Monthly Archives: October 2015

James 1:12-27 “FAITH & ACTION” Nov. 1, 2015 – CD#1576

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CHRISTIANITY IS THE OPPOSITE OF RELIGION. Religions teach that finite man can reach an infinite God by works. That is impossible! Christianity teaches that an infinite God did the impossible, and reached down to earth to touch finite man. “For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16) Religions teach that man can reach God through works. Christianity teaches us that man can never reach God through works.          One day the people came to Jesus and asked “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered; “This is the work of God; that you believe in Him whom God has sent.” (John 6:28,29)        Your religious works can never bring you into a relationship with God. A Relationship with God comes only from believing and receiving God’s Love, and trusting in Jesus, God’s provision for your sin.

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James 1 – “Trusting Through Trials” – October 25, 2015 CD#1575

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GOD PUTS OUR FAITH TO THE TEST – Living in this ‘fallen’ world puts our faith to the test every day – Our devotion to Christ is put to the test. (James 1)    We are tested to the breaking point of our own abilities and resources so that we will learn to Trust in the Lord Jesus, instead of in ourselves.      My resources are limited; but when I look to God, I have unlimited resources. My strength is limited; however, when I put my Trust in God, I have unlimited strength.     Paul said that he took pleasure in his weakness, “for when I am weak, then I am strong”      (2 Cor.12:10) so count it all joy when your faith is put to the test.

 

Hebrews 13 – “Living The Christian Life” – 10/18/15 – cd#1574

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GOD GAVE DIRECTIONS for sacrifices & holy days that were to be a way of life for His people. But after a time they were only going through the motions, and not truly honoring God with their hearts, although they were still offering physical sacrifices & praises. God rejected them because their actions were not coming from their hearts. (Hebrews 13).                                                 Jesus sees our hearts & knows how we live our Christian life. That is why our praises & offerings to Him must be a sacrifice from our hearts. There are times when praise just flows from my heart to Christ, and I can’t contain it. But there are other times when I don’t ‘feel’ like praising God or giving to God. It is very important that I praise God & give from my heart in those difficult times. We know God doesn’t need anything from us. But sacrificial praises & offerings bless Jesus when it comes from our hearts.                  What a great privilege it is to be able to give something to God that He really desires; the sacrifice of praise.

Hebrews 12:12-29 “Hear The Voice of Jesus” Oct.11,2015 – CD#1573

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IF WE REFUSE TO LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF JESUS there are consequences (Hebrews 12). And you will not escape those penalties. There were consequences for rebelling against God’s Law at Mt. Sinai, and there will be even more if you rebel against the Grace of God (Mt. Zion). God will shake and judge things not only on earth but in heaven. But God’s people will remain since we have received a Kingdom which cannot be shaken, so let us serve God by His grace.

The scripture tells us our God is a consuming fire. His fire will burn out the trash and sin in His children’s lives. But His fire will consume all that rebel against His Word.

Hebrews 12 “Love and Discipline” – 10/4/15 – CD#1572

 

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CHRISTIANS MUST UNDERSTAND THAT GOD DISCIPLINES US BECAUSE WE ARE HIS CHILDREN, AND HE LOVES US. God does not punish us; He corrects us. There is a great difference between punishment and discipline.                                                    Parents know how important it is to correct a child. When we see our child running into the street without looking, we realize the danger, and we correct them. Our Father sees us doing things that can destroy us, and He corrects us. It may be painful, but not as painful as if He just allowed us to continue along the deadly path.                                                 When you know you’re being disciplined by the Lord, don’t resist or resent Him for it. Take it as evidence that you are God’s child and He loves you.