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April 21, 2021

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

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April 20, 2021

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

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April 19, 2021

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

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April 16, 2021

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

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April 15, 2021

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

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April14, 2021

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

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April 13, 2021

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

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April 12, 2021

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

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April 9, 2021

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

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April 8, 2021

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

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April 6, 2021

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

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April 5, 2021

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

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April 2, 2021

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

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April 1, 2021

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

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March 31, 2021

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

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March 30, 2021

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

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March 29, 2021

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

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March 26, 2021

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

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March 25, 2021

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

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March 24, 2021

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

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March 23, 2021

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

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March 22, 2021

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

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March 19, 2021

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

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March 18, 2021

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

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March 17, 2021

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

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March 16, 2021

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

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March 15, 2021

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

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March 12, 2021

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

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March 11, 2021

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

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March 10, 2021

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

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March 9, 2021

We are living in unprecedented times in which fear and iniquity abound. Fortunately, the perfect love of our God can cast out fear, if we put our trust in Him instead of trusting in riches or worldly systems. Wealth, human government, and physical abilities will all...

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March 8, 2021

A child of missionary parents once said, “Safety is not the absence of danger, but the presence of God.” Today’s passage reinforces this thought. Please open your Bible to Psalm forty-seven, verse nine, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his study of Psalms...

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March 5, 2021

The pagan gods of the ancient world were imagined to be territorial gods. Their authority was limited to a nation or a region. However, the true and living God of Scripture is not like one of these imagined, territorial gods. Jesus Christ is not only King of the Jews,...

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March 4, 2021

God is the refuge of each and every one of His children, and He is more present than we can even imagine or think. David had found that God had been so reliable in his past that he knew that he need not fear any future calamity. We pray that you can know this sense of...

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March 3, 2021

Today’s message begins with a description of a celebration of the Mighty King’s marriage. The Groom is worthy of lavish praise for His splendor, majesty, and righteousness. The passage also contains counsel for His Bride as she is brought to the King’s palace in all...

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March 2, 2021

In hard times, it is good to remember the great things that God has done in the past. Though it is He that brings us victory, His sovereignty does not excuse us from our responsibilities as belivers to carry out His will. Conversely, we should not get ahead of God...

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March 1, 2021

Memories of former victories can make the pain of defeat even more bitter. Yet, when our fellowship with other saints is hindered and God is seemingly hiding His face from us, we begin to value our fellowship with each other and God even more. Oppression creates a...

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February 26, 2021

The human soul has an inherant longing for some source of satisfaction. As Christians, we know that our inner craving is for fellowship with God. This spiritual thirst, which David likened to a deer thirsting for water as it wanders through a parched countryside, can...

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February 25, 2021

The Psalms are filled with passages concerning discouragement and depression. These are real feelings experienced by the godly and the ungodly when confronted with life’s harsh realities. However, we should not let our emotions rule over us. As redeemed believers in...

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February 24, 2012

Sometimes, but not always, sin can lead to sickness. In today’s passage, David believed that his sin was the cause of his sickness. David’s enemies were hoping that his sickness was terminal. Adding to his grief was that a once-close friend of David’s was among those...

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February 23, 2021

True religion in God’s eyes consists of a whole life that is lived in the awareness of and response to the unmerited, undeserved, saving grace of God in Christ Jesus. Only Jesus can atone for our sin and change our motives, actions, and attitudes by His Holy Spirit....

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February 22, 2021

Jesus, the Son of God, completely submitted Himself as Son of Man to His Fathers purpose and will. Jesus tells us, “Follow Me.” That is the Christian life. It’s not lists of do’s and don’ts. It is a relational journey in fellowship with and in submission to God’s will...

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February 19, 2021

Waiting on the Lord can be challenging, but one must realize that true waiting is not passive. Waiting on the Lord literally means to entwine yourself with Him. God commands us to be of good courage while we are waiting on Him. In other words, do not waver in double...

