December 3, 2021

Jesus wants us to be godly examples to one another. To do this, we must have and hold a proper focus on God, allowing Him to bear all our anxieties. We must also be clothed with humility and subject to one another. These attitudes will strengthen and encourage us so that we can steadfastly resist Satan’s temptations and deceptions. Please open your Bible to First Peter chapter five, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola begins his discussion of verses five through seven.

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December 3, 2021

Jesus wants us to be godly examples to one another. To do this, we must have and hold a proper focus on God, allowing Him to bear all our anxieties. We must also be clothed with humility and subject to one another. These attitudes will strengthen and encourage us so...

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Dec. 2, 2021

God does not like it when leaders within His Church misrepresent Him, especially when they do it for personal gain. Sound doctrine and spiritual discernment are vital defenses against these charlatans. Most of a Christian’s rewards are yet future and eternal. Jesus...

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Dec. 1, 2021

Church leaders are like shepherds. As such, they are to watch over and protect their congregations from those that would do them harm. Feeding them sound doctrine is an important component of that protection. Sadly, many leaders within today’s churches are hirelings...

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Nov. 30, 2021

In his first epistle, Peter had an exhortation for elders. In the Church, an elder is not necessarily an elderly person in age, but he is a spiritually mature person, who has a true relationship with Jesus Christ. The Lord raises up such people to oversee the...

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Nov. 29, 2021

If you don’t know the Lord, don’t presume on God’s patience. One day your life will come to an end and the day of salvation will be over for you. Today He holds back judgment so you can run to the cross and be saved. But one day, God’s patience will come to an end....

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Nov. 26, 2021

Scripture tells us not to be ashamed of the Gospel. Whenever we are persecuted for sharing the Gospel or a biblical truth we are not doing anything wrong. Said another way, do not do anything to dishonor the name of the Lord. Speak to the truth in love, for we are His...

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Nov. 25, 2021

Why would a person, who loves Jesus and seeks to live a life that pleases Him, be reproached or even suffer for His Name’s sake? The answer is simple. The Master’s message is not one that the world wants to hear: The Gospel narrows the idea that all roads lead to...

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Nov. 24, 2021

Fervant love covers a multitude of sins. Covering sin does not mean that we are blind and deliberately overlook sin that needs to be addressed. It means that, when it is necessary to address an issue of sin, we do it in love, not out of anger, not in pride and not in...

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Nov. 23, 2021

In today’s passage from Peter’s first epistle, the soon return of Jesus Christ dominated Peter’s thoughts. Therefore, he wanted his readers to know above all things that Jesus wants His followers to have a fervent love for Him and for one another. This cannot happen...

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Nov. 22, 2021

Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray rather than how to do miracles. They made the connection between Jesus’ powerful ministry and His prayer life. Besdies teaching them what we know as The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus also used parables to enhance their...

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Nov, 19, 2021

The Church began in a prayer meeting, and it is by the prayers of the saints that the Church continues, because we need continually need the Lord’s help. Scripture also teaches us to persist in prayer, even when the answer is long in coming. These delays exercise our...

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Nov. 18, 2021

People in the body of Christ have diverse gifts, talents, and ministries. However, there is one ministry to which each and every believer is called: Prayer. We will devote the next few broadcasts to this vital subject. Please open your Bible to First Peter chapter...

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Nov. 17, 2021

Many people in these last days may think that they are Christians, because they have jumped through some religious hoops, or they have done charitable works. However, if they have never been truly transformed by God’s power, that is, if they have never been born...

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Nov. 16, 2021

The word sober means, “A life that is free from intoxicants or artificial stimulation. A life that is marked by thoughtful character and self control.” If we are to keep our wedding garments pure and white as the Bride of Christ, we must be Spirit filled, sober...

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Nov. 15, 2021

Peter, who was once a fisherman that was probably prone to excessive drinking, exhorted his readers to be spiritually sober. Why? Because the coming of Jesus Christ is at hand or imminent. This means that Jesus may come for His Bride (the Church) at any moment to take...

