January 28, 2020

After Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, he got a new perspective on life. In a very tangible way, he saw that his God was much bigger than anything in this world. Pastor Ben Hiwale used Lazarus’ example to emphasize our need to align ourselves with God’s sovereign and moral will, so that we can make good life choices. We will make good choices when we, like Lazarus, realize that it is Christ Who is our life. Please open your Bible to Colossians chapter three, and listen as Pastor Ben completes his study of verses one through four.

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January 28, 2020

After Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, he got a new perspective on life. In a very tangible way, he saw that his God was much bigger than anything in this world. Pastor Ben Hiwale used Lazarus’ example to emphasize our need to align ourselves with God’s...

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January 27, 2020

Do you want to know God’s will for your life? Today we will hear about three aspects of God’s will: His sovereign will, His moral will, and His specific will. Please open your Bible to Colossians Chapter three, verse one, and listen as Pastor Ben Hiwale shows us that...

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January 24, 2020

When Jesus died on the cross, He blotted out our bill of debt that we owed because of our sins. That means that Christ not only paid our sin debt in full, He literally erased any record that our sin debt ever even existed! What a great and merciful God we serve!...

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January 23, 2020

The circumcision of Christ is the supernatural work of God made without human hands, and it is superior to physical circumcision. Judaizers tried to convince Gentile Christians that they also needed to be circumcised to be saved. In other words, as some erroneously...

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January 22, 2020

Secular and worldly philosophies comprise the efforts of fallen men to determine, apart from the Scriptures, the ultimate causes in the earth and the universe. They seek to answer questions like, how did the universe come about? Why was I born? What is my purpose in...

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January 21, 2020

Paul was a man that had a shepherd’s heart. He was driven by the love of Christ, as well as a God-given concern for the spiritual welfare of the saints in Colossae, Laodicea and for those who had never met him. Paul prayed that these believers would be knit together...

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January 20, 2020

Paul wrote about a mystery that was once concealed, but has been revealed as part of the New Covenant that Christ established after His death and resurrection and after the Holy Spirit was poured out on all flesh on the day of Pentecost. The mystery was not that...

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January 17, 2020

The perfect will of God for each and every one of His children is that we be grounded in His love, and settled in the faith. Our hope is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every single saint must fight the good fight of faith while weathering the storms of opposition and...

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January 16, 2020

Before receiving Christ, we were alienated and enemies of King Jesus, but now, having been forgiven, we are blameless, cleansed, justified, and made holy. If Jesus is really supreme in your life, then you will understand that He has the power to free you from...

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January 15, 2020

Too often in the modern Church, Christians only see God as a means to a better life. Such thinking treats God as if He exists for our benefit instead of us existing to please Him. Therefore, too many Christians merely add Jesus to their list of activities to enhance...

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January 14, 2020

Religions say, “Forgive your brother, feed the poor, and be a better person, then maybe you and God can talk.” The Gospel says, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” It’s not, “Clean up, then come,” but rather, “Come when...

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January 13, 2020

God is not honored by ignorance of Him. We are living in an age of spiritual deception and blurred biblical truth. Many are being deceived by the religious rhetoric that comes from world religions and pseudo-Christian cults who masquerade as followers of Jesus Christ....

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January 10, 2020

Christians have overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Christians have been delivered from Satan’s domain. The key verbs are in the past tense, because it is a fact that your salvation has already been accomplished if you have...

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January 9, 2019

Today’s section of Scripture gives us a glimpse into the prayer life of Paul and Timothy. These Spirit-inspired passages provide us some wonderful things that we can be praying for one another. Whenever we pray for another person, we are making a divine deposit into...

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January 8, 2019

People are not saved by faith in faith. A modern cult of believism promotes a faith that has little to do with Jesus Christ. Saving faith involves the mind, the emotions, and the will. Only when we, by the power of the Holy Spirit, exercise our will and commit...

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January 7, 2020

Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians while he was imprisoned in Rome waiting for his trial before Caesar. He wrote this epistle to combat heretical teachings that had crept into the church, many of which persist in the church today. Please open your Bible to...

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January 6, 2020

The name Onesimus means profitable. However, when he ran away, Philemon might have been tempted to call him worthless. Fortunately, God’s grace transformed this worthless slave into someone that was indeed profitable, not only to Paul, but he would also become...

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January 3, 2020

Paul wrote a personal letter to Philemon on behalf of his runaway slave Onesimus. Just as Jesus pleads our case before His Father, Paul intereceded on behalf of Onesimus. Paul told Philemon to charge him personally for any debt that Onesimus owed him, just as Jesus...

