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August 19, 2019

How can we draw near to God? Whether you are a Jew or a Gentile, the answer is the same: Give your life to Jesus. Once you belong to Him, you will be brought very near, because of what Jesus did by His blood. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter two, and listen...

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August 16, 2019

Before Jesus came to earth, the Jewish nation believed that they were favored by God and the Gentiles were excluded. Now God is building one Body, His Church. This is the mystery of reconciliation between Jews and Gentiles. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter...

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August 15, 2019

Because we are sinful, we deserve God’s wrath. But God loves us. He shows us His perfect way and offers mercy. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter two, and listen as Pastor Ben Hiwale completes his study of verses one through ten.

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August 14, 2019

Christians and non-Christians can be aware of the spiritual realm. This can open up a massive list of questions. Sometimes we wonder if God is punishing us. Are we in bondage to our past? Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter two, where we will learn the true...

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August 13, 2019

Prayer is a crucial exercise in the life of the believer. For whom should we pray? How often should we pray? Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter one, where we will learn how to develop a supportive prayer life, as we continue our study of verses fifteen...

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August 12, 2019

Would you call yourself a saint? Most of us would not, but, according to the Scriptures, if the love of God is in us, then we are counted as saints. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter one, where we will learn about the process of growing in the love of God as...

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August 9, 2019

Do you find yourself in a season of dryness or disappointment? Look up! You are a purchased possession, sealed by the promise of the Holy Spirit so you can never be snatched out of God’s hands. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter one,and be reminded of your...

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August 8, 2019

What happens after you hear the Gospel? Who is the Holy Spirit, and what does He have to do with what you hear? Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter one, where we will learn about the relevance of the Holy Spirit as we begin our study of verses thirteen and...

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August 7, 2019

Because of God’s wonderful grace we have been bought with the blood of Christ. We are accepted in the Beloved, because we trust in the One Who shed His blood to cleanse us from all sin. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter one, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola...

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August 6, 2019

Accepted in Christ. Bought with a price. Our sins wiped out, we are clean. What a treasure we have in Jesus! Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter one, and let your hearts be filled with joy at this thought, as you listen to Pastor Ray Viola continue his...

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August 5, 2019

What would you say is mankind’s greatest need? The next important question is this: Is there anyone that is capable of meeting that need? Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter one, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola explains what God says about our greatest need,...

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August 2, 2019

Many are called, but few are chosen. Do you want to be chosen of God? Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter one, and listen as Pastor Ray shares what it means to be one of the chosen, and how you can make sure that you are one of them as he finishes his...

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August 1, 2019

Predestination: what does it even mean? Bookshelves sag with the many volumes written on this topic. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter one, and listen as Pastor Ray helps us to understand this controversial topic in his discussion of verses three through six.

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July 31, 2019

God is certainly in control, but He created men and women to have certain responsibilities. Sometimes this may seem to be contradictory, but God has a clear plan. Please open your Bible to Ephesians Chapter one, and join us as we learn to understand these differences...

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July 30, 2019

Chosen. Accepted. These are words of identity. As Christians, we find our identity in the One who has chosen and accepted us. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter one, and embrace your identity in Christ as Pastor Ray Viola begins his study of verses three...

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July 29, 2019

Jesus isn’t lost, so no one needs to go find Him. Sinful people separated from God are the ones that are lost, and Jesus is the One who finds them. Be comforted in this. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter one, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his...

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July 26, 2019

The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus at a time when false teachings abounded. False teachings are also a common occurrence in the Church today. Therefore, we should all search the Scriptures daily to make sure that what we are hearing is true. Please open...

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July 25, 2019

At one level, Job never doubted God’s power and wisdom, because he repeatedly called Him the Almighty. However, instead of bringing his thoughts into captivity, Job allowed the Enemy’s fiery darts to allow his emotions to get the better of him. We must use the...

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July 24, 2019

After describing the behemoth, a large dinosaur-like land creature, God went on to describe Leviathan, which was a massive sea creature like a plesiosaur. God declared that He was even in control of these terrifying creatures that no man could capture, much less tame....

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July 23, 2019

God asked Job many questions. He did this to help Job see his weakness and inability to understand God’s infinite mind. All Job needed to know is that God’s wisdom is superior, and His sovereign control of everything is complete. Worry, anxiety and doubt are the...

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July 22, 2019

Job and the other men had been trying to answer the “why” question of Job’s life. This was the wrong question, which accounts for all their wrong answers. The right question was not Why? but Who? Once Job understood who he was and who God is, all was well. Please open...

