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What are YOU doing Sunday?

Hebrews 10.25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. God has ordained The Lords Day as a day to honor Him, hear His word and reflect on His...

Sing and Speak of His Wondrous Works

1 Chronicles 16:9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. David is exhorting us to sing unto The Lord and talk about His wondrous works. Singing to The Lord and talking about His wondrous, extraordinary works are spiritual twins of a...

The King is Coming!

Matthew 24:29,30 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in...

Untitled Servants….The Glory of Christ

2 Corinthians 8:18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; 2 Corinthians 8:23 Whether any do inquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be inquired of, they are the...

Keeping Our Eyes On Jesus

As we work our way through this “dealing with differences” chapter of Romans 14, one of the things that is not in the text, but that I am most assuredly reminded of, is my need to keep my eyes on The Lord. I realize that every time I put any human being on a pedestal...

Dealing With Differences

How do we deal with matters of differing convictions on non-salvation issues within the body of Christ? Before we even go there, we must make it very clear that there is no room for discussion when it comes to essential doctrines like the nature of God, or the deity...

Sing, Rejoice And Praise

How we handle our differences within the body of Christ in those “gray areas” dealt with in Romans 14 is a critical part in maintaining the spiritual health of the church family. We see in Romans 15 that Paul wrote to a body of Jewish and Gentile believers who were...

Mega and hip or Holy?

1 Thessalonians 4.7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 1 Peter 1.15,16 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” What is the use of a great number of nominal...

Why Do We Go to Church?

PSALM 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. What is the main attraction in today’s church? Now before you give me the “off the cuff” answer in fluent Christianese, really think about it. Is it the state-of-the-art building with...

The Danger Of Unholy Mixture

It is human nature to want to fit in. Nobody wants to be labeled as strange or weird. The flesh will always seek to compromise in order to “keep the peace.” But as Bible-believing Christians we need to realize that compromise and peace do not even exist in the same...

Growing together in Christ

Acts 2.41-47 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles 'doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came...

The Olivet Discourse

Matthew 24:3a And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? Over the years, it has never ceased to amaze me how God has “coincidentally” timed our studies in Scripture. Such is true of our...

Receiving one another glorifies God

Romans 15.5-7 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded one towards another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ...

Men of God, Rise Up!

Psalm 128:1 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. The bible asks in Psalm 11:3, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Satan may be a liar and a deceiver, but one thing that he is not….stupid! He can read, and...

A priesthood of ministers

Exodus 28.3,4 And thou shalt speak to all that are wise in heart, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister to me in the priest's office. And these are the garments which they shall make;...

The dangers of division

Romans 16.17,18 Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them! For these are the kind who do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By their smooth...

God's presence for a troubled church

2 Corinthians 13.14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen The letters of Paul to the church of Corinth are filled with reproof, rebukes, corrections and warnings. They were divided over...

Good News, Not Good Advice

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; Is it just me, or are some of you...

The Great Commission

Matthew 28.18-20 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in...

An Example of True Devotion and Giving

1 Samuel 16:7b ...for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. We are presented with a study of contrasts in Mark 12:35-44. Jesus’ question about His identity stands in contrast with the “loop hole”...

The Spirit of Pentecost

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every...

Evangelize, don't proselytize

Romans 16.25-27 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the...

Anointing, not eloquence

1 Corinthians 2.1-5 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness,...

Being Holy, Not Hip

And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them...

Form of Godliness, but void of power

2 Timothy 3.8 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. This statement made by Paul follows a blistering portion of Scriptures that are descriptive of the DNA of fallen man in the last days. The last days, of course,  is a description of the time from...

In God We Trust

On the back of the $1 bill that I have in my wallet (that’s the currency that I see the most of!), I read the phrase, “In God We Trust”. In our study today, we look at the believer’s responsibility towards their government (Romans 13:1-7). Obviously, since the middle...

The Master Method and Power for Ministry

1.1,2 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: The first chapter of the book...

Worship God, not Worship

Psalms 81.9,10 There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.  I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. I have come to a belief that one of the strangest "gods"...

Commitment

Nehemiah 10.38,39 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house. For the children of Israel and the...

Outside the Camp

Hebrews 13.12-14 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. It is clear...

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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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