8/19/2018 – 10AM – “Alive with Jesus” – – – 2 Corinthians 5

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Christians are not afraid of death. In fact we sing: “When I die Hallelujah bye and bye, I’ll Fly Away.” So we look forward to the death of this body of flesh and blood, because we know that as long as we are here on this earth we are not living in heaven with Jesus our Lord. Paul the Apostle said that he would rather be out of this physical body, and alive in his new body with the Lord, Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5)                                 When my spirit leaves my body, I am dead, by definition. But as a Christian, when my spirit leaves my body, I am immediately Alive with the Lord, and in my new body. I hope that you believe this?                                

8/12/18 – 10AM – “Now or Later” – – 2 Corinthians 4

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What an incredible treasure the Gospel of Jesus Christ is. Yet God chose to place this treasure into Jars of Clay. Christ didn’t put it into a fancy worldly treasure chest, but into you and I, and we are made from the clay of the earth. That way we don’t draw people to ourselves, but to Christ.         You wouldn’t give someone a gift in a package that is more valuable than the gift. And it would be pretty strange if you gave a gift to someone and they were so enamored by the wrapping they that they never opened the present.              Jesus uses Earthen Vessels like us so that no one will glory in who we are, but they will glory in Jesus Christ, our great God and Savior, and who He is. It is foolish for us to exalt ourselves. He chose us because we are not exalted; and if we try to exalt ourselves, it will make us useless to Christ.                    (2 Corinthians 4).

10AM – 1/7/18 “Adopted and Loved by God” – Romans 8 – CD#1673

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God desires to have a relationship with each one of us as our Father. He adopted us, sealed us with His Spirit, and wants us to be so close in our relationship that we call Him “daddy”.       My children always called me “daddy”, and as they got older, they called me “dad”. I would never want a formal relationship with my children. I want them to be close to me and comfortable enough to call me “dad”.  Our heavenly Father is the same way. We are now His children, and He wants a close relationship with us. That relationship is revealed as His Spirit communes with our spirit and lets us know that we are His. This is almost too wonderful to comprehend! God has adopted me as His child, and I am now an heir of God! And He wants me to call Him “Dad”.

Aug 5, 2018-10AM”From Glory to Glory” – 2 Corinthians 3-

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Paul is trying to direct the Corinthian Christians to focus on the spiritual glory of the New Covenant rather than the physical glory of the Old, as many Christians today refuse to focus. He compared the two types of glory by recalling how Moses absorbed and reflected God’s glory for a time after being in His presence (2 Cor. 3). Though Moses’ glow had a spiritual cause, there was nothing spiritual about the effect—anyone, regardless of their relationship with God, could see the glow on Moses’ face, which he covered with a veil.
Not so the glory of the New Covenant. That glory can be seen only with a believer’s spiritual eyes – eyes that Paul is doing his best to open, so that people can ‘see’ the glory of the gospel. So Paul writes, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

July 29,2018 – 10AM – 2 Corinthians 2 – – “Not Grieved – But Loved”

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In the 1st century, just as in the 21st century, there were those who saw the ministry as a business. These false shepherds saw the flock of God as sheep to be fleeced, whereas the true pastor/shepherd sees God’s sheep to be fed. The false shepherds used the Word to cash in on the ministry for profit. But the gospel of God is not something to be marketed. Jesus is insulted when people use marketing gimmicks to promote what is supposedly God’s work.    What a horrible indictment, that it could be said that we are “peddling the word of God” (2 Cor.2). Paul said; “out of sincerity as from God, we speak in the sight of God.” God knows & He sees.

 

July 22,2018 – 10AM – “Give It To Jesus” – – – 2 Corinthians 1 –

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Paul told the Corinthians (2 Cor. 1) about a hard situation he had experienced in Asia. He was burdened beyond measure, and without strength, so much that he despaired of life itself. This situation was beyond anything Paul could handle, and he thought it would kill him. But, as he looked back at the experience, Paul realized God’s purpose in the suffering was that he would give it to Jesus and learn to trust in Him instead.                                              Sometimes God will put us in situations that we cannot handle, just to remind us to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and not in ourselves.

July 15, 10AM – – “Refreshing Others” – – 1 Corinthians 16

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Paul shared his plans with the church at Corinth, but then added “If the Lord permits” (1 Cor.16).  Jesus taught us at Gethsemane & many other places, that we should always pray for the Lord’s Will to be done in our lives & not out own will (Lk.22:42/Jn.4:34 /Jas 4:15). We should always make that a prerequisite of any plans we make since we are now Christians, and Jesus is Lord and Master of our lives.                                                                        As the Bride of Christ we need to stay flexible, and make our plans always subject to change. We don’t want to make our plans so rigid that God has to break us in order to change our direction. He will do that if it is necessary, but it is always better to stay flexible. I always say, “Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be broken.”  Pastor Chuck Smith

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July 8, 10am “Victory In Jesus” 1 Cor. 15

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Our physical bodies are both temporary & disposable.             Our physical bodies are like seeds that must die in order to become a new creation. And all that the new creation needs is contained in the DNA of the seed. But what an amazing difference there is between the rose seed and the rose flower.    1 Corinthians 15 tells us there are “celestial (spiritual) bodies & terrestrial (physical) bodies.” The seed that is our terrestrial body will become our celestial body when we die, and “death is swallowed up in Victory”.   The cells that make up my physical body are being destroyed & replaced every 7 years. But my spirit is constant & that’s what makes me who I am. So God will give Christians new spiritual bodies when we get to heaven. We will enjoy eternity in these new celestial bodies forever; they will never grow old or die.

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