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 glory, because, when we forgive, we become living examples of the true power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his discussion of verses twelve, fourteen, and fifteen of Matthew chapter six.

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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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March 21, 2019

Anger is a matter of the heart that manifests itself by lashing out at others verbally or physically. It is a secondary emotion that can be triggered by resentment, bitterness, ill treatment, or envy. Jesus forbids the anger which broods, the anger which will not...

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March 20, 2019

Our heavenly Father is more interested in our motives and attitudes then our actions. Thus, what a person does outwardly can be thoroughly disallowed by the attitude in which he or she does it. A person can be doing all kinds of good works, but if the attitude is bad,...

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March 19, 2019

When a person is born again, God gives them a new heart. With the new birth, one will have new attitudes and new behaviors that are motivated by the love of God, rooted in the grace of Christ, and put into action as one yields to the power of the indwelling Holy...

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March 18, 2019

Jesus declared that the righteousness of His followers had to exceed the righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees, or they would “by no means” enter the kingdom of heaven. Those words must have shocked His listeners, because the common person could not imagine...

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March 15, 2019

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus did not present a rival system to the Law of Moses. He presented a true fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.The moral law of God is still in effect; you cannot sin against the moral law of God and not suffer. However, the Law is...

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March 14, 2019

True light is that which comes from God, without admixture of man. Good works are the fruit of its action upon the soul; but it is the light which is to shine before men. Christians should not be thinking about their works, but that the light of God should shine....

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March 13, 2019

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told His followers that they were “the light of the world.” Jesus Christ is the True Light, which is to be reflected in our lives, just like the moon reflects the light of the sun. We are not the source of the light, but our lives...

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March 12, 2019

Unrefined salt, such as one might find near the Dead Sea is impure. Washing such raw salt with water tends to remove the salt more easily than its impurities. What remains of the raw salt after washing is unsuitable for human consumption; in fact, the only property of...

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March 11, 2019

At the time of Christ, salt was used as a preservative and as a flavoring in food. Eating salty food also creates thirst. Likewise, Christian’s should have a preserving influence in our culture, and ehance the quality of life for those around us. Christians should...

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March 8, 2019

Because we are God’s children, our position in His kingdom is secure. We must remember that we are His ambassadors on earth, and that we represent Christ. Because opposition or even persecution are inevitable, we must also remember that our true rewards await us in...

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March 7, 2019

The final Beatitudes concern suffering for righteousness and the cause of Christ. When we face persecution as Christians, we should not resent or retaliate against our persecutors. Instead, we should rejoice in the fact that we are God’s children and that we have a...

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March 6, 2019

To be a peacemaker in the evangelistic sense means that we must be careful to present the deadly nature of sin and the power of the Gospel to forgive to lost souls. They must know that the only way of salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Until a person...

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March 5, 2019

Today, as we continue our study of the Beatitudes, we will learn what it means to be a peacemaker. Contrary to popular notions, a peacemaker is not a person that avoids confrontation or conflict. Making peace often involves dragging unwilling combatants to the...

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March 4, 2019

Because of our inherited sin nature, no one can get a pure heart by receiving another human heart as a transplant. Neither can we cleanse our own heart by following religious rituals or any other human methods. The only way to get a pure heart is for God to give you a...

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March 1, 2019

How is it possible for someone to see the invisible God? Jesus gave us the answer in the sixth Beatitude: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Clearly, a pure heart is the key to seeing God. Please open your Bible to Matthew chapter five, verse...

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February 28, 2019

Jesus was the most merciful person ever to have lived. He continually worked to relieve the misery of people with physical and spiritual infirmities. As followers of Christ, it should be our desire to do the same. To put it bluntly, mercy is about putting your money...

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February 27, 2019

The Beatitudes confront us with two questions. First, is our faith real? Secondly: is our faith healthy? Today’s study begins to look at the fifth Beatitude: Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. This means that genuine and healthy Christians will...

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February 26, 2019

The world system and the things in it poison a person’s desire for the things of God. Therefore, if you have an inordinate desire for the things of the world, your desire for the things of God will be choked out, rendering you unfruitful for God’s kingdom. Please...

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February 25, 2019

Because of original sin, no one is born righteous. It is God’s grace that causes someone to desire righteousness, which is right standing with God. Today’s Beatitude has a precious promise for those having that desire. Please open your Bible to Matthew chapter five,...

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February 22, 2019

When it comes to meekness, a Christian need look no further than Jesus Christ to find a perfect example. He lived His life as a man in complete submission and obedience to His heavenly Father. Please listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his discussion of the third...