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February 18, 2021

Our days on earth are limited. Therefore, we should endeavor to redeem the time, and make the most of every day until the Lord takes us home. Be like Caleb, and catpure every mountain that the Lord has promised to you. Please open your Bible to Psalm thirty-nine,...

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February 17, 2021

Our days on earth are limited. This becomes increasingly apparent as one gets older. Today we will hear about what David felt when he confronted this reality. Please open your Bible to Psalm thirty-eight, verse seventeen, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his...

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February 16, 2021

God’s concivtion can sometimes feel so strong, it is like being pierced with arrows. David became emotionally and physcially ill because of such conviction coupled with the consequences of his sin. However, no matter how dark a situation might seem, one always has...

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February 15, 2021

Though the wicked may prosper for a season, Scripture makes it clear that their end is not something that anybody would want. One day, the Lord will break the strength of the wicked, but He will uphold the arms of the upright. Jesus wants us to pray for our attackers...

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February 12, 2021

David had suffered plenty at the hands of ungodly men. Today’s passage contains his godly advice on how to react when we are assaulted by people or circumstances beyond our control: Fret not! Delight yourself in the Lord. Take some time just to admire Him. Let Him be...

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February 11, 2021

Hypocrisy, back-biting, and slander are destructive sins that are too frequently tolerated within the Body of Christ. There is nothing new under the sun; three thousand years ago, David was the victim of such sins committed by people that worshiped alongside him in...

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February 10, 2021

How many of you are praying how-long prayers? When deliverance is delayed, it is easy to assume that God hasn’t heard or answered your prayers. Though David cried out, “How long?” in his prayer closet, he praised God in the midst of the congregation. He knew that...

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February 9, 2021

David had many enemies. Some disliked David, because of what David did to them. Others sought to make his life miserable just because they envied him. In today’s passage, David called upon the Lord to take up his fight. This was wise, because vengeance belongs to the...

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February 8, 2021

Is your heart broken today over circumstances that have arisen because of living after the flesh, or because of poor decisions that you have made? Maybe your heart is broken over a failed relationship or the loss of a loved one. The Lord is near to you. Turn to the...

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February 5, 2021

A nearly forgotten treasure of the modern Christian life is taking time to meditate upon the Lord, especially when our fears are looming large before us. We must take the time to watch the sun rise, or to look up at the stars and see the vastness of the universe. We...

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February 4, 2021

David wrote many of his psalms to record how God had rescued him from his enemies and his troubles. In light of God’s faithfulness towards him, David purposed to praise His God continually. How much more should you and I praise the Lord, because He has delivered us,...

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February 3, 2021

Man’s plans and earthly wisdom are uncertain and unstable. In contrast, God’s truth never changes. His counsel is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. What God has determined shall be done, and His promises are yes and amen to all that believe. Please open your...

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Februart 2, 2021

Today’s passage gives us several reasons for worshiping the Lord. He is our Creator. He made us, and we should stand in awe of Him. The earth is full of His goodness. He is our Redeemer, Who has saved us. God is also our help and our shield. Praise the Lord and...

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February 1, 2021

David often spoke of God as his rock and as his fortress. Jesus Christ is our rock and our fortress. When you declare this, you are appropriating for yourself these promises of Scripture, and you can encourage yourself in a time of trial. Please open your Bible to...

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January 29, 2021

Do you sometimes feel like God has turned away from you? David did, but he chose to praise and worship God anyway, and He made a plea for God to graciously intervene in his life again. As the Lord promised through Malachi, return unto Me and I will return unto you....

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January 28, 2021

Praise and worship are acts of the will. We should worship God, because of Who He is, not because of how we feel or because of our circumstances. Jesus is risen! That is the true source of all our joy and hope. Please open your Bible to Psalm thirty, and listen as...

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January 27, 2021

Do you find yourself complaining about the weather? When David watched a storm sweep down over Israel, it inspired him to praise instead of murmuring. He then called upon the heavenly host to worship the Lord in recognition of His glory as revealed in the storm. But...

