February 3, 2023

Everyone has suffered losses in their lives, because we have failed to pray before engaging in some kind of battle, having forged ahead in our own understanding and fleshly power. Today’s passage has great news for you: God allows us to return to those battle scenes of defeat, but this time with the wisdom and power of God. Please open your Bible to Joshua chapter eight, verse three, and listen as we rejoin Pastor Ray Viola in his discussion of what we can learn from Israel’s conquest of Ai.

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February 3, 2023

Everyone has suffered losses in their lives, because we have failed to pray before engaging in some kind of battle, having forged ahead in our own understanding and fleshly power. Today’s passage has great news for you: God allows us to return to those battle scenes...

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February 2, 2023

Have you ever made a horrible mistake? Rejoice! We serve a God that gives second chances in this life. Moreover, with that second chance, He will provide what you need to do well, if you ask Him and trust Him. With God’s power on your side, He can turn an area of...

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February 1, 2023

When people experience defeat in life, they commonly blame God. However, far too often, our defeats are simply the result of reaping what we have sown. Israel’s loss in their first battle with Ai shook Joshua. His agonizing prayer revealed his confusion concerning...

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January 31, 2023

After taking the great city of Jericho, Israel prepared to capture the little city of Ai. Overconfident after their first victory, they did not bother to send their entire army into battle, nor did they seek the LORD’s counsel on how to conquer Ai. This huge tactical...

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January 30, 2023

The ark of the covenant not only symbolized God’s presence, it also represented security for God’s people. When the Israelites went up against Jericho, the ark (God’s presence) was in their midst. They obeyed God’s commands, and He won the battle. Are you facing a...

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January 27, 2023

After forty years in the wilderness, Israel’s army stood before the intimidating walls of the first fortified city that they had seen in a generation. Joshua had received battle plans from the Captain of the Lord’s Host, and their week-long siege of Jericho began with...

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January 26, 2023

Before going up against Jericho, Joshua experienced a pre-incarnate visit from Christ. Jesus told Joshua that He was in charge, and that He did not come to take sides, but to take over! Joshua now realized that it was a matter of God’s sovereignty (and not Israel’s...

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January 25, 2023

Before going up against Jericho in battle, God wanted Israel to observe Passover for the first time in nearly four decades. The Lord wanted them to understand that if they were going to succeed, they not only had to be committed to Him, but they had to be committed to...

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January 24, 2023

From a military standpoint, the perfect moment to attack Jericho would have been immediately after crossing the Jordan River. However, instead of allowing the people to attack at the moment in which Jericho was most fearful, God totally incapacitated their army for a...

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January 30, 2023

The ark of the covenant not only symbolized God’s presence, it also represented security for God’s people. When the Israelites went up against Jericho, the ark (God’s presence) was in their midst. They obeyed God’s commands, and He won the battle. Are you facing a...

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January 23, 2023

After forty years of wandering in the wilderness, Israel’s faithless generation had passed, and a new, obedient generation had established a beachhead in the Promised Land at Gilgal. The name Gilgal implies that their reproach had been rolled away. Likewise, when...

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January 20, 2023

Our lives are filled with memories and memorials that tell the world about us and what we find important. As Christians, some of those memorials should be a testimony about God’s faithfulness in our lives that are visible to all. Israel’s crossing of the flooded...

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January 19, 2023

At times we can forget Who God is and what He has done for us. Perhaps we get too busy enjoying what God has given us that we overlook Christ’s sacrifice of love and take for granted His constant care for us. In times of struggle, we must look to memorials, like a...

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January 18, 2023

One can glean many practical lessons from today’s passage, but one sure lesson is this: When God gives us a promise that seems impossible, it is not necessary for us to understand how God is going to fulfill it. It is simply a matter of obeying our promise-keeping God...

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January 17, 2023

The Ark of the Covenant was a symbol of God’s presence in the midst of the nation of Israel. When they crossed the Jordan, they were to follow the Ark, because the Lord was leading them to a place that they had never been. Likewise, God wants us to follow Him in our...

