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

The Need To Be A Berean

When Paul and Silas taught in the synagogue in Berea, the Scriptures tell us that the listeners received the word with all readiness of mind, but then they searched the Scriptures daily to see whether the things that were taught them were Biblically correct (Acts...

Clothed And Cared For

"Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time...

Fervent Faith

As we have been studying Jesus’ teaching on signs leading up to His return, I’m sure that we have been challenged to walk closer to Him. A word that is used in Scripture that could label the kind of faith needed for these last days is fervent. Paul tells the church at...

The Submissive Husband

By a ‘submissive husband’ I mean a husband who is submitted to the Lord Jesus Christ. When a person truly submits to Christ, he or she will be submissive to His Word. Thus, for a Christian couple to be submitted to God requires both husband and wife to be submissive...

Seeing The Big Picture

Adversity is no stranger to any follower of Jesus Christ. Not only should we not be surprised by it, but we are told that it will be an inevitable part of our lives. By simply living the way God would have us live will result in persecution in some way, shape or form....

The Redeeming Love Of God

What is meant by the redeeming love of God? Simply this: That God in His love has chosen to forgive sinful man of their trespasses through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, made once and for all, for sin. The ‘motive’ (if I may use the word reverently) behind...

Family Life

The new birth places within each and every believer the ability to live and love like never before. The key that unlocks this revelation is God’s incorruptible Word. As we drink and chew on Scripture, we begin to understand how God intends for us to live. We see how...

Serving God Deceitfully

The norm today is that we will serve Jesus when it is convenient and time allows. We will attend to bible study and times of prayer personally and in the local church whenever we can fit them into our crammed schedules. When Jesus gets our leftovers instead of our first fruits, that is nothing less than dishonoring Christ as Lord God and serving Him deceitfully.

Priorities

How sad for us human beings that it often takes a tragedy to get our priorities right. Haven’t you found after some tragic event that things that you and I thought were very important have become insignificant? What is our purpose on earth? What is really important?...

Spiritual Warfare

There is a real personage known as the devil. His name means ‘Destruction’ (‘Abaddon’), or ‘Destroyer’ (‘Apollyon’). Jesus described him as a thief who comes ‘to steal, and to kill, and to destroy’. He also stated that the devil is a murderer and liar, and the father...

Renewing Our Vows

In 2 Chronicles 15, the Spirit of God spoke through Azariah to King Asa about the need to cleanse the nation of its idols, and to return to a pure worship of the LORD. The promise was given that if Asa and all his countrymen would seek the Lord, He would be found of...

Reactions to Truth

Acts 2:37  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Acts 7:54  When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their...

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...

The Spirit Of God Or Striving?

Jesus the Messiah was anointed by the Spirit of the Lord. One of the recorded evidences of this was that He would not strive. In our lives one sure way to detect sin is when the flesh is striving against the Holy Spirit. The flesh, manifested in strife, aspires to...

Prayer Precedes Pentecost

As we read in Acts 1, to wait for the “power from on high”, the disciples prayed. The lesson here is that the praying person or church is the one that walks in the power of the Holy Spirit. When told to wait for the promise of the Spirit they prayed. The most...

Active Holiness

A quality that should mark every Christian is holiness. Unlike the deceived Pharisee in the temple who thought he was holy because he observed religious duties, true holiness is the fruit of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In fact, have you ever heard the...

Prophecy – More Than The Eye Can See

We are seeing and reading on a regular basis now about the human atrocities in places like Syria and Afghanistan. It wasn’t that long ago when the same horror was going on in Kosovo and Somalia. My sister-in-law tells me about the ethnic wars that she and her family...

Test The Spirits

2 Corinthians 11:3,4 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive...

Purpose

Without purpose in life, a person merely lives from day to day, paycheck to paycheck, gathering all that one can get until they die. The writer to Ecclesiastes called this lifestyle that is limited to an existence under the sun as vanity. This is never how the Lord...

Priorities

How sad for us human beings that it often takes a tragedy to get our priorities right. Didn't you find after the events of 9/11 the things that you and I thought were very important became insignificant? What is our purpose on earth? What is really important? As...

Signs And Jesus

In a study of Jesus' Olivet Discourse about the end of the world, we take note of particular signs that will precede His return. If we are not careful, we can become trapped watching for signs instead of being secure by looking at the Son. As unbelievers are...

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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.