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January 2, 2020

Repent is a verb, and change begins at the top. Parents, if you want your children to follow the Lord, you must follow the Lord. When one repents, and puts the Lord ahead of your own desires, God will give you this assurance: I will be with you. Please open your Bible...

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January 1, 2020

Jesus came to pay our sin debt, but He also came to set us free from bondage to the things of this world. The most frustrated person in the world is the person that is living for themself. They work longer and harder to get more, but it is as if they are putting all...

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December 30, 2019

On the cross, Pilate wrote, “Jesus of Nazarath, the King of the Jews.” When Jesus comes again, He will reveal Himself as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Everyone needs to bow their hearts before King Jesus today, and render unto Him the praises that are due His...

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December 27, 2019

Jesus’ second coming is a foundational doctrine of our faith. When He returns, it will be a display of His great power and glory. When He came the first time, it was as a Lamb that was offered for the sins of the world. When He comes again, He will roar out of Zion as...

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December 26, 2019

The Church enjoys intimate fellowship with Christ, our Savior for He is our Husband, and with great joy and anticipation we look forward to His return. Our Savior is God Himself, Who desires that all people would be saved. Jesus came to this earth to save sinners, not...

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December 25, 2019

The first biblical reference to the title of Savior comes from the lips of David, the shepherd king. The Hebrew word for savior comes from the verb yasha, which means to avenge, deliver, help, save, or get victory. For every believer in any age, that is our God: not...

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December 24, 2019

Until the day that the Lord takes His people home, He knows that Satan will be hurling darts of discouragement at them. That is why Jesus gave us His promise that He would never leave us nor forsake us. Christians today have His Holy Spirit dwelling in them, but even...

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December 23, 2019

Immanuel is a strong and mighty tower, the righteous run into it and are safe. Immanuel is hope to the hopeless and strength to the weak and weary. Immanuel means God is with us, because, when Jesus was born of a virgin, God came down to live among mortal men, and to...

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December 20, 2019

If a person does not comprehend the truth of the Gospel of grace, then they will either think that they are good enough for God to save, which is self-righteousness, or they will look at their sinful thoughts and deeds and become so guilt-ridden that they will doubt...

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December 31, 2019

The start of a new year causes many people to begin a new diet, start a new exercise program, or commit to being more financially responsible by creating a budget. These changes ususally result from the realization that something has got to change after reflecting on...

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December 19, 2019

The word manifest means to make visible, known, or to show openly. Jesus Christ came to openly show the nature and will of God on earth. In other words, Jesus did not come from heaven to earth only to fulfill God’s redemptive plan, He also came to earth to reveal to...

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December 18, 2019

When Jesus came into the world, God came into this world, and He did so for three reasons. He came to take away your sin, destroy the works of the devil, and—most wonderful of all—He came to restore fellowship between humans and the Father. Jesus IS the gift of God;...

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December 17, 2019

Glory to God for His redemptive plan to ransom us from the works of the devil! Jesus came to do for man what we could never do for ourselves. He came as a child, born of a virgin, to become the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the world, and to redeem all who...

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December 16, 2019

"When Israel was in spiritual darkness, Isaiah prophesied that a Light would arise—a special child would be born! Jesus Christ was that child. Not only will He deliver us, He IS our Deliverance and our Light. Behold the mystery: This child called Emmanuel, which means...

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December 13, 2019

Paul exhorted the Corinthian congregation to “be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” Each one of us is working out (not for!) our own salvation with fear and trembling. Fortunately, God gives us...

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December 12, 2019

Some say that the body of Christ is the most glorious dysfunctional family on earth. God’s people are perfectly redeemed, yet they dwell in imperfect bodies that have been corrupted by sin. Paul addressed this dysfunction in his letter to the Corinthians. He told them...

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December 11, 2019

Scripture makes it clear that our assurance of salvation does not lie in any work that we do. Salvation comes only by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus. We can only draw near to God because of Who Jesus is and what He did for us. However, it is equally...

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December 10, 2019

Every church congregation contains a mixed multitude of possessors and mere professors of faith in Christ. Paul voiced his concern for those whose lifestyle did not match their alleged testimony of having experienced the regenerating power of the Gospel of Jesus...

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December 6, 2019

False teachers in Corinth were criticizing and even slandering the Apostle Paul. After Paul apologetically wrote in defense of his calling and ministry as an apostle, he then wrote of his love for the people of Corinth and his concerns for their spiritual condition....

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December 5, 2019

Whether you are experiencing revelations from God or thorny attacks from the enemy, know this: God’s grace is sufficient for you, and His strength is made perfect in your weakness. However, it is not enough to be able to articulate the theological implications of the...

