October 18, 2019

In the physical kingdom a person lives before they die, but in God’s kingdom, one must die to self before one can truly live. When a person is born again, they realize that their life is no longer about themself, but, rather, about glorifying God and proclaiming Christ to a lost and dying world, even if they must suffer personal loss to do so. Please open your Bible to Second Corinthians chapter four, verse eleven, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola concludes his discussion of this chapter.

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October 18, 2019

In the physical kingdom a person lives before they die, but in God’s kingdom, one must die to self before one can truly live. When a person is born again, they realize that their life is no longer about themself, but, rather, about glorifying God and proclaiming...

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October 17, 2019

If someone asked you to describe victorious and abundant Christian living, how would you respond? If your answer included health, wealth, and a trouble-free life, then today’s message might surprise you. A better answer would include following Christ, regardless of...

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October 16, 2019

God has given believers ministries and spiritual gifts to do them. Unfortunately, personal pressures, false ministries, and the lack of response to the Gospel discourages us from successfully fulfilling our calling. Today’s passage is a source of encouragement when...

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October 15. 2019

Culturally, we have become a sound-bite generation, and this trend has filtered into the body of Christ. Fewer and fewer Christians have the depth of biblical understanding needed to boldly proclaim the Gospel to a lost and dying world. However, it is the love of our...

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October 14, 2019

Fallen men have a veil over their hearts that blinds them to Jesus Christ and His glorious Gospel. Religious systems are one of Satan’s favorite tools to hide the Gospel from sinners. If religious works were able to save us, then Christ died in vain. Only Jesus, by...

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October 11, 2019

Paul called the Mosaic Law the ministration of death, because everyone is guilty of breaking that Law, and the wages of sin is death. However, through Jesus, who lived His life in perfect obedience to the Law and His Father, we can share in His glory, which He...

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October 10, 2019

Paul compared the New Covenant in Christ with the Old Covenant that was based on the Law. It was not a comparison of something good versus something bad. It was, rather, a comparison of that which changes a person’s heart versus rules that govern behavior. Natural man...

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October 9, 2016

Through prophets and Apostles God gave us His written word, which includes laws, history, prophecy, letters of encouragement, and instruction. Besides the written word, God has called Christians to be like living letters or epistles that convey the Gospel to a...

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October 8, 2019

Have you found that, as you share the word of God, you get one of two responses? To one person it is like a sweet-smelling fragrance to be savored. Others find God’s word to be repugnant, turning up their noses at it as if it had the smell of a dead animal. Scripture...

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October 7, 2019

Paul traveled to Troas, because he sensed that the Lord had opened a door for him to preach the Gospel there. When the Lord opens a door, no man can shut it; however, it does not mean that one will be free of opposition in trying to pass through that door. We are...

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October 4, 2019

The objective of church discipline is restoration and reconciliation. Just as undo leniency is wrong, so is undue severity. When a person genuinely repents after being disciplined by a fellowship, that fellowship must also lovingly receive that penitent person back to...

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October 3, 2019

Every responsible parent knows that failure to discipline a child properly can have dire consequences. It is equally important for spiritual leaders to discipline those over whom God has given them authority. The act of correcting another can be gut-wrenching and...

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October 2, 2019

Scripture tells us to make all our plans subject to the Lord’s will. Paul’s opponents accused him of insincerity when he cancelled his planned trip to Corinth. However, Paul was just obeying the Holy Spirit. He believed that the Lord wanted to give them more time to...

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October 1, 2019

Satan cannot refute the message of the Gospel. To hinder its acceptance, he will oftentimes use false or trivial accusations to attack those proclaiming it. This is what Paul’s detractors in Corinth were doing while he was away in Macedonia, and Satan is still using...

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September 27, 2019

When going through a trial, have you ever looked heavenward in frustration and asked God, “Why me, Why this, or Why now?” Even the Apostle Paul had times of despair, but he found comfort and so can you. Please open your Bible to the first verse of Second Corinthians,...

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September 26, 2019

Second Corinthians contains important lessons for Christians. For example, we have a very real enemy that only prayer can defeat. That enemy attacks and condemns people, because they are guilty of breaking the Law of Moses. However, by His blood and His grace, Jesus...

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September 25, 2019

Can you imagine being a missionary evangelist in the first century? There was no internet, no automobiles, and no airplanes. Letters had to be hand carried by people that you knew and trusted. Paul established a church in Corinth, and after he left Corinth to start...

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September 24, 2019

The armor of God helps us to walk in righteousness and protects us against the ways of the devil. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter six, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola helps us put on our spiritual armor as he completes his study of verses ten through...

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September 23, 2019

As Christians, we can be yielded and responsive to God’s grace and love. The Holy Spirit reminds us of what Jesus has done, and then He tells us how to walk in that understanding. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter six, verse ten, as we grow in our spiritual...

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September 20, 2019

What will be doing in the sweet bye and bye? Will we work in Heaven? Also consider these questions: What is more important: the work itself, or is it how we do the work? Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter six, and listen as Pastor Ben Hiwale addresses these...

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September 19, 2019

Work has been ordained for man from the beginning of creation. Adam worked; we work. So if work is part of God’s plan, what causes stress in the home and in the workplace? Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter six, and listen as Pastor Ben Hiwale begins his...

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September 18, 2019

Rebellion is the direct outcome of sin in our hearts. When we have been regenerated by God in our heart, then we stop rebelling against Him. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter six, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his discussion of verses one through...

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September 17, 2019

In God’s design of the family, He designated specific roles for husbands and wives and also specific roles for parents and children. Today we will hear what God has to say to children Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter six, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola...