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July 19, 2019

Instead of giving Job answers, God asked Job questions. He did not do this to condemn or shame Job, but to remind him that God is in control of all that happens in the universe: not any man, not Satan, nor any other angel. Moreover, rest assured that God is always...

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July 18, 2019

After many chapters of misguided discourse, Job finally got his most desired (and most feared) wish: God spoke directly to him! No longer are we reading the words of natural minds groping for the truth. Truth itself was speaking, and, as believers in Christ, we too...

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July 15, 2019

When Job said, “What is the Almighty, that we should serve him, and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?,” he was expressing the sentiments of the wicked, not his own feelings. Elihu built his case against Job by taking what he said out of context. Don’t...

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July 12, 2019

Elihu’s critics call him harsh and unfeeling, but this viewpoint comes from a human-centered preoccupation with self. We might do better to see Elihu as one who passionately cares for God’s honor. To him, anything that impugns God’s honor is a terrible thing that...

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July 11, 2019

When Elihu turned his attention to Job, he introduced new insight into the purpose of suffering: Job’s friends had argued that his suffering was evidence that God was punishing him for his sins, but Elihu argued that sometimes God permits us to suffer to keep us from...

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July 10, 2019

Today we will encounter a new character named Elihu. He was younger than Job’s other three friends, and he held his peace until they had finished speaking. His name means He is my God or God the LORD. Therefore, some see him as a type of Christ, our Mediator. Others...

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July 9, 2019

In ancient Israel, it was customary for an accused person, who claimed to be innocent, to go to the sanctuary and take an oath of innocence. Job did something similar as he made his final defense to his friends. Job swore his innocence and called down God’s wrath upon...

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July 8, 2019

After recounting his delightful past, Job returned to the harsh reality of his dismal present when he groaned the words, “But now . . .”. Perhaps you have had a But-now season in your life. In those times you must realize that God does not owe you an answer. If you...

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July 5, 2019

After three rounds of back-and-forth exchanges with his three friends about the reasons for his condition, Job summarized his defense. In his summary, he recalled the blessings of his past, lamented his present sufferings, and challenged God to vindicate him in the...

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July 4, 2019

Job described how men work hard and face great danger to find material wealth. They tunnel through hard rock and risk their lives to get rich. Why is it then that will men and women not put that much effort into gaining God’s wisdom, which is of far greater value?...

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July 3, 2019

Job’s friends repeatedly lectured him about why he was suffering the way he was. They were dead wrong in their conclusions about Job, though, according to the theology of the times, they thought that they were right. Billy Graham once said, “A suffering person does...

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July 2, 2019

In today’s passage, Job’s words remind us of the imprecatory psalms, which contain prayers for God’s judgment on one’s enemies. Not everything a Bible character said or did is to be imitated. Though psalmists and others prayed against their enemies, it doesn’t mean...

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July 1, 2019

Job questioned the source of Bildad’s counsel. All that Bildad had spoken had come from his own opinions and limited knowledge of Job’s situation, not from the Spirit of God, because a person moved by the Holy Spirit never condemns or makes false accusations. A...

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June 28, 2019

In his final remarks to Job, Bildad seems to have finally understood that many more words will not help the situation. His brief remarks focused on God’s greatness and man’s nothingness. Please open your Bible to Job chapter twenty-five, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola...

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June 27, 2019

Job was confused, because he was suffering for no specific wrongdoing, while others, who sinned openly and deliberately, seemed to get off scot-free. Have you ever felt the way Job did? Rest assured, a day will come when God will settle all spiritual accounts. Don’t...

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June 26, 2019

The wicked, especially those that are prosperous, want nothing to do with the Lord; in fact, they say to Him, “Get away from us! Leave us alone!” This is the philosophy of most unsaved people today. One might call it “practical atheism”. Sadly, they do not believe...

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June 25, 2019

As Job began his response to Zophar, he probably provided the best advice for someone that is trying to comfort a person that is suffering: If you really want to console me, just keep quiet and listen! Please open your Bible to Job chapter twenty-one, and listen as...

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June 24, 2019

In Zophar’s second address to Job, he makes three key points: The rejoicing of the wicked is brief, sin is self destructive, and the final destruction of the wicked will be swift. While these things are true, they were shamefully irrelevant to Job’s situation. Please...

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June 21, 2019

Job’s friends crushed him with their words. They made him feel worthless and helpless in the face of his suffering. We should be sensitive to the needs and struggles of others! Even if people do need rebuke, we should do it in love, and our words should hearten them,...

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June 20, 2019

After Job finished his response to Eliphaz, Bildad should have expressed compassion for this hurting man. Instead, Bildad tried to frighten Job out of his wits with some of the most vivid pictures of death found anywhere in Scripture! The best way to help discouraged...