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December 4, 2019

By God’s grace, Paul had visions and revelations that were so spectacular that he could not even write them down. But God’s grace also sustained him when he was buffeted by a “thorn in the flesh”. Likewise, every child of God has good and bad days. However, as...

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December 3, 2019

We are all called to endure difficulties and forgo conveniences for the cause of Christ and to care for one another. If there is one word that is sorely lacking in today’s church, it is the word “sacrifice”. It describes the action of giving up oneself for the cause...

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December 2, 2019

In today’s passage, the apostle Paul listed his credentials for being a genuine follower of Jesus. Among them was a time that friends let him down the side of a city wall in a basket to save his life. From beginning to end, Paul faced afflictions and opposition as he...

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November 29, 2019

The Bible tells us that the flock of God is precious to Jesus Christ, and because they are precious to Jesus Christ, they were precious to the Apostle Paul. Therefore, Paul warned the Christians at Corinth of counterfeit ministers that would try to teach them a false...

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November 28, 2019

Ever since the fall of man, the world has been spiritually divided into two groups: those who are “begotten” of the spiritual seed of Cain, and those who are “begotten” of the spiritual seed of Abel. Beware! The devil has ministers that use the same language that you...

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November 27, 2019

God is jealous over us, because He loves us infinitely. Therefore, He hates anything that distracts us from our devotion to Jesus. Similarly, Paul had a jealous love for the Christians at Corinth. He had to warn them of religious frauds that sought to take them away...

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November 26, 2019

From Eden until now, the truth about Jesus Christ and the Gospel has been redefined, twisted, or simply called outrageous. Satan has his own so-called evangelists that proclaim a counterfeit Jesus and a counterfeit gospel inspired by a demonic spirit, which had...

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November 25, 2019

From Paul’s response to his critics at Corinth, we know one thing about them: They thought a lot of themselves! Whenever we measure ourselves among ourselves, it is unwise, unholy, and it is without understanding. Our standard should not be any mortal person; the only...

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November 22, 2019

A key aspect of being a Christian is living for the glory of God. Unfortunately, to many, the glory of God has become a trite phrase that lacks meaning. To live for the glory of God simply means that one no longer lives for oneself. Living for the glory of God under...

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November 21, 2019

When it comes to warfare against the powers of darkness, the best of human strength and ability profits nothing. Our only sure defense from Satan’s lies is the word of God. It is as the Psalmist wrote, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against...

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November 20, 2019

Spiritual warfare is part of the normal Christian life. Because we live in a fallen world and still dwell in a body that is corrupted by the influence of sin, we often struggle to live a life of victory as a Christian. And where does this battle begin? It begins in...

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November 19, 2019

Spiritually immature people regard their resources as their own, and ponder how much they are obligated give to God. However, spiritually mature Christians recognize that all that they have belongs to God, and they ask themselves, “What am I not giving, and why?”...

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November 18, 2019

Are you using God’s Spirit to help you make wise decisions? It is up to you to take advantage of the gifts that God generously offers to you. Having freely received, you should also live generously. When you do, you can experience being enriched in every way....

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November 15, 2019

Sowing and reaping involves choices: How much seed should we sow and, more importantly, what kind of seed should we plant? Our choices have consequences. If we sow to the flesh, we reap corruption; if we sow to the Spirit, we reap life. Please open your Bible to...

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November 14, 2019

The relationship between sowing and reaping is a key principle of life in the kingdom of God. Sowing and reaping are to be done with willing hearts and cheerful attitudes as heart-felt responses to the grace that God has lavished upon us through Jesus Christ. They...

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November 13, 2019

As Christians, everything that we do should be done as if we were doing it for the Lord Himself, even when no one else is watching. Our conduct should be beyond reproach, and we should have one or more people in our lives that can hold us accountable for our conduct....

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November 12, 2019

As Christians, our lives are living epistles. As we go about our day-to-day activities, people watch us and make judgments about us and about Jesus. Therefore, it behooves us to walk with integrity, knowing that Jesus will hold us accountable for our stewardship....

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November 11, 2019

True generosity is not the same thing as merely giving. For Christians, true generosity emanates from the example of Jesus Christ, who, for our sakes, made Himself poor so that we could become rich in Him. As beneficiaries of His grace and mercy that He has freely...

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November 8, 2019

Most people fall into one of three categories of generosity: Those that grudgingly give, because they think that they must; those that give dutifully, because they think that they should, or those that give thankfully, because they want to. Please open your Bible to...

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Novcember 7, 2019

The Corinthians had pledged to give an offering to the impoverished saints at Jerusalem. Yet, at the time Paul wrote his epistle, the saints had not yet collected any money for that offering. Good intentions are not the same as good deeds. James wrote that faith...

