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 and to glorify Him. Who and what are you living for? Please open your Bible to Job chapter fourteen, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola finishes discussing Job’s response to Zophar.

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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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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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