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September 16, 2019

God’s wisdom far exceeds the wisdom of man But what does this have to do with the roles in the family? God’s design shows us a wisdom and understanding of humanity from before the world began. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter five, and listen as Pastor Ray...

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September 13, 2019

Just because there are different roles for each member of the family does not make any one of these roles more or less important. God has established each role to work for the good of the family. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter five, and listen as Pastor...

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September 12, 2019

God established order in the world that He created. He designed order in marriage for our good, which comprises specific roles for husbands and wives respectively requiring loving authority and submission. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter five, and listen...

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September 11, 2019

In today’s world, a healthy marriage has become an endangered species. Modern marriage has been broken and redefined using the views of fallen people. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter five, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola explains what God says about...

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September 10, 2019

So many people are simply headed in the wrong direction. As followers of Christ, we want to go in the right direction—His direction. To do that, we must grow in God. So please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter five, and listen as Pastor Ben Hiwale completes his...

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September 9, 2019

Jesus paid the ultimate price when He went to the cross. He went into battle knowing exactly what He had to do. Though He knew the price that He had pay, He did not back down. The Christian life is a battle ground. Of what things should we aware as we go into battle?...

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September 6, 2019

Do you have a desire to resist the madness of the world? Let Jesus Christ and His Gospel of grace be the source of your hope. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter five, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his study of verses one through fourteen.

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September 5, 2019

As Christians, we are called to imitate Christ by putting on the new man, the new person. Life is a daily journey. If we align ourselves with God, then we will grow and become more like Jesus. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter five, and listen as Pastor Ray...

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September 4, 2019

How can we renew our minds so we can line up our lives with God’s truth? The world wants us to conform to its ways, but God has other plans, and His plans are much better. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter four, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his...

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September 3, 2019

Walking and wandering are two entirely different things. God’s truth shows us the destination of our journey and the right path to take so that we will get there. Do you know God’s truth but aren’t applying it to your life? Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter...

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September 2, 2019

Spiritual gifts are meant to edify the Church. When we are empowered and encouraged, we can do the work of God and bring the Good News of salvation to the world. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter four, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his discussion...

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August 30, 2019

We have been given an incredible gift from God. That gift is freedom in Jesus. We can do nothing to make ourselves deserving of God’s gift. All we can do is accept it and thank Him for it by living our lives for His glory. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter...

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August 29, 2019

If we want to have unity in the body of Christ, then we must have patience with one another. Scripture calls us to bear one another’s burdens and treat each other with lovingkindness and respect. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter four, and listen as Pastor...

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August 28, 2019

What power is strong enough to destroy the church—False teaching? Persecution? Satan? You might be surprised at the answer. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter four, and listen as Pastor Ben Hiwale reveals the answer in his discussion of verses one through...

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August 27, 2019

The Spirit that brought us to Christ is alive and active in the life of every believer. We cannot be separated from God. Paul was in jail, but he spoke with joy, worship, and love, because of the Spirit that was working within him. Please open your Bible to Ephesians...

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August 26, 2019

Paul prayed for all believers to grow in the knowledge of God, but not just in their minds. He prayed that they would also grow in their hearts. What remains only in the head does not empower the believer to stand strong in the ways of the Lord. What makes its way...

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August 23, 2019

A minister is a servant of Jesus Christ, and Paul, even in prison, found joy in his calling as he used his opportunities to share the Gospel. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter three, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his study of verses one through...

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August 22, 2019

While the Apostle Paul was in jail He found great joy, not because of where he was, but because he was right where God wanted him to be. Paul did not want the believers to be discouraged, because the Gospel was being preached through his chains. Please open your Bible...

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August 21, 2019

The cornerstone is the single stone upon which a whole building’s foundation is built. The cornerstone of the Church is Jesus Christ. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter two, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his study of verses fourteen through...

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August 20, 2019

Jesus is the Peacemaker. He has broken down the wall between Jews and Gentiles. We are no longer two separate peoples. Jesus has united us into one body in Him. Please open your Bible to Ephesians chapter two, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola begins his study of verses...

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August 19, 2019

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

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August 16, 2019

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

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August 15, 2019

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

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August 14, 2019

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

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August 13, 2019

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

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August 12, 2019

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

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August 9, 2019

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

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August 8, 2019

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

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August 7, 2019

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

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August 6, 2019

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

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August 5, 2019

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

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August 2, 2019

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

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August 1, 2019

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

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July 31, 2019

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

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July 30, 2019

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

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July 29, 2019

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

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July 26, 2019

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

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July 25, 2019

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

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July 24, 2019

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

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July 23, 2019

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

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July 22, 2019

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

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July 19, 2019

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

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July 18, 2019

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

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July 15, 2019

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

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July 12, 2019

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

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July 11, 2019

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

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July 10, 2019

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

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July 9, 2019

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

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July 8, 2019

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

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July 5, 2019

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

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July 4, 2019

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

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July 3, 2019

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

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July 2, 2019

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

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July 1, 2019

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

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June 28, 2019

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

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June 27, 2019

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

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June 26, 2019

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

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June 25, 2019

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

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June 24, 2019

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

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June 21, 2019

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

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June 20, 2019

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

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June 19, 2019

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

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June 18, 2019

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

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June 17, 2019

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

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June 14, 2019

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

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June 13, 2019

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

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June 12, 2019

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

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June 11, 2019

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

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June 10, 2019

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

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October 8, 2019

Have you found that, as you share the word of God, you get one of two responses? To one person it is like a sweet-smelling fragrance to be savored. Others find God’s word to be repugnant, turning up their noses at it as if it had the smell of a dead animal. Scripture...

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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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