:11-15 & Ephesians 5:23, Colossians 1:18 & Colossians 1:24 & the Church of Christ is also described as the Bride of Christ: Isaiah 62:2-5, II Corinthians 11:2, Revelations 19:7, Revelations 21:2 & Revelations 22:17


Invitation: Prayers Requested    September 25, 2016 Bulletin

Hebrews 9: Christ's Church is the New Testament Temple of God

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Acts 2:37-47: God gave pattern for Old Testament temple I Chronicles 28:10-19; David wanted God to have a house I Chronicles 17:1-14; when it was built, God's presence, which had been manifested at the tabernacle, came to fill the temple I Kings 8:6-21; Old Testament temple was a shadow of New Covenant Hebrews 8:5 &10:1; there was a worldly sanctuary Hebrews 9:1 cf: I Peter 2:5, I Corinthians 3:16 & 6:19; Hebrews 9:2 there was a tabernacle cf: Exodus 25:8-9; wherein was the candlestick cf: Revelations 1:20 & Matthew 5:14 & Jn 8:12; & table of showbread cf: Leviticus 24:5-9, only priests could eat & only priests should eat from Lord's Table today cf: I Corinthians 11:23ff. Hebrews 9:3 second veil was torn at death of Christ cf: Matthew 27:51. Hebrews 9:4 golden censer of incense stood before veil cf: Leviticus 16:12, which was a shadow of prayers of saints now having direct access to God cf: Revelations 8:3-4 & 5:8. Hebrews 9:5-6 the first tabernacle was accomplished the service of God by the priesthood. We now have a priesthood of believers. cf: I Peter 2:5-9, Revelations 1:6. During Old Testament period God received blood sacrifices from dead animals. Since sacrifice of Christ Hebrews 9:11-12 God is pleased to receive our bodies as living sacrifices cf: Romans 12:1-2.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    September 18, 2016 Bulletin

Ephesians 6: The Whole Armor of God

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Mutual duties children and parents; of servants (slaves) & masters. Warfare of the Saints. Armor of God. Sword of the Spirit. Constant prayer. Ephesians 6:1 Children obey parents in Lord, Ephesians6:2 honor father & mother, Ephesians 6:3 cf: Exodus 20:12 That thou may live long, Ephesians 6:4 fathers nurture children, Ephesians 6:5 servants be obedient, Ephesians 6:6 do will of God, Ephesians 6:7 give service w/good will, Ephesians 6:8 you will receive what you do; Ephesians 6:9 masters treat servants well God's your Master, Ephesians 6:10 be strong in the Lord, Ephesians 6:11 put on the whole armor of God, cf: I Peter 5:8-9; Ephesians 6:12 wrestle against rulers of darkness cf: Ephesians 1:21, John 12:31, John 14:30, John 16:11, II Corinthians 4:4 & Ephesians 2:2; Ephesians 6:13 take unto you the whole armor, Ephesians 6:14 loins girt cf; Isaiah 22:21-23 & breastplate of righteousness Rom. 1:16-17,3:21-22 & Philippians 3:9, Ephesians 6:15 feet shod w/gospel of peace, cf: Isaiah 52:7 & Romans 10:15-18; Ephesians 6:16 shield of faith cf Rom. 5:1 & Hebrews 11:1ff, Ephesians 6:17 helmet & sword, cf: Isaiah 59:17, I Thessalonians 5:8, Mark 16:15-16, Hebrews 4:11-12, Revelations 1:16; Ephesians 6:18 praying always, cf: Luke 18:1, Luke 11:9-10 & Luke 21:34-36; Ephesians 6:19 prayers to open mouth boldly, cf: Ephesians 1:9-10 & 3:9-11; Ephesians 6:20 ambassador in bonds, Ephesians 6:21 so that you know how I do, Ephesians 6:22 comfort your hearts, Ephesians 6:23 peace & love w/faith, Grace be with all them that Love Lord Jesus Christ Ephesians 6:24.


Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    September 11, 2016 Bulletin

Ephesians 5

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Ephesians 5:1 refers God's kindness found in Ephesians 4:31-32 Imitators forgiving one another as God forgave us 5:2 imitate Christ who offered Himself as a sacrifice cf: Genesis 8:2, Leviticus 1:9 & II Corinthians 2:15; 5:3 certain sins strictly forbidden--fornication--uncleanliness--covetousness are banished; 5:4 no loose life, words or thoughts 5:5 such are virtually an idolater cf: I Corinthians 6:9-11 & I Corinthians 6:16-17 Galatians5:19-21 5:6 let no man deceive you 5:7 don't share their sin 5:8 cf: John 1:4-5, Matthew 5:14-16 & I John 1:5 heathens darken others 5:9 walk as children of light cf: Galatians 5:22-25 5:10 walk acceptable to God 5:11 reprove & rebuke 5:12 secret sins are shameful 5:13 bring true character to light 5:14 sleepers not converted Isaiah 60:1-2, Isaiah 26:19, Romans 6:4-6 & Colossians 2:12 5:15 be wise 5:16 use every opportunity to study 5:17 be not unwise 5:18 wine common intoxicant 5:19 singing Greek psallo--direct object--heart, instead of pagan revelry 5:20 thanks in song coming through Christ 5:21 submit one to another 5:22 wives submit to husband 5:23 organization must have a head 5:24 be in subjection 5:25 husbands love wives 5:26 example to Christian husbands 5:27 holy & without blemish 5:28 man who loveth wife loveth himself 5:29 nourish & cherish flesh as church 5:30 members of body, flesh & bones 5:31 two be one 5:32 great mystery 5:33 he love wife/she reverence husband.


Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    September 4, 2016 Bulletin

Ephesians 4

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Ephesians 4:1 Practical duties because our glorious privileges in Christ urged 4:2 Walk or live humility--don't seek repay or get even. 4:3 Unity commanded cf: John 17:20-21 & I Corinthians 1:10-13. 4:4 one body cf: Romans 12:5, I Corinthians 12:12-12-13, Ephesians 2:16, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 1:22-23 & 4:4. 4:4-6 We learned that The Church has 1. Unity of the Head 2. Unity of The Spirit dwelling in church (saints) 3. Unity of Hope (expectation) 4. Unity of The Faith 5. Unity of ordinance for admission 6. Unity of The Father 7. Unity or organization of One Body. 4:7 special offices & gifts 4:8 Quotes Psalm 68:18 captives are sin & death, gifts as a conquering King; 4:9 Christ Divine descended from heaven & ascended to heaven as Psalm teaches. 4:10 @ God's right hand above heavens Hebrews 4:14 & 7:26 4:11 various offices 4:12 helping Saints to higher & holier lives. 4:13 full unity when all know Christ alike. 4:14 children easily deceived 4:15 Never give in to false doctrine rebuke w/ love 4:16 all brethren work harmoniously 4:17 Paul returns to the exhortation of verses 1-3 vanity unenlightened 4:19 given over to sin 4:20-21 ye learned Christ 4:22 New man 4:23 cf Romans 12:2 4;24 cf: John 3:3-5; 4:25 speak truth 4:26 cf: Psalm 4:4 Quotes Septuagint version 4:27 under fit anger--easy tempted 4:28 honest labor antidote 4:29 cursing forbidden 4:31 these grieve Spirit 4:32 cf: Matthew5:7, Matthew 5:43-46, Matthew 6:12, Matthew 6:14-15, Isaiah 1:18, Heb: 8:12 & Colossians 3:13.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    August 28, 2016 Bulletin

Ephesians 3

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Ephesians. 3:1 For this cause/glorious work of Cross making Peace & bringing gentiles nigh cf: Ephesians 2:14-22, verb for which I Paul is subject not given until V:14 the in-between verses are parenthetic, Paul writing as Prisoner in Rome because of hatred of Jews cf: Acts 22:17-23; Ephesians 3:2 cf: Acts 22:21; Ephesians3:3 cf: Galatians 1:12, Ephesians 1:9 & Ephesians 2:11-13; Ephesians3:4 ; Ephesians 3:5 Hebrew prophets glimpsed did not understand cf: Genesis 22:18, 26:4, 28:14 & Isaiah 42:6-7; Ephesians 3:6 Jews & Gentiles equal in gospel cf: Galatians 3:14 & Acts 13:46-48; Ephesians3:7 make known God's gracious plan; Ephesians 3:8 great trust granted to unworthy cf: I Corinthians I5:9, Philippians 3:6 & I Timothy 1:13; Ephesians 3:9 Jews & Gentiles God's plan kept hidden; Ephesians 3:10 made known by preaching gospel cf: I Peter 1:12; Ephesians 3:11 plan & purpose God in all ages proposed fulfill in Christ cf: II Timothy 1:9, Titus 1:2, I Peter 1:20, Ephesians1:4 & 11; Ephesians 3:12 Jew & Gentile come boldly God through Christ; Ephesians 3:13 not discouraged by Paul chain; Ephesians3:14 Now verb--verse one given he resumes thought cf: Ephesians 3:1; Ephesians 3:15 Idea God Father all families earth; Ephesians 3:16 Paul states things prays for Ephesians # 1 Petition strengthened in inner man, Ephesians 3:17 #2 Christ dwell in your hearts by faith; #3 rooted and grounded in love; Ephesians 3:18 unless in love could not understand; Ephesians 3.19 one Paul paradoxes know something of love of God but could never know infinite; Ephesians3:20 God is able to do above all we can conceive; and Ephesians3:21 Lit: all generations of the age of ages.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    August 21, 2016 Bulletin

Ephesians 2: Jesus Christ Being the Chief Corner Stone

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Ephesians 2:1 Sin separated us from God but Christ has made us alive. 2:2 Satan's energy leads us to willful sinful life. 2:3 Both Jew & Gentile dead in trespasses & sin w/a sinful mind (Pride)2:4 By nature does not mean born that way cf: Romans 2:14, Children not sinful cf: Matthew 18:3 & 19:14; Resurrection to a new life due to God's rich mercy & Love for all His children. 2:5 We are planted in likeness of His burial & raised in likeness of His resurrection; 2:6 Risen up thoughts above Colossians 2:12 we are to live with our mind in heavenly things Colossians 3:1 with our thoughts above Colossians 3:2; 2:7 In all future time 2:8 The definite article the is found in the Greek before "faith" our works do not merit 2:10 We abound in good works 2:11 Remembrance of what God has done should make us grateful, circumcision heart cf: Romans 2:28-29; 2:12 Not being race of Abraham gentiles had no knowledge of the covenant promises of Christ. 2:13 The means that brought us near to God is the blood of Christ. 2:14 Who has brought peace between us & God cf: Romans 5:1; 2:15 Old Covenant ended @ cross & New Covenant began cf: Matthew 26:26-30; 2:16 When sinner fixes mind on bleeding savor Goodness of God leads him to repentance. Romans 2:4; 2:20 cf: Corner stone on both walls joined them together Isaiah 28:16, Matthew 21:42-44 cf: Psalm 118:22-23, Acts 4:11-12 & I Peter 2:7-8 cf:I sa. 8:13-15; 2:22 cf: I Peter 2:5 & Romans 12:1-2.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    August 14, 2016 Bulletin

Ephesians 1: Paul's Love Letter to the Church

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Saints Cf: I Corinthians 1:2, "In Christ" a term used over 30 times in book of Ephesians. Ephesians1:V2 "Grace" (Greek Charis) "Peace" (Hebrew Shalom) shows the make up of the Church; V:3 "Blessed" word for eulogize/praise V:4 Hath (Past tense verb) all spiritual blessings God with held none. V:4 Chosen does not mean that God chose us & rejected others but rather before In the Beginning God chose a plan to have a people unto Himself as adopted children & that people is the Church of Christ. Holiness is proof that we are in Christ. V:5 Predestinated means God foreordained the plan according to His sovereign will. V:6 Resulting in God's praise; V:7 We are sold into bondage of sin & bought back with the price of Jesus blood cf: I Peter 1:19; V:8 Fully shown in His Grace & Mercy; V:9 Beyond human comprehension until revealed V: 10 Fullness of time Last Age cf: Galatians4:4 & Hebrews1:1-2 gathered into one family Body united w/Christ as the head of all angel & human; V:11 Everlasting life cf: I Corinthians 2:9; V:13 Sealed like a calf is branded V:14 Earnest money/down payment seal the bargain V:17 Revelation is God's plan for redeeming mankind in the Church V:18 cf: I John 1:5 V:19 Power = vigor, strength & dominion V;20 If a dead savior can save us from sin / a living savior seated at God's own right hand is more powerful cf: Psalm 110:1-4, Mark 16:19 Hebrews4:14ff & Hebrews8:1.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    August 7, 2016 Bulletin

Isaiah 2: The Kingdom of God and the Church of Christ

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"... and the Lord added unto the Church such as should be saved" [Acts 2:47]. Jesus uses the words "Church" and "Kingdom of Heaven" interchangeably [cf: Matthew 16:16 & 18]; Matthew uses term "Kingdom of Heaven" [cf: Matthew 13:31] and Mark and Luke use the term "Kingdom of God" for the very same verses [cf: Mark 4:30-31]. The Kingdom was promised to come during the lifetime of the Apostles [Mark 9:1]; John the Baptist and Jesus both preached "repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand" [Matthew 3:1-2 & 4:17]; We are taught to "seek ye first the Kingdom of heaven and His righteousness... " [Matthew 6:33]; The Idea of a coming Kingdom began with King David [cf: II Samuel 7:12-16]; and was carried forward by Isaiah in Jerusalem in Isaiah 2:1; in the Last days in 2:2 [cf: Acts 2:17 & Hebrews 1:1-2]; Mountain of the Lord's house [cf: I Timothy 3:15]; all nations [cf: Matthew 28:18-20]; V;3 "from Zion shall go forth the law" [cf: Matthew22:37, James 1:25 & 2:8]; word of the Lord from Jerusalem [cf: V:4]. The peaceful nature of the kingdom of God is taught in figurative language as in Isaiah 11:1-10. "How do you know preacher these verses are the church age and not some 1,000 year reign?" Well, Paul uses them in Romans 15:12 and says they have already happened. Has the Lion laid down with the Lamb in your life? Have you exchanged your sword for labors of Love?


Invitation: Prayers Requested    July 31, 2016 Bulletin

Acts 2:42: The Worship of the Church

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Marching orders for the Church Mark 16:15-15. True worship must be in Spirit and truth cf: John 4:23-24; The Church began on the day of Pentecost 30AD cf: Acts 2:37-47; We are not very mighty or fancy but we depend on God cf:I Corinthians 1:26-27; First example of Worship cf: Acts 2:42; The Church is a Priesthood of All Believers cf: I Peter 2: 5-9; Christians can worship anywhere cf: Acts 2:46; Churches in Homes cf: Acts 5:19-21, Temple & house to house Acts 5:42, a school Acts 19:8-10; Assembly taught Acts 2:42 & Worshiping God is our duty cf: Hebrews 10:25, Acts 2:42, & John 4:23-24. Lord's Supper: Exodus 12: 1-15, 22-27 & 29-30, Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:15-26, I Corinthians 11:23-32; Preaching: Mark 16:15-16, I Corinthians 1:18, II Timothy 2:2 & 3:14-4:5; Singing: Matthew 26:30, I Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 2:12, James 5:13 & II Chronicles 29:25-30; Praying: Acts 2:42, Luke 11:1-13, & Giving: I Cor, 16:1-2 & II Corinthians 9:6-9


Invitation: Prayers Requested    July 24, 2016 Bulletin

Acts 2: Pentecost - The First Gospel Sermon:

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Fellowship called "The Church" is born. Acts 2:17 Last days cf: Joel 2:28-32. Acts 2:20 "day of The Lord"; is coming destruction of Jerusalem & final judgment day cf I Corinthians 5:5, II Corinthians 1:14, I Thessalonians 5:2, II Peter 3:10. During Christian Age "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved". This chapter will teach us how to call. Acts 2:22-24 This is the greatest speech in history. Peter makes 7 points Acts 2:25 cf Psalm 16:8-11. Acts 2:26-28 cf: Hebrews 12:2, Hebrews 2:17, John 9:4. Acts 2:29-30 cf: Matthew 22:41:46, Psalm 132:11. Acts 2:31-35 cf: Psalm 110:1. Acts 2:36 is point of whole sermon "Lord" Greek-Kurios, YHWH-Hebrew Unspeakable name of God, & "Christ" - Greek Christos, Hebrew Messiah or Anointed One. Acts 2:37 No faith was produced by demonstrations of the spirit Acts 2:1-21. Only with preaching of Gospel, Acts 2:22-36 faith is produced. Cf Romans 10:17. Acts 2:38 contains 2 imperatives & 2 promises. Dependence of the clause, remission of sins, relies upon both imperative verbs, repent & be baptized. 2 promises, remission of sins & gift of Holy Spirit. 2:39 conditions are for whole Christian Age. 2:40-42 Worship began 2:43-46 sharing their wealth 2:47 baptized believers added by the Lord to "the Church."


Invitation: Prayers Requested    July 17, 2016 Bulletin

Acts 2: Pentecost - The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

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Pentecost The Apostles & The Apostles Only are Baptized with Holy Spirit: Baptism of the Holy Spirit is mentioned only once before in Matthew 3:11-12, where John the baptizer tells us it is to come. Luke 24:49 Jesus says it is a promise of the Father & they will have "power from on high" & in Acts 1:8 Jesus says that the power is "The Holy Ghost". Acts 1:20-26 the vacancy of Judas filled. Acts 1:21-22 The qualifications to be an apostle are listed, Apostles must be eye witnesses of the ministry death burial & resurrection of Jesus. Acts 1:26 & 2:1. Chapter & verse divisions were not in the original Bible. Here we have unfortunate chapter break. Acts 2:1 must be read with 1:26 to understand who's being spoken of. "they were all with one accord" The word "they" is an antecedent. Antecedents always refer back to the last-named noun. Which is: "Mathias & he was numbered with the eleven apostles." Thus "Apostles" is the antecedent of "they" in Acts 2:1 Many make the mistake thinking that the 120 in Acts 1:15 is spoken of in Acts 2:1. Acts 2:2 "as of a rushing mighty wind" It was not a rushing mighty wind, it was the same sound. Acts 2:3 "cloven tongues like as of fire" Similarity denies that it is the same. It was not actual tongues of fire, it was "like as of fire". Acts 1:4 the result of this baptism is the apostles' speaking in tongues, languages they had not studied cf: Acts 2:1ff. Acts 1:5-21 cf: Joel 2:28-32.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    July 10, 2016 Bulletin

Acts 1

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Acts is written in 3rd person but some chapters use first person plural, "we". Act 16:10-18, 20:5-15, 21:1-18, 27:1, 28:16, "we" alerts us the author is eyeball witness. Purpose of author writing Books Lk & Act set forth words & deeds of Jesus in Luke & World conquest by the Gospel in Acts. Introduction Gospel Lk cf: Luke 1:1-4 states Luke's purpose. Luke & Acts 1 work in two parts. Read Luke 24 with Acts 1. Several threads tie Luke & Acts together: addressed to Theophilus cf: Acts 1:1A Former treatise cf: Luke 1:1-4. Acts 1:1B. He worked a miracle & taught from it. "Do & teach" cf: Luke 24:19. Acts 1:2A Taken up cf: Luke 24:51. Acts 1:2B Given commandments cf: Mark 16:15-16 & Matthew 28:18-20. "To whom" antecedent that refers back to nearest named noun which is word "Apostle". Acts 1:3A "Many infallible proofs" cf: Lk 24:36-43. Acts 1:3B Kingdom of God cf: Lk 24:46-47. Acts 1:4 Wait for promise cf: Lk 24:49. Acts 1:5 Apostles to be baptized with Holy Ghost, Acts 1:6 Kingdom to come during lifetime of apostles, Mk 9:1. Act 1:7 Don't worry about time, focus on job. Kingdom of God will come with Power cf: Mk 9:1, Act 1:8A Power when Apostles baptized with Holy Spirit. Act 1:8B Apostles witnesses to uttermost parts of the earth, Acts 1:21-22, 2:32, 3:15, 5:32, 10:39-41, 22:14-15, 23:11, 26:13-16, II Peter 1:13-21. Act 1:9 A view from earth & Daniel 7:13-14, is a view of same event in Heaven at His Ascension to the Father cf: Acts 2:30-32. 1:10-11 He will come from Heaven same way He went cf: Revelations 1:7, Acts 1:12-14 Apostles named, Acts 15-18 Prophecy Judas Zechariah 11:10-13, cf: Mt 26:14-16 & 27:3-8, Act 1:19 cf: Jeremiah 7:29-32, Act 1:20 cf: Psalm 69:25 & 109:8, Act 1:21-26 States the qualification to be Apostle showing the office of Apostle was limited & not transferable.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    July 3, 2016 Bulletin

Acts: Introduction to Acts

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Most of Acts is written from the standpoint of the 3rd person. The story moves along "they did" or "he did". A number of verses are first person plural, "we". Acts 16:10-18, Acts 20:5-15, Acts 21:1-18, Acts 27:1, Acts 28:16, thus, the "we" alerts us to the fact that the author is an eyeball witness to the "we" sections in the book of Acts. Purpose author writing Books Luke & Acts report words & deeds Jesus Luke & World conquest in Acts. Introduction Gospel Luke cf:Luke 1:1-4 states purpose. Luke & Acts one work in two parts. Read Luke 24 with Acts 1. Several threads tie Luke & Acts together: Both addressed Theophilus cf: Acts 1:1A cf: Luke 1:1-4. Acts 1:1B. cf: Luke 24:19. Acts 1:2A cf: Luke 24:51. Acts 1:2B cf: Mark 16:15-16 & Matthew 28:18-20. "To whom" antecedent refers back to "Apostles" Acts 1:3A cf: Luke 24:36-43. Acts 1:3B cf: Luke 24:46-47. Acts 1:4 cf: Luke 24:49. Acts 1:5 Apostles to be baptized with the Holy Ghost Acts 1:6 Acts 1:7 cf: I Thessalonians 5:1ff. Acts 1:8A & Acts 1:8B The apostles to be eyeball witnesses unto the uttermost parts of the earth, Acts 1:21-22, Acts 2:32, Acts 3:15, Acts 5:32, Acts 10:39-41, Acts 22:14-15, Acts 23:11, Acts 26:13-16, II Peter 1:13-21. Acts 1:9 Is a view from earth & Daniel 7:13-14, is a view from Heaven.