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Nov. 12, 2021

Peter admonished his readers to no longer walk in the old ways, which often included drinking, sexual immorality, and idolatry. Though the blood of Jesus protects us from the wrath of God’s judgment, we will have to stand before Jesus one day and make an account of...

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Nov. 11, 2012

Peter told Christians that, when we decide to follow Jesus, we should expect to suffer in the flesh, even as Jesus determined to suffer for us when He went to the cross. Besides suffering when we resist our own fleshly desires, we could also suffer from false...

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N0v. 10, 2021

Peter used the story of Noah and the ark to explain the great salvation that Jesus has brought into the world. Noah was a preacher of righteousness. While he built that massive vessel, he continually preached repentance to his contemporaries for one hundred twenty...

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Nov. 9, 2021

Jesus’ death on the cross was an unrepeatable death. That is, He died “once and for all.” This means that Jesus Christ’s death is sufficient to cover the sins of anyone repenting of their sin and looking to Him today for forgiveness of sin. What the blood of...

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Nov. 8, 2021

Though people can hurt us, the pain is only temporary, because Christians are heaven bound. Therefore, we should live our lives with eternity in mind, and not invest so much of our time and money in things that will burn. Please open your Bible to First Peter chapter...

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Nov. 5, 2021

The world says, “Don’t get mad; get even!” However, if we want to be like Jesus, then we must love our enemies the way Christ loved us when we were His enemies. The only way that this is possible is to yield to the Holy Spirit, and to do it in His strength, not our...

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Nov. 4, 2021

One of a husband’s key responsibilities in the home is to sanctify his wife and his children. That means that it should be the husband that sets the moral compass for the home. All too often husbands neglect or abdicate this responsibility altogether, forcing the...

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Nov. 3, 2021

God’s word tells husbands to treasure their wives far above any earthly treasure, even as Christ was willing to lay down His life for His Bride. One look at our culture today, and we see that this is not the norm. Too many marriages and families have been destroyed,...

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Nov. 2, 2021

Any Christian in a position of authority should adhere to what Jesus said: “If any man desires to be first, then let him be a servant of all.” This message is especially important for husbands, who have been given God-ordained authority in their homes. Please open...

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Nov. 1, 2021

A woman’s apparel should never send a message that would cause her devotion to Jesus Christ or her pursuit of holiness to be questioned. Women of the world emphasize the external, because they are empty inside. The way that they dress is a testimony to their bankrupt...

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Oct. 29, 2021

Just as there are limits to submission when it comes to employers or governing authorities, submission also has its limits within marriage, especially when it comes to physical abuse, worshiping false gods, or compromising behaviors that are immoral or illegal. God...

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Oct. 28, 2021

In today’s society we see nearly everyone fighting for their own rights. This makes submission an unpopular idea, because society views it from a horizontal perspective rather than a vertical one. The next several broadcasts will concern submission in marriage. Please...

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Oct. 27, 2021

Submission is not an act of worship to the person in authority. We are worshiping and honoring God when we submit to His appointed leaders, whether they are in our family, our church, our place of employment, our government, or any other institution of which we are a...

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Oct. 26, 2021

Peter exhorted us to live lives of separation from carnal lusts and worldly systems. For example, we should not behave as worldly people that give more honor to the rich, beautiful, or educated than those who were endowed with less. However, we are oblidged to submit...

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Oct. 25, 2021

As Christians, we belong to Jesus, and we are His ambassadors to a lost and dying world. Therefore, our lifestyles should be easily distinguishable from the lifestyles of those that are dying around us. Not so that we can claim moral superiority, but so that we may...

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Oct. 22, 2021

Life is so short, and we are citizens of heaven. We are here today and gone tomorrow. Therefore, try to spend the bulk of your time on things that matter. We should also heed Peter’s advice to abstain from fleshly lusts that war against our souls. This will either...

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Oct. 21, 2021

In the Church, every believer is not only a saint, but a priest also. The Latin word for priest means bridge builder. Is your life building bridges that make it easy for others to see Christ and desire to know Him, or is your life turning people away from Jesus? A...