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January 16, 2023

After forty years of wandering in the wilderness, Israel was poised to enter Canaan. They had God’s directive and His assurance that they would conquer Canaan’s giants. Only one thing stood in their way, the swollen Jordan River! God had sovereignly arranged it so...

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January 13, 2023

When Jericho was destroyed, Rahab and her family were saved by a scarlet rope that she hung from her window. In Scripture, the scarlet color of the cord symbolized God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt, and it also pointed to the blood of Christ that cleanses us from...

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January 12, 2023

One of the most intriguing, yet incredible personalities in the book of Joshua was the woman Rahab. This woman, who was a prostitute raised in a pagan culture, came to saving faith in Yahweh, the God of Israel. The news about the greatness and power of Yahweh pierced...

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January 11, 2023

The promise of God’s presence and His faithfulness enable us to live courageously and faithfully unto Him and for His glory. If we are to conquer the enemy and walk in the victory that we have in Christ, then we must have spiritual strength and courage. We must...

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January 10, 2023

It has been rightly observed that, in the kingdom of God, all positions of leadership are interim. There comes a time in every ministry when God calls for a new beginning with a new generation and new leadership. All prophets, teachers, and pastors are interim guides....

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January 9, 2023

By the time the Israelites reached the banks of the Jordan, Joshua had learned many important lessons. Likewise, when God chooses us for a task, He gives us the experiences that we will need to complete it, and these experiences teach us valuable lessons. The most...

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January 6, 2023

God admonished Joshua to be strong and courageous, because he and the people that he was leading would be battling giants. The key to victory was remembering God’s word. Likewise, as we fac e giants in our own lives, our key to victory is no different. We should...

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January 5, 2023

God’s plan for Israel was not only to deliver them out of Egypt, but also to bring them into a land of promise where they could tell the world about the God that they worshiped. Canaan, with its walled cities and giants, was a land of conflict, but it was also a land...

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January 4, 2023

Tonight, Pastor Ray Viola concludes our study of the epistle to the Hebrews. We at Koinonia Fellowship want to echo the prayer that begins in verse twenty of chapter thirteen for you, your family, and your church: Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead...

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January 3, 2023

For Christians, contentment should arise from our secure position in our unchangeable Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Because He is our Savior, we need not be in fear of what mere men might do to us, for He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. Please open...

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January 2, 2023

Love is the most powerful bond within the body of Christ. It is the fruit of the Spirit. It is also the only acceptable motive for which we will receive rewards at the judgment seat of Christ. Therefore, let your character be free from the love of earthly trinkets or...

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December 30, 2022

Abraham searched for a city whose builder and founder is God. That city is in an unshakable and immovable kingdom, and, by God’s grace and His Holy Spirit, every believer is a sealed resident of that city as part of our eternal inheritance in Christ Jesus. Please open...

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December 29, 2022

For Christians, holiness implies that we want to be like Jesus. We want to live with a deep awareness of His presence and have a strong determination to do what He says is right. Holiness is not simply a matter of negative things we avoid, but of positive things we...

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December 28, 2022

Holiness is coupled with living in peace. A right relationship with God leads to right relationships with fellow believers. Although we will not always feel loving toward all other believers, we must pursue peace as we become more Christlike. Please open your Bible to...

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December 27, 2022

Christians will be spared the final seven years of earthly upheaval, because they will be enjoying the marriage supper of the Lamb in heaven. After that joyous event, they will return with Jesus, Who will make a swift end of the Antichrist and his earthly kingdom....

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December 26, 2022

The devil is roaring today like a lion. The wicked seemingly hold all the reigns of power globally. However, we have great news for you today: He Who roars last WINS! The Prophet Joel proclaimed, “The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from...

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December 23, 2022

In His Olivet discourse, Jesus described the global upheaval that would occur in the last days, but then He gave us the Good News: When all the tribes of the world are mourning, then Jesus would return in power and great glory to destroy the powers of darkness and...

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December 22, 2022

John summarized Christmas for us in verse fourteen of the first chapter of his Gospel: The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. We pray that your celebration of...

