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

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...

Proclaim Christ

After Knowing Christ and Growing in Christ, we move on to our 3rd vision statement, which is to Proclaim Christ. We will see this morning that at the end of each gospel and the first chapter of the Book of Acts, the church is given the mandate to preach the gospel....

Grow In Christ

God calls each and every one of us to be 'Body Builders'. That is what this 2nd part of our church vision statement is about. Growing in Christ. The goal of the Christian life is not sinless perfection, but continual, steady growth in The Lord. While this growth in...

Parenting Isn’t For Wimps!

It has been said that anybody can have children, but according to numerous passages of Scripture, the goal of Christians is to raise God-fearing children. Thus, parenting is not for wimps! Biblical parenting is done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. It is a blessed and...

A Word about Attire

Proverbs 7:10,11 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. (She is loud and stubborn…) 1 Peter 3:3-4 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of...

Husbands, Love Your Wives

Today we conclude our study on the God-ordained roles in a Christian marriage. As we now look at the role of the husband, we see that he is to love his wife as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her. When we digest the thought of how Christ did this, we are...

The Covenant Of Marriage

Over the next two days, we are going to be looking at the section of Ephesians that talks about the covenant of marriage. In it we will find God's order for the Christian home and His divine description of the role of the wife and husband within this sacred union....

A Woman After God’s Own Heart

What does a woman after God's own heart look like? I cannot fully answer that question in one short message. Nevertheless, there are very some very fundamental character qualities of biblical womanhood recorded in Scripture that will be found in every woman of every...

Innocent Blood

One of the many moral battlegrounds being waged today in our society is that regarding the life of the unborn in the womb of its mother. This battle began with the Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision back in 1973. There is no question that according to God's Word, life...

Legalism Or The Lord?

Paul, by the inspiration of The Holy Spirit, shows how the letter of the law is superseded by the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:7-18). Paul makes the comparison that, if the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is...

Understanding The Wiles Of Satan

In 2 Corinthians 2:1-11 this morning, Paul is concerned that the saints at Corinth are falling right into Satan's hands by refusing to forgive the repentant individual who was a cause of great pain and harm to them. That concern of Paul is a valid concern for us...

What Is Exhortation?

The Biblical admonition to exhort one another cannot be described with a “one-size-fits-all” definition. It is a word that is defined by the context of when it is used. For an individual who is reeling under the cloud of despondency, it will take the form of being...

Pray For One Another

In the gospel of Luke chapter 11, the disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray” (verse 1). Amen. Our next “one another” is found in James 5:16, and the admonition is to pray. In fact, there are seven references to prayer in James 5:13-18. Is any among us...

Forgive One Another

Most people in the body of Christ find the command to forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13) the most challenging of all the one another scriptures. When we are hurt or wounded by others, our natural inclination is to “get even”. How are we to respond...

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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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