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Pastor Ray’s thoughts on issues in the church and contemporary culture.

The Oscars!

The cameras were flashing. Reporters and news media crowded around “The Stars”. This is Oscar night – the night set aside to acknowledge those who were the best in the various roles and aspects of the motion picture industry. Fashion and jewelry abounded. There is...

Works

Without a correct understanding of what the Bible says about “works”, it would be very easy to get confused about ones relationship with Jesus. We need to recognize the difference between the passage that some would claim explains that works are necessary to gain...

Unity In Jesus

Paul the Apostle called upon the church at Philippi to live in harmony in Jesus. There was no question that they were saved; in fact, he specifically wrote to two sisters in Christ whose names were written in heaven, but who couldn’t agree on spiritual issues. The...

Back To Ground Zero

On my recent trip to India the Lord brought clarity in my heart about ‘Church life’ or life in the Spirit. Each of us who are in Christ craves for a deeper, more meaningful walk with Jesus. Likewise, we all seek to experience the moving of God’s Spirit as recorded in...

Ready To Stand

A very popular boxing announcer precedes the introduction of the fighters with the words, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” I’m sure neither combatant thought the word “rumble” meant rhumba. Likewise, spiritual warfare is no dance. It is a fight to the finish. However, as...

We Win!

As we begin our study on spiritual warfare and the armor of God, we must keep in mind the fact that when all is said and done, we win! Jesus Christ has obtained victory for each and every one of His children. Our victory is realized practically as we walk by faith....

Passing The Torch

Scripture tells us that children are the heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is His reward. The responsibility of Christian parents is to follow the command to raise the children which God gives us “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” This training...

The Fruit Of Refreshment

Onesiphorus is referred to by Paul as a brother who often refreshed him.1 The Greek word for refreshed means “to relieve or cool down.” Paul, writing from prison acknowledges thanks for the refreshing ministry of his brother. How important for us to follow in the...

The True Spirit Of Worship

King Herod was troubled at the news of the birth of Jesus.1 This was because, if Jesus were King - and indeed He is2 - then Herod was no longer in that place of supremacy. How important it is for us to resist that spirit of Herod. Herod acted like he was interested in...

Looking To The Lord

One of the benefits of belonging to the Father is that through Jesus we have direct access to God in prayer (Ephesians 2:18). How glorious it is to be able to call upon our Lord at any time throughout the day or night! “As for me, I will call upon God, and the LORD...

Christianity “Lite”

We are living in very interesting times. People are becoming more and more health conscious. This has birthed an increase in reading the labels on the things that we eat and drink. There are now a wide variety of foods that are labeled “lite”, which supposedly means...

The Tragedy Of Rejecting Our Creator

The fall of mankind began when Adam and Eve believed the lie of the serpent instead of the truth of The Living God (Genesis 3). Ever since then, mankind has continued to fall for the devil’s lies about God. The most modern lie about God is found in the theory of...

The Beauty And Power Of The Cross Of Christ

  What power there is in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ! In His cross there is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16,17). In His cross there is the power of God that enables us to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4, 7:6). How different the cross is in the...

Our Faith Is Practical

In the last chapter of Galatians we are once again introduced to the practical application of the doctrines taught earlier in the book. A great example of this usefulness is found in the book of Romans: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that...

How Is Your Hearing?

Jesus said to each church He addressed in Revelation chapters 2 and 3: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” I find it interesting that each church was not only spoken to individually, but Jesus exhorted them to take heed to what the...

The Life After The Flesh

There are only two paths in life that a person may be on. One is the path of life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the walk in the Spirit which benefits others and glorifies Jesus. The other is the walk after the flesh, which takes advantage of others,...

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...

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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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