Invitation: 3 Baptisms, Prayers Requested    June 26, 2016 Bulletin

Luke 23:13-47: The Thief on the Cross & Baptism

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How was the Thief on the Cross Saved without being Baptized? 3 Men Crucified - 1 Died in Sin, 1 Died to sin & 1 Died for Sin Read: Luke 23:13-47 Re-read 23:39-42 (1) Who said he wasn't baptized? CF: Mark 1:4-5 (2) The thief on the cross died under the Law of Moses, Hebrews 9:16- 17, & Christ was not yet dead when He pardoned him such as the pardoning of the sinful woman, Lk 7:37-50 & the man Mt 9:1-7. (3) You can't obey the Great Commission that's not yet given. Mark 16:16 Jesus Said: "he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, he that believeth not shall be damned". Our Catholic friends who practice infant baptism teach: "he that is baptized & saved shall believe" Our Baptist friends teach: "he that believeth & is saved should be baptized". Universalists teach: "he that believeth & is baptized shall be saved, & he that believeth not, shall be saved also." Acts 2:1-6 & 2:22-47.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    June 19, 2016 Bulletin

Matthew 28, Mark 16, & Luke 24: The Great Commission

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Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene, who goes and tells disciples, Mk 16:9-11. He appears also to two disciples going into the country, who also tell it to the rest, Mk 16:12, 13. Afterwards he appears unto the eleven, and commissions them to preach the Gospel to all mankind, Mk 16:14-16. promises to endue them with power to work miracles, Mk 16:17, 18. He is received up into heaven, Mk 16:19. And they go forth to preach and work miracles. Mt 28:18-20 He gives them a commission to preach the Gospel throughout the earth; to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; and commission to teach "all truth" to converts promises to be with them all ways, Mt 28:18-20 Jesus himself appears to them, and gives them the fullest proof of the reality of his resurrection, Lk 24:36-43. He preaches to them, and gives them the promise of the Holy Spirit, Lk 24:44-49. He takes them to Bethany, and ascends to heaven in their sight, Lk 24:50, 51. They worship him, and return to Jerusalem, Lk 24:52, 53.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    June 12, 2016 Bulletin

Resurrection of Jesus, He "is Risen": Luke 24

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The women coming early to the sepulcher on the first day of the week, bringing their spices, find the stone rolled away, and the tomb empty, Lk 24:1-3. They see a vision of angels, who announce Christ's resurrection, Lk 24:4-8. The women return and tell this to the eleven, Lk 24:9, Lk 24:10. They believe not, but Peter goes and examines the tomb, Lk 24:11, Lk 24:12. Christ, unknown, appears to two of the disciples who were going to Emmaus, and converses with them, vv. 13-29. While they are eating together, he makes himself known, and immediately disappears, Lk 24:30, Lk 24:31. They return to Jerusalem, and announce his resurrection to the rest of the disciples, Lk 24:32-35. Jesus himself appears to them, and gives them many infallible proofs of the reality of his resurrection, Lk 24:36-43. He preaches to them, gives them the promise of the Holy Spirit, and commissions them: Lk 24:44-49. He takes them to Bethany, and ascends to heaven in their sight, Lk 24:50, Lk 24:51. They worship him, and return to Jerusalem, Lk 24:53.


Invitation: 2 Baptisms, Prayers Requested    June 5, 2016 Bulletin

Judas & the 30 Pieces of Silver

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Judas sells his Lord for money cf: Zechariah 11:7-17 "Beauty/Covenant" God had to die to break covenant cf: Colossians 2:14 & Jeremiah 31:31ff; The Sanhedrim Resolves on Christ's Death Mark 14:1-2 cf: John 11:47-50; The Anointing of Jesus at Bethany Mark 14:2-9 Judas Sells His Lord for snitch money 30 pieces of silver the price of a slave Mark 14:10-11 cf: Zechariah 11:10-17, Matthew 26:14, Matthew 27:1-10 & Acts 1:15-20 both are the end of Judas. He hung himself & finally fell down upon the rocks & busted like a watermelon. Zechariah 12:10 cf: John 19:31-36 cf: Exodus 12:46; Zechariah 13:1 cf: John 3:1-8 cf: Acts 2:38, Zechariah 13:6-9 cf: Matthew 26:31, John 10:12-13, Matthew 26:14.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    May 29, 2016 Bulletin

A Harmony of the Gospels: The Crucifixion of Christ from the Four Gospels

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These verses are chosen for the fullest account. This is much like The earliest known harmony the Diatessaron by Tatian in the 2nd century, and variations based on the Diatessaron continued to appear into the Middle Ages. A Gospel harmony is an attempt to collate the Christian canonical gospels into a single gospel account. Gospel harmonies are constructed and studied by scholars to establish a coherent chronology of the events depicted in the four canonical gospels in the life of Jesus, to better understand how the accounts relate to each other, and to evaluate their use of different words. You should, however, read all 4 Gospels to Understand the complete account.


Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    May 22, 2016 Bulletin

Exodus 12 & I Corinthians 11:23-26: The Passover and the Lord's Supper

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Hebrews 8:5 & 10:1. The Importance of taking the Lord's Supper every first day of the week will be explained in today's lesson. Exodus 12:1-51, Passover a shadow of the coming substitution-al death, burial, & resurrection of Christ commemorated by The Lord's Supper. Cf: I Corinthians 5:7-8. Jesus eats the Passover with His disciples, which is often called The Last Supper. Matthew 26:17-30; Mark's account of the Last Supper is Mark 14:22-26. Luke's account of the Last Supper is Luke 22:14-20. Jesus refers to eating His flesh & drinking His blood, John 6:53-58. The apostle Paul encourages the Corinthians to examine themselves and take The Lord's Supper properly. I Corinthians 11:17-33. The Early Church is described as continuing steadfastly in partaking of The Lord's Supper cf: Acts 2:42. They assembled upon the first day of each week to break bread by taking of The Lord's Supper cf: Acts 20:7.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    May 15, 2016 Bulletin

The 2nd Coming of Christ, Resurrection Judgment & the End of the World

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Christian Age marked by a Great falling away, cf: II Thessalonians 2:1ff, Man of Sin or Lawlessness, many antichrists, cf: I John 2:18-19 and False Prophets, II Peter 2-3; watch & pray, Luke 21:34-35, Matthew 24:42-44, Mark 13:35-37. The times of the Gentiles, Luke 21:20-24, precedes 2nd coming. Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, Type or Shadow of the 2nd coming, Matthew 24:27-31; Angels & a trumpet, ; the Resurrection of Dead, Job 25-27, Isaiah 26:19, Daniel 12:2-3, Matthew 25:31-46, John 11:25-26, John 6:40; final Judgment, John 6:63, 12:48, 5:21-30, II Corinthians 5:10; The End, Jude 14-15, I Corinthians 15:24-26. Christians will be Caught Up to meet the Lord in the air, I Thessalonians 4:13-17. Changed and given Immortal bodies, I Corinthians 15:50-55 and I John 3:2; Earth burned up in Flaming Fire, II Thessalonians 1:7-8, II Peter 3:7-13; Great White Throne of Judgment, Revelations 20:11-15; New Heaven & Earth, Revelations 21:1-4, 21:16.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    May 8, 2016 Bulletin

Is Jesus Coming Soon? Revelation 22:12

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In 70AD Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be Fulfilled. When you study the Olivet address in the 3 synoptic Gospels side cf: Matthew 24, Mark 13 & Luke 21 Luke makes it plain the abomination of desolation is when the Roman army surrounded Jerusalem & showed their idolatrous standards (like a flag) with an eagle upon a pole cf: Luke 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then ye know the desolation there of is nigh. Jesus plainly teaches a long period of time between the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD and His 2nd Coming in Power and Glory. Other highly learned brethren such as J.W. McGarvey, B.W. Johnson's Peoples New Testament Commentary, and James Burton Coffman's Commentary have a slightly different understanding of the 2nd Coming of Christ regarding: Matthew 24:27-31 when compared to Luke 21:20-24. Matthew 24:34-51.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    May 1, 2016 Bulletin

Jesus Foretells Destruction of Jerusalem: Matthew 23:27-39

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Most teach the 24th chapter of Matthew is talking about the end of the world when Jesus plainly says these things would take place in that generation meaning 40 years Matthew 24:34. It was 40 years between His crucifixion in 30 AD & destruction of Jerusalem by Titus of Rome in 70AD. What we have is use of figurative language such as Isaiah 13 where God describes the destruction of Babylon in the same figurative language: a metaphor. Jesus uses this metaphor to describe the coming destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD cf: Isaiah 13:10 with Matthew 24:29. Matthew 24:1-11 cf; II Corinthians 11:13-15, Matthew 24:12-14, cf Mark 16:20, Romans 10:13-18, Colossians 1:5-6, Colossians 1:23 & I Thessalonians1:6-8, Matthew 24:15 cf: Daniel 9:1-2 cf, Jeremiah 25:10 & 29:10 & Daniel 9:24-27 The abomination of desolation was when the Roman army surrounded Jerusalem & showed their idolatrous standards (like a flag) with an eagle upon a pole. The word coming often used Old Testament describe God Coming in Judgment cf: Isaiah 13 same language used for Babylon, Ezekiel 32:1ff same language about Egypt & Joel 2:1ff uses the same language to prophecy destruction of Judah by Babylon & destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD Note after Spirit poured out, Joel 2:28-32.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    April 24, 2016 Bulletin

Matthew 22:15-46: The Character of the Scribes and Pharisees

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The Pharisees and Herodians question Jesus concerning the lawfulness of paying tribute or Taxes to Caesar [Matthew 22:15-22]. The Sadducees question Him concerning the resurrection of the dead [Matthew 22:23-33]. A lawyer questions Him concerning the greatest commandment in the Law [Matthew 22:34-40]. Jesus asks them their opinion of the Christ, "What think ye of Christ whose Son is He?" and confounds them with the question [Matthew 22:41-46].


Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    April 17, 2016 Bulletin

Matthew 22:1-14: The Parable of the Inauguration and Marriage of the King's Son

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Matthew 21:23-27 Priesthood Questions Jesus' authority. Jesus asks concerning the Baptism of John. There was no safe response, so they refused to answer. How can we expect to know more when we won't take action based on what we have? cf Psalms 119:32. The parable of the two sons. Israel is pictured as the vineyard of the Lord cf Isaiah 5:7. These responses are the responses of God's people through out the ages. The parable of the wicked husbandmen Matthew 21:23-46 Here Israel is pictured as a vine. Many pastors in Israel's history have destroyed the vineyard cf. Jeremiah 12:10. The Prophets had come to claim the peaceful fruits of righteousness. But, anger and greed had captured the hearts of the husbandmen cf: Hebrews 11: 32-39 The land owners Son comes to the vineyard the day before riding upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass cf Matthew 21:1 ff Kill the son and the vineyard is ours cf: John 11:47-50. V:41 They condemned themselves God cast away Israel cf: Romans 11:15 V:42 cf: Psalms 118:22, Isaiah 28:16 V: 44 cf: Isaiah 8:13-15. V:45 cf: I Peter 2:5-9


Invitation: Prayers Requested    April 10, 2016 Bulletin

Matthew 21:23-46: The Chief Priests and Pharisees Silenced

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Matthew 21:23-27 Priesthood Questions Jesus' authority. Jesus asks concerning the Baptism of John. There was no safe response, so they refused to answer. How can we expect to know more when we won't take action based on what we have? cf Psalms 119:32. The parable of the two sons. Israel is pictured as the vineyard of the Lord cf Isaiah 5:7. These responses are the responses of God's people through out the ages. The parable of the wicked husbandmen Matthew 21:23-46 Here Israel is pictured as a vine. Many pastors in Israel's history have destroyed the vineyard cf. Jeremiah 12:10. The Prophets had come to claim the peaceful fruits of righteousness. But, anger and greed had captured the hearts of the husbandmen cf: Hebrews 11: 32-39 The land owners Son comes to the vineyard the day before riding upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass cf Matthew 21:1 ff Kill the son and the vineyard is ours cf: John 11:47-50. V:41 They condemned themselves God cast away Israel cf: Romans 11:15 V:42 cf: Psalms 118:22, Isaiah 28:16 V: 44 cf: Isaiah 8:13-15. V:45 cf: I Peter 2:5-9


Invitation: Prayers Requested    April 3, 2016 Bulletin

Mark 11:1-26: The Lord will Suddenly Come to His Temple

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Christ rides into Jerusalem upon an ass, in fulfillment of the prophecy of: Genesis 49:10-11 & Zechariah 9:9; He Expels money changers, Matthew 21:12 in fulfillment of Malachi 3:1-7, blind & lame healed, Matthew 21:14 cf: Isaiah 35:5, Parables of 2 sons & vineyard Matthew 21:28-41, The stone cf: Psalm 118:22ff, Isaiah 28:16, Isaiah 8:13-15, Acts 4:11ff, Romans 9:33, Ephesians 2:19-22, I Peter 2:5-9 & Romans 12:1-2. Royal & Triumphal Entrance into Jerusalem: Mark 11 Official Entrance into Jerusalem. Mark 11:1-11 cf: Genesis 49:10-11, Revelation 19:11-16, Zechariah 9:9-11, Psalm 118:25-26 & Malachi 3:1-5; The Barren Fig Tree Cursed. Mark 11:12-14 cf: Hosea 9:10, Matthew 23:23, Matthew 7:15-20, Jeremiah 11:1-3, Isaiah 65:15; The Second Cleansing of the Temple. Mark 11:15-16 cf: Jeremiah 7:30, Ezekiel 8:15-18, Isaiah 52:11 & Isaiah 56:7; Indignation of the Jewish Rulers. Mark 11:17-19 cf: Psalm 69:9, John 11:47-50; Faith, The missing Figs of Israel. Mark 11:20-26


Invitation: Prayers Requested    March 27, 2016 Bulletin

Matthew 18:21-22: The Parable of The One Sin God Won't Forgive

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Jesus heals, Pharisees see - sign Jesus sent from God, Pharisees attribute miracles to Devil, Mt 12:22-37. This is a sin you cannot commit today. On Forgiving: Mt 18:21-22 forgive Every Time you are asked, Hebrews 8:12, Genesis 4:24, Colossians 3:13. Forgive before praying, Mk 11:25-26. Which servant are you? Owing God un-payable debt, Mt 18-24. Gold of Ophir - Finest, I Chr 29:4-7. Can't pay for your sins, Mt 18:25, Ro 3:10-19. Self-Righteous fallen from grace, Ga 5:4. Confess debt, Mt18:26, Psalm 51, Isaiah 64:6. Loosed from debt - God's way, Mt 18:27, Isaiah 61:10-11. Fellow-servant owed tiny amount, Mt 18:28, Romans 2:1 & 6. Begged but he would not forgive him, Mt 18:29-30. He forgot Ro 3:23! King found out, Mt 18:31-32, Psalm 130:3-8. Grace for Grace, Mt 18:33, 5:7, Lk 17:34, Ephesians 4:32, Jm 5:9. To torture, Mt 18:34, Psalm 88. Forgive from your heart, Mt 18:35, 6:12 & 14-15, He 8:12, Zechariah 3:1-4, Lk 15:22, Ro 1:16-17. Live by Faith, Ro 6:3-6.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    March 20, 2016 Bulletin

Matthew 19:13-15: Reward of Discipleship

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We must be converted and become as little children. Matthew 19:16-26 the parable of the Rich Young Ruler who went away sorrowful cf: Mk 10:24. Matthew 19:27-30 What is the reward for a life-time of service? It just doesn't get any better than inheriting eternal life cf: I Corinthians 2:9. What Christ has accomplished in the Gospel is for all, so first or last is irrelevant. Matthew 20:1 The Kingdom of Heaven - we have a Divine Teacher, cf: John 6:44-45, Hebrews 1:1-2 Who calls all who come to the Vineyard. John 6:44, I John 4:10 Jesus, the propitiation for our sins. Matthew 20:2. If it's the first hour of your life, come to the Vineyard. Matthew 20:3 If it's the third hour of your life, come to the Vineyard. Matthew 20:4 Jesus promises what is right. Matthew 20:5 If it's the 6th hour of your life, come to the Vineyard. If it's the 9th hour of your life, come to the Vineyard. Matthew 20:6-7 If it's the last hour of your life, come to the Vineyard. Matthew 20:8-16 What Jesus has accomplished in His life, death, burial & resurrection is for all who come. The Lord is the same now and forever. Come To The Vineyard.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    March 13, 2016 Bulletin

Luke 15: The Parable of the Prodigal Son and The Elder Brother

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If a woman would search for a token of her beloved that hard how much more should the Shepherds of Israel be seeking the lost. The Parable of the prodigal son, Luke 15:11-24. This would be the horror story of all horror stories to an orthodox Jew... they could not imagine a worse sinner & they sure would not receive such a sinner home as the Father did... put a ring on his hand... Giving a ring was in ancient times a mark of honor and dignity. See Genesis 41:42; I Kings 21:8; Esther 8:2; Daniel 6:17; James 2:2. Luke says "neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment" In every point of view, the anger of the older son was improper and unreasonable. Now, surely the Scribes & Pharisees could identify with this son cf: Romans 3:10-19. The Elder son received a double portion; Deuteronomy 21:16-17. Luke 15:24 Was dead - Lost to all good - given up to all evil. Luke 15:28... He was angry - This refers to the indignation of the scribes and Pharisees. Luke 15:32 this amiable father returns him his own unkind words, but in a widely different spirit.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    March 6, 2016 Bulletin

Luke 15:1-7: The Lost Sheep
Luke 15:8-10: The Lost Coin

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Luke 15:4, search for the Lost one: Psalm 79:13, 100:3; Matthew 15:24; Psalm 23:1, God is The Shepherd; John 10:11 & 14. Luke 15:5, REJOICE at the finding of the Lost: Isaiah 40:10-11, 46:3-4, carry you until I have white hairs; I Peter 2:25. Luke 15:6, told friends & neighbors. Luke 15:7, The joy will be over the one that was Lost: now Found: Psalm 16:11, 89:15-16, 132:16; Isaiah 12:1-3. Elders guide us: Act 20:28-30; obey them: Hebrews 13:17; Protection: I Peter 5:1. Luke 15:8, drop everything & look for the Lost coin: Hosea 2:19-23; Jeremiah 3:11-13; Psalm 18:28, 23:6; Exodus 30:20. Luke 15:9, told friends & neighbors. Luke 15:10, Joy if a Sinner repents: Hebrews 12:2; Revelations 5:9-10; wearing white linen (righteousness), Revelations 19:6-9.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    February 28, 2016 Bulletin

Luke 14: The Parable of the Great Supper, Healing of the Man with Dropsy

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Luke 14:1 The Chief Pharisee gives a supper on the Sabbath day, Luke 14:2, a man dropsy Luke 14:3 a question of law for the Doctors of the law Luke 14:4 Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, Luke 14:5 cf: Isaiah 35:4-10, Luke 14:7-10. A parable regarding social graces, Luke 14:11 Humble yourself. Luke 14:12-14, cf, I Peter 5:5, Whosoever will let him come, Luke 14:12-14 Who you should invite to a banquet, cf Isaiah 55:1, Revelation 22:17 & Isaiah 58:6-12, Luke 14:15. This is just another empty Pharisee hypocrite ritualistic saying. This man was at the Messianic banquet & didn't know it cf: Mark 1:14-15. Luke 14:16. A certain man is: obviously God, Bade Greek: kal-he-o. They had replied RSVP cf: Exodus 24:7, & Joshua 1:16-17, Luke 14:17, Jesus is the servant, cf; Isaiah 42:1-7, God has made divine preparation, cf: Psalms 31:19, Isaiah 64:4-7, Luke 14:18 They refused the clear call of God through Jesus His servant just as their fathers had all His Old Testament Prophets, Psalms 81:11, Isaiah 65:12, Jeremiah 7:13, Isaiah 53:1, Bought ground ridiculous. Luke 14:19 Another silly excuse, Luke 14:20 A legal excuse cf Deuteronomy 24:5, Luke 14:21, Servant came & showed God these things, When? cf: Daniel 7:14-15 & Mark 16:15-16, Luke 14:22, There is always room for another, John 14:1-2, Luke 14:23, Compel Greek "bend their arm till it aches" God is serious.


Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    February 21, 2016 Bulletin

Matthew 13: The Sower, Tares, Mustard Seed, Leaven, Treasure in the Field & Pearl of Great Price

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Matthew 13:1-24, The Parable of the Sower, The Tares 13:24-43: The Tares (darnel-Greek) are counterfeit wheat cf: Beware of False prophets & wolves in sheep's clothing Matthew7:13-29, Matthew 13:44 The Kingdom of Heaven is the Church of Christ, Treasure is you personally cf: Exodus 19:5, The field is the world cf: Matthew 13:38 & John 3:16-17, A Man is Jesus cf: Matthew 13:37, Found is Jesus' purpose cf: Luke 19:10 & Isaiah 65:1, He Hideth cf: Psalm 17:8, 27:5 & 31:19-20, "For the joy thereof" is explained in Hebrews 12:2, "Selleth all that He hath & buyeth that field" What were you bought with? Look it up! I Peter 1:18-19 "...the precious blood of Christ". Memorize I Peter 1:18-19 The Church is liken to a "Pearl of Great Price" which when we hear the Gospel we give up everything...


Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    February 14, 2016 Bulletin

Matthew 13: The Parable of the Tares

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The Sower is Jesus, the Seed is the Word of God, the Field is the World, the Soil is the Human Heart, Fowls are Satan, Wayside is a Hard Hearted Disciple, Stony Ground is shallow hearted disciple, Thorns are the sinful disciples, Good Ground is the honest & good heart cf: Luke 8:15 that hears the Word of God & keeps it. Matthew 13:1-23, The Seed is the Word of God, cf: Deuteronomy 4:2, 31:24-26, Joshua 1:7-9, Proverbs 30:5-6, Revelations 22:18-19, don't believe your preacher above what is written I Corinthians 4:6, teach only according to word I Peter4:11, II Corinthians 5:7, Romans 10:17, 14:23, Hebrews 1:1-2, I Peter 1:10-12, II Peter 1:19-21. Parable of the Tares: Matthew 13:24-43: The Tares (darnel-Greek) are counterfeit wheat cf: Beware of False prophets & wolves in sheep's clothing Matthew7:13-29, Matthew 13:44 The Kingdom of Heaven is the Church of Christ, Treasure is you personally cf: Exodus 19:5, The field is the world cf: Matthew 13:38 & John 3:16-17, A Man is Jesus cf: Matthew 13:37, Found is Jesus' purpose cf: Luke 19:10 & Isaiah 65:1, He Hideth cf: Psalm 17:8, 27:5 & 31:19-20, "For the joy thereof" is explained in Hebrews 12:2, "Selleth all that He hath & buyeth that field" What were you bought with? Look it up! I Peter 1:18-19 "...the precious blood of Christ". Memorize I Peter 1:18-19


Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    February 7, 2016 Bulletin

Matthew 13: The Parable of the Sower

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The Sower is Jesus, the Seed is the Word of God, the Field is the World, the Soil is the Human Heart, Fowls are Satan, Wayside is a Hard Hearted Disciple, Stony Ground is shallow hearted disciple, Thorns are the sinful disciples, Good Ground is the honest & good heart cf: Luke 8:15 that hears the Word of God & keeps it. Matthew 13:1-23, The Seed is the Word of God, cf: Deuteronomy 4:2, 31:24-26, Joshua 1:7-9, Proverbs 30:5-6, Revelations 22:18-19, don't believe your preacher above what is written I Corinthians 4:6, teach only according to word I Peter4:11, II Corinthians 5:7, Romans 10:17, 14:23, Hebrews 1:1-2, I Peter 1:10-12, II Peter 1:19-21. Parable of the Tares: Matthew 13:24-43: The Tares (darnel-Greek) are counterfeit wheat cf: Beware of False prophets & wolves in sheep's clothing Matthew7:13-29, Matthew 13:44 The Kingdom of Heaven is the Church of Christ, Treasure is you personally cf: Exodus 19:5, The field is the world cf: Matthew 13:38 & John 3:16-17, A Man is Jesus cf: Matthew 13:37, Found is Jesus' purpose cf: Luke 19:10 & Isaiah 65:1, He Hideth cf: Psalm 17:8, 27:5 & 31:19-20, "For the joy thereof" is explained in Hebrews 12:2, "Selleth all that He hath & buyeth that field" What were you bought with? Look it up! I Peter 1:18-19 "...the precious blood of Christ". Memorize I Peter 1:18-19


Invitation: Prayers Requested    January 31, 2016 Bulletin

Mountain Moving Faith & Prayer

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The Commands of The Great Commission, Mark 16:15-16, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 24:45-47, II Timothy 2:2. Need to return to the good old way, Jeremiah 6:16. Have faith in God, Mark 11:22. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, Hebrews 11:1. James 2:26 Moving the mountain along with All of Jesus' works was accomplished through Jesus' oneness with the Father, Mark 11:23. Easier for camel to go through eye of needle, Mark 10:25. Believe and you shall have, Mark 11;:24. Forgive first, Mark 11:25-26. Never cease until you receive an answer, Luke 18:1-8. Of the Pharisee and the publican, Luke 18:9-14, How to repent in prayer Psalm 51:1-17. After which you must come to God in the appointed way by believing Jesus is the Christ the Son of God and the Gospel and be baptized for the remission of your sins cf: Acts 2:38-39.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    January 24, 2016 Bulletin

Teach Us to Pray

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Christ teaches his disciples to pray, Luke 11:1-4, This is how to pray not what to pray for vain repetitions such as Shema Israel cf: Deuteronomy 6:4 or our Fathers :are forbidden Matthew 6:5-8, because of our relationship with God Ephesians 2:19-22. Praise the Lord, Psalm 113:3. Shows the necessity of importunity in prayer, Thy Kingdom come - the Kingdom of God did come on the day of Pentecost in AD 30 cf: Daniel 7:13-14, Colossians 1:13, Jesus was raised to sit on David's throne Acts 2:29-30, Jesus is a King now Revelations 17:14 & 19:16, Why don't we pray? Do we view God as an reluctant neighbor? Luke 11:5-8 ; The Parable of the 3 fold prayer Luke 11:9-13, Psalms 121:1-3. The parable of the importunate widow, Luke 18:1-8. Of the Pharisee and the publican, Luke 18:9-14, Psalm 51:1-17.


Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    January 17, 2016 Bulletin

The Good Samaritan, The 70 & A Lawyer's Question

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Christ appoints seventy disciples to go before him, two by two, to preach, heal, etc., Luke 10:1-12. Christ pronounces woes on Chorazin and Capernaum, Luke 10:13-16. The seventy return, and give account of their mission, Luke 10:18 cf: Revelations 12:8-9; Luke 10:19 cf: Genesis 3:15, Galatians 3:16, Matthew 4:6, Psalm 91:11-13, Mark 16:18 & Romans 16:20 . Christ rejoices that the things which were hidden from the wise and prudent had been revealed unto babes, and shows the great privileges of the Gospel, Luke 10:21-24. A Lawyer's Question: how he shall inherit eternal life, and is answered, Luke 10:25 Cf: Deuteronomy 6:4-8 & Leviticus 19:18 Luke 10: 26-29. The story of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:30-31 cf: Numbers 19:11 Luke 10:32 cf: Exodus 23:4-5. Luke 10:33 Cf John 4:19-20.Luke 10:34-35 cf: Deuteronomy10:19; Luke10:36-37. Who's the "certain man" you can go to?


Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    January 10, 2016 Bulletin

John the Baptist - Forerunner of the Messiah

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[Luke 7:1-10]. Raises a widow's son to life at Nain, No prophet has raised the dead since Elijah. [ Luke 5:12ff] Jesus heals a leper, that is a testimony to the Priesthood [cf: Leviticus 13-14, Luke 7:11-17]. John the Baptist hears of his fame, and sends two of his disciples to inquire whether he is the Christ, Jesus' response is His works prove Who He the Messiah [cf: Isaiah 35,42 & 61, Luke 7:18-23]. Christ's character of John, [Luke 7:24-30]. The obstinate blindness and capriciousness of the Jews, [Luke 7:31-35]. A Pharisee invites him to his house, to investigate this rabbi from Nazareth. A sinful woman anoints his head with oil, and washes his feet with her tears [Luke 7:36-38]. The Pharisee is offended [Luke 7:39]. Our Lord reproves him by a parable, and vindicates the woman [Luke 7:40-46]; and pronounces her sins forgiven, thereby claiming Divinity [Luke 7:47-50]. Jesus said "Shalom" only to the woman.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    January 3, 2016 Bulletin

2015 Sermons

Luke 5: The Shepherds of Israel

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The miraculous draught of fishes at the lake of Gennesaret, Luke 5:1-11. Christ heals a leper, Luke 5:12-14. No leper has been healed since Naaman the Syrian by Elisha in II Kings 5. Healing a leper requires great work of the Priesthood Leviticus 13-14. His fame being published abroad, he withdraws to the desert, Luke 5:15, Luke 5:16. He wants to heal the religious leaders Luke 5:17 cf: Isaiah 42:1ff He heals a paralytic person, at which the scribes and Pharisees murmur, but the people glorify God, Luke 5:17-26. He calls the publican Levi, who makes a feast for Christ, to which he invites a great number of publicans and others, at which the scribes and Pharisees murmur, and our Lord vindicates his conduct, Luke 5:27-32. The question about fasting answered, Luke 5:33-35. The parable of the new piece of cloth put on the old garment, and the new wine in old bottles, Luke 5:36-39


Invitation: 1 Baptism, Prayers Requested    December 27, 2015 Bulletin

The Birth of Jesus

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The Hebrew word She-owl is translated into Greek as Hades & into English as Hell. All these words mean the same place which is the place of the dead. During Old Testament times it had 2 parts, torment which was the place of the unbelieving dead, separated from Abraham's bosom, the place of the believing dead. The Rich man & Lazarus cf: Luke 16:19-31; The Rebellion of Korah in which Korah went down alive into the pit took place about 1,447 BC cf: Numbers 16:26-40; Later King David wrote Psalm 88 about 1,000 BC so it had been about 500 years since Korah went down alive into the pit & Psalm 88 is a psalm of Korah in Hell. Korah has been dead almost 500 years & hasn't figured out yet his situation is permanent. Romans 2:1-12 cf: Matthew 10:28 and Matthew 25:31-46.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    December 20, 2015 Bulletin

Jesus' First Sermon: The Lord's Anointed

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Luke 4:16-30, Isaiah 61:1-11, In the Old Testament Prophets, Priests & Kings were anointed. The word anointed Hebrew Maw-shee-akh (Messiah) which we translate in the New Testament as Christ cf: Psalm 2:1ff, Christ the King Psalm 45:1ff, The Anointed one to be cut off Daniel 9:24-27; Jesus read Isaiah 61:1ff in His first sermon Luke 4:18-30. Note: Jesus left the word vengeance out when He reads Isaiah 61 in His first sermon & later explains that the vengeance will be in the coming destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD cf: Luke 21:22, Acts 4:23ff; Acts 10:38ff shows us Christ was Anointed with the Holy Spirit cf: Hebrew 1:8-9; Now we are anointed with the Holy Spirit at our baptism Acts 2:38-39, thus we are anointed II Corinthians 1:21, not to work miracles see Romans 8 as an example of the Holy Spirit in us.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    December 13, 2015 Bulletin

Translation and Preservation of the Bible

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The Bible teaches about it's self: do not add to the word or take away Deuteronomy 4:2, cf: meditate on or think about the word Joshua 1:7-8; Every word of God is pure or true Proverbs 30:5; Preach and teach according to the law and the testimony which is His word Isaiah 8:20; God's word will accomplish it's task Isaiah 55:10-11; Matthew 13:3-4, 8, & it is Jesus who sows the seed 37-38 cf: Luke 8:11 the seed is the word of God. The word is Spirit and life John 6:63; the word will judge us John 12:48; the Old Testament was written for our learning Romans 15:4; The Old Testament teachings are examples to us to admonish us II Corinthians 10:11; do not think or believe men above what is written I Corinthians 4:6; all scripture is inspired or God breathed II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21 holy men of God spake as they were moved or carried along by the Holy Spirit; God spoke in times past to the Jewish fathers by the prophets hath in these last days spoken to us by His son Hebrews 1:1-2; God throughout history has come to people in the roll of the book Hebrews 107 & do not add to the Book or take away from the book Revelation 22:18-19


Invitation: Prayers Requested    December 6, 2015 Bulletin

The Scriptures

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It is used to describe books of the Holy Bible Hebrews taught Christ brought a new & better Testament, Hebrews 7:22, 8:6-13, 9:15. OT is divided into three groups: Law, 1st 5 books of Moses known as Torah & Pentateuch. Prophets, 21 books - major & minor OT Prophets. Writings - 13. The NT of 27 books that naturally divide into 4 parts: 4 Gospels, Acts, Epistles & Revelation. Epistles are 21 books of teaching. 13 are Pauline Epistles. 8 Epistles called General Epistles written by other Apostles/Prophets. Hebrews written by unknown writer. The Bible is a remarkable book. Its Teachings Divinely Inspired. Non-believers account for the Bible on natural rather than supernatural grounds. The doctrine of Inspiration asserts that Bible revelation did not & could not originate in the mind of man. The Bible claims to be "inspired" meaning "God breathed" cf: II Timothy 3:16. It claims Holy men of God "spake" "carried along" by Holy Spirit, II Peter 1:20. Scriptures did not originate in the human mind. They are not a human product & cannot be accounted for on natural grounds. Bible miracles are contrary to ordinary human experience, but they are not contrary to reason. With God, miracles & the extraordinary are not contrary to reason. It isn't that the Bible is different from other religions because man evolved in his thinking & became better. Concepts found in the Bible are completely differ from ancient world. It is not that the Bible is simply a better revelation than Egyptian, Greek, Babylonian, or Roman religion. Truth is: Bible is altogether true while others are altogether false. A fallen Titan named Atlas doesn't really hold the world on his back... it's a lie.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    November 29, 2015 Bulletin

The Bible

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It is used to describe books of Old & New Testaments. It comes from Greek biblos meaning book. Difference between OT & NT Hebrews taught that Christ brought a new & better Testament, Hebrews 7:22, 8:6-13, 9:15. OT is divided into three groups: Law, 1st 5 books of Moses known as Torah & Pentateuch. Prophets, 21 books - major & minor OT Prophets. Writings - 13. The NT of 27 books that naturally divide into 4 parts: 4 Gospels, Acts, Epistles & Revelation. Epistles are 21 books of teaching. 13 are Pauline Epistles. 8 Epistles called General Epistles written by other Apostles/Prophets. Hebrews written by unknown writer. The Bible is a remarkable book. Its Teachings Divinely Inspired. Non-believers account for the Bible on natural rather than supernatural grounds. The doctrine of Inspiration asserts that Bible revelation did not & could not originate in the mind of man. The Bible claims to be "inspired" meaning "God breathed" cf: II Timothy 3:16. It claims Holy men of God "spake" "carried along" by Holy Spirit, II Peter 1:20. Scriptures did not originate in the human mind. They are not a human product & cannot be accounted for on natural grounds. Bible miracles are contrary to ordinary human experience, but they are not contrary to reason. With God, miracles & the extraordinary are not contrary to reason. It isn't that the Bible is different from other religions because man evolved in his thinking & became better. Concepts found in the Bible completely differ from societies of the ancient world. It is not that the Bible is simply a better revelation than Egyptian, Greek, Babylonian, or Roman religion. Truth is: Bible is altogether true while others are altogether false.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    November 22, 2015 Bulletin

The Last Supper and the Passover

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Hebrews 8:5 & 10:1. The Importance of taking the Lord's Supper every first day of the week will be explained in today's lesson. Exodus 12:1-51, Passover a shadow of the coming substitutional death, burial, & resurrection of Christ commemorated by The Lord's Supper. Cf: I Corinthians 5:7-8. Jesus eats the Passover with His disciples, which is often called The Last Supper. Matthew 26:17-30; Mark's account of the Last Supper is Mark 14:22-26. Luke's account of the Last Supper is Luke 22:14-20. Jesus refers to eating His flesh & drinking His blood, John 6:53-58. The apostle Paul encourages the Corinthians to examine themselves and take The Lord's Supper properly. I Corinthians 11:17-33. The Early Church is described as continuing steadfastly in partaking of The Lord's Supper cf: Acts 2:42. They assembled upon the first day of each week to break bread by taking of The Lord's Supper cf: Acts 20:7.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    November 15, 2015 Bulletin

Matthew 5‑7: Sermon on the Mount

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Beatitudes Matthew 5:1-16, Avoid anger Matthew 5:20-21, God looks upon the heart Matthew 5:27-30, Avenge not but rather Love Matthew 5:38-45. Matthew 6 Avoid outward shows of righteousness Matthew 6:1-4 Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:9-13 Forgiveness of other necessary Matthew 6:14-15. Our Lord warns against rash, harsh judgment, Matthew 7:1-5. Shows holy things must not be profaned, Matthew 7:6; fervent prevailing prayer, Matthew 7:7-11. Shows how men should deal w/each other, Matthew 7:12. Exhorts people to enter in at the strait gate, Matthew 7:13, Matthew 7:14 the Way & the faith cf: Greek "tees pis-te-oos" objective Galatians 3:23-27, Ephesians 4:4-5, Proverbs 4:18, Isaiah 35:8, Jeremiah 32:39, Matthew 7:13-14, John 14:6, Luke 18:8, Jude 3, Acts 6:7, 13:7-8 cf Acts 2:42 & 20:7, 14:22, 16:5,24:14, Rom. 1:5, 14:1, I Corinthians16:13,, II Corinthians 13:5, Galatians5:22, Galatians1:23, Ephesians 4:13, Colossians 1:23, Titus:1:13, I Timothy 4:1, 6:20-21, Philippians 1:27, ; beware of false teachers, known by their fruits, Matthew 7:15-20 Wolves in Sheep's Clothing Matthew7:21 no man shall be saved by his mere profession of Christianity, Matthew 7:22, Matthew 7:23. house upon a rock, Matthew 7:24, Matthew 7:25. house, on sand, Matthew 7:26, Matthew 7:27. people are astonished at his doctrine, Matthew 7:28-7:29.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    November 8, 2015 Bulletin

Matthew 7: False Prophets - Wolves in Sheep's Clothing - Sermon on the Mount

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Our Lord warns against rash, harsh judgment, Matthew 7:1-5. Shows holy things must not be profaned, Matthew 7:6; fervent prevailing prayer, Matthew 7:7-11. Shows how men should deal w/each other, Matthew 7:12. Exhorts people to enter in at the strait gate, Matthew 7:13, Matthew 7:14 the Way & the faith cf: Greek "tees pis-te-oos" objective Galatians 3:23-27, Ephesians 4:4-5, Proverbs 4:18, Isaiah 35:8, Jeremiah 32:39, Matthew 7:13-14, John 14:6, Luke 18:8, Jude 3, Acts 6:7, 13:7-8 cf Acts 2:42 & 20:7, 14:22, 16:5,24:14, Rom. 1:5, 14:1, I Corinthians16:13,, II Corinthians 13:5, Galatians5:22, Galatians1:23, Ephesians 4:13, Colossians 1:23, Titus:1:13, I Timothy 4:1, 6:20-21, Philippians 1:27, ; beware of false teachers, known by their fruits, Matthew 7:15-20 Jeremiah7:8-13, 7:17-20, 7:28-32, 23:1-6 23:15-17, 33:14-17 cf: Acts 2:30-33, Hebrews 1:13, Ezekiel 34:1-12, 34:22-24, Zechariah 11:15-17, II Corinthians 11:13-15, II Timothy 3:1-7, II Peter 2:1-3, 3:3-9, Matthew 7:15-16 no man shall be saved by his mere profession of Christianity, Matthew 7:22, Matthew 7:23. house upon a rock, Matthew 7:24, Matthew 7:25. house, on sand, Matthew 7:26, Matthew 7:27. people are astonished at his doctrine, Matthew 7:28-7:29.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    November 1, 2015 Bulletin

Matthew 7: The Way, The Faith - Sermon on the Mount

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Our Lord warns against rash judgment & uncharitable censures, Matthew 7:1-5. Shows holy things must not be profaned, Matthew 7:6; gives encouragement to fervent persevering prayer, Matthew 7:7-11. Shows how men should deal w/each other, Matthew 7:12. Exhorts people to enter in at the strait gate, Matthew 7:13, Matthew 7:14 the Way cf: Greek "tees pis-te-oos" objective genitive Galatians 3:23-27, Ephesians 4:4-5, Proverbs 4:18, Isaiah 35:8, Jeremiah 32:39, Matthew 7:13-14, John 14:6, Luke 18:8, Jude 3, Acts 6:7, 13:7-8 cf Acts 2:42 & 20:7, 14:22, 16:5,24:14, Rom. 1:5, 14:1, I Corinthians16:13,, II Corinthians 13:5,Galatians5:22, Galatians1:23, Ephesians 4:13, Colossians 1:23, Titus:1:13, I Timothy 4:1, 6:20-21, Philippians 1:27, ; beware of false teachers, who are known by their fruits, Matthew 7:15-20. Shows no man shall be saved by his mere profession of Christianity, Matthew 7:22, Matthew 7:23. parable of the wise man who built his house upon a rock, Matthew 7:24, Matthew 7:25. foolish man built his house, on sand, Matthew 7:26, Matthew 7:27. Christ concludes his sermon, and the people are astonished at his doctrine, Matthew 7:28-7:29.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    October 25, 2015 Bulletin

Matthew 7: Sermon on the Mount

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Our Lord warns men against rash judgment and uncharitable censures, Matthew 7:1-5. Shows that holy things must not be profaned, Matthew 7:6; gives encouragement to fervent persevering prayer, Matthew 7:7-11. Shows how men should deal with each other, Matthew 7:12. Exhorts the people to enter in at the strait gate, Matthew 7:13, Matthew 7:14; to beware of false teachers, who are to be known by their fruits, Matthew 7:15-20. Shows that no man shall be saved by his mere profession of Christianity, however specious, Matthew 7:22, Matthew 7:23. The parable of the wise man who built his house upon a rock, Matthew 7:24, Matthew 7:25. Of the foolish man who built his house, without a foundation, on the sand, Matthew 7:26, Matthew 7:27. Christ concludes his sermon, and the people are astonished at his doctrine, Matthew 7:28, Matthew 7:29.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    October 18, 2015 Bulletin

Matthew 6: Sermon on the Mount

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For one farthing given to a poor man, a man is made partaker of the vision: where it renders these words, Psalm 17:15, I shall behold thy face in righteousness, Of alms-giving, Matthew 6:1-5. Of prayer, Matthew 6:6-8. The Lord's prayer, or model according to which Christians should pray, Matthew 6:9-13. Of forgiveness, Matthew 6:14, Matthew 6:15. Of fasting, Matthew 6:16, Matthew 6:17. Of laying up treasures, Matthew 6:18-21. Of the single eye, Matthew 6:22, Matthew 6:23. The impossibility of serving two masters, Matthew 6:24. Of contentment and confidence in the Divine providence, Matthew 6:25-32. Directions about seeking the kingdom of God, Matthew 6:33, Matthew 6:34.