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December 21, 2022

When John wrote his inspired Gospel, He wasted no time in getting to the main point: Jesus was in the beginning with God, and He was God. Furthermore, by Him all things were made. Then He reached out to those whom He created that they might become God’s children....

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December 20, 2022

The Gospel of Jesus Christ changes everything. We pray that, in the days ahead, God would reveal His glory to us. As He does this, it will transform us individually and corporately as the Body of Christ with God-glorifying, Gospel-based affections for Him, for one...

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December 19, 2022

At Christmastime we look back to Jesus Christ’s first coming as a baby born in Bethlehem, but we also look forward to His second coming when He will renew and redeem every part of fallen creation. The Christmas season is a time for remembering and rejoicing. Please...

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December 16, 2022

When the Lord chastens us, Satan would like us to believe that God is done with us, because we are spiritual failures, and that we are irredeemably bad. However, in today’s passage, we will see that the Lord’s chastening is an undeniable proof that we are His...

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December 15, 2022

For each and every saint, the Lord has a course that He wants them to follow. How do we stay on course and keep running, despite our weariness? We can only complete our course successfully by ever looking unto Jesus. That is, we stare at Jesus with adoration and awe,...

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December 14, 2022

Today’s passage encourages us to lay aside every weight and our besetting sins so that we can patiently run the race that is set before us. The imagery is that of an athletic contest. This passage was preceded by many examples of faithful saints than ran their races...

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December 13, 2922

All people in The Hall of Faith were regular folks like us. However, they believed whatever revelation or command that God gave unto them, and they trusted the Lord to do exactly what He told them that He would do. God rewards those that diligently seek Him with all...

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December 12, 2022

Without faith it is impossible to please God. Whenever we talk about faith in Scripture, the emphasis is always on the object of our faith, not faith in and of itself. Our faith is in God, nothing else, nobody else, and most certainly not ourselves. Please open your...

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December 9, 2022

Today’s passage is often called The Hall of Faith chapter. We will discover that the faith of the child of God is a living faith, not a dead ritual or creed. Faith begins when one believes in God’s character: That is, He is who He says He is. Faith’s endpoint is...

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December 8, 2022

Being free from the consciousness of sin does not mean that New-Covenant believers are not sensitive to sin, because a regenerate soul will certainly be sensitive to things that grieve God’s Holy Spirit. Because of the power of Jesus’ blood, every believer can abide...

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December 7, 2022

The Old-Covenant sacrifices reminded the people of their sin every time they offered them. Their guilty consciences were not cleansed by the sacrifice, because it was not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. In contrast, Jesus made a perfect...

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December 6, 2022

If the Father has no pleasure in the sacrifices of the Old Covenant, why did He establish them? He did it to give us a type of the Lamb of God. The Law was not an image of heavenly things. It was only a shadow of things to come. If the Law could have made people...

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December 5, 2022

What happens when a person dies depends on what happens before they die. For someone that believes in salvation through Jesus Christ, death is merely the passing from this life, with all its sorrows, into life eternal in the Lord’s presence. The key question is this:...

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December 2, 2022

Jesus, and Jesus alone, is the Mediator of the New Covenant. All God’s promises are Yes and Amen in Jesus Christ. God promised eternal redemption and an eternal inheritance to everyone that believes in the finished work that He has done for us through Jesus Christ....

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December 1, 2022

God created man to have communion with Him, but man’s sin disrupted that fellowship. To restore what sin destroyed, God had to intervene, because humanity lacked the resources to repair that separation. It was the blood of Jesus that He shed on the cross for our sins...

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November 30, 2022

The New Covenant is a work that God has wrought for us through Jesus Christ. The New Covenant is established forever, because it is a covenant that is predicated upon God’s faithfulness, not ours. God also delights in mercy, and the mercy seat that was in the Hebrew...

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November 29, 2022

Jesus is the Cornerstone of the New Covenant by which a person can truly be saved from their sins, because He was the only Perfect Sacrifice that could satisfy God’s justice. If you have not done so already, look unto Him today and be saved, because there is no other...