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Oct. 20 2021

The Church is an ever-growing collection of living stones surrounded by construction scaffolding. For these stones to be fitly joined together into a single, beautiful edifice, Jesus, the Master Builder, must knock off our rough edges as He shapes us into images of...

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Oct. 19, 2021

Jesus is the Stone that saves some and causes others to stumble. To the Christian, He is the Precious Cornerstone of our faith, but to the world, Jesus is not precious at all. One cannot use popular opinion to judge something’s value. The world was wrong about Jesus...

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October 18, 2021

Hypocrisy literally describes someone who puts on a “false face.” They act one way when they are around other Christians in order to fit in, but in secular settings, they are just one of the gang. Scripture also describes them as wolves in sheep’s clothing. For those...

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October 15, 2021

Just as a malnourished, physical body will not develop properly, a person can inhibit their spiritual development by harboring toxic attitudes. Allowing God’s word to cleanse and nourish your soul can do wonders for your spiritual growth. Please open your Bible to...

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Oct. 14, 2021

Obeying the Holy Spirit develops purity in our lives that yields a fervent love for other believers. However, there are things that can cause this love to grow cold: malice, deceit, hypocrisy, and envy, to name a few. We should lay aside these attitudes so that our...

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October 13, 2021

When a person is going through hard times, they are vulnerable to the lies of the enemy. It is tempting to throw your hands up in the air, and say, “What’s the use?” Then run back to the former lusts, trying to comfort your flesh, rather than feeding your spirit....

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October 12, 2021

How do you show somebody that you love them? You spend time with them, and you do things that will bless them. By spending time in prayer, in God’s word, in fellowship with other believers, and living obedient, god-fearing lives, Christians show their love for Jesus....

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October 11, 2021

Scripture tells us that the ways of this world, many of which seem right to carnally-minded men, end in destruction. However, you can have living hope in Jesus Christ, because He rose from the dead. If you abide in Christ in this life, your eternal destiny is certain...

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October 8, 2021

The Apostle Peter wrote two general epistles to Jewish believers that were dispersed throughout the known world. He reminded his scattered brethren that it is God’s power that keeps them, even in times of persecution. In truth, the only way that the devil can get a...

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October 7, 2021

After His resurrection, Jesus gave The Great Commission to His disciples: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. The essence of the Gospel is this: Jesus died for our sins, and, according to the Scriptures, He was buried, and He rose again on...

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October 6, 2021

Because Jesus has risen from the dead, we having a meaningful faith in a living Savior. After He rose from the dead, Jesus gave a command to all that believe in Him to go into all the world and preach to Gospel to everyone. Please follow along as Pastor Ray Viola...

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October 5, 2021

The bodily resurrection of Jesus was the Amen to His work of atonement. Scripture tells us that if Jesus did not rise from the dead, then there is no forgiveness for sin, no hope, and our faith is meaningless. However, Jesus did rise from the dead, just like He said...

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Oct. 21, 2021

In the Church, every believer is not only a saint, but a priest also. The Latin word for priest means bridge builder. Is your life building bridges that make it easy for others to see Christ and desire to know Him, or is your life turning people away from Jesus? A...

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October 4, 2021

Are you trusting in good works or some religious system to atone for your sin and to save you from eternal damnation? Do not be deceived, it is only through the blood of Jesus and God’s grace that one can be saved. If you haven’t done so already, look unto Jesus, Who...

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October 1, 2021

Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. When Jesus cried, “It is finished,” from the cross, it was a cry of victory, because the debt for all sin had been paid in full. When He made that declaration, God tore the veil in the Temple from...

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September 30, 2021

The only way that fallen man can be saved is by the grace of God. Fallen men cannot save themselves. Therein lies the difference between the Gospel of Jesus Christ and every other religious system. Salvation is the free gift of God, period. Because it is a gift, it...

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September 29, 2021

Jesus’ mock trial, conviction, and crucifixion contain challenging lessons for every follower of Jesus. Not only did Jesus say, “It is finished,” as He was dying on the cross, He also said, “Follow Me,” earlier in His ministry. What are you willing to endure for the...