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January 26, 2021

David prayed that the wicked people that sought to do him harm would get what they deserved. However, as recipients of God’s grace and mercy, Christians should follow Jesus’ command to pray that our enemies would repent so that they could also escape the eternal...

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January 25, 2021

In times of trouble, we can always cry out to the Lord for help. Even if God is silent for a season, one can rest assured that He is listening to your cries. The Rock of our salvation is compassionate and merciful. He will provide deliverence from the wicked if we...

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January 22, 2021

Knowing about God is not the same as knowing God. David had a deep and intimate relationship with the Lord. Personal intimacy with God scares Satan, and he will do anything that he can to prevent that from happening. Therefore, intimacy with God doesn’t just happen....

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January 21, 2021

David was a man that had almost as many enemies as he had friends. These enemies falsely accused him of many things. David, who lived a life that was separated unto God, pled his case before the Lord. Nowhere did he claim to be sinless, but he did plead not guilty to...

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January 20, 2021

David rejoiced in the strength of the Lord, Who had responded to his faith with an overwhelming victory. He also was encouraged by the prayerful intercession of the faithful who anticipated future victory by the power of God. Are you antcipating a great victory in...

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January 19, 2021

In the Psalms, strong confidence is often expressed by the past tense, as if something had already happened. Shouting for joy was in anticipation of the victory. No matter how you feel or what you are dealing with right now, the message of the cross is that God’s...

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January 18, 2021

Psalms twenty and twenty-one are two of seven royal psalms in Scripture. The royal psalms all point to Christ, the ideal King. Every king in David’s royal line was anointed to serve in anticipation of the coming of this perfect King. Contrary to what actually...

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January 21, 2021

David was a man that had almost as many enemies as he had friends. These enemies falsely accused him of many things. David, who lived a life that was separated unto God, pled his case before the Lord. Nowhere did he claim to be sinless, but he did plead not guilty to...

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January 15, 2021

God’s word is a greater revelation than creation, because it tells us much more about Him. It reveals Him as the covenant God of love. Someone who knows God and His word intimately rejoices in this. Please open your Bible to Psalm nineteen, verse seven, and listen as...

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January 14, 2021

Our sun is a wonderful example of how the heavens declare God’s glory. As it crosses the sky between its rising and setting, nothing can hide from its heat. Similarly, Jesus, Whom Malachi called the Sun of Righteousness, is the brightness of God’s glory. Jesus gives...

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January 12, 2021

Our Creator did not design us for selfishness or wickedness. He designed us for servanthood and holiness as modeled by Jesus Christ. It is only by God’s word and His Spirit that we are able to stay on the path that leads to eternal life where we will find ultimate...

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January 11, 2021

Have you ever felt like the whole world is unfairly aligned against you? Are you being harassed by people that don’t like you? David had his share of such experiences. Some of his enemies even tried to kill him! David responded to the charges against him by asking the...

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January 8, 2021

David asked, “Who can abide in God’s presence? Who can dwell in His holy hill?” The Master of the house always determines the terms of hospitality. To whom will The Lord extend the hospitality of His house? To those who come to Him for salvation by grace, through...

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January 7, 2021

Psalms eight and fourteen are like bookends that describe the mysterious nature of humanity. We are at once glorious and yet fallen. We carry both the honor of bearing God’s image and the shame of our sin. Thus, all men stand in need of the forgiveness and pardon of...

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January 6, 2021

David saw many people who said all the right things, but he didn’t see many people whose lives matched their words. It’s the same today; there is nothing new under the sun. You can be orthodox in your theology while your lifestyle is unorthodox and far from God. God...

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January 5, 2021

There are going to be times in our lives as followers of Jesus Christ when we must choose between fear and godly trust. Fear is a human feeling that is the product of what we see or hear. Trust in the Lord requires us to walk by faith in what we cannot see or hear and...

