Monthly Archives: August 2017

10AM Sunday,8/27/17 “Walking In The Spirit” Acts 21 – cd#1656

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After Stephen was stoned to death, Paul led the persecution of the church. He wreaked havoc on the church in Jerusalem. As a result of the persecution that Paul led, the disciples were spread throughout Judea.   One of those who had to flee Jerusalem because of Paul was Philip. He went to Samaria. He preached to the Ethiopian eunuch. Here in Acts 21, Philip, 20 years later, hosted Paul at his home in Caesarea. Philip had opened the gates, but Paul knocked the walls down as far as taking the gospel to Gentiles. Now they were working together. God’s Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways doesn’t He?

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.                                                                  We Are SORRY the Audio didn’t work this week .

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

Revelation 2:4.

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.