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November 28, 2022

Today’s passage mentions three reasons why the New Covenant in Christ is superior to the Old Covenant in the Law. First, people that are born again are inclined to agree with God and walk in His ways. Next, because we have a personal relationship with God, we can call...

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November 25, 2022

After God gave Moses the Laws of the Old Covenant on Mount Sinai, the first thing that the Lord told Moses to do was to build an altar upon which sacrifices would be made. God knew that we could not keep His Law in our flesh, and the sacrificial altar taught Israel...

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November 24, 2022

There is no longer a need to offer anything for sins, because Jesus Christ has finally and fully given Himself and atoned for them. Scripture does not say that God forgets our sin; it says that, in the New Covenant, because of the work of Jesus Christ, He chooses not...

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November 23, 2022

Jesus Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, which is a better covenant than the old Mosaic Law, because it was established on better promises. Why is it better? Because the new covenant is not predicated on my faithfulness. The new covenant is predicated on...

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November 22, 2022

Jesus is our High Priest in the true Tabernacle, which is in heaven. That Tabernacle was built by the hand of God, not by the hands of men. Every high priest was required to offer something to God. Christ offered Himself to God on behalf of His people who have sinned,...

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November 21, 2022

Though Jesus Christ is sinless, He identified with us in our needs and temptations. This makes Him superior to any other priest, past or present.Today our Lord is seated next to His Father in heaven, because His redemptive work is complete. In His exalted position,...

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November 18, 2022

Levitical priests administered the Law of Moses. However, as explained in the book of Hebrews, no one can be saved by keeping the Law of Moses. Therefore, salvation requires a new and better covenant and a superior priesthood to administer it. Jesus, Who is a priest...

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November 17, 2022

Abram declined to take anything from the king of Sodom, because he did not want any worldly entity to get glory that belonged to The Most High God. Likewise, we should not compromise with the world to gain a few trinkets, but we should content ourselves with godliness...

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November 16, 2022

The book of Hebrews mentions a priesthood after the order of Melchizedek six times, and three of those occrrences are in today’s passage. Who was Melchizedek? Please open your Bible to Genesis chapter fourteen, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola provides some historical...

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November 15, 2022

A person’s faith gets tested during times of waiting. We demonstrate our faith when we patiently continue to minister to others, regardless of how we might feel. Faith produces works, loves incites labor, and hope teaches us patience, and with Jesus as our Anchor, we...

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November 14, 2022

Saving faith is not passive. We should lovingly and even sacrificially labor to do the things pertaining to godliness. No matter how much or how little we have, it has all come to us from God, and He will hold us responsible for our stewardship of what He has...

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November 11, 2022

Saving faith is not passive. We should lovingly and even sacrificially labor to do the things pertaining to godliness. No matter how much or how little we have, it has all come to us from God, and He will hold us responsible for our stewardship of what He has...

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November 10, 2022

According to the Apostle John, Christ-like love is the very evidence of the power of the Gospel. Such love is only possible through God’s transforming grace and the power of His Holy Spirit. Laboring in love is not comprised of just good ideas or intentions. It is...

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November 9, 2022

Fruitfulness is a key indicator for assessing whether or not a person is truly born again. Do their labors bring glory to God, or do they desire the praise of men? When believers stand before the judgement seat of Christ, Jesus will judge the true motivations of His...

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November 8, 2022

When the subject of works is mentioned, it is important for us to remember that works do not save us. However, when our salvation is genuine, there will not only be works, but fruit also. It is not faith and works; it is not faith or works; it is faith that works!...

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November 7, 2022

Just before Rome destroyed the Jewish Temple in 70 A.D., many Jews had benefited from being in the presence of God’s Spirit as He moved among His people: They may have even had strong emotional experiences due to these moves of God, yet they never came to true saving...

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November 4, 2022

Christian maturity is based on six basic principles: repentance from dead works, faith towards God, baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection from the dead, and eternal judgment. Please open your Bible to Hebrews chapter six, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola begins to...