Invitation: Prayers Requested    October 11, 2015 Bulletin

Matthew 5:1-48: Sermon on the Mount

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Christ begins his sermon on the mount, Matthew 5:1- 5:2. The beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-12. The disciples & Christians the salt of the earth, and light of the world, Matthew 5:13-16. Christ is not come to destroy, but confirm and fulfill, the Law and the Prophets, Matthew 5:17-19. Of the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, Matthew 5:20. Interpretation of the precepts relative to murder, anger, and injurious speaking, Matthew 5:21, Matthew 5:22. Of reconciliation, Matthew 5:23-26. Of impure acts and propensities, and the necessity of mortification, Matthew 5:27-30. Of divorce, Matthew 5:31, Matthew 5:32. Of oaths and profane swearing, Matthew 5:33-37. Of bearing injuries and persecution, Matthew 5:38-41. Of borrowing and lending, Matthew 5:42. Of love and hatred, Matthew 5:43-46. Of civil respect, Matthew 5:47. Christ's disciples must resemble their heavenly Father, Matthew 5:48.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   October 4, 2015 Bulletin

Matthew 5:1-12: The Beatitudes

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Blessed means: happy cf: Psalm 1:1ff; Poor in Spirit (discouraged) Matthew 18:3ff; Mourn (sorrowful) cf: II Corinthians 7:10, Meek (gentle & lowly) Greek word used to describe a wild animal trained for service such as a horse fit for the bridle and saddle cf: Matthew 11:28-29. Hunger & Thirst after Righteousness cf: Matthew 6:33 & John 6:35; Merciful cf: Isaiah 58:6-7 & James 2:13; Pure in Heart cf: Proverbs 4:23, Acts 15:9 & Psalm 51:10-12; Peaceful cf Isaiah 9:6ff, Romans 12:18ff; Persecuted cf: II Timothy 3:12, Rejoice cf: Romans 8:17; The Sermon on the mount is the heart of Jesus' teaching. Blessed is not in unfortunate condition itself, but in the glorious reward to come. Heaven is so superior to anything on earth that anything that increased our longing for heaven is a blessing.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   September 27, 2015 Bulletin

The 2nd Coming of Christ: Judgment & The End of the World

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Christian Age marked by a Great falling away, cf: II Thessalonians 2:1ff, The Man of Sin or Lawlessness, many antichrists, cf: I John 2:18-19 and False Prophets and teachers, II Peter 2-3; watch and pray, Luke 21:34-35, Matthew 24:42-44, Mark 13:35-37. The times of the Gentiles, Luke 21:20-24, precedes the Second Coming. The Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, a Type or Shadow of the Second Coming, Matthew 24:27-31; Angels accompanied by a trumpet, ; the Resurrection of the Dead, Job 25-27, Isaiah 26:19, Daniel 12:2-3, Matthew 25:31-46, John 11:25-26, John 6:40; final Judgment, John 6:63, 12:48, 5:21-30, II Corinthians 5:10; The End, Jude 14-15, I Corinthians 15:24-26. Christians will be Caught Up to meet the Lord in the air, I Thessalonians 4:13-17. Changed and given Immortal bodies, I Corinthians 50-55 and I John 3:2; Earth burned up in Flaming Fire, II Thessalonians 1:7-8, II Peter 3:7-13; the Great White Throne of Judgment, Revelation 20:11-15; the New Heaven and Earth, Revelations 21:1-4, 21:16


Invitation: 2 Baptisms   September 20, 2015 Bulletin

The Earth to Be Destroyed by Fire at Christ's 2nd Coming

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The apostle shows his design in writing this and the preceding epistle, II Peter 3:1, TO encourage them to remember (study) the entire revelation of God as found in the scriptures. 1I Peter 3:2. Describes the nature of the heresies which should take place in the last times or Christian age ending with the Coming of the Lord. 1I Peter 3:3-8. A thousand years with the Lord are but as a day, II Peter 3:9. He will come and judge the world as he has promised, and the heavens and the earth shall be burnt up, 1I Peter 3:10. How those should live who expect these things, II Peter 3:11, II Peter 3:12. Of the new heavens and the new earth, and the necessity of being prepared for this great change, Revelation 21 1I Peter 3:13, II Peter 3:14. Concerning some difficult things in Paul 's letters that false teachers twist 1I Peter 3:15, II Peter 3:16. We must watch against the error of the wicked, grow in grace, and give all glory to God, 1I Peter 3:17, II Peter 3:18.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   September 13, 2015 Bulletin

Judgments of God - II Peter 2

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Angels who Sinned, The Flood & Sodom II Peter Chapter 2 False teachers foretold, who shall bring in destructive doctrines right along side the truth of scripture but substituted for the truth and shall pervert many, but at last be destroyed by the judgments of God, II Peter 2:1-3. Instances of God's judgments in the rebellious angels, II Peter 2:4. In the pre-flood antediluvians, II Peter 2:5. In the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, II Peter 2:6-8. The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly, as well as to punish the ungodly, II Peter 2:9. The character of those seducing teachers and their disciples; they are unclean, presumptuous, speak evil of dignities, adulterous, covetous, and cursed, II Peter 2:10-14. Have forsaken the right way, copy the conduct of Balaam, speak great swelling words, and pervert those who had escaped from error, II Peter 2:15-19. The miserable state of those who, having escaped the corruption that is in the world, have turned back like the dog to his vomit, and the washed swine to her wallowing in the mire, II Peter 2:20-22


Invitation: Prayers Requested   September 6, 2015 Bulletin

False Teachers are Coming - II Peter 2

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False teachers foretold, who shall bring in destructive doctrines right along side the truth of scripture but substituted for the truth and shall pervert many, but at last be destroyed by the judgments of God, II Peter 2:1-3. Instances of God's judgments in the rebellious angels, II Peter 2:4. In the pre-flood antediluvians, II Peter 2:5. In the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, II Peter 2:6-8. The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly, as well as to punish the ungodly, II Peter 2:9. The character of those seducing teachers and their disciples; they are unclean, presumptuous, speak evil of dignities, adulterous, covetous, and cursed, II Peter 2:10-14. Have forsaken the right way, copy the conduct of Balaam, speak great swelling words, and pervert those who had escaped from error, II Peter 2:15-19. The miserable state of those who, having escaped the corruption that is in the world, have turned back like the dog to his vomit, and the washed swine to her wallowing in the mire, II Peter 2:20-22


Invitation: Prayers Requested   August 30, 2015 Bulletin

The Power and Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ - (Part 2)

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The apostle addressed the persons to whom the epistle was sent described by the state into which God had called them, to live their lives, and in which he had placed them; II Peter 1:1-4. What graces they should possess in order to be fruitful in the knowledge of God; II Peter 1:5-8. The miserable state of those who either have not these graces, or have fallen from them; II Peter 1:9. Believers should give diligence to make their calling and election sure; II Peter 1:10, II Peter 1:11. The apostle is aware of his speedy execution, and he wishes to confirm and establish those Churches in the true faith, II Peter 1:12-15. The certainty of the Gospel, and the convincing evidence which the apostle had of its truth from being present at the transfiguration of Christ, by which the word of prophecy was made more sure, II Peter 1:16-19. How the prophecies came, and their nature, all can understand prophecy alike if your doctrine doesn't get in the way II  Peter 1:20, spake as they were moved by Holy Spirit ie: "carried along" II Peter 1:21


Invitation: Prayers Requested   August 23, 2015 Bulletin

The Power and Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ - (Part 1)

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I Peter 1 The apostle addressed the persons to whom the epistle was sent described by the state into which God had called, them to live their lives and in which he had placed, them, II Peter 1:1-4. What graces they should possess in order to be fruitful in the knowledge of God, II Peter 1:5-8. The miserable state of those who either have not these graces, or have fallen from them, II Peter 1:9. Believers should give diligence to make their calling and election sure, II Peter 1:10, II Peter 1:11. The apostle's is aware of his speedy execution, and he wish to confirm and establish those Churches in the true faith, II Peter 1:12-15. The certainty of the Gospel, and the convincing evidence which the apostle had of its truth from being present at the transfiguration of Christ, by which the word of prophecy was made more sure, II Peter 1:16-19. How the prophecies came, and their nature, all can understand prophecy alike if your doctrine doesn't get in the way II Peter 1:20, spake as they were moved by Holy Spirit ie: "carried along" II Peter 1:21.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   August 16, 2015 Bulletin

The Great Falling Away

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The Man of Sin or The man of Lawlessness & The Great Falling Away
II Thessalonians 2:1--13, Who in history could possibly be a man ruling in the church Roman Catholic 606AD Boniface III took the title of Pope (pappas) or Universal Bishop of Roman Catholic Church. Colossians 1:18, Matthew16:16-18, II Timothy 2:15, Matthew 23:9, Ephesians 2:8. Matthew 6:7. Shortly Rome made laws & many truths of God were changed into the teaching of men: cf: Matthew 15:9, Latin to be only language of scriptures. Call no man Father cf: Matthew 23:9. Saved by grace not works cf: Ephesians 2:8. Mary not mediator between God & man cf: I Timothy 2:5. Ask in Jesus' name not Mary's cf: John 16:23-26. "Our Father" & "Hail Mary" vain repetitions cf: Matthew 6:7. Hell has no halfway house called Purgatory cf: Luke 16:19-31. No such thing as separate priesthood, all Christians are priests cf: I Peter 2:5. Bishops must be the husband of one wife cf: I Timothy 3:1-7 & Titus 1:5-8. Celibacy is a doctrine of devils cf: I Timothy 4:1-3, Pope is anti-christ cf: Colossians 1:18. The Greek prefix anti means instead of or in place of & carries the idea of substitution. Anything instead of Christ, in place of Christ or substituted for Christ is anti-Christ. Anti-christ has been here all along cf: I John 2:18-19, I John 4:1-3 & II John 1:7. Pope led great falling away & is man of sin cf: II Thessalonians 2:1-12. Rome sold indulgences & built St Peter's Basilica making merchandise of people's sins cf: II Peter 2:2-33


Invitation: Prayers Requested   August 9, 2015 Bulletin

No Rapture - No "Left Behind"

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The Second Coming of Christ & Our being "caught up together:" The coming of Christ is one event. There is no secret-rapture, the word is not used in the Bible. This make believe non-sense was dreamed up by a man named Darbey in 1831 and was picked up by "pre-trib rapture" enthusiast and proclaimed as truth by Baptist & Pentecostals. At the end of time Christ will come again, Matthew 25:31-46, raise the dead and sit in judgment John 5:21-29, we will be caught up to go with Christ, Pre-trib rapture use I Thessalonians 4:13-14 as proof text but that is at the resurrection which is the last day John 6:40 Saints accompany cf: Jude 14 & The coming of Christ will be accompanied by great signs & wonders, such as at the giving of the Law, cf: Exodus 19:16-19, Christians who are alive will be changed I Corinthians 15:50-52, I Thessalonians 4:16 dead rise, V:17 we are "caught up together", I Thessalonians 5:1 cf: Acts 1:7-8, I Thessalonians 5:2 cf: Matthew24:42-44 & I Thessalonians 5:3-11. this earth will be burned up & we go to New Heavens & a New Earth: Revelations 21:1-2 & 16, & I Peter 3


Invitation: Prayers Requested   August 2, 2015 Bulletin

Christ's Resurrection & Our Resurrection

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Christ's Resurrection & Our Resurrection I Corinthians 15:1-4, What Scriptures? Isaiah 53:8-10. he resurrected Christ, seen over 500 witnesses & Apostles, I Corinthians 15:5-7, Paul's Apostleship, I Corinthians 15:8-10, II Corinthians 11:23-28. Apostles preached same things, I Corinthians 15:11. Judaizing false teacher I Corinthians 15:12.negative argument, I Corinthians 15:13-19. Paul says "but now is Christ risen" & firstfruits are proof of a coming great harvest, I Corinthians 15:20. Christ 2nd Adam, I Corinthians 15:2122. There is order in the Resurrection, I Corinthians 15:23. At the end of time, Christ will deliver up the Kingdom, the people of Christ or the Church of Christ, to God, I Corinthians 15:24. Christ King now, cf: Psalm 110:1-4, Acts 2:30, & Hebrews 1:1-9. Christ rules over all things, I Corinthians 15:27-28. Baptized for the dead is one of the hardest verses in the New Testament to understand. In my opinion, Paul is saying that they are being baptized knowing full well that it will lead to their martyrdom & death. Note the context. I Corinthians 15:29-30, cf: II Corinthians 11:22ff. A wake to righteousness, I Corinthians 15:31-34. Paul now states the obvious question of the false teacher in Corinth, I Corinthians 15:35-36. Paul will answer by similitude, I Corinthians 15:36-38, & he answers the same question by application I Corinthians 15:39-41. Greater & different degrees of splendor in the Resurrection, I Corinthians 15:41-44. Christ the second Adam, I Corinthians 15:45-49, cf: Rom. 5:14-21. 2nd Christ in Power & Glory is one event, I Corinthians 15:50-57, cf: Matthew 25:31ff, I Thessalonians 4:13 thru Chap 5:7, II Peter 3:1-18. The work of the Lord, I Corinthians 15:58, is, John 6:29


Invitation: Prayers Requested   July 26, 2015 Bulletin

The Coming of Christ in His Glory

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When the Son of Man shall Come in His Glory Matthew 25:31-46 death, judgment & 2nd Coming Christ Hebrews 9:27-28, the basis of the judgment John 6:40, 63 & 12:48; Christ the word of God is the righteous Judge John 5:21-30, all shall appear before the judgment bench II Corinthians 5:10, Christ coming accompanied by the angels Matthew 25:31, Matthew 24:30-31, the great white throne of judgment Revelations 20:11-15; Matthew 25:32-34; come to Christ while you are still alive Revelations 22:17, John 7:37-39 & Isaiah 55:1; heaven is grand above any imaginations I Corinthians 2:9; This is not what you do to be saved, this is what the saved do Matthew25:35-36 cf: Isaiah 58:1-12, The Saints in all ages and lands who had never seen Him answer: Matthew 25:35-40 cf: Galatians6:10; Matthew25:41, Christ is coming with the angels in flaming fire II Thessalonians 1:7-9, Had the lost have seen Him in His splendor they would have denied Him nothing Matthew 25:42-46, the Lord is coming with ten thousands of His Saints ie: "Holy Ones" cf: Jude 14-15


Invitation: Prayers Requested   July 19, 2015 Bulletin

The Parable of the Talents

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In this parable of our Lord, four things may be considered: I. The master who distributes the talents. His kindness. He distributes these goods diversely. He distributes his talents with Wisdom. II. The servants who improved their talents. These persons are termed slaves, such as were the property of the master, who might dispose of them as he pleased. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded ... Matthew 25:16. The work was speedily begun; The work was perseveringly carried on; after a long time the lord of those servants cometh, Matthew 25:19.  Their work was crowned with success. Luke 2:52. They were ready to give in a joyful account when their master came and called for them Matthew 25:21. III. The servant who buried his talent Matthew 25:18. See the ingratitude of this servant , his idleness, his gross error, his injustice. Hear the absurdity of his reasoning Matthew 25:24. IV. His punishment. He is punished with an everlasting separation from God and the glory of his power. Cast forth the unprofitable servant, Matthew 25:30. Let him have nothing but darkness, who refused to walk in the light: let him have nothing but misery - weeping and gnashing of teeth, who has refused the happiness which God provided for him.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   July 12, 2015 Bulletin

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

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"Virgins" - Denoting purity of Christian doctrine and character. "Five of them were wise", or, provident; "five were foolish", which might be translated careless; Matthew 25:1-12. The state of Jews and professing Christians - the state of the visible Church at the time of the destruction of Jerusalem, and in the day of judgment: for the parable appears to relate to both those periods. And particularly at the time in which Christ shall come to judge the world, it shall appear what kind of reception his Gospel has met with. This parable, or something very like it, is found in the Jewish records: in a treatise entitled Reshith Chocmah, we read thus: "... Repent whilst thou hast strength to do it, whilst thy lamp burns, and thy oil is not extinguished; for if thy lamp be gone out, thy oil will profit thee nothing." The necessity of being constantly prepared to appear before God, Matthew 25:13. "watch therefore" If to watch be to employ ourselves chiefly about the business of our salvation, alas! how few of those who are called Christians are there who do watch! How many who slumber! How many who are asleep! How many seized with a lethargy! How many quite dead! "wherein the Son of man cometh" these words are omitted by most versions. We must be ready, Always. Amen.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   July 5, 2015 Bulletin

Christ's Coming Could Be Anytime

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"Take ye heed, watch and pray" "For ye know not what hour your Lord doth come"
Luke 21:24 70AD Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be Fulfilled. When you study the Olivet address in the 3 synoptic Gospels said Take ye heed, watch and pray cf: Matthew24, Mark 13 & Luke 21 Luke is plain abomination of desolation is when Roman army surrounded Jerusalem cf: Luke 21:20 Jesus plainly teaches there is a long period of time between the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD and His 2nd Coming in Power and Glory. Other highly learned brethren such as J.W. Mc Garvey, B.W. Johnson's Peoples New Testament Commentary, and James Burton Coffman's Commentary have a slightly different understanding of the 2nd Coming of Christ that: Matthew 24:27-34 is like types and shadows and applies to both 70 AD destruction and the 2nd coming when compared to Luke 21:20-24. Watch and Pray it can happen anytime Matthew 24:34-51


Invitation: Prayers Requested   June 28, 2015 Bulletin

"Until the Times of the Gentiles be Fulfilled"

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Luke 21:24 70AD Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be Fulfilled. When you study the Olivet address in the 3 synoptic Gospels side cf: Matthew24, Mark 13 & Luke 21 Luke makes it plain the abomination of desolation is when the Roman army surrounded Jerusalem & showed their idolatrous standards (like a flag) with an eagle upon a pole cf: Luke 21:20And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then ye know the desolation thre of is nigh. Jesus plainly teaches a long period of time between the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD and His 2nd Coming in Power and Glory. Other highly learned brethren such as J.W. McGarvey, B.W. Johnson's Peoples New Testament Commentary, and James Burton Coffman's Commentary have a slightly different understanding of the 2nd Coming of Christ regarding: Matthew 24:27-31 when compared to Luke 21:20-24. Matthew 24:34-51


Invitation: Prayers Requested   June 21, 2015 Bulletin

The Coming of Christ in the Destruction of Jerusalem (Part 2)

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Jesus plainly says these things would take place in that generation - 40 years Matthew 24:34. It was 40 years between His crucifixion in 30 AD & destruction of Jerusalem by Titus of Rome in 70AD. What we have is the use of figurative language such as Isaiah 13 where God describes the destruction of Babylon in the same figurative language. Just a metaphor for I'll knock your lights out. Jesus uses this metaphor to describe the coming destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD cf: Isaiah 13:10 with Matthew 24:29. Matthew 24:1-11 cf; II Corinthians 11:13-15, Matthew 24:12-14, cf Mark 16:20, Romans 10:13-18, Colossians 1:5-6, Colossians 1:23 & I Thessalonians1:6-8, Matthew 24:15 cf: Daniel 9:1-2 cf, Jeremiah 25:10 & 29:10 & Daniel 9:24-27. 69 "weeks" of years is Sabbath years or 7 years. 69 X 7= 483 years till Messiah Comes. 457BC Commandment rebuild Jerusalem less 483 years is 26AD the year Jesus began His ministry. Jesus preached 3 1/2 years was cut off and thereby caused the sacrifice in the temple to cease having any efficacy the last 3 1/2 years is reckoned from 66 AD. Jews rebelled to 70AD when with the abomination of desolation the Roman army surrounded Jerusalem & showed their idolatrous standards (like a flag) with an eagle upon a pole. The word coming often used Old Testament describe God Coming in Judgment cf: Isaiah 13 same language used for Babylon, Ezekiel 32:1ff same language about Egypt & Joel 2:1ff uses the same language to prophecy the destruction of Judah by Babylon & the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD Note after Spirit poured out Joel 2:28-32


Invitation: Prayers Requested   June 14, 2015 Bulletin

The Coming of Christ in the Destruction of Jerusalem (Part 1)

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Most teach the 24th chapter of Matthew is talking about the end of the world when Jesus plainly says these things would take place in that generation meaning 40 years Matthew 24:34. It was 40 years between His crucifixion in 30 AD & the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus of Rome in 70AD. What we have is the use of figurative language such as Isaiah 13 where God describes the destruction of Babylon in the same figurative language. Just a metaphor for I'll knock your lights out. Jesus uses this metaphor to describe the coming destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD cf: Isaiah 13:10 with Matthew 24:29. Matthew 24:1-11 cf; II Corinthians 11:13-15, Matthew 24:12-14, cf Mark 16:20, Romans 10:13-18, Colossians 1:5-6, Colossians 1:23 & I Thessalonians1:6-8, Matthew 24:15 cf: Daniel 9:1-2 cf, Jeremiah 25:10 & 29:10 & Daniel 9:24-27 The abomination of desolation was when the Roman army surrounded Jerusalem & showed their idolatrous standards (like a flag) with an eagle upon a pole. The word coming often used Old Testament describe God Coming in Judgment cf: Isaiah 13 same language used for Babylon, Ezekiel 32:1ff same language about Egypt & Joel 2:1ff uses the same language to prophecy the destruction of Judah by Babylon & the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD Note after Spirit poured out Joel 2:28-32


Invitation: Prayers Requested   June 7, 2015 Bulletin

The Church: A Fellowship of Believers is Born

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After Peter Preaches the 1st Gospel Sermon he sums up the sermon in Acts 2:36 Jesus was made both Lord and Christ. The people cry "What must we do?" V:37 and Peter gives them 2 imperatives "repent and be baptized" which are figures of speech called a synecdoche in which a part is represented as a whole. Note belief, faith & confessing Christ as Lord is left out of the figure of speech. Much like saying "I'm just working to get a roof over my head" in which "roof" stands for a whole house. Therefore the terms of salvation are everything God has said in the N.T. to be saved. The 2 Promises are "remission of sins and the gift (ordinary) of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:39 shows the perpetual nature of the plan of salvation discussed above. Acts 2:40 better translated "be saved or allow yourself to be saved" by coming to God in the appointed way. Acts 2:41 3,000 baptized and saved on Pentecost Vs: 3,000 killed at the giving of the Law. Acts 2:42 primitive original Christian worship is described. Cf: II Timothy 2:2 Acts 2:43 The Apostles continue to work "wonders and signs" Acts 2:44-46 special gifts were necessary to care for the first 3,000 while they stayed in Jerusalem and were taught. Acts 2:47 The Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved


Invitation: Prayers Requested   May 31, 2015 Bulletin

The First Gospel Sermon Teaching How to "Call Upon the Name of the Lord"

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Baptism of the Holy Spirit Matthew 3:11-12, John the baptizer Luke 24:49 Jesus says it is a promise of the Father & they will have "power from on high" & in Acts 1:8 Jesus says that the power is "The Holy Ghost". Acts 1:26 & 2:1. Chapter & verse divisions were not in the original Bible. Here we have unfortunate chapter break. Acts 2:1 must be read with 1:26 to understand who's being spoken of. "they were all with one accord" The word "they" is an antecedent. Antecedents always refer back to the last-named noun. Which is: "Mathias & he was numbered with the eleven apostles." Thus "Apostles" is the antecedent of "they" in Acts 2:1 Many make the mistake thinking that the 120 in Acts 1:15 is spoken of in Acts 2:1. Acts 2:2 "as of a rushing mighty wind" It was not a rushing mighty wind, it was the same sound. Acts 2:3 "cloven tongues like as of fire" Similarity denies that it is the same. It was not actual tongues of fire, it was "like as of fire".  Acts 1:4 the result of this baptism is the apostles' speaking in tongues, languages they had not studied cf: Acts 2:1ff. Acts 1:5-21 A study of "the last days" cf: Joel 2:28ff.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   May 24, 2015 Bulletin

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

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Baptism of the Holy Spirit Matthew 3:11-12, John the baptizer Luke 24:49 Jesus says it is a promise of the Father & they will have "power from on high" & in Acts 1:8 Jesus says that the power is "The Holy Ghost". Acts 1:26 & 2:1. Chapter & verse divisions were not in the original Bible. Here we have unfortunate chapter break. Acts 2:1 must be read with 1:26 to understand who's being spoken of. "they were all with one accord" The word "they" is an antecedent. Antecedents always refer back to the last-named noun. Which is: "Mathias & he was numbered with the eleven apostles." Thus "Apostles" is the antecedent of "they" in Acts 2:1 Many make the mistake thinking that the 120 in Acts 1:15 is spoken of in Acts 2:1. Acts 2:2 "as of a rushing mighty wind" It was not a rushing mighty wind, it was the same sound. Acts 2:3 "cloven tongues like as of fire" Similarity denies that it is the same. It was not actual tongues of fire, it was "like as of fire".  Acts 1:4 the result of this baptism is the apostles' speaking in tongues, languages they had not studied cf: Acts 2:1ff. Acts 1:5-21 A study of "the last days" cf: Joel 2:28ff.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   May 17, 2015 Bulletin

Eye Witness: Introduction to The Book of Acts (Part 2)

