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Fasting And Marriage

The Apostle Paul wrote about the value that fasting has in connection with marriage in 1 Cor 7:5. Question: When was the last time that you fasted for your marriage? Another question: Are any of our marriages so perfect that we can toss aside the Holy Spirit’s...

The Two Shall Become One

“And The LORD God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.’ Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And...

The Covenant Of Marriage

Every age of the Church has characteristics that reflect the influence of the world instead of, or in place of, the influence of God’s Word. Our age is the age of secularizing, or redefining, Biblical terminology. A prime example of this is the redefining of the...

Biblical, Not Critical

When a person is living in sin or some form of compromise, they usually accuse the person who is speaking God’s word to them of being critical, when in fact they are being Biblical. God’s word is corrective and instructive, and does indeed judge (the Greek word means...

Who is Right?

Accept the fact that believers do indeed disagree and have different opinions on non-salvation, day-to-day practical matters. Pray that those differences will not divide you. Pray that God would allow you to see the opposite view and not interpret it as them rejecting you.

The Idolatry of Worship

Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. John 4:23,24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the...

Witnesses, not Attorney’s

Acts 1.8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Let’s set the record straight beloved. The proclamation...

God’s Will

As we begin another year, we embark into uncharted and uncertain territory in the pursuit of the will of God. Face it, even though we belong to Jesus, we have no absolute certainty of what each new day will bring. Generally speaking, “there is nothing new under the...

Reflecting On What Lies Ahead

As we come to the end of another year, may we thank our Lord Jesus once again for His faithfulness towards us. His mercies have sustained us and His grace has enabled us to do His will. As we reflect on the chapter of 2017 in our lives, hopefully we have seen progress...

Now What?

The Christmas season has gone by; now what do we do? The answer to that question is contained in God’s Word. There is tremendous value in setting aside a time of the year to ponder the claims of Christ’s birth, and all of the related implications. But now that we have...

Repentance: The Pathway To Real Change

Luke 5:31,32 They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. How many of us have made some New Year's resolutions? Goodbye couch potato, gym membership, here I come. Sick of my eating...

Cheerful Giving

Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Of course we would all agree this is true intellectually, but have we discovered the truth of this scripture personally and experientially? Our example of giving is our gracious, loving heavenly Father. To...

Christ Or Christianity?

We live in the era where “forms of Godliness” have replaced a living faith in the risen Jesus. The level of morality inside the majority of professing Christendom barely exceeds that of the unsaved. Why? Christianity has replaced Christ. We have adopted creeds to...

The Corinthian Test

The Church of Corinth was among the most gifted recorded in Scripture. However, as charismatic as they were, they were equally carnal. What was one of the manifestations of their carnality? Division within the visible body. There were social and economic divisions...

Wait, Not Haste

I don’t know about you, but at times I’ve got a tendency to try to “force” the hand of God to act. I confess that there are those periods in my life when I’m not so thrilled about the Lord’s timing. Of course, when the dust of my emotion clears, and I read the...

The Day of The Lord

2 Peter 3:11-13 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the...

The Commandment To Love

Obedience to the word of God is proof of our love for Him. It’s with this kind of person that Jesus finds a “home.” The greatest witness the Body of Christ can present to a lost and dying world is love. The greatest element within the Body of Christ is love. Love is...

The Doctrine Of Creation

The Bible teaches that God created the visible, material universe “ex nihilo” or “out of nothing.”. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” All life and life forms as we see them today were created by Jehovah Elohim (Hebrew for “LORD God”). Recently,...

Jesus Builds His Church

The only individual who can claim exclusive ownership of the church is Jesus Christ. To build the church upon man is simply carnal. Yes, there are offices given to the church, but to be contentious over our preferences for the men of these offices is divisive. The...

Who Chooses Who?

If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you have more than likely been drawn into the Calvinism vs. Arminianism conversation regarding the method or process of man's salvation. Both systems of interpretation contain 5 points that contain biblical support....

Working Out What God Is Working In

We have learned in our journey through Paul’s letter to the believers in Philippi that there was an undercurrent of selfishness which manifested itself in attitudes of vainglory and strife. To address that problem, Paul reminded them of the humility of Jesus Christ...

Not Ashamed

Our Scriptures for The Lord’s Supper this morning are from Romans 1:15-17, and they are the basis of the theme of “God-centered, gospel-based righteousness” that is developed in the rest of this epistle. Paul was in a constant state of readiness to share the gospel of...

Humility, The Key To Unity

In our study this morning we are made aware that self-centeredness was a problem that existed in the congregation in Philippi. (See also Philippians 4:2,3.) The Holy Spirit mentions words like strife and vainglory to describe the attitudes that existed within this...

The Body At Work

In completing our study in Colossians, we are once again going to see the value of every part of the body of Christ. Even though Paul was called and ordained by Christ Himself (Acts 9:1-16), and given spectacular revelations pertaining to the kingdom of God (2...

The Lord Almighty Reigns!

The Lord Almighty reigns is the declaration of heaven (Revelation 19:6)! Right now, right where you are, think about that for a moment. Our God, enthroned on high, reigns. Read the words of Scripture and breathe in the wonder of it all. When the prophet Isaiah...

Complete In Christ

One of the prominent messages of the Protestant Reformation was that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, apart from any works, ritual or merit on the part of sinners. As we read in the Bible: “But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great...

No Other Gospel!

This morning we begin a study in the book of Galatians. In this powerful epistle both the credibility of Paul's apostleship and the very gospel of the grace of God were coming under the attack of the legalists and the ritualists of the day. Right at the outset Paul...

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I am the Lead Pastor of Koinonia Fellowship, a husband, father and grandfather. I also serve on the worship team as one of the drummers.

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