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February 21, 2019

The next Beatitude concerns meekness. Contrary to popular notions, meekness is not weakness. A meek person is like a wild animal that has been tamed: It retains all of its natural power and strength, but every bit of it is held in submission to the will of its master....

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February 20, 2019

Repentance is more than being convicted of your sin, because a person can know that they are in sin and do nothing about it! True repentance is mourning over sin and turning away from it, having seen it in the light of God’s holiness. That is when the Lord truly...

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February 19, 2019

Our next Beatitude is the very antithesis of the spirit of this world: Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. The world does not mourn over sin, its consequences or its effects. In fact, the world celebrates sin in story, song, and script. However,...

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February 18, 2019

Man’s flawed wisdom tries to replace the Gospel of Jesus Christ with religion. Jesus used a parable to contrast the attitude of someone that relies on religious behavior to make themselves acceptable to God with the attitude of someone that is truly poor in spirit....

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February 15 2019

Contrary to worldly philosophies that advocate for strong independence and self reliance, it is the poor in spirit, not the proud in spirit, not the self sufficient, not those with good self esteem that are the spiritually prosperous. Our Lord’s opening words in the...

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February 14, 2019

The Sermon on the Mount begins with the Beatitudes, which describe nine ways that followers of Christ will be blessed in this life and the next. People with a carnal attitudes will not enjoy these blessings. Please open your Bible to Matthew chapter five, and listen...

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February 13, 2019

A disciple is a follower, learner, or pupil of someone, some philosophy, or some set of rules. By studying The Sermon on the Mount, we hope that we all can become better disciples of Jesus Christ. Please open your Bible to Matthew chapter five, and listen as Pastor...

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February 12, 2019

The Sermon on the Mount is a truly powerful, rubber-meets-the-road section of Scripture. This sermon reveals the characteristics of a godly life. It unfolds the pathway to discipleship. And Jesus’ words describe the characteristics of citizens of God’s Kingdom. Please...

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February 11, 2019

When is it appropriate to bear another person’s burden, and when is it appropriate to insist that the other person bear their own burden? Clearly, we must establish boundaries in our relationships with one another. Please open your Bible to Galatians chapter six, and...

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February 8, 2019

Everyone has burdens, which comprise failures, temptations, testings, and trials. Paul admonished Christians to bear one another’s burdens. However, a few verses later, Paul said that every person should bear their own burden. Did Paul contradict himself? After the...

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February 7, 2019

Growth in grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ requires community effort. You cannot fulfill God’s design for your life if you only watch church services on a video screen. The divine purpose behind having personal contact with other believers during the week is so...

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February 6, 2019

An exhortation is an address or other form of communication that emphatically urges someone to do something. While an exhortation can be used as a warning or a rebuke, it can also be a word of comfort or encouragment. After the reading of verses twenty-four and...

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February 5, 2019

Jesus designed His Church to be prayer driven, not program driven. For the Church to effectively stand, serve, and evangelize, Christians must pray with and for one another. Prayer is a gift from God that creates a spiritual union that binds us together in our...

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February 4, 2019

In “The Lord’s Prayer,” Jesus mentioned forgiveness twice: Forgive us as we forgive our debtors, and if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your...

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February 1, 2019

The Bible tells us of two types of forgiveness: God forgiving us and us forgiving others. It is God’s grace and faith in Jesus Christ that makes both types of forgiveness possible. Jesus is our example for forgiving others, and we must recognize that the Father...

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January 31, 2019

Anyone that is paying attention realizes that we live in a politically and spiritually polarized world. When we encounter people with different views on abortion, homosexuality, or Jesus, we must be careful that we love the disagreeing person more than our position on...

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January 30, 2019

Many people like to quote the Scripture that says, “Judge not lest you be judged.” They mistakenly believe that this verse insulates them from criticism for any aberrant behavior that they practice. However, Jesus often addressed the sinful behaviors of others, but He...

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January 29, 2019

Actions speak louder than words. Listening to and understanding a sermon is not the same thing as putting its key elements into practice in one’s own life. Jesus likened hearing His word but not doing it, to building a house on sand. Forebearing one another in love...

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January 28, 2019

Biblical Christianity is a relationship that is first and foremost vertical between us and God, and then secondarily horizontal among one another. Over the next several broadcasts our pastors from Koinonia Fellowship will be leading us through a series of divine...

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January 25, 2019

Jesus is coming back for His Bride. This event, sometimes called the Rapture, is a certain future event, but no one knows when it will happen. Are you excited about this? More importantly, are you ready for Jesus to return? Please open your Bible to Second Peter...