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Most of Acts is written in 3rd person. The story says: "they did "or "he did ". Later some verses use 1st person plural "we". Acts 16:10-18, Acts 20:5-15, Acts 21:1-18, Acts 27:1, Acts 28:16, thus, the "we" author witness to"we" sections. Purpose writing Books of Luke & Acts tell words & deeds of Jesus Luke & World conquest by Gospel in Acts. Introduction Luke 1:1-4 states purpose. Read Luke 24 with Acts 1. Several threads tie Luke & Acts together: Theophilus cf: Acts 1:1A cf: Luke 1:1-4. Acts 1:1B. He worked a miracle & taught from it. "Do & teach" cf: Luke 24:19. Acts 1:2A Taken up cf: Luke 24:51. Acts 1:2B Given commandments cf: Mark 16:15-16 & Matthew 28:18-20. "To whom" whom" antecedent that refers back to the nearest named noun which is "Apostle" in verse 2. Acts 1:3A "Many infallible proofs" cf: Luke 24:36-43. Acts 1:3B Kingdom of God cf: Luke 24:46-47. Acts 1:4 Wait for the promise cf: Luke 24:49. Acts 1:5 Apostles baptized w/ Holy Ghost cf: Matthew 3:11-12 & the lesson on John 13, 14, 15, & 16. Acts 1:6 Jesus promised the Kingdom to come during lifetime of apostles in Mark 9:1. Acts 1:7 Don't worry about the time, cf: I Thessalonians 5:1ff. the Kingdom of God come with Power cf: Mark 9:1, Acts 1:8A & Power when Holy Ghost comes upon the Apostles, with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8B Apostles witnesses unto the all the earth, Acts 1:21-22, Acts 2:32, Acts 3:15, Acts 5:32, Acts 10:39-41, Acts 22:14-15, Acts 23:11, Acts 26:13-16, II Peter 1:13-21. Acts 1:9 Is a view from earth & Daniel 7:13-14, is a view of the same event in Heaven. At His Ascension to the Father cf: Acts 2:30-32. Acts 1:10-11 He will come from Heaven again the same way He went cf: Revelations 1:7.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   May 10, 2015 Bulletin

Eye Witness: Introduction to The Book of Acts (Part 1)

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Most of Acts is written in 3rd person. The story says: "they did "or "he did ". Later some verses use 1st person plural "we". Acts 16:10-18, Acts 20:5-15, Acts 21:1-18, Acts 27:1, Acts 28:16, thus, the "we" author witness to"we" sections. Purpose writing Books of Luke & Acts tell words & deeds of Jesus Luke & World conquest by Gospel in Acts. Introduction Luke 1:1-4 states purpose. Read Luke 24 with Acts 1. Several threads tie Luke & Acts together: Theophilus cf: Acts 1:1A cf: Luke 1:1-4. Acts 1:1B. He worked a miracle & taught from it. "Do & teach" cf: Luke 24:19. Acts 1:2A Taken up cf: Luke 24:51. Acts 1:2B Given commandments cf: Mark 16:15-16 & Matthew 28:18-20. "To whom" whom" antecedent that refers back to the nearest named noun which is "Apostle" in verse 2. Acts 1:3A "Many infallible proofs" cf: Luke 24:36-43. Acts 1:3B Kingdom of God cf: Luke 24:46-47. Acts 1:4 Wait for the promise cf: Luke 24:49. Acts 1:5 Apostles baptized w/ Holy Ghost cf: Matthew 3:11-12 & the lesson on John 13, 14, 15, & 16. Acts 1:6 Jesus promised the Kingdom to come during lifetime of apostles in Mark 9:1. Acts 1:7 Don't worry about the time, cf: I Thessalonians 5:1ff. the Kingdom of God come with Power cf: Mark 9:1, Acts 1:8A & Power when Holy Ghost comes upon the Apostles, with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8B Apostles witnesses unto the all the earth, Acts 1:21-22, Acts 2:32, Acts 3:15, Acts 5:32, Acts 10:39-41, Acts 22:14-15, Acts 23:11, Acts 26:13-16, II Peter 1:13-21. Acts 1:9 Is a view from earth & Daniel 7:13-14, is a view of the same event in Heaven. At His Ascension to the Father cf: Acts 2:30-32. Acts 1:10-11 He will come from Heaven again the same way He went cf: Revelations 1:7.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   May 3, 2015 Bulletin

The Gospel Teaching on Resurrection (Part 2)

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The doctrine of Christ's resurrection according to the Scriptures is The Gospel.  I Corinthians 15:1-4, What Scriptures? Isaiah 53:8-10. Jesus the resurrected Christ, seen by over 500 witnesses plus the Apostles, I Corinthians 15:5-7, Paul's Apostleship, I Corinthians 15:8-10, II Corinthians 11:23-28. All the Apostles preached & believed the same things, I Corinthians 15:11. There is a Judaizing false teacher at Corinth I Corinthians 15:12. Paul takes a negative argument, I Corinthians 15:13-19. On the contrary, Paul says "but now is Christ risen" & first-fruits are proof of a coming great harvest, I Corinthians 15:20. Christ the second Adam, I Corinthians 15:21-22. There is order in the Resurrection, I Corinthians 15:23. At the end of time, Christ will deliver up the Kingdom, the people of Christ or the Church of Christ, to God, I Corinthians 15:24. Christ reigns as a King now, cf: Psalm 110:1-4, Acts 2:30, & Hebrews 1:1-9. Christ rules over all things, I Corinthians 15:27-28. Baptized for the dead is one of the hardest verses in the New Testament to understand. In my opinion, Paul is saying that they are being baptized knowing full well that it will lead to their martyrdom & death. Note the context. I Corinthians 15:29-30, cf: II Corinthians 11:22ff. A wake to righteousness, I Corinthians 15:31-34. Paul now states the obvious question of the false teacher in Corinth, I Corinthians 15:35-36. Paul will answer by similitude, I Corinthians 15:36-38, & he answers the same question by application I Corinthians 15:39-41. Greater & different degrees of splendor in the Resurrection, I Corinthians 15:41-44. Christ the second Adam, I Corinthians 15:45-49, cf: Rom. 5:14-21. The second coming of Christ in Power & Glory is one event, I Corinthians 15:50-57, cf: Matthew 25:31ff, I Thessalonians 4:13 thru Chap 5:7, II Peter 3:1-18. The work of the Lord, I Corinthians 15:58, is, John 6:29


Invitation: Prayers Requested   April 26, 2015 Bulletin

The Gospel Teaching on Resurrection (Part 1)

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The doctrine of Christ's resurrection according to the Scriptures is The Gospel.  I Corinthians 15:1-4, What Scriptures? Isaiah 53:8-10. Jesus the resurrected Christ, seen by over 500 witnesses plus the Apostles, I Corinthians 15:5-7, Paul's Apostleship, I Corinthians 15:8-10, II Corinthians 11:23-28. All the Apostles preached & believed the same things, I Corinthians 15:11. There is a Judaizing false teacher at Corinth I Corinthians 15:12. Paul takes a negative argument, I Corinthians 15:13-19. On the contrary, Paul says "but now is Christ risen" & first-fruits are proof of a coming great harvest, I Corinthians 15:20. Christ the second Adam, I Corinthians 15:21-22. There is order in the Resurrection, I Corinthians 15:23. At the end of time, Christ will deliver up the Kingdom, the people of Christ or the Church of Christ, to God, I Corinthians 15:24. Christ reigns as a King now, cf: Psalm 110:1-4, Acts 2:30, & Hebrews 1:1-9. Christ rules over all things, I Corinthians 15:27-28. Baptized for the dead is one of the hardest verses in the New Testament to understand. In my opinion, Paul is saying that they are being baptized knowing full well that it will lead to their martyrdom & death. Note the context. I Corinthians 15:29-30, cf: II Corinthians 11:22ff. A wake to righteousness, I Corinthians 15:31-34. Paul now states the obvious question of the false teacher in Corinth, I Corinthians 15:35-36. Paul will answer by similitude, I Corinthians 15:36-38, & he answers the same question by application I Corinthians 15:39-41. Greater & different degrees of splendor in the Resurrection, I Corinthians 15:41-44. Christ the second Adam, I Corinthians 15:45-49, cf: Rom. 5:14-21. The second coming of Christ in Power & Glory is one event, I Corinthians 15:50-57, cf: Matthew 25:31ff, I Thessalonians 4:13 thru Chap 5:7, II Peter 3:1-18. The work of the Lord, I Corinthians 15:58, is, John 6:29


Invitation: Prayers Requested   April 19, 2015 Bulletin

Resurrection of the Messiah Prophesied

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Psalm 2:1-12: This Psalm is Remarkable for its eloquent change of persons. It is like a heavenly stage play with different people who speak. Psalm 2:1-2 The Prophet Speaks & foretells of the coming Messiah or Christ.  How do you know this prophecy is of Christ? An inspired Apostle tells me I am tracking this Psalm correctly cf: Acts 4:25 ff. Psalm 2:3 The Enemies Speak Psalm 2:4-5 The Prophet Answers the Enemies Cf: Luke 21:20  Psalm 2:6 God Speaks cf: Hebrews 12:22. Psalm 2:7 The Messiah Speaks cf: Son Luke 1:31,  Matthew 3:13ff, Matthew 17:5ff, II Peter 1:15, Acts 13:33, Romans 1:3-4, Hebrews 1:1-6 & Hebrews 5:5. Psalm 2:8-9. God Answers the Messiah cf: Revelation 2:27, Revelations 12:5 & Rev, 19:15. Psalm 2:10-12, Prophet encourages Enemies to submit to God & His Messiah cf: Hebrews 6:18 & Ephesians 1:17-23


Invitation: Prayers Requested   April 12, 2015 Bulletin

Resurrection of Jesus, He "is risen"

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The women coming early to the sepulcher on the first day of the week, bringing their spices, find the stone rolled away, and the tomb empty, Luke 24:1-3. They see a vision of angels, who announce Christ's resurrection, Luke 24:4-8. The women return and tell this to the eleven, Luke 24:9, Luke 24:10. They believe not, but Peter goes and examines the tomb, Luke 24:11, Luke 24:12. Christ, unknown, appears to two of the disciples who were going to Emmaus, and converses with them, vv. 13-29. While they are eating together, he makes himself known, and immediately disappears, Luke 24:30, Luke 24:31. They return to Jerusalem, and announce his resurrection to the rest of the disciples, Luke 24:3235. Jesus himself appears to them, and gives them many infallible proofs of the reality of his resurrection, Luke 24:36-43. He preaches to them, gives them the promise of the Holy Spirit, and commissions them: Luke 24:44-49. He takes them to Bethany, and ascends to heaven in their sight, Luke 24:50, Luke 24:51. They worship him, and return to Jerusalem, Luke 24:52, Luke 24:53.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   April 5, 2015 Bulletin

Psalm 22: Prophecy of Jesus' Resurrection

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Psalm 22:1 Prophecy by King David written 1,000 BC V:1 fulfilled cf: Matthew 27:45-46; Psalm 22:1-7 fulfilled cf: Matthew 27:39; Psalm 22:8 their words-cf: Matthew 27:43; Psalm 22:9-15 thrust fulfilled cf: John 19:28, brought to the dust of death Genesis 3:19; Psalm 22:16 dogs Hebrew keh-leb male prostitute; pierced hands & feet fulfilled cf: John 20:24-39; Psalm 22:17-18 cast lots fulfilled cf: John 19:23-24; Psalm 22:19-22 fulfilled each Lord's day cf: Hebrews 2:12 because of Matthew 18:20; Psalm 22:23-26 shall live forever John 11:25-26; Psalm 22:27-28 governor fulfilled Matthew 28:18:20; Psalm 22:29 fat upon the earth cf:  Deuteronomy 32:14-15, Eat  Worship - fulfilled Cf: John 18:28; Psalm  22:29 all they that go down to the dust shall bow before Him cf: Romans 14:11-12 & Philippians 2:9-11; Psalm 22:30 seed child cf: Genesis 3:15; Psalm 22:31 declare His righteousness Romans 1:16-17 & 3:21-26


Invitation: Prayers Requested   March 29, 2015 Bulletin

The Suffering Servant (Part 2)

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Isaiah 53 is a prophecy of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ which is the Gospel cf: I Corinthians 15:1-4 written about 750 years before it happened. When is a Prophet a Prophet? When everything he says comes to pass cf: Deuteronomy 18:21-22. Only God knows and can tell the future cf: Isaiah 41:2122 & 46:9-10. As much as the Jews today try to blame the Romans it was the Jews who pre-meditated the murder of their Messiah John 1:11-12 & 11:47-50. The Suffering Servant. The Jews claim this 53rd chapter of Isaiah is talking about the suffering of the nation of Israel. In this chapter, the personal pronoun "He" is used 18 times, "His" is used 13 times, & "Him" is used 10 times, which means God used personal pronouns 41 times to prove this coming Messiah will suffer for the sins of the people. Furthermore, He is contrasted to the people in v 8. Isaiah 53:1A, Paul quotes this verse in Rom. 10:16, & says Isaiah is talking about Jesus Isaiah 53:1B, cf: Exodus 6:6.atonement Isaiah 53:2-4. Stripes Isaiah 53:5 cf: Matthew 27:26, All men are sinners Isaiah 53:6, cf: Romans 3:10-20. Opened not His mouth Isaiah 53:7, cf: John 19:10. Isaiah 53:8 Prison cf: Matthew 27:27-29, "Judgment" cf: Matthew 27:19,Messiah to be Killed, Isaiah 53:8.crucified between two thieves, "Wicked" cf: Matthew 27:38. Isaiah 53:9A. Buried rich man's tomb, Isaiah 53:9B, Matthew 27:57-60. God will see His "seed or child, & prolong His days, Isaiah 53:10, How? resurrect Him from the Grave, Genesis 3:15 & Galatians 3:16, Because of His atonement, He is now called a righteous Servant, Isaiah 53:11, cf: II Corinthians 5:21, who will justify many & Rom. 3:21ff. Isaiah 53:12, there is one mediator between God and men Jesus Christ I Timothy 2:5


Invitation: Prayers Requested   March 22, 2015 Bulletin

The Suffering Servant (Part 1)

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God's Servant to Die. Isaiah 42:1-4, Isaiah 42:6-7; Isaiah 49:1, cf: Luke 1:31-33.sword, cf: Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews4:12, & Revelations 1:16., Isaiah 49:3, cf: Luke 22:24-27.Isaiah 49:5-6, cf: Acts 13:47.Isaiah 49:8 cf: I Corinthians 6:2. Isaiah 49:16; Isaiah 50:4 cf: Matthew 22:41-46, Isaiah 50:5-6, cf: Matthew 27:26.cf: Matthew 26:66-68; Isaiah 50:7-11.Isaiah 52:13 cf: John 3:14, 8:28 & 12:32-33, Isaiah 52:14-15, cf: Rom. 15:21. The Suffering Servant. The Jews claim this 53rd chapter of Isaiah is talking about the suffering of the nation of Israel. In this chapter, the personal pronoun "He" is used 18 times, "His" is used 13 times, & "Him" is used 10 times, which means God used personal pronouns 41 times to prove this coming Messiah will suffer for the sins of the people. Furthermore, He is contrasted to the people in v 8. Isaiah 53:1A, Additionally, Paul quotes this verse in Rom. 10:16, & says Isaiah is talking about Jesus Isaiah 53:1B, cf: Exodus 6:6.atonement Isaiah 53:2-4. Stripes Isaiah 53:5 cf:Matthew 27:26, All sinners Isaiah 53:6, cf: Romans 3:10-20. Opened not His mouth Isaiah 53:7, cf John 19:10. Isaiah 53:8 Prison cf: Matthew 27:27-29, "Judgment" cf: Matthew 27:19,to be Killed, Isaiah 53:8.crucified between two thieves, "Wicked" cf: Matthew 27:38. Isaiah 53:9A. Buried rich man's tomb, Isaiah 53:9B, Matthew 27:57-60. God will see His "seed or child, & prolong His days, Isaiah 53:10, How? resurrect Him from the Grave, Genesis 3:15 & Galatians 3:16, Because of His atonement, He is now called a righteous Servant, Isaiah 53:11, cf: II Corinthians 5:21, who will justify many & Rom. 3:21ff. Isaiah 53:12, there is just one mediator between God and men I Timothy 2:5


Invitation: Prayers Requested   March 15, 2015 Bulletin

Hebrews 12

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Having so many incitements to holiness, patience, and perseverance, we should lay aside every hindrance, and run with patience the race that is set before us, taking our blessed Lord for our example, Hebrews 12:1-4, cf: I Corinthians 9:24-27 & Phillipians 3:13-14. These sufferings are to be considered as fatherly chastisements from God, and to be patiently submitted to on account of the benefits to be derived from them, Hebrews 12:5-11. They should take courage and go forward, Hebrews 12:12, Hebrews 12:13. Directions to follow peace with all men, and to take heed that they fall not from the grace of God, Hebrews 12:14, Hebrews 12:15. References to the case of Esau, Hebrews 12:16, Hebrews 12:17. The privileges of Christians, compared with those of the Jews, by which the superior excellence of Christianity is shown, Hebrews 12:18-24. They must take care not to reject Jesus, who now addressed them from heaven, and who was shortly to be their Judge, Hebrews 12:25-27. As they were called to receive a kingdom, they should have grace, whereby they might serve God acceptably, Hebrews 12:28, Hebrews 12:29.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   March 8, 2015 Bulletin

From Death & Slavery to Eternal Life

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Psalm 23:1-6, David's confidence in The Great Shepherd - John 10:11, 10:14, Hebrews 13:20, I Peter 2:35, 5:4; John 11:1-44, Christ raises Lazarus after Four Days Dead; Romans 1:16-20, the Power of God unto Salvation; I Corinthians 15:1-4, the Gospel of Christ's Resurrection; Romans 6:1-14, Obeying the Gospel and Crucifying the body of sin.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   March 1, 2015 Bulletin

Hebrews 12

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Hebrews 12 Having so many incitements to holiness, patience, and perseverance, we should lay aside every hindrance, and run with patience the race that is set before us, taking our blessed Lord for our example, Hebrews 12:1-4. These sufferings are to be considered as fatherly chastisements from God, and to be patiently submitted to on account of the benefits to be derived from them, Hebrews 12:5-11. They should take courage and go forward, Hebrews 12:12, Hebrews 12:13. Directions to follow peace with all men, and to take heed that they fall not from the grace of God, Hebrews 12:14, Hebrews 12:15. References to the case of Esau, Hebrews 12:16, Hebrews 12:17. The privileges of Christians, compared with those of the Jews, by which the superior excellence of Christianity is shown, Hebrews 12:18-24. They must take care not to reject Jesus, who now addressed them from heaven, and who was shortly to be their Judge, Hebrews 12:25-27. As they were called to receive a kingdom, they should have grace, whereby they might serve God acceptably, Hebrews 12:28, Hebrews 12:29.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   February 22, 2015 Bulletin

Faith: Hebrews 11 (Part 2)

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A definition of faith, Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 11:2. What are its immediate objects, Hebrews 11:3. What are its effects, instanced in Abel, Hebrews 11:4. In Enoch, Hebrews 11:5, Hebrews 11:6. In Noah, Hebrews 11:7. In Abraham, Hebrews 11:8-10. In Sara, Hebrews 11:11. In their righteous posterity, Hebrews 11:12-16; In Abraham's offering of his son Isaac, Hebrews 11:17-19. In Isaac, Hebrews 11:20. In Jacob, Hebrews 11:21. In Joseph, Hebrews 11:22. In Moses, Hebrews 11:23-28. In the Israelites in the wilderness, Hebrews 11:29. In the fall of Jericho, Hebrews 11:30. In Rahab, Hebrews 11:31. In several of the judges, and in David, Samuel, and the prophets, Hebrews 11:32-34. The glorious effects produced by it in the primitive martyrs, Hebrews 11:35-40.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   February 15, 2015 Bulletin

Faith: Hebrews 11 (Part 1)

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A definition of faith, Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 11:2. What are its immediate objects, Hebrews 11:3. What are its effects, instanced in Abel, Hebrews 11:4. In Enoch, Hebrews 11:5, Hebrews 11:6. In Noah, Hebrews 11:7. In Abraham, Hebrews 11:8-10. In Sara, Hebrews 11:11. In their righteous posterity, Hebrews 11:12-16; In Abraham's offering of his son Isaac, Hebrews 11:17-19. In Isaac, Hebrews 11:20. In Jacob, Hebrews 11:21. In Joseph, Hebrews 11:22. In Moses, Hebrews 11:23-28. In the Israelites in the wilderness, Hebrews 11:29. In the fall of Jericho, Hebrews 11:30. In Rahab, Hebrews 11:31. In several of the judges, and in David, Samuel, and the prophets, Hebrews 11:32-34. The glorious effects produced by it in the primitive martyrs, Hebrews 11:35-40.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   February 8, 2015 Bulletin

The Beatitudes and the Maledictions: Blessings and Curses

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OT words for Blessed: Barak-to cause to kneel in adoration; &, Esher-Happy. God blesses (barak) Adam & Eve, Genesis 1:26-28; Noah, Genesis 9:1; & Abraham, Genesis 12:1-3. God curses serpent, Genesis 3:14; ground, 3:17; Cain, 4:11; & Canaan, 9:25. Deuteronomy 27 Blessing/Curses pronounced: Mt Gerazim blessings, Mt Ebal cursings, cf: Jos 8:30-34. Deuteronomy 28 contrasts vs 1-14 blessings: vs 15-68 curses. David's Beatitudes: Psalm 1:1; 32:1-2; 33:12; 34:8; 37:26 (Barak); 40:4; 41:1; 65:4; 84:5, 12; 89:15; 94:12; 112:1; 128:1. Two words in NT for Blessed: Eulogio - to adore, to praise; Makarios - to be happy. Jesus' Beatitudes from Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:1-12; Greek for blessed is Makarios. Beatitudes & woes from Sermon on the Plain. Luke 6:12-28. In V28 the word "bless" is Eulogio. Jesus separates sheep from goats, Matthew 25:31-46. V34. "come ye Blessed (eulogio) of My Father, inherit the kingdom..." the blessing is in the inheritance. V41. "depart from me ye cursed..." How do we obtain blessings & not the curse? Jas 1:25, 2:8. Look into perfect law of liberty-Royal Law. And do. Love God & thy neighbor. ICo 16:22 If any man love not Lord Jesus Christ let him be Anathema Maranatha.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   February 1, 2015 Bulletin

Will God Forgive Me or Have I Committed the "Unforgiveable Sin?"

