I Thess. 3 “Jesus Imminent Return” – Jan.25,2015 cd#1540

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THE APOSTLE PAUL was constantly concerned, that Christians would be ready when Jesus returned with His Church. It is God’s desire that Christians in every period of church history live in continuous expectation that Jesus could come for us at any time.  I think His purpose was to give us a sense of urgency in order to get the gospel message out to as many people as possible. And He wanted to give us a sense of priority because, when Jesus Christ comes, we’re going to leave behind all of our material possessions. Our priority should always be the things of the Spirit.  And because Jesus could return at any time, we have a real incentive to walk in holiness. The hope of the imminent return of Jesus Christ is a purifying hope.

1 Thess. 2 “God’s Effective Word” Jan.18,2015 – CD#1539

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THE AWESOME THING ABOUT THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST  is that it is alive, and powerful, and active. Two thousand years ago it was alive and, powerfully working in the Christians at Thessalonica. (1 Thess.2)  Today, in the 21st century, the living, powerful, and active gospel is the same. It is still alive, and effective in people all over the world! It still transforms lives! It still brings people out of darkness into His marvelous light! It still delivers people from the power of Satan into the Kingdom of God! The awesome gospel of Jesus Christ still transforms hearts and lives. It still moves people from sorrow to joy, from distress to peace. God’s not dead, nor is God’s Effective Word!

1 Thessalonians 1 “Turn to God from Idols” Jan.11,2015 – CD#1538

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Let’s break down Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians in Chapter 1:                     Who – Christians & Idolaters; Christians seek spiritual things while idolaters seek material things.

What – Whatever Idol stumbles you; know that by faith you have a new life, free from idols.  (2 Cor.5:17)

When – Day by day put away your Idols & turn to God, presenting your body a living sacrifice. (Rom.12)

Where – Everywhere in your life, get rid of Idols, and fill your life with Righteousness, Peace & Joy.

Why – Because Idolatry brings death & destruction, but God loves you and sent Jesus to die for you, and save you.

How – By relying on God, the Holy Spirit. (Jn 15:5). Jesus said He is with you and shall be in you. (John 14:17)

Acts 28 – “The Fruit of Living By Faith” – 1/4/15 – cd#1538

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In Acts 28 – the last chapter of the book – We see that the Apostle Paul was a prisoner of Christ in Roman chains for two years. Paul used that time to write letters to the Ephesian church, the Colossians, the Philippians, to Timothy & Philemon. Think what we would have lost if we didn’t have Paul’s letters. They make up most of the New Testament.

God brought the Apostle to the wicked city of Rome to bring the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ to all who would listen or read. He was not only a blessing to the churches where the letters were sent, but his letters have been a blessing to all Christians through the centuries. Today we are reaping the fruit of Paul’s living faith in Jesus Christ while in that ungodly, seemingly impossible, situation.

 

Acts 27 – “Faith Through the Storm” -12/28/14 – CD#1537

In Acts 27 the Lord encouraged Paul in the midst of a storm at sea. Jesus assured Paul of his mission; “You must be brought before Caesar..”. Paul had God’s word that he was going to make it to Rome.   It is wonderful to have that assurance regarding your purpose for life. When the storms of life come and we are prone to give up; when we are anxious and have doubts, we can rest on the promises of God.  Jesus told Paul: “You shall bear witness of Me in Rome.” Paul believed God’s word to him, that it would be just as it was told to him. Paul had confidence in the word of God! So it should be with every Bible believing Christian.

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Acts 27 “Faith Through the Storm” Dec. 28, 2014 CD#1537

Acts 27

In Acts 27 the Lord encouraged Paul in the midst of a storm at sea. Jesus assured Paul of his mission; “You must be brought before Caesar..”. Paul had God’s word that he was going to make it to Rome.   It is wonderful to have that assurance regarding your purpose for life. When the storms of life come and we are prone to give up; when we are anxious and have doubts, we can rest on the promises of God.   Jesus told Paul: “You shall bear witness of Me in Rome.” Paul believed God’s word to him, that it would be just as it was told to him. Paul had confidence in the word of God! So it should be with every Bible believing Christian.

“A Child is Born, A Son is Given” – Isaiah 9 – 12/21/14 – CD#ChristX2014

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ISAIAH 9 is a clear and glorious prophecy about the birth of the Messiah; Jesus Christ.  This Scripture tells us of the deity of Christ. What child has ever been born who could be called “Mighty God”?

What child has ever been born who could be called “The Prince of Peace” who would one day rule the world? He is The Child who was born in Bethlehem of the virgin Mary.

He was a Child who was born, but He was also a Son who was given. God gave His only begotten Son. He was fully God and fully man. A Child and Son.

Acts 26 “Attacking With God’s Love” -12/14/14 – CD# 1536

In Acts 26 Paul attacks the unbelievers with the Gospel of God’s Love for them. – Christians should always be on the offensive (Eph.6 – Matt.16:18 – 2Cor.10:4). We have not been equipped to retreat! – Jesus and His great Grace will deliver anyone from the power of Sin and Satan who has blinded their eyes to the truth. As Christians, we pray for all unbelievers that the eyes of their hearts can be opened so that they can truly consider the claims of Jesus without the prejudice and blindness Satan has put in their mind.        Paul wrote to Timothy that through our gentleness, patience, and humility “they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will”(2 Tim.2:26).

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Acts 25 “Jesus Is Alive” – Dec. 7, 2014 – CD#1535

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IN ACTS CHAPTER 25 PAUL TESTIFIED TO THE ROMAN GOVERNOR FELIX, AND LATER TO HIS SUCCESSOR, FESTUS THAT JESUS IS ALIVE.  The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is at the heart of the Gospel. (Good News). Without the Resurrection, there is no Gospel.  If Jesus is not alive, and if He did not rise from the dead, then His death on the Cross has no power or meaning.                 Peter said; “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:3). The Resurrection gives us hope for the future. The born again Christian has no fear of death because the Resurrection is true and Jesus Is Alive.

Acts 24 “Delayed Decisions” – Nov.30, 2014 – CD# 1534

Acts 24

PAUL TESTIFIED TO GOVERNOR FELIX THAT THERE IS A DAY OF JUDGMENT COMING.  He told Felix that he had not been living right, and his sins were going to catch up with him. (Acts24) Felix heard, understood, and was even afraid, but he delayed making any decision. This is what people often do; they delay a decision that is certainly the most important decision they will ever make. Felix was convicted of his sin yet he put off any decision, telling Paul; “Go your way now. When it is convenient, I’ll call you.” He put off the most important decision of his life.

Many people have made this same mistake, delaying the decision to commit their lives to Christ. In that hour when God’s Spirit was convicting them of sin, and pointing them to Jesus, they put Him off!  With Felix, that convenient time never came. This is true of many people who delay making the decision to follow Jesus, only to discover that they had allowed the day of grace to slip away. Hell is filled with people who decided to wait for a more convenient time.

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