Monthly Archives: April 2017

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).