1 Timothy 4 “Serving God In The Last Days” – 10AM Sunday, Mar. 29 – CD#1549

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GOD THE FATHER has provided a way to salvation and eternal life in heaven for all of mankind. When God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross He died for the sins of the world. He opened the door to “Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev.22:17).  But most people reject Jesus Christ and His offer of salvation and heaven. So, although Christ died for all mankind, and makes this offer to all, only those who accept Jesus Christ will receive the benefits of His redeeming sacrifice. “He is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.”  In other words, He died for everyone, but it takes acceptance by faith to actually know Jesus as your personal Savior. His death doesn’t do you any good unless you receive His free gift!

 

1 Timothy 3 “The Mystery of Godliness” – 10AM Sunday, March 22, – CD#1548

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“.. GREAT IS THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS ..”(I Tim.3:16) That a human could be changed to become more like his Creator God. That a person can take on a Christ like character is an amazing thing, and an incomprehensible mystery. Yet it happens in the life of everyone who surrenders his life to Jesus Christ and is born again.

Lives are changed mysteriously! Drug addicts who have tried every program imaginable, suddenly are delivered from years of slavery to the needle. An alcoholic quits drinking and never touches it again. A person who was filled with bitterness and anger comes to Christ, and is softened immediately by the touch of God’s Word. Depression and anxieties are gone when people receive God’s Holy Spirit. Great is the mystery of Godliness!

 

1 Timothy 2 “The Narrow Way” 3/15/15/ – cd# 1547

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“There is One God & One Mediator between God and all mankind, the Man Christ Jesus” (1Timothy 2). There is only One way that leads to heaven! All roads or religious activities and traditions are not good! Only if we are born again, and have a personal relationship with the Savior, Jesus Christ will we rise up to heaven. He said; “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14)                                                Sometimes people get very upset with us; they think we are intolerant bigots since we say there is only One way. However, we didn’t say it, Jesus said it! And Jesus also spoke of entering by the narrow gate that leads to life; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go that way (Mat 6).

 

1 Timothy 1 “Fight for Doctrine & Love” – Mar. 8,2015 – CD#1546

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The central themes of the Christian life must be God’s Word & God’s Love – The Enemy will fight against the sound teaching of God’s Word, and sharing God’s Love. In 1 Timothy Paul writes to his young friend, Pastor Timothy of Ephesus, and encourages him to continue in sound doctrine, and warns him to beware of false doctrine in the church. Satan promotes legalism, idolatry, and emotionalism. Satan has invented ideas like genealogies, astrology, re-incarnation, karma, mysticism, and even fables about Jesus studying with Eastern cults.

If Timothy had to be encouraged in the fight to continue in sound teaching, and had to be warned about false teachers in the 1st century church, we who are living in the 21st century church must certainly heed these encouraging words and warnings. The end result of teaching and applying the Bible will be mature, faithful, Christians who will work the work of God, & believe on the One who He has sent (Jn.6:28 & 29), and God’s Agape’ love will shine through their lives!

2 Thessalonians 3 “The Goal Is Love” – 3/1/15 – cd#1545 – Andrew S. Memorial Sat. 10am Mar.7

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GOD will strengthen you and protect you from the enemy of your soul if you’ve given your life to Jesus Christ.  Jesus will direct your hearts into the Love of God. But Satan will often come with doubt and questions about God’s love, especially when things seem to have gone wrong. The Enemy comes along and says “If God really loves you, why did He allow this to happen?”  Your Enemies, (Satan, Self, Sin, and Society) want you to question God’s Love for you.                                                                                        God, our Father, Loves us, and He is working in all of the circumstances in our lives, for a good purpose. (Romans 8:28) I know this is true because God has revealed His Love for me personally, in my heart. I pray that God will also direct your hearts toward the wonderful, amazing, Love of God in Christ Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 2 “The Departure & Antichrist” 2/22/15 cd#1544

 

Paul writes here, in 2 Thessalonians 2, that eventually the Antichrist will sit in the temple of God declaring that he is God & demanding to be worshiped as God. This is the final event that will trigger the wrath and judgment of God. In Matthew 24 Jesus said, “When you see this abomination of desolation that Daniel spoke of (Dan.9:27&12:11) standing in the Holy place, it is time for you to flee Jerusalem.” Jesus also said; “Let him who reads, understand” (Matt.24:15,16)!                                               The Book of Revelation tells us that God will give Israel two wings of a great eagle to take her to a wilderness place, where God will watch over the faithful ones, and keep them safe for 3 ½ years (Rev.12:14).

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2 Thessalonians 1 “Live Worthy of His Call” – Inductive Bible Study, Sunday 10am Feb. 15, 2015 – CD#1543

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ONE DAY WHEN JESUS CHRIST COMES TO RULE OVER THE EARTH, we will see the world as God intended it to be! There will be no sickness or violence. The blind will behold the glory of the Lord! The mute will sing praises to Jesus, and the lame will leap for joy (Isa.35:5,6). There will be no sorrow or pain there, and the former things will pass away (Rev.21:4).          We will see a world in which people live together in harmony and love. We will enjoy a world filled with love and peace. It will be a glorious world in the kingdom age (Rev.21:24-27).                                                                              And in that wonderful Day, Jesus will be glorified in His saints and loved and admired among all who believe (2 Thessalonians 1). Our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ will rule in glory!

1 Thessalonians 5 – “Watch & Be Ready” – Inductive Bible Study, Fellowship & Prayer – 10AM – 2/8/15 – CD#1542

 

THE WORD OF GOD calls Christians children of the day, and not children of the night, so that the coming of the Lord should not take us by surprise. (1 Thess.5)   There are a lot of things in this world that cloud our spiritual awareness. Even Christians can get caught up in the things of this world. The rotten culture of todays’ world is easily accessible, and we can become spiritually dull rather than spiritually alert.   So Jesus warns His children to “watch and be ready for you don’t know the day or the hour your Lord is coming” (Matt.24:42)!

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I Thessalonians 4 “Christians Never Die” – Feb. 1, 2015 CD#1541

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THE NEW TESTAMENT uses the word “sleep” to refer to a Christians’ death (1 Thess.4). It started with Jesus. When He told Mary & Martha that Lazarus was only asleep, the disciples thought he would get well since he was only asleep, so Jesus told them plainly that Lazarus was dead (John 11). Jesus used the term “sleep” because what happens to a Christian isn’t the same as what happens to the unrepentant sinner who dies.

Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (Jn.11:25). Jesus was referring to spiritual death, which is the separation of consciousness from God. Jesus was saying that anyone who believes in Him will never be separated from God!

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.

 

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