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January 4, 2021

Despite all that Christ had accomplished through Paul over a period of about thirty years, Paul did not rest on his laurels. He was not satisfied with the status quo. He maintained focus on one thing: knowing Christ. Paul wanted to live his life so that God would be...

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January 1, 2021

Before meeting Jesus, the Apostle Paul was a very religious man. However, after meeting Christ, Paul realized that all his former religious works were worthless. Moreover, compared to knowing Jesus, everything else is like dung. Remember, we have been graciously...

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December 31, 2020

Paul was a single-minded man in his commitment to the Lord. He was dedicated to running and finishing his race well. How are you doing in your race to reach the reward that you have in Jesus? Please open your Bible to Philippians chapter three, and listen as Pastor...

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December 30, 2020

“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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December 29, 2020

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 28, 2020

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 25, 2020

When Christ returns from heaven after the Great Tribulation, He will not be alone: Redeemed saints will be following Him on white horses. The called, chosen, and faithful followers of Christ, taken out of the earth before the Tribulation, will also return to rule and...

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December 24, 2020

After His resurrection, Jesus visibly ascended into heaven. Before He left, He told His disciples that they would receive power from on high to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. As Christians, we have that same power (which is the Holy Spirit) and the same...

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December 23, 2020

The King that was born in a manger and lived in relative obscurity until His death on a cross will one day return as the resurrected King of Glory. Today’s passage describes the triumphal re-entry of Jesus Christ, Who is the King of kings and Lord of lords, to...

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December 22, 2020

Everyone is searching for joy, but few people find it. Suffering is a common human condition. Paul found joy, even in deplorable circumstances, because, for him, to live was Christ and to die was gain. Jesus, not circumstance, is the fountain of true joy and life. He...

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December 21, 2020

At Christmastime, many celebrants will hear passages from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke that provide a human perspective of Jesus’ birth in the Bethlehem. Verses five through eleven of Philippians chapter two reveals a more complete view of Christmas: From God’s...

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December 18, 2020

Wondering what gift to give to the person on your list that has everything? Well, if they have not believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ yet, then they really don’t have anything. Scripture commands us to preach the Gospel to all people. This is something that you can...

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December 17, 2020

During the holidays, life can be filled with cares about many things like family, friends, and finances, or less personal issues like cultural degeneration and political unrest. In contrast, heaven is a wonderfully serene place where everyone worships the living God....

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December 16, 2020

John wrote The Revelation of Jesus Christ. It is the culmination of a progressive revelation that began in Genesis. Jesus came to do His Father’s will, which had the redemption of fallen man as its primary objective. This is good news, and it should fill us with great...

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December 16, 2020

John wrote The Revelation of Jesus Christ. It is the culmination of a progressive revelation that began in Genesis. Jesus came to do His Father’s will, which had the redemption of fallen man as its primary objective. This is good news, and it should fill us with great...

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December 15, 2020

In the midst of all the hubbub associated with the Christmas season, it is easy to miss what Christmas is all about. Today’s message captures the essence of Christmas in only five words: The Revelation of Jesus Christ. Please open your Bible to Revelation chapter one,...

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December 15, 2020

In the midst of all the hubbub associated with the Christmas season, it is easy to miss what Christmas is all about. Today’s message captures the essence of Christmas in only five words: The Revelation of Jesus Christ. Please open your Bible to Revelation chapter one,...

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December 14, 2020

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 14, 2020

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 11, 2020

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 11, 2020

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 10, 2020

Christmastime is hard for many people, the apparent joy of others can sometimes amplify one’s own personal losses or heartaches. The Apostle John was no stranger to loss. By the time he wrote his Gospel, many of his friends had been brutally killed, and Rome had...

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December 10, 2020

Christmastime is hard for many people, the apparent joy of others can sometimes amplify one’s own personal losses or heartaches. The Apostle John was no stranger to loss. By the time he wrote his Gospel, many of his friends had been brutally killed, and Rome had...

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