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November 6, 2019

Generosity is an element of Christian character that goes beyond giving and financial stewardship. True generosity emanates from a love of Christ that causes people to deny themselves, take up their crosses, and to follow Him, regardless of the personal cost. Please...

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October 5, 2019

It says in Proverbs, “As cold water is to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” Today’s message shows this: Titus brought good news to Paul from Corinth, and this comforted his soul. God has a way of comforting His distressed children. Be like Titus,...

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November 1, 2019

Christians are to be in the world, but not of the world. This does not mean that we isolate ourselves from unbelievers, because this would hinder spreading the Gospel to the lost. However, we do not want to enter into close relationships that will force us to...

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October 30, 2019

If you saw someone wearing mismatched shoes, you would think that they had made an error while dressing. Similarly, in important close relationships like business partnerships, dating relationships, and marriage, it is an error for Christians to join themselves with...

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October 30, 2019

As a minister of the Gospel, the Apostle Paul endured many things with great patience, and he lists those things as proof that he was a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. If you were to compose such a list for yourself, what things would you cite? How would it...

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October 25, 2019

Original sin separated mankind from God, but when Jesus died on the cross, He made it possible for people to be reconciled with God. When we believe in Jesus, He quickens our dead souls and makes us new creatures that have our being in Him. He then empowers these new...

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October 24, 2019

Our culture bombards us with messages that drive us to be consumed by external things. In contrast, God’s word repeatedly reminds us to guard our hearts diligently and to seek God’s kingdom first. While one cannot completely neglect personal appearance and hygiene,...

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October 23, 2019

Godly fear and reverence for God are not the same. Christians will one day stand before Jesus to give account of our lives and stewardship. This should instill in us a holy fear of displeasing the One that loves us. This fear is not paralyzing or tormenting, because...

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October 22, 2019

Every Christian will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. At this judgment, sin and salvation are not issues. This is the place where believers will receive rewards for what they have done in this life—or not. The basis for these rewards will not only concern...

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October 21, 2019

When we die, what happens? Do we cease to exist, or is there life after death? If there is life after death, do we exist as disembodied spirits in heaven, hell, or, as some think, purgatory or limbo, and do our lives affect our experience in the after-life? Today’s...

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October 18, 2019

In the physical kingdom a person lives before they die, but in God’s kingdom, one must die to self before one can truly live. When a person is born again, they realize that their life is no longer about themself, but, rather, about glorifying God and proclaiming...

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October 17, 2019

If someone asked you to describe victorious and abundant Christian living, how would you respond? If your answer included health, wealth, and a trouble-free life, then today’s message might surprise you. A better answer would include following Christ, regardless of...

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October 16, 2019

God has given believers ministries and spiritual gifts to do them. Unfortunately, personal pressures, false ministries, and the lack of response to the Gospel discourages us from successfully fulfilling our calling. Today’s passage is a source of encouragement when...

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October 15. 2019

Culturally, we have become a sound-bite generation, and this trend has filtered into the body of Christ. Fewer and fewer Christians have the depth of biblical understanding needed to boldly proclaim the Gospel to a lost and dying world. However, it is the love of our...

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October 14, 2019

Fallen men have a veil over their hearts that blinds them to Jesus Christ and His glorious Gospel. Religious systems are one of Satan’s favorite tools to hide the Gospel from sinners. If religious works were able to save us, then Christ died in vain. Only Jesus, by...

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October 11, 2019

Paul called the Mosaic Law the ministration of death, because everyone is guilty of breaking that Law, and the wages of sin is death. However, through Jesus, who lived His life in perfect obedience to the Law and His Father, we can share in His glory, which He...

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October 10, 2019

Paul compared the New Covenant in Christ with the Old Covenant that was based on the Law. It was not a comparison of something good versus something bad. It was, rather, a comparison of that which changes a person’s heart versus rules that govern behavior. Natural man...

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October 9, 2016

Through prophets and Apostles God gave us His written word, which includes laws, history, prophecy, letters of encouragement, and instruction. Besides the written word, God has called Christians to be like living letters or epistles that convey the Gospel to a...

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October 8, 2019

Have you found that, as you share the word of God, you get one of two responses? To one person it is like a sweet-smelling fragrance to be savored. Others find God’s word to be repugnant, turning up their noses at it as if it had the smell of a dead animal. Scripture...

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October 7, 2019

Paul traveled to Troas, because he sensed that the Lord had opened a door for him to preach the Gospel there. When the Lord opens a door, no man can shut it; however, it does not mean that one will be free of opposition in trying to pass through that door. We are...