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September 28, 2021

As Jesus moved from Gethsemane to Calvary, Scripture recorded significant events that had been prophesied centuries earlier. From this one can see that nothing in that time period happened by chance. Every detail was part of God’s plan to accomplish atonement for the...

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September 27, 2021

The word Gethsemane comes from an Aramaic word that means crushed. There Jesus expressed great agony about what He was about to face, yet He remained submitted to His Father. When we find ourselves crushed by betrayal or ill will, we too can experience our own...

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September 24, 2021

The night before Jesus died, He went before His Father in an agony-filled prayer in the garden at Gethsemane. Though completely submitted to His Father’s will, Jesus asked if there was any other way to redeem lost, sinful man without Him having to die on the cross....

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September 23, 2021

When Jesus instituted The Lord’s Supper in the upper room on the night before He was crucified, He told His disciples to do this service in remembrance of Him. We should not only remember what Jesus did on the cross, but we should also remember that Jesus is always...

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September 22, 2021

Today’s passage concerns Mark’s account of Jesus’ institution of what we now call The Lord’s Supper. The elements of this meal symbolize Christ’s body and blood that He gave that we might be saved from sin. Please open your Bible to Mark chapter fourteen, and listen...

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September 21, 2021

Our modern culture has created a Christianity in which sacrifice and full devotion to Jesus Christ has become optional. This is not right. Jesus gave His all for us on the cross. Therefore, we should be sacrificing our lives for Jesus, being addicted to serving Him...

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September 20, 2012

It is a waste to misuse scarce resources like time, talents, or money. However, the worldly idea of something being wasteful is often at odds with what God thinks is wasteful. Investing your life in anything other than service and devotion to Jesus Christ is wasteful...

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September 17, 2012

Shortly before Jesus died on the cross, he was having a meal at the house of Simon the leper. During the meal, a woman poured an expensive ointment on Jesus’ head. Some were indignant, calling the costly act wasteful. However, Jesus heralded it as an act of worshipful...

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September 16, 2021

The regathering of Jews from all around the world into their homeland is a miraculous ancient promise that God is fulfilling today. Because the Lord is a promise-keeping God, we can also be confident that what Jesus did for us on the cross, in this life and in...

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September 15, 2021

In our continuing study of Jesus’ Olivet discourse, we will learn about how God is going to regather the Jewish people from all over the world into their ancient homeland. This regathering is miraculous, but many prophets, inlcuding Jesus, said that God would do it....

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September 14, 2021

As we continue to work our way through the amazing prophecies of Jesus’ Olivet discourse, Jesus’ call for vigilance looms large. May the Spirit of God cause us to be tuned in to what the Lord is doing in these momentous times, and may He empower us to live our lives...

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September 13, 2021

A key signpost showing that we are nearing the end of what Scripture calls The Last Days is the re-birth of the nation of Israel and the return of the Jewish people to their homeland. As prophesied, one day they will look up and see Jesus coming in the clouds, and...

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September 10, 2021

In Jesus’ Olivet discourse, He talked about many events that would occur during the Great Tribulation, which will precede His second coming. According to Jesus, this will be a period of time that will be unlike anything seen all of human history. To learn more, please...

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September 9, 2021

The abomination of desolation is a prophetic reference to the Antichrist standing in the most holy place of the Jewish Temple. For this to happen, a new Temple must be built. Amazingly, a group of Orthodox Jews known as the Temple Institute have been preparing...

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September 8, 2021

Today we are going to look at one of the most amazing prophecies in the Bible. That prophecy concerns the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet and mentioned by Jesus in His Olivet discourse. Please open your Bible to Mark chapter thirteen, and...

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September 7, 2021

A disciple of Jesus Christ in any generation will not be religiously or politically correct. Most worldly values, philosophies, and pleasures are opposed to what God deems to be true or appropriate. We all need God’s grace and the power of His Holy Spirit to boldly...

