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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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June 4, 2021

Everyone is going to encounter storms in their lives. As Christians, we can have the confidence that Jesus will be with us in and through those storms. We can also have the confidence that one word from Jesus is enough to calm that storm. Please open your Bible to...

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June 3, 2021

When God’s word gets planted into your heart or the heart of someone else and acted upon, the DNA of that seed will bring forth much fruit. The key is to keep on sowing and trusting God for the harvest, despite circumstances that might seem unfavorable. Please open...

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June 2, 2012

A farmer might not understand how his crops grow. He just knows that he must plant the seed, water it, and care for what starts to grow. The fruit will come in its own time. Likewise, as believers, Christ wants us to sow the seed of the Gospel in our own lives and in...

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June 1, 2021

Jesus has made Christians stewards of His word, and we must be wise stewards of what God has given to us. Christ has made this generation of believers responsible for this generation of souls, and one day we will all have to give account of our stewardship. Are you...

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May 31, 2021

Today’s passage concerns two important themes: The first is the kingdom of God, and the second is the importance of really hearing what Jesus said. Jesus showed us a little of what the kingdom of God looked like on earth. Our stewardship of Jesus’ words impacts our...

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May 28, 2021

Jesus wants us to be fruitful branches. However, temptations, spiritual assaults, and even the pressures from our day-to-day living all combine to hinder God’s word from taking root in our lives. In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus laid out for us the kinds of things...

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May 27, 2021

Jesus’ Parable of the Sower teaches us that hearing God’s word and bearing fruit is related to the stewardship of our hearts. The same seed that bears fruit in one life ends up being rejected or choked out in others. To find out why, please listen as Pastor Ray Viola...

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May 26, 2021

James admonished his readers to be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. May we all hear, heed, and bring forth fruit with patience for the glory of God! Please open your Bible to Mark chapter three, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola...

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May 25, 2021

Our relationship with Jesus must be based on trust and obedience. These should be the foundational elements for our relationship with Christ. One cannot genuinely call Him Lord, if we do not do what He asks of us. Please open your Bible to Mark chapter three, and join...

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The Holy Spirit’s mission on earth is to point people to Jesus Christ. To reject that message by believing that all roads lead to God or that one can get to heaven by doing enough good works is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and unpardonable. Salvation is only...

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May 21, 2021

The Holy Spirit’s mission on earth is to point people to Jesus Christ. All the miracles that Jesus did were done by the power of the Holy Spirit so that God would be glorified. These miracles also revealed that Jesus is the One and only Savior of the world. Please...

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May 20, 2021

Jesus took a rag-tag group of about a dozen men and trained them and empowered them. Through their testimony, Jesus changed the world. If Jesus Christ is Lord of your life, then He has chosen you, imperfect as you are, to be a witness of His grace, His resurrection,...

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May 19, 2021

Jesus called a group of twelve men to be His closest disciples. By wordly standards, these men had little to offer for most lacked education, wealth, and social standing. Yet Jesus empowered them to preach the Gospel, heal the sick, and cast out devils. Please open...

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May 18, 2021

Manifesting His Father’s compassion, Jesus went about healing broken people and delivering others from Satan’s bonds. Today, through His Spirit-filled servants, Jesus is still delivering people from the powers of darkness and physical afflictions while giving life to...

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May 17, 2021

Jesus is the express image of the will and character of His Father. He only said what He heard His Father say, and He only did what He saw His Father do. Therefore, what we see in the life of Jesus is a perfect example of God’s will on earth as it is in heaven. Please...

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May 14, 2021

As creatures of the fall, we are all withered spiritually, physically, mentally, and relationally. Fortunately, regardless of how impossible your situation might seem, one word from the Master can still set you free today. Just as Jesus healed a man with a withered...

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May 13, 2021

In today’s passage we will see Jesus once again embroiled in a controversy with the religious hieerarchy of His day. It is tragic when man-made traditions oppose the miracle-working power of the Gospel. The Pharisees were upset with Jesus, because He healed a man with...

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May 12, 2021

Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil—even on the Sabbath. He also came to set people free from man-made rules and regulations that exalt themselves against the true knowledge of God. Forms of godliness are no substitute for walking in the life and power of the...

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May 11, 2021

Jesus performed seven miracles on the Sabbath. He did them, not to prove a point to the Pharisees, but to reveal God’s heart towards us. That is, God values the meeting of basic human needs more than keeping a bunch of man-made rules. Please open your Bible to Mark...

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May10, 2021

Jesus declared that when a person truly comes to Him in faith, everything becomes new. Our motives for prayer, fasting, and everything else that we do changes. A born-again believer no longer does these things, as a religionist might, to earn favor with God....

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May 7, 2021

Deeply imbedded religious traditions are hard to break, and many of Jesus’ actions deviated from their man-made traditions. For example, fasting, which should be for the purpose of drawing closer to God, had been changed into a sign of one’s supposed spirituality....