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Hebrews 10 v.1 Not the things, the shadow; v.2 offered over & over; v.3 daily, monthly, yearly; v.4 animal blood pointed toward Lamb; v.5 Christ's Body needed, Psalm 40:6-8; v.6 not His will, Leviticus 1:17 & 4:1 thru 5:13; v.7 Christ comes; v.8 Levitical sacrifices don't please God; v.10 sins removed; v.11 not good enough; v.12 One Sacrifice & Done; v.13 enemies conquered; v.14 sanctified, Hebrews 2:11, 10:10, 10:29, I Co 1:2; v.15 perfected; v.16 covenant, Jeremiah 31:33-34, Hebrews 8:10; v.17 remembered no more; v.18 remission; v.19 assurance of heaven; v.20 Christ is THE WAY; v.21 High Priest; v.22 heart/spirit cleansed, Titus 3:5, Act 22:16; v.23 cling to faith; v.24 care for each other; v.25 temptation to stay away from church; v.26 deliberately trample Christ's will; v.27 only judgment ahead, Hebrews 6:1 - those that oppose Jesus, Matthew 12:22-37; v.28 willfully rebelled - death, Numbers 15:30-36, Deu13:6-10; v.29 rejected; v.30 vengeance; v.31 fearful; v.32 persecution; v.33 reproached; v.34 sympathy; v.35 trial; v.36 patience, Ro 5:3-5; v.37 Christ coming, Habakkuk 2; v.38 faith, Habakkuk 2:4, Psalm 5:4; v.39 live by faith.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   January 25, 2015 Bulletin

Types & Shadows: The Church & The Temple (Part 2)

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The OT Tabernacle & Temple were a material, or, physical form of worship commanded in Exodus 40. Hebrews 10:1, & 8:5-6. Shadows: Hebrews 8:5-6, Hebrews 9:1; Perfect Sacrifice, Exodus 20:22; Lamb, Jn 1:29; Horn, I Co 5:7, Exodus 29:38, Lk 1:69, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 132:17, Hebrews 6:18; living sacrifice, Ro 12:1-2; Laver, Exodus 19:5-6, Act 2:38-39, Ti 3:5, Galatians 3:27; anointed, Exodus 30:22-33, Leviticus 14: & 27, Hebrews 1:9, Act 2:38, & 47, Ephesians 2:19-22; tabernacle, Hebrews 9:2, I Peter 2:5-9; candlestick, Exodus 25:31-40, Matthew 5:14-16; shewbread, Leviticus 24:5-9, Matthew 26:26-30; Holy of Holies, Hebrews 9:3; incense, Lk 1:8-10. Direct access, Matthew 27:51, Revelations 5:8, Hebrews 10:19-22. Contents of Holy of Holies: ark of the covenant, Hebrews 9:4, Leviticus 16:12, Exodus 25:10-16; gold pot, Exodus 16:32-34; Aaron's rod, Numbers 17:1-11; tables, Deuteronomy 10:1-5; cherubims, Hebrews 9:5, Genesis 3:24. 1st tabernacle, Hebrews 9:6; 2nd tabernacle, Hebrews 9:7, Leviticus 16:11-15, Exodus 30:10-25; Veil still intact, Hebrews 9:8; figures, Hebrews 9:9; flesh, Hebrews 9:10; Christ the High Priest, Hebrews 9:11; Christ's blood, Hebrews 9:12, Hebrews 7:22-27; bulls & goats, Hebrews 9:13, Numbers 19:21; blood of Christ, Hebrews 9:14; mediator, Hebrews 9:15; inheritance, Hebrews 9:16-17; without blood, Hebrews 9:18; Moses sprinkled blood , Hebrews 9:19-23, Exodus 24:1-8, (Exodus 21-23), Exodus 40:9-15, Leviticus 8:24, Leviticus 16:16, 19, & 33, Hebrews 8:5; intercedes, Hebrews 9:24-25; Christ suffers once, Hebrews 9:26; judgment, Hebrews 9:27; sin offering, Hebrews 9:28.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   January 18, 2015 Bulletin

Types & Shadows: The Church & The Temple (Part 1)

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The OT Tabernacle & Temple were a material, or, physical form of worship commanded in Exodus 40. Hebrews 10:1, & 8:5-6. Shadows: Hebrews 8:5-6, Hebrews 9:1; Perfect Sacrifice, Exodus 20:22; Lamb, Jn 1:29; Horn, I Co 5:7, Exodus 29:38, Lk 1:69, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 132:17, Hebrews 6:18; living sacrifice, Ro 12:1-2; Laver, Exodus 19:5-6, Act 2:38-39, Ti 3:5, Galatians 3:27; anointed, Exodus 30:22-33, Leviticus 14: & 27, Hebrews 1:9, Act 2:38, & 47, Ephesians 2:19-22; tabernacle, Hebrews 9:2, I Peter 2:5-9; candlestick, Exodus 25:31-40, Matthew 5:14-16; shewbread, Leviticus 24:5-9, Matthew 26:26-30; Holy of Holies, Hebrews 9:3; incense, Lk 1:8-10. Direct access, Matthew 27:51, Revelations 5:8, Hebrews 10:19-22. Contents of Holy of Holies: ark of the covenant, Hebrews 9:4, Leviticus 16:12, Exodus 25:10-16; gold pot, Exodus 16:32-34; Aaron's rod, Numbers 17:1-11; tables, Deuteronomy 10:1-5; cherubims, Hebrews 9:5, Genesis 3:24. 1st tabernacle, Hebrews 9:6; 2nd tabernacle, Hebrews 9:7, Leviticus 16:11-15, Exodus 30:10-25; Veil still intact, Hebrews 9:8; figures, Hebrews 9:9; flesh, Hebrews 9:10; Christ the High Priest, Hebrews 9:11; Christ's blood, Hebrews 9:12, Hebrews 7:22-27; bulls & goats, Hebrews 9:13, Numbers 19:21; blood of Christ, Hebrews 9:14; mediator, Hebrews 9:15; inheritance, Hebrews 9:16-17; without blood, Hebrews 9:18; Moses sprinkled blood , Hebrews 9:19-23, Exodus 24:1-8, (Exodus 21-23), Exodus 40:9-15, Leviticus 8:24, Leviticus 16:16, 19, & 33, Hebrews 8:5; intercedes, Hebrews 9:24-25; Christ suffers once, Hebrews 9:26; judgment, Hebrews 9:27; sin offering, Hebrews 9:28.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   January 11, 2015 Bulletin

Daniel's 70 Weeks of Years - Daniel 9:1-27

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Jeremiah prophesizes 70 years of captivity cf Jeremiah 25:11-14 & 29:10 & II Chronicles 36:21 Daniel 9:1 Change of power caused Daniel to search the scriptures. The angel explains to Daniel, Daniel 9:24 These verses are dealing with the first coming of Christ not His second coming. Note Isaiah 53 says the Messiah will accomplish the same redemptive works found in this verse by sacrificing Himself for transgression cf: Isaiah 53:5, 8 &12, sin cf: Isaiah 53:10 & 12 iniquity cf: Isaiah 53:5, 6 &11. Additionally the Messiah is to bring in "everlasting righteousness" referring to the gospel and the church dispensation cf: Romans 1:16-17 & Romans 3:21-26. Daniel - 70 Weeks of Years Daniel 9:1 & 9:24-27, Sixty-Nine weeks of years until the Messiah comes.  69 times 7 years equals 483 years. The Principal Commandment was in 457 BC minus 483 years equals 26 AD the very year Jesus is baptized by John & begins His public ministry being "about 30". Luke 3:23.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   January 4, 2015 Bulletin

2007-2014 Sermons

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Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

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Jeremiah 25:11, Judah to be in captivity 70 years; Jeremiah 29:10-12. After 70 years a Remnant to return to the land; II Chronicles 36:21ff; Daniel 2:1ff God is speaking in figurative language using symbols: Great Image, Head of Gold-Babylonian Empire, Breast Silver - Medo-Persian Empire, Belly Brass - Greek Empire under Alexander the Great, Legs of Iron - The Roman Empire & Feet of Iron & Clay - Christians & non-Christians; Daniel 2:35, Stone strikes image of the 4 Kingdoms & becomes a great mountain, what mountain? cf: Isaiah 2:1ff, The Mountain of the Lords House Isaiah 11:1-16; What is the Stone? cf: Isaiah 8:13-14, Isaiah 28:11-16, Psalm 118:22, fulfillment cf: Matthew 21:42-46, Romans 9:32, Ephesians 2:19-22, Acts 4:9-12, Who are Priests? I Peter 2:1-9. What sacrifices does God desire in the Christian age? cf: Romans 12:1-2.


Invitation: Prayers Requested   December 28, 2014 Bulletin

Jesus Christ was Pre-existent Before His Earthly Birth

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Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning" does not mean that there was nothing prior to "In the beginning"; Jesus was foreordained before the foundation of the world, cf: I Peter 1:20 He hath chosen us in Him, before the foundation of the world, cf: Ephesians 1:4; God promised eternal life before in the beginning, cf: Titus 1:2; God's own purpose and grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, cf: II Timothy 1:9; The Creation Story, Genesis 1:1-3; Jesus Christ was the pre-existent Word of God with The Father and The Spirit before in the beginning, cf: John 1:1-12 & V:14; Hebrews 1:1, cf: Isaiah 28:9-10; Hebrews 1:2-5a, cf: Psalm 2:7, Hebrews 1:5b, cf: II Samuel 7:14; Hebrews 1:6-8, cf: Psalm 45:1-7, Acts 2:29-33, Psalm 132:11, Hebrews 1:9-13, cf: Psalm 110:1 & 4, Genesis 3:15, Galatians 3:16, Galatians 4:4, Isaiah 7:14, cf: Genesis 24:16 & 24:43; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 2:1-2 cf: Numbers 24:13-19, Matthew 2:3-12; Christ the King Jeremiah 33:15-17, Acts 2:30 & Psalm 132:11; Galatians 3:26-29.


Invitation: 12 for prayers. December 21, 2014 Bulletin

Birth of Jesus the Messiah was a Foreordained Plan

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This is a "foreordained" plan I Peter 1:20 in which we through the plan were "chosen in Him before the foundation of the world" Ephesians 1:4, Thus we have the "hope (assurance) of eternal life which God ... promised before the world began" Romans 16:16, Titus 1:2, II Timothy 1:9, Genesis 1:1-3, 1:27, 2:8-9 & 15-18, 3: 1-7 & 15 & 21, 9:8-9, Genesis 15:3-6; John 8:44, I Jon 2:16, Galatians 3:16, Genesis 49:10-11, 2 II Samuel 7:12-16, Matthew 2:4-6, Micah 5:2 & Micah 5:1, Psalms 22:1, 7, 8, 16, 18 cf John 19:23-24, Psalms 22:22 cf : Hebrews 2:12, Psalm 22:24, 26, 27, 29, cf: John 18:28, Psalm 22:30 "seed" & V:31; Isaiah 53:1 cf: Romans 10:16. Isaiah 53:8, 9 & 10 "seed", V:11-12. Jeremiah 22:30, Jeremiah 22:19, II Chr 36:5-6, Jeremiah 23:5-6, King of house of David to rule forever Jeremiah 33:15-17, Priesthood to endure Jeremiah 23:5-6, Jeremiah 33:15-17, 18, Zechariah 6:11-13. King: Act 2:30, Psalm 132:11, John 1:105 & 14, Hebrews 1:3-13, Hebrews 2:17-18, Hebrews 4:12-16, Hebrews 7:14, Revelations 5:5, Psalm 110:1, Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 7:1-3, Hebrews 7:22-27, Jeremiah 22:30, Matthew 1:1-2, Matthew 1:6, Matthew 1:11, Matthew 1:16, Matthew 1:18-23, Isaiah 7:14, Genesis 24:16, Genesis 24:43, Luke 3:31, Hebrews 2:14-18.


Invitation: 13 for prayers. December 14, 2014 Bulletin

Birth of Jesus the Messiah was a Plan Not Evolution

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This is a "foreordained" plan I Peter 1:20 in which we through the plan were "chosen in Him before the foundation of the world" Ephesians 1:4, Thus we have the "hope (assurance) of eternal life which God ... promised before the world began" Romans 16:16, Titus 1:2, II Timothy 1:9, Genesis 1:1-3, 1:27, 2:8-9 & 15-18, 3: 1-7 & 15 & 21, 9:8-9, Genesis 15:3-6; John 8:44, I Jon 2:16, Galatians 3:16, Genesis 49:10-11, 2 II Samuel 7:12-16, Matthew 2:4-6, Micah 5:2 & Micah 5:1, Psalms 22:1, 7, 8, 16, 18 cf John 19:23-24, Psalms 22:22 cf : Hebrews 2:12, Psalm 22:24, 26, 27, 29, cf: John 18:28, Psalm 22:30 "seed" & V:31; Isaiah 53:1 cf: Romans 10:16. Isaiah 53:8, 9 & 10 "seed", V:11-12. Jeremiah 22:30, Jeremiah 22:19, II Chr 36:5-6, Jeremiah 23:5-6, King of house of David to rule forever Jeremiah 33:15-17, Priesthood to endure Jeremiah 23:5-6, Jeremiah 33:15-17, 18, Zechariah 6:11-13. King: Act 2:30, Psalm 132:11, John 1:105 & 14, Hebrews 1:3-13, Hebrews 2:17-18, Hebrews 4:12-16, Hebrews 7:14, Revelations 5:5, Psalm 110:1, Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 7:1-3, Hebrews 7:22-27, Jeremiah 22:30, Matthew 1:1-2, Matthew 1:6, Matthew 1:11, Matthew 1:16, Matthew 1:18-23, Isaiah 7:14, Genesis 24:16, Genesis 24:43, Luke 3:31, Hebrews 2:14-18.


Invitation: 13  for prayers.  December 7, 2014 Bulletin

Can You Recommend Your Religion?

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India Report Paul Lockman; White Rock Fund & Sermon David Tarbet In Sathupally, Hindipur & Puttaparthi. We baptized several denominational preachers & their wives, several tribals who had belonged to Hebron church/mega church all over India. Over 400 Preachers @ training during day & Gospel meetings every night. Baptized many at meetings and in homes. Pictures of orphans & clothes & rice Sabrina donated. We bought 750 Bibles in Telagu. Brother David Tarbet http://whiterockfund.org The Fund is a 501(c)3 public charity & provides grants to Churches of Christ for mission work around the world. At the present time, approximately 70 missionaries receive benefits as a result of these grants. Only those who are faithfully preaching the gospel, & are sound in the faith are qualified to receive benefits from the grants. Brother David Tarbet - a graduate of Abilene Christian University (BA) & Fairfield University (MA). He has served Churches of Christ in Connecticut, New Mexico & Texas. Upon completing 50 years of pulpit work he retired from the White Rock CoC in Dallas, Texas, & relocated with his wife, Paula, to New Milford, Connecticut, where he joins with his son, Timothy, serving as one of the New Milford CoC congregation ministers. David focuses his ministry efforts on personal evangelism, writing, & serving as volunteer Director of 'The White Rock Fund' - a non-profit organization which provides grants to Churches of Christ for mission work around the world with a special emphasis on the northeast United States. He is editor of "Christ for Today," a direct-mail publication distributed in the northeastern states. He has lectured in various states on "How the Bible Came To Us," At these seminars he displays his collection of rare 16th and 17th century English Bibles. He plans to donate this rare collection to Freed-Hardeman University sometime in 2015.


Invitation: 25  for prayers, 1 Baptism.  November 30, 2014 Bulletin

New Covenant (Part 2)

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Jeremiah 31:15 cf: Matthew 2:17; Jeremiah 31:16 Captivity for Judah Jeremiah 31:21 cf: Isaiah 35:8; Jeremiah 31:27 Promise of Return from Captivity; Jeremiah 31:28 God to Build Up; Jeremiah 31:29 The Fathers ate sour grapes (forbidden fruit) Children's teeth set on edge (Children being punished by being in captivity for the sins of the fathers); Jeremiah 31:30 cf: Matthew 23:30-36; Jeremiah 31:31 cf: Matthew 26:26-30; Jeremiah 31:32 cf: Exodus 19:3-8 cf: Matthew 13:44 & I Peter 2:5ff; Jeremiah 31:32 cf: Hosea 1:2ff Idolatry Spiritual Adultery; Jeremiah 31:33 cf: II Corinthians 3:3 & Romans 12:1-2; Jeremiah 31:34 cf: John 3:1-5 & Acts 2:37-47; The Church is the Kingdom of God Acts 2:30; Jeremiah 31:34 cf: I John 3:20, Isaiah 1:18, Isaiah 55:1-8 & John 6:37. Hebrews 8:8-13 quotes the Jeremiah 31 prophecy, that he would make with them a better covenant than he had made with their forefathers.


Invitation: 25  for prayers.  November 23, 2014 Bulletin

New Covenant (Part 1)

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Jeremiah 31:15 cf: Matthew 2:17; Jeremiah 31:16 Captivity for Judah Jeremiah 31:21 cf: Isaiah 35:8; Jeremiah 31:27 Promise of Return from Captivity; Jeremiah 31:28 God to Build Up; Jeremiah 31:29 The Fathers ate sour grapes (forbidden fruit) Children's teeth set on edge (Children being punished by being in captivity for the sins of the fathers); Jeremiah 31:30 cf: Matthew 23:30-36; Jeremiah 31:31 cf: Matthew 26:26-30; Jeremiah 31:32 cf: Exodus 19:3-8 cf: Matthew 13:44 & I Peter 2:5ff; Jeremiah 31:32 cf: Hosea 1:2ff Idolatry Spiritual Adultery; Jeremiah 31:33 cf: II Corinthians 3:3 & Romans 12:1-2; Jeremiah 31:34 cf: John 3:1-5 & Acts 2:37-47; The Church is the Kingdom of God Acts 2:30; Jeremiah 31:34 cf: I John 3:20, Isaiah 1:18, Isaiah 55:1-8 & John 6:37. Hebrews 8:8-13 quotes the Jeremiah 31 prophecy, that he would make with them a better covenant than he had made with their forefathers.


Invitation: 25  for prayers.  November 16, 2014 Bulletin

Kingdom of Heaven

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The Church: Acts 2:47, Prophecy concerning the kingdom of the Messiah, and the conversion of the Gentiles , Isaiah 2:1-5. Isaiah 2:1 Judah cf: Genesis 49:10, Isaiah2:2 Last Days cf: Acts 2;16-17, Hebrews 1:1-2, Mountain of the Lord's House, Daniel 2:44-45, Lord's House I Timothy 3:15, All Nations Matthew 28:18-20, Mk 16:15-16, Luke 24:45-48, Isaiah 2:2-3, All taught by God John 6:45, Hebrews 1:1-2, New Testament Law James 1:25 & 2:8 cf: Matthew 22:34-40, Jerusalem Luke 24:45-49, Acts 1:8, Isaiah 2:4, Peaceful Kingdom Romans 5:1, Our troubles from the devil Isaiah 54:13-17; Isaiah 11:1, Isaiah 11:2 Spirit cf: Luke 3:21-23, Luke 4:1, Luke 4:18-19 cf: Isaiah 61:1ff, Isaiah 1:3 fear cf: Hebrews 5:7, judge cf: Romans 2:16, Isaiah 11:4 righteousness cf: Ephesians 6:14, poor & Meek cf: Matthew 5:3ff, rod of His mouth & breath of His lips cf: Isaiah 49:2, Hebrews 4:12, Revelations 1:16, II Thessalonians 2:8, Ephesians 6:17, Isaiah 11:5-6 little child cf: Matthew 18:3-4, Isaiah 11:7-9 Holy Mountain, cf: Isaiah 2:2, I Timothy 3:15; Isaiah 11:10 Paul quotes in Romans 15:12 showing this prophecy is fulfilled, the Lamb has already laid down with the lion. Root of Jesse cf: Revelations 5:5 & Revelations 22:16, Isaiah 11:11-12 the first captivity was the Exodus, the second was the Babylonian captivity. Some time after that God is saying He will establish this Peaceful Kingdom. Isaiah 11:15,16 a highway cf: Isaiah 35:8, Isaiah 40:3 all 4 Gospel writers refer this with the preaching of John the Baptist.


Invitation: 11  for prayers.  November 09, 2014 Bulletin

The Peaceful Kingdom (Part 2)

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Isaiah 11 The Wolf Also Shall Dwell With The Lamb
Isaiah 2:1-4. Peace with God cf: Romans 5:1 God not cause of our troubles cf: Isaiah 54:13-17. In Isaiah 10 destruction of the Assyrian Army imagery of a mighty forest of trees cut down & laid level by the coming Messiah. The Messiah, subject of this coming 11th Chapter. Isaiah 11:1 Messiah to be a descendant of Jesse King David's father cf: Matthew1:6 & Luke 3:31-32. Branch metaphor for Messiah cf: Isaiah 27:6, Jeremiah 23:5-6, Jeremiah 33:15-16, Zechariah 3:8-9, Zechariah 6:11-13 & John 19:5. Isaiah 11:2 Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him cf: Luke 3:21-23, Luke 4:1 & 18-19 cf: Isaiah 61:1ff. Isaiah 11:3 the fear of the Lord cf: Hebrews 5:7. He shall not Judge after the sight of His eyes cf: Romans 2:16. Isaiah 11:4 Righteousness cf: Ephesians 6:14. Poor & Meek of the earth cf: Matthew 5:3-10, Rod of His mouth & breath of His lips power of Christ's preaching cf: Isaiah 49:2, Hebrews 4:12, Revelations 1:16, Revelations 2:12, I Thessalonians 2:8, Ephesians 6:17 Greek Thracian Sword used symbolically for Christ's Coming in Judgment on Israel & Judah. Isaiah 11:5-6 little child cf; Matthew 18:3-4. Isaiah 11:7-9 Holy Mountain of the Lord's House cf: Isaiah 2:1ff cf: I Timothy 3:15. Isaiah 11:10 Paul quotes Is 11:10 and teaches this prophecy already fulfilled when he wrote the letter to the Romans cf: Romans 15:12. A root of Jesse, a metaphor applied to Christ cf: Revelations 5:5 & 22:16. The Lord, Hebrew YHWH, gathering not geographical into the modern state of Israel but spiritual. Earlier, Isaiah tells of returning of remnant "to the mighty God" cf: Is 10:21. In Is 9:6 Jesus Christ is called the mighty God" cf: Is 11:12 Both Gentiles and Jews gathered into one body cf: Ephesians 2:11ff Is 11:11-12 Is 11:13-15 common OT practice naming enemies of Israel as the Gentiles of the NT Saints. Tongue descriptive for bay like The Red Sea cf: Exodus 14:26-29 Seven streams Nile River falls into Mediterranean Sea by 7 streams. Is 11:16 A highway is one Isaiah's metaphors for Kingdom of God and Church of Christ cf: Is 35:8, Isaiah 40:3, All 4 Gospel writers quote Isaiah 40:3 and are explicit in stating the building of this highway began with the preaching of John the Baptist. The remnant of His people cf: V:11 Isaiah 37:2-4, Jeremiah 6:9, Jeremiah 23:3, Jeremiah 31:7, Ezekiel 14:22, Micah 2:12, Romans 9:27-28, Romans 11:5 Matthew 7:13-16.