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June 19, 2019

Job’s spirit was broken; he couldn’t take any more abuse. Just as Job had expressed his hope in a mediator, today we will see that he also desired an advocate or guarantor for his debts. For Christians, Jesus serves both functions: He is the High Priest of His people,...

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June 18, 2019

After enduring a second round of accusations from Eliphaz, Job plainly stated that he thought his friends were miserable comforters. They babbled with long-winded speeches and arguments, unlike good counselors who console and listen. Please open your Bible to Job...

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June 17, 2019

In his second speech to Job, Eliphaz again reproached Job for his vanity and impious words. Then he had the audacity to say that his words and those of his two friends were gentle and the consolations of God. If you ever have to counsel a hurting person, do not...

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June 14, 2019

No man on his deathbed wishes that he worked more hours, traveled more, or frets that he didn’t make the all star team. All that will matter on that day will be how you stewarded the time, talents, relationships and gifts that God has given unto you to bless others...

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June 13, 2019

Job’s friends accused him of hidden sin, and they offered a false formula for peace with God. Zophar assumed that he had a greater understanding both of Job and of God than he really did. False doctrine, even if held with sincerity, is still a lie. Growing in...

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June 12, 2019

Today, we will meet Job’s third pseudo-comforter named Zophar. This man suggested that if Job could only see things God’s way, then Job would realize that he is not suffering as much as he really deserves! Please open your Bible to Job chapter eleven, and listen as...

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June 11, 2019

When Job asked Bildad, “How can a man be righteous before God?”, he was not asking about the way of salvation. Instead he was expressing the hopelessness of proving his innocence before One that is so great. Job readily acknowledged that God is all-wise and...

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June 10, 2019

Today we will meet the second of Job’s pseudo-comforters. His name is Bildad, which means son of contention. He was a man that loved controversy. He not only falsely accused Job of sinning, he, with a total lack of sensitivity, declared that Job’s dead sons died...

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June 7, 2019

Psalm 8 describes God’s watchful care over His creation in a positive sense. However, in his physical pain and mental anguish, Job turned God’s watchfulness into something negative. By the end of his discourse, Job wisely looked to God for forgiveness, if he had...

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June 6, 2019

After losing his wealth and health, Job was looking for understanding and sympathy from his friends. However, instead of comfort, his first friend, Eliphaz, accused Job of secret sins, and he urged Job to confess. If someone you know is hurting, be there for them,...

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June 5, 2019

In light of everything that happened to Job, Eliphaz concluded that Job could not be all that innocent. Eliphaz believed that Job was hiding something or had some secret sin in his life, because of his afflictions. However, there is no logic at all to what Eliphaz is...

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June 4, 2019

In His grief, Job did not view death as an enemy, but as a place of rest and relief from his worldly woes. People that take their own lives mistakenly believe this also. Job did not have the complete revelation of Scripture, and some cults take Job’s words out of...

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June 3, 2019

After seven days of silent suffering, Job spoke, not to curse God, but to curse the day of his birth. When we are hurting, it is easy to say and do things that we might later regret. If Job knew what God was going to say and do later on, do you think he would have...

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May 31, 2019

After Job lost his health, three of his friends came to visit him. They were so shocked to see what had happened to their friend, that they silently sat with him for seven days. Sometimes the best way to help someone that is hurting is just to be with them, saying...

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May 30, 2019

Satan does not give up easily. After destroying Job’s wealth and killing all his children, he returned to God’s throne to accuse him again. This time he sought God’s permission to destroy his health in order to tempt him to curse God. God allowed him to touch his...

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May 29, 2019

Submitting to God’s sovereignty does not diminish personal sorrow over loss. The Adversary had done his work well, but to no avail. Instead of cursing God, as Satan said he would, Job worshiped. Job knew what had happened, but he did not know why. Many times the...

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May 28, 2019

Satan did not question or contradict any of the Lord’s approving statements about Job’s moral quality, but he did question Job’s motives. Therefore, the book of Job does not really deal with why good people suffer but with what motivates people to serve God. Trials...

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May 27, 2019

Job was a godly man that suffered greatly as Satan sifted him. Unbeknownst to him, it was a God-ordained trial. Much to Satan’s disappointment, Job did not curse God when calamity struck. Nevertheless, Job struggled to understand why such adversity came upon him. Job...

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May 24, 2019

Today we will complete our study of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. When He finished, those that heard it were astonished at the things He said. If one only analyzes it, then one has missed its purpose. Jesus wants to radically change our lives and set us free from things...

