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 exude that life and light that will draw people out of darkness into Christ’s marvelous light. Please open your Bible to First Peter chapter two, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his close look at verses eleven and twelve.

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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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July 21, 2021

John the Baptizer came to prepare the way for the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry. In a way, as Christians, we have a similar mission. Jesus commissioned us to tell the whole world that they can be made free from the power of sin through the blood of our...

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July 20, 2021

  John the Baptizer came in the Spirit and power of Elijah. He had one message: Repent! The Messiah is coming, and He will save you from your sin! That message is still true today, and equally urgent. Jesus is coming back soon; are you ready? Please open your...

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July 19, 2021

In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus’ transfiguration followed His commands for His followers to deny themselves and take up their crosses. Those that do, will also be similarly transfigured in eternity. However, this transformation begins at the very moment that a person repents...

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July 16, 2021

One day, Jesus took Peter, James, and John to the top of a mountain to pray. While they were praying, Jesus was transfigured before them, and Moses and Elijah joined Him. Peter wanted to erect a tabernacle for the three of them, but Jesus’ Father declared, “This is my...

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July 15, 2021

Picture yourself in a crowd listening to Jesus teach, and then He makes several challenging commands, such as, you must deny yourself to follow Me; you must take up your cross to follow Me; you will have to lose your life for the sake of the Gospel in order to find...

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July 14. 2021

Public altar calls at church or at envangelistic events are intended to be times for people to respond to the Lord after hearing the preaching of God’s word. In today’s passage Pastor Ray Viola will discuss one of Jesus’ altar calls, so to speak. Please open your...

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July 7, 2021

Are you facing a need in some area of your life? Perhaps Jesus has already helped you through a similar trial in the past. Regardless, remember that Jesus, our Emmanuel, is with you and in you, and working on your behalf, because He is a compassionate God. Please open...

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July 6, 2021

Today’s passage describes Jesus once again multiplying loaves and fishes. Unlike the first time that He performed such a miracle in a Jewish setting, Jesus did this miracle in a primarily Gentile setting. This shows that our Heavenly Father sent Jesus to be the Bread...

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July 5, 2021

Everywhere Jesus went, people with afflictions and diseases came to Him, or were brought to Him by caring friends. Jesus, because of His divine compassion, healed them to reveal His Father’s heart toward the people of this world, and to bring glory to His Father’s...

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July 2, 2021

Divine compassion moved Jesus to minister to the hurting, needy, and outcasts of society. Those acts of compassion glorified His Heavenly Father, Who is the God of Israel. When our hands, feet, or lips are moved with compassion, we too can bring glory to the God of...

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July 1, 2021

Do you have a son, daughter, or another loved one that is trapped in the vice of some sort of demonic power? If so, today’s study is tailor-made for you. Please open your Bible to Mark chapter seven, and join Pastor Ray Viola as he completes his study of verses...

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June 30, 2021

In today’s message, a Syro-Phoenician woman asked Jesus to heal her demon-possessed daughter. Though Jesus did not immediately heal the young girl, her mother’s humility before God and her great expression of faith caused Jesus to show her mercy, even though she was...

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June 29, 2021

According to Jesus, people are defiled by the sin in their hearts. A key indicator of what resides in our heart is what we say with our mouth. May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in the sight of God! Please open your Bible to...

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June 28, 2021

According to the religious teachers of Jesus’ day, the body could be defiled by what a person ate or drank or by eating with unwashed hands. However, Jesus said that only what came out of a person’s heart could defile him, not what they consumed. Learn more about...

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June 25, 2021

God looks on the heart; He is less concerned with outward appearances. In contrast, religionists tend to focus primarily on external appearances and works. This leads to bondage, fear, and spiritual emptiness. Give your heart to Jesus, and compassionate works of...

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June 24, 2021

Religion places an emphasis on outward appearances, but God places emphasis on our hearts, attitudes, and motives. The Pharisees of Jesus’ day zealously prayed, fasted, tithed, and observed holy days, but their hearts were far from God. Beware of becoming a follower...

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June 23, 2021

Every sinner can experience God’s love and saving grace when they call out to Jesus to forgive their sins. Likewise, when a person reaches out to touch Jesus in prayer, He will touch their pain, sickness, and suffering in a remarkable way, because He is compassionate....

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June 22, 2021

Imagine being in the grip of a long-term disease or emotional depression. Then, one day, you see Jesus, and, in faith, you reach out and touch the hem of His garment, and you are healed! This happened many times when Jesus walked the earth two thousand years ago. The...

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June 21, 2021

Many people followed Jesus, because they were interested in His miraculous blessings, but not His lordship. Have you repented of your sins and trusted Jesus, the Bread of Life, to be your Savior? If so, you have experienced the greatest miracle in the universe: A...

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June 18, 2021

One can find many spiritual truths in the miracles of the loaves and fishes. For example, when impossible situations arise in our lives, Jesus already has the answer. We need only give what little we have to Him in faith, and He can do the miraculous. Please open your...

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June 17, 2021

John the Baptizer was a Spirit-filled man that lived his life to glorify God, even when it resulted in his imprisonment and death. In contrast, King Herod lived his life according to his passions instead of his conscience. John, like all born-again believers, will...

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June 16, 2021

Today’s passage tells a tale of two men. John, the Baptizer, died for righteousness’ sake. King Herod was an immoral man, and he had John killed for speaking out against his sins. In eternity, John will receive a crown of life, but Heord will spend eternity in the...

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June 15, 2021

Christ purchased His followers with His precious blood for His glory. Our assignment is to represent Jesus’ life in everything that we do. May God grant us the grace to remember that we live to follow and please only One, and His name is Jesus. Please open your Bible...

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June 14, 2021

Near the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry, He returned to Nazareth. Many from His hometown still rejected Him, though many faithfully followed Him. Jesus taught His disciples by precept and example that following Him at times includes being rejected, despite being in...

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June 11, 2021

Are you or someone that you love in a seemingly impossible situation? Jesus told people in such circumstances to not be afraid: only believe. Whether your troubles are spiritual, financial, relational, or physical, one touch from Jesus can still make things right....

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June 10, 2021

Jesus healed many people that were hopelessly ill. Jairus’ daughter was at death’s door, and another woman had a long-standing bleeding problem that no doctors could fix. However, both had faith that a touch from Jesus could solve their problems—and they were right!...

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June 9, 2021

Our heavenly Father sent Jesus to destroy the works of the devil. In today’s passage, Jesus freed a man that was bound by a legion of demons. Jesus can still deliver people from the kingdom of darkness by the power of the Gospel that bears His name. Perhaps you, or...

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June 8, 2021

Jesus’ primary mission during His first advent was to redeem mankind from the debt and crippling power of sin. However, a significant part of His ministry on earth also involved setting people free from the powers of darkness, especially in cases involving demonic...

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June 7, 2021

In life, you are either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or about to enter into another storm. Fortunately, as Christians, we know that Jesus will be with us, regardless of our circumstances. Please open your Bible to Mark chapter four, and listen Pastor Ray Viola...

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