Sept. 9 10AM — “The Proof of Your Love” – 2Corinthians 8

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The Apostle Paul commended the Macedonian Christians, who had given so generously to the Christians at Jerusalem, despite the fact that they themselves had very little. Their generosity was one proof of God’s Love in their life. Their generosity started when they first experienced the Love of Jesus.     Once we commit ourselves completely to the Lord, and recognize that everything we have comes from Him, and belongs to Him, then giving becomes a natural result of that realization. If you can give yourself, the rest is easy & natural. Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013

Baptism 9/1/ 10AM-Spring Lake Swim Pond – BBQ & Picnic afterwards – cut & paste below – https://www.facebook.com/heidi.hein.54/videos/10209367358579341/UzpfSTExMzEwMDM2Mjg6MTAyMTYyMjU5MDk0NTcwMjI/ Sunday 9/2/18 10AM – “Godly Sorrow” – 2Corinthians 7

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God’s Word tells us there are two kinds of sorrow; Godly sorrow & worldly sorrow. Both of these will have an emotional impact on us, but only Godly sorrow moves us to action, because it leads to repentance. The New Testament definition of repentance implies that there will be a change for the better. Worldly sorrow means feeling sorry for yourself, and sorry you were caught in your sins. That sorrow will lead to death, and separation from God forever, because there is no real change in actions. (2 Corinthians 7)  The Corinthian church revealed a Godly sorrow by their actions after Paul’s 1st letter called them to repent.      The principle is the same today. Repent, or feel sorry for yourself, and continue in your sin. It is your choice ! Godly sorrow working in the life of a Christian brings real concern about your lifestyle, and it brings an eagerness to get sin out of your life! Godly sorrow brings forth a zeal for Jesus Christ, and righteousness, peace, and Joy in the Spirit.

8/26/18 -10 AM – “GRACE WORKS” – 2Corinthians 6

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Christ has done Gracious, even miraculous things for us; dying on that cruel cross for our sins, rising on the 3rd day, and bringing salvation freely to all of mankind. And still there are people who refuse His offer of eternal life.

“Many people have intentions of getting right with God, but you have to wonder why they put it off. It doesn’t make sense. It’s as if you had a horrible sickness that was killing you and someone told you about, and even brought to you a miraculous new medicine that could save your life immediately. Would you put it on the shelf and think; “Maybe I’ll take it tomorrow”? Maybe just one more night of suffering, and I’ll take it in the morning! Why?

To put off getting right with God makes no sense. Don’t wait! Now is the day of your salvation”. (2 Cor. 6) – Pastor Chuck Smith 1927 – 2013

So Sorry about the Static on this weeks recording.

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

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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

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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

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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).

July 29,2018 – 10AM – 2 Corinthians 2 – – “Not Grieved – But Loved”

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In the 1st century, just as in the 21st century, there were those who saw the ministry as a business. These false shepherds saw the flock of God as sheep to be fleeced, whereas the true pastor/shepherd sees God’s sheep to be fed. The false shepherds used the Word to cash in on the ministry for profit. But the gospel of God is not something to be marketed. Jesus is insulted when people use marketing gimmicks to promote what is supposedly God’s work.    What a horrible indictment, that it could be said that we are “peddling the word of God” (2 Cor.2). Paul said; “out of sincerity as from God, we speak in the sight of God.” God knows & He sees.

 

July 22,2018 – 10AM – “Give It To Jesus” – – – 2 Corinthians 1 –

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Paul told the Corinthians (2 Cor. 1) about a hard situation he had experienced in Asia. He was burdened beyond measure, and without strength, so much that he despaired of life itself. This situation was beyond anything Paul could handle, and he thought it would kill him. But, as he looked back at the experience, Paul realized God’s purpose in the suffering was that he would give it to Jesus and learn to trust in Him instead.                                              Sometimes God will put us in situations that we cannot handle, just to remind us to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and not in ourselves.