Monthly Archives: August 2018

8/19/2018 – 10AM – “Alive with Jesus” – – – 2 Corinthians 5

2Corinth5

Christians are not afraid of death. In fact we sing: “When I die Hallelujah bye and bye, I’ll Fly Away.” So we look forward to the death of this body of flesh and blood, because we know that as long as we are here on this earth we are not living in heaven with Jesus our Lord. Paul the Apostle said that he would rather be out of this physical body, and alive in his new body with the Lord, Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5)                                 When my spirit leaves my body, I am dead, by definition. But as a Christian, when my spirit leaves my body, I am immediately Alive with the Lord, and in my new body. I hope that you believe this?

                               

8/12/18 – 10AM – “Now or Later” – – 2 Corinthians 4

2Corinth4

What an incredible treasure the Gospel of Jesus Christ is. Yet God chose to place this treasure into Jars of Clay. Christ didn’t put it into a fancy worldly treasure chest, but into you and I, and we are made from the clay of the earth. That way we don’t draw people to ourselves, but to Christ.         You wouldn’t give someone a gift in a package that is more valuable than the gift. And it would be pretty strange if you gave a gift to someone and they were so enamored by the wrapping they that they never opened the present.              Jesus uses Earthen Vessels like us so that no one will glory in who we are, but they will glory in Jesus Christ, our great God and Savior, and who He is. It is foolish for us to exalt ourselves. He chose us because we are not exalted; and if we try to exalt ourselves, it will make us useless to Christ.                    (2 Corinthians 4).

10AM – 1/7/18 “Adopted and Loved by God” – Romans 8 – CD#1673

Romans 8

God desires to have a relationship with each one of us as our Father. He adopted us, sealed us with His Spirit, and wants us to be so close in our relationship that we call Him “daddy”.       My children always called me “daddy”, and as they got older, they called me “dad”. I would never want a formal relationship with my children. I want them to be close to me and comfortable enough to call me “dad”.  Our heavenly Father is the same way. We are now His children, and He wants a close relationship with us. That relationship is revealed as His Spirit communes with our spirit and lets us know that we are His. This is almost too wonderful to comprehend! God has adopted me as His child, and I am now an heir of God! And He wants me to call Him “Dad”.

Aug 5, 2018-10AM”From Glory to Glory” – 2 Corinthians 3-

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Paul is trying to direct the Corinthian Christians to focus on the spiritual glory of the New Covenant rather than the physical glory of the Old, as many Christians today refuse to focus. He compared the two types of glory by recalling how Moses absorbed and reflected God’s glory for a time after being in His presence (2 Cor. 3). Though Moses’ glow had a spiritual cause, there was nothing spiritual about the effect—anyone, regardless of their relationship with God, could see the glow on Moses’ face, which he covered with a veil.
Not so the glory of the New Covenant. That glory can be seen only with a believer’s spiritual eyes – eyes that Paul is doing his best to open, so that people can ‘see’ the glory of the gospel. So Paul writes, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).