Invitation: 11  for prayers.  November 02, 2014 Bulletin

The Peaceful Kingdom (Part 1)

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Isaiah 2:1-4. Peace with God cf: Romans 5:1 God not cause of our troubles cf: Isaiah 54:13-17. In Isaiah 10 destruction of the Assyrian Army imagery of a mighty forest of trees cut down & laid level by the coming Messiah. The Messiah, subject of this coming 11th Chapter. Isaiah 11:1 Messiah to be a descendant of Jesse King David's father cf: Matthew1:6 & Luke 3:31-32. Branch metaphor for Messiah cf: Isaiah 27:6, Jeremiah 23:5-6, Jeremiah 33:15-16, Zechariah 3:8-9, Zechariah 6:11-13 & John 19:5. Isaiah 11:2 Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him cf: Luke 3:21-23, Luke 4:1 & 18-19 cf: Isaiah 61:1ff. Isaiah 11:3 the fear of the Lord cf: Hebrews 5:7. He shall not Judge after the sight of His eyes cf: Romans 2:16. Isaiah 11:4 Righteousness cf: Ephesians 6:14. Poor & Meek of the earth cf: Matthew 5:3-10, Rod of His mouth & breath of His lips power of Christ's preaching cf: Isaiah 49:2, Hebrews 4:12, Revelations 1:16, Revelations 2:12, I Thessalonians 2:8, Ephesians 6:17 Greek Thracian Sword used symbolically for Christ's Coming in Judgment on Israel & Judah. Isaiah 11:5-6 little child cf; Matthew 18:3-4. Isaiah 11:7-9 Holy Mountain of the Lord's House cf: Isaiah 2:1ff cf: I Timothy 3:15. Isaiah 11:10 Paul quotes Is 11:10 and teaches this prophecy already fulfilled when he wrote the letter to the Romans cf: Romans 15:12. A root of Jesse, a metaphor applied to Christ cf: Revelations 5:5 & 22:16. The Lord, Hebrew YHWH, gathering not geographical into the modern state of Israel but spiritual. Earlier, Isaiah tells of returning of remnant "to the mighty God" cf: Is 10:21. In Is 9:6 Jesus Christ is called the mighty God" cf: Is 11:12 Both Gentiles and Jews gathered into one body cf: Ephesians 2:11ff Is 11:11-12 Is 11:13-15 common OT practice naming enemies of Israel as the Gentiles of the NT Saints. Tongue descriptive for bay like The Red Sea cf: Exodus 14:26-29 Seven streams Nile River falls into Mediterranean Sea by 7 streams. Is 11:16 A highway is one Isaiah's metaphors for Kingdom of God and Church of Christ cf: Is 35:8, Isaiah 40:3, All 4 Gospel writers quote Isaiah 40:3 and are explicit in stating the building of this highway began with the preaching of John the Baptist. The remnant of His people cf: V:11 Isaiah 37:2-4, Jeremiah 6:9, Jeremiah 23:3, Jeremiah 31:7, Ezekiel 14:22, Micah 2:12, Romans 9:27-28, Romans 11:5 Matthew 7:13-16


Invitation: 16  for prayers.  October 26, 2014 Bulletin

Isaiah 2

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The Church of Christ is the Kingdom of God cf: Matthew 16:13-19, Isaiah 2:1. Judah and Jerusalem; Isaiah 2:2 Last days cf Acts 2:16-21, Hebrews 1:1-2, Isaiah 2:2 Mountain Lord's house cf Isaiah 56:7, Daniel 2:28,35 & 44. Metaphor Stone cf Psalms 118: 22-23. Isaiah 8:14, Isaiah 28:16, Matthew 21:33-46 Acts 4:11,12, Ephesians 2:19-22, I Peter 2:5-9. Mountain of the Lord's house cf: I Timothy 3:15 which is The Church of the Living God; Isaiah 2:2. All Nations cf: Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16; Isaiah 2:3 He will teach us, We have A divine Teacher cf John 6:44-45, Isaiah 54:13, Isaiah 2:3 from physical Zion Shall go forth the law cf James 1:25, James 2:8, Matthew 22:36-40, Isaiah 2:3 the metaphor Zion cf: Hebrews 12:22, Psalm 2:5-7, Joel 2:32, Romans 11:26, Hebrews 12:22, The Heavenly Jerusalem Hebrews 12:23. The Church of the First Born, Hebrews 12:24 The Heavenly Jerusalem Revelation 21:1-2 & 16, Isaiah 2:3 The Word of the Lord from Jerusalem cf: Luke 24:44-49, Act 1:8, Acts 8:1-13, John 16:13, Isaiah 2:4 The Peaceful nature of the Church of Christ which is the new Kingdom of God is contrasted to the war of all Nations cf: Matthew 24:6 cf Isaiah 11:10 cf Romans 15:8-12, Acts 2:30 Psalms 132:11 & Daniel 7:13-14


Invitation: 16  for prayers.  October 19, 2014 Bulletin

Last Days

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Isaiah 2:1-4 This is one of the most important passages in the Word of God, so important, in fact, that God gave the same message through two different prophets. Micah 4:1-3. It is a great hoax among critical commentators in this era of Biblical exegesis to engage in every erudite and scholarly guessing as to who copied whom, whenever very similar, or identical passages are encountered. To Christians, such scholarly doodlings are ridiculous. All such allegations are founded on the incredible proposition that God could never have given the same message to more than one prophet. Where is any authority for an idiotic belief like that? Jesus gave identical, or nearly identical, teachings on many occasions, as witnessed by the two records of the Lord's prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 and in Luke 11:2-4 and also His repeated prophecies of his Passion.


Invitation: 16  for prayers.  October 12, 2014 Bulletin

Wise and Foolish Virgins

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins depicts ten girls awaiting the coming of an absent bridegroom. Matthew 25:1-13 The kingdom of heaven = the church, The bridegroom = Christ, The midnight arrival = the second advent. It is addressed to Jesus' disciples and emphasizes 1. The uncertainty of time of His coming: "The bridegroom was delayed" Matthew 25:5 The virgins = church members, The wise virgins = the prepared, The foolish virgins = the unprepared 2. The responsibility of the Christian: Go rather to the dealers and buy the oil Matthew 25:9 The lamps = (a) faith; demonstrated by (b) good works, The oil = (a) the Spirit; which leads us to (b) good works, 3. The rewards and punishments: "Those Who Were Ready went in with him to the marriage feast" Others remained outside. Matthew 25:10-12 The sleep of the virgins = the sleep of death, Tarrying of the bridegroom = delay of the second coming, The midnight cry = the call to judgment, Refusal to give oil = grace & merit not transferrable, Exclusion of the foolish = rejection of unprepared, The shut door = impossibility of the last minute salvation.


Invitation: 16  for prayers.  October 5, 2014 Bulletin

II Peter 3

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The apostle shows his design in writing this and the preceding epistle, II Peter 3:1, II Peter 3:2. Describes the nature of the heresies which should take place in the last times, II Peter 3:3-8. A thousand years with the Lord are but as a day, II Peter 3:9. He will come and judge the world as he has promised, and the heavens and the earth shall be burnt up, 2 Peter 3:10. How those should live who expect these things, II Peter 3:11, 2 Peter 3:12. the new heavens and the new earth, and the necessity of being prepared for this great change, II Peter 3:13, II Peter 3:14. Concerning some difficult things in St. Paul ‹s epistles, II Peter 3:15, II Peter 3:16. We must watch against the error of the wicked, grow in grace, and give all glory to God, II Peter 3:17, II Peter 3:18.


Invitation: 15  for prayers.  September 28, 2014 Bulletin

II Peter 2

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False teachers foretold, who shall bring in destructive doctrines and shall pervert many, but at last be destroyed by the judgments of God, II Peter 2:1-3.cf: Acts 20:29-30, I Timothy 4:1-6, II Timothy 3:1-5, II Thessalonians 2:1-12, II Timothy 4:3-4, & I John 2:18 Instances of God's judgments in the rebellious angels, 2 Peter 2:4. In the antediluvians, II Peter 2:5. In the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha, II Peter 2:6-8. The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly, as well as to punish the ungodly, II Peter 2:9. The character of those seducing teachers and their disciples; they are unclean, presumptuous, speak evil of dignities, adulterous, covetous, and cursed, II Peter 2:10-14. Have forsaken the right way, copy the conduct of Balaam, speak great swelling words, and pervert those who had escaped from error, II Peter 2:15-19. The miserable state of those who, having escaped the corruption that is in the world, have turned back like the dog to his vomit, and the washed swine to her wallowing in the mire, II Peter 2:20-22.


Invitation: 16  for prayers.  September 21, 2014 Bulletin

II Peter 1

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The apostle's address, and the persons to whom the epistle was sent described by the state into which God had called, and in which he had placed them, 2 Peter 1:1-4. What graces they should possess in order to be fruitful in the knowledge of God, II Peter 1:5-8. The miserable state of those who either have not these graces, or have fallen from them, II Peter 1:9. Believers should give diligence to make their calling and election sure, II Peter 1:10, Prepared for entrance into the heavenly kingdom, II Peter 1:11. The apostle's intimations of his speedy dissolution, and his wish to confirm and establish those Churches in the true faith, II Peter 1:12-15. The certainty of the Gospel, and the convincing evidence which the apostle had of its truth from being present at the transfiguration, by which the word of prophecy was made more sure, II Peter 1:16-19. How the prophecies came, and their nature, II Peter 1:20, Prophecy is God's word, not the words of man. II Peter 1:21


Invitation: 20  for prayers.  September 14, 2014 Bulletin

Strike Three, You're Out!

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Genesis 2:15-17, Commandments given by God: broken by men. Genesis 3:1-24, The need for The Kingdom. Isaiah 2:2-3 & Zechariah 1:16-17, The prophesied place of the Kingdom. Daniel 2:44, The Kingdom which shall never be destroyed. Psalm 145:10-13, The Everlasting Kingdom. Matthew 4:17, The Kingdom is at hand. Matthew 16:18-19, Christ builds His Church. Mk 9:1, Kingdom came in the first century. Jn 3:5, The way to enter the Kingdom. Acts 1:3-4, Christ shows the importance of the Kingdom of God Acts 2:1, The day the earthly Kingdom begins. Acts 2:38-47, How to be added to the Kingdom. Acts 11:26, The new name given. Acts 20:28, The price of the Kingdom. Acts 28:23 & 30-31, Christ and the Kingdom connection. Romans 16:16, Churches of Christ. I Corinthians 12:12-14 & 20 & 27, Baptized into One Body. I Corinthians 1:2, The Church of God IS the Church of Christ. Galatians 6:10, Another name for the Kingdom, the Household of Faith. Ephesians 4:4-6, The power of One. Colossians 1:18, The Body is the Church. Ephesians 1:22-23, The Church is the Body. Ephesians 2:19-21, Jesus Christ IS it's Foundation. Colossians 1:13, The Kingdom belongs to the Son. Hebrews 12:28, The Kingdom which shall not be moved, (Matthew 16:18). Romans 1:16, God's Way to salvation. I Corinthians 15:1-4, Salvation by way of The Gospel. Romans 10:17, Faith by hearing. Hebrews 11:6, Faith in the I AM. Luke 13:3, You MUST repent or perish. Matthew 10:32, Confess Me before men. Acts 2:38 Repent and be baptized.


Invitation: 20  for prayers.  September 7, 2014 Bulletin

The Promise of the Second Coming (Part 2)

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The coming of Christ is one event. There is no secret-rapture, the word is not used in the Bible. At the end of time Christ will come again, we will be caught up to go with Christ, this earth will be burned up & we will go to New Heavens & a New Earth. Matthew 25:31-46, I Thessalonians 4:13-14 cf: John 5:21-29, Jude 14 & Revelations 21:1-2 & 16, I Thessalonians 4:13-16 Before The coming of Christ will be great signs & wonders, such as at the giving of the Law, cf: Ex. 19:16-19, but the actual "Day of the Lord" will come as a thief in the night. I Thessalonians 5:2 ;II Peter 3:10; I Corinthians 15:50-52, I Thessalonians 4:16 dead rise, V:17 we are "caught up together", I Thessalonians 5:1 cf: Acts 1:7-8, I Thessalonians 5:2 cf: Matthew24:42-44 & I Thessalonians 5:3-11; II Peter chapter 1: Add to your faith such virtues as would make it fruitful, for He is shortly to die for the faith. & II Peter Chap. 2 warnings against false prophets & false teachers. II Peter 3:3 cf: John 3:19; II Peter 3:5 cf: Genesis 1:6-10; 3:7 cf: II Thessalonians 1:7-11; II Peter 3:8 Time has no bearing on the threats or the promises of God cf: Psalm 90:4; II Peter 3:9 Repentance cf: Acts 17:30, II Peter 3:10 He will judge & the world will be burned up cf: Matthew 24:42-44; II Peter 3:13 Of the new heavens & the new earth Revelations 21:1-4, Be prepared for a great change; II Peter 3:15-16 Paul's Epistles are advanced & difficult - for the scripture twisters: II Peter 3:17-18. Watch & grow in grace. There will be a great resurrection for all people, the only question is whether you are going up or down: II Thessalonians 1:7-8, II Peter 3:3-14, Psalm 1:1-6.


Invitation: 20  for prayers, 2 Baptisms. August 31, 2014 Bulletin

The Promise of the Second Coming (Part 1)

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The coming of Christ is one event. There is no secret-rapture, the word is not used in the Bible. At the end of time Christ will come again, we will be caught up to go with Christ, this earth will be burned up & we will go to New Heavens & a New Earth. Matthew 25:31-46, I Thessalonians 4:13-14 cf: John 5:21-29, Jude 14 & Revelations 21:1-2 & 16, I Thessalonians 4:13-16 Before The coming of Christ will be great signs & wonders, such as at the giving of the Law, cf: Ex. 19:16-19, but the actual "Day of the Lord" will come as a thief in the night. I Thessalonians 5:2 ;II Peter 3:10; I Corinthians 15:50-52, I Thessalonians 4:16 dead rise, V:17 we are "caught up together", I Thessalonians 5:1 cf: Acts 1:7-8, I Thessalonians 5:2 cf: Matthew24:42-44 & I Thessalonians 5:3-11; II Peter chapter 1: Add to your faith such virtues as would make it fruitful, for He is shortly to die for the faith. & II Peter Chap. 2 warnings against false prophets & false teachers. II Peter 3:3 cf: John 3:19; II Peter 3:5 cf: Genesis 1:6-10; 3:7 cf: II Thessalonians 1:7-11; II Peter 3:8 Time has no bearing on the threats or the promises of God cf: Psalm 90:4; II Peter 3:9 Repentance cf: Acts 17:30, II Peter 3:10 He will judge & the world will be burned up cf: Matthew 24:42-44; II Peter 3:13 Of the new heavens & the new earth Revelations 21:1-4, Be prepared for a great change; II Peter 3:15-16 Paul's Epistles are advanced & difficult - for the scripture twisters: II Peter 3:17-18. Watch & grow in grace. There will be a great resurrection for all people, the only question is whether you are going up or down: II Thessalonians 1:7-8, II Peter 3:3-14, Psalm 1:1-6.


Invitation: 20  for prayers, 1 Baptism. August 24, 2014 Bulletin

The Promises of God

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The Promise of the Seed: (Son of God) Galatians 3:16. Acts 13:23 refer to Bro Kelly's Seed Lesson. The Promise of the Messiah: Daniel 9:25,26. The Promise of the Holy Spirit: Luke 24:49, Acts1:4, Acts 2:33. The Promise of the Kingdom: Acts1:3. The Promise of the New Covenant: Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8:8-13. The Promise of the Gospel: Isaiah 53:8-11. The Promise of Church: Matthew 16:18 Acts 2:41,47. The Promise of Remission of Sins: Luke 24:47. The Promise of Everlasting Life: 1John 2:25, II Timothy 1:1. The Promise of Christ's Second Coming: I Thessalonians 4:13-18. The Sum of all Promises is in Christ: Jesus is Son of God anointed King with the Holy Spirit . His Kingdom is a everlasting Kingdom, The Church is His Kingdom on earth.


Invitation: 20  for prayers. August 17, 2014 Bulletin

What Is Faith

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What Is Faith   The works involved in faith are found in Hebrews Chap 11. Faith comes only one way Romans 10:17. Faith is trust with reliance that God in Christ will save you. Hebrews 11:1 faith is the platform all your hopes rest upon until the faith & hope become substance & you can see the evidence of it, Hebrews 1:2-3 cf: John 1:1-14 & Genesis 1:1-27; Hebrews 11:4 cf: Genesis 4:1ff; Hebrews 11:5 cf: Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 11:6 cf: Hebrews 10:25; James 2:19, Hebrews 11:1 & Mark 16:15-16; Hebrews 11:7.  All the Heroes of the Faith hear the word of God. Believe the Word of God & each obeys the Word of God.  Hebrews 11:8-9 cf: Genesis 12:1-4 etc.  Hebrews 11:10 cf: Revelation 21:1ff & Hebrews 12:22; Hebrews 11:11-40. Galatians 2:16-20 Big Question, is the "faith" subjective gender, then: "the faith of Christ KJV" or objective gender then it is "faith in Christ" as NIV Big difference cf: Romans 3:21ff and Philippians 3:9


Invitation: 20  for prayers. August 10, 2014 Bulletin
Bro Kelly Lawson is on his 8th week of chemo/radiation treatment. Bro Manuel Santiago will be preaching until treatment is finished. Please keep him in your prayers.

The Good News and The Bad News

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Matthew 11:1-20 The Scripture tells us that if we repent and be obedient, it will be good news for us, but if we do not repent we will receive the bad news in the end. Call to repent: Luke 13:1-5. John's questions: Matthew 11:1-6. Jesus' tribute to John: Matthew 11:7-15. Final admonition of the Old Testament: Malachi 4:4-5. John the Baptist, forerunner for Jesus; in the spirit and power of Elijah: Luke 1:17. Who is mentioned in Matthew 11:16-19 and why? John the Baptist preached fire and brimstone for those who didn't repent; which is bad news. Jesus Christ - He is the Husband and is coming to receive His bride. It's not enough to be sorry for your sins, you must repent because you are sorry: 2 Corinthians 7:9-11. Examples of those who were sorry but, didn't repent: Esau, Hebrews 12:16-17; Judas, Matthew 27:3. Unrepentant cities: Matthew 11:20. Unbelief and its consequences. Romans 1:17-18, II Thessalonians 1:7-10, The Good News of the Gospel and how to obey it I Corinthians 15:1-4, Roman 6:1-4


Invitation: 15  for prayers. August 3, 2014 Bulletin
Bro Kelly Lawson is on his seventh week of chemo/radiation treatment. Bro Manuel Santiago will be preaching until treatment is finished. Please keep him in your prayers.

God's Love Is The Love That Saves (Part 2)

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Jonah Chapters 1-4; John Chapter 21; I Corinthians Chapters 13, and 15 Jonah was to bring God's message to Nineveh, but was reluctant to do it. However the word of Gods was brought to Nineveh to get them to repent. The Lord did not allow Jonah to escape his duty. Having finally performed God's will, Jonah became angry when the Ninevites believed God and repented. As a result, God postpones the announced devastation of Nineveh. Was Jonah a servant of God? Did Jonah love the Ninevites? Could Jonah's love save them? It was God's love that saved them. John 21:15-19: Jesus questions Peter concerning his love to Him, and gives him commission to feed His sheep, and foretells the manner of Peter's death. I Corinthians Chapter 13; Charity, or love of God, the sum of all true religion; without it, the gift of prophecy, profound knowledge, faith by which the miracles might be wrought, benevolence, and zeal for the truth, even martyrdom, would all be unprofitable to salvation, 1-3.The description and praise of this grace, 4-7. Its durable: though tongues, prophecies, and knowledge shall cease, yet this shall never fail, 8-10. John 3:16 For God So Loved The World...How did God Love Us? He gave us the Gospel I Corinthians 15:1-4


Invitation: 15  for prayers. July 27, 2014 Bulletin
Bro Kelly Lawson is on his sixth week of chemo/radiation treatment. Bro Manuel Santiago will be preaching until treatment is finished. Please keep him in your prayers.

God's Love Is The Love That Saves (Part 1)

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Jonah Chapters 1-4; John Chapter 21; I Corinthians Chapters 13, and 15 Jonah was to bring God's message to Nineveh, but was reluctant to do it. However the word of Gods was brought to Nineveh to get them to repent. The Lord did not allow Jonah to escape his duty. Having finally performed God's will, Jonah became angry when the Ninevites believed God and repented. As a result, God postpones the announced devastation of Nineveh. Was Jonah a servant of God? Did Jonah love the Ninevites? Could Jonah's love save them? It was God's love that saved them. John 21:15-19: Jesus questions Peter concerning his love to Him, and gives him commission to feed His sheep, and foretells the manner of Peter's death. I Corinthians Chapter 13; Charity, or love of God, the sum of all true religion; without it, the gift of prophecy, profound knowledge, faith by which the miracles might be wrought, benevolence, and zeal for the truth, even martyrdom, would all be unprofitable to salvation, 1-3.The description and praise of this grace, 4-7. Its durable: though tongues, prophecies, and knowledge shall cease, yet this shall never fail, 8-10. John 3:16 For God So Loved The World...How did God Love Us? He gave us the Gospel I Corinthians 15:1-4


Invitation: 15  for prayers. July 20, 2014 Bulletin
Bro Kelly Lawson is on his fifth week of chemo/radiation treatment. Bro Manuel Santiago will be preaching until treatment is finished. Please keep him in your prayers.

Living Waters

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Living Water and the Church of Christ - Isaiah 55:1-55:13 Isaiah 55:1 cf: Isaiah 35:6-7, Hebrew: maw kote= living water cf: Jeremiah 2:13, Zechariah 12:10, Zechariah 13:1 & V:6-7, cf: John 4:10-14 & John 7:37-39, Acts 2:37-47. Isaiah 55:2-3 cf: Acts 13:34. Isaiah 55:4-5 The result of the suffering servants work. The invitation. Isaiah 55:6-7 is man's job. Isaiah 55:8-9 The incomprehensible purposes of God. Isaiah 55:10 Blessings upon the Church. Isaiah 55:11 The word will bear fruit, cf: Isaiah 8:20 & Mark 16:15-16. Isaiah 55:12 The Jews to return from the Babylonian captivity with peace, cf: Psalm 1:26. Isaiah 55:13 The Lord will give the Church a name, cf: Isaiah 56:5, Isaiah 62:2 new name to be given when Gentiles obey Gospel , Isaiah 65:15, Acts 11:1, 26 Christians is the new name, Acts 4:12, and Romans 16:16 the Churches of Christ.


Invitation: 14  for prayers. July 13, 2014 Bulletin
Bro Kelly Lawson is on his fourth week of chemo/radiation treatment. Bro Manuel Santiago will be preaching until treatment is finished. Please keep him in your prayers.

The Great Commission (Part 2)

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The Great Commission was given by the Lord to His disciples. The minor commission was to the Jews only. It preaches "The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand". The Great Commission is for everyone. It preaches "The Kingdom of Heaven is here", and the Gospel is the way to it. We must obey the Gospel. Proverbs 28:9, John 14:15, John 20:19-23 Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16 & 20 , Luke 24:34-51, Acts 1:1-9, John 3:3-5, Acts 2:38, I Corinthians 15:1-4, Romans 6:3-6 & Colossians 3:1-3, 17, It is a continual work to be passed on from generation to generation in the Christian age. II Timothy 2:2.