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September 6, 2021

Satan has always opposed God’s plans and purposes. Therefore, Satan’s persecution of God’s people has been evident throughout world history. Jesus warned His disciples that they would face intensified persecution after He ascended into heaven and just before He would...

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September 3, 2021

In the Olivet discourse, Jesus admonished His disciples to watch, and He also warned them not to be deceived. Those imperatives are still important for us today as we draw ever closer to Jesus’ second coming. God’s eternal plans and purposes are going to be fulfilled,...

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September 2, 2021

Do you know that the Bible contains more prophecies about Jesus’ second coming than those that concerned His first coming? Today, Pastor Ray Viola will begin the study of the Olivet discourse in which Jesus told His disciples about the destruction of their beautiful...

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September 1, 2021

The poor widow that gave all that she had to God stands in a stark constrast to our modern what’s-in-it-for-me culture that has even crept into the Church. Though her offering was small, her love for and devotion to God was rich in the Lord’s eyes. Please open your...

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August 31, 2021

Jesus’ enemies spent so much time trying to trap Him in His words, that they missed Who He really is: God’s only begotten Son. Similarly, too many people get all tangled up with questions about the Bible that have no real bearing on their eternal destiny. The...

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August 30, 2021

The Apostle John wrote that God is love. Therefore, if a person wants to find true love, then they must enter into a personal relationship with God, which is only possible through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. We pray that you will encounter the saving love of...

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August 27, 2021

According to Jesus, loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves sums up the true practical expression of a true saving faith in God. Faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives a person a new heart that is capable of such love. Please open your Bible to Mark...

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August 26, 2021

God ordained human government, and we are to submit to it unless it tells us to disobey God. Jesus told the religious hypocrites that were trying to trap Him to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s. Since God created...

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August 25, 2021

The Pharisees and Herodians disliked each other, but they hated Jesus more. They tried to trap Jesus by asking Him about paying taxes to Rome. They believed that any answer that He gave would cause Him to be either rejected by the people or to be arrested by Rome....

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August 24, 2012

Jesus told a parable that showed how most of Israel’s leaders rejected God’s messengers throughout history. By quoting from a Psalm, Jesus showed that He, the Son of God, would also be rejected by Israel’s relgious elite. However, after His rejection, Jesus would...

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August 23, 2021

In today’s passage, the conflict between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders had reached its peak. They demanded to know by what authority Jesus did His miracles, but Jesus deflected their question with a question of His own. By doing so, the query that was...

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August 20, 2021

Are there mountains in your life today? Know that faith in Jesus can help move those mountains, because He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly beyond what we could ever ask or think. Some of life’s obstacles arise from unforgiveness and bitterness. Faith and...

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August 19, 2021

Near the end of His earthly life, Jesus talked to His disciples about a faith in God that can move mountains. His twofold exhortation was simple and to the point: If you are going to follow Jesus as Lord, then you must have faith in God and walk in forgiveness of...

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August 18, 2021

Following His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus went to the Temple to cleanse it from the money changers that were exploiting God’s people. He rebuked the religious leaders for their fruitless lives. They were going through the motions of observing a religious...

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August 17, 2021

When Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey, many believed that the Messiah had come to deliver them from Roman oppression. They were only half-right. Jesus was the Messiah, but He came to deliver them from powers that were more oppressive than Rome: sin and...

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August 16, 2021

After healing Bartimaeus’ blindness, Jesus told him to go his way, for his faith had made him whole. However, Bartimaeus did not forget about Jesus and go his own way. Instead, Bartimaeus followed Jesus as He headed toward Jerusalem and the cross. We also should...

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August 13, 2021

Bartimaeus was one of many blind people that Jesus healed. Before he received his physical eyesight, Bartimaeus had received spiritual insight, for he called Jesus by one of His messianic titles: The Son of David. Because of his faith in Jesus, Bartemaeus received his...

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August 12, 2021

One word captures Jesus’ definition of greatness, and that word is servant. A servant is a slave that is in a permanent relationship of subjugation to another. A servant’s will is altogether consumed in the will of the one that he or she serves. In other words, a...