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November 3, 2022

Today’s passage is the subject of much debate among Christian theologians. Can a person lose their salvation once they are saved, or is the scenario presented in today’s passage just a hypothetical circumstance? As Pastor Ray Viola will explain, neither position is...

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November 2, 2022

Walking in righteousness is a process of spiritual growth. As we read God’s word and start applying it to our lives, it is amazing how our understanding of righteous behavior improves, and we begin to change our behavior out of love for Jesus, not out of religious...

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November 1, 2022

When the Bible talks about righteousness, one must recognize that there is positional righteousness in Jesus Christ, and then there is practical righteousness that developes as we walk in obedience to what God says in His word. It is the latter type of righteousness...

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October 31. 2022

Religous traditions and self-righteousness are two of the greatest hindrances to people coming to saving faith in Jesus Christ. The only acceptable righteousness that God provides comes through faith in Jesus Christ, Who was the perfect sacrifice for sin, Who is our...

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October 28, 2022

Today’s passage says that Jesus was made perfect when He became the Author of salvation. This does not suggest that Jesus had not been perfect before. It means that He successfully carried out God’s plan of salvation. He perfectly endured suffering and temptation so...

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October 27, 2022

What does it mean that Jesus learned obedience? As Son of Man, Jesus lived a normal human life, just like us. Though sinless, He still had to learn to submit to the will of His Father. Jesus, as Son of Man, is our example of obedient submission to the will of God,...

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October 26, 2022

Jesus left heaven to live life on earth as a man, yet without sin. He experienced human feelings of grief, weariness, and pain. Jesus also gave us an example of how we should live our lives, especially walking in fear and obedience to God, and, perhaps most...

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October 25, 2022

Jesus was not a Levitical priest. His heavenly Father appointed Jesus to be a high priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek to whom Abraham paid tithes of all he had. This makes Jesus’ priesthood superior to the Levitical priesthood. Please open your...

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October 24, 2022

Jesus is our merciful and compassionate High Priest forever. Having lived as a man, yet without sin, He understands human temptation and our mortal frailties. Therefore, Jesus is always there to lift us out of the dirt when we fall, and He can strengthen us in our...

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October 21, 2022

Jesus is our Great High Priest. Because of His perfect sacrifice for our sin, His resurrection, and bodily ascension into heaven, we all have access to God through Him. Who needs a priest? We all do. Since God is awesome and holy, sinful humans cannot approach Him...

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October 20, 2022

Since Jesus offered His own blood for our sins before His Father’s throne, the Holy Spirit invites believers to confidently come to that throne for grace and mercy in times of need. God just asks us to love Him and our neighbor. He has given us His Holy Spirit to help...

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October 19, 2022

In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He said that unless a person had a righteousness that exceeded, or that was deeper, than that of the scribes and Pharisees, then they could not enter God’s kingdom. What Jesus meant was that what the Pharisees did was all external and...

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October 18, 2022

Saving faith in Jesus Christ means acknowledging that we are sinners and that we are incapable of saving ourselves or earning our own salvation. Entering into God’s rest means that we stop trying to earn God’s righteousness, and we just rest in the finished work of...

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October 17, 2022

As you look to your own heart, is it at rest? Do you have that deep peace of Christ filling your mind, your heart, and your life, or do you have anxiety, strife, turmoil, and unrest? God has given us the promise of rest, and Jesus said, “It is finished!” Take heed to...

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October 14, 2022

Many people fear they have committed some sin that God cannot or will not forgive, and they feel that there is no hope for them, no matter what they do. Satan would like nothing more than to keep people laboring under that misconception. If you are suffering under a...

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October 13, 2022

When we enter God’s promised rest in Jesus Christ, it means that we can rest from our works, just like God rested from His. That is, we can rest from the exhausting, futile, and unpleasant work of trying to earn our way to heaven. Genuine righteousness is not...