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January 24, 2019

When the day of the Lord does come, it will be unexpected like a thief in the night. A mighty conflagration will dissolve the heavens and the earth with all its works. In anticipation of such things, Peter wanted Christians to focus on holy conduct and godliness,...

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January 23, 2019

Peter reminded his readers to heed God’s word, especially as it relates to the promise of Jesus’ coming. Scoffers forget that God’s word, which tells of a future judgment by fire, is the same word that warned about the flood that destroyed the world. Any delay should...

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January 22, 2019

Most false teachers resemble Balaam, whom the king of Midian hired to curse Israel. They falsely pose as spokesmen for God, and they often induce others to sin. However, it is their use of the ministry to enrich themselves that motivates most false teachers. Please...

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January 21, 2019

According to Scripture, there are only two kinds of people: just or unjust, righteous or unrighteous, or, using animals as examples, sheep and pigs. It is only when a person gives their heart to God and allows Him to guide our actions and decisions can a person become...

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January 18, 2019

The Old Testament contains examples of God judging men and angels for falling away from Him. God wanted his judgments on fallen angels, antedilivian people, and the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah to discourage others from living ungodly lifestyles. Fortunately,...

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January 17, 2019

False teachers tend to be greedy. Many have chosen the ministry as a lucrative profession, seeking to build a large following so that they could become wealthy. Camouflaging heretical teachings and corrupt morals by lifting words of Scripture out of context, they...

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January 16, 2019

Using a pretense of broadening the appeal of the Gospel, false teachers downplay biblical standards of morality and make things like health, wealth, and prosperity more important to their followers than holiness, obedience, and service to God. Such behaviors by...

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January 15, 2019

After Peter wrote of prophets of the Old Testament that spoke and wrote as the Holy Spirit moved them, he then began to discuss false prophets and false teachers that had already begun to plague the Church. These masters of deception use biblical terms and orthodox...

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January 14, 2019

What Peter, James, and John saw on the Mount of Transfiguration did not set aside the prophecies of the Old Testament, rather, it confirmed them. All Scripture originated with God, not man. As such, the word of the prophets, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is sure and...

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January 11, 2019

When Peter wrote his second epistle, he knew that his death was near. This gave him added impetus to care for the spiritual needs of God’s people with his remaining time. He described his imminent death as laying aside his earthly tent. Since we do not know when Jesus...

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January 10, 2019

As Christians, we know that it is only by faith in Jesus that we gain entrance into His everlasting kingdom. Nevertheless, even though we are established in the truth, it is important that the truth be constantly repeated and reinforced by our pastors and teachers,...

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January 9, 2019

For a fruitful Christian life, saving faith must be supplemented with holiness. Peter described seven elements of holiness that must simultaneously accompany one’s faith. Please open your Bible to Second Peter chapter one, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his...

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January 8, 2019

Walking in the grace of God, and walking in the power of the Holy Spirit is not a passive endeavor, nor is it easy. Though God has given us everything that we need for godly living, it requires diligence on our part to cultivate it. Please open your Bible to Second...

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January 7, 2019

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a self-improvement plan. The Bible is not a self-help text. When a person is born again, God transforms them into new creatures; He does not merely patch up the damaged goods. God does everything for us; all we can do is agree with...

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January 4, 2019

True Christians should have a desire to spend time with Jesus, reading His word, praying, and fellowshipping with other believers. As we do, we should begin to take on His characteristics. As Peter wrote, we should become partakers of His divine nature. Please open...

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January 3, 2019

Peter opened his second general epistle by first stating that he was a bondservant of Jesus Christ before mentioning his apostleship. He humbly recognized that he was first and foremost a servant by choice and an Apostle by divine appointment. We too must recognize...

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January 2, 2019

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

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January 1, 2019

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

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December 31, 2018

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

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December 28, 2018

Why did our Heavenly Father send His Son to earth? The short answer is this: He loves the people that He created. Please open your Bible to John chapter three, verse sixteen, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola discusses eleven aspects of God’s redeeming love.

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December 27, 2018

Why did our Heavenly Father send His Son to earth? The short answer is this: He loves the people that He created. Please open your Bible to John chapter three, verse sixteen, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola begins his discussion of eleven aspects of God's redeeming love.

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December 26, 2018

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

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December 25, 2018

Emmanuel is a Strong and Mighty Tower, the righteous run into it and are safe. Emmanuel is hope to the hopeless and strength to the weak and weary. Emmanuel means “God is With Us”, because when Jesus was born of a virgin, God came down to live among mortal men and to...