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August 11, 2021

God created us with a desire to be great. However, greatness that was both taught and modeled by Jesus stands in stark contrast with what today’s world considers it to be. Please open your Bible to Mark chapter ten, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola explains what...

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August 10, 2021

Jesus’ gift of eternal life is free, because Jesus paid the price for our sins. However, Jesus demands a full surrender to Him that includes a cross and promises persecution. May God grant us the ability to live our lives in a way that glorifies Him! Please open your...

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August 9, 2021

In today’s study, Jesus confronted a moral, wealthy young man. Though he was moral, something kept him from surrendering completely to Jesus—his great wealth. Is there something in your life that is preventing you from completely surrendering to Jesus? Please open...

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August 6, 2021

Statistically, many of you listening today have experienced the pain of divorce, either in your own marriage or growing up in a household that became divided by divorce. Only the Spirit of God and His word can bring the healing, clarity, and hope that one needs after...

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August 5, 2021

Marriage, divorce, and remarriage are subjects of great controversy within the Church. Using Scripture as our textbook, Pastor Ray Viola will address these critical issues head-on. Please open your Bible to Mark chapter ten, and follow along as Pastor Ray begins his...

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August 4, 2021

Jesus told His followers that they were the salt of the earth. Just as eating salty food makes a person thirsty, Jesus redeemed us to create a thirst in others for Him and His kingdom. Please open your Bible to Mark chapter nine, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola...

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August 3, 2021

In the ancient world, salt was used as a preservative, medicine, and as a flavor enhancer in food. Metaphorically, this is what Jesus wants Christians to be in our modern culture. Regardless of your vocation or location, Jesus wants you to have a salty influence on...

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August 2, 2021

Being saved by grace and through faith in Jesus means that we are the salt of the earth. Being salt means that we should be influential in a corrupt world system. We should be stepping stones that lead to Jesus, not stumbling stones. Please open your Bible to Mark...

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July 30, 2021

In today’s study, Jesus makes it clear that, despite being saved by grace, we must still endeavor to root sin out of our lives. Jesus wants His followers to be holy and to walk circumspectly. We are His witnesses to a lost and dying world. Please open your Bible to...

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July 30, 2021

In today’s study, Jesus makes it clear that, despite being saved by grace, we must still endeavor to root sin out of our lives. Jesus wants His followers to be holy and to walk circumspectly. We are His witnesses to a lost and dying world. Please open your Bible to...

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July 29, 2021

Does unity in Christ mean that believers do not need to be confronted about their sins or that there are not religious frauds that need to be exposed? Absolutely not! No Christian or church is absolutely perfect. Scripture contains many examples of Jesus and the...

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July 29, 2021

Does unity in Christ mean that believers do not need to be confronted about their sins or that there are not religious frauds that need to be exposed? Absolutely not! No Christian or church is absolutely perfect. Scripture contains many examples of Jesus and the...

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July 28, 2021

God’s grace and His Holy Spirit form a bond among all born-again believers to each other and to Jesus. Because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and He rose from the grave for our justification, we should not let differences in administrations, operations, and...

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July 27, 2021

Jesus rebuked His disciples for their sectarian attitude towards a man that was casting out demons, even though he was not one of them. This sectarian spirit exists today. While distinctions and a diversity of gifts exist within the Body of Christ, sectarian divisions...

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July 26, 2021

Jesus is building one body comprising many members. Just as our physical bodies have many different parts, so too does the Body of Christ. All contribute to the wholeness of the Body, but the individual functions are diverse. Please open your Bible to Mark chapter...

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July 23, 2021

Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Never sacrifice your faith in the living words of Jesus on the altar of human reasoning or systematic, dispensational theology. Such philosophies attempt to explain away the availability of God’s miracle-working power...

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July 22, 2021

After Jesus healed a demon-possessed boy, His disciples asked Him why they were unable to help the boy, because Jesus had previously empowered them to cast out demons. Jesus told them that their failure was due to their unbelief and a lack of prayer and fasting. Never...

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