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May 6, 2021

As Christians, our destiny is to live in heaven with Jesus forever. However, while we are here on the earth, we have an assignment from our Master to be His ambassadors to a lost and dying world. This means, among other things, putting the needs of others ahead of our...

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May 5, 2021

People talk a lot about health care these days, and there is no shortage of opinions. While we should all be greatful for our skilled doctors, dentists, and therapists, what the world really needs is a Physician that can heal our sick and diseased souls. Jesus is that...

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May 4, 2021

A paralytic man had four friends that took extraordinary measures to bring him before Jesus. They were convinced of Jesus’ power to heal, and Jesus blessed them beyond their expectations. However, so-called theologians of the day that saw what Jesus did, went away...

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May 3, 2021

Multitudes thronged to Jesus when they saw God’s miracle-working power in His life. When He performed a miracle, it was usually in the presence of a mixed multitude: those that rejoiced at God’s wonderful works, and those that criticized Jesus for not behaving in a...

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April 30, 2021

The rituals of the Old Testament Law concerning leprosy could only determine if a person was clean or unclean. They had no power to cleanse a leper. The same is true for sin. The Law can only declare us guilty or innocent; the works of the Law cannot save. However,...

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April 29, 2021

In Scripture, leprosy is a type of sin. It begins beneath the skin, but eventually it surfaces with devastating effects. That is what sin does to us. Fortunately, even as Jesus could cleanse lepers, He can cleanse us from our sins, if we put our faith in Him. He has...

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April 28, 2021

In today’s message, Jesus models for us two important relational keys between us and our heavenly Father. First, we must spend times of solitude with Him in His word and in prayer. Next we must be submissive and sensitive to the Father’s direction and His timing...

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April 27, 2021

Spending time alone with His heavenly Father was a priority in Jesus’ life. Jesus teaches us that the best way to recharge our spiritual batteries after a draining and emotional day is by prayer, not sleep. Our heavenly Father will give us the strength and guidance...

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April 26, 2021

As we continue our look at a day in the life of Jesus, we will see that Jesus has power and authority over souls and bodies that are bound by sin, demonic powers, and diseases. Through Spirit-filled Christians, Jesus is still setting people free from these afflictions...

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April 23, 2021

Today we will get a glimpse of a day in the life of Jesus. He taught God’s word in synagogues, not by quoting other rabbis, like other teachers of His day, but He authoritatively declared, “It is written . . . .” On that authority He cast demons out of people and...

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April 22, 2021

Peter was humbled by Jesus’ display of authority over the fish of the sea. He felt unworthy to even be in Jesus’ presence. Nevertheless, Jesus wanted Peter to follow Him. Jesus does not expect His disciples to be perfect; we never will be this side of heaven. However,...

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April 21, 2021

Today’s study will show how a miraculous catch of fish changed Peter’s life. He left off trying to catch fish to become a fisher of men. Regardless of our vocations, Jesus wants us to follow Him, and, like Peter, to become fishers of men. Please open your Bible to...

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April 20, 2021

Good news ins only good for those that understand the bad news. We are incapable of saving ourselves, because we are sinners by nature and by choice. Everyone in that condition will be forever separated from God unless they repent and believe that Jesus’ perfect...

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April 19, 2021

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and the Savior of the world. The proclamation that Jesus is the Christ and that God’s kingdom is near is the Gospel. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and His kingdom is not just a good idea, it is good news! Please open your Bible to...

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April 16, 2021

In the wilderness, between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, Jesus, Who is God incarnate, faced off with Satan, who is the incarnation of evil, right after John had baptized Jesus. Satan did not question that Jesus was God’s Son. He did, however, try to usurp His dominion...

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April 15, 2021

The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness by Satan proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the devil is not an imaginary being. He is the archenemy of God and anyone or anything that God deems sacred. Jesus resisted Satan’s temptations using God’s word. That should...

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April14, 2021

Jesus was the eldest son of a large, poor family living in one of the least desirable districts in Israel. Therefore, He was well acquainted with the hardships of life. As our Savior and Friend, He can empathize with us when we come before Him in prayer. Therefore, we...

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April 13, 2021

If John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, why was it necessary for Jesus, the sinless Lamb of God, to be baptized? What practical truths can we, as followers of Jesus Christ, learn from this incredible event that was recorded in all four...

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April 12, 2021

John baptized with water, but he declared that the coming Messiah would baptize His people with the Holy Spirit and with fire. May the Lord fill us all with His Holy Spirit today that we might powerfully tell the world that Jesus is coming again, and that we must...

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April 9, 2021

John the Baptizer declared to the multitudes, “Prepare the way of the Lord, and make His paths straight,” because the long-awaited Messiah was about to be revealed. As Christians, our message should be much like John’s: Repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and...