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October 12, 2022

Refusing to believe God is a serious sin, because it is a sign of an evil heart that can lead to departing from the living God. Avoiding fellowship with other believers is symptomatic of someone that is drifting away from the Lord. Christians need the fellowship and...

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October 11, 2022

A key attribute of deity is the ability to create something out of nothing. While Moses was a servant in the house of the Lord, Jesus was greater, because He built all things, including that house. As Paul wrote, Jesus created all things in heaven and in earth,...

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October 10, 2022

Though Jesus was temporarily lower than the angels that He might relate to us and die for us, the author of Hebrews made the case that Jesus was greater than any angel. Next, the writer goes on to show that Jesus was greater than the lawgiver Moses, because Moses was...

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October 7, 2022

Under the Law of Moses, when someone sinned, they brought an animal to the priest to be sacrificed for their sin. That is to say, the Law made people sin conscious. Now that Jesus has paid for our sins once and for all time, when we sin, our Heavenly Father now wants...

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October 6, 2022

Jesus defeated Satan by dying on the cross. Similarly, we can defeat the works of the devil and the deeds of the flesh by dying to self. Therefore, death to self is the path to freedom. Please open your Bible to Hebrews chapter three, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola...

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October 5, 2022

Knowing that Christ suffered pain and faced temptation as a man helps us to face our trials, because He understands our struggles. When you face trials, go to Jesus for strength and patience. Though He sits at God’s right hand, He is always available to us through...

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October 4, 2022

Jesus Christ is the grace of God incarnate through Whom we have been reconciled unto God. His death on the cross satisfied God’s justice by paying in full the penalty for our sins. If you receive this gift and begin to follow Jesus, you can have unlimited access to...

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October 3, 2022

Jesus Christ chose to identify with mankind by becoming a man, not an angel. If He were an angel, He could not die. Though His birth was glorious, it was His death that saved us from spiritual and eternal death. Please open your Bible to Hebrews chapter two, and join...

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September 30, 2022

Jesus shared fully in our humanity and experienced death for us all, so that we may share fully in His glorious victory over death and the devil. Through His suffering on the cross, Jesus Christ completed God’s plan of salvation. We just need to die to self and follow...

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September 29, 2022

In the world to come, Jesus will carry the government on His shoulders for a thousand years. Also, redeemed people, that are presently a little lower than the angels, will be crowned by God with glory and honor. He will then set us over His creation, and we will even...

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September 28, 2022

When Jesus came as a man, He was still divine. Then of what did He empty Himself? He emptied Himself of His divine powers. He did not cease to be God, but He did lay aside His glory and the independent use of His attributes as God. In His life as a God-man on earth,...

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September 27, 2022

Signs, wonders, and miracles were all components of the ministries of the New-Testament believer. No place in Scripture indicates that any of the works of Jesus or His apostles should not be seen today. Gifts of the Holy Spirit, including the working of miracles,...

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September 26, 2022

Scripture often exhorts us to maintain a steady walk with the Lord. The word disciple shares a common root with the word discipline. It takes discipline to follow Jesus, because without it, we risk being pulled away from Him by the constant rip tide of worldly ways....

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September 23, 2022

Christians today are under tremendous pressure to compromise or redefine the truth of the Gospel. Today’s passage begins to address the peril of drifting. The most sure way not to drift is to abide in Jesus, for He is the Anchor of our faith. Please open your Bible to...

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September 22, 2022

Do you believe that Jesus is God? Does Jesus hold a place in your life that is worthy of God? God commands us to be holy for He is holy. As Christians, happiness and holiness should go hand-in-hand. Therefore, compromising on holiness will diminish your happiness....

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September 21, 2022

Worshiping Jesus is a huge issue. It separates Christianity from Judaism on one side and Islam on the other. The worship of Jesus also separates Christianity from cults such as Mormonism and the Jehovah’s Witnesses. God would never command angels to worship any other...

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September 20, 2022

Jesus is superior to any angelic being, including Satan, for He created them. Good angels worship Him as their God, but fallen angels or demons fear Him, because He sits at the right hand of His Father in heaven on the throne of power. Please open your Bible to...

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