Invitation: 14  for prayers. July 6, 2014 Bulletin

The Great Commission (Part 1)

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This Commission is called the "Great Commission" to distinguish it from the minor commissions given by the Lord to His disciples in Matthew 10:5ff and to the 70 disciples in Luke 10:1ff. They are called minor because their scope was minor to Jews only, while the Great Commission is universal and its scope is all the world. It is the work of the church. Proverbs 28:9 , John 14:15, John 20:19-23 Matthew 28:19-20 , Mark 16:15-16 & 20 , Luke 24:34-51 , Acts 1:1-9, John 3:-35, Acts 2:38, I Corinthians 15:1-4, Romans 6:3-6 & Colossians 3:1-3, 17, It is a continual work to be passed on from generation to generation in the Christian age. II Timothy 2:2.


Invitation: 14  for prayers, 3 Baptism. June 29, 2014 Bulletin

The Christian Heart

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The Good Ground/The Christian Heart
The Parable of the Sower Matthew 13:1-9; God is speaking through the Messiah and it is imperative we listen cf: Hebrews 1:1-2 Matthew 13:10-15 cf: Isaiah 6:9-10. Matthew 13:16-17 cf: I Peter 1:10-12; The Hard Hearted Hearer Matthew 13:19, cf. Hebrews 4:1-11 & Hebrews 10:38-39. Shallow Hearted Hearer Matt:13:20-21 cf: I Peter 2:2 & James 1:22. The Crowded Hearted Hearer Matthew13:22 cf: I John 3:1-3. Matthew 13:23 The Christian Heart cf: Luke 8:15, I Kings 3:9 Fruit both souls John 15:1-8 and Christian Character Galatians 5:22-25. The Parable of the Tares Matthew 13:24-30 tares = Greek darnel or false grain. Matthew13:34-35 cf: Psalm 78:2. Jesus Explains Matthew 13:36-43


Invitation: 14  for prayers, 3 Baptism. June 22, 2014 Bulletin
Bro Kelly Lawson is on his first of eight weeks of chemo/radiation treatment. Bro Manuel Santiago will be preaching until treatment is finished. Please keep him in your prayers.

What Must I Do To Inherit Eternal Life?

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The Restoration Movement seeks to restore the church described in the bible & the unification of all Christians cf: John 17:20-23 & I Corinthians 1:10, in a single body cf: Ephesians 1:22-23 & 4:3-6, patterned after New Testament church. We are neither Protestants, Catholics, nor Jews, but Christians only cf: Acts 11:26. The movement developed from several different efforts to return to apostolic Christianity. During Middle Ages dissenters such as John Wycliffe & John Huss called for restoration of a primitive form of Christianity.  At the heart of the Reformation was emphasis on "scripture alone" (sola scriptura). English Puritans also sought to restore a pure "primitive" church. Barton W Stone began at Cane Ridge, KY, & his group called themselves simply Christians cf: I Peter 4:16. Another group began in Pennsylvania & West Virginia & were led by Thomas Campbell & his son Alexander. They called themselves Disciples of Christ. Elias Smith & James O'Kelly led similar groups. These groups sought to restore the whole Churches of Christ on the pattern set forth in the New Testament, II Peter 1:3, "we speak where the Bible speaks & are silent where the Bible is silent" & both groups believed that the creeds of men kept Christianity divided. In 1832 they joined in fellowship with a handshake.  We are united in the belief that: Jesus is The Christ, the Son of God, Matthew 16:13ff that Christians should celebrate the Lords Supper on the first day of the week, Acts 20:7 & that immersion in water is a necessary condition for salvation, Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-6 & Galatians 3:27.


Invitation: 20  for prayers, 1 Baptism. June 15, 2014 Bulletin

The Reformation

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The Restoration Movement seeks to restore the church described in the bible & the unification of all Christians cf: John 17:20-23 & I Corinthians 1:10, in a single body cf: Ephesians 1:22-23 & 4:3-6, patterned after New Testament church. We are neither Protestants, Catholics, nor Jews, but Christians only cf: Acts 11:26. The movement developed from several different efforts to return to apostolic Christianity. During Middle Ages dissenters such as John Wycliffe & John Huss called for restoration of a primitive form of Christianity.  At the heart of the Reformation was emphasis on "scripture alone" (sola scriptura). English Puritans also sought to restore a pure "primitive" church. Barton W Stone began at Cane Ridge, KY, & his group called themselves simply Christians cf: I Peter 4:16. Another group began in Pennsylvania & West Virginia & were led by Thomas Campbell & his son Alexander. They called themselves Disciples of Christ. Elias Smith & James O'Kelly led similar groups. These groups sought to restore the whole Churches of Christ on the pattern set forth in the New Testament, II Peter 1:3, "we speak where the Bible speaks & are silent where the Bible is silent" & both groups believed that the creeds of men kept Christianity divided. In 1832 they joined in fellowship with a handshake.  We are united in the belief that: Jesus is The Christ, the Son of God, Matthew 16:13ff that Christians should celebrate the Lords Supper on the first day of the week, Acts 20:7 & that immersion in water is a necessary condition for salvation, Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-6 & Galatians 3:27.


Invitation: 20  for prayers, 5 Baptisms. June 8, 2014 Bulletin

Hell, the Eternal Home of the Doomed

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The Hebrew word She-owl is translated into Greek as Hades & into English as Hell.  All these words mean the same place which is the place of the dead.  During Old Testament times it had 2 parts, torment which was the place of the unbelieving dead, separated from Abraham's bosom, the place of the believing dead. The Rich man & Lazarus cf: Luke 16:19-31; The Rebellion of Korah in which Korah went down alive into the pit took place about 1,447 BC cf: Numbers 16:26-40; Later King David wrote Psalm 88 about 1,000 BC so it had been about 500 years since Korah went down alive into the pit & Psalm 88 is a psalm of Korah in Hell. Korah has been dead almost 500 years & hasn't figured out yet his situation is permanent. cf: Matthew 10:28, 25:31-46.


Invitation: 17  for prayers, 1 Baptism. June 1, 2014 Bulletin

David's Greatest Sin

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King David's seed (child or descendant) promised an eternal Kingdom cf: II Samuel 7:12-16. David kills an innocent man to get his wife cf:II Samuel 11:1-27. The parable of Nathan the prophet to David cf:II Samuel 12:1-14 the enemies of the Lord blaspheme cf: Psalm 69:5-6; The figure of speech "You understood" in this Psalm 51:1-10 cf: guard your heart Proverbs 4:23 Psalm 51:11-17 cf: humble yourself and be contrite cf: Isaiah 57:15, Psalm 51:18-19, True repentance necessary cf: Matthew 12:38-41 and Jonah 3:3-10 real repentance is turning from our evil way. Godly sorrow necessary cf: II Corinthians 7:10. David Suffered great consequences for his sin: Psalm 38:1-16, Psalm 73:1-3, Psalm 38:16-18 & Psalm 32:1-ff


Invitation: 20  for prayers, 1 Baptism. May 25, 2014 Bulletin

No One Has Ever Been Saved By Faith Alone: James Chapter 2

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We should not prefer the rich to the poor, nor show any partiality inconsistent with the Gospel of Christ, James 2:1-4. God has chosen the poor, rich in faith, to be heirs of His Kingdom, even those whom some among their brethren despised and oppressed, James 2:5, James 2:6. We should love our neighbor as ourselves, and have no respect of persons, James 2:7-9. He who breaks one command of God is guilty of breaking all the commands, James 2:10, James 2:11. We should act as those who shall be judged by the law of liberty; and we shall have judgment without mercy, who shows no mercy, James 2:12, James 2:13. Faith without works of charity and mercy is dead; nor can faith exist where there are no good works, James 2:14-20. Abraham proved his faith by his works, James 2:21-24. And so did Rahab prove her faith by her works, James 2:25. As the body without the soul is dead, so is faith dead without good works, James 2:26.


Invitation: 11  for prayers, 1 Baptism. May 18, 2014 Bulletin

Who Did The Miracles In Acts?

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In the New Testament Apostles were Chosen by Jesus Himself and given Power after the Holy Spirit came upon them to do miracles. Acts 1 Apostles chosen by Jesus Himself - Matthew 10: Luke 6; Acts 1:2; Matthias chosen, Acts 1:24-26; Paul chosen, Acts 9:15, I Corinthians 9:1. Acts 2 Apostles did Miracles - were baptized with Holy Spirit - this was visible, i.e., could be seen, Acts 2:1-4, 43. Acts 6 The seven were filled with Holy Spirit before Apostles laid hands on them, only then could they do miracles. Acts 6:5-8. Acts 8 Imparting of supernatural gifts by laying on of hands by Apostles could be seen - visible, Acts 8:14-19. Acts 10 The house of Cornelius was baptized with Holy Spirit but they were not Apostles and did not have the power (authority given to Apostles by Jesus) to impart the charisma gifts by laying on of hands. God poured out Holy Spirit to them to show Jews Salvation was given to Gentiles also. Acts 10:45 They of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on Gentiles also was poured out the gift (Dorea) of the Holy Ghost. Acts 4:29-31 Apostles prayed and asked God, God answered their prayers. The place was shaken and they were filled with the Holy Ghost and spake the Word with boldness.


Invitation: 11  for prayers, 1 Baptism. May 11, 2014 Bulletin

James Chapter 1

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James addresses the dispersed of the twelve tribes, James 1:1. Shows that they should rejoice under the cross, because of the spiritual good which they may derive from it, especially in the increase and perfecting of their patience, James 1:2-4. They are exhorted to ask wisdom of God, who gives liberally to all, James 1:5. But they must ask in faith, and not with a doubting mind, James 1:6-8. Directions to the rich and the poor, James 1:9-11. The blessedness of the man that endures trials, James 1:12. How men are tempted and drawn away from God, James 1:13-15. God is the Father of lights, and all good proceeds from him, James 1:16-18. Cautions against hasty words, bad and wrong tempers, James 1:19-21. We should be doers of the word, and not hearers merely, lest we resemble those who, beholding their natural face in a mirror, when it is removed they forget what manner of persons they were, James 1:22-24. We should look into the perfect law of liberty, and continue therein, James 1:25. The nature and properties of pure religion, James 1:26 -James 1:27.


Invitation: 11  for prayers, 1 Baptism. May 4, 2014 Bulletin

Second Coming Of Christ

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The coming of Christ is one event. There is no secret-rapture, the word is not used in the Bible. At the end of time Christ will come again, we will be caught up to go with Christ, this earth will be burned up & we will go to New Heavens & a New Earth. Matthew 25:31-46, I Thessalonians 4:13-14 cf: John 5:21-29, Jude 14 & Revelations 21:1-2 & 16, I Thessalonians 4:13-16 The coming of Christ will be accompanied by great signs & wonders, such as at the giving of the Law, cf: Ex. 19:16-19, I Corinthians 15:50-52, I Thessalonians 4:16 dead rise, V:17 we are "caught up together", I Thessalonians 5:1 cf: Acts 1:7-8, I Thessalonians 5:2 cf: Matthew24:42-44 & I Thessalonians 5:3-11; II Peter chapter 1: Add to your faith such virtues as would make it fruitful, for He is shortly to die for the faith. & II Peter Chap. 2 warnings against false prophets & false teachers. II Peter 3:3 cf: John 3:19; II Peter 3:5 cf: Genesis 1:6-10; 3:7 cf: II Thessalonians 1:7-11; II Peter 3:8 Time has no bearing on the threats or the promises of God cf: Psalm 90:4; II Peter 3:9 Repentance cf: Acts 17:30, II Peter 3:10 He will judge & the world will be burned up cf: Matthew 24:42-44; II Peter 3:13 Of the new heavens & the new earth Revelations 21:1-4, Be prepared for a great change; II Peter 3:15-16 Paul's Epistles are advanced & difficult - for the scripture twisters II Peter 3:17-18 Watch & grow in grace. There will be a great resurrection for all people, the only question is whether you are going up or down. II Thessalonians 1:7-8; II Peter 3:3-14; Psalm 1:1-6.


Invitation: 11  for prayers, 1 Baptism. April 27, 2014 Bulletin

Power Of Resurrection

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Prophecy Christ's resurrection, Job 19:22-27, Redeemer Hebrew gaw-al - to ransom, to buy back. "stand" Hebrew koom, get up, stand up, idea of resurrection. John 11:25-26, Jesus claimed power of resurrection.  We will be resurrected as Christ I John 3:2; Jesus raised in bodily resurrection with proofs cf; Acts 1:3 & Luke 24:36-43; Christ's resurrection according to the Scriptures is The Gospel.  I Corinthians 15:1-4, What Scriptures? Isaiah 53:8-10. The resurrected Christ, seen by witnesses & Apostles, I Corinthians 15:5-7, Paul I Corinthians 15:8-10, II Corinthians 11:23-28. Apostles preached same things, I Corinthians 15:11.Judaizing false teacher I Corinthians 15:12. Paul' negative argument, I Corinthians 15:13-19. On the contrary, Paul says first-fruits are proof of a coming great harvest, I Corinthians 15:20. Christ 2nd Adam, I Corinthians 15:21-22. The order of the Resurrection, I Corinthians 15:23. At the end Christ will deliver up the Kingdom, the people of Christ I Corinthians 15:24. Christ King now, cf: Psalm 110:1-4, Acts 2:30, & Hebrews 1:1-9. Christ rules I Corinthians 15:27-28. Baptized for the dead is being baptized knowing full well that it will lead to their martyrdom & death. Note the context. I Corinthians 15:29-30, cf: II Corinthians 11:22ff. A wake to righteousness, I Corinthians 15:31-34, I Corinthians 15:35-36. answer by similitude, I Corinthians 15:36-38, & by application I Corinthians 15:39-41. Greater & different degrees of splendor in the Resurrection, I Corinthians 15:41-44. Christ the second Adam, I Corinthians 15:45-49, cf: Rom. 5:14-21. The second coming of Christ in Power & Glory is one event, I Corinthians 15:50-57, cf: I Thessalonians 4:13 - 5:7, II Peter 3:1-18. The work of the Lord, I Corinthians 15:58, is, John 6:29


Invitation: 11  for prayers, 1 Baptism. April 20, 2014 Bulletin

Suffering Servant

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God's Servant to Die. Isaiah 42:1-4, Isaiah 42:6, Isaiah 42:7; Isaiah 49:1, cf: Luke 1:31-33.sword, cf: Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews4:12, & Revelations 1:16., Isaiah 49:3, cf: Luke 22:24-27.Isaiah 49:5-6, cf: Acts 13:47.Isaiah 49:8 cf: I Corinthians 6:2. Isaiah 49:16; Isaiah 50:4 cf: Matthew 22:41-46, Isaiah 50:5-6, cf: Matthew 27:26.cf: Matthew 26:66-68; Isaiah 50:7-11.Isaiah 52:13 cf: John 3:14, 8:28 & 12:32-33, Isaiah 52:14-15, cf: Rom. 15:21. The Suffering Servant. The Jews claim this 53rd chapter of Isaiah is talking about the suffering of the nation of Israel. In this chapter, the personal pronoun "He" is used 18 times, "His" is used 13 times, & "Him" is used 10 times, which means God used personal pronouns 41 times to prove this coming Messiah will suffer for the sins of the people. Furthermore, He is contrasted to the people in v 8. Isaiah 53:1A, Additionally, Paul quotes this verse in Rom. 10:16, & says Isaiah is talking about Jesus Isaiah 53:1B, cf: Exodus 6:6.atonement Isaiah 53:2-4. Stripes Isaiah 53:5 cf:Matthew 27:26, All sinners Isaiah 53:6, cf: Romans 3:10-20. Opened not His mouth Isaiah 53:7, cf John 19:10. Isaiah 53:8 Prison cf: Matthew 27:27-29, "Judgment" cf: Matthew 27:19,to be Killed, Isaiah 53:8.crucified between two thieves, "Wicked" cf: Matthew 27:38. Isaiah 53:9A. Buried rich man's tomb, Isaiah 53:9B, Matthew 27:57-60. God will see His "seed or child, & prolong His days, Isaiah 53:10, How? resurrect Him from the Grave, Genesis 3:15 & Galatians 3:16, Because of His atonement, He is now called a righteous Servant, Isaiah 53:11, cf: II Corinthians 5:21, who will justify many & Rom. 3:21ff. Isaiah 53:12, there is just one mediator between God and men I Timothy 2:5


Invitation: 11  for prayers, 1 Baptism. April 13, 2014 Bulletin

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

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Christ rides into Jerusalem upon an ass, in fulfillment of the prophecy of: Genesis 49:10-11 & Zechariah 9:9; He Expels money changers, Matthew 21:12 in fulfillment of Malachi 3:1-7, blind & lame healed, Matthew 21:14 cf: Isaiah 35:5, Parables of 2 sons & vineyard Matthew 21:28-41, The stone cf: Psalm 118:22ff, Isaiah 28:16, Isaiah 8:13-15, Acts 4:11ff, Romans 9:33, Ephesians 2:19-22, I Peter 2:5-9 & Romans 12:1-2. Royal & Triumphal Entrance into Jerusalem:  Mark 11 Official Entrance into Jerusalem. Mark 11:1-11 cf: Genesis 49:10-11, Revelation 19:11-16, Zechariah 9:9-11, Psalm 118:25-26 & Malachi 3:1-5; The Barren Fig Tree Cursed. Mark 11:12-14 cf: Hosea 9:10, Matthew 23:23, Matthew 7:15-20, Jeremiah 11:1-3, Isaiah 65:15; The Second Cleansing of the Temple. Mark 11:15-16 cf: Jeremiah 7:30, Ezekiel 8:15-18, Isaiah 52:11 & Isaiah 56:7; Indignation of the Jewish Rulers. Mark 11:17-19 cf: Psalm 69:9, John 11:47-50; Faith, The missing Figs of Israel. Cf: Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the substance, (platform) of things hoped for.


Invitation: 11  for prayers. April 6, 2014 Bulletin

The Kingdom Of God And The Church Of Christ

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The Church: Acts 2:47, Prophecy concerning the kingdom of the Messiah, and the conversion of the Gentile world, Isaiah 2:1-5. Isaiah 2:1 Judah cf: Genesis 49:10, Isaiah2:2 Last Days cf: Acts 2;16-17, Hebrews 1:1-2, Mountain of the Lord's House, Daniel 2:44-45, Lord's House I Timothy 3:15, All Nations Matthew 28:18-20, Mk 16:15-16, Luk 24:45-48, Isaiah 2:2-3, All taught by God John 6:45, Hebrews 1:1-2, New Testament Law James 1:25 & 2:8 cf: Matthew 22:34-40, Jerusalem Lk 24:45-49, Acts 1:8, Isaiah 2:4, Peaceful Kingdom Romans 5:1, Our troubles from the devil Isaiah 54:13-17; Isaiah 11:1, Isaiah 11:2 Spirit cf: Lk 3:21-23, Lk 4:1, Lk 4:18-19 cf: Isaiah 61:1ff, Isaiah 1:3 fear cf: Hebrews 5:7, judge cf: Romans 2:16, Isaiah 11:4 righteousness cf: Ephesians 6:14, poor & Meek cf: Matthew 5:3ff, rod of His mouth & breath of His lips cf: Isaiah 49:2, Hebrews 4:12, Revelations 1:16, II Thessalonians 2:8, Ephesians 6:17, Isaiah 11:5-6 little child cf: Matthew 18:3-4, Isaiah 11:7-9 Holy Mountain what Mountain cf: Isaiah 2:2, I Timothy 3:15; Isaiah 11:10 Paul quotes in Romans 15:12 showing this prophecy is fulfilled the Lamb has already laid down with the lion. Root of Jesse cf: Revelations 5:5 & Revelations 22:16, Isaiah 11:11-12 the first captivity was the Exodus, the second captivity was the Babylonian that ended in 536 BC some time after that God is saying He will establish this Peaceful Kingdom. Isaiah 11:15 tongue descriptive of the 7 streams that the Nile River flows into the Mediterranean Sea. Isaiah 11:16 a highway cf: Isaiah 35:8, Isaiah 40:3 whom all 4 Gospel writers quote as beginning with the preaching of John the Baptist.


Invitation: 11  for prayers. March 30, 2014 Bulletin

The 5 Things We Are Taught To Do To Worship God

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Worshiping God is our duty cf: Hebrews 10:1, Deuteronomy 6:4-16, Jehovah, a Being infinitely and eternally perfect, self-existent, and self-sufficient; Mk 12:28-32, Jn 4:23-24 Acts 2:42 & Hebrews 10:25. Lord's Supper: Exodus 12:1-15 & 22-27 & 29-30, Matthew 26:17-30, Mk 14:15-26, Lk 22:13-20, I Corinthians 11:23-32, this do in remembrance of me; Acts 20:7. Preaching: Mk 16:15-16, preach the Gospel to Every Creature; I Corinthians 1:18, II Timothy 2:2 & 3:14 & 4:5; Singing: Matthew 26:30, I Corinthians 14:15, sing with the spirit; Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 2:12, Jms 5:13 & II Chronicles 29:25-30. Praying: Lk18:1, We ought to always pray; Acts 2:42, Lk 11:1-13. Giving: I Cor, 16:1-2 & And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; II Corinthians 9:6-9.


Invitation: 10  for prayers. March 23, 2014 Bulletin

Worship

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Lk 14:1 Chief Pharisee gives a supper on the Sabbath day, Whosoever will let him come, Lk 14:12-14 Who you should invite to a banquet, cf Isaiah 55:1, Revelations 22:17 & Isaiah 58:6-12, Lk 14:15. Just another empty Pharisee hypocrite ritualistic saying. This man was at the Messianic banquet & didn't know it cf: Mk 1:14-15. Lk 14:16. A certain man is: obviously God, Bade Greek: kal-he-o. They had replied RSVP cf: Exodus 24:7, & Joshua 1:16-17, Lk 14:17, Jesus is the servant, cf Isaiah 42:1-7, God has made divine preparation, cf: Psalm 31:19, Isaiah 64:4-7, Lk 14:18 They refused clear call of God through Jesus His servant just as their fathers had all His Old Testament Prophets, Psalm 81:11, Isaiah 65:12, Jeremiah 7:13, Isaiah 53:1, Bought ground ridiculous. Lk 14:19 Another silly excuse, Lk 14:20 A legal excuse cf Deuteronomy 24:5, Lk 14:21, Servant came, showed God these things, When? cf: Daniel 7:14-15 & Mk 16:15-16, Lk 14:22, There is always room for another, Jn 14:1-2, Lk14:23 Compel Greek "bend their arm till it aches" God is serious, let the great supper to be filled. Luke 14:24, Behold the graciousness & the severity of God.  Worshiping God is our duty cf: Hebrews 10:25, Acts 2:42, & Jn 4:23-24. Lord's Supper: Exodus 12: 1-15, 22-27 & 29-30, Matthew 26:17-30, Mk 14:15-26, I Corinthians 11:23-32; Preaching: Mk 16:15-16, I Corinthians 1:18, II Timothy 2:2 & 3:14-4:5; Singing: Matthew 26:30, I Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 2:12, Jms 5:13 & II Chronicles 29:25-30; Praying: Acts 2:42, Lk 11:1-13, & Giving: I Cor, 16:1-2 & II Corinthians 9:6-9.


Invitation: 10  for prayers. March 16, 2014 Bulletin

Holy Spirit

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