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October 4, 2019

The objective of church discipline is restoration and reconciliation. Just as undo leniency is wrong, so is undue severity. When a person genuinely repents after being disciplined by a fellowship, that fellowship must also lovingly receive that penitent person back to...

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October 3, 2019

Every responsible parent knows that failure to discipline a child properly can have dire consequences. It is equally important for spiritual leaders to discipline those over whom God has given them authority. The act of correcting another can be gut-wrenching and...

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October 2, 2019

Scripture tells us to make all our plans subject to the Lord’s will. Paul’s opponents accused him of insincerity when he cancelled his planned trip to Corinth. However, Paul was just obeying the Holy Spirit. He believed that the Lord wanted to give them more time to...

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October 1, 2019

Satan cannot refute the message of the Gospel. To hinder its acceptance, he will oftentimes use false or trivial accusations to attack those proclaiming it. This is what Paul’s detractors in Corinth were doing while he was away in Macedonia, and Satan is still using...

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September 27, 2019

When going through a trial, have you ever looked heavenward in frustration and asked God, “Why me, Why this, or Why now?” Even the Apostle Paul had times of despair, but he found comfort and so can you. Please open your Bible to the first verse of Second Corinthians,...

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September 26, 2019

Second Corinthians contains important lessons for Christians. For example, we have a very real enemy that only prayer can defeat. That enemy attacks and condemns people, because they are guilty of breaking the Law of Moses. However, by His blood and His grace, Jesus...

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September 25, 2019

Can you imagine being a missionary evangelist in the first century? There was no internet, no automobiles, and no airplanes. Letters had to be hand carried by people that you knew and trusted. Paul established a church in Corinth, and after he left Corinth to start...

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September 24, 2019

The armor of God helps us to walk in righteousness and protects us against the ways of the devil. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter six, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola helps us put on our spiritual armor as he completes his study of verses ten through...

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September 23, 2019

As Christians, we can be yielded and responsive to God’s grace and love. The Holy Spirit reminds us of what Jesus has done, and then He tells us how to walk in that understanding. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter six, verse ten, as we grow in our spiritual...

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September 20, 2019

What will be doing in the sweet bye and bye? Will we work in Heaven? Also consider these questions: What is more important: the work itself, or is it how we do the work? Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter six, and listen as Pastor Ben Hiwale addresses these...

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September 19, 2019

Work has been ordained for man from the beginning of creation. Adam worked; we work. So if work is part of God’s plan, what causes stress in the home and in the workplace? Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter six, and listen as Pastor Ben Hiwale begins his...

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September 18, 2019

Rebellion is the direct outcome of sin in our hearts. When we have been regenerated by God in our heart, then we stop rebelling against Him. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter six, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his discussion of verses one through...

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September 17, 2019

In God’s design of the family, He designated specific roles for husbands and wives and also specific roles for parents and children. Today we will hear what God has to say to children Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter six, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola...

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September 16, 2019

God’s wisdom far exceeds the wisdom of man But what does this have to do with the roles in the family? God’s design shows us a wisdom and understanding of humanity from before the world began. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter five, and listen as Pastor Ray...

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September 13, 2019

Just because there are different roles for each member of the family does not make any one of these roles more or less important. God has established each role to work for the good of the family. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter five, and listen as Pastor...

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September 12, 2019

God established order in the world that He created. He designed order in marriage for our good, which comprises specific roles for husbands and wives respectively requiring loving authority and submission. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter five, and listen...

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September 11, 2019

In today’s world, a healthy marriage has become an endangered species. Modern marriage has been broken and redefined using the views of fallen people. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter five, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola explains what God says about...

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September 10, 2019

So many people are simply headed in the wrong direction. As followers of Christ, we want to go in the right direction—His direction. To do that, we must grow in God. So please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter five, and listen as Pastor Ben Hiwale completes his...

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September 9, 2019

Jesus paid the ultimate price when He went to the cross. He went into battle knowing exactly what He had to do. Though He knew the price that He had pay, He did not back down. The Christian life is a battle ground. Of what things should we aware as we go into battle?...

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September 6, 2019

Do you have a desire to resist the madness of the world? Let Jesus Christ and His Gospel of grace be the source of your hope. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter five, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his study of verses one through fourteen.

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September 5, 2019

As Christians, we are called to imitate Christ by putting on the new man, the new person. Life is a daily journey. If we align ourselves with God, then we will grow and become more like Jesus. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter five, and listen as Pastor Ray...

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September 4, 2019

How can we renew our minds so we can line up our lives with God’s truth? The world wants us to conform to its ways, but God has other plans, and His plans are much better. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter four, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his...

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