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April 8, 2021

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Of course, His followers believe this. However, as recorded in Scripture, unclean spirits also declared that He was the Son of God as they fell down before Him in fear. Therefore, simply knowing that Jesus is the Son of God is not...

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April 6, 2021

As Christians face their sunset years, they realize that God has been their constant help in the past. As our physical powers wane, we need God even more, and we must realize that He is still our constant help. Don’t despair! Keep expecting His help, no matter how...

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April 5, 2021

Old age has many challenges. However, for a person that has walked with the Lord for many years, they can recall all that the Lord has done for them over the course of their lives. They know that, even in the midst of a trial, the Lord will never forsake them, because...

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April 2, 2021

David’s needs fueled his praises to God. From this we learn that a Godward perspective on our circumstances can drive us to praise the Lord, even before they change. As Elisabeth Elliot once said, “The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of...

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April 1, 2021

The Lord wants us to be men and women that are zealous for the things of God. Jesus’ zeal for His Father’s house caused Him to drive out the money changers and merchandisers from the Temple. As Christians, we are temples of the Holy Spirit, and we should zealously...

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March 31, 2021

True prayer is the ascent of the heart and mind to God. David cried out to God in times of trouble. Like Jesus, David was often slandered and falsely accused. Please open your Bible to Psalm sixty-nine, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola begins to discuss this psalm that...

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March 30, 2021

Israel's victories were commonly celebrated by women singing and dancing. God’s people weren’t victorious because of their military might or technology. They were victorious solely because the Lord gave the Word. We can be victorious if we put our trust in Jesus...

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March 29, 2021

Today, nations are conspiring to dethrone the Lord, and they want nothing of His ways. However, the day will come when all nations will come to the mountain of the Lord and worship the God of Jacob. The reign of Jesus Christ on the earth will be the joy of all...

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March 26, 2021

The Lord’s lovingkindness is better than life. Our lips are put to their best use in praising Him. He should be our chief desire of every moment, and valued more than the very air that we breath. Please open your Bible to Psalm sixty-two, verse nine, and listen as...

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March 25, 2021

When dealing with the rebellion of his son Absalom, David found that only waiting upon God in prayer and faith could bring his troubled heart to a place of quiet, submission, and rest. The same is true of every one of us: Only God can bring peace in the midst of a...

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March 24, 2021

The softest whisper of prayer never goes unheard; the breath of prayer is never exhaled in vain. We must remember this when walking through life’s deep valleys, when all that we know has been turned upside down. God will never leave us nor forsake us, but He wants us...

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March 23, 2021

Have you ever been falsely accused? David was. He did not claim sinless perfection, but he did declare his innocence regarding the false charges against him. Suffering is hard to take when you aren’t guilty, but God is on the throne and is watching over us....

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March 22, 2021

Political corruption is not new. God commissioned mankind to rule the world and cultivate its riches as stewards, seeing all that they have as belonging to God. But, under sin, many rule out of self-interest, exploiting others to increase their assets and power. One...

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March 19, 2021

Life can be full of calamities, but, like storms, they come and go. During the storms of life, we need shelter. When fleeing from Saul, David would sometimes hide in caves. However, despite his dark, dank surroundings, David knew that the Lord was his true refuge, and...

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March 18, 2021

Are you burdened by something? It does not matter what it is; the answer from Scripture is the same: Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain you. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. If you are a child of God, He is on your side, and if God be...

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March 17, 2021

Betrayal is a bitter pill, but David and Christ our Savior both had to swallow it. They were both betrayed by people that they once thought to be close friends. There is a natural impulse to want fly away from such troubles; however, the Lord wants us to flee to Him....

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March 16, 2021

Prayer unto to God in times of trouble has always been the privilege of the people of God. Jesus made this possible when He absorbed all of God’s wrath on the cross for sinners that call upon His name. If you haven’t already done so, cry out to God today, and He will...

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March 15, 2021

David compared himself to a green olive tree, thriving in the house of God. Not only is an olive tree a thriving tree, it is one of the longest-living trees on earth. David used this metaphor to contrast God’s eternal protection of his faithful servants with the...

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March 12, 2021

David wrote Psalm fifty-one after Nathan the prophet confronted him about his adultery with Bathsheba and his murder of Uriah. It is one of the Bible’s greatest passages concerning confession and forgiveness of sin. Please open your Bible and listen as Pastor Ray...

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March 11, 2021

While our salvation in Christ assures us that our sins can’t bring us into ultimate condemnation, it also means that, with our greater spiritual resources, God holds us more responsible for living as He prescribes. To whom much is given, much will be required....

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March 10, 2021

When a person dies, they must leave everything behind. Only the treasure that they have stored in heaven will remain. That treasure comes from serving Jesus with pure hearts that desire to glorify God by all that we do, according to the leading of the Holy Spirit....

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