10AM – 3/1/2020 – “Fellowship With God” – 1 John 1

AMAZING! Jesus desires to have Fellowship with you and me! Jesus; The Creator of all things! Jesus; The One who transcends time and space! Jesus Christ wants to be one with you and me! And He will call us His friends. This is even more amazing when you realize how vast and powerful God is. God fills the universe; yet God wants to have a close Relationship with you and me! – If we look closely into God’s Word, we understand that this is the purpose of our existence. You and I exist for the purpose of having a close Relationship with God. “Truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3). Truly, that is amazing! We can have a close Relationship with our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ! All we must do is ask and receive!

10AM – 2/23/2020 – “Longsuffering” – 2 Peter 3

Scoffers say, “It’s been two thousand years since Jesus was here on earth, and promised to come again. Where is the promise of His coming? In the last chapter of Revelation, Jesus said, “Behold , I am coming quickly (Rev.22:12) and look it’s been two thousand years. That’s not very quick !” But Peter has given us the explanation. He said, “Do not forget this one thing; that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3)    God exists outside of time. In the eternal realm, you have a whole different measurement. In the eternal realm, there is no time! In Psalm 90:4 Moses wrote; “For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night.”               Pastor Chuck Smith 1927 – 2013                                Copy & Paste


First Peter was written to Jewish Christians who were spread throughout Asia Minor, which is present day Turkey. This Second letter is written to Christians everywhere. Peter had a sense that his death was coming soon, and this letter was written to remind Christians everywhere of those eternal things that were of greatest importance (2 Peter 2).    – Peter reminded his readers that Jesus could return at any moment. “God isn’t slack concerning His promises, but is patient…” (2 Pet.3:9).  And since we know this present world will all burn one day, we should be compelled to live with eternity in view.   This 2nd letter is summarized in the last two verses, “You therefore, beloved, since you know this, beware lest you also fall from your steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.”  – Chuck Smith

10AM 2/9/20 – “Precious Promises” 2 Peter 1

Let me say boldly that it is not the difficulty of discovering truth, but the unwillingness to obey the truth, that makes it so rare among men. Jesus said, “I am… the Truth” (Jn 14:6). And again He said, “The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Lk 19:10). Truth, therefore, is not hard to find for this reason; He is seeking us(Jn.15:16)  So we learn that Truth is not a thing for which we must search, but a Person to whom we must listen! In the New Testament, multitudes came to Jesus for physical help, but only rarely did a person seek Him out to learn the Truth. The whole picture in the Gospels is one of a seeking Savior, not one of seeking men.  The Truth was hunting for those who would receive it, and relatively few did, for “many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt 22:14). And His precious promises are to those who are chosen of God and obey.  A. W. Tozer 1897 – 1963      

10 AM 2/2/20 “The Servant Leader” 1 Peter 5

On the night Christ was betrayed He took a towel and washed the feet of His disciples, taking the position of a servant. After He had washed their feet, He said: “You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”  Earlier in Christ’s ministry, Jesus told His disciples, “The rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them.” But Jesus said, “It shall not be so among you” (Matt.20).  And in our world this is true as well, but this should not be so in the church. As Peter was writing, he was thinking of Jesus’ words and of the example Jesus gave to us (1 Peter 5). – Chuck Smith 1927-2013                               

10AM 1/26/20 “Trials To Smiles” 1 Peter 4

Our first reaction to a heavy trial is to think something strange is happening to us. We don’t understand why God’s people have to suffer. So we wonder, if God loves me so much, why does He allow me to suffer?  (1 Peter 4)    –   When I love someone, I want to save them from suffering. That’s why we often spoil our children. In protecting them from the consequences of their actions, we actually cause them to get more rebellious.   God Loves us, but “Whom the Lord loves He chastens” (Heb.12). While others might “get away” with some things, God won’t let us get away with it because we are His children, and the trials are one way that God disciplines & purifies His children. Chuck Smith 1927-2013

10AM 1/19/20 “Being A Blessing” – 1 Peter 3

Are you studying the Bible to be a blessing to others? I pray you are also studying for yourself to rightly divide God’s Word! As you study His Word, the Holy Spirit prepares your heart so you will be able to give anyone who asks the reason for the hope that is in you. You can tell people why you have hope, when the world is hopeless (1 Peter 3) !    You should be able to give people a Biblical reason for the hope that you have in Jesus Christ, and to tell them about the Kingdom of God that will soon come to earth when Jesus establishes His Kingdom here.  The importance of studying and knowing the Bible is to be able to explain not just what you believe, but why you believe it”.  Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013

10AM 1/12/20 – “Out of Darkness Into His Light” – 1 Peter 2

God sees Christians as a nation with this peculiar hall-mark; that you are “a holy nation.” This is the true token of your nationality that you are “holiness unto the Lord,” “a peculiar people” belonging to God alone, marked off from the rest of mankind as peculiarly his. You are not to be as other men, you are “a peculiar people.” Your road is not the broad one where many go, it is the narrow one which few find, your happiness is not worldly pleasure, but pleasures at the right hand of God which are for evermore. – You are “a peculiar people”; to be witnesses of the praises & virtues of Jesus Christ, not only to know them, but to make them known to others. Beloved, how far are you doing this? I put the question personally to each one of you, for you were chosen by God on purpose that you “should shew forth the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”.   Spurgeon 1850

10AM 1/5/20 -” The Hope of God’s Elect” 1 Peter 1

How beautifully Peter obeys his Master’s command to “strengthen your brothers.” This is the same Peter who once began to sink in the storm, and now is helping others to stand. This is that same Peter who denied his Master 3 times. But Peter begins his letter by introducing himself as “an apostle of Jesus Christ.” God worked wonders in Peter’s life by His Grace! No wonder Peter writes to others, “Grace to you, & peace, be multiplied.” Truly, this is a blessing, beyond all comparison; that we have been begotten again by God the Father to a “Living Hope” (1 Peter 1.             Our 1st birth brought us into sin & sorrow, but our 2nd birth brings us into purity & joy. We were born to die; now we are born never to die, “begotten again” unto a life that shall remain in us forevermore, a life which shall even penetrate these mortal bodies, & make them immortal, “by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

10AM 12/29/19 – “Vanishing Riches” – James 5

There   is a growing wickedness in the land:          The growing worldliness among professing Christians. They are indulging in extravagance in many ways; in luxurious habits, dress, feastings, and wasting the substance of which they are to be good stewards. When a man is giving liberally to the cause of God,        I count it foolish to inhibit his spending liberally in other ways, for people usually spend by scale.  It would be absurd to hold up a wretched miser, who gives nothing either to God or man, as an example to a liberal spender; but there is too much of extravagance around, which wastes the Master’s money in worldly pleasures, and amusements. Some ministers of Christ, have in these days even defended amusements which most have abandoned. We must be careful, wise, and very clear in our dealings with this growing evil, or we shall lose all spirituality in the churches.  Spurgeon 1850: