Sun.10am 5/21/17 “God Has No Favorites” – Acts 10 – cd#1644

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In Acts Chapter 10, we see the beginning of the Gentile church. The Father poured out His Spirit and called out from among the Gentiles a Bride for His Son, Jesus Christ. This is a beautiful picture for which we can give thanks to God because the door has been opened to the Gentiles of the world.       God receives each person equally. He doesn’t close the door to anyone. It is wrong to think that one person is superior to another. No matter who the person is, no matter where they are from, if they will call upon Christ Jesus with a sincere heart, they will be saved!

**Happy Mother’s Day** – 5/14/17 “Godly Fear & Comfort” Acts 9:20-43 CD#1643

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Between verses 25 & 26 of Acts 9, there is a gap of about three years. Paul did not go immediately to Jerusalem after leaving Damascus, but he went down to the area of Mt. Sinai in Arabia. He was there for three years as the Lord Jesus taught him and helped him to better understand the Scriptures.      It was a time of solitude. It was a time of seeking God. It was a time of great spiritual revelation for Paul. God used that time to reveal to the apostle His amazing grace, apart from the Law. For three years Paul was instructed personally by Jesus Christ.

 

Sunday 10AM 5/7/17 “The Way & The Saints” – Acts 9 – CD#1643

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The Way is the name that was used for early Christianity. And Acts chapter 9 is the first time believers are called “saints”.  In the Gospel of Matthew, he spoke of the saints of the Old Testament rising from their graves after Jesus’ Resurrection. But here this term is being applied to the Christians in Jerusalem.   As far as God is concerned if you are followers of Jesus Christ you are saints. You don’t have to be canonized by any church to be a saint. If you have faith in Jesus, you are a saint. To be a saint means you are ‘set apart’ for God’s use.    Saint Gary has a nice ring to it.

Sunday 10AM 4/30/17 – “Persecution Planting & Preparing” – Acts 8 – CD#1642

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You know that whenever God is working, whether in times of Persecution, or Planting or Preparing, a by-product of that Spiritual work is Joy in all circumstances. It is wonderful to see the Joy of the Lord in His Church! (Acts 8)           Throughout the New Testament, the result of the work of God’s Spirit in the Christian’s life is Godly Joy. Paul wrote that the Fruit of the Spirit is Love, and that the first characteristic of this Spiritual Love is Joy (Gal.5:22)                                               This Joy is found as we walk through life with Jesus Christ! And so there is this great Joy in the Bride of Christ.

Pastor Chuck Smith 1927 – 2013

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April 16, 2017 “Resurrection Day” CD#Easter 2017

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Light springs from the darkness of Golgotha, and flowers bloom beneath the shadow of the once accursed tree. Grace has dug a fountain which forever gushes with waters pure as crystal, each drop capable of healing the sorrows of mankind. You who have had your seasons of sorrow will confess that it was not at Olivet that you found comfort, not on Sinai, nor on Tabor; but it was at Gethsemane, Golgotha, and the Garden tomb that you found comfort. The blood, sweat, and tears of Gethsemane will take away the bitterness of your life; the scourge of Golgotha has scourged away your cares, and the empty Garden tomb gives us comfort rare and rich. We never would have known Christ’s Love in all its heights and depths if Jesus had not died; nor could we guess the Father’s deep Love if He had not given His Only Begotten Son to die. The sea-shell whispers to us of the ocean when we put it to our ear; but if we desire to hear and see the ocean itself we should look there. Those who would know God’s Love, should look to the Cross at Calvary and the transactions of the crucifixion and resurrection to see the Man of Sorrows die and rise again.

April 9, 2017 – “From Heaven To Stephen” Acts 7 – CD#1641

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John the Baptist answered his questioners with a sentence that I have heard called the “hope and the despair” of all mankind. John told them that “a man can receive nothing, unless it has been given to him from heaven.”

John was speaking of spiritual truth that comes only by God’s Holy Spirit, and can be received only by spiritual revelation. In Acts 7 we see a spiritual revelation given to Stephen from heaven at the time of his martyrdom.

The Bible speaks again and again of the failure of human reason to discover or comprehend divine truth. In that failure we see human despair.

John the Baptist said, “…unless it has been given to him from heaven”! This means that there are gifts that come from heaven. And Jesus promised His disciples that the Holy Spirit of truth would come and teach them all things (see John 16:13-14).

April 2, 2017 “Faithful to God’s Call” – Acts 6 – CD#1640

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Stephen was a Christian man full of faith and power, and he was serving tables in obedience to God’s call (Acts 6).  I have heard ministry referred to as “the highest calling.” But there is no one particular “highest calling”.

If you are a Christian, whatever God has called you to do is your highest calling.  If it is serving tables, then do it as unto the Lord. The Bible encourages Christians: “And whatever you do in word of deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col.3:17). I am what I am for the Lord because of His calling upon my life. It is important that I be faithful to His call.

March 26,2017 “Dead or Alive” Acts 5 – cd#1639

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If you are living without any consciousness of God, then the Bible declares that you are dead! You can have all the bodily functions, such as breathing, thinking, or talking, but if you have no awareness of God, if you have made no place for God in your life, the Bible says you are spiritually dead  Acts 5.  The Bible says you must be born again to be alive (John 3).

Spiritual death is worse than physical death. It is much more to be feared than physical death.  Jesus said; “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”   Matthew 10:28

Mar.19,2017 “Power In Righteous Prayer” Acts 4 – CD#1638

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The disciples of Christ didn’t just rush into their prayers and petitions. They took time, first of all, to worship the Lord. (Acts 4:23-37).  Prayer should always begin with worship, with a time of reflecting on God’s Word, and quietness before the Lord. Then we bring our prayers and petitions, as we recognize the righteousness of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.    We should always acknowledge our Father to whom we are coming in prayer, and realize that He has everything in His hands. Worship gives us perspective, and then are we ready to bring our petitions to Him and receive God’s righteous power from on High.

3/12/17 “Christ Our Cornerstone” – Acts 4 – CD#163

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A real Christian is an odd number, anyway.    He feels supreme love for the One whom he has never seen; talks often each day to Someone he cannot see; expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another; empties himself in order to be full; admits he is wrong so he can be declared right; goes down in order to get up; is strongest when he is weakest; richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels the worst.                                                                                                                                                                                             He dies so he can live; forsakes in order to have; gives away so he can keep; sees the invisible; hears the inaudible’ and knows that which passes understanding.” — A. W. Tozer.

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