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December 24, 2018

Because of what Jesus did on the cross, believers can have a personal relationship with the God and King of the universe. Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the Law so that we would not have to. Therefore,we should not focus on vain religious rituals, but on getting...

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December 21, 2018

Today’s passage looks ahead to the first New Year’s celebration of Christ’s millennial kingdom. The people of Israel will greet the beginning of that Golden Age with clapping, singing, and shouts of triumph. At that time, all nations will recognize God’s kingship, and...

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December 20, 2018

Man, and all the powers of darkness, oppose what God plans to do on earth and in heaven. What effect does all this opposition have on God and His plans: absolutely nothing! Not only is God at perfect peace on His heavenly throne, He laughs at their vain effots to stop...

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December 19, 2018

Today’s passage declares that, despite what the nations may say, the Father has set His Son Jesus Christ as King upon Mount Zion, which is His holy hill. He is a king, Whom we should cherish. A king, Whom we shoud adore. A king, Who is our Redeemer. Please open your...

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December 18, 2018

Jesus is the King of Glory, and one day the redeemed will stand before Him in His eternal kingdom, not because we have resumes of good deeds, but because He has made us clean by His shed blood. Nevertheless, when Christ saves us, our hands do not do the things that...

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December 17, 2018

Psalms twenty-two through twenty-four form a messianic triad in Scripture. Psalm twenty-two concerns Christ the Savior. Psalm twenty-three reveals Christ the Shepherd, and Psalm twenty-four describes the entrance of Christ, the Sovereign King, into the city of...

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December 14, 2018

The holiday season can be a stressful and even depressing time for many people. However, the Father sent Jesus into this world so that everyone could experience true joy. One can only know true joy and peace by being reconciled unto God through faith in Jesus Christ....

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December 13, 2018

Overwhelmed by holiday preparations? We invite you pause for a moment to refocus on the true meaning and significance of Christmas. For the next two weeks, we will broadcast a series of messages entitled “All Hail, King Jesus”. Most of these studies will focus on...

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December 12, 2018

At the conclusion of his first epistle to the saints at Corinth, Paul admonished those saints to be in love with Jesus. Why? He used one Greek word as the reason, “Maranatha,” which means our Lord is coming. Are you in love with Jesus? Please listen as Pastor Ray...

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December 11. 2018

After more than a thousand years of prophets speaking to Israel of a coming Messiah and several hundred more years of prophetic silence, Jesus was born in Bethelem, as the prophets foretold. He went on to preach, prophesy, and die on a cross. After rising from the...

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December 10, 2018

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

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December 7, 2018

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

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December 6, 2018

If you don’t know the Lord, don’t presume on God’s patience. One day your life will come to an end and the day of salvation will be over for you. Today He holds back judgment so you can run to the cross and be saved. But one day, God’s patience will come to an end....

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December 5, 2018

Because we live in a fallen world, everyone is in a trial, coming out of a trial, or about to go into another season of adversity. Peter tells us that God uses these trials to accompish four things in the life of a Christian: Trials perfect us; they help to establish...

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December 4, 2018

Because we live in a fallen world, everyone is in a trial, coming out of a trial, or about to go into another season of adversity. Peter tells us that God uses these trials to accompish four things in the life of a Christian: Trials perfect us; they help to establish...

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December 3, 2018

The Bible tells us that the devil is not merely a symbol of evil. He is real, alive, and dangerous. To successfully fend off Satan’s attacks, we must be sober and vigilant in the way that we think, in the way that we pray, and we must purpose in our hearts to resist...

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November 30, 2018

Humility, unlike pride, is not self willed. Jesus gave us many examples of humility. Perhaps His most powerful example came in the Garden of Gethsemane when He prayed to His Father, “. . . not my will, but Thine be done,” the night before He was crucified. Apart from...

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November 29, 2018

Humility is the key to teamwork and unity within the Body of Christ. Pride, on the other hand, is that poisonous attitude of the heart that is the root of all discord and division. In all of heaven and earth, pride and self exaltation or self promotion is the gate and...

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November 28, 2018

Jesus wants us to be godly examples to one another. To do this, we must have and hold a proper focus on God, allowing Him to bear all our anxieties. We must also be clothed with humility and subject to one another. These attitudes will strengthen and encourage us so...

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November 27, 2018

God does not like it when leaders within His Church misrepresent Him, especially when they do it for personal gain. Sound doctrine and spiritual discernment are vital defenses against these charlatans. Most of a Christian’s rewards are yet future and eternal. Jesus...

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