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May 23, 2019

Satan has deceived many into building upon a foundation that requires them to be strong always in every area of their life. Building on that foundation will eventually lead to a crash. Jesus’ teachings tell us to draw on God’s unlimited strength. Doing this enables...

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May 22, 2019

Jesus closed His Sermon on the Mount with a parable that emphasizes the importance of obedience to His teachings. It is not enough to hear His teachings or even to agree with them; we must put them into practice. Please open your Bible to Matthew chapter seven, and...

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May 21, 2019

On judgment day, many unbelievers will stand before Jesus reminding Him of things that they supposedly did in His name. Unfortunately for them, Jesus will not be impressed by their works, because they never really had a relationship with Him. Seek out a genuine...

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May 20, 2019

Christianity is more than saying the right words. Even Jesus said that not everyone that calls Him Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven. Only those people that actually allow God to change their hearts so that they truly do the will of God will enter into His...

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May 17, 2019

A tree or plant produces fruit according to its character. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus admonished His followers to be fruit inspectors. Doing so would enable them to spot false prophets and wolves in sheep’s clothing. If someone examined the fruit from your...

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May 16, 2019

As we near the end of our study of The Sermon on the Mount, we will see Jesus driving home the necessity of putting into practice what He was teaching in order to get to heaven. Specifically, we cannot just agree with what Jesus said and leave it there; we have a...

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May 15, 2019

Is Christianity inclusive or exclusive? It depends upon how one defines the terms. Jesus said that He was the only Way to the Father in Heaven. While the path to heaven is narrow, anyone that believes Jesus’ words, regardless of gender or nationality, can get to...

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May 14, 2019

If you evaluated your prayers over the past few weeks, how many of those prayers would concern you or those in your immediate family? For most of us, the percentage of self-focused prayers would be very high. However, if we only pray self-centered prayers, the result...

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May 13, 2019

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus extended the greatest invitation in the world to every believer, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Unfortunately, for many, personal and corporate prayer are among the...

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May 10, 2019

If you refuse to correct someone’s error, then one of two things is true: Either you don’t really believe what the Bible says is true, or you think, “It’s no use, they’ll never change. They won’t listen.” By determing that correcting them is not worth the pain, you’ve...

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May 9, 2019

You do not judge someone when you assess their position on something. That is, not judging a person does not mean avoiding the truth. Judging is about casting a person off after you tell them the truth. It’s what you do after you tell someone the truth that determines...

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May 8, 2019

Today we are going to look at one of the most recognizable statements that Jesus ever made: “Judge not, that you be not judged.” Many people use this verse to deflect criticism of some of their behaviors. They mistakenly believe that these words of Jesus prevent...

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May 7, 2019

What is the Kingdom of God? It is not a place, but a position. That is, it is a position where sacrifice is more important than our stuff. Also the Kingdom is a position where purity is more important than pleasure. Therefore, the Kingdom is also a position of...

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May 6, 2019

Most of the people that listened to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount were poor fisherman or farmers. For them, food, clothing, and shelter were real concerns, because taxes consumed nearly half of their meager living. Yet Jesus told them not to worry about such things,...

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May 3, 2019

Worry is excessive concern over the affairs of life. It happens when you are so concerned about your problems that you can think of nothing else, and it is a sin. Why? Because it displaces the power of God in your life, and it distracts you from things that really...

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May 2, 2019

James told us that double-mindedness is a source of instability. Therefore, as Jesus said in His Sermon on the Mount, man cannot serve God and mammon, because one of the two will inevitably take precedence when it comes to loyalty and obedience. For eternal security,...

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May 1, 2019

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus cautioned His followers about trusting in earthly treasures, because material things can be destroyed or stolen. Though it is prudent to have reserves for adverse times, Jesus wanted to make sure that the hearts of His followers were...

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April 30, 2019

When Pharisees prayed and fasted, they often made a public show of it. Jesus told His followers to avoid such antics. Whether we pray, serve, give, or fast, we should only do it for an audience of One. When we do such things in secret and with a proper motive, God...

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April 29, 2019

In The Sermon on the Mount, after talking about giving and praying, Jesus gave His followers instructions on what and what not to do when they fasted. This implies that fasting is as much an element of walking with God as giving and praying. This makes sense, because...

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April 26, 2019

Within every temptation, there is a test of our faith. The Lord does not tempt us to do evil, it is not part of His character. However, temptation has a purpose. As we learn to resist temptation by God’s grace, the power of His Spirit, and His word working in our...

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April 25, 2019

Temptation is a solicitation to do evil. Anyone that is a follower of Christ experiences temptation many times a day. In The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to pray that we be not led into temptation, but to be delivered from evil. Since no good thing dwells in our...

