10AM 8/20/17 – “God’s Humble Servant” – Acts 20 – CD#1656

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Humility is a tremendous characteristic in a person!    Too often a person who has been used of God gets an exalted attitude, and they begin to have a sense of self-importance. Not the Apostle Paul! (Acts 20)        When Jesus uses any person in a mighty way, there is a tendency for other people to exalt that person, supposing he or she is above all the rest, when indeed they are not. But because people treat them that way, they begin to expect it. It’s very sad when a Christian minister starts demanding special treatment or begins to exhibit a feeling of self-importance because others have been treating them in a special way. The Apostle Paul demonstrated that amazing, humble spirit while serving God’s people even with signs and wonders following his service.

10AM Sun. 8/13/17 “First Love”-Acts 19:11-41 – CD#1655

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When Jesus spoke to the church of Ephesus He said “.. I have this against you, that you have left your first love…Repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly & remove your lampstand” (Rev.2:4-5). In that vision Jesus was walking in the midst of the seven golden lampstands, which represented the churches. The warning to Ephesus was; “If you don’t repent I will remove My Spirit from the church.” In Ephesus today there are only ruins of a once great city. And there is not one single Christian around Ephesus.   Jesus wants our love to be fervent. He wants us to always be filled with the Spirit. “First love” refers to the time Paul came to them & they received the Holy Spirit (Acts 19). But at the end of the first century, the Ephesians had left the love of their life, Jesus, and finally there was no church at all.      This is another warning to Christians about how important it is to nourish our Love for, and our Faith in the things of Christ.  We know that Jesus will never leave us or forsake us, (Hebrews 13:5)  but I pray that we will never leave or forsake Christ, but will always stay close to Jesus.

10am Sun.8/6/17 – “Immersed In The Spirit” – Acts 19 – cd#1654

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There were Christians in the first century, and there are Christians today, who are in need of the dynamic power of God’s Holy Spirit. The writer to the Hebrews called them “,,unskilled in the word of righteousness, & babies.”(Heb 6). He meant that there was no Spiritual fire or power in their lives. They may say; “I’m a Christian. I believe in Jesus..” but it doesn’t go beyond that. There is no real enthusiasm for the things of God’s Spirit. It may be that Paul saw a lack of Spiritual Love and Power in the Christians from Ephesus (Acts 19), so Paul asked; “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” Because the Holy Spirit is the dynamic power of God! He is the One that makes us alive to the things of God! He brings Love and Passion for Christ into our lives! He brings righteousness, peace and joy! So the question to you and to me is this; “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”  God wants to baptize (immerse) you in His Holy Spirit.

Sun.10AM – 7/30/17 – “The Way of The Spirit” Acts 18:12-28 cd#1653

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This is how we live spiritually—we breathe in the air by prayer, and we breathe it out by praise! This is the holy respiration of a Christian’s life! Prayer and Praise must be mingled in a divinely wise proportion to make sweet incense to God. I hope we can say that we have never finished praying without feeling that we must begin singing, and that we have never finished singing without feeling we must begin praying! What a blessed exchange this makes for the whole of Christian life!  (Acts 18:12-28)  C. H. Spurgeon – 1834 – 1892                                                               Obedience to God’s Word is the clearest evidence that the Lord has forgiven your sin and you are born of the Spirit.  Do not neglect any part of His precepts. At the same time, remember to live in the Spirit in Love, soberly, righteously, honestly, and Godly in this present evil age, for if you do not, if there is not true obedience, it may be that, after all, Jesus Christ has never said to you; ‘Your sins are forgiven’!

10am Sun. 7/23/17 “God’s Amazing Grace” – Acts 18 – cd#1652

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When Jacob’s hour had come to die he left his children with these words: “God shall be with you” (Gen.48). When our dearest family or friends are called home by death, we console ourselves with God’s Amazing Grace, and with His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us.                                           Christians are in an Amazing relationship as we walk with God. Although we may be down and depressed, God is with us! We have His Grace and Strength, for nothing is too hard for The Lord. Since Jesus is with us, we are always safe, for even death cannot destroy God’s children who walk with Him in Faith. Oh, what a peace and joy we have! Not only is God with us, but He is always with us. – With us as His children – With us as His family – With us as His Bride through all eternity (Acts 18).  Jesus’ very name; Immanuel, means ‘God with us’! It is in the hard times that we experience God’s Amazing Grace. Our lives are blessed, and the truth will win, for the Lord is with those who are with Him.

10am Sun. 7/16/17 – “Reasoning Through God’s Word” Acts 17 – CD#1651

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The Gospel of Jesus Christ is reasonable. It makes sense to commit your life to God who created all things (Acts 17). Paul wrote in Romans 12 that we should “..present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” God has a better plan for your life than anything you can come up with. “Come, let us reason together, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18).    The Gospel is reasonable. I believe to reject the Gospel is unreasonable. I think the only reason some people reject the Gospel is that the Enemy of our soul has deceived them, and they cannot reason.  Paul reasoned with the people in Thessalonica, showing them through the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.

10am Sun. 7/9/17 – “The Call of God” Acts 16 – CD#1650

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THE man who is called of God is bound for heaven, and has not given over his life to the empty pleasures of this world.  All men have their pleasures by which their souls are lifted up; the worldly lifts up his soul in carnal delights, which are mere empty pleasures; but the Christian loves eternal pleasures, and like the Apostle Paul, the Christian is lifted up in the ways of the Lord (Acts 15). “But he who is content with slop, will be found with the swine. Does the world satisfy you? Then you have your reward and portion in this life; enjoy it, for you shall know no other”. (Spurgeon)
The person who is called of God is a humble person of honor. The Christian’s word is his only oath; but that is as good as twenty oaths of the unsaved. Lying will shut anyone out of heaven, for a liar shall not heed God’s call to enter into God’s house, whatever their actions or professions.

Will you heed the Call of God and ascend up to the holy hill and to God’s house?