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April 24, 2019

God’s glory is a central theme of the New Testament. In the Lord’s model prayer for His disciples, one realizes that when we pray, and whatever we ask God to do, the ultimate purpose of our request should be to bring Him glory. Please listen as Pastor Ray Viola...

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April 23, 2019

People often ask, “What is the meaning or purpose of life?” Scripture says that all things were created for God’s pleasure. What pleases God? To know Christ and to live in a way that brings God glory. Today, Pastor Ray Viola will amplify these ideas as he begins his...

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April 22, 2019

There is no activity in the Christian life that is more closely aligned with the love of God and the willing sacrifice of Jesus than forgiving others. Though we benefit personally when we forgive, the primary reason that God wants us to forgive others is to bring Him...

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April 19, 2019

We are currently studying The Lord’s Prayer. The last two broadcasts focused on vertical forgiveness, that is, God forgiving us for our sins. In today’s message, the focus shifts to horizontal forgiveness, which involves us forgiving other people that have wronged us....

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April 18, 2019

If Jesus is your Lord and Savior, all your sins are forgiven. Nevertheless, as we walk through life, we still need periodic cleansing. Jesus made this point to Peter when He washed only his feet: Peter was generally clean, but his feet had gotten dirty as he walked...

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April 17, 2019

The next portion of The Lord’s Prayer concerns forgiveness. It teaches us that we must recognize our need for God’s forgiveness for our sins. Moreover, we must must also be willing to forgive those that have wronged us. Please open your Bible to Matthew chapter six,...

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April 16, 2019

When we ask God to give us our daily bread, it does not excuse us from laboring to get it. For example, when God gave Israel manna in the wilderness, the people still had to go out and gather it every day according to their needs. Please listen as Pastor Ray Viola...

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April 15, 2019

As we continue our study of The Lord’s Prayer, we can plainly see that Jesus wants us to recognize that our entire life depends upon God’s grace, power, and provision. Today, Pastor Ray Viola begins his discussion of verse eleven of Matthew chapter six in which Jesus...

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April 12, 2019

Scripture lays out a fairly clear picture of where earthly kingdoms are headed. Though we know that it will get much worse before it gets better, we also know that our God is sovereign, and the hearts of today’s world leaders are in His hands. Therefore, we can know...

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April 11, 2019

As we examine the next clause of what is commonly called The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus reveals that prayer is not about achieving man’s will in heaven, but God’s will on earth. As George Mueller once wrote, “Prayer is the pursuit of the person of God in order that we may...

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April 10, 2019

True prayer comes from the heart. One way to determine if you are really offering heart-felt prayers up to God, is to gauge your willingness to be part of the answer. Please open your Bible to Matthew chapter six, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his...

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April 9, 2019

After cautioning people about improper motives, Jesus then began to teach about prayer. Sadly, some people (exemplified by the Pharisees in Scripture) pray to impress others. However, Jesus wanted His followers to know, that when they pray with a proper motive, they...

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April 8, 2019

As Christians, we should do what we do for an audience of One, namely Jesus Christ. If we get no recognition for our service, we have no cause to complain, because we should have been doing it for Him and no one else. However, if we find ourselves complaining about...

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March 29, 2019

In every area of our culture we encounter lies and deception, which reveals the darkness of men’s hearts. However, those that know the saving grace of God are called to separate themselves from the common practice of lying, living lives of truthfulness and honesty by...

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March 28, 2019

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus did not forbid the legitimate use of oaths in formal settings such as marriage vows or legal proceedings. Jesus simply expressed the need for honesty and truthfulness in all of our conversations. That is, when you say, “Yes,” mean it!...

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March 27, 2019

Divorce was not in God’s original plan, but sin and hardness of heart have caused many to tear apart unions sanctioned by God. Nevertheless, as with all sin, one can find forgiveness at the foot of the cross. Please listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his discussion...

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March 26, 2019

In today’s culture, many, even within the Body of Christ, are confused about marriage, divorce, remarriage, and cohabitation. Even in Jesus’ day, the religious authorities had divergent opinions on some of these topics. Today, Pastor Ray Viola begins to discuss these...

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March 25, 2019

Temptation for illicit sexual desire or fantasy is not sin. Satan may tempt you; Satan may draw something in to tempt you, but sinfulness concerns what you do with the temptation. If you entertain the temptation, if you maintain the temptation, if you pander to those...

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March 22, 2019

God’s Law concerns matters of the heart. Though we tend to blame our environment or our circumstances, we must recognize that all sin originates in the heart. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus used the sin of adultery to illustrate this. Please open your Bible to...

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